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America and its empire may or may not be on the brink of collapse - I suppose that depends on how apocalypse minded one is.

I think, beyond a ten or fifteen year window, this isn't even an interesting question. Since the industrial revolution (or maybe the agricultural revolution) we've been building towards an all consuming "human empire." Today about 98% of human lives and an equivalent percentage of the planet's physical resources are dedicated exclusively to this project - the structure of which is well outlined by ARGeezer in this comment.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 01:22:10 PM EST

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