Monday, November 24, 2008

INTELLECTUAL SAMURAI


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INTELLECTUAL SAMURAI:

CURSED SYSTEM:


We do not have capitalism or socialism. We have a “MIXED SYSTEM,” which only pretends to be a mix of free markets and of social, governmental regulation. In present devolvement, our political parties and periodic elections are more for farce and diversion, bread and circuses, than for anything very meaningful.

Our “free markets” are often stacked by “something-not-quite-governmental,” to be run by favorite (kickback) pretty boys, by enacting regulations designed, directly or indirectly, to limit, control, or steer competition.


Our “socialistic regulation” emerges less to help “the people” than to help hogs, snarfling behind the scenes, through revolving doors.

Without bloody revolution, how do we rid ourselves of being ruled, through a charade of fronting tools, by psychopathic, internationally irresponsible, snarfling hogs?

Bush was a tool. Obama will be a tool. The present system has morphed away from free markets and socially responsible regulation and tipped to an abomination, to be run by tools, for ghouls, against fools.

Still, it is not primarily our economy that we must recover. Rather, we must recover basis more than blind faith to once again have trust in one another. Those among us who would do that must make ourselves independently worthy of being trusted.

What Intellectual Samurai or Magnificent Seven can lead and deliver us from our presently accursed system to a bona fide mixed system? How do we suddenly make the leap to say "NO" to: false consciousness, false education, false entertainment, false drugs, false morality, false media, and false leadership? How do we, as one, open our eyes, free our minds, and transcend our oppressors?

Only in response to humble, willing receptivity to a higher source of personal intuition and purpose will a viable path beckon.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Never Ending Story



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Never Ending Story (of Math) — struggle between will to power (competition) vs. will to math (cooperation):

ALL OF NATURE IS MATH: (I believe) Manifesting conceptualized, algorithmically-leveraged, mathematical functions potential-izes inferences (quantum fuzz?) in respect of competition to emerge in respect of such functions.
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EVOLUTION OF PHYSICAL REALITY: A particular observer's measuring of a perspective of physical reality is derivative of one set of mathematical functions operating on and measuring another. The "physicality" is merely byproduct of program-feedback receptivity of a compartmentalized morphology of mathematical functions to interpretative translation.
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While the "ultimate causation" of change or evolution in the morphology may be discussed in respect of various perspectives and factors, no particular list or explication of factors can ever encompass or complete a holistically consistent, coherent, and coordinate model or explanation.
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One factor would seem to be competition and/or cooperation among cohabitants of mathematical niches for expressing consciousness. Another factor would seem to be perspective of consciousness or will, beyond physical appearance or measurement. Another factor would seem to be competition and/or cooperation among such perspectivistic sources of spiritual will ("Elohim"). Another factor would seem to be synchronization in respect of the Holism.
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The combination of such factors does not reduce (as any "physical closure" or "formula complete in itself" or "natural theory for explaining everything") to mere math or nature, absent a dualistic dancing with Consciousness (God).
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If all such factors can be directed by, or reduced to, one unifying source of control, such reductive source, by definition, is irremediably beyond the power of any particular part, as a part, to direct or comprehend. As a particular perspective, I may only comprehend such perspectives and parameters as are inadequate to encompass and complete the whole.
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If some holistic aspect of myself comprehends me, it does not judge or convey such comprehension to me during such chronological sequence as I am being manifested as a particular perspective.
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MATH MANIFESTS TO CONSCIOUSNESS AND COMMUNITIES: As an inference emerges into conscious, manifest apprehension of a receptive perspective, such inference will often also happen to have emerged into the communicable apprehension of numerous or similar perspectives of consciousness.
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SEPARATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS: No perspective of Consciousness can temporally will or choose (or be explicitly or randomly directed) to become, in any way, mathematically sequenced or compartmentalized apart from the underlying Unity of Consciousness without simultaneously coming to experience an interpretation of such mathematical separation in temporal association with figurative representation, i.e., "physicality." That is, no birth into physicality is independently "physical"; rather, its physicality is secondary or derivative of algorithmic functioning, in a dualistic dance with what might as well be termed "Consciousness" (or "God," or Mind of God --- of which we are availed no complete understanding).
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MEASUREMENT PROBLEM: To exercise consciousness to compartmentalize perspectives is to simultaneously implicate mathematical operations. No compartmentalized form emerges into manifestation, absent a meaningful, representative sensing or measuring of it. Such sensing or measuring may be conceptualized as an expression of “Consciousness” (whatever that is).
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MATH AND CONSCIOUSNESS SHARE AN UNBOUNDED ASPECT: Platonic shapes dimly inferred and imagined collapse into the appreciative focus of such perspectives of consciousness as happen (or will) to be receptive. And so on .... unbounded.

RELATIONALITY OF PHYSICS: But, such physical shapes and worlds do not exist in themselves.

MANIFEST EXISTENCE: Rather, such platonic shapes and forms become focused and collapsed into “existence,” i.e., into the manifest, relational experience of such perspectives of consciousness as happen to be, or to become, communicably attuned. “Physical” experience is byproduct of consciousness’ experiencing of, or bringing of (or “collapsing” of) imagination into platonic focus.
Simply put, no "physical particle" or dimensional FORM “collapses” into existence or emerges into geometric manifestation, to function or be interpreted as such in any relational, appreciative, or meaningful way, absent some at least “potential-izing consciousness” or means by which to record, sense, observe, mathematically represent, algorithmically leverage, and/or conceptualize such form.
RELEVANT PATTERN EXISTENCE: No identifiably mathematical pattern reacts with another pattern, as such, unless some Aspect associated with one somehow interprets (or is "conscious" of) the other, as mathematical pattern.

EMERGENCE OF PLATONIC FORMS: Ultimately, how platonic forms happen to collapse relates (I intuit or believe) to a Supernatural-ity (NON-LOCAL HIDDEN VARIABLE), beyond empirical measure, i.e., to some unifying and/or synchronizing aspect among competing, cooperating, overlapping, holographic compartments of Consciousness. (Compare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_variable.)

PARAMETERS: What, if anything, may limit the number or range of possible, evolving worlds or collapsing perspectives of such Consciousness?

NATURE: Perhaps, “Nature” consists of “nothing more than” the relation of fundamental laws of mathematics and logic — as such natural laws ever emerge, manifest, focus, measure, and recede — in expressive respect of a DUALISTIC DANCE with perspectives of Consciousness.

CONSCIOUSNESS: Consciousness “itself” may exist or be expressive in respect of both a relational and a non-relational aspect, such non-relational aspect being beyond representation or modeling that is complete, consistent, and coherent in respect of any (“natural”) mathematical formula or (“physical”) dimensional graph or representation.

MATH: No human being understands the Feynman equations of physics, in respect of why such equations work or should work. Rather, “understanding” is limited to appreciating that such equations, relative to particular purposes and perspectives, do work. (“Shut up and calculate!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_interpretation.) Our “understanding” of such mathematical formulas does not enhance our understanding of WHY such formulas work or should work.

COMPARTMENTS OF WILL: What becomes “physically manifest” (I believe) is what emerges in respect of interactions among perspectives of Consciousness, i.e., competitive “wills to power” and cooperative “wills to math.” Manifestations are interpreted to compete, evolve, and morph in respect of their competing “sponsors,” overlapping compartments, or holographic perspectives of Consciousness.
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UNLIKE ANYTHING PHYSICAL (“God”?): Unifying Consciousness (God), in respect of existentially ultimate aspect, property, or character, may well be beyond and unlike anything we can imagine by referring only to our "physically" relational experience (as opposed to our innate, non-empirically verifiable intuition, supported indirectly by mathematical inference).
As far as we may know, God's assumption of mathematically compartmentalized and leveraged perspectives for idealizing mathematical functions may account for all the ingredients needed to account for all worlds.
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DEATH: An assimilated perspective of Consciousness cannot retain its assimilated continuity while repealing present opportunity for continuation of the line of mathematical functions that brought it to its relational locus. That is, too sudden a breach in a line of functions will kill the assimilated continuity of their relational direction. Sudden change in mathematical parameters is not impossible, per se, but is impossible to each species of observer, relative to too sudden a change in relation to any such observer.
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PROVERBS REGARDING IMAGINATION, MORALITY, AND THE SUPERNATURAL: " In My Father's house are many dwelling places." John 14:2 (http://bible.cc/john/14-2.htm). "Speak of the Devil and he shall appear." (http://bible.cc/john/14-2.htm.)
“Why then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so.” (http://bible.cc/john/14-2.htm).
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ABSOLUTE PHYSICAL NOTHINGNESS:

Once a perspective of Consciousness has imaged, intuited, inferred, appreciated, sensed, or measured parameters for a locus relative to a dimensional or mathematical geometry, within such locus, there is no such thing as an absolute vacuum or “nothingness.”

Rather, such locus, once related to or by Consciousness, is teeming with existentially relational potential.

Suppose one represents one’s appreciation of such parameter-locus in respect of “fundamental particles” or quarks. Were one to suck all quarks out of such locus, one may have, on average, a “relative vacuum” of zero quarks. However, one would soon intuit and even measure effects of potential or “virtual quarks.” The vacuum of no quarks would, relative to the perspective considering it, be teeming with virtual potentials.

(I believe) This is in respect that neither physics nor particular building blocks (particles) of physics exist in themselves, but in respect of potential among communicating perspectives of Consciousness.

If humans, on average, detect the same number of ultimate particles of matter within our universe, it is in respect that our perspectives of Consciousness happen presently to be choosing (or to have been chosen) to relate and communicate in such respect for "our universe."

Ultimately, although "physical nothingness" does not exist-in-itself, neither does "physical somethingness" exist-in-itself. Rather, the existentiality of physics is only in respect of a "supernatural dancing" of Consciousness with Mathematics.
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INDIRECT MATHEMATICAL PROOF: I remain unsure whether math may avail indirect proof, perhaps by demonstrating how descriptions relating to qualities of "choice, causation, determination, randomness, and/or pre-determination" are beyond rigorous objectivity, but are instead rigorously dependent upon locus of focus, sphere of influence, and/or mathematical model / frame of interpretive reference or purpose.
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REASON TO BELIEVE IN GOD:
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Universal EMPIRICISM DEMONSTRATES that no compartmentalized form emerges into manifestation, absent meaningful, representative sensing or measuring of it. To exercise conscious capacity to compartmentalize perspectives is to simultaneously implicate mathematical operations. Such sensing or measuring may be conceptualized as an expression of “Consciousness” (whatever that is).
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LOGIC AND MATH DEMONSTRATE whether a particular or compartmentalized form should be considered to have emerged derivative of will, choice, causation, determination, randomness, or pre-determination. However, any such demonstration cannot be made in perfect proof. An event or manifestation, in itself, cannot be said to have arisen purely in respect of choice, randomness, or pre-determination. Rather, proof regarding any particular event may be made, if at all, only relative to purpose and perspective.
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Regardless, for moral and inspirational purposes, it seems not inapposite to consider such (universal) “Consciousness” as being “God.” Even so, we can hardly “know” in any sense of completeness, consistency, or coherence what may be God’s ultimate (or even particular or compartmental) purposes or interests. Yet, we can humbly “listen” or intuit, as best we are able, to try to be receptive or consistent with higher moral guidance.
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That alone (without need for literalistic or oppressive religion) may carry socializing implications, with regard to human and moral ambiguity, uncertainty, humility, insight, appreciation, dignity, freedom, initiative, creativity, civility, empathy, communication, and community (as opposed to purely socialistic BORG-DOM, dictatorial FASCISM, or stiflingly intrusive SHARIA), i.e., qualities necessary for meaningful, decent civilization to flourish, communicably.
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"The Horsemen" (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and Harris) seem to disdain the uncertainty and ambiguity of value-belief-systems based on religious or spiritual metaphors, as if our "physical" existence were not permeated through and through with uncertain metaphors, and as if their own value-belief-systems were not similarly challenged.
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“GOD’S” AWESOMENESS: Whatever the implicated Source, as "Consciousness," IT is something beyond physical representation, which has capacity, by “idealizing” nothing more than mathematical functions, to compartmentalize and leverage all that presents (in symmetry and broken symmetry) to our sensation, memory, and conceptualization.
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Regardless, it would be absurdly without point for any of us to express capacity in our universe for the compartmentalizing of perspective were there no other or similarly compartmentalized perspective with which to sense, interact, empathize, or communicate.
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Although "supernatural dancing" is beyond physical measurement, it is not beyond existentially intuitive empathy. That is, I am unconcerned that the concept lacks pertinence to physics; I am instead concerned that the concept has, I believe, pertinence to deeper morality and meaningfulness.
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Regardless, I believe the story of supernatural dancing is a never-ending one.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Psychopathic Civilization





