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America's Expiration Date
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Posted by: Russ Walden ®

12/19/2023, 16:33:28

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The full title is "America's Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers . . . and the Future of the United States"   (Available Amazon Kindle, about $15)

It is by Cal Thomas and is, approximately a reprise of a book by Sir John Glubb, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival.
Glubb was surprised to learn that the average age of a nation or empire’s greatness is 250 years. “This average,” he writes, “has not varied for 3,000 years.”

In most cases, the entity in question does not simply disappear after 250 years but staggers on in a much less dynamic and influential state.  The important point to understand is that they never return to their greatness,

Sir John found patterns, or stages, in the rise and fall of great nations. He called them the age of pioneers, the age of conquests, the age of commerce, the age of affluence, the age of intellect, and finally the age of decadence.

He describes the age of decadence as:
•​An influx of foreigners [too many, too quickly to be assimilated, I would add] 
•​The Welfare State
•​A weakening of religion

On July 4, 2026, the United States of America will be 250 years old.

Something to think about.


--  This text has some peculiarities which I have been unable to correct.

Modified by Russ Walden at Tue, Dec 19, 2023, 16:37:43

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