Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb-Over Empire
The aspect of Trump's ascendancy is shunted from the duopolist dynamic and the narrow, acceptable discourse of political and media elites: Trump's pathetic dye job, fake tan, and comb-over mirror the US empire. Its decline and deterioration simply cannot be covered up by the desperate application of cosmetic measures.
What Was Verifiably Great About America: Fragments of a Memoir Set To A Musical Soundtrack
I have come to conclude, people born into situations providing economic advantage, both liberals and conservatives alike, experience difficulty, more often than not, envisaging the lives of those born into a labouring class existence. Worse, a wilful obtuseness, in combination with a supercilious posture is, all too often, evinced, by reflex, towards those scorned as "hillbillies," "trailer trash," and "genetic retreads."
Friday, December 8, 2017(1 comments)
Capitalism's Failure of the Flesh
A bitter irony of modernity is that the age-old dream of freeing people from work's tedium has been answered by robots, but capitalism has turned that "freedom" into a barren life with little left to lose, writes poet Phil Rockstroh.
Monday, November 20, 2017(8 comments)
The Soul of the Nation is a Casualty of War
If reality is met head-on, if empire, external and its inner analog, is renounced and challenged, then a liberation staged by the heart's partisans can begin, thereby freeing up a great amount of acreage -- a fructifying landscape -- wherein both the earth's ecosystem and the architecture of human desire can begin to co-exist and cross-pollinate; thus a crucial re-visioning of oneself and the culture can begin.
Saturday, October 28, 2017(16 comments)
The Voiceless Left Stands Before The Monster Of History
The notion that the dismal circumstance will recede by the banishment of Donald Trump from the scene. Trump is merely a representation of one of the genera of imps squatting in the dark recesses of capitalism's forsaken soul. He is the very embodiment of a crackpot realist. If you do not take hold of the monster within, he will take hold of you.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017(5 comments)
Escaping the Colonised Mind
In our late-stage capitalism, every inch of humanity has been exploited and maximized for profit, creating "colonized" minds and emotions, a challenge for humans to free themselves and save the planet, says poet Phil Rockstroh.
Shelter Within The Storm: a dialog on politics and culture
Adialog, between myself and playwright and essayist John Steppling and artist and essayist Hiroyuki Hamada on the artist's role in times of extreme societal and cultural alienation e.g., including worldwide and increasing Climate Chaos and numerous other subjects, political and cultural.
Fear In A Handful Of Dust: The Sacred Vehemence Of Imagination In A Soulless Age
The economy is chronically depressed. Isotopes of Fukushima are carried on currents of wind and wave. The oceans and seas are rising from humankind-created Climate Change. The world's oceans are being destroyed. The human element evinces the pathology displayed in psychoanalytic consulting rooms: The economic elite are psychopathic; Tea Party types exhibit paranoid displacement while liberals exhibit neurotic insularity.
Sunday, June 2, 2013(5 comments)
The United States of Whatever: Ecocide and the Soul of a Nation
To turn a blind eye to the natural world, as we have done, translates into psychical ecocide. Perception is degraded. Language truncated. Life becomes dispossessed of purpose and meaning. Apropos, the rise and banal persistence of: The United States of Whatever...[Yet] where there exists the implicate order of the soul there exists the wherewithal to rise up and resist the forces that lay siege to one's innate humanity.
Friday, May 31, 2013(5 comments)
Ecocide and the Soul of a Nation
At the front of the political madness enveloping the United States are anti-government, anti-science extremists who reject evidence of global warming and block any response to this existential threat. But the disconnect between environmental destruction and today's humanity goes deeper.
Saturday, April 27, 2013(3 comments)
Within The National (In)Security State: Fear as a Constant Companion
Ask me about my sense of patriotism, and you will receive only silence" because what does not exist cannot speak. But ask me about my sense of affinity with the whole of humanity--about the golden fire of our imagination that binds us to all things, about the cathedral of our bones that binds us to the sorrows of the earth--only if you desire to risk having your ear bent beyond repair by my soliloquies.
Friday, April 26, 2013(2 comments)
America's Locked-Down Insecurity State
Emerging evidence from the Boston Marathon bombings suggests the brutal attack on innocent civilians was motivated by the fury of two brothers against overseas crimes of the U.S. government. In that, the martial-law lockdown of Boston may be a glimpse at the future to come.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013(4 comments)
Tyranny of Deception
Truth has always been a challenging pursuit, often resulting in the persecution of its pursuers. But the modern era offers a special challenge as lies are now the mass-manufactured product of an industry that relentlessly serves the interests of the powerful.
The Cusp of Ecological Disaster
In a world where all emotion is translated into a sales pitch and each thought becomes a talking point, the existential question is how to live a life that embraces real emotion and articulates original thinking.
