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The “Devil” of Domination

September 18, 2012


There are learned people in Iran with good hearts. Universality is based on affinity among people. It is natural to our kind. As Emerson said,

“In the last analysis, love is only the reflection of a man’s own worthiness from other men. Men have sometimes exchanged names with their friends, as if they would signify that in their friend each loved his own soul.”

(Emerson’s Essays, First and Second Series, New York, John Lovell Company, 1890, p.190)

Universal affinity for our kind includes the people of Iran and of North Korea. They are oppressed people. We are oppressed in Mexico, where chaos requires prudence. Even so, friendship can develop here as anywhere else.

Recently, televised CNN news reported on the barbarity of war inflicted on poor children in Syria. In light of needless cruelty inflicted on poor children the world over, outrage is not an uncommon reaction.

Societies like North Korea, and theocratic Iran, are among many that use violence to crush free thinking – heresy – among their dependents.  Developed countries with commercial based societies allow more free thinking among their members, but the price for admission into the ranks of their impersonal institutions – religious, educational, commercial, military, or governmental institutions – is strict conformity; alienating conformity that narrows, or thwarts individuation.

Despite régimes of centralized power, human affinity for each other is perennial, so much so, that ongoing, colossal repression is required to prevent people from emancipation; from creating independent, mutualistic communities. The primary objective of all humane people is to create that societal vehicle that will supersede centralized power.

 The “Devil” of Domination

By Reed Camacho Kinney

The unfathomable brutality caused by the centralization of power is as exquisite as it is mad …and maddening. Centralized power and its devoted acolytes use many weapons including indoctrination, ostracization, and annihilation to actualize the dominion of the few over the many. Sometimes, people will undergo the disgraces and the tortures of war in order to throw off murderous, tyrannical regimes, as in Syria today.

The monopolization of mass production and mass distribution puts people at a disadvantage – in so much as – their sustenance must be imported, and accessed with money. Metaphorically, the monopolization of money holds everybody hostage to the cell keeper’s demands for performance and servitude in exchange for access to sustenance. Sustenance is sold, and not given to the needful children who are poor. That is the crime against humanity executed by an economic system that excludes everybody that can’t have money. The Federal Reserve System enforces poverty the world over.

The desperation of poor people to get money lends an illusory “value” to the “fiat” money produced by the Federal Reserve System. The debt owed with interest payments lends illusory “value” to the valueless units of exchange that are monopolized by that private, production-less business that rents its money for money, which drives up the cost of living. The Federal Reserve System’s macabre illusion of validation is realistically disconcerting. The premise of our society’s organization is needless violence.

Poverty knows no political boundaries.  Our responsibility is to all the children of our species. What if the business of America was to help all children to live well, and to grow up in joy?

Allegorically speaking …the devil would have it that property is the exclusivistic order of things, all production is private property, and, too, that private, excessive opulence is a sign of God’s favor.  The devil has it that people need centralized power to enforce the exclusiveness of their property. Mammon, wealth and its adjoining power, drives people away from each other, and causes them to view each other as objects, commodities, assets or liabilities. It is wicked.

The central bank controls the only unit of exchange, and charges interest for it.  All subservience is to that “eye” atop the pyramid. Political right and left are of no account in that scheme of supreme domination. “Licit” as well as illicit dominions share their dependence on Federal Reserve Notes – the ticket to command. Millions of downtrodden people are allotted a pittance for their ceaseless toil under the thumb of their cruel “masters,” owners, capital. Owners sell the productivity of poor, dejected people who function to make their “master’s” property produce his wealth. Overt exploitation is infinitely variable, and by degree, but not without cruelty.

The flaw of “diabolic,” centralized power is that it feeds like fire on wood. It consumes what it destroys until nothing is left …war, poverty, exploitation of people, ecological disaster, until it finally ceases …but, at what cost?

