.....about intellectualism being marginalized for the sake of unfettered capitalism, combined with a previous discussion with a right wing cousin (who shall remain nameless) who said socialism and communism is not the answer to capitalism- "the best and only way to go," I had to ask myself the question, "Can there be no other isms?" Are these four above mentioned systems the only systems out there, the only systems our combined mentalities can think of, dream up or create? My own perceptions led to the idea of Enviro-Humanism, a priority aimed to the betterment of the entire human condition and the condition of the environment that sustains it. I mean why must we be stringently imprisoned to these other systems? Do we not have the intellectual capacity to come up with something else, something better? If these systems, particularly capitalism, are so innovative, then why does the idea of making things good for all always fall short, remains stifled or gets worse? I dare say that is not innovation. In fact stagnation is a more fitting description!
These other isms we know of and even embrace have been at odds with each other, have led to mass hunger, paranoia, the police state, to warfare, the destruction of the planet and adhere to the often greedy or power hungry-selfish interests of the few. They have in fact led us to the point where we must all begin to make hard choices and I'm not referring to the plan to cut Social Security to lower the deficit! Sustainable life on this planet is at stake! These current isms that own us may discuss human betterment and the environmental protections necessary to sustain it. They might even tell us these are their primary goals. But let's face it folks, if these things get in the way of the current system, or more importantly, the few who benefit the most by this current system, they become marginalized, put on the back burners, sent to the wayside, buried in political hubris, are deemed as impossible and even crushed!
As someone who likes to believe he thinks outside this box(perhaps I'm fooling myself), I say the current ism should go extinct before we all do! We must promote independent thought and nurture the process! We must embrace sound ideas that are unprejudiced by politics or power wealth and other trivialities. We must, in spite of them embolden ourselves to become idealistic, free thinkers and innovators, even if it means we will be disenfranchised, ostracized, chastised, criticized or criminalized. Like the Giroux article, this is my wake up call to every intellectual out there! And why? For the literal survival and betterment of the species and to sustain this little blue speck of cosmic dust that makes it possible! Here lies our most worthwhile and realistic priority!
The question is what can we do to make it happen before it's too late? How can we give up the dog eat dog mentality that has brought us to the abyss? To end homelessness and hunger, illiteracy, end wars and hate, save mother earth and innovate to better the living conditions of all our brethren everywhere? Well for starters we need to respect ourselves as a species and maintain an environment that embraces the bouncing of ideas instead of crushing them! In spite of the naysayers and their contradictions, it can be done. All it takes is a collective will to do it! Do we honestly believe there is nothing we can do beyond accepting the so called norm?
There is no doubt Giroux makes his point! We are exactly where he says we are and where we may well end up! Our educational system has been corporatized and intellectualism that cannot be bought and is outside the prescribed, marginalized, box will be effectively silenced for the "common good!" Education is today geared to make people simply adhere to the system without questioning it, to simply join the workforce and buy stuff. War becomes a necessity to our way of life and if others starve, even in the billions, well better them than us as long as we can drive our gas guzzlers, watch TV or gab, twit and surf on our brand new dysfunctional I-Pod! Our thoughts are being and have long been policed to place us into this mode of literal non-thought! Since our dreams cannot realistically manifest, why even bother with them? Only the system of now can be embraced. Only profit is important! To do or think otherwise is to be a traitor, subversive or a nut job!
Clearly there are other isms out there. In my view and perhaps one way to go, is to take the best aspects of all the currently accepted isms and infuse them, while taking the worst aspects of them and disregarding those. Also infuse the collective knowledge and science of every culture in recorded history, using the best tools and survival skills of each one that are the most beneficial to humanity and the least destructive to the planet!
Admittedly, I'm no intellectual, do not have all the answers or even the know-all ability to apply them. But why hasn't it ever been tried before and why can't it be tried? One thing I do know, these other current isms that exist entrenched in their own stringent vacuums aren't going down without a fight. Especially the most dominant ism we fecklessly undereducated Americans are now shackled to. An ism so dominant and so ruthless, it would destroy anything that remotely threatens it, even as it rapidly deploys the destruction of our mother earth, the very thing that sustains it and all else!
So please tell me folks, what are your isms? It is time to share them, present them as boldly, compassionately, intellectually and humanly as you possibly can! I believe our very existence depends upon them and that time is running out! The one consolation is that humanity acts best collectively when some disastrous event occurs. What it must realize is that what is happening now is more like a train wreck in slow motion, something we cannot allow to become a wreck, but rather something we must stop before it does. This could be our finest moment or our worst!