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L Tecolote

Wildartist, I agree. Many empires of the past came, and then died out, only to be replaced by another essentially no different in character, differing only in language spoken, or minor cultural tastes. A few, e.g., the Roman, British, and American, temporarily, at least, embodied ideas — fixed and universal law, Rights of Man — that they markedly changed what much of mankind expected from their government.

When this one collapses, and it will, many of those ideas and ideals will be set back worldwide, probably for centuries. For that matter, those concepts currently exist only in the minds and extant books of a few. It wouldn’t take much to wipe out what we think of as civilization.

Let us pass on to those who would regenerate it, as much of it as we can.

Cry, "Treason!"