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"Psst - While You Were Gibbering, the Ruling Class Rigged the Game and Won Everything":

As I consider the stunningly trivial and monumentally stupid commentary offered by almost everyone in this election season, a season that already promises to be among the most ghoulishly and sickeningly dishonest of my lifetime (which is not short at this point), I am often brought up short by one question that forces itself into my consciousness many times a day: How did it come to be that so many people are so willing to believe and propagate so many lies? ... Lies would be bad enough; what is still worse is that the truth has been inverted completely. Obama has adopted every critical view of the ruling class, as he would have to since he intends to be the ultimate ruler of that class.
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This election campaign will be especially awful for anyone still capable of the most minimal kind of rigorous thought, in significant part because we have the triple- or quadruple-twist of the Obama lies on top of all the lies that are regularly trotted out every four years (and on a lesser scale, every two). We are told about how "important" it is that we vote -- although for many of us (including me, since I live in California), our votes are altogether meaningless on the presidential level, to say nothing of newer voting methods, which make one wonder if all of this is nothing but a charade for idiots -- and we are told of the glories of "participatory democracy" and how splendiferous it is to hear "the people's voice."

These are the idiotically empty cliches and slogans of our civic religion, which serve to drug "the people" into apathy, into granting the ruling class still more power, into taking part in these vacuous exercises in "democracy," and into colluding in a massive coverup of the truth of what has transpired over more than a century and is now set in stone: this is government of the ruling class, by the ruling class, and for the ruling class. Barring severe economic collapse (more than possible), widespread global war (also more than possible), repeated natural catastrophes (similarly more than possible), it shall not perish from the earth -- until it implodes as the result of its own rot and corruption, as have all similar systems in the past. Assuming disasters on a massive scale don't occur, it's probably here for your lifetime at least.

This latest Arthur's post is a sequel to his earlier essay, "How Deeply Stupid Can Progressives Make Themselves?".

Arthur's come-back post after a 40+ day hiatus and an absolute must-read, the quintessential Silber in a way.

(P.S.: I am SO relieved Arthur is back, I was starting to really worry!)

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Submitted by inna on

my knowledge of HTML is rudimentary at best... let's see if this will work:

Even if we assume that Obama genuinely wishes to alter our political system, the critical point is unchanged: one individual cannot do it. It is folly to believe otherwise. More bluntly: it is deeply, profoundly stupid. And the truth is very different from this idiotic fantasy: Obama is the perfect embodiment of the system as it now exists. He will challenge it on no issue of importance. To the contrary, he will advance the goals of the ruling class and ensure that the powerful are fully protected. He will lie to you about all of this, as he already has on numerous occasions -- but as I have noted, many Americans, including many liberals and progressives, are enthusiastically willing to believe anything.

cool, it worked! :)
now, if i could only learn to use embedded links (on this site), "mastering" embedded links has been on my list for a while...

in fact... i've been meaning to ask about this for a while actually... would it be possible at all to post a reference table/guide for HTML options available for Corrente users?... or maybe at least link to one, for those of us who are HTML-challenged?... :-) just a thought.

Submitted by lambert on

and you will see what to do. The basic principle is: "If you open it, close it."

The HTML options are listed under the little blue triangle called "Input Format" when you are editing.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by inna on

... for editing my post and pointing me to the wonderful and enlightening (but well hidden!) little blue triangle thingie! :)

link to the HTML help section from the "Input Format" page was also very helpful (although extremely well hidden as well... IMHO, it deserves to be on the mast! :)

thanks again.

Submitted by lambert on

Arthur was there, first, for a lot of this. Which makes him very, very painful to read.

UPDATE Also, Inna, it's classier to put the URL in markup, since it makes the post a lot more readable. In fact, I think I'm going to fix that markup now.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by herb the verb on

So that's what they're calling them these days!

Do they "improve performance"?

Seriously, thanks for pointing it out, I'm going to go "block quoting" today!

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Submitted by apolitiko on

.....to Arthur Silber that is.

Been reading his past posts like a maniac.

We are told about how "important" it is that we vote -- although for many of us (including me, since I live in California), our votes are altogether meaningless on the presidential level, to say nothing of newer voting methods, which make one wonder if all of this is nothing but a charade for idiots -- and we are told of the glories of "participatory democracy" and how splendiferous it is to hear "the people's voice."

My sentiments exactly.

Submitted by lambert on

He's one of the greats.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.