Nicholas Lawson the 20th century was like a race to flood this thing with tools … and now that’s at a certain state of completion in at least phase 1 and now it’s phase 2 and there’s a lot we don’t need to do because it’s already been done … so malaise might set in as the previous generation had purpose which was to build this and now we’re in the thing they built and what are we supposed to do? i figure work on language …
All Great Civilizations Fall. Is America Next?
Nov 14, 2019 | 15 videosVideo by The Atlantic
At its height, in the year A.D. 177, the Roman Empire seemed all but invincible. It was the most expansive political and social structure in Western civilization. Then it fell, in a manner so spectacular and swift as to belie its greatness.
Could the same fate be in store for America? In a new episode of The Idea File, staff writer James Fallows explores the possibility that the collapse of our superpower may be imminent—but that may not be a bad thing. “The end of America as we know it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of America,” Fallows says.
In deconstructing the events that led to Rome’s collapse, Fallows argues that by exiting the world’s stage, Rome paved the way for a rebirth of sorts. “Some things were lost,” he says. “But other things were created and became possible.”
For more, read Fallows’s article, “The End of the Roman Empire Wasn’t That Bad,” and check out the series “Our Towns.”
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