Skip to comments.Glenn Beck, National Decline And The Story Of The Roman Empire
Posted on 04/28/2012 8:08:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
In my last installment in this series I argued that talk show host Glenn Beck was raising legitimate concerns about the state of the nation, but that he had a history of predictions of imminent disasters which did not pan out. Why didnt they? After all, the left really does have a strong totalitarian bent. No nation is guaranteed eternal life, let alone eternal prosperity and hegemony. And the United States is, indeed, aggressively moving in the wrong direction.
Good points, both.
It turned out this same person had most of his retirement invested in Wachovia stock. He has lost it. He also has lots of really expensive toys that he has to make payments on, and at least he owns his home outright. I hope he didn't use home equity to buy that huge RV...now he's getting too old to work, and his business was dependent on a lot of real estate transactions.
But he doesn't necessarily regard me as having any sense, experience, brains or judgement for warning him about banks and corruption. And we'll continue to downplay Beck as a nut, even as he made enough buying gold to buy himself a whole network...
The Roman Empire really fell in 1453, not 496.
Throughout its history it had multiple renaissances.
You have a much more approving view of Justinian’s career than I do. IMO his reign was a classic example of imperial overstretch. His conquest of N. Africa was a success, but his conquest of Italy succeeded primarily in almost completely destroying what had been a functioning classical society up to then, even if ruled by “barbarians” rather than the empire. The see-saw destructive war in Italy was almost entirely a result of Justinian’s jealousy of Belisarius and failure to properly support this talented and loyal general.
Justinian wasted immense amounts of money on ego-gratifying, even if beautiful, building projects such as Hagia Sophia. He also greatly over-taxed the population.
Justinian’s attempts at over-expansion probably were a major contribution to the empire’s eventual decline and Muslim conquest of half of it.
This is the 21st century, things happen in light-speed today. Yes, our “overseers” want a slow managed decline but that would preclude black swans like natural disasters. There is also another war looming which could be just a bunch of angry bullies with pop-guns or it could turn out much, much worse.
I’m voting for a quicker decline in the next 6 months with a strong possibility of another ME blow up. I expect Obummer to be re-elected by hook or by crook. If (when?) Obamma is re-elected I expect full-on muslim/communism with accompanying oppression.
sorry for being a bummer
Bingo. Saved me the trouble of typing my answer. In 100 AD, it took a few weeks to get a message from Jerusalem to Rome. Today it takes as long as it takes to hit "send".
I have a personal theory which is the rise of the English speaking world was largely attributable to the language. While English can be exceedingly difficult to learn due to the size of its vocabulary and it's variabe rules, it allows for the far more precise and exact communication of ideas. If a short conversation between two people takes 15 seconds in English and 18 seconds in German, Spanish, Portugese, etc. the English speakers have increased the efficiency and decreased the time required for the exchange of data...it's really no different than increasing processor speed on your computer. When you multiply those few seconds savings across every conversation held in English among millions and millions of people, over hundreds and hundreds of years, it makes sense why the English speaking world quickened the pace of technological advance over other nations.
As you say, things happen more rapidly in our world, and I suspect that when things start to collapse, they will do so, not over the course of centuries, but within the course of one, or at the most, two lifetimes.
The Eastern Roman Empire, aka the Byzantine or Greek Empire, managed two major ascendants between its foundation by Constantine on former Byzantium (which had been destroyed for rebellion by the Severi, decades before), under Justinian and Heraclius. Its real "beginning of the beginning of the end" began with the Second Battle of Manzikert in 1071 (not much of a battle, really -- but the Turks were left in possession of the battlefield, and the Greeks abandoned the adjacent territory, and the Turks' cutoff of Christian access to Jerusalem began the Crusades 20 years later). The accelerating decline began with the sack of Constantinople by the Franks of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, and ran to extinction in 1453.
From 330 to 1204 is a very long, successful career for a single state; and it managed to hang on for another 250 years after that.
Skousens politics aside, it was his theology that was especially troubling. His book The First 2,000 Years, published in 1953, included a section on God that can only be described as blasphemous.
Under the subtitle The Source of Gods Power, he wrote,
Through modern revelation we learn that the universe is filled with vast numbers of intelligences, and we further learn that Elohim is God simply because all of these intelligences honor and sustain Him as such His glory and power is something which He slowly acquired until today, all things bow in humble reverence. But since God acquired the honor and sustaining influence of all things it follows as a corellary (sic) that if He should do anything to violate the confidence or sense of justice of these intelligences, they would promptly withdraw their support, and the power of God would disintegrate. This is what Mormon and Alma meant when they specifically stated that if God should change or act contrary to truth and justice He would cease to be God. Our Heavenly Father can do only those things which the intelligences under Him are voluntarily willing to support Him in accomplishing (pp.355-356).
The idea that God could cease to be God is not at all unique to Skousen. In fact, on page 354 he rightfully notes that the phrase comes directly from the Book of Mormon (Mormon 9:19;
19 And if there were amiracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he bchangeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
Alma 42:13, 25).
13 Therefore, according to justice, the aplan of bredemption could not be brought about, only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state, yea, this preparatory state; for except it were for these conditions, mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice. Now the work of justice could not be destroyed; if so, God would ccease to be God.
15 And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself aatoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of bmercy, to appease the demands of cjustice, that God might be a dperfect, just God, and a emerciful God also.
