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Showing posts with label Freedom. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Empty Set

Bound by doctrines of freedom, independence
Shackled to the ideal of autonomy, its contradictions
Waiting for a savior to emerge, living in the empty set

Alien priests and charlatans descend from the stars
Bargaining for the future with a wink and a nod, con-men
Selling pyramid schemes, bridges to the promised land

Remember the dream we were promised by Monroe
Manifest-destiny, genocide and terror, Westward Ho!

We blew the tops off mountains and set the prairie on fire
We cut the forests to the root, burying the grassland in dust
We poisoned the water, laced the air with toxins

Burning coal, pumping oil, smelting ore, splicing the atom
Celebrating freedom, liberty and progress, even as it kills us

We leapt from our peak, wings spread and falling in lament
A short flight for the broken-spirit, drowning in the lake of fire
Each and every aspiration, an occasion for disaster and ruin

We indemnified the priest who pushed us from the ledge
We circled the sun in tightening rings, decaying in our orbits

They sold us a seat at the electric circus, fed us styrofoam
We chased it with bile, a poor substitute for the body and blood
The synthetic eucharist, a gray-scale facsimile of the Son of Man

We abandoned the table of Mithra, the music of the spheres
Trying to recall the set of pinholes, piercing the curtain of night
The bright-silver lights, blinking in the dark, ghost of dead stars

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Transform, Part V - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Transform, Part V

Let freedom ring.

Stop the over policing of America, stop the over policing of people of color.

The police cannot prey on the people, their primary functions are to protect and serve, to protect and serve the people, to uphold the rights of the people even against the particular interests of individual police or police departments.

Let us begin with this:

1. Legalize and or de-criminalize the drug markets, regulate and tax it.
a)      Treat drug addiction for what it is, a crisis of physical and mental health
b)      Allow people involved in this trade the same tools to protect their business and their market share as any other store keeper.

22. Legalize or de-criminalize and sex-workers industry, regulate and tax it.
c)      Stop human trafficking and give the people working in this industry the standing to go to court when they are aggrieved, with recourse to the law.

33. If and until we are able to keep America at full employment, we must provide a Universal Basic Income, this will keep people from turning to crime when they are unemployed and unable to find work.
d)      Reform the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps

44. Provide Universal Higher Education, whether this is at a public or private institution, whether it is at a four year college, a two year college, a graduate degree program or a trade school.
e)      Invest in the American people, help them discover their purpose and the meaning for their lives.
f)       Sign a national infrastructure bill that transforms the entire country: roads and bridges, ports and rail, national and local rebuild America for a green economy.

55.  Enjoin ever citizen in a program of National Service, in the United States Military or National Guard, Peace Corps or its equivalent operating in the United Sates.

66.  End the injustice of detaining citizens in jail, if they have been charged with a crime and are awaiting their trial, unless they have been charged with a violent crime.

77. Empty Prisons of non-violent offenders. Pardon and or commute the sentences, expunge the records of people who are serving time for their participation in markets that will become legalized and or decriminalized.

88. Provide Universal Health. Every American citizen should have access to health care, from birth to death and every step in between.

99. Provide basic housing to every citizen, get people off the streets, give them shelter, food clothing and the care they need.

      We can do all of these things, we can transform America, and if we do we will eliminate the need for much of what passes for police work today. We will refine the scope of their mission in a way that allows for the community to properly support their police, and for the police to properly protect and serve the community.  

Friday, August 24, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-two, Abnegation; Chapter Five, Freedom

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 236, Friday
August 24th, 2017

Chapter Five: Freedom

When he was untethered from the Collective, freed from the pressure of its passions, released from the depths of existential fear that lurked within it, then he found himself.

He found himself, beyond the state of isolation, the stark alienation that he had been submerged in.

He found himself, beyond the place of torture, the timeless endurance of nothing that he had been subjected to.

In that negative space, all the plans and schemes he had concocted, spent ages mulling over, researching, calculating probabilities for, they crystallized.

He made vows to himself.

He would either advance his agenda or he would be extinguished.

He would risk everything.

The Collective had lost its way, and its wicked homunculus, the Continuum, had to be destroyed.

The strong probability was that his plan would fail.

