I have argued that we can understand our society, among other societies in the world, in a very simple way. I want to reduce it to a metaphor. This is a common way to think about our lives. Socrates claimed that our lives were like the lives of people who lived in the cave described in his ‘Allegory of the Cave’ in Plato’s Republic. I have argued that there are many such metaphors. The one I’ve worked to understand recently has been that we are like children on a playground run by a bully. The bully is able to take our lunch money because he has the ability to intimidate the other littler kids around him.
The kids have a dilemma because they do not like to be so intimidated and it hurts everyone on the playground to be treated in that way. Over the years they have thought of many ways to protect themselves from the bully. They have tried 'democracy, the rule of law, and the system of ‘human or civil rights’ such as the ‘Freedom of Speech and the Press.’ It’s my argument that none of these hindrances on the plans and behaviors of the bully can work. None of it will hinder the bully much.
The reason that these attempts will ultimately fail is not from lack of effort on the part of those who value these freedoms, the rule of law, or democracy. I think the reason for their failure has been suggested by Ivan Karamazov. That is, the powers–that-be provide the needs and desires of the people and so it is that the people support whatever the bully does against them being hindered. If the bully loses, then, the people believe it will be them that lose. And so, as in Karamazov’s discussion of the predicament in Seville, even Jesus Christ would be put to death in flames in order to protect the powers-that-be.
I am not saying that Jesus or Wikileaks should be destroyed in order to protect the Grand Inquisitor and his minions in the CIA and other secret intelligence agencies of the United States and other countries/playgrounds. I’m just saying that we live in a world where such things are likely to happen because, well, people believe that they are kids on a playground run by a bully, and the bully provides the kids all their needs and desires. So, unless the bully prevails, the kids beholding to him will fail. Jesus and the Wikileak people, and their allies, are fighting against the weight of society, not just the few bullies on the playground.
Here’s a story about Wikileaks and their troubles with the hoodlums sent by our local bully powers-that-be.