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Goodbye to All That: The Demise of Globalization and Imperial Pretensions

Globalization and Imperial Pretensions have been decaying for years; now the tide has turned definitively against them. The Covid-19 pandemic didn’t cause the demise of globalization and Imperial Pretensions; it merely pushed the rickety structures over the edge. It’s human nature to reckon the current trend will continue running more or less forever, and that temporal, contingent structures are permanent. Globalization flourished because a unique set of conditions...

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The Self-Destructive Trajectory of Overly Successful Empires

A recent comment by my friend and colleague Davefairtex on the Roman Empire’s self-destructive civil wars that precipitated the Western Empire’s decline and fall made me rethink what I’ve learned about the Roman Empire in the past few years of reading. Dave’s comment (my paraphrase) described the amazement of neighboring nations that Rome would squander its strength on needless, inconclusive, self-inflicted civil conflicts over which political faction would gain control...

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Chris Hedges On The End Of Empire: “The Death Spiral Appears Unstoppable”

Authored by Chris Hedges via TruthDig.com, The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation and impunity from prosecution for massive acts of financial fraud,...

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The Exit Strategy Of Empire

Authored by Wendy McElroy via The Future of Freedom Foundation, The Roman Empire never doubted that it was the defender of civilization. Its good intentions were peace, law and order. The Spanish Empire added salvation. The British Empire added the noble myth of the white man’s burden. We have added freedom and democracy.   - Garet Garrett, Rise of Empire The first step in creating Empire is to morally justify the invasion and occupation of another nation even if it poses no credible or...

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Gavekal On The Coming Clash Of Empires: Russia’s Role As A Global Game-Changer

Submitted by Charles and Louis-Vincent Gave of Gavekal Research Carthago Est Delenda “Carthage must be destroyed”. Cato the elder would conclude his speeches in the Roman Senate with the admonition that salt should be spread on the ruins of Rome’s rival. Listening to the US media over these summer holidays from Grand Lake, Oklahoma, it is hard to escape the conclusion that most of the American media, and US congress, feels the same way about Russia. Which is odd given that the Cold War...

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There Is Only One Empire: Finance

There’s an entire sub-industry in journalism devoted to the idea that China is poised to replace the U.S. as the “global empire” / hegemon. This notion of global empire being something like a baton that gets passed from nation-state to nation-state is seriously misleading, in my view, for this reason: There is only one global empire: finance. China and the U.S. both exist within the Empire of Finance. Virtually every...

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“In The Footsteps Of Rome” – Is Renewal Possible?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Once the shared memories of these values are lost, the Empire ceases to exist; there is nothing left to reform or renew. Is renewal / recovery from systemic decline possible? The history of the Roman Empire is a potentially insightful place to start looking for answers. As long-time readers know, I've been studying both the Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empires over the past few years. Both Western and Eastern Roman Empires faced...

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How Will The Empire End?

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at It was back in the early 1800's that the Brits left the sodden, miserable shores of their murky island, grabbed their trumpets, tucked their trousers into the socks, and began conquering the world with the cunning use of flags.   Like all good conquerors, they had a backup plan in the event flags didn't work - guns, which - as it turned out - work bloody well. From about 1815 to 1915, our tea-drinking friends were so successful in this endeavour that the...

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How Will The Empire End?

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at It was back in the early 1800's that the Brits left the sodden, miserable shores of their murky island, grabbed their trumpets, tucked their trousers into the socks, and began conquering the world with the cunning use of flags.   Like all good conquerors, they had a backup plan in the event flags didn't work - guns, which - as it turned out - work bloody well. From about 1815 to 1915, our tea-drinking friends were so successful in this endeavour that the...

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An Empire Self-Destructs

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, Empires are built through the creation or acquisition of wealth. The Roman Empire came about through the productivity of its people and its subsequent acquisition of wealth from those that it invaded. The Spanish Empire began with productivity and expanded through the use of its large armada of ships, looting the New World of its gold. The British Empire began through localized productivity and grew through its creation of colonies...

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