Posted by: quiscus | July 16, 2011

July 16, 2011

1.  “Temptations of Empire
Empires throughout history have claimed “to rule for the good of their subjects,” Parsons maintains, but this “was and always will be a cynical and hypocritical canard. Empire has never been more than naked self-interest masquerading as virtue.” To keep resources flowing from subjects to rulers, empires must walk a tightrope between subjugation and assimilation. If the state imposes draconian laws and taxes, it will face rebellion, so the rulers must seek out collaborators among their subjects who will assist in the domination of their fellow citizens. In return, collaborators are frequently brought into the imperial fold and given a portion of the spoils. But this leaves the empire vulnerable to conquering from the inside out, with many masters and few servants.”

http://reason.com/archives/2011/07/15/temptations-of-empire

2.  ““They’re Going to Cut Back the Bone and They’re Going to Keep the Fat, Basically. They’re Going to Try to Panic the Population into Acquiescing in a Democratic Party Sellout by Cutting Back Payments to the People…While Making Sure that They Pay the Pentagon, They Pay the Foreign Aid, They Pay Wall Street”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/theyre-going-to-cut-back-bone-and.html

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