Prison Radio
Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Fall of Empire.”

Imagine living in almost any country in the world except the United States. Imagine looking at news accounts, reporting on the U.S. presidency for the last two years. Imagine what millions of people think of the current president and, through him, the American people. Try to imagine how they could see both as anything other than mad.

America looks like and sounds like a nation in the throes of madness: loud, abrasive, offensive, addicted to name calling and an air of meanness. How could they think otherwise?

Threatening war one day, loving and praising dictators the next. How can the U.S. empire seem anything other than schizophrenic? It looks like a circus act, like a clown juggling atom bombs.

The praise of neo-Nazis, the siren’s call to fear, the calls for a wall are all emblems of the fall of empire, for an empire that cannot reasonably run itself can hardly run or control other states.

And even when Donald the first leaves his imperial throne, the U.S. will long bear the mark of infamy for people of the world will have seen the real face of America—one it will not soon forget.

From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of prison, radio.