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Interpretation of American Globalism

An Interpretation of American Globalism

This brings to mind the old social studies lesson about African tribalism… How the most an extended tribe based upon a familial kind of interconnection–that is, relationships knitted together based upon direct recognition of one another–could only extend to about 500. This is the maximum, so the theory goes, that individuals could be acquainted with one another in any kind of direct recognition of one another ;beyond that, there would be strain put on ones ability to feel kinship with all the members of the tribe and you get internal discord.

This is one of the breakdowns in human cultural evolution of extended civilization which religion directly addresses. Religion provides the foundation for recognizable kinship and a basis for understanding which extends beyond a single persons ability to actually know and recognize members of a community beyond this direct acquaintance number of 500 people.

This is also why, religions, to remain pertinent to their mission, must incorporate an inherent regard for members of different faith groups on the terms of those differing faith groups. There are, as with most legitimate doctrinal religious mores, other reasons for the same established value or values–in which the observance of one aspect creates the danger of diminishing the importance of other aspects, which is why to speak of such things in brevity is dangerous and why such issues require a more meditative (or prayer-like) approach. Such issues require a next-step brand of cognitive awareness; rather than a bullet-point explication a more topographical understanding–the kind of cognitive apprehension which would explain the incites of say a Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi or Dr Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Without this cultural innovation, or evolutionary stage, and something we see almost trapped in amber in the rendering of US bases across the world, we revert to more archaic forms of societal order. In a word, militarism. That is, the presence or threat of power to keep order. A strategy for societal order which inevitably means slavery.

Whenever you have the amassing of power with its attendant hierarchical structure… you will always have those within that hierarchical order who abuse their position, leveraging their place and title to amass personal power–or more likely, having amassed personal power, leveraged this to seize their position thus setting the tone of their conduct a priori. Suppressing the rights of those beneath them in that hierarchy to steal what would be their just due–the use of threat in this relationship renders this the accomplishment of slavery.

Unfortunately, the alternative without another organizational doctrine, results in a chaos and strife which reduces the societies ability to support the population numbers we now enjoy… In other words, a correction results in whatever form–war, famine, disease–to bring the populations back down to a manageable number; determined by whatever organizational structure is put in place to take up the job of societal management, or governance. The simpler the system, the greater the misery, strife and diminution of population and control over ones own fate–the greater the debasement of humanity. This system of order, because it does not obtain by slow negotiation of the various representatives of the various communities, WILL result in that system of organizational structure being one of devolved cultural resource. That is, a more ancient pattern; which means, based upon power; a greater consolidation, and more oppressive kind, of authority.

This is why revolutions are a failure from the get-go and evolution is the preferred route to change. Anything else… ensures the debasement of culture, ensures slavery…

Hands all over / Soundgarden

Don’t touch me
Hands all over the eastern border
You know what I think we’re falling
From composure
Hands all over western culture
Ruffling feathers and turning eagles into vultures
Into vultures

Got my arms around baby brother
Put your hands away
Your gonna kill your mother, gonna kill your mother
Kill your mother
And I love her, yeah
I love her

Hands all over the coastal waters
The crew men thank her
Then lay down their oily blanket
Hands all over the inland forest
In a striking motion trees fall down like dying soldiers
Yeah like dying soldiers

Got my arms around baby brother
Put your hands away
Your gonna kill your mother, gonna kill your mother
Kill your mother
And I love her, yeah
I love her
I love her

Hands all over the peasants daughter
She’s our bride she’ll never make it out alive
Hands all over words I utter
Change them into things you want to
Like balls of clay
Put your hands away

Yeah, put your hands away
Put your hands away
Gonna kill your mother
Gonna kill your mother
Gonna kill your mother
And I love her
I love her
I love her
I love her
And she loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Written by Christopher J. Cornell, Kim A. Thayil • Copyright © BMG Rights Management

Atmosphere (music by Joy Division, cover by Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy)

An article in the December 3rd issue of The New York Times titled, Rewriting War, Japanese Right Attacks a Paper, by Martin Fackler, tells of a Japanese journalist, Takashi Uemura, his being targeted for taking a stand and a campaign of revisionist history abetted by a sitting Prime Minister. In the ’80’s and early nineties, Mr. Takashi Uemura wrote a series of articles in which a former soldier claimed to have been involved in the abduction of Korean women for use as sex slaves. The articles preceded, and no doubt contributed to, the Japanese government issuing an official apology in 1993, for the practice of organizing and pressing into service the so called “Comfort Women.”

