The rock-bottom problems of humanity
G. S. 
<georgeisalzman@yahoo.com>
initial posting 28 May 2010 - last update 05 Jan 2011

URL: http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-05-28.htm

      We face a monumental task. To figure out how to save the biosphere — and humanity — so that our children and grandchildren will be able to live — and not only barely survive, but live fulfilling lives. How can we stop the downward cascading spiral? My last two posts, titled Why do so many people hate Jews? - I and II, were in fact aimed at the much larger question of humane survival of all humanity. This latter question is so huge and complex that it's not surprising to find a vast variety of efforts to approach it. My vantage (or disadvantage) point is that of a so-called ethnic Jewish American, but my effort is to overcome the confines of any ethnic blinders, to generalize to a viewpoint that encompasses all human beings.

      The first of my two recent posts [1] discussed religious dogmas as basic sources of social conflict. That was followed by the note discussing the conflict between the social values associated with money and those of “honest labor”. [2] I chose provocative titles for both papers because I hoped that would attract some additional readers, and also because my starting point for each paper was my own ethnic background.

      In the second post, I responded at once to the question by saying a source of hatred of Jews is because many people think Jews don’t do honest work. But I generalized immediately by saying that perception applies to all relatively rich, privileged people. We are all widely seen, I think with partial justification, as leading somewhat parasitical lives. It is a not-uncommon idea that Jews in particular have a “special relationship” with money. [3] Whether the American, Bill Gates or the Mexican, Carlos Slim has more or less money than the close-knit Rothschild family is irrelevant. They are all widely seen, justifiably, as living fundamentally dishonest lives. I believe basic criticism of the system of values by which we are all compelled to live is needed. And I mean really basic! Never mind “regulating” interest rates. We must do away with interest, with the very idea of “money making money”. In fact, we must largely do away with money, and certainly with all the “professional” institutions that deal with money. We must recognize that what is termed “Western Civilization” is in fact an anti-civilization, a global social structure of death and destruction.

Palestine for the Palestinians!

      Such radical re-thinking should, and not coincidentally at the same historical moment, embrace Palestine. My view of the situation in the “Greater Middle East”, by which I mean to include far more than the inadequately-named “Israel/Palestine conflict”, hinges on the joint U.S.-Israeli (British-assisted) colonial imperial campaign to eradicate Palestine. The entire project to take the land of Palestine for a Jewish state was illegitimate from the start. This project is at the core of Zionism. Being “nice” to the Palestinians, as I’m certain many good and decent (but misguided) Jewish people favor, simply is not a cure for the cancer of conquest. The same for all conquests — of the Americas by Europeans and so on.
        The northern European/American project to retake the Ottoman Empire needs to be scrapped, completely given up. Jewish would-be conquerors of Palestine should be peacefully forced to leave and be assisted to live elsewhere, as discussed in a later paper. [4] Conquest is ALWAYS wrong, immoral, unethical and must be rejected. Great Britain was, throughout its imperial dominance, a leading curse of humanity, whose criminal history leaves a terrible legacy. Our task ought to be to clean it up as soon as possible. And of course the other European powers should leave Africa, probably the most despoiled population group in the world. What world-class monsters we so-called Whites have been, imposing “our” anti-civilization on the world!
[5]

      Of course the cry “Why are you singling out the Jews?” will issue from a few million anguished throats, along with accusations of anti-Semitism. And threats to use their nuclear bombs, to never surrender their “God given” Eretz Israel. Their anger and panic, their phony self-righteousness and the delusion of their superiority to all other peoples will drive them, as it has unceasingly done, but the new information age is already beginning to spell the end of their project of conquest.

A historical cusp — the age of information
explodes — birth of a new era

      Never before has there been almost instantaneous global awareness of major social-political events. We are living in an age absolutely without precedent. Three events serve as markers for this abrupt change. For the first time in human history, and three times in a bit over seven years, almost the total world population with access to news stood instantly united in its abhorrence at the actions of a nation-state —
1. First, at the U.S. attack on Iraq (March 20, 2003). Massive protest demonstrations, extending to every continent, were held, involving of the order of 12 million people.
2. Second, at the U.S.-backed Israeli attack on Gaza (27 Dec 2008), involving several million protestors.
3. Third, at the U.S.-backed massacre of civilians in the premeditated attack on the humanitarian aid ship in international waters bringing relief supplies to Gaza (31 May 2010), again global outrage was expressed by millions, condemning the murders.

      Those instant global revulsions at the actions of mass murderers (who still hold an armory of lethal weaponry) marks the start of the true “information age”, and with it the birth of growing global consciousness that the dominant system is unspeakably, brutally destructive and that we, the billions of ordinary people, in order to gain control of our own lives, will have to totally change the way societies are structured. The birth of this “information age” became possible because of the explosion of information technology, and the very human desire to understand reality. Thus, in spite of the undeniably tragic times through which humanity is living, I believe the emergence of the true “information age” is the counter development that will make it possible not only for our species to survive but to finally evolve into a truly civilized society. That is my hope and the source of my optimism for the future.[6]


NOTES
[1] Religion as a primary underpinning of ethnic hatreds. That paper, "Why do so many people hate Jews?" - I, is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-05-16.htm .

[2] The values associated with money as a basic source of social conflict. That paper, "Why do so many people hate Jews?" - II, is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-05-24.htm .

[3] Jews and money — a “special relationship” — ideas on interest and usury. An article in the 1911 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica on the Rothschild family tells of Mayer Anselm [Rothschild] (1743-1812), the founder of the famous banking family receiving from a wealthy German landgrave, a count of Hesse, silver and other bulky treasures for safekeeping before fleeing the victorious French. Rothschild reportedly buried them in his garden, and dug them up when he could dispose of them, which he did, eventually returning their value plus 5% to the count. The article's author considered that 5% as showing the skill of Rothschild in handling the transactions. The article is posted at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-05-28-2.htm

[4] Israeli colonial Zionists. Compassionate treatment for this group is discussed in “The ethics of a just solution of the ‘Palestinian/Israeli’ conflict“, at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-11-13.htm.

[5] History of the conquest. Spurred by a probing interview by Jeffrey Blankfort <jablankfort@earthlink.net> with military historian Geoffrey Wawro, I've ordered a copy of Wawro's lengthy study, Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East. The interview occupies almost 40 minutes of the hour-long program. Prof. Geoff Waro's book, published by Penguin in 2010, is focussed on US support for Israel, the pro-Israel lobby and whether Israel is a strategic asset or liability. To hear the interview, http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/42979

[6] Changing History, 1 — A more general discussion than given here is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-09-05.htm


George Salzman is a former American Jew living in Oaxaca, Mexico, an Emeritus Prof of Physics, Univ of Massachusetts-Boston.
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