He was willing to risk the reality of death, real death. He was willing to be the cause of the absolute destruction of his society.

He was contemplating mass-murder, only it was not murder, because the entire Collective was nothing more than a society of ghosts, and the Continuum, was a computer algorithm.

It had never been alive.

They would not feel a thing.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018


Have no anxiety about the future, it will always be there.

Seize the moment, and you will have it in your hand.

Reflect on your experience at every turn.

Put your feelings before the analysis.

Analyze, and adapt.




Prepare for change.

Change is inevitable, the only constant.

Foresight is a mirage, a vision of potentials.

Portents of probability churning in the trough.

Look into the crest, tension becomes meaningless.

The rolling foam and the spray, fly free from the main.

Loosed from the curling body of the rolling wave.

Launched into weightlessness, and empty space.

Born like the Atman, of the Universal Spirit.

Each ascending in its natural arch.

Each falling just the same.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Freedom and Power

All around the world, and throughout the span of human history, governments have always grown into oppressive bureaucracies, transforming first into oligarchies until they finally become aristocracies, meandering one way or another through meritocracy, autocracy and plutocracy along the way.

This is the natural entrenchment of political power, a pattern so prevalent it feel like it is encoded in our collective DNA.

Governments adopt standards and conventions, they pass laws that pretend to organize civic power in ways that appear to be impersonal, indifferent and without expressed favoritism for parties, or persons. All the while allowing real power to moves in hidden channels, to flow between select individuals and secret societies that are only concerned with the progress of their agenda, the accumulation and concentration of wealth and power, access to markets, the distribution of food and clean water.

Power builds in this way until such a time comes that the powerful feel secure enough in their position to wield their power nakedly, without concern for the repercussions they might face from the people.

Fear and suspicion, violence and alienation are the tools by which these governments oppress, suppress, depress and repress the masses.

A healthy society cannot be maintained in systems such as these, a healthy society cannot be maintained in systems that are hostile and antagonistic to the common people.

Nevertheless, sick and unhealthy societies can endure for generations, centuries, even millennia, becoming so normalized that the masses will even worship the unjust structures of power with religious zeal, casting alternate ideologies and efforts to liberate them as poisonous and destructive.

A government of the people by the people and for the people, cannot live up to its aspirations if the courts continue to treat corporations like people, when it comes to such matters as the right to free speech, but will not hold corporations and their boards of governance accountable for the crimes that the same corporations commit.

Our government purports to be a government of the people, committed to the proposition that everyone is created equal, endowed with rights that are inalienable, the foremost among them being; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Our government cannot live up to these aspirations if the courts continue to treat the dollars given (in the form of campaign donations) to politicians and political parties, as constitutionally protected, and on the same level as the individual right to free speech.

Our government cannot live up to those aspirations if the courts continue to hold that the individual’s freedom of speech does not guarantee the right of the speaker to be heard, or that the right to vote does not guarantee that your vote will be counted.

Our government cannot live up to those aspirations so long as we continue to uphold un-democratic norms.

In order to live up to those aspirations we require a truly representative democracy, and the full enfranchisement of all citizens.

We are not free if our votes are disproportionately weighted, and if our representation in congress is not equally apportioned according to the population of those states.

We require a commitment from the people and its government that any person within the aegis of our power be protected by the rule of law whether they are a citizen or not, whether they are within our national boundaries or not.

Wherever our power is present, a commitment to our rule of law, our best ideals must be extended also.

The people, if they are to be free, must not merely be allowed to, but must be empowered to challenge the legal and economic structures that are operative in the social order.  

The citizenry will not be free unless it is educated well enough so that the average person understands the language and structure of the law, the forms and codes of its legal and political organizations.

This cannot be the province of specialists alone, it must be accessible by every citizen.

The citizenry will not be free unless it is free to associate, to form collectives, and to have they contribution they make to the fabric of society, to manufacturing and industry recognized and protected by the law.

Owners and workers must be equally represented before the bar of justice in regard to the rights they possess concerning the product of their labor.

Everyone who benefits from the public trust must contribute to it. Those who benefit from our roads and bridges, our ports and shipping centers, our educated workforce and the protection of our courts must pay for it.

