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Doublethink

I hate this society and its arbitrary values so set apart from my world. I think that people as a whole are selfish, greedy, cruel and short sighted yet I still support free healthcare, subsidized housing and relief for the poor and the homeless. Individually or in little groups humanity can be great, but put ‘em into a crowd and they become just another dumb grass eating herd, stupid, unpredictable and occasionally violently destructive. Social media and the internet have created the largest herds of all time. Follow do not question says the majority. We’re wrecking our own houses and soon its going to be unliveable. So why do I care? I don’t know. That answer is for my poetic self, not my logical self. Maybe one day people will really change. One day we’ll see in technicolour instead of black and white. Because even if I lose at least I can say that I fought, and fought for the side of the strung out, spun out, tripped out, schizophrenics, suicide survivors, madmen and prophets. The Goddess of Noise. That I spoke for the muted damned, uncounted fallen angels with track marks in leather jackets covered in NOFX, Misfits and Dead Kennedys patches, broken glass scars and hypodermic safety pins.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Wilfrid Laurier, Tommy Douglas, Trudeau & the Shadow of America

As Canadians we got our benefits under the liberal Lester Pearson government, which I believe Trudeau I was a part of. They just took the idea from Tommy Douglas and the Saskatchewan NDP, which is our home grown Canadian version of democratic socialism that came up with a plan for universal healthcare. I’m not sure what Justin Trudeau or Wilfrid Laurier have to do with that, one wasn’t born and the other was in an opposing party and died before we got universal healthcare, or our history, which is pretty much British history until WWI. We got our Charter of Rights & Freedoms from Trudeau Sr. which gives us rights… and freedoms. I don’t see how our history is offending people no one has expressed that to me, because barely anyone takes the time to actually learn it. I think its weird for a Canadian to support a leader that is actively trying to damage our economy and is ideologically opposed to any sort of benefits, supports tax cuts for the rich and campaigns against raising the minimum wage while raising prices on cheap pharmaceuticals 400%.

Seriously though if you’re gonna make a meme about history and politics they should at least have a picture of Trudeau, Pearson or Douglas. Laurier has nothing to do with the premise other the fact that he lived a century ago and was a Canadian politician. Also there’s no context, what in our history is making people angry? We’ve got a century & a half of it as Canada. Are these people mad about the 1917 conscription crisis, the FLQ or the US trade war? Personally its the trade war. My mother worked in our steel industry, if she hadn’t been eligible to retire she’d be unemployed due to Trump’s tariffs. Anyone working in construction jobs involving steel or lumber is going to be paying a lot more for their supplies, contractors will be hit hard once the cost of building a deck or buying steel parts goes up 20%. Auto workers are gonna lose their jobs because of the complex trade situation that sees cars cross the border 3 or 4 times before they’re finished. That will hit both sides of the border hard. Trump will just move the factory to China to cut costs, he’s already created way more Chinese jobs than American, but he was doing that before he was president. As far as world leaders go Trudeau is doing better than Theresa May or Turnbull. The cons don’t have a decent candidate, most people can’t even remember his name. Trudeau is not perfect, he’s a politician, they trade in influence and lies, but he holds his own with other world leaders like Marcon and Merkel, who run the two richest and most populous nations in Europe. The fact that he has the respect and to some degree, trust of these politicians puts him ahead of most other world leaders, including Putin & Trump, from a diplomatic standpoint. The US is no longer invited to to high level NATO meetings, ironic since they created it. Germany has replaced America as the paramount western power. America is no longer the leader of the free world. They’re backsliding on every front. Maybe they stopped a few gs of coke from getting into Texas but otherwise in over two yers they haven’t achieved a thing except to alienate their closest allies (Canada and Australia used to share intelligence with the US) in favour of fat little despots who like dressing up in army uniforms. He didn’t do anything in Korea. They aren’t gonna give up their deterrent. Ghadafi and Saddam did, then the US deposed them. Kim is not that stupid. In the meantime cancelling the Iranian nuclear deal has lead to the immediate recommencement of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Their arch enemy is Israel, also a nuclear state. He just swapped a radical communist for a radical muslim nation, one that is more prone to direct aggression.

