If the deconstruction of the political frame, based on that of the Roman Republic, that is to say, the reduction of an elite Senate to one reduced to a second chamber of the common people, marks one crucial fault line in the collapse of America, then the crisis in the military system is of equal importance.
America was created by the breakaway of a British colony led by General Washington, reared on studying Julius Caesar. John Jay in ‘Federalist no 2’ wrote, thanking Providence for creating ‘this one connected country, to one united people, a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs.’ This assured a basic patriotism, vital element in the fusion of a military force.
Jefferson foresaw that freedom of trade ‘might yet require .... Read the full article...
On Day One the U.S. Secretary of State, a man who never uses ten words if a hundred will do, announces before the world the decision of his Commander-in-Chief – for this is the correct name of an American President, chosen by universal franchise – to bomb Syria for its use of chemical weapons on civilians. This was indicated as that point of excess in genocide, with already two million refugees, which meant a halt to the shi’a Iranian regime of Syria, upheld by Russia.
On Day Two, the Russian counterpart, already intellectually humiliated into defending the Assad regime’s brutal massacres in the name of real-politic, announced the proposal that Assad would hand over his massive reserve of chemical weapons to the U.N.
Brilliantly, in one move, posing as peaceful, Russia totally redesigned the American game plan but also re-wrote the power balance in the Middle East, finally granting dominance to a .... Read the full article...
Cicero wrote: ‘People think I have lost my senses if I speak on politics as I ought, and a powerless prisoner if I say nothing.’
Nicolas Werth, the great chronicler of Stalin’s murdered millions, achieved by the silent approval of the masses, defined the authorising system of the genocide as being possible due to ‘the fictionalisation of the political discourse.’
In Britain the last gasps of theorising on power came from the shipwrecked European exiles washed upon its shores after the wreckage of Russia and Germany, Isiah Berlin and Lewis Namier whose writings today can be seen as worthless, mere visa applications. The last sixty years have simply been void of either deep analysis or high aspiration of our human crisis.
Numbed by an epoch of dictatorships, we bowed our necks and accepted the appalling transfer of power from political forum to banking institution, from .... Read the full article...
Helpless, though we certainly are as individuals before the sordid slaughter of the Shi’a family dictator’s fight for survival in Syria – it does not mean that we can not learn from it about the current state of world power. It gives us a reading on the condition of Russia, of China, of Britain and of the American republic’s collapse.
Russia. The world can now observe that after its disastrous attempt to engineer a technological society run by a pragmatic elite of politicians, bureaucrats and technicians, its whole governed by a rigid psychotic, it has blundered into a tiny oligarchic rule this time controlled by a below-stairs ex-KGB man. Putin is a man at the bottom of the pile, catapulted to a leadership that for a historical moment made him seem capable of the task. But, uneducated both culturally and politically, he has survived on cynical pragmatism .... Read the full article...