I use metaphor to encourage you to think about the fact of subservience to domination, which we are all uncomfortably familiar with. The shackles of oppression breed sickness …the oppressed desire to oppress. The vicious cycle is not broken by breaking down the dominion of one Bashar Hafez al-Assad of Syria (1). Giant, for-profit corporations “butter their bread with the bones of all poor Syrians”.

The question is how to break free from those mechanical systems, those monopolized, conglomerate production systems that harness the authority of governments, as well as the productive lives of most people …for the superfluous benefit of some few, semiconscious, self-absorbed lunatics.  …revolution, rebellion, the indignity of war and mayhem …but to what end? Trading masters is no way to win a revolution.

As long as the impersonal systems of economic/governmental control, and their monopolized powers, persist …all dreadfulness and all manner of wickedness will continue killing all of our poor children.

Employment often translates to …mechanical, robotic, institutionalization …systems of control …cubicles of monotonous redundancies …uncritical dependents; not individuated people.

Innocent and poor, American young people enlist in the military, for the sake of a paying job, with, perhaps, subsequent benefits, and many are driven to war. The survivors justify their sacrifices with the words freedom, liberty, and independence. The true meanings of those words elude most of them. So, they associate those words with what is, with what represents permanence and organization to them, systems they little understand, mega-consortiums, which, cause wars. And, too, some veterans question centralized power, and in their minds, they rebel. The useless deaths they witnessed prompt many survivors to make of their personal lives something worthy, on behalf of those that died; survivor’s guilt. Veterans are often lonely, and, too many, burn with self-reproach for having destroyed that which never deserved cruelty. Many, having damaged, or having lost their bond with humanity, will take their own lives in atonement, or, perhaps, will take their own lives in the forlorn hope of somehow finding peace.

Such abominations are precisely what we need independence from. I offer that …real, concrete, independent community is the best, viable, doable option which will yield a society “…by the people for the people,” a humane society that takes care of its own. Representational government failed to yield that independence. A different type of societal organization with a different type of economic organization is needed to supplant centralized power!

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The thought about survivor’s guilt was provided by Ralph Haulk. See:


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  1. Coldda permalink

    I am surprised that I acclimated to your approach much faster than I imagined I could. Having been there, done that (to a degree of course – obscurity but my preference – I think), and lost 50% of a lifetime of work to other’s theft, and the other 50% to my own naivete’, I have done little over the last 4-years sept look for clues and answers to what happened to the world, to my country, to my life. So here I sit, immensely more learned and brilliant (me’s thinks – don’t ask anyone else)but oh-so-disillusioned with man’s inhumanity to man. Is it as simple as; to covet is bad, to aspire to too great a height is bad, to push and shove for attainment is bad, when so much of that is rightly or wrongly delivered for your children’s benefit? Have we so deluded ourselves and our children as to leave them the same obsession of running the rat-race as we, their parents and guardians? Rhetorical question I now see but is breaking the matrix of lies, in and of itself, enough, or is the answer to relinquish ourselves and aspirations to the one? Recognizing of course that the one, the norm, can be severely dumbed-down/handicapped for little or no fault of their own, but still, the least common denominator is lowly direction to take.

    • Dear Coldda, or is it Derek Taylor?
      I am so pleased that you responded to my essay. The questions you open have to do with the helplessness people feel when the options for action are contained in the same hierarchies of power that cause all of the societal ills we contend with. There are no other options within convention.
      However, the options for better lives among people are to be found in the unconventional approach of organization among ourselves for each other, independent of centralized power.

      • derek permalink

        dt is my proper name. Coldda Nhell is a moniker I use in my more stealthy/paranoid world. Things are so out of hand now with our handlers that without expending far too much energy on my part, and/or learning tech-skills beyond my current capabilities, I doubt there can be such a thing as stealth anymore.

