Bhakta David Nollmeyer
Homini homo lupus
Man is a wolf to man…
The culture of impunity has been assailed far and wide by those individuals and institutions capacitated to uphold both individual and collective rights. The alienation of this duty under the civil state reveals an important lack of unity and or linkage with the culture of natural humans that comprise the nation within the state. It is a certainty that we as humans are individuals before we are a collective of which has the family for it's first domain. This is to state that the individual must also be responsible for one’s input into the culture (Rousseau).
I will discuss culture as the creation of a culture of impunity as an emergent worldview, a dysfunction of those manifest cultural processes that have arisen from our maladaptation that return to be systematically, often at the hands of agents of social control, operational to make us more antisocial in the sense of psychopathy.
Anthropologists claim that through evolution human beings are attempting to classify experiences and then to encode such for communication symbolically. The biological nature which has some deterministic basis becomes an external linkage that will develop entropy as all mechanistic linkages would incur. The linkage of learned beliefs, processes, and artifacts that pertain to a culture are considered both symbolic and material.
Within this framework of an emergent worldview there shall be posited the negative valuation of values, norms, and artifacts have in supporting the culture of impunity.
In continuation of this framework is the economic basis that both helps the production and consumption of these processes not strictly as a manner of creating wealth and storing such in a value but as a mode in which to manipulate those artifacts, technologies, and processes to foster a culture of impunity.
Totalitarianism seeks to isolate the individual or the group ex communicado thereby destroying the natural equilibrium that is needed for support from the environment. (In the beginning of 2005 the Darfur Sudan crisis highlights this tactic). The alienation of the individual or group if by organized forces external to one here supports fatalism as expounded by Durkheim. I am stating an adaptation of his suicide theory. The fate and the condition of the living is more contingent under conditions of realism of a controlling external power over such. In this light these persons are suffering from dependency. Their own autonomous range of choices and activities may be insufficient to remedy their predicament. The need of assistance radiates beyond the territory of the instant case.
The fatalistic agents of control have created a lesser of two evils culture of tacit condonement of the existence of serious violations of human rights. The continuum of this pattern appears now to penetrate and taint all those events of which learned persons have come to define culture in the positive.
As natural systems that are open bound towards the environment, humans need inputs to be sustainable. Activities in the Darfur area of Sudan demonstrate that war by other means can be perpetuated with impunity from the international communities. Polemics and missives are not in themselves a remedy. It appears that perpetrators of these acts assume carte blanche that interference with their activities will be minimal or symbolic.
As human systems demonstrate a tendency to organize so then a tendency to totalitarian institutions develops. This is problematic as it is a precursor to the next level of organization. This is systematization of torture. Heinrich Himmler of Nazi Germany is an excellent example.
Himmler was the architect of the German police state and the formation of the death camps. In this degree he began experiments with gassing undesirables to alleviate the stress to German soldiers from having to shoot untermenschen or undesirables. History has documented the systematic isolation and genocide against Jews, Roma (gypsies) criminals, gays and lesbians, and those with various biological problems as subject according to Himmler as, "the struggle for the extermination of any subhumans, all over the world who are in league against Germany, which is the nucleus of the Nordic race; against Germany, nucleus of the German nation, against Germany the custodian of human culture: they mean the existence or non existence of the white man; and we guide his destiny" (Himmler 1936). By 1933 Himmler had organized the first concentration camp in Dachua.
The argument is how is it possible for an individual as Himmler to organize material and human resources of the state to arrange for the systematic genocide of a specific group of persons without be checked? Within this perspective is the context of being dependent to a fatalistic organization. By the time the Allies had entered the death camps in France after D Day upwards of 6 million people had died.
A dependent circular pattern of abuse emerges. The culture itself has a basis for supporting these organizations. Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler did not act unilaterally. An essentialist perspective at times eliminates the perspective that these operatives had to have organization (support from the state and general population). The dark point in question is that the culture had to have in it's basis a foundation for the agents of social control to manipulate. One cannot one hundred percent rule out biological sources but such are beyond any demonstrable proof. Obstruction from the courts was essential for the organization of a paramilitary and military system to perpetuate their activities and these horrific acts.
The culture of impunity in itself does not exclusively pertain to genocide or acts of mass destruction. The systematic alienation of rights can begin with only an individual and marginally expand. This may seem incredible but culture itself is not created overnight. Many events as Darfur and the Holocaust have historical antecedents, which are thousands of years old.
We cannot exclude models of totalitarianism as Convergent Totalitarianism and Oligarchical Totalitarianism. In this nexus is a simple loss of right to the government. In this context those in power gain in status and wish to obtain even more social control from gaining property at others losses. These models do not exclude systems that claim to be religious, socialist, or communist.
In a new trajectory in the business community these models are integrated as business expands enabling the potential for it's resources to be used against the community. The forces of social control simply co opt trade and economy for use as a weapon. This tactic is not new, it is associated more openly with the Mafia as in Russia. A systematic attempt is made to extort and intimidate. This results in the delivery of threats of activities from the population through racketeering although the majority of persons may not be in immediate danger of losing life. The use of paramilitary forces in drug trafficking also reflects this pattern.
The United States is not immune from this totalitarianistic trend as domestic social disorders matize with the War on Terror. The miscalculation and escalation aid all persons engaged in criminal acts as the government attempts to maintain social order and defend it's borders.
In close the concept of an emergent worldview of the culture of impunity is correct in that most models of culture are abstract and artificially culturally neutral. They do not take into account that the natural human does have a potential for abuse. The current levels of historical cultural outputs must integrate into their models the contingencies of reality. The models of totalitarianism do at least focus on the creation of totalitarianism.
Heinrich Himmler. Retrieved from the World Wide Web April 20, 2005: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/himmler.html
Lieber, Robert, J. No Common Power (1988). USA: Forseman and Company: USA
Rousseau, Jean Jacques. (1968). The Social Contract. London: Penguin Books.
Culture. Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Retrieved from the World Wide Web April 20, 2005: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture