My Button Is Bigger Than Your Button!

The world seems to be being held hostage by the megalomanianic premise that he who hath the biggest capability to destroy the entire planet and all human kind, rules the world.

This pre-supposes that the goal of any or all definable nation states is to in fact rule the world.

This supposition can be borne out by historical acts of war and colonization since the beginning of recorded history. But with the advent of the increased human population and the need to supply the basic needs of humanity with some standard of fair opportunity and access, imperialistic proclivities have all but become a secondary concern.

This is true even for those who already rule the world and those that exercise the most influence.

Imperialistic power is dissipating, becoming unsustainable due the sheer number of people on the planet and their projected increase.

With each individual striving for his own level of “independent” life, the shadow of the imperialistic mind-set, which has been pervasive throughout our cultures for a very long time, recedes to reveal a brighter, shinier world, where everyone is living in peace and harmony.

Consider the point, what are all of the micro wars, fighting and global violence all about? For example Syria, what is the root of that issue and can it really only be resolved by the actions currently being taken? Similarly, for any given situation around the world, even terrorism and extremism.

They all want something. Is this something that they want impossible to give? Can this something only be gotten by slaughtering human beings and devastating lives? I am merely asking the question, but to be honest, it really does not seem quite rational to me.

The current world state of affairs is a Mexican stand-off between the nation states with the greatest nuclear capabilities, namely the USA and Russia.

Add to that the “wannabes” and the agitators ready to chip in or assert their position in the game. Ready to use overwhelmingly destructive violence to get what they want.

But many are shying away from this predilection even though the prevailing method of conflict resolution at a national level and in many cases for individuals, is still war and violence.

It’s hard to put down the gun once that has become the chosen way, but there comes a point, where it just does not make any sense.

Like all things heinous, slavery and apartheid, this hostage situation has to end. The mentality that you would destroy your enemy, even at the realistic risk of destroying yourself and possibly the entire planet, does not play anymore. The keeper of that mentality is becoming seemingly and apparently, unhinged.

While Trump fires blasts of empowered rhetoric at Iran and North Korea and anyone else that again, seemingly challenges his interests, the rest of the world does not want it. We want the brighter, shinier world, the one with peace and harmony.

You might have the biggest button, but using it would seriously be an act of insanity. Think about it

Trumpism is not dead. A new political philosophy comprising a blending of white supremacy, voter suppression, market fundamentalism and authoritarianism is influencing the June 6, 2021 presidential election in Peru, in south America.

All the votes have been counted and national and International election observers have confirmed that the election was clean but right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of imprisoned former dictator Alberto Fujimori, is staging a coup to prevent her rival the son of illiterate peasants Pedro Castillo from becoming President. Her cries of fraud, unsupported by any evidence, has shaken the class system and a fragile democracy.

Pedro Castillo won the election with a small margin of 44,000 votes with the support of the rural poor who are 54% of the population including 19% who live in absolute poverty (i.e. live on less than 1.00 $ a day). He has promised to apply the resources of the country to reduce the high rate of poverty (VisionLaunchMedia- 3 Tragic Peru Poverty Rate Statistics and Facts by Crystal Lombardo, August 24).

In contrast, Fujimori’s campaign was essentially a fight against communism which won over many middle class voters and is backed by the entire Lima establishment, business leaders and major media outlets as well as the middle class.

In a society in which there is vast social, racial and regional inequalities Castillo is an outsider whose popularity is seen as a threat by privileged Peruvians. Fujimori advocates continuing with the same failed market driven policies which brought Peru to where it is today.

Fujimori’s strategy is clearly Trump-like. Spread disinformation, delegitimize the election and create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.

Firstly, you smear your opponent by calling him or her a communist. Then if you lose you cry foul and accuse your opponent of stealing the election.

Inspired by Donald Trump’s refusal to accept defeat in the US election Fujimori has promised her supporters that the election ‘will be flipped’.

An illustration of the uneven playing field is that even before the election she hired the best legal minds to file over a thousand applications in the courts to have 400,000 votes annulled, almost all from the Andean regions which supported Castillo overwhelmingly.

In mid-June over sixty former military officers published a letter calling for a coup against Castillo and there have been racial memes on social media among the white middle class saying that Andeans are too ignorant to vote and calling for a return to Alberto Fujimori’s alleged forced sterilizations against indigenous women.

Fujimori has a special stake in the outcome of the election because she is facing 35 years in prison for graft and corruption and as President she would be free to drop the charges as well as pardon her imprisoned father.

The unfairness of the electoral system is illustrated by the fact that although the election was more than three weeks ago the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) has not certified the result.

Add Comment