A Phil-for-an-ill Blog

September 13, 2008

Contents

2014-04-30:

The Toxic Legacy of Machiavelli’s The Prince

2011-05-18:

Phil’s Philosophy – Anatomy of Narcissism v1.0

2011-01-20:

Phil’s Philosophy – Musings on the Purpose of Death

2010-08-15:

Classifying evil into three degrees based on a universal morality, addressing the causes of evil:

Phil’s Philosophy – Introducing Three Degrees of Evil

2010-07-06:

Revealing religious aspects of atheism, refuting Epicurus and Robert A. Heinlein’s anti-theistic arguments:

Phil’s Philosophy – Musings on Atheism, Religion and God

2010-04-20:

In the summer of 2007, a trigger-happy crew of a US assault helicopter mistook a group of Iraqi journalists for insurgents and promptly decided to deal with them swiftly and brutally:

Killing Iraqi Civilians, Like a Video Game – 2007 Baghdad Civil Massacre Perpetrated by Trigger Happy US Troops (Wikileaks)

2010-03-25:

Dark Knight (2008) – Excusing the Rude & Stoic Strongman Crime Fighter

2010-03-01:

Bill Gates Admits Vaccines Are Used for Human Depopulation

2010-02-08:

Phil’s Philosophy – Musings on Free Will – Letter to Prof. Alfred Mele

2010-02-14:

Predictive Programming – Robocop (1987) – Promoting the Militarization of Police

2010-01-22:

Phil’s Philosophy – Meet Mr. Ego and Mr. Spirit

2009-12-03:

Under what societal circumstances does psychopathic behavior confer survival benefits:

When Does Psychopathy Flourish? (Musings on Psychopathy II)

2009-11-27:

Unmasking the Roman Catholic “Our Lady of Fatima”

2009-11-03:

Are vaccines really that meritorious? Do they really prevent disease or could they, heaven forbid, precisely help to cause disease rather than cure it?

Swine Flu – Vaccines, Cure or Cause?

2009-10-30:

Regarding the fashionable Swine Flu H1N1 hype:

Swine Flu – Is the Disease Really Worse than the Cure?

2009-10-23:

The package inserts leave no room for doubt, vaccines destined for Europe contain at least three potent poisons:

Swine Flu – Proof that European H1N1 Vaccines Contain Mercury, Squalene and TWEEN 80

2009-10-21:

The Jezebel spirit is a most fashionable but exceedingly hostile spirit that seeks to possess people:

When Love Yields to Fear – What is a Jezebel Spirit All About?

2009-07-19:

The second of a three-part blog on Mercury toxicity:

Dental Amalgams

2009-07-12:

The first of a three-part blog on mercury toxicity:

Toxic Mercury

2009-07-09:

Added a four part blog based on a four part youtube presentation provided with ample background material:

Dr John Rengen Virapen, Blows the Whistle on his Former ‘Big Pharma’ Employer

2009-03-07:

Predictive Programming – I Am Legend (2007)

2009-02-19:

Added:

Musings on Psychopathy

2009-02-15:

Added the timely remake of the 1951 original:

Predictive Programming – The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

2009-02-13:

Added a predictive programming analysis of a Sci-Fi oldie:

Predictive Programming – The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

2009-01-27:

Added the first three episodes of the TV series called Survivors aired in 2008 on the BBC:

Predictive Programming – Survivors (2008 )

2008-12-11:

Added:

Five Steps to Tyranny

2008-11-20:

Dr Russell Blaylock – Nutrition and Behavior

A tantalizing video in which Dr Blaylock elaborates on the connection between nutrition and (criminal) behavior. It is shown that bad behavior and bad nutrition are inseparably linked. In addition, the development of a variety of health afflictions and diseases (ADHD, Schizophrenia, depression, migraine, anti-social behavior etc..) is highly sensitive to improper dietary habits. As such, in many cases diseases of this type can simply be reversed by beneficial dietary adjustments instead of resorting to toxic medication to merely ameliorate the symptoms and thus ignore and cover up its root cause.

2008-11-10:

Added:

Exposing The Hideous Nazi Monster Called F. Luride

Slaying The Hideous Nazi Monster Called F. Luride

An invention by the Nazis to dumb down and psychologically repress camp-inmates, it is hardly a surprise that fluoride compounds have a myriad of neurotoxic and poisonous properties. The evidence speaks quite clearly that fluoride compounds should be outlawed banned for public consumption.

The way to do this is to educate yourself and your social circle on the atrocious nature of these stupifying and toxic compounds. Rid fluoride from your tap water as thoroughly as possible and use alternatives to fluoridated toothpaste. In addition, be keen on using no edible products containing fluoride. Read the labels.

Perhaps only by a systematic boycotting and banning of products containing fluoride can a halt be put to the prevalence of fluoride compounds and its immoral infusion in myriad of consumer products.

