Blight On All Our Lives.
This post label, "The Maxim Gun syndrome", is at first glance inappropriate since it links to the system of arms dealers and trade, manipulated by global conglomerates, to sell and profit from all sides in conflict.
Into that mix has always been covetous, predatory behaviour common to "the survival of the fittest" trait of the animal kingdom, led by human beings. That instinct causes those without, or greedy for more, to wage political and military effort to secure that desired from others. Probably the largest such object, over the past 150 years or so, is oil.
However there is a growing and in Oldrightie's opinion, additional object of desire. One equally as coveted, for similar reasons, as that of oil. Great riches are to be had. Power and wealth of unimaginable size and exploitation are an essential part of this product just as it is that of oil. Red rather than black gold, as it were.
You probably have guessed by now that it is narcotics to which I allude. The despicable and Neanderthal behaviour of sports "stars" and particularly soccer players, together with American Football and other professional sports, is almost certainly linked to both performance enhancement as well as "nightclub" substances. We also hear of drug fuelled, misogynistic attacks on young women, violent outbursts in public and a plethora of shortened careers quietly forgotten.
The last paragraph mentions sport. Yet our Western Culture is riddled from top to bottom with this enormous habit. One now seeing decades of Afghanistan conflict seemingly driven by "war on terror" but probably more like Iraq and Libya than we realise. Just that the opium fields are now as worthy of coveting as the oil fields.
The South American violence is but another example of the struggle, not for eradication but for control. Our own political establishment, celebrity environment pop culture and MSM all show ever more obvious signs of uncontrollable behaviour, secrecy and giggling superiority that they know of and are part of things less available to the "little" people.
If the lower orders and less intelligent folk are to be part of this culture then it will be, as ever, for exploitative purposes. Get them hooked then turn them into babbling chattel prepared to do anything for another fix. Sexual degradation, violent abuse, life threatening drug mule journeys and child molestation are all part of the undercurrent nastiness of big business.
Commerce is all our so called leaders regard this industry. As gangsters nonchalantly remark, "It's not personal", as some other sad soul is dumped after a failed "business" trip. Well, how many George Osborne's and a myriad of movers and shakers have ever stopped to think, in their misspent youths, what the legacy of their behaviour was and still is? Shame would be apparent if they did, so obviously the seedy, cruel sources of their spoilt, selfish indulgence are happily ignored.
When we realise that drug cartel money saved The European and American banking system back in 2008, is it not a fair question to ask was that new obligation why we now seem helpless to recover? Are our erstwhile political elite so entrapped in a merry go round of money laundering, their actions now need the blessing of drug barons as well as oil barons?
I leave you to ponder the ramifications of my post. Assuming you accept the premises made. After all, hard evidence of powerful wrongdoing is an impossible task to accomplish. Even so I request you look at our society and ask "Is it just a general malaise or one self-inflicted and once avoidable until the sixties crowd made widespread cocaine and heroin use "cool". Cool even in the corridors of power and wealth."
As in all things in life, sadly, "It's the rich wot get's the pleasure, the poor wot's get the blame" Once aping one's peers meant University and a professional, rewarding life in medicine, teaching or other worthwhile careers to give thanks for being alive. Not any more.