American civilization could be next to collapse

Thursday, December 29, 2011
By Paul Martin

By SILVIO LACCETTI
The Tampa Tribune
December 28, 2011

Can American civilization collapse? You bet. All others have. We don’t need a Mayan calendar to foreshadow the end. Signs are everywhere, we just need a brain to process the onslaught of information.

Of the various cataclysms that 2012 may herald, the first significant one is the Dissolution of the American State.

In America, when we speak of “the state” we mean something like New Jersey. In Europe and elsewhere, it is the central government, including provincial and local governments. It is an entity or apparatus with a life of its own. For most of the history of the world, with very few exceptions, “the state” has been legitimized by gods and kings. As Louis XIV of France declared, “I am the State.” Until the American Revolution, there was a wall of separation between government and its people.

Our American State is founded on the principle of “We the People” as the source of all legitimate authority. Its operation is exemplified by Lincoln’s famous characterization of it in the Gettysburg Address: a government of, by and for the people. But who today believes our current government embodies these principles?

There is no government “of the people” because “We the People” can’t afford to run for office. Candidates need personal fortunes or else most (but not all) will sell out to the special interests.

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