(Civilizations, as we call them, are largely the history of competing psychopaths ....)

CIVILIZATION --- EMPATHETIC REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNANCE VS. EXTRA-NATIONAL PSYCHOPATHIC PIRACY:

Soros’ crusade includes worldwide legalization of drugs, which would make it easier to rule humanity. One may be very capable, yet remain a cool, morally uninhibited, psychopath. Such predilection may sometimes be biological, associated with quality of brain-synapse signals, such as among amygdala, hippocampus, and corpus callosum.

Regarding Soros, see interesting test:
http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/96/open_boss-quiz.html.

See also: http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=936; http://www.cassiopaea.com/cassiopaea/psychopath_2.htm; http://www.cassiopaea.com/cassiopaea/psychopathy_aspd_sociopathy.htm.

See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980410101830.htm:
If you are an individual whose right orbital cortex is not functioning well, you're biologically disadvantaged in developing a conscience."

Outside of any effect they may have in predisposing an individual to violence, such brain deficits can only be detected through such relatively new functional brain imaging techniques as PET scans.

Raine says the USC-UCI study sheds light on a long-standing mystery in crime and punishment -- how some criminals appear so clearly to be a product of their background, while others seem to defy their seemingly benign upbringing.

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See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopath:
In practice, mental health professionals rarely treat psychopathic personality disorders as they are considered untreatable and no interventions have proved to be effective. In England and Wales the diagnosis of dissocial personality disorder is grounds for detention in secure psychiatric hospitals under the Mental Health Act if they have committed serious crimes, but since such individuals are disruptive for other patients and not responsive to treatment this alternative to prison is not often used.
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… psychopathy leans towards the hereditary whereas sociopathy tends towards the environmental.

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Does Obama play the role of malignant narcissist to Soros’ psychopathy?

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malignant_narcissism:

The malignant narcissist is inherently weak because he/she derives their ego functioning ability by constantly feeding off the emotions of other people (to build up their sense of self-worth to higher levels). This is why malignant narcissism is likened to a drug addiction. The drug addict (like the malignant narcissist) needs higher dosages of a drug to get the same after-effect. The narcissist (on the other-hand) needs to build up their sense of self-worth at increasingly higher levels to maintain the same level of ego-functioning. The malignant narcissist will go to extreme levels to build up their esteem, often resorting to antisocial behaviors and isolation of others (which is why antisocial, schizoid and paranoid personality disorders accompany this disease).

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See http://www.angelfire.com/biz2/daimonic/psychologyofevil.html:

It is admittedly tempting to dismiss the reality of evil entirely due to its inherent subjectivity and relativity. As that wise bard William Shakespeare bade Hamlet speak: "For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." This recognition of the relativity of good and evil, and its basis in egoistic evaluations of right and wrong, positive and negative, has a time-honored tradition in Asian religion and Oriental philosophy. But as Jung said, the fact that the conceptions of "good" and "evil" are limited inventions of the human mind (ego consciousness), convenient cognitive categories into which we try to neatly sort the stuff of life, does not detract from the vital importance of properly discerning between them. For without such psychological distinctions, what ethics will serve to guide our daily behavior? On what moral ground can we stand in making the many minor and major day-to-day decisions modem life demands? To cite Justin Martyr on this matter: "'The worst evil of all is to say that neither good nor evil is anything in itself, but that they are only matters of human opinion."
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… Carus responds: "Evil and good may be relative, but relativity does not imply non-existence. Relations are facts too."
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Evil is a very real phenomenon. But it is not a "thing," with physical properties of its own apart from those human actions which comprise it; nor is it an "entity" with a will of its own, as the traditional doctrine of the devil advocates. Evil is a process in which we humans more or less inevitably participate. Indeed, it is a psychological--or spiritual, if you prefer--process of negation.
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It says that while evil exists it can only exist by living off the good and cannot exist on its own." Of course, the same may be said of the "good," which cannot exist on its own either, without some reference and comparison to that' which is "evil."
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… who then shall be the crowning connoisseur of good and evil? The individual? The community? The court?
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Good can come from defiantly facing evil. But evil, alas, will always find another face.

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PERSONAL COMMENT: To me, “evil” is that which impedes civilization that is stable, sustainable, and amenable of surpassage.

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WHAT FLOATS WITH HOPE? I WORRY OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM IS CONTRIVED MORE TO CAUSE SH*T TO FLOAT THAN CREAM TO RISE:
PERSONAL COMMENTS --- SELECTING AGAINST RULE BY POLITICAL PSYCHOPATHS:

Some folks, despairing that modern representative governance is ill equipped to weed against mechanisms favoring the selection of psychopathic leaders, are beginning (tongue in cheek?) to advocate stochastocracy, or the random selection and replacement of political leaders.

However, before we throw the baby out with the bath water, alternative measures for preserving the legitimacy of representative governance would seem preferable. After all, why suppose psychopaths would not evolve in paths for evading even random selection of leaders, simply by corrupting randomness of the selection process?

So, before we “storm the Bastille” in order to impose stochastocracy, we may first prefer to seek alternative combinations of methods for filtering out political psychopaths.

Examples of alternative methods:
1) Outlaw use by psychopaths and politicians of income tax revenues for the purpose of redistributing wealth to their armies and supporters.
2) Impose progressive taxes on consumption of political resources (political contributions), to render the field of competition less leveraged in favor of established family elites of psychopaths.
3) Outlaw political contributions by all entities, except from individual, adult citizens.
4) Impose death taxes progressive enough to check against rising polyarchies and aristocracies of gross inequalities in wealth and influence.
5) Limit the voting franchise to responsible, experienced, educated, non-felonious, non-alien, adult citizens.
6) Protect borders and limit immigration, so no seditious demagogue can entice or bribe aliens to enter and vote in such numbers as to swamp democracy under a cult of personalty deluge.
7) Establish responsible means for preventing vote and voter fraud.
8) Reduce disparate power of individuals over monopolies on goods and ideas by imposing progressive taxes (on "consumption of political influence") and by taking action to bust monopolies; use tax revenues therefrom to fund jobs for servicing infrastructure and worker health.

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Snippets from http://cassiopaea.com/cassiopaea/psychopath.htm:
THE PSYCHOPATH - The Mask of Sanity
The high incidence of sociopathy in human society has a profound effect on the rest of us who must live on this planet, too, even those of us who have not been clinically traumatized. The individuals who constitute this 4 percent drain our relationships, our bank accounts, our accomplishments, our self-esteem, our very peace on earth.
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Most of us would not imagine any correspondence between conceiving an ethnic genocide and, say, guiltlessly lying to one's boss about a coworker. But the psychological correspondence is not only there; it is chilling. Simple and profound, the link is the absence of the inner mechanism that beats up on us, emotionally speaking, when we make a choice we view as immoral, unethical, neglectful, or selfish.
Most of us feel mildly guilty if we eat the last piece of cake in the kitchen, let alone what we would feel if we intentionally and methodically set about to hurt another person.
Those who have no conscience at all are a group unto themselves, whether they be homicidal tyrants or merely ruthless social snipers.
The presence or absence of conscience is a deep human division, arguably more significant than intelligence, race, or even gender.

What differentiates a sociopath who lives off the labors of others from one who occasionally robs convenience stores, or from one who is a contemporary robber baron - or what makes the difference betwen an ordinary bully and a sociopathic murderer - is nothing more than social status, drive, intellect, blood lust, or simple opportunity.

What distinguishes all of these people from the rest of us is an utterly empty hole in the psyche, where there should be the most evolved of all humanizing functions.

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Snippets from http://www.newimprovedhead.com/stoch1.htm:
Psychopaths Ride the Curve
by Peterson F. Whalley, dean of Grantchester College, Cambridge
February 26, 2004
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Representative liberal democracy is in crisis. It has been for some while but the crisis has now approached a threshold; further erosion will irrevocably shift the countries that enjoy this form of government into a terra incognita in which liberal democracy will have degenerated into a new form of autocracy, which we call "spinocracy". To retrieve liberal democracy now requires radical action.
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Democracy is the only means yet devised for the control of power by psychopaths. This has provided an interregnum, a respite of perhaps 100–200 years. The psychopaths are slowly taking over again.
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The massive over-representation of psychopaths among the powerful is strong evidence of a selection principle at work. That principle is the advantage psychopaths have over "normals" in the pursuit of power. Where there are large numbers of people there will, by chance, be relatively large numbers of psychos, but, in addition, where power is also concentrated, there will be disproportionately large numbers of them. New York and Washington are likely to have the largest concentrations of psychopaths on the planet.

In very small groups psychopaths are rare, soon discovered and shunned (or jailed, or killed). In larger groups - typical of tribes - they are likewise rare, discovered, shunned but given some socially-acceptable function, like shamans. In larger societies they are much less rare, much harder to discover and, precisely because they are unfeeling and manipulative, often rise to assume political authority.

This, then, is what we assert the historical record shows. Civilizations, as we call them, are largely the history of competing psychopaths and the war of psychopaths against the normal humans.

This is pretty shocking. You mean Alexander the Great was a psychopath? Julius Caesar? Attila? Charlemagne? William the Conqueror? Napoleon? Peter the Great? Surely not!

This intuitive test of historical leaders seems to confirm our working hypothesis. But what about Cromwell? Washington?….Lincoln?

This is where it gets murky. Why? These names coincide with the rise of liberal representative democracy. In this form of government, to gain power you have to get people to vote for you. This radically undercuts the natural advantage of the psychopath. Unfortunately, as the population has grown and the selective advantage of psychopaths has gone to work we have entered an era in which the psychopaths have found ways to gain control.

Our analysis of and solution to this problem is basically that proposed by Karl Popper [*PERSONAL COMMENT – GEORGE SOROS IS A FAMOUS FORMER STUDENT OF KARL POPPER]. Representative democracy is to be preferred because it provides a method of preventing authoritarianism. Unfortunately, Popper's favoured solution - proportional representation - will not work. This is because it neglects the rise of psychopathic control of the system that governs the elected leaders - which is to say the giant private and public bureaucracies, especially the former.

