John Galt wrote:we're not on the precipice of collapse, we are on the decline. yes, things like crime go down. but is that the measure of whether or not society is declining?
i have pondered this often, when i see the flag at half mast. i think i see the flag at half mast more than I see the flag gloriously on top. we're perpetually mourning something. i understand it is because we are very connected these days why that happens (we hear about things far away and it impacts us)
but in the heart of the matter is the decadent decline. we are self absorbed and bicker over shit. obama ran on hope and change, and that was his message entirely. why did it work? because we've been on the decline. ever since clinton we've been on the decline. i think we can chart the fall of the united states morally from our post-cold-war high and it started with a cigar up a twat. obama was a reprieve, but another clinton will not be. trump wouldn't be either but at least he is speaking to the problems that are ailing us
more young men are not working today than the height of the great depression, as a percentage of population. they simply aren't even looking for work. they are staying at home, playing video games or doing meth, and not caring about shit. even our fat poors are decadent
what should be done about it? i'm not sure. land war in asia is always a good bet. but a great wonder is also a good one. speaking of, civ 6 comes out today. too bad they don't have a decadence mechanic. it needs to be there, because all empires get it
I still haven't bothered to play EU4, or half the games I bought on steam 2 years ago. Why? Cuz I haven't had time to be decadent. Too busy with movement shit.