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Kunstler: "Welcome To The Era Of Failed States"

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Submitted by James H. Kunstler of Kunstler.com,

So, now we are threatening to start World War Three because Russia is trying to control the chaos in a failed state on its border — a state that our own government spooks provoked into failure? The last time I checked, there was a list of countries that the USA had sent troops, armed ships, and aircraft into recently, and for reasons similar to Russia’s in Crimea: the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, none of them even anywhere close to American soil. I don’t remember Russia threatening confrontations with the USA over these adventures.

The phones at the White House and the congressional offices ought to be ringing off the hook with angry US citizens objecting to the posturing of our elected officials. There ought to be crowds with bobbing placards in Farragut Square reminding the occupant of 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue how ridiculous this makes us look.

The saber-rattlers at The New York Times were sounding like the promoters of a World Wrestling Federation stunt Monday morning when they said in a Page One story:

“The Russian occupation of Crimea has challenged Mr. Obama as has no other international crisis, and at its heart, the advice seemed to pose the same question: Is Mr. Obama tough enough to take on the former K.G.B. colonel in the Kremlin?”

Are they out of their chicken-hawk minds over there? It sounds like a ploy out of the old Eric Berne playbook: Let’s You and Him Fight. What the USA and its European factotums ought to do is mind their own business and stop issuing idle threats. They set the scene for the Ukrainian melt-down by trying to tilt the government their way, financing a pro-Euroland revolt, only to see their sponsored proxy dissidents give way to a claque of armed neo-Nazis, whose first official act was to outlaw the use of the Russian language in a country with millions of long-established Russian-speakers. This is apart, of course, from the fact Ukraine had been until very recently a province of Russia’s former Soviet empire.

Secretary of State John Kerry — a haircut in search of a brain — is winging to Kiev tomorrow to pretend that the USA has a direct interest in what happens there. Since US behavior is so patently hypocritical, it raises the pretty basic question: what are our motives? I don’t think they amount to anything more than international grandstanding — based on the delusion that we have the power and the right to control everything on the planet, which is based, in turn, on our current mood of extreme insecurity as our own ongoing spate of bad choices sets the table for a banquet of consequences.

America can’t even manage its own affairs. We ignore our own gathering energy crisis, telling ourselves the fairy tale that shale oil will allow us to keep driving to WalMart forever. We paper over all of our financial degeneracy and wink at financial criminals. Our infrastructure is falling apart. We’re constructing an edifice of surveillance and social control that would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels turn green in his grave with envy while we squander our dwindling political capital on stupid gender confusion battles.

The Russians, on the other hand, have every right to protect their interests along their own border, to protect the persons and property of Russian-speaking Ukrainians who, not long ago, were citizens of a greater Russia, to discourage neo-Nazi activity in their back-yard, and most of all to try to stabilize a region that has little history and experience with independence. They also have to contend with the bankruptcy of Ukraine, which may be the principal cause of its current crack-up. Ukraine is deep in hock to Russia, but also to a network of Western banks, and it remains to be seen whether the failure of these linked obligations will lead to contagion throughout the global financial system. It only takes one additional falling snowflake to push a snow-field into criticality.

Welcome to the era of failed states. We’ve already seen plenty of action around the world and we’re going to see more as resource and capital scarcities drive down standards of living and lower the trust horizon. The world is not going in the direction that Tom Friedman and the globalists thought. Anything organized at the giant scale is now in trouble, nation-states in particular.  The USA is not immune to this trend, whatever we imagine about ourselves for now. 

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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:16 | 4503125 Deathrips
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When the state acts on its own behalf at the sacrifice of the peoples "natural rights", we the people are fucked.


 No Shit Sherlock.




Edit: I wouldn't trust Obama to clean shit off my shoe, hes not qualified.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:19 | 4503165 Arius
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obama is perhaps the best El presidente this country ever had ... but again you cant see that can you???

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:23 | 4503187 Dark_Horse
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The difference in a failed state might only be the lack of guidance and the proper spin.


Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:27 | 4503224 GoldSilverDoc
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Maybe we'll all get lucky, and our "state" will "fail" (as they always do, eventually, being based on fraud, force, criminality, and theft) too.

Hope springs eternal. 

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:40 | 4503268 jbvtme
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:16 | 4503468 AchtungAffen
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Yeah, they're called Underground Reptilians and Al Gore is one of them...

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:00 | 4503667 Flakmeister
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Lyndon Larouche is the go to guy for details...

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:30 | 4503819 W74
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American doesn't need external enemies.  We have plenty here at home eroding our culture, morals, values, and social cohesion.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:54 | 4503986 Gromit
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I'm OK with the idea of a failed State as long as I continue to receive my pension and benefits that I'm entitled to.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:28 | 4503229 GoldSilverDoc
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Maybe we'll all get lucky, and our "state" too will "fail" (as they always do, eventually, being based on fraud, force, criminality, and theft).

Hope springs eternal. 

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:33 | 4503252 NoDebt
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Wait, what did you say?  

Knap.  I woke up from my afternoon knap.  

Why are you putting so much emphasis on the 'k'?


Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:47 | 4503300 SWRichmond
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maybe it has to do with knegative rates

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:29 | 4503525 TheReplacement
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I really don't Know anything about that but know is a good time for a knap. 

