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Submitted by Dmirty Orlov via The Burning Platform blog,

Nomenclature means a lot to our pride. People take offense if they are told they are living in a collapsed culture. Collapsed implies over. Collapsed implies hopeless. Collapsed implies that we have failed. But at some point we have to look at people like my angry friend and admit that we are failing—on many, many levels. My friend was once a middle-class woman with a college degree and a profession. She raised children on her own after her husband died. And as she tried to push forward, her career started moving backwards. And then somehow, eventually, it came to a point where she was willing to do work of questionable legality to pay her bills and keep a roof over her head. The horror that awaited her if she were to became homeless was arguably much worse than the controlled environment of the massage parlor, even taking into account the occasional police raids.

Our culture is such that half of Americans probably think “If the money is good, so what?” There is no thought given to the proper way to live and to relate to people. There is no thought given to what such work does to the soul of this woman. The American thinking process jumps to the bottom line of the financial transaction, and declares victory if cash has changed hands. The woman is “richer” so for them she is better off. These same people see the American economy as rebounding. People are spending. Some people are getting rich. What’s the problem?

When everything is calculated in a purely financial light, we start to lose any sense of decency or community. I saw the end result of this process when I recently visited Philadelphia to look at properties. There are houses there under $10,000. While checking out the neighborhoods where these properties are, I made an astounding observation. Almost every block in these neighborhoods has at least one abandoned home. These homes are impossible to miss because of the state of disrepair they were in: porches or parts of roofs are literally collapsed. As if there could be any question as to their status, the city posts large warning signs when boarding them up. The visually offensive chartreuse or neon orange signs warn that “trespassers” could end up spending two years in jail. I wondered which the city had more of—abandoned houses or homeless families. Sadly, I actually saw an occasional homeless person wander through the area. I was tempted to go purchase them some tools and hardhats, and organize a take-over of abandoned buildings by the homeless.

I got in contact a friend who is well-connected in Philadelphia politics. I pressed him with the obvious question: shouldn’t the city be teaching the homeless how to fix up these abandoned eyesores that litter the urban landscape? His answer was a resounding “No.” Apparently the city has to protect the rights of property owners, who are hoping to turn a profit on these places. I wondered what kind of financial alchemy could possibly turn a profit on ugly houses in depressed neighborhoods that are in need of serious labor. It must have something to do with “quantitative easing.”

At one point during my Philadelphia adventure I walked toward an old abandoned factory which, in a better city, would have been turned into hipster lofts, and I saw a bookstore. I was overjoyed. The bookstore seemed like a beacon of light in this dark ghetto—right until I got close enough to read what was painted in huge letters on its wall. “We ship to prisons! Ask inside.” I didn’t. I already knew these clever people were doing very brisk business. In the early 2000s I would occasionally volunteer for Books Through Bars, an organization that sent donated books to the incarcerated. Back then jailed people seemed somehow more distant. As the end of the decade approached and I returned to America after living abroad, the prison system seemed much closer. I lived with my mother temporarily, and I would ride the bus to work. Every day, on the bus, I heard men loudly discussing their parole officers on their cellphones. What I might have overheard whispered in hushed voices in my childhood was now a subject the transit riding public could hear about loud and clear, whether they wanted to or not. Nor did the women seem any more reticent, as they discussed what they were planning to do with their food stamps and benefit money. Even if I wore earplugs I would not have been able to avoid hearing these people, or smelling the drugs they occasionally lit in the back of the bus.

All life seemed to revolve around the trifecta of prisons, handouts and drugs. Every few days a van would park directly in front of our house before visiting “friends” across the street. “What are they doing?” asked my mother angrily. “Dealing drugs,” I would explain flatly. Based on their shiny new van, the dealers were certainly doing better than I was. I was waiting to be credentialed as a doctor, and worried about being unable to afford my bus rides to work. They were making so much money they could eat endless restaurant-cooked meals in their van and leave the trash on my mother’s front lawn. “I don’t know why the police don’t do something about the fact… they are littering, LITTERING!!” my mother would start screaming indignantly. “The police are in on the action,” I informed her.

On a recent trip home I noticed that the drug delivery van has left the neighborhood. I wondered whether it was a sign of the times getting better or worse. Are they getting better prices somewhere else? Have drugs finally become an item for the middle class? Had the neighborhood demographics tipped it toward prescription drug abuse? Sadly, one of the least probable possibilities is that the police had actually done their job.

When looking at a country as large and complex as the USA, one can make any number of contradictory assertions and still be factually correct. The economy doing extremely well, and the economy is going to hell. One need look no farther than the banking industry to figure that out: the banks are bankrupt and require bail-outs; the banks are doing well and making healthy profits. American banks are in every way typical of American corporations: they are corrupt, reliant on the government to subsidize and support them, and produce mind-boggling riches for those that run them. At the bottom of the bank hierarchy are the tellers. The polite, well dressed tellers wear conservative new clothes and jewelry. They exude the kind of stability and class that reflects well on the banks. Yet about a third of them earn little enough to qualify for public assistance. They have joined the ranks of retail workers, restaurant workers, hotel workers and other service industry personnel who must rely on the welfare system in order to work. I suspect they will be joined by more and more recent college graduates who can not actually earn a positive sum after subtracting their student loan payments.

But rest assured that from each and every payment or delinquency notice or collection activity someone somewhere is making a profit. In this economy every action is monetized, even our very socializing. As you randomly clicked around the Internet to find this article, you generated income for tech companies. At some point, as every last penny was pushed or pulled out of your pocket, you began shifting from consumer to producer: you became a prosumer… and the machine that is American capitalism milked more profit still from your existence. Your eyeballs and clicks generated income based on some strange calculations by marketers. American-style capitalism now has you in debt and producing for it even as you consume, but that is now a middle class privilege, and no one is forcing people to make these choices.

At the bottom of the food chain are the forced producers. Those people are so broke that they have become superfluous to the normative economy. They seem to be channeled in one way or another into the prison system, where they become the ultimate producers. Their very bodies create profits for prison corporations simply by existing in prisons, while their arguably forced labor is compelled at pennies on the dollar to produce cheap consumer goods. The American economy seems to be succeeding at monetizing everything while producing fewer and fewer goods or services of any real value to anyone but a few rich people profiting off the entire system.

America’s political economy has changed incrementally enough that many people have not noticed what is really happening. It’s over for most of us. You can call it collapse, or you can call it restructuring. You can even call it a recovery. But you can not call it sustainable, or pleasant. The overall trajectory is toward decline, decay, destitution…

I’m sure some dyed-in-the-wool patriots will be angered or confused by this article. They may live in a safe, posh area of a city or a suburb, and see none of the decay I observed. Or perhaps, based on some vague ideas they heard at the university, they can guess that this different America is a place into which I have been redlined by my ethnicity. They can’t yet see that the fact that they can, for the time being, shield themselves so completely from this other America is a symptom of our problem—which is going to become their problem. There is little sense of a larger American community where people care for their fellow citizens.

But then no one seems particularly concerned with the plight of the doomed, and perhaps no one ever was. So what is the fundamental shift that is happening—one that we could call “collapse”? Well personally, if I look at myself as a black American, I’m not really in a culture of depression or collapse. It’s just more of the same, and in some ways things have never looked better. Arguably the issue that really has some people upset is the increasing equality—albeit an equality of suffering. Now that middle class success is no longer achievable for many young middle class white people, who are being called “the lost generation,” everyone can suddenly see what the rest of us have been complaining about for decades. This collapse is the collapse of dreams, hopes and expectations, not an obvious one like the collapse of the currency or the government. And if you have no hopes or dreams, and your expectations are sufficiently low, then you might not even be aware of it.

