Do we really have a representative democracy?
I've always been a strong supporter of Mr. Kucinich and I was glad to see him on this forum. The two party system is nothing more than pseudo-reality television. It has no greater value than does the television show Survivor or Big Brother. Yes, we could say that these television shows have a certailn, voyeuristic entertainment value, but for making judgments regarding who should being the most powerful person on Earth, I would rather that not be relegated to infotainment.
The the Republicrat party feeding from the corporate trough we really can't say that we have a democracy. What we have is something new. A corporatocracy. And there's no evidence that anyone in the Democratic or Republican parties is going to challeng that orthodoxy.
So we need a third party...and a fourth party...and a fifth party. We need an expanded debate in how to run our country. We need to re-think the very social structures that brought us to this level of political stagnation. We need a radical realignment of American Democracy.
As it stands, neither the Democratic nor Republican parties represent us, the common men and women, or our children. Instead, they represent elite interests. Well, if our elected representatives do not represent us, then can we say that we have a representative democracy? Of course not.
And what does it take to create a representative democracy? Political action from the bottom. Democracy is never a top down ideology. Democracy is the result of anger and agitation from the common man, shaking their fists and demanding social justice.
It's time to start shaking our fists in the face of power rather than waste our time who's going to win the "reality" television game known as American Election Year.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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