Friday, December 17, 2010

America: Headed for an abrupt end?

History repeats itself.  We all know this axiom well, but how many of us believe it actually applies to our times, our lives, our country?  We know empires fall.  We know revolutions sweep societies.  But could it happen here in America?  And could it happen soon?

Recently I read a chapter on cyclology from the unpublished book The End of Our Century by Francois Masson, originally written in French and translated to English by David Michael Steinberg.  Though never actually published, it can be read for free on David Wilcock's site Divine Cosmos.  The book was written in 1979-80, and as the title connotes, it focuses on the end of the 20th century - now obviously in our past.  But while the overall work spotlights one particular moment in time, the chapter on cyclology is perhaps still pertinent today. 

What this section of the book postulates and subsequently supports with multitudinous examples is that history does literally repeat itself.  This is not a new idea.  Plato made the theory famous, giving the figure of 25,920 years to a complete cycle.  Incidentally, this corresponds to the amount of time the Earth cycles through the Great Year, or precession of equinoxes.  It might be interesting to note here that the Mayans knew about this 25,920 year cycle, too.  The calendar you've heard so much about is based on it.  Furthermore, you might be interested in knowing that the Hindus, the Bible, and the Zodiac all have cycles that are based on this number or a factor thereof. 

There are many cycles which have been used by various civilizations: the Manvantara and the Yuga of the ancient Hindus, the cycle of Daniel, the polar or ternary cycle and the Biblical cycle of seven times 77 years. But every one of these is found in the perfect number, 25920 years, by simple division or multiplication.

Here are the various basic cycles obtained by this method:

25920 / 2 = 12960. 12960 x 5 = 64800 years, the Manvantara cycle.

25920 / 10 = 2592 years. The Daniel cycle.

25920 / 6 = 4320 years or Yuga cycle in the tradition of India.

25920 / 12 = 2160 years, cycle of a civilization or a religion and corresponding to the precessional passage from one constellation of the Zodiac to the next.

25920 / 12 = 2160 and 2160 / 2 = 1080 years, cycle of opposition to what was created at the start of the 2160-year cycle.

2160 / 3 = 720 years, so-called polar phase or ternary division pointed out by Rev. Father Poucel.
Being French, Masson applies his cyclical analysis to French history, which may not be very exciting for classically French-hating Americans (although the ties and similarities between the French and Russian revolutions are intriguing!).  Perhaps I might be able to grab a little more of your attention if I told you that by using his system he predicted the fall of the Soviet Union a full decade before it happened. 

Around the first of March 1990, coup d'etat in the non-European part of the USSR, putting an end to the Bolshevik revolution. Inauguration of a new regime January 1991?

Remember, that's a prediction he made circa 1980!  Who would have thought then that the USSR would become week, let alone completely dissolve?  The official date is Christmas Day, 1991 - the same year Masson predicted. 

But he also connects the history - and downfall - of Rome with that of America.  That's right.  Hits a little closer to home and now you're interested, right?

His analysis is detailed and extensive.  I'll save you the minutia and hit you with the hilights:

To show the importance of numbers, we will take for example the US, which Michel Helmer and many other observers consider the new Rome: the same spirit of enterprise, the same general morality, the same kind of laws as republican Rome.

There's a detailed comparison between Roman leaders and Nixon and Carter.

In 187 B.C., Scipio Africanus, who defeated Antiochus, was being tried, and:

2160 years later in 1973 it was the Watergate scandal that forced Nixon, who had honorably terminated the Vietnam War, to resign and retire to his estate, just as Scipio had done 2160 years earlier.

In 184 B.C. the famous Cato, called the Censor, was elected, and 2160 years later, in 1976. J. Carter was elected.

For the sake of comparison, let us review Cato's life: he came from a family of plebeian farmers and always remained a rustic. Upon his father's death Cato quit the armed forces and cultivated his land, as did Carter.

Cato came up through the ranks from private to military Tribune and served in the Roman wars. In 198 B.C. he was elected plebeian edile and proved merciless toward usurers [sic] when he was governor of Sardinia.
The life and acts of J. Carter so far strongly resemble that archetype. He is first and foremost a man of the soil. He was a sailor and Navy officer, a follower and disciple of Admiral Rickover when the latter pushed through the launching of atomic submarines, a practically absolute weapon which led to a long American supremacy.
To return to the future: Cato, during his government, his "censorship," tried to bring Rome back to the pristine morality of the first Romans, in opposition to the moral laxity of Hellenistic culture.

To this end Cato issued several decrees on the economy and life style of the Romans and a famous decree on women's luxuries.

Carter, 2160 years later, follows the same route with his economic measures on big cars and their excessive consumption, and his famous remark about the underwear of the western settlers to combat the cold.

I suspect you get the point.  Francois Masson was able to look at the history of Rome and see a cyclical relationship between events in antiquity and corresponding events in what were relatively current American events.
This reminds me of another euphemism:  Rome didn't fall in a day.

Enter Pulitzer-winner and former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges, who watched the fall or the Soviet Union firsthand.  In an exclusive interview with Raw Story today, Hedges unleashes a dire prediction:  The U.S. empire could collapse at any time.

Speaking to Raw Story on Wednesday night, he said the signs of US collapse are plain to see and compared the country's course through Afghanistan to Soviet Russia's.

"We're losing [the war in Afghanistan] in the same way the Red Army lost it," he said. "It's exactly the same configuration where we sort of control the urban centers where 20 percent of the population lives. The rest of the country where 80 percent of the Afghans live is either in the hands of the Taliban or disputed."

Hedges was one of roughly 135 activists who participated in an act of civil disobedience that resulted in their arrests outside the White House yesterday, even as Obama was unveiling a new report on progress of the war in Afghanistan.

Hedges said he attended the protest and planned to get arrested because he is against the corporate powers that have enveloped the nation. "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion," he said.

America's military and economic empire could collapse at any time, but predicting the precise day, week or month of its potential demise is unattainable.

"The when and how is very dangerous to predict because there's always some factor that blindsides you that you didn't expect. It doesn't look good. But exactly how it plays out and when it plays out, having covered disintegrating societies, it's impossible to tell."
And if America falls, what are the chances she would go by herself?  The civilized world is on the brink of economic collapse.  The future looks precarious even just based on what we regular folk get to see from the bottom of the planetary pyramid scheme.  Who knows what's really going on at the top.  From the news being leaked and trickled down by insiders, there's a literal war going on that's far from the headlines. 

In closing, I'd recommend you try to read the headlines of the day through a new prism.  Not that you can do anything to stop it if it's coming - but at least you won't be surprised.  Keep your eye on anything to do with currency, unrest, and China. 

I'm not saying I believe America is going to end soon.  I'm just noticing that other people are.  After all, as we all know, history repeats itself.

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