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Top Down Nuclear Masturbatory Fantasies

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"Just nuke the bastards."

That's the reflexive response millions of people have given for dealing with Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, North Korea. In years past, they said the same for Cuba, North Vietnam and Russia.

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It's Top down nuclear bomb masturbatory fantasy.

I call it masturbatory because it's about power and potency, or, more accurately, impotence. When it comes to war/violence, nuclear weapons are the ultimate porn.

I call it fantasy because nuclear weapons don't work and they never have... in terms of winning anything. Ward Wilson argues this very persuasively. He says that the US defeated Japan using carpet bombing of dozens of cities, that the nuclear bombs used on Nagasaki and Hiroshima did not win the war, just gave the emperor and Japanese generals a face-saving excuse.

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I say it's top down because nuclear weapons are the ultimate hard power solution. Hard power is based on threat, force or money. Authoritarians love hard power-- forcing domination on people to make them compliant. The opposite of hard power is soft power, which is Bottom up. Joseph Nye, the author of book, Soft Power, told me that soft power is about attraction. Creating inspiring movies, music, stories, building schools, hospitals bridges-- those are soft power strategies which attract the people. Former State Department policy advisor Anne Marie Slaughter described to me how the future of diplomacy involves building bridges by creating relationships and deepening connections between people with similar interests-- say librarians in Africa and Albuquerque.

But there are millions of people who go with the "nuke the bastards" reflex. Why?

Some people have an investment in nuclear weapons-- Air Force generals, who deliver the bombs, for example. Industries that build components for the bombs or the missiles. Armed services that manage and "protect" the nuclear bombs, bombers, silos.

But then there are millions more who not only do not benefit, but they are hurt by them. After all, Nuclear weapons are among the worst parasites upon humanity and the earth's resources.

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These millions are authoritarians, meaning, they are people who need to be dominated and told what to do by dominating authoritarian people. They embrace simple, Top Down solutions, and nuclear bombs are the absolute simplest. Stupid, but simple.

And of course, authoritarian dominators love the nuclear fantasy too. Donald Trump used this similar phrase, "Bomb the sh*t out of them" in his campaign gruntings. I'd wager that for Trump, thinking about nukes gives him some kind of sexual pleasure, or, at the least, makes him feel more manly.

The "nuke the bastards" and "bomb the hell out of them" reflexes are deeply programmed into millions of people, maybe even billions. They have been presented as the ultimate simple solution. But Occams razor would be wrongly applied here. There is no nuclear solution. There is a a nuclear annihilation, nuclear destruction, fast or slow, of the planet. But no nuclear weapons solutions. Those are fantasies that are totally devoid of the smallest amount of reality.

There are no winners when it comes to nuclear weapons in this day and age. The world should do all it can to prevent nuke porn fools like Donald Trump AND Kim Jong Un from having their hands on nuclear triggers.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Good points, Rob.

Sounds like a guy thing. ;-)

Not that there aren't any toxic, patriarchal, war-mongering women in politics. One just ran for president.

But the tendency for most women, in politics or not, would be to take a different path than this. Women, as a rule, are less likely to want to send their sons to war. When the proportion of women in political roles reflects the proportion of women in the population, we will have much less of this kind of thing, mark my words.

There's a reason the Iroquois Confederacy was so strong and long lasting...and that was that the Grandmothers Council had the final word on war and politics.

And Michael Moore notes in his last movie that the only bank in Iceland which didn't succumb to their financial disaster was the only bank run by women. The women said the reason they survived when the men's banks didn't, was that they didn't let the need to win a competitive race blind them to making sane choices.

More women in charge. It's a good plan.

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Did you vote for Jill, the only female actually running? Just curious.

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Yep.

But I would have been happy to vote for Bernie, as well. He puts typical feminine values first, such as compassion, concern for education, interest in community over hierarchy, nurturing rather than bullying, etc.

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He certainly had my hopes up.

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Yes, women like Madeline Albright who thought 500,000 dead Iraqi children was 'worth it', Hillary 'we came we saw he died, ha ha yuk yuk' Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Samantha Power, Nikki Halley, Susan Rice, Condi Rice, Jeanne Kirkpatrick. Gender is no guarantee at all. Actually, women in positions of power think they have to prove themselves to be strong and are, as Hillary Clinton did, directly threatening war with Russia with her call for no fly zone in Syria and chacterization of Putin, who lost his brother in Leningrad, as Hitler. Power is an equal opportunity corrupter of both men and women. Women in positions of power is no guarantee of more humane policy. The latest overwhelming approval of the $700 billion genocide budget was overwhelmingly approved by men and women.

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Handpicking the women who don't fit the model doesn't negate the model. Of course, a higher percentage of women in power/politics will naturally be more patriarchal, since they had to overcome a patriarchal society to get where they are. The point is, balance would be better.

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' The point is, balance would be better.' Yes, that is the point... but it wasn't your point that was Eric's point.

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Many people define the American Dream as striving to possess unlimited money, unlimited freedom, unlimited control, unlimited worship (of themselves) ...

Many people are becoming very nervous and uncomfortable about the way The Dream is going for them.

Many movers and shakers are considering shaking things up a bit.

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That American dream, striving to possess unlimited whatever is actually a nightmare concocted by capitalism, industrialization and the corporate state. it is an abomination against nature.


The whole idea of that "dream" should be shaken up. The selfish pigs who want unlimited whatever, and who feel it is their right because of "liberty" should be diagnosed as pathological, even if their pathology is socioculturally induced.


And this idea of unlimited possession ties in with the idea of mega destruction. Unlimited is unsustainable just like nuclear explosions are unsustainable. To believe in unlimited whatever requires intentional ignoring or blindness to issues of sustainability.


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Sadly, "Nuke em" is the product of mass ignorance elevated to almost God-like levels. Though I can't recall his name, I do recall the British statesman who many years ago warned that a nuclear holocaust would be followed by decades of planetary bitter winter affecting all of Mankind. Also sadly, there are many people who fear and sneer at intelligence and avoid using it like the plague. I fear many of Mr Trump's followers have adopted this role.

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