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Endpoint Reached: The Eventual Coronation of US Presidents as Kings

Good video.

14 Minutes, so longer than I usually like to put forth unless it's me. :) But I'm on my 4th watching of it, even Googling and Evernoting refs. But that's just me. Feel free instead, to meander over into the thick of the herd where there's a lot more shit on the grass. Most do anyway. You'll have lots of cow company.

For me, it's a combination of a lot of stuff I've known for 20 years or more but new connect-dots-to-meat, with interesting—historical—gravy on top. Presidential political junkies might love it. For what it may be worth to you, while I've seen Napolitano here & there over the years—and read none of his books—I never saw a second of his program on FOX News.

...Loved the Thoreau reference. Of course—ref: cow in thick of herd where shit is most plentiful—not in 1 million voters have a clue in the Universe that that was the guy who changed the world radically via Gandhi and Martin Luther King (credits to the first commenter to connect those dots). Or, feel free to Google around and figure it out if you don't know. Most Citizens of the World would have less of a clue than The Man in the Street (ref: funny YouTube videos of ignoramuses).

Have at it. At risk of tossing pearls before swine, I'm done with this b-log entry of Stardate 12/13/2013:17:50.

...I guess the Mayans were just as wrong about the end of the world as they were in foreseeing their domination by the Spanish.

Nothing new about idiot. It's just that the fashion for it waxes and wanes.

Update: Some might like these two other Napolitano videos highlighted in comments, both about 5 minutes each. (here and here).

Comments

  1. Kyle Bennett says:

    “…and I mean Theodore of course.”

    I’m glad that I’m the kind of person that understood that context before he said it, and before I knew the name of his book.

  2. Richard, have you watched the video that got Judge Napolitano fired from FOX News?

    Check it out:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkcP_t3xY8E

    Truer words have never been uttered. In a perfect world, every show on the mainstream media would be this brutally honest and unbiased.

  3. Thoreau ‘Civil Disobedience’ -> Gandhi’s hunger strikes an general displeasure at evil -> MLK Jr freedom rides and bus boycotts.

    They all agreed in the moral (not societal) imperative to stand up peacefully to evil.

    I do have to say Richard that, as a huge Thoreau fan, he was indeed an anarchist, but in a different sense. He didn’t believe in no government, but rather in better government.

    • ” That government is best which governs least, and that government is best of all which governs not at all”

  4. To quibble, the mayans never said the world would end 7 days from now. That was all on modern batshit crazies who like to misinterpret things.

    It IS, however, the end of a particular cycle of their calendar, just like in our calendar weeks, months, and years have endings. It’s just that this particular cycle that’s ending lasts a span of… 26000 years. The mayans. They liked them some BIG numbers.

    Actual surviving maya elders put forth the belief that the beginning of that cycle (about 24000 BC) was when expressive culture first took hold, as in things like painting, sculpture, musical instruments, eventually writing, really anything that allows humans to express themselves in an alternative/more durable way than the spoken word. The idea is that for the first half of this cycle, this allowed wild humans to develop an even richer, life-centered culture, but somewhere around the middle of it, what we call the neolithic revolution transpired, and those same new modes of expression have since been increasingly hijacked for social control purposes by those in authority. The span of time from about 100 years ago until 100 years from now is believed by them to be the period in which humanity will take back those aspects of culture and return to living in freedom, with the date 12/21/2012 being more of a “signpost” of the era than an “event.”

    There are some actual astronomical phenomena that do only take place every 26000 years that do line up with their calendar. It’s more math-and-astronomy/astrology-interpreted-to-inform-a-mind-in-lie-of-science than “you will go to hell if you sin against god.”

    At least this is the contention of the maya representative who came to the local university to give a presentation. The whole thing was far less religious than one might have expected, and in a weird way rather paleo-friendly.

  5. Mike Schneider says:

    In other news, Sir Richard Branson resolves to be incredibly blond for another year….

    (I’d respect these billionaire “now-it’s-time” types more if they’d just haul out a joint and light up on-camera.)

