Decadence

The word decadence, which at first meant simply "decline" in an abstract sense, is now most often used to refer to a perceived decay in standards, morals, dignity, religious faith, honor, discipline, or skill at governing among the members of the elite of a very large social structure, such as an empire or nation state. By extension, it may refer to a decline in art, literature, science, technology, and work ethics, or (very loosely) to self-indulgent behavior. Usage of the term sometimes implies moral censure, or an acceptance of the idea, met with throughout the world since w:ancient times, that such declines are objectively observable and that they inevitably precede the destruction of the society in question; for this reason, modern historians use it with caution.

For thousands of years, man has made a steady decline from the spiritual base which once ordered his life. He has forgotten his origin and purpose as the Dark Age clouded his memory and waylaid his heart. Lost in the twin glamours of Matter and Time man is only now awakening from his long dream and illusion. ~ Benjamin Creme
Only in the senile, decrepit, and unbelievably corrupt modern version of the United States would this sickening decadence even be considered possible, let alone doable. ~ Paul Wallis,
The Roman Empire had become an Empire of lies. It still pretended to uphold the rule of law, to protect the people... to maintain the social order. But all that had become a bad joke for the citizens of an empire by then reduced to nothing more than a giant military machine dedicated to oppressing the poor in order to maintain the privileges of the rich. The Empire itself had become a lie... it was the breakdown of the very fabric of society; the loss of... the trust that citizens had toward their leaders and the institutions of their state. ~ Cassandra’s Legacy
Expanding upon Trump’s confrontational approach... Biden met with NATO leaders and instructed them to plan on two wars, China and Russia. According to Chomsky: “This is beyond insanity.” Not only that, the group is carrying out provocative acts when diplomacy is really needed. This is an extraordinarily dangerous situation... ~ Robert Hunziker
In the U.S. there are signs of decadence almost everywhere nowadays. In the debasement of the dollar, in militarism, in the paucity of honesty and ethics, in mainstream media propaganda and even in educational standards and one could go on. The list unfolds like an ocean crossing tsunami. ~ Tehran Times

