Another depressing extrapolation.
What with nuclear proliferation and the development of biological weaponry, I’d hope the world’s democracies could sieze this fleeting historical moment to establish what Kant called an era of perpetual peace. (Heck, I’d settle for a stable equilibrium between East Asia and the rest of the world!)
We’ve failed twice already. Maybe the third time will be charmed.
Informative article. Thanks Mr. Mead
The people who comprise Western Civilization are united through a shared history going back thousands of years. This unity is hardly going to be pulled asunder by immigration trends in the United States. And I would imagine any threats to Western Civilization that manage to become existential will be dealt with, because civilizations are capable of any sort of nastiness when they’re threatened.
So far the largest threat to Europe is from Muslim immigration. Given the history of Europe in the last century with it’s death camps and genocide, I doubt a few Islamic radicals or disaffected and unemployed youths are ever going to be remotely successful at pulling down the most powerful coalition of nations and peoples the world has ever seen.
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The West has already cracked. This brave new world is characterized by the decidedly irresolute conflicts and courtships we’re all witnessing. It was christened by the global financial collapse, starting here in the US. Other Western countries’ banking systems are barely distinguishable from ours, although all the others’ economies are much more socialistic. If money is the string binding the world together, notice that much of what used to be in dollars by default is now in Euros- and the Euro is less firmly footed than it was ten years ago.
Having such an effective corps of bad actors leading the West’s flagship industry ( money) has given the signal to the rest of the world that they have to look around, get some new friends- and exploit their own advantages.