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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Russian professor predicts Balkanization of the U.S.

A noted Russian analyst predicted the breakup of the USA into a cluster of Balkanized states following a devastating economic collapse. Professor Igor Panarin’s prophecy was revealed during an interview in the Russian daily Izvestia on November 24.

Panarin conjectured “the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.” Read more here.

Panarin’s nightmare scenario is remarkably similar to the premise of my novel AMERICA LIBRE, a cautionary tale that envisions a Hispanic insurrection in the U.S. Southwest sparked by a violent nativist backlash. 

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

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