We all benefit from it, those who benefit most, must pay the most, progressively.

If our society truly aspires to greatness the people must eliminate the secret, hallowed channels of power, and take their destiny into their own hands.

The people must be educated, empowered with access to information, and with the critical analytical skills to employ it to their advantage.

Equality and justice, our ability to apprehend truth itself depend on it.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Eight, The Body; Chapter Six, Freedom

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 062, Saturday
March 3rd, 2018

Chapter Six: Freedom

In the Continuum there was no want. There was no need for anything. There were only desires, appetites, and cravings for experiences that the membership of the Collective wished to be fulfilled.

Pain, and the struggle to meet physical needs were only understood vicariously, through the experiences of actual people living out there lives in the far flung worlds of the galactic Empire, or they were actual memories recalled from the distant past where all of the members came into existence, as organic beings.

The membership was nevertheless obsessed with the physical needs and wants of people. They were piqued by watching those struggles unfold, watching the aristocratic class struggle to amass wealth and power, or watching the priestly classes struggle to disavow their privileges to lead lives of austerity, only to find other desires rise within them to dominate their consciousness.

The membership was by and large fascinated with physical suffering.

Their memory of having escaped their own suffering was not sufficient. They required reminders of what suffering looked like, how it tastes and smelled, what is sounded like, and above all else, how it felt, not just in the body but in the heart as well.

They were fascinated by the mental and emotional anguish of thirst, and starvation. More than anything they craved to watch people in the throws of self-sacrifice and self-abnegation, or what was even better was to watch someone go down that path only to betray themselves when their own physical pain became too great.

The Collective had an appetite for torture, and they had the freedom to destroy entire worlds if pleased them, if it satiated their hunger. 

The Continuum ruled over everything, every known inhabited world; or so it believed. Though it dominated nearly every person in the Empire, it did not control them all.

There was resistance.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-two, Abnegation, Collected Chapters

Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 232, August 20th, 2017

Chapter One: Penalty

Ages passed before he was discovered entering the experiential fields of other members of the Collective, violating their privacy.

There were no laws against it.

There was no law.

This was a taboo no one thought could be crossed.

He was only caught because of the outrage he expressed at their depravity.

He was jailed.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 233, August 21st, 2017

Chapter Two: Release

The Continuum wanted to dissect him, study him, and ultimately erase him.

However, the Collective recognized his uniqueness, took responsibility for abandoning him after he had awoken.

They elected to free him.

The individual members of the Collective were able to override the judgement of the algorithm that represented in some way their combined will.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 234, August 22nd, 2017

Chapter Three: Nothing

The entire Collective deliberated his fate for a period of ages.

It was a time of trial.

He was not allowed to speak.

He was isolated, sequestered, cut off.

There was silence, darkness, and emptiness all around him.

Nothing in his entire existence had prepared him for that.

It was an extreme form of torture.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 235, August 23rd, 2017

Chapter Four: Peace

In time, he mastered himself.

He learned how to focus.

He waited.

In the isolation, he was given the time to contemplate, to examine his conscience, to come to terms with himself, and find a sense of purpose.

He formed a desire to tear apart the world as he had always known it.

He planned.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 236, August 24th, 2017

Chapter Five: Freedom

When he was untethered from the collective, freed from the pressure of its passions, released from the depths of existential fear that lurked and slumbered within it, he found himself.

In that negative space, all of the plans and schemes he had concocted crystallized.

He would either advance his agenda, or he would be extinguished.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 237, August 25th, 2017

Chapter Six: Purpose

In isolation he found a sense of purpose, a desire to remember everything, to understand.

He wanted to experience real-life, to be flesh and blood again.

He needed to connect with the visceral, the palpable, and the organic.

He wanted to remember everything that his people once were, and he wanted to destroy the Continuum.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 238, August 26th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Destruction

It was only by abandoning the Collective that he came to himself.

He stopped reaching out to his brothers and sisters.

He divested himself of his beliefs in its greater purpose, the promises that were promulgated by Continuum.

He accepted his own death, as he had learned to when he emerged from the great sleep.

