Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 174
Mother of Solutions (V)
© Eso A.B.

While philosophers such as Slavoy Žižek proclaim that there is no alternative to global capitalism: “The true message of the notion of the Third Way is that there is no ‘second way’, no alternative to global capitalism so that, in a kind of mocking pseudo-Hegelian ‘negation of negation’, the Third Way brings us back in the first and only way. Is this not global capitalism with a human face?”*

What escapes Žižek is that unnoticed by the ranks of “…professional and credentialed opinion leaders, particularly journalists and academics”, (see 3rd paragraph) the recently arrived ‘new age’ of Internet Populism is challenging the status quoers at their tame song and bringing solutions to problems unimaginable to ‘credentialed opinion leaders’ (Žižek among them).

I have mentioned this war, denied and as if behind the curtains, in previous blogs (167), when I touched on the subject of the Tibetan immolators, a type of warrior not seen in the West since the days of Jan Hus, the Christian heretic unsympathetic to Christian conventionalists (proto-capitalists Catholics). In 1415, nearly 600 years ago**, Hus chose to be burnt at the stake (in Constance), rather than surrender to the dictates of the Habsburg Emperor Sigismund. That the immolator or self-sacrifice is a warrior to be taken seriously is evidenced by the fact that the government of China has threatened to stick anyone who aids or gives succor to self-sacrifice with a charge of aiding and abetting a criminal act.

As if to underscore the issue of the reappearance of self-sacrificial warriors (whether of Tibetan or other origin), a Sri Lankan Budhist monk recently set himself on fire to protest animal slaughter (a crime perpetrated in the service of the inhabitants of the desert city) and the intrusion into Sri Lankan culture of minority religious faiths (such as neo-Christianity and neo-Islam), both born of and sympathetic to capitalism.

The Sri Lankan government condemns the Sri Lankan media for video taping the event and not forewarning the government about what was about to take place; and may bring charges against the video journalist. One of the reasons for the action of the Sri Lankan government is the claim (of what the BBC reporter Charles Haviland calls ‘ultra-nationalists’) that the “Sinhalese ultra-nationalist ministers in the government have praised the incident as an act of self-sacrifice for the good of the country.”

While I am opposed to immolation by fire due to the extreme pain, suffering, and body mutilation it causes, I am not opposed to waging war against government military type of violence by self-sacrifice.

Military type (gang) violence has long plagued all nations and cultures on our planet. Foremost among the initiators of this violence are governments, which enslave-recruit young men to do their bidding.

The first among overt practitioners of violence are of course they who serve in government led armed forces. These are followed by government opponents who borrow their resistance tactics from government example. Muslim terrorists who arm themselves with strap-on explosive devices, and while sacrificing their own lives in the act, know of no or have no moral qualms about slaughtering innocent people who happen to be nearby as a result of chance. While ostensibly fighting on behalf of Islam and the traditions of Islamic nations, the Islamist terrorists ultimately fight for but an Islamic form of capitalism, which as such will not bring any better solutions for Islamists than Christians.

What is the solution?

The solution stares us practically in the face. Put simply, it is a radical change in methods of fighting war. The method puts an end to violent attack or defense, and is replaced by fighting war by means of self-sacrifice. The war employs no bullets or explosives that are used against others. There are no burials of the dead accompanied by honor guard rifle salvos. Indeed, there are no grave yards, but everyone who sacrificed his-her life has their name and a short bio entered into a permanently available internet scroll accessible through a special ‘spot’ on the menu bar on every computer.

One of the missing links in the Tibetan Budhist self-sacrifice effort is the failure of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community to provide for all to see a memorial scroll for its not-violent soldiers. By failing to provide for their own, the Tibetans fail to bring the message of their method of fighting a war to the attention of the world, at the same time as the community fails to significantly change the world for the better and do the missionary work that needs to be done.

The platform for the honor scroll can be provided by any already existing platforms, and such a platform may, beginning with the UN and the support of all ‘AntiWar’ platforms, have an almost an infinite number of sponsors representing many causes of civil society.

The sole bonding mechanism, so to speak, however, should not be the cause, but the not-violent and self-sacrificial method used to fight for the cause. Ending war as we know it, is in itself one of the great causes. However, before this can happen, humans need to change their attitude toward death.

*Slavoy Žižek, “The Universal Exception”, Continuum, p 149.

**Jan Hus was imitated by Jan Palach, who immolated himself in 1968, protesting the Soviet invasion of Chehoslovakia.

Link of interest:

Venner suicide:
Women immolate

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 173  
Dominion Theology & Democracy (IV)
© Eso A.B.

When it comes to subjective sympathies, I back gold. When put in the context as an enhancer of the Divine, there is nothing like the color of gold to transmit the right aura and sentiment. There is also such a thing as a Golden rule or proportion. However, when it comes to gold as a substitute for fiat currency, I am not so sure about the ‘precious’ metal. While I am sympathetic to the arguments of the ‘gold bugs’, I am not sure that there will be enough of the right stuff to buy when the time of emergency becomes actual. I am of the opinion that capitalism has exhausted the organic resources of our planet—even if its core were of solid gold not iron.

Remember the time when the power grids shut down in the U.S. Northeast and people were shitting in the hallways of high rise buildings in New York? Though the smell is not the same smell as when corpses rot, it’s right next to it, it is almost as if.

