Translated from Russian.
Edited and embellished by Lasha Darkmoon.
I hope you don’t mind that this is in Russian. I think that this way I can be more completely honest. I am a relatively recent graduate of one of the many faceless post-Soviet institutions of higher learning, with a degree in philosophy. Last year I moved to the USA and married an American woman.
The question of when the modern capitalist system is going to collapse has interested me since my student years, and I have approached it from various directions: from the commonplace conspiracy theories to the serious works of Oswald Spengler and Noam Chomsky. Unfortunately, I still can’t fathom what it is that keeps this capitalist system going.
My wife is a very pleasant woman, but a typical white conservative American. Whenever any political question comes up, she starts ranting about the Constitution. She calls herself a libertarian conservative and a constitutionalist. I used to think she was well-educated and understood what she was talking about. In fact, she is the one who introduced me to America. I once believed everything she told me about the country. But as I found out later, she understands nothing about politics. She merely parrots everything she hears on television or reads in the trashy American newspapers: populist nonsense spouted by Severin, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and other mass media clowns.
Well, I’m not going to try to prove to my wife that she is wrong on a subject that I don’t quite understand myself. After all, she’s a good wife. I try to steer clear of any political questions when I’m with her or the family, although I do not always succeed. Perhaps if I knew a bit more, I would be able to explain things to my wife better, but our family was one of the first to be flattened by the real estate market collapse. My wife went bankrupt, lost her bank account, house, job, and everything else a little before I got here. So we can’t even buy anything online.
In that talk you gave at the conference in Ireland, you mentioned that there are certain regions of the US where the common people only eat garbage food from places like Walmart. This consists of junk food crammed with artificial colors and flavors and other dangerous chemicals. Such a diet, you pointed out, “makes people a little bit crazy.”
To my deep regret, I have to agree with you. I have seen it happen. With my own eyes.
Various witty Russian commentators love to heap ridicule on the “dumb Americans” and on the USA as a generally stupid country. But if they spent a bit of time living here and paid closer attention, they would realize that it is not the low cultural level that distinguishes Americans from, say, Russians: both, on average, are quite beastly.
Even when I visited here before, as a student, my first impression was of a country full of madmen, ranging from the marginally competent to the totally insane. And the further south I traveled, the more obvious this mental instability of the American population became.
At first I marveled at this, thinking to myself: look at how intoxicating the spirit of liberty can be! But now I understand that this is a catastrophe. That American society is brainwashed and alienated in the extreme. And that all Americans have left is this: to batten on each other, cannibalize each other, and play each others as suckers. They have become a nation of zombies and vampires, sucking each other’s blood.
I feel the pernicious influence of all this on my own family. Right here and now. You don’t have to be a brilliant visionary to realize that in the current situation all these endless suburbs, built on the North American model, are slowly but surely turning into mass graves for the millions of former members of the middle class.
Those that do not turn into mass graves will become nature preserves — stocked with wild animals that were once human.
My family is turning feral under my very eyes.
Lack of resources has forced us to live according to the Soviet model, three generations under one roof. There are six of us. Only one of us works and has to support the other five. As a result, we are all bitter and twisted human beings, constantly on edge and at the end of our tethers.
Everyone in our household is going to pieces slowly. Gradually becoming insane from idleness and boredom. The television is never turned off. Its noise is a constant background: the jingle of advertisements, the car chases, the gunshots, the maddening muzac, the sex and the violence.
The female side of the family has been sucked into social networks and associated toys. Everyone is cultivating their own special psychosis, and periodically turns vicious.
In these suburbs, a person without a car is like a man without legs. Joblessness doesn’t allow any of us to earn money for gas. The house we rent is almost completely isolated from the outside world. The only information that seeps in comes from the lying mass media.
I understand that millions of families throughout America live this way. This is what turns people into political dissidents. Then into revolutionaries. Others take to petty crime, stealing from supermarkets. The young, in sheer frustration, join street gangs. They start sniffing glue and raping farm animals.
THE TELEVISION IS NEVER TURNED OFF…
For me, as for you, this is the second collapse. You left the USSR before things fell apart. I was still there to see it all happen as a child. I saw what happened when people were finally told that they had been conned for over seventy years. See, they were then offered a candy bar as a consolation prize!
Russian society is now finished. The Jews finished it off. It grieves me to see that the same people have now got their hooks into America.
They call themselves neoconservatives…but most of them are Jews…or led by Jews.
These vermin are now beating the war drums for the devastation of Iran. Not content with having been defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan, after having started illegal wars there built on a stupendous mound of filthy lies, they now long to incinerate innocent women and children in Iran.
I look at the dead faces of Americans around me, their bloodshot eyes like the eyes of demented rats. Poor wretches, they don’t even know what’s happening to them! That they are being led like lambs to the slaughterhouse, unaware of the fate that awaits them.
According to Solzhenitsyn, 66 million Russian Christians were cruelly put to death in the gulags by Stalin and his Jews. These Americans don’t know this. They’ve never heard of Solzhenitsyn. They think the word gulag is a Hungarian meat dish.
Any day now, my friend, any day now … I see the coming doom of America! … I see the Lord of Terror fall from the skies!
I have said enough. Goodbye, dear friend! Remember me in your prayers…
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