August 18, 2006

BY THE LIGHT OF A BURNING BRIDGE: A Permanent Goodbye to the United States

by Michael C. Ruppert
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As the human race enters the first stages of inevitable collapse resulting from Peak Oil, it does so ass-backwards, in complete denial, and in the one way most certain to guarantee the greatest amount of suffering and death for future generations. It does so because, for a time at least, U.S. foreign, military, and economic policy holds the steering wheel of human destiny through dollar hegemony, military force, technology and globalization.

This control is inevitably weakening, and other hands in other countries are successfully struggling for an ever-increasing measure of influence. The Empire is dying from within, and like all wounded beasts, it is becoming more vicious and dangerous in the process; its lies more transparent.

A different world is possible. A better world is possible. It took the imminent threat of my own death at the hands of my government to make me fully admit to my innermost self what I have known for years. Having failed to change my country’s direction after 30 years of effort, I had to stop living in the problem and start living in the solution. If I did not, my soul would have died just as surely as my body would have died after the recent burglary that savaged our offices.

I do not know where I will spend the rest of my days. Maybe in Venezuela, maybe in Mexico with the Zapatistas, maybe in Bolivia, maybe in France, Germany, or even Russia. But because Venezuela has become the singular world leader in resisting US domination under the courageous, intelligent, and inspired leadership of Hugo Chavez, I want to begin the rest of my days here.

Being freer to speak, to learn, to experience and to witness real solutions being discovered and implemented by peoples willing to take risks and who understand the challenges, I will be better able to report usefully to FTW readers and the world in future books and articles. I am currently in a country where the people have changed and are changing their government; where the elected head of state has won six elections while George W. Bush has stolen two. Is it any wonder I feel better already?

One thing is certain about fascism and that is that its behavior and evolution are remarkably predictable. Five years ago I helped bring into world consciousness a forgotten quote from Benito Mussolini wherein he said that, “Fascism ought to more properly be called corporatism since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” Nothing better describes the state of the world today.
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alice,

Thank you. This post was inspiring to me because of Michael's conversion from dwelling on the problem to "becoming the solution." I have experienced great difficulty during the last many years in manner that is in some ways probably not very remote from what Michael briefy writes about; (corrupt) collusion between some large corporations and government, and corruption in government, is, in my opinion, one of the most important present-day issues, directly connected to our very survival, that requires a solution. We should be cautious, however, to not throw the proverbial "baby out with the bath water." The ideals of America, in my opinion, are high, necessary and important for good and just government; but this spirit and further enlightenment needs to be carried in each one of us including CEOs for another significant step toward our collective potential to manifest.

Also, Thank You for the excellent blog(s) and posts; I'll be reading.

Love,

David
natdat@gte.net

Saturday, August 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alice, a correction:

"The ideals of America, in my opinion, are high, necessary and important for good and just government; but this spirit and further enlightenment needs to be carried in each one of us including CEOs for another significant step toward our collective potential to manifest."

should read -

"The ideals of America, in my opinion, are high, necessary and important for good and just government; but this spirit and further enlightenment needs to be carried in [many more] of us including CEOs for another [implicit] significant step toward our collective potential to manifest."

:),

David

Saturday, August 19, 2006  
Blogger Alice said...

I really loved that comment, wonderful, thanks a lot Dave... :)

Saturday, August 19, 2006  

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