Enjoy The Decline

by Frost on February 7, 2011

I just came across an author and a catchphrase that really capture my mentality right now.

The blog is Captain Capitalism, and the phrase is: “Enjoy the Decline”

Economy and job market collapsing? Enjoy the decline!

American dollar on the verge of hyperinflating? Enjoy the decline!

Love and marriage being replaced by the hypergamous hell of hookup culture? Enjoy the decline!

Crime and disorder creeping slowly outward from the slums? Enjoy the decline!

Families, civil society, and the social fabric, all tearing at the seams? You get the idea…

It’s obvious to anyone with a pair of eyes and a brain that western civilization is in a state of decay, and has been for a good few decades (if not centuries) now. Are we approaching the nadir? I suspect we are. Rock bottom approaches, I think, but that’s just an educated guess. As for what’s coming after the collapse, I really have no idea. Maybe historians will one day speak of the great western cultural renaissance of the 2020s, or maybe there just won’t be any historians to speak of anything. I lean towards optimism, but not for any good reason.

No matter what though, we’re headed for a change. Your comfortable (or mediocre, or awful) life is about to get shaken, hard. We are living in a status quo that most of us take for granted as inevitable and eternal, but in reality it is neither. And that status quo is decaying.

It’s decaying slowly, for now. But old buildings don’t just steadily decompose into a pile of rubble. They hit a tipping point, and go from “house” to “debris” in a matter of seconds. And a house on the edge can look and function much like a healthy one. It will keep you warm and protect you from the rain. But one day, it will collapse, and your life will get interesting, fast, even if you were smart or lucky enough to be outside when it did.

So what else is there to do? Enjoy the Decline!

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Bill Brasky February 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

“I lean towards optimism, but not for any good reason.”

Great line. This article was top notch.

I think its peak oil that’s gonna get us, personally.

Richard February 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Wow. Excellent article.

I am impressed.

tacticalchrstn February 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

There is one other thing that we can do while we “enjoy the decline.” (It does make for splendid theater I must admit) We can create a seed bank. Few people seem to be aware of the threats to western civilization (peak oil, decline of marriage, crime, end of paying work, etc.), but one guy who gets it is Charles Hugh Smith oftwominds.com Smith has written a book titled Survial Plus that deals with making the most out of the coming decline. He does NOT advise stockpiling gold and ammo and hiding in a cabin. Smith does emphasize the importance of developing skills and ablities such as growing food. One of the most important concepts in the book is that of the remnant. In any societal collapse a remant is left that leads that society forward. The remnant may not be one we would like such as the Russian oligarchs who wound up owning everything after the Soviet collapse, but some group will emerge from all this with assets. I’d prefer the remant to be a Holy remnant that restores the Christian Church, but there is a lot of work to do before that becomes likely. In my own church most people seem unfamilar with the exhile into Babylon, or the collapse of Rome. Any discussion of society’s problems leads to handwringing and muttering about the second coming. Each of us can only do a little bit, but we can be aware, and we can prepare. A few of us might even profit handsomely… But what then? How do we use this profit and knowlege in a world that may not be as nice as the World Made by Hand that James Howard Kunstler writes about? Create a seed bank of knowledge.

raliv February 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

the captain is awesome. I greatly enjoy his blog and his sarcastic look at modern America

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