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.”

Meanwhile the OWS movement has taken its rallying cry to Washington D.C. and the steps of the Capitol in a protest against Congressional activity (or inactivity). Similar actions suggest other strongly parsed legalistic and legislative approaches to confronting the increasingly global designs of an ever-expanding corporate State hegemony.

All the while, our federal government, in concert with international corporate elites, is looking to gain legislative control over, and implement censorship of, the Internet.  The SOPA and PIPA Acts, ostensibly aimed at curtailing the pirating of intellectual property, look to extend the erosion of our purported constitutional right of free speech and access to information and products in our new, virtual society.  As of this writing, the would-be second-term president has withdrawn his support for the SOPA bill (I wonder why).  Yet, it is ironic that the feds are calling for such a far-reaching law, when just today they acted to close down one of these purported perps without such legislation.  Is someone not telling us the truth?

Just like our WAR on drugs and our WAR on terror, we are building-up the WAR on intellectual piracy.  These are all un-winnable wars.  Why?  Because there is no enemy that can be safely targeted.  No matter what you do, there will always be collateral damage, civilian casualties, false arrests and witch hunts.  In fact, this raises the issue as to whether these “wars” really serve a different function in our political economy. Perhaps their real aim is controlling the body-politic by generating fear, while protecting the corporate profits of those multi-nationals who engineer the economic system.  SOPA itself is worded so that it will go after the online sale of “unauthorized” versions of popular or expensive medications globally as well.  I mean, just look at who is endorsing this bill: lobbyists representing the Motion Picture Association of America, pharmaceuticals makers, media firms and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Some of the biggest thieves in the world.  But the “wars” continue, intended to convince us to abandon more and more of our rights, and flee into the waiting arms of the monsters controlling the narrative and the marketing promotions.

Nevertheless, I heard an NBC attorney, Richard Cotton, defend the SOPA bill as follows:

The big question here is the rule of law” [(boy, have we heard a lot about that lately)].  [He continues,] “The Internet is very young; it has grown up with a certain ethos that literally anything goes. But you cannot have something that is the pillar of 21st [century] society being just rampant with lawlessness.

Lawlessness?  What is he pushing for?  And what else would a lawyer strive for if not the need for more laws, more legislation, more ways for him to make money?  Lest we forget, we are a nation of laws… not a nation of people.  And the ‘body-politic’, like the ‘person’ or the ‘corporation’ is only a legal fiction, not real flesh and blood human beings.

So what would be the downside of such new Internet legislation? As one journalist for the Huffington Post has suggested,

SOPA would give both the government and major corporations the power to shut down entire websites accused of copyright infringement with neither a trial nor a traditional court hearing.

Gee, this sounds a lot like the broad authority provided the State and the military by the new NDAA law just referenced above.  It sure is curious how the rule of law continues to be an emblematic reflection of the problematic nature of civil society while compounding our apparent subjugation.  It continues to restrict rather than expand our freedoms.

And while our legislator-in-chief has temporarily kaboshed the pending Internet censorship act, this still could be a slippery slope, my dear readers. Just imagine if some unscrupulous bureaucrat, like our friend Cass Sunstein (Obama’s director at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs), decided this was a great way to scope out and muzzle those conspiracy theorists he has been so worried about, or perhaps identify potential domestic ‘terrorists’ (i.e., anyone who speaks out against the officially sanctioned narrative of the State).  Indeed, Cass could just sit there in his underground bunker eating fruit-loops from a box in his underwear while monitoring sites he deemed troublesome, and turn the perps over to the military for indefinite detention and extraordinary rendition.  How convenient would that be!

I realize that I am sounding more and more like a CT myself, but these are potential outcomes of the relentless drumbeat about the rule of law and the protection of the corporate State against the rights of the body politic.  Even Hedges suspects that the NDAA law is intended to quash domestic dissent.  He writes:

But I suspect the real purpose of this bill is to thwart internal, domestic movements that threaten the corporate state. The definition of a terrorist is already so amorphous under the Patriot Act that there are probably a few million Americans who qualify to be investigated if not locked up.

And why not view the SOPA bill in the same light.  Insofar as the Internet enables such dissent, it is without question that State apparatchiks would try almost any means necessary  to get control of it. It is censorship overreach, plain and simple; not unlike the type of censorship that was earlier exposed by the Wikileaks phenomena and the subsequent incarceration and rendition of Pvt. Bradley Manning.  This is why there has been such a viral and virulent outcry against censorship this past week.

I am telling you folks, this narrative concerning the rule of law is fundamental to legitimizing the hegemony, extending corporate control over the unwashed masses, curtailing dissent by the body-politic, and continuing to maintain the socio-economic status quo. Why does it continuously appear that application of the law pertains almost exclusively to the body, and almost never to the wealthy or powerful head(s) of State?

If we have not already recognized the fact, let us make it perfectly clear: the only thing that speaks freely in America and with global capitalism is MONEY!  Our Capitol runs on – and runs at the request of – capital!

Yet, doing away with money is not a solution to our problem, although it may be a symptom of our disease.  The dollar or euro, or any other currency, is only a cipher, a symbol of a more fundamental infection – the coercive effects of power born of hierarchy.  The real problem lies there.  How do you undo a six-millennia-long narrative of political and economic power relations based upon the continued expansion of hierarchy?

Defenders of the system (even those who see it as currently errant) will argue that the problem stems from a loss of respect for this “rule of law” and that such respect needs to be re-embedded in a culture that has simply lost its way in the forest for the trees.  Yet, I contend that the rule of law is as much a part of the problem as is money; nay, it is a much larger part of the problem. The rule of law is rule by the power elite, and it is born from hierarchical relations and the necessity of enforcing control downwards: from superior to subordinate, from king to subject, from legislator to citizen, from rule-maker to rule-follower.  And, as we have seen, those with the money have the power to make the laws.  Power – Money – Law is a troika, indicative of the modern State resting upon hierarchy.

Meanwhile, as Hedges loudly proclaims,

Dissent is increasingly equated in this country with treason. Enemies supposedly lurk in every organization that does not chant the patriotic mantras provided to it by the state.

We are institutionally constrained to believing in and regurgitating just one narrative – the official narrative of the State, enforced through the rule of law.

So then, how does one effectively fight this goliath?  How does one engage this ‘coldest of cold monsters’?  It seems as though lawsuits, rallies, occupations, petitioning the monster – these efforts only serve to feed its institutional superego and its assumption of power. Have we learned nothing from history?  Fighting against the machine with machine-tools is like tilting at windmills.  And certainly violent insurrection is not a viable option either; after all, the State has many more ways, and more effective means, of dealing death then any segment of the body-politic does.  Besides, insurrection only succeeds in replacing one regime with another (Libya, Egypt, etc).  It seems as though there is only one real option remaining: withdraw as much as is feasible from the instrumentalities of the State and allow it to explode of its own compulsive force, or implode from its own unmanageable and unsustainable weight.

Of course, there are those who still believe the fairytale of infinite progress – another element of the accepted narrative; that if we only allow the unabated march of technology we can reap untold benefits for the planet and the entire human race. Again, have we not seen the historical record?  Technology succeeds first and foremost in sterilizing the planet, in the ongoing abuse and depletion of ‘resources’, in the enhancement and consolidation of imperial power, and in our further enslavement through increasing alienation.

Censorship – now out of the closet – has become the preferred tool of our corporate State, my friends. Such bold outing was necessitated by the unforeseen consequences of one technology in particular — the Internet.  But, censorship has always been with us, a key ingredient of social control, even in America. Censorship is the hidden underbelly (the ugly sister) of marketing promotion or propaganda.  First create an historical narrative complete in every respect (Manifest Destiny, American Dream, Infinite Progress, Always Buy American, America-Love It or Leave It, Red Scare, Nuclear Holocaust, Axis of Evil, War on Terror, Patriot Act, Homeland Security); then make it unassailable through relentless indoctrination and promotion; finally make adherence to it enforceable by the rule of law.  Any attempt to circumvent the story, in any way – politically, socially, or economically – is met with swift justice.  Try to access information not approved by the State, buy products not supplied by the corporate elite, use non-approved (non-GMO) seeds on your farm, voice opinions contrary to the official narrative, and you will be persecuted, silenced or prosecuted… to the fullest extent of the law.  This is your life, people.  This is censorship! Get used to it!

