08 February 2009

Pig Town or Fear of the Power

Image: by Marco Capitanio


FOREWORD

Pig Town is indebted to George Orwell.


CONDITIONS

Pigs are supposed to be ambitious, greedy, quite intelligent beings in their natural state.

In Pig Town the power is hold only by the category of pigs and pork in general.

Society agreed in giving power to them.


RESULTS

The advantage for pigs is that they fulfill their strongest desire, dealing with power.

The advantage for society is that if one pig does not care about his political duties, society is free to remove this pig-politician from his role and send him to the butcher (a concept similar to our prisons).

Pigs on one hand are granted with political power and all the benefits this condition carries, but on the other, because of the fear of being reduced to sausages they are forced to be good politicians and rulers, as far as they can.


PROS & CONS

This kind of social system can be very long-lasting and eliminates almost all the basic reasons leading to crisis and class-struggle, but this also determines a static town, in a way radical and conservative at the same time.


RUPTURE

When pigs discover masochism, or they get bored of their role they will, just for the pleasure of the danger of meeting the butcher, behave intentionally as bad politicians.

2 comments:

david said...

I guess real power hasn´t much to do with been judgeg by society... Real power is the skill of playing with the rules without being judged. The real powerful and intelligent pigs would be able to deal with power and to break at the same rules without being sent to the butcher; just as somebody does...

Marco Capitanio said...

Of course this can happen, but as far as I haven't the faintest clue of what I am talking about, I would disagree with one of your conclusions: this is also implied (quite criptically I have to say) in the CONDITIONS. Pigs (quite intelligent) are given the power: so, they do not struggle for it, and in this way society stops the process which would lead them to a more conscious state as "social group", refining their minds... So theoretically there are no "really powerful and intelligent" ones. But as times passes the chances increase that they will "grow up"...