America Has Been Compromised: How Democracy Will End
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the American government has been compromised. The current situation is clearly Elites vs. The People. The People are losing. We have become pawns for the corporate-government complex to move around on an oligarchical chess board. Spengler called this corruption of democracy “economic interests permeating the political forms and authorities” in his epic civilization model that predicted today’s malaise with stunning accuracy a full century ago – way back in 1918.
Even Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former strategist is now referencing such historical cycles in his new book, Always the Rebel:
America has “an underlying culture, that has been passed down from Jerusalem, to Athens, to Rome, to London. It’s the belief in self-reliance, it’s the belief in the self-determination of the individual. It’s freedom to be the traditional family. The culture that is our way of life. I think it’s absolutely vital and important. And we have an obligation to those that came before us as much as we have an obligation to the people in the future to pass that down.
Bannon’s thesis is expounded upon by Breitbart:
The Roman Senate “was bought and paid for by the elites. … The exact thing we face today!” he exclaimed. “What the Roman Empire faced is exactly what we face, that you lose the citizenship — and the power of citizenship — of the Roman Republic, you become an Empire, and that empire becomes a massive concentration of power and wealth, which is detached from the people.
And then eventually, you’re having people who don’t want to serve in the legions, you have to go for foreign soldiers. Everybody is a mercenary. And therefore, no one really stood up or was prepared to die, really, in service to the country. And then what happened? Wave, after wave, after wave of migrations from the Goths, the Visigoths, the Huns. Coming into the empire and changing the culture and destroying the civic society they had in Rome. The empire could not withstand it.”
Incidentally, I’ve already become a mercenary in my dealings with the American Empire and I encourage other men to do the same. I see this nation – which turned its back on me and mine long ago – as nothing more than a source of money. Any life worth living that I now enjoy happens exclusively outside its borders.
By studying cycles that befell all high cultures Spengler accurately foresaw today’s elite-run sham that is Democracy, Inc. or managed democracy as author Sheldon Wolin calls it. The Founding Fathers were too optimistic about humanity’s prospects, it seems. As Freud later knew, man is a ferocious, gruesome creature who will never be restrained by some scribblings on parchment, no matter how eloquent or noble their intentions might be.
An interesting discussion about how the next phases of Spengler’s predictions will unfold was posted on a forum by and for history buffs. This excerpt is particularly interesting:
Possible sequence of events:
People become increasingly aware that their ‘democracy’ is not that at all and is in fact a sort of plutocracy where the strings are being pulled by the richest behind a facade of cynical self aggrandizing opportunists posing as statesmen, whose real purpose is the accumulation of power for power itself and treating politics as a sort of game to be indulged in for the pleasure of it.
The parties on the ballot paper are mirror images of each other, peopled as they are by the cynical game players who can be bought by the money men, be they socialist or conservative the ‘policy differences’ are mere window dressings and the true policies are in essence the same for both sides, the continuation of the status quo and victory for the personal financial and power gains and ‘jobs for the boys’.
The masses, aware of their powerlessness resort to a purely passive role as spectators of the suffering of others on TV so long as it doesn’t affect them directly. They are supplied with a reasonable standard of living and shallow entertainments ‘bread and circuses’ (also supplied by the money men e.g. Murdoch and Sky Sports) in return for keeping their heads down and their mouths shut and for going along with the status quo at election time or abstaining as more and more do.
In any case the ‘free media’ which goes along with democracy is essentially in the power of money also and increasingly resorts to a sloganeering form of ranting whether either right leaning or left leaning almost another form of entertainment to titillate the viewers without any real substance.
Slowly the cynicism builds and builds until one day, sick to the teeth of the corrupt, bogus and empty institutions of state and the utter meaninglessness of a isolated and empty existence, the people cry out for a savior in the form of a great and heroic leader who will smash the rotten edifice of democracy and purify the world.
That excerpt was posted way back in 2009. It rings even truer now, almost a decade later than it did back then. It has been said history repeats itself. It may not repeat itself, but it sure seems to echo, with astonishing predictability.
We can already see foreshadowing of “the people cry out for a savior in the form of a great and heroic leader who will smash the rotten edifice of democracy and purify the world” with the ascension of Trump to the presidency. There are further signs of a clearly anti-Establishment attitude in the fact a plurality of voters say the Washington Post’s bought and paid for hit piece on Roy Moore (yet another classically Anglo-American sex scandal) makes them more likely to vote for Moore in the Alabama senate race.
(Moore’s continuing 8-point lead is also a clear sign character assassination does not operate the way it did in the past now that the Wisdom of Crowds phenomenon on the Internet gobbles up fake news narratives like Bon Bons.)
Expect the anti-Establishment sentiment to become even more pronounced in the years and decades ahead. When the public cries out for a strongman to bring order to the chaos created by a thoroughly corrupted democracy, do not be surprised. It will happen within our lifetime.
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