Why doomster stories are so popular: we want to believe America is doomed

Summary: Yesterday's post examined widely believed reasons that America will fall, and debunked them. This post discusses why such doomster narratives have become so popular and widely believed. The answer explains much about Campaign 2016. This is follow-up to follow-up to The big list of reasons why America will fall (with rebuttals). It examined “The … Continue reading Why doomster stories are so popular: we want to believe America is doomed

Despair: so common these days, so good for the 1%

Summary:  Despair at the confident predictions of doomsters has become an almost defining characteristic of both Left and Right in America, as documented in so many posts here. Nothing but abject servitude serves the 1% better.  Here's an example, looking at the effects of the quarter-century-long campaign predicting doom from climate change. Assessing the record, … Continue reading Despair: so common these days, so good for the 1%

Are our film heroes leading us to the future, or signaling despair?

Summary:  A people's myths reveal much about them. Today we look at our myths as shown by Hollywood on the big screens. It shows a people with powerful fantasies, but they point to a dead end instead of a viable future. "All fantasy should have a solid base in reality." --- Max Beerbohm's novel Zuleika Dobson (1911) Contents … Continue reading Are our film heroes leading us to the future, or signaling despair?

Should we despair, giving up on America?

Summary:  On this Sunday we'll interrupt the FM website's flow of information, insight, and exhortation for something different.  A moment of reflection on America, where we are and where we're going.  The situation looks bleak, so it's time to consult the pros. It's an article of faith on the FM website that only cold analysis can provide the … Continue reading Should we despair, giving up on America?