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  • rogerglewis 10:39 am on October 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Ode to The 2016 Presidential Brawl. Manufacturing Consent and All of that Media Stuff. 

    Manufacturing Consent and All of that Media Stuff.

    Ode to The 2016 Presidential Brawl.
    The final Stretch to Curtain Call
    A chance to vote near one and all
    Calls to Mark patriotic expression
    excepting Jim Crows voter suppresion.
    Small Voices query the marked ill Temper
    Between a wicked Witch and Orange emperor
    as pungent odours assault every Nose
    our inner child sees both have no clothes.
    Where shall we? some truth to seek,
    Citizen Journalists or Wiki Leak
    whilst storied anchors salivate
    A Chorus of Media Angels agitate. 

    Shrill Alto´s harmonise & Yield to Plaintiff tones.
     The Soloists Look on waiting feared unknowns 
    Allegations, accusations swinging blows
     ‘Until The Fat Lady Sings´´no-one Knows.

    Roger G Lewis 2016



    Thrown into the crucible of great office who will stand up to the tests and the temptations Best .
    Lessons we may learn from the Magic Flute.

    ”In the opera the Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro’s community and seeks to join it. Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished. The earthy Papageno, who accompanies Tamino on his quest, fails the trials completely but is rewarded anyway with the hand of his ideal female companion Papagena.”

     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_Flute

    I started writing something the other day along the lines of Trump as Poacher turned Gamekeeper.
    I was thinking of St Augustine of Hippo and his Confession.

    ”BOOK THREE The story of his student days in Carthage, his discovery of Cicero’s Hortensius, the enkindling of his philosophical interest, his infatuation with the Manichean heresy, and his mother’s dream which foretold his eventual return to the true faith and to God. 

    CHAPTER I 1. I came to Carthage, where a caldron of unholy loves was seething and bubbling all around me. I was not in love as yet, but I was in love with love; and, from a hidden hunger, I hated myself for not feeling more intensely a sense of hunger. I was looking for something to love, for I was in love with loving, and I hated security and a smooth way, free from snares. Within me I had a dearth of that inner food which is thyself, my God–although that dearth caused me no hunger. And I remained without any appetite for incorruptible food–not because I was already filled with it, but because the emptier I became the more I loathed it. Because of this my soul was unhealthy; and, full of sores, it exuded itself forth, itching to be scratched by scraping on the things of the senses”

    http://faculty.georgetown.edu/jod/augustine/conf.pdf

    I was also thinking of the excellent Biography of Joseph P Kennedy, Sins of the Father.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/524673.The_Sins_of_the_Father

    The Father of JFK, some people claim he (JFK) was the greatest of the US presidents.

    ”’ Don’t buy a single vote more than necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”

     Joseph P. Kennedy

    Anyone who doubts the Oligarchical nature of the United States and by turn of all the members of the Washington Consensus hasn´t done much independant reading outside of the set scripted narratives. 

    My Point is not that Trump is not an Oligarch or even that Clinton and Her Husband are not On the bottom rungs of the Oligarchical Ladder. My point is who is more likely to put the Nation ahead of personal interests. The answer might well be that neither candidate is capable of it. I do not know and no one can know ahead of time it boils down to what Chomsky calls an Institutional Analysis of evidence when the evidence is gathered.

    Chomsky vs Bolkestein : Dutch Debate on Manufacturing Consent.

    What can be established A Priori regarding this years Presidential Brawl?
    Bolkstein, poses the question in the video.

    0:56
    how we all know that the theory can never be established merely by examples
    1:01
    it can only be extended by some by showing some internal
    1:05
    inherent logic .
    So who will achieve a conversion on the Road to Damascus to depart from the crass cares of rapacious financialised capitalism. Michael Moore advocates against a US Brexit FU moment, Joseph Kennedy may well have differed. In his address on leaving London where he had been US ambassador For three years ending with the Beginning of the Blitz on London. 
    The British Public will fight against EU Fascisism as they endure the Blitz of the ´´Markets´´. Kennedy was skeptical about the UK and US involvement in the second World War, similar history covers the US and its ambivvalent position to the First World war. I tackle my own position on what I consider to be Moores procrustian analysis in this blog http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2016/10/michale-moore-in-trumpland-hanginchaddow.html

