As you might know if you read this regularly, I’m a big picture kind of guy. At this point, my ideal future for the United States may or may not hold a lengthy and violent political and economic revolution. Historically speaking, the reason that one group of people hasn’t controlled everything forever is because every time one subgroup of society gets too close to complete control over the lives and assets of the other castes within that society, the majority eventually takes them back. The process is not always performed through violent revolution, in fact the reason we are in a bit of a sticky situation right now is in no small part due to the ability, perfected during colonial times, of those in power to appear to give up their power in acquiescence to popular demand, while in fact simply transitioning it to others among them with the same agenda. If that sounds familiar to some people, it is probably because that has been the United States political system for the past 50 years. However, this can only continue for so long, and from all observation of our politicians, media, corporations, and citizens, it will reach a breaking point fairly soon. In fact, I would say that if the US continues in the same directions it has been heading for the past 32 or so years, we will see the complete collapse of American society within 15 to 25 years. Continue reading
Often times, people attempt to dismess progressive social policy as more expensive than our current system, when nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, universal social programs are much cheaper than any other alternative for a few simple reasons. First, we can reallocate all the financial and personnel we currently spend on keeping people from receiving government aid. Which is a disturbingly large amount. Replacing Medicaid and Medicare with one universal program that is available to everyone and completely funded by tax monies would most likely be possibly simply by combining the budgets of the two current agencies and resulting in a system that provides a better end result of care to more people for less money. Furthermore, if the government were to engage actively in production of pharmaceuticals (at least for the subscribers of its current plan) this would substantially lower operating costs even further. The essential thing to remember about a properly run government agency is that it is run to save money, not to make money, and that is much beneficial for the less affluent consumers, and more financially efficient for everyone involved in the economic equation.
Politically, I would consider myself a social progressive, whereas on a more philosophical level I consider myself an anarchist. There’s no government like no government, and whatnot. However, while I think I could integrate into a lawless society rather well (indeed, better than I do in a lawful one) I do not think that most of the rest of humanity is ready to make this jump quite yet. Regardless of the negative associations the system has bound with anarchy, what every anarchist essentially believes is that all humanity is absolutely equal, in the sense that no one man (or woman) has any power over the life of any other man or woman. The only real power you have, both given and morally just, is over your own life. Personally, I hope that as humanity continues to grow and evolve, more people will come to this realization. With this realization comes the unfortunate truth that we have created, in our own imaginations, our enslavement. A governement is merely a collection of men, and as such has no real power over our lives except for the power that we, as free men, choose to give them. I long for a day when the majority of people simply openly disown their government. Government, for most of human history, has served as the enforcement arm of the moneyed elite; regardless of nation, regardless of form of government, regardless of all conceivable factors. The purpose of government is not to protect, but to exploit, and when people realize that government only needs to exist in order to benefit the few at the expense of the many, and the moral implications thereof, this is when we will begin to cast off the shackles of our millenia-long oppression and start to work to benefit humanity as a whole. Continue reading