Saturday, July 30, 2005

You are here. 

The U.S.A. is teetering on the brink of financial ruin because it can't afford the gluttonous, culturally worthless, predatory lifestyle that corresponds to a perversion of the American system that rightists have been refining for decades.

The Democrats are either compromised, or too afraid - because of the magnitude of the problem - to do anything about it.

The mainstream media belongs to the rightists.

The U.S.A. invaded Iraq primarily for one reason: oil - the natural resource that promises to erase the national debt, give the U.S. a strategic advantage over its geopolitical rivals, and keep the "American dream" running. That they have to lie, rob, subjugate, torture, and murder on behalf of this "dream" is apparently a secondary concern to our brutish "leaders."

Terrorism is the predictable blowback from decades of ruthless, oppressive geopolitics.

When our petulant president warned world leaders to the effect of "you're either with us, or you're against us," he meant: Either you support everything his mob does to maintain their gluttonous, culturally worthless, predatory lifestyle, or, you're dead.

Superimpose on this already vulgar picture the ascendancy of neofascist sociopaths with global blueprints, and add an army of frightened, angry, resentful, and woefully misguided franchise christians.

It's a dire predicament we're in, and we must continue to fight and resist the poisonous, coercive hand of this treacherous leadership. If you have a conscience, you have no choice.

Now, I would like to make you smile, if you don't mind.

Rightists see every problem as a nail in search of a hammer. Everyone knows that. But do you know why they're so fond of hammers?

Because hammers are easy to use, and, they're inexpensive. You can get a whole bag of them for about $100.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A Little Violet in Between 

When I think about the country where I was born, the things that stand out as making life there inferior to life in the U.S. are the things resulting from a history of conservative dominance: patriarchy, racism, elitism, poverty, and horrifying political violence. I've always been offended and embarrassed by these things. I'm sure that a lot of republicans would love it there - without the poverty and political violence of course. That's the trick, isn't it? "I'll have one rightist society; hide the poverty; hold the political violence. And a biggie Diet Coke." If only...

My father's side of the family has been terrorized for decades by a ruthless war between right and left. When I was a child, I saw tanks enforcing martial law in the streets. Over the years, one of my cousins and several family friends have survived kidnappings. A few years ago, one of my uncles was tortured and murdered by leftist guerillas. War has been a constant, gut-wrenching theme in my life.

My mother's side of the family was almost destroyed by an earlier, much larger war between right and left - a war that assured their participation in what is arguably the greatest evil perpetrated by modern people. My maternal grandfather was an officer in the Waffen-SS. That's almost everything I know about him. I have a photo of him in his uniform so I know he was a handsome guy too. Fortunately, I did get to spend time with my maternal grandmother a few times before she passed away. The last time I saw her was about 20 years ago. I had been extremely curious for years, so I got her to open up to me for a little while. You have to understand that it was like opening a big, painful wound, so I didn't learn as much as I wanted to. What I did learn knocked me for a major loop.

She told me a little about the battle for Berlin, and how she was spared from being raped and/or murdered by Russian soldiers only because she was pregnant with my mother. I learned that she left post-war Germany, and with the help of the American secret service, settled in South America - along with a gang of infamous war criminals whose sinister influence still resonates in Latin American politics. My grandmother knew Klaus Barbie, Josef Mengele, Martin Bormann, Friedrich Schwend, and Adolph Eichmann. And she worked for one of them for several years.

It's unsettling indeed that I owe my very existence to such disgraceful circumstances. But that inescapable fact has helped me develop what is becoming a unique and valuable perspective. Perhaps my words resonate because I'm intimately aware of the reality that rightist politics creates. I'm no leftist, but I can recognize the injustices that force powerless people to fight back. I can also see quite clearly which side holds all the cards, and, I know the kinds of things that it's capable of.

Let me tell you a little secret about the U.S.A..

You'll have to lean closer so I can whisper it in your ear.

The best things about life in the U.S.A. have nothing to do with money and everything to do with ideas like freedom, equality, democracy, justice, and human rights. If you're impressed by wealth, you should see how rich people live where I come from.

Once upon a time, American politicians played out their rightist fantasies only in other lands. That doesn't appear to be the case anymore.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Paving the Road to Hell 

Like every other barbarity perpetrated by the neofascist imperialists, the extrajudicial execution of the Brazilian man in London is a test case that will be used as a precedent. As I write, their agents are busy promoting arguments that excuse the hideous act, and they're carefully studying the public's reaction to see if it's ready to tolerate this level of injustice.

If your conscience tells you that the execution was wrong, believe it. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.

Don't believe the "terrorists force us to take extraordinary measures" argument. They created the monster, they feed it, they're using it to destroy the safeguards that protect us from tyranny, and they're using it to strip us of our humanity.

Is "hell" an exaggeration? I don't think so. Where else can such an oversize parade of unmitigated vice lead? Evil is as evil does.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Got vision? 

Dress it up any way you like, but that's what it comes down to. Our failure of vision has been neofascism's success. That so many people choose faulty vision over no vision is a testament to the necessity of vision. Because without vision there's no destination, and without a destination, there's no progress. Without progress, competing visions - wrongheaded and corrupt as they may be - have the opportunity to thrive.

We - as in every person to the left of neofascism - need to decide what we want the world to be like. If we can't decide, the decision will be made for us by people who demonstrate nothing but contempt for the principles we hold dear. The clock is ticking.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Original Leftist Nation 

Considering that the U.S.A. ushered in the age of freedom, liberty, equality, justice, and human rights, and in its brief history did more than any other nation to advance those ideas, it's downright tragic that it has become the weapon to permanently render them powerless. The irony is excruciating.

Fascists failed in the 20th century because this country wasn't under their control. It is now. The world is next, and like they're doing to the local competition, they are forcing their geopolitical adversaries to bend or fight.

