America the Shrunken

Frank Bruni, New York Times, May 4, 2014

Not long ago I asked a good friend of mine–one of the smartest men I know, and one of the most devoted dads–if he thought that his children would live in a more prosperous America or at least enjoy the same bounty of opportunities that we had.

His response was instant and unequivocal. No.

“How do you make peace with that?” I said.

He shrugged, laughed bitterly and answered, “I’m hoping to leave them a lot of money.”

The American dream, 2014 edition: Squirrel away nuts for a leaner tomorrow. The worst is yet to come, so insure yourself against it if you’re among the lucky few who can.

I was reminded of my conversation with him when I read last week about a fresh projection, from a branch of the World Bank, that the Chinese economy might overtake ours by the end of this year, finishing our century-plus reign as the world’s wealthiest nation. What a run we had! It was great while it lasted.

And it will probably last much longer than another few months. The projection relied on disputed arithmetic. These matters aren’t neat and clean.

But our slide to No. 2 nonetheless seems inevitable, so much so that most Americans think it has already happened. For the last six years, when the Gallup Poll asked them which country was the world’s “leading economic power,” more answered China than said the United States. This year, the spread was an astonishing 52 to 31 percent. Fewer than one in three Americans puts us on top, even though we actually remain there.

More and more I get the sense that we’ve lost it, and by “it” I mean the optimism that was always the lifeblood of this luminous experiment, the ambition that has been its foundation, the swagger that made us so envied and emulated and reviled.


In a lengthy memo that he shared with Politico late last year, the Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik assessed what he called “a decade of anger and disaffection,” noting that for 10 years in a row, according to polling by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, the percentage of Americans who believed that the United States was on the wrong track exceeded the percentage who thought it was on the right track. That’s a change in the very character of the country.

“At the core of Americans’ anger and alienation is the belief that the American dream is no longer attainable,” Sosnik wrote. “For the first time in our country’s history, there is more social mobility in Europe than in the United States.”


American schoolchildren aren’t anywhere near the head of the international pack, and American adults, according to one recent study, lack the technical skills that peers in many other developed countries have.


We seldom build big things anymore. We just talk about building them and usually decide to take a pass or to wait, whether it’s a high-speed train in California or another tunnel between New Jersey and New York. And while each of these demurrals has a reason, the sum of them has an inescapably defeatist bent. We’re tentative. Timid.

My Times colleagues David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy recently reported that the middle class in America, which had long been the world’s most affluent, wasn’t anymore. Canada had overtaken us.

My Times colleague Nicholas Kristof wrote about America’s rank on a new “social progress index” that includes 132 countries. We’re 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation–access to water and sanitation!–and 16th over all, just two spots above Slovenia.

And my colleague Maureen Dowd marveled at the “reduced expectations” and “truculent passivity” of Barack Obama’s presidency, which may be a crystalline mirror of the nation itself, aptly humbled and eerily fatalistic.

These three stories are threads in one tapestry, a faded panorama of American possibility. We’re contemptuous of the federal government. We distrust interventions abroad. The fertility rate is down. And we’ve gone from “Sex and the City,” with its fairy-tale lilt and candy-colored palette, to “Girls,” with its infinite shades of gray.

My friend isn’t alone in his worry for his kids. The “Heartland Monitor Poll”by the National Journal and Allstate last September showed that only 20 percent of Americans expected today’s children to have more opportunities to get ahead than their parents had, while 45 percent expected them to have fewer. That was the most downbeat finding since the poll first broached the question in 2009.


A thoughtful college junior I know told me that while he didn’t envision a richer American economy in his future or a mightier American role in the world, he looked forward to a country with a warmer embrace of diversity, including gay marriage in every state. He itched to be a part of its creation.

Still, I worry. Can a nation so long defined by its faith in an expansive frontier accept limits so easily? If we become convinced that the pie won’t grow, do our politics degenerate into endless squabbling over the slices? And isn’t pessimism a self-fulfilling prophecy?


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  • dd121

    People should accept that the left is trying to destroy the middle class and middle class wealth. Seems they’re well on their way.

    • Lewis33

      I wouldn’t leave out their conservative Inc. kinsmen, who would sell their children’s soul’s through amnesty for a few extra shekels.

      • Sick of it

        Conservatism, Inc. is part of the left and the current power structure. They are not fighting back, they do not offer decent alternatives, but only move us along more slowly into the same situation desired by the left. It’s very Orwellian.

        • dd121

          With conservatives, the destruction of the white race is only an artifact; with the left it is an end in itself.

    • JohnEngelman

      The right cooperates by flattening the tax system.

      • AutomaticSlim

        How have they flattened it?
        Even under Ronald Reagan the top rate was a criminally horrendous 28%!
        Before 1913 it was 0%.

