“Conspiracy Theories”

There are types of stories called “conspiracy theories” and the people who teach them are considered by “society” as crazy fanatics who often need medical treatment. What if I tell you that “society” should take some of that medical treatment, because sometimes such incredible stories that nobody believed in, turn out to be 100% true…


The Clinton Chronicals

Imperial Collapse

Based on the lessons of history, all empires collapse eventually; thus, the probability that the US empire will collapse can be set at 100% with a great deal of confidence. The question is, When? (Everyone keeps asking that annoying question.) Of course, all you have to do is leave the US, go some place that isn’t plugged into the US economy in non-optional ways, and you won’t have to worry about this question too much. Some people have made guesses but, as far as I can tell, no one has come up with viable methodology for calculating the date. In order to provide a remedy for this serious shortcoming in collapse theory, I once tried to outline a method for figuring it out in an article titled “Peak Empire,” which was based on Joseph Tainter’s theory of diminishing returns on complexity—or diminishing returns on empire. It’s a perfect problem for differential calculus, and all those microeconomics students who are busy calculating marginal cost vs. marginal revenue, so that they can look for work in the soon-to-be-defunct shale gas industry, might take it up, to put their math talents to better use. In the meantime, here is an update, and a revised estimate…



The Pentagon’s Lost Trillions And Other Topics

The Perpetual War Economy


Ike at his desk in the White House. An unexpected source of truth about the nation’s reality. (click to expand)

In 1961, President Eisenhower, after two terms in office did what no other president could have. During his farewell address, he warned the government and the nation of the threat that an unchecked military-industrial complex presented to the country as a whole. He was a soldier, who had seen intimately the meteoric rise of the defense industry during WWI and WWII. He was a General, who had depended on that industrial machine to power the Allies victory in Europe. The Cold war and its proxy war in Korea had sustained and multiplied again the defense industry’s expansion. Yet Eisenhower, perhaps in foresight of what would become a 10 year war in Vietnam, lamented the future danger of collusion between the military, government, and war profiteers.

This holy trinity of power has proven to do nothing less than vault an imperial US to greater heights of hubris while producing more weapons for war than any other nation on earth, ever. He saw the threat that would become the permanent war economy and exposed the problem. Eisenhower’s words seemed prophetic at the time but were largely dismissed. Now those words are a mere understatement to the full truth and extent of the danger. How could he have imagined the huge war machine that the entire country has become? How could he have foreseen that the United States (US) would become the largest supplier of arms and suffering in the world?

After the lukewarm reporting in Vietnam of the atrocities and realities of a guerilla war and the US government’s insistence on continuing a war it couldn’t win, the media outlets went through a sea change. This experience in Vietnam would lead directly to the weak media that US citizens have come to accept. The government gagged the press and the current instant media has evolved into a war cheerleader. Today the neo-liberal and neo-con media outlets have evolved into a mere propaganda machine which works to justify each conflict. The huge, corporate media conglomerates reluctantly report on even the most obvious US wars (Afghanistan and Iraq). They aid and abet the criminal activities of the military and security agencies. They work as salesmen for the producers of weapons used against foreign and domestic enemies of the imperial state. The US economy and its weaknesses, dominated by weapon production, has become more than even Eisenhower could have imagined—a perpetual war economy and a constant threat to the world…