The meteoric rise of Bernie Sanders raises the question;can the prophetic ever be domesticated?
American politics for decades has been hobbled by the corruption of money. This of course is a very old situation whose plight was nailed by the crucified Jewish prophet Yeshua ben Miriam, called in the west, Jesus
No man can serve two masters: for either he. will hate the one, and love the other; or else. he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
In the Disneyland of diversions( which of course includes Canada) it takes decades of people abuse before the prophetic can arise, before they can wean themselves off the 24 hr carnival of fast food diversions of Facebook, consumerism, celeb culture and other manipulations. However the latest stats from Oxfam which showed that 82 billionaires owned as much wealth as one half of humanity is a good indicator that humanity is in deep trouble.The Oxfam Davos Report also shows that his share of wealth by half of the world’s people has collapsed by over 40% in just the last five years.
Another shocking stat:
$760 billion goes annually to non-producing investors by immense transnational tax evasion with impunity across the world. It is ironic of course that Sanders is a Jew and might be channeling the prophetic,the great gift of Judaism—one does not have to be religious to do this—but simply alive to the spirit which has always accompanied humanity on its beautiful but broken trek.
With the cavalcade of clowns thrown up (pun may be intended) by the Republican Party, a bevy of political hacks in hock to big money—Trump, Cruz Rubio, Bush et al) and the business as usual, bought and paid for Hilary Clinton, is it any wonder that Bernie is getting a hearing.
How far he can go is still up in the air but he speaks on behalf of the(“am ha aretz) the people of the land whom Jesus and the biblical prophets spoke for.
Another Jewish prophet Karl Marx hipped us to another fact, the cultural ideas of an epoch serve the interests of the ruling class.Those ideas provide ideologies that legitimate class domination. Whoever owns the cultural means of production —the papers, the air waves etc- produces the dominant ideas which the ordinary joe thinks are just “common sense”. Like CO2, these ideas are poisonous—competition, the market, individualism— they are simply part of the hidden reality and generally beyond criticism and like CO2 which is colourless, odorless and invisible, these ‘natural and obvious” ideas can kill a society. Humans are wired for mutuality not selfishness.
Today the Internet is partially exploding this domination of print and we have been privy to great masters of suspicion like Huxley, Orwell, Freud, Nietzsche, Hedges etc to help us unpack the bull shit floated by the corporate class.
Before the net, newspapers and radio stations played a dominant role in forming people’s world views. Now not so much. Look at the last election when most daily papers advised Canadians that Harper is best for Canada. Paul Godfrey of Post Media demanded his papers support Harper. Few people took him seriously because print is dying. After 10 years of Harper’s cynical suck up to the oil patch, his bloated military budget and mean spirited Islamophobia, people looked for the Canada we used to have and voted Harper out. Most Canadians breathed a sigh of relief.We were more “socialist” than individualist…and wouldn’t you know it, the Tories have an Ayn Rand lover Rona Ambrose as their leader.Welcome to the wilderness.
So here’s Bernie, calls himself a socialist. What the hell does that mean today?— simple the common good, sharing, dignity of all people, the environment and closing the horrendous income gap.