|Is the joke on us?|
I. Hiding in Plain Sight
One of the "sights unseen" concerning a developing despotic minority is that they can become stronger than the majority at some point.
This is the case in the United States at this time.
The way the Senate rebelled against the Constitution (refused to consider a presidential nominee, Merrick Garland, then ramrodded another nominee of their liking instead, and then called those who resisted them "a mob") is a wake up call.
Kavanaught was not the people's choice, no, the coup was a deliberate violation which signaled that the despotic minority is now stronger than the majority ("with the advent of the Tea Party, the United States is experiencing the opposite tyranny, one of the minority" - The Fiscal Times).
If they are not stopped, they could become a despotic majority, which is the only thing worse than a despotic minority (Origins).
II. Deja Vu All Over Again
The founders ostensibly struggled to make a system that could be immune from both a despotic minority and a despotic majority.
What has thwarted what they struggled for is continual warfare.
In their minds continual warfare is a cultural disease which is caused by a cultural germ:
Our founders were well aware of the question and the answer hundreds of years ago.(The Greatest Source Of Power Toxins?). When we think that we are free, and when we erroneously think that freedom comes from war, we are culturally sick with that germ.
They spoke the answer with unmistakable words and with certain clarity:
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established.(James Madison, emphasis added). The visionary who made that statement was the 4th President of the United States, Bill of Rights author, Congressman, Cabinet Member, and who was also called the "Father of the U.S. Constitution".
The above quote is from his "Political Observations," April 20, 1795, in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, Volume IV, page 491-492.
Notice, in the quote above, how Madison equated or associated the toxins of power with disease epidemic concepts, saying that the war toxin "develops the germ of every other" anti-freedom toxin.
III. Get Your "Vaccimation"
The Memetic Lexicon describes an entity called a "vaccime", which is an antidote to a wrong idea or ideal.
Unless we are inoculated with historical reality we will inexorably go down the path of the previous civilizations that have felt immune and exceptional:
History told us this was going to happen:(When You Are Governed By Psychopaths - 8). Whether or not elections can cure the disease depends on how much "the germ" has metastasized (The Elections of Pontius Pilots, 2, 3, 4, 5).
But always TCS is primarily the population segment diagnosed as a despotic minority which the once most-often-quoted historian, Toynbee, fingered as one of the members of the trinity of extinction that he found in all civilizations that were about to become very successful at becoming extinct:(Arrested Development: The Creep State). Our culture is composed, now, of the toxins of power that habitually destroy nations and civilizations (Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala - 2).
That something is the dementia that produces and ends up in suicide:(Etiology of Social Dementia - 18). That particular "minority" is not a racial or ethnic minority, rather, it is primarily composed of a destructive suicidal trance (Choose Your Trances Carefully, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown."(A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee). There is no cure for the final symptom of that group dementia, there is only prevention by way of avoiding it altogether in the first place.
The components of that group dementia were pointed out in an encyclopedia piece concerning that historian quoted above:
"In the Study Toynbee examined the rise and fall of 26 civilizations in the course of human history, and he concluded that they rose by responding successfully to challenges under the leadership of creative minorities composed of elite leaders. Civilizations declined when their leaders stopped responding creatively, and the civilizations then sank owing to the sins of nationalism, militarism, and the tyranny of a despotic minority. Unlike Spengler in his The Decline of the West, Toynbee did not regard the death of a civilization as inevitable, for it may or may not continue to respond to successive challenges. Unlike Karl Marx, he saw history as shaped by spiritual, not economic forces" ...(Encyclopedia Britannica, emphasis added). The show stopper, in terms of remedy, in this type of group dementia is that it is a contagious dementia.
An election is on the horizon, and moving quickly towards us.
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