Just a few weeks ago, before the protester murders in Ukraine, I remember upon seeing a picture of Yanukovych thinking he was some unhealthy thug looking man—most unworthy of holding leadership power—that could easily be swapped out for any politician/mafia guy in the New York metro area (perhaps Essex County “executive” Joey DiVencenzo) and it would make no difference in either location, because these people act exactly the same and are political moralists/opportunists. If a game theorist set up a chart with all the decision points plotted and their paths to later decision points that would face these “leaders”, they would all play the game exactly the same, and it would always be in the interest of the people they are serving—themselves, not the masses.
Anyways, now that Yanukovych has left, the government people who have stepped up have been quick to deflect the people’s anger and turn it completely on Yanukovict?m, a single person surely not completely to blame for the murder of all those protesters, and themselves are hoping to smoothly gain the reigns of power. Who knows, maybe they actually issued the orders in order to spark outrage to be able to oust Yanukovych. These dirty political games are allowed to be played out by these political figurines because of the very structures of our weak western and eastern representative governmental forms. Finger pointing, deflection, usurpation, wasting away of resources… some stupid mind-numbing play on the small stage that entrances the stadium’s audience from looking at one another and realizing how much more interesting and important the person right next to you is.
The good to come out of this world event? Every leader presiding over a country at the time of mass protests will be very careful in dealing with protesters for fear of becoming another Yanukovich that the very government will go after, in a scapegoat fashion or not. It’s still enough to make some world leaders pee themselves on stage and cowardly step back, which is almost always a good thing for the people of that country.
My purpose of posting this and circling “plus” is because here, like on so much other false and misleading advertising, they are actually cheating you of what you were intending to buy. They dilute the product with cheaper to process substances, and then call it an addition, when truly in my view it is a subtraction.
Notice where he urinated on himself.
…but a fair vindication of old kunny – http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/01/kunstler-victory-lap.html
I write for you this afternoon, to share a political and ontological metaphor/analog I built this morning. I often think of metaphors, as I’m sure you do too, but you might find as I do that the very thing in which we are thinking about, or in my case, thinking against, is the very thing that keeps us from allotting the time to put the metaphoric thoughts into communicable prose. In my case, it is the government and money (which are not necessarily being distinguished as two separate phenomena) that I write against, more strongly of a surface to allow writing to develop than any hard desk could surely ever allow.
This metaphor is directed at specifically the American polity, of which I am more familiar with, but it should be exportable with little to be lost to many other so called governments and nations.
Laws, all laws, are a house of cards, one that if stood alone would be blown down by the winds: the stronger and more ontologically true forces in this equation to be sure. The windstorm could be of the moderate type—a small group of people with qualms—swayed more by their peer’s suggestions rather than the stale words on paper in some archive. A simple emotional momentary outburst could waft away the pathetic out of date piece of legislation thought up by a presumptuous politician, and so bring the house of cards laying flat on the ground, entropically motivated. How then do the cards remain standing?
One argument might go that for the most part, they could have remained standing because the expansion and wealth enjoyed by this 200+ year old country has brought little wind upon them. Rather, what wind there has been has been funneled outwards, by some centrifugal force. This “windless” pax americana has few historical exceptions, regardless of how significant you are told any of our wars have been on the shaping of this land, at least with regards to bringing down “the cards”.
However, if the explanation stopped there and the metaphor was put up to the highly probable, tumultuous times ahead, the winds would surely bring the house of cards down.
Why won’t, then, the house of cards come falling down when challenged with the future gusts and windstorms that an age of economic contraction (borrowing James Howard Kunstler’s designation for it) will usher in?
