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Submitted by Michael of The Economic Collapse blog,

How can anyone not see that the U.S. economy is collapsing all around us?  It just astounds me when people try to tell me that "everything is just fine" and that "things are getting better" in America.  Are there people out there that are really that blind?  If you want to see the economic collapse, just open up your eyes and look around you.  By almost every economic and financial measure, the U.S. economy has been steadily declining for many years.  But most Americans are so tied into "the matrix" that they can only understand the cheerful propaganda that is endlessly being spoon-fed to them by the mainstream media.

As I have said so many times, the economic collapse is not a single event.  The economic collapse has been happening, it is is happening right now, and it will continue to happen.  Yes, there will be times when our decline will be punctuated by moments of great crisis, but that will be the exception rather than the rule.  A lot of people that write about "the economic collapse" hype it up as if it will be some huge "event" that will happen very rapidly and then once it is all over we will rebuild.  Unfortunately, that is not how the real world works.

We are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world, and once it completely bursts there will be no going back to how things were before.  Right now, we are living in a "credit card economy".  As long as we can keep borrowing more money, most people think that things are just fine.  But anyone that has lived on credit cards knows that eventually there comes a point when the game is over, and we are rapidly approaching that point as a nation.

Have you ever been there?  Have you ever desperately hoped that you could just get one more credit card or one more loan so that you could keep things going?

At first, living on credit can be a lot of fun.  You can live a much higher standard of living than you otherwise would be able to.

But inevitably a day of reckoning comes.

If the federal government and the American people were forced at this moment to live within their means, the U.S. economy would immediately plunge into a depression.

That is a 100% rock solid guarantee.

But our politicians and the mainstream media continue to perpetuate the fiction that we can live in this credit card economic fantasy land indefinitely.

And most Americans could not care less about the future.  As long as "things are good" today, they don't really think much about what the future will hold.

As a result of our very foolish short-term thinking, we have now run up a national debt of 16.4 trillion dollars.  It is the largest debt in the history of the world, and it has gotten more than 23 times larger since Jimmy Carter first entered the White House.

The chart that you see below is a recipe for national financial suicide...

U.S. National Debt

Of course things have accelerated over the past four years.  Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the U.S. government has run a budget deficit of well over a trillion dollars every single year, and we have stolen more than 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.

It is the biggest theft of all time.  What we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is beyond criminal.

And now our debt is at a level that most economists would consider terminal.  When Barack Obama first entered the White House, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent.  Today, it is up to 103 percent.

We are officially in "the danger zone".

If things really were "getting better" in America, we would not need to borrow so much money.

Our politicians are stealing from the future in order to make the present look better.  During Obama's first term, the federal government accumulated more debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined.

That is utter insanity!

If you started paying off just the new debt that the U.S. has accumulated during the Obama administration at the rate of one dollar per second, it would take more than 184,000 years to pay it off.

So what is the solution?

Get ready to laugh.

The most prominent economic journalist in the entire country, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, recently suggested the following in an article that he wrote entitled "Kick That Can"...

Realistically, we’re not going to resolve our long-run fiscal issues any time soon, which is O.K. — not ideal, but nothing terrible will happen if we don’t fix everything this year. Meanwhile, we face the imminent threat of severe economic damage from short-term spending cuts.


So we should avoid that damage by kicking the can down the road. It’s the responsible thing to do.

You mean that we might actually do damage to the debt-fueled economic fantasy world that we are living in if we stopped stealing so much money from future generations?

Oh the humanity!

It is horrifying to think that all that one of the "top economic minds" in America can come up with is to "kick the can" down the road some more.

Unfortunately, neither Paul Krugman nor most of the American people understand that our financial system is actually designed to create government debt.

The bankers that helped create the Federal Reserve intended to permanently enslave the U.S. government to a perpetually expanding spiral of debt, and their plans worked.

At this point, the U.S. national debt is more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was first created.

So why don't the American people understand what the Federal Reserve system is doing to us?

