Monthly Archives: February 2012

80% 한 번 이상 야근

미국인이라서 이런 것을 읽을 때 믿는 것이 좀 어렵다. 보통 미국에는 우리 아버지가 야근 절대 하지 않았고 야근 하면 아주 특히한 날이다. 그런데 한국 친구와 함께 얘기 할 때 자주 해야하는 일이다:

직장인 10명 중 8명이 일주일에 한 번 이상 야근을 하고 있는 것으로 나타났다.

취업포털 사람인이 직장인 2900명을 대상으로 설문조사를 실시한 결과 전체 응답자의 81.4%가 ‘일주일에 한 번 이상 야근을 하고 있다’고 답했다.

주당 야근 횟수는 ‘5번'(26.2%), ‘3번'(19.9%), ‘4번'(16.3%), ‘2번'(15.5%) 등의 순이며, 1일 평균 야근 시간은 3시간16분으로 조사됐다.

야근을 하는 이유(복수응답)에 대해서는 ‘업무량이 너무 많아서'(52.4%)가 가장 많았다. 이어 ‘퇴근하기 눈치 보여서'(28.7%), ‘일을 대신 해줄 사람이 없어서'(25.1%), ‘상사가 야근을 강요하는 편이라서'(24%) 등 순으로 나타났다.

제민일보

내가 보기에는 업무량이 너무 많거나 상사가필요하면 당연히 필요한것 같다.지금 세계 시장은 좀 아프고 있고 어려운 점이 아주  많다. 물론 일할때 자기의 고객의 가요를 실천할 때까지 일을해야한다.

그런데 내가 보기에는 많은 한국의 원장님이나 다른 보스들 늦게 일을 해야할 때 혼자 하는 거 아니고 필요없는 사람도 계속 일을 하고 있다! 서양 비즈니스 문화에는 보스가 더 열심히,더 길게 일을 하는 것은 기준이다. 왜냐하면 돈 더 많이 벌니까 더 열심히 하는 것이다. 그리고 돈 더 많은 벌는 사람은 더잘할수 있고 더 전문적인 지식이 있어서 더 빠르게끝날수 있다.

이 것은 그냥 문화적인 차이점이다. 한국의 보기에는 아마도 ‘팀의 혼’을 더 강조하는 편이다. 모든 직장인더 가까운 관계 있는 것 같다. 그런데 우리가 현대 생활 보면 아마도 한국과 아시아가 자연적으로 우리의 서양 생활로 변하고 있는것 같다. 현대적인 기술과 사는 법이 훨씬 더 개인적인  것이다. 그래서 젊은 직장인은 옛날식 업무 생활을다 좋아하지 않은것 같다.

많은 사람에게 사고방식은 변하는 것은 좋지 않다고 생각하지만 내가 보기에는 자연스럽다. 큰 일이 아니고 그냥 경제적인 이유때문에 사회를 변하고 있다. 우리의 경제적인 실존은 지금 매우 개인적인 삶이 돼서 우리의 일하는 습관도 변하겠다.

한국인 10명중 1명은 위염

어려운 문제 이다.

내가 처음으로 동양-서양의 건강 이슈 차이점에 대해 들었을 때 도양인은 대부분 위장의 건강 문제 때문에 죽고 서양인들인 대부분 심장 문제 때문에 족다. 우리의음식 보면 이런 사실은 분명한 것이다….

여성과 노인층에서 위염 환자가 계속 증가해 우리나라 위염 환자가 540만명을 넘어선 것으로 조사됐다.

여성은 입시생을 둔 주부의 생활 스트레스 등이, 노인은 고령화로 인한 약 복용 증가가 위염에 영향을 미치는 것으로 분석됐다. 위염은 위의 안쪽 벽을 덮어 위산이나 음식물로부터 위를 보호하는 위점막에 염증이 생기는 병이다.

국민건강보험공단은 최근 5년(2006~2010년)간 위염 질환에 대한 건강보험 자료를 분석한 결과, 환자 수는 2006년 447만명에서 2010년 541만명으로 매년 평균 4.9% 증가했다고 20일 밝혔다. 매년 국민 10명 중 한 명 이상이 위염에 시달리고 있는 것이다.

