Assorted Thoughts In The Age Of Collapse

Assorted Thoughts In The Age Of Collapse

 

The “gig economy”, or the Uberization of the workforce: the right to be under-employed and in a precarious position no matter how many hours or jobs or gigs you work a week.

But, can unionization change that? Doubtful, and nor does that slim hope change the fact that Uberization spells a broadening and deepening of the bottomless and growing global precariat.

But saving two bucks on cab fare makes it all justified and worthwhile, right?

JTR,

February 27, 2020

 

Despicable ads? What in Washington, or its ruling capital, Wall Street, is anything BUT despicable? Holy hypocrisy! Corporate empire rules both parties, while political elites righteously point fingers at each other. Tragic-comedy…. Enough! Revolution now.

JTR,

February 26, 2020

 

We need a thousand more journalists like Ian Cobain and John Pilger. More urgently, we need more people to question “the news”, the authorities, and the official narrative, and to dig for, and share, more accurate information. And that is beginning to happen, and to accelerate.

JTR,

February 26, 2020

 

I’ve travelled through 20 countries, but still I find stillness the greatest adventure, and most rewarding, enriching journey of all. Going to the mountain top is exceedingly worthwhile, but going deep within is what makes it worthwhile. Reading thousands of books and travelling the world has been extraordinarily enriching and illuminating; but simply being still, and simply being, with gratitude, simplicity, wakefulness and attention, opens doors that cannot even be found, in any other way. As a dear friend said, “Be still, and seek the light.” I heartily agree! Action is required in order to heal our world, and urgently so. But stillness is required if our actions are to be sufficiently thoughtful or clear-minded to be a positive success.

 – J. Todd Ring,

 Author of Enlightened Democracy: Visions For A New Millennium, and The People Vs The Elite

 

Just say no to Big Brother – and Big Tech, who are deeply embedded partners of the new fascist surveillance state. I’m switching from the magats asap – Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon and Twitter. Farcebook must go too.  https://open.spotify.com/episode/7hSh7u5R6UYtFOJqTaMMwo?si=Z4Bzoj1ySFaTd-TNEAyNhQ

 

The three of Fromm’s books I am familiar with – To Have Or To Be, The Sane Society, and Escape From Freedom – rank above what could be called extremely important. That would be an understatement. In an insane society, and modern society is undoubtedly insane, Fromm’s books are among the few that can help us to find our way back to basic sanity, and to simply to survive, and not destroy ourselves; and beyond that, to a decent, just, peaceful, compassionate and free society, and possibly even an enlightened society. Brilliant. Extremely lucid. Extraordinarily perceptive. Warmly human. For social psychology and social philosophy, Fromm ranks with the greatest: Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell, Joanna Macy, Rianne Eisler, Murray Bookchin, Bertrand Russell, Max Weber, Peter Kropotkin, Henry David Thoreau, and a handful of others. Reading him is not only tremendously refreshing, it is sheer joy.

JTR,

February 21, 2020

 

A Short History of Progress is a true must-read book for all thinking people. I would put it in my top ten list of must-read books, that I would recommend to everyone, along with The Ecology of Freedom, The Chalice and The Blade, Escape From Freedom, Chomsky’s Year 501 and Necessary Illusions, Mutual Aid, and Walden. Read the best books first, as Thoreau said, or you may never read them at all.

My only critique of the book is the pessimistic tone, though that in no way diminishes its unrivalled importance. My response would be to quote Thoreau: “There is more day yet to dawn.” Or Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ’till it’s over.” Or Virgil: “Fortune favours the bold.”

JTR,

February 21, 2020

 

Still my favourite novel of all time. A masterpiece of political philosophy and political imagination, The Dispossessed ranks with 1984 and Brave New World – except that it is radically hopeful and empowering, rather than bleak. It is a joy to read. And a revelation. Le Guin belongs with Dickens, Orwell, Huxley, Blake, and all the great writers of social commentary. She is a true treasure.

JTR,

February 21, 2020

 

Remember liberty, equality, solidarity, on the road ahead – they are essential, and they are under attack.

JTR,

February 20, 2020

 

What I’ve been saying since my first book, in 2014, Enlightened Democracy, and before and since: the people must be united in order to deal with the growing environmental disaster we face, as well as the mounting war on democracy that the ruling elite have been waging, with growing intensity, for over four decades. I think the point should be, by now, becoming obvious, most urgent, and undeniable. In short, we must choose our battles more wisely, or die squabbling, while the world burns.

JTR,

February 18, 2020

 

What we are facing is systemic degeneration: ecologically, culturally, spiritually, intellectually, psychologically, socially, and biologically in terms of degenerating health and shortening life spans. This is the slow-motion collapse of a civilization. What is needed is not to self-medicate or mask the symptoms, or to manage the symptoms of degeneration, or to slow the degeneration, but to halt and reverse it, and begin the process of regeneration and renewal: at the global, national and local levels, the societal, the ecological, the cultural, and the individual. It is time for rebirth. It is time for renewal. It is time for a new renaissance.

JTR,

February 17, 2020

“Davos is a ghetto of strung-out money-holics”. 

  • Max Keiser

Well put.

 

See my twitter, fb posts about virus, flu, and Orwell, Feb. 12-13, 2020

Posted this twice here….delete second, earlier version, below…

Thoughts I just jotted, for anyone interested….

Harvard law professor & biowarfare expert says coronavirus likely leaked accidentally from Chinese biowarfare lab, after virus was stolen from Canadian biowarfare lab. Dirty hands & criminal insanity are widespread, and are the source & cause of the outbreak. 

Note stats:

83% infectious rate, 15% mortality rate. Serious, but not warranting the present panic. Again, poverty, obesity, inequality, fascism, war, and the growing environmental crisis are all much greater dangers than any new or old virus. 

Stay calm, and eat your veggies. I’m serious. Boost your immunity naturally, and don’t freak out.

Those were my reactions. See my essay post on the coronavirus from a few days ago. 

In short, the recurring virus scares are a practice run for martial law, mass house arrests, mass “quarantine”, and finally, a pretext for fascism. The warnings have been increasing for a long time now.

See Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Wolf’s The End of America, and Peter Dale Peter Dale Scott’s The American Deep State, or Chomsky’s Class Warfare, Necessary Illusions, Year 501, or Requiem For The American Dream, for context, if the statements here seem anything but clearly plausible, if not highly probable, in their accuracy. Machiavellian power-mongers are always a danger, in any generation. Now is no different. The only difference is that now the elite know it’s endgame. 

JTR,

February 12, 2020

Thoughts I just jotted, for anyone interested….

Harvard law professor & biowarfare expert says coronavirus likely leaked accidentally from Chinese biowarfare lab, after virus was stolen from Canadian biowarfare lab. Dirty hands & criminal insanity are widespread, and are the source & cause of the outbreak. 

Note stats:

83% infectious rate, 15% mortality rate. Serious, but not warranting the present panic. Again, poverty, obesity, inequality, fascism, war, and the growing environmental crisis are all much greater dangers than any new or old virus. 

Stay calm, and eat your veggies. I’m serious. Boost your immunity naturally, and don’t freak out.

Those were my reactions. See my essay post on the coronavirus from a few days ago. 

In short, the recurring virus scares are a practice run for martial law, mass house arrests, and finally, a pretext for fascism. The warnings have been increasing for a long time now.

JTR,

February 12, 2020

 

What is the defining element of what we call civilization? It is not roads, or bridges, aqueducts or sewers, the written word, architecture or cities. It is the division of labour. That requires agriculture and villages, but it marks a further and much more decisive turning point than either: and it can be either a turning point  for great boon, or for cultural decay and degeneration – and most often, for both. But division of labour can be a great boon, without the associated cultural, spiritual and psychological decay, which it has been associated and fused with – so long as it can be separated from hierarchical power structures, which it has been wedded to for 5,000 years. This is the crux of the matter, as I see it.

JTR,

February 10, 2020

 

Latins, Etruscans and Greeks, oh my… and Hebrews and Christians, Vandals and Gauls… 

History gets more fascinating to me all the time – especially when I see more and more clearly how profoundly important it is to understand, how relevant it is at all times, and how fleeting everything is, including our presumably immutable, rock solid fetishes of culture, institutions, power structures, ideologies, mythologies, systems and norms. Remember, “This too shall pass.” And we should remember also, as Goethe said, “Anyone who can’t learn from 5,000 years of history is living hand to mouth.”

JTR,

February 10, 2020

 

Anyone who would like to consider himself or herself well-read, must of course read the greatest critique of modern society ever written, by the greatest American philosopher to date: Henry David Thoreau’s, Walden. Now, after three decades of further studies, post-Walden – including the essential Bookchin, Eisler, Kropotkin, Orwell, Chomsky, Bertrand Russel, Joanna Macy, Ken Wilber, Allan Wallace, Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley, Erich Fromm, Joseph Campbell, and many others – Rene Guenon comes next. That’s a list of true luminaries, for anyone who is interested. Skip the trash and the drivel, the trivial and the mundane. Go straight to the greats.

JTR,

February 10, 2020

 

We moderns are the measure of all things. No, we moderns are the measure of madness. This is the dark age. Our society is insane. Fortunately, a global awakening is occurring, and it is gaining speed.

JTR,

January 28, 2020

 

Immigration and conservation generate wealth & prosperity. Slash & burn economics & walls represent short-term, short-sighted thinking. The former is intelligent. The latter, simply dumb.

JTR,

January 28, 2020

 

OPCW member testifies at UN re: chemical weapons attack. As we’ve been saying, the pretexts for war in Syria were a lie, just as with the pretexts for war in Iraq. It’s oil and pipelines, not humanitarian intervention – raw imperialism, that is: which means, mass murder and theft.

JTR,

January 22, 2020

 

“Controversial”: supporting democracy, freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law, constitutional rule, civil liberties, human rights, justice, ecological sanity, peace….these things are all considered “controversial” now. I guess it’s controversial to have principles. I guess it’s now considered controversial to have a spine. Well, call me controversial then.

JTR,

January 13, 2020

Watch for my new book, going to press this week, everywhere:

The People vs The Elite: 

A Manifesto For Democratic Revolution,

Or

Survival In The 21st Century & Beyond

 

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“Whatever you think of Maduro ‘regime change’ is up to Venezuelans – not the US” | New Internationalist 

– And note that the UN Secretary General refused to acknowledge the right winger who declared himself president, opposing the *elected* gov., in elections that were monitored by over 200 international observers and confirmed to be free and fair. Note also that only vassals and allies of Washington have supported Guido, who has, by the way, only 14% support among the people. 150 nations recognize the *elected* government, not the front man for the US-orchestrated coup. The fact that Ottawa backs the coup is disgusting and disgraceful. But boot-licking towards Washington is not new in Canada’s capital: among the political class it is the norm.

JTR

Trump offered what is truth is a version of neoconservatism as the cure for neoliberalism: but they are two sides of the same coin – both represent crony capitalism, class warfare and corporate oligarchy, simply in two different flavours. Which do you prefer, Kissinger or Thatcher? Both lead to Pinochet, so really there is no difference in the end. 

JTR,

December 20, 2019

Is the military industrial complex insane? Yes. Watch Dr. Strangelove again. It’s as relevant as ever.  

JTR,

December 17, 2019

This is a populist: a trust-busting progressive and friend of the people, like Tommy Douglas or Teddy Roosevelt; not a right-wing demagogue like Trump. Stop misusing the term! (This means you, sucker-punched left and centre media.)

JTR,

December 17, 2019

The US is no longer *becoming* a third world nation – the US has *become* a third world nation. Here’s why. It’s called neoliberalism – which is another name for class warfare, or simple corruption. It’s offshoring. That means predatory capitalism.

Note that any nation that accepts neoliberal orthodoxy, or corporate globalization, which benefits only the super-rich and the corporate giants they control,  is on the road to becoming (or remaining) a third world nation, and following the US lead in a race to the bottom. This means that Canada, Britain and Europe are well on their way down. This is why tensions are rising, both within and between nations.

JTR,

December 16, 2019

“We’re heading into neofeudalism. We’re heading back to the dark ages.” – Max Keiser 

Yes, that is true – unless there is a revolution. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3UoH9yWRepOBttNKn01IIU?si=yz7pZaCmRjif98uBJE5fsw

In terms of energy transition, things look more hopeful. The equivalent of 2,000 nuclear power plants is forcast to be installed as new solar power projects over the next 9 years. Extremely good 

news. 

JTR,

December 13, 2019

Global total debt to GDP is now 500%, based on new figures from Moody’s ($50 trillion vs 250 trillion world debt). Removing the speculative 95% of the world economy, it comes to over 5,000%. Collapse is near. 

JTR,

December 13, 2019

 Excellent summary of the state of the world, politically, sociologically and economically:

“Moody’s issuing a world debt downgrade warning (WDDW) on rising political unrest. Despite this rising turmoil, the Fed keeps printing new millionaires as QE continues to rescue the ‘haves’ at the expense of the ‘have nots.'” – Max Keiser & Stacy Herbert

JTR,

December 13, 2019

Terrorism kills 20,000 a year. State terrorism, which is the “war on terror”, kills 50,000 a year – and costs trillions of dollars as well. Makes perfect sense for the military industrial complex!

JTR,

The people must recapture the narrative in order to reclaim their power & their democracy. Turn off the corporate-state media now. That is step one.

JTR,

December13, 2019

It is utter hypocrisy of the Democrats in saying Trump has no regard for fair elections or the constitution, since they stole the 2016 primary election from Bernie, as was proven. Disgraceful.

JTR,

December 11, 2019 

(good coverage below)

I don’t support Trump, but I do support due process of law and constitutional rule: and this impeachment, and the actions and events surrounding it, are ominous to both. Liberals cheerleading the impeachment clearly do not remotely understand what is going on. The Deep State is using this opportunity to destroy the last remnants of both due process of law and constitutional rule, and to complete its usurpation of illegitimate, undemocratic, and unconstitutional powers over the nation, the executive, the congress, and the courts. Ominous indeed.

JTR,

December 11, 2019

Trump is a terrible president, guilty of war crimes – like Obama, Bush I and II, the Clintons, Reagan… True enough. It is also true that the impeachment process is a CIA coup. The Deep State, which is another term for the military-industrial-security complex, doesn’t like the slightest disobedience from a president. And while Trump is no dove, he is not compliant enough with the military-intelligence-corporate complex and its pro-war, and new cold war, imperial agenda. So he must go. The rest is for show. 

   The real news is that the CIA is getting even more brazen – even at home, it seems. Watch for imperial overstretch. Hubris is the downfall of every empire.

  The CIA is positioning itself to emerge from this process as the confirmed superior power, above the President, the Congress, and the judiciary. That is dangerous, to say the least. 

   The CIA wants us to think it is rescuing the people from Trump. But the CIA makes Trump look like a five year old bully in the school yard, by comparison. These are not your saviours, believe me.

JTR,

December 9, 2019

It is not “populism” which is the great danger now. (And by the way, that term is dangerously being misused.) It is not “nationalism” which is the great danger. Nationalism can be healing or malignant, intelligent or dangerously deluded. In itself, nationalism is simply neutral – like technology, it is neither our saviour and messiah, nor is it the devil incarnate. It entirely depends on what use we put it to, or what kind of nationalism, we are talking about.

Likewise, it is not the left or the right, or even the far right, which is the great danger – although the dangers posed by the far right are very great, very present, and very real. 

No, the great danger is from the vacillating and frequently vacant centre. (They remind me of Beaker, from The Muppets. You have to watch it to understand the visual metaphor.) The danger of the centre is that they are so easily led, or misled. They will support Stalin. They will support Mao. They will support Mussolini, or Hitler. And they have, repeatedly. They can be led to support anyone, or anything. 

That is the great danger: that the centre has lost all moral compass; and when they are not hopelessly apathetic and inert, as is generally the case – and supporting the establishment, the status quo, and the ruling order and orthodoxy, whatever it may be, come hell or high fury, and this is the greatest danger of all – they can be led to support the most reactionary and barbaric currents among us.

We must rouse them from their slumber, and keep them to their better impulses – which are their first impulses, when they are not either cowering in conformity or else misled – or all is lost. They are the greatest hope, because they are the great majority, and thus the greatest power; and they are also the greatest danger, if they mistrust themselves enough to cower in the shadows, allowing power hungry elites to rule and enslave, and destroy us all; or worse, allow themselves to be manipulated into perceiving their slavers as their saviours. Wake them and empower them, before it is too late. This means now.

JTR,

December 8, 2019

Jonathan Turley is a US constitutional lawyer. Listen to him cut through the fog regarding the impeachment of Trump, and the abuse of power, and attack on the constitution, that this impeachment process represents. (Note that he was devastatingly critical of Bush signing the Military Commissions Act, as well. See, “The End of America” x two.) Constitutional rule is extremely important, and essential. It cannot be emphasized enough. Without it, it is a return to unfettered power politics, which is simple barbarism. This is critical to understand. 

I don’t support Trump, but I do support constitutional rule, and I will defend anyone’s constitutional rights and civil liberties, no matter how strongly I disagree with them. If that is difficult to understand, then we are indeed doomed. Let’s hope we have not yet succumbed to mass insanity that completely. I remain hopeful, and resolved, despite the sea of madness we now live within.

Law Professor DESTROYS Democrat’s Impeachment Case https://youtu.be/h2h_vSn8Ktg via @YouTube 

JTR,

December 8, 2019

Regarding Snowden, Greenwald, Assange, the NSA, et al: It’s not about privacy, which is perhaps important, but almost  trivial by comparison. It’s about tyranny and abuse of power. And that is extremely important to guard against. How much more clear and obvious can it get? This is creeping fascism. And that is not something to be taken lightly.

JTR,

December 8, 2019

This should sound the final necessary alarm bell: the Arctic permafrost has now shifted from being a carbon sink to being a net carbon emitter. Glaciers and ice caps melting, the permafrost an emitter, the Gulf Stream slowing or stopping, and rainforests burning: we have now crossed two of four major known tipping points. This is beyond ominous. Radical action is needed now, even simply to mitigate the catastrophe which is now unfolding.

(See Permafrost Hits A Grim Threshold, Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, December 6, 2019)

  • JTR,

December 6, 2019

Trudeau (Junior) made a serious blunder, again, (December 3/19 at a NATO meeting in London) and again showed he is no statesman, but an adolescent prep-school boy who is in far over his head. Trump may be easy to mock, and may often deserve it, but that is the job of social and political commentators, or comedians, not the supposed leaders of nations. Is this not obvious, a matter of statecraft 101? Junior should step down for many reasons, primarily for selling out the people of Canada to the transnational corporate elite. He is a disgrace to his father’s legacy – the last (flawed but) decent prime minister of Canada. This move just cements the conclusion. Everyone knows Trump is reactionary and thin-skinned. This is not how you conduct international negotiations with another nation, and certainly not a super-power. You neither hold to meek and fawning submissiveness, which is Junior’s usual routine, nor resort to childish antics. Remove Trudeau, and Trump, asap.

PS: The Washington Post, aka the Bezos Post, or what is becoming known as the CIA Post, is an utterly unreliable propaganda rag. My sharing an article from them (on “social media”), which I happened to stumble across, is an extremely rare thing, and certainly not an endorsement of this mouthpiece for the empire and the military-industrial-corporate-security complex.

JTR,

December 5, 2019

Regarding Labour in Britain, the Democratic party of the US, and other centrist, centre-left parties elsewhere, this is the heart of the problem. Regarding Labour, as a textbook example and case study: the British Labour party is internally divided and split between the grassroots constituency, which is centre-left and backs Corbyn, and the parliamentarians and the party establishment, which is firmly neoliberal, which means centre-right at best, and more precisely, corporatist, or crypto-fascist, and is basically Thatcherism-Light, as it has been since Tony Blair, who was rightly called the poodle of Washington. The Liberal party and the NDP in Canada, along with the Democratic party in the US, face the same internal dillemma: the popular base is (small-d) democratic centre-left, while the party establishment is firmly behind, subservient and loyal to, neoliberal corporate oligarchy. The same is true for what once were centre-right democratic and republican parties, such as the Republicans in the US and the Conservatives in Canada, which are now neoconservative parties of far right authoritarian corporate rule, but with a base which largely fails to realize this fact. This is a problem that can be resolved either by dissolving the last remains of democratic integrity in these centrist parties, turning them more fully into the Orwellian mouthpieces for neoliberal/neoconservative, crypto-fascist corporate oligarchy, which they are becoming, and to a very large extent have become; or, they can have a democratic rebirth. I think the latter is unlikely to happen, since these institutions have been captured by the ruling business elite. The former is unthinkable to participate in, but is most likely to happen. That leaves only one option for intelligent, thoughtful people of good conscience who now support these centrist parties: leave. Leave en mass. I think it is time. They are dead shells. Their democratic lifeblood is spent – and is spilled all over the ground, by the corporate aristocracy which has highjacked them, and slit the throat of democracy from the inside. Now it is time for real change, not psudeo-democratic illusions and lies. If Jeremy Corbyn can rescue Labour from co-option and therefore oblivion, that’s good. I would support him completely in that endeavour. If Bernie Sanders or Tulsi Gabbarb (or better yet, the two together) can rescue the Democratic party from total corruption and subservience to Wall Street, that’s good. I would gladly support them, as well. I wouldn’t make such hopes a priority focus, myself, however. The big opportunities for change are likely to be elsewhere. We need a major shift in focus now, to extra-parliamentary grassroots activism, I would say, as the primary, though not exclusive strategy for social change, as well as a major increase in boldness, and now.

JTR,

November 21, 2019

US politics in sum: the business elite founded the US, and quickly took it from elite-run liberal democracy, to crony capitalist, corporatist oligarchy. A constitution which in some ways is democratic and in others anti-democratic, is central to the problem. Trump is not. Trump is a baboon who’s time in power will likely be fleeting, while the deeper, and far bigger problems, remain to be addressed.

JTR,

November 13, 2019

..?

The corporate police state, aka corporate fascism, is here. The attack on dissent, on any and all dissenting voices, on democracy, civil liberties, freedom, self-determination, democratically-elected governments, and the truth, is intensifying. This is nearing end game. Heads up. Stand up, and speak up, while you can.

JTR,

November 12, 2019

In 1953, at trial, Castro said, “To those who will say I am a dreamer let me quote the words of [José] Martí, ‘A true man does not seek the path where advantage lies, but rather the path where duty lies, and this is the only practical man . . . because he who has looked back on the essential course of history . . . knows that, without a single exception, the future lies on the side of duty.’” Yes, of course. And it is the only way to live a meaningful life – or a sane life, for that matter: to place duty to others, and compassion for others, above self-interest. Everything else is petty, meaningless, and insane. (Lest we forget.)

JTR,

November 12, 2019

As vile and anti-democratic as it gets: the Canadian government backs yet another coup – this time in Bolivia. Bay Street, Big Oil, Washington and Wall Street rule Canada. There is simply zero question about it.

More US-orchestrated coups, on behalf of Washington’s corporate Wall Street rulers, and with the support of its spineless and complicit criminal friends, including the Trudeau (Jr.) government of Canada: how disgusting, and thoroughly unsurprising. When will US Americans, Canadians, Europeans, and people of good conscience everywhere who value freedom, self-determination, democracy, justice and peace, say, Enough?

JTR,

November 12, 2019

After the noble Evo Morales resigned as President of Bolivia – after being “advised” to do so by the military

I am in love with studying. I don’t think that is a bad thing. It’s better than crack, crystal meth, opiods, porn or booze, to be sure. I’m in love with the pursuit of truth. I have been since at least the age of eighteen, and my first course in philosophy. In fact, nothing means more to me than the pursuit of truth. The only thing that equals it, is compassionate action, and the pursuit of social change. To me, compassionate action, and the pursuit of truth, are the only two things worth living for, or that make life at all meaningful. The rest, is either a bonus, or a challenge, but never central, and certainly never a reason for being. In short, it is wisdom and compassion that matter. The rest is either a blessing, a challenge, or a distraction.

JTR,

November 8, 2019 

Sometimes I want to say, “Fuck you, Caillou, whiney little bitch.” Yes, it’s snow. And I love it! It’s Canada. If you don’t like snow, move. Complaining about the weather is childish. It’s like complaining about the sun rising in the east, and setting in the west. Get over it. We have much bigger problems to deal with – and joys to be shared.

JTR,

November 7, 2019

Remember: it’s all fleeting. This life is like a flash of lightning in the dark of night. It will be over in a blink. Try to stay peaceful, and make it meaningful, while it lasts.

JTR,

November 7, 2019

The biggest threat to democracy in the US has always been “the monied aristocracy”, as Thomas Jefferson called them. Misrepresenting history and contemporary facts helps no one. Trump is awful, but no real aberration: he is simply a more transparent case of the crude, racist, classist, vulgar elite rule that has been going on for over 200 years. 

JTR,

November 7, 2019

The global, neofeudal, corporate fascist empire is closing down on freedom, democracy and dissent. These are deeply ominous signs. Orwell warned us. Now it is here.

JTR,

Octber 29, 2019

My take on the media, the elite, the empire, the article below, and on impeachmentgate:

It is so refreshing to read someone like Chomsky, Peter Dale Scott, Nafeez Ahmed, John Pilger or Paul Street, who actually know, and *understand what the fuck is going on*. A paragraph from any one of them (or the handful of others of their calibre) is worth more, than decades of reading, watching or listening to “the news” from the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the BBC or CBC, the New York Times, or any of the sewer pipe major media, that, as every thinking person knows, or should know, are the propaganda wing of the new global neo-feudal, crypto-fascist corporate empire.

Here is Paul Street, on why the US elite want Trump impeached – and why his impeachment doesn’t matter: because Trump is, as I have been saying, and as Chomsky has said, a distraction.

THE PROBLEM IS THE EMPIRE. Not the boil on the ass of the empire, which the faux left, “the resistance”, and the elite – all of which are merged in one dark cauldron – are eager to lance. Do not be distracted.

JTR,

October 27, 2019

See fb post on same day for excellent, extended quote.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/all-that-is-holy-is-profaned-beyond-ruling-class-trumpeachment/

Reading Common Sense: I didn’t know Thomas Paine was so eloquent. “We furnish the means by which we suffer.” (And he continues with more eloquence.) Beautiful. Simple, true – and simply true: thus, beautiful. To stare reality in the face requires the greatest courage; but, it provides the greatest rewards, and is, in fact, the only road to true liberation.

JTR,

October 27, 2019

Peace-keeping, “humanitarian intervention”, imperialism and “regime change”

The right to topple and replace foreign governments? Who gives that right? God? Holy delusional. It is aggression, which is defined under international law, based on the Nuremberg Trials, as a war crime. End it now.

If a multilateral, multinational force can be used genuinely as peace-keepers to stop aggression, and to protect people from aggression – such as an international coalition, not to occupy or bomb a nation, or to replace its government, all of which are war crimes, but to truly protect from from aggression – that could be a good thing to do. But that is not what the US has done, from the Mexican-American War and the Indian wars of murderous and genocidal expansionism, through the last two centuries. Imperialism, coups and “regime change” are not peace-keeping nor humanitarian: they are simple acts of murder and theft on a grand scale. Let’s not drape such acts of vile depravity in cloaks of false nobility. That would be, and is, the height of deceit.

JTR,

October 27, 2019

(See Chomsky, Year 501)

The world is in a horrible state, not because of the presence of sociopaths, but because of the absence of warriors.

JTR,

October 2, 2015

Wow. Data-Trash: a devastating critique of 21st century modern society. Only a few can beat it: Chomsky, Kropotkin, Schumacher, Thoreau, Joanna Macy, Rianne Eisler, Murray Bookchin, Fromm…not many others. Chilling, and stunningly brilliant must-read.

JTR,

October 4, 2019

Trump is indefensible, of course, like every US president before him at least since Reagan. That does not mean that impeaching him would not create disaster – economic disaster on a global scale. More to the point: Impeachment is possibly a useful thing to do (though maybe not) – certainly justified – so long as people remember that Trump is not the problem, but merely the symptom of a deeper, more systemic problem. Like a pimple, caused by poor diet and hormonal imbalance, squeezing the pimple will not make the problem go away.

JTR,

October 1, 2019

To understand history better, or at all, I would say that Rianne Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade, Murray Bookchin’s The Ecology of Freedom, Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid, Chomsky’s Year 501, Ronald Wright’s A Short History of Progress, EF Schumacher’s A Guide For The Perplexed, Helena Norberg-Hodge’s Ancient Futures, and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces, should be considered essential reading. Without them, we will likely understand nothing, and misunderstand everything; and as the saying goes, we will be doomed to repeat history, because we were incapable of learning from it.

JTR,

October 1, 2019

Goethe said, “Life without music would be unbearable.” I would say the same thing about reading, only more so.

JTR,

October 7, 2019

Most people don’t read books, and certainly not serious books, if they read at all, tragically; and they have no idea how deeply impoverishing that is. They often say, or think, they don’t have time to read. Yet, the average North American and Brit spends four hours a day, 28 hours a week watching TV, and four hours a day, 28 hours a week on the internet. Of course there is no time for reading. There is no time for life! All free time must be obsessively devoted to entertainment and distraction – to voyeurism, vicarious living, and escape from reality. Such a life is the ruin of the soul – and also the mind; and the society and world along with it.

JTR,

September 28, 2019

Hope is critical. Hope is essential. Unless, that is, you have something better than hope – such as: courage, resolve, confidence, faith, trust, or a long term perspective. 

Hope is precious. Hope is wonderful. Hope is inspiring; and motivational; and transformative; and life-giving – and life-sustaining. But all of these things are even better than hope – and more powerful. 

Better yet is vision, which pulls all these things together along with it.

JTR,

August 31, 2019

Reading E. F. Schumacher’s,  A Guide for the Perplexed, I thought, He’s brilliant! But then I immediately thought, no, a better description is that he simply has clarity of mind – which should be universal common sense. 

But in a society of mass delusion, what should be common sense, and what is simply the clarity of mind, or presence of mind, seems like sheer genius. That is the tragedy of our time. And that is the beauty and majesty, and the liberating power, of writings that express that rare and uncommon quality of common sense, and basic clarity of mind.

The same feeling of being profoundly refreshed by encountering a basic clarity of mind, combined with a basic honesty, we can get by reading any truly great book – Chomsky, Thoreau, Emerson, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Erich Fromm, and many others have this quality, or set of qualities. It would be wise to read them.

October 1, 2019

Being a thinking, feeling person doesn’t make life easier. It does, however, make life richer, more meaningful, and more rewarding, even if it is more challenging. Not easier, but better – by far. Wooden, or alive? Mindless, numbed cog in a machine, or human? There is no question, and no comparison. Stay alive. That means, keep your heart and your mind alive, and not eclipsed. Read, think, and feel. These things are essential.

September 26, 2019

I’ve been catching up on reading lately. I couldn’t go any longer without it. To me, not making time for reading is like not making time for breathing.

So, I read A History of the Future, Ecotopia, Iron Heel, The Optimistic Environmentalist, Retro Future, Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy, Chomsky’s How The World Works, and the first chapter of Rudolph Otto’s, Mysticism East and West, among other things. Amazing, wonderful, enriching, extremely important books, all.

Reading for joy is simply joyous. Reading thoughtful, philosophical books is refreshing beyond words. It keeps your mind on a higher plane. It’s easy to be sunk in minutia or in misery otherwise. 

So, read! Read for pleasure, read for comfort; and read the important books, too – and there are some, among the mountain of banality we have built. There is very little that is remotely as important as this.

Read, reflect, reconnect, and re-awaken. This is the simple task ahead that will change everything.

JTR,

October 9, 2019

There’s no money for public health care, education, child care, libraries, roads, bridges, green energy… Or so we are told. But we found $20 trillion to give to the banking elite. Meanwhile, the American people are forced to pay $32 million an hour for the US war machine, while the fossil fuel industry receives $5 trillion a year in subsidies globally. Something is wrong with this picture. It’s called corporate rule.

JTR,

August 31, 2019

Going on widely at least since the 1970’s, CSIS spying on Canadians is not new, but it has expanded post-9/11, since the age of paranoia and the police state began in earnest. Huxley and Orwell warned us, as did Chomsky and others. But it is never too late to fight for freedom or democracy – and we are losing both, as the global corporate empire and the ruling elite fearfully seek to consolidate their power, before the rising revolution, brewing now, sweeps them from power completely. That, along with a rapidly escalating environmental emergency, is the central context of our time. Remember: context – and perspective – is everything.

JTR,

August 30, 2019

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