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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

The US is governed by the few, who are chloroforming the many through their control of the media. As a truly brilliant quotation of David Hume states: 'as force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion'. The few for him are an emanation of monotheism, which can only be truly served by totalitarianism. The few keep also control by spending a big part of the real US budget on National Security (the military-industrial complex). For what? To support regimes which deny freedom, democracy and human rights to their own people. This situation is deeply hurting Gore Vidal, who above all loves freedom and telling the truth: 'should the few persist in their efforts to dominate the private lives of the many, I recommend force as a means of changing their minds'. (p.52) I agree with the above mentioned analyses of Gore Vidal, but I strongly disagree with the title of this book. Far from declining and falling, the US Empire is still a reigning world superpower and actually the only one. The two main causes Gore Vidal cites for the fall are not there anymore. The Japanese economy imploded and is still imploding, and the US national budget is in a far better shape now than ten years ago. I see at the horizon one big superpower emerging, on which the US high tech industry is already highly dependent: China. With a market of 1.3 billion people and a well educated population, China cannot loose if it plays it cleverly. It is doing it, for I saw it this year.

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