Monday, March 11, 2013

Conservative on Target! 3/11/12

Hey, Where’s My Corporate Dystopia?: The past several years have been witness to any number of distasteful spectacles in American presidential politics as Barack Obama has transformed himself into a hybrid of priest-king and celebrity — caesaropapism as filtered through the sensibility of Hollywood, The Golden Bough meets Us Weekly. The perfect expression of this was Michelle Obama, surrounded by the splendid plumage of her ceremonial military guard, presenting an Academy Award as the assembled Central Committee of Celebrity Inc. prostrated itself before the blessed image. Our ministers of culture like to think of themselves as the bold few who Speak Truth to Power, but in fact they could not be more abject in their subservience to power. And as Sean Penn’s pilgrimage to view the soon-to-be enshrined carcass of Hugo Chávez reminds us, the more naked and brutal the power in question, the deeper the genuflection it inspires. [This whole post is strange but oddly transfixing. JS]



"A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body." -- John Stuart Mill

Winning the Message:
1) Re-befriend the media. 
2) Stick by your principles, regardless of what the polls show.
3) Keep it simple, honest, and sharp. .
4) Find real examples.
5) End the circular firing squad. .
6) Stop being petty. 


Nurse Ratched and the Therapeutic State: The most pernicious development of the Therapeutic State is the reductionism of things moral to the physical. Under the specter of government mandated healthcare, personnel can compile into a clearinghouse almost everything about you, apparently including whether you have a firearm in your residence. Furthermore, a society that has deconstructed morality into lifestyle preferences normalizes what was once considered in traditional America as deviance. The tendency to view moral choices that manifest as cruelties, addictions, and criminal activities into biological and cultural pathologies is ultimately ethically confusing, thus dissolving conceptions of good and evil into a deterministic fog that hamstrings moral accountability. Societies that descend into the morass of therapeutic reductionism invert the moral universe and magnify relatively innocuous health matters into civil sins while reserving judgment upon or even validating immoral lifestyles and sexual proclivities that not long ago were viewed as wicked, diseased, or narcissistic at best.

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