EMPIRE IMPLOSION 2
The Druid Dude did a rather interesting analysis ( I usually do a little word association game to try to remember how to spell better because it is always better that you know it rather than if the computer does, if nothing else than for sharper thinking, and I’ve recently noted that the word analysis which is supposed to denote clear logical assembly of parts is started out spelled “anal”, which is where most folks heads go when they are supposed to be analyzing something. If you ever wonder how my brain works, there ya go ) on the imperial system as exemplified by Rome. And speaking of our favorite Druid, I notice he has kind of left his return to blogging up in the air, almost as if he is now too successful of a published author to be bothered with the proletariat masses and their insatiable need for free content ( speaking of free content, its biggest critic Orlov, that crusty Slav, has gone to PayPer View. Not that a buck ain’t worth his writing, because it is, he is one of the few less irritating more logical writers O’Doom, but just a reminder that here you get almost free writing seven days a week rather than his one and your only cost is my Amazon commission-at worst, you pay a single buck for two additional books plus all that free blog goodness. My generosity and greatness certainly does know few bounds ).
The Druid talked of the imperial system as a pump that drew resources to the center from the periphery. When the pump falters the center cannot hold ( was that Yeats? ). Simple enough, right? You drive to work at the periphery and earn a paycheck that you use to keep your center location, your house, in shingles and sewage flushes and heat. The paycheck stops, so does everything keeping your house habitable. But obviously, no empire willingly allows the paychecks to stop. Greece fell as the first Western civilization ( if you don’t count the near East as Western, which I don’t as they weren’t White enough, even though the Greeks seemed okay with poking each other up the ass which, I don’t care who you are, doesn’t seem like a very good start to any civilization and is a cultural abnormality which is usually blamed on those non-western dudes ) when it couldn’t project enough force or protection to keep wheat imports coming in. Rome seems to have learned from their lesson but they either didn’t care or never learned a far more important lesson which is that ALL empires crash and burn regardless of what you do because-and here is a very important take away lesson, Fracking Fags-overpopulation meeting resource depletion equals an Oh Crap moment. They had a better, longer lasting run but in the end they rinsed and repeated.
All empires die, which is why there were such the mental gymnastics involved in trying to deny the US was ever an empire. All power includes eventual hubris, if not immediate-look at the BoyCheeto Trump-and ours was thinking we could excuse ourselves from history by way of benevolent corporate leadership. EVERY empire EVER thinks that this time it is different because they are more special than all the others. Sure, they all learned from the mistakes of the others, EXCEPT for that little resource availability issue. Even the Third Reich which was painfully aware of its resource shortages only thought in short term accessibility rather than long term. As is now quite obvious in hindsight, the Oil Age was a pretty short term affair and all petroleum superpowers are seeing their eventual demise as the oil starts to run out. Oil Empires fall quicker as their resource requirements are exponentially larger than Solar Powered Agricultural ones. A small detail you must keep in mind when comparing ourselves to Rome. They lasted centuries, but there are not centuries worth of oil under our country and the amount we have NOW, not two hundred years from now, is insufficient to maintain our Imperial Capital as it is. When you spend a Trillion With A “T” dollars on an airplane that simply doesn’t work but is supposed to be achieving us air superiority ( and I’ll quantify a trillion right now in case future readers see Zimbabwe hyperinflation, it is more than a years budget for ALL military branches and spending, to include nuclear deterrents, payrolls, base upkeep, adding new tanks or submarines, overseas deployments and etcetera ) you can kind of guess how well our military is going to handle hegemony loss.
Now I want to shift away from our present predicament-although have no fears as we shall return-and go back to the first Oil War, the War To End All Wars, World War One. It wasn’t a hundred percent about the oil, as there was colonialism and economic competition involved which mucked up everything, and coal was far more important at the time even if this was going to prove to be the apex of its military use, but it was a fascinating time period as old empires fell and new arose. The problem I think most of us have is that we have been so focused on the ascent of the United States as a global super power at this time that we lose sight of the demise of the other empires of the era. I’m going to take my time shifting through the more obvious permutations involved but keep in mind the end result which is that empires, like revolutions, eat their young. As in, those that benefited in the end were consumed and sacrificed. This too is going to be our fate, which is far more interesting than just saying we must retreat to survive the sack and pillage of Rome On The Potomac. Continued next I’ll cover the Berlin-Baghdad Express, English economic downturn, the Austria-Hungary empire and more.
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