(Swans - July 2, 2012)
1. Men must rule women.
2. White men must rule colored men.
3. Rights and opportunities are proportionate to wealth.
4. Responsibility diminishes with wealth.
5. The purpose of government is to shield capital from democracy.
6. Thinking is the enemy of prejudice, while religion is its most comforting justification.
7. Underwriting prejudice is a privilege of wealth; espousing it is the opiate of the masses.
8. Adding to public ignorance in the service of marketing for private profit is a protected vice.
9. Only wage earners are obligated by patriotism.
10. To maintain our triumph of mediocrity, hypocrisy must always substitute for moral character.
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Manuel García, Jr. on Swans. He is a native of the upper upper west side barrio of the 1950s near Riverside Park in Manhattan, New York City, and a graduate engineering physicist who specialized in the physics of fluids and electricity. He retired from a 29 year career as an experimental physicist with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the first fifteen years of which were spent in underground nuclear testing. An avid reader with a taste for classics, and interested in the physics of nature and how natural phenomena can impact human activity, he has long been interested in non-fiction writing with a problem-solving purpose. García loves music and studies it, and his non-technical thinking is heavily influenced by Buddhist and Jungian ideas. A father of both grown children and a school-age daughter, today García occupies himself primarily with managing his household and his young daughter's many educational activities. García's political writings are left wing and, along with his essays on science-and-society, they have appeared in a number of smaller Internet magazines since 2003, including Swans. Please visit his personal Blog at manuelgarciajr.wordpress.com. (back)