22 July 2012
Norman Pagett writes:
We Brits were once the greatest nation on Earth, Germany tried it for a while, France, Spain, Rome, Greece , Egypt, there’s been a slow procession of Greatest Nations down the ages, each has imploded with predictable regularity.
So what did they have in common?
Each poured out the energy of its people and resources in order to acquire empires and inflict subjection on other races in one form or another. In this respect the USA has been no different to all those throughout history. They did not thrust out across the ocean like England or Spain, instead they took 2 centuries to expand westwards, killing off Native Americans indiscriminately while the muscle power of slaves fuelled the intensive agriculture of the South. The North paid wages for labour in factories and mines that were scarcely better than the cotton plantations. Every empire building nation has followed this pattern, creating energy sources to fuel its outthrusting ambition, while subjugating other races to promote the well being of its own. The Romans demanded tribute of grain (energy) from client states in order to dole out bread to its unemployed citizens, the Spanish became so rich on Inca gold their own people lost the inclination to work as the country was gripped by raging inflation. The Germans had to invade the rest of Europe to support its vast armies.
Looting other countries by straightforward invasion is frowned upon these days, so securing energy supplies has to be cloaked in vaguely benevolent terminology, usually toppling dictators. But the driving force remains the same, to secure energy supplies. As with all ‘greatest nations’ there is a refusal to recognize decline, and so the USA is borrowing frantically to delude its citizens for few more years that they still hold the title. And most will believe it because it is comforting to do so; they will ignore the 40 million on food aid who will begin to starve when the economy collapses after their creditors realize that debts of $15 trillion cannot possibly be repaid.
The UK went broke through being top nation, as has every country with the same delusion throughout history.
The energy output needed to support such nonsense will invariably outgrow its support base, politicians never realize it till it’s too late.