This was a comment on the Nation website in response to an article by Chris Hayes on “Why Elites Fail.” It speaks so clearly to what we are up against with big money in politics. I’d love to know the author of this post. His avatar is TimingLogic and it’s so well said:
TimingLogic: “This topic really doesn't need a vast explanation or rationalization from countless angles. It's really quite simple. The human mind has only two intents in everything it does: The intent to control or the intent of discovery or truth. It impacts how we interact with ourselves, others and the world. The intent to control subverts the discovery of truth. They are actually processed by separate parts of our brain. Left brain/right brain paradigm. So, one who seeks to control will never discover truth. True intelligence is not measured by test scores, Harvard degrees or whatnot.
None of the 500-1000 greatest minds in human history whose creativity led to exponential leaps forward in human achievement graduated from an Ivy League school. It was their creativity and ability to dream invention and new ways of thinking that was their gift. While a basic understanding of science and art may provide the basis for the creative mind to achieve, (science is a manifestation of the discovery of truth by many of those 500-1000 greatest minds) most of everything the truly exceptional mind needs to develop that gift is learned well before the age of 18. ie, Einstein, Newton, Michelangelo, etc, owe zero percent of their achievement to a college degree. The corporate toads in this article aren't the smartest people in the world. Not even close. They may be able to achieve high test scores of mimicry of what is already known by humanity (college test scores) but true creativity and discovery is a gift that is subverted by rote teaching methods the corporate state holds in such high esteem.
Elites fail because their primary intent is control. It's manifestation is achieving great wealth, status and elevation within bureaucracies; which are institutions of control. They achieve those goals through the control of other people and other resources. They don't invent, create, discover or add any value to driving society, science or any art forward with new discovery or truth.
The corporate state rewards control. Wall Street is the world's monopoly on capital through the dollar reserve status. Control of Wall Street is used as a tool of violence, predation and victimization to control who in the world is granted access to capital. With that pinch point of control, Wall Street bureaucrats of control determine if the next Albert Einstein or Google is going to be granted access to capital to monetize their ideas. And because they monopolize and control society's capital, democracy can never be fully realized without a public banking system whose intent is human development rather than corporate profit. We have countless unknown Einsteins laboring away without recognition because the dumbed-down corporate state driven by Wall Street dunces denies these people their democratic right to economic determinism.
Those who are often cited in this article as achieving the greatest success but who were ethically-challenged were embracing control as a measure of success. Predation, victimization and violence against humanity to achieve control that was then used to loot. That is defined by success by corporate capitalism but it is not moving the ball forward for humanity, human development, science, art, literature, human rights or society. The basis of this belief of success being tied to ethical challenges is a false narrative. Success defined by human values of empathy, honesty, dignity, respect, kindness and love is only served through the discovery of truth. Not through corporate success which is a manifestation of control. There are many measures of intelligence but as Einstein remarked, the only one that truly mattered is creativity. Creativity is the manifestation of the mind's search for truth. Truth that is subverted through corporate control of democracy, merit and economic freedom."