Prigozhin’s coup may or may not succeed. [ed. It didn’t] While his victory would spell the end of the Putin regime, the very fact of a systemic crisis is what ultimately matters more.
Stable regimes don’t face such challenges. Unstable regimes beset by deep-seated contradictions between elites, rulers, and subjects do.
Yes, but the most immediate pressing problem is the nuclear weapons. What would happen to them?
And the collapse is just not very predictable. Did anyone predict a revolt by the Wagner Group? Even an aborted one? I sure never heard anyone even hint at that. Often, regimes look stable from the outside (and even inside), and then the collapse is all of a sudden, a surprise. It is, at heart, a credibility issue. And it can spiral wildly and unpredictably. And once it gets going, it is very hard to stop.
And THAT is worrisome for the United States. I know we like to think that it could never happen here because it hasn’t for about 250 years. But OUR country is more fragile than we like to believe! There hasn’t even been a civil war for 160 or so years…
I think that Lefties tend to pretty grossly over-estimate how robust our own country is. NOTHING destroys a country like corruption, ignorance (partisan MSM), and heavy-handed regulation. And those are the three big things that Lefties champion! Just look at Russia…
It’s scary. I just don’t think it can go on forever. But, I don’t want a collapse to be in MY day!