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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

There is a fear within the Soul of Humanity, that the species will end.

There are two paths laid out before humanity and the choice is ours to make collectively:

1) every subconscious gets a vote;
2) all votes are equal as each vote represents one human life;
3) as new knowledge is revealed paradigms change so you can change your vote at any time as
------------------------------------------- flip-flopping is encouraged! -------------------------------------

Option 1 >>> This is the Transhuman Option:

Not satisfied with Nature we remake Mother Nature to suit fantastic unnatural desires.

Option 2 >>> This is the Life Option:

Not satisfied with poorly designed human social cultural systems, we modify them.


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New World Order

childhood in the 'New World Order'

the comparative theory of superpower collapse

depopulation agenda

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"The global economy is a rigged game, rigged so Third World politicians, rich investors and global corporations win – and American taxpayers lose." – Patrick J. Buchanan

"The ideology of globalization, like all "inevitable" utopian visions, is being exposed as a fraud. The power elite, perplexed and confused, clings to the disastrous principles of globalization and its outdated language to mask the looming political and economic vacuum. The absurd idea that the marketplace alone should determine economic and political constructs led industrial nations to sacrifice other areas of human importance – from working conditions, to taxation, to child labor, to hunger, to health and pollution – on the altar of free trade. A handful of corporate oligarchs around the globe have everything - wealth, power and privilege - and the rest of us struggle as part of a vast underclass, increasingly impoverished and ruthlessly repressed. There is one set of laws and regulations for us; there is another set of laws and regulations for a power elite that functions as a global mafia." - Christopher Lynn Hedges

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"Until our global economy is fueled by more than unfettered markets and an insatiable appetite for profit at the expense of human dignity, history will repeat itself." - Marie Dennis

"Nearly 70 percent of world trade is controlled by just 500 corporations, and one percent of all multinationals own half the total stock of foreign direct investment. In both the US and across the globe, many large corporations - either directly or through intermediaries - are obeying the implacable logic of capital by creating barriers to entry, stifling local economies, and racing to liquidate finite resources. " - Donald O. Mayer

"The success or failure of our entire civilization is dependent upon you as well as every other human being on the planet. We all bear equal responsibility here. Collectively we create the future for good or for ill." - Laurence Overmire

"American economic hegemony has generated enormous hostility to an American dominated process of globalization, frequently on the part of close democratic allies who thought America was seeking to impose its antistatist social model on them."- Francis Fukuyama

"Edward Abbey once said that "an economic system that can only expand or expire must be false to all that is human." Some part of society must soon step up and begin to figure out how to end "progress", if not reverse it, until the world reaches a steady state of ecological sustainability." - Fred S. Barker

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New World Order

1921 British and American elite academics got together with major international banking interests to form two "sister institutes" called the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) in London, now known as Chatham House, and the Council on Foreign Relations in the US. Subsequent related think tanks were created in Canada, such as the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, now known as the Canadian International Council (CIC), and other affiliated think tanks in South Africa, India, Australia, and more recently in the European Union with the formation of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Following World War I, these powers sought to reshape the world order in their designs, with Woodrow Wilson proclaiming a right to "national self-determination" which shaped the formation of nation-states throughout the Middle East, which until the war was dominated by the Ottoman Empire. Thus, proclaiming a right to "self-determination" for people everywhere became, in fact, a means of constructing nation-state power structures which the western nations became not only instrumental in building, but in exerting hegemony over. To control people, one must construct institutions of control. Nations like Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, etc., did not exist prior to World War I.

Following World War II, America became the global hegemon, whose imperial impetus was provided by the strategic concept of "containment" in containing the spread of Communism. Thus, America's imperial adventures in Korea, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America became defined by the desire to "roll back" the influence of the Soviet Union and Communism.

The Council on Foreign Relations that originated the idea of "containment" as a central feature of foreign policy.

Following World War II, America was handed the responsibility for overseeing and managing the international monetary system and global political economy through the creation of institutions and agreements such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), NATO, the UN, and GATT (later to become the World Trade Organization). One central power institution that was significant in establishing consensus among Western elites and providing a forum for expanding global western hegemony was the Bilderberg Group, founded in 1954 as an international think tank.

1972 Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski and David Rockefeller, present the idea of a "New World Order" built upon ideas of global governance under the direction of transnational elites at the annual Bilderberg Group meetings. David Rockefeller was, at that time, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and was CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1973, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski and David Rockefeller created the Trilateral Commission, a sort of sister institute to the Bilderberg Group, with much cross-over membership, bringing Japan into the western sphere of economic and political integration.

1975 The Trilateral Commission published a Task Force Report labeled, "The Crisis of Democracy, of which one of the principal authors was Samuel Huntington, a political scientist and close associate and friend of Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski. In this report, Huntington argues that the 1960s saw a surge in democracy in America, with an upswing in citizen participation, often "in the form of marches, demonstrations, protest movements, and cause organizations." Further, "the 1960s also saw a reassertion of the primacy of equality as a goal in social, economic, and political life." Huntington analyzed how as part of this "democratic surge," statistics showed that throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, there was a dramatic increase in the percentage of people who felt the US was spending too much on defense (from 18% in 1960 to 52% in 1969, largely due to the Vietnam War).
People were becoming politically aware of empire and exploitation.

Huntington wrote that the "essence of the democratic surge of the 1960s was a general challenge to existing systems of authority, public and private," and that, "People no longer felt the same compulsion to obey those whom they had previously considered superior to themselves in age, rank, status, expertise, character, or talents." Huntington explained that in the 1960s, "hierarchy, expertise, and wealth" had come "under heavy attack."

Huntington concluded that many problems of governance in the US stem from an "excess of democracy," and that, "the effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires some measure of apathy and noninvolvement on the part of some individuals and groups." Huntington explained that society has always had "marginal groups" which do not participate in politics, and while acknowledging that the existence of "marginality on the part of some groups is inherently undemocratic," it has also "enabled democracy to function effectively."

Huntington identified "Blacks" as one such group that had become politically active, posing a "danger of overloading the political system with demands."

"Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, American ideologues "politicians and academics" began discussing the idea of the emergence of a "New World Order" in which power in the world is centralized in the US laying the basis for an expansion of elitist ideology pertaining to the notion of "globalization": that power and power structures should be globalizaed. In short, the "New World Order" was to be a global order of global governance. In the short term, it was to be led by the US, which must be the central and primary actor in constructing a new world order, and ultimately a global government." - Andrew Gavin Marshall

"Persisting social crisis, the emergence of a charismatic personality, and the exploitation of corporate media to obtain public confidence would be the steppingstones in the piecemeal transformation of the US into a highly controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Under such circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits. The traditionally democratic American society could, because of its fascination with technical efficiency, become an extremely controlled society, and its humane and individualistic qualities would thereby be lost." - Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski

"The Technological Revolution has allowed elites to redirect and control society in ways never before imagined, ultimately culminating in a global scientific dictatorship, as many have warned of since the early decades of the 20th century. The potential for controlling the masses has never been so great, as science unleashes the power of genetics, biometrics, surveillance, and new forms of modern eugenics; implemented by a scientific elite equipped with systems of psycho-social control (the use of psychology in controlling the masses)." - Andrew Gavin Marshall

2005 Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski writes an essay for The American Interest labeled, "The Dilemma of the Last Sovereign," in which he explains the geopolitical landscape that America and the world find themselves in: "For most states, sovereignty now verges on being a legal fiction."

2009 Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski publishes an article based on a speech he delivered to the London-based Chatham House in their academic journal, International Affairs. Chatham House, formerly the Royal Institute of International Relations, is the British counterpart to the US-based Council on Foreign Relations. His article, "Major foreign policy challenges for the next US President," aptly analyzes the major geopolitical challenges for the Obama administration in leading the global hegemonic state at this critical juncture. Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski refers to the "global political awakening" as "a truly transformative event on the global scene," since:

"For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. There are only a few pockets of humanity left in the remotest corners of the world that are not politically alert and engaged with the political turmoil and stirrings that are so widespread today around the world. The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination. The worldwide yearning for human dignity is the central challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political awakening." - Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski

globalist stranglehold

unregulated trade

"The global free trade economy is a disaster for the environment, a disaster socially, a disaster for small farmers, it drives wages down and is a giveaway of sovereign power to corporate and goverment bureaucracies. Economic globalization is not satisfying human needs. This doesn't lift all boats, it's lifting yachts. Eventually the only way order can be maintained is through oppressive means. The solution: site here to sell here."- Jerry Mander

One of the founding premises of unregulated trade is that it will reduce the temptation of participating nation states to engage in armed conflict, an opium pipe dream of international merchants.

