Aaron Good on American exception, empire, and 'the deep state.'
I've just finished the book and recommend it highly. Don't be dismayed by the academic nature of Chapter One, it requires close attention, but is worth it.
The book many personal connections and scandalous tidbits add just the right amount of seasoning.
Thank you !!! Keep in mind that utterly corrupt Biden and GOP RINOs are also MAJOR US war criminals !!
Interview w/Scott Ritter, April 6, 2022, By Don DeBar -- Bucha
Scott Ritter’s FAMOUS tweet below (April 6, 2022). He was immediately banned from Tweeter – than reinstated and soon again permanently banned without explanation.
Remember, Scott courageously fought US bipartisan War party’s WMD fraud in Iraq from the very start.
“ The Ukrainian National Police committed numerous crimes against humanity in Bucha. Biden, in seeking to shift blame for the Bucha murders to Russia, is guilty of aiding and abetting these crimes. Congratulations America…. We’ve created yet another Presidential war criminal !! ”
https://scottritter.substack.com/ Bucha, Revisited - "60 Minutes" regurgitates disinformation about who committed war crimes (Oct. 21, 2022)
"War is a racket" Gen Smedley Butler, winner of not one but two Congressional medals of honor.
I loved the quotation from Zbig. "in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination." Ya gotta lotta damn gall, Zbig, sayin' stuff like that when you did your dead level best to allow colonial structures to continue in the world and supported American imperial pretensions with everything you had. You might have turned your considerable intelligence to healing those scars, but no, that was a bridge too far.
This was an interesting, if dystopian, look at things in the US today. Everybody constantly quotes Locke, Hobbs, Hume, and the other great 18th century political thinkers or their 20th century heirs but they are irrelevant. The world they lived in was struggling to emerge from feudalism but we are not. In the feudal world, the centers of power were the nobility and The Church. The job of these philosophers was to shoehorn the hoi polloi into the political world's centers of power. So, like, that happened and for a while we had less interference from the religious nuts but now they are back. The big difference is that in the 18th century we didn't have huge, transnational corporations. They are a center of power and need to be brought into the government. Doing that formalizes their power and also limits it, presuming that one puts the kibosh on the fabled backroom deals which tend to exceed the power that they would be openly granted. Finally, there is the deep state. It exists in all rich and powerful nations (the most serene republic of Venice had the most feared secret service back in the day) and always to the detriment of said nations. If you need help here, look up the history of the Praetorian guard in Rome. Those organs in government need to be liquidated in the best Russian style.
You'd think that, by now, we'd figure out that we need a new design for the structure of our government 'cause this one sure as hell ain't workin'.
This is outstanding. A copy already purchased. Thanks!
"Why has American democracy—most specifically the rule of law—declined inversely with the rise of U.S. global dominance?"
Republics rarely make it as empires, because an empire cannot be restrained by any law or moral force, lest soon it cease to be an empire.
Interesting theory. In my view the reality is as such. All men are born unequal. The innate nature of man to transform, change and modify his environment to his desired state is immutable, for one that is granted sentience will seek to impute order into chaos. As one whom possesses the most power, the means to redistribute wealth, the means and access to all information, the means and access to energy, food and resources, this impetus is the prerequisite to civilization— and as such war, antagonistic relations and the cycling of push-forward and push-back dynamics of changing elite demographics and characteristics is an evolutionarily driven dynamic that cannot be stopped. Siphon and pillage too much and there is no fruit to harvest (aka Africa) — also having low intelligence low capability citizens and slaves don’t help either. Let them grow too strong and you lose your “power” it’s a fine delicate balance of moderating all interests amongst all powerful individuals. The consolidation of force, the state, and collective elite is all but guaranteed in the context of the formation of a Supra-individual entity just as tribes make villages whom make towns whom make cities whom make states whom make globalists whom make interplanetary states.. this infinite recursion of order represents and examplifies the embedded nature of the teleological substrate of existence.