Plutocracy Caused The European Crisis, & Why Fascism Comes In, As A Double edged Sword. How to remedy…

February 17, 2019

Plutocracy is the rule, not just of money, but of evil (that’s the full sense of “Pluto”, successor of Hades and ancestor of Satan). Plutocracy is amplification of the human Dark Side by Civilization itself. In particular plutocracy shows up in evil corporations which employ politicians. This is not new: (elected) king Francois I of France and his rival Charles Quint (born a few miles away) were, de facto, owned by their respective banks, many around Florence for the former, and mostly in Germany, for the latter. Charles Quint got elected “Roman” emperor, because he spent even more bankers’ money than Francois.

Plutocracy turns into an oligarchy so extreme, it uses evil to keep on ruling. Oligarchy, the rule of a few, is intrinsically fascist and inhuman, because only a few rule… Whereas human genetics has evolved to be ruled by none except love of all and the reason of many… but for the exception of actual combat.

This brings us to the fascist instinct (also something honed by evolution to enable otherwise weak primates to survive). Fascism is not just a tool for plutocrats to go on with their power and terror. Fascism is an old instinct which dominates human behavior when, submitted to a threat of extinction, primates group up, and follow the leader, in all ways, because, so doing, they act as one, and are more coordinated, thus stronger in combat, as they act as one superorganism.

The fasces (“bundle”) symbolised the imperium power of the Roman magistrates (later the emperor) to inflict corporal punishment (beating with the rods) or even death (beheading by the axe), although no Roman magistrate could summarily execute a Roman citizen after passage of the laws of the twelve tables (but Roman “imperators”, top generals, could, on their soldiers). To be executed in Roman “old style” meant being beaten with rods while tied to a x-shaped cross, or the head stuck in a fork, and then beheaded (or self-strangled). This was the punishment that the Senate ordered for the emperor Nero, which prompted him to commit suicide.
The fasces appears to have originated from the Etruscans, as evidenced by surviving artifacts showing a thin bundle of rods surrounding a two-headed axe that may have been influenced by the labrys, the Minoan double-headed axe (the tradition may then have passed to the Franks, as the “Francisque” was a double headed axe). Under the Roman Republic, the fasces developed into a thicker bundle of birch rods, sometimes surrounding a single-headed axe and tied together with a red leather ribbon into a cylinder. The fasces suggests strength through unity, since a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is very difficult to break.
The lictors were special officials and bodyguards who carried the fasces and preceded the magistrates or emperor. The highest magistrate, the dictator, was entitled to twenty-four lictors and fasces, a consul to twelve, a proconsul eleven, a praetor six (two within the pomerium), a propraetor five, and the curule aediles two. During a triumph (victory parade) the fasces was decorated with a laurel wreath. The “fasces” is the origin of our modern word “fascism” to denote totalitarian power. But it is used by many Republican organisations and governments merely as a symbolic continuation of Roman style authority, law and order, of We The People above the universe.

 

 

 

Hence the rise of fascism among those who fight plutocracy. It’s a defensive behavior. Thus fascism is used in contradictory ways. But that’s not surprising: to fight those with swords, one can’t use flowers, one has to use swords. Nazis didn’t get persuaded by logic. 5.5 millions of German soldiers defending Nazism had to be killed, and even more than that had to be injured or imprisoned, for Nazism to stop.

We saw this sort of complexity arise in the 1930s: Italian, German and Spanish fascists were financed, enabled, and manipulated by plutocrats (most of them from the USA)… However, the fascist leaders were riding an… anti-plutocratic wave! (Hitler and company claimed to be fighting “plutocrats”, as they themselves said… while being financed and even armed, by… the same plutocrats they were stridently excoriating in their public discourses!)

 

We have a similar situation now. Bankers, the financial sector, are more powerful than ever (due to a deliberate mismanagement, by bought-off politicians, of “Quantitative Easing” and “TARP” by US and EU governments). Plutocrats manipulate media, the British media, the least trusted among 33 countries polled, in particular (British media is owned by plutocrats who fear european legislation taxing and regulating them… worldwide, so their plan was to weaken Europe fatally…)

 

The situation is thus very complex, and cannot be acted upon without prior correct analysis. This is true in Europe, and in the USA. Just complaining about “old political” parties is besides the points.

 

In particular, Brexit was a manipulation. Corbyn, 45 years ago, was the sole anti-European Labor politician, thus is probably even more anti-Europe than May (also he is married to a banker, below all his marxist-like rhetoric)….

The way out is much more referendums: motivated, We the People will start analyzing the situation more thoroughly. The best place to start is to re-run the brexit referendum, this time making it “legislating” (last time it was consultative). Plutocrats don’t want this third referendum on Europe in the UK, because they know that We The People will vote to stay in the European Union.

Patrice Ayme

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This was in answer to George Soros
Europe, Please Wake Up

Feb 11, 2019 GEORGE SOROS
The first step to defending Europe from its enemies, both internal and external, is to recognize the magnitude of the threat they present. The second is to awaken the sleeping pro-European majority and mobilize it to defend the values on which the EU was founded.

MUNICH – Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment, that the range of possibilities is very broad, and that the eventual outcome is thus highly uncertain.

 

Oumuamua (1I) and Vega

February 11, 2019

Last year saw the first out of Solar System object zoom by. Some said it was obviously an extraterrestrial starship considering its shape and speed and origin:
https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/science-and-philosophy-two-aspects-of-the-same-thing-why-they-are-separated/
The subject of planets around other stars is as philosophical as philosophical can be: Giordano Bruno was tortured for 7 years, and burned alive, after mutilations, just for claiming there were other star systems, with planets… (that offended the Jesus myth… Did each inhabited planet come with its own little green Jesus?)

