Granny D. Joel's favorite
" Tuesday is the first battle in the war for the 21st Century, which
is the struggle between the human scale of democracy and corrupt
institutions, public and corporate."
Paul Krugman NYT. or Chimes
..."Conquest and Neglect," the column published April 11, 2003, is
among the new material that appears in the recently published
paperback edition of The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New
Century (Norton), Krugman's masterful indictment of the Bush
administration and the radical revolution designed to change forever
the political landscape of America. During a recent trip to Austin,
Krugman met with the Observer. The following is an excerpt of the
Now writers like Paul Krugman are important, but in seeing what we
had to face before the 21st century, there have been many, many
great thinkers who understood that a Michael battle was on, a War of
sorts, rooted in Nominalists vs Realists, a divided Nation...long
before the twin towers were brought down and long before the dawning
of the 21st century slipped away from us, Steiner was deeply into
the battle, organizing the troops, outlining the cognitive
symptomology that you would have to learn in order to learn the
nature of the enemy.
Cognitive Symptomology is how we study Orwell, or
Twain's "Mysterious Stranger" or Nietzsche and his Anti-Christ,
along with Soloviev and his Anti-Christ. It is how we, down stream
from the first dawning of the Michael battle, having brought with us
our experiences from our time in the Mars Sphere with Buddha and St.
Francis and how the Michael School imbued the star seeds, we humans,
with strong courage to awaken our I AM's to the battle for the
future humans, would have to wage against Ahrimanic forces that
would be appearing in human thought, feeling and will.
Steiner outlined and brought the battle to the attention of humanity
long before the second wave, us, were impacted with the deception of
the Neocon Ahrimanic bid from the Imperial West. Imagine the 100,000
Iraqi dead if you wish to imagine shattering tragedy, against
America. Our shameless guilt for starting a preemptive war is a
shattering, shattering crime that America has done against the very
trust and conscience that has always had faith in America's
humanity. We have betrayed and refuse to acknowledge and the very
President who refuses to admit this mistake is backed by at least 50
million voters. Fifty million voters, who have failed to carry out
and consider what America truly represented in the hearts of
billions of people. But weigh up the millions, the ten million or
more slaughtered in the 20th century.
But it is not death that is the enemy, it is a failure to understand
symptomology and building our intelligence and insights around clear
cut symptomology. To study Michael Jackson is to study Luciferic
Symptomology, to study the Heavens Gate suicide and comet Hal Bopp
is to study Luciferic Symptomology. To study Orwell, Nietzsche,
Twain, Soloviev and our current flock of films... is to study,
ahrimanic and sorathian symptomology. "Lord of the Rings" was
Michael Symptomology, study them,learn to see with your eyes and
The battle has been to bring intelligence and discernment into the I
AM and nobody can bring that to the I AM but the willingness of the
I AM to point their compass towards the Etheric Christ and the
Spiritual Worlds where we have come from. It is just humans, us, we
that write these wonderful things, we explore these amazing
thoughts, and what did Steiner do?
Steiner offered the links and interconnections to world history, the
objective psychological and cosmic school of actual Initation that
no man comes to the Father except through the objective training and
initation of the psyche. No human being comes by any other route,
but the training of cognitive symptomology that is not allegorical.
Steiner presentede the origin of the I AM and beyond the big bang
theories, to the ancient heart of Saturn where mankind germinated,
and traced it right up to the present day. Students of Spiritual
Science have had the update of the Michael battle, long before Paul
Krugman thought of it. Paul Krugman is merely one of Michael's
seeds. Steiner was chapter one in the dawning battle of the 20th
century and Steiner was the first, the first accurate reporting of
the first wave that set up the souls education toward cognitive
symptomology studies to train the soul to see.
We are in the second wave and the best way to catch up and review is
to follow rich discussions where the Schools of Spiritual Science
come together and to read Steiner quietly and the writings of those
of his students.
Yes, the 21st century has been hit with the same symptomology as the
Germans, or Stalin were hit with, but in the refined nuance of the
Hooverian West. It is the Hooverian west, with all that appears to
be Freedom that is now getting hit. If America falls, it must be
weighed as an enormous, enormous defeat. However look carefully over
the energy and fact to fact thought awakening, how such icy human
lies have actually awakened and fired up real strength of soul.
Would these forces have awakened without the impact and
confrontation with absolute lies? No. You see the problem here?
