Capitalism is what is left when beliefs have collapsed at the level of ritual or symbolic elaboration, and all that is left is the consumer-spectator, trudging through the ruins and the relics.

  • Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism

Chris Hedges, the great chronicler of American political, social, and economic decay, has described the current condition of the United States as one of “anomie.” Anomie, a concept borrowed from Emile Durkheim, refers to the state of societal rupture that occurs in crumbling civilizations. It describes the disintegration of a “life-saving equilibrium” that exists when citizens feel a shared investment in maintaining a common…

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