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History of Puppeteering

[cap­tion id=“attachment_97763” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”] Pup­peteer by Calipsoo[/caption]

by baldilocks

Right now, I’m read­ing Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash: The 400-​Year Untold His­tory of Class in Amer­ica. (Actu­ally, I’m lis­ten­ing to it, via an audio­book copy checked out from the Los Ange­les Pub­lic Library. As I’ve said many times before, audio­books allow mul­ti­task­ing — dri­ving, rid­ing, work­ing out, clean­ing the house, etc.) Since I’m only at the end of Chap­ter One, this won’t be a review, but I can’t help but put down a few thoughts. These ini­tial obser­va­tions may read as cri­tique against cap­i­tal­ism or West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion, but that’s not my inten­tion. All civ­i­liza­tions have flaws – most much worse than ours.

Isen­berg out­lines the British con­cept of “trash peo­ple” – mean­ing the poor — and how the British upper crust desired to use that pop­u­la­tion for its own ends with respect to the colonies. Of course, we all know that class divi­sions have existed and still exist in West­ern civ­i­liza­tions, but read­ing about the plan­ning and the imple­men­ta­tion of these endeav­ors bids com­par­i­son to how the present-​day Amer­i­can “upper crust” uses the poor and the not-​so-​poor. Back then, con­trol of the poor to the end of mak­ing profit, was far more overt than it is today, which makes today’s efforts far more effec­tive — as is so for all hid­den agendas.

From what I can tell, there has always been a set-​apart group in Euro­pean coun­tries and their colonies: an indentured/​enslaved caste — whether the bondage is for­mal or not. Some­times, it’s the natives of a con­quered land. Other times, it’s a forcibly imported group, such as African slaves, the British under­class, or the Irish. Today – in Amer­ica at least – it’s pri­mar­ily those of Mex­i­can descent.

The inter­est­ing thing about this his­tory is that it proves the axiom that there’s noth­ing new under the sun. And, though the tac­tics have changed, the goal remains the same: control.

But, back in the hey­day of the British Empire, the elite just wanted to con­trol your body and couldn’t care less about your mind…

More to come.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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Puppeteer by Calipsoo

by baldilocks

Right now, I’m reading Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. (Actually, I’m listening to it, via an audiobook copy checked out from the Los Angeles Public Library. As I’ve said many times before, audiobooks allow multitasking—driving, riding, working out, cleaning the house, etc.) Since I’m only at the end of Chapter One, this won’t be a review, but I can’t help but put down a few thoughts. These initial observations may read as critique against capitalism or Western Civilization, but that’s not my intention. All civilizations have flaws–most much worse than ours.

Isenberg outlines the British concept of “trash people”–meaning the poor—and how the British upper crust desired to use that population for its own ends with respect to the colonies. Of course, we all know that class divisions have existed and still exist in Western civilizations, but reading about the planning and the implementation of these endeavors bids comparison to how the present-day American “upper crust” uses the poor and the not-so-poor. Back then, control of the poor to the end of making profit, was far more overt than it is today, which makes today’s efforts far more effective—as is so for all hidden agendas.

From what I can tell, there has always been a set-apart group in European countries and their colonies: an indentured/enslaved caste—whether the bondage is formal or not. Sometimes, it’s the natives of a conquered land. Other times, it’s a forcibly imported group, such as African slaves, the British underclass, or the Irish. Today–in America at least–it’s primarily those of Mexican descent.

The interesting thing about this history is that it proves the axiom that there’s nothing new under the sun. And, though the tactics have changed, the goal remains the same: control.

But, back in the heyday of the British Empire, the elite just wanted to control your body and couldn’t care less about your mind…

More to come.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!