Sunday, August 21, 2011

An Empire in Decline. The Debt Crisis is Just a "Prelude to War

K. Selim

"How can an empire in decline impose its views? The U.S. not only shows obvious signs of economic collapse, but also of genuine regression: the American dream no longer exists. The U.S. establishment, Democratic or Republican, is not prepared to cash in its last major comparative advantage - military supremacy."……

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz (1780-1831), the German military strategist once said that 'War is the continuation of politics by other means.' Given the political dead-end the West seems to be on, his maxim may once again prove all too true. Western governments appear powerless to confront the current crisis and the looming threat of a depression, with all of the serious consequences that implies. The colossal debt of nations and bleak prospects for growth are creating a panic situation on financial markets around the world. A crash is not a figment of the imagination…..

What we should fear is that war may become - as history attests - the last recourse of capitalism in crisis. "Common sense" might call for a significant reduction in the U.S. military budget as a path toward effective treatment of America's gigantic debt. But the cynicism of short-term interests is little concerned with common sense. Given the impasse among ultra-liberals [i.e.: pro-capitalists] and a recession that further widens already intolerable social divisions, a war would allow them to revive the machine. But it would have to be a war of the "first order," because the low-intensity wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have only served to deepen deficits and have had no impact on a system of industrial production quite ill-suited to asymmetrical conflict. Crises of capitalism, which are paid for by the most vulnerable, are settled permanently only in blood. It is certainly not out of solidarity with speculators that we so closely follow stock market anguish……


  1. was sawing this tree(by hand-chainsaw broken)..was running out of energy..thought, hmm..not gunna be able to finish today, should cut what's needed first with last of energy...
    syria iran somalia lebanon libya n korea..
    add large bowsaw to preps, all blades with deep teeth patterns.
    those 2 man pull saws like u see at the logging fairs..
    someday it'll be-was cutting this tree by hand, no gas for chainsaw, no gas to be found at any decent price...

  2. What an asinine article.

  3. You city preppers just kill me - no shit you do.
    You talk a big game; mostly out of your ass and
    boy does it show.
    One man with a well tuned chainsaw of medium cabability ( think 200 series husky or 70 series Stihl) can cut a face cord of firewood on ONE QUART of petrol and about 10oz of bar oil
    in which strained, used motor oil with about 5% linseed works just great.

    Now; you see; their mr. preppy; a chainsaw is 2cycle - meaning that as long as their is a lubricant in said petrol; the sonofabitch will run just fine on anything that'll combust.

    You can be quite successful even refining your own out of any high oil grain or nut - and for all the more you need to get a couple gallons which is more than enough fuel to cut a massive pile of firewood - more than you'll ever burn
    in one winter.

    You armchair city boys oughta do a little research before you open up yer yap - I've been
    making. mixing and burning corn ethanol for years - if you mix it with peanut oil - it even smells good! One tip about ethanol; if your running newer equipment; drain the fuel out after each use as it will eat all those high grade plastic chinese parts your new saws are made out of

    A neighbor of mine makes his own fuel out of sugar beets - the damn things grow anywhere

  4. F_R_A_U_D.....A_L_E_R_T
    The FED is selling Treasury option. The story is at

    More bad news: Social Security disability is on a verge of insolvency

  5. I can't believe the FED is selling default insurance on Treasury bonds.


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