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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:02 AM

10. The Roman Empire

"evolved" over hundreds of years getting a system that succeeded according to the usual state of affairs. Success meant, finally, a great civilization infrastructure spreading over its entire area of influence and trade. But as far a s power and accumulated wealth were concerned on the bad things kept progressing. Long after its supposed fall to imported Goth labor in the fifth Century you had pretenses of the system: senate, consuls, various titled regional rulers in a cracked fashion simply going on like the cracks in a fine painting no one can restore. Like our fractured media the various pie slices and fragments seemed slick and impressive while civilization itself degraded. Titles persisted and then Empire became a myth and dream STILL pursued for hundreds of years no matter how stunted the pretender or how short lived the grab.

Now civilization is the purvey of the banking/commerce class who still yearn for the power of imperial aristocracy. As the cracks begin again just what IS the basic problem? If we are trapped by historical failures and persistent abuses of power will the cracks breed anything but desperation or chaos? This time, the whole planet and the whole biosphere.

A Constitutional Convention in scale looks like a sideshow important to the actors to the people clinging to normality over the chasms. This is an observation, not a criticism.

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