A large segment of our noble leaders whether religious, political or business are not like most of us. That’s why there are relatively few of them compared to the teeming masses. How does one rise to the highest levels of so-called success in an ultra-competitive, dog eat dog world? Join me, Former Dundee Man, as I post my first seething but ultimately true rant of 2015. I was not feeling quite right during the last week. A blood test revealed that I was becoming toxic and the good Doctor quickly prescribed the writing of a blog post. “Better out than in,” she said.
Some years ago I chanced upon a video featuring the documentary film maker Michael Moore. He was being interviewed at a college, I believe, and they had all the time in the world to explore various subjects. I wish I could locate this video again, because there was one comment in there that has stayed with me ever since. Over the years a number of right wing politicians and TV personalities have openly said they wished Moore would be executed (reports that he died this month are bollocks). Now we’re all used to neo-conservative arseholes saying indefensible crap but Moore’s point was that liberals would never say such things. And that is exactly the point. The right-wingers that have ultimately taken control of the western world will kill to keep their control and preserve the status quo (is there any significant difference between UK Labour and Conservative, or US Democrat and Republican?). The balance that democracy supposedly provides by having a left-wing is not really a balance at all because I don’t know many true liberal politicians proposing to murder neo-cons or illegally flatten foreign countries for their oil.
When someone has broken into your house naked and carrying a hunting knife, delivering them a rousing speech on the merits of all being nice to each other and sharing the burden is not really going to help. That’s what the remnants of the left wing are essentially up against. The neo-conservatives see no issue in implementing a surveillance system to record and monitor the correspondence of every citizen. If you in the future are deemed a political threat to the right wing ideals then they’ll search back through the decades to locate or plant that one time you accidentally got a virus on your PC that took you to “Barely Legal Getting Big and Bouncy.com” and hint to you that you would not like this info to be leaked.
Now the idea of using this kind of dirt on opponents is repulsive to a great many of us normal, average folk. But to the maniacs that stalk our corridors of power it is no big deal. You need to ask yourself what does it take to employ the services of a call girl, let alone molest a child, but apparently such activities occur regularly among those with wealth and control. What does it take to do such things on a regular basis? What kind of a person does that make you become? Would you still flinch if you needed to bring down the career of an opponent, or turn great swathes of the population against minorities?
How the hell will normal folk who apparently still want some level of equality, sustainability, public ownership and accountability overcome a system that is riddled with the kinds of characters that would not lose sleep if Michael Moore got a bullet through the head?
Happy New Year, readers.
No, wait, I’m not going to sign off like that. I’m also an engineer and my work involves solving problems. Where you strip back the vague, pseudosciences of psychology, sociology and economics you are still left with physics. In the end there is a physical order to the universe even if we have not yet captured it in one large glorious scrawl on a blackboard. This year I will set myself the task of using science to explore such issues as the effect of economic growth and morality on the world. Of course the universe does not care what we do, that is what is so great about the universe, but ultimately if we as a species destroy our planet before we manage to vacate it then that has a profound effect. So I ask what are the final, logical conclusions of unbalanced, extreme human behaviour? Can I write a computer program (or heaven forbid, an “app”) that demonstrates clearly the repercussions of variables such as “steady” growth, surveillance or lowering inheritance tax? Do I think such an app/computer program will have any discernible effect on world politics? No. Do I think it may get me through the days marginally better? Yes.