We need hope, a wider perspective: the cosmos provides them, even if we don’t get there, we can dream of it… Dreaming leads. Good dreams do best…. And displace nightmares… Loving the cosmos displaces hating neighbors
Planetary formation is a subject in formation… and crucial, for giving us humans cosmic hope and purpose, an arrow for civilization…. Seems to me Dr. Ian Miller is saying that HABITABILITY, usually interpreted as the zone in a Solar System where liquid water can be found on the surface, also influences planetary formation crucially. I like it, a lot.

My own original idea on life creating planets is that they need to be in the radioactive belt… Habitability is a different notion:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/is-this-why-we-are-alone/

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Oumuamua is a small asteroidal object somewhere between 100 – 1000 meters long and is considerably longer than it is broad. Basically, it looks like a slab of rock, and is currently passing through the solar system on its way to wherever. It is our first observation of an interstellar object hence the bracketed formal name: 1 for first, I for interstellar. How do we know it came from interstellar space? Its orbit has been mapped, and its eccentricity determined. The eccentricity of a circular orbit is zero; an eccentricity greater than zero but less than one means the object is in an elliptical orbit, and the larger the eccentricity, the bigger the difference between closest and furthest approach to the sun. Oumuamua was found to have an eccentricity of 1.1995, which means, being greater than 1, it is on a hyperbolic orbit. It started somewhere where the sun’s gravity…

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Of Those Pseudo Democrats Hiding Their Plutocracy Behind B Series Actor

February 5, 2019

After chastising some fakery claiming to be advanced philosophy for not being advanced at all, but a form of cretinism, lets’ go back to basics: One thing that was definitely wrong with lots of “democrats” was their professed admiration for Reagan (Obama was of that persuasion).

Bill Gorrell:“The regime elected in 1980 was the Reagan/O’Neill administration. O’Neil and the Dems voted for all the stuff Reagan gets slammed over. We’d be in a lot better shape now if O’Neil, the Dems and the unions would have stood up to Reagan. UPDATE: I have thought that Reagan’s popularity terrified the Dems and unions. I know think that Reagan gave them cover to continue the deregulation that began with Carter and it allowed union leaders to start cooperating with management with “team” unionism.”

Inequality USA: during most of its rise, democrats were in control…

Patrice Ayme to Bill: Absolutely what I have been saying for more than a decade. I discovered this when my (personal) friend Obama became president. The change was amazing: the big boys were in charge. It was as if Obama had just been hired by an incredibly powerful corporation hidden from the sight of the public. My closest family members immediately lied to me in an extravagant way: they had been told my influence on Obama was “unpredictable”… If there is an individual one want to be able to predict, it’s the president, when one is a donor. There is no way out of this, but for the institution of DIRECT DEMOCRACY running in parallel. Direct democracy means the We The People vote LAWS directly. Congress would then be charged with refining the laws in question. That system already exists in Switzerland. It is increasingly used, and it’s a great success. It explains why Switzerland is so wealthy while at the same time, much egalitarian legislation has been passed recently (with more to come).

Chris Tafoya to Patrice Ayme:

Your friend was a disappointment. Actually. Sorry for your loss.

Patrice Ayme Yes, a huge disappointment. Made me completely depressed, for years. Especially as it doubled with family betrayal (they loved to go the White House)

Chris Tafoya to Patrice Ayme:”No. Pity him.

PA: I grew up in Africa. I saw crocs eat. I don’t pity them. Nor do they expect pity.

In the Qur’an, one of the main targets are hypocrites:

Surah At-Tawbah – Verse 68

  1. 68. “Allah has promised the hypocrite men and the hypocrite women and the infidels, the Fire of Hell, to abide in it forever. That is enough for them, Allah has cursed them, and for them is a lasting chastisement.”

Hey, once in a while, I even agree with the Qur’an, and verily, that’s no hypocrisy.

Patrice Ayme

 

Nazi Heidegger: Faith In Wishes, Morality, Reason Be Damned

February 5, 2019

“Philosopher” HEIDEGGER, OR WHEN KILLING MILLIONS OF BABIES WAS “INNER TRUTH AND GREATNESS” OF “UNRESTRICTED APPLICATION OF THE RACE PRINCIPLE” [“invented by the Jews“]

Many of the various ills which affect the West are caused by the way leaders, the elite, learned to think while in universities. The rationally poisonous Heidegger, a Nazi, is a regular fixture in philosophy departments around the world. Many “humanists” view him as the greatest philosopher. Yeah, he is, the greatest NAZI philosopher. He has even infected the Anglo-Saxon world (which saw him for the Nazi he was half a century ago). Why? Because anything, anybody, attacking reason, is most precious to plutocracy.

However, since the Great Recession, ten years ago, STEM majors have pulled ahead of humanities majors. It makes sense: after all the humanities have been enable to stem the organization of society as a plutocracy… precisely because of having been rotten at the head by the likes of Heidegger and its related descendant “French Theory“, black holes of thought.

This is the companion essay to:

(Naive readers will get outraged and claim I understood nothing, and scream with Gallic enthusiasm that Heidegger and French Theory are critical of the Neoliberal order (=plutocracy). Yes, they are, superficially, just like a vaccine is apparently critical of the body, but then protects against alien agents. Heidegger and French Theory are vaccines against what is for them an alien agent, reason… As the French Latour now admits…)

Many go around, howling against Trump, an hirsute bankers’ toy, with some basic common sense on some most significant points, such as deindustrialization, and brain drain by Xi, and then, satisfied with their great “liberalism”, they go back to their altar, revering Heidegger. They turn to “Being and Time“, and haughtily pretend, as if they knew how to read, that they find nothing therein about races and racial competition, thus ain’t Nazi. Those pseudo-intellectuals don’t understand Nazism was much more than that. Nazism was, most basically, a will to fight to death (to select the strong, eliminate degenerates, Nazis sang), underlaid by a method to apprehend the world mentally: Nazis preached irrationality, and will as the best interface. Faith dominated reason, in the Nazi approach to the world. As with Heidegger, our awareness of beings depended on our feeling of dread in the face of nothingness (and an obsession with race filled that void). Thus Heidegger made nihilism primary.

