And I refulse to believe Texas is a state until Rick Perry’s prayer visuals tell me his big JC in the sky says it is! (and I want it in writing… perferably blood from “the body of christ”)
An open thought to the world of tumblr and Ron Paul:
I have discovered the best way to get people to read what you write here is to say something about libertarians and/or Ron Paul. I admire the convictions of these (Caucasians so far) in their ability to see things from such a single point of view, and how they can so easily dismiss my thoughts, while the way in which they dismiss them is in such the same manner as they say my “tripe” is. (to varying degrees, some are nicer than others, but generally it is still condescending… much like your platform… and SLAM!!).
Seriously though, Ron Paul, if you could only get the rest of your country to drink your coolaid…. oh and maybe read something besides your books and the typical ones they bring up that I should read. Come on Ron, I know your an intelligent man (no seriously I really think you are), and I am sure in your long, distinguished life you have read so much more on all ideas of thought…. so tell them to get out there and read something, see the world a bit, explore ideas of thought… from different cultures far far away from your military industrial complex…. and the best of luck to you in your election. From what I see you are the sanest of the lot that is being offered on your side (not necessarily a compliment when I see what your up against). In one way I hope you could win, I would love to see this “libertarian” idea your followers love so much be really showcased so people could see that it is not libertarian at all… Just like you don’t live in a democracy and there is no such thing as communist… I could go on but this is a photo posting. Seems to me, a libertarian with no notion of being able to question their own ideas (as I do daily), is just a …. Rick Perry or Mitt Romney (oops, now I am in for it from that big J guy in the sky and the “stop the hatin’ on corporations are people too, no I don’t have three wives…yet, ” group).
Libertarianism or How I can have it both ways (and ignore the fact that I am screwing someone)
I use to call myself a libertarian. You know, back when I also thought that word “atheist” actually meant you had no belief. How times (and my maturity) have changed. As I began to age, read, travel, learn and understand more and more about the world we live in and the animal species we call human my thoughts began to evolve and I began to see that this thing called “libertarian” is very much like this idea from India called “Nirdvandva”. (but more about that later). Living in the Asian region for the past decade has also allowed me to see the changes that have occurred , both in the west, and the east from a different perspective than many people whom live in that bubble of the west may not have seen. While I am not surprised at the backlash that has taken hold in many western nations over what is perceived as failed policies, broken leadership and rampant corporate fraud, what does surprise me is people whom still hold tight to this idea that Libertarianism is the way to go. More surprising than that to me, are people whom still believe that there is such a thing as libertarianism. At one time, perhaps, but in the climate of the world today, it is very unlikely such a thing really exists (if it ever really did at all… and really, I don’t think it ever actually has.)
So-called Libertarians seems to take pride in statements like “we can disagree on many things, but still get things done… not like the bipartisanship of the political parties we see now”.
To that I say… hogwash. The main flaw with libertarianism (to me) is the fact that most of the people whom CLAIM to be one, do so from a place that does not actually take in the BIG picture of everything. They gloat about the fact that they have the answers in… freedom for everyone and governments staying out of all personal concerns. They have catch phrases that look good when spoken, but in practice are just as divisive and ill thought out as those of the people they argue against (that in itself seems to go against the grain of their ideas as they should allow others to want what they want, but they forget they are just like everyone else. They want the world in the way they see things ). If one listens to Libertarians, they sound strangely what one would call “conservative” on ideas of business and financial things and “liberal” on ideas of personal freedoms and social issues. I have no problem with either of these ideas as it does seem that in the world today, these would seem to be the most prudent and best ways to think about society. But on the other hand, it is precisely these views that trip up the libertarian and exposes the catch 22 of their ill thought out and very centric thinking policies. Social issues can (and are) THE thorn in their side, and having them tied to financial responsibility is a death sentence for the movement in any way because time and time again they contradict each other.
On a very basic level, for libertarians to say ”we want no government interference in personal affairs and we want to dictate our self what we can/cannot do” basically means …..no, I don’t of want that, I don’t like that and I don’t think that I should have to put up with that (and fake gods forbid I should have to pay some TAXES for it).
Now, I am not an expert, and I have never did a formal study (I have seen some statistics, but nothing conclusive), but I would venture to guess that the majority of those that call themselves this word are… Caucasian. At least a large portion of them. And of that large portion, many of them probably are stable, or at least more stable, financially then others around them, and so therein lies one of the biggest reasons to be a libertarian… to keep what you have and to make more. Libertarianism is yet another thought of people whom have and want to keep and another idea that comes from (a shrinking) western power base.
Libertarians are all about small government, no interference in private affairs, low taxes, and personal freedom to do what one wants to do. All great things when one looks at them in a general sense of the ideas. Sure, who wants anyone telling you what to do, who wants to work hard and give large chunks of your pay to the government and who wants the miles of red tape that comes with government programs?
Well, in many cases, for one. Me. I take pride in knowing that I can be a part of the world. I take pride in knowing that in some small (perhaps not so significant way) my taxes can even some playing field. I know I am part of a system that allows corporations to have a free hand, and if I was a libertarian I would want to take my ideas and put the money behind them to even up the playing field (but wait that seems to go directly against their ideas all together). I take solace in knowing that their are agencies that are there to make sure that my food is of a standard, my health is taken care of in some ways, my ability to move (because I choose to not own a vehicle as my way to cut down on my own personal consumption of fossil fuels) is easier with mass transit, that persons can have the chance to learn and expand their thoughts… the list goes on. Is there waste in these programs? Could these programs be better managed and run? Sure, there is ALWAYS room for improvements and better structure, but I am not for the scrapping of them in this strange idea that by doing so it is giving me more personal freedoms and smaller governments means putting money into my pocket. That does not seem to be the way to allow everyone to have the ability to do what libertarian social policy seems to dictate. The world runs on money, and Libertarians seem to forget that we are the ones that created this so why is it that we don’t give all people the chance to be a part of that? Libertarians, why not do something REALLY libertarian and call for the ceasing of the use of money all together? Call for the need to really be equal. Because you know that if it is not money it would be something else that we would use as a tool of power over another (like in the past with gold, pepper, spices, and so forth)? Because you don’t want to loose what you have?
Libertarians seem to be coming from a place where everyone is equal. We don’t need subsidies, we don’t need higher taxes, we don’t need government intervention, we don’t need regulating… why? Because we can do it ourselves. We can make sure all of these things happen for all people, in a balanced, equal and righteous way.
Hello dear world…. no…. we can’t.
Humans are like any other creature. Darwin, was the first to document in great detail our “survival ethics”, but anyone with a clear head (not wacked out on some religious god-takes-the-wheel, mantra), should be able to see that down through time humans have always been about survival, just like all species. Translation? We want to succeed and in doing so we (often) do what we need to do to get what we want. Sounds draconian and pessimistic? No, to me it sound like being a realist about the state of whom we are.
Human beings are the only animal on this planet that kill for the sake of killing. We are the only animal on this planet, that taken out of the equation and the cycle of the earth, would not cause ill effect or disrupt the pattern of another thing on earth. In fact, taken off this planet, this planet would thrive and move back into a place of a more natural and equal evolution. We are, in essence the disease of this planet. Libertarians (like all political ideas of thought) seem to forget that. They suffer from Nirdvandva… the absence of an opposite. At least with the ideas of Liberals, Conservatives, Communists, Socialists, (call it whatever you will), you basically know where they stand. Libertarians take this high moral ground of stating… we are for everyone’s right to self determination… but that totally takes “the other” out of the equation. It disregards that humans self determination often runs in direct conflict to another’s and it disregards what we do as humans to have what we want.
Let us look a little closer with some specifics. Ron Paul, the libertarian Dali Lama, is for self determination and no government interference in state affairs, but at the same time he is for limiting (strictly) access by persons from other countries that come to the United States illegally. Here is a perfect example of the catch 22 of the libertarian position. By this logic, it means, you have a right to be and do what you want… just not in MY country. Hmmmmm, it seems if libertarians were really what they state then they would be all for the dismantling of the entire idea of borders of any type. Should not freedom of movement be a basic libertarian idea? Libertarians are for no government interference, so what is it exactly they think will happen with business? Do they really think that business is not unlike us? It is a product of us and hence it is designed to succeed at any cost, just like us. If, as Libertarians state, everyone has the right to self determination, does it not then seem logical that those from the have not areas would want to move to and be a part of the have places? But by then limiting access, it seems your policies fly in their own face and totally contradict the basis of what you are saying.
Libertarians, like all other parties, don’t see it that way. They hide their ignorance of the way the world runs behind ideas of… in a libertarian world, we will be able to do what we want, eat what we want, live how we want, pray to whom we want, etc etc etc. And so I ask, … how? All actions have a reaction, all movement a counter movement, all ideas a hundred, million, hundred-million opposing thoughts. How is it we can all live this Utopian libertarian dream? The only way is to admit the obvious. In order for some to have, some cannot. In order for some to succeed, others will have to fail. In short, in order to live a libertarian lifestyle, one must live with like minded people in their own existence. All good and fine if we had the planets to do that, but we don’t. We all live on this one. All things that have come to pass, are derived from US, humans. Nature does play a role, for sure, but the majority of issues, are products of our doing, and I don’t see how this so called “libertarian” way of living addresses the fact that the playing field is not even and that it can never be in the system we live in (or the one that the libertarians seem to want either).
I must ask all those whom call themselves libertarian and live in the United States. If you are for freedom of expression of ones religion, then are you ready to take the word “god” off your money, out of your national anthem and away from your courts (so help you god)? I would venture to say not. You would of course say.. well you are trampling on my right to express my views. No, I am not, what i am trying to show is that once again your libertarian ideas are in direct contradiction of themselves. You have the right to express your ideas of whatever god you want, but to say others do in a system where YOUR god is on your money, in your song, at the end of every presidential speech, in your courts etc etc etc, how can you say in all honesty this idea of equal freedom of expression can be achieved? It cannot.
I could go on and on (ban on smoking, ideas of killing animals, etc etc etc), but I will not. Suffice to say, that while I have always found “libertarian” ideas appealing because I do believe in ones right to self determination and expression, I also am a realist and a person whom lives in society, therefore I know that it is not “libertarianism” at all, it is separation of us all and in fact a classes idea that libertarianism espouses.. not unlike any other political idea of thought. Libertarians are, in short, human. Call themselves what they want, they are just another party that is trying to have the world the way that THEY want the world, not a world for all of us…. and so while it may be nice to live in this world of Nirdvandva, and indeed it would be, being we live on this planet at this time in our evolution and with the thinking process we have, this reality is not possible at all. So call yourself a libertarian if you must, espouse how you have the right way for us all to live… all the answers, but at the end of the day, try to understand that what you forward is not much different than anyone else, just wrapped to look (and make you feel) like it is.
(Fake gods) HELP ME… I’m stuck!!!
So here we all sit… victims of our own accord. You know who I am talking about. Oh sure, it would be the easy way out for me to say “wait a minute, it was the banks the corporations, the fat cats that caused this all”, and yes, you would be right… they did, and for the most part, they got away with it…. but to that I say; anyone whom lives in a country in any “western” nation that bought into the whole idea of “having it all” and buying, buying, buying… your to blame. Anyone whom voted for those that allowed the deregulation of everything, your to blame. Libertarians, your to blame. Conservatives, your to blame. Liberals, your to blame. Anyone who used their home as a credit card, your to blame. Anyone who thought that it WAS necessary to live like someone whom ACTUALLY DID have more money than you, your to blame. Anyone that lived their lives in the “housewives of… wherever… vain of life, your to blame. Anyone who saw how the banks had us bent over and penetrated deeply and thought “well if they can do it, so can I”, your to blame. Anyone whom did not see that this making of money, and this buying buying buying could not be sustained, your to blame. Anyone that continued to support parties in their countries that insisted on this crazy idea of more tax cuts for business and the rich because they would create jobs, your to blame. Anyone who did not see we need more money in education (of all types), your to blame. Anyone that did not see financing war after war after WAR would bankrupt your military industrial complex, your to blame (need I go on?)…… but I digress
Weeks ago we all watched in shock as the streets of England became ablaze in a sea of anger. Fingers were pointed on all sides, reasons discussed at political round-tables but nothing really has changed. England is a country in crisis, and the “kids for kicks” free for all masked the fact that England is a country dealing with racial, religious, economic, generational, and deep social issues. Norway showed us that yes, whitey can also be a fanatical religious freak in the vain of what many said only came from the middle east (how easy they forget history), The United States has shown us that in times of deep economic crisis (created by the US), one should turn to radical, religious, science doubting tea baggers to pull the country out of the grips of that “non-American Muslim/African/whatever/CHANGE” guy they elected in a knee jerk (someone please help us get the f+&k out of this mess” reaction to the brain dead thing they had before him……
…and then there is Greece. The country that like so many others drank the cool-aid and saw the future paved with riches (and deregualtion). That is a country people that is seriously messed up (as is the United States but unlike the US, Greece is not too big to fail).
Greece is showing us daily that a country can be in crisis and have major issues to deal with, Just like everyone else, but not trash the local Sony or Diesel store in a show of “defiance” nor turn to people whom pray to the heavens for help or spend their entire time attempting to blame anyone (homosexuals, single mothers, Muslims etc) but themselves. Greece seems me to be the one country in all of this that is actually an adult, and it is the one country that will most probably be the biggest game changer for Europe and consequently the rest of the world in the next few years….
But let us return to the central issue. Bandages have been pulled out around the world once again and applied to a cut that deepens by the day. First it was… bailouts…now it is austerity… what is next?
How about a dose of reality. I mean REAL reality.
The rich are getting richer, the poor poorer, and the middle class is practically non existent. Western nations have lived beyond their means for as long as they can now, and like it or not ALL of them will have to pull back. Eastern nations should not be expected to follow the same road as western (buy buy buy) to save your western asses (and capital portfolio), so here is what we should do…
Put down that credit card and understand that a change needs to happen. Will it hurt? Hell yes it will hurt. We are a global community of consumers and when we see that to make a real realignment it will mean we consume less, people are going to loose their jobs in the process. Countries will have to cut production of all things…. from shoes to houses to MILITARY HARDWARE to exporting this idea of “living the life” in video, print adds, television shows and the like. We will need to refocus on areas we have lost (like humanities, the study of ourselves etc), the idea of real sustainability.. you know, the non cool, non sexy, non “hip” stuff.
Taxes… will have to be raised. Stop with this notion that corporations will continue to create jobs if they have tax cuts. Yes, they will but they will create them in a way that will still make them MONEY, generally that means in places that don’t have unions, don’t have environmental standards and don’t have minimum wages, or from places that give them even MORE incentives. People, how far over are you going to bend? You give them tax cuts so they can create jobs so they can pay you enough to JUST buy their products back again to continue the cycle. Do you enjoy them that much up your ass? Large companies, how much longer do you think people can keep on buying your things? Eventually the amount of people able to do so will be so small (as the rest will either be evicted, in default or in jail… but again someone will be making money off of that. After all jails are a growth industry and a great way for many areas to make up some of the lost jobs/revenue that has been lost so hey WIN/WIN!!!) that eventually it will get to you. Think ahead, if you REALLY want to save yourself and all you have then practically think you need to save those under you. If you kill off the entire food supply chain you have the day will come when you too will eventually starve. It seems to me that is what is already starting to happen in many countries. Nations of the world, globalization is not a bad thing, if done in the right way. The notion of us all connected is a great thing, but why is it a connection of buying?
Lifting people out of poverty to consume seems to me to only be putting a bandage on those people for the time being for they too will eventually be at the place that many countries are now, and then what? Will we do this all again? It is great to dream about being “that other person” you know the one that has the cars, the house, the clothes, the .. everything, but when it becomes and obsession and a national pass time (like it has in many nations), it is time to stop. “Fame” at any cost is the new mantra and it is killing us all. Are we really to vain to see what we are really doing to our species? What does it REALLY mean to have that label on your chest, that big car in your driveway, that bling around your neck?
The hole we have stuck our heads into as a global community is so deep it seems at times we will never find our way out.
But we can, if we all understand that we need to make some really hard choices … ALL of us. not just the same old same old. Pull back now, understand it will hurt, but spread the pain around. Stop this crazy cycle before it is too late.
Profiting from Grief: An American Tradition.
I think I want the colouring book the most (after all who would not want their kids colouring a picture of Bin Laden cowering behind a wife as a soldier shoots him (and yes, don’t worry, you CAN colour the bullet too!!! I want mine RED WHITE AND BLUE with a cross on it). Perhaps I shall pass my time colouring while drinking some commerative 9/11 wine (and for only $19.11 it is a STEAL)!!!!!!! Later we can gather together as a family and play chess with our new commerative 9/11 chess set. And if the kids get out of control? No worries. I have the 9/11 commerative belt to keep them in line… Who said the American economy is on the rocks!!! Look at all the cool, FREEDOM LOVING products being manufactured there now! (oh wait, they are probably made in China).
How to Be Your Own Self While Maintaining the Status Quo ..or.. 10 easy steps to living a life of Denial?/ Freedom?:
Too much to read? Afraid this is just another in a long line of internet rantings and ramblings? That is okay, skip to the bottom and read the last lines. It is all you need to know……
1 Embrace the motto “not my business”. This is especially helpful in the ackward situations you may find yourself in when you know ones rights as a human (no matter your personal ideas of them or their actions) are being violated, or at the very least are being violated in a way that you would not want either.
2. Live the life of a pessimist. It is so much easier after all to assume the worst, then when it does (finally) happen, the satisfaction that will come when saying the words “I told you so” will be ever the more gratifying.n Pessimisic thinking a downer? Okay, always be the optomist. Everyone loves it when the only thing you do is send pictures of kittens and puppies doing the cutest things. An optomist can see beauty in everything, because remember there is beauty in everything. Let’s try it … You see someone being oppressed. You don’t want to step in (remember step one… not my business… so just think… Oh, it will all work out in the end. It is meant to be and it will turn out the way it is suppose to)… hey! I feel better already. Okay, so you choose, pessimist or optomist. BUT YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE
3. Dont Rock the Boat. Never say anything that you know will provoke, bring about a response or cause another to “feel” in any way any type of reaction to your words (thought) other than the sound of the crickets, a yawn or a blank stare and whatever laugh. In short, try not to think too much about much of anything except… me hungry, eat. Me tired, sleep. Me horny, sex (be careful with that one), me want, get. See what I mean. Easy and slow. Three or four words is all you need to think.
4. Live under the illusion that everyone is free to do what they want. More importantly live under the impression that YOU are free to to what you want and that whatever you do has no effect, consequences nor connection to anything but your own self, wants, and needs.
5. Believe we all come from a place of equality. Utopian? No, this beautiful thought is just… what it is… period. Especially good for those that have something and never want to let it go, but don’t want to actually say that or admit it (see libertarian). Now don’t think it.. just live it. All the time see everything, everyone, every situation (and actions there-of) as products of our equality. Judge and mock (openly) those whom speak of it as any other way.
6. Embrace the “money makes the world go round” song and dance and openly scoff those deadbeats that speak of a “better” or “different” way. Don’t be shocked at those that see the world where money is not the beat all and end all of everything. Just see them as people who are jealous and want. Throw insults at the person in the street ranting about the “right” to food, clothing, and shelter. After all, if they wanted that, then they would get a job and earn it.. right? Is that not what we are here to do? We are just animals, like any other remember. We have no right to anything (oh this is so confusing… do I like Darwin, do I hate him.. okay, fast forward here to the very end and start thinking that, I am beginning to think too much right now… it hurts).
7. Become a libertarian. After all, in their world, everyone will be able to do, eat, feel, pray to and be whatever they want. Oh, and no one will ever have to pay any real (taxes) money to anyone else to have all of this. It will just… become… we will all just naturally do that together. We are already apparently all on the same level playing field so a libertarian mantra of life will work. Remember, libertarians are all about personal freedom of everything, and no one pays, so YAH baby… RON PAUL 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024 (hey it could happen, we could clone this libertarian demi-god for future generations to enjoy and love).
8. Delve into a book (of religious thought). Be it Muslim, Christian, Judiasm, Mormanism, Scientology, Hinduism, whatever.Quote relentlessly from it and never let go. If someone says to you, you have a right to your ideas but not a right to facts, throw your book at them (along with a few good quotes from within). Science be damned!!!!
9. When watching television, exclusively watch (so-called) reality TV. After all, they are the real stars now. They have the real talent. We are all just… regular people now. Remember, a one hour reality show (taken from the hours upon hours of .. reality, and packaged into the best of with sound bites, clips and only the best, and most bitchess of moments) IS reality. The added bonus of a prize at the end , and having someone kicked off each week makes it all the more…. real. Don’t own a television or think it is a waste of time watching it? No problem, check out the hours of Hollywood movies that are pumped out each week.
10. Subscribe to only ONE way of thingking on all things and block out all others. Live these three words…. BLACK AND WHITE. Gray? Please. Gray is for people whom THINK they are libertarians. Gray could never possibly work because all things are just .. right or wrong. Period. NO discussion, no history, no philosophy, no personal thinking, no cultural ideas, no scientific reasoning, no biological reasoning, no thought. Nothing. BLACK AND WHITE.
Can’t remember all thing things on this list, don’t want to or have skipped them all together and came to the bottom right away? No problem. Here it is, the secret to it all, the only thing you will ever need to know…. ready….
Above all, no matter what you do….
DENY, DENY, DENY.