Dmitri Orlov – Why Empires Collapse

Posted: April 19th, 2008 by: h2

Read a review of Reinventing Collapse by Dmitri Orlov. His stuff is slightly tongue-in-cheek, but only in terms of tone, in terms of reality, it’s pretty much what he sees.

Also check out Dmitri Orlov’s comparison between the former Soviet Union (USSR), and the United States of America (USA) in terms of the structural similarities and differences between pre-collapse USSR and USA.

If you want a quick summary, the USA is in serious trouble if collapse happens, we have invested too much in the wrong areas, given too much power to the corrupt state/business entity, and have grown too lazy ourselves, as well as simply having put our money, time, and energy into the wrong places for too long.

Think James Kunstler’s The Long Emergency, for example.

This article is well worth the time it takes to read it, it’s a commentary, with slides from his powerpoint presentation on this topic, Why Empire’s Collapse.

But all in all it’s a bit restricted, why after all just look at one country, the United States of America?

What if everything starts to crack?

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