We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Be My Slave: Aamna Aqeel’s Fashionable Satire Against Slavery in the Modern World
When a person of conscience tries to point out the rude facts about what supports the fashion industry and the clothing industry in general, they get accused of racism. When huge tragedies like the recent one in Bangladesh cannot be covered up, they must be managed by corporate media so that we don't get wrong ideas about consuming such products, or worse, subversive ideas.
Clearly this is another illustration of "the Emperor has no clothes!” phenomenon in which exploitation and power relations that adversely affects all workers in one way or another in capitalist societies must be denied; otherwise we would be faced with questioning a cornerstone of all hierarchical societies--governmental authority. I often think that this phenomenon is so much like codependency for members in a dysfunctional family.
While clinicians easily recognize the symptoms of codependency in families, they rarely recognize the same dynamics in the relationship of many citizens with ruling class authorities in government, media, and education. I think the dynamics are very much the same as one finds in family members in their relationship to an abusive and domineering parent. Look at the clinical indications of codependency in this article and see if you agree that there are similar patterns of behavior among a number of citizens in the US in relation to authority figures in the broader society.