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Today’s servant of power is:

Ayn Rand


One doesn’t even have to read Ayn Rand’s work—only get a synopsis of what it’s about—to know it doesn’t make any sense.

Why did Ayn Rand write what she wrote?  She would probably say because she is advocating for ethical conduct, leading to what she regards as the best functioning society.  Her basic assumption is that people are selfish and that’s the way it should be, but with the implication that she is a well-intentioned individual who just so happens to have society’s best interests at heart.

Would Ayn Rand ever admit to being a purely self-serving human being?  I, personally, think she is.  Technically, she should be okay with me viewing her in this light.  Yet, it’s pretty obvious she would be upset if confronted with the notion that she is someone who pathologically supports the ideology of the oppressor to move up the ranks of the social ladder at the expense of others.

Her entire career is pure self-contradiction, in my opinion.

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Today’s servant of power is:aristotle

Aristotle

I always thought the reverence people had for ancient Athens and Aristotle represented a lack of genuine insight.

Ancient Athens is no example of direct democracy.  When women aren’t given the right to vote and slavery is a common staple of society, it’s still just elitism masquerading as liberalism.

Aristotle, himself, tried to find excuses for why slavery was justified for his own self-convenience – nothing more.

On top of that he engaged in the constant fear-mongering oppressors always use against the people they victimize.  The British fear of the East Indians, the fear European settlers had for the Native Americans, the fear Westerners have for Middle Easterners despite using their industrialized militaries to slaughter them in large numbers or various tactics to destabilize the region.

This mentality is pathological (in a way that makes it even more evil.) Here’s a perfect illustration: Tampa police: Marine reservist attacked Greek priest he mistook for terrorist

The Spartans were likewise “terrified” of the Helots, whom they had enslaved.  Aristotle compares the Helots to “an enemy constantly sitting in wait of the disaster of the Spartans”. [1]

Lying for the oppressors says everything about a person’s true character and, at the end of the day, character is all that truly matters in terms of alleviating human suffering and building a truly peaceful global community.

For me, Aristotle is like Orwell. I agree with many of Orwell’s observations and assertions and often make use of his ideas.  Nineteen Eighty-Four illustrates very well the use of a constant threat of enemy attack to justify endless, mindless warfare.  However, if Orwell were alive today, he might also be engaging in mindless fear-mongering and Islamophobia and would most likely have supported genocide in Gaza.  People become very different when it comes to power and easily do everything they originally purported to oppose.

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Today’s servant of power is:

The Genocide Exploiters

People who are complicit with the blatant exploitation of the Rwandan crisis to justify further Western aggression and intervention (as if such an intervention will ever truly help anybody) should also be held responsible for contributing to human death and suffering.

The mentality of Americans is “we come first and we need to protect ourselves from the rest of the world; no questions asked” as well as “we are benevolent and the sane good guys.”


In “A Problem From Hell,” an uncompromising and exhaustive look at the U.S.’s historic unwillingness to fight genocide…

via Did Samantha Power Just Rebuke Obama on Syria?

Uncompromising and exhaustive?  She skipped over entire chapters of history and downplayed America’s contribution to the tragedies…

Any mention of East Timor in the book?  Any mention of the role the US did play in Rwanda?

On top of that, now that the West is finally shedding some long overdue responsibility on Israel, Goldberg can’t help but chime in with some victim blaming:

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U.S. Officials: Blame Palestinians, Too


People like Henneberger couldn’t care less how many people are murdered in this world.  If she did she would be educating the public on genocide exploitation in the Western media rather than being party to it.

Rwanda genocide witness bemoans lack of political will to stop similar atrocities

I feel Romeo Dallaire was genuine (he even crashed his car in front of Parliament Hill because of the guilt he was experiencing over the Rwandan crisis) but that doesn’t mean the reason people are honouring and reporting on him is genuine.  Henneberger is exploiting what this poor gentleman went through, as well.


CaptureABCABC’s This Week Fawns Over Samantha Power During Visit To Rwanda


Here’s an idea: send Power to do some of the civilian protection in these war-torn countries if she truly cares about them so much…

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Today’s servant of power is:

Milton Friedman

As I stated in one of my other blogs, a tactic of more sinister personality-types is to convince everyone else that selfishness is all that exists and that people are supposed to be that way.  That’s why countries like the US and Britain worked so hard to make sure highly democratic forms of economic development didn’t take place.

British Propaganda Machine

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I wish Friedman was still alive today so I’d have the opportunity to tell this lizard-faced lunatic exactly what I think about him in person.


Obviously, I have my own stance on economics which I’ve discussed in previous posts (A Challenge to the Economists), but will be discussing in more detail in future posts as well.

