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Aleister Crowley Schnippets

“Every one interprets everything in terms of his own experience. If you say anything which does not touch a precisely similar spot in another man’s brain, he either misunderstands you, or doesn’t understand you at all.”

Aleister Crowley, Diary Of A Drug Fiend. more »

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Forgotten Schnippet

I fear that the current media campaign against the “alt-right” is simply a way to distract Americans from their true enemies. Now that “Trump’s a Russian agent” has played itself out, the “Trump’s a racist” narrative comes back into play. But the same bastards who promote “Trump’s a Russian agent” and “Trump’s a racist” are the ones who unleash illegal wars abroad, while conducting domestic terrorism at home (through increased surveillance, economic policies that devastate inner cities and suburbs, and a for-profit prison system). Our predominant enemy is not the local yahoo waving a Confederate flag, but the Wall Street tycoon who is destroying America.

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Another Monday Morning Schnippet

“Just listen to any phone-in and you’ll routinely hear punters who have swallowed whole whatever tabloid or government orthodoxy that has become common currency this week… They pick up on some simple slogan and then repeat it in lieu of actual detailed knowledge or learning.

Just because you and I surround ourselves with people who are not like this, that doesn’t mean they’re not out there and out there in large numbers. My pal said after weeks of campaigning in her constituency during the election, she thought the vast majority of the public were “too ignorant about almost everything to know how ignorant they even were”… The gap between the well-informed, well-considered view and the rest is very wide and lopsided.

When your sources of information are half-digested half-truths from press and media, mixed with fictional stories on Facebook and Twitter and an inability to apply intellectual rigour to any of these things, you end up with a pliant electorate capable of being easily manipulated for profit. Look! Boobs!

John Nicholson

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Poppy Schnippet

… The truth is that most people who die in wars don’t die heroically. They die brutal deaths that achieve nothing. They die in fear. They die painfully. Poppies help to propagate the dangerous myth that war itself is something heroic, that our participation in wars, so many wars, is something that we should be proud of. Nothing could be further from the truth. War is failure. War means that negotiations have broken down, that words will not suffice, that trust has gone, and all that remains is brutal violence. War may inspire individual acts of heroism in a minority, but war itself is not heroic. It’s a tragedy. It’s a great wrong. It’s the destruction of human lives, and all too often it’s all for nothing except the entrenchment in power of the already powerful. Remembering wars shouldn’t be an occasion for pride, remembering wars should make us all weep for the senseless loss of so many lives.”

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The American Left Schnippets

Speculation in the 17th century in Britain was a crime. Speculators were hanged. And today they run the economy and the country. They have used the capturing of wealth to destroy the intellectual, cultural and artistic life in the country and snuff out our democracy. There is a word for these people: traitors.

Chris Hedges

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Obvious Schnippet

“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”

Frantz Fanon,
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Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

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