Here are two articles that recently posted the same day over at American Thinker:
Society is reaching critical mass
By Robert Arvay
There is a limit to how much stress can be put on something before it is finally and irreversibly destroyed. It goes by several different names. Critical mass, tipping point, and system overload are but a few. In each case, the term refers to an event that finally breaks the camel’s back (to use yet another term for the same thing).
Society is not merely reaching its critical mass; it is reaching it so swiftly that predictably, there will be an abrupt and catastrophic breakdown of historic proportions, eclipsing even the fall of the Roman Empire.
This is not hyperbole. In modern times, humanity has witnessed such catastrophes. The French Revolution with its resultant Reign of Terror was followed in later years by the Communist Revolution in Russia and even later by the rise of fascism in Germany and Japan. Each of these events unleashed apocalyptic death and destruction. Nor were they the end of it.
Today, however, the event is taking place in a form both more subtle and more explosive than ever before. It is not merely the political, economic, and military structures being overturned, but the very core and foundation of humanity itself: the human psyche.
Read more: American Thinker
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What peak government looks like
By Andrew Solomon
Private businesses with zero growth rates are unattractive investments. You can see them from a mile away. At one time they were exciting, compelling businesses with a bright future and exploding growth. Then something happened. They reached their peak. They start paying a dividend as a lure just so you’ll hold the stock.
It gets worse.
After some time, the stale leadership realize they cannot juice returns enough to even fake it on the conference calls anymore. So instead of reinvesting in new areas or new markets, they quietly begin a campaign to do share buybacks. They can retire old units and make existing shareholders richer, or they can issue new shares and dilute them. If it’s the latter, beware. The company has decided to cannibalize itself, beginning with the most superficial flesh: ignorant and passive portfolio unit holders typically buried within boring mutual funds.
This is an extra-judicial liquidation without any formal acknowledgement. It is done by the insiders – the board members, the corporate officers or anyone with the privilege of voting rights. Certainly not shareholders. The company has decided to consume itself. It could take years before it officially dies, as some carcasses are huge, but dead is dead.
Think of government the same way. When you reach peak government, it looks exactly like where we are today. You, the taxpayer civilian, are the poor shareholder of a country that has been in a no-growth environment for 20 years…
Read more: American Thinker