It is quite possible-even probable-that life in the United States will get worse before it gets better (if it gets better) in the coming decades. We are likely to experience profoundly challenging times. Even in an era focused narrowly on issues of terrorism and war, however, large-order, longer-term change is rarely precluded. There are reasonable possibilities in the coming period of history (as in most periods of history) for much more fundamental change-building to and through the difficulties-than many conventionally hold.
==America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy (Gar Alperovitz)
Our ability to understand the wider ramifications of the present—not to speak of the future—is impeded by the massive collapse, especially in the advanced parts of the world, of almost all established values. Totalitarian doctrines have been discredited—and that is to be applauded. But the role of religion in defining moral standards has also declined while an ethos of consumerism masquerades as a substitute for ethical standards.
==Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century (Zbigniew Brzezinski)
THE DECLINE AND FALL of America’s empire involves all the dimensions of collective life, and the whole picture will be easier to grasp if we consider the more important of the resulting trajectories one at a time. We’ll start with the obvious one: the political dimension, and the final collapse of what remains of American democracy. The pattern that collapse follows is not new; it was traced out by the oldest democracies on record, those of ancient Greece.
==Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America (John Michael Greer)
Collapse is not coming, it is here. The tectonic plates have been shifting for many years, subtly and imperceptibly to most, with minor tremors and earthquakes. But all of the time, the structures of our culture and civilization have been crumbling all around us. Our economy is a mirage. Financial markets have become a totally manipulated process of enrichment for the financial elites sucking out the lifeblood of the vast majority of the population. Racial and religious tensions are being purposefully inflamed and the ethnic and cultural degradation of what is left of core America continues unabated. What appears as ineffective and disconnected leadership on issues as wide ranging and important to our national survival as the spread of Ebola, unrestrained illegal immigration and global terrorism is not unconnected at all.There is a method to our leaderships madness. It is working.
A civilization without absolutes is a world ready to be enslaved. The power of radical Islam lies not in what they believe, but that they believe so absolutely. Western culture has been degraded to the point of laying wast to all moral, ethical and religious absolutes As we start to witness the final curtain being drawn back from the stage, revealing that the reality of the myths we held onto are nothing but a Kabuki pantomime in the theater of the absurd, a reality force fed us all from birth by the most pervasive, ubiquitous propaganda machinery ever created and which has left us all unknowingly blind, there will be a collective cry of our civilizations anguish. It will be deafening.
We have become an unimaginably ignorant nation, whose technological advancement has led to a pervasive invasion of our vacuous minds, goading, cajoling and manipulating our every thought n the most sophisticated and calculated manner. Chaos thrives in a universe of ignorance. Be prepaid to have reality revealed. As the tectonic plates make their final thrust, the resultant earthquake will shake the structures of the Potemkin Village we have been living within to dust.
Everything is connected, their are no coincidences at the macro, Newtonian level of reality. Planned chaos, like propaganda, is ineffective if we all know it is planned or is propaganda. Either we are succumbing to the wrath of God or of man, the process unfolding is the same and it will be painful. But we are well within it and the inevitable is upon us.
Most people that discuss the “economic collapse” focus on what is coming in the future. And without a doubt, we are on the verge of some incredibly hard times. But what often gets neglected is the immense permanent damage that has been done to the U.S. economy by the long-term economic collapse that we are already experiencing. In this article I am going to share with you 12 economic charts that show that we are in much, much worse shape than we were five or ten years ago. The long-term problems that are eating away at the foundations of our economy like cancer have not been fixed. In fact, many of them continue to get even worse year after year. But because unprecedented levels of government debt and reckless money printing by the Federal Reserve have bought us a very short window of relative stability, most Americans don’t seem too concerned about our long-term problems. They seem to have faith that our “leaders” will be able to find a way to muddle through whatever challenges are ahead. Hopefully this article will be a wake up call. The last major wave of the economic collapse did a colossal amount of damage to our economic foundations, and now the next major wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching.