Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Decline and Fall of the American Empire

One of the leading decentralist critics is Thomas H. Naylor, who writes for the Vermont independence website (The Second Vermont Republic). In an essay, entitled "What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire," he shows how America's lust for "empire" has exacerbated the four greatest environmental challenges of our time: peak oil, climate change, mass extinction (of plant and animal species), and overpopulation.

With Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visiting the United Nations today, another one of Professor Naylor's essays is especially timely: "Iran: The Final, Fatally Flawed Shoe to Fall." Is it prophetic? We'll see. You be the judge. Just consider it as a possibility...

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