Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thought for the Day

It occurred to me recently that when I was in high school and college, I had no desire at all to study history.  It was  boring, and totally uninteresting, just dull recitation of dates and names.

Now when I read history, it scares the living crap out of me.

The difference from 40 years of seeing how history may not exactly repeat, but it rhymes too well.


  1. What scare me are the historical cycles, where we are on the present one and the deep psychological reasons for that.
    You assume there will be a collapse. But more likely I think is a dictatorship which like the Roman Empire maintains the illusion of a republic.
    The leftist nihilists led by Obama are not going to win this one. They have no chance. It will be a dictatorship from the right which will step in when Obama and his ilk are finished degrading the country.
    That is unless some foreign power beats them to it.

    1. Like the Roman Empire didn't collapse? The Romans devalued their currency, too, although not by printing. They manipulated their coins.

      I think economic collapse is coming, not necessarily political. They have tended to come together, though.

    2. I wonder if that isn't a "chicken-egg" sort of thing (political/economic)? I'm not very savvy history-wise, but I can't recall an economic collapse without a political collapse. For some reason I'm thinking a political collapse _could_ be possible without an economic collapse, although I can't think of one off-hand (a change in political structure not necessarily being the same as a political collapse).

      It's late, and I'm not processing well.