Wednesday, November 27
Were I to draw a major distinction between advanced civilizations and those still savage it would be drawn over use of technology and not technology itself. It would be where the use of technology was to benefit everyone on all levels and not just a select few at any of those levels. For only where such access is afforded all alike would come the stability for a civilization to survive beyond the inevitable struggles of one group to succeed to parity with another, a cultural tension far greater than that to survive any elite... no matter what is in place to protect their privileged station.
But then that is not the only “tension” threatening to destruct a culture. The very nature of privilege breeds leadership that feeds on the devastation of others. Settle class rule and you would just begin to see that leadership will begin to feed upon itself. Can it be otherwise when the use of nuclear devices, despoliation of an entire planet and plans to murder over 90% of a population become adopted as methodology? Just what is left ANY of those that survive? For such an amoral contagion does not end there and those just immediately outside its influence would certainly object to neighboring with it.
When we examine the history of war, perhaps of any earthly struggle, we see two things constant among the fashioning causes, one class making the war while another fights it.
So, I ask you, would (even could) there be war without class distinctions? More, can class distinctions be predicated on wealth alone? Corporate wealth? Provisions found in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement can answer that quite clearly. For what it lays out, not just forebodes, is the selection of leadership solely on those aspiring to power on the basis of corporate profit taking. The sell is on the lie that this will settle upon a new period of global harmony. Nothing could be further from the truth. Take heed of the corporate sabotage, corporate espionage that has percolated out of allowing corporations greater and greater influence in the world today. Hardly is “corporate” anything an answer to the survivability of the planet. This comes to nothing more than an end run behind all human advance socially obtained through the instrument of social contract.
Not just an abdication to the excesses of power that our own Constitution prevented, but to the rights of all individuals under the theory of Everyman and his place being held to inherent rights accorded by natural design. Something so profound, something given us as an heritage that the forefathers of time immemorial struggled so hard and long to obtain. Now, like the surgical incision to remove America's economic health NAFTA portended, the final dissolution of any idea of human rights comes under threat. Disguised again like a “free” trade treaty, it is the final blow to the promise of all freedoms ever won from any and all forms of slavery. - JCH