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America As Empire by James Garrison

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9The Final Empire

TRANSITIONS ARE TIMES OF ACUTE STRESS, disjunction, and upheaval. Apocalyptic visions of the end of the world abound, and values shift like sand in the desert. The old is breaking down and the new is emerging, but the new has not reached sufficient strength to seem reliable or secure. People cling to fundamentalist beliefs, whether religious fundamentalism or market fundamentalism. Periods of transition are thus times of crisis and alienation. Opportunity and abundance can come from such times, but only if there is an invigorating vision of future possibility. Old beliefs and practices must be surrendered and new ways of living and relating embraced, but this requires a strength of spirit and fortitude of mind uncommon in ...

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