How Power Mongering Works
Incompetents who want to get more out of life than they are worth push their way into the social structures and use them as a source of power. Social structures are not designed for that purpose. They are designed for objective purposes related to solving social problems. Power mongering corrupts those purposes.
The first reason why mongering power corrupts is because the purpose is personal gain in conflict with reality. There is no such thing as power which is not in conflict with reality. Even if power is needed to win wars or stop crime, conflict with reality is the defining principle. But the limited use of force for the police or military is objectively defined, which means it is not supposed to be used for personal gain.
This does not mean fighting fire with fire is the highest of social standards, as Reagan promoted it, or even an acceptable social standard. The problem and solution are not equivalents in the necessities of winning wars or stopping crime. Justice and injustice are not equivalents. The fire is in perpetrating injustices, and the solution is in ending injustices. For these reasons, the fire is supposed to be fought with water, not more fire. Fighting fire with fire is creating problems not solving them.
Incompetents taking over social structures might sound too easy to be credible. It occurs because incompetents align with other incompetents to promote similar values and purposes. There is a highly developed sociology to mongering power. The use of force is the primary tactic. Rationality is vulnerable to impositions through force. Force is applied through the darkness of concealment opposing the openness and accountability needed for rationality.
This isn't to say that every ignorant and incapable person is a power monger. It is in fact the fake winners who are the power mongers. No one can know enough about anything; it is going beyond capabilities that corrupts the process.
Contrivance Creates Nonfunctionality
The social order is deteriorating due to an inability of power mongers to produce a constructive result. They became power mongers because of their incompetence. Instead of real qualifications determining their power, it was collaboration with other power mongers that allowed them to take over the social structures.
It isn't just the persons at the top who did this. Power can be mongered at any social level where there are social structures to be exploited. And the different power sources are all linked together by common purposes and standards.
What this means is that power mongering became a force that permeated society. It is in all of the institutions and activities and the reason why they are deteriorating.
Consider journalism as an example. Information is getting scarce, while promoting causes becomes the purpose. To a large extent, journalists shape the reality and assumptions of society. The latest uproar over so-called fake news shows the standard of using journalism to promote instead of inform. Journalists should be digging into the details which would clarify and expose fakery instead of leaving the fakery hanging as if it were another version of truth.
The net effect of poor quality journalism is to allow fantasy realities to grow in society. The difference between the fantasy realities and the fake news is the degree of authority or power, which results in a long-term build up of falsehoods into a major contrivance. The major fantasies are greenhouse gases, renewable energy, carbon free electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and travel to other planets. The fraud of these subjects is easy to explain, but journalists are stonewalling the criticism to monger power through the fakeries.
It takes falsehoods to monger power. The reason is because truth defeats corruption, while falsehoods do not have the power of truth with them. Falsehoods are promoted through force rather than truth or rationality.
Since power mongering works for power mongers, the products of false realities are considered to have a greater value than truth. Only because power mongers are incompetents can they draw such conclusions.
With such ignorance, power mongers attack the rationality which exposes their corruption. After they purge rationality from a subject, they expect someone to solve their problems. A large part of journalism now days is bitching about no one solving the problems.
Darkness Replaces Rationality
The darkness of concealment overwhelms rationality. Rational persons cannot function without openness and accountability.
The reason is because rationality is an individual effort; and it is complex and vulnerable to interference. In the dark, the process is prevented from occurring by incompetents who feel a threat from rationality. They function as a group in the dark with no accountability to inhibit their corruptions.
Only openness creates the accountability which prevents corrupters from destroying rationality. They cannot openly admit what they do in attacking rationality, so they are subdued where there is openness.
Because of the inability of corrupters to do their corrupting where there is openness and accountability, they create as much darkness around their activity as possible. They do not want others to know what they are doing. They lie and conceal to prevent it from happening. They are like terrorists who walk around with a mask on to conceal their identity.
As rationality deteriorates in society, and incompetent corrupters acquire more power, darkness descends upon society, because it is the preferred environment for corrupters to operate in. There is less and less information in the news and less and less explanation with science.
Corrupters bitch and expect someone to solve their problems. It can't be done in the absence of rationality which they create with their standard of darkness.
Positiveness is Required
Power mongers must be positive about social corruptions, because they are responsible for the negativeness of the corruptions. Positiveness is a method of blocking out criticism, which is a negative thing. Pretending that negativism is a corruption is a self-righteous way to prevent criticism. It's analogous to saying the court system is a form of terrorism and must be stomped out of existence. Only criminals would have that purpose, not their victims.
Being too simple about positivism would be ineffective. Simple harping would be too easy to defy. So the need to be positive is expressed as fantasizing to a point of propaganda. Power mongers fantasize on the marvelous things their corruptions accomplish. An example would be "freedom fighters" stopping communism. All they were was a bunch of criminals sent out to murder farmers in Nicaragua. But conservatives, with Reagan at the helm, lavished praise onto them as the knights in white armor saving democracy from communism.
Reaganism was only the transition to the new normal of glorifying corruption. With thirty six years of water under that bridge, it now includes fake liberalism. When politicians dared call themselves liberals (before 1981), they described liberalism as promoting equal opportunity by solving problems for the lower classes and disadvantaged persons. No such purpose has been heard of for a long time. What self-proclaimed liberals do now days is fantasize fake technology as the answer to everything. Fantasy gives them the same self-righteous purpose that conservative had in stopping communism. With no relationship to reality, they can pretend to be solving everyone's problems through their incompetent corruption.
