Crisis Theory, Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary
Possibilities to Come (RPC) Thought Paper 3
Thank you for visiting Alt-Black.com. This thought paper, "Crisis Theory, Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary Possibilities to Come," (RPC) was drafted to provide Alternative Black Nationalists with a predictive model of the causes and consequences that occur when governments spiral into downward crises. Its focus is the storm clouds gathering over the Cathedral (United States) and how they are leading inexorably toward a "crisis moment."
RPC examines the nexus between crisis moments and the possibilities to win self-determination for the Darker Nation. At the narrative's conclusion, a crisis theory matrix is provided that reviews historical lessons of past crisis moments, identifies key crisis indicators, and maps future crisis scenarios.
The core elements of RPC's crisis theory outlined in this thought paper are:
- The critical factors undermining American Empire
- The decay of America's national and international institutional structure
- The identification of likely flashpoints and scenarios that could trigger a crisis
Since its launch in January 2018, Alt-Black.com has asserted that we've entered a period marked by the decline of American Empire. The erosion of American power in the "homeland" and internationally, has triggered a confluence of events that are propelling the Cathedral toward unprecedented peril.
Should an extraordinary situation emerge in which the government is unable to mitigate a crisis due to infighting and confusion, a collapse of the Tower (U.S. government) could occur. In an active crisis theater filled with chaos and uncertainty, a diverse array of forces from the far left to the far right, opposing the Fountainhead (U.S. ruling class) would contend for political power. Under these circumstances, Black Nationalists must be prepared to lead the Darker Nation in an alliance of forces to win self-determination under a new governance structure.
To skeptics and cynical realists, the possibility that the Tower could collapse can easily be dismissed as a flight of fancy. The notion that the Darker Nation could actually determine its own destiny, is simply inconceivable. We get that. Yet, history argues otherwise.
America is not just a nation-state, it leads a global empire. Therein lies the historical dilemma. Every empire-- from the Roman Empire's 1500-year reign to the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1989--has fallen. Empires come with an expiration date. Try as one might, there is no case to be made here for "American Exceptionalism."
Nevertheless, Ivy League elites and K-Street think tanks continue to develop "crisis theories" they hope will defy the laws of gravity. RPC's predictive modeling anticipates how the laws of capitalism and empire are evolving. Our projection is that the United States could easily find itself confronting an existential crisis within the next decade.
History also tells us that since arriving on the shores of North America, the Darker Nation's greatest triumphs in winning its freedom from slavery and exercising self-determination, have occurred during existential crisis moments.
The Rise and Decline of American Empire
In 1809, Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison, saying "I am persuaded no constitution was ever written before as well calculated as ours for extensive empire and self-government." America was conceived as an aristocratic-based slavocracy dedicated to the proposition of a rising empire. It wasn't until 1898, when the U.S. prosecuted the Spanish-American War, that the Cathedral crossed the threshold to empire building.
The lynchpin of Alt-Black.com.'s analysis posits that the decline of American Empire is accelerating its reckoning day with a crisis moment. Viewing America through the lens of a nation-state, fails to capture the economic, military and political imperatives required to manage and sustain a global empire. Unforeseen events occurring anywhere in the empire can trigger a cascading crisis that threatens to collapse the Tower. Thus America's vulnerabilities are more divergent, numerous and dynamic.
As the leader of a capitalist-based empire, RPC's analysis is that the Cathedral is not only subject to volatile periodic boom and bust cycles of capitalism, but its also subject to the rules that govern the rise and decline of empires. Both of these dynamics vibrate to their own unique rhythms, but also impact each other.
The rise and decline of American Empire is a movie we've seen before. Yet most Americans, including the Fountainhead, deny the U.S. is an empire. Nevertheless, America's global colossus mirrors a well established pattern that all empires in decline suffer.
