Monthly Archives: October 2013

On War – part 2

When studying the ways by which a population, even a modern population – especially a modern population – can be motivated to embrace war, it is easy to see that the influence of tribalism and hatred of the other is as powerful now as at any time in history. Indeed, one only has to examine the relative ease by which the American public was led into a “global war against terror” and, specifically, into supporting aggression against a country with no provable ties to the events of 9/11, to know that these old tropes are alive and well.
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On War – part 1

The mind, upon processing the guttural vocalization that it verbally identifies with the uniquely human concept of war in our innumerable societies and languages, surfaces many different images. For some of us, the internal visualization of war brings forth the idealized glory of heroism, honor, and valor on the battlefield. For others, it is a reminder of the human costs – the despair, the unforgettable stench of human bodies, mixed with fear and death, the destruction of sometimes centuries of hard sweat and labor in the few moments it takes a bomb to drift down, without mercy, from the sky. And for some, who have never fallen for the grandeur or lived through the fear, the word is merely some abstract concept, like death itself, perhaps – conceptualized by the brain as a placeholder for that which only exists on the periphery, in the realm of stories and images seen while idly surfing through the Internet, until it comes to find them.
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Bleeding heart, and proud of it!

Well, it’s official!

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Creating a monster with nothing to fear

Contrary to popular opinion, our moneyed elite has no desire to destroy our democracy. Indeed, why would they? They have been extremely well compensated by being a part of the richest economic system in the history of the world. However, they do like to maintain control, and it seems that the procedure for accomplishing this is relatively straight forward in the U.S. version of a representative democracy, if rather time consuming to implement. To wit:
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