There are too many emerging signs of discontent from across the face of the Earth and from varying ideologies to continue to marginalize those who question the opium pipe dream of international merchants of an unfettered global corporatism and the colossal disparities in the distribution of wealth that Utopian vision-turned-nightmare creates.

Global free trade black magic economists claimed developed countries could export lowbrow jobs while retaining the high paying creative skills work.

If that is the case why did 12 million Latin American illegal immigrants move to America after Ronald Reagan's amnesty in 1986?
Once trade barriers to Japan were lowered a large part of Americans vehicle and electronic manufacturing was outsourced to Japan. Japanese corporate culture of keiretsu (close business relationships) works to exclude foreign companies. Most American skilled work was outsourced to East Asia!

Anime uses creative skills but how many Americans are drawing cartoons in the most prominent creative media of Japan? None! The lowest paid workers in Japan draw anime!

Yoshitake Ogata of the Anime Union, which represents freelance illustrators, said: "However keen they are when they come in, the reality is that they cannot live on the pay. There are animators with 10 years experience earning less than $20,000 a year. In the end, they have to quit."

The main factor holding down pay for anime illustrators is the availability of cheap labor in East Asia. Japanese production companies now outsource to illustrators in South Korea, the Philippines and China who do much of their routine work.

Global free trade economists, neo-liberals to the rest of the world (neo-cons to Americans), argue that eventually the rest of the world will "develop" and their living standards will reach those of "developed" copuntries.

With the ongoing population explosion it is impossible for the average Earth standard per capita income to ever catch up with standard middle class American economic expectations.

To remain competitive on an Earth in which billions of workers are paid one dollar a day and have absolutly no benefits, and in which corporations need not worry about the environmental destruction of the Earth, requires Americans to drastically lower their own standard of living.

"We are often told that 'Americans won't do that job,' but never does a businessman or politician add the other half of that argument, namely, 'at the meager wage that I am willing to pay'." - Gary Peters


The North American Free Trade Agreement opened up Mexico to American industrial agricultural corporations which immediately began selling millions of bushels of maize south of the border.

Why would Mexico, whose people still subsist on maize, whose farmers still grow more maize than any other crop, ever buy maize from an American farm corporation? Because American industrial agricultural corporations can sell it much more cheaply than any Mexican farmer can. How? American government writes subsidy checks to American industrial agricultural corporations encouraging them to undersell Third World farmers.

"Our system is so complicated - ie. rigged - that it's almost impossible to know how much agricultural subsidies cost American taxpayers. Since 2000 the American government paid out $1.3 billion to "farmers" who don't farm. They were simply "compensated" for owning land previously used for farming. Cash payments have cost $172 billion over the last decade, and $25 billion in 2005 alone, nearly 50% more than what was paid to families receiving welfare. These numbers barely tell the story of our appallingly immoral agricultural corporatism. Subsidies combined with trade barriers (another term for subsidy) prop up the price of food for consumers at home and hurt farmers abroad. This keeps Third World nations impoverished, economically dependent and politically unstable.

"Subsidies wreak havoc on the ecosystem. One small example: There's a 6,000-square-mile dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. It's so depleted of oxygen because of algae blooms caused by fertilizer runoff that shrimp and crabs at the Louisiana shore literally try to leap from the water to breathe. Most of the fertilizer comes from a few Midwestern counties that receive billions in subsidies (more than $30 billion from 1997 to 2002 - Environmental Working Group). Also consider that American farming is hugely energy intensive. Those energy costs are not fully borne by the producer, so in effect the taxpayers is paying for greenhouse emissions that do not benefit him." - Jonah Goldberg

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1994 A river of cheap American corn begins flooding into Mexico after NAFTA takes effect.

2003 Carnegie Endowment says this flood of subsidized corn has washed away 1.3 million small farmers. Unable to compete, they left their land and illegally immigrated to the US to pick crops - former farmers have become illegal alien day laborers. Now they have learned that construction jobs pay better and refuse to work in the industrial agricultural sector.

