Saturday, January 26, 2008
The Empire Declines
Here's a special issue of the Edge, dedicated to the declining US. First, a somewhat long and thoughtful article on the new world order (sorry), you know, the one that arose while the US was busy "projecting" American power by starting up and continuing wars throughout the globe, ignoring vital needs at home, becoming the most despised evil empire abroad, and just generally doing what empires do before they collapse. Kindly ignore the "prescriptions" at the end; they will not be undertaken in any event. Up next is the oft-cited Chalmers Johnson, author of the Blowback trilogy, and general chronicler of US military overreach, on how the vast sums spent on the US military will be the downfall of the Empire (and who could doubt it, really?). Do not fail to click on the embedded video interview link within the post; the man makes for a fascinating subject.