The neofascists have no intention of relinquishing power because they will never have an opportunity like this again. All of their assets are in place and they've already sailed past the point of no return. This is the one - their so-called "war on terror" is just the beginning of the ideological war to end all ideological wars.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Something to ponder. 

The protective enclosure for a magnificent cosmic device that receives, processes, transmits, and records the story of life.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Freedom, Justice, and Human Rights 

Republicans pay plenty of lip service to the concept of freedom, but they only believe in it as a means to an end - that end being a monopoly. It's a free market until someone wins; it's a free country until... It's the reason why their politics betray an atrophied sense of justice.

The July/August issue of Foreign Affairs magazine contains an interesting essay on justice. It's not a free read, and the author is much too kind to the Bush administration, but it's worth reading. Here's a short excerpt:

Giving Justice Its Due
George Perkovich
Ultimately, however, freedom is not enough; the human appetite for justice is inherent and inextinguishable. Psychologists such as Melvin Lerner have described the developmental basis of what they call "the justice motive." Beginning with early childhood interactions, humans learn that one must often defer gratification to achieve one's goals. Selfishness is subordinated to norms and rules that take the well-being of others into account, because doing so ultimately leads to fair outcomes. What starts as a somewhat transactional process eventually becomes normative, to the point that people witnessing injustice toward others may act against their immediate self-interest to remedy the situation. The justice motive is so strong because people need to believe that if they are good terrible things will not happen to them and to trust that this principle governs the world.

Yesterday, I searched history "human rights" milestones and found a resource worth sharing:

Human Rights Timeline

Monday, July 18, 2005

Will the real fascists please stand up? 

I get the distinct impression that our neo-furry friends get bummed out when they're referred to as fascists. Who can blame them? After all, everyone knows that fascism is the undisputed heavyweight champion of discredited and reviled ideologies.

They refer to their Muslim enemies using labels like "Islamo-fascist" because they know that fascism is the lowest of the low. (And besides, "Islamo-commie" is more inaccurate and just sounds silly.) But more important, their use of the "fascist" label is an attempt to control it; if they can make the label stick to their enemies, they think that it won't stick to them. After all, who would believe that the "war on terror" is a fascist versus fascist horror show?

Their Muslim enemies can be mistaken for fascists from a distance, but they're not fascists; the societies they come from are the real thing - as in the olde tyme when men were men "conservative" ideal that fascists are such suckers for. Think Saudi Arabia...

Our neo-fanged friends are the only fascists in this tawdry geopolitical reality. Don't let them fool you.

Monday, July 11, 2005

For a special person. 

You know who you are.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Human Sacrifice 

The neofascists will lose because the value of their nefarious enterprise can't match the value of what they're forcing their adversaries to defend. No amount of money, propaganda, and military might can subvert this truth.

Coming Out 

It's strangely comforting to see that the criminals responsible for this affront to humanity are starting to take their masks off; they're finally starting to tell the truth about their intentions. The spectacle is somewhat comforting because it's not part of their plan; they intended to fool us indefinitely.

Instead, the consequences of their actions have forced them to resort to the truth. They're not coming out because they're secure in the situation. They're doing it because it's the only option they have left. So they're saying things like:

"Yeah, we're amoral savages. We all are. That's the way the world works. Get over it. Learn to revel in it."

But it's only comforting in the sense that we're getting closer to a confrontation that has been looming for years. We're approaching the moment of maximum polarity, when it'll become absolutely clear where people stand. How the confrontation goes depends in large part on the criminals and the strength of their convictions. So they're probably thinking things like:

"We painted ourselves into the amoral savage corner, and amoral savages do whatever it takes to stay on top. How far are we willing to go?"

How amoral are our treacherous neofascist countrymen?


This morning's attacks on London illustrate a serious problem that amoral savages face: when horrible things happen, people suspect them first. It's only natural.

We know that they believe in lying, torturing, and murdering to achieve their goals. We know that among their new allies are some of the most unsavory people imaginable. And the timing...

How amoral are our treacherous neofascist countrymen? Are they capable of ordering a hit on an ally? Are they capable of doing it to us?

I think they are, although perhaps there are different shades of amoral savagery and I simply don't have enough experience to distinguish between them.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Drawn to the Roof 

When I was 4 or 5 years old, I figured out how to climb onto the roof of the building that one of my cousins lived in. When I spent the night there, I would wait until my uncle and aunt went to sleep, then I would talk my cousin into sneaking up on the roof with me. He was a cautious and well-behaved little boy with a healthy fear of heights, so it took some effort to talk him into it.

On the roof, I could run almost the length of a city block, jumping from building to building. I would stand on the ledge and let the experience fill my senses. The feel and smell of the wind; the city lights; the night sky filled with stars; the quiet; the feeling of being alive within an exquisite mystery... I remember it like it was yesterday.

My mother still has nightmares about it though. You see, invariably, someone would see us up there and call my uncle in hysterics, at which point he would climb up part of the way and carefully talk us down. Each time we got caught, I devised a new strategy to evade their vigilance. In the end, I wasn't allowed to spend the night there ever again.

Why am I telling you this story?

Why am I telling you anything at all?

This is an important part of my conversation with the vision mind. And this particular story is an illustration of how it functions in me. It leads me to precarious places, removes fear, illuminates the soul, inspires determination, and gives me the ability to persuade people to follow me. It's hard-coded into my being.

If I were like the unscrupulous people I write about here, I could do some real damage to this world. But I'm not intrinsically motivated by power or wealth. My "code" has a specific function, and I've seen the nature of it in visions and dreams. I'm fulfilling it here to some extent, although I have a feeling that there's more to come. The vision mind paints me at the center of a storm that I can only describe as cataclysmic.

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