Or imagine that you are downtown San Francisco visiting a friend in a high rise apartment . The building shakes. You look out the window and see the Golden Gate Bridge fall down. Then you fall out of bed, because the city has been struck with the long overdue earthquake. The quake measures 8.3 magnitudes on the Richter scale. Though the building did not fall down, and you only fell out of bed, the building has, nevertheless, taken a twist, and the elevator shaft is out of order. What do you do?

Your wealthy banker friend crawls over to his safe in the wall and takes out two solid gold bricks which he has stashed there. He gives you one to put in your backpack, he takes the other, and you both grope your way through the apartment to the emergency exit and stairwell.

Once you are at the ground level, you realize that you cannot get out of the building, because the waters of the Pacific have flooded San Francisco streets  , the pressure of mud is earily pressing into the building and turning the turnstyle door, and no one has thought of providing rubber boats as part of the emergency kit. So, you climb back to the roof, where, hopefully, a helicopter will pick you up. Meanwhile, though you have a brick of gold on you, you have no sandwiches or water to drink.

I am aware that all chaotic scenarios when described beforehand appear engineered by a nut cake or a conspiracy theorist. Nevertheless, sometimes the ‘impossible’ happens: when you get to the rooftop, you hear the voice of the opera singer Enrico Caruso singO Sole Mio” (My Sun!). The sun is indeed shining.

Coincidentally, Caruso was in San Francisco when the 1906 earthquake struck and most of the city burnt to the ground.

Caruso was more than happy to take the next train out of San Francisco, and though the journey back to New York was long and tedious, he had a chance to see America in all its spaciousness, ‘democratic’ brutishness and exploitativeness . Though the killing extravaganza of the buffaloes by white hunters and the gold rush was already over by some fifty years, the American West was still near virgin land, and deforestation still went on with exuberance and denied more cautious folk who warned that if this was but masturbatory foreplay to what praise of unbridled ‘freedom’ and ‘capitalism’ will in due course do America as a whole. The effort to put a stop to ‘democratic’ violence would necessarily include such events as ‘9/11’.

That is, all the gold in the world is unlikely to save ‘democratic’ America from joining the Titanic, ‘communist’ Soviet Union, and ‘fascist’ Germany at the bottom of the Atlantic.

So, why should America find its final resting place among such good company?

Recently on an internet blog site, I read a reader express the fear that we live at a time when religious cults such as Dominion Theologists and its suicidal Christian fanatics are not only on the loose in America, but are a major ideological force in the U.S. military services.

Because Dominion Theology presumes to have a mandate in civil affairs (to politically reconstruct society), it represents a no lesser danger to the West as a parallel theology among Muslims presents to Muslim cultures or the SS presented to the Germans, or the Bolsheviks to the Russians. Unfortunately, the American ‘war on terror’, which President Obama apparently wants to end, but has not yet shown that he can either ‘start’ or ‘end’ much of anything, contributes much to the strengthening of DT Cells within the ranks of the empire’s armed forces.

Eventually such violent neo-orthodox ‘theologies’ will go their way, but like the extremists among communists and fascists, probably not before they gain a global stage, shed blood, ‘do their thang’, fail as a consequence of suffering a defeat in war, the perpetrators are brought under control, and the future sends American ‘democracy’ to join the unmentionables in the future.

Because American geopolitical strategy involves globalizing the world for America, , the conflict in process will expand and become global in nature. But unlike previous world wars, and what some call “World War III”, this war is actually a “Global War”, and it does not end with the enemy’s military defeat, but a much more devastating consequence: economic exhaustion and the planet looking like a rubbish dump, the cities making the largest of the rubbish piles.

This is where we return to our opening sentence about the value of gold, especially as a preserver of wealth.

While wealth as accident and happenstance cannot be denied as long as liberal capitalism and militarism remains in existence, two hundred years of the rule of the industrial age is proof enough that it has turned the humans inhabiting planet Earth into tattered locusts. The billionaires know this as surely as the world’s 94th richest man, Adolph Merckle knew it.

It was Merkle’s misfortune to second guess what is no longer for guessing. His intellectual stumble (beyond anyone’s ability to anticipate) and the shame and financial losses it brought him, caused him to put an end to his life.

Merkle had done everything ‘right’—under the pre-collapse capitalist system. He had anticipated a crash of an overpriced automobile stock of which he held many shares, and had sold the shares ‘short’, which is, he would make money even if the stock fell and the company went bankrupt. But he had failed to anticipate that in spite of falling automobile sales worldwide, a failing company could be of interest to another auto company. When the ‘other’ player appeared as if ‘out of the blue’ and showed his cards, the overpriced stock took an astronomical leap upward and Mr. Adolph Merckle had to cover his shorts at an astronomical loss.  Adolf Merckle, committed suicide: .

Incidentally, the catastrophe now visiting our planet was begun and continues to be paved by the elites of Europe poking the barrel of a gun in our backs: Eaton students Read the question put to the students of Eaton to which they are asked to write an answer.



Monday, May 27, 2013

Esis's Chronicles 172
Origin of The Midsummer Fire
© Eso A.B.

This blog a ‘break’ in the regular series.

Johns Eve or the Midsummer Festival in Latvia is only weeks away. Here are some reflections on the significance of the festival by one who many years ago became an afficianado of the festival and has never been able to let go of an interest in it..

The sad truth about the demise of the Latvian Midsummer Festival is that it is not the result of Soviet repression (as many allege, but a consequence of the Latvian intelegentsia smothering its own communal roots by surrendering to the neo-Christian propaganda about God being a Being out of nature.

