Meet the new third party in national politics: Reality by Howard Kunstler
Reality is the only party with an agenda consistent with what is actually happening in the world. Reality doesn't need to drum up dollar donations from anyone. Reality doesn't have to pander to any interest group or subscribe to any inane belief system. Reality doesn't even need your vote. Reality will be the winner of the 2012 election no matter what the ballot returns appear to say about the bids of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to lead the executive branch of the government. In the vicious vacuum that national party politics has become, the Republicans and Democrats are already dead. They choked to death on the toxic fumes of their own excreta. They are empty, hollow institutions animated only by the parasites that feed on and squirm over the residue of decomposing tissue within the dissolving membranes of their legitimacy. Think of the fabled Koch brothers as bot fly larvae and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association PAC (SIFMA PAC) as a mass of writhing maggots. These are desperate days in the republic. Between the two empty spectacles of the official party nominating conventions, a terrible nausea rises in the collective gorge of the swindled body politic. The putative contest of ideas is a dumb show in a hall of mirrors. None of it avails to reduce, mitigate, or even acknowledge, the tensions that may tear this country apart, in particular the web of fraud that shrouds all the operations of money and banking - which is to say: the fate of everything the nation thinks it has invested in itself and its future. In the USA of 2012, anything goes and nothing matters. Reality has a different view of where this all ends and how it will work out. Compare and contrast the platforms of the Republicans and Democrats with the Reality Party:The two major parties both propose that the colossal machine of everyday life in America can not only run indefinitely, but continue expanding, and include ever more member people who trade ever more schwag. All that is required, they say, is twiddling the settings of the machine, to get it back to running smoothly as it did in the good old days before the mystifying crash of 2008. They disagree slightly on which dials to twiddle. Reality knows we have entered along-term compressive economic contraction; that there is no way we can persist in the current living arrangement; and that the necessary outcome to avoid immense human suffering can be described as the down scaling and re-localizing of everything we do. The two major parties regard the rule of law as optional, especially in money matters. Neither party has any will to interfere with a broad array of financial rackets that range from the blatant manipulation of markets, interest rates, and currencies to computerized front-running thievery, traffic in booby-trapped derivatives and counterfeit shorts, pervasive accounting fraud, channel stuffing, irregularities in central bank bullion leasing, flagrant Confiscation of private accounts, municipal bond-rigging flimflams, "private equity" looting operations, offshore banking dodges, and untold other scams, rip-offs, and cons that have crippled the basic functions of finance, namely: price discovery, currency as a reliable store of value, and the allocation of surplus wealth for productive purpose. Reality knows that the absence of the rule of law is suicidal. Reality is incapable of pretending that it doesn't matter. Reality provides work - arounds for intractably dishonest political arrangements: civil war and revolution. Both are invoked out of extreme desperation and have unpredictable outcomes. Like Reality itself, they are what they are. The two major parties pretend that so-called "entitlement" programs can be simultaneously reformed, improved, and abolished - that is, you can have your cake and eat it (with ice cream) at the same time you throw it in the garbage. Reality rejects this incoherent juggling act and proposes that Americans better just make other arrangements for old age, routine medical care, and daily bread. This implies cultural as much as economic transformation and it will occur emergently no matter what empty promises anyone makes. People who want to get food at regular intervals will have to find some way to make themselves useful to others. Medicine will return to the local clinic model and doctors will have to find another motivation for practice besides the acquisition of German automobiles. Old people will have to prevail upon their offspring for care and protection, and they will be expected to play a useful role in the household or community in return if they are able-bodied. The two major parties both proclaim that the USA is verging on "energy independence." Both parties are lying. Reality knows that the shale oil "game changer" is a mirage. By 2014, the "sweet spots" of the Bakken will deplete faster than new wells can be drilled, and the impairments of banking will constrict the supply of capital investment for that hypothetical future drilling. All the deregulationin the world will not alter the fact that future oil is expensive, exists in places where itis hard to work, and entails unappetizing geopolitical contingencies. Reality favorsletting go of automobile-based living and the adoption of walkable communities connected by inland waterways and railroads. The two major parties believe that the