Hello brothers and sisters, welcome to Future Faith, a podcast, newsletter, and publication about living faithfully in an age of democratic destruction, ecological collapse, and economic irrelevance, available for free on Substack, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. I’m your host, Jared Brock, and today we’re going to discuss ten signs that America is headed for certain collapse.
Superpowers aren’t impressive.
Italy, Greece, Ethiopia, Egypt, Britain, Spain, Portugal; they’ve all ruled the world for a time before sliding back to just regular-ol’-nation status.
Now it’s America’s turn.
The United States is going to collapse.
This isn’t a fear-mongering statement.
Just a fact.
Everyone knows it.
Whether in five years or fifty, the days of America-as-global-superpower are numbered.
In the same way that Rome pulled back its troops from Alexandria in Egypt and the Scottish borders in Britain, the American military-industrial complex will continue the work started in Afghanistan and eventually withdraw its 800 global military bases in order to make a last-ditch effort to enslave its own people in a soft-totalitarian panopticon surveillance state.
And then it will collapse.
Diehard nationalists insist it could never happen, but the signs of American collapse are obvious:
1. Wealth inequality
American income inequality is growing, too.
Higher than the Roman Empire’s, in fact.
The stats on wealth inequality are crazy. Please read them all.
Nevermind the Gilded Age of corporate tyrants like Vanderbilt and Carnegie and Rockefeller — today’s billionaires control more wealth and political power than the monopolists of the past could ever have dreamed.
Christians, of course, live by a different economic policy: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
And while extreme right-wingers are quick to shout “Communism! Socialism!” they fail to realize we’re not advocating central ownership or central control of the economy. That’s what billionaires are working on.
The numbers are staggering:
America has nearly $29 trillion in federal debt.
Total consumer debt sits at $14.9 trillion.
Half a million American families are systemically forced into bankruptcy every year.
Don’t listen to those nutty Modern Monetary Theory boosters who think we can pile up debt forever and it will never destroy our society.
The bell will toll, and it will toll for us.
Don’t get me wrong, the MMTers are technically right — we can print money forever. But every unbacked printed dollar erodes trust and purchasing power.
When society is built on a literal lie, it’s only a matter of time before it falls.
Because only the truth can set us free.
3. Economic Instability
Because of how hyper-elites have structured the economy, we’re stuck with permanent economic instability — insane asset bubbles, followed by massive crashes that hurt those who a.) didn’t benefit in the good times, and b.) suffer most in the bad times.
While it’s never occurred to the corporations who control our countries, people want to live in economically stable places.
Because America refuses to deliver on true, long-term economic stability for the majority, it’s no wonder we’re currently seeing a national strike, and why many of us with the power to do so have already moved overseas.
4. Homeownership in Crisis
I’ve been sounding the alarm on this one for a while — people have no idea the tidal wave that’s about to shatter the American middle class once and for all.
House prices are going to $10 million in our lifetime, and if we don’t ban for-profit residential real estate investment and overthrow the corrupt zoning boards that keep young families from building homes they can afford, we will see a houselessness crisis never witnessed before in human history.
There is a massive opportunity for the real-estate-rich Western church to become a global l