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At Peace With Apollyon*

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-06-08 14:30 - (3080 Reads)
It’s the end of the world as we know it, It’s the end of the world as we know it, It’s the end of the world as we know it, And I feel fine, I feel fine….. – R.E.M. I was traveling to some high-end meetings in Europe – outfitted in my nice sport jacket ...

Legit Is Dead

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-03-07 15:47 - (3153 Reads)
I see lots of posters and stickers in the various urban areas I frequent, but this one, proclaiming that “legit is dead,” really caught my attention. I can’t say for sure what the sign’s creator meant by it, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better fulfillment of Simon and Garfunkel’s lyric: The words ...

The Night of January 17th

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-02-23 16:21 - (1766 Reads)
On the night of January 17th 1961, just before he stepped down as President, Dwight Eisenhower delivered a farewell message to the American people. It was an important moment in the American experience. While I have serious issues with any politician, I like to meet people where they are, and I think that anyone born ...

The Corporate Cocoon

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-02-17 15:04 - (1698 Reads)
In my town, they – the corporate throngs – travel almost in unison every morning and every night, making their ways from the manicured suburbs to the shiny parts of the central city, and then back again. They’re not particularly bad people, you understand. In fact, some of them are pleasant and smart. But they ...

Surveillance: The Anti-Internet

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-02-08 13:36 - (1681 Reads)
As I’ve said previously in many places, the Internet was a surprise to the rulers of the world, and a cold, painful surprise. Before the Internet, information was very well controlled and kept inside of fixed bounds. In other words, most information remained in controlled channels, most of the time. Other information flows could be ...

Oh No! Science Supports… The Anarchists!!

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-01-31 16:35 - (1723 Reads)
Okay, I’m talking about the real anarchists here, not bloody bomb-throwers or anti-capitalist window breakers. I mean the people who have decided to face the scary fact that all coercive power corrupts and that it always will. The great argument against the anarchists has always been that of the esteemed Thomas Hobbes: That humans are ...

When Corzine Goes To Prison

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-01-23 12:09 - (1604 Reads)
I’m not sure how many will people remember the bumper sticker displayed above. It was seen a lot in Florida, in the late 1980s. Ted Bundy, a monstrous killer, was slated to be executed but the execution was delayed, seemingly endlessly, with legal maneuvers. At the same time, the state of Florida was imposing – ...

The Police State Is Here, and It Is Legal

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-01-17 17:08 - (1569 Reads)
I’m going to move on from this subject soon, but first I need to make this one point very clearly: The American police state is here, and it is legal. Hitler’s was legal too, of course, as were Stalin’s and Mao’s, and pretty much every other police state in history, but this one is legal ...

The Age of Corporatism

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-01-09 12:18 - (1551 Reads)
Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power. – Benito Mussolini There comes a moment in the life of all declining civilizations when the periphery is being bled dry but rivers of money still flow through the capital cities. It happened in Athens, it happened in ...

We’re All Terrorists Now

Author: Paul Rosenberg - Published At: 2012-01-03 12:54 - (1478 Reads)
Let me start with numbered points for clarity: We live in an age featuring gigantic governments whose control of everyone and everything far exceeds the dreams of any Caesar. We also live in an age of communication, where the emperor’s stupidity can be seen and ridiculed. And even with ‘democracy’ deflecting the emperor’s blame back ...
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