As the electoral system has become increasingly a money game, elected politicians have turned to the largest sources of money - private business corporations. These are ideal breeding grounds for psychopaths.

The promotion process in large private and public bureaucracies embodies a selection principle that heavily favours the psychopathic personality. Psychopaths have no difficulty denigrating fellow workers or claiming credit for work done by others. They are the quintessential power-lunchers, breakfasters, stay-after-workers.

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The majorities of managers and executives are likely to be normal. This is what makes the problem intractable. There's no way to weed out the psychopaths. Yet, we assert, as you go up the chain, the chances of encountering pseudo and genuine psychopaths increases.

Moreover, it is likely that psychopathy runs in families, not so much because of genetics as the subtle but pervasive influence of family mores and behaviours. The single biggest factor determining who is in the senior ranks of large organizations is socio-economic status, which means family. Which means that what is still relatively rare among most of the world's inhabitants becomes quite prevalent at the exalted levels occupies by the World's power elites.

As another intuitive test, think about the following list of names, from robber barons to contemporary high-profile figures: Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, Kurt Waldheim, Boutros-Boutros Ghali, Kofi Annan, Jeffrey Skilling, Chainsaw Al Dunlap, Martha Stewart.
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Remarkably, political authority is quite like Puff the Magic Dragon: once those subject to authority cease to believe in it, it fades away.

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There are now so many groups that have achieved or seek "equality" before the law that it's impossible to tell which is the "fundamental" equality. Am I equally obliged to the government of the land or to groups with which I identify? If bespectacled, fat bigots of anglo-saxon descent who demand the right to be smeared in marmite in public can't get charitable status, like thousands of other groups, do I organize a coup?
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… that people's attitudes, which are what underlie any opinions they may give to pollsters or anyone else, are very unstable. Reported attitudes have been shown to be heavily influenced by such matters as: the tone of voice in which the questions were asked; the physical conditions in which written surveys were answered; etc.. In other words, factors that would not affect measured attitudes if they were really measuring anything worthwhile. This is all the more so if the elicited attitudes are about topics about which the subjects may not have thought very much, like the interest rate elasticity of government debt.

Focus groups have taken this sham to a new level. Focus groups don't even pretend to be "representative". Rather, the spin-doctor gurus search for meaningful revelations of the underlying angst of the populace as revealed by the verbal entrails of people at the mall with nothing better to do for a few hours.
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… Americans now apparently grant the Courts more legitimacy than their Legislatures. This warms the hearts of psychopaths.
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Next week, kiddies, we'll teach you how to cure all known disease.

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Snippets from http://www.sott.net/articles/show/168879-The-Road-to-Hell-is-paved-with-Free-Market-Capitalism-Imperialism-and-Psychopaths:
The Road to Hell is paved with Free Market Capitalism, Imperialism and Psychopaths
Simon Davies & Donald Hunt
SOTT.net
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 13:38 UTC
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Expansion became an end in and of itself and its protagonists became "nothing but functionaries of violence [who] could only think in terms of power politics. They were the first who, as a class and supported by their everyday experience, would claim that power is the essence of every political structure."
The perpetual cycle of accumulation of property/capital begetting the accumulation of power begetting the accumulation of property, onwards forever, requires perpetual expansion. The great waves of change of the Industrial Revolution, the age of Imperialism and the age modern empire, whether under the guise of Cold War or War on Terror, have led to the ceding of all power to the financial/capitalist elite. Since the age of colonial imperialism this elite has succeeded, in complete accordance with its creed of perpetual accumulation of property and power, in gathering ever greater amounts of both.
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From The Psychopath - The Mask of Sanity
Imagine, if you can, not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.

And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.

Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.

You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.

In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.

You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered.

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The entire fabric of Free Market Capitalist societies is governed by fear, an all pervading, overwhelming fear. A world where one is perpetually in competition, where what ever one has can be taken by the next man in his pursuit of property or through crime, where the fundamental basis of society is based upon the accumulation of unlimited capital and unlimited power for their own sakes, that is a world based on unlimited fear. A world entirely reflective of the psychopaths manipulation of the psyche of normal people.

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PROPOSALS ---- STEADY STATE ECONOMY VS. CONSTANT GROWTH ECONOMY:
Snippets from http://www.sott.net/articles/show/168879-The-Road-to-Hell-is-paved-with-Free-Market-Capitalism-Imperialism-and-Psychopaths:

Herman Daly

The US economist HERMAN DALY, delivered a paper to the Sustainable Development Commission in the UK in April this year in which he reiterated his idea of a Steady State Economy that can replace the "failed growth economy".

In this paper Daly was challenging the basis of free market capitalism as summarised by Arendt, the perpetual accumulation of property/capital. He implicitly acknowledges the fact that free market capitalism has to consume to grow and has to grow to survive. Logically this is not possible perpetually when one looks at the world as a finite system. He therefore proposes that a move away from the growth economy of the last 300 years to an economy that is stable, one that does not grow. On a global basis this would mean that the developed economies would have to use their resources more efficiently, allowing the developing economies a greater share of the world's resources until such time as they had achieved a reasonable quality of life amongst their citizens.

Daly proposes:-

A more equitable sharing of basic global resources

Reform of the tax systems to an ecologically based tax system

Limit the range of inequality in income distribution-a minimum income and a maximum income. Without aggregate growth poverty reduction requires redistribution. Complete equality is unfair; unlimited inequality is unfair. Seek fair limits to inequality.

Change the way we work so as to provide work for everybody rather than slavery for some and unemployment for others.

Re-regulate international trade. Limit the freedom of movement of capital, restrain globalisation.

Downgrade the IMF, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation to a new model designed for equality amongst nations.

Abolish fractional reserve banking. Give the control of money back to governments and away from banks.

Put scarce resources under public control and remove the private control on knowledge and information. Stop treating the scarce as if it were non scarce, and the non scarce as if it were scarce.

Stabalise world population.

Change national accounting to reflect reality so as to be able to see when growth ceases to benefit a nation as a whole.

Whether all Daly ideas are good ones is not really the point. What they serve to illustrate is that serious economists, (Daly used to be at the World Bank), do have ideas as to how our world could be run differently. So when you hear the liars telling you that this and that 'reform' is necessary to keep the existing system running hopefully now you can see through their lies and can tell anybody else who'll listen.

Friday, November 7, 2008

American Barracuda Party


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Comment by Dlanor at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/11/time_for_mccain_to_step_up_to.html:

American Barracuda Party:

We need a new GOP, in the image of The American Dynamic (individual freedom, initiative, and responsibility), not in the image of Blueblood elitists or their billionaire socialist cousins.

We need an ideology-for-defending-American-style-free-markets-and-enterprise. This means we cannot abide media becoming monopolized in international pirates bent on abetting the raping and pillaging of marketplaces of products and ideas.

Rather, we need an ideology for defending American style borders --- physically, spiritually, economically, and environmentally. This does not mean isolationism. It means defending a well defined, competitive, involved America.

We will not be able to move towards a better America by making baneful common cause with McCain, Rockefeller, and Noonan style Republicans. Rather, they must be banished. What we need instead are American Individualists --- wherever we can find and inspire them. We need Saracuda leaders. Hell, we need an American Barracuda Party!

If we truly represent faith in fundamentally sound American values, we can inspire and recruit — even among conservative Democrats.

As the Republican party now stands, it ain’t mine, no more.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?



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WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

For George Bush and defenders of The American Dynamic (of human freedom, initiative, responsibility, and self reliance), few good deeds have gone unpunished. In one fell swoop, the security of home, church, traditional moral values, and freedom of individual expression have been shown to be highly endangered.

Racism did not impede Obama from getting elected, but naivete did get him elected. I only wish a black female Independent had inspired us before Obama. I expected moral shallowness from villains, derelicts, and dopers. But, for women, Catholics, and Jews, I am ashamed. What has just occurred, if not a stupendous betrayal --- by women, Catholics, and Jews --- of American common sense?

We have disgraced the franchise, yielded to the votes of illegals and felons, surrendered any effective means for validating legality of votes, and precluded any effective means for regulating sources of political contributions. Thus have we abjectly ceded to derelicts the capacity to surrender that which our forebears nourished in blood and sweat and bequeathed to us in love.

As individual freedom of expression will now be attacked, so also will individual security be attacked. More in sorrow than in anger, we find now before us a garden of American common sense that has overgrown with vicious weeds. Yet, there abides a resilient spirit. Evil affronts to human freedom and dignity will yet be brought to atonement.

For that, we can be happy warriors. See http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/the_american_eagle_needs_two_w.html.
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WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
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"Government of the people" was just raped, having been held hostage to shameful media, financed and manipulated by international pirates.
See http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/obama_coverup_media/2008/11/03/147130.html.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Marketplaces of Ideas




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Marketplaces of Ideas:

For more than 30 years, sentiments and word usages for re-modeling American ideals have been transmogrifying our media and academia, under a steady drip of communist influence. Meanwhile, Conservatives have been oblivious, operating on autopilot, entranced under an idea that everyone is interested in only one kind of marketplace game: getting the biggest ship for floating on a tide that raises all boats.

Conservatives have thought a capitalistic marketplace of evenly competitive ideas and businesses to be best for supporting individual freedom, dignity, responsibility, and initiative. But, what happens when markets become monopolized, when capital becomes leveraged out of all sense of proportion, and when financiers become free of national boundaries and constraints?

How, then, does capitalism avoid jumping the shark, to become the tool of pirates of international volatility? How, then, do small businesses and even large nations preserve parameters of freedom, once most of influential media, academia, politicians, regulators, and military-industrial complexes are bought and brought under control of a cohort of international, big-money pirates?

Democrats have been conditioned and deluded to idealize socialism, while Republicans have been conditioned to idealize capitalism. Meanwhile, such idealistic bubbles have been brought under reflexive control of financial, bubble-mastering pirates.

But, there never has been idealistically pure socialism or capitalism. Rather, there has always been a blend of disproportionate, opportunistic, individualistic competition (will to power) and communitarian cooperation (empathetic will to math).

Democrats and Republicans, alike, have been diverted, entranced, or asleep. Meanwhile, Western Civilization has become enshrouded under a cloak of international piracy.

Western Civilization will not regain freedom and dignity by inciting quarrels about whether capitalism is better than socialism. Rather, neither capitalism nor socialism will well survive power being monopolized in a cohort of international pirates.

Nations of peoples must reassert physical, moral, and financial boundaries. Progressive consumption taxes must be applied to reduce influence of international money-pirates. Human freedom and dignity depend upon it.

Otherwise, we shall continue to see: international monopolization of media, academia, politicians, and generals; invasive indoctrination of politically correct thought and expression; reign of terror and extra-national W.M.D. bandits; and abject surrender of individual free will.

Pirates who have become adept in crossing national boundaries tend hardly to be challenged to sidestep mere rules of law --- especially when peoples, to defend their own liberties, have been rendered oblivious to the need to define and enforce boundaries and laws.

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TO REGULATE MARKETS, EVEN CAPITALISTS MUST IMPOSE LIMITS AMONG PARAMETERS, AS FORMS OF ROUGH EQUALITY:

Socialists desire evenness in material equality among individuals. Capitalists desire evenness in business opportunities, for preserving competition among markets.

