March 20, 2009

Be very afraid, redux

“House adopts plan for ‘volunteer’ corps: Also requires new evaluation of ‘mandatory’ service for all”. From WND, via Weasel Zippers:

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to set up a new “volunteer corps” and consider whether “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people” should be developed.

The legislation also refers to “uniforms” that would be worn by the “volunteers” and the “need” for a “public service academy, a 4-year institution” to “focus on training” future “public sector leaders.” The training, apparently, would occur at “campuses.”

Will ascots be involved? Because if so, Wolcott is like, so in.

The vote yesterday came on H.R. 1388, which reauthorizes through 2014 the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, acts that originally, among other programs, funded the AmeriCorps and the National Senior Service Corps.

It not only reauthorizes the programs, but also includes “new programs and studies” and is expected to be funded with an allocation of $6 billion over the next five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Many, however, are raising concerns that the program, which is intended to include 250,000 “volunteers,” is the beginning of what President Obama called his “National Civilian Security Force” in a a speech last year in which he urged creating an organization as big and well-funded as the U.S. military. He has declined since then to elaborate.

[…]

The new bill specifically references the possibilities “if all individuals in the United States were expected to perform national service or were required to perform a certain amount of national service.”

They already do. By way of taxes. The rest is indentured servitude to the state, and the state can go fuck itself.

Such new requirements perhaps, the legislation notes, “would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”

And such new requirements perhaps would weaken the social fabric by pitting whatever willing volunteers there happen to be to this fascism-lite against those of us who will gladly provide the obstacles to their success.

I’d rather the trains run a bit late and the overpasses shout graffiti than live in a country where our kids are put in uniforms and, in exchange for an education and a leg up, are forced to do the bidding of the state to whom we supposedly grant power.

[…]

According to a report by Canada Free Press, “‘volunteerism’ that kept America running since the days of its founding” would be “wiped out with the stroke of a pen.”

“It becomes forced labor and like the practice of another era, presses American citizens of all ages and creeds, unknowingly into military service,” the commentary said.

“On paper, H.R. 1388 is the ‘Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act'; the more innocuous sounding ‘The Give Act,’ for short.

“The Give Act puts the finishing touches to Public Allies New Leadership for New Times, modeled after Saul Alinsky’s ‘Peoples Organizations’ and operating under Michelle Obama,” the commentary said.

“Michelle was also a pioneer in the social entrepreneur movement –- leaders who create new approaches and organize to provide new solutions to social problems. Like most things Saul Alinsky, H.R. 1388 sounds noble in stating why wide-sweeping change is necessary,” the commentary said.

“H.R. 1388 goes straight to the heart of volunteerism in America, impacting everything from the lemonade stands of neighborhood children, to the residents of senior citizens homes. … The Give Act puts tow-headed school children and silver-haired seniors in the official uniform of the new State, and encompasses every walk of life in main-street America,” the commentary said. “Whether you are young or old, or firmly believe that volunteering means you are offering your time to the good of community work, you will be pressed into Obama’s National Civilian Community Corps.”

Groups of such “volunteers,” would, under the legislation, be “grouped together as appropriate in campuses for operational, support, and boarding purposes. The Corps campus for a unit shall be in a facility or central location established as the operational headquarters and boarding place for the unit. … There shall be a superintendent for each camp.”

And this superintendent, s/he draws his or her power from where, exactly…?

The plan generated this concern from Resistnet.com: “This is the equivalent of brown shirts.”

Another portion of the bill talks about a “service learning” plan that will be “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.”

A forum participant noted, “I wonder what’s going to happen to those who refused to ‘volunteer.’ Maybe they will be put into a different ‘campus.’ I guess we will soon find out.”

This is, I believe, all a big pipe dream on the part of the progressives and quasi-socialists who are quickly losing the reins on government, frightenening as even a thought on many levels, sure, but destined to fail spectacularly.

Because the one thing freedom-loving people have on their side these days is the inescapable fact that politicians now so consistently back down in the face of public outrage that the civil disobedience that will arise from this attempt to turn our children into lifelong “progressives” and servants to the state (and that’s what this is: the government will be paying those that increase the power of government, creating a client state) will be met with such pushback that the program is sure to be “re-imagined” back into mostly innocuous AmericaCorp-type territory.

Perhaps now would be a good time to start a pledge movement. This can be the first of our OUTLAW initiatives — setting up an online petition that states in no uncertain terms that we will not allow our children to be taken by the state to create a progressive paradise under the rubric of forced “diversity” and “duty” to the government.

WE are the government. WE give power to IT, not the other way round.

Anybody who can help in this regard, let me know.

I’ve even got a bumpersticker phrase already selected: “We’ll keep our hands off your uterus; you keep your hands off our children.”

Of course, I’m not married to it.

So, whaddya say? Petition? We can even scribble the thing on toilet paper if you want. To make it more, y’know — OUTLAW!

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:48am
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Comments (102)

  1. If, by ‘toilet paper’ you mean copies of the 13th Amendment, then I think we have the beginnings of a plan.

    We should market toilet paper with the flag on one side and the Bill of Right on the other. Then our friendly representatives could insult us coming and going.

  2. Uh, yeah. “Voluntarism” courtesy of the same bankrupt progressivism which has fought tooth and nail against any suggestion that welfare recipients get off their ass and, say, clean up parks in return for their free nipple suckage off teh public kitteh. THAT would be involuntary servitude, but stealing time from society’s producers, hell, that’s bitchin’.

  3. Awfully convenient to have all these unemployed people standing around, no?

  4. be “grouped together as appropriate in campuses for operational, support, and boarding purposes.

    Just Federalizing what Organized Labor alreadys does

    Now these executives are toxic, and those communities are rattled and divided. Private security guards have been stationed outside their houses, and sometimes the local police drive by. A.I.G. employees at the company’s office tower in New York City were told to avoid leaving the building while a demonstration was going on outside. The memo also advised them to avoid displaying company-issued ID cards when they left the office and to abandon tote bags or other items with the A.I.G. logo.

    One A.I.G. executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared the consequences of identifying himself, said many workers felt demonized and betrayed. ‘‘It is as bad, if not worse, than McCarthyism,’’ he said, referring to Joseph McCarthy, the former U.S. senator who used indiscriminate, often unfounded, accusations to suppress opponents. Everyone has sacrificed the employees of A.I.G.’s financial products division, he said, ‘‘for their own political agenda.’’

    […]

    And there may be more protests. The Connecticut Working Families party, which has support from organized labor, was planning a bus tour Saturday of A.I.G. executives’ homes, with a stop at the company’s Wilton office.

    ‘‘We’re going to be peaceful and lawful in everything we do,’’ said Jon Green, the director of Connecticut Working Families. ‘‘I know there’s a lot of anger and a lot of rage about what’s happened. We’re not looking to foment that unnecessarily, but what we want to do is give folks in Bridgeport and Hartford and other parts of Connecticut who are struggling and losing their homes and their jobs and their health insurance an opportunity to see what kinds of lifestyle billions of dollars in credit-default swaps can buy.’’

    Road trip! Back your rocks and tomatoes!

    Oh, think of all the clean, running on time trains, the ObamaCorps will produce and how they can be used to Keep Order in those filthy capitalist neighborhoods.

  5. “Back your rocks” = “Pack your rocks”

  6. Whatever. I’m in. I’d be happy to bring it to my Obama meeting tomorrow. See what they have to say about it.

  7. I hope they get the uniforms from Hugo Boss rather than from whatever hack designer does Michelle’s cat pee couch and kleenex parade float ensembles.

  8. Considering the way he treats our military families, I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to volunteer.

  9. JOIN…OR ELSE?

    NO VOLUNTEERISM WITHOUT
    VOLITION.

