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Good Morning America – Ideological Crusading

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I read the European papers and I wonder: what is going on? Some right-winged people with lots of money and a few people who have no idea of Global politic (sorry, dear Tea Party) are going to ruin a whole country.

The Republicans and and a few nitwits  achieve what Al-Qaeda did not achieve:

The destruction of American.

american crisisGood Night Free America, we will miss you!

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Woman’s World

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It wasn’t always a man’s world. For centuries we’ve been accustomed to living in cultures in which men dominate society amaking-of-amazon-warriornd women are relegated to supportive roles, often subservient to men. We’re paid less, promoted less, and our contributions are valued less. This has come to seem so normal that the feminist movement hasn’t gained widespread support even among women, who often vote public policy against their own best interests. We make up more than half of the population, so politically women have the capacity to change their role in society, and yet too many of us are complacent about the position in which we find ourselves. Our function as life-bringers and nurturers may seem to have contributed to this situation, but there have been societies in the past which were entirely matrifocal if not matriarchal. On this site you will notice a recurring theme: a view of the world from a female perspective, pages of art depicting warrior women, and a general emphasis on the nobility of the femme heart, as well as a focus on the historic folly of men and the state of the world to which their dominance has delivered us. But there were other eras when women ruled. Before the Celts and Picts there were the Amazons of Hellenic Greece. Around the ancient world were other societies where women were dominant.

From primitive times men were the hunters, women the gatherers. Women attended to the nature of the growing things they gathered and learned the characteristics of different plantlife. They found how to cultivate native flora for food and worked and managed the land upon which their crops sustained the community. More than likely, women invented agriculture while men were hunting meat. During the Neolithic age, in northern Europe and probably elsewhere, there may well have been matrifocal societies, in which women were the owners of the land, the heads of households, and the leaders of their communities. There is certainly well-documented evidence from Roman times of female warriors among the Celtic tribes, and the tradition of inheritance through the female line was practiced by both the Celts and the Picts and persisted well into the historical period. In the early Americas, some native tribes were organized along similar lines. While the braves hunted and fought, women discovered plants that had medicinal qualities and women became the healers. In most pagan societies around the ancient world the lore and wisdom of the cycles of the moon, the seasons of the growing calendar, and the secrets of healing became the province of women. The wisest among them were known as witches who passed their secrets down to their daughters.

From my own Native American heritage I was taught by my grandmother that before the Europeans came to America and Christianized the tribes, the Cherokees from which I am descended were a matriarchal tribe. Female elders were the heads of the clans and the tribal communities. Clan affiliation was passed down through the female line, not the male. Women owned the land and passed it down to their daughters. Even in marriage, women were sexually free to couple with any other male she desired as long as he was not of her own clan. Sons were taught not by their fathers, but by their mother’s brother, or by their grandmother’s brother if no uncle was present. No child was ever a bastard because they all belonged to the woman. If a Cherokee woman chose to divorce her husband it was as simple as putting all his possessions out of her home onto the doorstep. Women had control of nearly everything among the Cherokee, until the arrival of the white man.

Where Christianity spread so also did the power of the male-dominated Catholic church. The hierarchy of the church allowed for no leadership roles for women. In the Fourth and Fifth centuries after Christ, the newly ascendent Christians destroyed all the archives and libraries of the dying Roman Empire and the knowlege accumulated through centuries of civilization was lost resulting in a thousand-year Dark Age, rigidly dominated by Catholicism. The simultaneous rise of Islam in the Middle East also perpetuated male authority by the very word of the Prophet. During the Medieval period paganism was suppressed everywhere and its holidays and celebrations usurped and re-Christened to serve the needs of the church. As the two major patriarchal religions spread across the globe women were subjugated as little more than the chattel of their husbands, bound by church-sanctioned marriage vows to honor and obey their husbands. Women were scapegoated by both faiths as the tempters of men and witches were condemned and burned in the name of the holy church. Even after the Middle Ages ended, the period of the Enlightenment did little to advance the stature of women in society. With few exceptions the achievements in science, literature, and the arts from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century were made by men since women were rarely educated by their families or society. Gains have been made only in the past two centuries and still women are outnumbered by men in every position of power.

