Orlov the pollyanna
Several years ago Dmitri Orlov laid out
a dismal scenario. When USA STRONG collapses, it won't collapse 'softly' as Russia did. Russia had a number of advantages. Social cohesion, natural collectiveness, low reliance on money, high reliance on self-sufficient labor.
Russians love Russia unconditionally. Americans don't love America. We love a fast-changing portfolio of vivid delusions.
Thinking about the vector diagram
that Polistra drew this morning, the picture gets a lot grimmer.
Russians are not delusional. By nature they are depressive and tragic = REALISTIC.
When superpower status went away, normalcy took over fairly smoothly. It was interrupted by Yeltsin stupidly hiring Sachs to impose Goldman, but that didn't work.
Americans are manic. Prone to delusion.
The delusion of being an unopposed bully was magnificently intoxicating. Crack plus Flakka. When this needle is yanked out, we will be MAGNIFICENTLY SICK.
When an addict goes into withdrawal, his body fights itself in a dozen ways. If he is internally strong and realistic, he has a chance. Even without resilience, external support and external restraint can carry him through the short period of convulsions.
USA STRONG has blown those chances. We are maximally non-resilient right now. Symmetrical scapegoating
has divided us into the R team and D team. All problems are the other team's fault. Simultaneously our youngsters, naturally "fickle inquisitors", have been trained and exercised in the arts of inquisition by universities and Zuckerberg. And we've blown the chance for external support by bombing everyone except Israel.
This doesn't sound like Russia 1990.
This sounds like China 1968.
The delusional and incompetent Great Leap Forward had failed dramatically. China's yoots had been trained in Inquisition by Party education. Madame Mao militarized them and turned them against pretty much everybody. Result: ten years of pure chaos.
41 DAYS SINCE START OF FINAL PURGE.
Labels: 20th century Dark Age, STRONG!