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Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?

  • Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)
    • Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future
  • Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?
    • Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

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Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)


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Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future

umair haque‬, Medium Eudaimonia

Feb 27, 2018 | There are many beliefs America holds that the rest of the world finds gruesome and strange: guns, capitalism, greed, cruelty. But among these is a new one: that this dark period in American history is an anomaly — and therefore, things will revert to normal. Sorry. American collapse is not an anomaly — it is the very opposite: the culmination of decades-long trends. Those trends, which I’ll discuss in this essay, have not ended — and so collapse has barely only really begun.

Let me begin by dashing your hopes. There’s much talk of a “Blue Wave” — excited and hopeful talk. Alas, when we look closely at the wave of politicians that are to turn the country around, it’s all too easy to see that there is no transformative agenda that unites them — mostly, they stand for minor incremental changes, not exactly a New Bill of Rights. And as they are elected, they will quickly meet the reality of American politics: lobbying dollars which control a two-party system that offers the barest illusion of choice. Would you prefer armed teachers — or merely armies at school? Would you like greed with a sugarcoating — or lethally savage capitalism? And so on. The Blue Wave has as little chance of turning America around as Houdini might actually turning water into wine.

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Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?

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Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

umair haque‬, Medium Eudaimonia

Feb 28, 2018 | “I love your writing. But please, please, give us some solutions!!”

Sure. How about this?

On one level, the solutions to American collapse are obvious. Social investments in the public goods that are the primary determinants of quality of life  — which, because it’s collapsing, is turning people away from democracy, and towards extremism, tribalism, and authoritarianism. Healthcare, education, income, savings, retirement, “safety nets” and so on. Create a social contract like the rest of the rich world. Pretty easy, right?

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