The examples are stopping global warming and producing renewable energy and carbon free, electrical transportation which is self-driving under the control of artificial intelligence. Promoting those purposes means incompetents are superior to the rest of us who call it fakery. The fakes supposedly have answer through technology which will exist in the future, a future which is always in the future, while the rest of us don't have answers.
A recent example is describing the historic closing of retail stores as resulting from too many being built decades ago instead of the problem being no available money to spend by the lower ninety percent of society. It's a form of scape-goating. Supposedly someone got something wrong decades ago, not that there is anything wrong with the way the economy is being run.
A broader manifestation is that journalists no longer determine what the causes of problems are or describe important information that people need to know about them. Instead, they spin stories. Hardly any looking would be required to tell them that the 97% of scientists agreeing upon global warming was a fraudulently produced number. Even conservatives could determine how fraudulent the "peer reviewed" publication was, and they are really dumb. But the mainstream media can't figure it out, even though peer reviewed science is not supposed to be producing such publications (Guessing at someone's opinion is not a scientific measurement.). And the mainstream media is what is called liberal now days. They are about as liberal as the fascists and Nazis were. It's the lower classes who pay the price for screwing up the energy and transportation systems.
The Human Standard is Thrown Out
Power mongers discard the human standard for some cockamamie purpose. The claimed purpose is the convenience of the power mongers at someone else's expense.
That is, when looking downward. When looking upward, power mongers bend over backwards for persons above them. It's because power mongering is climbing the social ladder by attaching to everyone above them and separating from everyone below them. Corrupters assume that a person is what he attaches to. Associate with nobodies, and you are a nobody. Associate with somebodies, and you are a somebody.
Rational persons are not that way. They assume that what they are worth is what they are worth, not what someone else is worth. Worthless persons need to masquerade their worth in terms of someone else's worth.
But this concept is a contextual tangent. The point is, human standards are sacrificed in the process.
Human standards are the requirements for life. People cannot live without certain standards of rationality. In simple terms, it means respecting other peoples' needs. There is no respecting of powerless and vulnerable persons when incompetents are climbing the social ladder.
As the starting point for life, human standards are as inviolable as the right to life. Discarding human standards is a method of preventing people from living.
The problem is, the human standard is never discussed and never considered in social disputes. Instead, convenience for mongering power takes precedent. An example is so-called asset forfeiture. It's the same as highway robbery. The authorities make huge amounts of money from it. Sometimes it's drug money, but sometimes not.
The human standard says some other method of doing things is required. You can't just rip people off for convenience. The human standard comes first, because life is impossible without it. Making life impossible for the lower classes is a contempt for the human standard.
An example for persons with power and status is contract law. Contracts musts be inviolable, or business does not function. For the lower classes, contracts are a joke to be mocked, using such things as fine print, which often has no definable meaning, to make a mockery of the human standard.
Originally, laws were designed around the human standard. But that was years gone by. One of the things characterizing social deterioration is that the human standard is no longer the starting point of law. Convenience for power mongers in ripping people off is the usual defining principle of recent standards.
It's the new normal. Normal is being replaced by abnormal called the new normal. Normal used to be, the human standard comes first and is the purpose of life. Replacing it is the use of any excuse for trashing the human standard for low classes or vulnerable persons. Conversely, no law can be applied to persons with power, because the human standard is more important than lawlessness, unless powerful persons break from the flock and do something in conflict with it.
The process is to use excuses, particular economic convenience, as the reason why human standards are to be trashed for vulnerable persons. Contrast is needed to promote the hierarchical social ladder. The powerful are so in love with life that nothing must disturb their convenience.
Conservatives are Defining Themselves in such Terms
Throwing out the human factor is the underlying rationale for much of "conservativism"so much so that it is the real meaning of recent "conservativism," as much as a few conservatives would like to pretend otherwise.
What this means is that the usual argument of conservatives is as if there were no human consequences to their destructivity. They say government is the problem, while they literally dismantle two hundred years of governmental activity. Humans created those processes for a reason. The reason is to reduce human problems. Yet conservatives throw it all down the drain as if it were a mathematical miscalculation. Supposedly, pouring money down the drain of waste, fraud and abuse is a better use for it than it used to have. Ripping off the needy and destroying social programs is supposedly putting the money to better use.
In claiming that there is an improvement in destroying social programs is to say there is no human factor to their destructiveness. It's saying that there is nothing but a mathematics to redesigning human activities. The price paid by the victims does not exist in their calculations. That's throwing the human factor down the drain.
In lock step with conservatives, a large part of recent journalism reports only the mathematical and material consequences of the conservative agenda, as if there were no human factor involved. Back in the good old days, the human factor was the primary argument for governmental activities and major social significances. The absence of a human factor is being normalized as if it were a more modern improvement on purposes in life.
The underlying logic which is barely touched upon is a reversal of the human factor. It's saying that yes, some persons are affected, but they are a bunch of bums who are screwing up everything and need to be gotten rid of. It's getting rid of "the worthless eaters." That logic is more implied than stated, but the dog whistle is easily heard in the attacks upon vulnerable persons and minorities.
When looking at this image through the fog of politics, there is an appearance of the underlying difference between liberal and conservative purposes in either promoting or attacking the human factor.