남 성보다는 여성 환자가 많았고, 나이가 들수록 환자 수가 늘어났다. 2010년 기준 인구 10만명당 여성 환자가 1만3665명으로 남성(8493명)의 약 1.6배였다. 연령별 인구 10만명당 환자 수(2010년 기준)는 30대 9375명, 50대 1만4575명, 70대 2만269명 등으로 나이가 들수록 환자 수가 많았다.

조선일보

아마도 한국 사람들 이 문제를 해결하기 위해 외국 음식더 먹으나 너무 매운 한국 음식 많이 먹지 말고 등등 .건강한밥 먹는 습관이 다양한 음식 먹는 것이다. 다양한 야채, 과일, 고기,등 먹어야 된다. 이렇게 하지 않으면 물론 건강 문제를 생길 수 있다.

Romney Speaks Of His Olympic Accomplishments

… And just a bit more of what Romney appears to offer the American people:

SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney returned to Salt Lake City on Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Games he helped lead, but the GOP presidential candidate came under attack for urging the federal government to provide big bucks for Olympic expenses.

Romney was hired to lead the Salt Lake Olympic Committee after a bribery scandal threatened the games. The success of those Olympics, he says during the campaign, help make the case for his bid for the White House. “I led an Olympics out of the shadows of scandal,” Romney told conservative activists this month.

In brief remarks to Olympic staff and volunteers on Saturday, Romney highlighted his own efforts to cut costs at the games and was careful to highlight the accomplishments of those who worked for him. He didn’t mention his presidential run.

Romney said he cut millions from the budget to decorate the city and argued some of the venues built in Salt Lake cost much less than they had in other cities that had hosted winter games.

The Advertiser

(What a name for what appears to be a news site… Right?)

Emphasizing his ability to cut costs and successfully pull the Olympic games out of scandal was an accomplishment — especially since few cities actually prosper due to the Olympics. But I did take this opportunity to revisit the scandal that had occurred:

Millions of dollars were spent on perks including all-expense-paid ski trips, thirteen scholarships, Super Bowl trips, and plastic surgery. IOC members were given deals on real estate, and their family members were given jobs.[3][4] Cash bribes may have been employed. When the scandal broke, the cryptic “geld document” allegedly recorded personal preferences of IOC members.[5] Beside some members’ names, the document contained the word “geld”, (German for “money“) arguably indicating such members’ receptiveness to cash bribes.

Wikipedia

Fairly fascinating… I have always enjoyed the corrupt nature of anything political or… I guess… Olympic. I would not be surprised to hear that the Koreans had done things like this for the selection of Pyongchang — in a country that has recently been rated 69th out of 157 countries (한겨레).

I guess if you put your hands on the Olympics and manage to stay clean you’ve at least accomplished something, Gov. Romney?

Money makes the world turn — whether you are taking or giving Olympic bribes or bragging that you cut costs.

Romney GoingAnti-Union

Not entirely shocking but definitely something that could serve to alienate him in the upcoming general election:

Mitt Romney has a new high-risk target in his campaign for president: labor unions.

He’s casting himself as one of the strongest anti-union candidates in memory, a move he hopes will appeal to anti-union conservatives, open rival Rick Santorum to charges of a pro-union voting record, win the pivotal Michigan primary on Feb. 28 and cement his now shaky grasp on the Republican nomination.

Yet should it work, the union-bashing campaign offers uncertain prospects in a general election campaign, particularly in the unionized, industrial Rust Belt. States there such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will be key battlegrounds. A changing political and economic landscape there makes it impossible to predict how voters would react.

“Among Republicans, it plays fine,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres. “Down the road, there may be some issues.”

Kansas City Star

The Republicans are being put into a fairly ridiculous position due to them not having a definitive candidate; Obama is growing stronger daily as Romney is now trying to prove himself somehow as a ‘true conservative.’

I do not envy Romney his position…

A shame for those of us who prefer the slightly superior Republicans to the Democrats.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/19/3438483/romney-targets-labor-unions-which.html#storylink=cpy

군사용 투명 망토

많은 기술이 전쟁의 필요함 때문에 발달된다. 슬픈 사실이지만 우리의 제일 훌룽한 기술은 다 전쟁때문이다고 그렇다. 많은 현대적인 의술이나 비행기, 자동차와 음식을 보존하는 기술은 전쟁때문에 많이 발전했다…

지금은 이런 신기한 기술을 만들었다:

탱크를 숨기는 군사용 투명 망토가 군사용으로 개발됐습니다.

영국 방산업체인 BAE 시스템스는 야간에 적진 앞에 있는 탱크 등 무기체계를 보이지 않도록 하거나 다른 모양으로 변형시키는 방어 시스템을 개발했다고 밝혔습니다.

어댑티브’로 알려진 이 시스템은 카멜레온처럼 탱크 등의 온도를 주변 환경에 맞춰 바꿔줌으로써 적의 적외선 카메라를 피할 수 있는 기술로 2년내 실용화할 수 있을 것으로 예상됩니다.

YTN

앞으로 전쟁의 모습이어떻게 될까?

Santorum Under Fire For Stance On ‘WorkingWomen’

Another comical part of American politics today (not to say that there are just a few parts that I find comical…) is that his view on women is now being considered to be ‘alienating,’ a short cry away from outright accusations on sexism — let’s refer to a nice, little article:

As an example, NBC‘s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory read a passage from Santorum’s 2005 book, “It Takes a Family,” which was written as a response to Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s 1996 best-seller, “It Takes a Village.”

“The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness,” the passage says.

Santorum said that his mother worked and even earned more than his father — “somewhat unusual in the 1950s and 1960s.” He said that section of the book was co-written by his wife, Karen, a former nurse and lawyer who left the workforce to stay home with the couple’s seven children.

When his wife quit working, he said, she “felt very much like society and those radical feminists that I was referring to were not affirming her choice.… All I’m saying is … we should affirm both choices.… That’s what the book says, and I stand by what I said.”

LA Times

Of course such a stance is what can often irk liberals.  There is the ever increasing opinion amongst youth (and even “scholars”) that there is no such thing as a ‘gender role.’ Their favorite tactic is citing instances of tribal societies that are nowhere near applicable to the view of what we get when society proceeds into civilization, but rather an emphasis on what amounts to prehistoric peoples who have not developed.

Of course, centering any idea for our social norms & values on a tribal society can become quite silly if we allow it to. But the cherry picking amongst tribal societies and the suggestion that gender roles are far more dynamic than they are has a silly streak in it. No one seems eager to abolish our conventional concepts of ‘how a police force acts,’ and bring something back that is more akin to tribal warfare and justice meted out by local elders. Neither do people seem that keen on raising the majority of our young males to live purely as warriors — there also seems to be a lack of people pushing for a return to hunter-gatherer ways.

No, of course it all focuses on the popular idea that ‘gender can be what we want it to be;’ never implying that it supports the personal choices of women to stay home with their families when such a choice is made, but rather supporting only what would appear to go against our orthodox gender roles. There is also always the implication that someone who wouldn’t want to be involved in any women’s liberation movement is somehow a traitor to her womanhood and a victim of even something like ‘organized religion.’

The Left seems to have no shortage of complaining about the personal choices that people make when they seem to imply that their theories of humanity progressing into some sort of ‘defeat of the conservative.’

But come on now — all of us know that history can be a very cyclical event. As the pendulum swings, we can go from that which is conservative to liberal and back again (if such definitions of conservative and liberal be allowed to exist in our orthodox views of the words; they are not very good words and lack a lot of depth, but it can apply here)…

Expect for this issue to come up a bit more during the election process.

I am eager to see what the far left will have to say on it more…

Greek Rioting Re-Ignites

Interesting: so your country has found itself routinely mismanaged for a long time. I can understand your pain and anger at such a thing but now we’ve come to a point where an incredibly unnecessary amount of government jobs must be cut… And this is what we face:

The austerity measures mean that Greeks will face a 22 percent cut in the benchmark minimum wage and 150,000 more government layoffs by 2015, among other blows — a bitter prospect in a country already ravaged by five years of recession and with unemployment at 21 percent and rising.

