Miscellany16: The Last Days of the United
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Last Days of the United States
The United States
is in the final stages of its glory, prior to its speedy collapse as soon as
global petroleum production starts its inevitable decline. In its greed to increase economic activity
and accumulation of material wealth, it opened its borders to mass immigration
and free trade. In 1965, it passed the
Immigration Act of 1965, allowing the entry of millions of immigrants from
foreign cultures. The US
population in 1965 was 194 million.
Today (2006) it is 298 million.
The addition of 104 million people from foreign cultures has destroyed
the culture that made the country great.
It has been estimated that each additional citizen added to
the United States population causes the destruction of about one acre of
natural land, in conversion of the natural land to urban concrete and steel
(for houses, roads, schools, stores, hospitals, and the like). That’s one hundred million acres of natural
land that have been destroyed by mass immigration, since the passage of the
1965 Immigration Act. In 1965, a man of
average means could own a vacation cottage on a lake or at the seashore, in
addition to his regular home. That is no
longer possible, except for the wealthy.
In 1965, it was possible to visit national parks and raft wild rivers on
a moment’s notice. Now, the crowding is
so bad that it may take a year for to obtain a reservation to see the nation’s
natural wonders. In 1965, wildlife flourished
in many parts of the United States. Now, wildlife has been crowded out by
urbanization in most places.
When I was in graduate school in 1963, a Volkswagen Beetle
automobile cost $1600, a Ford Falcon (a compact car) cost $1800, and a
full-size, fully equipped Chevrolet station wagon cost $3000. Back then, $10,000 a year was a good starting
salary for a person with a bachelor’s degree, and $15,000 was a good salary for
an average worker. Top civil servants
and physicians made $30-35,000 per year.
A new three-bedroom house on a half-acre lot in a nice neighborhood cost
about $15,000 ($22,000 for a four-bedroom one), and the interest rate on a home
mortgage was about 4.5 percent. Except
for catastrophic medical events, and there weren’t many of those back then
(since extreme treatment measures such as organ transplants were not around), most
people could pay their medical bills by themselves, without insurance. The physician’s bill for delivering my first
son was $125 – the room rate in the hospital was about the same as in a good
hotel. Things were stable, and life was
Our leaders have squandered all of this. John Kennedy got us into the war in Vietnam. His brother Ted Kennedy bears significant
responsibility for passage of the Immigration Act of 1965. Lyndon Johnson started the “War on
Poverty.” Johnson and all of the
presidents that followed him have pressed for mass immigration and massive free
trade. Profligate spending has
bankrupted the country (US
currency is worth but a fraction of its value when I was young). Mass immigration has destroyed the European-derived
culture that founded it and made it great.
Mass international trade is lowering the US
standard of living to that of a third-world country. Mass immigration is changing the US
culture and population density to that of a third-world country.
Why would our leaders do this? Why would they destroy a fabulous, wealthy,
stable country? First, it is important
to recognize that, even in a democracy, it is the wealthy who control
everything, including whom the people elect.
The “problem” with America,
from the point of the wealthy, is that they were not wealthy enough. With wealth, there is never enough. The American wealthy envied the super-elite
of other cultures – not just those in the “old countries,” but those in
third-world countries. The income
distribution in the US
was too “even,” too “flat,” too egalitarian. The middle class in America could
afford just about the same things that the wealthy did – a nice home, two cars,
a lake cottage, some travel. The rich
could not personally consume or use any more material goods, and everyone else
enjoyed them, too. The only way left for
them to be recognized as super-wealthy was to impoverish everyone else. What was needed was a much greater separation
of the middle class from the wealthy, as in most of the rest of the world. How to bring this about? There were two very effective means available
for accomplishing this. First was to
flood the country with immigrants, to destroy the cultural homogeneity of the
middle class. Second was to open our
borders to massive international free trade.
There was no way that American workers’ salaries – tens of thousands of
dollars per year – could compete with third-world salaries of a few hundred
dollars a year. The middle class would
be driven into “third-world” status, and the wealthy, who controlled the
economic process, would now achieve their goal of becoming “super rich” – not
just in absolute material means, but in socially relative terms as well.
The ruling elite have profited much by the sale of America,
and the middle class have paid the cost.
In 1965, a single man could afford to own a nice home and one or two
cars, and have his wife stay at home to care for the children. That is no longer possible for the US
middle class. Both man and wife have to
work in the competitive labor market if they ever wish to own a nice home. The cost of sending a child to college was
modest in 1965. Now, it is beyond the
reach of many, without years of financial sacrifice or going deep into debt.
When Senator Ted Kennedy was pressing for passage of the
Immigration Act of 1965, some people, such as Senator Sam Ervin of North
Carolina warned that mass immigration would destroy US
culture. We now see clearly how correct
he was. The US
government is paralyzed by “tyranny of the minority” – the fact that, under
democratic rule, any small minority of the now-heterogeneous country can thwart
the will of European culture that created the country. This does not bother the wealthy, of course,
since, whatever their original ethnicity, once wealthy they possess a culture
of their own.
By opening its borders to mass immigration and massive
international free trade, the US
government has destroyed good paying jobs for most of its citizens, except for
the medical establishment, whose high salaries it subsidizes by means of public
health insurance programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. It has flooded the country with low-cost
goods and low-cost immigrant labor, forcing its citizens to compete with
world-labor wage rates, such as a dollar a day.
All US economists care about is economic efficiency and
maximizing economic activity. To them,
culture and the environment are irrelevant “externalities.” Massive free trade (North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA), Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)) do promote economic efficiency and
growth – but globally, not locally. Unfortunately,
massive international free trade is destroying the US
middle class, since the US
standard of living and wages are very much higher than elsewhere, and they must
ultimately and inevitably fall to the levels of the third-world nations with
whom they are now being forced to compete with by their economic masters. Mass immigration causes economic growth in
the short term. Unfortunately, the
destruction of the European culture that made America
great will ultimately lead to the destruction of the US
and kill the goose that laid the golden egg, as the US
is transformed into a third-world nation, culture, and environment.
