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July 20, 2011

Democratic Redemption of Past and Future

Filed under: American Revolution, Freedom, Neo-feudalism, Peak Oil — Russ @ 2:54 am

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If our only choices are to submit to a cruel present or sacrifice for an envisioned future, the struggle is far better. It’s the only path of positive action and renewed human dignity.
 
We’ve been robbed of the pursuit of happiness in this present by the accumulated criminality of the past. (This is becoming true in a very literal sense when you look at the monopolies of propertarianism in general, and in particular the way the kleptocracy is using and abusing the laws to entrench a new inheritance aristocracy.) Our only way to render our lives meaningful and worthy of the human heritage, and to give our posterity a present worthy of human beings, is to turn the present into a time of struggle instead of a time of unilateral predation. (Thus it’s one vision of inheritance vs. another, the citizen vs. the criminal.) We didn’t start the war of the present, but it’s been imposed upon us. We can be its victims, or we can turn the tables and be its victors. Either way we’re slated to be conscripts. So why not instead be Volunteers?
 
To take up the struggle with alacrity and enthusiasm is to seize the present, even to redeem it. If enough people discover themselves as citizens with intrepid bodies, minds, and souls, if enough of us say as one, “Today we fight, tomorrow we triumph”, this triumph shall be guaranteed. This is the promise we can make to ourselves, our friends, families, communities, and democracy. We shall once again give life to the long-neglected democratic movement. This is the proper course of history, and we once felt it coursing through us as the true life essence of our very blood. This essence goes back millennia, to the hazy memory of primal agriculture, and flowed forward in many tribal forms, including such European forms as the Saxon Witan Moot and the medieval town. This spirit migrated to America, fermented in the New England town hall, and the burst forth in its full historical splendor, the first phase of the American Revolution.
 
As we know, this first phase was stifled as soon as the War of Independence was won. 1787-8 began the process of hijacking, misdirection, and repression of the democratic movement. But it was probably inevitable that democracy had to go on hiatus during the Oil Age and the Industrial Revolution. Today we reach the end of these, Peak Oil, and civilization shall soon enter the post-oil age. We have the promise of renewable energy, but this can be no promise in itself. Windmills and concentrated solar panels can be corporatized and turned against the people as surely as a private prison.
 
Only the democratic promise can make good on all other promises. If we fight for positive democracy, if we promise this to ourselves and our children, we can make all the other promises as well and make good on them. If we don’t rise to the struggle for democracy, all our other promises are lies.
 
We can gather up all the threads of the past and hold them in our hand, discovering that they’re the shining guidelines of fate leading to a bright future of freedom. We can once again realize our humanity by rediscovering our context in history. By claiming a human history for ourselves, we can envision and claim a future. The enemy wants to reduce us to ahistorical atoms drifting and rotting in a changeless present without context. We can defeat them first by discovering our present as a broad boulevard of coherency and meaning running straight ahead of us and behind, our progress always as a vector, the sun rising directly ahead. This is simply to define history as humanity’s struggle toward positive democracy and humanity itself as the class of hominids who fight for this. Our current task is therefore the most monumental humanity has ever faced. We stand at the final battleground. Kleptocracy wants to restore feudalism in its full fury, in a far more vicious form than the medieval. But the end of the Oil Age is also history’s great opportunity for positive democracy to triumph in its full dignity, splendor, and bounty. These are constants. The only variable is the citizen spirit, humanity’s will to fight for its own existence and self-transcendence.
 
Do we promise ourselves this future? We must, and we do.
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16 Comments

  1. ‎”That is the only way to judge: in what way are you freer, greater, more dangerous to every Society which is based on the false and the unessential? … Those who really desire to understand, … will be a danger to everything that is unessential, to unrealities, to shadows.” Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1929

    Comment by Kraig Peterson — July 20, 2011 @ 4:49 am

  2. Thanks for the spiritual fuel.

    Comment by Strieb Roman — July 20, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  3. Apologies for not commenting directly on your post (I will read it shortly), I wanted to mention I’ve been reading Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber . He lines up the historical development of debt and its explicit links to slavery and violence in ways that have been extremely illuminating. It’s interesting how the idea of debt is so intertwined with guilt, sin, honor and morality in our culture. He also discusses economics as conceived by classical liberals (Adam Smith) versus the communal and hierarchical alternatives. If you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend it. I’m halfway through and I can already tell I’ll have to read it a few more times to let it all sink in.

    Comment by reslez — July 20, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    • Thanks, reslez. I’ve had that book recommended to me several times. It sounds like it has ideas which, popularized, could be an important part of the toolkit.

      Comment by Russ — July 21, 2011 @ 6:49 am

  4. On the GMO front: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110720/full/475274a.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20110721

    Comment by paper mac — July 20, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    • I worked for Monsanto’s pharmaceutical division so I’m aware and keep informed of GM crops and their world salvation ploy. Look at the laws they are having ‘modified’ for our profit saviors. You may already know, yet if you missed, Hungary’s government recently destroyed over 400 hectares of Monsanto’s GM crops. http://www.allaboutfeed.net/news/hungary-destroys-all-gmo-maize-fields-11994.html

      And in the same light, the ‘to do’ part. I came across Robert Welch’s speech, past chairman of the John Birch Society in 1958 and again in 1971. In my own words, “Powerful statements. Not just accuracy in his foresight but lamenting the gullibility of the people who allow this to happen. Epic stance against the conspirators of power and control. Listen to the 10 points he emphasized to overcome this force and how we have failed due to our subservience.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=AZU0c8DAIU4&list=TLy80aN5k9zX​c The succeeding chairman was the democratic governor from Georgia, Larry McDonald. He openly revealed and challenged a CFR member on Crossfire in 1983 on the same supposed conspiracy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy9rjf-QYpQ JFK did the same thing years before. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=DxnpujfanUM&feature=related The one connection I’ve found between fighting the ‘money lenders’ power , like Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln did, or speaking about its absolute determination for world power ‘inadvertently puts a curse of ill fate on one’s livelihood.

