Friday, August 09 2013 @ 04:52 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Good faith seeks to flee the inner disintegration of my being in the direction of the in-itself which it should be and is not. Bad faith seeks to flee the in-itself by means of the inner disintegration of my being. - Diagnostic remarks on mental health by a French shrink
Kids playing kick-the-can
If I am to liken my 9-year-old website to a business entity, DK is the shareholder, while I am its founder and CEO. At the beginning DK was my technical assistant but in 2009 when I financially went under, he offered to shoulder all the costs involved in the use of the blog hosting service. That's how he took over one of the world's most hated websites from me.
My responsibility to the new shareholder is not to pay him dividends, nor boost the popularity of the site. Google Analytics shows some aggregated 300,000 visitors from 150 countries have actually read my posts in the last 9 years. But my boss doesn't give a damn about numbers. He thinks my only KPI is the quality of people - visitors and myself. And to me, integrity is the only yardstick to use when measuring the quality of human beings.
Don't ask me how I define the word integrity. The meaning of the word is so tricky that you would never really understand it if I told you my semantics about it. For one thing the antonym of integrity is bad faith. But that doesn't necessarily mean good faith is synonymous with integrity. It should also be noted that integrity is one thing and honesty is quite another, whereas integrity seldom goes hand-in-hand with dishonesty.
Perhaps until the early-1960s, every educated American knew it was his responsibility to unequivocally define his word every time he used it. It's true Americans were already pathologically obsessed with the idea that it's a sin to tell a lie. But the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has exacerbated the situation. It imposed a new rule that says it's a sin to tell the truth, without superseding the old one. The result was disastrous; both "honest" and "dishonest" Americans got trapped in the worst type of bad faith. Now torn between the two principles, they are at a loss over what to say to remain sinless. It looks as though everyday they take a multiple-choice exam in which they are supposed to find the true statement from among false ones, or they answer questions asked by a pollster on whether they approve, disapprove, or "don't know" the subject in question. It seems to me American visitors to my website are no exceptions.
No one can free himself from bad faith because it's something that separates the human being from the ape. But he puts himself in an aggravated bad faith when he doesn't have the courage to face his real self, which is the only way to overcome the inner disintegration.
Don't take me wrong, however; at any rate we are not operating an online reformatory here. Basically it's none of my business how far they have been "dumbed down" collectively by some evil power, which could well be an imaginary thing, or more likely yet, they have dumbed themselves down all together. All I expect from them as a humble blogger is that they don't deviate too much from the rules of dialectical interchange. To put it in plainer words, I want them to play it fair, so as to ensure creative conversation in this community. I don't think we are overly demanding in that respect.
Unlike with the owner of this website, my knowledge in French is quite limited. I don't even know for sure whether the word "blog" used in a French sentence is masculine or feminine. Yet I think "les salauds" is the right word to describe the "specimens" I have observed in the last 9 years since I started this extremely unpopular blog. My lifetime philosophy teacher rediscovered the word, sort of, and found the philosophical pejorative very useful in the context of his ontology.
I always think the closest thing to the game les salauds are playing here is Kick-the-Can, also known as Pom-Pom in some American states. When I was 9 years old, we played it a lot in the middle of the ruins of war, because an empty can was all we needed, and we could easily find one at a junkyard near the residential area for GIs and their families. It's funny these days not a few good old boys in America are hooked on the kiddies game. No problem. Go ahead and have fun kicking an empty can.
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Wednesday, November 07 2012 @ 03:36 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Sap flowing through the trunk heels the wounds of a tree to help its healthy growth Termites infesting a big tree eventually uproot it over a long period of time
I call it a farce, but not because Obama, Romney and/or Paul are clowns.
When will ordinary Americans ever learn that they are the clowns? It's solely their fault that things unfolded the way they did in the last four years and beyond.
Throughout the duration of the farce, the mainstream Americans were attributing things that went wrong to their opponents.
Other people were essentially no different. Not a few on the fringe were self-righteously saying a "huge awakening" was going on on the part of the general population and that an American Revolution was on its way. But a huge awakening from what? Actually it was nothing but a delusion on the delusion.
These sick people are unaware that they are just projecting to the other side the problem they can't solve themselves. After the election results came out, these good guys are still insisting the revolution was aborted because bad guys in the media prevented people from fully awakening.
Now the farce is over, but practically all Americans still make believe others should change before they do themselves. Isn't it about time to have dropped all these jokes? Such an alibi exercise hasn't worked before, and will never in the future.
Don't take me wrong, however. I'm not instigating these chicken-hearted people to kill the most unscrupulous one of the three, the Kenyan monkey perhaps, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. Time and again it's been proved they have no guts needed for such a bold move, and they have too many excuses for their inaction. As I kept saying since 2008, what they need to do, instead, is a serious soul-searching to know exactly who they are. But beware, you can never define what you really are by a half-baked ideology you support or oppose, or religious values you believe or disbelieve in.
Until they define themselves in the right way, they can never internalize any issue facing them. Neither can they emancipate themselves from the delusive idea that the problem always lies with others, while the fact of the matter remains they are the problem themselves.
Only through a serious effort for self-examination, they can find a life-size view of things surrounding them. Then they will stop talking big while actually acting very small.
It's also important to know there's nothing wrong with acting small if they base their plans on a down-to-earth vision about the future, i.e. what nation should emerge in the North American continent after the inevitable collapse of the American Empire overseas and the likely implosion of homeland U.S. It's far better than just grumbling about their fellow countrymen who are in a hypnotic state while doing absolutely nothing with them. Hopefully they will define their role as that of sap, or termites.
Some may want to change their country just like drops of sap help the tree grow over a long period of time by constantly transporting nutrients through its trunk. Some others may choose to be termites infesting the heartwood of a tree or wooden structure and eventually cause it to break down.
Whichever approach they take to make a difference to their country, these processes may progress at a glacial pace. But I hope the Internet will help expedite them if they know how to leverage the worldwide web which was originally meant to be an enabler of change as is true with any "disruptive" technology. It's a different story, however, if they still do not realize "alternative media" and "social media" are, more often than not, a change-disabler.
Or.....if they can't tell the difference between web-search and soul-search, they might as well join these Japanese macaques who are conditioned to instantly jump at anything given to them. · read more (9 words)
I still don't know exactly when and how the evil American Empire will collapse. Neither do I know which comes first, the fall of the empire overseas or the total implosion of the worst rogue country in history named USA. Yet I am 100% sure that most of its people are practically brain-dead by now.
How can I be so sure about that? Almost every day from August 2011 through this past May, I tried to keep myself closely posted with their public discourse mainly on the web.
That's how. So don't take it personally if you are an exception.
Now I ask myself, "What lessons have the Americans learned from the miscarriage of the Intellectual Revolution started by the former Texas obstetrician?"
Answer: Absolutely nothing.
This is evident from the fact that these brainless, spineless and self-righteous American egomaniacs still put all the blame on the Republican establishment and the mainstream media. They certainly know that is the surest way to avoid facing up to the lessons to be learned there. The fact of the matter remains, however, that it's none other than themselves who were at fault for the miserable failure. Some of them even thought they could buy their civil liberties for 50 bucks.
The only possible reason they are so learning-disabled is because they always want to save the painstaking effort to internalize those issues they are talking about. As I repeatedly warned in this blog, without going through the process of internalization, they will never be able to identify real issues. As long as they are conditioned to remain mentally so lazy, all they can do is to scratch the surface of issues and find correct answers to given questions.
At times some of them say they agree with me. But I know they don't quite understand my point. When they address what they think is at issue, it's always someone else's headache. It never crosses their minds that first and foremost they should look into their own sick souls. Instead, they indulge in studying what is allegedly going on in the outside world, be it China, Iran, Syria or Greece. Now they have lost life-size views of things. It's laughable to see an American individual who can't even take care of himself keep talking about global trends and history of mankind.
The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "internalize" means "to take in and make an integral part of one's attitudes or beliefs." The definition is not totally wrong. But it still falls short of transcending the bounds of dualism the Westerners are so used to. Empathy or antipathy with other people is far from enough to internalize issues.
This is not to say, however, the Asiatic monism should be applied to the interpretation of the word.
As I have repeatedly argued, Buddha knows no gods or no isms, not even atheism. Why can he be a monist, or dualist for that matter? (See NOTE below for the American Heritage's definitions of these isms.) In the last 1.5 to 2 millenniums, Buddhism has been largely distorted by the Japanese who have "saladized" everything from religion to language, and by some other Asian peoples, perhaps to a lesser degree. As a result what the Americans think is Buddhism today, in fact, has nothing, whatsoever, to do with Buddha's tenets.
NOTE: Dualism means the view that the world consists of or is explicable as two fundamental entities, such as mind and matter, whereas monism is the doctrine that mind and matter are formed from, or reducible to, the same ultimate substance or principle of being.
In this respect you should also be aware that the English word "internalize" is a transitive verb. It cannot be intransitive in any event. On the contrary, it does not take an object, either direct or indirect, in the context of Buddhism. You are, therefore, doomed to fail when you attempt to take in something external and make it an integral part of your inner self. Actually that's what Americans are doing at their best.
Buddha's teaching all boils down to the unequivocal statement which goes: "Form is emptiness, and emptiness is form." This may sound too esoteric. But if you once empty your brain of those half-baked ideologies, you will know the words are so simple and clear that you can never paraphrase them. It's all the more regrettable that Americans never really understand internalization is the key to identifying relevant issues in the real world.
They have no difficulty in gathering external information because everyone has a sensory nervous system which is more or less functioning. But when it comes to internalizing the input data, they get stuck. That's basically why they selectively toy with their pet subjects all the time.
This way, they play into the hands of the media, be it mainstream, alternative or social, whose sole role is to feed their gullible audience with one red herring after another.
Because of incoherence and inconsistency inherent in any false issue, their brains are now stuffed with a jumble of delusive ideologies or ideological delusions. Whenever I try to visualize the logic circuit inside their skulls, something that looks very much like a bowl of spaghetti conjures up.
Here's a typical example: The self-styled sinologist predicted in 2001 that China would collapse in ten years. When the magic year was over without seeing the collapse, he revised his forecast matter-of-factly, saying, "I was wrong only by one year." But practically in the same breath, he predicted that Japan would overtake China, GDP-wise, once again in 2013. It's as though you can overtake someone who is no longer existent at that time. Remember the verb "overtake" always requires an object.
Given the vast intellectual vacuum prevailing in the U.S., it came as no surprise to know not a single American has openly challenged his unprincipled way of dealing with a serious issue which directly concerns 1.3 billion human beings living in that country. But it was a little amazing to know that even the Chinese didn't think he had discredited himself, totally and for good.
