An Invitation to Anarchy


Robert Kaplan noted in The Ends of the Earth that conflicts will be, not so much between nations, but rather between ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. Police will be indistinguishable from armies; armies will be indistinguishable from street gangs. Nuclear weapons will be replaced by even more terrible chemical and biological weapons. In much of Africa and Asia, drought and famine will kill millions of people. Fresh water will come to be regarded, rightly, as a precious mineral. Massive airlifts of food will make little difference, and the richer nations will abandon those countries to their fate.

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