Sunday, July 27, 2014

Disgrace x Hypocrisy x Murder x Racism = U.S.rA.el


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.