Cheap US corn in Mexico threatens all humanity. The small Mexican farmers who grow maize in southern Mexico are responsible for maintaining the genetic diversity of the species.

While US industrial farm corporations raise a small handful of genetically nearly identical hybrids, Mexico's small farmers in the past grew hundreds of different, open pollinated varieties, commonly called landraces.

1996 to 2004 Worldwide genetically modified plantings expanded to 167 million acres, a 40-fold increase on 25% of global arable land. Over two-thirds of American farmland grows genetically modified plants on more than 106 million acres. Argentina has 34 million acres, and production is expanding in Brazil, China, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, Spain and Eastern Europe.

2006 Mexican Presidential election reveals that for every maquiladora job created (job created by NAFTA) there were four jobs lost in the Mexican agricultural sector.

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Maize originated in southern Mexico where it was domesticated from teosinte, a wild grass. Scientists at four universities analyzed the DNA sequences of 774 genes in strains of teosinte and corn. They found that a small group of these genes were alike in all corn strains, but far more varied in teosinte strains. This implies that these genes, because they shaped corn like traits, were bred for during domestication.

This genetic diversity, created over the course of 10,000 years by human genetic manipulation, represents some of the most precious and irreplaceable genetic information on Earth. These landraces will survive only as long as the farmers who cultivate them do.

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poisoning the world

"Nearly all of the crops in the US Department of Agriculture's database of approved genetically engineered varieties have been modified for resistance to certain insects or to tolerate applications of herbicides. None has been shown to increase intrinsic crop yields, nor do any have traits for drought tolerance. Biotechnologists are finding drought tolerance to be a major technical challenge. Meanwhile, traditional farming systems have demonstrated their effectiveness in raising yields and improving drought tolerance; they should receive the lion's share of attention as a route to increasing food production." - Doug Gurian-Sherman

"Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry's genetically modified crops." - Andrew Pollack

"If a company can control the research that appears in the public domain, they can reduce the potential negatives that can come out of any research." - Ken Ostlie

Globalization has created interdependent systems spread across the face of the Earth. From food production to financial transfers, the electricity grid to the internet, critical American infrastructures are linked to one another in an interlocking web of connections. Interdependent networks are vulnerable to the unintended consequences of interdependence. When one "domino" falls a cascading set of "dominos" may fall in every direction.

As an example take the interdependent electricity grid. Intelligent problem solving suggests Americans encourage "distributed energy production" which means having lots of small generating plants rather than a few large plants.

This is one way to reduce the "domino" effect from creating large scale power outages. But then the corporate interests of the transnational elites would no longer be able to control resources.

Presidential Puppets - Cheerleaders and Scapegoats

(The only man who attempts to be a Christian stands apart.)

Global free trade is a race to the bottom.

"People do lose their jobs as a result of globalization,
and it's painful for those who lose their job." - George Walker Bush

"Unemployment makes people very unhappy." - Carol Graham, co-director of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, Brookings Institute

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China is the leading consumer of basic commodities.

"We are shipping our middle class jobs to countries that make almost no products for their citizens; instead, they export back to us. Meanwhile, all we can sell them is our means of production. Farmers call what we have been doing "eating our seed corn." As our depleted middle class reaches a tipping point, we will no longer be able to support the trade imbalances." - Larry Severson

2005 America consumes 260 million tons of grain while China consumes 380 million tons.

2011 China harvestes the largest grain crop of any country in history. Chinese eat an average of 84 pounds (38 kilograms) of pork in a year, while Americans average 59 pounds.

Smithfield Foods shareholders approve Chinese purchase

Coal consumption in China grows more than 9%. China's coal use grew by 325 million tons accounting for 87% of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%). China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined.

Robust coal demand growth in China is the result of a more than 200% increase in Chinese electric generation since 2000, fueled primarily by coal. China's coal demand growth averaged 9% per year from 2000 to 2010, more than double the global growth rate of 4% and significantly higher than global growth excluding China, which averaged only 1%.

"China's steady growth in oil demand has led it to become the world's largest net oil importer, exceeding the US in September 2013. EIA forecasts this trend to continue through 2014." - Energy Information Administration

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The inevitable conclusion is there are not enough resources !

