May 28th, 2017

In Defense of Controversial Monuments

Alabama recently passed a law sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R) making it illegal to remove controversial monuments. Allen says, Contrary to what its detractors say, the Memorial Preservation Act is intended to preserve all of Alabama’s history - the good and the bad - so our children and grandchildren can learn from the past to create a better future.”

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Quaero togam pacem.

Good riddance

Very timely for the monthly topic indeed. My condolences to his family, but Zbigniew Brzezinski's death is no sad news to me.

Well, actually he became irrelevant a while ago when his grand chessboard plan for America's global dominance through suffocating her main rivals (Russia, mostly; but also China and other Eurasian continental powers) predictably turned out unattainable because of the immense cost it would entail (and the huge complexity of the geopolitical world).

So in August 2016, in his piece "The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire" it transpired that he has finally conceded that his "big idea" of American hegemony was total junk and America should figure out how to get along with the world instead. Which of course is not so easy to do now, what with all the nation-building, shit-stirring and basically acting like a big fucking bully for decades. But anyway, good luck with getting along with people you used to screw at every corner to achieve your ends.

Thing is, elite America used to heed his nonsense as if he was some magic guru. Never mind that history has shown that countries that generally prefer to do trade and seek peace somehow tend to have jobs and are economically and thus socially and politically sustainable in the long run. And the ones that take themselves way too seriously and do war as their main job, and overreach beyond their means, tend to visit the scene of history over a relatively brief period (although, granted, very flashy and flamboyant) - and then sink back into obscurity. Usually with a bang.

It may not be too late for America to figure out which of these she wants to be; although, given the old habits it has ingrained into its very fabric - not without the help of guys like this one - it won't be that easy. We'll be here, of course, watching and judging. ;-)