The New Pot Enlightenment

The New Pot Enlightenment

Steven Hager

Art / History / Music

With legalization sweeping the world, what's needed is a more mature attitude toward cannabis. Steven Hager has spent a lifetime on the front lines of the legalization movement and has long stressed responsible use. Cannabis has always had a very close connection with spirituality, along with math and music.Unfortunately, the image of the average stoner is not particularly attractive for people outside the culture, and for good reason since stoners are most often portrayed in the mass media as dumb slacker slobs. But this was not always the case. In the 1930’s, vipers were actually daper cats with refined taste in fashion and a deep understanding of blues and jazz. So what's required is a path back to this forgotten past, a time when cannabis use was cool and carried zero negative stigma. And the route is through the harmonization of all religions, which will end the manipulation of religion to manifest war for profit.
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The Bitcoin Revolution

The Bitcoin Revolution

Steven Hager

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Bitcoin is rapidly transforming the financial landscape with a peer-to-peer solution for wealth transfer. It has already shown the capacity to absorb tremendous resources and withstand crisis sell-offs. Read this short ebook to understand why you should invest in this revolutionary computer art meets cryptography concept.I came late to Bitcoin and have zero understanding of the technical complexities of cryptography, but I do realize Bitcoin is open source and completely transparent and completely non-predatory in design, a real departure from our banking industry. Any assets moved into Bitcoin virtually disappear from the public record at this point and do not become taxable events until they are brought back into the system. Bitcoin has numerous benefits to offer and represents a real threat to our current corrupt money system. The media has been relentlessly negative on bitcoins for a reason: they threaten the status quo. This text serves as a manifesto for the rise of a Bitcoin nation.
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East Village

East Village

Steven Hager

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Yukyuk is a speed freak and Harry sells weed and hash from his one-room apartment on 11th Street. One warm summer night in 1967, they have a problem, and that problem ends in murder.In the mid-1960's, a teenage, hippie crash-pad scene developed in New York's East Village. Many of the arrivals were escaping repressive or abusive home environments. During this time, I was forced to run away twice before my father would consent for me to grow long hair. Today they call it "The Generation Gap," but it was really a Generation War. However, life in the East Village got increasingly bizarre as hard drug use increased, revealing a dark underbelly to the emerging hippie subculture.
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My Chomsky Critique

My Chomsky Critique

Steven Hager

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Noam Chomsky exploded on the academic scene while I was a graduate student in 1977, but, since I'd already had my world views rearranged by Thomas Kuhn, I never really could buy into the Chomsky fan club or a lot of their dogmas.Noam Chomsky is both the whipping post of the radical conspiracy community and the voice of reason for the intellectual left. The conspiracy community refers to Chomsky as "a gatekeeper" and a lot of people treat him like a government shill instead of the government critic he is.But at the same time, Noam began his career on the Lower East Side, as a die-hard Marxist, and the truth of the matter is that wherever you find Marxism in America, you'll find spooks and skull & bones. Even today after decades of studies, I still can't figure the spooks from the true believers. Like John Reed. He was a child of the American oligarchy who played a huge roll in spreading Marxism. Was he a spook? While a graduate student, I wrote my first critique of Chomsky's revolutionary theories in linguistics.
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The Stockholm Manifesto

The Stockholm Manifesto

Steven Hager

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A peek inside the mind of an American refugee stranded penniless in Sweden during the height of the Vietnam War.After burning most of my bridges in the States, I fled to Sweden in the winter of 1972 to avoid the draft. I had just enough money to buy an old used typewriter and was heavily influenced by Louis-Ferdinand Celine when I wrote this story. The American deserter community had recently been decimated by drug arrests and the remnants that remained seemed to be under surveillance from a variety of intelligence agencies.
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Nothing is Everything

Nothing is Everything

Steven Hager

Art / History / Music

Ever find yourself in a dead-end with no future? Years after graduating from college with an art degree, Bugsy finds himself on a treadmill to nowhere and wonders how everything went wrong in the first place.Bugsy first appears in my short story "East Village" as a 16-year-old runaway living near Tompkins Square Park in 1967. Here we meet him again exactly one decade later and his circumstances have changed dramatically. If you don't set a course in life, you begin to drift, which has good and bad aspects. This story takes place in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, twin-cities dominated by the biggest university in Illinois. Many graduates hang around town for a few years after graduation trying to figure out a next move.
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Paradigms and Perception

Paradigms and Perception

Steven Hager

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What is popular culture and how does it evolve and grow? How do people establish core beliefs and do these beliefs affect their perception of the universe? These questions are probed in this groundbreaking essay.In popular culture many paradigms exist alongside each other, none of which are right or wrong. There is no one real meaning to life, only a set of possible paths leading in many directions. The area that should be investigated, however, is the development of propaganda and its influence on the shaping of our shared symbol system, and the possible influence these systems may have on what Carl Jung referred to as “the collective unconsciousness.” Is there a telepathic field shared by all humanity? Or thousands of mini-fields competing for the telepathic airwaves?A unique history of popular culture is explored, one that places Congo Square in New Orleans at its epicenter.
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