Thursday, June 4, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #21: Rally Against Totalitarianism Once Again (for Twitter: BNP, Tiananmen Square)

Even with all this perpetual connection to the InterTubes, sometimes I'm just stuck within the confines of my own workspace. Do I think of my locality, community? Sure, I try to patronize a local business (or a few thereof) at least weekly. However, I sometimes forget that the State of California is bankrupt and not very socially progressive as of late. I sometimes forget that the United States of America is still tangled up in at least a couple of wars, muddling near the bottom (hopefully we've bottomed already) of an economic downturn, and now the proud owner of General Motors.

Regarding various parts of the world, and as a whole, I don't even know most days. I might be learning how to say "Would you like something to drink? Beer? Wine?" in a sixth non-English language, but unfortunately I don't keep up with current events. (I used to intermittently but not recently, sadly.)

What I'm getting at now is today's (if the time zones are correct) election in the United Kingdom (maybe elsewhere, too) for seats in the European Parliament, as well as other local government offices. It caught me by surprise a bit. In the back of my head, I knew about several big events outside of my region about to happen, but unfortunately paid little attention to the details of time. Evidently the British National Party - a rather phenotype-driven, racial segregation-loving political party - has a real shot at winning some some seats and offices. It might be due to the economic and domestic (in the UK) and international zeitgeist. Of course, while the unbridled voices of kooks is a necessary evil in any (would-be) democracy, there is a chance that voters will actually listen to the kooks, and the kooks will gain momentum and increasing power. After a tipping point, the kooks have their totalitarian world order.

The rant against the above fascists applies to communists, too. We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and eventual massacre. It was a blow to human rights, democracy, and freedom in China. To celebrate this event, China is silent, and its totalitarian government has further censored the Internet from its people.

Let's bring this back to the US. The people essentially own shares in General Motors. Other than encouraging our new corporation to manufacture good electric/hybrid/alternative energy-powered automobiles, we need to reintroduce GM to what's left of the free market as soon as possible. (Mind you, the free market has always been less-than-ideal due to government stakeholding and government crony capitalism. Both extremes are at fault.)

In any case: Single-minded societies and narrow-minded people blow. Extremists are kooks; they are allowed to bark but not bite. Nuance, rationality, and civil debate are key. Freedom is awesome. The end.

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