Dead ideologies


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The ideologies of the 20th century turn out to have had a very short shelf life. It’s a matter of opinion whether some ideologies are actually real ideologies, or excuses, but they’ve all died, pretty ignominiously, and surprisingly thoroughly.

No great loss, admittedly. Those ideologies have been out of touch for decades. It’s their stench as they rot which is the problem.

A few dead ideologies

Communism: Communism has morphed in to a form of socialist crony capitalism, producing billionaires in the former rock solid communist countries of Russia and China. Command economies aren’t ideologies; they’re simply able to do things differently, not ideologically. Quite the opposite, in fact, these economies and societies are based on pure pragmatism, which is also not an ideology.

Nazism: The “ideology” of “hate other people, kill them and take their property and call ourselves supermen to justify it” hardly qualifies as an ideology. There is in fact no real ideology, and never was.

Capitalism: Capitalism as an ideology is roughly the equivalent of finding reasons to be rich. It has never been a real ideology, simply churning out reasons for itself for centuries. It has been idealized, however, to an absurd extent, and failed totally to deliver for 95% of the population. Capitalism is its own worst enemy, actively promoting disbelief in itself, on that scale. Add to this charming image the fact of pure criminality and corruption, and what’s to like, let alone trust?

Libertarianism: The anti-government ideology which persists in finding reasons to try to get elected to government has never been realistic. How does a society function without administration? Through press releases? Through endless self-righteous babble? It was never much of a thought, let alone an ideology.

Anarchism: From the barricades of the 19th and 20th century to the howling bores of the 21st century, these are the “alternative libertarians”, a tiresome and idea-less talking rubbish dump of very little real perception or depth.

Religious fanatics: The epitome of total ideological failure, these pseudo-religious theoretical cockroaches rummage around the hatreds and prejudices of the last few thousand years, finding reasons to kill and oppress people. They have absolutely nothing in common with their religious origins. They simply shout quotations and shoot people, not very religious at all. They are, in fact, the greatest liability to those religions, destroying their credibility and provoking opposition and hostility.

Criminalism: Humanity’s most repulsive people are typically criminals. The normalization of crime, gangs, and the rest of the hideous social train wreck  is in fact an active ideology, just not a formal ideology like the others. Crime is a way of life, criminals are portrayed as heroes… And it has basically destroyed the original social environment in which it grew.  The Bad Guy, in fact, is a jerk, sometimes a super jerk. Every crime creates an enemy. The death of criminalism will be of its own making, and well deserved.

Conservatism: Conservatism in its senility is a particularly ugly sight. It has all the characteristics of the other failed ideologies, and mindlessly spews out dogmas like a bad case of dysentery. In its current form, it no longer has even a base, just rallies and rantings to try to pretend it’s still alive. It has no chance of survival, whatever it does.

Identity ideology: One of the most primitive, and most increasingly absurd, forms of ideology is basic group identity. It started with the caves, and hasn’t developed much since. It’s a typical divisive ideology. Everyone else is “them”. That may have worked centuries ago, but now, it just gets in the way of life and business. It is arguably the most impractical, counterproductive total waste of time ever to pretend to be an ideology in human history, and that’s not easy.

Pseudo-progressivism: This dull, repetitive drip of agreement with progressive ideas is lip service only. “Oh, the environment! ….Yeah…” is hardly a contribution. Real progressivism can never really be an ideology. If anything, it’s basically an acknowledgement of the need for new ideas. How can it be an ideology when it keeps adding new elements to itself on a daily basis? The pseudo-progressives have nothing to give, and tend to be fully as dogmatic as their conservative relatives, They’ll be truly obsolete soon enough.

Defining the death of ideologies

An ideology is a synthesis of ideas. It dies when it has finally come to the end of its ideas, and when the people who “believe” in it have no ideas. It becomes far less explorative, and over time, less related to human realities. The stagnation is shown by dogmas, repetitive statements, rhetoric aimed at anyone else and anything else, and these things do nothing but recycle itself, becoming ever less relevant. Sound like any ideology you know?

 

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer. Interestingly most sociopaths fear creativity, because it adds unknown elements to their environment.

 

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When the madness ends


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The most common view of the world as it is now is basically one word – Madness. The madness is the endless wrong calls, the wrong decisions, the psychotic hatreds, the babble, the lies, the corruption, and the crime.

Defining the madnesses, however, is an interesting exercise. The logic of the madness is single minded – If a thing is good for anyone, or makes life easier for anyone, the madness is against it. If a thing does damage to people, in any way, the madness is all for it. If something or someone promotes disunity and hatred, the madness promotes it as an ideological immovable object. If it’s criminal, and causes loss, grief or injury, the madness supports crime in all forms.

If being rich is grounds for optimism, you need to read this. All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, eh? Just read it, and see history as the obscenity it’s always been.

The current madness, despite its high profile, is pretty average. It’s simply more visible than usual. History is full of the madness, including religion in to a form of oppression, personal wealth in to an excuse for mass poverty, etc. The madness has obstructed all forms of human progress, including medicine, sanitation, research, theories of all kinds, and so on. It’s a very consistent pattern, and always comes from the most insular depths of societies.

In the last 100 years, the madness has supported:

  • Wars of all kinds, including the disastrous First World War, which predicated the geopolitics of the last century.
  • Prohibition, which funded, and still funds, organized crime, arguably the greatest abuser of law in history.
  • The return of slavery, now worldwide, affecting millions of people.
  • Extremism of all kinds, including political polarization.
  • Pollution and global warming, in the name of profits at the expense of human and environmental health.
  • The politics of “deregulation”, which is basically an excuse to commit crimes of all kinds.
  • Selective intrusions of government in to human rights of all kinds.
  • Disenfranchisement of the public in all forms, including actual inputs in to government, which is now a charade at best.
  • Low wages, despite any number of practical economic arguments to the contrary..
  • Much higher costs of living, which have done incredible damage to the previously relatively affluent West.
  • Absurdly high prices for pharmaceuticals at the expense of human health and safety. The ridiculous costs of “research” are a case in point. Researchers know how to cost their work. They don’t talk “billions” for developing a new antidepressant, for example.
  • The corruption of religion, including hate crimes, arming fanatics, and the rest of the nauseating spectacle of religious hypocrisy on all levels.
  • The psychotic level of public discourse, which prevents any rational discussion of anything.
  • The disintegration of countless  societies in the most literal form, to the point of total dysfunction.The Cultural Revolution was one of the worst examples.
  • Routine hate speech and propaganda directed at everyone, to promote disunity.
  • Routine failure to meet basic human needs. This can be anything from funding for education and health to creating obstacle courses to block access to basic needs.

Look familiar? The madness is anti-human in all possible forms. Nothing which benefits humanity is tolerated. There are countless examples of these things in various forms in history. The mentality, however, is constant. Enablers include politicians, clergy, and those who can be easily manipulated or coerced.  The most likely candidates are those who are truly talentless in their fields. There’s a large population of the truly banal, those who want power over others, etc., too.

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer. Interestingly most sociopaths fear creativity, because it adds unknown elements to their environment.

Most of humanity’s greatest achievements have had built-in opposition. If you explore the great successes of the last few hundred years, you’ll note that these successes were achieved despite obstruction at all levels. Even flight was considered impossible in the early 1900s. Travelling at more than 25mph was proven mathematically to be impossible

“Impossible” is the classic terminology of the madness. You’d think nothing was, or ever had been, possible, if you follow this word throughout history.  This rather obscene, and useless, word is used endemically in all obstruction of new science, new economics, and any practical ideas which might improve the human condition.

The madness projects an image of almost obsessive conformity, respectability, and above all, social status. This is the magnet for mediocrity, the underachievers who can only thrive in power systems as office boys and girls.  These people run concentration camps, gulags, paedophile rings, and mad directly or indirectly oppressive governments around the world. Their leaders are the stereotypical dictators, bullies from birth, and as predictable as they seem.

When the madness ends

When the madness ends, it will be the end of:

  • Humanity’s long, pointless war against itself.
  • Corruption
  • Inequalities of all kinds
  • Greed, now obsolete
  • Obstruction to human progress and enlightenment
  • Useless ideologies which have achieved nothing but destruction
  • A hideously polluted, totally mismanaged environment
  • All cultures of fear, intimidation and oppression

When the madness ends, the world will be unrecognizable:

  • Sane societies, with no political parties and their corrupting influences and with proper representation of rights at all levels.
  • No crime, obsolete in a world where material needs are always accessible.
  • A healthy environment, with no pollution or other toxic disasters.
  • No poverty, because people are entitled to all economic necessities.
  • Free health care (easy)
  • Free education (easy)
  • Free housing (easy)
  • Free speech (easy)
  • Free food, healthy and without the non-food elements
  • Freedom of belief, without corrupt organized religions (Luther was right; if you can read, you don’t need “interpreters”, let alone psychopaths. Americans, respect that First Amendment of yours. It’s your instant fix.)
  • Aspirational societies where the future is a positive at all times
  • Fresh air, that incredible super charger of mind and body
  • Safe, sane social environments without the deranged nutcases
  • Trustworthy information accessible at all times
  • A credible, positive future

Worth a try? I think it is.

 

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