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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Take A Whiff

America has gone ayn rancid.

1 comment:

jimf said...
Donald Trump Poisons the World
David Brooks
JUNE 2, 2017

. . .

“The president embarked on his first foreign trip with
a cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’
but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors
and businesses engage and compete for advantage.”

That sentence is the epitome of the Trump project. It asserts
that selfishness is the sole driver of human affairs.
It grows out of a worldview that life is a competitive struggle
for gain. It implies that cooperative communities are
hypocritical covers for the selfish jockeying underneath. . .

We’ve seen this philosophy before, of course. Powerful,
selfish people have always adopted this dirty-minded realism
to justify their own selfishness. The problem is that
this philosophy is based on an error about human beings
and it leads to self-destructive behavior in all cases.

The error is that it misunderstands what drives human action.
Of course people are driven by selfish motivations — for
individual status, wealth and power. But they are also
motivated by another set of drives — for solidarity,
love and moral fulfillment — that are equally and sometimes
more powerful. . .

Hm. Remember "Sean the Mystic" and "Darth Imperius"? ;->
Sean the Mystic said...

I suspect the neoliberal billionaire types you are decrying
just see our universe differently; to them it operates according
to the Lucifer Principle, and is driven fundamentally by competition
and will to power. If you disagree that’s fine, but I would
argue that you are then as deluded as any Christian looking
forward to the day that the lions lie down with the lambs.
This is also why I would suggest to moderns who are looking for
a form of religiosity that is consistent with what we know about
the universe to consider some variety of Satanism or Sithism – a
kind of Zen-Cosmicist acceptance of the Gnostic cosmos we are
imprisoned in rather than a longing for a neo-Christian paradise
that will never come.
Darth Imperius said...

Maybe you need to make a deeper, more serious study of fascism
than the cartoon version most people get today. If you do,
I think you will find that the ideology is actually quite profound,
and is much more deeply rooted in human nature and nature than
the veneer upon civilization called liberal democracy.

Fascism is the political expression of certain eternal truths
which liberal societies must eternally deny if in order to survive.
Fascism is the government according to the Lucifer Principle
which drives life relentlessly toward higher levels of order,
organization and power. Fascism is man’s hierarchical, tribal,
power-seeking psyche expressed en masse. . .

Macho macho man. I wanna be a macho man. . .