DEPRESSION IN THE UNITED STATES: "Economic slowdown... unemployment rises... interruptions in utilities... common use of heaters, cook stoves... increase in layoffs... some neighborhoods form purchasing associations... [probability of this outcome or worse] is 65 percent."
--Consultant Bruce Webster, The Y2K Survival Guide
"The bombs never fell. They didn't have to.
"Russia's pact with Japan, Africa, and South America kept her fat and cozy. To America, half the world became closed. Her few remaining friends bled the frightened giant dry, while her spoiled children ate well.
"As ever, America pretended it wasn't happening. She wanted more and found the cupboards bare.
"America hadn't planned on this. Her fields were barren, her topsoil eroded, her orchards picked, her oil tapped out. She had nowhere to go, no dinner invitations to answer, no friends in sight.
"The easy-way-out-helium-flash never came. She became a very small country. The world turned without her. In the dustbowls of her heartland, she sat alone —:— hungry, mad, forgotten...
"The one called Scout rode out of the mountains.
"America was empty. But he'd lived on less..."
I'd argue that the American century began in 1914. Almost all the world's other industrialized nations simultaneously bled each other out while the US picked up the pieces.
I feel I can say that to you people as a product of the decayed corpse of the British Empire. We now take our sense of superiority from having succeeded and failed first.
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