The smothering of this ‘day of the community’ has other sources as well. One cause is an overly tight hugging of Johns as a purely Latvian festival with no relation to anyone else. I remember the poet Imants Ziedonis, recently deceased, telling me that Latvians can be proud of being the only ones who wear oak leaf wreaths on their heads. I was surprised to hear this, because a wreath of leaves or flowers is an old tradition if one remembers the laurel wreath of the Greeks and Romans and poet ‘laureates’ .

Recently, while rereading Euripedes “The Bacchae” another image and potential source for the Festival came to mind.

When Dionysus (Yahnis in Latvian) comes to Thebes, many of the city’s inhabitants, apparently mostly women (once inhabitants of the wood, now starved for nature by the desert regime that is the city), join him in a bacchanal that winds up Mt. Cithaeron to a holy communal gathering place there. The name ‘bacchae’ originates in Bacchus, who is the Roman God of wine; however, Bacchus is a late replacement for the name of the Greek God Ion

The Bacchae are behaving orgiastically and apparently lewdly. Word of this gets to King Pentheus, who (also starved for nature) imagines the event as a pornography show. To better see what the women are up to, Pentheus climbs a tall pine that grows close to the grounds where the ritual is to take place. Unfortunately, the Bacchae see him, and climb the tree to pull the King down to earth.

When the King is down, the Bacchae fall on him and tear him into bloody pieces. Then everybody rushes back to Thebes, with an elderly lady leading the runners. The lady holds in her hand by the hair the head of King Pentheus. Only when the Bacchae reach the marketplace of Thebes, does the lady awaken to the fact that she is none other than the mother of the King.

The Bacchae, realize that a great tragedy has happened, and a great communal wailing ensues. Incidentally, the word ‘tragedy’ has its origin in the greek name tragōidia, “billy-goat-song”. Taking the behavior of King Pentheus into account, he may have been thought to be impersonating a billy goat. The Latvians have a folk poem, it goes: “Kaza kāpa debesīs, Dievam sūdzēt….” (The billy goat climbed up to heave to complain to God…) There is an ancient statue of gold that shows a goat on its hind legs chewing the leaves of a small tree.

Then the Bacchae hit upon a brilliant idea. Some of them rush back to Mt. Cithaeron, and go to the pine tree which had hid King Pentheus. The Bacchae dig around the pine until they have loosed its roots. Then they fell the tree, strip it of its branches, shorten the trunk somewhat, and carry the rest of the trunk back to Thebes.

Meanwhile, the Bacchae who have remained in Thebes have dug a deep hole in the ground. This is where the top of the tree is now placed, and the tree, with the aid of pulleys and pichforks, it is pushed and pulled until it is with its roots in the air, and stands in a vertical position. A ladder is then brought to the tree. The crevices of the roots are filled with tar and resin, and to the roots is secured the head of the King. (In later years the head of the king is replaced by the head of a sacrificial goat,) The roots are then put to a flame.

One may imagine that it is in this ceremony that we must seek the origin of the image of the head of the Medusa and/or the Latvian Midsummer wreath .

Friday, May 24, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 171
Fascism as Deconstruction of Community (III)
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Thus (see blog 170), if proto-fascism has its beginning in a disintegrating community desiring to heal itself, for those who have the desire to heal, finding themselves being labeled ‘fascists’, further facilitates the disintegration of their community, and places the naming agent in the position of the enemy or his agent. The enemy/ agent works as a:

1) saboteur, a role enhanced by deliberate idiocy;

2) the sabotage occurs for the agent’s own good reasons; and

3) the reason for the sabotage is to access Money, because when there is enough Money, it substitutes for community; i.e., one may do without community, because one can buy an illusion of it.

4) The agent or enemy of community, therefore, is Money; because Money buys ‘freedom’ and ‘liberates’ one of the community and responsibilities toward it.

5) Money opens a new world, a wholly virtual world. As opposed to the Superego of the organic world, who projects in our dreams as a ‘medicine man’, the Superego of the wholly virtual world is a consumer item. For example, a Barbie doll Incidentally, a Barbie doll may be had only through the agency of Money, which is God for real in our time and space. Nevertheless, this money is seldom in the hands of the community, but remains in the possession of the anti-community forces: the billionaires, the millionaires, and the military forces the oligarchs support.

Items 4) and 5) provide the reasons why capitalists sabotage a community’s effort to reestablish itself. The sabotage is accomplished by diverting the healing effort toward self-destructive ends and then call the result ‘fascism’, a word of such evil potency that the victor ‘democratic’ State forbids it to be ever mentioned again.

Among the negative consequences of communities efforts to recover are two gigantic icebergs: Hitler’s fascism and Stalin’s communism.

At their beginning stages, both fascists and communists had enormous popular support. If they had not had such support, they could hardly have succeeded in rising to their eventual dominant positions.

There were, however, forces embedded among communalists, which sabotaged their good cause and earned them ridicule and a bad name for a long time thereafter. In short, in so far as now bygone communism and fascism represented forces of the community that rose against its destroyers, the community in the end became a worse loser than when it had begun its recovery effort. The community was further diluted than it had been at the beginning of the uprisings. By our day, the community no longer exists as a tangible entity.

