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“Of all the Trends Journals I have published since 1991, this issue stands apart. Were I to rank it, I would say it is among the most important. The United States is on a path that, if not diverted, will lead the world into the first Great War of the 21st century.
This is not fear-mongering, pessimism porn, or hyperbole. Though the historical and external circumstances are so different that similarities are not easily discerned, the policies currently being pursued by the great powers are very much the same as those followed by other doomed Empires past.
Mired in debt and sinking deeper, America’s reckless domestic spending and engagement in expensive, drawn-out, unwinnable wars is characteristic of other empires in their waning days. In the past, the last-ditch attempt to preserve power was to wage more war.”