It's all around you, like smog. This train isn't bound for glory.
Background by Deak Ferrand, who pwnz.
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"Don't you know there's a war going on?" - 1960s commonplace So you're all up in arms because the miiddle class is becoming poor? Or, to be candid, because it is becoming less middle-class? I don't give a loose shit. You didn't care about us, when we were the wretched, and you weren't. A . . . (More)
The mental health industry has a long history, much of it politically implicated by, oh, for example, Foucault - curiously intertwined with the history of those institutions of CONTROL the government and the church. For an uncomfortably close instance of a form of authority making use of . . . (More)
It is very difficult - for US - to see what is directly in front of our faces. So what IS? Short version: Everything is terrible, and there is no hope. That should send most of you scurrying off to look at porn. Have a nice day, meat puppets. Let's start with the Great Pacific G . . . (More)
It seems to me that there are three sorts of people: those who wish to dominate others, those who wish to be dominated, and those, like me, who are instinctive egalitarians. I have tended to support BDSMLMNOP, because by making it explicit, and working it out in the powerful contex . . . (More)
US bond issues rose today in global markets, on the release of quarterly metrics showing reduced consumer spending and a sharp drop in new construction, timber harvesting, and mineral development, generally regarded by market pundits as signs of a sober and robust economic climate. US . . . (More)
A few things worth keeping an eye one: It always cackles the shackles of my puny little heart to see my fellow ordinary Americans getting ready to overthrow the gummint, and, you know, Kill Whitey - or whatever the (overwhelmingly) white equivalent of "Kill Whitey" is. . . . (More)
I remain very interested in persuasion as a mode of power, and as one of the engines of history. For the moment, I have little of my own to offer on this topic, but I am persuaded that like-minded souls may appreciate this psychological warfare site. I particularly enjoyed the psyops bl . . . (More)
Chrysippus, a favorite and very quotable Stoic, once said that poverty teaches by force those lessons that philosophy tries to teach by persuasion. In this I am inclined to agree with him. Recently, the American news media have been much agitated over reductions in consumer spending, for exa . . . (More)
I am forced to concede that my last post was, as the French would say, retarded. (Actually, when a suitable occasion arises, they probably just use the term "Americain".) I suppose that I had wanted this so badly that I had to protect myself from disappointment with that reliable balm, cynicism. . . . (More)
I was going to wait until after the election, but now that it seems like a foregone conclusion, I would like to express my relief at the likely Obama victory. For the record, this is the first time I have ever felt any sincere enthusiasm for a presidential candidate for whom I have voted. Ob . . . (More)