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Is the United States Going Bankrupt? Is the Empire Finished?


Check out this article and if you’re inspired let others know what you think. The article is by Chris Hedges and you can find it here.

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Mr. Q talks to Mr. Liberation About America’s Future


Q. I didn’t know you’re an expert on current affairs. Since you asked me to chat with you about the future of the United States, I have to assume that you believe you are.
L. I’m not, but I’m no dummy.
Q. Are you sure about that?
L. I am quite sure.

Q. Convince us!
L. Well for starters, I will tell you what will happen in this Empire of ours’
Q. I can’t wait (winks sarcastically to the huge audience assembled for this historic event).
L. Well, just to get things off to a rousing start; it’s goin’ down. America has been a house of cards since sometime in the latter half of the 20th century, when we decided to be debtors with huge cajones. It worked for awhile, but it’s not going to work much longer. Our cajones aren’t quite as big as they once were and our debt has grown astronomically. It’s kind of funny -as our debt grew, our cajones shrunk. And that’s just the beginning. This ship – it’s goin’ down.
Q. You almost sound happy. Are you?
L. No, but I’m a little scared.
Q. Why? I thought you are an enlightened master.
L. You think too much my friend.
Q. So why the fear.
L. Well, lots of Americans have lots of guns and when the crap starts hitting the fan … well, you know, anything can happen. It could get crazy. I suspect it will.
Q. Do you own a gun?
L. Are you kidding? Of course not.
Q. So you’re scared about your own safety.
L. That could happen, but I’m more concerned about others – younger than me who will have to do a lot of new planning about their futures. Hard times are on the horizon for most of us.
Q. How do you know this is true?
L. Because the world is sick and tired of propping up our bankrupt financial system. They are sick and tired of bankrolling our military adventures all over the world. They are sick and tired of being told what to do and how to do it by Uncle Sam.
You see the time of the American Empire is coming to an end. I’m reminded of a brilliant line said many years ago by a great American economist Jane Jacobs. She said, that the Soviet Union and the United States like to predict the collapse of the other. Neither will be disappointed.
Not to mention that we have a boatload of crappy karma to boot, let’s not get into slavery, cruel classism, the theft of the land itself from its rightful owners – I could go on forever, so don’t get me started.
I haven’t even gotten started on the further erosion of our financial well being through skyrocketing medical costs and the 800 pound environmental catastrophe gorilla sitting over there in the corner, just now rousing himself out of his slumber.
Q. You sound pretty confident.
L. I am.
Q. Do you have any advice for those out there, if what you say will, indeed, come to pass?
L. Well … don’t get caught with your pants down, if you know what I mean. Be prepared as you can be.
But seriously, there is a great opportunity here, if we are wise enough to see it and I believe we might be.
Q. What is that Mr. L?
L. It is to step with confidence into the next phase of the human story. To end the divisions that separate us, to love the earth as ourselves, to put hate aside, to end our addiction to so much stuff, to start doing the heavy lifting of transformation.
You see there is no solution, there is only the seeing that we are all connected in the same web of life.
When you will be able to start a campfire with US cash without the slightest perturbation, other channels will open up – that’s what I mean about being prepared. Find your identity as Life FIRST, then all the rest will fall into place.
Q. Thank you Mr. L. I am humbled.
L. Thank you Mr. Q, I am but you.


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Mr. Q talks to Mr. Liberation About America's Future


Q. I didn’t know you’re an expert on current affairs. Since you asked me to chat with you about the future of the United States, I have to assume that you believe you are.
L. I’m not, but I’m no dummy.
Q. Are you sure about that?
L. I am quite sure.

