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Postby WinstonSmith » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:23 am

The greatest existing threat to progress, prosperity and peace in this world wasn't even mentioned on your local news tonight.

Government public health initiatives, like anti-smoking, represent the greatest threat to freedom the United States and the world has ever known. Unlike an obvious military assault or an attention-grabbing act of terrorism, this threat spreads incrementally, like a virus spreading itself out through a population. This virus, though, doesn't work in a way that is tangible, where the effects can be seen, like a plaque moving across networks of people. This virus works in the abstract, where it isn't so easily identified, spreading itself over networks of thought.

I believe the modern strain of this virus is the child of the Cold War and I call it Neo-Communism. Systems of thought don't die because you nail a messiah to a cross or knock down a wall in Berlin.

Thoughts and ideas are perhaps the easiest thing in the world for people to recognize the concept of, despite the fact that they have nothing to hold in their hand. We know that thought and systems of thought exist and even seem to stand on their own two feet, but we are very reluctant to admit that thoughts and ideas exist with such an independent existence. We know that thoughts and ideas are real, but we treat them a bit like ghosts because we can't deliver them to each other in bottles or boxes, or point them out in the street, or look at them under a microscope. We know that thoughts and ideas exist via their expression, usually in words, similar to the way we know that gravity exists; not because we can see it in any kind of essence, but because it keeps us affixed to the ground and makes the Earth go around the sun.

Thoughts and ideas, of course, are real. You know that you have hands or ears or eyes, and you know you have thoughts, even though you can't see them or touch them.

Are your thoughts the product of you or are you the product of your thoughts? Both, I would guess. It's difficult to even separate thoughts from their carriers, but we always speak of thought in such a way.

Thoughts and systems of thought are real ghosts, in a manner of speaking.

So, how does a ghost spread a virus? Biological systems use biological agents to spread a virus. Similarly, thought systems use agents of thought to spread a virus.

The common cold lets you walk around, feeling relatively okay, because this is the best method it has for spreading itself, via your sneezing and coughing. Malaria, on the other hand, will lay you flat on your back in bed, because this is the best method it has for spreading itself, by making you a more susceptible target for mosquitos which then transmit the virus to others.

Neo-Communism, this thought virus, spreads itself by lowering your psychological resistance via fear, then it infects with aberrant ideas that camouflage themselves as facts or truth or science. The thought virus then reinforces itself amongst the infected and they gather together collectively in thought, not driven by personal desire (a notion, you'll notice, the infected tend to despise), but driven by the thought virus itself.

This virus of thought has taken on many forms throughout the ages and it changes itself, creating different strains to fit its circumstances and surroundings. One strain was fascism, another National Socialism or Naziism, another was Soviet Communism.

The virus wants to do one thing; manifest itself. Anyway, anyhow. It doesn't care about the carriers or individual differences between them. You and I can sit here and argue about the differences between the Nazis and the Soviets, but the virus just wants a path of least resistance. It doesn't care what names it is called.

I call the latest strain of this virus Neo-Communism, because I believe it is a mutant adaptation, a new strain, of Soviet Commumism. I believe that anti-smoking is a symptom of the Neo-Communist virus.

I don't think that the latest strain of the virus is weaker than its parent, but stronger and more virulent.

You'll notice that I refer to Neo-Communism, Soviet Communism and Fascism as strains of this thought virus. So, what do I call this thought virus itself, in all of its forms, past and present?

Like I said, it doesn't care what names we call it, but I have a name for it.

I call it Evil.
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Postby oldstudent » Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:19 am

and EVIL is exactly that WinstonSmith.
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Postby oldstudent » Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:20 am

Say, WinstonSmith, will you be reposting your Evil 1-3? Maybe down under the science link so it gets viewed by all.
Hope so and thanks!
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Postby gilster » Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:38 am

WinstonSmith, so glad you are at FORCES, good to see you here!!!
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Postby richlady248 » Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:13 am

Yes, Winston, I'm with Old Student. I would like to find the entire series too. Good stuff!
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Postby WinstonSmith » Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:09 pm

Thank you, Gang and will do.

It is Friday, 9:20PM eastern time. I will be hovering in the chat room tonight and if I can figure out how to use the thing, maybe we'll have the opportunity to chat.
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Postby tnsmoker » Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:18 pm

Welcome, Winston. Glad you're here and plan to post your series on Evil.

I checked in way too late for chatting. Maybe we should set up some regular chat times each week. Or maybe the mods plan to do that?
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Postby WinstonSmith » Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:38 am

By request, I have had the honor of christening the science section with Parts I through III of the posts I entitled "Evil" on Speakeasy forum .

I've also posted the essay "The New Communism" that I wrote several months ago that started me off on this chain of thoughts. It is similar in theme to my post above.

