This week has certainly been eventful in the world of geopolitics. Prime Minister Chucky is out, as I pointed out yesterday, after a brief, disastrous, and totally ignominious reign that saw the fastest collapse ever observed in a British government. The result is a British political class and system in extreme crisis – literally no one knows what to do, where to go, or how to proceed, now that one premier after another has been exposed as useless.
That crisis of confidence is spreading throughout the Western world, in the wake of the most stupid and ill-advised sanctions war in history. Russia is plainly winning on the battlefield, and has now mobilised and readied itself for a real war with NATO – not merely with Ukraine, but with the entire collective West. It is a war that the Western powers believe they can win, but what they believe does not match the facts on the ground.
The reality is that the Western world is heading for collapse, at high speed, and with no chance any longer of avoiding the final smash. This collapse is long overdue – we are coming up to the very end of “Extend and Pretend”, the policy engaged in by most of the West’s central banks and governments, in which they printed money into oblivion and monetised debt in a desperate attempt to avoid a sharp and extremely painful, but absolutely necessary, financial reckoning.
That reckoning would have cleaned out many of the structural inefficiencies and malinvestments accrued over decades of wasteful and stupid spending. But that did not happen, and now the combination of an energy crisis, loss of geopolitical power, and the division of the world into mutually hostile armed camps, will hasten that final collapse.
All I can say is: it’s about bloody time.
Make no mistake, this collapse will cause untold suffering and misery. The future is dark and very grim. Hundreds of millions of (mostly) innocent people will feel terrible economic pain in the months and years to come.
The fact is, however, that most of them voted for the very policies that have landed them in this present mess. Stupid ideas have real consequences, and now we are seeing that play out in real life. This cannot be avoided, and should not be. Humanity in the Western world needs a very harsh lesson, and will get one.
If there is any good cheer to be found in all of this, it is in the fact that, once the bitter medicine has been swallowed, and the healing process begins, the organism usually cleanses itself and becomes stronger and wiser over time. Let us hope that the Western world will become better – less imperialistic, less willing to embrace suicidally stupid policies, less insane.
The alternative is complete collapse and utter ruination. And that fate is too terrible to contemplate.
Let us put aside such bleak thoughts briefly, though, for it is, after all, Friday, and we all know what that means.
This week’s lovely lady is Diana Lukmanova (Диана Лукманова), age 29 from Sterlitamak, a city in Bashkortostan, deep in the Russian hinterland. She originally trained at Moscow Pedagogical Institute, presumably as a teacher, and is now a model of some kind. Going to school to learn how to teach didn’t do her much good in some areas, though – she is inked up, which is annoying as hell.
Happy Friday, gentlemen. As bad as things are now, and as bad as they will become, remember that this is necessary medicine for the entire Western world. Stupidity has consequences, as I have said so often before, and now we are seeing those consequences play out. Let them do so, and learn from the lessons.