"By the end of this century, I suspect the U.S. and most other nation-states will have, for all practical purposes, ceased to exist." -Doug Casey
I just hope I live long enough to see this happen.
With the coming economic collapse, which is going to be much worse than the housing bubble popping, this might happen sooner than we think. Right now the Fed is creating a super bubble, the government bubble, when that pops the dollar and the US economy is going to fall in a depression that will make the Great Depression look like an amusement park.