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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:42 PM
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America in the Time of Empire
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/26/5436 /

Published on Monday, November 26, 2007 by Truthdig.com
America in the Time of Empire
by Chris Hedges

All great empires and nations decay from within. By the time they hobble off the world stage, overrun by the hordes at the gates or vanishing quietly into the pages of history books, what made them successful and powerful no longer has relevance. This rot takes place over decades, as with the Soviet Union, or, even longer, as with the Roman, Ottoman or Austro-Hungarian empires. It is often imperceptible.An increasing number of voices, especially within the military, are speaking to this stark deterioration. They describe a political class that no longer knows how to separate personal gain from the common good, a class driving the nation into the ground.

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There has been a glaring and unfortunate display of incompetent strategic leadership within our national leaders, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the former commander of forces in Iraq, recently told the New York Times, adding that civilian officials have been derelict in their duties and guilty of a lust for power.

The American working class, once the most prosperous on Earth, has been politically disempowered, impoverished and abandoned. Manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas. State and federal assistance programs have been slashed. The corporations, those that orchestrated the flight of jobs and the abolishment of workers rights, control every federal agency in Washington, including the Department of Labor. They have dismantled the regulations that had made the countrys managed capitalism a success for ordinary men and women. The Democratic and Republican Parties now take corporate money and do the bidding of corporate interests.

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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:54 PM
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1. Nice.
The comparison with Rome is very apt, even if the time frame is not.
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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:12 PM
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2. Yes - those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:29 PM
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3. They way I heard it was: "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school."
That's what happened to me anyway.
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