July 10, 2014
In 1972 Gore Vidal wrote:
Political corruption has been with us since the first congress sat at Philadelphia, and there is nothing to be done about it as long as we are what we are. In fact, as election costs mount the corruption will tend to become institutionalized by the small group of legislators and bankers, generals and industrialists, who own and govern the United States, Inc. But it does not take great prescience to realize that that they are playing a losing game. As the polity becomes more and more conscious of the moral nullity at the center of American life, there will develop not the revolutionary situation dreamed of in certain radical circles but rather, a deep contempt for the nation and its institutions, an apathy bound to be exploited by clever human engineers. In the name of saving the environment and restoring virtue, they will continue the dismantling of an unloved and unhonored republic.
Thank God we dodged that bullet, huh?
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 10, 2014 02:05 PM
only thing is Thoreau was 100 years or so ahead of Mr. Nock on the subject.
"The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus,(7) etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God"
You figure out what work it came from. Always leave a mystery unsolved, especially when you know the answer.
We must never forget also that it was a minority of Germans and some powerful corporations (some American or American backed) that put Hitler in Power. And engineered the holocaust. Let's just hope the NSA realizes who the real enemy is. It's not Muslims.
How could the NSA (not a person no matter what the SCOTUS says about corporations - which, granted it's destined by RW sell outs to be) care one way or another as to whether Muslims are the true genesis of terrorists (the real enemy) or not?
It's smoke and mirrors.
And it's working very well for the war profiteers.