This is impressive commentary, by Fareed Zakaria, on what should be obvious to Americans by now. I would even go a step further, and call out the NRA as probably a criminal organization at this point, not unlike the Mob, of the early twentieth century, when they relied on racketeering, bribing politicians, illegal gambling, extortion, etc., to manage and sustain their corporate infrastructure. For some reason, the FBI still follows 88-year-old paroled gangsters who just want to have an espresso on the hill and make it to a friend’s wake, before they die, rather than follow the trail of bullet casings, dollars, and Republican votes to maybe stop the next Norman Rockwell American Massacre.
The incredible slight in all of this, that Fareed elucidates, starkly, yet reassuringly, is that the world moves on easily without America, the superpower. The elevation of our most mediocre, our basest and mundane, to America’s highest realm – with our own permission and utter transparancy, mind you – shows the world our underbelly, which as Marx foretold a long time ago, would ultimately level the true self-absorbed, egoic, disease of Capitalism.