This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The problem of instability

One of the primary problems for American imperialism has been the fact that empire means war and war requires a stable internal order. This was the advantage of Rome at its height. Internal disorder normally means the death of any imperialistic endeavor. America, with its inner politics being a perpetual chaos with no “long view” to speak of, since every leader at any given time is concerned with nothing other than re-election and enrichment, meant that leadership is always concerned with the now–with what is beneficial at this particular moment, and what opinions are popular today. This should have led to American collapse long ago, but again the fact of America’s isolation and its astounding luck for the past two centuries meant that it could proceed without setback in its empire-building. It was successful, and this success has built an immense self-confidence, but it is always hanging in the balance and its continuance presupposed the absence of any real threat. That would eventually change, but not for some time.

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