US Empire in Decline as Cardinal Sins Take Root in Seventh Decade
By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 10 October 2015
The most often cited hallmarks of a faltering Empire are a matter of historical record and well known: a waning Empire is invariably presaged by a decline in its moral and ethical values, political corruption, constant wars and excessive military expenditure, a failing economy, increasing unemployment, slave labour and a myopic inability to address any of the aforementioned symptoms.
The US Empire began its reign in the late 1940's in the wake of World War II after having initially profited from supplying all sides of the conflict with the tools to wage war and then proceeding to take the lions share of the victors spoils. Unlike most empires that have long since passed, the US Empire did not secure its position by the application of a superior intellect or military might but, in its theft of intellectual property and advanced technology, it filled a vacuum created by the demise of others, namely the Austrian, British, French, German and Japanese Empires of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. That successive US regimes have continued to rely on foreign skills and labour for its growth and advancement since then is common knowledge.
Nonetheless, the US Empire, having now transgressed all seven of the cardinal sins and clearly incapable of addressing them, is in irrecoverable terminal decline:
Lust is usually interpreted, and often described as, an intense and uncontrollable sexual desire. However, it can also describe an uncontrollable desire for almost anything including knowledge, money or power and is therefore psychologically distinct from a mere need of something to being an emotional and uncontrollable intense wanting. Thus, the intense and uncontrollable desire of the US Empire in its quest for global geo-political supremacy is a good example of lust at work where it continues to pursue and acquire territory, using a strategy of eternal war to counter some imaginary foe, as a means of enlarging its orbit of influence far in excess of its needs and its ability to sustain.
The act of Gluttony is often viewed as an overindulgence or over-consumption of something to the point of waste but is more often interpreted as an excessive desire for something that results in it being withheld from those who need it most. Thus, Gluttony is simply placing one's own interests above the well-being or interests of others, i.e. selfishness. That the US Empire has spawned successive selfish regimes is common knowledge: sustainable development, as in the judicious use of finite resources, and protecting the environment, as in reducing or eliminating pollutants, are just two issues where the Empire repeatedly ignores the common good. If the regime ever had a moral compass it has long since been replaced by selfish pursuits.
Akin to Lust and Gluttony, which portray an excess of something, Greed is usually interpreted as an excessive and unrestrained desire to possess wealth, status or power. Greed often manifests itself in the hoarding of something that is usually acquired by theft through manipulation, trickery or violence. The US Empire is known to have created a monetary system whereby the concentration of wealth and power among a small coterie of individual and Corporate fascists have been facilitated by the policies and laws enacted in the US Congress. Subsequently, the disposable incomes of ordinary Americans have declined significantly since the early 1970's: currently, over 49% of US citizens are in receipt of Social Benefits and more than 11% are unemployed.
Sloth is routinely defined as physical laziness but can actually encompass a variety of different vices of which the failure to act when one should gives rise to its more common definition as: evil can exist where good men fail to act. The US Empire is replete with examples of its failure to act on issues that strike at the very core of its foundation: systemic racism remains ubiquitous in a nation forged from the heat of slavery and poverty is endemic among ethnic minorities who are enslaved by its prejudices. The inability of politicians, of every stripe, to take appropriate action when they know they should, clearly demonstrates a slothful moribund democracy.
The act of Wrath, usually described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger, is often self-destructive, violent and provokes feuds that can last for decades. In the US, the Wrath of the regime is being exacted upon its own people who seek only to hold the rich and powerful to account in accordance with the nations constitution. The response of the regime has been the application of arbitrary justice and disproportionate punishment that reflect the wealth or status of the litigant, i.e. whistleblowing, by the people for the good of the nation, is violently suppressed whilst leaking information, by the rich and powerful for self-interest, is practically given a free-pass.
Envy, like Lust and Greed, is generally characterised as an insatiable desire for, or to covet the possession of something that belongs to someone else. While benign envy is usually considered as being a positive motivational force, i.e. the envy of democracy among groups or nations who yearn for its implementation, which can help to promote development and achievement for the benefit of the people, malicious envy, i.e. to simply desire something that someone has for oneself, is intrinsically malevolent. While envy among nations is inevitable, the US regime is envious of its own people whose creativity and achievements are being stifled and sequestrated by a wealthy and privileged coterie who seek them for themselves.
Hubris, aka. Pride, is considered to be the original cardinal sin and the source and inspiration for all the others. Pride is the unjustified belief that one is essentially better than others, or an inability to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, which invariably results in an excessive admiration for oneself. While a positive effect of Pride may be the self-satisfaction experienced by virtue of personal attachment or achievement, it is most often associated with the negative characteristic of personal incongruity. The US Empire, ruled by successive authoritarian regimes, suffers from an incongruous manifestation of personal vanity of such magnitude that it is unable to observe, let alone address, the parlous state of the Empire over which it presides.
Thus, the decline of the US Empire, akin to the many others who have long since passed into oblivion, needs no foes to secure its demise, it will do it all by itself.
- All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
- Arthur Schpenhauer