We all hold beliefs about the world, but where do these beliefs come from? Are they based on experience, are they actually true? If we look underneath some of our great western assumptions it would seem not.
As I have mentioned before, In the UK we have debt, yet the government is too scared to get their due from the big boys (Google, Amazon etc.) so they take from the poor. But you can’t take from the poor without looking evil. So the poor have been ‘re-branded’ as work-shy scroungers. Now the government can cut their benefits and leave them hungry and no-one protests.
This kind of propaganda and spin has us believing all kinds of crazy-ass shit!
We are not burning the lungs of the planet, we are developing land. We are not oppressing the poor, everyone can make it in this world if they just try. It isn’t glorified violence, it’s entertainment or sport. It isn’t exploitation, it’s a beauty pageant… for children… to celebrate them… I mean it’s all girls… but that’s what girls are for right?
The Money Myth – Capitalism is the only choice
Western capitalism is now being adopted across the globe as if it were the only option, despite the fact that it has fundamental flaws which ensure it will always fail.
If you protest about the free-market or capitalism, you’re no longer a humanitarian, or an activist, your a nut-job and an idiot. Being an idealist used to be a compliment, now it’s an insult. Somehow we have become convinced that Marxism, Communism, Socialism and everything other alternative is a joke, a failure.
Actually none of these systems has ever been tried in its true form. A liberal democracy is not socialism; a Tsarist, oligarchic Russia is not Communism. Still, communism, that’s bound to fail anyway right – there’s no way a communist country could be the one showing the strongest economy on Earth during a global recession.
Capitalism is based on the idea of infinite resources and an infinite market, but there isn’t either of these things. So we will eventually flood the market, run out of new customers, run out of resources.
Another flaw is that extra money doesn’t just magic up because we made a new gadget to sell. It must be printed and loaned out in order to reach circulation. This borrowed money accrues interest, we borrow 10 but pay back 11. But the only way to pay that debt is… you guessed it… to borrow more money, which accrues interest.
The free market is a time bomb – doomed to constant boom and bust and eventual exhaustion of resources. It’s a disaster in the making. So why does arguing against it bring only ridicule?
Sexual Myths – Adults are liberated
At one time it was harmless tits and ass. Then it became controversial as women sought to shape their own identity. Then Girl Power came along and feminism was main-stream. The evolution of equality, yes?
No. Now instead of men telling girls to show their tits, men tell girls that if they were empowered they’d show their tits. We even have women protesting on the street for the right to dress like sluts. Because that’s empowerment that is.
We are the age of sexual liberty. Post 60’s free love we have become totally at ease with sex. It’s in magazines, on film, we talk about it in the pubs and clubs. Don’t we?
But far from freeing our sexuality, what the endless obsession with it in magazines and tv ‘documentaries’ and ‘educational programming’ does is put our focus on it, make us pull it apart and analyse whether we are doing it right, if we’re any good, if we’re normal.
We can’t just have sex any more, we can’t follow the natural flow of our passions in a dance of sexual expression. we have to do it a certain way, within certain bounds, the right method the right number of times. Sex is a science.
What we call it is sexual freedom, but what we have is sexual neurosis – a continuous autopsy of our most intimate moments.
This has another effect, because we want to have it all. We want to pretend we are sexually open and free, and morally clean, and that it’s still okay to exploit women in advertising and strip clubs. But we are not open or free and it is not okay. Yet we are so determined to hold on to the idea that we are good and liberal, while refusing to stop exploitation and proscription, that we have become sexually conflicted, trying to be two incommensurate things at once.
So who pays for the distress this causes? Our children of course.
We cannot face our own sexual hypocrisy, so we transfer our guilt and neuroses onto the children. They must be sexually pure, untouched and untouchable. They must not think about sex, talk about sex or be educated about sex. They must be all the good things we think we should be but don’t want to be because they’re no fun.
Ideally kids would live in plastic bags unable to touch themselves or anyone else until they hit legal maturity, at which point they can join the screwed up mess us grown-ups have created for them.
Yes we must protect children from exploitation. But you don’t protect children from catching a cold by stopping them from breathing. In ‘protecting them’ we have also denied them the right to have a body, to explore it appropriately and to develop normally among peers. It is no coincidence that the more repressive the country, the higher the rate of sexual activity and pregnancy of under age kids.
Far from protecting them from abuse, our refusal to allow them a natural sexual development leaves them ignorant and vulnerable to exploitation.
Part Two tomorrow (with hope at the end – honest.).