interview with John Robb
Unlike a failed state like Somalia (utter chaos), a hollow state still retains the facade of a nation (borders, bureaucracy, etc.). However, a hollow state doesn’t exert any meaningful control over the countryside. It’s not only that the state can’t do it militarily, they don’t have anything they can offer people. So, instead, control is ceded to local groups that can provide basic levels of opt-in security, minimal services, and jobs via new connections to the global economy – think in terms of La Familia in Michoacana.
The real danger to the US is that not only will these groups expand into the US (they already have), it is that these groups will accelerate the development of similar homegrown groups in the US as our middle class evaporates.
Do you see a diminishing role for the state in large-scale governance? Does this compel communities to do it for themselves?
Yes, large scale governance is on the way out. Not only are nearly all governments financially insolvent, they can’t protect citizens from a global system that is running amok. As services and security begin to fade, local sources of order will emerge to fill the void. Hopefully, most people will opt to take control of this process by joining together with others to build resilient communities that can offer the independence, security, and prosperity that isn’t offered by the nation-state anymore. However, this is something you will have to build for yourself. Nobody is going to help you build it.
The ruthless economic contraction is the hollowing out of the United States.
Addendum: When liberal multiculters attack White ethnic advocates, their paychecks are their weapons and their motives. WIthout their paychecks and the promise of social approval leading to bigger paychecks, they would have to attend to more important and immediate needs. There are no volunteer multiculturalists; our side is nothing but volunteers. Economic contraction will force the multiculters to “criticize white dominance . . . for food,” or seek a new line of work. The anti-white army of envious freaks, failures and white-haters marches on its stomach.
The main reason that political correctness has managed to gain such a strong grip over this once very free country, is that our primary economic activities consist of jive and butt-kissing.
That is, most of the sources of middle class income require a surrender of one’s conscience and freedom of political expression, unless your political expression IS multiculturalism and political correctness. If you are a True Believer in the fantasy utopia of a rainbow multicult, you got it made. I suppose such people exist; I see their articles at Alternet and Our Future. Many others just simply give up political freedom and live in “quiet desperation.”
Back when Americans directly produced things of value such as food, textiles, and machines, their livelihood did not depend on other people “liking them,” which means they didn’t have to avoid controversy at all costs. We were a livelier and more dangerous people. Modernity has castrated us.
The entrepreneurial middle class now are largely middlemen (resellers), advertiser/marketers, and bureaucrats of either the public or private sectors. All of these require absolute surrender to Mammon. This is the ideal arrangement of a One World Order. The whole world as just a bunch of real estate agents who dream only of making a lot of sales, and going on vacation to Aruba and sipping an umbrella drink. And of course a massive population of “invisible” slaves who actually do the productive work, and do it in a very slipshod manner, ala Kurtagic’s novel “Mister.”
When you produce something of value, such as food, you can always find another buyer. You aren’t beholden to social approval. To a lesser but significant extent, this is true of being an IT tech and “best practices consultant.” Such a person is not selling “jive,” he is helping the jive professions get more done faster. He is a Mind-Weapon who is not so easily replaced, and can always sell his service in the next town, or the next county, or another state.
Being an intellectual sets you apart from the Mammon society, but it’s best if one of your intellectual pursuits has a practical use, such as speaking a relevant foreign language or two. The four relevant languages in are English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. In the rest of the world it’s no big deal to be multilingual; among Americans it is a very rare and prestigious thing.
The truth is, life here is awful in its own way. If you have lived here all your life, you should go live in Russia for a year and see the difference. See what it’s like to be among people who don’t worship Mammon and haven’t surrendered their conscience. Expatriation is one way to get free of the hell of the land of jive and buttkiss.
The other way, the harder way, is to become a primary producer here, and show others how to do it, and form small “trading alliances” of primary producers. Every farmer I know is eager to help other people become farmers, because we are desperate to create enough farmers to form a “trading alliance” and political bloc. Farming in New England is treated as a hobby, and the farmers are desperate to become as important and respected as real estate agents.
I suspect that the Planners and Designers of Shuck and Jive America know that producers are less beholden than resellers. Thus I have reverse-engineered the One World Order and found that production equals liberation. If you don’t want to live under One World Slavery, you had best become a producer again.