Friday, January 30, 2015
Bruce Wilson's update
on the theocratic New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) looks at Dominionist ties with the Republican National Committee.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Communication: the Invisible Environment
In his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman — American media theorist, humanist and cultural critic — noted that “new technology can never substitute for human values.”
In American society today, our social amusements have come to occupy not only our pastimes, but everything about our lives, politics, values and beliefs. Even our most heartfelt emotions and concerns have been hijacked by the amusement industry, penetrating so deeply into our collective psyche, that we have become social robots.
Capitalizing on this corrosion of civil society, Wall Street marketing agencies like Purpose and Avaaz
— sponsors of campaigns to support “humanitarian war” and the “new economy” — have designed and exploited an advertising niche to make money from this social pathology.
While American faith about the truth in advertising might suffer as a result of these amusements, the deaths that result take place mostly in the Third and Fourth World. As Americans are herded into waving signs and marching around Manhattan wearing the color blue, millions around the world are dying from starvation, disease and murder resulting from American consumerism.
As a professor of Culture and Communication, Postman taught a course called Communication: the Invisible Environment. While he was concerned primarily with the decline in the ability of mass communications to share serious ideas, Postman was aware that the turning of complex ideas into superficial images — that become a form of entertainment — leads to a society where information is a commodity, bought and sold for entertainment, or to enhance one’s status. In contemporary society, mediated by technology, individuals will literally believe anything.
Monday, January 19, 2015
The Crow Nation -- the tribe that adopted President Obama -- has identity problems. Ever since the Crow served as scouts for the U.S. Cavalry against the Sioux and Cheyenne, their identity has suffered. Now, the Crow tribal government has sponsored a large billboard proclaiming
"Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation".
Friday, January 16, 2015
The Illogic of the Climateers
Cults — religious or secular — involve dissemination of core beliefs by their agents. Whether priests or public relations provocateurs, these agents are the vectors by which recruiting and indoctrination are accomplished. In order to maintain the cult, ideological doctrine — when founded on nonsense — become mantras that prevent critical thought.
The illogic of the climateers
cult — of which Naomi Klein is the primary prophet — finds fertile ground in the political illiteracy of privileged first world progressives–fallen prey to institutional propaganda and market advertising. The hoax is made possible by a combination of hopelessness, magical thinking, and media consolidation.
In a world where warmongers are given the Nobel Peace Prize, and revolutions are won by throngs in blue taking selfies while eating pizza provided by Wall Street, anything is possible. Anything, that is, except social change.
In a culture of imbeciles
, secular cults flourish according to the amount of Wall Street derivatives flowing through foundations into the non-profit industrial complex. After that, it’s a simple matter of echoing mantras on YouTube and TV talk shows.
Simulating an Orwellian ministry of truth
, the magic of Naomi — funded by Wall Street — becomes revolutionary in ways envisioned in the novel 1984. As a maverick in her own mind, Klein has become the progressives’ Sarah Palin.
, from hope and change
to this changes everything
, is grounded in hysteria. The climateers Kool-Aid keeps reality at bay.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Class War in the US
Mike Whitney illustrates class war in the US over the last forty years with colorful graphs
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The New Economy
Presaging the new economy of progressive fascists like 350's Naomi Klein, CERES' Mindy Lubber and Avaaz' Ricken Patel, was the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), that emerged in 2004, and the affiliated Campaign for America's Future (CAF). It was a horrifying development, leading to the appointment of Reaganite U.S. Senator Barack Obama, as keynote speaker at the 2006 Democratic National Convention.
Blogging as a platform had just peaked, and the Democrats were funding fascist bloggers at CAF. Merging progressive institutional interests with fascist ideology led to efforts by CAF to marginalize the views of democratic socialists and indigenous cultures. This capitulation by progressives, due largely to their failure to mount successful electoral or judicial challenges to the conservative fascist regime of G.W. Bush, signaled their endorsement of a totalitarian national security state.
As America’s nervous breakdown intensified, the progressive fascists produced such horrors as the 2006 bill, introduced by U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D) San Francisco, to make activism against corporations illegal. With the 2010 U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrests of anti-war and environmental activists, for the crime of showing documentary films criticizing the arms and energy industries, Feinstein was in seventh heaven.
In 2012, as federal prosecutors and law enforcement escalated harassment of #Occupy activists attempting to influence U.S. policy, the defense of civil and human rights moved from the courts to the streets. Neoliberals like Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, and Barack Obama — committed to state-sponsored violence for the benefit of Wall Street — exercised progressive fascism through aggression, surveillance, and repression of dissent.
While emotional weakness and psychological dysfunction initially led progressives to this point of complete compliance, mounting insecurity since the 2008 economic meltdown has sealed the deal.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Seductive Energy Tales
Demanding an end to fossil fuels
has its allure, but when we examine the alternatives, things don’t look quite so cheery. As Ozzie Zehner reports
from the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society at University of California, Berkeley, “The seductive tales of wind turbines, solar cells, and biofuels foster the impression that with a few technical upgrades, we might just sustain our current energy trajectories without consequence…Like most fairy tales, this productivist parable contains a tiny bit of truth. And a whole lot of fantasy.”
As Zehner notes in Green Illusions
, “Emerging research on the side effects and limitations of solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, electric cars and other alternative energy strategies will likely transform conventional wisdom about what’s green, and what’s not.” Since renewable energy doesn’t scale to meet our current (let alone future) demands, that leaves fossil fuels and nuclear energy–or reduced demand.
Perhaps our only hope is that the coming plague from the collapse of global public health will reduce the human population sufficiently to give us a fresh start at screwing up. Of course, last time that happened, things didn’t work out so well. Still, 14th Century thought leaders had to contend with economic panic and religious hysteria, unlike our progressive 21st Century leaders.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
As Beverly Bandler reports
, Hillary is part of the problem -- not the solution -- to America's woes.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
In his essay The Neuroplastic Dilemma: Consciousness and Evolution, Franco Berardi Bifo discusses how precariousness and globalization have jeopardized social solidarity using “the replacement of cognition with a chain of automated connections, aiming at the systematic fabrication of automated subjectivity.” As a project concerned with deactivating compassion, says Bifo, “The abstract totalitarianism of finance and the aggressive identitarianism of disempowered populations are now the masters of the future.”
Monday, January 05, 2015
Michael Hudson explains
the bipartisan attack on pensions as prelude to privatizing Social Security.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
CWIS and IC Magazine announce a journalistic alliance
Friday, January 02, 2015
Paying the Price of Betrayal
Jeffrey St. Clair delivers the mid-term elections post mortem
on Obama and the DNC: "a mass expression of contempt" for "a party that refuses to defend its most vulnerable adherents."