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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-05 10:51 PM
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3. Writing looks good
Edited on Sun Feb-27-05 10:52 PM by Zynx
I would take issue with the contention that the American Empire has been three distinct creatures. Using a historical model, when an empire does collapse, it doesn't get back up in anything *close* to the strength it was at.

In the meantime it fluctuates. Rome, Russia and Britain all had good days and bad days, so to speak. But once they tank, they really tanked, and they didn't come back. So the American empire would essentially be one empire that really came into its own in the Cold War (after Europe committed geo-strategic mass suicide in two wars and handed the world over to the USA and USSR).

Also, if/when the US does finally tank, its not going to be rising up as a dangerous fascist state anytime soon. Even if the government wants to be authoritarian, the resources simply will not be there -- we are rapidly moving towards a nation that is economically crippled, and therefore incapable of military shows of strength. Wars cost money.

The US has the potential to fall shockingly hard and wind up like 1990's Russia.
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