a reply to: Krahzeef_Ukhar
A bit of my tale Krah. In my early twenties I was fooled by a messianic cult. The Moonies. I spent four years in the prime of my life in that cult,
aspiring to my highest hopes and dreams. Without going into those teachings or most of what happened there I managed to withdraw from it physically
taking many years to recover, if I have even, in an emotional and spiritual sense.
One of the things I did learn there was the workings of cults, cult leaders and cult members. That cult was heavily, fundamentally conservative. Arch
conservative. I vowed to never again be taken in by charismatic leaders and have been very leery since. I watched the cult of Bill Clinton arise
following the cult of Ron Reagan. Though those cults never approached the extremes of religious cults they did however have much in common.
Authoritarianism for one.
Cult mentality runs through all of us to greater and lesser degrees. It binds us to certain products and tv shows and other avenues of control that we
are never aware of.
Well after that period, I swung far to the left, running with a cell of labor oriented Marxists for four more years. And what I learned there was once
again how Marxism works as a cult also. Basically what I learned over the decades is that cults limit freedom of thought while at the same time
preaching that that is what they offer, freedom from all those other cults that limit free thought.
When we talk about the powers that be, I must admit that for a brief moment, I too held out hope that Trump might be that kingpin in helping to bring
them down. That hope did not last long. See, one of the things I took away from that Marxist period was that during that time I studied capitalism
along with Marxism. While Marxism offered itself as a better economic system than capitalism I still manages to understand that it will never work as
it has been practices in the past.
Basically capitalism fails from the same standard. While it has worked to fuel the engine of our modern world, depending on those successes and
ensuing mental conditioning of the population, those practices will no longer suffice to move our species forward. Capitalism defeated Marxism and now
is defeating itself.
Because Trump is not a capitalist. He is a venture capitalist, what I call a vulture capitalist. He does not produce, he does not build economies, he
skims from the top of affluence. He learned from his father that branding is all important in our modern world. Brands are cultlike. Many come to
trust a brand and then, even if something else comes along that is cheaper or even better, will stay with that brand with little thought of change.
So is Trump part of the powers that be? I think only in the sense that he has been successful in this free market which does not hold vultures at bay.
Capitalism should be an economic system for all of us but it has been dragged into this extremes of wealth in the hands of the few and poverty for
those who suffer under it.
Anyway, I have digressed here but that is because you have asked me, in such a polite and respectfull manner about my own biases. Yes I have biases,
just as you surmise that we all do. And my objectivity is also based on more that 50 years of attempting to be an individual that strives to hold
blind biases at bay. I might have learned by now that biases are with us and the most that we can do is to keep them from blinding us.
And yes, I think this polarization is part of the tactics of power. I think this tactic will be used up to and until we have reached the breaking
point. I do not believe that those powers want the world to crack, to crumble into chaos. I think they will let us fight amongst ourselves until we
turn to them for salvation and they will offer it. And then we will all keep working and rather than fighting over political issues and world affairs
will fight over coke or pepsi and which home team will win the championship this year.
Other than my introduction here years ago, I do not go into these things from my past but somehow your respectful questions have brought it out.