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The Gate-Beaver


This post is a continuation of the series on the new class system, and bears no relation to the slang usage referring to a part of female anatomy or to Canada’s national emblem. Nor will this post make any reference to any imagined connection between the slang meaning and Canada’s foreign policy.

The gate-beaver is the defender of the status quo. The wild beaver has his or her own reasons for eating trees and building dams, but the gate-beaver is a cunning creature who has built a career in service to centralizing wealth and power.

Gate-beaver has established a tradition of building stuff on other stuff, and is a clever engineer of converting natural systems into profit-making industry. It is the gate-beaver who invented advertising, promotion and spin. It is the gate-beaver who is responsible for turning art (music, film, fashion, interior design, literature) into a huge money-making market.

The gate-beaver will not be the folk singer or story teller, but will be the manager who creates celebrity out of art, a politician out of a charismatic speaker, commodities out of healing wisdom, and full scale wars out of survival strategies.

The gate-beaver flourishes in advertising. If the anthro-hyena is cunning then the gate-beaver is a magician in manipulating sub-conscious waterways. The gate-beaver can create many streams out of one river of knowledge, and hand out accreditation for those who follow the flow.

The gate-beaver is not the academy but will chew through whatever needs to be chewed in order to establish him or herself in the academy, and will work 24/7 to build dams that will keep out the ideologies not useful to the ruling class.

It is this creature who has designed vehicles to indicate progress in human societies while disenfranchising human intelligence and ethics. The ultimate in the gate-beaver’s book of alchemy has been to turn civilization into a global shopping mall.

The gate-beaver is not evil; he/she is so busy staying on top of his/her game (building, contracting, networking, feeding a family, saving for retirement) - that any reflection must be done on route to a drive-through breakfast.

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