Is America Heading for a Systems Collapse?

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Jan 20, 2022, 4:33:28 PMJan 20
Is America Heading for a Systems Collapse?
By Victor Davis Hanson, Jan 19, 2022

In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered
a “systems collapse.” The term describes the sudden inability of
once prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the
good life as they knew it.

Abruptly, the population can't buy, or even find, once plentiful
necessities. They feel their streets are unsafe. Laws go unenforced
or are enforced inequitably. Everyday things stop working. The govt
turns from reliable to capricious if not hostile.

Consider contemporary Venezuela. By 2010, the once well-off
oil-exporting country was mired in a self-created mess. Food
became scarce, crime ubiquitous.

Radical socialism, nationalization, corruption, jailing opponents,
and the destruction of constitutional norms were the culprits.

Between 2009-2016, a once relatively stable Greece nearly became
a Third World country. So did Great Britain in its socialist days
of the 70s.

Biden’s young presidency may already be leading the US into
a similar meltdown.

Hard Left “woke” ideology has all but obliterated the idea of
a border. Millions of impoverished foreigners are entering the
US illegally—and during a pandemic without either COVID-19 tests
or vaccinations.

The health bureaucracies have lost credibility as official
communiques on masks, herd and acquired immunity, vaccinations,
and comorbidities apparently change and adjust to perceived
political realities.

After decades of improving race relations, America is regressing
into a premodern tribal society.

Crime soars. Inflation roars. Meritocracy is libeled and so
we're governed more by ideology and tribe.

The soaring prices of the stuff of life—fuel, food, housing,
health care, transport—are strangling the middle class.

Millions stay home, content to be paid by the state not to work.
Supply shortages and empty shelves are the new norm.

19th c.-style train robberies are back. So is 70s urban violence,
replete with looting, carjackings, & random murdering of the innocent.

After the Afghan debacle, we've returned to the dark days
following defeat in Vietnam, when U.S. deterrence abroad was
likewise shattered, and global terrorism and instability were
the norms abroad.

Who could've believed a year ago that America would now beg
Saudi Arabia and Russia to pump more oil—as we pulled our own
oil leases, and canceled pipelines and oil fields?

Our path to systems collapse isn't due to an earthquake,
climate change, a nuclear war, or even the pandemic.

Instead, most of our maladies are self-inflicted. They are the
direct result of woke ideologies that are both cruel and
antithetical to traditional American pragmatism.

Hard-Left district attorneys in our major cities refuse to
charge thousands of arrested criminals—relying instead on
bankrupt social justice theories.

Law enforcement has been arbitrarily defunded and libeled.
Police deterrence is lost, so looters, vandals, thieves, and
murderers more freely prey on the public.

“Modern monetary theory” deludes ideologues that printing
trillions of dollars can enrich the public, even as the
ensuing inflation is making people poorer.

“Critical race theory” absurdly dictates that current “good”
racism can correct the effects of past bad racism. A once
tolerant, multiracial nation is resembling the factionalism
of the former Yugoslavia.

The culprit again is a callous woke ideology that posits
little value for individuals, prioritizing only the so-called
collective agenda.

Woke’s trademark is “equity,” or a forced equality of
result. Practically, we're becoming a comic-book version of
victims and victimizers, with woke opportunists playacting
as our superheroes.

Strangest in 2021 was the systematic attack on our ancient
institutions, as we scapegoated our ancestors for our own

The woke have waged a veritable war against the 233-yr-old
Electoral College and the right of states to set their own
balloting laws in national elections, the 180-yr-old filibuster,
the 150-yr-old 9-person Supreme Court, and the 60-yr-old,
50-state union.

The U.S. military, Dept of Justice, FBI, CIA, CDC, & NIH until
recently were revered. Their top echelons were staffed by
career professionals mostly immune to the politics of the day.
Not now. These bureaus and agencies are losing public confidence
and support. Citizens fear rather than respect Washington
grandees who have weaponized politics ahead of public service.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Attorney
General Merrick Garland, former FBI heads like James Comey and
Andrew McCabe, retired CIA director John Brennan, and Anthony
Fauci head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases—politicalized and vastly exceeded their professional

They sounded off in public fora as if they were elected
legislators up for reelection. Some lied under oath. Others
demonized critics. Most sought to become media darlings.

This governmental freefall is overseen by a tragically
bewildered, petulant, and incompetent president. In his
confusion, an increasingly unpopular Joe Biden seems to believe
his divisive chaos is working, belittling his political opponents
as racist Confederate rebels.

As we head into the 2022 midterm elections, who'll stop our
descent into collective poverty, division—& self-inflicted madness?
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