The United States is undergoing a profound and radical transformation. From its largely self-proclaimed status as a global hegemon, the United States has lost ground in every single category that defines the power and status of a nation in relation to its rivals.
This book delves into the reasons for the American catastrophic decline, ranging from economic (especially energy), to cultural, technological and military factors. America’s de-industrialized economy is now deeply affected by what can only be described as a massacre of her small and middle-size businesses and the implosion of the US commercial aerospace industry. America’s only driver of real growth, the shale oil industry, is facing realities which may make the Great Depression pale in comparison.
Disintegration also seeks answers to the precipitous moral and professional decline of the always mediocre qualities of the American elites, from the corridors of political power to those of the military and business, now spiraling out of control.
More alarmingly, the trend also points to the possibility of the actual physical disintegration of the United States as a unified entity—whether the divisions are ethnic or ideological.
The most profound fault line is cultural—between the Coastal self-proclaimed elites backed by the secular, liberal media and deep state, who focus on the most radical ideologies as it concerns gender and race, and the working class majority whom the former polemicize as Christian fundamentalists, white supremacists, and climate and science denialists.
Investigating these factors, Martyanov sheds light on America’s future which holds very little promise for the country which had once proclaimed itself to be a shining city on the hill. The American collapse is not just coming, we are presently experiencing it.
How can we deal with a catastrophe which is unfolding before our very eyes?
Disintegration lays out some possibilities.
Philip Pilkington –
“…The sections of the book on American military prowess are where Martyanov’s expertise really shines through. Martyanov claims that a revolution in military affairs has already destroyed the foundation of American post–World War II hegemony and that America simply has not yet awakened to this reality. This is due to the fact, Martyanov says, that the United States has “lost both its competitive edge and its competences in some crucial fields such as building complex machines, commercial aerospace, and shipbuilding.” Effectively, he argues, the United States has already lost the arms race. Martyanov compares the efficacy of America’s Tomahawk missile with Russia’s Kalibr. He argues that both weapons have seen ample usage in recent years, and Russia’s missile is far more effective against missile defense. He points out that 70 percent of Tomahawks launched at Syria in April 2018 were shot down.
But this is not Martyanov’s core critique, which is that the American military is simply not tailored to the needs of today’s world. It is structured for incursions against much weaker opponents—such as Iraq in 1991 and 2003. But it is not in a position of strength when faced with a peer that can compete in terms of troop deployment and firepower…
…The book really comes into its own in the long sections on the American economy. These chapters seem especially prescient after Western sanctions against Russia failed to stop the invasion or decisively cripple the Russian economy, while causing increasing strains in the West. In a word, Martyanov views American prosperity as largely fake, a shiny wrapping distracting from an increasingly hollow interior…” Philip Pilkington, American Affairs Journal
PEPE ESCOBAR –
“Andrei Martyanov is in a class by himself… His new book, Disintegration, completes a trilogy. And it’s a stunning departure. Here, Martyanov, in meticulous detail, analyzes the imperial decline thematically – with chapters on Consumption, Geoeconomics, Energy, Losing the Arms Race, among others, composing a devastating indictment especially of toxic D.C. lobbies and the prevailing political mediocrity across the Beltway. What is laid bare for the reader is the complex interplay of forces that are driving the political, ideological, economic, cultural and military American chaos…” —PEPE ESCOBAR, Asia Times