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The Public versus the People

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The word public and the word people are not synonyms.  We bear this confusion, though, in our current political science whereby we allow one to stand for the other, most pronouncedly, public for people. The people are Jefferson’s people, his We the People of the United States . . . and that’s people as in the Roman populus, never a synonym in Ancient Rome for publius, or, the public.  The public is the people in service of the state, deferring always their status as the people for a more secure or lucrative role as one of the public.  We of course maintain a confusion between these terms, substituting one for the other, confounding as our understanding of English has become, an interest in etymology having gone the way of the study of philology.  This confusion is also ever-present in the rhetoric of President Obama who envisions a people no longer the people, but only a public that serves–the masses who are everywhere alike as masses are also those who gravitate toward one form of pluralism or another, whether Bolshevik then, communist after, fascist or Nazis before or since; one totalitarianism successive with another after another in a long parade of political sleep-walking.

America and Americans next: Totalitarian Bourgeois Capitalist America is the truth, what we think we see only what has been presented. Obama, though, does not have to be a fascist to support a transforming pluralism in America, eradicating people and changing them into a state supporting public, one that would not remain the watchdogs of power and money elites. Obama wants you not to ask what your country can do for you because his managed country does not intend to do much for you. Obama is looking a lot more like Hoover than Roosevelt.

Obama does not  intend to spend enough; his political posture all pose–cracks in the poise becoming evident. Raising the debt limit a manoeuvre to appear like he wants to do something, knowing how divisive it’s going to be; Democrats all the time blaming Republicans for not letting them get done what they have no real intention of doing. It’s wonderful to position yourself as a man of the people.I do not see Obama doing what he can do, only asking for what he knows the Republicans will oppose.

Teddy Roosevelt wanted to protect the Grand Canyon, but to make it a National Park, he had to get the support of Congress. He couldn’t get it, so the Grand Canyon was not made into a National Park then. But he did not need Congressional approval to sponsor National Monuments, so through executive order he declared the walls of the Grand Canyon, a National Monument. The Grand Canyon was saved from strip mining.

Obama can spend more than he does, even without raising the debt limit, or getting the help of Republicans. But, always in the pockets of Wall Street Democrats will blame the puppets of the oil gangsters for not letting them get done what they were never willing to do in the first place. I repeat myself, but then so do the Democrats, which Ido find more heinous than what the Republicans do or stand for because what the latter stand for and do has never been a secret, nor has it ever been a surprise.

The Democrats continue to masquerade as the party of the People. A lot of heinous bastards maligning Sanders as a Socialist when he was the most benign of an old lot of New Dealers . . . the oldness of the lot of New Dealers not to be taken as either critique or rebuttal.Obama is in the pocket of the banks, as surely as Bush II was in the pocket of Oil, and I’m not saying that Presidents should avoid serving monied interests, at least some of the time. However, what is the Presidents job. If we are going to masquerade the Presidency as a National office, then he must pay some service to the idea that the People should be championed by his influence when their interests are opposed by power and monied elites. This, of course, is the ideal; Presidents have often been and Obama is far from this ideal, even as he masters the art of appearing as if he is most surely right behind this ideal.

Of course, I do understand the limits of this populist ideal, the Presidency being a Federal office and not a National one; that is, the Presidency is settled by way of a Federal election rather than a National one, which is why we have the Electoral College at all. The President is not the President of the Nation, but President of the Federal government. This makes his position, his relationships to the People, to the Government, to Power and to Money very different from what we think it is.

You cannot change the electoral process for the Presidency without altering the Office itself, and the very fabric of our democracy, which is more dangerous than too many are able to imagine. It is not the Democratic processes in our Federal Republic that need alterations, but our participation in it, the customs of it that need revising; We the People must not change the only thing that will allow us to change things at all. Here is not the place to discuss what I have discussed before, how the Electoral College actually respects and represents minority voting in a way that no other system in the world can or will, nor in any way a one-person, one-vote National election for  the Presidency could.

Everyone today in America is ready to become part of an overarching public(make that, Public), each of us to become a member of the great social en masse. The masses are always the same everywhere as masses are masses regardless of language, culture, history, political or religious belief; each mass is essentially ready to serve the state, or squander the self-hood of its numbers, as well in turn their collected identity as a people.  I am not ready to announce the death of the individual–but I am ready to announce that she is dying, or he . . . it will be dead soon? In President Obama’s vision of our future, the people could only be a public, should only be, just only be . . . again, all of us subsumed by the Public that serves, not the people, not you, not I, no one but the state. 

We the People are abhorred by our government officials acting officially through varying degrees of power, influence and/or authority . . . yet in a manner for the matter of a government of the elites, by the elites and for the elites.All pluralisms that tend toward publicanism are de facto statist; everything of the state, by the state and for the state, will not perish, cannot perish, anymore than styrofoam will degrade any time in the next ten thousand years. Yes, adding bureaus to  bureaucracy is like making more styrofoam cups. All my literary litanies aside, the truth should be plain to see, you and I are solvent; the Public dissolves the People.In contradiction of Obama’s rhetoric, let me say that I am We as in We the People. Obama would like to fractionalize US similarly to how blacks had been fractionalized in the past–make everybody the nigger of Power and Money seems to be the scheme to make African-Americans feel greater equality as a people–

I am politically We as in Jefferson’s We the People; that is, I am we the people as you are we the people, as each one us must be we the people if we the people are going to remain the first and last defense against the state’s eternal antagonism to all individuals and the idea of individuality, or the People standing in political density with weight to counterbalance State.No state is the friend of the people; every government serving the state through its agents, its civil servants (all of a kind everywhere less than civil), its administrators, all bureaucrats are never the friend of the people.

The people remains the only institution of society with enough density to counterbalance the weight of the state; without this attention to the integrity of the people politically, an integrity we are losing with ever-increasing absence of awareness, the people lose that density to counterbalance state.When we wake all of us fully formed members of the public that serves, servitude for all will reign; and the rich who have gotten even richer than the greediest used to imagine will yield power over our lives because as in Pinochet’s Chile, in Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Russia, there will always be watch dogs for the state, always be people willing to be publicans that serve the state for a little more money or a slightly more secure job. More money will always be enough for some people; for too many, it is the only thing that has to be offered, the only thing necessary for most policemen to wield their truncheons, fire hoses, rubber bullets, tear gas, or lead projectiles into crowds of unarmed people.Do you imagine that Concentration Camp guards were well paid? A little bit more soften all it takes to get half the poor to beat up on the other half of the poor; and in America, this is done along the lines race, which is Machiavelli 101. That’s the reason we need to insist on being an endemically racist society, in order to avoid discussions of class, and keep poor people divided (yes, the simplest way and themes effectively to divide the poor is through the sensationalism of race and the politicking of race, 

And after a decade or more of this, along comes Donald to fan the flames of racial tension more greatly in order to perpetuate poor beating up on the poor. Divide and conquer with the division between back and white. No sane person would compare President Obama with fascists anywhere, any when, but a President does not have to be a fascist to support rhetorical strategies designed to promote the idea that a Public is what any people should aspire to–and the Nazis and Fascist comparison has been thrown at presidents before the latest tirade against Obama or Trump. Publius is In Excelsis  where the People are concerned, particularly in their transformative choices made in counter distinction to remaining the People, We the People, all in favor of becoming a more state serving Public.


Written by jvr

May 27, 2019 at 10:40 am

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