    I AM NOT YOUR BROOM

  10. And there may be more protests. The Connecticut Working Families party, which has support from organized labor, was planning a bus tour Saturday of A.I.G. executives’ homes, with a stop at the company’s Wilton office.

    I’m sorry, but this kind of crap has to be stopped. RICO their asses, please?

    Seriously — how is this not just the Democrats returning to their Klansmen roots? They’re threatening violence to cement their political power.

  11. I will not comply with any part of this rubbish, should it make it into law. They can try sending the Sturm Abteilung to halt my little Methodist Church’s food pantry and clothing drives.

  12. CHAINS FOR CHANGE!

  13. ASK NOT..
    YOU DON’T GET A SAY

  14. Comment by Dan Collins on 3/20 @ 11:05 am

    Goodness, what kind of camp is O going to send people to in order to fit in that uniform? And will those buttons pass CPSIA?

  15. I used up my supply of “volunteer” in ’71, dude. Ask the fuckin’ VC to help out, why don’t ya?

  16. I might even resell children’s books. MUHAHAHAHHAHA.

  17. …innocuous AmericaCorp-type territory.

    Maybe it’s just my mindset, but they make me sick. I was recently helping a church group (Quakers, of which I’m not) rebuild a home in New Orleans and ran into some AmeriCorps volunteers. This photo doesn’t do their uniforms (or self-satisfaction) justice. The uniforms I saw were totally khaki and covered with black government agency-type badges. My stomach turned. I was in the Peace Corps, and I am accustomed to khaki uniforms from Boy Scout work, but a bunch of brightly smiling, self-congratulatory, GOVERNMENT-controlled and uniformed youths is something entirely different.

  18. I pledge to do my “Volunteer” service to refurbishing children’s books from the 60s.

  19. If you people know what’s good for you, you’ll shut up. I have journolists watching you for me.

  20. #15 – Heh. Maybe Senator John Kerry could go – I hear he can get their ear if needed.

  21. Rob

    Did you see the pics of Liddy with the CodePink “protest signs” behind him?? A man who the government begged, begged to come out of retirement last fall and parachute in to save AIG (and who takes $1/year “salary”)

    Who called ‘em in? As if that group of walking vaginas would know a creditswap from a swapmeet.

  22. I’d be happy to bring it to my Obama meeting tomorrow.

    Are you actually going to attend one of those, Carin?

    There’s only one in my city, and only one person has signed up to attend. I’m not sure if that’s counting the “organizer”. Heh.

  23. So are we in the chaos stage before the strongman shows up? B/c BO just doesn’t seem all that srongman-y.

  24. So, whaddya say? Petition? We can even scribble the thing on toilet paper if you want. To make it more, y’know — OUTLAW!

    I’m in. Goddamned right, I’m in.

    But I’d suggest scribbling it on the back of an empty box of Winchester .308 ammo, instead of toilet paper.

  25. Anybody know how to put together an online petition? Quick, before Pajamas steals the idea.

  26. I’m gonna try. I have to pick my kids up from their grandma’s house, so as long as I get back in time … I’m there.

  27. Ok, whose watching teh watchers watching the watching watchers? Or, what just happened?

  28. I shall be siccinct – Fuck those mother fucking fuckers.

  29. That’s a start, Carin.

    Now where is JHoward or BJTex or Ric or Pablo — someone who can word this in a way that is less obnoxious than I most undoubtedly would?

  30. Of course, in the fine print: y. This public forum is privately sponsored, so we reserve the right to refuse submissions arbitrarily. P

    I don’t know who sponsors them.

  31. >>The uniforms I saw were totally khaki and covered with black government agency-type badges. My stomach turned. I was in the Peace Corps, and I am accustomed to khaki uniforms from Boy Scout work, but a bunch of brightly smiling, self-congratulatory, GOVERNMENT-controlled and uniformed youths is something entirely different.

    That, I’m told, is a newer development. Interesting as well, AmeriCorps has internally adopted a policy of “no comment” when asked about current policy, even to past members.

    My AmeriCorps friend is predicting the bulk of monies and members will go to the worst NGOs that are most efficient at money-grubbing, such as the Urban League, which he characterised as a blatantly racist organisation [although that could mean the local affiliate].

    Other than that, he’s still reviewing. All I got from him was a long-winded potted history of Govt-sponsored volunteerism a la VISTA, etc.

  32. And the special needs horses they rode in on, JD.

  33. Jeff,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and have tried to follow your argument with this Patterico entity when I have time. Keep up the good work.

  34. Forced Volunteerism is “like the Special Olympics”!

    OUTLAW!

  35. Hell with petitions; takes too much time away from loading magazines. Maybe we could start up some neighborhood Combat Tupperware parties…?

  36. Succinct would have been better to type, but those goat fuckin’ cockandballz lickin’ actual fascists can eat my chocolate starfish.

  37. How about, nobody gets a job in Federal government in any capacity until they’ve put in 5 years in the private sector, assuming we’ve still got one?

  38. I’d on-board for having the same requirement for university tenure, Dan.

  39. Madelynn can make the decision to volunteer for government service at 18. Any attempts to make her serve the government will be met with a large and loud cloud of dispersed metal traveling about 1100 fps.

  40. Sorry if this was already posted on the other thread. Treacher is en fuego.

  41. takes too much time away from loading magazines.

    I finally broke down and bought a Glock 19 last week (hf-that’s the one suggested in the “scary link at Reynolds”). And I thought I may as well buy ammo for the AK someone gave me years ago and which has sat in my closet UNFIRED. People, I’m here to tell you that ammo for AK weapons is scarce as hen’s teeth and what is available has recently doubled in price. Whether people are just going long on it, hoping to make money later, or preparing for something else, I don’t know. But the rumors are true.

  42. Now where is JHoward or BJTex or Ric or Pablo — someone who can word this in a way that is less obnoxious than I most undoubtedly would?

    I certainly don’t have their flair for speech, but how ’bout we start it with something like this:

    Mein Fuhrer, if you only knew what is happening . . .”

    . . . or is that too derivative?

  43. Sign me up.

  44. >>“grouped together as appropriate in campuses for operational, support, and boarding purposes.

    I am wondering how the former gang banger ‘campus’ will differ in curriculum from the disinterested suburban couch potato ‘campus’.

    And how this ‘grouping’ would accomplish the stated goal of “bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”

  45. I didn’t know 7.63×39 was so scarce. I’ve been looking at 7.62.51 and 5.56×45. Just out of curiousity of course.

  46. I won’t volunteer for anything.

  47. cranky — I’m not current on gun world stuff. I assume the scarcity speaks to relatively cheap and plentiful AK versions and knock-offs. Or maybe it’s because much of the ammo comes from Russia and former bloc countries, and folks are afraid it’ll be cut off. Don’t know.

  48. No need for invention, since the Master has already said it all:

    The coming generation must fight the war at home. They are participants in it. They must display strong character and good behavior. When a nation is fighting for its future, which after all is the future of its children, the youth have to be involved, they have to support the battle with their full energy. They must show through discipline, order, industry and attitude that they are worthy of their age, and of the men who are risking their lives. Cocky know-it-alls or big-mouthed boasters only look stupid. Particularly in the midst of a war in which millions of men are risking their lives for the nation, the youth must again learn respect for sacrificial manhood. They must also learn to honor women and mothers who are fighting for the continuation of their nation. They should be obedient and modest, and above all do their duty. That does not mean they have to act according to the proverb: “Go through the land with your hat in the hand.” That was an idea of the past that we have left behind. Modesty is not the same as subjection, and a well-bred, disciplined lad of good character does not need to be a pussyfoot. Millions of soldiers today follow orders and do their duty. They have been willing to give up their own independence to serve the Fatherland in the community of the army. How much more should we expect that of German boys and girls during a war! They will become grown up, mature people of our great, proud nation, and many of them later in life will be giving orders to others. That is why they must learn obedience now, especially in a time when everything hangs for us all on doing our duty obediently.

