Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Depression 2009

Depression 2009: What would it look like?

"Lines at the ER, a television boom, emptying suburbs. A catastrophic economic downturn would feel nothing like the last one."

This article tries to envision what our society will be like as the economy disintegrates, but I think it falls way shy of the mark. It's like how people at the turn of the 20th century imagined life would be like 100 years in the future - just the same as they always lived, only more so. You know, giant steamships in the sky and wireless telegraph.
Here we're told we get longer waits in lines and a lot more television watching, but this well intentioned piece wildly misses the point. What we're about to go through is going to be far more traumatic and life changing than eating more Kraft® maccaroni and cheese.
A much better glimpse into a collapsed society can be gleaned from Dmitry Orlov, who experienced the fall of the Soviet Union firsthand and has some extremely important things to tell us about life as the economy disintegrates around us.

Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US

"From what I've seen and read, it seems that there is a fair chance that the U.S. economy will collapse sometime within the foreseeable future. It also would seem that we won't be particularly well-prepared for it. As things stand, the U.S. economy is poised to perform something like a disappearing act. And so I am eager to put my observations of the Soviet collapse to good use.

7 Comments:

Blogger Devin said...

I think the Dmitry Orlov information is very interesting. thank you for posting the link. Growing up I always remember hearing comments about how 'Don't worry the 30's can never happen again' I think what we are about to go through will make the 30s look like a picnic. I hope I am wrong.-Devin

18/11/08 7:40 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

A lot of economists are calling it the "Greater Depression" already, because they can see where it's all headed even as the useless bandaids come fast and furious from the government.

18/11/08 8:11 PM  
Blogger Devin said...

nolocontendere-my first politically oriented post is up at my blog http://myfavoritemonsters.blogspot.com/
I have the comments so I have to approve of them-in my blog I acknowledge that I am homosexual and have HIV so I didn't want any hate mail getting through. If you or anyone that comments here wants to take a peek feel free to comment and criticize-it is called
President-elect Obama and my hopes for you. Best to you and everyone here-Devin

18/11/08 9:09 PM  
Blogger pteranodon said...

Former Obama opponent Alan Keyes now suing to prove President-elect's citizenship:

http://www.nbcaugusta.com/news/elections/presheadlines/34587804.html

A reader comments at 5:00 AM on Nov. 19:

"If BO is removed as POTUS Elect before he takes the oath, then the electors are still free to select anyone from any political party they choose. They may elect Hillary Clinton by default or they may question if she would indeed have been the Dem nominee, had BO not been a candidate. However, if BO were removed as POTUS after he has taken the oath of office, Biden will become POTUS. There are grave national security issues with letting an ineligible BO take the oath. Pray SCOTUS acts quickly!"

19/11/08 3:37 AM  
Blogger Devin said...

Thanks for the new information pteranodon!-Devin

19/11/08 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alan keyes has a few loose screws as usual and must be so incredibly angry that another black American became President before he did.

check out

http://snopes.com/politics/obama/birthcertificate.asp

which verifies that the rumor is FALSE that Obama's birth certificate of live birth in hawaii is a forgery.

of course there is still 61 days left before jan 20th that the neocons can stage some sort of an event they can use to shut this country down.

19/11/08 6:26 PM  
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