Originally Posted by Otter
Anyone see things gearing up for another war with financial collapse and all the stuff going on in the middle east? And not one of these 'conflicts' but a big one.
Not saying, just asking.
It's entirely possible. Chaos breeds demagogues; that thread weaves through every culture going back to ancient Egypt. The classic example is Hitler, where Germany's economy was in such brutal free-fall after World War I that its desperate people were able to buy into the extremism and Reichstag-Fire instigation enough to put a crazy madman in power. There are plenty of other examples throughout time, including the super-modern example of Greece, where a tanked economy led to instability which led right down the line to them electing a Communist and a neo-Nazi to build a government together. I'm sure that will work out well.
Now, that's not to say that it is inevitable; South America and sub-Saharan Africa, for example, haven't formed empires (yet). However, all the pieces are forming, so I wouldn't be surprised.