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Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans

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Catalonia Update November 6:

It seems Artur Mas' "watered-down" plan has been thwarted once again by the Constitutional Court. It's a déjà vu of the failed attempt of the Basque people six years ago. Just like the Basques did in 2010, the Catalans will hear "the European Court of Human Rights" repeat the same nonsense that the Spanish government had not violated the European Convention on Human Rights. Once again this will discredit the legitimacy of the entire European Union.

But I'm reasonably sure it doesn't make a bit of difference to Catalans' quest. The Mediterranean canaries will never forget the song they sang under the rule of Francisco Franco.


Catalonia is like Scotland, but Spain is not like Great Britain.
   - Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, Former Vice President of the Catalan Government


On October 14 Catalan President Artur Mas announced the vote planned for November 9 would be downgraded to a legally nonbinding "public consultation" in response to the ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Court that the previously planned referendum on independence was unconstitutional,


Catalans demanding a referendum on independence

Tens of thousands of stupid students in Hong Kong have
started "Umbrella Revolution" defying the teaching of
Mr. Mao that a revolution is no picnic

In mid-September so many outsiders were up to pointless discussion over the Scottish referendum on the secession. Now the same ignorant people are saying essentially the same thing about where the Catalans are heading.

What I've heard from these self-styled political analysts and makeshift economists is split in two ways.

While some of them knowingly say Catalonia as an independent state would not be a viable economy, some others argue that the November 9 vote will certainly be rigged by the Madrid government because the financial crisis facing it would further deepen if the pro-independence Catalans should win.

To these thinking-disabled eunuchs, what's going on between Madrid and Barcelona is little more than a neighborhood squabble between a married couple who are on the verge of filing for divorce.

You may call their distorted view American cynicism. But I'm inclined to call it premature senility, the intractable mental illness caused by the total absence of creative mind.

However they may look to be divided over the issue, it all comes down to one and the same self-fulfilling prophecy projected to the Catalans: "Nothing will happen in November or any other point in time, in Catalonia or anywhere else." This is the same, old Zeno's nightmarish world of dichotomy which made them brush it aside when I wrote about a new sociopolitical model. They didn't give me a single specific reason why they thought it was a pipe dream to envision something that even the empty-headed punk named Mark Zuckerberg could have done in a matter of a year or two.

From generation to generation, they have taken it for granted that the American way of thinking, or to be more precise, shuffling information on an ear-to-mouth basis, should prevail all over the world. Since their childhood, they have been indoctrinated to believe in the immutable truth of the post-WWII regime which is embodied in the Charter of the United Nations. Actually I see a clear manifestation of a fatal birth defect in the 69-year-old U.N. constitution which is filled with empty promises about "the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples."

It's incredible to see more than 190 nation-states still keep dancing with the dead body as if to sanitize and authenticate their collusive allegiance to the U.S. government and the brain-dead people who have chosen to support it by their inaction.

Hong Kong is the most recent example although it isn't directly represented in the U.N. Having lived under the 1.5-century-long British rule, the Hong Kongers have been colonized to the marrow. In March 2013, a stupid guy named Benny Tai Yiu-ting founded an organization childishly named Occupy Central with Love and Peace. If I understand it correctly, the goal the OCLP single-mindedly seeks is the introduction of universal suffrage in the process for the election of Hong Kong's chief executive. (How modest!) They blindly believe in the crap which Americans and their minions call democracy.

The most important thing to note is that Catalonia is not a Hong Kong. There's absolutely nothing in common between the two regions.

Hong Kongers in and around the OCLP aren't seeking independence from the world's second largest economy. They know there's no such thing as an independence movement that isn't unconstitutional, but it's out of the question for these mentally inert and physically lazy kids to take painstaking steps to go extra-constitutional.

On the contrary, the Catalan separatists, like any other like-minded people in a nation-state, are NOT PROTESTING against anything. That's why they don't expect anyone to approve, let alone disapprove, their aspiration.

As I've said many times before, one's creative endeavor always involves two steps. The first thing he's got to do is to dissociate himself from the old link. Only then he can establish a new association. And that's what the Catalans are doing right now.

Maybe their goal has something to do with self-determination. But the real question is exactly WHAT they want to determine on their own and specifically HOW they are going to pursue it. As is often true with the pursuit of a creative goal, even the pro-independence Catalans don't seem to know the answer themselves.

In this connection, some American visitors to my website still owe me their answers to my questions. One of the questions I've asked them is how the Americans can claim to have the moral authority on which to label these Jihadists of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) "terrorists" just because they beheaded some Western hostages. Their ancestors killed at least 24,000 Britons to liberate themselves from the British rule. And in the last seven decades, they have lived easy lives on the heaps of millions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraqi corpses.

They certainly know how to sidestep a serious challenge such as mine. Most typically they make believe they didn't hear me. But sometimes they resort to the absurd myth that just like Mahatma Gandhi, alone, could make India an independent state in 1948, Martin Luther King, Jr., alone or backed by the entire black population, could bring about what Americans wrongly call "equality" and "justice" with his highly-touted nonviolence principle.

I don't think there's a good reason to believe a cultural revolution should always be bloodless. Who knows if someone in his right mind stakes his life on an artistic creation or extralegal advocacy?

By now I have tentatively concluded that political or economic independence of the Catalans is the smallest part of their bid. (See NOTE.) They are well aware that since there already are 200 too many "modern" nation-states in this world, it doesn't make a bit of sense to add another micro-nation to the list. Presumably that's why Artur Mas thinks the symbolic vote which will most probably take place on November 9 will still make a significant difference to the lives of the 7.5 million Catalan individuals.

NOTE: This needs a further discussion. But in the interim, I think it's theoretically possible for you, for instance, to be a French politically and at the same time a German economically. In reality, too, the multiple nationality of this kind has already proved workable to a certain extent in Europe. Most importantly, if we intended to fully exploit the leading-edge web-based technologies, we should be able to change our nationality back and forth between two or more with a single click of the mouse. The only problem lies with the fact that people are scared to death of real change.

Obviously one of the things the pro-independence Catalans are concerned about is the fact that their ethnic identity has started to wane as the Catalan language is quickly becoming obsolete in schools or elsewhere. This is quite natural because a language is the most important vehicle on which to share different ideas among community members.

At least in that respect, the same problem faces the Okinawans. Recently UNESCO has stepped up its drive to prevent ethnic languages around the world from going extinct. To that end the international body has added the standard Ryukyu language and its six dialects (奄美語, 国頭語, 宮古語, 八重山語, 与那国語, 八丈語) to the long list of "endangered languages."

The Japanese, who are known for their insatiable desire for international recognition, must have appreciated the move at UNESCO had it not been for the fact that their government has been trying to exterminate these languages, in order to expedite assimilation, since the annexation of the Rtykyu Kingdom in the 1870s.

Beware, though, we should keep in mind that these busybodies in UNESCO are virtually on the payroll of Washington.

As I have repeatedly warned in this website since 2008, ideas and words are inseparable twins. There's no such thing as a creative idea expressed in worn-out words, or brilliant words to express a mediocre idea. UNESCO's effort to preserve the endangered languages just for preservation's sake is yet another cheap trick to contain the colonials in the status quo of Pax Americana.

You can't keep the language alive if you've kill the thought beforehand. That is why I didn't bother to go over the long list to find out if the Catalan language, which is a branch of Romansch, was considered to fall on that category.

It goes without saying that in music or any other art form, there is the same interdependency between the message and the medium with which to convey it. And from a broader perspective, we can see a similar relationship between the end and means practically in all human activities, including science, business and politics.

