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THE AMERICAN ENTROPY TRILOGY
A Long Day’s Journey in to Light

from FANLANDIA

A Cautionary Parable in III ACTS
(Available on Amazon.com in Kindle eBook and Trade Paperback in December 2021)

Preamble

“You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
– U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The AMERICAN ENTROPY TRILOGY, is a series of three sequential novels:
AMERICAN AMNESIA         Book 1: 1900 – 2000
AMERICAN ALGORITHM   Book 2:  2000 – 2004
AMERICAN ANARCHY        Book 3:  2008 – 2024 Spring of 2022
Admittedly a literary primal scream, it is my hope that in  some small way I may have contributed to an awareness and better understanding of the tremendous positive potential of the internet for promoting socially beneficent innovation, and empowering and promulgating democratic ideals. 
But, that it must not go unsaid, it’s well past time to break the glass, sounding a shrill siren, warning  of the long-term pathological consequences of:
  • Existential global threat to humanity of widespread deliberate distortion of facts and disinformation promulgated on the essentially unregulated, uncurated internet through opaque social media algorithms and artificial intelligence;
  • Unregulated/unfettered corporate surveillance capitalism, aided, abetted and enabled by the U.S. Government;
  • Existential global threat of neo-liberalism/fascism to democratic forms of government;
  • Radical right nativistic nationalism and alarming rise of populism and domestic violent extremism in America; and
  • Anthropogenic Climate Change causing catastrophic Global Warming.

In AMERICAN ENTROPY, the term Entropy is used in the context of a measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system, in particular the gradual, not necessarily inevitable, steady deterioration of a system or society to collapse.

The TRILOGY, through fictional depiction, attempts to remind and reinforce the lessons of history, replete with inspirational, courageous acts of heroism, oftentimes against great adversity including extraordinary personal sacrifice and physical harm, to advance the cause of freedom, justice and equality. 

While as a novel it strives to entertain, it’s primary raison d’ etre, frankly is to inform. It is inspired by the eternal literary verity:

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

– Albert Camus

So in someways, this is my Russian Novel—a dark, Slavic melancholy morality play, panoramic in scope with lots of characters over an ambitious time line. My contemporary take on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace”…as may have been told by Mel Brooks.

Grandiose? Perhaps. Middlebrow? Probably. Pedantic? Sure. It’s a gift.

This is not a drill...

PREQUEL

Prequel

 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
 is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016  1:15 AM
 
“I’m mad as hell…and I’m not going to take it anymore!” shouts Howard Beale erupting during the middle of his newscast in a beige rain coat, his wet, gray hair plastered to his forehead. 

Because I was so disgusted by the flagrant demagoguery, the outright mendacity and obfuscation during the rancorous national election campaign I was desperately seeking some touchstone of reality, some validation of the legitimacy of my anger, indeed rage, that I was not just being consumed by some hormonal mid-life meltdown.
So, I was about half way through the timeless political parable for about the 10th time, the 1976 film Network brilliantly written by Paddy Chayefsky, when I paused my DVR to check on the lopsided margin of victory Hilary Clinton (D) held over Donald Trump, the (R)epugnant nominee for president of the United States.

In the film, Beale, the anchorman for the UBS Evening News, struggles to accept the inequities of the world he reports. It concludes with the murder of Beale on national television; a voice over darkly proclaims him “the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings”. It is the beginning of his transfiguration into a mythical cult hero, now an enduring totem crying out against social injustice. A film classic—both a commercial and critical success winning four Oscars. Good stuff and my go-to balm when I begin to doubt my grasp on political reality. 

I had just finished viewing this eerily prescient scene, now more relevant than ever, which perfectly captures and distills the algorithm if you will, of the theology of neo-liberal corporate hegemony.  Arthur Jensen, President of UBS is reciting the Sacred Scripture of the Holy Corporate Gospel to Howard Beale, giving him his marching orders:
 
JENSEN
You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t have it, is that clear?! You think you have merely stopped a business deal…that is not the case! 
 
