Faust comes to mind when mentioning Mitt Romney or Richard Land, an ambitious person who surrenders their moral integrity in pursuit of power and success, the proverbial “deal with the devil.”
Of course, Faust also comes to mind regarding the wheelers-and-dealers on Wall Street, most of the leaders of the EU with their insane call for austerity, the Republican Party in general, Faustian, er, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, the DLC Blue Dog “Democrats,” almost all the multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires in the 1 percent, as well as many of the U.S.’s and world’s religious leaders. All that greed. All that power-hunger. All that worldly totalitarian and authoritarian fixation over aiding the Rich, the Ultra-Rich and “well-connected” at the expense of the poor, the less rich, the less well-connected.
Faust could learn a trick or two from these neo-Faustian folks, neo-Faustians with their manic mantra of austerity, their calls for cutting taxes (and regulations) on the wealthiest while cutting to shreds the social safety net in one country and community after another.
Oh wait, austerian and austerity are missing a letter, an F. The worldwide representatives of the Rich and Ultra-Rich should be called Fausterians with their Fausterity policy, one meant to only benefit them and their ambitions for world domination, their power and their “success.”
And at the same time, these Fausterians are denying that the world’s atmosphere is warming up, the atmospheric CO2 concentration is increasing, the world’s glaciers and ice caps are melting at an increasingly alarming rate, the oceans are getting warmer and evaporating more moisture into the atmosphere, thus fueling more severe weather events worldwide, a globally dire situation that demands immediate attention and mitigating action, one requiring a global response, but which the Fausterians are blocking as their “ambitions” outweigh any concern about the well-being of the rest of humanity.
The Fausterians have spent decades establishing their Fausterian Empire on the surface of our planet, a very ambitious project. But as we’ve seen regarding all previous empires, the Fausterian Empire will crumble into dust, eventually, inevitably, so any “power and success” enjoyed by the Fausterians, their families and their Fausterian friends, will be short-lived, temporary, as all things are temporary in this world. The one difference between previous “ambitious” empires and today’s “ambitious” Fausterian Empire, though, is that when the Fausterian Empire finally bites the dust, there won’t just be thousands or millions of body bags, there will probably be billions, because the globalization schemes of the Fausterians are no match for the world’s climate and what is unfolding.
Or the Fausterians can grudgingly agree to higher taxes on themselves and more oversight of (regulations on) their globalization schemes, while ceasing calling for Fausterity for everyone else but themselves, choosing to share instead of grabbing all they can, choosing to cooperate instead of believing only in cut-throat competition, laying down their “ambition” temporarily (or at least tempering them) instead of letting their Faustian “deal with the devil” follow it’s inexorable course to it’s world-damning and world-destroying conclusion? Maybe the Fausterians will change their minds, maybe they’ll stop foisting this global catastrophe on everyone else, including themselves? Maybe it’s not too late?
A global climatological disaster will make World War I, World War II and the Cold War look minor in comparison, but do today’s Fausterians with their globalization schemes and “ambitions” care? Oh well.