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Stopping the Wreck: Part 5

February 26, 2023

Stopping The Wreck: Professor’s Research Builds A Case That We’re Losing The Battle To Save American Society

The following is a reblog from 2/13/13. It is an article about my research into America’s Decline. As I re-read it, I have a greater sense of foreboding than ever. Tom

P.S. Mr. Caylor is a better writer than I can ever hope to be!

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By Bob Caylor of the News Sentinel, Fort Wayne In., November 17, 1994

This is the continuation of the newspaper article explaining my research and theories on America’s decline.

Part Five

Entropy

Now you see what he sees: Children comprise an ever-smaller part of our population. That means the foundation of society a generation from now also will be a smaller portion of the population.

Meanwhile, the elderly are increasing faster than any other part of the population. Today’s children are to become tomorrow’s working population, helping to support a larger number of retired people.

So much depends on this proportionately smaller group of kids, yet enormous numbers of them are living with unprecedented stresses: high rates of divorce among their parents. The pervasive availability of drugs, an increasingly violent world, both in reality and fiction; and widespread physical and sexual abuse, just to name a few.

What’s this country coming to? To answer that question, Mawhinney borrows a concept from physics: entropy.

Entropy is the amount of energy no longer available in a system to do work. It’s used more loosely, by everyone from science-fiction writers to creationists, to refer to the tendency of systems to run down: machines breaking down; stars dimming, cooling and winking out; living things aging and dying.

As Mawhinney uses the term “entropy” it means the amount of energy not available to maintain a social and cultural organization.

Maintaining such organizations, from individual families all the way up to nations, takes a tremendous amount of energy. On the other hand, neglecting them and letting them run down is quite easy.

Put another way, screwing up your kids doesn’t take nearly as much energy as raising them well. As more screwed-up kids grow up, they burden one layer of institutions after another: schools, public welfare agencies, charities, hospitals, police departments and prisons, for example.

As these institutions struggle under increased case loads and greater demand for their services, more people in need suffer. Schools must spend more of their energy catering to dull-witted or disruptive children. Charities are spread thinner. Social workers can’t do as much individual counseling as they’d like. Hospitals have to raise prices for paying patients to treat the indigent. And so on.

Beginning in their teen-age years, these children–neglected or abused themselves–start bearing or fathering children. Those children, in turn, start out life with the odds raised against them. And the cycle feeds on itself.

Sure, a lot of people are raising fairly healthy, bright, secure children while this is happening. But a greater share of their energy is being consumed by the widening wedge of the population that is maladjusted in one way or another.

Maybe their energies are tapped directly–if they’re teachers, police officers, for example. Or maybe this decay in society only drains them indirectly, because they pay more of their taxes or their charitable donations to treat it, or because they’re scared to go out at night, or because they leave a well paying job to live in an Idaho cabin and get away from the whole mess.

Mawhinney’s vision is this: At some point, the stress of trying to cope with an increasingly large share of dysfunctional people could cause the collapse of our culture and our society.

We might all finally see the urgency of change, and we could throw everything we have at the effort, but it will be too little, too late.

The species would no doubt survive. Some other culture, social organization and government would replace the one we know. But Mawhinney doesn’t see any reason to believe that what would replace a wrecked America would be better.

In the next, part six, the focus is upon the “closing window” of opportunity to save America.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/13/13

Stopping The Wreck: Professor’s Research Builds A Case That We’re Losing The Battle To Save American Society

February 22, 2023

The following is a reblog from 2/3/13. I humbly submit that I see evidence everywhere that confirms my dire predictions. It truly pains me to say this. Tom Mawhinney

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By Bob Caylor of the News Sentinel, Fort Wayne In., November 17, 1994

This is the continuation of the newspaper article explaining my research and theories on America’s decline.

Part Four

CONTAGION

No one is raised in utter isolation, and people–particularly children–are influenced to an extraordinary degree by what happens to them and around them.

Just as people can spread a cold or the flu among themselves, so can behavior spread.

“That thoughts, emotions and actions can spread from on individual to others is a well-established fact…we have all felt the powerful contagious influence of someone’s yawn and also their happiness, sadness, fear or anger,” Mawhinney said.

“For example, individuals who were born and raised in the circumstances of the ghetto may move into a peripheral area to sell drugs. The greater availability of drugs in this new area will then lead to increased rates of addiction within that segment of the population. Increasing rates of addiction will, in turn, lead to the spread of incompetent and damaging behavior patterns such as juvenile delinquncey, robbery, murder, child neglect and abuse, family disorganization, child abandonment, intellectual impairment and underachievement, and more,” he said.

Although there’s debate over whether sex and violence depicted by the media lower sexual standards and encourage violence, the argument’s over in Mawhinney’s mind.

