It’s not often that I run across a startlingly original interpretation of current events, but here’s one. The writer asserts that, quite by accident, the USSR of the late 1980s was much better prepared for economic collapse than the US of today. He then proceeds to show why many of the characteristics of Soviet society, so miserable from the point of view of modern industrial capitalism, served the population well as their union disintegrated and governmental mechanisms collapsed, while the antithetical characteristics of Western society are likely to make economic collapse (if it ever comes) dire and painful for westerners.
One good thing about this essay is that it consists mostly of observations well worth pondering, no matter how the reader is inclined to view modernity. In thinking about economic collapse it hadn’t occurred to me that the Soviet Union was an excellent recent example of just that, one well worth studying and about which there is lots of information available. This essay is a good starting point for that.