'Diva, two things--first the criminal conspiracy called the Mafia. Do you know before the Kennedy administration that many officials believed into ridulous the idea of a bunch of thugs being so organized to have such a wide-range conspiracy? But it was just that. I think it was good to expose many elements of these jackbooted thugs who make a living through extortion. Yes, there was some economic benefit to having paid protection money but with all these types of deals it benefits the few while harming the many...of course the history of the world shows this is usually how things get played out but then it becomes a matter of who the 'few' are--productive individuals who safisfy consumers wants--capitalism, or those who benefit from politcal connections and indirect extortion--socialism...the Communist conspiracy was quite extensive in America and still is in many ways considering their well organized peace rallies to help their methodology of divide and conquer--but to this day McCarthty is villified for having the courage exposing this conspiracy..go figure
second, when talking about what reality for whom you are discussing the primary of consciousness vs. the primary of existence...is there an independent reality apart from our consciousness--i think yes. Reality is reality whether we wish it to be or not as there is no way to escape from the law of causality. You may think you can choose your reality and jump off a building and think you can fly without wings but reality to teach you otherwise. Political organization and the educational system can go a long ways toward just how people within society can get by with disobeying the fact that A is A, the good is productive, the evil is extortion & destruction, the good is benevolent, the evil is maelovent, the good is peace, the evil is war, the good is liberty, the evil is coercion & power, the good is reason, the evil is irrationality...in Atlas Shrugged John Galt states: "Reality is that which exists; the unreal does not exist; the unreal is merely the negation of existence which is the content of a human consciousness when it attempts to abandon reason. Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man's only means if knowledge, is his only standrad of truth."
yes, Animal Farm is a wonderful book--i always liked that line "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."