- while even a hint of support for Manning will not be tolerated, there is a long roster of large corporations serving as the event’s sponsors who are welcomed with open arms.
So apparently, the very high-minded ethical standards of Lisa L Williams and the SF Pride Board apply only to young and powerless Army Privates who engage in an act of conscience against the US war machine, but instantly disappear for large corporations and banks that hand over cash. What we really see here is how the largest and most corrupt corporations own not just the government but also the culture.
The minute something even a bit deviant takes place (as defined by standards imposed by America’s political and corporate class), even the SF Gay Pride Parade must scamper, capitulate, apologize, and take an oath of fealty to their orthodoxies (we adore the military, the state, and your laws).
Thus, while Bradley Manning is persona non grata at SF Pride, illegal eavesdropping telecoms, scheming banks, and hedge-fund purveryors of the nation’s worst right-wing agitprop are more than welcome.
- the authoritarian, state-and-military-revering mentality pervading Williams’ statement is striking. It isn’t just the imperious decree that “even a hint of support” for Manning “will not be tolerated”, though that is certainly creepy. Nor is it the weird announcement that the wrongdoer “has been disciplined”. Even worse is the mindless embrace of the baseless claims of US military officials (that Manning “placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform”) along with the supremely authoritarian view that any actions barred by the state are, ipso facto, ignoble and wrong.
It’s not just Gay-Lesbian Inc. of course, it’s Your-name-here Inc. Look at Apple. Look at Google. Both were once under human control. So too was the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco. The Sierra Club, the Green Party … all gone the way of the corporate flesh.
Organization’s begin as our servants inexorably yet inevitably tend toward our domination. Perhaps they ought to have a discard-by date. A date after which they must be dissolved and a new organization created to see to the needs that occasioned the creation of the one just dispatched … if it’s still needed. If it was effective we may well be done with it. One more potential slaver that’s bit the dust.
Natural systems die, our unnatural systems need to taste a little death as well. It’ll improve the breed. Corporate death as the natural course, just as it is with ourselves. Theirs penciled into each corporate charter. Five years ? Ten years ? Certainly no longer than a human lifetime. Perhaps the lifetime of the founder ? If the need is still unmet, ongoing … let a new corporate generation be born(e). Or not. Study the records, write a new charter … and then a public vote. Up or down.
[T]he fact that such lock-step, heel-clicking, military-mimicking behavior is now coming from the SF Gay Pride Parade of all places is indeed noteworthy: it reflects just how pervasive this authoritarian rot has become.
This is THE question before us : how do we ensure human control of human organizations. All of our problems are rooted in free-wheeling organizations run amuk. Free-wheeling organizations staffed by aliens : us.
We have to make the choice every day in every context : go along as aliens with the destruction of the human species, among so many others, via destruction of our habitat; or resist our destruction, as human beings.