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The last century liberal democracy might as well be a historical aberration, the luxury of the peak industrial age. With resources tighter and global environmental problems sharper, we might know nothing better than to step back to feudal, tribal and hierarchy passions.

The global social-economic and environmental problems are very predictable, yet open discussion of them is conspicuously absent. This blatant incongruency probably shows that global leaders (and other alphas) have their own plans to resolve and settle this civilization overshot episode - and not just at the last moment. Religion, culture, wars are merely tools that had been used in similar (albeit less global) circumstances multiple times. With so much at stake, common people are just masses to manage. Huntington might as well be a prescriptor rather than a predictor.

by das monde on Sun Mar 2nd, 2014 at 10:47:40 AM EST
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