Fascinating article sent to me by a fellow post-apocalyptic/dystopian screenwriter. Some of you have noticed that the US (and a number of other countries) have been mimicking the excesses of the Roman Empire. This article written by Dr. Nafeez Ahmed details common factors that led to the collapse of great empires similar to our own, including the Roman, Han, Mauryan, and Gupta. Economic stratification, climate change, and poor allocation of resources certainly sound familiar.
By investigating the human-nature dynamics of these past cases of collapse, the project identifies the most salient interrelated factors which explain civilizational decline — which may help determine the risk of collapse today. Head on over and give it a read!