Sunday, January 29, 2006

hegemony

Money; it's an interesting thing.
People work for it, fight for it, and have died for it.
Nations are no different.
The reality that our money is not really based on anything since the gold reserve was dropped is very relevant to today's news.
But don't count on FOX or CNN keeping you abreast of what's really going on:

Kathleen Collen:
"Forty years have passed since the majority of Americans adopted television as their principal source of information. Its dominance has become so extensive that virtually all significant political communication now takes place within the confines of flickering 30-second television advertisements. And the political economy supported by these short but expensive television ads is as different from the vibrant politics of America's first century as those politics were different from the feudalism which thrived on the ignorance of the masses of people in the Dark Ages.”

Having said that, there are dark aspects of what is going on in IRAN, that occurred in IRAQ before we went in to kick Saddam's butt out. Little is known or publicized about the fact that Saddam's ultimate blasphemy was based on his refusal to accept US Dollars for oil. And now IRAN is going to do the same.

Mike Whitney January 23, 2006

"The Bush administration will never allow the Iranian government to open an oil exchange (bourse) that trades petroleum in euros. If that were to happen, hundreds of billions of dollars would come flooding back to the United States crushing the greenback and destroying the economy. This is why Bush and Co. are planning to lead the nation to war against Iran. It is straightforward defense of the current global system and the continuing dominance of the reserve currency, the dollar. America monopolizes the oil trade. Oil is denominated in dollars and sold on either the NYMEX or London’s International Petroleum Exchange (IPE), both owned by Americans. This forces the central banks around the world to maintain huge stockpiles of dollars even though the greenback is currently underwritten by $8 trillion of debt and even though the Bush administration has said that it will perpetuate the deficit-producing tax cuts. America’s currency monopoly is the perfect pyramid-scheme. As long as nations are forced to buy oil in dollars, the United States can continue its profligate spending with impunity."

Hegemony is the dominance of one group over other groups, with or without the threat of force, to the extent that, for instance, the dominate party can dictate the terms of trade to its advantage; more broadly, cultural perspectives become skewed to favor the dominant group. Hegemony controls the ways that ideas become "naturalized" in a process that informs notions of common sense.

If you apply that to currency, you begin to get the seriousness of our times. This is a brief simplistic history hegemony lesson:

In the 1950's the US government set up agreements with the House of Saud, the Shaw of Iran, and others for trading oil in US Dollars exclusively for protection. This means that any other country must keep in their (government) reserves-US Dollars- if they want to purchase oil. That is called Dollar Hegemony.

If Iran succeeds in going through with a non-dollar oil bourse, it could be worse than a nuclear attack.

Inflation, if they print more money, and/ or deflation which would strip jobs out of an already 'cut & run' off-shore- for- better -wages-corporate nation.

Already some cracks in the empire are beginning to appear:

January 26, 2006 Chicago Sun Times:
"Eighteen months after the Chicago City Council torpedoed a South Side Wal-Mart, 24,500 Chicagoans applied for 325 jobs at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in south suburban Evergreen Park, one block outside the city limits.
The new Wal-Mart at 2500 W. 95th is one block west of Western Avenue, the city boundary.
Of 25,000 job applicants, all but 500 listed Chicago addresses, said John Bisio, regional manager of public affairs for Wal-Mart.
"In our typical hiring process, you're pretty successful if you have 3,000 applicants," he said. "They were really crowing about 11,000 in Oakland, Calif., last year. So to get 25,000-plus applications and counting, I think is astonishing."-
from Qrswave

Now, with March quickly approaching, and the drum beats getting louder, things are beginning to form that brings chills:

"Iran says it will launch medium-range missiles if attacked, and accused Britain and the United States of arming rebels in its south, as international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear plans grow.
"If we come under a military attack, we will respond with our very effective missile defence," Yahya Rahim Safavi, commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guard, told state television."

and others:

TurkishPress.com – January 29, 2006

'Teheran is getting ready to counter a “preemptive strike” by USA and Israel. The Air Force Command of the Revolutionary Guard has ordered its Shahap-3 Missile Units to keep their mobile missile ramps in motion in preparation for such an attack. Responding to this order, in darkness of the night the primary missile ramps have been moved to Kirmanshah and Hamedan, and the reserve ramps to Isfahan and Fars regions.'

