Sibling Rivalries, Fear Mongering and Unstoppable Decline

There has long been a kind of love-hate relationship between the US and France.

Remember the “freedom fries”?

And yet, few countries are more politically similar, hence the regular skirmishes between these two enemy brothers.

Both countries have a presidential regime, which is in fact a modern form of monarchy, if one considers the exorbitant power and lifestyle enjoyed by those who sit on the throne.

Despite severe flaws, both countries view themselves as the pinnacle of democracy.

And this should be a cause for concern, since those who pompously declare themselves champion of democracy, freedom, and so on… are generally the worst enemies of the values they pretend to cherish and defend.

They are like these sanctimonious politicians who, for example, campaign to impeach an unfaithful president, even though their own private life is far from being beyond reproach.

Remember Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich?

Hussein Obama and Napoleon Sarkozy regularly show up in front of the cameras, with solemn gravity, in order to give democracy lessons to the rest of the world, even though they behave like despots at home.

The only difference between Western leaders and their foes, located for the most part in North Africa and the Middle-East, is that their grip on absolute power is limited in time.

And yet, they generally manage to stay long enough in power to inflict serious damage to their and/or other countries.

Remember Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (UK), Brian Cowen (Ireland), or a certain G.W.?

And don’t forget those actually in power…

Interestingly enough, the US and France will both hold presidential elections later this year.

Needless to say that, contrary to popular belief and government propaganda, elections do not automatically mean democracy.

As a matter of fact, what both countries are exhibiting is a parody of democracy.

They organize elections that offer no real choice to their citizens, since very efficient filters ensure that only candidates perfectly in step with the official regime are allowed to face voters.

In both countries, all is being done to make sure that the only candidate who could bring real change is not going to make it to the final round.

In the US, Ron Paul is at best ignored by the media, at worst ridiculed in front of millions of overfed couch potatoes.

And in France, the far right candidate, Marine Le Pen may not even be authorized to compete.

Even though polls show that she might get 20% of the votes, she has not yet been able to get the 500 mandatory signatures from a herd of some 45,000 elected officials, while other candidates, who represent 2% of the population, have got theirs.

This is democracy at work!

Napoleon Sarkozy’s only hope to keep his ass on the throne depends on Le Pen not being allowed to compete… therefore, the end justifies the means…

Another common feature between the presidents of both countries is their strong tendency to meddle in other countries’ business, as if they didn’t have enough on their plate at home!

Probably eager to share a wisdom they were somehow anointed with, they spend a great deal of their time, and of their nation’s budget, to teach lessons to foreigners.

Thus, Napoleon Sarkozy is busy preaching the benefits of austerity throughout Southern Europe, even though France is one of the most socialist countries in the world.

Until now, the country has only been better at hiding its monstrous deficits.

Yet, it is faced with gigantic challenges, having to deal on one side with communist public unions (transports, electricity…), who take the country hostage as soon as there is talk of reform; on the other side with unaffordable and unsustainable social programs, such as a 35 hours working week, or retirement at 62 when neighboring countries have already pushed back the retirement age to 67!

As far as he is concerned, Hussein Obama, who is both the commander-in-chief of a gigantic army and a Nobel peace prize winner, can do whatever he pleases.

And he doesn’t refrain from doing so.

He is willing to sacrifice whatever amount of lives and money is necessary to impose his idea of democracy wherever he sees fit, which doesn’t include the Democratic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its impeccable record in… oil exports!

Having said that, it is likely that the US and France, like brothers in arms, will ultimately suffer the same fate (read below).

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When political leaders start playing with fear, not fire, one can be sure that serious trouble lies ahead.

The US has been in a state of fear since G.W. greenlighted Osama’s September 11th air show.

From then on, Americans have learned to live in the constant fear of the next attack (orange light, red light…), an attack which is unlikely to materialize as long as the government doesn’t need it to push its agenda one step forward (to start a war with Iran, for example).

The clueless couch potatoes that constitutes the vast majority of the population have happily surrendered their liberties in exchange for ever more “protection”.