It is powerful and intersting what it takes to wake people up. So
wake up for pity sake and stay awake and think with joy and clarity
out of the Michael stream and do not let the complacency slip back
into such deadly, deadly horror as has been created under Bush, keep
yourself awake and interested in thought....even if I thank Bush for
representing everything in the soul that Michael worries about. I
thank destiny for events, but look at the cost of tragedy in order
to wake people up.
" TO: The day after the election, what's the column if Kerry
PK: Do not be magnanimous in victory. I hope the people around
him understand that this is not politics as we know it. It's
not, "OK, well, we won an election. After the election we'll get
together and work in a bipartisan way to help the country." They
didn't work in a bipartisan way when the United States was attacked.
They immediately saw it as a way to achieve political dominance.
Kerry has got to understand that he has a window of opportunity to
expose what's going on and to rock these people back to the point
where we can try to reclaim the normal workings of democracy. Unless
there's a true miracle and the Democrats take the House-which is
extremely unlikely-it's going to be very bitter political civil war
from Day One. The House leadership will try to undermine Kerry. I'm
sure they'll try to impeach him almost immediately. On anything.
We can go on and on about Tom DeLay, but the point is Tom DeLay
is not an aberrant thing. He's not an accident. The whole thrust of
where we've been going for a couple of decades in this country has
been towards putting someone like Tom DeLay in a position of great
power. So, my column to Kerry, my open letter to him if he wins,
will be: Do not be magnanimous. You need to expose and dismantle
TO: Assuming they don't shred everything beforehand.
PK: They can't shred the people. The biggest thing would be to
end the reign of terror in the agencies, so that the CIA and the
Treasury Department-the civil servants-can talk about what actually
happened. It's obvious that there was intense pressure placed upon
the agencies to come up with the conclusion that [the
Administration] wanted. But very few people are willing to say that,
because these guys play rough. There's a lot of funny stuff
involving the Justice Department, where officials who've criticized
Ashcroft's handling of stuff-which is disastrous, right? Not a
single successful terror prosecution [but] a lot of grandstanding-
have found themselves subject to internal investigations. If we can
get to a point where these people can speak freely, it will matter a
lot. Homeland Security: I want people to be able to talk freely
about the timing of terror alerts. You can draw a chart and it's
obvious that terror alerts increase when Bush is down in the polls
and vanish when he's up in the polls. But we need someone to go on
the record and say that they've been used as a political tool.
TO: In writing about the cult of personality surrounding the
president, you mention the 27 photographs of him that appear in the
PK: I actually went to check and looked at a budget from the
Clinton years. It's a rather dry-looking thing with charts and
tables. The Bush budget is very much short on charts and tables-it's
better not to think about what would be in them. But it has these
themes, uplifting themes of various kinds and each of them is
illustrated with multiple glossy color photos of Bush doing
presidential-type things. Obviously you see him standing in front of
a giant American flag talking about homeland security, but you also
see him hiking along a mountain trail, comforting the elderly,
helping children learn how to read. It really does look like
something from a Communist country. You know, I joked when I wrote
about it that they forgot the photo of him swimming the Yangtze
River. It's very un-American, but it fits in with Operation Flight
Suit-that kind of stagecraft, that glorification of the individual
leader. What I wrote at the time of the carrier landing is that in
the American tradition, the president is a civilian-even if he's a
former general. The president does not appear in uniform; he's not a
generalísimo; he's not a hero. That's why the Constitution says the
president is the commander-in-chief: to make it very clear that
civilian authority, not military, runs the country. And then here we
are doing these things that are really something that you would
expect to see in a banana republic.
TO: What's the column if Bush wins?
PK: I don't really want to think about that. The problem is
there are different ways he could win, too.
TO: Jimmy Carter has already written an op-ed in The Washington
Post saying that the basic international conditions for a fair
election are not there in Florida.
PK: We're within inches of having most of the world, actually
all of the world, and quite a few Americans, believing that we're no
longer a functioning democracy. That could happen a month from now.
Moderates and liberals made a terrible mistake in 2000. Their
attitude was well, this was very bad, but the right thing to do was
to basically gloss over it and pretend it's okay. That just
encouraged these guys. It should have been a mobilizing point.
Instead, everything we really know about the voting looks worse this
year.... Sometimes it's a little soothing to read history. I have
developed a big taste for the novels of Alan Furst, who writes these
historical thrillers set in the thirties and forties in Europe. I
think the very darkness of it-the fact that we know that it all came
out okay, makes you sort of feel better. The other book I read in
the last couple of weeks was Rubicon, a new, rather well-written
story about the fall of the Roman republic. You find yourself doing
that sort of thing. Me and Robert Byrd."