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Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush by John Michael Greer

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Like John Michael Greer’s numerous other books on the subject of industrial civilization’s demise, this one reveals its author to be an astonishingly gifted guide to a future that most people refuse to contemplate. The 25 short writings it contains were originally published on Greer’s former blog, The Archdruid Report, which was an institution among a considerable swath of the ecologically aware public. The blog sought to explore our crisis through weekly posts—most of them essays, but some of them fiction pieces that Greer later parlayed into novels—that were unfailingly brilliant, contrarian, beautifully written and nearly unclassifiable in their range and variety. Whether this collection delivers on its subtitle, The Best of The Archdruid Report, is tough for me to judge since I’m a fanboy of all of Greer’s writing. However, I can conclusively say it’s a handy place to find some of Greer’s great short works.

Greer started The Archdruid Report in 2006, right around the time that industrial society reached the critical juncture represented by the peak in global conventional oil production. Having long studied the process of decline undergone by previous civilizations that have overshot their resources, Greer saw ours facing the same fate in generations to come. The Archdruid Report drew on Greer’s scholarship, insights as a practicing druid and experience in sustainable living and appropriate tech to help others prepare for the tough road ahead. The blog became a sensation, garnering hundreds of thousands of page views per month and a worldwide readership, as well as generating material for more than a dozen books. After a marvelously prolific 11-year run, Greer decided it was time to close down the blog, realizing that he had said all he really had to say about the basic shape of our predicament. He began a new blog called Ecosophia, which has a spiritual focus.

The entries in this collection are eclectic but share a common thread. They all seek to answer why we inhabitants of the modern industrial world collectively believe the things we do about our reality. We’re in the midst of an ecological collapse and a civilizational decline, both of our own making, but aren’t acting as though we appreciate the gravity of our crisis. We’re part of the natural world yet regard it as separate from us. And we’ve developed a host of nonsensical rationalizations for our unsustainable behaviors. For Greer, a key point that must be grasped is that humans aren’t as smart as we like to think we are; we’re better at emoting than at thinking. Thus, we tend to rely on emotionally appealing stories—rather than logic or evidence—to make sense of our world, and we generally make decisions based on emotions, only later looking for logical rationales for the choices we’ve made.

To Greer’s mind, many troubling aspects of modern American life are the result of the world refusing to work the way our stories tell us it should. The central narrative of our culture, that of progress, is at odds with the mounting signs of regression we see all around us, and people are reacting to the mismatch in ever more irrational ways. Greer views this as one reason for the growing popularity, amidst America’s deteriorating public health, of conspiracy theories that claim cures for cancer are being suppressed. “[W]e ought to be getting healthier,” writes Greer, “but we’re not, so a scapegoat has to be found to justify the widening gap between the narrative we prefer and the reality we get.”

Numerous essays urge us to critically examine and, when necessary, abandon the stories each of us holds dearest. In “Knowing Only One Story,” Greer explains how our culture’s singular focus on the story of progress is ill-suited to the complex system that is our universe, which resists simplistic understandings. He says we would do well to emulate traditional cultures’ use of multiple narratives, since having a wealth of stories to think with means we’re able to find narrative patterns that make sense of whatever travails life may bring.

“The Blood of the Earth, or Pulp Nonfiction” throws into sharp, rather amusing relief just how out of touch the narrative of progress is with today’s reality. Its central argument is that our present world has more in common with popular fantasy literature tropes than with contemporary notions of progress. The similarities Greer finds between our world and those of pulp fantasy are uncanny indeed. For example, both involve sprawling empires in decline and decadent aristocracies that preside in high towers and practice the techniques of magic. (In our world, this magical practice consists of propagandistic incantations in the form of advertising, and the conjuring of vast sums of imaginary wealth in the form of banking.)

Environmentalists who fail to live in accordance with their supposed concern for the planet are an object of pungent criticism from Greer, who sees them as undermining their cause by sending the message that they don’t really believe in what they preach. The author is on solid ground in leveling this criticism, since his lifestyle matches his convictions. Greer’s chosen modes of travel, for example, emit little carbon, as he lives locally, gets by largely on foot and has never held a driver’s license. He is adamant that we should not take any proposal for reducing our energy usage seriously “until and unless the people proposing it actually do use less energy themselves, preferably by adopting the measures they urge on others.” He adds that this isn’t just a matter of principle; it’s also pragmatic, since effective social change movements start on an individual level. Greer says he makes a point of not advocating anything he hasn’t tried himself.

