Is The United States A Failing State? A Failed State?

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Above photo: “I’ve never witnessed a system being more strained,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Our estimations are that we will need to serve an additional 17.1 million people through this crisis, on top of an already 37-40 million people that we were serving before.” WDIO.com.

To ask whether the United States, the world’s dominant military power, is ‘a failing state’ should cause worldwide anxiety. Such a state, analogous to a wounded animal, is a global menace of unprecedented proportions in the nuclear age. Its political leadership is exhibiting a reckless tendency of combining incompetence with extremism. It is also crucial to ascertain at what point a failing state should be written off as ‘a failed state’ for which there is no longer a clear path to redemption. The November elections in the United States will send a strong signal as to whether the United States is failing or has failed.

Even raising these issues suggests how far the United States has fallen during the Trump years, despite already being in sharp decline internationally ever since the Vietnam War, and continuing, despite a few redemptive moves (now renounced), during the Obama presidency. The responses of the Trump presidency to the two great crises of 2020 were helpful in solidifying the image of the world’s #1 state as truly failing, and not just sour grapes taking the form of an expression of partisan frustration with an appalling leadership. It was appalling because it was affirming the most regressive features of the American past while unconvincingly claiming credit for the stock market rise and low unemployment.

The COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign against systemic racism gave Trump the opportunity to exhibit his lethally systemic incompetence as a crisis manager producing thousands of deaths among his own countrymen. He also seized the occasion to show the world his seemingly genuine racist solidarity with the Confederate spirit of the American South that tried to split the country and preserve its barbaric slave economy and supportive culture in the American Civil War 150 years ago, and has been a sore loser ever since.

With these clarifying developments, it no longer captures the full reality of this downward trend to be with content by calling attention to America’s ‘imperial decline.’ In the present setting, it seems more relevant to insist on describing America as ‘a failing state,’ and try to understand what that means for the country and the world. To make the contention more precise, it is instructive to realize that the United States is not only a failing state, but the first instance ever of a failing global state, which takes due account of its multi-dimensional hegemonic status as concretized by the planetary projection of its military might to air, land, and sea, to space and cyber space, as well as by its influence on the operation of the world economy and the character of popular culture whether expressed by music or cuisine.

There are several measures of a failing state that cast light on the American reality:

functional failures: inability to respond adequately to challenges threatening the security of the society and its population against threats posed by internal and external hostile political actors, as well as by ecological instabilities, by widespread extreme poverty and hunger, and by a deficient health and disaster response system;

normative failures: refusal to abide by systemic rules internationally as embedded in international law and the UN Charter, claiming impunity and acting on the basis of double standards to carry out its geopolitical encroachments on the wellbeing of others and its disregard of ecological dangers; patterns of normative failures include endorsements of policies and practices giving rise to genocide and ecocide, constituting the most basic violations of international criminal law and the sovereign rights of foreign countries; the wrongs are too numerous to delimit, including severe and systemic denials of human rights in domestic governance; economic and social structures that inevitably generate acute socio-economic inequalities on the basis of class, race, and gender.

Some additional considerations accentuate the failing state reality of the U.S. due to the extensive extraterritorial dimensions that accompany the process of becoming ‘a failing global state.’ This new type of transnational political creature should be categorized as the first historical example of a ‘geopolitical superpower.’ Such a political actor is neither separate from nor entirely subject to the state-centric system of world order that evolved from the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, and became universalized in the decades following World War II. Although lacking a true antecedent, the role of European ‘great powers’ or ‘colonial empires’ give clues as to the evaluation of the U.S. as a global state or geopolitical superpower;

effectiveness: the loss of effectiveness by a failing state is disclosed by its inability to maintain and exert control over challenges to its supremacy. Such an assessment if vindicated by failed military operations (regime-changing interventions) and the inability to learn from and overcome past mistakes, disclosures of vulnerability to homeland security (9/11 attacks) and overly costly and destructive responses (9/12 launching of ‘war on terror’; declining respect and trust by secondary political actors, including close allies, in the context of global policy forming arenas, including the United Nations; as a further reflection of this failing dynamic of lost control is the pattern of withdrawal from arenas that can no longer be controlled (Human Rights Council, WHO) and the rejection of agreements that appear beneficial to the world as a whole (Paris Climate Change Agreement and Iran Nuclear Program Agreement-JCPOA;

legitimacy: the legitimacy of a global state, which by its nature potentially compromises the political sovereignty and independence of all other states, reflects above all else, on its usefulness as a source of problem-solving authority, especially in war/peace and global economic recession settings; the degree of legitimacy also depends on perceptions by political elites and public opinion that the assertions of global leadership are in general beneficial for the system as a whole, and as particularly helpful to states that are vulnerable due to acute security and development challenges; in this regard, the U.S. enjoyed a high degree of legitimacy after the end of World War II, as a source of security, and even guidance, for many governments in most regions of the world throughout the Cold War, and was also appreciated as the architect of a rule-governed liberal economic order operating with the framework of the Bretton Woods institutions charged with avoiding recurrences of the Great Depression that undermined stability and economic wellbeing during the 1930s, developments that then contributed to the rise of fascism and the outbreak of a systemic war costing upwards of 50 million lives. The American leadership role was also prominent in achieving global public order in such settings as the management of the oceans, avoiding conflict in Antarctica and Outer Space, establishing international human rights standards, and promoting liberal internationalism as a way to enhance global cooperative approaches to shared problems.

As suggested, the United States as a failing state has been graphically revealed as such by its response to the COVID-19 pandemic: refusal to heed early warnings; unacceptable shortages of equipment for health personnel and insufficient hospital capacity; premature economic openings of restaurants, bars, stores; contradictory standards of guidance from health experts and from political leaders, including falsehoods and fake news embraced by the American president in the midst of the health emergency. Beyond this, Trump adopted an inappropriate nationalist and commodifying approach to the search for a vaccine capable of conferring immunity from the disease, while at the same time immobilizing the UN, and especially the WHO, as an indispensable venue for dealing with epidemics of global scope, including its role in dispensing vital assistance to the most disadvantaged countries. These failings have shockingly resulted in the United States recording more infected persons than any country in the world, as well as having the highest incidence of fatalities attributable to the disease.

In contrast, has been the responses of several far less developed and affluent countries that effectively contained the disease without incurring much loss of life or severe economic damage by way of lost jobs and diminished economic performance. Judged from the perspective of health such societies are success stories, and instructively, their ideological identity spans the political spectrum, including state socialist Vietnam to market-driven countries such as Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Such results parallel the finding of Deepak Nayyar who reports in his breakthrough book, The Asian Resurgence (2019), that the remarkable growth experience of the 14 Asian societies that he empirically assesses, supports the conclusion that ideological orientation is not an economistic indicator of success or failure. Such findings are relevant in refuting the triumphalist claims of the West that the Soviet collapse demonstrated the superiority of capitalism as compared to socialism. The crucial factor when it comes to economistic success is the skilled management of state/society relations whether in relation to investment of savings in prioritizing development projects or seeking to impose a lockdown to curtail the spread of a deadly infectious disease.

Yet, there is a normative side of response patterns as suggested above. China treats the desperate search for a workable vaccine as a sharable public good, while the United States under Trump maintains its standard transactional approach despite issues of affordability for many countries in the South, as well as the poor in the North. From a 21stcentury perspective, the ethos of being all in this together is the only foundation for grappling with the increasingly challenging dilemmas of world order. It is a sign of a failing state, whatever its capabilities and status, to use its leverage to gain national and geopolitical advantages. Along this line, as well, is the normative disgrace of refusing to suspend unilateral sanctions imposed on countries such as Iran and Venezuala, already stressed, for at least the duration of the pandemic in response to widespread humanitarian appeals from civil society actors and international institutions.

