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...killed. The populations of these countries were left liberated but confused, angry but unaware of how to chart their lives. To arbitrarily walk into a country and take over, create a vacuum, or prop up equally inept replacement regimes just because they show support to either the west or the east does not help; these places will sink into dysfunction and failed statehood in no time. And then East and West will look at each other and ask, “What happened?” Just ask a poor Afghan in this lifetime who first saw the Russians followed by the Westerners run over his country and leave with... (more)
We go on about the decline of the West and the rise of the East but that seems to be an oversimplification of a more fundamental problem. A couple of centuries before, when colonial empires were at their height, we may have proposed the reverse. I have tried to come up with my own reasons for why civilizations grow and decline, in particular our present one.
A Declining Population: “Me, Myself and I” is the motto of boomers (and to a large extent, of those who come after them as well) in the West. There is so much to “do” today in order to define who we are: education, career, home... (more)
... of life. I felt shafted. In my part of the world we had import bans, shortages of most goods, local industry not worth talking about, corrupt governments, patchy healthcare, crumbling colonial infrastructure, and wars to unsettle us. What I hadn’t counted on was that the West was aging and the East was young, vibrant and bound to burst out of its fetters soon. What I also did not realize was that the fortress walls that had cloaked the advanced West from the backward East (aka barriers to trade) were about to fall off their artificial foundations.
So I came west with a lot of... (more)
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