Those whose lifestyles contribute to the very ecological harm they claim to be concerned about will often, Greer argues, rationalize their hypocrisy by insisting that they have no agency in the matter. Again, Greer sees the popularity of conspiracy theories as one manifestation of this insistence. If you think some all-powerful elite is pulling the strings, it’s easy to see yourself as powerless to bring about change. The same goes for apocalyptic fantasies: If the world is about to end, no amount of activism will make the least bit of difference. In much the same fashion, it’s become quite common for people to assert that our society is on the verge of some new technological advance or spiritual transformation that will solve all our problems. These types of statements are especially appealing because they’re impossible to prove or disprove.

Originally published in 2009, “The Pornography of Political Fear” chillingly describes a habit of American political discourse that Greer sees as being on the rise in recent decades. It consists of asserting that others possess only the beliefs and motives that you happen to impute to them. Greer reflects on all the hyperbolic anti-George W. Bush rhetoric that claimed, without evidence, that Bush intended to extend his presidency indefinitely, inter dissidents in concentration camps and otherwise run roughshod over American norms and values. He goes on to recount how President Bill Clinton’s foes made similarly outlandish assertions about his supposed intentions that likewise proved to be mistaken. For Greer, the purpose of such claims is to help provide a culturally approved opportunity to enjoy “the forbidden pleasures of unrestrained hate.” He cautions that when we allow this political-fear-mongering porn to pass for reasonable discourse, we help pave the road to totalitarianism.

The author has a knack for finding common threads among seemingly unrelated things, and his trenchantly titled “Pepperspraying the Future” showcases this talent to full effect. It looks at the core theme underlying three notable news items from late 2011: a Thanksgiving shopper who assaulted other shoppers with pepper spray to beat them to a big sale, a politician’s absurdly unrealistic assessment of America’s energy outlook and a Canadian minister’s cynical comment about that nation’s future commitment to the Kyoto climate change protocol. All three, says Greer, bespeak “an attitude—it could as well be described as a belief, or even a religion—that treats the satisfaction of short term cravings for material goods as the only thing that really matters.” Each example is a case of someone blithely sweeping aside any obstacles in the way of continued material consumption, be they other shoppers, the laws of science or the wellbeing of future Canadian citizens.

“Refusing the Call: A Tale Rewritten” exemplifies Greer’s genius for using his fiction to turn accepted narratives on their heads. Whether he’s upending technothriller conventions by having the Americans get defeated for once (as in his effective political suspense novel Twilight’s Last Gleaming) or presenting a sci-fi future that rules out the possibility of interstellar travel (as he did in his astounding Star’s Reach), Greer delights in weaving yarns that both defy storytelling clichés and present fresh, exciting perspectives on the issues of our age. Here he offers an alternate telling of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy that serves as a satire on our society’s failure to face its current crisis. Set in a world in which Frodo Baggins declines his mission to destroy the Ring, it has the villain Sauron steadily continue his conquest of Middle-earth while Frodo descends into a psychological abyss with many parallels to the psychology of present-day industrial society.

Among the questions most frequently fielded by Greer is when he expects industrial civilization’s long-overdue collapse to finally occur. His answer is that it’s already been going on for several decades. Societal decline, he stresses, is a centuries-long process, not a sudden, dramatic event. “The Onset of Catabolic Collapse” attempts to pinpoint the exact year in which Greer believes the United States, in particular, entered its gradual, terminal descent—that year being 1974. For Greer, that is when America abruptly began shedding its heavy industry, family farms and working class, as well as liquidating one of its most vital remaining domestic natural resources: the Alaskan North Slope oil reserves. These trends have proceeded so slowly that most people have come to accept them as normal rather than as signs of a nation in decline.

