The Transformation of a Therapeutic into the Custodial State
by B Wook
The great problem for elites in any late-historical period is the management & outright policing of very large & rootless urban masses with no actual material stake in the society & because of the relative prosperity of a previous middle period now become widely dependent on regular servings up by the state of “free” nutriment & amusement; in our case & because of an electronic domain new in History, this emerging custodial need now superseding State Therapy sees the old arts of window-peeping & keyhole watching raised to a new level.
The root problem, however, was also the Roman problem both in the West & Byzantium, and it went as far as the institutionalizing of pro sports in at least two rival political gangs, centering on the arena & chariot racing, the Blues & the Greens.
In the Late Modern Age, however, providing for the entertainment needs of larger & larger unproductive numbers became a much more widely differentiated affair:
Subsidies for hog farmers in an only semi-successful effort to stem the migrations of the bucolic unfit into the pullulating cities full of race murder & HIV; abortion as a “right” & on demand; and, the multiplication of numerous & ever more-and-more false “professions,” all dependent on subvention from a prebendary government tit.
If nothing else then, Mr Snowden, a young man & one of these New Men of a rising digital generation, has an instinctive & commendable moral sense of his own loathsome condition, a wounding feeling itself quite unbearable & that he then can quite properly project onto his creators & employers, since they anyway are at least as vile & in the main that much more far-gone in the utterly hideous & above all irremediable, and doomed, frenzies of middle aged “career” “professional” “success” as lived & celebrated in the avalanching panic & terror & horror of any historical endtime.
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[15 October 2013]