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divide et impera

the goal of the neocons is colonial [and I think it has to be because the industrial capitalism from which they spring and which they serve is inherently colonial, a product of colonialism and a colonialist model of resource liquidation, the ruination of one place to accumulate wealth in another]... that goal is always to divide and rule, not unite and share -- to destroy local solidarity and autarky so that there will be no local base of strength to resist their long-reach predation, extraction, accumulation.  to reduce everyone except the financial elite and their protected servant caste to the status of the Ik, fragmented and isolated in a looted landscape devoid of sustenance.  tribe must be pitted against tribe, worker against worker, church against mosque, so that we're all too busy biting and scratching and kicking to notice our overlords enclosing and stealing every last scrap of mineral, biotic, and hydrological wealth on the planet.

of course, our noisy squabbling will be ascribed to our inherent deficiencies of character and not to their clever manipulations.  they did it to India, they did it to the Americas, they did it to Africa, and now having run out of new continents to carve up, they're doing it back home...

what's really depressing is not that there are clever sociopaths among us --that's statistically inevitable -- nor that they gain advantage by being nasty -- cheaters do prosper in the short run, that's why they cheat... but that they fool us again and again and again.  you'd think we'd learn, eventually, the lesson of the Prisoner's Dilemma...

sky blue and leek green...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Wed Sep 19th, 2007 at 04:40:08 PM EST

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