8593Re: Wei-mar-the-truth ?
- Jun 5, 2003Bradford comments;
Prescott Arizona and Phoenix is the final resting place of my adopted
mother and currently my 83 year old adopted father. Joel apparently
is moving from the Transcendental East out to the Far West. But like
Joel I have richly explored the Transcendental individuals like
Emerson, Thoreau and Longfellow. But to consider American
spirituality in light of the Transcendental thinkers and the early
struggles of the Founding Fathers, makes what Joel brought below, a
larger window of thinking. This thinking challenges certain
perceptions that our wonderful hero of the free market, Starman,
places as a high ethical-self-regulating reality. Common Sense does
not agree with this idea of Free Trade and Self regulation. First
Joel and below what thinkers are reviewing as the history of the
NeoCon's impulse wanders back into the the Founding Fathers. This is
interesting and in a few sentences, Joel's ideas are enlarged upon
with great depth. What do you think?
> The main problem with Traub's approach, however, is that itglosses
> over the real facts of the damage to civil liberties done by theBush
> administration. The excuse used in many cases by those who supportthis
> abuse of our freedoms, is that security demands it.excuse given
> This is not true, but rather is historically the common
> when a sitting government begins to move in a neo-fascist direction,the
> wrapping itself in ever greater assumptions of power and rights at
> expense of the governed. The better and wiser thinkers amonghistory's
> statesmen (as against mere politicians) clearly understand this.Midnight Ride of the Rabble
by Thom Hartmann
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear.
-- From Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1863
Emerson told us, in his lecture Angloam, that in America "the old
contest of feudalism and democracy renews itself here on a new
battlefield." Perhaps seeing our day through a crack between the
skeins of time and space, Emerson concluded, "It is wonderful, with
how much rancor and premeditation at this moment the fight is
Let's be blunt. The real agenda of the new conservatives is nothing
less than the destruction of democracy in the United States of
America. And feudalism is one of their weapons."
"the new conservatives see our democratic government as the enemy.
And if they plan to destroy democracy, they must have something in
mind to replace it with. (Yes, I know that "democracy"
and "democratic" sound too much like "Democrat," and so the
Republicans want us to say that we don't live in a democracy, but,
rather, a republic, which sounds more like "Republican." It was one
of Newt's efforts, along with replacing phrases like "Democratic
Senator" with "Democrat Senator." But Republican political
correctness can take a leap: we're talking here about the survival of
democracy in our constitutional republic.)
What conservatives are really arguing for is a return to the three
historic forms of tyranny that the Founders and Framers identified,
declared war against, and fought and died to keep out of our land.
Those tyrants were kings, theocrats, and noble feudal lords.
Kings would never again be allowed to govern America, the Founders
said, so they stripped the president of the power to declare war. As
Lincoln noted in an 1848 letter to William Herndon: "Kings had always
been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending
generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object.
This, our  Convention understood to be the most oppressive of
all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the
Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this
oppression upon us."
Theocrats would never again be allowed to govern America, as they had
tried in the early Puritan communities. In 1784, when Patrick Henry
proposed that the Virginia legislature use a sort of faith-based
voucher system to pay for "Christian education," James Madison
responded with ferocity, saying government support of church
teachings "will be a dangerous abuse of power." He added, "The Rulers
who are guilty of such an encroachment exceed the commission from
which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who
submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by
an authority derived from them, and are slaves."
And America was not conceived of as a feudal state, feudalism being
broadly defined as "rule by the super-rich." Rather, our nation was
created in large part in reaction against centuries of European
feudalism. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said in his lecture titled The
Fortune of the Republic, delivered on December 1, 1863, "We began
with freedom. America was opened after the feudal mischief was spent.
No inquisitions here, no kings, no nobles, no dominant church."
The great and revolutionary ideal of America is that a government can
exist while drawing its authority, power, and ongoing legitimacy from
a single source: "The consent of the governed." Conservatives,
however, would change all that.
In their brave new world, corporations are more suited to governance
than are the unpredictable rabble called citizens. Corporations
should control politics, control the commons, control health care,
control our airwaves, control the "free" market, and even control our
schools. Although corporations can't vote, these new conservatives
claim they should have human rights, like privacy from government
inspections of their political activity and the free speech right to
lie to politicians and citizens in PR and advertising. Although
corporations don't need to breathe fresh air or drink pure water,
these new conservatives would hand over to them the power to self-
regulate poisonous emissions into our air and water.
While these new conservatives claim corporations should have the
rights of persons, they don't mind if corporations use hostile
financial force to take over other, smaller corporations in a bizarre
form of corporate slavery called monopoly. Corporations can't die, so
aren't subject to inheritance taxes or probate. They can't be put in
prison, so even when they cause death they are only subject to fines.
Corporations and their CEOs are America's new feudal lords, and the
new conservatives are their obliging servants and mouthpieces. The
conservative mantra is: "Less government!" But the dirty little
secret of the new conservatives is that just as nature abhors a
vacuum, so also do politics and power. Every time government of, by,
and for We, the People is pushed out of administering some part of
this nation's vast commons, corporations step in. And by swamping the
United States of America in debt with so-called "tax cuts," they seek
to force an increasingly desperate government to cede more and more
of our commons to their corporate rule.
