The final death of Hail Britannia, Britannia rules the seas: Britain could not reclaim the Falklands if Argentina invades, warns General Sir Michael Jackson. Britain has virtually no navy and worse, no merchant marine. This island nation, unlike Japan, decided to kill off its entire naval history and is now a nation dependent on other naval powers to exist, to eat, to have nearly everything since it barely produces anything at all. It is still a pirate empire with banking scams scattered all over the earth but anyone can invade with little trouble (HINT- HINT). The dying US empire protects the sd remains of this once-vast naval empire.
The US is the world’s biggest naval empire, we earned this via WWII. Yet, even while the WWII vets slowly die off of old age, the US naval empire is teetering on the edge of annihilation and will exit the world stage probably during my own lifetime. While laid up due to the operation on my heel, I read many books. Each one had something to do with the rise and fall of great empires. It became obvious how this process works and why it works.
The US, like a number of great naval empires, grew slowly at first and then very suddenly became absolutely immense due to the collapse of rival empires. In our case, it was the post-WWII collapse of our imperial allies, Britain, France and China so that when we defeated the other rival empires, Germany, Italy and Japan, into the vacuum the US and Soviet empires were suddenly sucked and they nearly split the entire planet’s power structure between them.
Both became very suddenly much, much more powerful and much, much bigger. The struggle for global power between the two winners of WWII was called the Cold War and was seemingly won by the US empire which suddenly became even more bloated. And then promptly keeled over and is now dying rapidly. That is, it is going rapidly bankrupt trying to rule the world.
Last night, for example, I read about King Charles XII of Sweden of Sweden who inherited a good-sized, wealthy empire built during the very violent religious wars of Protestant versus Catholic rulers that made the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries one of the most vicious in European history. Charles XII inherited one of the most advanced military machines at that time. He then used it to meddle in everyone’s affairs and expand his empire.
Being a very good general and extremely energetic, he ran from one victory to the next. His poor people lost family members or never saw husbands or sons as they vanished for years on end while taxes went up or the king sold off future revenues to bankers for cash. The economic welfare of his empire was hollowed out as he became quite addicted to having military solutions to all problems.
Like the US today, he sold off state properties or trade rights or other concessions to fund his endless wars. He finally decided to invade Russia and take Moscow and thus, stop Peter the Great, a very dangerous, smart, and extremely vicious ruler. So he marched rapidly into Russia, shoving Peter’s forces aside until the giant ruler of Russia decided to personally supervise things and then…in typical Russian fashion, he drew King Charles XII deep into the Russian winter which is more vicious than Swedish winters on the southern coast there (due to the vicinity of the warmer ocean) and Charles XII’s poor army froze nearly to death and with spring came the coup-de-grace with Peter annihilating the entire Swedish army except for a handful that escaped into Muslim Ottoman Imperial lands.
Russia then turned around and tore the entire Swedish empire to shreds. It never ever came back and this is another story: many empires, when defeated this way, cease to exist and if they do make a come-back, it takes more than three centuries. All of Sweden’s victories was worthless. All the deaths and spending on war led to Sweden being one of the poorer, weaker countries on the fringe of history.
Let’s go to that perennial empire of delusions, France: at the exact same time the madcap, empire-hungry King of Sweden decided to bash his skull on the walls of the Kremlin, King Louis XIV was the most powerful emperor in mainland Europe. The King of Spain was watching his own empire implode and with the War of the Spanish Succession, Spain became the toy of France, power leaking out of the rotting hull of the Spanish empire.
King Louis XIV had excellent generals, the most modern army and navy in Europe and went from victory to victory and France suddenly swelled in size and the taxes on the people were ferocious and the government was rapidly going bankrupt and the King was a megalomaniac and couldn’t stop and when he died, France teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. The British general, the Duke of Marlborough, was hired by the Dutch traders to take down the King of France and was energetically doing this when the wars were suddenly ended by the King of France’s heir. Or rather, the Duke who ran things during the infancy of the new King of France.
When Peter the Great visited France after King Louis XIV finally keeled over dead, he noted two things: the capital and Versailles were very, very fancy and rich but the peasants were as poor or poorer than his own peasants. He wrote home that this was a very bad thing and Russia should avoid this. But he died relatively young (after beating his own adult son and heir to death, thus leaving a baby as czar who was feeble and helpless!) and the dream of reforming Russia’s economic social systems died, too.
Sudden empires collapse rapidly. All of Louis XIV’s victories led to nothing for France. The huge external empire, like Spain, ceased making the main empire richer since all the good parts were sold off to speculators and toadies so the King could raise arms to fight imperial battles and the gap between the rich and poor yawned like a Grand Canyon leading directly to the French Revolution.
In that situation, Napoleon was identical to the previous King of Sweden: he was a great general and very energetic and power-hungry and he couldn’t stop fighting. Finally, fatally, he decided it was a smart idea to ape the previous King of Sweden and invade Russia. With identical results: total failure. The balloon of imperial pretensions collapsed nearly instantly and all those poor soldiers fighting for France died for nothing.
