I was taught in school that our modern governance was the best thing ever, and I suppose that you were too. But do any of us really believe that the way of life we now have is the best possible? I dare say (and hope!) that few of us are that intellectually barren.
And yet, the systems of the West are treated as gods: No thought of changing them is permitted. Working inside the system is acceptable; anything else brands you a "domestic terrorist."
How then shall we improve? The system we have is despised on all sides, and yet to suggest anything outside of it terrifies the servile citizen and incites the security complex to violence.
It would be a disgrace to human nature if we didn't try to improve our situations; our descendants could and should condemn us for such a failure. And so, here lies the social problem of the age:
New ways of living are prohibited; they are ridiculed at their outset and punished if continued.
If you're tempted to think that I'm overstating this, please give it a try sometime. You'll find the experience educational.
Going More than Halfway
The streets are full of people who complain about the political systems that rule them. And millions more have been recognizing their abuse recently. I welcome this enthusiastically. Facing the truth is a crucial virtue.
The holdup in this process is usually at the halfway point, where angry people blame factions rather than structures. In the US, for example, half the country blames the Reds for everything; the other half blames the Blues for everything. But they both stop short of seeing that the system itself is the problem. And so, they get more and more polarized, to the point where it's starting to bleed over into violence.
So, yes, Mr. Blue, you are being abused, and yes, Mr. Red, you're being abused. But your abuser is the system itself, not the slimy parties that slither through its belly. If all the parties vanished tomorrow, your abuse – at the hands of a hundred government agencies and their partners in crime – would continue unabated.
And this really should be obvious: The Reds have had their turn with control of the full Congress and the presidency; the Blues have had their turn with the same advantages. And yet the abuse continues unabated. It doesn't take a genius to draw a lesson from that.
Blame the Structure
As I've explained before and no doubt will again, the system we now "enjoy" is primitive and barbaric. It's really a relic of the Bronze Age.
Think about it this way: If you weren't taught all your life that ours was the best possible organization for the world, would you seriously choose to give one small group of men all the weapons and full power to control and punish everyone else? And if you knew that this ruling group would be morally inferior to nearly everyone else, would you still think it was a great idea?
Only if you were deranged.
My message, and one that I suppose I'll keep repeating so long as I have breath, is that we are better than this. Humanity is far better than their barbaric ruling systems. We are better than manipulative elites and perpetually false politicians. We just need to stop believing them, that we're all vile and weak. If we did that, we'd never put up with the abuse they heap upon us year after year.
The Bottom Line
If you take an argument like this to political obsessives, they'll take you on an hours-long tour of confusion, throwing authority and intimidation at you and all the while and warring against your personal judgment. Truth, on the other hand, is simple and clear. And the question that cuts through all the BS is this:
Are we free to experiment, or not?
If you can withdraw from the ruling system and experiment with new ways of living, then you're a free man or woman.
If the system won't let you out – if they won't release you to try something better – then you are enslaved, and no amount of confusing talk will ever change that.
We are better, and we can become much better. Archaic structures of dominance stand in our way.
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