    Why would the rest of the world be so interested in the US Election and what does it have to gain from a Trump rather than a Clinton presidency. For that we need to reference the Famous Quote from Senator Connally https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Connally
    to paraphrase ´Íts Your Currency , but its our Problem”

    Shortly after taking the Treasury post, Connally famously told a group of European finance ministers worried about the export of American inflation that the dollar “is our currency, but your problem.”[25]

     Its been that way since the Nixon shock and until money and Wall Street is reformed and the Banking Trusts Broken up the world will look on with more than idle interest. Its Life and death for us too.

     Theres some trust busting to do, its been done before, looks to me like a Job for the Donald, Poacher truned Game Keeper, incidentally Joseph Kennedy was the consumate Poacher turned Gamekeeper,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_antitrust_law


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_United_States_antitrust_law

     
  • rogerglewis 6:19 am on October 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Assange Live to COnference 26thOctober 2016. 

    Julian speaks to a computer conference in Argentinha Via Telephone.

    Interesting comments on the efforts to neuter Freedom of the Press.

    There is interference on the line for much of the talk but it is worth listening too.

    Published on 27 Oct 2016
    Julian Assange is back… internetless from the US demand on the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK.. but back in the fray of things!

    He’s Alive 10/27: http://mts.yt/i/74G5zF

    Standard You Tube


    I made a copy and posted top my own You Tube channel to get the message out as wide as possible.

     
  • rogerglewis 3:16 am on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Michael Moore In Trumpland , The **HanginChaddow* 

    ”Yeah though I walk in the Chaddow of Doom , I will fear no evil”

    Michael Moore’s film ´TrumpLand´ is, as all his films are, thought provoking. It is a film made in the style of ”an audience with’ , where he performs a show variously comprising Stand Up , polemic and book readings . An engaging speaker and expert raconteur Moore is a consummate communicator aware of the buttons to press in his audience after probing them, teasing them and flattering them in turn.
    Moore lays out his stall, fencing off the Hispanic Part of the Audience in the theaters Circle seats and Placing a Moslem section of the audience under drone surveillance. Both precautions he says to help the Trump supporters in his audience to relax. Pretty edgy comedic stuff in these politically correct days and Brave given the theatre is in a Small town that votes 90% in favour of the GOP and where Trump is also popular, one presumes.
    Moore asks his audience permission to read something he had just written in the official Hotel recommended to acts appearing at the hosting theatre, he sits at a desk with his ring bound folder. A scholarly setting redolent of fire side chats beloved of broadcaster continuity over festive holidays. Suitably posed Moore reads his freshly penned polemic and it is this polemic which appears on the Internet. Top trending on reddit and hurriedly ripped and pasted around the web the source of course missing. Rumours abound that it is not even Moore speaking these words. The words he speaks are powerful and cut through to the essence of the deep anger sadness and confusion of the American people. This righteous anger Moore concludes will lead to ´´The biggest Fu ever delivered´´. A Trump Victory in the presidential race of 2016.
    Moore’s polemic is an extraordinarily powerful summation of the failure of the Establishment of the four Estates and nails the injustice and the inequality which the United States has come to be associated with in ´Awake ´circles, both in the US and abroad.
    If Moores polemic ended where it did then Diogenes could happily have hung up his Lamp for indeed Mr Moore would have rediscovered the honest everyman within. Sadly Diogenes will continue to rub his belly, as surely as Mr Moore will cling to his masturbatory fantasies of Hilary Clinton His ,” hot as hell shit kicking feminist babe´´ Moore again reaches his audience in the great hollywood tear jerking tradition. Hilary badly served and abused by the American people because our fellow americans are dying 1 million in the 20 years since Hilary championed Medicaid universal health care. Moore’s rhetoric here is very powerful it does though slip into sophistry neglecting to connect the dots that Clinton´s husband brought NAFTA, the very agreement that has Killed many Mexicans rendering traditional scale farming obsolete and impossible in that country.
    What struck me about the Universal health care arguments Mr Moore made, all of which I agree with and for which Mrs Clinton should rightly be given credit for wasn’t that Finding something nice to say about Mrs Clinton or Mr Trump was so hard to do but that somehow in the course of his powerful oratory he managed to pin the blame for the United States problems on the ordinary people of America , on his Audience some of who he had in tears of Sadness. I was also struck by the complete lack of empathy for the victims of US wars, the geo political aspects of which are completely lost on the vast majority of US voters because people like Moore choose only to serve up the Narratives that impact only with and speak only to an insular American mindset that assumes every one is either already American Like or wishes to be American Like. The Iraq war has killed 1 million Iraqis the Syrian Civil War has displaced over 6m Syrians, US foreign policy has wrought havoc in the Middle East, North Africa and in Turn Europe. It should not surprise anyone that a Political and Oligarchical Class that can not see the importance of and value of universal Health care should be so clueless on Foreign Policy and Geo Politics. Or perhaps they are not clueless and are more damnably, Wholly indifferent.
    Mr’s Clinton one audience member ventures is ´Super Smart´I agree with That. Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton are super Smart and the reason Mrs Clinton deserves to and perhaps even will inspire the Greatest FU in History is that someone as Super Smart as she is must be Indifferent to the suffering of all those people who are not ´Our Fellow Americans´´. When Mr Moore realises that Fellow Human beings is how Americans should see themselves and the other peoples of the world and where politicians who wish to serve the American people must also realise that those American People are Human Beings too, His sincerity can perhaps be trusted a little more.
    I would urge everyone who can to watch Mr Moore’s Film and also to watch his others too they are thoughtful and important social documentaries which are also entertaining. Mr Moore is though an entertainer and showman, no less than Mr trump and as we all know unlike The Super Smart Mrs Clinton. In TrumpLand Mr Moore does give both sides of the Trump Story he does not do that at all with Mrs Clinton. In giving Both Sides of the Trump Story he may have miscalculated that Rust Belt Polemic just resonates so powerfully. Moores attempt to pull back from the Wisdom of a Huge FU is predicated on the idea that the British people regrett their Brexit Vote. MrMoore should, asmuch as anyone know that you can not rely on ‘Facts’ gleaned from the main stream media.

     
  • rogerglewis 5:57 am on October 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Hangin SCADS 

    Hanging Scads.

    In the 2000 presidential election, many votes were left uncounted in the critical Florida vote. Governor Jeb Bush and his election director, a Bush republican party activist, happily declared there was nothing to see here, Mr Bush´s Brother George had won fair and square. God Bless America and American Democracy. There is plenty of reportage from the time and Analysis after the event and I do not intend to give my own exposition. The 2000 election is a cause for concern at a minimum.

    Other issues regarding second and third candidates and their ability to debate on the big national stage are also of concern to the democratic process. Suffice to say consent is manufactured with painstaking attention to petty fogging detail where it involves maintaining the two party monopoly on US power politics. Spin, an examination of the 1992 presidential election is another good starting point, from the satellite and not the Internet age the live satellite feeds being something akin to todays Wikileaks Podesta/Clinton email bonanza. And then there is Project Veritas.

    On Project Veritas, if you have not heard of it you have just not been paying attention like the rest of the main stream media. Project Veritas is an echo of a constant theme my argument Hanging Chads point to SCADS. State Crimes Against Democracy.

    Lance Dehaven who coined the term SCAD explains it thus

    I coined the term “State Crimes Against Democracy” in a peer-reviewed article published by Administrative Theory and Praxis, the journal of the Public Administration Theory Network.  SCADs are defined as “concerted actions or inactions by government insiders intended to manipulate democratic processes and undermine popular sovereignty.”  Until recently, scholarly research on political criminality has given little attention to antidemocratic conspiracies in high office, focusing instead on graft, bribery, embezzlement, and other forms of government corruption where the aim is personal enrichment rather than social control, partisan advantage, or political power.  However, SCADs are far more dangerous to democracy than these other, more mundane forms of political criminality because of their potential to subvert political institutions and entire governments or branches of government.”

    Many may be familiar with the term Tammany Hall, a breed of politics replete with glorious back scratching. Baloo in Jungle book is a mental picture one could usefully adopt for the affectionate way political elites from both sides of the two party monopoly view the game of fooling the plebs.

    Article 21 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that

    “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.



    No one has any business stealing elections. Shutting down minority voices or voices of dissent by the main Stream media is another not so subtle way of vote rigging. Rigging of the mechanical process and arithmetical integrity of votes actually cast has happened in recent US elections, it happened on a huge scale in the New York and California Democratic primaries this year, in the suppresion of support for Bernie Sanders. If all is fair in love and war and if the republican Tammany machine were at the disposal of Mr Trump perhaps we could just enjoy the spectacle in World Wide Wrestlings best traditions of flouting the rules and blind siding the referree. Mr Trump does not have the Republican machine in his corner, so has no one to tag? thats not a fair fight even a fight where the unwritten rule is that the rules are supposed to be broken?


     
  • rogerglewis 8:00 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Power of Your Vote 

    “Oh
    Well”

    I
    can’t help about the shape I’m in
    I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty and
    my legs are thin
    But don’t ask me what I think of you
    I might
    not give the answer that you want me to

    Oh well

    Now,
    when I talked to God I knew he’d understand
    He said, “Stick
    by my side and I’ll be your guiding hand
    But don’t ask me what I
    think of you
    I might not give the answer that you want me to”

    Oh
    well

    So they say you cant vote bout the shape your in

    Its a Two Horse race and you just cant win

    But dont ask what wethink of you

    We won’t give the answer that you want us too
    Now when I look  at the ballot I can Undertstand

    Put your cross by Stien or your cross by Ryan

    So please dont tell me what I gotta do

    I wont give the answer that you want me too

    Its black and white not red or Blue

    Green for stien or Ryan for you

    so dont do what they tell you to do

    vote for liberty not war if you want to.

     
  • rogerglewis 5:05 am on October 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Why Trump? 

    Donald Trump has been subjected to a great deal of scrutiny and many serious charges have been laid at his door. Some will say he is condemned by his own words and of course it seems to be true that Mr Trump is less than the ideal of the Platonic Aristocrat, schooled in the pursuit of Arete, Virtuous Excellence.

    Is it better for a figurehead and the executive power structures of which they are the Chief Executive to love the people of the citizenry or to Fear them, Turned around is it better for a Leader to be feared or to be loved. In a democracy and in the current diluted Democratic Brand a leader who would declare a wish to be loved over a wish to be feared would usually be called a populist. Populist is deployed in this conventional context as a perjoritive insult. A leader should be strong and no matter that they are to be feared they get things done. Mussolini got things done, the trains ran on time , that sort of thing. Your own view will depend on whether you think respect is earned or commanded, Love can not of course be either Bought or Commanded.

    Donald Trump comes from a background of un imaginable privelidge for most, of course the US would say and he would say himself that what he represents is the American Dream. A story is told about a Soviet Politician who visited America during the 1960´s and was asked after touring many gleaming examples of US industrial superiority if he had any questions. The story goes that what he wanted to know was How it was possible to have all of the workers believe in something that was so obviously untrue. The something he referred to was the American Dream. To Have winners on a Trump scale there have to be many losers, for most the participation they can glean from those who live the dream, is but to cheer and of course to keep on dreaming.

    Belief in the American Dream is a very dangerous thing for a politician akin to a belief in Father Christmas. If a parent believed in Father Christmas and trusted to their deep faith in the fairytale it would be but one Christmas long that the belief would endure? Coming down to the Christmas Tree the Children would find that the Milk and Buscuits set carefully on the kitchen table are left un disturbed and that beneath the tree there are no presents. The Children would quite rightly ask their parents when they look out of the window and see their freinds excitedly playing with new toys. ´´Why did Father Christmas not come to our House this year ” The American dream is like Father Christmas and has not visited the houses of many Americans ever, have sufficient Americans seen previously un-dissappointed children left off the list of adresses to where Santa , The American Dream , delivers. What is the Tipping point of exclusion from the vaunted ´´Middle Class´´