Is it possible to be very clever and, at the same time, very idiotic? Is it possible to be very irrational, and very rational? Yes. Hitler is case in point. Hence a morale, and a warning: one shouldn’t judge individuals globally, inasmuch as their ideas, emotions, moods, and tropisms…

In his December 1949 Bremen lecture, “Das Ge-Stell” (the second lecture of a four-part series), Heidegger said that:

…”farming is now a motorized food industry, in essence the same as the fabrication of corpses in gas chambers and extermination camps, the same as the blockade and starving of the peasantry, the same as the fabrication of the hydrogen bomb.

Heidegger was unable to make moral distinctions. More than ten million died in gas chambers. Heidegger compares this to the food industry. He specifically writes that “they were in essence the same” (im Wesen das Selbe)… (The passage was excised in later editions of the book, after 1953…)

“Racial breeding” stems from machination, claimed Heidegger, observing Jews live according to the “race-principle,” and “this is why they resist its [i.e. the race principle’s] unrestricted application.For Martin Heidegger, philosopher to vicious idiots, assassinating six millions Jews, and double that of all sorts of “inferior races”, including at least four million children, is “unrestricted application of the race principle”.  Who admires that pig, that mass murderer? Other mass murdering pigs? In Heidegger’s imagination, the Jews invented the logic of machination that brought about their annihilation. The great philosopher of the idiots blames the assassinated babies for “resisting”.

The “race principle” among Nazis, was to a great extent a pretext to launch the struggle for existence: war. Hitler talked in terms identical to Heidegger on that subject. Hitler viewed Chinese, Japanese and Arabs as superior races. In some ways, Hitler was less racist than standard US racism (a statement to make one shiver a long time…)

Contemporary Heidegger scholars keep on claiming, in their unfathomable ignorance, and greed, that the Nazi (member of the Nazi Party) Heidegger never said anything Nazi. That’s beyond “FakeNews”, it’s outright lying. They lie, because Heidegger, that is, Nazism, is their own business model: that is why they have a career.

Besides being the Nazi in chief of his university, tormenting all Jews, and other enemies of Nazism, Heidegger wrote in 1935, in one of his major books:

“What is peddled about nowadays as philosophy, especially that of National Socialism, but has nothing to do with the inner truth and greatness of that movement is nothing but fishing in that troubled sea of values and totalities.”

  • Introduction to Metaphysics (1953) — a publication of lectures of 1935.

Inner truth and greatness? Precisely the “irrationality” that is the spine of Heidegger’s “Being and Time”.The irrationality stems from Heidegger’s a twisted, extreme, and obsessive rejection of a very old meta-evidence, called “representationalism

Representationalism” observes that the world we see in conscious experience is not the real world itself, but goes through internal representation… something confirmed by neuro sciences. Thus, we know and sense only our emotions, ideas or interpretations of objects in the world, because a barrier (or veil of perception) between the mind and the existing world prevents first-hand knowledge of anything.

That is, of course, an idea so simple, Homo Erectus already operated according to it, to be able to establish Homo erectus science, which included a crucial mastery of fire. Homo Erectus knew that he had to be defiant of direct sense perception, but not so with Heidegger or Homo Nazicus.

Thus Heidegger denied the idea that the most important thing about us humans is that we have minds and that our minds make pictures of the world. For Heidegger, that would put the mind outside of the world, looking over at it. Instead, as many a top Nazi, Heidegger was busy engaging his mind fully in extramarital affairs with prominent Jewish intellectuals: for example Elisabeth Blochmann and Hannah Arendt. (It was not just the Nazis who were sick in Germany; the Jews too, as Hannah Arendt herself pointed out, in involuntary contrition…)

Indeed, the truth is, added the idiotic Heidegger and his fellow Nazis, that we live immersed in the world and cannot get outside of it, not even in thought, and not even in science. Thus, the Nazis insisted, our mind is the world, and by sheer force of will, will we change it… just as we can change our mind That’s why the Nazis refused to surrender to the Allies in a timely manner, and, more generally, refused to surrender to evidence the eyes could see. Instead, they trusted the most basic neurological substrate, emotion itself.

So why is it that so many philosophy departments teach Heidegger, that is, the deepest essence of Nazism? Precisely because of this deepest essence is an attack against the most basic human rationality. That makes them “donors” (Plutos) friendly.

“It is more difficult to undermine faith than knowledge, love succumbs to change less than to respect, hatred is more durable than aversion, and at all times the driving force of the most important changes in this world has been found less in a scientific knowledge animating the masses, but rather in a fanaticism dominating them and in a hysteria which drove them forward.”

Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

To better understand what Hitler means here, one has to realize that he uses, implicitly, science in the most correct, that is, the most general sense of the term: what is known (roughly for sure).

Instead, of being about what was known, Nazism was all about faith, as faith was stronger than knowledge. It was all about how Heidegger wanted the world: not the mind examining the world, setting little stages to examine, but the mind romping around, exerting extremely hurtful antijudaism on colleagues, while doing, at the same time, his best to sleep with Jews (lame child killer Goebbels was just the same). That sort of behavior was fully exhibited by the worst Nazis (Eichman paid a female Jewish student for “private lessons”… while he massacred millions of Jews… and tried to save a Jewish friend of his…)

The Nazi approach to thinking, all about being dominated by feelings, rejecting logic, is pretty much alive and well. This is exactly why we got Trump, while, arguably, Obama was even worse. This is exactly why so many educational standards have gone down in the West… while East and South Asia, having learned its lesson in recent centuries, is making an enormous effort in science.

