Successful societies become bloated. It is not that they become weak, but that so many weak people appear that a market for delusion is created.
Their wealth is not the cause of their problems, but it allows the weak to survive and prosper, just like technology does.
In other words, we see two models of civilization:
One optimizes production and dies by bloating; the other optimizes control and dies by fighting over control. Obviously the former triumphed with the rise of the West, but it remains to be seen if it can resist the many attempts to dominate it, including most likely from within, since that is what took down the Greek and Roman states as well as Aethelred II.
We might call these models “supply-based” and “demand-based.” Supply-based systems seek to increase production, creativity, and invention, even if these are not equally distributed and therefore a hierarchy of wealth, power, and status emerges; demand-based societies aim to give things to their citizens in order to enforce unity, and therefore need more tax targets. The West has always been supply-based, at least until the most recent conquest, and the rest of the world especially the third world appears to be demand-based.
Our political shift toward egalitarianism, starting with the French Revolution but accelerating after WW2, changed us from a supply-based organic society to a demand-based modern state run for the perpetuity of government, not the perpetuity of the civilization or its best citizens.
“Mattis and Rahman were facing domestic terrorism charges and the possibility of 30 years in jail. The Biden Administration later agreed to a massive reduction of the charges in a plea agreement that would likely result only in a couple years of jail time.
What is particularly bizarre is that the plea agreement reduced an earlier plea agreement for a more serious offense. They had agreed to the more serious offense but the Justice Department cut it down further.”
If you were left scratching your head after reading this, join the club.
How does a plea agreement backdate exactly?
I mean is the DOJ just making this shit up as they go along and every Judge along the way is just rubber stamping it?
Appears that way.
Nauseating is the only word that comes to mind.
If me or you possessed and assembled an Explosive device and then firebombed a police vehicle we would have been labeled ‘Domestic Terrorist’ and done 30+ years in a Federal Pen.
But then again we aren’t black and brown far-left attorneys.
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