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3. HOW YOU’RE BEING FUCKED BY YOUR
4. GEMS FROM THE PRINCIPIA DISCORDIA
5. THE STRAIGHT TALK ON DOPE
6. THE GREAT (UN)AMERICAN UNDERGROUND
7. THE HELL WITH JESUS!
8. THESE BODIES THAT BREAK
9. THE AMERICAN ARISTOCRACY
10. CHEAP SHOTS SOUTH OF THE BORDER
11. THE DECLARATION OF EVOLUTION
12. SOME SCIENTIFIC AND PHILOSOPHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
ON ALTERING YOUR MIND
13. FUCK VIRGINITY!
14. THE PROMISED LAND
15. FURTHER RESOURCES
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booklet has a very simple purpose, and for that reason,
it will doubtless be widely misunderstood. The purpose
of this text is to help you free your mind. I who write
these words am no great sage or savior to guide you to
Truth. A certain combination of genetics and environmental
conditions have led me to understand certain things; tentative
experiment and inquiry suggest that they may apply to
more than my personal universe. And Truth cannot, after
all, be communicated in words, it can only be indicated,
as a finger pointing at the moon: “I can only show
you the door; you must walk through it”. Further,
most of what I have written here is borrowed from greater
sources, and no doubt degraded in the process. I am merely
a useful idiot who is able to convey certain greater concepts,
so please do not judge their merits by my own shortcomings.
Even as you are reading
these words, you have already coped with a certain degree
of cognitive dissonance. Most everyone has had the inkling
that there is something drastically wrong with the world,
yet no one seems to do anything to find out what this
something is or to change it. This is because you have
been conditioned into ignorance and inaction. The powers
that be have it pretty well: 8% of the world’s population
controls 50% of its material wealth. Consequently, this
elite doesn’t want any major disruptions to the
status quo. Alcohol, mass media entertainment, lavish
comforts, slavish social and religious doctrine... all
these opiates are heaped upon you to quell that little
voice inside of you, that itch, that “sliver in
your mind” calling for a cure.
Some people who read
this booklet will believe what is written herein. Some
people who read it will not. But both of these groups
will be missing the point. There are many statements made
in this booklet which will no doubt incite controversy,
indignation, or anger. As pointed out in the disclaimer,
there is a large body of people who will take issue with
at least one topic covered in these pages. But please
do not discard the entire text as worthless due to prejudices
you hold against one section, because there are such important
ideas here, and if you investigate (not believe in!) even
one of them, then my purpose will have been accomplished.
Some subversive savants
have given us a hint of the struggle we face when we explore
such ideas in the movie, The Matrix. There has been a
long tradition in religious literature of explaining social
and spiritual conflict through actual battle. A prime
example of this is the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu
scripture which explains these conflicts in the symbols
people of Medieval India would understand: the warrior-prince
Arjuna is visited upon the battlefield by the god Krishna,
and his physical struggle becomes an allegory for much
more. If you have not seen The Matrix, I cannot recommend
it highly enough. I consider it the allegory of social
and spiritual conflict for the modern “civilized”
world. In this masterpiece, the American Propaganda Machine
is described in the clearest, simplest language possible:
Morpheus: The matrix
is everywhere. It is all around us, even now, in this
very room. You can see it when you look out your window,
when you turn on your television. You can feel it when
you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your
taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your
eyes, to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else,
you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you
cannot smell, or taste, or touch: a prison for your mind.
Morpheus: What is
the matrix? Control. The matrix is a computer-generated
dream world built to keep us under control in order to
change a human being into this: Morpheus holds up a battery.
The Matrix got onto
the big screen because it was an action-filled sci-fi
epic which afforded American corporations a means to advertise
their products in a big way. Basically everything in the
movie is something you can buy, from Neo’s Airwalk
boots to his Panasonic stereo system and alarm clock,
to the slick, futuristic looking chairs in the office
building towards the end of the movie. The directors and
producers sold out in a big way. But what clever, clever
whores they were. They made their product marketable so
that they could deliver one of the most brilliantly subversive
messages every conceived to a mass audience. They did
in a movie what The Beatles, Tool, Rage Against the Machine,
and other fine bands did in music. They gave the look
and feel of their artistic creation just enough mass appeal
to assure that their message would be heard by a wide
And what is that message?
It is the same gospel that avatars of liberation have
been whispering in the ready ear for years: the defiance
of programmed and regimented government, religion, society,
and reality. What is the matrix? The matrix is very real.
It is the electronic dreamworld of MTV, Playstation, Superbowl
Sunday, and Mission: Impossible 2 that has been pulled
over your eyes to blind you from the truth. It is the
comfort of feature-packed SUVs, triple-jet hot tubs, and
five-way multi-disc stereos which you have been swaddled
in. It is the collage of anorexic supermodels, media portrayals
of Islamic terrorism, and gilded rat-race competition
which has played on your fears and insecurities so you
don’t see the real atrocities taking place in your
back yard. It is the prison for your mind which prevents
you from realizing that from the day you are born you’re
being programmed to be just a part of the machine. Like
the citizens of Ancient Rome, you are being entertained
by a flashy, often violent circus, that you might dismiss
the oppression to which you are being subjected. Alan
Moore, contemporary underground performance-poetry genius,
analyzed our oppressors astutely thus:
“They unfold our greeds
And our anxieties.
They tell us when to cry,
And how to vote,
And who to think of
When we masturbate.
They are the engineers of our exhaustion,
Crushing pressure from defect and innuendo,
Booming in these subtle latitudes”.
Another bright fellow
named Althusser wrote the famous critique “Reproduction
of the Means of Production” describing how and why
the corporate state manipulates the public. I highly recommend
reading it, but as it is a fairly dense piece of writing,
and may be difficult to procure, I will summarize the
main points here.
Basically, every corporation needs to sell a product in
order to prosper. In order to buy the product, people
need money. People work for corporations to make money
then give it back to corporations for the products those
corporations produce. So far this seems relatively reasonable,
right? People work; they get goods in return.
But the cycle needs to go on if corporations are to continue
to grow. Corporations need people to need their product.
In order to sell their product, corporations need to create
a demand for it. In order to create a demand for what
is often a useless item, corporations need to make the
working class think they need it by enforcing certain
ideas about what will bring happiness, what is normal,
what is to be feared. They need to reproduce the means
by which their production continues. These ideas are written
into our minds through various institutions controlled
or supported by said corporations: the media, the entertainment
industry, public education, the government, and mass institutional
religion. Althusser defines each of these as an Ideological
State Apparatus. The corporate-state ideology is enforced
both home and abroad through the use of the appropriate
Repressive State Apparatus, be that the National Guard,
the police, the US Marines, even your fellow civilians.
It has gotten to the point that many people are so inured,
so helplessly dependant on the system, that they will
fight to protect it.
The rest of this booklet
discusses in greater depth some of these ISAs and RSAs,
and ways to combat them, to get unplugged from the matrix.
The fight requires a radical internal revolution on the
part of each individual. Each step is infinitely difficult;
the chains that bind us are not only numerous but often
invisible. But each step is also infinitely rewarding,
and once you take the first step, you will have defeated
inertia and may be able to help others do the same with
whatever skills you possess, with little e-publications
like this, or by any other means your wild imagination
problem with public education is that its goal is not
to educate America’s
youth, but to turn them into either productive members
of society (wage slaves) or
the robotic enforcers of this society (RSAs). Everywhere
things aren’t as bad as in Texas, where the teaching
of Creationism is still favored over evolution, but everywhere
students are still being sold short. Although state laws
officially support alternative forms of education (magnet
schools, home schooling, etc) where real learning might
take place, both state and school administrations make
it very difficult to participate in these activities.
“Hold on,” says the skeptic. “You expect
me to believe that the purpose of public schools isn’t
to teach me things?” Well sure, you’re taught
things but take just a moment to consider what you’re
being taught. How many years now have they been teaching
you that in fourteen?hundred and ninety?two Columbus sailed
the ocean blue? What is the purpose of that? Could it
be, perhaps, that despite claims of honoring cultural
diversity, the State really wants you to scoff at alternate
social systems and mindlessly embrace the narrow version
of history endorsed by pale male Christian bureaucrats?
And in how many classes have you studied World War II?
Granted, this was a major event in human history. But
you don’t need to study it every year to know basically
what happened! What I’ve come to realize is that
during WWII was the one time America actually did anything
good for the world. Stopping the Nazi regime was really
swell of us, but it happened over half a century ago,
and ever since then America’s been boning every
developing nation our politicians can get their greasy
hands on. Of course, neither the state?run education system
nor the corporate?controlled media is going to make any
effort to remind us of these sordid chapters in America’s
past (and present). When’s the last time you heard
about Colombia, Taiwan, or Chiapas on the news? Do you
even know where these places are? If not, don’t
feel too bad, because in every public school children
have been lied to. It’s not entirely the teachers’
faults; they’ve been lied to as well, and the state
mandates that certain topics are covered in the curriculum
(and that certain topics are not).
Okay, say I’m
starting to buy this conspiracy theory. What can I do
Whether a student
or an adult (or both), demand better. Tell Social Studies
teachers you’re tired of hearing about D?Day and
Columbus. Tell them you want to learn about the School
of the Americas and the Zapatistas. Tell them you want
to know who Mumia Abu Jamal and Sub?Commandante Marcos
are. Tell them you want to learn about social issues which
are current and relevant to your lives. If they can’t
accommodate you, you could go to the next level. Add courses
to the curriculum if need be. But in the mean time, learn
about these issues outside of school. The Internet is
a great place to start. It seems like there’s a
lot of emphasis in school on how unreliable Internet sources
are, when in actuality, it’s one of the only reliable
sources of information left, because (thanks to our friendly
anarchist hackers) it is not yet completely controlled
by either the government or the corporations running the
Tell your Health teachers
that you’re tired of hearing that drugs are bad
(adding the appropriate voice from South Park if you feel
it is necessary). Ask them why psychedelic drugs are illegal
when they’ve been proven to have definite clinical
value in treating alcoholism and rehabilitating violent
criminals. Tell them you want to learn about the psychoanalytical
and spiritual value of these chemicals.
Tell Economics teachers
you’re tired of hearing the same old clap?trap about
statism and capitalism. Ask if they even know anything
about other systems. I remember quite clearly a certain
“Western Civilizations” teacher of mine denouncing
anarchy as a bunch of crazies running around “packing
a rod” and asking rhetorically how we thought we
could ever survive in such a system. Had I not been an
impressionable and naive young sophomore at the time,
I would have jumped down his throat about what anarchism
is really about. Tell your English teachers that you’re
tired of reading Huck Finn for the millionth time, and
that you want to read something that’s really controversial
or thought provoking, like the works of William S. Burroughs
or Aldous Huxley. Tell them you want to read the Outlaw
Bible of American Poetry.
You could even just
drop out of school. You can learn a lot more from staying
home and reading books and Internet articles than you
can in that place. I have certainly learned more useful
information on my own than in highschool. But staying
in school has its uses as well. Playing dumb for a while
may allow you to work your way into a position of influence.
But in any case, demand to know what has been denied to
you. Refuse to conform to the mold the state is trying
to fit you into. Think for yourself; question authority.