I have recently noticed that in stark contrast to his book, my blog is extremely unpopular among my predominantly American audience presumably because I am a firm believer in the central principle of Gautama Buddha. I suspect it's too straightforward for the people who are so used to the spaghetti-like logic. · read more (61 words)
Sunday, June 03 2012 @ 09:32 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Top: Jesse Benton Bottom: Doug Wead
In my previous post, I pointed out that what's going on around the U.S. presidential election is something more than just yet another leap-year farce. I called it Revolution Scam 2012. I don't think I was wrong.
But I wasn't quite right when I wrote the primary suspects are campaign spokesman Jesse Benton and senior adviser Doug Wead. Now I've learned Ron Paul himself is more responsible for the crime than these small fish are.
And yet, my way of thinking remains basically unchanged: where there are no potential dupes, there are no swindlers. That is where scam is fundamentally different from other types of crime. In this context, whatever happens to the American people, they deserve it.
Here's how I have found out more precise information about Revolution Scam 2012.
Over this past weekend, I was doing my video mining to find out what's going on at the Bilderberg Conference being held behind closed doors in Chantilly, Virginia.
Before hitting this one embedded above, in which Iraq war veteran and talk radio host Adam Kokesh interviews author and journalist Webster Tarpley in the neighborhood of the venue of the Bilderberg Conference 2012, I watched a dozen other related videos. One of them was an interview of obscure person who identifies himself as veteran journalist Jim Tucker by Alex Jones, one of the noisiest and most active conspiracy theorists. In this video Tucker tells Jones that his inside source eavesdropped "Bilderbergers" enthusiastically talking about a plot to murder Ron Paul in a prearranged plane crash.
Then I found another video in which the same conspiracy theorist interviews Tarpley. This one really drives you crazy in part because it's interrupted too often due to a technical glitch, and in part because the interviewer talks too much. But nevertheless, the facts Tarpley exposes about Paul's deceitful causes there are somewhat eye-opening.
Following are some of the things I could learn from my video mining:
● The idea that the Bilderbergers have a hostile view of Ron Paul is baseless because just like Mitt Romney has his good friend Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. among the Bilderberg members, he has Peter A. Thiel, German-born venture capitalist and co-founder of PayPal supporting him. ● Now that these old heavyweights such as David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger are losing their influence, the "more sociopathic" young generation is taking over the Bilderberg group. Thiel, 44, is one of the members of Bilderberg's Steering Committee. ● Despite all the fallacy that the Ron Paul campaign is supported mainly by hundreds of thousands of small donors, the German-born venture capitalist contributed $2.6 million to Ron Paul from December to January. ● Actually Ron Paul has played an "auxiliary" role for the Romney camp from the beginning to save the former Governor of Massachusetts from the formidable challenge by other opponents such as Rick Santorum. ● No wonder, Ron Paul's son Rand has started "flirting with Romney in public" since May 23 when they had a meeting behind closed doors. (Tarpley says that if he were a Ron Paul supporter, his world view would have crashed to the ground at that time.) ● In short, "vote for Ron Paul is vote for Mitt Romney." ● Despite his reputation as a strong opponent of crony capitalism, Ron Paul is a champion of nepotism. According to the research made by Tarpley, Paul has put 61 relatives on the payroll of his campaign and Congressional offices. Nepotism is not necessarily unlawful, but it's impermissibly unethical in certain circumstances. ● One of the recent additions is his campaign spokesman Jesse Benton. He married one of Ron Paul's granddaughters allegedly because he wanted to subvert the campaign goal from within.
In the last several years, I have learned a lot from Ron Paul. Although Doug Wead was lying when he said Dr. Paul was the most incorruptible person in the U.S, the Texas Congressman did the best he could under the given circumstances. Now thanks to Tarpley, I could finally wipe out delusions about the libertarian cause. That I was able to write it off, however, does not mean I'm now converting from the Ron Paul cult to something else.
As to the specific question about who to vote for in 2012, all he can say is, "You should get yourself out of that [passive] mentality." He believes "protest is for wimps, but revolutionaries want power," and that in order to counter the tide of "neo-feudalism," which conspiracy theorists like to call New World Order, we have to have workable programs. He quickly adds it takes an organization to promote and implement these action plans, which, in turn, calls for a "class-conscious" leader, such as Alexis Tsipras of Greece. Of course, he falls short of telling where to find that leader. Who wouldn't? In today's America, it's next to impossible to find an individual who is not brainless and spineless.
To dodge these questions, Tarpley has to say jokingly that in November, U.S. voters will see the birth of "Mitt-Rand" administration. Since he is an avowed admirer of Charles de Gaulle, he misses Gaullism which had been gone by the time Francois Mitterrand took office.
But to me, that is enough because it's none of my headache how the new U.S. President will accelerate the process toward the fall of the evil empire and the subsequent implosion of the United States. All I wanted to know is whether my Japanese posterity will remain the same bunch of vassals of the Far Eastern fiefdom of the failing country. Webster Tarpley has given his answer to that question.
In the last 37 years since the Rambouilette Summit, the Japanese have taken pride in being 1/8 of the world, if only nominally. They still hold a diluted share of 1/20 today. But in reality, the presence of their country has been within a range of 0/18 to 0/23 since 1954 when the most influential G called the Bilderberg Club was founded.
According to the only press release made to this date, 147 people from 23 countries and some international organizations such as WTO and IMF participated in the Bilderberg Conference 2012. Needless to say, they included attendees from China and Russia, but not a single person was invited there from Japan. · read more (164 words)
One man with courage is a majority. - Thomas Jefferson
Most Americans "think" they are still thinking, but they are wrong. If that's what they are doing, the ape can also think.
Several weeks ago I was at a loss over how to explain to my audience the way Thomas Jefferson did his thinking more than 230 years ago. As the last resort, I borrowed
a cheap analogy from the 1999 U.S. film titled The Matrix. Even so I didn't seem to have succeeded. That is why now I'm going to use a more straightforward approach toward the question about the process of thinking particular to mankind. I know the average American is allergic to a no-nonsense discourse purely based on logical reasoning, but I still hope there are a small number of Americans who disdain to go with the flow.
Prior to this one, I uploaded a post dealing with conspiracy "theories" because the widespread delusive ideologies, or ideological delusions, which do not deserve to be called theories at all, are the farthest things from Thomas Jefferson's principled way of thinking. In response, a German visitor to this site gave us a brilliant comment in which she exquisitely likens conspiracy theorists to the detectives in Scotland Yard in the eyes of Sherlock Holmes. You can't agree more, at least as far as people of certain occupations such as detectives and mathematicians are concerned.
I don't want to claim to be an expert in cognitive science. For one thing I know nothing about American philosopher, mathematician and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) any more than a Wikipedian tells us. According to the Wikipedia entry, Peirce argued that an "abductive inference" starts with "guessing."
Maybe this holds true in some cases. But I think when talking about things like politics, the first step involved in the process of thinking is not just guessing. To me it's internalization of visual, audio, or any other sensory perception. It's important to know you can't internalize any input unless you can find in it a relevance to your own life.
This really brings us to Plato's thoughts. The Greek philosopher argued, in defiance of agnosticism of his teacher Socrates, that man still can learn things that are really worth learning because learning is nothing but recollection of what one has already known by intuition.
More than 2 millenniums later, Soren Kierkegaard wrote in an 1843 entry to his diary: "It is quite true what philosophy says: that life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived forwards." Obviously the Danish philosopher thought it's man's intuition that leads him to think, and then act accordingly. (Kierkegaard termed this forward recollection a "repetition.") If one doesn't have a good intuitive faculty, he always ends up beating the bushes as if he has an eternal life before him. This argument all comes down to how you can tell whether the input at hand has real relevance to you.
The second step in man's thinking process is to conceptualize the newly internalized perception to form a new idea of his own. (See NOTE below.) Actually this step is normally divided into two - one for hypothesizing and the other for theorizing.
NOTE: The word "conceptualize" here is basically synonymous with "crystallize," the term Betty Friedan used in her gerontological work The Fountain of Age. As Friedan suggests, to crystallize does not always mean abstraction.
If you failed to identify a real issue in the first step, you are also destined to fail to conceptualize because now you are fully conditioned to respond to someone else's problem like Pavlov's dog does to a given stimulus. If you know what exactly personal liberty means, you should also know that everyone has the right to differ from others. That means the criteria on which to decide what issues to identify as valid and relevant largely vary from an individual to another. Paradoxical though it may seem, that's why Ron Paul says, "Liberty always brings people together," even beyond national boundaries.
In the final step of thinking, you queue the newly acquired concept so it can be readily exteriorized in such a way that it can be shared with others as an actionable idea.
These are the steps you take when you do the thinking using your own brain.
When Obama spread around the empty word "change" four years ago, tens of millions of thinking-disabled people jumped at it. Actually they went as far as to think the black Messiah would be able to walk on the troubled water. Now, as is evident from the striking resemblance between the members of the Obama cult in 2008 and Ron Paul supporters four years later, basically the same thing is happening in 2012. The only difference lies with the fact that Ron Paul's cause of civil liberty is precisely defined by its advocate.
So it's all the more tragic that those who rally behind the Texas Congressman are mentally too lazy to make strenuous effort to be entailed in conceptual thinking. Because of their longtime exposure to the vast intellectual vacuum created by the American chattering classes, both in the mainstream and fringe, they once again chose to bypass the painstaking process of internalizing, crystallizing and exteriorizing the highly conceptual ideas they heard from Ron Paul.
As a result, all they can do is to give paper-thin alibis for their total inaction resulting from physical cowardice and mental inertia. To prove they are not at fault, they put all the blame on someone else, most typically, the mainstream media for their bias against Ron Paul, and the GOP establishment for its habitual manipulation of the results of caucuses and primaries. It's as though they didn't expect their opponents to use the same old tricks, or they thought establishment would soon back down in the face of their incessant verbal attacks.
To the same end, they have also invented false issues, such as legalization of marijuana, abortion or gay marriages. Some of them may not be really false, but they are side issues at best. By doing so, they have easily played into the enemy's hands.
Another case in point is that
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (formerly known as SOPA) have always been their favorite topics. Every time Ron Paul mentioned these words, his supporters never failed to boo. But one conceptual question never crossed their minds: "What's wrong with the government restraining the people's rights to freedom and privacy, when, as a matter of fact, these rights have already been hollowed out completely?" Civil liberties mean absolutely nothing until it is actually used in a creative way. Equally important, you can't actualize them at no cost.
