(10:00PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)
A world of one dominant power is an imperial world … to maintain its dominance that one dominant power must interfere with the affairs of those outside the boundaries of the metropole. It is an intrinsically imperial project, whether proudly so or, as in our case, it is an imperial project that must be pursued while paying lip service to self-determination and democratic expression.
A world of one dominance power is a world, therefore, of war.
But a multi-polar world is not necessarily a world of peace. It can be, under a balance of power, but there is no necessity that it shall be.
So today, it is casting the Beauty Platform for a Multi-Polar world at Peace. A lot of weight for one shiny and three tarnished copper coins to carry … I hope they do not get deformed under the stress, like the pennies that “those mischievous kids” used to put on the railroad tracks.
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63. Already Across
The situation is ready, so there is no need for putting yet more energy into it. Things are still progressing. Initially things go well. But there isn’t a goal to work to any more, so one will become a bit scattered if no new goal is taken up.
Sometimes the least expected readings seem the most obvious. Of course, Operation Forever War / Police Station in Iraq is such blind and arrogant exercise in imperial overstretch that it is creating a multi-polar world.
And when the US finally abandons the effort to maintain the Empire-By-Another-Name, the early result may well be a peace … perhaps tenuous, but it would not be at all surprising if it was more peace than we are experiencing at present as irredentist tendencies are encouraged in order to generate counter-invasion to generate a suitable political climate for a Republican victory in the Fall.
But it will not hang together if it is just relief from the end of the Empire-By-Another-Name. Unless we are cooperating to do something, things will fall apart.
Things to cooperate on … I am sure that people can suggest some candidates. A sustainable economy, rescue of as many damaged ecosystems as feasible, moving as much industry that is unsustainable on earth into the high frontier as possible … the hard part will not be in proposing them.
The hard part will be in listening to people from other lands seriously enough and intently enough so that we can hear proposals they make that are worth collaborating on, and so that we can hear which of our proposals excite genuine interest, and which are simply attracting polite attention from a sense of relief that no effort is being made to impose it upon a reluctant world.
Listening outside the boundaries of the metropole … it can be demanding, but it can also be oh, so rewarding.
Sitting here wasting my time
Would be like
Waiting for the sun to rise
It’s all too clear things come and go
Sitting here waiting for you
Would be like waiting for winter
It’s gonna be cold
There may even
|Por el camino del desierto
El viento me despeina
Sube el aroma de colita
Luna, luna de nadie
Ella a lo lejos
Una luz centela
La idea de mi estar
Quedar por la noche
Alli estaba a la entrada
Y las campanas a sonar
Y me di con llamarme mismo
Que es puerta del cielo
Ella enciende una vela
En muestra del camino
Suenan voces en el corredor
Y lo que indican diciend
|Tropical the island breeze
All of nature wild and free
This is where I long to be
La isla bonita
And when the samba played
The sun would set so high
Ring through my ears and sting my eyes
Your Spanish lullaby
Beauty Platform Closing Credits
Long Live the Beauty Platform!