Thursday, January 2, 2014
Naïve of History’s Past
When one thinks of “history” what comes first to mind? A war, a movement, a catastrophic event, event(s) that inspires, a religious figure and/or maybe a personal moment. But, history is in the making right now; as the moments you read fly by - those are minutes you cannot get back, you cannot rewind time… History has been said to repeat itself over and over and over again. Why? Do we not have the means to look at history today or simply individuals do not care enough to worry about history’s past? It’s a tragedy like no other; the human patternicity to believe that time is limited; “so why worry about history, let me worry about making my own history.” The short-sightedness of Time is a problem today; time is not a river, it is an ocean. I will not get into the philosophy of time, but for argument sakes, consider that time fuzzily equals space (cosmos). The idea of spacetime1 is refined very well by H.G. Wells in his novel The Time Machine “There is no difference between time and any of the three dimensions of space except that our consciousness moves along it…" The phrase “history repeats itself” should be something educators preach to their students for they are the fresh new minds of the world. Everyone with the ability to do so today should be educated on their own and various cultures, nations and religious histories, constantly; therefore nothing done today is really “new” but modified with the technology of today.
In 1775, the beginning of the revolutionary war for the thirteen colonies to fight in order to become an independent entity apart from Britain; a time where the diseases on the battle field claimed more lives than the bullets. More impressive than the battles between the red coats and the colonies were the educations of politics being championed during the American Enlightenment; brought upon the colonies during what is more commonly known as the “American Revolution.” Get it, revolutionary war – named because it was a revolution of a war (insert - double snare / hi hat -). The American Revolution (era 1763) was when democracy would be the on the lips of every American citizen, every colonist would be active in politics. The whole reason behind this movement was not just the war but the ideas of “no taxation without representation” remember that rhyme? The rhyme is the cause of the war; it is the whole idea of democracy, which the people are in charge of the people. No one person or group will dictate what the people of the nation will do without being voted on first. The minds behind the revolution were brilliant and very serious. Locke’s “social contract” would propose the right for the mob to take down the tyrants whom proved to not have their interest at the core of decisions; in doing so creating a true democracy.
Today, Americans still pride themselves on having a democracy, but it is a mutated-diseased-monster of what our founding fathers would have meant when they said “democracy.” The politics existing today is exactly what the colonist was fighting against. Many would argue the idea of America being an Oligarchy today, but consider strongly the details and history of who succeeded who in offices over the past 50 years. Often family, friends and other party members are nominated or put into positions of power after an individual would retire or step down from position. Any “new blood” in office today would have sold a pound of flesh to be where there and that is an existential way of “keeping it in the family” bondage by favors. Politics today are very broad, however ask any politician today on any level “where are the hierarchy of choices?” the good politician will say “the people” the honest politician will say “the money.”
September 17, 2011 – Occupy Wall Street begins in public eye, on the streets of New York City. “The top one percent of America, whom is superrich and owes their wealth to America, is keeping the money in the family instead, it’s time for them to spend their money on helping the nation that made their lineage superrich.” This statement is the theme of the protest involved to Wall Street and the protest is not just in America but throughout the world now. These people consist of the modern hacktivist; people who are activist via internet connection, some perform hacking in order to do this, but many usually “raid” which means to flood a website, business or person with post after post, call after call or boycott after boycott in order to slow down their services. The idea of the corporations being the enemy is not new in this country for the past 200 plus years. Just 50 years ago we had the hippies “take down the corporations, don’t be a part of the ‘machine’ man!”
A good number of the major corporations in the world are American-born, our superrich today are the children of these super-corporations’ originators (the Johnson & Johnson family is a fine example; one of whom made a documentary about his family “the one percent”). Big corporations influence government affairs every day; lobbying is the legal way for corporations to start campaigns that benefit them. Verizon today is performing legal actions that would allow them to have an “internet kill switch” and being able to shut off America’s internet. Verizon has a very real monopoly of .com and of .net domain names. Disney owns roughly one sixth of our entertainment; that’s movies, music, television, and commercials. Six corporations are in control of over 90 percent of America’s entertainment.
The Occupy of Wall Street protest is naïve. But, it is the thought that counts! Wall Street is just the link between these major corporations and the rest of the world’s corporations and businesses. In order to take down a corporation, people got to follow in the footsteps of our pop-American hippie image. One along with many others must boycott and refuse services from these corporations that prove to give nothing back to the world they profit from. Thus we need another revolution in this country, and I believe it has already started, but it has no name yet. If I had to name it I would call it “The Information Revolution…” or “The Global Enlightenment…” “…of Americans.” The biggest movement for this revolution would be to destroy lobbying all together.
Thomas Jefferson dictates “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” - Thomas Jefferson – I cannot say it better nor do I believe anyone else today can. The Federal Reserve is another enemy of the people, it is not owned by Americans but by private investors. Our money is not our own thus we are always in debt. WE did not learn from our history’s past thus we are in the hole many died to prevent us from being in the first place.
Time is not limited; it is as vast and open as the universe, to which we seem no more than specks of dirt in comparison. Your time is limited, yes, our bio-mechanical bodies has time limits. But your educations, perceptions, lessons, and overall experiences do not have limits of time. Part of education theory is deciding what to pass down to the next generation. Our foundational history, as well as other nations, should be learned about so that we have no excuse for repeating mistakes and consequences of history’s past. Look to ROME!