watching empire burn in the night

The latest Michael Ventura column is, as usual, well worth reading.

We are neither governed nor ruled. We are ignored. That most of us don’t make a peep about it is perhaps an indication that we deserve to be ignored. We’ve demanded to be flattered, agreed with, and comforted; we’ve demanded almost anything but competence. Only a massive shift in public sentiment – and public action – will change things, and no one knows if that’s afoot.
The only antidote for a failure of democracy is the exercise of democracy. What every government fears most is a million citizens peaceably assembled at its front door, people who won’t go home until they get what they came for. We must vote, and if the election’s fishy, we must show up at the front doors of our state and federal governments. Be heard. Or be herded.

This reminds me of Immanuel Wallerstein recently plumping for a civil war in America as something to look out for. (From someone with lesser credentials in being decades ahead of the time in his predictions, this might sound a bit loose.)

I wonder. The situation in America is beyond a fucking joke. The ongoing creep to legalising outright fascism, senseless warmongering and retarded propagandering instead of leadership.

No one saw the collapse of the USSR, or most of the regimes of Eastern Europe, coming until millions of people turned up on the street.

Could one more stolen election push it over the edge?

It is so strange watching in the abstract as this huge beast tears itself apart. What is America? Most people aren’t from there and have never been there, but we all have an opinion on it.

No Responses to “watching empire burn in the night”

  1.   Pearce
    November 3rd, 2006 | 9:11 am

    What is America?

    What was Rome?

  2.   Donald Rumsfeld
    November 9th, 2006 | 4:00 pm

    ‘Central Question’

    It’s awfully hard to know,
    In fact, it’s impossible to know,
    Unless one just speculates.
    I don’t know how many people
    Who live in an exceedingly repressive regime
    Actually like it.

    Feb 25, 2003, remarks to the Hoover Institution