“The Next Ten Billion Years” shows how at home Greer is dealing with immensely long time perspectives. It outlines a future history for the human species that gleefully contradicts the dogma that present-day humanity is the pinnacle of evolution. In Greer’s vision, industrial civilization never achieves interstellar travel or any of its other lofty goals; rather, it wanes like all civilizations that outstrip their resource bases. It ultimately proves to be just one in a line of several thousand civilizations that come and go over the next 10 million years. Humans eventually go extinct and a new species descended from raccoons becomes the world’s new dominant sentient creatures. Greer takes this future history all the way to the point where Earth has been destroyed by the sun and life has begun anew elsewhere. The beauty of this piece is how deftly it puts our current civilization into its proper perspective as a tiny mote on a vast canvas.

This book’s final essay, titled “The Time of the Seedbearers,” peers considerably less far ahead, to a time when our current way of life has passed out of living memory and the next wave of civilizations is forming around the world. The seedbearers envisioned by Greer are people who make it their mission to preserve the highest achievements of our age and carry them into the future. “If anything of value is to get through the harsh decades and centuries ahead of us, if anything worth saving is to be rescued from the wreck of our civilization, there’s plenty of work to do,” writes Greer. One crucial part of this work is the preservation of our stories and important texts. How wonderfully fitting and serendipitous it will be if this eminently erudite book is among the artifacts to survive.



40 Comments on "Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush by John Michael Greer"

  1. ANAL REAPER on Wed, 29th May 2019 11:16 am 

    FUCK ALL GOOKS CHINKS AND SPIKS!!!!

  2. Robert Inget on Wed, 29th May 2019 11:21 am 

    Markets lost heart once Muller dumped everything in Congress’s lap.

    http://www.livecharts.co.uk/MarketCharts/dow.php

    IMO, Congress has no choice but to call for the ‘I’
    word. (incest)

    There must be die-hards out there who still don’t believe Venezuela will no longer deliver heavy oil most of out Gulf refineries are built for.

    Today, something interesting took place.
    One US oil company (DVN) sold all their heavy oil Canadian holdings to one of Canada’s biggest companies (CNQ)

    If/when US GOM refineries declare “UNCLE!”
    and declare an emergency, Keystone XL will get
    rush status despite years of protests.

    At this time, the closest heavy oil is Russian.
    Unless Trump manages to pull off some ‘lifetime presidency’ coup, as his gift to Putin, democratic Canada will still be our closest source of heavy (real) oil.

    Companies that stand to gain are the three biggest oil-sands related in Canada.

  3. Davy on Wed, 29th May 2019 11:30 am 

    Mueller goes to private life no doubt with his tail between his legs. The investigators will be investigated. Mueller is hiding criminality because he is one of the criminals. Did Mueller work out a deal to avoid jail time?

  4. Dredd on Wed, 29th May 2019 12:20 pm 

    “All Americans” is a collapsing concept (The Shape Shifters Of Bullshitistan – 19).

  5. Robert Inget on Wed, 29th May 2019 5:26 pm 

    API

    Crude -5.265
    Cushing -0.176
    Gasoline +2.711
    Distillate -2.144

    IOW’S A SUBSTANTIAL draw in the offing.
    after API crude returned to 59+

    It’s a near certainty WTI will close the week
    above $60. Brent, due to Russian pipeline clogged,
    Brent is $11. higher.

  6. makati1 on Wed, 29th May 2019 9:29 pm 

    “Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush” Exactly what I have been doing, and it is a great feeling! It is freedom that most Americans will never experience. No debt. No taxes. No police state gestapo. Real freedom.

    Tech is one thing that can be left behind. Humans did quite well for thousands of years before FFs and tech. IF any humans get thru the ongoing ecological bottleneck, all they will need is the antique skills of our ancestors. But, I think we have killed that opportunity.

  7. Cloggie on Thu, 30th May 2019 2:51 am 

    America against the rest of the world.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-30/u-s-eu-trade-talks-stumble-threatening-new-trade-war-front

    “U.S.-EU Talks Stumble, Threatening New Trade War Front”

    Europe’s future is Eurasia (Russia and China).

  8. Cloggie on Thu, 30th May 2019 3:05 am 

    Oh dear, John Cleese, the hero of the western left…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f–KSEkC8Ik

    …is being attacked by the media about his “beliefs” that London is no longer an English city. He said that in 2011 in this video…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJheODYpuEI

    …and now has doubled down on that (the major of London is a Sadiq Aman Khan (sic))

    https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/john-cleese-twitter-london-english-city-racism-caribbean-brexit-eu-a8934911.html

    Here is John Cleese his twitter feed:

    https://twitter.com/johncleese

    And this gem:

    https://twitter.com/JohnCleese/status/1133944383533793282

    “I think it’s legitimate to prefer one culture to another”

    No John, that’s not legitimate. Don’t you know that all humans are eeee-kwel, you ugly white raysist!?

    The good news: we witness Anglo-Zionism in its final stages, just like the USSR-1989. The racial communist revolution is eating its own children, even its heroes like Johnny Cleese.

    We are going to enjoy its demise like a long, hand-rolled Cuban cigar, enjoying every minute of it.

  9. Cloggie on Thu, 30th May 2019 3:15 am 

    Climate change and the consequences for tourism.

    Northern Europeans in the past loved to go to Spain for the sunny weather. But what if 38C is the new normal for Northern Europe? They stay home.

    Spanish holiday island Mallorca is suffering under the consequences of climate change (and Brexit):

    https://www.spiegel.de/reise/aktuell/mallorca-fuerchtet-mieses-geschaeft-durch-supersommer-in-deutschland-a-1269942.html

  10. majece majece on Thu, 30th May 2019 4:55 am 

    On https://dissertationauthors.com/blog/how-to-write-a-literature-review you can read more about writing literature review. I had such experience and it was really useful

  11. Cloggie on Thu, 30th May 2019 6:17 am 

    Talking about collapse:

    https://www.geenstijl.nl/5147911/man-on-fire-en-het-is-niet-denzel-washington/

    Man in USA shirt walks onto the lawn of the White House and sets himself on fire. Probably with symbolic intent.

    Thank God, for him, he died shortly after.

  12. Robert Inget on Thu, 30th May 2019 6:44 am 

    https://phys.org/news/2019-05-arctic-weather-extremes-latitudes.html

    Warming Arctic Changes weather patterns.

  13. Cloggie on Thu, 30th May 2019 6:55 am 

    NYC has taken over from London as the new leading financial center of the world, in the wake of the Brexit idiocy:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7085145/New-York-beats-London-worlds-center-finance-study-finds-Brexit-blamed.html

    I expect Amsterdam to take over from Heathrow as the largest airport in Europe, for the same reason.

    The most reasonable man in British politics, Phil Hammond (“Spreadsheet Phil”) about to enter the Tory leadership race?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7085909/Philip-Hammond-says-step-fray-stop-new-PM-forcing-No-Deal-Brexit.html

    “Is spreadsheet Phil about to join the leadership race? Hammond says he would step into the fray to stop a new PM forcing No Deal Brexit – but Tories predict that ex Leave-campaign ‘frenemies’ Boris and Gove will end up head-to-head”

  14. Davy on Thu, 30th May 2019 7:09 am 

    “Trump Risks New Front In Trade War As Talks With Europe Falter”
    https://tinyurl.com/y5l4v88s zero hedge

    “…And with slumping sales already weighing on the global auto industry, a critical engine (no pun intended) of Europe’s industrial economy, EU bureaucrats now find themselves in the uncomfortable position: They’re at the mercy of Washington and President Trump, who has been threatening to open up another front in his trade war by slapping ‘Section 232″ national security tariffs on imports of cars and car parts (with exceptions for USMCA partners Canada and Mexico). But ironically, President Trump’s decision to delay his decision by six months to allow more time for negotiations with Europe and Japan might not make much of a difference: Because, with a leadership change coming in October, Brexit still unresolved and a strong showing by populist parties in the EU Parliamentary vote, Europe simply isn’t in a good position to negotiate. “You’re seeing an EU that is fighting fires on so many fronts that I just don’t think they are going to be confident and able to negotiate that deal” with the U.S., said Heather Conley, head of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.”

    “France’s Emmanuel Macron led some EU member states in resisting U.S. efforts to include agriculture in any transatlantic discussions, something the EU insists Trump gave away last July as part of the Rose Garden truce. Though many in Washington, including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, have said any deal that didn’t include agriculture wouldn’t get through Congress. Germany, which exported 27.2 billion euros of cars and car parts in 2018, is more concerned about Trump’s threat of automobile tariffs than protecting European agricultural interests. The home of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche generated a surplus of 22 billion euros in automotive trade with U.S. last year.”

  15. Davy on Thu, 30th May 2019 7:19 am 

    “A THEORY OF SAPIENCE: Using Systems Science to Understand the Nature of Wisdom and the Human Mind”
    https://tinyurl.com/y6qm4bco George Mobus
    https://tinyurl.com/y3swe8kx pdf download (341 pages)

    “Humanity faces what can only be called existential threats created by its own hands. We have cleverly built advanced cultures that use extreme amounts of energy to make life easy (at least for some) and that energy, for the last several hundred years, has come from carbon-based fossil fuels. Now we sit on the precipice of a calamity for ourselves and many other species as well. If human beings are so clever, why have we not learned to moderate our activities, to consume only in proportion to what the Earth system can sustain in terms of resources and waste removal? We have gained the knowledge to understand what is happening and what we need to do. But we don’t do it in a timely way to avert devastation. What is wrong with us? The answer to this question is surprising. Society is not wise in its choices – the collective decisions of humans – because individuals are not wise in theirs. And that is because wisdom, the tacit knowledge that develops in human minds through experiences, is lacking in the majority of humans. Most humans do not develop wisdom adequate to deal with the complexities of the modern world. As a result they make choices not based on rational long-range thinking about consequences or how those consequences interact systemically. They tend to look only at short-term gains in their own selfish wellbeing. This book reports on investigations into the underlying causes of the lack of wisdom in average people. Sapience is the set of nascent mental competencies, situated in the human brain, that make us human. Sapience is the basis of higher-order consciousness experienced by humans. It is linked with the emergence of the language facility and our ability to work in symbols. It is the reason that we can think about future states of the world, especially those that may be different from the current and past states we have experienced. It is the product of a remarkable evolutionary process that produced hyper-social animals with sufficient cleverness to invent tools, languages, symbols, even art. We invented agriculture to help bring stability into our living world and reduce uncertainty in our access to resources. But, we had only just crossed the threshold to sapient thinking. We need to evolve further. Sapience is the product of brain structures and functions that set the human species, Homo sapiens, apart from the rest of the animal world. It represents a major leap forward in the evolution of the Universe. It contributed to tremendous boosts in our general intelligence and creativity. It provided the basis for morality and concerns for the wellbeing of others. But, even so, it was just a beginning. It does not go far enough in terms of providing individual minds with the ability to grasp the larger and deeper meanings of their choices and actions. This book explores the nature and evolution of sapience as it is found in human beings today using systems science. It explores the psychological implications of having some capacity for developing wisdom in one’s life but not enough capacity to fully grasp the big picture of the human condition, and thus, make tragic errors in judgements. It attempts to answer the question of why we are in this predicament.”

  16. Cloggie on Thu, 30th May 2019 7:21 am 

    Wisdom from the East?

    https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/china-new-airports/index.html

    “Beijing is building hundreds of airports as millions of Chinese take to the skies”

    #NextNumberOne
    #IgnoreAtYourOwnPerril

  17. Sissyfuss on Thu, 30th May 2019 10:34 am 

    I find Greer to be intellectually vibrant and insightful when he is espousing his views on society and its headlong rush into calamity but when he gets all druidy and metaphysically spiritual I lose interest. I agree that wisdom is sorely lacking in todays masses but when you continue to crush people together and brainwash them with a constant barrage of consumerism what do you expect? I expect collapse as we are doing nothing as a species that could guarantee our natural worlds survival.

  18. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 30th May 2019 11:04 am 

    but when he gets all druidy and metaphysically spiritual I lose interest.
    He is a english major, who writes well, but is
    challenged” a bit with actual reality.

