Chris Hedges outlines the decline of the American Empire, and how our gross domestic product is really weapons, domination and death: The Unraveling Of The American Empire
I suggest you read this first. But if you dive deeper in understanding, you will have already realized all of this long ago. Empires rise and fall, repeatedly, but what is the real reason? Is it because of internal rot? Ineptitude? Over reach? Resource collapse?
The imposition of presumed superiority through force, domination, economic manipulation and control doesn’t quite go deep enough. The cultural expectations and demands are to blame, with all of the recipients, beneficiaries and manipulators that depend upon empires to sustain them. The resulting wave of destruction and eventual self-implosion is inevitable with hundreds of millions of ruined lives and destroyed cities and towns littering the global landscape.
In short, Empires fall because of corruption, privilege, hubris and (endless) greed, countless examples of which can be found virtually everywhere within any empire. Empires are not sustainable, they do not bother themselves with the concept, having long since replaced the meaning of words to champion new definitions to suit their political agenda.
We blame the fall of Empire on elected leaders, petty dictators and wanna-be power brokers, but this is also too shallow. Empire is exhibited throughout the citizenry, in wage-slavery “zeks” (political prisoners in debt-servitude) to investment ‘speculators’ preying upon widespread ignorance and competition (rapists and con-men) to factory produced death machines (weaponization encompassing everything from food production to bombs). This is the culture of Empire. Empires are advanced death machines. It is a very American thing which we all have found ourselves doing throughout the world.
Right now, there are three, perhaps four Empires all vying for the same things, all in a state of decline, all actively stomping out lesser contenders and the “mini-empires” that seek to displace their big brothers. None have rejected their mistakes. None have restrained themselves. None have even identified the errors of their ways. The populations within are at drift, rudderless (and powerless) to the stormy seas raged by their respective Empires, finding themselves irrevocably enslaved to Empire’s whims and dalliances. Death and destruction invariably follow like a overwhelming flood consuming different parts of the globe. Decline and depletion and eventually, a final collapse marks their final chapters.
America is not immune to this, it’s already happening, and in a thousand different ways, I’ve described it over the years. It’s irrelevant what you “believe” about any of this, the arcing trajectory of this American empire isn’t going to change. I personally cannot buy into the empty promises, lies, deception and new phony definitions that this Empire will be any different the all the others. I’ve seen no evidence whatsoever to support this. You have to look behind the smoke to see what is still burning, and the fire is very large now.
Hedges points this out, we’ve traded politicians and pretend politics but nothing changes. Nothing is being improved. I told everyone that this would happen, again and again. Our collapse is inevitable, no matter where you live on the planet. You are on your own and always will be.
Therefore, the only thing you can really do, is to look out for yourself. Those of us following decline already know this, we’re irrevocably hitched to the destruction of our Empire. Virtually everybody else is lying about the future they’re promising (but never deliver). Pay attention – and pay heed to what is happening.
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