To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hedges

Make of it what you will.

The root question in all of this is--exactly what is the nature of "national security?"

Is national security a question of protecting the individual rights of citizens, or the rights of corporations hell-bent on plundering the world's resources--ours and others'--in the name of unfettered capitalism?

Something else?  A process to protect a myth?  The residue of exceptionalism?

Is it to assuage terror, under the ever-broadening definition of that word, or to hold power so tightly that it restrains freedom?

Fascinating...

Two truths regarding empire--it has its limitations, and it always crumbles.


TS

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