It happened to the Sun-never-sets-on-the-British Empire. The Soviet Union was able to sustain multiple system dysfunction well past its shelf life by sheer force of raw suppression, but inevitably blew up into fifteen republics (mercifully without too much violence). And, of course, there is the famous and extensively studied collapse of the Roman Empire. What took several hundred years in the time of Rome now can be accomplished in a few decades.
That said, it still takes years to achieve the state of affairs in which the U. S. now finds itself. Time enough for too many citizens to not see the process of failure unfold. Not anymore. Eventually the suffering person realizes they are terminally ill. The American people, thanks in large part to the power of the Internet, are now quite aware their vaunted society is coming apart at the seams. Let’s review.
— The two-party political system by virtue of bad law, bad judicial decisions and pure greed for money and power has frozen into a block of ice (“Some say the world will end in fire……”). New ideas are strangled in their crib. New political parties are throttled. Independent candidates crippled.
— The American health care system, while satisfactory for the very wealthy, is collectively one of the worst in the developed, industrialized world. It is helping to destroy the middle class – the primary engine of social stability. Health issues are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy.
— The massive U.S. military spending – not long ago greater than all other nations in the world combined – guarantees that fiscal balance and adequate funding in support of the human condition will not be possible.
— Along with war spending, massive entitlement commitments made without any effort to control that war spending going back to 1960 now place the nation in immediate debt of $17 trillion dollars with an almost incomprehensible long term exposure of $80 to $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
— Economic recovery after the 2008/2009 greatest train robbery is a temporary illusion created by an enormous “printing” of $trillions of new money that will eventually lead to inflation.
— The investment and standard banking industries have bought politicians to pass laws that have allowed a massive shift of wealth to the upper class and stripping the middle class of pensions, jobs, home values, and home ownership. Virtually no one is held criminally accountable for this. Eventual fines are trivial.
— Behind the confiscation of middle class assets by the investment banking abuses is the exposure to derivatives (casino debt). Some experts claim this exposure is over $200 trillion. If you’re counting, that’s over $300 trillion in risk exposure for the U. S. society.
— Voting systems in the U. S. are an antiquated joke with voter turnout one of the lowest in the developed world. This is made worse by a venal policy of one of the political parties to suppress voter turnout in every way possible that would undermine the other political party.
— The very infrastructure of the nation – roads, bridges, dams, waterways, power grids, sewers – are falling apart with little funds to fix. $2.5 trillion of investment is needed by 2020. Half baked efforts and illusionary promises are put forward that few believe sufficient.
— American international influence, trust levels and esteem are declining under a plethora of terrible policies, brutal war measures and outright stupidity.
— American political institutions, particularly the U. S. Congress, have fallen to record levels ofdisapproval, and distrust in government has polarized the nation making common sense policies next to impossible.
— The U. S. dollar, the cornerstone of American financial power, is being circled by a number of nations quite willing to replace or diminish it for their own benefit. The U. S. literally submits to this process with profoundly destructive financial decisions year after year. Loss of reserve currency statusall or in part would trigger significant inflation.
— American manufacturing jobs are disappearing by being shoved off shore or replaced by low paying service jobs at minimum wage.
— The gap between the rich and poor grows and the American middle class is diminished. This is a recipe for violence and disorder in the most heavily armed nation in the world.
— A fossil fuel based energy industry has bought politicians in order to get away with monopolizing energy production, fixing prices, misrepresenting both held and potential reserves, not building new refineries and pushing exploitation of more dangerous extraction modalities such as tar sands, shale and fracking. In other words, utilize every trick to drive the price of energy higher at the nation’s expense. Meanwhile, government and corporate entities have been buying up and suppressing competing energy patents, intimidating inventors and confiscating competing technology under national security imprimatur. All this while fossil fuels are contaminating U.S. air, rivers, soils and ground water and bringing premature death to millions.
— The food industry is being taken over by a consortium of companies led by Monsanto that intend to own a re-engineered food and seed supply designed to force the use of their own pesticides in mass quantities. Few things are more representative of the concept of system failure than the losses in the honey bee population (Colony Collapse Disorder). Growing evidence connects CCD to the actions of companies like Monsanto, easily the most dangerous corporation in the world today. The environmental impact will be devastating. The government does nothing. Huge corporate spending thwarts citizen activism.
— Lastly, a secret empire was built to service the $10+ trillion (in adjusted dollars) Cold War (acknowledged) and address the presence of extraterrestrials (non-human intelligence) engaging the planet (not acknowledged). This “empire” has become a world unto itself with a low opinion (perhaps justifiable) of politicians meaning senators, congresspersons, the president and their staff. Just yesterday the White House indicated the NSA had not informed the President about the surveillance of foreign heads of state’s phone calls. This empire is vast, out of control and in dire need of overhaul and reform.
Read enough? It’s a partial list, but the point is made.
Why am I telling you this?