  6. Mike Schneider says:

    I couldn’t care less to see Judge Napolitano go — because he’s just another guy fellating the founding fathers who wrote Article 1, Section 8; and who promotes the fallacy that the Constitution was ever an honorable document attempting to “confine” government (rather than creating one) instead of a declaration of enslavement.

    http://www.javelinpress.com/hologram_of_liberty.html

    http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?documentprint=2115

    …That investigation (into the nature and construction of the new constitution), which the conspirators have so long and zealously struggled against has,…so far taken place as to ascertain the enormity of their criminality. That system which was pompously displayed as the perfection of government, proves upon examination to be the most odious system of tyranny that was ever projected, a many-headed hydra of despotism, whose complicated and various evils would be infinitely more oppressive and afflictive than the scourge of any tyrant:…

    No wonder then that such a discovery should excite uneasy apprehensions in the minds of the conspirators, for such an attempt against the public liberties is unprecedented in history, it is a crime of the blackest dye, as it strikes at the happiness of millions and the dignity of human nature, as it was intended to deprive [Americans] of the choicest blessing of life and the oppressed of all nations of an asylum [of liberty].
    –Samuel Bryan, commenting on the 1787 coup d’état in “Centinel”, January 1788

  7. Do you think that we’re just born with the wiring to think/feel one way or the other? In particular, in light of your anarchy series, is someone who feels entitled to another’s productive work ever capable of freeing themselves from this thinking; or someone who wakes every day productive in some way or another ever capable of allowing themselves to be fully dependent upon another? (special circumstances aside)

    I question this because though I was raised monetarily poor, there was never a thought of mine that was jealous or envious or wanted to resort to theft. Instead I paid close attention to those I thought were successful, as well as those I thought were not successful, and worked my way up.

    Importantly, it wasn’t that I ever wanted to be rich – I wanted to be safe; and to me, my safety comes only from me. I am more fearful of having to rely on someone else. A government telling me that they will take care of me scares me shitless. So, I can easily relate to your anarchy series, and maybe I’m just conflating my question with morals/ethics, but when I see some people and listen to what they say, I just don’t think they are capable of ever taking care of themselves – and I often think, we may have reached an endpoint; however, I think people have always been this way, society just didn’t feel it necessary to keep sustaining them.

    • “Do you think that we’re just born with the wiring to think/feel one way or the other?”

      No. Nobody is born a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Budhist, whatever.

      Everyone is born an atheist.

      Humans are no different that other animals, particularly mammals, where the neural network is still being hooked up in the first years of life. So, to your original question, not at birth, but within the first few years people get conditioned. That conditioning leads to indoctrination. But the conditioning is not really cognitive, intellectual. The indoctrination is, and anybody can change that.

      I certainly did, having been indoctrinated as a “born again” from the age of 10 and from 10-20, life was essentially 100% fundamentalist religious stuff. But, I had a great extended family and so it was eventually easy to dump it, little fallout.

      Nobody would know it, but I actually get along super fine with fundamentalist born agains who think you’ll go to hell if you don’t say magic words and accept Jesus as your personal lord and savior.

      As to the rest of it, good on you. Obviously, you’re my kind of people.

      Basically, I think that this indoctrination into envious theft is an effect of concentrated urbanity. The red map blue map by county is very instructive. Is it so simple that independent folks go rural and commies go big urban? I don’t think so. I think urbanity draws many people for many value reasons and once they get there they look at the enormous socialism of it (very much of it very, very good) and they just get stupid and think the whole world ought to be like that. Conversely, many folks who move out of the big cities into rural areas tend often to lose their indoctrination and become more in tune with self-sufficiency and freedom because they have witnessed it first hand, see it works for people, and become attracted to that kind of moral fortitude for themselves.

      To sum it up, both families and dense cities indoctrinate people, but anyone can escape both.

      • Well, I had an extremely independent family and never lived in a big city, if I can prove your point. Also, most who I deal with do live in big cities, and even with how successful some are, they quite easily submit – their poor kids! I guess that’s why I’m also so drawn to Thoreau’s “Walking,” which I just started reading recently. I used to think I wanted to live in a big city and now I can’t seem to get out into the “wild” quickly or often enough.

  8. Andrew Ryan says:

    No Gods or Kings. Only man.