Socialism is Nihilism
by Andy Joppa
“The human mental and emotional constitution is better suited for hunting and gathering on the African savannah than for inhabiting a complex civilization”
Extinction is the most predictable outcome for all animal life forms. In fact, 99.9% of all species that have ever lived are now extinct. Even within the very brief period of humanities existence we have witnessed a countless number of creatures having their “last hurrah.” As Carl Sagan offered, ““Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”
Among those no longer with us are the dodo that could not survive the foraging habits of newly introduced pigs on Mauritania. The sabretooth tiger could not adapt to changes in type and availability of their prey. The great mastodon was not able to handle changes in climate and, to a more limited extent, the hunting activities of Cro-Magnons. The Tasmanian Tiger succumbed to angry Tasmanian sheep farmers and, in all likelihood, epidemic viral pneumonia.
There is absolutely no reason to believe that humanity could not, will not, reach a comparable conclusion, albeit for different reasons. Obviously, extinction can sneak up when you least expect it.
To understand when that moment is reached, or what symptoms we should be aware of, we must first understand what has produced the evolutionary success of our species. Two million years ago man’s very early ancestors had little working in their favor. Their projected success, becoming the apex predator on the planet, could hardly have been anticipated.
We were small, weak, had no killing talons or fangs, couldn’t fly, could hardly swim, nor run fast. We were an insignificant puny species…we still are. But, we had a brain that was slightly larger than those species who saw us only as little more than an afternoon snack…we were only prey on the savannahs of Africa.
Over time, that brain became more and more adept at tool building as a means of overcoming the general inferiority of the animal form that housed that brain. As the brain enlarged in capacity and sophistication, it became, ultimately, man’s device for success and survival…we started to think “rationally” …we started to be the “reasoning” species.
We applied our brain, by choice, to areas not within its original design. Being “reasoned” is not a natural process, it must be chosen and learned…it is an adaptive skill. It was this ability to reason; to be rational, that was the defining element in our ability to convert the planet, and everything on it, toward satisfying our evolutionary needs.
We must judge our potential for extinction based on the value derived from this single characteristic…or its rejection. Our tools will no longer save us, as they have now become complicit in generating higher degrees of irrationality. We have yielded the effort necessary for rationality to the unreality of digital algorithms.
How are we doing? Not very well is the only answer that can logically be offered. Analogously, if we saw schools of dolphins beaching themselves or crashing headlong into breakwaters, it would be logical to assume that their future success was in serious jeopardy. If we observed birds consistently missing their landing on tree limbs or watched as their eggs dropped from poorly constructed nests, we would understand that they were exhibiting “end of the road” characteristics.
In a like manner, if we measured that humankind was losing the ability to offer reasoned, rational positions on critical issues, effecting their very survival, we must understand that human dominance, and even its very ability to exist, would be in serious jeopardy.
Incongruously, the one issue touted by the political Left, potentially leading to extinction, is anthropogenic climate change. In fact, this dubious scientific position, if fully reacted to, will create the elimination of fossil fuels. It is that “cure” that would put humanity at far greater risk than any remote possibilities from climate change.
Taking fossil fuels out of the human mix will create widespread dislocation and dramatic reductions of all resources dependent on its existence; food and energy being the most obvious that could lead to worldwide disruption and chaos. It is the unreasoned fanaticism in support of the fear of climate change, that is but another example of our diminishing rationality.
It is my contention that this is exactly what we see happening in a myriad of ways across the planet but, perhaps, nowhere more dramatically than in the United States of America. We are, I believe, the most irrational of the canaries in the human coal mine. All of our institutions are corrupted by blatant irrationality. Rational thought has become the exception, rather than the rule. Our culture has become little more than a purposeless validation of absurd eccentricities. Herodotus said thousands of years ago, “Culture is king.” If the template of our prior cultural success is broken, violence and chaos will soon follow. America is breaking that template.
As was the case for well over a hundred years, America is the bell weather for the rest of humanity. It was, and remains, the precursor for the future of all civilizations. America’s current, all consuming, irrationality, if it persists, will metastasize and further contaminate the 7.5 billion people on the planet. They always stand at the precipice, needing little more to push them over the edge. Once this happens, we can never recover.
America, which had been their port in any storm, will no longer be there as a safe haven. The world’s “fall back position” will have become as debilitated as all others.
During most of the period of American dominance, rational thought played the most positive role. The last 25 years has, however, shown an America that has, by its deteriorating survival attributes, been leading the world into the strong likelihood of extinction. If not extinction, then a subsistence environment, with a medieval quality of life, where the future would be in serious doubt.
There is little in 2019 America that could be considered the rational or well-considered and reasoned output of a healthy species. We are on the brink of potentially ushering in political and economic forms that have been destructive wherever they’ve been attempted. Our move toward socialism and its attendant necessity for dictatorial governments, should it occur, will undoubtedly destroy the economic and social fabric of this nation. It is a variation of Einstein’s definition of insanity, “We are rejecting things even though they’ve worked wherever they’ve been tried before.”
If it spreads worldwide (and it will), this will create famine, dislocation and despair so unrelenting, that it will lead to social unrest, culminating in chaos, civil wars and, with the proliferation of nuclear weapons…the potential for nuclear extinction. The fate of this nation, and all humanity, rests on whether we can restore reason to its appropriate and required role in time to prevent the predictable outcome I have described.
America, which at one time had been the only adult in the room, and always managed to wear its “big boy pants,” has devolved into a mindless conglomerate of ideologues, victims, purposeless whiners and destructive entrenched bureaucrats, none of whom has the slightest idea of the necessity of preserving the characteristics necessary for survival…not just as a nation…but as a species.
This essay could be more fully developed but, at this point, you either recognize that there isn’t a mystical force guaranteeing human existence or you don’t. If you accept that what is demanded of us for survival cannot be ignored, then you must accept that human extinction is a potential. This potential will be fulfilled if we don’t earn the right to exist through our rational decisions. Irrationality will not be tolerated by nature. If it results in socialism in America, it will create a “virus” so virulent that humanity may not survive.
Fortunately, there is a vaccine that can prevent that from happening…if we choose to accept it…it is called Donald Trump. While the Trump “inoculation’ is only temporary, it may buy us the time to come to terms with the requirements of nature. BUT…I am not optimistic…intelligence is only skin deep…while irrationality goes right to the bone.
I write about the implications for all humanity as a derivative, to the largest extent, of Americas possible dissent into socialism. Sir John Glubb wrote about the death of empires which, if his thesis is extended, leads to the same conclusion as mine. I offer his thoughts in conclusion (bold is mine):
“The original élan, the moral core, and the guiding ideal of the civilization are now a distant memory. An Age of Decadence inevitably follows. Frivolity, aestheticism, hedonism, cynicism, pessimism, narcissism, consumerism, materialism, nihilism, fatalism, fanaticism, and other negative attributes, attitudes, and behaviors suffuse the population. Politics is increasingly corrupt, life increasingly unjust. A cabal of insiders accrues wealth and power at the expense of the citizenry, fostering a fatal opposition of interests between haves and have-nots. Mental and physical illness proliferates. The majority lives for bread and circuses; worships celebrities instead of divinities; takes its bearings from below rather than above; throws off social and moral restraints, especially on sexuality; shirks duties but insists on entitlements; and so forth.
The society’s original vigor, virtue, and morale have been entirely effaced. Rotten to the core, the society awaits collapse, with only the date remaining to be determined.”
And, so it is…
“Of the four billion life forms which have existed on this planet, three billion, nine hundred and sixty million are now extinct. We don’t know why. Some by wanton extinction, some through natural catastrophe, some destroyed by meteorites and asteroids. In the light of these mass extinctions it really does seem unreasonable to suppose that Homo sapiens should be exempt. Our species will have been one of the shortest-lived of all, a mere blink, you may say, in the eye of time.”
― P.D. James, The Children of Men