Although the Maimonides school of thought embraces a more heavily neoplatonic version of evil, most kaballists (under the tradition of ARI, isaac the blind, and the Bahir) traditionally interpret evil as simultanesouly, a testing of mans faith, a negative conception of one of god’s holy effulgence (splendors), a seperating of male and female, and the Sitra Ahra.
“Another view, as propounded in the Bahir [the earliest kabbalistic work], depicts the sefirah of power as an attribute “whose name is evil.” On the basis of such a teaching Isaac the Blind [13th century] concluded that there must be a positive root of evil and death [i.e. evil does not arise from the inability of humans to receive the emanations of the sefirot]. Following this view, most kabbalists believed that evil is “the other side” (Sitra Ahra) which is opposed to divine abundance and grace.”
Like the gnostics, they embrace view proposed of perpetual battle between the Sitra Ahra, and Us, or the sons of light. ‘parallel structures are proposed for the Sefirot and for stra ahra, that apparently, is the way series of opposing symbolic terms should be understood as well. One side includes, God, king, living water, pure waters, holy waters, land of the living; while the other side includes gods, an alien god, an old and foolish king, stagnant water, wurbid water, impure water, stolen water, wasteland and so forth. the symbols themselves may be understood as recognizing inferiority”(moshe) but this inferiority is not neoplatonic/augustinian, it does not believe this inferiority is the sole cause.
“At the beginning of the night, when darkness falls, all the evil spirits and powers scatter abroad and roam about the world, and the ‘other side’ sets forth and inquires the way to the King from all the holy sides. As soon as the ‘other side’ is roused to this activity here below, all human beings experience a foretaste of death in the midst of their sleep. As soon as the impure power separates itself from the realm above and descends to begin its rule here below, three groups of angels are formed who praise the Holy One in three night watches But whilst these sing hymns of praise to the Holy One, the ‘other side,’ as we have said, roam about here below, even into the uttermost parts of the earth. Until the ‘other side’ has thus departed from the upper sphere, the angels of light cannot unite themselves with their Lord.” – the Zohar
But the question would be: What gives the Sitra Ahra their power? “King Solomon, when he penetrated into the depths of the nut garden took a nut shell (kelippah) and drew an analogy from its layers to these spirits which inspire sensual desires in human beings, as it is written, ‘and the delights of the sons of men (are) male and female demons’ (Ecclesiastes 2:8). This verse also indicates that the pleasures in which men indulge in the time of sleep give birth to multitudes of demons.” The zohar states that it is Gods power being sucked down through us that is feeding the demonic otherworld, thereby God’s created power used for evil by our own will, thus helping fuel the dulastic war between both sides. By taking the splendorous energy floating down from keter, and seperating it from the unity of Tiferet (male) and Malkut (female), demons from the other side funnel our lost energy until it became its own evil-generating source. That evil, which was initially a test for mankind overstepped its bounds and tried to become an independent agent. “Evil sucks greedily, demanding an increasingly larger share of divine efflux (splendor). When man trangresses a negative precept, he cuts off the sefirah of Malkhut from the influence flowing down to it, rechanneling that stream to the realm of the ‘other side’. Sitra Ahra then receives its spiritual sustenance from mankind’s evil deeds, his meditations on sin, and his impure thoughts” Like my book on healing people from demon possession, and the alien book on greys sucking victims of high emotional energy, and the Screwtape Letters
“In the first place I have always found that the Trough periods of the human
undulation provide excellent opportunity for all sensual temptations,
particularly those of sex. This may surprise you, because, of course, there is
more physical energy, and therefore more potential appetite, at the Peak
periods; but you must remember that the powers of resistance are then also at
. Whats interesting though is that like that Tao
Something mysteriously formed,
Born before heaven and Earth.
In the silence and the void,
Standing alone and unchanging,
Ever present and in motion.