It's not an issue of primary importance whether or not these "police state" measures are unconstitutional. Although they always pretended not to have heard him, "the Champion of the Constitution" himself said over and over again that the U.S. Constitution is not a perfect document as the Bible. The 16th Amendment, for instance, should be repealed to allow the American people to keep the fruits of their labor. The same is true of the 17th Amendment: it has to be repealed before abolishing the FED, as these simple-minded guys kept chanting in ecstasy.
These are all inevitable consequences of their failure to precisely understand the cause of the Intellectual Revolution centered around the idea of civil liberties.
On May 15, Ron Paul's campaign headquarters announced that the Texas Congressman was going to suspend campaigning "actively" on a false pretext that it had run out of fund. Despite the muddled words from the campaign headquarters, now Ron Paul's revolution was coming to a screeching halt, as had been expected since the onset of the leap-year farce.
Now all over the web, people have started spreading unconfirmed rumors such as:
- Ron Paul has been kidnapped and is now being forced to compromise on his bold plans to abolish the FED and close down all military bases overseas, - his wife Carol fell seriously ill in a mysterious way and she is now on a life-support system, - his son Rand has made an about-face and now he is endorsing Mitt Romney, - now that all these things have ensured Obama's second term, Hillary Clinton shows a keen interest in becoming his running mate so the monster is only one step away from becoming the Queen of the United States, etc., etc.
My own speculation would be that Dr. Paul backed down simply because he had belatedly realized that millions of brainless and spineless people enthusiastically rallying behind him would not help revolutionize the American way of thinking.
But in the face of the ado about nothing resulting from Paul's virtual exit from the race, I can't tell for sure what exactly is going on with the failing giant. More specifically I don't know the exact timeline for my Scenario 2 to materialize. The only thing I can tell at this moment is that the fall of the evil American Empire is now just a matter of time.
If I were one of those conspiracy theorists, I would certainly ascribe the fiasco to something to be called Revolution Scam 2012 and point my finger at these mercenaries named Doug Wead and Jesse Benton as its prime suspects. They have organized all these pointless rallies and "Money Bombs."
At the beginning, they were saying this was the last chance to restore America. But now they have subtly changed the rhetoric. Now they are saying that if Dr. Paul's third bid for presidency should be aborted, the Intellectual Revolution continues. In other words, he doesn't remain in the race only to win. Sure, he doesn't; to these guys like Wead and Benton, win or lose hasn't mattered from the beginning. But as I always say, where there is no victim, there's no swindler.
To the above-linked video, someone posted his or her comment that read like this: "I'm donating again on 17th. Dr. Paul has my consent to put my donation in his retirement fund if his campaign is unable to spend it wisely. I could never repay him for the positive way in which he has influenced my life. I firmly believe the good Doctor has revived an intellectual revolution that will ultimately result in the restoration of America." Obviously this person is one of those thinking-disabled cultists who believe civil liberty is something you can buy for some bucks.
When Thomas Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence and coauthored the U.S. Constitution in 1776 and 1787, respectively, he knew that it's a matter of life and death for a people facing the moment of truth to THINK in strict adherence to a principle. · read more (22 words)
This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. - From "The Matrix"
Regardless of the color American voters choose in November, their nation is doomed to failure because these pills are all hallucinogenic in one way or the other
I've deliberately started off with the famous line from the 1999 U.S. film targeted at intellectually-impaired movie-goers, because I know that is the best way to explain my "3-Step Theory" to the predominantly American audience of my blog.
I want you to keep in mind, however, that an allegory is an allegory. It can never be closely analogous to reality. The reason I use the Matrix analogy, nonetheless, will be explained paragraphs later.
Around the turn of the century, it became something of a fad among American political "analysts," who can't actually analyze a thing, to discuss the fate of "authoritarian" regimes, e.g. China, North Korea, or Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The covert role given to these guys who were virtually on the payroll of Washington was to single out a particularly vulnerable regime and pronounce it dead or doomed as if it would still make sense to talk about the fate of the nation tearing it away from the context of ever-expanding symbiosis with other economies. These de facto contractors of U.S. Department of State have since devoted themselves to clearing the way for America's future expeditions for nation building. Small wonder they have talked about the collapse of a country so lightly as if to say it's a due punishment for embracing a wrong ideology. Contrary to their absurd argument, however, the demise of an old regime is a blessing because it is the only enabler of real change.
From my point of view, the collapse of a country is not a laughing matter for the people living there, and therefore, it's an impermissibly distasteful thing to talk about it without a theory, or at least a methodical approach, in place of a mere opportunism.
Although my proprietary collapse theory still remains a little too empirical, it says when a civilization falls apart, it always goes through three distinctive stages. These steps often overlap each other, but the first sign of nation's decline always shows when an intellectual bubble forms. In the second stage, we see an economic bubble follow the burst of the first bubble. The final stage is characterized by the disintegration of society resulting from a total moral erosion.
It seems to me that in the U.S. the first bubble started to form around the time the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted. Not that the particular legislation signed by Lyndon B. Johnson changed the mental attitudes of the American people. People tend to turn the causal relationship upside down, but actually it's the other way around: the mindset prevalent among voters who elected Lyndon B. Johnson to be the Vice President of the Kennedy Administration has resulted in America's intellectual decline. Ron Paul once said, "The government is a reflection of the people." This seems a truism, but the Texas Congressman actually wanted to stress that it can never be the other way around.
There is no such thing as a bubble that never blows up. I theorize that the American intellectual bubble burst sometime around the turn of the century, leaving a huge intellectual vacuum behind. More specifically, it roughly coincided with 9/11. To me, therefore, it's no accident that poorly-supported prophecies about "rogue" countries started flooding bookstores in the U.S. a decade or so ago. But once again, this is not to say the spectacular event that happened on the morning of 9/11 triggered the burst of America's intellectual bubble. On the contrary, it's the rapid intellectual erosion in the U.S. that invited the collapse of the World Trade Center Buildings.
This sequence of the two events, which is often referred to by the CIA as a blowback, rightly or not, would be confirmed once again when those anti-Semite fanatics who called themselves conspiracy theorists were spawned from every corner of the country soon after 9/11. At a glance, these guys, also known as fringe theorists, have brought a new paradigm in the American way of thinking. From the beginning they have insisted that they don't take for granted anything they hear from the chattering classes in the mainstream. But if you listen to them more carefully, you will notice that fringe theorists have one important thing in common with mainstream ideologues. They do take for granted the absurd assumption that the world can never be the same again after 9/11. Actually, none of these conspiracy theories deserve to be called theories in the first place. There's no denying that the mainstream chattering classes created the intellectual bubble, but it is also true fringe theorists have been magnifying it as if to expedite its burst.
It is true that the Americans today still shape pretty much like human beings. They can even speak a language similar to the one Thomas Jefferson was using two centuries ago. And although they can still form visual perceptions like any other creature, they can no longer conceptualize, or "crystallize" what they see. For this reason, I hypothesize that for most Americans, the frontal cortex has now been irreparably damaged as a result of the constant exposure to the intellectual bubble.
One case in point here is the recent allegation made against Ron Paul. In a desperate attempt to block his message from getting through to voters, media and political establishment labeled the "kooky" old man a "9/11 truther." His campaign headquarters should have just ignored the accusation as totally irrelevant to the problems facing the country. But instead, Doug Wead, campaign's Senior Adviser opted to run an ad to prove it was baseless. That way, he played into the hands of the MSM and other GOP presidential candidates. As a result Dr. Paul had to suffer another costly setback. Actually, he is a man of principle, not a man of ideology. How can he be a truth-seeker, or a truth-denier, for that matter? The only thing he can be is a truth-doer.
As is the case with the Japanese who have long been brain-dead, Americans today respond to the given stimulus exactly in the same way Pavlov's dog does. They are 100% conditioned to seek the correct answers to given questions such as:
- Is Dr. Paul a truth-seeker? - Is he an isolationist? - Is he pro-life? - Is he pro-drug? - Is he a gay-hater? - Is he a racist? - How can his advocacy of self-reliance go with entitlement programs the poor can't live without?
The list of false questions goes on and on.
The average American knows which box to tick in answering every one of these all-too-familiar FAQs because he never asks himself his own questions such as, "Don't I have the right to prefer women to men?", "Is there anything wrong with feeling more comfortable when mixing with people from the same ethnic group I belong in?", etc. Take a look at this video of NBC-sponsored debate among Republican candidates. It's appalling to know that the former obstetrician has to give a lecture to the seemingly highly-educated moderator that "entitlements are not rights."
To borrow Peter F. Drucker's exquisite way of saying it as I always do, giving the correct answer to the wrong question is more harmful than giving a wrong answer to the right question. This is something that has never crossed the flyblown minds of contemporary Americans. As a result, they can't identify a single relevant issue anymore.
Although you don't want to admit it, most of you have seen the 1999 film The Matrix and subsequently taken a dose of the pill. It doesn't really matter which color you have chosen because both induce delusions. And that's exactly why these "debates" among those who are seeking GOP nomination have once again turned into a farce.
Over time their total inability of principled thinking has taken a devastating toll on the health of the U.S. economy, as well. In his 2008 book titled The Revolution, Ron Paul wrote: "Economic freedom and personal liberty are not divisible." For almost three decades by now he has also stressed that "money is not wealth." But very few have understood his advocacy of the free market economy. People have already lost track of what man's economic activity is all about. That is how the housing and financial bubble had formed and quickly grown until it blew up four years ago. The same thing happened in Japan in the 1970s through '80s.
In the face of the economic crisis, people were at a loss over where to find the real culprit of the economic woe, let alone how to counter it. Since they were totally out of their minds already, it never crossed their minds that it's none other than themselves who should take all the blame for the second bubble. It's appalling to know that they still think their lives which are way beyond their means are somehow sustainable for some more years. This was evident from the absurd notions about the battle between 99% and 1%, or Wall Street vs. Main Street. In the absence of an answer that clicked, self-styled protesters all went on a picnic in Wall Street. It's a pity that they are too empty-headed to understand rebels always develop a twisted sense of attachment to their foes as a French philosopher observed on the eve of the Algerian War (1954-62.)
Now the inevitable burst of the economic bubble has ushered in the final stage where the entire edifice is headed for its implosion. I already hear the American society crumbling everywhere.
I don't think I will have to tell you what happens when you became brainless and penniless at the same time. Simply put, now you are an effete and spineless egomaniac. You still cry out for justice and personal liberties, but your words never translate into real actions. In the face of the widespread election frauds and media bias, you self-righteously put all the blame on someone else.
