A society is by definition a social entity: 3 a: an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another.
Notice that the definition reads "cooperating", not competing. No such entity exists today in America, or ever has to the best of my knowledge, anywhere, in the history of the world. In the U.S. there is currently a fascist enterprise, its' sole purpose being the subjugation and exploitation, for profit, of all humanity. It is well on the way to achieving its' goal.
We have been launched into a state of permanent war. Cheney, Bush and the rest of the new royalty have no intention of relinquishing control in their lifetimes. Despite eloquent claims and seemingly astute observations by numerous pundits of the incompetence of the Bush administration, the Project for the New American Century is well underway. No such incompetence in fact exists.
Sometime before the '08 election, American will experience another false flag "terrorist attack", a new and improved 911. Martial law is just around the corner. Within the next 3 to 5 years we will see the North American Union become a global, military dictatorship featuring Bush with his ball & Cheney as supreme commanders. While we fiddle the world will burn.
As long as free market capitalism exists so will war. Death has become the most profitable enterprise in history. Devout free marketers have no conscience, are untroubled by morality or ethics and live only for profit.
We can't fix any of the problems of America, or humanity in general, until we can cure the disease of greed. Until we learn to share we will continue to kill.
As resources essential to survival become increasingly scarce the aristocracy will become more and more concentrated in several mega cities. Most of the remaining population will be conscripted to various labor populations outside these cities controlled by Blackwater type "security agencies" and maintained by the likes of Halliburton. There they will be forced to produce the goods required by the masters. A smaller number of "lucky" peasants will be kept within the cities to function as servants providing "services" and distributing goods.
It will be an era of global slavery with the great mass of humanity in thrall to a relatively small group of the ultra rich and powerful. But, because of their insatiable greed and lust for dominance, the masters will continue to ignore the simple reality of a finite ecosystem with limited resources. They will persistently consume at obscenely wasteful levels and the global climate disaster will continue.
Eventually it will become impossible to provide the level of luxury to which the elite have become accustomed. Finally even essentials will become scarce. The cities will begin to squabble over dwindling necessities. In time these minor skirmishes will escalate to intercity wars. These conflicts combined with the disastrous affects of addictive, unbridled consumption will lead to something akin to the fall of the Mayan Empire but on a global scale.
Perhaps, at some time in the very distant future, the next intelligent life form to inhabit the Earth will stumble upon the ruins of what were once massive, opulent cities hidden in dense jungle growth and wonder how such an "advanced civilization" suddenly disappeared.
I must apologize. I find myself increasingly amused at the prospect of the extinction of the human race. What has become particularly comical is the increasing numbers of folks wringing their hands over the plight of this, that or the other species that is about to disappear forever. People running around beseeching us to "save the Earth" haven't got a clue. The Earth isn't going anywhere. We are. We should be talking about saving the humans. A happy byproduct of saving ourselves would, by default, be "saving the Earth"! We can't have us without it! What part of this don't we understand? The Earth did just fine without us for billions of years. After we have successfully followed the dinosaurs into extinction the Earth will continue to evolve and flourish without us. It will heal itself. It will bring forth new species to replace of those that have gone.
Perhaps another species will follow an entirely different evolutionary path to "sentience" and achieve that thing that humans never could: Civilization.