THE AMERIKAN BANANA REPUBLIC
Mr. V.T. shared this article with me, and I enjoyed it so much I had to share it here, not the least of which becuase I have been blogging the last few days about corruption of one sort or another, from everything including faked bonds in massive amounts, to ridiculous clams that human stem cells are drugs, to agribusiness and court cases. Well, Philip Giraldi has stated the case very well:
For me, the central points in Giraldi's insightful article are these:
"So the question becomes, why do the American people put up with the venality and outright criminality that seem to have become part and parcel of our polity? Well, it could easily be argued that most Americans have been sold a bill of goods and, in exchange for material comforts and empty assurances, are quite comfortable in having their liberties stripped from them."
True enough: most Americans are fat, silly, and either just plain too stupid to see what is being done to them in the name of the national security banana republic this nation has become, or if they're not, they are acquiescent in it because of the high degree of luxury and comfort in which we live. But what happens if that were suddenly swept away? If the supermarkets were no longer full of food, if the water was no longer potable, if the shelves of Walmart were no longer filled with Chinese trinkets? What would happen if the empire failed?
Perhaps, just perhaps, then they would wake up and blame the very elites that promised both guns and butter, and gave them dust. But what if they wake up before then? What should they do? I am bold to suggest that they should educate themselves as much as possible, that they should create the culture, and ignore the culture they are spoon fed from the media, the government, and the corporate cleptocrats spinning it.
Then Giraldi puts his finger on the problem, at least, the political problem in this country: the monopoly of Dummycrookery and Republithuggery on the political process:
"We the people now have little real power even if every two years we are allowed to choose between two different forms of the same despotism at the ballot box."
But Giraldi then, unexpectedly, advocates not a third party (which would really be but a second political party), but something akin to "revolutionary martyrdom":
"Thomas Jefferson said that “Every generation [of Americans] needs a new revolution.” The American people must be prepared to defend to the death their rights against all comers, including their own government."
I find such thoughts dangerous at best, and a bit short-sighted at worst, since Amerika's problems are not, in my opinion, political, and therefore, not fixable by political means, revolutionary or otherwise. They are cultural. We live in a country that has lost all cultural grip on reality, that can in one breath glorify rappers and Mozart as musical geniuses, that can create a glut of "reality TV" shows whose subtle meme is for the individual to bow to the tyranny of simple majorities, that can glorify the doggerel of rap music lyrics in the same breath as the poetry of Whitman or Angelou. After all, if we were to have such a revolution, what would be the culture we would like to see emerge? Our constitution and civil liberties emerged from a unique culture, created over hundreds of years, a mixture of rationalism, skepticism, institutions and concepts in jurisprudence and philosophy, that most Amerikans are now simply clueless about. The long term solution remains, in my mind, the imperative to create a culture apart from the mechanisms controlled by the elites that have given us this mess.
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