How To Win

Attempts by the Obama administration to regulate greenhouse gases are highly unpopular here because of opposition to large-scale government intervention. Some are skeptical that humans might fundamentally alter a world that was created by God.

If the heartland is to seriously reduce its dependence on coal and oil, Ms. Jackson and others decided, the issues must be separated. So the project ran an experiment to see if by focusing on thrift, patriotism, spiritual conviction and economic prosperity, it could rally residents of six Kansas towns to take meaningful steps to conserve energy and consider renewable fuels.

via In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Green Energy – NYTimes.com.

 
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger makes it sexy.

“I think that I have the talent of speaking the language in such a way so that the world understands it rather than making it complicated,” he said.

 

“We play the lyre on all its strings: from violence to religion, from art to politics.”
- Benito Mussolini, 1932, from MOMA’s Chaos and Classicism show

 

Antanas Mockus, was a mayor of Bogota Columbia who used innovative, creative methods to build civil society. The following is from an interview between Mockus and Pedro Reyes (From Marisa’ Jahn’s Byproduct)

PR: How do you imagine the role of the artist as social agent?

AM: I think one could veery convincingly put forward: “Commit art, not terrorism.” Art is capable of producing commotions on par with a terrorist act, installing itself in the people’s memory and imagination. Art is a route, more laborious, but a route nonetheless.
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Almost every form of violence has a symbolic component, since the perpetrators strive to stir emotions in order to produce meaning. You can achieve the same result without causing physical harm.

 

In brief – super violent, misogynistic, homophobic, white guy hip-hop act just announced they were Christian evangelicals and this was all part of their plan.

Violent J explained himself unapologetically to a New Jersey newspaper: ”You have to speak their language. You have to interest them, gain their trust, talk to them and show you’re one of them. You’re a person from the street and you speak of your experiences. Then at the end you can tell them: God has helped me.”
Of course, one might argue that 20 years was, under the circumstances, an incredibly long time for them to have pretended to be unholy, and that, from a Christian perspective, the harm they did while feigning unholiness may even have outweighed the greater good.

 
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