The pattern starts with the growth of aggressive states that conquer and plunder foreign territories. To suppress the conquered and protect their newfound wealth, they deploy vast armies in distant lands. In time, the oppressed rebel on the empire's periphery and begin moving toward the center. The populace grows war weary and fractures over foreign interventions. The nation's coffers strain under the weight of bankrolling the administration and militarization of empire. As the spoils of empire shrink and critical institutions decay, the bureaucracy and governing elites increasingly engage in infighting. At a critical juncture, a traumatic event (usually wars) precipitates an existential crisis. Arguably, in 2018 American Empire is a weaker than any previous moment in its history.
Origins of Crisis Theory
The origins of Crisis Theory goes back to 1867, when Karl Marx developed his theory on the tendency for the rate of profit to fall in capitalist systems. Marx's work, "Das Capital" concluded that capitalism's relentless exploitation of the working class to increase surplus value/profits, would produce two outcomes; repeated boom and bust cycles leading to periodic economic crises, and second, revolts of the working class to topple capitalism. This is precisely what happened 50 years later.
Lenin applied Marx's analysis to capitalism's highest stage of imperialism, and the global scramble to plunder colonies among rival capitalist powers. When the crisis of imperialism exploded, it resulted in World War 1. As Lenin predicted, the war between rival European capitalists nations produced destruction unknown to mankind that led to revolutionary upsurges of workers and peasants. Having anticipated and prepared for the crisis, Lenin lead the Bolsheviks to the first workers revolution in Russia during World War 1.Twenty-two years later, Mao Tse-Tung repeated the same revolutionary process in China during World War 2.
Thoughts on Financial Crisis Theory
In the fullness of time, Crisis Theory has become a cottage industry in Western intelligence communities and global corporations. In the post World War ll era, when the U.S emerged as the peerless global superpower, Ivy League mathematicians, geo-political analysts, physicists and even clairvoyants were summoned to Washington to craft crisis theories in defense of the new American Empire.
One article that underscores RPC's crisis theory is former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's article in Foreign Policy Quarterly, titled "Are We Safe Yet, How to Manage a Financial Crisis?" As the chief architect who reverse-engineered the Sub-Prime Mortgage Financial Crisis of 2007, Geithner does not ask if a financial crisis is coming, but what could happen when it comes.
He concludes that the Tower and the Fountainhead will be "even less prepared to deal with a crisis" than the 2007 global financial meltdown. Geithner argues the Dodd-Frank financial reform act cripples the government’s ability to defuse a future financial crisis because the Fed, the FDIC and the Treasury Department's emergency powers to wind down failing financial institutions are too restrictive. Specifically, their ability to deliver massive injections of government funds (bailout) to backfill shortages of private capital now requires congressional approval.
Trusting Congress to unwind a financial crash, when they can't pass an annual budget is a huge ask. Geithner's point is that in the fog of a financial crisis, fast, decisive action with large infusions of assets is the antidote to prevent panic from turning into runs on banks and finance houses. This is what happened when Lehman Brothers went belly up in in 2008. Financial institutions started tumbling like a house of cards, while Congress, President Bush, the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department groped for a solution.
In Alt-Black.com's crisis matrix, the coming financial crisis is a high probability--high impact event that may not source an existential crisis, but could open the floodgates to a deeper crisis.
Game Theory, Crisis Theory and American Empire
Game Theory, loosely defined, is the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between "rational intelligent" decision-makers. For the Fountainhead, it's become a vital component of crisis theory in economics and politics. In I962, Yale professor William Riker's book, "The Theory of Political Coalitions," advanced the "Size Principle" theory. Riker challenged the conventional practice that politicians spent more resources to build the largest coalitions possible to maximize their voter getting totals. Riker's theory countered that "a rational politician tries to form a coalition that is as large as necessary to win, but not larger." This formulation of Riker's "Size Principle" could be characterized as a "winning minimal-size coalition."
