A Darkly Humorous Window into the Future of Reliable News in the U.S.

NOTE: I have vetted the claims put forth in John Oliver’s segment on Sinclair Broadcasting’s greasing of the slope upon which the United States is sliding toward permanent one party rule by the wealthy and the privileged. While Oliver’s segment is presented in a humorous setting, his facts are all too true.

The following is only one part of the ongoing effort of the political, corporatist and quasi religious, conservative right to gain permanent and exclusive power, and it is likely the most frightening one. It is one that, under the guise of free speech and the ongoing deregulation of the broadcast industry, is psychologically nurturing the nation’s public to unwittingly support their efforts.

Currently, I’m working on the major events in our history that have brought us to these darkening, religio-political skies.


 

Max T. Furr is author of The Empathy Imperative, a novel of political intrigue featuring the factual history of the rise of the modern neoconservatives, their political philosophy and worldview.

While the storyline in part 1 is based on biblical literality, part 2 features a trial of God in The Ethereal Court of Answers.

The overall thrust of the novel is an analysis of religious cognitive dissonance where modern views come into conflict with the Old Testament’s alleged actions of God.

Is the god of the Bible amoral? Do true-believers believe that whatever their god does, he does because it is the moral and right thing to do, or are his actions right and moral because they are his actions? —A paraphrasing of a question originally posited by Socrates.

 

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  1. Hariod Brawn
    Jul 04, 2017 @ 12:00:51

    Neither video works over here in England, Max, but I get the gist — Chris Hedges’ thing, which I fully subscribe to.

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    • Max T. Furr
      Jul 04, 2017 @ 20:16:14

      Well, it is certainly working in the U.S. The Democratic party does not have a clue. They still want the old politics to work and ignore the few who are crying out for progressive values. It does not look good for our future.

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  2. BroadBlogs
    Jul 10, 2017 @ 18:06:20

    I base my morality on whether or not someone is harmed. And some of the things in the Judeo-Christian Bible — ostensibly commanded by God — cause harm. So whoever came up with those commands was not moral.

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  3. Max T. Furr
    Jul 11, 2017 @ 14:07:32

    Oh Georgia, you blasphemer, you! LOL! I could not agree more. My position as well. No harm, no foul (to be trite).

    The god presented by the OT–at least the one in the Book of Job, as Jung might put it–was not fully conscious and therefore had little understanding of morality. I don’t recall if he applied that analysis to the rest of the OT, but it would certainly apply there as well.

    Of course, one might suggest that the god was amoral (harkening back to Plato/Socrates–God’s actions are right because God does them, as opposed to God’s actions are right because it is the right thing to do). If that were the case, however, then can we assume that genocide, torture and holy war, all in the name of the Judeo-Christian god, are right things to do?

    So, fundamentalist Christians are left with a dilemma that they must ignore–and they do everytime I present the argument. Sad, really.

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