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Re: INSTITUTIONAL DENIAL ABOUT THE DARK SIDE OF LAW SCHOOL
« Reply #170 on: February 08, 2007, 03:16:20 AM »
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« Reply #171 on: February 08, 2007, 01:38:38 PM »
this kills me, i mean this really slays me...i wonder if grandma and grandpa joad who moved out west with one live chicken and some watermelon seeds would be sympathetic.  we are becoming an effete society of complainers.  how will we match the sino-indian challenge to american predominance? tens of millions of these people would happily take your posh little life in law school.  move over.

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« Reply #172 on: April 19, 2007, 04:48:11 AM »
this kills me, i mean this really slays me...i wonder if grandma and grandpa joad who moved out west with one live chicken and some watermelon seeds would be sympathetic.  we are becoming an effete society of complainers.  how will we match the sino-indian challenge to american predominance? tens of millions of these people would happily take your posh little life in law school.  move over.

I don't agree with that assessment at all. Our society has changed since the time of the Joads, believe it or not. We have 45 million people in the country without health insurance, real wages have either stagnated or declined over the last 30 years, Americans have no job security, work longer hours than workers in other industrialized countries for the same or less money. Those who actually do have health care pay a ****load for it, so the insurance companies can pay for enormous overhead expenses like advertising.

In addition, we are all atomized and isolated from one another, and there is no sense of community or connection with other people. Due to our very limited social safety net, people are constantly anxious of falling through the cracks. Stop worrying about "Sino-Indian predominance" and start working to fix a sick society, ruled by a corporate- owned government that couldn't care less about the American people. A society dominated strictly by capitalist values can ONLY be sick. We need to find new values to live by, and rediscover a spirituality other than the traditional "God, Guns and Gays" mantra of the right. Read "The Affluent Socety' by John Kenneth Galbraith, or "The Soul of Capitalism by William Greider" for more information.

Americans are doped up on meds because they feel anxious about the isecurity of their place in society. The pervasive fear of falling through the cracks underlies all kinds of perceived mental illnesses.

Someone said people who take drugs are lazy and unmotivated. That's interesting, because some of the most creative and driven people I know have taken drugs at some point in their lives (van gogh, the beatles, and a milion other artists and intellectuals who will go down as the most intelligent and artistic in human history).

Stop passing judgments about people because they take certain medications to alleviate their real or perceived problems. Who are you to call someone lazy for taking meds? Have you been in their shoes? Have you experienced everything someone who takes meds has experienced in their life? If not, shut up with your "holier than thou" attitude. If you can live your life without taking drugs, great for you. Congratulations on your marvelous accomplisment. You can put it on your tombstone that you lived your life without taking psychoactive substances. You will surely go down in the annals of history for your considerable personal strength and great moral integrity.

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« Reply #173 on: May 09, 2007, 11:23:28 PM »

A letter to the editor of a small, upstate-New York newspaper, written in 1992 by an American GI after his return from service in the gulf war is disclosed. This person complained that the legacy of the American middle class had been stolen by an indifferent government. The American dream -- he wrote -- has all but disappeared; instead, most people are struggling just to buy next week's groceries. That letter writer was Timothy McVeigh from Lockport, N.Y. 2 years later, he blew up the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in what is now the second-worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil.

As one issue of The Truth at Last, a white-supremacist magazine, put it: "Immigrants are flooding into our nation willing to work for the minimum wage (or less). Super-rich corporate executives are flying all over the world in search of cheaper and cheaper labor so that they can lay off their American employees. . .Many young White families have no future! They are not going to receive any appreciable wage increases due to job competition from immigrants." hat they want, says one member, is to "take back what is rightfully ours." Their anger often fixes on "others" -- women, members of minority groups, immigrants, gay men, and lesbians -- in part because those are the people with whom they compete for entry-level, minimum-wage jobs. Above them all, enjoying the view, hovers the international Jewish conspiracy.

A RHETORIC OF MASCULINITY is what holds together these racist/sexist/homophobic "paranoid politics". In their quest for power these men consider themselves to be emasculated by big money and big government -- they call the government "the Nanny State" -- and they claim that "others" have been handed the birthright of native-born white men. In the eyes of such downwardly mobile white men, most white American males collude in their own emasculation. They've grown soft, feminized, weak. White supremacists' websites abound with complaints about the "whimpering collapse of the blond male"; the "legions of sissies and weaklings, of flabby, limp-wristed, nonaggressive, non-physical, indecisive, slack-jawed, fearful males who, while still heterosexual in theory and practice, have not even a vestige of the old macho spirit."

White supremacists thus offer men the restoration of their masculinity -- a manhood in which individual white men control the fruits of their own labor and are not subject to emasculation by finance capital or a black-and feminist-controlled welfare state. Theirs is the militarized manhood of the heroic John Rambo, a manhood that celebrates their God-sanctioned right to band together in armed militias if anyone, or any government agency, tries to take it away from them. If the state and the economy emasculate them, and if the masculinity of the "others" is problematic, then only "real" white men can rescue America from a feminized, multicultural, androgynous melting pot.