The answer lies in the government personnel, the real ontological forces at works, of which the cards are a mere architectural sketch up. The big bad wolf can’t blow the cards down where everywhere he finds people buttressed against the house, inside and out. The employments of the government are so large that no matter what law is challenged, there are hordes of people that will challenge your challenge because their income stream is under threat. The local passport agency desk workers are loathe to hear of growing relative inefficiencies of their existence when customers could be doing the transaction of acquiring a passport solely on the Internet. They use the cards they were leaning on and remind us that we must show up in person sometimes so that we can’t falsify our identity. The comfortable building inspector who has used the cards to wrap himself as a blanket will defend the zoning regulations even when he can’t go ahead with building his fat and growing family a second addition to their home. The fraternity of police doesn’t lean on the cards that justify their existence, rather they block them from view totally and intimidate you from even approaching the vicinity. Want to get rid of the Electoral College or the Senate because of the anti-democratic representation they enshrine? Your logic in so proceeding could be 100% verified and agreed upon by the major populace, but good luck pushing these boulders off their tall hills. Politicians more generally have had their cards tailored, and retailored, to be limber and fit their evolving needs, more plainly put their outward tending wastes. These examples and many others are the numerous sycophantic government careers that have been carved out of the laws, not to mention the parallel profiteering industries such as war corporations that have bills passed to contract tax payer money to them.
So for those of us who think we know or can see the laws existing, would do well to look closer and see that the real foundations are the parasites from a variety of economic classes (super rich down to working class). Your arguments against the laws might be very reasonable and enough to mobilize people against them, but behind and in front of every thin stupid law acting as book ends do, are living breathing people who have made themselves dependent on the existence of that law, so you are not so easily going to huff and puff and blow them down.
It is a lie to say we live in a place governed by the rule of law. Closer to the truth is that we live in a place that is governed by the rule of the government.
Of course it appears that the Communist Party in China has little love for the commoners that seem to be disposable pawns. However, I think that at some point in the future, it will become clear that the Chinese love for themselves and their culture comes first, with no second in sight.
If you look at the geography of the pacific, with the two main powers being the USA in the east, and China to the west, you will see that the defensibility of China is much more plausible than the defense of California. This is for the simple fact that the Chinese eastern flank is rife with barrier islands and archipelagos, and all the USA has is Hawaii, a mid point to Asia. If I lived there, I would secure land elsewhere in the USA and vacate. Not without a long glance backwards for Hawaii is a beautiful place, but it is to be a Chinese paradise. I would leave the west coast all together, for other reasons as well, or be prepared to be a second class citizen.
The Chinese state is not stupid, and for better or worse it acts largely as one corporation, rather as Sparta (minus its Peloponnesian league allies, who wield their own interests), and it is the USA, those who like to play at being an Athens, who are sharply divided and selfish and have fallen to demagoguery. China as a whole is beating us at the capitalist game, and is not so stupid as to keep producing mindless consumer gadgets that are to be shipped off to America with dimming prospects of ever being repaid. As we speak, their factories are gradually being refitted for things useful to their own people, while they continue to feign that they are our servants, long enough to get stronger and stronger. All along they will be pushing their legitimacy as a share holder in our land, and will push for more open immigration policy towards their citizens moving in, in return for which we would be given reductions in our debt. Their people need space to live. Further, the USA will accept this immigration push to play the part of a nuclear war deterrence—China would bomb its own diaspora, nor would the USA bomb China with so many with Chinese with cultural loyalties to the red state, now here in the USA.
China’s imperial ambitions are against the backdrop of a waning American republic that is falling in to civil disarray, and will look juicier and juicier for the taking. They have been playing the game of risk “legally” so far and will continue to push this route to get what physical assets they can with Americans unwarily giving it to them to pay off their debts. They will be making migration deals to send in lieutenants and a plethora of their people, buying up arable land and digging in. The western United States will become Chinese liebensraum, with much of the south and east becoming reunited with the rest of the Americas, not through NAFTA, but through language and people flows.
The modern world we find ourselves in is not at all complex, relatively speaking to the possibilities for complexity. The disunity of all the variable forces makes all of them narrow (by the very fact that their reified separateness steals away their own space and that of the constructed others), in actual physical terms, gaunt by their malnourishment, meaning any slightly more complex existence can comprehend and predict them. The modern world is not complex, but this is not to say it is not complicated.
