At Eradica, Firepower speculates as to whether “America” is already lost. I’m beginning to think it never existed in the first place.
The one blogger I really like now is Anonymous Conservative. He has a simple idea, which he illustrates over and over again- the search for free resources versus surviving on limited resources. Simple as it is, it explains a lot of human existence.
Animals either live off the territory they have, or they find a new one. If they go to a new one, it may be unoccupied, occupied by competitors easily displaced, or by competitors difficult to displace. In general animals must defend their own territory against intruders and can take over new territory only opportunistically.
Oceanic transportation changed human life dramatically. A boat was for millennia the only was to move heavy stuff long distances, and that includes people. Once Europeans were able to venture outside of the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and the North Sea, they found vast territories inhabited by Neolithic people with little ability to resist invasion.
The earliest development was slave plantation agriculture. The tropics were a hostile environment for Europeans, and Africans were dangerous and difficult to handle, but the commodities produced brought a huge profit when transported to Europe.
Much of North America was not suitable for Africans, and inhabited by more warlike natives. Still the land could be farmed in small units by peasants, and so they came, for the free land. To buy land was an impossible dream in Europe, but if you were willing to hazard Indian attacks you could have your own farm in North America.
The Native American response is usually communicated to us in progressive historical terms along the lines “White man speak with forked tongue, take our land.” But they must have been driven crazy. Whites won few significant battles with Indians. Mostly Indians killed whites as they pleased. But the whites just kept coming, more and more, and they didn’t seem to care about the terror tactics that would have put any sane people on notice to stay the hell out of their territory. The Indians were not defeated in the normal sense, they were simply overwhelmed.
The American settlers were certainly hardy pioneers but they were also moving away from pain and restricted resources to comfort and plentiful resources. People came to America because it was easier, more food, more money, more land, more status.
And, when things got tough, there was always someplace to go, farther west. As a place got crowded, expensive and with few resources and lots of competition, you could go someplace fresh. Part of this process was that as a new area became established, bankers and businessmen showed up from the east, to establish more social control. But if you objected to being “sivilized” you could “light out for the territories”.
Of course there’s no “west” anymore, now that California is packed to the gills, but if you are tired of the crowding and expense in California you can go to Colorado, where the prairies on the Front Range are filling up with strip malls and subdivisions.
Americans in general are people who when things get rough, avoid conflict by going somewhere else. This is the white nationalist strategy as well, the problem being that even places long overlooked by TPTB like Colorado or Utah are being californicated, and all any small town needs to be ruined is one nasty lawyer to bring it to its knees.
Confrontation has to happen at some point, but I’m not sure that Americans are up to it.