I think more people are upset that they will never be able to go and see a space shuttle launch than there are people who are upset at the demise of the space program, and its implications for America vs. the rest of the world. More people talk about Transformers 3 and the new (and last) Harry Potter movie than anything of import. And when they do talk about something important, they always have an uneducated, idiotic angle given to them by some propaganda machine.
The founding fathers didn’t necessarily believe in a purely democratic institution. They believed in representative democracy more, because we are supposed to pick the most educated among us to make the important decisions. But now all they do is pick whoever has the most money to spend convincing them that they are the most educated in whatever bland, bigoted emotional intelligence that is supposed to lead them to the “right” conclusions. The People elect the representatives they deserve. Short-sightedness and sociopathic apathy is something that can be hidden with money, buzz-words and political manipulation.
If someone isn’t actively supporting policies that are against their own interests, they are usually supporting policies that are just as immoral for different reasons. Even if a citizen can think critically about issues and come to a decent conclusion, they usually have to choose between options that are, if not diametrically opposed to what they think, are subtly misleading in ways that render the entire argument void.
If America crumbles in the next hundred years, will there really be another empire to take its place that will be more egalitarian? I don’t think an empire can exist without being immoral in glaring ways, but even if a moral superpower dominated the world, is that by definition excluding any sense of real Human justice?
The problem with Human thinking isn’t that its fundamentally flawed and corrupt; its problem lies in the fact that it can have bred out of it any kind of real positive flow.