How’s Your Health?

A man was murdered in Portland last night apparently for no other reason than wearing a hat that the peaceful protesters disliked. The video footage shows him walking calmly, not getting into any scuffles when he got coldly assassinated.

Let’s sit around and wait for a wave of outrage about yet another murder committed by peaceful protesters. I hope everybody here is in great health because we might have to wait for many years.

9 thoughts on “How’s Your Health?”

  1. I remember thinking, after the Covington incident, and the absolutely rabid way people reacted to it… it’s only a matter of time before someone gets shot for wearing a maga hat. And people will try to justify it when it happens, too.

    How the heck did wearing a campaign slogan for a duly elected US president become a capital offense?

    Wasn’t a maga hat this time (that already happened), but close enough.


    1. I said many years ago on this blog that nothing scares me more than fanaticism. I stand by that statement. The people who have been attacked by the rioters all describe them as glassy-eyed and completely impervious to any appeal to reason or compassion. This is the same dark force of the human psyche that drove people to kill during the Inquisition, the witch trials, the French Revolution. To me, this is the scariest thing because you can’t reason with this force. You can’t persuade, cajole, pacify, or bribe it. It’s going to go very far and do things we find hard to believe. And any attempt to justify it is downright criminal at this point.

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  2. What do you think about James Kunstler’s theory that today’s violence is economic in nature and a part of “the agonizing process” of downscaling of cities? This person is “the author of numerous books on urban geography and economics” and has a blog which I am checking out:

    Kunstler’s article making this point:

    // The Age Of The Mega-City Is Over
    Urban life has always been about the concentration of life and work, but it doesn’t have to be at the colossal scale.

    The short version of the story is that our biggest cities have exceeded the viable scale of their operation as we enter an era of resource and capital scarcities that will inescapably shrink economies. Their infrastructure is too complex and costly to maintain. The skyscrapers and megastructures that were built to accommodate a particular way of organizing work have very suddenly gone obsolete. The cities face default on their ruinous debt obligations and pension promises. Social and ethnic conflict has turned ugly, and both life and property are at risk as public order founders.

    The foregoing suggests epic demographic shifts. People will be on the move—they already are—as the cities decant. If the current political mood is any index of things to come, those movements will occur against the background of considerable disorder. That has already begun, too, in the summer of 2020 as looting, burning, and anarchy spread from one place to another. For the moment, a lot of former city people are seeking refuge in the suburbs. That will prove to be a bad choice. The suburbs, too, are headed for trouble—and I’ll take that up in next month’s commentary.


    1. ” today’s violence is economic in nature ”

      I thought that Clarissa had already written as much – along with a bunch of other people. I don’t know of any serious analysis that doesn’t recognize that* this is about economics. People don’t agree on the specifics but it’s obviously about economic dislocations in the (fairly recent) past and in the future (jockeying for position in the new order).

      *okay that might be a bit circular since I pretty quickly dismiss people that claim it’s about “systemic racism”


      1. // I don’t know of any serious analysis that doesn’t recognize that* this is about economics.

        What was new to me in Kunstler’s article was the emphasis on the economic disintegration of cities even before Covid -19 which leads to current violence in those cities, creating a circular effect:

        cities struggle economically –> violence –> worsening economic situation even further


      2. There needs to be an added component for economic dislocation to result in this sort of violence. That component is legitimacy. Mass violence only happens when the perpetrators have been invested with the power to claim it as legitimate. And we currently have a situation where every major institution that holds cultural authority is siding with the violent goons and legitimating them.


        1. The dissolution of local ties, of a sense of rootedness, is very useful to fluidity and global capitalism. Of course every major institution is legitimizing them.


    2. The population of Kenosha is 100,000. It’s not a big city by any measure. Kharkiv, my city, had the population of 1,5 million in the 1990s and there was nothing even remotely resembling this kind of chaos at the height of the bandit wars.


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