The ideological separation of capitalism (free and empowered individual citizen) and socialism (collective support safeguarding all citizens) is the most divisive misconception of the modern world. Small wonder it’s been conditioned so deeply into the minds of the population as a way to polarize people into irreconcilable teams. Apologists for
“Nothing appears more surprising… than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.… force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the freest and most popular.”
May 30th 2020 the SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket launched Dragon 2 into orbit. At the same time, in the wake of police brutality, 30+ cities erupted in protest and the authorities cracked down on the citizens. America is locked in a contest between asinine exceptionalism and exceptional aspiration. Winner takes the future.
Public-private partnerships share traits with military-industrial wealth appropriation. Both invert the wealth redistribution ideal to send money up the ladder, from poor to rich, rather than trickling down rich to poor. This piece recasts British government failure on coronavirus as the latest success for Boris Johnson and his cabal. Their agenda isn’t public service. They prosecute their aims with great skill: deregulation, authoritarian power consolidation and an unparalleled program of public-private partnership grift.
Today, three full generations after its birth in the 1940s, postmodern thinking has engendered a uniquely degraded democratization of creative ambition. It has subordinated individual originality and culture to consumerism. This piece is an exercise in therapy but useful for anyone keen for a definition of post-modernism, the cultural coronavirus against which we have no vaccine. Yet.