The US as a Failed State

The concept and phenomenon of “failed state” is — somewhat ironically — intimately bound to the United States. On the one hand, the term is ambiguous and politically subjective: qualitatively diverse cases ranging from Somalia to Russia are selectively called “failed states” whenever such fits the narrative of Washington’s foreign policy. A growing number of Western political scientists have accordingly come to admit that the “failed state” label is inherently about cui bono: it is often a pretext for destabilization, not a concern for stability. On the other hand, it is abundantly clear to many Americans that US foreign policy has scarred our world with a disastrous track record of “failed states” from Libya to Ukraine. These and other countries that have been subject to Washington’s “democracy and human rights” were rapidly transformed into bloody conflict zones with little to no rule of law and no sovereign future for their populations. All of this has happened, of course, with Americans footing the moral and tax bills for such imperial adventures while an enormous portion of Americans at home are left with living standards that leave much to be desired. To understand this injustice, and in order to realize its trajectory in context, I think that it is time for Americans to start seeing the United States of America for what it truly is: a failed civilization.

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