Posted: March 6th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
We slave and obsess over money to make our dreams happen, or to just get by. I think we should look for ways to cut out the middleman. But the sacrifices are blatantly obvious for anyone with a conscience.
Here’s how I do it:
Live with minimal paperwork. Find work that pays off the books/under the table. (But I do appreciate the comments I get cashing checks from Heavy Metal Magazine at the liquor store.) And with those earnings conduct your life frugally, buying only what you honestly require. Move around a lot, and camp more often than not. Sales taxes cannot always be helped, but I haven’t filed my income taxes in years, close to a decade actually. I know perfectly innocent people can be thrown into prison on bogus charges, or be off to Gitmo, so I do not fret the small potatoes that comprise my livelihood. I commit no ethical crimes, so my conscience is clean as a whistle. It’s all about not enabling the status quo. If Democracy worked it has already had centuries to prove itself. I totally admit how much of a struggle it is trying to not be dependent on anything or anyone. I wish I could be the hippy in the woods type, and grow veggies and all that, but even private property is a myth in modern America. I really want a family though, but I know that just can not happen, ever. Life is the grand experiment, the ultimate canvas. And needless institutions such as bank accounts, credit cards, insurance of any kind, all obstruct the view to what life can be all about, if we dare to brave the impossible.
Being homeless is not easy, but for reasons other than what you might presume. Being without a home means even the slightest fragment of privacy is entirely nonexistent. It simply does not exist. And being homeless means you can never sleep when you want to, or need to. Ever. It means constant distraction, as there is never a “time” or “place” to buckle down and get some work done. It means sacrificing most of your worldly possessions, for lack of a place to house them. It means never eating enough. It means having to go days, even weeks without the chance to properly clean yourself. This makes the prospects of finding day labor that much more impossible. And why bother meeting new people, new relationships, when you have nothing tangible to offer? But you know what? I’m alright with this.
Homeless shelters are wholly out of the question, even if I were open to such assistance. I am not interested in attending any church, I have no criminal record and so by no means am I an ex-con, and I have no reasons for substance abuse recovery. If none of those apply then said shelters have no place for you. It’s like that most everywhere in the states, from what I have seen, and actually leaves out several million folks in dire need of help that mainstream media completely ignores. Let those folks get the help. I much prefer camping anyhow, though the occasional couch-surfing is awkward. The very few friendly souls willing to lend a hand tend to need a rather big hand themselves.
Trying to live without money is by no means an easy route. It is certainly possible however, and when you drop the crusade of giving up your life for the chance to survive financially you find that many other incidental distractions are also lost along the way. The road becomes more open, less cluttered. Barter and trade for goods and services. I have no debt, no bills outstanding or incoming. I tend to work obsessively and I live a spartan existence anyway, but choosing to not play into the system is incredibly liberating. Granted, depression is inevitable. But so are many things in life, some of which can be nice to look forward to. Virtues evidently have little place in today’s world, for most persons. But in the world I am creating, that’s not the case at all. Conformity equates to false community. When people hide behind their status symbols to keep up with the neighbors they deny themselves. When people lose site of everything on the endless search for quiet complacency among the slavery of our society they deny themselves. For good or ill, I wear no masks. I want to do my part to save the world as much as any other daydreamer, but I will find ways to do it without enabling a culture so displaced from its heart or mind.
Throughout the entirety of my 20s I averaged 80 hour work weeks (sometimes far more), generally holding down multiple jobs at once. Usually a full-time with one or two part-time jobs, but in some seasons two full-time jobs, or just a whole lot of part-time jobs all at once. And none of this is counting freelance writing/editing as I never consider that work in the traditional sense. I did almost every blue collar gig one could imagine, and I barely broke even. I was a hard worker to the point where co-workers felt that I was trying to show them up, and management thought I was gunning for their own jobs. I worked hard to make the time fly by so I could get the hell out for the day or night. I was never at work to make friends, or enemies. I did whatever was necessary to stay ahead of whatever meager bills I generated while finding myself always having to hand over anything extra to whatever girl I was sleeping with that year. Crap jobs pay crap money no matter how many hours sacrificed. I was a zombie, basically.
And when I was not at work I drank like a school of fishes. I never slept. I’d get home and down a fifth of bourbon, or when money was better I’d go through 2 or 3 bottles of the cheapest pinot noir I could find. I would drink and drink til it was time to shower and go clock back in. And I would be the rock-star of my job, whether I was doing kitchen work or security or digging graves or framing houses or laying tile or house-painting or whatever. When I’d burn out of one job they would have to hire multiple persons to replace me. I was the shining definition of a functioning alcoholic. In one weekend free from vocation I killed three 30-packs of cheap canned beer. That was my record, although I generally went many months and months without a single day off anywhere. I could kill a half gallon of vodka in a night, no problem. The worst hangovers I ever suffered really were just a matter of feeling numb, like just a coffee away from being totally awake. But my work never suffered. I never lost a home to my drinking. It never affected a relationship. Eventually I realized that if I stopped working, stopped contributing to society, then I no longer felt the need to drink. I will socially, on the rare occasion. But “cause” and “effect”, for me, were easily identifiable. I had friends who hosted meetings for AA and NA; I’d attend just to hear others speak. And realizing that I never raped the family dog or any of the other things I heard I knew my problem was never a real problem. Apples and quantum semantics.
I completely gave up on even pretending to look for “real work” back in early 2010. I like the tiny paper trail of finding room and board gigs. I’ve had better luck with my writing and editing in recent years, but even that is not unto itself enough to live on. I wasted my 20s doing every blue collar job you could imagine and had nothing to show for it beyond a great understanding of alcohol and prematurely greying hair. In 2012 I camped out in the literal sense almost the entire year. I learned somewhere that I am fine with roughing it if it means sleeping with a clean conscience. Life is hard and frustrating and humiliating and infuriating, but it got a lot easier for me the more I try to simplify things, my goals, relations, etc. I had a great friend up north who used to say, “Just find some happy.”
I never found happy, but I did find that I have very little use for the world around me. There are many times I want to scream aloud, but I am too polite for that. I feel drained emotionally and physically and psychically. But my life is mine, and I will never let anyone have it no matter how shiny the bauble.
Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
This article originally appeared in Heavy Metal Magazine #265.
An essay of Gladiator, the “oh my god you have to read this” novel by Philip Wylie.
Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1930, although evidence exists that an earlier version had been submitted in 1926, Gladiator is the story of Hugo Danner, a product of his timid scientist father’s early experimentation into genetic manipulation. But Hugo is also a product of his times, as the then young Philip Wylie’s novel presents a penultimate fish out of water tale, a slice of life coming of age narrative where the lead character struggles with finding his place in a rapidly changing world while growing up and preternaturally growing wise across America and around the globe. To complicate matters, thanks to the conspiring against nature by parents Abednego and Matilda, Hugo is from birth a man-god, a super-man whose physical constitution is exponentially greater than that of any other man. And contrary to that origin, this is no superhero story.
While the book has gone through at least a dozen printings in the almost ninety years since it was being written, when it rates on anyone’s radar is generally in reference to how Wylie’s Hugo Danner was a precursor to the likes of Superman and Doc Savage, in that Hugo Danner has the rock-hard flesh, can run faster than a speeding bullet, is more powerful than a locomotive and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Yet at no point does Hugo even remotely consider dressing abnormally or pursuing justice by beating the turds out of motley crews of law-breaking ne’er do wells. Hugo is a young man with great gifts of strength, and even before puberty is painfully all too aware of what makes him different and sets him apart from his fellow man. In his youth he makes tremendous efforts in hiding those gifts, and as he matures he gradually wrestles more and more with the ongoing dilemma of allowing those gifts to control the world around him, or allowing the world around him to control those gifts.
After a failed attempt at college and a promising athletics career due to a moment of lost control, he becomes a drifter, traveling about incognito while taking on any number of random oddjobs on his voyage of self-discovery. Finding a momentary sense of purpose, he enlists in the Foreign Legion for a world-spanning war and soon becomes a hero to many, although is eventually disheartened by seeing such epic potential for destruction within himself in a very “Heart of Darkness” sort of way. Following the years of grisly horrors on the battlefield, he returns to the states with a better sense of his capabilities and the increasing desire to repurpose himself for greater aims, which puts him at odds with both corporate and political powers. He comes full circle in finally embracing a manner of self-acceptance, almost to the point of becoming a bully to push what he feels is ethically right and proper, and so his questing takes him into moral territory where the question of might making right is certainly put into question. From the ostracizing of his youth to as a man dealing with the prospect of becoming a leader of men, he is as torn as any intelligent but non-super mortal might be, and the book ends on a surprisingly shocking and violent note that is arguably loaded with bitterness of spiritual insinuation.
