Isaiah 32

“Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. 4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. 5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. 6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. 7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. 8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.”

Proverbs 11:23-28

“23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. 26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. 27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. 28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.”

In a time when paper has replaced seeds as money, the admonition must still stand as some two-trillion dollars remain held from circulation and investment, its apparent purpose as bribe money to influence politicians and that selfsame God toward Armageddon. Those who’d think to control God must believe themselves special, to deserve that kind of power.

Let me continue to be regarded as the mischief that torments the mischief makers, those who belittle the impoverished and seek favors from the rich. In my studies of the Bible as a youth, I learned to equate God with good and love, and Satan with hatred and evil. I had no real way to pick from all the conflicting messages about it how to recognize which is good and which is evil. Even love and hate morphed into each other as preachers preached and neighbors talked and I was punished for deeds I had thought would help. I stopped listening to the speechers and the preachers and turned to the written word for my own mode of self-expression. That represents evidence: against me, if I need correction; against deniers, sneaky patrons of Satan who defend their errors with bluster and lies—it matters little if he exists—they do and they proclaim belief in a god named God and they serve causes that have to be designated as Satan’s, whatever I do or don’t believe about him, and so plainly showing whom they honor with the title, God.

I had seen that those who spoke would deny some things they said, and the evidence, words left hanging in the air, remained invisible. It appealed to me that I could compare what had been written to check my memory, and to show when others proclaimed otherwise. I often wondered, during all that time, why the god named God had chosen to stay invisible. It says in John 1:1 that God is a word. It says, in fact, that God was the word. You can understand that in several ways, all of which may be true. No other explanation of it made any durable sense. God, by all accounts, is invisible. Words are invisible. Even printed words remain invisible until reading gives them meaning and you hear them in your head. The sound is what gives them meaning; otherwise they may as well be splotches of dirt. The Big Bang could be God. Can you prove it is not?

As I grew, I learned that, through the ages, the name ‘God’ had stood for many things. God had several names scattered through the Bible, and each of those names presented a different personality. When you have read those various names enough times, to hear it in your head or to hear it said elicits a sense of those various personalities so that you can make a foggy mental picture: Mean God; Nice God; Creator God; Father God; God the son of God; God the spirit of God… on and on till in our own time, God, the idols of God, foisted by America’s gains-seeking rentiers. (pronounced kinda like wren’-shas, at least in the southern USA). Wiktionary.

From Wikipedia: “Rentier capitalism is a term currently used to describe economic practices of parasitic monopolization of access to any (physical, financial, intellectual, etc.) kind of property, and gaining significant amounts of profit without contribution to society.” Rentiers are only interested in one or both of two things: how to gain the most money and/or power. Unlike the average person who takes care of multiple concerns and may someday risk life and limb to help another, today’s rentier will consider potentials of gains versus losses before submitting to a financial risk. Power needs go toward maximizing control so that conditions are the greatest possible to favor maximal gains for the rentier’s acquisitions and deals. He or she will willingly spend thousands or millions on inflamed advertising to assure a return of millions or billions.

The biblical churl and the rentier are of a kind from different times and conditions. Selfish, ignorant but cunning, seeking unearned advantages over others, neither contributes much to the social systems wherein they flourish by draining the wealth away from those whose efforts earned it. Absentee landlords, those in charge of conglomerates so large they cannot know details of their daily operations, figureheads of gigantic corporations far-flung over the face of the Earth, all of whom know little about their enterprise beyond a couple of layers beneath their station, are the rentiers of our era. Their interest in people gets expressed as gains and losses, cost versus benefit to the enterprise, and the manipulation of conditions and production toward the greatest returns to justify their own personal increase.

In our time, both major political parties appear to pander after the rentiers, philosophically and rhetorically as they answer to the call of cash and hired lobbyists. Pledge-signing Republicans and Tea-Partiers cater to voters’ emotions by injecting religion and other animal-level gropes into speeches reminiscent of those old movies about Hitler. Backed by a bevy of Limbaugh clones and rentier-promised funding they now blatantly engage in ongoing anything goes nonstop performances of slander against not only their rivals, but also anybody whose lifestyle, religion or physical image differs from theirs, all in an effort to maintain a ready scapegoat to blame for the results of their own misdeeds. Right now a dollar is worth less than a penny compared to the beginning of my life; accordingly an average factory worker earns half or less for his 40-hour week. Rentiers, however, may be banking on a future when they have all the nation’s wealth in their idle hands, when scarcity will increase the dollar’s value and they will control a world while wearing iron gloves.

That calamitous criminal catastrophe can be forestalled only by making clear who those people are, banishing their bribe-making henchmen from access to those people to whom we voted and assigned responsibility for watching after our interests, downsizing megalithic corporations and, now  that they can be recognized as people, making them as accessible to lawsuits and arrest. If a corporation cannot be arrested, then that decision must be recognized as fallacious and reversed. Oligarchy seems inevitable if people who make no real societal contribution continue to be allowed to amass huge fortunes without limits while gaming the system. Wake up and pay attention to what’s going on. Put on your skeptical filters, and stop acting like blind fools. Learn to tell when you’re being spoon-fed misinformation. INSIST ON VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE FROM RELIABLE SOURCES, especially peer-reviewed sources like Wikipedia or academia. Beware of hidden agendas and misinformation from people protecting vested interests.

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