But the chaos on the streets of Athens, where more than 80,000 people turned out to protest, and in other cities across Greece reflected a growing dread — certainly among Greeks, but also among economists and perhaps even European officials — that the sharp belt-tightening and the bailout money it brings will still not be enough to keep the country from going over a precipice.

Angry protesters in the capital threw rocks at the police, who fired back with tear gas. After nightfall, demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails, setting fire to more than 40 buildings, including a historic cinema in downtown Athens, the worst damage in the city since May 2010, when three people were killed when protesters firebombed a bank. There were clashes in Thessaloniki in the north, Patra in the west, Volos in central Greece, and on the islands of Crete and Corfu.

New York Times

Of course that is something that makes me grin a little when I think of the  Europeans telling me it is all mere growing pains that these things are happening — this is all a bit of an experiment, of sorts, and that they are just ‘feeling their way through this.’

… As if there really is some bright, happy spot at the end of the tunnel. Who knows how Greece is going to cut down from 21% unemployment sometime soon and with 1,000 illegal immigrants attempting to enter Europe each week through Greece…  It could be said that they are on ‘quite the precipice.’

Of course… There is little talk of getting real, conservative politicians who want to revitalize the economy in more classic ways; this is not a method that is totally endorsed by anyone that has grown to be dependent on the fat of government spending. Greece seems to not only be facing a crisis that is just economic in scope, but also something that is cultural to some extent…

Knee-jerk reactions to right wing economics are not going to be what helps the Greeks move forward in solving their problems — now is a time for more open minded solutions towards these problems. Sadly for some, that involves looking to a more conservative economic approach.

구글: 한국도 “예외아니다”

흠 — 이런 소식이 놀랍지 않다…

구글이 새로운 개인정보 통합 관리 정책에서 한국도 예외가 아니라는 입장을 전해왔다고 방송통신위원회가 밝혔습니다.

방통위 관계자는 구글 측으로부터 개인정보 통합 방침은 전세계에서 공통적으로 적용되는 것인 만큼 한국만 예외일 수 없다며, 이용자가 이 방침에 동의하지 않으면 서비스를 탈퇴해야 한다는 입장을 전달받았다고 말했습니다.

구글은 지난달 24일 지메일과 구글 플러스, 유튜브 등 60여 가지 서비스별로 관리했던 개인정보를 다음달부터 하나로 통합 관리겠다고 발표해 논란을 일으켰습니다.

방통위는 구글의 이 같은 방침이 정보통신망법 등 국내법을 위반했는지 여부에 대해 조사를 벌이고 있습니다.

YTN

내가 모든 사실을 알고 있지 않고 자세히 구글의 한국의 개인정보 통합 관리정책잘 모르겠는데…구글의 역사를 보면 큰  압박이 없으면 구글은 개인정보가 국가에게 주지 않다. 예의를 들면 구글의 서버들이 중국에  위치하지 않다. 왜냐하면 거기서 있으면 중국의 경찰/정부가 개인정보를 신청할수 있고 중국의 정부/정치를 반향자가 쉽게 체포될수 있다 (University of Virgina).

그래서 구글은 모든 유저의 개인 생활의 정보를 방어하고 싶습니다.

여새는 문제 하나가 언론 통제하는 것이다. 대통령을 욕하면 불법 같다 –특히 트위터에는 이런 사실을 볼 수 있다 (EnjoyT). 내  생각에는 구글은  한국인의대통령을 욕하는 사람이나 다른 정부를 반대하는 블로그이나 트위터 개정의 정보를 정부에게 알려주지 않을  것  같다.

21세기는 ‘지구촌’의 시대이다. 한국 정부의 인터넷을 통제하는 것은 물론 어느 정도록 필요하는데 자유 언론을 통제하고 싶으면 불가능할 것 같고 국제 인터넷 회사들은 한국의 정보통신 법을 반대할 수 밖에 없다.

한국 정부가 진짜 중국 정부처럼 인터넷을 통제하고 싶으면 전세계 사람들이 꼭 알겠다. 또한 한국의 정부가 외국에서 압박을 받을 수 있고 이렇게 발전된 나라가 인터넷 자유 언론을 통제할 수 없는 일이다 .

앞으로 더 많은 외국인 미디어나 블로그들 이 상태를 더 알려지고 정부가 계속 통제하려면 정부에게 큰 문제 될 것 같다.

Assad Family, Syrian Elites Want Out

A predictable development:

(AP)  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it is seeing growing signs that the Syrian elite, including people close to President Bashar Assad, are increasingly worried and beginning to prepare exit plans.

Two U.S. officials said Friday that one Assad family member has moved large amounts of money out of the country to avoid U.S. and other sanctions on the country and provide a nest egg for a life in exile. Similarly, a senior member of Assad’s national security circle has very recently left the country and appears to have settled abroad, they said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified intelligence. They would not identify either the family member or the official or give specifics about the money transfer or the apparent defection. But the examples they cited suggest a new level of planning and worry among the senior regime.

In response to a question about whether the wealthy were fleeing the regime, the State Department said it had information that elite Syrians were looking for help from the opposition Syrian National Council in getting cash and relatives out of the country.

“We are beginning to see this trend accelerate,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

CBS

Naturally, as any government begins to come down you see the elites begin their flight from the nation that they had protected. They really had no choice in the matter when you look at it…

And it makes total sense that Western intelligence has no qualms with their departure. If anything, I can see them attempting to expedite the process. It only makes sense that they would be interested in helping the elites “find a new home.” Because, at the end of the day, what is the price of ‘evading justice’ if it means a proper departure of the elites and a faster conclusion?

Of course, the overall debate has to center around whether or not there will be justice. One of the few things that people like to admit is that these revolutions might be a bit less fruitless than we had all anticipated… “The grass is always greener,” etc. and “the blood is less vivid & red” when there is this general hope for justice being established and all the folks coming together to sing Kumbaya. Of course, Catholic bishops fear the fall of Assad and potential genocide by leftists (The New American)… Syria was previously a nation that was quite moderate in terms of their Islamic views, not having it officially sanctioned as the religion in the Constitution nor having a person’s religion ontheir IDs (Eurasia Review); an undeniable blessing in many regards.

So… While the Assad family fleas and potentially gets the safety that they are pursuing, the larger question remains on what will replace them and how the treatment of Christians will be in Syria.

This could really mark the beginning of the end for this Syrian revolution.

Predictions On The Future In 100+ Years (Academic, Religious & Political)

I often think about the future and how things will change… Today I felt particularly inspired, for whatever reason, and I have decided to write on the topic. Without further ado…

(Divided into Academia, Religion and Politics)

Changes In Academia

The Archeology of the Internet: all facets of humanities will be affected tremendously by the sheer amount of data storage that started from the ’80s onward. All academics in all humanities fields will look over the late 20th and early 21st centuries with great curiosity and it will prove incredibly insightful. I imagine that there will be great efforts to peer into the individuality of our era, and it will prove a great burden as well as a great boon to all of these fields.

When it comes to sociological, political & historical analysis the blogs of ‘nobodies’ (as well as famous blogs) will be put into massive databases to analyze ‘true public opinion’ of the time. There are errors in the “objective polls” that occur, as pollsters themselves have sometimes admitted…

There will be an entire class of scholar branding themselves as ‘Archeologists of the Internet’ or perhaps ‘Internetologists’ who will strive to classify and order blogs of all types in order to analyze us in all manner of light; they will even do their best to determine biases within this period (e.g. were there more liberal bloggers than conservatives? Were more of the conservatives prone to knee jerk reactionary attitudes, and were the liberal bloggers more prone to more extremist stances than they would hold in real life? etc.). It’ll be an amazing field…

The Arts (particularly music): the study of music and art will change drastically.

