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Русский народ: the people who need to be slaughtered over and over again


     
"Even if we did achieve what we wanted with a very small state, we'd just be resetting the clock back to 1776, and it would roll forward exactly the same way again."

Stefan Molyneux is a controversial figure on the web. I had an impression that he was one of those crisis-mongering pinheads until I came across the first video embedded at the bottom of this post. These days there are very few people among the chattering classes in the West who can talk about the fall of Greece, or any other failing nation-state for that matter, based on a thorough analysis like he does here.

One of his essays is titled "The Stateless Society: An Examination of Alternatives."

I don't like the word "society" here very much because it's based on a false assumption that a society should remain viable when it's separated from the state.

In order for a society to rid itself of a state, it has to be as cohesive as it can be. I don't mean a monolithic society under a totalitarian regime. What's really at issue here is how to achieve the highest level of cohesion among unshackled people so as to thwart any external system from hijacking them. In this context I think the Catalans are more accurate when they define their goal as a stateless nation.

Needless to say, I don't give a damn about who'll win the quadrennial farce currently going on in the U.S. But when the former Hewlett-Packard CEO was caught in a crossfire from every direction for her history of laying off 18,000-30,000 employees of her company, I, as a retired businessman, sympathized with this woman no matter how her face is "demented like a Halloween mask." But at the same time I thought it was the final confirmation that the American people will never learn it's not a government's responsibility to create jobs out of thin air.

This also indicated that as Molyneux seems to agree, the notion of a small government is nothing but an illusion as Cyril Northcote Parkinson already warned almost six decades ago.

As to how to achieve the goal, Molyneux takes it for granted, without giving any specific reason, that violence has to be avoided at any cost. He writes: "We cannot build on peace on blood. We are still so addicted to this lie. We have this fantasy that we honor the dead by adding to their number. What we need to do is remember that these bodies bury us. This ocean of blood that we create through the fantasy that violence brings virtue drowns us, drowns our children, drowns our future, drowns the world."

Hopefully Molyneux is right. Yet I hesitate to subscribe to his prescription based on a heavenly assumption. He argues that what he calls DROs (Dispute Resolution Organizations) should be put in place across the board. The greatest sticking point here is that not once has history seen an ancient regime peacefully hand over its power to a new one. It's true Russia's October Revolution itself was practically bloodless but the bloodshed from subsequent events more than made up for it.

As I've repeatedly argued on this website, it's a shame that the American people always play dumb about the historical fact that the independence war against Great Britain claimed tens of thousands of lives and since then their country has withstood all the challenge against their empire only on the heaps of the corpses of other peoples.

By the same token, French President François Hollande should keep in mind that almost one million people had to be killed for the noble cause of liberté, égalité and fraternité. Among other things, he shouldn't forget these victims included 16,549 people who were beheaded in the same way Western hostages were butchered by the Islamic State more than 2 centuries later.

At any rate I think it's about time intelligent people like Molyneux should have emancipated themselves from the fairytale about Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Deep inside everyone knows they couldn't have achieved what they are thought to have achieved without capitalizing on someone else's violence. Equally important, their achievements have invariably resulted in an aggravated chain of violence including the crucifixion of these martyrs.

The peaceful transition to a stateless nation may well prove to be yet another pipe dream as a small-government state already has. But nevertheless you can't rule it out because it still remains to be seen if the 7.5 million Catalans can eventually find a peaceful way to accomplish their unconstitutional aspiration for a stateless nation. As to the fate of Okinawa, its secession from Japan is much more unlikely because the process of its cultural assimilation seems to have progressed too far to reverse it. Worse, the islanders are doubly shackled.

It seems to me that if there still is another workable alternative, we'll see it when someone who isn't an imbecile like Mark Zuckerberg brings forward an unprecedented sociopolitical model fully leveraging an enabling web-based technology, which is, in fact, already there.

Molyneux also advocates "deFOOing." His coined word means leaving an obligatory relationship with someone from the same family of origin. This is quite natural because you can initiate a fundamental change in the relationship between a state and a nation only when you have freed yourself from old bondage.

Actually there's nothing particularly new in Molyneux's idea. Cuckoos, pandas, rabbits, and many other species have long practiced deFOOing.

For my part, two incidents of de-wedding cost me a fortune, literally and figuratively. DeFOOing I subsequently required from my two biological sons also cost me dearly. And yet, as a matter of principle, I have nothing against his idea.

It seems Molyneux published these essays well before Ron Paul's advocacy of the American Revolution revealed itself as yet another scam. Chances are that he has already taken back or modified these arguments. But as is evident from his words quoted at the top of this post, he may still remain a prisoner of the America-centric way of thinking which is essentially based on John Locke's philosophical rubbish about natural rights to "life, liberty and property." As long as he seems to believe history is undo-able or even redoable, we are largely divided over answers.

Voltaire once wrote, "Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." The most important thing to me, therefore, is that Molyneux and I share essentially the same question: exactly what brings together, or fails to bring together the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system to govern them. I am not sure yet if we have a common ground on which to deepen our thoughts on the most relevant issue at hand.

Since 2012, I have been discussing (or trying to discuss, to be more precise) the same question about the viability of the nation-state with my predominantly American audience, mainly from Henri Bergson's perspective of "Creative Evolution."

But every time I took up the issue, they instantly resorted to a cheap guerrilla tactic which was as gimmicky as Zeno's infinite dichotomy. It seemed impossible for me to make these guys engage in a mature discussion because they have been irreversibly indoctrinated since their early childhood to believe in America's Founding Principles as a set of indisputable axioms.

Quite naturally I ended up talking about education. I said that indoctrination or counter-indoctrination should never be intended in school and family education, and at least in the nonvocational setup, education should focus solely on training for practice of principled and creative thinking.

My heretical view of education also fell on deaf ears. Now I had to admit the chasm between my target audience and me is almost unbridgeable. These people "think" they are doing the thinking while actually they are not. A psychopath, almost by definition, does not doubt his sanity for a split second. Likewise how can you use your brain when you don't know what exactly it is for man to think like man?

On November 13, the day of the Paris multi-site attacks, no sooner had the news come out than thousands and thousands of truth-seeking idiots reflexively flooded the web with all-too-familiar words such as "false flag," "hoax" and "psyop." This once again reminded me of an American individual who regularly visited my website until March from Arkansas, the 3rd poorest state, i.e. the 3rd most parasitic state of America.

In fact he is handicapped physically, and most probably mentally as well. This makes him heavily dependent on the nanny-state programs all funded by poor taxpayers such as disability pension and tax relief. He wouldn't last a single day without these benefits.

Because of, rather than despite his inability to go self-reliant, he had developed a fanatic inclination toward dissident groups. For one thing he was under the strong influence of a conspiracy cult started by a female guru who likes to call herself Dr. Judy Wood. Her book titled "Where did the towers go?" was his bible.

In her book as voluminous as 485 pages, his guru attributed 9/11 to unnamed villains who made an experimental use of the "Directed Energy" technology developed by Nikola Tesla, et al. in the early 1900s.

It's important to know while Wood wanted to say the National Institute of Standards and Technology had attempted to cover up the conspiracy behind 9/11, she shared with the very NIST the same stupid assumption that the trivial event which claimed no more than 2,000-plus lives had changed the world forever, and thus needed an extensive and intensive investigation worldwide.

In the acknowledgment pages at the end of her book, there are three lists of high-ranking apostles and other disciples separated by their hierarchical status in the organization. And you can find the initials of this Arkansan as RT in the lowest class called "Other angels among us."

I always took utmost precaution when dealing with his secondhand conspiracy theory because I thought it would be counterproductive to hurt him personally. Most of the time my response was like this:

"Maybe you are right. But so what? It's not only useless but also harmful to keep talking about what has been done in the past as if it's still undo-able. And just name a single event in history that was NOT a conspiracy. Then I will be willing to discuss 9/11 more seriously."

Yet he thought my counterargument was a totally unacceptable blasphemy to Dr. Wood's oracle.

Now that I was very sure that in effect a reciprocal deal has been tacitly struck between the establishment and the anti-establishment in the U.S., I pointed out in March that these conspiracy theorists are also carrying a false flag themselves.

The Arkansan angel instantly exploded like a mentally-retarded child would have done over his own inability to effectively counter an argument he didn't like. After calling me names until he'd exhausted his almost inexhaustible vocabulary for ranting, he declared he would never again visit this website.

I wasn't surprised. What really surprised me was the fact that some other people, who were avowed patriots, if not fanatical ones, and had even tried hard to avoid a direct confrontation with the fanatic, now voiced exactly the same strong displeasure with my post.

At first I said to myself:

"What a coincidence."

Then on second thought, I suspected perhaps it was the final confirmation that patriots and dissidents in the U.S. were the two wings of the same dying bird. But still I wasn't really comfortable with the worn-out bird analogy.

Finally I realized it would all add up if I draw a parallel between the failed nation-state named the United States and conjoined twins which are almost inoperable.

Conjoined here means that they cannot kill each other no matter how they hate each other. Paradoxical though it may seem, this is the real reason behind the frequent but isolated occurrences of pointless shooting rampage everywhere in the U.S. Their favorite topic of the Second Amendment is nothing but a red herring.

If there still is a way to differentiate the Conjoined Twins of America and its satellite nation Japan, while the Americans can't kill one another despite the irreconcilable antagonism among them, the self-destructive people in this haunted nation even needn't kill one another. You needn't kill the dead. That is why the latter didn't think about using the once-in-a-millennium opportunity to execute the Divine Emperor themselves at the end of the war. Not only that, they also pleaded for Douglas MacArthur's mercy on Hirohito's life.

We will never see another assassination of U.S. President until the poorer states, e.g. Arkansas, are jettisoned as a result of the possible Civil War II. Only at that time, a parasitic angel representing abandoned states will come forward to play the same role John Wilkes Booth did with Abraham Lincoln.

Maybe this is too wild an expectation. But I don't care. In order to avoid further wasting my time with impossibly America-centric, egocentric, thinking-disabled and self-complacent people, now I'm redirecting my attention to other countries and regions where peoples address the fundamental question about the fate of the nation-statehood more seriously. Since I have very little to add to what I've said about Catalonia and Okinawa at this moment, my primary concern is Russia.

Here I'm not particularly talking about the Russian Republic. I'm focusing on "a greater Russia." To me any country where the East Slavic population accounts for the majority falls on this category. The current demarcations artificially determined between existing nation-states by the America-centric "international law" are no longer at issue. The area that concerns me most, therefore, includes Ukraine and some other former Soviet republics.

You may ask: "Why Russia?" The reason I single her out is because few other nations underwent the fundamental change of the entire polity on its own, i.e. from within, more than once in the last 100 years. You tend to belittle these turbulent years the Russians have gone through, by saying that in 1917, these ignorant peasants were duped amid the wartime chaos into the October Revolution by a "German spy" named Vladimir Ilyich Lenin who was allegedly supported by some Wall Street bankers and London financiers, and 74 years later they came to their senses when it belatedly dawned on them that "Freemasons' idea" which is normally referred to as "Marxism" hadn't worked either at home or overseas.

Most Americans and Western Europeans are too ignorant and arrogant to notice the Russians, alone, have lived out to the fullest the fate of the obsolete idea of the modern nation-state. These self-styled historians untiringly keep second-guessing because they can never look at history in the making.

Here I'm only talking about the people. Polities and regimes are not my concern anymore.

If I were to compare, nonetheless, the Russian head of state against their U.S. counterpart, all I could say is this:

Vladimir Putin certainly eclipses his American counterpart who some have dubbed "the Black Kenyan Monkey in the White House," both as the leader of the country and as a human being.

It is true that there is a certain similarity on the surface between the two. Just like the BKM has cozy relationship with the Military Industrial Complex that he has inherited from his predecessors, Putin devotes himself to the Russian Mafia along the way Boris Yeltsin paved for the former KGB spy.

If you want to know the reason the Russian President by far outshines the ape, nonetheless, it's simply because his people aren't as brainless and spineless as their American counterparts. Let's be reminded that amid his 2012 campaign, Ron Paul repeatedly stressed that "any government is a reflection of the people, not the other way around."

It's not the poor monkey but the American voters that really deserve the defamation. On the contrary, not a few Russian people have challenged the legitimacy of the Putin dynasty just like the Australian journalist named Julian Paul Assange did with the U.S. administration.

Just to name a few, Anna Politkovskaya, former Novaya Gazeta reporter, unflinchingly criticized Putin's war on the Chechens, and Alexander Litvinenko, former FSB officer, made various allegations against Putin's wrongdoings ranging from his covert backing of al-Qaeda to his habitual behavior of pedophilia. Politkovskaya was gunned down and Litvinenko was poisoned to death with Polonium-210, both in 2006. And in all likelihood hundreds of other personae non gratae have been assassinated to date.

Ironical though it may seem, this is the reason why Putin looks much more competent and alert than the president of the country some have already labeled "the Planet of the Apes."

As Russia experts such as Alex Pravda, Edward Lucas, Alexander Nekrassov and Andrew Wood seem to agree in the second video embedded at the bottom of this piece, the volcano named the Russian Republic along with its satellite countries will remain dormant for another decade or two because of the disabling social fatigue from the century filled with incessant violence. But my premonition is that its people will wake up and say they can't take it anymore well before the inevitable explosion of the American Empire which will trigger the implosion of the United States through Civil War II.

Once again, I have long graduated from political argument because it always ends up in an empty ideological contention. Not only that but I've also made it a rule not to discuss a faceless people as you always do.

In my mid- to late-teens I was hooked on the Russian people through their music, especially Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev, their literature, especially Mikhail Lermontov and Fyodor Dostoevsky, and their movies that all leveraged the rich tradition of Eisenstein's innovative cinematography and the Stanislavsky method.

For the first few years, Joseph Stalin was still alive but my attachment to the Russians had very little to do with the ideology. It was purely an emotional resonance with the Russians.

When it comes to the ideology, it's when I was already in my early 20s that I read The Capital: Critique of Political Economy, at least its first two volumes. Since then I've been of the opinion that Karl Marx is the first thinker, and perhaps the second last only next to Jean-Paul Sartre, who unraveled exactly what man's economic activity is all about beyond the point where his mere subsistence has been secured.

But every time I quoted Marx on my blog, the Arkansan angel never failed to say: "I haven't read a single page of Marx. And yet I'm sure you are mistaken because he was a Freemason." His way of "thinking" is typically American.

Equally important, I've also loved their language. When I was a sophomore, I learned it as the third foreign language. Instantly I fell for the language primarily because of its sounds and rhythms. I think especially its pleasant rhythms can be attributed to the fact that Russian is a language even more "high-context" than Japanese. For one thing, a common noun always inflects from nominative to genitive to objective. For another, it has no definite or indefinite article. Moreover, there are no such ambiguous tenses such as present perfect or past perfect. Everything is understood with a very small number of words. The only downside of the simplicity is that it may sometimes constitute inaccurate communication.

You may not believe it, but when renewing my old affection for the Russians, I've spent an estimated 150 hours in the last couple of months watching on YouTube 10 movies and 160 episodes from 20 serial TV dramas with the English subtitles always turned on. I think my severe sleep disorder helped me much in staying awake for such a long time.

The serial dramas included semi-documentaries titled "World War I" (53 minutes x 8,) "World War II" (45 minutes x 18) and "The Korean War" (53 minutes x 4.) What was the most impressive about these semi-documentaries is that not once have the Russians seemed to be willingly fighting a gruesome battle. Simply it's wrong if you think most Russians are brutal people who don't hesitate to see the white snow stained all over with the blood from the enemies' throats they slashed with their knives.

Not a few soldiers and partisans fought it out despite the fact that their parents and siblings had been executed by the likes of Cheka and NKVD. Even a great number of high-ranking generals had to fight the immediate enemies with a gun pointed at their back. In short most of them were stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.

This is something beyond imagination of the Americans because to these self-appointed policemen of the world, taking part in warfare has always meant voluntarily, if not willingly, going on an overseas expedition to fix someone else's problem. The last thing they would understand is that the preservation of the nation-statehood which was already on the verge of falling apart everywhere was what the two World Wars were fought for.

In that respect it's a pity that ignoramuses such as Churchill, Roosevelt and Truman took it for granted America's founding principles based on John Locke's philosophical rubbish hadn't been superseded by the works such as "The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State" (Friedrich Engels, 1884) and "The State and Revolution" (Vladimir Lenin, 1917,) and would prevail in the never-ending American century where member countries of the U.N. would swim together until they sink together.

For a different reason, the Japanese can never really understand what was going on in Russia, or anywhere else for that matter.

They are misunderstood themselves to have been extremely belligerent people in the past. Today they are known to be pacifists. Actually they boast that not a single drop of Japanese blood has been shed in warfare and not a single enemy has been killed by a Japanese soldier since the end of the Pacific War. And yet the fact of the matter remains that in the last 10 years its aggregate defense expenditure has topped 47.9 trillion yen (US$ 400 billion at the current exchange rate.) I suggest that you shouldn't waste your time to figure out how to characterize these eerie people.

But never fail to notice that even in the Great Patriotic War, not a single Russian soldier carried out a suicide attack shouting out, "Long live Stalin."

Now let me summarize how many Russians lost their lives in the Russo-Japanese War, the pre-revolution uprising of Moscow, the 2 revolutions, the subsequent civil war, Stalin's "Great Purge," the Battles of Khalkhin Gol and other skirmishes in Asia, the two World Wars and wars in the Korean Peninsula and Afghanistan. If my calculation is correct, the turbulent 20th century claimed 30-90 million Russian lives (See NOTE) if you exclude those who had to be murdered in order for Vladimir Putin to rise to power.

NOTE: Official statistics puts the number of people who were killed by Joseph Stalin at some 682,000, while some in the West estimate that actually 61 million were murdered by the dictator. They want to make it look like a Russia-particular problem that wasn't inherent to nation-states in general. I think the truth is somewhere in between.

In an installment of the series dealing with WWI, the background against which the melancholic march "Farewell of Slavianka" was composed by the leader of a military band named Vasily Agapkin is explained in detail. If you compare the video 3 below with marches composed by John Philip Sousa or Carl Teike, or the video 4 with Jule Styne's "It's been a long, long time," you may see what it was like for the Russians to have to go through all these bloody years.

And if you have some more time to spare, you may want to take a listen at the last video which is actually a Geisha version of the Slavianka song. I spent most of 1945 in a small village in Yamagata Prefecture, north-eastern part of the mainland Japan. Everyday I heard the very same record played over and over because the young daughter of the family that provided accommodation for us was practicing an exotic dance to the self-pitying tune. In those days, thousands of Kamikaze pilots and other Japanese soldiers were launching suicidal attacks with the famous war cry "Tenno Heika Banzai" (Long live the Emperor.)

The entire media is controlled by the Russian government as is true with the U.S., Japan and South Korea. So it's quite natural most Russian fictions have sickeningly syrupy happy endings as if in reality they weren't afflicted with the epidemic of alcoholism and abnormally short life expectancies.

And yet, some of the dramas I watched were touching in a way nonfictions wouldn't have impressed me so deeply although they were more often than not based on historical facts.


Mishka Yoponchik, Odessa gang turned Red Army officer

"Once Upon a Time" starring Evgeny Tkachuk as Yaponchik
More specifically, the following dramas are something you can't expect from uncreative filmmakers and TV producers in the U.S., Japan and South Korea.

"Armed Love" (43 minutes x 4)
"The Year of the Golden Fish" (1 hour and 47 minutes)
"The Bomb" (44 minutes x 8)
"Hunting the Gauleiter" (51 minutes x 10)
"Love for Love" (47 minutes x 4)

Among other fictitious stories, I found this series titled "Once Upon a Time in Odessa" (50 minutes x 12) most impressive.

This is "roughly" based on the turbulent life of a real man nicknamed Ми́шка Япо́нчик (Mikey the Jap.) He was the leader of a Jewish gang based in Odessa amid the waves of pogroms until the Bolshevik Revolution reached the city on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. The "humane gangster" and his men joined forces with the communists but he was executed in 1919 because of his disobedience to the new regime.

Odessa, currently within the territories of Ukraine, is one of the cities I wish I had visited in my lifetime. I enjoyed myself watching these settings of seaside lanes, old-fashioned restaurants and quaint little towns in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. It's sometimes too "roughly" based on history, e.g. in a Jew-owned nightclub, the band is playing "Bei mir bist du schön" which was actually composed more than ten years later.

But that doesn't really matter. The most important thing about these stories is that the way each Russian individual, fictitious or not, engages himself in history defies all the stereotypical perceptions the Westerners tend to harbor.

I was also impressed by the fact that I never failed to hear one of those characters in a drama saying to someone in trouble the particularly Russian line that goes:

Всё будет хорошо. (Everything will be alright.)

This must be very familiar to you if you have watched or read Anton Chekhov's play before. You never know exactly how it will turn out OK unless you are the author of the story. But it's not a lip service Americans are good at. It'll be alright simply because it ought to be alright in Russia where each individual citizen is the author of his/her own life.

For this very reason, I wouldn't be surprised if the Russians achieve, or at least attempt, a Copernican change in the way to bring the people and the system together in the not-too-distant future.

On the contrary if you have a Japanese friend, you must have noticed that you can't have a talk with him without hearing the killer sentence that goes: "It can't be helped (まあ仕方がないさ.) This is the real reason Japan will remain a cultural wasteland that serves as a irreplaceable graveyard for the Western civilization until the end of time.
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REAL REASON this kleptocracy clings to pre-Pacioli system (マイナンバー制度は追い剥ぎ国家の集大成)

"Taxation is theft."
"You can only be charitable with your own money."
-Andrew Napolitano, former judge of the Supreme Court of New Jersey

徴税とは国家による窃盗行為に他ならない」。(日本人には、「ヤクザのみかじめ料と何ら変わるところがない」と言った方が分かりやすいかも知れない)。
「助け合いの精神は健全な個人同士の間で自然に芽生えるものであり、政治家や役人が"所得の再配分"の名の下にそれを制度化しようとするのは許し難い犯罪である」。(意訳)
元ニュージャージー州最高裁判事アンドゥルー・ナポリターノ



Who owes me this much?

日本国の負債総額は1,229兆円などという大ウソを例によって鵜呑みにしている日本猿の皆さん (公認会計士の先生方も含む) は、イタリア・ルネサンスの影の主役と呼ばれるルカ・パチオーリの没後498年も経っというのに、小学生の小遣帳並みの単式簿記による現金主義会計にいつまでしがみついているつもりなのか。あなたたちは、クレジットカードでもないのに額面が「マイナス千円」となっている「現金」をポケットの中に入れて持ち歩く事は出来ないということが何を意味するのか考えた事がないのか? 来年は申年のようだが、サルには負けたくないという気概を持つことさえ出来ないのであれば、これを機会に今後人間面をするのはいっさい止めたらどうなんだ。
They say the Japanese government is honest enough to admit its indebtedness is going to reach 1,229 trillion yen, or 245.9% of GDP by the end of this fiscal year. That is even higher than Greece's Debt-GDP ratio which stood at 177.1% as of December 31, 2014.