    “The Druidry Handbook is the first hands-on manual of traditional British Druid practice that explores the Sun Path of seasonal celebration the Moon Path of meditation and the Earth Path of living in harmony with nature as tools for crafting an earth-honoring life here and now.”

  19. makati1 on Thu, 30th May 2019 6:09 pm 

    Sissyfuss, I agree. I have been reading his works online for years and appreciate his view of the world. Much of the world lacks morals these days, and the greed factor is increasing, thanks to that commercial brainwashing you mentioned.

    We will not stop our self destruction until there are zero humans left on the planet. Too bad. we had it all and gave it up for a Big Mac and a trip to Walmart in our SUV. Well, the West has, but the East is still growing, slowly.

    To paraphrase an old saying: “Go East young man, go East!”.

  20. makati1 on Thu, 30th May 2019 6:16 pm 

    Duncan, “… the Sun Path of seasonal celebration the Moon Path of meditation and the Earth Path of living in harmony with nature as tools for crafting an earth-honoring life here and now.” is a great way to live. If you do not respect nature, you are just committing slow suicide.

    As a young man, I had a job walking thru the forests of West Yellowstone. Those months were the most peaceful, interesting and educational in my long life. I even carved my initials in a sandstone bolder somewhere in the middle of nowhere. I wonder how pristine and beautiful it is now? There were still unrecorded places on earth when I was young. Now most are being trashed for $$$. So sad.

  21. makati1 on Thu, 30th May 2019 6:31 pm 

    Cloggie, the Netherlands has ~27 airports for about 17 million people. That means China should have about 2,400 airports for their population. They have about 250. Looks like they need to build a few more. Yes China is growing and that will continue no matter what the US tries to do.

    BTW: The US has over 15,000 airports. Gigantic waste, as usual.

  22. makati1 on Thu, 30th May 2019 6:36 pm 

    For those Sinophobes here, compare the picture of Bejing’s newest airport with the run down trashy American ones. I’ve been in Chinese airports recently and they are beautiful and very modern.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/airports-in-america-are-awful-2015-5

    “Landing at an American airport is a bit like time-traveling into the past. Outdated design, outdated technology, and outdated regulations are crippling many U.S. air hubs.”

    Been there, seen that, don’t want to go back.

  23. Robert Inget on Fri, 31st May 2019 5:08 am 

    North Korea Reportedly Executes Officials For Failed Trump-Kim Summit

    Talks between the U.S. president and Kim Jong Un abruptly collapsed in Hanoi earlier this year.

    By Nick Visser
    North Korea has reportedly executed the country’s special envoy to the United States over February’s failed summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Friday.

    Kim Hyok Chol, the chief negotiator who led the working-level negotiations with the U.S., was executed in March alongside several other officials in punishment for the outcome of the event, the newspaper reported. Trump and Kim met in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second official summit to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear program, but the talks abruptly collapsed after the pair failed to come to a deal. Tensions with the North have only increased in recent months after a period of relative calm.(30)

    Applications are now in place for new N. Korean
    diplomats.

    At last reports, most or Trump’s team are still intact.

  24. Robert Inget on Fri, 31st May 2019 5:17 am 

    Again, Trump goes against Congress.
    Tariffs on Mexican imports have stunned markets.

    US and Asian factories in Mexico will be hit, hard.
    In the auto industry parts go back and forth as many as three times.

  25. Robert Inget on Fri, 31st May 2019 5:50 am 

    IMO, US auto makers have great influence in both
    houses of Congress. (hit hardest by Mexican tariffs)

    I’m talking Both Sides, labor and management.
    When unions and stock holders are agin ya, there’s little future for Republicans in Washington.

    If Senate Republicans continue to support Trump’s ‘War on Trade’ you can bet none will
    get reelected.

    How much longer?

    Donald Trump cannot, will not, destroy America.
    Once Republican Senators begin Friday’s business
    their email and phones will offer zero support for
    Crazy, stupid, infantile, revengeful, Mr President Trump. He really must go. Today, if not sooner.

    If the GOP does nothing, the US will become a one party state for a time. This happened before.

    Trade tariffs brought down the economy in 1929. By 1932 this nation was in a great depression. Democrats ruled for the next two decades.