2008-11-04:

Added:

Predictive Programming – Transformers (2007)

[...]personifying robots no doubt earns the sympathy of many young and naive viewers and there stands nothing in the way of viewers to even identify with the robots. Depicting robots sympathetically and which have literally superhuman powers reads like an effective advertisement regarding the merger of man and machine. By making robots come across as friendly and protective (the Autobots only though, not the Decepticons) the viewer is predictively programmed to look favorable towards a future in which man will be drawn closer to machine either by augmenting machines with human characteristics or by endowing humans with machine like qualities facilitated by neural implants. In short, humanizing machines while dehumanizing man. The latter is a most worrisome prospect to anyone preferring to be a flesh-and-blood sentient human being who enjoys his or her autonomic mind and takes pride in his or hers individuality, as opposed to being an essentially soulless and unconditionally obedient machine reminiscent of a human.

2008-11-03:

Added:

Predictive Programming – Cyborg Girl – Boku no kanojo wa saibôgu (2008 )

I believe that the purpose of movies such as Cyborg Girl is to help bridge the gap between sentient man and the soulless machine and make it more attractive for people to accept implants that directly interface with the human nervous system. Although there are certain benefits to be enjoyed by augmenting nervous systems in case they have been compromised say by, for instance, paralysis or neuro-degenerative diseases, regarding the preservation of privacy and individuality however, brain chips pose a tremendous danger to humanity if such technology is administered by an tyrannical regime in an Orwellian police state setting.

2008-10-26:

Added:

Coconut Oil – The Healthiest Oil on the Planet

2008-10-25:

Added:

Predictive Programming – The Happening (2008 )

A sudden surge of collective suicide secretly precipitated, through biological warfare, by the powers that be, but made to look as if it was brought on as the wrath of nature. If society is brought into a crisis, releasing a biological agent while using nature as a cover the perpetrators are given a cunning form of plausible deniability.

2008-10-22:

On the many dangers of soy, I added:

Good Soy is No Soy

2008-10-19:

Added review of Bee Movie:

Predictive Programming – Bee Movie (2007)

2008-10-02:

Added Death Race (2008 ), on the rise of the modern-day prison gladiator and the Prison Industrial Complex.

Predictive Programming – Death Race (2008 )

2008-09-26:

Added Independence Day (1996). Also a very important movie in that it helped to prepare the public into accepting a simple but deceptive terror paradigm of good, the patriotic American citizens, versus evil, the perceived demonic enemies of America.

Immediately following September 11 2001, the media began their barrage of showing us various footages of disintegrating WTC towers, over and over again, ad nauseum. Those who have watched ID thus have had ample opportunity to recognize the destructive real life events being similar to the fictional ones as portrayed in the movie. Thus, by virtue of this kind of recognition and familiarity gained from fictional imprinting, the witness is led into accepting a context of response similar to the one as presented in ID. In the movie, a clear identification is made of the enemy and a clear distinction is made between forces of good, that being the world in general and the US in particular, and forces of evil, that being the alien invader from outer space.

So when the real attacks happened, those who have watched ID are inclined to also adopt this dichotomous and uncompromisingly gung-ho mindset of good vs evil. This type of response was further reinforced when the government, most notably Bush himself, immediately following the terror attacks began to spur the public into immediately start thinking in purely black and white terms of good versus evil. That this technique of moral coercion left no room or time for careful and honest deliberation and reflection became dramatically clear with slogans such as, “you are either with us or you’re with the terrorists.”

Predictive Programming – Independence Day (1996)

2008-09-20:

Added Swordfish (2001). This is quite an important movie as it details government involvement in procuring funds, through illegal means, as a means to support its counter-terrorism operations.

“Although I would find it unlikely, considering the myriad of risks involved, that covert FBI or CIA organizations or programs secure funds through such spectacular means as portrayed in the movie, the viewer is nonetheless inculcated with the idea that normal ethics hardly apply to these organizations, and indeed may be ‘justly’ suspended if so desired. In other words, downright illegal means of ‘fund-raising’ are permissible. The use of potentially unethical and unlawful acts of misdirection, being of crucial importance to make the movie script work, is not shied away from either. After all, given the supposed value of its supposed protectorate, that being the safety of US citizens and/or their lifestyles, to such organizations the single paramount rule upheld must be that the end is considered ‘sacred’ enough to afford the justification of any means necessary. Everything else is of subordinate importance.”

Predictive Programming – Swordfish (2001)

2008-09-18:

Added Things to Come (1936). Yeah I know it’s a crappy old movie. But don’t let that put you off as it is, precisely by virtue of its age, an excellent testing ground to see if any featured predictions have come true. If they have, which is indeed the case, the raison d’etre of the programming is thus validated.

“The movie predicts a war involving a town called ‘Everytown’ (which is a peculiar way of stating that the war is also a global war) by Christmas 1940, whereas the actual World War broke out in September 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland. So Wells was only off for about a sloppy one year. It goes to show that Wells was definitely ‘in the know’, as Alan Watt calls it, as to what the agenda entailed.”

