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This is a great read; Rise and Fall of the American Empire 1948 - 2030

The Intercept - Jeremy Scahill - Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire

Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is killing an astonishing and growing number of civilians. Under Trump, the U.S. is re-escalating its war in Afghanistan, expanding its operations in Iraq and Syria, conducting covert raids in Somalia and Yemen, and openly facilitating the Saudi's genocidal military destruction of Yemen.

Meanwhile, China has quietly and rapidly expanded its influence without deploying its military on foreign soil.

A new book by the famed historian Alfred McCoy predicts that China is set to surpass the influence of the U.S. globally, both militarily and economically, by the year 2030. At that point, McCoy asserts the United States empire as we know it will be no more. He sees the Trump presidency as one of the clearest byproducts of the erosion of U.S. global dominance, but not its root cause. At the same time, he also believes Trump may accelerate the empire's decline.

A long read but, imo, worth your time

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 25th, 2017 at 04:54:26 PM EST
Good article.

I was thinking about the fall of the US empire recently when Booman wrote something about how Trump is hurting the empire (though Booman probably wrote "US interests" or something like that).

Brezhnev defeated Gorbachev and then lost to Yeltsin, so the US skipped ahead to the naked looting phase of imperial collapse, without withdrawing their troops first. Which creates it's own risks, in particular in relation to the nuclear weapons.

Assuming the world survives, if the US left accepted the coming collapse of empire and understood that it will bring huge challenges, perhaps they could prepare. Because it won't be pretty.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jul 28th, 2017 at 10:00:03 AM EST
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