Implosion: delusion, denial, and the prospect of collapse















"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." 


—Gloria Steinem   








Implosion: delusion, denial, and the prospect of collapse is a penetrating look at contemporary collective delusions slithering across the American landscape largely a function of media propaganda.  A delusion is a false idea about the world, a kind of intellectual “trance.” When an individual suffers one, the diagnosis of mental illness is not far behind. When a nation labors under them, we have a state of collective mental instability.  This odyssey explores five gargantuan delusions infecting the American psyche: our understanding of our democratic political system, the Iraq war, our perception of ourselves as an empire, our understanding of global warming, the musical genre of hip-hop and our extremely precarious financial condition.  In the final chapter, “Slip-slidin to dystopia,” Dr. Kroth reviews the seven major signs of societal collapse. These factors are combined to form “the American Dystopia Index.” When one looks at this metric, the transformation of the American dream to an American nightmare seems more than probable should we not awaken from our myriad trance states in time.







“This book is fantastic! You will want to shove it up the nose of every pompous, conservative, right wing, born again, love it or leave it jerk you have ever met. Dr. Kroth continues to approach the unapproachable. He holds no punches in describing our American culture's blind xenophobia; telling ourselves we are the best while betraying our most basic common sense as the evidence piles up at our feet. We choose leaders who simply tell us what we wish we could believe, and continue to act in ways that shorten our lives, steal our money, and leave us less secure than ever. In this crisp criticism of our collective confusion we see how we have all become the chickens praising Colonel Sanders. I found myself wishing for a more specific remedy to our morass of complacency. We are simply outgunned by short term corporate and political profits and power from the getgo. I wish there were more like Dr. Kroth aboard think tanks, committees, and boardrooms across our land, but if there ever were they are probably planted in the Nevada desert somewhere. To get a little more of Dr. Kroth's wisdom and succor check out this url:  Enjoy the ride before your nickel runs out.”


—Steve Stelle, author of On Shaky Ground 



“Totally eye opening, and, frankly, a very scary narrative. I never realized 

how deluded we are, and how a thick cloud of denial covers over 

our political discourse. This is a necessary read 

for any conscious American.”


—M.S. Forrest, Ph.D., clinical psychotherapist.



If you are looking for Duped!  this 2014 text has been updated and replaced by into Implosion (2016).