      Reslez, regarding David Graeber, your timing couldn’t be more perfect. I don’t have access to his book here but I’m sure researching his name on the internet will lead me to find good information. As I work back in time on trying to grasp how we actually got here today I’m actually preparing to watch lectures from Michael Cremo on ‘Forbidden Archeology’ and read some Sitchin Zecharia. I’ve never heard of them before but was hoping their presentations gave historical insights from earlier civilizations based on their ‘digs’. Frankly, I’m trying to learn what our education and institutions ‘buried’ about real history, economics and politics. So a well reviewed anthropological theorist is most opportune for me.

      Russ, I agree with you. “…And the more who speak, the more who will become emboldened to speak. Speaking, which is another term for politics in the true sense, conjures a virtuous circle, just as silence perpetuates a vicious circle.” I do think you’ll appreciate Robert Welch the most. Short clip that embodies what we should be doing and equally NOT doing.

      Comment by Kraig Peterson — July 21, 2011 @ 1:47 am

      • In an added note I had Jiddu Krishnamurti, a deceased philosopher who adds value to my thoughts, delivering one of his speech’s as I fell to sleep and awoke to. One point sunk in and my take away was the past is the past. The present is the past unless we do something fundamentally to change it or our behavior. Therefore the past is our future unless we seek to change it in some way through our actions. Change requires time so the real question is are you effecting active change now if that’s what you seek? Isn’t hope really the future? Hope is time. “Carpa Diem” comes to mind. I believe the intellectuals of virtue towards humanity are one of the few voices of sanity for the masses. By nature most of us are introverted so speaking out isn’t our forte. But we should be intelligent enough to find ways to effect change, not just in ourselves, but others. In quirky terms people should know if they’re taking the red pill or the blue pill and comprehend the realities of their choice.

        Comment by Kraig Peterson — July 21, 2011 @ 2:17 am

      • All true. (As long as carpe diem includes fighting today for a better tomorrow. It’s often perverted toward useless and worthless hedonism.)

        Thanks for the links. I’ll check ’em out.

        Introversion (encouraged by the system) is one of the things we need to overcome. Fortunately, it’s one of those things which is easily overcome with practice. Relentless work solves everything.

        Comment by Russ — July 21, 2011 @ 6:46 am

      • If you’re looking for web resources related to economic anthropology you should also look up Michael Hudson (who is excellent for present-day political analysis too).

        http://michael-hudson.com/tag/ancient-near-east/

        Comment by reslez — July 21, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

      • Are you sure you’re not conflating two different Michael Hudsons? Or do you mean that the one who writes on the Mideast is also a perceptive economic commentator, like the one who wrote Superimperialism?

        Thanks for the recommendation, though. I haven’t read the “other” Hudson, though I’ve sometimes seen that he has pieces posted at Aljazeera.

        Comment by Russ — July 21, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

      • reslez, thank you for both sources. Graeber is definitely what I was looking for and I’ll have to check out the 2 Hudson’s (or see if we have identify theft on a geo-political Mr. Hudson). My primary source for current global geo-political strategies has been Thomas Barnett–The New Pentagon Map and other works. He seems to have some influence on actual decisions via his expertise.

        Comment by Kraig Peterson — July 22, 2011 @ 4:03 am

    • I’d fix this easily by making a rule based on the truth that all GMOs are noxious weeds. And there’s any number of other ways for a real public interest regulator to handle this.

      But as we know, the USDA is the rackets’ waterboy. “Regulation” cannot work.

      Comment by Russ — July 21, 2011 @ 6:47 am

      • I was kind of amazed that the regulatory authority on GMO crops was derived through the use of agrobacterium-mediated transfection. I had no idea the regulatory regime was that primitive- people were using other methods to make TG arabidopsis a couple decades ago, so there’s no reason they couldn’t have been prepared for other transgenesis techniques. Obviously they wouldn’t have done much with any regulatory authority, but it is pretty surprising that the USG would totally abdicate regulatory authority over that sphere entirely, rather than attempt to extract rents by exerting some basic authority and allowing Big Ag to buy them off.

        Comment by paper mac — July 21, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

      • Yeah, it’s always weird when you see corrupt pols seemingly miss a chance to be corrupt. That’s their only reason for being, right? (Well, that and exercising power. Most of them are petty fascists by “character”.)

        If I were a reformist, my first solution here would be to call them noxious weeds, like I said already. But in concept it would be easy to legislatively solve it as well. Back in the 80s, when “designer drugs” hit and were temporarily non-criminalized in the same way as this variety of GMO, congress had no problem passing one catch-all law to outlaw all synthetic heroin varieties, including ones which didn’t yet exist.

        So there’s two of the many easy solutions to this. That none will be considered for a moment is yet more proof that this is a terminal kleptocracy which cannot be reformed.

        Comment by Russ — July 21, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

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