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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:26 pm    Post subject: Human Liberation and Revolt Reply with quote

Human Liberation and Revolt
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"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."
Replicant Android, Roy Batty, in the movie, Blade Runner.
These series of essay began with a critique of Capitalism and its unholy alliance with fundamentalist Christianity in America(The Spirit of Capitalism & The Religion of Dehumanization). Then another essay followed describing the repressive character of modern American Corporatism on the private life and space of the individual ( Pan-Corporatism: Culture of Repression and Deprivatization.). Lastly, I wrote an essay about the intellectually subversive nature of capitalism and how self-awareness and critical thought is short-circuited by an authoritarian epistemology that discourages questioning the status quo ( Take the Matrix Blue Pill, or the Red Pill?).

The Antifascist: Herbert Marcuse (1898 to 1979)

These themes and ideas where developed by philosopher Herbert Marcuse who was popularized in the 1960s as the father of the New Left. But Marcuse’s intellectual legacy goes much further back to Germany by being a participant in the socialist Spartacist uprising in Berlin during 1918. He was the a member of the original “Red Rose” dissidents (my term for the Spartacus group because its founder, Rosa Luxemburg, was nicknamed "Red Rosa") in the 1930’s which was ultimately crushed by the nationalist German army and a right-wing paramilitary group called the Freikorps. Hundreds of the Spartacists where executed and their bodies dumped in a river.

Marcuse earned his Ph.D. at the University of Freiburg in 1922, and then studied under Martin Heidegger in 1929. During 1933 he joined the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research because the Nazis would not allow him is complete his studies under Heidegger who, unfortunately, was a Nazi himself. Marcuse had to flee the Nazis again in 1933 and emigrated from Germany to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1940. While working with the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research in Germany and then in America he wrote critiques of Nazi fascism-- this is while Nazi fascism was greatly popular in the U.S. among many American businessmen like Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst, and Allen Dulles (later head of the CIA).

During World War II Marcuse worked for the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) from 1942 to 1951. The OSS later became the CIA in 1947. In the Office of Coordinator of Information (COI), created by Roosevelt in 1941, Marcuse worked in the Research and Analysis Branch (R&A). In 1942 Marcuse worked in the Bureau of Intelligence of the Office of War Information (OWI) analyzing every speech of Hitler and Goebbles and monitored the political situation in the Reich. He identified Nazi and Anti-Nazi groups in Germany. He also prepared an extensive “De-Nazification Guide” in which he attempted to discourage our government from cooperating former Nazi officials in the post-war reconstruction of Germany. Unfortunately, the US government was impressed and greatly admired former Nazi intelligence officers and government officials. Marcuse also handled the coordination of investigation of surviving Nazi groups and German Nationalist underground groups.

In 1945 the R&A Branch was transferred to the Department of State, Secret Intelligence (SI), and Counter-espionage (X-2) and became the “Strategic Services Unit of the War Department. “ In 1947 he worked with the American Denazification programme and assessed evidence against the Nazis. In 1947 Marcuse actually visited Heidegger in Germany, but Heidegger remained an unrepentant fascist Nazi. Marcuse never contacted Heidegger again after sending him a care package.

From 1948 to 1951 (during the time Joseph McCarthy was persecuting incident Americans for being communists), Marcuse—a real Marxist—was promoted in the Intelligence Research of the State Department as Acting Chief of the Central European Branch. Marcuse wrote a 532-page analysis in 1949 of the Soviet Union for the Division of International and Functional Intelligence entitled “The Potentials of World Communism” (declassified in May 1978). Marcuse called the Soviet Union “bureaucratic communism” and a corrupt third-rate welfare state that would collapse in 40 years. Actually, his critique is more complex, but his critique of Soviet Marxism was similar as his critique of American Capitalism. The US government, eager to profit from the Cold War, wanted to hear something else about the threat of a communist state --that the Soviet Union was a massive leviathan that threatened world domination--and ignored the report.

In 1952 he started teaching at Columbia University and Harvard, then taught at Brandeis University from 1958 until leaving in 1965 after a dispute with the university president Abram Sacher. And lastly, he taught at the University of California in San Diego where he was regularly attacked by California newspapers and finally was forced to stop teaching by the California Board of Regents in 1969, but they allowed Marcuse to continue to hold informal seminars. Marcuse regularly received death threats in America as a professor of philosophy. Marcuse was a nemesis of fascists in both Germany and America during his entire life.