The Chinese Research and Development budget was around $279 billion in 2017. A year-on-year increase of 14 percent and a rise of 70.9 percent from 2012. It’s now 2.1% of Chinese GDP (2.8% in the USA, 2.9% in Germany, 3.3% in Japan)

Meanwhile, India announced in 2019 a national effort towards the hardware for Quantum Computing. Major European countries have been slow in following (with promised financing not even 10% of what the Chinese Alibaba, a private company, promises…)

This worldwide competition for scientific inquiry is, of course, healthy. It’s a worldwide competition for rationalization. It forces our plutocracies to pay a modicum of respect to thinking. In a sense, the entire world is getting divided in states competing with each other with understanding, just as happened with Greece in its greatest age

So dumping Heidegger and his Nazism is not just just a question of not confusing imbecility and intelligence. It’s also a question of national security for the West.    

Patrice Ayme

Why So Much Love And Admiration For Heidegger? Because He Was What Nazism Came From

February 2, 2019

NAZIS DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO THINK; THEREIN THEIR CHARM:

Nazism was not just being so racist and full of hatred and great vengeance, that one had to go mass murder people. Nazism was also about being stupid: it was pretty obvious the Nazis sang of victory (“Sieg Heil!”) but all they tried to do was to lose a world war. Death, their own, is what they were looking for. Around 8.5 million Germans (at least) died in World War Two. (German government estimate of 2005, boosted by best 5.3 million soldiers killed estimate).

The Nazis won the Battle of France of May 1940 because of extreme, surreal luck; after that, they ran out of otherworldly luck. It couldn’t be otherwise: the probability of winning WW2 was very low, the probable consequences, catastrophic. As happened. So the Nazis were complete idiots, immensely mentally weak. At the same time, therein, in this blatant stupidity, their main seduction: they confused wishful thinking and thinking, by using idiotic concept (like the “Dasein”: the famous “there-be”).

Nazi thinking, like Heideggerian there-be, “Dasein” thinking is self referential. Thus Hitler vomited the Jews, whom had spoiled his Dasein, but how did he know he was not a Jew by his own definition, and how did other Nazis knew he was not a Jew who became head of the German hating Jew just to destroy the Jews? Hitler’s family background had been destroyed… by the Nazi regime.

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Just to Illustrate the Madness of Nazis: Were The Nazis Self-Destroying Jews? Some Came To Ponder That: 

Lest some believe I have become all too imaginative, reality beats fiction: the Nazis themselves spread the rumor that Nazism was a … Jewish conspiracy. The Nazi governor of Poland (overseeing Auschwitz), Hans Frank would call Hitler a (probable) Jew (after an enquiry Hitler would have secretly ordered, he said). (There are independent elements supporting this thesis: modern genetic analysis in no less than 39 of the late Fuhrer’s relative show that Hitler had North African and Jewish ancestors, the sort of people all too many Germans wanted to exterminate. Hitler’s regime killed 2/3 of European Jews, and many of them, having ancestors who became Jews by choice, were certainly more Aryan than most top Nazis, including African Jew Hitler!) 

LouisFerdinand Céline, an MD and famous writer, had an obsession with the Jews (expressed in such an exaggerated way that it looks, comical). So he was tight with the Nazis and got invited many times at the German embassy. At one of these dinners at the German embassy in early 1944, it was obvious the Nazis were finished. Céline spoke openly of the coming German defeat, and claimed that Hitler had been replaced by a Jew. It is hard to imagine the Nazis allowing Céline to insult their Third Reich so brazenly. But all what Nazi ambassador Abetz did was to ask the servants to leave the room.   

Heidegger (marked with a cross) went around the university he headed in SA uniform. In other pictures, he wears oak leaves, Nazi style… He threw the Jews” out of his university (they were not really “Jews, because secular… Whereas Heidegger was a real Catholic, for his first three decades at least…)

By the way, Heidegger, although married to his Catholic wife, herself a Jew hater and Nazi, had sexual intercourse with the 100% certified Prussian (secular) Jew Hannah Arendt for quite a while (and they stayed close, when all was said and done…) All very complicated murky thinking…

Thus, how did the Nazis think? Well, like Heidegger. How did Heidegger think? Like a Nazi. Both Nazism and Heidegger fascinated, and fascinate weaker minds, for the same exact reasons: muddle thinking is easier than clear thinking, and what’s easier is nicer to the weak minded.

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Heidegger and Nazism: Words Self Referencing The Will To Say Nothing Intelligent. Illustrated By Jewish Nazis and Nazi Jews:  

I confess that I am no specialist of Heidegger. I am a specialist of Nazism. Each time I read Heidegger, I am instantaneously bored by his second rate Nazism (I prefer the real thing).

In a famous passage Heidegger characterizes his mission in his most notorious work, “Sein und Zeit” (Time and Being, as if he had studied Relativity, he, the would-be seminarist!). Notice the muddle, self-referential thinking:

“‘Being’ is not something like a being… Being is what determines beings as beings, that in terms of which beings are already understood.”

Right. Now replace the word “Being” above by the word “Nazi”:

“‘Nazi’ is not something like a Nazi. Nazism is what determines Nazis as Nazis, that in terms of which Nazis are already understood.”

Sounds crazy? It is! And it was exactly what happened. Hitler decided that 35,000 Jews were actually “Honorary Aryans”… they were typically servants of the regime, thus Nazis.

See: Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers, the Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military. Bryan Mark Rigg, U. of Kansas, 2002, Lawrence, KS.

There were actually more than 185,000 “Jews” (using the Nazi definition of “Jew”) in the Nazi war machine. Including highly decorated veterans and high-ranking officers, even generals, even in the SS (!), and admirals, even horrendous Nazi marshals (like the one who massacred Norway in 1940, or Luftwaffe Field Marshal Milch, etc…).

