Is America Slowly Committing Suicide?
The nation's economic, environmental, and social decisions will be the death of the United States
There are an unlimited number of ways to commit suicide.
Nearly one-quarter of all suicide deaths are by hanging. Nearly one in five are overdoses or poisonings. 2% jump. 2% cut. Some people use an AI-assisted 3D-printed suicide pod from Switzerland.
Over half use a firearm — more than every other method combined.
A very small but growing (and disturbing) self-death trend is suicide-by-cop:
“Suicide by cop is a suicide method in which a suicidal individual deliberately behaves in a threatening manner, with intent to provoke a lethal response from a public safety or law enforcement officer.”
And if we know anything about American cops, it’s that they’re all too happy to pull the trigger.
The stats on suicide-by-cop are astounding:
95% were male.
54% were unemployed.
29% were homeless.
62% struggled with mental health issues.
Suicide by cop accounted for 11% of all officer-involved shootings and 13% of all officer-involved justifiable homicides.
My point here is that there is an unlimited number of ways for individuals to kill themselves — for an unlimited number of reasons — and some of these ways take a huge toll on the lives of those around them.
Nations, too, can commit suicide.
Because countries contain so many people and institutions, it takes far longer for a nation to kill itself than an individual can.
But there are suicidal actions that a nation can take that, if not reversed in time, are guaranteed to lead to ultimate fatality for the country.
America is one of those countries that is currently trying to commit suicide.
In fact, it’s trying to destroy itself by four different methods:
Energy is kind of a big deal.
Without a sufficient affordable energy supply, you can’t grow food, heat and electrify houses, or run businesses.
Unfortunately, we’ve spent the past hundred years burning liquified dinosaurs for power, and have pumped our little greenhouse atmosphere with too many heat-trapping gases, and now the planet is roasting like a sauna on fire. Pretty soon, places like India will be unlivable and the soggy peat bogs of Scotland (from whence comes my favorite scotch) will become dusty deserts.
While the extreme-right pushes for burning more coal and natural gas — currently using “freedom from Russia” as the excuse — Western lawmakers are making zero meaningful headway on eco-friendly replacements that are actually affordable.
It’s been said that whoever controls the energy supply controls the world.
If that’s true, let’s take a guess and who will dominate the twenty-first century:
Rather than invest trillions using the revolutionary Daman Model to rapidly transition us to 100% renewable power at legitimately affordable prices, today’s corporate-captured politicians are all too happy to let the masses freeze in winter, roast in summer, and pay crushingly expensive power and heating bills, while they purposefully underbuild new energy infrastructure just like they do with houses. So long as the profit margins rise for their corporate sponsors, nothing will change.
The planet will continue to overheat, the high costs will bankrupt the middle class, and we’ll be no closer to reducing our emissions.
In other words, suicide-by-energy.
Countless civilizations throughout history have committed suicide by re-engineering their economies to work for the extractor class instead of the contributor class.
In the universal war between creditors and debtors, rather than incentivizing the builders of the nation, they rewarded the rentier class. In every single case, it spelled doom for society.
The American economy is one of the most suicidal economies in human history:
We let land-lorders monopolize property and rent-trap tenants instead of engineering for generationally-affordable homeownership.
It is mathematically impossible for a society built on usury, land-lording, rent-seeking, tax-evasion, wealth-hoarding, unsustainable debt, unchecked inflation, crushing housing costs, and wage suppression to survive. It has never happened in human history, and America will not be the magical exception.
In other words, America is on a collision course with suicide-by-economy.
Despite the delusions of Bitboys and techno-maximalists like Elon Musk, homo sapiens are still very much a biological species that requires a habitable ecosystem for its survival.
Unfortunately, we’re all choking on micro-plastics— we’ve even found them in placentas and babies and adult lungs. The fossil fuel industry currently produces over 400 million tonnes of plastic each year, and thanks to their lock on Congress, global plastic production is expected to nearly triple to over 1.1 billion tonnes per year within 28 years.
It would be nice if we had a democratic body to protect the planet, some sort of, say, “Environmental Protection Agency,” but the corporate-captured Supreme Court just sentenced the EPA to death because coal companies told them to.
There is no doubt that America is running out of fertile soil, breathable air, and drinkable water, and the obvious solution in a world of exponentially-increasing technology is to encourage and incentivize a massive drawdown of the homo sapien population.
But sadly, there aren’t enough Americans who know how to actually do the math and chart our current trajectory, which is exactly why we’re on course for suicide-by-environment.
The pandemic revealed the emotional and mental cracks in America’s collective psyche.
The United States is experiencing a brutal mental breakdown:
Americans suffer from more mental disorders than anywhere else on earth.
47% of Americans have at least one addiction.
51.5 million American adults now have a mental illness.
Suicide took over 44,000 lives last year.
Drug overdose deaths cracked 100,000 for the first time ever.
But what did we expect would happen?
Elites destroyed any movement in the direction of real democracy.
Parents let kids re-define reality from behind the comfort of screens.
Corporations brainwashed the nation into believing “guns = freedom”, no matter how many children have to die every year.
We got the whole nation hooked on pills, with Big Pharma raking in $1.27 trillion annually, with 49% of all global drug sales coming from America.
If we keep on our current course of collective mental deterioration, it’s only a matter of time before an incident (or series of incidents) triggers a nation-scale revolution or collapse. Suicide-by-social-breakdown is already on the horizon.
The American Suicide
The question is not “will America die by suicide?” but rather “which method of suicide will kill America first?”
Will it be suicide-by-energy?
In the same way that those who die from suicide-by-cop have co-factors like unemployment and homelessness, history shows that suicidal nations tend to face multiple crises that compound against each other.
Perhaps an environmental event will trigger suicide-by-energy.
Perhaps an economic event will trigger suicide-by-social-breakdown.
Perhaps one will trigger all the others in a horrifying cascade.
Regardless of the finale, it’s no longer a matter of if America will commit suicide, but how and when.
In the grand scheme of history, it is no doubt coming quite soon.
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