The Principia Discordia
(or How I Found Goddess & What I Did To Her When I
Found Her) is a book of unknown authorship that appeared
during the second half of the twentieth century. It is
the primary text of what is called the “Discordian”
or “Erisian” movement, which is made up of
“Surrealists, Harlequinists, Absurdists and Zonked
Artists,” among other folk. Some people have suggested
that it’s merely an elaborate practical joke disguised
as a religion while others have suggested that it is a
religion disguised as an elaborate practical joke. The
Discordia itself says, “We are a tribe of philosophers,
theologians, magicians, scientists, artists, clowns, and
similar maniacs who are intrigued with ERIS, GODDESS OF
Regardless of exactly
what it is or where it came from, the Principia Discordia
has been a source of inspiration and amusement for free
thinkers for several generations now. I cannot include
the whole book but it may be found online at www.cs.cmu.edu/~tilt/principia/body.html
For now I simply offer a small selections of choice excerpts
for your benefaction. Do enjoy.
GREATER POOP: Are you really serious or what?
MAL?2: Sometimes I take humor seriously. Sometimes I take
seriousness humorously. Either way it is irrelevant.
GP: Maybe you are just crazy.
M2: Indeed! But do not reject these teaching as false
because I am crazy. The reason that I am crazy is because
they are true.
GP: Is Eris true?
M2: Everything is true.
GP: Even false things?
M2: Even false things are true.
GP: How can that be?
M2: I don't know man, I didn't do it.
GP: Why do you deal with so many negatives?
M2: To dissolve them.
GP: Will you develop that point?
GP: Is there an essential meaning behind POEE [The Paratheo-Anametamystikhood
of Eris Esoteric]?
M2: There is a Zen Story about a student who asked a Master
to explain the meaning of Buddhism. The Master's reply
was "Three pounds of flax."
GP: Is that the answer to my question?
M2: No, of course not. That is just illustrative. The
answer to your question is FIVE TONS OF FLAX!
The Five Commandments (The Pentabarf)
The PENTABARF was
discovered by the hermit Apostle Zarathud in the Fifth
Year of The Caterpillar. He found them carved in gilded
stone, while building a sun deck for his cave, but their
import was lost for they were written in a mysterious
cypher. However, after 10 weeks & 11 hours of intensive
scrutiny he discerned that the message could be read by
standing on his head and viewing it upside down.
KNOW YE THIS O MAN OF FAITH!
I. There is no Goddess but Goddess and She is Your Goddess.
There is no Erisian Movement but The Erisian Movement
and it is The Erisian Movement. And every Golden Apple
Corps is the beloved home of a Golden Worm.
II. A Discordian Shall Always use the Official Discordian
Document Numbering System.
III. A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination
to Go Off Alone & Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on
a Friday; this Devotive Ceremony to Remonstrate against
the popular Paganisms of the Day: of Catholic Christendom
(no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of Pork), of
Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat
of animal), and of Discordians (no Hot Dog Buns).
IV. A Discordian shall Partake of No Hot Dog Buns, for
Such was the Solace of Our Goddess when She was Confronted
with The Original Snub.
V. A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing what he reads.
IT IS SO WRITTEN! SO BE IT. HAIL DISCORDIA! PROSECUTORS
WILL BE TRANSGRESSICUTED.
A Zen Story
by Camden Benares, The Count of Five, Headmaster, Camp
A serious young man
found the conflicts of mid 20th Century America confusing.
He went to many people seeking a way of resolving within
himself the discords that troubled him, but he remained
One night in a coffee house, a self?ordained Zen Master
said to him, "go to the dilapidated mansion you will
find at this address which I have written down for you.
Do not speak to those who live there; you must remain
silent until the moon rises tomorrow night. Go to the
large room on the right of the main hallway, sit in the
lotus position on top of the rubble in the northeast corner,
face the corner, and meditate."
He did just as the
Zen Master instructed. His meditation was frequently interrupted
by worries. He worried whether or not the rest of the
plumbing fixtures would fall from the second floor bathroom
to join the pipes and other trash he was sitting on. He
worried how would he know when the moon rose on the next
night. He worried about what the people who walked through
the room said about him. His worrying and meditation were
disturbed when, as if in a test of his faith, an ordure
fell from the second floor onto him. At that time two
people walked into the room. The first asked the second
who the man was sitting there was. The second replied
"Some say he is a holy man. Others say he is a shithead."
Hearing this, the man was enlightened.
Western Union Telegram
To: Jehova Yahweh
Care: Celestial Hotel (Suite #666)
Presidential Tier, Paradise
This is to inform you that your current position as deity
is herewith terminated due to gross incompetence STOP
Your check will be mailed STOP Please do not use me for
Malaclypse the Younger/Omnibenevolent Polyfather
POEE High Priest
Before he became a hermit, Zarathud was a young Priest,
and took great delight in making fools of his opponents
in front of his followers.
One day Zarathud took his students to a pleasant pasture
and there he confronted The Sacred Chao while She was
"Tell me, you dumb beast," demanded the Priest
in his commanding voice, "why don't you do something
worthwhile. What is your Purpose in Life, anyway?"
Munching the tasty grass, The Sacred Chao replied "MU".*
Upon hearing this, absolutely nobody was enlightened.
Primarily because nobody could understand Chinese.
* "MU" is the Chinese ideogram for NO?THING
Here Follows Some Psycho?Metaphysics.
If you are not hot
for philosophy, best just to skip it.
The Aneristic Principle
is that of APPARENT ORDER; the Eristic Principle is that
of APPARENT DISORDER. Both order and disorder are man
made concepts and are artificial divisions of PURE CHAOS,
which is a level deeper than the level of distinction
With our concept
making apparatus called "mind" we look at reality
through the ideas?about?reality which our cultures give
us. The ideas?about? reality are mistakenly labeled "reality"
and unenlightened people are forever perplexed by the
fact that other people, especially other cultures, see
"reality" differently. It is only the ideas?about?reality
which differ. Real (capital?T True) reality is a level
deeper than the level of concept.
We look at the world
through windows on which have been drawn grids (concepts).
Different philosophies use different grids. A culture
is a group of people with rather similar grids. Through
a window we view chaos, and relate it to the points on
our grid, and thereby understand
it. The ORDER is in the GRID. That is the Aneristic Principle.
is traditionally concerned with contrasting one grid with
another grid, and amending grids in hopes of finding a
perfect one that will account for all reality and will,
hence, (say unenlightened westerners) be True. This is
illusory; it is what we Erisians call the ANERISTIC ILLUSION.
Some grids can be more useful than others, some more beautiful
others, some more pleasant than others, etc., but none
can be more True than any other.
DISORDER is simply
unrelated information viewed through some particular grid.
But, like "relation", no?relation is a concept.
Male, like female, is an idea about sex. To say that male?ness
is "absence of female?ness", or vice versa,
is a matter of definition and metaphysically arbitrary.
The artificial concept of no?relation is the ERISTIC PRINCIPLE.
The belief that "order
is true" and disorder is false or somehow wrong,
is the Aneristic Illusion. To say the same of disorder,
is the ERISTIC ILLUSION.
The point is that
(little?t) truth is a matter of definition relative to
the grid one is using at the moment, and that (capital?T)
Truth, metaphysical reality, is irrelevant to grids entirely.
Pick a grid, and through it some chaos appears ordered
and some appears disordered. Pick another grid, and the
same chaos will appear differently ordered and disordered.
Reality is the original
Verily! So much for
heard the propaganda all your lives. You’ve been
told to say no to drugs, because drugs are bad. You’ve
been made to think, by cops and Health teachers, D.A.R.E.
Officers and politicians, that drugs will ruin your lives,
your careers, your mental and physical health. You’ve
been taught that your brain on drugs is somehow analogous
to an egg in a frying pan. The typical image painted of
any long-term drug user is that of a low-life junkie who
will resort to prostitution, theft, or murder for the
Yes, it is true that
a life of depravity may be the result of the indiscriminate
abuse of heroin, cocaine, and the like. Yes, even drugs
without a component of physical addiction can lead to
a downward spiral if they are being used as an escape
from the problems of everyday life. Yes, I would even
concede that they are likely to do so in people who begin
to experiment with them in their turbulent teens before
hormone levels have stabilized and the body is done growing.
Some very fundamental issues are, however, being glossed
over in the stories about the dangers of drug use.
One issue here is
this: that in the land where we are supposed to be free
to pursue happiness each in our own way, the government
is telling us that we cannot have control over our own
bodies and minds, even in the privacy of our own homes.
One of the main claims by those in power is that if drugs
were legalized, everyone would start doing them and society
would go down the drains. Are we really all such irresponsible
children? Do you shoot heroin now? (I hope not.) Would
you if it were legal? (I doubt it.) People who have made
the decision to put these substances into their bodies
are not deterred by the fact that they are illegal. Over
20 million Americans smoke pot, for Jah’s sake.
Even if there is an increase in drug usage, they could
be taxed just like cigarettes, and that money could go
towards rehab-centers, which are a far more effective
way of dealing with drug abuse than prison anyway.
And drugs were not
made illegal in America to protect our health in the first
place. They were made illegal in order to criminalize
portions of society that didn’t fit into the American
Dream. Subversive artist-types who enjoyed psychedelics
and desperate poor and homeless persons resorting to narcotics
could suddenly become legal targets for police and were
jailed away where they wouldn’t prove a nuisance.
Consider that nationwide, penalties for the use, distribution,
etc. of crack-cocaine are much worse than those for cocaine.
One is not especially worse than the other, yet crack-cocaine
is much more popular in poor, black communities, while
cocaine is more popular in rich, white communities. And
the distribution of LSD is now considered an act of terrorism,
as if with anthrax and nuclear armaments floating about,
terrorists have nothing better to do than make us all
trip out for a day.
If health issues were
the concern, it should be easy to see that legal drugs
would also be much safer than black market drugs. The
FDA could impose strict regulations on their manufacture,
so people who chose to do them wouldn’t have to
wonder what sort of random adulterants and poisons they
were putting into their bodies. With the unrealistic goal
of eliminating all illegal drug usage in the U.S., the
government has also managed to make reliable information
about recreational illicit substances extremely hard to
come by. If drugs were legalized, people could make informed
decisions about their use thus preventing a lot of overdoses,
dangerous combination, and unsafe activities while under
With all the fear-mongering
about their dangers, drugs have become a convenient scapegoat
for the ills of our society. Until recently, the “War
on Drugs” provided an excuse for the state to monitor
its own citizens and also provided a convenient excuse
to commit all sorts of atrocities in other countries.
I say until recently, because these actions are now excused
as part of the “War on Terrorism”. For example,
the US spends millions of tax dollars every year spraying
herbicides over Colombia, allegedly to destroy coca crops.
This intervention is completely ineffective for its stated
purpose (cocaine imports to the US from Colombia remain
constant), yet it is remarkably effective in making life
hopeless and miserable for indigenous farmers who sometimes
rally together to try and stop US corporations (like President
George W. Bush’s oil company) from exploiting the
natural resources of their country. The US now supports
the Colombian government militarily against these rebels,
calling them “terrorists”.
Meanwhile, in our
own country, 85% of all violent crime is drug-related.
This figure doesn’t represent crimes done by people
on drugs, but mainly gangs and dealers killing one another
to defend their black market turf. If we legalize drugs
we end 85% of all violent crime. Additionally, a lot of
people will be able to spend their time doing much more
socially useful things than they are now. There would
be no need for DEA officers, narcs, border patrols, or
search teams. We’d need fewer police. Thousands
of non-violent drug offenders could be released from our
A final point against
the absurd war on drugs is that not all drugs are bad
for you. In fact, some might even be good for you. I speak
of the class of drugs known as psychedelics. Given that
there has been no reliable evidence that LSD, mushrooms,
mescaline and the rest have any negative long-term effects
on physically and psychologically healthy adults, and
that many users have reported them to be, in fact, vastly
useful for personal growth and exploration, it is especially
curious (by the party-line logic) that these drugs are
illegal. “Isn’t it funny,” said the
late Bill Hicks, “how the drugs that are legal,
alcohol and cigarettes, do absolutely nothing for you,
but the drugs that are illegal are the ones that make
you realize that you’re getting fucked every day
of your lives. Well, I’m sure they all have our
best interests in mind”. I’m sure too, Bill.
the Great (un)American Underground
besides some half-elucidated reference
in the poems of american gypsies?
too vast to be named
knowable only through those
who have sacrificed their egos
to the archaic archetypes
swimming in the suspended songs
of qabalah and quantum mechanics
we are not the hypocrite hippies
kept warm in the glow of nuclear power
naively reciting the retro-rhythms
of guru ginsberg
making all the robot motions of revolution
but never achieving the orgasm
we are the hermits,
the homeless, the hidden,
circus clan wanderers,
learning in fight clubs
through fist and fractured rib
that these bodies that break
are not ourSelves
we are the women who don’t shave the hair
from our legs and armpits and mons pubis
beautiful, erotically aware,
refusing barren, painted, and frail submission
we are the masses of raving youth
willing to poison our minds with e
for just one night
of electronic tribal freedom
we are the artistic hedonistic
in forbidden positions of intercourse
while listening to the word rapture
of dead beat poets captured
in mp3 format
from censored internet sites
into a mainframe full of hacks
and illegal software
and bootleg copies of books
by the wickedest man in the world
we are the malcontent mystics
who imagine new poems while masturbating
and must stop to hastily scrawl down
the images spurting from our minds
no less holy
than any other act
we are the dreamers
who coagulate and dissolve
in polyamorous relationships
you call promiscuous
but in which love is known
more intensely than can be understood
in two-car garage houses
where cardboard couples
have stopped having sex
and meaningful conversation
at age 40
we are the godless prophets
because in our passivity
we are a threat
to your schizophrenic
because our self-determined elitism
is open to all
because we live outside the
conventional cognitive model of reality
and forge our own perceptual constructs
from that self-same radiance
by which we illuminate
the inadequacies and injustices
or your capitalist-classism.
we are the despised and primal god
you don’t understand
because with our drugs
and counter-cultural perversions
we are trying to mutate
to morph into the new age nephilim
the ubermensch union of angel and man
ripe and ready to evolve beyond because
so join us,
before you rot on this vine
of phallic obsession with cars
and skyscrapers and church obelisks.
we are the new generation
of no god no state no universe
child-like in our wisdom
ageless in our experience
what a piece of work
we are coming to:
we are brahman’s breath,
and when we speak:
hundreds of years, Christianity has been an immense social
and political force in the lives of people around the
world. Since its adoption by the Roman Emperor Constantine
it spread quickly, and since Theodosius and Constantine
systematically eliminated those who opposed it in Europe,
it quickly became the dominant religion of the western
hemisphere. Though the history of the religion has quite
the dark underbelly, its continuing popularity cannot
be denied, particularly in America. While only 33% of
the world’s population is Christian, over 75% of
the citizens in the United States follow the faith.
I would propose that,
in fact, it is only the popularity of Christianity which
has quelled popular investigations into its true nature.
In addition to their long history of bloodshed, various
Christian institutions have done great amounts to repress
scientific knowledge and advancement of the species. Darwin
and Galileo were persecuted for shredding the Christian
myths about Creation and Earth’s place in the cosmos.
When Magellan set out to prove that the world was round
by circumnavigating it, he proclaimed, “The church
says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for
I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith
in a shadow than in the church,” and was subsequently
denounced as a heretic.
These, it may perhaps
be argued, are the faults of Christians, not Christianity.
For even if it hardly compares with the amount of evil,
Christians have also done some good things for humanity.
But I propose that such people could have done much more
good, had they not been so mentally shackled. The world
and humanity would be a better place without Christianity.
This is also true of other monotheistic religious institutions,
but for now, let us make a case study of the effects Christianity
itself has on humans. Christians would claim that the
effect of Christianity on people is to save their souls
and grant them a happy afterlife in the kingdom of God.
This we can neither confirm nor refute with the tools
of modern mundane science, but we can study the effects
which Christianity seems to have on our more earthly systems,
such as our minds and bodies.
The negative effects
of Christianity on the human psyche are dramatic. Christianity
contributes to (a) a patriarchal attitude of male dominance
and female subordination, (b) homophobia, repression of
homosexual feelings, and sexual repression in general,
leading to severe guilt and sin complexes which can cause
immense psychological trauma, (c) cognitive laziness and
diminishment in personal introspection and critical thinking,
(d) feelings of insignificance and worthlessness and the
trivialization of individuality, disempowerment and feelings
of loss of control in one’s own life, and (e) intolerance,
hatred, violence, and separatist attitudes towards people
of other creeds and religions.
A final point, (f)
may be stated thus: as a society, we are quick to point
out the dangers of esoteric cults and religious factions,
but the psychological manipulation used in widely-accepted
Christianity is usually overlooked. Upon closer examination
we find that Christianity uses many of the same methods
as “cults” to persuade people into its flock
and influence their behavior and lifestyle. These methods
include recruiting people through fear and by taking advantage
of their insecurities, promulgating false propaganda about
other religions and their followers, group pressure, and
Granted, the most
which can be determined with science about the negative
psychological effects of Christianity are correlations
between certain attitudes, behaviors, and symptoms and
the act of ascribing to the Christian faith. Nevertheless,
I postulate that while Christianity may not be the
direct cause of every attitude and dysfunction just mentioned,
it certainly contributes largely to, and acts as an excuse
for, such attitudes. This having been said, let us
examine each of these six factors in detail.
“... it’s all relative to the size of your
steeple.” ~Marilyn Manson
To understand how
Christianity disempowers and subjugates women, it is helpful
to understand a bit of religious history. The crucifix
was a used as a religious symbol long before the birth
of Christ. It was used in many pagan religions as a phallic
symbol of power and virility. The difference between its
underlying connotations in ancient religions versus Christianity
was that in pagan religions it was combined with a circle
which represented the equal female powers of wisdom and
fertility. The icon, commonly known as the Celtic Cross,
united male and female, heaven and earth. In Christian
ideology, the feminine aspect is lost, and the male is
given supreme and solitary power.
This corrupted symbolism
has led to the development of some dangerous and unbalanced
attitudes. Where God serves as the Father in Heaven, the
man in the Christian family serves as the source of authority
while the role of the women is “to be discreet,
chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:5).
The effects of such
an attitude are evidenced in the high use of Valium by
housewives in the 50's when society most openly promoted
this view. Despite advances in the women’s liberation
movement, “disobedient” wives are still battered
and abused by husbands in an alarmingly high percentage
of American households.
rights have also been subject to control by the Christian
patriarchy since ancient times. Another short examination
of history shows us one such example. Beltane (sometimes
spelled Beltain or Beltaine) was an important yearly ritual
in various pagan cultures of Europe, in which men and
women gathered in large celebrations and engaged in sexual
relations with anonymous strangers. This practice was
put to an end by Christian rulers under the guise of moralism,
but the real reason the ritual was banned was that it
took from men the ability to control or dictate their
progency or bloodlines. This matriarchal system of family
development was simply unacceptable to the Christian ego.
And, of course, in modern times, various churches still
try to dictate whether women should be allowed to have
abortions or use various methods of birth control.
What are the results
of such oppression? Exact figures are difficult to determine,
but various studies have shown that, unsurprisingly, women
living in conditions where such attitudes are prevalent
seem more prone to damaging anxiety, depression, anger,
b) Sex and Sexuality
"I do understand what love is, and that is one of
the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is
not self denial. Love is not blood and suffering. Love
is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity.
Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people
to eternal torture because they have offended your ego
or disobeyed your rules. Love is not obedience, conformity,
or submission. That is a counterfeit love that is contingent
upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is respect
and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given
by a healthy, unafraid human being." ~Dan Barker,
"Losing Faith in Faith"
As one doctor recently
noted in his article on the psychology of religion, “It
is said that the two things that are most important to
people are religion and sex. According to some psychologists
one of the most common and most destructive elements in
mental illness is guilt. Interestingly, religion and sex
are often linked by guilt.” Indeed, while modern
Christianity claims to be open-minded about sexuality,
the image it really projects is that sex is sinful, dirty,
The effects of such
a negative view of sex are pronounced. Innumerable case
studies have shown how sexual guilt has contributed to
frigidity, impotence, personal insecurities, loss of feelings
of sexual pleasure, and difficulties in relationships,
among other symptoms. By repressing natural desires for
sexual activity, and combined with its regime of male
dominance, Christianity also nurtures the development
of outbursts of sexual violence.
But perhaps even more
pronounced than its effect on people’s attitudes
towards sex in general is Christianity’s effect
on people’s view towards homosexuality and homosexuals.
It is no doubt difficult to be accepting of homosexuality
when one’s holy book dictates that “Thou shalt
not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
(Leviticus 18:22). Despite psychologists’ findings
that it is normal for even heterosexual people to feel
some homosexual urges, and that same-sex parents do just
as good a job at raising children as opposite-sex parents,
Christianity nevertheless promotes that on a metaphysical
level, there is still something wrong with homosexuality.
There exists an obvious
and strong correlation between homophobia and Christianity.
The Bible is full of quotes which, even if they were not
originally intended as an attack on homosexuality, are
certainly used as such by modern theologians. Consider
the following passage: “Know ye not that the unrighteous
shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor
thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
(Corinthians 6:8-9) Even if such passages do not cause
homophobic attitudes, they are certainly used to reinforce
A stark example of
this can be seen in the way Christian protestors acted
at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man murdered
because he was gay. Evangelical Christians gave speeches
about how Jesus could save gays from themselves, and outside,
the dozens of news trucks sent images to the world of
people bearing signs which read “No Fags in Heaven”
and “No Tears for Queers”.
c) Cognitive Laziness
"Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many
more believers than thinkers." ?Bruce Calvert
Human beings are,
on a normal basis, cognitively lazy, meaning that they
will generally process information and make decisions
in the manner which requires the least amount of effort
on their part. One of the things which occasionally hinders
this easy process is cognitive dissonance, which occurs
when two thought processes come into conflict, for example,
a person who thinks they would look good in a certain
leather coat, but is a vegetarian and doesn’t believe
in harming animals. Cognitive dissonance is often
the result of our morals or self-perceptions checking
the actions we take. Certain things, like the consumption
of alcohol, can
significantly reduce cognitive dissonance in an individual,
substituting for the justification or re-
evaluation process we sometimes go through to work out
I would argue that
the blind faith espoused by Christianity acts in a similar
way. Because logic is condemned as “a tool of the
devil”, and because faith “transcends rational
examination or questioning” (common arguments used
by Christians in defense of blind faith), the need to
rationally consider why one is feeling cognitive dissonance
This fact is especially
dangerous when seen in context with the obedience to authority
tendency revealed by Professor Milgram’s experiments
in 1974. Milgram found that test subjects would obey figures
of authority even when it involved, against the subject’s
better judgement or wishes, apparently placing another
human being in severe and debilitating pain. The subjects
in Milgram’s tests felt cognitive dissonance when
they carried out their assigned task, delivering (what
they believed to be) powerful jolts of electricity to
other people. But what happens when people blindly obey
an authority and also obey this authority without feeling
any hesitation due to cognitive dissonance being eliminated?
