The Roman Empire collapsed in grand fashion as the ideas of the time led the world to collapse and reorganization. The ideas fueling absolutism ended in the totalitarian wholesale slaughter of millions of innocent lives, people simply caught up in power-madness gone terribly awry.
Now in the 21st century, although less dramatic, nations around the world are facing destruction as years of statism take its toll and the same historically familiar forces of domination prevent liberty from maximizing its forever latent potential as if no one has learned anything.
Clever political pundits talk about strategy, as if a better strategy would have enabled Stalin and Hitler to conquer the world with less damage, or as if the Roman Empire needed only to explain their programs to more people. Intellectuals look at the pending disaster and reflect on better alliances and a more propitious mixture of freedom and control as they ponder how softer more intelligent socialism can save the day.
The Republican Party plans a dull make-over of the modern State to make it look determined and energetic, amenable to a free market they know as much about as Democrats know about fighting poverty or providing education. Both parties block the end of two wars which have lasted past any reasonable or vital purpose. Both parties support the violation of popular sovereignty. Both parties manipulate to gain power and strengthen the control of their favorite special interests.
Nether party is seriously attempting to empower the private sector and limit government's duties to the basic responsibilities set out for them, yet smart observers are choosing sides as if the two arms of government aren't controlled by the twisted mind of the State.
As the old, worn-out ideas of one class exploiting all others are banded about, small and bewildered men and women in the media argue over minutiae and predict a universal solution as the technocratic machine churns out butchered legislation and desperate plans from central control. The salmagundi of hopelessly futile ideas to manage the nation which orginates in Washington DC is an offering of stupidity bolstered by arrogance and faux-elitism. Never has it been more clear to free-thinking men and women that the vapid ideas emanating from the State and all those clinging to it like leeches have very serious consequences for seriously real people.