Until then, the protection racket used to be in the mafia’s hands, but the government stepped in and extended the definition of who was “in need of protection” to the whole population.

And in the same way that small retailers “need” to be protected from those who ransom them, American citizens “need” to be protected from the consequences of their government’s mindless actions abroad.

Impressed by the politics of fear’s efficiency, European leaders have eagerly followed suit.

A troika, composed of the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and IMF, assisted by a triumvirate, composed of J.C. Juncker (Dictator-in-chief), J.M. Barosso (Dictator in the making) and H. Van Rompuy (Bozzo the Clown), has proved to be up to the task.

With the help of a few traitors, such as M. Monti, in Italy, and L. Papademos, in Greece, these technocrats have undertaken the massive project of frightening whole populations.

Their propaganda speech can be summed up in a few words: “better be poor than poorer”.

And until now, it has been working quite well.

Afraid of being sent to Hell, Greek politicians have engaged in self-destructive policies, agreeing to throw their country in full depression mode, for the greater good of German and French banks.

The spineless Irish had long preceded them on that road, and the Portuguese, Spanish and Italians will probably follow them in a short while.

It is amazing to see how whole populations can be forced into poverty, for years, maybe decades, by a very small group of bullies.

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I can’t help wondering why so many commentators, including a number of bloggers, expect, or hope that, at some point, governments will become aware of the reality, will acknowledge their mistakes and will change the course of their policies.

It is like hoping that the small group of dunces, sitting in the back of the classroom, will come to realize that good grades are necessary to land a good job in the future.

It never happens, never has, never will!

Western leaders are not so different from those they label as “fanatics” in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Instead of being religious fanatics, they are political, and/or economic fanatics.

They blindly adhere to dogmatic truths, without even being aware of it, and they never change their minds (just look at Japan’s and Bernanke’s printing policies, or European austerity policies). 

If their policies don’t lead to the expected results, they blame it on “unexpected” events (weather, natural disasters, consumers’ erratic behavior…), or on the fact that their country needs more of their medicine (never less).

The Western world is now well engaged in a long and painful process of decline, and NOTHING will change that, because no one can undo what has led to this decline.

No one can undo the work of evolution, even if said evolution is manmade.

Over a rather long period of time, decline is not even perceived by the concerned populations, because going down one step at a time is not the same as falling from a cliff.

Before the end of this century, it is very likely that the US, Europe and Japan will be in a situation similar to that of Greece or Egypt today, countries with a glorious past and a not so glorious present.

And their populations will have had the time to adapt.

30% unemployment and $ 30 daily wages will be the norm and people will go about their business, unaware of the lifestyle enjoyed by their ancestors…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It is in difficult times that one can see the true face of human nature.

Good people look better, bad ones look worse, and ugly ones look like… monsters.

The ongoing economic crisis-collapse has shed a rather interesting light on some groups of professionals.

Among them, some are of particular interest: bloggers, policemen, soldiers and… bankers (who would have thought!).

THE GOOD

There are many good people among bloggers or, more precisely, financial bloggers (I don’t know much about non-financial ones).

People like Tyler Durden (Zerohedge), Mike Shedlock (Mish), Bill Bonner (Daily Reckoning), or John Mauldin, for example, who spend a great deal of time sharing their wisdom, for free!

Wisdom, because what makes all the difference is that they are not only smart, but also wise.

There are smart people everywhere.

Banks are full of them.

But wise people are a much rarer sort.

They see reality for what it is, not what they want it to be.

They use their intelligence without being overwhelmed by their instincts (greed in the first place…).

And because there is only one reality, they generally share common views.

They see gold rising and so-called developed economies and their fiat money disappearing into the sunset.

They see police states rising and freedom of speech declining.

They see the coming storm, while the masses are waiting for the bubble years’ (1995-2005) second coming.

Finally and most importantly, their blogs are like beacons, showing the light to like-minded readers, who don’t have many opportunities to share their thoughts, isolated as they are in a population of non-thinking beings.

