Placed my bet on that 20 years ago
No John Mellencamp albums, but already had a number of U2 albums.
I'm talking about religion & despotism. Both are pretty much the same thing across the span of time—neither side knowing it of the other, because levels of each being relative in that function of time. Generalized collectivism is what's always targeted (communism and other forms), but is really a symptom of the former more fundamental things and again, because of separation in time, space, history.
The world is changing profoundly and quickly, and the reason is very simple. I used to call it 1+1=2, and because it's so simple I still do; and it's also why I often don't take a lot of time and effort to explain it to a lot of people—because both dumb and smart still have to survive, and I'm primarily interested in how the world works and evolves—everyone has to survive, always. Daily pressure. I care not too much that a smart person can't seem to grasp geopolitical trends that simply can't be stopped. They're smart, often set up for relative comfort as a result and as such, their primary motivation is always to pontificate about how things ought to be. My approach, on the other hand, is primarily to offer awareness and knowledge to plain old folks—one mind at a time. They're going to run things anyway and end up being the next batch of smart folk. Best they have sources of information if I can help in my small way.
Yea, the idea whose time has come & shit.
...And actually, smart people in the mass are typically always followers, do-nothing-much pontificators—excepting entrepreneurs, just another small group now. It's the tiny few smart who worm their way to the top and are the people who move stuff. They do it by means of all the dumb people, and the mass of smart people on the sidelines always have to end up playing catchup because the "dumb" people leapfrog them and become the new smart people. Been happening forever, now. I celebrate it.
I like to think in very generalized, wide scope, geopolitical terms and it never seems to fail me. "Intellectuals?" Bah. That's the mistake honest intellectuals have been making for centuries—the idea that a popular dishonest intellectual will ever evolve in thinking, much. You always must wait for a new crop, so I say: invest in the new crop. Most will come from the "dumb" people of today, with their experiences and hardships forming their new intellectual ideas. Wash, rinse, repeat. Continuous improvement.
This process is generated from a lot of sides, the Internet and awareness to the masses now being the leapfrog that's Tearing Down The Wall (yea, I had that album, too).
...The other day I blogged about a clear sign that walls are tumblin' & crumblin', how with the new thingy of the Internet, kids are asking questions they didn't ask in any measure years ago, and that has a bottom-up effect where you now have Pat Robertson, a mainstay of religious fundamentalism, backing down on Young Earth Creationism, citing real science and admonishing his followers not to dismiss it for fear of losing their children. Some smart people couldn't seem to take that at face value.
So what's his body doing when he hangs his head in feigned shame in the palm of his hand? It's saying: Yep, in pursuit of fame for a few decades, I've had to be a fucking moron because that's what everyone else was, I wanted their company, and the fanhood they bestow.
Tell me I'm wrong.
I really don't care that he credits George W. Bush. I always simply figured that for whatever reasons they worked together, I was not privy to any of that, neither was anyone else, and so I basically always ignored all the "analysis" of smart morons.
In closing I have a simple, modest request...a plea, or a prayer of you, actually—because I only ever pray to human beings, who can actually do real things.
Can't we just give these kids their Robber Barons and Factory Exploitation for a while—a decade or so?
Look at it this way. While they're being exploited for the sake of selfish profits, all you smart morons—who've yet to be replaced by dumb people with real life experience—have at least several years worth of high-horse pontification.
...And you can't discount the cocktail parties with all those other pontificators with checkbooks....