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More world views, insights, thoughts, observations and this is what I intended to say….

10/03/2015

It should be painfully obvious to anyone awake that the world has been taken over by corporations. From food, energy, medicine, entertainment, banking and so on, we are living in the ‘age of cartels.’

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The more clearly you understand the nature of a problem the more clearly you can then articulate the solution. For example, there is the trend for entities like governments to strive for ever more power (by all kinds of devious means) to send further up the pyramid. The only counteraction to that is to decentralize and localize power and bring that power back down the pyramid—back down to largely powerless individuals. The basic ethical principle for the construction of a political ideology should be voluntary participation (informed by the non-aggression principle and the golden rule—a good thing to live by) as the legitimate basis for human interaction amongst adults—that’s all that matters, and it is the answer to the trend of ever increasing concentrated power held by governments. The only way to counter the centralization of power is by decentralization and the only ethical principle that we can rely on is voluntary participation.

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We live in an era where the rulers fight to control what you believe, using technology that would have made Goebbels drool. We live in an era where independent thought is now a radical act in itself. ~Duncan Roads (2014) NEXUS Magazine

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In a world where meaning is malleable, you can twist the truth however you want. You can create a story to make worthwhile endeavours look bad. You can make harmful practices appear attractive.

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When the individual falls away from the cultural fabric like this, he finds himself completely isolated in an egotistically inflated private world. The restlessness, the discontents, the excesses, the formlessness and meaninglessness of a purely egocentric life – are the unhappy results… Following the collapse of the archetypal canon, single archetypes then take possession of men and consume them like malevolent demons. Typical and symptomatic of this transitional phenomenon is the state of affairs in America, though the same holds good for practically the whole western hemisphere. Every conceivable sort of dominant rules the personality, which is a personality only in name. The grotesque fact that murderers, brigands, gangsters, thieves, forgers, tyrants, and swindlers, in a guise that deceives nobody, have seized control of collective life is characteristic of our time. Their unscrupulousness and double-dealing are recognised – and admired. Their ruthless energy they obtain at best from some stray archetypal content that has got them in its power. The dynamism of a possessed personality is accordingly very great, because, in its one-track primitivity, it suffers from none of the differentiations that make men human. Worship of the “beast” … prevails wherever one-sidedness, push, and moral blindness are applauded, i.e., wherever the aggravating complexities of civilized behaviour are swept away in favour of bestial rapacity. One has only to look at the educative ideals now current in the West.

The possessed character of our financial and industrial magnates, for instance, is psychologically evident from the very fact that they are at the mercy of a suprapersonal factor – “work,” “power,” “money,” or whatever they like to call it – which, in the telling phrase, “consumes” them and leaves them little or no room as private persons. Coupled with a nihilistic attitude towards civilization and humanity there goes a puffing up of the ego-sphere which expresses itself with brutish egotism in a total disregard for the common good and in the attempt to lead an egocentric existence, where personal power, money, and “experiences” – unbelievably trivial, but plentiful – occupy every hour of the day. ~Erich Neumann (1995) Origin and History of Consciousness, Bollingen Foundation, Princeton University Press pp. 391-392

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We can live without the fear of terrorism — but only if the western governments stop antagonizing foreign populations that have never threatened us.

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The end result of complete cellular representation is cancer. Democracy is cancerous, and bureaus are its cancer. A bureau takes root anywhere in the state, turns malignant like the Narcotic Bureau, and grows and grows, always reproducing more of its own kind, until it chokes the host if not controlled or excised. Bureaus cannot live without a host, being true parasitic organisms. (A cooperative on the other hand can live without the state. That is the road to follow. The building up of independent units to meet needs of the people who participate in the functioning of the unit. A bureau operates on opposite principles of inventing needs to justify its existence.) Bureaucracy is wrong as a cancer, a turning away from the human evolutionary direction of infinite potentials and differentiation and independent spontaneous action to the complete parasitism of a virus. (It is thought that the virus is a degeneration from more complex life-form. It may at one time have been capable of independent life. Now has fallen to the borderline between living and dead matter. It can exhibit living qualities only in a host, by using the life of another — the renunciation of life itself, a falling towards inorganic, inflexible machine, towards dead matter.) Bureaus die when the structure of the state collapse. They are as helpless and unfit for independent existence as a displaced tapeworm, or a virus that has killed the host. ~William Burroughs (1959) Naked Lunch pp. 112-113

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Terrorism (noun) – a propaganda term used to manufacture anti-Muslim sentiment, which in turns “justifies” worldwide military adventures to extract natural resources from weaker, Muslim-majority countries. The term terrorism is deployed only when Muslims are behind the act, because this is part of the state and media’s programme of dehumanizing the Other and controlling the public mind to think that Muslim enemies “out there” must be crushed. By using this construct of terrorism, the state and media, who are typically in cahoots, perpetuate the false idea that Muslims are more inclined to violence. This conceptualization, which paints the Muslim as “barbarian,” gives credence to warfare, which bolsters the military industrial complex and the expansion of other imperial interests around the world.

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Most, if not all, [unawake] people will defend the indefensible almost like an immediate reflex response.

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These four karmas bind humanity into a collective karma that I call the global-ego. It’s consumerism, violence and titillation, corruption, lies, abuse the status quo and evil. Essentially it is the spiritual bankruptcy of the soul that Deepak Chopra speaks of, a bankruptcy driven by self-interest, greed and of the curse of silent fears. ~Stuart Wilde

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