These crybabies are untiringly giving paper-thin alibis for their inaction, physical cowardice, mental inertia and self-complacency. To that end they sometimes put on the mask of nonviolent revolutionaries and make believe Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. achieved their goals without risking their own lives. These self-styled revolutionaries should know nonviolence is one thing and inaction is quite another.
Here's an undated video in which Andrew Napolitano, former New Jersey Supreme Court Judge, gives an enlightening and compelling speech before an audience of Salt Lake City. (I recommend that you skip the first 27 minutes because that part features yet another egocentric, self-important and self-righteous moron named Glenn Beck. His speech is full of shit.) Toward the end of the video, "Judge" Napolitano answers a question from the audience about the Declaration of Independence. He paraphrases a passage from the Declaration this way: "[It] says when the government fails to protect the natural rights of the people, it's their DUTY to alter or abolish it." Emphasis is his, not mine. But it is quite unlikely that brainless, penniless and spineless Americans hear the word on which the former judge places a particular emphasis. To them, rights are always welcome but no thank you for duties. Here I see an unmistakable sign that America's entire society has already started crumbling at its foundation.
This also brings us to the only valid question: What difference can an individual make to his country when it's started decomposing because of its "crony capitalism," also known as fascism?
I don't know the correct answer for the American people. They should be much better off answering the question about how to overturn the tyranny by majority, aka digital Maoism. Yet, I think it may be of some help for you to know what specific steps I have taken to the same end as a Japanese citizen. Ironically enough, I owe all my solutions described below to an American named Henry David Thoreau.
1. I have unsubscribed from all the outlets of mainstream and social media. 2. I boycott, as much as practicable, goods and services advertised on the TV and other promotion vehicles. 3. I have totally opted out of entitlement programs. 4. I'm refusing to pay some taxes and dues in an extra-legal but constitutional battle against the city hall. (Ron Paul says it's our inalienable right to keep the fruits of our labor. In the above-linked video, Napolitano even goes as far as to say: "Taxation is theft.")
I do suffer the consequences from my acts of civil disobedience. Especially it hurts to be medically uncovered when my life is threatened by psychosomatic disorders such as hypertension and constant worsening of chronic diseases such as Parkinsonism. But I know there is no such thing as a free lunch. If you don't want to suffer a bit, I suggest you immature crybabies drop your criticism against your government, right away and for good. You are 100% done for.
These are why I must conclude that Ron Paul's aspiration for the presidency will most probably be thwarted by none other than American voters.
This is, however, not to say the Ron Paul Factor is no longer there at work. I think the prediction made in 2008 by Gerald Celente, the "trend forecaster" with a proven track record, now branches out into two different scenarios as below:
CASE 1: Ron Paul can somehow make it to the White House, AND the U.S. military-industrial complex fails to murder him by the end of 2013, the year that falls on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Not a few people are speculating on the web that in 2013 President Paul would fall victim to a killer, and that he was well aware that he was volunteering to be a martyr when he announced his bold plan to cut the Federal budget by $1 trillion in his first year in office.
CASE 2: The black Obama or his white dummy becomes the 45th President of the United States, OR both President Paul and his Vice President, be it Napolitano or anyone else, get killed.
My Scenario 1 assumes that things unfold the way I define CASE 1. In his forecast, Celente said the year 2012 will see the collapse of the American Empire overseas without elaborating how it will happen. In my view, however, the transition to a liberated world will be a peaceful process in CASE 1 because Ron Paul has already made it clear that he would quickly move to bring home military and intelligence personnel currently stationed in roughly 150 countries all over the world. That way WWIII will be avoided on the premise that in the meantime Obama will have refrained from using a military conflict with Iran as his "October surprise."
To the best of my knowledge, Celente stopped short of mentioning the implication of the fall of the Empire for homeland U.S. Frankly, I can't rule out the possibility of the total disintegration of the United States of America because the country has already more than 66.7% collapsed. And yet, I am reasonably sure that President Paul will find a way to prevent Civil War II although some states and "unincorporated territories" may still secede from the United States. Dr. Paul is absolutely right when he says, "Liberty brings people together."
Some in the U.S. have been saying a "big awakening" is taking place across their nation. I doubt it. But it is true that the rest of the world is awakening. Mainland Japan is the only exception. That is why in Scenario 2 based on CASE 2 assumptions, I think it's highly likely that we see a full-fledged warfare between the world's worst rogue country named America and the rest of the world. Equally important, there's no way to avoid Civil War II under the Administration that represents the rotten status quo. I know most Americans insist that the domestic part of my Scenario 2 is way too counterintuitive. Why then did they take it seriously when the well-publicized book titled The Coming Collapse of China was released in 2001?
Admittedly, only God knows exactly what happens in the future. But there's one thing I'm quite certain about my Scenario 2. If the chicken-hearted American people let an assassin recruited by the establishment claim the lives of President Paul and his Vice President, a new breed of truth-seekers, wasting no time, will start talking about the conspiracy behind the assassination. The last thing they would do is to prevent it at the risk of their own lives. Let's face it, this is America.
Let me add something with respect to my Scenario 2. I am not quite sure which comes first, awakening on the part of the Americans or awakening on the part of other peoples. If the American people first wake up to reality (without taking a dose of the red or blue pill,) the implosion of homeland U.S., possibly through CWII, will trigger the collapse of the Empire from within, most probably without WWIII. And if other peoples wake up before the Americans, the collapse of the evil American Empire overseas most probably through WWIII will lead to the collapse of the United States of America with or without CWII.
I've noticed lately that as the tensions keep heightening over Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, not a few Americans have started fear-mongering about the imminent WWIII as if they are looking forward to a full-fledged warfare. Actually they almost fantasize about the sci-fi-like horror involved in it. On the other hand, they just brush aside the likelihood of CWII presumably because it's too real. They fear more than anything else that if they wake up first, they have to fight a bloody war with their compatriots. That is why they always assume a feigned resignation about the inevitable WWIII in the face of the moment of truth.
Another thing that makes them flinch at the idea of CWII much more than WWIII is the fact that unlike we Northeast Asians or Middle Easterners, most of the contemporary Americans haven't had a firsthand glimpse into real apocalypse in their lifetime. This is often true even with those in their 60s and 70s because surprisingly many of them dodged the draft in one way or another in the Vietnam era. Small wonder they don't have the slightest idea of what it is really like to suffer under the Armageddon and its long-lasting aftereffects. After all, the biggest humiliations they have experienced throughout their self-deceptive lives are nothing more than Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Now America is a country headed by a silver-tongued Kenyan monkey who still makes believe the U.S. can "reset" everything it has done to the rest of the world since the onset of the American Empire.
These days I have a mixed feeling every time I listen to a speech Ron Paul delivers at a campus rally or town hall meeting. On the one hand it's heartening to see a growing number of people coming around his cause of liberty, but on the other, the striking resemblance between his audience and those cultists who flocked around the black Messiah four year ago keeps bugging me.
As you already know, their favorite incantation is "End the FED." In fact, though, not a single Ron Paul supporter has ever come forward to suggest specific action plans to repeal the 17th Amendment and demolish the 99-year-old central bank. This indicates that these "Blue Republicans," and the white Omamas alike, have learned absolutely nothing in the last four years. I hear in the deafening cheers always erupting from the huge audience at Ron Paul rallies an unmistakable sound of the entire system crumbling. I don't really care where learning-disabled Americans are headed; it's none of my business. They really deserve their fate. Yet this is a bad news for me, too, because now it seems very likely that my country of birth remains a colony of the dying empire till death do them part.
But there is a good news, too. · read more (75 words)
Thursday, November 24 2011 @ 10:08 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
CBS Building located on 6th Av., NYC
Take a look at this video. Perhaps you don't like the obtrusive way this person named Alex Jones presents his news stories.
Neither do I. Whether you like him or not, however, he is one of the very few reporters who have shown the courage to reveal the fact that on November 12, CBS manipulated the results
of its poll taken after a debate among Republican candidates.
Now it looks as though the entire nation is so panic-stricken in the face
of the looming Armageddon that the American people have started to think they would be better off settling for the status quo. This is the only way to explain why they don't care too much about the news that Ron Paul's bid for the presidency is now going to be aborted by the media criminals amid the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Needless to say, this will make Obama a shoe-in for his second term as U.S. President.
You may wonder where all the protesters in Wall Street have gone?
Don't worry; these occupiers are doing a good job for Obama exactly in the same way the millions of Red Guards did for Mao Zedong in the era of the Great Cultural Revolution, misled by his tricky words (造反有理) that literally meant protests against authority were always encouraged. If
you bother to look at the muddled words in the Liberty Square Blueprint or the 99% Declaration,
you will see what I am talking about.
From a Northeast Asian's point of view, it's an overwhelming fear of change being felt across the nation, even among street occupiers, that underlies
the current situation in the U.S., where election frauds are commonplace and always go unchecked. This is quite understandable. Any being, living or not, does its best to
resist change. Isaac Newton called it inertia. But that does not mean you can never overcome your sense of constantly being threatened if
you are not yet done for.
The only way out of the crisis is to FACE THE REALITY, wiping out all the
influence of indoctrination you have been exposed to in the past. Sounds familiar? Sorry to say,
however, I haven't met a single American who knows what exactly these three
words mean. Actually it involves two separate steps.
STEP 1: Stop parroting what your friend says is at issue and select your own concern or two, if only tentatively. Remember the basics of dialectical reasoning; it says the standard answer to a question is already given in the way it is posed.
What issues did you come up with?
The unemployment rate which has long plateaued at 9% level? Or the widening income gap that is supposedly leading to an all-out class warfare? If you think the President, or anyone else for that matter, can create
jobs out of thin air, or measures for income redistribution through taxes or social welfare programs can redress widespread injustice, your brain has been irreparably damaged.
Or is it
conspiracies by the secret cabal which have allegedly resulted in the never-ending
war on terror or other consequences such as Patriot Act? How stupid! Can you tell me what is NOT a conspiracy, by any chance? If you can't, you have to admit these conspiracies created by fringe theorists with the help of mainstream ideologues are more or less delusive and totally irrelevant to the reality of the 21st century. Although they haven't realized it yet, the Americans have already been deprived of the privilege to decide what is important, and what is not, to the rest of the world.
They are all false issues, or
at most, the consequences of mishandling of the real issues. I have an impression that the members of the now-famous 99-Percent Club, who are allegedly suffering plight, are, in fact, suffering from a severe mental illness symptomized by the inability to think using their own brains.
You shouldn't invent the wheel by yourself, however. This is no time to look around for fancy ideas all anew because what's lacking right now is something else. Fortunately, Congressman Ron Paul has already articulated
where to find the real issues facing America and how to possibly fix them.
You just pick some of them which you think are most relevant to you.