However, as I've often pointed out, it's a transparent trick. For one thing GDP doesn't represent government's productivity. Anyone in his right mind doesn't want to repay someone else's debt unless he has a compelling reason to do so.

Another thing that makes it a gimmick is the fact that the government-retained economists, analysts, and professors keep saying, "Don't worry too much because government's creditors are mostly its own people." They should know even in the world's most monolithic country, the people are a separate entity from their state and they aren't owned by their government. What they are saying all comes down to the truism that in Japan's consolidated balance sheet, which is nonexistent rather than just undisclosed, the accounting equation (Assets=Liabilities+Capital) would still hold true.

And most importantly, there is a sizable amount of debt without IOUs incurred mainly from the national pension plans most of which are contributory type.

In 1494, at the height of the Italian Renaissance, Luca Pacioli, who was the mentor, collaborator and math teacher of Leonardo da Vinci, invented the double-entry accounting method based on his own discovery that in the modern world, man's deed should always entail two or more different implications which are often contradictory with each other.

When I wrote it would take an eternity for Japan's public sector to switch its accounting system to the one Pacioli advocated 521 years ago, I referred to it as the Pacioli Revolution because the change in the bookkeeping method is only the smallest part of Pacioli's invention.

If you visit the website of the Japan Pension Administration, you will find the amount of the fund entrusted to it and its breakdown, i.e. investment portfolio, buried deep in the innermost pages. According to these pages, the total assets entrusted to them by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare amount to some 123.9 trillion yen. But the funny thing is that you won't find the total amount of liabilities which should represent their fiduciary responsibilities toward us. What a joke. They just want us to swallow the amount of the total assets which isn't supported by the amount of the total liabilities at all.

Actually it took me more than one year to convince them that it's my right to know at least my part of their fiduciary responsibility, i.e. how much they owe me. At first they flatly declined to comply with my demand, saying, "No one has ever asked us to disclose such data." I had to tell them I was a project manager when the Japanese subsidiary of IBM Corporation implemented nation's first ever pension plan in the wake of the enactment of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) in the United States. Only then they reluctantly sent me incomplete data including my payment history of pension premiums dating back to April 1959. I had to extrapolate myself the rest of the actuarial data such as the rates at which to come up with the present values of the premiums.

From my own Excel chart shown above, now I know I will have to live on until I'm 99 if I want to fully reclaim what I paid throughout my career. And I should be around until I'm 110 if I want to get paid the return on investment on top of my contributions.

Now I must ask:

Who has stolen this much from me?


Kleptocracy of the people, by the people, for the people


脳死状態の日本の皆さん:追い剥ぎ国家の総仕上げであるマイナンバーは無事手許に届いたのだろうか。陰謀カルトの教祖フルフォード先生は「泥棒国家の完成」の著者でもあるので、信者の人たちは、これをそのまま受け取って神棚に飾っておいてよいものなのかどうか彼のご託宣を仰いでみるのも一興かも知れない。
In the past I have often pointed out that it's a piece of cake in this country even for an inexperienced swindler to chisel these dupes on a false identity.

Every time I talked about the pathology of Japanese credulousness, American visitors to this website never failed to defend these suckers, saying I was just exaggerating their stupidity. That is quite natural. From the colonialist point of view, these guys are an ideal partner because they are submissive enough to be reshaped into any form that readily conforms to entirely foreign and fake principles.

On the other hand their Japanese counterparts would always say scornfully of the victim of an identity scam: "What a gullible guy. I would never have acted that generous. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have no money to be swindled in the first place."

They don't seem to know the real implication of what they are saying. But, In fact, they all know deep inside that in this country, the more you are credulous, the more it's likely you win the game, and it's never the other way around.

Maybe my former "friend" Benjamin Fulford is a different story. He is a little savvier at least financially. The extremely prolific writer as he is deceived himself before he did others.

Fulford has authored more than a dozen books in Japanese. In 2004 he published "泥棒国家の完成" (Mopping up the state dominated by thieves.) To be more precise he should have translated the word kleptocracy as 追い剥ぎ国家 which means a state dominated by robbers rather than thieves. But either way, credit should be given to the author for using the inflammatory word in public for the first time here.

However, the subtitle already betrays the daring title. It reads something like "Political racketeers, bureaucrats, big businesses and yakuza gangsters are fully aligned behind it." As usual Fulford is careful enough to exclude his audience from those who are responsible for the rotten regime.

Now it's evident from his disgraceful lie about "the innocent victims" that he has a shrewd eye set on the very same loot to secure his handsome cut in it.

The fraudulent author has now been naturalized and surrounded by a growing number of Japanese cultists. You may think these loyal members of his conspiracy cult must have a certain amount of critical mind. But that is not the case at all. For one thing they dare not ask their guru the following questions:

● Which is more kleptocratic, your native country Canada or adopting country Japan?
● If Canada is more like a kleptocracy, why did you write about the problem inherent to Japan before addressing the problem facing Canada?
● If Japan is worse, why did you become naturalized here?

Now this kleptocracy is getting into its real mop-up stage with the "My Number Law" sneakily enacted on October 5 behind the smoke screen about nonissues such as "hawkish" bills related to the Japan-U.S. security treaty. They did this on a paper-thin pretext that the My Number system will "make various administrative procedures smoother." But on the contrary they intended to double the steps involved there in order to secure their jobs while creating extra revenues for their pet contractors.

Mitsuru Kuroda, former local government employee, warns in his blog that an estimated 0.5 to 1 million unregistered people are now losing their employment opportunity and all the entitlements simply because My Numbers won't be assigned to them. Although Kuroda doesn't mention it, these subhumans still can't expect they will be relieved of the duty for tax payment.

Relatively well-informed about nation's demography, Kuroda makes an educated guess. Yet I think it's a gross underestimate. Who can be so sure about the "ghost population"? It's something like telling how many perfect crimes have been committed when a perfect crime is defined as one which hasn't been detected.

Certainly I'm one of them. I can't expect to have a My Number given to me because my residence registration was erased when I decided to opt out of Japan's medical cartel for five specific reasons. That means that Japan Pension Administration will start finally defaulting on its pension obligation toward me at earliest in January. It's something like your bank declares out of the blue that you are not allowed to withdraw your deposit because your 6-decade-old bank account number is no longer valid as from today.

It's a blatant crime the kleptocracy committed against the people.

Recent reports had it that earlier this week, hundreds of people filed class action lawsuits against the government on charges that the My Number System is unconstitutional. But it's obvious these plaintiffs had been waiting until it was too late just like Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and his supporters started a full-fledged campaign against the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma to Henoko only after Onaga's predecessor had made it a fait accompli.

The new system is expected to create a trillion-yen business opportunity for the IT industry. Everyone knows the plan is irreversible now because the bureaucrats have already pocketed the bribery of at least 100 billion yen. Now I must conclude this is just yet another alibi exercise.

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Mr. Koide, you'll never be an old soldier; it's always too early to start to think about fading away





Dendritic fireworks

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

                           From Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson





Mr. Hiroaki Koide
I sent the link to my most recent post to Mr. Hiroaki Koide, who had just reached the mandatory retirement age this past March as an associate professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.

In his reply mail, Mr. Koide said, "The more I learn about the reality facing the Okinawans, the more I feel ashamed of being a mainlander."

He added to this effect: "To this mail I attach my recently published essays in which I draw a parallel between the Japanese who failed to bring the Emperor to justice for his war crime and their descendants who have once again let 'the Nuclear Mafia' go unpunished for the Fukushima disaster."

Mr. Koide concluded one of his essays by describing his frame of mind like this: "Like it or not, every creature is destined to grow old and die. The mandatory retirement age is just one of the milestones along the way. With this in mind I will be fading away little by little. Throughout my career I have chosen to do what anyone else doesn't or can't. But from now on I'll be even choosier about what to do, and keep looking for what I can."

His writing deeply resonated with me. But at the same time, it reminded me of a letter I wrote to the editor of The Japan Times nineteen years ago when my retirement age was drawing near.

Among other things I found a 638-page book titled The Fountain of Age very helpful in understanding what exactly man's aging is.

Its author Betty Friedan wrote that as neurological and gerontological studies had revealed in recent years, people over 65 demonstrated an almost limitless potential to grow if they were exposed to stimulating real life, instead of segregated into nursing homes or the like. (See NOTE.) She added longitudinal studies showed they tended to outperform younger people when measured in terms of ability for "contextual thinking," rather than abstract thinking. Friedan quoted neuroscientist Arnold Scheibel as describing the spectacular dendrites' projections which can be seen even when an aged person is learning new things as dendritic fireworks.

NOTE: Actually my question was always "what if not," not "what if," because in reality we were always segregated. But I think now I know the answer.

I was especially impressed by her explanation about the historical origin of the mandatory retirement age. According to the author, the world's first rule on retirement was laid down by Otto von Bismarck of the Second Reich. The Prussian leader demanded every government employee retire at the age of 65 when life expectancy at birth was a mere 37 in his country.

Although Bismarck's decision may have been more or less arbitrary, I thought it shouldn't be ruled out that in theory the following arithmetic notation could hold true given the average lifespan of the Japanese which stood at 74-5 at that time.

65x74/37=130

This prompted me to write a letter to the editor of The Japan Times to suggest the mandatory retirement age be raised to 130 across the board if ever these ageists couldn't live without one. Needless to say, I wasn't talking about the retirement age of government employees. As a taxpayer, I would have said it should be lowered to 13 because that's where the brains of millions of these parasites at public offices stop growing.

            

Everybody thought it was a tasteless joke. Admittedly I was playing devil's advocate. Yet I was damn serious and still remain so 19 years later.

Japan is an eerie nation-state in that it was not created by any human being. That means there wasn't any founding principle that would have been used to bring the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, together. The nation and the state were one inseparable entity from the beginning.

The Japanese are taught the 17-Article Constitution allegedly promulgated by a fictitious figure named Prince Shotoku in the 7th century was where they can find the principle, or at least its substitute. But there's no other way to interpret Article 1 of the Constitution, that supposedly stipulated harmony should be put before anything else, than to understand harmony should prevail over any principle.

The legal system was already there when the people found themselves inseparably incorporated in it.

This is why the Japanese always "think" it's the law that changes the people whereas it's the people that should change the law. In fact they have developed a tendency to constantly enact laws invariably modeled after legislation in the West in order to avoid changing themselves.

Take the Equal Employment Opportunity Law of 1986 for example. Almost three decades have passed since it was enacted but practically nothing has changed.

Sexist bias (See NOTE) still remains a widespread practice, though a little less explicit now. Fortunately, some, if not many, Japanese women have fought the discrimination in an ingenious way. They have refused to get assimilated into the male-dominated society by neglecting the feminine duty as a "birthing machine." As a result the decline in Japan's fertility rate seems unstoppable now.

NOTE: I'm not advocating equality. Remember Japan is a principle-less country. Violation of what unprincipled Americans call human rights has never been really at issue here.

On the contrary, we don't see the slightest sign that biologically old men are defying the equally deep-rooted ageist bias. Apparently they are all determined to submit to the demand that they conform to the stereotypical profiles given to them.

As if in a self-fulfilling prophecy, they have stopped growing by confining themselves in actual or virtual nursing homes and playing the state-defined role of the senior citizen.

The official statistics puts the population over 65 at 31.9 million whereof 4.6 million are afflicted with senile dementia. Needless to say this is a gross underestimate simply because those who are compiling the statistics are already suffering from what I call "premature senility" themselves.

To make it even worse, this particular state has long withstood all the difficulties resulting from the lack of principles by defining itself as a mechanism of income redistribution. In a normal country, people conduct themselves on the principle of self-reliance. They do help one another as the necessity arises, but basically it's a voluntary and spontaneous act. But in Japan, it's always the state that extends a helping hand to the people who it unilaterally picks as beneficiaries of the benefits funded by taxpayers. As a result the people feel they are indebted to the government.

For one thing Japan's national pension programs are mostly contributory type. But in this sick nanny state, every pensioner feels he is nothing but a burden on the younger generations, who are actually suffering premature senility or juvenile dementia.

It's, therefore, no accident they forget that a society evolves only when mature people hand down to their children and grandchildren what they have experienced or witnessed firsthand as independent individuals.

It's true NHK and the like keep saying, day in, day out, that we should listen to the elderly before they are all dead so as not to weather away what they have experienced. But how can we expect someone to narrate un-sanitized, first-person singular, nonstandard accounts of how he lived the history when he feels he is nothing but a social nuisance? He "thinks" he owes the state much more than the state owes him.

In his lecture at Okinawa University, Mr. Hiroaki Koide confided to his audience that his lifetime role model is Shozo Tanaka. (See the picture on his desktop in the above photo.) It's quite understandable. But if it's not too irreverent to say something about the second career of the first-class scientist and seasoned activist like him, my humble advice would be that now it's his turn to be his own role model.

The good news for him is that unlike this blogger, Mr. Koide has a large audience of his followers. But the bad news is most of them don't seem to have the ability to really internalize what they have heard about Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima. In all likelihood, they will repeat the same mistake we old generations have committed in the past, That is evident from the way they chant the all-too-familiar incantations like "No more Hiroshimas," "No more Fukushimas," etc.

Our generations know many things that they don't know.

We have known or even witnessed how people let Emperor Hirohito offer the strategically unimportant cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and densely-populated downtown Tokyo as sacrifices so Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman would refrain from decapitating the nation in a total departure from the textbook tactic. It's true the very heart of the capital was targeted. But records have it that thousands of bodies were piled up in Yuraku-cho Station of the Japan National Railways, while the Imperial Palace which is located just around the corner from the station was deliberately kept intact.

The same is true with the life of Hirohito. In 1947 he sold off Okinawa to the Unite States to reciprocate these favors.

I'm one of the remnants from the turbulent days of nationwide protest against the Security Treaty of 1960. Although something prohibited me from marching toward the Diet Building myself, I feel something still remains unsettled deep inside when I recall that then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, former Class-A war crimes suspect and the grandfather of Shinzo Abe, signed the treaty amid the anti-treaty outcry. In 2007 then New York Times reporter Tim Weiner revealed that Kishi was an undercover agent of the CIA disguised as Japan's Prime Minister at that time. A small group of citizens was going to file a class action lawsuit to have the treaty repealed. But their appeal was instantly turned down by the authority.

Of course Mr. Koide is much better off than I in telling the young people of the crime the Nuclear Mafia has committed in the past, and will be committing in the future. And I think he is "old" enough to know there's no reason to believe we can expect a different outcome from repeating the same traditional approach to these issues over and over again.

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180-degree different approaches toward statelessness issue

HEADNOTE: In the previous version of this post, I wrote a lot about the futile discussion I'd had with unprincipled American individuals over what brings or fails to bring together the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, and what happens when a founding principle is outgrown by the new reality or proves to have been false from the very beginning. But now I've realized these people I've talked to aren't prepared for a serious discussion because they have been irreversibly indoctrinated since their childhood to believe in America's Founding Principles as indisputable axioms. Actually the Founding Fathers of their country just borrowed John Locke's philosophical rubbish about the "natural rights to life, liberty and property." That is why now I'm uploading a shortened version crossing out all the hogwash so we can get down directly to the formidable issue of statelessness. .

The Japanese transformation from a nation of feudal fiefdoms, presided over by a samurai dynasty, to a modern Western-style nation-state was always going to be a patchwork job. The constitution was largely Prussian, the navy was fashioned after the British Royal Navy, and so on. But the biggest problem for Meiji-period intellectuals and politicians was to find the most suitable model for a modern state.

From Occidentalism coauthored by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. Buruma also authored a book titled Reinventing Japan - 1853-1964 in which he observed the postwar reconstruction was also a patchwork.


        

   A parade to mark the end of the
   Luna New Year festivity went by
   when we were in the middle of a
   skull session at Chens' place

An Example of the Traditional Nonprofit Approach - Stateless Network


Lara, Chen Tien-shi, founder of Stateless Network
In the fall of 2009 I came across an eye-opening book titled Mukokuseki - Stateless. When I was through with the book for the first time, I already knew author Lara, Chen Tien-shi is a rare species in that she always keeps a life-size view of the world. This is a remarkable attribute because most other people talk big while acting very small.

Deeply impressed by her wholehearted dedication and down-to-earth approach toward the problem facing the stateless, I soon became fully committed to the cause of the nonprofit organization Stateless Network Lara founded in January 2009. I still remain so although what I could do for the group is quite limited thus far.

In late-February Lara gave me a mail to invite me to an extraordinary meeting where the key members of Stateless Network were going to have a skull session over the future direction of the nonprofit, multi-ethnic organization.

I was very honored by the invitation from the youngest daughter of one of the wealthiest families of this Chinatown because I am one of the poorest and oldest residents of the same community.

I think she had two things in mind when inviting me to the important meeting despite the fact that I have fallen almost 2 years behind in my payment of the annual due, and equally important, I don't fully agree to the principle on which she is steering the Network.

Firstly Lara must have wanted to acknowledge that she still owed me a response to the homework I'd given her about the viability of a "stateless nation." She must have thought I would better understand her answer to my challenge by participating the steering committee, because the issue at hand is too complex, multi-faceted and subtle, and has too far-reaching implication to address just by quick exchanges of words.

The other reason she thought I should attend the meeting may have been that she just wanted this old loner to have fun mixing with these youngish people with diverse backgrounds.

It looks as though Lara made a good decision for me if these were her objectives.

Japan, where she was born and brought up, is an eerie country. It wasn't founded by anyone; it just generated itself sometime between 600 BC and 712 AD. Needless to say there has never been a founding principle. The dubious 17-Article Constitution, which was supposedly promulgated by Prince Shotoku, who is most probably a fictitious figure, famously said in this land harmony should prevail over anything else. People have always substituted it for a founding principle, but actually it's not a substitute of any principle because it was meant to unconditionally prohibit them from conducting themselves on their own.

Against this historical background, the way principle-less, rather than unprincipled, people communicate with one another in a meeting is very unique. More often than not, reaching a specific agreement isn't the objective of the meeting. Normally there's no articulated proposition put on the table; neither is there any substantive argument. When there is one, it's presented and discussed before or after the meeting, most typically at a bar. In short a meeting, or any other form of communication, is little more than a ceremonial event to build consensus about a predetermined answer.

Although the time during which I was exposed to communication in the international setting is still twice as long as her international career, Lara seems to be much better skilled in that respect. And yet, she still remembers that in a local meeting she has to seal off those skills and play the role of a Shintoist priest, or priestess, so to speak.

Lara's opening speech, delivered in an unusually casual manner, had just a few substances in it. At first she insinuated that this Stateless Network will still remain closely affiliated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. But she said she isn't really convinced that stereotypical UNHCR's definition of a stateless person is clear enough and that the ambitious goal proclaimed in its 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is attainable in the foreseeable future. Then she added that some other factors have made it even more unrealistic to achieve the goal. For one thing, she confided, she fell ill last year. She didn't say how serious it was.

The meeting was constantly disturbed by her 9-year-old son clinging to the chairwoman with his arms around her neck. Lara didn't seem to be annoyed at all. She certainly knew the Sunday meeting was a serious loss of opportunity for the kid to have intimate contact with his mom. Another source of disturbance was the paraders incessantly making deafening noises of drums and firecrackers on the street. She didn't care too much either. Neither did other attendees including myself.

The way Lara presided over the meeting indicated that she and I are still on the same wavelength in that both of us are inclined to have diverse people loosely networked rather than build a monolith with a fixed principle.

Following the semi-formal session, Lara treated us to a gorgeous dinner. I enjoyed talking with people sitting in the hearing distance as we were supposed to. They included an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo and Thai woman and her daughter.

In the last 45-60 minutes I concentrated on a conversation with a young, brilliant lady named Rina Ikebe who had moved over to the seat next to mine. Miss Ikebe introduced herself as a student studying "community psychology" at a postgraduate school of Tokyo's International Christian University. I enjoyed our conversation all the more because she was very good at active listening.

I asked her: "What do you think connects you to this country, or how do you really relate yourself to Japan?" After thinking it over for a while, she said: "Maybe it's my nationality, isn't it?" I said, "I don't think so. Your nationality is nothing more than a certificate of the ties you have already established with this country."

I might have added it's a principle that brings or fails to bring together the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, and that this is exactly where the media find their essential role. Although this was the most relevant topic for the community psychology major, I left it unsaid in part because I thought I had to refrain from spoiling her appetite and my own. More importantly, I knew an exceptionally bright woman as she is would have found it superfluous if I had given her any more lead to my theory about the modern nation-statehood.

Then encouraged by her story about her late-father who was a scholar of French literature and European history, I tried a simple quiz with Miss Ikebe: "Do you know how the life of Marie Antoinette came to an end?" She answered delightedly: "Beheading by the Guillotine!" The next question was: "How many French people, roughly, were killed in the same way?" She didn't know that the correct answer was 16,594.

I produced from my backpack the printout of my most recent post, saying, "If you are interested in these subjects as a student of community psychology, why don't you keep it."

From time to time, Lara was giving a glance-over at us across the huge Chinese roundtable as if she was worrying I might be instilling in the young student poisonous ideas about the failed nation-state. But I hope she knows very well that I am a person who never bites the hand that fed him.

After the party was over, I stayed on there to be alone with Lara, her parents and one of her elder sisters. I said to her, "I didn't know you fell ill. Are you getting better now?" She smiled and said, "Yes, now I'm OK." Her sister quickly cut in to say, "No, she isn't."

I said: "Remember you aren't Mother Teresa. You should always prioritize your own personal life and your son's. Nothing is more important than that."

These are the people I want to have around until the second-to-last day of my life.

New Approach to Turn the UNHCR Formula Upside Down


Okinawa native entrepreneur Takashi Hiyane

Lara's colleagues are the type of people who would rather extend a helping hand immediately and directly to specific individuals with a nationality problem than formulate a longterm plan to save millions of stateless people at a time. As a matter of fact, though, they tend to act on a first-come, first-served basis. More often than not, therefore, they end up wasting their limited amount of human and financial resources on those who just fall on the UNHCR definition of the statelessness but actually crybabies with no sense of self-reliance.

If you are really concerned about these people who are allegedly persecuted in many ways for their de jure or de facto statelessness, you should not take it for granted that aiming at the reduction of stateless population is the only way to address the issue at hand.

In fact there are people who have chosen to pursue the same end from a totally different perspective.

In recent years the geopolitical landscape has been undergoing a sea change in every region of the world. Most noticeably, the number of minority groups seeking secession has been on a sharp rise.

In a sense this is reminiscent of the days when the massive exodus of pro-Kuomintang Chinese from the continent was taking place. But I see a fine line between an ideology-driven split-up of a nation-state and total or partial breakup of a nation-state where a more fundamental thing than a political ideology or a religious dogma is at stake. We shouldn't mix up the two because such cases as Crimea and the pro-Russian region of Ukraine have very little to do with the quintessence of the statelessness issue.

In the realm of breakup of nation-states without ideological implication, we have witnessed some regions in European countries seeking secession for varying reasons.

As to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, I still don't know exactly what to make of it. All I can tell is that we should refrain from hastily jumping to a conclusion like those prisoners of America-centric way of viewing the world who call the ISIL a gang of terrorists so lightly

Let's face it: very few modern nation-states have been created without a tremendous amount of bloodshed. The American Independence War claimed tens of thousands of lives. The death toll of the French Revolution is believed to have reached one million that included 16,594 people beheaded by the Guillotine.

I'm more concerned about the likes of the Scots, the Basques and the Catalans although their aspiration for independence has yet to be fulfilled thus far.

Just take Catalonia for example. If its bid for secession from Spain had succeeded last October, the entire 7.5 million Catalan population would have become stateless overnight on the premise that the newly-born nation wouldn't have sought a membership in the U.N., the dead international body founded when the Chinese Continent was still ruled by Chiang Kai-shek, or the failing one named the European Union. The 54-year-old dream of UNHCR would have come true, or turned into a nightmare, the moment the Spanish Constitutional Court had somehow rescinded its ruling that the planned referendum was unconstitutional.

As a result statelessness would have meant absolutely nothing anymore to the Catalans because now everybody would have been stateless on his/her own will.

A more relevant example for us Japanese is Okinawa.

Now it's an open secret that in his "Okinawa Memo" delivered to W. J. Sebald sometime around September 20, 1947, Emperor Hirohito said to Douglas MacArthur that "the U.S. military occupation of Okinawa, and such other islands as may be required, should be based upon the fiction of a long term lease - 25 to 50 years or more - with sovereignty retained in Japan."

To put it bluntly, the father of the incumbent Emperor Akihito sold off Okinawa and its residents to the United States just to reciprocate the super-generous leniency Hirohito was expecting from Harry S. Truman.

Adolf Hitler had killed himself on the wake of repeated attempts of his assassination such as Operation Valkyrie of July 1944. The corpse of Benito Mussolini had been hung upside down in the street of Milan. But Hirohito knew very well that it was a piece of cake to avoid facing the same fate internally. So he made every possible effort to escape conviction at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East because otherwise he must have been sent climbing the 13 steps to the gallows after all.

In 2005, then associate professor of the University of Ryukyus by the name of Lim John Chuan-tiong conducted an opinion survey. He found out that 45.4% of the respondents thought Okinawa should eventually seek secession, whereof 20.5% even said the islands should declare independence, immediately and unilaterally.

I don't know how reliable the survey results are. But it's for sure that the 1.4 million islanders have now been fed up with the lip service they hear from the mainlanders, who they like to call Yamatonchu. And the monetary compensation from the Tokyo government is nothing but an insult because it only benefits a handful of government contractors.

Deep inside, they seem to know they will have to live with the perpetual presence of the U.S. military as long as they remain part of Japan which is little more than a satellite nation itself.

Now the newly-installed Governor Takeshi Onaga has started to sing to the same, old tune of lessening the burden of U.S. military bases his predecessor Nakaima kept singing during his tenure. It's as though the problem lies in the 74% concentration of U.S. military installations in Okinawa islands whose size accounts for a mere 0.6% of Japanese Archipelago's. But the fact of the matter remains that the very presence of the U.S. military forces in North East Asia is the problem.

Without a doubt the movements for the independence of these subtropical islands are further on the wane. And yet we shouldn't forget still there are people like this person named Takashi Hiyane (photo.)

As far as I know, he hasn't explicitly mentioned an independent Okinawa, let alone the statelessness issue. But obviously the youngish entrepreneur is looking for a new sociopolitical model which has nothing in common with the outdated idea about creating a small, closed, cult-like society like the communities of the Amish in North America. To him, the restoration of the Ryukyu Kingdom is out of the question.

I know very little about the "Lexues" company he founded 17 years ago. But in his recent TV appearance, Hiyane said to this effect: "Only by leveraging the creative minds of the native Okinawans, we would be able to return the annual appropriation of 200 billion yen to the Japanese government."

The implication here is that it's too soon to call an independent Okinawa a pipe dream.



Still there is a long way to go until we find a workable solution to the problem. But I've written this post just to juxtapose the two 180-degree different approaches without any preconceived answer. Yet I hope this will give some clues to those of you who have creative attitudes toward life.

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Living the last days of my life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese

Taken back on April 23 If you look for a post more focused on the issue with the stateless, you will find a new version HERE.

POSTSCRIPT 2, April 7:

If you are really concerned about these people who are allegedly persecuted in many ways for their statelessness, you should know the 54-year-old dream of UNHCR - or is it a nightmare? - would come true the moment part of a nation-state seceded from it.

Just take Catalonia for example. If its bid for secession from Spain had succeeded last October, the entire 7.5 million Catalan population would have become stateless overnight on the premise that the newly-born nation wouldn't have sought a membership in the dead international body named the United Nations, or the failing one named the European Union. Statelessness would have meant absolutely nothing anymore because now everybody was stateless on his/her own will.



Another example is an independent Okinawa.

With the newly installed Governor starting to sing to the same, old tune of anti-U.S. bases his predecessor kept singing during his tenure, now it looks as though the movements for the independence of these subtropical islands are further on the wane. But still there are people like this person named Takashi Hiyane (photo.)

I know very little about the "Lexues" company he founded 17 years ago. But in his recent TV appearance, Hiyane said to this effect: "Only by leveraging the creative minds of the native Okinawans, we would be able to return the annual appropriation of 200 billion yen to the Japanese government."

The implication here is that it's still too soon to call an independent Okinawa a pipe dream.

POSTSCRIPT 1, April 3:

Still there is a long way to go until we find the answer to the question about the viability of a nation without a state. It might be little more than a micro nation-state, such as an independent Okinawa, an independent Catalonia, or even some of the secession-seeking counties in the U.S.

The only thing I can tell for sure is that it doesn't make any more sense than to think of the restoration of the Ryukyu Kingdom to create small, closed, cult-like communities similar to those of the Amish in North America.

At any rate I want you to understand I'm not talking about the archaic idea of anarchism. I suspect the closest thing to a stateless nation would be the new sociopolitical model I've suggested a couple of times in the past, though in a little too sketchy way.

Either way I hope this piece will give some important clues to those of you who have creative attitude toward life.


The same attitude about indebtedness is expressed even more strongly from the Japanese standpoint by another word for thank-you, katajikenai, which is written with the [Chinese] character "insult," "loss of face." It means both "I am insulted" and "I am grateful." The all-Japanese dictionary says that by this term you say that by the extraordinary benefit you have received you are shamed and insulted because you are not worthy of the benefaction.

                               From The Chrysanthemum and the Sword authored by
                               U.S. government-retained "anthropologist" Ruth Benedict


     

   A parade to mark the end of the
   Luna New Year festivity went by
   when we were in the middle of a
   skull session at Chens' place

I've been using Google Analytics in the last 7 years. At the beginning I found it somewhat usable in analyzing the incoming traffic of this website. But it didn't take long until I became aware both its usefulness and usability had kept declining from one version to the next.

Someone knowingly told me it can't be helped because system developers at Google were more attuned to profit-oriented users than non-profit guys like me. As a retired businessman, I knew what this Google cultist said to me was bullshit. Anyone in his right mind can tell Google Analytics is rubbish even as a marketing tool. Hopefully I'll elaborate on this when discussing the devastating toll the protracted drought of "disruptive technologies" has taken on the value-creating chain.

Then it flashed on me that I could still benefit from the crap if I used it in a way to get some clues to the censorship methods and criteria the Google crawlers used to un-optimize the traffic of creative websites like mine.

I know you "think" their criteria are so simple and straightforward that you needn't examine them so closely; the Internet bots are just taught to tamper the traffic of anti-establishment domains and URLs. But in fact these crawlers are a little smarter than thinking-disabled guys like you. Otherwise these "truth-seeking" websites wouldn't flourish in the cyberspace like they do today.

As I recently pointed out, now it's too evident that a reciprocal deal was tacitly struck between the establishment and anti-establishment to protect the common vested interests they have in the status quo.

However, this is not to say I am desperately struggling to remove or circumvent the barrier put up by the likes of Google. I know the impregnable wall I've hit is actually two-layered. The outer wall could only be torn down from within. It should be an easy task because the surface of the fortress of your ignorance and arrogance is practically nothing without the inner layer of the barrier.

Time and again I've said:

"No one but yourself can manipulate you."

Every time I repeated this, you pretended that you hadn't heard me. But actually my goal has always been to destroy the self-censorship mechanism on the part of actual and potential visitors to my website.

To that end I have single-mindedly attempted, in the last 7 years, to solicit my predominantly-American audience to take part in an exercise which I call "collaborative thinking." To me to think means to interact dialectically - no more, no less.

I've also said many times:

"A psychopath, almost by the definition of the word, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second."

To put it the other way around, you are insane if you don't suspect at times you may be out of your mind. Although you can hallucinate all by yourself as you always do, if you try to "think" alone, all you'll get is a mere illusion.

I have begged you, almost on my knees, to participate in our exercise. Thus far I've failed, because my argument has always been met with guerrilla tactics such as feigned deafness, feigned muteness and temporary hiding behind the bushes. As I've observed, the generation of Vietnam veterans and draft-dodgers are especially skillful at these maneuvers.

For one thing, how could I have expected unprincipled guys like you to take a fresh think at the fundamental question as to America's Founding Principles which have once brought the nation and the state together but are now proving fake?

It's no accident that when I brought up John Locke's "philosophical" crap about the natural rights to life, liberty and property, you showed a firm resolve to refuse to specifically question what you have been irreversibly indoctrinated to believe in as an indisputable axiom. It was the last bastion of your illusion but now it's turned into your underbelly.

Once again almost by the definition of the word, no unprincipled individual can think like man.

Most recently I uploaded a post dealing with the basics of communication to find out how quickly the word "basics" would induce an allergic response in those who are passing around borrowed words and borrowed ideas all the time. As was expected, American individuals instantly resorted to guerrilla tactics while several locals gave me offline thoughtful comments, though in a little too muddled words, about media's abnormal obsession with 3/11.

The most fundamental thing about communication in human society is that it's pointless to try to weed out false pieces of information from truthful and reliable ones. Usefulness is the only criterion to use when evaluating a given information.

Previously I had written that a failed nation-state is nothing but a vast illusion shared among its entire population. Most of you found my deliberate statement not only ridiculous but also outrageous. Although I always prefer right inconsistency to wrong consistency, I was impressed when I found a certain consistency in their counterargument.

On the contrary a small number of anti-establishment elements in my audience said they agreed with me in that respect, presumably on the wrong assumption that I was just analogizing. I am a man of straight talk. Basically I mean what I say and I say what I mean except when it's absolutely necessary to flatter an ape.

As a matter of fact they always claim that they and their close friends are chosen people who are immunized against the pervasive illusion. It's the worst type of egocentrism, which in fact is deep-rooted in the America-centric delusion. Deep inside they still believe the world is revolving around the United States.

To be that incoherent, you've got to be caught up in the worst type of delusion that history is redoable or even undo-able, while we Asians who have been victimized by American rogues for more than a century know that what they did to us is irredeemable.

It's these self-appointed judges who claim to be keeping a watchful eye on all venues of mass communication to thoroughly decontaminate the world of all these fallacies. The fact of the matter remains, however, that these truth-seeking liars are the primary contaminants.

Quite naturally they had a more compelling reason to show the strong response to this allergen by adamantly refusing to discuss the basics of communication than those who furiously disagreed to my idea that any failed nation-state has been reduced to a mere optical phenomenon.

The primary criterion they use when they sift out fallacy from truth, or illusion from reality, all comes down to this:

An illusion is something that isn't real while reality is something that isn't an illusion.

When talking about the digital altar of the Google Cult one year or so ago, I wrote:

"A fact is truthful only when you know the question while a truth is factual only when you know the answer."

If you have difficulty decoding my tricky statement, let me put it this way: If I am Mr. D sitting at the end of the line of communication, he has no interest in knowing Mr. C's opinion on Mr. B's take on "the fact" which Mr. A claims to have found firsthand. Don't take me wrong, however. I have nothing against what Mr. C is doing because anyone who is idling away his purposeless life has the right to kill time any way he likes.

Quite predictably one of these self-righteous guys said in response to my way of describing the difference between fact and truth:

"A fact is truthful only when the evidence proves it beyond a reasonable doubt."

At first I was taken aback because the only way to paraphrase his statement is:

"A fact is truthful only when another fact proves true."

The absurd statement would just send us back to the same question of how we can tell the fact is truthful.

But on second thought I realized he was just pulling my leg. Otherwise I would have to admit that I mistakenly used my syllabus for a logic class at a university when talking to kindergarten kids.

The other day I had a casual conversation with a guy of my sons' age at the nearby convenience store FamilyMart. There he works the midnight shift every second day. If I remember it correctly, it went like this.

Clerk: You used to buy The Japan News (the English daily published by the Yomiuri Shimbun) everyday, but not anymore. What is the reason?
Me: Simply because I can't afford to spend 150 yen only to read headlines. I would never read the articles at all even if I had a portable magnifier.
Clerk: Why is that?
Me: I know its news stories are 100% lies. I do read headlines, though, in order to update myself on what fallacies they are disseminating these days.
Clerk: I think now I see what you mean. But 100% may be an overstatement, isn't it?
Me: No. I'm not exaggerating. Do you know there are 4 types of lies? Type 1 is to tell an invented story; Type 2 is to hold back an essential fact; Type 3 is to place a trivial story on the top page; Type 4 is to bury an important topic deep into the small space of page 10. So believe me everything they tell is a fallacy.

The midnight clerk doesn't seem to have attended any higher-learning class. Presumably he is as ignorant as these well-educated Americans. But nevertheless he showed a certain amount of intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn. It's not the matter of intelligence that so many Americans are gullible enough to seek truth from the "non-mainstream" media, or other sources of information they favor.

As to music, literature and all other forms of communication, I think I have already covered them in detail. And as to TV commercials and all other advertisements on different mediums, I hope I'll discuss in a separate post in which I'll address the devastating consequences of the protracted drought of what IBM consultant Grant Norris termed "disruptive technologies."

Once upon a time I was frantically learning how to make my life creative from American businessmen, business administration professors, computer scientists, and even jazz musicians, sometimes in person.

But now I have been irrevocably labeled first-degree persona non grata by these prisoners of America-centric delusion on illusion for touting the necessity of creative thinking so persistently.

Those who are still on my list of Americans to watch are a handful of cognitive scientists, e.g. Douglas Hofstadter, who have been intensively trying to identify the neuronal root, instead of the anatomical map, on which a human individual lives, loves, creates, communicates, and dies, with inerasable self-consciousness.

When it comes to the inability of principled thinking, I see no distinctive difference between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese. But there's a fundamental difference in their noesis, i.e. mental attitude.

On the surface it seems either people remain caught in a similar illusion which stems from their respective founding principle(s). But the consequences are quite different.

In the U.S. the illusion has been aggravated over time by an equally malign delusion that the illusionary natural rights should remain enshrined at any cost until the end of time.

On the contrary Japan is not a country founded by human beings. Hence it has no founding principles. Empty-headed Japan experts in the U.S. may "think" Article 1 of the 17-Article Constitution allegedly promulgated by Shotoku Taishi in the 7th century serves as a de facto founding principle or at least its substitute. But apart from the fact that Prince Shotoku is most probably a fictitious figure, his words "Harmony should be put before anything else and quarrels must be avoided by all means" should be understood to mean that we Japanese individuals should not have any principle because it would do them harm more than it would do them good.

In fact, the country invented by the court-retained historians 13 centuries ago was reinvented in 1946 by Washington-retained "anthropologist" Ruth Benedict to help Douglas MacArthur reshape it to Americans' liking. The task must have been a piece of cake even for the unprincipled author because of the super-plasticity of her subjects. Thanks to the complete absence of a principle on which to conduct themselves, the Japanese instantly transformed themselves into something that fully matched Benedict's description.

In his foreword to the Mariner Books Edition of Benedict's The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, Ian Buruma wrote: "Without the moral absolutes of a monotheistic religion, everything from ethics to life goals is situational, hence the ease with which a warlike people could transform itself into a nation of pacifists."

This is why unlike warm-headed fanatics and cold-hearted egomaniacs in the U.S., my fellow countrymen never really assert their "inviolable rights." They instinctively know there are no such things as human rights in the real world. Should their mantra about harmony be supplanted by any chance by one of the principles randomly imported from the West, they would also have their 1,300-year-old relatively benign illusion quickly aggravated by a delusion.

The average Japanese is flexible, modest and compassionate just like the midnight-shift clerk at FamilyMart. And needless to say I prefer a thinking-disabled and modest person to thinking-disabled and self-important one. Who wouldn't?

My good neighbor Lara Chen Tien-shi is a little different from the ordinary Japanese. The associate professor of anthropology at a graduate school of Waseda University is a warm-hearted, compassionate woman. But at the same time she is an exceptionally cool-headed and down-to-earth person who always keeps a life-size view of the world.

Late last month Lara gave me a mail to invite me to an extraordinary meeting where the key members of her "Stateless Network" were going to have a skull session over the future direction of the nonprofit, multi-ethnic organization.

I was very honored by the invitation from the youngest daughter of one of the wealthiest families of this Chinatown because I am one of the poorest and oldest residents of the same community. (ララさん Katajikenai.)

I think she had two things in mind when inviting me to the important meeting despite the fact that I have fallen almost 2 years behind in my payment of the annual due, and equally important, I don't fully agree to the principle on which she is steering the Network.

Firstly Lara must have wanted to acknowledge that she still owed me a response to the homework I'd given her about the viability of a "stateless nation." She must have thought I would better understand her answer to my challenge by participating the steering committee, because the issue at hand is too complex, multi-faceted and subtle, and has too far-reaching implication to address just by quick exchanges of words.

The other reason she thought I should attend the meeting may have been that she just wanted this old loner to have fun mixing with these youngish people with diverse backgrounds.

It looks as though Lara made a good decision for me if these were her objectives.

As I have often stressed in this website, the way these principle-less people communicate in a meeting is very unique. More often than not, reaching a specific agreement isn't the objective of the meeting. There's no articulated proposition put on the table; neither is there any substantive argument. When there is one, it's presented and discussed before or after the meeting, most typically at a bar. In short a meeting, or any other form of communication, is little more than a ceremonial event to build consensus about a predetermined answer.

Although the time during which I was exposed to communication in the international setting is still twice as long as her international career, Lara seems to be much better skilled in that respect. And yet, she still remembers that in a local meeting she has to seal off those skills and play the role of a Shintoist priest, or priestess, so to speak.

Lara's opening address, delivered in an unusually casual manner, had just a few substances in it. At first she insinuated that although this Stateless Network will still remain closely affiliated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, she isn't really convinced that stereotypical UNHCR's definition of a stateless person is clear enough and that the ambitious goal proclaimed in its 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is attainable in the foreseeable future. Then she added that some other factors have made it even more unrealistic to achieve the goal. For one thing, she confided, she fell ill last year. She didn't say how serious it was.

The meeting was constantly disturbed by her 6-year-old son clinging to the chairwoman with his arms around her neck. Lara didn't seem to be annoyed at all. She certainly knew the Sunday meeting was a serious loss of opportunity for the kid to have intimate contact with his mom. Another source of disturbance was the paraders incessantly making deafening noises of drums and firecrackers on the street. She didn't care too much either. Neither did other attendees including myself.

The way Lara presided over the meeting indicated she and I still have a similar wavelength in that both of us are inclined to have diverse people loosely networked rather than build a monolith with a fixed principle.

Following the semi-formal session, Lara treated us to a gorgeous dinner. I enjoyed talking with people sitting in the hearing distance as we were supposed to. They included an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo and Thai woman and her daughter.

In the last 45-60 minutes I concentrated on a conversation with a young, brilliant lady named Rina Ikebe who had moved over to the seat next to mine. Miss Ikebe introduced herself as a student studying "community psychology" at a postgraduate school of Tokyo's International Christian University. I enjoyed our conversation all the more because she was very good at active listening.

I asked her: "What do you think connects you to this country, or how do you really relate yourself to Japan?" After thinking it over for a while, she said: "Maybe it's my nationality, isn't it?" I said, "I don't think so. Your nationality is nothing more than a certificate of the ties you have already established with this country."

I might have added it's a principle that brings or fails to bring together the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, and that this is exactly where the media find their essential role. Although this was the most relevant topic for the community psychology major, I left it unsaid in part because I thought I had to refrain from spoiling her appetite and my own. More importantly, I knew an exceptionally bright woman as she is would have found it superfluous if I had given her any more lead to my theory about the modern nation-statehood.

Then encouraged by her story about her late-father who was a scholar of French literature and European history, I tried a simple quiz with Miss Ikebe: "Do you know how the life of Marie Antoinette came to an end?" She answered delightedly: "Beheading by the Guillotine." The next question was: "How many French people, roughly, were killed in the same way?" She didn't know that the correct answer was 16,594.

I produced from my backpack the printout of my most recent post, saying, "If you are interested in these subjects as a student of community psychology, why don't you keep it."

From time to time, Lara was giving a glance-over at us across the huge Chinese roundtable as if she was worrying I might be instilling in the young student poisonous ideas about the failed nation-state. But I hope she knows very well that I am a person who never bites the hand that fed him.

After the party was over, I stayed on there to be alone with Lara, her parents and one of her elder sisters. I said to her, "I didn't know you fell ill. Are you getting better now?" She smiled and said, "Yes, now I'm OK." Her sister quickly cut in to say, "No, she isn't."

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Can actual false-flag tricks on alleged ones save the Planet of the Apes from totally falling apart?

POSTSCRIPT February 26:



On October 16, 1793, Marie Antoinette was executed by Guillotine. She was just one of those 16,594 people killed with the same beheading machine at the birth of the French Republic.

So is there any difference except that the YouTube thing hadn't arrived yet 220 years ago?


Albert Camus (1913-60)


    I rebel—therefore we* exist.

   From L’Homme Révolté (The Rebel) by Albert Camus

   * The "we" can be a typo.


1972 killing of 11 Israeli Olympians in Munich

In this war the Palestinians’ only weapon is terrorism. It is a terrible weapon but the oppressed poor have no others.