Q. Convince us!
L. Well for starters, I will tell you what will happen in this Empire of ours’
Q. I can’t wait (winks sarcastically to the huge audience assembled for this historic event).
L. Well, just to get things off to a rousing start; it’s goin’ down. America has been a house of cards since sometime in the latter half of the 20th century, when we decided to be debtors with huge cajones. It worked for awhile, but it’s not going to work much longer. Our cajones aren’t quite as big as they once were and our debt has grown astronomically. It’s kind of funny -as our debt grew, our cajones shrunk. And that’s just the beginning. This ship – it’s goin’ down.
Q. You almost sound happy. Are you?
L. No, but I’m a little scared.
Q. Why? I thought you are an enlightened master.
L. You think too much my friend.
Q. So why the fear.
L. Well, lots of Americans have lots of guns and when the crap starts hitting the fan … well, you know, anything can happen. It could get crazy. I suspect it will.
Q. Do you own a gun?
L. Are you kidding? Of course not.
Q. So you’re scared about your own safety.
L. That could happen, but I’m more concerned about others – younger than me who will have to do a lot of new planning about their futures. Hard times are on the horizon for most of us.
Q. How do you know this is true?
L. Because the world is sick and tired of propping up our bankrupt financial system. They are sick and tired of bankrolling our military adventures all over the world. They are sick and tired of being told what to do and how to do it by Uncle Sam.
You see the time of the American Empire is coming to an end. I’m reminded of a brilliant line said many years ago by a great American economist Jane Jacobs. She said, that the Soviet Union and the United States like to predict the collapse of the other. Neither will be disappointed.
Not to mention that we have a boatload of crappy karma to boot, let’s not get into slavery, cruel classism, the theft of the land itself from its rightful owners – I could go on forever, so don’t get me started.
I haven’t even gotten started on the further erosion of our financial well being through skyrocketing medical costs and the 800 pound environmental catastrophe gorilla sitting over there in the corner, just now rousing himself out of his slumber.
Q. You sound pretty confident.
L. I am.
Q. Do you have any advice for those out there, if what you say will, indeed, come to pass?
L. Well … don’t get caught with your pants down, if you know what I mean. Be prepared as you can be.
But seriously, there is a great opportunity here, if we are wise enough to see it and I believe we might be.
Q. What is that Mr. L?
L. It is to step with confidence into the next phase of the human story. To end the divisions that separate us, to love the earth as ourselves, to put hate aside, to end our addiction to so much stuff, to start doing the heavy lifting of transformation.
You see there is no solution, there is only the seeing that we are all connected in the same web of life.
When you will be able to start a campfire with US cash without the slightest perturbation, other channels will open up – that’s what I mean about being prepared. Find your identity as Life FIRST, then all the rest will fall into place.
Q. Thank you Mr. L. I am humbled.
L. Thank you Mr. Q, I am but you.


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Make the Sacrifice for America – Buy a GM Car Now


Real Americans Buy GM – New and Improved

General Motors may have had our father’s back, now it’s time for us to step up to the plate and do what we know is a really dubious decision. Make the sacrifice for America and buy a GM car. Good luck and God Bless.

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The Failure of "Spiritualism"


I am not an Advaitist. I am not a Buddhist. I am not anything, but myself, committed to what is true and freeing myself of what I can SEE as false. That is the challenge of our lives.

This is what you must know; people are addicted to feeling good. In comes in every form and flavor. That is the work of ego, working in service to our primal Wound. “If we fail to strive for safety – happiness – feeling good – then how will I ever be secure, happy, and feel good?” This is the perennial question of the ego. This is its obsession.

See that security – happiness – feeling good are all concepts. They are not real. They are projections of the mind. They are the false. As long as you insist on pursuing them, you will waste your life on goals that are unreal. You will live as Don Quixote, living a life that is filled with madness chasing after windmills.

The grave danger in Buddhist and nonduality teachings is how the mind bends them to achieve the goals of the deficient self. How does it do this? It does this by negating the authentic self! In this role, spiritualism is no different from any other authority in our lives that seek to mold us in ITS vision and kill our own.

Awareness shows us what is true and what is false. Usually, what is false are the beliefs we cling to that make us feel safe. But any belief that we cling to, that is not based in the truth of actual seeing can and often will undermine our well being. Beliefs are limits. They are ideas that we have absorbed from authorities in our lives. Coming alive to who we truly our asks us to question and explore our most deeply held beliefs.

Life is not designed to be easy. Only an ego loves the easy – the easy money, the easy sex, the easy this, the easy that. Life is designed to be active – alive. When we “rest in awareness” as the only goal of life, we have sacrificed our individuality. We have zoned out in the life of total “acceptance”. The only problem with that “belief” is the one thing we fail to accept becomes ourselves! Can you see that? Zoning out in belief is the same thing as zoning out with drugs – only more challenging and thus a bigger accomplishment of the ego. That’s why doctrine based spiritualism is thought to be better than drug abuse. Is it?

Zoning out is not a problem. Often the body/mind needs to zone out. We live in an exhausting time and zoning out is a pleasure we would be foolish to deny ourselves, but it is not our ultimate identity. When that happens, as it often does in meditative philosophies, we fail in the challenge of living.

Wake up to your aliveness. Wake up to your senses. Wake up to your mind – the mind that is embedded in what is real and is motivated to drop what it discovers is false. For example, I know that cars are contributing to the environmental deterioration of the planet, so I’ve decided to do all of my local errands by bike or foot. That’s what I do. If I think that makes me better than others, then I have converted what I have seen as true within awareness to be an action of ego. I see all of that and act accordingly. I see that income inequality breeds racism and classism, so I support political agendas that encourage people to live as sisters and brothers economically and socially. I know that my body depends on nature, so I can SEE that we are all connected and that when one part of our world suffers, we all suffer. I see that this as true. I see that when we pursue security through weapons, walled communities, unfair laws, racism, sexism, that we inspire division and this is life out of balance. So when I observe those tendencies in myself, I can see where I am contributing to the division and hardship of the world. Seeing it is the first and most decisive step we can make in our own liberation.

We Are All Related

We Are All Related

This is the challenge of living.

And before I conclude this post, let’s talk a minute about humor. Ultimately, this is the most liberating emotion of all. Grave seriousness is a very dependable red flag of the ego. Take yourself lightly in nearly all matters and you will truly see what is false in you. When you become overly serious (one of my “issues”) check out the status of your ego and get a good laugh out of your grandiosity. I can assure you probably look pretty funny to others – or even worse an authority for others to follow.

If you choose to follow, as many spiritual traditions urge us to do, then know yourself as a follower. If you choose to be yourself, that you become a light unto yourself.  That light can free others of their own darkness.

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The Failure of “Spiritualism”


I am not an Advaitist. I am not a Buddhist. I am not anything, but myself, committed to what is true and freeing myself of what I can SEE as false. That is the challenge of our lives.

This is what you must know; people are addicted to feeling good. In comes in every form and flavor. That is the work of ego, working in service to our primal Wound. “If we fail to strive for safety – happiness – feeling good – then how will I ever be secure, happy, and feel good?” This is the perennial question of the ego. This is its obsession.

See that security – happiness – feeling good are all concepts. They are not real. They are projections of the mind. They are the false. As long as you insist on pursuing them, you will waste your life on goals that are unreal. You will live as Don Quixote, living a life that is filled with madness chasing after windmills.

The grave danger in Buddhist and nonduality teachings is how the mind bends them to achieve the goals of the deficient self. How does it do this? It does this by negating the authentic self! In this role, spiritualism is no different from any other authority in our lives that seek to mold us in ITS vision and kill our own.

Awareness shows us what is true and what is false. Usually, what is false are the beliefs we cling to that make us feel safe. But any belief that we cling to, that is not based in the truth of actual seeing can and often will undermine our well being. Beliefs are limits. They are ideas that we have absorbed from authorities in our lives. Coming alive to who we truly our asks us to question and explore our most deeply held beliefs.

Life is not designed to be easy. Only an ego loves the easy – the easy money, the easy sex, the easy this, the easy that. Life is designed to be active – alive. When we “rest in awareness” as the only goal of life, we have sacrificed our individuality. We have zoned out in the life of total “acceptance”. The only problem with that “belief” is the one thing we fail to accept becomes ourselves! Can you see that? Zoning out in belief is the same thing as zoning out with drugs – only more challenging and thus a bigger accomplishment of the ego. That’s why doctrine based spiritualism is thought to be better than drug abuse. Is it?

Zoning out is not a problem. Often the body/mind needs to zone out. We live in an exhausting time and zoning out is a pleasure we would be foolish to deny ourselves, but it is not our ultimate identity. When that happens, as it often does in meditative philosophies, we fail in the challenge of living.

Wake up to your aliveness. Wake up to your senses. Wake up to your mind – the mind that is embedded in what is real and is motivated to drop what it discovers is false. For example, I know that cars are contributing to the environmental deterioration of the planet, so I’ve decided to do all of my local errands by bike or foot. That’s what I do. If I think that makes me better than others, then I have converted what I have seen as true within awareness to be an action of ego. I see all of that and act accordingly. I see that income inequality breeds racism and classism, so I support political agendas that encourage people to live as sisters and brothers economically and socially. I know that my body depends on nature, so I can SEE that we are all connected and that when one part of our world suffers, we all suffer. I see that this as true. I see that when we pursue security through weapons, walled communities, unfair laws, racism, sexism, that we inspire division and this is life out of balance. So when I observe those tendencies in myself, I can see where I am contributing to the division and hardship of the world. Seeing it is the first and most decisive step we can make in our own liberation.

We Are All Related

We Are All Related

This is the challenge of living.

And before I conclude this post, let’s talk a minute about humor. Ultimately, this is the most liberating emotion of all. Grave seriousness is a very dependable red flag of the ego. Take yourself lightly in nearly all matters and you will truly see what is false in you. When you become overly serious (one of my “issues”) check out the status of your ego and get a good laugh out of your grandiosity. I can assure you probably look pretty funny to others – or even worse an authority for others to follow.

If you choose to follow, as many spiritual traditions urge us to do, then know yourself as a follower. If you choose to be yourself, that you become a light unto yourself.  That light can free others of their own darkness.

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The New Welfare Kings of Wall Street


April 26th’s edition of the New York Times reported that executives of Wall Street firms are back making the unimaginable incomes they were making in the glory days of 2007.

Isn’t that great? I am very happy for them. It brings back memories.

It used to be common for middle and upper class people to complain bitterly about how people on welfare ripped off the system. They would talk about these black and brown people just “living it up” in the worn out inner cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. How dare they use our precious tax dollars to buy cigarettes people would sanctimoniously scream to their local talk radio programs. How dare they go out and buy shoes for fifty bucks. These welfare queens just loved shoving their devil may care ways in our faces.

It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

Now the tables are turned. It’s the hyper rich who are the welfare queens of our day or, actually, the Welfare Kings. But unlike those ingrates of the 60s and 70s these welfare KINGS live in the gated, regal communities of suburban Connecticut and Westchester County. Unlike those cheap fake jewelry incrusted women of the inner city, these welfare Kings of our Time show off the real stuff – $25,000 watches, SUVs that say, “I don’t give a shit about ”your“ environment.” and I can’t be bothered about hot summers in the City, I got my estate in the Hamptons. Ah the good life on federal welfare. Were it only so for all of us.

This is the world of haves and have nots. We have nots celebrate in our anger, if not our jealousy. I mean, really, how do these people get away with it?

They get away with nothing. Wake up to the American Dream!!!

They are living the American Dream and you, probably, aren’t. How does it feel my fellow American? Has the dream passed you by?

Instead of dreaming – let’s wake up.

But What Does Wake Up Mean?

But What Does Wake Up Mean?

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