Two weeks or so ago I hit another gold vein in the Google junkyard. When I was looking around for pieces of information that would help me understand what's really going on in the half-autonomous region of the Kingdom of Spain, I came across dozens of videos of a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist and vocalist named Andrea Motis as exemplified at the bottom of this post.

I was struck by Motis, but at the same time I was deeply impressed by another multi-instrumentalist named Joan Chamorro who has been mentoring Motis since she was in her early teens.

I have also been acting as a self-appointed adviser to half-a-dozen young musicians, including members of the band organized by my biological son since I called it a career some eight years ago.

Like I've said many times, creativity creates itself when dissociative spontaneity meets associative discipline in a person. And the single most important role for a mentor to play with his mentee is to expedite this process.

Time and again I've learned easier said than done in this country. As you may know, in the last one-and-a-half centuries, constant bastardization of Western ideas at all levels has turned this country into a cultural junkyard.

With all this in mind, I viewed Motis videos in the chronological sequence. And now I've found out that this mentor-mentee relationship between the two gifted musicians might not have developed the way it did had it not been for the cultural climate of Catalonia. Now I knew this is exactly what Catalan's bid is all about.

If you are an American, you may say, "This young lady plays fairly well these musical pieces written by American composer Jimmy McHugh. But her English pronunciation is not always perfect."

I'm afraid you are mistaken. This is Catalan jazz and the words are sung in standard Catalan English which sounds greater than "Japlish" or even American English.

It's about time you should know the American Century is long over now. Outside the Pacific-rim region, not a few people, who "go on creating themselves endlessly" as Henri Bergson would describe them, have already chosen to break away from the orbit around the Planet of the Apes. Eventually that will leave the East Korean macaques all by themselves desperately clinging to the path to ruin.


Andrea Motis at the age of 17

Andrea Motis at the age of 13


POSTSCRIPT October 31: Cuckoo Clock or Bloodshed

I think only a small number of people have understood the idea behind the tricky title of this post. That is quite natural because to Americans, the meaning of the word "self-determination" is unequivocal. It's always used to tell whether or how far their government cedes the authority to a satellite nation such as Japan. In fact, though, the most important thing about self-determination is what for or how the other side uses the newly gained autonomy because most of the time it's been more or less emasculated before the handover.

A famous line spoken by Orson Welles in the 1949 British film The Third Man goes like this: "You know what the fellow said - in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace - and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

My interpretation is that Graham Greene who wrote the screenplay wanted to say that the people of an independent or semi-independent country have only two options for their survival strategy: act like the Italians under the Borgias' tyranny or live an ostrich-like reclusive life as the Swiss still do today.

But times are changing. Now self-respecting and innovative people such as the Catalans are seeking a third way.

An American individual known to my audience by his handle "Diogenes" is certainly aware of the new undercurrent. In response to my post, he alerted us to a fascinating video. I'll embed it at the bottom of this postscript because I think this one is perhaps more convincing and relevant to the issue at hand than those I've already inserted in the post.

If you look at the blue Mediterranean sea, salivating seafood and irresistible sweets, exhibits of the works of Picasso, Gaudi, Salvador Dali, and among other things, these faces shining with their creative spirit, you will know what underlies Catalans' aspiration for "a nation without a state.

Okinawa is still one of the places I wish I had visited in my lifetime. But I'm afraid its people may have already been assimilated too far into this cultural wasteland to possibly restore their ethnic identity and pride.

It's October 31 today. People across the nation are celebrating the bastardized version of Harowin. Soon this will be followed by the festivities of Kurisumasu. Now they seem to have "self-determined" to indulge in the manufacturing of their cuckoo clocks until the end of time.

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Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: samwidge on Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 11:54 AM JST

The contrasts between Scottish, Catalan and Hong Kong wishes for independence are startling and teach us much.

For some Scots to want to leave the UK was deeply saddening but, in fairness, the issue was submitted to a vote ... a vote of the Scots alone and all the people were willing to accept the result whatever it was to be.

For the people of Catalonia to leave Spain is considered an affront and an injustice. Much would have to happen before such a change can become practical.

For the people of Hong Kong to leave China might mean punishment of the worst kind, death for millions and starvation for the rest.

Neither you nor I can tell those folks what decisions to make. Worse yet, too many external forces are at work. Even the Scottish decision to stay with the UK could change some day. Each person on the planet can pontificate about what should happen but every person must live with what does happen.

Your claim that we Americans, "claim to have the moral authority" is unkind and inappropriate. At one time we had better journalism than any other nation. As a result our commoners knew more about more nations than did the residents of any other land. All that is gone now. Our journalism was never good enough anyway. It was merely the best that could be had at one time and now definitely less-than-the-best. Our journalism is bigoted, blind and innefective. We can only listen, guess and wish for the best lives for the greatest number of people.

My guess is that Japanese journalism informs you only a little better than ours informs us. For instance; our concern with Muslim Jihad is not, "just because they beheaded some Western hostages." It is because of the stated intent to murder us all and to do so without reason or warning.

With regard to Andrea Motis; Her work is fascinating! In the United States we too often presume that the rest of the world focuses on us alone. Miss Motis reinforces this errant opinion. She seems exclusively to perform American things (and to do them extraordinarily well). Too easily we forget that the heritage of Catalonia is celebrated as intently in the US as it is there. There is said to be more celebrations of Irishness in New York than in Ireland. We honor all the regions of Germany in more communities here than they do there. The Japanese all but own the wealthy and powerful US state of Hawaii and every American city over 40,000 in population has a significant population that speaks Japanese. Moreover, Ainu can be heard here. Our Finnish communities brag intently on the similarities of their racial heritage and their language to those of the Ainu people.

You often express your disdain for Americans and their ideas but I suspect that by another three generations the world will be awash in homogeneity and the great lament will be that nobody remembers the character of the peoples of years gone by. It might be said that the greatest contribution of Tokyo Free Press is the willingness to demonstrate differences, not similarities.

I cannot object to this. After all, I cannot think of anyone I should dislike. Nor can I think of anyone I should tell what to do. (But I am ready to listen and to offer advice at any time.)

Thanks immensely for sharing the link to Andrea Motis. I explored and enjoyed every link that I could find. Find Joan Chamorro at https://www.youtube.com/user/santandreujazzband
Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 05:05 PM JST


Thanks for your quick response. Just a couple of things from my side.

"For the people of Catalonia to leave Spain is considered an affront and an injustice. Much would have to happen before such a change can become practical."

Your statement here sounds very American. Some of us outside the U.S. tend to think it's nobody else but us who should make "much" happen “before such a change can become practical.”

"For the people of Hong Kong to leave China might mean punishment of the worst kind, death for millions and starvation for the rest."

This may or may not apply to the Taiwanese as far as I've gathered from my friend Lara, her parents, sisters and several others who have lived in the ROC. But the organizers of the OCLP movement or any other group of Hong Kongers do not seek independence from the world's second largest economy (the PRC.) As I wrote, they demand universal suffrage, and nothing else.

Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: Diogenes on Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 05:21 PM JST
There are issues that no one seems to bring up when these referendums get discussed. In Canada, when Quebec was hot to separate from the Canadian Confederation, which is legal to do, there were issues that had to do with money, for example. Would Quebec pay its share of the national debt; would Quebec continue to use the Canadian dollar and would the Canadian government allow them to use it?; would the U.S. recognize Quebec as a new nation?; would the Canadian government close all their federal offices that gave huge employment numbers to Quebecers? These are just some of the issues that were openly discussed in that critical period during the '70s and '80s, when Quebec had a political party named Parti Québécois, or party of the Quebec people. There were controversial people from the outside that caused an uproar, like when French President Charles de Gaulle gave a speech in front of the Montreal city hall and declared, “Vive le Québec libre” (Long live free Quebec). The Catalonians don't have such a famous figure to cheer their side.