What has replaced the community is a wholly artificial megalopolis, a centre for the creation of virtualism, which is held together (zusammen) not through personal relationships, but through everyone’s dependency on Money. Money itself is ‘democratic’, in so far as it can be divided among community members more or less equally, but which ‘equality’ fails to become a reality, because the enemies of the community desire to keep the Money, most of it, for themselves.

It is at this stage of political developments that the leaders of the community (not having been forewarned) succumb to the temptation of either 1. Money or 2. Power (a Money substitute). The only way to then continue forward is to divert the attention of the members of the community from the ‘real’ enemy on to a scapegoat.

In the event of Hitler’s community organization, it discovered the enemy in the “Jews” (or gypsies, polaks, russen, homosexuals, avant garde artists, etc.). Because among all the above were certain anti-community factors and phenomena, the untutored have-nots were readily persuaded to turn on one or all of them. The persuasion was given roots when it was conjoined with permissive and officially overlooked killing.

Of the enemies, the community of Jews, the most cohesive community among the above, turned out to be the one which communitarians could be caused to hate and kill most readily. The reasons for why are many, but the most apparent one is that anti-Semitism was not a new phenomenon, but was grounded in an antagonism many centuries old. This ‘old’ antagonism was, in turn, grounded in the unresolved Great Schism that went back to the Civil War among Eastern and Western Christianity, its high point being the so-called Fourth Crusade of 1202-1204.

The Crusade was nominally won by the West when it sacked and plundered Constantinople, and transferred the centre of Christianity from the Byzantine Empire to Rome, Italy. The physical address change was accompanied by a power shift from an autonomous Eastern priesthood, which was rooted among a people familiar with prehistoric shamanism (hence autonomous), to a priesthood rooted as a bureaucracy under the wing of a Western secular king, turned Christianity on its head.

Eastern Christianity, known as Orthodox Christianity, was forced to adopt a Western or Catholic Christian story of the nature of the Son of God. The Orthodox or Eastern version of the story was associated with the Kabalah and the Old Testament, which texts likely had their origins in Jewish of Khazaria . Needless to say, the Eastern Christian story of the Son of God differed considerably from that of the Western story. In the Eastern story, the king of Eastern Christianity is burnt by the traitorous Byzantine Emperor Alexius I at the Hippodrome in Constantinople about 1118, whereas the Western story was pure theatre and spectacle.

The community movement led by Hitler took advantage of Western Catholic bureaucracy’s (The Habsburg Empire was Catholic and centered in Vienna, Austria) antagonism toward the Jews, and subsequently identified the movement with Italian fascism, which took its name from a bundle of fascio (hazel) sticks as disciplinary tools.

Community building by Lenin and Stalin took an opposite tac, when it found its enemy not in the Orthodox priesthood (though it killed thousands of priests), but in the tsarist oligarchy, its sympathizers among the Russian bourgeois, and a peasantry (Kristi-yan) that had risen to a ‘kulak’  status.

What was missed by Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler was that neither the ‘community’ of the Germans nor Slavs identified with industrialized workers community. What the proto-Revolutionary and disintegrating community wished for was an organic community, the one they and their forebears had had for centuries, except it had become demoralized by those seeking wealth and progress as the only way to overcome the repressive princes, boyars, and barons.

As everyone knows, Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s Reich did not fulfill the dreams of the community movement, but the community movements in Europe and Russia (aided by American capital) met with a catastrophic defeat instead.

The answer for the causes of this defeat is indeed to be sought in Western capitalism, which built itself on the idea of a ruthless exploitation of our planet’s natural resources and made a huge investment in advertising and evangelizing militant capitalism. Additionally, defeat of the community was facilitated by the fact that none of the community leaders and no one in their bureaucracies or churches came to think that the rebuilding of a community requires of the leadership an ultimate self-sacrifice and that its goal is a subsistence, not capitalist, economy. The leadership of the community then and now remains all too attached to its own well being.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 170
No Room For Me at Home (II)
© Eso A.B.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fascism as: (please read link) :

“1: often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control “early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge”; etc.

Anyone with some analytical ability will note that both 1 & 2 definitions are not definitions, but transparent  pejoratives and a priori denouncements dressed in a language tuned to imitate a definition.

Let us take a closer look at the 1st ‘definition’: “….a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition…

The second (2) ‘definition’ is no less propagandistic and serving those  (Merriam?) in whose interests it is to weaken and ultimately destroy COMMUNITY as a legitimate social phenomenon.

Let us look at the items separately and in the context that sees said ‘definitions’ as politically deliberate and pejorative redefinitions of a community of human beings:

1. A political philosoph:
Is ‘community’ a political philosophy or a necessity of the human condition? The reader should read the text at link to see that the enemies of the COMMUNITY are those who stand against it: 1. a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.

2. regime: Items 1. (above) + 2. should suffice for us to get the anti-community gist: 1. a mode or system of rule or government: a dictatorial regime. 2. a ruling or prevailing system.

3. exalts nation and often race above the individual:
synonyms: extol,  glorify, elevate, praise, raise. In and of themselves the synonyms are harmless, but put in combination with words such as “nation” or “race above the individual”, it instantly acquires a negative coloration in reference to the ‘known unknown’ COMMUNITY that inevitably stands just behind the curtain.

4. centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader:
a definition of ‘autocracy’: : An autocracy is a system of government in which a supreme power is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor regularized mechanisms of popular control (except perhaps for the implicit threat of coup d'état or mass insurrection).

5. economic and social regimentation:
if this is the prevailing mode of communal existence, then COMMUNITY again appears in a negative light.