Please feel free to ask any questions you have regarding what I've posted. I intend to post a long list of sources at the end, but feel free to ask if you'd like to know about some of the material that gave me a grounding for these ideas.

I intended for the "Evil" series to be a heuristic approach to these ideas. In other words, it is an untested hypothesis that seeks to grow through questions, challenges, and ideas from others. It's a "big picture" approach to finding answers. Einstein, for example, attributed his The Theory of Relativity to using the heuristic approach. Many successful fiction writers use this approach; starting with an idea and seeing where it takes them. The heuristic approach is sometimes oversimplified and watered down a bit as "thinking from the end" or "intention" or "attraction", as if you make things real simply by picturing them. This is demonstrably untrue, as proven by every 14 year old in the world with a crush.

Rather, the heuristic approach is useful for an active creative process. My favorite example is Steven Spielberg writing "Close Encounters of The Third Kind". Spielberg wrote the ending first, probably as just a scene he liked, then he wrote the rest of the film filling in the details. If you've seen the film, you'll notice that the story of the film seems to be the story of the writing of the film. It is about a man obsessed with an image who just keeps creating the image until the image becomes a reality that determines the ultimate fate of the man.

Reality does, under the right circumstances, have a habit of filling in details. There's alot there I could say about what gathers us all here, but I've gone on long enough.
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Postby DancingTigerBait » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:00 pm

Hi, Winston! :-)

I've been enjoying your posts. Interestingly, I was commenting on another forum--in fact, the Psychic Explorers Club, where we do investigate ghosts, LOL--that science is the new religion and the tyrants/demagogues of this new science do make the rules as they go along...much like in Orwell's 1984. (Re-writing the "rules" using negation by addition.) Along the way, I had to laugh when one member was surprised to learn that public health people DO determine what they want to prove and THEN set about using statistics or whatever to "prove" it. I was reminded of this by your comment above, "It is about a man obsessed with an image who just keeps creating the image until the image becomes a reality that determines the ultimate fate of the man."

Anyway, welcome to the Tavern! :-)

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Postby WinstonSmith » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:07 pm

Thank you, Stephanie. Your board name, "Dancing Tiger Bait" is hillarious. I gues we're all "dancing tiger bait" these days.

I was surfing around the board and I noticed that you posted a reading of something you wrote as an audio file. I intend to take the time to listen to it.

I'm an information junkie and I know that I won't have time to get to every book out there, so I listen to audiobooks in my car or whenever I have a repeititive task at work. I "re-read" everything I find particularly interesting on audiobook and listen to any book I find of cursory interest.

I've considered taking this same approach of creating audio files of what I write and I've even managed to get my hands on some web space that I haven't used as of yet.

I might use this space to really set my ideas loose and write "full-length" versions of some of the ideas I share here. (I also enjoy filmmaking, though I've only made one short film, and I'm very interested in creating "essays on film", because I'm not too impressed with what others have done independently in this area on Google Video/YouTube.)

I enjoy writing immensely, but I've never submitted anything in my life for publication because it became clear to me in College that literature had been monopolized by people of anti-capitalist, collectivist interest. (Such forces are forces of thought and seek systems of information and education first.)

I'm rambling off. What I want to say, in relation to your posting an audiofile, is that, for some reason, most people tend to have an "I'd rather chew glass than listen to an audiobook" mentality. I understand this mentality, because I used to have it myself, considering myself a purist who wanted to read everything with his eyes, not his ears.

So, for anyone out there who has never tried it, I invite you to try this: listen to the best book you've read in the last ten years, but haven't read in the last two. Audiobooks fundamentally changed many aspects of my life, because they tripled my reading capacity and tripled my actual, visual reading. You won't read less if you listen to audiobooks, you'll read more.

Don't worry about results, don't worry if you think you won't pay attention, I recommend you try it. Music will still be there at a button push. Just try it.

If you would like a recommendation, I recommend "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote or "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

(Of course, Capote and Lee were friends. Capote even appears in "To Kill a Mockingbird". The character Dill is based on the very young Capote. Also, there has been a rumor for decades, that I find ridiculous, that Capote actually did most of the writing of "To Kill a Mockingbird".)

Also, Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley" is very good on audiobook. Stephen King's better books are always entertaining on audiobook.

Heavy stylists like Joyce, Hemingway, Faulkner (or Cormac McCarthy; "Faulkner Jr." as I think of him) need to be read, I think. Even with Hemingway's simplicity, these books are reading experiences not listening experiences, because their writing relies on finding an internal cadence in the reader, and that experience tends to be diminished a bit by listening.

Otherwise, you can find time for the book you can't find time for with the audiobook. "Steal one" from your tax payer funded library (but bring it back of course). I do. (I also donated subscriptions to Libertarian Magazines like "Reason" to my local library.)

Nowadays, I sometimes have difficulty remembering whether I actually read a book or listened to it.
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