I am not qualified to speak on visual arts… But as far as music goes: scholars will look back to our time and dedicate great effort into the analysis of electronic music, hip hop, punk, metal, etc. and all ‘alternative’ forms of music.

The people who will be viewed as our Beethovens, Wagners, Vivaldis?

Naturally famous musicians like John Lennon, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan will be regarded highly but I predict that scholars will be most interested in the seminal, early works of each genre of music — whether it is stuff like Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin in electronic, or NWA, Tupac, Jurassic 5 in hip hop… And of course, our dear metal music.

As far as my favorite goes, Black Metal, I do believe that the material of Burzum, Mayhem and Darkthrone will be studied, but also the revolutionary and breakthrough works in lo-fi music with ‘unique’ sounds like Eisenwinter, Drowning the Light, Ildjarn, Absurd, Beherit, etc. will be studied for their individual interpretations of lo-fi art. More progressive black metal acts (which I am generally less interested in) will be studied — this will be a particularly difficultl field because the sheer number of quality acts is astronomical.

Music itself cannot progress much further than where we have gotten to — the realm of electronic music, of course, seems to be ‘inexhaustible’ but in reality the human ear is already reaching its limits as we speak. My guess is that there will always be ‘revolutions’ occurring in sound, but these will all be easily compared to what we were developing between the ’40s & today.

We will find professional music scholars who specialize in everything from ‘classical’ to ‘hip hop.’

I imagine there will be people in the year 2090 saying stuff like, “I am a Black Metal fan… Of course, I enjoy the classics like Burzum but I am more of a fan of the 2040s-2060s Latin American lo-fi black metal that experimented with lo-fi EBM mixed in, not dissimilar to some of the Drowning the Light and Eisenwinter albums from the early 2000s.”

People will make bands that focus on the imitation of specific styles… I imagine there will also be bands dedicated to covering the incredibly extensive amount of music from the 1980s – 2090s, and it will be respectable to ‘cover’ and ‘re-interpret’ classics. Just as a school orchestra seldom (if ever) composes their own material, there will not even necessarily be a need to ‘song write.’

Artists will be respected for ‘digging out’ gems from this period and putting their own interpretations on them.

Probably by 2030, there will literally be enough of a history of Metal (and other forms) to have musicians specialize in simply ‘rehashing’ old pieces.

There will probably even be people who will gain some recognition for releasing albums that are nothing more than “1990-2030: A Journey through North American Black Metal” that might even ‘mix’ these one into the other. DJing music will be elevated to a higher form of art. There will probably even be DJs for genres like Death Metal who will host little parties and specialize in playing 1-3 minute clips back to back of a mix of well known and unknown tracks from the previous decades of music.

Religion

My guess is that religions like Baha’i will perhaps become more popularized due to the world ‘getting smaller.’

Traditional religions like Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism will probably prosper; scholars will be liberal and more widely allowing, as a general rule. Buddhism and certain sects of Hinduism might become more popular due to their ‘philosophical aspects,’ and Christianity & Islam will also begin emphasizing their respectively large pools of philosophical thought and experience their own sorts of theological renaissances.

Atheism & Agnosticism of course will exist and may even encompass a larger segment of the population but I believe that the friction between ‘nonbelievers’ and ‘believers’ will diminish greatly. The reason being that religion’s more liberalization will give less reason for opposition, and like any movement… When it attains ‘acceptance’ it becomes a shadow of what it once was. In a sense, atheism & agnosticism will be de-fanged by their relative success.

Knee-jerk reaction atheism & agnosticism will disappear for the most part.

The ‘great debate’ that is the existence of Godhead will dwindle down to personal feelings. I think that religion, overall, will ‘gain ground’ as it entirely disentangles itself from the archaic fundamentalism — but we must also understand that ‘fundamentalism’ as we know it is mostly a 19th century reaction to what was perceived as the ‘threat’ of science.

But such a “threat” cannot exist for long as science deals with the observation of the natural world while religion deals with the larger philosophical question of what is beyond the natural world and what is the potential origin of life. Even if the very origin of life is explained in scientific & natural terms, the ‘prime mover’ concept of existence will carry on.

Politics: Resurgence of Populism/Fascism In Its Myriad Forms

It’s been a long time coming.

Democracy is the sacred cow of the 20th century. Democracy implies that ‘the majority of public opinion’ is correct, and should determine our leadership…

But there is a total recognition of many people now, more than ever, that there is something misleading about this. Occupy Wall Street is evidence of it — the Left is pointing out, as usual, that the people are manipulated by media, education and existent power structures.

Meanwhile, the far Right Wing movements have been temporarily silenced in this moment but as the very concept of Democracy is pushed and challenged over the next decade we will see a resurgence of what can only properly be called ‘early Fascist movements.’ Do not think of Nazism… Think merely of the idea of generally autocratic governments run by single parties pushing a singular cause.

Perhaps the continued form of government in many places will be ‘democracy’ but the pointlessness of it will be questioned further, because ‘objectivity’ can only go so far as all societies erect ‘sacred cows’ and instill them into their general populace to produce the results that they desire.

“Truth” never has been and never will be determined by what the majority of people think.

If Democracy goes uninterrupted in this period it will be in spite of the fact that of the general realization of this…

There may be movements for the fracturing of nations and more regionalized government.

Moralist Movements & Regionalization Continued

They happen on both the left and the right; Democracy affords a lack of public morality and merely replaces it with the idea of ‘civic consciousness.’ Civic consciousness is not enough to quell the thirst people have for fulfilling right & wrong.

Moralistic movements, whether it is something like environmentalism, socialism/communism, veganism, anti-sexism/racism/homophobia, are already well on their way.

Right wing moralistic movements are under fire more than they ever have been — the mistake in thought is that this is because they will somehow be extinguished and rendered irrelevant.

In reality, these will grow of their own accord. Whether it is of a religious, nationalist, ethnic nationalist, Third Positionist or just a general out & out “fascist policial/sociological system” being advocated, they will grow.

A vacuum is created by ‘pop culture’ and the non-committal nature of democracy — the relentless straddling of the center leaves a bitter taste both in the mouths of the Left & Right Wing…

In a more individualist society we will probably see more honest fracturing of our nations.

What is the purpose of California & Texas being ruled by the same federal government? It seems incredibly relevant that the “Union is preserved!” but the idea of the all-encompassing nation state meant to essentially subjugate regional desires will be rendered archaic as people become more & more conscious of the shortfallings of democracy.

There is absolutely no reason why liberal Tehran should have the same government as the conservative areas around Shiraz; there is absolutely no reason why  we shouldn’t be more regionally deterministic.

As the biting dialogue between left & right are fanned further & further by media organizations there will be no ‘winner’ in the conventional sense… But a mere movement towards separation.

Even if “one side” were to re-assert a dictatorial control of public education, media, etc. and opinion manipulation this will be seen for what it is: the fascist seed that exists within democracy.

We’ll all realize that we don’t have to compete for control of a Federal government, but instead that we can all win on our own with more regional governments being implemented.

All governments based on subjugating a liberal or conservative opinion of a region by their own will find themselves on more tenuous ground as the  Sacred Cow of “democracy” (as we know it) is sacrificed.

We all make the mistake of thinking “Our Conservative values will always triumph” or “Liberal ideals are the inescapable path of the future,” but politics is incredibly complex; not even the Right or the Left are even unified in their opinions…

And there is no reason why 300 million people have to be joined together at the hip and all be generally unhappy together.

The Moralists in all of their stripes want to see their ideas propagated, and there’s no reason why 100 million+ people should be subjugated by 200 million+ people’s interpretation of it.

The speed of this process will depend on the economy.

In fact, all of this depends on the economy…

But it does seem clear: our conventional notion of democracy is dated by 200+ years of idealism and is unsustainable unless these ‘democratic’ governing bodies decide to literally assert themselves just as a Fascist would and crush under their heel their opponents through propaganda campaigns.

(We’re already seeing these seminal propaganda campaigns on a thousand fronts and they will only grow.)