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    Who says the impetus or even the heavy lifting has to occur first in the States?  We no longer dominate the world.  We can't afford it because Wall Street and the other plutocrats have gutted our national wealth.  As a result, as with the innovators of Tahir Square giving rise to Occupy, the first successes may very well occur elsewhere, and gradually drift over the seas or the ether; or even be imposed by international demand on an unwilling American plutocracy.  The wells of socialism and communal effort are deeper almost anywhere than they are here.   But the interconnection of the modern world means that advances made elsewhere are more likely to affect us than at any time in history.  The robber barons of America can no longer count on their depredations going unchallenged by foreigners when they cause grievous harm.  Not to bring up the obvious, but the Arab Spring was NOT supported by the American rulership except in the case of old enemy Qaddafi, and is only being accepted because the alternative is yet another endless war they don't want to pay for.

    Empires are usually toppled by rebellions that start in the hard-to-control periphery and spread inward.  Look for resistance in Japan, Indonesia, the Phillipines and South America.  Look for more "cost of doing business here" taxes imposed by Europe like the recent carbon tax on use of their airports.  Look for fewer countries offering us Most Favored Nation status, and the resultant losses to capitalist balance sheets.  Those things add up to significant loss of power for imperial rulers that snowball into other breakaways.

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