Monday, December 16, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 253/ 39
Addend 13—Urban Tyranny
© Eso A.B.

There are a number of reasons why Western history, a sort of Holy Ghost inspired of Western governments, will be loathed by all coming after us.

The foremost reason is that historians have very seldom been independent creatures, but unlike the 1% of poets who resist dictators, have 100% succumbed to government dictates as to what history ought to read. While only a small number may actually record the lie for the record, after it has been put on record, all historians follow it once it is fait accompli and ‘out there’.

However, it is important to remember that history as a lie began with the development of the city or, if you will, urbanism. It is not only that the city claims to be the birthplace of ‘democracy’ (that city being Athens in ‘ancient’ Greece), which is an urbanite fantasy, but that the city went on to become the enslaver of today’s countryside populations, dictator of public morals, and dispenser of a kleptocrat ‘democracy’.

The story of how biocentered humans were replaced by humanists is a long and complex story, but it certainly began with certain human beings thinking and declaring themselves superior to the majority. This ‘certain number’ began with a military leader, very probably of Viking origin (as I have explored it in a number of previous blogs), who having become accustomed to robbing innocent tribes and ordering his men to their deaths no longer found it difficult or unusual to order men and women to become his slaves. The easiest example of this ‘overcoming’ is illustrated to this day by fathers taking their sons on a hunt and encouraging them to overcome ‘buck fever’, squeeze the trigger, and make a kill.

Contrary to pop history that argues that castles began to be built in ancient times, in most places they are not much older than a thousand years  and most were built in a wood , even if it was on a mountain surrounded by a wood or an island surrounded by water and wood, as military forts in the U.S. illustrate the logic.

As militarist cultures spread, castles became centers of deforestation, as weapons of close range combat were replaced by rifles and cannon, and  the loss of wood made the field of battle more visible and the attacker more vulnerable. Of course, this also came to be reflected in increased warfare, in which case the peasants sought refuge inside the castle, were the males were recruited to serve as defenders of the walls, while the women became the objects of pleasure of princes, and--given that medals were not yet invented--young damsels were pressed into service to jerk off outstanding warriors. The stories of ‘camp followers’, i.e. whores who offered sex through genital contact is very likely a modern fib, as princes would not tolerate the rape of women in their castles who then bore sons and daughters to men of the wood. The modern fib is basically a pornographic story likely an invention of corporate condom makers whose profits depend on the fantasy of genital contact. Of course, this is not to say that rape did not occur, but genital contact was that of privileged princes or outstanding warriors in the event they were to become human sacrifices at Saturnalia or other rites.

Eventually, as some families of the wood and the countryside came to live along the walls of fortresses, these settlements evolved into cities, until there came a time, when the men of these evolving cities became merchants, gathered for themselves capital, and began to pretend to be as privileged as the princes and barons gathered about the princely court.

As French author Paul Virillio in his book, “A Landscape of Events”, describes Paris and other cities of the 17th century: “…those vast death traps…. Hell without the fire, with their murderous princes and gutter princesses stepping out in the mud, absolute squalor of a shady populace devoted unstintingly to doing evil.” (p1) Of course, there were wonders, too, inventions that enable us to praise the city though basically little has changed: by 1697, Paris had 6,500 gas street lamps.

Such technological improvements have not ceased, but continue to amaze us. Virillio goes on to quote Michael Heim, a cyberspace thinker from California: “It is true that in entering cyberspace we risk abandoning a part of the population to fate, but technoculture is our fate.”

Who become the ‘unabandoned’? Surely the 1%; who else can it be?

As the intrusion of the National Security Agency (NSA) into everyone’s  private lives proves, the monster is feeling no longer vulnerable to biocentered humankind, that part of us known as “a part of the population”. Even Virillio’s critical powers fail him, as he determinately defends the monster with words worthy to become one of the advisors (then) to President Busch: “We now find ourselves faced with a model of ‘organized terrorism…that…. Inaugurates the age of nuclear proliferation.’” (p19-21) Virillio is shocked over the terrorist attack against the World Trade Center in New York and calls it an infliction of “…incredible damage not only on the innocent victims but also and especially on democracy.”

Thus, here and at this time begins the Age of Modern Tyranny and total failure of the humanist mind, which fails to recognize that democracy is not an invention of urbanism, but of the wood and countryside. Yet the ‘rational’ mind now offers the following solution for our troubles:

In a Washington Post article, we see the humanist mindset post this absurdity: “…two Dartmouth College researchers are suggesting that in some limited circumstances, the cooling value of an open, snowy field may be greater than the climate benefits that a stand of trees can provide — and that it is possible to calculate where that might be the case.

All that I can add is that the urbanite mindset has forgot that their forebears lived in the wood and enjoyed some real democracy, because when some princes or barons pretended to have more rights than they, they were terrorized by dreams that a shaman or graduate of the wood stood behind every tree with a club or a spear in hand and was about to dispense a whack at them.

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