bust follows boom

today a student of mine conjectured that empires fail because comfort corrupts its citizens

technology is more like a light-saber than a double edged sword?

one things’s for sure: expansion will be followed by contraction
this is the nature of nature

here’s a juxtaposition of disparate strands of thought worth pondering:

(1) http://goo.gl/9efbzg

(2) http://goo.gl/wZ9UgF

(3) Julian Assange (from the introduction to WikiLeaks Files): “chapter 3 embarks on a thoroughgoing discussion of the ’empire of free trade’—the relationship of the American form of empire with the worldwide promotion of neoliberal economic reform, providing American corporations with access to ‘global markets'”

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