Thursday, July 31, 2008
Democracy on the March
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Crime of Extinction
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Only One Law
Sunday, July 27, 2008
But by all means do google Armitage. (You can even type it in the search box here.) I mean, if this is the conventional voice of reason, then the empire constituency has indeed been hopelessly mesmerized into believing our only choice is between the insane and the criminally insane.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
- Progress is a lethal concept.
- Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand.
- Democracy is an indigenous invention.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
While obtaining State Department visas for Russian mafiosi and other nefarious hoodlums might be problematic, we suspect this will provide Vice President Cheney with post-White House entrepreneurial opportunities.
Perhaps the only thing worse than militarizing police functions is privatizing military functions. Still, it's nice to know that when mercenary work is in the doldrums these covert assassins can find employment in smuggling and spying.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Light of Reverence
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Bureaucracy of Fascism
Maybe someday we'll be treated to a treatise on the history of these suspects, following their covert, criminal careers under Nixon, Reagan and Bush at the National Security Agency, State Department, and Department of Defense. If nothing else, focusing on the felonies and high crimes of bureaucratic perps like Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Richard Armitage and General Wayne Downing, will serve as a guide to understanding how our national security state has never been and can never be conducive to maintaining an open, democratic society--a fact that somehow escapes otherwise seemingly intelligent people.
For the time being, we have The Iran-Contra Scandal by Peter Kornbluh and Peddlers of Crisis by Jerry Sanders to fill in part of that history.
Progressive Fascist Alliance
We suspect that this capitulation by progressives is due largely to their failure to mount successful electoral or judicial challenges to the fascist regime, and while initially opposed to national aggression if not xenophobia, progressives are well on their way to endorsing the implementation of a total national security state.
While emotional weakness and psychological dysfunction led many progressives to this point of complete compliance, it is likely that mounting economic insecurity will seal the deal. As America's nervous breakdown intensifies, the progressive/fascist alliance can be expected to make matters worse for all of us.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Oil v Human Rights
Resting on Their Laurels
Part of the problem with the stagnant rhetoric observed today, is that once the basic civil rights objectives were achieved legislatively, the financial resources for popular education on the topic of liberation -- briefly provided by churches, unions, and other liberal institutions -- dried up. Thus, since 1970, three decades have elapsed during which time the only money that's gone into "education" has been for arch-conservative brainwashing.
The whole anti-affirmative action backlash, or reverse racism as some call it, is a product of this psychological warfare by the far right, which is long-accustomed to acting out fantasies of Christian persecution and white victimhood. The inability of liberals to confront this pathetic whining by conservatives is a direct result of the lack of investment in pro-democratic ideas since Goldwater lost to Johnson in 1964.
Talk about resting on their laurels.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Seeds of Sociality
While the betrayal of trust by modern state institutions is admittedly a moral outrage, the self-organizing that is taking place across the globe (to deal with the consequences of institutional malign neglect) is the foundation of self-reliance. Within the enclaves of what Hakim Bey called autonomous zones are the seeds of living life as festival.
In the dying days of market monoculture, these seeds of sociality can be planted in more benign political climates.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Islands in the Stream
Summer of Love
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
A Deafening Silence
It is often perplexing to citizens of the former British Empire to watch their governments and militaries assist Third World dictators in slaughtering Fourth World peoples in order to deny them their indigenous claims to resources and territories. Especially when they are non-violent, unarmed, and simply ask to be left alone.
Reading of the British warships shelling Biafran villagers during the Nigerian Civil War reminded me of a story my sister told me of talking with Australian Air Force pilots who’d just returned from what they described as a “turkey shoot” in East Timor, where the Australians were murdering native civilians alongside Indonesian forces as part of the ethnic cleansing of the region adjacent to oil fields the two countries planned to divide between themselves once the rightful owners had been eliminated. More recent actions to exterminate West Papuans with US armaments, likewise, seemed destined to clear away tribal peoples for the benefit of Canadian and American mining corporations.
Sometimes, though, I think that the incongruity of British, American, Canadian, and Australian relief efforts for starving children or traumatized adults — in these Fourth World theaters of war instigated by their own governments — must dawn on at least a few perceptive souls. So why is it that no one speaks of indigenous peoples?
Monday, July 14, 2008
The PC Press
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Great Black Hope
Christian Racism Injustice
Christian-conservative political ideology led DOJ employees to eliminate those who ''adhere to the principles of environmental justice, which are positively ridiculous (e.g., recognizing 'our spiritual interdependence to the sacredness of our Mother Earth' and 'oppose military occupation, repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms').''
The employees attended Messiah College, Regent University and Pensacola Christian College.
Earlier in 2006, I excoriated two nationally–prominent progressive pundits for mocking the principles mocked by the DOJ employees as being unscientific, impractical and unrealistic. In explaining to these self-avowed liberals that they were constructing a foundation for scapegoating Native Americans and environmentalists, they replied that they were trying to build bridges to the Christian Right. I also suspect they were seeking acceptance by the progressive mainstream that has distanced itself from these values they don’t understand.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Aficionados of Fraud
While we're on the topic, aficionados of fraud might want to read this.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
An Inconvenience to be Managed
The recent rejection of the EU Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters underscores the popular disenchantment with policymaking by officials and experts. The elitism expressed by EU technocrats in their move toward better marketing of anti-democratic agreements explains why the supranational aspects of EU negotiations may have peaked.
As Bickerton notes:
European integration is driven forward by states whose decision-making is no longer based upon processes of representation and public deliberation. Public involvement is understood not as the foundation of a state’s authority but as an inconvenience to be skilfully managed. Decision-making is governed by administrative procedure, not by popular will. This means that the EU’s relationship to the public is necessarily oppositional: the EU’s strength rests upon the public’s apathy; a more active and assertive public can only weaken the EU.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Points of View
The ongoing psychosis of the white man's burden surfaces in the form of scapegoating indigenous peoples trying to survive on what little of their traditional resources the dominant society hasn't claimed or destroyed, as well as in resentment mobilized against indigenous prosperity from gaming and other tribal industries. Even ethnic minorities that identify with the white masters of American institutions prefer indigenous peoples as noble victims rather than resilient survivors.
Remembering this aspect of our consumer civilization is crucial as we deal with dwindling resources and distorted histories that, when combined, cause anxious people to act irrationally. Public panic and social hysteria are poor arbiters of our vastly different points of view.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Switzerland by Boat
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Lusomundo Bon Ami
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Profile in Curage
And none dare call it treason.
Not On Our Side
To sum up, the Democratic candidate for President of the United States finds merit in murdering 3 million Vietnamese, 1 million Central American Indians and peasants, and in denying the merit of the civil rights, free speech, and anti-war movements.
How can McCain possibly top Obama's yuppie bellicosity?
Along Seattle's extensive waterfront, there were ninety Duwamish longhouses when they signed the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott, yet it took the tribe until 2001 to get the federal government to acknowledge their existence. Later that year, the new federal administration withdrew this long overdue recognition of federal responsibility and obligations, obliterating the status of the Duwamish and six other tribes.
Today, the Duwamish continue their struggle to provide for their people and hold the federal government accountable for the promises made to Chief Seattle and his fellow indigenous negotiators in exchange for the lands we all enjoyed. My family wishes them well.