I’ve been thinking about starting such a thread for a while now, about the collapse of civil society in America separate from typical Democrat/Republican politics and Trump. Trump being a symptom, not a cause, etc.
Part of this was me realising that I don’t have any emotional reaction to mass shootings in America any more. I think I mentioned this in the gun control thread. News of 12 school shootings in 22 days so far this year? I didn’t even think twice about it, let alone get upset about it. And I noticed nobody else had mentioned it in this forum.
Also it got to the point where I could no longer watch the John Oliver show with Juliane, as it became to stressful. All we were doing was pausing every minute or so to exclaim “How the hell can Americans be okay with treating each other so badly? And letting others treat others so badly?”
A lot of my thoughts have been expressed far better than I could do in this article:
So my last pathology is a predatory society. A predatory society doesn’t just mean oligarchs ripping people off financially. In a truer way, it means people nodding and smiling and going about their everyday business as their neighbours, friends, and colleagues die early deaths in shallow graves. The predator in American society isn’t just its super-rich — but an invisible and insatiable force: the normalization of what in the rest of the world would be seen as shameful, historic, generational moral failures, if not crimes, becoming mere mundane everyday affairs not to be too worried by or troubled about.
It’s worth checking out.