IP: 193.188.161.* 08.07.03, 16:46
Nigel Doowrite: 'The late, great, American Republic'
Date: Tuesday, July 08 @ 10:28:31 EDT
Topic: Commander-In-Thief


A Report from Mid-Century
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      With the American credit-rating thus reduced to zero, the United States was
      effectively isolated from the world economy. The Americans then discovered that
      they were in desperate need of raw materials that were unavailable within their
      borders. The world at large, on the other hand, enjoyed resource-independence
      from the Americans. The Americans suffered most acutely from the severe
      shortage of petroleum, upon which their once-thriving agricultural industry
      depended. And so the spectre of famine, unimaginable in the previous century,
      haunted the unfortunate Americans. (See "The Oil Trap")

      In the 20th Century, America's primary contribution to the world economy was
      its advanced technology, as young students from around the world flocked to its
      excellent universities to acquire advanced degrees and to engage in cutting-
      edge research and development. With the closing of the public education system
      and the end of federal research funding (except, of course, for the military),
      superior centers of scientific and technological research appeared in Europe
      and Asia. First to depart was bio-medical research, severely crippled by the
      United States ban on stem-cell research. But this was only part of the story.
      The manifest contempt for science by the Bushes and their corporate and
      fundamentalist supporters accelerated the demise of the scientific and
      technological pre-eminence of the United States.

      Finally, with the United States government in the complete control of the
      petroleum industry, the Bushes had no inclination whatever to build a bridge to
      the post-petroleum age - with predictable and disastrous results. In stark
      contrast, the Eurasian Union clearly foresaw the coming emergency, and made
      massive preparations for it. Thus, in Eurasia today, the remaining petroleum
      reserves are being properly utilised for their petrochemicals, while the
      combination of biomass, solar, nuclear fusion and other sources, and the
      hydrogen fuels produced thereby, offer abundant energy to the peoples of
      Eurasia and Islamia. The United States, with no exportable commodities or
      technologies of any worth, and bankrupted by the tax policies of the George and
      Jeb Bush Administrations, is unable to enjoy the advantages of these
      innovations, except, of course, out of the largesse of humanitarian aid from
      Eurasia.

      The New Despotism

      The American democracy died with the invention and complete implementation of
      paper-less computer voting. But this was a coup-de-grace, delivered to a body
      politic critically injured by the rigging of the 2000 Florida presidential
      election, engineered by Jeb Bush and his accomplices, and the subsequent vote
      of five Republican operatives on the Supreme Court in the notorious ruling,
      Bush v. Gore. The winner of the 2000 election, Al Gore, meekly acceded to this
      judicial coup d'etat, and the public followed his lead.

      Encouraged, if astonished, by this passivity of the public and the "opposition"
      party, the victorious George Bush administration proceeded to snuff out the
      civil liberties of the American people, until the final lights went out halfway
      through the Jeb Bush administration. This twilight of the American democracy
      was accelerated by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 upon New York
      City and Washington, DC, whereby a stunned public and Congress accepted without
      protest a draconian attack on the Bill of Rights, cynically named the USA
      PATRIOT Act.

      Soon after the re-election of George Bush in 2004, and the "uncovering" by the
      CIA and FBI of an alleged plot by al Qaeda to set off a nuclear device in New
      York Harbor, "Patriot Act II" was enacted by the Republican Congress. With
      this, habeas corpus, and the constitutional rights of citizens to open trials
      by juries, access to counsel, were all suspended. On the assumption that "you
      are either for us or against us," as articulated by George Bush soon after the
      September 2001 attacks, critics of the government were regarded as "traitors."
      Mere hours before their intended arrests, dissenters Noam Chomsky and Paul
      Krugman esca[ed to Canada and thence to the faculties of Oxford and Cambridge.
      Democratic presidential aspirants Howard Dean, John Kerry and Dennis Kucinich
      were not so lucky, and have not been heard from since their disappearance in
      the summer of 2004.

      Quite possibly these dissenters joined millions of others in the Alaskan Gulag,
      perchance to work in the oil fields of ANWR and Prudhoe Bay. Or perhaps they
      were impressed along with the millions of the unemployed to toil as farm
      laborers when, due to the acute petroleum shortages, the farm machinery was
      shut down and it became impossible to transport sufficient food for the
      starving masses in the inner cities. "You work or you starve," was the stark
      choice given to the unfortunate unemployed. Sadly, many who remained in the
      cities did, in fact, starve or, weakened by malnutrition, fell victim to the
      great plagues of the "twenty-teens."

      Despite these catastrophes, the Republicans have been the sole ruling party in
      the United States throughout the 21st century to this date. Typical Congresses
      have contained about 80% Republican seats. The Democrats exist at the
      sufferance of the Republicans, as unpersuasive "window dressing" to preserve at
      least the appearance of democracy. Republicans congressmen who show any
      independent tendencies are generally marked by the Party bosses for defeat in
      primary elections, or in the general elections by designated and compliant
      Democrats.

      Observers from abroad regard American elections with the same contempt as
      historians show toward "elections" in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
      Informal polls (conducted with great difficulty and at great risk) show a
      residual opposition to the Republicans, and often an overwhelming majority
      preference for the Democrats. But no matter. The official results issuing from
      the paperless voting machines are uniformly just what the Administration
      desires. As always, the voting machines are manufactured, and the secret
      software codes are written, by corporations completely controlled by the
      Republicans (as, indeed, are all corporations). Exit polling is banned. Advance
      polling by organisations such as Gallup accurately predict the final results.
      But, of course, the Gallup organisation was acquired in 2006 by the Murdock
      corporation.

