Sunday 21st of July 2019

socialism has an image problem...

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Socialism has an image problem.


It’s sold to us as an angry megaphonic lifestyle. At this level, it’s on par with the boots-and-all of fascism — and with the steal-or-die capitalist growth theory. See in the image above, we are sold a “pretty” female in an ugly stance. A clinched fist and mouth shouting something in anger, the noise of which is amplified by a capitalistic toy: the megaphone. It’s debasing. As if this will convince the unwashed in search of comforts, or hosting a barbecue on a sunny day, that they should abandon their pseudo-bourgeois quest… With such an image, socialism is not going to work despite the enthusiasm of the adherents.

Yes, we know that the capitaloshittist system is full of shouting (advertising), but the participants are expert at managing the decibel levels. They use smooch and polished lies to penetrate the corners of our mind that is too often in search of magic, rather than seeing reality. They only increase the volume some of the times to tell you it’s cheap, discounted near production cost that the manufacturers are in pain, and you better buy before "it" runs out… It’s something you don’t need, but will want because it’s the only way you can afford something called “it”. This was the subject I guess of one of Brett Whiteley paintings (IT). A bit like our planet, soon to run out. Sold to the highest bidder! It will run out of space, of quality of environment and much of nature will die as we live in little cracking boxes, like in Mascot or Hong Kong. We know. So we speed up the process of grabbing as much as we can, before we’re in deep shit. And some poor sods can’t grab any and they die while the rich and the sub-rich (us) have never enough.

Socialism, like many -isms, including capitalism, has done its dash. Urgently, we need something else with less negative anger or Ned Kelly attitude. What would you call something designed to care about people and about the planet without an -ism? Anarchism is still an -ism and, even in its purest elevated form, it lacks understanding and caring.

Carism? 

So what is care? Do we need to care? Do we need to send a Plan B crew to survive on Mars just in case we muck up our little planet (which we are doing)? Is this a science-care solution? Scienticarism? Can we do better than the present unsustainable growth?

We know that religions have fucked up with our mind to make us accept the concept of multitudes and conquests. We’ve turned Jesus' teaching and the Prophet’s verses into capitalism, by mixing power with beliefs, plus a tad of democratic delusion. Easy. 

So where to?

Certainly not Chthon-ism, the name of which has been used in the Marvel Comics to describe “the Other, the Demon of the Darkhold, He who holds the Darkness, The Wolf, the Demon among Demons, The Great Shadow… That is us at the moment:the Cthulucene creators.

We need something less imaginative.

Curae (care)… planetae non servastis praecepta sanctuarii… aliquando refloruistis pro hominibus… natura planeta scriptor… planeta hominum… merídio… noimosýni… intellectus… custodia…  peace (pax)… and quantum (respect)… et cura rei publicae?

So quantum it is… quantum quietam… quiet quantum in which we can reflect, respect and enjoy commoditatem iucunditatemque (comforts) without destruction (exitium or perniciem — a deadly disease)… Quantamism? A new political system?

Am I deluded? Gone completely Täuschung?...

Please don’t answer this. Okay: go on tell me I’m mad, but less mad as you are...

the russians are coming...

ruskies

 

In this advert placed in the Sydney Morning Herald and other print media I suspect (I don't have the cash to buy the Daily Telegraph), by someone making a buck out advertising trust in "truth", they try to be clever, by blaming the Ruskies on the internet. The social media is only trusted by something percent of people. 

 

media

 

Is the mainstream media more trusted than social media? I don't know... These guys should have said the percentage... and to some extend there is far more control of truth in advertising than opinions in the media... 

 

When people were asked why they don’t trust the media, about 45 percent referred to things like inaccuracy, bias, “fake news,” and “alternative facts,” the latter two being common descriptions given by Donald Trump and members of his administration. A general lack of credibility and the fact that reports are “based on opinions or emotions” are two of the other reasons given for a loss of trust. About 10 percent of those surveyed also mentioned sensationalism, “clickbait,” or hype as a negative factor. Interestingly, twice as many young adults (18 to 34) as older respondents said politically focused coverage or partisan bias was a factor in their lack of trust.

 

Read more:

https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/trust-in-media-down.php

bigger-than-life anarchism...

ned kelly

 

Ned Kelly... 

 

Edward "NedKelly (December 1854[a] – 11 November 1880) was an Australian bushranger, outlaw, gang leader and convicted police murderer. One of the last bushrangers, and by far the most famous, he is best known for wearing a suit of bulletproof armour during his final shootout with the police.

Kelly was born in the British colony of Victoria as the third of eight children to Irish parents. His father, a transported convict, died shortly after serving a six-month prison sentence, leaving Kelly, then aged 12, as the eldest male of the household. The Kellys were a poor selector family who saw themselves as downtrodden by the Squattocracy...

 

Read more

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Kelly

 

In regard to socialism's image, I would see more hand in hand stuff caring for the planet... than being shouted at... or being shot at, by the modern Ned Kellys, now living at the high end of town...

an interesting twist of understanding socialism...

In a weird twist on socialism, Bernie Sanders on Monday rolled out a plan to hand a $1.6 trillion gift to college-loan borrowers — who tend to be better off than the average taxpayer.

He’d cancel all student debt, public and private — even for grad students and no matter the borrower’s income. Another $600 billion would go to make public universities and community colleges free.

Sanders claims a tax on Wall Street transactions can raise $2.4 trillion to pay for it. But critics say the tax would lead to fewer trades — and generate far less revenue. Plus, many of those transactions are made on behalf of middle- and working-class people’s retirement savings.

Fairness? People who skipped college because they couldn’t afford it would see those who took out loans to go getting their debts canceled, no strings attached.

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This is what socialism really produces: no “equity” or fairness — only unintended consequences, with all but the favored few winding up worse off.

 

Read more: https://nypost.com/2019/06/25/bernie-sanders-plan-to-take-from-the-poor-and-give-to-the-rich/

 

The idea of free education is a good one, nonetheless. But not everyone can learn up to ALL levels, as our understanding is limited through various factors — including our inability to grasp complex mathematics. Our brains also has an inbuilt resistance to learning new tricks that conflict with what makes us comfortable... Some people are better at learning than others. Simple. It's something to manage socially and personally by finding our survival and stylistic pathways.

 

See also:

the swedish egalitarian experiment led to disaster because the rich did not want to pay taxes...

 

a better stylism for planet A...

Vladimir Putin has said ahead of his meeting with Theresa May at the G20 summit in Japan that relations between Britain and Russia should not suffer because of last year’s nerve agent attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The Russian president also used the interview with the Financial Times to claim that the election of Donald Trump as US president and the rise of nationalist-populist movements in Europe signaled the death of liberal policies in the west.

“[Liberals] cannot simply dictate anything to anyone just like they have been attempting to do over the recent decades,” he said. “The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.”

The claims brought a short response from European council president Donald Tusk at the G20 summit in Osaka on Friday.

“I strongly disagree with the main argument that liberalism is obsolete. Whoever claims that liberal democracy is obsolete, also claims that freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete,” he said. “For us in Europe, these are and will remain essential and vibrant values. What I find really obsolete are: authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs. Even if sometimes they may seem effective.”

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/27/putin-skripal-attack-shoul...

 

 

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"liberalism" has also an image and purpose problem. The more people on earth, the less liberalism we can afford. 

 

See:

the impossible survival of nature on planet cash...