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The State of Civilization

A look at our civilization now


  1. Unsustainable Global Economics
  2. Political Upheavals with Violence
  3. Strongly Entrenched Dominating Classes
  4. Perpetual Wars Around the World
  5. The Complex
  6. Governmental Control of Markets
  7. The Ediface
  8. Systemic Instability

2015 Nov 28

Unsustainable Global Economics

Populations around the world are unwilling to recognize the reality of unsustainable economics.

Total global debt was recently calculated as 200 trillion USD while global GDP is only $70 trillion. Financial derivatives outstanding total 1 quadrillion USD. There is no mathematical way to exit this situation, only massive defaults that will be destructive for people, banks, and retirement funds.

Gold and silver are in short supply, with prices held down by large-scale manipulation. Gold is rapidly leaving the West, primarily going east to China, India, and Russia.

Currency wars are in action with national currencies being devalued.

Economies are weaker that official numbers, with potential for global deep recession. Major countries face fiscal collapse.

Political Upheavals with Violence

Fragmentation of Ukraine with regional/global ramifications. Violence is a permanent feature in the Middle East and Africa. Political power grabs and religion are drivers of the violence.

Fragmentation of the European Union is a potential as a result of overbearing bureaucracy and unsustainable fiscal conditions.

Strongly Entrenched Dominating Classes

They control most of the wealth around the world.

Perpetual Wars Around the World
The Complex

Dwight Eisenhower's warning of the "military-industrial-congressional complex" (as he originally framed it) reflected the post-WWII societal structure. Actually, financial industry, scientific, academic, media, lobbys, and elite class components also now exist. The complex remains in place, even stronger now, and invisible only to those people who choose to not see it.

The Governmental-Industrial Complex consists of:

  • Executive-Congressional, along with the judicial and bureaucratic elements
  • Military
  • Industrial
  • Financial industry, which includes the Federal Reserve and other central banks
  • Scientific
  • Academic
  • Media
  • Lobbys
  • Elite class.

The Executive-Congressional component is primary—it is the one component without which the others could not exist in their current forms. It is the State, which includes the judicial and bureaucratic elements.

Wars, taxes, and debt feed this governmental-industrial complex.

Governmental Control of Markets

Central banks' actions distort markets and national economies, with global impacts.

Regulations interfere with innovative and productive businesses.

The Ediface

Systemic Instability