Human survival: A brief history
Satire. While we like to think all Humans were created equal, some of the early Humans, when it came to survival, were just a bit smarter than the others and decided they should be the Ruling Class (RC). Back then, the chief threat to survival was roving bands of Thugs, not unlike today’s Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
So, the RC said to the Masses, "We’ll build Castles that can keep you Masses safe from Thugs. In return, you must raise grain to store inside the Castle Keep in case of Siege. You must also supply us with meat and dairy products. In return for our protection, you must call us Kings, Queens, Princes, Dukes, Marquesses, Counts (In England, Earls), Viscounts, Barons, and Knights. The Age of Feudalism was born. But the Chinese invented gunpowder and cannons used by the Thugs to blow down the Castle walls and that ended the Age of Feudalism.
Consequently, the RC shifted to Industrialism. To survive, the Masses had to learn to supply fossil fuels to run the steam engines that ran the textile mills, trains, and ships. Fortunately, the British Masses lived on an island rich in coal and surrounded by fish. Coal mining and fishing were hard work. So, for energy, the British Masses invented Fish and Chips. Some of the Masses got easier work in the Castles still occupied by the RC. For example, Downton Abbey.
To obtain raw materials to feed Great Britain’s textile mills and factories, the second sons of the great Castle families were sent abroad to find raw materials to ship back home. Thus, the Age of Colonialism was born.
Unfortunately, the RCs in the less-developed countries invented Slavery which, for a period of time, was adopted by the British. But, in 1807, the British abolished Slavery. Even the United States had Slavery for 80 of its 244 years. But Slavery was stopped by the Republican Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, but freedom was hidden by Texas Democrats from some Slaves until June 19, 1865.
Next came the Atomic Age during which the Military-Industrial Complex kept the Masses busy producing warplanes and ships, along with fighting and dying in foreign wars to keep the Communist Thugs at bay. But JFK and LBJ got the United States involved in a war too far and bungled the strategy, resulting in a loss.* Things started going downhill from there.
Unfortunately, the United States, which could have achieved energy independence long ago, had to fight in Kuwait and Iraq to protect its supply of foreign oil. The entirely too long detour into Afghanistan -- the Graveyard of Empires -- cost more lives and treasure.
Finally, the Masses figured out the United States did not need foreign oil. Nor did it need a large Military-Industrial Complex or a huge Deep State of fat-cat bureaucrats and bumbling intelligence agencies. That led to the Age of Trump.
Not surprisingly, the Military-Industrial Complex and the Deep State fought back, co-opting the FBI, the intelligence agencies, Chicom-beholden Corporate CEOs, and the MSM in an all-out assault on President Trump. They even tricked the electoral system to put someone with all the savoir faire of an Inspector Clouseau into the White House. But that could change in the year 2024.
Suggested reading: *Coming soon: War During Peace: A Strategy for Defeat by William Hamilton, Ph.D.
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