CounterPunch: Kirkpatrick Sale on Political Collapse Worldwide — States Failing, Center Folding, Social Contract Shredded … Everywhere

Political Collapse: The Center Cannot Hold


At the moment, there are no less than 65 countries are now fighting wars—there are only 193 countries recognized by the United Nations, so that’s a third of the world.

In addition, there are at least 638 other conflicts between various insurgent and separatist militias, armed drug bands, and terrorist organizations, increasing each year as states fail or collapse completely.

What has made the wars and internal disputes even more egregious as the years go on is that chaotic weather has a direct effect on how societies function.

One obvious consequence, beyond death, famine, disease and starvation, is, as the U.N. report’s lead author says, “a massive pressure for migration,” a desperate attempt to find some refuge and relief when homes have been destroyed and families are uprooted.

76 are in various stages of collapse—that would be 43 per cent—and that excludes a dozen smaller nations that are locked into autocracy and poverty.

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Kirkpatrick Sale @ Center for New Economics

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Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Berto Jongman for the pointer.