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The militarization of the Western Empire: How the COVID pandemic accelerated the process

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Donald Trump may not have been not such a warlike emperor as previous Western Emperors have been (and probably will be). But, even assuming that Trump is trying to avoid wars, he cannot oppose the militarization trends of the Western economy that was boosted by the COVID-19 epidemics. 

 

History repeats itself – oh, yes! And sometimes it repeats itself so fast and so ruthlessly that it leaves you out of breath. Think of what’s happening right now: the COVID; the lockdowns, the face masks, the limitations to movements: all that happened in a few months, and the world of last year looks so remote that it could be seen as part of the still ongoing Middle Ages.

And, yet, there is some logic in what has happened. History may surprise you and it usually does (the only sure thing we learn from history is that people never learn from history). But whatever happens in history has a reason to happen. And what we are seeing is not unexpected. We have seen it already, stark clear and unavoidable: it is the militarization trend of a decaying society.

Let’s go back to the Roman Empire, as always the paradigmatic story of a state that preceded us and went through a full cycle of growth and collapse. The Roman world was not so technologically sophisticated, nor so rich as ours, but the basic needs of citizens were the same and the Roman government provided many of them. You may have heard the expression “Panem et Circenses” (bread and circus games). That described two of the services that the Roman state ensured: the shipment of food from Africa to the Roman cities and the various kind of games performed in the amphitheaters.

But there was much more than that. The state built and maintained the roads that connected the different regions of the empire. It built and maintained the aqueducts that carried water to the cities. Then, the main service was security: the government provided an internal justice system that guaranteed a certain degree of social security to the free citizens. The Romans also maintained an urban police (the vigiles) that served also as firefighters. And, of course, the legions were the backbone of the Roman state.

Of course, the Roman state had all the defects that states often have: it tended to harass, oppress, humiliate, rob, and overtax its citizens, But the Romans normally believed that a bad government was much better than no government, so they put up with a lot of stress as long as they could. Unfortunately for them, collapse was unavoidable. As the Empire’s finances declined, the government became unable to pay for the services it had been providing during better times.

The loss of government services in the Roman state was a complicated process that went on for centuries, sometimes gradually and sometimes in bumps. We have evidence that the Roman roads were already decayed so much that they were unusable by the early 5th century. Many aqueducts were in ruin by that time and that probably contributed to the depopulation of large cities: nobody can live in a city without working sewers. The last gladiatorial game in the Colosseum, in Rome, is recorded in 438 CE. Wheat was still shipped to Rome from Africa until ca. 450 AD, but no later than that date. The loss of the supply of food was the last straw that sent the Empire to the dustbin of history a few decades later.

But note an important detail: During the declining phase, the Roman government gave maximum priority to maintaining its military potential intact. The data are incomplete, but the Western Roman troops kept increasing in numbers up to the end of the 3rd century and the sum of the armies of the Western and Eastern Empires kept growing for two more centuries. And to that one has to include the cost of the gigantic defensive walls that must have been a tremendous burden for the state’s finances. As decline continued, the Western Empire was reduced to a giant machine that collected taxes and produced legions.

The result was that the Western Empire was often able to put up a decent fight: even during the final stages of its decline. Just think of the last ragtag Roman army that managed to defeat Attila’s Huns at the battle of the Catalaunian Plains in 451 AD. It was at the same time the last battle and the last victory of the Empire.

Now, let’s move forward of about 1,600 years and we are in our times. The modern Western Empire has many points in common with the old Roman Empire although, of course, the range of services the state provides nowadays is much larger. Just think that the Romans had nothing like our public education system, not our public healthcare service. But, like the Roman state, modern Western states provide food, water, transportation infrastructures, security, and entertainment. And, of course, a heavy military apparatus supposed to defend citizens from external invasions.

Today, the West is in a situation similar to that of the Roman Empire at the start of its declining phase. With the economy declining because of the gradual depletion of natural resources, the Western governments can’t afford anymore to provide the services they had been providing earlier on. You don’t have to think that the imperial elites are especially smart, but they understand perfectly well the difficult situation of the Western Empire: it can keep existing only as long as it manages to exploit resources located in faraway places that are hugely expensive to control. Crude oil in the Middle East is a good example. And they face a giant and growing power: the Eurasian block, much better placed in terms of still available resources within its local sphere of influence.

