Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Thursday, August 02, 2007

Buck-passing and no one really responsible...Sound kinda familiar?

An empire…inevitably fails because of its size, complexity, territorial reach, stratification, heterogeneity, domination, hierarchy, and inequalities…Traditional empires end up collapsing from within as well as often being attacked from without.
--Kirkpatrick Sale, Imperial Entropy: Collapse of the American Empire

The values to which people cling most stubbornly under inappropriate conditions are those values that were previously the source of their greatest triumphs over adversity.
--Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 2005

Images: AP,,,, September 11 Digital Archive
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