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Today’s servant of power is:

Thomas L. Friedman

Friedman is an American journalist, columnist and author who currently writes a twice-weekly column for The New York Times. [1]


Political views:

  • Support and justification provided for the Iraq war (I was unsure of my stance on war during the invasion, but I was also only in High School at the time.)
  • Support for economic imperialism and subservience to corporations by developing nations cloaked in the “what’s best for them”-mentality [2]
  • Servicing the economy of the developed world by scolding developing nations and independent opposition movements for getting in the way of mindless growth and expansion [3]
  • Desire for energy independence only because it allows for greater leverage in international relations
  • Defence of Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon as a form of “educating” Israel’s opponents [1]

Journalistic Tactics:


Rewards granted for subservience to unethical power structures:

  • Triple Pulitzer Prize wins
  • His entire career

As a servant of power only concerned with his own lot, what does he care whether others are ruled by authoritarian regimes or not? (·Outside of it being inconvenient for corporate expansion and domination, that is.)

References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Friedman
[2] “One of Friedman’s theses states that individual countries must sacrifice some degree of economic sovereignty to global institutions (such as capital markets and multinational corporations), a situation he has termed the “golden straitjacket”.” via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Friedman
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Is_Flat

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I haven’t watched FOX since the first American X-Factor and I NEVER watch FOX news.

First of all: yes, I’m aware half of my posts are “why I hate Samantha Power” or “…my friend, Jon…”  (most likely redolent of Nina and her “friend Binnie” from Just Shoot Me.)  Having said that:

While I was looking up dirt on Samantha Power, I stumbled across the following:

Samantha Power Refuses to Answer Directly if America Committed or Sponsored Atrocities in Rwanda

I was so shocked watching this – almost speechless.  The shock and indignation that speaker displays over the idea of protecting the Palestinians from Israeli aggression and the way they portray Samantha Power as someone who actually speaks up for Middle-Easterners outside of wiping them out in order to liberate them…

It’s like living in the twilight zone.


Asides:

My stance on Samantha Power:

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Article by Noam Chomsky:

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Today’s servant of power is:

The BBC

1) Is there a BBC documentary on the 1953 Iranian coup d’état?

2) Take a look at these two articles and decide for yourself which one sounds more honest:

One of the other big issues on the front pages now is Chinese “aggressiveness.” There is a lot of concern about the fact that the Chinese are building up their missile forces. Is China planning to conquer the world? Big debates about it. Well, what is really going on? For years China has been in the lead in trying to prevent the militarization of space. If you look at the debates and the Disarmament Commission of the UN General Assembly, the votes are 160 to 1 or 2. The U.S. insists on the militarization of space. It will not permit the outer space treaty to explicitly bar military relations in space.

Clinton’s position was that the U.S. should control space for military purposes. The Bush administration is more extreme. Their position is the U.S. should own space, their words, We have to own space for military purposes. So that is the spectrum of discussion here. The Chinese have been trying to block it and that is well understood. You read the most respectable journal in the world, I suppose, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and you find leading strategic analysts, John Steinbrunner and Nancy Gallagher, a couple of years ago, warning that the Bush administration’s aggressive militarization is leading to what they call “ultimate doom.” Of course, there is going to be a reaction to it. You threaten people with destruction, they are going to react. These analysts call on peace-loving nations to counter Bush’s aggressive militarism. They hope that China will lead peace-loving nations to counter U.S. aggressiveness. It’s a pretty remarkable comment on the impossibility of achieving democracy in the United States. Again, the logic is pretty elementary. Steinbrunner and Gallagher are assuming that the United States cannot be a democratic society; it’s not one of the options, so therefore we hope that maybe China will do something.

Well, China finally did something. It signaled to the United States that they noticed that we were trying to use space for military purposes, so China shot down one of their satellites. Everyone understands why — the mili- tarization and weaponization of space depends on satellites. While missiles are very difficult or maybe impossible to stop, satellites are very easy to shoot down. You know where they are. So China is saying, “Okay, we understand you are militarizing space. We’re going to counter it not by militarizing space, we can’t compete with you that way, but by shooting down your satellites.” That is what was behind the satellite shooting. Every military analyst certainly understood it and every lay person can understand it. But take a look at the debate. The discussion was about, “Is China trying it conquer the world by shooting down one of its own satellites?”

via We Own the World, by Noam Chomsky.

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via BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China confirms satellite downed.

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Today’s servant of power is:

Alan Greenspan

If it’s true that he recommended keeping a baseline level of poverty to create worker insecurity to “stimulate” the economy, then he has already destroyed one of the fundamental tenets used to justify capitalism.  Capitalism is supposed to raise people out of poverty and result in everyone having more.  It inherently cannot do that if a baseline level of poverty is maintained.

Again, people like Greenspan couldn’t care less about the public.  He is there to maintain a ‘mindless-consumption’-economy that is “properly” under the control of the business élite and nothing more.

Those who are willing to create an environment of financial insecurity for those at the lower levels of the economic ladder ensure that they never have to experience that anxiety themselves.

via Shambhala

People like Greenspan, to me, represent a branch of finance and economics I like to refer to as “A-hole economics.”