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Dialectics of a Crisis
by James M. Craven/Omahkohkiaaiipooyii

The Taoists, had it right:
any crisis,
and is driven by,
many opposing,
yet unified,

A crisis,
“Wei Ji”,
or danger;
and yet also,
hidden opportunity;
if one can grasp,
the “Ji”,
the organic complexities,
and intricacies of systems
other meanings of

Wei Ji:
a critical turning point
natural evolutionary change
what could be more natural?
after sorrow,
comes happiness,
in the contradiction,
lies the hope;
the negation
of the negation.

In all Order,
often hidden,
In all Chaos,
and often hidden,
In all chance,
but not certainty.

of sliding into the abyss,
in myriad ways,
with myriad consequences.
to ponder,
to understand,
perhaps eliminate,
what caused the crisis;
the Taoists
saw and meant
in the order
and chaos
of things.

No Crisis is all bad,
for everyone.
For some,
a crisis,
can be very profitable;
more opportunity
than danger;
more profit
than loss;
more certainty
than risk;
more opportunity
than emptiness.

for “photo-ops”
for and with
the movers and shakers;
perhaps those,
who caused the crisis,
the otherwise,
upwardly mobile.
for TV networks,
news anchors,
to make their bones,
to get, or to keep,
their “field creds”,
as they try to show:
there they are,
on the scene;
oh how they suffered,
to get “there”,
how primitive their digs,
they will tell you,
over and over,
they are part of the story,
really, the main part,
as if,
on an African safari,
“in the field”,
in the middle,
of the misery and rubble,
on the hunt,
for worthy victims,
the ones that look
like themselves,
or of our caricatures,
of “them”–
the “other”;
the ones that do not
or answer,
those nasty and nagging questions
or troublesome visits
back to the dustbins
of history.

See for yourself,
the news anchors,
are not just coiffed,
teleprompter readers,
Ken and Barbie dolls,
waxing so eloquent,
with someone else’s words,
so visibly somber,
and sad,
on cue,
for a brief moment,
of shallow affect,
genocide in Rwanda,
how about those Yankees?
until they lead in,
to the next “piece”,
victims and their misery,
just a “piece”,
a mere commodity,
news, as filler,
between the commercials,
the real point,
of “The News”.

Business as
and is
Victims and their misery,
so cynically used,
as mere commodities,
as mere stage props,
as in department store windows
for careers,
of the upwardly mobile,
self-selected and self-anointed
with “The Truth”
just ask them.

“The people have a right to know”
“We just cover what the people want”.
“The people can choose to turn us off”
building and feeding
the celebrity,
narcissism and hubris,
of those
not even asking permission,
as they thrust the cameras,
microphones, and themselves,
into the faces and sufferings,
death and misery
of the “least of these”;
professions of compassion,
in syrupy and patronizing
who asked for these “Messiahs”?

Some very profitable photos,
of victims and their misery,
can be had,
maybe even a Pulitzer,
as they distract the rescuers
from rescue
when seconds
literally mean life and death.
as stenography,
for the fat takers,
and gatekeepers,
of access–
the real coin of the realm;
which brings in
the “scoops”,
that bring
exposure and celebrity,
and more access,
to even bigger “scoops”,
closer to that Pulitzer,
The spiral of “Suckcess”,
never really posing,
the “fifth-W” of journalism:

the poverty?
feed the poor,
and one is called
a saint;
ask why are there poor,
one is called a communist;
so many years,
before the earthquake?
Poverty that makes,
not all earthquakes,
and other such crises,
equal, or even,
all that “natural”.
the likes of
Papa and Baby Doc in Haiti?
Did they just
fall out of the sky one day
to run their brutal dictatorships?
Who installed and kept them in power?
the U.S. imperium?
is the past is not dead,
or even past?;
It lives within the present,
as for all of us.

Not only is there Danger,
there is Opportunity:
beyond dreams,
for bloated bureaucracies,
for scams,
for “charities”,
far more about greed,
and huge salaries,
big offices,
than any charity.

