‘Ideas come and go, stories stay.’ –Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Good vs. Evil – two binary points in antipodes to each other, inflating the
Dialogue that balks at the morality of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Kali’s Cow.
If somebody takes Kali’s cow it is a bad deed. If Kali takes somebody’s cow it is a good deed.
Politics has long been the Dialogue of Power – the gold standard set by Plato and
Aristotle over two thousand years ago, as an inherent feature of ‘Man-Whole’ permeating
our daily lives. In old Webster’s Dictionaries 1828 ‘politics’ was once defined as : the
science of government which consists of the ethical regulation of a nation or state for the
preservation of its safety, peace and prosperity; and the protection of its citizens in their
Texts get edited over time. Truths of the agenda get inflated or what others want
you to believe in the context of Good vs. Evil. Buffed up with new meanings to hear the
word ‘politics’ said today brings all manner of highly unpleasant images to the mind, of
governments, officials, public bodies, corruption and the like, the list is endless. In fact
the word has grown so ugly in its breath and scope that there is a real danger of ‘man
whole’ as a whole either not wanting to participate in this ephemeral mock-up ‘People’s
Power’ democratic processes or rebel against the system entirely with a view to changing
Election time is when ‘politics’ takes the most fanciful of leaps. ‘Politics’ is at its
most visible. ‘People’s Power’ is at its most visible too all across the divide. Election time
is a veritable puppet show of entertaining marionettes. All candidates reveal their
seasoned or imagined rainbow coats and avatars when election time draws near.
The goal is to ‘connect.’ The goal is to stir up this whopper cooking pot of a ‘man-
whole’ from the top where the froth creams and smokes all the way down to the dregs and
sediments at the bottom. The goal is to connect the lacuna. Humans are humans after all.
The reasoning mind must think. And having thought must act. And reason may not be
coerced. No one is forgotten or set aside in this desperation to ‘connect’, not even blood-
thirsty Martians or the cross-experimental creatures of mad scientist Dr. Moreau’s island
in the south Pacific or the granfalloons of Cat’s Cradle.
Connection means delivering a good pop. It sandbags all class systems in
effective demolition. Never let it be said however wrongfully that some are not worthy or
are dicey, or that certain classifications of people cannot be lured into the ‘thinking’
whirlpool, cannot be big-pivoted. Radically. Never let it be said that formal education
means workers and proletariat cannot be intellectuals or reinstated intellectuals. They can
and they do engage in philosophy and theosophical thought, with prestige, just as soundly
as the bourgeoisie and the upper classes have been known to.
Pop, thrust and forward momentum churn for Media, Science & Technology to
combine as a strong Linkage Institution. There is no throttling back, when one is
altruistically institutionalized, whether it be TV, print, internet, radio, smart phones,
social media, tweeting, cinema, conquest of space, or stone tablets to achieve this end.
Clubs, Social Organizations, Interest groups and even the Church is integrated in all
kinds of perspectives. Media is the single most powerful arm, run like a weapon to
connects Politics with People. Without the Media to spread the powerful message Politics
would lack teeth and bile to deliver.
Deliverance takes a page out of science fantasy straining at the seams to connect.
Voters’ imagination may well bulge in syncope and horror. The spin is elaborate,
oftentimes extreme – ‘a spider spinning on its own entrails’. Tied into the narrative is myth
and fiction of race and history. Spinning like a rotisserie chicken there is simply nothing
the Media cannot or will not do if it wants people to believe. Even the legend of ‘The
United States of the World’ becomes the reality however bizarre that tool may sound.
Cleverly strategized Media is extraordinary. It is aimed globally and gigantically,
King Kong on a thumping rampage from equatorial Africa to New York. Big bucks are
needed to strategize. Money spins into orbit from the Earth to Neptune. Yes, this very
same Money, 90% of which we know is fictional and does not exist except in our
computers. This pretense money however helps keep the super-rich, industry insiders,
crony capitalists, and mega corporations happy, in control of governments and helps
journalistically to rule the world.
The power of mainstream media may never be underestimated. The average
person give or take a few watches 150 hours of TV a month, 90% of which is controlled
by a handful of giants. The messaging system is continuously and relentlessly at work,
Darwin’s bulldogs unleashed, streamlining the spectrum of the world to the spectacle of a
scientific Utopia. Media spars repetitiously, to build the all-inclusive narrative for Good
vs. Evil. They become game-changers creating the unifying moment. Hefty and relevant
narratives are required depending on the narrator who works the publicity mills to keep
the Establishment, the mega-rich, the giant corporations, Xanadus the ‘stately pleasure
domes of big businesses,’ the clever man and the stupid man who is generally considered
to be the honest man locked in.
Ample fascination flows, generated in all aspects of social and economic issues
when it is Election time, be they the environment, climate, employment, housing,
minorities, racial husbandry, women, health care, immigrants, the marginalized. The
apathetic, uninterested, disinterested, anti-intellectuals, derelict of duty, socialists,
fascists, atheists, agnostics, missionaries, preachers, the entire ‘bitter caricature’ of human
society, the ‘silent majority’ are not forgotten either. One could almost say it does not bear
quantifying. None are forgotten. Part of the ‘change.’ All issues are encompassed to
resonate with the booming shriek of people’s needs so that the view of the future will
mirror that ‘change’ and not mimic the present. The palpating ‘change-mantra’ rips open
the underbelly of illusion and disillusion like a dose of nitrogen dioxide.
