RENE GIRARD ~ GREAT HERO – COMMON CHRONOLOGY ~ THE SCAPEGOAT ~ 1989

~ O-T-R-H-P-J-A-D-A-Z-J-M-S-A-RH ~ Oedipus – Theseus – Romulus – Hercules – Perseus – Jason – Asclepius – Dionysus – Apollo – Zeus – Joseph – Moses – Sigurd – Arthur – Robin Hood

~ MIRV ~ Mother Is Royal Virgin

~ FIAK(OANROTM) ~ Father Is A King (Often A Near Relative Of The Mother)

~ COCAU ~ Circumstances Of Conception Are Unusual

~ RTBTSOAG ~ Reputed To Be The Son Of A God

~ AMTKHAB(UBTFOTOOTR) ~ Attempt Made To Kill Him At Birth (Usually By The Father Or The Overlord Of The Realm)

~ SFDBB ~ Saved From Death By Benefactor

~ BUBFP(UIAFC) ~ Brought Up By Foster-Parents (Usually In A Far Country)

~ NM(ON)IKOC ~ Not Much (Or Nothing) Is Know Of Childhood

~ ORMHROGTHFK ~ On Reaching Manhood He Returns Or Goes To His Future Kingdom

~ AAVOAK(A/OAGOM)~ Achieves A Victory Over A King (And/Or A Giant Or Monster)

~ MAP(OTDOHP) ~ Marries A Princess (Often The Daughter Of His Predecessor)

~ BK ~ Becomes King

~ ABUR ~ A Brief Uneventful Reign

~ LFWTGA/OHS ~ Loses Favour With The Gods And/Or His Subjects

~ DFTT ~ Driven From The Throne

~ MWAMD(OATTOAH) ~ Meets With A Mysterious Death (Often At The Top Of A Hill)

~ HC(IA)DNSH ~ His Children (If Any) Do Not Succeed Him

~ HBINB ~ His Body Is Not Buried

JOHN RALSTON SAUL ~ A FAIR COUNTRY ~ 2008

~ WP-IAEBO-TDITCSAA ~ Western Philosophy – Is Almost Entirely Based On – Theories Developed In Tiny Communities Such As Athens

~ WDHTBPOTCOOCWNHB-STS-C ~ We Don’t Have To Be Prisoners Of Theories Coming Out Of Countries Where Nature Has Been – So To Speak – Conquered

~ TIOACSFLAECFWAE-EC-TITCM ~ The Idea Of A Complex Society Functioning Like An Equally Complex Family Within An Ever-Enlarging Circle – That Is The Canadian Model

~ ODPCETEOFAIIWN-TWMOLAOWHTBD ~ Once Decent People Can Express The Elements Of Fairness As If It Were Normal – They Will More Or Less Agree On What Has To Be Done

~ HLCACSWADDE?-HIFWATTQ-COCOC ~ How Long Can A Country Survive With A Deeply Dysfunctional Elite? – History Is Filled With Answers To That Question – Countries Often Crumble Or Collapse

~ HCYCMITINCTATITFP? ~ How Can You Correct Mistakes If There Is No Capacity To Admit Them In The First Place?

~ FOPD-ICT-OEF ~ Fear Of Public Debate – Is Central To – Our Elite Failure

~ RIAFWU-TKTAYMCQT ~ Real Ideas Are Filled With Uncertainty – To Keep Them Alive You Must Constantly Question Them

~ Y-WNACAOM-BAAWN-O-B-RT ~ Yes – We Need A Certain Amount Of Managers – But Above All We Need – Owners – Builders – Risk Takers

~ ISOTIOUTERWHTOTLTD-NUPDOEIPBTEC-SU/DI:BOTASOD ~ In Spite Of The Importance Of Understanding The Economic Road We Have Taken Over The Last Three Decades – No Useful Public Debate On Economics Is Permitted By The Economics Community – Speaking Up / Debating Issues: Both Of These Are Signs Of Disloyalty

