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When it gets to religion, I still get the sense that it's not that simple. We're such a mosaic of a country, with so many variants.
The third world analogy I've read here strikes me as a better/more encompassing one; the US is a young and politically immature country.
Right now, I don't think it can reform itself peacefully, no more than the USSR could. We have three futures ahead of us:
a) more of the same / worse, as long as it can last;
b) a revolution/coup
c) a societal collapse
At best, we'll move from the current Brezhnevian stage to a delusional Gorbachev/perestroika stage of pointless cosmetic so-called reforms (I can picture Hillary in that role) until we finally hit the Yeltsin, take it all down & rebuild stage.
As I wrote here and elsewhere over two years ago, the challenge of the next decade will be for the world to deal with the collapse/transformation of the United States.
I can't picture Hillary as a reformer either. Edwards - maybe. Gore, certainly.
In an extremely lateral way, Obama somehow reminds me of Khruschev. (Even though the natural match for Khruschve would be Bush.)
I sense a nasty but hidden ambition there, perfectly camouflaged by an ability to fit into a given political system.
Gore might well turn into Gorby, capable of engineering a relatively soft landing. (Especially considering the alternative.)
If we equal Brish to Brezhnev as the manifestaytion of the old, corrupt kleptocratic and imperial US of A, then cleatly the transitional phases that Russia wernt through were:
There is a kind of organic democracy evolving at all times, beyond the reach of leaders. 'Leaders' emerge to fulfill the zeitgeist, rather than the other way round. The evolutionary cycles of societies are measured in hundreds of years. It is why we study history.
The envisaged collapse of the USA, if it happens, will not be an unthinkable one-off event. The same thing has been occuring for thousand of years - all over the world.
You can't be me, I'm taken
Revolution/ "Napsterisation" - essentially a "coup" but bottom up, rather than the classic "top down" putsch:
1/ Capture the TV stations....errrr...they already have....
2/ Seize the White House.....errrr....they did....
......to the barricades!
"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed"
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