foreign wars are good for business as long as you can minimize the casualties on our side and keep war news off the TV. Reality knows that war as currently practiced by the US Military is a failure if 1.) you can't control the terrain in the foreign theater of operations, and 2.) you can't control the behavior of the foreign population. Notice that we can't do either of those things in Afghanistan or the sundry other places where the US military might be found today. The two major parties also favor the application of war-time "security" operations on the US public inside our borders - i.e. spying, data harvesting, monitoring of cellphone and bank records., et cetera - contrary to what US law and the constitution says. Reality believes that, if the rule of law remains optional, the time will come when American government officials who authorized these activities may be dragged from their command centers and hanged from traffic signals by a citizenry pushed too far. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama would label Reality a "terrorist movement" if they could and seek to blow it up with predator drones. But Reality is harder to stamp out than truth, which can be shouted down, papered over, fudged, outlawed, etch-a-sketched, exiled, and reviled. Reality is everywhere. It lurks inside and outside the doors of the phony-baloney convention vaudeville shows in its cloak of invisibility,ready to work its hoodoo on the feckless, the fatuous, and the wicked. Reality is America's last best hope. Join the Reality Party. In fact, all the male energies in American political economy have been directed lately in the service of a one multifarious enterprise: the support of fraud, which includes the promotion of untruth, the protection of the wicked, and the evasion of reality. That can only end badly as this vast cargo of lies passes through the event horizon of circumstance and sucks us into the unknown territory that lies beyond the fall of empire. You can be certain of this: genuine male energy will re-emerge from the shadows and that energy will re-engage the still unresolved tensions abroad in this land. When they do, anything can happen. For now, the election of 2012 remains a mere pussy riot.
Below: My first car was a 1941 Plymouth that cost $75 (owner financed payments were $7.50/month for 10 months) purchased in 1961,. Gas ran around $.29 to .39 cents and may times I put in $.50 worth. One time when 15 miles from home in Washington, my buddy and I drained several hoses at gas stations to get enough gas to return home. Got a cup or two from each hose. My second car was a 1955 Studebaker (Above) purchased in 1964 for $300 cash. It had a hugh 4 barrel carbureter motor with a manual 4 speed floor mounted Hurst Power Shifter, "four on the floor" as we called them. A spring loaded Hurst Power Shifter simply snapped into the next gear when the driver pushed it out of previous gear. It would easily run 120mph (registered 140mph) and would peel rubber in 3 gears, I replaced 3 clutch plates in two years. Top: In 1966 the third purchase was a brand new powder blue 1966 Chevy Biscayne from McDonald Chevrolet, South St., Washington Indiana for $1,950. Took out a 24 month loan from State Bank in Washington with my dad co-signing. Ralph Pipher, bank president lectured me on how hard this would be to pay back. I had it paid off in 8 months. I gave it to Tonyia before we were married. She backed it into a tree a few days later, denting the fender... I was not so happy then but now I would have just hugged her and said "honey, thats OK, in 10 years it will be in the junkyard anyway".
"Anyone can rescue his human life who seizes every opportunity of being a man by means of personal action, however unpretending, for the good of fellow men who need the help of a fellow man." Albert Schweitzer
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon Torah of Economics : There is no such thing as a free lunch, and all the rest is merely explanation Basic fallacy : it is possible to do good with others people's money Thank God for Government's unlimited ability to waste The major monetary metal in history is silver, not gold.” & especially not fiat paper. Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive. Governments never LEARN. Only people LEARN. Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
Paper money always returns to its intrinsic value – zero.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities The history of the great events of this world are scarcely more than the history of crime To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize
When words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty.........Confucius
God designed and Amateurs built the Ark,
Engineers designed and professionals built the Titanic,
The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of evil people but because ordinary people do nothing about it - Albert Einstein
When I die, I'll be leaving behind the same amount of money as Bill Gates. All of it - Theodore Mantle
*When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson
There are a thousand hackling at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root - Henry D. Thoreau
When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. Isaac Asimov
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* The reality is, if we tell the truth, we only have to tell the truth once. If you lie, you have to keep lying forever - Wayne Dosick