Friday, August 06, 2010

Tumbling down . . .

Salon's Glenn Greenwald gives us a glimpse into what a collapsing empire looks like.

Does anyone doubt that once a society ceases to be able to afford schools, public transit, paved roads, libraries and street lights -- or once it chooses not to be able to afford those things in pursuit of imperial priorities and the maintenance of a vast Surveillance and National Security State -- that a very serious problem has arisen, that things have gone seriously awry, that imperial collapse, by definition, is an imminent inevitability? Anyway, I just wanted to leave everyone with some light and cheerful thoughts as we head into the weekend.

Greenwald is correct of course. But try to have that sane and necessary conversation with your average, conservative tea partier and you'll get nothing but a blank stare followed immediately by dead souled chants of "no new taxes, no new taxes!", and "Obama is a socialist, Obama is a socialist!"

It's depressing at such an unfathomable level, I'm inclined to not even want to discuss the matter.


No comments: