A Republic, if you can keep it.The swamp won't get drained:- Benjamin Franklin, on the adoption of the Constitution
It's a sobering post, in a let's party like it's 460 AD sort of way. It reminded me of this old post:Let me be clear on this: Once ruling hierarchies get beyond a certain point, they cannot be reformed. And I am sure that the modern West is beyond that point.
- Do we really believe that central bankers will just lay down their monopolies?
- Can we seriously expect a hundred trillion dollars of debt to be liquidated without any consequences?
- Do we actually believe that politicians will walk away from their power and apologize for abusing us?
- Do we really think that the corporations who own Congress will just give up the game that is enriching them?
- Does anyone seriously believe that the NSA is going to say, “Gee, that Fourth Amendment really is kind of clear, and everything we do violates it… so, everyone here is fired and the last person out will please turn off the lights”?
I'm come to welcome the idea of the coming breakup, and Governor Blackface's Virginia reindeer games. Donald Trump is a Romantic, in his attempt to drain the swamp. It's tilting at windmills, a noble effort doomed to defeat. The breakup that will follow won't reform the system, it will break the system into a million pieces. Only then can the Res Publica shed all the layers of corruption that have attached themselves to the state.
Of course, new layers will emerge to take their place, but a fragmentation of power will make control of the center less attractive. It's sad that likely millions will die during this breakup, as the current Powers That Be violently lurch towards the realization that they are Rome's last Emperor.
The generality of princes, if they were stripped of their purple, and cast naked into the world, would immediately sink to the lowest rank of society, without a hope of emerging from their obscurity.
- Edward Gibbon, The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire