Kleptocracies train their citizens in one- and two-dimensional metaphors for how things are while the society actually operates in three-, four-, and N-dimensions.
The kleptocracy trains its citizens not that the kleptocracy dates from the invention of agriculture, ten and a half-thousand years ago; no, no: we formed a republic, fairly, lawfully: on other people’s land, stealing other people’s ideas … just the other day, decade, century.
Encourage antiquity confusions: we became corrupt only yesterday, we stopped listing to God only yesterday: we were born only yesterday.
Thus: Garden of Eden stories are very handy, as are eye-for-eye laws, pope-equals-God myths, king-equals-God myths … Robinson Cruso economic models … (pope and king can co-exist myths …)
Somehow more complex metaphors are tolerated, metaphors like Christianity, where God sends a special messenger, the kleptocracies cease their bickering just long enough to unite against the messenger, intercept, interrupt, torture, and crucify the divine messenger … They are tolerated only because kleptocracies’ efforts to repress and subvert metaphors of complexity fail. But it’s OK, because the kleptocracies control the licensing of most of the teachers in most of the fields. The pope will get billions in support; Abelard just gets his nuts cut off.
Jesus got tag teamed by Caesar and Herod: Abelard got tag teamed by Church and the University of Paris!
In one set of Christian thought Christ gets sabotaged, but some unorthodox ideas survive underground: any Christian, if caught, will get thrown to the lions, and many do; but not all.
Similarly subversive fiction like Gulliver’s Travels get published, read, circulated before the rulers and bureaucrats see the necessity of repudiating it. (They’re seldom very bright, you know.) (Simple: all they have to do is label it a children’s story!) Gulliver comes among the Lilliputians, the Lilliputians tie him up but learn nothing from him. He pays them back by learning nothing from them!)
OK, that’s my context. What I want to discuss, emphasizing the context, is the nature of the mercantile state in the US. We got it from England, we got so much from England, but the American ruling state has never been much like the British ruling state: not since the days of Washington, Adams, Franklin, Jefferson.
I expect to talk and talk about this, for the rest of my life (as I’ve been hinting at it for years, yanking at the context for half a century), but right now I spew an installment draft as quick as possible. mistakes will get made, improvements will follow …
The central fact I want to be able to look at through these metaphors is how the US state managed to pervert while plagiarizing the internet it stole from me (from Illich, from Christ, from God …)
Very much like we stole gold from Sutter, gold from the Lakota: we just did it, brazenly: then spent a lot of the gold on apologists: saying we didn’t do it: we didn’t do it because we couldn’t have done it, we couldn’t have done it because we wouldn’t have done it: we do only noble selfless Christian godly things: that’s why we’re so exceptional, the exception to every rule.
And since the truth is never altogether wholly eradicable, write-overable, we say well, it’s manifest destiny: and it’s really communalism: better for three hundred million people to have the wealth than for one stupid selfish son-of-a-bitch trying to teach sharing.
Anyway, in simple:
I offered an uncentralized cybernetic set of data bases, a true democracy, a truly free market. Anyone could advertise, no one had to be a client. The experts would be disenfranchised: I can offer to teach English, you don’t have to hire me. (You don’t have to learn English if you don’t choose to, you don’t have to know not to touch the hot stove: your survival is your affair, not the state’s.
The US said, Oh, that’s a threatening idea, too late to stop it: we just control it. We’ll supervise. Knatz offered freedom, we’ll arrest him. Not only will we sabotage him and his writing; we’ll say that we’re to ones offering choice, freedom. Lies, lies, as always.
Meantime: consider the state & money & banks: money is old, banks are new. States are old: 6,000 to 10,000 years anyway. But state interference with money (and banking) is recent.
The US stole the internet from me, just as it had stolen minting from banks, after banks borrowed it from traders.
In religion, if you wonder what the Bible really says, just ask a priest, he’ll tell you.
But will what he tells you be true?!
If you wonder what freedom is, what are you going to do, ask the guys who coerce you into school? Have they proved that the school actually knows any of the subjects it supervises?
In kleptocracy those with little knowledge and no scruples manage everything.
I just had a delicious memory: Lawrence Durrell‘s brother owned an island on which he issued his own money: in units he called the “scruple”!!
Some of the places I’ll have to expand, next session:
Mercantile states operate for the benefit of certain trade associations known as friends to the state. Used to be the state was to protect the ownership of specific lands under certain specific land owners: King Harold, King Richard, King John. Ah, industrialism changed all that: England didn’t sell its squires down the river, but it did transfer lobbying power to include textiles, ceramics … The US was created to benefit northern manufacturing and southern cotton growing. Gotta keep changing the laws ’cause what’s regarded as important keeps changing.
When I offered cybernetic data basing in 1970 no one knew what I was talking about: and they knew they didn’t have to know: the state was already created to benefit them: the rule of experts. Free market and rule of privilege are incompatible.
But, essential, tie in, expand: where the state benefits certain interests, all sorts of assumptions get made that then must be backed up, come hell or high water. Let’s say benefit diamond miners in South Africa, or palm oil growers, I don’t know, in Kenya. The mercantile state must favor the white traders, and give nothing to the South Africans, except the right to compete against each other as slaves. The people who’s always lived over the diamonds have no rights with the diamonds. No, no: right are for white people, for exploiters, for friends of the prince.
so: when I founded the Free Learning Exchange one of the first things I did was write the phone company, Ma Bell. I showed how they could help me bill for information exchange services: they were already half-in that business: I was inventing a second half of it for them. I proposed what’s since familiar as 900 numbers: services for which the caller agrees to be billed. FLEX was already an extension of the phone book in several ways: an extension of the dictionary too, and the encyclopedia.
Second I went to IBM: showed them how FLEX intended to rent time on main frames: who owned the mainframes? We build the new ones? Who could capitalize the whole thing, the Information Age? IBM!
What did they do? Nothing!
Now they invest hugely in the internet, but it’s the plagiarized internet. It’s the internet by and for the Fortune Five Hundred. The diamonds are owned by the thieves, not the innovating jewelers.
What do the Kenyans get for the palm oil? Fucked. That’s white rule. That’s the mercantile monopoly state: where Johnny-Come-Second can steal from Johnny ahead of him.
Imagine trying to explain to Holy Roman Empire to a Caesar of the Roman Empire: not a clue, no matter what you said.
Ah, but then we teach that Robinson Cruso, after he gets Friday to dig the diamonds and grow the palm nuts, owns 99% of Friday’s labor: and the diamonds: and the palm oil.
In nature, if you have it, it’s yours. If I can steal it, it’s mine.
In the mercantile state, the morons can not get it, and still not get it, and then be given it: exclusive, a monopoly.
See? All we need is politics.