Saturday, July 5, 2008

Obama: The NewAge Mole Of Communism

"That is not a mole in my yard. That is not a mole in my yard. That..."

-- Steve Salerno, author of SHAM: How The Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless, on his much-missed SHAMblog

"Obama’s victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary 'mole,' not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through."

-- Frank Chapman, a Communist Party USA supporter, in a e-mail message to People's Weekly World.org

"In Hawaii was an African-American poet and journalist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, who was certainly in the orbit of the [Communist Party] – if not a member – and who was born in Kansas and spent a good deal of his adult life in Chicago, before decamping to Honolulu in 1948 at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson. Eventually, he befriended another family – a Euro-American family – that had migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago. In his best selling memoir ‘Dreams of my Father’, the author speaks warmly of an older black poet, he identifies simply as "Frank" as being a decisive influence in helping him to find his present identity as an African-American, a people who have been the least anticommunist and the most left-leaning of any constituency in this nation – though you would never know it from reading so-called left journals of opinion. At some point in the future, a teacher will add to her syllabus Barack’s memoir and instruct her students to read it alongside Frank Marshall Davis’ equally affecting memoir, "Living the Blues" and when that day comes, I’m sure a future student will not only examine critically the Frankenstein monsters that US imperialism created in order to subdue Communist parties but will also be moved to come to this historic and wonderful archive in order to gain insight on what has befallen this complex and intriguing planet on which we reside."

-- Gerald Horne, in a speech titled "Rethinking the History and Future of the Communist Party," on Political Affairs.net - the site of "Marxist Thought Online"

"'It's not pessimism,' Obama said. 'One of the things I am always trying to reject is a false choice between blind optimism and despair and cynicism.'"

-- Jon Meacham, in his essay "The Stories We Tell Ourselves," from Newsweek magazine [underlined emphasis TMR's]

"Bill Clinton cast himself as a champion of the “Third Way,” a grandiose political phrase with disturbing intellectual roots. For Bill, it mostly meant that he could split the difference between any two positions. Any hard choice was a “false choice.” When asked how he’d have voted on the first Persian Gulf War, he said he agreed with the minority but would have voted with the majority. He smoked pot but didn’t inhale. Monica Lewinsky had sex with him, but he could swear under oath he didn’t have sex with her."

-- Jonah Goldberg, conservative columnist and author of Liberal Fascism, writing for the National Review

"Sometimes the Dalai Lama states that non-violence is the most important thing. Sometimes he offers broad justifications for violence — such as national defense against Communist imperialism, or individual self-defense against deadly attack. Sometimes he allows only an extremely narrow justification for violence — namely, saving his own life. To puzzle over the contradictions is to miss the non-binary spirit of Tibetan Buddhism."

- From Dave Kopel's article, The Dali Lama's Army

What is the New Age? In one sense, the New Age is not really new. It arose gradually and almost imperceptibly out of the hippie movement spawned during the turbulent decade of the '60s. Building on the foundation of the '50s' beatniks, who were into Zen and other forms of Eastern spirituality, the hippies eventually grew up to enter the corporate world, often taking with them their mystical spiritual and philosophical worldview. During the '70s the so-called "Human Potential Movement" came to the fore, led by Erhard and EST (and its later incarnation, the Forum, marketed through Transformational Technologies). Erhard has acknowledged that EST was most heavily influenced by Zen, Mind Dynamics, and Scientology. Other influences were the German atheist philosopher Nietzsche, the Indonesian occult movement Subud, and the Hindu gurus Swami Muktananda and Satya Sai Baba.{11} Other similar human potential programs and training firms established about the same time or since are Lifespring (John Hanley), Insight (John- Roger Hinkins: Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness), Actualizations, Krone Training, PSI World, Pecos River Institute, Sportsmind, and the Pacific Institute (Louis Tice).

Underlying all of these programs, to one degree or another, are the following concepts: All of reality is part of one essence. This is the Eastern philosophical view known as monism which teaches that 'all is one.' In other words, there is no ultimate distinction between God and creation, or between one individual and another. The distinctions we see are unreal or illusionary. This means (among other things) that God and man are the same-'If you don't see me God, it's because you don't see yourself as God,' Shirley MacLaine told an attendee at a seminar in the New York Hilton. If man is God, then man has unlimited potential, able to accomplish anything he desires and is able to visualize-an attractive idea, no doubt, to many corporate managers, and illustrated in such immensely popular films as "The Karate Kid" and the "Star Wars" trilogy. Further, if "all is one," then there are not only no distinctions between God and man, there are also no distinctions between truth and falsehood, right and wrong, good and evil. In fact, all distinctions are mere illusion. To quote Erhard, 'What is, is, and what isn't, isn't.' Or, as the EST graduation booklet put it, 'Obviously the truth is what's so. Not so obviously, it's also so what.' Thus, the problem of humanity, as MacLaine said above, is that we have forgotten our own divinity. This lapse of memory must be overcome by undergoing what is called a "paradigm shift," a drastic change in the way we view the world around us. As New Age populist Marilyn Ferguson wrote, "A paradigm shift is a distinctly new way of thinking about old problems... A new paradigm involves a principle that was present all along but unknown to us. It includes the old as a partial truth, one aspect of How Things Work, while allowing for things to work in other ways as well. By its larger perspective, it transforms traditional knowledge and the stubborn new observations, reconciling their apparent contradictions..."


-- Lawrence A. Pile, in his essay on cultism, The Siren Call of the Pied Pipers

Goddamnit - that's a fucking mole!