I've posted repeatedly about America as Fall-Of-The-Roman-Empire/Republic before. It's looked pretty bleak for a while, not being able to figure out how the Next Big American Thing will come into being. It's looked like that process will be really blood soaked.
But maybe not. I've also posted before about Curtis Yarvin, who blogged under the nom de blog Mencious Moldbug. It was ten years ago that I wrote about him in an uberpost titled The Fifth American Republic. It has perhaps the best opening paragraph I've ever written:
Barack Obama is a communist. That's a low schoolyard insult, even though it's true, but it doesn't matter. You see, Mitt Romney is also a commie. No, this isn't yet another Mitt Romney rant. All of our political establishment are commies, and have been for a long time.
Glen Filthie found a Tucker Carlson interview with Yarvin. It's quite something - Tucker is a much better interviewer than I had known (I don't watch much - or any - political TV) and Tucker allows Yarvin great big huge uninterrupted blocks of time to explain his philosophy of how America is ruled by an oligarchy, why the oligarchy is decentralized, how the US Government has evolved over time (with a shout out to his original post that I blogged about ten years back), how the periodic evolutions come to be needed as the system slowly degrades, and how this explains why we lost in Afghanistan.
He ends with a discussion of the end of the Roman Republic and how that could plausibly happen here without the rivers of blood. This is a very long and very thoughtful interview that left me feeling much better about this Republic's chances than I have in a long, long time.
Go watch this. I cannot recommend this too highly. You might want to read my old uberpost as an introduction first, because it will set the stage for much of what Yarvin describes. Yarvin is a first rate intellect and you will end up smarter when you're done.