asterisk2a + soviet   4

DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay - YouTube
Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback, Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic , talks about the similarities in the decline of the Roman and Soviet empires and the signs that the U.S. empire is exhibiting the same symptoms: overextension, corruption and the inability to reform [ in face of global change and internal ideology.] - min 15 + fiscal overstretch that does not serve people (economic multiplier, ie NSA, military bases, personnel, and long-term obligations ie pension and benefits) ... and unable to change bc of ideology married with identity (the American Dream is still alive and this country is fair and meritocratic) as well unable to keep up with global economic competition as a whole (take out Silicon Valley). & unable to smell crony capitalism (no shared economic interest), corruption and bribery when its showing up (ie TTIP, NAFTA and co.) &! Politics & Big Business communication run by PR & Spin Doctors (see also corporations = people).
USA  history  Roman  Empire  World  Police  geopolitics  Career  Politicians  presidency  barackobama  Wall  Street  shared  economic  interest  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Gini  coefficient  inequality  bailout  fairness  gesellschaft  Sozialer  Abstieg  too  big  to  jail  toobigtofail  TBTF  Middle  East  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Justice  System  military–industrial  complex  prison–industrial  complex  post-racial  America  book  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  neoliberalism  austerity  Washington  trust  trustagent  political  economy  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  opportunist  Opportunism  revolving  door  interest  groups  No  Representation  Congress  NSA  Pentagon  vested  interest  WMD  Iraq  War  surveillance  state  Orwellian  Five  Eyes  GCHQ  UK  British  Empire  War  on  Terror  War  on  Drugs  corruption  bribery  squeezed  class  ideology  meritocracy  meritocratic  education  policy  income  inequality  Super  Rich  1%  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Soviet  Union  Iron  Curtain  tax  code  fiscal  policy  American  Dream  Silicon  Valley  globalisation  globalization  competitiveness  policy  error  policy  folly  TTIP  NAFTA  crony  capitalism  stakeholder  corporatism  PR 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
GitHub blocked in Russia | Hacker News
May be for western people it's hard to believe how can it be possible to support this crazy regime. I can tell you that even top managers from leading russian internet company (from my private conversation with them) dreamed about great russian firewall because in that case, they won't have competitors like Google. Furthermore even IT guys like Putin regime and don't get worry about crazy laws passed against the internet. I assure you in that because many of my colleagues really like Stalin and really like what's happening in Ukraine. Almost all people in Russia really hate western world. They don't care about currency exchange rates and inflation, they care only about imperialism. When Putin made desision about Crimea, and when people totally supported it, I stopped believe in Russia at all. Russia is a pure soviet country, with pure 100% soviet mindset, vast majority of russian people like idea of self-isolation. This is why Russia has no future as a liberal market-driven country.
Russia  Putin  vladimirputin  Soviet  Union  propaganda  demagogy  demagogue  Ukrain  Ukraine  Crimea  Crisis  NATO  Europe  European  History  sanctions  censorship  self-censorship  foreign  relations  diplomacy  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
SPIEGEL.TV - Zum 25 Jaehrigen Jubilaeum des Mauerfalls.
... Gregor Gysi "Wenn man die Welt nicht kennt, ist man unsicher. [... Die Errichtung der Mauer hat auch ein Stueckchen Selbstbewustsein genommen." ] // "Eine Diktatur lebt von Angst." >> Thus the Stasi-Apparatus, keeping Status quo. &!&!& &!&!&!&
East  Germany  east-germany  Mauerfall  Berlin  Wall  German  reunification  GDR  Planwirtschaft  communism  Soviet  Union  Cold  War  Iron  Curtain  European  History  Stasi  SED 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Euro Breakup Precedent Seen When 15 State-Ruble Zone Fell Apart - Bloomberg
History of a Currency Union after end of Cold War & break up of Soviet union.

It was a currency union of 15 states in 1992. Two years later, as budget deficits spiraled out of control, hyperinflation reigned and economies shriveled, just two members of the Soviet Union’s ruble zone were left.

While differences between the Soviet Union and the EU are greater than their similarities, there are parallels that may prove helpful in assessing the debt crisis, historians say. Both were postwar constructs set up in response to a collective trauma; in both cases, the founding generation was dying out as crisis hit and disintegration loomed.

Greece’s departure from the euro bloc would deal a blow ...
Unions don’t break up because of troubles in peripheral countries, they break up from the core,

Alternative Scenario :: more unification to control out of Brussels offices likely to reawaken the monster of nationalism
Soviet  Union  Ruble  EMU  sovereign  debt  crisis  PIIGS  Grexit  Greece  currency  east-europe  Europe  economic  history  history 
june 2012 by asterisk2a

related tags

1%  2.0  Abstieg  affairs  America  American  austerity  avoidance  bailout  barackobama  Berlin  big  book  bribery  British  capitalism  Career  censorship  civil  class  code  coefficient  Cold  communism  competitiveness  complex  Congress  Constitution  corporatism  corruption  Court  Crimea  crisis  crony  currency  Curtain  debt  demagogue  demagogy  diplomacy  doctor  door  Dream  Drugs  East  east-europe  east-germany  economic  economy  education  Empire  EMU  error  Europe  European  evasion  Eyes  fairness  FISA  fiscal  Five  folly  foreign  GCHQ  GDR  geopolitics  German  Germany  gesellschaft  Gini  globalisation  globalization  Greece  Grexit  groups  history  ideology  Imperialism  income  inequality  interest  Iraq  Iron  jail  Justice  liberty  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  Lügenpresse  Mauerfall  maximisation  meritocracy  meritocratic  Middle  military–industrial  NAFTA  national  NATO  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  neoliberalism  No  NSA  on  Opportunism  opportunist  Orwellian  Pentagon  petrodollar  PIIGS  Planwirtschaft  Police  policy  political  Politicians  post-racial  PR  presidency  prison–industrial  profit  propaganda  public  Putin  relations  Representation  reunification  revolving  Rich  Roman  Ruble  Russia  sanctions  SED  self-censorship  shared  shareholder  short-term  Silicon  sovereign  Soviet  Sozialer  spin  squeezed  stakeholder  Stasi  state  Street  Super  surveillance  symbol  symbolism  System  tax  TBTF  Terror  thinking  to  too  toobigtofail  trust  trustagent  TTIP  UK  Ukrain  Ukraine  Union  USA  Valley  value  vested  view  vladimirputin  Wall  War  Washington  WMD  World 

Copy this bookmark: