DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay

Signs of Decay

  1. Internal corruption
  2. Imperial overreach
  3. Inability to reform.

Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback, Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic , talks about the similarities in the decline of the Roman and Soviet empires and the signs that the U.S. empire is exhibiting the same symptoms: overextension, corruption and the inability to reform.

Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific.

6 thoughts on “DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay”

  1. Yes, we’re circling the drain. It took Rome 400 years.

    There was a article in the Acting-Man about Japan just wiping out it’s national debt. My thought is if all nations act in unison, then they can continue to prop each other up (like two drunks) for quite a long time.

    Question is how long till the SHTF?

  2. Rome was close to 700 years, and I would suspect the U.S. will not make 2076. Corruption and peak everything else does not bode well for the empire.

  3. Good interview, but viewers should be advised it seems to date from 2003. More than 10 years ago. So it does seem dated – certainly not irrelevant, but dated.

  4. @Dutchman, concerning the 400 (or 700) years to fall, it also took them centuries to rise up and become the dominant force. If I remember my history correctly, near the end is when the push to go forth and populate the globe (as they knew it) with Roman gubment was taking place.

    We rose to power, much, much, quicker. I would guess the fall will be the same.

    I do wonder how long the can kicking can last. I also realize that Japan, Europe and the US decided to offshore our necessities and supplies to China.

    I doubt it would have taken 400 years to topple Rome if they had turned over the production of their bread to the Mongols.

    Most refuse to see how very dependent we are on others for our day to day lives. That systematic failure will probably show itself long before the gubment actually “tumbles.”

    History often rhymes, not repeats. This time is different, but in the end the outcome will be much the same – decimated middle/industrial class, lots of starving masses and the remaining elite fleeing to greener pastures after they have stripped us bare of all resources and assets.

    Same as it ever was. Except this time with nuclear bombs! It will be spec-fucking-tacular.


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