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Snobs Cry “Don’t Punish Success”

Posted in Commercial Corporations, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, Matras Quotes Tips, Music Reviews, news, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2019 by Drogo

I have heard the cries of the successfully wealthy and powerful, “Do not punish success.”; from the brilliant actor that satirizes Trump (Alec Baldwin), to the angry metal band that cut off their long hair in the name of maturity (Metallica). As a fan of both Baldwin and Metallica, I appreciate their artistic mastery of craft, and believe that if any one earned the right to be rich by working hard I am sure that they did; however to not understand that the very art that they did was often anti-authoritarian is mystifying to me. Perhaps fame blinds many to hypocrisy, as their same angry fighting spirit that got them there, wants to cling on to “what is rightfully, not wrongfully, theirs”? 

 

When I listen to Metallica’s music, and then i hear them speak about how they do not understand ‘this new desire to rebel against authority’, i wonder how out of touch they have to be to not have learned more wisdom from their own lyrics…. “Master of Puppets is pulling your strings”. To be fair to Metallica, I first heard the cries for mercy from the lead singer of Kiss in his auto-biography; as though it were so much easier to become rich back then, and luck has nothing to do with opportunities or hard work. Talent speaks for itself, and being successful at your craft means being able to sustain yourself enough to do it. Any wealth, power, and fame that comes with successful talent is just layers of responsibility that they can accept, but must let go of eventually, even if it has to be pried from their cold skeleton hands in the grave by robbers. If an archeologist preserves their remains clinging to their assets, ok fine.

 

Money and popularity makes people into gods, so if their worshipers are jealous there is really not much law abiding citizens can do. The gods can proclaim that jealousy should be punished, but not greed; and have their will carried out in the halls of justice, in favor of divine corporations over individuals. ‘Might is right, and weakness is wrong’; did this problem of human existence eat away at Nietzsche’s mind as his body gave way to illness? Ethics may be for the weak, but Jesus did promise that the meek shall inherit the earth. Promises, promises. I see no evidence that the rich are being punished more than average people. In reality evil seems to win by brutalizing those who cannot control them, even while their corruption pollutes the planet.

 

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Earnings & Rights

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, History, jobs, Legal / Laws, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2019 by Drogo

What is ‘earned’ or a ‘right’ is much more debatable than most people realize. 

Rights and even earnings rarely come free, you have to work and often fight to get them and maintain them. As different as they may seem, RIGHTS and EARNING can be switched in the main statement, and it still works as a philosophical statement to question. Rights and even earnings rarely come free, you have to work and often fight to get them and maintain them. What are rights and earnings is a sophistry question that has been left up to lawyers hired by oligarchs because ‘the common people are too stupid to decide because they are poor. Most people are poor because they are stupid, and stupid because they are poor’. This why democracy and socialism (the idea of how to apply democracy to capitalism) are not desired by leaders, even ones who lied about supporting the movements like dictators and presidents. 

Socrates himself is given by Plato as an example of why Democracy does not work (although this is rarely pointed out as an issue by classical scholars). Not only did Socrates question random people about the limits of their knowledge, and therefore question their democratic right to decide issues outside of their profession; but Socrates was finally killed by the system that he questioned.

For example “I earned everything I have.” is a bold statement that seems clear on its surface, but the opposite can also be seem 100% if they have taken from poor people that despite working harder also have grievances like losing homes or ability to work. Also civil rights must be proven by fighting for them against those who claim they are not rights, but only privileges. Rights and even earnings rarely come free, you have to work and often fight to get them and maintain them. That includes what are called ‘natural rights’ that people associate with being alive, like freedom or liberty. Some people may think that rights should be given, so when they fight for them under authorities it is only to get that which was theirs already. Most people think that the definition of earnings is that you should always have to work to get anything, because nothing is free least of all freedom. It is considered common sense to assume if you have something you do not deserve then you did not really ‘earn it’ even if it is legally part of their earned income, and only other people can determine if you have actually earned anything legitimately, even if they will argue of course that they are purely deserving. All of these logic problems have created massive reasoning issues within the philosophy of civilized ethics.

My 3 most important political issues: Income, Peace, Health.

Income, Health, Peace

Posted in Ethics & Morals, jobs, Medical, Politics, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2019 by Drogo

SCOD Political Points – Income, Health, and Peace

These 3 political topics are connected.

INCOME – is the way capitalist that most people in the world sustain payment of bills for the basics of life (food, water, shelter), whether by employed work (jobs), market earnings, sales price pay, or grants for being who you are and a living human. Inadequate income leads to zero savings, debt, and homelessness; unless another economic sub-system solves that problem of modern life. Jobs require good health, otherwise they will not be able to do the job, not even be hired, or simply be fired.

 

HEALTH –  includes Environmental Health and therefore Ecology. Health Care services require income. Maintaining a person’s healthy body depends on how dangerous their environment is, and how much stress they have (both of those factors are peace related).

 

PEACE – means peace of mind and physical non-violence in larger proportion to war or disturbance, for more happiness and love. Peace of mind or psychological health depends on enough income to feel that responsibilities can be met, and physical health (of course). Many of us feel that although death may bring ultimate peace, some aspects of life can too when we reduce fighting and promote more tranquility.

 

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Donald Trump’s Crimes

Posted in Ethics & Morals, Legal / Laws, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 20, 2019 by Drogo

Donald Trump is guilty of many crimes according to many sources. The proven and provable crimes are so numerous, that it will take some time to compile them all here. The common people should decide for themselves which are the worst, and what kind of punishments are necessary.  Is raping children worse than being the grandson of an illegal alien?? You decide (as long as you are not an oligarch, in which case we assume you will give him a free pass). Why is it not ok to support torture and wars of terror? Because it ruins the lives of the mostly innocent majority, while the most guilty few profit from it. War profiteering is a huge crime against humanity.

We having been living under Fascist leadership at the highest level since Trump took office, and the support that put him there existed before. When I contemplate the truth of how corporate money dictates how our national resources are spent, I sympathize with Italians who lived under Mussolini who might have hated him, but were all too scared to be seen as traitors to whistle-blow on the regime. Shame on cowards who put loyalty to corrupt politicians above the people of the nation.

1.  Donald Trump is the grandson of an illegal alien, and therefore illegal by his own standards.

Donald’s grandpa Frederick snuck over to America, made money as a pimp, and tried to go back home. Germany did not want the Trump family back though, and denied his citizenship. “In 1885, at age 16, Frederick Trump emigrated via Bremen, Germany, to the United States… As he did not yet serve the mandatory military duty of two years in the Kingdom of Bavaria, this emigration was illegal. Later he moved back to Europe. Soon after the family arrived in Germany, Bavarian authorities determined that Trump had emigrated from Germany to avoid his military-service obligations, and he was classified as a draft dodger. On 24 December 1904 the Department of Interior announced an investigation to expel Trump from Germany. Officially, they found that he had violated the Resolution of the Royal Ministry of the Interior number 9916, an 1886 law that punished emigration to North America to avoid military service with the loss of German citizenship. In February 1905, a royal decree was issued ordering Trump to leave within eight weeks due to having emigrated to evade military service and failing to register his departure with the authorities. For several months, Trump petitioned the government to allow him to stay but he was unsuccessful. During periods of war and anti-German discrimination in the United States, Trump’s son Fred later denied his German heritage, claiming his father had been a Swede from Karlstad, Sweden. This version was repeated by Fred’s son Donald in his 1987 autobiography.” – wikipedia about Trump’s grandfather

2.  Trump has apparently raped children and adults. Numerous court cases provide the damning evidence, too disgusting to get into here.

“According to legal documents, Trump has been accused of raping a 13-year-old child, raping his ex-wife, and attempting to rape a former business associate. He vehemently denies all of these accusations…. That being said, the accusations are chilling.” – Splinternews

The accounts of child rape are numerous, and in part due to his relations with Epstein and other rich pimps. The first hand accounts from the victims are sad, but have been recorded on audio and video.

3.  War profiteering. The Saudi deal for arms, and other deals he made benefit his businesses hugely; as well as alleged kick-backs. Starting and continuing wars is good for his partners in the MIC. Celebrating the 4th of July by using the NPS budget to show off military power that can be used on Iran, North Korea, Syria, or US citizens.

4.  Violating the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution – day one of his presidency, Trump refused to separate his businesses from his political office, so the legal officer in charge resigned.

5.  Embezzlement of campaign funds

6.  Disturbing the Peace – his tweets assault the public with lies and abuse

7.  Inciting Riots – multiple times at his rallies he uses racist bigotry to stir up anger and cause sub-cultures like the Proud Boys, KKK, and others to attack liberal citizens.

more will be listed ….

Fascism according to the founders of it, was corporate rule of a government, to benefit the leaders of corporations who are the rightful plutocrats. “Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical right-wing, authoritarian ultranationalism[1][2] characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy” “Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete and regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties.” – wikipedia

My definition in this post-modern period is much like that of Neo-Nazis, it has evolved to fit the new leaders who may or may not want to use the titles depending on who they are around. KKK members often say they are not racist in public for example, so it is interesting how people define themselves.

Those that oppose impeachment forgot how valuable it was to go through the process with Nixon. Some do not want impeachment because they fear Pence more, but that seems similar to the ‘lesser of two evils’ argument for never voting for anyone but the two corporate parties (perhaps not as bad since we dont have a choice about his VP). I cannot imagine Pence winning a Presidential election so he would not last long though. Also saying that another tyrant will take their place, is not a good reason for allowing tyranny in your own country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless In America

Posted in Economics, Ethics & Morals, Interviews, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2019 by Drogo

After writing a book on Economics and interviewing several homeless friends, I feel confident enough to address the subject of homelessness in several states. I have studied homeless issues in CA, UT, NV, WA, GA, WV, MD, DC, VA, KY, MO, MI, NY, and a few others. The best states for homeless people usually seems to be those where there are large expanses of rural country (GA, WV, MO) for poor people to survive without getting jailed or harassed as often as in cities, but they are also more likely to stay monetarily poor (although land and space rich). The best cities for homeless are Salt Lake City, UT and Las Vegas, NV because of annual weather climates and liberal policies. Cities are the best places in general for homeless people to beg or busk for money, due to population stats; however it is important to note that due to larger economic forces more people with jobs are homeless, as the cost of living outpaces even employed income.

Salt Lake City started a program that gave tiny homes to homeless people; and yes that attracted more homeless people (who existed regardless previously without help), but compare that to most other cities. Los Angeles (LA), CA and New York City (NYC), NY (both huge cities) have huge homeless populations many of which are employed and get income but not enough to own property or rent; and despite the ability to bum or busk, the quality of life on the street is not improved as illegal shanty towns grow and get raided and removed. LA has a more hospitable year-round climate on the streets than NYC; but as long as the aristocratic ‘annoyance’ attitude about homelessness persists in US culture, it is likely that the causes will increase as the ‘unsightly’ problem gets pushed out of sight of official agendas.

One point about the ‘Liberal City Homelessness’ thing that i never hear people bring up, is that homeless people are taken better care of by liberal programs; therefore it is ironic but logical that homeless people will migrate to places they are treated better. Also cities with large populations on the coasts are more liberal because the masses are so mixed culturally it would not make sense to be conservative dip-shits to each-other, nothing would get done (it would be like Jerusalem and Palestine in every neighborhood).

The Homelessness crisis in America is always connected with the larger civil rights socio-economic problems of living wages and worker rights in a Capitalist culture.

SCOD Interviews and Talks about Housing, Jobs, and Homelessness:

SCOD History of Modern Philosophy

Calvin in Chicago about Homeless Shelters

[look for more on that Audiomack account near those recordings]

2019 – Drogo

 

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The Truth About the Green Party

Posted in Ethics & Morals, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2019 by Drogo

Regarding the main-stream corporate propaganda lies –

Despite corporate conspiracy theories, the Green Party does not like Putin or other terrible leaders like Trump. Hillary and every corporate politician was up the ass of corporations and Putin lackeys more than Stein was, which actually makes sense because Putin is Capitalist and his associates did business with Trump and Clintons. The example that comes to mind is the uranium deal, but im sure with international business there are plenty other examples. Jill Stein never even met with Putin, but did attend a well covered diner that other leaders were invited to for diplomacy. Corporate politicians would be way more influenced by Putin’s corruption than Jill Stein for Gaia’s sake.

It is by default that RT and Aljazeera (sp?) other foreign media outlets allow non-corporate American opinions more than main-stream US corporate media does. I have been studying this for years. Our own government tends to label environmentalists as extreme terrorists, and corporations have no interest in supporting us, because the Capitalist economy is not green enough yet. If Green Party people were biased for people or groups it would be environmentalists and naturalists.

