In his most recent post, Chris Hedges has notified us that he is “suing Barack Obama” for signing into law the new (and controversial) National Defense Authorization Act.  The law, as written and interpreted, allows for military occupation/intervention on homeland soil, and for indeterminate military detention of American citizens suspected of terrorist associations or intentions.  As he says, “a catastrophic blow to civil liberties.”

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With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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13 Responses to CENSORED!!

  1. What are we in, World War III or something? An outrage (although I personally like Obama, this is a mistake- but an election is coming up soon and he must appeal to the majority who now seem to despise him, at the risk of losing loads of respect from those of us who like him). Hmph!!!!!!!!

    • kulturcritic says:

      Dina – Again… you are on the wrong page; you need to click the image above, and go to read the full article before you make any comments. This is only the introduction.

  2. Patric Roberts says:

    A Lakota Sundancer shared this story yesterday. An Indian playing with coo sticks became so engrossed in the game that on the field of battle he got carried away in rage and killed an Indian. The Indian was proud of his deed and shared it in a sacred circle of man telling in detail how he killed the Indian. An old wise elder was in the circle and spoke “That was my son.” The Indian became enraged and challenged him in mortal combat immediately flipping again into a raging heart. The old man walked over took his hand saying “Now you are my son.”

    The point of the story is the true meaning of Wolakota that means peace and friendship. The real courage and wisdom isn’t combating evil, rather owning it’s power no matter the conditions or situations. I like many are tempted to enter the raging storm of reactive emotions based in the power of the sword. I offer it’s the power of love that constitutes, sustains and maintains Homo sapiens amans and that is eternal infinite goodness. All your posts endeavor to inspire a higher standard of social relations by recovering the ancient feral wisdom embodied in our bones, blood, skin and hearts. I think this old man knew what he was talking about through direct human experience and won the contest hand downs.

    Have a great 2012 as predatory chaos goes mad in a new integration.

    • Angie says:

      Patric, come back – I can’t understand why the old man announced to the murderous Indian that he was his son. Is this “turn the other cheek”, but more? What lesson does it give us for the imminent “predatory chaos”? I’m okay to submit to the horrors of the collapse, but do I have to just relinquish my daughters without some resistance? that will be tough indeed. Or have I missed the point entirely? Always possible….
      Genuinely curious,

    • kulturcritic says:

      I am just trying to be honest, Angie.

    • kulturcritic says:


      Not to belabor the point, but only to provide you with the full benefit of my mature reflection on your comment. Your very question betrays a more dangerous form of arrogance — the arrogance of presuming “thou art better than me…” The smugness – the arrogance of thinking one is not arrogant is an insidious trait in many of us today.

  3. Patric Roberts says:

    Angie I have a hard time parsing any intelligent appreciative response all the time to western civilization’s mental structuring of mythological BS that in my “a” rational point of view has ended. Smell the roses at the impending grave site of a mistaken thinking of faster, better, and cheaper nonsensical horse shit in dead speech acts going nowhere. The point of the story to use the ancient Indian Love Story the “Bagavada Gita.” Krisha speaking to Arjuna has lost heart on his chariot as he is about to fight his own brothers in battle. Krishna says “he who believes he has killed a man or believes he has been killed errors.” The mistake is man has no power over another’s life in the spirit world. The spirit within man is indestructable, eternal and infinite primary knowing creative generating principle of an imperturable expansive intelligence that constitutes, sustains and maintains the web of life within a living universe, not a dead one!

    Now I understand how this is a stretch of one’s imagination in a civilization that is based in materialism as being dead particle and waves in reductive linear certainties of factual BS that has no inner realization~in~living in natural law ~ momentariness. The new integral paradigm emerging is based in momentariness not time or space in hard rock certainties that have been mistakenly crafted in a notion of patriarchal power (exclude and appropriate in cultures) where position, title and publications represent life and living.

    What I invite us to consider is that every social relationship within the inanimate and animate universe is occurring in consciousness and our virtual identities are about to go through a major reconstructive change producing an age of activity in this emergent ecological age where we gather trust in human commitments as servant leaders addressing once and for all the permanent human and business concerns as a humanity operating in solidarity.

    Love is the answer. We are love. We were designed to love. What is Love? Love is in the presence of another to have legitimacy~in~coexistence for the “a” rational view point regardless of the challenge in an appreciative inquire and dialog. The old wise Indian did that and that is the point of Wolakota; peace and friendship in the end conquers the arrogant aggression in the power of enactive embodied love in the conditions and situations arising in each of our lives right now and today. We can make new radical choices and knock Goliath flat on his ass once and for all. I offer that we do that in a mood of joyful concern and laughing as we watch the institutions in western civilization burn up like paper before our eyes, and we enjoy the canopy of stars in the Milky Way that is our home. When we ignite that perspective in our human perceptions of reality as a way of seeing and being in relationship we will be glorious in the victory before us and the sacred beings of tomorrow (children) will never be orphans again in the innocents of knowing the meaning of Homo sapiens amans.

    Have a great day and out of pocket for a few days. So I may not be able to entertain the chatter in this regard.

  4. Angie says:

    Thank you. I wish I could share your certainty, but as beings we seem so very far from the unconditional acceptance that I think describes your version of Love. Even if it is transcendent, and occurring in a non-material a-rational plane, wouldn’t we feel it and see it’s effects everywhere, or do we have to die/be gifted with insight to tune in?
    I love your take on our silly nonsense priorities, and I’m grateful for your time in explaining your understanding. I’m haunted by a sense (since my family and I nearly burned to death in a wildfire nearly three years ago) that there is something profound eluding me.

  5. Angie says:

    Patric, I need to add that while we fought to survive in our burning home people around us were dying.Maybe I’m looking for comfort. It was dreadful, parents could not reach their children. I will never forget my Lucy retching and choking and screaming I can’t breathe, and Gracie sobbing, You promised we wouldn’t be here, We made it through (and walked into an apocalypse, that had been our neighborhood). For others the next step came. God I hope they’re okay and together now.

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