Post Capitalism

Post Capitalism

How A Type One Civilization Will Be Born Out Of The Ashes Of Global Capitalism; And The Challenge Humanity Will Face If Global Capitalism Persists.

The concept of the Kardashev scale was developed by cosmonaut Nikolai Kardashev as a way of categorizing Cosmic civilizations. Scientists, such as Carl Sagan, during the 1970s calculated that humanity was currently at a Type Zero status, roughly around 0.7. Most scientific estimates conclude that humanity will reach Type One status by around 2100. However, if we consider the rapid mobilization of resources that occurred during the world wars in which entire domestically oriented economies were retrofitted into complete war machines for military production within 6 months. Then utilizing similar mobilized coordinated industrial backing, any type of revolutionary momentum against the consolidation of power developed under Global Capitalism could be boosted with this industrial mobilization in which a full Type One civilization could be developed within a decade.

A Type One civilization transcends the current Type Zero civilization pieced together under Global Capitalism because the fundamental basis of capitalism’s privatization inhibits civilization from actually developing beyond its own contradictions and limitations. We already see immense Tier systems used in Global Capitalism to manage multiple levels of civilization development built to various complexity so as to isolate and limit those who can gain access and the means to access a “1st class/1st world” lifestyle. This hierarchical construction of multiple levels of civilization perpetuates not just wealth stratification, but stratification of civilization to the point that small enclaves of super wealthy are conceivably living in a near breakaway civilization. Such technological advances in the upper echelon of this quasi-civilization risks isolating technologies such as human augmentation and other transhuman technologies that can be used by elites to justify pseudo-God like dominion over their enclaves and networks of wealth and prestige that mirrors the dictatorial and tyrannical deities foreshadowed in our ancient myths and legends.

If humanity is to evolve and advance as a species, the privatization perpetuated by Global Capitalism must end; or else a true breakaway civilization will occur generating stratification of species, in which technologically integrated humanoids position themselves as quasi-deities that use their privatized wealth to control the rest of humanity. Therefore, the entire premise of a Type One civilization must not only be designed to distribute these technologies to all of humanity, but must be done so in a manner in which private economies and private individuals do not have the power to control the mechanisms of civilization as we know it. Potential for a Type One civilization to create immense civilization upgrades transcending the current “1st class/1st world” lifestyle will be reflected in the creation of a unified global civilization under which the masses of humanity develop self sustainable and self-sufficient communities connecting into a global network of the human species. And together, this Type One civilization can expand humanity in mass into the rest of the Solar System and beyond. Should this Type One civilization not form; the separation of the breakaway upper echelon of society will forsaken their responsibilities, severing the tops of our centralized and vertically organized structures and institutions. Leaving the rest of humanity disorganized and in a state of collapse; with a biosphere completely broken by Global Capitalization.

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Thirteen Ways Of Looking At The Boston Marathon Bombing

The Boston Bombing from different perspectives.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Boston Marathon Bombing.


I

Her sneakers slapped the pavement

as the cheers drew closer and closer.

She took a left on Boylston,

her heart beating as fast as her feet.

The finish line was just in reach,

But then came an explosion-


II

He waited eagerly along the finish line,

tippy toes and all.

Waiting to see his dad run by.

The bombs went off before that though,

and the little boy never saw his father

finish the marathon.


III

He broke the ribbon,

claiming first place.

That joy was short lived,

for a little while later

Life as he knew it shattered into a million pieces.


IV

Another Marathon Monday,

another day of chaos.

Though this much chaos the officer did not expect,

until the bomb went off,

and all hell broke loose in Beantown.


V

For the tenth year in a row

she came to watch her best friend run.

For the last time

she watched while standing on two feet.

Before her friend made it to the finish,

her right leg was blown off.

All that was left was a bloody stump.


VI

They stood behind a table

handing cups of water to runners

as they raced by.

Soon, the fleet of runners abruptly ceased-

The marathon was stopped

because of a terrorist attack.


VII

She sat upon her daddy’s shoulders

like a bird at its perch,

waiting to see her mommy run by.

She excitedly waved to mommy,

and then boom-

She couldn’t find mommy,

who was somewhere in the crowd of people,

screaming, crying, confused.


VIII

He couldn’t do it.

He couldn’t help everybody.

Twenty two years on the force,

and nothing like this had ever happened before.

A terrorist attack in his beloved city.

It shook him to the core-


IX

She finished the marathon

with her best time yet.

Overjoyed, she set off towards the crowds

to look for her fiance.

Simultaneously, they reached out to embrace,

just as the backpack laying a few feet away

exploded with no warning.

Their lives would never be the same again.


X

Boylston Street was a sea of runners,

as it always was this day.

He would soon realize

today was not like every other Marathon Monday.

A lone wolf escaped the crowd of onlookers,

and then something exploded amidst the crowd.


XI

The call she would never forget.

There was a bombing at the finish line,

motives thought to be terrorism.

The screams of agony,

the blood, the limbs.

The shock, the confusion,

the lifeless body of a little boy.


XII

The news alert popped up on my mom’s phone;

A bomb exploded at the marathon.

We did not yet know

it was much more than a bomb.

Nobody in the mall did.

I never imagined it would happen here,

but isn’t that what everyone always thinks?


XIII

I didn’t want to do it.

Tamerlan left me no choice.

And now, I must pay.

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Dear Convocation: What Are You?

Are you a pulpit, a political tool, or a public space of ideas?

If you're a student at Liberty University here in Lynchburg, Virginia, you know that Convocation is nothing short of incredible. It's a dizzying experience at first, being surrounded by 13,000+ peers and staff, joining in a communal worship service, and being able to hear speakers whose names may be passed around your dinner table during school breaks.

Every residential, on-campus student attends Convo three times a week. We sit in assigned sections. At Convocation, it is a humbling experience to recognize that you are not just a student, but part of a student body, part of the body of Christ.

But a growing part of that student body is now beginning to question not just who is speaking on a said day, or what was said, but what Convocation actually is.

According to Liberty's website, Convocation is not a chapel service, despite the 15-20 minute worship held before speakers rise to the podium. This distinction allows them to host any number of diverse speakers, as Convocation "allows people from all walks of life to compel, equip, and challenge our students to think clearly and with conviction."

Guests at Convo are chosen by “relevance,” and if the speaker happens to “possess a message that will contribute to pivotal cultural conversations that stretch both the hearts and minds of our students, faculty, and staff.”

In these past few years, however, it's not been hard to find students in the halls or at the gym or simply walking down University Boulevard and hear them dreading yet "another political Convo" and "another pastor selling a book," or squealing, "I can't believe so-in-so said that!"

That's not to say that these kinds of speakers are featured prevalently at our school—but they come often enough that we notice and make memes like the brilliant millennials we are. As far as political Convos go, it's no secret that our school president, Jerry Falwell Jr., supported and continues to support now-U.S. President Donald Trump.

But just how much of that support trickles into our Convocation remains to be seen, as right-wing commentators, journalists, and Trump Campaign affiliates have often been under the Convocation spotlight.

What pains me personally about Convo, however, is that last semester, (including those in panels and grouped speakers) only 22% of all Convocation speakers were women. Only 30% of female speakers spoke unaccompanied. While it is uncommon, and in many cases unheard of for women to speak with authority from a Christian pulpit, Convocation is clearly defined as separate from Chapel.

Considering that the majority of undergrads at Liberty are women, this poses a interesting question: If Convocation is not Chapel, then what is it, and do the same traditional criterion of the pulpit also apply to Convo?

An initial response may very well be, no, of course not; we've had speakers all the way from Social Democrat Bernie Sanders to Republican Ted Cruz and his presidential bid in 2015, from Christine Caine and her "Propel Women" initiative, to the Robertson family of the A&E reality show, Duck Dynasty.

However, if that truly were the case, then why do these numbers exist in 2017? Why is the ratio of female speakers to male speakers so unequal?

Dear Convocation, what are you?

This is not to say that male speakers are unable to teach, preach, or persuade female students at Liberty; rather, this is a matter of representation. Of the percentage aforementioned, only 33% of female speakers were of color, compared to an even more disappointing 23% of the male speakers.

In the world of #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, or #timesup, where does Convocation fit in?

If Convocation is not Chapel, if it is meant to enrich our college experience by exposing us to diverse and culturally relevant speakers in order for us "Champions for Christ" to better engage with the world around us…why are those beautiful and powerful and culturally-relevant discussions on fighting racism, domestic abuse, sexism, why are they so few and far between? The voices we hear matter.

Dear Convocation, are you a pulpit, a political tool, or a public space of ideas?

Let me know when you've figured it out. In the meantime, I'll go find my seat in section 101, and I am looking forward to what this new semester will bring.

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