Fear and Loathing in America

SUBHEAD: As we descend into Donald Trump's America we are reminded of Hunter Thompson's nightmare journeys.

By Juan Wilson on 20 Janaury 2017 for Island Breath -

Image above: Mashup of scene from movie version of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" sporting Vladimir Putin as "Raoul Duke" and Donald Trump as Dr. Gonzo. They are on a road trip fueled by LSD, amphetamine and alcohol. Out of touch with nature and reality. From (https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2017/01/debt-rattle-january-20-2017/).

Yes we are beginning a long and weird journey. And Donald Trump behind the wheel. Is there any way to bail out?

I don't take much stock in those that think the Trump phenomena is one arranged by Russian trickery. The CIA is perfectly capable of doing something like that here or anywhere else all by itself. Our "normal" channels of communication (the press, journalism, media, netowrks) seem to have failed us.

We are left with the outlier sources. There you can find both "Truth" and "Bat Shit Crazy". Go find what works for you but be skeptical.

Hunter Thompson was a reporter who has been credited with inventing "gonzo journalism". Two of his books made a profound impression on me in the 1970's - "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail".

In "Campaign Trail" he follows and befriends Richard Nixon. The book reveals aspects of Nixon no one else talked about - and is like lifting a rock and finding a scorpion, poisonous centipede or rattlesnake. Something dangerous, alien and fascinating.

Thompson wrote:
Richard Nixon  was the real thing -- a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. 
Such a person is The Donald. My take on this guy is that he is not much different than Nixon in personality - a megalomaniac substance abusing alcoholic out of tune with the flow of life around him. . Both men have displayed vindictive mean streaks.

However far he came up in the system Nixon always, neurotically demonstrated his "low" background".  On the other hand in Trump we have a Medici. A pampered spoiled rich kid used to bullying those beholden to his inherited fortune. An greedy and twisted individual.

Who better to be at the helm when our ship of state grinds into shoals that we are nearing now?

With the players on the incoming Trump Team it is hard to imaging a worse set of administrators, and directors of our government agencies. Some are simply incompetent, like Texas ex-governor of  Rick Perry named to head the Energy Department. There are also sly ones who either despise and plan to subvert or dismantle the agency they will be running.

Some have called this kind of leadership "kakistocracy": A government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. From the root Greek word "kakistos" the root of the English word "catastrophe".

Today I posted Richard Heinberg's article about what he plans to do this Inauguration Day (A Good Day for a Walk in the Woods). A point he made their really struck me as profoundly true. He wrote:
"In my view, the most revealing personal characteristic of Trump may be his complete disconnection from the natural world.

Here is an individual who grew up in a city, who sees land only in terms of profit potential, who proudly covers the tortured ground with high-rise buildings, who lives in a penthouse, and who walks outdoors only on golf courses."
Having lived in Manhattan for almost a decade of my life I can substantiate that living there (or perhaps in the middle of any urban area of millions of people) isolates and separates an individual from Nature in a profound way. One begins to believe there is nowhere else that really matters.

That "Nature" is a view of Central Park from Trump Tower.

In answer to the question: "Is there any way to bail out?" I would answer "Yes". Hunker down in a locale that is the most resilient you can find.  Gather your friends and family close. Be self reliant and stay away from the government.

Good Luck and Bon Voyage! It's going to be a wild ride.

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