Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Real Decline of Western Civilization

We are slipping. I have felt it for awhile now. When we look back at these times in the future and ask "Where did it all go wrong?"...I don't think there will be one specific moment. Most people I know look at the economy and think, it's bad now but we can overcome. We're Americans, we can do anything if we put our mind to it. They look at the power and oil problems and think it's just a matter of time before some scientist comes up with a fix or a new form of power. To me, I have never seen any of these problems as isolated. To me they are more like a web...or better yet, a chess board. And like any good chess player, I read ahead the moves. You don't just look at the current predicament your piece is in, you look 5 or 6 or more moves down the line. To me it looks like the board is set for an eventual checkmate...and we are the queen in peril. Finally I have found someone who has put my concerns and feelings on the matters afflicting our world in words. I hope you take the time to read the entire piece called Witnessing the Decay of Western Hegemony and the Role of the Organic Intellectual, below is a selection from the article by Pablo Ouziel. Enjoy.

"For many decades, society has been indoctrinated with the belief that liberal democratic capitalism was the benevolent solution to all world problems. Through this model of society, hunger was going to be eradicated, wars would come to an end, the environment would be saved, and justice would be distributed equally amongst all members of the human species. Entering the new century, western society celebrated the new millennium with the euphoria of success, once and for all..."

"As western society struggles with rising tensions, both within and outside of its borders, as those being colonized begin to throw their shoes in despair, and those who thought they belonged to the empire begin to realize that their dream is no longer sustainable, the organic intellectual is able to grasp the severity of the global crisis. As bankers announce their losses, the banking cartel slowly collapses. First, the major investment banks and hedge funds, then their traditional counterparts, all showing loses which only a year ago had been presented as ground breaking profits, as slowly the deck of cards unfolds and everything crumbles. Soon the job cuts begin, across continents furious workers revel against their enslaving owners, demonstrations, walkouts, sit-ins, failed negotiations between trade unions and shareholders. The sky is falling and the capitalist always strives to win. For a while, dormant workers watch their colleagues being laid-off, at first it seems an unavoidable aspect of capitalism, the dirty side of a casino culture, which rewards some at the expense of others. But then, neighborhoods begin to witness empty houses, people evicted, squatters moving in, the law can do little to prevent it, the numbers are too big to contain. The lobbyists in Washington are eagerly fighting for pieces of the bailout money prepared by a government, which faced with complete anarchy must regain a foothold in the corridors of power. Confidence must never be lost. Hence, a new face in the White House, a new man, a new dream, perpetuated by the chanting of hope. But things will never be the same in America, as young bankers spend their holidays in despair not knowing if their job awaits them in the coming year, the dark thoughts of unemployment begin to creep in. Obama proposes solutions, three million jobs to be created by rebuilding the fallen infrastructures of the great American empire. An empire, which in its boom forgot to cement its foundations and now collapsing, will offer its unemployed bankers the opportunity to go and fix roads."

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