Revolution Scam 2012: The real reason for the imminent miscarriage of Intellectual Revolution started by the former obstetrician
Monday, May 28 2012 @ 11:38 PM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
|One man with courage is a majority.|
- Thomas Jefferson
Most Americans "think" they are still thinking, but they are wrong. If that's what they are doing, the ape can also think.
Several weeks ago I was at a loss over how to explain to my audience the way Thomas Jefferson did his thinking more than 230 years ago. As the last resort, I borrowed
a cheap analogy from the 1999 U.S. film titled The Matrix. Even so I didn't seem to have succeeded. That is why now I'm going to use a more straightforward approach toward the question about the process of thinking particular to mankind. I know the average American is allergic to a no-nonsense discourse purely based on logical reasoning, but I still hope there are a small number of Americans who disdain to go with the flow.
Prior to this one, I uploaded a post dealing with conspiracy "theories" because the widespread delusive ideologies, or ideological delusions, which do not deserve to be called theories at all, are the farthest things from Thomas Jefferson's principled way of thinking. In response, a German visitor to this site gave us a brilliant comment in which she exquisitely likens conspiracy theorists to the detectives in Scotland Yard in the eyes of Sherlock Holmes. You can't agree more, at least as far as people of certain occupations such as detectives and mathematicians are concerned.
I don't want to claim to be an expert in cognitive science. For one thing I know nothing about American philosopher, mathematician and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) any more than a Wikipedian tells us. According to the Wikipedia entry, Peirce argued that an "abductive inference" starts with "guessing."
Maybe this holds true in some cases. But I think when talking about things like politics, the first step involved in the process of thinking is not just guessing. To me it's internalization of visual, audio, or any other sensory perception. It's important to know you can't internalize any input unless you can find in it a relevance to your own life.
This really brings us to Plato's thoughts. The Greek philosopher argued, in defiance of agnosticism of his teacher Socrates, that man still can learn things that are really worth learning because learning is nothing but recollection of what one has already known by intuition.
More than 2 millenniums later, Soren Kierkegaard wrote in an 1843 entry to his diary: "It is quite true what philosophy says: that life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived forwards." Obviously the Danish philosopher thought it's man's intuition that leads him to think, and then act accordingly. (Kierkegaard termed this forward recollection a "repetition.") If one doesn't have a good intuitive faculty, he always ends up beating the bushes as if he has an eternal life before him. This argument all comes down to how you can tell whether the input at hand has real relevance to you.
The second step in man's thinking process is to conceptualize the newly internalized perception to form a new idea of his own. (See NOTE below.) Actually this step is normally divided into two - one for hypothesizing and the other for theorizing.
NOTE: The word "conceptualize" here is basically synonymous with "crystallize," the term Betty Friedan used in her gerontological work The Fountain of Age. As Friedan suggests, to crystallize does not always mean abstraction.
If you failed to identify a real issue in the first step, you are also destined to fail to conceptualize because now you are fully conditioned to respond to someone else's problem like Pavlov's dog does to a given stimulus. If you know what exactly personal liberty means, you should also know that everyone has the right to differ from others. That means the criteria on which to decide what issues to identify as valid and relevant largely vary from an individual to another. Paradoxical though it may seem, that's why Ron Paul says, "Liberty always brings people together," even beyond national boundaries.
In the final step of thinking, you queue the newly acquired concept so it can be readily exteriorized in such a way that it can be shared with others as an actionable idea.
These are the steps you take when you do the thinking using your own brain.
When Obama spread around the empty word "change" four years ago, tens of millions of thinking-disabled people jumped at it. Actually they went as far as to think the black Messiah would be able to walk on the troubled water. Now, as is evident from the striking resemblance between the members of the Obama cult in 2008 and Ron Paul supporters four years later, basically the same thing is happening in 2012. The only difference lies with the fact that Ron Paul's cause of civil liberty is precisely defined by its advocate.
So it's all the more tragic that those who rally behind the Texas Congressman are mentally too lazy to make strenuous effort to be entailed in conceptual thinking. Because of their longtime exposure to the vast intellectual vacuum created by the American chattering classes, both in the mainstream and fringe, they once again chose to bypass the painstaking process of internalizing, crystallizing and exteriorizing the highly conceptual ideas they heard from Ron Paul.
As a result, all they can do is to give paper-thin alibis for their total inaction resulting from physical cowardice and mental inertia. To prove they are not at fault, they put all the blame on someone else, most typically, the mainstream media for their bias against Ron Paul, and the GOP establishment for its habitual manipulation of the results of caucuses and primaries. It's as though they didn't expect their opponents to use the same old tricks, or they thought establishment would soon back down in the face of their incessant verbal attacks.
To the same end, they have also invented false issues, such as legalization of marijuana, abortion or gay marriages. Some of them may not be really false, but they are side issues at best. By doing so, they have easily played into the enemy's hands.
Another case in point is that
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (formerly known as SOPA) have always been their favorite topics. Every time Ron Paul mentioned these words, his supporters never failed to boo. But one conceptual question never crossed their minds: "What's wrong with the government restraining the people's rights to freedom and privacy, when, as a matter of fact, these rights have already been hollowed out completely?" Civil liberties mean absolutely nothing until it is actually used in a creative way. Equally important, you can't actualize them at no cost.
It's not an issue of primary importance whether or not these "police state" measures are unconstitutional. Although they always pretended not to have heard him, "the Champion of the Constitution" himself said over and over again that the U.S. Constitution is not a perfect document as the Bible. The 16th Amendment, for instance, should be repealed to allow the American people to keep the fruits of their labor. The same is true of the 17th Amendment: it has to be repealed before abolishing the FED, as these simple-minded guys kept chanting in ecstasy.
These are all inevitable consequences of their failure to precisely understand the cause of the Intellectual Revolution centered around the idea of civil liberties.
On May 15, Ron Paul's campaign headquarters announced that the Texas Congressman was going to suspend campaigning "actively" on a false pretext that it had run out of fund. Despite the muddled words from the campaign headquarters, now Ron Paul's revolution was coming to a screeching halt, as had been expected since the onset of the leap-year farce.
Now all over the web, people have started spreading unconfirmed rumors such as:
- Ron Paul has been kidnapped and is now being forced to compromise on his bold plans to abolish the FED and close down all military bases overseas,
- his wife Carol fell seriously ill in a mysterious way and she is now on a life-support system,
- his son Rand has made an about-face and now he is endorsing Mitt Romney,
- now that all these things have ensured Obama's second term, Hillary Clinton shows a keen interest in becoming his running mate so the monster is only one step away from becoming the Queen of the United States,
My own speculation would be that Dr. Paul backed down simply because he had belatedly realized that millions of brainless and spineless people enthusiastically rallying behind him would not help revolutionize the American way of thinking.
But in the face of the ado about nothing resulting from Paul's virtual exit from the race, I can't tell for sure what exactly is going on with the failing giant. More specifically I don't know the exact timeline for my Scenario 2 to materialize. The only thing I can tell at this moment is that the fall of the evil American Empire is now just a matter of time.
If I were one of those conspiracy theorists, I would certainly ascribe the fiasco to something to be called Revolution Scam 2012 and point my finger at these mercenaries named Doug Wead and Jesse Benton as its prime suspects. They have organized all these pointless rallies and "Money Bombs."
At the beginning, they were saying this was the last chance to restore America. But now they have subtly changed the rhetoric. Now they are saying that if Dr. Paul's third bid for presidency should be aborted, the Intellectual Revolution continues. In other words, he doesn't remain in the race only to win. Sure, he doesn't; to these guys like Wead and Benton, win or lose hasn't mattered from the beginning. But as I always say, where there is no victim, there's no swindler.
To the above-linked video, someone posted his or her comment that read like this: "I'm donating again on 17th. Dr. Paul has my consent to put my donation in his retirement fund if his campaign is unable to spend it wisely. I could never repay him for the positive way in which he has influenced my life. I firmly believe the good Doctor has revived an intellectual revolution that will ultimately result in the restoration of America." Obviously this person is one of those thinking-disabled cultists who believe civil liberty is something you can buy for some bucks.
When Thomas Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence and coauthored the U.S. Constitution in 1776 and 1787, respectively, he knew that it's a matter of life and death for a people facing the moment of truth to THINK in strict adherence to a principle.
But now, his posterity is indulging in a thoughtless and twittering life, waiting for the arrival of another conspirator and conspiracy theorist.