America is Finished

John Quincy Adams – Strategic Review Sept 25, 2020

About twenty years ago The Atlantic published a piece by Jeffrey Tayler named “Russia is finished” subtitled “The unstoppable descent of a once great power into social catastrophe and strategic irrelevance.” Not a very successful prediction was it? But what he did was fashionable at the time – he described what was happening in Russia in the nineties and made a straight-line projection from there. His error was assuming the continuation of the straight line – and he made the error because he thought Russia was only “Zaire With Permafrost”.

My purpose in this essay is to apply the points that the author made about Russia twenty years ago to the United States of America today and adopt a simple straight-line projection based on a corresponding view of American history. This is not so much because I think that America really is finished – after all, as Adam Smith observed, there is a great deal of ruin in a nation, and America has seen hard times before – but in order to illustrate the perilous position America is in today. As the author of the Atlantic piece must now understand, straight-line predictions are always risky because – as happened in Russia – other forces can appear to change the “unstoppable descent”. But a straight-line prediction from the American situation as of the autumn of 2020 does point to an “unstoppable descent” into “social catastrophe and strategic irrelevance”.

In my opinion, Tayler’s principal error, which constrained his estimation of what was possible, was his overarching view of Russia as a brutal, dysfunctional, backwards dictatorship.

The hostility that Russians feel toward their government comes not from some innate lack of civic duty but from the terror, violence, and deceit that have since the late Middle Ages characterized the way in which their rulers have treated them…

Byzantium was moribund, its religion having suffocated the intellectual traditions of the Hellenes.

Mongol khans, with all their pomp and cruelty, became the figures on which many Russian rulers would model themselves…

Muscovite czars, Ivan the Terrible foremost among them, destroyed all institutions that could rival their power, turning the nobility into servants, enslaving the peasants to the nobility, and employing Orthodoxy as their official ideology—for Orthodoxy proclaimed the czar God’s chosen representative on earth…

Russia, isolated and infused with a messianic sense of its own superiority over the West, suffered the predations of rulers bent on building a strong state…

Taking full advantage of Russia’s absolutist traditions, Joseph Stalin followed in the footsteps of Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great and set about strengthening the state, enacting programs of industrialization and agricultural collectivization: he enslaved vast segments of his population to build industries, mine the earth, and gather crops…

Can only expect more of the same from a country with that past.

This is what might be called the Richard Pipes take on Russia. Let us consider what would be predicted for the future of America if we were to take the Howard Zinn point of view. That is to say, an America based on slave labor, the extermination of native peoples, exploitation of the poor by the rich under cover of an attractive but hollow ideology, predatory behavior in its neighborhood backed by merciless warfare wherever it doesn’t get its way. You could expect only more of the same.

Now the Pipes and Zinn views are not false, but they are partial. Russia is not nothing but a brutal dysfunctional dictatorship, it has its Father Zosimas too. Neither is America just a brutal, dysfunctional plutocracy, it has its spiritual values too. But, just as Tayler took a Pipes view of Russia, we will in what follows take a Zinn view of America. And just as Russia’s future turned out to be much better than Tayler/Pipes foresaw, let us hope that America’s future is better also. We will take the points Tayler makes about Russia, apply them to America and project the future from that point through Zinn’s perspective and see what we get.

  • Russian oligarchs.

The oligarchs rose to prominence not by building railroads and industries but by exploiting antiquated pricing systems, disorganized legal codes, and—most important—Soviet-era connections with the government.

The three richest men in America today – owning, it is said, as much as half the population – did not gain their wealth by railroads or industries; one runs a mail order store, one a software company and one is a speculator. The Forbes 400 are worth more than almost two-thirds of the country and COVID has made them even richer while, for the others, unemployment skyrockets. Not surprisingly, a 2014 study found that these plutocrats dominate the so-called democracy. “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.” All rather Zinnish, isn’t it? Difficult to see that trend ending by itself.

  • Russian contempt for politicians.