    The HJ and the BDM are there to help parents educate their children, since parents today are often in a position themselves to do only part of the job. Every father in the field and every mother at home or on the job must know that their dear child is in good hands with the HJ or the BDM. They must be confident that boys and girls are being brought up to be decent men and women.

  49. Or, further:

    It goes without saying that the National Socialist revolution, which is modern and intent on action, as well as the popular upheaval we have led, must change abstract and lifeless methods in the radio. The old regime was content simply to fill empty offices or change the faces, without however changing the spirit and content of public life. We on the other hand intend a principled transformation in the worldview of our entire society, a revolution of the greatest possible extent that will leave nothing out, changing the life of our nation in every regard.

    This process, which has been visible to the layman in the last six months, was naturally not random. It was systematically prepared and organized. We have used our power in the last six months to carry out this transformation. We spent the period before 30 January in winning power, having then the same goals that we have carried out in the six months since we took power.

    It would not have been possible for us to take power or to use it in the ways we have without the radio and the airplane. It is no exaggeration to say that the German revolution, at least in the form it took, would have been impossible without the airplane and the radio.

    Of course, nowadays we have to include teevee, but the Good Doctor anticipated quite enough — we can forgive him for not foreseeing such technical innovations.

    Regards,
    Ric

  50. And this superintendent, s/he draws his or her power from where, exactly…?

    From your not being able to stop it.

    Are you looking for a textual answer?

    It’s the hat.

    It’s the hat and your knowing that if you defy the hat, a hat escalation will ensue, and it will end only with your surrender or death.

    Each hat is all those hats, textually.

  51. I hear he can get their ear if needed.

    Oh, that’s evil, Colonel.

  52. I think our only hope is that enough people in this country still have that streak of stubbornness in them to resist this kind of thing. It has been knocked out of many by the progressives, but I think enough remain to make sure this cannot happen.

  53. Goddammit you’re depressing sometimes, Psycho. Funny, but did anyone else notice that during the dark years of Bush and his “Fascist State” and constitution shredding, and even during the War on Terror, we went eight years without something similar to Waco, Ruby Ridge, or the Elian Gonzales affair?

  54. The only one my children will serve is me, as my spotters.

  55. What depresses and frightens me is that these assholes have already convinced half the country that taking away somebody’s livelihood and handing it to their deadbeat neighbor is “charity.” It’s not that big of a stretch to see these same sheep buying into the idea that the Obama Youth Corps is a wonderful combination of volunteerism, education, and free day care.

    “The State will raise my children? For free? This is wonderful! What could possibly go wrong?”

  56. It’s the moral equivalent of war, which early 20th-century progressives like Woodrow were way into.

    Or as they called themselves then, “liberal fascists.”

  57. …before Pajamas steals the idea.

    Oops! Too late!

  58. Funny, but did anyone else notice that during the dark years of Bush and his “Fascist State” and constitution shredding, and even during the War on Terror, we went eight years without something similar to Waco, Ruby Ridge, or the Elian Gonzales affair?

    Yeah, but some Arabs got nasty looks in a plane.

    (Honestly, I’m shocked we’ve gone this far into the Obama administration without such an incident, but I suspect we’ll see the rebirth of the Militia Movement Scare any moment now.)

  59. Oh, yeah, Clint, that’s the story I had in mind. Couldn’t remember the original source.

    Ooohhh-yeah. We’re in for a bumpy ride.

  60. The rebirth if the Militia movement has been well underway on cable TV for a few months. I started seeing that rumble on PBS, Nat Geo, etc… just before the election. The Skin Head/White Supremacist assholes are back now too! Nat Geo spent a couple of hours on them just last night, and of course had to tell us how they may become violent AT ANY TIME!!11!!

