Go read The Zombies of Fishtown at Taki's.
1. Special thanks to Steve Sailer for connecting me with the editor at Taki's. I would also take this moment to write that Sailer puts out things weekly that the rest of us aspire to and maybe only reach once a month or a quarter if at all. Thanks Steve.
2. This will probably be my only piece in Taki's. I don't think I'm quite what they are looking for. I am thankful for the opportunity. I also am leery of providing an essay to them regularly. I wish my grandfather was alive to see me published at a place that publishes Pat Buchanan. He'd laugh, mock me and ask why it isn't "printed on paper like a real writer".
3. Thank you all for encouragement. My readership has grown from 5 readers (including my wife) to many more now (wife no longer reads it). Made me think I could get this in there. This is the twin post from last Sunday's Social Matter heroin post.
4. I had cast a lot more blame at progressives for supporting social liberalization and then free trade and open borders since 1992, betraying the union whites, but that did not make the final cut. We know the score. There is one missing important part to me, and it captures what I just typed. It was snipped and cut down in size. I'll put it here. I can't have it go unpublished anywhere. It involves that Blood Meridian line I used yesterday. I thought it was just too applicable to this perfect storm that allowed heroin to blossom in the small towns and 'burbs.
In Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy's fantastic judge says that "War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner". Heroin was always there, maybe not in large numbers but it was waiting for Fishtown. Fishtown's secular population riddled with broken homes and economic gloom found its perfect escape. The seclusion of the suburbs, the atomization of a population, the search for anything to take them away for six hours. Listen to their descriptions of heroin highs being like six hour orgasms or baths in warm honey. America's working class plunging into the abyss of heroin is the perfect embodiment of the vitalism phase of our decadent culture.That was the final paragraph before the conclusion. I know there is not a "link" or factual piece in it, but it's the kind of touch I like to add to my writing (also a heroin addict once said that honey bath line). It also fit with how every piece of societal engineering both social and economic made this heroin epidemic among the working and lower class whites possible, and it is really just a symptom of deeper problems. Heroin was just waiting for the perfect setting and the perfect users. In Marion, Ohio, the heroin junkies are so dutiful that they work at the popcorn plant to make just enough cash to buy just enough dope to repeat the cycle. Crack and Meth heads don't have that discipline.
5. Like many of you, I've seen the change in Fishtown. My home area has little "Belmonts" and "Fishtowns" right next to each other. It kills me to see the Fishtowns decline.
I hope you enjoy, go read it at Taki's.