    So who believes in the American Dream and will be more likely to leave the Main Street Christmas Tree naked of presents from the bounties of the American Dream. One side says Stronger together , the other side says Make America Great Again. I would argue that Stronger together is devoid of meaning and an empty slogan devoid of Logos, that is it is not grounded in any concrete reality and hangs there in the air trying to look important clever and sincere. Of the Other slogan, Again is the only bit I would quibble with. Making America Great seems to me to be a wholly noble endevour and that She should herself allow other nations to mould and guide their own greatness on their own terms and in accordance with their own cultural values also seems perfectly reasonable to expect as a prid pro quo.

    Stein or Ryan would arguably and to my own political tastes make better presidents than either Clinton or Trump. We are likely to get either Clinton or Trump though. If you care to google you will fnd several films which detail Hilary Clintons record on Wars in which the USA has with her direction fallen foul of international law, describing The Clinton Position as anything other than Hawkish , and in turn that of Obama and before him Bush the second. Clinton the Second would be unlikely to reverse the degenerate trend in United States Foriegn Policy. Mrs Clinton does not , will not and has never listened so convinced is she of the American Dream and its efficacy. It has it must be said worked for Mrs Clinton and President Bill Clinton very well indeed.

    Trump being from a privelidged background will be more likely to be disabused of the idea that the American Dream is one where each and every American can be a Billionaire. Mr Trump will never reject the lime light I am sure, He may though hear the echo of the American people who have as in the legend been wandering lonely glens unloved by their leaders , indeed feared by them. Perhaps unlike in Ovids tale our Narcissis Trump will return the peoples Love.

    Ovid, Metamorposes Bk III:359-401 How Juno altered Echo’s speech

    Scorned, she wanders in the woods and hides her face in shame among the leaves, and from that time on lives in lonely caves. But still her love endures, increased by the sadness of rejection. Her sleepless thoughts waste her sad form, and her body’s strength vanishes into the air. Only her bones and the sound of her voice are left. Her voice remains, her bones, they say, were changed to shapes of stone. She hides in the woods, no longer to be seen on the hills, but to be heard by everyone. It is sound that lives in her.”

    ”By chance, the boy, separated from his faithful band of followers, had called out ‘Is anyone here?’ and ‘Here’ Echo replied. He is astonished, and glances everywhere, and shouts in a loud voice ‘Come to me!’ She calls as he calls. He looks back, and no one appearing behind, asks ‘Why do you run from me?’ and receives the same words as he speaks. He stands still, and deceived by the likeness to an answering voice, says ‘Here, let us meet together’. And, never answering to another sound more gladly, Echo replies ‘Together’, and to assist her words comes out of the woods to put her arms around his neck, in longing. He runs from her, and running cries ‘Away with these encircling hands! May I die before what’s mine is yours.’ She answers, only ‘What’s mine is yours!’”

    ”As he sees all this reflected in the dissolving waves, he can bear it no longer, but as yellow wax melts in a light flame, as morning frost thaws in the sun, so he is weakened and melted by love, and worn away little by little by the hidden fire. He no longer retains his colour, the white mingled with red, no longer has life and strength, and that form so pleasing to look at, nor has he that body which Echo loved. Still, when she saw this, though angered and remembering, she pitied him, and as often as the poor boy said ‘Alas!’ she repeated with her echoing voice ‘Alas!’ and when his hands strike at his shoulders, she returns the same sounds of pain. His last words as he looked into the familiar pool were ‘Alas, in vain, beloved boy!’ and the place echoed every word, and when he said ‘Goodbye!’ Echo also said ‘Goodbye!’”

    It Occured to me in the British General Election of 2015 , that the despised UKIP and its Charasmatic leader Mr Farage , (equally despised by British and European Elites as Mr Trump is by those in the US and in Europe). Had more in Common with the British Green Party than most Green party supporters would ever wish to admit. Both Parties Manifestos were strikingly similar to me. Your writer dear Reader is an un apologetic Leftist in your American Terms. I am familiar with and sympathetic to the political economy and critique of capitalism found in Karl Marx´s Das Kapital, I am also well read in the works of Bakunin, Kropotkin and Proudhon. I stand with Proudhon against Bastiat and with Bakunin against Marx and I am happy to self identify as a Socialist. I find that in the US presidential election that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have much more in common than Mr sanders has with Ms Rodham Clinton. Jesse Ventura pointed this out in a recent interview he did with Cenq Ungar of TYT network. So full Circle to answer the Titlular question posed here.
    Why Trump?


