I remember reading this interview a little while ago.   Emmanual Todd predicted a fall for America back in 2003, near the start of the Iraq War.  It looks like he might be prescient again.  His comparisons of present America the consumer to 16th century Spain the consumer are particularly relevant now.   I like when at the end about there being no true world super power in the future.  There is much talk about Europe (his knowledge base), but he doesn’t touch on the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries that much.   Still, an interesting read.