So I'm still on my “quest” to refine my political beliefs, to try and find some reason in the chaos. Everywhere I turn I seem to find someone or
something that is enlightening or profound, but as quickly as I find this profound subject matter, I find the antithesis which is just as reasonable
if not more. The more I study and look at the facts of either side or issue the more I see that politics (especially in the US) is just getting more
and more extreme, dogmatic, and lacking in the reason and logic I am seeking.
I have always had “liberal” leanings when it comes to social issues, but my political beliefs seem incompatible with modern liberal movements as I
have great distrust of authority. It seems that even though the authorities of the US are imbued with their authority by the people they have no true
obligation to support them, only to secure the survival of the state which in my opinion is only those who support its infrastructure (i.e. major
corporations, banking organizations, and its own political structure). I don’t want to sound conspiratorial, but it looks like authorities view the
common man as pawns whose purpose is only to support an organization that benefits the state.
The above has led me to believe that the “state” is inherently immoral and harmful to the majority of the population, and that today’s political
system in all honesty appears to be a type of pseudo-fascism.
I quite enjoy Chomsky but he does not appear to be very popular on the web among many people I talk to and I agree with many of the criticisms leveled
against him, but I have to agree with this statement…
“Authority, unless justified, is inherently illegitimate, and the burden of proof is on those in authority. If this burden can't be met, the
authority in question should be dismantled.”
This leads me to my first question…
Has the authority (i.e. government and corporate America) effectively demonstrated the legitimacy of their authority?
The slow dismantling of our manufacturing base by major corporations, their exploitation of both 3rd world countries and seemingly oppressive nations,
and their disregard for the biosphere leads me to believe that their authority is illegitimate. They have shown arguably criminal disregard for human
rights and the environment for the sake of monetary gain.
I don’t even know where to begin with modern government. They have systematically supported the rights of major corporations to continue the above
practices, and have only dished out fines when they commit a crime. Government also supports the creation of countless weapons of war and despite the
people advocating the reduction of military spending, which never seems to be done. Meanwhile they are engaged in multiple wars across the globe that
range from somewhat justifiable to downright dishonest or immoral. The US government in the last 11 years (some could argue longer) has been guilty of
torture, kidnapping, murder, the hiring of mercenaries for various means, and actions which are without a doubt some of the greatest examples of
modern day democide.
This leads me to my next couple questions…
Is the collusion of government and corporations able to be curtailed?
Is government democide a phenomenon that must simply be accepted as a necessary evil?
I just can’t see a political system that truly benefits the majority of people, and they all in practice seem only to benefit an aristocracy.
I eagerly await your comments and criticisms.
edit on 8-1-2013 by Openeye because: (no reason given)