Mr. Karl Marx, when solitarily contemplating the condition and future of humanity in the bowels of the British Museum, illuminated the relationship between those who control wealth and those who, he concluded, create it. In doing so he necessarily postulated class warfare. That concept became a rallying cry for those using political means to propel themselves into power. When successful they would, thereby, control wealth and aggressively employ State military power to further their own objectives. This charming scenario was exposed brilliantly in 1957 by Milovan Djilas in The New Class.
History has a way of repeating itself. Scholars can trace the dynamics of human organization since mankind’s tribal evolution into governmental activity of nation-states. Studies reveal a recurrent cycle of organized growth, expansion, prosperity, decadence, tyranny, dissolution, and replacement. Ruling branches of the human family tree never cede power voluntarily or gracefully. Ultimate revolutions occur as a result of unacceptable economic factors that affect the masses. In recent time, the French Revolution sounded an alarm to those who direct superior intellects and favorable inherited social positions toward purely selfish ends.
In feudal times wars made victors richer when wealth was denominated in terms of serfs and territory. The waging of war was a business expense, profitable, on both sides, to manufacturers of body armor, shields, bows and arrows, lances, etc., as well as to those who lent monies to warring principals. Today the waging of war itself, even with problematical victory, is immensely profitable and desirable to those in democracies who really pull the strings as General Smedley Butler figured out.
These are shadow governments, oligarchs who own modern industries contracted by their controlled politicians. Since the development of atomic weapons in the mid 20th century their game has become more complicated. Remaining in the shadows and disregarded by the media, a feat easily accomplished by owning the media, has been necessary. Today, since they control both governments and weaponry, they can come out openly under the pretext of creating an overarching government to save our planet from nuclear annihilation. Since the latter would result from employing their own weaponry, such salvation constitutes merely the mob’s classical protection racket, a form of insidious blackmail.
Preserving the status quo following social upheaval always requires some fancy footwork. That is precisely what the 1815 Congress of Vienna was really about following the defeat of Napoleon’s attempt to unify Europe. No such unification was acceptable, at the time, to rulers of the four victorious nations following an awakening if not of the masses who lack the means of awakening, a concept differing from a later Marxism, then certainly of a growing middle-class increasing stimulated by concepts of Volaire but remembering such revolutionary exhortations as Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, ou la Mort.
There is every indication that the human psyche, not of the masses, but of an increasingly large segment of today’s people, particularly in a younger generation, is contemplating more humanitarian, environmentally life-sustaining, and economically viable systems of human organization. Today’s super-rich are intent upon not merely preserving, as ever, the status quo. They now consider themselves empowered sufficiently to turn back the clock on mankind’s long evolutionary history of social structure and social co-operation. They are not nice people.
Posted by Stewart Ogilby on June 3, 2013, With 1453 Reads Filed under Of Interest. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.