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the more tyrannical this dying republic becomes, we may soon need to master the art of bribery, or better yet 'blackmarkets,' too.

Well, if we lived in a non-topsy turvy world, cops wouldn't exist. and, even if they had to, their roles would only become activated, AFTER a real crime has been observed or committed. "pro-active" policing is just modern euphemism for "PRE-crime."

I don't know if you've ever heard of Dmitry Orlov, but his contention is that because during the Cold War, Russians had gotten used to dealing in blackmarkets to get their goods, so even after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the ensuing 1990's LTCM-induced collapse, the Russian citizenry were so used to getting around the system that it wasn't too much of an adjustment for them.

Unlike the way it maybe for us, post currency collapse; because Americans have become so dependent on 'just-in-time-delivery' pioneered by Toyota, to supply all our needs, frankly other than 'underworld' dealers/cartels/gangs, most in our country have not mastered the art of barter and underground economy.

Fascinating insight, certainly seems apropos assessment:

Guns and Butter - Dmitry Orlov: "The Collapse Gap"

Guns and Butter, for August 5, 2009 - 1:00pm

For direct download:

Guns and Butter - "The Collapse Gap"

"The Collapse Gap" with Dmitry Orlov, author of "Reinventing Collapse - The Soviet Example and American Prospects". Dmitry Orlov's repeated travels to Russia throughout the early nineties allowed him to observe the aftermath of the Soviet collapse first-hand. Being both a Russian and an American, Dmitry was able to appreciate both the differences and the similarities between the two superpowers. Eventually he came to the conclusion that the United States is going the way of the Soviet Union. His emphasis is on all the things that can still be made to work, and he advocates simply ignoring all that will fall by the wayside.

ReInventing Collapse

On RT, March 9, 2009: "America WILL Collapse!"

Granted it's eco-leftist leaning, but nevertheless interesting reference info: Dmitry Orlov, the collapse

Published on Mar 26, 2012 by toalexsmail

From the Green Life Eco Fest - March 22, 2011

Title: The Twilight of the Antipodes and the Cultural Flip.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul