I do not wish to hide the fact that I can only look with repugnance .. upon the puffed-up pretentiousness of all these volumes filled with wisdom, such as are fashionable nowadays. For I am fully satisfied that .. the accepted methods must endlessly increase these follies and blunders, and that even the complete ann
ihilation of all these fanciful achievements could not possibly be as harmful as this fictitious science with its accursed fertility.—KANT.
There is a war happening now. Its a global war. Its been raging for 2500 years. It has nothing to do with religion, or nationality, or blood, or creed or colour: Its all about power and control by the few over the many. It has everything to do with the freedom of the individual. Its the true war of hearts and minds, and the only one that matters. It asks a cost, of personal responsiblity,and a recognition that we can only become the masters of our fate when we cease posing as its prophets.
Philosophers, historians and politicians have talked aroud it, dealing with its peripheral aspects. They´ve even identified defined moments in the war, but none seem either to see or want to recognise that this war is continuous, unceasing and relentless.
The war began with the ancient Greeks, around 400BCE, it was the birth of democracy as an idea. And as a response the solidification of totalitarianism.
It was here that the primacy of the freedom of the individul took form. Of course this was a variant of liberty which we may find hard to conceive. Apart from anything else which we would find paradoxical is the fact that the Greeks maintained slavery; while pursuing the strands of aegean thought that would become a renaissance, a flourishing in many endeavours, not least in political theory and the creation of philosophy.
Their institutions and their operation were very different to ours. As an aside we should remember that to the ancient Greeks the word democracy meant nothing but a peaceful change of power. If we were to ask the man on the street what democracy means we would get a laundry list of ideas, concepts, institutions, freedom, majority votes and more. All of this would be wrong. The conflation of such an important term is part of the ideological propaganda program of the state and her intellectual caste to obfuscate the very simple truth that our state is not inevitable, right or good.