I don’t believe America is going to be a capitalist country after 20 years. I also don’t believe America will be unified anymore, as in all the states still United under the federal government. Despite these break ups, I believe that the federal government will survive in some form and will simply claim that it has rightful control over this broken up America and can command the states to do because, they simply have more power and using the excuse that it’s best to have a central government as the founding fathers claimed, ignoring that they also said that that citizens should throw off a tyrannical government over them.
I believe that the American federal government will start a third world war, or rather provoke one, and that there will be a large exodus of Christians from America to Canada, Mexico and Israel, because of an obvious and huge rise in crime over the next years. And also because of their fear of being drafted regardless of their age into an evil army controlled by a tyrannical government.
I think education will be on par with a substandard version of what China has achieved now, or rather as good as what Russia has now, and that the major breakthroughs if any, will be made in the those with government/military contracts, who have the money for R&D, and that most of these achievements will never be shared with the world. The ones I do believe will become common will mainly be in brain to machine interface technology, androids/smart-robots, self-repairing metal and graphene skins of vehicles, planes and armor, organ growing (including the ability to heal burn victims completely, nerve repair (including the kind that will heal paralysis), extreme human memory enhancement, graphene armor, optical computers, crystal memory storage, holographic projection, and miniature thorium power plants. I don’t believe the government will allow America or any other country to get farther than that and I believe it will use a third world war to severely reduce the world’s population, so that there will be no chance of ever loosening their control from an afterwards global American government.
I also believe that there will still be a world-wide drug war, merely out of greed and as a tool used by governments against citizens they don’t like, and that people being framed for drug possession or owning some banned plant will become common. I believe that governments will make it legal for them to seize an entire estate and all the property a person has merely because they found some illegal drugs or plants on them, and that even if it isn’t legal, they will “lose” the property or sell it off quickly so that if the robbed person manages to get the courage and help to go back to court to sue for damages, that the judge will simply say, “We’re bankrupt and no longer own your property so we have nothing to give you.”
I believe that China will no longer be able to sell us goods cheaply, due to having broken apart into smaller countries which will go into competition with one another, and as a result, the prices of goods throughout the world will become much higher. As a result of that, those who were used to having a comfortable life will resort to theft and murder to get what they want, and many businesses will go out of business as a result. The wealthy communities and businesses will boost their security and have to bribe the police for better protection as a result of crimes becoming much more frequent and bolder. Eventually, America’s great cities will look like ghettos.
Their police and military forces, will become much more corrupt as a result of taking bribes and become more corrupt than street gangs. Loyalty even between the government, military and police will be hard to have without bribes.
I believe this will happen due to the psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists gaining much more control throughout the leadership positions in the world, and as that happens, crime will increase in proportion and will become so high, that having an unhelpful and backstabbing neighbor will be common.
Eventually I believe that the corruption will become so bad, that some country is going to sneak a submarine of the coast of America and detonate a nuclear missile at just the right height to ruin most of the electronics, at which point, over the weeks, there will be millions of deaths, mass rioting and the north fleeing to Canada, and the South fleeing to Mexico. During this time I believe millions will die, and that the dead bodies will cause a huge increase in flies, and that these flies will spread plagues all over. I believe that many will resort to cannibalism and end up eating diseased humans which will result in more plagues.
I also believe there will be a few devastating earthquakes From California to Nevada and in the New Madrid area. The New Madrid earthquakes will cause gas explosions along the gas pipelines there which will kill millions of people.
I believe that working cars, trucks and planes will be rare and bullet proof vests, guns and ammo also, due to the world’s devastated economy, major food supply reduction (due to America being devastated), a huge drop in buyers of these things and from crime and wars hindering the transport of oil and gas. I imagine the world will become filled with feudalistic Thunderdome cities with small armies which will only cooperate in times of desperation or if they are convinced they can gain a good amount of worthy plunder and slaves.
These are not prophecies, just my educated guesses about what will happen.
Update 4-4-2012/5:40 AM, just found this: