Excellent analysis, owing to its insight and frankness.
Hollis's outlook is bleak--but it is the truth. It is therefore possible to start the long road back. Like Hollis, though, I am really afraid of what happens when our society hits bottom. Japan and Germany hit bottom in the 20th Century--we've seen images of the ruins all our lives. Those societies got back on their feet because we, the United States, helped them get back up. If this society bottoms out in a way that's remotely like those two countries, who's going to help us?