Sunday, July 27, 2014

Disgrace x Hypocrisy x Murder x Racism = U.S. Government

For a shamefully bloody example of how little single issue identity politics can mean, check out the unity of supporters and opponents of same sex marriage, supporters and opponents of abortion, and supporters and opponents of every other divisive issue clouding the minds of a population kept from acting as a democratic majority, we need look no further than the disgrace of this government’s congress voting to approve and finance the current Israeli slaughter in Gaza.

Note that all our taxes, without exception for straight, gay, people of color, people of no color, Catholics, jews, Mormons, Baptists, agnostics, atheists and those somehow in between are used to finance the apartheid state that continues to murder with impunity while congress applauds its massacres as “defense” against a menace presented by people fighting for a homeland stolen from them by invaders.

Note also that alleged liberals, alleged conservatives and alleged moderates unite as one. The Tea Party conservative right to the right of the republican conservative right? Viva Israel! The progressive pseudo left of the Democratic Party, left of the liberal left of that party? Viva Israel ! The black, women’s, Latino and assorted other alleged group/caucus’s divided by their employers and financers to maintain minority rule by the rich? Vive Israel! It should make us all so proud of our democracy, especially those among us who will march off to the polls and vote for what they think represents a difference at the next opportunity to rubber stamp what corporate capital and individual wealth dictate are our choices.

And while this farce continues, massacres go on all over the world to perpetuate a debased system of political economics that threatens the entire planet, but nowhere with the bloody malignancy displayed in what was once Palestine and became Israel. And the horror of that reality would stop in a microsecond if the USA were to make it so by ending its racist support for a regime that follows neatly in the footsteps of our own origins in nearly destroying a native population to create our own.

We got away with it hundreds of years ago, but with an arrogance to redefine chutzpah, Israel has attempted it in modern times and succeeded against all moral, intellectual and political standards, simply by killing, ethnically cleansing, and stealing land, all with the passionate support of the USA’s political class, financed by American dollars that buy continued support for Israel the way a john’s dollars buy the compliance of a sex worker. This political pimping and whoring cannot and will not go on forever, but how much more can the people of a nation with absolutely no connection to the nazi assault on european jews suffer before that part of the world not purchased by blood money, or ignorant due to its own suffering says: enough, already!

More than a thousand Gaza citizens have been murdered as this is written, with only a relative handful being armed opponents of the regime. And still, major media and politicians are either silent or boisterously waving the Israeli flag as if it were their own. They would be more honest to wave their bankbooks and political paychecks for performance that would be judged as treason if it were exercised for any other foreign country.

And all this goes on while the same media and politicians rave on about the alleged guilt of Putin, Russia and the evil empire that was once communist and now is capitalist but still operates as an inducer of military spending in the trillions while thousands of americans live in the streets and millions pay taxes for the warfare state that benefits so few at such cost for so many. How long can this continue?

Not much longer, and the growth in criticism for the anti-human horror has expanded all over the world and may yet act as a catalyst in a global demand for democracy that will end injustice and economic slavery for all and not just some. But there has to be a beginning to that global turnaround and it had better be that we face the ugly reality of Palestine before that ugliness unleashes further horrors not only in Gaza, the West Bank and all of Palestine – which is the real occupied territory – but that will bring them home to us in a fashion to make the 911 attacks seem almost benign by comparison.

Lets not wait for someone to be driven over the edge and walk into a large place with a small nuke in a satchel, or aim a nuclear weapon armed drone at us the way we aim drones at others, or some other act of perverse sadism that will be provoked by the politics of mass murder currently still accepted by too many us as simple geopolitics and state craft.

Our system is in a state of slow but steady breakdown and the pace is speeding up. Some will continue to profit and acquire more billions and there will remain a trickle down to professionals and others serving them. But it cannot last. The rich are growing richer and smaller in number while the upper middle class is often struggling to remain so, and what was the middle is expanding its debt to merely survive. More important the greater population and environment are sinking fast under the same short sighted policies that destroy long term life supports for short term profits. That is the same system that is murdering Palestinians at temporary profit for some Israelis and Americans, but to all our ultimate loss and potential doom. Wake up, act up and end this brutality and maybe move closer to ending all brutality provoked by the economy of profit for only some and loss, ever greater, for almost all.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


 from the ny times:
U.S. Sees Evidence of Russian Links to Jet's Downing

 from Legalienate:

International Community  Sees Evidence of American Links to Gaza Slaughter

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bulletin: John Stuart Mill Calls For Open Debate On The Holocaust

by Michael K. Smith

Thanks to the miracle of digital time travel, Legalienate's editors were able to interview the 19th century liberal John Stuart Mill on the urgent matter of the suppression of free speech in the modern Holocaust debate.  Readers of Mill's "On Liberty," which made him famous as a defender of human rights, will recognize what he has to say here.

