Friday, October 5, 2012

priest entrails

PRIEST ENTRAILS
We all know about chicken entrails, yard bird intestines destined to be forever associated with  charlatans pretending to divine future events by studying the pattern of landing as the internal workings were discarded at slaughter.  No one uses chicken parts to see the future much anymore ( maybe some voodoo guys, I’m not real comfortable doing an on the job training with some weird guy who could possibly turn me into a doll and stick pins in me and damn me to the living hell of manufactured physical ailments ), but a lot of folks would probably get better results if they did.  Like perhaps Al “I invented the Internet, bitches!” Gore and his fuzzy headed tree huggers ( if we all just stopped manufacturing cars to get to our jobs which we should quite and try to grow broccoli on our patch of sterile lawn, we would all live happily ever after with polar bears once again ).  Or the legions of “I’m a survivalist and a doomer but I only believe in two week disruptions which AR-15’s and MRE can fix handily” writers who seek to stir the city imprisoned cubical warriors into a small and manageable tizzy- just enough to get them to buy lots of crap but not enough for them to drop off the shopping grid.  They all proclaim a future of quite manageable middle class survival if only enough money insulates them from disruption.  I can’t wait to see the look on their faces as they are eating their stacks of cash and trying to barter their last round of 223 for a handful of weeds as the global drought decimates crop yields as the population soars several percent a year.
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But we aren’t here to talk about chicken entrails.  I heard a beautiful quote today ( pardon me if I get it slightly wrong- going by memory here ) “Man will never truly be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest”.  Some French guy said that and I just adore it to pieces.  I think he came up with it while discussing philosophy or some such while leisurely sitting at a Paris café sipping coffee and shooting the crap with a buddy.  This points out a couple of valid points.  First, you simply must drink coffee if you don’t want to be a retard ( does anyone know if Obammy drinks coffee?  Cause that is one dumb Kenyan ).  Second, you need leisure time to drink your coffee.  Work breaks should be mandated with coffee.  Non coffee drinks would of course be fired.  Third, the French are pretty cool.  Notice how uncool Chinese philosopher dudes are?  They are too uptight from drinking tea and eating white maggots.  And forth, was it much of an improvement AFTER the last king was strangled with the entrails of the last priest?  Cause I wonder how much better these banker/corporate/national government leaders are than the nobility and clergy of old.
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Back in the day, it sucked to be a farmer drone.  You got to starve even though you never got to eat any yummy meat ( not even beef rectum evidently ).  But as far as taxes went, I wonder if you were better off.  First off, you paid your taxes in kind ( a portion of what was being taxed.  For instance, you paid in crops, not cash.  Cash was too scarce ).  This allowed you to be self sufficient, without the need to move off the land into the city and be dependent on a job and cash.  You didn’t have to worry about there being enough of a surplus of crops to have enough left over to feed the city dwellers.  Today, as most of us are living in cities ( even in rural/agrarian countries ), most remain dependent of far away farms.  Second, the taxes you paid were reasonable, like around 20% ( The Kings Fifth ).  Today, even minimum wage workers pay more than that.  Now, sure, there were  tithes to the church, but I believe that most of that was also in kind, and probably didn’t effect the peons too much ( plus, the church mainly functioned off monopolies and land grants ).  Even if it did, there were also a ton of church holidays and at those holidays the poor could somewhat supplement their caloric intact with free food.  A form of welfare.  Granted, today you could say that Social Security acts as a form of tax refund.  But again, you would have to add in hidden taxes such as inflation and employee contributions and taxes up and down the chain of supply, so I still think modern workers come out far behind medieval serfs as far as tax burden.  So who the hell has benefited so greatly from our obscene profits from the Petroleum Age ( if surplus energy is wealth, there should be a ton of wealth to go around )?
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I don’t think that as a percentage of wealth anyone is any better off than the church or the king of yore.  I think what we have is such a huge increase in population, there are a lot more people in positions to suck off the surplus.  More rich in absolute numbers.  You can see now where they all scramble to screw each other over fighting over a now shrinking surplus ( energy per capita has been shrinking globally for decades, but now the exponential population increase is really impacting things ).  But as more and more rich/powerful scrambled previously for their share, the average worker/tax payer started to see his taxes rise.  Higher than before oil.  In effect, the oil wealth just created more of the rich and saw a higher penalty to the tax payer ( of course, what was left still allowed him to be better off than his peasant ancestors, so everyone stayed happy even as they were being screwed ).  It’s nice to know that man will never be happy.  One parasitical class begets another.  Continuity.  Old boss, same as the new boss.
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Happy weekend to all.
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1 comment:

  1. Lord Bison Sir;

    The original quote can be attributed to the French Philosopher and noted Atheist; Denis Diderot who originally wrote in his work; Poésies Diverses the following: "Et ses mains ourdiraient les entrailles du prêtre, Au défaut d’un cordon pour étrangler les rois." or in English: "And his hands would plait the priest's entrails, For want of a rope, to strangle kings." Diderot's inspiration for this quote is from a fellow Frenchman; Jean Meslier, who quite ironically was a Catholic Priest who wrote; "Il souhaitait que tous les grands de la Terre et que tous les nobles fussent pendus et étranglés avec les boyaux des prêtres" or in English: "...wished that all the great men in the world and all the nobility could be hanged, and strangled with the guts of the priests." Not trying to be be all brainy or anything, but a classic opinion on why both the clergy and the wealthy are the common enemies of the common man. Of course you write that the names and titles may have changed over the course of three-hundred years, but the roles are the same, with only the one-time endowment of petroleum bounty to placate the angry masses, from going full revolution to any sort of constituted authority. Interesting to see if knowledge doesn't die along with the cheap oil, electricity, potable water on demand and cheap global telecommunications. Even if knowledge does take a nose dive along with the rest of petroleum glory, then some other poor sap will probably state or write something very similar. Keep keeping it real James!

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