Today, 07:22 AM
Liberty cannot likely exist in the midst of Empire.
How is Empire built and maintained? Through slavery. It is nothing fancier than that.
What is the outward mark of Empire? Generally speaking, large works... Buildings. Monuments. Roadways. Rockets to Mars. Incomprehensible war machines whose ostensive purpose is to defend, but which are instead used to aggress, destroy, and murder on scales impossible in free worlds.
Why must slavery be the keystone of Empire? Because no free, happy, strong, well-adjusted people are going to volunteer for the bleary, mind-numbing misery that is the reality of life under Empire, especially for those who have to build and maintain it for the Masters. Seriously now - and be very careful when thinking on this, for the assumptions on which you base your answers may remain cagily latent and may be terribly flawed: What person in his right mind would choose this world and the life it provides over one of good health, general happiness, freedom, love, respect, and prosperity, despite the absence of cell phones? Would you?
Empire is the Great Lie, purporting to be that which it is not. It is the grandest of all hypocrites. It offers the individual nothing more than those lies - the mere appearances of grandeur that belies the horror and the rot that is its only truth. Museums, theatres, grand roadways, hospitals, jet aircraft, vast networks that provide any information at any time and in any quantity at one's demand - these are just a smattering of the endless lies of Empire; the mere tokens for which people trade their away souls. The buildings and monuments speak to a glory that exists nowhere but in the imaginations of men. But because they speak to a putatively idealized vision - one that is nonetheless twisted, perverted, and mutated far away from the truer good - people crave it. Think on that: virtually every man walking the planet who is not laying in some desert shack, about to die of starvation or disease, is pining for the great raft of lies that is Empire.