Think upon the Olden Daze; that to which we give less than zero mental energy here in America. The daze of Lords and kings and various aristocracy who, by right of birth or royal decree were deemed to be more fit, more able, to own the property, make the decisions and run the show.
It once was, “whatever is good for the Medicis is good for YOU — if you know what’s good for you.” Now it’s “whatever is The Truth for the elites is True for you — if you know what is good for ya…”.
We — we thought — got rid of the very idea of Birthright Makes Right with the long voyage to the wilderness, the brilliance of a handful of brave men who believed in the Spark of Divinity of Everyman, and the War to prove our seriousness.
It worked — for quite a while. Now it’s faltering; sputtering like an engine with sugar in the gas tank. We have elites in our gas tank.
A postmodern narrow coastal corridor runs from San Diego to Berkeley; there the weather is ideal, the gentrified affluent make good money, and values are green and left-wing. This Shangri-La is juxtaposed to a vast impoverished interior, from the southern desert to the northern Central Valley, where life is becoming premodern.
…In the interior, unemployment in many areas is over 15 percent. The theft of copper wire is reaching epidemic proportions. Thousands of the shrinking middle class have fled the interior for the coast or for nearby no-income-tax states. To fathom the nearly unbelievable statistics — as California’s population grew by 10 million from the mid-1980s to 2005, its number of Medicaid recipients increased by 7 million; one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients now reside in California — visit the state’s hinterlands.
But in the Never-Never Land of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hollywood, and the wine country, millions live in an idyllic paradise. Coastal Californians can afford to worry about trivia — and so their legislators seek to outlaw foie gras, shut down irrigation projects in order to save the three-inch-long Delta smelt, and allow children to have legally recognized multiple parents.
But… but… but… how?!?
Disinformation. …instead of expending the impossible energy needed to dictate the very form and existence of the truth, they would allow it to drift, obscured in a fog of contrived data. They would wrap the truth in a Gordian Knot of misdirection and fabrication so elaborate that they felt certain the majority of people would surrender, giving up long before they ever finished unraveling the deceit. The goal was not to destroy the truth, but to hide it in plain sight.
The Will to Power over Others: it’s simply Human Nature. As evidenced by the Cycles of History.
It’s up to US to figure out a new way to counter The Will to Power over Others with The Will to Freedom for Everyman.