This travel show from Catalyuna (how they spell it) gives an interesting but brief background on the place. Steves, the host, tells us that their first language is Catalan, not Spanish, and that the people consider themselves a nation without a state.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI7S3mCIbgQ

While you open this article with the U.N. Charter, I'm reminded that nothing is chiseled in stone, at least these days, and even those empires that thought that their decrees would last forever by putting them in stone have vanished from the face of the earth. Why should any of us live by a decree that we never had a choice in creating? I never agreed to the U.N. being created and funded with my tax dollars. I never agreed to the U.S. Constitution, had no say in it, no choice in changing it or creating one that is more appropriate to me and my neighbors. To quote Thoreau: Old ideas for old people, new ideas for new ones. Why should these Catalonians feel bound by it, or their constitutional relationship with Spain? It doesn't seem that they had any choice in the matter. Practically no one alive today has representative government. What's the point in voting? Voting never changed anything and never will.

The so-called Indians or indigenous people of North America demanded and took possession of the skeleton of an ancient Caucasian man discovered along the river in Kennewick, Washington. Carbon dating showed that he was as old as the oldest known tribes that supposedly crossed the Bering Land Bridge to inhabit the Americas. These tribal people wanted to keep their story alive that they were the original people that either migrated here or somehow emerged here. That last part is yet to be explained.

Even more interesting is the discovery of giants in the Eastern U.S.--giants all over the place, some as large as 14' tall and having double rows of teeth. Native storytellers talk of giants that their tribes had to hunt down and kill, because the giants were killing and eating their people. Anthropologists claim that these are mythological stories, but the evidence is clear that giant skeletons were found as late as the early 20th century, but the Smithsonian Institute seized them, and won't allow anyone to examine them. Apparently, they date back hundreds of thousands of years, predating the last ice age by a vast period of time. Along with these skeletons are stone structures all over New England that predate the local indigenous people, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-4sI34aIZ0 in fact, they claim that some other people built these structures, which include walls, 250,000 miles of walls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvFmYK6abNc So people come, and people go, and in some ages there are no borders, while in others, there are high walls containing their trembling people as in the walled-in state of Israel—the ultimate paranoid state.

Borders and the people that inhabit them are a plastic as history has shown us. Kosovo was a province of Serbia until the U.S. via the U.N.K.F.O.R. Illegally entered and allowed the invading Albanians to hold elections, and thus, Serbia lost one of their provinces, a part of their country that was dear to their history. This was where the Battle of Kosovo occurred in 1389, when the Serbs valiantly tried to stop the invading Muslim Turks but failed. The U.S. And Western countries hailed this as democracy in action, but only a few years later, when the U.S./Zionist/Israeli coup d'etat in Ukraine occurred, and Crimea voted to secede to join Russia, these same fake champions of “democracy” claimed it was illegal, and that Putin was a reincarnation of Stalin.

The last forty years or so have seen C.I.A. created “color revolutions” springing up all over the globe. Here is a list of these orchestrated revolutions, some that even I didn't remember or was aware of.

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

Carnation Revolution – Portugal 1974;

Yellow Revolution – Philippines 1986;

Velvet Revolution – Czechoslovakia 1989;

Bulldozer Revolution – Yugoslavia 2000;

Rose Revolution – Georgia 2003;

Orange Revolution – Ukraine 2004;

Purple Revolution – Iraq 2005;

Tulip Revolution (also sometimes called the Pink Revolution) – Kyrgyzstan 2005;

Cedar Revolution – Lebanon 2005;

Blue Revolution – Kuwait 2005;

Jeans Revolution – Belarus 2006;

Saffron Revolution – Myanmar 2007;

Grape Revolution – Moldova 2009;

Green Revolution – Iran 2009;

Jasmine Revolution – Tunisia 2010 – 2011

Lotus Revolution – Egypt 2011;

Jasmine Revolution – China 2011;

Umbrella Revolution – Hong Kong 2013 to present.

