CHANGING THE SOCIETY
We know that our present form of capitalism, built upon a pyramid of power and privilege, has failed all but a select few of our population badly. We seem not to see that the "skeleton in the closet" is indeed a skeleton. It is the skeleton of the pyramid of power. And it lurks quietly awaiting any "change" so that it will again be the skeleton upon which any new society will be built.
This thrice cursed damned pyramid upon which we have so often built new social orders always seems to get carried over from the old. This is most unfortunate and indicates that it is just not seen by us as the destroyer, of our hopes and ambitions for having a decent society, that it is.
Take note of two things;
1) Every system that modern mankind has ever tried so far has failed to bring us a fair, equitable and decent society. Every last one… no exceptions!
2) Every system that modern mankind has ever tried has been built on that pyramid of power. Again, every last one… no exceptions!
Doesn’t this strike you as more than a coincidence? With all the various differences that there have been between all the many social orders that we’ve tried, only those two things have remained exactly the same throughout our history of attempting to build a workable civilized society.
I’ll not get into which systems that we’ve tried have been more successful or less so. It doesn’t really matter because not one of them has been sufficiently successful at creating a good, decent, honest, wholesome and healthy society for us.
It is really pretty obvious that “we’re doing it wrong.” Perhaps we need to examine this thing called power. There are a few things that we do know about it.
We know that power corrupts.
We know that any amount of power in human hands, held for long enough, will lead to a drive for more and more power.
We know that it makes the person who wields it insatiable for greater and ever greater power.
We know all this as well as we know anything. We've seen it happen time and time again.
One would think that we would have sense enough to devise a way to stop power from being held for the length of time that allows it to become an obsession with the person wielding it.
We also need to rid ourselves of that “from-the-top-down” pyramid of power social structure. We must have done with vertical power structures and develop horizontal responsibility and authority. And in no case should we allow the exercise of authority, supported by the society, to be a career for anyone. As nearly as I can tell, no person should wield power in our society for longer than three or four years and this should happen only once in a person's lifetime!!
We need to educate everyone in our society to be able to take a few years of management responsibility, on behalf of his fellow citizens, at some point in his life. Positions of social authority must be spread around over the whole of our population and not ever concentrated in individuals or political parties for long enough that they become corrupted by the hunger for continued, ever increasing, power.
It is that hunger for power that makes them vulnerable to the blandishments and briberies of those who can offer a way to achieve that power; those with the money to help them get elected, re-elected and re-re-elected.
It also seems that we've also got to get as far away from the foolish exercise in futility that we call elections as we can get. Elections are what opens the door for even more corruption.
As we all have very good reason to know, those seeking election soon get “owned” by those who can put up the money to help them get elected. That alone defeats the whole idea that any person elected will work on behalf of those whom he governs; the citizens.