        And in my opinion, it should be as close to that as possible now.
        Perhaps 10% tops, for everything, Fed, State, Local combine.
        Let people keep a minimum of 90% of what they earn.
        Why should I have less of what I work so hard for, so others can have more without doing any work?

        End welfare, food stamps, public housing, medicaid, head start, and all other social programs.

        End the public school system – private school is much cheaper.

        End the elaborate and grossly unfair benefits and pensions to government workers.
        Close all foreign military bases unless the foreign country pays 3 times the cost of operations.

        Of the troops that come home, put at least 50 thousand on the Mexican border to stop the illegal aliens.
        Let local law enforcement arrest the existing illegals for deportation.
        End birthright citizenship.
        Permanently ban third world immigration to the US.
        It can be done. The US I just described existed and thrived less than 100 years ago. We can get there again.

        • Geo1metric

          “We can get there again.”

          Only when common sense returns. It hasn’t even booked its ticket yet.

    • Urbane Neanderthal

      Communism doesn’t sell to the middle class, but socialism does reasonably well.

      “The goal of socialism is communism” – Vladimir Lenin

      Once the middle class is sufficiently reduced and addicted to government handouts the goal is within Marxist reach.

    • Fair Dinkum

      The right wants cheap labor, just as the planters of the Old South wanted their slaves. Neither modern day “conservatives” nor the plantation owners cared anything about the impact this would have on the rest of the country.

      • sbuffalonative

        Too true.

        It’s all about making as much money as quickly as possible. Long term consequences be damned.

      • Sick of it

        You have to be joking. We had a system which did not allow for virtually any of the vile filth that permeates this country today. We even killed white criminals without hesitation. Oh yes, preach it Northern man, tell us how superior you are while leading slave revolts and marching armies to slaughter the only people who ever gave a damn about white folks in this country! We weren’t big on foreigners such as yourself coming here in the first place and look at what you have wrought.

        • Fair Dinkum

          I’m a Southerner. My family has lived in Georgia since before the Trail of Tears.

    • sbuffalonative

      The ‘progressive’ left has certainly pushed hard for ‘social change’ and they get it every time. We will soon be a nation without any core values or common interests and history. Thousands of subdivided groups claiming to be the ultimate victim deserving of special compensation and redress.

      But the right isn’t innocent. Their single mantra that ‘unrestricted businesses will transform this nation’ are guilty but by different methods.

      They could care less about maintaining a white majority. What they care about is fueling business with cheap labor.

      A pox on both their houses.

  • Bobbala

    The prosperity chases the freedom … It ain’t here.

  • A thoughtful college junior I know told me that while he didn’t envision a richer American economy in his future or a mightier American role in the world, he looked forward to a country with a warmer embrace of diversity, including gay marriage in every state. He itched to be a part of its creation.

    And I thought we were clueless. We know what’s causing our decline, (or rather, “our”), it’s just that we want more of it.

    the Chinese economy might overtake ours by the end of this year

    And that would be in terms of raw GDP. As much as we fluff our GDP numbers upward, the Chinese are probably even worse about it. But even so, GDP overall isn’t everything, GDP per capita is a better metric.

    We seldom build big things anymore. We just talk about building them and usually decide to take a pass or to wait, whether it’s a high-speed train in California or another tunnel between New Jersey and New York.

    Or, even if you jump through all the environmental hurdles, the NIMBY and BANANA lawsuits make things even more complicated. And sometimes, we don’t build the things because they’re way too expensive providing very little benefit, such as the “high” speed train. Politicians talk about this being the country that built the Hoover Dam. Hell, we couldn’t build the Hoover Dam today if it didn’t already exist.

    And my colleague Maureen Dowd marveled at the “reduced expectations” and “truculent passivity” of Barack Obama’s presidency, which may be a crystalline mirror of the nation itself, aptly humbled and eerily fatalistic.

    What this means is that we’re in decline, and Maureen Dowd is upset that Obama isn’t dragging us down fast enough.

  • So CAL Snowman

    What happened to the American dream? It came true. You’re looking at it.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      I wouldn’t call it the American Dream, I would call it the American Waking Nightmare from which for most there will be NO escape.

      • So CAL Snowman

        That’s my point, America has always been a fraud. The “American Dream” was nothing but fawning lip service to brainwashed plebs in order to transfer their wealth to the great central Leviathan, so that said Leviathan could erect the greatest tyrannical government known to man. The “American Dream” is the destruction of the White race.

  • Luca

    If only we could ship our Liberals to China the way we have shipped our jobs and factories there, maybe we could regain our standing in the world.

    • Geo1metric

      I’m thinking how nice it would be to ship some other “groups” overseas as well. Ridding ourselves of these other groups would surely UP our standing as well.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      It wasn’t just libs who shipped it off to China. Repugs had their fat fingers in Lady Liberty’s cooter pie too.

  • The Final Solution

    Diversity was America’s undoing. The gays and “Sex and the City” feminist terrorists who want American women to celebrate being single at 45 are also major factors.

