“The graveyard of world empires—Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Khmer, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian—followed the same trajectory of moral and physical collapse.”
“The difference now, as Joseph Tainter points out in ‘The Collapse of Complex Societies,’ is that collapse, if and when it comes again, will this time be global. “
The Dance of Death
By Chris Hedges
The ruling corporate elites no longer seek to build.
They seek to destroy.
They are agents of death.
They crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to feed an insatiable lust for wealth, power and hedonism.
Wars and military “virtues” are celebrated.
Intelligence, empathy and the common good are banished.
Culture is degraded to patriotic kitsch.
Education is designed only to instill technical proficiency to serve the poisonous engine of corporate capitalism.
Historical amnesia shuts us off from the past, the present and the future.
Those branded as unproductive or redundant are discarded and left to struggle in poverty or locked away in cages.
State repression is indiscriminant and brutal.
And, presiding over the tawdry Grand Guignol is a deranged ringmaster tweeting absurdities from the White House.
The graveyard of world empires—Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mayan…
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