Yes, kids, the Hong Kong revolution is a C.I.A. created revolution of rich Chinese kids, using umbrellas as their symbol, chosen no doubt by a team in Langley, Virginia. They're out marching with their $1,000 smart phones getting instructions from their handlers. It's a party, man, a party. It's a fake uprising to challenge the Chinese government and is meant at the least to keep them off guard and having chaos in their own back yard. Chaos is the word of the day, and the boys and girls in Langley and Tel Aviv are certainly working overtime to keep this insanity going worldwide as if it were a perpetual motion machine. I find it hard to think of a nation or location anywhere that is immune to this plot by these psychopaths. Actress Greta Garbo said it best, “I just want to be let alone.” Oh, to be so lucky.

Your statements I can't dispute. They seem accurate to me.

“The most important thing to note is that Catalonia is not a Hong Kong. You can't draw a parallel between the two regions because there's no such thing as an independence movement that isn't unconstitutional. The Catalan separatists, or any other like-minded people in a nation-state, are not protesting against anything or anyone. Hence, they don't expect anyone to approve, let alone disapprove, their aspiration for secession.

“As I've said many times before, man's creative endeavor always involves two steps. The first thing you've got to do is to dissociate yourself from the old link. Only then you can establish a new association. And that's what the pro-independence Catalans are doing right now.”

As for the spoken English by the talented, girl, jazz musician, I listened to it, and as an American native speaker, I can't hear a trace of any accent. In fact, there's a phenomena where most of us over here notice that even native English speakers in England sound like they are using American English when they sing. I'll end with this example from an English talent program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPm9x8i5c_Y
Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, October 31 2014 @ 02:13 AM JST


I appreciated your story about the aborted aspiration for a free Quebec. It's more than just informative.

The video from Britain's Got Talent is certainly sickening. She is bastardizing the masterpiece of Richard Rodgers.

Among other things, I was impressed by the fascinating "Catalunya" video. This prompted me to add something to my post. Please take a peek at the postscript HERE.

Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Thursday, November 06 2014 @ 08:18 PM JST

I take the liberty of posting an offline input from "Diogenes" just because I want to unify the venue of our discussion.


[When I said things are getting ugly] I meant the deploying of La Guardia Civil. They are real head knockers, and there may even be some people disappear, like they still say in Latin America (especially Mexico lately--check out this news link on the drug cartels and the violence they are doing that is totally unreported or under-reported. The term for "The Disappeared Ones in Spanish is: Los desaparecidos. That's what I mean about "things could get very ugly."

There is still a strong polarization in Spain i.e. ultra right vs ultra left and everything in between. My guess is that we will find out which faction is the real power holder in the next days and weeks.

Just because it is a Western European country, don't doubt that some very violent actions by the state aren't off the table. There's a history going back not only to the civil war in the 1930s, but before that, when Spain was basically a feudal state.

Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Thursday, November 06 2014 @ 09:09 PM JST


I can't agree more to your objective observation. But I must point out that we human beings also have the ability to act partial at the same time. To begin with, we wouldn't have singled out the Catalonia issue from among many other topics without our innate partiality.

As you suggest, feudalism is the vestige of coccyx in Spain. The same is true with Japan, and America, perhaps to a lesser degree. Basically every modern nation-state was founded on something vestigial from its previous state, although its serfs and subjects may have been renamed citizens by now.

Each of us should go beyond history so we can further expedite the erosion of this foundation of the modern nation-statehood. I think that is what Catalans' quest is all about.

Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: samwidge on Friday, November 07 2014 @ 05:29 AM JST

You spoke of, "incredible to see more than 190 nation-states still keep dancing with the dead body as if to sanitize and authenticate their collusive allegiance to the U.S. government... "

To my mind that is quite credible. Among Christians we have the idea that a peaceful world is not possible as long as mankind is in charge. This has proved true so far.