    This is an exchange with a comitted Marxist freind regarding this very question.
    My Marxist Freind.
    ”The only option, but mobilise, educate fight, once elected the Clinton administration should be made responsible to the people, but they have to work for the changes needed.”
    Me.

    I understand the basis of this argument and yet I am not convinced that Clinton respond to it any more than Trump would. It is arguable that Trump would be more responsive to a challenge to the status quo than Clinton. As CLinton is the Establishment pick so clearly I personally think that Trump is the better bet particularly with the Clinton record of Hawkish Zionism.http://www.globalresearch.ca/war-between-us-and…/5551581
    My Marxist freind.

    I personally cannot take the baggage that comes with Trump’s challenge to the status quo, especially the ramped up racism. I detest Clinton and her kind. But until the population of the US mobilises nothing will change. Read Jack Barnes on the lesser of two evils, there isn’t one, only when all the american working and middle class unite and fight back will there be change. Until then we have small pickings of pragmatism.

    Me.
    ”The personal shortcomings of both of these deeply flawed candidates is not in question what is in question is how the reform of the deeply flawed system of Political Economy in the Untied States can be reformed and the infection that it has communicated to the rest of the world can be treated.´I see no evidence at all that Clinton and the Two Party monoply on power will be reformed with her at the Titualr healm? We already had the false Dawn of Obama, it is to me breath taking that the same false dawn is being re enacted with Clinton , this time its Female Gender and not Skin Colour we are supose to see as progress. I just do not buy it.”


    ”The point isn´t whether trump would stand in their way it is whether the leadership from that symbolic position of president ,would acknowledge a manifesto from the people along the lines of Sanders suggestion or whether it would be crushed or otherwise side lined. I suspect in Clintons case Crushing and sidelining in equal measure. For trump perhaps it would be one or the other, one or the other is likely to be more effective to the cause of the people than a bit of both as in the long run either a push back or an assisting shove in the right direction at least gives feed back. The certainty of more of the same seems inescapable to me with Clinton. On Trump I am less certain, I am reluctant to fall back on the Your Enemies enemy is your friend argument but that the Establishment is so All in with Clinton just as it is all in against Jeremy Corbyn suggests that both of them are likely to be rejecting the status quo and established structures of power and control. All politicians are fallable just like the rest of us and all are capable of discovering common humanity within themselves which of Clinton and Trump is more likely to discover their own humanity and some humility and empathy or which is more likely to fail in derailment of any social movement for real change to the existing order of things? of course we can not know the answer, Clinton has real form and if she performs according to form thats not good news, for me in that case I would back the novice runner with no form, Trump in this case.”

    Roger Lewis ‘’Americans are being offered, by this nation’s aristocracy, a choice between a marginally competent and deeply evil psychopath Hillary Clinton, versus an incompetent but far less evil psychopath Donald Trump, and the nation’s press are reporting instead a choice between two candidates of whom one (the actually evil Clinton) is presented as being far preferable to the other (the actually incompetent Trump), and possibly as being someone who might improve this nation if not the world. Virtually none of America’s Establishment is willing to report the truth: that the nation’s rotting will get worse under either person as President, but that only under Trump might this nation (and the world) stand a reasonable likelihood of surviving at all (i.e., nuclear war with Russia being averted).’’http://www.globalresearch.ca/whether-to-go-to-war…/5551589 I do not think that Clinton is any less racist than Trump Joseph, they are both products of the US elitist aristocracy that is deeply institutionally racist.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUmB_zY7EI As I say In my own opinion Clinton will almost certainly ignore Bernie Sanders and any movement that coalesces behind his Manifesto for change, Trump may be a little more persuadable.

