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I remember when I was considered somewhat of a doomsayer -- by our own Jerome -- for stating here that the major challenge of the early 21st century would be for the world to deal with the collapse of the American Empire.

And now, behold, a few years later, we're talking revolution here as if it were a garden party.

I still believe the American Empire will collapse; in fact, the collapse has already begun. But like the Colonial Empires of France and England in the early 1900s, or the Soviet Union in the late 1990s, I don't think a revolution is in the cards, although I'm not entirely ruling out a break-up of the Union by 2020 or 2030.

I think the near future of America will look something like today's Russia crossed with Brazil -- all analogies have limits, of course. No revolutions there.

Besides, when the elites have automated killer robots on their side, the prospect of an armed revolution looks bleak.

by Lupin on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 12:20:12 PM EST

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