Riker's theory sounds benign and not very strategic. However, in the book's chapter "Reflections on Empires," Riker applies the "Size Principle" to America and the Soviet Union's empire. In the early 1960's, the "socialist" Soviet Union was gaining influence in national liberation movements in South America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. America dispatched U.S. troops around the world to crush insurgencies, fund mercenary armies, and assassinate revolutionary leaders like Patrice Lumumba in the Congo to blunt challenges to its global dominance and Soviet enlargement. When Russia gained a foothold in Cuba, after the 1962 Missile Crisis, the Fountainhead committed to drawing the line against communist advancement in Vietnam.
Had the U.S. adhered to Riker's "winning minimal-size coalition," they would have never crisscrossed the globe attempting to roll back Soviet "Third-World" advances. Ultimately, the Soviet Union's Empire collapsed because its Russian national economic base could not underwrite and maintain the other republics in its Union, nor its many client states from Angola to Nicaragua. The Soviet's "Vietnam" finally came in Afghanistan, which accelerated their Empire's decline.
Sadly, the United States involvement in Vietnam was a total waste; billions were spent, 58,220 lives lost and over 453,000 wounded, not to mention the millions of Vietnamese killed and maimed. The U.S. loss in Vietnam had no overall geo-strategic impact in their Superpower rivalry with the Soviet Union. Had the U.S. simply maintained its alliance with Western Europe and a few regional strategic partners like Japan, Saudi Arabia and Israel, the result would have been the same, the collapse of the Soviet Empire under its own dead weight.
In examining Game Theory as part of crisis theory, Alt-Black.com doesn't expect inquiring minds to formulate intricate mathematical algorithms to create new predictive modeling. Although, we would love to see more crisis theory models of all kinds. The point is that in preparing for the future, we don't just need to think outside the box, in some cases we need to break the box, especially when evaluating the prospects of winning self-determination.
Crisis Theory and Self Determination
"Crisis Theory" is historically relevant to the Darker Nation. Our greatest advances in winning freedom from slavery and exercising self-determination occurred during crisis moments. We were present at the creation in the American Revolution of 1776--the nation's first existential crisis. The Cathedral was tested again in the pre-empire War of 1812 and the Civil War in 1861.
In both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the majority of Black slaves that won their freedom fought against America with the British. Afterwards, they emigrated to Canada, Trinidad and England to form free societies. The Civil War that ended slavery, was the first linking of Black Nationalism as a political trend to a "crisis moment" and winning self-determination, when Martin Delaney persuaded thousands of freed slaves to migrate to Liberia.
By comparison, the next two crises that confronted the Cathedral were not existential, but "Dress Rehearsals" that foreshadow events to come. Nevertheless, these crises pushed the nation to the brink of national chaos. The twelve-year Great Depression caused by the Stock Market Crash of 1929, shuttered factories and banks, devastated farmers and swelled the unemployment rate to 25 percent. Soup kitchens and bread lines became the order of the day. The crisis was resolved by massive WPA government jobs programs, unemployment insurance, the creation of social security, sanctioning union organizing and the economic ramp-up for World
Quite the opposite, the revolutionary risings of the 1960's were overwhelmingly a political crisis. The eruption of the Black Power movement, over 200 urban rebellions on Beale Street (the Black Street) and millions protesting the Vietnam war played out against a 3.6% unemployment rate in 1968, the "year of rage."
The Tower's response to the Darker Nation's upsurge was two-fold. On the one hand, they passed civil rights legislation and promoted affirmative action programs that dramatically expanded the Black middle class as a political and economic buffer. On the other, the FBI unleashed a violent national counter-intelligence (Cointelpro) program to destroy the Black Panthers, and were complicit in the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Fred Hampton.
The turmoil of the Great Depression and the sixties risings hold vital lessons that deepen our understanding of crisis theory and revolutionary opportunities. Despite the severity of these crises, American Empire mitigated the dangers by granting unprecedented economic and political concessions and cracking down on revolutionary forces and the political opposition.
That the Fountainhead could dole out economic concessions to cool-out opposition forces, bankroll Great Society programs and fund the Vietnam War, was indicative of the financial reserves it could draw upon. The government was a long way from an existential crisis. A larger point to consider is also what could be called "cultural/ideological reserves." Many groups that rebelled for a variety of causes in the sixties, did so because as much as they hated America's actions, they believed America wasn't living up to its promise. Much of the revolutionary sloganeering and radical rhetoric was simply militant reformism fueled by idealist visions of a new egalitarian society.
As for Vietnam, the U.S. began troop withdrawals in the early 70's. Losing the war didn't result in a global strategic retreat for American Empire or a Soviet Union inspired communist takeover of Southeast Asia.
One other observation from the sixties that has far reaching implications for the future merits our attention. The revolutionary upsurge of the Darker Nation and Black Nationalists forces inspired and provided leadership for a diverse array of forces that entered the political fray. Among those forces were the anti-war movement, the Chicano (Mexican-American) movement, the Native-American movement, Puerto Rican nationalist movement, environmentalists, feminists, farm workers, Marxists and a massive counter-cultural movement.
Black radicals and revolutionaries exerted tremendous influence on a broad cross section of sixties movements by participating in teach-ins, boycotts, marches, sit-ins, bank appropriations, rebellions, urban-guerilla warfare and even attempts to form a break-away "New Africa" republic. But they never developed a serious theory, strategy or program to lead a revolution, establish an independent Black nation or fashion a blueprint to achieve self-determination. Nor was there any serious assessment of the strengths and vulnerabilities of American Empire. At best, their analysis of the revolutionary waves that battered the planet in the 60's was that the Black, Brown and Yellow people of the "Third World" would simply overwhelm American capitalism on a global scale.
Why Black radical and revolutionary intellectuals were unable to produce serious theories and analysis is certainly debatable. For the moment, suffice it to say that Black Nationalist intellectuals from as far back as the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920's, to the radical sixties, had not built a scholarly tradition or foundation in this area. Black Marxists and the Black Left ignored or simply did not understand the lessons of their own theoretical legacies in Russia and China.
Alt-Black.com and the Alternative Black Nationalists are determined to build a theoretical and analytical foundation to win self-determination for the Darker Nation. Developing and applying Crisis Theory is a critical component of our efforts to build that foundation. The People of a Darker Hue have an unfinished agenda and accounts to settle with history. The crisis to come may be our greatest opportunity to match the moment with real action guided by vanguard political theory.
CRISIS THEORY MATRIX: THE DECLINE OF AMERICAN EMPIRE, CRISIS SCENARIOS
Part 1. The final stages of American Empire in Decline
1. America's position as the dominant power in the global capitalist international system is eroding in absolute terms of economic strength.
THE CATHEDRAL'S FINANCIAL RUBIX CUBE: America's dominant role as the pre-eminent global power rest on a brittle foundation, first and foremost a staggering national debt of $21 trillion. Although the U.S has the largest economy of any nation-state, China is rising as an economic behemoth in the Asian Pacific, the fastest growing region of the world. Further undermining the U.S.'s economic strength is its $140 billion trade deficit with the 28-nation European Union, the largest integrated economy in the world. It's trade deficit with China is $375 billion and $69 billion with Japan.The Cathedral is a debtors prison. Its weak fundamentals make the U.S. more vulnerable to challenges to the dollar as the international currency of exchange, trade wars and, sudden financial crises. The Cathedral is no longer able to unilaterally dictate terms to the global market as it did after World War ll.
THE EUROPEAN DILEMMMA: While China has been cast as the United States most dangerous economic rival, Alt-Black.com's take is that the potential of the European Union to fracture under the pressures of resurgent nationalism and political exits from the EU, as occurred with Brixit is a more immediate and potentially destabilizing threat.
2. American military power underwrites and enforces the western-based global security architecture, processes failed states, and engages in containment of Russian and Chinese military expansion.
Over the past decade American Empire has experienced an absolute erosion of it's military strength and position across the globe. Secondarily, the capacity and will of its allies to project power has diminished as well.
