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anonymous said:

I always found it neat how even the Toa Metru implied in how much of an unhealthy state Metru Nui's society was. And then Makuta's secret reign. *brrr* That said, this era showed a lot of interesting stuff. So, when ya have time, would ya please post translations for 'crime', 'commit a crime', '(to) smuggle', 'imprison / incarcerate', 'to ban', 'banishment', and '(to) exile'?

There’s definitely an implied totalitarian edge to Metru Nuian politics/government—even pre-Makuta—I agree. More interesting is the fact that most of the Matoran seem to be entirely okay with it (or unaware of it), and even more interesting is the thought that…maybe…that’s how it was intended to be? Couldn’t have Mata Nui’s brain running wild, after all. As for your requests: 

pira  |n.|  crime; lit. “violence of (inter)action” [pira < pai-ra, from pai “(inter)action, contact” and ra “systems-abnormality”]

piraya  |v.|  to commit a crime [pairaya < paira-ya, from paira “crime” (see entry pira) and the verbal suffix -ya]

khu  |n.|  separation; banishment, exile [khu < ki-hu, from ki “piece, part” and hu “process, activity”]

khuya  |v.|  to separate, remove; to banish, exile [khuya < khu-ya, from khu “separation” and the verbal suffix -ya]

khumaya  |v.|  to imprison, confine, restrict; lit. “to control separation (of something)” [khumaya < khu-ma-ya, from khu “separation”, ma “control, mastery”, and the verbal suffix -ya]

navokha  |v.|  to smuggle; lit. “to move smthg. hidden-ly” [navokha < nau-vokha, from nau “hiddenness” and vokha “to move smthg.; to empower, energize”]

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?
—  Mahatma Gandhi


fizzylimon replied to your post:

God whenever someone uses North Korea now I just roll my eyes. It’s such a common silencing tactic, and they usually don’t know shit about North Korea (or care, for that matter)

Plus North Korea is an authoritarian and totalitarian country, both of which *actual* communism doesn’t believe in.


Twenty-five years ago today, roughly two million Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians joined hands and voices to create the Baltic Way (aka, the Baltic Chain or Chain of Freedom)—a peaceful protest against Soviet rule, comprising a 370-mile human chain across all three Baltic states.  August 23 was chosen in honor of Black Ribbon Day (more verbosely known as the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Stalinism and Nazism/Totalitarian Regimes—so-called to commemorate the secretive signing, on August 23, 1939, of a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, between Germany and the Soviet Union, basically dividing Europe into the states that Germany would take over and the states the Soviets would take over).  This protest, and others like it between the years 1987 and 1991, are now known as the Singing Revolution (watch the documentary of the same name about Estonia’s pivotal role in the loosening of Soviet power in the Baltics, or, if you’re lucky, read the book by Priit Vesilind).  In honor of the Baltic States’ courage and non-violent dissent, choose a national anthem from above and hum a little tune.  Better yet, choose all three.  Best of all, let’s sing while holding hands with our neighbors.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: June 30, 1999
From: Tallinn, Estonia
MC #347

Middle stamp:
Issued on: May 14, 2005
From: Riga, Latvia
MC #637

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: February 16, 1998
From: Vilnius, Lithuania
MC #BL13

The Extremist Cult of Capitalism

By Paul Buchheit

A ‘cult,’ according to Merriam-Webster, can be defined as “Great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (and) a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion.”

Capitalism has been defined by adherents and detractors: Milton Friedman said, “The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.” John Maynard Keynes said, “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

Perhaps it’s best to turn to someone who actually practiced the art: “Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class,”Al Capone said.

Capitalism is a cult. It is devoted to the ideals of privatization over the common good, profit over social needs, and control by a small group of people who defy the public’s will. The tenets of the cult lead to extremes rather than to compromise. Examples are not hard to find.

1. Extremes of Income

By sitting on their growing investments, the richest five richest Americans made almost $7 billion each in one year. That’s $3,500,000.00 per hour. The minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour.

Our unregulated capitalist financial system allows a few well-positioned individuals to divert billions of dollars from the needs of society. If the 400 richest Americans lumped together their investment profits from last year, the total would pay in-state tuition and fees for EVERY college student in the U.S.

2. Extremes of Wealth

The combined net worth of the world’s 250 richest individuals is more than the total annual living expenses of almost half the world—three billion people.

Within our own borders, the disparity is no less shocking. For every one dollar of assets owned by a single black or Hispanic woman, a member of the Forbes 400 has over $40 million. That’s equivalent to a can of soup versus a mansion, a yacht, and a private jet. Most of the Forbes 400 wealth has accrued from nonproductive capital gains. It’s little wonder that with the exception of Russia, Ukraine, and Lebanon, the U.S. has the highest degree of wealth inequality in the world.

3. Extremes of Debt

 Until the 1970s, U.S. households had virtually no debt. Now the total is $13 trillion, which averages out to $100,000 per American family.

Debt appears to be the only recourse for 21 to 35 year olds, who have lost, on average, 68 percent of their median net worth since 1984, leaving each of them about $4,000.

4. Extremes of Health Care

A butler in black vest and tie passed the atrium waterfall and entered the $2,400 suite, where the linens were provided by the high-end bedding designer Frette of Italy and the bathroom glimmered with polished marble. Inside a senior financial executive awaited his 'concierge' doctor for private treatment.

He was waiting in the penthouse suite of the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

On the streets outside were some of the 26,000 Americans who will die this year because they are without health care. In 2010, 50 million Americans had no health insurance coverage.

5. Extremes of Justice

William James Rummel stole $80 with a credit card, then passed a bad check for $24, then refused to return $120 for a repair job gone badly. He got life in prison. Christopher Williams is facing over 80 years in prison for selling medical marijuana in Montana, a state that allows medical marijuana. Patricia Spottedcrow got 12 years for a $31 marijuana sale, and has seen her children only twice in the past two years. Numerous elderly Americans are in prison for life for non-violent marijuana offenses.

Banking giant HSBC, whose mission statement urges employees “to act with courageous integrity” in all they do, was described by a U.S. Senate report as having “exposed the U.S. financial system to ‘a wide array of money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing’” in their dealings with Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which is considered the deadliest drug gang in the world.

HSBC received a fine equivalent to four weeks’ profits. The bank’s CEO said, “We are profoundly sorry.”

In the words of Bertrand Russell, “Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.”

Accurate to the extreme.

This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/extremist-cult-capitalism-1358779216. All rights are reserved.


Why George Orwell’s 1984 Got it Right

In June, 2013, book sales of George Orwell’s 1984 spiked to record sales after the news of the NSA surveillance broke. Orwell might have been wrong about the year, but he was on to something much bigger than even he knew. We found out that “Big Brother” is really watching us. All of the conspiracy theorists that society used to scoff at are being listened to a little more carefully. Snowden is still a wanted man for just letting us know that the unthinkable of our country spying on us in ways we would not think, was in fact happening.

Orwell need to explain why he wrote his now so famous book because he, as well, did not think that the general public should remain naive and in the dark about their governments. 

In a 1944 letter to Noel Willmett, George Orwell laid out the thesis behind his next book, Nineteen Eight-Four, railing against the inevitable rise of Stalin, Anglo-American millionaires and “all sorts of petty fuhrers” who will prosper by means of anti-democratic caste systems. He explains that he supports going to war against Hitler as the lesser of two evils, but makes it clear that the great threat to the world is authoritarianism and its attendant systematic falsification of history, accepted by the intelligentsia so long as it is being undertaken by people on “our side.”

On the whole the English intelligentsia have opposed Hitler, but only at the price of accepting Stalin. Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side. Indeed the statement that we haven’t a Fascist movement in England largely means that the young, at this moment, look for their fuhrer elsewhere. One can’t be sure that that won’t change, nor can one be sure that the common people won’t think ten years hence as the intellectuals do now. I hope they won’t, I even trust they won’t, but if so it will be at the cost of a struggle. If one simply proclaims that all is for the best and doesn’t point to the sinister symptoms, one is merely helping to bring totalitarianism nearer.

Two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it.

Orwell’s insights were more prophetic than fiction. He saw something coming to fruition that is not what our country was supposedly founded on. As for Snowden, some view him as more of a hero than traitor and that he did the right thing. Our society has the right to know what the government is doing. Unless brave souls step up to reveal this information, it will remain reserved for the very few, the privileged one percent.

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"Amo: volo ut sis." (I love you: I want you to be.)

— Martin Heidegger, quoting Augustine, in a letter to Hannah Arendt, 1925

"This mere existence, that is, all that which is mysteriously given us by birth and which includes the shape of our bodies and the talents of our minds, can be adequately dealt with only by the unpredictable hazards of friendship and sympathy, or by the great and incalculable grace of love, which says with Augustine, ‘Volo ut sis (I want you to be),’ without being able to give any particular reason for such supreme and unsurpassable affirmation.

—  Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951

The Abandoned Monument

The once prized monument, located on Mount Buzludzha, is the biggest ideological building in Bulgaria. It was built as tribute to the creation of the Bulgarian socialist movement in 1981. The UFO-shaped structure served as the congregation hall for the new Bulgarian state. After the failure of the Bulgarian totalitarian state in 1989, the building was permanently closed.

Abandoned and derelict from neglect, the last 20 years have not been kind to the monument. Thoroughly vandalized, stripped of its mosaics and bronze ornaments and strewn with graffiti, the building still stands, awaiting to be returned to its former glory. In 2012 the Bulgarian cabinet transferred the property to the Bulgarian Socialist Party, which has shown little incentive to restore the monument.