~ TAOACEIAA-CAD-IAIT-CAL-T-TPIOAFS-LIM-MIA ~ The Argument Of A Colonial Elite Is Always About – Control And Domination – It Always Insists That – Choices Are Limited – That – The Pie Is Of A Fixed Size – Less Is More – More Is Anarchy

~ IA-HS-M-IALCW-M-HI ~ In A – Healthy Society – More – Is A Larger Circle With – More – Happening Inside

~ RTN-WOTWSTAI-TET-TTACWA ~ Rectify The Names – Work On The Way Society Talks About Itself – To Ensure That – The Terms And Concepts Were Accurate

~ ACOF ~ A Circle Of Fairness

~ SST-WDTMTSPOTLFYAMALAHMC-TTCBSSTMCS ~ Studies Show That – Western Democracies That Maintained Their Social Programs Over The Last Twenty-Five Years Also Maintained A Large And Healthy Middle Class – Those That Cut Back Seriously Saw Their Middle Classes Shrink

~ A-GAI-AGDOAWIS-IIAPTTCWD-TOOTNMDTDTDOTLOTP-I-ICLTOOP ~ A – Guaranteed Annual Income – A Great Deal Of Administrative Waste Is Saved – It Is A Policy That Treats Citizens With Dignity – The Opposite Of The Nosey Managerial Desire To Dissect The Details Of The Life Of The Poor – Instead – It Can Lift Them Out Of Poverty

~ Y-TIANT-EMM-CEIPC ~ Yes – There Is A Need To – Encourage Much More – Citizen Engagement In Public Causes

~ ASCABU-SR-UDOO-DC ~ All Successful Civilizations Are Built Upon – Simple Realizations – Usually Dragged Out Of – Difficult Circumstances

ALAN JACOBS ~ THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION ~ 2011

~ RBCBIP ~ Reading Books Can Be Intensely Pleasurable

~ RIOOTGHD ~ Reading Is One Of The Great Human Delights

~ RAW ~ Read At Whim

~ AINTLTBTNLAA-FR ~ And It’s Never Too Late To Begin This New Life As A – Free Reader

~ IYT-U-TSWYFACF-IS-YMDASOWTA-F-I-BA-Y-C-CIPWT-DI-UAN ~ If You Turn – Upstream – To See Where Your Favorite Authors Came From – Intellectually Speaking – You May Discover All Sorts Of Works That Are – Fascinating – Illuminating – But Also – Yes – Challenging – Challenging Is Precisely What The – Downstream Imitators – Usually Are Not

~ AMNATRFAABAGPO? ~ And Might Not All This Reverence For Ancient Authors Be A Great Put-On?

~ TW-WILB-MDSB-TA-AIARR-WCATOB ~ Those Who – Write In Library Books – May Do So Because – They Are – Admirably Irrepressible And Responsive Readers – Who Can’t Afford Their Own Books

~ R-ISTBA-TEWOM-N-AOTRTTEASO-M ~ Reading – Is Supposed To Be About – The Encounter With Other Minds – Not – An Opportunity To Return To The Endlessly Appealing Subject Of – Me

~ IIWTL-BIMBSMWTRABOBYDWT-R-CYEAMOTLOMOTP-IOTIPWOYSBDTA ~ It Is Wrong To Lie – But It May Be Still More Wrong To Read A Bunch Of Books You Don’t Want To – Read – Cast Your Eyes Across Most Of The Lines On Most Of The Pages – In Order To Impress People Whose Opinion You Shouldn’t Be Deferring To Anyhow

~ MBBMBTFYRT ~ Many Books Become More Boring The Faster You Read Them

~ MOUTTCOITMOTBAZ-BCTPO-M ~ Many Of Us Try To Console Ourselves In The Midst Of The Blooming And Buzzing – By Claiming The Powers Of – Multitasking

~ NOA-M-I-WSADTAGATOOAAGT ~ No One Actually – Multitasks – Instead – We Shift Among Different Tasks And Give Attention To Only One At Any Given Time

~ TATMRIASO-‘CPA’ ~ The Attempt To Multitask Results In A State Of – “continuous Partial Attention”