A final observation as to whether the U.S. vector points toward a failed or redemptive future. If Trump loses the election and gives up the White House to his opponent the prospects for reversing the failing trend improve, while if Trump is reelected in November or succeeds in cancelling the electoral outcome then the U.S, will have moved closer to being a failed state as the citizenry would have endorsed failure or the constitutional order shown to be enfeebled, insufficiently resilient to reject failure. Even if Trump is replaced and Trumpism subsides, the momentum behind predatory capitalism and global militarism will be difficult to curtail without a revolutionary push that rejects the bipartisan consensus on such matters and challenges the sufficiency of procedural democracy centered upon the role of political parties and elections. Only a progressive movement from below will shatter that consensus, ending laments about the U.S. being in transition from failing to failed. Whether the BLM leadership of a movement alternative is robust and comprehensive enough to end American freefall will become clearer in coming months.      

Richard Falk is an international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for forty years. Since 2002 he has lived in Santa Barbara, California, and taught at the local campus of the University of California in Global and International Studies and since 2005 chaired the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He initiated this blog partly in celebration of his 80th birthday.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Richard, as you say, “Some additional considerations accentuate the failing state reality of the U.S. due to the extensive extraterritorial dimensions that accompany
    the process of becoming ‘a failing global state.’ This new type of
    transnational political creature should be categorized as the first
    historical example of a ‘geopolitical superpower.’ Such a political
    actor is neither separate from nor entirely subject to the state-centric
    system of world order that evolved from the Peace of Westphalia in
    1648, and became universalized in the decades following World War II.
    Although lacking a true antecedent, the role of European ‘great powers’
    or ‘colonial empires’ (as Paul Kennedy notes in his seminal, “Rise and Fall of the Great States” (Empires 1500 to 2000) give clues as to the evaluation of the U.S. as a
    global state or geopolitical superpower.

    The fact that our formerly “promising” and sometimes progressive country (PKA) America has now metastasized into the first true but Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Empire is fully ‘exposed’, expunged, and may need to be non-violently and surgically ‘excised’ like the big ‘C’ — but it is now obvious to all informed progressives as the big ‘E’.

    “Failed State? Effin YES. “Global Empire?” Again, Effin Yes! Who, or what doctor of the ‘body politic’ could be so ill-informed or so lacking in diagnostic skills as not to see?

    Jamelle, we have to not just stand against faux-Emperor Trump, but to:

    GET ‘WOKE’ &
    ‘FOLK’ THIS
    EMPIRE

    Faux-Emperor Trump is just an insane Charlie McCarthy puppet — by another name, “DUMMY”, but the dual-party Vichy-facade of this faux-democracy by the rougher-talking neocon ‘R’ Vichy party of the Empire and the “smoother-lying” neoliberal-con ‘D’ Vichy party under the exact same damn Empire is the core of this metastasizing cancer of Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE.

    Prof. Robinson first, ‘exposed’, diagnosis, and definitively wrote of this “disease of Republics” (democratic republics, democracies, social democracies, and democratic socialism).

    “The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures
    from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of
    global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system
    overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to
    the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus
    (hard & soft powers) to continue to attempt to expand, defend,
    and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are
    witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global
    capitalist imperialism. We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL,
    headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in
    Washington.” [Caps added]

    Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William Cambridge University Press

    “Show me what democracy looks like”
    “This ain’t what democracy looks like”
    “This is what EMPIRE looks like”

  • didactic1

    Without capital and money, the capitalist superstate will fail. The dollar as reserve currency is what keeps US Zfrom Western Roman Empire collapse. Creditors can carve up North America, turning rulers into slaves and feuding local tribes. Falk’s normative babbling is as irrelevant today as it was in 1968.

  • RBluhm

    I believe that it’s simple enough to reflect that Washington (includes deep state and global capitalist class, et al) is no longer concerned with the common good. This is decreasing true as we progress to the state and local levels. This, I believe would fulfill Noam Chomsky’s definition of a failed state.

    It’s interesting to reflect on Alexis De Tocqueville’s writings from the 1830s regarding how a marginalized society would be controlled:
    It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it too act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

    George Carlin expressed similar thoughts in wonderfully graphic terms. Check him out on Youtube.

