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High Taxes and American Greatness

The Golden Era of American Greatness occurred in large part thanks to the highest taxes in U.S. history, as shown in the graph below [1]. Those taxes paid for an unprecedented national infrastructure, massive technological innovations, advanced education, a relatively … Continue reading

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Guns, Media, and Money

The United States was built upon five things that are biting us hard in the ass right now: 1. A literally religious mythology of divine favor. 2. A culture founded entirely upon buying and selling goods. 3. A revolution conducted … Continue reading

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An Avatar, not an Aberration

This gunman is anything but “alone.” This smug little monster took the words of Ted Nugent, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Megyn Kelly, Phil Robertson, Laura Ingram, and so forth at face value and then … Continue reading

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Not Sanskrit for “Doormat”

Recently – especially within the last week or so – I’ve had a number of folks tell me that they used to idolize me and my work for opening their minds, and yet they’re somehow surprised that I feel disgusted … Continue reading

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Murder, Terrorism, Treason – Call Them What They Are

MURDER. (a) Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Every murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing; or committed in the perpetration of, or … Continue reading

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It IS About Race

You can say that this is not about race. But you’d be wrong. Oh, it’s not ONLY about race. It’s also about economic class warfare, militarized police forces, the profitability of fear-based mass media, and the pervasive culture of bullying, … Continue reading

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“BRAINS!!!”

The Zombie, as an archetype, is perhaps the most socio-political monster of them all. It says, in effect, “Your neighbors want to kill you, so maybe you should kill them first.” Although its many cultural incarnations all reflect the universal … Continue reading

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Mystic Rhythms: Rumble (Music, Magic & History, Part V)

If I could find a white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel, I could make a billion dollars. – attributed to Sam Phillips, owner of  the Memphis Recording Service, and the man who “discovered” Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash … Continue reading

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Mystic Rhythms: Anything Goes (Music, Magic & History, Part IV)

The sound is the freedom. The chord don’t mean nothing.– Ornette Coleman, interviewed in Andrew Zuckerman’s book Music   (Image from Powerchords: Music, Magick & Urban Fantasy; art by Bryan Syme) If blues is the Devil’s music, then its offspring … Continue reading

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Art is Work; Work has Value

(Image by Evangeline Neo of Evacomics; used by permission. See http://www.eva.sg/.) Art is work.  This is true of all artists: writers, musicians, dancers, photographers, actors, filmmakers, and so on and so on. All of it demands skilled labor, training, materials, passion, … Continue reading

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