The Empire Must Die: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Q: What is a liberal?

A: A liberal is a violent white supremacist extremist who supports and participates in the mass slaughter of brown-skinned human beings overseas while tweeting that white supremacist extremists are bad.

Q: What is capitalism?

A: Capitalism is a wonderful economic and political system which has given us powerful technology, a wide assortment of breakfast cereals, and near term human extinction.

Q: What is China?

A: China is a large Asiatic nation which westerners use as an emotional punching bag for their capitalism-induced rage, propaganda-induced confusion, and fears about the death of the US empire.

Q: What is Israel?

A: Israel is a US military operation that is used to justify continual western military expansionism in a crucial geostrategic region, with some civilians sprinkled on top for cover.

Q: What is a “tankie”?

A: Anyone to the left of you on foreign policy.

Q: Who is the biggest leak source of CIA documents to the news media?

A: The CIA.

Q: What is the Republican Party?

A: An organization which assures Americans of conservative sensibilities that the status quo is working fine.

Q: What is the Democratic Party?

A: An organization which assures Americans of liberal sensibilities that the status quo is working fine.

Q: What’s the difference between a prostitute and a mainstream media pundit?

A: One gets paid handfuls of cash to do shameful and degrading things which tear apart the fabric of society, the other earns an honest living as a sex worker.

You’re allowed to choose between oligarchic warmongers who make you feel uncomfortable or oligarchic warmongers who make you feel comfortable. Those are your choices.

The main difference between QAnon conspiracy theories and Russiagate conspiracy theories is that one makes people do dumb things like alienate their families and riot at government buildings while the other manufactures consent for cold war agendas that may end all life on earth.

The difference between an anti-imperialist socialist and a Bernie Sanders progressive is far greater than the difference between a Bernie Sanders progressive and a Hillary Clinton liberal.

The first thing an authoritarian power does to quash protests nowadays is always to cut the internet, because it kills dissidents’ ability to organize and share information. Don’t think the increasing normalization of internet censorship in the west is about anything else.

I’m going to keep pointing this out until it catches on: Trump was targeted with accusations of subservience to Russia, hiding the fact that he was ramping up aggressions against Russia. Biden’s being hit with accusations of loyalty to China, hiding his escalations against China.

They’re recycling the exact same script, and why wouldn’t they? It worked. The public have been enthusiastically consenting to world-threatening cold war escalations which benefit them in no way, shape or form. It’s a very effective psyop.

This will continue. If you think Biden will be cuddly with Beijing, you are wrong. Please re-evaluate your worldview as the facts prove you wrong.

Just as a body will fight to eject any pathogen which threatens its survival, an empire will fight to eject anyone who threatens its survival. Whenever you see a person or government targeted by the full might of the empire, that’s what you’re looking at.

Like a shark, the empire must keep advancing or it will die. Any government or leader which stands in the way of its continual expansion around the globe is seen, correctly, as an existential threat. Not to the US as a nation, but to the empire which must keep advancing or die.

This is why you’ll never see a US politician actually slamming the brakes on imperialism. If anyone gets anywhere near a position where they might do so, they will be targeted and eliminated. It’s the one door you’re forbidden to go through, because it threatens an entire empire. They might let you advance a few mildly progressive domestic agendas, but they will never, ever let you anywhere near the possibility of ending western imperialism.

In order to end the wars and move toward health, the empire will necessarily have to die. Not the United States as a nation, but the globe-spanning oligarchic power structure whose power, wealth and military might have been loosely centralized around Washington DC.

And of course many of those who threaten the empire’s survival won’t be nice people; this isn’t a Hollywood movie about Good Guys versus Bad Guys. But only the US-centralized empire is waging a nonstop war upon the world with the aim of perpetual unipolar planetary domination.

Ending the empire won’t solve all our world’s problems. But because the empire can only survive on a steady diet of death and destruction, its death is a necessary first step toward creating a healthy, peaceful world.


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I write about the end of illusions.

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