Is The American Empire Too Sick To Recover? Only If We Recognize Our Copious Errors

By Donald A. Collins | 2 December 2021
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After reading several brilliant expose books on our current jumbled political situation such as “Betrayal”, “Peril”, “I Alone Can Fix It”, “There Is Nothing For You Here” and to me the most powerful book for its explanation of the decisive fury that seems to be destroying national comity, “Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury” I began to grasp the perspectives of those forgotten folks who our system has ignored for too long while the record setting wealth gap between rich and poor expanded.

Also, by refreshing my memory about the racist history of our continent from Columbus onward, it occurred to me that the parallels between us and every other empire in history have much in common, but never on the global basis that exists today.

The human races around the world are in trouble and some of the world’s most powerful leaders surely must know this obvious truth but are so far loath to seek solutions that will result in success.

Any capitalist, communist, socialist or libertarian who can read our US history can agree our exploitation of our continent was not gentle or democratic, just as has been the behavior of every other imperialist empire in world history so far.

Our founding fathers did however try a noble experiment called constitutional democracy which endeavors to divide the powers of governance to give all its adherents comfort and belief in this fragile contract, now so riven with conflict that its continuance is in doubt.

As our telescopes tell us what a tiny particle in space we are, we can perhaps better see how our survival will depend on how we manage the next few decades.

The climate crisis and the pressure unprecedented human numbers has put upon must be addressed urgently.

I seriously doubt our ability to pull off sufficient compromises that will maintain our democracy, nor do I expect any other powerful nation to take over control of the world, but at least people would expect these leaders to face our real problems of survival.

The prescient books noted above tell the details of our national political situation but of course don’t relate them to this new bigger picture of human planetary survival.

In short what we now think of as urgent problems in need of consideration are indeed important but not as important as the onerous path to reaching a peaceful cohesion between all races and political entities on earth.

Getting everyone vaccinated is at least getting big media airing and certainly offers a powerful example of the global cohesion needed as we go forward. As experts keep saying we are not safe from COVID unless we are all safe.

At bottom of all these issuses around the world is the blatant racism that more and more of us Americans can now acknowledge ours is endemic. Are we all racists in varying degrees if we fail to recognize our physiological differences genetically are near zero?

Henry Louis Gates Jr’s “Finding Your Roots” program on PBS dramatically tells of our racial interconnectedness! And our racist history.

Whatever drives our racism, be it religious fantasies, the lust for power or the simple striving for adequate food and shelter, we need now to realize that our survival needs reassessment.

What’s the path toward a possible fixing? I’m not that smart, but the denial of the uniqueness of this time in our planet’s history will insure the unsustainable habitability of all creatures on earth. The continuing absence of definitive action on climate by all nations suggests a bleak future not far away.

Will the COVID pandemic forcing us to treat globally the constant arising of new deadly variants encompassing the entire planet provide us all with a template for future progress?

Reform of our empire? Starting with less racism and a move to less cupidity will be likely very difficult but surely, being as rich as some of us are, sharing some more wealth for the basics like education, health and the government services now being cut if carefully monitored should not be too hard. And such behavior by our leaders had better ensue if we want our democratic experiment to survive amidst the powerful competing authoritarian regimes.

My recent book entitled “What Can Be Done Now To Save Habitable Life On Planet Earth? Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” about the effects of excess human numbers can be found on Kindle and read at no cost.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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