"It [U.S.] had an empire of bases abroad, more than 1,000 of them spanning the globe, also an unprecedented phenomenon.
Could the United States actually be the last empire? Is it possible that there will be no successor because something has profoundly changed in the realm of empire building? One thing is increasingly clear: whatever the state of imperial America, something significantly more crucial to the fate of humanity (and of empires) is in decline. I'm talking, of course, about the planet itself.
The present capitalist model (the only one available) for a rising power, whether China, India, or Brazil, is also a model for planetary decline, possibly of a precipitous nature. The very definition of success - more middle-class consumers, more car owners, more shoppers, which means more energy used, more fossil fuels burned, more greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere - is also, as it never would have been before, the definition of failure. The greater the "success", the more intense the droughts, the stronger the storms, the more extreme the weather, the higher the rise in sea levels, the hotter the temperatures,
Every factor that would normally lead toward "greatness" now also leads toward global decline.
What if the story of our times is this: And then there was one planet, and it was going down." - Tom Engelhardt, Asia Times.
Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"