When Russians talk of their politicians, they frequently speak of “thieves,” “bandits,” and “swindlers”…

A recent Pew poll on American attitudes to their government shows similar disgust

Even larger majorities say the country is not performing well when it comes to the government being open and transparent (69% say this does not describe the country well), the tone of political debate being respectful (72%), people agreeing on basic facts even if they disagree politically (72%), elected officials facing serious consequences for misconduct (73%) and that campaign contributions do not lead to greater political influence (also 73%).

  • Russian military failure.

One of the most spectacular elements of the Soviet Union’s collapse has been Russia’s fall from military superpower No. 2 to a country whose army can be neutralized by bands of irregulars fighting with little more than the weapons on their backs.

No need to belabor this point – two decades in Afghanistan says it all.

  • Squandering wealth on weaponry.

Putin would do well to recall that high defense spending helped to bring about the demise of the Soviet Union.

Enough said – more, more and still more.

  • Russian population decline.

Over the past decade Russia’s population has been shrinking by almost a million a year, owing to a plummeting birth rate and a rising number of deaths from alcoholism and violence. Predictions are astonishingly grave: the country could lose a third of its population (now 146 million) by the middle of the century. This does not factor in new scourges—tuberculosis and HIV, in particular, which have been spreading exponentially since 1998.

America’s birthrate is now falling and deaths from opioid overdoses and suicides are rising.

Taking Tayler’s points one after another and comparing Russia with America today, we see it’s not Russia that’s looking bad in 2020.

  • Oligarchs are losing power in Russia but gaining it in America.
  • Confidence in government is rising in Russia but falling in America.
  • Russia’ military achievements are rising while America’s are falling.
  • Russia’s military expenditure is falling but America’s keeps rising.
  • Russian population is stabilizing while America’s is starting to fall.

And we haven’t been nearly as negative about America’s future as we could have been. With the talk about ignoring the results of November’s elections, how close are we to civil war? Is there really a possibility of a coup d’état? There’s certainly talk of it. There already is a considerable amount of street violence in America now, how much worse will it get? What will the final effects of COVID be? Certainly not an increase in confidence about the American can-do spirit or competence. How many people unemployed by COVID will ever work again? How big can the budget deficit get before it all bursts? Can the US ever get its manufacturing dominance back? What happens to the “American Dream” as most people get poorer while a few become ludicrously rich – here’s a RAND study to put a number on the four-decade trend – trillions and trillions.

Tayler was extremely wrong in his estimation of Putin as many others were, seeing nothing but KGB.

Putin the Terrible… Putin had the security connections to protect them once Yeltsin left office… Putin needs pliant and adoring media to ensure an absolutist rule… Putin supported the reinstatement of a slightly modified version of Stalin’s national anthem… Putin has put forward plans that will only worsen his country’s plight,

But the Putin team changed the trajectory – again “Zaire with permafrost” blocked his mind. Would he expect that Biden/Harris will turn things around in America? (He doesn’t seem to think much of Trump.)

And how did this come to pass? Adams foresaw it – America brought the monsters home.

Russia by contrast is a model of stability, efficiency and prosperity. With a much better future too.


11 responses to “America is Finished”

  1. The difference between Amerika and the Soviet situation is that the Russians didn’t have any rival models to threaten their own. Once Putin arrived on the scene, Russia was able to remould itself. The USSR was unique and Russia today is unique. Of course, this is helped by the WW2 legacy, fantastic education, research & staggering natural resources.

    The US is the pinnacle of a particular system. I won’t call it capitalism, because capitalism died or became corrupted in the 1070s. So the US has rivals that use the same system. Okay, they all use slightly different varients of the US system, but they are close enough. These varients are crucial because most of them have enough varients that their systems will probably survive. The UK with Brexit has decided to risk everything and go with the US.

