The Next Empire – :Part Two
From Doug Casey’s Internationalman.com. http://www.internationalman.com/articles/the-next-empire
Ah yes, the great economic savior, Warfare. This country has historically turned to our military industrial complex to solve our economic and political problems until now, none of our leader can see any other way.
Wars are expensive. They cost money use up other national resources. Wars are destructive of capital and human resources. They are disruptive of trade, resource availability, and labor management. war generally impedes economic development and undermines prosperity. Large wars constitute severe shocks to the economies of participating countries but long wars decimated the economies.
We have been at war too long. Our empire is collapsing.
Warfare is often the death knell of a declining empire—both in its extreme financial cost and in its ability to alienate the peoples of other countries. In the new millennium, the US has invaded more countries than at any other time in its history and appears now to be in a state of perpetual warfare. This is being carried out both militarily and economically, as the US imposes economic sanctions on those it seeks to conquer.
This effort has become so threatening to the world that other major powers, even if they do not have a history of being allies, are now coming together to counter the US.
The US is encouraged in its effort by an unnatural alliance between the countries of Europe. Although Europe is made up of many small countries, often with dramatically differing cultures, who have bickered with each other for centuries, the European Union has cobbled them together into an ill-conceived “United States of Europe.”
Although the relatively new EU is already clearly stumbling and is on the verge of fragmenting, their leaders are desperately attempting to hold the unlikely alliance together with the help of the US. Meanwhile, the other major powers of the world are going full steam ahead to ensure that, when the US and EU reach their Waterloo, the rest of the world will carry on independently of the dying empire.
They are not merely waiting along the sidelines for the collapse to come, awaiting their turn at the top of the pecking-order. They are actively preparing their position to, as seamlessly as possible, take the baton at a run.
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