~ TWBTAA-SM-TTBWATTO ~ Those Who Believe They Are A – Skilled Multitasker – Tend To Be Worse At It Than Others

~ EAHI-IH-WTSKOTC-TT-POL ~ Every Era Has Its – Intellectual Hucksters – Willing To Sell Knowledge On The Cheap – To The – Panicky Or Lazy

~ N-NOPOLP-WOIFRTSWCIISCAC-TAIDI-TDK ~ No – Novel Or Play Or Long Poem – Will Offer Its Full Rewards To Someone Who Consumes It In Small Chunks And Crumbs – The Attention It Demands Is – The Deep Kind

~ E-GI-EAITPOB-CAC-OMBAFBTT-P-C-S ~ Every – Good Idea – Ever Achieved Is The Product Of Both – Connection And Contemplation – Of Moving Back And Forth Between The Two – Predecessors – Colleagues – Solitude

~ N-OU-AHAAW-BWCAFOAAAAETWOITF-MOTI ~ Nonreaders – Outnumber Us – Always Have And Always Will – But We Can Always Find One Another And Are Always Eager To Welcome Others Into The Fold – May Our Tribe Increase

STEVE KEEN ~ CAN WE AVOID ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS? ~ 2017

~ M-CBDDF-M ~ Macroeconomics – Cannot Be Derived Directly From – Microeconomics

~ TDTH-OPCBDEFLOSIACCIGST-‘E’~ The Discovery That Higher-Order Phenomena Cannot Be Directly Extrapolated From Lower-Order Systems Is A Commonplace Conclusion In Genuine Sciences Today – “Emergence”

~ TWPO-W-O-NBO-TPOI-H20-MT-BBO-IBLO(I)-H2O-M ~ The Wonderful Properties Of – Water – Occur – Not Because Of – The Properties Of Individual – H2O – Molecules Themselves – But Because Of – Interactions Between Lots Of (Identical) – H2O – Molecules

~ GFC ~ Global Financial Crisis

~ ACCBPOFAD-ITPSCBETCB ~ A Crisis Can Be Put Off For A Decade – If The Private Sector Can Be Enticed To Continue Borrowing

~ T-PS-R-TLOCWTTUB-A-MAPVO-TIWTBC ~ The – Political System – Rewards – The Lackey Of Credit Who Triggers The Unsustainable Boom – And – Makes A Political Victim Of – The Incumbent When The Boom Collapses

~ TGEHBSWALOPD-T-INOUSTEOTSWW-BAU-ITHOC ~ The Global Economy Has Been Saddled With A Level Of Private Debt – That – Is Not Only Unprecedented Since The End Of The Second World War – But Also Unprecedented – In The History Of Capitalism

~ WYMTOHWTGSM-WISMTIGBIT-TBTAOMIC-ATFPSA-TBTGSBBITLRIIFABT-GSATROMCSTPB-A-WASWAGJTDWTRITLFD ~ Whatever You Might Think Of How Well The Government Spends Money – When It Spends More Than It Gets Back In Taxation – This Boosts The Amount Of Money In Circulation – And That Finances Private Sector Activity – The Belief That Governments Should Be Balanced In The Long Run Is In Fact A Belief That – Governments Should Abdicate The Role Of Money Creation Solely To Private Banks – And – We’ve All Seen What A Great Job They’ve Done With That Responsibility In The Last Few Decades

~ D-Z-T-B ~ Debt-Zombies-To-Be

~ WDOD ~ Walking Dead Of Debt – Private Debt – Its Primary Cause

KARL POLANYI ~ THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION ~ 1944

~ C&M-ABOTAT-TDFMGITOIIHB ~ Capitalism And Marxism – Are Based On The Assumption That – The Desire For Material Gain Is The Overriding Instinct In Human Behaviour

~ ‘ED’-GUHPASHOEHQ-TCF-H-D-A-MR ~ “Economic Determinism” – Greatly Underestimates Human Potential And Strips Humans Of Essential Human Quality – The Capacity For – Honour – Decency – And – Moral Responsibility