  • RickW

    If Trump loses the election and gives up the White House to his opponent the prospects for reversing the failing trend improve
    Don’t hold your breath. Obama couldn’t (he being “a company man”) – and Joe Biden certainly will not (He being even more so a company man)

  • Bill Rood

    The US was a “failed state” when Trump was elected and inaugurated. Democratic neo-liberals and globalists have done nothing but deepen the crisis for the past 4 years. Their infantile, nihilistic Trump Derangement ideology failed to oppose Trump at his worst, when he launched air assaults on Syria after false flag chemical weapons attacks, as he ratcheted up tensions with Iran and tried to overthrow the elected, legitimate government of Venezuela. They increased sanctions on Russia in response to Britain’s false flag attack on the Skripals, enthusiastically increased the Pentagon budget beyond even what Trump requested and voted him extra un-Constitutional powers. TDS only allowed them to attack Trump when he made a feeble attempt to do something good, such as getting US troops out of their illegal occupation of Syria or negotiating with the Taliban to get out of Afghanistan.

    None of the antics of the first 3 years worked. Mueller and the impeachment were a total flop, and the real US economy appeared to be improving even as Wall Street was preparing to implode. The globalists both within the Democratic Party and outside — within the State Department, DoD, intelligence and now evidently WHO and HHS — rehearsed a scheme at Event201 designed to both torpedo Trump’s re-election and provide an excuse for the expected Wall Street collapse. They would use the contrived response to a relatively harmless virus they knew well (some say because they created it, others just that they had studied its close relatives) to blow up the economies of the entire Western world (and they hoped Russia and China as well). If that failed, they would resort to civil unrest as “Plan B.” The initial conspiracy was small, involving only a minority of those in attendance at Event201. The pool of those cooperating (usually unknowingly) with the conspiracy was enhanced mostly through assumptions about the expertise and integrity of WHO, HHS and subordinate institutions, and through group think. Let’s review the evidence.

    1) WHO developed a recommended treatment protocol that ignored past successes in working with corona viruses like SARS and MERS and any success the Chinese had in clinical treatment of the virus. Thus, they recommended against the use of corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone, dexamethasone (and recently Budesonide) in the treatment of the ARDS phase of the disease and instead promoted the use of deadly ventilators. In its original early May .pdf promoting MATH+, Eastern Virginia Medical School was scathing in its criticism of WHO’s early protocol, hinting deliberate malfeasance. They’ve toned it down in their June 27 version (under pressure?), but are still critical,

    The systematic failure of critical care systems to adopt corticosteroid therapy resulted from the published recommendations against corticosteroids use by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), Infectious Diseases Association of America (IDSA) among others…. Their erroneous recommendation to avoid corticosteroids in the treatment of COVID-19 has led to the development of myriad organ failures, which have overwhelmed critical care systems across the world and led to excess deaths. The recently announced results of the RECOVERY-DEXAMETHASONE study provides definitive and unambiguous evidence of the lifesaving benefits of corticosteroids and strong validation of the MATH + protocol.

    2) WHO exaggerated the death rate of Covid-19 by comparing its rate of (deaths)/(confirmed Covid-19 cases) against the flu’s (deaths)/(estimated total flu cases) rather than the more appropriate (deaths)/(confirmed flu cases). Had the more appropriate comparison been made, people would have understood Covid-19 was not significantly more dangerous than the flu. This inflated death rate was fed into Neil Ferguson’s modeling at the Imperial College. Garbage in, garbage out was accepted at face value by most government planners. After all, WHO and the Imperial College wouldn’t lie to please a major donor like Bill Gates, would they?

    3) CDC and the FDA attempted to hide the widespread circulation of SARS-CoV-2 by discouraging Dr. Helen Chu’s extensive testing of collected samples, eventually ordering her to cease and desist. It has since been revealed that not only was the virus circulating outside China in 2019, but that US intelligence agencies were aware in November, 2019, of the potential for a novel corona virus epidemic in China. Thus, early testing was discouraged in order to hide the widespread circulation of the virus and make it appear that its spread was sudden in late February, early March.

