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February 6, 2013

And with Max Weber we move from Religion as the original cultural configuration of agricultural Man to the socially complex societies of the West after the Industrial Revolutions.

And finally, through the Puritan filter of Protestantism, to the shores of New England and the rest of New World in its north of Mexico, south of Canada, North American historical manifestation.

And there the rational premise that keeps you before God as Father figure, is, once again, your own faulty nature understood by these people as “sin”.

But unlike Catholics, Protestants in my understanding of the North American variety have absolutely no tolerance for human nature itself, especially in its sexual aspect and in Man’s most understandable impulse as flight from the flatness of biological life itself.

And you are not allowed to fornicate, drink or engage in activities that do nothing to further your practical, existence-defining goals of, most of all, material security, especially, eventually, in the form of money.

And unlike Catholics, for example, you are most brutally held to your own examine of conscience for there is no auxiliary support in the form of confession, that is in itself a tacit recognition of just my argument: that sin is the reason why man needs God, and so you cannot hate yourself for that-that’s what you are!

But Protestants do, in fact, hate themselves, in their impulses, desires and animal needs to know the smell of another person’s body (man or women) or discharge their semen in another living human being-or that that living, human being discharges his semen in you.

And because, in their historical tenets that underlie their vision of the individual and society, they most intensely hate this in other people, too.

And because they treat themselves so harshly as individuals internally and in a psychological sense, they also regard this in other individuals with the same intensity and harshness.

And social institutions in contemporary American society today, in a non-secular sense, reflect also this same harshness towards individuals-towards the individual, in fact, as a category.

And this is exactly why today in the American psyche and in its cultural and institutional projection, although the individual seems to be held politically on a pedestal as the free-will, free-market king, he or she is also feared as the monster-specter of explosive, psychotic violence, that is really, behind it all, just human emotion itself.

And because of this, American society is a society of control, not only in terms of law enforcement (which it is also), but internal, psychological control above all, within the individual him or herself.

And this is a social universe of the most morally rigid of any on the planet, comparable only to Japanese society (but will do that another day).

To the point that today, if you observe carefully American society through the media, its cultural products and even its research production, you will observe a general tendency towards to an overall form of obedience as modus Vivendi rather than a life mode of individuals forced to define themselves as people through moral discernment.

And it is in this sense that I say that personal morality and the law have merged in on themselves to become just the penal code of the State of Texas, so that you no longer have to learn to become you in a moral sense and based on what you personally regard as real and important; all you have to do is get a copy of the Texas penal code and just obey the law.

And just as obedience takes the place of moral discernment by the individual, so is intellectual vitality, curiosity and the need to affirm oneself through rational and constructive dissent substituted by mental rigidness, a semiotics of Manichean ease through convenience, and thought as cliché itself.

But what does the social psychology of commerce within consumer society as humanity have to do with all this?

You can begin to approach the answer to that question, as well as all the other issues mentioned in this text in the video.

See you next week, boys and girls!

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