In 2007, I was inspired by Jared Diamond’s Collapse to write this song: Empires Fall. After the long winter of American Bushism, I think it was fair to ask, “are we still ascendent?”

Now, I think we have our grim answer.

Thank you for pressing on, Umair. Though the tenor of your pieces is (almost) always dark, there is always a detectable crack of light. You are an optimist at heart, and I appreciate you — and your writing.

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Writer, Educator, Musician. Trying to listen more than I speak.

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