Second decade of new American century: Clock Work Orange meets American Psycho
By John Stanton
"The United States will protect its people and advance our prosperity irrespective of the actions of any other nation..." President Barack Obama in National Security Strategy of the United States, 2010
The American Empire is not in decline.
It is rebooting for a new era of dominance.
The American Empire's success depends on successfully converting the national American psyche into a sociopathic national consciousness (SNC). Once completed, America's empire will be as successful as it is ruthless.
This conversion process is ad hoc and always the consequence of an "outside" event or "crisis" and the fear it engenders. The sociopath, as individual or collective, is opportunistic and reaps advantage from uncertainty. Sociopaths are in abundance at every level of American society.
For example, the response to 911 was mostly ill-conceived as the world now knows. But the fallout from that, though, is irreversible: state secrets, wire tapping, torture, leaders inciting fear in American society, terrorists around every corner threatening life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fusion centers, laws conceived for punishing terrorists used on common criminals/vandals, war as meaningless, etc. Now more war is needed and so it's cyberwar, helicopter gunships into Pakistan and Yemen, and that pesky homegrown terrorist problem (antiwar activists).
There is no end game for this state of affairs just as there is no stopping the conversion of America to a totally sociopathic empire.
In the USA, Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon and the societies of Orwell's 1984 and Zamyatin's We are taking shape rapidly. The institutions/societies they created/portrayed are the inevitable result of a society based on a violence-in-the-name-of-good model and indispensible to a warring Empire like the USA. They are critical to its success.
Could it be otherwise? Is the American Empire an exception to the historical rule?
The conversion to the SNC can be seen everywhere.
Language is emptied of meaning, the national securitization of every aspect of life, and the increase of "action at a distance via technology" whether in inter-personnel relations or the execution of war in distant lands.
Examples abound: "too big to fail" as legitimate rationale, a "surge" is not an increase; "combat has ended" when it has not; the recession "is over" when it is not; "we do not torture" when we actually do; the two party system is competitive when it is not, the Tea Party is a grassroots creation when it is not, and so on.
President Obama has stated that national security and homeland security are now the same. Just so: food security, infrastructure security, neighborhood security, personal security, airport security, education security, and on and on. The Christian Easter Sunday normally sees children at the receiving end of an Easter Basket from parents loaded with candy. Now the Easter Basket has toy soldiers and military airplanes included. A popular mouthwash states on its bottle, "Tooth Defense!"
Face-to-face, interpersonal communication is to be avoided if at all possible. When it is witnessed at press conferences, military briefings, town halls, or the "Sunday morning talkies" on the MSM, the ground rules for the contestants make for a sterile and humorless event in which participants simply make noises at each other.
Americans hide in their iPhones, Black Berry's and Cell Phones. This scene is commonplace: talking in meat-space with friend, spouse, or fellow worker. In mid-conversation, a cell phone rings with the result that the person on the other end of phone overrides the near-flesh conversation. Even near-flesh experiences during which conversation does take place lacks any degree of substance. How was your weekend? Did you see "American Idol?" How about that football team? What's the deal with Mel Gibson? Can you believe Lady Gaga?
No existential or ontological discussion here. It's a nation of sociopaths, mechanical to the core. That's ok because that what the Empire needs to move forward unencumbered with reality.
It is the SNC that will be America's trump card in the game of global domination.
The American Sociopath
The American Empire depends on its people, said President Obama. What are the characteristics of the American people and their "leaders"?
Glibness and Superficial Charm and Manipulative and Cunning--
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
Grandiose Sense of Self--Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."
Pathological Lying--Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt--A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have