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Spearhead with a new face
by hillary kaye
This is my country
burning its fire
lighting its light
in the name of desire
allegory and empire
The bull in a china shop needed a new face
Some symbol for us
with more gallantry guile and grace
what a relief to find one no matter what race
who can rule the world with a smile
and kill with good taste
(1) The anomaly theory of evil. Both Douglass and the single bullet people are ironically proponents of the same theory. The single bullet people are only happy when evil is confined to Oswald. Douglass can tolerate it expanded to the notion that the military industrial complex is involved. But both portray evil as an anomaly, instead of the pervasive fact of civilization itself. This is illustrated by the observation that particular groups identified with evil change throughout history, but evil itself is an ever present fact.
(2) MLK “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” Violence is not just present in strife, but underlies and makes possible hierarchy and inequality which are the basis of civilization. In an attempt to overcome this and return to a”spiritual” way of life, the early Christians were communistic. Meditations in the desert were an attempt to reconnect with a split off nature.
(3) Consciousness becomes divided along with the division of labor of civilization. Prior to this all the facts of one’s existence are in plain view Spiritually one had to come to terms with the fact that killing (an evil) was necessary for survival… the myth of the totem animal. With civilization others were responsible for butchering, and in the end practically every function of life. So life became opaque and denial replaced the spiritual. Man wasn’t kicked out of Eden, he ate of the tree of knowledge( techne) and kicked God out of Eden… disenchanted the world so he could thoughtlessly exploit it.
(4) If it weren’t for the above, the problem of evil would simply be a political one and have no spiritual dimension. One would just have to get rid of one pesky group or another and everything would be fine.
(5) Crucial inconsistencies in Douglass’ theory of JFK as wanting out of Vietnam …the choosing of Cabot Lodge are treated as mistakes while inconsistencies in the lone nut theory…DeMohrenschildt associated with Oswald are rightfully treated as damning.
(6) If one salient fact doesn’t prove the conspiracy (e.g.DeMohrenschildt) to the single bullet people, 500 facts are not going to and in fact just weaken the case by dilution. That one fact was sufficient and should have been endlessly repeated. The selling of the truth is no different in process to the selling of the Hitlerian lie.
(7) Khruschev gambled that his rocketry would take the place of conventional forces. Unfortunately his rocket experts produced huge rockets capable of hurling large payloads into space but not accurate enough to be a military weapon. It left the USSR completely vulnerable to attack. Hence his “interest” in peace. He was just stalling until the USSR could catch up. We have come close only twice in history to nuclear annihilation..61 Berlin and 62 Cuba. Kennedy was President in both instances
(8) The reason Peace is a hard sell is violence is enormously successful. Violence in the form of civilization has spread man all over the planet with increasing wealth and numbers. We are all heir to this form of cancer. Having peace means giving this all up in some way. In terms of the US the unspeakable has been part and parcel of the country since its origin and violence is the reason we can have 60% of the world’s resources. Peace at the very least means giving that up.
(9) It is ironic that Oswald isn’t considered a hero. From the right’s single bullet perspective he helped win the cold war. From the left he was at least a patsy and may have tried to save Kennedy.
(10) There is no Unspeakable. We are speaking loud and clear by the way we choose to live. JFK, Oswald the assassins are simply extensions of us and the way we live.
Corporations rule the earth. Not governments, not Presidents, not Prime Ministers, not the People. Corporations have the wealth to buy elections, favorable legislation, court decisions, own the media and much of the world’s resources. Political parties have been co-opted. Protests and demonstrations fill the streets but change little. It would seem we are powerless in the face of such a force. But where do corporations get such immense power? …. Profits. And where do they get those profits? You and me!
There was a time when the goal of corporations was broader than just profit. They began centuries ago as entities chartered by States to promote the public welfare. Over the years through manipulation of the courts and legislatures they have assumed their present form…. singleminded pursuers of profit.
These singleminded monsters are also the dominant engine of economic development. As of now to paraphrase William James, there is no moral equivalent to corporations. So what are we left with? The market is everything the current mantra goes. And indeed it is all encompassing. So what to do? Wake up! … We are the market.
Nothing could be more obvious than we would want to pay for the world that we desire. A world of peace, social justice and a healthy environment. And yet every day we pay for war, social injustice and environmental pollution.
Even if politicians don’t seem to care about us, corporations are very aware of how important we are. Image is the lifeblood of any corporation. They spend billions on PR to make us feel warm and fuzzy about them. Fuzzy enough not to realize that we aren’t just buying their products, we are giving them our money to support their nearsighted agenda of war, pollution and human rights abuses. We have to look behind the familiar corporate logos and catchy slogans and Madison Ave spin, and see the destructive reality that they try to keep hidden.
The upcoming election has once again made it clear we only have a choice of which face we’d like to put on the same bankrupt policies. The real vote we cast is not the one in November. In fact we cast many votes every day. Every time we take a dollar bill,a five or a twenty out of our wallets and spend it, we’re casting a vote for the kind of world we live in. And unlike the votes in November believe me these votes make a difference. They’re very carefully counted by statisticians, accountants, Wall Street analysts, financial advisors, and CEOs. Because these are the votes that really matter. Without them all the corporations in the world would just have to pack it in and go home. So we really do have the vote, we really have the power to create the world we want. It’s right there in our own wallets.
You don’t think for a minute that if millions of people stopped buying products from the corporations that supported Bush and these policies, the whole thing wouldn’t turn around tomorrow? There’d be frantic emergency meetings in boardrooms across the country. The people would have spoken. As Bob Dylan said “money doesn’t talk it swears”, and believe me the people would be swearing in a loud clear voice that would be finally heard!.
Don’t pray for peace and pay for war. Practice Pocketbook Liberation.
The historical conflict of opposites is unfortunately not played out in the contest of two truths but rather in the battle of two lies.
Nothing is more dismaying than seeing a workman trying to do a job without the right tools. It is with dismay therefore that I see the President and his assistants struggling to dismantle that great edifice the Constitution. Rather than laboring mightily away with Patriot Acts, Presidential findings, executive orders and the lot, which are the equivalent of trying to reduce the Great Wall of China to dust using a nail file, I suggest adding the following amendment to the Constitution. Insisting on using an exceedingly fast track, the President can whisk the Amendment through Congress and the State Legislatures in the morning and be back on his mountain bike in the afternoon, satisfied at a job well done.
Is it me or does the current regime in Washington seem a little over the top in its handling of Iran? I mean what ever happened to gratitude? Let me take you back a bit. The late 70’s. After Vietnam and Watergate reform struck like a plague. We had endless investigations by Congress and we had Mr. Rogers in the form of Jimmy Carter as President.
Just when the outlook for realpolitik seemed hopeless the Iranians up and overthrew our Shah, I mean their Shah, and seized hostages and the US embassy. Maybe they were still pissed over the CIA removing Mossadegh, the democratically elected president of Iran in 1953 and replacing him with our man in Teheran, the Shah. This seemed only fair as the Soviets had their puppet governments in Eastern Europe, surely we should be allowed to have ours. Or maybe they were tired of the Savak the Shah’s secret police. This also seems reasonable as torture has only lately become respectable.
Thanks to the Mullahs, the hostage crisis sent Carter’s popularity spiraling downward with the election coming up against Ronald Reagan. So far so good. The Mullahs were also helpful in brokering a deal with Reagan’s campaign head and future CIA director, William Casey to delay the release of the hostages until after the election. This was even better as it assured Reagan the election. How the Mullahs the avowed enemies of the Great Satan America and not exactly friends with CIA Casey were contacted back channel one could only speculate on? I wonder if they were filed on Casey’s rolodex (this was before cellphones) under M for Mullah or A for Ayatollah? Maybe there’s more to their relationship than meets the eye?
There are those who question the legality of a private citizen secretly negotiating with a foreign power to influence an election, but the world being what it is, I wouldn’t want a president who wasn’t capable of doing just that.
Sure enough Reagan gets elected and almost instantly the hostages are released. The working relationship with the Mullahs turns out to be so chummy when Congress refuses to give Reagan the money he needs for the Contras in Central America he secretly has arms sent to Iran in exchange for cash. He gets some bad press over IranContra but meanwhile reform is forgotten, unions are busted, the Cold War won and all’s well with the land.
Just for all this you’d think the realpoliticians would have a little soft spot in their steely hearts for the Islamic fundamentalists. But there’s more. GW has just been elected. His presidency is stalled going nowhere. Suddenly fundamentalists attack the trade center and it’s all turned around. (Sound familiar?) Neocons have their new Pearl Harbor, Patriot Acts are passed and wars dying to be waged are waged.
Maybe these guys think they paid off the debt giving Stinger missiles to the Mujahedin in their battle against the Soviets in Afghanistan. So these fundamentalists seem to have taken the fun out of fundamentalism. They helped both Reagan and Bush, helped turned back the ugly tide of reform, and helped win the Cold War. I think they deserve better. The next time some high Washington official rings them up on their cell, take a cue from old Casey, it’s Mr. Mullah.