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Give the right credit, it is always on message, which is to say, always dissembling in order to always be pounding into our skulls, whether we realize it or not, one simple philosophical message--self-interest is "good" and anything that interferes with self-interest is "bad."

Me? Easily distracted. Sometimes I get sad at the state of the world. Like now. I'd like to talk about the root causes--of Robin Williams' death. Mourning Gazans and Michael Brown? Short shelf life. Too hard. Boring me already. BDS? Forget about it! I am going to focus on Robin Williams.  

I go to the youtubes. I watch a few great Robin Williams clips from days of yore. And then I naively stumble on this initially subtle bile-ridden almost hour-long piece ostensibly on Robin Williams by this person I have never heard of called Stefbot, whom I later learn is Stefan Molyneux, who has "the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web." I didn't know. I mind my own business and don't get out much. I was mesmerized.

A third of the way in, I was all with him. And then he slipped in the name Ayn Rand, and my commie reddish and greenish tie-dye ears attached to my pointy head perked up. I won't give you the link. Don't watch it. Trust me. It is crypto-misogyny and far right economic theory rolled into one doozy of an intellectually-stimulating homage to Robin Williams and regret at his psycho-social upbringing: If only he had told that shrink how bad his father and mother really were! And, most importantly, if only those B---- ex-wives hadn't taken all his hard-earned goddamn money! Their disgusting selfish addiction to his rightful cashola killed him.

Who needs poor folk with their bad manners, oppression, wall-less prisons for sometimes millions living in concrete wastelands, economic malaise, and what not when I can focus on Robin Williams and those B------ who have taken him for $35 million frickin' dollars worth of alimony, and counting? And even post-grave the larceny by the B------ will continue. Poor man had a pig valve from all the stress. Had to take a crappy sitcom and sell his Mork costume and Mrs. Doubtfire dress when he should have been kicking back and eating the sweet fruits of his labor with the new babe of his choice. And every other welfare donee, sucking the ever-loving life out of ME, the true beaten down, just like they did out of poor Robin. It's all the socialist's goddamn fault, with an assist from their asshole marital lawyer friends, bringing the men down where the vultures will pick over their bones. Bring me The Fountainhead. Ah!

Where Will "OUR" Philosophical Garden Grow?

Marshall McLuhan was sort of right, the owners of the mediums are ever massaging our brains. Even counting the capitalist-owned "liberal" MSNBC and some poorly-followed AM radio shows, the left (by which I mean the serious left, to the left of capitalism-accepting liberal) in the U.S. has no fair major forum in which to defend itself, much less advance itself. Certainly it has no overall presence in the commercial U.S. media that is the equivalent "intellectual" counter to the right, including the well-funded libertarian right. Therefore, it is critical that the left makes its message heard loud and clear on the interwebs in an accessible and interesting front page manner. The left is not able to compete in the commercial U.S. media world with the Fox and Rush Limbaugh blowhards on television and radio but that is not the real challenge in the long run. IMHO, the real challenge in the long run is with the much more nimble right wing new media messengers of equally hateful, but tearful, brainy, and readily convincing "Stefbot"-style philosophy who "intellectually" empower the acolytes of Rand Paul and other U.S. so-called "libertarians." For the purposely amorphous and slippery pot-deeply-inhaling U.S. "libertarianism" does have youth appeal. And the battle is over the skulls of the next generation, to inculcate them with the right's greed/fear or the left's love/hope, because this generation of capitalist skull-pounded clones in the U.S. has pretty well already fucked things up beyond redemption.

When I see Ferguson and Gaza, and see the lack of leadership from the Clinton protégés, that sinking feeling comes that love/hope are just greeting card words, without mooring in material reality. Root causes, when will they get to the root causes? Never. And when I see even this website, the beacon of liberalism in the U.S., freeze Palestinians out of the front page and even largely tiptoe around the root causes in Ferguson, well ...

Don't think I am disloyal liberal friends. Billions of earthings, Nanu-Nanu!, have learned that capitalism doesn't work. And my heart is with my comrades who develop, promote, and seek real world application of a philosophy of deep democracy, with meaningful love and justice for all. But for now you have my mites (the coins not the bugs) and my votes. For instance, I am resigned that in 815 days (assuming early voting is taken away in the Deep South) I probably will have to vote for the beyond pathetic Hillary Clinton for President. I pine for a legitimate at least modestly liberal opponent to challenge her in the primary. I have recently signed two Bernie Sanders for President petitions, even though he too is beyond pathetic on Palestine. Yada, yada, yada. You can't always get what you want. Hell no you can't.

But if you try sometimes well you might find, you get what you need. And with Hillary Clinton, I fear that she will not even try, and the human beings of Ferguson and Gaza, and Opa-Locka and Detroit, will not get what they need. And the libertarian faux intellectuals will go largely un-rebutted. And the youth of the U.S. will learn in school how wrong it is that they are even in public school and that they should take what they can before the black and brown takers take it all!

Pessimistic prediction if the left does not get its voice back in U.S. society, as it was a century ago when Eugene V. Debs walked the earth: We ain't seen nothin' yet. Crypto-fascism is coming to the U.S. in a big way, not seen since the '50s, schooled in Karl Rovian techniques, paid for by unlimited donations from billionaires, and from the mouths of those who most claim to be against fascism. There will be no equivalent opposing argumentation given for the benefit of building empathy for the vulnerable, and centrist triangulating Clinton crap will gradually fill the petri dish of U.S. politics with juicy warm wet media in which we will see how bad it can get. Assuming Hillary Clinton can win the presidency and keep it for eight years, SCOTUS will be better than if the Republicans won, I will grant you that. But the "intellectually" mesmerizing "libertarian" right will get mo among the young it does not deserve, and those ghettos will be getting bigger and grimmer every day.