The results have been evident in the centuries of bloodshed
caused by followers of Christianity. The Bible praises
Abraham for being willing to kill his own son merely because
God commanded it. “Men,” points out Blaise
Pascal, “never do evil so completely and cheerfully
as when they do it from religious conviction.”
d) Disempowerment, Loss of the Self
“Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the
mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”
~James Madison, 4th President of the United States
In a variety of ways
all organized monotheistic religion takes power out of
the hands of the people who practice it. People are asked
to place their faith in “the Lord’s mysterious
ways” and subsequently fail to take matters into
their own hands when action on their own part would be
much more effective than waiting for divine intervention.
Christian Science takes this to the extreme by teaching
its followers to forego medical treatment by professionals
since “God is the only doctor they need”.
Consequently, followers of this practice often die as
a result of easily preventable diseases, lending credence
to the saying “Give a man a fish and he’ll
be fed for a day; give a man religion, and he’ll
starve to death praying for a fish”.
Further evidence of
the way in which Christianity detriments people’s
ability to accomplish things for themselves can be seen
throughout history. Scientific and artistic advancements
have been greatest in an inverse proportion to the times
when the popularity and influence of Christianity have
been the greatest. As one anonymous critic pointed out,
The Dark Ages was
the direct result of the Christian ascension. The Dark
Ages embodied better than any other period in time the
manifestation of theocracy on Earth. Theocracy and Christian
Living bring ignorance, disease and death. Christianity,
when adopted by society, impedes progress and lowers
standards of living.
In other words, Christianity
is a stagnating force which saps from individuals the
vital and creative energy needed to bring about positive
change in society. Christianity also lends to a person’s
feeling of insignificance and sabotages the importance
of individuality by viewing members as merely part of
a flock, as helpless children. In much the way that an
employee of a large corporation is made to put aside his
own wishes to follow the orders of his boss, Christians
are told to put aside their personal goals and desires
to follow the will of God, or rather of their preacher.
Studies of employees of such companies have revealed that
feelings of trivialization, unimportance, and low self-esteem
were common, and in some cases led to antisocial behavior
or even violence towards fellow workers.
It would not be a
far stretch to imagine similar psychological problems
developing in members of churches, particularly when one
considers the Self-Perception Theory, which states that
we, as people, don’t actually know ourselves all
that well, and consequently tend to base our perceptions
of ourselves on the actions we take. If we are constantly
bowing down to and supplicating some god through prayer,
it follows that we may begin to become the slaves we act
like in church.
Worst of all, however,
is that Christianity robs from its followers the very
spiritual illumination which religion is supposed to offer.
Church-goers are expected to take the Bible’s word
on the working of the universe without any investigating
on their own. Christianity used to involve some element
of divine union, but the books including such practices
were omitted from the Bible by political forces which
recognized that spiritual gnosis was a threat to their
power. Spiritually liberated individuals cannot be controlled
with the means which are effective on an ignorant herd.
Therefore, the one gnostic text which was allowed to remain
in the Bible was the infamous Book of Revelations, mainly
due to its apparent emphasis on fear of divine wrath.
A wide variety of
mind-broadening spiritual practices have existed throughout
time. The eastern practice of yoga and the western practice
of ceremonial magic, so called, both contain simple instructions
for control of the body, the breath, thoughts, passions,
and emotions thus paving the way for revelation. Yet both
are denounced in the most dire of terms by modern Christianity.
Psychoactive compounds used for centuries in religious
rituals have been banned in Christian-controlled countries
around the world. All Christianity offers is the mostly
ineffectual practice of prayer. Christianity has replaced
contact with a higher power or reality (or at the very
least a useful and beneficial expanded awareness) with
a social ritual which offers nothing but arbitrary dogma
to mindlessly follow.
“Jesus, forgive your followers; they know not what
they do.” ~prayer by a pagan high priestess on her
way to being burned at the stake
One of the saddest
things, in my opinion, about Christianity, is despite
all the love and peace they claim to preach, what many
people are actually taught is hatred and bigotry. Hatred
is usually not a healthy emotion to harbor in oneself,
as it sometimes manifests in violence towards oneself
or others. Christianity teaches that other religions are
false and evil, and for those unsure how to react to such
teachings the Bible gives plenty of examples. “Do
not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee?” proclaims
the book, “and am not I grieved with those that
rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them mine enemies.” (Psalms 139:22-23)
Teaching this sort
of view to people unfamiliar with other religions is particularly
dangerous because of the psychological phenomenon of anchoring
and adjustment. This theory
states that when forming attitudes, people place the most
value on the first information they receive about a given
subject, and that information learned later has much less
influence. It is very hard to change or broaden views
once they’ve been set in people’s minds. One
cannot discount the negativity bias either, which states
that people tend to place more emphasis on bad things
they hear about people or groups than good things. So
if people are hearing predominantly bad things about other
religions, and they’re hearing these things first,
it is not hard to see how many Christians over the years
have developed a rigid intolerance for other faiths, even
other denominations of their own faith.
f) The Cult of Modern Christianity
“All national institutions of churches, whether
Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than
human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind,
and monopolize power and profit.” ~Thomas Paine
to contributing to a number of harmful psychological effects
and attitudes, Christianity utilizes many of the same
methods as esoteric cults to bring and keep people in
its grasp. It often uses many of the often-stated objections
to such cults (deception, emotional manipulation, isolation
from former family and friends, and coercion, etc.) yet
only recently have researchers linked the coercive persuasion
used in cults to that used in accepted religions like
It has already been
discussed how Christianity, like small cults, uses false
propaganda about other religious groups to sway people
away from them. The portrayal of pagan religions is especially
distorted. Pagan rituals are often described as involving
human or animal sacrifices and sexual abuse, but even
a cursory examination of modern Wicca or even the Church
of Satan reveals that no such activities go on.
Another large factor
linking Christianity to cult recruitment is its use of
fear. Dr. Robert A. Morey, well-known Christian evangelist,
in his (in)famous “Letter to Teenage Witches”
states, “The occult has nothing to offer that compares
with the love of Jesus. Turn to Him in repentance. Renounce
your witchcraft and the works of the devil. Burn your
magic books and smash your altars. Turn or burn. Repent
or perish! Jesus is the answer.” Fear-based tactics
are used to convert people of other religions, not only
in the works of present-day Christians, but in the Bible
itself, which says that the faithful will enjoy a happy
afterlife, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and
the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers,
and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their place in
the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which
is the second death.” (Revelations 21:8)
Once brought into
a congregation, church-goers are subjected to heavy group
pressure to comply with the views and wishes of their
sect (more so with some denomination than others). Participants
are asked to donate their time and money to aid the church.
As in other cults, they take part in group chants, mantras,
and songs which reinforce their dedication to the church.
Perhaps they and their fellow cult members aid some sort
of charity out of an ego-inflating sense of pity (an emotion
stemming from the learned belief that you are a pathetic,
sinful slave, as opposed to compassion, which can only
come from one who knows him or herself to be good and
powerful; see Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality).
Members who later on find themselves questioning why they’ve
put all this time and effort into the church ultimately
find some way of convincing themselves it was for a good
cause. Freud discussed how the memory and ego can sometimes
come into conflict with one another, and how the ego usually
ends up winning to save a person embarrassment or shame.
No one likes to admit they’ve been deluded into
accepting something false.
There is a great deal
of subtle brainwashing which occurs in institutional Christianity
as well. Repeated exposure to certain sermons and stories
leads people to buy into a schema where they see their
god’s hand in everything around them, and begin
to ignore or dismiss anything which might later disprove
or discredit their view. This known as the Impression
Perseverance Phenomenon. Instrumental conditioning rewards
the faithful with promises of eternal happiness and punishes
those who are outside the faith with threats of eternal
damnation. It is a sort of Induced Compliance Paradigm
which offers the illusion of free choice. When you consider
that “...the wages of sin is death; but the gift
of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
(Romans 6:23), however, it is not really much of a choice.
damage caused and aggravated by modern Christianity should
now be apparent. Considering the harm Christianity seems
to cause and the unethical methods used to convert people
into its flock, it would seem that many more people would
avoid it. Yet, as with all cults, it difficult to see
the truth of one’s situation once one is inured
into a system. In the time I spent with a certain youth
aid group, I visited a religious drug rehabilitation home
where the goal was to get people “off of heroin
and on to Jesus!” Personally, I would rather be
a junkie than addicted to the dogma of the church, for
while drug addiction is a disease of the body and mind,
it seems to me that Christianity is a disease of the
glorifies suffering, so maybe the trauma it subjects its
believers to is meant as a lesson about the price to be
paid for salvation in the afterlife. It is true that scientific
methods cannot be used to prove that Christianity is metaphysically
wrong; they can only demonstrate its inhumanity. Nevertheless,
I do not believe it matters whether the Christian view
of how the universe works is correct or not, for I will
content to simply agree with Samuel Clemens, the American
writer who had the wit and audacity to say, that if such
a God exists, “then he is a malign thug.”
I, for one, think humanity can live under much better
conditions than the bondage and humiliation brought about
by that imagined God and His Son.
I’ve always wondered:
Why does the Vatican have lightning rods?
After limping across
campus and up three flights of stairs, I’ve finally
reached my room. Upon entering I drop into my chair with
a groan and look over to my refrigerator. I consider mixing
myself a stiff drink. It feels like someone’s broken
a plank across my back. I get up and take stock of myself
in the mirror. My hair is an unkempt mane and there are
faint bruises around both of my eyes. The vodka in my
refrigerator comes to mind again, but I decide a hot shower
would feel better at this point.
Peeling off my sticky
wrestling sweatshirt is somewhat difficult as my right
arm doesn’t want to bend quite as far as it should,
but I eventually manage. My forearms and biceps are marked
with angry pink splotches where fists or feet were deflected
away from my stomach or ribs at the last moment.
As I make my way to
the shower, Aaron appears in the doorway at the end of
the hall. I call a greeting to him and he grins. He is
shirtless, and his lean torso shows the same telltale
marks as my own.
“Hey, what’s up?” he calls, “I
just wanted to say thanks again for bringing me.”
“You liked it?”
“It was incredible.”
“Glad you had fun.”
“Yeah, well just wanted to say thanks.”
“Hey, no problem. So you think you’re gonna
“Right on. Alright, well I’ll see you around
“Cool. Talk to you later man.”
shower eases the soreness in my muscles somewhat. As I
flop down on my bed, I’m glad I skipped the drink.
I am tired, aching, and utterly satisfied. Dulling the
pain with alcohol would have ruined my reflection on another
fulfilling night at Fight Club.
We started calling
it Fight Club after the movie came out, but we’d
been doing it long before then. Since middle school, a
couple of friends and I would get together every so often
and scrap it out, never because we were mad at each other,
or really wanting to hurt anyone, but just to fool around,
maybe test ourselves, even better ourselves. A couple
of us knew some martial arts, and we taught each other
what we knew: how to move, how to breathe, where to hit.
We were just kids playing around, but it grew from there.
What is Fight Club
about? Most obviously, it’s about fighting. On the
physical plane, knowing how to fight is knowing how to
defend yourself, working to be a master of your body and
environment rather than their slave. We all understood
this part. As the years went on and some of us became
more serious about Fight Club, we began to understand
a new level to it. As we got better at fighting with our
fists we got better at fighting in other ways too. We
looked around us and saw a generation of men and women
who didn’t know how to fight anything at all. Most
of them watched TV six hours and night and mindlessly
worked another eight. We suddenly understood Malcolm X’s
deeper meaning when he said, “It’s criminal
not to teach a man to defend himself!” And we began
a regime of intellectual defense against unjust authorities
that now seemed a little less powerful and scary.