6. forcible suppression of opposition:

here we return to the Merriam Dictionary: fascism noun: Philosophy of government that stresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state's authority, and harsh suppression of dissent. Martial virtues are celebrated, while liberal and democratic values are disparaged. Fascism arose during the 1920s and '30s partly out of fear of the rising power of the working classes; it differed from contemporary communism (as practiced under Joseph Stalin) by its protection of business and landowning elites and its preservation of class systems. The leaders of the fascist governments of Italy (1922–43), Germany (1933–45), and Spain (1939–75)—Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Francisco Franco—were portrayed to their publics as embodiments of the strength and resolve necessary to rescue their nations from political and economic chaos. Japanese fascists (1936–45) fostered belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese spirit and taught subordination to the state and personal sacrifice. See also totalitarianism; neofascism.

While it is true that the above mentioned states and regimes did use the stated methods for gaining and staying in power, it is just as clear that said governments had no or little understanding of the place of a community in the scheme of human society or the state as a mechanism for the facilitation of communal values. On the other hand, it cannot be said that the impulses that lead to the creation of a fascist state did not originate with a desire by a disintegrating community to preserve the community.

The question over what forces create a community necessarily lead us to consider the nature of human being, consciousness, the Superego, the subjective mind, primal times, and more.

Any attempt to look at the community leads one to look at the nature of human being. We begin as children, and as children our natures are as needful of parental protection and love as we as remain barbarous, anarchistic, and largely untutored in our behavior. As babes, we all insist that we are born billionaires, and the first billion that we own is attached to the nipple of our mother’s breast.

Because parents have gone through the experience of learning that the physical habitat we are born into does not offer us a cornucopia of everything we want, they must wean the child not only off the mother’s breast, but that instead of getting two pieces of candy, we may have to be satisfied with one, and sometimes none at all. This is when the cornucopia appears in heaven and the figure of God. However, ‘God’ and ‘heaven’ (or Paradise) are meaningless words until these are supplemented with images and stories that create the illusion that these promises are real. By the time the child discovers that a storyteller tells lies, he-she has reached puberty and discovers the pleasures of sex, which discovery may have been caused by parental sex education. Instead of being truly educational, it more likely lead to self-education through masturbation. Because for a man the desire of his penis tends to be stronger than the man himself, the penis provokes fantasies of women as cornucopias. Since a boy knows that the women of his own family are no cornucopias, his fantasies project to women of other families and/or tribes, and results in stealing for himself a ‘wife’.

It may be that the first communities began through the act of rape, which deed was resolved by the myth that women ‘enjoyed’ being raped. While today we seem to ‘unknowingly know’ that rape is an unmentionable, this was not necessarily so for our forebears. While the reason for rape for a man was sexual pleasure, its consequences were assured pregnancy culminating in the birth of a child. Another inevitable consequence was social turmoil: one small social unit, one family (in prehistoric days headed by a woman) had intruded into the space of another family. Conflict was always just short of being imminent, even though it was not always inevitable.

Imminent conflict could be avoided by following a number of simple tactics. One of these was rape, an immediate (asap) deflowering of the stolen-kidnapped maid. This fait accompli act defused the conflict, because the brothers of the maid, who gave chase (the father always was no one knew where) knew enough about ‘facts of life’ that a child could be the consequence. If a child was indeed the consequence, it was better for the families of the two women (one of the groom, the other of the bride) to live in peace. In other words, the custom that prevails to this day in pre-borgeois ‘organic’ communal life, which encourages the raped woman’s family to blame her rape on the woman, is not because it favors rape or wishes to besmirch one of their own, but to avoid mortal conflict between the brothers of the two families.

Another tactic employed was to carry the stolen ‘bride’ beyond easy reach of her pursuing brothers, such as carrying the maid across a natural barrier, say, a river. The barrier means that the pursuers will be delayed, during which time the sexual act will be consummated.

Yet another tactic is to take advantage of everyone’s desire to avoid death. Thus, both sides invented numerous excuses for avoiding conflict. In a Latvian folk song, after the maid is carried across the river, her brothers, still on the other shore, call their sister and urge her to come back, but the maid (no doubt already sexually compromised) shouts back: “Dear brother, I will not come back, your wife treats me harshly….”

Still, while direct conflict between the families has been avoided, a sense of humiliation may linger. Sometimes this results in brawls among the men-brothers at the next community festival, where inebriating drink may loosen tongues and resolve to control one’s self. If grudges result in conflict long after the original provocation, other tactics need to be exercised to avoid violence. It is these tactics that call for the involvement of elderly men, commonly known as community elders; and it is at this point that the Superego invents another story. The story may come by way of a dream (ever respected because its source is not one’s personal and wilfull consciousness) or may be consciously inspired and meet with communal approval. One may call the story, “Piece of Coal in the Cake”.

The elders of the various families who participate in the Festival, come together for a Salmagundi (a meal of peace*) at which they confirm that together they form one community, and all, do or die, stand as one. To confirm this resolve, the men divide among themselves a cake, into which has been baked a piece of black coal. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the coal in it will self-sacrifice himself on behalf of all, i.e., the community. In this way, he will overcome death and violence on behalf of all.

Incidentally, such an extended community avoids becoming centralized, but consists of autonomous communities. The bond among the communities is expressed and reasserted at festivals, which come together on the basis of habit and tradition. They often occurred on astronomically significan days: summer and winter solstices. The man who ‘wins’ the peace of coal, pays for the ‘win’ with his life, though in times of conflict, he may become the King or leader of the community and goes to repel the ‘outsiders’ or ‘unfriendlies’. By becoming the leader of armed men, the King is in no way forgiven death, but becomes the leader, because death is already his fate. If he survives the battle, he will fulfill his pledge perhaps at the next festival

The need to select a King in wartime may create Kingship as a centralized office for the entire community. The office does not lead to fascism or the dissolution of communal bonds in preference of a hunta or junda. The organic nature of the community continues to be confirmed through self-sacrifice.

*Salmagundi—while the dictionary informs us that it is a salad, the word ‘salma’ (like salam) probably stands for ‘peace’, while the word ‘gundi’ likely stands for a ‘gathering’.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 169
The Misnaming of My Community (I)
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Fascism and not democracy is the ‘star’ issue of the 20th and 21st century’s politics. Nevertheless, the U.S. government and its European allies (NATO) in the East are sold on ‘democracy’ as the story that dominates the myth of now and the future. With the name of ‘democracy’ on its lips, government claims the right to attack and destroy my community by forcing on it the rule of banks and extinction by globalized fascism.

As long as Money was ubiquitous or could create the illusion that it was ubiquitous, it could and did sell the populations at large on “human rights”. As one well-known popular academic philosopher* of the West tells it: “….the decisive cut in the relation of domination … occurs with the passage from pre-bourgeois to bourgeois society. In the pre-bourgeois society civil society is not yet liberated from organic ties…. With the advent of bourgeois society this rich and ‘affective’ and ‘organic’ relations between master and his subjects lies in tatters.”

Yes, but…. What lies in ‘tatters’ today is less the ‘organic’ being than Money, which the inorganic or virtual world of the bourgeois rests on. Moreover, Money stood for the superego of the bourgeois striving to bring into organic reality its black-and-white dream of ‘human rights’.

Along with the disappearing worth of Money, we see disappear the post-pre-bourgeois ‘democratic’ civil society, which is replaced by Mr. Bernank’s (see reference at blog 165) black-and-white nightmare. I adapt it from one of my own dreams:

Into the room of the rejected ‘organic’ world intrudes a black shadow and rapes my beloved. I feel ‘murder’ in my heart, but cannot bring myself to become the rapist’s killer. Suddenly, almost miraculously, in the room appears a doctor. I recognize him as my ‘organic’ master, yet rejected superego. He stands next to a transporter bed, and looks at me with a condescending smile on his face. It is as if the doctor-master is saying: ‘You cannot act? Will you perhaps recognize me—if not before—now, and ask for my help?’ I swallow hard, and feel almost completely paralyzed by anxiety; then I point to the black shadow standing in the window and say: ‘Please, do something!’ The doctor goes up to the shadow, grabs it by its shoulders, then drags and puts it on the transporter. He then puts both of his thumbs on the shadow’s jugular veins, presses hard on them , and puts the intruder to sleep.

I then grab the body by its feet and ask the doctor to help me carry it out of the house. The doctor makes no objections, and we take the body of the shadow into my backyard. We put it by the bushes that grow along the fence, then go back into the house and lock the door behind us.

At this moment Mr. Bernank awakens with a feeling of guilt and cold sweat on his brow. He gets out of bed, goes to the kitchen and the refrigerator and takes from the freezer a small stash of marihuana, which he takes to the bathroom and flushes it down the toilet. By finding himself in his kitchen awake, Mr. Bernank realizes that his nightmare was not ‘virtual’ but ‘real’. He takes a deep breath, goes back to the bedroom, and crawls back into his bed, where his wife unwinds from a fetal position and snuggles up to Bernank reassuringly.

In real life, however, the nightmare is not over, but only beginning. The shadow moves on, and while not coming back into my house, it now wants to seize the day.

It is not the people of the West who wish to bring an eclipsed ‘democracy’ to Europe, Euro-Asia, and Asia, but the ‘cradle of liberty’ run out of all sense of responsibility toward life on our planet. The death denying West (with the help of its military forces burning up trillions of dollars in armaments and wars) is imposing ‘democracy’ on behalf of capitalism under the control of the propagators of ‘free markets’, the banks, which care not if ‘democracy’ is bankrupt and an empty shell.

At the heart of most everyone is a demoralized subjectivity become subjected to the superego of ‘Democracy’—the banks. The banks believe that they have inherited the immortality of God, which expresses itself through the triumph of fiat Money. The banks no longer believe in the power of organic life or death, before which the people continue to stand in awe, nevertheless. Money cares not a whit if the ‘organics’ scramble to survive on top of rubbish heaps or live in NYC’s subway tunnels while others pay multi-millions for high-rise apartments .

So, is it any surprise that the community, today identified with fascism and so-called ‘far right’, is raising its head and is being put down by capitalist lackeys such as Slavoy Žižek, who makes his living changing his tune according to multi-cultural standards? ? The anti-imigrant populists of who Mr. Žižek speaks of in the link are for him unmentionable fascists rather than people who think that ‘my room’ remains ‘my room’ and while everyone (if I so choose) may on occasion be my guests, guests are not to take over ‘my room’ as if it were their own even under the name of Žižek. Nor am I friendlier to immigrants if they happen to be the police breaking into my house .

*Slavoy Žižek, “The Universal Exception”, Continuum, p. 84-85.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Eso’s  Chronicles 168
Forbidden Death (11/2)
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The Superego!—at first a harmless product of the human brain to enable one to connect with more people than in one’s family and create a community that includes one’s neighbor.

Probably the first creation of the superego was language. It must have happened a long time ago, because it is difficult not to imagine that it has something to do with mating calls . Without mating or love-making we would not be here. Also, though incest is not as uncommon as idealization would like us to believe, familiarity within a family circle does not encourage sexual relations with other family members. No doubt, the evolution of complex language had contributing sources to development other than sexuality.

If language was first constructed by our superego (or perhaps the superego is sourced in language), it did not come by way of chimpanzees (they do not make humanlike sounds), but by way of Campbell’s monkeys who carried a speech making gene (FOXP2), which when exposed to changes in amino acid composition contributes to increased fine-tuning of motor control necessary for articulation, i.e., the unique human capacity to learn and coordinate the muscle movements in lungs, larynx, tongue and lips that are necessary for speech .

In short, the function of the superego at the beginning of the human species was simple and practical. However, by the time of the arrival of our era, it had been seized by governments, which turned the superego into a straight jacket by using it to control what is or is not said in the process of communication. What is or is not said are today called “talking points” . These ‘points’ also affect the people who are part of government. The nature of reality itself is erased by “talking points”, which are controlled from a ‘deep state’ or a shadow government within an intelligence agency.

While humans domiciled in the wood and savannah (today more than 50% live in cities, their superego conflated with the subjective state of mind. This is something that contemporary humanity, having imprisoned itself in the desert of the city, and having surrounded itself with a fence of ‘human rights’, no longer understands. Thus, in our time the ‘ideal’ of the superego is never anything else, but a lie propagated by philosophers, all of who were born after the wood was cut down and humanity transited from a ‘safe’ environment in the wood to living in the desert wrought with exposure to endless dangers on the plain.

This is where the reality at the time of human origins became subject to verbal ideation, which, paradoxically, meant a ‘dumbing down’ of our species. According to some anthropologists, the size of the human brain has been shrinking ever since the Stone Age and the Idiocracy Empire is not done growing.

Why was humanity relatively safe living in the wood, when compared to an environment where the wood is absent or patchy?

There is no easy answer, but it may be tied to a change in the climate of our planet from warm to cold and/or the movement of human beings from a warm climate to a climate where winters brought severe cold and hunger. If the placing of human origin in Africa is correct, then our species originated not only in a warm climate, but one relatively abundant in food. Thus, when humans had to adapt to rapid changes in temperature and frequent spells of hunger, the subjective self and superego went their separate ways. The superego sought through language excuses for its earlier more benign view of life. It found it in dreaming of ‘better times’ in ‘a golden past’ and immortality in a present so obsessed with itself that death almost never comes up as a subject.

The ‘golden past’ and ‘deathless present’ may have been golden and deathless in, both, a figurative and literal sense.

The figurative (or proto-literal) past is associated with lack of want, which, may coincide with the period during which humans lost their animal fur. While some scientists argue that human nakedness is the result of our origin in water , as a consequence of which our original hair cover may have become insufficient to keep us warm when the water retreated, and keeping warm became a problem. It was then that warmth was restored by our forebears learning to cover themselves with the fur of other animals. We may see evidence of this in stories of natives covering themselves with the skins of lions and other furred animals. In other words, the once upon a time proto-literal reality became symbolic, figurative, an unremembered memory, and a story of when humans sacrificed their children to placate death, their superego.

When it comes to a literal sense of reality, a golden past rings true for times when gold was a valuable in the sense of being a freely accessible to a wood and savannah dwelling people, and was valued for being a shiny and reflective metal, which could be used to accentuate the sacred. The change from figurative-symbolic to a literal value is illustrated by the Biblical story of The Worship of the Golden Calf replaced by our present ever inflating deathless fiat currency.

The latter has created a situation where the superego is no longer controlled by governments, but by banks .

While the attention by the media to the dramatic change in who determines the future of society is superficial, the potential consequences are only hinted at by the fact that none of the officials of the large banks, including the Federal Reserve of the U.S. have received punishment for their part in the financial and economic catastrophe now blowing across our planet. Das kapitalistische Über-Ich henceforth speaks as only a dictatorship of banks can speak.

If today we are cought up in a coup d'etat de facto and therefore invisible to us, the future holds in store a coup d'etat de jure. We will begin to see the transition when banks begin to dismiss governments.

This is when we may see yet another paradox. The stage will be set not only for a die-off, but also for humanity’s return to the wood.

Some of the opposition to the banks may arise from within some of the governments involved, to which cause these governments will want to solicit the support of what we know as a nation’s citizens. The opposition to deathless fiat currency is not, however, to become real before death is reintroduced as a social reality.

Like it or not, this brings us to the subject of nationalism, fascism, community, blanked out culture, and the failure of governments that propose globalization as the inevitable outcome of present trends. Incidentally, the so-called (as advertised by the globalist controlled media, in the instance of above link, re Cross Talk, Peter Lavelle) ‘far right’ or ‘fascism’ is sourced in the people’s wish to have a ‘safe’ community. To make the wish a reality, the community has to negate the globalist and multi-culturalist accusation of entertaining a false resolution of its organizational difficulties by turning to fascism that culminates in anti-Semitism. This necessity is likely to realize itself only by causing the superego to return to self-sacrificial death as a reality of self-government.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 167
Forbidden Death (10/1)
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How dare the Dalai Lama let the Tibetans immolate themselves, when he like the Pope goes from conference to conference telling everyone that he has abandoned the idea of a free Tibet, and will be satisfied with Tibet as an autonomous territory?

