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             alt.fan.goat FAQ: 
			 Introduction to the Goat 

Archive name: Frequently Answered Questions (FAQ) about alt.fan.goat
FAQ Name: alt.fan.goat FAQ
Author: AFG Historical Society ([email protected])
Copyright: Copyright 1999 afgHIST

Table of Contents

I. About the Goat
1. Who is the Goat?
2. Where did the name come from?
3. Why don't you identify his "real name"?
4. Why did the Goat arise?
5. What is the Goat's mission?

II. Understanding the Goat
1. Why I must approach the Goat as academic subject
2. Why I must always bring drugs for the Goat
3. What the Goat hopes to bring to the world
4. What the Goat does when he likes you
5. When to avoid the Goat, and Why

III. Historical Context
1. Postindustrial materialism
2. Moralistic politicism
3. Postmodernism counters
4. Heavy Metal as postmodern science

IV. Goat Contact/Resources
1. Web site
2. Email
3. Sightings

GOAT FAQ

I. About the Goat
	1. Who is the Goat?
	
		The Goat is an entity which posts regularly to alt.fan.goat,
		alt.rock-n-roll.metal.death, alt.music.black-metal, alt.thrash,
		alt.music.slayer, and alt.postmodern.
	
	2. Where did the name come from?

		The Goat has this to say about it: "Demons below -- 666
		ABORTCHRIST"

	3. Why don't you identify his "real name"?

		I can't claim to know there is one, or that it's important.  He
		is strictly an entity, a persona, a character.

	4. Why did the Goat arise?

		Disaffection with the brutality and stupidity of society
		combined with its hypocrisy, seen as arising in a collective
		pessimism derived from negative conditioning ("control"
		"discipline" "government" "industry" "religion") through
		vestiges of evolution carried through to today by social memory.

	5. What is the Goat's mission?

		The Goat's mission is to create a new form of thinking that
		transcends postmodernism through objectivism as visualized in
		the conceptualization, and deconstruction, of music as a form of
		planetary human communication.

II. Understanding the Goat
	1. Why I must approach the Goat as academic subject

		The Goat is an academe who took too many drugs and had to leave
		his academic home, but he is still a high-level abstract thinker
		in the sense that academia encourages.  Therefore, for
		theoretical, philosophical and highly technological questions,
		he is highly useful, but for everyday concerns he is almost
		totally useless.

	2. Why I must always bring drugs for the Goat

		It appeases his sense of brutal vengeance upon the rest of
		humankind.

	3. What the Goat hopes to bring to the world

		Peace, love, happiness, DEATH.

	4. What the Goat does when he likes you

		He will probably try to convince you to smoke a phallic, sticky,
		sloppy, honey-smeared device that leaks powdered marijuana on
		you.  This is a blunt.  Accept it gracefully, for not only is it
		the doorway to another world, but also it means when the
		munchies hit the Goat might follow his instincts to acquire
		excellent food.  After that, you know you have found a method of
		networking with the Goat.

	5. When to avoid the Goat, and Why

		If you are an ideologue (one who believes in the exclusive
		theory and practice of a doctrine) in the following traditions,
		please avoid the Goat for the sake of your health:
		
			* Fatalism
			* Materialism
			* Moralism
			* Jingoism
			* Christianity
			* Zoroastrianism
			* Judaism
			* Scientology

III. Historical Context
	1. Postindustrial materialism
		
		After it became established by a previous rennaissance that
		technology would be the future of mankind's frontire
		exploration, society polarized to function as a mechanistic
		production device.  In doing so, it modified the incipient
		material morality in Judeo-Christianity's "good-evil" spectrum,
		and empowered a social system where wealth determined the right
		to exercise power, or "moral" right to act.  The perversed
		philosophies of Locke and Rousseau became, combined with
		Darwinism and Protestant Christianity (read: liberal Judaism), a
		justification for a material order in which personal "success"
		was the most important goal, with the less-fit and
		less-chosen-by-God being weeded out by their inability to
		produce income.  This was used to justify endless killings, from
		simple political hangings in Europe to genocide in the Americas
		and Black slavery, an abomination and atrocity in its own right.
		