Saturday, February 9, 2013(2 comments)
Empire of Panic and Illusion
Americans have been sold on the promise of perfect security, whether protecting "the homeland" with gadgets of death or guarding "the homestead" with high-powered assault rifles firing 100-round magazines. But this "safety" is an illusion, making Americans less secure than if they engaged the world around them.
Saturday, February 9, 2013(9 comments)
Empire Of Panic And Ephemera: Applying Rigorous Imagination To America's Paranoid Style
You can attempt to check-out i.e., approach life, as people in the U.S. do, as virtuosos of reality avoidance -- but reality knows your home address: the human psyche. Your psyche is with you for life. You cannot drop off your psyche at an Interstate rest stop, and drive away. Glance in the rear view mirror and it will be lounging in the backseat of your vehicle tapping its foot to the music swelling from the car radio.
Saturday, January 26, 2013(3 comments)
The Great Dismal: "What we speak becomes the house we live in"
At paradigm's end, buffeted and shaken--yet held enthralled within the maelstrom--by the vast and sweeping scope of unsolvable governmental/cultural forces -- we feel the pull of a gravity that feels akin to love. We yearn for some remedy, like lovers whose blazing love threatens to burn away all their moorings and upend all they know.
Friday, January 25, 2013(9 comments)
Overcoming the Great Dismal
The core challenge facing today's U.S. political process is whether the daunting threats to the planet and its people can be addressed, responsibly and cooperatively. Another hope is that in building these solutions, America can break loose from the chains of soulless mediocrity
Grappling with Phantoms
Any nitwit can seek happiness, and, generally, does. But it requires a cultivated courage of the heart to create comedy and beauty out of the material of constant sorrow. Do not shrink from the task of dwelling in the truth of your unique being and living your way into the attendant tales spun by your awakened heart. To cede your own power to the forces of unreasonable power -- is the stuff of tragedy.
Friday, November 16, 2012(8 comments)
After The Flood: Requiem for a Friend, Death Knell for a Dying Paradigm
Personally, I'm done with attempting to persuade idiots by intelligent discourse and fools by plying them with common sense...finished with issuing reasoned warnings to dissemblers and dimwits who claim the iceberg directly in the path of our ocean liner is simply an ice dispenser, conveniently located to refresh our beverages.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012(1 comments)
A Crucible of Political Disenchantment: 'Dismiss Whatever Insults Your Own Soul'
Despite all the cultural cues that we have internalized, one cannot consume, medicate, buy on credit, receive a promotion, vacation, vote, hope, affect a pose of hipster irony, tithe to the church of your choice, receive a hundred FaceBook friendship requests, hit the winning lottery number, support the troops, nor be the recipient of a VIP swag bag in order to stumble your way back to possessing a sense of control and power.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012(1 comments)
Atomized America of Late Capitalism
America's late-stage capitalism, built upon the imagined glories of global empire and the deep deceptions of personalized propaganda, has created a nation that has lost touch with genuine human empathy, a place where mass shootings are weekly events and politics is shouting.
Deranged Angels of Self-Preservation
The new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," envisions a social order overturned by a violent and vengeful rabble, a parody of Occupy Wall Street activists transformed into the villains of this pro-One Percent propaganda film.
After the Fireworks Have Faded: Intimations of Bosons Among a Cacophony of Bozos
On the day that Independence Day is celebrated in the U.S. arrived confirming evidence of the existence of the Boson Particle, a possible connecting component of matter.
Accordingly, let's make a few connections: The present order has wrought economic tyrannies and inevitable environmental collapse, and is proliferate with the seeds of its own destruction.
Sunday, July 1, 2012(3 comments)
Footlong Hot Dogs of the Apocalypse
Editor's note: Since World War II, America's wealth has sheltered the population from harsh realities that other fellow humans face. But that protection is breaking down, from the greed of the super-rich and the stubborn insistence of many Americans to stay focused on their footlong hot dogs and super-gulp drinks, writes Phil Rockstroh.
Madness of Late-Stage Capitalism
Late-stage capitalism has similarities to an aging billionaire terrified of microscopic germs -- imagine Howard Hughes at the end of his days -- trying to extend life by frenetically worrying about invisible dangers.
On The Nature Of Self-Defeating Convictions: A missive to an estranged southern friend
Depressingly large numbers of people have invested a great amount of time, energy and identity in the maintenance of their reality-defiant attitudes [regarding capitalism]. There is just too much fragile self-esteem, bulwarked by brittle pride, at stake. While self-doubt is the worthy adversary of the wise, belligerent ignorance is the dubious ally of those who fear and resist self-awareness.
Friday, March 30, 2012(4 comments)
Nature of Self-Defeating Convictions
Such a large number of those whose lives have been degraded by the deprivations of the present economic order will not focus their anger at Wall Street grifters: If capitalism, by the very nature of the system, allows a swindlers' class to not only legally exist -- but to thrive -- then it follows that there must be something flawed about the nature of capitalism itself.
