Monday, January 26, 2009

Bad Analogies

in November of 1999 the Seattle meeting of the WTO was met with large scale citizen protests. What were they protesting? They were protesting the global corporate state. This is widely understood to be fascism, according to the quote attributed to Mussolini - "the corporate state is the fascist state." At least, corporate globalism is understood to serve the corporate interests at the expense of the public. Indeed, it is argued that capitalism inevitably declines into corporatism, due to greater and greater wealth falling into the hands of fewer and fewer people.

If the global corporate state is a fascist state, then the global corporate media is fascist media.
The audience that is unwittingly indoctrinated in the global corporate media has few alternatives but to accept the informational bias as 'truth'.

how to combat fascism? at least, how to combat global corporate domination? It can be said that the recent election of President Barack Obama represents a very real turning of the tide in the contest between corporate rule and civic representation: Obama was elected by overwhelming public mandate, largely based on his willingness to listen to the citizenry and his willingness to meet their needs. This can be seen as a true victory for the nonviolent resistance movement that has been diligently operating underground as the Hegelian 'antithesis' to materialist-corporate thesis of all-consuming Empire. The rebellion has won a decisive victory, but the Empire remains, and the Death Star hasn't been blown up yet...

To use a different metaphor: The Ring of Power is close to Mount Doom, and both Elves and the All-Seeing Eye recognize an ending of an age, for better or worse.

Hegel speaks of a dialectic: a thesis, countered by an antithesis, resolving in synthesis that incorporates and transcends both polarities. The perception of unity behind duality, requiring a shift in perspective, or a shift in dimension(incidentally, this is the nature of tantra, also).  If heirarchy - the gradual accumulation of power by the few, creating a powerless many- is opposed by anarchy- the opposition of heirarchy, students insisting on teaching teachers, the poor insisting on being valued by the rich, the active abolition of the caste system- what synthesis can we expect to see? a resolution between the paradox of trusting the self or trusting the teacher resolves when all is experienced as the self, even the teacher.

creation and destruction. we destroy the death star, we burn the ring of power. what remains? preservation of what? society in what form? a tribe? a town? a barbarian horde? the law of tooth and claw? should we struggle? should we surrender? what does a post-struggle society look like?

the path of least resistance says that if you can't beat them, join them. Join the Empire; it will keep you fed, clothed, socialized, confident, comfortable, and arrogantly obtuse. Empire builds the caste system and ensures that its proponents don't sink on the ladder.

by refusing to join the global corporate leviathan, one suffers persecution. Malnourished, homeless, socially deprived, low self-esteem, miserable, full of doubts and lacking any meaningful relationship with the heirarchy of power, those who refuse to join what they can't beat end up nobodies, with nothing.

this is the nature of the American untouchable, who lives on the premise that you can't beat them if you join them. we don't want your caste system, we don't want your class war, we don't want your immoral and socially degrading society, we don't want your mockery, your manufactured poverty, your unwillingness to love and your negative reinforcement patterns.

Today's persecuted untouchable is the roots of tomorrow's culture.  And the roots is always what is preserved, through the rise and fall of vast empires and civilization itself.  Before there was civilization there was roots and at the height of civilization they all scorned the roots and at civilization's collapse the roots survived, and thrived, and led the way, and taught the formerly civilized (read: domesticated) how to remember their true nature

For the first shall be last, and the last shall be first
and the stone that the builder refuse will always be the head cornerstone.

we want out. so we wait, patiently, for Rome to fall...

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