Do not be idolaters, as some of them were, as it is written,
"The people sat down to eat and drink, and then
stood up to play."
- I Corinthians 10:7
In the middle of the road, you see the darnedest
- The Pretenders (Learning to Crawl, 1984)
Sometimes when I feel frustration beholding the foolish things
people do, my soul shouts "Thank you for not smoking!" I do this
because it is what Opus, the iconic character from my favorite comic
strip Bloom County did one time when the visceral longings of his
soul were graphically depicted in an episode back in 1986.
had this deep-seeded desire to hose down disrespectful smokers...
but didn't. The image here is just what's in his soul. Instead he
employed that standard self-constraint, which is what I do also.
Resigned? Yes. Sharing a bit of gracious deference? Yeah. Still,
Much of the resilience in the face of such a condition comes from
just knowing that Jesus is Grace. He's Truth, too, so there is that
overriding feeling of "You can boldly stand by Truth and still let
But there remains the disappointment. I've even made reference to it before
in this endeavor: While smoking is one thing, what about
the other lunacies people firmly believe and stridently
express? Things that are much more destructive?
"Descent with modification is the way species formed."
"I don't like abortion but it's okay if someone else wants to do
"People should be free to do whatever they want with their
"If you censure a person of color it must be racism."
"There is no God, and if you prove me wrong I'll just say there is no
way anyone can really know."
Get out the fire hose... "Thank you for not being an
Of course this is one reason why I write. I've been a fool too. It's
been ugly. I know, I understand. I've needed a fire hose pointed at
me often enough.
That's why I know how much I need Him.
The key to acceptance of the way things are by virtue of the way people
think is in the understanding God gives us, through Scripture, about
the way He's made things. There is a Kingdom into which He's invited
people to dwell with Him.
Each individual has chosen to go off and do rotten things,
however, and his/her mind is so benighted that it rationalizes
everything on his/her behalf
— worse, on his/her group or nation's behalf. It all does
make perfect sense. If you're going to wreck lives, you've
got to commit acts of human sacrifice to cover for it. Whether it is
deceit, murder, fraud, theft, or the most wretched folly, it is all
the rabid execution of standard practice human sacrifice.
Enter the World System and the one whom God sent out to
fulfill the requisite prosecution of its law. Cain's legacy is all
about cracking heads of those whose souls dwell in their own
darkness. Cain is in the darkness himself, so he's great with
keeping people there using a strength seven times greater than
anyone else. His challenge is to keep people from seeing that, so
his minions go to great lengths to disguise his intentions.
At one point in history God entered the scene in the Person of Jesus
Christ, for one purpose: To rescue the man and woman from that
darkness. And He did it with the one human sacrifice that mattered.
Come to Him, and you're free. Stay in your darkness, and you're
still a slave
— and as such still subject to the thousands of ways Cain
regulates your behavior,
most of which are assembled and propagated to make you feel
really good in spite of your desperate situation.
I came across a beautiful rendition of Cain's supreme mission in
Cass Sunstein's book Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous
Ideas, a compendium of his published works all about getting
people to stay chained to the World. Sunstein is a Harvard professor
with quite a reputation among conservatives for eloquently
disseminating the liberal agenda
— they pretty much hate the guy.
Therein lies much of his success, however. Keep people in a
state of enraged rebellion against the state for the purpose of securing
more legitimacy for the state. If done well it can be ingeniously
proficient, and Conspiracy Theories is indeed chock full of
fluently logical arguments for World System cohesion.
I believe the giveaway is not with his somewhat renowned piece on
— which I do address in a new page in the webzine
here — but
it is in the last chapter on trimming.
Yeah, I thought the same thing. Trimming? What is that?
Sunstein takes a bit of an archaic reference to elaborate on the
idea of finding the things about people's different perspectives and
working to come to some agreement for the purpose of making
reasonable public policy. It isn't compromise or moderation or
gravitating to the middle of the ideological spectrum, though
those things are certainly a part of it.
It is, well,
The key point is that as I read through his proposition, as I wound
my way through all the casuistry, sophistry, dissembling
— all brilliant strategies of the best World operatives — I
could not help but think about the most literal definition of the
Trimming, v. 1. To reduce the size, amount, or number of
something. 2. To make something neat or the required size or form by
cutting away irregular or unwanted parts. Syn. cutting, cropping, clipping,
Really, what is it Sunstein is doing
— speaking for the deepest politics Operatives who pay him
— what is it he's really doing to people when he convinces
them of the most glorious trimming benefits?
It is nothing other than the authorized inducement of value
extraction among the population he's charged with governing. Or, in
other words, he's officially arranging the rationalization for
How could this be human sacrifice? Nobody's really being killed.
Here's the key question.
Does being killed mean it happens all in one moment?
Or could a process of a death extend over any period of time, even
years, if the cause of that death is precisely what
trimming actually means? Hacking, chopping, slicing off parts of
your very soul, your heart, even your physical body until the
accumulation of all the trimming does end up killing you.
Yes. Hmm-hmm. I'd say that's human sacrifice.
It's particularly relevant not just because everyone does it, but
because everyone is so eager to know the ways to do it best.
This is why there are extraordinarily smart people like Sunstein to provide
the handbook for it! There are a thousand wholesome ways to live
while still doing magnificent acts of human sacrifice.
There is only one way
not to do it at all, and that is to be in the embrace of Christ who already did any
sacrificing one needs done.
The most prominent ways Sunstein labors gallantly as a leading human
sacrifice facilitator is once holding the top administrator position of the
impressive-sounding Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He
was certainly there to institutionally promulgate the ideas in his
most well-received work, Nudge, written with behavioral
economist Richard Thaler, a book that espouses a principle called libertarian
paternalism. This is
the idea that government must be on the forefront of directing and
molding and guiding human behavior, just like a father (the
"paternal" part) so that one can be truly free (the
But then, all this is really just The Law. That's it,
that's pretty much what the law is. Call it something nice and
splendid like "libertarian paternalism" ("Oooo, interesting...")
it's still just the burdensome oppression of a law that ultimately
tells us we're wicked to the core.
Sunstein thinks the answer is in trimming. While his elucidation of
what it takes to identify the real costs of decisions and even of
errors is spot-on, he can only go as far as the World he inhabits
tells him to. How exactly do we identify those things?
Sunstein can only rehash all the old ideas about Hegelian
synthesizing, really, that's all his treatise entails. Just
find the good things in each individual or group's idea, and pick
and pull and pluck and push and paste and
— voilà! — a new and wonderful thing!
Getting right down to it, his trimming has
nothing to do with everyone coming to some genuine understanding of
truthful things. It is only about getting people to buy into the
System line by appearing and sounding very magnanimous.
In his attempt to reinvent synthesis and make it shiny and sparkly,
it'll sound really fabulous to the entrenched Catholicist but it can never address the core issue.
Only Christ can do that.
Look at all those issues. Abortion. Gun control. Immigration.
Marriage and family. Taxes and government spending. War. Crime and mental health. Racism. Sunstein
brings up a few of them to do his trimming thing. No matter what
he'll always come up way short. Every one of these things have
myriad parts that are complex and diverse. Trying to "trim" and come
up with some overriding "truth" is a fool's errand Caesar gives
to people like Sunstein.
But no worries, again, he's supposed to be doing it.
Otherwise everyone would be dead. As it is, Cain's agency does its
job well to keep murderers from doing too much murdering, especially with people like Sunstein at the mouthpiece,
Until some may just find liberation in Christ.
For you see, once again, every issue every problem every concern
every worry every fear every conflict every spat every conflagration
every single thing anyone considers in any way has its
eventual resolution in Christ. He
is, as I've said in another place in this webzine, not the synthesis
but the suprathesis. The inordinately numerous
manifestations of this thing law already comprise thousands
of syntheses; Truth and Grace are together as the essence
of His one single expression
— miraculous, chartiable, merciful, overflowing. His approach to any and all this goes
beyond whatever piddly dialectic efforts the World can dish out.
Essential for the "trimming" argument is the zealous avoidance of
extremism. Oh, how much we are told about the evils of extremism!
But think about it. No matter what you believe about whatever thing
you believe in, isn't that belief by definition an extreme one?
Even if you believe in nothing, then you are extremely a
believer in nothing one way or another. Even if you believe in not
really believing things, then you must do that extremely. Even if
you hate extremism, then aren't you an extremist against
This is why the Kingdom approach is all for extremism.
Extremism in wisdom. Extremism in incisively understanding things as
they are. Extremism in knowing the truth while at the same time
exhibiting generous grace.
Extremism in loving another rather extremely.
That it is so extreme is why it requires The Suprathesis.
Or, as He is more commonly known...
The Living Word.
Sunstein and his cohorts are quite valiant, they are.
They are bold and articulate and relentless. They are committed and
industrious and well-paid. They are extremists of the most extreme
kind slathering it with all kinds of claims to be extremely broad-minded and
hip and happy.
The most grand display of World Operative activity
on the visible plane I've seen occurred on a quite celebrated
finale of a quite celebrated television endeavor, The Colbert
Stephen Colbert has used the most cutting, sardonic, ribald humor to
fill up the bilge pump of World gospel thought. It is phenomenally
effective. Millions are captivated by the things he says about
things, much of which involves the brilliant play on the caricature
he's made of himself. He'll even skewer
— often quite accurately! — the truth claims of foolish people by
championing "truthiness." It's a riot!
Except that the unwitting, unknowing, uninitiated, and unaware of
the more subtly stylized arts of war don't realize that Colbert's
rich Roman Catholic heritage makes him the perfect tool for World
So in the final episode before he moved on to prepare for more of
the same, taking over for David Letterman in his
late night slot in May, he invited about a hundred celebrity musicians,
actors, filmmakers, writers, even political and economic figures to
show up. With delightfully smiley faces pasted upon all, they not
only gave Colbert the grand send-off but confidently demonstrated that
much of what the people are told about the World is just spectacular
show business, glamorous window-dressing, the profoundly elaborate
ruse for the divine purpose of keeping a reprobate populace in check.
Amusingly, the week before Colbert even had president Barack
Obama make an appearance, and would you know it, Obama actually
"took over the show." He sat in Colbert's seat, read things on the
teleprompter that were witty and jovial
— it's all just entertainment anyway.
Here's the website, by the way, with the list of the
A-listers. You'll see this photograph is just a snapshot of a few of
them. The stage was filled with many more. [Another
site with them is here.]
Some individuals of note included Trevor Potter, former chair of the
Federal Election Commission
— Colbert certainly has Caesar's imprimatur. David
Leonhardt was there, he's the new New York Times web guru —
got to have the latest I.T. going for the best System program
dispersion. The Colbert chaplain showed up, Jim Martin
— he's not merely a Roman Catholic priest but he's a Jesuit who is
also editor-at-large for America, the journalistic
conveyance of the most crisply trimmed Jesuit thought into the
mainstream. (None are pictured in this particular photograph.)
So many more I could introduce...
All of them trimming trimming trimming on your behalf, making sure
that whoever you are has been trimmed down to precisely what Cain
has always wanted you to be, a slab of human flesh and soul on the
System's altar of the most ruthless value extraction.
I do want to point out that, quite tellingly, the very last
individual mentioned in the entire list was, indeed...
In fact there he is, at the very far right in the photograph. And
look at the direction of his gaze. It really does appear as though
he's relishing the bountiful product of his work, all these people
vitally instrumental at getting Americans to be that much more
Americanist, soaking up the System's charm, doing lots of trimming
themselves, being more comfortable in their
Wouldn't it be something if they were being freed.
Here's that link to the Entertainment Weekly website that
put together the list of all the Colbert Report finale attenders.
[March 2015 note: It seems some of the photos from that site
have been removed.
Here is another site with them intact, at least at this
point in time.]
A Time article about the impact of Jim Martin is
here. Martin, by the way, was in the very middle of all
those at the finale, and it could more accurately be said
Sunstein is merely a pawn under his direction of Cain's
Colbert's technique reminds me of that used by Otpor to bring
attention to autocratic items that need fomenting against. I
wrote a home page piece
on that a few years ago.
What is it with a soul really feeling it regarding evil? It is
not unusual. One, parts of Scripture called imprecatory Psalms
are the most visceral expressions of how much it hurts when
rotten people do what they do. Read a few, start with the 70th
Psalm, that's a good short one. Two, people who censure those
whose souls feel it so deeply, usually in the name of "peace"
and "tolerance", not only fail to realize their brazen
inconsistency, but have no conception of the reality of evil and
ultimately have nothing to say.
The page where I refer to the principle of a suprathesis
home page piece about how Jesus responded to the lunatic ideas
of those around Him is here.
Another home page piece related to the principles elucidated
above, "on obedience to the understanding," is
Here is the link to the new
page with the response to Sunstein's "Conspiracy Theories"
World System's genesis is described
here, with a brief explanation about why Cain's charge is
indeed a divinely authorized one. Much
more on human sacrifice is
here. People may be in churches
that actually keep them from the fullness of Christ's embrace. How that
happens is on this page.
The One Who Actually Frees. A
terrific chapter from Scripture upon which to meditate in light
of this nightmare is the fourth one from the second letter to
the Corinthians. It is so awesome I've provided the link for you
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