Perhaps it is the mother of ten
I do not know its name
it embraces it the primordial unity that cannot be broken up in keter, and suggests our sin has to do with seperating the male and female. The original man, Adam Kadmon, the primordial human being was considered a hermaphrodite. “When Malkhut is thus denied that effulgence originally flowing down to it, evil gains strength and malkhut weakens. Sitra ahra thereby upseting the internal unity of that realm, harming the union of male and female, breedin disharmony, and causing a constriction of the flow of abundance to the lower worlds. As a result, the efflux to be produced is generated by sinister powers, and war and wickedness in the world inevitably follow” Malkhut is also reffered to as “shekinah” (which conspiracy theorists suggest is the why we named it “shock n awe”)
In an interpretation of the Garden of Eden, “Adam’s eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is understood as an allegory of the first appearance of evil. Here Adam is understood as separating the Tree of Knowledge from its fruits, thereby activating the potential evil contained within the Tree by bringing about a division in the divine unity. Thus the channels between the upper and lower worlds were unsettled: the lowest sefirah Kingdom (Malkhut) was separated from the others, and the unity between Creator and creation was divided. Other sins in the history of ancient Israel were also interpreted in a similar light—in each case divine unity was disturbed, and it is only through the good deeds of biblical heroes that cosmic repair can take place.”
so the sin of adam taking the fruit, and seperating it, bore the birth of sin, but it was gods test to have it there, but that birth of sin bore many angels and demons, by embalancing many things at once, both the relation of the Keter, Tiferet, and Malkhut, but of tiferet between hesed and geruvah (the strong male and female war going on there) being weakened.
This isn’t metaphor, it is symbol. A metaphor has no history, only meaning. A symbol is both in reality, in history, and has meaning, think of the great pyramids. they are a symbol of wealth, power, and perfect equality, yet they are also real, real tombs, somewhere in gaza, with deterioration in our immediate world because of TIME. In history, likewise the malkhut has been removed of its autonomous power, this may be responsible for much of the patriarchy we’ve seen and mans history of building large buildings thinking he’s great. “As sitra ahra gains strength, malkhut–a female image with no autonomous power– necessarily deteriorates, she becomes a victim of sitra ahra’s desire to enslave her to his own ends To assault the queen (malkhah) in the kings own presence’ in Esther 7:8. This danger continually menaces that hypo-stasis of the feminine which is threatening to diminish her sanctity and defile her; it is man’s holy responsbiility to prevent such a disaster” It is mans responsibility to protect the Malkhut from being used this way, in his own body by letting his base malkhut by expressed, by letting the feminine voice be heard in politics, in society, in the world, in the cosmos, to embrace it in the very center of our milky way galaxy.
It could also be understood as a refusal to allow God’s kingdom (malkhut) reign. The tree of life can be explored fractcally, as a view within views. “The Holy One, blessed be He, found it necessary to create all these things in the world to ensure its permanence, so that there should be, as it were, a brain with many membranes encircling it. “The whole world is constructed on this principle upper and lower, from the first mystic point up to the furthest removed of all the stages. They are all coverings one to another, brain within brain, and spirit within spirit, so that one is a shell to another.” – the zohar
In terms of reiki, kundalini, tao, and chakra energy, this can be understood as both evil being the blockage of flow between our chakras, which imply themselves a septerarian human build up which is a fractcal microcosmic representation of God’s male/femaleness within us, and the misuse of unconditional “higher vibrational energy” (think of neoplatonic flowing down of light) for lower vibrational abuses.
PS about the ECCLESIASTES 2:8 verse
He translates: palanquin and palinquins equals one consignment to the harem after another. Gesen., according to Rdiger, Thes. 1365b, thinks that women are to be understood; for he compares the Arab. z’ynat, which signifies a women’s carriage, and then the woman herself (cf. our Frauenzimmer, women’s apartment, women, like Odaliske, from the Turk. oda, apartment). But this all stands or falls with that gloss of Rashi’s: ‘agalah lemerkavoth nashim usarim. Meanwhile, of all the explanations as yet advanced, this last of splendid coaches, palanquins is the best; for it may certainly be supposed that the words shiddah veshiddoth are meant of women. Aben Ezra explains on this supposition, shiddoth equals shevuyoth, females captured in war; but unwarrantably, because as yet Solomon had not been engaged in war; others (vid., Pinsker’s Zur Gesch. des Karaismus, p. 296), recently Bullock, connect it with shadim, in the sense of (Arab.) nahidah (a maiden with swelling breast); Knobel explains after shadad, to barricade, to shut up, occlusa, the female held in custody (cf. bethulah, the separated one, virgin, from bathal, cogn. badal); Hitzig, “cushions,” “bolsters,” from shanad, which, like (Arab.) firash, λέχος, is then transferred to the juncta toro. Nothing of all that is satisfactory. The Babyl. Gemara, Gittin 68a, glosses ותען וגו by “reservoirs and baths,” and then further says that in the west (Palestine) they say שׁדּתא, chests (according to Rashi: chariots); but that here in this country (i.e., in Babylon) they translate shiddah veshiddoth by shēdah veshēdathin, which is then explained, “demons and demonesses,” which Solomon had made subservient to him.
(Note: A demon, and generally a superhuman being, is called, as in Heb. שׁד, so in the Babyl.-Assyr. sîdu, vid., Norris’ Assyrian Dictionary, II p. cf. Schrader, in the Jena. Lit. Zeit. 1874, p. 218f., according to which sîdu, with alap, is the usual name of Adar formed like an ox.)”
Left/Right is defined typically in the terms best explained by Norbeto Bobbio
Left historically shows support for the ideas that social and political institutions are socially constructed with the power of human reason, and using workable schemes through reason equality can be achieved. Right historically have been more reluctant to reduce existing inequalities because they are part of the Natural Order. They are skeptical of the power of Reason to change, and they affirm the traditional and custom based derived natural order of power.
The Particularist-Protectionist Right
The economic nationalism of Pat Buchanan and Lou Dobbs and Pat Robertson and Ross Perot, embraces populism. Populism is defined as a political ideology that articulates anti-elitist positions involving some kind of exaltation of “the people” mixed with appeals to people’s “common sense” and “moral decency” Right wing populists such as Buchanan demonize transnational corporate elites while at the same time launching xenophobic attacks (a drawback of populism). Populism is often fueled by peoples legitimate grievances that dominate everyday life but links and deflect popular discontent away from positive social change by targeting only small sections of the elite or groups falsely identified with the elite”
Reform party emerged in the mid 1990s brainchild of Ross Perot, winning 19 percent of the national vote in 1992. Most famously Texan Billionare Perot opposed NAFTA convinced that is carried ‘the virus of globalization’. Buchanan inherited the remains of the Reform Party in the summer of 2000, suceeding ross perot as spokesperson of the anti-globalist right.
“Darwinian world of borderless economy, where sentiment is folly and the fittest alone survive. In the eyes of this rootless transnational elite, men and women are not family, friends, neighbors, fellow citizens, but ‘consumers’ and ‘factors of production'” – Patrick Buchanan
“greedy global mandarins who have severed the sacred ties of national allegiance head the council of foreign relations and the business roundtable. ‘their elitist conspiracy has eroded the power of the nation-state and replaeced it with a neoliberal new world order” – patrick buchanan
Although buchanan recieved only 1 percent national vote in the 2002 presidential election, variations of his message continue to resontate in a country where 78 percent of the population have not travelled to another country in the last 5 years, and 26 percent follow foreign news closely.
— this view has been moderately ill-represented in the anti-islamist movement even though it initially dealt with the influx of immigration and open borders
Gerhard Frey’s German Right-Wing Extremism
The DVU (deutsce volksunion) German People’s Union was founded in bovaria in 1971 as a right-wing umbrella group by Dr. Grehard Frey, a neofascist millionare publisher who has been providing most of the party’s funding.
