The idea for my current work in progress came a couple years back.  It involved a complete breakdown in what we have come to consider the “global world order” since the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the paradigm shift represented by Operation Desert Storm (though the whirlwind victory and subsequent return to the status quo represented by that short-lived war turned out to be more of a fluke than a lasting reality, despite it forming the basis for most of Tom Clancy’s post-Cold-War fiction).  While the American Praetorian series had already represented some of a similar model of breakdown, it was largely focused on the continuing war against jihadism, and that war’s unintended consequences.

This is something different.

Anyone who knows me knows that I consider history to be the key to understanding the future.  While it is not, precisely, cyclic, there are certain consistencies that can be picked out in the rise and fall of nations, powers, and civilizations.  This was a fact that really hit home for me while reading Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War in 29 Palms.  While the names were different, the tools different, many of the speeches that Thucydides recorded could very easily have been delivered today.  Human nature is not, as the socialists wish it were, infinitely malleable.  It is, ultimately, immutable.  Which is why we can, to some extent, predict success or failure, based on history.

Here’s a bit of a secret: Everything, every bright new idea to reshape society for the future, has been tried.  And, ultimately, failed.

Naturally, there are those who reject the study of history because they believe they are smarter and better.  Guess how that tends to work out?

In putting together the state of the world for this new project, I’ve cast a rather wide net.  Much of what I’m writing about, and will continue to write about, is a potential road that we are already on.  The following video is relatively short, but it is only one piece in the puzzle.

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins

When all men are paid for existing, and no man must pay for his sins,

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,

The Gods of the Copybook Headings, with terror and slaughter return!

-Rudyard Kipling

Setting the Stage, Part 1

Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. Since he got out, he's been writing, authoring many articles and 24 books, mostly Action/Adventure and Military Thrillers, with some excursions into Paranormal Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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