Corporate Fascism!



The Individual Versus Society

(The Agony and Ecstasy of being Human) 1

“So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God He created them;
male and female He created them.”

Genesis 1:27

Thus was humanity made, according to the Bible. Not a single person but a pair, a very primitive society. And from this our society grew, from a family into Nations; and all the trouble in the human race began right there.

The problem was the individual, and its needs and wants. One definition of human life itself might be: the process of dealing with the needs and wants of the human will. And that is itself the whole problem, a human’s needs and wants can never be handled outside of the society he was born into. It is the perennial paradox of human life: the individual needs society, and society needs the individual… yet somehow they never seem to get along. Why?

We can’t live without each other, yet we cannot seem to live with each other? All of history shows this quite succinctly. We are at odds because of our free wills. As I said, in a previous essay, freedom exists only in the one, never in the many. And that is what society is: a compromise. The reason is very simple, the human’s free will knows no bounds. This unquenchable insatiableness is what is the real problem. Satisfy one need, and another pops up. Satisfy your most ardent desire, and the result is only another to be quenched in the thirst of an ever thirsty will.

In early times, humanity solved the problem by appointing an absolute authority that created the law; thus Gods ruled over men settling all differences through a religious tyranny. Notice the word tyranny. The human will needed force to constrain it, and that force was God, through the religious institution He represented. Thus early religions were also early governments, that ruled over all human actions and even thoughts and desires. After all, it was those desires that made the whole scheme necessary. The human seemed to have another very pressing propensity: the need to confront himself with himself. In doing this, he would insert something “other” in the form of a God or “mystical force” that he found himself drawn to. This “religious need” could never be reconciled within him because he could never really know anything else but himself. So God became his governor, the arbiter of the limits of these needs and wants, and the judge of where these needs and wants interfered with the needs and wants of others in his religious society.

The ancient Chinese found a way of allowing humanity to do these things some three thousand years ago, in an automated “oracle” of sorts, called the “I Ching” or “Book of Changes”. Here symbols, very much like a modern binary computer code, allowed the ancient questioner to find the current state he was in, and find the state he was most likely approaching through his conduct. Modern psychologists see this as a technique very similar to the associative technique of psychoanalysis. All of this shows us another very quirky part of the human being, and its needs and wants… he may not really know what they are!

Freud called this aspect of the human the “unconscious”, and created a whole theory around it through which the human pitted itself (its needs and desires) against society (its authority, laws and morality). The judge was a part of itself that Freud called the “superego”. This judge could pull off quite a few shenanigans that were downright un-kosher! He could repress desires and wants, and turn them into something else entirely; a process called sublimation. This could have good effects, as it did in the case of personages like Leonard of Vinci, or bad ones, as it has in many neurotics today. Neurotics have these “invisible” needs and wants reappearing in the form of anxiety – a groundless fear that cannot be focused by the individual on to anything specific. But all of this originates in that thing that has caused man to indeed approach the Gods in his actions, and yet tie him forever to the vilest of beasts: his free will.

According to Freud, and most of psychology today, man is at odds with himself in many ways, because he owns a mind that he does not entirely know, and with which he is never entirely reconciled. So now lets look at the other side of the coin – society.

In many ways, not really surprisingly, society follows a similar pattern; that is, society, also has a judge or arbiter to rule over it, just as the superego rules over the mind. That judge is government.

There have always been problems with governments. These problems are in a way the same ones that plague the individual; in the individual they are needs and wants, and that insatiability, I mentioned; in society they are power and greed. From ancient times, the same pattern of governmental corruption has emerged: greed and the resultant abuse of power. After all, on the molecular level, government is made up of individuals. But greed in government is not called greed, it is called something like, authority, leadership, or “what is good for all”. The word “all” is the key. How can we know if all really is all? After all, government was created to represent all, but very rarely, does it in fact, represent all. As I said above government is a compromise; all usually means most, or in a democracy the majority.

But there are governments where all does not mean any of these; it means the will of a single individual or a few – this is what we call a tyranny. It is also a consummate paradox that through all of human history, democracies, which place their trust and values in that word all, usually end up becoming tyrannies through following the will of one or a few. That is exactly what is occurring in American society today. And it is happening because the rights of the individual have been usurped through the will of small groups who operate under the pretense of representing the freedom and rights of the individual through the practice of what has been termed a “free” economy.

Lets analyze this term “free economy”. What is meant by it?

When a person is free, he is free to do literally anything he wants to do. The free, in free economy, means exactly this – the business, or the corporation, the atomic unit of the economy – is allowed to do anything it wants to gain an economic advantage, in other words, create a profit margin. But remember that word all we used above. If the economy were indeed free, then we would see a collection of companies all of whom are equally valued and equally placed in market valuation; but that is not the case. Suddenly, within the sphere of this so-called free economy we see something called the “monopoly” take the stage. In fact this so-called free market economy we have so thoroughly praised and sanctified in “Tea Party” frenzy is in actuality nothing but a facade for a group of monopolies that control completely the industrial and service markets of our “free economy”. We have seen the results of this monopolization plainly in the recent hike in energy prices because of the oil monopoly that has come about, and the control exerted on prices by a few global energy conglomerates. Need I mention Medicine, or Health Services?

Here is how it works, instead of government taxing the corporate profits of the monopolies controlling energy, government taxes the use of the commodity by the public, so the prices of oil, natural gas and gasoline in the retail markets soars for the public, while the profits of the monopolists also soar.

This “monopolization” has also been shown in the area of politics. Today candidates and parties in America rely on private funding, thus allowing the corporate monopolies to control the choice of candidates for elections. Of what benefit is the free election of candidates when the choice between candidates is eliminated because they all will benefit their corporate Masters who have funded them?

Two great American Presidents 2 even warned us of the dangers of this very thing happening; indeed from the very founding of this Democracy itself! George Washington, in his farewell speech to the Nation warned all Americans of the dangers of partisanship and parties, and the division and encouragement of special privilege they create. And another great soldier, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of the growth of the military-industrial complex; a factor which allows corporate interests in the energy and arms areas to control the focus of the American military might in creating wars to create new markets, just as the so-called “War on Terror” has become the unending quest to create new business markets in the Middle East by using unending warfare as the source of new consumer populations, and energy and labor resources, as they already have in opening up the Chinese People’s Republic.

Also in the area of immigration has this same monopolization shown itself. During the War on Terror, literally millions of illegal immigrants have entered this country through a Southern border that was virtually unprotected (so much for government “security” of American citizens in time of war!). Drawn here through the lure of employment not found in their own countries, they work for poor wages, and are isolated into alien communities where they are cut off from American society, and learn to hate the country that has given them refuge. Thus the growth of gangs, crime and the drug trade. Because of the capitalist view of seeing people as only consumers, not as people, the constant growth of the population through this type of immigration has created populations cut off from society and the Nation, and created a population that will follow whatever will fill their pocketbooks. Easily moldable to the whims of the rich monopolists, when, and if these people become citizens they will follow the same course that the monopolists foster, a freedom to “do as they please”, or capitalist freedom, not the responsible freedom of Democracy.

But the political parties, and the conglomerate leaders who fund them, have diverted the focus of public attention from these obvious facts, to the perils that the individual faces through the loss of his rights and freedoms in losing this glorious “free market” through government control. Thus the ultimate in subterfuge has taken place to beguile the gullible masses into believing that the actual loss of all rights and freedom, is in fact the opposite; and that Big Business is in fact the expression of these rights and freedoms, instead of their denial, which it, in fact, is.

So we see, once again, a democracy, which represents all, falling to the whims of the few; and a tyranny, once again, looms over a failed democratic state; but this time one imbued with the rights and freedoms that the free will of the few has given it.

In the final analysis, freedom must make concessions, so that all can indeed be included. That freedom, the same that creates a trust between people of different kinds, and different origins; that which bonds people together through responsibility and brotherhood; through the humanness of humanity, is not the kind that ignores society; it is the kind that includes all, not through giving in to the individual’s insatiableness, but by embracing the needs and wants of all humans, expressed in a society that realizes that freedom is cooperation and compromise.

So we see that true social freedom is not giving in to the vices and greed of the individual free will, but recognizing that a freedom that exists only for some is not freedom; true freedom can only be found in that word all, for only when all are free, can society create the benefit it was made for, a benefit for all not just some.


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1 Today’s Politics is modeled on this very thing: Conservatives tout the individual’s needs and wants; while Liberals tout society and its needs. No wonder they don’t get along. On the other hand, a free economy means the rich have the freedom to step on the poor, but the poor do not have the freedom to step on the rich. The problem is, as we shall see above, freedom either pertains to all or it pertains to none. Today, in economics it pertains to none (there is no freedom).

2 See footnote 3 in the next essay "Freedom Is Killing America".

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Originally Published:

May 23, 2011


November 12, 2016