Archive for November, 2007

The Meaning of Life

November 30, 2007

I hope you like this poem
I hope you learn a lot
I hope you become a better person
But even if you do
Keep your wallet in your pocket

I don’t want your money
I don’t want your respect
I don’t want your gratitude
I don’t want your fancy words
I don’t want you

All I want is dignity
All I want is to do what I want
All I want is to avoid starvation
To share love, to maybe have a family
To live well, and to live free

Stop honoring garbage times
Stop honoring garbage men
Your choice is not Lennon or Limbaugh
Stop imagining all the people
Start living your own life

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The rise of fascism in America

November 30, 2007

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Smörgåsbord

November 29, 2007

All you can eat buffet, no weigh
Weigh! 300+ TV channels, a savory delight
The endless supermarket, stocked to the brim
There is abundance everywhere

Don’t go outside, oh no, oh no, please no
Don’t see the dirty grime, don’t see the abandoned playground
Don’t see the angry cop, don’t see the forlorn wanderer
Wait! Marvel of marvels, the videogame! Come back inside

Play, play, dream of transformation, dream of digital hope
Let’s spend the next decade arguing about Grand Theft Auto
Let’s spend the decade after a smear on Tim Leary’s brain
Let’s spend the final decade in a glorious spiral

What’s next? What comes after in-your-face television?
What comes after movies blasting sound, furiously waving?
Surely an experience even more spastic, overwhelming
Surely an event to finally make us forget who we are

Poor Person

November 29, 2007

America is a class-less society, so you say
As you hold your nose out of range of homeless fumes
Those lazy bums, those good-for-nothings
Why should you support them?

America is a class-less society, you keep on saying
Those mansion-dwellers are all hard workers
Bold, brave, manly, entrepreneurs, with brilliant minds
Their homes reflect their grandeur

America is a class-less society, you say with a sigh
If only scum like poor people didn’t exist
If only they would shut up, disappear, be gone
Katrina was an excellent beginning

America is a class-less society, you say with a dream
One day you too will be rich, you’re on Wall Street
Visions of the wealthy keep you going
Visions of the poor make you depressed

America is a class-less society, it’s all been proven
So let’s talk about racism instead
Let’s talk about sexism, there’s a good topic
But capitalism? No, there’s no need to discuss that

Venezuela’s Bad Example

November 29, 2007

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Fear, Aggression, and Empire

November 28, 2007

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Liberate the United States

November 28, 2007

Save us, third worlders
Our people are zombies starved on a Fox News diet
Our men like their women well fucked and their enemies bloody
Our women like their Paris Hilton and its self-loathing
Our sheep have cloned themselves and put them on two legs
Our democracy is dead

Save us, third worlders
White kills black in endless war that the educated call “hate”
Black seethes with anger and resentment, rapes when he can
Is imprisoned when he cannot, whitey always smiles
Progressives tell us they are helping. Liberals tell us they care
They join NGOs and go exploit Africa

Save us, third worlders
Save Al Franken and his imitation of Rush Limbaugh
Save the worshippers of Mammon – they know not what they do
Save us, Latin America. Bring us the democracy we have forgotten
Liberate the United States

Human, all too Transhuman

November 27, 2007

Destructive weapons will end all war
In a world a mistake away from annihilation
Where everyone is terrified to strike their neighbor

After we’ve attained eternal peace let’s take the next step in humanity
Since we know so much about humanity
Since we know how to control human biology, and control is everything

Greater than human, better than human
Machines inside us to control our organs, enhance our muscle
Enhance our pleasure, a competitive edge
That’s what evolution is all about, the monsters say

Progress, human progress, scientific progress
Noone asks why – only how, when, and where
The posthuman a celebration – but of what?
Of mechanical function? Of longevity?

We take the human of which we hold little but ignorance
Modify him, alter him, into a state of permanent change
We attempt to control what we don’t understand
And feel pleasure at preventing that understanding

On the Annapolis summit

November 27, 2007

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Monstering

November 27, 2007

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More on the leaked Gitmo Manual

November 27, 2007

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A review of Nuclear Black Markets

November 27, 2007

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A good critique of The Shock Doctrine

November 27, 2007

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Syngenta: murder and private militias in Brazil

November 27, 2007

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Capitalist Woman

November 26, 2007

Must make my hair pretty, my eyes sparkle, my lips curve upward
Now to draw some meat into my comforting warmth
I like those violent men who bring me riches
My baby needs everything

I love rapists, the legal rapists they call “businessmen”
Do your raping out there, I demand to be treated with the utmost respect
Societal problems? Poverty? I’m just a sweet woman
I do no harm. They call me righteous and I agree
My baby deserves everything
My baby will receive everything

Gil-Scott Heron – Ain’t No New Thing

November 23, 2007

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Crosses made in sweatshops and what would Jesus buy?