The paper in which the articles appeared, The Asahi, retracted many of the articles as some were based on the testimony of a soldier who was later discredited. Though there is extensive testimony confirming the practice of luring, kidnapping and pressing into service the so called “Ianfu,” or prostitute. http://www.panos.co.uk/stories/2-13-1144-1650//Comfort-Women/#https://www.womenandwar.net/contents/home/home.nxhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_women#Archives_by_Comfort_Women

The Asahi, a 135 year old paper and bastion of progressive perspective, has been singled out by the Japanese far-right calling for a boycott of the paper to put it out of business. Right wing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken the campaign a step further to challenge the internationally recognized truth of Japan’s WWII practice of pressing Korean, and other foreign, women into white slavery.

This is significant for two reasons: first, both North and South Korea have had a history of tension with Japan, North Korea more dramatically so, as exemplified in their refusal to recognize Japan as a country; second, such campaigns to cleanse a nations history are a convenient tool to consolidate power by inciting a people to mass idiocy by pandering to their collective ego.

To tackle the second point first, spontaneous communities, or constituencies, can be conjured by creating a controversy and championing a side. Now, in the realm of politics, if such a controversial issue, at best, has no real bearing on the health of a societies culture and maintenance then suspicion should fall on those taking up the issue. The logic goes like this, at any given moment there are issues that require the attention of those entrusted to govern, such as: economic health, justice, services, foreign relations, etc,. A worthy administrator should be able to acknowledge which issues are of greatest priority to the health of the society and have an idea on how to address the issue. If, on the other hand, a candidate or sitting politician chooses to take up an issue which merely caters to the vanity of his constituency, he not only garners his power with no stated obligation to the administration of the government or his office, but he gains an [unreasonable] support. When you have a constituency that is deliberately unreasonable, they have given up the idea that we all have an obligation to the greater society. Instead, they forge a community which deliberately isolates itself not for the sake of truth but power–to have power through simple agreement amongst themselves.

Which brings us to the first point. To acknowledge a wrong to a former enemy or neighbor is an act of good faith which implies a desire for improved relations. To deny such a wrong is a declaration that one does not care about the committing of that wrong and implies that no such good faith or improved relations are desired–further, that to lie about a crime committed once implies that one would lie about it again, that one is capable of committing the same offence once again. Also, by taking an aggressive stand against a former enemy or neighbor through the denial of past offence, one sets oneself in opposition to that neighbor, making him an enemy. In unjustly creating an enemy, those within the community who would champion truth and take up the cause of the wronged neighbor can they themselves now be called out as being in the same camp as “the enemy” by the community bound by the “unreasonable” assertion. It is that same impetus to garner power by creating an isolated community not  hobbled by any obligation to anyone but themselves. If given free reign, such patterns can only lead to war.

Meanwhile, the leaders who amass power in such ways… well, if they must resort to chicanery to gain office, rather than a clear statement of pertinant concerns and strategies, their interest in gaining office is suspect and must be predicated upon some other agenda which is not in the interest of the society. If their priority is not in managing the resources of the society in a reasoned and responsible way, then their agenda is corrupt.

The same pattern can be seen in Greece right now. Greek politicians have gotten themselves elected condemning the country of FYROM for calling themselves Macedonia–hence the moniker, the Former Republic of Macedonia. Who cares what a neighboring country chooses to call itself?! Well, if not all, nearly all Greeks, that’s who. The Greeks say that, historically, Macedonia only partially extended into this former Yugoslavian region and that these southern Slavs are stealing their heritage. This has increased isolation between the borders of these two countries. The kind of isolation which only benefits a small group of its citizens at the expense of everybody else. Thessaloniki suffers from the lack of trade and travel which would otherwise flourish but for this ratcheting tension between these two nations.

When I was in grade-school on the playground  there were kids who loved to instigate fights between others when they saw the opportunity to inflame or even create a dispute–some of us would call them out as “instigators.” I suppose it would be paranoid to suggest that such games are played on an international level–or would it be? The one who gains is the one who can play on both sides of the dispute and the ones who lead the factions who champion the polarizing sentiments.

This is important for the US, not only because we can only lose if the world slides into greater and greater instability, but also because we are by no means immune from these very same corrupting agendas. Recently, the US Senate released a report on US use of torture. This could open the way for hearings and, eventually, lawsuits. There has also been speculation that the release of this information could spur acts of revenge from extremists. (I won’t even bother to quote the idiotic comment of a former US president as the logic is beneath response.) But it should suffice to say, that it is proof of our capacity for responsible governance that these reports have been released; it is proof that there are those in our system who still believe in good faith negotiation; it is important not only to set an example to other nations, but to give ourselves a standard by which we may, ourselves, be judged–to draw, properly, the negative attention to not only the wrong actions for which we are culpable, but also to those actors who would put forward such actions in our name.