War Is A Rich Man's Game: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

War is always powerful people making up fake reasons for poor people to kill each other.

Capitalism is working great if you ignore how it's about to destroy our ecosystem and kill everything.

Socialism is the collective's best self-defense against sociopaths.

In the old days the rulers would kill those who criticized the dominant power structure. Now they just make sure such people never ascend to prominent platforms or positions of influence.

And, if that fails, they kill them.

Most of what gets called journalism today is really just advertising. Advertising imperialism, capitalism, status quo politics, status quo mindsets. All this fuss about journalists leaving for Substack and stuff is really just outrage over people leaving the advertising industry.

Imperialists see the American people as nothing more than local fauna who need to be kept from interfering in the business of the empire. That's why keeping Americans poor and ignorant has so much institutional support; it keeps the local fauna away from the gears of the machine.

Supporters of western imperialism are always wrong because the western empire is always wrong. The western empire is always wrong because imperialism itself is immoral and requires the perpetration of great evils to maintain. It's really a lot simpler than people make it seem.

The only way to justify support for western interventionist foreign policy is to believe that western interventionism is ever actually humanitarian in nature. The only way to believe western interventionism is ever humanitarian in nature is to be an intellectual infant.

Don't buy into the narrative that Democrats are resisting leftward movement in order to appease Republicans. It's so much worse than that: they're not appeasing Republicans, they're appeasing their own donors. 

One hundred percent of the people who claim the Democratic Party has moved "too far left" think "left" means having pink hair and yelling about gender pronouns.

I don't "equate" the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. I don't equate Sauron and Saruman either; they are two separate and distinct characters. But they damn sure work together.

All this ridiculous mass media gushing about the Biden administration's pathetic, paltry relief package would make the propagandists of the world's worst dictatorships blush.

People keep saying "It's better than nothing" about Biden's pathetic relief package. A roll of nickels would have been better than nothing, that's not an argument. If I steal a hundred dollars from you and then give you back a dollar, "It's better than nothing" is not a valid defense of my abusive actions. People are suffering under an abusive system that's wholly controlled by Democrats. End the abuse.

You can tell how predatory a civilization is by how many other civilizations around the world speak its language.

The thing we don't say enough about World War 1 is that it was completely meaningless and accomplished nothing beneficial and happened for no legitimate reason at all. The thing we don't say enough about World War 2 is that it was essentially just a continuation of World War 1.

In a right-wing imperialist civilization that is nowhere remotely close to realizing a leftist revolution, putting a large amount of energy into arguing about who has the best brand of leftism is vapid intellectual masturbation.

Dear rich people, please choose one:

A) End poverty by paying your workers more.

B) End poverty by paying more taxes.

C) Buy the political/media class and use it to keep your wealth and power.

To decide to "put down roots" is a privilege denied to us by the ambitions of landlords and the predatory class. No wonder so few people feel invested in what happens to the country beneath their feet. We are but itinerant workers without soil to plant trees.

Keep in mind when you declare that all humans are predators who are only motivated by competition, you aren't telling us what we are, but you are telling us what you are. I hate competing but I love helping so I know you're wrong about me, but you must be right about yourself.

Wikipedia is one of the most aggressively narrative managed parts of the internet, to the point where you can now look at it as essentially the oligarchic empire's Official Doctrine of Everything.

Joseph Campbell says there is no way you can use the word "reality" without quotation marks around it. In our society the same is also true of the words "democracy", "liberal", "freedom", and "news media".

The more your oppressors wear you down, the harder it is for you to work up enough energy and entitlement to say no to them. The privileged are not subject to such pressures, and are therefore able to maintain robust boundaries, while the rest of us are too tired to say no.

Users and abusers understand this principle as well. Exploitative bosses, abusive partners, overbearing family members, they understand that they can wear you down in myriad ways leaving you too tired to say no to their demands just as well as the imperialists understand it.

The competition model does not work. People competing with each other for jobs and money, nations competing with each other for dominance and resources. It simply is not conducive to the thriving of our species or our planet, as evidenced by our current predicament.

It's just such a waste of energy. The competition model ensures that the near-entirety of innovation and effort gets lost in the inertia of pushing against our competitors, with only crumbs remaining for thriving. We'd completely eliminate that inertia with a collaboration model, and from there we could use all that free energy to create a beautiful world.

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