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 22:37 | 4504846 N2OJoe
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That flint wont knap itself you know.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:58 | 4503363 oddjob
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That's on a kneed to know basis.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:41 | 4504197 Tapeworm
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maybe he makes flint arrowheads

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:24 | 4503196 jbvtme
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us states are ignoring marijuana laws, health care laws, gun control laws...maybe he's got a point

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:12 | 4503719 Things that go bump
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They can pass any law they like, you know. If a law is really unpopular, enforcing it is another matter. Enough people have to agree with a law that is passed to make it actually enforcable. They've weighed us down with so much unneccessary legislation how is it surpising that they are seeing pushback? I expect to see more pushback as time goes on, not less. As they see their power slipping away I expect the grasping efforts at control to increase - more surveillance, more regulations, more nannyism. I'm surprised they even trust us to raise our own children.  

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 21:40 | 4504572 Things that go bump
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Shades of Brave New World, now thats frightening. I had no idea they were floating such a suggestion on MSNBC that the state raise children in state-run creches because children belong to their community. Apparently, it didn't play very well. I knew it wouldn't be very long before they started looking at this option. I'm sure they would prefer more intensive indoctrination of their potential populace. While they are at it, I'm sure they'll want a breeding program too.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:19 | 4503306 Deathrips
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You forgot your /sarc/ tag. I hope. If not, let me clarify.


Obama, Romney, Bushes, Billary etc are all statists acting in their own personal interest. They have no fiduciary to the people, and that is treason. They work for the wealth extractors of the world.


Your laughable claim of O'boy "obama is perhaps the best El presidente this country ever had", shows the depth to which the left/right paradigm is embedded in your conscious. As they (both sides) burn your wood, eat your food, fuck your women and steal the fruits of your labor, you stand clapping. Sounds like Stockholm syndrome to me buddy.




EDIT: Fuck the serial junker!! The people taking responsibility for the actions of their representatives, is the solution. Roll Guillotines.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:02 | 4503390 TheMeatTrapper
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Exactly why is Obama the best president we've ever had? 

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:16 | 4503736 Things that go bump
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Because its sure to get a rise here and cause a lot of pissing and moaning that is off topic? 

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:24 | 4503499 Brit_Abroad
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Hey Arius

either be a bit more blatant or use the sarc tag okay


Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:38 | 4503565 lincis
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go hme you're drunk

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:23 | 4503785 FeralSerf
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"obama is perhaps the best El presidente this country ever had . . ."

Is that "El presidente" a reference to his banana republic dictator qualities? If so, I can see that.

Maybe we should start calling him "Papa Barack" (rhymes with "doc"), eh?

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 22:42 | 4504790 BraveSirRobin
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"There ought to be crowds with bobbing placards in Farragut Square reminding the occupant of 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue how ridiculous this makes us look."

According to Real Estate records, 1400 Pennsylvania Ave is a 513 square foot 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom condo unit. See the picture here. I think he will be very puzzeled by these protests.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:19 | 4503166 knukles
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Tom Freidman is an asshole

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:22 | 4503189 Buckaroo Banzai
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So is Tom Friedman.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:49 | 4503312 Looney
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So is Tom Frieidman.  ;-)


Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:26 | 4503215 Chuck Knoblauch
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Another Zionist with an Israeli passport.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:18 | 4503477 AchtungAffen
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I already have 2 passports. A third one from Israel wouldn't hurt. You never know when you have to flee your country.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:49 | 4503619 Big Corked Boots
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The rest of 'us' will have to stand and fight.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:59 | 4503664 Rafferty
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"You never know when you have to flee your country."


Depends what you mean by 'your' country.  Most of the dual citizens we have in mind don't, IMO, see America as 'their' country.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:26 | 4503795 FeralSerf
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If an Israeli passport is good enough for Kunstler . . .

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:20 | 4503171 SelfGov
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If you stop walking on politicians and economists you'll stop getting your shoes full of shit.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:04 | 4503690 all-priced-in
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You are wrong - Obama is qualified to clean shit.



Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:13 | 4503128 marathonman
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Well we could only hope for a failed (police) state in the good ole' US of A.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:14 | 4503131 TeamDepends
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As long as the big screen that maxed-out our final credit-card gets here in time so that we can watch this unfold live, with commentary by Becky Quick, all is well.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:28 | 4503226 hangemhigh77
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Isn't she scheduled to blow uncle warren buffrat this week?

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:14 | 4503461 olenumbersix
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Saw her at lunch today she looked like she had just been laid, hair a mess and a strange look on her face. hmmmmmm

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:15 | 4503465 earleflorida
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i turn on sqawk box every morning just to see what ms. becky is wearing.

if it's a white satin outfit or off-white top, i watch the entire segment!

she is so fucking HoT in white!!!

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:15 | 4503732 all-priced-in
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Seema Mody  

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:21 | 4503768 earleflorida
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that will do... that will do just fine

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:14 | 4503134 medium giraffe
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Franz Ferdinand.  Any spark will do at a pinch.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:21 | 4503176 Dark_Horse
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and sparks don't care which side they come from.


Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:02 | 4503680 Rafferty
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Or land on......

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:15 | 4503138 sixsigma cygnus...
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At this point, I think most would agree that Obama wouldn't even have been qualified to be Otto Von Bismarck's towel boy, contrary to what the MSM is trying to spin.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:16 | 4503143 Hulk
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Kunstler is spot on...

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:33 | 4503249 Rainman
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Gender and racially confused Murikans rock on. If you brown and gay there is a future for you in the USSA !!

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