Six centuries ago Icelanders realized that overgrazing on their grass covered highlands was leading to extensive soil loss from the inherently thin soils of the region. Rather than lose the grasslands and face economic decline, farmers joined together to determine how many sheep the highlands could sustain and then allocated quotas among themselves, thus preserving their grasslands and avoiding a tragic loss in value of the commons.

The Icelanders understood the consequences of overgrazing and reduced their sheep numbers to a level that could be sustained.

The early Sumerian civilization of the fourth millennium BC was an extraordinary one, advancing far beyond any that had existed before.

Its carefully engineered irrigation system gave rise to a highly productive agriculture, one that enabled farmers to produce a food surplus, supporting formation of the first cities. Managing the irrigation system required a sophisticated social organization. The Sumerians had the first cities and the first written language, the cuneiform script.

By any measure it was an extraordinary civilization, but there was an environmental flaw in the design of its irrigation system, one that would eventually undermine its food supply. The water that backed up behind dams built across the Euphrates was diverted onto the land through a network of gravity-fed canals. Some water was used by the crops, some evaporated, and some percolated downward. In this region, where underground drainage was weak, percolation slowly raised the water table. As the water climbed to within inches of the surface, it began to evaporate into the atmosphere, leaving behind salt. Over time, the accumulation of salt on the soil surface lowered its productivity.

As salt accumulated and wheat yields declined, the Sumerians shifted to barley, a more salt-tolerant plant. This postponed Sumer's decline, but it was treating the symptoms, not the cause, of falling crop yields. As salt concentrations continued to build, the yields of barley eventually declined also. The resultant shrinkage of the food supply undermined the economic foundation of this once-great civilization. As land productivity declined, so did the civilization.

Archeologist Robert McC. Adams has studied the site of ancient Sumer on the central flood plain of the Euphrates River, an empty, desolate area now outside the frontiers of cultivation. He describes how the "tangled dunes, long disused canal levees, and the rubble-strewn mounds of former settlement contribute only low, featureless relief. Vegetation is sparse, and in many areas it is almost wholly absent....Yet at one time, here lay the core, the heartland, the oldest urban, literate civilization on Earth."


The New World counterpart to Sumer is the Mayan civilization that developed in the lowlands of what is now Guatemala.

It flourished from AD 250 until its collapse around AD 900. Like the Sumerians, the Mayans had developed a sophisticated, highly productive agriculture, this one based on raised plots of earth surrounded by canals that supplied water.

As with Sumer, the Mayan demise was apparently linked to a failing food supply.For this New World civilization, it was deforestation and soil erosion that undermined agriculture. Changes in climate may also have played a role. food shortages apparently triggered civil conflict among the various Mayan cities as they competed for food. Today this region is covered by jungle, reclaimed by nature.

During the later centuries of the Mayan civilization, a new society was evolving on faraway Easter Island, some 166 square kilometers of land in the South Pacific roughly 3,200 kilometers west of South America and 2,200 kilometers from Pitcairn Island, the nearest habitation. Settled around AD 400, this civilization flourished on a volcanic island with rich soils and lush vegetation, including trees that grew 25 meters tall with trunks 2 meters in diameter. Archeological records indicate that the islanders ate mainly seafood, principally dolphins - a mammal that could only be caught by harpoon from large sea-going canoes. The Easter Island society flourished for several centuries, reaching an estimated population of 20,000. As its human numbers gradually increased, tree cutting exceeded the sustainable yield of forests. Eventually the large trees that were needed to build the sturdy canoes disappeared, depriving islanders of access to the dolphins and dramatically shrinking their food supply. The archeological record shows that at some point human bones became intermingled with the dolphin bones, suggesting a desperate society that had resorted to cannibalism. Today the island has some 2,000 residents.

One unanswerable question about these earlier civilizations was whether they knew what was causing their decline.

Did the Sumerians understand that the rising salt content in the soil from water evaporation was reducing their wheat yields? If they knew, were they simply unable to muster the political support needed to lower water tables, just as the world today is struggling unsuccessfully to lower carbon dioxide emissions?

carbon trading is just another name for carbon indulgences

We are on a path that nature can not sustain.

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The fates of all the peoples of Earth are intertwined.

Earlier civilizations that moved onto an economic path that was environmentally unsustainable did so largely in isolation. Today we are facing global decline, we are facing it together, whether we like it or not.

