Sunday, November 21, 2004

Is America a Post-democratic Society? How to Preserve Our Republic

Is America a Post-democratic Society? How to Preserve Our Republic

I think this is a valuable comment on the state of the U.S. at this point. What we have to fear is the Roman example. I've been wondering for some time if we will have the same experience with our grand experiment: unable to keep it from turning into an autocracy with the non-thinkers kept quiet with bread and circuses until the walls fall.


Blogger David Summerlin said...

Ron Suskind wrote about his conversation with a senior White House aide:

The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about Enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That's not the way the world works anymore,” he continued. “We are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you are studying reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

This coming from the White House.

As for the polarization of wealth and income, I've been spouting off about that for a while now, and it doesn't even faze most conservatives. I doubt the pendulum will start swinging the other way until there can be no doubt that the American empire has installed a worldwide corporate aristocracy that feeds off the impoverished masses. Conservatives will deny this up until the day that they, as individuals, join the ranks of the aristocracy, or the impoverished masses, and the middle class is entirely gone.

For me, the only real questions about our national future are: how far off is the revolution against the American empire, and will the majority of the human race survive the exchange? Also, are we already seeing the beginning of that revolution? We have, after all, declared an unwinnable war without end against an unknowable population. Will we eventually abandon the effort and buy the empire some time?

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