Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"First we kill all the subversives;

then, their collaborators;
later, those who sympathize with them;
afterward, those who remain indifferent;
and finally, the undecided."

- General Iberico Saint Jean

Monday, March 17, 2014

A more accurate term for a system

that erases the boundaries
between Big Government and Big Business
is not liberal,
conservative or capitalist
but corporatist.

Its main characteristics
are huge transfers
of public wealth to private hands,
often accompanied by exploding debt,
an ever-widening chasm between
the dazzling rich
and the disposable poor
and an aggressive nationalism
that justifies
bottomless spending on security.

For those inside the bubble
of extreme wealth
created by such an arrangement,
there can be no more profitable way
to organize a society.
But because of the obvious drawbacks
for the vast majority of the population
left outside the bubble,
other features of the corporatist state
tend to include aggressive surveillance
(once again, with government
and large corporations
trading favors and contracts),
mass incarceration,
shrinking civil liberties and often,
though not always,
 - Naomi Klein
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

(art by Beau Stanton)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"I think human consciousness

was a tragic misstep
in evolution.
We became too self-aware.
Nature created
an aspect of nature
separate from itself.
We are creatures that should
not exist by natural law.

We are things that labor
under the illusion
of having a self,
this accretion of sensory
experience and feeling,
programmed with total assurance
that we are each somebody
when, in fact,
everybody's nobody.

I think the honorable
thing for species to do
is deny our programming,
stop reproducing,
walk hand in hand
into extinction,
one last midnight,
brothers and sisters
opting out of a raw deal."
(True Detective S01 E01)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"That men do not learn very much

from the lessons of history
is the most important
of all the lessons of history."
 - Aldous Huxley

(The Art of Dan Verkys)


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The Government, that is,

the aristocracy of lawyers and bankers
who represent the country to-day,
just as the priests used to do
in the time of the monarchy,
has felt the necessity
of mystifying the worthy people
with a few new wordsand old ideas,
like philosophers of every school,
and all strong intellects
ever since time began."
(Honoré de Balzac - The Wild Ass's Skin (1831))



Saturday, March 8, 2014

“You educate a man;

you educate a man.
You educate a woman;
you educate a generation.”
― Brigham Young

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Now the earth

was corrupt in God’s sight
and was full of violence. 

God saw how corrupt
the earth had become,
for all the people on earth
had corrupted their ways.

So God said to Noah,
“I am going to put an end
to all people,
for the earth is filled with violence
because of them.

I am surely going to destroy
both them and the earth.
(Genesis 6:11-13)

(© Wolfgang Grasse)