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31 July 2019

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Jack

Sir

I love this post. Reminiscent of the stories of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

What very few grasp is that we've financialized the economy. So its about supply and demand of financial instruments like stocks, bonds, structured products and currencies. And the scale of this "economy" is substantially larger than the economy of goods and services. This beast needs to be tamed but there's no one on the horizon who even gets it, let alone has the ability to communicate what it means.

Aristonicu

Conservative journalist Robert Stacy McCain decided to follow her campaign back in March - https://theothermccain.com/2019/03/20/marianne2020-lets-make-this-happen/

He wrote at the time: "The best way to cover a presidential campaign is at the grassroots level with a long-shot candidate so low in the polls that they’re not surrounded by a swarm of major media."

He too noticed the reaction to the "Dark psychic forces" line -

"Nobody thought she had a chance, but last night in the CNN debate, she got the biggest applause of the night with her advocacy of slavery reparation and her line blaming Trump’s success on “dark psychic forces”"

https://theothermccain.com/2019/07/31/dark-psychic-forces-2020/

The Twisted Genius

I'm sure it comes as no surprise, but I also find Marianne intriguing. I also hope she stays around for a while. One of the textbooks in my first anthropology classes was Carlos Casteneda's "A Separate Reality," his latest book at the time describing the world of a Yaqui Indian sorcerer named Don Juan. The teachings of Don Juan bear an uncanny resemblance to what Marianne has been saying. I doubt enough voters will have the courage to really listen to what she has to say. I also have serious doubts she could successfully deal with the Washington swamp, but who knows. Maybe she has some sorceress mind tricks up her sleeve. We have a national poet laureate. Why not have a national shaman? I'm game. As Don Juan said, "Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else."

JP Billen

The real star of tonights debate is Tulsi. Our neighborhood group is betting she is going to get a big bump in the polls after tonight. I'm just sorry that it probably won't be enough for the nomination. But she'd make a great VP. And she would even make a good SecState or SecDef in a Trump Admin. The senior senator from Kentucky would probably put a kibosh on that though.

optimax

I don't know if this video of Marianne leading a group of white people in a spiritual apology for slavery, Jim Crow,blah, blah to a handful of black captives in the audience has been posted on SST before. She wants us to carry blacks on our backs to the Promised Land. She is earnest in her desire to lead Americans to the butterfly filled skies of Eden. And naive to believe her dream exists.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/07/21/marianne-williamson-white-people-prayer-of-apology-nr-vpx.cnn

MP98

"I enjoy looking at her."
Agree.
An oldie but goodie.

fanto

let´s wait until "the dark psychic forces" will get labelled antisemitic..., if or when, her candidacy should gain speed...

JamesT

Colonel,

For the second time, Tulsi is the "most searched for on Google" after the debate. She was 'most searched for' after her first debate and Google turned off her 'google ads' account until everyone went to bed. They measure this state-by-state, and Tulsi garnered the most interest in every single state.

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1156764656381440003

Eric Newhill

TTG,
Don Juan was a hardcore conservative. He eschewed the ideology of victimhood and frequently unfavorably critiqued those who complained that others, fate, whatever are doing things to them as if they are a "leaf in the wind". A warrior/sorcerer/man of knowledge was to be dependent on no one. He would have mocked the modern Democrats.

DavidKNZ

Marian Williamsons entry into public awareness came with a best seller " A RETURN TO LOVE: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles " and it remains the foundation for her subsequent rise to prominence. Probably the best exposition of A Course in Miracles itself is by daan dehn, an expat American now living in sunny Nelson, NZ ..
https://www.miracles.org.nz

shtoe

Yes. I was about to make the point about supply and demand of money, but you put it better. I'm afraid classical economics is very distant in the rear-view mirror.

rho

I'm not into this New Age stuff. I just want to see Democrats nominate a cute and likable dog that can do some awesome tricks. That would be their best candidate in decades!

The Twisted Genius

Eric, I agree with your concise, accurate description of Don Juan except for the label of conservative. I see a fearless embrace of the future and change in his teachings while conservatives eschew change as much as the ideology of victimhood and the other. I looked at the Marianne2020 site yesterday. I was surprised to find a Teddy Roosevelt like fearless embrace of an optimistic, self-reliant future. It wasn't all the butterflies and uniforms I was expecting. The one big difference between Marianne and Don Juan is her reliance on the power within the self and collective society (at least in her political platform) as opposed to Don Juan's reliance purely on the power within the self.

ex PFC Chuck

Agreed! Michael Hudson's Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy is the Must Read to understand how the process works.
http://amzn.to/2wuiYEP

The Twisted Genius

That's unicorns, not uniforms.

