HOPE FOR THE BEST. PREPARE FOR THE WORST.
Get in fighting shape! Seriously. Get fit. Stay informed. Put your affairs in order. Make sure your passport is up to date.
This is going to be a long, long struggle to save the planet and reclaim fairness, equality, kindness and truth. The forces unleashed by the 2016 presidential election/political coup in the US are spectacularly dangerous.
And I am not exaggerating for effect. Oh, how I wish I were.
Sure, all is in flux all of the time. Human existence is one big changing adventure. Yet some earthquakes are more devastating than others.
Copious Russian meddling, a con man as the “leader of the free world”, zealous populist zombies roaming freely no longer chained by common decency, disinformation as the new reality and no plans for protecting the environment or the nation’s infrastructure are just a handful of the woes we face now.
Democracies fail when people lose faith in them and elites abandon their norms for pure political advantage.
— “Democracy in Decline” by Larry Diamond in the Atlantic
I do not want to see the end of democracy. I admire the ideals of the American experiment born of the Enlightenment. I do not want to slip backwards to a world governed by tyrants, kings and religious potentates. I won’t despair. I will fight.
COMPARE & CONTRAST
Some reading from different perspectives:
The Myth of America’s Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies by Josef Joffe
The Decline of American Power: The U.S. in a Chaotic World by Immanuel Wallerstein
5 Places World War III Could Start by Robert Farley in the National Interest