Here is a secret of
Fight Club: you ought to know how to defend yourself,
but you need to know how to defend your Self. The media
has us worried about gang violence, city muggings, terrorism.
These dangers are superficial compared to the corruption
of who you are. Lose a limb and you are still the individual
you were before. But give in to the conforming pressures
of society, mass institutional religion, country, family...
the purity of your unique essence becomes clouded and
lost, and that is truly a tragedy.
If you are interested
in starting a Fight Club of your own, you should come
up with a simple set of rules like the following:
1. Don’t talk to the administration about Fight
Club. They don’t like us and they seem to think
we can’t take responsibility for our own actions.
[The club I started was on a college campus.]
2. It’s fine to watch your first night to see what
you might be getting into.
3. Fighters may lay down any rules or restrictions they’d
like before they fight. The only house rule is common
4. A fight can be as serious or as light as you want
it to be, but “As brothers fight ye!”. Get
as much as you can out of a fight without seriously injuring
or permanently maiming your partner. Learn from one another.
5. A fight lasts until one of the fighters wants or needs
Decide how you want
your own Fight Club to be run. If you want to just take
it easy and tap one another, do that. If you want to be
as hardcore as the people in the movie/book, well, go
for it, but you may regret it. When you’ve begun
to learn how to fight for yourself, consider how you can
fight for others. I must give at least partial credit
to Fight Club for giving me the courage to participate
in several acts of civil disobedience where I risked violent
opposition from which I would be more or less unable to
defend myself, for in Fight Club I had unlearned the fear
Lastly, consider the
proverb of the samurai that “a fighter is not a
warrior unless he is also an artist”. If fighting
emboldens you to the realization of your true status as
a warrior-prince with a duty to awaken others to the same,
realize that there are many ways to do this. The State
would have us believe that anarchists are a bunch of crazies
running around and throwing bombs, that anarchism is about
Darwinian survival of the fittest. For anyone with eyes
to see, however, it should be obvious that it is really
the State throwing around the bombs and capitalism which
is predatory and cruel.
with one another because we recognize the absolute sovereignty
of every individual. In your group, recognize that the
skills of each person are valuable in some way. For personal
liberation, yoga, magick, and psychedelics are all useful
in addition to fighting. For liberating other, I advocate
the use of agitprop, shock art, and meme guerilla warfare
as described in Hakim Bey’s T.A.Z. Manifesto (full
text available HERE)
or DIY-IndyMedia as described in Gareth Branwyn’s
Jamming the Media. Use what you have, and have fun with
it. It is important to have fun as an anarchist, because
the State keeps us under control partly by keeping us
from having fun (Seriously! The “entertainment”
they offer us isn’t fun, it’s boring and stupefying).
But you can have fun with the State... there are security
guard’s to play hide-and-seek with, vast miles of
concrete canvases to paint, and hundreds of crumbling
and abandoned corporate structures waiting to be turned
into glorified club houses and fight arenas. The neon-painted
sky’s the limit, so go get ‘em, comrade.
result of what passes for capitalism these days, 8% of
the world’s population controls over half of the
world’s material wealth. The idea that this systems
rewards people who work hard is a farce. It rewards people
who make a living from knowing and manipulating the insane
bureaucracy which makes up our body of federal and state
law. These people are known as lawyers. It rewards people
who make a living from knowing and manipulating the insane
bureaucracy which makes up the body of our economic system.
These people are known as CEOs. It rewards those who take
advantage of our meager health care and insurance programs
to charge ridiculous prices for their often ineffectual
services and goods. These are known as hospitals and pharmaceutical
companies. It rewards those who utilize American tax dollars
to exploit third-world countries. These are known as politicians.
People who work hard
to make a useful contribution to our society-- farmers,
artisans, builders, scientists-- struggle to maintain
middle or lower class levels of living. Aside from the
rare .com prodigy who makes an overnight fortune, the
prospects for social advancement in our society are nil.
Our economy is designed to make the rich richer, not give
the poor a chance to become rich. The poor are allowed
to vote between candidates from two parties, neither of
which has their interests in mind, and political decisions
are made by the rich. This is not a democracy, this is
18 out of the 19 members of Bush’s Administration
cabinet are millionaires. 7 of them are worth more than
$10 million. That government policies are bought and sold
by rich industrialists is evidenced by the way reactionary
bills allow our big corporations to adhere to environmental
standards far behind our counterparts in the democratic
nations of Europe. Our military budget is so ridiculously
huge because it is a major source of profit for several
large corporations. Motorolla, for example, makes the
microchip for our newest land mine, which evades traditional
scanning methods and can blow up after counting, say,
20 people walking over it, making it damn hard to tell
when an area has been safely cleaned up, and making the
devices even more excellent than regular mines at killing
and maiming innocent civilians long after a given armed
conflict is over. Most nations in the U.N. have, by the
way, signed a treaty banning the use of all land mines,
elite is rightly afraid that the rest of the world might
not agree that the elite deserve that wealth if the world
were to realize that the elite’s wealth was sequestered
by placing personal profit ahead of human life and the
life of this very planet. To keep mankind from realizing
its natural rights, and to keep mankind from claiming
those rights by its rightful means, the secret elite bought
a staggeringly complex veil of media propaganda. It’s
time to take a peek behind that veil.
America is, and has
always been an evil empire. Our highschool history books
tell us of America’s War for Independence from Britain.
They tell us how the noble founding fathers created a
new nation with a humanitarian constitution to protect
the rights of all people and to ensure that the people’s
will was enacted through a fair and democratic system.
The truth is that the wealthy elite of America simply
wanted a bigger slice of the pie, and used the lower classes
to drive out their economic competitors from across the
Atlantic. George Washington was the richest man in America,
and the troops he led were mostly unwilling peasants,
drafted while George’s rich friends paid to have
substitutes fight for them. The lower class of America
never wanted to fight in the revolution because the were
not stupid, and realized they’d be dying to replace
one tyranny with another. The American Revolution did
economically benefit some lower Americans, the ones who
agreed to lick the boots of the rich for a little land
and influence. This group became the middle class, and
served as a useful buffer between the rich and the poor
for absorbing the angry violence of the dispossessed.
Since that time, the
elite has given the middle class a few minor concessions
from time to time to keep them hard at work chasing an
illusory American Dream. To reproduce their means of production
today, the elite must convince the middle class that it
needs money to buy all sorts of useless shit. The elite
has learned how to do this very well, but the fear of
poverty is given as an additional incentive. The current
economic system is set up so that there will always be
a certain percentage of the American population that lives
in third world conditions. As an abstract threat, poverty
works quite well in keeping the middle-class in line.
What the elite have learned over the years, however, was
that this abstract threat occasionally becomes material
in the form of uprisings and class riots. So over the
past quarter of a century, the solution of the elite has
been to neatly round up and secure the potential troublesome
poverty-stricken members of society.
Consider that over
the past 25 years, violent crime in the U.S. has remained
approximately the same, yet the rate at which people have
been incarcerated in this country has almost quadrupled.
Only 25% of these have committed a violent crime, and
while it costs more to send a person to prison for a year
than to Harvard for a year, U.S. prisoners are also serving
longer terms than in the past. Meanwhile, studies have
shown that higher imprisonment rates do not lower crime
rates. America, with 5% of the world’s population,
has 25% of its prisoners. And not only are more people
being locked up, but international human rights organizations
have cited prisons in the U.S. for practicing psychological
Into these hell-holes
are thrown any dissidents the government can find any
reasons at all to imprison. A prime example of how this
system is used to crush anyone who dares question it is
the case of Mumia Abu Jamal. Mumia Abu Jamal is an award
winning journalist writing about the injustices of the
criminal injustice system, an opponent of police brutality,
and a prisoner on Death Row in Pennsylvania, convicted
of killing a police officer.
December 9, 1981 Officer
Daniel Faulkner pulled over a car driven by Mumia’s
brother in down town Philadelphia. Mumia was driving his
cab nearby, saw the incident, got out, and went towards
Faulkner. It is unclear what happened next, but both Mumia
and Faulkner were found shot, and Faulkner later died.
Mumia was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982. So
what’s the big deal? A darkie shot a cop and got
busted. He’s getting what he deserves, right?
Maybe. Many people
believe Mumia’s trial was set from the start to
put Mumia down because of his outspoken political views
and his former involvement in the Black Panther Party.
For this, he has been under police surveillance since
he was 15. The judge who heard his trial was elected with
the support of the Fraternal Order of Police. Most black
jurors were deliberately excluded from the trial. Witnesses
who claimed they saw a third person running from the crime
scene were not allowed to testify. Experts disagree about
the caliber of the fatal bullet. The prosecution’s
key witness was a police informant, and her testimony
didn’t correspond with the trajectory of the bullet
which struck Mumia. Mumia had an unwilling, court-appointed
attorney and no funds for investigation or expert witnesses.
The same judge heard Mumia’s appeal in 1995 and
ruled all new evidence as unbelievable and irrelevant.
Mumia’s prison, SCI Greene has 200 people on death
row (85% African American) and recent Supreme Court decisions
have made it harder to get a full federal hearing and
easier to carry out the death penalty. All in all, a pretty
sketchy situation. To learn more about this, visit www.mumia.org.
A few more random
facts about our prison system:
*The incarceration rate for black people in the U.S.
is approximately 8 times that of white people.
*Black people are 4 times as likely to be arrested on
drug charges as white people, even though the two groups
use drugs at almost the same rate.
*Penalties for the use of crack cocaine, a drug often
used in poorer black communities, are much higher than
penalties for the use of cocaine, a drug preferred in
wealthier white communities.
*In 1992 the incarceration rate for black people in the
U.S. was 4.5 times as great as that for black people in
*There are more black men in prison today than are attending
The rich keep getting
richer, middle class workers live pitiful and robotic
lives, the poor starve, and anyone who does more than
whimper in complaint gets thrown into a prison to be beaten
and raped. Unplug yourself from the matrix and you will
realize that this is not the inevitable outcome of human
evolution, but the result of a irrational system held
totteringly in place and given the illusion of stability
through wrongly amassed wealth and power.
This account of the way power and money really work in
America has been short and somewhat rambling, but hopefully
it gives some glimpse of the oppression to which the vast
majority of American citizens are being subjected. I hope
it inspires some readers to investigate further and take
action, before we’re all nothing more than prisoners
the American Aristocracy is using the American population
as cattle to feed from, what it is doing to the populations
of Central and South America is far worse. The situation
in the countries of Mexico and Colombia are given here
as two examples of American foreign policy. For those
shocked by the attack of 9-11, let it be known that the
tenor of American foreign policy in the Middle East is
the same as that discussed below. Read on, and find out
why the world hates America.
While bombs rain over
Al-Qaeda camps and nearby towns in the Middle east, various
centers for US terrorism continue to operate smoothly
here on American soil. One such center is known as the
School of the Americas. Located at Fort Benning in Georgia,
the SOA is part of the program where troops from other
countries come to expand their soldierly skills. There
is nothing inherently exceptional about this, as allied
countries often send their troops-in-training abroad to
learn new tactics and perspectives. What is special about
the SOA is that there the American government trains troops
from Mexico and South America in not only regular army
skills, but in techniques for assassination, bombing,
starvation, torture, and various terror tactics designed
to keep indigenous populations under control. You see,
there are these pesky revolutionaries down there that
are demanding all sorts of unreasonable things like democracy
and the return of their farming land, and their getting
what they want just isn’t in the economic interests
of several major U.S. corporations like Chiquita Banana
and Chase Manhattan. Many U.S. corporations, in fact,
have very lucrative financial arrangements with some of
the countries south of us, and they don’t want to
lose those arrangements because of a few oppressed peasants.
