ABOUT ME

JIM BOVARD:

“I enjoy your blog very much. You bring a fresh style and viewpoint to issues that have sometimes been worn out by predictable ideologues. You have been doing first class hell-raising for years – and you were onto the torture scandal long before most American writers dared to wet their toes on the subject…”

April 23, 2009
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THE MIND-BODY POLITIC – Individuals Not Ideologies

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Lew Rockwell

Sample Media

Radio Interview with Sasha Lilley, December 28, 2005

Reclaim the Media, April 9, 2006; Radio Interview with Jeff Blankfort, April 19, 2006

Radio Interview witth Charles Goyette

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Why Mind-Body?

Does Lila have Quality? That’s the most important question of all.

But if you answer ‘yes’ or you answer ‘no,’ you lose your own quality

– Robert Pirsig

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The Mind-Body Politic is a commentary about the growth of the police-state and the global order.

It focuses on three things:

Psychopolitics –  indoctrination, propaganda, and mind-control

Parapolitics –  covert operations, secret history, the shadow-state

Cryptarchy –  alternative history, secret societies, occult symbolism

It’s written from what renegade speculator Jesse Livermore called ”the desolate, dangerous wolf-patrolled prairie of contrary opinion.”

Human beings are minds and bodies situated in historical contexts. What they say and do can’t be understood purely from abstractions of the mind, hence, mind-body politic. Words and theories are most useful when we know who’s using them, why, and in what context.

The rational and the intuitive are the two eyes with which we look out on the world. Close one and we become one-eyed monsters.

“Modern physics has taught us that the nature of any system cannot be discovered by dividing it into its component parts and studying each part by itself. We must keep our attention fixed on the whole and on the interconnection between the parts. The same is true of our intellectual life. It is impossible to make a clear cut between science, religion, and art. The whole is never equal simply to the sum of its various parts.”

— Max Planck

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Why blog?

My goal is to promote free markets with virtue. Not reflexive traditionalism but ethical practice based on the scientific evidence supporting an individualist and small-group approach to business and government.

If politicians can’t talk honestly about business, then business men must start to talk honestly about politics.

The world is made for individuals, not ideologies.

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” Force and fraud – otherwise known by the high-minded as raison d’êtat – was the rationality of the state from the start.”

Leviathan in the Flood, Lila Rajiva 



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Books


The Language of Empire (Monthly Review Press, December, 2005).

Genre: Media studies/Citizen journalism. Explores mass psychology and propaganda. Used as a text at Amherst, St. Andrews and other universities. Reference work held in over 200 libraries and used in 8 different disciplines - Media Studies, Prison Studies, Law, Post-Colonial Studies, Theater/Performance Theory, International Relations, Gender Studies, US Foreign Policy

Mobs, Messiahs and Markets (with William R. Bonner, Wiley, September, 2007).

Genre: Finance/Business/Investment/Popular Sociology. Explores mass behavior in politics and the markets.

Winner of Get Abstract's Best Business Book Award, 2008. New York Times best-seller.

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Book Chapters and Articles 

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One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers, edited, Tara McKelvey & Barbara Ehrenreich, Seal Press, 2007.

"The Military Made Me Do It: Psychic Injuries and Double Standards at Abu Ghraib." Argues that Ms. England needs to be held to the same standard as the male guards for her behavior.

The Third World: Opposing Viewpoints, edited, David Haugen, Greenhaven, 2007.

"The Globalized Village." Argues that free market language is used to justify market distorting practices.

Contributor to the Routledge Key Concepts Series

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Over one hundred popular articles published in online and print media, at Schema-Root, Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, The Daily Reckoning, India-West, Outlook India, The Hindu, Forbes, Money Week, Alternet, Lew Rockwell, Common Dreams, Antiwar, The Rational Review, Himal South Asian, The Washington Post and the Baltimore Chronicle.

Cited by the New York Times Book Review ("One of the Guys"), the Daily Kos, The American Prospect, and The Center for Deliberative Democracy ("The Language of Empire" ), the National Review Online and The Washington Post & Guardian blogs (Virginia Tech articles), NPR, Reuters, The Guardian, The Independent, The National Post, USA Today ("Mobs").

Sample of popular writing:

Satan and Sex Manias - Moral Panics and the Mob Mind

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Activist credentials:

"Playing Monopoly in Charm City," (Dissident Voice, June 10, 2005) called the top of the housing bubble in June 2005 and warned of a housing collapse.