	2. Moralistic politicism

		Currently, we exist in an age of corporate control, where the
		city-state is secondary to its income stream, the multinational
		corporation (as appear in the Napalm Death songs and the books
		of Thomas Pynchon).  As it stands now, we have surrendered all
		of our will to a material morality where the basest elements
		determine whether or not something is challenging and new or
		"safe" and conservative.  While we vote with our hearts, our
		minds are deluded and occupied with "entertainment" like
		television which presupposes life is not worth living and must
		be replaced with unreal fantasy.  Our political and social
		systems crumble but our technology advances and the warlords get
		more powerful; we as individuals may see great successes, but as
		a species, we're pitting ourselves against ourselves as
		resources become more scarce.
		
		The greatest consequence of this development is that we've
		poisoned our planet and poisoned our society with a hate we
		can't admit we have, hiding instead behind Darwin or God.  Our
		children and grandchildren will be destroyed by this, and what
		of generations beyond?  Change the channel, Beavis: we've
		already all given up hope, and hope to only pass away quietly
		beneath nuclear waves we never saw coming.

		The Goat stands opposed to this development in history, and
		argues to change it toward dentological socialism.

	3. Postmodernism counters

		Postmodernism, or the realization of relativity in art and
		science, has caused a great divergence in history: how to
		understand relativism, without making it an overall philosophy?
		Obviously it is insane to say we each exist exclusively in our
		own worlds, for it is possible and _consistent_ that we
		interact, as "proven" by the scientific method of
		test-hypothesis-test induction.  It is further insane to insist
		we must judge others but then to say, "It is okay for that
		person, in his/her situation."  Our morality is what has become
		relativistic and in doing so, we have conveniently replaced it
		with what stood behind it for all of history: material control,
		or power.  What's the oldest gig but to claim God ("the power of
		everything") told you to rule?
		
		Relativism is perhaps best expressed in James Joyce's Ulysses,
		in both a constructive and destructive way.  Constructively,
		Joyce unifies the different "threads" of his characters
		wandering around town, establishes different interpretations of
		objective events and finally similar conclusions on the same
		events, and notes an organic, mystical consciousness to
		existence.  Where he is destructive is his pity: he glorifies
		the underdog-loving culture of Judeo-Christianity in a
		sentimentalism that is crass for his intellectual exploits. 
		
		The challenge of relativism is even greater than what is
		proposed immediately, in perspective re-assessment, because it
		includes also the preomonition of a greater complexity to the
		order of the "whole" than we normally suppose.  Simultaneously,
		as we watch ourselves murder each other, we realize our world is
		within our control and not in the hands of a benevolent god (or
		at least, not one who will intervene).  As diligent
		postmodernists we must remember the self-reduction of
		relativism: all things are relative, especially to the system
		which dynamically unifies them: an objective truth.  Having done
		this, we must find new ways of exploring our world with a love
		for existence instead of a need for control.

	4. Heavy Metal as postmodern science
	
		Heavy Metal, as a form of art, is postmodern science.  Accepting
		the precepts of postmodernism and countering them with science,
		it has produced a logical, anti-materialistic, Romanticist
		philosophy which encourages reduction of mercy, pity, self-pity,
		solipsism, sentimentalism, morality and other intellectual
		errors.  Its culture is a tight-knit group of people joined by
		an ideology transferred by sound who have made changes in the
		"public culture" more prominent than the hardcore, metal, gothic
		and industrial "sub-cultures."
	
		Objectivism is seen as Romanticist in heavy metal, which by
		nature of its exploration of the ambiguous, unknown and evil
		hopes to decode "aesthetic," or appearance and categorical
		position, as a process of "structure," or underlying logical
		conditions in material or intellectual space.  This objectivism
		is romantic in that it posits a level at which humans can
		interact with their world wholistically through design, and in
		doing so, can build themselves an externality to reflect the
		inner peace they seek.  (Metal does not stop there, but its
		recommendations for inner peace are best decoded by practice -
		the secrets will not be given away here.)

IV. Goat Contact/Resources
	1. Web site
		The Goat has a website at http://www.anus.com/people/goat/.
	2. Email
		You used to be able to email the Goat, but now that no longer 
		works.  I would try: goat at anus dotty com
	3. Sightings
		Confirmed GOAT sightings: Hollywood, California; Houston, Texas;
		Amsterdam, The Netherlands
	4. Who Wrote This FAQ
		The alt.fan.goat Historical Society (afgHIST) hired two college
		interns for two weeks to write this.  Their names are Melonie
		Richards (Syracuse) and Steven Maxwell (Occidental).


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