We Must Rid Ourselves of Evil Pretend-Leaders and Install Philosopher-Guardians
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In today's world, the most debased types of people (see title image above) have seized power and are pretending to be leaders. In fact, they are nothing but looters and destroyers of workers worldwide. Instead of being the mental and financial genuises they pretend to be, they are some of the most depraved and murderous creatures on earth. 1
In most eras of human history, the rule of a society has been taken over by the worst types of people, those with no ability to order their own lives or the functions of their nation. One of the major catastrophes of our modern era is that American and world citizens have lost awareness that:
"We will never have rest from evil until philosopher-guardians are installed as rulers by the people, 2 or the rulers of this world pursue the spirit and power of philosophy seriously and effectively so that political greatness and philosophic wisdom meet in one person. Those persons of a debased nature must be compelled to stand aside from ruling. In my opinion, only then will our nation implement a just constitution such as we are outlining."Plato ascertained that two of the most insidious evils that counterfeit leaders perpetrate are:
"The appetite for power is the clearest example of that fundamental vice that, in Plato's language, is described as 'pleonexia'--as the 'hunger for more and more.' This craving for more and more exceeds all measure and destroys all measure--and since measure, right proportion, 'geometrical equality' had been declared by Plato to be the standard of the health of private and public life, it follows that the will to power, if it prevails over all other impulses, necessarily leads to corruption and destruction. 'Justice' and the 'will to power' are the opposite poles of Plato's ethical and political philosophy. Justice is the cardinal virtue that includes all the other great and noble qualities of the soul; the greed for power entails all fundamental defects. Power can never be an end in itself; for that only can be called a good that leads to a definitive satisfaction, to a concord and harmony. No other thinker had such a clear insight into what the Power State really is and means, and no other writer has given such a clear, impressive, and penetrating description of its true nature and character as Plato did in his Gorgias."To explain the catastrophic plight of a nation as deceivers and frauds seize controlling power over it, Plato used a teaching story in the sixth chapter of the Commonwealth. On a ship at sea, a group of mutinous sailors, with the help of a scheming villain, take control of the vessel from the captain. The villain is put in charge of the ship and acclaimed by the ignorant sailors as a "great leader." Neither the villain nor the mutinous sailors possess the highly specialized skills of seamanship, assuming that the capabilities of a sea captain are negligible or non-existent. As can be imagined, the ship runs onto the shoals and is destroyed.
The current capitalist cabal is made up of ignorant tricksters and degenerates who have criminally seized power and are quickly bringing the U.S.--and the world--to ruin through their militarist imperialism and financial villainy.
To rid ourselves of the kinds of culprits who've seized power and to install legitimate, expert leaders in America and worldwide will require:
1. Workers throughout the world:
Even within the last two centuries there have appeared men and women of extraordinary quality, some who have managed to become leaders of our nation. That those who have seized control of America are vile beyond measure is revealed by the fact that they assassinate outstanding leaders who oppose them.
John F. Kennedy: 1963
The first prerequisite to creating a just commonwealth society is developing intelligence within its citizens. The capitalist cabal began in the early decades of the twentieth century to destroy public education in America. So, the task of creating an inelligent citizenry is a challenging one. Part of the rationale for our Website 4 is to help American and world citizens develop awareness of themselves and their world. As Edward Bellamy 5 understood, creating a just political-economic system requires intelligence on the part of the people within a society.
One of the elements of the "difussion of intelligence" within a society is the realization, on the part of the workers, that the amassing of huge fortunes does not mean that those persons are intelligent or outstanding. In fact, the opposite is true most of the time: wealthy persons are remarkably ignorant and degenerate.
Contemporary reprobates possess billions in personal fortune--enough that their progeny will never have to work a day in their lives for at least five generations. Yet these malefactors spend their unearned money on programs to take away all social safety nets from workers whom they impoverish and murder.
If we're going to install philosopher-guardians as leaders of our nations, we'll first have to re-create the entire discipline of philosophy, since modern academic "philosophy" has been deliberately debased and disfigured to the point of almost total uselessness. Fortunately, the continuing, pervasive influence of Platonic philosophy is a powerful force for reason and just government. The agents of tyranny have felt it necessary to try to destroy Platonic thought in any way possible. The absurdity and wrong-headedness of Plato's self-appointed critics is masterfully described by Francis L. Jackson in his essay, "The Post-Philosophical Attack on Plato."
The incompetence and incoherence of these critics of Plato is plain for anyone to see. Academic philosophy has become completely infested with such learned imbeciles. I recommend Francis L. Jackson's essay referenced above, which intelligently refutes the Plato-critics' specious arguments and exposes them as pretentious frauds.
The only complete process for producing overall citizen intelligence and genuine philosopher-guardians is to create cooperative commonwealth communities. Until that process can be established, we will have to look within this capitalist-dominated world to discover the few persons who develop themselves into competent, progressive leaders.
Even in these benighted times, we find persons of integrity and competence who possess some of the qualities and capabilities of Plato's conception of philosopher-guardians. The persons featured below all possess the unmistakable marks of progressive awareness; they see, for example, that current political-economic leaders are destroying America in general and the working class in particular. They also have the courage to speak out against the outrages and war crimes perpetrated by the current purveyors of fascism, militarism, and imperialism. These persons would not necessarily volunteer for the position of philosopher-guardian, it the post were offered, but they possess the qualities and capabilities that would make it possible for them to serve the nation and the world.
Each of the persons listed above possess many elements of progressive awareness, though in certain areas of thought they retain some less than progressive ideas. As we seek out persons of a general progressive nature--similar to philosopher-guardians--it's encouraging that there are quite a large number of persons devoted to building a society of justice for all. The list above could be multiplied many times over.
The only time in history that a group similar to Plato's philosopher-guardians was in control of the destiny of a nation was during the American revolutionary period. Not only were many of the leaders of the struggle for independence intelligent, principled men, but a large number of ordinary citizens were as well. Many of these outstanding persons were direct products of the Enlightenment in general and Plato's thought in particular.
Many colonial citizens were intelligent enough to understand that freedom meant freedom from the oppression of the American aristocracy as well as freedom from British rule. One of their favorite slogans was: "Common people must be free from all 'Foreign or Domestic Oligarchy.'" They thought in terms of liberation from all oppression, not just "independence from Britain."
During colonial times, the "common people" were sometimes in control of their local and state governments. Many of the "common people" were not taking orders, they were speaking and acting for themselves; they were making it clear that their vision of a new society was not that of the wealthy merchant class. There were a number of philosopher-guardian type of persons among the American aristocracy--Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, George Mason, Luther Martin, John Francis Mercer, and Elbridge Gerry.
However, a small group of wealthy people in America has always ruled the nation for its own benefit, not for the welfare of the people. The huge land holdings of the British loyalists, for example, was one of the obscenities against which poor soldiers fought in the American "War for Independence." But after the war Lord Fairfax, a friend of George Washington, was allowed to retain his five million acres encompassing twenty-one counties in Virginia.
The first American revolution resulted only in a change in rulers: from the British elite to an American plutocracy. Sixty-nine percent of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had held colonial office under England.
Those best able to direct the course of a society, Plato maintained quite correctly, are those who are trained in the search for wisdom (philosophy) and live their lives as guardians of the people. But instead of recognizing this insight as the guide for a nation-state, throughout history small gangs of ignorant, self-deluded pretenders have seized political-economic-social control, ignoring those who truly know how to order a society.
Plato recognized that a nation would have to be composed of extraordinarily intelligent people to put philosopher-guardians in charge of their public institutions. Nonetheless, Plato contended that only if persons seeking true wisdom--philosophers--were the guardians of society would all people prosper.