And then, the barbarians invade

This is what meteor summoning is all about:

Does anyone doubt that once a society ceases to be able to afford schools, public transit, paved roads, libraries and street lights — or once it chooses not to be able to afford those things in pursuit of imperial priorities and the maintenance of a vast Surveillance and National Security State — that a very serious problem has arisen, that things have gone seriously awry, that imperial collapse, by definition, is an imminent inevitability?

I don’t even think you could argue.  Our political system has been bought off for so long our politicians have forgotten to even try to appear like they’re working for us:

In effect, a large part of our political class is showing its priorities: given the choice between asking the richest 2 percent or so of Americans to go back to paying the tax rates they paid during the Clinton-era boom, or allowing the nation’s foundations to crumble — literally in the case of roads, figuratively in the case of education — they’re choosing the latter.

We have lawmakers on TV every day now spouting shit about how we can’t allow tax cuts for rich people to expire now because the economy is down and then pivot to talking about how we have to take a hard look at social security or food stamps or public education because we can’t afford them.  Never mind that the rich people these tax cuts benefit are basically the only group that has recovered from the economic mess (which they caused).  But even if they were suffering proportionally, how the fuck does it make any sense to withdraw support only from the people who are literally depending on that support to survive?  The answer is, it makes no sense, and they don’t give a shit because they don’t even have to pretend they work for us any more.  Corporate America runs every part of the government now, and after the Citizens United decision, they don’t even have to be coy about it any more.

It’s not going to change either.  It’s this or a lot worse from here on in, barring an “off-with-their-heads” French-style revolution.  Our best chance is to stabilize as a mid-tier first-world country like England or Germany or something after China takes the baton.  Maybe after the shock of no longer being #1 (actual position: something with 2 digits) wears off, we can finally decide it’s no longer our responsibility to start a new war every few years so the military contractors can get paid and use some of that money to rebuild the middle class.  Heh, indeed.

Summon the meteors.

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