Jacobins in the Night and the Fall of America

When people can no longer trust the institutions of a modern civilization, that civilization falls. The outrage, riots and looting over the death of George Floyd, are a gigantic assault on that confidence.

Unfortunately, trust in these institutions has been eroding for decades. Corruption and mismanagement have completely damaged our confidence in the government and even the police. And, our educational institutions have undermined the idea of what it means to be an American.

And, it all sounds like the run-up to the French Revolution.

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A Superheated Society

The developed world teeters on the brink of explosion, and the average member of our great societies, doesn’t not have a clue. They lack the knowledge to know how precarious their existence is. Even those of us who DO see the warning signs, see so many of them that we aren’t sure which is the one that will finally cause the explosion.

One good analogy is superheated water. It stays calm, even under more and more heat, only because you have added more and more pressure. Eventually, the pressure becomes too great (or not great enough), and there’s an explosion.

One day, our superheated society will have a superheated explosion.

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