ON POPES, POLITICS, AND PROTESTS by Michael Dickinson

Articles on politics and religion published in 'America's Best Political Newsletter, COUNTERPUNCH.'

Armaggedon a little angry...

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  • First submitted June 16, 2008
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  • Seringapatam's avatar
    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    Yes for what I read, I enjoyed. Very graphic and harsh in some parts. I wish you luck with this int he future. Well done.
    Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R)

  • EltopiaAuthor's avatar
    EltopiaAuthor wrote 4 years, 3 months ago
    BACKED "ON POPES ... POLTICS ..." ETC. FEB 11 AT 10 PM Well, I had read a little of this some months back and finally got around to revisiting the book. (I just read through Chapter 10.) While I may not like everything said, and I think the book would be more effective without some of the vulgar language, it is well worth reading. As they say, "If the shoe fits ..." Gutter talk: Even though I understand and agree ...
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  • Michael Dickinson's avatar
    Michael Dickinson Author wrote 4 years, 5 months ago
    All of these articles, most of them composed in a few heated hours, were published online by the famous political newsletter COUNTERPUNCH on the same day as I delivered them. I know there are errors and unrefinements, but what the fuck?, the surge of pleasure I felt as I saw each one included in Counterpunch's choices of the day was orgasmic each time and lasted longer. As for language, the Vatican's response to the blatently honest question "How about a ...
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  • EltopiaAuthor's avatar
    EltopiaAuthor wrote 4 years, 5 months ago
    Your lack of discipline in the use of street language is understandable, but it does detract from the impact of your writing; the graphic language (such as "how about a fuck) draws attention to itself and distrats from the message itself. If you only want to "preach to the choir" then fine. But if you want to cause thinking men and women to pause for thought, you need ot do a careful re-reading and editing for such irregularities, and to ...
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  • Robert Craven's avatar
    Robert Craven wrote 4 years, 7 months ago

    Formidable prose & succinct arguments - It's clear that you write in anger at the way the middle east is just one big checkerboard at the mercy of one superpower and it's cats paw in the region.

    These essays could be embellished with perhaps personal statements or sound bites with representatives as you have shades of old-style Gonzo Journalism ala Hunter S Thompson.

    Backed because what your write is real

    Rob

    GET LENIN

  • Jupiter Echoes's avatar
    Jupiter Echoes wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    Ok.... a bit Noam Chomsky but more accessible. The more i read... the conspiracy theories aobut Israel just become more believable. Their lobbying power not only in the US but also the UK is downright scary. These essays surely will be of interest to readers with a soicial consciousence, but as always, i approach such works not as true, but subjective.... However, how close i feel these perceptions are to actual reality remains a private matter. Really enjoyed the essays ...
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  • mikegilli's avatar
    mikegilli wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Brilliant essays..I hadnt read all of them.
    Where you triumph is in your unique world view....
    the humble engaging personal anecdote that
    links us into already fascinating subject matter.
    If only there were more brave people like you, willing to risk rejection
    or violence in provoking a creative response.
    All the best, shelved, mikey The Free

    I read this on the Blog...10 times better..Heres the link
    http://money-free.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?user=346vn1uwhtusj

  • David Black's avatar
    David Black wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Maybe it's Diversion Tactic #18: Life is shit, you're shit, I'm shit; why bother arguing about anything?

  • Michael Dickinson's avatar
    Michael Dickinson Author wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Is that a description of your self?

  • Hope's avatar
    Hope wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    You call it pessimistic, I call it realistic. There has never been a time in history free from war and division. Sure, pockets of people managed to live in relative harmony for a while, but experience shows it never lasts. There's always tyrants, war mongers and greedy people ready to take from the meek, and trample over anyone who gets in their way.

  • David Black's avatar
    David Black wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    The argument that "With or without money, people will find a way to oppress, divide and conquer one another" does strike me as pessimistic and misanthropic. To point that out is hardly diversionary..

  • Michael Dickinson's avatar
    Michael Dickinson Author wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Interesting. What are the other diversion tactics, and how many are there?

  • Hope's avatar
    Hope wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Diversion Tactic #17: When you're losing ground, question the character of the opponent.

  • Michael Dickinson's avatar
    Michael Dickinson Author wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    You sound a rather pessimistic misanthropic sort of person. Are you a monarchist too?

  • Hope's avatar
    Hope wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    The existence or non-existence of God doesn't fix the crack in your moneyless utopia Historical evidence proves that cultures throughout the ages didn't use money as a source of exchange, yet there was still division. Money is simply a symptom of the THING that causes division, taking it away won't take away people's pride, greed, lust and hatred. With or without money, people will find a way to oppress, divide and conquer one another.

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    Michael Dickinson Author wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Sorry, but I don't believe in Adam and Eve or Cain and Abel or the spiteful, bossy God of the Old Testament. It is a fact that most crime today is caused by money - theft, corruption, prostitution, and the exploitation of people forced to work in crappy jobs just so they can pay their rent and taxes, a large amount of which goes to the arms industry, making weapons to kill and threaten other people. Human beings are basically ...
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  • Hope's avatar
    Hope wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Your premise is seriously flawed. With or without money, people fall short of the Glory of God. Money adds to corruption, sure, but to suggest it's the reason why people commit evil is plain wrong. This can be supported biblically and non-biblically. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and fell from grace, money didn't exist yet. When Cain killed Abel, money didn't exist yet. And if you comb through the OT, there are more examples to be found. Also, as ...
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  • Michael Dickinson's avatar
    Michael Dickinson Author wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Man is not naturally corrupt. He is corrupted by money and the capitalist system. A barter system will not be necessary in the moneyless society. Everything will be provided to everybody free of charge. Do they use money in 'heaven'? I don't think so. You remember the 'Lord's Prayer'? "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." And it says "Give us this day our daily bread", not "Sell us it." And what about "Forgive us our ...
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  • Hope's avatar
    Hope wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Talk about twaddle, you're the king. The world existed without money for thousands of years under the barter system and everything wasn't fine. Doing away with money isn't going to fix anything, because money isn't the problem. It's the corrupt nature of man.

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    Michael Dickinson Author wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    What a load of twaddle, woman! Can you imagine Jesus, investing in banks and land and swanning around in ermine like the pope having incence swung around him in a palace like the Vatican? Jesus was calling for an end to the capitalist, elitist royalist system that existed in his lifetime and persists to this day. Jesus was a socialist communist. He would be disgusted by the mammon worshipping hypocritical Church built upon his bones, invading third world countries, conquering ...
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