This is Your Life

The March on Washington is still on, with the same level of hope and expectations as all other Washington marches — zip. I’ve never participated in a march, although I did attend a protest once. It didn’t do any good then either and I learned my lesson. I’m not aware that such actions ever do any good.

But something needs to be done, so I support any effort to stop the Washington juggernaught, but is this even possible? I think this statement sums it up nicely –

“On numerous occasions over the last nine years the Court has wanted to simply wash its hands of Interior and its iniquities once and for all. But doing so,” he concluded, “would constitute an announcement that negligence and incompetence in government are beyond judicial remedy.”

The only remedy that remains for Americans (including the grossly disenfranchised Native Americans, as noted above) is to overthrow this present government. No “judicial or democratic’ remedy is no longer possible (or even desirable anymore, simply because this too, does not work and we should stop pretending that it does). But I don’t see this happening anytime soon either.

A few weeks back, I posted a blog entry on a speech made by Jimmy Carter. Apparently no one bothered to ‘identify the illusions’ then and now, made in that speech. I was hoping someone would at least make the effort (so I didn’t have to do it for you). And I still won’t, but my point should be noted if you have / had done the requested exercise. The entire fabric of what makes America is torn and threadbare and increasingly obvious since Carter. But the problem is much greater then America. It has now eclipsed the entire world and every institution of man.

According to Doug Casey in ‘Foundations of Crisis’, the problem, as it were, is generational. But I’m not convinced this covers enough territory. Or am I simply stuck in my (Boomer) generational viewpoint?

Casey doesn’t seem to identify with several social-economic issues, including personal freedoms, economic opportunities, indebtedness and state fascism just to name a few.

Casey say’s –

I’m intensely optimistic about the long-term future. It seems to me a lock cinch that the advance of technology alone ‘ and nanotechnology in particular ‘ will result in a future of incredible abundance and prosperity, and that alone will solve most of the problems that plague us.

I don’t perceive nanotechnology solving or changing much of anything for the average man. Or any futuristic technology. They said the same thing about the Internet and the “free flow of information”. The only thing the Internet has done is help us understand and talk about just how enslaved we really are. We grumble more, but we are also more controlled. The same state-owned (or favored) franchised monopolies will still govern every aspect of your waking and sleeping moments, except now they’ll do it on the nano level. It will be far worse then it is today. The false salvation god of science and technology is being offered (once again) as a reason for optimism. That takes a lot of faith (who said science and religion aren’t the same thing?) but why is it that such promises always fail? I don’t believe it for one second. Until government and the corporate controllers are disemboweled and defanged from intruding, controlling and regulating every aspect of our lives, then giving these soul-sucking fiends more power and more control over our lives will only make it worse.

I fail to see where such optimism comes from. I’m running the other way, as fast as I can from the false gods of “prosperity and abundance” (material possessions, debt, insecurity and resource destruction) and its crippled cousin, “happiness” (giving support to the slave-labor state as a worker-bee tasked for the rest of my natural life doing extremely unnatural things).

I blame a great deal of the fault on government for our “present way of life”, but readily acknowledge that the solution is (and always was) up to me. I can’t fix government by marching on Washington (so I won’t), but I can fix my own life and lifestyle, rejecting what I see as unfit, unwise and unwanted in our present culture and way of life. My tiny little splash won’t make much of a difference, but it is my life I’m talking about. I dread the day when these last remaining vestiges of personal freedoms are also stolen away from us, which is probably not too far off in the future. Then, no marches will be allowed (or found necessary). We’ll be too busy simply fighting to stay alive.

This is where I strongly differ from viewpoints like Casey’s. I don’t see technology as enabling, but disabling, because we a) don’t retain proper control; b) we don’t consider the social-economic-resource costs. Frankly, we don’t need most technology at all, but do so because we find it profitable, convenient and controlling and because we’re lazy.

We are already well on our way to a global police state, which can only happen as a result of technology. This should teach us that technology in the hands of fascists is not a good thing. I’m not a Luddite — but I’m not a pacified pawn either, goggling over the latest and greatest electronic doo-dad as if it was actually going to help me live a better life. To actually have a better life, I need to get that horde of intrusive little bureaucratic nano-machines do-gooders out of my life. Permanently. And that won’t happen by a benign march on Washington. But go if it makes you feel better. I’m going to stay home and work on my sustainable acreage.

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