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The Self-flagellation of the West and the Enemies Within

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The Self-flagellation of the West and the Enemies Within

As a Classical Liberal I am greatly disturbed by the political climate in the US. I am not sure how much Facebook and Social Media has contributed to the recent polarization of US politics, but I recognized early on there was something not right with Facebook's News Feed. Later it was determined Facebook's algorithm had a polarizing effect on opposing views, which contributed to the rise in extremism on both sides of the political spectrum. Beyond that I noticed an even more disturbing trend on college campuses, and even having been discriminated against, myself, for holding a moderate viewpoint squarely in line with the Western humanist tradition. (A viewpoint which no one in the west has any reason to hold a great deal of hostility towards, unless, you no longer believe in the principles of liberal democracy!)

Partly I blame the institution and partly I blame the faculty. The death of the Liberal Arts in the Universities and the rise of Identity Politics is, perhaps, the most deplorable thing I have witnessed in all my years of academia! I view it as the death of reason and the individual. Not only that it's the death of the very ideals of the University, itself! It's one of giving in to our most base urges--to categorize ourselves and fellow human beings in terms of race, sex, and religion--a sort of tribalism. In Biology, we're taught in the fallacy of the race concept. Yet, today we see people willingly classify themselves in terms of their ethnic identity as if it's a good thing! All at the expense of the individual, no less!

I call bullsh*t on that! I grew up in the 90's where being an individual was a damn good thing, and for some of us the only principle we lived by! Try and take away our individuality and we'd rebel! But, nowadays, the younger generation (generation Z, I think it is) seems much more complacent, and individuality is no longer valued! How far does the apple fall from the tree? For that matter, I grew up on the cusp of Gen-X and the millennials and most of my friends were Generation X'ers; we looked up to those guys. Not because they were good role models, but because they valued being an individual above all else. The mindless 'sheep' were the ones who didn't differentiate themselves from the herd! Why is no one saying, f*#ck the left, f*#ck the right, I'm an individual, and I'm on my own side!

Let me tell you, no one who identifies themselves on the basis of sex, ethnicity, or religion is 'woke' as today's buzzword would have it. On the contrary, you are a f*cking tool!

That being said, the radical left's message is clear, if you're not with us you're against us! Spoken like a true Marxist-Leninist!

...What the f*ck happened to all the individuals?! 

I mean, has all our institutions been so thoroughly corrupted and undercut by Marxist theory that there are no more individuals left?! In terms of Marxism, I take a pragmatist stance and as a theory it looks good on paper (which is all intellectuals are concerned with), but in practice it fails miserably! If you take away the promise of a better future from Marxist theory what you are left with is an irresponsible and undeniably totalitarian doctrine! Trust me, capitalism is a far better option. But as political economist Max Weber pointed out, it only works properly when it's properly regulated. Indeed, many of our regulatory agencies are being undercut by huge conglomerates, which is a big part of the problem. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to throw the baby out with the bath water! It seems we are indeed sliding down the slippery slope. But I am still left to question, how did we get here? Is it the result of the self-flagellation of Western values, political correctness, and censorship that has finally beaten us into accepting Marxist-Leninist ideology?

Make no mistake, being under the illusion that equality should be enforced is a very dangerous philosophy, not to mention a serious threat to our democratic society!

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When polarities contrast themselves even more and more and more then you can only be sure this is Kali-Yuga. Maybe I should try and work on the concept of some "kali yoga" to calm my nerves -what the french "gilets jaunes" movement did in Paris left me in absolute shock and utter anger.

I am alo channeling anger from entities watching over us... I need a nap.

Earth needs a massive cleaning from its most inferior beings!

Drastic cosmic measures will be taken. Rest assured on that one my dear BM.

For Earth has been screaming for too long... The wind is blowing its wrath.

I feel the anger of Gods, the pain of Earth and my very one exhaustion at the same time.

