The imminent decline and fall of America [Archives:2002/08/Law & Diplomacy]
By Steve Jones
America is currently in the throes of its own self-destruction. Like the Rome of the Caesars, it falls under the weight of its own gross materialism, high-minded arrogance and blatant hypocrisy.
Decadent, selfish and elitist to the very core, America now serves only itself, oblivious to the global needs and realities that surround it daily- alone among nations, a “rogue” state in every sense of the word.
A person living in the United States of America today causes 100 times more damage to the global environment than a person living in the poor, populous Global South.
The amount of energy used by one American is equivalent to that used by 3 Japanese, 6 Mexicans, 14 Chinese, 38 Indians, 168 Bengalis or 531 Ethiopians.
Roughly 8-10% of the entire human race owns a car, yet 89% of Americans own one or more cars, consuming between 25-40% of all the fossil fuel resources on the planet- with just 6% of the world’s population.
The total average pocket money of all American children is more than the total annual income of the world’s poorest half-billion people.
Television, shopping malls, infatuation with sports and the incessant pursuit of recreation, pleasure and narcistic self-interest have all led to the current state of America’s decline- a nation bankrupt morally, psychically and spiritually, devoid of any true meaning or existence, except that of unmitigated hyper-consumption and over-indulgence.
As well, the American system of “cutthroat” capitalism is destroying the very life support systems of our planet. The insatiable and unsustainable exploitation of the Earth’s natural resources, the ruthless usurpation of international law and human rights standards and the blind pursuit of power, privilege and greed at the expense of the world’s people and the biosphere are some of the major reasons the American Enterprise cannot and will not continue to carry on ‘business as usual’ into the twenty first century.
Natural, physical and ethical limits have been breached and surpassed. Much long-term, irreversible damage has already been done.
As with the Roman Empire, America is destined to implode upon itself in the fullness of time (i.e. a stock market crash or other major correction).
The forces of conscious evolution and the advancement of the total human condition on Earth require that America step aside and go the way of Rome… to its inevitable decline and fall in human history.