Legalienate:  We're pressed for time, as always, so let's get right down to business, so to speak. Don't we have the right, the obligation even, to reject points of view so odious that they offend our ethical sensibilities to the core?  Why should we debate Holocaust "deniers"?

Mill:  There is the greatest difference between presuming an opinion to be true because, with every opportunity for contesting it, it has not been refuted, and assuming its truth for the purpose of not permitting its refutation.  Complete liberty of contradicting and disproving our opinion is the very condition which justifies us in assuming its truth for purposes of action; and on no other terms can a being with human faculties have any rational assurance of being right.

Legalienate:  But American Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said that the doctrine of free speech does not permit one to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater.  Doesn't upholding free speech for extreme points of view like Holocaust denial run the risk of inciting a general conflagration that will destroy the very rights we are seeking to protect?

Mill:  Strange it is that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being "pushed to an extreme," not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case.  Strange that they should imagine that they are not assuming infallibility when they acknowledge that there should be free discussion on all subjects which can possibly be doubtful, but think that some particular principle or doctrine should be forbidden to be questioned because it is so certain, that is, because they are certain that it is certain.  To call any proposition certain, while there is anyone who would deny its certainty if permitted, but who is not permitted, is to assume that we ourselves, and those who agree with us, are the judges of certainty, and judges without hearing the other side.

Legalienate:  The persecution of Holocaust heretics really only affects a tiny minority of very stubborn people, doesn't it?  By taking up their cause, aren't we really making much ado about very little?

Mill:  It is not the minds of heretics that are deteriorated most by the ban placed on all inquiry which does not end in the orthodox conclusions.  The greatest harm done is to those who are not heretics, and whose whole mental development is cramped and their reason cowed by the feat of heresy.  Who can compute what the world loses in the multitude of promising intellects combined with timid characters, who dare not follow out any bold, vigorous, independent train of thought, lest it should land them in something which would admit of being considered irreligious or immoral?

Legalienate:  What's wrong with denigrating Holocaust "deniers," so long as we don't abolish their free speech rights?

Mill:  Where there is a tacit convention that principles are not to be disputed, where the discussion of the greatest questions which can occupy humanity is considered to be closed, we cannot hope to find that generally high scale of mental activity which has made some periods of history so remarkable.  .  .  If there are any persons who contest a received opinion, or who will do so if law or opinion will let them, let us thank them for it, open our minds to listen to them, and rejoice that there is someone to do for us what we otherwise ought, if we have any regard for either the certainty or the vitality of our convictions, to do with much greater labor for ourselves.

Legalienate:  But aren't some points of view so evil that they deserve silence?  And aren't others so obviously true that they needn't be argued?

Mill:  First, if an opinion is compelled to silence, that opinion may, for aught we can certainly know, be true.  To deny this is to assume our own infallibility.  Secondly, though the silenced opinion be an error, it may, and very commonly does, contain a portion of truth; and since the general or prevailing opinion on any subject is rarely or never the whole truth, it is only by the collision of adverse opinions that the remainder of the truth has any chance of being supplied.  Thirdly, even if the received opinion be not only true, but the whole truth; unless it is suffered to be, and actually is, vigorously and earnestly contested, it will, by most of those who receive it, be held in the manner of a prejudice, with little comprehension or feeling of its rational grounds.  And not only this, but fourthly, the meaning of the doctrine itself will be in danger of being lost or enfeebled, and deprived of its vital effect on the character and conduit; the dogma becoming a mere formal profession, inefficacious for good, but cumbering the ground and preventing the growth of any real and heartfelt conviction from reason or personal experience.

Legalienate:  But some people, like Holocaust deniers, just refuse to enter the age of reason.  Don't we have ample reason to reject their perverse beliefs?

Mill:  The beliefs which we have most warrant for have no safeguard to rest on but a standing invitation to the whole world to prove them unfounded.  If the challenge is not accepted, or is accepted and the attempt fails, we are far enough from certainty still, but we have done the best that the existing state of human reason admits of:  we have neglected nothing that could give the truth a chance of reaching us; if the lists are kept open, we may hope that, if there be a better truth, it will be found when the human mind is capable of receiving it; and in the meantime we may rely on having attained such approach to truth as is possible in our own day.  This is the amount of certainty attainable by a fallible being, and this is the sole way of attaining it.

Legalienate:  How dangerous is the suppression of heresy in your view?

Mill:  It is true we no longer put heretics to death; and the amount of penal infliction which modern feeling would probably tolerate, even against the most obnoxious opinions, is not sufficient to extirpate them.  But let us not flatter ourselves that we are yet free from the stain even of legal persecution.  Penalties for opinion, or at least for its expression, still exist by law; and their enforcement is not, even in these times, so unexampled as to make it at all incredible that they may some day be revived in full force.

Legalienate:  Indeed.  In the 21st century, many Holocaust heretics are still sent to prison.  Thank you for your time.  


All quotes of John Stuart Mill are verbatim, from "On Liberty," published in 1859.

Friday, June 27, 2014

For Sale: Personal Brands & Commodity Lives

For Sale: Personal Brands & Commodity Lives     

Modern marketing changes language and machinery but not its material foundation, which existed long before the industrial age. An allegedly “new” economy of information technology - IT - is just an update with different jargon and tools but the profit and loss substance remain exactly what they’ve always been: great for some, nice for many, and terrible for the earth and most of its people.

Consuming at the market is the same whether walking, riding a horse or driving a car to get there, ordering on a phone or tapping a keyboard. Fewer and cheaper workers result in more profits from new forms of automation, which bring greater loss to those no longer employed. Along with being replaced by machines, exporting jobs to cheaper foreign labor markets and importing cheap foreign labor to this market, we can add apps that act as hi-tech scabs by displacing workers with phone-text-symbol manipulation. All these create profits for private investors and loss for everyone else.

Sometimes, in contradiction to ruling dictates, people use newer tech to communicate about things other than commercial consumption. These steps toward real democracy have not yet been “branded", though they could help create a product called social revolution in a transformed marketplace of the near future.

Slavery, peasantry, wage labor and middle classes have been means to an end for centuries. Machines, computers, cheap immigrants, native scabs and other ways to put people out of work and get more private profits at public loss are nothing new. The techniques change but the game is always the same: lower costs for investors while increasing profits for them and their servant class and telling those who absorb the loss to work harder and things will get better for them. Or telling them to pray, see therapists, get drunk or get stoned. If that doesn’t work and they resist, just kill them in the biggest profit maker of them all: War.

Talk of “new” markets only means commodities with new packaging or new labels being sold to still another consumer group with ads describing old stuff with new terminology. The present global crisis of incredible wealth amassed by a shrinking minority with expanding majorities carrying the loss has created new jargon to rationalize such inequality as the will of market deities. But sometimes the power centers revive old terms and unconsciously reveal more than they would like about just what is going on. At least if we pay attention.

The all-encompassing term “branding” was initially used in modern market-speak to make products out of all entities at the mall, including those in what used to be considered a public sector, supposedly free of market forces. Colleges, museums, and other real or imagined non-profit institutions have spent tens of millions of dollars in order to fix their “brand” in people’s minds and differentiate it – supposedly – from all similar products. Brand names and branding have meant products, firms, businesses, and the revived term “entrepreneur” – moving from economics classes into every day thought – all involve lessons for individual endeavors in the market under this all consuming term. Its original use was not quite the adventure in ego and commodity glorification it has become. The creatures suffering the “branding” did not find it romantic or pleasant.

Cattle – the cows and beef we milk and eat - had ownership established by investors burning their initials-logos into the flesh – “branding” – so that no one would confuse one owner’s cattle with another’s. They all looked alike  - packaging hadn’t yet been invented and anyway they were animals - so there had to be a way of establishing distinctions between different products, which is all they were and, to an uncomfortable extent, we still are. And cattle rustlers – early crooks who took far more risk than present financial swindlers – would have more difficulty selling the beasts when burnt flesh revealed the “brand” of the original owner. We’ve come a long way?

