How The US Paper Tiger Crumbles

Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Paul Martin

Monty Pelerin
Economicnoise.com
February 19, 2014

The Statists who take pride and comfort in the US being the world’s foremost military power (which others see as bullying) seem not to notice how unsustainable this condition truly is. History teaches us that all empires die from within. All extend themselves beyond what they can support. The US is no different.

Nations before and after Rome rose and fell from world leadership and dominance as a result of decay from within. Understanding the precise cause of each rise and fall is not necessary. All involved either overreach or the decay in economic conditions needed to support the superstructure developed. Overreach or decaying of economic power (or both) explains them all. The US will ultimately be no different.

The US embarked on its downfall in the mid-Sixties when Lyndon B. Johnson introduced the Great Society while at war in Vietnam. The term “guns and butter” described the idea that the US could both be at war and provide for its citizens at the same time. Fifty years later, guns and butter has been taken to new levels. Indeed, it has been institutionalized. The US is almost in a constant state of war with someone, somewhere and it has become a true Welfare State with all the social payments and disincentives that implies.

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