Right now, the West is still in an aggressive posture in military terms, but the leaders may decide to settle into a defensive position and hold on as long as possible. In either case, the Empire needs enormous amounts of resources to keep alive its overblown and inefficient military system. Because of this, some Western leaders may well be reckless enough to try something desperate, such as attacking Russia (preferably in winter, as it has been fashionable in the past). More easily, these resources can be found by taking them from other sectors of the Western economy. If you like to see the empire as a beast of prey, it is starting to eat itself.

Curiously, it has been the coronavirus crisis that pushed the process to accelerate at an unexpected speed. In less than one year, we saw the collapse or the rapid decline of several infrastructures that we were taking for granted but that the pandemic made obsolete. Note that I am not saying that the virus was engineered on purpose in some military lab — that’s extremely improbable, to say the least. I just mean that the elites of the Western world are an opportunistic predator: they jump on whatever opportunities they can find. And there is no doubt that they exploited the coronavirus crisis to their own maximum advantage.

The first and the most illustrious victim of the virus scare was international mass tourism. The collapse  will probably be irreversible: read any description of what is today to visit Disneyland while wearing masks and keeping distances and you’ll understand why. Mass tourism was unsustainable anyway, but the speed of its fall has been amazing.

Also, the collapse of the civilian airlines is well advanced and of much of the industry that produces private cars. They were all very expensive infrastructures that consumed a lot of resources for little purpose. Their collapses are taking with them the fossil fuel industry, but that’s not a problem for the military. The remaining production can now be re-directed to military uses.

Then, we have the rapid decline of the public education system. It had been already declining for a long time, but the pandemic showed how fragile is a system that costs a lot of money to the state and produces little that’s useful. Do we really need to teach ordinary people how to read and write? They don’t need that to play on TikTok and most of them are too fat to be useful as soldiers. All that we need is highly specialized technologists able to design and build weapons and top-level managers to handle the levers of the government. And that’s where the remaining resources will be concentrated.

How about the healthcare system? That, too, was badly hit and turned out to be desperately ineffective in stemming the first wave of the pandemic. One possible reaction would have been to strengthen the system with a badly needed injection of capital and a re-organization for better efficiency. But it was not done. Here, propaganda played its usual role in convincing people that what’s bad for them is good for them. Have you ever heard a slogan like “fewer tanks and more hospitals?” Can you imagine one of the presidential candidates stating something like that? Of course not.

Propaganda has been able to convince people that, if the healthcare system was unable to manage a problem that never was really overwhelming, it was not because the system was badly mismanaged and turned into a profit-making operation for a few fat catss at the top. No, it was the fault of the people who didn’t wear their face masks or didn’t wear them right. The pen is mightier than the sword when it is used to write propaganda.

And there we are: suddenly we find ourselves rapidly moving along a road that we hadn’t realized we had already taken. The system is moving to a condition that will eventually turn it into a mirror of what once was the Roman empire: a giant machine that collects taxes and produces legions.

And then what? Of course, the Empire will crumble. All empires follow the same path: they bankrupt themselves with excessive military expenses, they are like the fat man of the restaurant scene of the Monty Python (if you haven’t seen it, it is here). And in our case, things will go even faster than in the past because we face not only resource depletion but also the collapse of the ecosystem.

But history goes in cycles: there is no collapse that’s not followed by a rebound. We don’t know exactly what the world after the crash will be like, but after the great binge of fossil fuels is over, and with it the toxic dreams of dominance, we might be able to build a gentler and better world. And may the Goddess help us in this difficult task.



240 Comments on "The militarization of the Western Empire: How the COVID pandemic accelerated the process"

  1. waterpowerman1 on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 2:49 pm 

    History does not repeat but it does rhyme. Caesar has not crossed the Rubicon yet. I don’t think our current great leader is Caesar who was very clever but couldn’t solve the gordian knot of a hung government to mix metaphors.
    Ask me in 3 -4 weeks.
    Allen

