Where are we going? This question has been asked repeatedly for endless centuries, eons, millennia. As a historian, I have analyzed repeatedly the outcomes of several societies, as they spiral towards different events, different futures, but what I realize is forever the same. We are headed towards disaster. There is no questioning that there is currently a form of fascism in the world, a new totalitarianism springing up everywhere, in democracies and autocracies, in flailing political systems unqualified and poorly designed to fulfill the needs of the people. I have researched Latin America to find that repeatedly, societies which totter on the knife's edge, will collapse. We have been doing so for a decade. We have seen increasing political and economic discontent since the 2008 recession. We face another recession in the near future. We are in fact overdue for another major economic downturn. While observing the economy, this month has been one of the most turbulent ones since the collapse, and yet economists voice no concerns that the instability of the stock market could be a bad sign.
Thunder rings in the distance, a low rumbling sound. I stand amidst the buildings of a small town, the inhabitants laying now in their beds, oblivious to their peril. The storm is coming, the dawn breaks upon a new day, but the light of the sun shines here no longer—the storm robs them of its rays. The neon lights of the diner illuminate much of this small town, and the rain falls heavily upon the pavement of the road through the small hamlet.
The rain has come, and in the darkness hatred spirals,
In darkness broached the man his subject.
To begin any discussion of H. P. Lovecraft, one must begin with an analysis of the times in which he lived, the times where science seemed to explain everything, when human knowledge was expanding at the greatest rate that it possibly could. Paradoxically, there are many parallels between the time of H. P. Lovecraft and our own modern times. While it is important to understand that the times back then were filled with great scientific promise, it is also important to understand the scientific backdrop to which he writes. Most important to the writing and understanding of H. P. Lovecraft's fiction is the eugenics movement, as his disdain for people of "lesser races" becomes rather apparent in short stories such as The Street, and make an appearance in his novella, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, an allegory in itself warning against racial mixture. It is possible to separate his writing from this eugenics movement, but it is impractical.
"The Left." We hear it constantly from conservative pundits and editorialists, most often trying to get rise from the democratic party. I find that nobody on the right actually knows that that means. To those who believe they know what it means on the right, you probably have little conception of what socialism actually is, much less the broad term "the left." While the Democratic Party is the most leftist major party in the United States, it is not by any means a portion of "the left," although some moderate leftists are in the party. The broad definition of "the left" as perpetuated by conservatives is an authoritarian system and the soviet-form socialism that resulted in another imperialist state. While people think that socialism is inherently authoritarian, it is not. Socialism, as a principle merely refers to the absence of private property (i.e. property used by an employer's employee for use for the purpose of profit). It states that the employment of such a system will result in mass unemployment, mass poverty, hunger, mass homelessness, and overproduction.