Johan Galtung, a renowned Norwegian professor and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has predicted the fall of America — and the reason for it would be Donald Trump, he said.
Galtung, who has doctoral degrees in sociology and mathematics and teaches at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University, is known as the “founding father” of peace studies as a scientific discipline. He should also be known as a “prophet of doom” since he has made many accurate predictions of major catastrophic world events.
The futurist has been credited with correctly predicting the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the Iranian revolution of 1978, the uprising of China’s Tiananmen Square, the 9/11 attacks and the economic crises of 1987, 2008 and 2011 and other events, according to the late academic director of the European University Center for Peace Studies, Dietrich Fischer.
Galtung’s forecasts are based on a model that compares the rise and fall of 10 historical empires and his own theory based on “synchronizing and mutually reinforcing contradictions.” In essence, the greater the contradictions, the greater the likelihood that a social crisis will topple the system.
In 1996, he applied this same model to the United States and claimed, “the USA will soon go the same way as [previous] imperial constructions… decline and fall.” He also warned during its decline, the country will go through a phase of “fascism” that will come as a capacity for tremendous global violence, vision of American supremacy, a belief in a final war between 'good and evil' and a cult of a 'strong leader.'”
In 2000, Galtung claimed the “American empire” will fall within 25 years, but after the election of George W. Bush, he moved up his forecast by five years, arguing that the president’s extreme militarism policies will accelerate the process. Now, the professor claims the downfall will come even more swiftly under a Trump administration.
“He blunts contradictions with Russia, possibly with China, and seems to do also with North Korea,” Galtung said. “But he sharpens contradictions inside the USA.”
Unstable economic, social, political and military contradiction, unemployment, overproduction, cultural and religious contradictions, increasing costs of climate change and war and rising tensions between U.S., NATO and military allies, according to the model, would weaken the economy.
However, Galtung stated that not all will be lost if Trump does a complete 360 on his policies and rhetoric.
“If he manages to apologize deeply to all the groups he has insulted and turn foreign policy from U.S. interventions — soon 250 after Jefferson in Libya 1801 — and not use wars (killing more than 20 million in 37 countries after 1945): A major revitalization!” Galtung said. “Certainly making ‘America Great Again.’ We’ll see.”
Hmmm. We’ll see, indeed.