  • Geo1metric

    “A thoughtful college junior I know told me that while he didn’t envision a richer American economy in his future or a mightier American role in the world, he looked forward to a country with a warmer embrace of diversity, including gay marriage in every state. He itched to be a part of its creation.”

    “A thoughtful junior” indeed. Sounds like a real “sensitive” individual and if he isn’t careful, he’ll get a much warmer embrace of diversity than he ever hoped for.

    • jane johnson

      Pajama boy.

      • Geo1metric


  • connorhus

    When a country wastes all it’s resources on racial and gender outcomes through social engineering and ignores the level playing field decline is what happens.

  • sbuffalonative

    Diversity, open borders, and amnesty will save us unless they’re the problem.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Well America being 17 trillion in debt but really about 100 trillion, I wonder if now is a good time to get funding for my Death Star.I could call it a Super Drone or a Debt blaster. Just point and click at who you owe money to. Truly a invention whose time has come.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Kickstart that bad boy! I’ll help fund that. “White’s only” of course, but then again I never saw a non – White Death Star employee. Perhaps we were rooting for the wrong side while watching “Star Wars?” The Empire was just trying to bring peace and stability to the galaxy when those upstarts from the “Occupy the Death Star” movement went and ruined everything.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well the longer I live I realize that most living things should die,now! On a lighter note should the death star fly a American flag with made in china stickers,or just have a picture of a fat white woman farting?I myself am unsure till I do a phone survey next week.

        • So CAL Snowman

          The American flag with the made in china sticker, it pretty much sums up the game these days

      • Whitetrashgang

        Also while playing in LA in a metal band met Mark Hamill, 5 feet tall and flaming, which does describe half the males in the entertainment industry.

        • IstvanIN

          He has been married since 1978 and has three children. Kind of a mean thing to say.

          • Geo1metric

            Could be alternating current or direct current. Could be a three-way.

            One never knows.

  • Tully

    Well of course they’re acting befuddled because they’ve are some of the biggest promoters of unrestrained globalism and it’s attendant pathologies which includes the crippling of the U.S. tech and manufacturing sectors in the name of greed.

    More to the point blame Wall Street and our political class(both parties) along with the professional classes(mostly out of indifference) for our decline. The former two worked tirelessly since the 90’s gutting this country in the name of personal gain. First came NAFTA, PNTR with China with the attendant sucking sound of 8+ million high paying manufacturing and tech jobs going to Asia and other lands, add in the continued out-sourcing since then and the importation of foreign workers under H1-B and L-1 visa programs to take more American jobs in the tech sectors.

    These trade policies didn’t just wipe out jobs, they crushed entire communities and towns in the process and made us a weaker country. So much is made in China, we cannot afford to have them shut off the trade spigot. Our medicine, clothes, tech and most run of the mill goods come from there.

    Then factor in the assault on American workers from the low end via illegal aliens. Jobs that once paid good wages get depressed to minimum or worse. Companies that once had a all American workforce like Hormel get turned into a illegal alien sweatshop because the Mexicans will tolerate horrific conditions for little pay and can be easily replaced.

    On the bright side it made Wall Street very happy and gave people with 401K’s some really great returns.

    Of course unemployment doesn’t get better in such a environment. Yet people wonder why people can’t find work. It’s not that they are lazy, there aren’t any jobs.

    Lets not forget the repeal of Glass-Stegall that set the stage for the grand real-estate and CDS bubble under Bush and gave us QE under Obama.

    Now about QE, if you subtract out the $1 trillion a year that has been pumped into Wall Street and the banking sector since Obama was inaugurated our economy has shrunk over 5%.

    We’re in a hard and deep recession, folks.

    The end game won’t be pretty.

    • Tarczan

      The question I have is when will the merry go round stop? I bet BO is back in Hawaii when it does. from the there he will be able to blame his successor. In 5 to 10 years the real inflation will set in.

      • dukem1

        Wouldn’t surprise me if he wound up a “big man” in some resource-rich African hellhole.

        • Geo1metric

          Well, his 36 million dollar retirement mansion is being built in Hawaii. So, unless it ends up being the “mansion for no one”, odds are he’ll retire there.

      • Geo1metric

        Do you really think it will take that long for the hyper to hit?

    • ncpride

      Those trade policies did indeed wipe out towns across the country, including the small town where I grew up. It has never recovered, and parts of the place still look like a ghost town. We have been betrayed at the deepest level by both parties on any number of issues.

      • Jesse James

        Sixteen years ago Patrick J. Buchanan wrote a book titled, ” The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy” .

        He clearly explained what was wrong with the so called “free trade” of the globalist and predicted exactly the hollowing out of our economy as “our” manufacturers fled overseas for cheap labor. We were sold out by the 1% who were happy to betray their nation and their neighbors for a fatter profit line. I try to buy as little new stuff as I can as a protest. Depression rules now for many of us: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. Starve the beast and the corporations at the same time.