With Nazis or Heidegger, contradiction was no objection. Goebbels was hurt because a Jewess rejected him, Heidegger slept with Arendt (an anti-Nazi Jew).

Heidegger’s being a verbal diarrhea was nothing new, all Nazis thought, and felt, like that: a big diarrhea of words, dramatically empty metaphysics applied to the essence of the Dasein, anti-humanity, anti-progress, anti-technology (and of course anti-Judaic, anti-1789, anti-French). Coming from knowing all too well the Nazi side of history, I recognized immediately in Heidegger the monstrous anti-logical logic characteristic of Nazis, and their hatred of anything different from the original savagery they imagined themselves to have come from.

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Heidegger In His Own Words:

Heidegger, 1933: “the German people is now on the brink of rediscovering its own essence and making itself worthy of a great destiny.” Nazism went well beyond German borders: it had been called upon to realise his longed-for “destruction of modernity“and Jewish “rootlessness”, “distance from the soil” This preceded the Nazi state: on 2 October 1929 in a letter Heidegger opposes “growing Judaisation within German spiritual life

Heidegger viewed Weltjudentum (“world Judaism”) as one of the main drivers of western modernity, which he denounced. Heidegger claimed the Jews had launched World War Two… whereas the French Republic (seconded by Britain) declared war. The Nazis, who by 3 September 1939 then had already assassinated hundreds of thousands (if not millions, including Spain and Poland which they had attacked) are who truly launched WW2.

Read the Nazi Heidegger’s own bloody words, dripping with hatred and racial superiority: “World Judaism is ungraspable everywhere and doesn’t need to get involved in military action while continuing to unfurl its influence, whereas we are left to sacrifice the best blood of the best of our people”.

Heidegger writes that the Jews, with their “talent for calculation“, were so vehemently opposed to the Nazi’s racial theories because “they themselves have lived according to the race principle for longest“.

Whatever the “Jewish” race theories Jews were supposed to have, as alleged by Heidegger, they didn’t imply killing other races. Actually, in the Bible, God tortures King David (a Jew) for refusing to exterminate a people (which the God of catholics like Heidegger had ordered David to kill).

The concept of “world Judaism” was launched by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious Czarist forgery purporting to reveal a Jewish plan for world domination. Adolf Hitler presented the conspiracy theory as fact in Mein Kampf, and Heidegger goose step behind his great Guide.

Heidegger drew philosopher Karl Jaspers’ attention to the “dangerous international association of Jewry“.

After Heidegger became “Fuhrer” of his university in 1933, he casted away the Jews, including WWI decorated veterans (that taught them to have fought for racial fascism of plutocratic nature!) Said the Nazi Heidegger:

The spiritual world of a people… is the power that most deeply preserves the people’s earth- and blood-bound strengths as the power that most deeply arouses and most profoundly shakes the people’s existence…. Blood and soil are certainly powerful and necessary, but they are not a sufficient condition for the Dasein of a people.” Yes, one needs to hurt people too, as Heidegger did at his university, depriving them of jobs, careers, livelihood, country…. Heidegger loved battling away, in the name of his race:

“University study must again become a risk, not a refuge for the cowardly. Whoever does not survive the battle, lies where he falls. The new courage must accustom itself to steadfastness, for the battle for the institutions where our leaders are educated will continue for a long time. It will be fought out of the strengths of the new Reich that Chancellor Hitler will bring to reality. A hard race with no thought of self must fight this battle, a race that lives from constant testing and that remains directed toward the goal to which it has committed itself. It is a battle to determine who shall be the teachers and leaders at the university.”

In context, it was a battle of extermination. Including extermination of the Jews that was printed black on white, in “Mein Kampf” (ten million sold!)… all educated Germans knew it well at the time.

Heidegger was fanatical about “the German” even as late as 1943, when it was clear “the German” was a mass murdering racist assassin, hated by the entire planet, as the Nazis had written they should be. Heidegger in his lecture on Heraclitus, 1943:   

The planet is in flames. The essence of man is out of joint. Only from the Germans, provided they discover and preserve “the German,” can world-historical consciousness come.”

Same year: “…all agreed that something decisive must be done… our situation is such that only dangerous decisions can change it”(Herr Doktor Goebbels’ Diaries, p327).

Heidegger “Black Notebooks” conflate his antijudaism with Anglo-Saxon culture, which he describes as Machenschaft (“machination” or “manipulative domination”).

Heidegger claimed that “world judaism”, Soviet communism and British parliamentarianism should be seen as part of dehumanizing, “most dangerous” western modernity, which has to be DESTROYED:

Heidegger: “The bourgeois-Christian form of English ‘bolshevism’ is the most dangerous. Without its destruction, the modern era will remain intact… What, other than engineering and metaphysically paving the way for socialism, other than commonplace thinking and tastelessness, has England contributed in terms of ‘culture’?”

Those who know little may like the last passage, and insinuate I have said the same. But, actually, Heidegger is parroting Nietzsche here… But, clearly Nietzsche was jokingly painting it blacker than it is, whereas Heidegger is dead serious… especially dead, and just a parrot. Most of Heidegger’s most intriguing thoughts are straight Nietzschean parroting… So he looks like a genius, but he is a genius of thievery. And the rest is standard Nazi thinking… Itself picked up from an impressive litany others (including French and British racists, and the poor sampled and mutated Nietzsche).  

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Wisdom Rests On The Right Moods:

Mills, as a good British merchant, evoked the “marketplace” of ideas (everything is for sale, a very “Neoliberal” idea). The world of the mind is a jungle actually, and the weak gets devoured. It extends to the alien & deeper neurobiology of sentiment, feeling, emotion, tropism… which are the true foundations of systems of thought. Thinking deep necessitates  to deconstruct the emotional logic below.

Leo Strauss about Heidegger :
Phenomenal intellect joined to a soul of kitsch… Luther, Hamann and Heidegger seem to be the most conspicuous examples of high class intelligence and low class of character which are probably more characteristic of Germany than any other country.

That’s of course too generous: Heidegger initially wanted to become a professional Catholic, he was a lower sort, not wise at all. Moreover, one can’t be truly intelligent, in the way of wisdom, when one as base as he was. Same for Luther, famous author of “On the Jews and their Lies” hated Jews (he wrote extensively on this. See: Luther, Hitler, Unelected)

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Why was Nietzsche Parrot The Nazi Heidegger, Admired… Whereas the Anti-Nazi Nietzsche viewed as a Nazi?

Paradoxically, while Heidegger the Nazi was lionized by, say, French intellectuals (most of them; not Camus, not Aron, not Cavailles) Nietzsche “was considered a black sheep in respectable circles“. Respectable circles made of idiots, as most of them were, then. Or is there more? Were they idiotic on purpose?

How come the one who hated nationalism, racism, German nationalism, and anti-Judaism, namely Nietzsche, was vilified, while the authentic Nazi, Heidegger, was lionized? Could it have been not an accident, but a system?

It was: Nietzsche was open minded, anti-system, and not an intellectual fascist. Most of the admirers of Heidegger, whether they knew it or not, embraced intellectual fascism, or what brings it along, the incapacity to think and feel clearly. While claiming great fuzzy conceptions of no validity and a penchant for malevolent conspiracy theories.

Example: the famous French pseudo-intellectual Jacques Lacan turned in the 1950s to Heidegger’s Dasein for his characterisation of the psychoanalyst as being-for-death: (être-pour-la-mort). How more Nazi than that could one be? Being for death! Death Dasein! Analysis of the mind as a form of death! (When I hear the word culture I pull out my Browning, as a famous Nazi minister said…)

A recent article equated Nietzsche, the anti-totalitarian thinker, with Heidegger, calling both “totalitarians”. Whereas Heidegger was just a racist thief: Nazi Heidegger invented no wisdom of his own, most of his ways being straight Nazism, or then borrowed from Nietzsche!

The same author professes its admiration for Heidegger… And the older legal author and law professor Carl Schmitt. That tends to be a natural opinion, it turns out. Both as respectable as Nazis can be. Indeed, how did Heidegger think? Like Schmitt, Nazism’s ultimate legal mind. Indeed  the article dares to flatter both Heidegger ”Like Carl Schmitt, another highly intelligent Nazi party member”. “Schmitt, Highly intelligent Nazi” is an oxymoron. Nazis were all total imbeciles. For what they did, they should all have hanged prophylactically. That would have saved dozens of millions.

The concept of humanity is an especially useful ideological instrument of imperialist expansion, and in its ethical-humanitarian form it is a specific vehicle of economic imperialism. … whoever invokes humanity wants to cheat. To confiscate the word humanity, to invoke and monopolize such a term probably has certain incalculable effects, such as denying the enemy the quality of being human and declaring him to be an outlaw of humanity; and a war can thereby be driven to the most extreme inhumanity.

Carl Schmitt

Heidegger’s work and admirers are pretty much all Schmittian, or, to put it in simpler fashion, Nazi. Those who admire Heidegger’s “different” thinking truly admire the essence of Nazism, malevolent cretinism, and they don’t even know it. Heidegger love is the essence of respectable Nazism. They can be Nazis, that is, full of hate, moronic generalities and simplification to the point of cretinism, and claim they are not! Hey, they are even philosophical! Heil Dasein! 

Oh yes, because I forgot; the sort of muddled thinking Heidegger produced was in evidence all around Germany. For example german nuclear physicists were affected by it: they claim, after the war, that they had prevented the Nazis to get the nuclear bomb. However, they had been secretly recorded in the mansion in which they lived in captivity. The recordings made clear that, just as with Heidegger, their true state of mind was just the sort of hateful nationalism Nietzsche condemned so much.

Nationalism, too, is a simplification: it was half of Nazism. Watch the tragicomedy known as Brexit, full of petty mindedness and self-destructive hatred, just like Nazism, for a contemporary example.  And, just as Nazism, it oozes with stupidity, all over.

Heidegger? Ethereal essence of Nazism for would-be intellectuals. Or when “Dasein” being smacks of nothingness, eternally fit for fascist minds with few real dimensions.

Patrice Ayme
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Now for that surrealistic dinner with Céline… Nazism was surrealist. Just as much as Céline made it to be. [English translation below…] This scene is happening among people who engineered, desired and plotted the death of 100 millions (and it would have been more if the French Republic had not tried to block Nazism as early as 1939…)

From: http://www.berthomeau.com/2017/11/le-diner-chez-otto-abetz-a-l-ambassade-d-allemagne-a-paris-de-celine-gen-paul-drieu-la-rochelle-benoist-mechin-les-omissions-des-gro

Céline soudain explose : Assez ! dit-il, assez ! En frappant la table de ses deux mains au point de faire vibrer les verres. J’en ai assez d’écouter vos conneries ! Vous n’y êtes pas du tout… Vous croyez faire les malins, vous vous triturez les méninges autour d’une table bien servie, tandis que le monde s’écroule… Ma parole, vous avez une taie nacrée sur les yeux, du plomb dans les oreilles. Si vous construisez quarante mille avions, les Américains en construiront deux cent mille. Si vous construisez cent mille chars, ils en construiront un million. A vos armes secrètes, ils opposeront des armes plus secrètes et plus meurtrières encore. Vous n’y pouvez rien : ils sont la masse et la fonction de la masse est de tout écraser. Pendant ce temps, sournoisement, vous nous cachez l’essentiel. Pourquoi ne nous dites-vous pas qu’Hitler est mort ?

