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Cross referencing HR3162 "Patriot Act" and The Declaration of Independence Jul. 5th, 2005 @ 05:08 pm

{This posting is not completed and the rest of the idea will be added tomorrow, I just wanted to put it out there now, when it was on my mind}
I would like to work from one angle based on the words 'usurpation'(1) and 'despotism' (2) in the Declaration of Independence (D.I.) to highlight titles, sections, and clauses in the "Patriot Act"(HR3162) which verify that the formerly great American nation of United States has become a tyranny and that the only way to stand by your "patriotic duty" is to defy the system which has created it as such.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

• That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

• That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." (B)

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Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 05:44 pm
I have decided that there is not such a thing as good and bad, or white and black. That is mathematics, modern-absolute-science (quite the jumbo-shrimp really ;)), which allows for an eternal abstraction of thought, which is raped surrealism..... Which is identical to modern advertising. The juxtaposition of abstract thought, creating another thought which is somehow taken to be true and real. How does this relate to a system of thought? Please walk around any modern western metropolis and tell me what has to do with 'reality' and what helps us 'live'. Find me a bit of society that is not surreal.

just a thought, really. (brought on by my decision that Andy Warhol is Shiva, the destroyer of worlds... well, maybe not him, really, the mixture of futurism and the popularisation of surrealism... but that is a whole new topic which I'll try to explain another time...... especially if someone else gives me some comments about that thought ;)...)

Apr. 13th, 2005 @ 06:23 pm
I've been reading Barthes and I'm confused as to what is meant by the invisibility of the referent of the photograph. Can anyone help me out?
Thanks SO much, in advance.

a few ideas and such Nov. 30th, 2004 @ 05:44 pm
OK, I wrote a few pages about this but yes.... it just got deleted.... god damn computer!
This was sent in by my good friend Dr. Nobby... who now seems to live in Leeds....

Fascism and the thinking/lack there of associated with it.

A few questions to pointlessly ponder:
What does it mean to be 'American' or 'English'? What is an institution? What is 'patriatism' and 'nationalism'?

The 14 Characteristics of Fascism
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What could forcing children to say 'I pledge allegence to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic, for which it stands one nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all' (or whatever it is they make you say....) do to a child? Is it possative or negative? Does this 'help' them in the same way that mental institutions 'help' the patients?

Nov. 19th, 2004 @ 11:02 am
Of all the theory that I've read, the only thing that ever resonated with me on a personal level was Althusser's interpellation. I felt that I had been "hailed" in various ways during my life, though in many instances I rejected that hailing.

Nothing else to say right now, I just wanted to toss that out.
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» New Community!
control_society is a new community that might interest members here.
Near the end of his career, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze synthesized the thoughts of American author William S. Burroughs and fellow French philosopher Michel Foucault to argue that we have entered a new mode of power that he terms "Control." This Control Society exists on the backs of the failed and metamorphed sovereign society and disciplinary society.

This community seeks to analysis control societies: to map their genealogy, understand their relays of power, unravel their logics. Moreover, this community seeks to design new weapons and models of resistence or flight.

In so doing we will delve into the history of philosophy, explore the political and economic landscape of the world around us, interrogate new technology and information services, and question and build the material-semiotic mythology of our current existence.

(forgive the cross-postings)
» Foucault on Subject and Power
"Power relations are rooted deep in the social nexus, not reconstituted "above" society as a supplementary structure whose radical effacement one could perhaps dream of. In any case, to live in a society is to live in such a way that action upon other actions is possible-- and in fact ongoing. A society without power relations can only be an abstraction. Which, be it said in passing, makes all the more politically necessary the analysis of power relations in a given society, their historical formation, the source of their strength or fragility, the conditions which are necessary to transform some or to abolish others. For to say that there cannot be a society without power relations is not to say either that those which are established are necessary or, in any case, that power constitutes a fatality at the heart of societies, such that it cannot be undermined. Instead, I would say that the analysis, elaboration, and bringing into question of power relations and the "agonism" between power relations and the intransitivity of freedom is a permanent political task inherent in all social existence."

... That makes me sad, because, basically, what he's saying is that we will never all be equal, because there will always be some sort of hierarchal system of power in political systems. Then again, I guess, whether there is an established system of power or not there will always be someone who is "in charge" unofficially, being that we are not all the same. It seems that when power comes into the hands of only a few and they gain too much power the ones with no power all seem to become the same, thus creating a system that, from the inside seems to be laterally equal. When looked at from the outside it is the exact opposite, as with America, in the thought that everyone on the outside sees how the American people (meaning the 99.9% of people who are not a member of the ruling class) are being controlled, dumbed down, and destroyed by the ruling class, yet most of the people on the inside of this bubble only see the shiny crumbs that the ruling class brush down on them, but they don't even take these crumbs as gifts, they ask to pay for them... like, health care, education, and other basic societal requirements.
For these reasons it is my opinion that the American system can not stand very long. Originally the American system was shaped like a triangle, with the people (meaning the 99.9% of people who are not a member of the ruling class) being in charge and having the system balancing on their shoulders. Now it has flipped, so that the power all rests on the shoulders of a few men, thus creating an upside-down triangle of power, ready to fall at any moment. It is controlled through fear, but this fear will, in the end, be proven to be a paper dragon and the town will burn the dragon when he is found out.
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