This final new episode of The View Up Here will try to demonstrate the irony in picking that name for the project back in 2014. After the 2008 meltdown, the opportunity existed for a brief moment in time to actually change the systemic abuse and domination by those who run the machine. A new generation with a new way of communicating were looking for change. And with this new part of society seeking to change things came new ways of organizing and taking action. The status quo lagged in effective countermeasures outside of the usual prosecutorial power of the State. New methods gave way to the evolution of alternative voices from every conceivable position. Of which, TVUH was born. But then something happened. Eventually people behaved like people always have.
Systemic abuse and rot have always existed in every society. The difference is what is done about it. Accelerating the speed of everyday life has given us conditions where solutions are demanded at a speed to match it. How can this be done with generational systems of neglect? Do what people have always done. Don't fix it, just sell a fix for it. Label it. Personalize it. Make it a hill to die on, complete with a Hero. With diametrically opposed solutions, team comes before an actual fix.
Stanley Cohen has spent the majority of his life entwined in this never-ending loop, defending the things that do not change no matter how the rules of engagement are interpreted for that particular moment in time. From Season 4 Episode 17 in January 2016 to today's Season 12 Episode 8, The View Up Here welcomes Stanley back for his 6th guest appearance to discuss what could be called the perpetual self-own. Pause must be given to consider why identifiable systemic ills are analyzed to death, the proposed solutions are team issues and nothing gets fixed. Is the central core of maintaing the status quo even required if the hive mind is conditioned to do it for them counter-intuitively?