“We adamantly oppose any cuts in social spending, and strongly resist the neoliberal agenda to turn Germany into a low-wage class society like Britain and the USA. An increasing number of people in these countries have to cope with “Third World”-style living conditions while a small minority of billionaires and multimillionaries are earning mre money than they could possibly spend. German Chancellor Schroder wants to introduce this perverse culture to Germany too. There is no way we will ever tolerate this” – DVU document
The document goes on to note that Germany, by itself, would not be powerful enough to stop the spread and influence of transnational corporate elites and bankers, and that a regional agency of “ordinary europeans” would have to be developed to co-operatively tackle the NEOLIBERAL UN IMF take over, but this european co-operative would look nothing operationally like the UN or EU.
United in their opposition to a neoliberal internationalism, sovereign european nations would voluntarily appeal to form an anti-imperialist blog against the further spread of American-style globalization. Moreover they would “actively support popular movements in many other countries of the world against so-called ‘globalization’ which is in fact an Americanization of the world” Similarly explicit antiglobalization statements are routinely inserted in NPD (national democratic party) promises to “build a new Germany out of the rubble of liberal capitalism”
Hugo Chave’z Bolivarian National Populism
After spending 20 fears fighting ultra-leftist guerillas, teaching sports and history at the military academy in Caracas Chavez ultimately came to the conclusion that the tradional Venezuelan party system was too corrupt to be reformed. Taking advantage of his new assignment as the commanding officer of a parachute regime Chavez attempted to overthrow the democratically elected President Carlos Andrez Perez. His attempt failed instantly, but when he appealed on television he made a strong enough support among his countrymen to be pardoned 2 years later by President Caldera.
Chavez still believed the electoral aspect of Venezuelan politics was too corrupt to run for president (with whats happened to Buchanan, Paul, Nader, and Perot its easy to see the electoral failings) but, when it became clear in 1998 that large segments of the population supported his national populism, he changed his mind. Assuming the leadership of Patriotic Pole, he embarked on a rigious electtion campaign. In 1998 he was elected with 56 percent of the vote and immediately issued a decree for a national referendum on the elections for a national constitutent assembly that would be gven the task of drafting a new constitution. This passed with 80 percent of the vote, and in july 30 2000 Chavez was elected a six year term as “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”
By the 1980’s Venezuela’s foreign debt had skyrocketed, giving the IMF the opportunity to link further loans to the implementation of a comprehensive economic program that included strong dregulation measures and drastic austerity budgets. The implementation of this neoliberal agenda led to significant price increases for basic goods and services, ultimately sparking large uban riots in 1989 and 1996, during which police forces and state troops killed thousands of protestors.
Throughout the 1990’s neoliberal globalization filled the coffers of Venezuela’s tiny wealthy elite, whereas the vast majority of citizens experienced a noticeable drop in their living standards, by the time Chavez campaigned for president nearly 80 percent of Venezuelans lived in poverty, unemployment held steady at almost 20 percent (with 50 pecent of workers languishing in the “informal economy”), and the violent crime rate had exploded to fifty murders per weekend in the capital city of Caracas.
Chavez’s political message took aim at two targets: Venezuela’s elitist and corrupted political system perpetuated by the established parties, and the “savage neoliberalism unleashed on the South by Northern globalist forces.”
Chavez believed that Latin America’s best bet was to form military and political alliances with nations in the Middle East and Asia in order to counterbalance the power of teh globalism most evident in teh U.S. Based “Jewish financial mafia”” ‘the only way to fight neoliberalism is to unite”. Chavez admitted his aim is nothing more than to realize the old dream of nineteenth century Bolivar, Gran Colombia. It would be an important foundation to challenge the etsbalishments of the united states and the european union.
Ralph Nader + Dennis kucinich
Ralph Nader from back in 1994
“Q: There must be firms or forces in society that you have decided now are more malignant than you thought 25 years ago, and companies on the other hand that actually have improved and are behaving better. There must have been some changes.
A: With the collapse of communism and with the absence of any alternative way of ordering private property and using public assets, we’re entering into a generation of global power of the multi-national corporations. There’s no society that’s able to withstand commercial western culture. Perhaps fundamentalism and Islam is trying to do it…. But that’s going to be the challenge now, whether democracy is going to be up to it. Whether these giant corporations are going to be able to respect instead of erode and control democratic processes and these new trade agreements like GATT and the World Trade Organization are not encouraging. ”
Dennis kucinich interview:
“Okay. Last question, you got, you really got me started thinking about globalization and you have opposed, I believe, globalization treaties as they stand. And I’ve grown to really feel that globalization is bad for America and bad for Third World countries. Where do you stand on globalization now?
Kucinich: Well, first of all, let’s take a broader perspective. I see human immunity as being an imperative. I see the world as being interconnected and interdependent. And then all of us are one. That we are one organic whole as people worldwide that transcends the nation-states, religion, culture.
There really is a spiritual unity and an organic unity much the same as Einstein promoted a unified field theory of the physical universe. There is the same kind of unity in the social universe. Now, the fact that trade organizations have developed are not necessarily a bad thing.
However, when the organizations were developed the intention of being able to lower wages, lower standards on human rights and worker’s rights, lower environmental- quality principles; that’s a problem. So the North American Free Trade Agreement, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trades, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank all work together somewhat synchronously to lower standards of living, to increase corporate control over nations, to strip the wealth of nations and into the, towards massive privatization programs, to impose upon the people of the world the structural readjustments of lower wages, and lower benefits, and lower expectations, to bring about a measure of control of nation-states, which end up being antithetical to the organizing principles of those nations.
So do these international structures have to be that way? No. But they ended up that way because they’re leading the cause of international finance and international capitalism, which is essentially amoral and about maximizing profits at the expense of human values. ”
Intercontinental Network of Resistance
The inter-continental meeting in 1996 in the chiapas mountains featured over 5,000 attendants and was called upon by Subcommandte Marcos, the closing remarks speak for themselves
“But what next?
A new number in the useless enumeration of the numerous international orders?
A new scheme that calms and alleviates the anguish of having no solution?
A global program for world revolution?
A utopian theory so that it can maintain a prudent distance from the reality that anguishes us?
A scheme that assures each of us a position, a task, a title, and no work?
The echo goes, a reflected image of the possible and forgotten: the possibility and necessity of speaking and listening; not an echo that fades away, or a force that decreases after reaching its apogee . Let it be an echo that breaks barriers and re-echoes. Let it be an echo of our own smallness, of the local and particular, which reverberates in an echo of our own greatness, the intercontinental and galactic. An echo that recognises the existence of the other and does not overpower or attempt to silence it. An echo of this rebel voice transforming itself and renewing itself in other voices.
An echo that turns itself into many voices, into a network of voices that, before Power’s deafness, opts to speak to itself, knowing itself to be one and many. Let it be a network of voices that resist the war that the Power wages on them. A network of voices that not only speak, but also struggle and resist for humanity and against neoliberalism .
The world, with the many worlds that the world needs, continues. Humanity, recognising itself to be plural, different, inclusive, tolerant of itself, full of hope, continues. The human and rebel voice, consulted on the five continents in order to become a network of voices and of resistances, continues.”
Second Declaration of La Realidad (Reality) for Humanity Against Neoliberalism
Brothers and sisters of Africa, Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania:
Considering that we are:
Against the international order of death, against the globalization of war and armaments. Against dictatorships, against authoritarianism, against repression. Against the politics of economic liberalization, against hunger, against poverty, against robbery, against corruption. Against patriarchy, against xenophobia, against discrimination, against racism, against crime, against the destruction of the environment, against militarism. Against stupidity, against lies, against ignorance. Against slavery, against intolerance, against injustice, against marginalization, against forgetfulness. Against neoliberalism.
