by Judah Freed
Modern Isreali-Palestiniian hatred and warfare traces back to ancient partriarch Abraham and his “Promised Land.” The confict is made worse by our global addiction to alpha male rule.
“The quiet and rural lives of the first patriarchs,” wrote Thomas Paine in his 1776 Common Sense, “hath a happy something in them, which vanishes away when we come to the history of Jewish royalty.”
What? Jewish royalty? Why does that matter ?
Behind the ancient Middle Eastern land dispute, I see the core issue of alpha male rule — men competing to be the top dog.
In our age of “fake news” with journalists widely distrusted by the public, we may benefit from a better understanding of what good journalists do, how to identify ethical journalism, and how to support more of it.
Despite what some pundits would have us believe, good journalists do exist. They work each day with the highest professional ethical standards in mind.
According to The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), ethical journalism is “truthful, compassionate, independent and transparent.”
We need ethical journalism now more than ever.
Let’s be real here. No journalist is ever wholly objective on any news topic, especially…
Voters are more likely to elect candidates who educate and empower them rather than try to trick them. If the Ossoff and Warnock campaigns apply this principle in Georgia, they can neutralize GOP propaganda and earn the trust of Peach State voters to win a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.
In practice, the proposed media literacy strategy entails a series of TV, radio and print ads with each spot divided into three segments:
“In Georgia’s runoff races for the U.S. Senate, trust facts not propaganda.”
1. Name and describe a propaganda trick (e.g., Big Lie, Demonization).
An upsurge of resistance to Bull’s authoritarian policies and personality, finally even among core supporters, helps the opposition party in bi-elections win a slim majority to control both houses of congress. Multi-prong investigations of the Bull presidency proceed. Criminal prosecutions are pending. Articles of impeachment advance in congress.
Bull is desperate and dangerously erratic. One of the president’s men, acting on conscience, leaks to the press a secret memo summarizing the covert operation to bomb the Unity Tree and blame the nature nuts, all a ploy to control state security.
Noisy public outcry! Hundreds and then thousands of peaceful people…
One day two weeks before the national election on the island, breaking news rocks each presidential campaign.
Turns out that a decade earlier, Jason Bull had unwittingly been recorded on tape boasting to a chum about sexually molesting beautiful women. He confides that he can’t stop himself from kissing them and grabbing their crotches. He brags that women let him do it, that he can “get away with anything” because he’s famous.
The salacious tape goes public two weeks before the election. Public outrage is universal. Some call The Bull a “sexual predator” who should be jailed. …
A populist arises. Jason Zack Bull, known as “The Bull,” is famous for being famous. A rich businessman and showman with scant scruples and less wealth than he pretends, Bull senses the discontent of the masses and sees a career opportunity.Bull talks a lot about politics on mass media and social media. Like any savvy populist, he cynically spouts any conservative or liberal notion that makes him popular among the working class in his own majority racial group. In reality, he is neither conservative nor liberal. His goal is fame and power. …
Still more generations pass. The gap widens between men and women. The gap widens between racial groups. The gap widens between rich and poor.
A middle class exists for a while, but it shrinks from concentrating wealth at the top. The elites thrive as most folks barely survive. Most live one paycheck away from disaster. Most people care only about their own daily challenges.
Few think about the nature of their unjust republic.
Few recall how people once lived in a full republic, and earlier in a real democracy. …
More generations pass. Government makes basic choices that people once made for themselves. Government decides when to harvest a field and where to grind the grain. Government decides who can tend the sick and how much it costs to be ill.
Government sets all the rules for commerce and industry as well as personal conduct in the community and home. The habits of mindfulness that once assured joyful harmony are replaced by the habits of dull obedience. Compliance with the government earns social approval and rewards, which satisfy most people’s need for safety and love.
Spiritual consciousness is left to…
Over time, distinct districts develop. Aristocratic families on gated estates run each district. Every ruling family has a spokesman. The strongest voice in the northern district is Albert Zack Cartman, a firebrand preacher with a wide following.
Cartman is among the clergy proclaiming a new religion. He believes all people are born sinful, doomed to perdition, yet people can be saved through pure faith and good works. Salvation and a place in Heaven depend upon obeying the law of the land. Defiant ones go to Hell. The religion becomes a powerful voting block and cultural influence.
The new religion blames…
The original settlement becomes a big town. Other towns are built as people inhabit more parts of the island.
Scaled-up farming frees islanders to do more than raise food. Industries develop to meet people’s wants and needs. Mining and smelting produce metals for tools and machines. Miners find gems and minerals that people trade for goods and services. Barter continues but decreases. Commerce replaces consciousness as the focus of daily life.
People still know about their universal oneness, but the outer trappings of spirituality matter more than inner awareness. The vestiges of honest spirituality become codified into a formal religion…