U.S. WARS OF INTERVENTION: The Cathedral is militarily on the defensive around the planet. It is involved in three active low-intensity wars that cannot be won. In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. military are merely fighting holding actions to prop up the governments from collapsing. In Syria, the U.S., in the name of fighting ISIS is killing off Bashar al Assad's enemies. The latest troop deployment figures reported from the Pentagon in these theaters are: Syria (1,720), Iraq (8,892) and 14,000 troops in Afghanistan. While the Trump administration is claiming victory over ISIS in Syria, it would come as no surprise that ISIS scattered and dispersed, only to regroup later. Concerning Afghanistan, let us simple recall that every empire that has invaded the country has failed (The British, The Russians, Alexander the Great of Macedonia/Greece). There is a reason why Afghanistan is called "The Graveyard of Empires."
THE NEW RUSSIAN AXIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Russia's resurfacing in the Middle East with boots on the ground in Syria, signals a new phase of big power contention in the most volatile region of the world. The U.S. is now confronted with an potent axis comprised of Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah (Lebanon). The Russians are also making a major bid to swing Turkey into its camp. The prospects of a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia remains the prime flashpoint that could drag the U.S. into a wider conflagration in the Middle East.
LOSING GROUND IN THE PACIFIC RIM: The most significant region of long-range strategic contention is the Pacific Rim and the South China Sea, where China is engaged in an aggressive military buildup. Based on the financial constraints of the U.S. Defense budget and its present commitments, it is unlikely that the United States can continue to match China's regional buildup.
3. Decay of the Cathedral's international institutions.
Following World War 2, America's set up international institutions to enforce its global dominance.
THE UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. was set up as an American-based global peace keeping mission to shape the post-World War 2 American World Order. It was also an invaluable propaganda tool to promote American Empire and Western "democratic values." The United Nations has long since degenerated into a symbolic international debating club. It cannot prevent wars, broker or enforce peacekeeping agreements, prevent nuclear proliferation or stop acts of genocide. It's a broken outdated institution.
NATO: Created in "1949," the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was a mutual defense pact of the United States and eleven Western European countries to deter Soviet expansion in Europe. It was a classic mob protection racket with European countries paying tribute to reside under the protection of America's nuclear umbrella while the Cathedral dictated military terms to everyone. When the Soviet Union collapsed, NATO expanded to Russia's border, and its expanded 29-member military alliance began conducting operations in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Gulf of Aden.
In the name of defending democracy the U.S. has attempted to turn NATO into its own extended global strike force. At times, European countries have resisted and refused to participate in America's aggressive wars in the Middle East. Ironically, now that Russia under Putin is an expanding imperial power again, NATO has utterly failed to carry out its original core mission of coming to the defense of its European partners. Thus Russia's invasions of Georgia, Ossetia, Crimea and its police action in Eastern Ukraine have gone
NATO is now a weakened and conflicted military alliance. Many of the European member-states are resisting involvement in conflicts they feel are in the unilateral interest of the United States as opposed to their national interest. Trump's attempt to torpedo the Iran Nuclear Agreement has rattled France, the U.K. and Germany, who all signed the accord. The agreement is not a NATO deal but it is an Atlantic Alliance issue, and the underlying tension is the same.
Much of the friction is a disagreement over how to address Russia's expansionist aims in Europe. This conflict over Russia exist in part because Europe is energy dependent on Russia, has robust trade relations with Moscow, and pro-Russian white nationalist parties are growing and winning more seats in European parliaments. The political schism over Russia in Europe is deep and steeped in centuries of history. It may be the undoing of NATO.
THE INTERNATIONAL MONETERY FUND (IMF) & THE WORLD BANK -- The IMF and the World Bank were both created and headquartered in the United States after America emerged pre-eminent global superpower after World War 2. The World Bank as a financial institution provides loans to countries, mostly in "developing" nations. Through these loans, U.S. globalists historically gain footholds to interfere in poorer nations economies and tether them to U.S. financial and business interest.