THE BAD

Social instability, stemming from the crumbling global economy, had led to protests, from the Middle-East to North Africa, from Southern Europe to the US.

It has also led to repression, even though many of these protests were peaceful.

Yet, repression wouldn’t be possible without the consent of those who are supposed to protect the very people they are mercilessly hitting, spraying and jailing.

These bad guys are hiding within the police forces and the army.

While a small number of them defects when it comes to extremes, such as in Libya or Syria, the vast majority of these thugs are following orders, pretending they have no other choice, since their income is at stake.

Unfortunately, most of the Germans involved in WW II had the same “excuse”.

They were merely following orders, because they had a family to feed.

Following orders, no matter what, is one of humans worst traits, if not the worst, because it has brought so much misery throughout History.

Now, those who believe that they are witnessing horrific events in Libya or Syria have yet to see the worst.

Contrary to what they may think, the “law” is enforced with much more ruthlessness in the so-called developed world, than in the so-called developing world.

They should remember that uprisings have been crushed with an iron fist, before even having the time to spread, in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, two American colonies.

In Bahrain, even doctors who had treated injured protesters were beaten and jailed.

And when the time will come, it will be the same in the fifty states, or in Europe for that matter.

There are no greater enemies of freedom than those who proclaim themselves champions of liberty (which they certainly are, as long as the fights for freedom are taking place in their neighbors’ backyards).

Who can seriously believe that finger-waggers such as Condoleezza Rice, or Hillary Clinton, for example, are really freedom lovers?

Such persons (called “ladyboys” in Thailand) would become Secretary of the Gestapo (not yet created) if they felt that such a move would serve their ambitions.

THE UGLY

When it comes to ugliness, no one beats the bankers.

One should note that the concerned bankers, or banksters, were formerly known as “investment bankers”; parasites who have managed to repeal whatever legal fences were keeping them from wrecking too much havoc in the global economy, and since then have infected the whole world.

In a mere decade of complete freedom, one can’t say that they have wasted time (money is a different matter).

Is it really surprising?

Should one be surprised if the streets were full of prostitutes ten years after legalizing pimps?

Yet, it is doubtful that pimps could inflict as much damage and pain as banksters.

Because while pimps are targeting individuals, banksters are targeting whole countries.

And thanks to them, millions of people, in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and elsewhere, are now living in a world of pain; a world they are not about to leave anytime soon.

In the now unfolding Greek tragedy, one never sees or hears the name of those really responsible.

The whole show is presented as a tug of war between irresponsible Greeks and heartless Germans, as if international banksters had nothing to do with it!

Yet, if European leaders were not sold to banksters, and if banksters knew when to stop lending to Greeks (simple: don’t start!), this tragedy would never have occurred.

Of course, banksters’ servants, such as Merkel and Sarkozy (a.k.a. Merkozy), are even more ugly than the banksters themselves, because they are traitors to voters who elected them in order to serve… the people!

They are the scum of humanity and should be dealt with accordingly.

And this will lead us to our conclusion…

In the future, once the population of any given country has regained control of its destiny, by whatever means, it would be well inspired to:

- Strip corrupt politicians and ugly banksters of all their possessions, passport included, and bar them from seeking any kind of job, for life… they would become beggars and in the process discover the real world…

- Dismantle the police forces and the army and bar their members from seeking a public job, for life

- Create some kind of “council of the wise”, that would include a number of bloggers, in order to guide the country towards a better future…

And It Makes Me Wonder… (Led Zep, Stairway to Heaven)

Lately I have been wondering…

1. About the future of rapidly morphing police states…

The heavy hand of the US department of “Justice” can now be felt almost everywhere on the planet.

In other words, no one is safe anymore, anywhere.

Thus, in order to protect the interests of some American businesses, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Invasion) recently shut down a major website, Megaupload, hosted and operated in Hong Kong, and had its owners arrested in New Zealand.

Obviously, the New Zealand showdown had to be orchestrated by the local police.

