Friday, May 24, 2013

Mea Culpa

Until a few years ago, when Pluto squared my Uranus, Uranus opposed my Pluto, the North Node conjoined my Pallas, Saturn opposed my Pallas, and my progressed Pallas made a station, I supported an inhumane, hypocritical, and destructive political ideology.

I was a liberal.

I dutifully screamed and protested when Bush hacked up the Bill of Rights and started two wars in the Middle East, but I looked the other way when Clinton massacred a peaceful community in Texas and murdered a half-million Iraqi children through sanctions.

I supported Democratic politicians who talk up peace and civil liberties when running for office and then trample both when in power.  

I supported a corrupt social welfare system which incentivizes Americans to stay out of the workforce and have children out of wedlock: a system which by any measure has increased poverty in America. 

I supported a "Social Security" system which began by stealing money from black Americans (of lower life expectancy) to give to white Americans (of higher life expectancy) and now steals money from the besieged working classes of today to give to the Baby Boomers, the wealthiest generation in American history.

I supported labor unions, which enrich their members by denying jobs to those more in need of work than union members.  

I supported "anti-discrimination" laws which frighten employers away from hiring women and minorities out of fear of lawsuits.   I supported "affirmative action" which promotes lesser-qualified candidates into jobs based on ethnicity. 

I supported the "Environmental Protection" Agency which leases land to corporations for clear-cutting and destruction at drastically lower cost than those corporations would have paid private parties, thereby subsidizing environmental destruction through tax money. 

I supported health care "reform", written by the insurance industry, which raises the cost and paperwork involved with care, reduces available services, and discourages new doctors from entering the industry.

I supported the indoctrination system of "public education" which stifles thought, trains children to obey authority without question, punishes "politically incorrect" opinion, reduces literacy, and makes learning unpleasant.  

I supported religious intolerance, joining my fellow liberals in jeering Christians as ignorant backwater fools while worshiping the State as my "scientific" Messiah.

I engaged in the wholesale stereotyping and dismissal of other cultures and ideologies, dismissing anyone not on the Left as automatically wrong without examining their ideas.  

I made heroes out of evil men and women:
  • Warren Buffett, who receives taxpayer bailouts for the failed companies he invests in, and then demands higher taxes for the working and sues for lower taxes for himself. 
  • Al Gore, whose deals with Ken Lay of Enron earned him billions which he hypocritically spends on beachfront real estate, whose ethanol subsidies killed ten million humans every year they were in force by raising grain prices, whose carbon sequestration enterprises profit by forcing African farmers off their land, and who easily shrugs off sexual assault charges by virtue of being... Al Gore.  
  • Joe Biden, who by giving us mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses, has singlehandedly put ten percent of adult black males in America behind bars.  
  • Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood primarily not to empower women with options, but to rid America of black people.  
  • Rachel Carson, whose questionable research succeeded in a ban of DDT and the resultant deaths of tens of millions of Africans from malaria.  
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who ordered the destruction of food and farmland during a famine that killed millions of Americans, who like Hitler rounded up and imprisoned citizens based on ethnicity and confiscated their property, whose "New Deal" programs prolonged the Depression and benefited large corporations and his own re-election campaigns, and who brought America into a destructive war in order to defend the regime of mega-murderer Josef Stalin. 

I was a liberal.  And I am deeply sorry.

the chart of a guilty ex-liberal


  1. Self-excoriation complete!

    I'm not sure how I stumbled on this blog -- must have been following a train of thought about Pallas -- but your name rang a bell. It's a long shot, but I wonder if you played in a trio at my wedding oh so many years ago (July '97, Greens Restaurant). I can't find the notes about this in our wedding file, but I have a funny feeling, and am compelled to ask. You're about the right age (going from your chart), and you're apparently in the City.

    Libertarianism is hard to suss out, but you've done an admirable job of getting to the nub of it, at least judging from what I've browsed thus far in your writings. Sometimes there seems to be a kind of anti-authoritarian authoritarianism. I'm not imputing this of you per se. The caricature of "Republicans who've discovered weed" just fits sometimes.

    I don't personally identify as Libertarian, but I do have a tasty trine coming from Jupiter+Moon in the 10th to Pallas in the 2nd. I guess the Jupiter+Moon could make me too much of a bleeding heart. Anyway, the (trine) configuration doesn't seem to be involve planets angular enough to be of much power.

    Your Pallas is roundabout the NNode, configuring this "creative intelligence" to the hungry mouth of the dragon, in the 3rd house. I can see why you'd want to explore and write about it. The other stuff, having to do with Uranus and Pluto -- these are all brushing up against your MC as well -- MC=Ur/Pl of course, but they are both also very angular, obviously.
    When Pluto squared your Uranus, it would also be dredging through your 1st house, shifting in opposition between Mars and Venus. Lots of relationship issues, certainly, but coming as the culmination of a project of self-redefinition.
    NNode transiting over your Pallas was also coming close to a return (around age 38?). It might have brought some of the year's eclipses into contact w/ your Pallas (3rd/9th axis) as well. I feel like node stuff puts us in contact with others whom we normally wouldn't be in contact in our lives as they have been led: and thus our lives change. So, if Pluto in 1st, Uranus in 4th, weren't life-changing enough...
    And now the nodes are approaching their opposites for you, later this year, and their influence with mingle with that most diffusive of influences, Neptune. Woooo. Cue scary music!

    Thanks for the blog.

    1. Hi Josh,

      I don't recall playing at your wedding, but it's entirely possible.

      There are lots of divergent groups of people calling themselves "libertarians", but the core of the thing is the "non-aggression principle". Which basically means you don't use force or fraud against the persons or properties of those who aren't already doing so to you.

      Pallas isn't inherently "creative" in my opinion. She is, however, "intelligence". I consider her to be THE primary indicator for intelligence in the horoscope.