The IMF manages balance of payments difficulties between countries, oversees international monetary and financial systems, and the economic and financial policies of its member countries. This activity known as surveillance calls for identifying and containing countries in crisis from threatening the entire global financial and currency system. In 2012, the largest borrowers from the IMF were Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, and Ukraine. This list of borrowers reflects the cleanup of the 2008 Financial Crisis that spread from the U.S. to Europe. The 2018 list of top borrowers still includes Greece (a basket case) and Ukraine, which is struggling to fend off a Russian backed civil war in the eastern half the country. Egypt and nuclear- armed Pakistan--two troubled states in bad neighborhoods round out the quartet.
The IMF and the World Bank are American Empire's crisis intervention unit, attempting to put out fires across the globe. Try as they might, they can't prevent the fire's from starting. Sooner or later, one will burn out of control.
Part 2: Political or Constitutional Governing Crises
Government scandals or provocative incidents precipitate a political crisis leading to a direct challenge of a government.
THE ARAB SPRING: One of the best examples of unexpected incidents leading to crisis moments was Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation in Tunisia in 2010. The incident became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring that rocked the Middle East. Bouazizi set himself on fire after his vendor cart and merchandise was confiscated by local officials. The event led to the toppling of the governments in Egypt and Tunisia. Libyan strongman Muammar Gadaffi was dragged from a sewer and executed. Syria has been reduced to rubble.
Government collapse occurring during or after a military conflict or defeat.
WORLD WARS 1 & 2 - The Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Chinese Revolution of 1949 occurred during and after World Wars l and ll. This scenario of a World War between advanced capitalist countries is not likely to happen again, given the cataclysmic nature of nuclear exchanges and the practical realities of mutually assured destruction.
STRATEGIC REGIONAL CONFLICTS - The possibility of wars breaking out in other countries that are strategic to American Empire could pose major setbacks for the Fountainhead and severely diminish their global domination. For example, imagine war breaking out between Iran and Saudi Arabia. If the Saudi's lose or their government is overthrown, U.S. domination of the Middle East, which assures the flow of oil to its empire would be in jeopardy. Similarly, a broader war between Arab nations and Israel could place the Cathedral in a precarious position that might force it to enter the war and risk a broader Middle East military conflagration.
Government collapse caused by an economic crisis.
FINANCIAL COLLASE IN AMERICA: As indicated in the narrative, the possibility of a financial collapse
occurring in the United States is very realistic and can be triggered by multiple shocks to the international financial structure. This is the most likely scenario that will lead to a crisis.
EUROPES LONG ECONOMIC WINTER: In the 1930’s, Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy came to power because of the long-term economic crisis that began after World War 1. In Germany's case, the country passed through several crises, including attempts by ill-prepared Communist forces to overthrow the government, and a succession of failed governments before Hitler took power through the ballot box.
Part 3: Conditions that exacerbate governing crises
The decay and breakdown of government institutions:
1. Critical American institutions are in a state of steady decay, and increasingly are unable to serve as the essential props sustaining the functionality and legitimacy of the Tower (U.S. government).
By definition, institutions develop and grow over time because they are stable, broadly valued and engender recurrent themes and patterns of behavior. When institutions become too rigid and cannot adapt to changing circumstances, they cannot accommodate new social actors. The Cathedral had to change its laws and social practices to further incorporate Blacks into its estate of citizenship after the Civil War and the 1960's risings. The system is now passing through a similar dilemma regarding immigration. The laws and government institutions must respond to either accommodate 13 million immigrants who don't have legal status or take draconian measures to begin mass deportations.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (THE TOWER): When institutions lose their autonomy and become subordinate to other interests, they begin to decay. The Congress is a prime example of an institution that has lost its autonomy, being completely bought off by corporations who bankroll their campaigns and employ lobbyists to write federal legislation. So pervasive is the partisanship that treason with Russia is tolerated as the price of maintaining majority party status.
