VOTESCAM AND THE WAR PARTY: A FEW THOUGHTS
Well, this one says it all, and I find myself in a great deal of agreement with the sentiments expressed in it:
Now, what epitomized my own political bi-partisanship was this telling paragraph; indeed, I had to re-read it, for it perfectly expressed my own cynicism to the American political "process":
"If we project the case of Maine’s disappearing voters nationwide, onto all states holding caucuses instead of primaries, then the fraud takes on a scale that threatens to delegitimize the entire process. This at a time when the entire political system is distrusted and even disdained by large portions of the electorate: turnout in the GOP primaries has been significantly lagging this time around, hardly what one would expect from the rank-and-file of a party supposedly eager to overturn the Obama administration. With billionaires buying elections, and both parties under the thumb of the Money Power, ordinary Americans just don’t take elections that seriously anymore. The idea that the electoral process confers any kind of real legitimacy on the victors is a fast-dissipating myth. "
Then there was this:
"What, then, should anti-interventionists do – what should be our attitude toward electoral politics, and what are the implications for a larger strategy for social change?
"Activists have to understand that we’re in this for the long haul: the battle for peace and liberty is bound to be a protracted conflict, one in which we’re going to have to utilize every weapon at our disposal. The idea that we’re going to make an electoral breakthrough, and accomplish much of our agenda in one fell swoop, is wishful thinking: success, when it comes, is going to be incremental. Additionally, it is going to come not as a result of five-second "sound bites" and glitzy campaign ads, but as a consequence of a sustained educational campaign that aims at raising awareness of the vital issues. "
I am bold to suggest, however, that America's problems go much deeper. We have become victims, as the article suggests, of our own propaganda. We believe we're the best at everything (and we're not...and if you have any doubts about that, stick around for a couple more generations when you see what the country is like being run by the products of our "education" system).
The fault of American politics is that we are seeking political solutions to a cultural and spiritual problem: corruption, and materialism. Frankly, the American Empire cannot survive, and the elites are trying mightily to replace it with a global one, and that won't work either, for the cultural problem will remain, the culture of corruption and materialism is, after all, the culture they have created. While I agree with Raimondo, that success will be incremental, and over the long term, I believe that success can only come as Americans realize their institutions are corrupt because they no longer take control of their own education, of their own thoughts, and literally own the culture.
Back when another global empire was in the final stages of collapse, it was up to local cultural institutions to pick up the cross of handing on culture and learning, but that didn't work too well either, as the one institution - the Roman Church - that was in a position to do that turned to hate and repression and tyranny. We see the same race to fundamentalisms and similar institutions within our own country. It was only in the Renaissance that Western Europe began to wake up and gradually, painfully, throw off those institutions of "thought police." It is not for nothing, as our Amerikan Empire enters the final phases of corruption, that we see politicians of both the right and the left racing to wrap themselves in the flag and a thin veneer of religiosity.
What we need now, is not more religion or "edgycashun", but a kind of Renaissance of culture and learning, of the free exchange of ideas and information, especially of those threatening to any emergent tyrannies. This is what the talking heads on the television and radio media don't get about Ron Paul. Congressman Paul knows he doesn't stand a chance of winning the presidency. But that isn't, in the final analysis, what his candidacy is about. It's about ideas, about calling into question the institutions (like the Federal Reserve) that have been grafted on to our republic to transform it into an empire. It's about calling into question the idea of that empire itself. And in the final analysis, it's about planting ideas for the long term. I may disagree with some of the Congressman's notions, and I do. But at least he's raising the bar of the debate. And young people, bored with the same old crapola spewing out of the mouths of Obama, Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney, are listening.
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Subject: [New Info] Fox News Judge Napolitano fired [Feb 2012] for telling the truth
Napolitano is not a conspiracy buff–he had a main street news program on Fox [wish I had known about it]. He was recently fired for getting way to close to the truth. Watch both the Utube [4 min] and heartcom [8 min] videos. For those of you in the anti-conspiracy camps–bring your blankies–you’re going to need them. Please pass it on.
You can live on your knees, or die on your feet!
Peace not War,
The 2010 mid-term elections were taken seriously, turnout was good and it was the largest political shift in the past six decades. So what happened? Nothing really changed. After more than a 1,000 days Congress still has not passed a budget, all the fuss and fury over cutting deficit spending has been a bad joke, the national debt continues to rise unabated, unconstitutional laws are still being passed with little debate, and POTUS continues to rule in a dictatorial manner.
Those are a few of the reasons why the political system is distrusted. Greater numbers of Americans have awakened to the harsh reality that at its core the 2-party system is a sham. The apathy level has increased and the only candidate who wants to take a different course is being discredited, ignored and mocked.
