radical’s radical’s radical respect to my fellow human beings!

In reply to:

http://awakeningthehorse.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/evasions-2/

i am an indigenous (not Indigenous) human being and mutt descendant of various tribes of europe and who knows what else.

i stand, putting my life on the line, now, for over 25 years, in solidarity with the way of the pre-colonized and waking-up-to-our-shared-colonizations.

i am one, and yet i represent many nations of people in my heart! i self-awaken, creating culture from diverse cultures. i am of the pipsqueak lodge (as gifted to me by a viking elder). i bridge between, intuitively supporting when i think i can. i question rigid hierarchies, and yet i honor those who can remember and still live within ancient wizdms!

When i see you at pow wows, where i am visiting as a solo orrioR, dancing and sharing my skills, i will look forward to our bests in perfectly imperfect process!

This is not “disrespectful” this is radical’s radical’s radical respect! A-hoH!

You may well not be familiar with this sort of thing, since some of it comes from bears i have been around, some of it from meeting with a wolf, and so many other amazing encounters and sharings with paradigms beyond devoutly Normal planted in our collective heads.

i look forward to meeting you all on the magick path of life and living!

(now, what if YOU are evading things as you claim i am evading????)

Whether or not my fellow unsettlers “get” my heart or not, is not my priority; depth-charging this world, is! A-heY!

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Response to

Racism? Sexism? But What’s your Politics?

July 11, 2012 (old but so what?)

This is a reply to the article, in part:

i went to a forum on racism in the 1980s. In it we learned to see that our imperfections were not “bad” in themselves, they were real in the context of our isolation and alienation from each other. It was what we did with our new awarenesses that were most important!

To get stuck in “Us vs Them” kinds of antler-sticking (two antler-wearing people locking horns) tells us that there is more going on than ideology can so far tell us (ideology is a rigid way of being and seeing from only one perspective, i think).

Men have to be called out on their/our off-balance, but to promote restrictions of their symptoms is neocolonialism rising back up into us, i say!

valueofunderstandg

What do we wish to do most? Call each other out on our imperfections as they arise in our intuitions! (after all, behind the categories of male and female, we are all people, we are ALL human beings!) And, yet, divisiveness (?) is not what we TRULY want. Not what we ULTIMATELY want. We ultimately want cohesiveness more!

Is this not true? (And yet we don’t want fake cohesiveness!)

Okay, so how to do something like aikido on the situation?

You already know, i might just be aiding you in remembering.

Mens’ flailing and poking (etc.) are symptoms of living in this out-of-balance world. Their/our trajectory may well be different from yours. And may not be able to humbly wait for you to stop speaking (maybe a form of “rapport talk” creeping up, with potentials to free people with the hidden gift).

They NEED to let out their poison SOMEWHERE. That they are being REAL at all is a miracle, for this world! (How many men work overtime to MASK their real feelings? Lots!)

So why not explore some way of designing culture that can embrace and wrassle (?) with and dance into each others’ hearts???!!

Yes, angry womyn folk NEED to let their poisons too!

YES!

And you have been doing so!

i am coming from a place where i have been forced to take on flailing men (and some womyn), and i have learned that i sometimes have the ability to remember to call for us to have a consensual circle place, where we engage in enrichualiNg, so that our hearts can possibly meet, over time (if need be). It is an ongoing practice, which i am getting better at remembering to try out! i design such enrichuals (true richness, not material bullshit!) autonomously or with some Indigenous anchors (depending on which nations i have made connection with).

Feel free to challenge me on this! It is not written fully! Invitations also to complementing my seeing with your even better ones!

A-hey fellow human beings!

:p

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Some deep thoughtfulness on emotions in our action spaces: from occupyoakland.org

11th comment: sage; December 8, 2011

“The difficulty with the language here is that it feels, even unintentionally, like an attack. It’s very, very difficult to explain to white people that by calling out systemic white supremacy, you aren’t throwing specific blame at the feet of all individual white people. ”

Feelings do not work best, in my experience, when they attempt to or in actuality exist in a vacuum and/or when they are allowed to exist in an unexamined way. If someone or even a very large group of people feel attacked by something, that does not, in a carte blanche manner, necessarily mean that such feelings are correct or helpful or beneficial. The feelings are legitimate, as all feelings are. Legitimacy and accuracy and beneficial however, are very different things and are not the automatic end points of all feelings. Feelings have to be investigated. They do not exist in a vacuum.