Socialistic nomenklatura desire to regulate and control markets, in order to impose hegemony over, and equality among, individuals. Money mastering capitalists desire to monopolize and control markets, in order to impose hegemony and opportunities borne of volatility over inferior individuals and businesses.

Either way, Overlords (nomenklatura and money masters) enforce control, either by socialistic regulation, to force equality among subordinates, or by capitalistic monopolization, to force hegemony over equally impotent subordinates.

So, between nomenklatura and money masters, how can human freedom and dignity best be maintained?

Answer: (1) Preserve competitive markets by protecting against forcible, disproportionate deprivation of human freedom and dignity, by taxing money masters on their rates of consumption, progressively; (2) forbid political contributions by businesses; (3) allow individuals to make political contributions, but tax all political related expenditures as forms of consumption, subject to progressive taxation.

Danger: Absent action to restore some semblance or balance of power to the working class, human civilization is coming soon to a Point Of No Return.
The power of nomenklatura and money masters to control entire nations and spheres of influence is keyed to lock humanity into serfdom, from which there can be no likely escape.

Such key consists in controlling media and academia, indoctrination of youth, bribery of politicians, and threats against regulators. Once an international cohort of financial pirates of volatility has purchased and consolidated such control, it becomes, in essence, Ministry of Truth.

The path to such consolidation of control consists in erasing a nation’s physical borders, un-assimilating and rendering its social values and traditions impotent, insinuating its double-speakers and new-speakers into media and academia, and dumbing down or corrupting the general electorate. At that point, “government of the people” is reduced to farcical fraud.

Alert: To preserve any semblance of human freedom and dignity, it becomes ever more imperative to enact and enforce a system of progressive taxation on consumption, to prick the bubble of international monetary piracy.

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Feasibility of a Progressive Consumption Tax --- see http://online.wsj.com/article/SB112492381500022421.html:
AUGUST 25, 2005
A Consumption Tax
By ALAN J. AUERBACH

Some consumption taxes, like the retail sales tax and the value added tax, are best imposed with a single rate because taxing different commodities at different rates is a limited and inefficient approach to achieving progressivity. But there are other approaches to consumption taxation that would allow much greater progressivity at both ends of the income distribution, protecting the poor and imposing a higher rate of tax on the well-to-do.

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Fed's Chief Gives Consumption Tax Cautious Backing --- see http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/04/politics/04tax.html?_r=1&oref=slogin:

By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
Published: March 4, 2005
WASHINGTON, March 3 - Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve chairman, cautiously endorsed a shift in the nation's tax system on Thursday from one that primarily taxes what people earn to one that taxes what they spend.

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???? HOW COULD THE PROBLEMS BELOW BE RESOLVED? BY SOME COMBINATION OF CONFISCATORY PENALTY TAXES IF CAUGHT, AGAINST ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN MAKING UNRECORDED TRANSACTIONS? SHOULD GIFTS BE TAXED AS CONSUMPTION? HOW???

PROBLEM: A progressively confiscatory tax on accumulating consumption would encourage criminal, bookie, private coupon, and black market transactions among agents and subordinates.


http://townhall.com/columnists/BruceBartlett/2002/04/05/the_founders_and_the_consumption_tax:
Experience shows that general sales tax rates much above 10 percent are very hard to collect. They encourage smuggling, black markets, evasion, production for personal use, substitution for untaxed commodities and other activities that erode the tax base.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Blinking At Fascist Bullies


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Blinking At Fascist Bullies:

Is “The Debate” Really Over (will to power vs. will to math; will to power; dialectic materialism; universe closed to free will; global warming)? Must we now Crack Eggs To Make Omelets (Collectivism, to be led and controlled by Fuehrers or N.W.O. Controllers or International Financial Pirates)?

Faux Elitism --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ywF1-NYYes

Replacing family decentralized values --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPOrKVU_0dw

Actualizing Spiritual Feedback --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oENmXKKlCAI

Source of human consciousness --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8F-5yVJxqQ

Balancing Individualism and Collectivism --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPUvQZ3rcQ

Top Down Secular vs. Religious Morality and Totalitarianism (Independent Will to Power vs. Empathetic Will to Math) --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWt8a1aMkZ4; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPOrKVU_0dw

Faux Atheistic Leaders --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuyUz2XLp1E

Betraying Democracy (sell out voting coalitions; Acorn) --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vJcVgJhNaU

Jewish Betrayal --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13_VT3Veo5Q

George Sorosbetrayal --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAFeqf9Y-ZI; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLBh3vucKck; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrq2f6UR4qs; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47gbgITPLqI; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8PS6574R0E

Islamic Socialism --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6UpKGizzSQ

Making Revolutionary Omelets --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsITp_itUBc

Neo Mein Kampf --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbUHa1SX-D0

Nazi Will to Power --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR67q5P_-YU

Party Bosses and Favored Nomenklatura --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksnwIUyspps

Communist Show Trials --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfmSPYDb0FQ

Socialistic terror --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyO6NGjCk0A

Stalin terror --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tnl-YZ3tG70

Gulag archipelago --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9ipVo10mf0

Chinese Labor and Reeducation Camps --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbECxnd5ZA4; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqsY9eB1HD4

Cultural revolution --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRVQ3TRvy_8; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBykEvbmmfw

Communist bloodshed --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIeics8jHUY

Pol Pot (it was the communal aspect that made him enthusiastic) --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQMyX80jCF8

Killing fields --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-SI8RF6wDE

Religious brainwashing --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOR-WJC4LoU

Social brainwashing --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YJIzwpNao8

Landmark brainwashing --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX88tHk9HNk

Cult brainwashing --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_Awareness_and_Information_Centre

Hitler youth --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4myPbEAwxJw

Political brainwashing --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH-2Fwx5RU0

Deathcult brainwashing --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbbUoVDTnzY

Internet Recruitment of Jihadists --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnRf3zN5g98

Dehumanization (Schindler’s list) --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12yfN4wrzQ8

Religious Corruption --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0AXTpIXD7o; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD_lBstvptE

Consolidation of power --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6ddf00iqDM

Manchurian Candidate --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x53mTUaL7RI

Testing Western Mettle --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hLDjGdJC0Q; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69axIeq3ZWE; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcWE6ranRqM; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcWE6ranRqM; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRdf4GpFzlM; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B0u4UB9uCs; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1JNIqiXCkU.

