Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917-1941
By George Frost Kennan
One of the things I mentioned in a discussion with @mtngirlsouth on @SimianMusings post about the Presidential election is how many similarities there are when you compare Russia’s situation prior to its collapse and the current situation of the U.S. In one of my comments, I pointed out that some nations have been able to maintain socialist economies fairly well, like Germany or Norway, but they take a very different approach than we have. We’ve been taking more of the approach that the Soviet Union did, spreading ourselves too thin in lots of foreign countries, engaging in massive military R&D projects we really can’t afford, and creating top-heavy bureaucracies that ultimately create a situation in which the economy simply cannot support the weight of the state no matter how good an economy it is.
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who has noticed how much the decline of the U.S. looks like the decline of Russia. This guy lived through the collapse of Russia and wants to provide others with tips for living through the impending economic collapse of the U.S. He has some very good tips for it, unsurprisingly. Experience is an excellent teacher.
I do not look forward to economic collapse any more than anyone else, but I do appreciate the immense irony that it is happening in my country in much the same way that it happened to our nation’s political and economic opponents of so many decades. Of course, most people are either too complacent, too ill-informed, or too busy going about their daily lives to really stop and consider the situation we’re in according to those so-called experts at MIT. Even if the U.S. does not suffer an economic collapse within the next few years (which I would be very glad to avoid), the world simply can’t sustain our population growth and demand for immediate gratification with fancy toys. And even if we manage to avoid the consequences of our population growth and prodigious resource consumption, we’re on track for an ecological meltdown in the next couple centuries.
The good news about the inevitable large reality check we’ll be getting is that it will help us correct our course and chart a sustainable path forward. The bad news is that a lot of people will be dying and suffering tragically during that process of correction.
My advice is that we collectively need to act now rather than later to move towards sustainability and prevent the catastrophic events. I’d prefer not to have a doomsday scenario play out just so I can say, “I told you so” to all the corpses.
Your other option is of course to just ignore the man behind the ironic curtain, which is I suspect what a lot of folks will do.