I am uncomfortable with what I am reading in this thread as a defense of one action over another based on people’s feelings of being attacked. Feelings are often heavily informed by conditioned responses (reactions) that have been learned or ingrained over a lifetime. This is especially true of feelings that can almost universally be seen as “difficult” feelings such as the feeling of being attacked. And, of course, with most feelings that are expressed with an “ed” at the end of them, the “ed” indicates a presumption that something is being “done to” the person who expresses feeling “attacked.” This in itself can easily become a way of not owning the feeling and doing the appropriate investigation. It can become an excuse for simply feeling victimized by another and having the process stop there. Feelings need to be examined and not simply and automatically used as a weapon of sorts to shut down the deeper investigation of what may be truly inspiring such “feelings.” This process requires examining from an internal locus of control rather than an external one. Once that is at least an potential part of the process, it becomes far more possible to be open to the possibility that the usage of a word like decolonize may not in fact at all be a process of “throwing specific blame at the feet of all individual white people.” And, here is a revolutionary thought: What if it *is* that? Does that *have* to be nothing but an awful, terrible, completely horrifying thing that in no way can be navigated and resolved? Maybe even that realization can be used as an opening for building trust, connection, intimacy and communion. It would not be the first time in human experience that something that seems absolutely intractable is used as a point of reconciliation. South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation” hearings is a good post modern example. The beneficiaries and purveyors of apartheid were being held accountable for some of the most egregious acts to befall humankind. And yet, reconciliation was one of the stated objectives and…one of the tangible outcomes. Again, such a thing is far less able to be navigated or even imagined if internal investigation is left out and the only thing that is allowed in is unexamined reactivity.

From:

http://occupyoakland.org/2011/12/decolonize-oakland/

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We are ALL colonized, a.k.a. reduced into tools or resources to run and support ‘The System’

Here’s a text (below) that has made a difference to me because it does a pretty good job of “connecting the dots” of several “single issue” topics, while showing their commonalities. Commonalities, that is, which reflect the over-arching belief system (a.k.a. “shared values”)  of every elite position (including those internalized in their officers and implementers) in formal, ‘Western’, Euro-centric Societies; be they the u.s.a., canada, europe, –or one of their historical colonial “children” (i.e. all of S. America, Africa, and Asia). “Shared values” exposed by such eminent institutional analysts as Noam Chomsky (quoting multiple “cultural and social managers”), on over to long- “reputable” and widely heralded elite thinkers like Niccolo Machievelli.

This view, of course, flies in the face of the Givens (“conventional wisdom”) that most do not think through deep enough. That is, deeper than what any of the “wings” of The System teach (be they Left, moderate, or Right-wing). Each “wing” teaches critical thinking only on “germs of truth”, while Big Picture truths are reduced to classic propaganda-style technique: demonize some bogey like “Those Bad Right-Wingers!” or “Those Stupid Liberals!”

Or the idea that White People, for instance, cannot be colonized because they are part and parcel of the colonial enterprise.

Well, on the one hand, we see the reality that most of “us” (White folks) are coercively taught those values, and “we” emulate those–until such a time when we begin “waking up –usually by “being slapped in the face,” so to speak, “with reality” to some extent. But it is crucial to understand that these values, that System is not Who We Are, and those values are not “our” values; we’ve simply taken and worn them and identified with them because they are the only frame of reference around us. And because there has been a system of privileges and subtle coercions which inspire us into such a direction.

Today, of course, those privileges are waning (generally speaking); they are being “Outsourced” to newly enticed sections of humanity in which elites seek to “hook” into their System. As nations like India, for example, are groomed, “developed”, and “Globalized”.

(note: most of the links in this text were hacked so that the links no longer go to the page they were intended to go to; I don’t know if that html will show up here..)

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“Connecting the dots” is a Vital Move towards ‘in-the-heart’

understanding!


“In my view, citizens of democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense in order to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and lay the basis for more meaningful democracy.”–Noam Chomsky, leading US political and media dissident


This page is devoted to solving the problems oppressed people face *once and for all*! By looking for the "heart" of the problem and "unearthing" such, we all gain increased insight and understanding about what may be happening, not only to notably oppressed persons (Africans, women, Jews, Gays) but persons not yet viewed as being oppressed or otherwise destructively confined in our increasingly severe alienation from each other. In this way we may more carefully, and more meaningfully proceed towards valuable insights, understandings, and solutions to our challenges hopefully with less "spinning of wheels" and learning from the pitfalls and same old "dead-ends" which other groups have gone down!

***NOTE: When i say "all" i mean all, across and beyond all of our artificial and fear-stuck boundaries and self-limiting categories. Including those hurting individuals and groups who may not even yet be aware of the roots of their pain--including the worst oppressors, as individuals (not as perpetually de-individualized groups). We're all human beings, and it's about time someone identify that and get to work on serious solutions!

Introduction

CONTROLLING THE allegedly “STUPID” MASSES

·         It starts in history

·         goes on to “your” kids and

·         continues throughout our lives…


“…if we are afraid, we are almost always afraid of something, and the more clearly we can see what it is we are afraid of, the more likely we are to be able to cope with that fear.”–John Holt in FREEDOM AND BEYOND p.32


Introduction
to “connecting the dots” on broad terms

Understanding the depth and breadth of the challenge before us is vital not only to a single-issue-oriented community seeking to orient itself to make serious defenses in the face of increasingly authoritarian attack, but also to seeing how alone we are not in the broader, or *macro* picture. In realizng that many have been where we now are, and learning from their mistakes and experiences we may thus find new inspiration and energy to continue our pursuit of justice and sanity.

One of the best ways i’ve found to understand that which is happening against the single issue that brought me into this larger inquiry, has been my desire to understand how the predicament could have happened in the first place. Thus i sought insights into what has happened and what is happening to others whom have been or continue to be in similar shoes. In this inquiry, i have found that if the single-issue oriented can realize comparisons and find underlying systematic patterns to the roots of these problems which prove to be shared by many, the treasure from this can be very very powerful for all involved!

Because then we all start to see how many similarities we share as human beings, and as well the import of building our numbers and our awareness in a kind of solidarity which seeks, finally, to liberate *all*–not only those directly suppressed and oppressed by the injustice, but those others whom we have believed to be “evil” and “incapable” of caring.

So, with all this in mind, i invite you to explore the limited study here, compare it with your experiences and second-hand study…


CONTROLLING YOU, THE “STUPID”/FEARED MASSES



“Rulers have always conspired against their subjects, and sought to keep them in [physical and psychological] bondage.”Thomas Szasz

It starts in history…

QUESTION:
Is there a consistent way in which relatively weak and unprepared groups of people have been treated throughout history? Are many examples in the modern era comparable to those in history? How about witches?

Witches were known to be a “plaguing” European and American societies at one time.

What other groups can you think of that have been treated similarly to us? How about South and North American Indian people? Consider the following quote:

“…most Americans were not ready to listen. For four hundred years, the world had failed to understand Indian people, and the watchword of the day was change–change for Indian people, not understanding of them.”– from the introduction of FROM THE HEART, Voices of the American Indian; edited by Lee Miller; Knopf; NY; 1995; p.xiii

Now take a look at a few instants in history (see link: http://www.angelfire.com/psy/intheheart/history.html) of comparable treatment of weakly organized or unorganized groups by tyrannical power:

  • Once popularized belief: EDUCATION DAMAGES GIRLS’ REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS
  • DISTINGUISHED BRITISH BIOLOGIST ON FEEBLEMINDEDNESS
  • Psychiatrists called it: DRAPETOMANIA: the ‘mental illness’ of slaves running away from their masters
  • Another once widely popular and fully reputable belief: TREATMENT OF SELF-ABUSE
  • STERILIZATION LAWS IN 30 U.S. STATES
  • MILGRAM’S EXPERIMENTS
  • SHERIDAN AND KING’S EXPERIMENT

Okay, there’s something to get you going a little. Now let’s look at some ways in which these same patterns manifest in contemporary forms; take the way in which the pattern…

…CONTINUES WITH “YOUR”KIDS…

No one likes the claim that their young would be targeted for deceit and violation. But beyond the public relations hype about officials having their interests first and foremost, such managers and controllers of the masses' offspring are "just doing their jobs" in quite curious ways. Most probably aren't even aware of how the ideas and beliefs they've received in their training affect those they "help." But that doesn't matter--as long as they "follow the rules" or "play within the limits" of the game, they won't lose their jobs.

While these middle-persons may not be aware of the possible political control behind their work, I can show you that their bosses are; at least to the extent that they follow a shared view about how such institutions “must be run.” The people who came up with these ideas in the first place (and who are often well-known to well-trained people), publish their beliefs in well-circulating journals, like “Public Opinion Quarterly.” People like Edward Bernays, Walter Lippmann, and Reinhold Niebuhr. They “understood” the potential of independent thought going “too far” and wanted to help “the more intelligent members of society” keep the “stupid” masses on “the proper course.”

So when, in the 1970’s, “much too many” voices of the oppressed began to become audible, those who didn’t want such people to “cause trouble” had to stop the “virus” at its roots.

Is this really possible? Can it actually be true? Read more about what was called the”Crisis of Democracy” (http://www.angelfire.com/psy/intheheart/Chom2.html)

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“Nothing is more central to the maintenance of social order than the regulatory mechanisms employed to control and socialize our children.”–Ronald Boostrom, coordinator for juvenile “justice” in California, USA, 1980.

Hopefully, with the following incomplete list to help you get started in conducting your own investigation into these contentions of mine, you'll realize what is going on much deeper than you have and have a much better basic understanding of the challenge facing us. With such knowledge, you will hopefully be more able to jump off into your own projects and find success where you may not have before!

(note: list of vital sources for your further inquiry into these potentials follow below)

the mass “helping” industries

EDUCATION CRITIQUES

§                                 THE TEENAGE LIBERATION HANDBOOK, How To Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn; Lowry House Publishers; Eugene, OR1991 (includes an excellent critique of history and interests in compulsory schooling)

§                                 School is dead; Learn in Freedom! (highly documented and excellent analysis of compulsory schooling)

§                                 THE UNDER-ACHIEVING SCHOOL by John Holt; Dell Publishing, NY; 1969

§                                 MYTH OF THE HYPERACTIVE CHILD, And Other Means of Child Control by Peter Schrag and Diane Divoky; Pantheon 1975;

§                                 THE LEARNING MYSTIQUEby Gerald Coles (Excellent list of resources on "learning disabilities" and education)

§                                 “The I.Q.Ideology”by S.Bowles and H.Gintis; This Magazine is About Schools Vol.6 #4: Winter 1972-’73

§                                 The Science and Politics of I.Q. by Kamin, L.J.; Wiley; NY, 1974

§                                 For a history and contemporary documentation of high school and college student press problems with officials check the Student Press Law Center (active since early 1970s)

JUVENILE “JUSTICE” CRITIQUES

§                                 hype and politics of juvenile deviance by Ronald Boostrom

§                                 “The child savers’ rhetoric was about liberating children…but the reality was tighter supervision and control by adults”–in a review of “The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency” (search, i.e. Indymedia for this rare text) by Anthony Platt, University of Chicago Press, 1969;

§                                 see also “An Incriminating Expose of the Juvenile Justice Juggernaut” from Ann Arbor Youth Liberation’s FPS Magazine (link possibly forthcoming)

“A social control belief system (“social paradigm”) blankets a society filling almost every intellectual niche. It is like air to land animals or water to a fish, one is totally immersed in it at all times.”–from the Institute of Economic Democracy

ADULT CHAUVANISM CRITIQUES

§                                 Ann Arbor Youth Liberation (1970s youth-run liberation group, active for about 10 years!)

§                                 ESCAPE FROM CHILDHOOD, The Needs and Rights of Children (see excerpt via link at right) by John Holt 1974;

§                                “Children’s Rights: The Latest Crusade”   TIME Magazine; December 25, 1972; p.41-42 (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,906714,00.html )

§                                 the INDIANNER KOMMUNE –argued against “adulto” (adult- centered) society for 20+ years in Germany

§                                 GROWING UP ABSURD by Paul Goodman

§                                 (aRE KIDS ‘irresponsible and incompetent’? See “The Final Prejudice”–a commentary by John Zerzan on a Star Trek show and kids’ treatment therein.

“If the first half of the twentieth century was the era of the technical engineers, the second half may wll be the era of the social engineers…To the question ‘quis cusodiet custodes?’–Who will mount guard over our guardians…–the answer is a bland denial that they need any supervision. There seems to be a touching belief among certain PhD’s…that [they] will never be corrupted by power. …their heart is pure because they are scientists and have taken six thousand hours of…studies.”–Aldous Huxley p.34 of _Brave New World–REVISITED

MENTAL “HEALTH” CRITIQUES

§                                 The Antipsychiatry Coalition

§                                 AND THEY CALL IT HELP by Louise Armstrong, 1993;

§                                 THE WAR AGAINST CHILDREN and TOXIC PSYCHIATRY: Why Empathy, Love, and Therapy Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the New Psychiatry 1994 by Peter Breggin, MD; 1994.