  • Hitler est mort ? s’exclame Abetz en écarquillant les yeux.
  • Vous le savez aussi bien que nous ! Seulement, vous ne pouvez pas le dire. Mais on n’a pas besoin d’être ambassadeur pour le savoir : ça crève les yeux ! Les juifs l’ont remplacé par un des leurs !

[…] Abetz, Drieu et moi en avons le souffle coupé. Nous connaissions l’audace de Céline. Mais nous ne pensions jamais qu’il pût la pousser aussi loin. Maintenant qu’il est lancé, où s’arrêtera-t-il ? Dire que l’ambassadeur nous avait invités à passer avec lui un agréable moment de détente !

  • Je vous dis que c’est plus le même homme, poursuit Céline. On l’a changé du tout au tout. On a mis un autre à sa place. Regardez-le ! Chacun de ses gestes, chacune de ses décisions sont faits pour assurer le triomphe des Juifs. Alors, faut être logique ! Les Juifs ont réussi un coup fumant, la plus grande mystification de l’Histoire ! Ils ont fait disparaître Hitler dans une trappe et l’ont remplacé par un type à eux. Remarquez qu’il se montre de moins en moins en public. C’est pour qu’on ne s’aperçoive pas de la différence. C’est idiot, d’ailleurs. Personne n’est plus facile à imiter. Mon ami Gen Paul, ici présent, l’imite à merveille. N’est-ce pas, Gégène, que tu l’imites bien ? Il est marrant quand il fait ça ! Il lui suffit d’une pincée de scaferlati [tabac] qu’il se colle sous les narines, pour remplacer la moustache. Allons, mon bon Gégène, te fais pas prier ! Ici on est entre copains. Montre-nous comme tu sais bien faire ton petit Hitler…

Gégène hésite un peu. Mais il finit par s’exécuter. Il sort une blague à tabac de sa poche, en tire une pincée de scaferlati, la malaxe entre trois doigts et la place sous son nez. Puis, d’un geste brusque, il se rabat une mèche de cheveux en travers du front, prend une pose napoléonienne (une main dans le dos, l’autre dans l’entrebâillement de son gilet), roule des yeux furibonds et dit d’une voix gutturale :

– Raou, raou, raou, raous !

Il ressemble étonnamment à Hitler. Aussi à Charlot, à Groucho Marx et à Félix le Chat. Abetz ne sait plus quoi faire. Mais il est pris, comme nous tous, d’une irrésistible envie de rire. […] Abetz est sur des charbons ardents. Son chauffeur est entré dans la pièce.

– Vous allez reconduire M. Céline chez lui, 4, rue Girardon, lui dit l’ambassadeur. Mais roulez très doucement, car il est souffrant. Vous repasserez chez lui demain pour lui apporter quelques fruits et prendre de ses nouvelles… »

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Céline suddenly explodes: Enough! he says, enough! Hitting the table with both hands to the point of vibrating the glasses. I’m tired of listening to your bullshit! You’re not there at all … You think you’re clever, you knead your brains around a well-served table, while the world collapses … You have a pearly pillowcase on the eyes, lead in the ears. If you build forty thousand planes, the Americans will build two hundred thousand. If you build a hundred thousand tanks, they will build one million. To your secret weapons, they will oppose more secret and more deadly weapons. You can do nothing: they are the mass and the function of the mass is to crush everything. Meanwhile, sneakily, you are hiding what is essential. Why do not you tell us that Hitler is dead?

Hitler is dead? exclaims [Nazi ambassador] Abetz, widening his eyes.

You know it as well as we do! Only you can not say it. But you do not need to be an ambassador to know it: it’s obvious! The Jews have replaced him with one of theirs!

[…] Abetz, Drieu and I are breathless. We knew the audacity of Celine. But we never thought he could push it so far. Now that he is launched, where will it stop? To think that the ambassador invited us to spend with him a pleasant moment of relaxation!

I tell you it’s not the same man, continues Céline. One changed him completely. One put another one in its place. Look at him ! Each of his actions, each of his decisions are made to ensure the triumph of the Jews. So, you have to be logical! The Jews have achieved a smoking blow, the greatest mystification of history! They removed Hitler in a hatch and replaced him with a guy of their own. Note that he shows himself less and less in public. It is so that we do not notice the difference. It’s stupid, by the way. Nobody is easier to imitate. My friend Gen Paul, present here, imitates him perfectly. Isn’ it, Georg, that you imitate him well? He’s funny when he does that! He needs only a pinch of scaferlati [tobacco] to stick under the nostrils, to replace the mustache. Come, my good Gégène, don’t make us beg! Here we are with friends. Show us how well you do your little Hitler …

Gégène hesitates a little. But he ends up doing it. He takes out a tobacco pouch from his pocket, draws a pinch of scaferlati, kneads it between three fingers and places it under his nose. Then, with a sudden gesture, he slips a lock of hair across the forehead, takes a Napoleonic pose (one hand in the back, the other in the crack of his waistcoat), rolls furious eyes and says a guttural voice:

– Raou, raou, raou, raous!

He looks amazingly like Hitler. Also at Charlot, Groucho Marx and Félix le Chat. Abetz does not know what to do anymore. But he is caught, like all of us, with an irresistible desire to laugh. […] Abetz is on hot coals. His driver entered the room.

“You are going to take Mr. Celine back to his house, 4, Rue Girardon,” said the ambassador. But ride very slowly because he is ill. You will go back to his house tomorrow to bring him some fruit and ask about his health … “

 

Why To Kill God: Because Deicide Will Help Limit Wealth Absolutely

January 28, 2019

Humanity, the genus Homo, did well for 5 million years without God. Finding food, water, and surviving were good enough deities to get the genus Homo’s psychology by.

