There is a power struggle in the world that goes largely unnoticed by the general public. It’s not a fight between countries nor a battle of left versus right. It’s a struggle as old as civilization: the interests of the few versus the lives of the multitude.
In the 21st-century and in light of the global proliferation of technology, there’s been a paradigm shift in this 10,000 year story.
The only analogue to the stakes is the 20th-century threat of species extinction from nuclear war. We are all at risk.
- Start with the warrior v the peasant.
- Then the militia v the warrior.
- Martial culture v amateur Athens.
- Scale up. Generations means noble lines, wealth, standing armies.
- Scale takes autocracy to feudal. Printing press.
- Population growth. Urbanisation. Money talks. Middle class – protodemocracy.
- Industrialization. Peasants to literate working class. Capital v labour. Ideologies.
- Technology. Nationalism, populism, hundreds of stories to keep the population compliant.
- Corporations and institutions replace monarchies and lineage (but the latter migrated into the former).
- Capitalism, trickle down, comfort enough, dumb enough, plutocracy greed built in, meritocracy of profit ONLY.
- MASS PROPAGANDA – TECHNOLOGY PLUS WEALTH PLUS POWER = CONTROL
- This could go on forever. Anything human that stays together – intact – across the horizon of living family memory (2-4 generations) could last forever.
- Threats? External invasion. Internal overthrow. Climate change. Aliens. Tech. Scale.
“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“I committed a crime.
I was born on Earth.
But this planet doesn’t belong to me.
Sometimes I think I deserve some of the Earth to myself.
How dare I?
It belongs to someone else.
Their house. Their rules.
But they are benevolent.
They rent me some earth and in exchange I make shapes.
They tell me if I keep this up one-day I’ll have my own piece of the Earth.
But it’s too hard.
I refuse to be cruel.
Too many ahead of me in the line.
The end doesn’t always justify the means.
A meaner me, ultimately
Some of the tenants do finally get a piece of Earth,
After a lifetime,
But they don’t get to enjoy any of the good shapes they made.”