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  •  Being the eternal property of Jeff Bezos (3+ / 0-)
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    marsanges, sixeight120bpm, Wee Mama

    might not be the fun-in-the-Sun it sounds like.

    Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

    by Troubadour on Thu May 09, 2013 at 02:21:01 AM PDT

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    •  don't worry; only the rich will become posthuman (1+ / 0-)
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      The rest of us will become semi-feral "meat slaves" who can only hope that the posthuman demigods don't care enough about us to deliberately abuse us ... or useless vermin to be exterminated.

      That or completely the other way around.  The unaugmented rich become nudist gym bunnies who'd rather die young than see their beauty and strength fade, while the rest of us are hideously and invasively cyborged in order to become more effective - and more dependent - tools.

      Either way, the social order is quite literally embodied and thus made unambiguous and permanent.

      The point is that the rich will never allow the gap to narrow.  They depend on extreme and highly visible class distinctions to affirm their own lofty position in the hierarchy.  Whatever gets imposed upon us by the elite will also be stigmatized by them, and they will go out of their way to head in the opposite direction ... and then present their existence as the ideal that everyone should aspire to and judge themselves harshly for failing to do so.  Never mind whether such an existence is even possible for the non-rich, but that's kinda the point too; it's not supposed to be possible for you, therefore they're better than you.

      •  Disparity occurs in cycles. (2+ / 0-)
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        Rigid class/caste distinction ultimately begets chaos wherein the only distinctions are between those with the will to rule and those without, who may come from any background.  This destroys and scatters civilization, wherein new cultures and forms emerge, primarily driven by merchant classes who themselves gradually become an aristocracy.  

        Egalitarian revolutions may occur based on resentment and revenge against the elite, but they merely crush the people beneath the weight of bureaucratic mediocrity until baser, more corrupt forms of merchant erode society from within (the gangster class).  And at every transition, there is always the possibility - not probable, but significantly possible - of democratic reform, although even if successful it will erode over a few generations.  Rinse, repeat.

        Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

        by Troubadour on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:20:12 AM PDT

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        •  I know people who say this is only distinction (1+ / 0-)
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          Rigid class/caste distinction ultimately begets chaos wherein the only distinctions are between those with the will to rule and those without, who may come from any background.
          that has ever existed between people.

          Culture and civilization are just tools for implementing rulership, that express the origins of the ruling class as well as their current circumstances.

          Coincidentally, these people are all conservatives.  When asked why they don't rule, their answer is the "egalitarian revolution".

          •  Culture and civilization are tools for information (1+ / 0-)
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            Urizen

            propagation.  The exact content of that information is evolutionary, and thus proliferates neutral and beneficial memes while weeding out destructive ones - except that the "weeding out" process is every bit as cataclysmic as it occasionally is in biology.

            Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

            by Troubadour on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:58:26 AM PDT

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