The Great Refusal: Revolt by Nausea
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"The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states."
Mahatma Gandhi
Marcuse struggled throughout this entire intellectual history with the question of how revolutionary change will come about. His attitude changes back and forth from pessimism to optimism. Marcuse is a neo-Marxist (Hegelian-Marxist) and abandoned the classic Marxist doctrine of a revolutionary “working class” or “proletariat” because of the power of modern bureaucratic capitalism to alter individual consciousness with new forms of control as described in his work “One-Dimensional Man” (1964) But, later in an essay “Repressive Tolerance” (1965) Marcuse developed an idea of the revolutionary subject that was touched upon in “One-Dimensional Man,” as engaging in “total refusal” and methodical disengagement from capitalist values. This concept was borrowed from a term coined by Andre’ Breton as “The Great Refusal” in which the defiant individual acts in absolute and total rejection of the institutions, values, and way of life in a repressive capitalist society in order “to undo the mutilation of our faculties” and tap into “the unlimited capacity for refusal.” The individualist consciously becomes extremely intolerant of the dominant social policies, attitudes, opinions, institutions, culture, lifestyle, values, norms, imposed by an authoritarian and repressive tyranny over human life and freedom so as to negate those sustaining distorted societal values with different goals, values, and aspirations that undermine this system of domination. This is revolt by nausea of the widespread inhumanity, dehumanization, and massive waste of mass consumption in society. The ideological rationalization the are internalized as personal beliefs and constantly reinforce repression of human aspirations begin to decay and collapse.

The person of absolute refusal is one having New Sensibilities that brings about a total break with repressive-conformist society and its misanthropic values achieving a “transvaluation” of values, "for the abolition of a society which condemns the vast majority of its members to live their lives as a means for earning a living rather than as an end in itself." Ideological norms of a fundamentally repressive production society become de-legitimized. This transvaluation discards the "Performance Principle" which according to this principle "everyone has to earn his living in alienating but socially necessary performances, and one's reward, one's status in society will be determined by this performance (the work-income relation)." The ideology of repressive self-sacrifice, and the domination of technical-administrative rationality to legitimize the productive process are superseded by universal Human needs and desires. This new consciousness is intolerant of previously tolerated repression. Such a new human being is one
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“...who rejects the performance principles governing the established societies; a type of man who has rid himself of the aggressiveness and brutality that are inherent in the organization of established society, and in their hypocritical, puritan morality; a type of man who is biologically incapable of fighting wars and creating suffering; a type of man who has a good conscience of joy and pleasure, and who works collectively and individually for a social and natural environment in which such an existence becomes possible.”
Liberation from the Affluent Society, p. 197.
This is an anthropological transformed human being with New Sensibilities unlike the excessively aggressive, authoritarian, militaristic, sociopathic personality types that our educational system, churches, and culture produce en mass and value today (BTK)(Psychopaths and the American Dream). Psychiatrists report that 4% of the American population is actually sociopathic ( Study finds Children Routinely Torture Barbie Dolls). CEOs are presented as models of success and heroic in society, but these same persons often exhibit the behavioral profile of a psychopath (Beware the Corporate Pyscho). Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. wrote in his book, Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us. (1993), "Yet psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of business, politics, law enforcement, government, academia and other social structures (Babiak)." Marcuse believed that there could be no real social change until there is a new human sensibility. We have to liberate ourselves from ourselves before we can liberate ourselves from repressive administrative institutions.

Marcuse was a member of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research during the 1930s that studied the rise of fascism in Germany in order to understand its causes and origin. The Frankfurt Institute understood fascism as the expression of capitalist society values, institutions, and economic system. The fascist state is the fascist society. One famous study focused on authoritarianism in German society as fascism gained power. Theodor Adorno authored, “The Authoritarian Personality” that showed authoritarian tendencies in an individual's personality make them more receptive to fascist ideology. Here is a profile of an authoritarian personality (On "Moral Values" Code Words for Emerging Authoritarian Tendencies in Americans):

1. Desire for a strong leader.

2. Conventionalism: Rigid adherence to conventional, middle class attitudes.

3. Authoritarian Submission: Submissive, uncritical attitude toward idealized moral authorities of the ingroup.

4. Authoritarian Aggression: Tendency to be on the lookout for, and to condemn, reject, and punish people who violate conventional values.

