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The Eclipse of the Misanthropocene Epoch

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Misanthropy appears epidemic among our political, religious, and corporate leaders, the groups they lead, and their propagandists. This is the long-term trend since the very beginnings of civilization.

It all began with the rise of authoritarian autonomists, a functional description of violent narcissists.

Before the rise of civilization, established primitive indigenous societies often routinely shunned those individuals who embodied the free-rider problem or were otherwise disruptive to their societies.

Eventually, the shunned who survived apart from the established primitive indigenous societies banded together into autonomist predatory roaming gangs that became wandering autonomist warrior societies.

Misanthropy existed mutually and reciprocally between these shunning societies and the societies of the shunned. Virtually every group of people hated and was hated by another group of people. Virtually every person hated and was hated by other persons by association.

This was a time when the word used for a stranger was the same as the word used for an enemy. Enemies were hated and strangers were likewise deemed untrustworthy. Established primitive indigenous societies distributed resources internally based on need and reciprocal social obligations not recognized by free-riders, strangers, and enemies.

These autonomist warrior societies exchanged and redistributed resources among themselves and with established primitive indigenous societies using barter systems.

Strongly felt, ubiquitous, and readily reciprocated misanthropy was dysfunctionally normalized under the barter systems.

These wandering autonomist warrior societies survived by foraging and poaching on the traditional grounds of established primitive indigenous societies, robbing or extorting the established primitive indigenous societies for food and cultural products, and preying upon each other.

The authoritarian leadership of wandering autonomist warrior societies depended upon combat skills, falling to those who survived trials by combat. The most lethal authoritarian autonomist, a violent narcissist, always won.

Barter systems further evolved to create money made of precious metals as a store of wealth and a medium of exchange.

The most persistent autonomist wandering warrior societies, stabilized under authoritarian leadership, survived by retreating with their booty to fortified armed camps. These defendable strongholds were populated by an authoritarian leader, autonomist warriors with shifting loyalties and temporary alliances looking to improve their standing within the autonomist warrior society, and their obedient servants who were often their progeny that lacked both authority and autonomy.

The defendable strongholds were strategically located within the territories that the persistent autonomist warrior societies under authoritarian leadership looted and pillaged for their logistic support. This competitive predatory environment pushed established primitive indigenous societies to likewise fortify their communal living areas into defendable strongholds and create their class of warriors.

With these defendable strongholds protected by warriors, we have the recognized origin of cities, citizens, civilization, and civilians as defined and identified by their Latin root words. Among them was a rising mercantile class that created secure armored vaults to hold money, precious metals, and other valuables.

Misanthropy is evidentiary in the leader and warriors’ treatment and regard of those who must serve them. Misanthropy is also evident in the feelings and actions of the servants towards their masters. This is evidence that misanthropy developed within groups as well as between groups.

Please note that to this day, cities do not produce food or extract natural resources but obtain them from the surrounding territories. Cities also contain the seat of power over the territories, the distribution of resources, and the accumulated treasures seized by their leadership.

Now humanity is prepared for the emergence of the first true kings.

It’s important to understand the work of true kings. True kingship arrives with the recognition of their autonomist authority over many cities and territories. Leaders would take their warriors to conquer other fortified cities but not destroy them except as a last resort. Ideally, the productivity of the conquered territories remained intact.

The goal of true kings was to mandate the recognition of their sovereignty with loyalty and obedience from other leaders under the threat and actionable application of violence. With this accomplished, a true king, a narcissistic authoritarian autonomist by definition, becomes a rentier, an alpha free-rider, by collecting fees for supposed protection from other would-be kings as an extortion racket.

True kings sought their empires comprising many taxable cities and territories. These empires of kings, controlled by self-proclaimed emperors in the exercise of narcissistic authoritarian autonomy, provided the tax base that enriched them. The collection of taxes is what made being a king profitable and worthwhile, a personification of the free-rider problem.

Taxes were often collected in the form of money made from precious metals. Paper or leather money currency was also widely and customarily used in addition to precious metal coinage by both governments and the growing mercantile class. Carthage in Africa was purported to have issued banknotes on parchment or leather before 146 BC.

During the Han dynasty in China, promissory notes appeared in 118 BC and were made of leather. The first known banknote was developed during the Tang and Song dynasties of China, starting in the 7th century. By the 1120s the Song dynasty produced paper money using woodblock printing. The Mongol Empire adopted banknotes during the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368).

Taxes would be spent on supporting religions that conferred legitimacy to kingship by divine right. Taxes would also be spent upon public displays that propagandized the legitimacy of kingship and the rightfulness of religion through the patronage of hegemonic art, theater, and philosophy.

Hegemonic art, theater, and philosophy produced narcissistic cultural celebrity propagandists each ensconced within a cult of personality. Royalty, clergy, and cultural celebrities composed a hegemony of narcissists that dysfunctionally normalized the free-rider problem.

The cities and territories authoritarian autonomist narcissistic kings controlled as rentiers were not necessarily contiguous. Each was merely conquered and exploited as a target of opportunity. Of course, contiguous consolidation was desirable from a strategic basis alone.

Banks evolved from the secure armored vaults created by the mercantile class. During these troubled times royalty, clergy, and cultural celebrities also employed these banks to store their wealth with relative safety.

The banking class emerged as a distinct specialization within the mercantile class.

The banking class required the use of the combined stored wealth to back investment loans made to royalty, clergy, cultural celebrities, and others of the mercantile class with interest as a condition of the secure storage of these others’ wealth.

From this point forward, the banking class not only makes money with the interest on investment loans but also benefits from the insider knowledge of who obtained the investment loans, the why, and what the investment loans are intended for.

The banking class supplements this knowledge with their intelligence networks. Of course, this intelligence includes the evident misanthropy between rival groups upon which they profited.

This combined knowledge influences their investments including their investment loans. This activity by the banking class premised solely upon the return on the investment in the intentions and work of others enlarges the free-rider problem to include them as well.

In Europe, home of the modern global hegemonic nation-state prototype, these cities with their territories were legitimized as sovereign nation-states by the Westphalian Treaties in October of 1648. The treaties ended both the Thirty Years’ War and the Eighty Years’ War waged among the kings and emperors.

These first modern nation-states formed as the first democracies as a solution to the problems caused by the internal differences between religious groups within each city and territory. When the misanthropy demonstrated between the religious groups degraded the legitimacy they granted to royal leadership secularized authoritarian leadership developed to replace it.

Groups, and factions within groups with shifting loyalties and temporary alliances, coalesced into parties with each displaying misanthropy towards each other with each their own narcissistic propagandist cultural celebrities with cults of personality.

Modern politics evolved by normalizing misanthropic authoritarian leadership of misanthropic autonomist groups with their internal shifting loyalties and temporary alliances propagandized by narcissistic celebrities with cults of personality.

The banking class not only supports and leverages this misanthropy by others but also engages in calculated callous misanthropy evident in their maxims and practices.

The free-rider problem became studied in the social sciences as a market failure in the distribution of common resources that occurs when those who benefit from resources, public goods, or services of a communal nature do not pay for them or under-pay.

The Tragedy of Privatizing the Commons

The enclosure movement began in the 12th century in England and proceeded rapidly in the period 1450–1640. The original purpose was mainly to increase the amount of full-time pasturage available to manorial lords.

Enclosure, while increasing the wealth of the entitled, resulted in increased poverty, rural depopulation, and homelessness. The enclosure acts were an act of misanthropy upon those who originally had use of the common resources.

Acts of Parliament in the UK enclosed open fields and common land in the country, creating legal property rights to land that was previously considered common resources. Between 1604 and 1914, over 5,200 individual acts were passed, enclosing 6.8 million acres.

This spanned the early development of the Industrialized Age which started in the UK. It also epitomizes the free-rider problem. The mercantile class, empowered by the banking class, colluded with authoritarian leadership in government to privatize previously common resources to the detriment of all others newly excluded.

The common ownership of land, and the history of its enclosure, parallels the enclosure of other common resources, ranging from the atmosphere and the oceans to pollution sinks and intellectual property.

Legal property rights to land enabled unbridled exploitation that produced profound ecological damage including the loss of wildlands that once supported a diversity of wildlife, the clear-cutting of forests, the overgrazing of grasslands, the depletion of agricultural soil, and the destructive mining operations that all together led to massive erosion over large acreages.

Privatized land also enabled toxic industrial development and incurred further toxification with the unregulated disposal of industrial wastes.

Misanthropy directed towards the industrial developers flourished under the names of General Ned Ludd, Captain Swing, and the Rebeccas. The writings of Max Stirner, Karl Marx, John Muir, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau encouraged more reciprocal misanthropy towards capitalists profiting from industrial development.

Now we are all owned by the penchant for our cognitive biases. We belong to a nation-state. We belong to a political party. We belong to a religion. We belong to a social-economic class. We belong to a race, color, or creed. Our language betrays our enslavement.

Each category of our enslavement subdivides the others. Every niche supports reciprocal misanthropy directed to other niches. We are all reciprocally hated by those we hate for belonging to another niche.

As the climate crisis winds down all life on Earth we retreat to seek solace among the like-minded in our niches. There we learn of plenty of other people to blame and therefore hate our circumstances. All we find are an accelerating metastasizing of socially constructed misanthropic niches.

Authoritarian autonomist leaders complete with their entourage of propagandists with their obsequious sycophants have subdivided our species full of misanthropy towards all others. It is willingly reciprocated in spades.

Perhaps it will all end with neither a whimper nor a bang. It seems it will all end consumed with anger, rage, and hate.

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To move forward, to have a future, humanity must acknowledge and account for the dysfunction of the normal. The current state of the world, produced by humanity as a whole, proves the dysfunction of the normal.

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