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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

The Predator's Revolution 

The object of humanity is to transcend the animal within. Evolution has gradually equipped us physically to accomplish the feat. The history of civilization is the record of our progress. We are the latest incarnations.

Despite the countless warnings recorded in the lives of our predecessors, we still conceive and practice philosophies that give primacy to--or mystify the nature of our relationship with--the animal within. Consider the words of John Kenneth Galbraith:

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

It is true that predators come in many guises, but modern conservatism is essentially a predatory ideology--and a natural fit for the animal's acolytes, apologists, and appeasers. When it became the de facto ideology of power, "conservatism" united the predators under its banner. Now, after four years of assaulting modern civilization, it has become clear that they are engaged in nothing short of a revolution.

Welcome to the predator's revolution; a revolution engineered by, and fought for the benefit of the powerful. Of course, most revolutions are engineered by, and fought for the benefit of the powerless--usually in pursuit of greater liberties. Not this time...

Although this inverted revolution will inevitably yield additional tragedy, it can be interpreted as a positive sign regarding humanity's progress. It indicates that civilization has become a threat to predators, and humanity has reached a milestone in its struggle to transcend the animal within. Perhaps it also signals the end of an era--and a new beginning.

Civilization cannot allow the predator to prevail. Humanity is already intimately familiar with a world dominated by animals. We are made for better things. Not only do we have the unique ability to go against our animal nature; we also have a mandate written in blood.

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