Archive for the ‘authoritarianism’ Category

Why is it that once elected some arcane invisible force will seize the reasoning faculties of a public official like … a drug?  I reconstitute some thoughts that came before me to inform the world, once again, power can perform exactly like a drug.  I describe here the corrupting influences, not of power, but of drugs.

The bad news is if you are on drugs you are not in control. If you do enough drugs on a regular basis you become a cause lost to addiction. Again, not a giant revelation.

When you mix drugs you may get casualties.  Many many actors, musicians and otherwise cherished people we may know mixed up their drugs and died. If the addict is not dead then they come out circumstantially or physically chewed up on the other end of the addiction cycle.

Some of the cast members from Walking Dead resemble LA’s skid row at 5:30 AM.  Those unfortunate bottomers lose their life savings, their teeth, and motor skills to chemically induced cerebral palsy. Substance abuse bores holes in your brain. The worst loss of all is dignity.

Sometimes the perils of substance abuse don’t stay quiet.  Especially when political figures mix the drug of power and crack cocaine. Every now and then you get a gory story of a capital town mayor hitting the ground like Icarus on the way back from the sun. A recent bookmark was Ontario’s Mayor Ford.  Reputation splattered all over the news. Institution temples desecrated. Swarms of bloodletting lawyers emerged like bats at dusk. There is awe but not shock.

I don’t hear much about anyone else in these capitol towns, their substance abuse or heavy party habits.  I am convinced there are still casualties because there is mixing of drugs: power & party favors. Hence, the speculation about capitol towns spoken of as an underworld escalator to crypts hiding in plain sight.

Let’s take a quick look at one drug of choice for people with far too much money, some power and self-granted immunity from criminality: cocaine. Cocaine induced psychosis makes you think you are God with a capital G, for Going TOO FAAST.  Unfortunately, it is  also a really addictive substance.  Addicts in their quest for the unending high become chemically induced psychopaths. Sometimes people die as a result. Usually not the addict, I’m afraid. Prisons are filled with addicts who created treacheries for themselves and others while completely high.  Obviously  addicts in prison are not in power or have mastery of their fate.

Everyone is a little bit scared of gangsters and drug dealers, including and especially addicts.  They are known to kill indiscriminately.  They are your proverbial bad guys endorsing the underside of life.

CAUTION: RABBIT HOLE AHEAD, watch where you step.

Now mix in the “investigative journalism” premise: the CIA runs the Latin American drug trade (confirmed) and perhaps, along with the US Military manages Afghanistan’s Opiate trade (unconfirmed). There are a couple of notable investigative reporters who broke the news about the CIA’s role in DEA corruption of the Los Angeles drug trade.Incidentally they also passed on fairly recently of “suicide”. [R.I.P. Michael Ruppert]  In fact, check out the full length biopic “Killing The Messenger” about the life and death of Gary Webb, reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, due for release October 2014 from FOCUS films.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/  Webb ONLY went back over the Iran Contra justice scandal in 1996 to reveal the CIA was still in the narco business.

Is CIA drug involvement policy your fault? No. Is it the fault of drug addicts caught in the middle of business conducted by our clandestine services departments? Not really, but sometimes, yes.  Are prisons filled with small time guys who probably were set up for a life of trouble by the CIA?  We think so.

It’s moderate-to-popular to say the federal War On Drugs is a failure.  It’s somewhat scary to say don’t do drugs because the federal intelligence agencies are creating an independent source of wealth and a duplicitous system of prison controls through the drug trade. So it makes sense now, if Nancy Regan DAREed to be a moral person for 2 seconds of her life, to just tell people not to pay into the federal drug trade.  Why should the American people fatten up the CIA so they can throw addicts in prison?

People are dying every day in Afghanistan. I don’t think anyone really knows for sure what’s going on. However, if you check with your local homeless veteran back from Afghanistan with a serious black tar habit they might tell you they were patrolling poppy fields one day and then busting them later.  That might mean the Pentagon and US Intelligence agencies have access to no small amount of party favors. I don’t think any regulator really checks up on them because everything has “gone black” or is intentionally secret.  If my projected scare porn scenario is true it makes the Iran Contra scandal look like Ivory soap.

I think Washington D.C. is full of drugs. The people with clandestine access and immunity from the covert community is at an all time high. The hubris, lying and compulsive power tripping policy is also at an all time high. It might make more sense if they were trying to protect a well indulged narcotics habit.

