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RULE# 8. The act of posting or sending offensive messages that leads to the trading of insults between members is strictly forbidden.
RULE# 2. Respect the ruling of a moderator…
Nuanced version of the offensive messages rule:
Though the “offensive” message is free of threats, insults, or the calling of filthy names, that needn’t be relevant. If you are confronted by any political or social viewpoint to which you react with fear, consider it an offensive message. We recognise that you do not acknowledge fear within yourself, as that would make you appear vulnerable. We recognise that you will press forward to an alternative and more appropriate emotion - anger. That is good. The “offensive” message was the activating event to which you have shamefully responded with fear, and which would exposes you to ridicule if discovered. The “offensive” message must be neutralised. In so doing you protect yourself. That too is good. We recognise that you had responded by feeling threatened because the political or social viewpoint threatened the status quo class structure - the dominance order. You have defended the status quo whilst punishing the offensive perpetrator. That is good. Congratulations. You were an authoritarian follower, now you are become exterminating angel.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen to Henry II of England
from “The Lion in Winter” a play by William Goldman
Eleanor’s speech to her sons identifying herself, her royal family, and the nobility in general, as the sole cause of war
Dialogue and monologue:
Prince Richard: A knife! He’s got a knife!!
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Of course he has a knife. He always has a knife. We all
have knives. It’s 1183 and we’re barbarians. How clear we make it.
Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war — not history’s forces, nor the times, nor
justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of
government, nor any other thing.
We are the killers.
We breed wars.
We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the
living ones are rotten.
For the love of God can’t we love one another just a little?
That’s how peace begins.
We have so much to love each other for.
We have such possibilities, my children.
We could change the world.
It is so common as to be banal, the large and unsurprising percentage of authoritarian follower personality types among homo sapiens. These are, by nature; tribalist, dominationist, eliminationist, prone to favour violence as a solution to complex societal problems, and, of course, anti-democratic. It is these; the enablers, functionaries, apologists, and thugs, who are most dangerous and destructive to any society.
It has been said the dominationist reactionary mind emerged as a response to the French Revolution. Can’t have all that equality. More likely it’s as old as DNA. If social domination is a drive, like hunger, this renders well-meaning persuasion rather impotent. One cannot have a thoughtful and civil discussion with an amygdala, after all. For society, it then becomes a matter of hygiene and sanitation. We don’t allow people to relieve themselves on the sidewalk. Consider, if you will, the drive to dominate and the need to defecate both common, natural, and normal. Through hygiene (an ongoing anti-authoritarian propaganda campaign) and sanitation (law) a society might endeavour to educate in order to prevent the authoritarian follower from seeking a strong man tribal leader. And through law, to prevent and to punish persons and entities which seek to dominate others.0 Comments
A nation is not a singular entity, it is made up of tribes of people. Usually there is one dominant tribe which benefits most by law and custom. In authoritarian states the dominant tribe is supported by government, its benefits enforced. In democracies the unequal benefits given the dominant tribe require stealth. A debauched democracy can simply ignore its own laws and tolerate a rigged system. This generally meets with the approval of the dominant tribe. This condition will be challenged, however, by the out-tribes. The government wishes to maintain a stable platform upon which the rich may feed. The government will, therefore, provide some concessions to the out-tribes through the democratic process. Some of these new laws will be meagre, or ill-enforced. The ever-vigilant dominant tribe will feel threatened that their lofty position has become diminished. It doesn’t take much to threaten them. A reactionary movement of social dominance will emerge. Some of the gains given the out-tribes through the democratic process will be clawed back. An entire library of imagined threats and invented conspiracies in regards the out-tribes will be constructed. Eventually the dominant tribe will come to believe that it is the democratic process itself which is the threat. Democracy will have to be punished. When democracy gets in the way of the socially dominant tribe, democracy must be exterminated. That leads us to a new condition, a condition I shall call “today”.0 Comments
“They make a desolation and call it ‘peace’.”
Writers in the ancient world often attributed their own writing to others. The gospels are an example. Roman historian, Tacitus, was a member of the richest elites in Ancient Rome. Nevertheless, he wrote a scathing critique on empire. Utilising as background the Roman occupation of Britain, Tacitus attributed this speech to his warriors and people, by a Caledonian chieftain. It is an indictment of all empires, from Sumer to CNN, from Byzantium to Bezos, from Ghenghis-Kahn to Goldman-Sachs:
“You have not tasted servitude. There is no land beyond us and even the sea is no safe refuge when we are threatened by the Roman fleet … We are the last people on earth, and the last to be free: our very remoteness in a land known only to rumour has protected us up till this day. Today the furthest bounds of Britain lie open—and everything unknown is given an inflated worth. But now there is no people beyond us, nothing but tides and rocks and, more deadly than these, the Romans. It is no use trying to escape their arrogance by submission or good behaviour. They have pillaged the world: when the land has nothing left for men who ravage everything, they scour the sea. If an enemy is rich, they are greedy, if he is poor, they crave glory. Neither East nor West can sate their appetite. They are the only people on earth to covet wealth and poverty with equal craving. They plunder, they butcher, they ravish, and call it by the lying name of ‘empire’. They make a desolation and call it ‘peace’”.”0 Comments
The political class serve their constituents; the donor class, the hyper rich, and the major corporations. Elected polititians are dependent on money and favours from the rich and major corporations.Therefore, governments favour rich elites. “Who pays the fiddler calls the tune”. Journalists have been sucked into big news corporations. Corporate journalism reflects and protects the interests of the major corporations. This includes illegal wars, suppression of labour, paltry taxes on the rich and corporations whilst the working classes bear the heaviest load, weak or non-existant regulations and the decimation of social programs which were designed to protect ordinary people. Corporations are strictly heirarchical and anti-democratic. Who then defends the interests of ordinary people? Frankly, no one. It falls to artists, writers and entertainers. It is their right duty and proper occupation to enlighten, examine, and expose.
Comedian and keen observer, George Carlin:
“The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork…. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. …The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice…. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on…. It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it.”0 Comments