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“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” These are the words of philosopher/statesman Edmund Burke, spoken over 200 years ago and are as poignant today as there have ever been. Unfortunately, it appears that this is exactly what society has done, we have forgotten our history, or more probable, we have ignored it. Many might be familiar with the Feudal system from of the Middle Ages, but are incapable of applying the same logic to today’s society. In-other-words, they believe that they are free when in fact we are simply chained to a new version, one that is often hidden under a veneer of fluff and triviality.
-The Ruling Elite
Believing that a powerful, super-wealthy group does not exist is a fantasy similar to thinking the world is flat. Greed and control appear to be common human traits seen throughout history. The question though is to what extent does this control exist? Is it benign or overt? How far would an elitist group go in order to gain control, or exert control, over others? History speaks for itself and believing that today it has all changed for the better is a naive fallacy. The style or methodology might be different and the propaganda has improved but, the results are the same, in fact, the power exerted by a few is overwhelming.
Historically, authority figures claimed their position of power based on coercion and then later, heredity. How do you think any King or Queen in antiquity became the head of the Tribe, county or country? By force, that’s how. Did the British Empire come about through benevolence and caring? Were nations conquered by handing out buttered scones and rose-bushes? Come on, lets get real here. No, it was created through force, guile and underhanded tactics. The groundwork of subjugation was established millennia ago; a claimed superiority based on religion, race, creed, colour, birth-right , etc. This is ingrained in our society, in our heritage, in our history and traditions, etc. The very fabric of our existence is to believe the myth that one group is superior to another and we default to these myths and beliefs all the time. We now believe that the power-base lies with government rather than the People, a tragic mistake. However, “Governments” do not run the show. This has now become the domain of the Corporation who use governments as their expediters and have assumed the role of the State.
In the past it was always an obsession of the Ruling Elite to prove conclusively that their social standing was the result of a Godly right along with mental superiority and not the fact that they lied, robbed and bullied their way to the top. Proving that they were entitled to everything and the People to nothing, became an obsession. This was expressed succinctly through the doctrine of “The Divine Right of Kings”.
“The Divine Rights of Kings”
“Divine right of kings, doctrine in defense of monarchical absolutism, which asserted that kings derived their authority from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority such as a parliament. Originating in Europe, the divine-right theory can be traced to the medieval conception of God’s award of temporal power to the political ruler, paralleling the award of spiritual power to the church.” -Encyclopedia Britannica
This concept is rooted in ancient history and was prevalent throughout the Roman Empire as well as in other cultures such as China and Japan. One of the earliest dynasties to claim this right was the Sumerian king Gilgamesh, circa 2700 BCE.
In todays society, this elitism is reserved for the super-rich whether royalty or rockstar. Financial status can elevate the most talentless person to that of godlike prominence and with it the accolades and exemptions that ordinary folks are denied. Busy following the antics of these puppets, we are often too busy or too unaware to pay attention to what is really important and this is how the Corporate State manages to get away with blatant robbery and deceit.
-The Divine Rights of Corporations
Over the last 200 years or so, “The Corporation” has assumed the role of the monarch, when monarchs were omnipotent. They have been extended many of the rights of a physical human being and more and more become untouchable. They set political policies, pen motions and guidelines and have a constant “revolving door” agenda where politicians and corporate employees are interchangeable. The attached documentary “Obey 2013” is based on the book “Death of the Liberal Class” written by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. -The Warrior
“It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalization, staggering inequality and environmental change. The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognize the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.” -Vimeo