§                                 Article by Breggin challenging an upcoming government conference
on the “Violence Initiative”

§                                 A letter by Breggin to the New York Times: Whose Attention
Disorder Does Ritalin Treat?

§                                 THEY SAY YOU’RE CRAZY by Paula Caplan, PhD;

§                                 ROUGH TIMES (“therapy means CHANGE not adjustment”) edited by Jerome Agel Ballantine, 1973 Discusses and demystifies how social and psychological science has served state power by "convincing the individual [sufferer] to accommodate to the oppressive conditions", and points out more responsible alternatives like that which Franco Basaglia implemented in Italy.

§                                 R.D. LAING and the PATHS OF ANTI-PSYCHIATRY by Zbigniew Kotowicz; Routledge; 1997. An overview of Laing's ideas from this "radical" psychotherapist's perspective. One thing i enjoyed most was the detailed examination of his critics' views including Thomas Szasz. Quite interesting, but Kotowicz, it turns out, seems to be taking Szasz out of context in a way that sounds very under-handed.

§                                 THOMAS SZASZ: Primary Values, Major Contentions by R.E.Vatz and L.S.Weinberg, Prometheus 1983; and THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS by Thomas Szasz, M.D. (challenges all psychiatry including Breggin’s faith)

“Oppositional Defiance Disorder” (ODD):This "disorder" basically attacks all those whom are inarticulate about their intuited dislike /rebellion of strictness/authoritarianism/either-or mindsets in the lives of the youngest and most unprepared persons (including parents with little time or critical resources); as with ADHD, those so labeled will certainly grow up uncritically accepting that their brains are "broken" and lay a beach-head for the introduction of open Soviet-style psychiatry in the U.S. and territories--after all, how can children *want* to rebel from/defy their *loving* caretakers?? They *must* have a brain disorder goes the conventional wisdom! Ultimately, this could seriously mean the persecution of *all* dissent as "mental illness", or at least that dissent which has been marginalized by the most superficial and un-threatening forms.

§                                “mental health” critique and resource listing: http://www.stopshrinks.org

§                                 What You Can Do about aggressive authorities if you have to “go it alone” (see appendix in 1975 book by Peter Schrag and Diane Divoky _Myth of the Hyperactive Child: And Other Means of Child Control_

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…AND CONTINUES THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES

“The powerful were, and still are, writing history to maintain control of the thoughts of the masses well into the future (the intention is forever). Unless the process is fully exposed, sincere researchers will forever be using these [thousands of surreptitiously] published accounts as sources to write history. In addition, intelligence agencies of most major nations were simultaneously producing supporting propaganda… The intelligence services of all empires… cooperate in misinforming their citizens to gain their backing supposedly for suppressing tyrants but in reality to maintain control of the world.

(…)

“To target the American people, American intelligence services must simultaneously target those the masses look up to for designing and interpreting our world, Congress and academics.[CIA dissident Ralph] McGehee claimed that “He has never once seen a CIA official tell the truth to Congress. Instead comes a steady stream of lies.”(5) Even the information going to those with security clearances is controlled.”-The Institute for Economic Democracy(new link 1-’01)
1635 Via Sabroso, Santa Maria, CA 93454, USA, Ph & fax 805-928-7060
To join the Institute, contact ied@slonet.org

In a talk  (reprinted with permission: http://www.angelfire.com/psy/intheheart/Chom1.html ) given in Kentfield, CA in 1991, one of the more articulate analysts of the desire to control the American people (or "stupid masses"), had a few things to say about how policy makers (and their obedient implementers) think:

“[T]here’s a logic behind it. There’s even a kind of compelling moral principle behind it. The compelling moral principle is that the mass of the public is just too stupid to be able to understand things. If they try to participate in managing their own affairs, they’re just going to cause trouble. Therefore it would be immoral and improper to permit them to do this.

“We have to tame the bewildered herd [say famous PR gurus–who weren’t in this business for the fun of it–like Edward Bernays, Walter Lippmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Harold Lasswell, and others]. Not allow the bewildered herd to rage and trample and destroy things. It’s pretty much the same logic that says that it would be improper to let a three-year-old run across the street. You don’t give a three-year-old that kind of freedom because a three-year-old doesn’t know how to handle that kind of freedom. Correspondingly, you don’t allow the bewildered herd to become participants [in meaningful democracy because] they’ll just cause trouble.” (…)
–Noam Chomsky

We’re Taught To Trust Them…

GENERAL CRITIQUES OF FORMALIZED and INFORMAL AGGRESSION

  • C. Wright Mills (The Power Elite)
  • Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Richard Lasch (W.W.Norton & Company, NY; 1995
  • Trust US we’re *Experts*! (audio on Public Relations game with John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton)
  • “The Age of Spin”; editorial in ESQUIRE, Dec. 1996
  • SCIENCE OF COERCION by Christopher Simpson (see chapter: “Internalization and Enforcement of the Paradigm of Domination,” p.95);
  • Lillian Smith (Killers of the Dream, Anchor Books, 1963) (best for awareness of the way whole societies behave towards those allowed to be badly treated)

GENERAL CRITICS OF DOMESTIC (and foreign) U.S. POLICY:

read viewpoints by:

    • the "London Times" newspaper for a somewhat independent, yet mainstream view of US domestic and foreign policy (available at your local university library--the best place to find a diversity of views far out-doing local public libraries)
    • Noam Chomsky
    • John Stockwell (The Praetorian Guard, et al; see especially: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com)
    • Howard Zinn (especially The Zinn Reader but also You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
    • Aldous Huxley (Brave New World–REVISITED)
    • Jaques Ellul (PROPAGANDA, The Formation of Men’s Attitudes; 1973; Knopf)

[The people ask] ‘How is this possible?’…I get that all the time. [They say:] ‘Are you telling us that people in Washington [D.C.] are evil?’…[Stockwell responds:] And I kind of flared up; Americans are decent people; they are nice people, and they’re insulated in the world that we live in and they don’t understand, and we don’t read our history…”–John Stockwell, ex-CIA colonel in “The Other Americas” Radio Broadcast from Santa Barbara California, 1980s (see text at http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com )

CRITIQUES OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA

    • “Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda  by Noam Chomsky (Deeply demystifying) (www.angelfire.com/psy/intheheart/Chom1.html )
    • Charlotte Ryan in PRIME TIME ACTIVISM (is this brand of media activism only good for those whose views are already somewhat supported by Left/Right-wing elites?)
    • “Stealth History” by Reginald Major (somewhat superficial Leftist tone, but still important insights to rewritten histories about Black history) in “The Black Scholar”Volume 24, #4 pp.39-45
    • Michael Parenti, Robert Machesni, Ben Bagdikian

“…we look back [in history] at these these simplistic reductionist explanations of a problem and are appalled…and perhaps amused by the investigations, conclusions, and statements made under the guise of ‘scientific thought’. Yet, in their time the theories were presented and received as credible and became part of an acceptable social outlook.”
–Gerald Coles points out in The Learning Mystique (p.283, note 22)

SCIENCE CRITIQUES

      • Michael Polanyi: General articles and Scholarly papers(new link as of 1-’01)
      • Thomas Kuhn: Learn about the 20th Century American thinker who proposed that paradigm shifts, rather than scientific method, actually advance the sciences. Excerpt from "Paradigms Die Hard":(new link as of 1-’01)

Students of science learn to deal with the world around them in the context of the paradigm they are taught. Ideally, students then grapple with the issues left unresolved within their paradigm and thus continue what Kuhn calls the enterprise of “normal science”–“an attempt to force nature into the preformed and relatively inflexible box that the paradigm supplies”

      • Against Method by Paul Feyerabend; The book seems to be a pretty technical read, but Feyerabend is hailed as a key critic of "hard" science and its practitioners' particular outlooks on reality.
      • ARE WE ALL NAZIS? by holocaust survivor Hans Askenasy, Lyle Stuart Ltd. 1978. Askenasy challenges a broad range of social "holy cows", including science and religion; the appendix area on this topic was the most interesting to me.
      • EXPLODING THE GENE MYTH by Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald; Beacon Press; Boston, MA; 1993. Discusses some of the biases they see in Genetic and DNA science and methodology, including how it is applied by the "learning disability" crowd; the ways in which the f.b.i. has consistently blocked independent inquiry, and provides an interesting look at the patterns of related sciences like U.S. and Britain-based eugenics theories and 19th and 20th century sterilization science, and many others.

