a response

A few days ago on my Facebook I posted this link that reports of a recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling  that states “if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer’s entry.”

A few friends responded, but one response especially irritated me: “And people want socialism in this country.” I shouldn’t have let such an uneducated comment irk me, but it did, and after reading a few other comments I released this brief rant.

Here’s what I’ll say: Regarding Capitalistic Democracy (CD), which is the form of “democracy” that rules most of the developed world IMO, it currently prevails and succeeds NOT because it is somehow morally or ethically superior (remember, there are no universal *human* truths) to other forms of government, it prevails because throughout the ages, the leaders — leaders who I assure you had excessive self-interest in its success — have ensured its legacy through military and economic offenses against opposing theories.

Americans are brainwashed every day about the “evils” of socialism, terrorism and associated religions/groups, and various other threats that supposedly threaten our “freedom.” It’s a fallacy. Most of the information given to Americans, whether consciously or unconsciously, is driven by the goal of blind patriotism. How different is this “patriotism” from the patriotism and faith in the State in North Korea? This patriotism exists to keep everyone in line.

It’s noble to believe that all the good the US has done in the world was executed under the belief of what is “just” and “right.” Not true. It’s all been done to protect OUR self interests. Why else would we continue to blindly support Israel — one of the greatest abusers of human rights in the world — while paradoxically condone Ghadaffi and Libya? And what about Saudi Arabia? Another state whose atrocious abuse of human rights violations is hard to ignore. Where is the “good” and “just” virtue of the United States in these cases? And what about the senseless murder of unarmed protesters in Syria?

The political theory most Americans call “socialism” isn’t evil or a threat. What is evil, however, is believing that the United States Government is the world’s guiding light for “freedom” and “justice.” That’s not the business of a military state.



~ by the coordinates of memories on 15 May 2011.

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