The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back. It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity, it is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations! There are no peoples! There are no Russians. There are no Arabs! There are no third worlds! There is no West! 
 
There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars! Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars!, Reichmarks, rubles, rin, pounds and shekels! It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet! That is the natural order of things today! That is the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today! 
 
And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and you will atone! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?…
 
(pause)
 
You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen, and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT and T and Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state Karl Marx? They pull out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories and miniMax solutions and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments just like we do. 
 
We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale! It has been since man crawled out of the slime, and our children, Mr. Beale, will live to see that perfect world in which there is no war and famine, oppression and brutality. 
 
One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. And I have chosen you to preach this evangel, Mr. Beale.
 
HOWARD
(humble whisper)
Why me?
 
JENSEN
Because you’re on television, dummy. Sixty million people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday.
 
So, I tuned to the election coverage on lefty MSNBC to check on the overwhelming, indeed humiliating Electoral College margin of victory Hilary Clinton, America’s historic first female president, held over Donald Trump—Putin’s Poodle, the Buffoon with the Bottle Blonde Bouffant. 
At last, the demonstrable triumph of truth over demagogic trope! Hu-rray and Halleluiah! 
 
Hillary Clinton (D): 227
Donald Trump (R): 304
Donald Trump is projected to be the 
45th President of the United States!
 
W-T-F! That’s right…What The Fuck!

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: : Epilogue…Some Final Thoughts : :

– Epilogue…Some Final Thoughts –

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

 

I have no illusions that my meager literary talents even belong with the literary giants listed in the Preface.

I have attempted to deliver my humble oeuvre at weaving an entertaining, hopefully leaven with some humor, allegory. Even though it is, perhaps an overly ambitious epic time frame, I wanted to give the reader a broad historical perspective from the Great Depression, and through literary sequels, to the Great Recession…through a wide angle lens.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
– George Santayana

It is important to remember that even though this is a work of fiction, and strives to entertain, it’s primary intent, frankly is to inform. The overarching purpose of it is to leave the reader with a macrocosmic understanding of the fundamental issues surrounding anthropogenic climate change including a vision for radical reformation of the irreparably broken political system that precipitated it.

As such, it should be viewed more as a philosophical dialectic, rather than on its dubious technical merits. Even though I have tried not to overburden the reader with gratuitous technical jargon/nomenclature including acronyms, unfortunately the inherent complexity necessitates the use of much technical terminology.
While I have attempted to mitigate technical errors through conscientious research, because I am not from academia, nor do I not represent myself as any kind of an expert on climate science, nor am I an economist or political scientist or any kind of expert on the Internet and cyberspace, I hope the reader can transcend any technical insufficiencies. The technical elements presented in many cases are a distillation/simplification for dramatic purposes. As such I take full responsibility for any technical inaccuracies, omissions or deficiencies.

With unabashed passion, I have endeavored to proffer the scientific, legal and pragmatic portent of the lethal consequences of the coming 6th Massive Extinction of life form on the planet from climate change…unless…and that’s where you come in.
The most problematic and difficult, yet imperative component of all–the politics of a massive shift in the collective consciousness of humanity…simply stated…from the Me to WE.

To survive this unprecedented global threat to our very existence will require a radical reordering of civilization’s deeply devolved and perverse priorities:

  • our connectedness with our one, and only planet,
  • our sense of social justice and community in the brotherhood of man; and
  • our compassion for one another.

In the process I hope that you find this parable an entertaining read. Despite the gravity of the topic, I have tried to at times introduce a playful and whimsical take on this ‘collective global suicide’; sorta redefines oxymoronic.

Sadly, the highly developed, virulent strain of Capitalism particularly prevalent in America over the past century has evolved into a Sociopathology. Through Globalism it has now metastasized all over the world, indeed tout le monde, with the disparity of wealth rivaling even the excesses of the mythical ostensibly unregulated Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century.

We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few. But we can’t have both.
– Louis Brandeis – Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939.

The notion that the solution to climate change is through more Capitalism is a naive myth promulgated through the slick dissembling of the euphemism ‘marketing’ by corporate mainstream media—the sycophantic handmaidens of the Corporacy. Even the well-meaning mainstream environmentalist have failed to grasp that the current mutation of Capitalism is incapable of self-reform—it is the problem…not the solution.

Modern-day Capitalism’s sole mandate is the creation, accumulation and retention of wealth, a positive feedback loop of self-interest and self-reinforcement based on the exploitation of the productivity of the working class. It is this exchange of excessive unequal values that creates surplus, exorbitant profit, predominately percolating up to the obscenely asset rich plutocracy: Neo-Feudalism.

Since 1978, adjusted for inflation, workers wages have essentially remained stagnant while worker productivity has almost doubled, with most of the the exponentially growing surplus accruing to the Corporacy, and eventually the richest one percent.
Through the systematic attack and successful de-certification of collective bargaining units by the Corpocracy along with the tacit ever-present threat of cheap unregulated labor of Globalism, workers have been coerced into a perpetual state of fear and anxiety—petrified to take action, for fear of short-term tangible loss in exchange for some conjectural long-term gain in the abstract.

The great tragedy is that the American working class for the most part is ignorant of the fact that they are essentially slaves to a rigged system where our democracy, or what’s left of it, like a defective gene run amok through incest, has mutated into the obsequious, antithetical servant of Capitalism.

I freed thousands of slaves, but I could have freed thousands more…if only they had known they were slaves.
-Harriet Tubman – African-American abolitionist, humanitarian

My exhortation is particularly directed at the exploited working class, the dispossessed working poor, college graduates laden with heavy student loans many of whom are unemployed/under employed, journalists, artists, poets, writers, the clergy and teachers…anyone who gets it…irrespective of age, political or religious stripe…and is willing to engage; to take it to the streets. For as history has tragically repeatedly demonstrated time and again, meaningful social change can only come from the bottom up.

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
– Mark Twain

You will form the nucleus for leadership of the movement to deal with the most daunting human existential crisis in the history of the planet–to rise up to resist the hegemonic corporate forces that are causing the essentially irreversible devastation of the ecosystem through unbridled release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Starting with you, then through geometric progression like a benign virus, multiplying exponentially until the tipping point of critical mass is reached. It will not be easy…the oligarchs will not go quietly into the night:

The most important dilemma facing us is not ideological. It is logistical. The security and surveillance state has made its highest priority the breaking of any infrastructure that might spark widespread revolt.

The state knows the tinder is there.

It knows that the continued unraveling of the economy and the effects of climate change make popular unrest inevitable. It knows that as underemployment and unemployment doom at least a quarter of the U.S. population, perhaps more, to perpetual poverty, and as unemployment benefits are scaled back, as schools close, as the middle class withers away, as pension funds are looted by hedge fund thieves, and as the government continues to let the fossil fuel industry ravage the planet, the future will increasingly be one of open conflict. This battle against the corporate state, right now, is primarily about infrastructure.

We need an infrastructure to build revolt. The corporate state is determined to deny us one…

– Chris Hedges – author and essayist; excerpted from:
The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies
January 26, 2014 – Truthdig.com.

 

– Now What? –

Be ashamed to die until you have scored some victory for humanity.
-Horace Mann

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The four primary elements, or The 4Rs for the Great Re-Awakening…the Neo-Renaissance of Humanity:

RESIST! – Peaceful non-violent resistance, protest and demonstration

REMOVE! -The Big Money paid by Corporations/PACs from elections and the politicians who accept it

REGULATE! -The financial and banking mega-complex and protect the planet

REBEL! -Take it to the Streets! See you there!

michael a. kominsky

July 2015

mak@kozmickpress.com

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