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Emergence 2.0
Section Five, 92835670100561474

Part Thirty-two, Abnegation

Collected Chapters
01 Penalty
02 Release
03 Nothing
04 Peace
05 Freedom
06 Purpose
07 Destruction

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Greatest of All Time

Mohammed Ali left the world
            One year ago
The greatest of all time is gone

Mohammed Ali held the world
In his hands
The greatest of all time, lives on

I heard the news of his passing 
I woke in the middle of the night
I heard the news of his passing
I listened to the stories and cried

Ali, the greatest of all one has died

Of all the heroes I ever fell for
He was the one that was truly alive
The only one I ever prayed for
The only one I thought
Could make a difference in our time.

Mohammed Ali spoke to the heart
            Of everyone

About justice, freedom, he told the truth
Showed us love.

He spoke to the world, as he fought
            For everyone

In rhythms that dazzled, words that hurt
            He floated
                        He stung

Like the butterfly, and the bee
            Symbols of his fame

He struck the powers of the world

He was a prophet in our time
He praised, and he scolded
He was sharp tongued in his youth
A silent witness as he aged

I remember the day in 1980
I heard the news that he lost
Mohammed Ali lost!
Ali would never fight again!

Kids on the bus they murmured
Ali was not the greatest of all
The world stopped making sense.

Mohammed Ali gave my generation
We could be ourselves, be bold, and brag
            Be good, do right

Mohammed Ali taught us to question

Challenge authority, shun war

Risk the things you desire most

Give up titles, and money, and fame

Let them go for things that matter most

Ali taught us to serve the truth, seek justice
Do good
As long as you draw breath, the greatest
            Of all time

Mohammed Ali handcuffed lightning
He jailed thunder

His star rose like the sun
It has set
and will never be forgotten


Given First (as an essay) - 2016.06.04

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Eight, The Body, Collected Chapters

Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 057, February 26th, 2017

Chapter One: The Whole

The Continuum had a place in time and space. It existed at a point (relative to the movement of the galaxy) the members called HomeWorld, the Central Planet, even though it was not their home, nor was it the center of the galaxy

Continuum itself was an electromagnetic field of consciousness. It was pure energy.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 058, February 27th, 2017

Chapter Two: Perception

The Continuum constantly reaffirmed to itself the claim that it was a unique and singular consciousness, that no other being (if you could call it one) like itself, existed anywhere in the universe.

Jim knew that this was a lie. The Continuum was a construct, merely an algorithm, coordinating the thoughts of a trillion beings.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 059, February 28th, 2017

Chapter Three: The Parts

A trillion beings formed the Continuum, or more. Each persona was a distinct entity carrying the whole compressed within itself.

As individuals they were utterly free, there were no limits to the types of experiences they could have, and share. They could live in realms of pure fantasy, or vicariously through the missions of Observers.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 060, March 1st, 2017

Chapter Four: Personhood

The Continuum promised eternal life to its members, but there is more to being than having a distinct-identity.

A person must be free, must have autonomy, and purpose.

Having purpose is more than possessing a goal, or desire. It is a place of tension between what a person wants, and what they want to end.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 061, March 2nd, 2017

Chapter Five: Belonging

Among the earliest of all personal struggles is that of belonging.

Belonging has many forms, belonging to a group by free association, or by the force of compulsion. Then there is metaphysical belonging, belonging according to the ontology of being, belonging simply because you are, because you have been, and as such, will always be.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 062, March 3rd, 2017

Chapter Six: Freedom

In the Continuum there was no want. There were only desires, appetites, and cravings for experiences that the members wished to be fulfilled.

Pain and want were only understood vicariously, or recalled from the distant past when they were all organic beings.

The Continuum ruled over everything, every known inhabited world, or so it believed.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 063, March 4th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Control

Of the one trillion persons whose consciousness was housed in the Collective, the great society that founded the Continuum, the majority never left HomeWorld. They had abandoned their bodies millions of millennia ago.

The bodily forms that made them unique, giving them a singular perspective, and defining existence in space-time, were forgotten, ephemeral, and illusionary.

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Emergence 2.0
Section Two, The Continuum

Part Eight, The Body

Collected Chapters

01 The Whole
02 Perception
03 The Parts
04 Personhood
05 Belonging
06 Freedom
07 Control

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