Comment: And it appears to be Rising Wealth, not sinking poverty

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And it appears to be Rising Wealth, not sinking poverty

that causes revolutions. The rising wealth of the 1960's saw mass revolutions across the globe, from LA to Mexico City to London and beyond. The sinking poverty, from LA to Mexico City to London and beyond in 1932, did not cause any mass revolutions. In 1918, the rising wealth across the globe saw a mass russian revolution, but also ones in China, Japan, India, and Mexico and even the USA. In the S&L depression of 1987-1991, a massive collapse of the S&L industry, a complete industry, and not one protest.

I believe better historians than I can trace this theme out more. So when it comes to the future American collapse, assuming there is one, then I would not predict any mass revolution to come about because of it. Your Fortune Cookie may be right, revolution is born of hope, not despair, and nothing gives the masses more hope than a general feeling of rising wealth.

For more on this and other great insights, read Dr. Steven Pinker's book: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why violence has declined. http://www.amazon.com/The-Better-Angels-Our-Nature/dp/014312...

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