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Phil's bio states: Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City and sometimes he describes himself as an autodidactic gasbag
He has also been a comedian and comedy writer, and he's a man with Jungian proclivities.
Very Rough interview notes: not a summary, just teasers to get you to listen.
Rob: to start us off, here's something you wrote in one of your most recent articles.
"...decide what your song will be, arrange it according to your individual talents, and start to sing. Because we must end this paradigm or it will end us.
The changes we yearn for must be first glimpsed and nurtured in the heart. Creative expression (e.g., art, poetry, fiction, inspired prose) serves as the quickening agent of dreams. Language constellates from the quanta of possibility, where it gains scope and shape, so that ideas can become manifested by means of action and form.
The heart must be allowed to dream, grieve, and yearn before the world itself even becomes possible."
Phil: For everything that comes into the world, something is lost.--
We have lost things due to being on the world wide web.
Phil: Hitler described walking in his sleep
Phil: Truman created greatest terrorist act in history
Rob: Psychopaths, sociopaths, are charismatic predators, some would say Evil
Rob: what do you mean the psychopathology of everyday life?
Phil: Life lives off death and the psychopath gets that message. Civilization and humanity comes when we minimize that.
Rob You talked about the tie between psychopathy and empire
hagiography about the troops.
Phil: What else is American exceptionalism but a psychopathic approach to the world?
Rob: can you explain that?
Phil: We have a ruling elite that is essentially a vampire class". we exist to enhance their fortunes.
Phil: she nearly plotzed--
Phil: Obama is the more effective Republican. he and Bill CLinton were the more effective Ronald Reagan
Rob: recently interviewed James C. Scott, who has written about domination. What's your take on domination?
Phil: Addiction to "more" Quote of Eric Hoffer "You can never get enough of what you really don't need."
Rob: you've said that capitalism, which only allows a small percentage to win, encourages narcissistic psychopathic behavior. But isn't that true for civilization too?
Phil: Story of Eros and Psyche
Phil: There is the banality of evil and the evil of banality.
Phil: What Kabir calls the music of interior time
Rob: What's your take on the fascination with Zombies and the apocalyptic genre?
Phil: We're at a point of paradigm shift or perish
". everywhere we look there is a form of gothic horror.
Phil: there would be a revolution tomorrow if Starbucks was closed and coffee was banned.
Rob: I look at this dazzling, exquisite monster in front of me which is the contemporary world.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Ward Churchill "We are all little Eichmans."
Hannah Arendt-- Eichman in Jerusalem
Phil: Empire is about as monstrous as it gets.
Rob: What is the alternative to Empire?
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