The dysfunctional global economy of today has been shaped by distorted market prices that do not incorporate environmental costs. Many of our environmental travails are the result of severe market distortions.

One of these distortions became abundantly clear in the summer of 1998 when China's Yangtze River valley, home to 400 million people, was wracked by some of the worst flooding in history. The resulting damages of $30 billion exceeded the value of the country's annual rice harvest.

After several weeks of flooding, the government in Beijing announced in mid-August a ban on tree cutting in the Yangtze River basin. It justified the ban by noting that trees standing are worth three times as much as trees cut. The flood control services provided by forests were three times as valuable as the lumber in the trees.

In effect, the market price was off by a factor of three!

With this analysis, no one could economically justify cutting trees in the basin.

A similar situation exists with gasoline. In America, the gasoline pump price was over $2 per gallon in mid 2005 and $3 per gallon by mid 2006. But this reflects only the cost of pumping the oil, refining it into gasoline, and delivering the gas to stations. It does not include the costs of tax subsidies to the oil industry, such as the oil depletion allowance; the subsidies for the extraction, production, and use of petroleum; the military costs of protecting access to oil supplies (the war in Iraq cost up to 02/02/08 was $491 billion - total current expenditures); the health care costs for treating respiratory illnesses ranging from asthma to emphysema; and, most important, the costs of climate change.


there is no planet B

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Lester R. Brown

"Our global economy is "driving ahead full speed". As a species we are consuming the Earth's resources and upsetting ecosystems much faster than nature can rectify the damage we inflict." - Robert Sollen

superpower collapse

the comparative theory of superpower collapse

"If there is one thing that I would like to claim as my own, it is the comparative theory of superpower collapse. For now, it remains just a theory, although it is currently being quite thoroughly tested.

The theory states that the US and the Soviet Union will collapse for the same reasons, namely: a severe and chronic shortfall in the production of crude oil (that black magic addictive elixir of industrial economies), a severe and worsening foreign trade deficit, a runaway military budget, and ballooning foreign debt.

I call this particular list of ingredients "The Superpower Collapse Soup."

Other factors, such as the inability to provide an acceptable quality of life for its citizens, or a systemically corrupt political system incapable of reform, are certainly not helpful, but they do not automatically lead to collapse, because they do not put the country on a collision course with reality.

I've been working on this theory since about 1995, when it occurred to me that the US is retracing the same trajectory as the USSR. I was born in Russia. Imoved to the US when I was twelve. I am fluent in Russian and I understand Russian history and Russian culture the way only a native Russian can. I went through high school and university in the US.

By the mid-1990s I started to see Soviet/American Superpowerdom as a sort of disease that strives for world dominance but in effect eviscerates its host country, eventually leaving behind an empty shell: an impoverished population, an economy in ruins, a legacy of social problems, and a tremendous burden of debt.

It is the asymmetries, the differences between the two superpowers, that I believe to be most instructive.

When the Soviet system collapsed, many people lost their jobs, everyone lost their savings, wages and pensions were held back for months, their value was wiped out by hyperinflation, there shortages of food, gasoline, medicine, consumer goods, there was a large increase in crime and violence, and yet Russian society did not collapse.

The Soviet economic system failed to thrive, and the communist experiment at constructing a worker's paradise on Earth was a failure. As a side effect Soviet economic system inadvertently achieved a high level of collapse-preparedness.

Francis Fukuyama told us that history had ended. Alan Greenspan chided us about "irrational exuberance". It was the "Goldilocks economy." Turns out that it was actually more of a "Tinker-bell" economy.

In organizations, especially large organizations, "best practices" offer a good way to avoid painful episodes of watching colleagues trying to "think outside the box" whenever they are confronted with a big historical shift.

Here is the key insight:

The old ways of doing things don't work any more, the old assumptions are all invalidated, conventional goals and measures of success become irrelevant. Most things that are positives prior to collapse turn out to be negatives once collapse occurs, and vice versa.

If you thought that the previous episode of uncontrolled debt expansion, globalized Ponzi schemes, and economic hollowing-out was silly, then I predict that you will find this next episode of feckless grasping at macroeconomic straws even sillier. Except that it won't be funny. What is crashing now is our life support system - all the systems and institutions that are keeping us alive.