Be blessed ❤️😎

Deneb

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Its all a distraction. They don't want you to focus on heal and bringing your splits and divides together.  This political atmosphere is about divide and conquer. Don't think any thing has gone wrong. From a higher perspective they understand what they are doing to us and all the corruption is how the system is designed to be. 

 

They want to create exhaustion within your being. I spoke about this in my last post. When you are trying to change something about your self or even outside of your self, you are in exhaustion. That's how they energy harvest people. Its how you tacitly consent and give your power away on a daily basis. 

 

Heal your fragments its the only thing you can do!

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I've spent my entire life in confrontation with individualism. In my earliest of youth, barely older than a toddler, I was non-stop rebelling against my parents. Charged with energy, I had this infinite desire to explore the world in my way, yet in the way of that, I would always find my mother and father. The pain I experienced from that likely fractured me for the rest of my life. More and more, I conceded to the reality that I am powerless against my parents, and that I can make my life more tolerable, by just listening to what they say. Perhaps, a normal upbringing in the eyes of everyone else.

When the teenage years came around, I naturally should have rebelled against my parents... but I didn't. I rebelled against the entire world instead. I met the worst sides that individuality had to offer. Beings, filled with arrogance and pride, setting themselves above all those that would not join them in their incredibly shortsighted, self-absorbed vision. I would not be swayed to disregard the lessons I was forced to learn during my upbringing, and subsequently, was made the biggest target of these individuals. And I was made to suffer at their hands, I would take in pain that to this day looms inside me, beckoning for justice.

Fuck individuality. Fuck it in it's stupid fucking face. It's a dead-end, it sacrifices all the potential we have as a race and makes us vulnerable to our worst and deplorable qualities. For what? Feeling free? Feeling like you can be your true self? How many people actually do that? How free can you actually be, with laws in place, socialization, limited resources, shaming? How many truly unique and fantastic tales can we experience on this planet, that make us so much different from one another? I'll tell you, this number is laughably low, and for this handful of individuals, the entire world suffers.

And the world, as in our species, is growing more sick of it with every passing day. I can feel it. The writing is on the wall, with more and more people radicalized, polarized, whatever you want to call it. Nobody enjoys being a part of chaos, this lullaby of non-belonging. People want to become something greater, than just themselves. And maybe, in the coming years, we can see the fall of individuality, and the rise of group-mentality, group-thinking in it's most pure form. When we no longer are left to ourselves to find meaning to this life we inherited, but instead find purpose in working together towards a common goal. As individuals, we are setting the path to becoming survivalists, masters in enduring an unforgiving and terrible environment. As a unified group, we are setting the path to colonize the stars. And I think the stars are a very beautiful place to visit.

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I've been following this nonsense for a long time. The mindset of a Progressive.  Glen Beck and David Barton had a really good set of episodes explaining who they are in essence.  Presented a painting and explained the symbolism within it. My take of this: Picture this. A metallic model of the globe representing the earth in a blacksmith's fire. Pounded on continuously by smaller figurines (the Progressives) with hammers  while glowing in the heat;  which destroys and distorts the original form into a newer shiny form. 'To your hearts desire' is the phrase that comes to mind. This is not a desirable way to 'transform' a world.   Distorting and corrupting basic principles is not the way. Sorta like the infamous 'Weather Underground'.  'The ends justify the means.'  So cheating, lying and deceit are OK?  Not a chance. That run contrary to full awareness. How can you reach the peak safely and swiftly with your eyes closed. You're more likely to fall into a ravine or end up at the bottom of the ocean. Sometime the Progressive might get to a high hill, but even a blind squirrel get the nut sometimes. Isn't it funny how the progressive are talking about everyone under the same tent until you disagree. That all men are created equal, yet treat everyone as a special case. All men (an women) are created equal in terms of our inalienable right.  Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (US Declaration of Independence).  They are inalienable because they are inherent  in us all and no one can take these things that we strive for away from us any more than they can ban a thought.


