Welcome

Welcome to what I affectionately call My Other Blog. My main bloc is here.

I have two passions in life, other than writing of course. One of those passions is religion, Christian theology with a special focus on Christian heresy – I am a bit of a heretic myself in more ways than one. I also am a theologian and am anthropologist. That is what my degrees are in. I have combined those two academic interests on my main site.

What I do here is indulge my other passion – an intense interest in politics in the broadest sense of the word. I look at current events, major and minor, and offer commentary and analysis colored by my academic training and my heretical beliefs. The focus on my main site is very tightly focused on the development of Christian orthodoxy in its battles with the heretics in the early centuries of the history of Christianity. My focus here is much more eclectic and diverse, running the gamut from the relationship of religion and science to Presidential elections to racism in sports to things I find just plain funny.

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One More Reason To Hate The Medical Profession

Those of you who know me very well, and there are a few of you, know that I have a very low opinion of the medical/health care professions. This low opinion is the result of many years of having to deal with their stupidity and ineptitude. I know at least one of you is going to be very insulted by this. All I can say is oh well! So what’s the latest reason for me to hate doctors?

 

10 years ago I had cataract surgery on both eyes. I went from being severely nearsighted to being severely farsighted. I have also had an astigmatism for a very long time. My last pair of glasses before I had my cataract surgery corrected for the astigmatism and also for the double vision I suffer from.

 

After the surgery, I had a pair of bifocals made up that were basically clear glass on the top and fairly powerful reading glasses on the bottom. Problem is, those glasses did not correct for the astigmatism or the double vision. I mentioned this to my ophthalmologist, who told me there was nothing they could do for me, that there was no way to correct for these problems. I suffered under this misinformation for the last 10 years. Because of this misinformation, I have not been able to read a book or a website, type on my own, or even read the program guide on my satellite TV channels.It turns out that there ARE corrective lenses for my problems. In fact, the glasses I had before my surgery corrected for both, as I mentioned. No wonder I’m pissed!

 

This bull manure is just the latest in a long series of episodes of stupidity, ignorance, or what ever you wish to call it by doctors who are so full of themselves and think they are infallible when in fact all they are is arrogant and conceited. Given the kind of money these people expect to get paid for their services, you would think they would make a better effort to be more attentive to the needs of their patients and not worry so much about their schedules or their wallets. Lord knows, most of them have very stuffed wallets. After all, being a doctor is very “lucrative.” That is the term that a doctor I happen to know used to explain why he took a position from which he recently retired.

 

By the way, although I tend to hate doctors, I absolutely love nurses, male or female. I owe the nurses in the emergency room and the ICU at the local hospital my life, at this point.

Means of Production: Capitalism versus Socialism

“In fact, the realm of freedom does not commence until the point is passed where labor under the compulsion of necessity and of external utility is required. In the very nature of things it lies beyond the sphere of material production in the strict meaning of the term. Just as the savage must wrestle with nature, in order to satisfy his wants, in order to maintain his life and reproduce it, so civilized man has to do it, and he must do it in all forms of society and under all possible modes of production. With his development the realm of natural necessity expands, because his wants increase; but at the same time the forces of production increase, by which these wants are satisfied. The freedom in this field cannot consist of anything else but of the fact that socialized man, the associated producers, regulate their interchange with nature rationally, bring it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by some blind power; they accomplish their task with the least expenditure of energy and under conditions most adequate to their human nature and most worthy of it. But it always remains a realm of necessity. Beyond it begins that development of human power, which is its own end, the true realm of freedom, which, however, can flourish only upon that realm of necessity as its basis.”

Karl Marx Capital Volume III

For most people, those who qualify as vulgar Marxists, means of production means economic production, that is, things like factories, machines, and natural resources used in production likes iron and coal. However, as is clear from the quote above from Marx, the means of production go way beyond economic production to include things like ideas, religion, and other aspects of culture/society that we consider necessary. For a really good look at what I’m talking about, I suggest reading Marshall Sahlins Culture and Practical Reason. Sahlins discusses specially the production of advertising in Marxist terms. Very interesting! Continue reading

Personal Anniversary!

Before I get to the post on on socialism, I want to mention that I am celebrating a personal anniversary today, March 20th. It was four years ago today that I quit smoking. The reason I quit smoking is because I ended up in the emergency room in the and intensive care unit at the local hospital early in the morning of March 20th 2012. I had suffered a pulmonary edema and a heart attack. The fact that I’m still here, still kicking, and still crazy, as well as smoke free, surprises me more than it surprises anybody else that I know, including you guys! Happy anniversary to me!

A Favor

In my experience teaching and talking politics and sociology and anthropology, I have learned that most Americans have a very distorted understanding of what socialism/Marxism is. This is probably due to the residual hangover of the McCarthy witchhunts of the 1950s. Sen. Joe McCarthy and later J. Edgar Hoover saw Communists in every closet in America and they swore to ferret them all out, even if there were no Communists.

 

I want to talk about the role of socialism in the current presidential campaign, but I really don’t want to do a long detailed explanation of what socialism/Marxism is so I’m asking all of you to read the following article. Click here to read.

 

Thanks!

Hooray! Christian Heresiology is Back Up!

It took a bit longer than I thought/hoped it would, but the Christian Heresiology site is now back up and running. However, it has a new address: christianheresy.com . Your log-in -should- be the same, but please let me know if you have any issues trying to get in by leaving me a personal message either here or on Facebook.

Christian Heresiology Heads Up

Due to a weird e-mail screw up, I lost the domain name for christianheresiology.com. It would cost far more than I really want to spend to get it back, so I am going to move the site to WordPress over this weekend, hopefully. I apologize for the inconvenience, but this move was what I intended in the not too distant future anyways. It’s just going to a happen a bit sooner and a bit faster than I had originally planned.

Finally! A Clear Choice

I will be 68 years old in May. That means that I have been old enough to vote 47 years stop in that 47 years, there has not been a clear choice for president. The last clear choice was Goldwater versus Johnson in 1964 and I was not old enough to vote in that election. But, if the nominees are Tromp on the Republican side and Sanders on the Democratic side, the 2016 election will offer a clear choice: a Socialist versus a conservative Republican.

 

If you are not familiar with my stand on politics, I am very much a socialist or even left a bad. I strongly believe in the redistribution of wealth and taking care of the poor and needy. I believe that health care should be a universal right provided by the government. The fact that doctors get rich off the misery of others is absolutely abhorrent to me. And it should be for anyone who claims to be a Christian. Unfortunately, I know too many Christian doctors who believe that lucrative medical practices are somehow compatible with Christianity. I have one word for them: BULLSHIT!

 

I certainly hope that the 2016 election does come down tromp Sanders, or perhaps one of the other arch conservative Republicans versus Sanders. I would be absolutely fascinated to see who the American public selects; whether we as a country vote right-wing or we vote left-wing. I certainly am going to vote left-wing.

 

Those people in this country who think that socialism equals what the Nazis did in Germany or what the so-called Communists did in the Soviet Union need to read things like Karl Marx’s Capital. Although it is a very dry read(I should know; I read it in graduate school), it explains very explicitly why capitalism is a very poor economic system for Christians. If you want to know why Western Christians, especially Protestants, are so gung ho for capitalism, read Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. By the way, the economic analysis of 19th-century capitalism in Marx’s book is presented in a Christmas classic by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Most of Dickens books also reflect that view of capitalism. It strikes me as rather weird that good God-fearing Christians who love Charles Dickens and his works absolutely abhor Karl Marx, even though they had never read him.

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