Jack Blare, 2018

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How to Lose Friends & Alienate Allies

So I’m on Facebook the other day wasting my time, was thats all it really does, and I see this post condemning immigrants as murderous criminals. So myself and another poster refuted this. I happen to know the poster’s father is Italian and made a pretty straightforward comment about the irony of an immigrant’s child hating immigrants.

The other guy (who I was agreeing with) happened to be black and started laying into me about how I was a racist, white privileged pathetic human being, decided my last name was “really white” even though its a pen name based on “to blare” which is white insofar as its part of the English language. Try to explain this. He goes on for a few more posts about how shitty of a person I am. I do not deny being white, nor privileged but expressed how odd it was to be attacked for agreeing with someone.

He re-read the conversation and apologized. Its not easy to admit when you’ve made a mistake and I really appreciate it but it highlights a disturbing trend within online activism, a sort of shoot first ask-questions later method to debate. A mix of pseudoscience, scraps of political ideology taken out of context and personal insults. I encounter this kind of “argument” when it comes to any radical adherents to any ideology, political or religious belief.

In a world where google can provide a generally accurate answer within moments, or at least a fairly certain one with applied critical thinking. People make easily disproven, incorrect assumptions, look at one piece of the mosaic without seeing the bigger picture. We’ve been raised with a good vs evil narrative in books, films & games. Reality is much less clear and rarely so simple as people make it out to be, especially when it comes down to politics and philosophy. People continuously condemning entire groups for the actions of a few members.

This is the new method of discourse, where misleading pictures accompanied by short sentences have replaced debates using premises backed by facts & critical assessment of source material to come to your conclusions. This leads to populism and will only harm public discourse.

-Jack Blare, 2018

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Collusion Conclusions

Since WWII America has been there to police other nations and their leaders, through negotiation, annexation, unequal treaties, proxy wars, training & arming rebel groups and coups d’état. Since the collapse of the USSR they’ve had free reign to influence politics worldwide. With 9/11 and the rise of the republican party they had their “just cause” and took the opportunity to topple at least two regimes directly & directing their policies from Washington. This kept people gazing out while on the inside America was a pot of water about to boil over. Racism and segregation have returned, specially on the right-wing. There is no united left and thus no real opposition to the corporate rich or the federal military. America has become stagnated because of the power it wields on the world stage. The idea of armed resistance on American to a foreign directed authoritarian regime is considered unthinkable and whoever fires first loses propaganda-wise. There are literal concentration camps for muslims and immigrants and Americans condemn it loudly but they might as well be shouting at a brick wall. Immigrant children become ammo for politicians to exploit. 

A few years ago smart man with few moral qualms noticed this inner divide & exploited it further. Having gained total control of his own nation he wanted to expand but also test the limits of NATO and the UN. Putin used the exact same excuses for annexing Crimea that Hitler did when he took the Rhineland, which was to protect the rights of the Russian/German speaking minorities. There were protests & sanctions but the success in Crimea outweighed these by the prestige Russia achieved on the world stage in the view of his allies. Just like Nazi Germany sent troops to help Franco in Spain, Putin sent them to Syria to aid Assad. Meddling in the US election & likely influencing the outcome was his master stroke. Clinton had a long history of politics & is a competent, level-headed politician, she would doubtlessly continue the US hard line on Russia. When Trump got elected it was Putin’s opportunity. He blackmailed & bribed senior US officials, got the Iran nuclear deal scrapped and has free reign in Europe and Western Asia because the only other country powerful enough to pose a significant military risk to Russia, the US, is too busy building walls to keep out immigrants & Western media is a litany of Trump stories. 