Not even ramping up to the Shahap-3 are the Sunburns:

"Many years ago, Soviet planners gave up trying to match the US Navy ship for ship, gun for gun, and dollar for dollar. The Soviets simply could not compete with the high levels of US spending required to build up and maintain a huge naval armada. They shrewdly adopted an alternative approach based on strategic defense. They searched for weaknesses, and sought relatively inexpensive ways to exploit those weaknesses. The Soviets succeeded: by developing several supersonic anti-ship missiles, one of which, the SS-N-22 Sunburn, has been called "the most lethal missile in the world today." The Sunburn can deliver a 200-kiloton nuclear payload, or: a 750-pound conventional warhead, within a range of 100 miles, more than twice the range of the Exocet. The Sunburn combines a Mach 2.1 speed (two times the speed of sound) with a flight pattern that hugs the deck and includes "violent end maneuvers" to elude enemy defenses. The missile was specifically designed to defeat the US Aegis radar defense system."

In all, this tells of cataclysmic damage, even if it were successful. In the light of President Bush's bad poll numbers, there might give pause for concern that such a blatant invasion would hurt him further, unless there was another 911.

Sources inside the Houston Police Department (HPD) have confirmed officers in recent weeks have been taking part in nuclear disaster drills, adding more fuel to the fire that the city is being targeted by the "enemies within" the Bush administration for a nuclear attack.

"In the last week I have multi-checked with sources of mine in the Houston Police Department and confirmed that HPD has been running nuclear disaster drills," said former Army Intel Capt. Eric May, who is trying to alert Americans of a possible nuclear strike in the upcoming days, possibly to take place in the Texas City or Houston metro area...."

President Bush will be giving his 'State of the Union' Address next week, which should be very ,very interesting.

Take care out there.

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27 Comments:

Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker said...

Dammit, aj, once again you're onto us!

OPEC, for some time now, has threatened to switch over to the Euro, when, if they were truly visionary, it makes much more sense to convery to Indian or Chinese exchange. Why?

Divide and conquer, baby!

Will the Euros be so inclined to join us on our next MidEast adventure if their economies are tied up in the status quo? I think not!

Damn those clever, Islamo-fascist bastards!

6:42 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Rex,
Yo and Kudos to you on your new assignment at Blue!
Divide & Conquer-

Cooks good every time, just like when mom made it.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous lily said...

AJ please fix the spelling of Led Zeppelin in your profile- thats like misspelling "bible."

Don't make me shun you.

8:18 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Sorry Lily- it will be done.
Please don't shun me!
:)

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

AJ,

Great topic, and thanks for the plug. (That was a quote of Al Gore's, and although his words were brilliant, I can't take credit for writing them.)

Have you read "Hegemony or Survival"? It's an amazing book. One thing it touches upon is Ortega (who is currently making a rebound, and should he firmly ally himself with Chavez and Castro... too scary to think about) and the CIA programs in Central America. We may no longer have a Bush running the CIA, but we now have one running the White House, and anti-US sentiment has grown exponentially since then.

(But like you've mentioned before, if we didn't really win THE war, who is really benefiting?)

Have a great week,

Kathy

9:01 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

You bet Kath,

and I suggest everyone do visit Kathleen's fine post.
Some real good gems there.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Yeah, it should get interesting over there if Iran does that.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a comment. But the way, excellent post! How could I resist reading a post titled hegemony! You reflect here many of my concerns and worries and I enjoyed your gathering of information. I would like to add one hopeful note. Gramsci’s theory of hegemony includes one aspect that I believe you are not really stressing: “Active Consent.” Real hegemony does not work without active consent (not to be confused with conscious consent). As you state, Iran and Iraq before did not actively consent to US hegemonic tactics. Today, active consent is being withdrawn all around the globe especially in the Latin America. The US’s resorting to war, bypassing hegemonic tactics, is helping to speed up an already failing US hegemony. What this will bring, I shudder to guess as currently in this administration the idea war seems to be the only thing they really rely on.

Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker: why not Chinese exchange? Well for one they are way too depended on US business to outwardly shun the dollar. Our economies are far two entwined I think. But I could be wrong, I am only slightly educated on this point.

12:29 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Neil, yes interesting.
This morning it is cold damp and cloudy, but the fighters are still flying, early,early.
Rebecca, thank you. I think you touched on an excellent point with the chinese, who, in my opinion will bide their time for the best possible time. If and when people 'dump' dollars, the dollar will drop in value. No one wants to be the last one out the door.
The best tracker is the Euro/Dollar market. It is not yet at the lows of last year.

8:07 AM  
Blogger jc said...

spot on kid, keep that lighter under their feet.

thx for droppin' by by the way.

peace.

11:11 PM  
Blogger jc said...

oh yeah, you might wanna read this.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker said...

AJ, thanks for the nomination. You may just earn that 10% yet.

1:31 AM  
Blogger rev. billy bob gisher ©2005 said...

nice piece man. divide an conquer indeed. thanks for beating a different drum.

7:36 AM  
Blogger jc said...

hey aj,

completely off topic but this link for ya

http://www.mtnlakes.org/Community/GardenClub/gctopics.htm

that garden might come in handy, yeah?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

AJ, I thought it only fair and proper to demonstrate my inability to shun you by complimenting you on this post, as it is a matter that has received far too little attention in my opinion from a variety of media outlets including lefty blogarama.
Lew Scannon(my delightful blogging partner at Lose The Noose) has been posting on this very topic for months and he really did a thorough job of convincing me that we would extend our 'democracy' to Iran. He will be thrilled to see that you posted on this, and I hope you both continue to do so. Here's hoping boursts abound.
I think we need to look more at China and the trade imbalance, referring to a comment up-spool. And our debt, and the devaluation of the dollar.. and peak oil..and the fact that thanks to our lust for cheap plastic shit we can count on one hand how many years of arrogance we have left...

1:22 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Just linked you up over at my place.
"vietfft"...hmmm....must be a Vietnamese unit of measure...

1:23 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Some of these will blow your mind:

http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/contemporary/0013.htm

Hope all is well.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

AJ, saw a couple fighter jets land in tandem at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on my way home from work today as well.
Of course there was talk of a "terror drill" going live this past summer with the FBI "recruiting" certain ethnic types to act as "suspects". This was right after Cheney had STRATCOM draw up plans for nuking Iran in event of another terror attack, even if Iran wasn't involved. I also read Greg Syzmanski's piece at the Artic Beacon about the guy who claimed to have cracked the Illuminati code (OK City, OK;NY, NY: and now Texas City TX), but you know, I am not a conspiracy theorist or anything.
Say hello to our friends at the NSA!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Alito is in. It's official. They have all three branches. I'm going to be afraid of reading or hearing the news for a while. It seems it can't get worse, but they have monopoly, so I don't know how it can possibly get better... at least not until 2008.

8:26 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Hey you guys and gals are too good to me..
*thank you*
for braving the strange world of conspiracy.

It is wonderful!
(can a guy say that word, I mean is it...OK?),
.. to have other talented writers such as you, from all walks of life to share this with, to laugh with, to cry with and to consider as valued friends.
I will check out those websites you suggested.

Come'on Kath, don't be so glum, at least Jesus loves us! And wasn't the President's speech tonight just...awe inspiring?

11:13 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

AJ,

It's OK for a guy to write that, and ya, right.

Alito and the State of the Union were actually good for me. Instead of letting myself get too depressed, I started sorting my books, lifted weights, and did some yoga... feel very good right now. I'm about to go get some sun and pretend all is right with the world.

