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  •  so many great links - Dark Ages America intro (10+ / 0-)

    is in the list of links that joe put at the end

    I look at Common Dreams every day and joe has more links than they do

    Overwhelming stuff happening

    Way back in 2006 Morris Berman in his book Dark Ages America: The Final Stages of Empire argues that our empire is on the way down and no one can stop it.

    The book draws parallels with the collapse of the Roman Empire which transitioned to the Dark Ages. The highlights of why he used that term is in the Introduction that Joe has linked. Berman's third book of the trilogy, 2011, Why America Failed didn't sell well. Maybe it was too close to home.

    changing gears, but continuing the theme of Rome, I return to a series of 4 lectures which were extensively covered in joe's diaries a few months ago. It is a series of 4 talks given by Eben Moglin, a Columbia Univ law professor.

    my historian friend said that he had not seen our situation treated from that perspective any where else. I did a quick search on the web and only found one follow up which is below.

    here is what Eben Moglin said in the first couple of minutes

    ..............I undertook nothing more than to come here and to tell you the truth.

    I don't wish to force my ideas on anybody, but the truth is that I feel forced to speak myself. No one will remember much of what I have to say, but of the things about which I came here to speak—both those that have been done and those that remain to be done—I must say that they will never be forgotten.

    In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gives two reasons why the slavery into which the Romans tumbled under Augustus and his successors left them more wretched than any previous human slavery.

    In the first place, Gibbon said, the Romans had carried with them into slavery the culture of a free people—their language and their conception of themselves as human beings presupposed freedom. And thus, Gibbons says, oppressed as they were by the weight of their corruption and military violence, the Romans yet preserved for a long time the sentiments, or at least the ideas, of a freeborn people. In the second place, the empire of the Romans filled all the world, and when that empire fell into the hands of a single person, the world was a safe and dreary prison for his enemies. As Gibbon says, to resist was fatal, and it was impossible to fly.

    I added the bold to the above as one of the main props holding up American Exceptionalism. Americans can't stand the truth.

    The four lectures were given from Oct to Dec of 2013 and video and pdf is available.

    Here is the only comment I found. I added the bold.

    “Snowden and the Future” by Eben Moglen DEC 31, ’13 11:37 AM
      Ralph Lombreglia
           Computing, Politics
    Eben Moglen, Edward Snowden, N.S.A.
    From late Octo­ber to early Decem­ber 2013, Colum­bia law pro­fes­sor Eben Moglen deliv­ered a series of four lec­tures on the sig­nif­i­cance of Edward Snowden’s dis­clo­sures about the N.S.A.‘s until-then secret spy­ing programs.

    Moglen is the founder of the Soft­ware Free­dom Law Cen­ter and has been Richard Stallman’s attor­ney for twenty or more years. He rec­og­nizes that Edward Snow­den is a clas­sic patriot and hero whose sac­ri­fice demands that we act.

    You’d think we’d be hear­ing this mes­sage from many sources by now, but we’re not. In fact, the con­dem­na­tions of Snow­den are out­weigh­ing the cel­e­bra­tions of him, partly because the mass media are so will­ing to col­lab­o­rate with the grow­ing total­i­tar­i­an­ism in the United States. So I think it’s par­tic­u­larly impor­tant to hear what Moglen is say­ing in these lec­tures. Lis­ten and spread it around.

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