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Erykah Badu & FA Hayek:This is Postmodern America

Posted in Agitprop, art, media, news, Philosophy, Politics on April 8, 2010 by postmodernsaxon

“””””””””At a time when most movements that are thought to be progressive advocate further encroachments on individual liberty, those who cherish freedom are likely to expend their energies in opposition. In this they find themselves much of the time on the same side as those who habitually resist change. In matters of current politics today they generally have little choice but to support the conservative parties. But, though the position I have tried to define is also often described as “conservative,” it is very different from that to which this name has been traditionally attached. There is danger in the confused condition which brings the defenders of liberty and the true conservatives together in common opposition to developments which threaten their ideals equally. It is therefore important to distinguish clearly the position taken here from that which has long been known – perhaps more appropriately – as conservatism……Let me now state what seems to me the decisive objection to any conservatism which deserves to be called such. It is that by its very nature it cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving. It may succeed by its resistance to current tendencies in slowing down undesirable developments, but, since it does not indicate another direction, it cannot prevent their continuance.””””””””””””””””

FA Hayek  

 
“””””They who play it safe are quick to assassinate what they do not understand-
They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another they feel more comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow.
They are us, this is what we have become: afraid to respect the individual.   A single personal event or circumstance can move one to change, to evolve and love themselves.”””””

-Erykah Badu

yes the word that bleeds out of her head at the end of the video is “group think”.

How often do the principles of an old-school “Conservative” such as Hayek exist in such harmony with those of a contemporary “Liberal” such as Badu?  More often than what you’d think because both “conservative” and “liberal” are fabricated terms used to divide us against ourselves through the popular vices of lazy intellectual and moral habit.  Why these seemingly divergent principles are in such actual harmony is because both are fundamentally American-  they both demand that the individual person take account of their humanity as individuals and be bold enough to not be ruled or lead by simple ‘group think’.



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Why we want a Unification of Quantum Theory and General Relativity part1

Posted in Philosophy, Politics on April 6, 2010 by postmodernsaxon

Sometimes it shocks me that people either do not know or do not care about this stuff.

Human existence is and always will be the system that results from exchange between multiple individuals.  The exchange is anything and everything:  goods, services, a touch, a smile, words, ideas, a kick in the mouth, a knife in the throat, sexual intercourse- everything.

There are trillions of these exchanges that occur between billions of people on a day to day basis.  Each individual exchange affects in some way each other individual exchange, and from a number of exchanges arises a pattern.  From a number of patterns arise a system.  From a number of systems arise civilization.

The Systems are themselves, and like the exchanges and individuals, they defy uniform definition.  In this sense, these systems are natural and organic.  Our attempts to understand and design technologies which utilize these systems result in their quantification as specific Institutions:  religion, economy, society, language, culture, state.  The pre-quantified  nature of these systems is what we, as individual humans, are given as basic material from which to forge our own distinct identities and develop our own motives and being.

These systems, pre- or post quantification do not determine our being, they only exist as the substance from which that individual being can be molded by the free-will of the individual.  The Individual is, in essence, the unique, self-defined manifestation of the System as a whole.  This self-definition is not as simple as “choosing a worldview”, but is  rather the combination of the consequences of every choice that individual has ever made.   It is the result of a lifetime of decisions.

The Individual being a component of the overall network of exchanges between all individuals, he is subject to that network.  He has no choice but to be subject to it, however the exact nature of this subjectivity is determined by him alone:  No individual has power over whether or not he is affected by forces beyond his control, the power that the individual DOES have is in determining exactly in what way he is affected by forces beyond his control.  We are, after-all, pre-determined to be self-determined.

There you have the breakdown from top to bottom of the big and small of human existence.  To me this is truth.  Economic and social truth.  However, because we live in the era of empirical materialism, there has to be some hard-core scientific kernel at the core of any “truth” for that truth to manifest its self in/as the rest of society.

The unification of quantum theory and general relativity would provide us with the kernel of the “truth” I describe above.  How?  Because the unification would explain in materially concrete (scientific) terms the ‘truth’ I described above.

American Nationalism Summarized

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized on April 3, 2010 by postmodernsaxon

Summary of what American Nationalism means:

I.  That the Bill of Rights defines/limits the powers of the State, that the Bill of Rights does NOT define/limit the rights of individual American Citizens.

II.  That ONLY individual American Citizens sovereignty is protected, and that this sovereignty and its State protections are NOT extended to any entity that is not an individual American Citizen. They are not extended to

  1. Any individual in times of war or peace who is not an American Citizen.
  2. Any corporation.
  3. Any ethnic, religious, social, philosophical, sexual, or other group

III.  That all actions taken by any branch of the American Government are to be taken in the service, and on the behalf of, the individual American Citizen.

What this all means in very practical terms for International Corporations:

  1. Business Corporations wishing to take advantage of the pro-business American legal system, and basing its self on American land must conduct its self in a way that does not interfere with the ambition of the American Citizen to pursue happiness as he freely defines it.  A company basing its self in America must have a total global workforce of no less than 80%  American Citizens and likewise the American Corporations total global business-to-business trade must be composed of at least 80% American Corporations.
  2. A National or International Service, Retail or Manufacturing corporation with more than 10% National market share can only expand into geographic regions which are either non-served or under-served by locally owned business providing the same service.  Example- an International Big-Box retail Giant like Wal-Mart could not expand into an area that is already adequately served by a locally owned retail store or chain.

