Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (Decline of the by Morris Berman

By Morris Berman

In Dark a long time America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the state has entered a deadly section in its old improvement from which there's no go back.

As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the kingdom rolls on, the very elements that after propelled the US to greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and fiscal growth, and the pursuit of fabric wealth—are, mockingly, the nails in our collective coffin.

Within a couple of many years, Berman argues, the us can be marginalized at the international degree, its hegemony changed by means of China or the ecu Union. With the USA only one terrorist assault clear of a police nation, Berman's booklet is a arguable and illuminating examine our present society and its ills.

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With the Cold War a distant memory, Geddes' protestations of innocence would perhaps now be received more sympathetically, and indeed it is hard to explain how most of what anthropologists learn could possibly be bent to tactical use. How could the CIA have pro®ted from knowing the contents of Berawan death songs, for instance? Moreover, my Berawan hosts were hardly in a position to know or care that my money came largely from the Ford Foundation and not the Pentagon. Nevertheless, it signi®cantly framed my research that there was a communist insurgency in Sarawak in the 1970s that tied down a considerable part of the Malaysian army, mainly troops from West Malaysia.

Particularly when things were quiet in the longhouse, they could be found in one of the kitchens at the back, perhaps with a bottle of something. Together, they had a schoolgirlish mischievousness about them that belied their age. In this mood, there was absolutely nothing they would not talk about if they so chose. They would guffaw scurrilously about all manner of ancient quarrels and the foolishness of men living and dead, and when they were done teasing me, they were the best informants in the world.

Nevertheless, it signi®cantly framed my research that there was a communist insurgency in Sarawak in the 1970s that tied down a considerable part of the Malaysian army, mainly troops from West Malaysia. For one thing, I was taken at one point to be a communist agent, presumably because I stayed around a long time and lived modestly, but did not evangelize. It is interesting that having suspected that I might have another ideological agenda entirely from the missionaries, no one in the longhouse thought to turn me in to the security forces, which enjoyed Power 51 scant popularity upriver.

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