   Jean-Paul Sartre on the Munich killing

Where shall I begin?

It's a little too hard to admit after blogging for more than ten years that there still lies almost an unbridgeable chasm between us.

I'm under the impression that the gap has widened one step further since I touched off the series of arguments over the modern nation-statehood.

Obviously I should have realized that it's crying for the moon to expect the ability to take a fresh think at a fundamental issue like this one from you Americans who have neither Asian wisdom nor Cartesian tradition ("Cogito, ergo sum") nor Sartrean discipline ("We are our choices," or "Man is condemned to be free.") All you can do is to shuffle information on an ear-to-mouth basis and approve or disapprove someone else's ideas without really internalizing them.

When you self-complacent dissidents in the U.S. discuss an issue, it's always someone else's problem; you never talk about your own problem simply because you can identify none. That's why you are unable to have a life-size view of yourselves. As a result you always talk big while acting very small.

For one thing, you often refuse to admit you are part of America. That may be true. Even so you can't deny America is an integral and inseparable part of yourself.

I don't know what it's like to be in the fairyland where you live. But I'm afraid you have great difficulty understanding the real implication of the mathematical thought of Luca Pacioli. He theorized 521 years ago that in the real world it's highly improbable that you owe others practically nothing while others owe you a lot. At any rate you can't deny the presence of the past even if you haven't read the book written by Rupert Sheldrake. As I always maintain, what should be questioned, instead, is the presence of the future.

You are like my biological sons who are helplessly immature 46- and 47-year-olds. They have grown into thinking-disabled conformists because my second ex-wife, whose father was a small-time yakuza gangster dealing in illegal drugs, indoctrinated them day in, day out since our divorce to pay respect to everyone but their biological father. Whenever they repeat the same complaint that their intellectually demanding father has messed up their lives, I say, "I'm awfully sorry for that; I should never have fathered you guys. It's the greatest mea culpa of my life to have brought you into existence." They can't help but blush, but don't know what to say. They just glare at me with sullen eyes of 9-year-old kids.

I'm not very sure if I can pull myself together again to face your terrorism of words. Examples of your verbal terrorism include refuting my deliberate statement about the failed nation-states such as Japan and the U.S. as an "irrational hyperbole," or insisting that the bloodshed involved in America's Independence War and the genocidal acts your country has committed in Hiroshima, Vietnam, Iraq, etc. was well-intended whereas the brutality entailed in the founding of the Islamic State does not have a rightful cause - all without giving a single rational reason. I hope, however, you'll understand I'm not talking about cyber-bullying here. This website is not meant for old kids, i.e. those who are afflicted with premature senility.

Now it seems all I can do until the time comes is to think aloud in this world's most unoptimized website. What else can I do when people I'm talking to don't take my serious arguments seriously?

Initially I was going to discuss Albert Camus who is touted as "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" immediately following my recent post that dealt with the class war in the cultist-dominated world because the French author seems to be a role model for contemporary Americans with his cheap philosophy about absurdité (the meaninglessness of man's life.)

Camus was born in Algeria to a not-so-wealthy French family, but throughout his short life, he never dreamed of abandoning the privilege of being a second-generation colonist. Exactly like him, you see no contradiction in habitually slamming your home country while cherry-picking its juicy elements, be it a livelihood assistance, a disability pension, a medical subsidy, a tax relief, or any other tangible and intangible benefits.

But on second thought, I said to myself it would be another waste of time to go on without asking you to stop to think, instead of stop thinking, over the points I'd already made on the subject. Now I must ask you to allow me to get back to where I started.

In October I was pleasantly surprised when I learned the people of Catalonia are still seeking independence from Spain. Among other things I was struck by the fact that they are NOT protesting against anything in particular like their parents and grandparents did against the Franco regime. A majority of the 7.5 million Catalans just refuse to get assimilated into the Kingdom of Spain.

In fact secession-minded Catalans don't seem to know themselves exactly where they are heading. That indicates it's something really unprecedented that underlies their unwavering aspiration for self-determination. As someone put it on the eve of the legally nonbinding "public consultation," all we know is that it must be something to be defined as a nation without a state they are seeking so enthusiastically.

On that premise, we can tell these people with unparalleled self-esteem and creative attitudes are going to separate the Siamese twins which are almost inoperable.

I've repeatedly said in this website, a creative mind creates itself when innate spontaneity meets acquired discipline in one person or one society. And it is evident from their creative attitudes toward life and spirit of exploring new things that the cultural climate in Catalonia is such that it facilitates and encourages the merger of the two contradictory attributes. Their goal does not seem unrealistically ambitious at all as stunted people in the U.S. tend to believe.

Their quest for a nation without a state prompted me to take a fresh think at the question about how specifically founding principles have brought a nation (a group of people) and a state (a system to govern them) together in the West since the late-18th century. I felt it would make little sense to discuss the viability of a stateless nation without knowing the answers to this fundamental question.

Before doing so, I asked myself: "What's the thing called a principle in the first place?" My answer: A principle is one thing and a political ideology or religious dogma is quite another. It's something more fundamental on which to take a fresh and creative think at things to identify real questions rather than find answers to given questions. That is why what the Americans still call the Founding Principles remained more or less valid and workable political ideologies for more than one hundred years until they were outgrown by the reality of the 20th century.


The phantom haunting the Planet of the Apes for almost 240 years

With all this in mind, I quickly revisited John Locke (1632-1704). It might have been Jean-Jacques Rousseau or Voltaire, if I'd thought a greater number of newer countries have modeled themselves after France. But actually that is not the case. Most developing countries seem to have automatically chosen Locke's philosophical rubbish about "the natural rights to life, liberty and property" as their founding principles over the Continental ideas of Enlightenment.

I argued the fact that contemporary Americans are still letting Locke's crap be passed off as principles on which the nation and the state of the United States should remain together simply indicates they can no longer take a fresh and hard think at reality.

And what did I get from my predominantly American audience in response to my post?

NONE AT ALL.

The moment I mentioned the name of their guru, they all pretended they hadn't heard me. Not a single person gave me a feedback in that respect, either online or offline, to defend the national mantra against the challenge from an obscure Japanese blogger.

Now it's evident that this is exactly where American individuals have stopped thinking like human beings. They have enshrined the 3.25-century-old baloney as a sacred cow for so long that it now has turned into the underbelly of America's value system.

As a matter of fact you have been indoctrinated since your childhood never to question the Founding Principles as if they were indisputable axioms. You have been strongly discouraged, if not prohibited, from questioning why the empty-headed Englishman, alone, should be given the special privilege to ascribe the particular set of rights to us human beings.

If you still believe these rights are particularly inherent to humanity, why don't you ask an animal-rights activist if he agrees with you? He will certainly answer in the negative.

Or better yet, ask me the same question.

I will tell you, like I have in the last several years, that through my firsthand experience with these tax-collecting robbers in the Yokohama City Hall I've learned anyone can assert any right he wants to exercise, be it the right to kill or the right to steal.

When talking about rights and principles, I don't think conceptual understanding is enough; it's also important to visualize them because they mean nothing unless you can share them with others in one way or the other at the end of the day.

To that end you should forget about Locke's Tabula Rasa, i.e. Blank Slate, because actually it's full of shit from the beginning and to the end. In other words, it's something like a chèque en blanc (blank check) which will never be honored.

Personally I love Henri Bergson's embroidery analogy. He might have analogized man's principle as a box filled with emptiness or nothingness, i.e. "free will" in Bergsonian terminology. But in fact his Creative Evolution wasn't written to discuss the link between the nation and the state.

Instead I would describe a founding principle as a beam of light which is nothing until it's recognized against a shade it casts. This would better explain why the principles of the rogue country named the USA are so empty as to need violence to make themselves visible. Let's be reminded that Mencius said: "Evil exists to glorify the good." In other words the good exists only when there is evil. The act of "terrorism" is much more than just a blowback.

Let's face it:

Violence is nested at the very core of the founding principles of any modern nation-state in the West.

Recent examples include Malala Yousafzai (NOTE 1) and Charlie Hebdo (NOTE 2.)

NOTE 1: The impudent Pakistani chick was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just for parroting the empty promise of human rights, which the gunman didn't like. (I didn't either.)

NOTE 2: When the Islamist "terrorists" stormed into the offices of Paris-based satirical magazine, millions of Frenchmen were reminded for the first time since 1789 that their tricolor flag represented the supposedly lofty ideas about liberté (freedom), égalité (equality) and fraternité (brotherhood.) On the part of the United States, and the United Kingdom to a lesser degree, another millions of truth-seekers instantly started to spread on the web their false-flag "theories" that the bloody incident was a hoax staged by the Mossad, the CIA and MI6. It's not just that I'm not interested in knowing if their allegation is fully substantiated, but I found it really sickening because this was yet another Ignoratio Elenchi. Now it's too obvious that these rotten American souls are using the false-flag tactic themselves. In the last paragraphs of this post, I'll come back to this point to elaborate on my take on their modus operandi. Incidentally I personally empathize with the Charlie Hebdo gunmen whether or not they were carrying a false flag because when you criticize someone's faith, you should never do it in a satirical way. Unless you are ready to articulate your counterargument seriously, you should be prepared to get killed. Don't play with serious words from serious people.

In November I uploaded a post dealing with the result of Okinawa's gubernatorial election because I'm still interested in knowing what would happen when Japan was split up into a stateless nation and a nation-less state.

In that piece, I reiterated what I wrote in my aborted book seven years ago: Japan is nothing but a vast illusion shared by the 127.3 million "people." Now the same thing can be said of the USA, or any other country to a varying degree, because when the link between the nation and the state is missing, it's reduced to a mere optical phenomenon.

Quite naturally most of you found my deliberate statement not only ridiculous but also outrageous.

Although a very small number of people agreed to my view, I suspect they "thought" it was yet another salty analogy. But in fact I was not analogizing.

It can't be helped. I know your IQ is much higher than mine but with your unprincipled reading habit, you have never taken a fresh think at what exactly man's imagination or illusion is.

Amid Nazi's occupation of Paris, Jean-Paul Sartre authored a book The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination to prepare himself and his audience for the subsequent essay titled Being and Nothingness. Thanks to my lifetime philosophy teacher (he has never been my guru,) I know what you don't know about the two different states of man's being.

It is true that I used to think what Laurie Anne Freeman termed Japan's information cartel was a serious issue. But in recent years, especially since the 3/11 disaster, I've learned criticizing the media's behavior is like saying, "The blue sky is blue." It's not only useless but also harmful to repeat the same truism over and over as if there could be the blue sky that isn't blue.

At least since the birth of the first nation-state, the media have always played a pivotal role in bringing the nation and the state together by helping the two entities share the same principles. The tools for communication have changed from the newspaper to the radio to the television to the Internet, and the principles have been constantly hollowed out. But the media's role has remained unchanged.

In that context it's really laughable to see the big battalions of self-styled, learning-disabled dissidents keep criticizing the media for habitually lying.

I can't agree more if they don't opportunistically exclude from their blacklist non-mainstream media, e.g. social media, and all printed mediums. In fact, though, I know they are also lying because they can't live a day without relying on the mediums they favor.

Just ask them a stupid question like: "What is the difference between an illusion and the reality?" Their answer will also be stupid: "An illusion is something that isn't real." The next question: "Then what exactly is the reality?" The answer: "The reality is something that isn't an illusion."

This left me wondering about the real reason you smart dissidents in the U.S. keep slamming the media so enthusiastically. But when I was re-reading Camus' The Rebel, it flashed on me that the only way to explain their obsessive-compulsive behavior is to assume they have tacitly struck a reciprocal deal with the establishment. That is why the entire game is rigged in the U.S. today.

On the part of the establishment everyone knows the mirage-like nation-state can no longer be supported by conformists because they are also a gaseous thing, and that it's only dissidents who can turn illusions into reality by repeating their anti-establishment nonsense over and over.

On the other hand, the motive that drives self-proclaimed dissidents into their feigned resistance is twofold. Like Albert Camus, they badly need the current regime to withstand their ineffectual resistance because otherwise they would be at a loss over what to do for the rest of their empty lives, and more importantly how to make their living which is heavily dependent on the nanny-state measures.

As I observe, the other part of the reason is because they are people who have somehow failed to make the most of their lives because of the absence of creative mind. (Camus avowed his hedonism publicly, but if you carefully read The Myth of Sisyphus or The Stranger, you will notice it was fake.) Their failure in enjoying their own lives has left them with an inconsolable resentment toward life.

This way the establishment and anti-establishment have formed an ideal coalition.

Finally let me quickly talk about the most despicable type of dissidents: truth-seekers.

Every known ethnic group has an inclination, to a varying degree, toward superstitious self-perception, such as "We are a chosen people," "We are an abandoned people," "We are descendants of the Sun Goddess," etc. Maybe the Jews and the Japanese are a little more susceptible to such an idea than other peoples. But an illusion is an illusion.

If I remember it correctly, Sartre quoted Richard Wright in his Anti-Semite and Jew (1945) as saying something like, "There's no such thing as an issue with blacks. The only thing I see here in the U.S. is the issue with whites." Sartre was not particularly pro-Zionist, nor anti-Semite. He simply wanted to point out that it's always a strong feeling, e.g. hatred or inferiority complex, other peoples may harbor against the tribe in question that turns a mere illusion into a solid reality as if in a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Essentially the same thing is meant when I say, "A conspiracy theory is an integral part of the conspiracy," or "A conspiracy theorist is the conspirator himself." Since there's no such thing as man's deed which is NOT a conspiracy, they have to single out one media-salient incident after another such as NYC's 9/11 or Paris' 1/7 to cook up something that is particularly entertaining and passable as a conspiracy.

Actual false-flag tricks on presumed ones really help, rather than rebuke, the "predominantly-Jewish" establishment by distracting super-credulous people from the past and current atrocities in Algeria, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and now the ISIL. This is why we smell an imperialist stench from the dying Empire every time a truth-seeking ape tells us his invented story.

When you are beheaded by the terrorist named the Grim Reaper at the end of your life, you will realize, for the first time, that you wasted your whole life working on alibi exercises for not taking a creative think at things and acting accordingly. Your last words will be: "I should have known my own life was an ultimate conspiracy."

Except for the odor from across the Pacific, it is none of my business anymore no matter how many tons of viscous pus spills over from the false link of the United States of America. I belong somewhere else.

Japan is a peculiar nation-state. It has no founding principles from the beginning because it wasn't created by a human being. It just emerged out of nowhere sometime between 660 BC and 712 AD. It's no accident that its "state" part is almost identical to the American system now.

But the other part, i.e. the people, is a little more agreeable than its American counterpart because it has been taught to put harmony before any principle. Very few people assert their "inalienable and inviolable rights" like American egomaniacs, unless so instigated by the state, because most Asian wisdom tells us the human-rights thing is nothing but an illusion. Modesty and the sense of duty always prevail here - for better rather than for worse.

Up until recently, I was obsessed with the idea that I should be well-prepared for the last moment. But when my friend Dr. Shiono told me during a brief triage session that it's perhaps a matter of time my atrial fibrillation develops into fatal cerebral infarction, it flashed on me that wrapping up a life isn't packing up for a long journey.

Hopefully I will be able to release the next post in a week or two in which I'll touch on the limited influence Albert Camus had on me during the first several years of my adulthood so I can further deepen this line of argument before I go. · read more (247 words)
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The Catalans have sailed into uncharted waters

OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF.

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.
       - English translation of Confucius' words 修身斉家治国平天下

On Sunday the Catalans went ahead with the "mock" vote on independence in defiance of the rulings by the Spanish Constitutional Court that a referendum, either formal or informal, is unconstitutional, while the Madrid government was looking the other way. According to provisional reports, 2.25 million people of the 5.4 million voting-age population have cast their ballots at 6,700-plus polling stations. By Japanese standard for "real" elections which cost taxpayers a tremendous amount of money each time, the estimated turnout for the Sunday vote which was readied mostly by volunteers is unusually high.

It goes without saying most of those who went to polling stations voted for secession while people who don't favor the idea just chose to stay home. Actually an interim report puts the rate of Si votes at 84.5%. But as I've said before, the real significance of the symbolic vote lies with something else than these numbers.


Catalan citizens are queuing to cast their ballots.

Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, former Vice President of
the government of Catalonia

In a YouTube video I found several days earlier, Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, former Vice President of the Catalan government, exquisitely described the situation facing the people of Catalonia. He said to the interviewer, "Catalonia is like Scotland, but Spain is not like Great Britain."

Apparently Carod-Rovira just intended to make it understandable to outsiders who have little insight into history of the nation-statehood. But you can't deny this is something like saying, "Okinawa is like Guam, but Japan is like Puerto Rico." That is very true, but it won't bring you any closer to an actionable idea to look at the problem from this angle.

As a matter of fact, no pro-independence Catalan thinks about transforming the Kingdom of Spain into a United Kingdom.

To begin with, Spain and the U.K., or any other two countries, aren't really comparable. I even doubt David Cameron allowed the Scots to hold a referendum because he is an ardent believer in the principle of democracy. Perhaps he just wanted to degas the Scots after consulting with one of those reliable bookies.

This apple-and-orange comparison aside, we are still curious to know where the Catalans are heading.

Some pro-secession Catalans say eventually they will be seeking an independent membership in the European Union and the United Nations, while some others say their ultimate goal is to build "a nation without a state." It seems there is no common goal shared among pro-independence people of Catalonia as yet. But this is quite natural because you never know the consequence of your action when you commit yourself to an unprecedented kind of initiative.

In response to my previous post, more than half-a-dozen people gave me their comments, either online or offline.

Ms. Lara, Chen Tien-shi, associate professor of anthropology at Waseda University was one of them. Although Lara reserved her opinion for the time being, she showed a keen interest in the novel idea about a nation without a state.

Aside from her teaching job, Lara has been dedicated to helping "stateless persons" out of every kind of persecution inflicted on them. Deep inside, however, she doesn't seem to be comfortable with the way brainless people at UNHCR have defined a stateless person as if he is a pest. So I think the notion of a nation without a state, i.e. a stateless nation, must be quite a challenge to her.

Last night I ran into Lara when I stepped out of the apartment building where I live. She was standing by the garbage dumping site designated for the shared use among residents in this block. In the dark Lara spotted me with her cat's eyes well before I did her with my cataract-suffering eyes. As usual we had a pleasant stand-talking for almost 30 minutes. I refrained from reminding Lara of her homework in part because I know she is too busy, as a teacher, a mother and a human-rights activist, to address a challenging issue such as this one.

Another reason we didn't touch on Catalonia is because we know we can't discuss such an intricate matter in 30 minutes. We must have had to resort to borrowed words if we had attempted to do so. A really new idea will never shape itself from old ones as the Catalans seem to be demonstrating to us.

More importantly, we are a rare species of people around here in that we always value living each moment of our everyday life with a creative attitude than exchanging worn-out words. These are why we just updated each other on how life is treating us these days in a way that was heartening to both of us.

Mr. Hiroaki Koide, associate professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, also gave me an interesting feedback. The conscientious nuclear scientist concluded his mail by saying he hopes the people of Okinawa will take a similar step in the not-too-distant future to liberate themselves from American colonists and their Japanese minions perhaps in one go. He doesn't specialize in anthropology. So I think this is the best thing we can expect from Mr. Koide.

Aside from these offline responses, two American gentlemen expressed their thoughts online. As usual I learned a lot from their ways of viewing the situation facing us today. Admittedly, though, I got the impression that they are more or less at a loss over what exactly to make of the cracks showing everywhere in the post-WWII regime embodied in the United Nations and the European Union.

It seems to me that in the West, nobody can foretell what the geopolitical landscape will look like after the imminent collapse of the American Empire, perhaps with the exceptions of these mentally-retarded doomsayers and our poor friend Ching Chong Chang.

But actually everybody should be able to envisage his future on his own, right or wrong. It's really amazing to know Obama, Merkel, or any other leader in the West, doesn't have the foggiest idea about what their follies will result in.

By contrast, Vladimir Putin seems to have a brain which isn't that empty. Recently when asked if he thinks we are witnessing Cold War II in the wake of the turmoils in Crimea, Ukraine and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Russian President said:

"Nyet. In those days, Russia and America differed ideologically, but today we differ philosophically."

I think he's absolutely right.

In the last 238 years in America, and in the last 69 years in the rest of the world, people have taken it for granted that they are endowed with something "inalienable" which they are taught to call "natural rights."

It has never crossed their minds that Thomas Jefferson borrowed the "self-evident" and superstitious idea from John Locke simply because he thought it was a killer phrase that justified the killings of 25,000 Americans and 24,000 Britons in the American Revolutionary War.

Perhaps it was a valid idea for the propaganda to beautify their brutality, but not anymore. Now it justifies absolutely nothing.

Toward the end of WWII, it belatedly dawned on them that natural rights are not really natural. If the phrase should be interpreted to mean the rights to "Life, Liberty, and Property" as Locke put it, it is more applicable to animals than to human beings. In fact, it's purely an artificial thing invented by not-so-intelligent guys such as Locke and Jefferson.

But instead of going through a thorough soul-searching, people decided to reword the same old idea as human-rights.

The enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. further aggravated the situation. Now the pathological obsession with human-rights has turned into a diversity cult which has absolutely nothing to do with Putin's philosophy. Even these anti-Semitic idiots who call themselves truth-seekers invariably base their delusive conspiracy theories on a childish premise that it constitutes an unforgivable crime to deprive someone of his "inalienable" right.

But the fact of the matter remains that throughout the prolonged American Century, practically all Americans and most West Europeans enjoyed their natural rights sitting on the heaps of millions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraqi corpses. Now they are standing on their empty heads. Never again will they become able to walk on their feet.

In recent years I've learned and relearned, through my first-hand experience with the gang of robbers at the tax-collecting department of Yokohama City Hall, that my constitutional rights are nothing but a castle in the air.

But nevertheless, I am very proud of being one of these level-headed and modest East Asians like Chen Tien-shi and Hiroaki Koide, who have never dreamed of taking away anything from anyone, or giving it back to him.

I think we owe this trait to Chinese thinker Confucius who said 修身斉家治国平天下 two-and-a-half millenniums ago.

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

OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF.

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. · read more (456 words)
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Who to break the chain of oppression first - Americans, Uchinanchu or Yamatonchu

OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF.

For me as leader, my time is nearly over. But for Scotland, the campaign continues, and the dream shall never die.

       - Alex Salmond, outgoing Scottish first minister, in his
         concession speech





In the first half of this year, I reread dozens of short and long poems from Man'yo-shu (The Anthology of a Myriad Leaves) along with books on Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, official history books compiled by court-retained historians in 712 and 720 AD, respectively. I also reread a book about Yamataikoku Naofumi Uchiyama authored after meticulously digging into tons of literature and material which told him dozens of conflicting stories about the origin of this country. The late Uchiyama was my brother-in-law, who was a multitalented Nissan executive.

