Here we will discuss why empires fail generally . Obviously the premise has to be accepted that the United States is an empire. However, the term “lone superpower” has been used since the mid 90’s by both Democrats and Republicans, empire it is not.
The American empire collapsed due to its own fragility .
Destruction of land and water by over use & climate change. The examples given by Kirkpatrick such as erosion of top soils, over fishing and depletion of oil & minerals, are happening mostly in other parts of the world and not in our “empire”. Topsoil is eroding but we know where it is. At the end of the Mississippi river. And we can always dredge it up and bring it back north. It just costs too much right now.
Excessive resource exploitation, colonising. Although the numbers the author uses are correct he has nothing to compare them too. What was Rome’s percent of manufacturing? What was their percent of GDP used for military or trade deficit? The American economy is not fragile, it is the continued over spending by the government and own selves that needs to change.
Just because of colonising they are forced in more and more engagements. Americans don’t colonise! Iraq is not and never will be a U.S. colony. Democrats can help the military by just supporting the President and thus sending a signal to our enemies that they have no choice but to deal with us.
Domestic dissent and upheaval:
Collapsing from within and attacked from without. Moreover, overextending the military is to fight the attack from outside, and it is mostly the liberals that are trying to destroy us from within, with its persistent demand for increased Universal health care, social programs, Medicaid, welfare, Medicare, making every minority group equal to the majority of the country.
So in a nutshell this is my personal views regarding how American destroys from within. The nation is only responsible its decline, nothing more…