Posted: February 22nd, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
Due to generations-long machinations of political powers, corporate powers, and religious powers, the global economy is breaking down down and down some more. This is very real, and no it did not happen overnight. Arguments of which political party you believe is fucking over whom (even third parties are admittedly glorified lobby groups without the capital) are only proof of the public’s distraction from the reality of things, as all political interests ultimately serve only the god money and nothing else, certainly not your best interests.
A large reason why I insist on seeing individuality as a true virtue is that, for the healthy psychological development of any child, there must come a time when that child questions the wisdom of their parents, of their forefathers. For a psyche to define itself, it has to have something to challenge, something to bounce ideas off of, a measuring post to aim for and beyond. Collectives generally paint themselves as completely and entirely incapable of that.
Our societies the world over continue to leave the decision-making to essentially the same persons time and again, and every single election cycle we magically expect differing results. “This time, we really REALLY mean it, baby!” In Democracies, no term of office is long enough to undo the damages inflicted from the time ago- this complicated by the fact that no changes are being sought, only a continuing downward spiraling into absolute madness. Our leaders are only utilizing their positions of power for the deepening of their own pocketbooks, and nothing else. The goal of Capitalism has always secretly been a game of Highlander. In the end, there can be only one. Maybe not secretly, but we aren’t supposed to acknowledge such things without fear of wrongly being labeled an expatriate or a bag of nuts. But in all honesty, where is the process supposed to end?
And it is a game, with the only rule being to gather as much money as possible, all other rules (especially of conduct) be damned, even the Marquess of Queensberry rules. And for some to have then others must not have, and the less who have means others have all the more. Somehow, this has come to be known as “success”, this domination of the general well-being of others. While I would think the foresight results could be obvious enough, the fact that the current status quo is still allowed to be misconstrued by our elected officials, our corporate employers, and their many mouthpieces that comprise the mainstream media should serve as testament to who is profiting from the widescale loss of all others. To read news reports only hinting at the possibility of things maybe someday soon getting worse, of our economic situation actually currently being better than the millions of unemployed and literally starving to death perceive, this ranks of absolute garbage and is a thought-crime far worse than the grandest Orwellian doublespeak.
The Greatest Depression has not only been in full blooming effect for several years now, it has been the obvious culmination of our entire system since the nation was founded by slave-owners unwilling to pay their taxes. The situation has exponentially worsened since the whole game begat itself. And ironically, as a friend recently quipped, these tender-footed ancestors would have not survived the early winters in this new land had not the community-focused (read: socialistic) natives helped them out tremendously. Capitalism versus Socialism is not a recent transgression, not by a long-shot. This is not a right-winged or left-winged thing however, as both “parties” are to blame for this mess the morning after. But so tied up in the choosing of sides are we that we forget there are always third alternatives. If there are no players, then the game itself ceases to exist. But that’s the American dream, right, that we can all- each and every last one of us- someday join those illuminated ranks ourselves and own our very own blue collared slaves and race yachts and partake in all the other many splendorous joys that come with the “success” of Capitalism. But a world where every citizen is filthy rich will never happen, because for some to be rich, others are needed to play the yard-sticked mule for comparison.
In 2013 France suffered a more public taste of this “class warfare” debate. In turn, resisting the very notion of paying the taxes they ought to have been paying all along, the wealthy were threatening on exiting stage left. And Spanish elites were also readying to go jumping from their own sinking ship to save only their own skins, neglecting the millions of people who made that wealth for them- the workers, the taxpayers, the schmucks. The ones who committed the real effort, and getting nothing but growing debt in turn. Fine, let them go. Let all the wealthiest around the civilized world who are so deeply hurt and offended by the idea that their worshiping of money moreso than exhibiting common human decency is in any manner wrong, by definition of ethics or morals or virtues or values or even common fucking sense, let them all go and start up a nation of their very own. A country founded on the sole principles of any good old boy country club, where only the richest need apply. Let them finish their raised snifters of brandy in mutual victory. Let them, on the very next morning, wonder at who will cook for them, who will clean up after their epicurean bashes. Let them wonder upon whose exhaustive efforts and tiresome labours will they collect their corporate incentives and tax breaks and the like. Without the lower classes to feed off of and openly molest, without a system to continue to tweak strictly for their own pocketbooks at the full expense of everyone around them, how can their quality of life be continued, their successes be measured?
Left alone with nothing but the specific physical fruits of their “success” how far will that really get them? And as such, why in all rationality would such an impotent and selfish goal be worth all of these struggles and plights to begin with? Who needs money, really? And what about the third alternatives? Talk of class warfare is propagated chiefly by those on top, and should this financial system crack so hard even their gold-plated toilet seats should crack, who ultimately has the most to lose?
But wait- where SHOULD they retreat to, to escape the Hell they themselves created, as the populations left behind collapse?
Honduras. They are testing the waters there right now for private cities. Of course, the local government is seeing it as an aid to yet another failing economy. Only, who exactly will populate these private cities? And who will clean the toilets therein?
Let the cake-eaters go off and choke to death on their own false sense of bravado. Maybe only then will the collective that is the rest of the world finally grow the fuck up and start to make decisions, healthy and well-intentioned decisions, for themselves. What’s destroying the world is our disinterest in convincing the handful of people with power to do so to remove Capitalism from Democracy. Let’s acknowledge that life should not come with a price tag. We could be sensible for once in our collective existence and just find a more humane and honorable way of going about things than depending unabashedly upon something as inherently destructive as money, or its lowly servants.
There is no Yin or Yang to the commercialism of a Capitalistic ideology, it’s all bad.
Posted: February 20th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
“Sometimes the most positive thing you can be in a boring society is absolutely negative.”
- Johnny Rotten
“By death, by illness, by poverty, or by the voice of duty, we must learn, each one of us, that the world was not made for us, and that, however beautiful may be the things we crave, Fate may nevertheless forbid them.”
- Bertrand Russell
“For it must be cried out, at a time when some have the audacity to neo-evangelize in the name of the ideal of a liberal democracy that has finally realized itself as the ideal of human history: never have violence, inequality, exclusion, famine, and thus economic oppression affected as many human beings in the history of the earth and of humanity. Instead of singing the advent of the ideal of liberal democracy and of the capitalist market in the euphoria of the end of history, instead of celebrating the ‘end of ideologies’ and the end of the great emancipatory discourses, let us never neglect this obvious macroscopic fact, made up of innumerable singular sites of suffering: no degree of progress allows one to ignore that never before, in absolute figures, have so many men, women and children been subjugated, starved or exterminated on the earth.”
“Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide;
“Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?”
I fondly ask; but Patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”
- John Milton
“Nothing great is possible for the Last Man, and it is my contention that Western civilization is moving in the direction of the last man, an apathetic creature, who has no great passion or commitment, who is unable to dream, who merely earns his living and keeps warm.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Posted: February 19th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
It would seem our country is perpetually longing to be six feet away from shoving its collective cock up the backside of Middle East, working it like a ventriloquist’s dummy for the latest in a long line of gratuitous attempts at meddling in the affairs of the entire region.
Of course the exit from Iraq was short-lived. We will always be in the region, whether it’s sharing turns with the former Soviet Union at occupying Afghanistan or just playing puppet-master at getting the Middle Easterners to war with each other. Is our nation’s short term memory so bad we’ve already forgotten the Iran Contra affair of the 1980s? I mean, in all of this buildup I have yet to spot any mainstream media mention of the fact we explicitly overturned the Iranian government in 1953, after they cock-blocked our Capitalistic lust by nationalizing their oil industry.
But is it about oil, money, and greed? Is it just our American ideology that the whole world is our personal toy, everyone else be damned? Do the Christians just want to rebuild Solomon’s Temple so they can jumpstart the closing chapter from their sickening folklore?
We have involved ourselves excessively in the region since before Israel was even established as a nation in the post WWII era. Western Civilization wants to increasingly involve itself in Syria, in Saudi Arabia, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Egypt, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Iran, in Israel. Why? We in our actions are far from our self-purported claims of being the moral compass to the world, far from our claims of having the apex economy. We cannot truly be so grandstandingly philanthropist in foreign policies if our own house is bedlam city. So are your elected leaders being dubious, or just plain retarded?
Remember the words of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr:
“…it’s inevitable that we’ve got to bring out the question of the tragic mix-up in priorities. We are spending all of this money for death and destruction, and not nearly enough money for life and constructive development…when the guns of war become a national obsession, social needs inevitably suffer.”
Incidentally, King’s “Poor People’s Encampment” of Washington DC, which he was organizing at the time of his death, sounds an awful lot like the Occupy Wall Street effort. And like Occupy, when the event was finally held, the authorities shut it down fastly, while the media surrendered no credulity to the movement whatsoever. The more times change, the more they stay the same.
