Politics

The Future of the Pax Americana

WHILE READING George Friedman’s The Next 100 Years I was reminded of a scene in Jacques Perrin’s spellbinding 2002 documentary, Travelling Birds. Having flown halfway around the world, a small, injured bird seeks refuge on an empty beach, only to discover that the shore is not so empty after all. The camera first discloses a single crab, eyes bulging greedily on the ends of their stalks. Encircled by an ever-increasing number of ravenous crustaceans, the grounded bird vainly looks to the sky for help. In the last shot of the sequence our bird has vanished under a virtual mountain of creepy-crawly…

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