Tuesday, June 28, 2011
America in the numbers
I'm trying to visualize the America as it appears in the numbers. About 90% of the people has no property, no assets. Their net value is negative (they owe money) or have insignificant savings. 80% of the Americans (if I am not wrong) live in non-traditional households, that is, only a fifth lives in a man+woman+children family setup. The trend is to further dissolution of traditional frameworks. How will look America's next generation?
A large mass of deracinated, alienated individuals, that owns nothing nor has close blood relations with anyone, dependent for survival on the State.
Like Rome, from a State formed by free property-owning peasants, with large households, that served in the army, America has degenerated into a rootless cosmopolitan urban proletariat with a salaried army.
As for the future, Western Rome collapsed under Hun genocide and Eastern Rome collapsed a thousand years later under the Turkish assault. Since mongol tribes with composite bows mounted on ponies have disappeared, the American State is in no danger of collapse and may go on for another thousand years. Pic.: Roman bronze ticket entitling a family to the grain dole. (British Museum)