Sunday, June 25, 2017

White Collar: The American Middle Classes

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This book is worth reading if you want to know how white collar jobs came along and how jobs started shifting to a service economy. This book goes into how people needed to be more "educated" in order to take on white collar jobs. This meant the graduation rate for high school had to go up and also the literacy rate too. This book really goes over all the bullshit associated with so called white collar jobs. It talks about the fakeness of what white collar jobs entail such as faking personality as a sale person or faking appearance as a sales person. The last chapter, The Politics of the Rearguard pretty much sums up from C. Wright Mills's point of view (I think for the elites reading this book or those in the know) that the white collar, new middle class are discombobulated, ignorant and are no threat as a class.

Here is the free pdf of the book: https://archive.org/stream/whitecollarameri00mill#page/n0/mode/1up

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Vance Packard Speaking At UCLA In 1966



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Paul And Phillip Collins On Weaponized Art


Paul and Phillip Collins return to Our Interesting Times to discuss their article “Weaponizing the Arts.” We begin the discussion with some thoughts on the life and death of Zbigniew Brzezinski and then move on to talk about how and why art has been used as a tool of mass mind control by the oligarchs to shape culture and maintain political control.
Paul co-authored with his brother Phillip The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship. Their articles are frequently published on Conspiracy Archive.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Psychologist Created Wonder Woman To Institute Female Rule

William Moulton Marston was one of the leading psychologists of his time, but these days he’s not known for his work studying the human mind—he’s known as the guy who created Wonder Woman. But that doesn’t mean his psychology research and work in comics were separate, they weren’t. In fact, his scientific theories directly influenced the creation of his iconic heroine.

“He thought that comics would be a good way to influence the youth of America,” says author Tim Hanley, who explores Marston’s colorful personality in his book Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine. “So he very intentionally got into superhero comics to espouse his psychological theories to a young audience.”

Marston’s primary aim with Wonder Woman was to acclimate young boys to the idea of powerful women, to help pave the way for a social upheaval that he felt was inevitable.

A Psychologist Created Wonder Woman To Institute Female Rule | Wired.com

House Of Cards Predicted The Grenfell Tower Fire In 1993

Prime Minister Urquhart remains stony-faced while hearing the headlines
In the 1993 second series, To Play the King, Urquhart, now prime minister, creates upset when dealing with a fire and subsequent collapse of Corbusier House, an overlooked tower block in inner-city London. Urquhart's nemesis is not the leader of the Labour Party, but the new, politically engaged King, who is determined to turn up at the site of the disaster " to comfort my people", while the Prime Minister remained aloof and detached.

The words of one of the King's advisors sound eerily familiar following the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, which architects and inhabitants warned was "a disaster waiting to happen" after cladding used to make the building more sustainable could have accelerated the fire.

'A disaster waiting to happen': How House of Cards eerily predicted the Grenfell Tower fire in 1993 | The Telegraph

America Learns To Play; A History Of Popular Recreation, 1607-1940

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Came across this interesting book on the history of leisure of America. It only goes up to 1940. I still think it's worth reading because it lays down the origins and history of recreation and play here in America. It seems like after the start of the industrial revolution, all of the sudden recreation became popular and all these games were invented for the masses to play. This book talks about baseball, football, hockey, basketball, running and other sports being participated in by the masses or spectated by the masses like never before after people went from an agricultural based society to an industrial machine oriented society here in America.

A good portion of the book talks about the Circus as a theatrical attraction. It talks about P.T. Barnum and his rise to fame by using the circus as a big spectacular attraction for the masses during the 1800s. Also this books talks about how religion used to teach the importance of hard work with very little leisure and how that had to all change in the 1800s once mass leisure was getting popular.

This book also touches on the vaudeville scene and the start of the motion picture industry as mass amounts of people sought leisure in the form of spectating at vaudeville performances and the movie theaters.

What I take away from a book like this is that it shows how a majority of Americans went from hard work on farms with more freewill (no bosses to report to/work for) to the industrial revolution where there was still hard work but now in the form of monotonous tasks being performed for a capitalist boss; thus the powers that be realized that this form of repetition was going to create an aversion to the machine oriented industry they were trying to get people to switch over. So suddenly leisure became popular for people to vent from the mental anguish of working at repetitive tasks in industrial jobs. To get people to stay within the mindset of accepting the new capitalist industrial society, mass leisure was launched for the public to consume.

This book talked about how the masses suddenly had more free time because of machines taking over and therefore that time was spent on leisure like never before in history. I think mass leisure/recreation was a artificial construct launched by the powers that be and their minions to get people into accepting the industrialized society in the 1800s and it's still being used today. Also I think this book ties into entertaining ourselves to death (Neil Postman) which is now apart of present day society. Our society keeps drifting further towards leisure and entertainment and I think this is by design.

Here's the free archive.org version of this book, which you can also read on archive.org: