Why has everyone gone crazy?

People overuse the term, ‘The world’s gone mad.’ I knew a guy in Equatorial Guinea who’d say it all the time: when the rainy season lasted until December, when there was a crackdown on protesters in Cameroon etc.; as though there had never been unusual weather or trouble in Africa before.

But 2020 was nuts in the sense that everyone went crazy. Look at social or mainstream media. Talk to people. Look anywhere.

2020 was not the worst year ever but it was one of the crazier ones. There are precedents. A book I’m reading, Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, lists many more such cases from throughout history, and that was published in 1841.

Still, what drove us all mad? I can spot a few causes/inflections:

2013: Obama’s second term. Not needing to win any more elections, he unleashed his full, Woke nature and this has had a strange cultural effect across the West.

2016: Trump’s election drove the Left absolutely berko. In fact, I’m wondering if perhaps it was a bad idea for this reason. The strongest leftwing argument against Trump I’ve heard comes from Delicious Tacos who said that it’s better if Trump goes because he’s making everyone crazy.

And not just the Left, but I’ll come to that.

I wonder what would have happened if Hillary got in.

2020: lockdowns. What could generate public madness more than (a) locking people at home where (b) they have nothing to do but spend all their free time in toxic echo chambers of social media instead of (c) meeting friends and family face to face, and even when they do go out (d) everyone’s wearing masks so they are not even seeing other people’s faces.

Add to these the act of wearing a mask yourself which is known to reduce inhibition, and you’ve got a recipe for lunacy.

And that’s not even accounting for unemployment and closed businesses.

Lockdown was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The policy snapped the last strands of sanity holding the West together.

Looking back, in 2019 we knew we were on the precipice of something.

Lockdowns caused BLM and Anifa to go out rioting, looting, burning and attacking police and federal buildings. Not police shootings; it was bored and messed up kids desperate to go out and do something to take a break from cutting themselves and pretending to attend Zoom classes.

Lockdowns made some MAGA types fall right down the online QAnon rabbit hole – mutter about kraken, storm the Capitol in fancy dress while taking selfies of themselves and now scream at shoppers like BLM zealots.

Otherwise talented people online, long teetering on the edge of insanity, are tipping over the edge. I’m not going to call Vox Day crazy, but in all kindness he needs to sit down in a comfy sofa and have a nice hot cup of tea.

Further, I think our inability to plot a path out of endless lockdowns is itself a consequence of lockdowns – we’re not thinking straight. Our brains won’t work right until we see each other smile; until we feel the wind and breathe fresh air.

We’re not designed to live like this.

If, in 2021, governments pretend Covid’s gone away, ease lockdowns and mask requirements, and encourage people to go back to normal life, things will calm down. Not go back to normal, but the madness will ease.

With Trump off the news and everyone back at work and back in the pubs, people will calm down and the political temperature will cool. This is why communist governments ensure that, whatever other shortages exist, tea, coffee, sugar and alcohol are readily available. Small comforts like having a beer or coffee with friends greatly ease the burdens of life and have helped stave off mass unrest even in much worse situations than ours.

The year of lunacy may have served some people’s interests for a while but now it’s gone too far for anyone’s good, except perhaps for the nascent warlords and slave traders who lurk among us waiting for civilization to collapse. We’ve got to calm down. Even Bezos and Xi should be urging moderation now. Things are so nuts that anything could happen and even they would be unable to predict or control the outcome.

Whatever your political views, getting back to work, school and restaurants will do you more good than anything else. Much more good than shouting online or in the streets.

I hope our elites see the truth in this, and there are hints that some do, but there are also ominous signs that others are toying with the idea of making this dystopia permanent.

Calm down, everyone. Take a deep breath.

Perhaps you might like this song:

14 comments

  1. ray · January 20

    Like most others, you very much want things to go back to some semblance of normalcy, of the way it Used To Be. And imagine if folks all just calm down that things will smooth out.

    That is not to understand the forces that brought us to this point, quite deliberately and incrementally. The manipulation of mass human behavior was perfected many decades ago; none of the recent major events has been vaguely accidental. America, in particular, is a fully managed society.

    Thinking that if only Hilary had been installed in 2016 instead of the Evil White Male, the nation would have cooled-out into some form of cohesion and civility, is absurd. Hillary merely would have installed four years sooner the agenda that Kabala and Kompany will now inflict on those not conforming to the FeMarxist Politburo. You might be able to hide out overseas for awhile. For awhile.

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  2. Kentucky Headhunter · January 21

    Trump gets elected
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    vs. Hillary gets elected
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    T.B. is never wrong, just ask one of his boot-lickers.
    Some group of doctors calling for permanent masks all the time. I’m thinking of “1000 doctors at the bottom of the sea” jokes.
    Ending the lockdowns will make things a little better, but its like leaping out of the fire and into the frying pan.

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  3. Gunner Q · January 21

    “Trump’s election drove the Left absolutely berko. In fact, I’m wondering if perhaps it was a bad idea for this reason”

    Had the Lizard Queen won, she would have initiated a total war with Russia, burned both them and USA to ash and collected her 30 pieces of silver from an ascendant China. No joke, Hillary was practically selecting nuclear strike targets in the Ukraine when she suddenly lost her chance at the nuclear football.

    With that plan lost, they resorted to Gates’ plandemic strategy that he’d been field-testing in Africa. “They” being the cultists of Great Cthulhu, who want the world to burn so they can live as gods, even if only for an hour.

    They. Hate. Us.

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  4. Marriagesexandmore · January 21

    I’m afraid nothing is going to calm down given the “domestic terrorist” label given to to all MAGA. They have stated their intentions in words and actions… I wish we could go back to GW and Bill Clintons trading terms and nothing really getting done. But, it is now clear they have stacked the deck to not loose another election. Complete power is intoxicating and I see them drinking heavily already. I am truly concerned about how this will end.

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  5. JaXX · January 21

    That book from Charles Mackay is of course a classic. I read it quite a few years ago and I’m convinced we could do worse than making it compulsory reading for high school students.

    Although, on second thought, that ain’t gonna happen, because reading is so, you know, dependent on being able to spell, and forcing anyone to learn English in Australia is racist, sexist and, you know, fascist.

    We should instead make it compulsory to learn some of those 500+ Australian aboriginal languages. Perhaps the one that only one live person can still speak. You know, to save it. Because culture.

    As a side note, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife have recently set about renaming all our national parks, so they now have aboriginal names no one has ever heard of.
    Like ‘K’gari’ – bet you didn’t know that was once Fraser Island?
    Being unable to leave the state due to the ConVid1984-inpired unconstitutional (but who cares about the constitution anyway) border closures, I walked over Christmas a couple of the Great Walks. The one constant ‘feature’ you notice is that they are overgrown with weeds and full of fallen trees, hardly maintained at all – but hey, it’s about the ‘dreaming’, mate. That’s what’s important!

    Anyway, back to the topic you have opened here: It is a vast one. And in my opinion, where we are today is the result of many more decades than just the last one.

    The gradual takeover of all educational institutions by the statist, illiberal Left by all accounts started back in the 70s, when the once anti-Vietnam hippies grew into anti-anything-West adults and became teachers at schools and professors at universities.

    They then taught their students the same philosophy, and their numbers grew.

    Same for journalism.

    Pretty much any poll now shows that both academia and the press are utterly dominated by the collectivists and state-worshippers. I do not like to describe them as the ‘Left’ because I am a libertarian and in my view many conservatives are just as illiberal as their opposite number.

    I think it will be a long time yet before this changes. And it is almost certain there will be plenty of violence to go with it, as well.

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  6. The_Last_Scientist · January 21

    I am a lurker here and enjoy reading your highly addictive. I live in the rural United States, and things are still fairly sane in the red rural states. The causes of the current insanity the world over have been building up since the late 60s. I know you read a lot – a couple of books that I have found enlightening are Niel Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Jerry Mander’s book Four arguments for the elimination of television, and The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr.

    Good Luck.

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  7. The_Last_Scientist · January 21

    I used the wrong email above sorry.

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  8. luisman · January 21

    I actually agree with the far left, that we shouldn’t get back to “normal” and could take the chance to get to a “new normal”. Of course my new normal and the left’s are way opposite. I’d like to see the cleptocracy minimized and eliminated. The left wants an all encompassing communism, which is a 100% cleptocracy, they even want to take posession of your thoughts as well. The left is winning, as those who depend on government handouts amount to way more than 50%, due to the lockdowns. Freedom is not reliable, it can be taken away with a sniffle. It’s gonna take another 2-3 generations until they realize that socialist governments will always crumble. And then they’ll proclaim again that it just wasn’t the “right kind of socialism”.

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    • JaXX · January 22

      “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
      The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
      -From bondage to spiritual faith;
      -From spiritual faith to great courage;
      -From courage to liberty;
      -From liberty to abundance;
      -From abundance to selfishness;
      -From selfishness to apathy;
      -From apathy to dependence;
      -From dependence back into bondage.”

      ― Alexander Fraser Tytler

      Alex knew what he was talking about.

      My guess is that we are now at the one before last stage in the sequence.
      The ‘full bondage’ stage is starting right now, under the pretext of the Chinese pox.
      With, needless to say, full support of the majority of the voting public.

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  9. overgrownhobbit · January 21

    Just a brief note: If you follow the link to Takimag be sure to click through to the links that show dissidents “behaving like BLM”. Watch for yourself and decide.

    Remember when enjoying the commentariat:

    1. Biden lost
    2. We were defrauded
    3. The means of cheating were blatant, no court allowed any evidence to be heard, and the people who ran the fraud are still in place.
    4. Mr. Trump isn’t the problem or the solution: He’s just the symptom
    5. No matter how badly you want to ” go back to normal” neither dishonesty nor danegeld* will serve you

    *autocorrect turns danegeld into “euros”.😄

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