Watching the American Empire dissemble before our eyes reveals hints of our dystopian future. Albeit clouded by the fog of advertising and propaganda, we can catch glimpses of the path ahead, one where our mercenary military consumes more petroleum than it plunders abroad, leaving our homeland in utter ruin.
As Charles Davis observes, gone are the glory days of conquering countries for oil, while happy idiots back home cruise the interstate in land yachts. Having hollowed out the economy that supported such profligacy, the beneficiaries of public largesse are now cannibalizing the assets of our empire, leaving the rest of us in wasteland.
Ironically, when the process is complete, there will be lots of oil everywhere; every river, every bay, every beach.