I forgot to mention the opioid and suicide epidemic in my speech on The Unraveling of the South. As with the mass shootings, this is another national trend which stems from the same social and economic breakdown which has increased the stress level in American life:
“This week CNN devoted seven hours of programming to climate change, bringing the leading Democratic candidates onstage to grill them on the issue. I have no complaints about the decision, but I wish that some network would set aside a similar amount of time for a more immediate crisis, one that is killing tens of thousands of Americans right now — more than the crack epidemic at its worst, more than the Vietnam War.
The working shorthand for this crisis is “deaths of despair,” a resonant phrase conjured by the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton to describe the sudden rise in deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug abuse since the turn of the millennium.
Now a new report from the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee charts the scale of this increase — a doubling from 22.7 deaths of despair per 100,000 American in 2000 to 45.8 per 100,000 in 2017, easily eclipsing all prior 20th-century highs. …”
According to the Democrats, “white supremacy” is on the march in America, but strangely White men are killing themselves in record numbers from suicides and drug overdoses. Mass shootings are another solution to the same existential crisis but far more people just blow their brains out. The crisis is more reminiscent of post-Soviet Russia or American Indian reservations.
Don’t lose hope!
The solution is classical liberalism buttressed by pluralism. The GDP has never been higher! The US embassy has been moved to Jerusalem! The black unemployment rate has never been lower! Yes, White men are throwing their lives away in record numbers and lashing out in rage against society, but all is well! The abortion rate has declined because the birth rate has collapsed! Those campus free speech codes have been eliminated after mainstream conservatism nipped political correctness in the bud!