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          Funny, that’s exactly how our grandparents and parents lived. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • sbuffalonative

    “…according to polling by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, the
    percentage of Americans who believed that the United States was on the
    wrong track exceeded the percentage who thought it was on the right
    track. That’s a change in the very character of the country.”

    This of course coincides with the explosion in ‘progressive’ liberal social demands.

    This is a classic, ‘death by a thousand cuts’.

    Sure we might survive on influx of immigrants but what happens when it’s incessant and unending? Maybe Affirmative Action helps a few blacks make it into the middle class but what happens to the better qualified white man who would do a far better job? Women may be more empathic and help diffuse domestic violence problems (something I’ve never seen in real life) but what happens when men are needed to fight?

    • ncpride

      What happens when men are needed to fight? Then we’re up the creek without a paddle from what I’ve seen the past several years. Take this example…. my son was ejected from a football game today at school because he tackled a few other boys to the ground and actually made them cry. That’s right… they CRIED. He swears he wasn’t even hitting as hard as he could have. Although the coaches were snickering under their breath and told my son ‘good job’, this is the toxic environment we’re raising our boys in, and they are being emasculated as fast as possible. This does White women no good, nor our entire race.

      • IstvanIN

        I thought one of the purposes of a football player was to knock the other players down. Isn’t that why they pick mostly big guys and not small guys? I may be a bit confused here, so help me out.

        • ncpride

          So you can see my exasperation. It’s football for heavens sake. In a sane world, the coaches would have told those boys to shake it off and man up, not punish my son for playing the game by the rules. However, considering today’s ridiculous PC environment, they have their hands tied as well.

          • dukem1

            Hard to think of something as un-PC these days as “shakin’ it off.”

          • RisingReich

            I used to get complimented when I tackled so hard I handed out heahaches. What a shame men just cant be themselves anymore.

            May feminists burn someday for this.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            They may get their chance sooner than they imagine.

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          Maybe they should let the boys play Powderpuff football, like girls do.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        We’ve got drones for wars now. We have 300 pound “boys” siting behind computer screens, snacking on Snickers bars, shooting people indiscriminatingly. Boys in elementary school are fed an addictive drug, Ritalin, if they act like boys.

        • ncpride

          Another important point. When my son was in 4th grade there were five (White) boys on those drugs…FIVE. They talked openly about it. How sad. Not a chance I would drug my son for behaving exactly how boys should behave.

  • borogirl54

    One thing for sure, the tax burden was a lot less on my parents than on me.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    The “Great Society,” the civil rights movement, recurring military adventures, radical change in immigration law (1965), the academic and media establishment’s promotion of the race-is-a-social-contract fallacy, sexual and feminist revolutions, and, above all, an array of Supreme Court decisions — including obscure decisions such as Griggs v. Duke Power (1971) barring employers from using standardized tests of general ability in hiring promotion — have all but destroyed America.

  • Ahnenerbe

    Oh yeah that Chinese economy, have fun with all that smog and destruction of the natural environment.

  • –When a country imports massive numbers of thurd world people, it becomes a thurd world country.
    –When gay marriage is the most important thing to a downlow president, then marriage and family become a farce, thus destroying the key building block of civilization.
    –A celebrity obsessed country is not capable of doing much of anything great, especially when those celebrities are the likes of Miley, Kim, and Iggy Azalea. Like wise a porn obessed country.
    –“Spreading the wealth around,” as Obozo put it, slowly kills incentives to create wealth.
    –A massive government bureaucracy filled with black and brown affirmative action deadwood MUST act as a ball and chain on real progress.
    –A fake educational system makes for a fake country.
    –A disemboweled Constitution makes for a country of men, not laws. Not good.

    I’m missing a lot more points I could make, but the idea that the former USA might still exist given the last 20 or 30 years is self-delusion. The blogger Viking B calls the former USA “Amurkistan.” I use the USSA, the United Satanic States of America. We have a government that serves Satan, not the people, and I say that as someone who isn’t even religious.

    • Ahnenerbe

      It’s not Satan just Marxist and neo-Marxist thought. America deserves it all for being allies with the Soviets. You reap what you sow

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yes there is no real satan just a jew communist with a bad haircut.

        • Nancy

          “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” ~Keyser Soze

    • Geo1metric

      You misspelled “thurd” in your first sentence; there’s no “h”.

      • Yes, I knew that, but if I had spelled it correctly, without the “h,” the moderator would have deleted it.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Exactly. Why would someone be induced to create wealth, build a business, strive for that big promotion, only to be told that 60-80 PERCENT of that wealth would be given to generations of welfare recipients, INCLUDING the Military Industrial Complex, designed exclusively to dispossess blacks and browns in their OWN countries, and bring them here to add to the welfare roles. Yeah, sounds like a recipe for success to me.

