Bulletin N° 804
“THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III”
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Subject : "The King wears no clothes !" : The Rape of Gaza as a Spectator Sport.
8 June 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
In his preface to the collection of thirty-eight essays entitled The Creative Process,” the editor, Brewster Ghiselin (1903-2002), discusses the scientific anatomy of the human brain and the writing of poetry, doing science, making music, and working in the plastic arts. Ghiselin cites John Livingston Lowes’ book, The Road to Xanadu: A Study in the Ways of the Imagination (1927), in which Lowes (1867-1945) examined the sources of Samuel Coleridge's famous poems, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, by using Coleridge's notebook and other papers. Lowes put together a list of books that the poet read before and during the time he composed his poems and attempted to connect images and ideas in the poems to images and ideas in Coleridge's copious readings. It was an early precursor to the deconstructionist effort to enter into the poet’s mind and follow the process of creation in his writing. Lowes' investigation into the origins of Coleridge’s creativity verges on the mystical:
I have left two-thirds of the mass of entries in the Note Book completely untouched. But the whole could not make clearer one fact of profound significance for us. For there, in those bizarre pages, we catch glimpses of the strange and fantastic shapes which haunted the hinterland of Coleridge’s brain. Most of them never escaped from their confines into the light of day. Some did, trailing clouds of glory as they came. But those which did not, like the stars of the old astrology, rained none the less their secret influences on nearly everything that Coleridge wrote in his creative prime. [These works] . . . are what they are because they are all subdued to the hues of that heaving and phosphorescent sea below the verge of consciousness from which they have emerged. No single fragment of concrete reality in the array before us is in itself of such far-reaching import as in the sense of that hovering cloud of shadowy presences. For what the teeming chaos of the Note Book gives us is the charged and electrical atmospheric background of a poet’s mind.(p.23)
The editor of this small and dynamic book goes on to compare Lowes’ description of the creative activity of the poet’s mind with Dr. R. W. Gerard’s (1900-1974) description of the human nervous system. The American neurophysiologist described the nervous system as an "energy field," and “a fluid whole, a continual alteration of flowing electrical patterns.”
Now with our discovery of a far more fluid nervous system, one unceasingly active and with neural and electrical messages rippling the whole into dynamic patterns, which flow from one contour to another as present influences play upon the condition left by past ones – with such a picture the arrival of new neural relationships is no great problem.(p.246)
And brain regions which are most active in particular patterns - think of the nodes and internodes of crossed wave trains – might well acquire, with repetition of these patterns, alterations which are both more local and more enduring than the initiating disturbances. With such regions located it will become practicable to look for the kind of change which endures; change in chemical composition or metabolism, electrical potential or resistance, cell structure or connection, or whatever it turns out to be when found. The figure of a river and its bed, used so vividly by [Dr.] Chiki in picturing the general relation of structure and function, is apposite here. The river carves its bed and the bed controls its waters; only by their continual interplay can a particular system develop. The spring floods are mass responses of the whole to environmental conditions and are transitory dynamic patterns, yet they leave local and lasting changes. Where the waters pile up most and the currents are swiftest – where the activity disturbance is most extreme in a particular total situation, as the potential fields in the occipital lobe on visual stimulation – there are produced the washed-out banks or the undercut cliffs which determine the river’s flow for decades to come – the concrete regional changes wherewith the past directs the future, the basis of memory.(p.248)
In his preface to this collection of essays, Ghiselin suggests, somewhat paradoxically, that change is constant and that it is the source of human stability. He uses a poem by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) to illustrate the universal nature of creativity and the micro-politics of change.
The creative process is not only the concern of specialists, however; it is not limited to the arts and to thought, but is as wide as life. Or perhaps it would be more correct to say that invention in the arts and in thought is a part of the invention of life, and that this invention is essentially a single process. That view is made clear enough in Yeats’ poem, “Long-Legged Fly,” . . . . The minds of the artist Michelangelo, of Caesar the man of action, and of the nameless girl whose movements are only the apparently trivial motions of life at play are seen to be all in the same condition: their minds move upon silence as the fly moves on the surface of a stream. They are brought into relation, that is to say, with the freer and more plentiful activity which transcends that of the schematic consciousness, the awareness which can be put into words or formed into other systems of signs. They are enlarged. It would not be correct to say that they have yielded to darkness or disorder so long as they remain responsive to the needs of life, to the pressures or tensions developing in the widened psychic activity in consequence of human interests and need, including those interests and needs which are unsatisfied in the experience organized by current insight. They have yielded to a necessity inherent in their full psychic life.
