I will first confess, mea culpa, that I’m always doubtful when I see headlines that say “Collapse Imminent.” I’ve seen them every other week since I have lived in the US. I’ve come to the conclusion that anticipating collapse is an American past time. Perhaps because we are aware of how much we have, and how well we live. Perhaps it’s a sense of “this can’t go on.”
On the other hand nations do collapse, and I lived through a controlled, slow collapse where the statistics looked much worse than the real world facts. (Except for the violence, which looked much much worse on the street than was reported.)
The thing is none of these nations in collapse ever publishes this sort of thing. Oh, maybe in very small and very regional press, but not naturally. It’s rather whispered from person to person, and you just sort of kind of end up hoarding dollars, or gold, or something.
What I mean to say is that we have a VERY different culture and way of looking at things from countries who have collapsed in the past, which makes things hard to gauge.
BTW for those who think that genetics are the be all, end all of a country’s success, I’ll point out that Brazil has an awful lot of Britishers, Germans and Italians… maybe not the same proportion as the US, but enough to play with. However, their culture is like others that came from Rome, and that means it is bound by internal rules and beliefs that make it perpetually the country of the future. (That never comes.) I’m sure a great part of what we’re seeing in Venezuela is also Latin culture in play.
However, I’ll admit our own country is giving me chills. There’s a lot of ruin in a country, but we’re afflicted with a political class determined to ruin us. Somehow we stopped hanging traitors and started electing them to political office instead. I don’t think that’s an improvement.
Mind you, I still think that our collapse will be slow… Which is why I have hope.
My hope is in the ways America is great, which is not the ways our government thinks we’re great. It’s that we are a nation with a high proportion of Odds, and our culture still gives enough leeway to the “different” that we can try and do new and unexpected things.
I will grant you the new tech is only halfway through replacing the old. As we’ve found to our own chagrin this election cycle, traditional media still holds a lot of sway.
But it no longer has it all its own way. In the same way traditional publishers still hold a lot of sway, but Indie is coming up nicely. And let me tell you guys, without fracking and the price oil wars we’d al be increasingly worse off.
I’m sure — not being an expert I can’t be specific — there are many other industries on the verge of this type of change.
You could say — runs — we’re the change we’ve been waiting for. And it’s not what our elites expected. Not at all.
They thought they had us bound and gagged for deliver to our foes. I’m not going to lie to you and say things won’t get worse, but as long as it’s not sudden, we can fight the rising tide.
Participate in, promote and create disruptive industries. We’re the underfunded rebels against an overarching and feckless establishment. The only way we win is by hitting them where they don’t expect: in the tech and in the economy.
Put your shoulders to it and push. The American people isn’t finished. The American political class needs to be.