Jim Jatras is an Orthodox Christian with quite the resume. He is a Washington DC attorney, political analyst, and media & government affairs specialist. He formerly served as a senior foreign policy adviser to the US Senate Republican leadership, and before that served as a diplomat in Mexico, the Office of Soviet Union affairs, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He is very experienced in geopolitics, and is willing to uncover the truth when it comes to politics and religion in Orthodoxy.
On Sept. 2nd 2022, in Washington, DC, Jim Jatras delivered an incredible speech, which can be viewed in full here:
Starting at 9:20 in the video, he paints a dark picture of America's current trajectory:
We are a year further into a very dark tunnel, and there’s nothing (in my very fallible opinion) anyone can do to stop an accelerating rush into the abyss. But we can talk about probabilities. A year ago, if I had to guess, I’d have said chances of any kind of happy ending for this country or the world would be very slim indeed. Limitless tyranny at home, endless war abroad. George Orwell’s boot stomping on a human face forever, but dragged out in rainbow glitter and a feather boa while carving up your kids’ sexual parts. America: sliding quietly under the Woke waves never to be seen again while imposing the same poison on the rest of the world. There is no Transatlanticism without transgenderism! As Craig Murray memorably observed regarding the United Kingdom and the collapse of Boris “BoJo the Clown” Johnson’s Prime Ministership, we could anticipate that America would draw to a close not with a bang … but with a fart (albeit one generating hurricane force winds).
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, coming from an unexpected direction — the current military conflict in Ukraine — which may bring American hegemony to an end on the world stage:
My assessment radically changed on February 24, 2022, when Russia began what it called its Special Military Operation in Ukraine. Without going into all the details of the war itself and the reasons for it, I believe that the reverberations of that war are having and will continue to have serious consequences for the smooth fade into oblivion that had been our most likely doom. In a nutshell, the entire globalist program – Build Back Better, plans for Biden’s renewable Gangrene New Deal energy economy, “you vill eat ze bugz,” more “genders” than Heinz varieties – may come crashing down along with its premier instrumentalities, the evil twins NATO and the European Union. Can it be that there’s a “soft landing” to this second cold war, that the US-led so-called “rules-based international order” might dissolve as (relatively) peacefully as did the Warsaw Pact and the USSR? Do miracles on that scale happen twice in one lifetime?
Put another way: what we’re seeing now is in fact World War III between the Global American Empire (the G.A.E., or “the GAE”) and a loose set of countries led by Russia and China: Eurasia. Only a small portion of that war is military, confined for the moment to Ukraine but with the danger of spread. There is also the potential for an outbreak in the western Pacific over Taiwan., not to mention other flashpoints like Iran and North Korea. Most of this global war, though, is financial and economic, and of course in the informational and propaganda sphere. Bottom line: I see no way for the GAE to win, nor any way for its leaders to accept defeat. The risk of an accidental escalation to a nuclear conflagration exists, as does the possibility (albeit a slim one, I hope) of a so-called “Samson Option,” deliberately bringing down the temple crushing all inside.
Well, if the worst happens, we won’t have to worry because we’ll all be dead. If it doesn’t, what comes next won’t be pretty though: a combination inflation/deflation in the form of inflation of daily living needs (food, fuel), deflation of stored wealth (stocks, bonds, crypto, real estate, maybe metals, durable goods and discretional purchases that people can't afford because all their money goes for food, gas, and keeping lights on). For the short term, cash will be king but eventually – maybe in a year, two years? – the US dollar will go down the tube as well. At this juncture it’s hard to see what could replace it, but it sure won't be the Euro or the Pound.
In our post-industrial debt-based virtual economy we will be painfully educated as to how much our ability to buy underpriced imported stuff at Walmart and on Amazon rests on dollar “seigniorage,” which in turn rests on global perceptions of American military superiority. As the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman put it, “McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15.” Just as the USSR's international standing was inextricably linked to its internal stability, the visible failure of the empire will feed a crisis of legitimacy at home in the US and in our vassal states. The chickens of the US establishment’s post-Cold War misguided and needless ideological quest for world domination, waged with all the Manichaean messianic zeal of 1920s Bolsheviks, are coming home to roost. It is a house built on sand: “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Jim warns us that a regime change is on the horizon, and that we cannot vote our way out of this mess:
We also, in the short term, need to take into account a looming regime crisis: Uncle Joe Biden is incompetent and everybody sees he needs to go but there's nobody capable who will replace him – certainly not that cackling moron set to take his desk in the Oval Office. Meanwhile, the GOP, with very few exceptions, isn't much better. Also – spoiler alert! – watch for election fraud in November, for which we’re already seeing the media spin, and which could itself be a trigger. In any case, we ain’t gonna vote our way out of this. As someone on Twitter put it, “America today is like a corpse being consumed by maggots. Liberals are rooting for the maggots. Conservatives are rooting for the corpse.”
He suspects that everything will come to a head within the next five years, by 2027 or sooner:
I do hope that once the ordeal is over, some sort of decent America can arise, perhaps only in part of what used to be the United States. Anticipating something comparable to what the Soviet Union went through in the 1990s, I reckon the whole thing should be over by about 2027, hopefully sooner but by 2030 at the latest.
Now, while the world is crashing all around us, what should we be doing? Jim provides the following advice for the future:
‘Firstly, be vigilant against deception, in a day when assuredly evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. Admittedly, this is a tough one, given the ever-present lying that surrounds us and the suppression of dissent. Try to sift truth from falsehood but don’t become obsessed because, in many cases, you won’t be able to be sure anyway. Focus most on what’s proximate to you and on the people most important to you. … Be skeptical – about everyone. … There may be a cost. As Solzhenitsyn said, “He who chooses the lie as his principle inevitably chooses violence as his method.”
‘Secondly, as stewards of every worldly charge placed on us by God and by other people—as fathers and mothers, as husbands and wives, as sons and daughters, as neighbors, as students, as workers, as citizens, as patriots—we must prudently care for those to whom we have a duty within the limited power and wisdom allotted to us. Start with yourselves. Be as self-sufficient as possible. Get involved in your community; that leftist slogan is actually a good one: think globally, act locally. Befriend your neighbors. Learn a real skill – electricity, plumbing, carpentry. Farm! Don’t go to law school, for goodness’ sake. Get in shape. Eat and sleep right. Have plenty of the essentials: food, fuel, gold, ammunition. Learn to shoot. Limit computer and phone time. Cultivate healthy personal relationships – real ones, not virtual ones. Marry young, have kids – especially women, don’t get seduced by all that “career” nonsense. [Nobody on his or her deathbed ever said, “Gosh, I wish I’d spent more time at the office.] Read old books. Cultivate virtue. Go to church.
‘Simply being what used to be considered normal and leading a productive life is becoming the most revolutionary act one can perform. With that in mind, find the strength to be revolutionaries indeed!
‘You’ve seen the meme: Hard times create strong men; Strong men create good times; Good times create weak men; Weak men create hard times. Well, take it from the weakling generation that brought them to you: the hard times, they is a-coming. But they won’t last forever. If you live through them – and some of you will not – we’ll see what possibilities, as of now literally unimaginable, might then exist. But you will need to be personally fit to take advantage of them. You will also need to be part of some kind of sustainable community of likeminded people.
‘Third, for those of you who are believers, particularly Christians, we must pray without ceasing, firm in faith that, through whatever hardships may lie ahead, even the very hairs of our head are all numbered, and the final triumph of Truth is never in doubt.
‘Thank you, and good luck. You’re going to need it.’
While these excerpts are good, the entire speech is phenominal. It is highly recommended to watch the video of his full speech.