While this prose fiction absolutely predates the costumed superheroes of the comic book medium, as well it predates many of the prose pulp heroes of the 1930s and 40s. It is definitely conceivable that Hugo was some degree of influence on those that came later, but that should not be limited to Superman or Doc Savage, as specific elements of the narrative could easily have also inspired the “rejected by society” themes of the assorted X-Men characters, the proportionately bug-like abilities of Spider-Man (or his own precursor, the Fly), and the super-soldier idiom of Captain America and the better variant Fighting American, to name a few. I would even suggest that Hugo’s sweaty but insightful encounters with a long line of female companions may have influenced the philosophy of relationship writings of the great Milan Kundera. But as my title expresses, I also feel that, not at all contrary to Wylie’s suggestive observations concerning the strange roads that scientific achievements are leading our species down, that in many ways this may in turn well be his updating or homage of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The ultimate man, with no suitable rules to abide by and meeting nary a friendly face without duplicity or otherwise ulterior motive, Hugo Danner is the more than man, freak of a man. In the three times I have read/studied/fought with this book over the last couple of years I have avoided reading other essays or reviews of the work, as I prefer to form my ideas with as little influence as possible. That said, I sincerely believe this is Wylie’s modernization of Prometheus Unbound, and cast in an age even more befitting of the moralistic implications of sciences that are overtaking our dogmatic social insecurities. Wylie was by no definition a rookie scribe when this novel was originally released, young though he truly was, and would in fact go on to write many more books and essays and the like while staying ever mindful publicly, and perhaps even vigilantly, of the bridging points between science, politics, and morality. While at once perfecting Shelley and laying the groundwork for the gods of old to be reinterpreted as heroes of today, Gladiator is a powerhouse novel, and should be celebrated widely.
Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
In a recent article, I shared some admittedly disturbing thoughts concerning the direction where I feel modern politics are blatantly headed. Essentially, Church has long been in bed with State, as has Business long been in bed with State. Both arms extending to the point where now the Federal Government seems to only act in the private interests of Church leaders and/or Business leaders, fully encompassing policies from Domestic to Foreign.
When Church supersedes the authority of State, all but a minority are reduced to lower class status. When Business supersedes the authority of State, all but a minority are reduced to lower class status. However, State is the governance of people and resources, by way of laws that have nothing of the sort to do with accumulating monetary dominance or of obtaining spiritual enlightenment. It’s about managing what’s already here, for the benefit of each and every tax-paying citizen and their offspring. All men are reportedly created equal. Separating these three bodies is not a denial of religious rights or economic privilege, it is the fundamental assertion that said three bodies are simply entirely different constructs, each of which is better served and better defined by keeping the others at arm’s length.
American politics hit its darkest turn yet in the last decade, when each of the two political parties allowed the State’s collective psyche to be simultaneously and undeniably superseded by both Business and Church. It is bad enough for the entire world when our elected leaders are religious businessmen, but now, we are seeing the beginnings of something even more inhumane, of the confusion of identities between Business and Church themselves. Ask yourself, why did the Christian God destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Contrary to what popular culture tells us, theirs were not early examples of a Las Vegas amped up to the Nth degree. Although I am not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination, let’s see what their good book says:
Ezekiel 16:49 “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.”
Sounds like whiny Socialists begging for handouts from the job creators. But is that plain enough to see? As this is clearly at odds with established party lines these days, shouldn’t now be a great time for Fundamentalist Christians to stop and ask themselves just how Conservative Republican they really are? Shouldn’t now be a great time for Liberal Democrats to take a long cold hard look in the mirror and ask themselves what part they have in fact played in these proceedings? Ayn Rand once said, “Those who deny Reason cannot be conquered by Reason”, but what about using someone’s own logic against them? Such as, by their very own dogma, an excuse for the religious to fully support efforts along the lines of Occupy Wall Street as opposed to corporate interests:
Matt 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”
And the Whore of Babylon’s true identity? It’s obviously Capitalism.