  • NoMosqueHere

    America cannot be a forward looking, risk taking, optimistic country if it has to carry 150 million third world losers and muslim maniacs on its back.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      But, but, but, they so culturally enrich us!! sarc/

  • JSS

    “At the core of Americans’ anger and alienation is the belief that the American dream is no longer attainable”

    Its time for White people to wake up fast from that stupid dream. We let those who hate our race replace the American dream with MLKs. Time to wake up and start saying no to our enemies. It’s time to be take back control over own destinies. That will happen when we have a homeland again. This country can’t be fixed or rehabilitated.

  • anton drexler

    That “thoughtful” college junior is the crux of the problem.

    • Peter Connor

      Majoring in….diversity studies?

  • Truthseeker

    A thoughtful college junior I know told me that while he didn’t envision
    a richer American economy in his future or a mightier American role in
    the world, he looked forward to a country with a warmer embrace of
    diversity, including gay marriage in every state. He itched to be a part
    of its creation.

    It seems that in the old days, people believed they had a right to be who they were, and that therefore, building up their society and culture were worthy endeavors. Now that liberalism has destroyed any sense of pride in our culture and people, the current generation doesn’t believe that they have any business trying to build our society up. Their very existence is evil, and only by advancing the doctrines of inherent human equality can they be redeemed from their sin of existing.

    • FeuerSalamander

      That thoughtful college junior is likely a fabrication of the writer. This is a very worn out marxist trick , try to create a false narrative and false idea of what peer consensus is, and the marxist does this with outright lies.

      • IstvanIN

        Either a fabrication or some young nitwit who is just repeating the headlines of today, which center around diversity and gay marriage. I find it hard to believe that anyone would pick those two topics as the most important for the future, even if they were pro-diversity and gay marriage. Of course, if you look long enough, you can find someone who believes in just about anything.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    The Obama years remind me of the post-Vietnam “malaise” period (1975-1980). Liberalism was triumphant, the decay was palpable, and as a young person at that time the future looked exceedingly bleak. The USA was still 80% White in 1980. With that number in free fall at 63% now, I can’t see a reversal coming. The only upside is foreign interventions may become too expensive and our role as global police will end.

    • Geo1metric

      I think you’re right about being global police ending. It’s been obvious for awhile that China is being groomed for that role. I say fine.

      • RisingReich

        Have you read the news? We are sending drones to look for useless Nigerian offspring in Nigeria.

        • Whitetrashgang

          Useless , worse than that wait till their here.

        • Geo1metric

          Yes, I try to stay current with the propaganda…err “news”. And I also see that we’ve been the “global police” probably since wwII, but I think that may be changing, slowly, but changing. My opinion.

        • Maybe if we find ’em we can bring them all back and resettle them where? How about Austin, Texas? Austin doesn’t have it’s fair share of Nigerians: of course we’ll also have to bring their extended families with them and settle them there too.

        • Geo1metric

          The question I have there is why the US/Brits are even considering helping Nigeria.

          Nigeria has lots of oil revenue and a population if 170 million. Why can’t they find their own children?


    “If we become convinced that the pie won’t grow, do our politics degenerate into endless squabbling over the slices?” – No way! That will never happen, and it’s certainly not the only logical destination of diversity. And as we all know, the endless squabbling over slices of the American pie is not already happening today. We don’t see it every time we open the news paper or turn on MSNBC < bluuuuugh ) and Fox News or anything. / End Sarcasm )

    Diversity delivers disorder, mistrust, isolation, selfishness, resentment and many many other negative contributions. The one thing diversity does not deliver is strength!

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Yep, it also brings down the country’s social well being and security. Gibs me dat culture at its finest!

  • Puggg

    New York Times wrecks America, then wonders why it’s declining.

    Really now.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      They could start by telling the truth instead of Zionist lies and propaganda.

  • Romulus

    Look for more articles from tribe publications, especially now that we have internet ads on this site..
    The very fact that their influence has contributed greatly to Americas decline is lost on high number of Americans. Our nationalism debt will reportedly continue to climb to ~25 trillion by the time obama leaves office. With America’s gigantic industrial fueled turbo capitalist growth beginning to ebb , her people disillusioned by dispossession, discrimination, and criminalization, we have this fool author cheerleading diversity and homosexuality!!

    No wonder Americans have a poor outlook for the future.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    We’re sliding comfortably into Second World status, but hey- gay marriage.

  • Greg S

    Let’s see, we have 51per cent not working, another 10-15 percent working for federal, state, and local government. The private sector working class pays the way, we are screwed. Stick a fork in the good ole USA, we’re done.
    Canada is looking better every day, at least the only thing socialized there is medicine.

    • Singh1699

      Gun control.

      • Geo1metric

        Speech control. Can thought control be far behind?