        Of course your article brings to front so many feelings of overwhelming odds against we the people against a very formidable machine run by exceedingly wealthy, corrupt, and immoral individuals embedded throughout both conventional sides of global governance. I have discovered far too much collusion and wickedness in the powers that be, and their obnoxious, self-serving, soulless media goons to expect that things can ever be made right in the world, yet I still hold out hope for a divine or otherwise tectonic jolt to the senses of the 7-billion beleaguered souls inhabiting the planet. We need a shift to transform our insecurities, greed, and other tiresome failings into a less myopic and self-first world. I prefer an environment not docile to the point of precluding great opportunities for great and courageous people, but balanced to insure the Golden Rule is always front and center. We will see soon enough I suspect. Clearly, the path we are on can’t last much longer.

        I am a former staunch republican, but now exceedingly disgusted with both parties. I am still a conservative but now a Ron Paul convert. Somehow and some way, I have to believe a few incorruptible leaders will emerge, and help guide us toward more reasoned goals.

        Wouldn’t rolling most everything back to state’s rights affect the kind of change you are looking for? I think it would go an awfully long way.

      • Dear Derek,
        I am so pleased with your response.

        Many people are becoming aware of the futility of the impetus to reform convention.

        The mechanical structure of the systems of control in our society, which include the central bank, commercial interests, religious institutions, government, military industry, and education are such that within those contexts of centralized powers, nothing, no reforms, can change the way they are structured.

        And, that is the problem with them. The way they are structured is the cause of all the problems our people contend with, alienation, poverty, and war. Conformity to hierarchies of command is to be subservient to mechanical institutions that alienate all of their members. Power based institutions must expand to endure, and that fact of expansion overrides all ethical concerns, and human dignity.

        The national conglomerate of for-profit institutions own government legislation, and since such institutions oblige their members to be uncritical functionaries, then there is nothing that will alter those structures.

        The primary objective of centralized power is the expansion of power. There is nothing humane about that. On the contrary, power is sustained with violence. No matter where you are, relevant to the institutions upon which we are dependent, the uncritical functionary, by definition, is mentally impaired, confined to limited; pre-designated options.

        Of course, people with sufficient money can purchase all of the knowledge for augmenting skills and self-development, and all of the tools and training needed for their families. Many people in that position are creative, and productive, in meaningful, beneficial ways. There are selfless people with the skills needed to be of service to others. There are humanitarians, great artists, and accomplished scientists. There are self-realized, individuated people. But, they are not who I refer to in this criticism of our society.

        I am referring to the plight of most people; the people who support the wealthy. Unfair as it may be to most people in this society, unless you can buy your freedom, your options are limited. Conformity to time consuming tedium in large institutions robs a life of its greater potential. Most people, in all walks of life, dedicate too much time to accessing insufficient money. Their work, in most cases, earns money for management.

        Of course, hardly anyone imagines there can be any better organizational format. But, actually, there is. But, it’s not something that is initially “served on a platter.” The plans are being developed, among some interested people, whom I am among. And, it will require the concerted efforts among many for members to become independent from the Status Quo.

        The subsequent civilizational advance includes civic organization through structured, civil, dialogical community decision making processes, without any need for centralized power. There is now a civic structure that will make that doable.

        The objective is decentralization for independence. And, what myself and others are looking towards is the onset of self-sufficient, sovereign communities, independent from the central bank.

        But, Derek, the, “…overwhelming odds against we the people…” presents no obstacle to decentralization, because decentralized structuralism is competitive with centralized systems of control. People will be doubly impassioned to create their real and permanent independence, and will enjoy all of the benefits I touch on in my essays.
        My manuscript:

      • derek permalink

        You obviously had great tutelage from your father. He must have been an amazing man. Interesting that with his background, MIT in big city urban core, that your guidance led you to a small college at the foothills of some awesome landscape, and lots of one-on-one professor direction. Undoubtedly a good choice. Your writing is very eloquent.