~ ‘ED’-TBT-THOH-IGBLWAIOHWAA-ITMASIE ~ “Economic Determinism” – The Belief That – The History Of Humanity – Is Governed By Laws Which Are Independent Of Humanity’s Will And Action – Is The Most Absurd Superstition In Existence

~ Any – Economic System – That Does Not Consider – Social Costs – Is Not Giving A – Full Economic Accounting

~ ME-SNB-TFAFG-BR-TW-BOS ~ Market Efficiency – Should Not Be – The First And Foremost Goal – But Rather – The Well-Being Of Society

~ HAMNOTSTOPAMW-B-BATLI-S-C-A-J-C ~ Humans Are Motivated Not Only To Secure Their Own Physical And Material Well-Being – But Also – To Live In – Strong – Cohesive – And – Just – Communities

~ WA-MB-AWAB-PO ~ We Are – Moral Beings – As Well As Being – Physical Ones

~ OOP-INAAREAFS-BR-ACR-GBSAESR ~ Ownership Of Property – Is Not An Absolute Right Enjoyed Apart From Society – But Rather – A Conditional Right – Granted By Society And Entailing Social Responsibilities

~ ‘TM’-IAACSBOM-ML-DBAFTPCTTEOO-W-GTNIF-MG-TTEO-TEPNIF-S-P-A-S ~ “The Market” – Is An Artificially Constructed System Based On Man-Made Laws – Designed By And For The Propertied Classes To The Exclusion Of Others – Which – Glorifies The Natural Instinct For – Material Gain – To The Exclusion Of – The Equally Powerful Natural Instinct For – Self-Protection – And – Security

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ HENRY HOLT ~ 2018

~ YAL-Y-FW ~ You Are Losing – Your – Free Will

~ Q-SM-ITMFTWTRTIOOT ~ Quitting – Social Media – Is The Most Finely Targeted Way To Resist The Insanity Of Our Times

~ SM-I-MYI-AA ~ Social Media – Is – Making You Into – An Asshole

~ SM-I-UT ~ Social Media – Is – Undermining Truth

~ SM-I-MWYS-M ~ Social Media – Is – Making What You Say – Meaningless

~ SM-I-D-Y-CFM ~ Social Media – Is – Destroying – Your – Capacity For Empathy

~ SM-I-MY-U ~ Social Media – Is – Making You – Unhappy

~ SM-DWYTH-ED ~ Social Media – Doesn’t Want You To Have – Economic Dignity

~ SM-I-M-P-I ~ Social Media – Is – Making – Politics – Impossible

~ SM-H-Y-S ~ Social Media – Hates – Your – Soul

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ 2018

~ HC-Y-RA-IAWW-YA-UCS-A-ACPBA-RBSOTRCIH-WHNWOMMEB-BPTMYB? ~ How Can – You – Remain Autonomous – In A World Where – You Are – Under Constant Surveillance – And – Are Constantly Prodded By Algorithms – Run By Some Of The Riches Corporations In History – Which Have No Way Of Making Money Except By – Being Paid To Manipulate Your Behavior?

~ Y-Y-Y-H-TAR-T-IADWTL-WTCTIDS ~ You – You – You – Have – The Affirmative Responsibility – To – Invent And Demonstrate Ways To Live – Without The Crap That Is Destroying Society

~ WTTCTGEWY ~ Welcome To The Cage That Goes Everywhere With You

~ IJNRTC-DMOP-A-WMOHBC-A-MNBUA-CBMOATS ~ It’s Just Not Right To Call – Direct Manipulation Of People – Advertising – What Might Once Have Been Called – Advertising – Must Now Be Understood As – Continuous Behavior Modification Of A Titanic Scale

~ WHB-SN-PS-A-CSM-U-C-D-A-I ~ What Has Become – Suddenly Normal – Pervasive Surveillance – And – Constant Subtle Manipulation – Is – Unthical – Cruel – Dangerous – And – Inhumane