        Plus polar bears.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Gun control is also Goyim control.

    • RisingReich

      Canada is already owned by the tribe. You will goto jail there for saying bad things about them.

  • Peter Connor

    Unless you think that government salaries are GDP(snort!), we are probably already #2.

  • Tom Thumb

    The main point I think is that in the future, there will be three types of people. People who do useful work, people who do useless work and people who don’t work at all. The second and third groups are the fastest growing groups. Of the second group, most of them will be employed in obstructing the first group. Because of technology, the first group will be the smallest group. That’s the way it’ll be here.

  • FeuerSalamander

    America the shrunken will mean Israel obliterated

    • RisingReich

      You wont see me crying about isn’treal.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        Who will they run to when the White American tax dollar is obliterated and nothing but blacks and Mestizos, with palms outstretched, waiting for the next meal?

        • Geo1metric

          The Chinese yuan.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            The Chinese consider White only slightly in higher regard than Mestizos. You don’t want to know what they think of negroes.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            Chinese regard whites as “round-eyed” barbarians, they are the modern version of the Mongols. The Mongols have killed every last person in Kiev, Moscow, Novgorod and every other city they attacked before burning them to the ground. More than once, those places were charred wastelands with skeletons lying everywhere. Make no mistake, the Chinese can be just as brutal against us as the Mongols were against medieval Ukrainians and Russians.

  • Malgus

    “The American dream, 2014 edition: Squirrel away nuts for a leaner
    tomorrow. The worst is yet to come, so insure yourself against it if
    you’re among the lucky few who can.” – Clueless NYT writer…

    Where has THIS guy been? A little late to the party, ain’tcha?

    I remember calling it at least 15 years ago and I didn’t even live in the US at the time… and what’s all this “we” and “us” nonsense? My world pretty much exists of me, my family, our farm, then our little community. If I got time, then I devote energy towards the Commonwealth. Other than that, I don’t have the time, nor the inclination, to give much of a crap about anything else….

    Of COURSE we’re going down the drain. This guy is talking like he just now noticed it… and he’s rambling about ‘nuts’… hey Frank? Forget nuts. Try long term food storage, meds – especially antibiotics, ammo, silver, spare parts, potable water, non-electric hand tools, heirloom seeds, hardware like 50lb bags of nails, stocks of stuff like booze, liquid fuel… more.

    I’m thinking little Frank, scribbling away for the NYT, is going to be seriously surprised when we cross that Event Horizon of Suck and the economy/dollar disappears into a black hole of debt… when it happens, it is gonna happen fast.

    • Singh1699

      God job, and more power to you sir. A man, should be constantly prepared.

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      • Malgus

        Thank you sir.

        You can’t prepare for every possible eventuality, but you can sock away things that will be useful down the road. Most folks, if you take away technology, would be lost.

        Example: I read a work recently called “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read. Something as humble as a No. 2 pencil, so common we throw them away before they are used up. But not one person on this Earth knows how to make one. People have certain bits of knowledge of the process, but not one person on Earth could make one, start to finish.

        One of the things I was inspired by was Skellig Michael – a Medieval monastery on an island near Ireland. It was considered so marginal that invading armies never bothered with it. But, the monks who lived there kept safe the greatest works of antiquity – possibly the greatest library of the Middle Ages. So, I built a library. Not a large one, but large enough. Emphasis on practical skills. Proper carpentry, mathematics, metallurgy, engineering, blacksmithing, coppersmithing, animal husbandry, raising crops, masonry, mechanics, chemistry, etc.. My humble little library is designed to give someone the tools to make the tools to make a life.

        You can’t prepare for everything. You can only do the best you can with the time you have.

        • WR_the_realist

          I probably have the biggest library of anybody on this site. But I have a dearth of books on practical things like carpentry, masonry, etc. It’s time to add books like that to the pile. So, thanks for the tip.

          • Malgus

            Not a problem. Glad I could be of assistance.

            I am a practical man and the books I have chosen teach the best methods (or at least the methods I judge to be “best”) in their respective fields. This means, to me, quality over quantity. “Best” does not mean “produce the most with the least amount of effort” in this sense, which one might consider to be counter-intuitive. I am still using tools around the farm that my grandfather bought new almost 100 years ago because they were built the right way the first time. This old farmhouse doesn’t creak like a pirate ship because the construction methods they used, and the materials, were and are superior to methods used today.