A really painful and obvious collapse isn’t in anyone’s interest, not even the people suffering under the unjust rule of America’s empire. The USA admits to a military presence in a staggering number of countries, and many middle class young people in all of these countries sit around in cafés cursing American imperialism. In reality, while the end of America might mean fewer drone strikes and assaults on the sovereignty of other nations, it might also mean misery and death for the emerging global middle class—the very class that supports the young global intellectuals who whine about the injustice of this arrangement. For the time being, what is really in everyone’s interest, here and abroad, is to keep playing along. Collapse? What collapse? We all have to keep pretending everything is fine, or things will get even worse quickly - for us. But if things are continuing to get worse for us in any case…

 


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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:17 | Link to Comment cyberseer
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lol this guy keeps talking about collapse after most of what he said was proven wrong last 5 years. I actually commented on his blog that if he wants to find a collapse all he has to do is look at Europe which has been collapsing for 100 years in terms of global share of GDP, power, culture, demographics, everything. He deleted my comment without responding.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:46 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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The more that people understand that the worldwide party is over the better.  It is up to each of us alone to assure our future, and those of any of our children.

No help will come from .gov.  .gov does not care about you.  NO ONE cares about you.  

You must take care of yourself and yours.  Consider starting with gold.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:50 | Link to Comment cyberseer
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oh no! i'm scared now

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 07:07 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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But where comes the idea from that government is there  to care for you?

It's not in the constitution if you want to know.

It's the people who must care for the nation. And when they do, the nation is strong.

All the rest is socialist talk that destroys a country.

And lazy bastards vote for socialist.

And Obama is a socialist. So if you voted for him... yep... you just didn't realize it yet...

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 02:22 | Link to Comment Rantabulous
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"most of what he has said has been proven wrong"...? "most"?

i know he has made errors - and to my knowledge has acknowledged them on his blog - but "most" seems not correct to me.

i am not a 'doomer' or Orlov "fan" but i am DEEPLY concerned about issues i believe coming to the fore during this decade and i find many of his ideas very interesting and reasonable.

i don't know how you could defend this position. i would be interested to read an elaboration. 

thanks in advance.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 07:06 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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If you think Europe is in a complete collapse, I invite you to come to Belgium.

I have American bosses who came over last week from Philladelphia. Their mouths dropped to the ground when they saw what kind of cars we drive and what kind of houses we live in.

Our living standards are about 5 times that of a American on average.

 

So I don't understand why you guys want to really believe Europe is so bad. Does it make you feel better?

If it does, you shouldn't come over because you'll feel very bad.

Sure we have problems, but all of them are luxery related.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT WITH YOUNGSTERS BETWEEN 18 AND 25 IS SO HIGH....!!!

yeah... that's because most of them go to college and university and of the remaining 2%, 25% doesn't feel like doing anything.

If you want work, you'll get work and it will pay good.

But what is good? Well, it won't be 5000 euro's when you come out of school.

You'll have to work, and you'll have to work hard. But you'll get a 2500 to 3000 euro sallary in return for a starter.

And you won't see the trailers and RV's you see in America over here.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 07:47 | Link to Comment BigJim
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You're in Belgium, though, are you not? Centre of the EU ponzi?

There are plenty of places in Europe (particularly the South) where things are genuinely bad, and getting worse.

That said... what many economic statistics fail to take into account is that our standards of living are falling from unprecedentedly high levels. 50 years ago, outside toilets were the norm across much of europe.

Things would need to get a lot, LOT worse before we'd be back to how things were 100 years ago... and you only have to look around to see that, although we all have material aspirations, they don't seem to bring much happiness.

But if you have a certain amount of capital, and hope to retire comfortably, then it pays to be aware of what's going on and why... and who is going to be trying to chisel it out of you, and how.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:40 | Link to Comment hidingfromhelis
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Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.  That's pretty much what it takes for anyone to believe it nowadays.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:52 | Link to Comment Beam Me Up Scotty
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Beer goggles for everyone!!!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:38 | Link to Comment Gunga
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Each of us, our only chance is to save our local economies. Patronize locally owned shops, restaurants and stores. If we don't start keeping our money in our local economies we will all whither on the vine.
Starve the multinational beasts that seek to enslave us.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:42 | Link to Comment BigJim
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Damn! I was going to come over and eat at one of your neighbourhood restaurants, but it seems I'm obliged to eat closer to home.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:56 | Link to Comment Mr Pink
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Did he say HIS local restaurants? Dick

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 07:50 | Link to Comment BigJim
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Smoot-Hawley fan, eh?