Although the United States pays the bulk of UN costs, our general feeling is that the UN is a bigoted failure of the worst kind. Many of our people advocate for us to dump the UN and to use the buildings for some better purpose. (We paid for the land and the buildings outright after all.)

Despite the exquisite anguish of the Spanish/Catalan situation, you and I must agree that the problem has existed for a long time and will continue regardless of any group decision that can be made.

We sure wish that we could help those folks but we cannot. We sure wish that we could learn from the difficulties so that we can help others avoid the same situations but we cannot.

Anguish will continue.

Here in the United States we have just passed through another of our regularly scheduled revolutions. The Republicans are said to have won overwhelming victories.

The Democrats, having failed to learn any lessons, are variously plotting new ways to use media to divert uncaring voters and are plotting revenge. Regardless of American bragging on peaceful change there will be some violence. This violence will not be the massive riots and possible killings of Spain but will be the subtle tension and anguish that drives concerned people to illness and early death.

There may be assassinations, attempted assassinations and some thrown rocks and bottles. Generally speaking, these events will be kept secret. Most hurtful of all will be long-term sniping lawsuits. Those are always easy to see.

In America it is these sniping lawsuits that do the greatest damage and assure that we will be eternally divided. You see, our law allows accusers to hurt their targets with lawsuits and those lawsuits need have no basis in reality; If you are accused, you will suffer.

Don't think this problem is small. It defines who we are and is a large force that keeps us from being a far more powerful nation.

It is hard to equate our situation to that of Catalonia and Spain, impossible to count unjust deaths in each circumstance.

You spend a lot of time talking about just how stupid we all are. I cannot say that you are wrong but... and this is important, if you can come up with a solution we will all be glad to have it!

Another man like you is Dinesh D'Souza of India. D'Souza wants to bring peace to the United States. His most powerful effort comes in the form of a movie. I think that you are one of the few Japanese who might comprehend his effort. If you have the time I would like you to share your thoughts on the "trailer" of "America; Imagine the World Without Her." http://americathemovie.com/buy/america-dvd-1/
Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, November 07 2014 @ 12:49 PM JST


Just a couple of things.

I think you are wrong with the U.N.

Firstly it's none other than you taxpayers who get their representatives to pay the U.N. dues. To put it bluntly, the Americans can pull the plug on the U.N. if they want to.

Secondly America's U.N. contribution rate is 25% that compares to Japan's rate of 20%. It's unfair, to say the least, because America is the primary beneficiary, or the sole beneficiary of U.N. which is nothing but the embodiment of the post-WWII regime built for the winners. Those who lost the war may be benefiting a little from the winner's good will, but they are paying a disproportionately large amount of money to the unwelcome bouncer outside of the U.N. framework. Okinawa is a good example.

Fortunately, rather than unfortunately, now the 70-year-old postwar regime is collapsing everywhere, as exemplified by Crimea, the eastern part of Ukraine, ISIS, Catalonia, etc.

Recently Vladimir Putin said when asked if he thinks we are witnessing Cold War II: "Nyet. In those days Russia and America differed ideologically, but today we differ philosophically." Like it or not the Russian leader is much more level-headed than his American counterpart.

I'm not interested to know about the despicable Indian because his principle, if he has any, is 180-degrees different from mine.

I am a proud East Asian. I don't like Confucius, but as I introduced to my audience 4 years or so ago, the Chinese thinker said 修身斉家治国平天下, which is translated like this:

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first set our hearts and brains right so as to cultivate our personal life.

When I discuss things, I always start off by asking myself this question: "Who am I talking about this and that?"

I think now I know why you American people, including that Indian, always turn the logical (and ethical) sequence upside down. For one who has stood on his head for 70 years, it's next to impossible to stand on his feet.