Dmitry Orlov posted
Cultural Collapse is in the Lead
Twelve years ago, way back in 2006, I was invited to speak at an energy
conference in Manhattan, held at Cooper Union. It was the first talk I
ever gave on the topic. The entire transcript and slides are still
available here. My thesis was (and remains to this day) that the USSR
was much better prepared to survive collapse than the USA is, or ever
If you aren’t familiar with this talk, perhaps you should take a look at
it first. Here, I will summarize it very briefly. After exploring all of
the many symmetries between the USSR and the USA, I showed how the USSR
was inadvertently much better prepared for collapse because of how daily
life was structured there. Housing was government-provided, and mass
unemployment did not result in homelessness. Transportation was public
and cheap. Employment was also in the public sector, untethered from the
profit motive and not prone to instant bankruptcy. Families were
close-knit by virtue of necessity and family members were on hand to
help each other during hard times. Money was of token value and being
broke was rarely life-threatening. Food came from government stockpiles
and kitchen gardens rather than the supermarket. Medicine and education
were public and free. Energy did not come from imports.
My conclusion was that the Soviet Union was much better prepared for
economic collapse than the United States is. I then explored various
approaches that might be used to close this “collapse gap.” None of the
alternatives was very good. Twelve years later, I see that I was right:
the USA is much closer to collapse than it was then (we will only know
how close in retrospect) and nothing has been done to reduce the
vulnerabilities outlined above.
However, a lot has been done to reduce their impact, or at least to make
that impact less noticeable. In my 2013 book The Five Stages of
Collapse, I teased collapse into five stages: financial, commercial,
political, social and cultural. It was my understanding that collapse
would generally proceed in a canonical cascade, starting with the most
fragile (financial) and ending with the most durable (culture). Society
and culture did not collapse in the USSR. Instead, people dug in their
heels and after a very difficult period most parts of the USSR (the
Ukraine is the one stark exception) managed to resurrect a political
system, an economy and a financial sector. But what if society and
culture collapsed first?
That is what I see happening in the USA and, to various extents, in
different parts of the European Union: an attempt to undermine and
destroy cohesive society and common culture ahead of the coming
financial, commercial and political collapse. It may seem like an odd
thing to strive for, but consider this: if society and culture are
destroyed ahead of time, then when collapse comes there is no intact
community of humans left to observe it and understand what is happening.
With everyone’s reasoning abilities sufficiently hampered, it will be
trivial to diffuse blame when the rest of the collapse sequence occurs,
to get the people to blame themselves or to scapegoat each other, or to
simply ignore it because most of the people have bigger problems than
collapse, be it their dysfunctional families, their various addictions,
their religious zealotry or their extremist politics.
The approaches taken to destroying society and culture may seem
disparate and lack a unity of purpose… until you understand that their
purpose is to destroy society and culture. In education, the emphasis of
training to take standardized tests squeezing out any real learning,
supposedly motivated by the desire to be inclusive of disadvantaged,
intellectually challenged minorities, creates cohort after cohort of
young people no longer capable of independent, rational thought.
• In politics, real concerns are replaced with fake ones, centered on
bogeymen like “Russian aggression” or “Russian meddling,” reinforced
endlessly through repetition without any actual evidence ever being
shown, until taking reasoned, motivated political positions becomes
• In social policy, the substitution of gender for sex, supposedly to
fight discrimination but in fact denying biological imperatives,
denatures human nature to the point where people become minimally useful
to each other.
• In immigration policy, the inclusion of a large population of migrants
from incompatible cultures creates a sort of ethnic strife that cannot
speak its name: pointing out that migrants are responsible for a large
proportion of crime is considered politically incorrect and in Sweden
has even been made illegal.
• In international relations, we have witnessed a concerted effort to
destroy national sovereignty and to render national boundaries
meaningless, rendering once proud nations into groups of migrants who
speak broken English.
• In economics, every effort is being made to dismantle and suppress the
power of organized labor, to open up the labor market to economic
migrants, and to suppress local businesses in favor of transnational
To survive collapse, it is essential to surround yourself with people
who are like you, with whom you can find common purpose, whose character
you can immediately assess and whom you can trust. Without it, you are
thrust into a dangerous environment—a war of all against all. But this
war of all against all creates excellent cover for those in positions of
leadership and authority who could have done something to mitigate the
worst effects of the coming collapse, but have done nothing. Well, not
quite; they have done something. They have gone out of their way to
destroy society and culture.
It is important to note that participation in the cultural collapse
juggernaut is by no means universal. Even in Europe some members, such
as Hungary and Poland, are starting to push back against it, to say
nothing of very large players such as China, Russia and Iran, who have
managed to buck many of these trends. These differences will probably be
useful in predicting which countries will survive collapse, and which won’t.
From South America, where payment must be made with subtlety, the Bormann
organization has made a substantial contribution. It has drawn many of the
brightest Jewish businessmen into a participatory role in the development of
many of its corporations, and many of these Jews share their prosperity most
generously with Israel. If their proposals are sound, they are even provided
with a specially dispensed venture capital fund. I spoke with one Jewish
businessmen in Hartford, Connecticut. He had arrived there quite unknown
several years before our conversation, but with Bormann money as his leverage.
Today he is more than a millionaire, a quiet leader in the community with a
certain share of his profits earmarked as always for his venture capital
benefactors. This has taken place in many other instances across America and
demonstrates how Bormann’s people operate in the contemporary commercial world,
in contrast to the fanciful nonsense with which Nazis are described in so much
So much emphasis is placed on select Jewish participation in Bormann companies
that when Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv to stand trial, it
produced a shock wave in the Jewish and German communities of Buenos Aires.
Jewish leaders informed the Israeli authorities in no uncertain terms that this
must never happen again because a repetition would permanently rupture
relations with the Germans of Latin America, as well as with the Bormann
organization, and cut off the flow of Jewish money to Israel. It never happened
again, and the pursuit of Bormann quieted down at the request of these Jewish
leaders. He is residing in an Argentinian safe haven, protected by the most
efficient German infrastructure in history as well as by all those whose
prosperity depends on his well-being.
Please consider seriously the reason why these elite institutions are not discussed in the mainstream press despite the immense financial and political power they wield?
There are sick and evil occultists running the Western World. They are power mad lunatics like something from a kids cartoon with their fingers on the nuclear button! Armageddon is closer than you thought. Only God can save our souls from their clutches, at least that's my considered opinion - Tony
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