I don't recommend passively standing around and watching the show - unless you happen to have a death wish.

"In the US, the agricultural system is heavily industrialized, and relies on inputs such as diesel, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and, perhaps most importantly, financing. In the current financial climate, the farmers' access to financing is not at all assured. This agricultural system is efficient, but only if you regard fossil fuel energy as free.

In fact, it is a way to transform fossil fuel energy into food with a bit of help from sunlight, to the tune of 10 calories of fossil fuel energy being embodied in each calorie that is consumed as food. The food distribution system makes heavy use of refrigerated diesel trucks, transforming food over hundreds of miles to resupply supermarkets. The food pipeline is long and thin, and it takes only a couple of days of interruptions for supermarket shelves to be stripped bare. Many people live in places that are not within walking distance of stores, not served by public transportation, and will be cut off from food sources once they are no longer able to drive.

Besides the supermarket chains, much of the nation's nutrition needs are being met by an assortment of fast "food" joints and convenience stores. In fact, in many of the less fashionable parts of cities and towns, fast "food" and convenience store "food" is all that is available. In the near future, this trend is likely to extend to the more prosperous parts of villages and the suburbs.

Fast "food" outfits such as McDonalds have more ways to cut costs, and so may prove a bit more resilient in the face of economic collapse than supermarket chains, but they are no substitute for food security, because they too depend on industrial agribusiness. Their food inputs, such as high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified foods, various soy-based fillers, factory-farmed beef, pork and chicken, and so forth, are derived from oil, two-thirds of which is imported, as well as fertilizer made from natural gas. They may be able to stay in business longer, supplying food-that-isn't-really-food, but eventually they will run out of inputs along with the rest of the supply chain. Before they do, they may for a time sell burgers that aren't really burgers, like the bread that wasn't really bread that the Soviet government distributed in Leningrad during the Nazi blockade. It was mostly sawdust, with a bit of rye flour added for flavor.

Start breeding donkeys! Horses are finicky and expensive, but donkeys can be very cost-effective and make good pack animals. My grandfather had a donkey while he was living in Tashkent in Central Asia during World War II. There was nothing much for the donkey to eat, but, as a member of the Communist Party, my grandfather had a subscription to Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, and so that's what the donkey ate. Apparently, donkeys can digest any kind of cellulose, even when it's loaded with communist propaganda. If I had a donkey, I would feed it the Wall Street Journal.

As municipalities run out of money, police protection will evaporate. But the police still have to eat, and will find ways to use their skills to good use on a freelance basis. Similarly, as military bases around the world are shut down, soldiers will return to a country that will be unable to reintegrate them into civilian life. Paroled prisoners will find themselves in much the same predicament. And so we will have former soldiers, former police, and former prisoners: a big happy family, with a few bad apples and some violent tendencies. The end result will be a country awash with various categories of armed men, most of them unemployed, and many of them borderline psychotic.

The police in the US are a troubled group. Many of them lose all touch with people who are not "on the force" and most of them develop an us-versus-them mentality. The soldiers returning from a tour of duty often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The paroled prisoners suffer from a variety of psychological ailments as well.

All of them will sooner or later realize that their problems are not medical but rather political.

This will make it impossible for society to continue to exercise control over them. All of them will be making good use of their weapons training and other professional skills to acquire whatever they need to survive.

Right now, security is provided by a number of bloated, bureaucratic, ineffectual institutions, which inspire more anger and despondency than discipline, and dispense not so much violence as ill treatment. That is why we have the world's highest prison population. They are supposedly there to protect people from each other, but in reality their mission is not even to provide security; it is to safeguard property, and those who own it.

Once these bloated, bureaucratic, ineffectual institutions run out of resources, there will be a period of upheaval, but in the end people will be forced to learn to deal with each other face to face, and Justice will once again become a personal virtue rather than a federal department.

There is nothing any of us can do to change the path we are on: it is a huge system with tremendous inertia, and trying to change its path is like trying to change the path of a hurricane. What we can do is prepare ourselves, and each other, mostly by changing our expectations, our preferences, and scaling down our needs. By refashioning yourself into someone who might stand a better chance of adapting to the new circumstances, you will be able to give to yourself, and to others, a great deal of hope that would otherwise not exist." - Dmitry Orlov February 14, 2009
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