Over at Slate.com, Josh Levin is running the week-long series “How is America going to end?”
This kind of thing is internet crack to science fiction writers, screenwriters, readers and moviegoers; survivalists; and those who are convinced that God Will Punish America For (giving rights to bad people, legalizing abortion and flag-burning and medical mar-i-joo-ana, putting a black man in the white house, fill in your own blank). And it’s also mighty sobering. I bet your average Roman didn’t seriously consider the dissolution of empire until it was breaking down his front door, and I don’t either — not because I lack imagination, but because most of my bandwidth is taken up with daily priorities and interactions with family and friends and my interior creative life.
But people who are not me are thinking about these things, and I’m going to follow them on their journey this week. Want to come along? Start with Levin’s introduction/overview — lots of interesting links — and then move on to a discussion with four futurists about their theories.
Let me know what you think.