Now that I am near the end of my life and all the early promise is mostly unfulfilled, I find I am still (unhappily) groping around for some “ism” that will solve all the world’s problems. If one ignores all the fairy stories then there are only actions in the real world that might be useful. The Left still mostly seems to have its heart in the right place but for the Financial-Corporate-Military-Spook-Complex (FCMSC) “tank” which is inexorably rolling around the planet, it doesn’t really seem to matter who is in “power” - the FCMSC always wins.
- In terms of wars and other indices, it seems there has never been a better time to be alive:
5 Reasons Why 2013 Was The Best Year In Human History
On the Downside:
We are well into the World’s Sixth Mass Extinction (which, with unknown environmental tipping points, could cause human extinction at any time):
The financial and natural resource capital of the world, and therefore the political power of the world, is being concentrated into the hands of a few score people:
The 85 Richest People In The World Have As Much Wealth As The 3.5 Billion Poorest
The Biggest Question (BQ) is: “Why am I here?” - of course there is no sensible answer to that but a good one might be: “To explore the universe.” However, Late Corporate Capitalism (LCC) with its unfettered greed and lust for power is destroying the planet, the only home humans have. The Progressive Left has substantially been co-opted by LCC so what is to be done? How are Homo sapiens going to seriously address the BQ? A serious, sensible course of action would be:
Preserve the natural environment to an extent necessary to allow:
ALL humans to continue to exist (well) and:
Technology, culture and civilisation to flourish so that:
Homo sapiens (or its various descendant species) can fulfil the cosmic imperative and:
Spread mind to the rest of the Universe and:
Understand the Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything.
Now that I have been around for many decades, I realise I don’t know everything and that on odd occasions (more frequently than I like to admit), I have actually been wrong about some issue where I previously held a very strong, but incorrect, opinion. With this background I am prepared to admit that the various flavours of Libertarianism might have something useful or interesting to say about addressing the Downside problems mentioned above. With this in mind I am interested in a relatively free-flowing discussion with people of goodwill here who might say in single sentences or, at the most, short paragraphs, that which will incline me to investigate their ideas further.
My quick summary of the world’s situation is that:
No-one owns anything - everything that current people have, has been stolen from previous peoples (eg Australian Aborigines; North and South Native Americans etc etc) going back thousands of years - “might has made right” essentially. So to base an entire philosophy of human behaviour and management of society on who “owns” something seems a little silly to me . . but, it is where we are and we need to deal with things as they are . . so:
I don’t really care TOO much about disparities in wealth - AS LONG AS:
Every new human being (and sentient non-human?) gets (in the Australian idiom) “a fair go” - ie adequate nutrition, shelter, schooling, health services etc etc
With a world wasting trillions of dollars in scarce resources EVERY YEAR on armaments, there is NO reason why these resources could not be better managed and allocated so the previous point can be true.
There will have to be some equitable “redistribution” of wealth (reverse theft) from the obscenely rich to the bottom half of people on the planet somehow.
So, at the moment, I would describe my general political inclinations as leaning to:
“A just, anarchic, ordering of legal rules and institutions in a stateless society which could be said to embody clearly leftist, anticapitalist, and socialist values.”
in the sense that that situation is broadly described by Gary Chartier:
I still don’t have all the answers but if you are going to respond to this cathartic brain-dump, make sure you are ultimately addressing the Downsides above . .
Thanks for your time,