Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Emergency Eyewash

About a year and a half ago this blog underwent a shift of focus: instead of discussing all things collapse-related, as I have been doing since 2008, I started devoting my attention to the types of collapse we are currently observing:

• Collapse of American hegemony and the old world order
• Collapse of Western “values” and of the Western “civilizational” narrative
• Collapse of the fictional, extend-and-pretend, financial stability of the Eurozone and the US dollar zone
• Collapse in Western media's ability to report on world events

Many people have clearly found this new, sharper focus much more interesting than the discussion of collapses in general: blog traffic has tripled, and now fluctuates between 250,000 and 300,000 reads a month.

This change of focus has helped me define a new mission for myself and for this blog: it is to do what I can to breach the information blockade imposed on the English-speaking world by the corporate-controlled Western media.

Along the way, I have produced a body of work some 70,000 words long, which I have just published as a paperback, titled Emergency Eyewash—the second title from Club Orlov Press, with three more in the works.

With the publication of this book, this blog is going on a summer hiatus and will be mostly showing reruns of particularly popular posts. My boat has a functioning engine now (many thanks, again, to everyone who has donated to the engine crowdfunding campaign) and I am about to sail off, to reemerge some weeks later in a different part of the globe. I probably won't get much of a chance to write while underway, but I may record some sailing videos.

Here is the back-cover text from Emergency Eyewash:
The old world order, to which we became accustomed over the course of the 1990s and the 2000s, its crises and its problems analyzed in numerous authoritative publications on both sides of the Atlantic—it is no more.

It is not out sick and it is not on vacation. It is deceased.

It has passed on, gone to meet its maker, bought the farm, kicked the bucket and joined the choir invisible. It is an ex- world order.

Not too many people in the West have caught on to that yet, because to do that they first need to wash the sleep out of their eyes and gaze through the information blockade imposed on them by Western corporate-controlled media.

This book contains a collection of essays on the hot topics of the day written with the aim of helping you do just that.
And here is the table of contents:

American Foreign Policy Fiascos
Answers to Tough Questions
People on the move
Fact-Free Zone
Saving Face
Permission to Steal Everything
Propaganda and the lack thereof
How can you tell whether Russia has invaded Ukraine?
How to start a war and lose an empire
Twilight of the Oligarchs
Happy talk about the climate
Minimum Viable Sociopathy
Defeat is Victory
The Imperial Collapse Playbook
2015: Grounds for Optimism
Peculiarities of Russian National Character
No Escape
Masters of Parallel Universes
Financial collapse leads to war
Chaos: Practice and Applications
Financial Feudalism
License to Kill
Communities that Abide Revisited
The Limits of Propaganda
America's Achilles' Heel
No, you can't go back to the USSR!
The Magical Content Tree
Pop goes the Bubble
The Care and Feeding of a Financial Black Hole
Financial Nonsense Overload
So you say you don't want a revolution?
It's really very simple