Monday, March 11, 2013

Winning the Hearts of Other Men -- the Leadership of Hugo Chavez

Why does everything have to be all good or all bad?  Humans will never attain perfection.  Hugo Chavez knew how to tap into an entire class of people -- the poor and the powerless.  He made the powerless feel powerful and that their interests would be recognized and served by him.  If he did it through strong-armed techniques and perpetrating the longest hatred of some so be it. As long as the need to eat and the need to see a doctor when sick were met then he was elevated by many to idolatry status.  I think Chavez did that for the vast numbers of poor in a poor but very oil rich nation.  He rewarded himself, of course, handsomely for it.

I love George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and William Golding's "Lord of the Flies."  Both knew the impossibility of purity and all-good leadership.  One system falls and another system often worse than or as bad as the one before fills a vacuum to take its place. Mostly, man has an almost innate desire to be led.  As long as he does power will emerge to fill a void in peoples' hearts by tapping into what they want most -- protection, healthcare, a full stomach and a job. The leader who sees so presciently what man most needs will invariably fall short but often take advantage of this ever-present need for leadership nonetheless.

All institutions, whether in the form of government or in the form of religion like the Vatican, see a universal need of humans for help and hope for the hopeless.  They tap into it, gain a reputation for caring about the least and while they are at it grab power and the great security of wealth it brings for themselves. So what if they are a bit corrupt -- just a bit?  The millions will look the other way not because they have to but because they need to.

It does NOT take a genius to figure out what people want. Both religion and government always do and manage to put one over on the follower masses multiple times.  As Bob Dylan said “You do not have to be a weatherman to see which way the wind is blowing.”

My motto:  Question EVERYTHING and know that most leadership does things NOT out of the goodness of their heart but out of their singular need to win the hearts of other men.  It is the give and take constant in man’s evolutionary struggle to survive.

The Jury is Out (If you listen to or watch nothing else listen to Glenn Greenwald's speech before the Oregon ACLU)

If you listen to or watch  nothing else in your life listen to Glenn Greenwald's speech before the Oregon ACLU.  I post it here or below.  It is pure mastery of the definition and application of civil liberties.  Just what do civil liberties mean, what are they, are they abridged in our nation and if so why?  

Glenn Greenwald is utterly brilliant in his analysis.  If nothing else it causes one to think about the issue especially as it applies in our world today.

I will admit that as much as I think this man a national treasure I am hesitant to agree with him on his thought universally and am more cautious than he because, well, frankly I rather enjoy breathing.

Are we less safe now than we have ever been in our history because of our clearly Constitutionally questionable actions and alleged legal memos supporting them or are we safer?  Hamlet stated it best:  "To Be or NOT to be THAT is the question.  

In our time I believe we are existentially at risk not only from those without but most especially from those within.  Where do YOU fall on this important issue?  For me the jury is out.


I haven't been writing much as I am in a this-is-a-too-bleak-universe-which will-all-end anyway frame of mind.  Not good.  But the article below on Fukushima shows how the money corruption of EVERYTHING influences it all.  If man cannot use his evolutionary mega intelligent mind to make sure the stupids do not inherit the earth denying climate change, evolution and the scientific truth of it all than we are all doomed.

With nations just itching to push the nuclear button too well my mood is less than positive.

Also watching a science lecturer on PBS Brian Cox who does a series "The Wonders of the Universe" does not paint a pretty picture of it all but nonetheless is FASCINATING.  He is brilliant! I highly recommend it even though some realities are dark.

All I have to say is HARUUMPH!

P.S. Below is a generally progressive site called OpedNews but I did notice that they had a couple of ads that are anything but progressive.  I have an email into them asking why.  If you see something like "Obama, don't Tax  us" or something for Rand Paul -- naturally PAHLEESE ignore if you choose to read the article which is very good as are others on the site.