it’s rome

June 27, 2003 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

It finally occurs to me where we fit in with history’s supposed arc. While real time has a hard time contorting into the acrobatic twists of history making, America’s current world bully situation is remarkabley like Rome. Earlier thought on the similarity between WWII Germany have there accuracies in the remarkable use of such meager technicalities as the difference in spelling between enemy combatants and P.O.W.s to be able to take on people with out trial. What makes the rome comparassion accurate is that I think of Rome’s take over of the world as partially a product of arrogance – switch – what makes liberalism unpopular is doubt, part of the liberal is to expand freedom by tolerance (aka avoiding what bugs you) and to give people the benefit of the doubt. Such conciets mean that the liberal gives up comfort for the expanded sense of what is possible and there in lies the liberal’s appeal: anything is possible. By a few conceits of the imagination, we can ignore an innate sense of cultural superiorty and by that alleivate ourselves of the deterministic aspects of being conservative. Conservativism is frequently allied, in my mind, with the conception of control, certianty by that, and comes from a peculiar sense of fear, the absence of a healthy mental place to go back to and an ascceptance of what’s around us as the most important factor to our survival. Standing as the conservative me, I see that what I want is a meager sense of safety and an ability to keep my own needs above those of others. It’s a far safer place to be, but it lacks a sense of possiblity. – switch – it is such a possibility that Bush is destroying in the world. With any luck the rising middle class of Salam Paxes in Iraq would have nustled their way from meager existences as middle class citizens and up and out to high classes with the sense of conservative propeirity that would make them demand more from the government. The irony of this arguement is that the very conservatism, the very self-centered logic of only starring into yourself and your own needs for safety, is the force that eventually drives rising social classes to well not rise up, but begin to bitch enuff and pull their new found strings. The CIA would be better off educating resistors in other countries in the college educated ways of middle class america than armed war fare. The culture isn’t there in many countries to support governments that impose the liberal conception of possibility onto it’s inhabitants. Africa is beginning to injest this open ended sense of possiblity, suddenly it has a move industry, internet access, and local produce pumps. The more it’s residents rise, the less their tribal differences will matter, instead a more Ameracian sense of commerce will be bestowed on to them, a morality than can be linked back to rome – switch – I read today that Bush is now pressuring Africa, is what he did to the Middle East good? Was he like a Roman and came in to instill commercial interests that benefit the empire while accidentally spreading the eneyzme that will catalize culture? The greatest possibility mankind has, the one big desire beating at it’s heart sense the 20th hit it’s mid-mark, is the ability to hold the entire world down through communcation and nuclear arms. Destroying the world no one really wants to do, what is the biggest threat of nuclear arms is the eternal cold war, a stalemate that holds powers in check by the possibility of annihilating a great deal of lives. post-nuclear weapons have made it possible for someone to own the world, for someone to bully it till it gives, for someone to clean up the messes they don’t like. but the African, the Isrealies, the Kurds, the Iraqies, the Afhagnies, the north koreans aren’t intending to annoy us with their media related tales of savagery, but instead are merely throwing themselves at themselves in ways that make sense only to countries to have the ability to establish difference in ways that the internet can not smash with it’s freed communications, in ways that the empire can’t demolish, in ways that make them rivals not for the betterment of each culture, but for the sake establishing each culture, they’ll hate us more for stopping them, for cutting them off, than for bettering their lives by instilling them with peace for our sakes. Stasis isn’t sitting still, it’s an active holding back of issues that need to be worked out on battlefields from cultures that can’t see their cultural wars in terms of economics and theme parks. These countries need to war, need to bicker, it’s the only fucking relief in town.


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