What’s Going on in the U.S? Let Me Tell You.
Encouraged by Barack Obama’s orgy of apologies that reached orgasmic proportions during his misguided Tango-tainted tour of Havana last week, some “important” world leaders and even some American businessmen with global markets have been issuing pious alarms about what’s going in the U.S.
Before answering them, let’s be clear about what Obama is up to. In my play, What’s It All About Albee?, I had a hero characterize a collectivist movement which Obama now heads:
Alma, having one person produce something and having another person decide what to do with it has a name, and, by the way, the name isn’t (quoting from Plan by memory) “sociocapital interorganics”.
What is it, then?
Oh Ben, that’s prehistoric.
Is it? I’ll grant you no one wants to be a slave, but there are many among us, right now, who’d love to have one. And one way of producing a supply is to create a sense of philosophical, cultural and linguistic chaos which makes its disoriented victims fair game. Don’t you see the common purpose behind it all? Whether through linguistic debasement, mystical obsession or aesthetic nihilism, they relentlessly promote incomprehensibility and intellectual chaos as values. And for them, they are! They pave the way to control.
Obama’s Cuban comments about the irrelevance of labeling communism and capitalism is a classic example of this effort to confuse, to control, and curry favor with those who prefer to complain rather than to compete.
Now as to what the U.S. is up to. In view of the role of the U.S. in the saving and reconstruction of post-WWII Europe, these queries could be dismissed by Jack Nicolson’s line in A Few Good Men: “I’d rather you just say, ‘thank you.’”
Taking the question seriously, we might well reply that in a free environment, free-speech dedicated contest, the U.S. is engaged in free and robust debate about the future of the country, which shows every sign of having one.
By the way, the more serious threat to this wholesome situation is not the excessive patriotic zeal and bluster of Mr. Trump but rather the odious philosophical premises of Barack Obama and his irritating harridan would-be successor, Hillary “Old-Car Smell” Clinton.