North Star Republic Communique Number 1
The world of the 21st century has thus far proven harsh, cruel, and especially violent. We find that the promises of the social scientists of the preceding millennium, Marx, Hegel, and Hobbes, among others have diluted with the realities of our green and blue socio-political world. Thus many of us find reasons, reasons like money, like government, like church, like magazines, to simply the blinding complexity of everyday existence.
Most of us would prefer a quiet life away from the noise of war, color of mass hunger, away from the screams of genocide, the smell of rampant poverty, the taste of putrid waters, away from the touch of rapists. It is not easy to be aware of the world and even more difficult to affect its myriad of events even ever so slightly.
Those of us born in the latter half of the 20th century bore witness to the end of the cold war, the rise of low intensity warfare, increased reliance on fossil fuels, and stagnant wages. We find that although we work as our parents had we are now unable to purchase many of the most basic necessities to raise families, own property, and support our aging relatives. We find that the jobs that made the USA into a powerful industrial nation are now referred to as the “jobs no one wants” and are reserved almost exclusively for low paid and often illegal workers. We find that to enter the American workforce at a level to support a family of comparable stature to that of our parent’s generation requires a sizable investment in college level education putting us into debt even before we begin our careers. We find that college education is increasingly unaffordable for those of middle-class backgrounds, we find that more and more of us are being forced into the service industry working for hotels we can’t afford to stay at, parking cars we could never afford to own, waiting tables we could not afford to dine upon.
We look upon the world and see the dire state of it and yes, it is much more convenient for the majority of us here to look away. But increasingly we are confronted with the dim prospect of the following millennium as issues of climate change, political upheaval, and the ever-present threat of nuclear war looms like an angry moon in the night sky. We perceive these events and ponder them for only a fraction of our days, we dismiss the information that does not translate into personal gains. The needed revolution that the social scientists spoke of drifts farther and farther from us until it is but a dot on the horizon.
We are further pounced upon by the activists of today whose deformed hands carry on the work of the social scientists like ravenous termites without a queen, slowly dying off yet unable to reproduce the enthusiasm of centuries past. We have seen factions rise and fall, movements revitalize like fireworks then explode into dust and debris, infighting and partisanship, democracy through imperialism, and fundamentalism through democracy.
What is to be done? Is our fate to be totally consumed by the distractions of our own making, totally apart from the world and our fellow inhabitants or are we still capable of delivering on the seemingly utopian ideals of the social scientists? Do we still have the leverage to negotiate a new social contract? And if so what would be different this time and why would it need to be different?
The time to act is now. To rebuild the consciousness of a nation and then a waiting world is our task, to unite the squabbling tribes and factions is our goal, and to challenge the social order is our sole purpose. To accomplish this task we must use all we observe and all we have learned to forge a better world that will rein through this millennium and for all time.