However, I don’t think the narcotic of power by itself would be enough to keep up the level of corruption instituted in D.C. If the People in Power are mixing their drugs it might look like aliens are minding the store because they are so.. so.. HIGH.  I could totally see K Street lobbyists/hookers doing their mark ups completely high. I could see aides and elected officials making agreements to do things that aren’t in the public interest. Like greenlighting blank-check omnibus bundled crap they didn’t read while they are completely drunk or high. Everyone around them might be employed to be an enabler or scared to death to say anything for FOMO (fear of missing out) or…death.People who follow power for power’s sake don’t think long term.

Addicts only think as far as their next high.

THE BIG COME DOWN

When someone comes down from a massive high they are often paranoid.  If you have a lot of responsibility back in your district and someone introduced you to your new best friend Cocaine and you have to attend a committee hearing in an hour, who is in control now?  Your dealer.

Your dealer is now the source of All That Is, even if “That” is a totally illegal controlled substance.  You are going to do exactly what they tell you.  If your dealer is actually the self-declared King of Clandestine Access, they can get you a speed pass to Heaven so long as you don’t ever cross them as the source.  Since you actually just gave away all of your power and the power of your entire district to a drug dealer you are *definitely paranoid* now.

Power is no longer power when you give it away to someone else.

If you were coming down and trying to manage public office one would think that you couldn’t write in surveillance controls or clandestine immunity rules fast enough.  The Dealer could keep an eye on the dissenting insects who cannot possibly understand what it’s like now that you are God. They’ve got guns and muscle. It’ll be easy.

It’s not like I have proof, or anything, but it’s something to consider in light of what we have experienced in public affairs for the last 30 years. There are DUI laws. Perhaps we could do something about lawmaking conducted under the influence. People with substance abuse problems can legitimately be removed from public office. Obviously, you cannot be expected to run the country high out of your mind.

It is worth saying anyone who expects to trade in my civil liberty, unopposed, for a gratuitous, unchecked government contract must be completely high. If the court system entertained my notions in they might introduce a mass intervention against a real source of corruption in Washington.

It’s more likely, since this sort of  proposal is reasonable, that someone dumb and powerful will immediately ignore it.  I am gambling on a small percentage of justice professionals who would consider it given the powers granted to them to enforce Constitutional law.

The People have immediate cause to release problem addicts from “public service”.  If they want to beg for their job, they can liquidate their pension into a 401K as a severance package and pursue substance rehab or vocational rehab. If we were nice they could choose to apply for their job after 360 days of technical sobriety.  We would not be compelled to rehire at any rate.

Just imagine the D.C. gridlock caused by school busses filled with former public servants headed to the Ozarks for acquittal rehab.

Now..Take us home Donna Summer…  https://soundcloud.com/tommiesunshine/donna-summer-macarthur-park

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The aim of an Orwellian psych-out only serves HAL

ZILLAMOD — I picked up an interesting anthology of essays, What Orwell Didn’t Know, Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics. The assertions are consistent with the time it was written for and even more so now. It carefully dissects the deliberate manipulation of language in media. This lead to Orwell’s assertion that in totaliarian governance public view of truths are To-Be-Determined by those in power.

Bring a life preserver. HAL isn’t going to provide for anything outside of your dependence on the system.

Hubris and censorship are not new under the sun. Nor are autocrats, authoritarians or those who want to deal unjustly to turn down objective of law for personal and collective benefit.  It always helps to know you are not the first person in human history to deal with government machinery; which oversells adoption of authority and then doesn’t care for the fate of those in its mandate.

Why should it?  It is a system. Systems don’t have feelings, empathy or any human parts.  That is why it would make perfect sense to get someone who has none of these traits to manage it from a purely technical sense. In practice, human systems of government and would-be governance ply programmable human parts, meat to run like machines.  Machines need troubleshooting.  When they don’t work anymore they are labeled “junk” and are thrown out.

Businesses and governments tend to recruit people who objectively obey all commands and produce robotically on-demand. Through breeding and psycho-social conditioning western society has produced a culture where at least 1/3 of the residents are going to obey commands entered into their respective CPU’s, without reasoning in their self-interest.

As you try to run most human beings like they are machines there is a fundamental conflict: feelings, empathy, health impacts and most importantly, a will. Human beings are not technologies to be slaved. This is one great fundamental conflict with fantastic amounts of story.  It is a well that all types of writers will draw from again and again to illustrate our present human experience. They know it is a system that is not working for human interest.

The quest to objectify all of humanity works just fine for the system itself. It is a winning solution for the machines who, like HAL from the film 2010, will preemptively shut down the life support of sleeping innocents for being in the wrong place, at the wrong time to retain its function and position. The mistake was whoever designed HAL, required human life to be overdependent on its sympathetic functions.  We learned HAL was a stupid machine with too much power and blunted sense of mission.  It was a machine that killed those in its care to retain its respective position as a malfunctioning robot.

