Dark Ages 2.0

I have previously written that we risk the danger of slipping back into the dark ages.

I quoted a leading economist who said that the powers-that-be are:

Trying to … roll back the Enlightenment, roll back the moral philosophy and social values of classical political economy and its culmination in Progressive Era legislation, as well as the New Deal institutions. They’re not trying to make the economy more equal, and they’re not trying to share power. Their greed is (as Aristotle noted) infinite. So what you find to be a violation of traditional values is a re-assertion of pre-industrial, feudal values. The economy is being set back on the road to debt peonage. The Road to Serfdom is not government sponsorship of economic progress and rising living standards, it’s the dismantling of government, the dissolution of regulatory agencies, to create a new feudal-type elite.

Foreign Policy magazine has just run an article entitled “The Next Big Thing: Neomedievalism“, arguing that the power of nations is declining, and being replaced by corporations, wealthy individuals, the sovereign wealth funds of monarchs, and city-regions.

And it turns out that the Iraq war really is a crusade (see this and this), and that the biggest supporters of torture are churchgoers.

And – addressing Obama’s proposed plan to put the 9/11 suspects to death without trial based upon their supposed “confessions”, Michael Rivero links to the text of the Magna Carta, and then writes:

“[Quoting the Magna Carta:] In future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it.”

Webmaster’s Commentary:

In convicting and executing prisoners solely on the basis of confessions extracted under torture, the United States Government has dragged us all back to the Middle Ages.

When will the burning of the Heretics commence, I wonder?

No one thought we could have another depression in the modern era. If we don’t stand up for sanity and logic, we may devolve all the way back to the dark ages.

As a kid, I always doubted the basic premise of Isaac Asimov’s classic science fiction books The Foundation Trilogy: that humankind would enter a new dark ages in the distant future.

We must beat back the forces of oppression, so that Asimov’s vision does not come true.

Search for Related Information:

This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink.