Nation-states enforce social contracts. They derive power from monopoly on lethal action. They decide how to represent value. Weapons make money.
When a thing becomes a thing it’s hard to revert to having the thing not be a thing again. This is not about the military industrial complex and its role in geopolitics. I meant this writing-everyday thing becoming more and more a drag and a nuisance.
That is not to say it is not tempting to pull words out of one’s posterior and have opinions about current events. Arms manufacturers want customers to sell to. What faster way to increase market share than to manufacture demand as well. That which aspires to be strong in its own fibre ought to be careful not to end up swaying to and fro in the wind.
Mark Chua disclosed ROTC corruption to The Varsitarian. Finding his body later in the Pasig river sparked protests that culminated with the NSTP Act of 2001. Renato Cayetano was the principal sponsor. PGMA was president.
Blame Thomas Hobbes and his winterbred ilk’s dire view of human nature. In an environment of plenty, Leviathans are unnecessary. But the monsters are already here. Scarcity mindset wins.
Whatever is going on, we’re at the tailend of something good. Enough for today.