The majority of this blog's posts have leaned, if not fallen over, to the left. But I have said that Political Atheism is not just one view. And it isn't. It's time for the Right to have a voice. The views in this post may be interpreted as extremely negative, so here is your fair warning. This is my opinion.
Ron Paul says, "I have heard that people will be slaves as long as they are well fed and entertained," at the end of his book The Revolution, a Manifesto. Though he disagrees with this statement, I think it rings all too true. The most popular parts of American culture; fast food, reality TV, pop music, movies, and professional sports are all giant industries in which the main goal is simply entertainment and instant gratification. The average American is bombarded by advertisements though out the day, everyday. Ads tell Americans what to eat, drink, wear, play, watch; what to want in every aspect of life.
All the while, voter turn out is low, few people pay attention to their government and most assume it is so corrupt that there is nothing they can do. But this is the United States. Public libraries contain free access to knowledge and the Internet. Free schools provide educational opportunities to every child, no matter how poorly funded and under-run some actually are. The point is that people in America have the freedom to try and do whatever they want to do. Most of them just choose to plop in front of the TV and let NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox tell them what to like, love, hate, etc...
Atheism is not a secret society. You don't have to be initiated or invited; you just have to learn the truth for yourself and you're in. This is the same with conservative intellectualism. Once you realize that everyone has a chance to make something of themselves, yet they choose not to, you stop caring about them and care only for your own. If the majority of people without health insurance aren't marching on Capitol Hill in favor of reform, then why pass it? Why try to help those who don't want to be helped and couldn't care less if they were helped? After all, a health reform protester on Capitol Hill recently suffered a heart attack at a rally. He was treated by the Congressional Health Staff, the definition of government run health care! Just keep showing those sweet ads during the Superbowl.
This form of atheism can manifest itself out of nihilism and conservatism. Since life has basically no meaning, other than what you make of it, and there is no afterlife or final judgement or god; it becomes very easy to say 'I am going to make this the best possible life I can for myself and those I love, and screw everyone who gets in my way.' It is even easier to do those necessary tasks when you realize that people don't even care about them, as long as they are well fed and entertained.
The average American is extremely uneducated in the basic history of our universe, solar system, planet, and species. The majority of them don't even want to know about those things. They want to say "God has a plan" and other expressions that absolve them or others of events and place them in a mystical realm where they will never be explained. The majority of Americans believe in God. 92% of them. The vast majority of those are Christian. Read the Bible and tell me that thing's story is anywhere close to the factual history of our universe.
So we have a recipe for a conservative mindset; no purpose to life, no one cares, people don't want responsibility, and most people think that they will go to Heaven regardless of what horror happens on this life. There is only one problem. Not only do open atheists make up around 8% of the country, they are vastly liberal. The majority of conservative atheists have to cover their non-belief up. And they do it to get a base. The conservative intellectuals have made a pact with the devil; supporting the religious right. As long as the political movement's base is obsessed with what other people do in privacy and is pushing its religious garbage, the real conservative movement can push its own agenda.
The Earth cannot remain suitable for humans on a wide scale. The very first life forms to dominate the planet, primitive bacteria, wiped themselves out because they created an oxygen rich atmosphere that suffocated them. Life's goal is not to regulate itself, it is multiply. Generate more life, enough to survive and make more life. People are concerned with saving species that are incapable of surviving in an ever changing world, one that has seen 99% of its species go extinct. Species are transient. They are not stepping stones, but bleed into one another in a blur of sexual reproduction. There is no such thing as "save the Earth," it is "save the Humans." Why help those species unfit for reproduction and adaptation on their own? Why save people incapable of saving themselves?
But the conservative plan is not to get rid of humans that are not genetically ideal. The plan has to do with money of course. A man that can't see gets glasses. A woman with confidence problems gets implants. A child gets braces and grandpa gets hip surgery. Human inadequacies are not problems that need to disappear, but business opportunities to generate an economy based on flawed creatures. Health care is 20% of the American economy. That doesn't include daily toiletries and other basic components of an "imperfect creature economy."
Capitalizing on the majority's physical weaknesses is only the beginning. Major corporations use psychology to manipulate the consumers into wanting the wrong things. Coca-Cola should have a huge stake in dental health care equipment manufacturers. There are countless examples in which the basic flaws of humanity are exploited for the financial gain of the conservative intellectuals. And what is wrong with that? Would people rather be weeded out through natural selection or even worse; genetically modified humans?
As long as people financially support those companies that don't care about them, the conservative movement wins. You buy Nike shoes, you support $1 a day sweatshops in southeast Asia. Wear Abercrombie, you support sweatshops in China. Major corporations do not care about the average consumer and it makes perfect since why they don't. The average consumer doesn't even care about his or her own self. They care about their favorite fictional character, their local football team, and every other ridiculous and truly worthless invented problem and form of entertainment. If you want to change the world you live in, and don't agree with this post, then stop supporting the major corporations that you allow to screw you over. It is incredibly hard to convince people to help those that do not want help. There are really only two choices; wake everyone up from their self-induced comas, or join the dark side. The choice is yours and good luck with either. Stay skeptical.
The Political Atheist