So the land of freedom and liberty is supporting fascist
dictatorships to make a quick buck.
you heard about this? Well, neither the corporate media
nor state-run public education is likely to keep you informed
of America’s dirty dealings with third-world nations.
In fact, I recently heard a news broad-cast saying how
happy the people of Mexico were to have access to the
billion-dollar U.S. market. Somehow I don’t think
a poll of Mexico’s oppressed civilians would support
this view. That’s why a few intrepid souls have
been risking their safety and freedom to get the word
out. In 1990, 17 people gathered at the gates of the SOA
in protest. Ten years later, 5,000 people crossed the
line into Fort Benning in an act of non-violent civil
disobedience in the hopes of gaining the public attention.
Each of them bore a white cross on which was inscribed
the name of someone who had been murdered or “disappeared”
by graduates of the SOA.
The SOA has recently
tried to clean up its image, changing its name to the
“Western Hemisphere Institution for Security Cooperation,”
on January 17, 2001. Don’t let this fool you; the
same sorts of humans rights violations and atrocities
are still going on. To learn more, visit the SOA Watch
website at www.soaw.org.
The Zapatista Army
of National Liberation is a guerilla organization which
formed in response to the rights of indigenous peoples
in southern Mexico being trampled in the name of greed.
What started as a militant uprising has become an uneasy
battle of words and public relations thanks to the ingenuity
one of the Zapatistas’ mouthpieces to the world,
the man known as Sub-Commandante Marcos. By using the
Internet, Marcos has appealed to the global community
to take notice of the injustices occurring in Chiapas
and other parts of Mexico.
What makes the Zapatista
movement different from previous revolutionary movements
in Central America is that they do not hope to place one
of their own in power, they simple wish to reclaim the
basic rights guaranteed to their people in the Mexican
Constitution. Through a system of direct democracy, though
it is slow, the Zapatistas serve the interests of all
of their home communities.
Though Mexico is,
on paper, a democratic nation, candidates opposing the
ruling party have a tendency to end up dead, and shady
elections rarely seem to represent the will of the people.
Their current president is a former executive of Coca-Cola
who, we can imagine, hardly has in mind the interests
of people trying to resist big business. And though Chiapas
is, on paper, a wealthy city, housing several hydro-electric
power plants which supply much of Mexico’s electricity,
most of its residents live in squalid, third-world conditions.
A privileged minority exploits a beleaguered populace.
Thanks to the meddling of organizations like The World
Trade Organization, the IMF, NAFTA, and FTAA (basically
NAFTA on steroids) cheap U.S. corn has flooded into the
area, destroying the indigenous peoples’ way of
life. And the land which once belonged to these people
has been given away to white ranchers, making readjustment
To learn more about
this situation, visit www.zapatistas.org (how clever all
these revolutionaries are, making their URLs so easy to
remember) or read Shadows of Tender Fury, a compilation
of communiques between Sub-Commandante Marcos, his superiors,
and the world at large. And if you can find a copy of
it, there exists a really excellent documentary film about
what’s been happening, A Place Called Chiapas.
In Colombia, we find
a situation even more desperate for the peasants than
in Mexico. The troubles again started when NAFTA allowed
cheap US corn to flood the area, putting large sectors
of the rural population out of business. Starving and
desperate, many of the natives (who had no say in the
NAFTA decision) sold their land to US Corporations and
members of the Colombian elite at a great personal loss,
since inflation skyrocketed after the US dollar was introduced
to the Colombian economy. While rich Colombian ranchers
began to grow vast monoculture crops, sometimes genetically
altered, and always treated with chemicals, to export
at profit, US corporations began to systematically strip
the remaining land of its natural resources.
A guerilla army formed
among the peasants who had been robbed, and a militant
resistance began. Penniless, the displaced peasants began
to grow coca, as the only way to raise cash for their
cause. They began to make small victories against government
troops sent to suppress them and succeeded in reclaiming
some of the land taken by the wealthy ranchers. For a
time they were granted a demilitarized-zone of at least
semi-tillable land, but after the ranchers organized a
ultra-violent paramilitary group to join in the fight
against them, the Colombian government took back the land
it had granted the native peasants. And when the US stepped
in, things really started to get bad.
As part of its “War
on Drugs,” the US government decided it would be
a good idea to start spraying herbicides over areas where
coca fields were being grown in Colombia. The manufacture
of the herbicide was contracted to Monsanto. For a brief
aside, Monsanto is the company who, in the past, brought
us such wonderful concoctions as Agent Orange, DDT, the
‘terminator’ gene, and genetically-altered
pest-resistant food crops, all products of maliciousness,
stupidity, and greed. The ‘terminator’ gene
renders the seeds of altered plants sterile so that farmers
can’t use them to replant next season. This innovation
has no practical value whatsoever; it simply forces farmers
to buy new seeds every year from the companies that make
them. Pest-resistant crops kill pests that land on them,
but they also kill useful insects like monarch butterflies,
disrupting the food-chain. And since, in the plant kingdom,
species interbreed like nobody’s business, it is
altogether likely that the pest-resistant trait will eventually
be passed on to wild plants. Anybody who’s taken
elementary-level biology knows that almost all plants
breed via the pollination by insects, and if that becomes
impossible, we could be looking at a very serious environmental
disaster. Clearly, Monsanto cares about profit, and not
human life, which brings us back to their magical coca
Monsanto claims that
the herbicide they are using is harmless to humans, yet
one of the chemicals in it is industrial-strength RoundUp
(which Monsanto also produces). Now, as even ordinary
household-grade RoundUp says right on the label that you
shouldn’t spray it near water, this claim is already
a bit curious. It is even more curious because Monsanto
refuses to release to the public the rest of the ingredients
in their coca herbicide. On-site evidence is the most
damning, however, because since the spraying began, children
and animals have started developing all sorts of new diseases
which they never had before.
The process by which
the spraying takes place is also horrendous. After spy
satellites have detected a coca field, war planes fly
over and drop a few three-ton bombs in the area to clear
out any rebels who might be lurking nearby. Next, one
of the 18 Black Hawk helicopters the US just donated to
Colombia’s military flies over and guns down any
rebels who might be left. The planes and helicopters are
piloted either by Colombian military or by DynCorp, a
mercenary group. While DynCorp is technically an independent
organization, something like 95% of its contracts are
to the Pentagon. The Pentagon finds them particularly
useful because there is a quota limiting the number of
US military personnel in Colombia. DynCorp, despite the
high number of ex-military and ex-CIA types who make up
its ranks, is a civilian organization, so US tax dollars
can pay for as many of them to be in Colombia as our government
The spray planes fly
over next, using their “pin-point” targeting
systems to eliminate coca crops. When local farmers complained
that huge areas of legitimate subsistence crops were being
sprayed as well, some delegates from the US came to investigate.
To demonstrate their accuracy, the pilots managed to find
a miraculously large and level piece of ground, which
is relatively rare in Colombia’s mountainous countryside.
Even under these perfect conditions, the pilots managed
to fuck up, and ended up spraying the US representatives
standing off to the side to observe. The representatives,
healthy adults, developed painful skin rashes soon afterwards.
But the spraying continues.
If the spraying is
so bad, it must be having some very good effects to make
it worthwhile, one would think, but in fact, the importation
of coca from Colombia to the US has remained virtually
the same since the process began. But perhaps this is
because the spray planes never target the vast coca fields
owned by the Colombian elite whose paramilitary groups
help to fight the rebels. So the US is carrying out what
basically amounts to chemical warfare against a civilian
population that is rebelling against a system which robbed
them of their lands and livelihoods. Why would the United
States do this?
The United States
would do this because Colombia, it turns out, sits
over more oil than is to be found in the entire Persian
Gulf. The United States would do this because several
US oil companies are making millions pumping oil from
South America to North America. The United States would
do this because the major shareholder of one of the
largest oil companies in Colombia is President George
The original agreement
between America and Colombia was for 50% of the oil drilled
to stay in Colombia. Now 30% stays in Colombia, and a
deal is in the works to reduce this to only 5%. Similar
arrangements exist for Colombia’s other natural
resources like rubber, coffee, and cut flowers. Peasants
who have banded together to sabotage oil lines to stop
the rape of their country’s natural resources have
been hunted down relentlessly, and when they have killed
the ranchers who stole their land, entire villages have
been massacred by graduates of the School of the Americas.
Since 9-11 there has
been much talk about fighting terrorism. Lest anyone think
me un-American, let it be said that I wholeheartedly agree
with this idea. Instead of dropping bombs on civilians
in other countries in the War on Terrorism, though, I
think we as a nation need to shift our attention a little
closer to home, for a candid examination of the facts
reveals that the worst terrorist organization in the world
is the United States government.
“The propaganda campaign about "Islamic fundamentalism"
has its farcical elements???even putting aside the fact
that US culture compares with Iran in its religious fundamentalism.
The most extreme Islamic fundamentalist state in the world
is the loyal US ally Saudi Arabia, or to be more precise,
the family dictatorship that serves as the "Arab
facade" behind which the US effectively controls
the Arabian peninsula, to borrow the terms of British
colonial rule. The West has no problems with Islamic fundamentalism
The Declaration of Evolution
by Dr. Timothy Leary, Ph.D.
When in the course
of organic evolution it becomes obvious that a mutational
process is inevitably dissolving the physical and neurological
bonds which connect the members of one generation to the
past and inevitably directing them to assume among the
species of Earth the separate and equal station to which
the Laws of Nature and Nature's God entitle them, a decent
concern for the harmony of species requires that the causes
of the mutation should be declared.
We hold these truths
to be self evident:
That all species are created different but equal;
That they are endowed, each one, with certain inalienable
That among them are Freedom to Live, Freedom to Grow,
and Freedom to pursue Happiness in their own style;
That to protect these God?given rights, social structures
naturally emerge, basing their authority on the principles
of love of God and respect for all forms of life;
That whenever any form of government becomes destructive
of life, liberty, and harmony, it is the organic duty
of the young members of that species to mutate, to drop
out, to initiate a new social structure, laying its foundations
on such principles and organizing its power in such form
as seems likely to produce the safety, happiness, and
harmony of all sentient beings.
indeed, suggests that social structures long established
should not be discarded for frivolous reasons and transient
causes. The ecstasy of mutation is equally balanced by
the pain. Accordingly all experience shows that members
of a species are more disposed to suffer, while evils
are sufferable, rather than to discard the forms to which
they are accustomed.
But when a long
train of abuses and usurpations, all pursuing invariably
the same destructive goals, threaten the very fabric of
organic life and the serene harmony of the planet, it
is the right, it is the organic duty to drop out of such
morbid covenants and to evolve new loving social structures.
Such has been the
patient sufferance of the freedom?loving peoples of this
earth, and such is now the necessity which constrains
us to form new systems of government.
The history of the
white, menopausal, mendacious men now ruling the planet
earth is a history of repeated violation of the harmonious
laws of nature, all having the direct object of establishing
a tyranny of the materialistic aging over the gentle,
the peace?loving, the young, the colored. To prove this,
let Facts be submitted to the judgement of generations
These old, white
rulers have maintained a continuous war against other
species of life, enslaving and destroying at whim fowl,
fish, animals and spreading a lethal carpet of concrete
and metal over the soft body of earth.
