Politics

BETE NOIRE 2016

democrat-republican

The social engineering of the US Presidential Election

Thursday, 28 July 2016

All roads lead to Rome – or in this case, globalization. This election boils down to the question of means, not ends.

The setbacks of each of the presidential candidates are well-known by anyone with even a cursory interest or understanding of American politics. As such, these topics will not be discussed here. Instead, what will be offered is an examination of how the narrative of this election is being shaped, and what outcomes flow from the interpretations of these narratives.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, narrative is that an outlandish character named Donald Trump has been created in order to drive Hillary Clinton into the White House, (more…)

SHADOW PUPPETS

allegory of the cave

Science, faith, propaganda, and the epistemological crisis of the postmodern age

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Everywhere we hear of the postmodern age, where a crisis abounds, a crisis of faith in our institutions. Reasons for the development of this crisis of faith have been offered: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, 9/11, or things as culturally mundane as the revelation that Charles Van Doran participated in a fixed game show with the help of a television network. The problem with all of these explanations is that they purport to reveal (more…)

MAIEUTIC AWAKENING

the awakening

An interlocution between teacher and student about what it means to teach social justice within the context of the study of history, government, and ethics.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Student: What is teaching?
Teacher: It is the act of deconstruction and transgression between teacher and student.

Student: What is its purpose?
Teacher: Knowledge that leads to growth, expansion of awareness, and action, i.e., wisdom.

Student: What does teaching social justice mean?
Teacher: Teaching social justice means teaching and speaking to the historical moment, it means exploring the “mechanisms of power which establish inequality, through the systematic analysis of political discourse,” and contextualizing that moment within the arc if history.1 Teaching social justice begins with throwing oneself, and later your students, into an epistemological and existential crisis where everything you think you know about who and what you are needs to be deconstructed then reconstructed from the ground up (more…)

WAR BY OTHER MEANS

Water Scarcity

The nature of scarcity and economic power, and how they are created and used as a method of social control

Saturday, 28 December 2014

According to the Chinese zodiac, in 2015 we will be transitioning into the year of the sheep. What will this bode for a world living in the New Gilded Age? The sheeple will have to decide if they will accept the historic changes that are occurring on the domestic and international stage or if they will resist and struggle against the tide of elite domination. There are many transitions well under way in the coming years and they all surround the notion of scarcity and the exercise of economic power. We are in the midst of a global liquidity crisis that will lead to the abandonment of the US dollar as the global reserve currency; climate change politics and environmental pollution are leading to global carbon tax proposals; and the geopolitical fight for control of the precious natural resources of Central Asia between the West and myriad combinations of Eastern factions is flaring up. All of these ostensible political and economic cleavages are coming to a head as of late, and will begin to show themselves not as cleavages (more…)

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

lone wolf

The myth of the lone wolf and non-state actors in the war on terrorism

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The term “state-sponsored terrorism” is a distinction without a difference. All terrorist organizations that exist today are sponsored in some way by the state – that is of course if you include global financial interests as part of “the state”. If you accept the long-demonstrated seamless relationship between capital pools and political power (in fact the latter is simply an operating arm of the former) as the norm and not the exception, then the entire concept of state-sponsorship of terrorism becomes moot, and the mere attempt to construct such a narrative amounts to a clever attempt to return to the good versus evil paradigm that only serves to obfuscate the truth.

Seen through this lens, the decades-long struggle for control of Central Asia by the West (The New Great Game) becomes clearer. For example, if the last remaining source of petro-dollars were situated in North America, the Eastern States’ political and cultural narrative about the West would be that Christian Fundamentalist Extremists (more…)