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Interpretation of American Globalism

An Interpretation of American Globalism

This brings to mind the old social studies lesson about African tribalism… How the most an extended tribe based upon a familial kind of interconnection–that is, relationships knitted together based upon direct recognition of one another–could only extend to about 500. This is the maximum, so the theory goes, that individuals could be acquainted with one another in any kind of direct recognition of one another ;beyond that, there would be strain put on ones ability to feel kinship with all the members of the tribe and you get internal discord.

This is one of the breakdowns in human cultural evolution of extended civilization which religion directly addresses. Religion provides the foundation for recognizable kinship and a basis for understanding which extends beyond a single persons ability to actually know and recognize members of a community beyond this direct acquaintance number of 500 people.

This is also why, religions, to remain pertinent to their mission, must incorporate an inherent regard for members of different faith groups on the terms of those differing faith groups. There are, as with most legitimate doctrinal religious mores, other reasons for the same established value or values–in which the observance of one aspect creates the danger of diminishing the importance of other aspects, which is why to speak of such things in brevity is dangerous and why such issues require a more meditative (or prayer-like) approach. Such issues require a next-step brand of cognitive awareness; rather than a bullet-point explication a more topographical understanding–the kind of cognitive apprehension which would explain the incites of say a Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi or Dr Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Without this cultural innovation, or evolutionary stage, and something we see almost trapped in amber in the rendering of US bases across the world, we revert to more archaic forms of societal order. In a word, militarism. That is, the presence or threat of power to keep order. A strategy for societal order which inevitably means slavery.

Whenever you have the amassing of power with its attendant hierarchical structure… you will always have those within that hierarchical order who abuse their position, leveraging their place and title to amass personal power–or more likely, having amassed personal power, leveraged this to seize their position thus setting the tone of their conduct a priori. Suppressing the rights of those beneath them in that hierarchy to steal what would be their just due–the use of threat in this relationship renders this the accomplishment of slavery.

Unfortunately, the alternative without another organizational doctrine, results in a chaos and strife which reduces the societies ability to support the population numbers we now enjoy… In other words, a correction results in whatever form–war, famine, disease–to bring the populations back down to a manageable number; determined by whatever organizational structure is put in place to take up the job of societal management, or governance. The simpler the system, the greater the misery, strife and diminution of population and control over ones own fate–the greater the debasement of humanity. This system of order, because it does not obtain by slow negotiation of the various representatives of the various communities, WILL result in that system of organizational structure being one of devolved cultural resource. That is, a more ancient pattern; which means, based upon power; a greater consolidation, and more oppressive kind, of authority.

This is why revolutions are a failure from the get-go and evolution is the preferred route to change. Anything else… ensures the debasement of culture, ensures slavery…

Hands all over / Soundgarden

Don’t touch me
Hands all over the eastern border
You know what I think we’re falling
From composure
Hands all over western culture
Ruffling feathers and turning eagles into vultures
Into vultures

Got my arms around baby brother
Put your hands away
Your gonna kill your mother, gonna kill your mother
Kill your mother
And I love her, yeah
I love her

Hands all over the coastal waters
The crew men thank her
Then lay down their oily blanket
Hands all over the inland forest
In a striking motion trees fall down like dying soldiers
Yeah like dying soldiers

Got my arms around baby brother
Put your hands away
Your gonna kill your mother, gonna kill your mother
Kill your mother
And I love her, yeah
I love her
I love her

Hands all over the peasants daughter
She’s our bride she’ll never make it out alive
Hands all over words I utter
Change them into things you want to
Like balls of clay
Put your hands away

Yeah, put your hands away
Put your hands away
Gonna kill your mother
Gonna kill your mother
Gonna kill your mother
And I love her
I love her
I love her
I love her
And she loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Written by Christopher J. Cornell, Kim A. Thayil • Copyright © BMG Rights Management
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Russian Propaganda on the Syrian Crisis

Youtube video titled… “EXCLUSIVE: Who are actually “Assad mercenaries” killing “innocent Saudi tourists” in Aleppo, Syria?” (posted by Russia Insider)

Propaganda from, surprise, Russia. And in support of whom? That’s right, a foreign strong man.