Considering that we are:
For the international order of hope, for a new, just, and dignified peace. For a new politics, for democracy, for political liberties. For justice, for life, and dignified work. For civil society, for full rights for women in every aspect, for the respect of elders, youth, and children, for the defense and protection of the environment. For intelligence, for culture, for education, for truth. For liberty, for tolerance, for inclusion, for having memory. For humanity.
First. That we will make a collective network of all our particular struggles and resistances. An intercontinental network of resistance against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of resistance for humanity. This intercontinental network of resistance, recognizing differences and acknowledging similarities, will search to find itself with other resistances around the world. This intercontinental network of resistance will be the medium in which distinct resistances may support one another. This intercontinental network of resistance is not an organizing structure; it doesn’t have a central head or decision maker; it has no central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who resist.
Second. That we will make a network of communication among all our struggles and resistances. An intercontinental network of alternative communication against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of alternative communication for humanity. This intercontinental network of alternative communication will be the medium by which distinct resistances communicate with one another. This intercontinental network of alternative communication is not an organizing structure, nor has a central head or decision maker, nor does it have a central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who speak and listen.
This we declare:
To speak and to listen for humanity and against neoliberalism. To resist and struggle for humanity and against neoliberalism. For the whole world: Democracy! Liberty! Justice! From whatever reality of whichever continent.
EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) La Realidad (Reality), Planet Earth, August 3, 1996
A key theme to Anti-Federalist thought which I enjoy is the relation of the people to it’s government. People usually think of this in terms of how one would build a machine differently, as if I want one thats fast and light and you want one that is slow but stable. Most people debate in this fashion, my machine versus yours. A key theme to anti-federalist thought is that the role of the government is that its function is different, and the role of the people is to constantly impeach and keep the power in check. In the United States of America today we consider it a privelege to get to select the candidates to vote for, but the real privelege, lies in the ability to remove people from the seat of power once they are in power, not let them be re-elected. Yet we see time and time and again, incumbency even though only 12 percent of the United States is happy with Congress over 90 percent receive incumbency, just like the 27 percent pay raise for CEO’s in 2010 of fortune 500 S and P companies with only .2 percent of directors of companies for stocks lose their jobs even with a volatile market, we do not punish people by not re-electing them or taking them out of power. We don’t want to be so impolite. Cato, in this brilliant essay, talks about the eventual corruption of power under one national consolidated government:
In every civilized community, even in those of the most democratic kind, there are principles which lead to an aristocracy—these are superior talents, fortunes, and public employments. But in free governments, the influence of the two former is resisted by the equality of the laws, and the latter by the frequency of elections, and the chance that every one has in sharing in public business; but when this natural and artificial eminence is assisted by principles interwoven in this government—when the senate, so important a branch of the legislature, is so far removed from the people, as to have little or no connexion with them; when their duration in office is such as to have the resemblance to perpetuity, when they are connected with the executive, by the appointment of all officers, and also, to become a judiciary for the trial of officers of their own appointments: added to all this, when none but men of opulence will hold a seat, what is there left to resist and repel this host of influence and power. Will the feeble efforts of the house of representatives, in whom your security ought to subsist, consisting of about seventy-three, be able to hold the balance against them, when, from the fewness of the number in this house, the senate will have in their power to poison even a majority of that body by douceurs of office for themselves or friends. From causes like this both Montesquieu and Hume have predicted the decline of the British government into that of an absolute one; but the liberties of this country, it is probable if this system is adopted, will be strangled in their birth; for whenever the executive and senate can destroy the independence of the majority in the house of representatives then where is your security?—They are so intimately connected, that their interests will be one and the same; and will the slow increase of numbers be able to afford a repelling principle? but you are told to adopt this government first, and you will always be able to alter it afterwards; this would be first submitting to be slaves and then taking care of your liberty; and when your chains are on, then to act like freemen.” – Cato
Another Pre-Constituion Ratification Signing Prophecy from George Mason, Ironically trying to stop Mason infleunced aristocracy