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Just who are these people that comprise the so-called left? Are they really those you should fear, commie pinkos and violent rioters who want to eradicate your freedoms and torch your suburban neighborhood as you stand there defenseless lacking that full-auto, military-grade, tactical weapon you have a right to possess? Just what is meant by “Left” and “Right,” besides those terms being convenient, broad-brushed, rhetorical divides, rallying points to define the “us” and “them” of an emotional conflict within an intellectual masquerade.
 
After three years of marching in cadence in an ROTC unit in high school, I have learned to respect my left.—”ye’r left, y’er left, y’er left”–such precision from a platoon of disparate cadets, that even those who stubbornly resisted were eventually brought around by gentle persuasion, mild humiliation, forcing them to carry a pebble in their left hand denoting the proper foot to synchronize with a variety of lewd limericks employed to stimulate the march…. “ I got a girl in Kansas City, she’s got freckles on her… ye’r left, y’er left, y’er left,” and so on. And in spite of this robotic attempt to create teamwork through enforced discipline, I nevertheless departed high school with a healthy respect for my left.
 
I suppose that is to say, in spite of relentless attempts to define the Left by placing a small stone within your heart, a reminder that the Left represents everything bad–anti-capitalism, anti-war, anti-romantic individualism, Hell even anti-John Wayne–you can still be a lefty aspiring to all the heroic cowboy values, the traditional American values of fierce individualism, unbridled freedom and boundless courage.
 
Thus, it might be helpful to take a second look at the Left in an historical perspective. In conflict after conflict, it has been the Left that has set precedent and paved the way to the future, however imperfect, that we enjoy today.
 
In 1952 as Senator Joseph McCarthy was waging a full-throttled campaign against so-called, left-leaning Hollywood writers, stimulating a blacklist designed to deprive them of both voice and income, his interpretation of “freedom of speech” included only those who agreed with his version of patriotism. What became of Joseph McCarthy and where are the writers he sought to censor? He was delivered to the historical ash pile and the writers he persecuted not only survived, but ultimately flourished! And today we are the better for it. Historically, the Left prevailed protecting our freedom of speech. Not bad for a bunch of “pinkos.”
 
But at age three, I was unaware of all this hoopla. So it was that in the mid-sixties, I was so infatuated with a sweeping social movement that started with mod fashions and British music, that I was oblivious to Left and Right politics, that is, until I went to college in 1967. There I learned that there was such a political ideology that taken together with my long hair, bell bottoms and a paisley shirt defined whether I was the despised object of all those car-window stickers sporting a waving American flag and the rallying cry “Love it or leave it,” or less-likely, a true patriot willing to die for his country or kill witless “Gooks” in the process of preventing the “inevitable” enactment of the “Domino Theory” in Southeast Asia. At first it was Lyndon Johnson and then ultimately Nixon who paraded the banner of the Right, while I marched to Jimi Hendrix’s “freak flag.” “Y’er left, y’er left…” And where are they now, Nixon and Johnson, but dark stains on American history? And what became of that Domino Theory? Take a good, long look at a peaceful Viet Nam today and the surrounding countries, those precarious dominoes and ask, “ultimately who prevailed, and who failed?” Was the Left not vindicated and those autocratic figureheads of the Right vanquished in disgrace?
 
Oh, and don’t think I forgot about Watergate . Enough said. More points for the Left.
 
But in 1967, the year I entered college many ideas were germinating, that at the time did not rise in significance beyond that most important goal of ending the war in Viet Nam, ideas like recycling, organic foods, concerns regarding air pollution, water pollution, industrial pollution, and the offset in the natural balance of all things with the ever-increasing list of endangered species. These ideas were being discussed openly in small circles of friends, but many larger issues had to take precedent. Issues like civil rights, women’s rights, and voting rights had to be solidified to give weight to all the attempts of the Left to “save the planet,” for ultimately that awareness, all of those issues, would funnel into one big issue, American independence was at the mercy of energy dependence. The rising oceans, the melting icecaps, and the ever-increasing plethora of natural disasters can all be linked to the inability of the Right to accept the warnings of the Left going back some seventy-five years or so, until it arrived at their door in the form of an economic disaster, with financial penalties imposed for floods, forest fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and droughts, property damage, environmental damage, personal loss and worse yet, alienation from the very soul of this nation, hardened by the desire to be “Right.”
 
As roughly 30% of all Americans cling to an unsupportable political position devoid of facts, this new strain of brain-washed novitiates of the Right don Red MAGA hats, while mask-lessly chanting mantras like “lock her up.” Packed into a rally, designed to promote the vague concept that “Right is Might” (when in the final analysis, it has always been the Left that has protected freedoms, ended wars, moved civil rights forward and sought to maintain the environment for our children and the generations that follow), they submit with a willingness to allow Covid to decide who among them will live and who shall die, all the while trusting that Jesus, incidentally the prototypical Lefty, will protect them from this latest plague. To them I say, next time you pick up the bible, try reading it.
 
But for now, just test my argument. It is no slight-of-hand, no magician’s trick. Pick a decade, any decade and take a close look at the issues and you will see that the Left has always prevailed in the broadest of historical context. You are living the life they have secured for you.
 
So, I say, “Ignore the Left at your own peril!” In this crazy upside-down world can you not see that it is Trump, the figurehead of the GOP Right, that embraces Putin, Erdogan, Kim Jong-un and Duterte, commies and freedom-despising authoritarians. Perhaps we do not truly understand these labels, Left and Right. How far true-Left does Trump have to lean before tipping the balance to right-side up for his followers to awaken from their folly in this “if 6 was 9” world?

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Post 9/11: Truth or Continued Consequences?

What did 9-11, Covid19, the Covid variants, the end of our 20-year war in Afghanistan, recent extreme weather events globally, and a decline in democracy in many nations all have in common?  First, they were all predictable, predicted, and preventable. Second, more costly blood and treasure consequences are yet to come – unless we understand the root cause and urgently act on it.

By “The Other” Chuck Woolery

Everyone who was conscious on September 11, 2001, recalls the events of that day. But understanding both the origins and the results of 9/11 is far more important than any acts of remembrance that we might perform. If we truly care to honor those who died and suffered on that unforgettable day, we must use our powers of understanding to develop sustainable strategies for preventing the next terrorizing event that might occur. Understanding must matter more than body counts.

The Post’s lead editorial of 9/11 cites Abraham Lincoln’s statement that, when combating danger “the best defense (against the dangers of his time) …lay in cultivating robust ‘reverence for the Constitution and laws,’ ” as well as his hopes that doing so “would inspire and sustain the people’s commitment to liberty and equality.”

In his writings, Lincoln also described the Declaration of Independence as “our apple of gold” and the Constitution as its “frame of silver.” To my mind, these analogies reflect our foundational goal of equality for all people, as invoked in the Declaration.   But our “rule of law, as detailed in the Constitution ignores both the concept of justice and humanities inalienable rights.  The Constitution’s reliance on the proposition of independence — a deeply flawed concept rooted deeply in our minds has not delivered justice or consistently protected human rights since its creation.  From the start it was engineered into every level of our nation’s government.

Many Americans today proclaim their allegiance to individual liberty at the freedom to infect others in their communities.  For a significant portion US citizens “independence” has come to denote the license to act irresponsibly without regard for the medical, environmental, or economic consequences their actions on others (rejecting masks, refusing vaccinations, or denying climate change).

This prevalent fusion of “freedom” with “self-gratification” has long consequences for rest of the world too. For many decades our foreign and military policies have disparaged other cultures as unworthy of the respect and privilege that we ourselves take for granted; we’ve dismissed foreign casualties as “collateral damage”, communist or terrorist sympathizers, or humans irrelevant to our nation’s interests.

My studies as a biologist and student of the natural world have made the fundamental flaws in our Constitution to be “self-evident”.  They consistently ignore the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” expressed in the first paragraph of our “Apple of Gold” the Declaration of Independence.   Interdependence is at the heart of nature’s laws. Chief Seattle (1780-1866), the head of the Duwamish and Suquamish nations, saw this clearly: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”   Yet most of us ignore our irreversible global interdependence environmentally, economically, militarily, and health wise.   Without being responsible with our freedoms abroad we cannot expect to sustainably preserve our freedom, security, or prosperity here.