~ AITFSTF ~ Awareness Is The First Step To Freedom

~ T-CP-T-ASMTMM-A-TADTDTS-I-BM-MTTCBP-TDTSCBAMPC ~ The – Core Process – That – Allows Social Media To Make Money – And – That Also Does The Damage To Society – Is – Behavior Modification – Methodical Techniques That Change Behavioral Patterns – The Damage To Society Comes Because Addiction Makes People Crazy

~ W-MPAATMS-TWGDAC ~ When – Many People Are Addicted To Manipulative Schemes – The World Gets Dark And Crazy

~ ISGAR-WIPSR-OAPOC-WTDAPT-T-TTTDMOTT ~ If Someone Gets A Reward – Whether It’s Positive Social Regard – Or A Piece Of Candy – Whenever They Do A Particular Thing – Then – They’ll Tend To Do More Of That Thing

~ SC-AN-OF-OT-HB-TA-P ~ Social Concerns – Are Not – Optional Features – Of The – Human Brain – They Are – Primal

~ NE-SA-FAA-WUMEADIUL-TPO-ITLTBTTTLT-F-O-FROIS-WICTHTR ~ Negative Emotions – Such As – Fear And Anger – Well Up More Easily And Dwell In Us Longer – Than Positive Ones – It Takes Longer To Build Trust Than To Lose Trust – Fight-Or-Flight Responses Occur In Seconds – While It Can Take Hours To Relax

~ TPD-T-BE-RI-ANOENT-NE-ABAMT-PO ~ The Prime Directive – To – Be Engaging – Reinforces Itself – And No One Even Notices That – Negative Emotions – Are Being Amplified More Than – Positive Ones – The Result Is An – Unnatural – Global Amplification – Of The – “Easy” – Emotions – Which Happen To Be – The Negative Ones

~ TREO-UNEFTPOAAM-MIRETAR-IWUSE-HGR-A-NGABFTBWTTTBSD ~ The Relative Ease Of – Using Negative Emotions For The Purposes Of Addiction And Manipulation – Makes It Relatively Easier To Achieve – Undignified Results – Information Warfare Units Sway Elections – Hate Groups Recruit – And – Nihilists Get Amazing Bang For The Buck When They Try To Bring Society Down

~ O-E-LI-RI-G-GDM ~ Our – Early – Libertarian Idealism – Resulted In – Gargantuan – Global Data Monopsonies

~ WAA-CAD-TASF-MBM ~ We Are All – Carrying Around Devices – That Are Suitable For – Mass Behavior Modification

~ TP-ABM-IWTIITF-CRTPTMSEB ~ The Problem – A Business Model – In Which The Incentive Is To Find – Customers Ready To Pay To Modify Someone Else’s Behavior

~ BUMMER ~ Behaviours Of Users Modified And Made Into An Empire For Rent

~ N-LCOFSM-B-IFNBF ~ Nastiness – Like Crude Oil For Social Media – Because – It Fueled Negative Behavioral Feedback

~ WNETSB-A-OPTTB-A-B-TBABTMA ~ With Nothing Else To Seek But – Attention – Ordinary People Tend To Become – Assholes – Because – The Biggest Assholes Get The Most Attention

~ PDRHTABM ~ People Don’t Realize How They Are Being Manipulated

~ TDPO-M-I-TGPMAM-GI-A-TGTTSMAMT-ITS-B-OPFMAAT ~ The Default Purpose Of – Manipulation – Is – To Get People More And More – Glued In – And – To Get Them To Spend More And More Time – In The System – But – Other Purposes For Manipulation Are Also Tested

~ TAARI-LOABEOIS ~ The Algorithms Are Rarely Interrogated – Least Of All By External Or Independent Scientists

~ TMBMMIROTMM ~ The Mass Behavior Modification Machine Is Rented Out To Make Money

~ FP-APIUBVNAETA-ISVE-SP-WISIIHPAB-I-S ~ Fake People – Are Present In Unknown But Vast Numbers And Establish The Ambience – Invisible Social Vandalism Ensues – Social Pressure – Which Is So Influential In Human Psychology And Behavior – Is – Synthesized

