Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. Arthur Schopenhauer

The neo-Weimar USA empire

The thing about the USA = USSR comparisons is that, while accurate, they’re not very flattering to America, especially not long-term. The Soviet Union and its empire didn’t even last 100 years. America’s empire has basically lasted 80 years, in its current global form, and it’s already starting to creak.

Compared to centuries of imperium by the Romans or the Spanish or the British, it’s not looking good.