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It might be argued that Political Correctness either replaced religion or was instrumental in its demise. The most rabid communists make the most fervent atheists ( of course, it is hard to beat Ayn Rand in atheism, so that claim can also be made to the other extreme of the political spectrum ) and one can see how eliminating or profiting off the death of the influence of religion was advantageous to the insufferable pricks. Without God taking up anyone’s time the weak minded can substitute political dogma for the religious kind. Of course, when I poke fun of religious folk for being dogmatic ( wasn’t there a bumper sticker, “leash your dogma”? ), I fully realize that mental condition is universal, just differing in its focus, so don’t feel you are being stigmatized. Not like you did the D&D nerds, anyway, but I shan’t digress. But all that being as it may, there were larger forces at work in the demise of religious influence besides political correctness taking over the Left or commercialism. As I brought up in the “Death Of Malls” series, our society has fragmented in its social cohesion, going from Corporation Man to Unibomber Hermit.
Lack of cohesion is of course most beneficial to the Elite as the perfect way to control the masses. Nobody has anything in common, not even those ducks that look and sound the same but aren’t all equally ducks ( so just because it looks like one and sounds like one doesn’t make it one ). Nobody has the same interests, believes the same things or acts enough alike to form coherent tribal unities. We are all made weaker by having picked from the smorgasbord of cultures. Diversity is the strength of our rulers, dividing and conquering for ultimate control. The only unity we achieve is online, a comparatively useless form of cohesion. You’d almost think that the Internet was funded to achieve the ultimate division amongst the ruled. It easily could have been. The phone companies were held hostage by their granted monopoly and Bell Labs was always dependent on military spending. And who is to say Silicon Valley isn’t channeled money from Washington? Just the job elimination possibilities of the computer network would have been enough to fund the Internet by the moneyed interests. Throw in social engineering…
While we are visiting Tinfoil Hat Land, I’ve always had a belief that the New York publishing industry ( only kept in that location by playing ball with the 1%-otherwise they would have been outsourced overseas ) is a funding site for political control. The most obvious example is the huge advances paid to politicians, the worst writing and lack of sales giving voice to the lie it was ever a commercial decision. I was quite enamored by “The Third Wave” when it was published, far more readable and topical, for me, than “Future Shock” had been. Now, from the perspective of age and wisdom ( I was a wee lad when it came out, and like other influences and favorites such as Lucifer’s Hammer and Dune, it was read multiple times ), I see it as probably nothing more than an “encouraged” argument for globalization. As was “MegaTrends”. I’d imagine books are for the higher educated, but serve the same purpose as TV and movies for the masses, engineering consent.
Didn’t you identify with Ted? I never read the Unibomber Manifesto, there were simply too many other mandatory reading assignments I was giving myself in my limited free time, but I liked both his rejection of technology and his conviction of action. Out of millions of malcontents, most of them fellow ‘zine publishers at the time-now bloggers- he was one of the very few who had the balls to do something about the state of the world. I don’t care how wrong his actions were, at least he did something besides bitching like the rest of us. I almost think he was my major influence, although of course one has to beware of the blinding brilliance of hindsight. I was a major brooder, reading and thinking and doing little else ( how else to defend my very low prep levels on a $25k salary? Enough wheat buckets to make a large bookcase, two SKS’s and a few no.1 Enfield’s but almost no ammunition, and really nothing else. I of course had child support but I had the same financial burden on a $15k job which bought me the B-POD and oh so much more supplies-the only explanation was being a NON-Action Jackson ).
Up to this time I had always credited Y2K for my wake-up call that prepping needed to exceed the Mormon One Year Plan, but I think Ol’ Ted gave me the needed discipline and focus to make prepping central in my life rather than periphery. Here was a dude living my dream, a cabin in the boonies, built by hand on an extreme budget and surviving without a salary, with time left over to not just preach to the world but to try to change it. I don’t want to change the world-I know it is too late, but all other lessons resonated. So perhaps that is why I use the Unibomber example for fragmented culture. We are all hermits alone in our cold ass plywood cabin, pissed at the world as it implodes. You could almost, almost, wish for a return of religion from before. Of course, the reason I’m glad it went on a hiatus is the extreme danger of religion, the bloodthirsty nature of its leaders to forcibly convert all non-believers ( that was the Papist and the Protestant view, not just Muslims ). In the future, when religion returns as a cultural and political unifier, there will be bloody repercussions along with its more benign aspects. I’d strongly advise cooperation and single-mindedness in wiping out all resurfacing cults after the collapse. Not that your group will heed, as they will most likely be among them. Well, it was a nice break while it lasted.
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