From a Northeast Asian's point of view, the single most important issue identified for us by Ron Paul is the one with the 700-plus military bases the United States maintains in more than 150 countries
in the world when it is on the verge of bankruptcy. Don't take me wrong, however. I have never idolized or deified the Congressman. The only thing that matters is the fact that he is the only person who points out U.S. monetary policy is deeply flawed and its foreign policy is morally obscene and fiscally unsustainable.
STEP 2: When you are through with the first step, try to INTERNALIZE the issue you have identified as most relevant to you. If you find out you can't really relate to it, return to the previous step because you have made a wrong selection there. Someone else's problem does not affect your life so profoundly as to require a tailor-made solution.
For more than half a century, the American people have played the
role of busybodies all over the world. As a result, they have lost the
faculty for internalizing things, something that distinguishes human beings from apes. To most
Americans today, it's always someone else's problem. That is why they didn't
take any action when CBS cheated on the poll results. They may have said, "Sigh! That's a shame," but that's it. It's as though the unscrupulous crime is being committed in a faraway country. The only exceptions are homeless, jobless or
penniless people. Unfortunately, though, these social outcasts normally do not know how to re-externalize what they have internalized.
The way of committing oneself to the selected cause should vary from one individual to another. But at any rate, the time for words is all over now. For the part of Ron Paul's campaign
offices, they don't have to recruit additional preachers because their preaching unit is already overstaffed. Appallingly, though, it hasn't crossed their mind that they are badly in need of first-line troops, i.e. doers. They should know that they can never overpower the Newtonian inertia just with words.
By the same token, street protesters should know the time for a picnic, an open-air (empty)
skull session or a football game against the squad from the NYPD or OPD has come to an end.
Now is the time for real actions, such as occupying 52nd Street at the corner
of 6th Avenue where the CBS Headquarters is located. · read more (38 words)
Monday, November 14 2011 @ 05:03 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
I am contented with myself - what I have been and what I have done throughout these 76 years mostly spent in this terminally-ill country. I am also proud of my Japanese friends who have made my troubled life worth living or more tolerable. Without their help, I would have lost my sense of self-esteem long time ago.
It is for this reason that I don't care too much about how my estranged American friends label me. Some of them implicitly say
this blogger should not be taken seriously because he keeps advocating
a crazy idea that the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation
and Security between the United States and Japan should be terminated immediately. Some others explicitly
say he is nothing but an old cranky negativist.
Believe it or not, throughout my life I haven't learned anything through
gratification. I am a person who can learn things only through humiliation.
Therefore, please feel free to call me names. I won't feel insulted if you address me as Jap or psycho. Instead, I will appreciate your
frankness as long as you abide by these Rules for Posting.
When I wrote here that I wanted you to refrain from throwing eggs at
me or among each other, I didn't mean that I would appreciate all these
cajoleries. Americans often address me as "a respectable person from
the respectable country." Every time you say these words, I am really pissed off as if you called me Jap because you are talking to one of those docile colonials of the American
Empire who never says what you don't want to hear. Either of us can learn
nothing from the exchange of such nice words. Besides, unlike many other
Japs, I devoted most of my adulthood to the cause of the independence of
my country of birth in one way or the other.
What I really meant by the word "eggs"
was non sequitor.
I believe that the bilateral security treaty is illegitimate simply because it was signed between Dwight Eisenhower and an undercover agent of CIA disguised as the Japanese Prime Minister. Also I believe that the U.S. President should send his Japanese counterpart a termination notice ASAP, unilaterally invoking its Article 10 because it's totally unimaginable that the neotenized Japanese take the initiative in leaving the rotten relationship before the inevitable demise of the U.S. Now let's assume you said, "I see your point, and yet, I want Japan to remain the cornerstone of
the East Asia policy of the U.S. until death do us part." Then, I would
say, "Your way of thinking is logically inconsistent." When you said the same
thing for the second time still without giving a logical reason, you would
deserve an derogatory appellation such as "an idiot" or any other
un-PC name. And if you came back once again to say the same silly thing, I would be inclined to use even more inflammatory words.
Another example: When the President of the United States said,
not for the first time, to the effect that the FTA with South Korea is
going to be a win-win deal, he was actually inviting racial slurs, at
least from my website. This also made America a downright rogue nation.
Perhaps, you wonder what underlies my extraordinarily nonchalant attitude toward political correctness. I think it may help you figure it out if you know I am an avowed Buddhism fundamentalist.
Of course, you Americans will never understand the tenets of Gautama Buddha
because you have already been fed a lot of exoticism, mystification and
many other distortions about Buddhism. Take the Sanskrit word "Satya" or 諦観 in Japanese for example. Actually it simply means looking at the truth as it is, not the truth as it should be, it will be, or it used to be. But your Japanese friends have taught you that the word signifies the
feeling of resignation with which the average Japanese accepts things as
they are, i.e. status quo. No wonder the American people
have no sense of guilt over what they have done, and they will do, to the Japanese and other
Another teaching of Buddha which is always misinterpreted by the Americans
is 色即是空・空即是色. Normally it is translated into English as "Form is emptiness, and
emptiness is form." To make it easier for the Americans with their
brains fatally impaired, I have once translated these words like this:
"Nothing really matters." Now they say they've got the idea, but wait;
they haven't, and perhaps will never. Take racial bias for example. When I say, "Ethnicity
doesn't matter," most Americans hear me saying, "All ethnic groups
should be treated equally and given equal rights and opportunities."
But this is an auditory hallucination particular to the contemporary Americans
because actually I mean ethnicity doesn't matter, no more, no less.
This is my part of the story.
It used to puzzle me why on earth all these educated Americans remain so
immature that they are extremely vulnerable to verbal abuse especially
from this part of the globe while on the other hand acting like rogues
who are so insensitive about hurting the Japanese and other Asian peoples
not only with their words but also with their deeds.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my American friends - thank God I still have
some - passed me a joke about the inner conflict of Obama together with
the link to an article on a Srilankan daily titled Obama Supports Lynching Africans in Libya. The joke goes like this:
White Obama: Damn them nixxxrs! Kill 'em all, boys! Black Obama: No, no, don't, don't, .... well, just this one time. But that's it! White Obama: Shut up, nixxxr! I'm in charge here! Black Obama: OK, massa. I'zzzza gonna be quiet. I'zzzza quiet. Yes'm boss. I'zzzza
From a Buddhist's point of view, this is funny but not really laughable
because this tells the tragic story about inner conflict of not only Obama
but also many other black, white, yellow and brown Americans who think the joke is tasteless.
As was true with Adolf Hitler, who is believed to have been 50% Jew, this
sort of inner conflict always starts when one fails to overcome his identity
crisis and inevitably ends up with a burning desire to punish himself. And when he projects
it outward, instead of destroying himself, he will kill wrong ones, endlessly. The worst part of the self-hatred projected toward someone else is the
fact that the underlying problem will never be solved even after the rampage. In comparison, a sound and straightforward hater is more benign because he stops
when his enemy, or himself, is eliminated.
The Chen family in the early 1970s
In this connection, I can't pass up talking about my respectable friend Lara,
Chen Tien-shi. She is 100% ethnic Chinese, but technically speaking, she has
been a Japanese national since 2005. When I first read her book titled Stateless, which is actually an autobiography, I was touched by Lara's story
about how she overcame her identity crisis as she grew mature. But at the same time, I was struck by her impeccable honesty. As
a self-proclaimed expert in lie detection, I know the author is not lying
to us because she gives every chronological detail about exactly where and when
she and her parents were born, and exactly how they grew up. If she had wanted to hold back something that didn't support her ethnological arguments, she
would have tried to gloss over, or simply suppress, certain parts of her bio to make her thoughts look coherent. As we all know, that is what self-denying American authors often do, most typically with respect to what they were doing or avoided doing in the days of the Vietnam War.
This past weekend, the yellow idiot (See NOTE 1) named Yoshihiko Noda went to Honolulu
to kiss someone's ass (See NOTE 2) on the sideline of APEC 2011 summit meeting. It's
an irony that he expressed to his black boss his willingness to join the
"preparatory" talks for an expanded Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic
Partnership in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Japan's restoration
of its tariff autonomy 57 years after the Convention of Kanagawa was signed. But the removal of tariff barriers is only part
of TPP. There are much more poisonous provisions to be included in the
agreement. For one thing, ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) clause, alone, will be the final blow to the already nominal sovereignty of this nation.
NOTE 1: I borrowed the word from leading independent daily Nikkan Gendai. If it's politically incorrect, it's not my fault. NOTE 2: According to informed sources, including Takeshi Nakano, Associate Professor at Kyoto University, an internal document in the Foreign Ministry specifies four purposes of joining TPP. Purpose No. 1: To give Mr. Obama a boost for reelection. · read more (60 words)
Thursday, October 20 2011 @ 09:04 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Every election cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us "change,"
and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political lexicon,
"change" always means more of the same; more government, more
looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more
unnecessary war and more centralization of power.
- from The Revolution by Ron Paul
Five months from now, these folks will be doing the same hanami, cherry-blossom viewing party.
Mao Zedong is often quoted as having said, "A revolution is not a
dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery;
it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous,
restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of
violence by which one class overthrows another."
If Mao were still
around, he would say basically the same thing with one modification and
He would replace the word "dinner" with "picnic" because
anyone in the 99% Club can't afford a decent dinner, let alone a gorgeous one, anymore. And he would
add something to his long list of what are not a revolution: "and
being glued to the computer all day long to splash 140 colorful words all
over the cyber space." As Doyle McManus of Los Angeles Times reminded us when arguing against the notion of Twitter Revolutions, "a successful
revolution continues to be low tech and still requires people to go into
the streets and risk their lives."
Unfortunately, though, a good part of the occupiers of the streets of New
York, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam still think a revolution is a picnic. The only peoples who seem to understand what Mao meant are the Greeks and the Japanese. You may wonder why you don't see a single me-too demonstration taking place in Tokyo. That's very uncharacteristic of the Japanese. I think the only reason Tokyo citizens haven't occupied the Imperial Palace or the streets of Nagata-cho and Kasumigaseki is because they know
nothing is more fun than getting drunk and singing along to the karaoke
tapes, ideally under the cherry trees in full bloom.
Needless to say, all members of America's 1-Percent Club are really terrified
of the fact that there still is some possibility, albeit remote, that Texas
Congressman Ron Paul becomes the 45th President of the United States. But
it's interesting to know that most 99-percenters are also fearful of his victory in 2012. Astoundingly enough, even those who are behind the former obstetrician seem to flinch at his unwavering resolve to perform a risky Caesarian section as U.S. President.