So history has delivered us to this point, where women in many cases are better educated or more capable than men yet still have limited access to positions of authority, watching men make the rules. If the arrow of progress which we have enjoyed for the past two centuries was still on target to gaining for women an equal status with men, we might only need wait a couple generations for justice. But we still have men actively working against us. In America the Republican Party has been waging a political war against women and getting away with it. And still far too many women are oblivious to the forces working against them or at least don’t take the threat seriously yet. The idea is not to gain dominance. Though there are many examples of female-dominated societies in the past, there is no evidence that they were morally superior in any way to male-dominated cultures. The idea is justice. Only when women are on an equal footing with men will ours be a just society. Until then, we have a lot of work to do!

(c) February 10th, 2013 Bethany Ariel Frasier

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Changing the Continuum

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There is a new science-fiction series on the SyFy channel called Continuum. I like it. But it presents a challenge to your ethical compass and leaves you with certain moral ambiguities which make me wonder whether I should be rooting for the protagonist or her enemies. The protagonist is a beautiful girl from the future who is essentially a special-tactics cop who works for the corporate rulers of the world in the year 2074. Democratic governments have apparently been swept away by the plutocratic powers of the corporate wealthy and everyone in the future is governed by the will of a consortium of powerful corporations. Her antagonists are a violent revolutionary group called Liber8, which has managed to come back in time to change the course of history so democratic governments will prevail over the corporatists. Her mission is to stop them so that the timeline remains unchanged and her corporate employers still come out on top. The revolutionaries are a desperate group however and resort to ruthless means to affect change in our present to bring about a future where people are free from corporate rule. None of their actions seem to generate any sympathy for their cause in the viewer, even though their cause seems eminently worthy. So whom are we suppose to cheer? She finds unwitting allies in our time who work with her to stop Liber8 as a dangerous terrorist faction even though they are unaware of the political future she is trying to preserve.

This is an interesting scenario because it is beginning to look as if large corporations will soon actually achieve that degree of unchecked power to nullify the sovereignty of democratically-elected governments. If you are a conservative on the right wing of the political spectrum you may find this projected future desirable. Conservatives fear big government but they have no such qualms about big, all-powerful corporations so perhaps this television series is aimed at them. Liberals like me however loathe the prospect of a society where big corporations can operate without the legal constraints of democratically-elected governments, so we favor big government that is powerful enough to regulate and rein-in corporations which pollute and create other damage to our society in the name of unbridled greed. Recently several of the major financial and banking conglomerates which caused the worldwide economic crash of 2008 arranged a settlement with the U.S. government to avoid prosecution for their fraud and malfeasance which resulted in the economic meltdown that still cripples the world economy today. Apparently these corporations are already too big and powerful to prosecute and the U.S. government which used to break up these monopolistic corporations under the anti-trust act is now impotent to challenge their political power and is virtually under their control. Corporations now own and control nearly all of the media outlets from which Americans get their information so they have become the most propagandized and brain-washed nation on Earth. Fox News is virtually an unapologetic and unfiltered mouthpiece for the wealthy elite who have literally bought our courts and legislatures. Search and read about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council if you want to know just how thoroughly our federal government and state legislatures have become the puppets of the 1%.

The Occupy Movement sprang up as a counter to the abuses of corporate power but through attacks by corporate-owned media and corporate-controlled police forces the success of the movement as a populist instrument of social and political change has been suppressed at every level leaving us with a society and a government under the complete control of the wealthiest few. The FBI received information about right-wing conspirators who mapped out a covert plan to assassinate the leaders of the Occupy Movement last year but they did nothing to investigate it. Instead they investigated the movement itself! The disparity of incomes in America has become shocking as the power of unions and labor has come under attack, threatening the very existence of the middle-class. As the massive redistribution of wealth from the working class to the wealthy has brought America to the condition of a third-world country in many respects, no check or balance exists anymore to counter monied interest and influence over what’s left of our once-great democracy. Corporations are people, my friends! So their rights to free speech include the infusion of massive amounts of money into our political process thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling. Since the Republicans’ only constituency are the wealthiest few who continually line their pockets, the only hope for avoiding a future such as the one depicted in Continuum is for Americans to pull their heads out of the sand and start informing themselves, then acting to circumscribe the political power of the corporatists and the Republicans who serve only their interests.

(c) February 9th, 2013 Bethany Ariel Frasier

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