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War is such a profitable and patriotic distraction, as you so aptly describe. I, too, hear the pounding of distant drums and the ethos of "Over There!" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: Astrocyte
I don't really agree with much of what you wrote. You try to present problems, but don't really offer any alternatives. For the most part you are simply taking the B.S. from liberal classrooms on college campuses and spewing it out in your OP. The fact is there is no proof of any of what you saying being true or actually coming to fruition. It is all just theory and Woo.
originally posted by: teslahowitzer
No matter the form of government, there will be a pecking order. There will be a ruling class and the rest of the pyramid all lined up. It matters not the "type" or "form" of any government...the powerful and wealthy will control the masses. This is just fact, and at least a capitalist society is mostly a republic rule, not unchecked power and unwavering corruption....
TRUTH....but ultimately, i think its safe to say that a lot of us are onto them and their little game. it will not be long now, we will RESCIND OUR PERMISSION. we figured it out, so according to their very own Belief System, they MUST step aside or DIE.
originally posted by: Astrocyte
For the last few thousand years (probably since the Neolithic i.e. at least 12,000 years ago) Human society has been structured top-down. This structure, known as "hierarchical", came with a mystical and metaphysical belief system which the Humans who occupied the structure deeply believed in.
Fast-forward to today, and you have economists saying the "zero marginal cost" (Rifkin, Mason) of the information era undermines the entire hierarchical order of today's capitalistic infrastructure. Similarly, economists like Jason S. Moore (2015) believe the "frontier logic" of capitalism has come to an end, which means the 'space' required for Capitalism to work is shrinking. Paul Mason in his book 'Post Capitalism' (2015) also explores what would be needed to keep capitalism going: nothing less than the complete capitalization/commodification of the Human being, turning thoughts and feelings, for example, into products, so that marketers can profit on your desires, and channel your being as much as possible to a profit-making end.
Mason, like other progressives, considers such a world to be a nightmare, where environment and human nature is leveraged and mined for whatever profit some scheming capitalist can make out of it.
Suffice to say, this is an ugly world, yet the powers-that-be want it.
So who are the powers that be? Simple. In the economy, they are international bankers and investors. In the corporate world, they are executives and other investors. And in the military world, they are military people...and, investor.
There are people in this world who profit off of your dysfunction - that profit off of your not-understanding the nature of your existence.
Of course, and quite justifiably, climate change poses a big "stop-sign", yet the powers-that-be don't really care to stop. Quite the contrary, like studious little viruses, they are going for the jugular - of the planet, of the Human species, and all other living creatures.
The Logic of Forward Movement:
Wars. The only way to keep democracy from working, and to keep alive a progressive spirit of improving the Human condition, is through wars. As the eminent grey Russian political-theorist/occultist Aleksander Dugin has said "all-out war" needs to be started to "precipitate the endtimes" - whatever that is supposed to mean.
Yet the logic is simple. Wars keep the attention of people riveted on things OTHER THAN the way and manner the domestic economy is set-up to benefit the rich at the expense of the vast majority of people (the so-called "99%"). Wars in the world activate and stimulate peoples emotional/affective dynamics, inclining them with excitement/rhetoric to demonize and oppose anyone who seeks to undermine the efficacy of the war-effort.
Nationalism becomes an internal "gate" that focuses the minds of Humans on egotistical ends. And with war - the need/imperative to "support the troops" becomes intense, and if the world at large appears to be "teetering on the edge" of chaos, religious fundamentalism - Christian evangelicalism - will be recruited to up-the-ante - that is, to fully engage, if the wars devolve into a world-war situation, in a religious fantasy, perhaps the "ultimate fantasy", where "America the good", representing Christiandom, perepares to fight against the Muslim world (and also North Korea, Russia, and China - who have strategic interests that align with Islamic countries like Syria, Iran, and Pakistan).
How will things work domestically in such an environment? Not very well, I imagine.
Oversea distractions which sweep up a large chunk of the population into an emotional fervor, necessarily puts the breaks on - or reduces "societies" tolerance for, civil disobedience, protesting, or anything which would be vulnerable to being cast as "undermining America", and making "America weak". When feelings change, and peoples tolerance for abuse increases, it is because trauma/fear/anxiety as well as the machismo fantasies of "fighting" - despite the probability of simply making the world much worse - grows out of control.
It's an ancient method, and well known. Divide and conquer. Divide them in their feelings of camaraderie, and channel the fear/anger that emerges in the desired direction.
None of this will ever end unless Humans recognize how important - and necessary - awareness of self is.