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Politics

 

The Museum looks at Politics

Exhibit One:

Hobbes

“Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

Jefferson

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…”

Exhibit Two:

Utopias

The 1800s was a golden age for Utopias. We had many here in the USofA, although set up for different reasons, mostly religious, they all followed similar mean. Communalistic, Marx was unknown at this time so we won’t use the other C-word, hippie-istic, lots of free love in some of them, or very moralistic, the Shakers who had no mixing at all, Apocalyptic, the end of time is always just around the corner, and doomed to fail. Arguably, the most successful was the Oneida Colony which slowly transformed itself into a joint-stock company that went on to become a major silverware manufacturer that in true Wall Street manner went bankrupt in 2006.

Exhibit Three:

Marx

“The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.”

Marx however was not a utopian, but as shown above he should not be quoted out of context. He was trying to achieve freedom for Mankind, which brings us to one of the museums favorite quotes, “An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.” Marx is not responsible for Stalin or Mao, anymore the Jesus is responsible for the Inquisition. He thought Capitalism would fail and that it would take its moral underpinning, religion, with it when it did.

Exhibit Four:

Why no utopias based on Libertarian or Randian Ideals? Because to function they require a pre-existing infrastructure, which they are incapable by their very non-communalist nature to provide for themselves. The one the Museum knows about, “In 2013, it was announced that Galt's Gulch, Chile, a settlement for libertarian devotees named for John Galt's safe haven, would be established near Santiago, Chile but the project collapsed amid accusations of fraud and lawsuits filed by investors.” Sometimes infrastructure is hard to come by.

At The Exit:

It has been noted in Tandra Notes that some believe there was wide spread voter fraud in the elections of 2008 and 2012. However the midterm elections of 2010 and 2014 seem to be unaffected. Yet this seems strange; why would you commit massive voter fraud to gain an end and then not consolidate that gain in the following elections? That would be a pretty incompetent conspiracy. This can easily be explained however due to the fact that all of humanity is actually a computer simulation being run by the aliens that live in vast caverns in the polar regions. The evidence for this can easily be found on YouTube.
The Museum will now reboot. 

Unkwil

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