Yet, one could ask exactly which local law had the website owners broken?

And why were their private assets (cars…) seized even before the New Zealand justice system (assuming there is such a thing) was able to determine if anyone was guilty of anything?

According to the US justice system, these people were presumed guilty of copyright infringement.

Yet, the fact that anyone may be arrested, almost anywhere, for supposedly breaking a foreign law, is in itself alarming.

Let’s take an example.

France, a country obsessed with human rights, racism, genocides and so on… has implemented legislation means to forbid people to even speak about a number of matters, such as the 1915 “Armenian genocide”, the latest addition to its list of taboos.

Now, suppose that you are an English citizen, living in Australia, and that for whatever reason, you write in a blog that you don’t consider the 1915 events as being a genocide.

That immediately makes you a criminal in the eyes of the French law.

Therefore, the Australian authorities could arrest you, seize your assets and deport you.

Why not?

What is the difference between this theoretical case and the Megaupload case?

The latter case also shares a number of similarities with that of Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, who has been harassed and deprived of his freedom for more than a year, while the US has been busy trying to put together a case, with the complicity of a shameless Sweden.

In these acts, I see more than police state governments’ willingness to clamp down on internet freedom.

I see the internet being used as a means to reach and destroy specifically targeted individuals.

I see the internet being used as an electronic version of the infamous drones, the first targeting enemies of the oligarchy, the second targeting enemies of the police state(s).

Having said that, what is the most worrying is the speed at which police states are morphing.

At the beginning of this century, just 11 years ago, none of these tools of repression (internet censorship, drones, patriot act, NDAA, Guantanamo Bay recreation center, TSA free X-rays and massages…) even existed!

Of course, one should believe that these little inconveniences are a necessary evil to protect innocent citizens from the much greater evil that are a few hundred goat herders, roaming the Hindu Kush mountains, somewhere between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Well, one would better think and try to guess what the morphing monster may look like, say by the end of this decade (the former USSR, circa 1970, comes to mind), then prepare oneself accordingly…

2. About what European leaders are smoking…

Europe has become the land of (political) summits: once a quarter, then once a month, then once a week… probably because it feels so good to get high…

And the more summits are held, the less progress there is.

Resolutions are brought forward, so ridiculous and unrealistic that only the financial markets’ robotraders take them seriously.

There are the ghost funds, the ESFS and EMS which, albeit empty of money, are growing in (potential) size like hot air balloons: a few hundred billions, then half a trillion, then a trillion…

Yet, no one ever mentions who are the idiots who will actually provide the money.

The IMF is playing a similar game, swelling its throat like an ugly toad, claiming that it is ready to increase its funding capacity by hundreds of billions, yet also carefully avoiding to name the fools who are supposed to foot the bill.

On the other hand, there is the European Central Bank (ECB) which is claiming the opposite.

No matter what, it is not going to help anyone by creating money.

Meanwhile, it is gorging itself with worthless Greek, Italian and other sovereign bonds, and its balance sheet is expanding even faster than that of the US federal reserve!

And of course there is Greece!

While unable to solve the problems of one of its smallest component, the European Union keeps on pretending that it is in control of the whole shebang.

One can feel sad for Greece, such a nice country, with such a glorious past and such a depressing future.

And honestly, who would prefer to live in Germany rather than in Greece (economic problems aside)?

Imagine the whole world looking like Germany, supposedly the example that others should follow.

Where could one hope to live a meaningful life?

Where could one go in holidays?

Yet, there is worse than Greece and Germany, there is Ireland.

Just watch this:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/01/201211984746688436.html

Having said that, Europe is heading at full speed towards deep trouble.

Apparently unaware of the gloomy reality, French politicians are busy legislating on matters dating back to a century and having occurred in… Turkey! (see above, the 1915 Armenian genocide).

They are like the orchestra on the deck of the sinking Titanic, debating which music piece it is going to play next.

Other, more realistic, European politicians are getting ready for the coming s..t storm.

They are busy toughening their stance on Iran, because when the s..t hits the fan, they wish to turn said fan in another direction, in order to deflect the smell towards some prefabricated enemy.

3. About human intelligence…

The fact is that mankind is where it is today thanks to, or because of, the achievements of a very small number of individuals, whose major discoveries have changed the lives of the masses.

Remove from History 20 or 30 names (a Galileo, a Newton, a Faraday, an Einstein and a few others) and instead of watching reality shows on TV, the herd would probably still be entertained with gladiator fights, in outdoors arenas, while its leaders would travel around in horse-carriage.

Having said that, the fact that, four years after the beginning of the global economic meltdown, after all that has been exposed, people in the so-called developed world are still not reacting (forget OWS), shows that the step between apes and humans was not that huge.

As long as it is sufficiently fed, a human, like any other tame animal, is unlikely to bite the hand that feeds it.

And in today’s so-called developed world, it is the hand of the corrupt governments that feed the herd, by means of “social” programs, such as food stamps, financed by paper money created at will by said governments, and regarded as having real value by the brainwashed populace.

After roughly 5,000 years of “civilization”, humans find themselves trapped in a system they nevertheless are very proud of, a system which gives free rein to corruption (relabelled democracy), slavery (relabelled economy), inequality (relabelled socialism) and destruction, including that of the brain (relabelled technology).

Humans have a knack for making the wrong choices, especially when it comes to who or what is worthy of admiration.

For example, the company Apple has, for many, become an object of adoration, even though it is a perfect symbol of our global civilization’s excesses. (1)

Apple’s products are manufactured by Chinese slaves (Foxconn) who regularly commit suicide over their working conditions.

Meanwhile, as of today, the company has accumulated almost 100 billion dollars in cash!

And this is only the officially declared amount; go wonder how much is parked in tax havens…

Brainwashed cult followers queue nights and days outside those Apple stores- temples, in the hope of being the first to give away their (delinquent) mortgage money in exchange for a useless, albeit nicely designed, gadget, that will help them thinking as little as possible.

That said, one should note that other animal species also deal with slavery and inequality (for example, the ants, our closest cousins, if one observes both species’ way of life from far above), but only humans are also prone to corruption and large-scale destruction.

Does this make the latter a “superior” species?

Do the tremendous achievements of a tiny minority make up for the complete lack of intelligence of the vast majority?

Just wondering…

(1) Just one day after publishing this post, I read the following article from Marc Levine:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/01/2012125102724360795.html

Here is an excerpt:

“…moving to the seemingly opposite end of the spectrum, think if American corporations all followed the example of Apple, today among the most profitable and powerful corporations in the world, which even as its profits have soared has squeezed its suppliers to charge even less for the products and labour they provide, and in so doing ensure that hundreds of thousands of poor workers in China continue to work for ludicrously low wages in suicide-inducing jobs all so that more Americans can buy iPhones or iPads for $5 less than they’d otherwise pay.

 

The Root Cause

A few months further down the road, a few feet closer to the edge… why aren’t things getting better?

Why should they? How could they?

Old issues remain, new issues arise…

First aid kits are regularly provided by our corrupt governments, kits mostly made up of words and paper.

Lots of words, notably in Europe, where the Merkozy duo is enchanting the financial oligarchy every other Sunday.

Lots of paper, notably in the US, where Bernie and his helicopter are constantly showering the same oligarchs with fiat money and ultra-low interest rates.

These placebos have little or no effect on people living in the real world, yet they still manage to influence the virtual world of finance, giving welcome boosts to the crumbling Ponzi-markets.

Hopefully, the number of people seeing “the light” (a.k.a. reality) appears to be increasing.

Besides the brainless and hopeless couch-potatoes, only MSM journalists and a herd of die-hard bulls still believe that the world is on a path towards recovery.

Politicians seem to be ready to capitulate; in fact they would probably stop pretending searching for solutions, if only voters were willing to accept the new world (dis)order.

Yet, with protests sprouting here and there like mushrooms, the “kick the can down the road” game must go on.