Predictive Programming – Things to Come (1936)

Added Alan Watt – Predictive Programming Theory and Practice

Predictive Programming – Alan Watt – Predictive Programming Theory and Practice

2008-09-15:

Added V for Vendetta.

“The parallels between Equilibrium and V for Vendetta are hard to miss. Both films depict dystopian societies which heavily refer back to Nazi Germany. In V for Vendetta the government has transformed itself into a full-fledged Police State ruled by an oligarchical rod of iron.”

Predictive Programming – V for Vendetta (2005)

2008-09-12 and further back:

Added Minority Report.

“In Minority Report it is being advertised and bragged about that, through pre-crime, murder-rates have plummeted to negligible levels. Therefore, of and by itself, the notion of pre-crime is presented to the viewer as being not something that is altogether disadvantageous to society. The great downside of pre-crime is type of intrusion and indeed the violation of privacy associated with the imposition of a pre-crime system onto the public. Through movies like Minority Report the viewer is acquainted with the idea that there will come a time in which there will be no such thing as privacy and that all the things that make you who you are, including not only all the superficial things such as shopping habits etc. but also deeply personal things such as medical history, will be up for grabs and ready to be exploited by all kinds of commercial entities as well as governmental (“Big Brother”) agencies. The realization of a pre-crime system therefore ultimately boils down to increases in governmental control and less freedom for its citizens. The mantra never changes, sadly.

You may therefore look towards a time in which you will have less and less control in and over your very own life and you will experience a time in which you can only hope that the control you have (tacitly) consented to relinquish does not end up in the wrong (i.e. tyrannical) hands.”

Predictive Programming – Minority Report (2002)

Inferred Meaning – Into the Wild (2007)

Predictive Programming – Gattaca (1997)

Predictive Programming – Predictive… What?

Inferred Meaning – The Devil’s Advocate (1997) (Vanity and the Psychopath)

Predictive Programming – Equilibrium (2003)

Predictive Programming – Code 46 (2003)

Predictive Programming – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008 )

Predictive Programming – Starship Troopers – Marauder (2008 )

Predictive Programming – Cloverfield (2008 )

Predictive Programming – Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Predictive Programming – I, Robot (2004)

Predictive Programming – Shoot em Up (2007)

Predictive Programming – John Rambo (2008 )

Predictive Programming -The Invasion (2007)

Predictive Programming – The Kingdom (2007)

Predictive Programming – Soylent Green (1973)

Predictive Programming – Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Predictive Programming – 28 Weeks Later (2007)

Predictive Programming – 300 (2006)

Predictive Programming – Children of Men (2006)

The Law of Relativity of Sanity (Psychiatry Blues):

If insane people are regarded as sane by insane people then, conversely, sane people will be regarded as insane by those same insane people.

April 30, 2014

The Toxic Legacy of Machiavelli’s The Prince

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The Prince

“…if a Prince succeeds in establishing and maintaining his authority, the means will always be judged honourable and be approved by every one.” (Chapter XVIII)

Founded on the above dubious moral axiom, which may be translated as, The end justifies the means (A), in the 16th century Niccolò Machiavelli formulates the classic dissertation on how to acquire and preserve raw political power, come hell or high water. By his own volition and on a proverbial silver salver, the tactical philosopher annex historian humbly offers to his highly esteemed ruler, the Prince(*), a self-guaranteed fail-safe recipe for robust rule–elegant in writing yet gloomy in meaning. Drawing from an extensive variety of modern and historical ruler-ship examples, combined with a deductive reasoning that is consistently lucid albeit infused with demeaning prejudices and stereotypes in its evaluation of human nature, Machiavelli distills a set of strategical rules and instructions for any ambitious ruler to abide by in order to secure and hold on to governing power.

In this analysis I focus on Machiavelli’s treatise in the function of being a literal instruction manual for power acquisition. Courtesy of the universal range of its applicability, it should be kept in mind that not just members of aristocracy could seek to benefit from this work but potentially anyone who has power aspirations as well as lack of scruples. In today’s upper regions of power The Prince may, for example, draw to its teachings: politicians and government officials, military commanders and intelligence officers, bankers and stock brokers, industrialists and corporate moguls but also members of religious orders and church leaders more interested in expanding temporal power than in improving intimacy with God. In the lower echelons of power, The Prince may attract organized crime figures, gang-bangers eager to ascend in prominence, cult leaders and other flavors of dilettante megalomaniacs.

While abstaining from delving into such academic questions as to whether The Prince was actually intended as a work of satire or whether or not Machiavelli’s ruler actually came to read it, I set out to explore the moral and psychological foundation and ramifications of this sinister work of instruction.

Note: For better readability, this article has been transferred to my other blog. It can be read in its entirety, here.

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