Going beyond the knee-jerk platitudes from the right and the left:
“Pax Americana will be finished. Which has been the aim of Rupert [Murdoch] & Co., all along.” –David Brin
Presumably Pax Americana is to be replaced by some privatized, neo-feudal world order. What might be a good “Pax” name for it; and might it be a necessary evil given the limits to growth, human nature, etc.? Does liberal democracy require material abundance? Are humans ultimately too mad (irrational) to govern ourselves under precarious conditions?
Ben Franklin said:
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”