  26. Cloggie on Fri, 31st May 2019 6:10 am 

    “Landing at an American airport is a bit like time-traveling into the past. Outdated design, outdated technology, and outdated regulations are crippling many U.S. air hubs.”

    What America should do is: give up on empire, withdraw all troops from abroad, slash the MIC to European, Russian and Chinese levels and become a normal country and give up on fake exceptionalism and globalism and concentrate on America, rather than the world. Just like in the good old 19th century.

    Of course the (((people))) that run the US won’t do that until they are forced to. Like being removed from power. They will eventually.

    https://www.spiegel.de/plus/jason-stanley-im-interview-rechter-antisemitismus-ist-die-groessere-bedrohung-a-a0adc3a5-3df7-480b-94ad-82b79ae7e91f

    But DJT certainly is doing the required preparatory work and Robert Inget doesn’t like it at all.

    One wonders why that is.

  27. makati1 on Fri, 31st May 2019 6:38 am 

    Trump is going to win in 2020 by default. He will continue to tear down what is left of the US. There is only one party in America, the greedy party. It is like a freak show with everyone declaring the other person to be crazy.

    Fun to watch…from the Philippines. GO TRUMP! TRUMP IN 2020! TEAR IT DOWN! YOU CAN DO IT! LMAO

    BTW: In the last 15 years, I have passed thru O’Hare, Kennedy, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Philly, LA, San Fran, Honolulu, Orlando, Dallas, BWI, and a few others in the US and they were ALL in bad shape. Kennedy was the worst.

    I also passed thru Heathrow, de Gaulle, and Dubai in my travels, not to mention Hong Kong and Shanghai (China), Nagoya and Narita (Japan). The Asian ports were the most modern and clean. Dubai was also.

  28. Robert Inget on Fri, 31st May 2019 7:00 am 

    DJT just returned from Japan. Today, after sinking stock markets, he’s off to a State Visit to the United Kingdom where he has less support, 20%,
    then his 42% approval in the United States.

    Asian markets are shaken.
    http://www.livecharts.co.uk/MarketCharts/nikkei.php

    European markets are lower.
    http://www.livecharts.co.uk/MarketCharts/eurostoxx.php

    Investors are going to bonds, not equities.

    Japan, China, the EU will simply stop buying US
    house of cards, bloated debt. USD will eventually lose value to Asian currencies.

    Every corrupt nation now has someone to blame for their own sins.

    I see oil going higher on Mexican tariff news.
    Wait till novice investors find out that Mexico contributes almost No Crude oil to our economy,
    only US jobs at GOM refineries.

    In fact the biggest losers will be the Mexican people. Mexican oil returns have been cliff diving
    for years. Now, adding extra percentages to a nation’s energy expense offers nothing but hardship and pain.

    Mexico could easily become another Venezuela. This time directly on our Southern border.
    Dealing with THAT refugee problem won’t be up to Trump. Safe in his Russian mansion, still ranting on FOX against the US Constitution.

  29. Richard on Fri, 31st May 2019 12:10 pm 

    Greer may not think people will go to the stars, but American Astronauts will probably land on the Moon again in the next decade.

  30. Cloggie on Fri, 31st May 2019 12:57 pm 

    “Greer may not think people will go to the stars, but American Astronauts will probably land on the Moon again in the next decade.”

    That’s difficult shit Richard, you need German nazi’s to do that. These third worlders of yours are not going to cut it.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip

    https://www.rferl.org/amp/1051192.html

    “U.S.: Experts Applaud Bush Plan To Explore the Moon, Mars”

    Bush — speaking at the headquarters of the U.S. space agency NASA — pledged to renew manned exploration of the moon by as soon as 2015. He also proposed setting up a permanent lunar base that would serve as launch point for future manned missions to Mars and other planets.

    LOL

    Seriously, space travel is wonderful, but for the moment we have more pressing tasks, like getting rid of fossil fuel as soon as possible.

  31. I AM THE MOB on Fri, 31st May 2019 5:11 pm 

    Clogg

    We need Nazi’s to go to the moon..Shut the hell up..Was Goodard a nazi?

