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I have no problem with Ray’s mentioning me in his recent emails. We are friends, although we have never met.
His sometimes rather extreme takedowns of what I characterize as the Faux Left are essentially on the mark. There is no longer a significant Left anywhere in the Western world, let alone America. There are only representatives of the Far Right, mirroring the ludicrous Punch and Judy show acted out by the Republicrats and the Demoblicans, who meet later at the Country Club for drinks and dinner, with the tab picked up by their handlers who, in turn, are employed by the Donor Class.
What I want to talk about in this email is the deep background of this situation.
In order to encompass the Big Picture, from a perspective sufficiently distant from the three-ring circus our eyes are usually glued to, we are looking at a geopolitical tectonic shift that I summarize in this way, “the West is sinking and the East is rising.” This process is as ineluctable and unstoppable as the progress of the San Andreas fault: “It forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, and its motion is right-lateral strike-slip” – Wikipedia.
This follows the pattern of all empires, a rise and then a fall, following the same trajectory as Isaac Newton’s apple. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. We buddhists put it down to karma, cause and effect, much like ripples in a vast ocean, an endless maze of actions and reactions that, as is said, even the buddha couldn’t unravel. From beginningless time.
We have only history to give us a clue to at least the proximate causes of the pickle we find ourselves in. For the sake of brevity, let’s confine ourselves to the period that began with the European colonization of most of the world. The beginning of the Western Empire. For details there’s nothing better than Eduardo Galeano’s ‘The Open Veins of Latin America.” It’s not a pretty picture, though understandable, requiring only a basic acknowledgement of how ambitious people prioritize money and power over any other considerations. And, unfortunately, the scum rises to the top.
At least, so it goes in samsara, meaning the world of confusion, conflict, neurosis, chaos. The cause of samsara is ignorance, arising from the fixation on, the reification of, the illusory self, aka ego. The alternative is sanity, a subject beyond the scope of this message.
Bringing things to a close, I’d like you to know that for the past fifteen years I have had a series of websites that attempt to aggregate the best reporting and commentary on the most interesting and important things going on around us. The current incarnation is called ‘SitRep: The World‘. Let me know what you think of it.
Thank you for your attention,
From: Zwarich <email@example.com>
Sent: May 29, 2022 11:25 AM
To: Ron Unz <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Zwarich <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Cole Harrison <email@example.com>
Subject: Meeting At the Last Waterhole?
The Human Family, the bond of sacred family love between woman, man, and child, is the very heart of human civilization. It is from this holy grail, from this ‘sacred’ bond, that families drink together from each other’s love. It is from and within this sacred bond of the Human Family, that Human Civilization itself is passed laboriously from one generation to the next.
Oh, little darling of mine
I just can’t believe it’s so
Though it seems strange to say
I never been laid so low
In such a mysterious way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again
”No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss customs or institutions of his society, for these are the wisdom of the generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history. A youth boiling with hormones will wonder why he should not give full freedom to his sexual desires; and if he`s unchecked by custom, morals or laws, he may ruin his life before he matures sufficiently to understand that sex is a river of fire that must be banked and cooled by a hundred restraints if it is not to consume in chaos both the individual and the group.”
You read about Samson, all from his birth
He was the strongest man ever had lived on earth
One day while Samson was walking along
Looked down on the ground he saw an old jaw bone
Then he stretched out his arm and his chains broke like threads
And when he got to move, ten thousand were dead