Empires that grow suddenly can die suddenly. Slow accretion empires tend to have more staying power. If there is a power vacuum, an empire can suddenly bloat with few battles and this means, they don’t go instantly bankrupt but rather, can sail along merrily for an astonishingly long time like say, Britain did. A fair 200+ years as an empire is a fine thing only if that empire has very clever diplomacy and above all, is careful about wild spending and allowing a huge gap between rich and poor.
The income gap problem is huge. No empire lasts very long with very unhappy peasants and with the very rich growing fat and lazy as they suck down everything and live in vast palaces and shut out the cries of the people for mercy and help. A country, an empire like this is easily defeated in war. The weak, demoralized population makes poor soldiers and people who hate their rulers are usually anxious to overturn them.
Economic empires are the same: when a group of people gain control of great power they can either be nice to everyone and insure all are cared for and there is a good society with jobs, industry, good care of the lands, careful stewardship. Or they can loot everyone, refuse to pay taxes for their own military power and make the gap between themselves and the rest of humanity as huge as possible. This ‘greed is good’ method of rule has one end: the guillotine or death at the hands of other empires coming in to loot.
Here is a Video of Argentina’s answer to the British Parliament’s statement that they intend to keep the Falkland Islands forever: Argentina President: Britain is a crass colonial power in decline. She said, terms of this are not negotiable. Mr. Cameron wants the islands to be British territory, ‘Full stop, end of story.’ As if he can stop history. Of course, Britain would demand the US do this for them.
NATO, like the entire EU structure, suddenly doubled in size when the Soviet Union fell. Now, the EU is teetering on the edge of total implosion brought on by simply growing much too fast and…military adventures! Yes, NATO ceased being a defensive operation and has joined the dying US empire in attacking and then invading distant lands all over the planet, nearly all Muslim.
This, in turn, has excited great energy in Muslim populations who hate the Europeans and Americans as infidels and the more NATO slugs these angry Muslims, the madder they get and the more they fight and the battles are now endless, every year, and extremely expensive. And the oil held by these nations is taken off world markets leading to very high energy prices across the board (they all go up together, more or less!) so the economies of ALL the NATO countries is now in greatest distress.
So…what does our Pentagon talk about in hushed whispers? Why, going after…RUSSIA!!!! Talk about insane: Russia warns USA of Nuclear World War 3 over Islamic Republic Of Iran – YouTube
Russia is half the size it was under the Soviet empire model. Its influence is three times smaller than in 1970. But it is much stronger. Russia is no longer going bankrupt. Russia sells energy products so the sudden tremendous rise in the value of energy has made Russia much, much stronger. NATO decided very stupidly to surround Russia with hostile bases after promising not to do this and now Russia is very energetic and angry and we know from history, this will end very badly for Europe.
Then there is China: after paying history’s dues and being exploited, butchered, pounded into the ground and weak for 300 years, China has reorganized itself, had a revolution, like Russia, and then the collapse of the revolution, like Russia and now is stronger than ever before and is growing more powerful each year as both China and Russia pile up credit while NATO goes deeper and deeper into debt. Both will rule the planet in due time and the US hopes to stop them by military means, aka, WWIII using nukes.
This stupid idea can lead to mass destruction of all humanity and then the entire planet has to start from scratch again with the major empires of today being a dangerous nuclear radiated ruin. Naturally, Japan would cease to exist or be habitable. The hundred+ nuclear power plants in Europe and the US will make habitation of both continents very difficult or rather, we will see many odd mutations in these places for a long time.
This is a stupid ending, a dumb solution to economic problems brought about by over-extended empires! When Spain and Portugal suddenly discovered stone age and copper age societies in the New World, they easily overran these and took as many valuable commodity resources as possible, enslaved everyone and then enslaved Africans to work on plantations (as did the English in the Caribbean and North America) and Spain became very rich, decided to fight all over Europe in RELIGIOUS WARS and died thanks to these very stupid wars.
And our Founding Fathers, worried about history’s lessons, tried to avoid all of this with a deliberately divided government. The last thing they wanted was religious warfare! And…they kept slavery so there was this immense gap between rich and poor in the slave states…and this was stupid, too. A disaster that nearly destroyed our country less than 100 years after the Revolution.
And is still a major problem. As we lose the ability to form unions, wages are going down, ‘Right to work’ laws from the former slave states are taking over union states and the US workers are more and more like peasants in imperial France before the French Revolution, Russian workers before the Russian Revolution and we see a pattern here, no?
Not that people at the top can figure this out! They see only victory in the future, and more wealth for them and less for the rest of humanity and frankly, they don’t care to read history or learn harsh lessons from the past. They think they are geniuses who have found a magic way of being extremely powerful and totally greedy. And this is beyond sad, it makes the Goddess of History (aka: the Norns, the Furies and all the other dark, bloody, terrifying goddesses that see the future) extremely amused.
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