The situation is now perfectly clear. We are fully aware that Hillary Rodham Clinton will do literally anything for power and money. She will lie, cheat, steal, murder, and even sleep with the enemy in order to satisfy her insatiable appetite, her purely self-regarding lust for power and recognition. She has demonstrated on countless occasions and in exhausting detail that she has no concern for other persons or for the natural world, but an unrestrained self-love that forecloses on the possibility of caring for anyone or anything else. She is a classic sociopath from the word go.
But, perhaps her pathology is baked into our very culture. Many want to believe that Donald Trump embodies the worst of the dark side of the American soul. But, the truth is that Hillary Clinton reveals a much darker side, a darkness lurking in the very bowels of Western civilization, the very symbolism of evil, and those fascist hegemonies to which it continuously gives rise. Albeit, Ms. Clinton is not the only one at fault, however heinous her crimes and despicable her behavior or personality. And they are indeed heinous and deeply despicable. But, the system itself is grounded upon dissimulation and deception, propagated by those holding the reins and exercising the levers of power. Among the current cast of American hooligans we may also include self-consumed middle-earth peons like Barack Hussein Obama, Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton, and James Comey… but these are only the tip of the ice berg, so to speak.
As I have stated on many occasions, the system itself was ill-conceived from the very start, based as it was upon an ethic of individualism, accumulation, competition, and a concomitant winner take all mentality. Equality and democracy are irreconcilable with such a political economics. They are incompatible by definition. So, while the verbiage of freedom, equality, etc., was proffered in the founding documents of the nation, they really had no social, ethical or economic basis. In short, the foundation was based upon smoke and mirrors, but now the fog of deception is beginning to lift as it was bound to in due time.
And, all the while, the power brokers are doing all possible to maintain their power and sustain the illusion that the system is working, that anyone can win, even a black man or a treacherous woman. Sure, the apparatus of democracy seems to remain in place, but decisions have already been made. And middle-earth peons like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, among a host of others, are given their orders to carry out those decisions. It is a classic symptom of hierarchy, the unquestioned backbone of civilization.
So, the problem is profoundly philosophical and complex. It is not merely a matter of fixing the delegate system, the legal system, the economic system, or the political system. It is a matter of transforming how people think and behave, changing their motivations, their desires, the relations among themselves. What distinguished the emergence of humanity (the Homo genus) from our primate cousins, was the capacity for sharing in small communal groupings. This enabled small tribal groups to grow and develop. Sharing also militated against any form of strict hierarchy. Even the elders contributed and shared.
Perhaps Rousseau was correct when, in “On the Origin of Inequality” he wrote:
The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said ‘This is mine,’ and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.
As a society (in the US and Western Civilization globally) Rousseau reminds us, we willfully erased, in large measure, a primal capacity to share, and instead seek to privatize and own, expecting remuneration for all things, and payment in advance. We believe life is a zero sum game (and perhaps it has become that given the current limits to growth). We have not the capacity to see it as a positive sum game, and so we want as many marbles as we can get before they are all gone.
Hillary, I’m sure, is the poster child ~ a graphically evil example ~ of this propensity written into a mode of existence we have come to view as normal. We (I mean, obviously, a large American plurality) sees her as a fit representation of their dreams and aspirations. They applaud her winner-take-all, and take-no-hostages attitude. She is the heroine of a very sick game, embedded in a very sickened soul that has come to embody the core of our culture. The very symbolism of evil has become the symbol of success.