I have seen a spate of commentaries lately devoted to the topic that the old world order is passing. Among the most colorful are Dmitry Orlov’s essay
and Pepe Escobar’s
Harper’s magazine weighs in with an entire issue exploring the theme (for subscribers). Moon of Alabama provides an overview, with links to other sources responding to Harper’s.
Finally, The American Conservative takes a contrarian position that, essentially, the more things change the more they stay the same.
Personally, I subscribe to the theory that a profoundly different new world order is coming. I am persuaded to this view for a number of reasons. A big one is the organic expansion of the BRICS alliance of economies, which seems destined to become a strong, independent competitor to the G7/G20 alliance. Another is that (to my mind, at least), the U.S. has squandered the “good guys” reputation it earned as the result of WWII. But I also note that a profoundly different new world order is always coming.