The rise and unavoidable downfall of United States
A certain gentleman who read my recent article has put this question to me: "You say that the US and not Saddam Hussein is the real threat to world peace. If so, then is there any hope for the downfall of the US like the downfall of the British empire and the Soviet empire?"
A very good question. Before I write about the downfall of the US I would first like to explain about the rise of the US and how she became a giant among all the nations of the world. As I understand from history, the US became a great country because nowhere did man enjoy as much individual liberty as in that country. As a result of her people enjoying individual liberty there was an explosion of ideas within that country and people with great ideas were also welcome from outside that country. This lead to great discoveries, better inventions, better tools, better machines; and with superior tools and machines the people of the US became giants in industrial production; and because of freedom of trade and minimum bureaucratic interference in trade and the lowest taxation in the world, the economy flourished and the people of the US enjoyed the highest per capita income.
The US did not become a great country because she is rich in natural resources. No, certainly not, for there are other countries with much greater natural resources and among these countries are Russia, India, Brazil, African countries etc. The US is so dependent for natural resources on so many countries of the world and it would not be an exaggeration if I say that the US is the biggest importer of various natural resources. When we study the rise of the US as a great country, we find that the following factors played an important role: individual freedom; explosion of ideas, better machines and tools for greater production, freedom of trade and low taxes.
And now I shall explain about the unavoidable downfall of the US which for the first 150 years of her history was an ideal country to live in. She was a great capitalist country and capitalism is an economic system based on 100 per cent non-government interference with the economy. Unfortunately there is no country in the world that can be called a genuine capitalist country but the US came very close to being a real capitalist country during her earlier years, and this explains why she became a giant among nations whereas Communist Soviet Union with far, far, greater resources remained backward, because of her bureaucratically controlled economy. To be brief, any economic system that is free from bureaucratic control, red-tapeism, is a scientific system of economics, therefore the only scientific system of economics is the capitalist system, the other name for which is consumerism because such a system is in the best interest of the consumer. The communist system however is based on a bureaucratically controlled economy and whereever such a system has been tried, it has proved a failure, for communist system in the Soviet Union could not complete its life for even 100 years.
Keeping the foregoing economic facts in view, while Russia and China are fast moving away from the communist system and moving towards a capitalist system of economy, the US is not only moving fast towards the communist system but she is also rapidly becoming a police state, being responsible for almost all the terrorism today besides poking her nose in the affairs of other countries using terrorism as an excuse. The US today is a super-power, not because she is following the principles of capitalism; she is not a super-power because of her sound economic policies; she is not a super-power because of her being an industrial giant but she is a super-power because she is the manufacturer, supplier and owner of the most destructive weapons of mass destruction.
Sad to say, once a country with the lowest taxation system, today she is a country with the highest taxation; and the only country in the world that taxes even the income of those US citizens serving in other countries. More than half of the income of the US citizens are taxed and this money is spent on, not only making the most destructive weapons but also for carrying out military adventures in various countries like Afghanistan, Iraq etc. Since the end of World War II, the US Government has spent billions and trillions of dollars of the unfortunate US taxpayers on unproductive projects such as sending men to the moon and other planets; bribing political leaders in other parts of the world to gain foothold in certain countries; using tax money to overthrow certain regimes unfriendly towards the US government. Since after World War II, the US has carried out military adventures against 20 different countries; she has been responsible for creating trouble in different parts of the world to sell her military hardware, weapons of torture etc to different countries of the world.
Today the US is fast losing her markets for many useful items because she is concentrating on the manufacture and sale of unproductive items. But to produce unproductive items, one must have money and this huge money can only be provided by those who are productive members of society. Unfortunately, on the one hand the US is manufacturing unproductive items such as weapons which is her main source of income today, while on the other hand she is putting more and more restrictions on the productive citizens in the US, taxing them more and more, with the result that the productive members of the US, no longer have the incentive to produce more and because of this, the US arms and weapons manufacturing industry, making her a super power, will ultimately collapse along with her economy.
Even a small child knows that if you spend more than your income, you will become bankrupt but despite this fact certain vested interests in all the mighty empires have brought about the downfall of those empires: this was the reason why all earlier mighty empires like the Roman empire kissed the dust and this is the reason why the most recent empires like the Soviet and British empires have kissed the dust. Can the US be an exception?
The writer is grandson of late Afghan King Dost Muhammad Khan