How to satisfy a spiritual appetite.

When I look at today’s political problems I can’t help but notice that our leaders have destroyed their souls. Why would I notice that? Well, I think that when a person becomes powerful there is usually the possibility for them to transition from physical power, from intellectual power to finally a kind of spiritual power. What if our leaders have become spiritually bankrupt and they can no longer make that transition? What I’m seeing around us all in the year 2021 can be easily explained when you realize that our leaders have lost their soul’s connection to a life of the spirit that would serve to connect them to the world with a sense of what’s valuable.

I got on this train of thought when I noticed Congress’s loss of power. Congress is supposed to do tasks assigned to this body by our Constitution. I’ve noticed that Congress as a body isn’t doing its job. Members of Congress aren’t taking care of the way our nation spends money. They aren’t overseeing our voting systems to make sure they have fidelity. They aren’t writing legislation that nurtures our country. They aren’t solving problems. They are a group of people presiding over a wasteland of failed projects. They fight and bicker and threaten. The longer they stay in power, the more disconnected all of them seem from all of us. How sad. They exist in a land without a spiritual connection to all of the valuable things in life. It isn’t hell but it’s a place where none of them can make good things happen anymore.

Let me make this a little less woo woo for you. Think of the covid restrictions. None of them accomplished the stated goal of preventing infection. When infection wasn’t prevented, the restrictions should have been removed. Instead they were increased. Even now they continue as a form of compliance without belief. This makes people in politics feel powerful as they fail to create social value with their decrees. See…no spiritual transition to a simple question like “What good thing can be done now?” Instead we continue under bad leadership toward processes that create no value. Only control without value.

You would be technically correct to point out that covid restrictions have been put into effect mostly by governors after President Trump said it was up to them to decide what to do on a state by state basis. Governors aren’t in Congress. Treasury policy isn’t Congress either. Abuse of the monetary system in the Treasury and Federal Reserve is overseen by Congress but it isn’t done by Congress. Yet, Congress is the sovereign body of the United States. Corrupt tyrant sovereigns own responsibility for mismanagement more than any other body in governance.

So what I’ll say is that our leaders now serve as an example of what not to do…what not to become. Perhaps not every member of Congress is soulless. But Congress as a body isn’t soulful. Don’t you go that way. Just because Congress has given up most of its cosmic sovereign purpose doesn’t mean that you should do likewise. Keep in mind the importance of our fellow men and women and the importance of our natural rights. Remember that Congress is supposed to protect the life, liberty and property of its citizens. It’s failing us.

Congress has lost a connection to bringing value into the world. They are destroyers of value instead. When Congress promises you a new healthcare program, imagine looking into their soulless eyes when they tell you that. Say no. When Congress promises you an experimental mrna vaccine supposedly to save you from an illness, imagine their empty vacuum filled hearts and say no to that. Get some exercise and good nutritious food instead. When Congress promises to give you money after they destroy your ability to make a living, I know you might have to cash a check or two from them, but don’t plan on it becoming permanent. Someday soon the checks from Congress will all bounce. Because Congress lost its soul and without having a spiritual connection to what human beings value, Congress can no longer lead the nation toward anything of value. Whatever Congress promises to do for you, hear them with the knowledge that they are destroyers now. Not builders. Say no to that world of destruction.

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You can turn away from that soullessness. Humans know what is valuable because we are born with that knowledge and many are nurtured in that knowledge. Were you? Don’t make deals that lose for you your connection to others and to our beautiful living world. Keep your soul healthy. Look at religions and find the technologies that can save your soul’s connections to what is really of value. Put your life’s energy into those kinds of connections. Don’t get talked out of having a spiritual life by a Congress that’s multiplying money without installing any value in it or in anything they are doing. Congress is destroying our nation. When Congress acts scary, remember that their behavior doesn’t recommend itself to you. Because having a soul matters.

Who is waging infowarfare against America?

I can see information warfare in media stories. Information warfare provides a competitive advantage to some viewpoints over others and can often make people feel confused or disheartened or by contrast, overconfident about a viewpoint without a valid reason. Some people try to define fake news by putting all the sites with stories they don’t agree with in the fake news site category. That’s not, however, how most of us think of fake news. So to be clear, I think that fake news is media on the internet, or in the publishing world that puts false narrative side by side with true narratives. Often this can confuse issues and raise passions, polarizing the nation. It can control outcomes in our political landscape but without a valid foundation. Only after an event has happened can a media consumer find out what was true and what wasn’t and then only if they have a copy printed of the story they were following.

Information warfare guided by bots on social media can inflame some topics by making one point of view appear more popular or more widely accepted than it really is. Social media, a phenomenon that is only about 15 years old is reshaping public opinions and making viewpoints more extreme. Think of it as a Hegelian argument on steroids. The Hegelian argument isn’t like the Greek dialectic. Greek arguments are about discovering what is true and what is false or what is good vs. what is harmful. The Hegelians don’t argue that one point is better or more true. Instead, every argument is treated as having similar value and nothing gets decided…only considered. That sounds so open minded which seems good at first, but what it can lead to is that some arguments that are false don’t get discarded when they should be discarded.

An example of Hegelian narrative is what happened in media stories after the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse. Mainstream media in broadcast tv and radio never got around to explaining what went wrong or how to prevent a recurrent financial collapse. Instead, there were numerous know nothing points of view on display in a constant Hegelian cycle of endless discussions. I got the information I wanted about the 2008 financial collapse from a book titled All the Devils are Here: The Hidden Story of the Financial Crisis, by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. But most Americans never saw a copy of that book. Online and broadcast media sources endlessly discussing topics in finance failed America. Only McLean and Nocera gave Americans the information they needed to understand.

Social media does something similar to Hegelian discussions… every argument is available and some are spread more widely than other arguments that might be more valid. Bots pose as people liking a post and it can look like thousands or millions of people approve of a post when there aren’t many at all. Any claim can appear to be of greater value than another based on bot likes. Sadly, this assay of Hegelian value isn’t based on evidence that might prove that viewpoint is valid. It isn’t even based on authentic opinion. It can serve to convince people that an invalid viewpoint is widely accepted.

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Jaron Lanier says that social media can be used as a kind of behavoir modification strategy that influences people to subtly change their viewpoints, gradually making them more and more extreme. He specifically warns against using social media. He says that people should ban it from their lives.

Since the 2020 election inauguration day, on the 20th of January, media sponsors have limited the discussion of vote fraud by media pundits. No one is allowed to raise that topic in radio or on tv. A multitude of public concerns have come up. The public now doubts the fairness of our electoral process. Many Americans have become concerned about electronic voting fraud and that concern is also my greatest one. But there were many other forms of fraud from ballot stuffing to backdating ballots to fake ballots being printed without being processed through a real voter and cast in the 2020 election. Many witnesses gave afidavit testimony. Crimes appear to have happened and none were prosecuted.

Unfortunately, America’s voting concerns haven’t been addressed by the American justice department. Despite massive evidence, no one has been arrested. I visited some of my neighbors this week. Some of them are so worried that they are not able to sleep. They think that our government is full of cheats and liars. Are they right? And how will their concerns be addressed? Will electronic voting be fixed?

At the beginning of the IT revolution, people were hoping that society would benefit from the new technologies. We weren’t expecting social media to be weaponized as a technique of mass behavioral modification that creates polarizing viewpoints and discord. At this point, none of us should trust social media or the information revolution to be benign. Some of our experience shows us that it can be really harmful and destructive of social neighborliness. Social media and broadcast media are failing to serve us as resources that help our society come to agreement about what might be best for us. Instead they make us freak out, and fear our neighbors.

This is infowarfare. Who is behind it? To be sure, we can name corporate sponsors in broadcast media that are squelching discussions about voter fraud. We know that portions of our government ignored voter fraud and appear to have accepted it or denied that it happened. Broadcast media reports about government in the new Biden Administration are actively threatening people who raise concerns with cancel culture plans against ordinary people asking reasonable questions. And of course, there’s social media companies that have been actively censoring discourse on their platforms.

All of these groups appear to prefer globalization to Make-America-Great strategies that many advocated for America because so many everyday Americans outside of the political and IT groups have experienced economic decline under globalization, financialization and neoliberalism. Are globalizers also plotting against nation states? Nation states are the only political entities in the world that protect natural rights. They are the world’s most stable strategy for peace since the Peace of Westphalia established nation states in 1648. Nation states help to prevent religious wars like the Thirty Years War. Nation states also invented diplomacy based on Italian City State strategies which has reduced the frequency of wars. Global institutions don’t do that.

Who else is networked with the globalist corporations, governments and social media companies? How many foreign powers have influenced our 2020 election? There appears to be a coordinated network attempting to block discourse and vote fraud resolution. How can we get around this blockade?

If All the Seas Were One Sea…

If all the seas were one sea,

What a great sea that would be!

And if all the trees were one tree,

What a great tree that would be!

And if all the axes were one axe,

What a great axe that would be!

And if all the men were one man,

What a great man he would be!

And if the great man took the great axe,

And cut down the great tree,

And let it fall into the great sea,

What a splish splash that would be!

–Mother Goose

Circumventing voters shows how little is on offer to motivate Americans.

For a long time now, Americans have experienced life at a stand still. IT has been reorganizing how banking is done, how people find work, how people get their information. But what does IT offer people that engages their best potential? What does IT give Americans that enables them to achieve, to grow, to excel, to make progress in their own lives? While the economy has been reorganized by IT, opportunity has been shrinking not growing, the middle class has been going away, and many don’t know how to get ahead in this IT run world where no one is accountable to Americans for the declines that they are facing in income and political power. Somehow, computer algorithms have short circuited the accountability of people who are running those algorithms and ruining people’s ability to hold politicians and bankers and corporate operators accountable.

If Sidney Powell is right, IT voting machines have now manipulated election results to change the apparent outcome of the 2020 election. I’ve read arguments on-line that suggest that the Democratic party had no other choice but to manipulate the vote because they couldn’t field a worthwhile candidate that would beat President Trump. And this argument went on to say that the necessity of winning made cheating necessary too. I don’t believe that that’s the kind of necessity, the necessity to win that matters in this election.

The necessity that matters in our republic is for a President to be elected through voters that approve of him or her because in a republic voters elect representatives they feel will represent their interests. That’s the necessity that matters more than winning. No one will have any respect for any other kind of “winner.” The violence that is reflected in this 2020 election fraud is likely to spread and although others say that they fear more future election fraud, that’s not what worries me. I worry about a wholesale loss of legitimacy in our politics that would eventually lead to a breakdown of order.

The ancient political world cared about necessity and reciprocity as forces that shape political outcomes. Necessity includes a normal human lifespan and the ordinary goals that engage people’s energy and agency. Reciprocity is about how violence or kindness are paid back eventually in human societies. A good political plan would avoid thwarting people’s ordinary needs and would treat humankind with respect in the interests of maintaining a respectful society. It seems like game theory has entered into the political gambits of today. But game theory seems to neglect these ordinary kinds of care for necessity and reciprocity. Peril follows this neglect.

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I’m waiting to see what will happen on Wednesday. Will Congress remember the importance of legitimacy in our nation’s 2020 election or will they evade legitimacy in favor of a different political option that offers the promise of an entirely different political outcome than the one that would have been determined by a legitimate vote? We will have to wait to see what happens. I hope Congress will embrace legitimacy and avoid peril.