The Philosophy Issue

Which Way Is America Heading?

Same old shit or crazy new shit?
Same Old Shit or Crazy New Shit

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At this historic moment, as climate-change-induced resource wars appear imminent and spontaneous revolutionary fervor is erupting around the world, it would be good for the people of America, and those who want to be America, to do a bit of soul searching. It would be wise to take this opportunity to ask some fundamental questions about US foreign policy which are continually ignored. Why do we maintain an all-but-irreversible worldwide system of over 1,000 military bases, stations and outposts? Why do our troops serve on the soil of 175 of the 192 member states of the United Nations? And why, at a time when our national debt is spiraling ominously out of control, are we spending more on our military than all the rest of the nations of the world combined?

Of course, the deeper psychological question at the heart of all this is: What are we so afraid of? Why are we trying so hard to control everything? Why can’t we relax and be less fearful of the other? And then, finally, there is this inspiring and uplifting question to ponder: Can we rediscover our ideals as a nation and learn once again how to cast that magical soft-power spell which so enthralled most of humanity in the decades after World War II?

Or is it too late now?

Kalle Lasn

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Anonymoose

This guy right here is a shinning example of how we cannot achieve -if we ever do- a true communism/anarchy until we socially evolve. We cannot bring in an idea like this overnight lest we end up like other countries ravaged by dictators.

Anonymoose

This guy right here is a shinning example of how we cannot achieve -if we ever do- a true communism/anarchy until we socially evolve. We cannot bring in an idea like this overnight lest we end up like other countries ravaged by dictators.

tkaptur

Yeah, true. I think good sir has bee part of some sort of popular craze involved with "un-evolving".

tkaptur

Yeah, true. I think good sir has bee part of some sort of popular craze involved with "un-evolving".

StopTheInsanity

Kanienkeha:ka is right on point.

Kalle Lasn, on the other hand, is, as usual, showing the true, kinder, gentler, imperial colors of the fake-Left.

F U Kalle!

No decent, empathic, moral being or culture would want to be Amerika.

The idea is to end the Amerikan Way once and for all.

Amerikan ideals have always been imperially racist, brutal, rapacious and parasitic.

The real question is why fake-Left shills like Lasn and Adbusters are so ensorcelled by such crappy, unconscionable and unforgivable ideals?

May their consciences find them when they least expect it.

StopTheInsanity

Kanienkeha:ka is right on point.

Kalle Lasn, on the other hand, is, as usual, showing the true, kinder, gentler, imperial colors of the fake-Left.

F U Kalle!

No decent, empathic, moral being or culture would want to be Amerika.

The idea is to end the Amerikan Way once and for all.

Amerikan ideals have always been imperially racist, brutal, rapacious and parasitic.

The real question is why fake-Left shills like Lasn and Adbusters are so ensorcelled by such crappy, unconscionable and unforgivable ideals?

May their consciences find them when they least expect it.

jeffhayes

Not every one of us "Europeans" took over this land. I, along with most of the "Americans" Kalle may be referring to, were born here. And we have tried to make the best of the country we were born into by fighting to bring back some of the rights that were never given to the people born here before us. Our past is important and I completely agree with your statements of indigenous people, but you're picking the wrong fight. This is our country now... all of us that now live in it. So where do we go from here?

jeffhayes

Not every one of us "Europeans" took over this land. I, along with most of the "Americans" Kalle may be referring to, were born here. And we have tried to make the best of the country we were born into by fighting to bring back some of the rights that were never given to the people born here before us. Our past is important and I completely agree with your statements of indigenous people, but you're picking the wrong fight. This is our country now... all of us that now live in it. So where do we go from here?

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