I'm one of those who thinks of Charles Krauthammer as a Fox-ite Republican (not a good thing), but I can't disagree too much with he latest column. I think he has it right.
I agree up to a point but then he spouts something about "politics being the driver of history". Politics is mainly a reponse to the economic situation, an effect and not a cause. His arguement falls down there.
Ultimately, biology is the driver. The nature or psychology of the animal precedes the social and economic, and the end product is politics - the elites that have contolled all populations since agriculature began, and their interests.
Krauthammer may not be so sensitive to the biological and elitist elements but the argument that the political actions (of the elites) may end our little statistical oddity (civilization) seems valid to me.