As votes are like commodities to be purchased, and stewardship of Congress and the Presidency are but temporary rentals, each party taking power systematically loots the public treasures so as to leave nothing to their rivals. No laws are passed unless they serve the interests of one party or the other. Budgets are not passed, deficits and the debt grow, entitlement costs balloon, corruption runs amok and gridlock prevails. The paralysis and hyper--artisanship gripping Congress, is an aggravating factor that is accelerating developments towards crisis.
It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Congress has an approval rating of 19%. The current president has owned the lowest approval rating of any president in modern American history. The Supreme Court is broadly viewed now as a partisan institution, biased toward Republicans and conservative decisions.
Institutional decay is not only dysfunction but also the lack of legitimacy. The lack of legitimacy has consequences. Donald Trump's election was not just the by-product of resurgent nativism and racism. His legions correctly believed the Republican Party, the Congress, the media and corporations all vultures feeding on the carcass of the American people. They drew the wrong conclusions.
THE CORPORATE MEDIA AND INTERNET PLATFORMS
As the institution charged with safeguarding democracy" the news media is completely owned by the Fountainhead, and is partisan to its core. Democrats and Republicans have their own cable news outlets, newspapers and radio outlets. The Trump campaign and presidency has run a two-year campaign that's convinced one-third of the country that any news critical of him or his administration is not just biased news, but fake news. Documents, proof and witnesses don't mean anything. We have now reached a point where politicians can self-delegitimize news and create their own reality.
This unprecedented attack on the mainstream media is going to have major ramifications throughout society. With the atomization of news and media platforms on the internet and the deliberate planting of real "fake news" by the Russians on Facebook and Twitter, news reporting is no longer a stabilizing platform of the Fountainhead.
RELIGION - The practice of religion remains a substantial institutional prop undergirding the Fountainhead.
Close to 75% of Americans say religion plays an important role in their lives, with 69% being self-identifying Christians. While religious practice remains stronger than almost any other Western country, some public issues are in the opposite direction than traditional beliefs. Abortion rights continue to be upheld despite efforts to legally reverse them. Same sex marriage is now the law of the land, and the adoption of children by same sex couples is gaining ground. Additional protections are also being extended to transgender persons.
In the wake of Trump's attempt to ban Muslims traveling to the United States and the Supreme Court's efforts to uphold its constitutionality, tension over religious tests has risen as an issue. The religious bedrock of America remains rooted in the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community who overwhelmingly supported Trump's presidency, despite his video taped remarks about grabbing women's genitalia, his extra marital sexual exploits, racist remarks and congenital lying. Religion seems to have reached its apex and is declining as a sustaining moral force. It is slowly losing its salt to preserve.
Part 4: Additional Vulnerabilities of American Empire:
1. In addition to a sudden economic crisis, shaking the U.S. financial system and American Empire, the Cathedral has significant vulnerabilities to cyberattacks, national disaster and terrorist attacks.
TERRORIST ATTACKS - Since the 911 terrorist attack on New York and Washington, D.C.
CYBERATTACKS - As the recent events have demonstrated, America has significant exposure to cyberattacks. Russia not only hacked into the computer systems of the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the state election systems. Moreover, according to the Homeland Security Department, Russia hacked into components of the U.S. electrical grid and water supply. Cyberattacks, are relatively new vulnerabilities in terms of the actual attacks. Done in conjunction with other international developments, cyberattacks can be highly destabilizing.
NATURAL DISASTERS - The occurrence of natural disasters typically serve as accelerants building towards larger crisis moments. A weak response to a natural crisis are both substantive and metaphorical. The Bush administration's anemic response to Hurricane Kartrina in New Orleans in 2005 that left over 1,285 people dead began the steady erosion of his presidency which ended as one of the weakest and most unpopular administration's in modern history. Like the Trump administration's delayed response to Hurricane Maria that pummeled Puerto Rico in 2017, both events underscored racist responses to catastrophes visited on Blacks and Hispanics.