This self-surrender so familiar to creative minds is nearly always hard to achieve. It calls for a purity of motives that is rarely sustained except through dedication and discipline. Subordination of everything to the whole impulse of life is easier for the innocent and ignorant because they are not so fully aware of the hazards of it or are less impressed by them, and they are not so powerfully possessed by convention. When their life is strong in them they can sometimes surrender themselves to it without effort. But shortly the girl in Yeats’ poem will notice that somebody is looking, and then, unless she is very skilful and full of disastrous genius, she will sink into convention.
Even when one has recognized the controlling center of life as lying outside the ego and the preoccupations of conscious life and has leaned to look away from these, submitting to its guidance may be difficult. Some of the reasons why this is so need no further discussion. Much of the difficulty comes of the slightness and the often doubtful character of the means by which the guidance is asserted. The first intimations are likely to be embodied in apparently trivial things, objects or experiences that in our everyday life would seem to have little importance or none whatever. There are two clues to their real importance: first, the disproportionate or even wholly inexplicable satisfaction or excitement which they evoke in the creative worker; and secondly, their power to open his mind inward upon the stir of its own unorganized riches.
This is not to say that all that excites the mind in this way will lead directly to creation. The desired new order implicit in the stir of indeterminate activity cannot be seized in the abstract: it must crystallize in terms of some medium in which the worker is adept. Without craft it will escape.(pp.24-25)
Marx wrote in the early part of his life that “philosophers have interpreted the word, but the point is to change it.” The raw material of daily life as a whole is a confusing, chaotic, distracting, illogical, and unmanageable mess. Most people rely on convention to understand what is happening, thus securing a repetitious behavior in which, at best, they learn hesitantly by trial-and-error. This uninspired way of life is protected by predictable violence whenever “threatened” by new concepts which might introduce a new Gestalt and initiate structural changes in our thinking and behavior. For example, instead of the top-down managed democracy which we now live under, there is good reason to believe that the universal human need for creative labor and convivial living conditions could be better realized by voluntary collective associations and self-management. Cynical opportunists have perverted a so-called “democracy” into a fake ideology of “human liberation.” In advanced capitalist nations, we should re-appropriate Marx’s original analysis and replace the ideology of Neoliberalism with a collective will for true Democratic Socialism and thereby abolish the private profit motive by introducing the goal of economic justice and social equality, thereby ending the vicious cultural hegemony of domination/subjugation that serves as the bedrock of the capitalist political economy around the world, both its structure and its function . . . .
The 20 items below reflect the continuous work that is being done to replace the barbaric episodes of capitalist violence with rational structures that can support creative life in new ways. Those who are now collaborating with the imperialist forces of repression and refuse to stand up against this enemy should reexamine their cynical old habits of instrumentalist thought and behavior and muster the courage to think once again with youthful passion and commitment to resistance in the name of our collective humanity with a future.
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
From: "Mark Crispin Miller"
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June 7, 2018
The nurses in Gaza need $80, to buy gauze
Though it isn't making headlines at the moment, Gaza is an ongoing humanitarian disaster,
with the medical teams at work around the clock to care for all the wounded.
Right now they urgently need $80, just for gauze.
Richard D. Wolff Speech 2018
(Bad news for capitalism)
Department Of Homeland Security Compiles List Of All Bloggers, Journalists & "Social Media Influencers"
by Tyler Durden
Many were hoping that once Barack Obama was out of office we would see less of this Big Brother surveillance nonsense, but instead it seems to be getting even worse.
What Principles and Values Rule the World
Chomsky’s Talk at Olaf College on May 22n 2018
John Pilger And Roger Waters Support Vigils And Rallies
For Julian Assange
by John Pilger
On 19 June 2018, it will be six years since Julian Assange was forced to take refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He had been warned that the US planned an extradition warrant for his arrest. His 'crime' was that of a scrupulous editor - WikiLeaks had revealed the war crimes of the US. Today, Julian has never been more isolated, and his health is failing.