Washington Post writer Sally Quinn rightly chastises the Dalai Lama for not telling the Tibetans to stop their nonsense of self-sacrificing their lives for a free Tibet ruled by their own sacred King. After all, the Dalai Lama says he will be satisfied with autonomy within China. Or is he secretly hoping that there will be so many Tibetans who immolate themselves that China will change her mind and that then he will be able to once more be a king with the privileges of a Western dictator?

Ideas such as self-immolation and self-sacrifice have long been abandoned by an ‘enlightened’ West. Ever since the beginning of the 20th century (perhaps even longer), Washington, DC has been exporting a superior culture covered with the shiny shellac of freedom. It is not surprising that the American ideology of freedom on behalf of greed has at last come to criminal institutions “too big to be prosecuted”.

However, the leadership in Washington has many centuries of precedence in the Pope of Rome, who has been a point man for capitalist tactics for almost a thousand years. It began with ideas of St. Paul that he as a convert to neo-Christianity could live outside the laws of the Old Testament . The argument centers on whether certain Gentiles who converted to neo-Christianity needed to observe the Jewish dietary laws and circumcision for males .

As the last link to Galatians indicates, there were neo-Christians who believed that the Christians did not have to observe the Jewish Bible, but should write their own Testament. This became known as “legalism” or legalistic Christianity .

While the argument of the meaning of the latter interpretation continues to this day, the very fact that it exists weakens the argument on behalf ot the ultimate prevalence (rights of the subjective) mind.

The following quote from the last link above:

“The words 'legalism' or 'legalist' do not occur in the Old or New Testaments. Legalism's root word, "law" (Greek nomos), occurs frequently in the New Testament, and sometimes connotes legalism. In 1921, Ernest De Witt Burton stated that in Gal. 2:16, "nomou is here evidently used ... in its legalistic sense, denoting divine law viewed as a purely legalistic system made up of statutes, on the basis of obedience or disobedience to which individuals are approved or condemned as a matter of debt without grace. This is divine law as the legalist defined it."

The reason why ‘writing’ a new text of laws is important is because it sets a precedent for Law as a product that may be manipulated according to circumstances. In short, Paul’s argument is an argument for a “faith” determined by a changing word (Prince of Mafia as Chief Judge), rather than an Act of self-sacrifice that never changes and is determined by a “faith” in one’s inner subjective faith; or what this writer has called “law of not-violent terror”, in effect the law as inspired by God.

In other words, for Paul the Word, while beginning with such lovely words as ‘love’, ‘peace’, and ‘grace’ may end up with a law in which these words are replaced by the word of a ‘mafia prince’ turning the law to his interests. In imagistic terms, the ancient ritual of ‘circumcision’, which likely originated when man wore no clothes and a circumcised man was readily observed, has been replaced by a man where circumcision is permanently hid from view and no longer has social significance.

Today God (embodied in Chance) has arranged social circumstance in a particularly curious way. He-She has created an unprecedented ‘potential’ for unprecedented acts.

For the second time in the history of the Catholic Church, due to the retirement of Pope Benedict, there are two Popes in Rome. I say two, because the first bishop and Pope is said to have been St. Peter, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, who is also God. The mythology of the Catholic Church asserts this to be so. Having once been embodied in a mythical office, can it be unbodied with ‘retirement’? If it can, then does that not amount to betrayal of office that is believed to be more than office?

While no Pope has ever immolated or self-sacrificed his life while in office, the very possibility that it is never an impossibility, raises interesting questions.

Let us imagine that Pope Francis immolates himself on behalf of humanity, because he is inspired by a vision brought by Jesus, in which Jesus tells him that he agrees with scientists that science has gone ‘too far’ and that in cooperation with the banks it is destroying planet Earth’s environment beyond repair . As the link informs us, neither human kind or any Pope has taken the warning issued in 1992 seriously, and it is now forty-five (45) years since the original warning was issued by the Club of Rome in 1968.

In any case, I believe that the sudden and unexpected self-immolation of Pope Francis would cause quite a sensation, and for at least a month headline writers could go without their thinking hats. Indeed, the sensation would be even greater if Pope Francis first told of his vision to retired Pope Emeritus Benedict, and it was Bishop Ratzinger who then immolated himself on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Plaza. I wonder what Sally Quinn of the WP would write then?

It is for certain that Pope Francis (the replacement for the retiree, the Pope imitating the betraying apostle Peter) has begun his term in office badly. What man, but one obsessed by “legalisms” would more than five hundred (500) years after the fact canonize 800 Christians beheaded in 1480 by Muslim soldiers of the Ottoman Empire . It is not only a pathological act by a neo-Christian, but one that potentiates violent reaction. It is Catholic hubris gone nuts and celebrating (a toh to Max Keiser) the turning of humanity into a brainless chicken at last:

The question now facing everyone (Sally Quinn including) is whether the retired Pope, who like Peter has betrayed Jesus the Bogomil/Christ at the cock’s crow once, will awaken to his act and celebrate his 97th birthday by putting a match to the superego of the West and his alleged successor from Argentina, who would, I am reasonably sure, be happy to ‘disappear’ Bishop Ratzinger if he could .