Pat Buchanan’s new book Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025 is easily his boldest affront yet to the reigning racial and cultural taboos of Black Run Amerika.
The book is written from the perspective of a small group of people who I have endearingly nicknamed the Vulcans: a handful of non-violent alien historians parked somewhere in near earth orbit, who understand they are witnessing the collapse of Western civilization, who have given considerable thought to the issue, who understand at the deepest level why Western civilization has declined, who are haunted by their knowledge of the darkening future, and who can read the latest headlines and see their projections coming true.
Suicide of a Superpower is full of “hate truth” that will resonate with an anxious conservative audience. Listen for yourself.
If I had to make an educated guess, I would say that Buchanan wrote this book (just like the previous five books) to raise awareness of the impending collapse of Western civilization. Therefore, Buchanan pushed the boundaries of mainstream discourse as far as he thought he could go while getting it published and delivered to a mass conservative audience.
There are a lot of controversial subjects that are not given the proper amount of attention in this book. That’s perfectly fine by me. I can trace my own awakening to a copy of Death of the West that I bought in Montgomery in Winter 2002.
Buchanan does manage to pinpoint and discuss six of the seven terminal crises that will bring down first the American Empire and later the United States within our lifetimes:
(1) The Financial Crisis – The predatory American financial system that was shackled in the Great Depression has broken free of its restraints, seceded from the American physical economy, and has become its overlord.
Within the last 25 years, the nature of money itself has been transformed into an abstraction. In a “globalized world,” finance has broken free of its national, cultural, and religious underpinnings. This has created enormous wealth for atomized individuals who have no sense of loyalty to any community and who lack any compelling characteristic in the eyes of the masses that would justify retaining their wealth.
The financial crisis, which is behind the debt crisis, will clearly be the immediate trigger of our national demise.
(2) The Racial Crisis – By 2042, White Americans are scheduled to become a minority in the United States. With each passing year, the burden of BRA becomes more unbearable for the average White household.
African-American and Hispanic tax consumers are becoming more aggressive and explicitly racial in their agenda. White taxpayers are becoming more defensive. The myth of a “post-racial” society is collapsing. White racial attitudes are hardening again.
In the long term, the GOP cannot survive as a national party by relying upon its shrinking base of White Christians. OTOH, the Democratic strategy of gentry liberalism cannot survive either because the reemergence of the zero sum world is drying up the pool of resources that can be redistributed from “privileged groups” to “officially aggrieved minorities.”
(3) The Cultural Crisis – Buchanan understands that Christianity is the foundation of Western civilization. Indeed, the term “Western civilization” itself is a reference Catholic Christendom which for centuries was synonymous with the whole idea of “Europe.”
As the Christian narrative of the West has lost its hold over the minds of the Western peoples, Western culture has collapsed and nihilism and chaos now reign in the realm of morality. Secular fantasy ideologies like liberalism, humanism, and communism have moved into the vacuum of faith.
America is disintegrating as a nation because its people no longer share a common moral tradition. Instead, they bark at each other from across the “partisan divide.” This is the inevitable prelude to our demise as a nation-state.
(4) The Philosophical Crisis – The secular fantasy ideologies that moved into the cultural vacuum left behind by a decaying Christianity are unable to sustain the project of Western civilization in the long run.
In the United States, the dominant fantasy ideology is liberal capitalist democracy, or as some on the Alt Right have called it, “The System.” In Europe, the dominant fantasy ideology was Marxism. The American elite subscribes to a confused hybrid of these two traditions.
As the Christian faith that sustained Europe evaporated in the 20C, Europeans naturally began to slaughter each other over blood and soil allegiances, the other two major compasses of the human heart. This allowed the rival Anglo-American and Soviet fantasy ideologies of liberal capitalist democracy and Marxism to take root in Western Europe.
(5) The Demographic Crisis – The deadly core of liberal capitalist democracy is the self-centered secular ethos of “expressive individualism,” more commonly known as the “counterculture,” which triumphed in the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and which has been imposed on America and the rest of the Western world through the elites who identify with that revolution.
It is the corrosive ethic of “expressive individualism” which is behind everything from second wave feminism to the gay rights movement to the pornography industry to the proliferation of gambling to the spread of hideous tattoos and piercings to “abortion rights” and the triumph of the “free love movement.”
This is the culture which demands that we look upon gay pride parades, drug abuse, millions of shattered households, epidemic suicide rates, and miscegenation as a “progressive” development. Isn’t all this just a great celebration of personal freedom and liberation from the hidebound boundaries of reactionary Western tradition?
The LDC system (and the creation of television, the film industry, the spread of the public school system, meritocratic universities, and the backlash against the Great European Civil War) is what has allowed the scum of society to punch through the traditional racial, cultural, and religious restraints that have held degeneracy in check for generations and to rise to elite status in the former countries of Western civilization.
The long term consequence of this is a collapse in Western birthrates to levels in some countries where no known society has ever recovered. The Death of the West is now playing out on television in countries like Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain.