Conservatives confuse efficiency and cost: They suggest that big
corporations can perform public services at a lower total cost than
government, while ignoring the corporate need to pad the bill with
dividends to stockholders, rich CEO salaries, corporate jets and
headquarters, advertising, millions in "campaign contributions," and
cash set-asides for growth and expansion. They want to frame this as
the solution of the "free market," and talk about entrepreneurs and
small businesses filling up the holes left when government lets go of
But these are straw man arguments: What they are really advocating is
corporate rule, and ultimately a feudal state controlled exclusively
by the largest of the corporations. Smaller corporations, like
individual humans and the governments they once hoped would protect
them from powerful feudal forces, can watch but they can't play.
The modern-day conservative movement began with Federalists Alexander
Hamilton and John Adams, who argued that for a society to be stable
it must have a governing elite, and this elite must be separate both
in power and privilege from what Adams referred to as "the rabble."
Their Federalist party imploded in the early 19th Century, in large
part because of public revulsion over Federalist elitism, a symptom
of which was Adams' signing the Alien and Sedition Acts. (If you've
only read the Republican biographies of John Adams, you probably
don't remember these laws, even though they were the biggest thing to
have happened in Adams' entire four years in office, and the reason
why the citizens of America voted him out of office, and voted
Jefferson - who loudly and publicly opposed the Acts - in. They were
a 1797 version of the Patriot Act and Patriot II, with startlingly
Destroyed by their embrace of this early form of despotism, the
Federalists were replaced first in the early 1800s by the short-lived
Whigs and then, starting with Lincoln, by the modern-day Republicans,
who, after Lincoln's death, firmly staked out their ancestral
Federalist position as the party of wealthy corporate and private
interests. And now, under the disguise of the word "conservative"
(classical conservatives like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower
are rolling in their graves), these old-time feudalists have nearly
completed their takeover of our great nation."
There is an argument that arose along with "The Emancipation
Proclamation" the 13th amendment was followed by the 14th amendment.
Lincoln's blood made a trade off to the Ahrimanic forces that allow
giant Corporations, the status of Individual I AM's. The 14 Amendment
followed the 13th as Ahriman follows Michael. This is a vague little
loop hole, but when looking at the giant potential of manipulation
and Group Consciousness, corporations maintaining the rights of or
looming larger than the rights of the I AM, throws Ahriman back into
the mix in a big way. It creates a constant challenge to the ethics
and integrity of the human I AM.
Business is a wonderful thing, as Starman has said many times, it
keeps the life blood of the economy flowing exactly like spiritual
blood. It is clear to this researcher that vast groups of twelve or
more board members create a core seed of potential moral Egregorial
dimensions. It can at times mark a return or a Western upgrade to a
form of Group Monster that control the opinions and directions of
freedoms of those lowly I AM's. Those Lowly I AM's that make a
corporation and the products and distribution are not really
generously rewarded as are the Giant Captains of the Boardroom who
walk away with millions in rewards for destroying the low wage earner
at the base of the operation. In other words we have Feudal examples
of of big business merely robber baroning the worker. This of course
is not what we would call "Washing the Feet" of the poor. Here we
truly weigh how deeply the Christ impulse penetrates into the
conscious will instincts of humanity.
Thoreau reveals that if moral individuals run a corporation it can be
a wealth of moral vision and infectious free generosity. If criminals
run a corporation, immoral actions infect the business community and
the world. Martha Stewart is being singled out because America would
rather focus on her than the actual thieves who are manipulating
corporate contracts in Iraq and continue to rob the profits of a
company for the constant law of wealth distribution that favors a
small percentage of the wealthy. Nothing against wealth or
corporations, if moral individuals are engaged in their operations.
If the individual I Am is maintained in balance to the power and
financial wealth of corporations and charity and human freedom to
give back to society is balanced against CEO's maliciously destroying
and gobbling firms for mere profit, a new depth of Consciousness Soul
balance is achieved.
But humanity is hardly prepared for the depth of penetration into the
moral impusles of the will. The false regions of Sentient Soul
penetration, Intellectual Soul aggressive shark fighting and
Consciousness Soul, global Imperialism betrays the building a false
moral paradigm. Not only that this phony moral interpretation is
encouraged. It prefers to have its Christianity on a superficial,
Sunday basis of the beloved Jesus who can't really come back and
check up on their phony Sunday lip service.
Finally the difference between Non-profit corporations and Profit
driven corporations is a state of balance. Every moral insight and
moral growth of the I AM can be easily countered by giant egregorial
manipulations that dwarf the individual budget and force the
individual to find his meal ticket under the umbrella of a
Corporation because, slowly only the giants survive..
Egregorial manipulation of Corporate monopolies can easily control
the Opinions and level of intelligence of the masses. Promoting and
supporting the aim of the Individual I Am's as they struggle to grow
forces of their Sentient-Intellectual and Consciousness Soul
developments is asking for honesty and integrity and something of a
state of balance. The term 'filthy rich' could attain a different
meaning and a state of balance on the abuse of world resources could
arise. Instead we reamin in a Draconian-Darwinian struggle of Board
level Egregores who do not maintain moral observation nor maintain
economic honesty. The big fish promote the same superficial moral
penetration so that deep issues of Consciousness will not easily, if
ever, arise in the UnFree, slavery of the Free Market deception.
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