    The main problems with the US system is that it is massively weighted as a military economy & this just creates debt. A quarter of all US spending goes on health & think on this, the most wealthy Amerikans have very similar health outcomes compared to the average Brit using the NHS. I am lucky, my local hospital in St Thomas’ opposit the Houses of Parliament & they are linked by massive tunnels under the Thames. But NHS health care around other parts of the UK is poor. So two massive costs in the US system simply don’t contribute to the economic vitality. The leading cause of US bankruptcy is personal medical bills. Wall Street through national security dictat has funded shale gas & oil. This business hasn’t made a single cent in profit & the UK WILL BE FORCED TO BUY US LNG at huge costs to the UK

    The US has been an economy that has been forever run on the bone. US works get very little holiday and if they take, or take their full holiday, they will often get pure hate from their fellow workers & bosses will often find a away to sack you. The UK is like this. Ive worked in businesses where just one person goes sick for the day and the entire staff suffer for it. Think Covid and why system run on the bone can’t cope or respond. UK supermakets have done very well, but on the whole, the US & UK are failing. Does the elite care? No. A key component of both systems is that X numbers in poverty is a structural part of the system.

    Both the US and UK have very similar rivals and nearly all of them are better run systems. Can they survive, yes, but as very much poorer systems. After WW2 the US plundered the Pasific Rim, the City plundered anywhere it could. Now, I don’t see similar opportunities for either. In fact, I think their opportunies are declining rapidly & this in part explains why MI6 deployed Civid bioweapon.

  2. It was clear at the time when the US became the only superpower it would take war where it wanted to. It took that “beacon on the hill” and set the world alight with it, when if it had maintained its position as a force for good it could have remained the dominant world power for centuries to come. But now it’s dying.

    Neo-cons did that – the hard-core war hawks who were once the hard-core draft dodgers.

  3. Russian Dimitry Orlov wrote a book about the 5 stages of collapse. Orlov lived in the US for decades. I think he has returned to Russia now. The collapse of the Soviet empire stopped at stage three. Under Putin, Russia has come back a long way from the hard times of the 1990s. America today is well on the way to completing all five stages of collapse. America has been ruined by Satanic Khazar Jews. From placing the explosives that brought down WTC I and WTC II and WTC 7 to the JEW Federal Reserve destroying the middle class with low/no interest rates so that average savers and the elderly can gain no interest on their savings, Satanic Khazar Jews have wrecked the USA. The unnecessary wars pushed into being by Jews have bankrupted America. Abandon hope, those who live in the USA. Jews OWN the US Congress and the senior military leadership. The real inflation rate coupled with zero interest rates, which Powell says will not increase for years, will bring YOU to your knees! Those who support Israel and believe the HoloHOAX should be stripped of their US citizenship and run out of the country.

  4. Keep in mind that the “New World” was subordinate to the “Old World”, at least till Donald J. Trump appeared on stage with his junta in the Pentagon. America is finished? So is the rest of the world. It becomes very unpredictable now with the coming Earth changes America is first and then the rest follows.

  5. “This does not look very good” “No, it’s not finished”. Russia was, but isn’t, America is but won’t be. Jewish historians talk down any White country and, if two are in conflict, they have to choose which one to pretend to favour a little. Tayler will be a Jewish name.

  6. America will soon be destroyed.

    One Sunday morning in June, 1933, God gave seven major continuous visions to His prophet William Marrion Branham

    “The last and seventh vision was wherein I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America.”

    Russia now has a missile which can destroy a nation the size of France or a state the size of Texas, destruction is one button push away.

    The Lord prophesied that He would send a prophet at this time.
    Malachi 4:5.
    Matthew 17:11
    Revelation 10:7.

    God has raised the dead on FIVE occasions through His chosen vessel.

    God was photographed SIX times, (Veiled in the form of the Pillar of Fire) with His prophet.

    The, “Elijah anointing,” (Concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ) is used “TWICE.”

    The first time 2,000 years ago, when God sent John the Baptist, then again in this day.

    At each, “Coming of the Lord,” there is an Elijah prophet who precedes that, “Coming.”

    Jesus said concerning John the Baptist.
    Matthew 3:3.
    For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Elijah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

    John, “Prepared the way for the Lord,” John did NOT “Restore anything,” as that which would need to be restored, (The full understanding of the whole Bible,) had not yet been given.