Revelations 17:1-6 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: babylon the great, the mother of prostitutes, and of the abominations of the earth. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
Evidently, money and Judeo-Christian faith are, by nature, at odds with one another. For spirituality to align itself with the greed of financial domination that Capitalism thrives upon is nothing short of self-denial, and apparently blasphemous at that. And what of the combat boot on the other foot? Sex and violence. Sex and violence sells, and sells big. And while most orthodox theologies have issues with always putting their money where their mouth is, the official byline is generally that censorship is preferred in pretty much all cases of sex and/or violence, from portrayals in pop culture to actual physical conduct in person. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife’s Arsehole, and Thou Shalt Not Murder Thy Neighbor To Better Thine Chances Of Penetrating Thy Neighbor’s Wife’s Arsehole, right? Yet in a free market Capitalism, violence and sex, in one form or your mother, are everywhere. Everywhere. Even down to how your local television news programming frames their camera shots with the bottom line of the screen just under the anchorwoman’s breasts, as she goes on about another incident of some dumb cop shooting some dumb teenager. Gotta sell those commercial blocks!
Ironically, sex and violence are in the bible as well (stop the presses!) and whether the bible is fiction or non, its ramifications claim lives still, by the millions. Modern Jews and Arabs both can theologically trace their lineage back to a pair of half-brothers, Isaac and Ishmael, each the son of Abraham, but each brought to life by a separate woman. The Christians especially hold Abraham in high regard, as do the modern Jews and Muslims. This, even though his commandment-breaking act of adultery has led to the long centuries of ongoing holy wars that continue to tear apart the Middle East today, with conflicts that now, as evidenced painfully clear by 9/11 and the world stage since, touch all four corners of the globe. And Capitalism, when everybody dies, who is going to buy all of your stuff then?
By their very natures, spirituality is poisoned by economics, and economics is poisoned by spirituality. Regardless, Business, Church and State can all co-exist, they must co-exist. But for either Church or Business to continue to wield authority over the State, or worse, for Church and Business to mistake themselves for each other, is nothing less than mutually assured self-destruction for everybody. Whether you vote right-winger or left-winger, this plot will continue to unfold thusly. Yin and Yang comprise a whole being, just as Conservatives and Liberals are separate sides of the same bent coin in the collection plate. Tug of war is boring, after so many years. Let’s try something less suicidal instead, shall we?
“This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. Our planet teeters on the brink of atomic annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
Awhile back, Gallup announced this poll, which shockingly suggested that a growing number of Americans are less than enthused by the tactics of the mainstream media, in fact moreso now than at any point in the nation’s history. I’ll return to this notion in a bit, but first I want to acknowledge the myth of mainstream media’s overall agenda, which is a bit timely in light of the FCC’s sudden interest in watchdogging what exactly the media says.
The best response to that poll I’ve seen came from the New York Times, which reminded us that the mainstream media, often lambasted as a Liberal tool, is in fact predominantly Conservative. The newspaper with the largest circulation in the country is the Wall Street Journal, a very Conservative property, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which is the second largest media conglomerate in America. The highest rated cable news channel by far is FOX News, also owned by News Corp. Additionally, the half dozen or so top rated news programs on cable television are all broadcast on the FOX News cable channel. The highest rated news programs on network television are on ABC, which is owned by Disney, definitely the largest media conglomerate in America. Disney, as expected, are spending exponentially more in campaign funds, particularly funding Conservative candidates. Three of the top five consistently highest ranking radio broadcasters (Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Sean Hannity) are all staunchly Republican. So, as the Grand Old Party seems to have their fans in the apexes of print media, radio media, and especially television media, where is there possibly room for the supposed overwhelming Liberal bias? And more importantly, if the mainstream media is in fact topped by Conservative pundits and commentators, then why the claims of partisan bias going the other way?
Because there is indeed nothing but bias in today’s media, although it is very much a two way street.
Over the course of Reagan’s second administration, the Fairness Doctrine was completely dismantled, thereby creating a standard where nobody watches the watchmen anymore. In 1987 the Chairman of the FCC actually ruled the doctrine unconstitutional, citing
“The intrusion by government into the content of programming occasioned by the enforcement of [the Fairness Doctrine] restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters … [and] actually inhibits the presentation of controversial issues of public importance to the detriment of the public and the degradation of the editorial prerogative of broadcast journalists.”
