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A Tale of Two Labels...

“A Tale of Two Labels”

Let us consider

two works of classic literature:

the first – Plato’s “Republic”

and the second – Marx’s

“Communist Manifesto.”

The former: a master plan

for the intersectionality

of fascism, elitism,

and totalitarianism

and the latter:

their antidotes.

One of the very great ironies

that we see at play

in North Korea,

and Red China,

as well as the former

Soviet union;

are fascist, elitist,

and totalitarian states

misapplying the nomenclature

of communism:


and deceptively,

and destructively

and utterly unsustainably.

Imagine that one evening

you and I were practicing

walking meditation

together, side by side,

through my neighborhood.

Picture that as we strolled

merrily along

we happened upon

a steaming pile of doggie doo

in the middle of the side walk

like a great,

biological land mine.

Nearly stepping into it,

yet avoiding doing so

at the last moment

we might thank

our lucky stars.

If I were to reach inside

my Buddhist robes,

produce both a three by five card

as well as a pen,

write the word “chocolate”

upon the index card

and gingerly place it upon

the steaming mound of doggie doo;

would that actually transform it

on a molecular level?

No, of course not!

Label or not,

doggie doo,

remains doggie doo.

Likewise neither applying

Marxist labels to totalitarianism

nor democratic terminology

to the duopoly of oligarchy

could ever make chocolate

out of canine crap.

This is an easy idea

that could be grasped

by any school child

who has read

George Orwell’s “1984,”

with its ministries of

propaganda, torture, and war

labeled as those of

truth, and love, and peace.

But this simple concept

has been deliberately obfuscated

by moneyed interests.

For the disinformation

of state propaganda

is as old as state-craft;

like elitism,

and its diversionary-tactics,

of scapegoat-ism,

and sexism,

and racism,

and classism,

and speciesism,

and jingoism,

and tribalism

and exceptionalism.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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