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December 10, 2016

Technocracy and False Technology Go Together

Filed under: GMO Contamination, GMO Corporate State, Scientism/Technocracy — Tags: , , — Russ @ 8:58 am

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Here’s a good example proving yet again that the USDA and EPA premeditate the systematic contamination of crops and the overall ecology by GMOs.

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It also provides a good demonstration of how these bureaucracies adhere to a pro-biotech ideology for its own sake. Indeed, just like engineers, bureaucrats will naturally hold a bias in favor of alleged “hi-tech solutions” because this dovetails with their cult of expertise. This is the alleged need for technocratic bureaucracy to exist and wield power in the first place.

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Technocracy and high-maintenance technology each foster the other. The deployment of “hi-tech” is falsely alleged to require the existence of technocratic bureaucracy. And then technocracy sees its mission as to aggrandize hi-tech deployment, both for the sake of technology as such and in order to justify this bureaucracy. This remains the ideology and action of the bureaucracy no matter how irrational the technological deployment is in theory, and no matter how much it’s empirically proven in practice to be a failure and to be destructive.

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This sums up the ideology and action of the EPA, USDA, and FDA. (It also means it makes no difference who the political appointees are within these cadres. The bureaucracy as a whole is united against humanity and the Earth.)

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In reality neither the technological deployment nor the technocratic government are necessary. On the contrary both are harmful and destructive, and humanity will be much better off when it gets rid of both.

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15 Comments

  1. Russ, you watching the Red Scare 2.0 show go down? NYTimes and WaPoo are claiming anyone dissenting state-sponsored “news” is “fake” and that they are “real” and the aforementioned should be flagged by Facebook/Google as not credible. They’ve also whipped the peasants and their pitchforks up into a Lord of the Flies frenzy and have blamed Russia for Hillary’s failed coronation. Pass the popcorn. The empire is collapsing before my eyes. I actually think the psychopaths in charge are trying to escalate WWIII. Syria isn’t playing out as planned….

    Comment by Pete — December 16, 2016 @ 7:41 pm

  2. They (the elites and their cults among the populace) certainly seem to want WWIII. Nothing else could explain their actions so well.

    But then it really does seem like this civilization is going literally insane. The elites have been increasingly deranged for a long time, and I can’t regard those who still believe in electoralism as being fully sane. They’re very stupid, yes, but also mentally ill. No other theory fits the evidence.

    Politics is Dead. Meaning, there is no one who’s rational, sane, and/or willing to take necessary action, among all recognizable politically-inclined groups, including self-alleged “radicals”. For my own world view, I’ve had to make a clean sweep of the whole lot of them. At least in the West, humanity is at ground zero, rock bottom.

    So what shall be the new way forward? What are the new ideas which can invigorate the human spirit and drive us to the necessary action? That’s what I’m feeling my way toward. The outlines aren’t yet clear.

    Comment by Russ — December 17, 2016 @ 2:48 am

  3. I was actually surprised your site didn’t make the blacklist. Yes, they are going to have to move Orwell’s books to the non-fiction section. I think it was Joel Salatin that discussed the need for “disturbance” before new growth can be optimal. Of course, I’m not referring to economic “growth” (the world needs steady de-growth), but the growth of new ways forward. Perhaps we are witnessing the disturbance phase. The old paradigm is going through its decaying process.

    Comment by Pete — December 17, 2016 @ 8:05 am

  4. Thanks for being surprised, but this site seems way too obscure to get such validation. What a boost that would’ve been! Once I start writing for real I need to break out of this obscurity, one way or another.

    Disturbance, you mean trampling in the manure and the chickens picking it apart? Yes, the new growth, the true growth, needs for its manure and compost to be well blended. Especially where we start with such denuded dirt, not even soil it seems.

    If the old paradigm is decaying, the composting will have a hell of a lot of detoxifying to do.

    Comment by Russ — December 17, 2016 @ 8:52 am

    • Yeah, seems like they went after more timid and higher volume ‘dissidents’ like NC, Counterpunch, and Truthdig (Hedges) by lumping them in with actual junk sites. Some useful dissenting analysis at some of these places but as you know, they provide a fence line around certain meaningful topics of discussion. You probably didn’t win enough popularity contests to earn a badge. Regardless, the loss of narrative control by state-sponsored establishment media has launched them into a desperate attempt to censor information diversity. The internet has threatened the ‘MSM’ monoculture.

      “If the old paradigm is decaying, the composting will have a hell of a lot of detoxifying to do.” …..BOOM!

      Comment by Pete — December 17, 2016 @ 9:11 am

      • It sure is desperate. Outside of liberal imbeciles who were terminal cases anyway, I can’t imagine it doing anything but backfiring, by highlighting the Orwellism of it all.

        Corporate Propaganda Is Real News

        Human Dissent and Fighting Back is Fake

        Comment by Russ — December 17, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

  5. Russ,

    The comments are turned off on your “Formal
    Credentials” post, so I’m responding here.

    I thought you might appreciate the following quotes from Ivan Illich’s “Deschooling Society”:

    “School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”

    “Schools are designed on the assumption that there is a secret to everything in life; that the quality of life depends on knowing that secret; that secrets can be known only in orderly successions; and that only teachers can properly reveal these secrets. An individual with a schooled mind conceives of the world as a pyramid of classified packages accessible only to those who carry the proper tags.”

    “The re-establishment of an ecological balance depends on the ability of society to counteract the progressive materialization of values. The ecological balance cannot be re-established unless we recognize again that only persons have ends and only persons can work towards them.”

    “Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being “with it,” yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.”

    “Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them.”

    “Carry a candle in the dark, be a candle in the dark, know that you’re a flame in the dark.”

    Comment by Marina — December 18, 2016 @ 9:24 pm

    • Those are right on, Marina. The real measure of freedom is the ability to act, and anyone burdened with “things” and the lust for things, or hemmed in by the society dedicated to the idolatry of things (Mammon), can never be free. Nor can such a society be a free society.

      I haven’t gotten around to reading Illich but each time I see him quoted it’s always to the point.

      High-flown notions of building wisdom and character comprise the foundation myth of universal public schooling. The reality is that nascent industrial capitalism – the banks, railroads, and factories – lobbied for it. They had the great migration of illiterate and semi-literate, and not particularly docile, rural people driven off the land and into slums to become factory workers. In order to turn them into effective cogs, the capitalists needed for them to be taught basic literacy and to sit still and obey formalized “authority”. Universal public schooling was designed to fulfill those two purposes, and so it is to this day.

      No surprise that liberals fetishize it. I used to be somewhat surprised that, much like with scientism, self-alleged “radicals” who should know better (if they really analyze history and ideology the way they always claim) also tend to embrace this fetish. But gradually I learned that so-called radicals are almost all frauds, just radical-chic liberals.

      Comment by Russ — December 19, 2016 @ 3:06 am

      • Russ,

        I couldn’t agree with you more that “the so-called radicals are almost all frauds, just radical-chic liberals”

        Like you, I’ve had to make a clean sweep of politics and am looking for new ways to go forward.

        One thing I’m trying to do is learn about organic (non-GMO) gardening, and so I’m glad I discovered your blog by linking to it from the comment you made at Tarzie’s blog

        Another way I’ve been able to find inspiration is by discovering artists and writers who toiled in obscurity and are still largely unknown.

        For instance, a few weeks ago, rummaging through a flea market I unearthed a very unusual book called “Men God Forgot” (translated from French) by Albert Cossery, a writer I’d never heard of before.

        Reading him has been a joy and source of inspiration, and (like Ivan Ilich) his writing has helped me in coming terms with my own poverty.

        From Wikipedia:

        “Albert Cossery (3 November 1913 – 22 June 2008) was an Egyptian-born French writer…

        ….his writings pay tribute to the humble and to the misfits of his childhood in Cairo, as well as praise a form of laziness and simplicity very distant from our contemporary society.

        In 60 years he only wrote eight novels, in accordance with his philosophy of life in which “laziness” is not a vice but a form of contemplation and meditation. In his own words: “So much beauty in the world, so few eyes to see it.”

        His books, which always take place in Egypt or other Arab countries, portray the contrast between poverty and wealth, the powerful and the powerless, in a witty although dramatic way. His writing mocks vanity and the narrowness of materialism and his principal characters are mainly vagrants, thieves or dandies that subvert the order of an unfair society.

