Imperial Abandon

Intro Music: Georg Philipp Telemann‘s Viola Concerto in G major, 2nd movement (allegro).

The Allegro

We later civilizations . . . we too know that we are mortal.

We had long heard tell of whole worlds that had vanished, of empires sunk without a trace, gone down with all their men and all their machines into the unexplorable depths of the centuries, with their gods and their laws, their academies and their sciences pure and applied, their grammars and their dictionaries, their Classics, their Romantics, and their Symbolists, their critics and the critics of their critics. . . . We were aware that the visible earth is made of ashes, and that ashes signify something. Through the obscure depths of history we could make out the phantoms of great ships laden with riches and intellect; we could not count them. But the disasters that had sent them down were, after all, none of our affair.

Our discussion this week precedes Andy’s leaving for Asia, perhaps for good and all, and why it should be so that the people we know in tech and finance are increasingly participating in elite abandonment of the…what is it called, now? Global American Empire?

Myself a nowt–and not elite nor even an aspirant, really, unless we’re making something out of the diaspora–living in China for lo these seven years, I make the case for China as a bolthole, or a port in the storm. As such, we give time to disabusing Western listeners of some of their own media propaganda on the subject.

On the matter of abandonment, there was recently a good article by Scott Locklin, who has also noticed a trend and likened elite abandonment of America to an earlier one from the late Russian empire in light of 1918 that gave us our aerospace industry.

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