Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Musings of a village idiot - part 1

Well, it's been a while, eh?

So I'll deal with some of the bigger topics first, to get them out of the way. And by far the biggest topic is The World and The American Empire which thinks it's the world's ruler, judge, sheriff, and executioner.

So, dear reader, how should we of the 21st century think of our world? As a global village, or a jungle in which each tribe struggles for its isolated survival?

I think common sense tells us it's way too late to see the world in any way other than a global village. But there is a problem with the global village model. Villages of old existed within a single tribe or nation which could be identified by a single culture. The global village comprises all tribes, all nations, and all cultures.

Which brings us right back to The American Empire. It makes up only a small fraction of the global village, yet it seeks to impose its will on the entire village. It has convinced itself that it's culturally superior whilst murmurs of "only in your lunchtime, buddy" are getting ever louder out there in the rest of the village. Trouble is brewing. The arrogance and hubris of The American Empire is seriously being questioned.

And right now trouble is also brewing within The Empire itself. Extremists are trying to hijack The Superior Culture and are threatening to shut down its government. Amazing.

We live in interesting times. Waiting is.

6 Comments:

Blogger phil said...

It's a big village, mate.

And wouldn't yer know it, WV provides a perfect confirmation: "Maneure"

April 09, 2011 11:15 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Huh? :-/

April 09, 2011 11:42 PM  
Blogger phil said...

Sorry, two separate thoughts in my previous comment.

Pt 1: a supposedly ironic comment on the proportion of idiots to villages.

Pt 2: the word verification software gave me "maneure" to lodge the comment. There was no connection betwixt the two.

Time I had a lie down I think.

April 10, 2011 10:56 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Well, this village idiot thinks that this is The Planet Of The Idiots.

If sane life out there in the universe ever discovers this silly little planet, they'll disarm us and lock us up. Or maybe just stand back laughing as they watch us destroy ourselves "for the greater good."

Now that I know what WV is, I've often thought that WV was a bit psychic, and yes, a good lie down is recommended after reading this blog.

April 10, 2011 11:15 AM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

hey Dodgy! damn glad yer back in the saddle...er...on the keyboard.

anyhow, from where I sit, hid out in the woods of the failed state of NY, it seems to me that yanks were just lucky and spoiled by fate to have the last scoop of abundance before over population dredged the bottom of earth's largess. We were not intrinsically a better or worse lot than Brits or Aussies and once shared some notions of the primacy of rule-of-law and human rights. But money corrupts. By the end of WWII we still had industries, and despite conservatives misgivings, still had trillions in borrowing power. We threw our weight around and started to believe our luck was somehow due to a kind of superiority. But in the end, that weight is just money and now we are pretty much broke. Sit back and let China call the shots for a few decades now and see if they are any less imperial while they got the funds.
Here is a writer who happens to agree with me. Its not a great and clear book...it just puts academic prose and jargon on a general idea to which I subscribe.

April 15, 2011 1:03 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Good to read you too, GS. :-)

Yes, I know I'm being hard on the US but that's what you guys get for fighting your way to the top. Now the buck stops with you guys.

China? China is capitalism's poetic justice. They've out-capitalisted you guys, and they're communists.

How can that be? ;-)

How will the Chinese use their new-found influence? Who knows.

But the white man had better learn that his "superior culture" isn't. We'll find out how good the white man is at "sucking it up."

We live in interesting times.

April 15, 2011 8:52 AM  

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