“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.” – Hannah Arendt

Talk about a severely weak underbelly.  Sun Tzu couldn’t have imagined a more elegant undoing of a militarily and economically superior nation.  Let them eat themselves into oblivion with a degenerate foodsource subsidized by their own government.  Eventually they’ll crumble under the weight of their own healthcare-driven debt.

If our own CDC’s predictions can be believed, By 2030 we’ll be spending 300% of our GDP on healthcare alone, the lion’s share of that being spent on the management of “diseases of modernity” – the same diseases that could be essentially eliminated via consumption of a nutrient-dense, grain, legume and sugar-free diet, and getting a bit of smartly-programmed exercise.  In essence, our country is borrowing money to subsidize its own demise.  300% of GDP?  And hell, that’s even before we factor in the military budget or cost of basic infrastructure.  Once more, fact exceeds any attempt at creative fiction.

That the country’s current trajectory is unsustainable is without doubt.  The only question remaining is whether or not those with the answers will hang-in there long enough to help right the ship.  At a certain point, though, self-preservation will have to prevail.  Exit strategies are the new, polite “what if” dinner conversation among those in the know.  This I know, because I’ve had them.  Many of them.

Of course it doesn’t have to end this way; we absolutely do have the power to change things.  Want to join the conversation on this topic?  Care to fight the good fight to the bitter end?  Join my friend David Duley at his site, I Can Fix America.  And be sure to check out Dave’s new podcast, The Controversial Truth, with co-host none other than Robb Wolf.  Good stuff, for sure.  Maybe together we can right this ship before those of us with the foresight and the means to do so have to pack it in for some South American narco republic.

I gotta tell ya,  Uruguay’s idea of sensible government involvement a hell of a lot better — and more sustainable — than the idea of subsidizing grain.

In health, fitness and ancestral wellness –


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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.


  1. It does trigger some cognitive dissonance for me to see calls to save the US from cereal grains at the same time that many experts with knowledge of the global food system are fretting about how to further increase global cereal grain production so as to keep large parts of the world from starving to death. For too many people in the third world, the only thing standing between them and death by starvation is a cheap bag of rice.

    • Yes, that’s the difference between thriving and mere surviving. If it were between death and eating some grain, I’d be a rice-eating mo fo, as well. In areas that can support such, I’d love to see the introduction of smart animal/crop rotation.

  2. Funny you mentioned Uruguay. I just saw their exhibit at the Korea world expo and fell in love. I’m seriously considering moving there.

    On a different note, how else would America fall if not by it’s own decadence? The mentality of a right to comfort will always ensure that we eat ourselves into a healthcare hole. I think the definition of the American dream needs work. The problem is deeper than simply our health habits but has more to do with the behaviors and consumptions we feel we are entitled to as a nation.

    • Right on. I agree that fixing healthcare only patches the superficial problem. The deep-seated issues are another story. It may just be the universal human condition that, when a society reaches a certain level of affluence for a certain duration, the wheels begin to fall off. It is an interesting conundrum for sure.

  3. Right, and not just the unraveling of a nation, but perhaps many of them. I’m an Australian who lives in the UK, and everywhere I look, I see these same products – those of American companies, made with American subsidized corn. Making people fat and clogging up hospital waiting rooms around the world. Here’s hoping for change.


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