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"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, excerpted from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941
"We actually have a declassified record, a released internal record of the background… what they were afraid of at the time. Remember, that at the time the world was mostly colonies and the colonies, in fact, often welcomed, especially, the Japanese. They welcomed the Japanese because the Japanese were throwing out the colonial oppressors – they were throwing out the British, and the French, and the Dutch, and the Americans and so on.
And it was understood, internally, that it was necessary to make some appeal to the huge part of the world which was the colonial world – we now call the south or the Third World – which would make them believe that we were really fighting for good things. Not just to restore colonialism.
And out of that came the Four Freedoms. And by the ‘fifth’ freedom, I meant the one that they didn’t mention. But the crucial one. Namely the freedom to rob and exploit, that’s a freedom that we and our powerful countries, the imperial countries, insist on. And that was the real freedom that was being fought for.
And the colonial world, if they didn’t know it already, discovered that very fast after the Second World War. That’s a good part of the history of the last 50 years… is the record of how the great powers – primarily the United States, because it’s the most powerful – pursued their own freedom to rob and exploit and oppress and so on. That’s the real history. It may not be taught in school here but the real history of British imperialism wasn’t taught in British schools either. It’s known by the victims."
The war and occupation by the U.S. changed the cultural landscape of the islands...
Estimates of combatant deaths range from 25,000 to 36,000; estimates of the number of civilian deaths during the conflict range from 200,000 to 3 million.en.wikipedia.org...
What would be the most fundamental Truth about the system that our society is subject to and a product of? What is the one concept that best defines where our nation has been led from day one, and can be applied to virtually any one point or example in our history? [And after we establish that we can get to the big story...]
If you answered "it's a civilization" then you're close. From our "American" perspective, it's important to distinguish "Western Civilization", so what then is "Western Civilization"?
If you open any basic Western history book to 'civilization' what do you see as the prime historical examples? You may be surprised to learn that each example can answer the initial question above. Each "civilization" that we're generally presented with is an empire: Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and then last but not least European "Colonialism". With the "First Truth" viewpoint, it's rather striking to note that the period between the fall of Rome and the beginnings of colonialism is considered to be the "Dark Ages".
American Empire is thus the answer to the first question. It's the most fundamental, irrefutable, undeniable, in your face yet completely unacknowledged truth that can be said of the United States. Think back to virtually any historical American event or period and you can find American Imperialism behind it. Imperialism is our heritage.
You may have heard of the 13 Colonies, but have you ever questioned what exactly was their nature? They were imperial colonies. That's what "colonialism" was; it was the new breed of European naval imperialism. Virtually every European "civilization" took part in the domination and exploitation of every place they could locate to conquer. The phrase "colonialism" is what is known as a "euphemism", which is a 'soothsaying' phrase to remove the harsh reality of what the concept being symbolized is. These are used so the public doesn't think much about their establishment's behavior. It's a tool of propaganda, or the science of persuasion and distraction.
Right now as it stands I hate to have to inform that we deserve it.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Unless that is we break the pattern, and lead the charge in universal human acknowledgment of this evil that lurks within us all, and socially evolve for the first time in history.
Otherwise, brace for licking Chinese boots on Chinese feet. May they not kick US in the teeth with them as every new crisis "we" cause each year that's that many more people whom aren't going to have cause to give a #### about sticking with US to keep them from turning out tyranny.
Even with that I think there will always be oppressors, tomorrow's oppressors are not born yet and can receive all the love the world can muster and they will still be oppressors since 2 million years of evolution just can't be changed very quickly. That evil race that goes to another planet and pillages all its resources and eats everything that moves is us, humans...lol
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
I'm not sure about this Xtro. As you suggest, this has been our history,oppressor after oppressor. They rise to the tops of our tribes and societies and guide the rest of the common men into war and oppressing others. Over the millinia those who have risen or been born into the top of societies have used the ''common good'' as the motive for oppression. And the common people have fallen for it forever.
Now though, things may be changing. The common man is now not quite as ignorant, though maybe not by much, as people in the past. We now know that for a person to rise to being a leader of a tribe or society requires what might be considered a more complex mental capacity. And in that more complex mental capacity, psychopaths are born and developed.
We are not all psychopaths or sociopaths. Our problem is allowing our leaders to be. To not understand that they are not really great leaders or warriors but rather sick people suffering from unrestrained power.
Now that we have this information, information that was not understood through out that two million hears of evolution, we may be able to cut off the heads of that kind of leadership. We might find a way to help those future leaders avoid the pit falls of psychopathy. What do you think about that?