We’ve reached dystopia.
I first became familiar with the concept of the declining West in the early days of the manosphere, reading Roissy, Captain Capitalism and co. I found their gloomy thinking overwrought – it’s too easy to imagine the end of the world is nigh when society is moving away from your own values or when a candidate you particularly dislike wins an election.
I became increasingly convinced that our civilization was teetering from 2013 on due to the Great Awokening. Still, I thought there’d eventually be a pendulum swing-back or some natural correction. Trees don’t grow to the sky.
I remember a commenter saying, get offline and look outside. People are going about their business, leading normal lives. In the real world, everything’s fine.
In 2020 I became a believer.
We could no longer look out the window and see normal life going on as usual, kids playing in the park, people walking the dog or catching the bus to work. We could no longer go about our own lives unmolested. Elite overreach piggybacked Covid to the point that we were being told to wear masks in our own homes.
We can’t blame the virus for this given its infection fatality rate globally is less than 1%.
Still I held on to a shred of denial – perhaps that year was a wild anomaly; a flash in the pan. Maybe we’d get back onto the the tolerable plateau of stagnation for a few more decades.
At the time of writing, March 2021, I can see that the doomsayers were right. The West is toast. Our countries have become dystopias, each in its own way, and there’s no turning back.
Democracy is largely dead, with the last two US presidential elections considered invalid or at least highly suspect by alternate halves of the population. In other countries the electorate itself has been replaced.
The ideal of responsible government is over. Even the most dedicated Democrats must realize by now that their President is not in charge of the country, and the most dedicated Republicans are beginning to realize that Trump was not in charge during his term in office. We are unsure who is in charge but it is not the people who supposedly won the elections.
Freedom is dead, with all civil liberties being suspended every time there’s a ‘new strain’ we need to worry about. From now on there are always going to be ‘new strains’, which means, conveniently for our oligarchic overlords, that we’ll never be free again. There will be endless new and tedious rules which we have to follow and they don’t.
Our future is a grim vista for the young: rolling lockdowns, reduced economic opportunities, tightly restricted travel, mandatory niqabs. Enterprising Zoomers might not succeed in escaping the West as the restrictions on our liberties now include prohibitions on leaving the country. It started in Australia, spread to the UK, and it is not done yet. Our oligarchs imitate each other like the brainless, imagination-free borg they are, so any dumb idea implemented in one part of the American Empire will soon be imposed in other provinces.
Fortunately for the young, most of them are so brainwashed and demoralized they don’t want to leave their bedrooms, let alone their country. They are content to remain sedentary, mentally ill, obese blobs that rarely interact with other humans face to face, let alone go out on dates. If you’re pinning your hopes on irate young people rising up against the Machine, your hopes are misplaced. Look at the Capitol shenanigans: most of them were Boomercons. Today’s youths only go on the rampage if instructed to by elite propaganda.
Our neighbourhoods are now home to people who consider us foreigners, whatever their passport may say. By their own, tiresome litany of grievances against us it is clear that the dream of multiculturalism has failed.
Heritage populations will continue to decline because our birthrates are too low, especially among the most responsible.
Infrastructure is crumbling. Bridges fall down, blackouts are more common, water is unsafe, supply chains are weakened. Two decades ago there were never shortages of anything but now they are common, and this is not only due to Covid.
Catastrophists once warned that the internet would one day be swept up by big players, become corporatized and controlled. That process is now complete. One can still find murky backwaters where free speech is permitted but all mainstream platforms tightly censor politically sensitive material.
The West still looks the same to a casual observer. There are elections, constitutions, courts, roads and buildings. One needs to scratch the surface to see that none of these is as it was: election results are routinely disputed, constitutions are blatantly ignored, courts do what the oligarchy or mob wants, roads and buildings take longer than ever to create and cost far more; the roads soon crumble and the buildings are monstrosities that everybody hates.
The few Western nations that had relatively healthy balance sheets in 2019 have gone deeply into the red since then. Most have limited capacity to print their way out of trouble.
There is now no major, Western country that is in good shape. Most of the issues in this post relate to the US. Canada and Australia are falling into the Chinese orbit. Europeans are disappearing.
There’s not a lot left.
I cannot think of any science fiction that predicted this type of dystopia. Writers envisioned environmental disaster, nuclear war, alien attack, asteroids, malevolent AI, genetic class systems and hard tyranny. Only the film Brazil came close to the frustrating, ridiculous oligarchy which has seized power and won’t let go.
This is not a black pill. There is always hope, chaos opens up opportunities and things tend to come good eventually, if not in our own lifetime. We must realize, however, that what some have long predicted has come to pass: the West has now entered a precipitous stage of decline.
It’s an interesting time to be alive.