At long last, Friedman asks the big question!

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020

How did we end up like this?:
At long last, Thomas L. Friedman has finally asked the big question.

"How did we get so inept?" he asked. He took this route to his query:
FRIEDMAN (7/29/20): When people ask me about my mood these days, I tell them that I feel like I’m a reporter for The Pompeii Daily News in A.D. 79, and I’m sitting in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius and someone just walked up and asked, “Hey, do you feel a rumbling?”

Do I ever.

The summer of 2020 could be remembered as one of those truly important dates in American history
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Well actually, that's just the way he started.

For ourselves, we wonder how Friedman can be so upbeat. Given the way our societal downfall is cascading, we wonder what makes him think that there's going to be any history in the future—that any historians will be around to remember anything.

For ourselves, we have a hard time seeing a way out of our current mess. Selling The Crazy is big business now—and yes, it operates Over Here too, inside our own liberal tents.

We're just as crazy as they are. And they're out of their freaking minds!

Will we ever pull out of this headlong descent? Here's how Friedman got to his question:
FRIEDMAN (continuing directly); Everywhere you turn you see parents who don’t know where or if their kids will go to school this fall, renters who don’t know when or if they will be evicted, unemployed who don’t know what if any safety net Congress will put under them, businesses that don’t know how or if they can hold on another day—and none of us who know whether we’ll be able to vote in November.

That is a lot of hot, molten anxiety building up beneath our economy, society, schools and city streets—just waiting to blow the top off our country—because we have so failed at managing the coronavirus. We have 25 percent of all recorded infections in the world, and we’re only four percent of the world’s population. In the ultimate irony, Vietnam, which has a little less than one-third of our population but has reported only 416 cases and no deaths, is feeling sorry for us.

How did we get so inept?
How did we get so inept? We aren't entirely sure, but we started building this site in 1997 because we thought the ineptitude was no longer bearable then.

And yes, The Crazy runs all through our tribe. The simple fact that we still can't see that helps show how inept we are.

The plague seems to add to The Crazy. We've seen unbelievably bad work again and again in the past several weeks, and that includes this very day, in both the Post and the Times. The work is unbelievably bad, and the editors can't seem to tell.

As a species, we have perfectly decent technological and construction skills, virtually no skills after that. We can't reason our way out of a wet paper bag, and we're thinking of a bag which is very wet.

The president seems to be mentally ill; the journalists refuse to discuss it. And as for the rest of their work—well, we have almost no skills at all.

We still hope to discuss some of the work we've seen today. That said, the ineptitude is simply amazing, and we're speaking about the work which is done on the highest journalistic levels.

Spreading The Crazy is big business now. Meanwhile, neither of our warring tribes is blessed with a great deal of intellectual skill.

It's all about Storyline, plus tribal loathing. It's those two things all the way down.

Our tribal sachems have very few skills. Our cable stars are absurd circus clowns. Intellectual squalor is pimped every day.

"How did things ever get so far?" How did we, the rational animal, manage to get so inept?

Try to avoid this answer:
Over Here, in our own tribe's tents, it's easy to blame the whole thing on Trump. We refuse to see how many things our tribal stars did to help put Trump where he is.

We simply can't see ourselves as we are. Anthropologists tell us that this is the way the human brain is wired.

26 comments:

  1. "We're just as crazy as they are. And they're out of their freaking minds!"

    You're half way there, dear Bob. When you finally realize that "they" are not crazy at all, that your liberal-zombie cult is, in fact, the single source of all craziness in this modern world, then you'll be cured.

    And we will welcome you with open arms into our community. The community of humyn beings.

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    1. Fascinating. In another comment to another blog post, you mention "Liberal-Hitlerian." Here, you return to one of your favorite formulations, "liberal-zombie." Can I conclude that "Hitlerian" and "zombie" are the same thing? Or is that too facile of me? I defer to you as always, darling Mao -- your subtle mind and unsparing vision as always instruct me, galvanize me. Stay bold, stay true.

      Love, Gao

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    2. Speaking of zombie cults:

      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0967067X15000604

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  2. Somerby twists himself into giant convoluted knots trying to avoid ascribing the bulk of the blame to Republicans, where it belongs.

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    1. You watched MSNBC lately? The paranoia is ridiculous. They're like FOX.

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    2. Yeah. Not true. Not true.

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  3. Listening to Obama’s speech today and thinking about the life of John Lewis, then coming here to read Somerby’s repetitious hateful horse manure....

    Somerby does not come off well in the comparison.

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  4. Just watched Trump's press conference. It was remarkably sane. He read a prepared speech. Then he gave reasonable, intelligent answers to a few questions.

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    1. The bar is pretty low when you feel called upon to note that Trump can read and answer a couple of questions without shitting his pants or vomiting on the podium.

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    2. @7:23 You got that right! What a choice of candidates! Is this really the best we can do? :(

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    3. David, Leroi here. Did you get a boner when you watched Der Stumblebum's adderal-laced speech, or are you too old for that?


      Leroi

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    4. It's surprising when Trump is sane! It's notable. "Hey guys, wow, did you see that Trump was sane today??"

      That's how far from reality you have been pushed. You find it worth of mentioning that Trump acted sane for a few minutes.

      And the truth is it wasn't sane. It was ass-covering for his inept pandemic response and blatant propaganda against Democrats. It was pathetic.

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    5. Go fuck yourself, David.

      Kushner's axed coronavirus team shied away from a national strategy, believing the virus was hitting Democratic states hardest and they could blame the governors, report says
      https://www.businessinsider.com/kushner-covid-19-plan-maybe-axed-for-political-reasons-report-2020-7

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    6. Trump denied the country an appropriate response to Covid, letting them die in order to enhance his chances of re-election - all for naught as his approval keeps dropping. Still, David claps his sea lion fins at the reading of a prepared speech.

      Meanwhile Somerby focuses on racism denial.

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    7. Can David defend what the actual fuck a slum lord like Jared Kushner is doing making life and death decisions for American citizens? I mean really, what the actual fuck? Is that what DinC and the rest of the trump cult voted for? Jared Kushner?

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    8. It's wonderful how different phrases can be used to spin positively or negatively. Consider two ways of saying the same thing:

      "Kushner provided housing for many needy people"
      vs.
      "Kushner was a slum lord"

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    9. Leroi back, David. Pull the other one.


      Leroi

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    10. Two ways of saying the same thing:

      "All Lives Matter"
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      "I hate black people".

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  5. Anyone else notice what a hatefest MSNBC has become lately? Ridiculous conspiracy fears about Kodak, and the Post Office? I mean come on.

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    1. Nah. I stay away from corporate propaganda if I can.

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    2. But Qanon speeks truth to power, right semi?

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  6. Tom Friedman of NYTimes, last person I would trust these times.

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