I’ve compiled a list of articles below with topics I’ve been reading (lately, in the past, or in the not so distant past) that get at some of the most concerning trends I see occurring. The Republican and Democrat divide going to extremes is of course front and center for many of us because of the major news sources, but I’m even more concerned about underlying, structural, societal issues with discourse, governance and the elites running the show. And I’m not talking about “shadowy” elites playing the puppet strings. I’m talking about those in power and leadership positions openly doing so. It also seems to be we are quickly pivoting toward a culture of screaming down our opponents, taking them down in virtual flash mob, pitchfork-like attacks or flounder-gigging if you will to social exclusion either from career or status. This is the bitter, logical end of relativistic, post-modernism (also called post-postmodernism): sheer power wielded by those possessing the power to get what they want based on their version of truth. The only question is, whose truth will reign? And it turns out it’s a power wielded primarily by the small number of elites versus the people who will get what they want.
I only heard about this yesterday, but the news apparently broke in May of this year, as I understand it. Terrible story. For the sake of a Euro, the company, Trafigura (or rather another company they hired allegedly), illegally dumped toxic wastes in the Ivory Coast city of Aberjian that has affected more than 100,000 people.
Equally as nauseating is the fact that by secret injunction (that has since been leaked), the UK government censored the media from reporting on it by implementing a gag order enforceable by law. Check out this Wikileaks link: http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Minton.