Kat

2:10 PM  
Anonymous lily said...

Feelings? Oh no! No you don't!

AJ I have to say that your hyperemotionalism makes me a tad bit uncomfortable, being that I am not much of a touchy feely person- I can only relate to men like Rex Kramer and Gisher, who understand that my place is in the home, making more republicans, cooking up a possum caught by the bare manly hands of my bonafide NRA-loving danger seekers..

Hell I'm just kidding. We like you. We really like you. I'm far too lazy to read blogs I despise. Too many cartoons compete with the blogosphere...like Family Guy.I would blogroll you but I have to go to Rex's to find you all the time..sad...

2:57 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Lily,

I don't catch possum with my bare hands, but since I'm one of the construction workers you probably see all the time- sweaty, smelly, sans shirt(when it's hot) ect....I better start living up to expectations.
Thanks for the compliments though!

Yea, REX & THE REV are my heroes too..very talented. I'm honored to know so many good writers.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Betty Crocker said...

But possum IS the other white meat..
Are you one of those hippie vegans???

Sans shirt you say? You sound like a danger seeker...

11:15 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Betty,

I thought cats were the other white meat...
Regrettably, I cannot compare myself (yet) to the uber-manliness, buffness, and, well , you know, just exuberating coolness
that describes our favorite Floridian D.S.

9:15 AM  
Blogger jc said...

Hey AJ,

Re your question on Bayazid Bistami, sorry, it took me this long. I've been a bit busy of late. And I also wanted to answer in full.

To understand the happening related in the tale of Bayazid I'll have to explain a few other things first.

I've taught or explicated Muslim theology a few times and as you know speaking to different groups of people from different backgrounds (medicine, engineering, IT and so on) you need to come up with different analogies in order to flesh out technical points of dogma. At the same time reminding yourself and the audience that analogies (as Jalaluddin Rumi said) can be stretched too far. One has to avoid the notion that an analogy stands in a 1:1 relationship with its subject of comparison.

With that in mind, I came up with an extended analogy in a effort to explain the concept of "causality" in Islamic dogma and how this can mislead.

According to Islamic scholars as far back as the 8th century "causality" is denied. There is only the conjunction of events A and B by the mind which might "suggest" a relation, but this is (1) not logically necessary and (2) contradicts the Koran.

Here's one example: "[Koran 13.16] Say: Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?-- Say: God. Say: Do you take then besides Him guardians who do not control any profit or harm for themselves? Say: Are the blind and the seeing alike? Or can the darkness and the light be equal? Or have they set up with God associates who have created creation like His, so that what is created became confused to them? Say: God is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Supreme."

We attribute to God, who has no equal, absolute power, will, knowledge and ability. In doing so it follows that anything other than God can not create: a being or an effect. Therefore God creates cause and effect.

More recently David Hume, from a different angle, came up with something similar:

"To know a power, Hume tells us, 'we know the very circumstances in the cause, by which it is enabled to produce the effect. For these are supposed to by synonymous. We must, therefore know the cause and the effect and the relation between them.' But we simply don't know the human soul in this way. We have no idea what this power of the will is to move our bodily organs or to direct our thought, we only know that there is such a power. Second, the command of the mind over itself and the body are limited and it is only by experience that we come to know these limits. We cannot 'assign the ultimate reason of these boundaries, or show why the power is deficient in one case and not in another.' Hume goes on to argue that experience tells us that causes and effects are conjoined with one another, but that we cannot conceive how they are connected. This claim that causes and effects are conjoined is an important piece of Hume's positive account of causality, just as his claim that we have no basis for saying that causes and effects are connected is an important part of his critique of the rationalist account of causality."

This, though mere philosophy in some eyes, is also born out by empirical evidence. A is followed by B but to claim A caused B is a bit rash and not born out by evidence.

"In reality, there is no part of matter, that does ever, by its sensible qualities, discover [as in reveal] any power or energy, or give us ground to imagine, that it could produce any thing, or be followed by any other object, which we could denominate its effect. Solidity, extension, motion; these qualities are all complete in themselves, and never point out any other event which may result from them... All events seem entirely loose and separate. One event follows another; but we never can observe any tie between them. They seem conjoined but never connected. And as we can have no idea of anything, which never appears to our outward sense or inward sentiment, the necessary conclusion seems to be, that we have no idea of connexion or power at all, and that these words are absolutely without any meaning, when employed either in philosophical reasoning, or in private life."

In quantum mechanics it is accepted that in that realm atoms and particles smaller constantly blink in and out of existence. This corresponds to Islamic dogma which states that there is no continuum, every moment is unique. That God is constantly creating. Everything is continually springing into and out of existence.

If this is the case, and experimental physics seems to support this, then there is no one one can attribute cause to any object, or assign a causal effect to any series of "connected events."

That is God produces the cause and the effect and the sequence of events. this is why no Muslim is surprised by prophetic miracles. We do not believe that any "effect" produced by any thing is a power or attribute "inherent" in that thing. As in the story of Abraham being cast into the fire and it cooled him instead of burning. Or Jesus walking upon water when he should have sunk in.

Back to my analogy: I said, "Imagine a man walking along a road and looking up realizes that bearing down on him is a spooked elephant. Before he has time to run and hide the elephant is before him and having knocked him over lifts its forelegs in order to stomp him. Time slows down, his life flashes before his eyes, he looks up at the elephant and he cries out: Lord! Why? and a voice says: I am the Lord. I do as I please. And before the elephant finishes him off it's distracted by a group of villagers coming up from behind pelting with stones and screaming. It runs of into the brush."

Now the man survived and connecting the dots has an epiphany: The elephant is god. Which illustrates a habit of ours for conjoining things entirely unrelated to make sense of existence. We are not infallible: the man's descendants to this day have so confused his account of the event that they worship a god with the body of a man and the head of an elephant.

How does this relate to Bayazid? Well, think of Moses and the burning bush. Would you say the bush was God or merely a locus of manifestation? Not of His person mind you, He is not bound by constraints such as substance, time or local. Some would worship the bush. Moses knew better.

There's a Koranic verse that is related to this: "[Koran 7.143] And when Moses came at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said: My Lord! show me (Thyself), so that I may look upon Thee. He said: You cannot (bear to) see Me but look at the mountain, if it remains firm in its place, then will you see Me; but when his Lord manifested His glory to the mountain He made it crumble and Moses fell down in a swoon; then when he recovered, he said: Glory be to Thee, I turn to Thee, and I am the first of the believers."

That was a mountain. When the Lord manifested himself to Bayazid, where was Bayazid? Who was speaking? Not Bayazid.

Is this in any way related to majick? No. Miracles? Yes.

But what is a miracle? Well, remember the post, "Trust in your Sheikh"? Something came to me when I read that with your query about Bayazid in mind.

Jesus always said his miracles were performed by God's leave. Think back to the beginning of this answer. Who acts? Who creates? God, absolutely.

Junayd's student attributed his "powers" to trust in his sheikh. This means, in Sufi terms (synonymous with Orthodox Sunni Islam), that he, the student, did not perform the miracle. It was vouchsafed him by God out of love for Junayd, his sheikh. Because the student had faith in the fact that God loved his sheikh, God did not disappoint him. His sheikh, Junayd, on the other hand would never have performed the miracle due to his love of God: he does not impose upon Him. And none of them take pride or attribute these powers to themselves. As Jesus did not.

Everything done is done by God's leave. That is why a Muslim will pronounce the invocation: "In the Name of Allah," or "By Allah's permission," before any act. It's a constant reminder of our dependence and His absolute independence.

8:30 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

JC,

OMG. Sorry I didnt even see your post this-I will have to take my time and read it and get back with you. Thanks again for posting it.

5:08 PM  

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