2025? It ended a few years ago. The world just doesn’t realise it yet.
10 years ago I was living in the US, and what I saw was a society in decline with huge underlying problems. Even back then they were already losing their technological edge over Europe and Japan, the infrastructure was crumbling, work and business practices were outdated, society was fractured and social mobility had ground to a halt.
The Dubya years were a desperate effort to maintain relevance through sheer brute force. It was never going to work.
The US is a huge, diverse, resource-rich nation. Doubtless they will rise again eventually. But for now, they just aren’t a factor any more, despite the hubris and bluster.
Well, in the early months of 1998 I was in Dublin and that really sucked for a variety of reasons. Then I went and spent a year in Boston, primarily just to escape the situation in Dublin, and that really sucked too. 4 hours a day commute, amongst other horrors.
By May 99 I was having a fantastic time in Donegal. So it all worked out in the end