        I wish you and your like-minded compatriots success in developing a more enlightened path forward. I hope to see someday something diametrically opposed to our current governance of oppression. And let me know if there is a way to help the cause. I am as impassioned (your word) as any I know. I currently spend an enormous amount of my time trying to get people to open up their field of vision, and understand our current state of affairs, economically, socially, politically, thumb-down oppression, and otherwise, much hitting some obstinate walls of insecurity. Does your model follow a Nordic model or ?? Does our constitution stand as intended or is the masonic-inbreeding corrupt that protocol altogether, or are you of the opinion that there is a way to mend and repair. All the best.

      • Dear Derek,
        I am so very pleased that you are interested in the project of decentralization. You are the second person to respond with intention to my essays, which were only recently published in my

        Derek, you are an important person to this project.

        Steve Wood, had the good fortune of traveling with Michael Linton, designer of the independent monetized organization called the LETS System, on a speaking tour across the British isle. Among other things, Steve was a former lumberjack in British Columbia, Canada. Steve designs, and executes his inventions. He owns a tree care service, and has designed a low cost housing plan, and an intensive food production plan, among other things, with the objective of recruiting members into a Co-op intended as the starting point for a humane, self-sufficient village of about one hundred and fifty people.

        Interestingly, he came upon my essays prior to launching his project. I am very interested in the knowledge he brings to the DESO project. Steve and I have been corresponding, and he is beginning to integrate DESO concepts into his format. I mailed him the manuscript, but it will be some days, I guess, before he can get back with me about that.

        Derek, what you mention about making people aware of the abusiveness of our society is difficult, because alienated people can identify with the Status Quo, and mistake it for the source of freedom! The only freedom within the Status Quo is for purchase. And if you don’t have property, or enough money, the freedom of vagrancy is not a “licit” option! The fight for money is due to the Federal Reserve System managing its profit at everyone’s expense. The
        Status Quo is an irrational proposition. I have elaborated that point throughout my writings relevant to DESO.

        Relevant to that drift are the English Saxons around the year 600. Recently, I watched a National Geographic, History Channel program about that.

        Knowledge of the English Saxons was augmented recently during the excavations of two sites in East England. The English Saxons under observation didn’t write. Archeologists studied an English Saxon village of about three hundred people that spanned several hundred years, before, and after the Christian invasion. And an English Saxon hamlet of about thirty people that spanned two hundred years inclusive of the year 600.

        They were modern people for their times. Even with their ships, the outside world was distant. They had to be self-sufficient, not without some trade from distant places; but, primarily, they knew how to prosper from their own production.

        They had culture, which included complex burial rites; mythology, and music, a lyre… Their workmanship of the materials they mastered was rendered aesthetically in wood, fabric, gold, iron, and steel. In that hamlet of about thirty people, they surmise it was an extended family, the black smith was crafting folded steel, laminated blades …six hundred years before the Japanese did.

        Those English Saxon villages could not have endured under those conditions, with so few people, without a high degree of cooperation. And, what is most appealing is that those villages experienced “…generations without war.”(!), which contrasts markedly from our experience.

        Real community is not a step back in time. It is our birthright for sane interrelatedness. People-working-with-each-other-for-each-other is not slavery. Real independence means just that, and in the context of a wider culture independence is preserved with the decentralization of power.

        And, clearly, that type of independence is born from a type of community structure wherein the executive function of civic organization is shared equally among all members; which cannot be achieved via representational government. Real independence is realized with a dialogical, consensus-based civil organization in conjunction with its participatory, civic-economic organization that provides its members with their guaranteed minimum standard of service.

        Structures for community production and distribution are plastic in the hands of consciences people. Space does not allow elaboration, so I refer you to my essays and the manuscript. Nonetheless, shared power, a structural proposition, is fields wider than centralized power. Decentralization can supplant centralized power. However, Urgency is imperative; the for-profit institutions of mass centralist society consume the working poor and our natural environments.

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