The process underway is unique in human history. Never before have the economies of the world been so developed, interconnected or, more to the point, moneyless.
We have had major economic collapses before, but they were isolated events. Egypt, Greece, Rome and many others all disappeared into the annals of history. There was a terrible period of struggle and readjustment, but gradually, over the course of the centuries, progress and prosperity resumed.
Upon the regularity of these failures, along with other observations, have been built theories of cycles and ‘turnings’ and other ways of predicting the future. Whilst it is certainly true that the past is instructive, it cannot be construed as a manual for the future. The circumstances that now blight our world have no precedent. No staring into the entrails of history can give a clear view of the catastrophe that is coming; though it can be calming to believe so.
We are dying a death brought about by the marriage of technology to governments. Governments of one hue or another have always blighted people, but they were largely ineffective and easily ignored by people of even modest intelligence.
Today, money has been withdrawn from circulation and replaced with debt notes. Simultaneously, technology has empowered governments to a dangerously destructive degree. Nutty legislation has always been with us, but the surveillance state now has the power to enforce worldwide compliance. That is the difference, and that is what is killing our civilization.
It is no longer just a ‘Western’ Civilization. A vigorous capitalism spread and brought prosperity wherever it evaded the tentacles of governments. Now, the leprous plague of socialism infects the whole world.
Evasion is no longer possible and hope for the future resides only in those areas that are currently thought of a fairly primitive – and isolated. They have the veneer and some of the trappings of civilization, but their economies are not joined at the hip with the rest of the world. It is only here that there is a chance that free people can again utilise money to gradually build a new civilization.
People build civilizations; governments destroy them. The cost of the destruction of this one will be billions of deaths and millennia of savagery. Only a return to circulating money can reverse the trend and enforce a desperately needed discipline on our profligate governments. But time is running out.