Thursday, March 24, 2005

An Imposed Dearth of Responsibility

The Right wing, with their many canards and joyous offensiveness, love to pick on liberals for what they call our "Blame me first" approach to social issues.

What the right wingers really want is the freedom to act without any accountability. Any consequences their actions have for others are the problem of those who have the problems. Likewise the unfortunate get the blame: for being less fortunate, for being in the way, for being a rebuke to the pure society of dominance, power and obedience craved by our craven leadership.

The suffering of the downtrodden gets in the way of these fever dreams. It is an inconvenient fact, and one that is dangerous to their ideology of power.

Suffering, whether by someone living in the toxic industrial swamps of Lousiana or Bangalore, or the war zones of East St. Louis or Mosul, is something that elicits empathy in the human heart.


It is no coincidence that the initiation ritual of the Skull and Bones (TM) revovles around forcing a sexual identification with shame and death. The void for these men becomes a source of political power because they, by identifying with it (a malignant and viscious interpretation of it, anyway) they see when and how others try to avoid existential conflicts and then maneuver to dominate choices or create conflicts of identity vis-a-vis their opponents' relation to their existential denial.

This, then, is why leaders such as MLK, Malcolm X and Bobby Kennedy meet violent deaths. They are resistant to these forms of coercion.


What we can do is to look directly at the suffering of others. This in itself is a subversive act in a society ruled by dominance and power.

When we can speak clearly and directly about suffering, then, this can create circumstancees conducive to social change.

Finding people who can do so, however, can be hard when many leaders of the political opposition are seriously intertwined with the very causes of the suffering that need to be called out into the light.

Coming soon: The modern mind and death terror, Terry Schiavo and Baghdad.

Late note: It seems Digby was having at least somewhat similar thoughts this morning. In any case, please visit this superior blogger if you do not already.


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