Although nation's ancient history still remains more or less a riddle to me, now I have understood it can be roughly summarized like this:

In the Jomon Period (13th-15th century to 4th century BC,) this archipelago was inhabited by the Ainus and the Ryukyuans. And toward the end of the ensuing Yayoi Period (3rd century BC to 3rd century AD,) people from the three kingdoms (Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla) in the Korean Peninsula came, saw and conquered the indigenous tribes and dispersed most of them to the northernmost island of Hokkaido and the southern islands of the Ryukyus.

The first thing the conquerors did after they pacified the mainland is the compilation of Kojiki and Nihon Shoki. With these books they wanted to establish a false legitimacy of their rule by inventing the absurd myth that they had been there since 660 BC to reign over the nation. To that end, they sealed off the prehistoric truth, totally and for good.

It seems the compilation of both Kojiki and Nihon Shoki was ordered by 40th Emperor Tenmu (631-686 AD) although he died before these epics were completed. It's interesting to know that according to non-mainstream Man'yo scholar Yasuko Kobayashi, Tenmu was a disguised Korean general who defected from the Goguryeo Kingdom (later to be renamed Goryo,) one of the three kingdoms in the peninsula at the time.

On the other hand it still remains a mystery who ordered whom to compile Man'yo-shu, which is more of a lyric poetry at least on the surface, and what for he or she or they tackled the painstaking task of anthologizing 4,500-plus poems when the system called Man'yo Gana (phonogramic application of the Chinese ideograms) had yet to be established. But not a few Man'yo scholars believe it was also Tenmu who ordered the compilation although in the middle someone on the direct lineage of 38th Emperor Tenji (636-672 AD) took over the project.

Since I thought it was a total waste of time to delve into court infighting, all I know about Tenji is that he was Tenmu’s longtime nemesis because he was most probably a disguised Korean prince who defected from Baekje, another Kingdom of the Peninsula.

Yuji Seki, one of non-mainstream experts in Japan's ancient history, has repeatedly argued it's important to unmask these impostors because you can only prevent history from repeating itself by revealing the truth behind all this fabrication. Although the truth-seeking historian stops a little short of insisting Japan could have taken a different course than it actually did, he won't stop peddling around the plausible but unsubstantiated idea that the Japanese could learn an unequivocal lesson from its history.

Unlike with Seki, my only concern is who I am. Am I an East Korean, or a remnant of the Ainus or the Ryukyuans? As always my answer is: "I don't know exactly, and I don't really care either." All I know for sure is:

"I'm ME."

And yet I'm anxious to know why I'm so concerned about the fate of the Okinawans this late in life. I don't know the answer yet, but as a matter of fact, the Okinawa issue has always been one of the few things I can really internalize no matter what my ethnic origin might be.

In my previous post I introduced an impressive presentation Mr. Hiroaki Koide, Associate Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, gave at Okinawa University.

If there was something to be desired in the otherwise excellent lecture, it's the fact that with his little worn-out antiwar, anti-American rhetoric, the nuclear scientist obscured his key message that each individual should be held responsible for his own suffering as well as others'.

For one thing Mr. Koide shouldn't have made a misplaced mention of the disproportionate burden on Okinawa by pointing out 74% of U.S. military bases in Japan are on the tiny islands that account for a mere 0.6% of the entire archipelago.

As you can see in the video embedded at the bottom of this post, former U.S. Defense Department official Morton Halperin recently visited Okinawa. (I got an impression that this female interpreter is a hearing-impaired and Japanese-illiterate person.) He was a key negotiator in the nominal reversion of Okinawa, but he left his post shortly before the agreement was signed because of a feud with Richard Nixon's national security adviser Henry Kissinger.

In one of the interviews with the Japanese newspapers, Halperin said:

"[When I first visited Okinawa in 1967] the American military did not believe there were bases on Okinawa. They believed Okinawa was a military base. Literally, they viewed the whole island as one military base." (Emphasis mine.)

That means the all-too-familiar story about 74% concentration of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa is essentially a nonissue frequently used as a red herring.

I don't think it's fair to expect a nuclear scientist to present his audience with well-informed, actionable ideas for the issue at hand. All I'm saying is that Koide should have dropped all this empty lip service if he had to stop short of elaborating on it. Even these geniuses like Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer could do little more than playing "Cat's Cradle" after they let the genie out of the bottle.

I hadn't known this name Masaki Tomochi until I found it in the September 15 article of The Guardian. According to the British daily, Tomochi, who heads this study group for Ryukyus' independence, was now "seeking inspiration from Scotland." So at first I thought he must be one who was ready for what David Cameron said would be "a painful divorce" rather than "a trial separation" when the British Prime Minister was scaremongering on the eve of the referendum. But I was mistaken.

I was stunned to know from his inaugural press conference held in Okinawa in May last year that its constitution stipulates only ethnic Ryukyuans are eligible to join the study group which is meant to serve as the foundation of a new independence party.

His statement simply indicated he doesn't know anything about the mind-boggling tasks to be entailed in his essentially extralegal cause of secession.

Certainly Omochi knows secession is basically unconstitutional in any nation-state, and even the "International Law" and the U.N. Charter give nothing more than a muddled promise about "self-determination" of "people." And yet what this guy seems to be launching is nothing but an exclusive cabal which is the farthest thing from the Scottish National Party from which he was supposed to seek inspiration.

Omochi is just eying a handsome amount of alimony and property division at a minimal pain of divorce. A political racketeer like him doesn't give a damn about the fact that the only thing the cause of secession requires is committed individuals.

The Ryukyu independence movement has already been suffering a serious setback in the last decade. I started intensively discussing the issue some four years ago. In those days there sill were a certain number of people who were active in advocating the idea of secession. Lim John Chuan-tiong, then Assistant Professor at the University of Ryukyus, was one of them. But it seems this dubious British-Chinese has fled to Taiwan recently.

Now things are getting even uglier toward the gubernatorial election scheduled for November 16 as another murky figure slated himself as a pro-independence candidate. His campaign pledge was to let the Chinese People's Liberation Army along with troops from the Republic of Korea take the place of U.S. Armed Forces after the southernmost prefecture secedes. The fact that he quickly removed his name from the list in a matter of weeks indicates he was a spoiler whose role was to discredit Okinawa's aspiration for liberation.

In his book titled Dismantling the Empire, the late Chalmers Johnson wrote America's presence in far east is not only financially unsustainable but also morally obscene.

No doubt about that. Morally speaking, Americans should be held responsible more than anyone else for all the sufferings inflicted on Uchinanchu, as the people in Ryukyu Islands call themselves, and Yamatonchu, as they call mainlanders. But things about the perpetual occupation of Okinawa aren't that simple.

The most sticking point there is the fact that the situation still remained fluid before the loot was returned to the Japanese government that had once fenced it to the chief of thieves. But until the nominal reversion of Okinawa in 1972, the islanders did little more than untiringly commemorating April 28 (see NOTE 1) as "the day of infamy" while in fact May 15 (see NOTE 2) was going to bring about an aggravated humiliation. Their virtual inaction during the period from 1952 to 1972 makes them deserve all the sufferings that ensued.

NOTE 1: On April 28, 1952, a nominal sovereignty was returned to Japan.

NOTE 2: On May 15, 1972, Okinawa was nominally returned to Japan without superseding Hirohito's "Okinawa message" and the bilateral security treaty of 1960.

Actually Okinawa is not a moral issue, but a humanity issue. And needless to say, humanity here has absolutely nothing to do with your cheap humanism.

As I've repeated one hundred times in this single-issue blog, the only difference between the ape and man lies in the fact that unlike the ape, man thinks. In other words, while the ape may perform better than man in coming up with the right solution to a given problem, it's only man who can identify the real issue which he can really internalize. It's this ability of internalization that can find him the right cause to become committed without reservation.

In this context there is an intractable problem always facing us.

A heavily intoxicated man insists he is as sober as a judge. And a psychopath, almost by definition, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second. Likewise, one who suffers the mental illness that I call premature senility never admits he is just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis.

In the vast intellectual vacuum prevailing on both sides of the Pacific, it's these people who have adamantly refused to lend an ear to my argument on the basics about humanity.

They say they only believe in truth about reality. As a matter of principle I have no problem with that. Unfortunately, though, they tend to ignore the simple fact that if their truth is something that's already there awaiting revelation, it's not only useless but also harmful to uncover it because after all you can't undo anything once it came into existence.

That is basically why they are so prone to delusion that distorts your perception so severely that you believe history could have unfolded in a different way than it actually did.

Once duped by the guru of a truth-seeking cult, you'll soon develop abnormal fixation to the past and permanent inability to look to the future. What's wrong with the argument by a Holocaust-denier, for instance, is not that he denies the systematic slaughter of Jews, but that he denies what's done is done.

It's this delusion that made people brush it aside as a pipe-dream when I made a suggestion about a brand new sociopolitical model. I wrote, though in a little too sketchy way, there's no reason we can't do what the empty-headed kid named Mark Zuckerberg could do in a matter of a few years. Unfortunately, it seems quite unlikely that someday they will understand that it wasn't a pipe-dream, but a surreal dream, in the sense the Frenchman who first coined the word surréel (beyond reality) must have meant.

In recent years, we are seeing the first signs that the America-centric "international community" has started tottering. Particularly in the eastern part of Ukraine, Catalonia of Spain, and even some counties in American states, cracks are showing in the middle of the edifice and still widening, though very quietly and at a glacial pace. But the self-complacent and learning-disabled Americans don't seem to realize the post-WWII undercurrent has already changed.

As for the Islamic State in the Iraqi territory, all the Americans can say is that we shouldn't call it a nation because it's nothing more than a group of terrorists. They still believe they have the right to tell these guys how to build a new nation. They shouldn't forget their ancestors killed 24,000 Britons when pursuing their independence.

Someone from among my American audience said he defines the word "terrorist" like this: "A terrorist is one who terrifies." In response to the absurd truism, I asked him: "If you call them terrorists just because they beheaded an American journalist, what do you call Harry S. Truman and hundreds of millions of people behind him?" Thus far I haven't heard a word from this person.

Truman is the guy who incinerated more than 150 thousand citizens of the two strategically unimportant local cities, and many more, when it must have been a piece of cake for the United States to instantly decapitate the nation by destroying Hirohito who'd holed up in the palace in central Tokyo just like a sitting duck. Equally important, in 1947 he subtly blackmailed Hirohito into giving up Okinawa to the United States in exchange for his acquittal from execution at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.

In the last ten years I've been calling on America's chattering classes to urge their president to immediately invoke the termination clause of the security treaty - and nothing else. Putting aside the heartache of the Okinawans, that is the only way to stop their own society from further sliding down the evolution tree. But all I've heard to this date from these brainless and spineless egomaniacs are transparent excuses such as,
"I was still a fetus when Truman ordered the genocide,"
"I didn't vote for Bush,"
"I don't support Obama,"
"I hope I'll be dead by the time Hilary Clinton is elected U.S. President,"
and so on and so forth.

What a NINCOM-P-O-O-P-ISH people.

Now I must conclude that to the Americans, the Yamatonchu, and even not a few Uchinanchu as well,

OKINAWA IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM AND WILL REMAIN SO UNTIL DEATH DO US PART.

This leaves me alongside a small number of Okinawans still dreaming of something beyond the reality of modern nationhood. What we envision here may not look very real as yet. But we are just saying what looks to be there, e.g. the runt in the Imperial Palace, is actually nonexistent, while you guys insist what actually isn't there, e.g. the Black Kenyan Monkey fighting against terrorists, is existent. It's obvious which is a mere delusion that gets us nowhere. · read more (1 words)
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The Pacioli Revolution is long overdue everywhere but in Britain

Law 1: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Law 2: Expenditures rise to meet income.

-
Cyril Northcote Parkinson


Nobusuke Kishi, under-cover CIA agent

Shinzo Abe, "new" Prime Minister of Japan
I am not blogging to make my audience feel good about themselves. I'm sorry for that, but now I'm taking up another unpopular topic: Luca Pacioli's double-entry accounting method.

I know most of you well-educated and lofty-minded gentlemen will feel uneasy and say you are not interested in discussing such a lowly matter. I suspect the real reason you think the particular subject is irrelevant to your life is not just because you haven't been in a number-crunching occupation in the past but because throughout your lifetime, you haven't engaged yourself in a value-creating process of the real world.

You keep talking about values, but have never thought about disambiguating your definition of the word. You just take it for granted that "spiritual" values are far greater than "material" ones, or they are just incomparable.

In fact, though, values are values, tangible or not. It takes narcissistic self-deception to believe vagrant, lubricious, foggy, elusive, and opaque ideas in your brain have some values. Actually not a few accounting experts are struggling to come up with objective valuation methods for inner values such as ones to be externalized into intellectual property, by leveraging the wisdom from other areas of expertise such as knowledge science and ontological engineering.
I believe they will be coming closer to quantifying everything, slowly but steadfastly, because at least in theory, there's no such thing as a bright idea you can't make communicable or even marketable. Until you can find the way to materialize your idea, it remains a bubble soon to evaporate into thin air.

Like many of you, I was a late learner in that respect. As recently as when my book was aborted the way it was, I had to learn the hard way my well-researched arguments about the Japanese history were as worthless as a silly idea the average American tweets about in 140 letters.

Contrary to accounting experts, those money-worshiping lawyers and political racketeers know nothing about man's value-creating process but its reverse view. They still believe in the hypocritical notion inherent in Christianity and anti-Christianity alike that "people do not live by bread alone." They always make believe spiritual values don't carry price tags. Why, then, are they willing to pay for the book they may read, the music they may listen to, and the art piece they may appreciate at the museum at times?

In 1494, a groundbreaking book written by a person named Luca Pacioli was published under the title of Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita. The author was a Franciscan friar, but he wrote the book as a mathematician rather than a mendicant. Although I haven't read it myself, I think Summa was the first sign of the modern civil society where the management of a business, or any other entity, would not always own it. A character in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship says, "[The double-entry accounting method] is among the finest inventions of the human mind." This indicates that Pacioli's theory had already started, by the late-18th century, to have a profound impact on the way people lived their lives.

In 1882, some government entities in Britain started to use the Pacioli method. But it still remained a partial implementation when Cyril Northcote Parkinson drew the dismal conclusions in his book published in 1958 from his extensive research in the British civil service. Margaret Thatcher (1979-90 in office) thought one of the main culprits of the British Disease was the pre-Pacioli mindset underlying the widely-used single-entry accounting method. Having shelved her right-leaning ideology, the Iron Lady took drastic reform measures including the one aimed at the full implementation of the double-entry, accrual-based system. It took Britain's local governments until 1994, the year that fell on the 500th anniversary of the publication of Summa, to complete the switchover.

Even so, the Pacioli Revolution has only just begun in the U.K. because government entities closing their books the way private companies do are only part of it.

In this respect, the U.S. is lagging far behind the U.K. Ronald Reagan's initiative for a small government did not really pay off because there were too many impediments to allow the President to go as far as his British counterpart did. Just for one thing, it's the last thing the Military-Industrial Complex would accept to make its shady business transactions a little more transparent.

There are more than 600 thousand CPAs in the U.S. today. But the population of lawyers is twice as large. As we all know, these shysters are there to prevent change from happening under the guise of guardians of laws, which are mostly unconstitutional in the country. This is basically why the American people are unaware of the ever-accelerating progress of the American Disease.

According to Isamu Fudeya, professor at Chuo University's Accounting School, GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) and FASAB (Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board) were founded under Reagan's initiative. But it's only recently that government organizations have actually started phasing in Pacioli's system both at the federal and state levels. It seems they think it's about time to have transformed their cultural wasteland into a little more civilized nation, if only for cosmetic purposes.

The switchover will, however, involve a daunting task with profound and far-reaching implications. The introduction of debits and credits, alone, is the easiest and smallest part of it. My prediction is that the Kenyan Black Monkey and many other legal experts in the country will eventually succeed to water down the impact of the Pacioli system in one way or the other. It must be a cinch for these shysters to outsmart the general public which is still daydreaming in the imaginary prison of ideologies.

The situation in Japan is even worse. Despite its political and economic ups and downs in the last one and a half centuries, the country has essentially stood still, going round in circles. Especially in the last couple of decades, which are called "the lost 20 years," the media made every possible effort to instill in their audiences the idea that the postwar regime, also known as the 1955 Sytem, was coming to an end anytime soon to usher in a new era for a viable Japan. Actually it could have come true during the 3-year-period (Sept. 2009-Dec. 2012) when the Democratic Party of Japan, an offshoot from the Liberal Democratic Party, was temporarily in power. The entire regime was almost falling apart. But once again, the change-resistant people opted to pass up the golden opportunity to deliver a final blow to the 57-year-old edifice, on the pretext that it was not the right time to do so in the wake of the "once-in-a-millennium" disaster of 3/11.

As a result of the recent general election of the House of Representatives, the LDP, now headed by Shinzo Abe, breezed back to power. The new Prime Minister is the same guy who had to step down in 2007 as the second last Prime Minister of the former LDP administration when he mentally collapsed in the face of the protracted economic doldrums and deepening political imbroglio.

Abe's maternal grandfather is Nobusuke Kishi, one of the Class-A war criminals. In 1948 Kishi was released from the Sugamo Prison by Douglas MacArthur on the condition that he would act as the main architect of the 1955 System, and subsequently would sign the U.S.-Japan security treaty of 1960 as an undercover CIA agent disguised as Japanese Prime Minster.

So Abe's phenomenal comeback is really symbolic. It's yet another confirmation that the 1955 System is undefeatable and will remain so until the end of time - unless a fundamental change happens just by accident.

No sooner had Abe taken office than he announced "bold" plans to revive the Japanese economy. The three pillars of his stimulus package are measures for a drastic quantitative easing, artificial weakening of the Japanese yen and beefing up public works projects. Now people are enthusiastically hailing these measures as "Abenomics." It looks as though they haven't learned that artificially blowing up GDP by boosting business and consumer sentiment in the total absence of spontaneity and creativity on the part of individual citizens is the surest way to form another economic bubble. And yet the learning-disabled Japanese are hopeful that they can expect a different outcome this time around from repeating the same folly of the 1980s.

Now the entire Japan Inc. is being reorganized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry into the all-too-familiar formation which used to be dubbed MITI's Convoy System. (METI was formerly named the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.) With the same political racketeers back in place of those amateurish ones in the DPJ, pork-barreling is now on a roll across the board. The original sociopolitical model, which my former friend Benjamin Fulford once called a kleptocracy, seems to have been fully restored as if the 3 years under the DPJ administration were yet another hiccup of the system.

On the other hand, the new Prime Minister has taken over essentially the same set of nanny-state measures from his immediate predecessors because there is no other option acceptable to the 127-million people with pathological obsession with false equality. Since they are all duped into believing in the absurd myth that the nation's wealth can justly be redistributed through taxation combined with "welfare" programs, not a single person has come forward to say: "If wealth is being distributed so unjustly that its redistribution is needed on such a massive scale, something must be fundamentally wrong with this country. What good does it do to reshuffle nation's wealth, which has already been hollowed out, without overhauling the entire mechanism?"

The fact of the matter remains that wealth is constantly transferred from a wrong group of people to another. For instance, those in a feigned disablement are enjoying handsome benefits at the expense of honest people. As a result, income gap keeps widening, rather than narrowing. It's all the more amazing to see the Japanese have become even more hooked on empty promises by their government for jobs that only create fake values and many other egalitarian measures.

Now the country has been unionized from tip to toe in a way somewhat reminiscent of Nationalsozialismus, without a dictator, of course. It looks as though the people without the spirit of self-reliance and sense of self-esteem are babysitting and wet-nursing one another while on the government's payroll. In a sense, the Japanese are now cannibalizing themselves, if you can see what I mean.

Throughout prewar, wartime and postwar years, Japan's political leaders have invariably used the 123-year-old news cartel called Kisha Kurabu Shisutemu (Press Club System) as their propaganda machine. Especially under the 1955 System, media obscurantists have tried every conceivable gimmick in order to dupe people into believing in the legitimacy and viability of this fake nationhood.

To those of you who are superstitious enough to believe in the delusive idea that the world is revolving around something unquantifiable, such as ideologies, the Japanese media look to be manipulating the people's hearts and minds by casting a spell on them. But as always, you are wrong. In this "closely-knit" society, indoctrination is the role of parents, siblings, teachers, friends and neighbors. Media's job is to manipulate numbers, instead.

Actually, it's a breeze for them to dupe their innumerate audiences into believing this country is not really broke yet. It is true that there still are a small number of number-savvy people who are keenly aware that everything they do to others, or others do to them (i.e. a transaction in the accounting terminology) has two or more different implications in it as Luca Pacioli suggested more than five centuries ago. But unlike vague ideas fabricated from ideological delusions, numbers never allow them to see the total picture of multifaceted issues when they are only given mutilated or fragmented data.

In this context, I think the primary role of the Japanese media is something like giving their audiences a jigsaw puzzle in which some important pieces of cardboard are missing, or wrongly shaped. This way they can easily block people from seeing the total picture of the system which has actually gone belly up for quite a while.

Aside from the media, the U.S. government has played a pivotal role in making the shaky system look still in good shape. On February 22 in Washington, Japan's "new" Prime Minister had a meeting with his U.S. counterpart. After the talk, he proudly declared the U.S.-Japanese alliance was now back to normal. He was right. Obviously the 1955 System is one of the rare success stories about America's nation-building efforts since Woodrow Wilson. If there is another series of effort that has been paying off, it's the one exerted on America itself.

In the last 57 years since Dwight D. Eisenhower, Washington has made meticulous efforts to further tie down this country. George H. W. Bush, for one, demanded his Japanese counterpart unilaterally comply with his U.S.-Japan Structural Impediments Initiative which included tearing down non-tariff barriers for more than 200 items. In subsequent years, GHWB's son started the U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform and Competition Policy Initiative. Once again, his Japanese counterparts swallowed practically everything including the privatization of the Japan Post whose savings arm holds huge funds that top 175 trillion yen as of today. And now Abe reaffirmed his grandfather's pledge of unconditional allegiance to the U.S. by telling the Kenyan Black Monkey he had made up his mind to join the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership.

The single most noteworthy thing here is the fact that none of these unilateral reform initiatives have included a demand that the Pacioli System be put in use in the Japanese government, which might have eliminated all these "impediments" in one go.

