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Well, this changed my day, but confirmed the suspicions that the current 'collapse' is on such a grand scale, that most people cannot see it as they squirm around in their own small private hell or heaven of illusion.

Those with larger big picture sight, can see the black goo that is spreading over everything and you have given us the 'template' in history of patterns forgotten, due to the 'victors' having rewritten history to hide their crimes.

We have seen very clearly the 'end of science' in these last 3 years on a scale we could never have imagined. It has been dead for decades, but the veils have been torn off the mysterious dancing girl, to reveal a fat ugly big pharma monster, there all the time, creating the sickness it pretends to heal.

It has been very hard to fathom. The end of sound medical practice is attaached to that demise.

We are watching the destruction of 'industrial and agricultural sense' as the technorats, try to turn the knowledge of 'making concrete' and raising cows, into an algorithm in a computer, therefore forgetting how to make it.

We have seen the art world (my industry) turn into some sort of strange vanilla carton world which contains nothing but a form of 'animae pink slime' therefore degrading the potential potency of what art can do which includes cause revolution through the imagination pointing out what normal sight can't see. Its all happening. Thank you again for your excellent work.

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An excellent essay, thank you for it. There were a few places where commas caused confusion and two or three sentences the sense of which was clear but the wording hadn't been reviewed closely.

Austrian economics enthusiasts like Lew Rockwell would quote Murray Rothbard saying that gold is the best form of money. Others would quote FA Hayek's Denationalisation of Money and call for market chosen money. The thousands of competing crypto currencies offer many choices to trade and commerce.

Quite a few people since Andrew Dickson White wrote about fiat monetary inflation in France under John Law and later under the Directorate are against government issued money. You say that the government represents the people but evidence is all around that the government only represents the powerful and wealthy.

Asimov wrote Foundation and it's sequels about a corrupt decadent empire, the slow collapse of which would lead to a very deep, long, terrible dark age from which humanity might never recover. His protagonist said that only the rapid fall of the empire could leave enough people with knowledge to rapidly build a new and lasting order.

It's hard not to suppose that Asimov was thinking of the American-British-deep state empire of his day when he wrote his galactic empire novels. We will find out how bad things get very soon.

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Your words - "You say that the government represents the people but evidence is all around that the government only represents the powerful and wealthy."

I did not see or perceive this in the article at all. In the telling of the story of the past - it was a reference to Ceasers choice at one point to join 'the party of the people'.

I think we all know that "Governments" (past and present) have been captured by the elite. What I perceived in the essay was that humans corrupt (in power absolutely), and that anyone that tries to address that (within the power structures) is 'knocked off' by those who stand to lose from the goverment working for the people.

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The commas didn't cause me any confusion.

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Small heads up, I grew up trilingual and learned four more languages after that and my comma rules are very often very German because they just make infinitely more sense to me than the English ones, so if I sometimes get all these languages mixed up, don't be mad at me :)

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Thank you for this primer. The parallels with our current situation are already striking. The "upper class had become decadent, twisted, fat and lazy. Values and traditions eroded" . Our elites' psychopathic pursuit of power and population control as well as untrammelled upward wealth transfer surely spell the end of this civilization.

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So interesting. Thank you so much. I am a senior (81 years young) on a fixed income . Sorry but I don't feel I can afford to pay for the several wonderful content creators (including you) that I attempt to follow.

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Good essay. I was already familiar about Rome's monetary history and also that the current widely held perception of Caesar, versus the likely truth about his short reign (latter courtesy of the infamous / colorful Martin Armstrong). I thought you pulled together many interesting historical occurrences, and highlighted the parallels to our current situation, very well. Apologies for any misplaced commas....

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Excellent.

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Thank you. This was excellent!

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well written

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Lily, I love and look forward to our commentary; but I agree with Jim Davidson's comment about clarity in your writing. I would constructively suggest that a grammarian/editor would be a great addition to your team and its output. Respectfully, Bob

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