The last two weeks I theorized that the U.S. political experiment might be nearing its end. Today I will take a step further, and speculate on what the North American land mass currently called the United States might look like one hundred years from now. And I will speculate about changes in how people think and live in what used to be the U. S. and A. Also I will say a few things about the world as a whole.
Is this entirely wishful thinking on my part? Maybe it is partly wishful thinking, and partly just guessing where trends and momentum might take us. No doubt anyone reading this in 2122 would roar with laughter at how far off I was. So, to spare me that embarrassment, please burn this column after reading. Thanks.
The United States no longer exists. It broke up in 2036. Both political parties finally succeeded in completely destroying the value of the dollar. Hyperinflation wiped out the savings of countless people. Welfare payments didn’t really pay for much anymore, since the money had lost so much of its value.
States that had long been considering secession finally had to do something to protect their people. So some of them left the union, which was so damaged psychologically and economically that it didn’t have much to say about those leaving. When you’re broke you don’t have as much power.
Of course the splitting up didn’t stop there. States seceded as states, becoming countries, but the seceded countries were not united in attitude.
So each seceded state/country began to split up even more. Large cities leaned left theologically and politically (religion and politics are a two-headed coin; each is the flip side of the other) and almost all of them seceded from the more conservative-leaning new countries. This was true on the Left Coast, the Right Coast, and in the heartland.
For example, my own state (which became a country) Indiana was considered a conservative, Christianity-sympathizing backwater. These kinds of attitudes did not sit well with the hipper people occupying the cities. Thus it was no surprise that pretty quickly the following Indiana cities seceded from Indiana and became their own city-states: Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, New Jeffersonville (an amalgamation of New Albany and Jeffersonville), South Bend, and Terre Haute.
Among backwater Hoosiers, it quickly became apparent that even different portions of the state–even though the lefty city-states were pretty quickly going and gone–didn’t feel enough fellowship with each other to stay together as one fairly huge country. The country began to split up even more, and eventually by 2122 there were 27 small countries where Indiana used to be–not counting the 11 city-states. So Indiana in 2122 is 38 small countries. Of course that number changes gradually as countries split up or decide to throw their lot in with a neighboring country.
The same pattern was followed nationwide. There are lots of city-states (still called countries), and lots of small rural or semi-rural countries. What used to be the United States is now 1,746 separate countries. Oops, no sorry, make that 1,747. A part of eastern Iowa connected to the city-state Dubuque just decided to separate and go its own way.
The countries and the city-states vary greatly. Some are prosperous, some are not.
It is amazing to see how differently these countries organize themselves. A few of these countries are even self-consciously Christian. Most are not, but Christianity largely influences many of the rural and semi-rural countries. (Not true in the city-states to any large extent, of course, but even there there are pockets of Christian belief.)
In some of these countries there are few rapes and murders. The reason seems to be that rapists and murderers are executed in those countries. Which “encourages the others,” as the phrase goes.
In a handful of countries there are no prisons at all. This is not because the people there are so perfect that no crimes are committed. No, it happens because many crimes are punished by forcing the perpetrator to pay restitution. Rape and murder, on the other hand, lead to execution. Hence no real need for long-term prisons. They still have jails, but they hold a prisoner for short terms only, until the court case is decided.
In some of these countries there is full employment of anyone who wants to be employed. When Social Security and other welfare systems went belly up, people began to be suspicious of the welfare state–I stress that this is true only in some of these countries, not all–and, spurred by Christian preaching, decided to plan on taking care of themselves rather than depend on civil government to do so.
There is also full employment partly because there is no minimum wage. (Again, true in only some of these places.) So everyone who wants to work, is able to find work.
There is honest money–silver and gold–in some of these countries. In some of these countries, the civil government is unable to add to the money supply by creating paper/digital money out of thin air.
There is no public education in some of these countries. People–some of them, anyway, and not a few–have decided that it is their responsibility to educate their children at their own expense.
There seems to have been a flowering of scholarship among Christians. This began to be evident in about 2050. Some theorize that this is an early fruit of the home school movement which began way back in latter decades of the 20th century.
Unborn babies are killed constantly, in most of the city-states. But in most of the rural and semi-rural countries, almost every unborn baby becomes a born baby.
In the churches of the land, the tithe is still not completely commonplace. But giving has increased gradually. The typical 2.5% giving of around 2000 has moved up to a continent-wide mark of 7.1%. Most Christians believe that the 7.1% will continue to rise. The spoken and written goal of some is “10% by 2222.”
The Democratic Party is still very strong in the city-states, but is much weaker elsewhere.
The Republicans? With the implosion of the United States in 2036, many people gave up completely on the Republicans. Actually, this started about ten years earlier. In about 2026, countless small local parties began to be seen in the still-existing United States. They had no national importance, but they began gradually to be important in their own states. They were able to hit the ground running when the U.S. split apart in 2036.
However, some local branches of the Republican Party began to reform themselves in the early 2020s, and thus eventually came to provide a serious alternative to the Democratic Party. (The variety available in all these 1,747 countries is fairly remarkable. Apparently diversity is our strength.)
When the U.S. ended in 2036, conservative countries on the southern border of what used to be the United States, ended illegal immigration immediately. It was do that or commit suicide, and the people down south decided not to commit suicide.
The black Christian church has continued in its anti-Christian leftish rut. But in 2041, things began to change slightly. A black Christian man named Quantarius Jones said, “I’ve had enough of this nonsense” and began to preach a biblical gospel. Somehow his message resonated with many black people, unexpectedly, and in the ensuing 81 years a small but significant number of black preachers have preached and lived in the tradition of Quantarius Jones. He is one of the most loved black men among the black population–and one of the most hated. The movement he inspired is vastly controversial. Jesse Jackson VI, for example, just a few weeks ago called him an Uncle Tom.
Worldwide, there are few wars in recent decades. China is powerful, but once they took over Taiwan, they had few military goals. They continue to be very good at producing wealth.
Beginning in about 2035, most of the world figured out that the best thing to do with Islam was to quarantine them. Trade with them, speak respectfully to them, leave them alone (no preemptive wars to “fix” them), but don’t let them come to your country to live. Those of us who thought the world would never learn that simple and obvious way of acting, had egg on our face. But we were very glad to be wrong. So Islam, in 2122, is mostly a threat to itself. I’m sorry I wasn’t around to see that!
There you have it. What the North American continent might look like in 2122, with a few details about the rest of the world as well.
This shocking news just in: by 2122, there was no rapture pulling Christians off the world and out of their responsibilities. Jesus Christ did not appear in the sky by 2122. He gave us work to do, about 2,000 years ago, in Matthew 28:19-20. Have we done it yet? No. So, why would He come back, unless to give us a two by four up the side of the head?
In 2122, it is quite likely that we are still in the very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very early church.