Presumably, though, you don't have any objections to foreigners buying YOUR products and services?

Did he say HIS local restaurants? Dick

LOL, thanks for making my point for me.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:03 | Link to Comment Zero Point
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Nice one Gunga!

Here's something I like to do:

Instead of giving your friends Chinese plastic shit for christmas, buy them services from a local business.

We give things like, house cleaning, massages, meals, car services...

Easier to buy too, just make a few calls from your local business directory.

A shit load easier than navigating the local mall at Christmas time.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:04 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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"De-Nial" ain't just a river in Egypt!

"Blue Pill"/"Red Pill" we have choices...

My compliments to you on this post.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:57 | Link to Comment DOGGONE
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To those who can get their heads out into the light, see our track records here:
The Public Be Suckered
http://patrick.net/forum/?p=1230886

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:59 | Link to Comment stormsailor
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at the end of the article it seems to turn into an anti-white rant.  bad news is from about 77 to now everything equal education, experience, etc. etc.  one particular race wins out every single time in a job interview, particularly by large corporations or government jobs.  and when i said equal above that really isn't a true statement.  for one could have a degree from anywhere, the other candidate from a highly accredited institution, one could blow out corporate or job test and the other not pass and that is equal.  one could be turned down because of their lack of diversity.

 

so cry me a river, and when no job gets doen properly, and all the supervisors are incompetant and they run out of people to be held down to do "their" work and it all collapses.  i will dance in the rubble and celebrate their affirmative action and pc diversity.

 

this country has allowed every loser to get a trophy for so long that any original idea or thought is bought up or quashed and your politics determine your outcome even if it drags every single hard working conscientious person down the ladder until they are positioned below the lowest in our society that are financed by our own hard work, so that they can shit on us too.  

 

burn baby burn.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 21:47 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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burn baby burn...

Your sentiments are for the most part correct.

The only thing I might add is that the gross negligence, incompetence and corruption, lest I forget (deranged and delusional) behavior of the individuals we place in high office that make the decisions for us that you are referring to, also have unfortunately a substantial military presence that undeniably will continue to be used without restraint to extort the wealth of those Nations who are either less than willing or uncooperative in choosing our "club" as the ONLY alternative.

Since we always seem to run a familiar pattern for our own self-destruction in different epochs throughout our history because we seem to like it that way, I think the best outcome and I've said this before is to have that civil war in this Country "again" where every American is at each other's throats to decide that new epoch hopefully the next time without a Central Bank. 

At least in this way the rest of the World will be left alone for a change and it won't be our "gun and holster" doing the talking!

 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 21:21 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of
envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:00 | Link to Comment smacker
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The political process of transforming (so-called) western democracies from wealthy societies full of hope, aspirations and exciting plans for the future, to impoverished, ground down, obedient tax slaves overflowing with hopelessness and despair is happening as we stand on the sidelines and watch.

If the ruling elites - the politico-financial-complex - achieve this subjugation of humanity without mass uprisings, revolution and violence, it will indeed be a testament to what we have allowed ourselves to become. We will get everything we deserve.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:07 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Good post, but I disagree that there will not be uprisings. Try another 'Waco' on us and watch the locals stream the internet with PROOF of the bullshit the .gov will officially say. Then we'll have our Waterloo, or the battle of Midway.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 23:40 | Link to Comment PeakOil
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No absolute requirement for violence, just route around the motherfuckers. Let the status quo lapse into obscurity.

Emergent Networks: http://greatestinstruments.net/breaking-down-the-pyramids-that-govern-pa...