57 Responses to CENSORED!!

  1. claude15 says:

    Stefan Molyneux brings out an interesting perspective on our slavery in his essay :
    “The Handbook of Human Ownership – A Manual for New Tax Farmers”

    Click to access FDR_Book_the_handbook_human_ownership.pdf

    Sort of ‘clarifies’ : “This is your life, people” !

  2. B Miller says:

    “These efforts will only serve to feed its institutional superego….” Some years back I was hanging out with a group of anarchists in a London pub. They were busily planning their next militant direct action on the local council meeting regarding a reduction in benefits. I was noisily shouted down when I posed the question, “is it not a contradiction with your stated anti-hierarchical goals to act as a supplicant to the state whether politely or with raised voice”?

    I can understand the raised voice and the clinched fist and certainly have engaged in the same, and a polite word of protest works, as well, sometimes. But, as you mention, those very acts strengthen that corporate dynamic and weaken our own liberty. Better to redefine our liberty outside of that dynamic.

    Who knew that saving my vegetable seed on our farm would be considered a revolutionary act?

  3. Jeremy says:

    I’m constantly reminded of this particular line from David Harvey’s “Social Justice and the City”: “The whole organization of knowledge also reflects the ruling interests in society, for these are all part of the process which contributes to the reproduction of society.”

    Clearly it doesn’t stop there though, as our legislative / judicial systems continue to evolve towards the same end goal, propping up an elite State sponsored class unabashedly wielding more and more power.

    An aside, Nicholas Kristof had a thought provoking op-ed in the NY Times yesterday, noting ultimately that “just as Communists managed to destroy Communism, capitalists are discrediting capitalism” and following from that “America’s grasping capitalists are turning young Americans into socialists.” Definitions aside, I’m eagerly waiting the ‘State’ response on this one, there is an entire generation of young Americans who can see very clearly what is happening to their country and their voices, should they remain *un*censored, will be a powerful tool for change.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Jeremy – Harvey seems right on that point. In terms of change, though, where did change get the Egyptians? Where will change get us?

      • Jeremy says:

        I don’t think any of us knows for sure. I think it’s easy to look at similar movements across the globe, movements with seemingly good intentions and a vocal opposition, and get discouraged by the outcome. Surely as you’ve outline over the last couple of months there are many inherent deficiencies to the socioeconomic structure here in the United States. I also believe that you’ve traced these deficiencies not only to the system itself but to our basic human nature, making for a very tough road to hoe indeed.

        For me the intangible is leadership. We have a day to celebrate Martin Luther King, we remember Lincoln and Washington. I believe we will see change in the next couple of years, perhaps major change. However the form that it takes will be quite dependent on its leadership. We may end up no better off, but perhaps we will. I don’t think we’re a divided people, I think Washington divides us, I think our media divides us, I think special interests and lobbyists divide us. But deep down inside I don’t believe we’re divided, despite the breadth of ideological preferences, many of us hold similar values. It gives me some hope at least.

        • kulturcritic says:

          “I also believe that you’ve traced these deficiencies not only to the system itself but to our basic human nature, making for a very tough road to hoe indeed.”

          Jeremy – if this is what you think my position is then either I have not been clear or you have read me poorly. My assertions about the deficiencies of our culture have nothing to do with some presumed human nature; they have to do with the deficiencies of modern civilization, a 6,000 year aberration in the 2 million year presence of genus Homo on this planet. Certainly we can ask how and why civilization emerged, but it is a strongly debatable issue as to whether or not it was an inevitability or an accidental (pathological) turn in the road. And perhaps the road became even tougher to hoe, when we took up farming and built cities. best, sandy

          • Malthus says:

            I believe it was 10,000 years ago that the human turned to farming and the “progress” made after that allowing populations to grow from small units, to tribes, to towns, to cities and for the perceived need for a head man, chief, leader and to the present. I myself can only feel that deep within our cores is that need for nature and wildness. I really see no way out of the deep hole we have dug ourselves into. I will say that I do not feel we humans can solve the problems we have created unless we can actually change our mind set and the only way out to me is to look into the deep past and allow ourselves to remember and become what we were.

            • john patrick says:

              Hey M. Perhaps, we need both. Nature/isolation and complexity. The trick might be in enjoying them side by side. Spirit in motion, spirit at rest.

            • kulturcritic says:

              Couldn’t agree with you more Malthus. I assume you have read earlier posts of mine where I speak of this in some detail. sandy

              • Malthus says:

                I read your book Sandy, along with Spencer Wells book “Pandora’s seed,” followed up with T. Metzinger’s book “The ego tunnel,” they all lay it out of how we got to this spot in the road. It appears that some of us are more in tune with those “before civilization” feelings than others. Keep up the really good writing.

  4. Hierarchy, anyone?

    “The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.” -Lord Acton, 1881

    “There are three ways by which an individual can get wealth–by work, by gift, and by theft. And, clearly, the reasons that the workers get so little is that the beggars and thieves get so much.” -Henry George, 1883

    Does capitalism suck?

    “Capital is dead labor that, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” – Karl Marx, 1863-1883

    “The most grinding poverty is a trifling evil compared with the inequality of classes.” -William Morris, 1883

    Any hope?

    “What the bourgeoisie, therefore, produces, above all, is its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.” – Karl Marx, 1848

    “…there is an entire generation of young Americans who can see very clearly what is happening to their country and their voices, should they remain *un*censored, will be a powerful tool for change. -Jeremy, 2012

    Nothing lasts forever. Change is inevitable. The healing–the remedy–is always present, although covered over by fear, want, and disconnect. Love is the remedy.

    • john patrick says:

      “Change is inevitable.” And, stasis is the state. As Brutus alluded to earlier, the question is not can we create something anew, but should we? Is the new creation appropriate for the responsibility at hand. Should I give children the power to crack atoms?

      So what is the role model? The universe? Stars being born and crashing into others. Something new, and attended with violence. If we are stardust, then form/function, change, dissolution, and blackholes are inevitable. How is this governed?

      I do not think it is. But, as you say RG, love–and the infinite pursuit of its depth, is the pill for the malaise. It is not something found. Nor an entitlement. But rather a change within. And that will of itself always bring a sword to the paradigm. Just as no gov’t has the right to exist forever, neither does anything we create.

      Who can copyright, and profit from, the feral laws of nature. Even the formula for peace? We own nothing, for we do not have title to the essence that brought it into being. We participate. And sit at the table. Some things are delicious. And some things are not…

      • kulturcritic says:

        Nothing ever changes… change is a measure of variation. Measurement is a relatively modern convention. Summer always follows Spring, which itself follows Winter and Fall. The moon continually regenerates itself, as surely as day follows night – sunrise, sunset. Flora grows, dies and grows again. We live in a world of eternal return.

        • Yes, Sandy in that sense nothing ever changes, which points up the paradoxical nature that arises when one seeks truth. On the other hand, one can rely on Spring changing into Summer and so forth–a flow of ever changing experience.
          The dilemma man faces is being caught up in the ephemeral world, with its illusory values, such as: more of a good thing is always better. Getting one’s self untangled from this limiting ignorance is great enterprise. It is a difficult process to overcome these addictions as they are ages old and reinforced by the culture we find our selves in. But, with powerful motivation, determined intention, unfailing faith, and devoted attention to detail for starters, the results are more than worth it.

          • kulturcritic says:


            I am not sure what you mean by “truth” or “seeking truth.” And I am not sure your prescription of “powerful motivation, determined intention, unfailing faith, and devoted attention to detail” gets us anywhere other than where we already are currently. Motivation, intention, faith, attention… these are all characteristics of normal Americans with a healthy protestant work ethic… addicted to achieving the American Dream. Just sounds like a shit sandwich to me. Sorry.

            • I hardly can believe that you are unsure as to what I mean by “truth” or “seeking truth.” As a philosopher, Sandy, you should be acquainted with questioning whether something is true or false, real or illusory. Maybe an example would serve to clarify my meaning and make it less unappetizing than a shit sandwich.

              About forty-two years ago, I began a serious self examination which included all my habits of thought and behavior that I could think of at the time. One thing that did not escape my examination was my habit of worrying. It took a very short time to recognize that this twenty+ year habit was not useful, impractical and worthy of being dispensed with, or, at least being experimented with ridding myself of it. That was the way I approached things at that time and largely still do. As it turned out, I was right. I can, also, say that without the faith (taking that first step without seeing the whole staircase), the resolve to give it a wholehearted try, and the keen attention to notice when I was lapsing back into my worry-habit, I do not believe the result would be the same at all.

              Maybe this type of inner work sounds hard or even impossible to achieve. I can see that. The trick is to receive help.

  5. cliff says:

    Anyway you slice the story, there is change coming. If history is a lens that we must peek through once again it appears that we already have, in front of us, what lies in the road. Throughout history those peoples who lived on the edge of”civilized/ industrialized societies” usually carried on with little change in their faces. It is good to gather seeds and”head for the hills” simplify, get to know our ancestors plight. Dig a whole take a shit. Use the body for what is was meant for -enough physical labor then rest is assured. lol of would help too

  6. cliff says:

    For this moment : Censorship Update
    We just won miniscule momentary victory
    From the Associated Press:
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was postponing a test vote set for Tuesday “in light of recent events.”
    So, in other words, because of all of us. Absolutely amazing.
    Demand Progress has been fighting this legislation for more than a year — having grown from nothing to over one million members during that period.
    We rely on those members to fund our (2-person) operation — are you able to help out?
    Please click here if you’re able to chip in 5, 10, or 20 bucks so we can keep on fighting for Internet freedom.
    Even the Motion Picture Association’s Chris Dodd is awed by what just happened. Here’s what he said yesterday:
    “This is altogether a new effect,” Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing “an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically” in the last four decades, he added.
    Thanks so much for your work on this. Will you consider a donation to Demand Progress so we can keep up the fight the next time the Internet comes under attack?
    Please click here if you’re able to chip in 5, 10, or 20 bucks so we can keep on pushing for Internet freedom, civil rights, and civil liberties.
    You’re amazing.
    -Demand Progress

  7. Antonio Dias says:

    SOPA hasn’t been defeated. That would require it going up for a vote. Tabling doesn’t stop it, just postpones it.

    Have you noticed the way our “representatives” have stopped pretending to care what voters might think? This was gaining momentum before NDAA and now with that passed, there’s really no incentive for them to put any effort into continuing the charade.

    In 2008, saying the election was a choice between a Giant Douche and a Shit sandwich was satire. This time?

    You are absolutely right. It’s not a question of better laws or better leaders. It’s time to stop believing in these so-called options and putting our attention elsewhere. This includes not falling for the bait by actively resisting. That’s an easy fix for them. That’s what they’re best at dealing with. How do they deal with simple withdrawal of our attention? Probably violently, psychopaths hate being ignored as much as they hate being attacked. We’ll see….

    • kulturcritic says:

      Probably best to wash out the mouth with that giant douche after consuming the shit sandwich. LOL Wash it all down with a bucket of urine, a pint of blood, and a pound of flesh.

      You are absolutely on target, Antonio. Any movement is, by definition, a corporate event. That just becomes an appendage of the larger system, and that they know how to deal with. Withdrawal is the real mind fuck for them. They shrivel without attention, without anxious consumers ready to swallow whatever is peddled or proposed.

      • “They shrivel without attention, without anxious consumers ready to swallow whatever is peddled or proposed.”

        I wholeheartedly agree with this approach. Individually and collectively, each can take a stand on the truth as he/she sees it, always open to refining, broadening, and deepening the vision. One can be in the world yet not of it. This requires honesty with one’s self and others. Not buying what is constantly being peddled will require one to welcome others finding you outside propriety or even blasphemous. Certainly, catering to one’s own comfort, convenience, sense of entitlement and certainty are some of the addictions to be overcome in the process.

        I like that there is a lot discussion, calls for, and actions being taken as regards support of state bank alternatives or moving funds away, as possible from the too big to fail sharks. People are experimenting with creating and leading simple, natural, honest lives. Although still in the background, lasting values are making a come back with a greater sense of sincerity.

        We can’t lose. The great motivator, suffering, is always there to get us back on track.

        • kulturcritic says:

          Ron – this post seems to conflict in spirit, if not the letter, with your ‘don’t worry, be happy’ prescription, below.

          • “Don’t worry about what you can’t change, and don’t worry about what you can change.” I think it was Chris Martenson, in a speech, who differentiated between problems, that can potentially be solved, and predicaments, that require adjustment and adaptation to what is inevitable. I found this an important distinction to consider.

  8. kulturcritic says:

    Here is a YouTube video explanation of the SOPA and PIPA legislative intentions:

  9. John Bollig says:

    When the consumer has had enough of the fraud in the system, they will simply stop buying and that along with the massive consumer debt bomb will finally bring the market crashing down. Besides, we will only need a few oil shortages to cause the current market to collapse anyway. Sooo all of the SOPA and PIPA will be faint memories…… Collapse is coming and it will make all of this seem quaint and academic drivel.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Now, that’s a nice positive attitude!! LOL

    • john patrick says:

      Hey JB.

      “When the consumer has had enough of the fraud in the system, they will simply stop buying…” You would think so. But I don’t think human nature is easily changed. Even people who visit a slaughterhouse, still go back to eating dead flesh.

      It’s very hard to change a lizard into a frog,

      On collapse, I do think some will at least regret past behavior and participation in it as being insane. That said, the realization and subsequent change are two different things. What I notice is that many drive harder/faster to acquire the remaining crumbs.

      • John Bollig says:

        John Patrick,

        My thinking is that it has already started. Consumer spending can’t keep this economy going forever. The debt load that consumers carry is going to break them and stall growrh rates. Many if not most of main street businesses has gone into survival mode. I can;t tell you how many businesses have stopped giving to charity and have totally gutted their ad budgets. It is not a good sign when the most profitable companies in town are Dollar stores. The Keystone pipeline cancelation was a huge blow to the oil and gas equipment sales and service professionals. I meet families who have just about lost everything and who have lost all hope of a decent life.

        • john patrick says:

          Yep. I know/agree with you, JB. It is going to take a lot of “time” to work through this one. No magic bullets or wishful thinking. But, that said, people can/do adapt to change regardless of how hard it is. I’m optimistic in some ways. Well–what choice do we have. Mope and cry about it or just get to work to try to make the adjustment for us, and our kids. The age of entitlements is about over for most. So now, perhaps we can learn the value of things and the importance of community-based relationships. We will find out soon enough, eh…

        • kulturcritic says:

          JB – I am sorry to say that America does not a party make! And Keystone is not dead… the US Congress has override power. The real issue is that the Russians, Chinese, Indians all want to party-on, with or without US and NATO. They have been watching all the action for years now; and they want to stuff their faces until they puke. So just watch… the lights go up, the house music goes on, and the party continues.

          • john patrick says:

            Interesting, Sandy. Hadn’t thought about the push by others to be like U.S.. For some reason, foolish me, I assumed they “understood” the situation better than us.

            • kulturcritic says:

              Well – then; no we have something to watch… and they will not stop just because we say it’s bad. Matter of fact, TPTB in USA will not less us fall behind as those Others gain ground. This is going to be a fucking footrace (or maybe with Formula One cars) to the finish line. Drivers, get your engines started!!

      • kulturcritic says:

        Lizard anyone? Frogs legs?

  10. cliff says:

    A Descent living will return when the country seriously looks takes BIG steps in new directions. On a nationwide scale the entire grid needs to be rebuilt in order usher in non fossil energy sources. Many new jobs await. Many new training programs. Small scale local food production needs to be encouraged nationally and financially supported.
    We need to first brake the backs of all the crooks and greed mongers that have been blocking what is now coming and will not be stopped.

    May as well dream big. Since It’s all a dream anyway. Does anyone ever wonder why history keeps repeating itself? The more things appear to change the more they remain the same. We’ve all heard that. Could this just bring us into the realm of historical context that might keep providing us with all the same players? Therefore reaping similar outcomes.
    UNTIL the inside changes the outside will just keep repeating. Anyone care to discuss whats inside … There may be just too much intellectuality abound (the outside) in order to deal with the inside issue.

