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Diminishing returns of posting to McSpotlight C&A

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on July 23, 1999 at 23:31:55:

In Reply to: Diminishing returns on violence posted by borg on July 23, 1999 at 16:00:16:

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: : : : Actually, if you check the proceedings of the last Bilderberg meeting but one, you will see that it was agreed that there was no overall opposition to the idea of armed security forces reporting directly to corporations. Or, to put it more bluntly, companies can raise their own armies.

: : : I think its true to say that few people risk their lives in war for money alone - and thats all companies can offer.

: : SDF: People have been risking their lives in all sorts of corporate jobs, for money alone, why should war be any different?

: What planet are you from? Should I take my M-16 to work now
: in an effort to protect myself from The War at the Office?

SDF: I guess you've never heard of construction work, coal-mining, or mercenary work (such as South African firms have been doing for some time in Sierra Leone, using old apartheid-era death squads). So which planet are YOU from? After all, the Borg ARE supposed to be from another quadrant of the galaxy...

: :And who says people risk their lives in war anymore? Witness the minimal risk of US efforts against Yugoslavia and Iraq....

: The trend seems to point to diminishing returns on violence.

SDF: Not for the Pentagon or its dependent corporations...

: See the book _The Sovereign Individual_ by Davidson and Rees-Moog
: for a discussion of this.

SDF: Which brings me to another point -- the diminishing returns of posting to McSpotlight. It seems that everyone on this BBS wants to recite an ideology that I've already responded to. The individual, as I've pointed out before here, is always the creation of the relationship between individuals. Read George Herbert Mead's MIND, SELF, and SOCIETY, you'll see how this is so. Frankly, I'm wondering if the point of a BBS is to allow people to harden their ideologies, as these games of cat-and-mouse I'm reading on McSpotlight C & A seem to always have the same actors, and they get more boring as they drone on. I think I'll go off and study reading theory.

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