One can discern two trajectories in current history: one aiming toward hegemony, acting rationally within a lunatic doctrinal framework as it threatens survival; the other dedicated to the belief that “another world is possible,” in the words that animate the World Social Forum, challenging the reigning ideological system and seeking to create constructive alternative of thought, action and institutions. Which trajectory will dominate, no one can fortell. The pattern is familiar throughout history; a cruical difference today is that the stakes are far higher.
Bertrand Russel once expressed some somber thoughts about world peace:
After ages during which the earth produced harmless trilobites and butterflies, evolution progresses to the point at which it has generated Neros, Genghis Khans and Hitlers. This, however, I believe is a passing nightmare; in the the earth will become again incapable of supporting life, and pease will return.
No doubt the projection is accurate on some dimension beyond our realistic contemplation. What matters is whether we can awaken ourselves from the nightmare before it becomes all-consuming, and bring a measure of pease and justice and hope to the world that is, right now, within the reach of our opportunity and our will.
Stunning book. I wasn't aware of just how sociopathic the United States really is.
I'm thinking of having a shirt made that lists all the countries that the USA have actively participated in terrorism and government toppling, or maybe a list of all the UN and Security Council resolution it has vetoed.