But back on point-
History not only repeats itself, it regurgitates itself.
Consider this, something we do not learn in our American history textbooks is that when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thereby officially drawing us into the biggest war ever, they were doing so in direct retaliation to the severe economic sanctions that we had placed upon them. We denied them business, we refused our American companies to do any business with them, and we forbid our allies from having business dealings with them. Because Japan had entered the war, in opposition of our allies. So we threw our hat into the ring following the events of that horribly dark day. Except that we had already been hypocritically supplying aid to our allies (especially the Brits) since it all began. But it can clearly be argued that Japan was acting in self-defense.
Now, fast forward to last year, when the United States enforces similarly severe economic sanctions against Iran. We tried to draw the United Nations into doing the same, although both China and the Soviet Union voted against such measures, as they were every bit as interested and dependent upon oil from the region as are we.
So as we ready the political year machismo/Capitalistic empire-building/Christian deathwishing, and prepare to give Israel any and all assistance as they dick measure with Iran, we should be aware that China and/or the Soviet Union will have every right in the world to protect their own economic and political interests. One or the other or both will very likely give to the Iranian government the very same degrees of military and monetary support as Obama has pledged to give to Israel. Once again, we play the games of puppet-masters as the same insanity behind the Iran Contra Affair dusts the history off itself for a return appearance to the world stage.
And for what end? Because we are frightened by the possibility of Iran sharing in the nuclear toybox? Like no other nation is frightened by American nukes?
Posted: February 18th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
As a news junkie in general and a political junkie in particular, I know I am not alone in being continuously frustrated at the complete bias of both left and right wing mainstream media. One game both sides are guilty of playing is a game of words, which I think is horribly misleading to the public trust in ways taken dramatically for granted.
In my modest travels over the years I have known dozens upon dozens of self-employed persons, running their own businesses. Not one of them has ever come even remotely close to reaching even 100 grand a year. I’d say many gross an average less than half that figure. They are the legitimate small business owners, and through their eyes I don’t believe “small business owner” is synonymous for or could ever be rightfully construed as “job creator”. Adversely, someone who runs a multi-million dollar corporation would most definitely qualify as a potential job creator, though with those numbers who on Earth could label them as small business owners? I mean other than our Federal Government, who readily hands out tax breaks and subsidies to these companies, regardless of which political party is occupying the White House.
Whether you see this as another form of government welfare or not, the practice does go back all the way to the birth of America’s Industrial Age in the late 1800s. The oil industry for example, rakes well into the billions in profits every year, yet still our taxes in part go to subsidies for their benefit and their benefit alone. The more liberally-minded may think that by cutting these corporate tax incentives we could then lower our own taxes a bit; and that such corporations could easily lower gas prices while still staying in the profit margin of billions-plus. And considering the general lack of honesty among politicians and corporate boards alike, good luck with that.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was authored to safeguard the then newly-freed slaves from having their rights to earn a profit ever being compromised. This was immediately used in litigation as defense for companies against individuals seeking fair wages, or safe working conditions. Because in the eyes of the law, such expenditures would have cut in to the companies’ ability to generate profit. That sounds pessimistic, right? But in the 307 cases citing the 14th Amendment brought before the U.S. Supreme Court between 1890 and 1910, only nineteen involved the intended use of the Amendment- the rights of former slaves. Every single other lawsuit served the interests of companies, which even then were considered “people”. Politics and Big Business have long been bedfellows, it seems.
But what about our Mom and Pop shops?
Actually, you’d be surprised.
I recently came across a rather peculiar (and relatively new) tax exemption in the Kentucky State Labor Board codex. It must be new, because if more local small businesses were aware of it then it would be taken advantage of far more often. I first learned of the loophole through one particular small business, local to Nelson County, that does indeed take full advantage. Because I like to think I’m a gentleman, I won’t name names. The tax exemption is provided to businesses (including certain retail establishments) that gross less than $92,000 annually in their first five years of operation. If that status applies, then said business is legally exempt from paying overtime or minimum wage. Meaning, that a business owner is not legally obligated to pay their employees. Anything. Now, whether or not said owners inform their employees of such is entirely up to them. They can call it “training” or they can call it “internships” or they can just outright lie. By order of the KY State Labor Board the exemption stands regardless.
I contacted a representative from the Federal Labor Board, to compare notes. The Federal Labor Board has its own guidelines for tax exemptions, with all exemptions falling under either of two categories. Universal coverage applies to businesses that gross annually $500,000 or more. Individual coverage applies to businesses that deal primarily in what’s considered interstate commerce. Beyond that, I thought any contradiction or conflict of interest between Federal and State Labor Board legalities would conclude with Federal superseding State. That’s not the case, however. Should differences arise, regardless of which state it is, the matter is always settled by going with whichever plan is “most beneficial” to the employee. The representative could not supply me with statistics of any comparable exemptions in other states, though he assured me there is nothing even remotely similar to Kentucky’s strange loophole anywhere in the Federal mandates. Short of checking out each individual state’s own Labor Board websites, I asked a handful of acquaintances scattered about the country if they could find anything comparably mind-boggling. It was all new to them.
So we here in the Bluegrass state just might be alone in this, in allowing certain applicable small business owners to not be legally obliged to pay their employees. How this can be permitted by the Federal Labor Board is way beyond me, that this exemption from paying employees is by any definition “most beneficial” to said employees.
While the many talking heads in the media readily misuse and misconstrue the labels of “small business owners” and “job creators”, the reality is that at least some of these job creators are doing absolutely nothing to loosen any blue collars. And in these problematic times of severe economic frustrations for so much of the population nationwide, milking the system while hiding behind legal loopholes and mislabeling is an act of absolute immorality. A little honesty goes a long way, maybe even all the way to better days.
Posted: February 15th, 2014 | Author: nilskidoo | Filed under: aposiopesis | Tags: abolitionism, Anomie, ideaspace | No Comments »
Filed under How To Make A New Conspiracy:
(I am pulling all of this from my arse.)
To begin with, you first need a touch of the primordial, or at least of the ancient world, to provide both a sense of historical accuracy enough for a hint of solid legitimacy, as well as a sense of the general mystique that comes with anything that predates modern Western Civilization. For this article I am opting for the meteor whose crash formed the Chesapeake Bay area of the Eastern coast to the United States. While this event occurred many thousands of years ago, I believe it deposited something eldritch in its wake, thereby creating a paranormal hotspot comparable to Stonehenge and similar vortices.
As our species evolved elsewhere, the arcane energies seeping forth from this particular hellhole entered the subconscious of our genetic ancestors, like the lucid dreaming of a giant alien god laying in the near-death clutches of a long hard aeon’s slumber. We built myths around it, of the morningstar cast down from the heavens, whose landing marked the gateway to the underworld for those damned. Better yet, Mormons teach of an advanced civilization once existing on this continent, who met its own demise in a Krypton-like nuclear war, leaving as sole evidence massive craters scattered about from the archaic explosions. The greatest being the Chesapeake Bay region, of course. Regardless, something down in that hole was calling out to us, begging us to discover this new land, to found a new world order right here on these shores. And we did just that, establishing our prime power center in the nearby Washington D.C. area but kilometers away. Even with mysteries along the turning of one year to the next, of mass disappearances and massive creatures lurking in the deep, we maintained our house of government right there.
What compelled our historic leaders to hold office in the midst of such foreboding evil? Was it the same energies that compelled the infamous psychic Edgar Cayce to leave his home-state and travel there, setting the seeds for his New Age school? Indeed, the predominance of military bases in the area is shocking, even beyond the notion of mere protection of government centers and offices and the well-being of our many elected leaders. Langley is there, where much technological experimentation is openly performed as secretively as possible. Obviously, something is feeding our leaders there, something is blessing them with knowledge of unseen things, no matter the humane risks involved. Liquor stores in the state are controlled by the government, a rarity in this booze-dependent nation, apparently not wishing the spirits to interfere further with what the eldritch clandestinely has in mind for the populace there. Doesn’t that all sound scary? What has been calling forth? Might it have also been psychically heard by the likes of somnambulists Manly Wade Wilson and H P Lovecraft, both of whom lived close enough to be especially tormented by their private obsessions, but not too close to really, truly go over the deep end?
But wait, to further remain both relevant and legitimate, we need something more topical. How about a top secret island being manufactured by this government, right there in the Chesapeake Bay? Will this be the new throne of power for whatever the illuminated members controlling our federal government plan on bringing forth from the aether to domain over the peoples of the Earth? Will the Satanic Beast of the Apocalypse commence World War Three from the same point where the religious-minded pilgrims first stepped down from their European ships onto these shores of the neo-indies?
Prove me wrong.
But preferably, just take this in and rest assured that if I can formulate something ludicrously indepth as this, then maybe any of the other, better known conspiracy theories are of equal degrees hogwash.