Many observers say that “we are doomed” and probably are we.

But, when it comes to explain why, confusion reigns.

Our sad fate is generally blamed on too much this or that; too much debt, too much inequalities, too much unemployment, too much population, too much natural disasters, too much wars…

But what about not enough?

Because all these serious “too much” issues are in fact consequences, and one shouldn’t confuse the consequences with the problems.

To solve a problem, one has to go to the root, that is, its cause(s), not after its consequences.

And if one looks deep enough, one may discover that there is a common root to most, if not all, of our problems.

What if Western civilization’s multiple woes shared a common root, a root grown out of the rejection of a fundamental law of nature:

the process of creative destruction

What if there wasn’t enough… destruction?

(Keeping in mind that destruction wrought on our Iraqi friends’ backyard is not part of the natural process, and can’t make up for the destruction missing in our own backyard)

Over the past decades, Westerners (Japanese included) have become more and more arrogant, believing that their mastering of technology was setting them apart, while conveniently forgetting the destructive consequences of their so-called progress.

Brandon Smith writes:

“One of the most enduring and frightening similarities between crumbling nations is an overwhelming belief amongst the people that they have somehow “advanced” beyond the need for concern. Each self-destructing society presumed itself invincible. Each country thought itself the pinnacle of human potential…”

For more, see: http://www.alt-market.com/articles/305-breaking-points-recognizing-the-signs-of-painful-cultural-shift

Westerners have come to deny the concept of death, not only their own, but also that of their creations.

They have come to believe that they could work for 40 years, then collect a retirement pension for 30 years or more; forever if possible.

They have come to believe that they could forever spend 110% of their income.

They have come to believe that happiness is a function of the quantity of stuff one owns.

They have come to believe that they couldn’t live without gadgets that didn’t even exist a few years, sometimes months, ago.

They have come to believe that they could change forests into deserts and deserts into golf courses.

They have come to believe that they could light the night (with a little help from toxic emissions) and darken the day (with a little help from the pollution produced by the former toxic emissions).

Westerners don’t accept death anymore, even though they don’t really know why they want to live longer; they don’t want to reform their systems (social, economic and so on…), even though they are not adapted to the present situation; they don’t want to let their biggest corporations (banks, insurances, car manufacturers and so on…) fail, even though they are morally and financially bankrupt; because they have decided that destruction, at least within the confines of their so-called developed world, is simply not acceptable.

After decades of delusional behavior (and of watching too many dinosaurs movies), the consequences of their mindless actions are coming back to bite them and are, ultimately, going to destroy them.

Wars in the Middle-East are consequences for refusing to let their gigantic oil industry (the core of their energy system) die and be replaced by new providers of new forms of energy.

Sovereign debt crises are consequences for refusing to let their gigantic banks (the core of their financial system) die and be replaced by more efficient and honest ones.

Social security and retirement pensions bankruptcies (the core of their social system)are consequences for refusing to let the elderlies die a natural death and make way for younger generations.

Climate change is something else.

It is the ultimate consequence, the consequence of all consequences.

It will wipe the slate clean, once humans have become too poor and too weak to protect themselves from more and more frequent extreme weather events.

Westerners believe that, thanks to their technology, they could live almost forever, in a forever growing economy, within the confines of the closed system that is planet Earth!

Their hyper-materialistic society, completely deprived of spirituality, has wandered further and further away from the path of wisdom and lost its soul.

Unlimited and unbridled freedom has become its God, and unlimited and unbridled consumption its religion.

And it has come close to achieving its goals of immortality, at a steep price, that is.

Thus, at age 81, Warren Buffett remains at the head of an empire of “too big to fail” banks and insurance companies.

Thus, at age 80, Rupert Murdoch remains at the head of a devious news publishing and broadcasting empire.

Thus, at age 81, Bernie Ecclestone still reigns supreme over his Formula One empire.

The list of octogenarians still at the helm and running the show is long, and getting longer every year…

And the new “immortals” are not all billionaires, so far.

