The American Empire was not like other historical empires, for from the very first it has been made up of various different ethnic and cultural groups. Initially French and Spanish. Then Dutch and British. With other nationalities coming later. Irish and German and Russian and (in my case) Finnish.
Like all other empires though it was doomed to fall at some point. History as well as statistics tell us so. As Chris Hedges points out here – siting such figures in the the field as anthropologist Joseph Tainter in “The Collapse of Complex Societies,”Charles L. Redman in “Human Impact on Ancient Environments” and Ronald Wright in “A Short History of Progress”.
“There is a pattern in the past of civilization after civilization wearing out its welcome from nature, overexploiting its environment, overexpanding, overpopulating,” Wright said when I reached him by phone at his home in British Columbia, Canada…
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