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

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Blundering American Ambassadors Unmask the War on Terror

Click here to access article by David Boyajian from Foreign Policy Journal.  (Commentary edited for greater clarity at 12:25 PM CT.)
American officials downplay how “allies” such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia support terrorists lest the US government’s support of terrorism also be exposed.
The author reviews the glaring lies of the officials, who serve the capitalist ruling class, regarding US's participation in the hiring of mercenary terrorist armies in an alliance with the feudal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to implement the Empire's imperialist policies in the Middle East. In their defense couldn't these officials now plead that they were only "following orders" from their superiors? Like the Nazi war criminals who lost WWII and the German Reich? Like the Saudi butchers have so dramatically illustrated in recent years? 

Humans seem to have a genetic flaw that causes them to submit to "authorities" whether the earthly representatives of gods of their own creation, sociopathic leaders, or those who demonstrate a temporary command of weapons that can cause severe injury or kill. Humans have demonstrated this character flaw for roughly the last 10,000 years, or about 2% of human existence, as they settled down into communities after mastering the growing of their own food. This period saw the emergence of tiny privileged social classes that ruled over the vast majority using instruments of violence. Bringing human history up to date, during this period humans with their gift of intelligence have also mastered the creation of weapons of mass destruction that now threaten their own extinction. What could explain such a self-destructive flaw other than it is simply genetic?

I've been considering a theory that the conscious awareness of our own temporary existence is so terrible for many of us that we have been only able to cope by dominating or killing others. This murderous instinct somehow gives some of us a temporary sense of invulnerability, which for some, becomes an addictive habit. Likewise, those of us who are the victims of such violence have an almost obsessive need to cling to life by submitting to those with power who we come to idolize as superior humans. Over time this survival instinct instills in many people the need to seek their own advantage at the expense of others by serving those with "authority" which causes us to lie, and in some instances, to commit war crimes to please our "superiors".

Religions created by humans have also reinforced this orientation by declaring that we are above nature, from which we have arisen, and causes us to believe that nature should serve us. Religions claim that there are gods that will protect us, and give us permission to dominate or slaughter others who don't share such beliefs or who have their own gods to protect them. Species come and go as our planet experiments with so many life forms. Maybe our time is up. 

Do you have a better explanation?