12 m ago in Quotes
When a group has no specific task (and consciousness raising is a task), the people in it turn their energies to controlling others in the group. This is not done so much out of a malicious desire to manipulate others (though sometimes it is) as out of a lack of anything better to do with their talents. Able people with time on their hands and a need to justify their coming together put their efforts into personal control, and spend their time criticizing the personalities of the other members in the group. Infighting and personal power games rule the day. When a group is involved in a task, people learn to get along with others as they are and to subsume personal dislikes for the sake of the larger goal. There are limits placed on the compulsion to remold every person in our image of what they should be.

The end of consciousness-raising leaves people with no place to go, and the lack of structure leaves them with no way of getting there.
  12 m ago in Quotes
Anti-Semitism, in short, is not merely conflated with anti-Zionism, but even extended to Zionists who are critical of Israeli practices. Correspondingly, authentic anti-Semitism on the part of those whose services to Israeli power are deemed appropriate is of no account.

These two aspects of "the real anti-Semitism," ADL-style, were illustrated during the 1988 U.S. presidential campaign. The Democratic Party was denounced for anti-Semitism on the grounds that its convention dared to debate a resolution calling for a two-state political settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In contrast, when an array of Nazi sympathizers and anti-Semites were exposed in August 1988 in the Bush presidential campaign, the major Jewish organizations and leaders were, for the most part, "curiously blasé about both the revelations and Bush's response to them," largely ignoring the matter, John Judis comments. The New Republic dismissed as a minor matter the "antique and anemic forms of anti-Semitism" of virulent anti-Semites and Nazi and fascist sympathizers at a high level of the Republican campaign organization. The editors stressed, rather, the "comfortable haven for Jew-hatred on the left, including the left wing of the Democratic Party," parts of the Jackson campaign, and "the ranks of increasingly well-organized Arab activists," all of whom supported the two-state resolution at the Party convention and thus qualify as "Jew-haters."

The point is that the ultra-right Republicans are regarded as properly supportive of Israel by hard-line standards, while the Democratic Party reveals its "Jew-hatred" by tolerating elements that believe that Palestinians are human beings with the same rights as Jews, including the right of national self-determination alongside of Israel. Following the lead of the major Jewish organizations, the Democrats carefully avoided the discovery of anti-Semites and Nazis in the Republican campaign headquarters and the continuing close links after exposure.

The same point was illustrated by the revelation, at the same time, that the Reagan Department of Education had once again refused federal funds for a highly praised school history program on the Holocaust. It was first rejected in 1986 "after a review panel member complained that the views of the Nazi Party and the Ku Klux Klan were not represented." Republican faithfuls charged the program with "psychological manipulation, induced behavioral change and privacy-invading treatment" (Phyllis Schlafly); citing "leftist authorities" such as New York Times columnist Flora Lewis, British historian A.J.P. Taylor, and Kurt Vonnegut; being "profoundly offensive to fundamentalists and evangelicals"; and even being "anti-war, anti-hunting" and likely to "induce a guilt trip." A senior Education Department official attributed the rejections to "those on the extreme right wing of the Republican Party." In 1986 and 1987, this particular program had been "singled out for a refusal." In 1988, when the program "was the top-rated project in the category [of history, geography, and civics], created by then-Education Secretary William J. Bennett," the entire category was eliminated.

But "the extreme right wing of the Republican Party," whatever its attitudes towards Nazis and the Holocaust, is adequately pro-Israel. There was no detectable protest, and the issue did not arise in the last stages of the election campaign.

The cheapening of the concept of anti-Semitism and the ready tolerance for anti-Arab racism go hand-in-hand, expressing the same political commitments. All of this, again, is merely "antique and anemic anti-Semitism."
  12 m ago in Quotes
People are like stained-glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
  12 m ago in Blog

nothing new under the sun

Any leash transforms people on both ends, and the very desire to have power over others betrays a lack of inner strength and integrity, to put it mildly. We may pretend to ourselves and each other that power is an end in and of itself, but that's just because we're frightened of what it covers up. You see, when you physically step on a landmine, you can't just go on pretending you still have legs; but not so with psychological abuse, trauma and neglect resulting in a haywire personality development. When it comes to the mind, routing around elephants on couches (both in ourselves as well as the people we interact with or even look up to) seems to be the default reaction.
  12 m ago in Quotes
If my experience serves any purpose, it is to illustrate what most already know: our courts must not be allowed to consider matters of great importance in secret, lest we find ourselves summarily deprived of meaningful due process. If we allow our government to continue operating in secret, it is only a matter of time before you or a loved one find yourself in a position like I was – standing in a secret courtroom, alone, and without any of the unalienable rights that are supposed to protect us from an abuse of the state’s authority.
  1 y ago in Zitate
Menschen, sofern sie mehr sind als reaktionsbegabte Erfüllungen von Funktionen, deren unterste und daher daher zentralste die rein tierischen Reaktionen bilden, sind für totalitäre Systeme schlechterdings überflüssig. Worum es ihnen geht, ist nicht, ein despotisches Regime über Menschen zu errichten, sondern ein System, durch das Menschen überflüssig gemacht werden. Totale Macht ist zu leisten und zu gewährleisten nur, wenn es auf nichts anderes mehr ankommt als auf absolut kontrollierbare Reaktionsbereitschaft, auf restlos aller Spontanität beraubten Marionetten. Menschen sind, gerade weil sie so mächtig sind, vollkommen nur dann zu beherrschen, wenn sie Exemplare der tierischen Spezies Mensch geworden sind.
"Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft"
  1 y ago in Quotes
For there is nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy. The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are:
  • - Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.
  • - Jobs for those who can work.
  • - Security for those who need it.
  • - The ending of special privilege for the few.
  • - The preservation of civil liberties for all.
  • - The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.
These are the simple, basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding strength of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations.
  1 y ago in Blog

in naked emperor land calling a thief is worse than theft

If you see someone stealing ice cream from a disabled child, would you just calmly inform them that's not right, or would you bite their head off? Yes, being calm is always good, but let's say you bite their head off, and the perpetrator and/or onlookers had nothing real to say about stealing ice cream from a disabled child, but instead would moan a lot about how you put them in their place and how "thinking one is better than others" is like the worst thing anyone could do - how highly would you think of them? How much would you trust them going forward?
  1 y ago in Music

Textschnippsel (Humpeldipumpel)

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  in Pösie


jeder hat Ausreden früher war's ja noch leicht Mann
jeder hat Befehle jeder heißt Adolf Eichmann
alle müssen strampeln strammsteh'n an Ampeln - sich
wegen Kram quäl'n alle müssen sich der Wahl stell'n
Handschell'n oder Ketten Knebel oder Zunge raus
ganz schnell verrecken oder vegetier'n in Saus und Braus -
Lebenserwartung noch und noch vollgestopft - Er-
fahrungen sammeln und dann doch nur ein Loch im Kopf

Zorn findet ihr unanständig Speichellecken höflich
brennt den Hof nieder und verwurstet den König
- all diese Leisetreter kleine scharfe Zähnchen - die
zeigen sie in Gruppen und ansonsten nur die Fähnchen
- wo ist das Nest der Pest - warum pennt ihr alle
selbstzufrieden lallend festgeklebt in tausend Fallen - der
Mist der euch mitreisst aufregt und begeistert die Pro-
dukte und Promis - fast alles nur Scheisse

zehn Millionen Zeitungen zehn Journalisten - wo-
hin man auch schaut Speichellecker und Faschisten die
Lügen aufschichten ihre Zeitspielchen spiel'n ober-
flächlich diskutier'n - verheuchelt und gezielt ihr seid
nichtmal primitiv - ihr seid regressiv - zer-
kleinert und verschliffen passt ihr durch das kleinste Sieb - aus
dummdreisten Kids wird ein wandelnder Scherz - noch ein
Rad im Getriebe für Maschinen ohne Herz - seit

wann ist zufrieden sein ein Wert an sich? - seit
wann ist sich anzupassen plötzlich wieder frisch?
unter Webportalen - der Muff von tausend Jahren Feigheit
wechselt das Gewand - doch nicht wirklich das Gesicht - wir
machen uns're Medien selbst und 9 von 10 - labern
über Produkte weil das die Leute gerne seh'n - das
gibt man ihnen lachend dafür braucht man kein Hirn - kein
Rückgrat kein Herz kein'n Charakter keine Stirn

siehst Du die Vampire oder stehst Du für sie Schmiere? gehst
bestenfalls gebückt oder kriechst gar auf allen Vieren - hast
nichts zu verlieren und krallst Dich daran fest und
sagt man es dir - ja dann bist du verletzt - fast
jeder von euch - glaubt an irgendeinen Quark das kann
Leuten Kraft geben doch nur Weisheit macht stark - du sagst
ich sei arrogant - doch ich bin vor allem ehrlich - die
Leute die dir Honig um's Maul schmier'n sind gefährlich
  1 y ago in Music