Our leaders, representing the wealthy elite, are in the
process of transforming the US
into a third-world country, with an impoverished, vastly diminished, middle
class. This is being done by means of
mass immigration and massive international free trade. Because of our policies of mass immigration,
population is exploding, at the rate of about one percent a year, or about
three million people a year. This is
comparable to the growth rate of third-world countries. In third-world countries, high population
growth is largely the result of a high birth rate. In the US,
it is because of immigration. The US
currently accepts about a million legal immigrants a year and about two million
illegal immigrants a year. In 1965, the
birth rate for US whites was less than replacement level, and the birth rate
for US blacks – the largest minority, representing about 10 percent of the
population – was just above that. The US
had completed the so-called “demographic transition,” and its population had
about stabilized. Immigration at that
time was about 300,000 people per year, almost exclusively from European
By deliberate, conscious action on the part of the ruling
elite – the wealthy, and the US
political leaders who do their bidding, the stable, relatively homogeneous
country of 1965 has now been largely destroyed.
As noted, the population has been increased from 194 million in 1965 to 298
million today (2006). Overcrowding is becoming
severe. Racial and ethnic strife are
increasing, as the once-dominant European majority is pushed out of the
way. The ability of an average citizen to
own his own home, without his wife having to work in the competitive labor
market, has been destroyed.
leaders were bent on destroying the middle class, and they have just about
completed the accomplishment of that goal.
The changes that have taken place in the US
over the past fifty years may not be apparent to our young people, but they are
very apparent to a person of my age (63).
As historian Will Durant observed, “A great civilization is
not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” America
has destroyed itself from within, and will soon be conquered from without.
Our government repeatedly and continually claims that it
needs low-cost immigrant labor “to do jobs that Americans are no longer willing
to do.” Previously, with our borders
closed to cheap foreign goods and cheap immigrant labor, manual laborers in the
US made many
times the wage rate that foreign workers did.
It is impossible to compete with labor that earns one-fiftieth as much
as the US paid
its workers, unless borders are closed.
By means of open borders, mass immigration, and massive international
free trade, the US
government is now in the process of making its own workers as poor as the
workers in the rest of the world. It has
betrayed its own people. In this
context, it is of interest to note the advice of Artembares to Cyrus (see A Study of History by Arnold J. Toynbee,
Abridgement of Volumes I-VI by D. C. Somervell, Oxford University Press, 1946,
“The Advice of Artembares
“Herodotus has a story which is
very much to the point in this context.
A certain Atembares and his friends came to Cyrus with the following
‘”Now that Zeus has put down
Astyages from his seat and has given the dominion to the Persians as a nation
and to you, Sire, as an individual, why should we not emigrate from the
confined and rocky territory which we at present possess, and occupy a
better? There are many near at hand and
many more at a distance, of which we have only to take our choice in order to
make a greater impression on the world than we make as it is. This is a natural policy for an imperial
people, and we shall never have a finer opportunity of realizing it than now,
when our empire is established over vast populations and over the entire
continent of Asia.’
“Cyrus, who had listened and had
not been impressed, told his petitioners to do as they wished, but he qualified
his advice by telling them in the same breath to prepare their minds for
exchanging positions with their present subjects. ‘Soft countries,’ he informed them, ‘invariably
breed soft men.’”
The Dream about the Man Feeding Pigeons in the Park
As you may know from my writings, I am somewhat of a
mystical bent. When I was very young, I
had a dream about a man feeding pigeons in a park. I had this dream many times, and it is always
the same. Each day, an elderly gentleman
came to a park, lined with large trees and park benches. He carried with him a bag of peanuts, and he
sat on one of the park benches, feeding the pigeons. When he first came to the park, there were
few pigeons. Over time, the number of
pigeons gradually increased. Before too
long, the old man no longer had enough peanuts to feed all of the pigeons. But the number of pigeons increased each day. One day, when the man had exhausted his bag
of peanuts, the hungry pigeons savagely attacked him. He fell to the ground, where the pigeons
swarmed over him, tearing at his flesh, and pecking his eyes out.
I asked my father, what does this dream mean? He explained to me that the old man
represented the United States,
and the pigeons represented the world’s poor.
will give and give, but the numbers of poor will grow without bound, to the
point where they overwhelm and destroy it.
The Dream about Missing Class
I have one other recurring dream. I have had the dream throughout my life,
since graduating from college. The dream
changes a little each year. In the
dream, I am a student back at my alma
mater of Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie-Mellon
University). Much of the semester passes, and I attend my
courses. One day, I happen to see a copy
of my course schedule, and I am shocked to see that I have forgotten all about
one of my key courses. Unfortunately, it
is now far too late to drop the course.
Final exams are in about a week, and there is hardly enough time to make
up all of the work. The dream ends in a
never-ending state of agony of knowing that I have made a terrible mistake, and
it is so late that I cannot see what to do about it.
Over the years, the dream has recurred. The dream is always the same, except for the
fact that each time, there is less and less time before the end of the
semester. The last time I had the dream,
a few weeks ago, classes were over and it was now the final-exam period. It was now absolutely too late to do anything
What does this dream mean?
Is it a story of my life? Have I
forgotten to do something that is terribly important, and it is now too late? Is my dream an allegory of what is happening
to the United States
and the western industrialized world?
The Western world learned the technology to create an incredible
industrial civilization, but it forgot to study one key topic – spirituality? –
so that all is now lost.