The Knife at Our Throats

The time has come to openly acknowledge that our democracy has been subverted. An article in Harvard Magazine (by economist Lawrence Lessig) suggests that nothing less than a Constitutional Convention is needed to set things right. I’m not holding my breath on that one.
And the loss of our democracy is only part of the problem. The main part of the problem is industrial civilization run amok. I’m also not holding my breath on the remote possibility that it can be reined in. We’re on a tour boat heading for the brink of the falls. More caviar!
It is a very unpleasant task, indeed, to force oneself to accept that there is little or no hope. (Can you convince me there is hope, by the way?). But one thing is certain. No effective action will be launched by those unwilling to accept that we all now have a knife at our throats.

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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1 Response to The Knife at Our Throats

  1. Abandon TV says:

    “….Can you convince me there is hope, by the way?…”

    Yes I can!

    But you probably won’t like it…. 😉

    All it takes is for everybody to stop using euphemisms and synonyms whenever they talk about the state.

    Voting, taxation, national defence, government, enhanced interrogation, democracy, laws, security forces…… these terms all to refer to ‘something’, but they do not really *describe* the thing they refer to (or how that thing works). In fact, it’s almost as if these terms make it harder for us to figure out what exactly they are really referring to…

    For example: What IS a government? “A government organises society and helps to keep law and order”. This is more or less what we are taught in (ahem, government run) schools. But that doesn’t really describe what a government actually IS.

    This is the ACTUAL definition of a government:

    A government is a group within a geographical area who pretend to have a monopoly on the legal right to initiate violence against everyone else to achieve their objectives.

    Once we start using proper accurate language everything will start to improve, guaranteed.

    See my ‘philosophy’ section for more… 🙂


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