It is because most of them are still plugged into the matrix.  A Zero Hedge article that I came across today put it beautifully...

US society in a nutshell: Chris Dorner has been around for a week and has 222 million results on Google; the Federal Reserve has been around for one hundred years and has 187 million results.

If nothing is done about our exploding debt, it is only a matter of time before we reach financial oblivion.

According to Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff, the U.S. government is facing a "present value difference between projected future spending and revenue" of 222 trillion dollars in the years ahead.

So how in the world are we going to come up with an extra 222 trillion dollars?

But it is not just the U.S. government that is drowning in debt.

Just check out this chart which shows the astounding growth of state and local government debt in recent years...

State And Local Government Debt

All over the United States there are state and local governments that are on the verge of bankruptcy.  Just check out what is going on in Detroit.  The only way that most of our state and local governments can keep going at this point is to also "kick the can" down the road some more.

And of course most of the rest of us are drowning in debt as well.

40 years ago, the total amount of debt in the U.S. economic system (government + business + consumer) was less than 2 trillion dollars.

Today, the total amount of debt in the U.S. economic system has grown to more than 55 trillion dollars.

Can anyone say bubble?

The good news is that U.S. GDP is now more than 12 times larger than it was 40 years ago.

The bad news is that the total amount of debt in our financial system is now more than 30 times larger than it was 40 years ago...

Total Credit Market Debt Owed

At the same time that we are going into so much debt, our ability to produce wealth continues to decline.

According to the World Bank, U.S. GDP accounted for 31.8 percent of all global economic activity in 2001.  That number dropped to 21.6 percent in 2011.  That is not just a decline - that is a nightmarish freefall.  Just check out the chart in this article.

We are becoming less competitive as a nation with each passing year.  In fact, the U.S. has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.

Most Americans don't understand this, but the United States buys far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us each year.  In 2012, we had a trade deficit of more than 500 billion dollars with the rest of the world.

That means that more than 500 billion dollars that could have gone to U.S. workers and U.S. businesses went out of the country instead.

So how does our country survive if hundreds of billions of dollars more is flowing out of the country than is flowing into it?

Well, to make up the shortfall we go to the countries that we sent our money to and we beg them to lend it back to us.  If that doesn't work, we just print and borrow even more money.

Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.

That is 8 trillion dollars that could have saved U.S. businesses, paid the salaries of U.S. workers and that would have helped fund government.

But instead, our foolish policies have greatly enriched China and the oil barons of the Middle East.

Sadly, politicians from both political parties continue to boldly support the one world economic agenda of the global elite.

Just consider how destructive many of these "free trade" deals have been to our economy...

When NAFTA was pushed through Congress in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.

By 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.

Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6 million dollars (million with a little "m") for the entire year.

In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars.  That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.

In particular, our trade with China is extremely unbalanced.  Today, U.S. consumers spend approximately 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that Chinese consumers spend on goods and services from the United States.

But isn't getting cheap stuff from China good?

No, because it costs us good paying jobs.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the United States is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

Overall, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.  During 2010, manufacturing facilities in the United States were shutting down at a rate of 23 per day.  How can anyone say that "things are getting better" when our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted?

The truth is that there are never going to be enough jobs in America ever again, because millions of our jobs are being sent overseas and millions of our jobs are being lost to technology.

You won't hear this on the news, but the percentage of the civilian labor force in the United States that is employed has been steadily declining every single year since 2006.

Younger workers have been hit particularly hard.  In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent.  Today, the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent.

If you are under the age of 30 and you aren't living with your parents, there is a really good chance that you are living in poverty.  If you can believe it, U.S. families that have a head of household that is under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

Our economy has been steadily bleeding huge numbers of middle class jobs, and many of those jobs have been replaced by low paying jobs in recent years.

According to one study, 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

And at this point, an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

Oh, but "things are getting better", right?

Maybe if you live on Wall Street or if you are an employee of the federal government.