They have maintained as well a continual state of war
among themselves and against the colored races, the freedom?loving,
the gentle, the young. Genocide is their habit.
They have instituted
artificial scarcities, denying peaceful folk the natural
inheritance of earth's abundance and God's endowment.
They have glorified
material values and degraded the spiritual.
They have claimed
private, personal ownership of God's land, driving by
force of arms the gentle from passage on the earth.
In their greed they
have erected artificial immigration and customs barriers,
preventing the free movement of people.
In their lust for
control they have set up systems of compulsory education
to coerce the minds of the children and to destroy the
wisdom and innocence of the playful young.
In their lust for
power they have controlled all means of communication
to prevent the free flow of ideas and to block loving
exchanges among the gentle.
In their fear they
have instituted great armies of secret police to spy upon
the privacy of the pacific.
In their anger they
have coerced the peaceful young against their will to
join their armies and to wage murderous wars against the
young and gentle of other countries.
In their greed they
have made the manufacture and selling of weapons the basis
of their economies.
For profit they
have polluted the air, the rivers, the seas.
In their impotence
they have glorified murder, violence, and unnatural sex
in their mass media.
In their aging greed
they have set up an economic system which favors age over
They have in every
way attempted to impose a robot uniformity and to crush
variety, individuality, and independence of thought.
In their greed,
they have instituted political systems which perpetuate
rule by the aging and force youth to choose between plastic
conformity or despairing alienation.
They have invaded
privacy by illegal search, unwarranted arrest, and contemptuous
They have enlisted
an army of informers.
In their greed they
sponsor the consumption of deadly tars and sugars and
employ cruel and unusual punishment of the possession
of life?giving alkaloids and acids.
They never admit
a mistake. They unceasingly trumpet the virtue of greed
and war. In their advertising and in their manipulation
of information they make a fetish out of blatant falsity
and pious self?enhancement.
Their obvious errors
only stimulate them to greater error and noisier self?approval.
They are bores.
They hate beauty.
They hate sex.
They hate life.
We have warned them
from time to time to their inequities and blindness. We
have addressed every available appeal to their withered
sense of righteousness. We have tried to make them laugh.
We have prophesied in detail the terror they are perpetuating.
But they have been deaf to the weeping of the poor, the
anguish of the colored, the rocking mockery of the young,
the warnings of their poets. Worshiping only force and
money, they listen only to force and money. But we shall
no longer talk in these grim tongues.
We must therefore
acquiesce to genetic necessity, detach ourselves from
their uncaring madness and hold them henceforth as we
hold the rest of God's creatures ? in harmony, life brothers,
in their excess, menaces to life.
We, therefore, God?loving,
peace?loving, life?loving, fun?loving men and women, appealing
to the Supreme Judge of the Universe for the rectitude
of our intentions, do, in the name and by the Authority
of all sentient beings who seek gently to evolve on this
planet, solemnly publish and declare that we are free
and independent, and that we are absolved from all Allegiance
to the United States Government and all governments controlled
by the menopausal, and that grouping ourselves into tribes
of like?minded fellows, we claim full power to live and
move on the land, obtain sustenance with our own hands
and minds in the style which seems sacred and holy to
us, and to do all Acts and Things which independent Freemen
and Freewomen may of right do without infringing on the
same rights of other species and groups to do their own
And for the support
of this Declaration of Evolution with a firm reliance
on the protection of Divine Providence, and serenely confident
of the approval of generations to come, in whose name
we speak, do we now mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.
I’ve often heard about assertions of the beneficial
uses of supranormal states of mind is that anything you
learn from such experiences is ultimately invalid because
the things you felt or perceived are not real. This is
obviously a misleading assertion, since even “unreal”
experiences may be beneficial, as one may learn something
from a dream. The issue runs deeper than that though.
To say that what one perceives while in such a state isn’t
real ignores a fundamental fact of nature: nothing
you perceive is real. What you perceive is an interpretation
of reality which is useful for getting around in our everyday
lives, but the phenomenal world we see is not the objective
reality of the universe. If this sounds like acid-head-mystic
nonsense to you, consider the following:
1. Everything you perceive is due to an electrochemical
change in your brain. You only smell, taste, touch, see,
and hear because your brain is interpreting the electrical
data sent to it by your nerves. Being on a psychedelic
substance, in a trance, etc. also causes an electrochemical
change in your brain. This change may cause your brain
to interpret the usual electrical signals in a new way,
but this new way is no less valid than the old because:
2. Man’s senses, and the way they cause him to
perceive the universe, are merely the product of evolution.
Man sees the universe in a radically different way than
a bee, a frog, an eagle, and so on, but in each case the
information received is merely that which evolution has
determined to be the most useful for the survival of that
particular organism. Man’s range of sensoria is
certainly not the most all-encompassing, even within the
animal kingdom. In fact:
3. Modern science has shown that our perception of “things”
as “solid matter” is inherently incorrect.
From our normal vantage point we are merely unable to
perceive that “solid matter” is a time-based
illusion created by electrons cycling the nuclei of atoms
so fast that they appear to be solid spheres, much as
the blades of a fan seem to form a solid disc when in
motion. (Actually, even this explanation is a much simplified
version of what is going on. Electrons are only particles
when examined from a certain perspective.) Further:
4. The famous physicist Neil Heisenberg has demonstrated
with the method of science that any view taken of reality
excludes the possibility of viewing another equally “real”
aspect of the universe. His Uncertainty Principle shows
that “...in the subatomic world, we can never know
both the position and momentum of a particle with great
accuracy. The better we know the position, the hazier
will its momentum be and vice versa. We can decide to
undertake a precise measurement of either of the two quantities,
but then we will have to remain completely ignorant about
the other one. It is important to realize that this limitation
is not caused by the imperfection of our measuring techniques,
but is a limitation of principle. If we decide to measure
the particle’s position precisely, the particle
simply does not have a well-defined momentum, and vice
versa.” (From Capra’s The Tao of Physics...
great book, you should read it sometime.) What this suggests,
therefore, is that:
5. Everything we perceive is equally valid. Every occurrence
in our phenomenal world is equally real to us, yet equally
illusory when considered from the standpoint of the objective
universe (the real world outside the matrix).
Great, well, now
you can skip over Kant in your course of reading, but
the question remains: what are the uses of altering your
mind? The most obvious benefit is simple pleasure. Psychedelic
drugs offer the responsible user pleasure and harm no
one, and taking pleasure in an activity which harms none
is something I fully endorse, even if it accomplishes
nothing else. Remarkably, however, psychedelics do accomplish
Scientists have discovered
that every animal naturally seeks to alter its consciousness.
Animals eat fermented fruit and children love to be spun
until they’re dizzy. Our government tells us that
we need to either suppress our natural inclination to
alter our consciousness, or that we need to do it with
alcohol, and neither of these is a healthy option. In
contrast with the propaganda that the use of psychedelics
lead to psychoses, their occasional use may actually stave
off the development of neuroses which are the inevitable
result of repressing natural instincts. People I know
who have undergone the psychedelic experience certainly
seem to have less fears and insecurities than those who
have not. And far from being stupefying, the experience
seems to have galvanized them into an even greater passion
for life and learning.
Also, there is an
obvious tactical advantage to be gained from viewing any
situation from many angles. The temporary ego-loss phenomenon
which can be experienced while in a psychedelic state
allows the user to consider any problem without the interference
of personal tendencies and biases. The narrow limits of
one’s previous beliefs and prejudices about life
are apt to become embarrassingly obvious from this vantage
point. Quandaries which the rational intellect has been
unable to unravel may be solved in a flash of intuition
while in a psychedelic state, and artistic genius becomes
much more readily available. Psychedelics will not make
anyone into a great artist, but they may certainly help
to unearth latent talent. People of any walk of life may
find inspiration for taking their work in a new and fulfilling
Such are but a few
of the practical benefits of altering one’s consciousness
via psychedelic drugs; many more await intelligent and
intrepid explorers. Such benefits are also available from
the ancient mind-altering practices of yoga and ceremonial
magick, and thus I strongly encourage the development
of proficiency in these areas as well. Yet both take months
or years to make substantial progress in, and in the meantime,
we are all in desperate need of a shortcut to unplugging
ourselves from the machine which has imprisoned our minds.
A woman was riding
on a train one day when she noticed a man seated across
the aisle from her with a rather oddly shaped package.
Curious, she asked, “Excuse me, sir, but if I may
inquire... what is it you have in that strange box of
“Mongoose,” came his terse reply.
Somewhat taken aback, she nevertheless ventured to continue,
“Why, whatever is a mongoose?”
“Eats snakes,” he answered. Then, seeing
that she was still unsatisfied, he went on, “It
is a present for my cousin. He sees snakes.”
The woman pondered this in confusion for a moment. She
didn’t want to keep pestering her fellow passenger,
but had to finally ask, “But, sir, those... they’re
just imaginary snakes, right?”
“Well of course,” replied the man, “but
this is an imaginary mongoose!”
“The contemporary World War on Drugs is nothing
more nor less than the modern manifestation of the millennial
struggle between state power and individual freedom; between
the proselytizers of purely symbolic simulacra of religion
? propagandists of what Blake called ‘pale religious
lechery’ ? and the practitioners of the real thing
? for religion is an experience, not merely a ‘social
activity with mild ethical rules.’ This War on Drugs
originally started as a War on Religious Experiences,
and it is nothing new.”
a long time, it seemed like the Puritans had lost their
battle over the notion that only married people should
have sex, and then only when absolutely necessary. Such
ideas had simply become too outdated it, seemed. Yet once
again, corrupt Christianity has reared its ugly head,
today in the form of President Bush’s sexual morality
campaign for teenage abstinence. Certainly health issues
are of concern, but you can observe safer methods with
many people as easily as with one. And more people would
be more inclined to protect themselves all the time if
we were taught to respect rather than loathe and be ashamed
of our physical body and its normal biological functions.
So it will not be
surprising if most people simply laugh at this reactionary
attempt by a state official to push church doctrine, and
go on having sex before they're married. Even so, old
and malicious restrictions on our sexuality still hold
a powerful sway over many people’s attitudes towards
sex. Many people feel like it’s alright to have
sex outside of marriage, but certainly only with their
devoted partner! People are expected to engage in some
sort of mini-marriage before having sex with someone,
or they are called sluts and players. Having sex with
someone other than your mini?marriage partner is called
cheating, and is considered a deceitful betrayal.
Maybe for some people,
having a slowly developing monogamous relationship is
really the thing to do. But is anonymous sex really evil?
It has been denounced as alienating, and indeed anonymous
sex has an alienating effect on some people. Yet this
is hardly surprising considering our society's prevailing
negative attitudes towards sex. But it is not sex itself
that alienates us from one another. Rather it is our society,
with its plastic beauty molds and expectations of ideological
conformity. Our society concedes our right to touch one
another physically (in certain circumstances) but makes
it impossible for us to touch one another emotional or
spiritually... how could we share those parts of ourselves
with one another when they've been plastered over with
so many layers of cosmetics?
And why this limitation
to just one partner? Look at the word 'play'. It has come
to mean something sleazy and dishonest. How warped this
is from its true meaning of innocent fun and exploration.
Why this idea of ownership of another person? Are we slaves?
No! I say that we are kings and queens in our own right,
coequals in the company of heaven. Let us cast our insecurities
aside. Two shining stars may share their light for mutual
benefit without either laying claim to the other. The
word of Sin is RESTRICTION.
As a remedy to the
backwards attitudes about sex that plague America, I propose
the play party. A play party is basically an orgy with
the aim of increasing the sexual liberty of its participants
through exploration and experimentation. Even for a small
group, this experience can be incredibly empowering and
Participation in such
event obviously requires a certain degree of maturity
and responsibility, but equally important is adequate
planning to ensure maximal safety and comfort for all.
Hopefully the following hints and instructions will be
helpful to those persons wishing to attempt this revolutionary
act (true pleasure and joy are rebellion against the malaise
and drudgery of the machine).
Once a suitable location
has been found, the first question to consider is who
to invite. For your first play party, you may wish to
have a group of people who all know and trust one another.
Slightly more adventuresome folks may wish to allow each
member of the core group to invite one other person that
the others may or may not know. Some sort of guidelines
should be agreed upon, common sense things like respecting
one another’s boundaries, and allowances that nothing
is expected of anyone, and that it should even be fine
if some people just want to watch. One very important
condition to establish is protection. At an event like
this, the only sensible route is to demand that everyone
use condoms and dental dams and latex gloves for any sort
of genital or anal contact, even between partners who
don’t usually use such protection. Things like the
use of non-lubricated condoms for oral sex or the use
of latex gloves may seem to some people like a bit of
overkill, but it is important to stress the need for added
precautions in a situation like this.
Things to have on
hand at a party like this are: lots of safer sex supplies
of various sorts (obviously), a waste basket for used
supplies, a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, a variety
of snack food or finger foods (pot lucks are nice) to
be set off to one side of the main playing area, and some
towels. Some people may also wish to bring various sex
toys. If they wish to allow other people to use these,
it is important that they instruct them in their proper
and safe usage (especially in the case of things like
floggers, etc). Things not to bring are alcohol and drugs.
They point of a play party is not to just get all fucked
up and do whatever. The point of a play party is for those
involved to conscientiously explore and/or expand their
sexual identities. If someone doesn’t have the courage
to do this with a level head, a play party is not the
place to do it.
When everyone is assembled
for the party, a good way to get started is to have a
check-in with everyone so that they can let the group
know where they’re at and what they’re hoping
for. It can be as simple as: “Hi, I’m John.
I’m mostly straight, but I’ve been kind of
curious to fool around with a boy a little and see what
that’s like.” or “Hi, I’m Jane
and I’m bisexual, and I’m interested in learning
about bondage if anyone knows anything about it.”
or “Hi, I’m Julie and I guess I’m straight
and I’m a little nervous about this because I’m
pretty self-conscious about being naked in front of anyone.
I’ve never been naked in front of a lot of people
before, so maybe I’ll just be naked, and watch for
a while.” Concise is good, but anyone with any questions
or concerns should be given all the time they need to
Really, the mechanics
of a play party are pretty simple, the hard part is pushing
yourself and others to evolve as human beings so that
you are able to actually carry it out. These instructions
have been fairly simple, but with them in mind, creative
persons have a tool for exploring deep into hidden corners
of the human psyche and emerging with compassion for others
and knowledge for oneself.
Some terms to know and explore at a play party:
bio-boy: someone who is biologically male by birth (see
bio-girl: someone who is biologically female by birth
(see transgendered, q.v.)
BDSM: short for bondage, domination, sadism, and masochism,
practices which can lead to considerably altered states
bisexual: someone attracted to both men and women
bondage: restraining a consenting partner via ropes, handcuffs,
or other implements; this can be a somewhat dangerous
activity and should not be attempted by someone who has
not read about it or received instruction from a knowledgeable
bottom: person taking the submissive role in BDSM play
cane: a straight rod used for beating someone in SM play
domination: the act of ordering or commanding a consensual
fetish: something out of the ordinary which one finds
flogger: a short whip, often with multiple tails, used
for beating someone in SM play
heteroflexible: someone who is under ordinary circumstances
attracted only to members of the opposite sex, but who
is occasionally attracted to members of his or her own
sex; this category makes up a much larger percentage of
the population than would like to admit it, despite it
being entirely healthy
masochism: deriving pleasure from pain; SM play can be
dangerous and should only be attempted by knowledgeable
and experienced persons
paddle: another basic SM toy
polyamory: the practice of having multiple sexual partners
who are aware of one another’s roles and are accepting
of such. All partners involved need not be involved with
all others- A, B, and C may all be lovers, or A may be
B’s lover, and B may be C’s lover, but A may
not be C’s lover.
sadism: deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on another
top: person taking the dominant role in BDSM play, also
used as a verb: to engage in taking the dominant role
in BDSM play
transgendered: someone who was born one sex, but identifies
psychologically with the other. A transgendered person
sometimes takes hormones or undergoes surgical operations
to alter him or herself physically, sometimes they are
simply transvestites (q.v.), sometimes neither.
transvestite: someone who dresses in the manner typical
of the opposite sex; transvestites can be, but are not
necessarily, gay or transgendered people
trysexual: someone who’s willing to try anything
sexual at least once
O you filthy, huddled masses,
cowering in the shadow of the
Statue of Liberally Boning Third World Nations
obscuring with the blinding torch of bureaucracy
the small print on the
book of the rights of the digital divine,
O you wretched amalgam from far off lands:
A Blatha Abeu Ebeu Phi--
Did you know that the US Government regulations
on the sale of cabbage
is 26,911 words?
I bet you didn’t,
stumbling through the electronic dreamworld
of MTV, Playstation2, and five-way multi-disk stereos;
choked by a placebo for religious experience,
dumbed, numbed, and stunned
by media warnings of Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorists
Ar Thiao Rheibet Atheleberseth!
can’t you see the real threat?
Welcome to AOHELL
Marked, scorned, arrested, tallied--
just for attending a protest rally!
permission to walk, permission to sit,
permission to work, permission to shit;
encouraged to drink
encouraged to smoke
forbidden to swim
forbidden to toke;
close the gap
don’t buy Jap
4th of July- hooray, hooray!
but remember Kent State?
fuckers red white and blew them away
No, too easy
and to formulate into
orthodox, upstanding, clean-shaven,
beer guzzlin’, flag-wavin’,
Thiasoe Ib Thiao
the hell with you and your
scrambling, desperate greed
I spit on your crapulous creeds.
But I know there are some
who jive with my rhythm
I’ve got an idea
to form a great schism
all you daring and willing and knowing young men
and women and children
and others who ken
that it’s time to wake up from the American Dream
come hither, my friends, and here out my scheme
we’ll leave them behind
and head to the promised land
where we can march to the drum
of an entirely different band
The promised land– what’s that? you ask
getting there sounds quite the task
yes, the problems are thick and keep getting thicker,
but hold onto you hats, ‘cause here’s the
in the promised land
things like space and time
dissolve: so here and now
I end my rhyme
journey to the promised land:
worth taking or not?
debate rages in social-sexual cortex
news at 11
take a guided tryp,
see the sights:
ride the crowned and conquering undercurrent
aboard the bornless one
Ieou Pur Iou Pur Iaot Ieou Ioou
Abrasar Sabriam Do Uu Adonaie
Angelos ton Theon
Aniaia Lai Gaia Ape
I invoke Thee, Bornless One!
in the streets:
bodhi-sativas, sidereal pilgrims, psychonauts,
ravers in shamanic dopamine ectasy
supraliminal light paterns
grasping and scratching at
the border between Leary’s 5th?circuit hedonic rapture
and the non-Euclidean void beyond;
on our left dorothy rides the wind
“see you auntie, see you auntie!”
on our right
mobius strip drag racing with Shiva.
there’s Krishna in his Smurf abode
and straight ahead, please note:
you can do anything that thou wilt
in aleister’s restaurant
then, out of the city
through the tangled underbrush of the ego
a quantum leap
off the precipice of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
down into the surging sea of the cerebellum
pushed by pranayamic pressure
to the metaprogramming port
at LS eyelanD
take a shock like a TAZer
the joy of dissolution is your reward and
Rhoubriao Mariodam Balbnabaoth
Assalonai Aphniao I
I, open your I!
has it been enough?
don’t be afraid, come:
come together to the promised land
from the land of here and there and because and before,
(break on through
as it’s sung by The Doors)
leave them behind for the promised land
it’s your birthright and death rite
take my hand
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
-a brilliant cyber-punk novel that is many things: a satire
of modern America, an exposition on meme warfare, a myth
both ancient and new, and a fast-paced thriller
Neuromancer by William Gibson
-the book that made the father of cyber-punk and Internet
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
-along with its sequel, an amusing allegory, particularly
informative for those familiar with Qabalah
The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
and Robert Shea
-sex, drugs, rock&roll, quantum mechanics, magick,
and conspiracy theory in a hilarious novel which starts
out from a mind-bending god-like point of narration
Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
-a wonderful mindfuck full of secrets
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
-another novel that challenges all expectations of what
a novel should be
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
-a witty, raunchy novel whose cast of characters include
the god Pan and a thinly-veiled Timothy Leary persona
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
-a revolutionary metaprogramming experience cleverly disguised
as a comic book series
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
-another comic book series which forms a delightful and
sometimes even insightful myth
-the modern allegory of social and spiritual (r)evolution
-a classic mythic tale
The Truman Show
-both fine allegories of breaking out of an artificial
and controlling Spectacle
-poetic terrorism and social liberation
-a simple and truthful film
-chaos, qabalah, and the greedy manipulations of religious
and social institutions
-accurately portrays the US not giving a fuck about oppressed
and displaced refugees in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf
Chomsky’s Politics by Milan
-a great introduction to the otherwise difficult-to-approach
work of one of this century’s greatest geniuses,
and incidentally, anarchists
A People’s History Of the United States by
-some tidbits that usually get left out of most history
The World’s Religions by Ninian Smart
-an impressive overview of the world’s various major
belief-systems, leading one to realize that beliefs are
only what we’ve been taught and not necessarily
The Ego And Its Own by Max Stirner
-a classic of anarchism
People Without Government by Harold Barclay
-an anthropology of societies that have existed (yes,
they have existed!) over the ages without governmental
-a huge library of religious scriptures including often-overlooked
ones from dis-organized, self-empowering, anti-authoritarian
religions like Discordianism’s Principia Discordia
and Thelema’s Book of the Law
-real news that you’ll find little or no mention
of in the corporate media
-the domain names say it all
-basic facts about any drugs you might want to try, and
some advice on how to use them wisely and productively
Book 4: Parts I-IV by Aleister Crowley
-99% of the fluffy new age wicca crap that’s come
out in the past 50 years is a very sad degeneration of
Crowley’s system. If you’re interested in
learning to control and transform yourself, or in magick
as a system of serious spiritual development, this is
the place to start looking. Do what thou wilt shall be
the whole of the Law.
Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson
-though it must be taken with a large grain of salt, a
useful text which draws from Crowley and Timothy Leary’s
metaprogramming practices and model of consciousness
Liber Null & Psychonaut by Peter Carroll
-sometimes useful, sometimes frivolous, nevertheless a
classic of the Chaos Magick school, which is the offspring
of Crowley’s skeptical Scientific Illuminism and
Austin Osman Spare’s Zos Kia Cultus
any and all essays by Hakim Bey
-escaping the consume/produce cycle of death through Immediatism,
poetic terrorism, ontological anarchy, and the creation
of temporary autonomous zones
Jamming the Media by George Branwyn
-using the machine against itself
-gems of information for non-violent civil disobedience
-counter-information ads concerning major issues of the
-along with its related sites, you can make a tiny difference
each day in just a minute
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