society hits that point? Do you see the implication from the 19…n fewer than that own large enough numbers of shares to earn a meaningful capital income from them. Now a teacher works two or three jobs — but a trust fund scion grows richer by the nanosecond, for never having contributed a thing to society, read a book, had an idea, or accomplished anything at all. Capitalism’s booming, sure, but most Americans aren’t capitalists — and they never will be, so those gains are had at their expense, not to their benefit. Hence, what all those share buybacks have done is accelerate inequality to a point higher than the Great Depression. Do you see the problem that’s about to happen when a society hits that point? Do you see the implication from the 1930s?
What the next few months are really testing is nothing less than whether American exceptionalism exists, ever existed, can exist — or whether it was always just a fairy tale to lull us asleep. America was something like history’s perfect Petri dish for fascism. Can it rise above it, despite being that? What kind of immune system would that take? That would take something special, indeed, wouldn’t it? Or maybe America will prove something different to us — that nobody, no matter how strong or swift or smart, can rise above the mighty and terrible tides of history. That is something worth learning, too — although it will not be such a pretty finding for Americans. We will find out soon enough, I suppose.
There are very few paths out for an economy as stagnant and ruined as America’s. And of the paths there are, the easiest, fastest, and simplest, by a very long way, is National Socialism. Employ people as bullies and thugs and enforcers, put tactical body armour on them, give them machine guns, hand them badges and uniforms, and send them to hunt down little kids. Bang! How proud they feel. See how easy that is? If I’m the government, that’s the easiest thing of all for me to accomplish — I can do it with a snap of my fingers, because such jobs take no skill apart from cruelty and indifference and rage. Much, much harder for a society to develop doctors, professors, engineers, artists, and writers. Creating vigilante armies of uniformed men takes months. But making people something better, worthier, and truer requires time, creativity, unwavering purpose, genuine commitment.