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Comments posted in response to an article by Faisal Devji:

Pakistan, the privatised state


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This is a depressing, but all too credible account of the situation in Pakistan, an understanding of which requires a human-evolutionary, i.e. Darwinian, perspective.
We must see ourselves as the evolved animal we actually are, increasingly, if not completely, removed from the tribal context in and for which our emotions and behaviour patterns evolved. As isolated individuals or in make-shift, pseudo tribes, we flounder, while continuing to pursue (some, especially those who would lead us, decisively and often ruthlessly), our primordial drive for survival, advantage (over others) and "success", only now misplace, perverted, rationalised, and thus unrecognised, in the artificial environment of human society itself, where it has largely been reduced to the pursuit, possession, retention and exercise of POWER, in all its forms (money, the moral high ground, social and professional status, etc).
There is no greater or more urgent need than that we break the taboos which blind and bind us, so that we can recognise and develop an understanding of our own Darwinian nature, of the social, political and economic power structures it has given rise to, and the ways they dominate us to our own detriment (as described in this article) and, ultimately, destruction.