When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating the familiar phrases--bestial atrocities, iron heel, bloodstained tyranny, free peoples of the world, stand shoulder to shoulder--one often has a curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which suddenly becomes stronger at moments when the light catches the speaker's spectacles and turns them into blank discs which seem to have no eyes behind them. And this is not altogether fanciful. A speaker who uses that kind of phraseology has gone some distance towards turning himself into a machine. The appropriate noises are coming out of his larynx, but his brain is not involved as it would be if he were choosing his words for himself. If the speech he is making is one that he is accustomed to make over and over again, he may be almost unconscious of what he is saying, as one is when one utters the responses in church.
- billscouted1 week ago
More psyop stuff, found via recent AOTD. (Thanks @jeff!) Really fascinating to me. I can’t stop thinking about this:
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? is a 2009 book by British philosopher Mark Fisher. It explores Fisher's concept of "capitalist realism", which he describes as "the widespread sense that not only is capitalism the only viable political and economic system, but also that it is now impossible even to imagine a coherent alternative to it."
Fucking FASCINATING. I think that this is totally true. BUT ALSO (here comes the crazy): I genuinely believe that I’m one of the few people alive who actually can imagine “a coherent alternative to capitalism.” It’s almost like being a prophet or something. This isn’t a casual claim. It’s something that I have been putting my entire life into: a giant imagination project. (Is that what I should call it?) Point is: I’m fighting capitalism day in and day out, creating my own world without capitalism — beyond capitalism — and doing so to such an extent that I have no time/brain space/effort left to doubt my purpose and whether or not it’s even possible.
Last thing: I almost never think about “fighting capitalism” because that’s not how it works. Instead, I’m focused on inventing and living the alternative. Imagination rules.
- billcommented1 week ago
Ahhhh. Finally! This is amazing. Fun to read and deeply thought-provoking.
Very inspiring too. Makes me want to continue to play with literature, words, and all forms of technology for the rest of my life.
One thing this piece definitely gets right: things are changing fast. And: love. Love is bigger than religion, technology, art, culture, etc. It’s even bigger than truth (!)
- billscouted2 weeks ago
💯🙌🎯🙌🙌 Go boys, go!
A legendary story, very well told.
- billcommented3 weeks ago
Wow. I forgot how much I love looking inside Ava’s brain.