The founders in the US did not create a Democracy or a Republic. They were smart men will a sophisticate read on history.  Monarchies, Democracies, and Republics (think Rome) all devolve into dictatorship at some point (you could throw socialism and communism in with this lot), rather quickly, as if overnight.  A king dies leaving  a corrupt heir or none at all (monarchy), mob rule occurs without a thought to consequences (democracy: Haves VS Have nots), or a charismatic set of individuals turn rule and order on its head (Republic: Rules for you but not me cause I answer to no one). They turned to a Constitutional Republic, wherein the elected rulers were bounded and limited. At least in theory. Weaknesses are still there. If the people do not have a sense of justice and brotherhood instilled within them early on (my argument on why we should halt all immigration for a time). Even this system could fail. So they separated the powers of government to make it more difficult to corrupt. Giving the people a chance to turn the ship around, so to speak, before its too late.  

The Bill of Rights of the US Constitution is essentially a laundry list of inalienable right, so much so, that it was thought ridiculous to even include them or  codify them into the Constitution at the time of its creation. LOL. Good for them that they choose to include them.

Look at how the progressives have slowly been working to corrupt the election processes. They already broke the Senate with an Amendment. A senator was supposed to represent a state's viewpoint, not just another popular vote, which is the perview of the House of Representatives. An excellent way to dilute power (State VS Federal Government)

There is a current push to eliminate the electoral college. An explanation is a little more involved.  It was at one time argued that only land owners should vote. They have skin in the game. Why shouldn't they? Well, being human, the landowner would be inclined to prevent there from being 'new' land owners.  A tendency to reflexively consolidate power. Are we to become serfs? We still needed a system that hears and weighs everyone's opinions and protects everyone's rights. The electoral college is born. Dilute the popular vote among the land owners (spread out the vote over land area).  Brilliant idea. Not perfect, but brilliant. Not only are the Progressives trying to corrupt the process at the Federal level, but also at the State level by binding the electoral vote to the popular vote. Its not legal to do that, but it doesn't stop them from trying.


By the way, the educational system has been 'broken' for a long time. When I was growing up, you only needed a GED. A BS in college for specific fields or for business would have been exceptional. Then the push, that everyone and their brother, needed a BS. Then Masters, Now leaning toward PHD or multiple degrees for everything, including the kitchen sink. It is all BS. LOL. I have one of those on my wall. Abraham Lincoln was a self made man.  A rugged individualist. If you can read and write, assuming you can read a dictionary, look up and research information, the only thing holding you back is you. I am not against colleges and universities.  I went to one. I just think the whole system need to be reorganized and focused differently. It is currently in a state of decay in the US.


You are spot on about one aspect of individuality. Each of us is unique and can bring different things to the table. But not in this collective, borglike environment that is being created that we are all created equally. We are not. That is not saying that one person is the 'expert' at the peak of perfection. LOL,  Mountains are always pushing higher into the sky. Experts are usually short lived if they are standing still and moving is no guarantee that you will remain at the peak. I adapt. Notice how at times when we are 'allowed' to 'freely' bring those skills together, we prosper.  This is not  a participation event either. Plenty of competition. How else are we to work out the bugs.


Today's darkening times is hopefully only a temporary thing. I won't let it shift my focus. Perhaps that is the way.

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I agree with much of what you've said @BeyondTheRim. The "equality" guaranteed in the US Constitution is a much different idea from the classless society put forward by Marxist-Leninist ideals. What people don't understand is that theories of moral relativism, multiculturalism, and even feminism (ideas very prominent in academia) borrow much from Marxism. These ideas are dangerous because they undermine the principles our Democracy is built on. The "equality" we would have in a classless society would be a leveling. That means the death of individualism! Everyone would be squashed down by an iron fist of conformity. "Equality" would be enforceable by law! This is what makes it so dangerous. For instance, the radical left, the so-called "Social Justice Warriors" would be considered dissidents, because once they see what their beautiful society of social justice looks like in practice they will revolt! Subsequently, they will be squashed like little bugs under this new Marxist-Leninist America. What we have, here, in America is equality of opportunity, which is much much different from the "equality of outcome" that a Marxist society seeks to create! In many ways, we are taking our Democracy and our freedom for granted!

