Too Late for Teenage Suicide
I am sorry I missed the opportunity to comment online. ..
But, as a Montanan, having read the responses your article (Montana possibly joining Oregon and Washington in "legalizing" assisted suicide) generated – I suspect, from fellow members of the PIG (er... I mean "Baby Boom") generation, of which I am an angry (punk rock era), non-breeding, non-profligate member -- I am compelled to commentary.
Your phrase "fiscal suicide" is exactly right! And we non-breeding, non-profligate survivors (so far) of this current crooks and idiots phase of American socio-political-economic life know too well this country committed to fiscal suicide a very long time ago (my best guess being 1971 – Nixon’s abandonment of Bretton Woods’ “gold standard” or perhaps its collective, yawning [non] response to the ‘74 oil embargo and Jimmy Carter’s “Malaise” speech). At any rate, fiscal suicide seems undoubtedly the fate of America as most of us know and love it. I suspect those of us over 40 and under 300 pounds know this: Ron Paul knows it. Bill Maher knows it. You know it. I know it. Unfortunately, a huge, aging, diabetic swath of “Keep government out of my Social Security and Medicare!” America does not know (or refuses to admit) it.
So the question is: what can be done, if anything, to render (fiscal) suicide as painless as possible? For myself, I find I am essentially a burgeoning communist/anarchist/survivalist: and when the Mad Max age ensues, I suspect I will be in Montana, armed, off the grid, on (relatively) fresh water and basically as self-contained/sustaining as possible…
But I wonder where the conservative “pundit class” expects to be in ten or twenty years? After all, democracy and unregulated capitalism cannot coexist forever – Marx (unbounded genius) was absolutely correct about this. As proof I submit: The United States of America. QED!
And whether you admit it or not, Mr. Douthat – so do you.