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  1. As Stokely Carmichael said, "In order for non-violence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.'
  2. The left in the US (not the liberals, the left) is weak, fractured, and ineffectual, hence no need for severe repression. You can thank COINTELPRO and the Reagan reaction for some of that. That will change if the left becomes organized and effective, at which point the need to defend against the state and allied paramilitaries will be real. That's when the old COINTELPRO methods get dusted off and revamped. That's not paranoia, that's the teaching of history. I am glad to see some American leftist groups are training with arms.
  3. Paintings you like

    This is probably not the painting you saw but your description reminds me of this one by Gustave Dore:
  4. The police and right-wing paramilitaries overlap, if not in personnel then at least in ideological commitment. They are not trustworthy. It was the police and FBI who systematically targeted black leadership in the 60's and 70's for murder and incarceration, infiltrating and destroying leftist movements. They are not friends. An unarmed left is ripe for slaughter, as shown in Indonesia 1965 and many other examples around the world.
  5. I think universal healthcare and some expansion of the social safety net are bare minimum reforms for the US to become a livable place for many people. In other countries, in the face of labor and other leftist movements, the ruling class saw such concessions as acceptable to stave off deeper social unrest and buy time for capital. Because the US left is so weak, such concessions are unlikely to happen soon. A strong grassroots left is essential. And they need to be organized and, where necessary, armed for self-defense. Right-wing militias may look stupid and incompetent but they can be put to deadly use in the right circumstances. In the matter of foreign policy, the phased withdrawal of US troops from their myriad placements abroad and deep cuts to "defense" spending are necessary, with well-planned provisions for the reintegration of demobilized soldiers to civilian life.
  6. Paintings you like

    What led you to think that you had to give up art to pursue a deeper understanding of religion?
  7. Are there evil master?

    The problem of evil is an intractable problem that every religion and philosophy has had to address. I am confident though that we can settle it definitively in this thread Some explanations are more helpful than others but I have yet to see one that is airtight. The one I find most useful is the Platonic understanding of evil as having no substance of its own- it is just a privation or distortion of the good. All evil events and acts are ultimately misdirected attempts to reach the good, pulled astray by ignorance, weakness, etc.
  8. Question on the dantians

    From a Christian perspective, there is the work of prayer and ascesis to purify the heart- the actual organ being taken as the seat of the soul. I suppose one might try to say this is equivalent to the middle dan tian but that seems stretching things a bit. I think Taomeow is right to be suspicious of this kind of talk.
  9. An opinion or observation of madness

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-ppp-ayn-rand/in-sign-of-the-times-ayn-rand-institute-approved-for-ppp-loan-idUSKBN248026 Other recipients include Mitch McConnell's wife, Jared Kushner, Grover Norquist, and the Church of Scientology.
  10. What are you listening to?

    The mighty Ennio Morricone has left us
  11. I don’t think there will be a Democratic tsunami. Even if there is, it will consist mostly of center-rightists like Biden who will do nothing effectual to address climate change, healthcare, systemic racism, etc. They will prolong pointless wars to enrich their friends in the military industrial complex. It’s true there are a lot more candidates talking about green new deal, m4a, etc. but these are just words without well-organized grassroots pressure- and the left is very weak and fragmented. The oligarchy is vicious and well-organized. Trump is just a symptom. Real change in the US is not going to come from the ballot box.
  12. Further demonstrating the bipartisan insanity of the American political elite: Read the rest here: https://theintercept.com/2020/07/02/house-democrats-working-with-liz-cheney-restrict-trumps-planned-withdrawal-of-troops-from-afghanistan-and-germany/
  13. An opinion or observation of madness

    You know what, I need to cool down. I am acting like a jerk. I apologize to you moment.
  14. An opinion or observation of madness

    Dropping napalm on kids, invading countries based on lies, arming terrorists, death squads, and torturers= honorably serving the country, gotcha