What this all means in terms of National Security and Immigration:

  1. All persons wishing to become American Citizens must pass a rigorous series of tests which will confirm their personal loyalty to the People of the United States, an ability to speak English, a knowledge of American history and culture.
  2. Border Security will be oriented around the principle that all non-legal attempts to enter the geographic borders of the Nation are attempts against the Sovereignty of the United States of America.
  3. Any non-American Citizen within a locality from which hostile action against an American Citizen (including soldiers etc) is initiated will be considered an enemy of the United States of America and will be subject to whatever measures Military or Police authorities decide will best protect The United States of America and all of its citizens from further hostile actions.

What this all means in terms of Domestic Policy:

  1. Each individual citizen being its own Sovereign, all laws prohibiting the possession of any currently illegal substance, drug, material, firearm or object, will be immediately repealed.
  2. All current Federal Taxes will be repealed and permanently nullified by Constitutional Amendment, to be replaced by a National Sales Tax of 35% on all non-food, non-fuel, and non-shelter items and services.  EVERYONE, regardless of their income, will be required to pay.
  3. All Natural Resources not currently privately owned will be open to exploration and development by American Citizens and Corporations.

More later…….

“This is not reality”, is now reality.

Posted in Agitprop, media, Philosophy, Politics on April 3, 2010 by postmodernsaxon

Jensen describes the order of the world today (from Network- turn up the volume)

George Carlin fills us in on what we know but don’t want to hear

Speaks for its self

Emergence of revolution

Posted in Philosophy, science on March 31, 2010 by postmodernsaxon

Scientific-Social-Economic-National, REVOLUTION.  A quick and oversimplified summary:  The greatest problem of the past hundred and fifty years has been that of the pesky idea of the individual.  In science, sociology, economy and government, the macro has not jived with the micro.

In science:  The primary problem concerning physicists for quite some time has been reconciling Einsteins General Theory (Big) with Quantum Theory (Small).

In society:  Sociologists cannot reconcile “groups” (Big) with the individual(Small), their method of scientific reductionism has proved inadequate to this task.

In Economy:  Our quasi Keynesian macro (Big) economic policies fail to address the unpredictable behavior of the basic economic unit- the human individual (Small).

National:  America is in the midst of an identity crisis, unsure of what sovereignty means, and who we actually are as Americans.  The 20th century policies of Big government unable to be reconciled with the Constitutional principles of small government.

Revolutions are rarely ever purely political- the political revolution is normally a by-product of a deeper cultural, philosophic, technological and scientific revolution.  The revolution that is just starting to emerge now is ironically oriented around Emergence Theory its self.  Here we not only predict the flight of Minerva’s Owl, but we catch the bastard by his talon and tell him where to go.

Most of this starts with Hayek, a name that will be as famous as Einstein in the years to come.  Hayek was primarily an economist, but his mind penetrated economics so deeply that it actually went beyond that organ and struck at the very heart of civilization.  In short, Hayek pioneered Emergence Theory, but he called it “Connectionism” and “Self-Organization”.  From his work we glean the following principle:

Emergence:  the way complex systems (the Big) arise out of a multiplicity  of relatively simple interactions amongst individual units (the Small).

This elegant principle will change everything.

Scientific:  Gravity as an Emergent Phenomenon;

Economic:  Economy as Emergent Phenomenon/Individualism and Economic Order

Social:  This is the most obvious and is as much technological as it is “social”- the internet.

National:  There is a movement that advocates Individual Sovereignty, and regardless of what the Republicans think, they most certainly do not have that market cornered.  Politically, this advocacy is known as Libertarianism.  But Libertarianism as a political movement is stubborn and narrow to the extent that it will never be more than a marginal influence on more mainstream, consensus public policy.

Each of these movements are in a fetal stage, but their birth as whole individual entities, and the larger systems that will emerge from them is unstoppable.

More later.

Keynes vs Hayek: The ultimate rap battle

Posted in Absurd, media, Philosophy, Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 by postmodernsaxon

This is probably the best concise explanation of economics that exists today.  Listen to the rap and be schooled by old-schoolers who not only knew the way, they invented it.

psst…..Hayek is right, in fact he totally explains exactly what is happening to our current economy.  In other words, why it sucks.

Conspiracy theories

Posted in Philosophy, Politics on March 28, 2010 by postmodernsaxon

The gripping thing about conspiracy theories is how apt they actually are.  Many Conspiracy Theories fairly accurately describe the development of an ongoing situation in the world.  The problem is, the theorists make the mistake of thinking these situations develop intentionally.   Mostly, they do not.

This is like Intelligent Design vs Evolution, two opposing views on the same topic.  The difference is that at least Intelligent Design ideology is counter-balanced by Evolution theory.  There is no such counter-balance to Conspiracy Theories.  If there were, they may be much more valid as actual methods of research and articulation of how society and civilization evolves, and why it evolves that way.  But as it is, there is no such balance.  God bless Alex Jones, if only our problems were so simple.