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 06:10 | Link to Comment smacker
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Maybe. But the evidence over the last 20 years or so is that the ruling elites - aka government and its criminal allies in the corporate and financial sctors - who have enormous power and control over the violent State forces in society (police, SWAT para-militaries, DHS and ultimately the military itself) are increasingly prepared to use them against their own people to stay in power and to continue plundering the national reserves of wealth etc.

It's an incremental step-by-step process designed not to scare the horses and it uses countless false flags to justify them. Witness Obama's repeated attempts to disarm America. Witness the many laws that now describe all opposition as terrorism. Witness the intimidating searches we have to go thru at airports. In the UK one only has to express an understanding of motives for terrorism in a public place to have committed a criminal offence.

It's difficult to know when people will say "Enough is Enough".

Trying to by-pass that organised force and to operate outside of the matrix that they are creating becomes ever more difficult and it is really an attempt to disassociate oneself from what's going on. Opting out cannot succeed and it is becoming ever more difficult as the tentacles of The State encroach into every nook & cranny of our lives and society. Opting out only delays the day when the criminal State will have to be confronted in a final showdown. The longer it's left, the harder it becomes.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:00 | Link to Comment starman
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my grandfather used to say , dont ever follow a blind man for they not know where the roads lead.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:42 | Link to Comment QQQBall
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Your grandfather was a douche and you obviously are too.  I can see the decay in LA potholes; the stench on garbage day and litter everywhere. The popo and Chp officers are simply revenue generators with a gun. On the toll road in OC, CHP used to sit at the top of the hill - that's kinda fair. Now, they sit at the bottom of steep grades where your car can coast 80 mph. I was in Pomona recentl yand every cop during the morning commute had a radar gun and was sitting in a blind spot. Look at the USSR, it kept going until it didn't. Read Shock Doctine - things kinda evolve and then it really changes and fast. Its now easier and more enjoyable to drive from SOCAL to Sacramento than to get finger-banged & groped at the airport. Just stop flying when you don't have to and watch things change. There is a big difference between someone who cannot see and someone who is blind. 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 22:21 | Link to Comment starman
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Hey QQQball 

go fuck your family then shove a shotgun up your ass and see if your big toe can reach the trigger! 

ps fuckyourself as well ! 

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:05 | Link to Comment AvoidingTaxation
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Same in Switzerland. For your security my ass. And fees are huge. Kinda, like taxing average folks that are just being... fast?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:09 | Link to Comment Greenskeeper_Carl
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for the average person on the street, things are great. the dollar still buys lots of stuff, and if you are out of work, the govt will take care of you. dont see why this guy has to bring race into it. the african american culture was taken in by the likes of al sharpton and jackson, who are nothing but hustlers who tell minorities its not their fault, blame whitey. the whole middle class white people thing is bullshit, who gives a fuck what color their skin is. certainly not the people at the top. we have a (half) black president, who is a sock puppet for bankers and the MIC, and his whole time in office has been a study in how to enrich the top .01% at the expense of the rest of the world, which goes to show you, skin color doesnt matter, as long as you toe the line. All young people in this country are now burdened with an unpayable debt which will hang around our necks, no matter what color your skin. the collapse of our society, which is happening, will continue, because as long as the frog is slowly boiled, it wont notice. there will be no big black swan moment, because we can probably slowly be boiled for the next decade, and not 1 in a thousand will notice.

 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:13 | Link to Comment The Heart
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Looks like all this hoo-ha distractionary blah blah is only geared towards the final rip off of the American People by the banksters that own the US govt, and all the rest of the minions of hell they all are. This has to be the most insane farked up movie we are all stuck in. Like being seat belted to a train that is fast going off the cliff with no other recourse because of the gosh darn CORRUPTION AND BLATANT CRIMINALITY!!!!!!!! (really angry)

The reset is coming. Economic chaos and martial law slammed down harshly like in nazi germany to be sure every soul is forced to accept the new fascist/communist/socialist/zionist/babylonian/nazi banksteronian horrors that are coming. The revaluation/great-rip-off might happen early next year. The killing of the American People using the economic weapons of mass death will commence amid all the distractions and false flag events that are all planned, so as to implement totalitarian control of the masses of starving Americans. Prolly what the fed bankster puppets are discussing.

For fun and entertainment purposes, take a look at what ol Lindsey Williams has to say here in this video that was just released. Take it all with a few grains of gold, and then share it if you feel it worthy.

Global Currency Reset:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytP2wzwhR_Y

 

 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:14 | Link to Comment The Wisp
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The System is Rigged.. You were Expecting maybe a Fair Fight.. Get Real, & Use your Head

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:24 | Link to Comment q99x2
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We know exactly what's going on and we are arming everyone, even our pets, in preparation to give a big 1776 globalist party. Go long tar and feathers.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:31 | Link to Comment algol_dog
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Anybody know what time Snooki & JWoww starts tonight?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:27 | Link to Comment Vendetta
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I see nothing good that is trending in the US except every year it seems more people wake up from their consumer based coma but it is far from significant enough to make the political system change its ways.  The one political and judicial constant has been the drive toward globalization and all the ideologies (Milton Freidman-an economic quack) associated with it

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 21:23 | Link to Comment notquantumdum
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It's easy to predict a collapse [they eventually always occur].

It's much more challenging to estimate their timing.

After all, it's, relatively, just as easy to "invest" in a price collapse as a bubble.  ['Just a matter of [lucky, if not good] timing.]

Don't tell me what; tell me when!

(PS -- the "why" which I inferred from this article seems at least somewhat flaky to me.)

(PPSS -- call me old-fashioned, naive, or just plain ignorant; but I always assumed that if one legally made a profit trading a financial security, one did so ONLY by providing value to their fellow traders in the trading community [just like it appears to be, everywhere else in the economy, sans fraud].  ['Buy when there is too much selling interest; sell when there is too much buying interest.  'Give a better price to those on the losing end of the trade.]  That may not be the case anymore in the new normal -- assuming it ever was.)

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:58 | Link to Comment Dagny Taggart
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The first paragraph from the original post of this article was left out in the above re-posting. Adds a bit more perspective to the piece IMO.

http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2013/12/american-collapse-recovery-or-what...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 22:13 | Link to Comment acetinker
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No shit!  I was thinking; So Dmitry Orlov is black?  His "friend" is a streetwalker? (not that there's anything wrong with that, per se, but an odd choice of example)  WTF?

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 01:16 | Link to Comment acetinker
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BTW, I've been meaning to tell you this for awhile- unfortunately, I don't see you very often.  Even though you are a fictional character, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOU and wanna have your babies.  Your brother should'a been aborted, though.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 08:00 | Link to Comment BigJim
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 The first paragraph from the original post of this article was left out in the above re-posting.

Thanks... I guess we all should have done a bit of digging because the article didn't make too much sense without the missing beginning.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:59 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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Exactly what 'Rules of Acquisition" state that we should care for our fellow men?

 

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 00:00 | Link to Comment Little Boots
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keep blaming capitialism...the property owner in this case is the city of philadelphia

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/us/philadephia-hopes-a-land-bank-will-...

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 05:07 | Link to Comment Not_Sure
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The economy is like pornography. It all looks good, has great presentation and ultimately draws you in but, when you pull back the curtain, behind the scenes is slavery, drug use, greed, disease and decay. If you're a pimp or director with a casting couch, you are living well.....for the moment. If you're the one on the sexual treadmill, you just keep waiting for the doctors diagnosis that tells you it's all coming to an end.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 08:07 | Link to Comment BigJim
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 behind the scenes is slavery, drug use, greed, disease and decay.

Sounds like life in general to me.

The word 'slavery' is bandied about too freely IMHO. Choosing to become a sex worker because the risk/rewards are more to your tastes than other ways of adding value is not 'slavery'.

Are there some instances of actual 'slavery' in the sex industry? I'm sure there is... but that's because our present legislation makes it very hard for the people involved in prostitution to get the legal protection enjoyed by those in other professions.

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