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Destructivism
The Path to Self-Destruction


Published Articles 2008-2010


Some sort of thinking process in action,

without trying to be too alarmist,

what is this existence all about?

Roland Michel Tremblay


www.themarginal.com

rm@themarginal.com

44E The Grove, Isleworth, Middx, London, TW7 4JF, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 8847 5586 Mobile: +44 (0)794 127 1010

Summary
Preface
Politics
Utopia

Cooperative

Democracy

Anarchy

Capitalism

Dictatorship

Democrats

Opinion

Blueprint

Despotism

Economics

Banks

Identity

Freedom

War

Energy

Money

Religion

Education

Work

Globalisation

History

NWO

Pride

Equality

Truth

Deserter


Immigration

Justice

Justice (2)

Generation
Ethics
Marriage

Hate

Love

Life

Relationship

Gender

Trust

Wisdom

Fairness

Optimism

Recognition

Pettiness

Character

Extremism

Epistemology
Consciousness

Dream

Dream (2)

Death

Soul

Knowledge

Loop

Immortality

Purpose

Conscience

Pattern
Metaphysics
Universe

Time

Existence

Creation

Determinism

Expansionism

Physics

Exploration

Preface

Used to be ashamed of existence, of these words thrown out here and there for anyone to read, and wondered for a while if it was necessary, essential, worth anything. Of course, it depends on what one writes about, and how much suffering and understanding have been added to the matter. There are blogs out there, novels, entertainment, and perhaps philosophy, what deals with the existence, the universe, the primary questions for which there will never be any answer. This is how philosophy can be recognised, if there is no answer to the question. This is what is being discussed here.

I hope you understand that this book has no answer to offer, but might just help you identify the real questions one needs to ask. Be wary of any ready made answers you might get to these essential questions in life, wherever or from whoever these answers might come from. I believe that in the end only you, on a personal level, can answer for yourself any of the questions posed in this book.

If you were to write a similar book one day, trying to answer what this life is all about, I’m sure you would come up with totally different answers. I feel there might not be any ready made answers in this world for the main questions the human race might wish to ask. And yet, I feel it important to ask those questions and try to figure out the answers. I did it for myself here, you might want to consider doing it for yourself as well. It could help us all in the end.

Before I start, I need to remind myself about this most fundamental question: what I write here, what it is that I feel about these different topics, is it just what I think in the here and now, and tomorrow I could write something else? I cannot deny that if I were to live another 50 years, and decide to rewrite that same book with the same subtitles, I would definitely write a totally different book, just like it would have been if I had written it when I was 18.

This book is not intended to be philosophical in the first place, and I am not writing it so it will get published and get some recognition. It is purely a need for me to write it, the need to ask myself these questions and see if, for myself, I can reach some sort of answers which will help my existential crisis. I could be writing commercial stuff instead, but I cannot help it, I needed to write Destructivism.

Also, I want this book to be accessible, understandable, not boring and sending everyone to sleep by talking and talking about one specific subject for over 100 pages, after having read all the other authors and regurgitating here all that they have said, and then adding my little bit to it.

I wish now I had not read about determinism. I had something to say about it before-hand, now, I’ll be lucky if any inspiration comes to me. And what I will be writing now might no longer be my own ideas, no longer be simple or to the point, it needs to take everything else into consideration. Spontaneity is good, a thinking process in action, no more than a few pages on any subject without any long term research, or else, I might just waste 25 years writing a book I can write in a month.

And I am not certain if after a long research and 25 years, this book would be any better. It could be worse, because then I would be unreachable and you would need a degree in philosophy to understand me. As soon as I would start to mention the Compatibilists and the Libertarians in the context of Determinism, that would be it, you would be lost. I would need to write another book on top of my book just to explain all those concepts to you and what everyone else said on the topic. And now you know why it would take me 25 years and why philosophy bores you to death.

I hope you will enjoy this light philosophy, enough to get you thinking about some important questions that philosophy through the ages has been debating. Fortunately for you, I ignored the whole branch about logic and the veracity of arguments. Unfortunately for me, I will be such an easy target to anyone who will try to find some holes in my arguments, that perhaps I should keep this book to myself.

You will find many contradictions in this book, and I believe it is all right. Because human beings are full of contradictions, it is in our nature. Someone who never contradicts himself is a liar and most probably adjusted his ideas and truths to fit the whole of his logic, when in fact his logic might have been flawed from the start. So sometimes I will believe in God, and some other times, I will act like if I never met the guy, that in fact, I don’t believe he even existed. I met Santa Claus though, many times, and I believe in Santa Claus.

The whole first part of this book (Politics) has been published as articles on many progressive websites. At the time we were fighting to get George W. Bush out of the picture. I may eventually edit this book so it is more general, less related to actual events. They were mostly published on five websites: OpEdNews, Atlantic Free Press, The People’s Voice, Dandelion Salad and Scoop. The most complete and comprehensive list of my published articles taken out of this book can be found here:


http://www.opednews.com/author/author16270.html
I understand I am quite cynical and pessimistic, well, lucky you if your life is like a gentle opened flower, mine is not.
Destructivism
The Path to Self-Destruction

Politics


Utopia
Humankind’s future: social and political Utopia or Idiocracy?

By some coincidence in the last three days I read Men Like Gods of H. G. Wells and watch the films Idiocracy, City of Ember and WALL-E. They all deal with humankind’s future, a very bleak future that could possibly become the ultimate Utopia or perfect world, not before another world war, the extinction of humanity, and survival of a few humans to come back to Earth from space, or emerging from underground to start anew. Is this what we can expect of our future, imminent self-destruction?

Should we be planning colonies and ship them into space or below ground, like, right now? Is it because we feel the end of humanity is fast becoming, that we are far reaching the end of all our broken institutions, that suddenly the topic of our future, or lack of it, is so pro-eminently featured even in children’s films? The topic is not new, H. G. Wells’ discourse in Men Like Gods is so up to date with what is happening today, even though it was written in 1923, that one must believe nothing has changed socially and politically for the last 100 years.

We don’t trust the government, any reasonable mind does not trust organised religion, we feel betrayed in a world where no one is working towards a better humanity for everyone, where most likely huge corporations including financial institutions control everything, without a thought for anyone’s wellbeing.

We have to admit that our morals and ethics’ record on this planet has already passed the custody threshold many times over, this record shows no sign of getting better. So much for H. G. Wells’ Utopia, we will need another 3000 years to change our ways of thinking and our ways of going about things socially and politically. After a few revolutions, civil wars and world wars, no doubt.

In the film Idiocracy, based on the idea that the strongest in nature will always be in power and go on to procreate over the more intelligent ones or nerds, we end up with a future where civilization has forgotten everything, a dumb down humanity. We still have technology and what remains from the past, but no one can fix it. So planes crash all the time on the streets whilst no one cares, watching TV instead on their Toilet-La-Z-Boys.

The richest company is one selling weird fizzy energy drinks and they are mostly in charge of dictating our lifestyle and the government, to the point were they killed every plant in the world, watering them with this toxic drink. The American President is a Black Rock Star who has no clue what to do to save this world, but knows how to entertain the nation, in a world craving reality TV, fights and destruction. In some ways we might already be living in that kind of future, to a lesser degree perhaps.

In WALL-E it is even better. We have already self-destruct, humanity is all dead except this trash robot called WALL-E who still cleans our mess, what remains of humanity. They were clever enough to send a spaceship into space with a colony of people who would be coming back once the world war was over. However that war was a mass extinction event (what can you expect in the nuclear age) and they were told never to come back. And so they remained travelling in the universe for 700 years, until such time that one plant is found on Earth and a probe goes back to the ship to let them know it’s time to come back to Earth. So they end up coming back and presumably build a better world.

It is nevertheless a very bleak future. Not only the human race self-annihilated, but on top of it the future of humanity on that ship are all obese people who can’t even walk, laying on their anti-gravity bed-chairs, plugged into the Internet or television permanently, to the extent that they barely notice the world around them, all that publicity choking their little spaceship. Once again the famous drink is on the menu, as it is their sole food.

The City of Ember film starts with the end of the world. A group of scientists built a city underground and gave them a box that will open in exactly 200 years. These are the instructions to come back to the surface once the final world war is over, and so they can start as a new humanity. 200 years of corruption later within their little underground village, two teenagers have to fight to discover the way out of their failing city.

In these three films there are still a government, a strong hierarchy, authority and law enforcement officers, whether they are humans or machines. The films are about a vision or version of our future, just before or right after humanity self-destruct.

In a way it is about corruption, isolation, individualism, living within our own bubble universe, festering in entertainment whilst the technology and robots replaced the slaves and the servants, whilst all around us we cannot see that everything is decaying and that our lifestyle has already destroyed the planet. We don’t even need another world war at this point, global warming will finish us off fairly soon. We can no longer reverse it, our days on Earth are numbered. With any luck I might witness the end of humanity within my lifetime.

This is not even being alarmist, this is being realistic. Now you understand my despair, I cannot lose myself in frivolities, like this TV series called Life After People, whilst some people are working so hard to destroy the planet at any cost, through doing nothing ecologically and promoting exploitation and wars. There must be a limit to their greed for wealth and power, a limit prompting us to stop them somehow.

In Men Like Gods of H. G. Wells, a book that inspired Brave New World of Aldous Huxley, Mr. Barnstaple is a political writer from the left who passes virtually just where I live in real life, Hounslow, continuing towards Slough and Maidenhead. He suddenly vanishes into Utopia right in front of Windsor Castle. He is accompanied by the Conservative Leader, the Secretary of State for War, a Priest, Lady Stella and Lord Barralonga (the aristocracy), and some servants/chauffeurs.

They find themselves in a world where there is no more government, no police force or prisons, but is still some sort of New World Order, where they decided to eliminate most of the population as to make this world sustainable. There are now about 200 million inhabitants on Earth and there are no more social classes or big cities. It does not take long for the Secretary of State for War, the Conservative Leader and the Priest, to plan a take over of Utopia to recreate the hell we’re living in right now.

These utopians are from a parallel universe similar to ours but they are 3000 years more advanced in the future, living in a perfect socialist world governed by everyone and no one in particular. Where there is no more money, you take what you need and there are plenty of resources to go around in such a loving and peaceful world of equal human beings. They walk naked, there is no more marriage, they sleep with whoever they want in total freedom. No jealousy, no pettiness, no competition. The scientific world does not work against each other for profit or recognition, they work together humbly and reach results much faster than we could ever hope to.

H. G. Wells seems to hope that perhaps in time we will reach that kind of balance in the world. Not before a world government takes hold of the world, and some Big Brother State gets to know everything about everyone, in a world where at least we could trust the government, or after larger revolutions, a world where no one ever lies. And you remain, at the end of this novel, wondering if this could ever come true, if somehow this utopian world could ever exist without actually rapidly becoming our new nightmare.

So what is our future? A Utopia or an Idiocracy? I don’t mean the future we all wish for, but the one we can realistically expect if we continue on the same trends we follow today. We are still very warlike, going to war without much provocation, still stealing natural resources of others. We are still about taking advantage of human beings, exploitation, using them for our own personal benefit, and it even applies to us being the servants of the richer people of this world.

A Nuclear Third World War is inevitable at this time, quite soon we could predict, quite rightly. And if somehow humanity ever shows suddenly a strong desire to see real change happen, to liberate itself from the ones who still have a strong hold on them, in a world where we all know there’s never been a real democracy to speak of, we may consider a massive civil war or revolution is on the way at some point in the future. Maybe after such nightmarish events we will be in a position to recreate a better world, if there is anyone left to recreate such a world.

H. G. Wells is quite clear that no sudden change ever worked in the past history of those utopians. Instead he believes that it is only through small changes, hard working authors and thinkers like his Mr. Barnstaple, people going ahead to help humanity on their own without waiting for a government who is not willing… only then in time the world changes into this socialist utopia, or at the very least something better for humankind than what we are witnessing today and have been for many centuries. Should we not have finished with all these struggles by now? Is there really any kind of evolution in this world? We’re all so tired, don’t we deserve peace and happiness?

So let’s work in the details, let’s identify everything that does not work or work well, anything that does not profit everyone instead of the few, and see how we can change the world slowly in time to benefit humanity as a whole. If we do not, in parallel of those who are in power, build our own institutions for humankind, we will never even get a glimpse of what this world could truly be like, living in harmony, peace and happiness.

Oh, I had enough of Idiocracies, I really need an instant Utopia. I practically live in Slough, an armpit of a place, it is where they filmed The Office, our miserable existence that caught America by storm, they must have recognised themselves in such misery. Windsor Castle is just around the corner. I wonder, maybe if I take the car down that same road as Mr. Barnstaple did in Men Like Gods, I might too find myself in Utopia. I’m not sure I have the patience to wait 3000 years for a better world where there is at least hope. Better be shipped immediately into a parallel universe, before the planet goes up in flames.

Cooperative


Creating The Global Nonprofit Corporation, The Ultimate Cooperative

At the end of my last article about the future of humankind as either being a Utopia or an Idiocracy, I stated that if we do not in parallel of those who are in power build our own institutions for humankind, we will never even get a glimpse of what this world could truly be like. It got me thinking about creating a Global Nonprofit Corporation, the Ultimate Cooperative.

First of all the idea in not new: there are many cooperatives of all sorts in this world, with many hard thinkers who established it all in the first place. It is a wonder they never proliferated as one would think they should have. I invite you to follow this link on Wikipedia and from there follow the many links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperative

The idea to create such a cooperative is also not new. When I was 4 years old I remember asking my parents how the corner shop and the pre-kindergarten establishment they sent me to could actually survive, as it never seemed to me, even at that age, that they could make enough money to pay their bills (unless they were selling drugs on the side). I was not even 7 years old when I first thought of creating a global nonprofit corporation acting in just about every domain of society. At 10 I had it already all planned out in my mind.

At the time I fancied myself as quite the entrepreneur. I told my mother many times that I would be a billionaire before I reached 30. And I would have, if somehow along the way I had not become a poet, to the great dismay of my parents. The very definition of a poet is that they die in utter poverty. I’ve moved on since then, don’t worry: I barely wasted 20 years of my life in the process. Nothing to worry about, since it all led me to tell you all this now. I never forgot my initial purpose in this life.

It taught me something – that money is less important than happiness – freedom, freedom of thought, this feeling of being part of something larger than oneself. Oh dear, I was no longer a poet then, I had become an idealist, a utopian lost in his dreams of changing the world. It could be worse, I could have become an anarchist, but I always remained quite realistic, still to this day.

My childhood dream was quite simple, and even then, without knowing much about the great world of corporations, the capitalist system, the law in such regards to cooperatives, and so on, I had one single idea that I think today is still perfect, in such thinking that only a child incapable of complicating everything, until you no longer have a cooperative, could think.

I was going to buy as cheaply as I could and sell without profit, except to provide for my own survival, that was all. My God, if this could be done on a massive scale nationally and internationally, I could truly make a difference in this world!

No one would ever be starving again – all within the capitalist system I grown into. I had no need to rethink the whole political and economical spectrum, I only needed to act within those systems. I did not see a problem, there was no need to change the world in the process (what did I know anyway of anything at that time). The idea is still very sound.

We’ve got to be realistic. Capitalism is here to stay. We just bailed out all major financial institutions at great cost – trillions – so they could go on forever. We had our chance right there to change everything overnight, but now it is gone. We will live in our economic system for many decades to come. And so it is with our normal capitalist corporations: they are here to remain, forever.

Nothing will change for quite a while at least, perhaps never. And I don’t think we the people have it in us to change very much, never mind any revolution or civil war that might happen at some point in the future. I know now we are not ready for that, and it’s okay, no need to worry. We can change the world anyway, no matter what is going on in this world. Isn’t that reassuring? I thought so. So just listen to this:

In order to create our own institutions for humankind, to help us all, it has got to be built from within that capitalist system in which everything evolves. There is no point having the mentality of a socialist or even a libertarian socialist (often called anarchism), when everything and everyone else around you obey the laws of capitalism. It is obviously either doomed to failure or it remains a very isolated case of a cooperative that can only benefit a few over the many.

Now, this is quite important. I have just read that page on Wikipedia about cooperatives, and other pages linked to it, and I can see why it has never worked and always remained (when it was successful) quite an isolated phenomenon. Even banks that started as cooperative decades ago have all become today capitalist financial institutions like any other. That tells you all, doesn’t it?

Well, this is where I want to start – creating a nonprofit financial institution that truly is nonprofit, and will remain so forever. And from there, finance all sorts of cooperatives that will keep in mind, if not follow, some sort of established charter about what we the people truly need.

This global nonprofit company needs to start with the basics. Banking, then construction, then real estate, then supermarkets selling groceries and clothes and anything we all need on a daily basis, and also manufacturing. All nonprofit, on a major scale, an international, a global nonprofit corporation.

You see, I am not that bothered with these profits going to the employees or consumers or partners/members to the enterprise. I am only worried about one thing, that we provide for everything anyone might ever need, without any kind of profit whatsoever. So no one should by right own the corporation. The global company should just ensure it provides all the services and products at a minimum of profit.

Any profit, and yes there will be some profit, will go to create the next big venture in the global nonprofit corporation. But at the end of the day, if you were to produce and sell something at a fraction of profit of any other competitor, any such venture will be highly profitable. So I’m not worried, every one of the ventures of the global nonprofit corporation cannot fail, but will be sustainable.

I am no longer talking about a cooperative I’m afraid, and that is good believe me. Governments decided to regularise cooperatives, and quite strongly I might add. So the idea of calling this international corporation “The Cooperative” is gone. Anyway, none of its members or consumers or employees would benefit directly from it, it would all work under the capitalist system, like a real corporation, without wishing to make a profit.

Paid employees and employment creation for sure, but profiting from such a cooperative? No one will except the people – all of us in society. The need of the many over the need of the few. But I am not against helping any cooperative of any form to be created, and to financing them.

But I am talking about a global nonprofit organisation, dealing in every domain of society, and that cannot but benefit all. Ensuring not only the lowest price for houses, cars, clothing and food, but also providing the quality we have been used to.

Retailers at the moment take 40% profit, on top of the 20% of the distributor, and perhaps on top of the 20% of the manufacturer. Then there are taxes the government takes at every transaction. You understand the need to create such a corporation that will deliver from manufacturing, to distributing, to retailing, without trying to make a profit, perhaps even somehow evading government taxes in the process as a nonprofit organisation, a charity of some sort – why not?

Maybe I am just a dreamer. Perhaps I have not thought about all this more than I did when I was just a kid, but it seemed so simple to me when I was 10 years old, and perhaps it is that simple after all. All I need is the backup of billionaires truly willing to help the world; I am thinking about Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. And perhaps there are other billionaires or multimillionaires out there who feel they want to help the world, and go on to help create such a huge “nonprofit corporation” that could eventually grow to help billions in the world. And if we were to start with retail, I suppose not that much money would be required.

Cooperatives are not illegal, even when it comes to banking. But they all went haywire in time and never seemed to bring lower prices and helping communities as they should have. I am even surprised such cooperatives have not multiplied in time, why is it that we barely can see them, or take advantage of their low price services and products? Why are they no different from any other capitalist corporation out there?

Well, we just have not yet created the right global nonprofit corporation, that is all, and that is what I am proposing. Encouraging along the way, and financing, any other smaller organisation willing to espouse the same principles of nonprofit organisation, and helping the community at large.

And now there is one more thing I must stress. I am not talking about anarchism or socialism here, for I propose a pure capitalist corporation that is simply not intending to make a profit, just to sustain itself and help itself develop to all domains of society.

It is true that none of the employees or members will profit more whilst the corporation is becoming more successful, as it cannot fail to be successful, eliminating all the competition around. But I will not be willing to recreate the nightmare of the actual corporate structure. I dare say, who cares if you can buy a house, a car, a boat, food and clothes cheaper, if in the end it does not make you happier? We all need to be happy at work. No need for a utopia to be created for this to happen, it only depends on us all.

The whole usual corporate structure and hierarchy in such an organisation I am planning needs to go. Whilst the structure will be well defined, salaries paid, and a minimum of profit going to help create more of the same worldwide, it remains that there is still room to rethink the corporate hierarchy and management, to a more democratic process of all the employees together, without any kind of identified supremacy.

Let’s face it, if this extraordinary massive scale project is to create millions of jobs and help the economy, I want every single employee to take part in all the decisions and be as happy as can be. This is not exploitation I am proposing. It is a massive undertaking to bring happiness, joy and a worthy standard of living to everyone on this planet. A lot of thinking and planning will be required before this starts, I can tell you.

Okay! I am willing to start to plan this project, which is not a utopia, so we can help as many people as we can. Perfect timing, we’re in a recession. Please contact me with your ideas. And if you have money and you are willing to jump start such a nonprofit corporation, please contact me.

I think we could do good in this world, we could achieve something that should have been done a long time ago, something that is allowed under our actual laws, that could truly become the only competition anyone ever feared in such a capitalist system.

We cannot change our economic system, we cannot change our capitalist market, we cannot even change our government and its ways of thinking and going about everything. But in parallel to it all we can plan the best ever cooperative or nonprofit corporation the world ever saw.

Please feel free to create such smaller organisations with the same spirit as expressed here, for we’re in desperate need of new ways of going about things in this world. And if somehow we could make it global, to help us all, what a dream come true that would be. That would be something worth living for, worth working towards.

I have pledged that I would change this world somehow. I seek a donation. Don’t worry, I am not seeking a donation from you. I am seeking one worthy donation from one multimillionaire. From there, the nonprofit corporation will take over. New banking, manufacturing, constructing, distributing, retailing, without any profit. All employees deciding the fate of their organisation, without suffering too much the corporate hierarchy or management. Better remain good and hard working, or else others will get you out.

But I’m only thinking about our happiness, to get everything we need without having all those third parties making a fortune on our back, not even the government through taxes at every level. If somehow all could come to you without someone making a profit at every turn, we might be able to afford living, we might afford to survive, to be happy, to change this world without having to change it, by changing this world from within. All by building our own humanitarian institutions in parallel of everything else that might exist in this world.

My God, I am idealistic, am I? And yet, I feel, I just feel, it is within our reach. It can be done. We can make it happen! I don’t intend to change anything within this world, I only intend to use all that already exists, all that we can use, in order to build exactly what we always needed, and I find that nothing is stopping us but our ability to organise. It can be done on a small scale or a massive scale. Let’s get to work! Now, isn’t that revolutionary?





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