"More Gun Laws Or Fewer Idiots," (Counterpunch, April 18, 2007), "V Tech Whitewash" (Lew Rockwell, May 15, 2007) and other pieces and blog posts on the Virginia Tech slaughter were the first to show that there was a serious failure of the University administration involved. I showed that officials were culpable in the matter. They were, and money was claimed by the victims.

On the Financial Crisis:

"Why It's Time to Sell Goldman," Money Week, July 2006, and others in Dissident Voice on the corruption at Goldman Sachs were published in April- July 2006, a full two years ahead of the mainstream media coverage of it.

It described Goldman's fraudulent practices, from laddering to spinning and abusive derivatives, as well as its infiltration of the government and its Rolodex of alumni in the capital markets. Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone pieces are clearly taken from this and the following articles: "Bunk: The Art of Writing Without Thinking"/"Malcolm Gladwell and Lay-Away Thinking," "Lipstick on An AIG," "The Paulson Putsch," "Three Card Capitalists," and several other shorter pieces and posts you can find on this site.

I warned of a serious market crash as early as March 2007 ("Fairy Tales from Grimm that Just Got Grimmer,"Dissident Voice, 2007

A piece on Malcolm Gladwell in April 2007 warned that something catastrophic was in the works for the capital markets. It describes Goldman Sachs's involvement with Enron and with oil derivatives.

("Bunk: the Art of Writing without Thinking, or Malcolm Gladwell Checks In at the Hotel Kenneth Lay-A") Dissident Voice, April 1, 2007 (Also published as "Bunk: The Art of Writing Without Thinking")

"Putting Lipstick on an AIG," Lew Rockwell, September 19, 2008 spotted a corrupt tie between AIG and Goldman, and was published a week ahead of Naked Capitalism blog, and more than a week before the New York Times (both of whom I am certain used the leads in it). The piece described how Goldman Sachs had prettified Fannie and Freddie's books, and had also acted with serious conflicts of interest over AIG.

I'm not comparing my connect-the-dots writing with investigative work: they are two different things.

However, it does show to what degree investigative journalism can be used to reinforce rather than subvert the official narrative of the state power.

To my mind, commentary and predictive analysis have contributed as much or more to understanding the crisis than the usual "smoking gun" style of reporting, which does little more than add footnotes to the analysis.

"The Paulson Pu(t)sch,"

Lew Rockwell, September 25, 2008 (the title seems to have been changed on Lew Rockwell) was the first article to systematically question Goldman Sachs' role in the banking crisis and Hank Paulson's credibility.

The piece analyzed the crisis correctly as interbank cannibalism and a financial terrorist attack on the capital markets, and pointed out the role of Paulson and other Goldman Sachs alumni in undermining regulations on reserves and on the uptick rule, analysis borne out subsequently.

Please check this and other pieces against Matt Taibbi's work in Rolling Stone and you will see considerable evidence of plagiarism. I am not talking about large general ideas. I am talking about arguments and evidence.

"Three-Card Capitalists," Lew Rockwell, October 1, 2008 was one of the earliest articles to point out the flaws of the Financial Stabilization Bill (there were a lot of people quick to jump on this, so I don't take credit for being more than quick off the mark).

The piece also gives further evidence of Goldman Sachs' extensive corruption, both in recent history and as far back as the Great Depression (a point also lifted by Matt Taibbi).

I am one of the only bloggers to have pointed out that the Swedish model for nationalization is not what its proponents say it is.

"If Only Paul Krugman Were a Moron," Lew Rockwell, March 7, 2009

I showed the real nexus of interests in the AIG bail-out, and what was really at stake

Nightmare On Wall Street, Lew Rockwell, April, 2009

"Who Will Insure the Insurers?" Dissident Voice, October 2, 2008

"The New China Lobby," Dissident Voice, October 4, 2008

"Bob Zoellick's A Two-Bit Bore," Dissident Voice, April 3, 2009

You can check out these articles and more on this site under the relevant tabs.

You can also check the archives to see that I was accurate, far in advance of the MSM and most of the blogosphere, on many other topics, including:

1. JP Morgan's so-called rescue of Washington Mutual, the details of which have come out recently, and which I got essentially correct back in 2008 October

2. Climate change and cap-and-trade, which I called out in September 2008, as a boondoggle related to Goldman's projected global regime. In a piece on swine flu ("Natural Pandemic or Man-made Pandemonium," Lew Rockwell, September, 2009) I also called out the swine-flu scare and showed how it was related to the globalist climate-change agenda

3. I called out Nouriel Roubini's insider status before anyone. It was shown later that Roubini was in business with Summers.

