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Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2001 at 6:54 AM
These days something else is going on behind the scenes. Even the most heart-felt and passionately desired efforts of either side are oddly deadlocked in every meaningful way. The recent election stands as a symptom of this acute case of strange political paralysis.
By Diane Harvey
The floor of this world is littered knee-deep in conspiracies, no question about it. For that matter, wherever there are a group people agreeing to act together about anything at all, a conspiracy blossoms accordingly. And when it comes to politics, the roots of our two-party system ensure veritable jungles of full-blown conspiracies as a way of political life. We might say that this fundamentally polarized form of political thinking demands and insists on conspiracy in order to work at all. Therefore the reality of left wing and right wing conspiracies is a given: of course they exist. The only questions are: what forms are they taking, how well are they working, and are they the actual prime movers of events in our country these days?
My premise here is that both types of longstanding Machiavellian political conspiracies have been hollowed out and subverted. The virtue, so to speak, has gone out of them. Our national game of left wing/right wing politics is still the formality being observed, but power and money have been siphoned off, and the IV draining these away runs along the floor out of sight. Whoever looks at this matter from a detached perspective will see that poor beleaguered folk trying to push either right wing or left wing agendas are neither one of them getting very far these days. And this in itself is an intriguing metamorphosis in the body politic. Not so long ago, these two wings of the national eagle more or less took turns flapping, and whether they liked it or not, acted together through time to move the nation along. Each wing had its moments of steering, correcting, and overcorrecting. There are advantages and disadvantages to this, as to any other system of political thought, but as a long-range flight design, it has worked reasonably well. The architects of this alternating current form of left/right politics knew exactly what they were doing.
These days something else is going on behind the scenes. Even the most heart-felt and passionately desired efforts of either side are oddly deadlocked in every meaningful way. The recent election stands as a symptom of this acute case of strange political paralysis. I propose that this is a natural outcome of what is going on now in back of the tattered remains of our political system. Those who in previous decades were primarily using our two-party system in order to further their plans, have now withdrawn from that stage in many important respects. They are busy forming a single invisible unit above all national political loyalties and operations. To the reasonable argument that such groups have always been there, I would answer: Yes, but what we are looking at here is nevertheless a far more cohesive, powerful and sinister version than has yet existed.
One hears a great deal of emotional speech referring to socialist plots , communist plots and the left wing media . Likewise there is a broad range of equally vociferous explanations of right wing plots , the religious right and the conservative agenda . These various types of conspiracies, or groups of like-minded citizens, certainly try to sway public opinion and political policy. But when I look at this country I don t see any of these factions as particularly powerful. And some of these popular conspiracies don t seem to exist at all in the forms people think they do. Take the idea of a left wing media conspiracy. This is not even theoretically possible: a very few corporations own almost all media outlets in this nation. I have yet to see a powerful corporation demonstrate a left wing orientation. And neither have you. Corporations exist to profit from our existence any way they can, and keep the loot- that s it. This is not what left wing conspiracies are made of, any way you look at it. Left wing conspiracies exist to take public monies and spread them around. Agree or disagree with the political attitude, this bears no resemblance to corporate behavior. Of course there are left wing conspiracies, but this isn t one of them.
Or take the idea that there is a right wing conspiracy to retain private ownership of guns. The liberal rhetoric around this issue is not based on even a theoretical possibility. To speak of a conspiracy here is merely a cloud of meaningless noise generated by an inability to think at all. This is not a right wing conspiracy but a crucial cornerstone of the psyche of a nation founded on personal responsibility. The very real problem of out-of-control violence will have to be solved in some other way- period. Namely by looking into who is deliberately causing this and profiting from it. And what about a genuine right wing conspiracy? I don t see that the conservative agenda is having its way either, in the sense that the best part of it would like to see common sense restored to public life. I am not referring to window dressing, or a change of suits at the White House. I am referring to the grotesque modern culture of death that permeates everything we breathe, drink, eat and see. Neither the left wing agenda nor the right wing agenda will ever make a dent in this, since it is engineered behind the scenes by powers far greater than sincere political thinking of either end of the spectrum.
We are citizens of a country rapidly devolving into secret totalitarian rule, which cares nothing for either political ideology, or any of its ancillary sub-conspiracies. Who are these people then, behind the scenes, and what do they want? We will not find out if we cannot occasionally set aside attachments to the old national levels of normal political conspiracy thinking, and look for the Metaconspiracy beyond. Because this unified group is now determining the real direction of our nation, and the very fact that these people remain invisible as they gain more and more power ought to have our full attention.
It is commonplace in Metaconspiracy circles, and has been for a long time, to name this hidden dynamo as the corporate/military/government establishment. And so it is. This is exactly what it is, and then some. But this is just the beginning of the investigation into the dreadful hidden machinations of the dark group-mind driving us down a one-way dead-end road. It is not enough to know this much. Everything and everyone responsible for what has happened to our country in the last fifty years must eventually be dragged out into the light of day. To all the bone-weary and depressed observers of the fall of the United States of America into the hands of dark forces, the battle is against seemingly impossible odds. Yet to fight back in every way possible remains our destiny all the same. We are performing revolutionary acts through improving the health, ethics, emotional strength, mental perceptions and spiritual vision of our families and ourselves. The simplest of healthy daily life realities are now revolutionary acts because in order to live well at all, we must continually strive uphill, against every kind of pressure working against these inalienable rights. Of course we must also engage in direct activities to stave off encroaching darkness in this perpetual warfare against the vicious culture of totalitarian death. The historical truth of our times is that the more pleasant alternatives life might have offered us have already been devoured. Whether the long and difficult struggle before us leads to the victory or defeat of the Metaconspiracy, this struggle is nevertheless, as the remnant of a free people, all we have left. To collectively give up, to give in, would be the death of the very soul of freedom.
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