End of Empire
By Rod Van Mechelen
2022 Olympia, WA -- The next ten years will unfold in one of three ways: Tomorrow will look pretty much like yesterday; the American Empire will end; civilization will collapse.
Hoping for the best, we act as though conditions will remain stable. Preparing for the worst, we act as though civilization will collapse. Personally, I expect the one in between: an end to the American Empire.
The financial system of the global civilization is the foundation upon which the American Empire is built, and it's crumbling. To borrow from Hemingway, it will happen "gradually, then suddenly."
Whimper or Bang?
When the financial system implodes, there might be billions in "covid relief money" from the government, and it might buy you a loaf of bread. But as goes the financial system, so goes the empire.
It might end with a whimper, and life doesn't change all that much. Or it might end with a bang, and the country fragments into regional nations.
But there might also be an end to civilization. That depends on the severity of our next ice age. If it's a little ice age, like the one that ended in the 1850s, even with all the political turmoil and institutional chaos, civilization could survive that.
But if it's more severe, like a return to a normal climate, with ice sheets covering much of the northern hemisphere, that could end our civilization. Remember, the planet is in an ice age and these warm periods are relatively brief, with long stretches in between of fire and ice.
Time is Running Out
It would be nice if the nation returns to stability or has a soft end to the empire, but you can't count on that. If there is a hard end or even a collapse, then you will need a tribe to survive: your local community. Neighbors who know they can count on neighbors for trade, barter, protection and mutual aid.
We can survive that. I plan to. But all who, today, survive by demanding that others do for them are going to be in for a rude awakening. To paraphrase a line from Starship Troopers: Everybody works, nobody quits; if you don't pitch in, you get pitched out.
The wise are ready. Those who are not better hurry. Your time is running out.
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Rod Van Mechelen
Rod Van Mechelen is a Rand Paul Republican who lives in Olympia, WA. He serves on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council, was a Washington State delegate to the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004, and founded The Backlash! @ backlash.com in 1995 to expose and oppose misandry and cultural Marxism. He continues to serve on tribal committees, publishes a periodic email newsletter for Cowlitz tribe members, and is in the process of building a monolithic dome home.