He’s satisfied that what we see, read and hear influences us, whether it’s news or fiction. He’s convinced by research linking acts of violence on television with increased aggression in toddlers. He’s particularly adamant about the influence of sexual depictions, or worse yet, the intermingling of sexual and violent themes. Sometimes he shows parts of “I Spit on Your Grave” to his students to show them–in stomach-turning detail–an agent of contagion.

“You can go to the video-rental store, in the horror section, and you can see simulated anal rape…and assault by a woman getting even for anal rape. You can see her cut the penis off a man in a bathtub with blood going everywhere and him shrieking…this is contagion,” he said.

As The population increases and as a greater share of the population clusters in urban areas, the density with which people pack together makes contagion a greater risk, he argues.

“I’m just suggesting that the more dense the population, the more likely that the alcoholic’s behavior will impact on more people. The child molester, the pedophiliac, will have hundreds of victims…I think population density is catalytic to contagion, period.”

In the next part five, learn how the mechanisms of Sociocultural Entropy weaken the viability of our Nation.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/13/13

End Closer Than We Think?

February 13, 2023

The following is a short essay sent to me by a patriot friend. Many thanks to Mr. Damaske.

It is a powerful display of America’s sad condition: Naming, in my view, many of the moving parts of Americas Great Decline.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 2/13/23


Nations think they’re eternal.

Nations also have seasons, but where is the glory that once was the United States of America? America has moved from a relatively free economy to socialism – which has worked so well NOWHERE in the world. We’ve gone from a republican government guided by a constitution to a regime of revolving elites. We have less freedom with each passing year.

Like a signpost to the coming reign of terror, the cancel culture is everywhere. We’ve traded the American Revolution for the Cultural Revolution. The so-called potus in the White House is an empty vessel filled by his handlers. At the G-7 Summit, ‘Dr. Jill’ had to lead him like a child. In 1961, when we were young and vigorous, our leader was too. Now a feeble nation is technically led by the oldest man to ever serve in the presidency.

We can’t defend our borders, our history (including monuments to past greatness) or our streets. Our cities have become anarchist playgrounds. We are a nation of dependents, mendicants, and misplaced charity. Homeless veterans camp in the streets while illegal aliens are put up in hotels. The president of the United States can’t even quote the beginning of the Declaration of Independence (‘You know – The Thing’) correctly. Ivy League graduates routinely fail history tests that 5th graders could pass a generation ago.

Crime rates soar and we blame the 2nd Amendment and slash police budgets. Our culture is certifiably insane. Men who think they’re women. People who fight racism by seeking to convince members of one race that they’re inherently evil, and others that they are perpetual victims.

We slaughter the unborn in the name of freedom, while our birth rate dips lower year by year. Our national debt is so high that we can no longer even pretend that we will repay it one day. It’s a $30-trillion monument to our improvidence and refusal to confront reality. Our ‘entertainment’ is sadistic, nihilistic, and as enduring as a candy bar wrapper thrown in the trash.

Our music is noise that spans the spectrum from annoying to repulsive. Patriotism is called an insurrection, treason celebrated, and perversion sanctified. A man in blue gets less respect than a man in a dress. We’re asking soldiers to fight for a nation our leaders no longer believe in. How meekly most of us submitted to Fauci-ism (the regime of face masks, lock-downs, and hand sanitizers) shows the impending death of the American spirit.

How do nations slip from greatness to obscurity?

  • Fighting endless wars they can’t or won’t win
  • Accumulating massive debt far beyond their ability to repay
  • Refusing to guard their borders and being inundated by an alien
    horde
  • Surrendering control of their cities to mob rule
  • Allowing indoctrination of the young
  • Moving from a republican form of government to an oligarchy
  • Losing national identity * Indulging indolence
  • Abandoning God, faith and family – the bulwarks of any stable
    society.

In America, every one of these symptoms is pronounced, indicating an advanced stage of the disease. Only God knows if America’s day in the sun is over.

We who believe in America are at this moment in time, needed to stand up to restore the U.S. to its former glory, or let it fall! However, we may now soon experience the next step in our country’s demise and I believe that it might be closer than we think!

Author Unknown

Stopping The Wreck: Professor’s Research Builds A Case That We’re Losing The Battle To Save American Society

February 12, 2023

By Bob Caylor of the News Sentinel, Fort Wayne In., November 17, 1994

This is the continuation of the newspaper article explaining my research and theories on America’s decline.

The following is a reblog from 2013, VTM

Part Three

MORE CHILDREN AT RISK

At the same time, as the numbers of children younger than 6 are shrinking in proportion to the population as a whole, these youngest children–a critical population segment–are being subjected to increasing stresses.

Although the poverty rate has remained fairly steady in the population as a whole, it’s rising among the youngest children. A greater percentage of them than ever before live in poverty.

