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BP and the Real Boston Tea Party

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It is said that language is like a map. Language provides markers for critical thinking. With a broader vocabulary one can know wider horizons, one can conceptualize more. One of the most proficient works of contemporary literature has spawned new language, new vocabulary for very real political situations. George Orwell's 1984 is about a degraded world at war, a world where language was eliminated and where information was distorted.

1984, about a world controlled by people who eliminated language and critical thinking, has spawned new terminology, new ways to describe political situations. Some examples of vocabulary from the book which has infiltrated and is applicable to reality are the terms Orwellian, Big Brother, Doublethink, Memory Hole, Thought Crime, Unperson and Telescreen among others. However one phrase central to the book 1984 and descriptive of the root of many problems today is Oligarchical Collectivism.

The Theory and Practice to Oligarchical Collectivism is the title to the contraband book in Orwell's 1984. An oligarchy is a government controlled by a few, oligarchical means an institution formation of the few over the many. Collectivism means the coming together of like objects or systems. Oligarchical collectivism is the linking of pyramidal institutions to benefit the few over the many.

Such institutional linking is likely at the root of the BP oil disaster. Government institutions were bonded with corporate institutions, the result was relaxed enforcement of procedure and lacking installation of failsafe devices to prevent environmental disaster. Oligarchical Collectivism is evident in relations between BP and government offices, such as MMS. It was cozy connections that led to disaster and and the same connections which prevent people from speaking on the event and attempting to prevent coverage of the devastating results.

Oligarchical Collectivism is what the founding fathers rallied against, separation of church from state and separation of state and corporate institutions is from a disdain of oligarchical collectivism. An oligarchical institution is not automatically detrimental to individuals, after all, practically every institution is controlled by a few. It is when oligarchical institutions are allowed to collect or link that prosperity of many is automatically threatened. The term is like a key to reading a map of the political landscape.

The United States of America was founded in reaction to the European Colonialism of people and place, or oligarchcial collectivism. It was then made up of the English state, backed and certified by its church and utilizing the Company John, The British East India Company, as its corporate tool. The Boston Tea Party is the archetypal patriotic refusal of oligarchical collectivism. The Boston Tea Party was such a powerful event that to this day it still serves as an example of refusing oligarchical collectivism.

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Today we have a resurgence of the Boston Tea Party and we also have a corporate entity which is very much like the Company John, BP. The original patriots tossed tea into the sea, but initially they simply refused it, the ships with Company tea sat in the harbor. Black tea was the representative commodity of the original tea party, Texas Tea is the representative commodity today.

Of course we can't toss more petrol into the sea as was done at the Boston Tea Party, but we could refuse The Company's goods, BP that is. There is already so much petroleum inundating every stratum on earth into a petrolithic era. It is time to stop and refuse as did the original patriots at the real tea party. The Tea Partiers, if they are at all akin to the original patriots at the Boston Tea Party, would refuse BP petroleum and promote farming bio-fuels. Where is the Tea Party movement against the Company John of today, BP? Where is the tea party in promoting independence?

It is very "American" to be critical of corporations and corporate ties to government, especially foreign corporate ties to government. The Tea Partiers, if they have anything to do with their namesake, would be about liberty to all living people and limits on all institutions, for that is what the original patriots were about. Ban permanently BP.

Growing fuels is the solution, hemp is a solution, and no matter what they say it is much less complicated, much more feasible than drilling a well underneath the sea for a commodity controlled by the few. The solution would be grown, it is not owned by some outrageous corporate institution designed in the same manner as the Company John.

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Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan's work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot's Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics. His more recent publications include:

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