mercoledì 6 agosto 2014

Democracy and Perpetual War


The western world is declining and while doing so is pressuring the east and middle east to adopt his value and his "way of life".  Empires collapses from within, they don't get overthrown by external aggressor. When the time is right  all it takes is just a little push and they fall apart.

India, China and the Middle east are offering a strong resistance to western domination. Their resistance appears irrational to us, their culture appears irrational to us. But in the end what wins, and stand out, is only a strong belief no matter how rational or irrational it is. Societies that adopt western "way of life" shows a weakness in their moral values. They accept changes from the outside.

Western evolution is at his peak of rationality and that means self-interest and egoism above all, no one is rationally willing to sacrifice his life and comfort for  a society, an abstract value or an idea. This path, ironically, should represent peace and prosperity but instead it leads to extinction.

War is a narrow line between life and death, where all feelings and emotions are expanded, and where sacrifice is the only way to survive. That's why Empires and societies cannot last long in peace, they need war, a constant state of war to keep'em alive. History is full of example of perpetual wars, and we don't need to look to far to see the Israel-Palestinian war or American policy in middle east and the "re-opening" of the cold war with Russia.

Let's read what Tocqueville wrote about perpetual wars in democratic countries:

  • Historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, made predictions in 1840 concerning Perpetual war in democratic countries. The following is from Volume 2, chapter 22, "Why Democratic Nations Naturally Desire Peace and Democratic Armies, War", 18th paragraph, in his book, Democracy in America:

"No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. Not indeed that after every victory it is to be apprehended that the victorious generals will possess themselves by force of the supreme power, after the manner of Sulla and Caesar; the danger is of another kind. War does not always give over democratic communities to military government, but it must invariably and immeasurably increase the powers of civil government; it must almost compulsorily concentrate the direction of all men and the management of all things in the hands of the administration. If it does not lead to despotism by sudden violence, it prepares men for it more gently by their habits. All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it. This is the first axiom of the science.

That's exactly what the American Empire, just like the Romans did, is trying to do. The steeper the decline the bigger the slope... and the war it needs.