By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
“Concord Bridge,” Ralph Waldo Emerson
That was then.
Today, Pepe Escobar opines on the ungovernable fragments that are the “United?” States and what it means for the rest of the world:
“The hyper-modern Pacific-Atlantic nodes congregate high-tech and finance, profit from Pentagon techno-breakthroughs and benefit from the ‘America rules the waves’ ethos that guarantees the global primacy of the U.S. dollar.
“The rest of America is largely considered by the Pacific-Atlantic as just a collection of flyover states: the South – which regards itself as the real, authentic America; and the Midwest, largely disciplined and quite practical-minded, squeezed ideologically between the littoral powerhouses and the South.
“Superstructure, though, is key: no matter what happens, whatever the fractures, this remains an Empire, where only a tiny elite, a de facto plutocratic oligarchy, rules.”
Take in Pepe and see what started at Concord Bridge evolved into.