The f.b.i.’s* illegal “COunter INTELligence PROgram” (COINTELPRO)

    • Extensive website dedicated to exposing illegal covert action, includes info on Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall’s Agents of Repression (new link as of 1-’01)
    • WAR AT HOME, Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It, by Brian Glick; South End Press, Boston; 1989 (92 pages)
      A to-the-point record and analysis of this infamous scandal that often successfully discredited and destroyed many U.S.-based justice-seeking political and non-partisan organizations from the 1950's, '60s, 70s, and 80s. Reviewing the facts and evidence obtained by means including a burglary of the f.b.i.'s Reading, PA office, whistleblowing by an insider, and later, the Freedom of Information Act, Brian Glick (a practicing activist lawyer) contends that COINTELPRO-type warfare against independent, legal organization continues (recent case concerning Judi Bari and Earthfirst! is a large example where feds and local police were CAUGHT red-handed.). To see ways that we may minimize this problem in our own movement try the following two links: one and two

Covert action did not end in the 1970s

some groups who've suffered from official covert attack:

      • CISPES (Communities In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador)
      • Physicians for Social Responsibility
      • gay and lesbian groups
      • Earth First!
      • musicians
      • the Black Panthers (before and after they turned to violent selfdefense)
      • the American Indian Movement
      • even private citizens, like teachers (see book Alien Ink for examples)

Some other sources:
Documentary film: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (a blunt and convincing record of lies coming from Congress members and other federal officials caught in the act concerning the federal slaughter of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. Not for the squeamish, but very eye-opening.)

Partial bibliography from the Institute of Social Economics:

Angus MacKenzie and David Weir, Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home (University of California Press, 1997)
M. Wesley Swearingen, FBI Secrets: An Agent’s Exposé (Boston: South End Press, 1995)
Ward Churchhill, Cointelpro Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent (South End Press, 1990)
Margaret Jayko, FBI on Trial: The Victory in the Socialist Workers Party Suit against Government Spying (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1989)
Nelson Blackstock, Cointelpro: The FBI’s Secret War on Political Freedom (New York: Anchor Foundation, 1988)
Ward Churchhill (and Jim Vander Wall), Agents of Repression : The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement (Boston South End Press, 1989)
Philip S. Foner, editor, The Black Panthers Speak (New York: Da Capo Press, 1995)

“To understand why powerful nations resort to state terrorism, as covered in the above books” says the Institute of Social Economics, “one must understand policies of [the] State [and presumably, their corporate owners]. The following books on diplomacy further outline those policies”:

more books and references: John R. Commons, Institutional Economics (New Brunswick/London: Transaction Publishers, 1995) Carey B. Joynt and Percy E. Corbett, Theory and Reality in World Politics (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1978); Richard L. Rubenstein, The Age of Triage (Boston: Beacon Press, 1983); Peter Rodman, More Precious than Peace (New York: Charles Scribner & Sons, 1994); Angelo Codevilla, Informing Statecraft (New York: The Free Press, 1992); Arie E. David, The Strategy of Treaty Termination (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975); Francis Neilson, How Diplomats Make War (San Francisco: Cobden Press).

 

Now that you are hopefully becoming more aware of some of the extent upon which the public seems to be systematically disinformed and lied to, it is important to understand that probably no structure that serves the "stupid masses" should be exempt from our sober scrutiny.

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to the strategically-challenged!

Tried to post this in response to eslaporte on January 14th, but suddenly occupytogether.org began having problems with their network (no surprise..). So i’ll quote eslaporte:

 

The main source of out frustrations and deprivations for the past 25-30 years comes from Anglo-American Conservative ideology. Anglo-American Conservative ideology is represented by Thatcher, Reagan and in think tanks, like the Heritage Foundation.

To these folks, “freedom” is greed and greed is “freedom.” This ilk defines “freedom” and the ability to take as much money and resources out of society – never mind the suffering of people your “freedom” brings. Social Darwinism is also a large part of their religious faith. If you cannot get a job – starve – simple as that. If a 1% has access to the politics and are able to manipulate the system to get more – well it’s because they are “the fittest.” They then move to shut the rest of us out of our own countries!

In the UK, Thatcher once handled an “economic crisis” by taking milk away from the poor kids. This ilk “works” economic crisis by taking from the poor to feed the rich – and they are doing this in various European countries where the voters have been foolish enough to put into power people who claim to “admire Thatcher” and/or “admire Reagan.” Realize that Anglo-American Conservatism is responsible for the misery that we face on both sides of the Atlantic. The real foe here is harsh, brutal and cruel Anglo-American Conservatism.

