We all know:
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely
Lord Acton, 1834-1902
But Americans have not applied this to themselves. Which is a pity, because it applies to them especially.
America emerged from WWII, the strongest nation in history – and let this to go to their heads. I can remember this well, since I was twenty in the Fifties – when our power peaked out.
We ruled over the largest empire ever seen – although we would never admit this. And we destroyed it – and are still destroying it. Then our Computer made the Global Economy possible – which is destroying itself also.
I can summarize this easily – too much power created a reversal of values. What had been good became bad – and bad became good. The worst kind of people gained power – and used it to their advantage.
And no one noticed this.
Two things happened:
- The wrong people assumed power, creating a situation.so terrible we refused to see it.
- And as a result, we became unable to see anything – or anything important, and we knew instinctively, the difference. This is Mental Illness on a vast scale.
Who were the wrong kind of people? That depended on where you looked. In the Computer World, that I worked in for twenty years – they were easy to see. They grabbed power in any organization (usually a corporation) and used it to their advantage, to make lots of money.
To track them down – all you had to do was follow the money. This is not to say that money is bad – only people who have too much of it. And they (and the people who serve them) are not hard to spot.