5. Anti-intraception: Opposition to the subjective, the imaginative, the tenderminded.

6. Superstitions and Stereotypical: The belief in mystical determinants of the individual’s fate; the disposition to think in rigid categories.

7. Power and ‘Toughness’: Preoccupation with the dominance-submission, strong-weak, leader-follower dimension; identification with power figures; overemphasis upon the conventionalized attributes of the ego; exaggerated assertion of strength and t oughness.

8. Destruction and Cynicism: Generalized hostility, vilification of the human.

9. Projectivity: The disposition to believe that wild and dangerous things go on in the world; the projection outwards of unconscious emotional impulses.

10. Sex: Exaggerated concern with sexual ‘goings-on.’
(Authoritarian Personality Characteristics)

What are the values and policies of today that can be seen as deviant to the New Sensibilities of this new human being of total refusal?

1. Dehumanization of the individual by a security state
2. Militarism and the Draft
3. Racism
4. Imperialism
5. Repression presented as education
6. Torture
7. Invasion of human privacy by corporate tyrannies
8. Threats to civil liberties.
9. Meaningless work
10. Consumerism and manipulation of needs
11. Fraudulent democracy
12. Aggression presented as competitiveness
13. Human slavery
14. Child labor
15. Financial exploitation
16. Denial of Health Care and protection from disease
17. Environmental destruction
18. Violence against women
19. Police brutality
20. Massive waste
21. Hatred of servitude in the guise of technology
22. Hatred of spiritual deprivation in the guise of the “good life.”
23. Hostility to established authoritarian institutions


Anti-war, anti-draft activities, strikes, boycotts, civil disobedience, militant confrontation politics, and political rebellion are the legitimate reactions of total intolerance to the new fascism with the purpose of undermining its power like termites undermining a wooden structure. Conformity is obedience, and obedience is humiliation! Indifference and tolerance of the values of capitalism sustains this system of tyranny, domination, and repression:
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“Tolerance toward that which is radically evil now appears as good because it serves the cohesion of the whole on the road to affluence or more affluence. The toleration of the systematic moronization of children and adults alike by publicity and propaganda, the release of destructiveness in aggressive driving, the recruitment for and training of special forces, the impotent and benevolent tolerance toward outright deception in merchandizing, waste, and planned obsolescence are not distortions and aberrations, they are the essence of a system which fosters tolerance as a means for perpetuating the struggle for existence and suppressing the alternatives. The authorities in education, morals, and psychology are vociferous against the increase in juvenile delinquency; they are less vociferous against the proud presentation, in word and deed and pictures, of ever more powerful missiles, rockets, bombs--the mature delinquency of a whole civilization.” Repressive Tolerance
Marcuse viewed the student and counterculture movements of the 1960s as agents of change and an example of the Great Refusal, but is not itself sufficient to bring about revolutionary change from corporate capitalism. He cannot imagine revolutionary change without working class radicalism. Marcuse never claimed that student, counterculture, and the black liberation movements where going to bring about revolutionary change, but where instead symptoms of a pre-revolutionary situation and a period of enlightenment, and education that result in radical actions of demonstrations and confrontation. They are more catalysts of change in society according to Marcuse’s thought. Over time Marcuse slowly returned to the classical Marxist idea of forces “within” capitalism that bring about social transformation. What is important in Marcuse’s advanced concept of liberation is that political rebellion is based on universal Human needs that have the potential of being the antecedent of universal rebellion.

Dialectical Contradiction within and Negation of Totalitarianism

Marcuse returns to the classical Hegelian-Marxist idea of “determinate negation” to find a force for change and agent for the transformation of society. Hegel, a philosopher and Christian theologian, viewed historical movement as following a universal law (Logic) of dialectical movement between opposing thesis, antithesis, and resulting in a higher synthesis. There is a process of conflict and negation before a synthesis can be reached, but the synthesis is only possible because of the original conflict between to opposing poles. So in a sense the negation is retained in the new form of a synthesis.
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“Hegel, … views the process, not as one of mere negation, but as one of determinate negation; one which "holds fast the positive in the negative," includes its content within itself, and passes by means of the negative into a higher synthesis in which is preserved the truth of the mediated factors.”
http://www.gwfhegel.org/Books/TR3.html
Marx applied this Hegelian idea to the historical development of Capitalism. Take for an example of this principle Marx’s understanding of Capitalism’s evolution as increasingly becoming monopolistic through market competition until competition is abolished and the monopolistic economy collapses because all capital is concentrated in the control of a few owners. Capitalism starts out as competitive, but with the contradictory purpose of abolishing competition. Marx believed this monopolistic crisis would lead to a new higher organization of society. This is a principle working in all aspects of history and even in thought itself.