November 23, 2007

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An address to defenders of capitalism – the latest report on Alberto Gonzales

November 23, 2007

Alberto Gonzales was paid $40,000 for a recent hour-long speech at the University of Florida – the amount made by 2 years of work for many laborers in America or the amount made by a lifetime of work in many other countries. That’s capitalism in a nutshell. It’s not so much “the rich get richer” as “the scum get richer”. Perhaps you call that “profit needed for poor Alberto’s survival”. Or perhaps you just call that “free market economics”. At $40,000 the market doesn’t seem so free… as the University of Florida is a public institution receiving public funds Florida and American taxpayers just paid for 3 years of scholarship money to go for one hour of scum speaking. Or perhaps you would call Gonzales a “hard worker”, a “success story”. Those lifetime laborers earning $40,000 are perhaps by your definition “lazy” or a “failure”.

The police quickly escorted a couple protestors from the same stage as Gonzales and arrested them. The same police wouldn’t so much as blink if those same protestors protested you or me. This is the capitalism you defend. Well done, sir. Perhaps you should consider who has a better effect on America, one hour of Alberto or two years of American work.

On the Neoconservatives as Socialists

November 23, 2007

This is part of a recent email. It re-iterates my stance on the Neoconservatives although little new information is found here for regular readers of my blog.

The Neoconservatives don’t use socialism, they are merely working in it’s favor, working towards it. Neoliberalism, perpetual war, and the threat of annihilation are their tools. The ultimate result will be armageddon/total enslavement or socialism.

To return to my Rocky example, the best way for a boxer to be knocked out is to keep punching Rocky. Eventually Rocky (the people of the world) gets super-pissed and explodes (socialism). However, the fact that it takes a bunch of punching to get Rocky pissed in the first place means an errant punch and Rocky is knocked out instead (global slavery or armageddon).

The closer the world gets to total slavery, the angrier Rocky gets. Yet the closer to total slavery, the weaker Rocky’s punches get. It’s difficult to see how this will all play out. There’s no fast-forward button on this movie.

As another analogy, take a look at the villain in Hollywood movies, not so much anymore but “old school” movies. The end of the movie features the villain pointing his gun at the hero – it appears to be all over. But then the villain starts some long speech about how great he is or explaining his plan which gives the hero time to do something sneaky or quick-witted and he shoots the villain instead. It’s the same principle – it’s an analysis that the motive of the villain is other than what it appears to be.

The Neoconservatives and those they have influenced are exceptionally bizarre people. Their rhetoric is ridiculous and paper-thin – pretty much everyone hates Bush and Cheney because they are so bad at being the “bad guy”. Clinton is a much better villain because he was actually good at deceiving people. The American people are incredibly angry – even you are angry and I bet no other administration has ever made you this angry. It’s not in the best interest of the government to enrage their people, democracy or not.

When I discovered that the Neoconservatives had been socialists in the 1960s (following Trotsky) everything started falling into place. Their rhetoric is pathetic because the American people are supposed to see through it. Alberto Gonzales is supposed to be mocked. Condoleeza Rice is supposed to make herself look like a fool. Dick Cheney is supposed to be a dark foreboding sinister figure. George Bush is supposed to horribly mangle the English language. These aren’t so much people as they are roles, and the end result is American revolution.

It’s no conspiracy – consciously they think they are acting in the interests of capitalism and polyarchy and all the rest. They’ve fooled everyone, themselves more than any. They are insane – except because they are rulers of the world they can’t be deemed insane just like they can’t be put in jail or even lose their jobs.

You might think this is great news for the left, but really it’s bad news for just about everyone. It’s never a good idea to have a group so incredibly self-deluded in the White House, regardless of what “deep down” position they might hold. Besides – the choice of armageddon, total slavery (under capitalism), or socialism isn’t exactly a version of Russian Roulette that anyone can support, regardless of political position. The only people who are really enjoying themselves nowadays are the religious fundamentalists, in America the Christian fundamentalists who masturbate to images of the rapture and armageddon. Their dreams feature them smiling, immersed in blessed white light, face upturned, leaving the world with a few others while the earth melts and burns into oblivion.

Autonomous Education

November 23, 2007

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Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona

November 23, 2007

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Calling off the pun-dits

November 23, 2007

Please, no more “between Iraq and a hard place” lines. It’s tired.

What is the Matrix?

November 22, 2007

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Overcoming Zionism II

November 22, 2007

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Transgression

November 21, 2007

So naughty, oh so naughty, another innuendo
So shocking! Sex, tits, fuck – we can make anything boring
We go anywhere – do everything – claim everyone
Paris Hilton, lesbians kissing, we’re so sophisticated
So cosmopolitan – every critic of us is a prude
Don’t you know that Puritanism is dominant? Haven’t we taught you?

There are no open spaces, no privacy
We always look inside you
We’re not curious, we’re just making sure
There’s not something being done that we haven’t already done