4. I have compiled my own evidence of substantial manipulation of wikipedia. This was substantiated by the recent manipulation of the wikipedia article on climate-change (archive for November-December 2009).

4. I have personal evidence of the manipulation practiced by the liberal-left print media, gathered from my own difficulties over publishing, plagiarism, intellectual theft, distortion, and covert censorship.

ARTICLES

"Iraqi Women and Torture - Parts I - IV, which showed torture to be part of a consistent US policy, ran in Dissident Voice in July-August 2004, two years before similar pieces at The Nation. Compare those pieces and I think you can detect the influence. The leads were taken and used by a senior editor at American Prospect who had been in extensive contact with me and did not give me the appropriate citation in her book on the topic, although she did invite me to contribute on a related topic to an anthology.

Since then, I have found this kind of distortion and misattribution to be so pervasive in the English language media as to be almost standard practice. This is not a petty matter, as some people think, but deeply woven into the propaganda role the media plays. Its ultimate effect is to reinforce establishment and thus imperial narratives and to curtail the voice of alternative journalists and less powerful players.

My depressing conclusion after years of media-watching is that the media, especially the US mainstream media, must take a large part of the blame for the ongoing global economic crisis.

I should point out that I didn't initially publicize my difficulties with intellectual theft, for obvious reasons. But as the crisis has unfolded, I've felt that I should overcome my diffidence on this and put this material on the web. If it's cost me in terms of mainstream....or even alternative media...approval, so be it.

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SAMPLE MEDIA

M.R. Murray, Shannon B & Murray in the Morning, November 15 2007Congressman Ron Paul’s Luncheon Session, Presentation, October 25, 2007

Washington Post Outlook, Guest Editorial, October 28, 2007

Forbes, Guest Editorial, October 25, 2007

The Hindu Business Section, Review See Media Q&A, November 2007

The Hindu, Interview, November 2007

The Hindu, “Racy Cases” column,December 2007

The Hindu, “Whackonomics”columns, December and January 2008

Darrell Catmull, KTKK-AM, February 1, 2008

Reuters citation; Syndicated citation

The Guardian and Forbes, February 27, 2008

Rebecca Tonn, The Colorado Springs Journal, Interview, February 29, 2008

Dana Knight, The Indianapolis Star, February 25, 2008

Anthony Duva, The Insider Mag, February 27, 2008

Michael Albertson, The Daily Bear News Show, February 27, 2008

Barbara Alexander, Money Dots On Wall Street, March 29, 2008

Rick Walburg, WLW-AM, March 5, 2008

Crain’s Business Daily, March 2008

Cape Cod Times Business Reporter, June 15, 2008

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Background 

I have taught mythology, music history, business writing, English, media studies and international relations at various American universities as an adjunct professor. Besides that, I write fiction and poetry, including light verse, and enjoy all kinds of music, from Chopin to jazz. Favorite writers include Saki, Stephen Leacock, Ivy Compton-Burnett, and Flannery O'Connor. Other interests are alternative health and old homes.

I'm eclectic, which means I can like the Latin mass, read the Bhagavad Gita, and study the Tarot and see no conflict in any of those things -- or in judicious skepticism. It seems to me that people are sometimes too attached to particular ways of thinking and unwilling to entertain the idea that even contradictory beliefs can co-exist usefully.

My political beliefs are idiosyncratic too. I'm a classical liberal (with strong reservations about international financial flows and the commons) and think the state is only a necessary evil that is replaceable. But I'm not an ideologue. And I think corporations can be as anti-individualist as the state. The 'liberals' whom I criticize aren't classical liberals or humanists so much as partisans with rather Olympian views.

Among political theorists, favorites are Coleridge, Burke, Mill, Taylor, Oakeshott, MacIntyre, Deleuze, Nietzsche, Aurobindo, and Vico.

Favorite reading is religious -  The Old and New Testaments, the Upanishads, Gita, and many others.

I studied psychoanalysis for a year or so (painfully) and decided that astrology says as much, with more complexity, color, and brevity. And about the same degree of plausibility.

More on me here at my old blog at wordpress.

Added: June 11, 2014

Except briefly, I was never an anarchist libertarian of the Rothbardian variety. I believe this is a power-elite-sponsored dead-end.
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