Marcuse's work “Counterrevolution And Revolt” (1972) is an effort to show these internal disintegrating contradictions developing within corporate capitalism and the possibility of societal transformation. The first contradiction is the monopolist tendency capitalism that brings more and more control of all labor under capital for total control of the labor process and life as a whole. Society becomes divided between capital and a mass working class under corporate capitalism’s authoritarian rule and domination.

Secondly, capitalist wealth itself sets up the conditions of disintegration because the rising standard of living and consumer expectation cannot be maintained and fulfilled which leads to crisis and social instability. These needs and expectations are material and normative. The material needs and expectations are “consumer needs” of homes, cars, jobs, vacations, household goods, and luxury items. Once advanced capitalism has a series of crises, society becomes unstable, frustration builds, and a reservoir of dissatisfaction emerges undermining corporate capitalism. These crises appear as dissatisfaction with work environment, unnecessary work, blatant obsolescence, decline in wages, permanent inflation, unnecessary high unemployment and underemployment, unstable monetary system, liquidity crisis, ecology crisis, energy shortages, and mounting war costs to retain neocolonial assets draining resources from social support programs. All these grievances produce widespread awareness of the failures of capitalism and a new consciousness forms within the working class that enable individuals to see that they are trapped in a “rigged game.” The other normative needs and expectations are leisure time, happiness, security, freedom and individual dignity that are promised by capitalism, but fails to deliver them. These unrealized values enable one to see through the false ideological norms of capitalism so that once again frustration and disappointment threaten capitalism. These failures are not predicted, but documented daily by some media and political critiques even during 1972.

Marcuse warns that corporate capitalism will in its advance stage reorganize to defend itself against revolt resulting from its failures. In order to protect itself capitalism’s counterrevolution “practices the horrors of the Nazi regime” such as torture, genocide, supporting military dictatorships (The Indonesian Massacres and the CIA), creating police states, and acting as the world police superpower. Advanced Capitalism will prevent even the most modest social progress at home and become a new form of fascism. Note that the following quote by Marcuse was written in 1971:
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“We are far from a fascist form of government, but some of the possible preconditions are emerging. They are well known and I will just give you a list: the courts, used more and more as political tribunals; the reduction of education and welfare in the richest country in the world; anti-democratic legislation, such as preventive detention and the no-knock laws; economic sanctions if you are politically and otherwise suspect; the intimidation and self censorship of the mass media. These are very frightening signs. You cannot say history repeats itself; it never repeats itself in the same form. The fact that we cannot point to any charismatic leader, the fact that we cannot point to any SS or SA here, simply means that they are not necessary in this country. If necessary, other organizations can perform the job, possibly even more efficiently. I do not have to tell you which organizations I have in mind.”
“The Movement in a New Era of Repression: An Assessment,” Berkeley Journal of Sociology, vol. XVI (1971-2) p. 8.
What is the counterforce?
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“The only counterforce is the development of an effectively organized radical Left, assuming the vast task of political education, dispelling the false and mutilated consciousness of the people so that they themselves experience their condition and its abolition, as vital need, and apprehend the ways and means of their liberation.”
“Counterrevolution And Revolt” (1972) p. 28.
Marcuse again warns the Left to avoid “ritualization” of leftist concepts and “reified” Marxian concepts-- like the mythological concept of the “Marxian proletariat”; the “Myth of October” where society is changed overnight; the concept of “class” and “wage laborer as proletariat.” One cannot a priori assign a group as revolutionary by virtue of their position, or role in society. “Oppression” is the key factor and not wage-labor as the mark of a revolutionary force. Instead of reified concepts, the Left has to be engaged in constant ideological reconstruction and reevaluation of the political situation.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:41 am    Post subject: Psychopaths in society are the norm Reply with quote

The first post discussed psychopaths in society and have prevalent they are in business, government, and society. Here is a perfect example.

