Summary: The FM website project begins a new phase. Welcome aboard to those willing to look at terrifying aspects of America’s future. It’s not a journey for everybody’s taste, or even tolerance.
A new phase for the FM website project
Look at the subject menus on the right-side bar. Pretty bland, the subjects of stuffy earnest NYT op-eds. We are losing the WOT, activists on the Left and Right of the climate wars misrepresent the science (even The Guardian now says so), income and wealth inequality are skyrocketing, globalization has severe and painful side-effects (which have been ignored), the American Republic is in peril, the structural flaws in the European Union threaten the entire project, the US has entered a period of structurally slow growth, the news media feed us lots of fake news, a new industrial revolution has begun and might destroy tens of millions of jobs, cybersecurity will be one of the big conflicts of the 21st C (and the news stories about it are mostly bogus), etc.
The common element to these themes is that they were all controversial when I began them. As seen in the incredulous, often hostile, comments. We are winning the WOT, inequality isn’t rising and not a problem, the economy of Spring 2008 is strong, only the ignorant believe that new tech won’t create jobs replacing those lost, Left/Right don’t exaggerate or misrepresent climate science, the US government wouldn’t lie about cyberattacks, we love fake news, etc.
That’s a feature of the FM website project. It looks at evidence from the cutting edge of geopolitical (broadly defined) change — things on the edge of the known. Which explains the long cycles of its popularity. Non-consensus stories become accepted by Left or Right (fit into their good guys/bad guys narratives), and the pageviews grow. Americans like the familiar. At roughly a 1.5 million/year I change the focus to new, unexplored, and scary subjects. Viewers flee. I have come to accept that as a feature, not a bug (eventually understanding what was explained to me in 2007 by the man who set up this website).
Now we begin the cycle again. You will continue to see reporting about the long-term themes, which I have covered since 2003. Most importantly, I will continue to explore ways to begin the reform of American politics, either revitalizing the Second Republic, build on the Constitution — or building a better Third Republic for our children. It may be tilting at windmills, but at least I am trying.
Adding to these familiar themes you will see articles about the exciting and terrifying forces reshaping America, subjects too hot for the major news media to mention. The biggest new theme is the gender revolution. I wrote a few articles about this in 2009, with evidence of women moving on top of men (here, here, here). In 2012 I asked what is the future of the family? In 2013 a different perspective on that: Do we want to bring back traditional marriage? What is traditional marriage? In 2015, I began to see the vast dimensions of this revolution, and at a slow and accelerating pace began to explore it (see all posts on this subject).
As usual, many readers fled. West Coast traffic has dropped by 80%, although overall traffic remains at a million/year. More will flee as I explore both sides of the revolution, looking at it from both men and women’s perspectives (as with the climate change posts, where defending the IPCC was attacked by both side).
Tomorrow’s post will sketch out the front lines in the gender wars. I guarantee everybody will find large elements of it to be unacceptable — coloring outside the chalk lines on America’s sidewalk. That’s the history here, why 90% of the 50,000+ comments either critical or hostile (or threatening). Perhaps these comments are the best compass showing that we are exploring unknown but important matters. Post your opinions. I’ll reply as best I can. Together we’ll travel into the future.
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Look at the right sidebar to see the range of subjects covered on the FM website. At the top is the “subscribe” box. Especially note the search box, the categories dropdown menu, and the tag cloud. News about the themes followed here are posted on Facebook and on Twitter. If you like anything you see here, please pass it on to friends or in comment threads elsewhere. Also, see the tip jar on the top of the right sidebar!
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