“…How Our Demented Capitalist System Made America Insane…”

“..When civilizations start to die they go insane.

Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt.

Let the temperatures rise.

Let the air, soil and water be poisoned.

Let the forests die.

Let the seas be emptied of life.

Let one useless war after another be waged.

Let the masses be thrust into extreme poverty – and left without jobs – while the elites – drunk on hedonism –

– accumulate vast fortunes through exploitation, speculation, fraud and theft.

Reality at the end gets unplugged.

We live in an age when news consists of Snooki’s pregnancy – Hulk Hogan’s sex tape –

– and Kim Kardashian’s denial that she is the naked woman cooking eggs in a photo circulating on the Internet.

Politicians, including presidents, appear on late night comedy shows to do gags – and they campaign on issues such as creating a moon colony.

“At times when the page is turning,” Louis-Ferdinand Celine wrote in “Castle to Castle,” “when History brings all the nuts together – opens its Epic Dance Halls!

..hats and heads in the whirlwind! ..

..Panties overboard!”

The quest by a bankrupt elite in the final days of empire to accumulate greater and greater wealth –

– as Karl Marx observed – is modern society’s version of primitive fetishism. .”


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