    4) Combining the over-estimated death rate with the apparent rapid spread of the virus and Ferguson’s GIGO modeling, Trump’s Covid task force pressured him to declare an emergency, which encouraged state governors and health officials to order lockdowns in order to “flatten the curve” and avoid overwhelming health facilities. At the time, this was not intended to totally stop the epidemic or eradicate the virus. Officials recognized lockdowns would not reduce the eventual total of infections. It turned out NYC was the only locality that even approached saturation, but even there neither the field hospital set up at Javits Center nor the hospital ship Comfort were anywhere near capacity. Across the country, hospitals laid off staff, especially staff that would have cared for non-Covid-19 patients.

    5) They also used the prediction of overwhelmed medical facilities to pressure state officials to discharge active Covid patients into nursing homes which a) were prone to spreading respiratory infections and b) had a large pool of vulnerable patients with comorbidities. This was contrary to the recommendations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Elders were also pressured to sign DNRs.

    6) Even with all that, CDC deemed the death rates as not convincing enough, so they issued new directives on how to record cause of death on death certificates. Deceased who tested positive for Covid, and even those who tested negative but had some Covid symptoms, were to be assumed to have died of Covid. Dr. Scott Jensen explained that this was unprecedented. There were numerous reports of people whose relatives insisted they died of something else (sometimes even trauma) who were reported as died of Covid.

    7) In addition to corticosteroids, they ignored the use of Hydroxychloroquine and intravenous vitamin C, and later both discouraged and sabotaged clinical trials of HCQ by promoting trials that were designed to fail. They even got a fraudulent study published in Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine that later had to be retracted, but not before the damage was done. They encouraged governors to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship by prohibiting the off label prescription of HCQ in the early stage of the disease, the only time Dr. Didier Raoult said it would be effective. In Michigan, medical staff were arrested for administering intravenous vitamin C, which is now an integral part of Eastern Virginia Medical School’s MATH+Hospital Treatment Protocol for Covid-19. In its latest .pdf, EVMS continues to discourage HCQ due to these fraudulent trials and because it is focused on the treatment of hospitalized patients. Since June 27, there has been a clinical trial showing the efficacy of HCQ when used early. EVMS does recommend a prophylactic treatment that includes zinc and quercetin (a zinc ionophore that substitutes for the ionophore effect of HCQ when administered with zinc). Who can forget Fauci’s constant attacks on HCQ use and the TDS crowd making fun of Trump for promoting it.

    8) When media reports appeared that revealed malfeasance or otherwise questioned the WHO/CDC narratives, they were suppressed and censored by social media. Experts with opinions contrary to the dominant narrative were intimidated and slandered. Corporate media, controlled by the same globalists pushing the pandemic agenda, simply refused to repeat stories if they couldn’t somehow smear the author as a “quack.” Some health care workers who have attempted to blow the whistle have lost their jobs, and dissident doctors like Dr. Jensen are punished by hauling them before licensing boards.

    9) When it began to appear that deaths from Covid had peaked after vulnerable nursing home patients had been killed off and the death certificate scam was being questioned, the public started getting restless and demonstrated to reopen to save jobs. With mounting pressure from alternate media sources that sounded more credible than corporate media, a distraction was needed. So Plan B was invoked, and the death of George Floyd was used as a spark to start what were at first peaceful demonstrations. As with most color revolutions designed to take out a leader the globalists don’t like, the peaceful demonstrators were quickly infiltrated by violent rioters funded by Soros and corporate interests. Pallets of bricks were conveniently left on demonstration routes, while Black Block agents provocateur destroyed property over the objections of the black citizens present. Black residents wept over the destruction of their neighborhoods and murdered children. This was all condoned, even encouraged by Democratic mayors and governors who thought they had Trump trapped in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” dilemma. If he deployed troops over the objections of local leaders, he’d be called a fascist. If he didn’t, he’d be weak. Trump decided to wait until the violence became unbearable to most residents. Eventually, the Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, came into conflict with aldermen and is now quietly cooperating with federal authorities. Portland, where federal protective services are being used to lawfully protect a courthouse, is the outlier. But it doesn’t really matter what the mayor or governor think, because most people approve of federal actions there.

