Since this seems to be generating a lot of discussion, here’s my take on how our world ends: Not with a bang, but a whimper.
There will be no revolution, only confused guerrilla violence between hostile ethnic groups — “Yugoslavia on steroids,” as Pickle Rick puts it. I doubt any but a massive, nearly instantaneous economic collapse will cause widespread, major, tanks-rolling, air-strikes violence. I’ve been predicting national socialism — small n, small s, but definitely featuring the secret police and marching armbands — here in America for going on a decade now (seriously – check the archives!). I foresee a slow(-ish) motion collapse of the economy, to which “nationalize everything!” will be the knee-jerk response. It’ll even be the knee-jerk reaction of white people; it’s the default response of Enrichment-Americans, who love them some big government in direct proportion to their inability to operate one.
That’s not to say there won’t be lots of widespread minor violence, though, with lots of rural areas rapidly becoming “Indian country” to La Presidenta por Vida Ocasio-Cortez’s mercenaries. The problem there, though, is lack of leadership. I need to clarify what I mean by this. Here’s contrariandutchman:
You dont need leaders to have a (civil) war. Indeed, usuallyt takes having great leaders to -avoid- major (civil) war.
An Otto von Bismarck could for 2 generations avoid major war in Europe, and by extension the world, while also mostly keeping the peace at home despite severe social stresses in a rapidly industrializing and urbanizing society with deep religious divisions. Lesser men then fumbled their way into a massive war and revolutions they didn’t want yet didn’t know how to avoid….
…And lets not forget that before the US civil war Robert Lee was noted as a competent officer but he had never commanded anything larger then a regiment, and that not even in battle. The civil war allowed his talent as a general to show, without it he would have remained a colonel, respected by his fellow officers but forgotten to history. Today there are no doubt men in the US who similarly have talents that can only be revealed when the hour has arrived.
I agree (with qualifications) with the first part, disagree with the second. The qualifications to the first part: Europeans clearly wanted a major war, just as Americans in the 1850s were openly longing for a civil war. They didn’t like the war they got, of course, but there’s a reason that the Zeus of the Copybook Headings is: “Be careful what you wish for.” A towering statesman like Bismarck could hold back the tide for a few years, a few decades even, but it was going to happen soon enough, for the reasons CD cites — rapid industrialization and urbanization. No American leader was at Bismarck’s level — the best we could do was Stephen A. Douglas, who prevented the war breaking out in 1850, only to be the proximate cause of it breaking out in 1854.
(That’s the usual pattern with these things. Absent very strong, Bismarckian leadership at the top, hair-splitting weasels like Stephen Douglas take functional control of the government. Britain bumbled into umpteen wars and crises when Dizzy and Gladstone were out of office (and lots more when they were, alas). Look at Current Year America — Donald Trump is the President, but it’s pretty clear that our real rulers are Adam Schiff, Peter Strzok, and a few Hawaiian judges).
Speaking of Schiff, Strzok, and the Hon. Tyne E. Bubbles, they’re the reason that the crisis will a) happen sooner than anyone thinks, and b) be dumber than anyone can possibly imagine. These people are terrifyingly stupid. It’s obvious, for example, that Schiff planned this whole “impeachment” farce around the assumption that Trump wouldn’t release the transcript. Actually, it’s worse that that — the idea that Trump could release the transcript never even crossed his tiny little mind. It just struck him as a good idea in the moment, and just… kinda… went with it. And he’s a fucking Mensa member compared to the likes of AOC, who is merely the vanguard of the Marching Morons. Compared to the Democrats’ bench, Dwayne Hector Elizondo Mountain Dew Camacho is Bismarck.
My guess as to the actual precipitating event — some minor civil disturbance followed by a gross, and grossly stupid, overreaction by La Presidenta por Vida’s security forces. As I (and Pickle Rick, and others) have said many times, at least your old-school panzer commander was qualified to command a panzer. Today all our tanks are crewed by 5’2″, 200 lb lesbians cosplaying as Erika von Mannstein. Imagine Karen, who insists on speaking to the manager, has heavy artillery and air strikes at her disposal. That’s America’s brave new gays, girls, and trannies armed forces… if not now, then by next week. Get between one of these psychotic hose beasts and her double-whip, extra-hot, foamy soy frappucino latte, and hello Tiananmen Square.
Such is my qualified agreement to the first part. As for the second — “the Civil War brought talented guys to the fore” — that’s my point: There are no talented guys out there. None under age 40, anyway, and precious few who aren’t eligible for social security. The younger generation is too pozzed, too iCrap-addled and soy-enfeebled, to produce any kind of leadership. La Presidenta por Vida’s security forces will get their asses handed to them every time they venture into Indian Country…. provided the Indians are still stocked with Metamucil, and only so long as their mobility scooters can outrun a dyke-commanded panzer.
The only flashpoints of serious violence, I argue, will be in the inner cities. Pickle Rick wagers “that Jamal and Tre [will] be eating each other inside a week after the Piggly Wiggly runs out of malt liquor and canned food,” and I agree. Remember that horribly, horribly racist story going around after Hurricane Katrina, that the homies were cooking and eating each other inside the Superdome? There’s a reason that rumor got around. Black people know better than anyone what will happen to them if Whitey isn’t around to keep the lights on. They’re quite open about it. It truly would not surprise me to hear that, after President Warren’s Green whatever tax brings the world economy to a crashing halt and the food riots start, Col. Karen of the 101st Bitchy Haircut Brigade ordered a nuclear strike on Baltimore. That’ll teach ’em to get uppity.
So… yeah. The future? Imagine an Ugg Boot stamping on a White face, forever.Loading Likes...