Monday, June 25, 2018

The United States Continues Down The Rabbit Hole Under The Guidance Of State Liberalism And The Death Of Individual Liberty

First off, I have a post written on the “trade wars” we are witnessing today but I need to shorten it a bit. Trade tensions are not going away. For the last dozen years I’ve written extensively of what was coming. It’s now here. The status quo and the economic aristocracy are both fighting to hold onto what they have gained albeit often ill-gotten.  They will fail.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - C.S. Lewis

I wanted to put up this quote as the introduction for this post because when I think of state liberalism and what is happening today in this country, that is exactly what I think of. We live in a class-based society where the most vile people have risen to the top as they always do whenever it comes to power.

I have talked endlessly about politics being a relic of the past. That we don’t need politicians and we don’t need political parties. I’ll try to put up a part two of this post to highlight those aspects again and share some more specifics.  But this dynamic also applies to corporations and other institutions. The elites view politics as the natural state of man. That he is naturally political. Ahem. The ego or our lowest form of self is naturally political or insidious. But, I hope we can all aspire to something greater than our worst foibles.

I’ve posted on here as to why institutionalization is a precursor to social collapse. And, how everything is institutionalized and, thus, corrupted by pathology and those who serve no purpose to the common good. All of our institutions are wildly corrupted by special interests seeking to politicize everything for their own self-interested power gain. I want to link to a Foreign Policy article written some years ago about the fall of the Soviet Union. It plays into this conversation perfectly.  (link) It highlights that Gorbachev’s advisors realized there was no way to reform the system. That literally every institution had become corrupted and the only possible outcome was essentially that the system was going to collapse. This was realized after attempts at liberalizing the system from above as Trump is attempting re global trade, Washington corruption, self-interested institutions, talking about corporations being too powerful, etc. (That’s why they protest so much. He’s threatening the establishment.)

A quote from Gorbachev’s prime minister – “[We] stole from ourselves, took and gave bribes, lied in the reports, in newspapers, from high podiums, wallowed in our lies, hung medals on one another. And all of this — from top to bottom and from bottom to top.”

There is a lot of truth to this as it pertains to the United States and all forms of institutionalization around the world since the beginning of time. Every institution in our nation has become corrupted whether it is Monsanto, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, a government agency or a non-profit. Everything is a lie because of it.  Thoreau noted this immorality and self-deceit in Civil Disobedience-

“The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others- as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders- serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few- as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men- serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.”

Most recently what we see is not just institutions being corrupted for self-interest, but in my estimation, elements of political ideology being a primary driver of it. And, those people oftentimes hate the United States. Not necessarily the failures of the United States but of the founding principles. They have no respect for natural rights, freedom or human dignity. Many seemingly have overtly communist viewpoints. Mind you, I’ve railed against all kinds of isms on here as all of the same forms of state control – communism, socialism, fascism, capitalism, etc. But there is clearly something new happening in our society. We know what fascism looks like. Our government has operated under some substantial degree of fascism for a long time. Let’s me honest. The United States government props up much of the economic elites in this nation because our government is captured by corporations and private power. As noted on here in the past, the British crown waxed of their admiration of fascism and Adolph Hitler before the state of WWII. They saw it as a bulwark for the economic elites and birthright nobility of dukes, barons, earls, princes, kings and against the onslaught of communism. It’s not some radical viewpoint that the state and corporations are in alignment. Corporations are creatures of the state. Created by the state. Propped up by the state. We know what fascism looks like. We see it every day. But most of us don’t have firsthand experience with communism. At least, until the last dozen or so years.

I don’t know that one particular ideology is responsible for the insanity of the world but I do see clarity clearly developing on one of the long-time outcomes anticipated on here.  That is, the coming collapse of both political parties in the United States.  And, as noted in past posts, I anticipate the Democratic Party will be the first to collapse.  There is no truth in politics, an institution of control, but liberal elites are so disconnected from reality that they are creating their own demise. That’s good. It’s interesting to watch one of the “party” elders excoriate the Democratic Party as disgustingly elitist.(link) That has been a long-time theme on here that the Democratic Party is the party of state liberalism as opposed to true liberalism or libertarianism or the primacy of the individual over the state, corporations, etc. And, that dynamic is really nothing more than a party aristocracy that believes in its intellectual superiority to the point of dictating how others should live.

The recent outrage over our immigration policies is politically off-the-charts. And, it isn’t generally driven by real empathy but rather the politicization of the issue aka the grab for power over the social narrative with an intent of destroying Trump. Where was the Democratic Party immigration outrage when Obama was president? He had essentially the same policies. If the Democratic Party cares about childen, why did it allow Obama to kills untold tens if not hundreds of thousands of innocent people (including children) with a massive drone campaign? If the Democratic Party cares about children, why don’t the lead an effort to fix our horrendous educational system? If the Democratic Party cares about children, why don’t they raise awareness of social issues that has led to tens of millions of abortions in this nation?  If the Democratic Party cares about children, why don’t they put pressure on China to stop using child labor to make all of imports they consume and stop China from hundreds of millions of abortions? (I’m not judging women for having abortions. No one jumps up and down for joy at the thought of an abortion. But rather it’s because of a bad relationship, hopelessness, poverty, no support structure, etc. But,  I am judging the cruelties and immorality of a society that oftentimes forces a woman to make that kind of choice on a large scale basis as happens today. But, let’s also consider that, at least in China, women and men are clearly making intentional immoral decisions about abortion under the one child communist policy which is acting as a form of de facto state-sponsored eugenics.)  Need I continue? The hypocrisy of the elitist left is disgusting.

Interestingly, the elitist left finds it expedient to share a similar immigration political view with the corporate right. That is, a borderless world. This, even though, both Clintons, Obama, Schumer and others are on video record stating that illegal immigration needs to stop and we must protect our borders.  Illegal immigration supposedly benefits the artistocratic left with new voters (this will fail and I’ll share why in a part two post.) while it also serves the Chamber of Commerce and corporate fascists on the right who seek to flood the United States with cheap labor. Those who refuse to see the economic component don’t understand or acknowledge that every great civilization in history was built on slave labor. Now that outright slavery is outlawed, we now have a permanent underclass of people in the United States that are prime candidates for eugenics or other crimes against humanity that have been defined by state liberals in past societies.  That is, those who either aren’t working or add marginal value to the work force and, thus, cannot be fully exploited by corporations and serve no purpose to the state become a burden that the aristocracy would love to rid itself of. Right now we simply hear the words overpopulation from state liberals. Of course, we don’t hear the word eugenics yet but it’s just another stepping stone from overpopulation to this conclusion.  Give it time. Modern corporate capitalist society and the state are Godless. 

How many state liberals have you seen in the last month who have presented solutions to our immigration issue? Zero for me. Frankly, most  Republicans have stonewalled reform as well. Their anti-democratic corporate masters love slave labor.

The fact is the current United States government policies, all of which are because of past political decisions, encourage this massive form of child trafficking we are witnessing at our border. The Washington Democrats keep laying this at the feet of Trump but he is 110% accurate that it is the responsibility of the Congress to legislate and pass clear, actionable laws.  But, Congress has abdicated its responsibility for generations, thus creating an imperial presidency in this nation – Congreess is and has been responsible for no objective reality and, thus, the collapse of the objective rule of law. 

It appears some substantially large number of parents are sending their kids to the border by themselves. What kind of parent does this?  As a result, there is massive human trafficking, rape and exploitation of children. This is the result of United States government policies and laws. If we are talking personal responsibility, what role do these children’s parents play by abandoning them? Don’t they have some responsibility? This activity all happens because the ruling class in this nation encourages it. The left for different reasons than the right. But, then the left swamps our legal system knowing these people will be released into our society while waiting on a court hearing. And, they won’t show up for the court date.  There is massive corruption and manipulation in this process and it’s making many elites in this nation wildly rich. Whether it is the law firms or lawyers flooding our judicial system, or the corporations exploiting poverty or the corporations building and managing temporary holding facilities. I have seen numbers as high as $150 billion a year in expenses to American citizens. I’d say it’s likely wildly higher when one takes into consideration depressed wages, the illegal drugs coming into the country, the social impact of the drug trade, the need for more law enforcement, the exploitation of children and whatnot. These issues happen because people seeking power benefit from this system regardless of political affiliation.

The answer is very easy. We can’t assimilate all of the people in this world into this country.  No longer can you cross the border illegally and be considered for political asylum or residency. How do you enforce this? It’s simple.  We need to be working with countries to encourage stable governments and encourage their own local economic development. (Which is not what American corporations want. American corporations want imperial economics and colonialism of Central and South America.) And, we need to offer some type of proof of citizenship or right-to-work like the e-Verify solution that’s in Congress. Finally, if employers are caught hiring illegal immigrants, they need to be fined. $100,000 per person? $50,000?  It needs to be enough to threaten profits or even the business’s viability and it needs to be applied to wealthy individuals who exploit poverty to landscape their homes, raise their children and do their laundry.  It’s the rich who want illegal immigration. That’s why we have had this problem for the last fifty years. Right now the people who are hurt the most are the poor immigrants and poor Americans. The solution needs to lay the burden on those who create and perpetuate this poverty, the economic elites.

I actually saw someone on CNN this past week, on Morning Joy, a horrible show with a horrible excuse for a human being as guests and host, (I tuned in for the first time to see if it was as bad as I was told and it is.) state that we need to be having conversations about whether we even have a right to defend our borders. You can guess - this person was an uber state liberal transplant from the former Soviet Union. This is clearly a communist or corporatist perspective. It is both communists and corporations that seek a borderless world for different reasons. One, for the exploitation of comparative financial advantage and the other to create sameness of all people.   Which brings up another issue. A culture can only assimilate so many people at a time before that culture is lost. America may not be perfect, and it clearly has benefited from violence in its past, as has literally every nation state,  but how many other instances of a society with a 200+ year old constitution that guarantees inalienable rights exists in the world today? That would be zero.  Our culture is certainly in crisis but managing immigration is important to perpetuating the American constitutional experiment. But, then, when was the last time you ever heard any elite cite the Constitution? They hate guaranteed natural rights. It keeps them from achieving their faux intellectual class rank, entitlement and privilege.

This all points to a new form of social violence at a very elevated level. That is, elitist state liberals grabbing at power in an attempt to redefine the class-based narrative that has always controlled our society. At least since the rise of powerful political parties and a permanent economic elite through corporate domination.  And, that grab involves the politicization of everything in our culture.  This brings to mind the comments on here from past posts that Obama was almost certainly a communist. He gave us ample evidence of this through his associations and comments. Van Jones and Valerie Jarrett’s parents were or are communists and Obama has associated with and made positive remarks about communism many times.  And, now that the Democratic Party has been remade in his image, or that he is the torch-bearer of the current incarnation of the party, we see all types of communist elements starting to play out. From the growing dehumanization of men to the attempt to view men and women as the same (not equal but the same) to trying to force social outcomes based on gender and race as opposed to merit and ability to the nonsense of white privilege to the attempt at destroying the United States through various memes including the open border one.  These are all variables of forced comformity that will always lead towards social collapse or revolution or some type of similar social violence.

We are completely losing the moral capacity and values that this nation and our constitution were founded on. That is not a political statement. It applies to both parties and the concept of institutionalization that forces us into conformity in a system with no moral compass. That includes the Judeo-Christian value of personal responsibility. Not responsibility for things you can’t control, which are many, but really your personal responsibility for ones own emotions. And, when one seeks to have others take responsibility for their emotions, that person immediately falls into victimhood.  That defines literally every major meme perpetuated by state liberals. That’s no surprise because these inhumane, vile people, regardless of party affiliation take no responsibility for their lives. That’s one of the benefits of class and hierarchy be it corporate executives, politicians, the talking heads in the media or whatnot; others take responsibility for your behavior.

There is no objective reality or any objective acceptable behavior in our society.  The rule of law has been replaced by anarchy.  There is no protection of the weak, which is the primary responsibility of any government.  This is substantially driven by the left and by corporations.  One I truly find hilarious is the endless war on men for being men.  Are men allowed to pursue women for romance, courtship and marriage as nature intended? Or are all forms of pursuit to be considered sexual deviance, sexual harrassment, forms of violence or whatnot? Rape is rape and using power to exploit people is unacceptable whether that is Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump or whomever. But, we are now trying people in the court of public opinion based on emotions rather than any acceptable, objective behavior allowed by men.  Instead of substantive, objectively-defined wrongdoing we now crucify people hypocritically because of how someone feels.  There is no truth in feelings. In fact, a self-aware person recognizes the limitation of their feelings and how their past experiences destroy the ability to objectively live in the present moment being led around by our feelings.

In closing, the Constitution is dead. So is democracy. The only question is if we can regain our individual rights and our individual power from institutionalized class and hierarchy.  So too are socially-acceptable norms now dead. Anything goes regardless of the harm it does to society or to people in it.  There are no basic rules from which society operates. And, that creates an environment where feelings and emotions become our delusional reality. There are seven billion people in this world and seven billion sets of emotions and feelings. Only the wounded self or the most primitive part of your unconscious existence interprets its experiences through the ignorance of feelings. 

What does all of this tell us? 

Modern corporate capitalist society and the institutionalization of power continues the death drive towards collapse.

posted by TimingLogic at 3:05 PM links to this post

Friday, April 13, 2018

Facebook’s Dystopian “Community”

I watched about ten minutes of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress and that’s about all I needed. To hear the terminology Facebook uses inside of the company and referring to its users as the “community” was very uncomfortable. When he referenced the happiness of the community, it was even more disturbing. Especially, since this manufactured culture of happiness is an overriding movement within all corporations today. I’ll be talking more about this in an upcoming post on Jefferson’s reference to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’ll expose just how f*cked up our society is and how ignorant corporations have made us. 

What was even more disturbing was how many thought police, tens of thousands, they have reviewing what is appropriate speech. Don’t delude yourself if you are a right-leaning person who holds true the ideals of your enslavement to corporations as an Ayn Rand true believer. I enjoyed Rand as someone who was a free thinker but her thinking was also incredibly flawed. She had the emotional intelligence of a lizard.  This world is her world. Ron Paul’s world. The faux libertarians in this nation who are true believers in the power of corporate capitalism over the rights of man. This is the world she waxed poetic about in Atlas Shrugged. The moochers and parasites are the rent-seeking corporations. The politicians only exist to do their bidding. It’s not the other way around as she believed and that fact is incontrovertible.

Many, many years ago I wrote that we would see Facebook eventually collapse. And, while my timeframe was very aggressive, I wrote that could happen by the early 2020s. Now, years later that outcome is starting to actually gain some momentum although early 2020s seems very aggressive. Just remember that linearity only exists in your mind. The world is incredibly nonlinear. So, when Facebook starts to collapse, it will almost certainly happen in the blink of an eye.

Facebook is a sign of the times; a very dystopian firm that steals personal privacy information and sells it for corporate marketing (manipulating) purposes.  It is completely tied to that unethical (and unconstitutional as it pertains to privacy rights) business model and could never generate enough income to sustain itself were it actually an authentic online community that experienced all of the foibles and freedoms of any community.  This comparative to the faux community that subverts free speech and manufactures dystopian, inauthentic happiness. 

Remember, this manufactured happiness is substantially because Facebook and all other corporations don’t want to offend their monied corporate sponsors, the firms they sell out their exploited victims to (the “community”) or any prospective consumer of an advertiser’s goods or services.

Don’t kid yourself, Facebook created a dystopian “happy” community but they are really no different than any other corporation. Free speech is and always has been dead in any corporation. Do you have the right to free speech at your place of work? If you have a disagreement with management or you see unethical behavior (that is often not illegal), are you going up to your “boss” or a senior executive and going to share that with them? Hahaha.

Remember, the division of labor, the concept of a boss and hierarchy that defines corporations are all rooted in their origination of human slavery.  You don’t have any first amendment rights in a corporation any more than those slaves did throughout history. Human resource departments today manufacture conformity and consent just as Facebook does. Everyone has to be happy. So, that means you can’t offend anyone by having a real conversation about accountability, performance or anything else. Let alone, you can’t say anything on social media or about the company or any other serious topic regardless of how truthful.  The minute you do, someone is offended.  Most likely, you will be fired. The Constitution is completely without any merit in corporations. Our founders are surely rolling over in their graves re corporate domination and destruction of democracy and freedoms.

That type of limiting speech now transcends our society. But it started in corporate America.  Instead of going to prison as you would in a banana republic, speaking out lands you in some place worse. You become a social pariah to corporations, you become unemployable and ultimately begging for meals and shelter. At least in prison you get both.  When do you ever see anyone successful publicly speaking out about the rot of this system? Almost never. Because the system will destroy you. More importantly, it takes away your seat at the table of gluttony and Godless cruelty.  It is really that bad out there. I see it every day.

There is a book that was written in the 1960s and for the life of me I can’t recall its title. But, the premise is that in the modern corporate world we all live in a manufactured image. Everything about our life is nothing more than an image. That there is nothing authentic left.  As a result, there are no authentic conversations, no authentic connections, no authentic community and no authentic freedoms.  It has all been obliterated by corporate power. Everyone who is successful surrounds themselves with like-minded people who are all brainwashed by the same image. Our society is f*cked up beyond your wildest imagination. I can’t even begin to appreciate all of the ways we are brainwashed and I could literally list every aspect of my life.  The fact that most no one who is successful sees how literally everything is a lie shows that we are far more brainwashed than even the Germans under Hitler; something else noted on here many times.

By the way, this is why Trump is so popular. Because, regardless of his endless foibles, which all authentic people experience, he’s authentic. There’s no manufactured image or contrived lies about the world, our society or who he is. Because he is impulsive, you see it all laid bare. There’s no manipulation or deceit. His impulsiveness is in many ways his appeal because it’s authentic and unfiltered by the manipulating, deceitful ruling class.  That’s one reason why they hate him.  

In closing I’d like to go back to someone cited on here quite a few times over the years. That is, the imprisoned Soviet dissident, Natan Sharansky. In his book, Fear No Evil, he talks about a simple test to determine if one lives in a free society. Can you stand on the street corner and protest your rights?  Or, will you be arrested? Now, forget about the United States society or whether you can do that. In some situations you now actually need a permit to protest. And, depending on what you say, many countries around the world, including the United States are moving towards taking away your speech if it is deemed inappropriate. Of course, the state determines what is inappropriate rather than your natural rights granted by your Creator.

