The Revolutionary Wave

Raimondo reflects on the events transpiring in the Middle East.

The revolutionary wave now sweeping the world will not exempt America, in spite of the myth of “American exceptionalism.” We cannot and will not be excepted from the iron laws of economics, which mandate that you can’t consume more than you produce – no matter how many Federal Reserve notes (otherwise known as “money”) you print.

The implications for US foreign policy are radical, and unsettling. While the decline and fall of the Roman Empire occurred over centuries of decay and degeneration, the process as it unfolds in America is likely to occur with what, in terms of human history, appears to be lightning speed. As our allies and satraps fall, one by one, across the Middle East and Europe, their fate prefigures our own.

Before we start cheering this world revolution as the salvation of us all, however, it ought to be remembered that revolutionary regimes often turn out to be worse than the tyrannies they’ve overthrown. There’s no telling what direction these political insurgencies will take, either in the Middle  East or in America. As a negative example,  recall the ideologies that arose in the 1930s in the wake of the Great Depression — German National Socialism, Italian Fascism, and Eurasian Bolshevism – and be forewarned. On a more positive note, here in the United States, at least, the possibilities are more balanced, although the dangers should not be underestimated.

What we are in for, finally, is a radical realignment of power, a vast shift that will break up the political landscape of every country on earth and shatter all the old assumptions. That old Chinese fortune-cookie curse, “May you live in interesting times,” is about to come true.

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  1. How can we help minimize the complications of this transition that seems inevitable? This is where all of my political interest is focused right now. What are people likely to need as this occurs?

  2. Well, I’d like to think those questions are what this blogsite is about.

    A big issue is whether the process of disintegration will be a gradual one, or whether it will come about through sudden collapse. The former would be easier to deal with, of course. The ideas that tendencies like ARV/ATS, SVR, NATA-NY, BANA, AltRight, Mises Institute, Lakotah Republic, etc. promote are supposed to be about handling these questions as they become more pertinent. I would say the core ideas should be to build an alternative infrastructure where people can go about meeting their own needs, and creating dialogue and strategic alliances among groups who don’t necessarily agree on much other than the need to avoid chaos when the system finally goes the way of the Soviet Union. It’s up to all of us to organize such efforts as the ground level, of course, and I don’t mean just us personally as the participants on this blog but people from all over the place who understand these problems.

    If something like this could get organized on the ground, it might also be helpful to gain the recognition of well-known public figures who are sensible and competent (e.g. folks of the caliber of Ron Paul or Nader, for instance) who might encourage their audiences to look our way when the time comes.

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