Posted by Captain Blowtorch in Hot Pursuit
We whip ‘em with love and we weep with them and they love us for it,” he declared. “Better a pink bottom than a black soul.”
The liberals may whine, but Brother Bush knows that physical discipline leads to ordered liberty. God's word is absolute and must be respected. God Bless Roloff, the Prophet and Patriarch of a New American Zion. Noetic Sciences? How about my beating sense into these New Age hippies.
Posted by Tigg, Senior Wealth Bondage Fellow
Good to see the philanthropists stepping up funding for The Discovery Institute. I am not good on science, but I could sure do a good book, for the right money, on bioethics. Have to look into this. Keep the people as stupid as possible, and we can walk off with the whole planet.
Posted by Tigg, Senior Wealth Bondage Fellow
This is what we don't need. Pretty soon all the homeless will expect the same handouts. People like this should die in the streets as an example to the others. There are plenty of high paying jobs available. Giving distorts the economy. Let the market do its work.
Posted by The Happy TutorJames, O'Dea, an excerpt from the President's message,
People have different narratives of the past. Social healing accepts the complexity created by the impact of lived experience, and subsequently influenced by the screens of collective perception, and potentially selective memory. Nonetheless narratives are often sacred and core to individual and group identity; as such they are not susceptible to casual revision. If anything, an exploration of our narratives leads more to an understanding of mass psychology, deeper motivations and the power and influence of myths and worldviews.
I have been reading, or actually skimming, a raft of books, all with money or business in the title, plus the word "Soul." I will spare the reader the details.
As an old Scholastic saying had it, "He who wills the end wills the means." Today the ends of life may be accessible through religious teaching, meditation, or the liberal arts; they may even emerge in global consciousness through conversation online and off. But he who will the ends, must master the means. Today the means include science, finance, engineering, MBA logic, the arcana of philanthropy, mass psychology, and the art and science of branding and political propaganda.
I just skim the Soul texts because they seem evasive of responsibility. We cannot just cultivate our inner garden, nor align our values with our little lives, nor bring our Soul to the cubicles where we are enslaved, nor to the mall, or the movies, or the voting booth where we go through the motions in a system over which we have no influence. We have to master the practical arts of power - including the financial arts, or the art of managing professional advisors, for those who have wealth.
In my own little world of Wealth Bondage, the need I see is for the wealthy who might enroll at a place like the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to learn a process for putting their resources (time, talent, money, connections) to work, with others, for concerted change.
You can get a taste of what the world of philanthropy is like at The World We Want, or in the new Council on Foundations Blog. (Philanthropoid has wry take on the new head of the Council of Foundations, as a sign of these dark times.) Take that polite and conformist world plus meditation and you still have very little that will change our world for the better. "Be the change," the progressive slogan, has to mean more than "get right with your own god," or "express your values," as if giving were identity formation, like the choice of brands in a lifestyle, or family togetherness, as if our family and its values were somehow as deep as it goes. It has to mean clear thinking, means fitted to ends, and the organization of resources to foment a new movement, not just a new consciousness, and that movement will have to move the fundamental building blocks of Wealth Bondage, not merely sit outside developing the mind, or dancing in a ring as the money mad bear it away.
Yes, we (or an Abraham, Jesus, Buddha, John Milton, Virgil, or Swift) can heal through stories, as individuals and nations and the globe, but the stories will have to include some of the great ugliness, the desperation and despair. They have to be stories that go to the root of cherishing, and the will to power, and move easily from stories of love and happiness to the financial statements that flow from year to year, defining the future of our selves, family, and world.
"The screens of collective perception" are in the Mall, where they sell popcorn and you have an almost unlimited choice of delusions. "The screens of collective perception" are on tv, the images from the publicists, the advertisers, the pundits from the think tanks. The screens of collective perception come on the new X-Box. The screens of collective perception are the epiphenomenon thrown up by the great wave of global cash seeking the highest return, and subordinating all else to it.
We don't change that sitting in our van in the parking lot, cross-legged, thinking of the god stuff. We change the screens.... specifics anyone from your personal range of reference and action? (Union work, local organizing, alternative media, Situationist interventions, the goat dance of satire, the practice of the liberal arts in classrooms and dumpsters, a resurgent religious left, strategic philanthropy in concert with the above?)
My soul is long since dead. Cliches and finger cymbels, don't move me. I am not a spiritual tourist. I am not seeking herd warmth. (Nor does your soul interest me. It is too damp, and humid, too needy and sticky.) How about a strategic plan, founded on ideals, inspiring, open to all segments of society, and funded with strategic money?
Machine graded papers. The perfect solution to papers purchased by students from WB A+ Papers dot com. We sell the papers to the kids; the grading machines to the schools, and fire all the fucking teachers! Business is the answer to all our education problems. Public this and public that. All that really works is Wealth Bondage Ownership. Private fucking property. The miracle of the fucking pricing mechanisms. Darwinian competition.
Fucking teachers with all that bleeding heart liberal arts crap, Dumpsters for all of them. You think we want active citizens? Critical thinking? Go the mall, or the cubicle, if you want a the good life. Exercise your freedom to consume until you puke. Put your kids in Wealth Bondage. They might just as well get used to it. I own Wealth Bondage. I own the political process. I own your children. I own the think tanks that justify my rule. I own the whole fucking world. If you don't like it, here is a voucher for the WB School for Dunces. You want a fucking tipping point? Emergence? Kiss this! I am the Goddess of the Free Fucking Market.
That little pissant blogger at Gifthub has finally coughed up a little recognition for Wealth Bondage and yours truly. What the fuck is the use of being a goddamn philanthropist if all you get is a goddamn thank you? I expect a little fucking reciprocity. Wealth Bondage is not an eleemosynary organization. I am not running a goddamn democracy here, People! I am looking for fucking results! Like a goddam tax cut. What am I paying you Jacksasses for? You think I have time to read your stupid white papers? You think I give a flying fuck about philanthropy and civic renewal? Just send me the fucking money you stupid bastards!
Posted by Tigg, Senior Wealth Bondage Fellow
From the Framing Project, these are the key words to use in framing Repubs,
Against, Al Qaeda, Anti-, Anti first amendment, Anti-choice, Anti-civil rights, Anti-environment, Aristocracy, Arrogant, Audacity, Authoritarian, Backward, Behind the times, Betray, Big brother, Bigotry, Bin laden, Chaos, Chickenhawk, Closed-minded, Corporate interests, Corporate malfeasance, Corruption, Cowardice, Crisis, Cronies, Danger, Dark ages, Death, Deficits, Denial, Despicable, Destructive, Destructive, Divisive, Doubt, Elitist, Embarrassment, Endanger, Enron, Extremist, Failed, Failure, Falling stocks, False, Fear, Fearful, Fear-monger, Greed, Hateful, Hurtful, Hypocrisy, Ideologues, Incompetent, Inhumane, Insecure, Insecure, Intolerant, Isolationist, Judgmental, Lies, Limousine, Lose, No ideas, Nuclear proliferation, Oil, Oppression, Orwellian, Outdated, Pain, Partisan, Poison, Prejudice, Propaganda, Racism, Radical, Recession, Right-wing, ,Secrecy, Selfish, Selfish, Self-serving, Shameless, Terrorists, They/then, Traitors, Unemployment, Unfair, Unilateralist, War, Warmonger, Weak, Wealthy, Zealots
Here is the list of power words for Dems,
American, Best-interest, Bipartisan, Caring, Children, Choice, Clean, Common sense, Confident, Correct, Courage, Decent, Democracy, Determination, Diversity, Environment, Equity, Fairness, Family, Fiscal responsibility, Forward looking, Freedom, Growth, Hard working, Health, Humane, Innovative, Justice, Liberty, Life, Majority, Middle-class, Moral, New ideas, Open government, Open-minded, Passionate, Peace, Pioneer, Populist, Progressive, Pro-growth, Promote, Prosperity, Protection, Proud, Reality, Responsibility, Security, Solution, Strength, Success, Tolerance, Truth, Unity, Vision, We/us/our, Win, Women, Working, Working-class
Now our job at the Democracy Alliance Think Tank, my new client, is to somehow weave the words into a worldview, using the fewest possible words not on this list. It is like acrostics; it takes a clear mind to reframe the debate and win, and promote, a responsible, commonsense victory for passionate, pioneering, populist progressives, particularly for women and the working class and the middle class too in a caring and compassionate, courageous and decent Democracy free of the out-dated, Owellian, oil-driven policies of the chickenhawk unilateralist Zealots now subjecting us free thinkers to their partisan propaganda.
Close enough for Think Tank work, hit "Post." Now let's see, in terms of billable hours, rounding up the next full hour, I would have to say, 3 hours, including a lunch and a power nap at $450 an hour, or in round numbers $1,000 would about cover this post. Thinking for Democracy don't come cheap. Now back to my day job at The Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal at Hudson. It is good to be flexible. Both sides of the story must always be told. "A man who knows but his side of a case knows but half of that," as J.S. Mill wrote. Where is there is cash, there will be Thinking; every market clears at a price. Thank God for philanthropy! I do my best to listen to money wherever and whenever it talks.