Russia is playing games with other peoples lives merely to extend their own influence and agenda. They operate, state and industry, like a criminal enterprise. You might say the same of the US, except there is a difference. Our industrial power-capabilities DO manage to subvert the agenda of our government at certain critical turns in the road, but this is because our electorate has not gained the cultural awareness to contend with a tragic power vacuum at the lowest levels of the society. Because of the size and extent of our influence, our citizenry has a disproportionate effect or consequence when it is misinformed.

This is the price of democracy… it is something many of us are aware of and we are finding ways to change this situation. The only alternative is governance by a strongman. Such not only stifles human development at all levels of human endeavor… technology, social harmony, industry, culturally, in the arts, in the recording of history, in the teaching of our youth, but politically. One of the toughest things to get right in a society is the handing over of power from one leader to another. This is why Syria has so much devastation right now. There are no mechanisms for differing groups of people to be heard and represented in government.

This is also why Putin needs war, at home and amongst his neighbors. For him, the more strife the better. If there were peace among his neighbors, the UN and EU would focus their attention on Russian gangsterism, subverting of foreign governmental processes and outright war-making. And Putin can’t afford to lose power because of the way in which Putin handles governance. If Putin loses power, he will either end up in prison or dead.

Meanwhile, in the US, we are in the midst of an election campaign which will see a legacy of over two centuries of nearly violence free transition of power from one leader to another. However, as long as one nation is enslaved, no nations are free or safe. And we here in the US with some sense of historical context can see that we are not untouched by this maxim.

CFJurgus

A Song For Putin

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-us-want-confrontation-youll-162932320.html?.tsrc=daily_mail

Russia to the US: If you want a confrontation, ‘you’ll get one everywhere’

Alex Lockie
October 11, 2016

A full year after Russia stepped into the Syrian quagmire on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow has come to rival and challenge the US and NATO in virtually every arena possible.

Here’s a quick glance at what Russia has accomplished just in the last month or so:

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Without a doubt, relations between Russia and the West have reached their lowest point since the height of the Cold War.

Retired Russian Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky told the BBC that for its part, Russia sees the West as the belligerent party, citing sanctions against Russia as well as barring the Russian Paralympic team from the Rio Olympics for well-documented and state-sponsored doping as Western aggression against Russia.

“Of course there is a reaction. As far as Russia sees it, as Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one,” Buzhinsky told the BBC. “But it won’t be a confrontation that doesn’t harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you’ll get one everywhere.”

Eisenhower, the Car and You (and Devo)

There is a great Devo song, Jerkin’ Back and Forth. Ostensibly, it seems to lament the distance and strife within a romantic relationship… “I know I let you tell me what to do… you were confident you knew best. Now thinks aren’t working like you want them to… your confidence is what I detest.” But then the song goes on to illustrate the experience of that failed relationship… “You got me, looking up high… You got me, searching down low… You got me, I know you know… You got me jerkin back and forth!”

I was sitting in my car heading west on Chicago Ave at a quarter to 5 in the evening… and making good time from the Loyola campus just north of Downtown Chicago to Forest Park when it occurred to me what the song was really about–all the lyrical imagery pointed to one thing. I already had it in my catalog of jest to recount my empathy with a ton of rumbling steel… seriously, few could handle the wheel and city traffic like I could. I had cut my teeth, irresponsibly, on vodka and pizza delivery with an unhealthy dose of nihilism. I learned the size of my car in metric… down to the millimeter. And could squeeze into openings so tight the illegality was unquestionable–I was well practiced at being a little prick, in traffic, and, I am sure, elsewhere.