    You are below the scum of society..Worshiping the most evil people in human history..You are one fucked up old geezer..

  32. Cloggie on Fri, 31st May 2019 5:36 pm 

    “Worshiping the most evil people in human history.”

    The most evil people in history are your tribe.

    – WW1 entry USA
    – Bolshevik slaughterhouse Soviet Russia
    – WW2
    – holohoax
    – JFK murder
    – 9/11
    – Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria neocon wars
    – Intentional destruction white America

    But now you are cornered.

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/the-good-news-zog-is-dying/

    “You are one fucked up old geezer..”

    Do I sense a certain anger and frustration here? LOL
    I like to see you angry, because it shows that you feel like a cornered animal. And that’s what you are.

  33. Cloggie on Fri, 31st May 2019 5:43 pm 

    China threatens US with rare earth boycott. Earlier China got Japan on its knees in a matter of days:

    https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/handelskrieg-donald-trump-muss-chinas-rohstoff-keule-fuerchten-a-1270298.html

  34. I AM THE MOB on Fri, 31st May 2019 5:45 pm 

    Clogg

    Holohoax?

    You are totally deluded and dishonest..A scum bag..

    no wonder nobody loves you..

    Enjoy the collapse soon..Europe is approaching zero economic growth, along with an oil shortage..

    Your region is ripe for another civil war..

    HAAHAH

  35. I AM THE MOB on Fri, 31st May 2019 6:18 pm 

    The state of white supremacy

    https://i.imgur.com/XVu73te.jpg

  36. Cloggie on Fri, 31st May 2019 6:24 pm 

    “Holohoax?”

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/an-embarrassing-discovery/

    You seem to quietly agree on all the other items.lol

  37. Cloggie on Fri, 31st May 2019 6:29 pm 

    Clash between two prominent white nationalists on the topic of the European Union:

    https://youtu.be/u4eHQ-mcc20

    Richard Spencer has it totally right arguing in favor of the EU.

  38. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 10:41 am 

    Phil Hammond (“Spreadsheet Phil”) to the rescue.

    I despise the Independent, like all media outlets of the empire. But twice a day they are right, like a broken clock:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/brexit-second-referendum-philip-hammond-tory-leadership-next-pm-a8936771.html

    Phil Hammond is the man who could organize a soft landing of the Brexit drama, in the interest of both the EU and England.

  39. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 11:11 am 

    It is obvious that British parliament is unable to free itself from the Brexit deadlock. Momentum is growing for a second referendum:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/european-elections-brexit-second-referendum-boris-johnson-farage-a8931566.html

    The multicult revolution is eating its own children latest:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/lgbt-rights-faith-muslim-protestors-christian-homophobia-esther-mcvey-a8937916.html

    In Islam poofterdom is a deadly sin and homosexuals need to be thrown from the highest buildings according the imam’s:

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/08/14/13/2B5C28E200000578-0-image-a-2_1439555792851.jpg

    This of course contradicts with the ideals of the globalist One World Left and their Global Homo ideal and emancipation of all and everything that all true conservatives oppose and Islam is conservative to the extreme, make that reactionary.

    Uproar in the UK: Islamists protest against indoctrination of their toddlers with LGBT-propaganda. Now here is a mighty dilemma for our Marxist betters. Darkies are holy and to be used as canon fodder against evil racist whitey. But on the other hand, Islamists make true fascists blush with their determination and fanaticism in beliefs.

    The opening salvo of a potential mega-conflict between the Left and Islam was the slaughter of a dozen or so lefties at Islamist hands with this Charlie-Hebdo episode in Paris:

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/01/08/248493B500000578-0-image-a-2_1420742804414.jpg

    You have to give it to these Islamist that they deal with their enemies efficiently.

    Anyway, the Right can lean back and enjoy the development of this LGBT-conflict like a long hand-rolled Cuban cigar.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7093545/Brexit-triumph-democracy-Britain-emerge-bigger.html

    The Trump gang smells the chance to rake in England as a new colonial resource without having to actually invade the country, an entirely new development. It remains to be seen if these all too obvious overtures won’t backfire. Trump and Bolton are not that popular in England.

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