Instead of U.S. society, let’s apply that litmus test to being an employee for a corporation or being within the Facebook “community”.  Human resource departments now create cultures or societies within corporations.  They are wildly more dystopian than U.S. society.  If you applied Sharansky’s test, you are immediately fired for speaking truth to power within any corporation. Every single day most people turn a blind eye to injustices at their employer out of fear. Think you are different? Give me five minutes with you and I’ll show you what a self-deceiving hypocrite you are just like everyone else.  Let me count the ways. Facebook isn’t the biggest abuser of your freedoms. That’s hilarious.  It’s corporate capitalism itself.

Our country is wildly immoral. Corporations (class and hierarchy) are the form through which manufactured consent, manufactured happiness and conformity are enforced. Dumbed-down corporate work is the mechanism through which we are held in a constant state of fear to manipulate and control us. To force us to live in this brainwashed “image”.  Fascism is alive and well.

The human awakening continues. 

posted by TimingLogic at 12:17 PM links to this post

Illegal Search & Seizure And The Trump Presidency

I want to get up a post on trade, tariffs and China in the coming week or so but I also want to address what is happening in our nation at this very moment. First, some quick remarks about Trump and the investigation into his behavior and then a post about Facebook and the dystopian corporate state.

I don’t see much of an appreciation for what is happening with Donald Trump and the special counsel investigating him but the heat keeps rising on this. At some point, something is going to give under Newton’s Third Law.  I want to provide a link written by a very liberal journalist on unreasonable search and seizure and how it tied into the Revolutionary War. (here)  And, why it is now part of the Constitution.  I don’t know how pervasive this knowledge of search and seizure is back in colonial times but for those who study history, it is very well known.

I despise political labels created by pathology but it’s important to understand the endless hypocrisy in our nation. Especially with people who self-identify as liberal who are pushing the envelope of constitutional rights with their targeting of Donald Trump.  I’ve lived through quite a few presidents and I’ve never seen anything like this.  Mind you, there is likely a case from my perspective that Reagan, Clinton, Bush II and Obama were in some way worthy of impeachment or worse.

I’ve noted on here for the better part of a decade that privacy is the new property. In other words, a primary issue of property rights that were hugely behind colonial revolts against the king, his standing armies, his private banks and his corporations in 1776 is now replaced by privacy as a (the) primary issue of our times. Don’t miss the fact that this is also a corporate-driven issue too. It is corporations that are behind the theft of our privacy across a whole multitude of fronts whether working for the security state apparatus, companies like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, etc or any of the other exploitations of our personal privacy.

When Donald Trump’s lawyer was raided by the FBI a few days ago, one could argue this was unconstitutional.  I honestly don’t know how it could be interpreted as anything else.  Alan Dershowitz publicly stated this again after that raid.  Can you imagine if the United States government hired a special prosecutor to invade every aspect of your life without any limits? Even if there is no concrete evidence you had done anything wrong? And, that includes your legal counsel and all of the protected conversations you may have had with him or her?  Is there anyone in this nation who would not be found to have private behavior or experiences that they didn’t think was anyone one else’s business?  Having that level of humiliation of your own basic dignities is an affront to the God-given rights of man. (By the way, companies like Facebook and LinkedIn have been brainwashing society for years by telling us privacy doesn’t play a role in today’s world. Just like gun rights are outdated.)  That right of finding any dirt on you, extorting you, throwing you in prison or whatnot was essentially the right of the king in 1776. It is arguable that Mueller is taking a similar approach. If this investigation is about Russian election tampering, then the investigation must have clearly defined boundaries. And it should have a time limit. It should also not be specific to Trump.

Mind you, there was clearly defined election tampering by China in the Bill Clinton/Al Gore campaign. To be honest, if what was reported was true, someone probably could/should have gone to prison. I remember this very well. And, when I searched for it a few days ago, I found this, which clearly points to exactly how I remembered it. In other words, this isn’t some ideological witch hunt. (link here.) This seems far more serious than the lack of evidence surrounding Trump and Russia. Interestingly, it was Bill Clinton who put the wheels in motion to send all of our jobs to communist China. As noted on here repeatedly, it is my perspective that Bill Clinton is clearly a psychopath and beyond any doubt, the most evil president in our history.

At some point, the shit is going to hit the fan. Mueller works in the executive branch.  Therefore, he works for Donald Trump.  Those are grounds for Trump to fire him. The FBI was created by Congress. Therefore, Congress believes it has oversight.  Okay, take that a step further. If the FBI was created by Congress and Trump cannot directly fire Mueller, then Trump can fire those in the Department of Justice who created the special counsel and who are managing the investigation. It’s very complicated. Who’s right? Is the Supreme Court going to have to decide? They shouldn’t be trusted either. Noted on here ad nauseam, constitutional review was not delegated to the Supreme Court by our founders. In fact, Jefferson and others thought constitutional review or what is deemed constitutional should be in the hands of the states or the people.  Constitutional review by the Supreme Court became a de facto viewpoint after the courts essentially stepped up and claimed this right within the first few decades of our nation’s existence. A claim that many didn’t support at that time.  Again, as noted on here long ago, the French actually stripped their courts of this power quite some time ago and gave it back to the people to decide.

This whole situation has the potential to be an incredibly serious issue. I can’t help but wonder if many Republicans and Democrats are using this investigation to get rid of someone who is a threat to the trillions and trillions of dollars that funnel through Washington’s theft of our individual liberties (substantially economic self-determinism of communities and people in this nation.) and the corporate state domination of our existence. Trump does threaten that orthodoxy probably more than any president since the populist Andrew Jackson.  Regardless, with the election of Trump we see more clearly than ever how much the establishment hates democracy and the rights of the average American. Because much of what Trump is doing is in support of the rights of Americans, which I generally support.  The petty and lying behavior of the press, the economic aristocracy and Washington politicians is palpable. One would think Donald Trump is the devil reincarnate when many of his decisions are more supportive of democracy than his predecessors. Yes, he is a six year old child when attacked or when it comes to his ego’s insecurities but then so is everyone else in Washington. They just aren’t as impulsive. So, they manipulate us with their contrived, inauthentic behavior.

Very interesting times.

posted by TimingLogic at 11:08 AM links to this post

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Recent Examples That The State Continues Down The Path Of Massive Crisis Or Outright Collapse

Just a quick post on an interview with Alan Dershowitz that is completely on point regarding special counsels and how our legal system has been headed down the rabbit hole for generations. The article and interview are here. (A long time theme on here is the ultimate collapse of both political parties in this nation.)

To that topic, let’s go back and look at Robert Mueller, a man who may be of dubious ethics. Who knows what his motives and intents are in this special investigation of Trump. Could he be targeting Trump as Dershowitz notes? If you believe the reporting (link) of some highly credible names as noted here, Robert Mueller may be a man of dubious ethical standards who is highly motivated by self-interest and the politicization of our legal system.

While I’m on the topic, let’s throw in one final report that will never make it to the evening news or the headlines of the New York Times because of the institutionalized corruption that plagues our news sources. Mostly because targets massive government failures in policy but also because the evil Russians did it. Mind you, I’ve talked about Putin as a pathological figure for years but there is no evidence Russia did anything in our elections that impacted the outcome. Nor is there any evidence Trump did anything worthy of criminal investigations from what has been shared with the American people. Donald Trump has manipulated and cheated democracy for decades to thieve his personal wealth but then so has Congress and most any high ranking executive in every major bank and corporation.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the United States government encouraged the spread of radical Islam for its own geopolitical purposes? And, then that policy was substantially the cause of 9/11? And, then our policy response of spending trillions of dollars on wars was really us chasing our tail by fighting what our government had created through its own pathological ignorance?  Well, that seems to be exactly what happened.  And, given the massive corruption and anti-democratic nature of the national security apparatus.

As noted on here countless times, the CIA and the national security state created by the 1947 National Security Act placed the United States at permanent war with the world. For those who still believe the shining example of puritanical principals of American “democracy” rather than the truth staring us in the face (aka brainwashed belief systems), take another look at the admissions of the highest ranking CIA operative to ever squeal on the agency. He notes that by the time he left the CIA and his seat on the National Security Council approximately 50 years ago, he estimates the CIA and its operations had killed more than 6 million people. What would that number be today given the massive runup in military spending that Ronald Reagan created and every president since has continued? 15 million?  More?

What’s behind all of this? Corporate capitalism and the corporate empire of the United States. It’s exactly as the British and Roman Empire were. And, its brutality is no different. For some time, that power of empire has been turned against the American people. It’s only going to get worse. The Constitution is dead. The rule of law based on natural rights is dead. The first Amendment is dead. And, they are working on destroying the other basic protections of rights as well.

The only way a system of hierarchy and class can maintain its grip on humanity is through violence. And, the primary mechanism through doing so is institutionalization, a common theme on here that is a precursor to collapse. We’ve seen it everywhere in history whether it’s the Soviet Union, Imperial Japan, the British Empire, the Roman Empire or countless examples in between.  Institutionalization is the mechanism through which continual violence is perpetrated against humanity. It doesn’t matter is that is the industrial food complex, the military-industrial complex, Facebook, Google, the institutionalization of the press, the institutionalization of Hollywood, the healthcare industrial complex, standing armies, political parties, the CIA and the state secrecy apparatus, the welfare apparatus, the organization of religion, the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and the criminal banking racket, organized crime, the mafia, ISIS or whatnot. 

In fact, the state (class & hierarchy) is nothing more than an organized crime syndicate.  It will do anything to maintain its monopoly grip on your enslavement.  Institutionalization subverts the free flow of ideas, knowledge, democracy, freedom and the like. Institutionalization exists to control humanity and turn us into slaves that are exploited for the benefit of privilege and class. Institutionalization creates a permanent class and hierarchy of privilege that is an affront to democracy and freedom. The people who work in those systems, be they corporations or government bureaucracies, generally suffer from a sort of psychosis of control. (I’ll hit this one in detail at some point. This is how pathology, psychopaths, narcissists and the like control all of us.)  And, that permanent class exists not to serve you but to enslave you; as we all know any bureaucracy is driven purely by self-interest and that self-interest seeks to perpetuate its privilege and class entitlement.

Makes you think about how to reconstruct this world without institutionalization, doesn’t it?  Actually, it’s quite easy if you spend some time pondering what could possibly be.  But, I will say that a world without institutionalization is perfectly compatible with the Constitution and a rule of law based on natural or God-given rights. 

posted by TimingLogic at 11:07 AM links to this post

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Timely Remarks On The State Of The State

Before I get to my next post where I'll talk about China, the U.S. and trade, just a few remarks of the insanity of this world.  The world certainly is a profoundly interesting place right now.  Not in a good way, either. And, so are the political wranglings in Washington. It appears FBI Director McCabe was investigating the United States Attorney General before he was fired. It appears this may have come at the request of some in Congress but to be honest, I have no idea what the law is around this.I'd imagine the answers can be found online if I really wanted to find out. But, can a few congresspeople seek an investigation of the attorney general and use the FBI? Or, does this need to be voted on by one or both houses of Congress?  Or, what is required to direct the FBI to investigate the AG, whom the FBI reports to?  I don't know off of the top of my head. But, I doubt anyone else does either. That's how bizarre this world is. 

One has to be a very specialized attorney or an expert on esoteric law to know that answer off the top of their head. This is far from over per my last post. We'll just have to see where this ends. I discount almost anything in the news that can be politicized (just about every aspect of society given the grip the state has on our existence) but you may have seen some insiders in the last few days stating this current mess is going to be a disaster that could lead to a potential crisis in government. A disaster for whom simply depends on if that insider is a Democrat or Republican. Most likely a disaster for the state. (class & hierarchy) Regardless, it's sickening.

As I've remarked time and again, politics is a relic of the past and will some day fade from our memories. If one actually ponders reality, what person would ever outsource their thinking and decision making about their lives, both economic and rights as sentient beings, to a group of people in a far off land who will do anything, say anything and promise anything to get elected to a position that has said dominion over your fate? ie, Politicians, standing armies, corporate executives and any non-democratic hierarchical position of authority.

We don't need politicians in a democracy. The ancient Athenians didn't have them. That we do is a sign of the corruption and rot of democracy. We need citizen government. And, to be specific, local citizen government. We need something akin to the Articles of Confederation in our interpretation of the Constitution or the enforcement of enumerated constitutional powers that limits what Washington can be involved in.  (And, since our slavery and the subversion of our human rights is economic, we need an economic constitution or something akin to that.)  Then, we need to replace a system of Washington politicians with democracy's citizens and remove the root of all evil, money, from Washington's very clearly-defined, limited decisions. 

Self-rule at the local level is the only way society, or for that matter, humanity will recover from this global system of rot. If it is up to the status quo, they will never relinquish their pathological grip on your life.  The good news is that institutions of the ego aka control, always fail for this very reason.

Remember, in 1789 most Washington congressional representation was around 5,000 voters. They represented a small number of people in a reasonably small geography who likely had similar interests to some degree. Especially, because our economy was almost all agrarian and all voters were male landholders who were probably using land within any specific geography for similar economic benefit.  Today congresspeople represent millions of people. When they pass more and more legislation, none of which is noble due to the monetary corruption by corporations and the economic aristocracy, they are more likely harming democracy, communities and individuals than helping them. There is no true democratic representation when you represent millions of people.

The Athenians segmented local democracy decision-making down to the neighborhood. What if 90% of the economic power was in your neighborhood and what was best for you and your neighbors rather than 90% of the power in some far off land where the rulers don't know you or are driven by their own insatiable drive for power and money? And, that means 90% of the money is controlled by you and your neighbors. You decide what to invest in. You decide how it is spent. You decide how to educate your children. You decide if everyone gets to own a piece of property. You decide what kind of health care is necessary for your family and your community. You decide what kind of businesses would benefit your community. Not a corporation. Not a politician who doesn't know you, doesn't care to know you and views you as someone to exploit for their own ego's purposes.

Washington is never going to solve anything. Those who are hopeful that Trump is going to save the day have absolutely zero grounds to stand on. They don't yet understand what is happening either.  Donald Trump is the same immoral person as those who run Hollywood, who enslave you to debt and rent-seeking behavior of corporations, who has sent tens of millions of your jobs to communist and corrupt nations around the world who sell out their citizens for a seat at the table of self-interest, and the tyrants who involve us in endless wars.  As I noted around the election of Trump, he has the exact same archetype as Hitler.  That strong-man persona is on display every day.  You can see Trump is clearly an entitled capitalist who is used to his anti-democratic, authoritarian edicts that corporate executives enslave you to every day.  When he doesn't get his way through intimidation or being able to control people to do his bidding without question, he fires them. Actually, it's a sign of a very low emotional intelligence and nonexistent self-awareness.  But, don't kid yourself. He's no different than any of the others in Washington or corporate boardrooms or in the military-industrial complex. Others simply present better.  They are more capable of manipulating us through their contrived, inauthentic behavior.  They know how to inauthentically present well.  I think they call that polished which is another word for deceitful and contrived.  Telling people what they want to hear than what you are actually thinking. Obama was a master at this. That's why so many people distrusted him. He lived in his head rather than his heart. And, that means we never really knew authentically who he was.

That Trump is a strong-man personality gives some people confidence he knows what he is doing.  People want to follow people who appear to know how to solve their problems. (Your problems need to be solved by you or through the help of others, which is essentially by you asking for help.)  Hitler, Mussolini and other strong men convinced those who were morally-weak and seeking to emotionally-abandon themselves that they too knew what they were doing.  And, much of society followed them right over the cliff.  Trump doesn't have a clue in the daily operations of the economy. Nor does anyone working with him.  No politician does. Nor does any capitalist.  Nor the Federal Reserve or any other centralized bureaucracy.  The economy has trillions upon trillions upon trillions of moving parts and the only thing that keeps it going is endless money printing that has had the effect of papering over it's greater and greater dysfunction over the last 50 years.  We are all following politicians and corporate masters off the cliff.  We too have had decisions made on our behalf that we follow without question.  As I've noted many times, the U.S. economy peaked around 1980.  I'll share that very clear and easy-to-understand reality but it's really not hard to see reality if you open your eyes.  The vast majority of this country looks like it's straight out of the third world where corruption and rot reign supreme.  Most of our country has been hollowed out for decades upon decades. Most people don't have a pot to piss in. And, hidden behind the moats and gates of our dukes, kings, princes, lords, barons and the like are massive castles built on the backs of our slavery and the theft of democracy's wealth. 

"To constrain the brute force of the people, the European governments deem it necessary to keep them down by hard labor, poverty and ignorance, and take from them, as from bees, so much of their earnings, as that unremitting labor shall be necessary to obtain a sufficient surplus to sustain a scanty and miserable life." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823.

I've noted on here that we are in the midst of unprecedented evil in this world. The ego may have a hard time seeing that through its endless delusions and selfishness but it is clearly true. I plan to discuss this in specific detail at some point but to pull from past posts on spiritual, emotional, social and physical violence, the state realizes people cannot be turned into productive, exploitable assets under the endless duress of physical violence. So, humanity in some way has to be convinced of its own slavery. To willfully accept it.  The state has accomplished this through various forms of emotional, social and spiritual violence or unseen violence. But, it's everywhere.  As I noted years ago, this time could be characterized as peak state.  Or the peak power of the state.  Never in human history has the state held so much power over the entire human race.  Most people lived outside of state control up until the last one hundred years.  Even through much of the early twentieth century people in most parts of the world lived unfettered existences.  In the U.S., we had many people who were some degree of self-reliant through a generally agrarian existence.  But, in the second half of the twentieth century the state has consolidated its power. This has happened through the bastardization of property rights and the continued advancement of technology, the state (class & hierarchy) now controls nearly every aspect of the human experience regardless of what continent.  Forced corporate work, (generally meaningless work that serves no value to humanity or the natural world) endless regulations and controls on your experience, denial of access to capital/property/money, etc for the vast majority of humanity, a meaningless subsistence of economic servitude and slavery, forced conformity in every aspect of your existence, etc. 

It's amazing how Jefferson's quote from two hundred years ago so aptly describes today. But rather than it being Europe as the tyrant from 1823, it is the United States today. There is an old saying from thousands of years ago that "what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.". While it seems most people I talk to don't understand emotional, spiritual and social violence, a system of class only exists through violence. Corporate capitalism is a system of class. It only exists through violence. In our nation, outright physical violence is nearly impossible due to the Constitution and the rule of law. But, emotional, social and spiritual violence are greater in this nation and around the globe than at any time in history. And that violence is general perpetrated economically. The prime mechanism is corporate capitalism and forcing humanity to endlessly grub for money.  The brainwashing runs deep so it's going to take some time for many who are the most successful in our society, who are also the most ignorant, to wake up. They may never wake up until it's foisted upon them.

The human spirit is under greater attack than at any time in humanity's existence. And, in ways we don't understand, I suspect the universe, consciousness, the Divine or the forces beyond our understanding are responding in kind.  That is behind the cycle of volatility so often discussed on here.  And, while systems of state theft and control like communism steal your will, capitalism steals your spirit. To be successful in this system, you have to sell your soul. Grubbing for money, especially just to survive or having it foisted upon you as a control system, is the most heinous, Godless act imaginable.  Or, as noted by prescient voices long ago, money is the root of all evil.

"I used to think when I was a child, that Christ might have been exaggerating when he warned about the dangers of wealth. Today I know better. I know how very hard it is to be rich and still keep the milk of human kindness. Money has a dangerous way of putting scales on one’s eyes, a dangerous way of freezing people’s hands, eyes, lips and hearts." – Archbishop Dom Helder Camara

That politicians and corporate executives are so involved in creating and controlling any complex system such as a massive, centrally-planned economy as ours is, is a sign of impending doom.  Their intent in doing so is not virtuous.  It's driven by the ego's primary intent of control. And that intent of control is to ensure that class & hierarchy maintains its death grip on democracy and on your forced servitude.  I've talked about this time and again. Each time a new economic bill is passed, each time a lobbyist changes the rules by essentially bribing our government, each time corporations jab their blood-sucking funnel into U.S. economic policy, they simply add more internal contradictions to corporate capitalism. The same internal contradictions that will create its demise, just as happened with communism.  It's just a matter of when those contradictions resolve themselves.  Or, as noted leading up to the 2008 collapse, a matter of when they unwind. 

By the way, I have focused on religion and virtue quite a bit on here over the last five or so years. The hierarchical aspects of religion are as toxic as the hierarchical aspects of corporate capitalism, standing armies, politics, etc. But the local and unorganized aspect of religion is recognized by anthropology as one of the original forms of community. Acceptance, virtue, kindness, compassion, dignity, equality and the like are timeless human values. They are the tenets of all great religions around the world. It's when class and hierarchy thieve it that it becomes cruel and Godless.  Regardless, this is consistent with an overarching theme on here that we are in the midst of a new age of enlightenment.  It's amazing that enlightenment if associated with reason. That is complete horseshit. Enlightenment has absolutely nothing to do with reason. And, neither did the Age of Enlightenment.

Enlightenment is internal journey of self-discovery where one eschews social norms, social values and all of the nonsensical belief systems society places in your mind. One eschews them because they gain greater understanding of ones own ignorance. Enlightenment is a metaphysical and moral awakening. Morality does not come from a place of reason inside of you. It comes from your highest good.  It is a place beyond the self and all of its foibles. Hitler's actions were very reasoned.  And, they also came from the self as opposed to the selflessness of our highest good.  Our country was founded on a wholesale moral awakening of varying degrees. It was not founded on reason. The king of England's actions were based on reason. His reason was very well accepted by the economic and political aristocracy of the day. It was that certain people were chosen by God to have special privileges and rights and to rule. In fact, this is how pathology has often controlled society. First the rulers told the masses they were gods, then they were anointed by God or gods to rule, then they were smarter than you so they should rule, then they were superior to you because they were willing to smash your face in, (social Darwinism) and now they have really been exposed as some of the most vile creatures on our planet.  I'd say the state (class & hierarchy) has no more compelling reasons to convince humanity of their privilege.  That's why they want to take your guns. That's why we have so many people in prison. That's why our peace officers are now weaponized by the military-industrial complex. They are there to protect those who have stolen everything including humanity's worth and dignity.

"We may have a democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both." - Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice leading into the Great Depression. (A period of time marked by massive wealth inequality. He was also a rabid opponent to corporate power that was concentrated into the hands of the few at that time. Noted on here many times was how the massive corporations created the Great Depression similar to the depression we have been in for decades.)

Nothing new is under the sun. Just as in the Age of Enlightenment, people are starting to awaken to some modicum of morality in their decision-making. It's opaque and not always well-thought-out but they realize how morally bankrupt the ruling economic class is around the world.  And, that we are all worthy of dignity.  This is what is happening again today. People are reconnecting with their divinity and awakening from the brainwashed image of lies and deceit and the moral turpitude of state actors around the globe. Some people are farther on that path of relinquishing ignorance, some people are not.  Some people never will be. Fear keeps us from awakening and trusting our internal guidance system.  Fear is enforced through state control.  But this system, and the state in general, exists substantially because it's a confidence game. As long as the masses are taken care of, there is deference to what happens in halls of power regardless of how evil that power is. Those days are over. Now, without any real hope for the masses, and a system of incredible immorality, how does the system maintain itself? The lies and deceit are front and center for everyone to see. So, now, how do you force people into a system which lacks dignity, compassion, kindness, justice, and the like?  You can't promise them a job paying a living wage as Hitler did. Or, the land of opportunity where everyone can become rich as the United States used to do. 

People want to know how to get involved. How to change the system. How to march on Washington or whatnot. You don't need to do anything other than sit back and watch. The state has collapsed around the world since time immemorial.  And, that has often happened as easily as the masses simply blowing their breath against it because it's only really held together with confidence.  The confidence is gone, the system no longer functions.  The contradictions of this system will create its own outcome. We are exactly where we are supposed to be as a nation and as a species.  Our past decisions created this environment today just for us. This is our moment. We either continue down the rabbit hole as we rationalize and bargain with a system of rot or we wake up, stand to account and create a new world.  The choice is ours. 

I'm confident that humanity will rise again to re-establish human values and ideals. We already see some of this in the fact that 90% of Americans have no confidence in Congress and haven't for nearly thirty years.  As Martin Luther King noted, "The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.  The establishment won't wake up or experience some epiphany of morality.  Nor the state.  But, the masses of humanity that Jefferson saw as a bulwark against the tyranny of elites and the state, they will. Those who are exploited by the state, they will and are waking up.

"I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. We are presently moving down a dead-end road that can lead to national disaster. America has strayed to the far country of racism and militarism. The home that all too many Americans left was solidly structured idealistically; its pillars were solidly grounded in the insights of our Judeo-Christian heritage. All men are made in the image of God. All men are bothers. All men are created equal. Every man is an heir to a legacy of dignity and worth. Every man has rights that are neither conferred by, nor derived from the State--they are God-given. Out of one blood, God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth. What a marvelous foundation for any home! What a glorious and healthy place to inhabit." -- Martin Luther King
posted by TimingLogic at 6:26 PM links to this post

Sunday, March 18, 2018

McCabe’s Firing–Is an Indictment of Hillary Clinton Imminent?

I don’t post often anymore but the world is starting to heat up again. While I’m not a big fan of Donald Trump, I did write on here the day before the elections that if I used history as a guide, he would win the election. No one, and I mean no one, in the mainstream gave that thought even the most remote of possibilities.

Trump is a major threat to the establishment. He is most definitely the only politician in my lifetime to really tell the truth on a whole host of issues facing our nation. As I noted soon after his election, regardless of who Donald Trump is, the American people have hired him to wage its war against the state.  I firmly believe we are in the midst of World War III and it is a global war against the state.  It isn’t always noble. And, it will take the lives of many innocent people but there is a global enlightenment that I’ve been writing about for the last dozen years on here.  Remember, enlightenment is a violent process.  It’s also an iterative process that involves a lot of false believe systems and wrong-headed ideas that develop in the process. There will be innocent people who suffer its consequences. 

25 years of 10-15% approval ratings of Washington politiciaans are finally coming home to roost.  And, while Trump’s policies certainly aren’t perfect, he is, in some way, attempting some restoration of power back to the people across a whole host of issues. More importantly, his lack of political correctness is opening Pandora’s Box and authentic discussions that have been kept out of the public dialog for far too long.

It is my perspective that this whole Russian investigation is a witch hunt. (Even Jimmy Carter, the elder statesman of the Democratic Party, made the same observation.)  There is literally no evidence brought forward to date that Donald Trump did anything wrong or colluded in any way with the Russian political engine. Mueller, in my estimation, has failed in his duties to democracy by trying to establish an endless fishing expedition well beyond the powers granted to him.  One might even argue that his behavior is lawless. 

There may be kickback to Mueller’s actions that would place our nation into what may be a substantial crisis of government. Maybe even a Consitutional crisis.  (Which, by the way, in my estimation is not necessarily a bad thing given the massive corruption, theft and fraud that defines Washington.)

There has been an ongoing investigation into FBI wrongdoings by the Inspector General.  That includes McCabe.  That McCabe has been fired days before his retirement tells me that something is likely coming. Is that an indictment against McCabe? Against Hillary Clinton? The firing of Mueller? All of the above? Something else? None of this has gained any traction yet but let’s watch and see what unfolds.  I’m not convinced that Trump or the United States Attorney General doesn’t have it within their rights to push back against what I consider to be a criminal witch hunt. In other words, from what I see on the outside, I suspect the Trump administration could be on the right side of this. I realize there are people who think with their emotions and can’t consider any such position given their vitriolic hatred of Trump.

This entire environment against Trump appears to be manufactured in many regards in an attempt to push Trump from office. Illegally, in my estimation.  This is really a potentially profound moment. Will it metastasize? Let’s watch and see.

