#1 Parasitocracy by conservgramma 09.10.2013 10:12

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Tyranny, being as endemic to the human condition as other similar privations of the human good such as ignorance, vice, or sickness, is as old as mankind. What may be new, however, is the uniquely intractable form of tyranny that is currently metastasizing throughout the world, namely the rule of an authoritarian plurality of societal parasites. Our next thousand years of darkness, if such be our fate, will begin under the governance of a "parasitocracy."

The modern West has defied ancient wisdom on so many fronts, introducing new modes of existence and coexistence, spreading prosperity and promise in hitherto inconceivable measures, and overcoming the practical limits of time and distance in ways that would be as fantastical to our ancient ancestors' imaginations as teleportation and hyperspace seem to ours. Yet it appears that Nature's scales of justice must exact an equal measure of evil invention to balance our extreme bounty. So it is that late modern man has unearthed a new political arrangement, one that might have been impossible among the ancients, as it could have been born only of a civilization as broadly prosperous, liberal, and tolerant as ours.

I am not speaking of mere parasitism, the weakness of individual men who demand or cajole sustenance from others while contributing nothing in return. Rather, I am speaking of a systematic elevation of parasitism to the status of a ruling philosophy.




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So the modern parasite engenders a mass political movement for parasitism, citing the newly created material abundance around him as evidence of injustice (unfairness). And just as the traditional, "private" parasite requires a rationalization for his behavior, consisting of excuses for his inactivity and sophistries to support his claim on the efforts of others, so the new, mass-movement parasite -- modern liberty's enhancement of the "drones" Socrates says hold sway in a democracy -- requires a rationalization to support parasitism on a mass scale. That is, he requires a system.

Unlike the traditional tyrant, who left reason and the idea of property intact even while violating them, the rise of the parasites as a political faction gave birth to something quite different. We now face a systematic effort to unravel reason itself -- to deny the metaphysical and moral primacy of individual minds -- and to disabuse men of the idea of private property. The moral strictures against plunder, at least when it is pursued under the auspices of government, are no longer acknowledged.

From this modern parasitocratic need for a theoretical foundation on which to build the new mass movement of "plunder as justice" began the spiritual corruption of the modern world, and with it of mankind's great moment of political liberty. Hence Marxist economic determinism, hence pragmatism's assault on the efficacy of individual minds, hence Dewey's advocacy of government schools as collectivist re-education camps.




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Now we have reached the penultimate stage of the process, history's proverbial fork in the road, where modern man must choose his fate, whether the tentative beginnings of a recovery or the "dust to dust" moment from which a renewal of rational order would occur only after many generations of degradation and hardship.

The parasitocracy is unquestionably dominant. The question is whether the host's vital organs are yet in a condition from which a recovery of health -- preceded by an inevitable period of violent purgation -- remains possible.



#2 RE: Parasitocracy by Eglman 09.10.2013 10:21

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A good article but the host is more to blame than the Parasite--The host ie. gov & ruling class needs the parasite to thrive.

Most people tend to take the path of least resistance--its just easier and the gov. provides a smooth road so to speak

#3 RE: Parasitocracy by conservgramma 09.10.2013 10:23

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Quote: Eglman wrote in post #2
A good article but the host is more to blame than the Parasite--The host ie. gov & ruling class needs the parasite to thrive.

Most people tend to take the path of least resistance--its just easier and the gov. provides a smooth road so to speak


True. The biggest question is: Can we as a people throw off both the ruling class and the parasite before our blood is sucked completely dry? Or is it too late already?

#4 RE: Parasitocracy by Eglman 09.10.2013 10:30

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I don't see it getting better--not to be a doom and gloom type--actually as a Christian it is the most wonderful time because Man's kingdom will fall--My Faith is stronger than the doctrines of men and their ways of doing things

I do not put my trust is a gov or group of men and women to fix things--they are flawed people after all

#5 RE: Parasitocracy by algernonpj 09.10.2013 17:01

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@conservgramma @Eglman

Great article.

I agree with Eglman.

Although 'theoretically ' we can recover, I fear the corruption is too deep and wide spread. The enemy within and without, using Cultural Marxism as a guide, has very patiently and cleverly exploited human nature. The assault on our culture and ethics has been going on for decades. It has infiltrated all our major institutions. The very meaning of language has been perverted. For the 'left' there is consensus, diversity, justice, sustainability; for the right there is fairness, compassion, Free Trade Agreements.

The response to 9-11 has been a demonstration of how far gone our country is. Instead of securing our borders, giving immigration the tools it needs for accurate and timely assessment, encouraging self deportation of illegals.and administering immigration and trade policy for the benefit of the US and its middle class, an ever encroaching police state has been instituted and the bill of rights has been eviscerated.

When you read this assessment, remember that most of my life I have been chided as the quintessential 'can-do' American.

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