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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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