As a member of the green party who has been studying active environmental leaders in our movement, I have never found ANY true evidence that we are unpatriotic or take support from foreign leaders. From what i can tell, our budget and foreign influence are both very small. Our influence on the 2016 election was smaller than those liberals who voted for Trump or wrote in Bernie, or stayed home because the system is so rigged in favor of the two party system. Some of us even voted for the hope and change of Obama. We wanted the first female president to be Jill Stein, not a corporate tool.

Regarding the Russia-gate hysteria conspiracy theories pushed by Clinton (see Wikileaks emails which were real where she said “Let’s push the Russia story”), and the corporate DNC and media (Maddow), that is covered in essays about that distraction from the real reasons that Hillary Clinton could not beat Trump, and how the DNC rigged the primary. That whole distraction, which wasted hours of my research time, was ended by the FBI report on Trump and Russian “meddling”; which concluded that the only evidence of foreign influence on our elections was feeble propaganda that does not compare to our own efforts to over-throw other governments.

Concerning real democracy and the right to vote for more than 2 choices, that is covered in essays about civil rights and popular vote elections. Do parties have a few bad apples? Sure, but I am sure that most environmentalists and Green Party members do not agree with the Unabomber or other terrorists, or wanna-be dictators like Trump or Putin anywhere. Would I take Green-Peace money to run for office? Sure. Peace-out.

– Drogo H.F. Empedocles

Environmental Populism

Posted in Economics, Ethics & Morals, Military, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2019 by Drogo

Green Populism and Socialism in Politics

For Victorian pre-world-war historic context (1800s) please study the rise of Capitalism, Marxism, and the writings of Charles Dickens to understand the reactions to industrial pollution and corruption. Real conversation about terms like ‘socialism’ and ‘environmental’ are way over-due in our corporate media world, and they are scared the truth will affect their cold war industry. The truth is while military corporations benefit from new ‘Berlin Walls’ both physical and psychological to feed the war machine selling arms to all sides, the truth will also come out if Sanders is allowed to debate Trump, and they know that. The only way corporations will allow a debate involving a real progressive populist (not fake like Trump) is if the people push them to do it. it is true that the old generation of corporatists will use the term socialist that Bernie embraces, and communism against him, but for those of us that see through it we want to come out of the closet and fight. when working people can actually understand the terms and know who fights for them, i think that will be the change.

The best leaders reflect popular causes for peace and populations as a whole. Gandhi, MLK, Sanders,,, I voted for Jill Stein as a politician reflection environmental protesters. The main environmentalists in politics currently are Democratic Socialists (Social Democrats*) like Sanders, Gabbard, and AOC, they have taken up the Green Party progressive mantle with the Green New Deal and are serious because they fight the MIC corporate cronies. Personal habits which are part of micro-trends do affect systemic change when they reach critical popular mass and directly affect the laws we make the way we conduct business; but it is not just bottom up, because top down also happens like how federal laws arrest people for pot; so more people catch on to something popular when it is also legally supported, like recycling for example. The more government supports recycling, the more people would do it and the more businesses would help people to do it.

One of the hardest things is to explain main-stream corporate and popular propaganda to people who have a million other things to do; but that should be the job of an ‘honest politician’ (a term considered an oxymoron). People should actually know what cultural terms are affecting the World, like ‘progress’, and how their own lives are affected by who they allow to be in charge, either by their activism or by their apathy.

*[see Kyle Kulinski’s Secular Talk shows where he explains the history of the terms Democratic Socialist vs Social Democrat]

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What most conventional corporate party members do not understand about new Progressive Populism, is that it includes people on both the left and the right; thus Trump’s lies resonated, and they said they would have voted for Sanders but not Hillary. Progressive populists are for the Green New Deal and Universal Health Care and against the elites of the DNC and RNC. Some Populists are more conservative, but they want jobs and health care so they will vote for the candidate that convinces them they will give them security. Economist Mark Blyth contributed to a conference where experts in several fields unanimously concluded that our political paradigm will shift left and right, back and forth, but increasingly more towards Progressive Populism (AOC Green New Deal) where if successful it will lock into a new political structure.