Monday, January 31, 2005

Polemics, Polycentric Globe, Abe my Man

Posted some new correspondence received as Comments here about polemics and polarization.

And C.B. sent me a Slate article in which a new CIA report confirms that they've been reading my blog. Well, perhaps this is overstating. But at least they do agree "that American global dominance could end in 15 years." Instead they see Asia rising to contest American neo-imperialism. We already live in a polycentric global structure, but the frayed remnants of "The American Century" are quickly unraveling (for those of you who slept though it, that was the 20th century -- goodmorning!). Welcome to the post-contemporary globe. If you don't move to Italy like Seymour Hersh and Gore Vidal recommend, then at least it's time to think about what it means to live in a normal country instead of a superpower.

Strange times, when both the CIA and the neo-marxist Wallerstein, of World Systems fame, agree on the near future. The only exception seems to be that Wallerstein predicts a slower process with Asia rising at a slower pace than the relatively rapid U.S. economic decline.

Finally, some guy named Abe said:
" I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country … corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war."
—Abraham Lincoln

Imagine the email flames that guy must be getting!


At 9:08 PM, Blogger dharma33 said...

I always did like Abe.
Scary when your inner thoughts are publicly mirrored by the CIA.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Pirate said...

only polmics i have played were written in Ayn Rand's hand. Gotta love Lincoln.


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