Mental Breakdown of a Nation

Chess vs. Weiqi

The battle of empire is a battle of memes.
OLIVER ATKINS

Even Henry Kissinger in his latest book, On China, seems to have grasped something that America has yet to understand – the battle of empire is a battle of memes.

Ideologies. Strategies. Fundamentals of organization in war, economy and peace are weaved into the fabric of culture. In China, the game of weiqi is telling of a broader civilizational strategy. Rooted in Confucian ideals of collectivity and Sun Tzu’s ideals of combat, the basic premise of weiqi is to encircle the enemy. By placing identical stones on the board, one piece at a time, the winning strategy is to avoid open strikes and to frustrate the enemy, leaving no option other than surrender … all without ever throwing a stone.

America has long approached the world from an opposing ideal, the philosophy of chess, Kissinger says. This game of rank and class is based on the idea of an iconic singular battle, foreshadowed by scrappy exchanges and incisive strikes.

The American Revolution was a decisive event, a declaration, a roused militia and a singular victory conceived in the mind of Washington. China’s myth, however, is rooted in Mao’s Long March ndash; a 12,000 km grueling trek across the country in the midst of a three-decade civil war culminating in total surrender of the enemy in 1949.

America has been so obsessed with conflict that they’ve failed to realize the multitude of encirclement around them. The noose is tightening but still they seek to destroy the Gordian Knot rather than maneuver a way out. “The disregard of Master Sun’s precepts was importantly responsible for America’s frustration in its recent Asian Wars…” Kissinger writes. And what is the core of those precepts?

“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.” – Sun Tzu

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Anonymous

Societal decline, same as with every other large civilization. We worked hard to achieve things, and now that we achieved them, we have nothing to do but descend into decadence and hedonism. It happened to us, and it'll happen to everyone else, too.

Anonymous

I have news for you, especially those who consider themselves "white".

There is no such thing. "White people" do not exist. They are a figment of your imagination.

If you think you are "white" then I am sorry but at most you are a "fake white", a poor facsimile.

Certainly "black people" exist. So you can be one of those.
The existance of "brown people" is slightly more dubious and questionable.
"Yellow people" and "red people" also do not exist, though in a slightly alternate manner than the non-existence of "white people".

However if you consider yourself "white" then I suggest you drop the charade and pick a different color of person that actually exists, for your own mental health.

Anonymous

So, if I and my parents are white skinned and blonde haired, have been beaten up by racist black gangs who called me, amongst other things, a "white bitch" (happens a lot around where I grew up), what should I call myself in order not to offend you?

Anonymous

There are plenty of different people that call themselves different colors that have beaten up other people in plenty of different areas and who also call themselves plenty of colors.

It still doesn't make you a white person since white people don't exist. There's no such thing, sorry. Pick a different color.

Anonymous

Blanc / Blank. Frankly, French spelling makes it more respectable.
Non-negro.
Cool-casian. (As a straw boater doff to Caucasian heritage).
'Ryans. (As in Aryan, but that word has been taken by you know whom.)
Super-ace. ( Superior Race is just too blatant.)

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