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@qwazix @TheGibson does anybody have a non medium link? It's a paywall for me

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> You have the leisure to ponder American collapse like it’s even a question. The people really experiencing it already know.

Like people under the boot of ICE, but that existed for a long time, that is the system, not the collapse of the system. Police brutality?

I just mean the characterization of "collapse" might not be entirely on the mark.

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@TheGibson an linked article mentions some more things... medium.com/indica/americas-a-s

Right wing demolition of public institutions could be considered collapse.. Hear infrastructure is often poorly maintained too..

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@TheGibson the idea "there is collapse" or "america has falling" is like passive. But the causes are very much active, and there are sides to it. I am sure the civil war in Sri Lanka had sides too.

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"In the last three months America has lost more people than Sri Lanka lost in 30 years of civil war."

A poignant truth there. Even worse, the death toll due to incompetence approaches the military death toll of the US Civil War, which killed more US soldiers than all other US conflicts combined.

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@thegibson Thank you for sharing this.

Over the summer, I kept judging myself for feeling relieved, when I'd stumble across articles or comments like this. "It's happened." "Get out." I'd suspect I was just seeking validation for what I wanted to hear, for whatever reason. Being dramatic. Now I look back, and am glad I spent the summer planning an escape.

Maybe I'm lucky, in a way. The aftereffects of poverty, abuse and discrimination have left me with few ties to the States. I'm unmarried, have no house, no kids, no location-locked career. What felt like failure in 2019, now feels very different. That's messed up.

It's also messed up that I honestly feel lucky to be transgender in this rising mess. We're one of the canaries in the coal mine, and we know it. We know what that means. Denial burnt off early.

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The last sentence of that post is important. There is further to fall. There is no bottom.

In fact, we're rolling towards yet another cliff, we'll approach its edge on November 3 and we won't know until January 21 whether we've stopped the descent and are able to start crawling back out of this mess.

If not, US will be in a free fall for at least a generation, and will likely drag the rest of world democracies down with it.

Vote if you are eligible.

@erosdiscordia @thegibson

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@erosdiscordia I get it.

Everyone is holding their breath right now.

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@thegibson @erosdiscordia I’d love to read more from this author (or others with similar experience) about the paths over the mountain

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@requiem @thegibson @erosdiscordia It's (hopefully) a far cry worse, but I think Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" might not be a bad thing. He's talking about a vastly different experience ofc, but the takeaways about how to hold it together when you lose agency (and society goes sideways) seems useful.

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@requiem @docskrzyk @thegibson @erosdiscordia It's a damn shame-- and also indicative of everything wrong in collapsing USA now-- that vital life-saving information like that article is locked down behind a paywall so I can't read it.

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@docskrzyk @requiem @thegibson It's also a damn fine read. Highly recommended.

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@docskrzyk @requiem @thegibson That entire Medium writer's page is pretty damn good, as is this one too:

eand.co/

(As always, opening Medium links in private browser pages can get thru the paywalls)

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@erosdiscordia @docskrzyk @requiem @thegibson Good point, just don't open too many of them in one incognito session.

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@erosdiscordia @thegibson I'm still infuriated that in the 200x range, I had an opportunity that would have gotten me into Canada. I was humming and hawing... ahh well.

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@docskrzyk @erosdiscordia @thegibson i wanted to get the fuck out in 2000. alas, that was also when i had stupidly let my narcissistic sociopath girlfriend manipulate me into getting her pregnant, and have spent ever since raising a kid.

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@thegibson dmitri orlov has been writing about this for decades now
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