According to the aforementioned accounting professor, Japan imported the double-entry accounting method as early as 1875 to use it for the government books. But 14 years later, it was replaced with a single-entry, cash-based bookkeeping method which had its origin in Prussia. Fudeya does not elaborate on the story behind the backward move, presumably because he thinks it's self-explanatory. Even today, the country uses the archaic Prussian system at all levels of the government.

Now that even the lawyers' kingdom across the Pacific is belatedly moving toward the Anglo-Italian model, though only on the surface, it's only a matter of time that its "docile satellite" in the Far East jumps on the same bandwagon.

Potentially, the switchover would have enormous implications for the country.

Just take a look at the website of Japan Pension Service (the pension administration arm of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare,) for instance. If you are one of those who are exceptionally familiar with accounting and actuarial matters, the first thing you will notice is the fact that no Balance Sheets and Profit and Loss statements are provided there. True, some data for investment portfolios are available in the site, but they mean absolutely nothing when no liabilities are shown to support the asset side of the data, including the dividend income from investment, which is normally reinvested at the fund manager's discretion. In Japan, most government pension programs are contributory type. That means the government is incurring liabilities for its fiduciary responsibility for the current and future beneficiaries.

Any trained accountant can tell the implications of this pre-modern arrangement. For one thing, sovereign debt is only part of the government's indebtedness. It's understated at least by 400 trillion yen. That makes it meaningless to say the government is now indebted a little more than 200% of Japan's GDP, which already indicates the government spends far beyond its means. Another thing is that it's quite likely a good part of these pension assets have been misused or even embezzled because keeping accrued liabilities off the books is a typical way to cover up irregularities.

Now it's evident that the country is already in a negative equity situation, i.e. it's already gone bankrupt. At present, the government retains as many as 4 million single-entry-minded civil servants who strictly observe Parkinson's Laws. They are solely working on income redistribution. which, by definition, creates no values. To put it bluntly, the only option for the Japanese government is to dump most, not just many, of those on its payroll. Since the private sector also has a huge redundant manpower, I have always argued that Japan would become a viable nation only when it became ready to see its unemployment rate, which still stays below 5%, shooting up to 20% or even higher.

Even if all the government entities start to apply the double-entry accounting method to their financial statements, that, alone, will be far from enough because the credibility of their disclosures will be zero until independent auditors, not ones from the Board of Audit of Japan, thoroughly scrutinize their books. Moreover, even the audited books will still mean nothing if people remain in the dark about how to analyze financial statements.

Unfortunately, chances are remote that the full-fledged implementation of the Pacioli system, which is nothing more than an enabler of change, will help the Japanese clean house. Japan has a proven track record in artfully distorting and sanitizing imported ideas so the old system, be it the Tennoist cult or the 1955 System, would be kept intact.

One such example is the import of Mahayana Buddhism in the mid 6th century. They lifted the import ban only after deifying the Buddha. The same cherry-picking trick has been applied time and again to the "modernization" of the country in the last one and a half centuries under the slogan of
和魂洋才 (Japanese spirit and Western learning.) It's as though the "Japanese spirit" needs no modernization.

In all likelihood, the same trick will be used to devise a configuration to neutralize the effects of the double-entry bookkeeping method so the existing system still looks resuscitatable. I think most probably it takes an eternity for the Japanese to wake up from the pre-Pacioli fantasy. It's always people that should change first and foremost.

My prediction in this respect is that Shintaro Ishihara, former Tokyo Governor, will be the mastermind of this gimmick.

In 1968, Ishihara ran for a seat in the Diet on the LDP ticket on the pretext that the System could be reformed only from within. Then in 1989, he ran for the party presidency, but lost by a big margin to a mediocre contender named Toshiki Kaifu. This is the only election he has lost by now. Soon after the loss, he left the LDP to become the Tokyo Governor. Weeks before the December election, however, the 80-year-old ape quit the cushy, high-paying position at the Metropolitan government to make a comeback to the national politics. As usual he won.

On his campaign trail, and in a recent Diet session, he argued that one of the most important problems facing this country lies with the fact that the government still clings to the single-entry accounting method. He said to the effect that during his tenure as the head of the Metropolitan Government, he successfully changed its accounting method to the Pacioli System, and that the central government should follow suit. He added that then Japan's net-worth would instantly turn positive because the Household Financial Assets total 1,400 trillion whereas the government's indebtedness is just 1,000 trillion.

Once again he proved to be an idiot. His alma mater is Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University which was formerly named Tokyo Commerce of College. When he was a freshman, he took the exam for the CPA, but he failed. No wonder he doesn't understand the Bank of Japan's data means absolutely nothing if he doesn't subtract the Household Debts from the Household Financial Assets. The Net Household Financial Assets, which stand at 466 trillion yen, are what really count. More importantly, he doesn't have the slightest idea about accounting entities. The government is an accounting entity, but each household has its own. So any part of the government's debt can't be offset against the Household Financial Assets.

This is yet another hyperbole we heard from the idiot. You may wonder why, then, he has always been a shoo-in in a popular vote. The reason is simply because voters, who are in perpetual frustration over the dysfunctional system, always need to be degassed. Australian writer Ben Hills once dubbed him a Neanderthal. Ishihara should have taken it as a compliment because actually he is more like a parasite. He needs the 1955 System to withstand his attack just like it needs the self-styled rebel to keep talking big about the "reform from within."

I wrote this essay because I wanted to tell you I have been losing further ground in my constitutional battle against Yokohama municipality. Early on I insisted that I have no reason to pay the income-unrelated Citizen Taxes when my constitutional rights are in jeopardy. But it was like "urinating on the face of a frog."

At the same time, I've also had to prove I have no money to pay them, anyhow. To that end, I submitted several times the summaries of my cash book in Excel Sheet. The tax collectors refused to seriously examine my monthly receipts and disbursements on the pretext that there is a rule that says these data should be submitted using the "designated form." I refused to comply with their demand because the format I was shown was designed based on the archaic single-entry, cash-based accounting method.

Even if I had filled it out as they demanded, just the same I wouldn't have been able to convince them I was already broke. Cash balance can never be negative because you can't have a minus amount of money in your pocket. · read more (26 words)
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The Nightmare of dichotomy

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- Diogenes of Sinope (When asked about his take on Zeno's arguments, he just stood up, without saying a word, and walked, in order to prove they were false.)

Every Internet & Manga cafe in Japan
has tens of thousands of funny and
serious Manga books in its library.

Day and night a number of "Internet
cafe refugees" fence themselves in
jail-cell-like cubicles.

I lived an extraordinarily rewarding life, but it's all over now. My English writing skills are too poor to describe the strange sensation, but I feel what I am today is exactly what I was. (NOTE at the bottom of this post.) I want to preserve the memories of my life until the last moment so they all vanish when I vanish.

I still hang around this side of heaven primarily because it's too cold outside to die there. So don't tell me I still have some obligation to give free lectures on life to you American people.

In fact, the scattered responses to my recent post about a new political model and its followup piece about the Deluge of Manga really let "me" down. Judging from the online and offline feedback from a handful of specimens, most, if not all, Americans can't address a serious issue such as this one in a principled way.

I just wanted to send a message that we can stem the overwhelming flood of Manga only when we come up with a new sociopolitical model with which to supplant the dead one, and vice versa. We can't solve either part because it's one and the same problem.

I have defined Manga so broadly as to include any visual or audiovisual aid that allows people with defeatist mindset and change-phobia to escape from reality. No more, no less. To me, George Orwell's Ninety Eighty-Four is a piece of Manga simply because quite a few Manga loving people here consider it as a high-end alternative to Gekiga (serious Manga) despite the fact the dystopian story is presented in a different format in Orwell's book.

I have absolutely nothing against Manga itself. The problem always lies with the people.

Nevertheless, those who gave me their comments, directly or indirectly, still talk about it in terms of good or bad, or, harmless or harmful. Simply it's a non sequitur to my serious argument. They might as well have ignored it altogether.

Among other things, they had difficulty understanding my frequent reference to Zeno's Paradoxes. As a result, they all thought my argument about the dichotomic world was way too far-fetched.

Last night I was writing the following sentences for yet another piece which might have been titled something like Evil resides in people's minds to further clarify my point.

"Just think of two places and plot them on a white canvas in the corners of your mind. Let's assume the places you pick are a utopia or a dystopia you tend to think Manga addicts are resorting to, and the 'real' world you tend to liken to a prison. Then you somehow feel an urge to bring a Manga-loving person back to the 'real' world. You try to drag him into the prison in the hope that he would wake up to the reality there.

"Then you realize that no matter how you map the two geometric points relative to each other, you will never succeed just like Achilles can never catch up with the tortoise. The reason your dichotomic tactic fails in human society is because you always opt to leave yourself out of the picture. What good do you think it would do to tell him to wake up when you are not creative and imaginative enough, yourself, to come up with a bright idea of a workable model for a new society? Nobody wants to wake up to the reality which is synonymous with hell. Everyone has the right to deceive himself the way he likes.

"Human nature is such that it continually transcends itself, or continually refuses to do so, in order to pursue, or suppress the 'free will' of its own.

"Easier said than done, but you should know it doesn't make any sense to tell others to change without changing yourself.

"You should know you have also chosen to remain fenced in Zeno's prison. There may be some other guy who thinks he remains outside of the fantasy world. He says to the inmate: 'Stay inside if you feel comfortable there.' But actually he has also fenced himself in a prison built on his utter ignorance.

"All in all, everyone in this picture is trapped in the same illusion."

When I came to this point, something clicked in my mind. I said to myself: "Shit, what the hell am I doing here? I've already done as much as I could. I don't want to waste any more time on this futile discussion."

Now I know time isn't ripe yet, and will most probably remain so forever, for the Americans to break what I call "Imperial Determinism" amid the vast intellectual vacuum spreading across North America.

I went to bed although it's actually nothing but a couple of dirty, crumpled rags. As usual I couldn't fall asleep despite the fatigue. Then, I got stricken by a spell of panic over how I've been screwing up my entire life when the final curtain is falling on me. Until dawn, I kept asking myself, as if in delirium, how to get out of this jam.

There are only two roles played on the stage: one for the Rebel, the other for the Plain Fool. There is a third role which is played by the Revolutionary, but he normally stays off-stage throughout the dichotomic drama.

My lifetime philosophy teacher Jean-Paul Sartre observed the Rebel is a clown because he badly needs his enemy to withstand his rebellious attack so he can remain the same Rebel all along. But now I've learned the Rebel also needs the Revolutionary because he is there to prove for the Rebel that the Revolutionary is an inviable species. In a dichotomic world, he always ends up destroying himself.

The Plain Fool may hate the Rebel because the Rebel is there to mercilessly attack him. Yet, he also needs the Revolutionary on his side because he wants to sleep in peace with a belief that the Revolutionary always keeps vigil on his behalf. The Plain Fool needn't know what the Revolutionary is watching out for. It's none of his business.

Maybe I can define my role as that of the Revolutionary. But I don't want the Rebel or the Plain Fool to count on me because it's always a he. At least in Japan, women don't belong to the dichotomy unless/until they are fully assimilated into the male-dominated world. Actually it was always a woman, who was too intelligent to be called the Plain Fool, that made my life really worth living. Not that all Japanese women are like this - far from it. The Manga-loving female manager at the tax-collecting department of the municipal office, for one, is a real bitch.

I said to myself it's about time to have abandoned the role of the Revolutionary. It's none of my business to suggest my predominantly American audience that they should seek a brand-new sociopolitical model.

Enough is enough.

To make up for the sleepless night, I took a long afternoon nap. At a little after 5 PM, a sudden jolt woke me up. Funnily enough, the first thing that cropped up in my mind was that cockeyed, short (5'02"), impossibly nicotine-addicted Frenchman named Jean-Paul Sartre, and his ontological essay titled L'Être et le néant. If I remember it correctly, he wrote in the book to the effect that natural phenomena such as winds that blow, streams of the river and waves of the sea are the "disease" of L'Être en-soi (being in-itself.)

His statement here was not really convincing. But now I think I've really understood the idea. When a dichotomic world falls apart, it will be caused by itself, like in a case where a big quake destroys Japan. Fortunately or unfortunately, most seismologists are now saying the probability of a real devastating earthquake hitting the metropolitan area in the next four years is 70%.

Incidentally, did you know that an exceptionally talented Manga cartoonist has recently debuted in New Jersey, U.S.A.? His name is Gordon G. Chang. Although he still uses the format of political analysis here, its content is unmistakably Manga. · read more (354 words)
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The Deluge of Manga: Is this my hallucination, or a conspiracy by bad guys?

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
- Henri Bergson (1859-1941)




Simply, neither is the case here.

"Deluge" is the only word I can think of to describe the overwhelming flood of Manga in this country. In 2011, 968 million copies of comic books and magazines were read by the Japanese, from prime ministers to corporate executives, to yakuza gangsters, to the homeless. But this is only part of it. On TV and the Internet, and in movie theaters, they saw another myriad of animated Manga called Anime.

Besides, they often read supposedly serious books as a high-end alternative to Manga. George Orwell's Ninety Eighty-Four, for one, has deeply resonated with Japanese Manga lovers, although it hasn't been published in the Manga format thus far.

You may not believe, but remember Manga is a visual, or audiovisual aid that allows its readers to escape from reality. To these defeatist-minded, change-phobic people, it doesn't matter whether the story is about a utopia or a dystopia. How sweet it must be to imagine we are all doomed. For sure, it's as irresistible as fantasizing about yourself surrounded by cuties all in the nude.

This makes comic books and magazines the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

And if you think some cabal is hatching a plot to lull the Japanese people into a fantasy world, you are caught in a delusion, too. No matter how far the process of degeneration has progressed in this country, the Japanese still remain human beings, though they've come very close to apes now. They could have thwarted the "conspiracy" if they hadn't chosen on their own to go for Manga as a harmless substitute for the object of their innate imagination.

In other words, it's none other than themselves who wanted to escape from reality. Jean-Paul Sartre called this behavior Mauvaise foi (self-deception.)

This makes you think that although it's too late for the Japanese to stem the torrent, the American people can still reverse the process of their Japanization if they somehow find a way to overcome their deep-seated change-phobia.

In this respect, well-educated Americans may not necessarily lead the way. They tend to distance themselves from the influence of the Manga-immersed Japanese culture so as not to look vulgar. But it's a futile attempt. These people can convert to Manga addicts on the slightest cue because they are unaware that the problem lies with people, not in Manga itself.

French philosopher Henri Bergson observed that intuition and imagination play the pivotal role in our developmental process. For a certain period of time in my childhood, I was also hooked on Manga. And I think Manga helped nurture my creativity. But if you become addicted to it, as the Japanese all did, it's inevitable that delusion takes the place of an unstunted imagination.

Traditionally, in the U.S., and the U.K. to a lesser degree, there are lots of criticisms against Bergson's theory. An unnamed person on this website argues: "Bergson seldom offers proof or logical procedure to substantiate his statements. He asserts; he does not deduce his ideas from verifiable facts. .... Such intellectual pursuits appeal to metaphysical 'concepts' that by their very nature lie beyond the possibility of verification. .... Consequently, as is the case with so much philosophical jargon, such claims as Bergson's are epistemic nonsense." This is a typical argument based on the simplistic positivism and empiricism particular to Anglo-Saxons.

These guys are all mistaken simply because they forget that Bergson single-mindedly sought an answer to Zeno's proposition about a motionless, frozen world.

I will never accept the American version of Zeno's paradoxes, which I'm inclined to call "Imperial Determinism," because it is solely meant to preserve the status quo of Pax Americana. It provides a plausible alibi for the American people who keep playing dumb about their inability to stop their colonialist government from pursuing its "morally obscene and financially unsustainable" (Chalmers Johnson) interventionist policy.

Actually, there are more level-headed people who have been challenging the paradoxes from the mathematics or physics point of view. But we Asians don't want to become mathematicians or physicians so we could come up with an actionable plan to overcome all these difficulties brought in this region by the worst rogue country in history named America.

After all, the answer given by Diogenes the Cynic (412-323 BC) is the most straightforward and convincing. When asked about his take on Zeno's arguments, Diogenes just stood up without saying a word, and walked, in order to demonstrate the falsity of Zeno's conclusions.

Zoren Kierkegaard expressed a similar thought when he wrote in 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." · read more (46 words)
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A response to "In search of a brand-new political model"

This essay was actually contributed by a person who wants to be called Diogenes of Arkansas in response to my most recent post titled In search of a brand-new political model.

Your quote by Jefferson (One man with courage is a majority) is a metaphor for the form of government the founders of the American Republic created—a Constitutional Republic.

“The purpose of a Constitutional Republic is to place limits on the tyranny of the majority. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “If, on the other hand, a legislative power could be so constituted as to represent the majority without necessarily being the slave of its passions, an executive so as to retain a proper share of authority, and a judiciary so as to remain independent of the other two powers, a government would be formed which would still be democratic while incurring scarcely any risk of tyranny.”

When people claim the U.S. is a democracy, they are wrong, because a democracy means that the majority rules, which is how you can have 500,001 impose their will on 499,999 in a population of 1,000,000. Yet, this is now the practice in the U.S., which is unconstitutional and a violation of the spirit and intent of the Constitution as the fundamental legal document in the U.S Republic.

Your statement on Japanese people escaping into cartoons and comic books caught me by surprise. However, when I looked into American comic book sales figures, the rate of sales has grown approximately 30%, according to “Comic Chronicles”.

While I noticed that television appears to be showing more cartoons aimed at adults, I was surprised to see that Fox is the main cartoon network for adults in primetime, and that all of them are spoofs on American families or fathers. This is the list I found at Fox, which appears to me to have increased in number in the last ten years: American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and the long running comic strip transitioned to cartoon The Simpsons.

Thus, it leaves one to consider that your data in Japan may be reflected in the U.S. So not only are Americans importing Toyotas and Fukushima debris, we are getting infected by your escapism plague as well. I’d like to say, “Thank you for your gifts,” but it doesn’t seem appropriate.

This quote of yours about how you envision a new constitutional form of government has at least two glaring flaws to me.

“If I were them, I would put forth a general design concept on the web as a draft constitution for online skull sessions. Our constitution would say the new government should consist of two branches, instead of three, because there would be no legislators. The executive and judicial powers would lie with the smallest units of people such as private companies, towns or villages.”

Private companies are still companies. Companies have a vested interest in controlling legislation to benefit their business interests above the interests of the mass of individual members of the society or country, or to paraphrase Jefferson, “The majority of one.”

In the U.S., the Judicial branch of government is so corrupted at ALL levels that some other system needs to be created, and this goes as high as the U.S. Supreme Court, where they illegally and unconstitutionally decided the winner in the Presidential election of 2000. All the Justices that voted in this way should have been impeached by Congress, but it never happened because Congress is totally, and I mean TOTALLY, corrupt. This includes the fake hero Ron Paul.

I think it is safe to say that if we examine ancient history, the first form of what might be considered government were the herds of animals. These herd animals simply gathered together instinctively for protection and species reproduction. All members of the herd were free to come and go as they pleased. Clearly, some members had to have broken away to form new herds, which could be considered in human terms as bands or tribes. It could be argued that this herd instinct was reflected in the behavior of the ancient hunter-gatherers.

With the death of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, civilizations emerged and with them governments. This monumental change in the relationship between humans (civilization) was the beginning of enslavement. Afterwards, every living thing was born into slavery, whether plant, animal, or human. In the Christian bible’s Old Testament myths, a god created everything and gave humans the right to be slave masters of all other things, as long as they kept the covenant this god demanded—a small price to pay to be in the coveted position of master. Thus, even as far back in mythological Middle Eastern time, we see that a master (god’s chosen people with divine rights above all other peoples) and slave relationship was invoked by none other than a god (actually the clever concept of the author of this text), a wrathful god that was, by HIS own words, dangerous if crossed (this text may be the first written example of a domestic terrorist threat).

Down through the ages hence, whether pre- or post-Christian, occasionally some oppressed peoples have challenged this unjust birthright like the Diggers in England. It doesn’t take much imagination to see that the communities and ideas set forth by these Diggers and Levelers were yearning to return to the freedom experienced by the hunter-gatherers. As can be expected, the conditioning, even then, was such that these liberating ideas were resisted by the majority, and these radicals were easily squashed by the persons with the means to force them to submit—meaning Cromwell and Fairfax, who controlled the military forces.

Eventually, the master/slave system had its first real challenge with the Greek experiment, and resting on the shoulders of those Greek geniuses were the scholars of the Age of Enlightenment. In the North American colonies, the scholars of these ideas of man’s innate freedom (The Rights of Man) appear to have been sufficient in number to affect enough people and motivate them to revolt against their master, the King of England and the power behind the throne that is greater than the king.

Because these Enlightenment scholars were men of letters, they used letters to create rules for the correct behavior and conduct between humans in their colonies. Thus, a Constitutional Republic was created. Of course, it was ignored and usurped almost immediately by such laws as the Alien and Sedition Acts, which pitted those supporting states’ rights (those who supported each state as a sovereign nation and supported the concept of a weak federal body) vs. the federalists (those supporting a strong federal government able to impose its will on weak states).

The history of the United States and nearly all governments in the world are examples of the usurpation of Constitutional laws. The only exception to this that I’ve read about is when no laws were written down but were memorized by the citizens. Everyone must know the laws by heart, and thus, any violations of these laws or new legislation to override these laws would be immediately known to all of the citizens in the society. No Supreme Court was necessary to interpret the laws, since everyone knew the laws’ intent.

On the successful completion of the revolution in the colonies, a Declaration of Independence was proclaimed. It included these most important words, reflecting Enlightenment principles and the sentiment of Thomas Paine, author of the Rights of Man.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Sounds good on paper, but in less than eighty years, the existing form of government was challenged by states that wanted to exercise the right “…to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government” and create a binding legal framework for themselves that more closely suited them. Abraham Lincoln, a traitor to the Constitution as supreme law and the spirit of this declaration, deliberately started the American Civil War that saw over 500,000 souls lose their lives. He and the Congress that permitted his dictatorial initiation of this war were responsible for the utter destruction of the infrastructure of those independence minded states. It was a classic Clausewitz-style war of total destruction. One could say with certitude that Lincoln’s deadly act was the inevitable outcome of simply one more failed system in the long history in the ongoing experiment of humans to either govern themselves or to be living as slaves in varying degrees of oppression by others.

At the conclusion of this terrible event, a man named Lysander Spoon entered this statement into the Congressional record in 1867.

Spooner’s introduction to his paper is a reflection of support for the Rights of Man, and a condemnation of Lincoln’s murderous coup d’état.

“The question of treason is distinct from that of slavery; and is the same that it would have been, if free States, instead of slave States, had seceded.

“On the part of the North, the war was carried on, not to liberate slaves, but by a government that had always perverted and violated the Constitution, to keep the slaves in bondage; and was still willing to do so, if the slaveholders could be thereby induced to stay in the Union.

