This began with the economic boom of America after WWII. Nothing like it had ever been seen like it before, and my parents were right in there with everyone else, soaking it up, and feeling more self-righteous all the time.
The Depression had nearly finished America off, and the rest of the world too. We were ashamed of this, as we should have been. We were not in control of our economy; it was in control of us. We demanded the government do something about it, and the New Deal was beginning to make some progress – although no one really knew what to do about it.
The official wisdom was that the economy was some kind of benevolent self-regulating mechanism that could not be interfered with. Once bottom was reached, it would recover automatically by itself. But the people were starving, they had lost faith in empty promises. They demanded that something be done.
And then a miracle happened: WWII. A miracle for America, that is, but a disaster for everywhere else. At the end of the War, American found itself the most powerful nation in history – by accident. This was helped immensely by the devastation elsewhere. But Americans didn’t think of it this way – they were simply God’s people and he had rewarded them for their goodness.
In reality – and can remember this well, since I was a teen-ager at the time – Americans for the most part were disgusting. And they haven’t got much better. In the half-century that followed, they set to work to destroy America – and they have largely succeeded. The whole thing made me sick, and I barely survived my working life – if you could call it that.
I have this old-fashioned belief that we should do things right – and maybe even be good ourselves in the process, although this might be too much to expect. But above all, pay attention to what is really going on: good or bad. Exactly what Americans are determined not to do. They are determined to go straight to hell – by the shortest route – and to take the rest of the world with them. And they are succeeding admirably.
Once again, as has often happened in the past, a whole society have gone mad.