- Reason and Faith: "What is arational or above the reason is what reason and science cannot define. It cannot be proven nor can it be disproved. Take the example of the survival of the soul after the death. There is no hard evidence to this belief, but no scientific fact has disproved it either."
- 1991-02 Arational Actions, Rosalind Hursthouse, The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 88, No. 2, pp. 57-68
Daniel Henninger illustrates this governing structure well in his recent Wall Street Journal article titled "Obama's Business Buyout":
"It made perfect sense for President Obama to speak yesterday to the Business Roundtable. Businesses big and small could use a pep talk just now.... But instead of giving a speech about reviving business confidence in the economy, Mr. Obama gave a speech about reviving business confidence in him.
"The evening before this speech, Mr. Obama held a small White House dinner for some CEOs from household-name corporations, such as AT&T, Xerox, State Farm, Verizon, PepsiCo and GE. The reason for a linen-tablecloth dinner followed by a big speech to really big business is the White House has concluded it is wrongly seen as anti-business.
"I agree. This White House is pro-business. In fact, it's so pro-business it's proposing a virtual merger with the private sector. Ladies and gentlemen of the business community, meet your new partner—Uncle Sam.
No longer will American freedom, initiative, incentive and common sense inspire new ideas, build new companies, multiply jobs and reward hard work. As President Obama (an Alinsky disciple and a former member of the Marxist "New Party") explained,
"Under the terms of the proposed deal, the White House will drive the locomotive of the American economy and U.S. business will ride in the passenger cars. You're being told to get over it."
"For the better part of three decades, a disproportionate share of the nation's wealth has been accumulated by the wealthy. Technological advances and growing global competition, while transforming whole industries—and birthing new ones—has accentuated the trend toward rising inequality.""I take this to mean," wrote Mr. Henninger, "that while the tax and economic policies of the past four presidencies worked for the economy—birthing whole industries—it was bad for society as Mr. Obama understands it."
That's scary. While Mr. Obama assured his listeners that this new policy is not a "government takeover," he has something even worse in mind. It could even "work" in a twisted sort of way. The government may own GM, but it won't own everything. Instead, it will control, tax and manipulate everything. That means it can crush or strengthen any company at will. It's far easier to give the commands when it's free from the responsibilities of actual ownership.
The crushing hand of Communitarianism
If you doubt the reality of this spreading agenda, please read our series on Reinventing the World. It shows the three main elements of the Communitarian structure:
Part 1: The Seamless Communitarian SYSTEM -- Conforming schools, communities, corporations, nations and churches to the global agenda that rules out Biblical truth and Christian lifestyles.
Part 2: The Mind-Changing Dialectic PROCESS -- Training the masses to think collectively and to serve a Greater Whole.
Part 3: The Rising Wall of Global STANDARDS -- Managing the masses through Global Standards and Continual Assessments.
Those standards are already outlined in major UN treaties, initiatives and declarations. To understand their restrictions on freedom, read these four articles:
The tentacles of this controlling web are spreading around the world. The corrupt United Nations with its regional branches (European Union, African Union, etc.) provides the governing framework. Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, it speaks kindly, but has sharp teeth. It exists largely for power-hungry elite leaders with few qualms about mass murder. In fact, its "peace-keeping forces" are better known for killing and raping than for achieving peace.Back in 2003, Thomas Sowell wrote this wise warning, which our administration largely ignores:
"When you see a four-year-old bossing a two-year-old, you are seeing the fundamental problem of the human race -- and the reason so many idealistic political movements for a better world have ended in mass-murdering dictatorships. Giving leaders enough power to create 'social justice' is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.Hope in the midst of Tyranny
"Most people who read 'The Communist Manifesto' probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of 'the workers.' [Actually, Marx had little sympathy for "the workers"] Similar offspring of inherited wealth have repeatedly provided the leadership of radical movements, with similar pretenses of speaking for 'the people.'"
Like my grade-school classmates in Norway, I once memorized a poem titled "Flugten til America" (Fleeing to America.) It's a funny story about a little boy who has a bad day and decides to run away, follow his utopian dream and head for America. He packs his favorite things and starts his journey. Before long, his tummy gnaws and his legs are tired. So he abandons his dream and returns home to live with reality.
Today's global "dream" is fast becoming a tragic reality. And there's no simple way back to the America that brought genuine hope and freedom to people around the world for more than two hundred years. But don't say we weren't warned. God told us in His Word:
"...when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them... your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God. ... you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’
"...if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods... you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God."Deuteronomy 8:10-20Many claim to know God, including President Obama. Yet, few seem to really know the Biblical God who speaks to us through His Word. Obama illustrates this confusion well:
"I am a Christian.... I believe that there are many paths to the same place.... I am a great admirer of our founding charter... and its resolve to prevent disruptive strains of fundamentalism from taking root in this country.... I think Gandhi is a great example of a profoundly spiritual man who... never slipped into intolerance or dogma."Such unwelcome "dogma" would probably include God's Word. That's sad, since it alone offers us genuine hope and guidelines. It tells us that if God's people would truly "humble themselves and pray", discarding the corrupting idols of our times, He will surely have mercy on us and grant us a reprieve from the judgment we deserve. But is our thrill-addicted nation willing to repent and return to His Truth? "When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8)
In these amoral times, even churches that proclaim faith in God are twisting the truth to accommodate popular culture, just as He warned long ago:
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears... they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fable.2 Timothy 4:3-4Yet, through the coming darkness, the Light of God and His eternity will surely shine ever brighter for those who delight in His Word and "seek His face." Just as the night sky lights up when we leave our well-lit cities, so will we treasure His unwavering promises all the more when the world's bright illusions fade away. In the face of dangers, persecution and loss, His peace and provision become all the more precious!"...false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Matthew 24:25
"...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39
Note: This article's title is a reminder of Cry, The Beloved Country, a bestselling book by Alan Paton, a white, Christian South African schoolmaster, who loved his country deeply and grieved over its racial divisions. When he died in 1985, millions of copies had sold in over 20 languages around the world. He didn't live to see the end of apartheid, but in the years that followed Mandela's election, his beloved country didn't get "better." Instead it faced rising violence and lawlessness under its new socialist/Marxist leaders. In 1998, having faced repeated burglaries, assaults and terror, his widow, Anne Paton, moved to England.
Two memorable statements from the book:"I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating.""The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions."
1. Daniel Henninger, "Obama's Business Buyout," Wall Street Journal, 2-25-10.
2. Thomas Sowell, "Random Thoughts," Townhall, 11-27-03. http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=87a24713-9408-4f45-8b09-0be8c795f1ef&t=c
3. Cathleen Falsani, Interview with State Sen. Barack Obama, March 27, 2004. http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/2008/11/obamas-interview-with-cathleen.html.
4. 2 Chronicles 7:14
last updated: May 5, 1997
Memeticsis the theory of cultural replicators, based on Daniel Dennett's philosophy-of-mind and the sociobiology of Richard Dawkins. Memetics postulates the meme as the fundamental replicating unit in social evolution, a process which is treated as technically equivalent to biological (genetic) evolution.
This concept is discussed in the alt.memetics newsgroup.
- "What is a meme?"Informal definitions
- Memetics on the Internet. On-line available articles, web-pages.
- Bibliographyassembled by the newsgroup
- alt.memetics archives. Selected threads July 1994 - June 1995.
Memetics on the Internet
- Francis Heylighen: Memetics(Principia Cybernetica Web)
- James Tilton: Memes, Catchphrase of a New Generation!