  2. zero juan on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 3:10 pm 

    what a stupid sock widdle juanPPee

    waterpowerman1 said History does not repeat but it does rhyme. Caesar…

  3. Theedrich on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 5:24 pm 

    It may not be long now before U.S. death. Yankeeland is corrupt and diseased with self-loathing and guilt, courtesy of the elites.  The political leadership likes to prate about past military glory — above all, about killing those horrid racist, anti-Semitic Whites in Europe.  It never occurs to those same politicians that that same murder of other populations of high culture was the self-defeating end of said glory.  The subsequent Korean War ended in a stalemate, even after slaughtering a third of the North Korean people.  The Vietnam War was lost, despite overwhelming U.S. military superiority, by Marxist agitation metastasizing from inside U.S. universities.  A former American fighter-bomber pilot, who had been stationed in Thailand during that war, told me that he and his comrades had been making daily bombing runs over North Vietnam, but all for naught, because the then president, Lyndon B. Johnson, was transmitting to the Northern Commies (the Viet Cong), through the Swiss embassy, the coordinates of the forthcoming bombing raids.  The result:  zero effect of the bombing, and 50,000 American dead in a lost war.  That is the kind of “leadership” the American democratic government has provided, and continues to provide, to the American nation.  The leaders are all traitors.

    Among other things, the vaunted American Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been corrupt from the beginning.  Its first head, J. Edgar Hoover (after whom its headquarters building is named) was a homosexual who diverted FBI resources away from the Mafia because that syndicate had threatened to expose him as a sexual deviant.  The top ranks of the Bureau have been corrupt ever since, as has been seen even in the recent FBI political efforts to mount a backstage Putsch against President Donald J. Trump.

    Today the Left has launched an onslaught of psychic disease on the core of America:  on the White race.  And that same race, mortally sickened with suicidal Christianity, looks forward to extinction through negrifying “diversity.” 

    A fish rots from the head down.  The U.S. Constitution, despite denials, is a suicide pact.  And despite countless new-fangled weapons, despite unbelievable wealth, despite technology of almost preternatural sophistication and power, the will to live is gone.  The masses demand ever more opiates and an effortless womb-to-tomb lifestyle of ease and comfort.  The ultimate free lunch.  All resulting in the meaninglessness and vapidity of a prettyfied graveyard.

    Meanwhile the leaders who are somnambulistically directing this death march are obsessed with amassing wealth and the power to degrade and destroy the White race by using the self-abasement at the core of Christianity.

    But the idea that an infantile, self-absorbed and self-detesting civilization can thrive on smiley-faced TV propaganda produced by oligarchic Hollywood Yids and race traitors is the extreme in absurdity.  Or that an educational system based on masochism for Whites can stand the test of history, flies in the face of all evolution.

    The day of reckoning is fast approaching.  American democracy and “values” contain the seeds of suicide.  In contrast, the Chinese will to power is on the verge of extinguishing the land of the freebie and the home of the knave.

    Because affluent and obese American psychotics are tired of life.

  4. makati1 on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 6:31 pm 

    The Davos elite are desperate to level the field and, with luck, kill off a billion or so consumers, preferably those who consume the most, Westerners. Asia is already coming back. The West, not so much.

    Always, the author ends with some unicorn farts of hope. Not going to end that way this time. Sorry!

  5. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 8:59 pm 

    That poor horse should get danger pay for having to haul that fat disgusting sack of shit around.

    https://youtu.be/HDYK5SBnVaQ

  6. forbin on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 1:15 am 

    Have you ever heard a slogan like “fewer tanks and more hospitals?”

    yes I have, talk to the Labour Party over here.

    There’s a lot of real Marxist talk -as if the USSR is still with us.

  7. forbin on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 1:29 am 

    re: ” after the great binge of fossil fuels is over, and with it the toxic dreams of dominance, we might be able to build a gentler and better world”

    no , no we won’t . If we means the West then it will be second. If we means China then expect them to be a ruthless nasty master. Ask any of the smaller nations next door to China ( yah, think of North Korea as the template).

    If any of the Afican nations can get their act together like the Zulus did before they met the British ( and thats another tale of luck ) , say Nigeria ( man power alone ) then they will follow their instincts too – nothing peaceful there.

    oh well , dream on .

    or Act

    up to you

  8. makati1 on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 2:23 am 

    forbin, maybe you need an updated education on China and its neighbors? I’m one of them.

    BTW: China does not pirate oil tankers going to another country like Amerika has been doing.

    It has not bombed thousands of men, women and children every month for the last 80+ years, like Amerika has.

    It doesn’t threaten a nuclear war tantrum when it doesn’t get it’s way like Amerika does.

    And on and on. Amerika has kept the world at war for 80 years, time to stop it, NOW!

  9. forbin on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 6:19 am 

    Hello mak,

    I am a student of history . I pointed out that the decline of one imperial power leaves the vaccum for another to take its place.

    Chine suffered when British imperialism was at it hight, I should know having eurasian ancenstry.

    but conclude that one power fades mean another will automatically be benevolant is fooolish.

    take Korea, China used technology to advance its interests: the telegraph, railroad, and Maxim gun were all used to project Chinese power into Korea

    and

    14 May 2014 — China’s most recent attack against its ideological communist ally, Vietnam, is a preview of what the Philippines may expect.

    meet the new boss , same as the old boss.

    Forbin

  10. LANA supertard Kat needs not worry long term he will croak soon after injecting muzz-19 on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 9:05 am 

    So long supertard Kat
    We love you
    We love supremacist muzzies

  11. zero juan on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 9:11 am 

    widdle juan Ppee, everyone knows you LANA is you so stope hiding out like a childish clown. LMFAO @ the fool

    LANA supertard Kat needs not worry long term he will croak soon after injecting muzz-19 said So long supertard Kat We love you We love supremac…

  12. zero davy on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 9:41 am 

    widdle daVvee, everyone knows you zero juan is you so stope hiding out like a childish clown. LOFAO @ the fool

  13. LANA muzz on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 12:00 pm 

    France: Leftist politician says Muslim who beheaded teacher over Muhammad cartoons is ‘sullying religion’

  14. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 12:03 pm 

    Did you guys really think all of Elon Musk Space x was going to mars? Or smoke screen for weapons systems to destroy China and rule the world!

  15. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 9:24 am 

    “American Gothic Horror”
    By James Howard Kunstler

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/10/james-howard-kunstler/american-gothic-horror/

  16. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 9:39 am 

    “No10 hits the panic button over Scots independence surge: Leaked memo by Tory advisers warns PM can’t keep saying No to Sturgeon’s referendum demands urging ministers to ‘placate’ her with MORE powers”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8859445/Leaked-memo-Tory-advisers-reveals-fears-Scots-independence-drive.html

    In vain of course. Sturgeon doesn’t seem to be the person who can be bribed by more power, handed out by London. Instead she can write Scottish history and probably will.

    https://www.euratlas.net/history/europe/1700/index.html

    In 1700, Scotland was still somewhat independent, as it had been since 100 A.D.

    Scotland could be nominated to be the oldest country in Europe.

  17. makati1 on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:32 am 

    JuanP, I think you are disgusting

  18. paultard on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:33 am 

    Juan, we need therapy

  19. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:35 am 

    Juan, we need therapy

  20. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:36 am 

    JuanP, I think you are disgusting

  21. paultard on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:38 am 

    Juan woof woof woof

  22. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:39 am 

    Juan woof woof woof

  23. JuanP on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:43 am 

    paultard, we need therapy

  24. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 10:48 am 

    paultard, we need therapy

  25. paultard on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:04 am 

    I agree with zero Davy you suck juanP

  26. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:08 am 

    I agree with zero Davy you suck juanP

  27. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:15 am 

    I agree with you paultard, JuanP sucks

  28. Davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:20 am 

    I agree with you paultard, JuanP sucks

  29. REAL Green on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:21 am 

    Paultard is us Davy. And so is JuanP.

    luantic

  30. LANA anyone attacking paultard is foolish he has bachelor of arts with concerntration in physics and worte tretiese its beyond dumb to attack him on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:29 am 

    the list of acievement never ends
    for example he is first to call for amputaton o fwitye supeterard thunderf00d atheist scientific supremacist.

    when this whitey supertard went on self imposed quaraitne i said it smelled and demanded immediate amputation

    ask ursel fi someon ewho speaks high british english does he love supremacist muzzies, of course he does

    please love supertard kat
    please love supretard
    please love supremacist muzzies more

    supertard kat will be pumped with muzz-19 which is full of dropout-19 semen he will croak

  31. LANA of courwe we weant to string him up and slice off limbs at the join leaving only a bare body with the head attached on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:34 am 

    he can have ballz and dik intact so we can pee

  32. LANA on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:58 am 

    JuanP sucks

  33. LANA on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 11:59 am 

    I hate juanP

  34. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 12:05 pm 

    JuanP sucks

  35. LANA 4 French students have been detained after a teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was beheaded on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 12:06 pm 

    the drive to delay harvestation of muzz continues
    friend students, how about muzz?