Actually they are not exaggerating when they say if Ron Paul goes ahead with his bold plans to balance the budget by 2015, it will have a devastating effect on the entire nation. He has already made it clear that he would cut the government spending by $1 trillion in his first year in office. This would certainly send
the already ailing U.S. economy into a tailspin. Simply it's next to suicidal. Under Ron Paul, America would look like
a panic-stricken junkie on his first day of the rehab program.
Back in 1951, French novelist Albert Camus wrote a book titled L'Homme Revolte (The Rebel). It ignited a fierce rebuttal from the opponent camp. Its leader Jean-Paul Sartre argued that a rebel is a clown because he always
needs his enemy to withstand his rebellious attack so he can remain a rebel.
By contrast, opponents of Camus went on, a revolutionary destroys his foe to
change everything including himself. Mao Zedong harbored a similar idea about
revolutions. He once wrote: "If you want to know the taste of a pear,
you must change the pear by eating it yourself." The implication is that the pear is no longer there, but that's what a revolution is all about.
The same irony precisely applies to people called critics, as well. Just imagine what will happen to an anti-China ideologue in the U.S. when the country ceases to exist as he may have predicted previously. He will be out of work at least for a while. To make his monkey business a going concern, he has to have extraordinary skills to find a false target of his criticism one after the other.
For decades by now, the Americans have been used to the revolutionary foreign policies
of their governments which all came down to the same, old "scrap and build"
tactic. Contemporary Americans, however, can't see the threshold
between a rebellion and a revolution when it comes to their own country. Although you may see an irony there, it's actually an inevitable consequence of the role of a busybody their governments have played in foreign countries.
Since childhood, Americans have all been indoctrinated not to internalize things. To them, therefore, it's always someone else's problem. That's why stupid Americans keep talking about change while staunchly refusing to
change their own selves.
Quite a few Americans have already started to worry about the consequences
of the Election which Ron Paul will most probably lose. According to these change-resistant
people, the U.S. under the new administration will look more and more like
the former Soviet Union or East Germany with more "police-state measures"
taken by the President. They say these measures will include an enhanced version of the Total
Information Awareness programs. · read more (261 words)
Monday, October 17 2011 @ 06:14 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
The poor Americans are having difficulty in coming to terms with the idea
that the world is no longer revolving around their country. Practically
all of them, from liberal to conservative, from those in mainstream to
those in fringe, from young to old, from rich to poor, still think it's
America that decides when to bow out from center stage. It can't be helped
because it took centuries even for the smarter Chinese people to abandon
their Sinocentric views.
As a result, they have lost their sense of direction completely. Now they don't know where they are headed. The crowds of people who
have occupied Wall Street and many other streets across the country are no exception. They only share a vague idea that something is fundamentally wrong. Wall Street is nothing more than a tentative target.
Some of the OWS participants carry signs that read: "This is only the beginning."
The beginning of what is something they don't have the slightest idea about.
This is reminiscent of anti-war rallies back in 2003. The most typical
placards said: "War is not the answer." But nobody could tell
what then the right way to respond to Bush's folly should be like. Now it seems very likely that all this fuss is getting nowhere.
Time and again, history has proved that in any spontaneous popular uprising such as the Paris Commune of 1871, it's more or less unavoidable that the people taking part in it "sleep in the same bed while having different dreams" as an old Chinese proverb goes. Now it looks as though some of the people hanging around the streets are fanatical believers in income equality. They are too empty-headed to tell thieves in Wall Street from the late Steve Jobs. On the other hand, more educated protesters seem to espouse the principle of self-reliance. As a result of the motley mix of people, the OWS now looks like a picnic, whereas it should look more like Civil War II.
Even worse; Wall Street occupiers, at large, are also too cynical to think they should develop a more narrowly-focused sense of purpose by weeding out counterrevolutionary elements. Yet, no one has come forward from among the mob to say it's an urgent task to direct the simmering anger of protesters at a clearly defined target, without killing their spontaneity and diversity. Now it is apparent that the Establishment can't wait that long to hijack the leaderless movement. News reports have it that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, for one, has already expressed her support to the OWS. Also, the stupid and obese white man, who made a fortune by writing a book about stupid white men for stupid white men, did the same.
If they still can decelerate America's march toward its total disintegration, or with luck, can even turn it
around, the only way to achieve this end is for the OWS participants to join forces with Ron Paul who has just embarked on his campaign for the presidential election 2012. If both sides opted to leverage each other's strength to the fullest, this would certainly make an explosive combination of the two different elements. Then, Ron Paul would be more than just electable.
This is the last chance for these guys and their fellow countrymen to wake up to the reality of the twilight years of the American century, and learn to conduct themselves accordingly. If these guys are going to remain disoriented until they lose their momentum, let's forget it all. America is done for, and that is that.
On the other hand, the Japanese are known to be copycats who do whatever they do only taking a cue from the Americans. But when it comes to a revolution, it's a different story. The Japanese are totally change-disabled because they have no tradition of revolution in the last 1,300 years. That is why they
have kept gawking at the OWS since its onset. They will remain so forever if an alliance fails to materialize on the other side of the Pacific. To them, it would amount to missing a once-in-a-millennium opportunity. Either way, this is going to be a watershed event in Japanese history. · read more (135 words)
Friday, January 21 2011 @ 02:11 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - this is not easy. - Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
I am a belligerent person who firmly believes every one of us has the right to
resort to homicide, including suicide, when all other means have
been exhausted to eliminate someone who stands in our way. This is what the Second Amendment
of the U.S. Constitution is (or was, at least) all about.
It's true what Jared Lee Loughner did in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8
constituted a first-degree crime, and yet, that does not necessarily mean
it was morally unjustifiable. Actually the first thing that popped up in
my mind when I heard the news was that the gunman had just targeted the wrong
As a result, Loughner unwittingly made a heroine out of a harmless "Green Dog
Democrat." On the surface, he can be likened to Lee Harvey Oswald
who made the mediocre President an instant hero in November 1963. In fact,
though, he is a far cry from Oswald because Mrs. Gabrielle Giffords is
not that important political figure, after all.
To me, the real implication of the assassination attempt is that the process
of America's Japanization is in its final stage now and cannot be reversed
Japan's Swords and Firearms Control Law has its origin in the Meiji Era
when samurais were prohibited from carrying around their swords, but
the fullfledged ban on portable weaponry was implemented for the first time when General Douglas
MacArthur issued a directive in 1946.
It is noteworthy, however, that in reality the comprehensive ban ordered by MacArthur has not made any difference to public safety in this country. Throughout
the Japanese history, practically no leaders, be it the Emperors, Prime Ministers or Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, have faced a serious attempt of assassination.
The way a dissident Japanese assaults a VIP is typified by the WWII veteran
named Kenzo Okuzaki who had narrowly survived the bloody battle in New
Guinea for the absurd cause of preserving the polity centered around the
imperial institution. In 1969, he "assaulted" the Emperor with
a kiddie's slingshot. Although the two small pachinko balls (pinballs) fell short of hitting the bastard, Okuzaki had to serve
a 13-year prison term. He could have used a firearm if he had really wanted
to kill Hirohito, but it was only in 1983 that he used one. At that time
he seriously injured a son of his former boss and got a shorter prison
From this, you can safely conclude that in no event do the Japanese show
the guts to kill their leaders. This is where lies a fundamental difference
between the Japanese and other peoples. Even Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped
assassination attempts on several occasions. That is why he chose to kill
himself in the face of the siege of Berlin by the allied forces. On the
other hand, it did not cross Hirohito's mind that he might as well disembowel
himself in the last days of the war.
Not that Japan is an assassination-free society - far from it. Quite a
few people have been murdered, either covertly or in broad daylight. Maverick
lawmaker Koki Ishii, for one, was stabbed to death in October 2002 when
he was digging into the dubious process of the "cleanup" of bad
loans at failed megabanks. Most probably, this wouldn't have happened if
he had been the Prime Minister at that time.
These are basically why Japan's imperial lineage has never been disrupted
in the last 2,670 years since the son of the Sun Goddess allegedly founded
A Wikipedia entry about the concept of Japanization also refers to it as
Tennoization (literally translated as Emperorization.) This is very correct because
in Japan, the Emperor, and the Prime Minister to a lesser degree, are fully guaranteed the safety of life no matter how they have caused their subjects to suffer an intolerable plight.
Now that the Americans have developed a tendency to direct their anger to the wrong ones, as the Japanese always do, the Black Dog at the
White House should rest assured that he will never be targeted.
With their nation increasingly mirroring Japan, the American people will
soon start killing each other, and sometimes their own selves. · read more (209 words)
I was in business in this country from 1959 through 2005. In the first thirty years of my
46-year career, I learned a lot about business from management experts such as Peter F. Drucker and industrialists
such as Frederick W. Taylor.
When I joined the Japanese subsidiary of Big Blue almost half-a-century
ago, I was impressed to see the one-word signs that read "THINK" all over the workplace. I was told Thomas J. Watson, Sr., de facto founder of IBM, had made it the company credo.
For many years that ensued, America was, to me, a "thinking nation" more than anything else.
Today I still have great difficulty getting used to an America that does not think anymore. Its people "think" they are still thinking as
their parents and grandparents did, but that is far from true. As has been
the case with the Japanese, they now use their retrogressing brains only to find ways to economize on mental effort. As a result, they are processing information
just on an ear-to-mouth basis. That's why they keep tweeting all the time these days.
On December 10, Bill Clinton visited Barack Hussein Obama at the White
House to express his support for the tax cut compromise reached between
the President and Congressional Republicans. When the former President
emerged from the briefing room, he told reporters that the two men had
had a "terrific meeting." At the end of his ad hoc speech, Clinton
"The United States has suffered a severe financial collapse. These
things take longer to get over than normal recessions. We must first make
sure we keep getting over it. We don't want to slip back down as Japan
Apparently, the American people think this was a clear manifestation of deep concern and firm resolve of the former and current Presidents about the problems facing the U.S.
But hold on a second.
From their empty, ill-defined and worn-out words, you can tell for sure
that Clinton and Obama have never really thought, or will never really think about the root cause of the problems, let alone
how to fix them. All they can do is to scratch the surface of these issues.
In his 1992 book titled The Bubble Economy, Christopher Wood, economic analyst at CLSA, wrote:
"America certainly suffers from an overdose of financial rot and empty
buildings, [but not to the extent that Japan did in the 1980s.] America
is an extraordinarily open society where the dirty linen is hung out for
all to see [whereas] Japan is devilishly opaque."
