Oppression is the act of using power to empower and/or privilege a group at the expense of disempowering, marginalizing, silencing, and subordinating another.
When we peek back into past days, we recoil in horror and incredulity when faced with examples of people living under despotic regiemes. Feudal, monarchial, religious, the forms of oppression are legion. Why on Earth did those people allow themselves to be abused under these systems ?
The simple fact is that the people grew up under the iron rod of oppression, and did not even realise the conditions that they lived in were strange. Their minds were conditioned to accept their serfdom, ingrained by a society enslaved. Man, it seems is very capable of adapting to the most heinious of circumstances. Adapt or die was a slogan I saw sprayed onto the outer wall of the Johannesburg zoo during the apartheid years. It sums it up nicely.
No sooner have we thrown off the shackles of one tyrant, then another rises like the Hydra, with a new game plan to take his place. It is an ancient story. A story we have to read in order to make our way across this crooked period of history.
Oppression seeks to destroy the natural state of mankind. His inbuilt regard and empathy with the suffering of his peers. Divide and conquer indeed. The words of men who rose against this inhumanity echo throughout time. Usually, they, Like Michael Bakunin, were imprisoned, put to death and tortured. Trapped within the dictators cage, cries for freedom are silenced and any support for these words are threatened with the dire concequences.
It is happening again. Through past trials, common man has erected defences against abuse of power. The Magna Carte, an 800 year old document, was written to protect people from arbitratory imprisonment and torture. This central pillar which led to the creation of civil liberties has been overwritten by the British parlaiment, in an unbelievable vote in the commons. A British parlaiment that has its root in a bloody civil war that made the first steps to democracy.
What then of the people. Again we see the cycle of ignorance to oppression taking place. Some are heard to say the EU offers “Human rights” while their names and transactions are monitored and encoded into centralised databases, and preperations are under way to fingerprint and biometricly stamp their identities for the scrutiny of the state. This while peaceful protest is confronted by armoured police, freedom of speech is being attacked, Habeus Corpus is removed from common law, and public opinion is cast aside in favour of an elite agenda.
The same voice utters Globalisation offers “a wider field of government that is useful for international relations” when we are participating in an illegal war, manufactured from lies designed to deceive an entire nation. While trans national companies exploit the poor and rape; plunder and destroy the world in scales never before seen, with no culpability or prosecution
Can they not see the deception being played out? or do they choose to ignore it in the vain hope something will make it go away?
The public are spectators in a play. They have partly chosen, partly been seduced into handing over the rights and power that is theirs, in favour of gadgets and celebrities. They choose themselves to be the master slave, the workhorse which is discarded when its usefulness is at an end. Think not? Take a look at our elderly and know what you are to expect from a life of service to your masters and your country.
You have the divine right to Liberty, to question, and to lead your lives as free beings together in peace.
“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” Winston Churchill
Yours in Humanhood