There are many days were I read crazed rantings from conservative and liberal talking heads about how academia is ruining the modern world. Their research, facts, and conclusions show how they hate humanity; leading the public into an amoral/hyper-religious state (choose appropriate descriptor depending on political leaning of the talking head). We usually laugh, then someone like Igor Panarian comes along and makes us think those talking heads are onto something.
Igor Panarian is well respected. An expert on US-Russian relations, keynotes at several posh events, taught at prestigious universities, written 9 books and a handful of papers. He might also be a little off (though everyone has their weird theories — I thought the Lions would be a contender by now). Igor Panarian has his weird theory, and brought a map along to showcase it. Mr. Panarian theory is summed up fairly simply: in 2010 the US will enter into Civil War II and fraction into 4 separate entities — with Hawaii and Alaska peacing out and joining Japan or China and Russia, respectively. It goes a little more in-depth, with a few factors that lead up to Civil War II:
- Economic collapse (Check)
- Moral collapse (I checked with the talking heads, we’re split, half-check)
These elements combined is going bring a massive reorganization of the current United States, while simultaneously revitalizing the creativity in war-based video games. Usually, people would laugh at Mr. Panarian (and they did). The map looks like he randomly drew lines with a sharpie, not taking into account political or culutral aspects, you know, important stuff. However, the state controlled media in Russia decided “hey, this is a great idea.”
The Kremlin is really trying to sell the idea that the ‘90’s was a fluke and they can resort to the glory days. If you ever played Civilization — or studied history, political science, sociology, anthropology, the stuff that guarantees unemployment (so stick to playing Civilization and major in engineering) — you’re aware of one thing you need to get your citizens behind you: a narrative. The more compelling the better. If you can create an enemy, tear it down, and raise your stock — we have a national narrative the farmers, city-dwellers and surbanites can get behind! The demise and the fracturing of the US is pretty damn compelling.
Of course, this is the part were I throw out the old stand-by, “if Panarian is right, we’re all gonna look like asses.”