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February 28, 2016

How could such a giant system, which withstood the onslaught of Nazi Germany itself, fail?

Consider: the USSR's vital signs gave no warning of failure.

The Soviet Union in 1986 was as as big and populous as it had ever been. It had thousands of nuclear warheads. It's economy was bad it's true but no worse than at many points in its past. There was no significant opposition to the Politburo. "After 20 years of relentless suppression of political opposition, virtually all the prominent dissidents had been imprisoned, exiled ... forced to emigrate, or had died in camps and jails. There did not seem to be any other signs of a pre-revolutionary crisis." How Tyrannies Implode | PJ Media

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 28, 2016 11:23 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The USSR's economy failed. The joke in the Soviet Union was, "They pretend to pay us, we pretend to work."

Sooner rather than later it will happen here if we don't mend our ways, since the Government will run out of people to tax to pay those that don't work. Then chaos strikes and those who prepared survive; the rest die.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2016 2:54 PM

One of the hidden problems with debt is that it creates an invisible extension to your mindset that is frequently not noticed.

Ex., if you earn $1000 per month but you have $200 per month in debt payments you no longer have $1000 per month but rather $800. It's like wearing boxing gloves to drink a glass of water, it can be done, but it would be so much easier without it.

Call it debt inertia.

The extension of that problem is that the natural proclivity is to dig that debt hole ever deeper in an effort to eliminate it. Like the old army joke about 1 guy digging a hole and the next guy filling it in, it never ends.

To get rid of credit card debt you HAVE to get rid of the card and never apply for another one.

Most people though believe they are *strong* and can deflect the lure of spending money they don't have in exchange for paying back even more money they don't have, but very few win at that pathetic game.

Easy credit is the sweetest poison.

Got rid of my plastic 8 years ago and now use only cash and a bank debit card and though the liberation feeling is no longer large it is there none the less and when I receive one of those solicitations in the mail from Chase, Amex, or Citi it is easy to jam that shit unopened right into the shredder on it's way to the burn barrel.

They only get to pwn your ass if you are an intellectual weakling and believe yourself to be a perpetual life long loser and give them permission to do so.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 29, 2016 9:48 AM

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