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Repulsive "Wifely Expectations" pact emerges in Iowa kidnap case
FEBRUARY 17--This country, as you know, is filled with the deranged. And then there's Travis Frey, a 33-year-old Iowa man who is facing charges that he tried to kidnap his own wife (not to mention a separate child pornography rap). Frey, prosecutors contend, apparently is a rather demanding guy. In fact, he actually drew up a bizarre four-page marriage document--a "Contract of Wifely Expectations"--that sought to establish guidelines for his spouse in terms of hygiene, clothing, and sexual activities. In return for fulfilling certain requirements, Frey (pictured) offered "Good Behavior Days," or GBDs. Each GBD, Frey wrote, could be redeemed by his wife to "get out of doing the things" he requested daily. A copy of the proposed contract, which Frey's wife never signed and later provided to cops, can be found below. While we normally point out the highlights of most documents, there are so many in this demented, and very graphic, contract, we really can't do it justice. So set aside ten minutes--and prepare to be repulsed. ((4 pages))

Notice page three requirements for Frey's wife to shave parts of her body, sexual instructions, and dressing except for "church."
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Unfortunately many democrats and 'liberals' support capitalism, albeit with regulation. Although regulation and reform help to take the "bite" out of capitalism, the best possibility of a capitalist society is a welfare state. In such a society the government would work to mimic the effects of socialism, without giving the proletariat (workers) control of the means of production. Such expansive welfare programs gradually become less necessary (though under socialism all people are guaranteed a place to live, food to eat, and other necessities), as the people take community control of what belongs to them.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Political Social Genius,

Yes, this strategy is what Bismarck, Minister-President of Prussia from 1862 to 1890,called "Zuckerbrot und Peitsche" (the sugar plum and the whip) aimed at the working class. Repressive measures given along with benefits to the workers so that they would not turn to the Social Democratic Party (a socialist party). The repressions involved outright arrest, deportation, laws against public meetings and campaigns. The plum offered to the working class was social-insurance legislation, sickness insurance law, accident insurance, old-age and disability insurance. This Bismarckian policy was extremely successful.
Our situation in American is that the Neocons, or Neofascists, have reduced the American social policy to a third rate welfare state and are even dismantling that as we speak.
This will result in social instability. Consequently, the power elite are mobilizing to protect themselves by increasing military policing of society, hyper-militarization of the domestic police forces, modernization of digital documentation technology, test runs of mass arrest capacity by executing warrant sweeps, arrest procedures rewritten, building of detention centers, and increasing penalties for all statutory laws since these will be used to incarcerate domestic political opponents.
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Political Social Genius,

Yes, this strategy is what Bismarck, Minister-President of Prussia from 1862 to 1890,called "Zuckerbrot und Peitsche" (the sugar plum and the whip) aimed at the working class. Repressive measures given along with benefits to the workers so that they would not turn to the Social Democratic Party (a socialist party). The repressions involved outright arrest, deportation, laws against public meetings and campaigns. The plum offered to the working class was social-insurance legislation, sickness insurance law, accident insurance, old-age and disability insurance. This Bismarckian policy was extremely successful.
Our situation in American is that the Neocons, or Neofascists, have reduced the American social policy to a third rate welfare state and are even dismantling that as we speak.
This will result in social instability. Consequently, the power elite are mobilizing to protect themselves by increasing military policing of society, hyper-militarization of the domestic police forces, modernization of digital documentation technology, test runs of mass arrest capacity by executing warrant sweeps, arrest procedures rewritten, building of detention centers, and increasing penalties for all statutory laws since these will be used to incarcerate domestic political opponents.


Interesting about the Bismarckian law.

Your nick caused me to remember something very disturbing which I recently found on the web-- the site of .. yes.... the "American Fascist Party." The logic with which they attempt to support their ideals is fundamentally flawed (of course), and their leader Seth Tyrssen is even running for president. Unbelievable stuff, really. And the guy just plain looks ridiculous.

With the influence of big-business on the legislative process and the government at large, the United States is become more fascist all the time. I say the because the widely accepted (but not always used) definition of fascism is "corporatism". That is, the merging of corporations and the state.
Imagine this being a reality where your manager can now throw you in jail if he thinks you weren't doing your job correctly. Perhaps that is an extreme case, but the amount of influence that large corporations have on the American government is, de facto corporatism, and therefore fascism.
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antifascist wrote:
The first post discussed psychopaths in society and have prevalent they are in business, government, and society. Here is a perfect example.

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Repulsive "Wifely Expectations" pact emerges in Iowa kidnap case
FEBRUARY 17--This country, as you know, is filled with the deranged. And then there's Travis Frey, a 33-year-old Iowa man who is facing charges that he tried to kidnap his own wife (not to mention a separate child pornography rap). Frey, prosecutors contend, apparently is a rather demanding guy. In fact, he actually drew up a bizarre four-page marriage document--a "Contract of Wifely Expectations"--that sought to establish guidelines for his spouse in terms of hygiene, clothing, and sexual activities. In return for fulfilling certain requirements, Frey (pictured) offered "Good Behavior Days," or GBDs. Each GBD, Frey wrote, could be redeemed by his wife to "get out of doing the things" he requested daily. A copy of the proposed contract, which Frey's wife never signed and later provided to cops, can be found below. While we normally point out the highlights of most documents, there are so many in this demented, and very graphic, contract, we really can't do it justice. So set aside ten minutes--and prepare to be repulsed. ((4 pages))

Notice page three requirements for Frey's wife to shave parts of her body, sexual instructions, and dressing except for "church."


What a prize. :x

I'm surprised she didn't leave the imprint of her stilettos in his forehead, but then again...that's just me.

'Bina.
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F-cking asshole.
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BinaBecker wrote:
I'm surprised she didn't leave the imprint of her stilettos in his forehead, but then again...that's just me.


This is the kind of guy who gets his penis cut off when he's sleeping.
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Spitfire of ATJ wrote:
BinaBecker wrote:
I'm surprised she didn't leave the imprint of her stilettos in his forehead, but then again...that's just me.


This is the kind of guy who gets his penis cut off when he's sleeping.

The really vicious bit, tho, is how many girls even yet are raised to think crap like him is their natural lot in life.
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Mairead wrote:
Spitfire of ATJ wrote:
BinaBecker wrote:
I'm surprised she didn't leave the imprint of her stilettos in his forehead, but then again...that's just me.


This is the kind of guy who gets his penis cut off when he's sleeping.

The really vicious bit, tho, is how many girls even yet are raised to think crap like him is their natural lot in life.


The guy has obviously got money....
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is all great material -- but it tires me out (well -- a LOT of things tires me out these days...).

I suspect that the value of reading this is not to learn things, but to unlearn things -- to reverse the conditioning and internal blocks towrads freedom which one has taken out of them as the result of begin raised in an insane culture.

But I want a shortcut, something which will let me get there without having to spend decades reading and studying. Maybe I have something:

First, the lingusitic thing. Get in the habit of breaking apart the words, frames and abstractions. Spend an hour or so reading about general smenatics and then keep doing that. In short: see what you see; feel what you feel, know what you know -- and stop talking yourself into things. Thats a key thing -- clear perceptions and clear thoughts, without the garbage.

Talk with cats. Cats know all about this and they NEVER read Marcuse. Learn from cats how to say "I don't want to", and mean it.

I don't know -- I'm just poking about a bit, but I want to find a distillation -- something like "don't put those handcuffs on!". Follow it all down the *root* of being and decide what you really want and follow that instead of what you 'think' you should want.

It came almost as a revelation to me: I was going to church school (horrible thing!) and I actally had homework. I was so conditioned that I hardly even questioned it, until one day it ocurred to me that 'I don't have to do this", and I just stopped. It was great. It was a few years later the same revelation hit me about high school, and it was harder, but I just stopped that too. All hell broke loose, but it was definitely worth it. I saved my soul -- battered but it survived and eventually took root again and grew. Now it's so strong that when salesmen call me on the phone I just hang up and don't even feel guilty. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 1:18 am    Post subject: Re: Psychopaths in society are the norm Reply with quote

Mairead wrote:
Spitfire of ATJ wrote:
BinaBecker wrote:
I'm surprised she didn't leave the imprint of her stilettos in his forehead, but then again...that's just me.


This is the kind of guy who gets his penis cut off when he's sleeping.

The really vicious bit, tho, is how many girls even yet are raised to think crap like him is their natural lot in life.


Yes. And that's the kind of slavery we should all be revolting against.

But then again, there are some who actually feel more secure in a sick relationship like that. God help them. :x

'Bina.
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bluepilgrim wrote:
Talk with cats. Cats know all about this and they NEVER read Marcuse. Learn from cats how to say "I don't want to", and mean it.


:lol: That's Bast's own truth. And that's why I love my kitties...they are independence purrsonified.

Actually, this is why authoritarians HATE cats. Hitler is said to have thrown fits whenever anyone even mentioned the word "Katze"! :shock:

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But I want a shortcut, something which will let me get there without having to spend decades reading and studying.

