How powerful are the words we use? How have they influenced the narratives we tell ourselves about ourselves? To really understand, we need to know how Christianity arose.
Only monotheistic thinking, with its simplistic dualisms, sees difference as a threat to be eliminated; whatever isn’t aligned with our god must necessarily follow his opposite. Here is a clue: if your people consider their story to be literally true and other people’s stories are…Continue
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Conclusion with Three Questions
First Question: Why was Joe Biden nominated?
Long before the primaries it was clear that Biden had no charisma, no base of voters, and no chance of beating Trumpus. But as I argued throughout this essay, the corporate Democrats feared their own left wing (even as the public favored it) more than it feared any Republicans. It feared the insurance companies more than the 69% of the public who supported Medicare For…Continue
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Welcome to 2021, or 2020.2
Be there, be wild! – Trumpus
I beat the socialist! – Joe Biden
This election will not be over until the Bidens move into the White House. Prior to that event, with its possibility of bringing some degree of calm, two main events occurred. The first showed us who we might be, while the second reminded us of who we…Continue
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Part Twenty-One: 2021
Ah yes, America. The country where Republicans spend all day screaming that socialism is happening and Democrats spend all day making sure it never does. – Caitlin Johnstone
The eternal mystery of Trumpus. Of course, he’s a gross misogynist, a sadist and a racist who appears to hunger for opportunities…Continue
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I’m very, very concerned that if you solicit votes from typically non-voters, that you will affect and change the outcome. – United…
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Some people take, some people get took, and they know they’re getting took, and there’s nothing they can do about it. – Shirley MacLaine,…
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Republican corruption: There are still a few days until the Electoral College meets. We itch with uneasiness as we watch Trumpus flailing about in his tragicomic, slow motion coup, and there are some forty days of non-specific crazy left until the inauguration. Many Repub diehards, such as those on the bipartisan House and Senate Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural…Continue
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Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people – H. L. Menken
As freedom grows, the need to coerce and control opinion also grows if you want to prevent the great beast from doing something with its freedom. – Noam Chomsky
Tens of millions of us are really dumb – or to be generous, profoundly misinformed –…Continue
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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. – Mark Twain
Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government…You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive…my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism. – Tommy…
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How Many Elephants can fit into this Living Room?
Democratic Corruption: I don’t follow each section on Repub corruption with one on Dem corruption (or incompetence) to provide balance. I’ve had plenty to say about how the media constantly engage in false equivalencies. I do it to continue my chronicle of…Continue
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America will have a Presidential President again in Joe Biden. – The New Yorker
How does that phrase land on your soul? Are you cheering the downfall of the fascist Trumpus (as I certainly am) and a step back from the precipice of irreversible climate change? Are you celebrating a return to …Continue
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Part Thirteen – El Dia de los Muertos
Republican Corruption: By claiming that Trumpus is leading in the polls and repeating his claims that he can only lose through foul play, conservative media are setting the stage for potential violence. Trumpus Jr. has called for “every…Continue
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Could you imagine if I lose? I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country…I could raise more money. I would be the world’s greatest fundraiser, but I just don’t want to do it. – Trumpus, 10/15
Existing emotional instability or psychotic tendencies may be aggravated by corticosteroids. – Warning label for Dexamethasone, Trumpus’ anti-Covid medicine.
Thank you so much for your leadership. – Diane Feinstein to Lindsay…
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Part Seven: Responding to New Age Conspiracists
Who is he, who even were truth on his tongue, his way of speaking it would make truth almost as offensive as falsehood? – Herman Melville
A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. – Winston Churchill
In America the legacy of violent crusading is channeled through our unique emphasis on individualism, and, I…Continue
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Part Five: Save the Children!
I see it (the New Age movement) fundamentally shaped by an impulse to the irrational…it seems to lack any critical evaluation of itself. – Terence McKenna
The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. – Joseph Campbell
In March of 2020, a book with no stated author – QAnon: An…Continue
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I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure. – Mark Twain.
The period from mid-September through the first week of October were bookended by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and Trumpus’ illness.
Republican Corruption: The release of Trumpus’ taxes revealed years of no payments at all, income from undeclared foreign sources, massive debts to unknown creditors,…Continue
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Republican corruption: The ACLU of Georgia revealed that as recently as 2019 the state had purged nearly 200,000 citizens for moving from the addresses on their voter registration applications – none of whom had actually moved. Mitch McConnell quietly rammed through…Continue
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Let’s look at developments in a half dozen themes that I’ve been emphasizing.
The corruption of the Republicans continues unabated. Each day brings new revelations. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced that he would be scaling back…Continue
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In previous posts I offered several main points to consider about this election:
1 – The corruption of the Republicans / the Elephant in the Living Room
2 – The corruption of the Democratic National Committee
3 – The naïve innocence of liberals and intellectuals
4 – The surprisingly neutral position of the Military-Industrial Complex
5 – Boy psychology: do either of these…Continue
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Two Senile, Old White Guys Who Want to be President – Or Do They?
I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters. – Trumpus
This essay is not really about politics, except to the extent that politics reflects mythology. Our first responsibility as mythological thinkers is to cultivate discrimination, to take a step back and…Continue
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