Apathy is also on the rise across Europe. Italy and Greece recently had their elected leaders toppled overnight and replaced with Vultures. The citizens were not outraged the next morning.
Time is of the essence to prevent a world-wide slide into tyranny or perhaps something worse.
Ron Paul doesn’t practice what he preaches.
Stephen Lendman & Webster Tarpley have been consistent in their critisims of him, with alot of documentation backing up their critical points.
Still, the lesser of all the evils doesn’t make a great multiple “choice” test of a real Republic, for which it doesn’t stand, in the Amerika of today.
Ron Paul is light-years ahead of the competition. We need to stand beside him for our own good.
There is alot of competition in the field of puppets.
So few puppets to choose from, for the far too many damn sheep.
Too bad none are a real choice.
The current field, as it stands, is but of puppets.
“Eagle Eye” is a good movie.
Too bad the bad guys win again.
Waiting for more good guys.
Getting some sleep, Joseph?
YES, it’s THAT important !!!
If you are still voting, you STILL don’t get it !!!!
Yep. Any vote, for any candidate is a vote *for* the system itself.
I notice this http://www.lewrockwell.com/mcelroy/mcelroy37.html was written in 2004. Now that Ron Paul is in the race, I don’t think this applies at all.
We must be involved in the politics of our country if we the people want to change it for the better.
And the next one by Thomas J. deLorenzo was written in 2008.
Same thing applies to that article.
deLorenzo even states: “Since neither of the major political parties has any interest whatsoever in enforcing the constitutional limitations on the state, they are all traitors to the Constitution (with one lone exception, Congressman Ron Paul).”
THEY control EVERYTHING………………
not “even” Ron Paul, but ESPECIALLY Ron Paul !
What is it about that statement that is ambiguous ?
Elections have been totally, TOTALLY,
rigged since electronic voting and otherwise fixed
since before then.
Here I am again being a jerk.
Oh well, I gotta be me,
who else can be ?
Just got my copy as well (with GOTG and all the pyramid books, Levender’s Grimoire trilogy, Grey Wolf, Aryan Jesus and Black Genesis by Bauval-at last)
Are we thinking about a certain special forces soldier?
Likes to hang out with Egyptian terrorists and Spanish underworld figures?
With the exception of Dr Farrell, 🙂 who is very well rounded in
his IQ, education and research, you should NOT be
reading and worshipping one single author.
Get more perspective………….
There are other exceptions but with qualifications,
as Bauval is good, but a bit narrow minded
and not possessive of the [entire] truth as in,
at least the wider picture.
I’m on A ROLL.
Getting in while I can !
I was trying to look up that “Black Knight”
satellite you mention in “Saucers…..”
when my internet / puter problems
very shortly multiplied.
I think I know what ? when it is………….
Just goes to show you how really stupid those
New Mexico “giant ants” are to give themselves away !!
Is the ‘Get more perspective’ aimed at me Hal838?
I hope not. These books represent ones I have just ordered and received-not the hundreds of others I have read over the last 15 years. Chasing Footnotes is what I do for a living, and for pleasure.
I don’t ‘worship’ people, though I have a great deal of respect for quite a few-JPF and Peter Levender are two of them.
If anything I would think JPF would be greatly disappointed by anyone who ‘worshipped’ his books and points of view-he has demonstrated an opposition to this phenomenon in every one of his books that I have read.
Here are some of my favourite authors (popular)-I don’t agree with all of them in their views or methodologies, but I do have a high regard for their work:
John C. Lennox
Robin Lane Fox
John Pryor-AssociateProfessor of Medieval History (Byzantine) Sydney University
John O. Ward-Professor Emeritus of Medieval History (Medieval Rhetoric and Intellectual History) Sydney University
I owe these last two men a debt-they taught me how to think, and why.
“Good Show” Matt.
I recognized a few names here that I would put on my own list of favorite authors.
I imagine it would be slightly different than yours. ( I am more bent toward Literature and Literary Theory? )
What do you think of Paul Shepard? —- The Alien-DNA hypothesis doesn’t nullify an Anthropological Approach using Evolution as a background for some references. I first balked at this but in the beginning of one of his books (The Others: how animals made us human) he comes right out and says he will use, sic — “The Myth of Evolution” as a background. ( This is a little more honest (admitting it’s a Myth ) than the rest of the Dogmatists who insist we completely follow their way of thinking.
Not one mention of a Paul Feyerabend in a discussion of Science Education. Aren’t we missing something here?