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    Joseph Cooper
    Joseph Cooper Those people who want war with Russia for their nationalist expansionist plans would not let Trump stand in their way for one second.
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    Roger Lewis
    Roger Lewis The point isn´t whether trump would stand in their way it is whether the leadership from that symbolic position of president ,would acknowledge a manifesto from the people along the lines of Sanders suggestion or whether it would be crushed or otherwise side lined. I suspect in Clintons case Crushing and sidelining in equal measure. For trump perhaps it would be one or the other, one or the other is likely to be more effective to the cause of the people than a bit of both as in the long run either a push back or an assisting shove in the right direction at least gives feed back. The certainty of more of the same seems inescapable to me with Clinton. On Trump I am less certain, I am reluctant to fall back on the Your Enemies enemy is your friend argument but that the Establishment is so All in with Clinton just as it is all in against Jeremy Corbyn suggests that both of them are likely to be rejecting the status quo and established structures of power and control. All politicians are fallable just like the rest of us and all are capable of discovering common humanity within themselves which of Clinton and Trump is more likely to discover their own humanity and some humility and empathy or which is more likely to fail in derailment of any social movement for real change to the existing order of things? of course we can not know the answer, Clinton has real form and if she performs according to form thats not good news, for me in that case I would back the novice runner with no form, Trump in this case.
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    Joseph Cooper
    Joseph Cooper Roger I detest Clinton and her pandering to the wants of Wall Street but I also deeply detest where Trump’s ideas and projections lay. Is anti status quo stance has more to do with personal business grievances and his similar view of the world to David Duke than any semblance of interest in the common good for the general population of the United States.
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    Joseph Cooper
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    Roger Lewis
    Roger Lewis Duke is a fully paid up Anti Semitic White supremacist Joseph, I suspect he would happily wear the admission as a badge of honour. That Trump has garnered Dukes Support is of course deeply troubling. Hilary Clinton herself has long standing ties to an See More

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    Roger Lewis I agree with that completely Joseph.
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  • rogerglewis 6:25 am on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    MUSO MUSINGS On Fatherhood Theory and STuff: Hyper normalisation & Social Constructionism. Adam Curtis, Foucault or Chomsky? Let History be the judge. 

    MUSO MUSINGS On Fatherhood Theory and STuff: Hyper normalisation & Social Constructionism. Adam Curtis, Foucault or Chomsky? Let History be the judge.

     
  • rogerglewis 6:18 am on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Hyper normalisation & Social Constructionism. Adam Curtis, Foucault or Chomsky? Let History be the judge. 



    Adam Curtis’s new film Hyper-normalisation takes its starting point at 1975, with the New York Bond issue and Austerity imposed by the Wall Street Bankers on that City,;this, contrasted with Assad in Syria and his percieved betrayal by Henry Kissinger and US foreign policy in the Middle East. This Interview with Focault contrasts well with and provides an alternative starting point for Adam Curtis´s argument that Self referential infotainment is fed on line to pacify the egotistical narcissistic angst of the Bourgoisee. The starting point at 1968 perhaps gives the lie that all protest and resistance is futile and neutered.


    Curtis’s Film is limited by its isolation of the limited historicity of its time reference, This interview and also Curtis’s other films, Centruy of Self The Mayfair Set and Bitter Lake are essential viewing to give the necessary historical context to Curtis´s latest work.


    My short critique of Hyper Normalisation.

    I found it all rather bourgoise. Not one of his better efforts. The chattering classes will be outraged and enchanted by it in equal measure an ironic reflection of curtis´s central point that Media content presented through Googles algorithms tailors content to a viewers predelictictions. The Bourgoise bit is Curtis´s condescension that the power of the powerful is all encompassing and all fall before it realising their impotence. Worth watching although with highly skeptical and critical alerts fully operational. The antedote is of course discussion and seeking alternative viewpoints. Curtiss´s genius may be that, he provokes thought in many of us who have perhaps forgotten how that feels.

    heres a link for a download for those who do not have i player or can not access it for anty reason.

    Transmission or U Torrent are good torrent clients for those who do not use torrents.
     