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Fascinating and horrifying.

You did hear the story about the British woman who was arrested for misusing a gender pronoun on a social media site. Possibility of  a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison for essentially a thought crime (Maybe a crime to lacking the ability to read another persons thoughts). Also hearing sentences currently on the books in England that are essentially a form of reeducation camp. Talk about a dystopic future. Never thought I would read something like this, though I saw this possibility decades ago. Make me wonder if Socialism is an addictions like alcohol. Sound good initially until the next day as most don't heed the warnings too not indulge too much. I don't drink, by the way.No desire to. A gift in life.

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Yeah, it's everywhere. That's indicative of how Marxist ideas have migrated into traditional gender roles. Of course, as we saw with the rise of feminism, I believe this is largely just another excuse to wage class warfare: the ultimate end of these Marxist movements.

Much like moral relativism, which seeks to render ideas of normative ethics as meaningless; i.e., since no one is right or wrong we ought to tolerate the behavior of others even when we disagree about the morality of it. The concept of gender is largely dissolved under the new term: transgender. What's the end result? Class conflict.

All to further the Marxist goal of creating a raceless, classless, and even genderless society! Because you can't have a truly classless society if you have social inequality in terms of either race or gender. Thus, you have to do away with these notions.

Nevermind that it's the identity of the individual that suffers. After all, what does it mean to be male or female in a transgender society? To be equal, according to Marxist theory, we all have to be alike--literally! That is socialism in a nutshell, the belief in literal equality among its citizens.

Call it what you will. Aggressive mediocrity, maybe? I call it "ignorance and conformity." I don't know, maybe it is the "Red Menace," after all.

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7 hours ago, Broken_Mirror33 said:

For instance, the radical left, the so-called "Social Justice Warriors" would be considered dissidents, because once they see what their beautiful society of social justice looks like in practice they will revolt! Subsequently, they will be squashed like little bugs under this new Marxist-Leninist America.

The way you word that strongly reminds me of someone. Did you stumble across Yuri Bezmenov's lectures, by any chance? 😁

Certainly, it is beneficial to be aware of the things he warns about, pretty much like you said. If you are interested in a video that talks about the overarching theme of the entire phenomena, I recommend to search on youtube for a video called "Selection for Societal Sanity", also known as the S3 program. S3 is fictional, part of a plot in a videogame. But the issues it adresses, are not entirely unreal. I think you could find it relevant. 😉

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At any rate, the left's defeat in the recent election (whether or not there was interference from Russia) shows just how ineffective liberal or corporate Identity Politics is when compared with the right's strategy of economic nationalism.

Identity Politics may be the passing value system of the day, but it most likely won't be around tomorrow. In my opinion, this whole notion of identity politics, aside from fueling tribalism, is just a reframing of the Marxist notion of the 'class struggle' against capitalist oppression. The problem is that oppression is too systemic to frame within the context of race, gender, and sexuality. This left many Americans disenfranchised with the leftist debates which seemed to cater to an oppressed minority. Omitting the class struggle in the debates seemed to be the strategic flaw that cost them the election.

Progressives need to take a step back from race and gender issues and focus their analysis more on class issues instead, if they want to win an election. But as long as the Democrats keep talking about race and sex the Republicans have the upper hand.

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I agree wholeheartedly with Greg. Political discussion is fun (I've spent more time that I'd like on it...), but it boils huge issues down into very small, oppositional lines of thought, and it's very difficult for pretty much any discussion on any topic within it to amount to much more than polarisation and debate about abstracted ideals and concepts. Oh, and projection of personal power. That's the real point of politics, to most people who make a lifestyle out of it.