Solidarity!

My reply:

Ah, so many of us, of course, are so deeply strategically-challenged! But i’m glad there are quite a few people here (speaking of occupytogether.org) who are willing to put their thoughts out into the open, to some extent, and be challenged to think even deeper!

“Conservative ideology”, yes, that’s a germ of the truth. But if you were never allowed the privilege, from the get-go of participating peripherally in our so-called “great democracy”, you would certainly see (in a way that cannot be fluffed over with uncritical self-deception) that the “liberal” side of the equation, as you appear to be promoting, is part and parcel of the bigger picture of the colonial/neo-colonial tact itself! –Where both “liberal” and “conservative” are primary deceivers, and those who uncritically follow them (a phenomenon the world-over amongst the colonized, Europeans included, whom have no other frame of reference easily thought of)–imagining themselves to be a part of the hoax, until, that is, they find themselves out-sourced/no longer “needed” to build and sustain empire!

Of course, those who would like to steer us into the same old “divide and conquer” strategy, want to keep us believing, in a familiar religious-like drum-beat, that If Only The Others Would Capitulate (!), Then We’d All Have Our Great Democracy Back!

Hah!

The bottom line for me is I think we should be utilizing a more demystifying language, instead of just allowing these terms (liberal, conservative) to have their way with us, as usual. I’d like to see something along the lines of “seriously duped” and “less seriously duped” (but still duped nonetheless)!

Want some truly deep grist to chew on? Check out unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com

And if you wanna throw all the usual self-justifications for The Way Things Is at them, i invite you all to come by my blog and take me on, first! (It’s just one way i’m making it less difficult for indigenous folks to deal with so many who are seriously duped/strategically fooled!)

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Some ideas for ways forward

Post this on a reply section of http://www.occupytogether.org. See:

http://www.occupytogether.org/2012/01/07/f29-shut-down-the-corporations/comment-page-2/#comment-29323

i’ve added a few things since posting that, tho..

Why aren’t challengers going into the neighborhoods of the middle managers and elites and exposing realities there? (I.e. when policy implementers/cops come to deny our rights, etc.) Most of the elites and they who trust the status-quo do not read our media and only rely on the corporate media. If we brought our message (not only of reaction, but of meaningful, organic community!) into their privileged spaces, we could really turn some heads, i think!

So why are we NOT doing this already? Why are we staying only within the same old tactics (i.e. “of speaking truth to power”–those who already know what they are doing!). I think because many of us have not thought through our tactics thoroughly enough! It’s time we spoke truths to people, informally, not when they are at their most formal (i.e. in downtowns everywhere). And not only speak “to” them, but “with” them, in organic solidarities IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.

And, yes, i did say solidarity. i guess that’s where my seeing seems to diverge (??) from many occupy folks (who i think are getting trapped in reactionaryisms, and basically shooting themselves in the feet when they apply necessary consciousness about corporate alienation to the unwitting soldiers of that alienation). But maybe i’m wrong about my assumption (and limited experience) on this? i hope so! (maybe those who feel similarly should work on speaking up more publicly??)

i think it’s crucial to hold bridges of community potential open to ALL, while still sticking with a systematic critical consciousness about how corporate and colonial/neo-colonial structures tool human beings. Across the spectrum!

i advocated this to some of the Eureka, CA occupiers, but i don’t know if anyone really could hear it, flooded as they were with the overwhelm of trying to keep their basic space together.

i also promoted the idea that we could stop in all kinds of places (for a week!) around cities. That is, strike up our 24-hour vigils EVERYWHERE, while still maintaining the communities we’re building. Why not do this kind of demo-action??? It would sustain the movement, and would also be able to reach more diversity! Cover more bases!! And not get stuck in what the Left has always gotten stuck in (i think, as a post-Left critical thinker, part of the recuperative meta game of the Left/Right/Center of neo-colonization).

Oh, and as far as the offishal push to render “anti-camping” policies, the homeless amongst us need to begin articulating that we are in our tent HOMES. This is not “camping”! Someone articulated that camping is recreational, but didn’t go far enough!

Hope some of you will pass this on!

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Paid a price for my wearing Oklahoma’s intensity!

Yes, a few days after posting that text, i had my own, i guess reflection; a kind of spiritual “chickens coming home to roost”; basically i reflected similarly to Okie-la-homie! And went through a similar “emotional breakdown” of my own!

And it turned out excellently, as i took hold of my baggage on this topic!

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