The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

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State of the Union

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“A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today.” – Michael Parenti, Historian, Author The Face of Imperialism [at 1:24:00 in the 1st part]

Pt 1: Empire

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Harvey Wasserman: Japan nuclear leak could bring apocalypse

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New post: March 13, 2011 Harvey Wasserman: Emergency at Onagawa nuclear plant, radiation 700 times over normal

New post: March 12, 2011 Explosion at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, at least 4 injured

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on Mar 11, 2011

In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, a nuclear reactor was fractured and radioactive material has been leaking into the atmosphere. Author Harvey Wasserman believes the radiation spewing into the air from the Japanese nuclear power plant could blow deep across western Asia and might even lead to the apocalypse.

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Kucinich: Oily Apocalypse or Green Wave? + Why Do We Distance Ourselves from the Oil Disaster?

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, May 25, 2010

Kucinich: We Must Look to the Consequences of our own Demand and Consumption

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives about the ongoing ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico:

“We are now in the 36th day of a man-made environmental disaster which is fast becoming an ecological apocalypse for countless species of marine life. The ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico cannot survive wave after wave of toxic substances hitting the beaches.

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Igor Panarin: US 2010 apocalypse avoidable + US to split into 6 pieces

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Press TV
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 03:36:45 GMT

A Russian scholar, who had earlier predicted the collapse of the US, has offered President Barack Obama ways to prevent such a misfortune.

Former KGB analyst and Russian academic Igor Panarin, who has predicted the country’s 2010 disintegration on the back of mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation, insisted in a Monday interview that a revisited foreign policy may more than anything prevent the fall of the United States.

“I would, in the first place, suggest that he radically reduce the US foreign policy activities, especially in the Eurasian space,” Panarin said speaking to Russia Today.

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via Press TV – US 2010 apocalypse avoidable: Scholar

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Michael Parenti: Economic Crisis the Inevitable Result of “Capitalism’s Self-Inflicted Apocalypse”

with Michael Parenti
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March 13, 2009

Democracy Now! on 3.12.09

Michael Parenti: Economic Crisis the Inevitable Result of “Capitalism’s Self-Inflicted Apocalypse”

Michael Parenti is a longtime political analyst and author of twenty books, including Democracy for the Few and Superpatriotism. Parenti writes, “Free-market corporate capitalism is by its nature a disaster waiting to happen.”

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The Rachel Maddow Show: Apocalypse Now?

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Rachel Maddow interviews Left Behind authors Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.

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Religion and money, the way to complete power – or not? By Siv O’Neall

The rise of ‘socialism for the 21st century’

Onward, Christian Zionists

Socialism

What is Socialism? (archive of posts)

Capitalism

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

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Apocalypse Nigh? by Cindy Sheehan (+ Action Alert)

Cindy Sheehan for Congress

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by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
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Cindy Sheehan for Congress
February 11, 2009

What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.
George Wilhelm Hegel

I would like to stipulate for this essay that Barack Obama is honorable and really wants to do the right thing for this country and this world.

But I also want to go back in that so easily manipulated concept called “history.” Barack Obama glorified the Vietnam debacle by honoring two war criminals, John McCain and Colin Powell during the coronation ceremonies in DC and he honored those who fought “for us” at Khe Sahn so are we now officially re-writing history that Vietnam was an honorable war and that it was justified or moral in any way? That the 58,000 Americans and millions of Vietnamese who were killed were killed for a “noble cause?” No war is honorable or noble, no matter if it is “legal or justified,” but our religion of state is WAR and the robber class’s god is PROFIT and if Obama was the stipulated honorable man of this essay he would reject it, not glorify it.

I realize how seductive the mantra of “looking forward” is and how tempting it would be to want to forget the history of the last eight years and move on from the horror, but we cannot move on when we are smack dab in the middle of the horror that has in no way alleviated, nor will, if we continue to put blinders on and not face reality to avert pending disaster.

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Capitalism’s Self-inflicted Apocalypse, by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
Global Research, January 21, 2009
www.michaelparenti.org

After the overthrow of communist governments in Eastern Europe, capitalism was paraded as the indomitable system that brings prosperity and democracy, the system that would prevail unto the end of history.

The present economic crisis, however, has convinced even some prominent free-marketeers that something is gravely amiss. Truth be told, capitalism has yet to come to terms with several historical forces that cause it endless trouble: democracy, prosperity, and capitalism itself, the very entities that capitalist rulers claim to be fostering.

Plutocracy vs. Democracy

Let us consider democracy first. In the United States  we hear that capitalism is wedded to democracy, hence the phrase, “capitalist democracies.” In fact, throughout our history there has been a largely antagonistic relationship between democracy and capital concentration. Some eighty  years ago Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis commented, “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Moneyed interests have been opponents not proponents of democracy.

