I am responsible for my own behavior.
I am accountable to my closest associates and the state for the consequences of my own behavior.
Thus the basis for the formation of any and all social contracts begins. Systems of morality and ethics derive their moment from “responsibility for” and “accountability to.”
As Soren Kierkigaard famously noted, “life must be understood backwards; but…it must be lived forward.” Meaning, of course, that we cannot always know if our choice-making will be faulty or if it will be at least reliably benign; we must, therefore, endeavor to execute choices with reliable consequences if we wish to live in a world that has any sensible meaning to all parties involved. From the consequences of reliable choices, then, we can more quickly discover those choices that aid us in our quest for species survival and, further, aid us in our fruitful evolution.
These are the propositions of a responsible society lead or mislead by responsible men and women.
One can suggest, or maintain, that our society is a responsible one; however such a proposition forces any sane person to conclude that we have been, at least, mislead. A stronger argument could certainly be made in favor of an irresponsible society, perhaps one that has been systematically mislead for the purpose of keeping us all in an unstable condition of trust between each other and our designated leaders. One could posit a variety of reasons for our present state of affairs, but one could never label the society in which we presently live a “responsible” society. And this means that no one in this society can be reliably considered a responsible actor, and, further, no one can be considered reliably accountable to anyone else for any behavior whatsoever.
In short, there is no social contract in an irresponsible society. How a society becomes irresponsible, whether through well-intentioned misleading or outright fraud, matters not a whit.
The road to complete breakdown in the social compact began with the rejection by the global banking establishment of the government of the United States of America, circa 1800, plus or minus twenty years. Dictators, no matter how benevolent, are incompatible with governance of the People, by the People and for the People, so the collision between collective government and feudal dictatorship was inevitable and its consequences substantial to the present day.
Feudal dictatorships did not always result in irresponsible societies, nor was the advent of social democracy in the United States the precipitating event that has lead to our present irresponsible condition. It was, however, the undeclared war between these two systems of governance that has been both cause and effect of irresponsible leadership and our present state of affairs. War of any kind cannot help but produce irresponsible behavior and consequences for which no accounting is possible or desired.
So why do we have war in the first place?
We have war because its systematic and controlled presence benefits the global banking establishment. Chaotic, unpredictable war benefits no one, and yet the global banking establishment continues to insist that its systematic and relentless fight against democratic forms of governance will not one day produce a leviathan of chaotic war that must destroy it and, perhaps, every one of us. However well-intentioned the global banking establishment was or is towards the human species, the line of reasoning that suborns or selects war as a means of eliminating competitive ideologies is counter to natural law and empirical observations in nature. Pesticides make for stronger, more resilient pests; antibiotics make for stronger, more resistant diseases; as above, so below; hoodwinking a general population into accepting a false system of valuation (e.g., a fiat currency of any kind) does not guarantee that the truth won’t one day reassert itself, one way or another. Holding a gun to one’s own head and threatening the truth with self destruction has never stopped the truth from allowing either suicide or redemption. Threatening one’s fellows with homicide or suffering works for a time, but, eventually, meaningful existence will demand the advent of war. War can be forged to look like many things, but its internecine nature cannot be refined out regardless of the temperature of the fire. We are either forced by arguments of location and scale to accept our united fate, or we will share the fate of every species whose perceptions do not match the features of their environment.
War either threatened or suborned by a leadership class or conspiracy makes that class or conspiracy responsible for irresponsible outcomes. De facto, then, our leadership class or conspiracy has yet to be held to account for their irresponsible behavior. If accountability is not restored in balance with responsibility, no amount of state-sponsored oppression will restore the social contract. Civilization will become impossible to sustain.
Allow me to be more clear: the current civilization will be thrown into the 13th century virtually overnight. The results will make us all scream for the more civilized days of “The Terror” during the French Revolution.
We have no choice. Either we restore accountability to our civilization or we will become the slaves of an increasingly hostile, cruel and despotic leadership class.
We can circle the town seven times in seven days and then seven times in one day before we proceed to raze the city. But I believe Joshua would have considered what has happened in the world since the felling of the Twin Towers more than a subtle toot on a ram’s horn.