“The Upper Middle Class To The Rescue!!!”
According to most summations i’ve recently reperused, Rousseau had ditched the Nobel Savage for Competitive Man prior to hashing together Enlightenment Natural Law. Everybody seems to agree, as they always have, that Rousseau’s Social Contract begat Locke’s, which begat modern Populism, Socialism, Democratic Theory, Marx, Disney, The New Yorker (especially those witty and urbane cartoons), and Unified Field Theory. John Locke: Rebel Genius.
First of all let’s finnally do away with the Swiss-born Frenchman, Rousseau, whose “genius” determined natural humans to be individuals moved by animal needs and whims, only cooperating begrudgingly to better thier fortunes. These are the ideas of either a complete dullard with no picture-book encyclopedias at his disposal or a Cheneyesque attempt at meme vectoring. I think we can easily pick it out as the later, given the young Rousseau’s rapid navigation from immigrant footman to Ambassador with apparently no merit other than nice hair. He was writing in the late 1700’s, a time misty in collective memory, the height of Enclosure.
He was writing treatises on accepting Authority, implying that common citizens need control, desperately so, exhorting on on hand that majority will should be the Rule of Law and on the other implying that the majority were a lawless bunch bound together for thier own good, like it or not.
Recognize it now? “Work with the System We all agreed to live under, it’s reformable and just at heart; otherwise the Abyss of Mob Rule will swallow us all!”
Humans are a subspecies of hominid primates. Like all such creatures, these social animals organise themselves into either matrialinial or patrialinial clan hierarchies to control breeding priviledges and establish territorial boundaries. Like thier cousins the gorrillas, these primates have a dramatically divergent morphology between sexes, which tends to emphasise and reinforce divisions of labor. Females, equipped with lactal glands, tend towards tasks involving caring for the long-developing offspring, facilitate nesting maintainance and gathering of utility items of low unitary weight. The stonger, agressive males will defend territory and fulfill the hunting requirments of the human omnivour diet. These roles may be altered, swapped, or abbandoned altogether as local environment dictates; the human is nothing if not virulently flexable, a quality enhanced by thier innate social instincts. Humans in solitary situations often suffer rapid mental degradation even in otherwise favorable conditions, and are generally prone to death rates that quickly eclipse birth rates in areas where populations are spread too thin. Although formidable in numbers, even prime Alpha males and females of Homo Sapiens are weak of vision, brittle-boned, feeble in musculature and poor of hearing compared to other mammals.
Natural Law is such that we need to cooperate. We unfortunatly inheirited hierarchical tendancies from our family, who all organize in pyrimids. We also have an odd mix of ourangutan/gorilla bluff, Bonobo sexual reaffirmation, and murderous chimpanzee psychosis techniques that we innately draw on to navigate and organize our social groups, and we innately love feeling we have a strong leader to the point of…
…well, to the point of US President and Evil Puppet of Choice, Ronald Reagan. A piss-poor human being, B-list actor on the skids, and yet convincing in the Uber-Alpha role to the point that the worthless casual butcher of a shit-stain would be freaking elected TODAY by a landslide if i dug his ass up, put new strings on him and shoved a loop-tape of the 1984 debate highlights in his neck. A new coat of Grecian Formula, America would have Morning Again, and every nation in the world would fear us the way we like. Like 1984.
I hated every minute of Reagan, from his local closing of the assylums in my homestate through his declaration that ketchup was all the vegatable a public school kid needed through his drugs-for-missiles rape and torture of every nation south of Houston and WTF shoot him AGAIN, Hinckley you fucktaRD….
I digress. Hated him. Never felt safer.
Never. Not even when he was dancing with Brezhnev over the Afgahnistan sunset, trying to re-start the Race for Atomic Supremacy we had lost, LOST, flat out, 10 years prior. The Old Guards were smiling, astonished, knowing we hadn’t yet caught on to the fact that our Naval Inteligence office was moled out by family of traitors who had been selling secrets on demand. Smiling, but backing down. Brezhnev, i think, died prematurely just to not have to deal with the cognitive dissonence he was experiencing as a result of buying into the Reagan Myth; knowing he could draw John Wayne in for a decisive deathblow by the Bear at his command, but finding himself at the table making unnessesary concessions to an arrogant moron.
Last time i saw The General in public was a Mayday parade vid, and the bastard looked like he just didn’t know who to kill anymore, or why. Like Stalinism had lost it’s glow, and he knew why: No Stalin.
Stalin. Reagan. Hitler. That’s Natural Law, kids, and you know it.
Humans are social primates who maintain an innately predisposed hierarchy with lies, violence and sexual manipulation.
This situation is not an equilibrium with tendencies towards egalitarian developement.
Groove on that for a spell.
(‘coz i love my ‘Press kinder so, here’s some ImaginationLand for ya.)