The tragedy of Shakespeare’s King Lear, therefore, is not only that of a man deluded by power. It is also the tragedy of a fatally flawed liberal civilization that is inherently criminal, uncontrolled, and brutish (also, unable to change).
No, this is not at all an endorsement of the apocalyptic scenarios of AOC or that famous young Swedish climate expert, Greta.
The colonial-settler state of Israel knows it has the full support of the US and its various allies to commit such brutal crimes against a defenseless and besieged people within the Gaza enclave. There is no powerful voice in the world which tells Israel to stop these killings. As a result, Israel is free to do what it is doing in Gaza and the rest of the occupied territories of Palestine.
Every political philosopher worth his salt has written a book, or a chapter, or at least an essay, on the subject of the state. What is the state intended to be? What is the state, in reality? And where is it going?
Looking at America today, you swing back and forth between two poles, both of them magnetized by despair.
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.
It’s confession time …
Israel plans to construct the world’s longest underwater gas pipeline together with Cyprus and Greece to carry Eastern Mediterranean gas on to Italy and the EU southern states.
A fish rots from the head. In the Western world rot is accelerating. The rot in Washington is swiftly spreading to state and local governments and abroad to the Empire’s vassal governments.