Are we approaching “peak America”, where the Republic has failed, and the Empire which put paid to it cannot be achieved? Seasoned political analyst James Petras addresses in broad brush four major upheavals that loom:

1)        For the first time, the goal of socialism has been raised in the presidential primaries, backed by tens of millions of voters. The likely Republican candidate leads a mass right wing revolt which opposes globalization, capital flight and the free entry of immigrant labor.

2)        Not since World War II have the US and Russia drawn closer to the possibility of mutual annihilation through nuclear war due to US empire building.

3)        Popular movements in France, Spain, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil, call for popular revolutions.   Right wing nationalist parties are rising in Europe.

4)       Who rules America and who sets the military agenda in the most contentious regions of the Middle East is in open dispute.


JAMES PETRAS is Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the NationChristian Science MonitorForeign PolicyNew Left ReviewPartisan ReviewTemps ModerneLe Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.