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Today’s essay question 
18th-Jun-2006 12:10 pm
Pol: Kilroy Planet
Today’s essay question, slightly inspired by a recent foray into the high-stakes world of internet domain speculation:

Will there be a United States of America in 50 years? In 100? In 500? In a thousand? Why or why not?

If your answer is “it depends”, what does it depend on?
Comments 
18th-Jun-2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
I had a similar semi-rhetorical question a few days back.

I think it went something like,
Which will happen first -- the USA will pay reparations for slavery, or the USA will cease to exist?
19th-Jun-2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
There might be in 50 or 100 years, but I don't think it will be a democracy if there is. I predict fragmentation of the populace as the result of environmental catastrophes of various sorts.

In 500 years, I'm not even sure there'll be a human species. I hope so. And I hope we have a moderately nice-looking place to live...
20th-Jun-2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'd guess there will be. There's no real essay to write about why; one would have to refute all theories of why not. ;) Bureaucracy is hard to kill.
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