The End of the American Experiment
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America (as symbolised by the flatulent “Make America Great Again” Trump) is the expression, at the level of the State, of the Dunning-Kruger effect — burdened by the illusory superiority that arises when one’s critical faculties are not sufficient to evaluate one’s own stupidity.

The tragedy and paradox — and where I diasagree to some extent with the author — is that it is also still the source of some of the most gifted, inspiring, intelligent people I know, despite all that. They just don’t seem collectively to be able to reach escape velocity from the gravitational pull of the lumpenproletariat.

Systems that are ‘locked-in’ need an external force to get them to change state — some sort of epiphany. The spectacle of Nazis marching openly in broad daylight really ought to do it. But for a system rigged to implode, it’s much more likely (in my view) that an impulse will force it to change state the other way i.e. to cause its total collapse. Such a collapse is likely to be as rapid as it is unpredictable. I can see the US de-Federalising into an East and West Coast that have had nothing in common for decades, separated by the fly-over zone. Ironic, and worrying, on the anniversary of India/Pakistan Partition…

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