A captivating article, "As If Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S." by Andrew Osborn, appeared in the Wall Street Journal on December 29, 2008. The piece focuses upon Russian academic Igor Panarin, right,  who argues that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war in this country next fall, resulting in its disintegration. 

What is particularly interesting about this baleful prediction is that Prof. Panarin is not, as Osborn puts it, a "fringe figure."  He is a former KGB analyst and dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. In addition, he lectures students, publishes books, and frequently appears in the Russian media as a U.S.-Russia expert.  His theories are being seriously studied in Russia.

Prof. Panarin envisions a "Californian Republic" (under China), a "Texas Republic" (under Mexico), an "Atlantic America" (under Europe), a "Central North American Republic" (under Canada), an Hawaii (under Japan), and an Alaska (under Russia).

Those listening to the professor may ask where President-elect Barack Obama fits into this apocalyptic scenario?  Prof. Panarin bluntly responds that Americans are under the misapprehension that the newly elected President "can work miracles . . .[b]ut when spring comes, it will be clear that there are no miracles."  What is that again, Professor:  no miracles?  You have to be kidding.  We believe in "hail Mary passes" in this country, do we not?

There is approximately the same statistical probability, in my mind at least, that Barack Obama's administration will solve the immigration problem, restore moral integrity to and ward off growing economic chaos in America -- i.e., pull America back from the brink -- as there is that Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips will lead Dallas to a Super Bowl victory in 2010.  Do not hold your breath waiting for either to happen.

Do I believe, as Prof. Panarin, that America will crumble in 2010?  That is an unusually brazen prediction, and I am not willing to subscribe to it.  Do I foresee America being apportioned to others in precisely the manner this Russian predicts? No, not really.  Yet these are really theoretical details, which tend to blind us to the apprehension of a larger truth.  The decline (yes, even the downfall) of the United States of America is no longer a chimerical prospect.  This country has lost its way, and the forces of disintegration are unceasingly at work within it. My book, America Unraveling, describes and critically expounds upon a few of those forces.  Citizens who have not already been anesthetized by "American Idol" or "Dancing with the Stars," or propagandized by the mindless mantras of the extreme left, may wish to read the book.

Democratic republics have to be nurtured in order to survive.  Education is an essential ingredient of this process. This means that colleges and universities, publishing companies, and media must do their respective jobs of enlightening the populace.  Otherwise, citizens will continue electing greedy, duplicitous persons to Congress, will be oblivious to policies destructive of the nation's heritage and culture, and will generally resemble sheep without a shepherd.  Ignorance and moral decadence invariably breed economic, military, and political collapse.

Prof. Panarin's dire observations about the future of America have hardly made the radar screen in this country.  But I note that AOL is featuring stories today concerning an actress's "sizzling fashion" sense, the fact that pony tails are no longer popular, and that an NFL star attacked a spectator.  Does anybody have the impression that we are choking on our own garbage here?

Some observers hail the political and social progress of women, along with that of various racial and ethnic minorities, as a luminous sign that the country now is vastly improved over what it was in 1908.  I respond to such dreamers by asking:  Do you not regard it as strange that the middle class is fading away in America, that the social climate in many areas resembles a virtual Tower of Babel, and that most Americans have little, if any, respect for the way in which their public institutions are functioning? 

Oh, but far be it from me to pour salt in anyone's Kool Aid.  Enjoy it.

December 30, 2008