        He is considered by some to be the last genuine “anarchist” or free thinking writer of western culture by his humorous and provocative although lucid and profound view of human relations and society.

        The sageness of his works are monuments to the freedom of being and thought against materialism, the contemporary obsession with consumption and productivity, the arrogance and abuse of authority, the vanity of social formalities and the injustice of the wealthy towards the poor.”

        Comment by Marina — December 19, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

  6. Marina, glad to hear you like the site, and that someone clicked over from the comment at Tarzie’s.

    And that you’re getting into organic food production. This site is dedicated to the premise that agroecology and food sovereignty comprise the great way forward for humanity, and that here also is the one sector where we really can be DOING the full movement right now, really building the new within the old, as goes the aspiration so many allegedly have. Unlike with so many other things “radicals” claim to care about (let alone “progressives”), building the community food sector and pushing a wedge campaign to abolish agricultural poisons truly are things ready for full scale deployment which lack only the will to do them.

    But of course that would require focus, discipline, and relentless hard work, things which people on the internet seem allergic to. Thus what seems to be an extreme gravitational force toward Facebook and Twitter and such, places guaranteed to euthanize any organizational and activist potential.

    Meanwhile, on the other hand, almost all the people I know (personally as well as just online) who are involved in the action of community food and/or anti-poison campaigning seem determined to be as apolitical as possible. Either apolitical in the strict sense of the term, or else apolitical in the sense of adhering to status quo electoralism. Either way they’re allergic to any venture to develop a true political philosophy and grand strategy centering on food sovereignty, let alone actually committing their day-to-day lives to building such a social/cultural movement. Thus they too refuse on principle to go anywhere but Facebook, as far as communicating online. It’s an institutionalized anti-organizational practice, a way to guarantee nothing is ever cumulative, nothing ever becomes philosophically coherent, everything remains ad hoc and naive (in the strict sense of that term), and no true way-of-life movement ever evolves into existence.

    I was really cursed. I’m the exact opposite of pretty much everyone in the West. I have no private life and am a pure public citizen, a pure political animal. So of course I remain totally ostracized, despised when I’m noticed at all.

    Well, all that’s by way of explaining further the dilemma we’re in. (“We” being anyone who actually wants to do anything political in this life.)

    I hadn’t heard of Cossery. He sounds pretty good. I like the good word for leisure, aka “laziness”, if that’s meant to be in opposition to status quo grinderism. They used to say Generation X (which I was smack dab in the middle of) had the character of “slacking”. I always said, if only that generation really would’ve slacked and stuck with slacking, we really could’ve had something there. But of course they all turned out to be the same rat-racing scabs, working hard for the system, which is the worst of both worlds.

    I say “worst of both worlds” lest anyone think my praise of slacking here is inconsistent with what I said above about hard work. The answer is we should be working hard to abolish the corporate system. Second best would be to refuse to work hard at all for the system. But in practice almost everyone is half-assed and lazy about anything “alternative”, but they keep their noses to the system grindstone. Which brings us back to the false “radicals”. For them too their radicalism is really just a hobby, while their real work is whatever their day to day “job” is. I’m not talking about respective time committed, I’m talking about emphasis within the mindset. In the limits of their mindsets, today’s radicals and campaigners are as bourgeois as any corporate operative. And then all the pathologies Tarzie likes to document follow from that. But the rot starts at the fundamental bourgeois job-oriented priority, the fact that they view this corporate world as the real world and politics as being like a video game. The opposite priority would be to view the job, whatever that is, as nothing but the way one pays the bills to support one’s real life, which in the case of truly political people would be movement-building toward revolutionary political, social, and cultural goals.

    Comment by Russ — December 20, 2016 @ 6:32 am

  7. Thanks for your very thoughtful comment, Russ.

    I wish I could write as well as you….but for some reason I always have trouble putting things into words…

    just reading over a few of your posts, I see there’s a lot I can learn from your excellent blog.

