Russia needs a lot of good men and good weapons to defend its vast and porous borders. Russia is falling behind on both. Who will help Russia to build more and better young men and weapons?
Russia’s New Weapons Do Not Work
Problems with new weapons: Air, Sea, Land
The new weapons often do not work at all and even if they do there is never enough money to produce them in the quantities implied. Russian development and manufacturing efforts are still crippled by shortages of cash and talent…
Government efforts to project the image of a modern, professional and constantly improving armed forces is proving more difficult to sustain…
__ All According to Plan
Tanks, ships, planes — all boldly announced and touted for their new and advanced features. But they cannot be manufactured by the new, crumbling, increasingly unskilled Russian industrial infrastructure.
Problems with selling old weapons in global marketplace
Arms exports are hurt… especially with competitors like China continuing to produce Russian designs more efficiently (more effective, reliable and less costly in the long run). __ Strategy
Ethnic Russians Fading Away…
To defend its vast and porous borders, Russia needs large cohorts of strong healthy men who actually believe in the Russian Empire. But ethnic Russians are fading and being replaced by non-Russians over most of the huge land mass.
Predominantly ethnic Russian regions are far older on average, something that means there are fewer women in the prime child-bearing age cohorts than is the case in the much younger over all populations of these non-Russian regions.
Given that demographic reality, the ethnic Russian regions are likely to experience a continuing decline in population while non-Russian republics in many cases are likely to continue to grow in size absolutely and relatively. __ WOE2
Meanwhile in China, the Warlord Era Approaches
On the Chinese mainland, wealthy and powerful Chinese are not able to maintain their own private armies. But across the spreading overseas empire of Chinese control and influence, private armies are de rigeur.
A firm like Blackwater would not be allowed to operate inside China, as it smacks too much of a private army that could be used against the state. That is something that has happened frequently in Chinese history. But overseas is another matter…
… Building an overseas empire consisting of many outlaw operations, in addition to mostly legitimate ones, puts a lot of Chinese at personal and financial risk. Until recently China had few security companies authorized to work overseas and most of the security firms (about 5,000) in China were doing little beyond providing watchmen (some armed) and bodyguards. Overseas this was inadequate, thus the need for Blackwater-type methods and standards. __ Private Chinese Armies Proliferate
Blackwater China is just the beginning of a massive new growth industry — the private army revolution — among the billionaire Chinese class who are developing the exploding Chinese assets of Africa, Latin America, pan-Asia, and parts of Europe.
Xi is jealous of all Chinese power wherever on the globe that Chinese people exist. But the combination of global capitalism, wealthy Chinese out-migration, and rapid disruptive innovation of technologies — including weapons technologies — means that Xi is limited in control. And whatever Xi does not control he considers to be a threat.
Hence, the coming warlord era, as wealthy Chinese who feel threatened by Xi arm themselves against a dictator who feels threatened by them.
Meanwhile in the Western World “Crying Wolf” is the Fashion
Ever since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, western media from Europe to Latin America to the Anglosphere has been screaming Wolf! at the top of its lungs 24/7 365/yr. The mass hysteria of media, university, and the deep state, has spread to those of limited mental endowment and easy excitability, but over all it is creating an intellectual arena where the public is growing ever hungrier for meaningful discourse — for a change. Hence the intellectual dark web with a popularity that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds.
World Has Never Been Better?
You don’t have to look too far to find negativity these days.
Just watch the news, go on social media, or even have conversations with friends, family members, or co-workers.
You’ll likely hear or read about political instability, natural disasters, murder, disease, or an endless list of bad news you can find 24/7 because of the free flow of information. Every year people label the current year the worst year ever but these people have obviously never read a history book.
I’ve read four books over the past few months that make it clear just how much progress the world has experienced to get to this point (all four books were excellent):
- The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert Gordon
- The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
- Factfulness by Hans Rosling
- Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Each of these books methodically goes through the data to show how human ingenuity and innovation have created massive progress around the globe. There is still a lot of work to be done and the world is certainly far from perfect.
___ Read much more: http://awealthofcommonsense.com/2018/04/50-ways-the-world-is-getting-better/
Dictators vs. Rest of World
By trying to hold onto the idea of The Great Russian Empire, Putin is taking Russians down a dark, dead-end road. Fewer people believe in the Russian enterprise every year as the old ones die off and the younger ones are becoming far fewer, less skilled, and weaker in almost every way.
After many thousands of years of inward looking existence, China is finally seeking to assert itself around the world via its OBOR project and other quasi-imperial enterprises. But such an expansion carries the seeds of ultimate collapse, as China’s age-old cycle of expansion-collapse, expansion-collapse, begins to assert itself in earnest as new Chinese centres of power pop up around the world to challenge Beijing. And in reality, China is due for a correction:
China will soon be faced with a massive credit crisis, as it can no longer borrow to prop up its fictitious shell of an economy. Like the Soviet Union and post-Napoleonic France, it will emerge healthy, but economically a third of its former size. __ https://www.tbwns.com/2018/08/13/the-bears-lair-chinas-coming-austrian-collapse/
Meanwhile in the allied western world, the world is getting better in a lot more than 50 ways, for all of the mass hysteria spewing from big media, big university, deep state government, big activism, and dieoff.orgy leftism.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Make yourself and your clan very Dangerous, so as to be able to move with the changes. Turbulence — but not doom — ahead.