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Leveling the Living Field

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This article is a very short preview of a book I am now writing. I coined the article's title. It is the last part of the book's title, "Life's Triangles, The America's Power Elite, and Leveling the Living Field."

The first part of the title, "Life's Triangles," is also a new concept of mine. Aside from the circle, the triangle is probably the world's oldest and most used geometric form and metaphor. My book puts a new use to the triangle by applying it to the reality of America's power elite. They are the book's focus. They are largely responsible for turning America into a "ruination" that is further endangering itself and the world.1

Visualize a "power tower" illustrated as a triangle sitting on its base with five levels from the base to the top. At base Level Zero, are the homeless, the street people, the untouchables. At Level One are low wage, indentured slaves and illegal immigrant laborers. At Level Two is the shrinking middle class. At Level Three are the functionaries/courtiers/professionals. At level Four are the key political leaders and influential members of the Deep State. Finally, at the peak, Level Five, the people roosting there are the corporate leaders in key industries such as the war industry and the underworld of the "banksters."2

The higher the level the more the stratification, sometimes inverted, within a level. For example, at Level 4, the head of the CIA may have more influence than the president. JFK didn't know that, and it cost him his life. Barack Obama knew that, and he didn't get assassinated because he kept droning away. The populace among Levels 1-3 is very heterogenous but they have in common the fact that they are wittingly or unwittingly "badvantages" (explained momentarily) for people in Levels 4-5. But that goes for Level 4 and Level 5 people also. At various times they are mutually badvantagious to each other. Indeed, the power elite could not exist without their badvantages.

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My triangle unadorned is strictly descriptive. It cannot explain why the power elite do what they do, which is always some form and degree of wrongdoing often to the point of evildoing. The triangle becomes explanatory only after my concept of "human equations" is added.3 It is a non-mathematical equation that says a person's own characteristics in interaction with the situations and circumstances that comprise the person's context in life are what cause the person to behave the way he or she does. The person's characteristics are symbolically put in his or her personal "black box, a metaphor for an empty person without knowing the person's characteristic."4 The person's context comprises, especially for a member of the power elite, his or her "badvantages," or circumstances and situations that give an advantage to bad behavior.5

So, now, visualize the life's triangle of a member of the power elite with the labels, "black box" at the top, "context" at the lower-left base and "bad behavior/bad consequences" at the lower-right base. Part of the book fills in the particulars of each of the first two corners. Another part of the book fills in the third corner, that of evildoing and evil consequences of the power elite. The last part of the book first reviews all the failed attempts by social justice and peace activists to "level the living field" and second proposes some new initiative to counter the power elite and thus begin leveling the living field. The proposals are guided by what we know from the particulars of the "power tower."

It is the last part of the book where another new concept of mine is introduced, the geometrical metaphor of the "power rectangle." Visualize a rectangular space in which power is more or less evenly distributed throughout the populace. Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Roman Consul and Orator (106BC-43BC), said that freedom is participation in power. Cicero, who wrote Western civilization's first democratic constitution, prized freedom. A subjugated, powerless people are ipso facto not free to participate in the affairs of their own country. They simply must survive while stuck on an unlevel living field.

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In Closing

The life's triangle and its human equations are universal and eternal. They can perfectly explain the ignominious beginning of America as well as its current state of affairs. That is more than two centuries of an ignominious history. That track record cannot go on forever. America is eventually doomed unless it moves from a "power tower" organization of its society to a "power rectangular" organization. Unless, in other words, it levels its living field for all its people.

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Retired organizational psychologist.

Author of The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch; America's Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying; and Corporate Reckoning Ahead.

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