            Also (and this might be self-evident, so please forgive me if it comes off sounding preachy), you cannot give someone a book on, say, wooden boat building and expect them to be able to build a boat. The proper tools are necessary for such a thing, and that opens up a whole new can of worms – metal refining, metallurgy, blacksmithing, lathe turning the tool handles (and where does one get the lathe?), coal to fire the forge (which requires mining and transport), etc.. heh, don’t even get me started on a simple candle. Just describing what is needed to produce one simple candle would take pages. And when one realizes what is needed, why candles were so expensive back during the Middle Ages becomes apparent…

            If you would like some of the titles of the books I have hunted down over the years, I would be happy to oblige…

          • Einsatzgrenadier

            The only thing we can do now is prepare for the coming Dark Ages, when chaos will reign. In the not-too-distant future, there will be food shortages, water shortages, land shortages and job shortages that will drive men to kill each other for access to scarce resources. There will also be intense and bloody fighting along racial, ethnic and ideological lines. I would supplement those books on carpentry with books on guerrilla warfare, weapons, martial arts and how to survive in the wilderness.

          • Malgus

            Not to appear snarky my friend, but just because I have not mentioned those subjects does not mean I have not given them serious attention. I’m an old soldier. Airborne Infantry. After my service, I went to school to learn to be a ‘smithy. Build and repair small arms. Also, went to University to study Mechanical Engineering. Given the right tools, I can make anything.

            My wife and I bet that the housing bubble would crash, and so we prepared for it. Saved for several years, just waiting. When the housing bubble burst, we waited 6 months for things to shake out, then bought this farm. It has a drought-proof water supply (large pond fed by an underground stream). Big enough to supply us with our food and water requirements, but small enough for one or two people to work. We reclaimed an old horse pasture and planted an orchard. Apples, walnuts, almonds, plums, etc.. We hunt what is in season and fish when we can find the time. Since power is not a 100% guarantee in the future, we have been attempting to distance ourselves from reliance on it. Drill a well and an old-school mechanical pump hooked to a windmill. Another running a mechanical aerator to oxygenate the pond so we can increase the number of fish it can support…

            4G warfare – asymmetrical warfare – is what is on the horizon. Against whom is anyone’s guess. Along with my own experience, there are books on defensive works, field expedient methods of creating what you need, etc, out there and I have acquired several.

            I urge you to read “A Failure Of Civility”. Written by two of my brothers-in-arms, it is hardly the “strong man against the world” type of book that makes for good reading and an interesting movie. Romantic notions aside, the strong man, no matter how strong, cannot prevail against the combined firepower of our modern day Visigoths. Sooner or later, they will get him. He might go down hard and sell himself dearly, but they will get him eventually.

            What is needed are communities to come together for common defense and support. One needs to start planning now, making contacts now, trade agreements now, in preparation for the hard times coming…

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            Sounds like you and wifey had a great plan! Congrats! Staying away from the negro will pay dividends well into the future.

          • Geo1metric

            Yes, but “free-booters” come in all colors. Find out early who you can trust, then be cautious.

          • Geo1metric

            “What is needed are communities to come together for common defense and support. One needs to start planning now, making contacts now, trade agreements now, in preparation for the hard times coming…”

            Belonging to several gun clubs, I find fertile ground for discussions of these sorts. Mine is a fairly small community so I have passing acquaintance with many of my fellow shooters. After a few hours on the range, we usually retire to the club house and some really interesting discussions ensue along the lines you mention.

            I encourage others, who like to shoot or want to learn, to join a local gun club. Interesting things, these gun clubs.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            Add to the lit, if you don’t mind, knowledge of gardening and how to cook from scratch to your list of books/skills to have during the coming Dark Ages. It pisses me off no end to see EBT carts filled up with cases of Diet Pepsi, Cheetos, frozen pizza, chips, candy, cookies, frozen entrees. If you don’t believe me, visit Walmart or any grocery store on Negro Day, which is the first of each and every month.

          • Geo1metric

            I say encourage them to continue eating that poison.

  • rasher223

    Ironic. That diversity he speaks so highly of is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, cause for America’s collapse.

    I just hope that Europe and other countries in the world realizes that Americas push for diversity ultimately was an enormous factor for Americas collapse and takes steps and measures to prevent it from happening to themselves.

    • dcc2379

      Imagine a country like America that said the greatest thing about a country and its people is being different. What made American great was the homogeneity of white Christians was their strength. They replaced everything good and decent with moral turpitude. Ronald Reagan once lamented the following: “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” Sex education, differentiated instruction, integration, safety nets, and all of these other notions have no real basis in fact, but when they produce the opposite of the desired effect, the answer is to increase what doesn’t work.

  • fgbrunner3

    There is nothing wrong with America that the resignation of Mr. Obama could not cure.

    • WR_the_realist

      You’re way too optimistic. The Republicans would be happy to replace him with Jeb Bush or John McCain.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      And can we take along with the fudgepacker in chief, a bunch of other idiots, Repugs and Dems alike, while we rid ourselves of this cancer? Please???

  • WR_the_realist

    We have a severe drought out west. People in California’s Central Valley are losing their farms for lack of water. So what does congress do? Push for an immigration bill that will add over 100 million people to our population. That’s obviously what you need when you have a water shortage.

    With a congress that thinks like that, is it any surprise we’re spiraling down the drain?