Freedom of the press is supremely important (in particular if a real Democracy is worth its weight), and so is accountability for one’s actions. But not according to (surprise, surprise) the Federal government. And in the long years since of mainstream media outlets disavowing truth in favor of opinion more and more, the left-wingers in the government have in turn done nothing to really fight this. There have been half-hearted attempts at revoking the legislation, but the media is a tool, a weapon. And both sides of the political aisle need and crave all the weapons they can get, no matter the rights or interests of their constituents, to continue warring upon themselves for the sake of whomever has hands up their collective arses. So instead of the media being the first line of defense for the people against a government gone wrong, it has now become a weapon of the same forces that control said government, to wield freely against the people. And now even the half-hearted attempts to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine have been shot down forever, thanks to the current Liberal administration. Continues the wikipedia entry
“In June 2011, the Chairman and a subcommittee chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, both Republicans, said that the FCC, in response to their requests, had set a target date of August 2011 for removing the Fairness Doctrine and other “outdated” regulations from the FCC’s rulebook.
On August 22, 2011, the FCC formally voted to repeal the language that implemented the Fairness Doctrine, along with removal of more than eighty other rules and regulations, from the Federal Register following a White House executive order directing a “government-wide review of regulations already on the books”, to eliminate unnecessary regulations.”
Curious how quickly the FCC has decided to attempt a 180 there, isn’t it, between then and now? But responsibilities and privileges are not synonymous, they are cause and effect. And as constitutional rights are never to be confused with privileges, then said rights are more in keeping with going hand in hand with responsibility. To have rights, even as taxpayers, comes with responsibility, but this runs contrary to religious doctrines. Much of this boils down to the Christian Coalition involving itself more and more in the political sphere. Religion is essentially for those unwilling or unable to take responsibility for their own actions. The more that such ideology infests the governmental body elect, the more its disastrous consequences announce themselves. For a Democracy to remain healthy and the rights of as many as possible to be present and accounted for, there simply must be a separation of Church and State (just as there should equally be a separation of State and Business). And at the core of the unholy union of Church and State is censorship, which expresses itself through the infliction of the ideals of some upon others. Constitutional or otherwise, rights are not guaranteed in a healthy Democracy, in theory if they infringe upon the rights of others, but in reality if such rights contradict the obsessions of religious and corporate interests.
The more that commercial media allows itself to be a plaything for private interests, in this case primarily the “family-friendly” ideologies of the Christian-minded by way of both left and right wing subservience, the less the general public really is allowed to know and learn about the world around them. Any censoring amounts in the limitation of knowledge, of experience. Media no longer has to guard its words, but instead of that freedom utilized for the common good, it has become a mouthpiece with which to sell agendas (and products). And in its defense is the false war of he said/she said bias over which political party calls the shots, while both fully reap the benefits of the displaced system. The claim can be made of one’s own party being viciously attacked, in much the same erroneous way as in how the Roman Catholic Church convinces its many followers that it is being persecuted round the world, while in fact being wealthier and more influential than most of the nations of the planet, past or present.
And yes, by allowing mainstream media to be bought and sold opens many doors for questionable acts, the worst of which is how the taxpaying voters are left as clueless recipients of a painfully filtered worldview, making it easier for specific aims to be pushed, namely censorship of information in general. And as the only realm for unbiased media left existing is online (and underground), then that is where censorship is being most pursued these days, though the mainstream media curiously downplays the severity of this crusade to control the flow of datum. And that is precisely what censorship boils down to- the control of information.
Despite SOPA and PIPA both failing, our Congress comes closer and ever closer to fulfilling the needs of its sponsors. In Canada the comparable Bill C-11 did indeed pass in the Commons, while here in the States the proposed CISPA legislation remained a looming threat. Meanwhile, as the economy continues to erode in the European Union, the CleanIT project is intent on blocking whatever freedoms of speech that still exist online there. Just as with the bills faced in North America, the claims are for anti-terrorism and anti-piracy, though in the details are the true determinations to combat the flow of information in general and to further enable big business to stranglehold the rest of the life out of the world. Even as new studies suggest that less copyright regulation can actually benefit economies, the truth of our circumstances reveals that the well-being of the global economy is not and has never been the agenda of the elected leaders in charge, or the paid-for media outlets who preach their gospels. Because, this is not about the betterment of anyone or anything, but rather a matter of pushing the prejudices of the few on the many. Nothing good comes from ignorance, and that’s the whole idea.
