HOW DO THE APE-MASTERS convince us to vote for their lieutenants time and time again?
How do they continue to get and wield power?
THERE ARE TWO WAYS to view a democracy.
In each of these cases the big apes win big, and the weaker apes lose big.
If you are a human being by conviction—that is, if you side with our traditional ancestors on questions of fairness and freedom and equality—you see a democratic government as simply the way that all of us, together, ensure a peaceful life, defend ourselves from outsiders, promote our general welfare, and preserve freedom for ourselves and our children and grandchildren.
THE APE-MASTERS HAD not disappeared, not even in the United States.
They could no longer wear their robes and crowns here, they could no longer hold court here, they could no longer abuse the populace by direct force, but they were still here.
They began to use other tactics.
They realized that money was power.
They invented the idea of Big Business—of large-C Capitalism.
If they could no longer own slaves, they would rent them.
SEVERAL POSTS AGO, I suggested that many current events make better sense in a broader context.
It's been awhile since I last posted, and you may have lost the train of thought, so I'll bring things up to date before moving forward.
SO FOR THE LAST FEW THOUSAND YEARS we served the ape-masters in various hierarchical, ape-like cultures: Jericho, Ur, Babylon, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Rome, and Medieval Europe, to name a few familiar to those of us in the west.
Each of these cultures used the same techniques to enforce an ape-like hierarchy on their citizens:
LAST TIME WE looked at the first major event in human history—our separation from other apes: the period in which we became human.
That division, the event which separated humans from our animal cousins, can be partially described, in modern categories, like this:
IN OUR ATTEMPT to find the proper perspective on a whole variety of current events, we've been examining the first, and biggest event in human history.
That was the event which made us human—which separated us from our animal cousins, the apes.
Last time, we spotted two political differences between humans and apes: