User Profile: The Third Archon

The Third Archon

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  • [-5] July 30, 2014 at 12:02pm

    “New Emails Show Lois Lerner Called Conservatives ‘A**holes’”
    Hey, I do that all the time too! XD

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  • July 30, 2014 at 11:59am

    Except that in Israel’s case, it’s military supremacy that’s envied/feared/hated, and it’s not god but us that gifted it to them.

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:57am

    “The single defining civilizational test that millions are failing the world over”
    Probably not a good test then if it’s meant to measure anything objective.

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:53am

    In case you haven’t noticed, and kind of the point/an important point of my comments, OBAMA-ALONE did not give us this fascist plutocracy. Although Obama HAS been more of the same (something that did not surprise and that I fully expected when I voted for him–I’m not under some delusion that the Republicans and Democrats are vastly different in any meaningful important way, or that I’m living in a democracy where I have REAL choice or power politically–but still I’m not going to endorse, even symbolically, the MORE wrong party), it’s “THE SAME” that’s the real problem, not JUST Obama. SOME (the smarter) conservatives are even willing to admit that our problems ARE bigger (and earlier in origin) than Obama, even if they still don’t agree with me about the core causes of the problem and their solution(s). If you’re sentient and even modestly objective you either must admit that we didn’t SUDDENLY go from flowers and sunshine to all the problems we have today JUST because of (and over the course of ) Obama’s presidency–or you’re totally clueless about what your talking about and what’s been happening in America/the world, and shouldn’t be taken seriously be anyone.

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:40am

    The government exists and does what it does to protect capitalism, because it is little more than a tool for capitalists to sanction and legitimize the social and economic order that keeps them dominate, politically and in virtually every other way, in American culture and society. The fact that it is even a debatable QUESTION whether or not a socioeconomic order in which the majority toil in desperation while an over-privileged infinitesimally small minority enjoy the MAJORITY of the product of the toil of the oppressed majority without even NEEDING to DO anything (besides “own,” a legally manufactured and defined “act” anyway) is legitimate (to say nothing of “fascist,” or “morally bankrupt,” or “sustainable”) is a testament to the pervasiveness and corruption of capitalism and capitalist power in and over American culture. No class of persons could POSSIBLY be as valuable and irreplaceable as the price the capitalist class puts upon its own “contributions” (and to see what capitalists think of their own value relative to that of their fellows, one need only glance at the latest figures on wealth distribution).

    “I highly doubt that you would want to one day be a slave under dictatorship!”
    Again, you fail to see that you are a slave now, and yes with the help of the government–but not BECAUSE of the government, but rather because of the cultural values to which our government is beholden, in our contemporary context, plutocracy.

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:20am

    The headline is really only a fair and accurate assessment if you accept conservatives’ shamelessly gerrymandered definitions of “religious liberty” and what it takes to “callously disregard it.” Otherwise, if you haven’t jettisoned your reason to be fed your beliefs by the ruling plutocratic elites, it’s pretty patently obvious that religious liberty is about the ONLY liberty the American government (be it under Obama, or one of his equally fascist predecessors, the Bushes, their Fuhrer Reagan, and the psuedoliberal Clinton) has shown any interest in fostering and safeguarding.

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:15am

    I submit to you, that at NO time have we been a true democracy, and that what SEEMS a “new” emergence of a fascist plutocracy is just a mass awakening to an ancient struggle between the over-privileged wasteful few sponsoring a fascist way of being at the expense of the struggling, desperate, and underprivileged many to perpetuate this split (and their “better” place in it–at the cost of never knowing or even wondering what kind of society we might have WITHOUT such an internally divided state at all). The government is merely a reflection of the priorities and values that drive society. The government is indeed an integral actor in maintaining the power of the powerful and keeping the corrupt plutocratic oligarchy stable, but make no mistake that the government is a SERVANT (like capitalism) to those interests, not their creator or their master. Conservatives mistakenly reverse this relationship (or omit it entirely) when they represent the government as the “be-all-end-all” evil and cause of all the corruption and woe in American society–and in doing so, if believed, they rob us of an opportunity to address the real causes of suffering and oppression in American society, the priorities and values of the culture that guide and sanction the status quo division of rights (a.k.a. entitlements, a.k.a. property rights) and opportunities. MERELY changing the government will fail to address the cultural root of fascism.

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:03am

    “Or is it, as Holocaust survivor Hannah Arendt suggests, the sheepish masses who mindlessly march in lockstep with the government’s dictates – expressing no outrage, demanding no reform, and issuing no challenge to the status quo – who are to blame for the prison walls being erected around us?

    This is where democracy falls to ruin, and bureaucracy and tyranny prevail.

    As I make clear in my book “A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State,” we have only ourselves to blame for this bureaucratic hell that has grown up around us.”
    And here’s where the conservative narrative breaks down–where it suggests that our problems are somehow NEW and uniquely the fault of the government. In other words, that things haven’t ALWAYS been this way. When pray, WERE Americans living in this utopian ‘democracy’ you claim we’ve somehow “allowed” to change around us to this fascist corrupt plutocracy? During the time of slavery? When women got the right to vote (which we are ALMOST at the century anniversary of, for this country)–I’m PRETTY sure you objectively cannot call yourself a democracy if 1/2 or more of your population is categorically excluded from political decisionmaking (voting, holding public office, etc.). Or am I going in the wrong direction? What about before the founding of the country, back in feudal Europe where most people were sharecropping slaves to an inbred hereditary “divine-sanctioned” aristocracy?

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:41am

    “When all is said and done, what these incidents reflect is a society that has become so bureaucratic, so legalistic, so politically correct, so militaristic, so locked down, so self righteous, and so willing to march in lockstep with the corporate-minded police state that any deviations from the norm – especially those that offend the sensibilities of the “government-knows-best” nanny state or challenge the powers that be – become grist for prosecution, persecution and endless tribulations for the poor souls who are caught in the crosshairs.”
    And there’s only one word for it–fascism. Not “nanny state”, a poor choice of words as for starters it would imply SOME (however misguided) level of concern and care for the personal welfare of someone or something one was charged with, but fascism. Indeed, besides its parasitic dependence upon the American People for wealth and labor, the plutocratic oligarchy and their political lapdogs have shown zero interest or effort (if they’re intelligent and at all aware, it’s probably because they realize to do that would require an end to the system that puts them in their over-privileged position to begin with) at improving the circumstances of the American People in general. Hardly a “nanny” by even the most egregious definition–more like a slave driver. So if you wanted to call it a “slave/slaver/slave driver state” that would also be more accurate.

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:33am

    “Or we can acknowledge that this slide into totalitarianism – helped along by over-criminalization, government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a few similarities – is tracking very closely with what we saw happening in Germany in the years leading up to Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.”
    But will you admit that so much of this viciousness has been unnecessarily fueled by economic systems that thrive upon and create vast gulfs in the power, rights, and opportunities of a people–capitalism, and before it European feudalism (out of which the mercantilist roots of capitalism extend)? Because it is the denial of THAT, that keeps so much of what you purport to complain about going.

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:20am

    Not really the point–the point is whether or not we should put human beings in cages for using marijuana, not whether or not you personally “like” the drug or its user.

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:18am

    ““Drug use and sales have devastated poor neighborhoods in this country,” O’Reilly added.”
    Oh no no no, Mr. Reilly, you’ve got that all wrong–drug use is one of the few succors that have kept America’s abandoned lower classes OUT of YOUR neighborhoods with guns in nearly the numbers they should be running up in there, while drug sales have been one of the ONLY things stimulating their abandoned local economies. It’s the drug LAWS that have destroyed the poor communities economies and families, as the laws are disproportionately enforced in direct proportion to how poor one is. Instead of doing something about the abandonment that MAKES drugs one of the few viable lucrative economic options available, and a desperately sought after commodity for those desperately seeking escape, the solution is apparently to imprison and fine people who already have nothing. Real smart and effective–and why haven’t these communities just magically put themselves back together? Duh, it’s no mystery. Which means O’Reilly has to be either incomprehensibly stupid, or a fascist tool who’s agenda is nothing more than to sell you your slavery.

    One easy simple question that in their haste to pass drug laws, the fascist politicians and pundits never bother to ask–if you’re little happy fascist society is so wonderful, why are droves of full-blown citizens doing anything they can to escape it (figuratively through drugs, and literally through suicide)?

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:07am

    “Bill O’Reilly Rails Against Marijuana Legalization: ‘Drug Use Is a Public Menace. It Helps No One.”
    He says as he washes down his “doctor-prescribed” drugs with a swig of alcohol…

  • July 30, 2014 at 9:43am

    “Piketty lambasted inherited wealth and predicted a slide towards oligarchy as resources accumulate in the upper echelons of industrial society.”
    Here’s the problem with this description–it makes it seem like we aren’t ALREADY an oligarchy driven by inherited wealth and dominated by an opulent over-privileged class; like that isn’t the way it’s ALWAYS been, even before America’s founding a la feudal Europe. And what was the FIRST thing we did when we got here, a huge and integral part of the early American (pre and post-independence) economy, we set up the slave trade!

    Although things have gotten marginally more democratic in certain ways since the founding of America, by and large we REMAIN a country with drastic inequalities between the opportunities and rights of its People, with all the gratuitous suffering, viciousness, and degradation that that entails.

  • July 30, 2014 at 9:23am

    “Since when should terrorist organizations receive the same respect as sovereign, legitimate and civilized nations?”
    They all seem like terrorist organizations to me…

    These “nations” are not sovereign, legitimate, OR civilized.

  • July 30, 2014 at 9:16am

    Fantastic. XD

  • July 27, 2014 at 12:57pm

    It’s not written anywhere–but neither is it written anywhere that McDonalds, Walmart, or anyone or thing else has any right to exist and operate in ANY way it wants. Nor should any thinking person EXPECT to live free from repercussions for the way they affect reality with their actions. Causality seems inescapable, and so just as we fall if we walk off a supporting surface, so to do we enter a destructive zero-sum cycle of desperation if we CHOOSE to believe in that reality and CHOOSE to make enemies of our kin.

    Nothing is written or guaranteed anywhere–but this truth does not HAVE to destine us to an unenviable life of savagery and reprisal, universal endless war, against one another. Rather, it tells us that our destinies are wide open, an unpainted canvas, for US to decide. Yes, we WILL suffer, do suffer, if we choose wrongly–but the SAME fact means we have the freedom to prosper IF we choose wisely.

    Life DOESN’T have to be a worthless zero-sum farce spent in constant struggle and suffering–but it WILL be that if we make it so.

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  • [2] July 27, 2014 at 12:42pm

    The problem is that these statements about economic theory assume “all else being equal”–in other words, that the government continues to support the economic structure with the rules as it is already doing, that people continue to consume in more or less the same way, etc.

    NONE of these assumptions, though, are necessarily fixed–and as a matter of FACT, there’s good reason to think some/many of them CAN and SHOULD be changed.

    There ARE multiple possible distributions of power/entitlements (which is all property rights are–legally recognized entitlements to the fruits of society’s labors) in society, and NOT ALL OF THEM have the same consequences on the quality of life of those living in that society. Moreover, capitalism does not just arise out of a vacuum–it DEPENDS upon certain government policies that sanction and legitimize its operation (for example credit, which depends upon numerous government support structures to function is a more-or-less predictable sustainable way, is a necessity for capitalism as it’s operating in the status quo). And those policies are subject to change. You’re problem is a myopia and lack of creativity–a failure to fully comprehend the realm of possibilities available to us. You’re projecting your own ignorance of alternate possibilities as the “stupidity” of others who ARE able to recognize the existence of such possibilities–that’s hardly THEIR problem (except when it causes them problems).

  • [1] July 27, 2014 at 12:33pm

    That’s just not going to happen. MAYBE some franchise locations will shut down. McDonalds is a MULTINATIONAL corporation–EVERY McDonalds in America could close and they’d STILL be a lucrative company with hundreds of locations. I don’t think you quite appreciate the scale that McDonalds is operating at…

    And let’s just say that your outlandish prediction is right–McDonalds, AMAZINGLY, bites the dust. So what? What have we REALLY lost that cannot be replaced, or even probably improved upon?

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  • [1] July 27, 2014 at 12:30pm

    Well how about you go be enslaved, and I’ll join a union–then in a month, we’ll see if we want to trade places.

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