To have an ALTERNATE view of History, Science, etc doesn’t necessarily mean we have to throw out the baby with the bathwater!
Good Show, Matt. ( I am going to look up a few of the names you mentioned that are unfamiliar to me. I just love good bibliographies!)
Feel free to throw a few literary theorists my way mate. I have been wanting to get back into this field for a while-Eco spoiled me quite a bit 🙂
I’m quite interested in the way Postmodernists/deconstructionists deal with sacred texts.
Matt, if you know the name of a good introductory book that goes into critical but basic detail of the Concept or Word —IDEOLOGY and that the language isn’t too obfuscated then let me know? I hunting for one but with no promising luck.
One author to suggest to you comes to my mind who wrote a book about Metaphor or the Power of Metaphor I read several months ago but forgot his name? I’ll have to go digging in the stacks of my own library and reread it again? (I want to further understand Zygmunt Bauman’s use of Metaphor)
Maurice Blanchot is the Literary Theorist I would most like to learn about but he is the one I found to be most difficult to comprehend! I am doing an end-run around him by reading authors related to some of the topics he discusses. It’s Deep and Very Subjective!
That kind of writing I could really fully grasp or understand until lately. I use to sometimes hate myself for it until I read somewhere that even some PHD Philosopher who reread Hegel’s Phenomenon of the Spirit four times and still didn’t get it. That’s when I began to say to myself, AH, Ah It’s not my lack of education or intelligence but it’s in the NATURE of the SUBJECT. I am tone-deaf to some of the nuances of Classical Music but I can hear some of the notes of Dirreda’s ‘Difference.’
What a marvelous UN-SOUND.
Just like the NOISE of one hand clapping, ha, ha!
Sartre wrote BEING AND NOTHINGNESS which will leave you in a state of NOTHINGNESS (and bald from pulling out your hair).
That is exactly the point!!!!! I don’t know when Knowledge and Experience split apart from each other but it was a disaster.
Blanchot isn’t about just INFORMATION.
It’s directed to anyone it applies to.
When I get a thought while reading a post,
I immediately reply before I lose it,
then go back and finish the post if necessary.
I like the choices [Matt] you put in your first post
and am familiar with some on your list.
“Worship” is a form of dependent, therefore warped
and perverted, love.
As someone has said concerning “love,”
your life should not depend on one person
or someone else.
That’s not true of everything as we are meant to be
a ‘social’ species.
Happy hermits have been traumatized at some earlier time.
I like the way you stood up for yourself when you
felt criticised; very polite, but still standing up
Actually, you sound like a smart, well-read person,
and more importantly, well ’rounded.’
I hope so.
My apologies to anyone to whom I sound or sounded harsh
and was taken personally. I do try to keep my open
thoughts generalized because I don’t know YOU
I also tend to be very person-to-person and a personally
I am almost 10 years older than
Dr Farrell and sometimes feel like I’ve lived forever,
thinking of others as my children.
[Well, we all know I’m a bit strange ! ]
Keep Practicing… (You’ve got the “worship” aspect dead-right! “Off the knees!”)
Thank you Hal838, very civil 🙂
Here is an idea, what if all those who post here regularly were to compile a list of favourite authors? We could have subject/discipline categories as a wider reference for those who want to, as Joseph often says ‘get off the beaten track’.
The Giza ‘community’ library of real knowledge and learning 🙂
We could call it the New Library of Alexandria…….
Some brilliant names there Matt, to that I would add Richard J Evans and Max Hastings.
Nice call. Hastings’ ‘Nemesis’ was controversial 🙂
I think you would enjoy Robin Lane Fox. He wrote an amazing tome on the rise of Christianity and the downslide of Paganism from C2nd to C4th A.D.
Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine (London: Viking, 1986, ISBN 978-0670808489; Penguin Books Ltd new edition, 2006, ISBN 978-0141022956)
If you are interested in Sparta let me know, it is one of my ‘pet’ areas of interest 🙂
I have Nemesis, a very fine work indeed and I tend to agree with what Hastings wrote about Australia’s war effort in 1944-45. I don’t believe that he was calling our boys cowards, he was just acknowledging that the 2nd AIF was badly used and the men knew it. So why risk themselves for Bouganville of all places?
Anyways I have some of Robin Lane Fox’s work and I agree that’s also very good. As for Sparta, I have my Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Aristotle, plus the works of Paul Cartledge and Victor Davis Hanson. I have a thing for Sparta too, a very interesting people.
I would have to say that in Roman History I found Adrian Goldsworthy to be my “main man”, his work is brilliant. Especially for the mid to late Republic.
Yes MattB we are thinking about someones favourite commando. The description does fit however I don’t seriously believe that this individual was doing a tour of America in a Flying Saucer in 1966. Some of the things people think of haha.
I think that I am going to have to give Robert Bauval a go as well. HAL838 is right about relying on one author too much, even one as good as Dr Farrell, it is good to get more than one perspective on things. However I am sure that you already know that Matt.
I was very much into researching the late Roman army and the battle of Chalons in 451. This was a great read:
Warfare in Roman Europe, AD 350-425 (Oxford Classical Monographs) [Paperback]
Hugh Elton (Author)
And for Sparta:
‘Sparta’. Michael Whitby (Ed). http://www.amazon.com/Sparta-Michael-Whitby/dp/0415939577/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330858603&sr=1-5
Punic Wars: Dexter Hoyos (study under him at USYD)
The Carthaginians (Peoples of the Ancient World) by B. D. Hoyos
Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy (Bristol Phoenix Press – Greece and Rome Live) by B. D. Hoyos (Jul 1, 2008)
Hannibal’s Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Western Mediterranean, 247-183 BC by Dexter Hoyos (Jan 9, 2005)
Truceless War: Carthage’s Fight for Survival, 241 to 237 BC (History of Warfare) by B. D. Hoyos (Sep 30, 2007)
Thanks for that I will have to keep an eye out for those. I also find the later empire very interesting and Flavius Aetius was always a bit of a hero to me. The last great Roman of the West as I recall was what the emperor of the east called him. So I found these works of great use for that period;
P.J.Heather, ‘The Fall of the Roman Empire’
Christopher Kelly, ‘The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the fall of Rome”
Adrian Goldsworthy, ‘The Fall of the West’.
For the Roman Army I found these to be brilliant:
L J F Keppie, ‘The Making of the Roman Army: From Republic to Empire’
Adrian Goldsworthy: ‘The Complete Roman Army’
For the Punic Wars:
Nigel Bagnell: ‘The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage, and the Struggle for the Mediterranean’
Adrian Goldsworthy: ‘The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146BC’.
Happy reading my friend, but if you are like me then you have so much on your reading list that you just don’t know where to start haha.
Haha too true!
Peter Brown (same name as my father btw) wrote a brilliant book about the transition from late Classical to Medieval:
The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750 (Library of World Civilization) [Paperback]
Peter Brown (Author), Geoffrey Barraclough (Editor)
This was a first year ‘textbook’ when I did my B.A
Thanks Matt I will keep an eye out for that too.
I don’t know when this started and I most certainly know when it will end – the bibliophile’s motivation to read. (When I am dead and buried or I get Alziemer’s or something along those lines?)
For me the problem is “SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME!”
Do you know what I mean?
That kind of DESIRE! —- The older I get the more I realize it’s even better than SEX, ha, ha!
I just stumbled, yes STUMBLED, onto this Romanian Author whose has books titled to name a few – The Temptation to Exist, The Trouble with Being Born and The History of Decay.
I am rushing to the library today to see what’s this is all about? I don’t think I will be disappointed!
Have a good day U-ALL in this ‘BEING TOWARDS DEATH!”
I know exactly what you mean Paul there is so little time for all the books I want to read. Not just that but I also would like to write some myself or at least have a go.
Today’s education system just isn’t what it used to be
FEBRUARY, 27 2012
OUT ON A LIMB
ROSS L. TALBOTT
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO CO
Some years back, my mother taught school at the Salt Creek one room school. She was the whole staff. Around here, we had such schools on Garfield Creek, Canyon Creek, Peach Valley, Divide Creek and many more.
Oddly enough, the dropout rate was low and the success rate was high. Then we built larger schools in town and started busing the kids.
When I was teaching, we had a district and a county superintendent. In my school board days, the state Department of Education had come into being, and they were handing down mandates.
Also, there was the teachers union that we had to deal with. Removing a bad teacher was incredibly difficult and so was seldom done.
Parent involvement had been sidelined to almost nothing. The PTA was the Parent Advisory Council and was a total sham.
Now, in total violation of the U.S. Constitution, we have the federal government telling us what to teach, what to feed the children and how to grade success.
You can be suspended for bringing a plastic butter knife in your pack.
We used to bring our guns to school and go hunting as soon as school was out. We also played mumblety-peg with our pocket knives at recess.
The so called public schools have become government schools. In many families, both parents must have jobs, so the schools become the day care until they graduate and then the kids become wards of the government.
Child labor laws were well intentioned to stop abuse, but they have been overdone to the point that very few kids have learned any work skills by the time they graduate.
College is virtually unaffordable unless your parents are wealthy. American Indians also get free tuition, but very few take advantage of that opportunity.
No one has ever demonstrated that more money poured into education has any direct connection to student achievement. The educational system is always demanding more money and tries to lay a guilt trip on anyone who objects.
The major portion of your property tax “government lease payment” goes to the public educational system. If you own land, a house or a business, you pay it every year even if you never had kids in school. Almost all of my grandchildren are schooled outside the government school system, and yet I pay a huge amount into the government school system.
All my life I have heard that increasing regulation and increasing the money will make it better. It hasn’t worked. It’s a prime example of the rule that idiocy is defined by doing the same thing and expecting different results.
I realize that public education creates lots of jobs, but the cost to society is high.
In business, we try a new process, but if at some point we realize it isn’t working, we back off, re-analyze and change direction or maybe start all over. This is necessary because the market and competition drive the process.
If businesses operated like the American educational system, we would be in irreversible debt, sort of like the U.S. government.
Why can’t we rethink the whole process?
We could look at governments such as New Zealand, which reformed its government. They privatized many services. They reduced taxation to only tax income and consumption. They turned education back to parents.
We need to realize that competition works whether it’s business or education. Consequences teach us better than regulations ever can.
One last thought. I am leaving in the morning to take training in pesticide application to keep my license up. I have been spraying weeds and bugs for more years than those trainers have been alive. [ Ross might want to re-think the whole use of pesticides. – sc ]
Oh well, we are creating jobs.
“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.
“..public schools have become government schools.”
And that is the problem behind education in the Anglosphere.
I am drooling over your suggestion, Matt.
Problem is that I have already started going over
my allotted expenditures and, with me, it would
have to be a list of book titles as I often find that
a good book sending me back to the same author
(except for Dr Farrell) turns out to be a bust going too far
because many authors and researchers
spend themselves on the first idea.
THAT is what I meant by “perspective.”
All the GOP has to do declare itself the state abandon elections saving money. As for the education system the way around it use the school and public library and educate yourself.
This statement is worth it’s weight in gold, Dr Farrell, “We believe we’re the best at everything (and we’re not…and if you have any doubts about that, stick around for a couple more generations when you see what the country is like being run by the products of our “education” system”
Our education system has been deeply involved as “change agents” in dumbing down our children. We thought several decades ago, when we were told that we had to make future generations “global citizens” it was about lifting the educational status of third world nations. The evil little scam on us was TPTB were intent on lowering achievement levels of Americans, at the same time to speed things along.
Unfortunately, the undergraduate four-year degree has become, in many instances, the equivalent of no more than the completion of a High School remediation course. Proof of this can be obtained by reading a newspaper from the 1850-1880 era (written at a college level). Today’s newspaper is written at at 8th grade level at best.
Election time always brings out the plastic patriots and the ranting religious reprobates, but this is happening more and more each time. Just cover for the fact that the political prostitutes have nothing else to offer of any meaning.
You’re quite right about Ron Paul, though he won’t win the presidency, in a way he has already won. he has brought up talking points that no-one else will talk about. More and more people are taking notice despite the attempts of the craporate media to deny his very existence. Some hope for the future.
On a side note Dr Farrell, i just got my copy of Saucers, Swastikas and Psyops and strike me down if I didn’t see something entirely weird on the first couple of pages. I refer to the footnote on page ix – xi (you love your long footnotes haha), the sighting of Dr Frank E Stranges at Reno airport in July of 1966. Stranges gives a description of one of the occupants of the saucer that had me scratching my head and muttering “unglaublich” under my breath.
The description was of a man:
who was heavily built,
had dark heavy eyebrows
and had a deep scar on his cheek.
Now this sounds like someone we all now. Though Stranges doesn’t give a name for the man in the part you cited Dr Farrell but is he referring to whom I think he is referring to?
The amazing thing about Congressman Paul is that people who think and who don’t just parrot slogans, be they “liberals” or “conservatives” or “libertarians” or “progressives,” can all say, “I don’t agree with everything he says but he is the only candidate making the crucial points that must be made if a free society is to exist.” I routinely monitor sites from the far left to the far right, from White nationalist to progressive civil rights blogs, and there is a core of decent people out there who can see just how bad things have gotten and who appreciate the only national figure who speaks up for “the Old Republic.” Thanks for being part of this movement, which transcends the old tribal lines of D and R!
The saddest thing about all of this is how slow change occurs. Likely none of us will be alive to see things improve very much. This final phase into deep tyranny could go on for another generation easily. THEN it crumbles, THEN it can changed. We aren’t deep enough into the tunnel to even “see” the light at the end yet. Things are going to get a whole lot worse through Obama’s next term.