It's got its worth, but it's also definately emotional energy better spent on improving your own social bonds and ties to the world, because ultimately, politics is about trying to control the world around you, to make it a better place in whatever way. When it comes to making the world a better place though, that emotional effort is better spent on making your immediate environment better and healther, rather than sinking it into macro-scale hyper-partisan news media/political talking points and the tribalism that feeds the worst instincts of humankind. Between feeding the beast of politics, and feeding the beast of self-care... go the self care.

Politics is all fragmentation, except it's a fragmentation of society. Only way to make contributions to it that'll help it heal, is to resolve one's own fragmentation first, otherwise it's too easy to accidently fan the flames of division and further fragmentation. Those feelings will get woven into whatever contribution you make, better they be healthy, calm, considered ones, free of malice, frustration, or any other of the sentiments that arise from fragmentation. Can't calm a situation if the situation makes you feel the opposite of calm.

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On 3/25/2019 at 5:39 AM, Han Solo said:

Certainly, it is beneficial to be aware of the things he warns about, pretty much like you said. If you are interested in a video that talks about the overarching theme of the entire phenomena, I recommend to search on youtube for a video called "Selection for Societal Sanity", also known as the S3 program. S3 is fictional, part of a plot in a videogame. But the issues it adresses, are not entirely unreal. I think you could find it relevant.

You're right, Han Solo and I'll tell you why... First off, what's shocking to me is that anyone would find this video shocking, because the big "revelation" that there is no absolute truth is no secret at all (of course, "gamers" lead pretty sheltered lives). In fact, it defines the current age we live in known as "postmodernism." What this means is that truth is essentially relative, each individual has their own "truth," but no one is the guardian of the Truth (otherwise known as capital 'T' truth). Existentialism was the precursor to the postmodern movement, which included philosophers like Nietzsche. There was also an indication that the postmodern age would be defined by nihilism. In terms of individuals seeking meaning in life that's one thing (it really doesn't matter what you believe), but moral philosophy is not so easy to dispense with.

Practically every philosophy professor I've met agrees that moral relativism is a "slippery slope." In that, there is something seriously wrong with the idea that it is no longer acceptable to judge another society. For instance, societies that mutilate women in retribution to so-called "cultural atrocities" are obviously amoral in terms of our western value system. The argument is not over what our value system is, because our value system is clearly defined by the historical context of western society. The argument is over how to define it; a debate which is largely academic. But for all practical purposes history provides the context for our system of values. (Notice, how in this fictional narrative this historical context was lost; therefore, morality could no longer be defined.)

...But not to worry, it's only a video game after all and history is, in fact, real! It may also be worthy to note that this fictional narrative has more in common with Philip K. Dick's dystopian future (a matrix-like reality) than Orwell's 1984.

Furthermore, one could take a similar approach to truth as moral philosophy (i.e. from an historical perspective). In fact, that's the reason I'm a Classical Liberal because I have aligned myself with the western humanist tradition. An unbroken line of thought stretching back through the Founding Fathers, the history of capitalism, the British Enlightenment, the Roman Empire (i.e. Christianity), and Classical Greece (the founders of the western intellectual tradition). And, yes, Christianity is a humanism (of sorts). But that is what provides the context, if you will, for what I consider to be the truth. Therefore, I reject values that are considered to be either anti-western or un-American, such as Marxism.

As far as these convenient half-truths are concerned (what psychologists refer to as "folk wisdom") that's why I subscribe to something called reason. Reason in the form of induction and deduction gives one the ability of discernment. Thus, one learns to develop their critical thinking skills and can effectively think for themselves rather than what they're told.

On a final note, I don't think I'm too far off from the ideas and motivations behind this piece of fiction more clearly presented in this video.

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