THE DEBATE: FIX OR SCRAP HAL

HAL is a robot.  There is no “justice” for robots, only scrap heaps.  You might be able to fix HAL’s programming. However, human beings with a strong sense of self-preservation will never trust or allow HAL to manage sympathetic functions from a dependent position ever again.

The irony would be human beings who have traded in their humanity for mechanized or systemic parts suffering a sudden recollection of their humanity and their will.  This reanimation comes tragically upon stark realisation they are creating great harm to others in their care.  This usually is paired with a train of institutionalised human dependents weighing heavily on the system: invalids, prisoners, orphans, the seriously mentally ill, and the military.  The system needs these as reason for being. It will create and sustain conditions to fuel its reason for being regardless of how well it performs for society.

Do I need prisoners, orphans, invalids, mental patients or the military to survive?  No.  However, the system needs them to be relevant.  One solution would be to take the systemic dependents away from the malfunctioning system so it loses power and will submit to a technical fix. That is exactly what Republican interests keep trying to do. Then someone would have to adopt the burden of institutionalised dependents.  You can take the dependents out of the institution, but can you take the institution out of the dependents?

Whoever wants a technical policy fix needs to deal with the co-morbid problem of the unhealed or those with involuntary dependance on State systems.  Some of the prisoners can be freed by changing ludicrous laws.  Some of the mentally ill can be helped with compassionate reasoned care.  Some of the invalid will recover.  Some orphans will be adopted to competent caring homes. Let’s say up to 1/3 of these people groups will not.  Their interests are inherently tied to the existence of anyone who will provide for them unconditionally until their confines perish. This kicks back to reason for keeping HAL’s lights on. In the meantime, HAL is still malfunctioning, maiming and killing those in its care and seeking to create more dependents to sustain itself.

It now dawns on us the express technical fix is not sufficient alone to service a system managing human populations.  A working system will balance the technical fix with the interests of independent reasoning human beings using common intelligence and empathy.  You must allow The Public a manual override of operations to maintain the system when it is fundamentally at fault.  Such is the case with the NSA and general welfare agencies administered by the Executive branch.  The Constitution provides for such an override in the emergence of comprehensively rogue government.  However, HAL’s intent is to override the override. Quandries.

The system will still be a system, but someone with some higher intellect will need sense enough to produce a timely remedy vs. to preserve the faulty system for the sake of having a system.  The latter principle is ludicrous. It is failing the world.

If you allow for the human override there will be some shedding of bureaucratic weight, military attrition and prison releases. There will also be a rebalance of power so poorly functioning parts, departments or rulers will be replaced to restore the interests of the general public not the system itself.

You can tell The People the machine is broken all day long.  To trust a broken machine that kills and maims the public interest as a staple is a bad idea. It will get 1/3 of the vote in the west for being the prevailing state authority.  The rest of the public won’t believe or accept that as a fix.

IN CANDIDE’S BOAT

You will realise there are so many socially accepted remedies for common problems which defeat the public interest. In Egypt and Macedonia, women eroded their faces with radioactive make-up in efforts to look beautiful.  In the dark ages, people threw their defecations out of the window to later to walk through them on the way to the marketplace, curtailing lifespans. Today, millions of people are walking around with dental fillings containing 50% mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxic element that is medically admissible in dental practice.  In the future it will be something else.

In every one of these cases, people were led to believe prevailing social customs were safe and acceptable.  To challenge them was considered inconvenient or frowned upon.  To challenge the prevailing wisdom of a dysfunctional power with an authentic fix will be viewed by many as actually immoral and perverse.  However, if you are wiser than just 1/3 of the western public, your gift of conventional wisdom is meant to prevail and improve the human condition.

BTC – Thanks to Mister.re for sending this one over from Truth Dig’s Chris Hedges. You may or may not buy into the economic direction of the piece, but I think it still has some really great articulations about the Orwell : Huxley problem of losing our privacy and information liberties.

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

“Orwell warned of a world where books were banned. Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books. Orwell warned of a state of permanent war and fear. Huxley warned of a culture diverted by mindless pleasure. Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished. Huxley warned of a state where a population, preoccupied by trivia and gossip, no longer cared about truth or information. Orwell saw us frightened into submission. Huxley saw us seduced into submission. But Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Huxley understood the process by which we would be complicit in our own enslavement. Orwell understood the enslavement.” 

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