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By fluffy (Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 07:10:26 PM EST) (all tags)
From a comment on MetaFilter that was linked to from a weblog I read:
Yeah, "Third World" is the wrong metaphor. It's a dying empire, which will, internally, look like the third world in some parts. 

Basically the US, as a country, is like a rich person that spent an amazing shit ton of money on the best imaginable security for his house, ringing it with multiple moats, missile launchers, thousands of full-time heavily armed guards with the best possible weaponry and equipment, and on and on and on. In fact, this person went so overboard that he borrowed from anyone who would lend to him for all this crazy security. And while the multi-decade project of building this security apparatus was going on, he neglected to pay any attention to the source of his wealth. One by one, the companies he held stock in dissolved, the buildings he owned fell empty because of neglect, the partnerships and social contacts that ensured he stayed on top of the game fell away. His industries were eclipsed by newer, nimbler players. And by the time his security was perfect, he knew nothing but fear and hadn't yet realized that he no longer had anything worth protecting. 

We're currently at the point where the creditors can still be kept from collecting by the massive military machine we've built, but eventually we'll run out of money to pay them, too. And then the whole house of cards comes down.
I just found it a bit ironic, considering who wrote it.

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Get Obama a monocle and a yacht STAT!!!!! by marvin (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 07:40:27 PM EST
The White House needs to set up some type of collaborative foundation. That should fix it.

Was that supposed to be insightful? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 08:38:52 PM EST
My sixth-grader could have written that more eloquently. Rusty's a fucking 'tard for that one.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

hell with rusty by MillMan (4.00 / 3) #3 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 02:29:44 AM EST
what matters is that I won that thread.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

INTERNET HIGH-FIVE by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 03:19:44 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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don't bite on Maclean's articles by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 08:04:50 AM EST
They love their flamebait and making a fuss just encourages them.

We do need to cut way back on the military. by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 02:10:15 PM EST
It served its purpose, once, and I personally think it still helps minimize the kind of shit that went on in the 19th and 20th centuries - but why should I be paying to protect people that, ultimately, don't want my protection?

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Careful by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 02:51:12 PM EST
You'll get kicked out of the GOP.

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ha! by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 03:05:36 AM EST
The GOP is fucked.

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White Mans Burden? by LinDze (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 08:30:35 PM EST
Cases like Okinawa I get. But what about South Korea, for example. Without a massive commitment by the UNUS they could very well be eating tree bark like their cousins to the north.

The other point is that large weapons programs are (very) long term investments. I think Britainias problems with their trident system is a perfect example. Whether needed or not they have to fund the replacement now in order to have it in a decade. Same argument for DDX and F22 (though a UCAV is probably a more forward looking choice there).

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

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Unintended consequences by lm (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 10:50:15 PM EST
The way the US propped up the military of Germany, Japan, South Korea, etc. has allowed those nations to spend far less on their militaries than they would have had to otherwise. It's quite possible that Korea, as one example, could have either defended itself or paid the cost of other nations defending it.

The end result is that when the iron curtain fell down in Europe, the US didn't have the funds to permanently bury it.

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You misunderestimate the state of by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 06:36:09 AM EST
the SoKo defence industry.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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oh yes. by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #11 Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 03:02:14 AM EST
The fallen dominoes thing.

Which is terrible if well China would have stayed Commie.


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