Driving skill in a city like Chicago–where trucking and commuters try to mix like a rancid vinaigrette–is like the meat and potatoes to the daily serving of naked lunch. I once caught myself pissing into a thirty two ounce cup  20 min from the end of my commute the former contents of which, the carbonated sugar water, I had purchased and drank as I entered the “expressway”, at the beginning. And as I felt the relief of that draining I realized… I still wasn’t home yet! And looking around at all the other commuters, I thought… “What the fuck are we doing! We sit in this same traffic jam EVERY FUCKING DAY!” But it wasn’t until that trip home on Chicago Ave, when Devo was playing on my tapedeck, that I realized… All the imagery pertains to the experience of sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. This song isn’t about the breakdown of a romance between two former lovers, but the tyranny of our relationship with the car!

“You tell me people like to suffer; you tell me that’s the way it is…” the song continues, “You said that things are getting better; you said I should accept all this.” But then the revelation, “You think it’s funny, but what I say is true. The reason that I live like this… Is all because of you, You, YOU!”

The metro sprawls into suburb and that space is largely determined by the need for a minimum of 32ft wide streets, and the need for parking, and the need to alleviate congestion… and so the sprawl spreads. And to handle that space needed to be traversed to arrive daily to work… the car becomes even more necessary for basic participation in society. Along with all of it’s peripheral adjunct… insurance, driving school, gas stations, petroleum states, traffic courts, the DMV and don’t forget the scumbag mechanic who charged your neighbor $1200 for a brake job on a 5 year old car! (But the guy isn’t so bad, he lowered it to $900 when the bill came due) But let’s not forget the drive thru dining and the bigbox malls where the green space is easement like after thought between the acres of vacant treeless parking lot and an economy that siphons the wealth of the entire community to far off accumulations leaving behind a worker pool honed to perfection to fulfill it’s role tending the cash register after two weeks of training–and consignment to a life of renting from landlords who house people little better than kennels do dogs. But in order to pay for that car, it’s fuel, upkeep and repairs… you have to bring in so much money and therefore have to work so many hours little matter the arrangement!

But how did we get here?! After WWII we went from being an economy in economic crisis, or “depression”, to being the only nation on the planet with a modern industrial capacity whose infrastructure was unmarred by war. And the nation providing not only corporate guidance and service to aid with reconstruction, but the loans to pay for it to boot! We were so flush with wealth that in the late fifties there was no end to the need for engineers in sight. Universities created curriculums to figuring out how to convince people to buy what they never knew they needed. The single family home and the suburbs as we know them today were born and still the average worker, as rich as he might feel, was still being filched out of his and her fair share. And the thieves still couldn’t steal their unfair share fast enough… they needed help! An entirely new political constituency was born to support this national and soon to be international fleecing, the modern investor. Finally, everyone had money enough to put the money where their mouth was… the fat cat’s pants pocket–only that wasn’t his pocket, bub, and you’re not whistlin’ dixie.

And to add to all this theft and marketplace power brokered malfeasance, such as wages in steady decline since the 70’s and the occasional cannibalization of your less savvy investors by their bigger player counterparts as bubbles burst from time to time… we have the necessity of owning a car–and don’t talk to me about public trans or leasing–woefully underfunded and over-priced.

But at a certain point in our history, our oldest (up to that point)–and probably wisest, most competent–president made the decision, rather than more fully developing a national rail system, to, instead, develop the national system of highways. In this he set us on a course which linked our future and sense of national character with the car–we would all learn to empathize with at least a ton of steel on a daily basis. And so the inception of the ‘Big Three’ in Detroit was paved. And in his farewell speech to the Nation, he gave us a clue as to why he decided as he had. He warned us of the influence of an industrial Goliath with little to counter it’s influence over the polity and the Nation. His warnings about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex have become enshrined in our national consciousness, unfortunately, like most things which are enshrined, their true meaning eludes us to greater and greater degree with every passing moment. You see, corporations might be hyper-efficient at what the do, but that is largely because their scope of responsibility is so narrow and they have every incentive in pursuing their limited, and yet cavernous ambitions. They naturally have the ear of any politician wishing to seek or keep office, they hold the key to the dreams of any would be employee, and they compartmentalize their conduct to the point of thoughtless, zombie-like, momentum. It is completely within the realm of possibility that an overbearing industry whose profits are determined by conflict would steer the nation into conflict merely to generate profits! This was Eisenhower’s warning even as we were slipping headlong into an inevitable war in Vietnam.

Eisenhower’s answer was elegant and profoundly insightful as to the limits of his office and the workings of our society and psychology. He opted for a course which would have every viable consumer in the country driving a car within a generation. Creating a society of nomads and an industrial Goliath powerful enough to match the influence of the Military Industrial Complex. Even now, aside from the citizen driver, the single most common employment for men from state to state is truck driver. My assertion is, that today, we have our ‘Fast and Furious’ mentality, our reliance on the car as foil to that industrial monolith whose incentive to send us to war was all but unchallenged. It is a sad irony that the worst political regimes and the context for war and conflict throughout the world is now over Oil.

As for the lover in the song, Jerkin’ Back and Forth… he isn’t even home yet.

Fox News Angry Harvard Students Know Stuff

Fox News Angry Harvard Students Know Stuff

There is a a little mantra I like to keep in mind when trying to make sense of societies and power structures: ” the entropy of mixing is equal to the entropy of expansion.”

Power structures breed psychological patterns. Those who attain eminence within a power structure do so by tapping into the strain of strategy/ideology/psychology of that particular hierarchy set by the character/manner in which the power at the center around which that hierarchy has formed. Lewis Mumford speaks of such patterns in his books on mega-technics.

So when a third world economy is exposed to first world economics, such as thru narco and petroleum industries, it lays over a primitive societal power-structure the imperatives of a mega-power-structure. Suddenly, the old authorities and cultural norms are swept aside and communities are rent open… old ties within that community are like the pull of weak gravitation exposed to much greater gravitational pulls from a great distance… The result is that people have less effect, no matter what they do, to effect their own fate and at the same time they see everything they value being devalued by this distant unconcerned power. This gives rise to great frustration. The indigenous authorities lose that authority because of their powerlessness to effect any kind of protections against such forces and new authorities give rise to a worship of old power strategies. These power strategies demand greater obedience than the distant pull concerned with whatever industry or commodity is at issue and has much more intimate a presence. So brutality at home emerges to fend off power from afar…

Once that brutality establishes a new center of power it is faced with the limits of it’s own character. It has made of itself a hammer, but now all the nails have been set. Such primitive authorities do not have in them the ability to cultivate a society or administer beyond that required to make war and brutality. So in order to maintain itself in power, it must seek out a justification for its talents and skills. When these skills are no longer needed at home… export them–like the Council at Claremont.

It is the economies, the demands and ignorant grasping of the west which creates these third world cesspools which fester and burst their banks. One thing we could do right now to begin moving in the right direction is to raise the federal; tax on gas to bring the cost per gallon to ~$3.30, so say ~$1.40 increase–pegged at a ~$1.40. And use that money to repair and upgrade infrastructure and develop a plan for an extensive rail system with an 80 to 100 year plan to devolve communities and increase population densities while returning vast swaths of lands to their natural state with the development of an aggressive preservation industry funded federally and set up like a Keynesian economic control to counter unemployment, underemployment and corporate malfeasance. Also, to use as a an economic tool to balance a capital to salaries and wages equation. And to this end, establishing a system of lodges to stitch together patron communities from across the society which will engage in training, journaling, educating, building and tending the lodge and surrounding lands. these places will serve as vacation spots as well as youth and adult development centers with the aforementioned mission. In this way, we will establish a culture of stewardship and control of our own destiny through the cultivation of land, lodge and ability. This is the route to establishing that which has been lost with the establishment of a secular society, removing the influence of the church, with equality as it’s goal, lowering the whole instead of raising the lowly… that is, a loss of a sense of dignity and the rise of arrogance.

“The entropy of mixing is equal to the entropy of expansion.” The ancient patterns of slavery and power are a default when the reason and dignity of man are given short shrift. It is not enough to kill the Jihadi with the knife in one hand and the severed head in the other… we must create a culture and character capable of meeting him with a vision capable of dispelling the horror he creates. “We must cultivate our gardens…” And with our own two hands.