George Orwell wrote
“It does not matter if the war is not real. For when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, but it is meant to be continuous.
The essential fact of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labor. The hierarchy of society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.
The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects, and its object is not victory over Eurasia, or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.”
“…no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”
The more I learn about the insidious nature of power and politics in the here and now, the more I want to incorporate some aspects into Evangeline’s story so that I can say something about them. And they even make sense organically as I ponder the details of her world and the issues her story has always had in them to begin with.
Our political machine runs on warfare. Pure and simple. If you do the research and run the numbers there really isn’t any other conclusion. And the question is: how do we extricate our economy and the bones of our society from that big, dependable, obscene Duracell battery? What do we boycott, protest, petition, who do we vote for to stop the gears? And if we could stop them, what do we put in their place? That’s the really horrific thought. Do we even know what to replace a murderous economy with?
The last time America fought a relatively clean war (in terms of economic interest) was probably the War of Independence – and even that involved taxation. We live in ugly times. It is important now more than ever that we make a point of talking about what disturbs us. Change will never happen without shedding light on the infected corners. Talk about the ugliness in whatever your chosen media. If you don’t, who will?