~ EOUHA-IT-DLYITTC!-IIHWYAPS-ATS ~ Each Of Us Has An – Inner Troll – Don’t Let Your Inner Troll Take Control! – If It Happens When You’re In A Particular Situation – Avoid That Situation

~ YCILYH-MVTAYCB-DTIA ~ Your Character Is Like Your Health – More Valuable Than Anything You Can Buy – Don’t Throw It Away

~ WYIAP-SSAI-BMITTLR-YBL-AO-AP-O-AS -~ When You’re In A Pack – Social Status And Intrigues – Become More Immediate Than The Larger Reality – You Become More Like – An Operator – A Politician – Or – A Slave

~ ITM-TISYCDP-I-WYPIOP-YNANTIY-AI-ASOLSE-AYTLO-TSSD-TLTP-S ~ In The Meantime – There Is Something You Can Do Personally – If – When You Participate In Online Platforms – You Notice A Nasty Thing Inside Yourself – An Insecurity – A Sense Of Low Self-Esteem – A Yearning To Lash Out – To Swat Someone Down – Then Leave That Platform – Simple

~ WPAF-EBF ~ When People Are Fake – Everything Becomes Fake

~ P-AEWOCA ~ Paranoia – An Efficient Way Of Corralling Attention

~ T-A-A-TTC-S-THAV ~ The – Advertisers – Are – The True Customers – So – They Have A Voice

~ A-DWYS-TMYDKWOPAS-B-WWASDPW-TOCTOABM-OPOAR-S-WRGO-ITWSLTEBOWOAS-SWHLOTUEO ~ Algorithms – Determine What You See – That Means You Don’t Know What Other People Are Seeing – But – When We’re All Seeing Different Private Words – Then Our Cues To One Another Become Meaningless – Our Perception Of Actual Reality – Suffers – What’s Really Going On – Is That We See Less Than Ever Before Of What Others Are Seeing – So We Have Less Opportunity To Understand Each Other

~ T-B-A ~ Tagged – By – Association

~ HCY-FH-W-ASE?-HCY-BA-WEY-R-S-O-D-IBFIA-JM? ~ How Can You – Find Happiness – Without – Authentic Self-Esteem? – How Can You – Be Authentic – When Everything You – Read – Say – Or – Do – Is Being Fed Into A – Judgment Machine?

~ GEW-RAFS-EAYOW ~ Gig Economy Workers – Rarely Achieve Financial Security – Even After Years Of Work

~ YCMASWBMIC ~ You Can’t Make A Society Wealthy By Making It Crazy

~ BISLORSBCMGCIDIOR ~ Bringing In Some Level Of Reward System Beyond Clannish Mind Games Can Inspire Dignity In Online Relations

~ W-SMCAPDBU-IOB-HTP-T-TWSTU-ISS-SWBATPTSPP-B-TWBATPTHTPDASE-TIFPTWWBU ~ When – Social Media Companies Are Paid Directly By Users – Instead Of By – Hidden Third Parties – Then – They Will Serve Those Users – It’s So Simple – Someone Will Be Able To Pay To See Poisonous Propaganda – But – They Won’t Be Able To Pay To Have That Poison Directed At Someone Else – The Incentive For Poisoning The World Will Be Undone

~ SIDYPAFD ~ Something Is Drawing Young People Away From Democracy

~ YCTWI-O-A-WW-E ~ You Can’t Tell What Is – Organic – And – What Was – Engineered

~ TACCADC ~ The Algorithms Can’t Care And Don’t Care

~ M-R-BO-TADIHNBIG ~ Meanwhile – Racism – Became Organized – To A Degree It Had Not Been In Generations

~ AITWEVSTOTA-AI-G-IPS-A-BRRWE ~ As If There Weren’t Enough Voter Suppression Tools Out There Already – As If – Gerrymandering – Inaccessible Polling Stations – And – Biased Registration Rules Weren’t Enough

~ TBWYCH-I-NTATWWMYFA-B-STFY ~ The Best Way You Can Help – Is – Not To Attack Those Who Would Manipulate You From Afar – But – Simply To Free Yourself

~ TIIINTP ~ The Internet Itself Is Not The Problem