Weimerica Weekly – Episode 17 – Heroin In New England

Welcome to Weimerica Weekly Episode 17. The podcast airs every Wednesday.

This week’s Weimerica Weekly is on heroin and the fertile ground for it in New England. The New York Times even noticed it in 2013, but would not mention the economic and social policies the left inflicted on northern New England to create the situation.

Weimerica Weekly is a podcast hosted by Ryan Landry that touches on the cultural, political and sexual topics that fill the mindspace of our United States of Weimerica. The politicization of all cultural and social degeneracy is examined with a focus on how it fits together.

Weimerica Weekly is produced by the Hestia Society and distributed by Social Matter.

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  1. Can we look forward to a Midwest version?

    You’re aware that Ohio is now selling Narcan over-the-counter?

    It will be interesting to see what balances out. Will the deaths prevented by Narcan mask rampant heroin abuse? Or will a new feeling of reckless invincibility among users cause ODs to outpace narcan-revivals? We’ll find out this year, certainly.

    Or you could just do a story on Austin, Indiana. Oxy, heroin, needles, AIDS, and an old shuttered canning factory. Nice contrast, as well, in that the heir of the family that owned the canning factory still retains a late 19th century manor farmhouse just outside town, as well as one in Madison. Compare and contrast for rural Weimerica!

    1. A Midwest podcast would be interesting. A small town about 1.5 hours south of my university, in Illinois farmland, has a meth problem.

  2. Well done,

    I live in Portland and the low crime rate you mentioned really hit home. I recently solicited the local police department to preform an active shooter training at my work and he said “thankfully we’ve never had a real shooting in Maine”. It amazes me that so many people carry a gun daily yet the crime rate is so low.

    Thank you for the work you do.

    1. Axel Bowfinger July 3, 2016 at 4:29 am

      “It amazes me that so many people carry a gun daily yet the crime rate is so low.”
      Did you ever consider that the crime rate is so low bc so many people carry guns daily ?

      Think about it, If you are a criminal who burglarizes and robs, do you want to do it where it is more or less likely that your would be victim is armed.

  3. I finally got around to listening to this podcast. It’s well done. You have a soothing voice, Ryan Landry. Your narration of the West’s decline turns an otherwise horrible tragedy into easy listening.

  4. This podcast really covers how blank slate theory hurts the lower classes. The elites, who assume it to be true, assume that if you shut down all the mills and factories, it’s no problem because a 52-year-old father of three who used to be a foreman at a paper mill can just go to college, get a Master’s degree in Computer Science, get to be a part of the startup scene, and become a billionaire by inventing the next Facebook or Snapchat. Think I’m exaggerating? Check out what Kevin Williamson said over at NRO this week:

    “The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too. The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.”

    You see, if you find yourself unemployed and stuck in a dead-end town with no hope ever since the mill left for Mexico, the answer is real simple: just pack up, move to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and get a job writing at an elite opinion magazine, just like Kevin Williamson did. Easy as pie. If those rubes from flyover country are too stupid to think of that or too shiftless to go do it, well then they deserve what’s coming to them.

    Egalitarianism and blank slate – the idea that any given person can fill any given job if a properly accredited school just gives them some classes in how to do it – has, like all of the other ideas in leftism’s toolbox, ended up destroying the very people it was intended to uplift. The elites neither know this (for they know nothing of the genuine working class) nor do they care (for their purpose is to raise their status through moral signaling, not to genuinely help the afflicted and downtrodden.

    But you already knew that.

  5. Some great sociological insights. In a just (or sane) world, you’d be an promising young associate professor, lecturing at an important university.

  6. This problem has been around Western PA, West Virginia, Eastern OH, etc. for two decades. Nobody cared when it was happening in burned-out flyover country, but God-forbid it happen in New England.

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