Our masters want us dumbed down by trivial matters and melodrama, to better serve them by not wasting time asking questions. No empire lasts, but the emperors still feel obligated to enforce their inane and selfish whims as much as they can before the sands of time drown them out. And this means, in our modern era, distracting the public with a false two party war that leaves no room for other concerns, such as the truth, to make itself known.
Now of course, the web portal archive.org has unveiled their Television Archive Project, which collects each and every network and cable television news program from around the country going back several years already, with plans to go back even further. So readers are invited to check out for themselves the trends of bias, purported or otherwise. At least until this information mysteriously disappears as well.
Posted: February 23rd, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
Obviously, this is no endorsement for any political candidate in any election cycle, as they are all patron saints of duality, just like any and every other politician. That said, something occurred to me that rates sharing.
Church and State have to be separated completely, if Constitutional rights are to be granted for as many persons as possible. Denial of that is a contradiction of our collective Freedom of Religion, which along with asserting equal rights for practitioners of any and all religious beliefs, also guarantees rights for those who choose not to share in any of those beliefs. If you want your freedoms protected, then the freedoms of others must also be protected thusly.
However, fundamentalists of all religions seem to believe that whatever unwillingness the government has of upholding whatever church doctrine before all other church doctrines is a violation of their own rights and freedoms. Simply put, if you have your way then any who do not share your beliefs are getting the shaft. If one would not care to be on the receiving end of such abuse, why would they wish to give it? The different flavors of Christianity are always the loudest in this, though this is is not a Christian nation, no true Democracy is, or in turn should ever be allowed to show favor towards any singular theology. This is not a denial of any religious freedoms whatsoever, rather it is an acknowledgement that Church and State are just entirely different creatures. And there is nothing wrong with that differentiation. Those who find fault with such truths are merely acting upon bigoted agendas, whether they are learned enough to call the spade a spade or not. Additionally, such persons ultimately misunderstand what religion is, what government is.
In the very same vein, there must also be a complete and total separation of Business and State, as they too are absolutely different things. Whereas Church and Business, as with State, are all systems of control, each is purposed by their very nature to be a system for controlling wholly different things, different aspects of life entirely. Church is the guidance of souls (in theory) into paths of living for moral or ethical ends in general, with conduct positioned for aims of some form of afterlife. Business is ultimately about the accumulation of physical wealth in life, which has nothing to do with spiritual well-being, or ethics and morals for that matter. State is the governance of people and resources, by way of laws that have nothing of the sort to do with gathering physical wealth or of attaining spiritual enlightenment, it’s about managing what’s already here. In a bastardization of Freudian ideology, think of the Church as the baby, Business as the bully, and State as the scientist.
The difference between George W. Bush and Mitt Romney (or Barack Obama), is that as vile as Nationalism inherently became under Bush’s administrations, Romney and other like-minded candidates were harbingers of something else and something worse, of Capitalism superseding even Nationalism. Money prioritized before concerns of the State. These men and women toy with being upfront about their own business interests, taking pride in the successes of their backgrounds- no matter the methods utilized. Yet wealth is not literally generated. It can only be directed or redirected. For some to gain wealth, others must lose it. For one party to sell something,whether a product or a political ideology or a religious pathos, another must buy it.
And, if there’s a chance to challenge that, conflict has to arise between religious bodies and individualistic monetary greed, every bit as much as the more-recognized conflict between Church and State. Confusing patriotism with religious ethos is untruthful enough, but confusing religious doctrine with Capitalism is something much more damaging.
While our Constitution is theoretically supposed to assure a separation of Church and State, here in reality we know that has never truly been the case. And while none in the most public spheres have the balls to confess it, this integration has been the seed for many of our social problems nationwide, even extending into international policies. It is difficult to not believe that at least part of our Federal government’s ongoing fascination with the Middle East, aside from the purported desire to spread Democracy and aside from the closer to the truth greed for the region’s oil supplies, is the desire to fulfill the Judeo-Christian blood-lust for Armageddon.
And as the exponentially devastating global economic crises proves, the self-righteous integration of Business and Church holds far worse ramifications than mere end of the world wet-dreaming. Instead of merely going out on the bang of hammer on nine inch nail, we are also allowing the true masters of our elected officials to send us out with a painfully prolonged whimper of increasingly emasculating debt.
Even worse, is that this transition itself supersedes any political party order. The same people will continue to guide us to that point regardless of who is in what office. And all of history is momentum for nothing less.