The most drastic change to global politics was the collapse of communism, removing any sense of equilibrium or competition, any sense the democracy had to be proved as better, and allowing free reign to capitalism to sink its teeth into the world and dictate all politics. Communism was the excuse for the US to vastly increase its weapon stockpile and then to go on to use them against 50 countries around the world throughout the cold war and after it. It was also the excuse for social pruning carried out by Joseph McCarthy under the pretext of a red scare. Now, nothing has changed only that Communism and radical leftism has been replaced by Terrorism and radical Islam.
There is no better catalyst for obedience – moreover willing obedience – than fear. Fear of an unknown, unseen enemy that is waiting to get you, personally you, and you are not safe anywhere not even in your homes, and you never know who the enemy is. What a terrible environment to live in, and how quickly you are going to believe a government that is all knowing and all powerful, one that only receives good press, and more significantly, one that is a beacon of world peace and freedom! Why not trust this government in the face of this enemy.
But there is another fear, a lesser fear that is being circulated through the streets and through the mind of the public, and that is fear of the foreigner. Fear of Romanians coming to take our jobs, and spread their violence and gang culture. Perhaps we should be fear more paedophiles in the ranks of the government church; we should fear more countries that hold vast stockpiles of hi-tech weapons, that can go to war unchecked in any country of the world whenever they want for whatever reason, and carry out real terrorism, bombing families and children at their will with remote control weapons from thousands of miles away.
Education is something that takes place both in and out of school and from a very young age. The education that is of most importance here is social and cultural education, in which we learn our position in the society we live in and what is an accepted attitude to have. Britain is one of the most class divided countries in the world, and now that there is a government made up of a majority of millionaires who are far more interested in making money and relationships than upholding values, these divisions of class are clearly visible.
I put this under the title education because those in positions of power were mostly educated at Eton, a place for the rich, not for the gifted, and where they learn their place in society at a young age. When it comes to today, we can see the constant harassment and even victimisation of the poor and immigrants. These people in power actually believe that the poor are lazy and are sponging off them because that is what they were taught.
For those of us who have the time, inclination and capability of clear thought we must distance ourselves from any spreading of ideas of racism or classism, either by unlearning what we have been told in our education system which is so highly dependent on class, or to educate ourselves as to what is really going on around us; the attitudes of people around us, how much of what people believe is formed under impressions.
There are no steel frame buildings where politicians meet to decide these things, it is simply what they believe, and they are no different from us in this; but we can always allow ourselves the freedom to think clearly and to examine our personal belief system, which can be a very difficult thing to do.