Until we grasp the wisdom and survival value of putting the global protection of human rights and the environment above the protection of national sovereignty and corporate power, our vulnerability to the kind of dangers inflicted on 9/11 will grow.  Sustaining what quality of life that remains and improving it for ourselves and our children we must abandon the illusion of independence.

 

Our interdependence within this nation and on this planet is accelerating and irreversible. Nearly every troubling trend we are experiencing today is a symptom of our delusion of separation. There is a medical term for this mental condition – anosognosia.  It is when someone is unaware of their own mental health condition.  In a world with the accelerating evolution of weapons, pathogens, failing democracies, and civil strife It’s time for a wake-up call.

Our human-created construct of independence is responsible for our persistent failure to understand and respond effectively to nearly every danger we face (pandemics, pollution, terrorism, cyber security, economic stability, drug trade, refugee flows, food insecurity, extreme weather events…), each with lethal and unfavorable consequences for all — both here and abroad.

We can no longer simply react when disaster strikes. We can no longer build back to what we had before. It’s imperative now that we build forward in ways that prevent dangers and conserve limited resources.  It is our only means of maximizing any sustainable prospects of freedom, security, and prosperity for ourselves and our posterity.  Most nations have agreed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.  It is the only comprehensive set of solutions we have, and humanity is not on track to meet them.  Time is not on our side…and e may not get another chance.

The truth of our interdependence can set us free.  Ignoring it will only have more unfavorable consequences.

 

Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.”   -Albert Einstein.  As quoted in Quantum Reality, Beyond the New Physics, p. 250.

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Notes on 9-11, twenty years later.

This is the anniversary of a dark day in our country’s history.  It has also been totally eclipsed by the utterly horrifying death toll from a preventable virus.  So much so, that after this year I doubt anybody will be putting much emphasis on 9/11 anymore.  Too many folks are mourning their current lost loved ones to spend heaps of time on those of a generation ago.

I wanted to start this essay with “I told you so.”  It sure would have felt good, too; 20 years after warning y’all about the mistake of going to war to avenge a violent terror attack.  Who the hell would read that article though?  Nobody.

Nobody likes to be told they are wrong, least of all ‘Muricans.

We don’t.  We blew it on Viet Nam.  But then we spent the next two decades fellating ourselves with Rambo movies and Reagan and other such exciting fictions.  So when 9/11 occured, we were 100% ready and willing and able to make the same mistake again.  Then – – our short-attention span made it so that we turned away from the Afghan rebuilding project to double down and invade Iraq.  (I decried that invason too, to no avail).

We then whipped up some fancy ‘mission accomplished’ banners and photo ops, and… spent the next 19 years waiting to be greeted as liberators.  August of 2021 may have finally put that delusion to bed.  Somehow, I don’t think so.

I hate being Cassandra.  I do.  Nobody wants to hear the unvarnished truth, that much is clear.  But why?  How is it we would rather keep suffering, and keep on making other nations suffer; instead of doing the simple, basic work to fix the problems once and for all?  *This* question has become my life’s work.

There are solutions, by the way.  Never ever let anyone tell you these problems cannot be fixed.  Those folks are selling you something; and are not to be trusted.  We could never have built civilization in the first place, if we did not have solutions available for getting people to co-exist, within community.

So forget all about ‘I told you so’, and forget about who’s fault it is that we are in such a mess.  Focus your precious time on learning about solutions.  I have close to 20 essays up on mobilized.news now, and plenty of others have stuff posted here too.  That’s one possible place to start learning if you need resources.  For the busier or more skeptical among us, here (below) are some short takes that may be of use.

I am sorry that we’re still suffering.  Maybe I haven’t done enough to help relieve that suffering.  Maybe I can do more.  But it’s not about me, and it’s not about you.  It’s about the future. It really can be as bright as we want it to be.  Our biggest hurdle to overcome is simply inertia –  – and that’s a choice we make every day.

Simply change your mind, decide to find a new model to live within.  Better days lie ahead.


Further Reading: 

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/welcoming-remarks-made-at-a-literary-reading-9-25-01?

 

Daniel Quinn shared this insight with us: Most folks would say that “the world was made for Man, and Man was made to conquer it.”  But of course that is just mythology, nothing about it is true.  It’s far more accurate to say that “the world is a sacred place and a sacred process – – and we are part of it.”  Our fundamental mis-understanding of how the world works is the key to knowing why we keep going on foolish crusades overseas, why we keep destroying the climate even though we know better, and so many other maladies.  It’s time to change those habits.

I often recommend this book, and do so again today because it’s more relevant NOW than ever before.  “Beyond Civilization” by Daniel Quinn.  See also: “Providence”, and the 3 “Ishmael” novels… which would make one hell of a great miniseries, if there are any TeeVee producers reading this post.

Speaking of ‘more relevant than ever’, Bucky Fuller’s classic book-length essay Grunch of Giants came out in 1970 for crying out loud; it’s too bad we’ve never taken his wise advice.

https://mobilized.news/bite-sized-book-reviews/

https://mobilized.news/bite-sized-book-reviews-ii-electric-boogaloo/

 

Here let us read in their own words, some post-war thoughts from a selection of unindicted war criminals.  They only barely register any remorse, and sure are twisting themselves in knots to justify their murderous idiocy.  NOTABLY ABSENT IN THESE INTERVIEWS: THE POINT OF VIEW OF ANYBODY AT ALL WHO WARNED AGAINST THE INVASIONS BEFORE HAND.  Such as Barbara Lee, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Medea Benjamin, or any of the Gold Star Mothers.  Funny how the media is falling over themselves to ask the guilty how they feel about being guilty.  It’s too damn bad the media doesn’t truly want to prevent future mistakes since that would be bad for their ratings.  Le sigh.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/09/10/9-11-attacks-20th-anniversary-reassessing-20-years-of-war-506924

For a more rational change of pace, this journalist ignored the fatuous glad-handers who lied us into war and instead talked to the soldiers on the ground.  If you’re in a hurry, skip the last entry and just read this one.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/09/10/politico-mag-afghan-vets-roundtable-506989

 

Here I offer a hat tip to my friend Alice Shikina, who has pointed me towards a far better means of conflict resolution – guided mediation & arbitration.  Groups such as SEEDS exist here in the Bay Area and similar ones are in most any big city near you.  We don’t have to spend our precious time being angry, or blaming the ‘other guy’.  We can instead work on listening and finding common ground.  There WAS common ground to be had with the Afghan people, for example, but we never once tried to find it.  We simply imposed a top-down model on them and then, were puzzled why they despised it.  What a huge missed opportunity.  Don’t you make that same mistake.  Check out the better options that are available and cost almost nothing to implement.

https://www.seedscrc.org/

www.cnvc.org

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That’s how the growing resentment against the unvaccinated is best expressed.   Somehow these people regard their decision to flirt with imminent risk as an act of patriotism, the pure expression of American individualism boldly spitting in the wind of governmental control and the face of death itself.

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we might do well to remember the heroic efforts of the true patriots among us, first responders and committed civil servants, and not the swollen pride of the few who carried the banners of plastic flagstaffs, boldly flapping stars and stripes, on the roll-up windows of their Cadillac Escalades to tailgate parties on the weekends that followed.  Some people can sure talk the talk, and the rest, Hillary’s deplorables, show up at events like that of January 6th.

But to be certain, those patriots on September 11th who went into those collapsing towers were heroes not solely because they put their lives in danger, took a risk to save others, selfless acts in defiance of the most certain of consequences, but because they truly cared about you and me.  All of America was in those towers.

Looking back on the death toll that day, as staggering as it was, it was even more shocking that the event occurred in our sacred homeland, a place of safety where we Americans enjoy our freedoms unhindered by fear.   To secure that same future, we accepted a massive loss of freedoms to embrace the Patriot Act and we shipped thousands of young Americans to distant lands, many to fall at the hands of unseen terrorists’ IEDs while on patrol.

So why is it that with the overwhelming statistics on Covid deaths, rising infections, the many at-capacity hospitals and the lack of safety for our unprotected children, do these anti-vaxers maintain that their so called freedoms take precedent over the safety of the community at large?  These people are not patriots.  They are the worst kind of self-serving cowards!

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