No one has the whole picture, and what the political landscape is at any moment, in any era, is never seen from any single vantage. Even completion of a university course isn't going to present an omniscient understanding. The thing about partisans is, they must win allies and create adherents to their causes, about which they themselves may not be fully cognizant. To the partisan, winning alone often becomes their drive.
We here at Mycotopia opened religious and political discussion when we declared ourselves to be adults, having interests close to our hearts, beside those of our hobbies. We saw that as a community we needed more to be wholly human in our expression. So, we took the risk that we could open areas of discussion previously closed to us. Closed by what? Maybe it was a fear we might fail to conduct ourselves as respectful adults, and so, accepted rules as if we were children.
For myself, doddering through this world I see, I want to know where I came from, and how I got to where I am now, knowing I didn't get here alone as a single individual expression of human life. All the expressions created the totality of a world society. How we did that is politics. If I could choose a politics of my liking, it would be one that tended toward ending the kinds of divisions that could bring us to trying to eliminate each other over ideas.
How we get our ideas becomes of great interest for me. There are forces that have ideas of controlling what ideas will be allowed, and these controls are overt and covert. And in that, what we don't know can hurt us.
Therefor, let us here and now strive to know what we can, even about forces which would choose to remain hidden. When we start to try to fathom an unseen hand, let us not call each other, "conspiracy theorists," as even this term was popularized by conspirators wanting to remain unseen. If we want anything approaching a democratic republic, the democratic part cannot work with power wielded from the darkness of secrecy. Institutionalized secrecy is ruling the day, and the political theater becomes just that, a show for the masses.
The questions will be, who rules, and how? Can we have this discussion?
I would like to start here:
Who Rules the United States of America?
Edited by Alder Logs, 04 July 2019 - 11:20 AM.