Starting to write I had no title, so I typed in “Premise of Enquiry” as a nod to Mrs Premise and Mrs Conclusion. After the outline was done I realized the title was “Impediments to our survival; Distractions, Corporations, Overpopulation, Digital manipulation, propaganda; 42” but that seemed long so “Premise of Enquiry” stuck. Thank you Mrs Premise (John Cleese) and Mrs Conclusion (Graham Chapman).
I must thank my sweetheart for saying, “what is on your mind” at 6:30AM one cool May morning. I was staring off into space with eyes glazed over. My early morning lucidity frequently comes out in a 20 minute rant and typically she knew better.
In any event as the ideas unfolded I was able to deflated my bag of hot air and later overlooking a garden of daffodils, green grass and with a warm fire and the steady beating of rain on the roof I started to write out my pre dawn thoughts. So thank you my dear for listening that morning. Its is nice to be heard.
A few concepts to be be familiar with;
-Why the Spartacus uprising, and peasants wars fail
-Peter Kropotkin and his anarchist ideas,
-Bertrand Russell and peace,
-J.M. Keynes to understand the boom of the 1940’s to 1970’s,
-M. Friedman to understand the bust of the 1980’s,
-T. R. Malthus for the bust to come; brace for impact:,
-Karl Polanyi for policy mistakes that lead to fascism and war
-Karl Polanyi Primer
-Naomi Klein and disaster capitalism.
First Premise: the perpetually aggrieved
What are you left with for an explanation of how the world works if you refuse to accept that race, gender or sexuality are the root of anything other than misdirected anger and hate. Just for a moment turn away from your Pavlovian conditioning and accept that premise. That is where I am coming from.
People can be motivated around those issues, the drama is deeply personal, it just that it is of no consequence, no concern, relevance or in any way connected to our survival or even the creation of a just society. This is precisely why they are front and center on the agenda of academia and the corporate media. The business case to create and reinforce distractions, shiny bobbles, and rattling keys in front of a baby is quite strong.
More on things of no consequence here
Second premise: the plutocracy
For hundreds of years we all struggled under the yoke of Feudalism Serfdom and Slavery. All flavours of the same hierarchical necessity only obscured by technology, abundant energy and successive organized struggles. The successful struggles were countered with coups orchestrated over the years by lawyers and accountants. The plutocracy that brought you slavery still exists today, it has no skin colour or race. Today the challenge is to address the role of the plutocracy, thru corporations and capital markets as tools of oppression and that necessitates the struggle to separate corporations and the state today.
More on the Plutocracy here
Third premise: its your footprints
In the last 50 years, my life time, the world population has gone from just over 2 billion to almost 9 billion people. Overpopulation is the most glaring problem we face. Fear of offending is going to Woke us all into oblivion. Carbon emissions, conflict, mass extinctions, fascism, racism, hierarchy, oppression are all worsened by more people. To achieve a sustainable, just and equitable society we need to recognize this premise and act upon it, peacefully achieve a global population of a few billion people over the next few generations.
A little ditty about a big problem, overpopulation here
Fourth Premise: Well worn playbook
Those seeking power have a well worn playbook in terms of how to manipulate the minds of others. The propaganda of World War one crafted by the likes of Walter Lippmann taught corporate America how to manipulate minds. Goebbels and Hitler used the same techniques to achieve their goals in World War two. George Orwell recognized the nature of thought control and satirized it first in “Animal Farm and then in “1984”. Today with monitoring, categorizing, and the creation of meta data that is then used in our manipulation by Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon a citizen has to take evasive measures to avoid complete “assimilation”. Understanding the media of today, recognizing that “the revolution will not be televised” is a first step.
More on the role of Manipulative Media here
Fifth Premise: Brace for Impact
5th Premise Part 1: Douglas Adams Mashup
If you consider that for a hundred million years we have lived at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and we all think this is normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
We are as ignorant of our way forward as a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well!”
Our puddle gets smaller and we the question is are we smart enough to say “You know that thing we have been doing for the last 250 years? Don’t do that again.” Maybe. In 1859 Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species”. Eventually we got to grips with it and begin to understand we are not the center of the Universe and we’re made simply by variations in progeny, some that worked out, others that did not. Many still do not accept the idea, so will we respond fast enough? Maybe not.
Fifth Premise Part 2: C.F.I.T.
C.F.I.T. is Controlled Flight Into Terrain, the pilot just flies the plane and the unsuspecting passengers into the ground, it happens surprisingly often. C.F.I.T. is a leading cause of airplane accidents involving loss of life, causing over 9,000 deaths since the beginning of the commercial age of air travel.
Usually the pilot and co pilot are disagreeing on things, the second last thing the pilot does is turn off that annoying “Pull up! Terrain! Pull up now!” warning. Thinking the instruments, the warnings, the science of it all is wrong, thinking that young punk of a co-pilot should keep his mouth shut and do what he is told, is the last mistake made.
Momentum and the permanence of the ground relative to a tube of aluminum foil traveling at 600km/hr is a powerful combination.
While you are nibbling on a little bags of candied walnuts fate is altering your future. Fate does not really care about your travel plans, personal truths or how many followers you have. You were put on this planet to shape our destiny for the better, that is all, you blew it, now Brace for impact!
The 6th Premise: Hope
To be hopeful is to have a goal and a strategy. Goal: peacefully lowering our population, Strategy: peacefully dismantle the plutocracy. We need to stop feeding the rich.
The challenge is to learn and think independently and yet execute collective action against a common enemy; unbridled greed.
*work towards a separation of corporations and the state
*dis-engage from monitoring and manipulation,
*source news free of corporate influence,
*technological literacy for success in a digital world,
*embracing a secular scientific worldview
Remember the message of Marshall McLuhan; “First you shape your tools, then your tools shape you“.
The jot notes for the Digital Deist here