|Are we there yet?|
I. The Backdrop
This series is about an imperialistic military empire.
The notable part is that it considers itself to be a virgin (The Virgin MOMCOM, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
At least in the eyes of its god Mithra (The Dogma of The High Priest In Chief, On The Origin of The Bully Religion, 2, 3, 4, Origin of the Classic Nuclear Bully, 2, Bully Worship: The Universal Religion, 2, 3, 4, 5).
II. The "Innocent" Mass Murderer
In a recent post Howard Zinn reflects on how he discovered that he was working for an empire rather than for a humanistic culture as he had been educated to believe:
With an occupying army waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with military bases and corporate bullying in every part of the world, there is hardly a question any more of the existence of an American Empire. Indeed, the once fervent denials have turned into a boastful, unashamed embrace of the idea.(Empire or Humanity?). His sentiments as one who was a participant in "the good war" resemble another observer and writer who witnessed what he described as a religion tinged trance of sorts:
However, the very idea that the United States was an empire did not occur to me until after I finished my work as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in the Second World War, and came home. Even as I began to have second thoughts about the purity of the "Good War," even after being horrified by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even after rethinking my own bombing of towns in Europe, I still did not put all that together in the context of an American "Empire."
I was conscious, like everyone, of the British Empire and the other imperial powers of Europe, but the United States was not seen in the same way. When, after the war, I went to college under the G.I. Bill of Rights and took courses in U.S. history, I usually found a chapter in the history texts called "The Age of Imperialism." It invariably referred to the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the conquest of the Philippines that followed. It seemed that American imperialism lasted only a relatively few years. There was no overarching view of U.S. expansion that might lead to the idea of a more far-ranging empire -- or period of "imperialism."
"The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims, while incidentally capturing their markets; to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples, while blundering accidentally into their oil wells."(Doing The Right Thing - Mithraism - 2). The authoritarian outlook, blending with a Stockholm Syndrome of sorts, works up a strange psychological dynamic (Madonna–whore complex).
III. As The Tide Turns
The Oil-Qaeda spirit seems to be the other side of the Madonna-Whore coin in this strange relationship, because of the terrorism being done to the virgin mother "everyone" loves, Mother Nature (Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment).
This situation is not without its drawbacks (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
The virgin mother is not without her potent ability to correct the errant human growth spasm that no longer looks like an offspring of hers (Greenland & Antarctica Invade The United States, 2, 3, 4, The 1% May Face The Wrath of Sea Level Rise First, Why The Military Can't Defend Against The Invasion, Weekend Rebel Science Excursion - 44, Why Sea Level Rise May Be The Greatest Threat To Civilization, 2, 3, 4, 5).
The core problem is that the humanistic nature, once said to be more prevalent in the virgin, has now come to look more like a violence-whore dynamic.
Some are even intimating that violence is okay for virgins who are innocent, because they are doing holy violence (The Authoritarianism of Climate Change, Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala - 4).
The situation is suggestive of the notion that an empire can get YAH YAH Alzheimer's disease (You Are Here).
IV. No Cure
Historically, there seems to be no known cure for the Alzheimer's like problem that has now infected "the only virgin" empire:
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown." - A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee(Quotes Page). The only question we can reasonably ponder, it would seem, is "does anyone get out of this alive?"
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." - James Madison
“Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
Or, "does anyone get out of this sane" (Etiology of Social Dementia, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)?
V. Odds Against Recovery
The fundamental approach to all social ills in the virgin empire today is that the problems are all financial, economic, and based on not having enough money ever.
The true believers get all Alzheimered up about it, then broadcast this "cure story" like some Kardasian adventure, but without even knowing the type of "economy" they have (American Feudalism, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).
Probably the only hope is for a social gynaecologist movement to take a look at the (virgin / whore) private parts to determine if it really is a virgin or just a violence-whore (MOMCOM: The Private Parts, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Don't hold your breath (One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan).
The previous post in this series is here.