The Dark Ages Redux
Is the world careening headlong toward a second Dark Age?
The Dark Ages we know from the history books was a period of intellectual darkness and barbarity from the fall of Rome in 476 AD to around 1000 AD featuring:
- Widespread unrest as Pax Romana ended – Rome could no longer project power across Europe to enforce order
- The rejection of legal order as factions sought to establish superiority and control over traditional territories
- The rise of tribalism and ethnic segregation
- Loss of faith in societal institutions
- Economic collapse
- De-urbanization as cities died, no longer able to support their populations
- Rise of Islam and Islamic conquests leading to the First Crusade
- Increased conflict between organized religion and science
- The rise of pseudo-science – such as alchemy
There are so many similarities between the fall of Rome and the waning of Pax Americana:
- Widespread unrest as Pax Americana ends – America can no longer project power to enforce order (or is not willing to do so)
- The rejection of legal order as factions seek to establish superiority and control over traditional territories (Putin’s nostalgic Soviet daydreams and the never ending war in the Middle East)
- The rise of tribalism and ethnic segregation (unrest in the Black community and calls for self-segregation in America)
- Loss of faith in societal institutions (declining church attendance)
- Economic collapse (the global recession)
- De-urbanization as cities died, no longer able to support their populations (Detroit – need I say more?)
- Rise of Islam and Islamic conquests (i.e. ISIS and Islamofascist terror groups)
- Increased conflict between organized religion and science (evolution vs. creationism)
- The rise of pseudo-science (such as “climate science”)
It is the height of arrogance for people to believe that there could not be a second coming of the Dark Ages. I’m sure that the people of Rome didn’t believe the Roman Empire would ever fall and yet there are so many things about America that recall Rome in its pre-fall days of bread and circuses and gladiatorial combat.
Might want to sharpen your swords and start working on that moat you have been putting off digging.