Why did it all go so fucking wrong?

I’ve recently noticed a common concern running through the blogs I read most – namely, how have we got to the stage where we seem to be wading thigh-high through what The Salted Slug calls cuntsoup?

After much thought, and discussing it with a few people, I’ve arrived at a partial answer, although my evidence isn’t empirical and has no statistics to back it up.

I can’t prove what I want to say, but I have lived through the period I’m describing and it’s how I perceive events, having gone through several political phases and all of which were to the left of center…

I’m a child of the 1950s.

Although I wasn’t aware of it at the time, I had a ration card which was necessary in the years after the Second World War – up to 1954, in fact.

The world had been devastated by the war and the UK’s economy was in ruins – sound familiar?

However, gradually, we started to pull ourselves out of the shit and by the time I reached my teenage years in the mid 1960s things seemed to be going pretty well.

Now, a lot of crap’s been written about the 60s but it was surely a time of change. With increased prosperity and new freedoms people began to question the direction that certain events and processes were drawing us towards – there was the Vietnam War, civil rights, increased sexual freedom, a flowering of all sorts of creativity, greater personal prosperity and new opportunities for social mobility; all forcing people to make choices regarding their attitudes, opinions and lifestyles.

In short, people became far more proactive and they started to question the way in which their lives were being influenced by the State.

It was at the juncture, I believe, that the State started to change its method of controlling its citizens – assuming that all states actively seek some sort of control – by switching from benign and paternalistic patron to authoritarian and prescriptive master.

All because it perceived itself as being under threat, as people started to express themselves more freely, more literately and more actively.

In the US, UK and France the authorities reacted to the more extreme manifestations of this freedom is in a draconian manner which is still evident today when reacting to public demonstrations of dissatisfaction with the State – not that this was a new phenomenon, but it is now a far more frequent one.

Due to its change of role, the State now actively seeks to control pretty much every aspect of its citizens’ lives – from what they eat to how they think – and it’s how it accomplishes this which is at the root of the general malaise I identified at the beginning of this post.

Taking – as an example – this, it is increasingly clear that we live in a prohibitive society where we are told what not to do and then threatened with punishment even before what we are told not to do hits the statute books and becomes law.

Essentially, ‘if you don’t do this, then some bad things will happen to you’.

You just have to look at the proliferation of signs that shows no signs of stopping and which serves as a constant reminder that we are being controlled in almost every aspect of our daily lives.

The result of this is that we have created a nation of people many of whom don’t behave anti-socially not out of some sort of moral sense and because it’s inherently wrong, but because they’ll be punished if they persist.

Fair enough, it may be that we have so many ‘deviants’ that we have to impose harsher measures, but we’ve reached this state sooner than we might have done had successive governments not decided to be so prescriptive that people have gradually lost the ability to think for themselves.

We are all treated like potential deviants.

This is our inheritance and why we’re almost drowning in cuntsoup.

This is before you factor in what I now see to be the malign influence of a form of socialism that I once thought was ‘Socialism Lite’ but is now revealed as a ‘consumer-friendly’ but no less insidious and creeping threat to our society.

The Labour governments of the past 12 years have tried – and largely succeeded – in selling the public what is one of the biggest and cruelest lies of all – that everyone is equal and that they can be made to be equal.

As a result, we have so many minority groups all fighting for equality and their ‘fair’ share of the pie that it’s no wonder there’s a total lack of social cohesion today.

The individual is ignored and serves as the cash cow for an ever-burgeoning series of demands from various ethnic, gender, religious and cultural groups, many of which represent lifestyle choices rather than real basic needs and which are championed by organizations set up by the government and funded from taxpayers’ money, when, in the majority of cases, simple and existing laws would be just as effective and far cheaper.

It’s all a giant fucking mess and no-one that I can see has any solution; although, to be fair, there can be no quick fixes for something that’s taken over 50 years to reach this stage.

All I know is that, whatever is done, it has to involve people taking on far more responsibility for themselves and less State intrusion into our private lives.

The only political movement that seems to offer anything approaching this is Libertarianism.

Libertarians believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from government—on all issues at all times. We don’t say government is too big in one area, but then in another area push for a law to force people to do what we want. We believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from government —on all issues at all times.

It would be a Herculean task to even start turning this into reality, but do we really want another 50 years of increased State interference in people’s lives?

Indeed, could society even survive it?

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2 Responses

  1. Socialism. Socialism Socialism Socialism.

    The nastiest cancer that there is. Uncurable.

    Every 20 years the whole population starts to suffer from it. It’s a slow painful death. Or usually a near-death.

    But then … Remission! 20 years of agony gone! Hurrah!

    20 years later, the Bright Young Things from uni with their degrees in Anthropology, Journalism, Meeja Studees think that sensible (aka conservative [aka Conservative]) gummint is wrong.

    And so we flush ourselves down the toilet for another 20 years.

    However, on the bright side, I don’t think anyone today, or anyone in the future, will have any doubt that Gordon Brown has been the most useless chancer, sorry, chancellor, and PM that this country has ever had.

    I fear that Chancer Brown has dug us way to deep into the, erm, brown stuff, this time to see a recovery within 20 years before they scum get in again.

    Me? I’m off to Italy. Thought about France, but it’s not far enough away from Gay Gordon. I wouldn’t be surprised that if in The Name Of Terrorism that giant binoculars aren’t being made right now to peer across the channel.

    Zeb.

    p.s. Not sure if I made it clear that I’m not enirely happy with Socialism.

  2. It’s all garnish. The basic stuff’s fine, same as any other developed country, and the rest will sort itself out, or another government will come in and bugger something else up. Personally, I don’t find Britain half as much of an annoying place to live in as I did during the early 90s… maybe because the amount of information we have at our disposal gives us so much more potential for democracy (or even just localized change). Whether we make use of that potential is another matter, of course…

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