How can you predict the future?
It is much simpler than you can believe.
Simply look at the past.
Everybody talks about the first quarter of 2014, the second quarter, many go as far as 2015 or 2016, but ALL agree that kicking the can down the road will end somehow.
It is enough to look at the past, the far away past, as far as the Roman Empire, or as close as the URSS or the DDR, they were small, then great (or almost) and then they just finished.
Any dictatorship has one limit: they eventually run out of other people's money.
The other people's money being a colony or many colonies or just own people's money.
You steal today, you steal tomorrow and one day there is nothing more to steal.
And it doesn't really matter how big is your police force, or your army, or how many drones you have, when you have no money to pay their salaries (or when the money you print has no more value) they just do not work for you anymore.
And eventually work AGAINST you.
Once dictators had SOMEWHERE to fly to, to hide in, but in this globalized world, when can they hide?
The very same tools they invented to spy on their enemies will be their own NEMESIS.
Who kills with a sword, will die by a sword.