Previously on Apocalypse Soonâ€‰.â€‰.â€‰.
It was the worst of times, it was the not quite so worst of times. The predecessor to this book was called America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, and, given the title, you may be tempted to respond, â€œCâ€™mon, man. You told us last time it was the end of the world. Well, where the hell is it? I want my money back. Instead, you come breezing in with this seasonâ€™s Armageddonouttahere routine. Itâ€™s like Barbra Streisand farewell toursâ€”thereâ€™ll be another along next summer.â€
Well, now: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It was about the impending collapse of all of the Western world except America.
The good news is that the end of the rest of the West is still on schedule. The bad news is that America shows alarming signs of embracing the same fate, and then some.
Nobody writes a doomsday tome because they want it to come true. From an authorâ€™s point of view, the apocalypse is not helpful: the bookstores get looted and the collapse of the banking system makes it harder to cash the royalty cheque. But Cassandraâ€™s warnings were cursed to go unheeded, and so it seems are mine. Last time â€™round, I wrote that Europe was facing a largely self-inflicted perfect storm that threatened the very existence of some of the oldest nation-states in the world. My warning proved so influential that America decided to sign up for the same program, but supersized. Heigh-ho.
Read More: http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/08/18/get-ready-for-armageddon/