    10) Now that people are sufficiently distracted from the skeptical alt-media reporting, we are seeing reported “cases” rising as a result of increased testing. Corporate media is promoting this as a scare tactic, while not reporting on the fact that all cause death rates have been declining and are now significantly below what would be expected for the time of year.

    11) It’s difficult to predict where all this is heading, except that it will be bad for the American people, whatever the outcome is. I’m convinced that if Biden wins the globalists will be all in for pervasive contact tracing, which means surveillance whether you are infected or not, and eventually vaccine mandates and either tattoos or chips so your entire background can be pulled up no matter where police stop you. Meanwhile, all investigations of Democratic crimes in violation of the Constitution will be stopped. It begins to appear Trump is buying these permanent losses of Constitutional rights with his Warp Speed project, but at least he’s likely to continue the Barr-Durham investigation. Only Heracles was able to clean the entire Agean Stables, so maybe half is better than none.

    12) I worry there will be an increase in infections during the winter. If death rates are higher than for the seasonal flu, this will be called a “second wave,” but nobody will report that most of the newly infected will be people who were forced to wear a mask for 8 hours every day, which decreased their T-cell activity, the prime mechanism for immunity from corona viruses.

    I will vote for neither Trump nor Biden, though pollsters give me no choice other than those two or “not sure.” I’m convinced nothing substantial will change until Americans start voting 3rd party in large numbers, and not just for President.

  • amil007

    The U.S. is the first failed state armed with nuclear weapons, whose ICBM’s can all be launched by a desperate, confused, or scared person with a simple order to a military aide. The missiles would leave their silos within 5 minutes.

  • bccarver

    typical braindead response to ask people to stop all logging.

  • Alan MacDonald

    This EMPIRE “superstate will fail”.

  • didactic1

    Back to feudalism.

  • didactic1

    500+ million firearms, mostly legally possessed by Americans. Add to that a military superstructure paid in worthless dollars in 10 years.

    RevolutionS wont be peaceful.

  • Alan MacDonald

    “Our Revolution” must be a people’s peaceful political, economic, & social(ist) “Revolution Against Empire” [Justin du Rivage’s definitive history of our first one] but without the Muskets.

  • Alan MacDonald

    No, didac tick, Forward to real functional democracy.

  • didactic1

    Hilarious. The surplus of capital is wasted that is needed even for pretense represenative indirect democracy. Back to Normal. #Scarcity

  • didactic1

    Lenin was a revolutionary. Mao and Che. Not Bernie. I like Bernie. Love to play cards with him. He is not a revolutionary.

  • Alan MacDonald

    IT CAN ONLY BE PEACEFUL, tick

  • Alan MacDonald

    NO, forward to a Second American people’s peaceful and complete Political/economic & socialist “REVOLUTION AGAINST EMPIRE” [2014 Justin du Rivage] — but without the Muskets — read it tick

  • didactic1

    All those kids, rising seas. At some point, you cant “fight” nature. Die with grace. Life in Universe goes on and on. Spiral not a graph with upwatd arrow.

  • didactic1

    The USA js finite. As are the courts. Fool.

  • Alan MacDonald

    The effin surplus capital among the ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWIs, 0.03%ers, and the self-named “Masters of the Universe” are going to be repatriating all that, through a “free-spirited, voluntary and open-ended racial (and class) deconstruction program” — we’re all just gonna start peacefully effin the rich pricks with “Wealth Reform”:

    OpEdNews Op Eds 4/13/2014 at 15:37:56 H3’ed 4/13/14

    How things will work when ‘democracy-thinking’ rather than “Empire-scheming” controls the US government

    By Alan MacDonald (Page 1 of 1 pages) (View How Many People Read This) 6 comments

    How things will work when ‘democracy-thinking’ rather than
    “Empire-scheming” controls the US government:

    OK, here’s what it involves and here’s also why it is essential to grasp the authority of the US government back from the EMPIRE to the People, and to get this (and many other corrections in the system
    done quickly):

    1. The people of the US have to use their thin and fleeting
    ‘voting rights’ to grasp the power of their Government away from the
    Disguised Global Empire and its two Vichy facade parties, the ‘R’
    Vichy party and the ‘D’ Vichy party — both of which are exactly the
    same and BOTH of which only represent the EMPIRE and never represent
    ‘the people’.