  61. Of course, nowadays we have to include teevee, but the Good Doctor anticipated quite enough — we can forgive him for not foreseeing such technical innovations.

    Believe it or not, the Good Doctor actually pioneered propaganda TV:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMecO38MZCc&feature=related

  62. Convenient to have all these unemployed folks around, no?

  63. “Or maybe it’s because much of the ammo comes from Russia and former bloc countries, and folks are afraid it’ll be cut off.”

    Blame me – I bought a few million rounds for the Iraqi Army back in August ’08… heh.

    Also, Wolf (in Russia) can’t keep up with demand.

  64. From your not being able to stop it.

    Oh, I don’t think that’s the case. At all.

  65. Has anyone heard if these camps will have, uh, showers?

  66. Make a bet on solar heated water, ginsocal, must have green as well as happy campers.

  67. Our new Sportamans Warehouse (just opened 5 months ago) is going out of business already. Went to get some ammo last weekend, and they were out of everything except oddball stuff. Fortunately my S&W Model 57 uses oddball stuff-.41 Magnum, so I was ok.

    BTW, writing petitions on toilet paper seems more, well, outhouse, than outlaw.

    There It Is.

  68. “Sportsmans” Jeez…

  69. As for the ammo problem — it’s the Seventies “gas crisis”. There was plenty of gasoline; it was just that people were so nervous that they’d fill up when they’d only used a quarter of a tank, so all the inventory was in private vehicles’ tanks and not at the stations. Result: waiting lines.

    It doesn’t take much cruising around the pro-gun blog sites to discover people who will simply go in and buy a brick of ammo whenever they think about it. One that I know of travels in his job, and whenever he sees a new gun store he stops and buys some. There’s lots of ammo, and more is being made, but it’s on people’s shelves in the basement and not behind glass at the gun stores.

    And, as before, it’s the pronunciamentos from the politicians and Press that generates the nervousness. Hoarding is the “fault” of the hoarders; it’s the fault of the idiots who set up the conditions that make hoarding attractive.

    Regards,
    Ric

  70. Hoarding is NOT the “fault” of the hoarders; it’s the fault of the idiots who set up the conditions that make hoarding attractive.

    Sheesh. I’m feeling better, but obviously the improvement hasn’t gotten to my fingers yet.

    Regards,
    Ric

  71. There is plenty of the more expensive ammo available right now for immediate shipment. The surplus stuff, on the other hand, is pretty much bought up, though it’s changing hands in auctions.

    I hear that. I, of course, don’t buy any myself.

  72. Re: gas shortage:

    The problem was Dear Jimmuh decided to fix the price. Fixed (low) price -> shortages
    Let the price float and people start cutting back on use, just as they did last year. It’s the supply vs. demand thing, ya see.

  73. Jeff,

    Write the petition as a lesson in intentialism. You can explain the context for determining the meaning of volunteer as forced servitude based on the inclusion of a black man in the debate along with a president who is getting a dog. Congress wouldn’t want to use common words that might offend.

  74. intentialism=intentionalism

  75. Is it just me, or would my last post have been funnier if I had directed it to Patterico?

    I’m thinking there was a good reason why I’ve been a long time lurker at PW while not commenting.

  76. So is “but they do it, too!” going to be your standard response to everything for the next four years, meya?

  77. 7.62mm x 51mm is NATO… 7.62×39 is Rusky AK-47 ammo

  78. “So is “but they do it, too!” going to be your standard response to everything for the next four years, meya?”

    You mean the republicans wont get rid of homework?

