I am finding it ever more difficult to imagine that this path will lead to increased freedom or to the kind of democracy that people in the streets imagine but almost no one anywhere has ever experienced.
This is not just a cynical dismissal of the enormous power that some memes can generate in the human heart ... it is an attempt at a sober, probabilistic look at the trajectory that results from embracing the falsehood that alliances based on the premise that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" lead to stable agreements
Long ago, I wrote "Anthems reflect human values accurately enough that people can be conned into using them as slogans to fight and die for, but there are lots of beautiful word sequences that have galvanized people into armies with suicidal and genocidal missions, and I doubt that any of these words reflect anything deeper down in the human psyche than any other meme that raises up language in opposition to them."
and then a few years later, observing another outbreak of "revolution" I wrote
"I agree that the 45 words in the American Bill of Rights may be the most powerful poetry ever written in English, but we both know that they are not a binding social contract, or even a fund-obligating agreement;
they appear to be a unique religious tract, an evolution of powerful language in the 18th century by some brilliant men, but there is no indication that it was expected to be applicable to blacks or women,
and it remains a promise as yet largely unfulfilled - like heaven on earth - that still reflects some basic human longings.
But it has not proven itself to be remotely strong enough, as a document, to ensure that the rights of humans are on a par with the rights of corporations, and I doubt that it is strong enough to counter a world-wide uprising of people demanding their equal share of the pie and entry into the American dream."
and the last time I got on a soapbox about this was when I realized:
"It occurred to me yesterday that the state of war, or the definition of warfare, could be as simple as a temporary suspension of ethics, of the normal rules under which a society operates, and a shift to a model based on the premise that the glorious ends will justify the horrible means." . http://www.businessinsider.com/ukraine-protest-pictures-2014-2