Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org &
Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / Social Epistemology / Cosmology / Magic /
@ K. 2004 02 15
Mission: to further detail my relating secular magic to sacred, politics being just as much a superstition as religion
I’ll take time only to sketch what’s to come:
A point I first made in graduate school has been hinted at in Knatz.com: The biblical account of the temptation of Adam through Eve (that Milton so fleshed out in his Paradise Lost) has Satan offering Eve this and that: knowledge, power … I’ll quote and add details in the next draft.
Straight to the point, Part I. Did Satan prove that he possessed any of the things offered? Did Satan prove that he had title to any of those things? that he could transfer title? Or was he selling the Brooklyn Bridge? something he didn’t possess to people who still wouldn’t own it no matter what they paid?
We all know that Eve was supposed to have taken the bait and that she in turn tempted Adam. (Blaming the female has a long history.)
My pointing out that the Temptation was a fraud has been little heard these forty years since I first made it. Knatz.com’s expansion of such points to the secular has found a slightly wider audience. This file is to hammer the point, especially its second part, in detail in future drafts:
Part 2: The state offers its helpless citizens a long series of wonders: justice, education, security … Does the state have justice to give or to sell? Does the state have education? (Is the state itself learned?)
It’s been estimated that governments killed one hundred sixty-three million of their own citizens in the Twentieth Century — “enemies” killed in war not counting. Does the state really have security to offer?
How many Brooklyn Bridges have been sold in the sorry history of over-civilized man?