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April 28, 2010

The Cultural Revolution

Cultural revolutions. In these secular times.

Life in these United States. In these secular times. In stories around the world about sex abuse cases, in the newspaper. About a certain ambivalence to police investigations of sex abuse, where bishops are required by civil law to comply to report abuse themselves. Turning in a priest by an employer, as it were. Because of allegations of sexual abuse. This was the office manager informing on an employee. Bishops from Latin America consider it a sort of Anglo-Saxon delusion, they say, to believe one can always trust the police and the courts. Like in Chile. Or under any military juntas. Or in the former Soviet Bloc. Or in what was called Red China. During the days of “cultural revolution.” Christians in those parts of the world have through experience seen what happens with an uncritical embrace of “mandatory reporter” requirements.

Cultural revolutions. In these secular times. What Europeans call requirements to “denounce.” Like in requirements to have your child vaccinated. Against any virus. But mostly against the human papilloma virus (HPV). The state deciding what was appropriate child care. As if the state was raising the child. That state who would soon be making decisions about what health measures would or would not be paid for–and how much it should cost.

Were these just a sort of Anglo-Saxon delusion to believe one can always trust the police and the courts, or a national health insurance program to replace the one in existence? We can trust everything in a constitutional government? During the days of “cultural revolution.” Like what happened on Wall Street, reaching the crescendo in September 2008? Or like what happen under a military junta. Or in the coming days when China’s financial might affects public policy everywhere.

Some bishops consider it a sort of Anglo-Saxon delusion, they say, to believe one can always trust the police and the courts. Or even an archbishop, who is conducting the investigation. The ones who wanted to get ahead in the church. Were these just a sort of Anglo-Saxon delusion to believe one can always trust the police and the courts, and a pope like John Paul II. Or even a “hope and change” president who had now increased troops in Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials are now projecting some 20,000 active-duty U.S. troops to be stationed in the United States by 2011. There was a change in the law in the United States during the Clinton Administration in 1994, with a U.S. Defense Department Directive (DODD 3025) which allows military commanders to take emergency actions in domestic situations to save lives, prevent suffering or mitigate great property damage. The Clinton administration set up the Joint Task Force-Civil Support in October 1999 as a “homeland defense command.” In 2002 the Pentagon established the U.S. Northern Command, charged with carrying out military operations within the United States. Prior to this, under the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, the U.S. armed forces had been barred from domestic operations, except in specific, limited circumstances.

In a recent opinion piece, “What We Learned in Oklahoma City,” in the New York Times , Bill Clinton discussed the increasingly vocal Americans who, in the months and years preceding the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building, advocated smaller government and a belief that “the greatest threat to American freedom is our government, and that public servants do not protect our freedoms, but abuse them.” Clinton wrote, “The bright line [between civic virtue and violence] protects our freedom. It has held for a long time, since President George Washington called out 13,000 troops in response to the Whiskey Rebellion.”

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said that in September 2008 Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout, brought up a worst-case scenario which might even require a declaration of martial law. In a December 2008 report to the U S Army War College, Nathan Freier, a professor at the college, talked about the possibility with economic collapse and loss of legal order, of using Pentagon resources and troops in Known Unknowns: Unconventional ‘Strategic Shocks’ in Defense Strategy Development,” should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.

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    “With whatever positive features however, democracy here is becoming shallow and troubled, overtaken by apathy. Political elites from all the major parties are widely perceived if not dishonest/corrupt as self-interested and ineffective, and not serious about working for the nation. The alternation of power seems to trade only a nation’s problems back and forth from one hapless side to the other. The public, while it may still cling to a belief in the democractic ideal, is seriously disaffected from politics, extremely unhappy about the political life of the country. Despite these genuinely different political groupings, however broad at the time of presidential elections, political participation extends little beyond voting. ” – Thomas Carothers, in “End of the Transitional Paradigm, 2002”

    Comment by paperlessworld — October 9, 2011 @ 4:22 AM | Reply

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