Posted To Chris Hedges Substack Newsletter 01/09/2023

PA: “What I rarely see is explicit criticism of the capitalist system which underpins all of these global problems, and have never seen anyone even suggesting an alternate system as a solution.
Why is this?”

Me: Probably the combination of a lingering tribalism still extant since we went from nomadic hunters and gatherers to agricultural homesteaders and city dwellers, and the fact that humans so love their problems that they treasure them more so than solutions.

Obsessive dualism is both a signature of a failed paradigm and of the need for the historical process and effect of a paradigm change which is an integrative thirdness greater oneness of only the truths, workabilities and highest ethical considerations in the dualing opposing perspectives.

Integration is the very mental process of wisdom. Wisdom insights are deep simplicities. Paradigm changes are the quintessential integrative mental and temporal universe phenomena and logically wisdom insights They are also single concepts that strategically applied change the entire character of a complexity/pattern/system/body of thought/area of human endeavor, for instance nomadic hunting and gathering to agriculture, homesteading and urbanization and geo-centrism to helio-centrism, and thus logically they are deep simplicites.

Paradigms are also operant applied concepts. In other words they are the core problem (old/current paradigm) and the core applied solution (new paradigm).

Find the operant concept holding the deepest problems of the system(s) under analysis in continual suspension and identify the concept that resolves them via temporal universe application, and you’ve got what you want and what we need.

Dare I say I’ve found both the operant new concept and its most efficacious ways of application?


R2000: H.L. Mencken: “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents… the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Written 100 years ago this quote sums up US politics perfectly.

The US is entering the last years of their imperium because:

a courtier class responsible only to oligarchs has replaced genuine leadership and public participation;
US allies and the rest of the world can’t distinguish the US from odious tyrant as the US looks and acts like the worst kind of dictator;
American adversaries now look like soft beds of reason, restraint, and stability;
an immense US military is incapable of winning the smallest wars, or even retaining the allegiance of its junior officers;
praetorian guards are created loyal only to money and cruelty (BORTAC – US Marshals – Blackwater – DynCorp – Executive Outcomes – Sandline International);
the economy is used like a casino to enrich the unworthy;
children are used to punish immigrant families fleeing US imperial savagery in their own countries;
the most recent generations are the worst educated since 1776 as science, schools, libraries, an independent press, and dissenting voices are crushed by corporate design;
resurgent bigotry is aided by brutally stupid police and a corrupt justice system;
ruthless violence is blessed by empty prayers and Hollywood blockbusters;
smug disdain is displayed for any issue that doesn’t touch their own families, or their favourite sport;
vast numbers of citizens parade their ignorance around like they have just married a supermodel.

H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956): “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

William Casey (CIA Director 1981-1987): “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

These are all signs of a society about to collapse with only a minor environmental disaster needed to start the landslide, out of the ecosystem armageddon certain to come.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), 1936: “We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace – business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.”

Americans have been lying to themselves for decades, if not centuries, so the logical conclusion has them electing proudly self-serving, bare-faced liars like Obama, Trump, the Shrubs, and Nixon. The world can no longer pretend US citizens know anything about the world, their own best interests, or the best interests of their longest allies and best friends. Americans can’t be expected to defend democracy, expand human rights, maintain an incorruptible rule of ‘law’, or manage a most important part of world’s economy.

Winston Churchill: “Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.”

America has never been a democracy as the Constitution was designed to ignore everyone but rich, white males. US society has always been defined by greed, legal theft, racism, genocides, and lynch mobs. US citizens are so criminally witless they won’t support human rights by getting down on one knee. They would rather get down on both knees and beg.

George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796: “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”

Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

Me: I couldn’t disagree with a single thing you said…except the cynicism, which on an ascending scale is about 5 microns above total apathy. Find the paradigm that needs changing and all of “tears in the night” will be “joy in the morning”.

We mustn’t fall for the false idea of “fourth turnings” which isn’t progress at all, but the same old empire disintegration/revolution which is simply the failure to perceive and effectively implement the new paradigm/evolution.


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