…age of affluence

…the age of affluence

Sir John Bagot Glubbs book „The fate of empires and search for survival“ deals with the rise and decline of empires throughout our recorded history. His theory states that each empire has roughly the duration of 10 generations or 250 years during this time each empire would go through 6 stages that he identified as follows:

  • the age of pioneers (outburst)
  • the age of conquests
  • the age of commerce
  • the age of affluence
  • the age of intellect
  • the age of decadence

Our empire has acquired immense amounts of wealth. Money stands in the middle of everything and determines most peoples daily lives. Values and driving factors like courage, honor and sense of duty slowly deteriorate and disappear. New born generations are faced with the requirement to exceed others in earning money. A rising part of new pupils guided by the parents is choosing courses that allow them to earn higher salaries. The need to achieve a higher score often leads to a world view that allows the goal to justify the means. Slowly morals and ethic ground rules are put into question, are being watered up and loose significance. Foreign policy is often altered from an aggressive to a pragmatic approach. Enemies might be bought off rather than fought off, making the militarys primary goal the defense of the nation.

Since the nation is most likely inherently more wealthy than the surrounding states, the fear of loosing what is owned is greater than the prospect of acquiring new assets. To retain rather than conquer seems to be the main principal. This change in concept also leads to a change in philosophy. The conception that it is immoral and uncivilized to conquer other countries for personal gain is widely accepted and grows.

Occasionally economic and trade related binds to neighbor states are a determining factor in the search for a peaceful solution. As it would hurt business the reluctance to fight often also leads to a certain degree of disarmament. The transition from the age of commerce to the age of affluence represents the peak of the nation in many ways. Morally stable military, strong, wealthy and proud, outside observers often fail to notice the smoldering decay of morals, growing greed for money and the general change from service to selfishness that lead through the age of affluence to the age of intellect.

…comey as you are

…comey as you are

James Comey was the head of the FBI from September 4th 2013 and was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9th 2017. During the presidential campaign 2016 the FBI was investigating an alleged russian involvement that was aimed towards obstructing the democratic presidential election. During the investigation numerous people have been reviewed, including some of the staff members of the Trump campaign. After being inaugurated, and even before that, Trump allegedly tried to influence Comey so he would shut down investigations about his staff members. Comey had taken meticulous notes of his meetings with Trump. Comey offered to testify and make a public statement about the content and nature of his meetings with Trump. On June 8th 2017 he appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify, and prepared a public written statement, which you can access using the link at the bottom.

Here are some excerpts and quotes from said statement:

Page 2, middle:

I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting. Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward.

Page 2, bottom -3, top:

It was unclear from the conversation who else would be at the dinner, although I assumed there would be others. It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.

Page 3, bottom:

A few moments later, the President said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence.

Page 4, top:

He then said, “I need loyalty.” I replied, “You will always get honesty from me.” He paused and then said, “That’s what I want, honest loyalty.” I paused, and then said, “You will get that from me.”

Page 5, middle:

He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Page 5, bottom:

We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations. (He did so two weeks later.) The Deputy Attorney General’s role was then filled in an acting capacity by a United States Attorney, who would also not be long in the role.

Page 6, middle:

He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.”

Page 7, bottom:

He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.”

For all those that have questions, need further context or don´t believe these to be quotes, read the document. It is 7 pages long, comprehensibly written and can be found using this link:

Comey-Prepared-Remarks-Testimony

…age of commerce

…age of commerce

Sir John Bagot Glubbs book „The fate of empires and search for survival“ deals with the rise and decline of empires throughout our recorded history. His theory states that each empire has roughly the duration of 10 generations or 250 years during this time each empire would go through 6 stages that he identified as follows:

  • the age of pioneers (outburst)
  • the age of conquests
  • the age of commerce
  • the age of affluence
  • the age of intellect
  • the age of decadence

After the empire has grown and assimilated everything in its way, expansion has stopped. The government now controls a vast land mass. Language, customs and monetary systems have been unified and allow for traders and merchants to reach the complete territory easy and safe. The country is now an umbrella for several cultures and sometimes even expands over more than one climate zone. Goods that have been unavailable before can now be purchased and the production of trade goods starts to get better organized.

The acquisition of wealth is a strong goal even though it is not egocentric impulses but rather the development of the nation that is the driving factor. Education and morals still show the same marks as during the age of conquest. Men are raised to be brave and strong, show no pain and be honest. Honor, duty and pride seem to be the strongest characteristics, defining social behavior and structure.

Development of infrastructure, communication and social systems is driven forward at a very high pace increasing wealth. Social and military safety lead to a rise in arts and luxury. A feeling for status is evolved and so wide streets, tall buildings, big palaces, rich architecture and any number of depictions of wealth slowly come to life. The age of commerce benefits everyone but soon the division between classes becomes more and more visible, wealth and the power of production shift to the rich and super rich initiating the age of affluence.

…the age of conquest

…the age of conquest

Sir John Bagot Glubbs book „The fate of empires and search for survival“ deals with the rise and decline of empires throughout our recorded history. His theory states that each empire has roughly the duration of 10 generations or 250 years during this time each empire would go through 6 stages that he identified as follows:

  • the age of pioneers (outburst)
  • the age of conquests
  • the age of commerce
  • the age of affluence
  • the age of intellect
  • the age of decadence

During the age of conquest a rising empire attacks the surrounding tribes or countries to assimilate or devour them. This leads to a mixture of ethnicity and cultures if a developed civilization is overthrown by a less advanced conqueror. Technology, knowledge, military and administrational traits are absorbed and adjusted.

The rising civilization assimilates and integrates wisdom at an exceptional rate and through their lack of background or education show a high level of improvisation and experiment. A daring initiative and growing organizational skills lead to larger expeditions explorations of land forests and mountains. Glory and honor seem to be driving forces behind all this ambition.

The age of conquest typically ends when natural borders are reached like a great mountain chain a desert or the ocean. Sometimes the attacking armies are stripped too thin already across the shores of the country to defend themselves and therefore stop to expand for logical reasons. Depending on whether the means and knowledge to overcome these natural borders or insufficient troop size exists or not, the new nation has to develop them quickly or stop its expansion. At this point a wide mass of land and or sea has been conquered laws traditions and trade have been unified and eased and the age of conquest leads to the age of commerce.

…the age of pioneers

…the age of pioneers

Sir john bagot glubb, 16 april 1897 – 17 march 1986, was a british soldier that served during the first world war in the royal engineers. He was wounded three times and awarded the military cross during his service in iraq for which he volunteered. He resigned and worked for the iraq government from 1939 to 1956 he became commander of the jordan arab legion the jordan army. After his retirement he wrote and published 17 books.

His book “The fate of empires and search for survival” deals with the rise and decline of empires throughout our recorded history. His theory states that each empire has roughly the duration of 10 generations or 250 years during this time each empire would go through 6 stages that he identified as follows:

  • the age of pioneers (outburst)
  • the age of conquests
  • the age of commerce
  • the age of affluence
  • the age of intellect
  • the age of decadence

During the age of pioneers a people race or nation shows a fearless readiness to go beyond the borders of their known lands to spread and eventually expand into enemy territory if necessary. Typically the urge to expand is often bigger than the urge to self preserve leading to endeavors being undertaken that usually would have been disregarded due to safety concerns. During the age of pioneers the urge to expand is the biggest and sometimes only goal and maxim, you could also say expand at any cost.

But before a people can take efforts to explore new territories the inner attitude has to change. Traditions, religion and moral standards are often questioned, disregarded or altered in case they stand in the way of expansive efforts. This can even provide the moral basis for the second age, the age of conquest.