Monday, May 05, 2008

Modification, Restoration, or Construction?

The rule of law is a myth in modern America. The Constitution has been abandoned, and in so doing the Government has gone from a lawful organ of the people to a group of thugs with guns pointed at our heads, making demands and cooercing our obedience.

Not an unusual state of affairs in human history.

So the question is, what form of government shall we establish to rule ourselves once the current regime collapses under the inevitable forces that tear such organizations apart?

Shall we modify our current constitution, perhaps adding more checks and balances, a new branch of government to oversee the others and ensure compliance? Or some other form of ammendment?

Shall we simply scrape out the current scum that inhabit the seats of power and maintain the current Constitution and body of law, and move on from there?

Or shall we build something new, another evolutionary leap drawing its memetic legacy from the Constitution, the Magna Carta, and the other documents and traditions that western liberal democracy have grown out of?

Those are the questions. We must use our logic and reason to discover the answers, or we face a descent into chaos and anarchy from which civilization will not soon recover.

Humans have the potential for greatness, the ability to turn our dreams into reality and live together with security and propserity for all. But there is no fate, no destiny, except that which we make for ourselves.

The time for choosing is upon us.


Anonymous Yumi said...

Nice one! Very well said indeed. I'm afraid that many people might just go on about their day right next to the rotting corpse that was our Constitution without acknowledging it's's like pretending your Grandma's still alive when she's been dead, buried and gone for years.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Again, you make crystal clear the choices that lie in front of us; although, I fear, that ecological events will cascade down and drown political events.

One has a hard time worrying about political and human rights when one is trying to keep one's family fed and sheltered.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Spun said...

Spun from Slashdot here. You should write more. Clear, concise, passionate and real. Same thing I liked about your recent comments over at the dot.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey. Fellow writer. Torodung from Slashdot here. I friended you on /. and I want to add you to my Rolodex.

Ironically, I just got done re-reading Watchmen. It didn't hold up as well as it did for me in 1990, but it's still a stunning work of psychology.

I most strongly identify with Dr. Manhattan.

As for your entry, I strongly suspect that any rule system is a myth, if we lose the will to work together. We need to find a way to renew the social contract, before we can rework it without violent revolution and martial law. If one side or the other remains intractable, then what we have is a Civil Cold War.

This is because various members of the various factions learned their tactics from the Superpowers Cold War, and it has become a memetic virus.

Notice that Wal*Mart looks exactly like Communist GUM? Right down to the red star?

Since the rule of law is abolished, in whole or in part, in wartime, as well as the truth, we have to convince Americans that we are not at war with one another.

Here's a shell e-mail address:

Remove the obvious bits if you want to contact me. If you don't like Microsoft, I can get you a gmail from there, or my ISP email.

5:49 PM  

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