It's all around you, like smog. This train isn't bound for glory.
Background by Deak Ferrand, who pwnz.
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This being a suitable entry-point into what I promise you is an endless labyrinth of every possible conspiracy theory ever hallucinated into existence, with intermittent attempts to weave them all into a sort of Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory (GUCT? Conspiracists seem to like acronyms...)
***WARNING: this includes the racist ones.***
I am no "fan" of, you know, evil, per se, nor an anti-Semite, as this seems to come up often in the conspiracy literature - probably a ploy of THEM - you know, the Teutonic Knights (or "Vons") or perhaps the Reptilians, to throw us off their trail by ascribing to an obvious (and frequent) SCAPE-GOAT group, exactly what THEY are doing. Or something. I dunno, it gets too easy to fake this style of thinking. The fact that I find this all, ultimately, sort of grimly hilarious hopefully shows where I am coming from. I'm nice, I swear! But, in all seriousness, race and heritage are utterly beside the point, no "races" or other human sub-groups should be singled out for blame, such groups are largely abstractions to begin with, and I hate you, personally, for being HUMAN alone.
At any rate, I have always been a close reader of the underground currents of our culture, in part because these were so conspicuous - yet unacknowledged - in the Southern California of my youth, from newspaper vending machines for The Spotlight, to Jack Chick tracts in every phone booth, to oral history of the various warring factions of Theosophists who had passed through our fair town, to the widely-read but rarely acknowledged Fate magazines visible in every news-stand, to the John Birch Society and LaRouche and Scientology materials that would arrive unsolicited at the various libraries I worked at, and so on. It is clear to me that there is generally a Consensus Reality (as one says) - but a great diversity of opinion on the ground. I cannot begin to convey to those of you who maybe had isolated lives: There is a LOT of this stuff, and it is EVERYWHERE and goes back CENTURIES, and has been hugely formative of everything from the Western fascination with Tibet to the Nazi movement, to the various witch-hunts (literal and metaphorical), to the New Left, to any and all "counter-cultures", to what have become commonplaces on such sources as Disinfo.
And at base, half or more of it is balls-out NUTS, flagrant ignorance in premature possession of a pen, propaganda or hoax, "noise" for carrying stegotext, or cynical publishers trying to cash in on current public hysteria - or to create a new, saleable one (a beautiful element of the plot of Foucault's Pendulum, which taps into this tradition (as of Holy Blood Holy Grail), only to be ripped off in turn by the very sort of effort it satirizes (Dan Brown)). Did I mention UFOs? UFOs!!!! Oh, my God....
I find this area of tremendous anthropological interest, as well as being something like science fiction of a higher order - that is, fiction whose authors believe it is fact, which makes it more puissant. The only way to regard this literature is as it *is* - not as one wishes it were - and this does mean that one will encounter a *lot* of racial and other prejudice and hatefulness and fearfulness of various magnitudes - as one does also, for that matter, in Lovecraft, for example. This in fact *adds* the the value of the study, as revealing the deeper roots of the ideological atmosphere within which contemporary hate groups received their early respiration. Theosophy, by the way is *far* from innocent in this regard, nor the "New Age" genealogy in general. Nor, for that matter, is Protestantism. Or, you know, *any known living religion more than a few hundred years old*. So, one either studies things as they are, or does not study them.
So, back to *my* paranoia: I have a novel conspiracy theory, influenced in part by (or stolen wholesale from):
It runs like this: Archetypes are actually hyperdimensional beings (or "demons", if you prefer) vying for control of the human sphere. That's right: *all* archetypes are not merely cliches and psycho-analytic motive forces - they are, as our author at the link above puts it, "psychick tapeworms". One can only win by having no archetypal experiences, motive, thoughts, or emotions at all.
It is with a tear in my beer and a rocket in my pocket that I welcome The Maddening Horde. Aside from the persistent spammers, who don't count, this is my first troll. Thanks, Penrod / Sean! I love you, too.
