In today’s era, many people have noted similarities with those periods involving the pre-collapse of societies in history, including, for example, the Roman Empire or the Soviet Union.
In those cases, this moment of collapse was preceded by an endeavour on the part of the system to guarantee its continuity by attempting to increase the strength of the repressive state apparatus vis-a-vis citizens and the military against enemy powers.
During the Roman Empire there had been an attempt to drain resources from trade and agricultural activity through a continuous increase in taxation on constantly decreasing resources. In the Soviet Union, farmers were forced to consign harvests per hectare that were totally unrealistic. In both cases, this resulted in a depletion of the resources available to civil society, plus an increase in the costs of the repressive system aimed at preventing civil society from rebelling.
In our case, it would appear that the dynamics are different. On the one hand, we have noted that funding in public health is surreptitiously decreasing.
For example, in particular, the government prefers to impose vaccination mandates on public employees, full knowing that with every additional imposition not only are incremental quotas of the workforce lost but, the latter is also blamed for the reduction in public services.
It is evident that, on the one hand, this is a pretext to reduce structural costs and, on the other to involve civil society in this act of repression and control through the imposition of an ethic to safeguard health and protect the environment. Thanks to the use of technology, the costs of the apparatus are decreasing and citizens are increasingly finding themselves engaged in a campaign of control through digital tools and a form of psychological manipulation that tends to make people believe that all this is being done for the common good.
This process of piloted collapse appears to be unprecedented in known history. Although in all probability this strategy will not prevent the outcome of the collapse, it might allow those governing it to transform it into a phase of transition that will nonetheless enable them to maintain control.
This could possibly be achieved by sacrificing the current ruling classes in favour of a new solution that, though part of the same process, would be embodied by new leaders. Although the latter will presumably have a chance to criticize a significant portion of previous policies, by taking stock of an irreversible situation, they would be starting from a new basis created within this process of controlled demolition.
At that point, it would be possible to reconstruct a new ‘building’ from this rubble. A ‘building’ that most probably already has its own dimension and design in the minds of those who are managing this process.