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The Folly of Empire

The Folly of Empire

Monday, 14 October 2013 11:40By Chris Hedges,Truthdig | Op-Ed

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days of empire give ample employment and power to the feckless, the insane and the idiotic. These politicians and court propagandists, hired to be the public faces on the sinking ship, mask the real work of the crew, which is systematically robbing the passengers as the vessel goes down. The mandarins of power stand in the wheelhouse barking ridiculous orders and seeing how fast they can gun the engines. They fight like children over the ship’s wheel as the vessel heads full speed into a giant ice field. They wander the decks giving pompous speeches. They shout that the SS America is the greatest ship ever built. They insist that it has the most advanced technology and embodies the highest virtues. And then, with abrupt and unexpected fury, down we will go into the frigid waters.

The last days of empire are carnivals of folly. We are in the midst of our own, plunging forward as our leaders court willful economic and environmental self-destruction. Sumer and Rome went down like this. So did the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Men and women of stunning mediocrity and depravity led the monarchies of Europe and Russia on the eve of World War I. And America has, in its own decline, offered up its share of weaklings, dolts and morons to steer it to destruction. A nation that was still rooted in reality would never glorify charlatans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, House Speaker John Boehner and former Speaker Newt Gingrich as they pollute the airwaves. If we had any idea what was really happening to us we would have turned in fury against Barack Obama, whose signature legacy will be utter capitulation to the demands of Wall Street, the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial complex and the security and surveillance state. We would have rallied behind those few, such as Ralph Nader, who denounced a monetary system based on gambling and the endless printing of money and condemned the willful wrecking of the ecosystem. We would have mutinied. We would have turned the ship back.

The populations of dying empires are passive because they are lotus-eaters. There is a narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion. They retreat into the sexual, the tawdry and the inane, retreats that are momentarily pleasurable but ensure self-destruction. They naively trust it will all work out. As a species, Margaret Atwood observes in her dystopian novel “Oryx and Crake,” “we’re doomed by hope.” And absurd promises of hope and glory are endlessly served up by the entertainment industry, the political and economic elite, the class of courtiers who pose as journalists, self-help gurus like Oprah and religious belief systems that assure followers that God will always protect them. It is collective self-delusion, a retreat into magical thinking.

“The American citizen thus lives in a world where fantasy is more real than reality, where the image has more dignity than the original,” Daniel J. Boorstinwrote in his book “The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America.” “We hardly dare face our bewilderment, because our ambiguous experience is so pleasantly iridescent, and the solace of belief in contrived reality is so thoroughly real. We have become eager accessories in the great hoaxes of the age. These are the hoaxes we play on ourselves.”

Culture and literacy, in the final stage of decline, are replaced with noisy diversions and empty clichés.

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http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/19406-the-folly-of-empire )


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America’s Self-Mutilation

Thank you for posting your perspective. I often try to explain things like this but you made it much more clear and concise than I can.
Government is us-in a democracy it is what we decide to do together that is not possible alone. Too many Americans have been convinced by corporate owned media that government is their enemy. Imho that is only true when fascism is in play and democracy no longer in control. As long as we have democracy we should make it work for us instead of against us.

Icy Seas

I am an American and I am infuriated that my country’s government is (a) unable and unwilling to balance its books, (b) unable and unwilling to govern, because (c) a childish minority in Congress throws a temper tantrum, and (d) parental and political leadership fails to lead, guide, and compromise. The shut-down of the U.S. government only serves those who

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Nature Deficit Disorder

Thank you! I just ran into the most horrible depressing video complaining about the preposterous (to them!) idea that Nature should have any legal rights or be treated with more respect than any human’s momentary desire to do something that harms nature. I was just thinking “no more blogging/reading blogs it is too upsetting!”. But your post reminded m e that bloggers like you and Serenity Spell always elevate my perspective and my day. Thank you! !


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The Oracle Report Monday, October 14, 2013

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First Quarter Moon Phase: step out, take action
Moon: Aquarius/Pisces

The mindset you hold (and therefore the energetic signature you emit) imprints deeply today. Some days are more “ripe” for imprinting because the energetic themes actually involve the principle of imprinting. Action undertaken today ripples out into space-time with a unique and magically-empowered force. Knowing this, how do you want to influence the field of consciousness?

In a shamanic practice, today we would split our intention/action in two: one focus on intention/action for the collective of humanity and one focus on intention/action for ourselves.

Duality of mind (two sides of matters; doing two things at a time) is highlighted today. This also means that there is a second side, second story, or second chance with situations.

There is also double-think, and today and tomorrow we enter one of the windows of time I highlighted last month as being key times for forces opposed to humanity to make big moves to further their agenda. This is because the Sun moves into opposition with the Eris Point. Remember that the Eris energy is the favorite of Illuminati magicians because they push the chaotic, destructive, ultra-feminine warrior side of Eris, as opposed to the nurturing, illuminative, creative, mother side. So wise owls are always vigilent during such a time, and maintain strong, grounded connection and stability with Gaia-Sophia.

What seems like magic is really just the science of consciousness. The line of your energetic signature is powerful today. Let’s make a good mark!

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