All Empires Must Fall.

And they all have!

Alexis de Tocqueville:

‘I know of no country in which there is less independence of mind and true freedom of discussion than in America. One might suppose that all American minds had been fashioned under the same model, so exactly do they follow along the same paths: ‘a new despotism.’

I doubt that there are two hundred thousand people in the whole of the USA who could grasp an argument which sees through the skeletal structure of American history: the Puritan legacy, the frontier savage/civilized dichotomy, and the enemy-other narrative so central to our identity: After all, what does it say when we butcher three million Vietnamese peasants and torture hundreds of thousands and the American public is more upset about what antiwar protesters are doing than about what the U.S. military is doing…. [Failure on so many levels, spiritual, political, educational and the institution that is supposed to inform us, the media.  I watched Barbara WaWa interview President Assad of Syria this morning on ABC, and-guess what-she accused him of using torture!] Most of American society is wallowing in trash; it has no interest in questions of this sort; doesn’t even know they exist.

Flashback to Orwell’s 1984:

But if there was hope, it lay in the proles. You had to cling on to that. When you put it in words it sounded reasonable: it was when you looked at the human beings passing you on the pavement that it became an act of faith.

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