Using the fault lines of race, immigration and fear the Republicans and thus the Russians have had a free hand at enacting their policies in America and overseas. Syria was retaken with Russian help. All day Americans gripe on social media about their president, the growing wage gap, unemployment, racism, sexism but they aren’t able to affect any change through the polls, the democrats are useless and no one in America is willing to risk an actual uprising. No one even blows up mailboxes anymore. Mass shootings happen weekly, usually by young, white, angry virgins on prescription drugs but they tend to be racially or sexually motivated, not truly political. Should we continue to speak, beg and plead to indifferent politicians? Americans rebelled over tea and stamps, now they are having their rights stripped away piece by piece while they slowly decompose as they stare blankly at screens all the time. 

We have children ripped screaming from their weeping mother’s arms and put into detention centres where they are so heavily sedated they just sit and watch TV in their junior orange jumpsuits. We’ve had ICE agents coming in the night and taking away undocumented immigrants, just like the Gestapo did with Jews. Families ripped apart, camps for certain “undesirable” ethnicities, people being deported to their place of execution, often countries bombed by US aircraft. This is what we know publicly. We said “never again” yet here we are, half way down the same road. At what point does one become complicit? Do people have to die for anyone to pay attention? Even then would the public care? America is in its own phoney civil war right now. Putin was once a KGB officer. He served under Soviet premiers Brezhnev, Andropov & Gorbachev then as head of the KGB’s successor organization, the FSB under Yeltsin’s administration. Putin did what no other Russian President or Soviet premier could, not Kruschev, not Brezhnev, Andropov or Gorbachev, not even Joseph Stalin: he won the Cold War.

Jack Blare, August, 2018

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Dystopia 2018

Jack London warned us, then Huxley & Orwell, Ginsberg, Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Burgess, Phillip K. Dick, Hunter S. Thompson, Lydia Lunch and Warren Ellis to name just a few. Even I warned about it, for the past eleven years. Born into the last generation that will remember what things were like before everything changed, before the world went digital, before cellphones were popular, right before the internet, years before social media and just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite all the warnings progress for profit pushed on & now we’re all hooked up like IV lines to our phones & internet. Most people don’t notice, some don’t care & some see it, hate it but can’t pull the plug. We are living in A Brave New world, its 13 o’clock, year of Our Ford 1984, computers & phones can listen to us, pretend to be off while recording. We have pain rays and devices that can map out the interior of a house from the street. Facial recognition, biometric data. Our internet history is logged, locations pinpointed, advertisements targeted. Cameras film nearly every street, bystanders film everything else. Cars can be hacked into and controlled remotely. There are reports of technology that can transfer thought into sound. I wish these were just conspiracy theories but it looks as though true privacy is going to become a relic of the past unless you choose to entirely disconnect yourself from society. If you want to see a dystopian society most of us just need to walk out our doors. Designer drugs, fluorescent fashion, widespread addiction to drugs, porn and technology, constant surveillance, wilfully provided private information shared with multiple parties, increasing violent attacks by disaffected youths. A police service that protects their own interests at society’s expensive & serve as a kind of corporate paramilitary. They protect windows from being smashed and pepper spray unarmed protesters. Property uber alles. We’re in the shadow of the Iron Heel, spiralling into ignorance & indifference. The iron fist is closing around the Western world, though we can still escape its grasp now, each day the grip gets stronger.

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Out of Step With Time

The world keeps getting stranger and more surreal every day. Like a Phillip K. Dick novel and I’m on Substance D. Artificial intelligence, the death of privacy. Designer drugs & addiction sweeping across the nation. Hover bikes, self-driving cars, pain rays. Pills that track patient compliance, subcutaneous credit implants. The future doesn’t look too utopian.

The future seems to have happened yesterday, like it bypassed us. Technology has outpaced humanity. We all carry around little electrical devices all connected to each other that track us and perform hidden calculations. New medicines and surgical techniques along with skyrocketing suicide rates. If my generation is entitled then the one to come is entirely cut off from reality. Whole subcultures of disaffected youth thrive and fester online until eventually they start to manifest themselves in bloody massacres.

Otherkin is the next scientology. Never before have I seen anyone so blindly faithful to their beliefs in the face of absolute incredibility except maybe L. Ron Hubbard’s Sea Org. They’ll be pushing for schools and tax exempt status next. Then the church of otherkin will break off into factions of its own. “The third fiction kin church of copyright violations.” Its like Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis, there’s a newer, crazier religion popping up every day. One step forward, three steps back. Nationalism its reaching levels not seen since the 1930′s. Any student of history knows how that plays out. Despite all of our “advances” people seem to be as violent and discontented as ever. The rich buy the next high tech device and the homeless can’t even afford to get a fix of the drugs the doctors started him on.

The rawness and authenticity has gone out of our lives forever. This is a world of the plastic and digital, as insubstantial as virtual reality. We’re addicted to the drugs & alcohol but we depend on our technology to get through the day. Phone as fifth limb, must be charged regularly thus restricting human movement to places equipped with electricity, caffeine and free wifi. We are like infants, unable to control or comprehend. Language is the foundation of rational thought, when we degrade language we degrade thought. Brave New World. Kingdom of Hell. Just because one person, or group of people have suffered more than another does not mean that others suffer less. Just because there are people missing a leg it doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when someone else breaks theirs.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Alien Nation

I don’t know why I bother. Screwed without the meds I need. Last time I was off them I ended up in the hospital in handcuffs with what they would have termed multiple -self-inflicted lacerations, if they had bothered to take off my coat. I didn’t even get a single goddamn alcohol swab to disinfect, they just closed on their own eventually, though the scars are still easily visible. Well over 100 & then I stopped bothering to count. Psychiatrists or family doctors won’t help because I don’t want to take seroquel. Could be because I’m autistic, not psychotic, I need anxiety treatment & seroquel is more sedating than a shot of heroin. Stuck in the grey area of suboxone, weed & occasional lines of free cocaine. I said that the doctors have become the dealers but the truth is they were always dealers. Pushers. I never had anyone push morphine or meth on me like they pushed Zoloft, Paxil, Seroquel, Celexa. My serotonin levels have been chemically altered since age 11. I am a product of a drug company & a complacent, idiotic society.

Want to know why Trump won? Because the left became so divided over semantic issues & infighting about privilege, race & sexuality. We police language more than we do politicians. No one says the word “nigger” anymore but cops still shoot unarmed black kids every god damn day. Trans rights are growing, we have trans athletes, politicians, actors but they still don’t know who murdered the girl in that Toronto ravine. We vilify the convenient. Louis C.K. is a fucking pervert & the news is all over it. Karla Homolka is free, walking around, having a family while deep in the evidence lockers there’s a video of her and Paul torturing, raping & murdering her own teenage sister. Why are we not outraged at that too? Digital society has the memory span of a goldfish. Trump doesn’t know much but he knows how easily his supporters, or the rest of the world forgets. Despite the Weinstein fallout this admitted sexual predator holds the highest office in a decaying superpower & no one can do a fucking thing, if they even remember.

Journalism school taught me a lot. Mainly that I don’t want to be a journalist but also that the most important information is between the lines. Everything has a bias. The way you word something can change its meaning entirely. You can make insinuations without outright saying what you mean, influence  the way people interpret information by putting it in a certain way. Quotes & photographs taken out of context are frequently used this way. John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” quote being the most famous example. How many people actually read the whole article?

This is alienation, anomie in the digital sense. I am nothing. I am nobody. One of billions. I’m not writing this for you, for anyone. I’m just screaming into a screen. I don’t trust anyone, especially myself. I’m bleeding my anger here so I don’t bleed it out in reality. I keep a box of vintage, yet perfectly sharp razor blades in my breast pocket. My cat died last week & I liked him more than any of you. Why couldn’t it have been me? Why do I survive intentional self-destruction and others around me just die. I want out, god do I want out. I love my friends but I don’t trust them & I don’t matter much to them. I only really trust two, maybe even just one. I’d hate to cause them pain but they’ll get over it. I think I’ll talk to the doc about switching to methadone. Supposedly its more addictive, more sedating, & more dangerous. That sounds perfect to me. The Johnny Thunders method. Born to lose. Its a lot harder to lose than it is to win.

Jack Blare, -2017

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