The Boomerang Series
“Media does not report “news” it creates it. An event happens when it goes on T.V. and becomes a myth.” ~ Jerry Rubin
The summer of love was to a degree the work of such upstart political firebrands as Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, and Jerry Rubin to name just a few. Who along with their moniker YIPPIES (Youth International Party) entrenched the forces of the young and old in a generational clash for the future of Western Civilization. These militant YIPPIES sought a revolutionary change in the hope to break the “crooked timber” of the human condition, by using its “Youthquake” to cast the remnants of this splintered tree as the seeds to grow a new American Utopian future. To a degree they have achieved this. Since the Sixties, America has grown to become a more liberal form of “Democracy,” as manifested in our now languid views of social mores, supported my many elected politicians, and appointed officials.
Now that Democracy has become the preferred label for modern representative government. It has also become fashionable to label bad forms of popular government as “ochlocracy” or mob rule. Some historians and academics have credited this “success” to the Fourth Great Awakening in American history having been brought in by the Youthquake of the Sixties counterculture. The First Great Awakening occurred in the 1730s and 1740s that set in motion the spirit of the American Revolution, and the Second Great Awakening occurred in the early 19th Century that forged the dynamics leading to the Civil War (second revolution). Scholars disagree as to the Third Great Awakening that was instrumental in producing the politics of progressivism of the early 20th Century.
With all this talk about Democracy, it is worth noting that the term is derived from the Greek word “demos” referring to the “poor many”. For the record, Jerry Rubin had reinvented himself from being a Sixties radical to a very successful businessman in the 1980s. Aristotle may have addressed this behavior in his Nicomachean Ethics by stating that the young are not permitted engaging in political science since they lacked the life experience necessary to form the basis of reasoning. Further, that they have the tendency to follow their emotions, whose end result is not to seek knowledge but action. Furthermore, Aristotle’s conception of revolution is viewed in two parts; one stasis, the situation in which political life simply could not go on any longer, the other, a bloody civil war in which stasis could lead.
To prevent this, Aristotle believed a stable government can be achieved by giving political power to the majority of citizens so long as they possess the majority of societies’ wealth. Sociologists call this the lozenge shaped distribution of wealth. For instance, if there are few very poor, and few very rich people in society. The middling sort, with much to lose, will outvote the poor, and not ally to them to expropriate the rich. By their numbers alone they can deter the rich from encroaching upon the rights and wealth of their inferiors; pure democracy. Ironically, the Greeks also feared the demos would use their political power in their own interest. Not unlike today, where the top equate to less than 1%, the rich and well bred, use their concentrated wealth and power for their own interest. We should now ask ourselves how our democracy has fallen to this sad state in that it can no longer distribute power and wealth for the common good.
The answer may be found by looking into the true revolution taking place in the 1940s that was silently usurping the YIPPE revolution. While the powers behind the throne allowed this youth “circus” to perform, they would come to capture the attention of the media for the sake of democracy. The managerial revolution was now entrenched as the ultimate oligarchy of power behind the throne. In the managerial revolution, corporations would be the de facto power wielding control over the nation. The constitution of oligarchy is based on property assessment, in essence, the rich rule at the expense of the poor. Plato was correct in stating that oligarchy is the adversary of democracy since the former is based on the accumulation of concentrated wealth, while the latter, freedom and equality.
Now that democracy has been raided by propaganda by using the vocabulary of liberal democracy, a truly undemocratic society is revealed no longer camouflaged wearing a mask. Today in America, oligarchy is freely masquerading as a democratic society unbeknownst to many Americans.
Perhaps we may now need to ask ourselves in earnest if we truly reside in a WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) Society? Then again, only if we really care.
Leon Trotsky, a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, was a Soviet politician who engineered the transfer of all political power to the Soviets with the October Revolution of 1917 summed it up best; “You say you are not interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.”
Did I hear any one whisper Davos? The Bilderbergs? Check Mate? Is it too late?
Dr. Richard Cirulli, is a retired professor, business consultant, writer, columnist, and innocent bystander-at-large. He looks forward to your comments, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org