Bluepilgrim, I have to agree with you. Marcuse is complex and it does take years to get thru this writings.

I think the best shortcut is George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty Four" because it discusses all the same topics and issues without the heavy philosophical bagage. Every theme found in Marcuse's work can also be found in Orwell's novel. I didn't realize this until Mike read Orwell's novel on the air. It is really amazing the these two writers came to have such similar views taking into account that Orwell was not a professional academic! Orwell only had a high school education, but a rich life of experience, and yet he wrote on all the same questions and problems that the highly educated and intelligent Marcuse (he studied under Martin Heidegger) wrote about in his philosophical papers and books. I have a new admiration and respect for British empiricism after many years of adoring German Idealism!
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orwell was remarkably percipient, as well as gifted at weaving truth into fiction. Having read him is probably a good way to ease into Marcuse, especially if, like me, you ain't got much philosophy, but you do respect and appreciate literature.

'Bina.
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem I have with Marcuse et al at this point is the sheer amount of time and energy it takes to wade through -- I don't have that much energy any more, and none of has that much time. Fortunately I've thinking about such things for a long time and I think I know the answer -- something like 'direct perception' -- somthing like drinking a lot of coffee and really *seeing*, shaking off the illusions. It's not even so much things you do, but things you *don't* do -- the internal dialogue you avoid. There is knowledge about some things needed too of course, particularly what the events are and what the fascists and other 'leaders' are doing -- information -- but there are ways to see things:

The story I posted about kids not being allowed to ahve cell phones at school for instance...

I put myself in their shoes. What if some told me I couldn't have a cell phone with me at work or even while taking a college course? Keep it turned off so the noise doesn't interrupt if someone calls me? OK -- I can see the reason for that. Don't use the thing when I'm in the middle of some activity I should be engaged in? I can see that. But not to be allowed to have one? That's absurd --especially since I would not be able to have it AFTER I left class or work.

Yeah -- OK -- absurd -- let me be absurd for a moment: someone comes in with a gun and pins everyone down in another school shooting, but none of the kids hiding in the closet can call the police because no one is allowed to have a cell phone. (Based on real situations.)

The problem is the school is not just trying to control the activity or behavior of students in class, but the person themselves, far beyond whatever authority they are entitled to. The excuses they give all have to do with some largely hypothetical behavior on levels of abstraction. If we see through the abstractions and get down to the *root* of the issues, then we see through the tyrannical attitudes and policies as well. And those abstractions -- that's the internal dialogue -- the cultural hegemony and the artificially limited choices the tyrants present (like having rights OR security). A cat would never fall for that.
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Having read him is probably a good way to ease into Marcuse

Hi Bina, thank you for your many comments on this and my other posts. You always enhance the subject with your observations.

Yes, I wish I read Orwell before Marcuse, it would have been easier to follow some of Marcuses writings. Orwell is certainly a good writer and I read his advice on writing. Marcuse was not a native speaker of English so his writing has that funny German syntax, but it has its own strenghts.

Orwell's advice for writing....
Quote:

1. What am I trying to say?

2. What words will express it?

3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?

4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

5.Could I put it more shortly?

6. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?

7. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

8. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

8. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

9. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

10. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

11. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh -- one other thing that helps. I used to play D&D a lot as the 'dungeon master', which obligated me to come up with ever increasingly fiendish schemes and evil characters to challenge the players, and meant leraning to think like an evil fiend. All I have to do now is think like that and I get a pretty good idea of what the gangsters are up to: There are no rules but win and destroy the good guys and any opposition. Get as much power as possible, and use it ruthlessly. If you can get away with cheating and lying then by all means do it. The only limits are the tactical considerations from overstepping and tipping your hand too soon.
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

antifascist wrote:
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Having read him is probably a good way to ease into Marcuse

Hi Bina, thank you for your many comments on this and my other posts. You always enhance the subject with your observations.

Yes, I wish I read Orwell before Marcuse, it would have been easier to follow some of Marcuses writings. Orwell is certainly a good writer and I read his advice on writing. Marcuse was not a native speaker of English so his writing has that funny German syntax, but it has its own strenghts.

Orwell's advice for writing....
Quote:

1. What am I trying to say?

2. What words will express it?

3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?

4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

5.Could I put it more shortly?

6. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?

7. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

8. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

8. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

9. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

10. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

11. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous


Yup, sound advice. That's why his prose is like a windowpane--the truth shines through!

'Bina.
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