    This scripture concerns the Elijah prophet for, “THIS DAY.”
    Matthew 17:11.
    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall FIRST COME, and RESTORE all things.

    God has fulfilled the above scripture in THIS DAY.

    This scripture also predicts the Elijah prophet for “This day”…..
    Malachi 4:5.
    Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

    This Elijah prophet comes just before, “The coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” which happens in this day.

    We are now living in the last days, God has kept His word and sent that prophet, thereby “Restoring” His word to His Bride.

    These and other “Prophetical scriptures” fulfilled:
    Malachi 4:5.
    Matthew 17:11.
    Revelation 10:7.
    Revelation 3:14.
    Revelation 1:16 – 20.
    Revelation 2:1.
    Revelation 3:1.

    Watch this amazing testimony on YouTube:
    Ed Byskal – I am a witness (Testimony on William Branham)

  7. What did you expect to happen? Millions of white American Christian morons obeyed their mongrel Jewish Overlords & helped fight/vanquish pro-white Fascism in WWII, so you could now live in an anti-white Judeo-Ape Communist police state. Its 2020, & yet the vast majority of white goyim still can’t figure this one out. You get what you fight for.

    Putin is just another Rothschild-Zionist shill, like the rest of these ‘democratic’ Presidents, Premiers, PM’s etc..The same morons who think Trump is some ally of ‘white civilization’ probably think Putin is too. There’s a sucker born every minute.

  8. To Neo: given that Hitler recedes into the past, now at seventy-five years, you will need to outline a Hitler for 2020.It cannot be the old one where the Soviet Union and the Church were big factors.

  9. The USA is finished? I think the bullxxxx will go on and on and on, unless there are huge insurrections against the Covid scam and the dirty dealings of the deep states in all of our Western nations is completely exposed and neutralized. The US is run by a cabal of dishonest, ruthless money masters and corporate elites. Both ends of that two-pronged pitchfork are controlled by the international banking cartel which uses nations like the US and the UK for its own advancement, while the top brass of the deep state networks pretend they are controlling and using them. The power structure is completely based on money – money for wars, money for bribes, money for the military, money for and from weapons, money for and from drugs, money for rewards, money for hitmen, money for the media, money for research, money for politicians, money to buy out all competition. Americans for the most part do not want to consider who owns what and how they got it. It is basically what you have that counts and despite Eisenhauer’s effort to paint the US as Christian nation as a light to other nations opposing communism in the 1950’s by putting “In God We Trust”, ironically that was at the precise time the decline of US morality began to go into a very steep state dive with the MIC, and the balance between the true God and the god of mammon shifted to the worship of money. Sure none of us can do very much without the stuff, and you can send it my way if you think it is getting in the way of your spiritual progression and you want to get rid of it.

    In many ways the US has probably reached the zenith of the Peter Principle because of its sense of unlimited power and its ability to burry any other nation or competitor with its fiat money. I can only imagine the shock on Trump’s face when he first entered the Oval Office and was briefed in succession by teams of brass from all sectors including the financial, corporate, intelligence, and military ones.

  10. My 8 year old grandson told me that a man called Goldman, was telling children online that money was more important than friends, and that friends can be bought. I told him that neither is true, that true friends cannot be bought. It is so difficult to protect children from corruption, it was difficult enough when my daughter was a child, in pre-internet times..

  11. Yet another scare mongering article. The cabalistic, satanic UNITES STATES is FINISHED more like! ALL thanks to Teump and the Q Allliance. For the past two years in particular MANY 100s of DUMBs (Deep Undergeound Military Bases) have been raided, children rescued and tunnels detonated. There are over 10,000 DUMBs worldwide with over 100,000 miles of tunnels. They’ve literally been kidnapping 22,000 a day worldwide for many decades and harvesting them for Adrenochrome and meat. Next year and beyond will be the year of NESARA/GESARA and the Quantum Financial System.