  • rogerglewis 8:48 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Graphing the history of Philosophy 

    A break from writing and researching my Current Novel to bring this old You Tube post. from 13 Apr 2014

    http://www.coppelia.io/2012/06/graphing-the-history-of-philosophy/

    This Video is a personal reaction to a wonderful resource created by
    SImon Raper and posted on his blog ´Drunks and Lampposts´Graphing the history of philosophy
    POSTED BY SIMONRAPER ⋅ JUNE 13, 2012  ⋅ 255 COMMENTS
    FILED UNDER  DBPEDIA, GEPHI, GRAPHS, PHILOSOPHY, SPARQL, VISUALISATION
    http://drunks-and-lampposts.com/2012/06/13/graphing-the-history-of-philosophy/ ( This link no longer works )

    The Graph takes information tagged in the Wikipedia philosophy portal and graphs it to produce a map of philosophers the broad school they are identified with and the quantum of their influence is denoted by the size of their node point.

    It really is a wonderful piece of work.

    There are anomalies which produce surprises for instance the weighting of influence reflects clearly the fashion for philosophy in libertarian circles recently and their adeptness at on line media communication Stefan Molleneaux appearing is an example of this and to a lesser extent Murray Rothbard, thats not a slight on either of them but an observation as to why they appear significantly in this presentation.

    I played some of Holsts planets suite performed by the US airforce band in the back ground for some of my browsing the graph this is from a wonderful free and open source music site which is well worth book marking.and signing up to.

    https://musopen.org/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maimonides

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baruch_Spinoza

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guide_for_the_Perplexed

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kuhn

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._F._Schumacher

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Guide_For_The_Perplexed

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gödel,_Escher,_Bach

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Hofstadter

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornel_West

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-Joseph_Proudhon

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Kropotkin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Van_Orman_Quine

    http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sanders_Peirce

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Critchley

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lewis_(philosopher)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Derrida

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Deleuze

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Gramsci

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epictetus

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Küng

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderius_Erasmus

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frédéric_Bastiat

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ruskin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Bateson

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Foucault

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_de_Montaigne

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Paine

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_George

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Owen

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._H._Douglas

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Soddy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Swedenborg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Sheldrake

    http://claesjohnson.blogspot.se/2009/12/truth-of-wikipedia.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_N._Robinson

    Some of the names I mentioned or was looking for in the graph.

    The Last link is to Professor Daniel Robinson to who I owe my basic grounding in history of philosophy and his excellent series of videos.

    http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=4200

    Various articles appeared in and around the web and in the dead tree media back in 2012 when this graph was first published. Anyone looking for the answer, or the universal answer or the key to Knowledge might like to reflect that schools of thought often compete for prominence and even power and many become corrupted by that Lust for power. Thoughts become suppressed and censorship is the first resort of a closing mind.
    This is the discussion on Linked in that prompted this post which is not unrelated to the research currently for my Novel.https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4011660/4011660-6174312788740038659

    • @ Carlo ((. ”today is importatont having the copyright of the truth for one day”. (So I moved to theoretical physics.).))The copyright on the truth has to be one of the best lines ever. An aphorism for my Grandchildren no less. On Kants Genius, or anyone elses for that matter I think one has to seperate the ideas from the man, Genius is a projection that we make on others or collectively onto individuals as such it is a metric of EGO. We are all fallable and Montaigne pricks the bubble of pomposity so well with. ””Les rois et philosophes merde-et ainsi de faire des dames.” I have not read every philosopher, that is not possible. Kant is one of the philosophers who I have read more of than most and irt is fair to say there is rather more Kant than some of the others. Kant is also delivered by his own hand in his own words and from relatively modern times in modern language which is not the case for Socrates for instance. (cont..)Show less
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  • Sonnet V

    Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
    The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,
    Will play the tyrants to the very same
    And that unfair which fairly doth excel;
    For never-resting time leads summer on
    To hideous winter, and confounds him there;
    Sap checked with frost, and lusty leaves quite gone,
    Beauty o’er-snowed and bareness every where:
    Then were not summer’s distillation left,
    A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
    Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft,
    Nor it, nor no remembrance what it was:
       But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet,
       Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.


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