There’s No Clash Of Civilizations, Just A Crash Of One

Destruction, from the Course Of Empire by Thomas Cole. “In the foreground a statue of some venerable hero stands headless, still striding forward into the uncertain future. In the waning light of late afternoon, the dead lie where they fell, in fountains and atop the monuments built to celebrate the affluence of the now fallen civilization.”

In 1996 Samuel P. Huntington wrote The Clash of Civilizations, but it hasn’t quite worked out like that. It’s more like the crash of one. The question is what made America powerful, and why does it suck now?



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at