Many remember stunning, recurring TV coverage of how the freedom-fatigued Americans, indeed others in the West too, repeatedly broke the lockdown protocols imposed to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. They risked not only other people’s lives but also their own. This cavalier attitude is a sure sign of a civilization’s fatal embrace of possible death.
Death not with a bang but without a whimper.
Some historians have studied how an epicurean Rome died laughing before it sunk into an ecclesiastical Christianity in the fourth century. Rome did not foresee the Dark Age it was sliding into. Only the collapse of the eight bloody Crusades it launched against the Muslims in the 11th to 13th century could wake it up to walk into the morning of Renaissance.
On January 6, 2021, America may now have matured into a New Rome. From George Washington to Washington Irving. Like Rip Van Winkle, it finds the world has completely changed and is beyond recognition. Like Winkle, again, America has slept through the civilizational revolution sweeping across the planet. As it wakes up from a long, troubled slumber, it will discover a paradigm shift in the world’s power structure, indeed civilizational design.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden are only symptoms of what ails America—a hysterically-divided society. Trump’s “America First” will alternate with Biden’s ‘Democracy First’ dreams, pulling the US further down. America first made China the world’s workshop; not the workshop is challenging the Chairman’s share-holding strategy!
It is another thing that even China’s dreams of world conquest could remain what they are, pipe dreams. Beijing poured in a fourth of its four trillion dollars foreign exchange reserves to develop ultra-ambitious the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects since 2013 across 70 countries. It focused on marking the vast Eurasian landmass and parts of Africa into an integrated zone, a “world island” to replace the American hegemony by a Chinese one. Pakistan is Beijing’s first overseas colony.
Barack Obama and Trump tried to check this inexorable fall of America in the face of the Dragon’s challenges. But America could not keep even European Union intact and Britain exited, threatening even the existence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), once directed against the former Soviet Union, and now Russia. While Europe slips away, and the Middle East both splitting and boiling, America will have much more on its plate than it could handle.
Trump’s unilateral “America First” policy sparked a costly trade war with China and then he capitulated to Beijing in January 2020, relaxing US duties on Chinese goods in exchange for the Dragon’s insistance that it could not be forced to buy more American goods! Not only this, China also bankrolled a colour-blind Europe, weaning it away from Washington for the first time in 70 years.
Now China potentially has a preferential access to nearly half of all world trade, even without full development of BRI projects and its flagship China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) facing rough weather. Beijing’s ‘inclusiveness’ may mean Washington’s exclusion from Europe and Asia.
Empires usually decline slowly. Trump in the White House was only a manifestation of America’s long suppressed malaise. He was symptom of what Washington was headed to. Like a bull in a china shop, he tried to bend America to his will, rupturing time-tested alliances, tearing up treaties, denying incontrovertible climate science, and demanding respect for American authority with an empty rhetoric that threatened military retaliation or economic reprisals internationally.
Despite his woolly policies, the Republican Party surrendered, corporate honchos admired, and half of the Americans saw in him their saviour.
Then the “Chinese virus” hit America and the rest of the world as Trump and his crackpots belittled the COVID-19 challenge, angered scientists, and did not stop superstitious Americans from even consuming disinfectants and bleach to protect themselves.
Hurtling from one crisis to another.
Then Biden defeated Trump who tried to regain the White House on January 6 through ‘insurrection’ but failed and left it on January 20, 2021, almost announcing a return in 2024.
Salivating at Biden’s lollypops, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and other immigrants are now waiting to crawl into America, as the next dose of nation-cripplers.
In 2019, a survey of the Brookings Institution on the changes in the ethnic proportions of the U.S. population revealed that the number of White population in America declined from 79.6% in 1980 to 60.4% in 2018.
In about 40 years, the Whites dropped 20% while the White under-15 years accounted for only 49.9%, the survey said.
According to this trend, in about the next 20 years, the White population will be less than half of the national population, and Whites under-30 will become a clear minority.
This quantitative change in demographic structure will fundamentally change American politics.
That is, America’s core ethnic nucleus is vanishing faster than ever like the Antarctica’s ice cap.
Watch this space for Biden going the Trump way!