Mark Steyn on the doomed hillbilly

From Mark Steyn:

In this brand new SteynPost, Mark considers coastal condescension toward collapsed American communities, the realities of a world without work, and the strange phenomenon of death by despair. More.

Reality check: This is the best analysis you could hope for as to what really happened in the US election. I also recommend Federalist’s Trump as the first post-modern president? for understanding the depth and prevalence of Trump derangement syndrome among the Cool who despise these hillbillies.

But please note that Steyn does not offer a way forward in an age when the North American working class is no longer needed, due to automation, slave labour conditions in China, and low-wage migrant labour at home. I’m forecasting consensual euthanasia, as easier and more humane than oxycontin and very easy to sell as Cool bioethics.

Progressive government will love it. The money can be saved for designer do-gooding among cooler populations.

What happened in the US election is that obsolescent people took a chance on saving their lives. Maybe it’s too late to have the needed discussions in Canada.

See also: Belgian Catholic hospital “adjusts” its views on euthanasia

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  • PaulW

    How does one, how does anyone, the government or an individual or a group, provide others with purpose and dignity in their lives? If there really are no jobs, then there are no jobs. Should people be encouraged to work communal farms or clean parks and streets, or something; that is, make-work projects? Or perhaps some restrictions ought to be placed on the use of human replacing automation to force businesses to employ a certain number of humans, whether they want to or not?

    Steyn is right about work in general: people seem to have an innate need to feel that they are contributing to society, and without work, they often do give into despair. I wonder whether the human population will be seriously culled, for various reasons, over the course of the next 100 years or so.

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  • ismiselemeas

    The video was great of course but I would like to rebut his point about heroin use and overdoses. The graph shows the dramatic acceleration of fatal overdoses in or around the year 2010. This coincides with the importation of exponentially stronger fentanyl from China. The American white middle class has always used heroin and opiates, they just happen to be dying more often now because of the strength of the drugs available to them. These new Chinese drugs are 20 to 100 times more powerful than the previously available street level drugs. The overdose trend is accidental, not purposeful.

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