Already sounded familiar? Central to this political ideology is the recovery of manhood from the emasculating politics of globalization.

Remasculinizing men and refeminizing women.

For instance, many of Hitler's policies -- such as the killing of longtime colleague and avowed homosexual Ernst Rohm, or even the systematic persecution and execution of gay men in concentration camps -- were, in fact, prompted by a desire to conceal his own homosexuality. But what do such accusations actually explain? Do revelations about Hitler's possible gay propensities raise troubling connections between homosexuality and mass murder?

They do address the consequences of homophobia, at least -- both official and informal homophobia -- on young men who are exploring their sexual identities. What's relevant is not the possible fact of Hitler's gayness, but the shame and fear that surround homosexuality in societies that refuse to acknowledge sexual diversity. What is interesting about Hitler is not their repressed sexual orientation but gender -- their masculinity, their sense of masculine entitlement, and their thwarted ambitions. They accepted cultural definitions of masculinity, and needed someone to blame when they felt that they failed to measure up. (After all, being called a mama's boy, and told to toughen up are demands for gender conformity, not matters of sexual desire.)


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« Reply #174 on: May 22, 2007, 05:51:33 AM »

America celebrates stupidity in order to help people ignore the dissonance between their belief that America is a democratic nation with civil rights and the fact that it is an Orwellian totalitarian state derived from lessons learned in the "great experiments" of Fascism and Stalinism.


Monumental statement, I'd say!

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« Reply #175 on: May 24, 2007, 12:03:17 PM »
Oh come on, we've all heard that ignorance is bliss. ;)

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« Reply #176 on: May 26, 2007, 05:53:54 AM »

Oh come on, we've all heard that ignorance is bliss. ;)


Yes, in Rome's days of luxury! ;)

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« Reply #177 on: May 28, 2007, 07:22:55 AM »

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os6ama is the answer


You mean the solution is gonna come from outside, since capitalism represses the population in their own countries so bad that they are completely helpless?

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« Reply #178 on: June 19, 2007, 07:34:47 PM »

America celebrates stupidity in order to help people ignore the dissonance between their belief that America is a democratic nation with civil rights and the fact that it is an Orwellian totalitarian state derived from lessons learned in the "great experiments" of Fascism and Stalinism. Popular culture celebrates stupidity as an end in itself and as a road to happiness. Recent examples are by no means limited to Forrest Gump, South Park, Jackass, George W. Bush, and the WWE. They only expand an older tradition of "aw shucks" ignorance. Before, the awshucks had to be combined with an audacious, aggressive optimism; now it is best when combined with ruthless brutality and a psychotic sense of humor. While the psychopathic ravings of a rapper are considered entertaining, the re-enslaving of African Americans in the prison-industrial complex is justified in the white mind by the very same lyrics. Popular culture serves up rebellion to the masses in such a way that when and if they finally act out against the state that makes them miserable their very act of rebellion finally supports that state. The belief that popular culture produces what the masses want is one of the beliefs that supports the fascist structure and promotes isolation among those who reject its pabulum.


As Hitler's propagandist Joseph Goebbles stated, "a lie told often enough eventually becomes the truth." Is the truth much closer to this statement: "Proponents of military action against Iraq are as misguided as the appeasers who refused to stand up to Adolph Hitler in the 1930s." Can those of you who remember the history of 1930s Germany see the parallels to our current times? Are we witnessing the rapid Nazification of America?

The German leadership in the later 1930s thought it was quite appropriate to invade other countries to get what Germany wanted. The Bush regime's plan to invade Iraq by force, impose a regime change and make Iraq's oil safe for western corporations seems to be a rather Hitlerian mindset. How can otherwise sane people be convinced that invading another country is a good idea? The German people were whipped into a frenzy of support for Hitler and the Nazis by systematic programming. A media blitz from the Nazi propaganda machine fomented a blind pro-Aryan patriotic pride.

What is the difference today? During World War II, the U.S. government realized the value of propaganda. Beginning in the late 1940s, U.S. Military Intelligence and the various clandestine agencies that eventually formed the CIA, gave millions of dollars in research grants to American universities for the research and development of propaganda techniques. Joseph Goebble's societal mind controlling propaganda machine came to America under Project Paperclip and was transformed into an academic genre that is now euphemistically known as the "science of communications." The result? Every journalism student is trained in this now exact science. Polished to a fine art and potentized by modern technology, our minds are pumped on every channel, bandwidth and frequency, 24/7. There's no room left for independent thinking. Our thoughts are provided for us, so slick and conveniently, that the average American doesn't even know what hit 'em.

Mental conformity is accomplished with up-to-the-minute news pumps. Room for alternatives or debate? Only if its going in the direction the doctors of spin have prescribed for us. Just as in Hitler's time, we've been whipped into a frenzy of blind pro-American patriotic pride.

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« Reply #179 on: June 20, 2007, 12:32:50 AM »

Joseph Goebble\'s societal mind controlling propaganda machine came to America under Project Paperclip and was transformed into an academic genre that is now euphemistically known as the \"science of communications.\" The result? Every journalism student is trained in this now exact science.


Could you expand a bit?