    • john patrick says:

      History repeats itself because…. huh, wait. I forgot what we were talking about.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Cliff, I remind you of Ron’s comment: “DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY”

    • Cliff said: UNTIL the inside changes the outside will just keep repeating. Anyone care to discuss what’s inside … There may be just too much intellectuality abound (the outside) in order to deal with the inside issue.

      A couple of days ago I read an article about the teachings of Lord Buddha. It fits right in with your suggestion. In the time of LB there were many “schools” of thought, intellectuality and argumentation over the ancient texts was the field of pursuit for so-called answers. Real life, not so much. LB thoroughly tested everything including the asceticism of the yogis. His enlightenment/teachings became very popular among the masses. The basic tenant being that suffering or unhappiness was rooted in cravings of a low nature.

      Seeking the satisfaction of one’s (Where does one get these cravings; are they truly yours?) cravings, two results are possible. One can be unsuccessful and unless one looks within to the root cause of one’s upset (miserable, depressed, stressed, etc.) one chooses escape, instead. And what is the escape? A different craving usually. However, if one succeeds in satisfying the craving, the problem arises that the satisfaction is short-lived (More, anyone?). One’s attention quickly shifts to–you guessed it–a different craving. Two things are happening here: ignorance of the root cause of the suffering, which is simple, understandable, and reasonable, but, as a rule, is ignored by most. What fills in the rejected understanding are delusions.

      All of this takes place individually but not in a vacuum. It has its collective effect in creating disharmony, competition, separateness, disconnect, hatreds, enmity, wars, etc. between humans and their brothers and sisters and world of things. Taking a look at this requires a stretch toward seeing the big picture which can then be related to personally. It is a breaking free from limitations that seek to blame this or that, be right, or cling to the comfort of the conventional/traditional.

      This intellectual understanding can serve as an encouragement to live in accord with it and thus gain actual experience. Or, it can also serve to communicate between those who have some actual experience of it. Without the determination to gain the experience, the intellectual aspect alone remains dry and lifeless, and can become its own delusion of thinking one already knows something great.

      Might this be what you had in mind, Cliff?

  11. Bret Simpson says:

    Went to a public meeting in Fairbanks,AK regarding a draft mgmt plan…when I ask where the money to buy off the Nunamuit at less than 50c on the dollar for their land..quote,”who are you”?National Park Service…. bureaucratic organizations that need to go away.They can see my “moon” on the secret camera they planted in “Inuchpuk”.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Bret – i can’t understand your comments about Alaska here; your shorthand is impenetrable. Care to expand it?

      • Bret Simpson says:

        Sorry Sandy…me and Mr.Dickel were up late.Been following your Blog..don’t have a command of the language like you and some of the others…a bit of distrust regarding security of our discussions here..regards.

        • kulturcritic says:

          Bret – no harm; no foul! I have often been up late with diverse bottles of vodka here in Siberia where I currently live. But, I am curious about your concern over the “security” of the discussion. You must know, the feds are listening to everything everyone says now on the Internet, just as their cameras are forever watching us in the streets and the marketplaces. Please keep commenting. I enjoy the discussion; don’t get the same opportunity to talk like this in Russia. LOL my best, in solidarity, sandy

  12. john bollig says:

    Vodka YEA!!!!
    Sandy wow more vodka !!!
    yup yup yup…

    Now let’s get serious for a minute. The greek mess default will occur on March 20, 2012 unless the bondholders agree to a quick problem solving episode. After that all hell could break loose. my thinking is get some guns. learn to use them and get to da land.

  13. john patrick says:

    Sandy must be writing a new article. He always drops off the planet a few days before. Or, he’s watching cupcake wars on the food channel 😉

  14. Bret Simpson says:

    “Rights”…everyone keeps harping ’bout their “Rights”…I’ve got a right,she’s got a right.(Not going to plageriz(sp) here.)Just cuz it’s written down on a piece of paper does’t make it sacrosanct…face it,you have no rights.Just a temporary priviledge.They own you.

  15. Larkin says:

    Simply put, the “War on Terror” is in reality, a “War on Opposition”

  16. BretSimpson says:

    A social animal in competition with each other..how do you resolve that?

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