chuck kottke Posted July 1, 2011 Author Share Posted July 1, 2011 This is what the system currently teaches. The meme is: "Sure, we've made mistakes in the past. But they are eventually corrected via the miracle of Democracy!", the implication being that liberalization of society and increased wealth is due to government, rather than hindered by it. The free market is always portrayed as regressive, cruel, and unfair, while the evils of the State are glossed over as "ends justifying the means" (see: Civil War). There are numerous examples of the US government ignoring the Bill of Rights, so more amendments wouldn't change anything. The purpose of Constitutions is to distract the public - it gives them the impression of some peaceful, voluntary logic backing State violence. My recollection was that in school we were taught history based on wars and events, little discussion of the undercurrents driving those events, and nothing too recent - since the historians haven't decided just yet what to leave in, and what to leave out. So for history, that subject area is highly subjective, and often can be skewed to favor one line of reasoning or a given mindset, yes. In the condensed versions, the context is largely left out, and events that are important can be shunted aside if they don't suit a certain political viewpoint. However, I do feel that increased wealth can be encouraged by good government, as many of the things we rely on for a high standard of living are in the commons, such as good roads, electric lines, common traffic laws, law enforcement, public education to advance society as a whole, environmental protection of air, water, and the biotic environment. Limiting access diminishes the overall wealth of our society, and I am against the attempts to privatize things that are broadly essential in society, and exist independent of us. We do not own the earth we inhabit, we are but a part of the life that exists upon it, and a part of the universe as a whole. The rain that falls from the sky does not fall for us, it merely falls as a part of a natural phenomenon, and in that we need to learn to share with one-another our common use of that which we take from nature. :laugh3: The free market has been portrayed by many with sound bites and ads as some panacea, as though "free" can be equated with fair, that somehow we exist as independent islands in the sea of humanity, each doing what is right for his or her own accord independent of the other. To me, it is Fair Markets that make sense - including our common understanding of social justice and equity, so that markets work for more than just the wealthiest among us. Who is going to see the toxic waste dumped to produce a given product, and care about the harm that does, when that method of production yields the cheapest thing available on the market vs.a competitor that does the right thing, and that's what sells? It is our duty to make right the institutions of government which act as arbiters of fair behavior on our behalf. The U.S. government has ignored the Bill of Rights from time to time, because the Bill of Rights is the ideal to which we as a nation have yet to achieve. Society has lagged behind this penning of rights, out of a desire by some to perpetuate gross inequities for profit and control, and to mess with the minds of others to maintain systems of inequity. Slaveholders never seemed to want to free their slaves any more than corporate controllers want to share equitably in the economic gains made with their employees, even if some among them see these disparities as unjust. It is not the Constitution which is a distraction, but the end-game run by those in power and their principle moneyed backers which destroys the essence of the government the framers intended to create, a living document amendable to suit the times and the level of human advancement. To quote Thomas Jefferson on this matter, "I am not an advocate for the frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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