Wow, do we live in very interesting times or what?

posted by TimingLogic at 5:37 PM links to this post

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Timely Economic and Market Comments

It is no coincidence I posted that the stock market as a percentage of GDP was in the ozone and that Robert Schiller’s earnings calculator were screaming warning signs just weeks before the market started gyrating wildly to the downside in 2018.  There were some external factors pointing to a very overheated market.

As I noted in a few other posts the last few months, sentiment indicators are at wildly high levels. I also noted some of these back before the collapse in 2008 as signs of impending doom.

In the last few months, we saw stock market enthusiasm at 96%, the National Association of Manufacturers with a 95% percent optimistic sentiment and the Business Roundtable CEO outlook with the highest sentiment numbers in recorded history. Back before the collapse of 2008, I noted whenever business enthusiasm is universal, it’s nearly always a sign of impending doom. CEOs, politicians, Wall Street pigmen and the like are so isolated from reality of what the underlying dynamics of the economy are like that whenever that type of group is in agreement, they are a perfect litmus test to the contrary. Or, as Swift noted, “Whenever truth appears, the confederacy of dunces is aligned against him.”.  In this case, the truth is underlying reality that class and hierarchy is so insulated from in their ivory towers and gated communities. I realize this is so against what society has told you but the people running corporations and our nation are generally f@cking idiots.  Those who make it to the top of class and hierarchy are those most willing to stomp on the face of their fellow man.  Or, as Lord Acton noted, almost all great men are bad men.  They are not geniuses. They are the most pathological people in society. Some people are finally figuring that out.

As I noted a few years ago, I shut down my data service and no longer calculate any quantitative models in the financial markets, but I do have access to much of the publicly available data out there. To that point, broad monetary aggregates in the United States are in serious trouble.  They are not yet contracting but we are close. Without delving into it, which I’m too lazy to do because I don’t really care, I don’t know why. Could be interest rates backing up.  Remember, with this much debt in our society created by rent-seeking corporations, just a small tick in interest rates will more than wipe out any tax cuts that have been recently passed.  Could be the Federal Reserve be reducing its exposure to the repo market or not fanning the flames of liquidity with their actions or it could be something else.  If it is the Federal Reserve sopping up some liquidity, it could potentially be positively influenced in short order. But that’s assuming it’s a liquidity issue the Federal Reserve is creating or can ameliorate.  Or, it could be the system in the early phases of crisis again where liquidity is being destroyed faster than it can be replaced.

Remember, we’ve been through two or three generations of financial engineering in this nation. Destroying corporate balance sheets, financial foot notes with fraudulent accounting, the waiving of accounting standards in 2008, cutting worker benefits, busting union salaries, raiding pension funds, using slave immigrant labor, H1B Visa fraud of foreign workers taking American jobs, sending good jobs overseas to shitholes like China, India and Vietnam, getting more and more tax breaks, rent-seeking behavior that has created parasite corporations and on and on and on and on. At some point, the financial con games will be exhausted and the shit will hit the fan. There’s a limit to financial trickery and fraud.  That’s when the Federal Reserve and central banking in general will likely collapse as noted on here many times.  Or, the Federal Reserve will need a bailout the next time as it has played a pivotal role in this thievery.

Regardless, we see how the monetary aggregate data is impacting the economy in a few metrics that have been released recently.  Home sales are the lowest in years (and they are blaming low inventory.) and manufacturing output has fallen substantially to the lowest in six months with a broad decline in demand. 

All of this was happening while major stock market indices were acting out the finality of a pattern R.N. Elliot labeled as a throwover, which is an exhaustion pattern.  Now, that doesn’t mean imminent changes in trend but it is a major warning sign.

Just remember that all of this happened before any talk of tariffs. But, if this trend continues, the lying liars we call the status quo will blame this on Trump. And, they’ll blame it on tariffs. Another example of the confederacy of dunces aligned against the truth. Or the propaganda of what Trump calls fake news. But, what Thomas Jefferson also wrote about as the lies of gazetteers. (The news has always been nothing more than lies and bullshit controlled by society’s masters.)  That is, this nation was founded on tariffs and supported by the Founding Fathers.  More on that and the f@cking idiots (and morally bankrupt) we now call free traders in the next post.

Let me end with a few recent links that may be worth reading.

Elon Musk is a Messianic Huckster. To be honest, Elon Musk is one odd dude. He made his money in the tech bubble fleecing society and now has parlayed that into rent-seeking businesses that survive through government handouts. There’s a recent article about Tesla where quite a few engineers have noted the company is a disaster and 40% of its throughput it rework. And, Musk has bet the company on a strategy that involves never-before levels of automation. He’s having trouble ramping up production so we’ll see.

Big Data for the People. Taking back our lives from our financial overlords. A very good article on the use of our personal data to exploit us for profit.

Nassim Taleb on why Goldman Sachs collapse would be the best thing for humanity. Taleb is one man who used to be part of the club and gets it. And, who has the courage to speak the truth.

Oprah Winfrey – the neoliberal capitalist. I’m going to hit this one hard again in another post. Oprah is a favorite of the faux intellectuals in the Democratic Party. I suspect she would be eaten alive in a runoff with Trump. She talks a good game but is really one of these prosperity preachers that have become so popular in our Godless society. Her excesses and extravangances would have made King George blush in 1776. She definitely hides her authentic self which is very repulsive to anyone who values human dignity and has a disdain from those who have stolen it from us.

Survellience Valley. Many people realize Silicon Valley was created by the military industrial complex. This goes a step farther in explaining how released government documents shows Silicon Valley and the Internet were both created out of the 1947 National Security Act talked about so often on here. And, that they were both created to spy on people and destabilize governemnts around the world. And, how now that has been turned against the American people too.

Book on China may get parliamentary protection. I’ve been writing for longer than any source I am aware of on the coming conflicts with China. And, that we are in what I would call a Nash Equilibrium with China. One that neither party wishes to break due to their own benefits. Along comes Donald Trump and he tells the truth.  China, in concert with American corporations has stolen our wealth, our jobs and our economic determnism. You can thank our capitalist masters and Washington politicians for turning a backwater communist nation into a formidable giant that shares absolutely no ideals of a free or democratic or constitutional, human-rights driven society. 

Italian elections throw a wrench in the neoliberal European Union.  Federalism is dying. Everywhere. The EU was created in an attempt by European politicians to create a federalist economic corporate power to steal some of that good ole American home cooking.  In other words, to create a consolidated fascist corporate government capable of looting the people of Europe and the world as the United States loots its people and the rest of the world.  The EU federalist model will collapse just as the United States federalist agenda will collapse. It’s just a matter of when.

posted by TimingLogic at 9:06 PM links to this post

Monday, February 05, 2018

Superbowl Ad Hijacking Martin Luther King’s Message Of Selflessness

I don’t pay much attention to TV. I’ve noted on here it has been decades since I watched a TV news broadcast. I did watch the Superbowl this weekend. I watched it as much as a sociological experiment as I did for the game. Frankly, I haven’t watched a Superbowl in so long I can’t remember. But, it’s very interesting to gain perspective watching the halftime shows, the TV ads, etc.

One that blew my mind was the Dodge truck ad.  By the way, a very attractive new design. One I’d certainly drive off into the wilderness to forget about the madness of our society. (There are certainly good things about technological progress and good things capitalism has taught us as well. Most are how to actually not build a democratic or just society. But, how to work collectively to accomplish something. Yes, collectively. Ayn Rand’s exaltation of corporations is the exaltation of the collective hive mind of a corporation where forced conformity and subjugation is demanded in return for a paycheck. Hence, forced corporate work. Interestingly, she viewed collectivism as a virus. She just wasn’t the most emotionally or spiritually evolved person on the planet to recognize her own ignorance. To be human is to be ignorant.)

What I found most interesting about the Superbowl truck ad is that just a few weeks ago I posted about MLK’s birthday. In that post I wrote-

It’s amazing that the state, who ultimately destroyed King, whether it pulled the trigger or not, actually honors this artifically manufactured and cleansed image of him. But, anyone who has read his written words or listened to his speeches knows that there isn’t a corporation, politician or military leader in this nation who holds any of his values as truths. In fact, all class and hierarchy would truly fear his words. Not the cleansed or manufactured view of King.

I guess the meatheads who developed that ad actually honors the artificially manufactured and cleansed image of him. King railed against capitalism and it’s exaltation of profits over human life and its exaltation of attachment to worldly possessions over human dignity. (link to the ad) Yet, capitalism manipulates his words for their own dystopian lies.

King was quoting religious text when he stated in this speech that the greatest amongst you will be a servant. (From the truck ad) To serve is to be selfless. Or, to intuitively understand there is something greater than yourself. And, that true selflessness, unconditionally seeking nothing in return, is what makes us human. (amongst other things) And, to achieve greatness in your life that you need to be emotionally and spiritually aware enough to recognize that the self is the source of all of man’s foibles and worse.

Capitalism on the other hand relies on humanity’s most base, ignorant instincts (of the self) to survive.  Fear to force you into slave labor where class steals your surplus value.  Consumption of inanimate objects and attachment to money. You know, like buying a Dodge pickup truck and classifying it as service or selfless.  And, on and on.

I have noted on here many times that the socially-driven measures of intelligence are horseshit.  Most are based on reason. Nothing wrong with reason. But that’s not where science and art come from. Neither are based on reason or logic. As Einstein noted, they come from the mysterious.  Or, I’d say maybe more appropriately, from some place magical. They come from the creativity of the human mind; whatever that is. And, forgot the nonsense we are “taught”. We have absolutely no idea what the human mind is. Or, if our mind is contained in our brain or simply passed through the brain into this world or whatever. Lots of reasons to consider the mind exists outside of the brain. Lots. Including some scientific experiments.

But, acknowledging that would mean the state would have to acknowledge there is a higher power and a higher purpose than itself and its brutal control mechanisms of capitalism, communism, fascism, militarism and every other kind of ism it can dream up.  Then, if that cat is let out of the bag, that there is a greater purpose to life than grubbing for money, fighting the state’s wars, endlessly being conscripted into debt servitude and the like, the masses would never submit to the servitude of a class-based, hierarchical society that grants entitlement to a ruling aristocracy as ours does. Because all of those pathological elements and more are against the teachings of all of the world’s great religions that espouse equality, human dignity and all people being made in the image of a divine presence. If I’m made in the image of a divine presence the same as the Koch brothers, why can’t I feed my children or pay my bills while they bribe our government with so much money they have stolen from my labor and wit?

Oh, there is no doubt there is a war on religion or spirituality or whatnot. But that war hides behind the science meme that there is nothing beyond what we can see to mock religion and spirituality. That is always driven by the faux intellectuals in a ruling class that no one in this country trusts. Religion in the form of local congregations is considered one of the original forms of community (and equality and human dignity) by anthropoligists. It’s the vile hierarchical and class-based component that seeks to control religion and humanity for self-interested purposes. You know, like the Vatican or the organized control structures of most religions that try to tell the local congretation what to do and what to think.  That includes to war against people of other religions.  People that you have no grievance with.  It’s really no different than America’s prosperity preachers (a new phenomenon that started creeping into our society in the 1990s.) who rationalize a system of inequality and cruelty so those who have more than they need can turn their backs on humanity can feel good about themselves.  I’m getting off topic and rambling but I remember when a woman I was dating around 2000 got me a book for Christmas. I can’t remember the title but it’s premise was that God wanted you to be rich. I’ll never forget that. I remember thinking our society was headed for disaster and we were all brainwashed by a ruling pathology.

The highest form of intelligence is emotional and spiritual intelligence.  That is, your intelligence beyond the illusion of self. The part of you that intuitively understands not that I am my brother’s keeper but more aptly, I am my brother and he is me.  That the self is an illusion and all life is connected and spiritually one with the universe. 

That little old grandmother who’s 90 years old and goes to church or synagogue or temple or whatnot every week and dotes on her grandchildren, pays no attention to politics and is a seemingly endless well of love and joy…..  she’s way smarter than the buffoons running our corporations or our government. Way smarter.  They don’t even get it.

Of course, I’m sure Chrysler really wanted to run this ad so it could apologize for using slave labor in sweat shops to make many of the components for its cars and trucks. And to apologize for manipulating King’s speech in which he railed against corporate advertisers as well.

We continue down the dystopian rabbit hole.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Robert Shiller–The Stock Market Is Right Where It Was Before The Start Of The Great Depression

This country is a f*cking disaster. Entire swaths of the country look like post-apocalyptic war zones. Most people don’t have enough money to survive more than a week without a job. Even if that job is nothing more than slavery by another name. Don’t buy the nonsense that things are going great. The reason why the stock market is in a massive bubble is that there is no demand for capital; something noted on here many times before the 2008 collapse as an apocalyptic future omen.  In other words, because industrial capitalism is already in systemic failure, all of the money printing done by the Federal Reserve and other central banks is rolling into renter capitalism assets like stocks, bonds and real estate and just blowing prices through the roof.  Every new dollar created just makes the disaster larger. 

The number of people that have dropped out of the labor force is over 100 million. The amount of government transfer payments (welfare, SSDI, people who have fallen out of society, etc) has shot up over 800% adjusted for inflation since 1980. The amount of people doing unproductive work or jobs that create zero wealth for our nation is more than half of all working people. And, if you really understand the concept of social credit, which you should because this is a democracy, you understand that the military-industrial complex actually is a drag on the wealth of our society.  So, all of the people making weapons and spying on people are in employment that is destroying our nation’s wealth.  That is, unless you are going to use those bombs to force the rest of the world into economic servitude as the U.S. does under the guise of dollar hegemony and the IMF and World Bank voting rights control.  Then rather than creating your own wealth, you can overconsume the wealth you are stealing from the rest of the world as the British and Roman Empires did. And, of course, we do today.

Ditto with financial employment.  The blood-sucking pigmen on Wall Street are just a wealth-shifting scheme from democracy to a ruling class of pathological predators. It creates absolutely zero wealth. Financial employment destroys wealth. It may make the CEO of Goldman Sachs wildly rich but that is more than offset by the debtors it creates in society. 

Again, to rant time and again, people are going to learn the difference between money (of absolutely zero worth) and wealth (which money is nothing more than a conduit to facilitate.).  For all of the gold dunces, you can take all of your gold to an island and sleep on it, eat it, talk to it, pray to it, or do as you wish. Ditto with those who have accumulated a lot of money but have zero skills beyond financial paper pushing or an MBA or whatnot.  I’ll take the scientists, skilled tradesmen and inventors who know how to create and produce wealth for society.  And, I’ll take all of the hippies that know how to grow food sustainably.  And, I’ll take all of the artists, philosophers, writers and liberal artists to make that a society worth living in.

To re-employ 170 million, 200 million, or whatever the number is,  people in new, productive, wealth-creating jobs is never going to happen. Ever. There is no recovery. There never will be until this system is reformed or until it systemically-fails to the point of disaster and democracy rises up and fixes the mess that class and hierarchy have made of this nation and the world.  I noted that on here endlessly.  What you see today is a wall of dirty money papering over the massive blight of a failed economic system of class.  The only recovery is with the restoration of some modicum of democratic economics and local, self-rule-directed economies.

I swear to God that I haven’t seen anyone in the financial community that knows how to read a balance sheet and understand the myriad of manipulative and deceiving footnotes that define financial reporting today. Balance sheets are a disaster whether that is for cities, states or corporations. Or, for that matter the federal government.  Do you know how many AAA rated companies that are left in a nation that used to mint them so often it wasn’t even considered a big deal?  Two.  Two in the entire United States. How many AAA rated cities and states are there? I’ll let you answer that one. 

Once again, as one well-known financial publication did leading into the 2000 collapse, they are lying about the PE ratios of some major indices. They simply don’t include the firms with negative earnings. Astonishing, but we are back to that nonsense. (By the way, news has always been fake news. Mark Twain and others have made these remarks time and again for more than two hundred years.)

The Dow Jones Industrials isn’t even composed of industrial companies. Nike, Goldman Sachs, JPMC, McDonald’s, Verizon, Travelers, Wal-Mart, Disney, etc. What do they make in this country? What wealth do they create? Not money that they pay people but wealth? 

In other words, take out finance, the military and other service-related (doing each other’s laundry) companies, and what’s left for corporate earnings? It’s a f*cking disaster thanks to Harvard MBAs, corporate CEOs and Washington politicians; the three-headed monster of the dreaded Cerberus. 

Half a century ago most S&P firms produced wealth. Now, most firms destroy wealth re the comments above. If one actually understands what has happened to our economy and how corporations have turned us into slaves, and if one backs out the earnings impact of the dollar being the world’s currency, and one backs out these other earnings variables of unsustainability mentioned above, the PE on the S&P is waaay into the triple digits. I mean waaay.  And this stock market is magnitudes more expensive than any in history. Ever. I mean since the beginning of human civilization.  The Russell 2000 is already into triple digits without doing any of that. Amazon? I’ve talked about how Amazon is discounting earnings back to the fall of the Roman Empire. Guarantee you Amazon will be one of the first casualties of any crisis given the working capital Ponzi scheme they run.  I have said it a thousand times on here over the last dozen years but we are in the biggest financial bubble in history and the stock market is headed for disaster, if not disappearance.  It’s just a matter of when. But, we are in that moment right now. It’s not 100 years from now or 50 years from now. It’s in this cycle. Will it be that we wake up one day and it’s over as happened in the Soviet Union? Or will it be a series of crises over years or decades as we devolve into nothingness?  Who knows. But astrologically I do think there is a possibility U.S. empire will be finished by 2022 as noted on here many times.  The insanity of our society is what I can only imagine Rome was like in its final days. Or, what France was like before the Reign of Terror.

I noted a few posts ago that the Shiller earnings index was reaching the disaster zone. (Not that it can’t go catastrophically higher.)  I’m not sure how Shiller calculates his historical earnings numbers but the ones I have leading up to the Great Depression show today is massively more overvalued than in 1929. Who knows, maybe it goes wildly higher than today. But, we have gone parabolic recently and that is a reason for concern.  There is no date or external factors that determines any change in my downside projection. As noted on here repeatedly, my downside target for the S&P 500 is 250-400. When will that happen? That’s the interesting question. Getting the timing right is something that we all use divining rods, astrology, numerology, Elliott Waves and the like to try to figure out. All anyone can really do is guess. Sometimes it makes you look like a genius and sometimes a fool. 

