“When there is no sense of time, no possibility for a culmination of time, there is no impetuous for consumption. As Kali teaches so perfectly, Time and Death are intimately acquainted, and Death in its many guises is the most potent tool any Advertiser, Activist, Marketer, Propagandist, Leader or Judiciary can wield. When the devotee finds Kali, Time and Death cease to exist as opposition becomes union.
Without Death there is no end to pleasure, thus no excess or need to over indulge. Without excess there is no lack, therefore there can be no debt, and no one in debt to another. Take away the word Time and you unseat the entire program of Western civilization.
Both Capitalism and Marxism have their secular Raptures, the faithful taken up into the Utopian ideal of wealth in perpetuum mobile or equilateral distribution. In either case stasis, and thus Timelessness, are achieved. The Amondawa have no Adam Smith, no Karl Marx.
The Amondawa also escape the binding power of the progressive Myths that Smith and Marx created to sustain continued development of Western civilization. Without that ever elusive end point, there is no reason to keep going forward.
We continue to be fascinated by Camping’s Rapture, 2012, Atlantis, Utopia and so many other narratives because the Amondawa exist. We need a Time killer, a culmination, a story that explains how we return to forgetfulness of Time, that little word that drives us. In all of our movement, however, there is always the sneaking suspicion that we may in fact be standing still. What the Amondawa teach us is that it’s much easier than all that. There’s no need for complex metaphysical acrobatics, it’s as simple as forgetting a word.”
The NSA requesting personal data without a warrant and sometimes getting it is a scary precedent.
We shouldn’t have to use TORs and Linux distributions like Tails out of fear that our elected officials are so paranoid they’ll bypass or civil rights and data mine the county’s networks in the name of terrorism.
"During my detention in China I was watched 24 hours a day. The light was always on. There were two guards on two-hour shifts standing next to me – even watching when I swallowed a pill; I had to open mouth so they could see my throat. You have to take a shower in front of them; they watch you while you brush your teeth, in the name of making sure you’re not hurting yourself. They had three surveillance cameras to make sure the guards would not communicate with me. But the guards whispered to me. They told stories about themselves. There is always humanity and privacy, even under the most restrictive conditions. To limit power is to protect society. It is not only about protecting individuals’ rights but making power healthier. Civilisation is built on that trust and everyone must fight to defend it, and to protect our vulnerable aspects – our inner feelings, our families. We must not hand over our rights to other people. No state power should be given that kind of trust. Not China. Not the US."
| ~ NSA surveillance: The US is behaving like China | Ai Weiwei | Comment is free | The Guardian (via notational)|
"The greatest fear I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. People will see in the media all of these disclosures. They will know the lengths that the government is going to grant themselves powers unilaterally to create greater control over American society and global society, but they won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to fight to change things, to force their representatives to actually take a stand in their interests."
| ~ Edward Snowden (via priceofliberty)|