posted on Jul, 4 2007 @ 12:35 AM
I think we ARE headed for a new dark age.
-Look at the use of mercenaries by the US, the "sole superpower." It parallels the decline of Roma, when citizens couldn't be expected to submit
to conscription. Heck, look at the regular forces in Iraq; you'll see whole platoons that are entirely hispanic---immigrants who are "earning"
their citizenship by armed service. Read "Blackwater" about the rise of mercenary forces, and you'll get my point. The standing imperial
army ends up fighting guerilla irregulars in the hinterlands, attacking targets with no military value, just mud huts. Bombing adobe shacks with
million-dollar smart bombs.
-Look at American culture, and the total disdain for learning and education. Hip-hop culture despises education and erudition, as does the whole of
the media industrial complex. And american attitudes are sold world-wide by the hollywood marketing machine. The scientist used to by a cultural
archetype. Now, he is relegated to being a lone evil genius.
- I have a friend who works for a world-famous demolition company. He tells me that 80 PERCENT of his work is taking down NEW CONSTRUCTION. Either
the architect is incompetent, or the materials were counterfeit, and have to be removed. he is currently working THREE skyscrapers that will not be
built as high as the blueprints outline, solely because they are already unstable, dozens of floors below their planned height. We already cannot
produce the wonders of a generation ago. When was the last time we walked on the moon? I was twelve years old . . .
- The rise of a hereditary underclass, analogous to the Roman plebs who didn't work but still demanded "bread and circuses." Because they had the
right to elect consuls, the emperors had to appease them, in the very first welfare state.
- The devolped world, which leads the great mass of humanity, has a negative birthrate. This trend is what i believe to be the crest of the
population wave. I look for a radical depopulation over the next 250 years, on par with the previous depopulations, which humans experience every
400-450 years: The religous wars of the reformation (17th century). Before that it was the Black death (13th century), and before that it was the
anarchy of the 9th century, typified by the depopulations now called "viking raids." Before that, it was the fall of Rome, which had displaced the
Selucids, who replaced the Persians, who replaced Babylon, etc., etc.