Imperial Decay: Can the US Un-imperialize Itself, Or Must It Go the Way of All Empires?

Presented by Professors Zygmunt Bauman and Berman

All empires are evil; they are certainly undemocratic. Can the U.S. un-imperialize itself, or must it go the way of all empires? Collapse.

 

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Vikinger Icelandersson

All great empires fall eventually because the Elite of the state always get too much power and become so greedy and arrogant thinking that they will never fall.
Scott Haley
KUDOS again.  Well done…and thank you for a clear description of:  it’s not Repubs v. Dems anymore, instead it’s the Oligarchy v. the rest of us.  Peaceful solutions can be discussed, but the very first step has to be this—We the People must stop drinking the Edward Bernays Propaganda Kool Aid. individualsovereignty… blogspot… c o m
Stefan Verstappen
All empires fall, time to get your preps in order.
jabbermocky
The image of the lamprey as a symbol of parasitic American empire is brilliant! The entire film is eminently sharable. Please share widely.
Alan MacDonald
I thought I should, like those in this film. mention that this is all a matter of “adequately diagnosing” and deeply understanding that America is an Empire, since nobody seems to have either the brains or the guts to mention that EMPIRE is the current system that will have to be overcome. This is what Professors Bauman and Berman make clear: As Zygmunt Bauman hauntingly puts it, “In the case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis…is a crucial, perhaps decisive, part of the disease.”13 Berman, Morris (2011-02-07). Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (p. 22). Norton. Kindle Edition. An Empire is — what an Empire does! And the Disguised Global Capitalist Empire that is only ‘posing’ as our former country does exactly what a Global Empire does. So IF the majority of Americans are smart enough to understand the immutable truth that you should judge “not what something ‘says’, but what it ‘does’ by its ‘actions’ reveal the truth”, then we the people of the U.S. should clearly understand that when faux-Emperor/president Obama merely ‘says’ “We’re Not there for Empire” (which he precisely ‘said’ while his ‘action’ was bombing Libyan people) then we, the non-stupid, majority of Americans should be smart enough to KNOW BY HIS ACTIONS that this country is a deceitful, lying, murderous, looting, greedy, vicious, war-starting, illegal, immoral, and precisely typical EMPIRE — because all the actual ‘actions’ of this thing that calls itself America has been ‘acting’ exactly like a fucking Empire for decades, while it only ‘says’ (claims, lies, and deceives others) that it is any kind of a normal ‘functional democracy’, or an ‘exceptional’ country, and even ‘the essential country’, when it actually, consistently, and through all supposed electoral changes every four years of supposed leadership between the neocon lying ‘R’ Vichy party and the slighter better lying neoliberal-con ‘D’ Vichy party keeps doing and ACTING the exact same way as a lying fucking Global EMPIRE ACTS. Judge us — judge the U.S. — not by what both lying disguised Vichy parties (and the ruling corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal ruling Empire sectors) ‘SAY’, but by what that Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE DOES! An Empire IS what an Empire DOES (period) Liberty, democracy, justice, and equality Over Violent (Vichy disguised) Empire, Alan MacDonald BTW, Faux-Emperor/presidential puppet, Obama’s “Audacity of Empire” in ‘saying’ “We’re not there for Empire” while actually in the ‘act’ of bombing the people of Libya is just ONE of the THOUSANDS of ‘Acts of EMPIRE’ that this fucking Disguised Global Capitalist Empire has done in the last half century to show by its ‘actions’ what it really is, as opposed to what it ‘says’ it is. Anyone who claims to be a progressive in America better very quickly and very soon wake the __-up to the FACT that its ACTIONS prove America to be the HQ of this Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE. Job #1 for anyone who wants to change the existing ‘deep system’ is to stop screwing around calling it the ‘deep system’, and call this damn thing what it really is — EMPIRE!
Adam Coleman
Certainly worth watching again and again. More importantly…SHARING AGAIN AND AGAIN!
Shireen Parsons
Superb!  Sad, isn’t it, that our corporate-owned government and news media won’t speak this truth as the imperial US military-industrial complex perpetuates its crimes.
m michels
The Yankees did NOT lose the wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Central America, Afghanistan etc. They WON. The destruction of these countries was the GOAL itself. Western civilization is a Barbaric one. Its based on the destruction of black, brown and yellow people and this mission is part accomplished.
Vineyard Saker
Absolutely brilliant video which I will post on my blog.  Thanks a lot for making such a top-quality & hard punching video.  Please keep up your vital and excellent work! Kind regards, The Saker
Marc MoreThan
Whoa, A great summary of where we are at!
Darek K
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! ANOTHER AMAZING MASTERPIECE BY CLASSIC WAR FILMS! IF ONE THOUGHT THE SHORT FILM, “LET YOUR LIFE BE THE FRICTION THAT STOPS THE MACHINE” WAS AMAZING & THAT WAS GOING TO BE IT, PROVEN WRONG BECAUSE THIS JUST ADDS TO THE GREATNESS OF TALENT OF THE MEN WHO RUN CLASSICWARFILMS!  Thank you for making these films! Sincerely & appreciatively, Dariusz Koltuniak Founder & Editorial Director Independent World Wide News https://www.facebook.com/IndependentWorldWideNews
notrombones
Every politician in our federal government should be required to watch this video 10 times. Maybe 20 times?
Her Ladyship
Wow..is this right on….thanks so much for your concise, articulate rendering of the military industrial complex failures…along with corrupt regimes…all since our beloved JFK was killed.  We all await the outcome….somewhat prepared and unprepared….

 

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