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April 9, 2009


The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently. - Gustav Landauer


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our gov't. is a broken contract with the people. That contract is the US Constitution. Consider the oppressive laws written by a prostituted congress aimed at creating basically a fascist state. Consider the illogical contorted Supreme Court decisions culminating in Rhenquist's opinion that actual innocence is insufficient basis for appeal if process, however flawed, has been followed. How many laws violate the letter and spirit of the Bill of Rights particularly these two which might be the most important of all:
IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

April 9, 2009 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

The Constitution itself is a broken contract. Note that there are NO penalties for violating it. The very MOST some official can suffer is to be thrown out of office. And only some officials are subject even to that much.

The Constitution was intended to make predatory business dealings safer for the predators. Its nature is why George Mason refused to sign off on it and said that it would create an evil aristocracy of wealth that would plunder and destroy the poor.

April 9, 2009 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can have your scholarship and your opinion, but I think any hope we as citizens have for our immediate survival with some modicum of freedom hinges on our forcing the gov't. to comply with the Constitution.

April 9, 2009 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Absolutely! But it's the 'forcing the govt to comply' part that doesn't work so good, because we have no recourse when they ignore our demands.

April 10, 2009 4:31 PM  
Anonymous criminal by fiat said...

I guess if they don't have to comply we don't have to comply... broken contract and all.

April 10, 2009 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Flavian said...

Sam, impressive stuff...
cultural collapse

What's lacking is logic, pragmatism, imagination, and common sense.

we are in a state of cultural dysevolution

In fact, almost every elite institution - politics, academia, think tanks, the media - has failed us. These institutions have destroyed our national environment, constitution, integrity, reputation and communities.

If we can't save our culture, we can at least create a new one.

It all seems to be wrapped up in the right to rob and exploit. The US corporations/congress has lead the way in pushing the right to rob and exploit into an esotoric art from, see ABS, CDOs, CDS the "markets".

Money/credit have been twisted into making money for the sake of making money with nothing real ever happening. We no longer have an economy we have a corrupt casio market.

We have really lost our way and creating a new culture... It seems there are very few alternatives. fav09.

April 14, 2009 7:39 AM  

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