"Atheists think that they are hardcore because they don't believe in God. But Buddhists don't even believe in people! - except in a notional or discursive sense, and excepting the personalists (who lost), and then there's the Pudgala section of the Adhidamma, but there, we are still talking fundamentally about concatetenations of dhammas over time, according to causal processes."
But that would've been a lot less snappy. Rhetoric is a bitch.
"Don't you know there's a war going on?" - 1960s commonplace
So you're all up in arms because the miiddle class is becoming poor? Or, to be candid, because it is becoming less middle-class?
I don't give a loose shit.
You didn't care about us, when we were the wretched, and you weren't. And if now perhaps we are not, but you are, you may expect us to return the favor. Enjoy growing the fuck up.
Meanwhile there is untold death and horror - but never on our soil. But the blood is often on our own hands, even if we have collectively agreed, post-9/11, etc., to never fully acknowledge the actual situation we are in. So we render the blood and the catastrophe invisible - or we agree to tell each other that it is invisible.
The actual situation is largely absent - conspicuously absent - not only from public discourse, but more terrorizingly, from our face-to-face interactions and even from our intimate conversations - and most likely, from our inward stream of consciousness.
Huge swaths, too, of this country have been destroyed - physically, ecologially, economically, and spiritually - in Louisiana, Florida, and in a sense, in Detroit. But overseas (always by sea, never by land!) entire languages are dying in a single battle. And antiquities have been lost - enire strata of civilization, gone. And endless death, cripplings, pain, cruelty of all kinds, and starvation.
And on a more selfish note, the ongoing putsch to remove as much of our civil liberties, constitutional protections, zones of relative privacy, and let's face it, scope for action, as is possible. In connection with which, let us observe in passing how far persuasive technology - applied memetics, if you will - has advanced. Further, at least, than is generally acknowleged, which isn't saying much, considering that it is not acknowledged at all, what with acknowledging it being the sort of thing with which it is concerned.
And yeah, there are no jobs, no housing (that's legal for use), no credit, no savings, and no safety net. (I knew a woaman who died from this, so don't tell me I don't understand the stakes of mere economic problems.) And of course the gummint refuses to protect us from the "private sector", or intervene against said on our behalf in any meaningful way soever.
And this is to say nothing of impending unrest, everywhere, due to Gutenberg-scale disruptions of established society throughout the world, (does anyone remember the Reformation? the Thirty Years' War?) escalating miltance on the left and right and across the religious spectrum as well, with massive unemployment to only get worse following troop discharges (soldiers are "employed" - the discharged are just that), to say nothing of automation, whose very purpose is to reduce employment... (Though I suppose a 25-hour work week would fix that, at least.) Or: zombie hordes of the unemployed, unwelfared, unhoused, unfed, and un-FEMA'd.
And all this is trivial in comparison to the paralyzing fact of the immanent - really, ongoing - collapse of the ecosystem, which is a fancy word for life in the universe as we know it. Already in some places we see actual total collapse, as around the Gulf of Mexico. (As the saying goes: "¡Pobre México! ¡Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos!" (Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!)) And of course, there is a literal black cloud over central China, and the huge, dead Pacific Garbage Patch.
So - lifeboat scenarios anyone?
I don't know why I'm telling you this - some of you seem a little less cretinous than the Soylent Pinks, I suppose. Sorrry I'm not funny today. It occurs to me that perhaps that I reduce my popularity when I am fixated on impending doom, but at least I'll get to say "I told you so!" and everyone knows how much that makes everything better, which is to say not at all. But, hey, sorry to harsh your mellow, sister and brother robots.
To be honest, I am disappointed by the thought of Kim and Thurston going through the governmental procedure of marriage - much less the governmental procedure of divorce! It strikes me as the least punk-rawk way possible of managing one's relationships and romantic and sex lives. Bastard and proud, I guess. I am inclined to reject the marriage system. It enforces a certain lifestyle by selectively rewarding it. In this, it resembles tax breaks for churches, which do the same thing - and, I suppose, for the same reasons.