On Sunday 17 June, the SEP will stage a rally for Julian in the heart of Sydney, Australia, his homeland.
This is backed by John Pilger, Roger Waters, Julian Burnside QC and Terry Hicks, father of former Guantanamo prisoner, David Hicks. John Pilger will address the rally from the steps of Sydney Town Hall, which starts at 1pm.
On Tuesday 19 June, there will be a rally and vigil outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London,
beginning at 6pm. Other vigils will be held outside British embassies around the world on the same day. In Dublin, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mariead Maguire and members of the Irish parliament, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace, will speak in support of Julian outside the British embassy.
Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What's Wrong with Libertarianism
Anarchism "assumes that the burden of proof for anyone in a position of power and authority lies on them," explains Chomsky.
MCM on the disappearance of free speech, and the corruption of "the left," in the United States today
Red State Organizing in the Age of Trump
by Vincent Emanuele
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Like last year, the Left Forum Conference in New York City has again rejected our panels for this June. But our speakers refuse to be silenced. This year we are holding our conference online.
The Electronic Intifada
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A Must-READ . . . .
JUNE 4, 2018
Photo by Jordi Bernabeu Farrús | CC BY 2.0
by JIM KAVANAGh
The Great March of Return is a startling, powerful expression of Palestinian identity and resistance. Thousands of Palestinians have come out, bravely and unapologetically, to say: “We refuse to remain invisible. We reject any attempt to assign us to the discard pile of history. We will exercise our fundamental right to go home.” They have done this unarmed, in the face of Israel’s use of deadly armed force against targets (children, press, medics) deliberately chosen to demonstrate the Jewish state’s unapologetic determination to force them back into submissive exile by any means necessary. By doing this repeatedly over the last few weeks, these incredibly brave men, women, and children have done more than decades of essays and books to strip the aura of virtue from Zionism that’s befogged Western liberals’ eyes for 70 years.
Finding the truth amid Israel’s lies
Great sadness and suffering flooded the roads – convoy upon convoy of refugees making their way [to the Lebanese border]. They leave the villages of their homeland and the homeland of their ancestors and move to an alien, unknown new land, full of troubles. Women, children, babies, donkeys – everyone is on the move, quietly and sadly, to the north, without looking left or right.
A woman cannot find her husband, a child cannot find his father … Everything that can walk is moving, running away not knowing what to do, not knowing where they are going. Many of their belongings are spread on the sideways; the more they walk the more exhausted they become, they nearly cannot walk anymore – shedding from the bodies everything they tried to salvage when they are on their way to exile …
Russia's Putin and Israel's Netanyahu negotiate . . . about what?
by Ann Garrison
“Russia has friendly relations with Israel, and more than a million Russian Jews emigrated to Israel, but Iran is a strategic ally of Russia.”
Last week major state and corporate news outlets reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had met and agreed on removing Iranian troops from Syria and/or Iran’s border with Syria. Then, on June 3rd, Haaretz and other outlets reported that Israel had, for the first time, participated in a NATO “exercise” near the Russian border. I spoke to Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist specializing in Syria, about what could be behind these reports.
Ann Garrison: I’d like to go through some of these disparate reports about Russia and Israel one by one, but first, what do you think of Israel’s first ever participation in NATO war games near the Russian border?
Rick Sterling: The head of NATO recently confirmed that NATO would NOT get into a war involving Israel because Israel is not a NATO member. But Israel is a “partner,” and in 2014 the US Congress designated Israel as a “major strategic partner.” So I think Israel may be participating in the war maneuvers to demonstrate that it’s a good partner. Of course, Russia sees the NATO military exercises on its border as provocative. They are countering with their own military exercises, so it’s just a continuation in the wrong direction away from peace and mutual acceptance.
In First, Israel
Participates in Major NATO Exercise Near Russia
File photo: NATO's Saber Strike military exercise in Orzysz, Poland.-/AFP
18,000 soldiers from 19 countries are participating in Saber Strike 18 drill in NATO's eastern flank as Russia's military maneuvers are increasingly worrying nearby NATO members
by Yaniv Kubovich and The Associated Press
A major U.S.-led military exercise with 18,000 soldiers from 19 primarily NATO countries has kicked off in the alliance's eastern flank involving Poland and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. The U.S. Army Europe said Sunday the Saber Strike 18 drill is spread around the region until June 15 as "a demonstration of the commitment and solidarity of the Alliance" at the time when Russia's military maneuvers are increasingly worrying nearby NATO members.
