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sent by Jost van Steenis (holland) - Sep 6, 2005
The Empire starts to crumble
Dear reader, this is the 63rd Letter of an Autonomous Thinker
Be not afraid of Empires. They all went down in the past. But in the
declining years the world stagnates, too busy to defeat the once-mighty
Empires are the cause of much of the misery on the world. They are
allowed to grow because elites deceive the people by saying it is in
their interest to be part of the Empire. There is hardly room for
independent thoughts, for new ways to develop humanity. All energy is
concentrated on the keeping into existence of the Empire.
Empires should never be allowed to come into being. Therefore the cause
of the existence of Empires, elites who strive for personal power and
wealth, should be combated. Without elites there will never be Empires.
Without Empires the world has a chance to take a new course.
Empires are not good for masspeople. But masspeople do not benefit from
the bringing down of an Empire. Another Empire will replace the old one
and history will repeat itself. Masspeople should develop their own
strategy, should fight to destroy deeper causes, should bring down any
Just put a word in front of Empire and you see that Empires have been
quite normal in human life. Chinese, Ottoman, Inca, Roman, Roman
Catholic, Moslem, English, Spanish, French and Dutch colonial Empires .
and many more smaller and bigger Empires. The masses in the centre of
the Empire benefited slightly, the elites at the top had great
advantages. For everyone outside the centre an Empire is horrifying.
Empires are important for elites. History is seen as a big sequence of
Empires personalised in the figures of elitist persons. Masspeople are
hardly important. They were only slaughtered by the millions in the
endless wars to establish or defend Empires. Occasionally there was a
mass uprising as the one lead by Spartacus but most history is the
history of the leading class, is about the struggle between various
parts of the elite.
The Persian Empire was defeated by a new elite from a small country at
the edge of the vast Empire. Alexander the Great came from a very tiny
part of Greece, first united the Greeks and then defeated the great
Persian Might. But the Macedonian Empire did not last long, it crumbled
away when local elites wanted to get a bigger share of the piece of the
cake because the central elite was divided and weakening.
The same is now happening to the American Empire. In the centre the
elite is divided (Chirac and Schr=F6der were against the colonial Iraq
War) and on the edges local elites are revolting. Algeria and Vietnam
were the first signs, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and North Korea are the
next ones. And the disturbances after Katrina proved that even the
border people in the centre of the Empire revolt when they are not
controlled by vast numbers of heavily armed soldiers. The power of the
leaders of an Empire is always based on a surplus of violence.
But will the world become better when the American Empire is going down?
I doubt it.
Masspeople will remain underdogs, waiting for what an elite allows them
to do. They have hardly any influence. The rise of an Empire is decided
by small elites at the outskirts of the vast centralised territory, the
collapse by other small elites from the edge of the Empire. All past
Empires vanished and now we see signs that the American Empire is also
doomed. Maybe it will be succeeded by a Chinese Empire.
It will not be an improvement. But the masses are still not convinced
that they have to take future in their own hands. Only when masspeople
become independently active a new kind of world can be created.
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis
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