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Sparta is winning, Athens is losing. Again.

In International Geo-Politics, Politics, Society on July 2, 2010 at 00:11

I wonder if in a 1000 years, USA will be seen in the same light as ancient Sparta is today – an aggressive, militarist state.

As the only state amongst its contemporaries where the politics and economy were so influenced by the armed forces, the gun lobby/NRA and the military-industrial complex.

A state remembered  more for its destruction of Communism as a politico-military force and the wars it waged against violent Islamists, than for its accomplishments in advancement of technology, arts & culture.

No, I do not intend to imply that Communism at its peak was akin to the greatness of Athens, nor am I comparing the Islamists to ancient Persians.

What I’m saying that the USA, with its vast entrepreneurial energies, its massive natural & human resources and its long lasting peace on the homeland could have easily surpassed ancient Athens as a symbol of advancement of civilisation. Instead, ever so often, it shows its ugly side which is more Sparta than Athens. And lately, Sparta seems to be winning over Athens.

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EHM Bush

In Economics, People, Politics on August 21, 2007 at 10:30

John Perkins mentions in his EHM book about the hold of American military-industrial-financial complex over world economy and how they’ve manipulated nations according to their own needs. It also mentions how closely are the Bus family and Richard Cheney hooked into this complex. On my way to office today, I just got thinking about what would’ve happened towards end of the millennium.

Clinton had been in power for 2 terms. Though he hadn’t directly challenged the establishment’s hegemony, not having their own man in whitehouse also meant they couldn’t overrule the law and charge into other countries (a la panama). Slowly, their hold over world governments was beginning to loosen and companies from old continent and east asia were starting to make inroads into mid-east, latin america and africa.

So they decided it was time for their guy to win. Up came the younger monkey bush. He lost the vote but a strong establishment backing (with a few party judges) and brother-governor in the deciding state were small co-incidences ‘desipite’ which he became the president on losing the vote.

4 years of friendly rule ensured a return to normalcy and a 9/11 ensured an easy 2nd term (not getting into the close Bush-Laden-Saud family relations and the conspiracy theory around attacks being staged). Afghanistan was attacked since it had Mr. Laden. Iraq was attacked since it had Oil. Halliburton (ahmm Mr. Cheney) and Bechtel had contracts even before the war had been approved.

All this was quick thinking. What’s taking me time is what next. Junior monkey’s on his way out. No one else from GOP looks like having a chance this time around. And both the top folks in the opposition don’t seem traditional establishment people. So what would the establishment do this time? Another 9/11? Another set of dimpled chads? Or just co-opting of one of the leading democrats? How would the game play out this time? Given more time, information and brains, I’d love to develop a game scenario to cover various scenarios and see if there’s an equilibrium somewhere?

Friends

In People, Quotes, Youth on July 23, 2007 at 09:26

The way they made friends…

Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk; and now we stand by each other always.

– William Tecumsah Sherman on Ulysses S. Grant