If we go by Spengler's idea for the decline of the West applied to the United States, then the decay of civilization and the rise of Caesars has likely already occurred. Presidential power has exploded in numerous cases to the point that FDR was almost certainly a Caesar and perhaps this applied to Wilson and further back. The President is popularly viewed as a de facto
king and in modern times more have acted like this than not. True, executive power is still not absolute and there are corrupt oligarchs but this still existed at the height of Imperial power: Emperors could not risk getting on the wrong side of the Praetorian Guard or certain other people; they were worshipped as a literal god but this translated into insecurity toward the Christians. There are obvious corollaries with the modern day. Also, foreign American power has reached its zenith and is already receding. We're being flooded with barbarians.>>216875>the dollar will be worthless
People have been saying this for a while but the dollar will be one of the last currencies to collapse. It is, as the saying goes, "the least dirtiest clothing in the laundry" and you can just look at debt levels and exchange rates to see for yourself. America's debt is horrendous but it is only moderate compared to most other major countries, and it is still the center of economic power. There are no real contenders right now to displace the dollar. Gadaffi was the most viable threat and look what happened to him. The Euro is a sinking boat, Russia is still a second-rate economy, and China has debt out the wazoo. Crypto can be hacked, not that it was being taken seriously anyway.
>what kind of trouble
More like when. If done prematurely then that small militia will be rounded up, crackdowns will be fiercer, and they'll actually do stuff like patrol cables with drones to prevent it from happening again. Timing is everything and the shutdown would have to be at a tense time when people already feel like they have nothing to lose, or if there are significant other assets capable of causing irreparable damage.
Also, why hasn't this been done in France to aid the protesters? Is security that much better there?