A Bit of History…..Weirds are Whigs
The history of England and the United States cannot be properly understood without knowing something about the evolution of the competing political ideologies of the Whigs and the Tories. The motivating myths of these opposed ideologies have frequently driven large numbers of people, with so much in common otherwise, into disastrous social conflict. The term Tory has survived but has undergone great changes whilst the word Whig has disappeared from common usage. Intellectuals in the state-controlled educational institutions are mostly left wing authoritarian “Weirds”. Everyone who is not Left Wing, like Buddhists, Bedouin, Anarchists, Daoists, Native Americans in reservations, Inuit, Aboriginals, Christians etc., is seen as Right Wing and must be converted by compulsory educational indoctrination or, if that fails, by government legislation, if that fails they will lose their jobs and reputations as politically incorrect “thought criminals” and if that fails then they will be provided with free psycho-therapy.
The Middle Class Transforms Traditional Politics
The competing political ideologies of Whigs and Tories began with the rise of a new middle class which transformed the mainly agricultural world where the population was previously divided between extremes of class, status and power. Such a division could be described as an “excluded middle”. The late Fifteenth Century take-over by the Tudor dynasty in England was a great break away from the feudal system which had governed England until the fratricidal Wars of the Roses between rival major landed aristocrats. The middle class had little in common with either peasants or landed aristocrats. In the industrial world today the middle class is now much more numerous than the upper or lower classes and what is excluded now are the extremes of status and power, generally hidden from public view. Extremes in the distribution of income are accepted by the poor who are educated to believe in bourgeois meritocracy as a moral system based on superficially assessed equality of opportunity regardless of income or status. Such a belief has its foundation in Greek rationalism and Protestantism.