These narrow forces, whether they be the whole life of a cab driver, or following a cab ride where the driver and passengers are briefly of the same force and direction/mindset as they search for 42nd and 6th avenue, is something that even a complex mind can spend a tedious huge alotment of focus, focusing on some narrow but very real distraction. It is the scientists who spend a lifetime of work studying the sense amazing sense abilities of catepillars, never being able to emulate and fully grasp what the catepillar was born to do immediately. We are draining ourselves, filling our lives with poorly written little side stories, lots of one dimensional strands, yet imaginative embellishment makes them entertaining and easy enough that we are baited and lulled, until we’ve lost some of our own multi-dimensionalness in the process.
Yes, the modern world is very complicated, for there are mosquitos of many shapes and sizes, always out for themselves and never for you, trying to get some extra suck time in. Others, who fall in to the game because they feel it inevitable, have to spend a great deal of time and energy into not being landed upon and made a victim of a blood sucking scam. The credit card offer in the mail, the doctor pushing a pill, the retirement home trying to manipulate your parents into choosing to give away them of your inheritance to this undeserving institution that quickens your parents’ end… the list goes on and on. Even the mental energy that I need to use to flesh out this post to make sure you the reader get this point, is fucking exhausting, and a complete rip off of time that could be spent nurturing my mind, nurturing my immediate environment, to make something truly complex.
The truly complex, then, on the other hand, is the unified synchronization of forces, to where they are a single force, of many dimensions, vibrating together, flowing in an artful ever expanding way, that truly is growing a more beautiful reality for ourselves as we spend our time in consciousness on this planet. This is what is being weeded out by the tilling of the land for the tumorous overgrowth of sycophantic capitalism. Of pathetic sheepish salesmen, of all these useless occupations. Weeded out the good is… just like the golden and emeraldic were weeded out in El Dorado. But ironically, here we are weeding these things in, but of course, its all pyrite, because gold makes fools of us all, as we miss out on the complex, deep experience, for a fleeting bunch of moments full of bullshit complications.
I’m sorry if this post was complicated… avenge yourself and turn off this computer and go do something complex!
(I am not referring to self-flagellation, though the rigorous work that lies ahead for we who will not be part of the capitalistic—or future feudalistic—world is sure to be laborious)
Some cities (I have New York in mind) do have cultural acceptance for “the other”, as many social radicals may seek refuge there for their marginalizing differences, and this may give relief to the ailment of being strange.
However, concentrating in the urban areas leaves them all (you all) in a precarious position of extreme vulnerability and gridlock. The viability of having the cooperative larger world built that we left-of-center radicals would like to see come to fruition is quite distant when we stay locked up, in a flat on the 9th floor, with hired doormen to allow entry or deny it, depending on the whims of circumstance. A place like New York ensnares people ever deeper into capitalism—they must earn more and pay more to live on rented land—and they are surrounded by the most advanced aspects of the system: intense commercialism, industrial pollution, alienation amidst high population, and other issues.
On the other end, and where I think a great deal of anxiety lies on the minds of we radicals, is that the rural areas are somehow transcendentally and ahistorically backwards and intolerant. I believe that the state of much of rural America can be explained by the peculiar history of the land, and is by no means natural and needs to continue.
That being said, it is my position that we must start leaving the places that have been spent and that have no future, like the concrete jungles of urban density, and go to places where our ideals have to be compromised much less, and can be sown more immediately. Suburbs can act as a transition zone, or even semi-urban areas (west of the Hudson River) where money goes a lot farther and can keep you from being a landless thing, that would be quickly become dust in the wind if great social changes were to take place. Grounding yourself gives you some leverage to shape the future world as the current one unravels. It is much more desirable than to be shaped by those, of the capitalist ilk, who have land now and later on can force their will and values on you and your friends.