Arkansas US-Senate fight fuels White House/labor family feud - POLITICO.com


Tom Usher wrote or added | This article has helped reinforce what I already knew and that is, with few exceptions, Barack Obama is Bill Clinton and George W. Bush rolled into one. Wow, I hate this politics!

To top it off though, even though I'm for the working class in a huge way, unionization stands in the way of a sort of council communism (http://libcom.org/thought/council-communism-an-introduction) with which I largely agree but certainly without any resorting to violent revolution and, of course in my case, giving credit to that which is beyond mere matter. I'm no materialist. The spirit (beyond matter) is real.

Earl Cohen: The question has become, "How shall we deal with this situation?"

Aren't time, space, and matter all part of the One? Can we separate them?

Question: Is what is Unseen to humans immaterial to the Universal Self?

I would not advocate violent overthrow of government, especially given the machinery that reinforces the elites, but are there at this moment in the history of civilization other alternatives? The only one I can visualize is education of and clarity of understanding among the masses.

Tom Usher

To my mind, the most important things we can do are twofold.

First, we keep saying these things openly, which used to be easily marginalized but no longer (at least for awhile) what with the advent of the Internet. The greedy, of course, will continue to work to make the Internet a series of privatized toll roads, not that it's nationalized now but at least somewhat protected by forces in favor of Net Neutrality, something I doubt is new to you, as I see that you are a wide-ranging reader.

Second, in every bit of our individual walks, we must try to bring forth voluntary communal ownership. That second part has often, as you are no doubt aware, been met with violence on the part of rabid laissez-faire feudalists.

I have tried to get others interested in what I've been calling the Christian Commons, but alas, "Christian" has been given a bad name by those who down through the centuries have been violent and selfish in it's name. Consequently, many people are turned off by the term, especially in Europe, even though I'm sure the gap is bridgeable via increasing semantical understanding. Jesus was/is definitely a communist.

Regardless, I don't for a moment say that many of the more mundane aspects of my vision for the commons should not be employed by non-Christians. All other things being equal, I would rather live on a non-violent, non-coercive, secular commons where I'm still free to believe in God and Jesus (such as I do) than under the current "American" system.

I've pondered the Peace Churches, such as the various communal or communist (non-Marxist) Anabaptist sects; but I can't agree with, among other things, the levels of fundamentalism/literalism and lack of outside engagement.

With your surname, I see that you are from the bloodline of the Jewish temple priests; but from your Info page, I saw that you said that all is one. In my view and in the final analysis, that defines God. How do we as humanity become one soul? How do we all get on the same page so that violence, greed, and whatever is harmful between and amongst us is no more but rather everyone is served by each and all as kings and queens, so to speak?

Healing the sociopathic mind and heart is the order of the day. They don't think with the most highly evolved portions of their brain matter. They don't seem to respond to being informed of that, at least so far. I think that's because the idea hasn't gone openly knowingly viral. People are reluctant to be real radicals. They want the comfort of their friends nodding in agreement rather than looking confused or rejected/rejecting.

That said, the libertarian/objectivists (Ayn Rand-minded) will plateau shortly. The youth are every bit as open to socialism now, if not more so, what with the financial crash that is far from over.

The advantage the libertarian capitalists have though is that those at the top of the corporations know that the little fry down below hollering for complete deregulation just plays into the monopolists' hands. They'll let those duped libertarians have plenty of air time and print space on the major media just so long as they don't talk too much anti-war. The corporate weapons contractors feeding the Pentagon and much of the rest of the world with their utterly vile devices can't use that.

Those same corporatists though can't afford for real socialism to get a full airing because, as you know, real socialism would mean their downfall from their pinnacle seats atop their Ponzi schemes of mammon.

"Alternative" news and commentary is our approach and has been working somewhat. Although, it's so cliquish that one might even call it incestuous. It's also still dominated by money from selling capitalist goods and services, such as ads. I've had Google ads running on my site for years for instance, not that it's been worth it even in the most capitalistic sense. It hasn't. I just wanted to translate some "earnings," any surplus earnings, into the commons. Doing so would help to hasten the end of the capitalist system that I truly hate.

I can't express how much I despise it. They'll be putting meters on all the air and sunlight if we don't stop them.

Good to make your Facebook acquaintance, Earl,

Tom

Tom Usher

As for your questions: "Aren't time, space, and matter all part of the One? Can we separate them" and "Is what is Unseen to humans immaterial to the Universal Self," let me say that time, space, and matter as those would be acceptably defined by Chris Hitchens, for one, are part of the One provided it is understood that God is not dependent upon them but they dependent upon God. God is both before and after those things.

Now, let me also say that here we run into semantics because you and I can use the term "time" such that the connotation transcends the definition acceptable to those who reject spirit that is apart from the material. God is in Einsteinian time but is not limited to the "laws" that scientists have associated with it.

There are connotations of God. There is a place/context that is completely proper where "God" is not in any evil such that when evil is in us and we are doing evil, God is not in us or being reflected in our acts.

Peace,

Tom

Earl Cohen Tom, just got in...need to sleep. Just wanted to check in and let you know I'll respond later this evening or tomorrow. The only exception I see in how we think is in your view on time and good and evil. I'll respond later after I awake. Your thoughts and mine are mostly aligned.

Spent the day visiting local schools drumming up support for our community's version of American Idol. Can you believe? I was asked to volunteer to serve on this year's committee and be one of the judges. That'll teach me for becoming involved in community affairs :)

Peace.

Earl Cohen Tom, just got in...need to sleep. Just wanted to check in and let you know I'll respond later this evening or tomorrow. The only exception I see in how we think is in your view on time and good and evil. I'll respond later after I awake. Your thoughts and mine are mostly aligned.

Spent the day visiting local schools drumming up support for our community's version of American Idol. Can you believe? I was asked to volunteer to serve on this year's committee and be one of the judges. That'll teach me for becoming involved in community affairs :)

Peace.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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