Regardless, Robert Shiller is one of the few economists I respect. Actually, there are probably about three. Economics is the state religion. Economists are the high priests of that religion. Most economists are brainwashed to the ideological drivel of the day; free markets, free trade and the neoliberal deregulation of private capital across state borders that the pathological Reagan and Clinton administrations fathered. (Remember more Reagan officials were indicted or resigned out of wrong-doing than any in history. And, Bill Clinton’s Whitehouse is substantially responsible for the disaster we are witnessing today with the signing of NAFTA, the entry of China’s slave labor pool into free trade agreements with us, the deregulation of financial markets, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, the deregulation of commodities futures markets, the dismantling of oversight in shady financial instruments and on and on.  If most people really understood what Bill Clinton did as president, let alone how the Clinton Foundation was used to sell out this nation, he’d be in prison. And so would his wife.  While that seems implausible, we can all hope there is a remote chance that may still happen.

While Shiller compares this to 1928, there is another parallel I have drawn. It’s to the Great Depression in reverse.  2008 was the front end of the hurricane. We are in the eye of the storm today and the ruling elites are impressed with their brilliance once again.  But, the back end of the storm is coming and it’ll be far worse than ever imagined. In 2006 one of the first posts I wrote on here is that the earth would literally shudder and shake when this cycle ends.  I’m going to dust the perspective that this may be a Greater Depression or maybe the last depression of capitalism in reverse if I find the time in coming weeks.

But, in closing, let me say all of the stooges seem to be wildly enthusiastic right now. That should be very disconcerting. As I’ve remarked repeatedly, the people that are the most successful in this system are the most ignorant. I realize people like laughing at the people who can’t tell you who our first president was or when World War II was fought or who mob each other at Wal-Mart, but think about something else.  How ignorant is someone who would turn so many decent people in our society into something like that?  Those are the people who are the most successful in our society.  And, it is they who are the most ignorant. Exploititively so. Godlessly so.

Trump claims success for things he has nothing to do with. Manufacturing losses were stopping before he became president.  Anyone who understands lean methods, lean manufacturing and lean supply chains (which I have written about on here long ago) knows that in order to maximize cost savings and efficiency, supply chains need to be as short as possible and manufacturing has to be done at the point of consumption to be competitive.  Why do you think the Japanese car companies make so many cars here?  It wasn’t because Reagan forced them with rhetoric as is so ignorantly remarked by his apologists.  It’s because the Japanese are lean gods and they knew they had to invest at the point of consumption and shorten their supply chains or when the American firms got their act together, they’d lose their advantage. 

Trumps tax cuts won’t do jack shit to create jobs in this nation because they weren’t targeted at capital formation. Just more handouts for the economic aristocracy funded by working dunces like us.  Dimon and Blankfein on Wall Street are bloviating about how wonderful Trump’s economic plans are. (For them), CEO surveys are very enthusiastic. (If you recall, leading into the 2008 collapse, which I called just days before it happened, I noted how enthusiastic CEOs were. And, thus how ignorant they really are and should be used as a contrary indicator of impending doom.) And, Davos, the meeting of the world’s neoliberal elite dunces, is wildly bullish today as well.  All of the idiots (class & hierarchy) are wildly optimistic right now. That’s generally a very contrary sign given their pathological ignorance.  Doesn’t mean we are headed into a new dystopian Walking Dead tomorrow. But, the seeds are being set with stupid behavior by the wildly and pathologically ignorant ruling class of capitalism.

Link to the Schiller interview here.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Martin Luther King - Why I Am Opposed To The War In Vietnam; And Its Meaning In An Even More Violent And Evil World That Exists Today

I missed Martin Luther King’s birthday by a few days but wanted to get this up regardless. King has been discussed on here as one of the most profound leaders in human history. I was thinking the other day of who would I actually place as America’s greatest leaders. That’s a hard question. There honestly haven’t been that many on a national stage whose actions were so powerfully impacting to all people. Off the top of my head I thought in no particular order-

  1. Martin Luther King
  2. William Lloyd Garrison
  3. John Brown
  4. Thomas Jefferson
  5. Thomas Paine
  6. Andrew Jackson
  7. Mother Jones
  8. Henry David Thoreau

People could disagree who belongs on that list but all of these were radicals for change. Radicals for human rights, self-rule, real democracy and democratic economic rights.

While there were many abolitionists, both black and white, and woman and men, it’s arguable that John Brown actually started the war to end slavery. Until him, all abolitionists eschewed violence. And, as Martin Luther King noted, the status quo loves words of nonviolence but once taking back your power becomes a matter of force, you become the threat of society controlled by class & hierarchy.  The state eventually hung Brown.

Mother Jones single-handedly willed untold numbers of men (millions) and their families to stand up for their democratic economic rights against the corporate state. She was merciless and fearless in the face of endless threats against her life by corporations and the state.  She literally gave people their backbone because of her seemingly superhuman internal guidance system of what was right and wrong.  She lived amongst these families as she tirelessly traveled around the country and was on the front line of countless battles for democratic economic rights.  The corporate state labeled her the most dangerous woman in America. In fact, it has been written out of history that the largest armed insurrection in this nation was in the industrial wars (of which Mother Jones was the most powerful force) of Americans fighting for their democratic economic rights against corporate state power. And, those wars had government and corporate-hired mercenaries fighting side-by-side against exploited American citizens.

Andrew Jackson’s name has been smeared repeatedly. Especially recently. He was a populist similar to Paine and Jefferson and waged war against the powerful interests in this nation. His war against the massively corrupt, entitled Bank of the United States (the precursor to the Federal Reserve) was but one example.

Thomas Paine is the father of American democracy. Don’t kid yourself. His writings, of which the major ones are all linked to on this blog, were the topic of every man and woman in this nation. Paine codified the democratic rights of man and gave all people the ideas that were the basis for America’s Enlightenment. Some people believe Paine published as many as one million pamphlets of his Rights of Man. Given how many colonists there were, and how many could read, it would be the most succesful printed document ever published and read in this nation, and maybe the world, on a per capita basis. His views on slavery, women’s rights, human rights and democracy were so far ahead of his time that even today we still are fighting his battles for our own democratic rights and determinism. He died without a country as the state disowned his ideas and him.

I could go on and on. But, Martin Luther King was clearly America’s foremost prophet or cassandra or seer. Maybe more so than anyone else in American history, King understood the power of words. And, by power, I literally do mean physical power. The power of words, when placed in the conscious minds of man, have more potential and eventually kinetic energy than any other known force in the universe. Which, quite frankly, is the reason why the Nazis burned books. And, why we have our own book burnings in the United States. And why class and hierarchy (the status quo) eventually destroys revolutionaries who espouse loving intents, human rights and human dignity. 

Our book burnings in modern corporate capitalist society are much more sinister to recognize than the Nazis. That’s because in a society with some modicum of personal protections, the approaches that Hitler took won’t work. They have to be nuanced and you have to believe your own slavery is your idea.  So it’s wrapped in an American flag, jingoism and brainwashing. Otherwise, humanity will never submit to class & hierarchy’s intent of controlling and exploiting us.  Our book burnings are an educational system that doesn’t serve democracy, including being taught what to think instead of how to think. Which, by the way, corporations and the government are constantly doing as well through endless propaganda, the entire corporate work experience and marketing. Cutting government spending in education, and cutting money for the arts are also forms of book burning. (The ancient Athenians used public money to pay for all people to enjoy the arts)  In order to exploit people, a ruling class needs to keep them ignorant.

In order to hold that capability of a seer or cassandra, one has to appreciate their own inner intuition, their own internal connection to their highest good (understanding of good versus the absence of good aka evil) and the own inner understanding of the forces of evil which seek to subvert that journey. A seer or cassandra has to understand that all truth comes from within. And that the universe eventually kicks back the opposite direction when the balance of life has been lost.

King, regardless of his foibles as a man, clearly spoke from that inner truth and connection.  When I listen to his speeches, it’s completely clear that they come from his highest good. They come completely from his heart. And, that is why he moved and continues to move so many people with his words. And, why his words remain dangerous to the corporate state.

It’s amazing that the state, who ultimately destroyed King, whether it pulled the trigger or not, actually honors this artifically manufactured and cleansed image of him. But, anyone who has read his written words or listened to his speeches knows that there isn’t a corporation, politician or military leader in this nation who holds any of his values as truths. In fact, all class and hierarchy would truly fear his words. Not the cleansed or manufactured view of King.

What has happened over the past 50 years has made King’s words even more prescient. With Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama’s major policy initiatives that deregulated class-based, private, for-profit capital, including the military-industrial complex, the exploitation King talked about has reached a dystopian level of power that I’m not sure I ever could have imagined without experiencing it myself.

For me, King’s Vietnam speech is the most stirring in its truths. Especially how they relate to today. Truths that most Americans remain willfully-ignorant to today. Which is why we are still in the bargaining phase of dealing with the massive social, emotional, spiritual and physical violence of the corporate state machine.

If you haven’t listened to this speech in its entirety, or even if you have but it has been some period of time, I would encourage you to listen to it again.  It is likely the speech that got him killed. The link is here.  Instead of Vietnam, everything King noted is even more applicable to the world today. That includes the exaltation of profit over human life, endless war with the world, corporate exploitation, money and ego’s attachment to its own inanimate, worldy possessions of money, property, etc as more important than people. Or, for that matter, all life as it pertains to capitalism’s endlessly exploitative requirements.

posted by TimingLogic at 1:29 PM links to this post