Yes it's been a while and I hope you'll appreciate a noble cause as the purpose for my departure, for my incapacity to appreciate a real world hell bent on ignoring history, ignoring the past and, instead, attempting to change the future by, per se, "voting for Barrabas."
1) Even though French intellectuals such as Jean Francois Lyotard moved away from their far left tenets to denounce the capacity of the "Liberal Elite" through the meta narrative of science having only itself to claim as witness to its legitimacy – The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, twelfth printing 1999;
2) Even though Jean Baudrillard explains the simulacra, the hyperrealty created by our lost referentials through modeling which reality compels itself to conform to, referentials which are lost to resurrections of these references in these models that no longer compare themselves to anything, no longer carry contrast and thus are devoid of meaning, a means to deny the sentient free enlightenment reformation individual, again, their capacity to be sentient--buying by impulse our modis operandi, just as the shopper in the mall – Simulacra & Simulation, USA 2000;
3) Even though Albert Jay Nock has written most eloquently of how, throughout history and irrespective of nation, governments have been the gutter, the sewer source, for assuring these above means are always at the disposal of power through claims of "efficiency" and "what's best for the community/people/nation," and that shifting the sense of authority is what these means carry out, that these means are used purposefully to shift equity from the hands of the people (whose authority to have such control derives from The Enlightenment) to government, to a centralization of equity and liquidation of civil ownership by society go permissible uses issued by government along with their rules to retain such use--a re-branding of the same political means under feudal society, under the guise of "equality, or "equal treatment of all peasants," "government distribution" of that which the individual produced and government took, property that, again, due to The Enlightenment, belongs to the individual--the inherent effect of a constant losing of property, of authority, the rewards of one's own hard work a lessening of their belief and use of their sentience, or better said, an acceptance of "normal," of "conformity," of not "making waves" irrespective of this most certain trespass – Our Enemy The State, 1973 (original copyright 1935); and,
4) Even though Robert Lefevre has well published the replies to his letters explaining the illegality of those elected due to the self-contradictory capacity of office to the entire U.S. Congress – The Power of Congress (as Congress Sees it), 1976,
there remains a lack of understanding of what government means: merely the collective organization of the political means, the power of influence and taking of aggressive action of gain, from the people for government's own purpose, that of more influence. This is the defining purpose and meaning of government throughout history, and America through capitalism was to change this dynamic forever.
But you see the first 2 authors above give us one aspect of the reasons for this persistent pursuance of the individual: The limitation of independent thought, of the type of thought that the notion of freedom derives from. One cannot want to be free if they cannot think independent of the self-legitimizing "institutions" of thought, of invention and "acceptable theory," the rule-makers of what reason derives of based on its capacity to support a metastatement of legitimacy as a reference referencing the metastatement as it's means--a round robin of exhaustion leading to acquiescence if ever challenged due to an entire "community" agreeing by political processes as to the "pronounced" scientific theory, anything else has no official meaning and thus generates no funding potential in grants.
For example, the terms "to study the effect of widgets on global warming" will garner more reviews of a proposal and thus more opportunity at multiple funding sources than any other catch phrase of the reviews of these things for funding at universities, corporations, and, most important, government bureaucracies.
Now by models and hyperrealities which appeal to our convenience and nothing else (much like the channel changer can change the mood based on the show being viewed), we lack the willingness to consider what is occurring as anything but "good" for us. Speed of achievement being the divine measure of what is or is not efficient within the so-called, "bottom line," a term of phrase to invoke mathematics and the notion that there is some sort of precise engineering at work--perhaps "social engineering?"
In light of the loss of reference, the liquidation of the signs and meanings of signs from history, many of which carry lessons of moral character, how can one deny for an instant that social engineering is all that is afoot now, and, precisely because we've rolled over so easily, we've said by "permissible" protest, "We cannot fight city hall." That is the sound bellowing from the megaphones in simultaneity with the notation of injustices and reasons we must band together to be here in this government permitted protest, their venue to allow us to vent without paying ANY mind to what we've had to say but what is to their advantage, to their justification as government. Yes the government adopts the analyst approach, to only hear in what we say what they can suggest a solution to as "our" problem, that we have to change. This is the whole mechanism of the "intelligence" community as the term is used in government isn't it? To gain insights into enemies, and a free people are the enemy to government's purpose, as far back as history goes, whether in mythical writings or tablets from Mesopotamia, the consistent purpose of government, from it's inception throughout various economic models and regimes including today.
Thus, why the importance of at least electing those to power who believe in limited government, particularly acclaimed Constitutional Scholars who recognize the words of the 10th Amendment for what they say and not as an interpretation subject to their whim and the political balance of the U.S. Supreme Court which was intended from the very beginning not to be subject to any politicization.
And now we come to 4, where the Congress of the United States, consisting of both House of Representatives and The Senate, through the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, become one body of popularly elected representatives with the sole purpose to liquidate states’ rights, to liquidate the influence of the nation's diversity upon the actions of national government.
The Federal Reserve Act liquidated the Several States' independent treasuries and valuation, the 16th Amendment, thereafter, provided the authority of the National Government to use the 3rd party note structure of the Federal Reserve Act as a licensed use subject to the National Government's scrutiny as revenue--a gain derived from use of the note as a loan, a "legal tender." And finally the 17th Amendment, where the Governors of each of the several states appointed their 2 Senators pursuant to the Founding Fathers' design to assure the states had a weighty say in assuring legislation that passed the House as the will of the people would then receive proper review to assure it did not impinge on state rights while also not granting the national government too much power, changed National Senatorial seats to a popular elective process. A final blow in liquidating the political influence of the state on national affairs, and a decisive blow against federalism.
Taken together can you see how we got here? Can you see why the national government has a budget that is 50% higher than we had when prosecuting the Iraq War? Can you see how this will automatically result in more currency afloat, and going into the coffers of unions and other enemies of capitalism who are using the system against itself to achieve access to the political means? However, can you also see how this undermines the very weight of value of our nation, to the point of implosive destruction, to where the endless torment of the demise of our individuality and freedom will bring us to look to the very same people who brought it upon us to fix it? Can you see that we are being drawn into "puppetdom," to be mastered by our servant government, a servant government meant not to provide "programs" but to assure our individual goals are met, and thereby, our individual liberties?
Why "Vietnaganistan, Yippie?" you ask, well this era was the era of implosion, of inward reversion and liquidation of the references that made America an industrious country, that time when people chose to invent, to design, to make their own destiny. Now many hope for this or that or the other government program/grant/contract, fully programmed to rely on government, for their sustanence, their future, their "meal ticket." The "Yippies," the narcissistic "street theatre" artist who, through their parents' money, weren't in the war, but, bored and lacking self esteem, saw an opportunity to gain the notoriety they had always wanted, oddly, by denouncing what saved them from being subjected to JFK's Vietnam, again, their parents money, derived by capitalism.
However while wearing their precious "peace"signs, these "yippies" (Chihuahua like I assure you) were more than happy to spit in the faces of our soldiers coming home, to throw feces at them, and even knock them off their crutch or throw them out of their wheel chairs. How peaceful. How much more arrogantly perfect could their demonstration of self-absorption be, to hold soldiers accountable for a war the politicians chose to manage, soldiers who were drafted or had to go to prison if they did not want to live other than in the United States of America in rejecting their draft notice, and, all the while Washington managing and politicizing the war for government's purposes. Let us not forget those soldiers, whose time to heal and be welcomed by all of us as our American Brothers for a job well done in fighting for our country with honor no matter the outcome of the war they had little to do with starting, managing, or finishing. But also, let us not forget the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, and now Pakistan, where Russia failed to achieve success with an army even better suited by growing up in the region to succeed. Vietnaganistan is our next Vietnam if Washington, does not provide everything our soldiers need, any shortfall in the amount of troops, or other support requested by the commanders on the ground IS Vietnam all over again.
In closing, I hope you find those books and review them for yourselves. It has been an honor to share their titles with you and please do thank every soldier you see, every soldier you run into, as I have committed to do with something like this:
"Thank you for your service, for all that you have done for me and my family. We owe you a debt that can never be repaid, and please do extend and share this thank you with all in your family who have sacrificed as well as you, for we owe them just as well."
They need to know and hear in no uncertain terms that we, the people, do not begrudge them their service, whether drafted or not, that we recognize their sacrifice was not a sacrifice alone but by family, neighbors, friends, and whomsoever that soldier was important to, and their absence while serving noted.
May God Bless us all, thank you for reading,
Thursday 14 May 2009