    Of course the only way to accomplish this non-violently is for the
    Green Party to overtly and loudly promote its true and unique
    platform to being the only Pro-democracy Anti-Empire Party — and
    also focus the attention of growing public disgust with both lying
    Vichy parties as totally corrupted and bribed by the wealthy (the
    “Economic Royalists) of the Empire — and campaign the Greeen
    Party as the only ‘party of the people’ that takes NO corporate,
    banking, media, extra-legal, or wealthy campaign funding bribe money!
    (let’s say any donations over $50).

    2. IF, just IF, the American people are pissed-off enough, awake
    enough, and bright enough to know that they, their children, their
    country, and their world is getting totally fucked more each year by
    BOTH of the lying, spying, illegal, war-mongering, looting, and
    environment killing Vichy ‘R’ and Vichy ‘D’ Parties that ‘front’ for
    the EMPIRE — which are both the same f*cking thing with different
    names — then the people will have their last chance to confront,
    expel, and surgically ‘excise’ this cancer of EMPIRE from our land,
    our country, and our body politic.

    3. Once this sole possible survival path is taken and the actual
    people as citizens of the US expunge the EMPIRE and have thus won the
    right to actually run the government, then the Green party ‘Shadow
    Government’ of highly capable and honest experts in international
    relations, foreign policy, fair economics, health care,
    administration, justice, education, and all other government
    functions will take-over the posts previously abused by the EMPIRE’s
    previous pawns, pimps, privatizing pricks, and crooks will actually
    start doing what the public wants (which is almost always exactly
    opposite what the EMPIRE wants) and the government will actually
    start to properly operate in a balanced and cost efficient manner all
    the functions that were previously perverted to the interests of the
    Empire and wasted massive amounts of tax-payer money to pay-back the
    EMPIRE’s corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda.
    extra-legal, and political bribing favors that the ‘R’ Vichy and ‘D’
    Vichy crooks owed to the EMPIRE for the billions in campaign bribes
    that it took to get these non-representative crooks and con-men
    elected in the past.

    4. With an honest and true representative government ‘of the
    people’ in office, then all of the powers of the very powerful US
    government will directly be ceded to ‘the people’ and be available
    for such much over-needed functions as; using the highly developed
    NSA intelligence gathering powers to work for the people by
    identifying all of the wealthy pricks, ex-CEOs, Hedge Fund Whores,
    Private Equity Pirates, and other corporate and banking
    ‘Empire-thinking’ arrogant crooks who have nearly bled our country
    dry — and then use the very powerful global reach of the Treasury
    Department to ‘claw-back’ from these crooks’ Caribbean shell
    companies, and Swiss bank accounts, and various tax loop-hole dens of
    inequity all the hundreds of BILLIONS that these pricks have already
    scammed and stolen from OUR country. And the best part of ‘the
    people’ actually controlling the levers of legal power in the US
    superpower is that if the looting bastards resist the painless
    Treasury’s efforts to ‘CLAW-BACK’ the Billions that the Disguised
    Global Empire and its sociopathic pricks have stolen from ‘we the
    American voters’ there is always the superbly equipped and quite
    expensive US Global military organization that can be employed by the
    newly empowered “American people” directly in charge of
    their own government for the first time to (in the words of AT&T)
    “reach out and touch someone” — by making life as
    dangerous and painful for the elitist looters and liars as the Empire
    has made it for us for the last half century!!!

    5. And finally, to the specific question of how a fairness policy
    of “Capital Reform” would be implemented — the ill gotten
    gains of the Empire’s previously immune and ‘above the law’
    “Masters
    of the Universe” would find that their stolen loot just
    magically ‘disappeared’ one morning, just like all our ‘privacy’ and
    email, and texting, and web-searching just disappeared when the
    f*cking EMPIRE controlled the NSA.

