Edge of Darkness

In the 2010 film, “Edge of Darkness”, Ray Winstone plays an enigmatic freelance political fixer, practising dark arts and deception to obscure crimes and indiscretions of government and corporations, burying evidence of their collusion. By creating layers of complexity around a given incident or series of incidents, he ensures no-one can discover what actually happened.

There is a line in the film paraphrased thus: “It's not what is that matters but what is perceived.”

9/11 is a primary example of perception over reality.

Contradictory assertions and misinformation have driven competing theories as to how and by whom the atrocity was committed, obscuring the vital point: the official story cannot be true and a thorough, independent investigation is essential if we are to understand how and why this atrocity created the pretext for global conflict and domestic oppression.

Our perceptions make it impossible to reach agreement on what lies at the root of the many problems in the world and how to fix them. We are all pre-conditioned with a world view which has been crafted to distort reality and foment division rather than to work towards agreement because if enough people understood the fundamentally flawed nature of our political economy, the pressure for change would be irresistible.

The ruling oligarchy controls business, government, public institutions, education and media (all are riddled with incentives to obscure the truth) to protect their interests while accruing yet more wealth and power.

Among academics and activists there is considerable disagreement on what are the most important issues and how to fix them because they too are misled and distracted.  We need to re-evaluate our world view to reach agreement and build critical mass through education and outreach. This doesn't mean forgetting or ignoring the very real, immediate problems which need to be addressed but it means framing each argument, campaign or action in the context of the over-arching abusive and destructive political and economic system.

It is said a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan can create a tornado across the other side of the world. Whether that could be true is debatable but the global political economy is a single system, comprising many sub-systems. Consequently, problems in one sub-system have consequences for many other parts of the overall system. To understand how things are connected requires peeling back the layers of complexity which takes time and dedication but with the internet, we have means unavailable to previous generations.

At the edge of darkness is the threshold of a new dawn.

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