It is estimated that divorces and annulments per 1.000 children in the United States increased by 173 percent between 1950 and 1984. From 1920 to 1984, estimated divorces and annulments per 1,000 women increased 169 percent.

Among scientific researchers and laymen alike, there is growing certainty that children from broken homes suffer developmental and emotional problems that can affect them for decades.

More and more children are being born and raised in single-parent families , and, with rare exceptions, two parents have more time and energy for the demanding job of rearing children than does a single parent.

Even many two-parent homes aren’t what they used to be. As more mothers enter the work force, fewer and fewer children benefit from growing up with a full-time parent at home. The quality of day care varies dramatically, but few children with paid caretakers receive that same kind of intensive nurturing that families could provide.

The rate of premature births and percentage of babies with low birth weight has remained roughly steady since 1960. The difference today is that we’ve developed the means–at enormous cost to society–to save many more of these tiny babies than we used to.

But once we’ve saved these smaller, more fragile babies, they often compete with full-term infants at a physical and intellectual disadvantage that continues throughout their lives.

Teen-agers continue to harm themselves, both physically and intellectually, with high rates of drug and alcohol abuse.

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In the next part, learn how the mechanisms of Bad Behavioral Contagion damage the quality of our population’s behaviors.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/12/13

Stopping The Wreck: Professor’s Research Builds A Case That We’re Losing The Battle To Save American Society

February 4, 2023

The following is a re-blog from 2013

By Bob Caylor of the News Sentinel, Fort Wayne In., November 17, 1994

This is the continuation of the newspaper article explaining my research and theories on America’s decline.

Part Two

FEWER CHILDREN, MORE ELDERLY

Mawhinney’s theory begins and ends with children. The condition of children today foreshadows the shape of society decades from now, and what he sees isn’t good.

Children younger than 5 are a smaller portion of our population than ever before. In 1900, 12 percent of Americans were 5 or younger; in 1986, 7.4 percent of the population was in that age group. By 2010, that number is expected to fall to 6 percent.

Meanwhile, the 25- to 64-year-old age group is increasing its share of the population, but slowly. Mawhinney calls this young to middle-aged group the “culture-sustaining” portion of the population. They are working, paying taxes, raising children–in short, doing the bulk of the work involved in maintaining society.

And the elderly comprise an ever-growing share of the population. Most of them are retired and collecting much more in government benefits than they’er paying in taxes.

Much of the culture-building work the elderly could perform–helping with child care and passing on knowledge, tradition, ends up not being done, because many grandparents don’t live close to their grandchildren.

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In the next part, learn how an increasing percent of our decreasing population of children (our future) are at increased risk for various bio-psycho-social problems.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/11/13

Stopping The Wreck: Professor’s Research Builds A Case That We’re Losing The Battle To Save American Society

February 3, 2023

The following is the result of an interview that I did with the author many years ago. I will put the series that were published here for you as “re-blogs”. I invite you to read them and decide if you think that my predictions and great fears have been unfolding in America; or not. Please share your opinions by writing them in my comments sections. To leave a comment; just click on the blue tab at the bottom of this post. Tom, 2/3/23

By Bob Caylor of the News Sentinel, Fort Wayne In., November 17, 1994

Part 1.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, chairman of the psychology department at Indiana University-South Bend, believes that American society as we know it is nearly a goner.

For seven years now, he’s been trying to prove it. He’s been grinding through thousands of pages of statistics, books and research studies, looking for patterns and evidence that support what many feel: Things are getting steadily worse.

Now he’s making his case.

Why now? Because he thinks we have little time to stop the decay of American society. At some point, would-be social engineers won’t be able to stop the train wreck; they’ll just be taking notes as the carnage unfolds.

“I need something that’s simple enough for people to grasp. I’m trying to introduce 250 million people standing on a railroad track to the train that’s coming..to see whether they can organize themselves in time to jump out of the way.” For now, he’s not overly optimistic.

“A rat pressing a bar will not change its behavior because of rewards or punishments unless there is a real close connection–ideally, a half second or less–to the action. I’m not so sure that human beings are any better when it comes to making decisions about the future.” The ideas at the center of his bleak theory of social decay are really pretty simple.

He says the corruption in society–murder, rape child neglect, drug addiction, child molestation, beating, robbing, and the thousand other varieties of misery–don’t spawn in a vacuum. They can spread from one person to another, like rot in a piece of fruit or flu in a crowded office.

As more and more people “catch” evil–or, as he might put it, exhibit maladaptive behaviors–the good have a harder and harder time holding their own.

Here is how he thinks it’s happening.

Please see Part two, to be blogged soon.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/10/13

P.S. 2/3/12, I will correct the author on one point here. I invested equal effort to find disconfirming evidence, even rewarding my students it they could find such evidence; as I did for evidence to confirm my judgment about America’s increasing rate of decline.


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