Robert Anton Wilson needs our help

Robert Anton Wilson is one of the most important philosophers alive. I cannot overstate how brilliant the man’s work – particularly Cosmic Trigger, Prometheus Rising, and Quantum Psychology – is, and how important it has been to my own view of reality. Funny, lucid, unbearably wise, and all too human, he has consistently fought for human freedom and shown how to make better people and a better world.

Unfortunately now he is old and dying slowly and painfully of post-polio. And he is struggling to pay the rent.

Douglas Rushkoff seems to be spearheading an appeal for money for Bob so he can make the rent and die at home.

But right now, Bob is a human being in a rather painful fleshsuit, who needs our help. I refuse for the history books to say he died alone and destitute, for I want future generations to know we appreciated Robert Anton Wilson while he was alive.
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Any donations can be made to Bob directly to the Paypal account olgaceline@gmail.com.
You can also send a check payable to Robert Anton Wilson to
Dennis Berry c/o Futique Trust
P.O. Box 3561
Santa Cruz, CA 95063.

This is all very sad, but an entirely worthwhile cause.

(via everyone on to it 🙂

Torture bill states non allegiance to Bush is terrorism

Title says it all, really.

Buried amongst the untold affronts to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the very spirit of America, the torture bill contains a definition of “wrongfully aiding the enemy” which labels all American citizens who breach their “allegiance” to President Bush and the actions of his government as terrorists subject to possible arrest, torture and conviction in front of a military tribunal.

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Since with this bill, in the aggregate, Bush has declared himself to be above the Constitution and the laws of the United States, the allegiance of American citizens is no longer to the flag or the freedoms for which it stands, but to Bush himself, the self-appointed dictator, and any diversion from that allegiance will mandate arrest, torture and conviction in a military tribunal under the terms of this bill.

Article here. Well worth reading for a close analysis of the bill. The stuff about criminalising any challenge to the legislation’s legality by any US court is scary.

I guess they got bored with dictatorship-lite.

(Via post-atomic)

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