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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

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Originally posted by tallguywrites at The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

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The goal of the Cultural Revolution (in the light of fascist reaction)

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mood: cynicalcynical

Excerpted from The mass-psychology of fascism, by Wilhelm Reich (originally in German)

The social revolution concentrates all of its forces on the elimination of the social basis of human suffering. The priority given to the necessity of revolutionising the social order obscures the sex-management goals and intentions. The revolutionary is compelled to put off the solution of very urgent questions until the most urgent task, the establishment of the preconditions for the practical solution of these questions, is accomplished. The reactionary, on the other hand, spares no effort in assailing precisely the ultimate cultural goals of the revolution, which are obscured by the preliminary and immediate tasks.

Cultural Bolshevism aims at the destruction of our existing culture and wants to reconstruct it so as to serve man’s earthly happiness... [Sic!]

That’s how Kurt Hutten put it in his fascist call to arms, Kulturbolschewismus, published by the Volksbundes in 1931. Does political reaction’s accusation touch on what the cultural revolution really has in mind, or does it, for demagogic reasons, impute goals to the revolution that definitely do not lie within its compass? In the former case a defence and clear elucidation of the necessity of these goals would be indispensible. In the latter, the proof of false imputation (that is, a denial of that which political reaction imputes to the revolution) would be sufficient.

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Mysteries of the Cosmos unveiled

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mood: complacentcomplacent

There’s an awful amount of astrological mystification going on at the moment. The 2012 phenomenon plus “news” of a shifted zodiac have caught a faintly hysterical part of the public imagination. In the spirit of VERITAS VOS LIBERABIT, I would like to give a quick and easy explanation of the cosmic situation. Nothing is out of the ordinary in Heaven this evening.

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Why Werewolves Are Better Than Vampires

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mood: predatorypredatory

Somebody on Formspring has asked me the question; "Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?"
My answer is undoubtedly Werewolf, which you may have guessed from my furry-fandom and bestial sexuality. Note that when vampire fiction is tinged with erotic themes it is necrophilia, while werewolf fiction tinged with erotic themes is zoophilia - guess which I prefer!
The question is a deceptively complex one however, since both these mythical creatures have in the fantasy media of the past few decades developed into very sophisticated archetypes, worthy of considered analysis. Here is my analysis of each, and it seems that werewolves are better than vampires in pretty much every way.

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God and Man

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mood: cynicalcynical

As an unbeliever I’m used to getting into conversation with religious people and, upon trying to honestly engage in discourse, facing a solid wall of uncompromising superstitious rubbish, whose cement is ‘faith’. Modern monotheism with its God idea is utterly ridiculous as a serious theory assessed by rational criteria like Occam’s razor. That is why Gods can only survive into the twenty-first century with grossly irrational methods of disseminating the idea.

You get indoctrinated as a child (taught doctrines as fact by trusted adults) and just carry on believing. Pretty much everything else you get taught, you end up trying to find out the truth for yourself and making up your own mind - but with religion, such "doubting" is considered weakness or immoral. So you end up with belief based on just unthinking conviction.
Then, once you've become thoroughly convinced, you can start to attribute all kinds of disparate phenomena to divine action... "I survived cancer thanks to prayer!" "Those earthquakes were prophesised!" The fact that people's health can go either way and earthquakes are a normal feature of the planet just gets overlooked by the observer bias, seeing only what you expect to see within your fixed world-view.
So you end up falsely seeing "proof" everywhere where there actually is none. Then, in exactly the same way, you end up artificially slotting all your subjective spiritual experiences into the framework. You can say that you've "spoken with God", when all that's really happened is a normal human psychedelic brainwave that you've deluded yourself into misinterpreting.
This is how I see people becoming religious and their faith grow. I gave up the Anglicanism of my indoctrination because I caught myself doing these stupid things, and saw my peers at school doing them.
A rational belief is one that avoids all these traps and keeps in line with the way that the real world objectively is. The scientific method is our strategy for keeping all our beliefs about how the world works thoroughly rational.

The other key fact I am faced with is that religion is an immensely powerful global institution. Churches of one sort or another command the intimate beliefs and thus loyalties of billions of people, of all classes and races. For that reason alone it is deserving of intense scrutiny and criticism from all freedom-minded individuals.
I'm all for letting people worship whatever God they want, in exactly the way that I'm all for letting people worship whatever King they want, but as a libertarian I push for the abolition of Gods, for the exact same reason as Kings.


{This entry is partly an open letter to Brianna McKinney, who in March tried to get me to “rethink your atheism” on Facebook, and then promptly deleted her account, seemingly to escape my overly-informative responses.}


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Homophobia, a symptom of the disease

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mood: discontentdiscontent

I am not homosexual, but I totally support the Gay Agenda; TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD AND MAKE IT FABULOUS! :D

...But this shit isn't funny, its deadly serious.
On my Facebook friends list is a tortured teen whose father's hateful reaction to his coming-out this spring has driven him near suicidal, and a shopkeeper whose business was vandalised so many times he had to jump state.
People's lives are being ruined on a massive scale for the very worst of reasons!

Ignorant bigotry and shame are suffocating the livelihoods of millions of our fellow citizens. Myths of uncleanliness and perversion are disseminated by churchmen, politicians and the rest with the clear intent of persecution.
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Human Nature, as an obstacle to Anarchy

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mood: sympatheticsympathetic

Anarchy can sound wildly utopian – complete freedom, yet with effective equality and an economy dependent on the practice of solidarity. All good stuff, but seemingly dependent on everybody living and working according to an incredibly high moral standard. This sort of thing will work in a nation of angels, but can it possibly happen with human beings?

No, human nature is not fundamentally virtuous, but it doesn’t need to be for anarchism and communism to make sense. 

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Jac’s quotation compendium!

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mood: chipperchipper

This is where I’ll compile all my most important or admired quotations. This is here only because Facebook’s “favourite quotes” box is far too small, lol.
They’re arranged alphabetically by surname, with Big Mike having a section all to himself. As new ones come along, I’ll slot them in as an edit and leave a comment as notification.

Mikhail Bakunin

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Darwinism

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mood: contemplativecontemplative


2009 was Darwin’s great anniversary year, and it went predictably – popularisers of science have invested massive labours to make sure that the Darwinian scientific legacy is widely understood and welcomed. Hopefully the Jerry Coynes, Richard Dawkinses and David Attenboroughs have collectively managed to increase public understanding of evolution as a scientific principle and the history of life on Earth.

It is however tragic that these efforts are even necessary. Huge sections of the population are either ignorant or persistently sceptical, actively resisting the truths of modern scientific understanding. It seems amazing that evolution has remained so controversial, despite being the established central theorem of biology, proven way beyond all reasonable doubt. There is no scientific debate anymore – the basic question of life’s history is utterly settled.

The dissent comes from people who object to the philosophical implications of the fact of evolution, and unscientifically cling to any evidence that they can twist into discrediting it. “Evolutionism” is seen as a world-view or ideology that is inherently objectionable for multiple reasons. To elaborate, I have to give a brief history of the Creation-Evolution controversy, as it existed before and after Darwin.

 

Creationism and Evolutionism

 

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“We can see the long-term benefits of participating in a ‘conspiracy of doves’, and we can sit down together to discuss ways of making the conspiracy work.  We have the power to defy the selfish genes of our birth and, if necessary, the selfish memes of our indoctrination.  We can even discuss ways of deliberately cultivating and nurturing pure, disinterested altruism -- something that has no place in nature, something that has never existed before in the whole history of the world.  We are built as gene machines and cultured as meme machines, but we have the power to turn against our own creators.  We, alone on earth, can rebel against the tyranny of the selfish replicators.”

~ Richard Dawkins; closing words of The Selfish Gene

 

tl;dr

OK, here’s a quick summary for if you don’t want to bother with 9 pages of rambling historical commentary.

 

Darwinism is the quintessential example of the central importance of Hume's guillotine - what is true or natural has zero relevance to what is right or good.

This is the way of the world - Darwin was correct to apply the “Malthusian Struggle” model to the world's past and present ecosystems... But Malthus was wrong to apply it to the human race. Darwinian evolution remains a neutral fact of the ecosystem, and Social Darwinism a falsehood.

We are sentient, informed beings, and so have our own values and agendas distinct from those of the selfish genes. Darwinism is not the inevitable principle of society - we can apply any form of social ethics that we want.


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Authoritarians in Libertarian Clothing

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mood: cynicalcynical

By Kevin Carson.

While it’s possible for a person to be libertarian in the sense of accepting the nonaggression principle, and without formal contradiction simultaneously favor such voluntary forms of authoritarianism as the patriarchal family, the hierarchical employment relationship, and various other forms of cultural domination ... it would be just plain weird. Why would the sort of person with an affinity for that sort of thing draw the line at state authoritarianism, in particular?

Unfortunately, there seems to be a great deal of such authoritarian weirdness among professed libertarians.

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Hell's Werewolf: an original(ish) short monologue

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mood: creativecreative
music: Into the Enchanted Chamber, Timeless Miracle

Blame this one on the satanic music I listen to. Werewolves and demons and time-travel oh my!  =P
The monologue is very blunt and matter-of-fact because I'm an ass pie who can't write shit the character is in pain, delivering a very blunt quick message which needs no emotive hyperbole to communicate the seriousness of the matter. The author does not endorse any of the theological, metaphysical or ethical views expressed herein. Look at me, I'm doing CREATIVE WRITING! Isn't that awesome!?
 

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Ayn Rand and the evil cult of antisocialist greed

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mood: bitchyhating Libertarian trolls!

The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are by most accounts (I've read only a few chapters of the latter) terrible, terrible books. But bad as the writing may be, it's the philosophy & the fanbase that makes them really astonishingly horrific.  An idealised libertarianism, elevating callous selfishness, ruthless self-interest and a cruel class-based mentality as the highest values for the rational individual.

Laissez-faire ultracapitalism taken to its inhuman, violent, exploitative conclusion. A universe of antisocial egotists who destroy everything and everyone that gets in the way of their mission of conquest, rape and cannibalism of the unfortunates below them in the social scale, enthusiastically blaming the victims all the while with words like "you got where you are by your own efforts alone".

Randianiasm is the inability to differentiate between healthy self-interest and antisocial greed... as contrasted against healthy human compassion, which is presented as identical to insane surrender of all individuality into the Herd or State.

 

 

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Liberation from Newton's Mechanical Order, Industrial Rape, and Civilisation Itself

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mood: contemplativecontemplative

Science cannot help but see reality as fundamentally consistent, such that the same underlying characteristics of Nature apply to the past, present and future equally. Scientific theorisation involves simply codifying the patterns in an intelligible manner, formulation. Sir Isaac Newton laid out a scientific paradigm of the world in which all the constituents of reality are subject to a few certain immutable absolutist Laws - which it is a scientist's duty to discover and formulate as they are naturally (experimentally) revealed. This developed into to the world-view of mechanicalism - all physical systems are the sum of soulless particles operating on an absolute cause-and-effect basis, impacted solely by the influence of interacting systems nearby and by natural physical laws on all the components. The entire universe is matter in motion, with natural process running like sort of hypercomplex machines.
To men of Newton's era, the Natural Laws in question were God's Laws over the components of His physical creation - the world itself was intelligently designed for His (mysterious) purposes. In that old Christian world-view, humans have total dominion over Nature. Man with his mighty brain can and shall acquire knowledge of the workings of Creation and proceed to exercise his power over it by means of technologies that exploit the bounteous natural resources to their full. Humans lower than us on God's Great Chain are fair game, too. Thence, exploitative western authoritarianism and industrialism.
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Somebody else's (similar) thoughts

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mood: exhaustedexhausted

Time to post something not my own work again, becase it's genuinely worth reading.
This was posted on Facebook earlier this year. Not very well written, but nonetheless highly insightful and delivering a radical progressive message which everybody needs to hear.

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~by Scott Nestler~
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A statement of Faith in Humanity

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mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Jac's journal - it's alive! It's alive! IT'S ALIIIIVEEE!!!
Time for some more original writing after all this time, as philosophical and radical as ever. This is a very long essay, it gives a broad overview of my entire position on humanity and society - what's wrong, how to fix it and what we should do to make things better for everybody.
Commentary is even more welcome than before, since these are my own honest thoughts and any criticism or general feedback will be much appreciated. Feel free to call me a mad globalist or an idealistic rose-spectacled youth, we can have productive discourse. =)

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Extracts from The Conquest of Bread

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mood: crushedoverworked

Just so there's no confusion: Yes, I AM a nutty ideologue.
This is a lightly edited series of extracts from the first few chapters of The Conquest of Bread, a revolutionary book by the Russian prince Peter Kropotkin in 1892. Here he outlines the basics of Anarchist Communism.
The full text (280 pages) is available online from many sources.
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