In the 1980′s, the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan after a very long, drawn out and pricey invasion and occupation. Crippled by the economic, social and military costs of the war, the Soviets were unable to compete with the hyper-aggressive American Empire under then President Ronald Reagan and H.W. Bush. These issues, combined with the ineffectiveness of the centrally-planned, state owned economic model that the Soviets were using, led to the easy toppling of the Soviet Union, first in its satellite states, and later in the metropole itself. The Soviet Union imploded thanks to its own silly policy decisions vis a vis the economy and its expensive and poorly conceived foreign meddling. Reagan and Bush were just present to open the door for the staggering Soviet Empire.
Now, here we are in 2014, the American Empire exhausted after not one, but TWO even MORE expensive invasions and occupations WITH the fact that we have cut taxes during this period of increased combativeness and foreign meddling AND the fact that we’ve allowed our manufacturing base to go overseas. Russia is now governed by the more aggressive Vladimir Putin, and China is just waiting in the wings, as it were, to end the era of the American global hegemony. All of this, btw, thanks to conservative policies and conservative ways of thinking and feeling about the economy, the individual, the society, the environment and foreign affairs. And now, what makes us think that our current elite structures aren’t simply going to be “poofed” out of existence, thanks to the decisions and tactical maneuverings of people like Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping? What makes the American Empire think that it won’t be wiped out of existence, like all the other empires of the past, thanks to its elites own boobery, stupidity and unsensed conservative ways of thinking and feeling?
It’s time to adapt, America.
Time to wake up from the stupor that the individual is the pinnacle of society, and that all other aspects of society should bow to that individual (or should I say, those particular individuals who happen to be on top)?
The individual is not served in this fashion on the practical levels, in spite of the “benefits” that they realize. Neither is the society or the environment that the individual depends upon for well being and survival. It is merely a pathological condition of the brain to think that it works otherwise, in the economy, the society and the environment.
It’s time that we get these folks who can’t or won’t understand this into mental healthcare for their own sake and benefit, lest we ALL get killed for what is only a handful of people avoiding a perceived inconvenience.
Think about it.
The trouble with the Ukrainian situation, is that neither side has a real honest interest in being honest.
Russia may very well take the Crimean peninsula in light of the defiance of the Ukrainian people in Western Ukraine and has an interest in keeping up his end of the narrative to make his actions “look” legitimate.
Then, you’ve got this massive anti-Russian media blitz happening against an, albeit, imperfectly formed, yet reasonable strategy by the Russians at maintaining their national security. The West paints the situation as a grab by a ruthless dictator, and Vlad is saying that it’s in the defensive interests of the Russian people.
I hate to say it, but Vlad’s side is more correct from the standpoint of Russian defense, even though he’s going about it in an incredibly haphazard and messy fashion.
What this will show to the world, is that the Age of the American Empire, the hegemony of the United States, that is, is at an end. We were brought here by the neo-conservative response to September 11th and all of the other stuff we’ve done abroad since, arguably, the foundation of our anti-social little republic.
Indian wars, invasions of Mexican territory, conquest of Hawaiian and Spanish territory and the fact that we were the only major military power left relatively unharmed as a result of WWII.
It’s all adding up, don’t you see.
All these little mistakes, these anti-social stances, these behaviors, these patterns of aggression and expansionism and then, the conservatism and willful ignorance to say that “we’re not at fault” for what is happening to us.
It’s all adding up!
And we’re going to START paying the price for our country’s leadership’s decisions from these past two-hundred and thirty odd years.
It all adds up.
And the American people are too bamboozled and angry to do anything constructive to fix it, mainly again, thanks to the choices of the elites on both sides of the political spectrum, and ALL thanks to the conservative attitudes and behavior patterns that pervade ALL elite groups.
And undignified as human beings.
The people who lead us are less than human beings.
And those who support them are in the same vein as those whom they pledge allegiance to.
Enjoy your bed, America!
You’ve made it.
Sleep in it!
And, THINK about it.
Slowly but surely, humanity learns through repeated mistakes to, hopefully, become a more attentive, responsive and empirically grounded species. At any rate, those who live in the dream world produced by their own brains are more likely to produce less than viable offspring while those who are solidly rooted in reality are more likely to produce offspring who can survive and be well in this constantly shifting and dynamic environment.
Much like how we train our brains to become more resilient and more compassion, we collectively and individually as humans become more fit to live on this planet and in this universe with these fantastically powerful and incredibly hazardous brains of ours, that are able to produce fantastic machines that make our lives easier and figure out the nature and function of our universe, while being completely unable (and, sometimes, unwilling) to make the right choices to ensure their hosts’ own survival and well being on this planet, in this environment, in this universe both for the individual and the individual relative to the rest of human society.
I don’t know whether we’re going to be ok as a species. I really don’t.
It all depends on the choices that we’re each and all going to make from now, until the end of time and beyond.
Doesn’t get any easier from here.
And it’s likely to be harder, all the same.
Think about it.