When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.
– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
The Queen Bee of Libertarianism couldn’t have put it any better. Though it isn’t a comforting thought, it ultimately does you little good to deny that your country has rotted to its core. At least that way you’ll always be prepared for the worst.
You’re not going to win many friends by telling people we are doomed, either. But hey – who wants to make friends with optimists? They’re always dispensing ingratiating advice like “buck up” and “"smile, it might never happen" and “look at the bright side of things.” Feh.
No – you are a “doomer.” There’s no other way to be without lying to yourself. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a regular fashionista while you’re at it. The Burning Platform’s We Are Doomed merchandise is perfect for those who want to dress for the inevitable.