Ask A Genius 499 – An Arena of Art: Decay of Culture, Pretty Killy, and Kinda Corrupt (3)
January 9, 2019
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Rick Rosner: Trump is a more pure version of the science fiction vision of a vacuous idiot who is completely at the mercy of corrupt interests. He is kind of close to President Camacho in Idiocracy.
So, plenty of people or quite a few people have predicted a vacuous national leadership. For the first time, we have a completely vacuous amoral, corrupt, and stupid president. The question: is this a crazy, one-time disaster? Or are we going to have idiot presidents 1/2 of the time or 2/3 of the time until America falls apart?
Science fiction writers also like to present future or near-future scenarios in which American can’t keep itself together and falls into different parts, which, you could argue, is the end of America.
If America falls apart, it is the end of the American experiment and the end of the nation. You could argue America turns into some crazy dictatorship where people’s rights are continually violated because we are immersed in entertainment.
It could be argued as a kind of end for America. There could be a third and more likely end of America. That, as AI and augmented post-human humanity rises, forces become more powerful relative to the forces of national unity, so the power of national government becomes increasingly irrelevant over the next century.
Then the new political and social structures arise that supplant the American government. There is still an American government. But that there are other forces that become much more important relative to an increasingly irrelevant U.S. government.
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