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globalresearch.ca 31/07/2013 News

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By Stephen Lendman
America’s been declining for decades. It’s going the way of all empires. It’s dying a slow death. It’s epitaph one day will read hubris and overreach killed it. Misguided policies don’t work.

Chalmers Johnson once said it’s “too late for mere scattered reforms.” They won’t make a damn bit of difference. It’s fate is practically sealed.

It’s on a slippery slope the wrong way. It’s happening in real time. It’s in plain sight. Count the ways.

It’s being thirdworldized. It’s permanently at war with no enemies. Only ones it invents exist. It’s ravaging humanity for dominance.

It’s lawless. It’s repressive. It’s secretive. It’s exploitive. It’s unaccountable. Incestuous business/government ties abuse people for profit. It’s ruthless. It’s ongoing at home and abroad.

Corruption’s out-of-control. It infests business and government. Checks and balances don’t exist. Elections are more farcical than real. Results are decided in advance. People have no say.

Presidential diktats govern. Social decay deepens. Money power controls things. Duopoly power rules.

Freedom hangs by a thread. It’s practically gone already. Full-blown tyranny looms. Democracy’s a figure of speech. It’s verboten.

On June 16, the Economic Collapse Blog called Detroit “Rotting, Decaying and Bankrupt – If You Want to See the Future of America Just Look at Detroit.”

At the time, it gave even odds for eventual bankruptcy. Five weeks later, its reality. More on that below. Dozens of other US cities are financially troubled.

The Economic Policy Journal asked “how far behind Detroit are the finance troubles of Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore?” Their pension liabilities alone are higher per capita.

Other major troubled cities include New York, Washington, DC, Honolulu, Cincinnati, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas.

Which ones will be the next shoes to drop? How long before it happens? Nothing’s being done to stop it.

The Economic Collapse Blog lists key reasons why Detroit’s troubled:

(1) In 1960, it was America’s fourth largest city. It had the highest per capita income. Today it’s dying. It’s a hollow shell. Only it’s obituary remains to be written.

(2) Since its heyday, it’s population fell 63%.

(3) About 40% of its street lights don’t work.

(4) Some city ambulances still operate with over 250,000 miles.

(5) 210 of its 317 public parks are permanently closed. ...

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