Election, shmee’lection. Here we are, across the threshold of a three-fold convergence and out into a perfect storm: 1) environmental collapse; 2) economic collapse; and, 3) increased international political instability. Will the 2020 election matter in the short run? Yes, but only in the sense that it’s arguably better to elect the least-objectionable asshole the system offers. After all, “anyone but Trump” is just about as rational as it is simple. But lesser-of-two-evil voting hasn’t worked in my lifetime. Will the 2020 election matter in the long run? Personally, I doubt it. But I’ll lay out my cards for all to see: I don’t think the Big Collapse is coming; I think it’s upon us. I don’t think there is a long run. I don’t even think there’s a medium run. You think there’s hunger now? Just wait.
Consider the three factors above. First, the ecosphere. Oceans warming faster than expected. Ice melting faster than expected. Storms strengthening and damage costs soaring. Coral dying. Starfish melting. Coasts flooding. Garbage gyres. Lethal urban air. Fires raging through our forests. Desertification. Deforestation. Extinction. Not “in the future.” Not “in twelve years.” Now.
Economics. Those who “run” our economy get vastly wealthier every time they crash the system. Next time they crash it, they pocket the funds for Social Security and Medicare and SNAP and Medicaid. They liquidate our social welfare programs, pocket the funds, impose austerity, and strengthen the police and mainstream propaganda states. Homelessness and hunger surge, although there will be plenty of fentanyl. Infrastructure crumbles further; disasters ensue. The middle class will be reduced to essential nomenklatura for the fascist state, and the U.S. will no longer be a “first world” country. There will be no more “first world”–it will be a “third world” struggle for the 99% (or more). And that’s not even getting into international economics.
International relations. Climate-driven refugees. Resource wars (old, like the Congo; and new, like Venezuela–just stay tuned). Refugees from Islamism. Refugees from narco-terrorism. Refuges from neoliberal capitalism. Thirsty. Hungy. Dispossessed. The death throes of American imperialism and the rise of Chinese imperialism hedged by global financial elites. ISIS. Boko Haram. White supremecists. Theocrats. Fascists. Lines in the sand. New nukes, old nukes, big nukes, “useable” nukes… A Christian-ized U.S. military “just following orders.” This is our hemisphere!"
Much of this has been facilitated by our political, democratic failure. We failed over the course of fifty years (and really much longer) to stem the corruption and decay of our institutions and now those institutions lack the moral decency and power to reverse course or even begin to address the Big Collapse. We were warned. We were warned time and again. We failed. And now it’s too late. We could replace every politician with a progressive at this point, and the Collapse will still come.
Ah, shit. When does the game start?