The Twisted Genius

I hope Tulsi makes it to the next round. I think she's solid all around. She would be a good VP, SecState or SecDef, but she's far too progressive to be considered for the Trump administration.

Eric Newhill

TTG,
Ok. That's a different twist than I'd put on it, but I enjoyed reading how you handled it. Smiley face, etc. Don Juan was very traditionalist in conforming to, and passing along to apprentices, his system and knowledge, which he said came from ancient Toltecs. That is a conservative attribute.

Additionally, Don Juan lectured about avoiding the folly of human kind and, especially, of what he called "The average man". Once one is no longer controlled by fear and has obtained a certain level of knowledge and personal power and experience one finds oneself in a new and "separate reality". Then it is natural for one to attempt to go back home to "Ixtlan" (or wherever one is from), but that home no longer exists for the warrior because he is so fundamentally transformed. Thus his only home is now with other warriors and amongst the wonders of the world.

I'm pretty sure that Don Juan was disinterested in politics all together.

casey

Dear Mr. Colonel:

As appealing as Williamson and, in my view, Gabbard are (despite her AIPAC boot-licking), I'm wondering whether the DNC long-term plan here is to allow this field of people to provide entertainment as they perform their Three Stooges routine, and have Biden maybe draw off some of Trump's white make supporters, then, at the last possible moment, bring Michelle O in to thunderous DNC-type approval.

Fred

Chuck,

You left out the close italics on the last line.

Seamus Padraig

That's been Mike Whitney's thesis for months now:

Face it: The Democrats aren’t going to change. They got a good thing going right now and they’re not going to mess with it. They already have Wall Street, Silicone Valley, most of the weapons manufacturers, and all the major media in their hip pocket, so what do they have to worry about? Nothing. All they have to do is keep the pressure on Trump until the economy tanks, then trot out Michelle Obama at the eleventh hour and, presto, they’ll be back in the oval office once again.

http://www.unz.com/mwhitney/what-did-the-democrats-learn-from-the-2016-election-nothing/

The Twisted Genius

Eric, I appreciate your highlighting of Don Juan to everyone at SST. You're doing a great job. He was definitely a traditionalist as you described him and I'm also pretty sure he was disinterested in politics.

Terry

Interesting story about Father Benedict Groeschel, a Catholic priest, and Helen Schucman, the channel for ACM.

https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/2004/07/the-making-of-a-course-in-miracles.aspx

Eric Newhill

TTG,
My pleasure.

I also, once upon a time, wanted to be an anthropologist type and have always had an interest in spiritual matters. I spent a lot of time with both Apache and Yaqui medicine men when I lived in Arizona. These are great people and I learned a lot from them; some things you wouldn't believe.

Glad we can relate on this topic.

That said, I think Marianne is an air head new ager. She probably keeps the unicorn in a stall at home. You can only see it if you pay $50 to gaze through the magic crystal.

akaPatience

After reading about Michael Moore's recent remarks regarding Michelle Obama, I've been giving the issue some thought. IMO she's the African American version of Hillary: the MSM, Hollywood, and partisan D's love her and would promote her to the hilt, and she'd undoubtedly raise a lot of money. But just like Clinton, far too many others absolutely loathe her and would vote for just about ANYONE else.

Some obvious similarities: both got off to bad starts ("I'm not some little woman standing by my man"/"For the first time in my adult life I'm proud of my country"); both have husbands who are softer, and much more politically adroit; both received politically-connected jobs as their husbands' political careers advanced, etc.

Bottom line: I just don't think she's the sure thing Michael Moore presumes her to be. He thinks if she goes for the jugular she'll beat Trump, but IMO she'd alienate even more voters, particularly men.

rho

Michael Moore looks like he got a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome after the election and never recovered. Quite amazing, he absolutely nailed the mindset of Trump voters in 2016 in that little segment of his movie "Trumpland" - but that was before he went insane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYZqnc-zY5o

How can one predict that Michelle Obama would so soundly beat Trump if nobody has a clue about her policies at all? Is being a black woman sufficient to be better than Trump? Seriously?

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