There is Opportunity:
for failed ex-U.S. presidents,
malignant narcissists
war criminals even,
using their celebrity,
for their “cause celebre”,
of the fleeting moment,
to rehabilitate themselves,
for the historians,
and history books,
of the future;
after all,
what good is fame,
if it is not eternal?
imperfect mortal
like statues and monuments,
and names on buildings
as death,
is the ultimate,
democratic institution,
not even the Carnegies and Mellons,
could buy
their way out of it.

Groucho, that is,
was right:
“The secret of life,
[and success]
is honesty and fair dealing;
if you can FAKE
you’ve got it made.”
There is Opportunity:
for sales and promotions,
for photo-ops
with selected victims,
the kind that look cute
and safely pathetic;
used as stage-props;
for every item purchased,
10 cents will be donated,
to the victims
of this tragedy
that are “worthy” of mention
There is Opportunity:
for prayers and praying
that really amount
to more about preying
on the decency
and compassion,
of those well-intended.
There is Opportunity:
for diversions,
from other crises,
even more problematic ,
if the WHY? of journalism
were ever
seriously posed,
and really answered,
about them;
of mass deception,
of mass distraction,
of mass destruction
of mass diversion
of mass dispair
in various forms.

Give food to,
or pray for,
the poor,
they will call you
a saint;
Nobel prizes for Peace
given to war makers and expanders,
nothing is sacred;
ask WHY
the poor have nothing,
they will call you a communist
and worse…

And there is Opportunity:
in the giving of money,
that can be so easy,
easier to give
than time,
or skills,
or serious analysis
involving serious risks;
often a cover,
for all sorts
of cognitive dissonance
“I did my bit”;
kept my Karma
out of receivership;
There is Opportunity:
for the celebrities
of Hollywood,
and Washington, D.C
the other “Hollywierd”
for ugly people,
to strut their stuff,
for their own cause célèbre
ribbons of various colors,
of their choice.
so promiently displayed,
on that tux
or that $30,000 gown.


About jimcraven10

About jimcraven10 1. Citizenship: Blackfoot, U.S. and Canadian; 2. Position: tenured Professor of Economics and Geography; Dept. Head, Economics; 3. Teaching, Consulting and Research experience: approx 40 + years all levels high school to post-doctoral U.S. Canada, Europe, China, India, Puerto Rico and parts of E. Asia; 4. Work past and present: U.S. Army 1963-66; Member: Veterans for Peace; former VVAW; Veterans for 9-11 Truth; Scholars for 9-11 Truth; Pilots for 9-11 Truth; World Association for Political Economy; Editorial Board International Critical Thought; 4.. U.S. Commercial-Instrument Pilot ; FAA Licensed Ground Instructor (Basic, Advanced, Instrument and Simulators); 5. Research Areas and Publications: International law (on genocide, rights of nations, war and war crimes); Imperialism (nature, history, logic, trajectories, mechanisms and effects); Economic Geography (time and space modeling in political economy; globalization--logic and effects; Political Economy and Geography of Imperialism); Indigenous versus non-Indigenous Law; Political Economy of Socialism and Socialist Construction; 6. Member, Editorial Board, "International Critical Thought" published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; International Advisory Board and Columnist 4th Media Group, (Beijing); 7. Other Websites publications at;;; 8.Biography available in: Marquis Who’s Who: in the World (16th-18th; 20th; 22nd -31st (2014) Editions); Who’s Who in America (51st-61st;63rd-68th(2014) Editions); Who’s Who in the West (24th- 27th Editions);Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (3rd to 6th, 8th, 11th (2011-2012) Editions); Who’s Who in Finance and Industry (29th to 37th Editions); Who’s Who in American Education (6th Edition). ------------------- There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e. the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear, and even more, separation from friends, from family, from the state, to which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear as life itself. For this obedience is the law of our being. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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