    note the capitalization of the pedifiler of aisha who was 9 years old but he put his scholong in her at 6, or at least just brushing it on her peen which is muzzie teaching

    only master race chinks can harvest master cult muzz

  36. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 12:06 pm 

    I hate juanP

  37. the board on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 12:11 pm 

    zero davy we hate JuanP too

  38. zero juan on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 12:33 pm 

    PPee got his chained pulled and went to moderated side to comment! Victory

  39. LANA is ANAL attacks on paultard will fail because muzz-19 will croak supertard kat without the leader the opposition will dissipate on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 12:53 pm 

    we love you supertard kat

    may you croak well

    muzz-19 has corpious amount o fdropout-19 semen in it

  40. LANA duterte roasted about 6000 druggies the number of top muzz in all western countries is about that easy job to round up and amputate then hold in farms to produce food no work no eat on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 1:00 pm 

    america wont do the hard word
    only one pittance division of chininee troops will harvest top muzz imams and above

    only master race chinks can harvest master cult muzz

  41. LANA While the best-known facts about Loomer are the outrageous and often offensive things she says – like describing Islam as 'a cancer on humanity' – few know about Loomer's private life on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 1:10 pm 

    we have FGM NASTYs in congress
    what’s the harm getting (((supertard))) laura in there to accelerate the harvesting of top muzz imams level and up

    thanks for speaking low english

  42. The Board on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 1:10 pm 

    dddavyppee got his dumbass neuterd and went to the goat pen to cry! Victory!

  43. zero juan on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 1:12 pm 

    Lunatic juanPPee :

    LANA duterte roasted about 6000 druggies the number of top muzz in all western countries is about that easy job to round up and amputate then hold in farms to produce food no work no eat said america wont do the hard word only one pittance di…

    LANA is ANAL attacks on paultard will fail because muzz-19 will croak supertard kat without the leader the opposition will dissipate said we love you supertard kat may you croak well muzz-…

  44. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 1:38 pm 

    zero davy we hate JuanP too

    PPee got his chained pulled and went to moderated side to comment! Victory

    Lunatic juanPPee :

    LANA duterte roasted about 6000 druggies the number of top muzz in all western countries is about that easy job to round up and amputate then hold in farms to produce food no work no eat said america wont do the hard word only one pittance di…

    LANA is ANAL attacks on paultard will fail because muzz-19 will croak supertard kat without the leader the opposition will dissipate said we love you supertard kat may you croak well muzz-…

  45. zero juan on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 2:11 pm 

    Widdle you don’t fool anyone. It’s you

    zero davy said zero davy we hate JuanP too PPee got his chained p…

  46. zero davy on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 2:12 pm 

    Widdle you don’t fool anyone. It’s you

    zero davy said zero davy we hate JuanP too PPee got his chained p…

  47. LANA good move toward direction of global muzz harvesting starting with top muzz France: Interior Minister wants to dissolve ‘anti-Islamophobia’ organization, calls it ‘enemy of the Republic’ on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 2:13 pm 

    when muzz behead muzz are victims
    when NZ happens muzz are victims
    vigils candlelight
    muzz beading will not divide us etc
    wearing head panties to show solidarity with muzz after beheading by muzz

    but this is different

    maybe master race chinese finally teach france real lesson how to harvest muzz?

  48. LANA its all out in the open thousands if not hundred thousands muzz Muslims hail beheading of teacher who showed Muhammad cartoons as heroic: ‘A warning to all critics of Islam’ on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 2:19 pm 

    herd muzz should be harvest on industrial scale starting with top level muzz

  49. LANA ‘inner struggle inner struggle inner struggle’ — Azeris demonstrate in Washington, DC on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 2:21 pm 

    harvesting herd muzz is right thing to do
    learn from 1400 years of history uninterrupted

  50. zero juan on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 2:53 pm 

    Lunatic jaunPpee :

    LANA ‘inner struggle inner struggle inner struggle’ — Azeris demonstrate in Washington, DC said harvesting herd muzz is right thing to do learn fr…

    LANA its all out in the open thousands if not hundred thousands muzz Muslims hail beheading of teacher who showed Muhammad cartoons as heroic: ‘A warning to all critics of Islam’ said herd muzz should be harvest on industrial scale st…

    LANA good move toward direction of global muzz harvesting starting with top muzz France: Interior Minister wants to dissolve ‘anti-Islamophobia’ organization, calls it ‘enemy of the Republic’ said when muzz behead muzz are victims when NZ happens…
    zero davy said Widdle you don’t fool anyone. It’s you zero davy s…

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