Double-doctored, Nobel Prize-nominated professor at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University Johan Galtung is a futurist, who is predicting the decline of the “US empire” in 20 years — possibly sooner, now that Trump was elected. Reportedly, Galtung has made numerous predictions of major world events, all of which were correct. According to Motherboard, he predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union almost to the day, a decade ahead. He's not completely pessimistic, though.
Galtung has doctoral degrees in both sociology and mathematics, and some decades ago developed a theory of "synchronizing and mutually reinforcing contradictions", which he used to make his forecasts. The model was based on comparing the rise and fall of 10 historical empires.
In 1980, Galtung used his theoretical model to map the interaction of various social contradictions inside the Soviet empire, leading him to predict its demise within 10 years.
"Very few believed him at the time", writes Dietrich Fischer in the main biography and anthology of Galtung's works, Pioneer for Peace, "but it occurred on November 9, 1989, two months before his time limit, 1990."
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