"As part of his rallying cry against all things socialistic, he included the need to read Skousen's book, a primer on the "inspired" United States Constitution.
"The first thing you do," he told his viewers, "is get 'The Five Thousand Year Leap.' over my book or anything else. Please. Read it. Inform yourself about who we are and what the other systems are all about."
The economy of this nation could be collapsed in a week. Of course the death and mayhem that would rersult when turcks stop delivering and gasoline is not replenished and food stuffs disappear from shelves and are not replensihed, well, that collapse will take about four months to run its ‘coarse’ and then the small bands of cannibalizing survivors will seek new sources, beyond the closest burbs. The elites will be safely ensconced at various locations already stocked with survival fair and heavily protected from the useful idiots crawling over each other to survive like rats. I would estimate the cancellation of America will take one year, before the new masters begin establishing their absolute controls over what’s left, as they emerge from their compounds.
I don’t agree with everything Beck says...but he has been more right than wrong over the last 4 years. I could list a long list of things he uncovered and exposed and said was coming and it did.
True. Besides, we haven't had our 5 Good Emperors century yet (trying to make lemonade here).
And we’ll continue to downplay Beck as a nut, even as he made enough buying gold to buy himself a whole network...
I don’t know how many subscribers he has, but at $10/month, that alone must be a fair amount of revenue. And he will make his documentaries available for free, after the first broadcast. He puts out books, like a chicken laying eggs and they all go to the top of the best seller lists. He backs other authors and they do very well because of it. And then his other enterprises: clothing, concerts, special events all seem to at least pay for themselves. He also has a popular radio show which has spun off another show, all with advertisers and contracts with broadcasters. He is earning his money, IMO, the old-fashioned way: by working for it.
Buying gold does not pay the bills. Selling gold might.
FWIW, I don’t see him as a nut. I think no one can time the end of a collapse. I also think we are in a collapse. It is simply just too slow and includes too many elements, some of which vacillate, to perceive. Half the population is in the work force, but there is a vast number of pensioners, retirees with adequate income, educational and medical workers of all levels who are keeping the economy going. In my rural area, the manufacturing is going at a fast clip, with overtime and marginal land with several detriments (pipeline/floodplain) is selling at nearly $3k/acre. New boutiques, creative enterprises and restaurants keep opening and most stay in business and some expand. Still, everyone admits to being anxious and feeling insecure. It is cognitive dissonance writ large.
Nothing continues in a straight line extrapolation, in either direction, forever. Right now, people seem to feel we are muddling through, even though the trend is frightening. We all need to straddle the line of we will continue to survive, economically, on one side, and we will crash and burn on the other. It is exhausting. It takes awareness and patience. But, basically, I don’t think anyone has a real clue as to what is actually going happen and when.
True enough...but our final economic collapse will only be the bud of a general cultural collapse than started to sink its roots in earnest some 40-50 years ago.
Too many in America still believe We The People are the soveriegns. The oligarchy will do something dramatic to end that fantasy. Right now, the people do not perceive how they have been usurped. But they are awakening, slowly. When fully awake the real contollers, the elites actually running the world through currency and commodities will have to dramatically halt that rise in awareness. Hunger and mayhem tend to dim notions of sovereignty.
One very small point: When comparing the USA in the 21st century with Rome in the 4th, it would do to consider that in Roman times one could communicate no faster than one could travel physically. To convey a message or transfer wealth to the far side of the empire could take months. Today, the same feats may be accomplished in seconds from an office computer or cell phone. Similarly, coins do not have to be minted with a lower silver content to debase the currency. It can be done almost instantly.
What took the Romans nearly five hundred years to accomplish can happen almost overnight today.
If there are folks 'writing' Hisotry books of anyhonesty in the future, say a hundred years from today, then it is the astonishing collapse and dissolution of America that will be the modern archetypal example cited. Bowyer is either a fool, or he is working to keep the populace bound in their somnabulence.
I think it's pretty "nutty" to build himself his own "oval office". Grandiosity, they name is Glenn Beck.
Interesting. At 1:52 in Glenn's speech from the "oval office See it here the camera pans out to show a bust of the head of a white horse.
I don't see Glenn as a nut, but as an alcoholic flim-flam man who has been, and is using mormonism to fulfill his grandious dreams.
He will continue to beat the drum of doom and gloom in order to keep the cash flowing in.
BTW, "restore" is a mormon code word that is being used by both Glenn and Mitt.
Well, I have only seen one episode of the Oval and it is odd, to say the least.
As for Romney, I heard Beck support Santorum and shrug about his expectations for Romney. And, to be honest, endorsements mean little to me. I don’t have any enthusiasm for Romney, but he isn’t Obama, he isn’t a Marxist, he isn’t out to subjugate the USA to the Muslim and totalitarian world. I will vote ABO.
Code words, white horses, prophecies: I really don’t care. I hear people all the time saying that there are code words and prophecies belonging to the Christians or the Jews and then using that to denigrate political candidates. I have read about Mormonism. It isn’t anything I believe in, but I have seen Mormons IRL and they are good, stable people, for the most part.
The culture is not dependent upon Beck or Romney. It might be less malignant if it were. It is epitomized by the present administration and the media and anything that undermines or at least blocks them is a better choice, at least for now.