Friday, November 26, 2010

Keeping Everything Copacetic


It seems that America is re-emerging and will be ruling the world for a while. Its main rival, the European Union headed by Germany, seems to be heading toward the mother of all financial crashes. Gonzalo Lira, a Chilean fantasy-writer who follows what is going on in Europe, says that Spain's economical statistics are fake (like the Greek ones) so it is certain that it is the next to go down. (See his illustration). Contrasting with his hyperinflationary prophesies, this time he sounds credible.

Now, if the China bubble explodes, as it may, we shall have returned to the postwar situation where the USA is the sole superpower remaining on its foot. That outcome will be quite a surprise to the doomsayers that have been predicting America's fall and dissolution, like my friend Dennis Mangan. America will not fall so easily because it is a nation that trusts in God. China is officially atheist, Europe is nihilist in practice. God (the concept) has migrated to America.

13 comments:

RS said...

It seems like your Israeli frums are seen as a cultural and demographic bulwark to some extent, even though the top elites are mostly more secular. Here our frommes are equally great a population fraction, but not very 'relevant' in any way, if you'll forgive a rather grating expression. The idea of state-assisted religious study would be an astonishing one on these shores.

We have frommes and frums that could wind up very demographically significant - very. But not for a long time, like 100 years. Things should probably get interesting - too interesting - before then. On that timescale, the frommes would get more than lip service only if there was a political sea change. Or, there could be a religious efflorescence - it's certainly happened here before. But it seems awfully unlikely today, when the trend of the mass culture is toward ever more incredible vulgarity.

Anonymous said...

Please explain the mechanism by which trust in God immunizes a country from financial turmoil?

K

Anonymous said...

"In God we Trust"

Anon.

J said...

Anon got it. Look at the dollar bill and there it is. No other currency makes any reference to God. The Euro is all portraites of artists and old buildings. The Yuan carries smiling minorities. The Shekel, forgotten activists of the Zionist movement.

Now, about the mechanism. How much confidence can you have in a green plastic rectangle carrying the image of Moshe Sharet with is Chaplinesque mustache, like our twenty shekel bill? In who you trust: God or Moshe Sharet?

Anonymous said...

אמרו כן לזקן

Anonymous said...

As an American it seems to me that America will eventually break up like the Soviet Union. The change will come after the postwar Baby Boom generation dies out and the remaining Whites decide they don't like being a minority.

J said...

Breaking up was tried 150 years ago and it didn't work. May be a more federative structure like Germany...

RS said...

150 years ago Lincoln was like a demigod, or maybe a demiurge of sorts - I mean he was a mixed bag to some extent, but quite unmixed when it came to being a paragon of character, strength, will. Lo how the world changes. The past is a foreign country.

RS said...

Not that it was only Lincoln. It was everybody. As Julius Caesar said of the wogs he met up north, their lives were rude and their hearts, hard. They slept in the freezer and scrubbed their armpits with brillo. They got high twice a year on the trills of war. They were mean.

RS said...

Lincoln schmincoln... it's all been rendered quaint now, by the 9-11 of diplomacy. Merry quaintness to all, and to all a good morrow.

J said...

Caesar's reports were political propaganda.

J said...

I mean, he painted his campaigns as impossible battles against Nordic giants, where victory was won only because of his personal (Caesar's) courage and leadership. The Roman Senate would have not appropiated large budgets for his legions if the enemy was a naked, disorganized native band. He needed the legions well fed to occupy Rome and become King.

Anonymous said...

Our enemies in Afghanistan are a disorganized native band too (though completely dressed) and yet they outwit the American forces every day, since they are used to living by their wits and making something from nothing. They are at home in their own territory and, in Mao's formulation, swim like fish in the sea while we are like divers dependent on a lifeline to the distant surface. Did not the Romans confront the same situation in Gaul (albeit not limited by political correctness - they were entirely willing to slaughter as many natives as necessary to stabilize the situation)?

K