Monday, March 19, 2012(2 comments)
Police State Blues: "Our rights do not end where the caprice of authoritarian bullies begins."
To express indifference or to be an apologist for the quotidian evils of our time is reprehensible. Like the "good Germans" of the 1930s, you might believe your codified hatreds and commodified longings, manifested by the industrial and military power of the state, will deliver and preserve freedom " but these beliefs, maintained by systems of mechanized force, will, in time, come to debase everything you hold dear.
On regaining a spirit of defiance: "I'm worried now but I won't be worried long"
In this regard, predictions of doom are not the stuff of dour old men, afflicted with Cassandra complexes, long, unkempt beards flapping, as they hector passersby with gloomy auguries of a rapidly arriving "time of reckoning"--when what they mean is, their libido is waning, and it feels to them like the end of the world...We're talking peer-reviewed scientific inquiry not crank-speak here. These are dangerous circumstances.
My Biohazard Valentine: Love, Work, And Dissent In A Time of Hazmat Suits And Political Hypochondria
One does not have to be a monk, artist, poet, mystic or musician to approach their vocation with élan and ebullience; yet one should grant oneself the right to surrender to ardor while engaging in work. To derive meaning and resonance from life demands artful labor -- the awful daring of choosing to give oneself over to responsibility, thus allowing one to occupy one's occupation, heart and soul.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A Bio-hazard Valentine of Dissent
The powers-that-be would prefer the common folk to accept their fate quietly, even as many are made surplus to the work force and all are facing global warming's coming devastation of the planet. But more and more people are choosing to make noise through messy dissent.
Occupying Libido: Negotiating a landscape of hypocrisy and hungry ghosts
Obama and Romney manage to hide the malevolent, hungry ghost of empire behind a veneer of soul-defying, daylight normalcy. But Newt Gingrich's bloated carcass displays imperium's murderous id. What has become of the diminishing resources of the world? Newt grows ever fatter and more grotesque as he greedily devours these things. What terrible fate befell the U.S. constitution? Newt dry humped it to dust.
Liberating America's Worldview
Occupy Wall Street protesters appealed to the broader U.S. population -- and even the police -- as fellow members of the 99 percent, but many Americans still fear breaking with the oppressive status quo and most police will follow orders in harsh crackdowns.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Dying Empire Bebop: The Sedition Of Ecstatic Novelty
John Coltrane reported that the conception and creation of his timeless masterpiece, "A Love Supreme" ended his addiction to drugs and alcohol. This soul-reviving suite should be made the suggested soundtrack of every drug and alcohol rehab unit in the United States -- if not played on a repeating loop at every gas station, convenience store, and shopping mall on the planet.
"By Imbeciles Who Really Mean It": Lost Verities and Dirty Hippies
Because the vast majority of the populace are deemed "losers, due to how the system is rigged, techniques must be created to displace the rage, born of a sense of powerlessness, that grips the system's exploited underlings. OWS is beginning to change the narrative, align it with reality, & that is an alarming development for the 1 percent; hence, the retooled, amped-up propaganda campaign we're seeing signs of at present.
Thursday, December 1, 2011(3 comments)
Amid The Architecture Of Declining Capitalism: Memes, Death Genes And Real Estate Schemes
Memes are ever-replicating, exponentially reproducing, collectively evolving bits of human thoughtware as our bodies are the hardware. If their resonances remain on in the realm of pixels and soundbites, a meme will translate into little more than pop culture ephemera. Memes must be carried by flesh into the non-virtual world; their human carriers might even be peppered sprayed themselves and carted off to jail.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011(6 comments)
"The Degree To Which You Resist Is The Degree To Which You Are Free"
The first vibrations, closer to tremors, transpired because the ground below us has been fracked of dreams " the void engendered seismological activity. Now, from Cairo, Egypt's Tahrir Square to Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, to Liberty Park, in New York, New York, to Oscar Grant Park in Oakland, California, we have become like tuning forks, in sympatico with the resonances of the tormented earth.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011(3 comments)
The Police State Makes Its Move: Retaining one's humanity in the face of tyranny
When anyone tells you that dead soldiers died for your freedom, it is your duty to occupy reality and inform them of just how mistaken they are. And if you truly cherish the concepts of freedom and liberty, you just might be called on to face mindless arrays of fascist cops and lose your freedom, for a time, going to jail, so others might, at some point, gain their freedom.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011(2 comments)
Dehumanizing Late-Stage Capitalism
As the populace of the corporate/consumer state, we have been induced, by means of small bribes and hyper-authoritarian coercion, to sign a social contract that sells our essential nature on the cheap, i.e., to be defined (hence diminished) as a consumer, a commuter, an employee, a Republican, a Democrat, a member of a demographic group, a cipher, a s