Now our owners don’t need to actually burn logos into our flesh, since our minds are more easily accessible and invading them isn’t as likely to cause us to retaliate as violently as we might against people who would put us to the torch. But personal brain-branding has joined all the other forms of marketplace consciousness controls, with people urged to differentiate their “product” from others in the same way major firms and institutions separate themselves from the alleged competition. It’s not by creating a better, more reliable, longer lasting and healthier product, but by getting people to believe their “brand” is far better than any other, despite the usual lack of material evidence to back up such claims.

Thus we have athletes, entertainers, celebrities from all walks of wealth and even folks selling “gourmet” food out of glorified pushcarts all “branding” their products – their brawn, beauty, money, hot dogs - to better claim what is called market share. Even that humane term – sharing – has become a brand in profiteering as people claim a new “sharing economy” as a brand in competition with less sharing marketeers, especially those with union employees. An important part of the so-called new economy is what the old economy taught it to dread; workers who organize and act in a democratic style that contradicts market profits for their owner investor bosses.

We haven’t yet seen the term used to describe the real nature of our economy – warfare – and if it were used we’d hear about hundreds of thousands of humans in the Middle East being branded as “dead”, while millions more would qualify for the brand “refugee”. And of course the horrifying brand “terrorism”, the alleged cause of our most recent slaughters, would acquire a negative cache as a product only to be seen as positive in clandestine deals conducted by weapons merchants. They are always positive.

Perhaps our most negative brand, mass murder, will force us to confront the horrors of life reduced to commodities bought and sold and move us to strip humanity of divisive marketing labels and finally face the unity of people. Along with new product names like democracy and social revolution we might develop the catchiest and most priceless brand name of all:

Universal Peace.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wikileaks Cables Reveal Harrowing Future of Identity Politics

"Diversity" Governments Likely to Yield Human Extinction, CIA Fears

by Michael K. Smith
Legalienation News Bureau

A series of wikileaks cables only recently inspected by scholars reveals a frightening future under the rule of "diversity" governments in the United States.

According to CIA analysts a series of "first ever" presidents will carry out increasingly destructive policies culminating in world-wide social collapse, which will be described by the fiercely independent U.S. media as "the birth pangs of utopia."

The first Latino president - chosen from the Cuban mafia in Miami - will drop atomic bombs on the 21st century socialist states of South America and achieve record sales of Cuban cigars on Wall Street in the aftermath.  Colombian death squads will take over governing duties on the continent, which Washington will praise as "Tough Love Democracy," while clouds of radioactive debris circle the world.

The first Asian president will declare Hiroshima and Nagasaki sacred sites, occupy North Korea, and radically devalue the Chinese Yuan by forcing Beijing to adopt the dollar as the national currency.  Domestically, he will ban the term "nip," leading to billions of dollars of losses to the catnip industry, and mass arrests of racists who insist on describing cold weather as "nippy."  He will also demand tougher quotas for affirmative action policies in order to keep white males competitive on the world stage.

The first Indian president will assassinate Bolivian president Evo Morales and dispatch coca-chewing Bolivian farmers to gas chambers donated by Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.  

The first woman president will achieve gender parity through a series of "free trade" agreements reducing wages to a national average of $2 an hour for women and men alike.  Gender reassignment surgery will be free, leading to the country's first "ex-male" president, who will also be the nation's first combination president-First Lady.

The first Arab presidency will coincide with the opening of mass commercial space flight.  Palestinian Arabs will be given free and compulsory flights to colonies on Pluto, where they will live permanently. Israel's birthday will replace Martin Luther King Day in the national calendar, and will be celebrated with televised executions from Guantanamo presided over by Hillary Clinton.   

Though much yearned for, the first Jewish president will prove impossible to achieve as prospective Jewish candidates will refuse to "take a demotion" by becoming president. 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Warfare State of Capital

“War is a bastard but the bitch that bore him is in heat again.”
Berthold Brecht

The destruction of Iraq, which began under the conservatively emotional Bush regime, continues under the liberally placid Obama administration. There are differences in style when an intelligent landscaper replaces a slack jawed gardener but the plantation they serve differs only in the cosmetic facade it sells the public, not the diseased crop it produces. The present political opposition is led by people who make pinheads and maniacs seem thoughtful, but our current CEO still acts the sibilant bully talking tough and selling weapons to stop violence his cabal helps start in Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, the Middle East and even the Middle West. It contrasts itself to its blood thirsty opposition as a peace-making arbiter among squabbling foreigners, but those squabbles often originate in our meddling foreign policy which looks like the rest of our economy; dangerously de-structuring.

While Obama rattles verbal sabers in the Far East by ordering China to behave better in the South China Sea - they act as though it’s on their border – his witless secretary of state barks about threats in the Ukraine, many of them financed by the USA. These all mean arms sales from our multi billion dollar military-industrial complex - unmentioned by americans worried about personal gun ownership - for our Pacific puppets and NATO marionettes. That euro group was supposedly a bulwark against communism but it’s still around long after communism’s demise. Now it represents a bulwark against democracy and peace.

Meanwhile, the recovering (?) economy continues piling wealth into the coffers of a tiny minority who rent giant computers to stash their electronic loot because there’s so much of it, while the working people politicians call a middle class sink into greater debt to pay  rent or mortgage - if they have housing,  medical bills - if they have health care, and  education loans - if they have schooling.

This is accompanied by news about the recession having ended, again, and the economy bouncing back to new highs, again. As always only for the upper percentiles, with the middle sinking lower and poverty rising higher. But the place where god lives, unintelligent design prevails, and the big bang explodes all day every day – the market - is really booming for the 1% and its professional class servants. So there’s really nothing to worry about since we’ll soon have increased weapons spending to employ more robots and immigrants while killing more people. Wonderful.

We have moved from a policy of wars that send Americans to kill and die in other countries to one of financing of color-coded electoral “revolutions” and if necessary, civil wars with less need for invasions of anything but money, weapons and mechanized zombie warriors. Investments of dollars instead of lives are more profitable for warfare capital, especially as more American consumers threaten to become citizens by demanding peace and democracy. People still die but they are almost all foreigners. The profits that come from those deaths increase while the body count losses at capital central decline. Nice. Great economy. Sure.

The increasing bloodshed in the middle east, which may have its maps redrawn by Arabs who live there instead of Europeans who don’t, may fit Israeli plans to break up the arab - Muslim world in as idiotic a way as american arming of ideological fanatics to fight communism has come back to haunt capital. Instead of a few arab nations led by supporters of global capital’s new Zion there may be several ruled by those who will not tolerate a european apartheid state in their midst. The safety and future of the middle east is also the safety and future of the rest of the world, and if the warfare profit state rules much longer, our world may plunge into a bloody collapse of nature in all its substance.

The Ukraine, Detroit, fracking, gmos, guns, abortions, Palestine, Israel, homeless people, sheltered pets and everything else that make up usually misunderstood reality are part of the private profit and public loss system that always means inequality. That word has recently been rediscovered because it has become so blatantly obvious that even academics have noticed.

Bulletin: profit on one side demands loss on the other and that makes inequality a component part of the system. Who knew?

Private minority control of a market where some always do well at the expense of most others is nothing new. It’s just that the system’s present crisis is more noticeable as the losses are being suffered by greater numbers of people while the fantastic profits increase for a much smaller group.

Liberals and conservatives are two sides of the political coin of this realm. While Americans are reduced to choosing from these lesser evils and calling it democracy, indigenous people the world over are rising to do battle with capitalism. Inspiring some real democracy in South America, they clearly see it as not only their enemy but also the enemy of the planet, or Mother Earth, as they unashamedly address our multi-cultural uni-racial home.

Whether ecological problems are seen a short-term environmental menace or a long-term climate disaster, they are the result of reducing earth and its people to private profit producing commodities that must be balanced by humanity’s loss. This demented economics has become a form of justifiable genocide, a war conducted on humanity itself. Minority rulers cannot help but care for anything but increasing private wealth in a system becoming more depraved with each creation of an individual with a billion dollars in a world where a billion individuals live in poverty. The warfare state must be transformed into a democratic state of peace, within and without its borders. If that seems too difficult for rich North Americans to achieve, maybe we should ask poor South Americans for advice.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Obama, in Warsaw, Pledges Solidarity With Eastern Europe

Tells Western Israel; Don't worry, your check is in the mail.