With its empire in decline, the United States is no longer the world’s dominant superpower. Stuck in the idea of international control, it continues to maintain military reach at the expense of long-term economic health. Will the people of the US empire be able to regain democratic control over their communities as the political system fails?

John Michael Greer returns in Extraenvironmentalist #81 to talk about his new book Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America which covers democracy in the United States during the 21st century. We ask John about the anacyclosis of past empires may indicate what could be in store for the transformation of the US empire. Then,Chris Martenson joins us to discuss his work in communicating difficult information to people who don’t want to believe it.