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Herb Ruhs: My response to ‘Marx For Bobos?’…

In Around Mendo Island on May 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

From HERB RUHS
Boonville

[Herb responds to yesterday's article... -DS]

Less is more?

The rule of conquest, the basic operating system of this world for the last five thousand years or so, states that more is the result of taking from others. It is the rule of radical individualism promoted by sociopathic thinking, which, in turn, is promoted by actual sociopaths, who’s brains are wired without a conscience, who prosper and take control of the machinery of competition the better to prey on the weak who actually have our brains wired to allow for a conscience. For those for whom this is a new idea, please read The Sociopath Next Door.

No sustainable culture can successfully tolerate the elevation of these mental defectives to positions of power. The remarkable thing of our time is that the destruction and collapse routinely caused by the assumption of power by this segment of the population is now affecting the entire world rather than isolated cultures. Rome reduced much of the world under its control to a state of collapse, socially and environmentally. But this is true of all expansionist cultures which are all ruled by sociopathic individuals who transfer their diseased attitudes to the general culture and precipitate collapse. Only bottom up, complex and evolving systems of governance, sans ruthless competition, have any track record of sustainability. Marx and the early anarchists understood this fact of nature but remained under the spell of a fundamentally sociopathic world view. All institutions that include competition between individuals for positions of power and authority are sociopathic at their core. That most assuredly includes the academic world that is blinded by its own ambitions.

At this point in my standard rant the libertarians begin to think that I am one of them. I am not. If anything my thinking is much more radical. I am a radical communitarian. Sorry.

This article, good as far as it goes, ignores biology, human and otherwise, and therefore is lost in the weeds of naval gazing. There is plenty of scientifically founded information to support a communitarian viewpoint, but it is uniformly distasteful to the radical individualist mode of thought that dominates currently and is studiously ignored by the overeducated.

Out of the rubble of our sociopathic institutions will come those who return to biologically healthy modes of thought. Science is the worship of testable hypotheses. Sociopathic thinkers use scientific results when it suits them and ignore science when it doesn’t and always want to twist scientific thinking to do their biding. Misunderstanding Darwin is a good sign of sociopathic thinking. Evolution is a series of answers to problems presented by our environment. For the solitary species one might say that radical individualism is that answer. For social species like ourselves radical individualism is a disease.
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  1. In the movie ‘Touching the Void’, about the British climber who was left for dead by his climbing partner, who with a broken femur and rib injuries crawled for 4 incredible very painful days to make it back to base camp on his own pure will, only then to find that his possessions had been burned up, said when asked why he endured such pain and did not just give up replied:
    “i could think of no worse fate than to die alone”. Truly, no man is an island.

    The ‘Save the Planet’ folks have to rethink their message. The planet will still be here, she’s got billions of years of longevity to attest to that fact.

    Yet the Life that lives off of her graces, as hundreds of species go extinct each day, with Mankind treating Her solely as a sewer and supply house, now that begs the real question.

    If Man were to go ‘away’ due to his own ignorant follies and devices, would all other life then be able recover and flourish in abundance and balance?

    Are we making that decision by collective default by not altering behavior when presented with such overwhelming evidence of Mans brutal impact on the environment that sustains all Life?

    “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
    Chief Seattle

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