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It is uncanny that billions of people can live on a planet yet not know where they are (You Are Here) and that millions of people can live in a nation and likewise not know were they are.
The first two posts in this series (Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) were received as an anomaly by those who are in the "this country is heaven" trance (Choose Your Trances Carefully, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
The third post, however, made the room a bit more quiet (Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science - 3).
Today's post, half a decade later, reminds me of:
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."(Gandhi). But there is no winning when a country is in the final throes of the things all great civilizations go through suicidally.
II. Popular Finality
The final throes can only take place when suicidal practices become heroic by virtue of mass popularity:
And that is the final essence of the despotic minority that forms and destroys the civilization through primitive and pervasive fear:(How To Identify The Despotic Minority - 11). How much more prescient can Dredd Blog posts be than this?
(How To Identify The Despotic Minority). The essence that finally does the deed is probably "it can't happen here."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.
III. "It" Is In The Papers
On TV, in the Social Media, and in your face, we just learned that the President of the nation that claims to be the least racist, least fascist, least warmongering, and the most free ... was condemned for racism:
"The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, joined by four Republicans and an independent, voted Tuesday to condemn President Trump for comments about Democratic congresswomen which the resolution described as 'racist.'(CNS News, emphasis added). The nation that wrote Slavery into its Constitution, the Nation where an uncanny percent of presidents owned slaves (The Germ Theory - of Government - 7), now has to condemn its president for racism.
The resolution passed 240-187, with no Democrat voting “nay.” The four Republicans to vote in favor were Reps. Susan Brooks (Ind.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Will Hurd (Texas), and Fred Upton (Mich.), who were joined by Republican-turned-independent Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.). Six Republicans did not vote.
The resolution 'strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color ...'”
Have you "come a long way baby?"
IV. But Racism Is Illegal Isn't It?
The courts make decisions that would certainly lead us to think that racism is illegal in the United States:
"For 150 years, the Supreme Court has applied the 14th Amendment in rulings that have shaped civil rights and liberties in America. Introduced to address the racial discrimination endured by Black people who were recently emancipated from slavery, the amendment confirmed the rights and privileges of citizenship and, for the first time, guaranteed all Americans equal protection under the laws. The 14th Amendment continues to be central to the fight for racial equality and many other social justice movements. Still, much work remains to ensure that its protections are inclusive."(The Supreme Court and the 14th Amendment). Nevertheless, there seems to be a tyrannical insurrection taking place in the USA by a despotic minority.
Which is what took down 26 civilizations in the course of human history (see Encyclopedia Britannica quote above).
History lusts to repeat itself.
V. Laugh It Off
It is disturbing that a lot of media pundits laugh as they discuss these issues and get paid the big bucks for so doing.
Not a wise thing to do.
The previous post in this series is here.
Ode to HaHa and the gang: