As most of you are aware, I’ve written a lot on this site, and spoken in my video blogs News and Views from the Nefarium, about the growing erosion of the “social contact” between the western oligarchs and the people, and this growing cynicism is also reflected by a growing uneasiness within the professional classes. I continue to be intrigued – not shocked, nor surprised – by the emails I get from professionals, particularly physicians and lawyers, but in a few cases, academics or even people in the finance and banking sectors, reflecting a growing discontent. Indeed, in the political climate within this country, there is increasing talk of votes of “no confidence,” and I find – whenever these sentiments are aired here – that invariably I get comments reflecting the same discontent from Europe – Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom seem to lead the way, but I’ve had similar comments from people in Italy, Lithuania, and Sweden. Similarly, I have had comments from New Zealand and most of all, Australia.
Now even Zero Hedge has picked up on this theme, in a post by Charles Hugh Smith:
The history outlined in the above-referenced article – one of gradual corporate take-over of healthcare, and often in a fashion contrary to the best intuitions of the healthcare professional toward his or her patients – is one that can be reproduced in almost any profession: law, the academy, and I would strongly urge: “big science.” The corporate mentality is, after all, based upon, and is founded upon the doctrine of corporate person. This doctrine is, by the nature of the case, a doctrine that defines a kind of group person by dint of the common operations that individual persons within that group perform, and then adds to this a special chartered status in law.
From this matrix there emerges a “group think” mentality, a “get along to go along” and “be a team player” approach to all facets of life, such that individual creativity, and thus crushes the willingness to think outside the box in “heretical” fashions, a tendency particularly evident in the priesthoods of physics and biology (followed closely by anthropology and history). In a strange way, one almost of deja vu, we have been here before in human history, when the corporation became so powerful it dictated to professionals and kings, and this was during the Middle Ages and the period of the great Florentine “super companies”, the Bardi, and Peruzzi. Then, the philosophical debate that needed to occur, over the nature and extent of corporate personhood in law, was not had to nearly the degree that it should have been had, but the debate is almost completely non-existent in modern times. The “Occupy” movement, creature of the very financial oligarchs it claimed to be against, should have been having this discussion, should have been leading it, but the nascent steps being taken by a few within that movement to bring the issue to discussion never took off and, I suspect, were deliberately thwarted.
But it is a debate that needs to happen, and, I suspect, doctors and nurses – i.e., those professions which deal with life and death decisions on a daily basis, and which see on a daily basis the results of unfettered corporate and government intrusion on the practice of their art – are the ones best suited to begin that deep philosophical discussion. It is a discussion that is long overdue…
See you on the flip side.