But for most families this economic decline has been a total nightmare.  Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years.  Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

Sometimes people forget how good things were about a decade ago.  About three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as were sold in 2012.

But we like to live in denial.

In fact, a lot of families are trying to keep up their standards of living by going into tremendous amounts of debt.

Back in 1983, the bottom 95 percent of all income earners in the United States had 62 cents of debt for every dollar that they earned.  By 2007, that figure had soared to $1.48.

Fake it until you make it, right?

But how much debt can our system possibly handle?

Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

Total credit card debt in the United States is now more than 8 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

We are a nation that is completely addicted to debt, but as the financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated, all of that debt can have horrific consequences.

As the economy has slowed in recent years, the Federal Reserve has decided that "the solution" is to recklessly print money in an attempt to get the debt spiral cranked up again.

Have they gone overboard?  You be the judge...

Monetary Base 2013

And of course this won't have any affect on the value of the money that you have been saving up all these years right?


Every single dollar that you own is continually losing value...

Purchasing Power Of The Dollar

Overall, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.

As the cost of living continues to go up and wages continue to go down, millions of American families have fallen out of the middle class and into poverty.

If you can believe it, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

But "things are getting better", right?

Incredibly, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  This is the first time that has ever happened in our history.

But "things are getting better", right?

There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

But "things are getting better", right?

In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

But "things are getting better", right?

Today, more Americans than ever have found themselves forced to turn to the federal government for help.

Overall, the federal government runs nearly 80 different "means-tested welfare programs", and at this point more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one of them.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

So is it a good sign or a bad sign that the percentage of Americans that are financially dependent on the federal government is at an all-time high?

And in future years the number of Americans that are receiving benefits from the federal government is projected to absolutely skyrocket.

Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.  It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

If you take a look at Medicare, things are very more sobering.

As I wrote recently, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

At this point, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.  That comes to approximately $328,404 for every single household in the United States.

Are you ready to contribute your share?

Social Security is a complete and total nightmare as well.

Right now, there are approximately 56 million Americans collecting Social Security benefits.

By 2035, that number is projected to soar to an astounding 91 million.

Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.

Oh, but don't worry because "things are getting better", right?

I honestly do not know how anyone can look at the numbers above and come to the conclusion that the economy is in good shape.

We have accumulated the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, our economic infrastructure is being gutted, we are bleeding good jobs, government dependence is at an all-time high and we are getting poorer as a nation with each passing day.

But other than that, everything is rainbows and lollipops, right?

If you want to see the economic collapse, just open up your eyes.

And if dramatic changes are not made quickly, things are going to get much, much worse from here.

Please share this article with as many people as possible.  Time is quickly running out and there are a whole lot of people out there that we need to wake up while we still can.

The Economic Collapse Is Happening


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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 19:35 | 3235061 deKevelioc
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As a US citizen, living in Morocco, I may able to get a Moroccan passport and residency.  Why do I feel like a Filipino?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 19:46 | 3235062 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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And that includes everyone's favorite company Apple. Check out this state media socialist hit piece on them.

Apple Inc. came under attack Thursday from an influential investor for its practice of stockpiling cash. Its hoard totaled $137 billion at the end of last year, and it keeps growing.

Corporations normally don't hoard cash the way Apple does. They keep enough around for immediate needs, and either invest the rest in their operations or dole it out to shareholders in the form of dividends or stock buybacks. If they need more cash for, say, an acquisition, they borrow it.

Apple has never explained why it is salting away so much cash -other than to say the company is preserving its options.

 The money belongs to shareholders, so Apple is limited in what it can legally do with it.

 Leaving legality aside, here are some things Apple could do with $137 billion:


So we've set up the up the fact Apple is bad for saving (hoarding) money so therefore we are entitled to it. Legally wise it belongs to the shareholders but that is lie since legality aside; Owning stock means owning stock, nothing more, there are different types of stock which bestow different privileges (e.g. common stock gives voting rights, preferred stock gives dividend rights, etc.), creditors trump shareholders and not all shareholders are equal – majority shareholders might have more say than minority shareholders.

