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From out of the desert it came: a virtual world named Sin. For two millennia, the world was enthralled by the priesthoods of this demonizing world. But a new day has dawned with the reemergence of Eros, the Pagan God of Love. An eyeblink ago, when the Baby Boomers were young, the Age of Aquarius announced the dawn of this new day. But it had a little setback, as the church and its patriarchs struck back. Eros Rising is here to help freedom lovers everywhere reclaim their human rights.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Global Feudalism

A multitude of cases could be made “against” economic globalism--a material assault on the world by (primarily) one state: The United States of America. Here we will concentrate on just one case. The present state of health in the developing world is our indictment against this greed-driven ideology. We tell you that right up front, so you will “know where we are coming from.”

The current issue of National Geographic Magazine, my old employer, features a story on Malaria, with the grim statistics that “nearly half a billion people get malaria each year,” and that “more than a million die” from the disease.

Let us stop there for a moment, and ask what exactly is globalism, and what is its “promise?” The first question is “objective,” since it invites each of us to define the phenomenon as we see it. The second question is purely rhetorical, since it asks the globalists to tell us why they do what they do. They do it, they say, to spread prosperity from the developed world into the undeveloped. In other words, their motives are "noble." That is the promise. The elimination of the extreme disparity between haves and have-nots on the global stage, in a great leveling out of the world economy.

Now. What is globalism as I, Jonathan Light, see it? (Each and every one of us should conduct this thought experiment, since this is a phenomenon that is altering our lives as we speak.) In my opinion globalism is the push by the wealthy classes in America (and to a lesser degree, Europe and the rest of the developed world) to increase markets for the goods and services that are making them richer by the nanosecond. By eliminating tariffs and other import restrictions, the primary means by which counties protect their workers from foreign exploitation, globalists are able to double, triple, and quadruple their wealth. Why would not a class of people steeped in greed not want to do that? But that’s just my take. Perhaps I’m just an old hippie with axes to grind. So let’s go back to the “promise” of globalism, which ostensibly is to eradicate the extreme dichotomy between haves and have-nots on the world stage.

If globalism were in any way even approaching its noble goals, then we would be seeing signs of its success…amongst the working people of the world. Instead what we are seeing is the creation of pockets of extreme wealth in formerly poor countries like India and China. As for “the people,” they are either as bad off as ever, or worse off. Take the continent of Africa. At a time in human history when Americans are debating which expensive techniques will produce armies of centenarians, the people of Africa are still dying in droves…as children and young adults. What is even more of a global “scandal,” a million (mostly young) people a year are dying from a disease that is extraordinarily easy to treat…Malaria. As the fat cats of America get so bloated with wealth that they have to hire people to help them spend it, the people of Africa--the continent where human life began, according to many National Geographic stories that I worked on--don’t even have the resources to treat this easily treated disease. Here we see the “success” of globalism in all of its ugliness.

Now we ask: what should a “proper” globalism be all about? Have we not been promised, at least implicitly, that we are about to become a global village, one big planetary economy with benefits and caring for all? Hah! I challenge anyone to show us that this is happening. Globalism, as it is turning out, means only one thing: that a wealthy and privileged "global" class gets even wealthier and more privileged. Globalism is a way for American feudalism to become global feudalism. Plain and simple. And as African children die of a disease that could be treated for the small change left by Globalist billionaires as tips for their concierges, the American media continues to treat this phenomenon as if it were just another story of political “equivalence,” wherein each side of the argument is granted “respectability.” And virtually all of America’s political leaders, including most Democrats, and most notably Ms. Hillary Clinton, are solid defenders of the globalist juggernaut.

Wake up Americans of conscious. Wake up! If Senator Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, then form a third party and reclaim your human dignity. Let us, people of good will toward their fellow human beings, pursue our own dream of Globalism. The kind of dream that a benevolent God might approve of. Not the god of Mammon, which currently runs our benighted two-party system of “SO CALLED” democracy.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The New Scapegoats

More on Paris Hilton, double standards, and our demonizing system of government:

Tell me, someone, please. Is it better to demonize people for their natures than it is to demonize them for their race or ethnicity (as was done for example by the Nazis)? Times change, and with them scapegoats change. Since ruling classes need scapegoats to thrive, here in the United States of Draconia our "fathers," our beloved Patriarachs, have turned to the Bible--a wonderful handbook for demonization if ever there was one--for new scapegoats. In this holy book, which is quickly replacing the American constitution, we discover that all of us have criminal natures. All one has to do is equate "sin" with crime, which our leaders now do at every opportunity. Has this passed your notice?

Here in the United States of Draconia each and every one of us is subject to a knock on the door, and ruination by law. Law in America is a disgrace to the loving and caring human race. If one believes in Karma, one must believe that the coldblooded patriarchs who have seized our young democracy and made a mockery of political freedom will see their judgement day.

Paris Hilton & The United States of Draconia

So back in the clinker she goes, perhaps to serve the kind of sentence "real people" in the USA serve for DUI. I knew a guy who spent six years in prison for a DUI, despite the fact that nobody was hurt. Most Americans--those who do honest work for a living--are now subject to the most draconian laws in modern history. (Draconian - 1. of or designating a law or code of extreme severity; 2) Exceedingly harsh; rigorous.) If this is not a word in your vocabulary, please master it now, because it's come to describe what Franz Kafka might call Amerika, where the prisons are burgeoning with people who have been demonized, criminalized and ruined by the United States of Draconia. Under the patriarchs who rule this so-called democracy, our own human nature is being shamelessly and systematically commodified and exploited by the ruling professions. Constantly we are being given the message: The only lifestyle suitable to us is the Walt Disney one that squares with fundamentalist Christian beliefs. Slowly but surely they are finding ways to send every free spirit in America straight to jail....except, of course, for free spirits with lots of money and clout. The question is not "why did Paris get such privileged treatment?" The real question should be: "Why are the rest of us being treated like dirt?"

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Republicans & Their Cheap Symbols

Why has no one asked the question of those taking cheap shots at John Edwards' $400 haircut why they are letting Hillary off the hairblower? She undoubtedly spends far more on her hair; some have suggested she travels with a hairdresser. Sexist as this lampooning may be, it's utterly typical of Republican besmirching. Why should they bother examining their opponents' professional qualities when they can gain so much political mileage off sophomoric sexist jokes about their personal behavior?
It's been said that our characters are formed in high school. If so, then you can all remember the kind of a**hole that relied on that kind of humor. Those were the Neanderthals who started taking over government back in the 80s. Sadly, there were far more of those types than we ever feared.