My own family has plenty of them…

For example, at age 85, one of my uncles had a heart bypass and has now reached 90!

Who knows how long he may live (maybe until 99, like one of my still alive great aunts)… and how much this “fantasy” will ultimately cost to society…?

But these are not matters of discussion, because in today’s world, (Western) human life is sacred and its constant extension is only the reflection of mankind’s progress.

Germany and Japan are now dealing with the delicate issue of a fast growing aging population.

Curiously though, in the wake of WW II, these two countries became a perfect example of the benefits of the process of creative destruction.

They were reduced to rubble in 1945, then rose from the ashes to become the two most successful economic powers of the second half of the twentieth century.

The point here is not to suggest that war and total destruction are necessary evils, even though they often become the solution of last resort, once decline and decadence have reached a point of no return.

But destruction, in one form or another, is not only unavoidable, but necessary, and preservation at all costs will prove to be counterproductive and is doomed to fail.

Yet, our governments appear to be totally oblivious to this basic law of both nature and capitalism, the economic system they are supposed to support.

Despite three years of intensive care, the pulse of the economy is still barely audible, and while clueless doctors (of the PhD kind) are scratching their heads, they are getting ready to inject more bailouts, of even greater size.

As a matter of fact, Europe is reportedly preparing a 2 to 3 trillion euros “bazooka”, a remedy that will leave a big hole in its already anemic finances and will probably end up killing the patient.

Meanwhile, the general population is barely aware of the major changes that are taking place right in front of its nose.

The few who protest are doing it for the wrong reasons, rejecting responsibility on their governments and, at the same time, expecting miracles from them.

Yet, the fact is that everyone is responsible; everyone has enjoyed a 30 years party, started in the early 1980s, and no one wishes to see it ending.

Living a delusion was so good!

Governments can be blamed only because they have repeatedly given in to demands for more freedom, in order to please everyone and be reelected.

The problem is that no distinction has been made between “good” freedom, such as removing or smoothing inequalities, and “bad” freedom, such as getting rid, page after page, of the book of rules formerly implemented to hold together the systems on which our civilization has blossomed.

Having said all that, now has come the time to face the music or, more exactly, to face destruction… in our own backyard!

And since everything will be done to avoid a quick collapse, as in the former USSR, our civilization is probably going to follow the Roman way of a slow and painful decay.

There are many kinds of stars:

A big one may end its life as a supernovae, releasing in space the seeds (atoms and molecules) that will allow the formation of something more complex and advanced, such as our solar system.

On the other hand, a smaller star may extend its life, almost indefinitely, and become a white dwarf, also called a degenerate dwarf…

At its peak, some 30 years ago, Western civilization could have transformed itself into something more sophisticated, more wisdom oriented.

Yet, instead of following such a path, it has chosen to give free reign to human worst instincts, starting with greed.

Its most brilliant minds have deserted research and teaching, to answer the sirens’ call of investment banking, only to see their talent ran aground on the reef of corruption.

Others, less gifted, young people have received an education of an ever lower level (1), leaving them unprepared to face a reality in which not everything has been made easy by technology, as they have been led to believe.

Today, the first ones collect the dirty money recycled by their banks, while the others collect the fake money printed by their government.

It took approximately 4 centuries to the Roman empire to decay into oblivion.

In our world, where things are going much faster, 4 decades might prove to be enough to achieve the same result, keeping in mind that decay already started 3 decades ago…

(1) As a matter of fact, in the space of one generation, we have gone from a school system in which only the children not able to keep up with public schools’ level were sent to private schools, to a system in which any child who wish to learn anything must go to a private school.

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To end this post on a high note, I would like to share with you the plot of the next James Bond movie, currently in development.

It goes like this:

Two Iranian secret agents collude with Mexican drug dealers (whether they communicate in Spanish or Farsi remains unclear), in order to assassinate a Saudi ambassador on US soil.

As usual, the plot twists are far-fetched.

Yet, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the original story was published by White House Press, renowned for its high fantasy novels.