Wood's observation about Japan was right because it is true its people have
unrivaled skills to sweep unpleasant truths under the carpet. But he was
wrong about America. Despite the widespread myth about its openness, America isn't a "brutally transparent" nation anymore. Its leader needs to have good insight to find the "dirty linen" hung out in the backyard.
On the same false assumption as Wood's, the American voters have constantly lowered the hurdle for presidential candidates to clear. That is why they have settled for one thinking-disabled President after another in the last two decades.
To put it bluntly, most Americans can't think today.
You may ask what exactly I mean by the 5-letter word.
Once again, let's take the Japanese bubble economy for example.
To borrow Wood's words, "Isaac Newton arrived in Japan
in 1990." Ever since so many analysts and lay observers have talked about why, and how, the
bubble burst as if there is such a thing as a bubble that
never bursts. But not a single person, that I know of, has discussed why
and how the bubble was formed in the first place.
The typical passenger view often has it that the burst was nothing but
a spell of hiccups. That is why the Japanese have remained essentially unchanged
all along. As anyone with a certain amount of commonsense can tell, it
can't be true the people whose "diligence" and "innovativeness"
made the postwar miracle possible and the people who look helplessly inept
and purposeless today are two different species.
On the other hand professional analysts argue that the burst was one of those cyclic
things just aggravated by some missteps by the monetary authorities. Wood
argued in 1992 that as a result of the burst, Japan would have to change, as it did many times in the past, in order to "converge substantially with the West." He went on to say, "The country should emerge
from its current distress a fully signed-up member of the international
community, heart, head and maybe even soul."
But unfortunately for the CLSA chief strategist, that has not happened
in the last 18 years simply because people's "heart, head and soul"
are something you can't buy on the market.
Instead, Isaac Newton went across the Pacific Ocean in the fall of 2008.
When Clinton said he doesn't want to see his country slip back down like Japan did, with Obama standing alongside him, he didn't know what exactly he was talking about. The American
people should not assume the thinking-disabled former President has learned lessons from Japan's failure any more than Obama has.
Actually you can track back Japan's misfortune well beyond
the early-1980s. At least it dates back to 1945 when another brainless
President thought he was paving the way for the reconstruction of Japan.
It's quite OK if Harry S. Truman intended to build an unviable nation here
on the flattened archipelago because, then, the third vivisection next to the ones conducted in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was also a success. It's the world's most gullible Japanese who should take all the blame for the outcome of Truman's experiment. But what if Washington was well-intended? Then, it's a
different story; now it's Americans' turn to suffer all the consequences
of their leaders' inability to think.
I am not alone in seeing unmistakable signs that the entire nation of America is quickly getting Japanized in recent years. Presumably that is, at least in part, because of the obscene alliance between the two countries. In fact, it's very easy to become a white, black or brown Japanese; you just stop thinking. Then you start suffering just like the Japanese have in the last fifty years.
Yet, I don't know if the American people will wake up to show their resilience before it is too late. It now all hinges on their willingness to resume thinking, instead of just swallowing all the hogwash they hear from policymakers
of both camps, or mainstream pundits and scholars covertly retained by them.
If you are ready to start your thinking-exercise right away, here's my tip: · read more (231 words)
Wednesday, October 14 2009 @ 03:08 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Outside of the Islamic sphere, sodomy does not constitute a crime. And yet
"conservatives" in non-Muslim countries, especially the U.S., are untiringly insisting that homosexuality is a sin. This is really ridiculous; there cannot be any moral implication in people's sexual orientations.
As far as I know, the only American "conservatives" who rarely talk about the gay issue are Ron Paul and Sarah Palin. Certainly they know homosexuality is not a moral issue, let alone a political one.
It seems to me that conservatives' allegation against gays is essentially self-contradictory because the word "homo," almost by definition, indicates that gays are downright conservatives. They fear anything new and different, and feel at ease only when there is no challenge for change. To them life is unbearable if it has to be a voyage in uncharted waters.
For that reason, they always choose to stay with people of the same feather or same gender. The last thing you can expect from them is to accept, let alone initiate, new ideas or innovative ways of doing things.
In recent years, self-proclaimed "liberals," too, have started
raising their voices, as if gays are not conservatives in nature, to demand special privileges be given to them just for being gays.
In truth, however, homosexuality is not a vice, let alone a virtue, but a deadly disease that disables its sufferers to change. The only privilege these sick and sickening people really deserve is confinement in mental hospitals.
With the gay issue constantly politicized these days, I can't but feel pity for straight Americans. On the one hand liberals are depriving them of their right to openly express disgust toward disgusting things, and on the other, conservatives are forcing them to feel obliged to invent phony moral grounds every time they say they don't like tomatoes, or whatever it is they don't like.
To make the pathological issue a little more complex, the two different sexual orientations often coexist in one person. Such a case is sometimes called bi-sexuality, but a more
vulgar way to refer to it is AC-DC.
The U.S. president, for one, is an AC-DC.
On October 10 he attended
the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign where he reaffirmed his
commitment to ban the discriminatory treatment of gays in the military.
According to a wire report by Associated Press, the president received a standing ovation
from the crowd of 3,000.
This is an unmistakable sign that Obama did not really mean it when he said, as he did thousands times, that he would bring about change in America.
The best thing the American people can expect from their leader is a mere
metamorphosis. Underneath the "change" on the surface, the progression
of the American disease will further accelerate. Most probably by the
end of Obama's first term, America will have fallen terminally ill.
For my part, I am 120% hetero.
Throughout my life I have always distanced myself from homos and AC-DCs
because I have believed that the change-disabling disease is highly infectious.
When looking back on my adulthood, I realize all anew that not a single
man could cause a change in the course of my life.
As I have always maintained, young women often remain unassimilated at the bottom
of "the chain of oppression" in this helplessly male-dominated and supposedly homogeneous nation. Small wonder that men have never outshone women in Japan, although
the opposite has not always been true. That is why I could encounter a certain number of Japanese women whose charms were so irresistible that I tried hard to change myself to deserve them.
It was through these relationships that I learned you can really change only when you become involved, in your entirety, with someone who is potentially your change agent. To be more explicit about the word "entirety," you've got to be committed to your mate from brain to genitals. Without internalizing the challenge facing you this way, you can't change yourself, let alone the country where you live.
Admittedly, though, some of my male friends and kin, especially my late father, have had a certain influence on me. But in the absence of romantic attachment to them, they have never been a major driving force for change. · read more (121 words)
Each era has its own way of thinking. In history a new way of thinking has always started with abstraction of things because almost by definition a new era cannot be a mere extension of the old one. If you just "reset" the past without conceptualizing it, as the U.S. President habitually does, you are doomed to see history repeat itself.
The beginning of the American Century
roughly coincides with the emergence of the philosophical movements generically
According to my American Heritage Dictionary the word is defined like
Philosophy. The theory, developed by Charles S. Peirce and William James, that the
meaning of a proposition or course of action lies in its observable consequences,
and that the sum of these consequences constitutes its meaning.
Simply put, usefulness is the value. This was a very straightforward
manifestation of the American way of thinking. We used to admire the American people for this directness - but not anymore. Where can we find it in Obama's fake socialism?
The first book written by John Dewey, one of the founders of pragmatism, was published in 1903 under the title of Studies in Logical Theory. It is said that Dewey authored 40 books in his lifetime, but after him, not a single American to date has thought it necessary to update, let alone overhaul his thoughts or other pragmatists'. This intellectual laziness has taken a serious toll on the cultural and political climate of the United States. As a result pragmatism has now been reduced to a mere representation of ignorance and arrogance.
I have nothing against their obsession with usefulness. Yet I don't want to agree to their way of thinking until I ask them an important question: "Usefulness is quite OK, but useful for whom and what purposes?" In the past the Americans
could readily find a convincing answer. But these days, most of them make believe they don't hear me. If I insist that my question should be answered, all they can say is: "Who knows? Who cares? We are too busy to toy with philosophy. It's totally irrelevant to real life".
The vulgar answer simply indicates that pragmatism itself has long outlived its usefulness in America.
Although it remains to be seen what kind of philosophy will supplant pragmatism,
it's high time for the Americans to demonstrate their ability in abstract thinking. If they don't wake up to the fact, say, by 2016, that only through abstraction can they come up with a new set of values most everyone can share, they will certainly see the final curtain fall on the American Century, and we non-Americans will scornfully say that these guys with defective brains really deserved their demise. · read more (414 words)
Like Abraham Lincoln or Karl Marx, I am a firm believer in physiognomy.
As anyone with an unclouded eye can tell, a person's integrity, or absence of it, never fails to surface over time. Not only that, most of the time you notice it at first glance. At least it doesn't take as long as 48 months to unmask a person you are dealing with. Virtue, or vice for that matter, is not something
that is solidly encased in the crust. And underneath the skin, there are only flesh and bones - nothing else. In short, what a human being looks
is what he or she really is - no more, no less.
Early last year, Samantha Power, then-top aide in Obama's campaign office, likened Hillary Clinton to a monster. Admittedly this Power woman had a keen eye. But I don't want to be sued by the Monster Anti-Defamation League which then issued a statement complaining that "being lumped together with Hillary Clinton is really a low blow." So, I will try to use politically correct words here to describe the new U.S. Secretary of State. Otherwise, an anti-defamation league of monsters or lxars might take me to court.
From the viewpoint of this Japanese blogger, she looks like Madame Pinkerton
as much as she deserves to be called those un-PC names.
In Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly," a U.S. naval officer by the name of Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton comes over to Nagasaki aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Soon after he marries a geisha and fathers a boy named "Sorrow,"
Pinkerton gets repatriated. When departing, he promises to return
"when the robins nest in the spring." He does not abide by his
promise. When he finally comes back, the spring is long gone, and he brings along his real wife Kate. The geisha disembowels herself with
her father's sword. · read more (516 words)
Saturday, January 03 2009 @ 02:38 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
The November Mumbai incident has enlivened crisis-thirsty political pundits in America
and the rest of the world because the terrorist attacks on the luxury hotels in India's largest city reignited the six-decade-old hostility between India and Pakistan. Some panic-mongering analysts warn that we might see an unexpectedly serious fallout should the fourth war (some say it's the fifth) break out between the two Asian nuclear powers.
In late December American journalist Nathan Gardels interviewed Zbigniew Brzezinski
over how Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser had briefed Barack Obama on crucial geopolitical issues in Southwestern and Southern Asia during the presidential campaign.
In this interview, Gardels asked: India has said they have the right in
self-defense to strike militant sanctuaries in Pakistan if Pakistan can't,
or is unwilling to, do the job. This is what Bush has done; it is what
Obama has promised to do. Why should India not do the same?
Here's Brzezinski's answer: Theoretically, from a debater's point of view,
the argument you have laid out is correct. However, any sane person has
to ask "what has the U.S. gained by attacking these sanctuaries other
than inflaming Pakistani public opinion?" Have we destroyed the Islamist
networks? Why would India be able to do any better?
When the interviewer approvingly summarized his answer by saying, "In
other words, it wouldn't be wrong, but stupid," Brzezinski said, "Precisely." To be more precise, however, I would have paraphrased these arrogant remarks this way:
America is the only country that is allowed to make mistakes.
I have no idea about who has granted the U.S. the privilege to constantly err, but I'm sure he now feels like giving a second thought to his decision.
Aside from the question of why the two Americans think India should
be able to outdo their home country in dealing with Pakistan, both gentlemen should have asked
themselves these questions:
- Why did President Johnson sign the absurd (or hypocritical at best) treaty
meant for nuclear nonproliferation?
- Why did President Nixon ratify it?
- Why did President Nixon not do his best to stop India from pursuing its nuclear aspiration?
- Why did President Clinton not do his best to prevent Pakistan from acquiring WMD? · read more (531 words)
Saturday, December 20 2008 @ 10:06 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (Serenity Prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous)
The more the American people act like busybodies, the more the other peoples
act like crybabies. Busybodies often mix up the war on terror with something else. On the other hand terrorists and their supporters, emboldened by rightful "blowback" everywhere else, keep complaining as if they were the victims of terror.
Actually this vicious circle dates back as far as to the days of WWII when a Democrat
was sitting at the Oval Office of the White House. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the next American President will
further ratchet up this busybody policy line, learning no lessons from the failures of his predecessors. This is more tragic than it seems at a glance especially because now is
not the right time for the U.S. to meddle in foreign affairs.
However, this is not
to say that in no event should America intervene in what is going on in the terrorism-sponsoring
countries. To the contrary, the U.S. should further intensify its diplomatic, economic and military pressure
on these rogue nations wherever the situation warrants. But at the same time, it should forget about the false mandate to overturn a dictatorship everywhere else only to rebuild that country from scratch on the one hand, and police the rest of the world on the other. Instead it should act more
unilaterally, more on a "country first" basis and in a more focused
Bilateral or multilateral strategic partnerships and military alliances are quite OK only where such an arrangement is believed to serve the U.S. interest. In fact, though, you can hardly find an ally whose interest does
not conflict with yours in this intricate world. To form yet another buddy-buddy club and name it G-X in a convoluted world like this one, you've got to believe in a fairy tale that a friend of your friend is always your friend. Actually the only thing you can count on is the fact that an enemy of your enemy can sometimes be your friend. By the way: for any country Japan is the worst choice to make friends with because the "pacifist" nation has no enemy at all. Everyone thinks Japan is in feud with China. But the notion is totally imaginary because the country cannot afford to break ties with its big brother and neither can China afford to break up with Japan, though to a lesser degree.
Unfortunately for the American people, they should be prepared for the next administration still acting like a person suffering from ADHD (attention deficit hyper-activity disorder.)
In the Election 2008, an astounding 69.5 million people voted for Obama presumably because of the guilty conscience they have inherited from their slave-owning ancestors
- at least subliminally. Leveraging this sense of guilt, the President-elect
will cerainly prioritize aid programs meant for the poor and the colored at home. He will
even extend his benevolence to big businesses, as he is already doing, where their employees are taken hostage. Overseas, he will also deal very nicely
with underdeveloped/developing countries and even the world's 2nd and 4th largest economies simply because they were victimized by the "American imperialism" in the past.
I sometimes liken him to an unskillful plate umpire at a ballgame. He
once called an obvious strike a ball. Then in the next inning, he intentionally
calls an obvious ball a strike to make up for the previous mistake. But
actually he has committed two errors in a game, which fatally damages his reputation. I think that's exactly what the next President and his 69.5 million followers are doing.
Let me add something here about the next President's favorite pastime. I bet that Obama will spend a considerable amount of time at the White
House toying with the Lists he will have inherited from Bush. It must be fun to add a nation to the list of terror-sponsoring
countries only to delist it at the first sign of softening on the part of the
subject nation, or to place a sex-slavery practicing country such as Japan
in the State Department's "Tier 2 Watch List" only to remove it from there when an ineffectual anti-slavery legislation is enacted in
that country as a token of respect for the Uncle Sam. It's regretful to know that the President-elect does not seem to have learned
that the Lists have done more harm than good to both sides.
All in all the Harvard-educated Santa Claus will lead his people to drift further
away from the Founding Principles, instead of extricating them from the curse of the
original sin. Perhaps he is too philanthropic to say, "Whatever you do is none of our business unless you stand in our way. After all it's you that suffers the consequence of what you are doing." By the same token the President-elect does not seem to have the guts to say that the people of any country deserve their leader no matter whether they have actually
selected him by suffrage. · read more (614 words)
If you've lost your way between Wall Street and Main Street, why don't you leave your worries on the doorstep and hit the sunny side of either street? You may come up with a bright idea to get through the hardship that will last another four years.
According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Kremlin-favored political analyst Igor Panarin said, "We must break the strings tying us to the financial Titanic, which in my view will soon sink." He based the provocative remark on his own crystal-ball in which he sees an imminent breakup of the United States into six independent states.
Aboard the imaginary Titanic, Gordon G. Chang flatly dismissed Panarin's prediction as hogwash in his recent piece posted on the Contentions website. Mr. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China, one of the most intriguing books published in the first decade of this
century. That makes his rebuttal to Panarin all the more convincing. If you still prefer to subscribe to Panarin's prediction just because you have been growing bearish over America's future since the breakout of the financial crisis, that would be turning the causal relationship upside down.
But this is not to say that it's a breeze for the Harvard-educated Santa
Claus to usher his country into the second American century. Actually,
if the President-elect does what he is saying he will as soon as he is
sworn in, nobody can rule out Panarin's malicious scenario no matter how
it looks counter-intuitive today.
At home, Obama's version of the New Deal is doomed to exacerbate, rather than turn around, the situation by chronicizing the disease because he is focusing on the wrong part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's package: the mechanisms FDR put in place just as temporary measures. For one thing, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was founded based on the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. Roosevelt, the banker-turned President, is believed to have disliked the idea of building safety nets across the nation. But at the sight of some 4,000 banks going under, he thought the enormity of the problem would warrant a temporary deviation from his principle. That's why he reluctantly refrained from vetoing the bill as an emergency measure. Once the FDIC came into existence, however, it didn't take long until the organization, along with the mindset associated with it, became a going concern. · read more (747 words)
Throughout his second term in office, George W. Bush has been despised
as the second worst President of the United States only next to James Buchanan
who mishandled the secessionist demand for the independence of the Confederate
States of America. One and a half century after the Civil War and four
years after Bush's reelection, some 63.8 million learning-disabled Americans
picked the wrong person as their leader once again. Astoundingly, they claim that they
are making history.
On the morning of November 5 (JST) I was watching live the "historic
moment" on ABC's Vote 2008 program. The podium that President-elect
was going to take was fenced in with 2-inch-thick, 10-foot-tall bulletproof
glass walls as if it was a dictator who was about to
show up to declare the birth of a socialist regime. In his victory speech,
Barack Obama urged the huge congregation of blacks, whites, browns and
yellows to rally behind him for the cause of reconciliation between different
ethnic groups, classes, genders and generations, as if to echo Chinese
leader Hu Jintao who in recent years keeps preaching harmony among his
1.3 billion people.
A little before this took place in Chicago's Grant Park, John McCain gave
his concession speech in Phoenix, Arizona. His way of bowing out was a
little more graceful and sincere than Obama's way of wording his supposedly
touching address. But just the same, the Vietnam War hero failed to win
over people's hearts and minds in part because he is a Republican, but
more importantly because McCain's campaign could not afford to buy up the
seven TV channels for a 30-minute primetime "informercial"
at an estimated cost of $4 million. · read more (743 words)
Thursday, October 16 2008 @ 06:53 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Japan's Finance Minister gives wrong tips in Washington
President Bush and Henry Paulson should have known that they couldn't afford
the time to ask the Finance Ministers from Group of Seven countries for
tips on how to turn around the situation for the following two reasons:
1) The financial turmoil triggered by the failure of Lehman Brothers is
a challenge primarily facing the American people. If this can be fixed
at all, it's none other than the Americans who can fix it. It's been proved
time and again that they can reinvent their nation all on their own.
2) Asking Finance Ministers of G7 nations for their advice on how to stave
off the total meltdown of the financial system, as Bush and Paulson did
last week, is a total waste of time. Especially Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan's
Finance Minister, told them the "success story" about how his
country could recover from the burst of the bubble economy in the 1990s
by injecting an enormous amount of "public funds" into dying,
sometimes dead, financial institutions. The bailout funds totaled 46.7
trillion yen ($458 billion in today's exchange rate). But the fact remains
that Japan's rescue plan did not work with the Japanese failing to learn
bitter lessons from the bust. Back home, Yamato Life, for one, filed for
bankruptcy protection on the same day Nakagawa was delivering his lecture
in Washington. The insurer's President Takeo Nakazono shamelessly attributed
his company's failure to the "unexpectedly fast depreciation of securitized
subprime loans." Bush and Paulson should have known that Japan's prescription
has been tested unworkable. · read more (531 words)
Saturday, October 04 2008 @ 11:23 AM JST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
In the wake of the near-meltdown of the entire financial system, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed into law the 700
billion bailout package presented by President Bush and Secretary of Treasury
Henry Paulson, with John McCain and Barack Obama fully supporting the plan in a truce
unprecedented in the history of presidential elections. Now it's increasingly evident that there are no fundamental differences between
the policy lines of the two camps. Neither do we see a major difference between President Bush and the self-styled maverick Republican.
These days we are asking ourselves: "Would
Governor Palin have voted for the bill if she were a congresswoman and
had not been picked by McCain as his running mate just to fill the '18 million cracks' Hillary Clinton had left behind?". Most probably she would have voted against it because the bailout plan
is one of those "bridges to nowhere" the Alaska governor is not inclined to subscribe. Palin's way of thinking now looks much closer to Ron
Paul's than to the Republican presidential candidate's.
Even after the bill was sweetened by the additional tax breaks and the cap on
the deposit insurance raised from $100,000 to $250,000, there still are 171 lawmakers in the House who think the emergency measure is unacceptably
"un-American" and nothing but a "financial socialism."
This indicates that America as a whole still has some resilience
with which to potentially get back on the right track on its own. Admittedly, though, we cannot expect
either McCain or Obama to bring about real change. · read more (212 words)