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Old April 29th, 2017, 05:21 AM   #61
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The American political system contains centers of power which were not envisioned by the old constitution and which that constitution, in practical terms, cannot control. The Central Bank, the lobbies of powerful monopolies, mass media whose ownership is dangerously concentrated, the CIA, the National Security Council, a military establishment with a life of its own, etc. etc. Whatever the theory may be, there is in fact a new constitution in which the aforementioned centers of power --- and others --- possess paramount dominance of our institutions. But this new de facto constitution serves the interests of the rich and powerful, not the interests of the majority of the American people.

As for the formal Constitution: You can strain and sweat until Doomsday and you will not be able to cure the corruption and crime which dominate the present system of American governance. The criminals --- the war criminals --- are too firmly fixed in the seats of power. If a constitution is so unsophisticated that it cannot guard against such a situation arising, and cannot cure it when it has arisen, then I would say that it has failed.

To me, this all seems pretty obvious. I would expect even children to understand it.

For instance: under what circumstances would the Constitution worshipers say that the Constitution has failed? In their minds, is it possible to conceive that the Constitution has failed, under any circumstances?

I think, twenty years ago, many would have said the Constitution a failure if habeas corpus were to be abrogated. Now, apparently, the bar for failure has been set higher. Could the Constitution be said to have failed if the crimes of the Neo-cons were to be left unpunished? What if the Kennedy Assassination, the 9/11 incident and the anthrax attacks turned out to be the work of a cabal inside the American government? If martial law were to be declared for an open-ended, indeterminate period, could we then say that the Constitution no longer existed? If the government formed a plot to use a nuclear weapon on an American city in order to drive a hysterical population into accepting a dictatorship (while preserving many of the forms of the Old Constitution, of course) ---- would that be the straw which would break the camel's back? Is there any set of circumstances which would force the Constitution worshipers to say, "The government of the Old Constitution is finished"?
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Is somehow managing to chronically living in a fantasy world euphoric for you? Just curious!

Or does it get boring at times?

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Old May 2nd, 2017, 04:36 PM   #62
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When I was a child, the downtown area of Los Angeles (near City Hall) had an almost German neatness and orderliness. Middle class people in good clothes enjoyed strolling through the area with their families. At Christmas time it turned into an illuminated fairyland---the store windows were a beguiling succession of animated scenes with clockwork manequins---again, much as you would have seen in Germany before WWII.

Today, the same area looks more like Germany after the War!---shabby, seedy and dangerous! There were streets that I would not care to venture down, with youth gangs stampeding to-and-fro engaged in their incomprehensible struggles for Lebensraum.

The whole scene would have fitted in quite well in some violence-torn third-world country.
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 04:44 PM   #63
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When I was a child, the downtown area of Los Angeles (near City Hall) had an almost German neatness and orderliness. Middle class people in good clothes enjoyed strolling through the area with their families. At Christmas time it turned into an illuminated fairyland---the store windows were a beguiling succession of animated scenes with clockwork manequins---again, much as you would have seen in Germany before WWII.

Today, the same area looks more like Germany after the War!---shabby, seedy and dangerous! There were streets that I would not care to venture down, with youth gangs stampeding to-and-fro engaged in their incomprehensible struggles for Lebensraum.

The whole scene would have fitted in quite well in some violence-torn third-world country.
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The area obviously was nice and new back in the roaring 20's.

It goes both ways; there are a lot of areas that were once rough neighborhoods, but now are upscale - hello?!
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 05:07 PM   #64
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Obviously the right thing to do, the most sensible and most economical solution, is to give everyone a guaranteed annual income just above the poverty level, and then let people work for anything above that, if they so choose. Canada already guarantees a minimum income to everyone above the age of 65. A similar program would merely need to be extended to everyone else.

At one stroke you eliminate most of the potential crime and chaos, and you get rid of the vast, wasteful bureaucracy which is set up by the Right-thinking People, who are terrified that some support, by mistake, might be given to the undeserving poor. The undeserving poor! Those Right-thinking, whited sepulchres! Those hypocrites! As if they, or anyone else, could say who is undeserving or not ---- at least until the scroll of time is wound up and all things are known.

A bare guaranteed annual income would end the hopelessness of millions and permit them to have the energy to find a new way of living. Tens of millions would be able to escape the urban slums and poverty traps of America's miserable cities. Many would leave the cities; the countryside would be rejuvenated as people sought places where housing and food costs were lower. Many would start growing their own food; they would have the independence to be able to organize socially, join together in productive co-operatives.

Ah! There is the rub! There is the reason that the vampires who rule Amerika will fight maniacally to prevent any sensible solution to social problems. The poor would be independent! The vampires would lose their ability to tell them what to do! The poor would be productive! In their own way! Doing what they want to do! The vampires demand that the slaves work only on their plantations, fulfill only their needs and wants. The people would organize! Intolerable! say the vampires; all power must belong to the ranks of the living dead, to the blood-gorged leeches who imagine that they rule the world!

One can be free only if one is independent. And one is independent only if one has the resources to survive the Boss's displeasure if one needs to tell the Boss to go to Hell.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 02:43 PM   #65
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In the face of the general disaster that constitutes the present United States of America, what should a conscientious American do?

First, I would strongly advise that he or she do nothing heroic. Bernard Shaw, as usual, was right when he wrote:

"We do not want good men and bad men any more than we want giants and dwarfs.
What we do want is a high quality for our normal: that is, people who can be much better
than what we now call respectable, without self-sacrifice. Conscious goodness,
like conscious muscular effort, may be of use in emergencies, but for everyday national use
it is negligible; and its effects on the character of the individual may easily be disastrous."

---George Bernard Shaw, Getting Married, preface

Moreover, when Americans try to be heroic, the result is usually disaster, since, in general, they lack the moral discipline, mental training, education and culture which are necessary for intelligent action.

Instead, I recommend Numan's Guide to Moral Action:

"Don't just do something, stand there!"

As Lao-zi so wisely remarked, the Sage does not add to his knowledge, he subtracts from it!

The American, if he is to be fit to do anything, must throw away everything he "learned" about politics and society and history when childhood "education" was inflicted upon him or her. This garbage consisted almost entirely of lies and misinformation: an American who is to be worth anything must start out entirely afresh. Thorough research into the language and culture of at least one foreign nation is essential to expand the pitifully narrowed mental horizons of the average American. Living and working (but not in the American military or an American enclave!) for an extended period in a foreign country would be very advisable.

Above all, the conscientious American would school himself in the workings of the Brainwashing Machine so as to innoculate himself against the poisonous toxins which it generates in the mental apparatus of Americans. A good rule of thumb is that everything in the Mass Media and Info-tainment is lies, half-truths, misrepresentation, and only serving to increase the wealth and power of America's evil ruling class. One should cultivate a feeling of surprise when anything true appears in the Mass Media, and speculation as to what machinations are being served by so unusual an event.

Having de-toxified his mind and, despite his American education, having learned something about the world, the purified American should---do nothing! "They also serve who stand and wait." For many Americans, this would be the hardest part of the whole process. They are trained to be busy-bodies, constantly poking into things and interfering in what they do not understand and cannot help.

If history tells us anything, it is that societies have enormous inertia, which individuals, and even large groups of people, are powerless to alter. Our ancestors were, and we are, chained to a juggernaut which must inevitably careen over a cliff into the abyss. We are powerless to affect this inevitable fate. Perhaps, in the future, people will achieve the intelligence and cohesion of effort which are necessary to alter this characteristic of human civilization, but we are far, far from that happy change in human affairs.

It is not easy to reject comforting illusions and face these facts with clear eyes---especially for the mentally indolent American, so given to wishful thinking. But to rise above foolishness and the evil tendencies of American society, it must be done. Only then can the real preparation for a better future begin.

The purified, educated, cultured and morally elevated American will: criticize! Criticize! CRITICIZE! He or she will criticize with implacable rigor the sins of commission and omission of his unregenerate, depraved fellow citizens! He or she will join with other enlightened people for study, reflection and planning for a reformed society---but still they will do nothing! To attempt to reform a society as far sunk into corruption and degradation as that of the United States is a sure way to attract the wrath of the vampires and ghouls who rule this Empire of Folly, and be destroyed!

Instead, the wise will join together and prepare a "Plan B," to be implemented at an optimum future moment. Then, when the present ruling class have achieved their intricate ritual of self-destruction, instead of the usual chaos and anarchy that supervenes when a society collapses, the wise will have a program and an organization which may have some frail hope of advancing the cause of human improvement.

"Life is short, craft is long,
The opportune moment is critical,
The attempt is perilous,
And the judgment is difficult."

---Hippocrates of Cos
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Old May 5th, 2017, 04:42 AM   #66
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"We have seen the enemy, and they are us."

Why would any external enemy bother invading the USA, when Americans are doing such a good job of destroying their own country?
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The enemy is within.

This includes leftists and liberals that hate their own country. Foreigners who move here , yet hate the country they move to.
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