Space exploration and the mining of asteroids are also a possibility - and I think, a necessity - for civilization to continue.
Right now, from my perspective, it’s touch and go whether we will have a civilization capable of wind & solar power and the exploitation of space resources.
We seem to be following an age old script, and the author of this article, Jeremy Scahill, appears to have documented much of this recurring theme, i.e., the ‘decline and fall’ of empire - in his books and his work.
Of course we can’t give up trying to avert this fate - but it is nonetheless a major concern - almost like a law of physics being played out - like the core collapse of a star undergoing supernova - unstoppable.
I see my hold is in at the library - “SPQR : a history of ancient Rome / Mary Beard.”
I have Gibbon’s "abridged version of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” - this appears an updated version - and looks very good - and speaks to the present loudly.
I think we would all benefit from history such as this - more than running around like chickens in all directions, trying to put out fires here and there in an enormously ‘target-saturated’ environment.
For me - a dedicated environmentalist - acting at the personal, individual level is the way forward, rather than futile attemps to change a system with such massive inertia as the present one.
And I don’t think this is being pessimistic - rather realistic.
As we have all seen - saviors can be easily disposed of, think JFK & his younger brother - and many more whom the glaring light of fame and or fortune has not illuminated - but are gone nonetheless.
For me, a true democrat acts out his societal wants at the individual level first and foremost - leadership by example.
If he or she does not do this - it’s just more spin - or the lust for power and privilege - perhaps simple ignorance - or possibly something akin to - “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”