It’s been a bad few weeks for liberty lovers, doomers and individualists of all sorts. The economy, along with the stock market, is soaring to new logic defying heights, housing is recovering, and the awful events in my hometown of Boston has ushered in a new wave nationalistic collectivism and blood lust. Things are beginning to look a lot like the mid-2000′s, an overall ugly-ass time for America and the final, dwindling dawn before the crash.
But, before everyone finally gets their bald eagle tattoos finished and starts buying 7 houses in Phoenix, we should look at some examples of why the return of 03-07 is a bad thing. Here are 5.
USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA- It’s back! The mindless nationalistic fervor that swept the nation after 9/11 seems to be seeping back into the culture once again. You can always count on Americans to unite during times of tragedy, not in terms of humble pride, empathetic charity or selfless sacrifice of course, but in seething hatred and shocking ignorance. (There were, of course, many cases of the former, but unfortunately the ladder tended to be the more dominant theme). America may have gotten it’s empire appetite back after this, and that’s not a good thing. If I start seeing 90% Presidential approval ratings again I may need to start digging my bunker. I can see the invade Chechnya bumper stickers now.
FIREd Up- The Finance, Insurance and Real Estate industries seem to be getting back to their pre-crash selves again. After experiencing a Weekend at Bernies part 1 for the last 5 years, it seems the Fed’s voodoo has got us to part 2. How long will the current party last? Are we even permitted to ask that question? Either way if you are in any way skeptical of what the Fed has been doing since the crash you have to use this time to get your shit in order and prepare for the next chapter of the story to unfold. We have been granted a reprieve from the collapse. Use it wisely.
Everything’s Coming Up Collective- Economic booms and wars are like magnets for humans, they pull us all together by our basic elements. Those not drawn in are exposed as different, and possible threats. For those of us uncomfortable in crowds, be they physical or mental, these times are ones of constant struggle, and I fear we’re entering one again. Times of collective reaction are not always bad for individualists. Opportunities are abound in up times, as long as you’re able to stay clear of the swarm.
The State’s Shining- After the Boston occupation ceased, crowds were reportedly singing We Are The Champions, which even by early 2000′s standards seems daffy. Perhaps sensing celebrating a terrorist manhunt like a Super Bowl parade wasn’t enough, the general public did everything thing else they could to heap praise upon their lords. Not even a full 24 hours after the manhunt ended, with few solid facts known and without official charges being filed, the higher-up public officials in Boston took to the field at Fenway Park to the standing applauds of the mouth breathing crowd. On the bright side though, the Massachusetts taxpayers stand to save hundred of thousands on dollars every year on boot shining costs now that the masses have lined up to lick them.
We’re Back Baby! On The Road To Utter Absurdity- So it appears America got its grove back. We’re back to a place where most of us are comfortable. Debating how many foreigners to kill, how many people to keep out and how many rights to give up. In times like these only the most ridiculous, destructive ideas will be acknowledged, and only the most crooked people will be honored. Down times force people to see reality, not only in the world, but in themselves, and considering how most people hate what they really are, it’s no wonder most would choose an unsustainable fiction over perpetual truth.