However uncomfortable the leaders of China, India, and the United States might be when it comes to collaborating with their counterparts, they will have little choice if they are to escape an increasingly calamitous future.
These measures of our current situation—this “People’s State of the Nation” as it were—point to where American efforts must be. Even a few minutes with your head bowed over this material—which shows the U.S. woefully behind our peer countries—should convince you that we have let our national situation deteriorate for far too long.
One of the most important factors that will shape the history of North America over the next five centuries and is particularly amenable to a systems analysis is climate.
Very few people will read this book without bristling at least once at things Greer says…which I regard as one of its virtues.
•Passive House: A Building Revolution – trailer •How retrofitting a California suburb for walkability is spurring economic development •A Century from Now Concrete Will be Nothing But Rubble •Tiny Houses with Kids
The topic of last week’s post, the likely fate of Israel in the twilight years of American empire, makes a good example of more than one common theme. As I commented in that earlier discussion, Israel is one of several American client states for whom the end of our empire will also be the end of the line. At the same time, it also highlights a major source of international tension that bids fair to bring in a bumper crop of conflict in the decades before us.