Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The War on Terror is about the elite holding on to power.


Butler Shaffer, of Southwestern University School of Law, at Lew Rockwell, on 1 August 2005, argues that the War on Terror is about the elite holding on to power and 'forcibly resisting the peaceful decentralizing processes.'

(See, for example, here, here, here, and here.)

Shaffer claims that social systems have been moving from vertically-structured (the elite in control) to horizontally-networked models (local democracy).

Shafer states that 'most Americans are too cowardly to acknowledge that their government engages in the use of terror.'

Shafer points out that human beings form organisations to improve their lives. Organisations are fine if they remain flexible. But they are not fine if they become rigid.

Bush has declared war on "extremism."

Shafer :

'The Internet will become an “extremist” system with which the state must deal. The cliché is already in place: “since anyone can put anything out on the Internet, how do we know what to believe? ...

'The “terrorist” who attacks a subway will soon become indistinguishable, in the popular mind, from an “extremist” journalist who reveals the underside of politics in America...

'It is not “civilization” that the political order seeks to save in its “Global Struggle Against Extremism,” but its own privileges of power....

'The current establishment’s efforts are designed not to preserve civilization, but to petrify it in antiquated forms. As in the earlier cases of the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, the life force will, like a dammed up river, ultimately break through the barriers designed to restrain the energies against which institutions have always fought."


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