    To change the status quo, first we would need to hang the bankers, wouldn’t we? as they’ve stolen trillions of dollars since the 2008 “financial crisis” but people seem to have forgotten about this, if they ever knew, so it’s not going to happen any time soon…. perhaps when the economy finally collapses, although they seem to keep finding new ways of postponing the inevitable…

    but to change the subject…

    I was wondering, are you familiar with the work of Gregory Bateson?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Bateson

    Following is an excerpt from Bateson’s “Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity”, that you might find interesting:

    “This book is built on the opinion that we are parts of a living world. I have placed as epigraph at the head of this chapter a passage from Saint Augustine in which the saint’s epistemology is clearly stated. Today such a statement evokes nostalgia. Most of us have lost that sense of unity of biosphere and humanity which would bind and reassure us all with an affirmation of beauty. Most of us do not today believe that whatever the ups and downs of detail within our limited experience, the larger whole is primarily beautiful.

    We have lost the core of Christianity. We have lost Shiva, the dancer of Hinduism whose dance at the trivial level is both creation and destruction but in whole is beauty. We have lost Abraxas, the terrible and beautiful god of both day and night in Gnosticism. We have lost totemism, the sense of parallelism between man’s organization and that of the animals and plants. We have lost even the Dying God.

    We are beginning to play with ideas of ecology, and although we immediately trivialize these ideas into commerce or politics, there is at least an impulse still in the human breast to unify and thereby sanctify the total natural world, of which we are.

    Observe, however, that there have been, and still are, in the world many different and even contrasting epistemologies which have been alike in stressing an ultimate unity and, although this is less sure, which have also stressed the notion that ultimate unity is aesthetic. The uniformity of these views gives hope that perhaps the great authority of quantitative science may be insufficient to deny an ultimate unifying beauty.

    I hold to the presupposition that our loss of the sense of aesthetic unity was, quite simply, an epistemological mistake. I believe that that mistake may be more serious that all the minor insanities that characterize those older epistemologies which agreed upon the fundamental unity.”

    http://www.oikos.org/mind&nature.htm

    Comment by Marina — December 21, 2016 @ 1:19 am

  8. Russ,

    Just adding…

    In case you respond to the comment above, and don’t hear back from me…

    I’ll be spending Christmas with a family member who lives way “off the grid” and doesn’t have Internet access.

    However I’ll continue reading your blog, once I get back sometime in January.

    Wishing you joy and comfort all the rest of this holiday season and throughout the new year to follow.

    Marina

    Comment by Marina — December 21, 2016 @ 7:51 am

    • Same to you Marina!

      Comment by Russ — December 21, 2016 @ 9:20 am

  9. Thanks for the good word Marina. Seems to me like you do ok with writing. Do it more and you get better with practice.

    If you look back to the 2009 and 2010 archives I have hundreds of Hang the Banksters posts. There’s several reasons I pivoted from the finance sector to the agriculture/food sector. One was the reason you mention – whereas for a few years after the 2008 intentional crashing of the global economy there seemed to be some bona fide radical ferment at the econoblogs, as the fake “recovery” was stabilized most of those people and sites regressed to system reformism.

    But another reason is one of my main themes today: Opposing the finance sector is one of those areas where it’s hard to see what a movement can DO right here and now. One’s mostly stuck with propagating new ideas. That’s necessary across the board and certainly I’m not knocking it; so far that’s been my main activity as a writer.

    But food/agriculture is the sector where we have the greatest potential right now to go far beyond just propagating the new ideas, where we can actually build the community food sector, build food sovereignty as a mode of politics and regional economy, and push poison abolition as a potent wedge campaign cutting across all the morbid pre-existing political fault lines.

    Therefore I see the greatest affirmative and anti-corporate potential there, as well as the pressing physical need to liberate ourselves from poisonism, and therefore I see this sector as the obvious point for all true humanists, environmentalists, democracy advocates, freedom-lovers, anti-globalists and anti-corporatists to organize and embark.

    I haven’t read Bateson’s books but am somewhat familiar with him from books I’ve read about natural, psychological, and spiritual systems.

    Comment by Russ — December 21, 2016 @ 9:18 am

  10. I agree with Bateson, no mistake amid a philosophy of unity and holism could ever be as deranged and harmful as the insanities of the various sundering, reductionist, mechanistic, NPK ideologies.

    While the loss of the sense of aesthetic unity may have started out as a mistake, it has long since been systematically propagated in dishonest, fraudulent ways, since this loss/suppression is always in the interest of criminals and power elites.

    Comment by Russ — December 21, 2016 @ 9:31 am


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