Searching for style and substance in the first empire with an audio-visual recorded history of its own collapse.
Oh man... I'm turning 60 in about a week and so I've had a ringside seat at the "arena of the decline." I still remember when manners, courtesy and kindness actually mattered. We were never allowed to leave the house looking like a scumbag. "Everyday" clothes were for wearing at home and doing chores, not going out in public. We always (and I still do) dressed decently to fly or take the train somewhere. Getting tattoos was for cons and fat bikers and was *not* acceptable (and as far as I'm concerned, still isn't... if someone can't show who they are by the way they live their lives, I sure as hell don't want to read about who they are on the outside of their bodies depicted as so-called "art") Pierced ears were for women, not little girls and certainly not men. Being 300 pounds overweight was not considered brave and stunning, it was a sign of someone who couldn't control themselves and was not eating properly. I mean... I could go on and on. But I'm called one of those pesky "boomers" even though I've been screaming about liberty my whole life. Something else that people just don't get (and as a "libertarian" leaning person get resistance for) is that a society cannot and will not ever have liberty and freedom if they cannot live by any kind of standards for a successful society. It just doesn't work. If "anything goes" in a society, eventually "everything goes" because a society that cannot control themselves sets themselves up to be controlled. It's just a fact. Great post. Oh, and my Dad was "black pilled" long before that was a thing. He always told people (as do I), "I'm not negative... I'm a *realist*." Thanks for letting us freeloaders read the post. :)
Pajamawear in public is preparation for wearing it in incarceration.
There are a few factors to consider:
-lots of people are depressed. Depressed people aren't likely to care about their appearance.
-lots of people are on a variety of drugs. The drugs make us sicker. So we are obese and depressed and not getting any better. So we don't care about looking good.
-if you're female, it's really hard to find attractive clothes at a reasonable price. Ugly colors in designs that make you look bad? Lots of that around. Nice clothes at a good price? Not so much.
There is something else going on too; it might be related to the depression issue. I've found that people rarely complement each other if they look nice. So... if you're treated the same way for wearing sweats and a t-shirt as opposed to a suit, why bother? There is no external incentive.
I *suspect* the ugly clothes for women is part of a demoralization effort by... IDK, the government via Blackrock via Big Clothes? Aka "you'll sell the women ugly clothes because we want them to feel bad about themselves, and if you don't, no loans for you."
Historically societies at this level of decadence would be conquered by stronger, saner neighbors, or there would be an internal revolution, but there is no one on the horizon either internally or externally who seems like it can challenge globohomo's hegemony. Therefore, it seems like this process of decadence and decay will only get worse: https://neofeudalreview.substack.com/p/prepare-to-be-cast-into-the-thunderdome
Russia is controlled by the Rothschild and allies central bank owners as well, and so are the BRICS so any movement toward a multi-polar world is just putting lipstick on the pig, imo...
My father, who would have been 98 now, used to lament the way men and women used to dress, especially in big cities. "In SF, every single woman wore a dress, heels and hat when walking down the street (including up those crazy hills) and all the men wore suits and hats. The way people dress now is deplorable!" I used to roll my eyes at his nostalgia but now I see that it was a ratcheting down into 3rd world looks over the last few decades.
This morning I read yet another startling article about the massive shortage of pilots --how "federal agencies" are now doing deep dives into pilots' medical histories and finding out that they have violated FAA requirements that pilots self-report all medical conditions, including any psychiatric care (what does this mean? Prozac, marriage counseling, grief counseling?) and terminating pilots for failure to report. Is it me, or is eradicating the airlines of all pilots from all angles an actual agenda? Flight cancellations, riots on planes, excessive costs--all roads lead to no more flights for the plebes.
Thank you for this assessment of the outward manifestations of an empire in steep decline. I recall my high school philosophy teacher commenting about the sad irony of putative young social rebels "conforming by not conforming". Thus, the purple hair and the bearded baristas dressed like lumberjacks at pretty much every Starbucks across the country.
Gil Scott-Heron once stated that the revolution will not be televised. He never dreamed that the de-evolution would be.