    • Meanwhile US engineers who can design and build desalinization plants are out of work. We are displaced by Indian engineers: green card holders brought here by the hundreds of thousands to fill all the jobs by employers and to ask no questions.

  • sshadow

    It’s amusing to see the dismay over the weak housing sector by the financial analysts. As whites decline in the population there are less and less new buyers of new homes. Does anyone expect 30 yo old mestizos, or Islamics, or blacks to buy new homes with a picket fence etc. in any numbers. Most unlikely. The analysts puzzle over the issue, but never quite seem to figure out the reason for its permanent decline.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      Most of the buyers here in LA are Asian investors looking for a safe place to park their cash. And I do mean cash, the few properties on the market sell after bidding wars amongst cash buyers.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        As it has been said before, Asians aren’t exactly “fond” of blacks, American or otherwise. Look forward to seeing some interesting fireworks in your neck of the woods (from a safe distance, of course??) 🙂

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          Although in total number LA blacks outnumber blacks in New Orleans, as a percentage of the population they’re not that high and most live in public housing as far as I can see. But you’re definitely correct, for tenants Asians prefer Asians, Whites, Hispanics and then blacks only as a last resort. Asian tenants are fairly rare, since they buy as soon as they are able, Whites are slightly more common but they also buy or have fled LA, that leaves Hispanics as the overwhelming pool of renters.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Let us assume for the sake of argument that “30 yo mestizos, Islamics, and blacks could buy a home with a white picket fence”. Let’s further assume, again for the sake of argument, that these homes were in lovely middle class neighborhoods, with good schools, shopping, etc. What would the homes/neighborhood, look like in less than 2 years? Ever catch a glimpse of East L.A.? Detroit? Southside Chicago, 9TH ward New Orleans? Would you prefer to take a glimpse of Patterson NJ, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Greeley, Trenton, or Camden? All were once lovely, middle class neighborhoods where white families took pride in keeping their homes freshly painted (including the white picket fence), gardens tended, etc. Try to imagine these areas back in, oh, I don’t know, 1913. Picture them now, 2014. You might (if you were a grossly misinformed liberal or negro) wonder, Jeezus tap dancing Krismas, what the heck happened??? These people are used to getting sumpin for nuttin and have absolutely no earthly idea on what it means to take pride in yourself, your home, your family, your job….woops!!! Scratch that last part!!!!

  • American_cavalier

    There is nothing wrong with America that executing 80% of the ruling class wouldnt fix.

  • Alexandra1973

    “It’s called the American Dream…because you have to be asleep to believe it.” –George Carlin

  • FozzieT

    Oh isn’t this rich? A lefty NYT reporter lamenting the decline of America, totally clueless to the fact the very policies he and his ilk support are the reason for the decline!

  • tetrapod

    Six decades of leftist dominance in our major institutions have brought us to this point. Eight years of Bush and now eight years of Obama have been the coup de grace.

  • “More and more I get the sense that we’ve lost it, and by ‘it’ I mean the optimism that was always the lifeblood of this luminous experiment, the ambition that has been its foundation, the swagger that made us so envied and emulated and reviled.”

    It does not occur to Zippy the cub reporter that such American “we” characteristics were largely European-American and will not be magically carried forward by their Hispanic, African, Muslim and Asian demographic replacements.

  • [Guest]

    >>>A thoughtful college junior I know told me that while he didn’t envision a richer American economy in his future or a mightier American role in the world, he looked forward to a country with a warmer embrace of diversity, including gay marriage in every state. He itched to be a part of its creation.

    *&_%# fool.

  • dcc2379

    Factors that lead to our current debacle, something the Soviets and Chinese couldn’t have planned any better:
    1. Third World people brought to America
    2. Historical black nation given free reign
    3. Welfare
    4. Destruction of the Protestant work ethic
    5. High self-esteem
    6. Schools try to teach so the lowest common denominator can receive a diploma, yet today’s students know far less than most 5th graders from 1959. Of course, most 5th graders were white back then.

    All of the above, following political correctness, have their roots in one idea: Cultural Relativism. Cultural relativism replaced Christianity, a bedrock of moral principle that guided every facet of life, with the abject notion that all cultures are equal, but that some are more equal than others. No matter how one shapes it, whites bad, everyone else good. We have a know-nothing, do-nothing generation more concerned with sex, euphoria, and leisure. God help us all.


      “something the Soviets couldn’t have planned any better” – The funny thing is that the same people who planned and brought about the Soviet Union, are responsible for planning and bringing about most of your 6 examples here in America. And wouldn’t you know they have a pathological hatred of Christianity too, go figure eh?

  • ncpride

    No, this is a majority White school, so very few blacks. You’ve made my point. They need to stop treating these kids, especially White boys as if they’re made of glass, and worrying about ‘hurting their feelings’…..Thank goodness my son is not such a weakling.