On Personal Responsibility and Careerism
This blog is created to hopefully contribute to our moral evolution, in dedication and with thanks to the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg, Gary L. Francione & Anna Charlton, David Graeber, David Harvey, Michael Parenti, Michael Hudson, Richard Wolff, John & Mary McDougall, and Corey Robin. Special thanks go to Yves Smith, thanks to whose blog and interests I ran across many of the different pieces of the puzzle I've been putting together in my head, and to my best friend and life partner, who indulges and trusts me.
If one accepts that all sentient (human) beings have an equal claim on existence, then nonviolence, a moral egalitarianism that results in both 'radical' democracy, complete inclusiveness and solidarity are the only defensible positions we can take.
Yet we are currently very far from a society in which even a single major institution embodies these principles, never even mind all public and private ones.
As I see it, a large part of the reason why we aren't even close is that almost everyone who is in a position to influence the rules embraces meritocracy rather than egalitarianism either as the ideal, or as something that at least could be just and fair. While I used to accept this notion, I have come to realize that this aspiration in fact is part of the problem, as there is no fundamental difference between meritocracy and hierarchy; all these two moral logics disagree on is who should dominate and rule, and what justifies said domination.
I hope this blog can help people to see that and how basically all of the social problems we're facing today (inequality, imperialism, economic insecurity, immiseration of most of the people in the world, workplace repression, the continuing repression of minorities, bureaucratization, segregation, essentialist reasoning, the neutering of politics, and ecological devastation) are either justified using meritocratic arguments, or generated and maintained by institutions which are run that on those principles. I also hope I can tie in and introduce readers to new ways of looking at certain structural problems that I think are helpful, and that I can contribute to people's understanding of how various domains of human life are affected by this logic, learning how to recognize issues, and where (and who) to look (to) for inspiration and alternatives.
To make it clearer why I believe this, I'll try to mostly write about things that relate to people's daily lives, though keeping in mind that the effects are hard to see because they're so normal. Thank you for your interest and patience. :)