These bankers are pariahs
by Polly Toynbee, 23/06/09
Polly, until you and your colleagues in the political and social sciences place your various disciplines on a firm, human-evolutionary, i.e. Darwinian, basis, instead of on an idealized - whether religious or humanist - view of human nature and the social institutions and power structures it has given rise to, you cannot get a handle on the kind of problem you are dealing with here.
Our most pressing social, political, economic and environmental problems cannot be solved without tackling their root causes. But before we can do that we must first recognise them, which in turn demands a Darwinian perspective.
WHY . . . ?
Because Homo sapiens IS, first and foremost, an evolved ANIMAL species.
For Christ's sake! When are we finally going to take this on board, instead of leaving it bobbing up and down in the water beside us . . ?!
Following on from my first post, in which I bang on, as usual, about the urgent need for a human-evolutionary, i.e. Darwinian, approach to understanding human (including British) society and its all too human problems:
What does evolutionary biology tell us about our own species? It tells us that we are not just very social animals, but also very tribal animals as well. This is because virtually all human behavioural evolution took place, long before the advent of civilisation and the state, when we lived in extended family groups or tribes.
We are tribal animals, which, since the advent of civilisation, have been coerced (and have coerced others) into being "state animals", or "animals of the state". And herein lie virtually all our problems, because while the state claims to be the natural and legitimate heir of our tribe, demanding our (tribal) loyalty, commitment and obedience to it (its laws), as a human-evolutionary perspective reveals, in truth it is NOT.
Then WHAT is it . . ?
It is the means by which society serves, regulates, controls and exploits ITSELF, to the advantage of its dominant and privileged elites (now, in a democracy such as our own, much diversified and increased in numbers), thus making it inherently unjust, inhumane and (in the long term, which now, at the beginning of the 21st Century, is rapidly coming to an end) wholly unsustainable.