James Pethokoukis

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Dude, where’s my civilization-wrecking depression?

August 24, 2009

Geopolitical thinker and strategist Tom Barnett is disappointed with the resilience of the global economy and institutions:

As always, I am disappointed that roving gangs don’t roam my streets and we haven’t all been reduced to survivalism. Still waiting on the many wars as well. Not even getting a slew of new leftist governments.

As global recessions go, a complete disappointment for the professional hysterics. But I’m sure it’s a complete anomaly to be explained away. I look forward to the posts, and place my continuing faith in an electronic Pearl Harbor (over a decade now in the frantic predicting/making) that will bring the entire world to its knees overnight, ending life as we know it. Certainly, when it comes, it will render all our current problems completely meaningless in comparison, so I wonder why we’re even bothering to debate healthcare reform.

Me: And all that money I spent on a bug-out bag has been wasted! Wait, there is still Captain Tripps, I mean, the swine flu! And what about peak oil?

Comments

You commentators make me laugh, b/c on one hand you thrash the government for bailing out AIG, Citi, BofA and the rest but then have the smug arrogance to ignore that those bailouts SAVED us from an utter destruction of the world economy. As it is, the economy is still totally f’d up, but if trillions of dollars weren’t served up on a plate to bank/insurance we’ be looking at someone much, MUCH worse.

Swine flu was never anything to amazing… all one had to do was look at the death rates and the were never more than slighty above seasonal norms; peak oil has only been delayed; it’s inevitable unless you’re happy paying a LOT more at the pump. Just my two cents…

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It will happen James and I hope you live long enough to see it. Why are reporters always such fools?

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