It’s the fate of every Atlantis to become extinct, leaving behind fossilized traces of the knowledge that its people acquired; the institutions, infrastructure, and technological marvels that they created; the religious, cultural, and moral ideas on which they founded their community. That the Atlantis of modernity, which is the climax of a process of civilization which began more than two thousand years ago, will become extinct is certain, but what we don’t know is how the extinction will happen. The intellectual, political, and financial establishment in most nations is torn between the liberal faction, which is decomposing, and the conservative faction, which is fossilized. The environment is ripe for nemesis to strike. Whether nemesis will strike through slow decay or a sudden revolution or cataclysm, we will know in the next ten years.