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A Pox On All Their Houses

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Comments

I apologize for all the missing comments, people. Apparently I had "moderate comments" checked and didn't realize it. Your comments should all come through now.

So if I haven't responded to your comments, that was why (I wasn't ignoring anyone!). I'll try to do so as I go back through the posts, but you might not see them.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

By the way

Sorry about the dearth of updates this month, but it seems like it's not just me.

May is crazy month, I guess. (as the first month after Tax Slavery Month, I guess maybe that might have something to do with it)

Also, sorry about the slew of unfinished multi-parters. I'll try and get all those threads woven together soon.
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One of my favorite methods, or techniques is the "there's no such thing as..." approach. I first encountered it when reading a book called "There's no such thing as Hypnosis". The book goes on to teach hypnosis, of course, but the idea behind the title is that there's no particular thing which you can separate out and point at and say "that and only that's hypnosis!".

Some things to keep in mind:
1. There's no such thing as "the economy".
2. There's no such thing as "a market".
3. There's no such thing as "society".

I'm sure you will encounter many more no such things, now that you know to look for them.

on inequality and its discontents, part I

One thing also that must be understood is that just as there is a black market at the bottom, there is one at the top...

The difference in effective wealth between a DuPont or Rockefeller and a successful trial lawyer is greater than the difference between that trial lawyer and a homeless bum. Far greater. The power curve looks like a capital J. I feel safe in saying that no one reading this is on the vertical part, or even on the curvy part, most likely. (which starts when you're dealing with multi-millions, I think)

We're almost all proletarians, here. Fighting the upper middle class as a class enemy is pointless.
Trying to forge solidarity of interests may go farther, but it's still a tough battle within the Spectacle.
(If the House Slaves identify with the Masters, it makes a slave revolt harder to pull off.)
This may change as "the economy" (which is many different things depending on who is saying it) gets more strained.

The government is often driven to suppress the upper middle class in order to create more equality among the proletariat, because it secures the position of the elite (those who don't have to obey "the law" made by the elite). However, this also makes the Spectacle more unstable (which is why sometimes they have to promote UMC interests against the lower classes - divide and conquer). Ultimately this instability is the thin wedge that we have to pin our hopes on. This is why exposing, mocking, analysing and denying the reality of the Spectacle* is our best tactic.

By the way, this mechanism is also fractal. There are elites within elites, untouchables among the untouchables.

Part II will deal with why the Government is a special factor in this mechanism, and why liberty is the ultimate political goal.

* - sometimes called the Matrix, Conventional Wisdom, or the Granfalloon.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Happy May Day!

Today is International Labor Solidarity Day!