    I know it sounds like a dream world of real liberty democracy,
    equality, and justice to us now — but as Lennon said “Imagine”
    if the world was peaceful, and free of EMPIRE — we can do it if we
    organize and try!

    However, it will not be long before the EMPIRE takes away even the
    currently useless ‘right to vote’ — which is only wasted today by
    voting for either one of the EMPIRE’s DUAL-Vichy parties!

    Best to all the true 99% of Americans in the fast expanding
    ‘Pro-democracy Anti-Empire’ educational and non-violent revolutionary
    movement (and Green Party) against this deceitful and Disguised
    Global EMPIRE, which is “Occupying” our country and yet
    can’t so easily be identified as wearing Red Coats, Red Stars, nor
    funny looking Nazi helmets —- quite YET!

    Liberty, democracy, justice, and equality
    Over
    Violent
    (‘Vichy’ disguised)
    Empire,

    Alan MacDonald
    Sanford, Maine

    We don’t merely have a “Big Money”/Citizens United
    problem, or a domestic tyranny and NSA SPYING problem, or an NDAA
    Secret Detention problem, or a corrupt unSupreme Court problem, or a
    gun/fear problem, or an MIC problem, or an ‘Austerity’ problem, or an
    EXPANDING WARS problem, or a ‘drone assassinations’ problem, or a
    vast income & wealth inequality problem, or a Wall Street
    ‘looting’ problem, or a Global Warming and environmental death-spiral
    problem, or the world’s largest political prisoner problem, or a
    crappy un-healthy insurance problem, or shitty over-priced and
    exclusive educational access problem, or, or, or … ad nauseam —
    but what we REALLY have is a hidden VEMPIRE cancerous tumor of GLOBAL
    EMPIRE which is the prime CAUSE of all these underlying, related, and
    mere ‘symptom problems’ —- but not even the most progressive voices
    in the alternative media agree or raise a United Voice against this
    dangerous EMPIRE.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Bill, after already going through 10 TEN “least worst voting” cycles (from 1980 with super-racist and B-actor Reagan— and with the 11th coming in Nov. 3, 2020 — we are effed.

    Which is why my newest double-sided protest signs simply say (and ‘expose’) that we have to use:

    “Our Revolution”
    TO DUMP
    EMPEROR TRUMP

    and on the other side say:

    BYE BYE
    BYEDEN
    TOO

    “Show me what democracy looks like”
    “This ain’t what democracy looks like”
    “This is what EMPIRE looks like”

  • Alan MacDonald

    “Revolution Against Empire” is their liferaft

  • Alan MacDonald

    Well, tick, I finally have to give you credit for SOMETHING ….

    And that is that you are parroting my favorite ‘black humor’ author, Kurt Vonnegut — who, before he died, said something to the effect of this, paraphrasing:

    “When man ceases to exist, the world will sigh, and say, at last they’re gone”

  • Alan MacDonald

    Hey, tick, I just noticed that you must have enough of a brain to sometimes (even if rarely) exhibit some hint of “analogy-thinking”, in that it looks like you might have been thinking of W. B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming” when you mention a “spiral” not a graph, eh??

    The Second Coming

    By William Butler Yeats

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    [Source Poetry Foundation]

  • Alan MacDonald

    Hey, Tick, do you want me to introduce you to Bernie?

    I have some connection with him since May 2015 — I may be able to get you into “Our Revolution” gratis. The normal entry fee is $27.

    Just say the word, Tick.

  • didactic1

    Tock.

  • didactic1

    Not a bad Yeats poem. Though much overquoted .

    I prefer Prayer for My Daughter. And Sailing to Byzantium.

    I wait in amusement until the current mob of correctness ban Yeats, Eliot, Frost and Joyce.

  • didactic1

    The spiral is from the Vedas, which both Yeats and Eliot had studied.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Cute (and creative), reply