Diplomatic Humiliation As US Vetoes Resolution
on Protecting Palestinians
ICH and Agencies
The United States vetoed Friday a UN draft resolution calling for measures to protect Palestinians after more than 100 were killed by Israeli fire during protests at the Gaza fence.
Ten countries including China, France and Russia voted in favor of the draft. Four countries - Britain, Ethiopia, the Netherlands and Poland - abstained.
Nationalizing the Banks is a Popular Demand,
So Let’s Demand It
by Glen Ford
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In Unanimous Vote, House Says No Legal Right to Attack Iran
(June 6, 2018)
by Marjorie Cohn
In a little noticed but potentially monumental development, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 5515) that says no statute authorizes the use of military force against Iran.
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), states, “It is the sense of Congress that the use of the Armed Forces against Iran is not authorized by this Act or any other Act.”
A bipartisan majority of the House adopted the National Defense Authorization Act on May 24, with a vote of 351-66. The bill now moves to the Senate.
If the Senate version ultimately includes the Ellison amendment as well, Congress would send a clear message to Donald Trump that he has no statutory authority to militarily attack Iran.
This becomes particularly significant in light of Trump’s May 8 withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. That withdrawal was followed by a long list of demands by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which could set the stage for a US attack on Iran.
Digital Innovation Directorate Do the ‘Russian
Circumstantial evidence points in that direction, as Ray explains in this 16-minute video.
The Absence of Diplomacy Is Isolating Washington
by Paul Craig Roberts
The dissolution of the Soviet Union removed the constraint on Washington’s unilateralism. The neoconservatives, who had just risen to power, seized the opportunity and replaced diplomacy with threat and coercion. One infamous example is from the George W. Bush regime when the Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, told Pakistan to do as you are told or you will be bombed into the stone age. We have this on the authority of the president of Pakistan himself, who did as he was told.
In the case of Russia during the Putin era, this level of threat is excessive as Russia can bomb back. So the threat has been reduced to: do as you are told or we will impose sanctions.
Sanctions are an assertion of hegemony of one country over another. They are an assertion that the imposer of sanctions has extra-legal international authority to tell other sovereign states what to do or to suffer consequences if they do not.
Once the constraint on Washington’s unilateralism was removed, sanctions became an instrument of US foreign policy and replaced diplomacy. The Clinton regime used them on Iraq. When the UN reported that the effect of the Clinton regime’s sanctions on Iraq was the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children, Clinton’s Jewish Secretary of State was asked by Lesley Stahl on the national TV program “60 Minutes” if the sanctions were worth the deaths of a half million children. Madeliene Albright said yes, “the price is worth it.” The Jews feel the same way about the Palestinians. As the Palestinians’ country has been stolen by Israel, what is the point of Palestinians? Killing them is Israel’s answer. As one Israeli minister said, we are only doing what the Americans did to the native Americans known as Indians. As America shares this crime with Israel, little wonder that Washington always vetoes any UN action against Israel for its crimes against the Palestinians. The two criminal states stand united against the world.
Justice and Freedom For Julian Assange Mean Free Speech For Us All
by John Pilger
The Courage Foundation announces an urgent campaign to support Julian Assange and demand his freedom. Keep an eye on our liveblog for updates.
This month, it will be six years since Julian was forced to take refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He had been warned; the US Department of Justice was likely to file an application with Britain’s Home Office for his extradition to the United States. The allegations against Julian and WikiLeaks in the US were subsequently declared secret by a US District Court judge, but it has since been confirmed that a grand jury in Virginia has concocted a number of possible ‘charges’ against the WikiLeaks founder.
The most likely of these is ‘espionage,’ which harks back to a long-defunct First World War law designed to punish conscientious objectors.
Julian is not an American; neither has he ‘betrayed’ any state. His ‘crime’ has been free journalism and publishing, which are protected under the US Constitution, a document whose sanctity has apparently been jettisoned.
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