Column Title: America in the Time of Empire:
At one point Chris Hedges writes the following truism:
"Dying empires cling until the very end to the outward trappings of power."
The fact he uses the plural,"empires", is an indication that his knowledge of the human history is profound.
He goes further in describing how and to what the dying empires cling; in such a beautifully arranged system of constructive series of thoughts, one after another, written in such talented ways; leaving only full-stops(dots) to seperate them for easier comprehension , or at least for easier reading. The following sentances are some of the gems being extracted from the above specified column for their eloquence and truism:
~ " They (the fading empires) mask their weakness behind a costly and technically advanced military."
~ " They (the fading empires) pursue increasingly unrealistic imperial ambitions."
~ " They ( the fading empires) stifle dissent with effecient and often ruthless mechanism of control."
~ " They (the fading empires) lose the capacity for empathy, which allows them to see themselves through the eyes of others, to create a world of accommodation rather strife."
~ " The creed and noble ideas of the nation become empty cliches ,used to justify acts of greater blunder , corruption and violence."
~ " By the end ,there is only a raw lust for power and a few willing to confront it."
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The above saddening realities,beautifully and eloquently expressed,were written five years ago,and to be exact,they were written on November 26,2007. Since then, the trends of such saddening realities have become more so, to a point that even the most optimists can no longer ignore.
In short, the almost prophetic nature of these realities make the writing of Chris Hedges the most needed at this juncture of the present time.
A thousand cheers for the honesty and eloquence of Chris Hedges .......