Messengers of Chaos

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The universe keeps sending messengers. Runners. Heralds.

I picked up a young man from a house party Saturday night.  He had two brand new MacBooks tucked under his shirt. He spent the entire ride bragging to a friend on the phone how he had just stolen them from his unsuspecting hosts.

He was from Chicago, on a weekend furlough from the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms.  He got himself a motel room in Hollywood, hit the bars, met some girls, accepted an invitation to a house party, saw two laptops in an empty room and couldn’t think of any good reason to just leave them there and now couldn’t wait to tell people, and didn’t mind my overhearing every word.  A Marine, no less.

How much of this do we attribute to a particular morality he carried with him from Chicago and how much to a cultural understanding Los Angeles has become a City Without Handcuffs? There’s no way to know.

We are coasting on the assumptions of a high-trust society when the basis for that trust has eroded and may no longer be present.  We are behaving as though America 2019 was still operative.

Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, “On The Town” 1949

On Friday a group of West Point cadets on spring break in Florida decided to do some blow. And why not? I would have. In fact, I did, many times, in an era of safety before the Russian roulette of drug consumption brought about by Fentanyl. Four cadets overdosed on the spot. Two more overdosed through secondary transmission while administering CPR. Six dead in the yard of the rental house, a seventh now on a ventilator.

America has lost nearly 200,00o people to drugs since the passing of George Floyd. The majority of those deaths were Fentanyl-related.  Unlike opium, which is produced around the world, the precursor chemicals are solely from China.  The distribution networks run through Mexico.

It’s almost like…a military invasion.  But no one is allowed to call it that.

If you want to sap the will of your opponents, send in a pestilence.  Like Lenin to St. Petersburg on a sealed train in April 1917, courtesy of the German Army.  By October Russia abandoned the front, and he was in the Winter Palace establishing his “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

Vladimir arrives at the Finland Station

America will take more than five months to collapse. But it won’t take twenty years either.  She is undergoing a Great Unwinding from a constitutional republic to an oligarchy run out of San Francisco and New York.  She has no enforced borders and no guaranteed rights not subject to revision by corporate managers. She has “elections” nullified by the administrative state.  Her citizens no longer possess local control of schools or zoning or bodily autonomy. The only monopoly on violence is held in trust by the media who licenses its use to preferred groups.

She is transitioning…into something of which Buffalo Bill and Davos might approve.

Counterintintuitively, Van Nuys may fare better than the rest of the country.   Most of the shitty things have happened here already. It’s baked into the cake.

13 thoughts on “Messengers of Chaos”

  1. I was at a party last weekend..in a house. Nothing untoward occurred, so I guess it wasn’t a House Party.

    Apparently I have never attended a House Party because I never read about it later in the week.

    What constitutes a House Party? Who attends? I’m never invited…..

    1. C’mon, man! Did you EVER go to a house party? I just turned 64 three days ago. No, I don’t get invited to house parties anymore either. LOL. But 40 years ago……yes…there were plenty. Still are. Will always be.

      1. I stand corrected. I did attend a House Party. In high school. With the parents out of town. Frat parties don’t count.

    2. House party=all the trappings of the club, but no cover charge. Also nooks and crannies for mischief, on account of no bouncers.

  2. Perhaps your darkest post ever, Mr. UITV, but certainly warranted. And there’s nothing any even half-aware person could push back against. The Great Unwinding indeed. That third-to-last paragraph is a perfect distillation. Quite frankly it shocked me out of late-afternoon doldrums and made me realize the time to plan and prepare is now. Not tomorrow. Now.

  3. This is why I sold my house and left suburbia to make a plan for rural sustainability. There’s a shakeout coming, and it will be substantial. I want a buffer in space and culture between me and it.

    1. Two converted shipping containers. A year of sealed food. A source of water for gardening. A solar array. A Starlink connection. Firearms. Love of family. Like minded neighbors, hopefully. That’ll go a long way.

  4. Great writing, as always. But I think there may be a glaring error: As far as I know, none of those spring breakers who overdosed has died.

    1. I’ve been trying to pin this down. Different accounts imply death. Others only hospitalization. West Point is holding it’s cards closely on this.

  5. “When I was young in the ’80s you could trust your dealer to only cut the cocaine with baby laxative.”

    Congratulations! You are now officially a card carrying member of the Alter Kocker Club. Everything was more wholesome in that glorious Golden Age when you were a boy – said every old guy ever.

    My step father was in the service in the mid 1960s. He told stories of his unscrupulous hijinks with his buddies that would curl your toes. (He was a mean bastard.) Napoleon’s men were no different. I’m entirely sure Hammurabi’s men had their moments in Babylon.

    1. Thanks for Alter Kocker. If only it were as kinky as it sounds…
      Yes, I plead guilty to euphoric recall. Our personal decadence then was beyond reproach.

  6. People can’t understand why I’m “obsessed” with the homeless issue. It’s because they are so much more than mere individuals who are in some kind of personal trouble: As you say, they are messengers. Portents.

    I don’t think we are going to get out of this.

    1. A possible silver lining of the Ukraine crisis and the subsequent supply chain shortages and inflation of basic necessities will be a harsh shift in public opinion away from tolerance for petty crime and freeloading. Maybe.

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