"No weapons, no matter how powerful, can help the West until it overcomes its loss of willpower. In a state of psychological weakness, weapons become a burden for the capitulating side. To defend oneself, one must also be ready to die; there is little such readiness in a society raised in the cult of material well-being. Nothing is left, then, but concessions, attempts to gain time and betrayal."
"Politically the societies of advanced Western modernity are oligarchies disguised as liberal democracies. The large majority of those who inhabit them are excluded from membership in the elites that determine the range of alternatives between which voters are permitted to choose. And the most fundamental issues are excluded from that range of alternatives."
:: True, and, in the U.S., on every level (national, state, and local). But has it ever been otherwise? Is there anywhere we can expect it, prior to the Second Coming, to *be* otherwise? At best, can’t we only hope that our oligarchs will have something of the wisdom of Christ (as difficult as that will be for them)?(via bluedollar)