As the Roman Empire began its final unraveling as the “Barbarians”, whose leaders were almost all Roman citizens earned through there leadership positions in the Roman army, prepared to take the Imperial City in 476 A.D. a vast majority of the rich and privileged had already left the city for their southern estates. Who could blame them, for another “Barbarian” Alec had been there before in 410.
Despite the images of history the invading Germanic tribesman were no more nor less “barbaric” than the Roman armies were in conquered cities over the prior ages. Odoacer, a Germanic leader of the Roman army deposed the last eastern emperor and sent him into retirement. The point being, that as the end became visible the rich and powerful took all the wealth they could gather and left the city to its own devices and lived in wealth and luxury in their estates down the coast from Rome.
We are seeing the real “sack of America” before the collapse. However, the very pronounced corruption in our nations capital and throughout the crony-capitalist system would indicate that the fall of the American Empire, at least from a figurative perspective is imminent.
Is there no shame? The answer is obvious.
During that speech, Obama talked of his “unyielding belief” that all people yearn for free speech, a say in their governance, the rule of law, freedom from corruption, and other basic civil liberties. These weren’t just American ideals, the president insisted, they were human rights. “And that is why we will support them everywhere,” he said to waves of applause. In its actions, however, the Obama administration almost immediately left its reset rhetoric in the dust.
In 1878, the magnitude of official corruption during the war was revealed in “The War’s Carnival of Fraud.” Authored by Henry S. Olcott, special investigator for the U.S. War and Navy Departments, it declared that “at least twenty, if not twenty-five, percent of the entire expenditures of the government during the Rebellion, were tainted with fraud.”
==The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyberwarfare (Nick Turse)
Corrupt systems are always preceded and maintained by the corruption of language.
==The Wizards of Ozymandias (Butler Shaffer)
The fact that its illusory hopes are capable of generating cruelties and tyrannies, exceeding even those of a cynical creed, can be understood only if it is realized how much more plausible and dangerous the corruption of the good can be in human history than explicit evil.Communism is a morally utopian creed which has a much wider appeal than Nazism because it speaks in the name of justice rather than in defiance of justice; and it is ostensibly devoted to the establishment of a universal society, rather than to the supremacy of a race or nation. The fact that its illusory hopes are capable of generating cruelties and tyrannies, exceeding even those of a cynical creed, can be understood only if it is realized how much more plausible and dangerous the corruption of the good can be in human history than explicit evil.
==The Irony of American History (Reinhold Niebuhr)
For, in the twentieth century, there have arisen, under the guise of humanitarian purposes, intensities of tyranny and stultifications of human personality that are unprecedented in Western history. Even if we do not agree wholly with Acton’s celebrated maxim that all power corrupts, we have been made unavoidably aware of the fact that the striving for power, however benign in intent, often creates corruptions of the ideals behind the striving.
==The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom (Background) (Robert Nisbet)
We are–and have been for some time–the unwitting victims of a system so corrupt that those who stand up for the rule of law and aspire to transparency in government are in the minority. This corruption is so vast it spans all branches of government–from the power-hungry agencies under the executive branch and the corporate puppets within the legislative branch to a judiciary that is, more often than not, elitist and biased towards government entities and corporations.
==A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State (John W. Whitehead)
A thriving society and economy depends on honest exchanges, and honest exchanges depend in turn on an honest government. Corruption is one of the great human impoverishers. And corruption is growing, not receding, in the United States and other developed countries as a culture of cronyism insidiously spreads, invading public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and linking them together into a network of rotten deals.
==Crony Capitalism in America: 2008-2012 (Hunter Lewis)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to pocket $1 billion from the Post Office for her family. These people are beyond greedy and they have the audacity to always blame the rich. Just amazing. Maybe the Greek cab drivers are right. Just where the hell do we start when corruption is everywhere?
The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.
Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014.
This feat of federal spousal support was ignored by the media after Feinstein’s office said the senator, whose wealth is pegged at $70 million, had nothing to do with the USPS decisions.
When the national debt is $18 trillion, a billion seems like small change.
If Rome’s sheer size made it difficult to govern, ineffective and inconsistent leadership only served to magnify the problem. Being the Roman emperor had always been a particularly dangerous job, but during the tumultuous second and third centuries it nearly became a death sentence. Civil war thrust the empire into chaos, and more than 20 men took the throne in the span of only 75 years, usually after the murder of their predecessor. The Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s personal bodyguards—assassinated and installed new sovereigns at will, and once even auctioned the spot off to the highest bidder. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership.-—-8 Reasons Why Rome Fell,