      Ninety percent of the media are owned by the three interlocking corporations
      of "The First Amendment Consortium." The remaining ten percent are licensed by
      the federal government. Independent newspapers or magazines that dare to
      criticise the government are soon absorbed in "hostile takeovers" by the
      Consortium. Of course, independent broadcast media no longer exist in the
      United States.

      In 2005, Rupert Murdock acquired full ownership of the Internet, whereupon
      dissenting ("unpatriotic") websites were banished from the Net.

      A tragedy, to be sure, but not unforeseen. As early as 2003, the journey toward
      this dreadful destination was well-embarked. The stolen 2000 Presidential
      election, well known to those who cared to study it, was two years in the past.
      The PATRIOT Act had been enacted and several American citizens were being held
      incommunicado, in violation of the Constitutional rights. The use of paperless
      computer ballot machines was widespread and growing. The FCC successfully ruled
      in favour of media conglomeration, and dissenting liberal opinions were
      severely restricted on television, and virtually non-existent on the radio.

      Finding no resistance, the triumphant Republicans proceeded, and by unopposed
      increments, destroyed the American democracy.

      The New World Order

      A fundamental rule of politics, well-known to Aristotle and political
      philosophers since, asserts that alliances are formed out of the shared
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        The New World Order

        A fundamental rule of politics, well-known to Aristotle and political
        philosophers since, asserts that alliances are formed out of the shared
        perception of a common threat. Thus, in the mid-twentieth century, the United
        States, England and the Soviet Union joined forces against Nazi Germany.
        Following the defeat of Germany, that alliance fell apart, as the NATO alliance
        arose to meet the Soviet threat.

        The unification of the Eurasian continent, long assumed to be a fantasy, was
        brought about by the shared perception of a threat by the "rogue" American
        imperialists. The American neo-conservatives could not have been clearer in
        their intention that the United States would go it alone in the world.
        Following their statement of this intention in such documents as the "Project
        for the New American Century," the George Bush administration proceeded to
        follow this guideline to the letter, abrogating treaties at will, invading
        defenseless countries on patently false pretenses, and in general earning for
        itself the fear and contempt of the global community.

        In the face of this, the once-inconceivable unification of the nations of
        Europe and Asia became an inevitability.

        Similarly, following the invasion of Iraq in early 2003, and thence of Iran in
        the spring of 2004, the Islamic nations united to form the Federation of
        Islamia, which now stretches from the Atlantic, across north Africa, all the
        way to Indonesia. The unity of Islamia was enhanced by the expulsion of the
        American forces from Iraq in 2005, followed by the establishment of a Shi'ite
        Islamic republic. As in neighboring Iran, Iraq suffered through a period of
        fundamentalist repression, until the fanaticism consumed itself and was
        replaced by a moderate semi-democratic government. So it has been throughout
        Islamia, as the member states, faced with a choice between religious
        fundamentalism and technical-economic development, have chosen the latter
        option.

        The overwhelming American military, the budget for which, at the turn of the
        century, almost equaled the sum of all other military budgets combined, proved
        to be of little use to the United States. Nuclear blackmail would not work
        since, of course, the Eurasia was also a nuclear power. And as Viet Nam and
        Iraq proved, the strategically astute response to a technologically
        overwhelming force is to absorb the force and then to bleed it white with a
        thousand cuts. (The Russians used the strategy successfully against Napoleon
        and Hitler. The Americans, typically, learned nothing whatever from this
        history).

        Furthermore, the Eurasians and Islamics wisely understood that even if the an
        opposing nation's military is invincible, it does not follow that the nation
        itself is invincible. It might be vanquished non-militarily. And this, of
        course, is exactly what happened. The United States, starved of resources and
        credits, weakened internally by the fiscal insanity of the Bush brothers,
        blinded by dogma to the insights of science and scholarship, collapsed from
        within. (See "The Vulnerable Giant").

        After their military had suffered several defeats in Islamia, the United States
        withdrew, whereupon the military was put to use by the Department of Homeland
        Security to put down insurrections, to protect the few oligarchs in their gated
        communities, and to keep the masses confined to their gated ghettos in the
        inner cities. In this capacity, aircraft carriers, submarines and ICBMs proved
        to be of little use.

        And so, the world beyond the shores of the United States has gone on to an era
        of prosperity and enlightenment which the Americans cannot share - excepting,
        of course, those fortunate American who manage to escape from the despotic
        Republican regime and are welcomed immigrants to the Global community.

        The growing community of American expatriates, who have contributed so
        generously to world science, scholarship, literature, art, industry, and
        culture, have also brought to our world the vivid memory of the magnificence of
        the first two centuries of the American Republic - and the undying aspiration
        for its restoration in that once-blessed land.

        In the American Diaspora, the spirit of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln
        and Roosevelt survives and flourishes.

        May it soon return to its home.

        Copyright 2003, by Ernest Partridge

        Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the fields of
        Environmental Ethics and Moral philosophy. He publishes the website, "The
        Online Gadfly" www.igc.org/gadfly and co-edits the progressive website "The
        Crisis Papers" www.crisispapers.org

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