The tattoo thing is a head-scratcher for me. My Dad was an old Navy man so he had a tattoo of an anchor on his shoulder with the U.S.S. Oriskany beneath.
Tattoos are are almost de rigueur here in middle Tennessee. Pretty much everyone has at least one (with the exception of my wife, two sons, and me).
I watched in amazement as an otherwise very attractive woman at the local gym went through a tattoo metamorphosis over a period of six months last year. She started with one (that I could see) and by the end of the summer had them all over including her neck and face. I never had the guts to ask her whether everything was okay at home.
About 7 years ago, one of my brothers got married and honeymooned in Hawaii. He and his bride were in their early 60s and it was the 2nd marriage for both of them. As part of a very expensive package, they had dinner at a very high end Hawaiian restaurant which was owned and operated by a world famous master chef. At one point, an odd entourage entered the restaurant. Steven Tyler, the lead vocalist of Aerosmith, one of the biggest rock bands of all time, had a slut on his arm less than one third his age. Tyler is a tranny so it's a safe bet "his" whore was as well. The Yids just love to make gender reversed freaks celebrities and superstars. With them was Bill Walton, the former basketball luminary of many years ago and an old, famous black jazz musician whose name I can't recall. They were all wearing pajamas and slippers. Totally unfazed, the smiling host led this troop of miscreants to their table. In dystopia, scum rises to the top. Smoking article, GC, thanks.
Insidious and obvious breakdown/collapse of society. People. Art and Architecture. Clothes. Travel. Food. Cars. Education. Intellect, ideas and language. Restraint. Manners. Moderation. Modesty. Contribution and creativity over consumption and convenience. It’s all so gross. Style is the right word. Not merely lacking, drowned and murdered. I’m pissed. Beauty, harmony is not subjective. It’s about everything we once were. I cry and long for that time.
Rome is burning.
Pass the marshmallows.
Good article. I like informality, but it has gone way too far with foul language, dressing like slobs and tats all over, or anywhere for that matter. As soon as I see a woman with tats, I discount her from the halls of femininity.
I am a fit, healthy, non-drinker that always dresses nice. Recently I was walking through the resort village I live near and was shocked by the universal slopiness of the people there on holiday. However, I am also fairly covered in tattoos, which began late in life during a time of despair for the degradation of society during covid lockdowns. Occasionally I look back and wonder if I could do it all over again if I would refrain from being tattooed. It is an interesting thought, but as a conservative-minded 55 year old man, nobody cared about me or my opinions when I wasn't tattooed, and nothing has changed since accumulating a body of American Traditional tattoos. I suppose in some ways my nostalgic tattoos are a harkening back to times I remember growing up and the blue collar workers I knew in my family, as well as coworkers. Even amongst the tattooed crowd I do not fit in. I understand painting with a broad brush when evaluating the tattooed population, and in many cases I do so myself. I also hold no grudge towards anyone that looks down their nose at tattooed individuals. But, we are not all alike. It is always an interesting exercise to consider how I am perceived. In most cases, I am speaking to my clients on the phone or through email, so I have a chance to prove myself before an in-person meeting. I also wear long sleeves and long pants to meetings where my tattoos are mostly hidden. In a suit and tie there are only very subtle hints that I have tattoos, and my age and demeanor are not indicative of the amount of tattoo coverage I have. I do find it interesting that so many conservative writers hold up tattoos as a sign of decline, and in many cases I agree. However, I am old enough to know that life, and people are complicated.
It's an eyeopener watching Korean shows. There's absolutely no wokeness or token diversity characters. People dress up as if they were living in the 1950s. Nobody has tattoos or anything other than ear piercings (if that). There's innocence and hopefulness.
The 'American Grafifti' clip was very apropos with the T-Bird driven by the pretty girl representing the past, with the Edsel--complete with Potsie in the back seat, longing for the girl-- in what we have become. The Edsel driver was correct: "She's gone, man!"
Is there a fifth Phase, Totalitarian Dystopia? Or is that included in the Long Night?
We're moving there quickly.
We'll ride on our coattails until they tear under the weight.
Hey G.S. Considering the USA has got the title locked better than the Brady-era Pats had in the AFC East, how would you rank Mexico? Asking for a friend ;-)