Thursday, November 14, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 234/ 5
Feral Gov. 101
© Eso A.B.

Dictionaries define ‘feral’  as wild, but with a significant difference from our usual understanding of the word. In this instance, ‘wild’ describes a domesticated animal that returns to the wild state as a result of insufficient human attention (for example, a feral goat) or even abandonment as in the case of a feral cat.

I have theorized that the ‘feral’ state may also visit human beings, but not as the psychologist Freud imagined it, when he described the dream of a human as that of ‘a wolf man’, which description he imagined because the dreamer as a child had witnessed his parents engage in a sexual act. My interpretation has little to do with Freud. I imagine that in our time humankind as a whole finds itself at a feral mental stage. In other words, after becoming somewhat like a ‘domesticated’ or ‘civilized’ cat, a further ‘taming’ of it by government development, not to say repression, reverts the human to an unintended ‘feral’ stage.

The previous four blogs (230-233), which I wrote on the theme of the famous tank Battle at Kursk in the background, imagines the soldiers and leaders involved in the battle as human beings who were forced to regress through an accumulation of negative experiences from a ‘civilized’ to a ‘feral’ stage. Perhaps not surprisingly, this regression is being accomplished through the involvement of governments.

To understand fully and correctly the role of government in turning a human into a feral creature, we have to understand the role of democracy in turning a human being into an isolated and socially cut off libertarian ideologue through the promotion of a capitalist economic system. As Professor Caroll Quigley of Georgetown University states in his book, Tragedy and Hope (1966): “The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.” Whereas Professor Quigley believed that democracy is determined by ready accessibility of arms to individuals [re: “Democracy tends to emerge only when the best weapons available are easy for individuals to buy and use.[9] ”], my belief is that it is no less dependent on the environment within which the individuals reside, that is to say, that it must also be a setting of the wood rather than that of the city.

Though I speak of ‘democracy’ and ‘capitalism’, I include among ‘democratic’ governments ALL modern governments, communist and fascist governments including. The inclusion of the last two can be explained if we stretch our imaginations a little and remember that the modern system of machine capitalism is a consequence of ‘democratic’ governments (be the ‘democracy’ limited only to a circle of princes and parliamentarians), and that communist and fascist governments have to bend to the greater energy of private interests in exploiting human potential through better utilizing competition to the ends of coercion. Another way of putting it is that secular communism has to expend great amounts of collective (communal) resources in arming itself against democratic-capitalist aggression, rather than invest its energies in bringing humankind back to the feral stage, by which human beings had achieved their highest civilized state some centuries earlier. Similarly fascism, even as Hitler’s mythology promoted rites by torch light in forest at night, by the daylight had to tame and check the interests of the armaments industry (which provided the average German with jobs) by feeding it with soylent meat from unmarked cans canned in unmarked factories in the city.

The destruction of the feral (verbal sans letters) and forest civilizations occurred more or less simultaneously in a number of cultures and communities. I have already mentioned (blog 231) that when Buddha left his father’s castle, he entered the feral kingdom of the people, where he was killed by his mistress Amarita (Amanita Muscaria? ) when he revealed to her his father’s plans to enlarge his city-castle by some 24000 housing units by cutting down another great swath of the forest surrounding the city. The theme of ‘feral’ plays no lesser role in the story of Jesus, when we remember that his father [or perhaps he himself (Matthew 13:55 & Mark 6:3).] were said to be carpenters, that is, men close to the wood, where every tree is not only a ‘feral’ being, but a guarantor of ‘social support’ (so called ‘green gold’) without exacting taxes to be paid into a ‘cashbox’ of the welfare state.

Both Hitler and Stalin were welfare state men, even if one saw it from a capitalist, but the other from a communist perspective. Hitler’s fascist socialist state needed Lebensraum, whereas Stalin  needed a platform from which to proclaim the return of democracy without taxes.

It is interesting that the return of humankind to the feral state is best promoted through an urban environment rather than from the countryside. It is somewhat of a paradox, because the countryside is identified with a highly developed oral culture (song, story, language), whereas an urban culture has become identified with information transmission through letters and other technologies that readily copy information. Though technology can transmit massive volumes of data, on the whole it promotes illiteracy, which provides the quantum gap through which one falls into the abyss of the parallel universe of urban feralism.

Not surprisingly, modern governments seek and are able to gain ever greater control over the feral urban state of mind, which of itself appears helpless to resist either government-authoritarian encroachment or the ether of fiction injected in vacant mind-cells (once occupied by an oral culture) by capitalist controlled media.

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