- Glenn Grant: Memes: Introduction
- Peter Vajk: Memetics: the nascent science of ideas and their transmission
- David Brin: The New Meme
- Luc Claeys: Behavior of Information
- Richard Dawkins: Viruses of the Mind
- Mike Godwin: Meme, Counter-meme
- Ron Hale-Evans: Memetics: A Systems Metabiology
- Joe Formoso: Memes, and Grinning Idiot Press
- H. Keith Henson: Memes, Metamemes and Politics
- H. Keith Henson and Arel Lucas: Cryonics, religions and memetics: A Theoretical Understanding
- Francis Heylighen: 'Selfish' Memes and the Evolution of Cooperation
- Les Jones: Good Times Virus Hoax FAQ
- Joshua S. Lateiner: Of Man, Mind, and Machine
- Elan Moritz: Memetic Science: I - General Introduction
- Heith Michael Rezabek: Autologue: Interdisciplinary Dialogue within the Global Network Environment
- Heith Michael Rezabek: Tutorial: Applied Memetics
- Shawn P. Wilbur: Running Down the Meme: Cyberpunk, alt.cyberpunk, and the Panic of '93
- Hans-Cees Speel : Memetics: On a conceptual framework for cultural evolution
- Yahoo: Memetics
- KMO: The C Memetic Nexus
- Sputnik: Meme theorists on the web
- baBs777: Meme of the Week
- Richard Brodie: Meme Central
- Onar Åm: The Origins of Knowledge
- Eric Watt Forste: Arkuat's Meme Workshop
- Douglas Rushkoff: Media Virus
- Anders Sandberg: Memetics page
- Cosma Rohilla Shalizi: Memes
- Hans-Cees Speel: Some pointers and a short introduction to memetics
- Zhahai Stewart: Meme gardening page
- Marius Watz: Memetics
- Ken Kitowski: Memetics Index
- Recent changes/additionsto the Principia Cybernetica Web
- Self-organizing systems
- Meme-gusts(Mailing list)
- Seeker1's CyberAnthropology page
- The Church of Virus sponsors a mailing list that offers high signal-to-noise ratio discussion of memetics.
alt.memetics archivesHere's a selection of threads from the alt.memetics newsgroup.
- Evolution of culture(3 articles)
- Behaviorist memetics(15+3 articles)
- Dominator culture (selection)
- Mirroring(6 articles)
- The 'virus' metaphor(8 articles)
- Religion(14 articles)
- Sociobiology debate(4 articles)
- Brainwashing without force(8 articles)
- Cybervirus essay(2 articles)
- No meme?(4 articles)
- Meme power(5 articles)
- The death of a meme(12 articles)
- Selfish memes of power(5 articles)
- Anti-Neutopian memes(5 articles)
- Memetic meltdown(6 articles)
- Joke vs. pun(2 articles)
- 'Just testing'(4 articles)
- Psychological parasites(9 articles)
- E-mail virus(5 articles)
- Swastika memes(7 articles)
- Endorphemes(3 articles)
- Metaphors for the masses(4 articles)
- Histamemes(5 articles)
- Self-fulfilling Prophecy(2 articles)
- Is this a meme?(7 articles)
- Puppet Masters(5 articles)
- Confused(6 articles)
- Shock + Iconography(2 articles)
- Urban Legends(2 articles)
- If the Human Mind was Freed of Thought Viruses(2 articles)
- Territoriality and Me!-Me!-Me!-metics(5 articles)
- Memetics as a personal philosophy(3 articles)
- Memes and concepts(11 articles)
A Lodging of Wayfaring Men
By Paul Rosenberg
The main body of the book is followed by a set of essays and a supplemental narrative that were composed as the book was being written.
For those of you who may not have read the marvelous A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I strongly encourage you to do so.
-- Capital Reward Blog
The novel leads us through a clever plot where the principles of freedom and individuality lead to a free market, one not controlled by governments or by tax men. The narrative is gripping. The reader cannot lay the book down.
-- Dr. Thomas Dorman
As full as my reading schedule is, I plan to make time to return to A Lodging of Wayfaring Men in order to glean the most from this interesting, thought-provoking tale.
-- Sunni Maravillosa
Of the twenty five or so people I worked with last fall, all of them revered A Lodging of Wayfaring Men as a bible. They referred to the house and their community effort as a Lodge. We all felt it was modeled on the Free Souls.
-- HW, underground programmer
One of the most thought-provoking books to hit the information highway in recent times.
-- David MacGregor, Sovereign Living
The story concerns a large number of brilliant thinkers, programmers, financiers, artists and others who have noticed that the current form of government is little more than a glorified protection scheme which starts wars and impedes human progress. They note that if it is immoral for one man to take from another, it is immoral for a group, gang, or government to take from or dictate to free adults. They notice that the government is increasing its thugish intrusions into every aspect of our lives, mostly to get money so they can continue to buy votes and stay in power. Where the book was unsatisfying was in the ease with which the brilliant ones were able to circumvent rules and taxes by using unbreakable encryption on the Internet. It sounded vaguely plausible, but would not really have had a chance.
The book should be on the same shelf as Atlas Shrugged, Unintended Consequences, Moulon Labe, and others which point out our servitude to a bloated and incompetent government. It has some clear thinking and convincing arguments, but it is not a "how to get free" manual.