“The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, make them traitors and criminals.

“No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave. And there is no difference, in principle --- but only in degree --- between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man's ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and [*iv] asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure.

“Previous to the war, there were some grounds for saying that --- in theory, at least, if not in practice --- our government was a free one; that it rested on consent. But nothing of that kind can be said now, if the principle on which the war was carried on by the North, is irrevocably established.

“If that principle be not the principle of the Constitution, the fact should be known. If it be the principle of the Constitution, the Constitution itself should be at once overthrown.”

The key word here is “consent.” No government today anywhere on this planet has the consent of the governed. As Spooner later states in his paper, he didn’t participate in this written contract known as the U.S. Constitution. It can only apply to those who were alive when it was created and agreed to be bound by it, and since he was never a signatory to this contract, it can’t have any power over him. This is why Jefferson is quoted as advocating a revolution every twenty years, so that the next generation may create their own rules that men would agree to abide by during their lifetimes.

Later, in more recent history in Republican Spain, some areas were ruled by Anarchists—persons that believed in total self-governance and elimination of all forms of external coersion. While this experiment was reported to be successful, and testimonies tell us those persons affected by this method were very pleased with it, they came under attack from both the Soviet supported Communists and the Fascist Falange. It seems that pyramidal power structures of oppression by a few against the many always gain the upper hand, and independent rule is such a threat that it must be totally exterminated, as we saw with Lincoln’s betrayal of the Rights of Man during the Civil War.

And how far has the American Constitutional Republic sunk in the quicksand of no return? Americans live in a police state that most people refuse to see. The constitutional right of a President to issue Executive Orders, which was not clearly spelled out in the original document, has allowed for the creation of dictator to arise. Now we have a President that has gone to the most extreme end of tyranny—he has created an Executive Order that allows him and any future President to order the murder of anyone, anywhere, and this includes American citizens. No habeas corpus right, which was lost in previous legislation passed by members of both houses of Congress; no right to a trial; this is clear Stalinism or Maoism, two of the biggest mass murderers of their own citizens in world history. And when I’ve reported to my neighbors these and other equally dangerous acts by the American government, I get nothing but a blank stare. This behavior by Americans near and far is clear evidence of escapism and denial. Don’t worry, be happy.

So, whether your e-Democracy is possible, or if the opportunity for the public to institute a similar system as advocated by Gerald Celente of Trends Research, it isn’t going to happen. For change to occur, it must begin with an informed citizenry, and that public is comprised of individual members, each one needing the complete ingestion of all the relevant data, and more importantly, having the motivation to want to know this data. The basic reason for the failure of this kind of liberating concept is that most people are ossified, and, as you rightly label it, “change disabled.” The label “cowards” is also an accurate description. Thus, based on my observations up to this point, we can assume that we will be witnesses over the coming years and decades of an even greater and more pernicious form of imposed slavery, and that no matter how constricting it will become, these “change disabled” will not resist, as long as they are able to flee into their comic books, or cartoons, or in the example of the Soviet Union—vodka bottles. These are the responses of the defeated, and our masters know they’ve won. · read more (7 words)
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In search of an unprecedented sociopolitical model

One man with courage is a majority.
- Thomas Jefferson

It has belatedly dawned on the gullible American people that the mainstream media and chattering classes are spreading fallacies more than they tell the truth. Yet, most of them still believe in the silly notion that the alternative and social media are more reliable than their mainstream cousins.

How do they know that? Their typical answer is: "Just by intuition." But remember when someone wants to instill a delusive idea in your brain, his first target is your intuitive faculty because it's the most vulnerable part of a human being.

As the dust has settled down more or less on the post-Election America, they are gradually accepting the outcome of the election although at least 70% of the voting-age population still feel cheated by the media and political establishment.

They know very well that reluctantly accepting unacceptable things is the easiest and most effective way to remain uncommitted. Actually these people have already restored their old habit of putting all the blame on others for everything that went wrong. It's out of the question for them to demand a rerun of the whole election process.

This way they are getting poised to repeat the same follies toward 2016. To this end, they make believe they are unaware of the untold truth about the leap-year farce: Obama wasn't the winner.

If you take a look at this Wikipedia entry and do some grade-school arithmetic, you will know the real winners were those 89 million people (40.0-42.5% of the voting-age population) who refused to exercise their voting right. Obama's share of popular vote is shown here as 50.8%. But if you discount it with the extremely poor voter turnout, you will know Obama got only 29.9% against the total voting-age population.

I know most Americans today don't like Jefferson's quote you saw at the top of this post simply because it sounds undemocratic. These people think they should strictly adhere to majority rule. In fact, though, they are now nullifying their cardinal rule on the pretext of the very same principle.

70% of the people, Republicans, independents and those who passed up the meaningless poll, are more or less unhappy with the election results. But it seems they want to look away from the obvious fact because more and more they have developed a defeatist mindset. They know very well losers are excused from painstaking efforts to break this cul-de-sac, and thus, given a special privilege to attribute their own failure to someone else.

Actually it's this sense of defeat and resignation being felt among these auto-suggestible masochists that makes the Kenyan Monkey grin from ear to ear.

Whether you like it or not, the fact of the matter remains that American democracy IS DEAD with the entire electoral system finally falling apart.

Romney might want to correct his concession speech because it's not Obama, but those who didn't cast their ballots, who actually defeated him. By the same token, Obama might want to deliver a concession speech on the day he is sworn in for his second term. But now it's too little, too late, to reverse the process of the decline of America. The country is now headed for its total implosion.


Which is addicted to opiate,
you or me?
This leaves us wondering what to expect from those 40-Percenters who refused to attend the November 6 ritual.

As I always maintain, people's fate hinges solely on the quality of each individual. And needless to say, it can only be measured by his ability of creative and imaginative thinking. This is especially true in the face of the moment of truth such as this one.

The single most formidable problem that is undermining the vigor of the nation is fear of change on the part of its people. It is created by the lack of imagination. For almost seven decades by now, American people at large have been supporting their government's efforts for "nation-building" overseas. But when it comes to the destruction and rebuilding of their own country, they all feel weak at the knees and their imagination freezes before the daunting task.

Although they don't want to admit it, it's not a mission impossible when it is well-conceived. Just for one thing, it should not be that unrealistic for the American people to press their government to immediately withdraw from some multilateral and bilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, the NPT and U.S.-Japan security treaty. When that happens, they will see a completely different situation arising overnight. NATO is a different story because it involves too complex tasks. But that will hopefully help ease people's fear of change.

Quite a few Americans have learned a wrong lesson from the Japanese people. As a result, they are already Japanized to the marrow. Now it's too late to undo the Japanese influence on them. But the rest of the people can still learn many don'ts from the Japanese to avoid repeating the fatal mistakes they have committed.

For one thing, the Japanese people have been strictly prohibited, or strongly discouraged at best, from creative and imaginative thinking since their early childhood. As you may have noticed, Japanese adults, from prime minister, to corporate executives, to yakuza gangsters, to homeless, are all hooked on Manga (cartoons) simply because they are badly in need of a harmless substitute for imagination. (See NOTE below.) Now Manga to Japanese grownups is what sci-fi movies are to preteen kids in the U.S. In short, Japanese comic books and Anime have proved the best recipe to make people remain change-disabled from cradle to grave.

NOTE: According to the official statistics, 968 million copies of comic books and magazines were sold in 2011. This accounted for 36% of the publication of all genres in the year. Remember Japan's population stands at 127 million.

Most Americans would say they can't expect that much from those who didn't cast their ballots because they have no organization to represent them. But they are wrong. In that respect, they should know that the Japanese have developed a phobia about anything that isn't neatly organized. And this trait has taken a devastating toll on the viability of the nation. When one wants to unleash his imagination and creative thinking, any organization serves as a liability rather than an asset.

I think these uninstitutionalized Americans should, first and foremost, make every possible effort to overcome their defeatist mindset and phobia. Only then, a small number of people will hopefully come forward to form a loosely organized group. The time is ripe for them to successfully bring a critical mass of Netizens around their design concept for a brand-new government model. Every precaution has to be taken, however, against the dirty trick Google or any other "independent" SEO (search engine optimization) company could well use to tamper with their effort. These guys constantly un-optimize the traffic to/from harmful websites such as this one of my own.

If I were them, I would put forth a general design concept on the web as a draft constitution for online skull sessions. Our constitution would say the new government should consist of two branches, instead of three, because there would be no professional legislators. The executive and judicial powers would lie with the smallest units of people such as private companies, towns or villages.

I don't know how soon the virtual government would supplant Washington, but there's no reason to believe you can't do something of the same magnitude that the empty-headed kid by the name of Mark Zuckerberg could generate in a matter of a few years. At any rate, don't make believe the current system is more or less functioning. If you still want to live in delusion, you should stop criticizing the media and political establishment for good.

I don't care if their design concept bears little resemblance to my sketchy description of the edifice I'm inclined to call e-Democracy because the name of the game is just narrowing the yawning gap between potentially change-enabling technologies and totally change-disabled sociopolitical systems which are centuries apart now.

But I want them always to keep in mind that there's no room for ideologies in their endeavor. Any ism, be it capitalism, socialism, conservatism, liberalism, or even anarchism, is just the cinders from the past revolution. That's why Gordon G. Chang and his fellow ideologues look very much like hobos scavenging for kitchen waste.

I also think there are some other countries to watch, such as China and Greece. It seems to me these peoples from the cradles of the oldest civilizations are now taking an uncharted course with their inventive, down-to-earth, bold, tough, delusion-free, and ideology-free mindsets and attitudes. · read more (48 words)
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It was "another fake dawn" in 1993 - What's next? - And then?

It turned out to be another fake dawn. The electoral changes did not go far enough to make a difference. The opposition leaders wasted their energies fighting among themselves. Outside the LDP, Ozawa was unable to spread enogh money around to get things done and keep his party members happy. In 1994, the LDP was back in power in coalition with , of all parties, the socialists. By 1997, Ozawa and his fellow rebels against the LDP were finished..
- Inventing Japan - 1853-1964 by Ian Buruma, 2003.


Part of Chojuu Jinbutsu Giga
After desperately clinging to power for 62 weeks, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda finally succumbed to the pressure for his virtual resignation. Pressure from whom? None other than himself.

On November 16, he dissolved the Lower House, knowing his Democratic Party of Japan would never come back to power again. The all-too-familiar political turmoil had already started a couple of months earlier.

The Japanese are now witnessing deja vu of the "political realignment" of 1993 where "new" parties mushroomed, existing parties renamed themselves, and split up into two or more, merged with others, while dozens of lawmakers made party-hopping back and forth from one party to another.

As of today, there are at least 14 political parties as you can see below:

Party NameName of Party HeadPersonal Profile
Democratic Party of JapanYoshihiko NodaCurrent Prime Minister
Liberal Democratic PartyShinzo AbeGrandson of Nobusuke Kishi. Prematurely stepped down as PM in Sept. 2007 when he mentally collapsed.
Komei-to (Political arm of the legitimized cult Soka Gakkai)Natsuo YamaguchiWK
WK-AIchiro OzawaChampion of party-hopping
Your PartyYoshimi WatanabeSon of former Finance Minister
WK-BShintaro IshiharaQuit the high-paying job of Tokyo Governor in October to collect a handsome amount of retirement allowance.
Japan Communist PartyKazuo ShiiYet to wake up from the dream of the Cold War era.
Social Democratic PartyMizuho FukushimaDitto
WK-CWKWK
WK-DShozaburo JimiAn old stakeholder in Japan Post before its privatization by Bush's order.
WK-EMuneo SuzukiServed 17-month-term in jail
WK-FYoichi MasuzoeFormerly 2nd-rate university professor
WK-GTakashi KawamuraWK
WK-HYasuo TanakaFormer Governor of Nagano Prefecture
NOTE: WK signifies "Who knows?"

Is this a manifestation of political diversity of this country? Not at all. They insist they are divided over many issues, but simply that is not true. Although there are 14 different combinations of answers to media-salient fake issues such as whether, and how fast, to phase out the nuclear power plants, their political platforms all come down to one and only worn-out cause: restore the imaginary prosperity, unity and harmony under the reign of the Emperor and the U.S. President.

I don't know what to make of this landscape where 14 political groups are competing against one another for a single empty cause. How do I know when these political racketeers don't know what they are doing themselves? All I can tell is it's yet another confirmation that Japan has been going around in circles for many decades by now. To say the least, it turned out to be another lost 20 years.

It's as though I am looking at Chojuu-Jinbutsu Giga (animal-person caricatures), a set of picture scrolls, unfolding before me. The caricatures were drawn in the 12th through 13th centuries by Buddhist monks to satirize subhuman creatures in action without knowing what they were doing.

Just for one thing Shintaro Ishihara, 80-year-old imbecile who had been remote-controlling a small group named Rise Up Japan Party from his Governor's office, took it over in mid-November with a lot of fanfare and renamed it something like The Sun Party. But just a week or so later the ex-Governor announced that he had dissolved the Sun Party to merge it into another new group headed by a 43-year-old ex-Governor of Osaka named Toru Hashimoto.

On the surface Hashimoto's political agenda is miles apart from Ishihara's. But if you take a closer look at them, you will know that the two guys are 360-degrees, rather than 180-degrees, different from each other. The common denominator between Ishihara and Hashimoto is the fact that both of them are the most unscrupulous racketeers.

Hashimoto, who is a former ambulance chaser, has authored many books in which he openly says the most important attribute for a successful politician is the skills to deceive people without getting convicted. Ironically, his defiant frankness has earned him a reputation that he is an honest person. His biological father was a yakuza gangster. That's not his fault as he always insists, but if he has an unmistakable yakuza mentality himself, as he actually does, that's a different story.

General Douglas MacArthur did two things to the Japanese in his capacity as the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. Firstly he handed back Emperor Hirohito alive to the people. Equally important, he gave them a multiparty system when he ordered Nobusuke Kishi, grandfather of Shintaro Abe, to lay out the 1955 System in exchange for his release from the Sugamo Prison, instead of sending him climbing the 13 steps to the gallows.

You never know whether it was a gross negligence or a willful act. But if he did it by design, MacArthur was one of the best conspirators of the 20th century because a multiparty system is not only totally dysfunctional in a country where people have no idea about civil society, but also fatally damaging to it. It's unlikely that the General, who knew all the Japanese were 12-year-olds, didn't know they didn't have a sense of self. Over time anything other than a single-party system will undermine a monolithic country like Japan.

It's, therefore, no accident that this country has seen the same "much ado about nothing" over and over. Every time this happens, the media untiringly tell their audience to expect a new Japan to emerge from the turmoil always termed "political alignment." This time around, the social media have joined forces with them to tell the people to repeat the same folly expecting a different outcome in the upcoming snap election of the Lower House.

Something is fundamentally wrong with this system. And there is no way out of the deadend situation.

I know you Westerners, especially Americans, will sneer at this political landscape. But hold on a minute. Are you sure this is a "fire on the other shore"? Don't you ever expect the Japanese to refrain from re-exporting to your country this rubbish called "American democracy." It will bring you a disaster because a multiparty system twisted in the Japanese way is totally incongruous with your country where the process of America's Japanization has reached its final stage.

In recent years I've been more and more out of touch with your take on the political situation there. So correct me if I'm wrong. I think there are only two types of people in the U.S. today: those in the mainstream and those in the fringe. Mainstreamers admit they are facing some serious problems but they are confident that these problems will be contained sooner or later. On the other hand, people in the fringe say there's practically nothing that doesn't constitute a major problem, and all these problems have gone out of control by now. To put it differently, mainstreamers are swimming in the vast intellectual vacuum created by nation's chattering classes while those in the fringe are drowning in it.

Contrary to your belief, however, I think the two groups have one important thing in common: both are so self-righteous as to attribute these problems to someone else's failure. They constantly externalize, instead of internalize, anything that went wrong, and project it to the other side. In short, they are too busy telling other people to change to change themselves.

It makes me grin to imagine how these Buddhist monks would portray the microcosm of America in which the Kenyan monkey and the monster in the U.S. State Department are in action while they don't know what they are doing. Other people are just looking on.

Their self-deceptive attitudes make the American people look very much like Emperor Hirohito. In 1945, the zombie in the Imperial Palace ingeniously convinced MacArthur that he was a poor victim of the reckless generals of the Imperial Army. It's as though the Americans have learned from the Japanese Emperor how to fabricate a plausible alibi.

In November 2006, I uploaded a post under the title of "Is e-Democracy too wild an anticipation?". I thought the most formidable challenge facing us today is how to narrow the yawning gap between the obsolete sociopolitical systems and the technologies of the 21st century. Technologies and social engineering methodologies are centuries apart now. Time and again we have learned that the wider the gap, the more disastrous the consequence. But every time we have chosen to forget the bitter lesson.

When I wrote the piece, George W. Bush, in his second term, had already been labeled the second-worst president in U.S. history. But he didn't know he would soon be demoted to the third place.

In the last six years, almost 4,300 people have read this post. But none of them, but Gordon G. Chang, have given me a feedback presumably because it would require a creative thinking to fully explore the viability of an e-government. It remains a pipe dream as long as you think about just supplanting the old technologies with the web-based ones, which is "disruptive" in nature, while assuming the "as-is" sociopolitical systems and the underlying concept of the nation-state should still stay there. It's as though even America's electoral systems haven't proved totally unworkable.

Perhaps, still you can't really visualize a dramatic change that would lead to an e-Democracy. Let me ask you this question: "Do you know, by any chance, that even the empty-headed kid named Mark Zuckerberg could cause a sea change, for better or for worse, in the behaviors of Netizens in a matter of a few years?"

When I sent the link to Chang, he gave me a few mails. In the first mail, he wrote; "I was at a war game all weekend, so I have not yet had a chance to look at the pipedream stuff." (Emphasis mine.) The next day he came back to say: "Very funny, YY. I have no grandchildren. The war game was at the University of Pennsylvania. It was co-sponsored by a Washington think tank. My team lost. I will try [to read that piece] today." A couple of days later, he said: "Tons of interesting thoughts here. The second paragraph needs much more explanation so readers don't get lost." I think that's when I realized, for the first time, that I had to write off this self-complacent bastard.

Admittedly my 6-year-old proposition remained a little too sketchy. But still I want my audience to do some creative thinking using their own brains and give me a feedback that will, in turn, make me think using my own brain. That's why I take up the same issue once again here in the face of the total confusion in my native country.

Or, do you want to stay in the cul-de-sac, grumbling or lamenting over someone else's failure all the time?

In the last several years, many Americans, including Chang, have labeled me a negativist, which is not what I am. Now I think I should return the same infamy to you. You always shy away from action because of your mental inertia and physical cowardice. Yet, you still suspect I'm a daydreamer who habitually abuses opiate.

But in a sense, it's not your fault. It can't really be helped because you haven't experienced real poverty yourself thus far. To you wealthy flapjaws, "poverty" or "injustice" is just a word. For my part, however, I have to live on junk food which makes the real hogwash fed to swine look like a gorgeous treat. Day in, day out, I live that way because I'm supposed to support empty lives of emplobies in central and local government.

I sometimes think we are seeing the first sign of the restoration of democracy in the very cradle of the great idea - Greece. Its "shadow economy" now accounts for 25% of nation's GDP, which translates into much more than 25% of the population. · read more (44 words)
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Sick and Tired of Getting Told What to Do by American Apes

Weeks before the Iowa caucuses of January 3, I started working on a new post. The essay was something to be titled: The Imminent Collapse of the Evil American Empire and Its Implication for Homeland U.S.

It still remains so; I'm going to elaborate on Gerald Celente's prediction for 2012. Celente is a "trend forecaster" with a proven track record. Unlike other crisis-mongering prophets in the U.S., he has a crystal ball that isn't clouded with any half-baked ideology.

I knew from the beginning that it was going to be another unrewarding and futile effort to try to convince Americans that their rogue country is doomed to failure in the near future in one way or the other. They show no signs yet that they are going to wake up from the broken American dream anytime soon. That was quite OK with me because basically it's none of my business how disgraceful they will look when exiting from the center stage of history. The only thing I wanted them to understand is that the rest of the world, especially we Northeast Asians, will be much better off without these highly-educated apes telling us what to do all the time.

But I soon hit the wall when I realized that I'd underestimated the severity of the damage incurred to the brains of the Americans as a result of the intellectual vacuum created by the chattering classes in the U.S., both in the mainstream and fringe. I shouldn't have expected that these people who have difficulty understanding America's march toward its total disintegration is irreversible now can envisage a better world after they perish.

Judging from the people I've taken a look and listen at on YouTube videos and related articles, it was evident that the logical deductions I was drawing from my meticulous analysis would be way beyond their comprehension. All along I was aware that I was standing up against the same wall that stands in the way of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The intellectual barrier is almost impenetrable.

Most political analysts in the U.S. are totally incapable of analyzing politics, or anything else for that matter. They are stupid enough to arbitrarily single out a foreign regime they want their government to destroy and talk about the demise of that country so lightly as if it's a well-deserved heaven's punishment. But my approach is 180-degrees different. To me, a nation's collapse is not a punishment, but a reward which is the only way to enable real change.

On January 26, I was studying the full text of Obama's December 14 address at Fort Bragg in which the smooth-talking mythomaniac solemnly declared the end of the Iraq War. As usual his wordy speech came down to the same old fallacy that all heinous crimes his country has committed in the last 100 years since Woodrow Wilson can be whitewashed by his magic word "reset."

By now, however, I'm so used to the cheap trick by the Kenyan monkey, that I didn't find the Fort Bragg transcript particularly sickening. Instead I was overwhelmed by a renewed disgust and outrage when I conjured up the names and faces of Americans who still self-righteously insist that it was not their fault to have sent the black ape to the White House in 2008. By the same token, they have already made it clear that they won't take the blame if a white Obama such as Mitt Romney is elected the 45th U.S. President. To them it's always someone else's problem; they are never at fault for the unstoppable decline of their own country.

They may not have directly voted for Obama, but the majority of their community members certainly did - be it their kin, friends, workplace colleagues, business partners, authors of the books they read, or readers of the books they authored. As long as they stay with the same community, they are defenders of status quo. As Ron Paul has repeatedly pointed out, "the government is a reflection of the people" and it's never the other way around.

Actually these defeatists are using their support for Ron Paul as an alibi for the total inaction resulting from their physical cowardice, mental inertia and self-complacency. And exactly what are they doing to promote the libertarian cause? They do practically nothing but chanting empty slogans against the media and political establishment. The best they can do is to donate some bucks. It's as though they think they can buy civil liberties for $20.

