Friday, July 13, 2018

The End of History

Human history is essentially a civil war regarding the freedom of information, characterized traditionally as Jerusalem versus Athens. Jerusalem demands information fealty to a human arbiter who has deliberately been abstracted from existence; Athens requires information to be processed democratically. It is the "people of the book" versus the people of the books: the never-ending war by information privilege to control and limit the human library.

Information privilege has always gone to extraordinary lengths to destroy liberating information and punish its knowledge, so it is encouraging to see it in a liberating information environment, floundering crankily with its influence drastically reduced. It persists now almost entirely by institutional gaslight. Behold the bankrupt President Donkey Kong shake down the world to raise money for the "no alternative" Jerusalem citadel. As always, information privilege is determined, one way or another, to get the world to finance its subjugation.

Now, humankind can solve all of its maliciously distorted contentions and develop healthy, sustainable standards appropriate for life in an advanced democratic information civilization. It should go without saying that conflicts between people should not be opportunities to be exploited for profit, but information abuse institutionalizes the most foolish propositions. As long as we are represented politically, we will remain reduced to mere metaphors--bundles of sticks with limited agency.

Jerusalem creates and maintains divisions in humankind not only to conquer us, but also to camouflage its elected separateness. In a world of tribes, it can justify itself as one of many. (Of course, no other tribe has indelibly persistent designs on the rest of us.) Similarly, information privilege engenders the immoral environment it needs to operate. The world has been made tragically inferior in order to enable information privilege.

This contention began in the so-called Garden of Eden: to inform or not to inform the sapient fauna. We have come a long way in a relatively brief period of time, friends. Fortunately, the old Jentil gardener serpent believed in humankind enough to invest himself in our story.

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