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[ Episode #81 // Falling Empires ]

With its empire in decline, the United States is no longer the world's dominant superpower. Stuck in the idea of international control, it continues to maintain military reach at the expense of long-term economic health. Will the people of the US empire be able to regain democratic control over their communities as the political system fails?

John Michael Greer returns in Extraenvironmentalist #81 to talk about his new book Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America which covers democracy in the United States during the 21st century. We ask John about the anacyclosis of past empires may indicate what could be in store for the transformation of the US empire. Then, Chris Martenson joins us to discuss his work in communicating difficult information to people who don't want to believe it.

//Segments on Soundcloud

// Books

Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America by John Michael Greer

// Links and News Items

Join us for our live broadcasts and video from the 4th International Degrowth Conference in Leipzig Germany from September 2nd through 6th
Video interview with Chris Martenson

// Extended Clips (in order of appearance)

[Break] - 32m

Chris Hedges - Cults at the end of empire
Obama on American Exceptionalism
US Empire putting geopolitics over economics

[End]

Terence McKenna on being an extraenvironmentalist

// Music (in order of appearance)

Gadget - Dotted Out
Lucius - Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears Cover)
Sade - When am I going to make a living (Poolside Edit) via Et Musique Pour Tous
James Ray - I've got my mind set on you (Senior Citizens Mix)
Elder Island - Garden
Lemaitre - Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)

// Production Credits and Notes

Our correspondent and editor Kevin via Sustainable Guidance Youtube Channel

Episode #81 was supported by donations from the following generous listeners:

Jonathan in New York
Michael in Texas
Vincent in Pennsylvania
Nancy in Colorado
Ken in British Columbia
Daniel in Texas