Now for the puke inducing propaganda.

-Give every American a check for $437.

-Buy 213 million iPhones at the average wholesale price, enough for every American who lives east of the Mississippi River, plus Texas.

 -Based on market value at Thursday's close, Apple could acquire Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn, Netflix, Pandora, Research In Motion (Blackberry), Yahoo, Yelp, Zillow and Zynga -and have more than $2 billion left to spare.

 -Create a stack of dollar bills 9,300 miles high, 38 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station.

-Buy 100,000 luxury Manhattan apartments, enough to house the population of Omaha.

-Foot the bill for U.S. federal spending on education for two years.

-Give every Apple employee a bonus of $1.7 million.

-Provide shareholders with a one-time dividend of $145 per share. (The stock closed Thursday at $456.95)


Every single priority and tactic is layed out there in the fabian socialist playbook. Read the language and the subtle digs at all things pro capitalist and people like Warren Buffett. And this is the organization from which alot of MSM media outlets source their stories along with smaller local media outlets.

To prove a point check out this boot licker of a local news source.

They take it and destroy any sort of pretense with the rewording of the title of the article.

How Apple could share the wealth.


I really could care less about Apple but when you see stuff like this you know the fun is starting to ramp up.... Fun times ahead. Just don't run out of coffee.
This scene sums up everything from Airplane.


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:57 | 3235261 Moe Howard
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I think apple should blow the cash on hookers and blow.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 19:43 | 3235072 Chippewa Partners
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As a Drexel Burnham Lambert salesman in the 80's in LaJolla, the LaJolla landlord that controls a vast swath of Prospect Street is a bitch to deal with.  Most LaJolla residents  don't shop on Prospect Street, that's for the wanna-be's and tourists. Is there  a better place for ocean swimming year around?   Or sitting above the Cove with liquor drink in hand waiting for the big reset? 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 19:45 | 3235077 Herdee
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Let them all devalue as much as they want,it's good for precious metals and farmland.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:00 | 3235109 TNTARG
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And other commodities.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 19:50 | 3235088 Black Markets
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American workers are slackers. That is the source of their problem.


In Asia workers average 2,200 hours per year. In the US workers average a pedestrian 1,700 hours a year.


Stop clocking off early and your economy will recover. Americans simply lack the work ethic to keep their jobs from migrating to more deserving people overseas.


If you want to save your economy you need to do 3 hours of unpaid overtime every day, if you don't want to do that then stop complaining that people who are prepared to do that are taking your jobs.


The world doesn't care for the charity demanded by the pathetic American workers (closet socialists), who want to work half a day and think they deserve a job.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:08 | 3235120 TheMerryPrankster
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Passive income works 24/7/365.

are we not all capitalist comrade?

The battle to the bottom is digging your own grave, there will always be someone willing to work longer for less.

You only get ahead by working less for more.

Debt serfdom is about selling your future, but capitalism is about selling your present. and passive income is about selling your past.

nice bit of trolling though.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:28 | 3235172 Parrotile
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Unfortunately the "Work Smarter not Harder" mantra seems (in reality) to translate to "Work Harder (and now be expected to provide "Added Value" services to your employer) for no added cost to your employer.

"Because times are hard you know, and there's no money available for pay rises for you, and the productive workforce"

(funny, then, when there seems to be plenty of spare cash to pay significant bonuses to non-executive Directors in the same Companies . . .)

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:48 | 3235232 Manipuflation
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Krugman states, "The answer is no — given the state of our economy, this is a uniquely bad time for austerity."

