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Symptoms of the pending fall of empire

9 May

Strong empires attacked from the outside may withstand, but those that are rotten within will fall, one way or another.

2017 May 9th
Symptoms of the pending fall of empire

 

I transcribed the list below from a small portion of the interview 1st/of 2 by Bonnie Faulkner of “Guns and Butter”, which I link via the Saker site.  At minute 31, geopolitical conditions/attributes of The Soviet Union, before its fall, are compared to the same for the (USA-championed) empire today (2017 May 9th).

The listed conditions include:

  1. bloated military budget – resulting in a paradoxically ineffective military
  2. huge, but ineffective intelligence community
  3. crumbling public infrastructure
  4. world record of per capita ratio of incarcerated people
  5. a propaganda machine
  6. internal dissident movements
  7. systematic use of violence against citizens
  8. tensions between the central authority and the regional administrations (in USA, the individual states)
  9. an industry that exports energy and weapons
  10. a population that is fearful of being spied on
  11. people who disagree with the public policies of the regime are defamed as ‘traitors’ and/or ‘spies’
  12. paranoia of external enemies
  13. over reach over the entire planet
  14. an awareness that the entire planet hates you
  15. a subservient press corps of prostitutes who never dare to ask the real questions
  16. a sky high rate of substance abuse
  17. a young generations which believes in nothing at all
  18. a educational system in free-fall (the Soviet system at the time of the dissolution of the Soviet Union was better than the current existing US educational system, and this is prior to the planned dissembling of the Trump administration)
  19. a disgust with politicians and politics in general
  20. massive prevailing amount of corruption at all levels of power

They continue; Bonnie reads a quote from a 2014 writing by the Saker. “The truth is the most powerful empire-buster ever invented. It brought down the USSR, and it will bring down the [empire] too; it is just a matter of time now.

Commenting on the French presidential election results, Ramin Mazaheri writes in his article, Macron wins – the 24% who voted for him rejoice, the rest sigh:
…My point is: Western society, and not just France, is fractured in a terrible, horrible way. The lack of unity – even if only perceived – is staggering for a region of the world enjoying such enormous relative prosperity. There is, clearly, a problem in their culture.

Cuba doesn’t have this problem. Nor China. Iran – once you get out of rich North Tehran – will almost certainly have a higher voter participation rate in their elections this month than France, and France’s is still among the highest in the West. …

I invite everyone, who is sick under the empire, wherever you are, Canada, U.S.A., western Europe, UK, and Anzac, in particular, to start organizing a resistence.

To start with, contact your ‘democratically’ elected representatives and respectfully tell them what you think of preparations for war.

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Gaming is taking the world down

13 Jan

2017 01 10 - Danforth looking west towards Greenwood Av2017 January 13th Friday

Toronto, Canada

It’s all about the game, or gaming; that’s what is taking the world down

It’s all around us; who knows, maybe the ability to game was a critical part in human evolution.  It exists from an individual punk, to major global affiliations systemically ‘working the systems’ across national boundaries.  It’s also known as ‘cheating’.

What I’m talking about:

Gaming: Non-Cooperative

When a system, or community, behaves according to certain rules, or codes of conduct, some, sometimes written, though mostly evolved from cultural common understanding, call it a social contract, there can be overall global gains, from which, everyone in the community benefits.

However, under these circumstances, responsibilities, having been accepted at a personal level, enable factions, or individuals, in such a de facto collective, to break their social agreement, typically secretly[i], so that they can, a. avoid their social contract commitments and still receive an equal share of the overall, communal benefits, and/or b. in any way acquire an augmented, and/or enhanced, and/or larger proportion of the communal benefits, in both cases, regardless of outcomes: c. incremental requirements from the remainder of the community members, still within the social contract, and committed to fulfilling the required responsibilities to gain the communal benefits, and/or c. the reduction in quality and/or quantity of the social benefit receipt by other, committed, and compliant community members.

It’s difficult for me to put it more succinctly.

Gaming” is normally described as decision-making theory in mathematical terms.

Wikipedia does a good job of it, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory#Cooperative_.2F_Non-cooperative [page last modified on 7 January 2017, at 15:52].

Why everyone should care:

0. Forgoing responsibilities/assuming rights, outside of agreed to terms within the community, to achieve personal advantage, associated or not, with overall lowering quality of life for members of community, may have existed within hunter-gatherer societies, but if it did, it would have been very limited, since most individuals’ survival was likely dependent upon the survival of the entire social unit

→ 1.  Within (early) urban environments/specialization of work, there would be a dramatic increase in the range of personal/sub-group advantages that could be ‘gamed’ within the larger and more complex social group, and a greater pool to defray personal decreases in personal quality of life for individuals in the social group, commensurate to the overall size and complexity of the entire social group

→ 2. Accelerating understanding of human cognitive processes and technologies for transmitting information, be it objective, and/or valid, or otherwise, over the past hundred years, and particularly with the advent of the internet age, has created fantastic capability to moderate individual perception, and thus unprecedented potential for gaming the system

→ 3. Endemic abuse of emerging (c2017) systems and processes favouring selective sub-groups within global communities has fostered a profound, widespread disillusionment and cynicism about the veracity of the social compact for a large percentage of individuals within society

→ 4. While the full range of perception management tools in wide use in society may repress the acknowledgement and internalization of the inherent fraudulence of the social contract myth, awareness of fallacies of the social contract are likely to exist in a large percentage of individuals in society

→ 5. Individuals, even where understanding exists only at a sub-conscious level, are much more likely to engage in gaming activities

→ 6.  Gaming the system has proliferated from an individual level through to institutional systemic levels throughout global societies, and now appears to be in a reifying spiral

→ Prediction: system collapse!

 

In future entries, I will endeavor to elaborate on these points.

Stayed turned!

 

endnotes——————————————————–

[i] Done secretly, I mentioned, above, in my own description of gaming, (non-cooperative), because, typically, there are defined, or undefined, consequences for breaking the social contract.  The formalization of this in our society, is officially the various so-called ‘justice systems’, across the many jurisdictions, in which they exist, in human societies, on the planet we all share.  These are formalizations of existing systems, which have existed in almost all human societies, of all time, even within the smaller social groups of hunter gather societies, which existed prior to the agricultural revolution, and the establishment of cities, and eventually states.  Some cases of breaching the social contract in Neolithic societies might have resulted in the execution of the transgressor.