As We Move Into 2017: The Cracks in the Empire are Here… How will the U.S. Empire Dissolve?
By Jan Oberg
January 07, 2017
The old years went – in as little a time as it takes to turn around and see who is tapping you on your shoulder. And it is the new, the next year.
I hope it will pass too – in as little time as it takes for me to turn my head and look forward again – because the face of 2017 doesn’t look good or kind to me.
Neither do the next ten or so years.
Beyond that the world will become a better place. If, that is, if we survive and don’t destroy it all.
It is actually already becoming a better place!
The thing that has too pass – or pass away – is the United States Empire.
In a few years it will go the way Rome and all the rest plus the Ottoman, British and Soviet empires did. No empire lasts forever.
Some indicators of Empire dissolution
The indicators, the cracks, in the Empire are there for all to see – the Americans and other Westerners will be the last and remain in denial for some time until the discrepancy between the self-image and the reality, the self-delusion, has grown too big. Like East Germany or Russia at in the early 1980s.
The rest of the world, the non-West sees some of these cracks quite clearly:
• Lost regions such as the Middle East
• All wars lost since Vietnam, human and economic costs to the US itself tremendous, beyond imagination.
• Much lower share of the world economy than 40-50 years ago
• Ever deeper income differences known to be harmful to any society.
• About 20% of the people living under the poverty line.
• Ghettoisation, dilapidated cities and infrastructure.
• Loss of hope and positive vision – so much social anger.
• Relatively declining status in the arts and market prices – the Chinese again…
• Loss of credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the rest of the world – oh, remember the 1950s and 1960s!
• Repeated violations of the UN Charter and international law with the excuse of being “exceptionalist” – standing over and above the law, beyond everybody else.
• By any statistics the most killing country with the most interventions, occupations, regime changes and arms exports to all corners, 600+ military facilities in 130+ countries, special assassination troops in as many, drone warfare and the Global War on Terror that has increased terrorism 80 times since 9/11 2001.
Obviously a system that can neither survive in the long run nor remain loved by the world. Too many wounds, too many traumas in its wake. And no apologies.
• The soap opera-, reality show-like presidential campaign that documents that while good candidates for the US and the world were available – Jill Stein in particular – the two main competitors should carry names like Pest and Cholera – most people voting on one to avoid the other. But now enthusiasm whatsoever.