(6) The Political Crisis – For two generations, America’s political class has been telling us that “diversity is our strength.”
The most obvious indicator of the truth that “diversity is our strength” is the present 9 percent approval rating of Congress and the 11 percent approval rating of the federal government.
The cultural ideal of the Baby Boomer elite is that America is a “nation” that isn’t based on any race, ethnic group, religion, culture, or creed. We have been successfully transformed into Ben Wattenburg’s The First Universal Nation.
Unfortunately, our utopian minded beatnik elites who were living in a fantasy world did not anticipate that magnifying our internal differences would drive us further apart rather than bring us closer together. They set out to balkanize America and have succeeded in that project.
Here are two vivid illustrations of the “two Americas”: Ben Wattenburg’s First Universal Nation and Sarah Palin’s Real America.
California has become an ungovernable basket case of a state. As the United States becomes as diverse as California, it will become just as bankrupt and dysfunctional, although one could make the argument that we have already reached that point in our national history.
(7) The Energy Crisis – The energy crisis represents the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (conquest, war, famine, and death) that is left undiscussed in Suicide of a Superpower. It is the single most unpleasant fact about that ugly beast called Reality that has been swept under the rug and forgotten by the Baby Boomers.
I was somewhat surprised that Buchanan failed to mention the Solyndra scandal, Al Gore’s ethanol corn fields in Iowa, and the recent collapse of faith in “green energy” techno magical wizardry to solve the thorny problem that is Peak Oil.
In the year 2011, we are paying close to $4 dollars a gallon for gasoline, the price of groceries at the supermarket has tripled, we have lost manned spaceflight capability, and the airlines are flirting with death, but everything is fine because we have the Steve Jobs Apple iPad and Facebook – this is the definitive proof, as if any further proof were needed after Lady Gaga and The X Factor, that America has ceased to be a serious nation.
American civilization is built around the automobile, the supermarket, the suburb, the big box store, and the airplane. What happens to American civilization in the long run when we lose access to the world’s dwindling reserves of petroleum which are concentrated in the Middle East?
In Suicide of a Superpower, OD readers will find elaborate discussions about the collapse of the mainline Protestant churches, the collapse of Catholicism, the collapse of White birthrates, the suicidal embrace of third world immigration by the GOP, the present obsession with democracy and equality, the decline of the American Empire, the silliness of diversity, and the threat to American national unity posed by ethnonationalism – the apocalyptic implications for the future of the United States of the synergy of all these insoluble crises listed above are the dark vision that is behind the narrative in this book.
There are two other major issues which are neglected in this book:
(8) The Jewish Question – Buchanan wisely neglects this issue because 50 percent of American Jewry is scheduled to vacate the earth by 2050. He couldn’t resist drawing attention to this uncomfortable fact though.
(9) The Rival Nations – The Rival Nations thesis is a major undercurrent in this book, but it is never explicitly formulated in Suicide of a Superpower. Instead, Buchanan invests most of his time explaining how ethnonationalism is a primordial force that is tearing apart nations in Latin America, African, Europe, and Asia where he is on safer territory in the mainstream.
Buchanan clearly believes that America will be torn apart by ethnonationalism in the 21st century in much the same that Europe was torn about by ethnonationalism in the 20th century. He repeatedly contrasts “Middle America” with the rest of the United States.
In Buchanan’s view, the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s has only put down the shallowest of roots in “Middle America,” and as the American Empire collapses, as Western civilization goes through its death rattle, and as the American economy plunges the cliff of world history, he believes that a new nation will be born somewhere in this region.
What is Middle America though?
Why did the Cultural Revolution triumph in “Coastal America”? Why did it fail to triumph in “Middle America”? Buchanan never explains why “Middle America” exists. He is much more comfortable discussing the demise of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.
Telling the truth about the distinctiveness of “Middle America” requires telling the most hateful truth about American history: the truth being that there was never a “melting pot” and there was never really an “American people.”
“Middle America” is really the political alliance within the American federation between Dixie, Far West, Heartland, and Midlands that is the base of the Republican Party: 25 states that include Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, West Virginia, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, and Alaska.
“Coastal America” is really the political alliance between Yankeedom, The Left Coast, New Netherland, and El Norte that is the base of the Democratic Party: 17 states that include New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.
The swing states that are up for grabs are Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico (El Norte) and Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Iowa (Midlands). The “future of the Republic” will be decided in the Southwest because the Northern alliance behind the Democratic Party is deliberately fostering the creation of Aztlan to gain permanent hegemony within the Union.
Nothing has changed.
In the year 2011, the real fundamental divide in America is still Blue and Gray. The only thing that has changed is that the West has been settled which has expanded the cultural divide across the continent into Red and Blue.
Why should we lament the demise of “the country we grew up in”? The United States was never our country anyway. The MLK system, the Ivy League system, and the Lincoln system are on the verge of collapse. Like Moscow and London, Washington and Wall Street are losing their grip on the provinces.
How is that a bad thing? Three cheers the reversal of Appomattox!