  79. Vee vill make you volunteer for zee Obama Youth…

    Change and Hope must be brought to zee fatherland…

    Now, all republicans please report to have serial numbers tattoo’d on your forearms…

    And you people who were given contracts so you would leave AIG in March 2008, vee vill tax you at 90%… and you vill not complain or vee vill let everyone know were you live…

  80. “Welcome to tolerance camp. You are here because you would not accept people’s differences. Because you refuse to accept the life choices of your fellow man. Well those days are now over. Here you vill verk, every hour of every day until you submit to being tolerant of everybody. Here, intolerance… will not be tolerated. ”

    From South Park Episode 614… The Death Camp of Tolerance

  81. SFAG will be defending these people right up to the moment the van shows up to take her away to the camp.

    Hey, SFAG: ever hear of Maxmilian Robespierre? Ernst Röhm? Benito Mussolini?

    Might want to look into it, girly.

  82. Leon Trotsky?

    Gang of Four?

    Even your hero Che got shipped off to be cannon fodder when he became…inconvenient… to the thug at the helm.

  83. Ric, I bought a bunch of 7.62 x 39 last year and the year before. How much is a bunch? Well, at least 2 of the orders were over 1000 rounds. The only thing I regret is that lots of it is Wolf which isn’t reloadable.

    Oh, I also bought a little Army Field Manual on storing weapons and ammo safely underground and outdoors….

  84. I warned you. I did … months ago … but you said something like “meh”.

    Told you so ;)

  85. So will noone stand up for the 13th amendment?

  86. One thing: IIRC, the Brownshirts were actually volunteers. They were eliminated. It was the Hitler-Jugend who had the requirement to join (and there was a girls’ organization). All other civic groups were outlawed in favor of government-approved civic groups.

    This stuff just writes itself, doesn’t it?

  87. SBP: I heare that Robespierre milked The Terror for all it was worth.

    I wonder how that worked out?

  88. I’m in, point me at something.

  89. “Brown Shirt” = signified without a sign.

    That is, the signified “Brown Shirt,” refers to a sign that means support for Obama’s domestic volunteer corp, regardless of the sign’s (non) relationship with the signified.

    Or, in other “words,” the signified “Brown Shirt” comprises a sign that has been entirely loosed from any active individual’s intention (i.e., agency–which itself is the definition of individuality).

    Conscription by mandate into a group by virtue of the accident of a person’s birth (based upon any arbitrary category–like skin color, accidental social pedigree, social standing, gender, or date of birth, for instance)–is the fundamental denial of any essential equality. It is, rather, the recognition of the condition of essential inequality as the basis for social justice.

    Because no one is equal, no one CAN BE EQUAL.

    In which case, inequality must then be the basis for all equality.

    Hence, social remediation of differences of result must be ameliorated by corrections to differences of origination.

    To put it in other terms: differences in outcome can only be remedied by pretending that differences in origin do not exist. Furthermore, any differences in origin must be sufficiently punished to erase the possibility of differences of outcome.

    This, of course, means that the gains of any individual or generation during his or her lifetime, over and against the “successes” or “failures” of his or her progenitors, must be erased to make sure that the playing field for each successive generation is the same.

    That is: success represents a negative imbalance to the playing field and, like failure, must be erased each time it (success) is realized, thereby guaranteeing that every new member of every new generation has the same chance at “success” or “failure” (which, according to the same paradigm, must be the same thing).

    Success is failure. Black is White. Laverne is Shirley.

    (to plagiarize, just a bit . . .).

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  91. OMG. Read Six Meat Buffet’s trackback. SEVENTY FUCKING HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR THIS. You guys think I’m joking about a new party, but no, I’m not joking at all.

  92. God. God. God.

    I’ve been frightened enough to delurk.

    I’m sure it’s been mentioned before, but you must see the movie, The Sent Down Girl (Chinese title: Tian yu), directed by Joan Chen. I’ll never let one of those “campuses” get their hands on my kids. The movie doesn’t show horrifying possibility – it shows horrifying inevitability.

  93. My comments seem to have been blocked. So much for the great communicator.

  94. oh, could have been elsewhere. Sorry.

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