What?  I thought we are supposed to be in the midst of an epic full blown economic recovery?  Aww, fuck it, we need a reboot of the system anyway and the sooner the better because I do not want to leave this basket full of economic dogshit to my children if possible.  My only request is that I get to spend the freshly printed money first.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:55 | 3235252 Bear
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"credit card economic fantasy land indefinitely" = my wife is so happy that I've told her about ...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:58 | 3235258 Tango in the Blight
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Paul Krugman's favorite song:

D:Ream "Things can only get better"

This was also Tony B. Liar's campaign song in 1997.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:04 | 3235279 JohnFrodo
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Krugman is not stupid and he is not idelogical, he works in a fantasy world, and he reports back what he sees

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:59 | 3235268 JohnFrodo
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Your arguments might have some place in reality, but that is not the world we live in. Countries have gone bankrupt before, look at Japan today with 200% GDP debt. Math does not apply when it comes to economics.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:05 | 3235274 Atomizer
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Do you know what is going to be a RIOT? Watching the pure horror of iPhone users reaction to the State of the Union address tomorrow evening. We warned you, now your smartphone data mining has profiled you as a potential terrorist.  


How Raytheon software tracks you online


On a positive note, we will be able to track our public servant activities. Just watch panic ensue. ;)

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:07 | 3235292 snblitz
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The system is not collapsing.  It has been intentionally under-mined by various people, mostly those in power.

Jobs are leaving or have left the US because of

  • Minimum wage laws (we made it cheaper to hire foreign labor)
  • Health & Safety standards (we made it cheaper to hire abroad)
  • Regulations (we made it cheaper to operate abroad)
  • Educational Quality & Cost (we lowered the quality of an education while making it more expensive)
  • Our elected officials have indirect interests in foreign companies
  • Liability Law (Tort) has increased the cost of doing business in the US

If you could get the government and its restrictive policies out of the way, we would be doing quite a bit better.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:15 | 3235318 snblitz
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** Everyone** has known **forever**  that once debt grows beyond a certain point **no one** intends to repay it. 

Read your history, debt jubilees are pretty regular occurances, either though government decree or a currency collapse.

Do you know how to tell when a debt jubilee is coming?

Exponential spending.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:18 | 3235328 silverdragon
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The sad reality for America is that China is its savior. When China declares its 10 or 20,000 tonne of Gold the renminbi becomes the world currency. Any currency not backed up by something tangible gets rejected. The US doesn't get to run a trade/budget defecit. The process of fixing America, which may take a few decades, then starts.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 22:10 | 3235421 Radical Marijuana
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Of course I agreed with this article. However, I think it is impossible to overstate how bad the situation actually is ...

"What we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is beyond criminal. ... That is utter insanity!"

True enough, but we have not seen anything yet, and there seems not the slightest sign of any possible realistic solutions, other than continuing to have exponential overshoot towards collapses into chaos.

In my view, the IRONY is what we are seeing is the perfection of the universe unfolding as it must. We are witnessing what happens when the best organized gangs of criminals are able to take control of the government, while the vast majority of people do not understand that, and do not want to understand that. Since the processes that made War King then made Fraud King, our money system IS backed by murder, and our debt controls ARE backed by the death controls. Furthermore, those realities are absolutely necessary, and no human reality could exist otherwise outside of that basic perception of the actual facts regarding our situation.

We are not only transferring more and more debts onto future generations, we are also deferring more and more of the associated deaths onto future generations, because those two are inseparable. Ironically, the ONLY actual solutions to our problems would be to operate better murder systems now, rather than defer the accumulating consequences of runaway, out-of-control, murders in the future. Of course, that is what we will NOT do, at least not now.  We will keep on "kicking the can" on and on and on down the road, for as long as we can, while the debt insanity gets worse and worse, and therefore, the final consequences of the wars and martial law that will cause get worse and worse.

I suppose about the only way to justify that is if one somehow believes that some natural megadisasters are going to trump all human concerns, and wipe us all out anyway, first. Otherwise, what we are doing IS more than criminal, and utter insanity!

However, the only theoretical solutions are paradoxical, because AFTER one thoroughly and fully faces that fact that our social system is being controlled through the methodical application of the principles of organized crime, THEN, to propose sane solutions, consistent with that analysis, is to propose better applications of the principles of organized crime. It must be to propose better murder systems, doing better death controls. It is NOT to propose the impossible that there be no such systems, or that we should somehow miraculously stop reality from being reality.

What I ALWAYS find with articles like this, and every other similar article that I have ever read, is that they spend at least 90% of the time doing good analysis of the problems, and then, in the last 10% they ignore what their analysis has revealed, in order to propose miraculous bullshit "solutions."

OF COURSE, "if dramatic changes are not made quickly, things are going to get much, much worse from here."  However, that has been true in America for more than a Century already, and true about the British Empire for Centuries, and true about Neolithic civilization for millennia! The best organized systems of lies, backed by violence, have been taking over and controlling things more and more for a very long, long time! The force backed frauds have been on an exponential growth curve of development throughout all of human history.

American history has merely been riding that exponential growth curve into the New World and the New World Order.

The problem with articles like this, and their general ilk, is that they correctly demonstrate that the runaway triumph of a fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting system is insane, and therefore, should be corrected, however, the notions regarding those "corrections" tend to always ignore what the real problems are! The theoretical solutions should be profound paradigm changes in political science, which then result in systematic differences in the perceived and acted upon political solutions.

We should go through a few more turns with respect to understanding what has been happening. Our problems were FIRST governments taken over by the application of the methods of organized crime, which SECOND, became so triumphant because that was not understood, because THIRD, human realities are ALWAYS organized lies, operating organized robberies.

What I find presented by authors like the one in this article, as well as practically every other I have ever read, are the following varieties of options:

The mainstream authors deliberately refuse to face the obvious facts that our society has been taken over the best organized gangs of criminals. The mainstream authors simply continue to recycle the old biggest bullies' bullshit, which is becoming more and more obviously false, to more and more people, as the exponential growth of the debt insanity numbers become automatically more overwhelming! Although the majority of people appear still blindly brainwashed to believe in that bullshit, most Zero Hedge readers have already moved on beyond believing in that. Those who DO move past believing in the old-fashioned biggest bullies' bullshit then could move on to different stages of possible deeper alternative understandings.

One group of alternative authors achieve the FIRST level of understanding, but then propose various non sequiturs with respect to the SECOND. That is, they reveal that our government has been taken over by the best organized gang of criminals, but then they propose that, IF more people understood that, then we could somehow stop that from being the case.

Basically, so far, I have found practically ZERO understanding of the THIRD stage on Zero Hedge, or anywhere else that I am aware of. In my view, the THIRD stage of understanding requires going beyond employing false fundamental dichotomies to distinguish between organized crime versus government. The THIRD stage is to propose solutions which are consistent with the FIRST and SECOND stages, which are that our government has been taken over by organized crime.

The only genuine solutions require accepting that government IS organized crime, and then attempting to evolve better dynamic equilibria between the various systems of organized lies, operating organized robberies, with specific concern for the most extreme manifestation of that, which are those death controls done by murder systems.

As I said, the perfection of the universe as a whole is already unfolding as it must. However, that means that the excessive triumph of the current runaway financial frauds will keep on pumping up bigger bubbles, which booms will then go bust more spectacularly than ever before! Perhaps, IF we survive through that, we may finally develop a better understanding of the unitary mechanisms at work, and so, stop proposing impossible ideals as the "solutions."

What I like to do, although it seems to be nothing but an intellectual exercise for my own amusement, is propose theoretical solutions which continue to be consistent with the original analysis of the problems. Namely, I repeat, the problems are due to organized crime taking control of governments, and therefore, the only good solutions are for better organized crimes to take control of the government. That is the only actual path through which there can be a greater use of information and higher consciousness about human realities. All the other paths, which require false fundamental dichotomies, with impossible ideals somehow becoming realized, will continue to be sterile dead ends, that automatically backfire badly, and continue to make the opposite happen in the real world.

