China or the U.S.: Which Will Be the Last Nation Standing?

June 23, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Richard Heinberg for this February Museletter article on China and the U.S. Below this article is the March Museletter, with an autobiographical sketch by Richard Heinberg and an article, “Goldilocks and the Three Fuels.”

Silly me. Here I had thought that world leaders would want to keep their nations from collapsing. They must be working hard to prevent currency collapse, financial system collapse, food system collapse, social collapse, environmental collapse, and the onset of general, overwhelming misery-right? But no, that’s not what the evidence suggests. Increasingly I am forced to conclude that the object of the game that world leaders are actually playing is not to avoid collapse; it’s simply to postpone it a while so as to be the last nation to go down, so yours can have the chance to pick the others’ carcasses before it meets the same fate.

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