Sunday, 10 January 2010

What’s ‘Dogma’ Then?



What’s dogma then? That’s an interesting question intricate and compounded with some considerable conplexity about it.

Wikipedia, say’s that Dogma: “Is the established belief or doctrine held by a religion, ideology or any kind of organization: it is authoritative and not to be disputed, doubted or diverged from. The term derives from Greek δόγμα "that which seems to one, opinion or belief" and that from δοκέω (dokeo), "to think, to suppose, to imagine". The plural is either dogmas or dogmata, from Greek δόγματα.”

And

“Dogmata are found in many religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, where they are considered core principles that must be upheld by all followers of that religion. As a fundamental element of religion, the term "dogma" is assigned to those theological tenets which are considered to be well demonstrated, such that their proposed disputation or revision effectively means that a person no longer accepts the given religion as his or her own, or has entered into a period of personal doubt. Dogma is distinguished from theological opinion regarding those things considered less well-known. Dogmata may be clarified and elaborated but not contradicted in novel teachings (e.g., Galatians 1:8-9). Rejection of dogma is considered heresy in certain religions, and may lead to expulsion from the religious group.”

What I’m building up too; is to try and establish what is political dogma; and do we already live in a dogmatic society, were dogma is used in part to sustain its continuation?

This whole consideration is the result of a conversation I had yesterday morning with two friends; during which one friend said that he considered ‘Socialism’ to be a dogma!

I must also say that this friend had spent some years as a member of the SWP, which when I think of dogma in the political sense; they do come to mind and so do the Socialist Party, and others including the BNP.

And when I refer to the Socialist Party, that’s not to confuse that outfit formally, and famously known as Militant with the Socialist Party (SPGB) founded in 1904 and still going strong.

Well I’m a member of the Socialist Party (SPGB) and of course I would be expected to say that about my own party. However the thing is; I’m not selling the party as an organisation that people have to join; never have and never will! I’m a member because it advocates transforming the world from a capitalist advocacy to a Socialist Society of free access to all the worlds’ resources that supports life and its quality thereof, and for all its populations’.

The socialist world will be what we all make it to be?

Everyone has ideas; socialism is about listening and liaising with others in all our common held objectives. Everyone’s ideas and efforts will contribute, for that’s the only way it will work, a real democratic choice, equal voice in the democratic decisions that are taken.

I suppose that there will be those out there; and if they have read thus far, will start to think that I’m now being utopian. And that’s what happens all too often when ether an individual fails to understand and dismiss an argument, they attach a label or tag conveniently, walking away from freethinking openness.

I read a lot about teenage gangs; I think about the gangs that children at school tend to build amongst themselves, all of these, are mirror reflections of society. Children are educated to follow’ and abide by the rules, rules that are made by a few and handed-down by leaders. So what happens is that children sooner or latter start to impersonate the society they are born into, they set up gangs because they think society is run by gangs with leaders, they fight wars with other gangs, because there is always a good, a bad, a wrong and a right. This leads to other unpleasantness; such as bullying and much far worst! Just the other day a friend told me of a fatality outside a nightclub in Canning Town near my home that involved a knife and a gang.

Some political organisations that are about today look like gangs to me. I have already said this on my blog about the ‘Gangs of Westminster’ a few weeks ago and here!

With the general election under starters orders and now on the off’, we will see much, of the various mainstream political parties and there leaders, just like courting peacocks’. The peacock with the best display attracts a harem of peahens with his courtship dance. That’s what comes to mind when I consider the election coming, in fact it’s the breeding season and like peacocks the political leaders choose special places (TV, Radio, Newspapers) to perform their courtship dance and they tend to return to the same location every four or five years. Others may be doing the same thing close by and the workers (peahens) will window-shop—the peacock with the best display and most money wins.

I would say; that people become dogmatic in order to exercise power – over others!

It’s also about quelling descent and promoting unity, to vent feelings; and establish confidence in its advocates and others especially with regard to aims, values, and courses to be taken.

Some modern day dogma has led us to war! Then used to justify the actions taken at a later date.

The whole rotten system is run on the dogma preached and practised by world capitalisms, whether state supported or not. China and the former USSR along with their satellites’ would be an example and lets not forget Cuba or the Latin-American contribution, or otherwise, if you get my drift!

Socialism is not remotely recognisable in any of the above, is my contention here, and I’m not afraid to say so!

Socialism is about a society that is run by all its members, and in all their interests, not the few that will use any means to control and keep their profit system. They control government, judicatory, police and armed services, all of which is used to keep their system in place.

This control is being tested, and has been for some time right around the world. One look at the transformation of police officers on the G20 demonstration in comparison to their predecessors of the 1960s policing a CND march…They look like Robocop.

Of course Robocop is a film of made up science fiction, I think it's fascinating!

Detroit - in the future - is crime ridden, and run by a massive company. The company have developed a huge crime fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favour with the public when a cop called Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphys body is reconstructed within a steel shell and named Robocop. The Robocop is very successful against criminals, and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker.

After Omni Consumer Products (OCP) announced that it bought out the Detroit police department, the department decides to go on strike. Alex Murphy, gets transferred from Metro South to the West. He and his partner, Anne Lewis, track down a group of criminals led by Clarence Boddicker. Unfortunately, Murphy was killed by Clarence's gang. Bob Morton, one of OCP's employees, transforms Murphy's corpse into Robocop, to compete with another employee Dick Jones' ED-209. Robocop's tests are successful. Unfortunately, Robocop rediscovers his memories (when he was Alex Murphy), and now knows he has to find and arrest Clarence Boddicker. He realizes that Clarence is working for Bob Morton's competition Dick Jones. Now, Robocop must stop both Clarence and Dick Jones.

 I’m grateful to the Internet Movie Database for the above plot summary.

I think its uncanny this film made in 1987, for around the world, there are solders and cops; who look as if they had just come strait from being supernumeraries on the Robocop film set! But it’s not fancy dress, props and makeup! This is very real; they have the weaponry that I thought way back then in 1987 was so far fetched, to ever become real! Well I was wrong, the police, the cops, they have real convincing machine guns,  seen more often these days on our streets; particularly here in London.

Well I'm trying to look at what might be dogma; and  like falling snow have drifted somewhat, but I'm glad to belong to an organisation that has no leaders, and that is run through and by its members!

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