Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Can't Live Without It

In the present era of networks and netwars, think tanks like the Center for World Indigenous Studies function much like tribal protector societies, only on a global scale. Guarding against toxic ideas that can lead humanity astray, associations of scholars affiliated with these intellectual repositories and networks of activists relying on these learning centers serve to inoculate societies against panic and despair.

Without the foundational knowledge mediated and ancient understanding promoted by such independent research organizations, communities worldwide are at the mercy of the relentless onslaught of destructive concepts deployed by anti-democratic markets and institutions.

For those committed to the development of creative solutions and constructive resolutions, the continuity and flourishing of aboriginal academic resources is absolutely essential. The modern world simply can't live without it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Overcoming Social Exclusion

The Center for the American University article about the passing of my alma mater got me thinking about some of the discussions we've had over the past year on overcoming social exclusion and nurturing identity. Cognizant of the ongoing need for intellectual stimulation outside conventional frameworks, I am wondering what alternatives presently exist or might be created for curating social knowledge outside academia.

Since many of us no longer have an institutional affiliation in which to explore communication in its various modes, perhaps a cultural association of some sort would provide a social platform for such an endeavor.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Lethal Concept

Progress is a lethal concept, but Progressives aren't the only ones looking for a Messiah. Why they would look in the halls of Congress aside, the need for messianic reassurance is a sign of political illiteracy and emotional infantility. Not surprising in a culture of imbeciles, but alarming nonetheless.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Disciplined Minds

There is nothing natural about political infantility; it is an achievement of investing in ideas. Cultural imbecility, likewise. Mythology has to be nurtured to survive cognitive dissonance; otherwise, such things as legitimacy collapse in the face of logic. Making sense of things, however, requires disciplined minds--not something found in abundance in America.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Getting the Goods

Celebrity analysts like Chomsky can be instructive, but dwelling on the grand spectacle is not the same as effective engagement. Just look at ANSWER and Move On.

Communication and linguistics studies can help develop better strategies in undermining the anti-democratic movement, but they have to be deployed through organized community actions--actions based on strategic research and education, not the fantasies and ideologies of ivory tower pundits.

Fighting the war of ideas over democratic governance is aided immensely by exposing the many frauds of poseurs, thus depriving them of resources, legitimacy and liberties. Getting the goods on the cons in one's community is a good way to learn the skills of investigative research and tools of organizing.