Coverage of yesterday's attack in London followed an all too familiar sensational scripting whose first casualty is a meaningful sense of perspective. Breaking this cycle of violence is going to require steering history in a different direction that the mainstream media can't seem to fathom.
From FBI investigations to the halls of Congress to the pages and screens of US media, questions are being asked and accusations are being made about Russia and North Korea. Russia has been accused of interfering in US elections, and because North Korea is "irrational," diplomatic efforts to end its nuclear weapons program were pronounced dead simultaneously with the birth announcement of a new approach to the problem that put "all options on the table." However, allegations of Russian interference in US elections and North Korean irrationality preventing a nuclear agreement require historical amnesia on the part of the accusers.
"Empires, like adolescents, think they'll live forever.... As a result, it can be hard to distinguish growing pains from death rattles. When the end comes, it's always a shock." In this excerpt from Splinterlands, written in the form of a fictitious journal from the year 2050, John Feffer offers a grim speculative account of how the world unraveled.