Sir John Glubb, a British author and lecturer, argued that most empires generally don’t last longer than 250 years.
Greek Empire? 231 years. Roman Empire? 207 years. Ottoman Empire? 250 years. Romanov Russian Empire? 234 years. British Empire? 250 years.
The United States of America?
Well, [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@SovereignInvest” suffix=”#Empire”]we’re sitting at a ripe old age of 237 and deep in the midst of what Glubb called the Age of Decadence[/inlinetweet] — the final stage of an empire that is marked by defensiveness, pessimism, materialism, frivolity, and the Welfare State.
But we’re too big and powerful to fail! This is America, the land of freedom and opportunity.
I’m sure the Greeks and the Romans felt much the same way.
The fall of the Greek empire is, among other things, a story of a top-heavy government that could not tax enough producers to sustain a growing number of bureaucrats. Conflict and competition between city-states destroyed a sense of national unity. And the citizens were more interested in living the good life than in nurturing their culture.
The demise of ancient Rome has been assigned to many culprits. The empire became a dictatorship, with the citizens removed from the act of governing. Heavy taxes were paid by the provinces to support the luxuries of Rome. To pay for their excesses, emperors devalued the currency. And a generous welfare state, manipulated by elites to gain power, eventually bankrupted the empire.
But that was hundreds of years ago. Things are different now.
Really? Let’s see …
American citizens have never been more affluent. We have wondrous new discoveries of oil and natural gas; the biggest threat to our national health is obesity, not hunger; we have easy access to the greatest technology in the world; we have the world’s strongest military; and we enjoy a relatively stable system of government.
We are on a course of destruction and decay that has struck down too many countries before us. As a nation, we have lost sight of our founding principles of liberty and the pursuit of prosperity.
The Age of Decadence
We have become a nation that pursues a policy of enforced equality, rather than unconstrained opportunity and liberty. We have become a nation that argues over receiving entitlement goodies, even as we continue to pile up trillion-dollar annual deficits. And we have become a nation addicted to debt-fueled instant gratification, spending our future on consumption today.
The result is the some $17 trillion of national debt — more than $148,000 per taxpayer. We have also created trillions of dollars in new money supply that, besides creating asset bubbles in housing and student loans, will ultimately destroy our currency. And our government passed a wasteful and ineffective $800 billion economic “stimulus” plan packed with spoils for its key constituencies — and that was just for starters.
What this ruling class chicanery has produced are real unemployment figures that show that nearly every fifth person in America is out of work. At the same time, every fifth person relies on food stamps. And we have loaned more than $1 trillion of money that we don’t have to college students who can’t pay it back because they are relying on jobs that no longer exist.
Much like the ruling classes in ancient Greece and Rome, our government is focused on redistributing our declining wealth, instead of pursuing policies that foster the private sector’s creation of it.
The Dangers of Decline
The United States is but 237 years old, but her decline is clearly underway. U.S. debts are so large they will never be fully repaid, so a default is coming. Meanwhile, U.S. interest rates are so low and government is so reliant on short-term debt to fund daily operations that when interest rates begin to rise, the cost of running American government could spiral out of control, destroying the dollar.
We’ve seen the fall before. We’re not able to personally recall the demise of the Greeks and Romans, but we watched as Argentina, Zimbabwe and the Balkans suffered political and economic collapse during the past couple decades. During each of the instances, lives were lost, savings were wiped out and families were destroyed.
Our friends at Casey Research, along with our own Jeff Opdyke, have released an exposé called Meltdown America that looks at the harrowing survival of three people who escaped the collapse of Argentina, Zimbabwe and the Balkans, as well as examines how close America is now to that same precipice. Click on the image below to watch this important video before it is taken down at midnight tonight.
It may be hard to accept that such a fate is coming to America, but Jeff has offered up some wise advice that comes to mind.
“To survive, you must be willing to see what you don’t want to accept … and willing to make moves that others will call crazy. Remember: It’s never those who stay behind that survive. It’s those who act to get out of the way of an unpleasant future that live to tell the stories of how it all fell apart.”
In Wealth & Prosperity,
Executive Consultant, The Sovereign Society
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