It's because of all this that soon after I was through with Obama's hogwash on the afternoon of January 26, things suddenly started whirling around me and I collapsed into the pool of my own vomit. I somehow dialed 119, Japan's equivalent of 911. I was ambulanced into the emergency room of a nearby hospital. Although the CT Scan showed no signs of a cerebral hemorrhage yet, the doc warned it can start anytime soon because the systolic reading of my blood pressure had shot up to an astronomical 240 mm Hg, far beyond the threshold value for "Hypertensive Crisis" (180 mm Hg.) But I thought in delirium that this wasn't the right way to put an end to my life. Besides, I'm medically uncovered and financially broke. I refused to stay on in the hospital and came home late at night by taxi. One of the things I thought about doing on my way home was to finish the essay.

Two days later I could barely afford to purchase a Digital Blood Pressure Monitor of Citizen Systems at the price of 4,980 yen. Since then I have been keeping the graphical records of pressure reading at the interval of 4-5 hours. By now I know for sure that stress is the single most important factor of the volatile fluctuation of my blood pressure.

Yesterday morning I was talking to an American hag in what may have been a dream. She was the literary agent who pissed me off four years ago when she said, though in a roundabout way, that my argument about the unviable Japan wasn't worth a buck because it was way too heretical. It was obvious that her role was to keep harmful ideas from abroad at bay. Now the same bitch was saying the same thing about my idea of the unviable America. When I woke up from the bad dream, I found out the systolic reading had shot up to the same level recorded when I collapsed two weeks earlier. (See above photo.)

In the meantime, I resumed my writing at the point where I had been forced to stop. Braving the risk of the rupture of the cerebral blood vessel, I once again asked myself: "Is it realistic to expect American idiots to really understand the libertarian cause of Ron Paul?" His "electability" solely hinges on the answer to this question.

It looks as though the Texas Congressman is recently inclined to refer to the revolution he advocates as an "Intellectual Revolution." In this context, it's a pity that he had to settle for Doug Wead as Senior Adviser to his campaign headquarters. Needless to say, you can't expect a mere mercenary like him to spearhead an Intellectual Revolution.

Maybe Wead is skillful at organizing fundraising activity. But most of the time he is wasting the money he has collected from donors by running pointless ads to counter the accusations that Ron Paul is a racist, gay-hater, "9/11 truther," or what not. By doing so, he has played into the hands of the media and political establishment. Wead is too dim-witted to understand these allegations are all red herrings to sidetrack the campaign issue. The Senior Adviser should know his boss is a man of principle and has never been a man of ideology. In other words, the presidential candidate from Texas is neither a truth-seeker nor a truth-evader; he is a truth-doer.

The Senior Adviser has certainly helped build momentum especially among young supporters. But that's far from enough. It's evident from the striking resemblance between young supporters of Ron Paul today and the members of the Obama cult four years ago that these youngsters are totally clueless about the Intellectual Revolution.

Worse yet, older supporters are no different: they are equally immature and intellectually impaired. Wasting no time these bastards bookmarked the notion of the Intellectual Revolution simply because it seems to assure them of a fairy tale about peaceful and bloodless transformation of society. They want to look away from the historical fact that no real change has been achieved without costing the life of an advocate of nonviolent revolution such as Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. This is basically why these effete people keep saying in feigned resignation that elections in the U.S. are all rigged and there's nothing they can do to rectify the situation.

Even so, relatively sane Americans are now making a big fuss over NDAA 2012, SOPA and some other police state measures. To be honest with you, however, I don't quite understand what good it would do to preserve civil liberties which have already been hollowed out by now. American people should understand it's none other than themselves who have been brainless and spineless enough to voluntarily relinquish their personal liberties by virtue of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Civil liberty is not a value in itself. It's nothing but an enabler of real change.

This is, however, not to say Ron Paul was wrong when he said, "[With the passage of the bill for NDAA 2012] we have crossed the Rubicon towards empire and tyranny." Actually the last (or second last) emperor unwittingly signed the death warrant for his empire as the self-appointed guardian of justice and freedom for the entire world. 2011 will be remembered as the year the American Empire finally lost its moral authority, totally, for good, and even retroactively, to crusade, and to have crusaded, around the world for the false cause of "democracy."

By now we Northeast Asians are sick and tired of getting pushed around by the world's most despicable species named Americans. I still want to see Ron Paul nominated in August, win the Elections in November and somehow escape a likely attempt of his assassination in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the JFK incident. Then we will see all the U.S. military personnel belatedly getting repatriated from 130-plus countries around the world including my country of birth.
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Realignment or Yet Another Retouch of Embalming?


Japan's political landscape as of 2004

With new political parties mushrooming in recent weeks, the media are untiringly saying that we are going to see a new Japan emerging through 政界再編成 (Seikai Saihensei, or total realignment of the political landscape) and that will be the end of the 1955 System.

Up until weeks ago, the same media kept telling their audience that with a "modern two party-system" taking root at long last here, the 55-year-old sociopolitical system was finally coming to an end.

As usual they were lying.

As I have said many times before, it's not a two-party system in the first place; actually it's a twin-party system composed of the Democratic Party of Japan which won the last election and the Liberal Democratic Party which lost it.

Now almost in the same breath, they have started talking about realignment aimed at a tripolar system with these new-born parties forming 第三極 (Daisan Kyoku, literally translated into English as a third pole.)

If we should take their hogwash seriously, now we are going to see triplets. As you can easily imagine, it's by far more difficult to separate conjoined triplets than with Siamese twins.

It is true that the above-embedded diagram would have to be brought up to date to reflect the new picture. But I don't think anyone will bother to work on that. Reason: it's something like drawing a picture of soap bubbles that form here now, evaporate there then.

Moreover, on the updated chart that would grow even busier to look at, all you could see would be just an increased number of boxes.

In reality, however, the same old political racketeers are hopping, back and forth, from one box to another.

They claim they are rejuvenating themselves. True, there are an increasing number of younger lawmakers. Yet, the fact of the matter remains that most of them are brainless punks as exemplified by those 小沢チルドレン (Ozawa Chirudoren, or Ozawa Children.) You can see these cultist-like morons in the YouTube video embedded here.

If there are a few exceptions, Yoshimi Watanabe is one. He looks to be a real reformist. Ironically enough, his father was one of those porkbarrel operators of the LDP until he died in 1995. He recently left the LDP to form みんなの党 (Minna-no To, or Your Party.) But needless to say, Watanabe, alone, can't bring about real change.

In the past the Japanese have traditionally substituted realignment for revolution. Every time they hit the wall, they realigned their political landscape to make it look different. But this unviable polity has always remained essentially unchanged.
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Japan Trivia 5: All Characters Suffer Parasomnia in Act 5 of the Kabuki Play Titled "1955"

It's not just that these "old runaways," as some call these LDP defectors all in their late-60s or well into 70s, have lost their way, but they have also run out of words for their party name. Bland words such as "liberal," "democratic" and "people's" have all been used up by now.

That's why they brought the first-rate swindler named Shintaro Ishihara (posed on the extreme right of the photo) into the picture.
The five former senior members of the Liberal Democratic Party were at a loss over what specifically to do to prevent the ruling Democratic Party of Japan from further "wreaking havoc on this country." But when it came to the naming, they certainly knew who to turn to. Duping the extraordinarily gullible Japanese into believing in empty words is Ishihara's only forte.

That's how they came up with the fancy name - Tachiagare Nippon (起ち上がれ日本党) or Rise Up Japan Party. And that's why the 75-year-old self-proclaimed rightwinger attended today's kickoff meeting before the press corps. Although he volunteered to stand godfather to the new party, he stopped short of becoming one of the founding members himself for an obvious reason.

In exchange for his favor, however, he took the liberty to put his pet subject - constitutional amendment - at the top of the policy statement of the new group. This also helped the founders. Kaoru Yosano, one of them, was the last Finance Minister of the LDP administration who was known for his fiscal conservatism. But, aside from Yosano's unarticulated aspiration to stem the further snowballing of fiscal deficits, they'd had no ideas about what to do to reverse the disastrous situation facing this country until Ishihara extended an extra favor. Small wonder that they, wasting no time, took a bite at Ishihara's bait.

Actually these rebels, apparently suffering senile dementia, still think new laws can make a new Japan, while in fact it's always the other way around: it's a new breed of Japanese with firm resolve to transform themselves into sound and viable people that can make good laws.

Against this backdrop all the media organizations hastily took polls about constitutional amendment, as they have done hundred times in the past, and released the results, unaudited ones as usual.
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Nichts Neues Happened Here on Sunday


Left: History of Japan's political landscape as of 2004 which is now subject to a minor update
Center: Streets of Yokohama China Town getting ready for the 60th anniversary of the Revolution
Right: Jiang, my friend from China

When I stepped out of my apartment on Sunday night, everything looked as usual except that some prettification work was going on here and there in the streets of the China Town in preparation for the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution.

No sooner had I walked into the nearby Chinese eatery I frequent than my Chinese friend Jiang pointed at the large screen display and said, "Seems like a landslide for minshu-to (the Democratic Party of Japan.)" I said, "Bullshit. This is all prefixed. Nothing has changed, and nothing will. Four years ago we saw another landslide when the media said it was LDPs turn to win. It's just that the same media kept saying it's DPJ's turn this time around." This ignited a casual conversation about the trajectories of the two ailing, or even failing, countries - Japan and China. We talked over the resemblances and differences between the two.

I didn't expect any professional comment from the young guy because he majors in business administration at the Sanno Institute of Management. But if one studies business, it's more likely than with a politics major that he understands what exactly the word "change" means. I usually avoid discussing change because the abstract word in itself means nothing. As a matter of fact, my organization theory backed by my 46-year-long career tells me any institution has to go through a destruction phase before its rebirth. There is no such thing as smooth, incremental change. I would call what we are witnessing right now a metamorphosis rather than change. Japan has metamorphosed many times in the past, most recently in 1993. Yet it has remained essentially unchanged. Otherwise these candidates for the parliamentary election would not have called in concert for change just like they did 16 years ago, and in 2005 to a lesser degree.

I asked Jiang, "Don't you think your country would be better off if it imported the Japanese version of the representative democracy, so its people don't have to listen to Hillary Clinton's annual lecture on democracy anymore?" He answered: "I don't think that is possible in the next 50 years. But I think in the near future China should implement a limited suffrage." By "limited suffrage" he meant an electoral system within the framework of the single-party system. I said, "That's exactly what we have in place here since 1955. By virtue of our nominal voting rights, we have been exempted from attendance at Clinton's class. But at the same time, we are sunk by now for the same reason."
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Our Way of Living and Dying



Only dead fish go with the flow. (Sarah Palin, July 4)

Earlier this week the latest figures of average life expectancy were released. The statistics showed that Japanese women are enjoying the world's longest life span of 86.05 years while Japanese men ranked No. 4 only next to their counterparts in Iceland, Switzerland and Hong Kong. This leaves you wondering what the heck we cling to our empty life that long for.

Here's another citation from The Chrysanthemum and the Sword.. Actually it's a requotation because author Ruth Benedict was just quoting a wartime broadcast which was all too familiar to the Japanese people of my age or older.

After the air battles were over, the Japanese planes returned to their base in small formations of three or four. A Captain was in one of the first planes to return. After alighting from his plane, he stood on the ground and gazed into the sky through binoculars. As his men returned, he counted. He looked rather pale, but he was quite steady. After the last plane returned he made out a report and proceeded to Headquarters. At Headquarters he made his report to the Commanding Officer. As soon as he had finished his report, however, he suddenly dropped to the ground. The officer on the spot rushed to give assistance but alas! he was dead. On examining his body it was found that it was already cold, and he had a bullet wound in his chest, which had proved fatal. It is impossible for the body of a newly-dead person to be cold. Nevertheless the body of the dead captain was as cold as ice. The Captain must have been dead long before, and it was his spirit that made the report. Such a miraculous fact must have been achieved by the strict sense of responsibility that the dead Captain possessed.

Constantly misguided by the dictionary that wrongly defines 民主主義 (minshu-shugi) as democracy, 天皇 (tenno) under the postwar Constitution as a useless but harmless figurehead, and 変革 (henkaku) as change, those arrogant, intellectually lazy, surface-scratching, cherry-picking Japan experts in the U.S. tend to underestimate our supernatural power to flexibly cross the boundary back and forth between life and death, or our propensity to roam around the border so aimlessly and interminably. Benedict and her fellow countrymen have always said that:
■ wartime Japanese were so superstitious as to believe in the absurd propaganda such as this one,
■ but after the war defeat they came out much smarter.
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e-DREAM SERIES - Instalment 4: Are we getting enabled by "Web 2.0"?

One of my in-laws is a CRPS sufferer. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a rare and refractory disease that causes psychosomatic regional pain and mysterious paralysis in any part of the body. Her husband has recently joined the site run by the leading SNS (Social Networking Services) provider, Mixi, to discuss online sensitive issues entailed in the illness and exchange tips about doctors and medication. So far he has been able to benefit a lot from the membership there without being annoyed by sinister trollers or those who want to peddle the special types of wheelchairs or pain-relieving substances. He is an exception, though.

But the media don't think so. In its January 3 edition, the Daily Yomiuri hailed the fact that "social networking sites bring people together" with a growing number of Japanese signing on to the SNS. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the SNS population had topped 7.16 million by March 2006 but by now Mixi, alone, has 6.6 million subscribers. And what on earth are these participants up to on the semi-closed cybercommunities? They are just socializing very nicely with each other because that's enough to "bring them together."

The DY took up a housewife as a showcase. She has written a "child-raising diary on the Net and made friends with other housewives in the neighborhood" without being disturbed by nasty trollers or any type of abusers. In short they are doing online what could be done offline. But that doesn't prevent the DY from being exhilarated because this is the surest way for them to tame, or neutralize, the potentially harmful SNS population.

Once upon a time, Japan was known to be the world's most closely-knit society. But now that the modern technologies have cut off all these ties lined with the myth of homogeneity, the Japanese people are desperately trying to restore the cohesiveness that existed among villagers in the good old days. The mainstream media favor, and are going to further encourage, the trend on the assumption that these people are ready to subordinate themselves to the media establishment. And in fact Japan's Netizens now look poised to settle for the second-class citizenship in the "fourth estate."
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e-DREAM SERIES - Instalment 3: What factors are major driving forces for e-Democracy? PART II


CONTINUED FROM INSTALMENT 2

Degree of Diversity

As I wrote in the above-linked piece, where the degree of diversity isn't high enough, you can't expect the people to use an innovative technology in an innovative way. This is especially true with "disruptive" technologies such as the one that has made the World Wide Web available to everyone on this side of the digital divide. Here, I will discuss diversity from that perspective.

Without doubt, the Americans are the champions in terms of racial diversity. They have almost looked obsessed with it in the last four decades. Their nation is often referred to as a racial melting pot. But just looking like one is not enough for a society to move on to an entirely new breed of socio-political system. It's cultural diversity that gives real impetus for the e-shift.

Let us face the fact that there always is the rule of chemistry governing the racial mix, or any collaboration among people from different backgrounds or with different traits. If you use a wrong recipe, as the Americans tend to do, you will possibly end up in a chaotic situation before they can bring their respective virtues together. I think that's how the Americans have failed to bring about a genuinely diverse society where people from all walks of life can cooperate with each other, instead of just "tolerate" each other.

To make the situation even worse for the American people, their obsession with diversity mostly stems from their sense of indebtedness toward the descendants of slaves and other victims of their past colonialism. When I say race doesn't matter, I simply mean race doesn't matter. But most white Americans hear me saying black or yellow people should be respected, as if these minority groups of people automatically deserve their respect just because they are black, or yellow. In such a self-deprecating way, they are destined to let another American century slip away very soon because obligatory tolerance and redemptive respect don't help much in the face of the enormous challenge before us today. In a fallout of this climate, we have seen the white and stupid movie director making a fortune from his book, "Stupid White Men."

In short, the Americans today are no longer the real champions of diversity. I used to admire them for their respect of differences. But not anymore. They are not only pursuing diversity in the wrong way, but also going so far as to elevate their obsession into a new religion, while what is badly needed is a new science to be called something like Social Chemistry that answers the most relevant questions of the times - how to network a wide variety of people and how to synergize their personal endeavors into one big momentum for social change. This constitues the formidable challenge facing the people of the U.S. today.

Despite the apparent failure in the American experiment, people still take it for granted that wherever "the West meets the East," something great that couldn't be expected otherwise, is brought to fruition. I'm afraid they are wrong, most of the time. When I was overseeing the entire administration at the Japanese subsidiary of a Swiss company, I had to summon my people to a meeting every time the inhouse software engineers delivered a goofy system to the "user department". Before the business-illiterate systems engineers and the systems-illiterate user representatives, I told them of my own empirical rule, which I named "Yamamoto's Multiplication Theory." The Power Point slide I showed them simply read: "Equation that doesn't apply here: 0.5 + 0.5 = 1.0, Equation that applies everywhere: 0.5 x 0.5 = 0.25."
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e-DREAM SERIES - Instalment 2: What factors are major driving forces for e-Democracy?

Quo Vadis?

In Instalment 1 of this series, I wrote that the time is ripe for some advanced nations to move on to the leader-less state of society at least in theory, without specifying who they can be, and for what reasons. Now I will try to be a little more specific about what countries are the best poised for the era of cyber democracy, and what countries are the farthest from it.

And yet I don't want to play a tipster about who will be the first to reach there because the issue of e-governance is a little more serious matter than horse racing. I have tentatively concluded that Singapore, or any other country with a similar set of national attributes, is the closest to electronicizing its government. But there is a catch: the one who is the closest to the goal will not necessarily be the first to reach there. They often refer to this paradox as the irony of history.

In modern history we have seen this happen time and again. The Russian Revolution could transform overnight a state of peasantry into the world's first communist regime. And Japan could rise from reclusive feudalism to the world's second largest economy. So who knows which horse will be the first to cross the goal? The only thing we can tell is that whenever the most backward country overtakes advanced nations in leaps and bounds, it is doomed to suffer an acute setback sooner or later as was proven by Vladimir Putin's Russia or the post-bubble Japan.

To begin with, the order of arrival, as such, doesn't matter that much. In fact it's an inevitable, not just an advisable, course of action for every nation to go for the Internet because as we already know, not a single democracy has been doing well since the turn of the century. The democracy in the U.S. is a far cry from the Japan's political system. Unlike in Japan, the self-purification mechanism, the essential element of any type of democracy, still seems to be at work there, albeit falteringly. And yet, there's no denying that the United States is ailing at this moment and it looks to be suffering something more than a spell of hiccups.
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e-DREAM SERIES - Instalment 1: Is e-Democracy too wild an anticipation?



Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. (Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963)

According to the pedestrian interpretation of the word "Anarchy", it just means chaos. Etymologically, though, it denotes a ruler-less state of society. In this original sense of the word, I think the time is ripe for some advanced nations to move on to that state, at least in theory.

Experts in the history of social thought say anarchism branches out into a variety of schools ranging from Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's Mutualism to Mikhail Bakunin's Collective Anarchism. Admittedly, I owe the basic idea to these thinkers and activists. But if there is something that differentiates me from them, it's an anarchic political system which is viable only on the Internet. In that sense, what I'm advocating here is something to be called a "Networked Anarchy" that should be synonymous to the futuristic polity generically called e-Democracy, or e-Government.

I don't have any specific countries in mind. However, since any nation where the conventional democracy isn't at work can't move on to an e-Democracy, Japan, China and Koreas are precluded from the scope of my proposition. In Japan, for instance, the education system has collapsed, the election system has collapsed, diplomacy has collapsed, the pension plans have collapsed, and there's practically nothing that hasn't. For such a nation, there's no place to head for but hell. · read more (1,057 words)
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There's no reason Maehara, Koizumi can't do what Merkel, Schroeder could


From left to right: Y. Tanaka, S. Maehara w/ J. Koizumi, M. Fukushima, T. Kanzaki


Earlier this month Angela Merkel of Christian Democratic Union and Gerhard Schroeder of Social Democratic Party of Germany struck a deal to form a "grand coalition" after the election whose return was too close to call. The two parties were so divided over how to turn around the nation's ailing economy that it took them weeks to reach an agreement.

On the other hand in Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party headed by Junichiro Koizumi won a sweeping victory in the September 11 poll. Hence, on the part of the LDP there's no reason to seek a coalition with any other party than the old coalition partner, New Komeito. But it's a different story as far as the loser, the Democratic Party of Japan, is concerned.

Despite desperate efforts by former and current president of the DPJ to differentiate their party from the LDP, it's been more and more apparent that the DPJ is nothing more than a double of the LDP. Essentially we were seeing something little more than an infight between intra-party factions during the campaign period.
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OBITUARY No. 2



On August 8 the "Postal Reform Bills" were pronounced dead at the House of Councilors by the oppositions led by the Democratic Party of Japan and dissidents within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who crossed the floor to vote against them. The triplet bills were four years old. (Some say they were almost thirteen years old since these inviable things first cropped up in their father's brain.)

The cause of the deaths is yet to be known for sure because the mainstream media have not issued the death certificates as yet.

But you don't need official certificates to know that they died just because they were so inviable as to be likened to phantoms.

The deaths are also attributable to the fact that this time the group of people with vested interest in the Japan Post, including its 270,000-plus employees, were, and still remain, fighting against another group of pork-barrel operators who have their vested interests somewhere else.
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Some keep on second-guessing and failure-mongering on budding democracy in Iraq

This is to follow up the January 31 TFP story titled "'Democracy' in Iraq, Ukraine, China and Japan".

On February 14 the Iraqi election committee announced the final results of the January 30 election. Although the overall turnout was lowered to 58% from the initial estimate of 70%, still nobody can deny it's quite something that some 8.5 million people showed up at poll stations defying terrorists' threat. Soon after the elections, U.S. President George W. Bush called world leaders to share his delight. He called Gerhard Schroder, Jacques Chirac, Tony Blair and Kofi Annan. But for obvious reasons he didn't bother to call up Junichiro Koizumi who considers the U.S. President his closest friend.

As the initial euphoria over the landmark event, that even infected the New York Times, wanes, some have resumed their same old business of second-guessing and failure-mongering. This is especially true with the Japanese journalism.
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The 1955 System




We could not make legible the busy diagram shown here due to technical and other reasons. But never mind, you don't have to try hard making out these party names to visualize the Japan's political landscape since the early-1990s. It doesn't really matter which party merged with which party, how a party split up into how many parties, which lawmaker party-hopped from which to which, etc.

And now the media have been spreading out an illusion that a two-party system like the one in the U.S. or the U.K. is now on the horizon with the DPJ (minshu-to) ostensibly extending its power. But as our friend Shintaro Ishihara always maintains, the DPJ is dominated by the remnants from a former intraparty faction of the LDP (jimin-to) that was headed by former prime minister Kakuei Tanaka (1972-1974). · read more (303 words)