Monday, December 29, 2008

If this Russian professor is right, TeamStinson will no longer share a nationality with all you Iowans. The breakup of the United States seems unlikely, but this guy actually has points on a few things… which is very scary.

For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.

The article is worth a read.

Update: While in the surgery waiting room today, I read this article in Foreign Affairs. Although this article is not dircetly related to Prof. Panarin's breakup prediction, it addresses the concerns I have about America's perilous position in the global geopolitical system. To me, the internal and external threats of destruction of our democracy are inseparable. I think Kagan makes some really good points that I hadn't considered. In short, it gives me some realistic hope.

A Word: I realize I blog about some things that don't interest all (or many) of you. I apologize for this, and if it is too much of an annoyance, I will just start another blog. In a sense, foreign affairs and politics doesn't mesh with our family blog. I recognize that, but I don't have the energy to start another blog right now, and Suni simply does not have the time to blog, not to mention it has to be uncomfortable for her to sit at a computer. So, if you visit our little blog simply to see what we are up to and see pictures of Waylon, please don't be put off by my ramblings. And, if you are, please let me know.


5 comments:

Jody said...

I saw that a while back... All I have to say is- I want to be in the part with the guns. :)

Cole said...

Jody, sort of touching on this subject, I would highly recommend an article written by Robert Kagan in Foreign Affairs' September/October 2008 edition. It is called The September 12 Paradigm. Here is the link, if you are so inclined. http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20080901faessay87502/robert-kagan/the-september-12-paradigm.html

tw said...

I for one enjoy the various ramblings. Nothing warms a cold winter night in Iowa like cuddling by the fire with a Sailor Jerry in hand as I read blogs about obscure Russian Professors.

Cole said...

Ha, laugh it up, Timmy. I sure wish I could have a bit of ole Jerry about now. When we were at my cousin's last weekend, he asked his wife to get some Captain Morgan for the egg nog. She came back with Captain Jerry and passed along that the liquor store owner it was "the best rum out there." I damn near fell on the floor laughing. Hats off to Jerry!

Cole said...

Hey, I would tell you I would endeavor to bring you musings of well-known Russian professors... but, well, they're all obscure to me, buddy :)