Income Inequality and Gun Control

If we prophesy about the future of America we might foretell of a time when income inequality becomes so great that there arises two groups: a small minority of those who have everything and another majority with nothing.

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If we prophesy about the future of America we might foretell of a time when income inequality becomes so great that there arises two groups: a small minority of those who have everything and another majority with nothing.

Income inequality in America is growing steadily and has so for at least the last 40 years. The rich are getting richer, the rest are having less and less to live on every year. If the trend continues,( and why wouldn’t it?) do we really believe those that have a lot or are making a lot are going to give that up? Probably not. So let’s then assume that eventually we will see a small group of rich people who have taken every resource and dollar they can, shrinking the middle class to nothing, and those outside of the elite class will have nothing.

So what will happen then?

More than likely those without will burn it to the ground. One of the elements of an empire in decline is that there usually were barbarians outside the gates that eventually sacked the civilization when it became weak. There have also been times when a weakened empire was attacked and overrun by a rising empire.

So the next question is where are the barbarians, the rising superpower to overthrow America?

I think we can assume there is no real threat outside of America that can challenge our military might at the moment and probably never will be one. Besides it would be very difficult for any nation to come to our shores and take us down. As a Japanese military advisor said during World War II: You can’t invade America, because there would be a gun under every blade of grass.

Are there “barbarians” lurking outside the American Empire? You might look at Muslim Extremists, but in reality they aren’t a threat to homeland America.

So where is the group to burn America down? They are here already. It’s those who will eventually have nothing who will put the nail in the coffin.

So how do the elites stop this from happening?

Gun Control

Answer: Gun control

We have seen in the 20th century alone many nations who have taken away guns from the civilians and a slaughter of millions ensues shortly thereafter. Russia, Germany, China, Cambodia, Cuba.

And the way that the politicians and their corporate masters will trick American civilians into giving up the 2nd Amendment is to continue the mass shooting rampages that flare up ever so often.

If we assume that these mass shootings are really what the government and their media mouthpieces want us to believe they are, namely the work of some crazy, lone wolf gunman, then they will tell us that in order to protect us they have to take our guns away. (BTW, I don’t believe all of these shootings haven’t somehow been arraigned by the powers that be and are simply acts of hatred by lone civilians)

The question then becomes what do we do when they come for the guns?

 

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Options, not Priorities

In a world of abundant consumer goods, it is no surprise that we have become accustomed to simply discarding things if they are broken or old.

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In a world of abundant consumer goods, it is no surprise that we have become accustomed to simply discarding things if they are broken or old.

In much the same way, on a planet of 8 billion humans we do much the same thing. People who are broken, old, or don’t tow the party line get relieved of graces quickly. We all have become interested only in ourselves and not what others are doing, how they are feeling, but how they can help us get ahead.

It is rote to understand that in a disposable society that people will become lost and mentally unstable. When you make people options and not priorities they will fall…and with it, civilization is be disposed of.

The American Empire Part 6 Conclusion

The American Empire will collapse someday…as all other great civilizations have in the past when they’ve turned from truth, tradition, and soul to mindless amusements, the God of government and money, and brutality.

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The American Empire will collapse someday…as all other great civilizations have in the past when they’ve turned from truth, tradition, and soul to mindless amusements, the God of government and money, and brutality.

In the end it will go like other empires, burning at the hands of barbarians, lost in the sands of time with only broken monuments as a remembrance of something staggering and wonderful in its inception and a slide into moral and ethical decay.

Can we save it?

I believe we already hit the iceberg and are sinking like the Titanic did some years ago. The main reason I believe this is because everyone has become accustomed to their lifestyles regardless of what they might hold. And in order to save it we would have to change a lot of things about how we act in our communities and around the world. There are a lot of people in high and low places with their snouts in the trough. In fact everyone has a part in this game though it’s not completely our fault: most of us were handed this life and told to get their piece of the pie.

Sadly, America will be remembered, as all empires are, as once a beacon of hope for its people and those who wanted to partake in it from foreign lands who then slid into an avalanche of things that didn’t matter and concluded with non-traditional values.

I don’t care what happens at this point. I feel the empire will outlast me. But someday it will be gone and whether it happens in my lifetime or not is moot. I feel like if it does collapse in my day that I will actually get some enjoyment out of the sublime destruction of a Titanic unsinkable ship as it breaks up in the sea. But, I would also like to be there to throw a life raft to those in need and to rudder toward calmer waters.

The American Empire Part 4

Our next stop in the failing of empires is immorality.

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Our next stop in the failing of empires is immorality. In ancient empires immorality was usually the last sign that a civilization was in decline and falling fast. Books have been written about this fact and the first-wave American feminist intellectual, Camille Paglia, studied androgyny in ancient cultures and found that near the end of every empire that the art, and, one would also assume, the people became more androgynous. Men became more feminine, women masculine.  Does this sound familiar?

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The pictured male is Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park who I’ve written about before. He was found dead of suicide a little more than a year ago after struggling with substance abuse caused in part by his upbringing and the fact that he was raped as a child. Pedophilia was part of most ancient civilizations and American life has this fact as well. Those who’ve been taken advantage of sexually live with lifetimes of pain, anger, and hurt usually culminating in substance abuse as a means of medicating the pain and other destructive behaviors. Roman culture devolved into orgies, pedophilia, and sexual aggression whereby you could consummate any sex act as long as you were the aggressor. The rise of internet pornography in modern times has lead to immorality within the American landscape as well and too has devolved into more extreme sex acts over time to view for free online.

Another similar aspect between Roman days and American deals with blood sports. In the Roman Empire gladiators fought to the death along with other methods of dying for consumption by the masses. America is not quite at that level yet, but the road trod is closing in on it. Modern American society includes sports in its various and arguably violent forms and whereas the true blood sports of its age–boxing and professional wrestling–have now morphed into the Mixed Martial Arts fights that are usually very bloody and violent exchanges between combatants. Though MMA fights have rules and there hasn’t been a death caused by a match yet, eventually after the current incarnation of MMA fighting have become passe, much like its boxing and pro wrestling forebears, it’s not much of a reach to have fights to the death. RIP.

Part 5 to be delivered on Monday. A conclusion on Thursday of next week.

The American Empire Part 2

One observation about historical empires deals with their economies.

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One observation about historical empires deals with their economies. Part of what we know today is that the Roman Empire began devaluing its money over time. This is due to ever expansion of the Empire and its governmental base. To pay for the foreign wars and expansion of the the Imperial state the government believed that the money from its conquests would bring in more money. But as is the case government always  overestimates how much it will cost any endeavor and how much will be made in return on investment. Over the span of 200 or so years the Roman Denarii went from pure silver to less than 1%. The idea came about during Nero’s reign. The thinking was that by slowly decreasing the amount of metals (gold and silver) in its coins that it could mint more coins to pay off its debts and to maintain the security and expansion efforts of the empire. (The Roman’s didn’t have the leisure and ease of using a fiat currency like we use today–they only used coins for currency exchanges.)

But like the Roman Empire the value of the world’s reserve currency, the United States Dollar, has slowly been eroded over time. If the United States needs money for whatever purpose they simply go to the Federal Reserve Bank and ask for them to print more money. Over time the US dollar will be worthless like the Roman currency of its day.

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So why do foreign countries accept the USD for exchanges of goods and services? I think it is simply because we have given them dollars for their goods over time and they have such a reserve of them that if the American currency collapses they will be stuck with dollars that are completely worthless while they will have given away products in exchange for essentially nothing. So it is in their best interest to keep propping up the United States by giving us goods and services for dollars hoping that in the long run the economy gets better and the currency doesn’t lose value. Robbing Peter to pay Paul comes to mind.

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Another element of empires’ economies includes massive income inequalities and they all tend to have top-heavy economies that become fragile over time. This occurs because the haves (the upper 1% having 90% of the wealth) have way more than they need or deserve and the have nots are left to fight over scraps. If enough people decide they will no longer be debt slaves and consume less of their master’s products the game will end…and so goes the American experience as well.

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Finally, taxation in empires usually run amok. Government works including especially those involving the military have to heavily tax the lower and middle classes in order to pay for their boondoggles. The upper crust makes the tax code and they make it so they don’t have to pay their share of using the government for their corporate welfare projects. The lower classes also need government handouts in the form of welfare in order to pay for their meager living.  We know that during the Roman days that in order to gain and keep political power in the empire that politicians gave the lower classes bread and circuses. Bread in the US empire is welfare. Circuses in America are the sports and entertainment industries.

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PART 3 OF MY AMERICAN EMPIRE SERIES WILL BE ADDED ON MONDAY. STAY TUNED SPORTS FANS, IT’S GONNA TO BE A STUNNER.