Public Opinion is very powerfully steered and modulated by the Media during
Election time. Propaganda machines spew humongous columns of repetitivethought,
educating all peoples of their Magnum Opus which will open the pearly gates of
POWER and control of the STATE aka our Grecian forbears Plato and Aristotle.
If one believes that there is a Controlling Group at the very top, if one believes
that there exists the formal politics of governance, if one believes that making money for
the pleasures of making money are interlocked with avarice and greed, if one believes
that instances of bribery, corruption, patronageand graft among government officials are
tipping the scales for a ‘kleptocratic’ rule of thieves, then one is left with the belief that
the circle of oligarchs is watertight. So stirring the dregs from the ground upwards
becomes a profound and measured necessity, if one believes. A democratic system
expects nothing less of the polarized people living the history or not, who connect them
The common man does have the illusion to say whom he wishes to legitimately
rule over him. This is the basis of Democracy. Freedom of choice does exist – a two
ended sword of social didacticism leaning heavily on schools of philosophy and thought
thrown in at random for the intellectual mind or the not so intellectual mind to feed off,
bifurcate, set aside or adopt depending on the length of reel being unspooled. Never mind
the fact that there are more individuals without high school diplomas than there are
individuals with doctoral degrees. Never mind the fact that there are more poor families
whose situations are greatly mired in poverty than there are entitled hereditary wealthy
aristocrats. Never mind the fact that there are more who believe that Democracy cannot
survive and will die a natural death as the ‘divine right of kings’ once did than there are
unrestrained democratic despots. Never mind the fact that the 1% super-mega-wealthiest
have more combined wealth than over half the lower half of the entire population. People
are tiny drops in the ocean after all.
For now Democracy is infallible. For now Democracy is alive and thrives.
Democracy irrefutably connects Politics to the Rule ‘By the People, Of the People, For
The People,’ despite statistics revealing 50% of people never ever read a newspaper, 50%
never ever vote, 70% are just plain illiterate and another 30% are disenfranchised. The
will of the people caught in a daring dance of movement and stillness. It carries a sense of
motion without moving, like rhythm in music, people swept by the rock n roll, salsa and
macarena. Yet rock stars who make music all day and night and very rarely sit around
reading newspapers and journals are also up there at the hustings, talking about politics
and connecting it to ‘man whole’.
The tool is in the ‘Marketing’, the sophisticated language of ‘double-speak,’ the
flow of ideas rendered dramatically. Marketing attains the absolute Double and Triple
Standards of fashionable talk. It comes with a business plan – Advertising, which some
pundits tackling the nitty-gritty of the construction say is nothing better than ‘legalized
lying.’ It goes to the heart of the marketing of ‘lies, damned lies and statistics.’ When
someone’s entire strategy is based on pretense and deception how then can one ever
possibly revert to the reality? The lie becomes the truth, faked evidence played to the
tunes of the flute of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, unless we train our ears to detect the false
notes. Because one is notafter all a rat. In fact the ‘lie’ has turned so persuasively grand as
to become the most effective of marketing tools to be ever used in the connection
between politics and the people. Because after all what is a lie, or a lie repeated? Merely
Lord Byron’s ‘truth in masquerade’. Undisputedly Shakespeare’s ‘he will lie, sir, with such
volubility, that you would think truth were a fool.’
The language of ‘the lie’ or unclear prose, this self-perpetuating articulation of
insincerity and political conformity spreads like a contagion by those who want to sully
the waters and hide the truth. It is a weird world, sometimes called political correctness.
Levels of social sensitivity have so escalated the stakes that adherence to political
correctness largely euphemistic is considered a must if one wishes to be seen as
politically conforming. Fear of offending has become the greatest single disease of our
century where anyone who crosses the taboo lines of gender, bias or favored groups find
themselves in serious trouble for having spoken the wrong thing ‘offensively’. On the
basis of this philosophy reality is obscured and forbidden. As a result people are forced to
live thebigger lie, while in reality ‘seeing’ the truth which is then expropriated to be
replaced with the new lie.Culture vs. Counter-Culture.
Political Correctness or cultural Marxism has so permeated our society we are
collapsing under the weight of two sides of the same -Cow, -er, Coin. Some mental
midgets call it Affirmative Action. We do not know what humankind did with ‘proper
speech patterns’ before Marx’s time. Our world has so turned into a shocking ‘lie’ of
taboos having taken over our normal daily lives that without appropriate intervention the
epidemic is continuing to spread its andromeda strain of microbes devouring us with
contamination. It defies ethical wisdom. On this basis we may not utter insensitive
terminology such as ‘brown bag’ for fear of race bias or hire a live camel to celebrate
‘Hump Day’ for fear of Middle Eastern cultural bias or open doors for a lady as a
gentleman for fear of gender bias. Poli-Tricks ticks and sticks. The America of Archie
Bunker, Doris Day and John Wayne has disappeared through the chinks forever.
The spin of the Dialogue connecting Politics with People is a lengthy narrative.
Good vs. Evil has long necessitated the moral path towards a pluralistic and tolerant
society. The argument for ‘fairness’ has long been the core guiding principle for cultural
homogeneity and cohesion. ‘Man-Whole’ needs to turn whole again. The Left and the
Right and the Center. When the dregs are fully stirred with a sharp zing that makes you
flinch it only needs a dose of Tono-Bungay to point out man’s folly.