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  • As the world changes the forms of corruption also gradually become more cunning, more difficult to point out - but they certainly do not become better.
  • To grasp the boundaries of reason - now, that is real philosophy ... Why did God reveal himself to humanity? Would God have done something superfluous? People cannot figure out what is good and evil on their own... Moral: priests do not lie, - there is simply no room for lying about 'truth' or 'untruth' in the sorts of issues priests talk about. This is because you cannot lie unless you can decide what is true. And this is impossible for human beings to do; which means that the priest is only a mouthpiece of God. - This sort of priestly syllogism is not at all exclusive to Judaism and Christianity: the right to lie and the shrewdness of 'revelation' belong to the priestly type, the priests of decadence as well as the pagan priests (- a pagan is anyone who says yes to life, who sees 'god' as the word for the great yes to all things)... The 'law', the 'will of God', the 'holy book', 'inspiration' - All these are just words for the conditions under which priests come to power and maintain their power, - these concepts can be found at the bottom of all priestly organizations, all structures of priestly or philosophical-priestly control...
  • The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.
    • Theodore Roosevelt, address at the Corner-stone laying of the Office Building of House of Representatives (April 14, 1906).
  • The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.
    • Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990).
  • Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won't be. Any individual who is able to raise $25 million to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent oil, or aerospace, or banking, or whatever moneyed entities are paying for him. Certainly he will never represent the people of the country, and they know it. Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail and there is no redress.
    • Gore Vidal, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1992)
  • As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
    • Gore Vidal, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1992)
  • They [rap & hip hop companies] take your drawers off for you, they show your ass, they sell bullshit, they call themselves 'niggaz' and the women 'bitches' and 'hos' and it's fine with everybody.... It's just our style, cutting edge... We don't all have that. That's what the essence of decadence is. Civilisation is an effort.
    • Wynton Marsalis: Miles Davis? He was a rock star, Independent UK, (12 January 2003)
  • In popular imagination, at least, the 1970s was the golden age of excess in Hollywood. This was the decade when the studios were taken over by a new generation of maverick, mostly male, artists and film-makers, whose creative brilliance was matched by their wild feats of self-indulgent hedonism when they were off duty. Thirty years on, as the media buzzes with the news about the arrest in Switzerland of 76-year-old director Roman Polanski, and the revelations about the incestuous relationship between Mamas and Papas star John Phillips and his daughter Mackenzie, that golden era of excess begins to look more than a little shabby.
    • Decade of decadence: Nicholson, Polanski and Hollywood in the Seventies Independent UK, (23 October 2011)
  • An independent investigation... featured in the New York Times...offers an in-depth look at the way American corporations have used the inclusion of "arbitration clauses" within consumer contracts to strategically circumvent judicial review of their behavior and immunize themselves from class action lawsuits...
    According to William G. Young, a Reagan-appointed federal judge.... the rise of this anti-consumer mechanism is "among the most profound shifts in our legal history." Calling it an "ominous" development, Young said, the increasing inability of individuals and groups of consumers to file suit means that "business has a good chance of opting out of the legal system altogether and misbehaving without reproach."... the Times says the effort to block class action lawsuits "was engineered by a Wall Street-led coalition of credit card companies and retailers," has been more than a decade in the making, and had a goal "to kill class actions and send plaintiffs’ lawyers to the 'employment lines.'"... Paul Wallis, a business observer writing for the Digital Journal...argues, given the powerful stranglehold that corporate interests have on the U.S. legal and political systems, it might be some time before the damage can be undone. "Now wait for a few decades while the mighty intellects of the Supreme Court and Congress grapple with this issue," he concludes. "Only in the senile, decrepit, and unbelievably corrupt modern version of the United States would this sickening decadence even be considered possible, let alone doable."
  • By the time of Augustine (354-430 AD), the Roman Empire had become an Empire of lies. It still pretended to uphold the rule of law, to protect the people from the Barbarian invaders, to maintain the social order. But all that had become a bad joke for the citizens of an empire by then reduced to nothing more than a giant military machine dedicated to oppressing the poor in order to maintain the privileges of the rich. The Empire itself had become a lie: that it existed because of the favor of the Gods who rewarded the Romans because of their moral virtues. Nobody could believe in that anymore: it was the breakdown of the very fabric of society; the loss of what the ancient called the auctoritas, the trust that citizens had toward their leaders and the institutions of their state.
  • While Washington consistently wields as weapons political abstractions such as transparency, corruption, and freedom, it is unwilling to apply to itself those same cornerstones of America’s collective self-conception. Hypocrisy is perhaps not strong enough a word.
  • When men realize the depths to which they have fallen they will take stock of themselves and begin the journey back to sanity and safety. This will take time, of course, for the fall from Grace into the present corruption and chaos has a long history. For thousands of years, man has made a steady decline from the spiritual base which once ordered his life. He has forgotten his origin and purpose as the Dark Age clouded his memory and waylaid his heart. Lost in the twin glamours of Matter and Time man is only now awakening from his long dream and illusion.
  • An independent investigation... featured in the New York Times...offers an in-depth look at the way American corporations have used the inclusion of "arbitration clauses" within consumer contracts to strategically circumvent judicial review of their behavior and immunize themselves from class action lawsuits...
    According to William G. Young, a Reagan-appointed federal judge.... the rise of this anti-consumer mechanism is "among the most profound shifts in our legal history." Calling it an "ominous" development, Young said, the increasing inability of individuals and groups of consumers to file suit means that "business has a good chance of opting out of the legal system altogether and misbehaving without reproach."... the Times says the effort to block class action lawsuits "was engineered by a Wall Street-led coalition of credit card companies and retailers," has been more than a decade in the making, and had a goal "to kill class actions and send plaintiffs’ lawyers to the 'employment lines.'"... Paul Wallis, a business observer writing for the Digital Journal...argues, given the powerful stranglehold that corporate interests have on the U.S. legal and political systems, it might be some time before the damage can be undone. "Now wait for a few decades while the mighty intellects of the Supreme Court and Congress grapple with this issue," he concludes. "Only in the senile, decrepit, and unbelievably corrupt modern version of the United States would this sickening decadence even be considered possible, let alone doable."


  • An independent investigation... featured in the New York Times...offers an in-depth look at the way American corporations have used the inclusion of "arbitration clauses" within consumer contracts to strategically circumvent judicial review of their behavior and immunize themselves from class action lawsuits...
    According to William G. Young, a Reagan-appointed federal judge.... the rise of this anti-consumer mechanism is "among the most profound shifts in our legal history." Calling it an "ominous" development, Young said, the increasing inability of individuals and groups of consumers to file suit means that "business has a good chance of opting out of the legal system altogether and misbehaving without reproach."... the Times says the effort to block class action lawsuits "was engineered by a Wall Street-led coalition of credit card companies and retailers," has been more than a decade in the making, and had a goal "to kill class actions and send plaintiffs’ lawyers to the 'employment lines.'"... Paul Wallis, a business observer writing for the Digital Journal...argues, given the powerful stranglehold that corporate interests have on the U.S. legal and political systems, it might be some time before the damage can be undone. "Now wait for a few decades while the mighty intellects of the Supreme Court and Congress grapple with this issue," he concludes. "Only in the senile, decrepit, and unbelievably corrupt modern version of the United States would this sickening decadence even be considered possible, let alone doable."
  • With regard to nuclear weapons, the situation is far more dangerous than the last Doomsday Clock report. New weapons systems under development are much more effectively dangerous. The Biden administration, expanding upon Trump’s confrontational approach, has Chomsky at a loss for words to describe the danger at hand. Only recently, Biden met with NATO leaders and instructed them to plan on two wars, China and Russia. According to Chomsky: “This is beyond insanity.” Not only that, the group is carrying out provocative acts when diplomacy is really needed. This is an extraordinarily dangerous situation... It is important to emphasize that throughout history political parties that rely upon lies bring society down to its knees in piles of shameless destruction.
  • According to Chomsky, the Doomsday Clock setting at 100 seconds to midnight is based upon: (1) global warming (2) nuclear war and (3) disinformation, or the collapse of any kind of rational discourse. As such, number three makes it impossible to deal with the first two major problems. Along those lines, within the Republican Party there’s virtually a disappearance of any pretense of rational discourse.
    Twenty-five (25%) percent of Republicans believe the government is run by an elite satanic group of pedophiles. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans believe that the election was stolen. Only fifteen percent (15%) of Republicans believe that global warming is a serious problem. Therein lies an insurmountable problem to solving the main issues that continually tick the clock ever closer to a disaster scenario that will likely be unprecedented in the annals of warfare and environmental degradation.
    As a result, Chomsky says: “We’re living in a world of total illusion and fantasy.” Accordingly, “Unless this is dealt with soon, it’ll be impossible to deal with the two major issues within the time span that we have available, which is not very long.”
  • This... must inevitably raise a few questions—principally, whether or not the GOP remains a gaggle of thieves willing to sell each other’s grandmothers out at a moment’s notice to save their own skin politically, an end-of-times spectacle of an increasingly unstable oligarchy too drunk on its own material excess to save itself from its own decadence and corruption? Another question that springs to mind is whether it’s now in fact degenerated even further into something even more horrible again — a raging collective psychosis of pathological entitlement, collective narcissism, hypernationalist tribalism and jingoism, and death-cult supremacism.
  • In the U.S. there are signs of decadence almost everywhere nowadays. In the debasement of the dollar, in militarism, in the paucity of honesty and ethics, in mainstream media propaganda and even in educational standards and one could go on. The list unfolds like an ocean crossing tsunami. Consider this, for example. Last August the Loudon County School board in the state of Virginia passed gender identity legislation to permit boys to use facilities for girls, and in fact a girl was raped in a bathroom as a result of this. If a boy identifies as a “girl” he can use the girls restroom in this county where the school board manages 94 public schools. But of course the worst “policy” is giving a trillion dollars or so annually to the U.S. military at a time when the Biden gang asserts the U.S. is not currently and literally “at war” anywhere, having withdrawn from Afghanistan. Why? Decadence!...Can anyone of sound mind doubt that the U.S. eventually will get what it seems to deserve for the harm it has done worldwide as a crude and vicious military “empire”? Patience will prove it. The U.S. long ago tossed fair play, its cultural racism knows few bounds along with its arrogance and obtuseness, its environmental destruction is off the charts and support for Zionist Apartheid abroad and the lambent racism at home, especially by some GOP politicians, remains extant.

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