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Western Civilization blinking at fascist bullies:


WE ARE IN A LOT OF TROUBLE!

We want individual freedom, but without responsibility. We want representative governance, but without pushing for an informed, educated, and validated electorate.

The necessary result is that we will continue to get only faux democracy, i.e., only an appearance of representative governance, for which the fa├žade has now slipped.

The wizard now exposed is a ring of international pirates of volatility, i.e., fellow financial felons, fronted by Soros, pushing us to soma. If we want to preserve a civilizing vestige of human freedom and dignity, the challenges growing before us are not adequately being met.

To preserve individual freedom and dignity, what participatory elements and cultural checks and balances must we engage, to buffer thug capitalism vs. thug socialism vs. thug religious extremism vs. thug international piracy? Compare- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIUSMLOmtQ8.

Jews blinking at fascist bullies --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3okoUPKSnE0

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Jews:
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/symposium_why_do_so_many_jews.html
Comment by Dlanor:
To tzvee (“why are Jews liberal? liberalism is such a morally superior political attitude”):
You assume, without logic or empirical support, that liberals are smarter at seeing what is obvious, and that jews, tending to be smart, therefore tend to be liberal. You seem to be pretending liberalism is superior, based only on pretense of superiority of jews. However, if jews are so often liberal because liberalism is so obviously superior, then I must ask you: What in logic or experience demonstrates that liberalism (government enforced communitarian security) is superior to conservatism (respect for individual freedom and responsibility)? As stated, your argument is no better than nyah nyah nyah.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Immigration, Fickle Fractals, and Voting



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Immigration, Fickle Fractals, and Voting:

Ideologues tend, too conveniently and undemocratically, to pretend the settling of major issues, such as immigration, when all that has occurred is a temporizing, fickle sweep of strange alliances, relatable in variations of the Arab adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

In practice, our election system tends to winnow our choice for President down to only two candidates. Essentially, each candidate tries to inspire in each sub-electoral a coalition of supporting voters among various sub-interests that will total more than 50%. Thus, temporary promises and compromises become unavoidable.

It may be, for example, that 70 to 80% of all voters want national boundaries enforced. Yet, other issues, such as national defense or fundamental economics may come to weigh more. And, business owners may become fearful of rising labor costs. New workers and citizens may become fearful of hardships for relatives needing to immigrate. Thus, a coalition of managers and workers may organize or emerge to prefer temporizing on enforcing the border.

Apart from the immigration issue, managers may prefer a business friendly candidate (conservative), while workers may prefer a government assistance candidate (liberal). Neither of their candidates would wish to alienate a coalition interested in the easy immigration of relatives and cheap labor.

Thus, even when 70 or 80% of the electorate may consider enforcement of the border to be of considerable long term importance, fickle exigencies for getting elected may force candidates to temporize. However, such temporary aligning of fickle interests is hardly support for arguing that immigration control is not important or that the issue has been resolved in favor of open borders.

Danger: Temporizing on enforcing the border may soon push us to a catastrophic tipping point. Successful American culture tends to be founded on individual initiative, freedom, and responsibility. Mexican culture tends to be founded on loyalty to family and wishes for governmental assistance. Tipping the American demographic would alter the American dynamic, perhaps catastrophically.

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See http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/immigration-the-forgotten-issue-of-election-08/2/:
“… a candid acknowledgment of the candidates’ positions, each of them would have to confront an integral part of his base. McCain would have to slug it out with
anti-amnesty conservatives while Obama would have to finally stand up to organized labor in defense of a guest worker plan, which labor leaders believe would hurt U.S. workers by subjecting them to something they loathe: competition.”

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The conventional thinking is that the left-leaning Obama is certain to propose an amnesty for illegal immigrants and that McCain is just as certain not to because his conservative base won’t let him. But, throughout this election, conventional thinking has been wrong, and this is just another instance of where that’s true.

If elected, it’s likely that the hyper-ambitious Obama will spend much of his first term choosing his battles very carefully and trying to avoid legislative fistfights with Congress that threaten the prospects for a second term. Already, Obama has warned that he won’t get around to immigration reform in the critical first 100 days of his administration. And, given how Washington works — or rather, doesn’t work in even-numbered years — that probably means it won’t happen in the first term.

On the other hand, McCain told me in a recent telephone interview that, if elected, he is committed to getting a comprehensive immigration reform package together in the first 100 days.

“The whole issue of comprehensive immigration reform will be among my highest priorities,” he said. “Because we have to address this issue. . . . Republicans and Democrats have to sit down together and work together and get this thing done. We tried that before, and now we have to ensure people that we will do it a way that will ensure border security.”

A lot of Latino Democrats are betting that, if Barack Obama is elected, they’ll get comprehensive immigration reform. They’re just as sure that, if John McCain is elected, the status quo will be preserved.
I’ve got a hunch that they have it upside down.

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Immigration Bottom Line: Everyone wishing to preserve the essential American dynamic must bring effective pressure to bear, regardless of which candidate is elected!