Supermächte (House of Pain vs. Indian Ropeman - Put On Your 66 Meters Of Shit Knickers)

  in Pösie


warum greifen Supermächte ständig kleine Staaten an weil
Krieg dazu führt - dass man Kriegsgeräte bauen kann die
braucht man auch dann - wenn zuviele aufwachen - ihren
Anstand zusammentun um Aufstand zu machen darum
haben Supermächte ständig irgendwelche Feinde - die
äußere Bedrohung legt die Bürger an die Leine viele
wohlfeile Worte - Substanz ha'm sie keine halten
Doppelmoral für doppelt so gut wie nur eine

reden darf man gerne nur nicht ernsthaft boykottier'n - man
darf sich gerne streiten doch sich nicht organisier'n - nicht
weil's verboten ist - sondern einfach nur verpönt- kritisch
denken tut weh - nicht denken macht schön - wir
haben alles griffbereit die Satzhappen aufgereiht sie
kullern von der Stange eifrig weitergereicht ja wir
kennen uns're Feinde - wir kennen unser Team - sehen
uns objektiv in Geschichte die wir schrieben

dass sich vieles wiederholt das meiste nichts wird - dafür
ha'm wir Sündenböcke höchstens leise verwirrt - da wo
keiner festen Boden hat - man sich an die Gruppe hält ge-
wöhnt man sich an alles ohne Scham superschnell
- wir haben Waffen Spielzeug Macht Megaphone -
geistig verkümmert doch das schert uns nicht die Bohne - die
Frauen die wir lieben sind ja auch nicht ohne ohne - die
Augen uns'rer Väter sind die Augen der Klone


- wir nenn'n Politik Musik Arbeit und Liebe Spiele
spielen als wär's Krieg Kunst Wahrheit und Familie
- wir sind nicht nur verrückt wir wissen das genau deshalb
bauen wir Fassaden davor Vorwände auf
- in Hinterzimmern sind die armseligsten Irren meinen
sie wär'n nicht geneppt - weil sie andere verwirren doch 'ne
Spinne im Netz - ist nicht zuletzt ein Insekt hält sie
sich für Gott - dann ist sie auch noch ein Depp - yeah du

klagst über Neid über Undankbarkeit - oh
könntest du nur sehen was ich seh' du würdest schrei'n tust mir
letztlich leid - denn diese Hässlichkeit wirst- du
nicht dadurch los dass du mit Euphemismen schmeisst
- in dir drin war mal irgendwann ein Kind - das
durfte nie wachsen wurd' geknebelt und geschminkt - du
denkst das macht Sinn denn wüsstest du es besser
gäb' es dieses Lied nicht über Menschenfresser

  1 y ago in Quotes
We should stop calling feminists 'feminists' and just start calling people who are not feminist 'sexist,' and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist. People get a label when they're bad.
  1 y ago in Quotes
The received wisdom in advanced capitalist societies is that there still exists an organic “civil society sector” in which institutions form autonomously and come together to manifest the interests and will of citizens. The fable has it that the boundaries of this sector are respected by actors from government and the “private sector,” leaving a safe space for NGOs and nonprofits to advocate for things like human rights, free speech, and accountable government.

This sounds like a great idea. But if it was ever true, it has not been for decades. Since at least the 1970s, authentic actors like unions and churches have folded under a sustained assault by free-market statism, transforming “civil society” into a buyer’s market for political factions and corporate interests looking to exert influence at arm’s length. The last forty years has seen a huge proliferation of think tanks and political NGOs whose purpose, beneath all the verbiage, is to execute political agendas by proxy.
  1 y ago in Quotes
Already history has in a sense ceased to exist, ie. there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted, and the exact sciences are endangered as soon as military necessity ceases to keep people up to the mark. Hitler can say that the Jews started the war, and if he survives that will become official history. He can’t say that two and two are five, because for the purposes of, say, ballistics they have to make four. But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it. That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.
  1 y ago in Blog
Wir achten zu wenig auf unsere Denkmethoden und zuviel auf das, was wir mit ihnen denken.