All of these political imperatives, with respect to the military and money systems, and everything else in between, are being driven by progress in every other domain of science and technology, except human sciences, where deceits and self-deceptions are still almost totally triumphant. What I am theoretically proposing are solutions which are consistent with the rest of our current understandings of energy systems. However, since the established current systems are based on the triumphs of organized crime, taking control of governments, and then hiding that behind bogus bullshit, indeed, "Nobel prize winning" bullshit, moving through the THREE STAGES I have outlined above, at present, appears practically impossible, since it is so extremely difficult and dangerous to actually provide better organized crimes, to provide better governments. To do that would require enough people understand that!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 22:53 | 3235483 Atomizer
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The name Radical Marijuana and being here for 24 weeks 6 days explains a lot. Either learn quickly or take the Burn Notice path. The choice is yours. Blows you a kiss.

Tell someone that your post was a disaster. Telemarketers are more convincing. Do you feel your ass puckering?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:49 | 3235792 Radical Marijuana
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Atomizer, I find your comment to be meaningless and irrelevant.

I was reading Zero Hedge for a couple years before I decided to amuse myself by posting comments. As well, I have read numerous articles before on the Economic Collapse Web site. Furthermore, I have been specializing in studying the relationships between the monetary system, and the funding of the political processes, for several decades, including conducting major court cases regarding those issues.

The manifest insanity of a fiat money system having NOTHING able to relate it to the natural environment got me motivated to look more into why and how that system became so totally insane! I have been researching the answers for decades. My little post above was another summary of my conclusions in that respect. Given that background, I repeat that your comment seems quite irrelevant, although its irreverance amused me a little.

As far as the "Radical Marijuana" goes, that is the short name of the fringe political party that I have managed to maintain as a registered party in Canada for a decade, so far ... That cannabis was criminalized is the single simplest symbol, and the most extreme particular example, of the general pattern of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence. A "Radical Marijuana" view is that it is BECAUSE hemp is the single best plant on the planet for people that the law asserted that "marijuana is almost as bad as murder."

The monetary system driving debt slavery towards debt insanity is, of course, a far more complicated problem, as well as many orders of magnitude more important. However, both marijuana laws and monetary laws are basically similar things, driven by the same people. It is ALL debt slavery, backed by wars based on deceits. It is ALL a fascist police state being created to serve the interests of a fascist plutocracy.

If one does the research, one will discover that the money which was behind alcohol prohibition, and the drug wars, came from the banksters, and their buddies, because they are the supreme organized criminals, that benefit from every evil thing that they can possibly do. Follow the money, and especially follow the money to ITS SOURCE, is the way to understand our civilization. Follow the money through the funding of the political processes, and one follows the feedback loops that enabled the profits from frauds to be reinvested in more frauds.

However, like I implied in my earlier post, the most reasonable expectation for the future is the same as the one made in the article above that provoked it. The most probable futures are to watch the criminal insanities that control our civilization automatically get worse, faster. As far as I know, there is nothing that I, nor anyone else, can actually do about that but wait. I merely pass my time thinking about that, attempting to understand what is probably going to murder me, because that sort of matters. However, nothing I can possibly do could prevent, nor adequately prepare for, those most probable futures ...

I publish my comments as flaming arrows, shot in the dark, hoping to hit a fuse to ignite some series of political miracles. Of course, I do NOT believe that will actually happen. However, I can not think of anything else to do instead that has any more practical chances of being worthwhile.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:34 | 3235598 Lordflin
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Well... I owe nary a dime to anyone... Boy am I going to feel like a sucker when the great default comes... Would like to think I own my farm too... But seems I am forced to rent it from the government.

In any event, we don't have time for an economic collapse... We have a revolution to attend to first.

On the other hand, we don't have time for revolution as we have a world war to get too.

Afterwards it probably won't matter so much what we use for money, or how much of it we owe...

Come to think of it, I need to take out a loan... Not certain why I ever made the decision to live within my means...

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