brilliant article 'Global
Boom, Pandemic, Crash: Is History Just Repeating Itself?'
states that we face the end of a 300-year cycle, as did previous
far-flung empires. With the following rhetorical questions he points
to the way to move out of decadence:
we build a simpler society that can survive random shocks? Can we
re-localize the economy, tax the rich, support small farms, simplify
our brutal technologies, power down and distribute authority more