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Cheers In The Apocalypse By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
featured writer
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Oct. 4, 2008

Collateral Debt Obligations galore
(and other arcane, bundled securities)
have ransacked my IRAs–and, what’s worse and what’s more,
appear to have scuttled my hopes for my sixties!

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Apocalypse? by Omna Last

Posted with permission by the author.

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by Omna Last

The singer Donovan once said: “The book you are reading is one man’s opinion of moonlight.”

Opinions about what may happen in the future are tenuous to say the least. There are so many imponderables at work in the fabric of the world at any time, particularly now in this time of transition, that any prophet can only guess at what lies in the future. But one does not need to be a genius to know the world is screaming in anguish and is completely out of balance. Before any new dispensation can occur, some sanity and balance must be restored.

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“Apocalypse Now” McCain: An Israeli supporter and opponent

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June 3, 2008: An Israeli ex-intelligence officer and a former Israeli negotiator disagree about McCain’s speech at AIPAC

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The Apocalypse, From Paul Ehrlich to Al Gore by Brent Jessop

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by Brent Jessop
Knowledge Driven Revolution.com
January 7, 2008

The Population Bomb Part 5

“…it would not surprise me if the sea were virtually emptied of its harvestable fishes and shellfish in a few decades or less.” – Paul Ehrlich, 1968 (p96)

While reading Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb* it is hard not to notice the similarities between his arguments and those used to popularize global warming. From the threat of apocalypse to the promise of utopia, from the scourge of big business to the dream of a sustainable society, and the cancer of the earth, man himself. Continue reading

The Pentagon Sends Messengers of Apocalypse to Convert Soldiers in Iraq By Max Blumenthal

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By Max Blumenthal, TheNation.com.
Posted August 8, 2007.
AlterNet

Actor Stephen Baldwin, the youngest member of the famous Baldwin brothers, is no longer playing Pauly Shore’s sidekick in comedy masterpieces like Biodome. He has a much more serious calling these days.

Baldwin became a right-wing, born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks, and now is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. As an official arm of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a “Military Crusade in Iraq” in the near future.

“We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war torn region,” OSU declares on its website about its planned trip to Iraq. “We’ll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq.”

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h/t: Malcolm

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“Black Mass” and the Americanization of the Apocalypse by Chris Floyd

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Written by Chris Floyd
Sunday, 15 July 2007

I.
I had planned on writing a review here of John Gray’s important new book, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, one of the most bracing and insightful things I’ve read in a long time. But now I find that acclaimed novelist John Banville has beaten me to it, with a review in Saturday’s Guardian that pretty much says it all. So without further ado, let’s turn it over to Mr. Banville, with these excerpts from Rocky Road to Utopia:

As John Gray demonstrates in his brilliant but frightening new book…Barbarism is rapidly on the rise, if it has not already re-established itself; religion is once again real blood and real sacrifice; and as for what used to be called culture, we find ourselves mournfully re-positing the question Shakespeare first asked in the sonnets: “How, with this rage, shall beauty hold a plea, / Whose action is no stronger than a flower?”

Gray sees most of today’s western politics as awash with spilt religion. “Modern revolutionary movements,” he writes, “are a continuation of religion by other means.” The Enlightenment, Gray’s big bugbear, imagined it was rejecting Christianity but “its eschatological hopes did not disappear. They were repressed, only to return as projects of universal emancipation.” The utopian right, as he calls it, led by America’s neoconservatives, is a modern millenarian movement, and its drive to impose western-style democracy upon the world, a drive towards utopia that came to a juddering halt in Iraq, was as deluded and foolhardy a project as any past scheme to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth….

Ironically, or so it might seem, radical Islam – in the ferocity and relentlessness of its advance into the past – owes, as Gray points out, a great deal to western millenarian and utopian thought. Like Christianity, “Islam has always contained a powerful eschatological element”…Yet the Islamists, knowingly or not, have also taken many of their methods and much of their conviction from Enlightenment revolutionaries. Radical Islam, Gray believes, can be best described as “Islamo-Jacobinism”. Robespierre would have recognised a soulmate in Osama bin Laden.

Gray writes a controlled, clean and unfussy prose, but here and there his anger and contempt knock flashes from the steely sheen of his reserve. He harbours a special animus towards American neoconservative theorists, the heirs of Karl Schmitt and Leo Strauss, such as Albert Wohlstetter, Irving Kristol and, Gray’s favourite dunce, Francis Fukuyama, who in 1989 famously announced the end of history and the triumph of western, liberal, market-driven democracy.

These zealots, whose “thinking is a mix of crackpot realism and chiliastic fantasy” and whose “catastrophic optimism” has wrought so much mischief in the world since the end of the cold war, hold to the Straussian view that the political high consistory must proceed according to “a modern variation of Plato’s noble lie: while philosophers may know the truth they also know that truth is deadly to the mass of humankind”. Thus George Bush and Tony Blair, when they present false evidence to support the invasion of Iraq, are not exactly lying, merely realigning the truth in accordance with their higher aims. “For these seers,” Gray writes, “victory was the same as truth – not truth of the ordinary kind, to be sure, but the esoteric truth that is concealed in the deceiving mirror of fact.”

Gray’s critique of the war on Iraq, and especially of Blair’s part in it, is devastating. His contempt is palpable in these measured and meticulously argued pages. As usual, it is the details that snag in the mind’s fabric. British security firms, he writes, are reported to have some 48,000 personnel in Iraq, “outnumbering British troops by a factor of six to one”. The war has been privatised, and “the ragtag army of crooks and shysters that followed in the wake of American troops is not greatly different from that which trailed behind the colonial armies of earlier times”.

Black Mass – “a sacrilegious ritual in which the Christian Mass is performed backwards”, as an epigraph informs us – is a limpidly argued and finely written synthesis of Gray’s thinking over the decade or so since False Dawn, his highly regarded and influential study of globalisation. It is not a cheering work, to say the least, and Gray’s conclusions, though never exaggerated or overstated, are bleak in the extreme. Yet the right expression of even the bleakest truths is always invigorating, and any half-sensible reader will come away from the book soberer and even, perhaps, wiser.


II.
One need not agree with every single tenet or interpretation in of Gray’s book to echo Banville’s closing remarks. I would just add here that the two chapters at the heart of the book are alone worth the price of admission. “The Americanization of the Apocalypse” and “Armed Missionaries” provide a succinct yet thorough — and deeply disturbing — account of how the United States has degenerated into its current status as a warmongering, dysfunctional “illiberal democracy.”

I was especially pleased to the long section detailing how the neo-con architects of Bush’s war closely resemble the savage and destructive extremists in Dostoevsky’s great novel, The Possessed. This is particularly satisfying, as the neo-cons and their outriders often cite Dostoevsky as a guide to “understanding the world’s thugs and menaces,” as the New York Times’ shallow-foolish columnist David Brooks once put it, in a column cleanly skewered by Gray, who goes on to say:

The neo-conservative idea that one can understand terrorist violence by reading the novel of Dostoevsky is entertainingly ironic, since what Dostoevsky describes is the mentality of the neo-conservatives themselves… As the neo-conservative analyst Michael Leeden wrote soon after the 9/11 attacks, the “war on terror” is all of a piece with the “global democratic revolution”:

We should have no misgivings about our ability to destroy tyrannies. It is what we do best. It comes naturally to us, for we are the only truly revolutionary country in the world…Creative destruction is our middle name….In other words, it is time once again to export the democratic revolution.

Here a celebrated dictum of the 19th century Russian anarchist Bakunin — “The passion for destruction is a creative passion” — is restated in neo-conservative terms. Bakunin’s disciple, the divinity student Sergey Nechayev, applied this maxim in his “Catechism of a Revolutionary” (1868), where he argued that in advancing the revolution the ends justified any means — including blackmail and murder. A year later Nechayev murdered one of his comrades for failing to carry out orders…Nechayev had revealed the logic of Bakunin’s project. Terror followed from the goal of a total revolution.

Leeden’s project of militarily enforced democracy has a similar logic. Nechayev never doubted his was the cause of the people, and Leeden takes for granted that the countries that have regime change imposed on them will welcome the overthrow of their governments. If they do not, they must be purged of retrograde elements. Only then can there be any assurance that forcible democratization will be accepted for what it is: liberation from tyranny. Torture and terror are acceptable if they assist in the global war without evil.


The neo-cons as Nechayev: a perfect image for our times.

One could go on quoting passages from the book to good effect, but we’ll end with just one more — another succinct but damning précis of the current state of the Union:

By any internationally accepted standard of what constitutes torture, the world’s pre-eminent liberal regime has committed itself to the practice as a matter of national policy. Along with this, there has been a shift away from the constitutional traditions that curbed American government in the past. The vote by the Senate on 28 September 2006 that allowed the president the authority to determine what counts as torture also suspended habeas corpus for people detained as terrorist suspects, denying their right to know the offense with which they are charged and to challenge their detention in court. Henceforth, anyone charged with involvement in terrorism — not only foreign nationals but also US citizens — can be detained without charge and held indefinitely. Taken together with the Patriot Acts, which permit surveillance of the entire American population, the US has suffered a loss of liberty that has no parallel in any mature democracy…. The fact remains that [the US] has ceased to be a regime in which the power of government is limited by the rule of law. The checks and balances of the constitution have failed to prevent an unprecedented expansion of arbitrary power.


There is more, much more to the book, so check it out if you get the chance. It is indeed meat food to feed upon in these lean and hungry times.

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