USSR collapse as a model?

Jim Kuntsler contrasts the collapse of the USSR vs. the collapse he sees coming here, and thinks maybe Russians were better prepared than we will be.

The comparison with the American situation is chilling. For all its gross faults, the Russians were ironically better prepared for economic collapse and political turmoil than we will be. For one thing, all housing there was owned by the state, and allocated under bare nominal rents, so when the economy collapsed, people just stayed in their apartments. Nobody got evicted.

The biggest difference, though, between Soviet Russia and America today is the psychology of the people. Soviet citizens were prepared for trouble by lifetimes of comparative hardship.

His post mentions the soon to published book, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects by Dmitry Orlov, who lived through much of the Russian implosion.

From the Amazon review.

Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, Reinventing Collapse suggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation.

He argues that by examining maladaptive parts of our common cultural baggage, we can survive, thrive, and discover more meaningful and fulfilling lives, in spite of steadily deteriorating circumstances.

Technology may be able to invent ways out of the worst of this by developing new, inexpensive forms of energy. (At least I hope so.) But how Russians survived the collapse of their economy may certainly be a guide for us if and when our economy starts to wobble too.

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