Artaud Wrote About Here

I learned yesterday
(I must be behind the times, or perhaps it’s only a false
rumor, one of those pieces of spiteful gossip that are circulated between sink and latrine at the hour when meals that have been ingurgitated one more time are thrown in the slop buckets),
I learned yesterday
one of the most sensational of those official practices of American public schools
which no doubt account for the fact that this country believes itself to be in the vanguard of progress,
It seems that, among the examinations or tests required of a child entering public school for the first time, there is the so-called seminal fluid or sperm test,
which consists of asking this newly entering child for a small
amount of his sperm so it can be placed in a jar
and kept ready for any attempts at artificial insemination that might later take place.
For Americans are finding more and more that they lack muscle
and children,
that is, not workers
but soldiers,
and they want at all costs and by every possible means to make and manufacture soldiers
with a view to all the planetary wars which might later take place,
and which would be intended to demonstrate by the over-whelming virtues of force
the superiority of American products,
and the fruits of American sweat in all fields of activity and of the superiority of the possible dynamism of force.
Because one must produce,
one must by all possible means of activity replace nature
wherever it can be replaced,
one must find a major field of action for human inertia,
the worker must have something to keep him busy,
new fields of activity must be created,
in which we shall see at last the reign of all the fake manufactured products,
of all the vile synthetic substitutes
in which beatiful real nature has no part,
and must give way finally and shamefully before all the victorious substitute products
in which the sperm of all artificial insemination factories
will make a miracle
in order to produce armies and battleships.
No more fruit, no more trees, no more vegetables, no more plants pharmaceutical or otherwise and consequently no more food,
but synthetic products to satiety,
amid the fumes,
amid the special humors of the atmosphere, on the particular axes of atmospheres wrenched violently and synthetically from the resistances of a nature which has known nothing of war except fear.
And war is wonderful, isn’t it?
For it’s war, isn’t it, that the Americans have been preparing for and are preparing for this way step by step.
In order to defend this senseless manufacture from all competition that could not fail to arise on all sides,
one must have soldiers, armies, airplanes, battleships,
hence this sperm
which it seems the governments of America have had the effrontery to think of.
For we have more than one enemy lying in wait for us,
my son,
we, the born capitalists,
and among these enemies
Stalin’s Russia
which also doesn’t lack armed men.

All this is very well,
but I didn’t know the Americans were such a warlike people.
In order to fight one must get shot at
and although I have seen many Americans at war
they always had huge armies of tanks, airplanes, battleships
that served as their shield.
I have seen machines fighting a lot
but only infinitely far behind them have I seen the men who directed them.
Rather than people who feed their horses, cattle, and mules the last tons of real morphine they have left and replace it with substitutes made of smoke,
I prefer the people who eat off the bare earth the delirium from which they were born
I mean the Tarahumara eating Peyote off the ground
while they are born,
and who kill the sun to establish the kingdom of black night,
and who smash the cross so that the spaces of spaces can never again meet and cross.

1947

http://www.surrealism-plays.com/Artaud.html

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Artaud Wrote About Here

On Not Watching the “Debate”

No Talking Keep Cranking

I’m glad I didn’t watch the debate. What are they debating anyway? Spending cuts, deficits and taxes. Why do people listen to that stuff? Do they think that is a way to act like an adult like it shows other people you are a responsible person? One needs to debate about a deficit when the fed can’t even give money away? Cut spending so more money doesn’t get spent to buy stuff? This will help the economy? You would think that after the last bank crisis the press might allow some people who have actual ideas about real things to talk occasionally. But then I wouldn’t be listening anyway so I guess it doesn’t matter. I keep thinking about all the young able bodied Americans who are in prison, school, the armed forces or just unemployed. I guess it really doesn’t take much work to produce enough food and build enough houses for everyone to stay alive. Seems like there are actually way too many houses all sitting empty. Why do people even bother worrying. Even the people who actually have jobs rarely do anything productive. I work in a doctors office and at least 95 percent of the work is shuffling papers. A lot of the people who do actual work like building things or harvesting crops are immigrants used by “business” men to make them an “honest” buck while they are denied many basic human rights. Sometimes I think the people who really hate immigrants are the same people who don’t want to realize that they do nothing for no one. If everyone one washed their own dishes and made their own food no one would have a job. Its kinda sad, technology has made the economy so productive that people really don’t have to work that much but instead of realizing that and making some changes people are led to believe they need to support a larger prison population, more higher education and a bigger military and if they don’t have a job they should just feel really bad and stay out of sight. What else can people really do anymore? There is no public culture in America. The occupy movement looked so weird because it joined human beings together without giving people there marching orders. There is power in people just being together as people. If people went to school to learn how to think and act for themselves and be part of a living culture, if they turned off the TV,realized it was an empty box that had removed their souls and instead of getting up and going someplace else to get told how to be they just turned to their neighbor and started a conversation about what its like to be a human. Imagine people talking about what it’s like to be a imperfect fallible mortal human being able to make decisions and do things out of some inner desire instead of trying to act and feel like some twisted “ideal person”,some manipulated advertising created capitalist statistic analyzed and picked apart by the new technocratic high priests.

On Not Watching the “Debate”

Don’t let them Break the Internet

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

http://markjaquith.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/stop-internet-censorship-legislation/

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/finish_strong/

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/finish_strong/

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111115/15040016780/sopaprotect-ip-would-be-hideously-bad-video-gamers.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protect_IP_Act

http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/mdsaz/stop_the_ridiculous_protect_ip_act_right_now_sign/

http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

Don’t let them Break the Internet

New Forms Of Information Immersion

It’s terrible to think about just how stupid you have to make yourself in order to enjoy what is offered on the mass media.   The internet has made  some thoughtful media available. There are classes from universities and lectures that remind one of being in a university where thethe ideas mattered more than some “career track”.  That is a feeling few people have experience until recently .

Imagine what the intellectual life would be if one was never properly introduced the body of thought explored by the rest of the worlds intelegensia.  This is the case in America where professors are not political figures   Mass media in America is aimed at the audience it’s advertisers want.  They don’t want people who don’t listen to advertising.  The level of discourse currently seen on american television peaks with certain lectures by intellectuals such as noam chomsky  whose almost been around long enough to have a rather large and diverse audience.  But you won’t see a a nice two hour discusion of Chomsky’s linguistic theory.    Shows pitched to the American television audience segment made up of people considering themselves a bit more “educated” are no better.   Topic discussed on PBS show Nova are framed within the much more important aspect of the show and that is the wrapping of the subject into a generic plot introduced to frame the story making it resemble many other types of telivision programs.  Races against time, fawning character studies of scientist, scary information about previously un-worried about issues.

The current crop of media is usually un-produced audio or video of people talking.

I propose people begin to make films on video editing software from historical photographs and archives and footage from an HD cinematic video camera.  I envision something that would combine these resources into an extremely condensed  blast of informational immersion.  But not  to be consciously listened to for a narrative structure. but more like a various repeating mantra’s of various openings in the  cohesive structure of  current thing we think of as combining  most basic assumptions in what we can see

New Forms Of Information Immersion

Declaration of Inter-Dependence

 

 

 

 

Wow! This is a really great document. It really sums up all the various threads of dissenting progressive thought in a succinct and comprehension manner.

I entirely support it in it’s entirety.

Declaration of Inter-Dependence.

The Good News

A sound government’s main objective should be to foster and defend a just, safe, and sustainable society in which fairness, curiosity, innovation, and selflessness can flourish.

Justice

Those arrested in apparent protest are entitled to have their grievances heard in court so that the necessity and reasonableness of their actions may be determined.

In a just and prosperous society, there is a minimum acceptable standard of living below which no law abiding citizen should fall. That standard must be sufficient to protect children born into such circumstances from being developmentally or psychologically harmed by the experience. The revenue required to provide that failsafe should be drawn from the most prosperous industries and individuals.

Impoverished children must have access to structures that readily allow escape from poverty as adults.

In a just society there can be no birthright to privilege and power. As such, inherited wealth must be capped at a reasonable level, one that broadly distributes the incentive to achieve things of value.

Every child has the right to a high quality education. Familial wealth does not imply a greater right to mental enrichment.

Modern medical technology and knowledge have been produced with overwhelming public investment, and all people are entitled to benefit from them.

Scientific progress is inherently a public good. All people are equally entitled to access the products of public investments in science.

Violence by public servants is an inherently unacceptable response to non-violent protest.

Any order given to violate the constitutional rights of a citizen, or the human rights of a person, is illegitimate and must be refused.

Any order to use potentially damaging force and/or weapons against non-violent people is illegitimate and must be refused.

Mass arrests of unarmed people can result in detentions of no more than 12 hours.

There is no state of unrest that supersedes the three rules above.

Markets

All the foreseeable costs of private sector actions must be born by the initiators of those actions. Foreseeable harms (to the planet, society or disinterested individuals) that are the byproduct of profitable activity are, in effect, unjust transfers of wealth that must be mitigated with compensatory transfers of wealth from those that profited, toward the interests of those harmed.

Accountability for all private sector decisions and actions must rest with humans. No inanimate structure can insulate individuals from liability for the externalization of foreseeable harms.

All private fiduciary obligations are subordinate to a person’s public sector duties.

Progressive taxation is the natural remedy for patterns of unproductive wealth concentration.

Markets must be governmentally regulated in the public interest.

When an institution must be publicly bailed out, the individuals involved in producing the failure must not be financially enriched, and must be removed from positions of control. Ill gotten gains must be fully recovered and put toward mitigating the harm of the bailout to the public. In the case that the failure was willfully or negligently caused, punitive damages sufficient to discourage analogous failures should be imposed, and put to the same purpose.

Commercial advertising must exist only in an opt-in context. All people must have the practical ability to avoid commercial advertisement entirely, without losing access to the full array of public goods. Advertising directly to children is unacceptable.

Society functions best when people are protected from unforeseeable misfortune, but otherwise pay the costs, and receive the benefits, of their actions. This societal goal is best served in a very large risk-pool, where managers have no profit-motive to withhold coverage from the unfortunate. As such, insurance should, like policing and fire suppression, be a public function.

Sustainability

All human activities with the potential to substantially affect important, complex biotic and abiotic systems should be presumed harmful until demonstrated to be safe.

Humanity must avoid any substantial alteration of the earth and atmosphere which humanity does not have the technological and economic power to reverse.

No generation has the right to substantially degrade the earth for future generations. To the extent that modern human activity is unsustainable, we have an obligation to transition to sustainable modes, in whatever fashion most rapidly and successfully mitigates total net harm.

The safety, security and wellbeing of citizens can not be made contingent on any unsustainable process such as growth in population, or growth in the economy.

Government

Only creatures can have rights. Inanimate objects and structures can not. In moral and legal terms, humans are the only “people”. Corporations may have privileges granted to them in the public interest. Corporations that habitually produce more public harm than good are not entitled to persist.

There must be an inviolable firewall protecting democratic government from market forces.

All parties and candidates for public office must have an equal platform from which to persuade the public. Wealth must not be proportional to voice.

Lobbying for profit is an offense against democracy.

The gaming and capture of public regulatory structures is inherently hostile to public welfare. Such behavior must be rendered both criminal and unprofitable, lest it become entrenched and elaborated.

Anything that provides legal advantages to wealthier litigants over poorer litigants is an affront to the concept of equal justice under the law.

A government that represents the interests of less than half the governed population can not claim to justly undertake military action.

Declaration of Inter-Dependence

Paul’s Misreading Of the teachings of Christ led to Christianity

From Documents

Is not the ultimate American paranoiac fantasy that of an individual living in a small idyllic Californian city, a consummerist paradise, who suddenly starts to suspect that the world he lives in is a fake, a spectatle staged to convince him that he lives in a real world, while all people around him are effectively actors and extras in a gigantic show? The most recent example of this is Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show (1998), with Jim Carrey playing the small town clerk who gradually discovers the truth that he is the hero of a 24-hours permanent TV show: his hometown is constructed on a a gigantic studio set, with cameras following him permanently. Sloterdijk‘s “sphere” is here literally realized, as the gigantic metal sphere that envelopes and isolates the entire city. This final shot of The Truman Show may seem to enact the liberating experience of breaking out from the ideological suture of the enclosed universe into its outside, invisible from the ideological inside. However, what if it is precisely this “happy” denouement of the film (let us not forget: applauded by the millions around the world watching the last minutes of the show), with the hero breaking out and, as we are led to believe, soon to join his true love (so that we have again the formula of the production of the couple!), that is ideology at its purest? What if ideology resides in the very belief that, outside the closure of the finite universe, there is some “true reality” to be entered?(2)

Paul’s Misreading Of the teachings of Christ led to Christianity

deep down, some rich people understand

Well I believe, deep down, some rich people understand that they wouldn’t be rich if there were not poor people. However they also desperately want to believe that there is something above or beyond this world of banal and seemingly unfair facticity. If they were forced to see the world as it is then they would need to realize that they are in large part to blame what is “actually” wrong in the world today.  Modern art allows rich people to step over the homeless person.  The modern art museum is a church of the elite.  The appreciation of the art in them is as much a consequence of faith as the belief in Jesus is in an evangelical Christian.  This is why there is so much more care shown in the building of new museums than in the building of new churches.
A Christian church exists to propagate  a world view that this world is only temporary and that ones real life begins after death when one is transported to another world.
The museum serves a view that is more like that of the despotic King.  This world is where we are and we are the winners.  It is our opinions that truly matter, we are the value-generating beings in this world.  Immortality lies in the acceptance that over time  our opinion will be the ones…..

Or whatever
it’s fun to think about anyway

deep down, some rich people understand