Why deal with root causes? Because that's what we need to do. But we won't focus on that. How we will miss Robin Williams though! One woman breaking through the highest glass ceiling will be good, but not nearly enough for the people in need. We don't need the man from hope, or his admittedly tough-as-nails wife. We need actual hope. And hope will not arise from lies. Things are bad in Gaza and Ferguson, and across most of the planet. But not just on those rare occasions when the television cameras and reporters come.

The youth of America no longer say "Nanu-Nanu!" It is now quaint that in Season 3 Episode 2, "When the Earth spirits are leaving Mork, he briefly quotes President Reagan saying 'What would this country be without this great land of ours?'" Let's hope that the youth of America don't think, ten years from now, that the left is the side of the dumb shits. If it does, it may be because not only the centrist Republican-lite Clinton-types, but also the hierarchy of the supposedly liberal and progressive places in the new media that are not the primary habitat of the Clinton-types, shut the left out of the front page conversation. The world, including the U.S., needs to see the unvarnished truth about root causes on the front page at Daily Kos and other elite liberal and progressive blogs.  

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

    by Galtisalie on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 04:00:03 AM PDT

  •  RE: Stefan Molyneux (4+ / 0-)

    A quick run around the internets reveal this guy is evidently a sweetheart for guys who like to string apparently contradictory words into a chain and then declare themselves the founder of a new philosophy.  this guy seems enamored of "anarcho-capitalism" which I assume is what Jessie James and Willie Sutton practiced.  At any rate, he does get to ask for donations which puts me to wondering how much word salads cost these days? (I know; ask Palin)

    I do note this guy is yet another misogynistic hot mess of hot air and pseudo-science, or so he seems to be.  It also appears he was banned from You-tube though the whole story seems to elude me.

    At any rate here is some more info on the bugger:

    • is a great resource (0+ / 0-)

      for types of libertarianism.  It is a jumpstation of good links.

      I aim to live in agreement with Benjamin Franklin's admonition to "Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty."

      by delonix on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:35:46 AM PDT

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  •  The plutocrats have no pill for college grad in... (3+ / 0-)
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    Galtisalie, delonix, jbsoul

    The plutocrats have no pill for college grad indentured servitude or the environmental collapse. They are not intellectual, Bernaysian yes, but they answered OWS with criminalization, control the homeland Gaza, Debs did hard time for smiling on a cloudy day. The media intellectuals root for the rubber bullets. The revolution will not be televised. As OWS instructed, hit the books, study your political philosophy, getting the diagnosis right is your duty and protection as a citizen.

  •  keep writing (1+ / 0-)
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    one of the ideas that come to me when i'm contemplating "the state of the world", human beings in particular, and getting very very down

    is that some "natural" consequence of our mismanagement of the earth, i.e. flood, drought, eruptions, etc.

    will make all our concerns about social democracy irrelevant

    it's sad, that

  •  What Left? (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, blackhand

    It occurs to me that we didn't see socialism during the feudal age or any time earlier when the world was owned and run by a few rich and priests.

    --And mostly we didn't have democracy either.

    We got those populist oriented approaches during an anomalous period of post nomadic history when a perfect storm of territorial expansion and technology allowed masses of people to be owner producers.

    We've always had wealthy elite, but during the Enlightenment and its runup and maturation in the US, a significant fraction of people were key to the economies by owning much of the agricultural and burgeoning manufacturing sector.

    I don't think it's a coincidence that as technology has matured, ownership has re-concentrated, and most people are no longer owner-producers, that the creativity of movements of democratic governing and economic systems has dried up.

    I think democratic governance and economies carried forward past their natural endpoints because of more coincidences relating to military powers and the global 1930's Depression. So we have about a lifetime of experience of thinking of democratic society as a natural norm, that only requires tweaking levels of policies to maintain. Where there has been backsliding toward a more aristocratic world, popular conception has been that it is aberration or corruption of the democratic norm.

    If that's not true, if the natural norm is autocratic aristocracy, there won't be any graceful way forward from here for any element of democracy. If the people are to have a voice, they need to have some ownership, and if they are to have ownership, it has to be taken away from its present ownership.

    It may be some time before there's a good and widely-supported philosophy and theory for how to go about this, and it may require some kind of collapse before anyone generating plausible ideas in small communities is able to put them into circulation.

    --Whatever "circulation" means where the public square also is the private property of ownership.

    My money says governance and society for the people is a dream nobody presently knows how to make happen.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:31:51 AM PDT

    •  In re to the following (0+ / 0-)
      It may be some time before there's a good and widely-supported philosophy and theory for how to go about this, and it may require some kind of collapse before anyone generating plausible ideas in small communities is able to put them into circulation.
      One of the tenants of the generational theory of history that shows society going through  crisis periods about every 100 years is that at a point of crisis climax, the seemingly unsolvable problems that lead to the buildup of the crisis will appear as easily solvable as they were previously unsolvable, albeit in a different manner.  The Gordian Knot being a prime example.

      In other words, I agree that it is most likely going to take some form of crisis and collapse before the plausible ideas come about.  If you're a Star Trek Fan, the name Gabriel Bell comes to mind.

      "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

      by blackhand on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 08:17:36 AM PDT

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  •  I like the diary more than the headline... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....which seems vaguely incoherent.

    Like someone else commented "Keep Writing"....

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:48:27 AM PDT

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