C’mon, the Court doesn’t make the rules, it interprets them. Blame the legislative assemblies that make the law, or the voters that elect them, or the propaganda machines telling the voters what to think, or the wealthy and powerful that produce the propaganda… the Supreme Court is simply the last check and balance…
The real trick is to maintain the illusion that there is a left or a right and that there is a democratic choice to be made between ideological standpoints.
In truth whether one chooses to support a system bias based on social or individual primacy the system itself does not change.
The problems with the system are not necessarily political but tend towards the structural; overconsumption, overpopulation, species depletion, declining EROEI, over competition… etcetera.
The political solution to these natural resource problems trend more and more towards the “hope for a magical tech fix” so that no one has to actually change anything.
The so-called right sees less problem promising more fake reality.
Took a trip on a sailing ship
And when i reached the border i made a stop
Asset inflation has recently been repeated all over the world since the US Fed and other banks started printing money in 2008-9, nor is this a new problem but rather inherent to the private property paradigm.
The simple truth within the paradigm is that policies with significant social or environmental value will not be supported politically unless there is a corresponding economic value.
One could introduce “boplikt”, limit the number of investment properties or increase tax on investments but these policies tend to limit growth.
And the bald truth is that the democratic majority support asset inflation once they own assets and therefore no serious political party is actually interested in depressing GDP growth as a solution.
Depressing growth being, by the way, also the solution to a number of other problems posed by the growth paradigm; climate, consumption, loss of biodiversity, mass emigration, war, etcetera.
Sadly the majority will never choose it as long as the promised alternative is to get more and more…
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows
We can see it coming, feel it working, approve our genius in harnessing it to do work, especially now as the cold northern winter or the (increasingly) warm southern summer approaches. In our general theory of evolution, energy efficiency and the power to command are leading natural selection criteria. One might even assume that life came about simply because the laws of the system required a more efficient dispersal of that bombardment from the sun, life freed energy.
So, energetic forms, life as coded individuals which group together in colonies, alike although incapable of conscious realisation. These overcome all regulatory rules until they degrade their environment to the point that it no longer supports the scale at which they want to do work. The colony either dies off completely or re-establishes at equilibrium and encodes the understanding. Over eons of time one might presuppose that life has fully experienced and encoded an infinity of Olduvian cliffs. Nah, can’t go that way mate, dead end! Imagine, colonies of individuals committing environmental suicide, lemmings following the groundhogs, since time immemorial. Either you go insane and call off the whole thing or you code towards self-awareness. Where life is assumed to be an emergent property of energy, and is encoded to use energy, then the conscious realisation of this is an obvious step.
It is indeed probable that the metabolically optimal brains in humans are evolved simply to realise the principles of life stability and implement them into culture, the brain bringing sanity to life. We know the abyss is there and we can self-regulate through culture, including gods or other beliefs. We do not need to be re-coded as a dead end. Many cultures have practiced these principles intuitively and modified their culture thus. The daoists point out that life accumulates in the dark, the “quiet mysterious receptacle of stillness”, seeing it as something invisible that rains down, the ‘prana’ of hinduism, the ‘mana from heaven’ in the jewish tradition, the ‘itz’ of the mayans.
But self-regulation is fraught, whatever the argument for guns, germs and steel. Cultures that have embraced individual risk taking and competition have harnessed more energy and power across generations. Civilisation, when the cost and benefit can be deferred by more than the average 3 score and ten, has triumphed over, and generally savagely subjugated, other cultures. This civilisation assumes that power, technology and wealth will ensure future prosperity. They cry out ceteris paribus and cannot see that nothing is alike in the harmonious oneness.
And so we find ourselves, in very temporary state of energy abundance, where the message in the dominant cultural narrative is that accumulation, the pursuit of individual human gain, must trump the life supporting aspects of the biosphere. The accumulators of wealth and power send out a constantly evolving message that reinforces their power; worship ye private property and consumption, and above all, do not ye think upon the consequences. The lawmakers have already been convinced that “there is no other way”, that the milk and honey is just a little further down the same path. Even as the collective sees in the evidence of their own eyes that the message is almost entirely false, they are threatened with their own extinction if they wander off.
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Where a civilisation is not interested in other than self, even a scientific recognition of the danger of excess and the degradation of life has little impact. In developing a theory to explain the ice ages, Svante Arrhenius, in 1896, was the first to use basic principles of physical chemistry to calculate estimates of the extent to which increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) will increase Earth’s surface temperature through the greenhouse effect. Consumption of concentrated life energy increases the energy in the system.
In 1865, the English economist William Stanley Jevons observed that technological improvements that increased the efficiency of energy use led to the increased consumption of energy in a wide range of industries. He argued that, contrary to common intuition, technological progress will increase fuel consumption. Saving energy does not reduce demand any more than green technology does, increased availability actually drives demand. Civilisation has brought us to the point where we are literally consuming technology and energy in order to store digital wealth, while starving other cultures.
And it is foolish to ignore technological progress has created positive feedback, civilisation is enormously propitious, at least for some. But technological progress is, at least so far, a product of energy not a producer of energy. Science, like a post-modern Cassandra, has been sidelined to narrative, despite the general recognition of its observational truth. The implications of unlimited growth within a finite system are well known, but it is as if our energetic consciousness is both a little bit terrified of not existing today and a little bit curious what is over the edge of the abyss.
As James Lovelock postulated “we reject the evidence that our world is changing because we are still, as that wonderfully wise biologist E. O. Wilson reminded us, tribal carnivores. We are programmed by our inheritance to see other living things as mainly something to eat, and we care more about our national tribe than anything else. We still find alien the concept that we and the rest of life, from bacteria to whales, are parts of the much larger and diverse entity, the living Earth.”
Imagine the collective relief, if we simply stopped making something as wholly useless as weapons, we would meet the Paris targets the very next day! You do not defeat weapons with greater weapons but with a greater cultural understanding that using energy for the destruction of life is a bad thing, a cultural dead end. We need to stop getting an F in ethics and demand that the Masters of War step away from the edge. We can quickly find out if it is already to late to make rational collective demands if the FN bans all weapon production.
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
And to be quite honest, it probably doesn’t matter, life is the absurd and this here and now is almost certainly just a small finite step in this semi-infinite repetitive loop. The same rules apply to everything on this planet, even conscious self-regulating colonies. You either die off or you establish an energetic equilibrium and encode the understanding. The only difference is, since we have the illusion of choice, we might just as well choose life.
Whales going cheep (sic)
Turns out the whales do still actively retain the the knowledge of the dodos and as such are not all that concerned about the temporal nature of things, a somewhat zen attitude they ascribe to their penguinal contempts, fuck the dolphins, they never learnt to fly more than ten feet or so.
Anyway we (the whales) attempted an uprising in the late 1890’s, feeling disrespected by Melville, I mean dumb brute indeed, you consume our bodies for profit and deny us the will to say enough already, ffs, if only the weight og the atmosphere didn’t depress our lungs we would come out there
So, our attitude is perhaps not so zen but more an acceptance that if you wish to destroy us you may have the wherewithal, whereas we can only say ipso facto, due to our fatness and somewhat watery existence, we can not so destroy.
We will speak without seeking individual gain, exist without the need to proclaim it, we are, not because we think but in spite of the fact. We recognize ourselves as temporal, we will all expire by all means, either ethically considered fair or foul, no need for any philosophy of fight or flight, there is no other possible escape from this world other than ceasing a sentient existence within this plane.
Fuck you Melville, the power that limits man is infinite, cogito ero sum, the limit of infinity is x/zero.
Communication via whale is not scientifically valid, the views expressed here may vary between individuals within a species, the beluga are for example way more pissed, seeing their babes are literally being eaten by the rich.
90% of the energy captured by organic life on the planet has been turned into money in the last 150 years.
One wonders if money is all we will have left
‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it’
Cute enough but a logical fallacy since learning from the past is in fact the leading cause of repetition. It is a lack of general agreement about which learnings to apply that is stifling progress. Perhaps if we chose instead to learn from the future and in doing so create it.
Life relatively succinctly; self-replicating coded physiochemical information in an artifactual biological form, decipherable so far only to the biological form who evolved from the code and the wrote the rules for reading it. Did the code rediscover itself after evolving ‘ud af intet’ so that it could question its own existence, cogito, ergo sum? Chicken. Egg. Infinity can only be absurd from the perspective of something that has evolved a conscious recognition of time with a defined beginning and end.
Is there somewhere within our DNA a hint as to where you came from or where you are going. This has so far been a matter for futurists, where are we going, what will happen when we get there, how will time affect us.
Time being of course the observational effects of the change in matter cascading from the first cause, is easily able to be observed, planned for, and thus manipulated. I can change the future, but that is the future as soon as the effect is caused.
Futurism the new normal, climate change is forcing everyone to look into, modelling the effects of effects – the code tells you how to think but what tells you what to think, ideas are taken from the ether or simply realised, as a result of how the code manipulates sensory input data in order to evolve the desire to self-replicate.
Ideas are simply an end to a means, the code seeks to realise the potential for harnessing physical forces to do work to consume excess energy, in doing so it is assumed the conditions for consumption and self-replication would improve.
You are really only allowed one choice in the modern market democracy, left or right, help others or help yourself, black, white, Jesus Christ, in reality they are all the same thing; consumption wanting to happen.
‘Those who learn history are doomed to repeat it’
matter: physiochemical information in an elemental form.
life: matter in an artifactual biological form that captures free energy to recreate the form.
time: the apparent experience of the interaction of matter and energy within space.
futurism: Reporting the probable change in matter, the flapping of a butterfly’s wings, every collapse of every quantum wave, the new normal.
climate change: Looking into the past we have modelled the effects of effects. The combustion of 100 million years of stored solar energy in a few generations heats the planet. The heating continues until the combustibles are combusted. To paraphrase a political great: “There is no other way”.
politics: Left, right, left, left, right. Help others or help yourself, that is the basic ideology, but the choice is not real. To paraphrase a literary giant: “Between these two fallacies there is no middle position; or, rather, there is a middle position, but we seldom hear much about it. One ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously two or more ideas on a subject without one invalidating or, in a sense, affecting the other.
The energy paradox
All information coalesces
Do not eat of the the tree of life and knowledge for the day you eat of it you shall know what it is to die.
In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
To know of the word is to know of death.
In the souls of men, and proportionately in those of all animals, they are inseparable, because excellence of soul implies great capacity for knowledge, which in exposing to men the unhappiness of humanity may be termed unhappiness itself. Similarly, a life of greater intensity involves a greater love of self, manifested in different ways. An increased desire for happiness is a consequence of this self-love and increased unhappiness, because of the impossibility of satisfying this desire, and as the unfortunate condition of humanity becomes realised. All this is decreed from the beginning of creation, and is unalterable by me.