Can't see too many similarities between the present confusion and Spain. Apart from that being confused too.
The fatal political mistake for the US was back in the 20s, turning its back and giving the revanchists in France and England a clear run.
And the fatal economic mistake was a screwed up version of capitalism that devastated the world economy.
But the whole history of the 20th century fits together like some infernal machine. Once the trigger was pulled in Sarajevo in 1914, the whole thing just moves like clockwork.
And finally in 1990 or so there was a chance for a new start maybe. And we collectively blew it. Instead of helping the Soviet system to relax and change and turn into something that worked, the people who own us and run us saw a chance to try to move in for the kill and the looting.
And one way and another we are set up for another tragic century.