But now we have individuals going around, proclaiming the absurdity of life (Camus and his ilk)… To find meaning, they need lions to show up, so they can think upright, and they don’t know it. They have become like sheep, as Christian propaganda insisted their were… whereas lions ran away from their distant ancestors. Running after lions was all the religion our ancestors needed, when they showed up.

If humanity is so ferocious, and self reliant, why would humanity have ever needed gods? Men were the gods.

Who needs gods? The difference is civilization, and, more precisely, its military aspect and the cancerous growth known as plutocracy.

When one is a tyrant, the last thing one needs is to have as subjects, men who believe they are gods… And this is true for bankers, today’s real gods, and they hide their malevolence behind their arrogant deluded little boys: Clinton, Major, Bliar Blair, Bush, Obama, Trump, Macron… And they half demented girls: Thatcher, Merkel, May…

Catholicism was invented and imposed by emperor (“Saint”) Constantine, and his tyrannical successors (in Arabic: caliphs). In turn, Catholicism was the proximal cause of the military collapse of the Roman state, without any question. Islam was a bellicose ideology of Muhammad which enabled him to seize Arabia. Muhammad’s two immediate successors, companions and accomplices, Abu Bakr and Umar were immediately capable of building a gigantic empire, thanks to that immensely ferocious religion. They crushed the Persian and Roman empires, in a few years. Believers in Islam believe they sit with god after death, if they fight for Islam, or Muhammad.

Don’t think it’s over: watch Indonesia, where Islam is creeping back everyday some more (the president there suggested recently to release the mastermind of Islamist terror there…)

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Our ancestors at work: no need for Gods to chase cats. The story there is that the cheetahs were hunting impalas next to a dam. Jackals gave the alert, and baboons decided to encircle and then suddenly charge the cheetahs, to remove them from the premises…Baboons will act that way, even against lions. Our ancestors were expert at that, even 20 million years ago. I have met chimpanzees in lion territory with very few very small trees around, and they tried to frighten me (differently from the lions, who just went away).

Catholicism profited Roman Catholic plutocracy:

Those who think Catholicism didn’t bring the collapse of the Roman state should know the major facts (they don’t). It did, 100% (although the cause of Roman Catholicism itself was Roman military fascism, itself a consequence of plain old Roman financial fascism… for contemporary banks, see below).

In particular Roman Catholicism was proximally causal in the fall of the empire, when the Occidental part of the empire was led by Frankish generalissimo Arbogast. Arbogast had long been emperor in all but name. His Frankish nature prevented him (at the time) to be elected to the Purple. The emperor Theodosius had established terror decrees against “heretics” since 380 CE. Those led to the devastation of the empire’s intelligence, culture, libraries, books, spirits, and intellectuals… Let alone the Jews and whoever Theodosius wanted killed.

Arbogast tried to reestablish religious plurality, and civilizational sanity. So the Catholic fanatic, emperor Theodosius of the Oriental part, went to war. The mostly Frankish Roman army of the West got, barely, killed by Theodosius, thanks to a hurricane and the Goths, at the battle of the Frigidus river, September 5-6, 394 CE.

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No More Western Roman Army… So Back to More Savage Franks:

Result? After Arbogast’s soldiers got killed at Frigidus, so was the Roman army in the West (although Germans were constantly attacking the Roman Germanias). Theodosius, sole emperor, died in 395 CE. Within six years, the government of bishops which by then led Rome, called onto (much less Romanized) Franks to protect the provinces of Gallia and the two Germanias; but in 406 CE, 12 years after the disaster at the Frigidus, Germanic nations broke through the Frankish curtain, and invaded the Western empire. In particular, the Vandals invaded all the way to Africa, et present day Tunisia. There they established a maritime empire, and blocked grain supplies to the gigantic city of Rome, and most of Italy. Rome fell to the Goths in 410 CE. Actually the king of the Goths, Aleric, had commanded the Gothic forces fighting the Romanized Franks at Frigidus. Small world: the eternal return of the same, just as bankers nowadays.

The government of bishops viewed those who were not fanatically Catholic, and obedient as heretics to be destroyed. They didn’t just destroy independent individuals, but the entire Republican organization, by destroying culture, libraries, books full of (non-Catholic) wisdom. The destruction, by torture, of individuals such as Hypatia and major libraries, such as the one in Alexandria are examples of this situation.

Less well known, is that the bishops forbade the death penalty. Thus highways were thereafter paralyzed by bandits: incarceration, besides slavery, was not possible in antiquity. Also plutocratic families (which often had a bishop) couldn’t be forced to pay taxes.

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Catholicism and Islam were most profitable to the leaders claiming to “believe” in them during the Middle Ages:

Catholicism brought the collapse of the Roman empire in the West. The Franks, in the late Fifth Century, took over completely, and  reestablished the situation by reimposing a modicum of tolerance, and then a lot of innovations. And, first of all, mandatory secular education between the Sixth and Eighth centuries (generally uniquely attributed to Charlemagne, erroneously, as the fighting against the Papacy was during the Sixth Century). This Frankish spirit of overture and advancing civilization was weaponized to conquer Europe. Main events: elimination of the Goths, 507 CE, final colonization and domestication of the Saxons by Charlemagne in a 30 year war, 800 CE; reconquest of Britain and Southern Italy, Sicily, late Eleventh Century.

However, the conjugation of grievous Frankish civil war (Battle/massacre of Fontenoy) contemporaneous with multiple simultaneous deep invasions by Viking, Avars and Muslims, brought a disintegration of the empire. It’s not that the empire collapsed like the Assyrians in 614 BCE, or Nazi Germany in 1945. Instead, West Francia, exasperated by the military inefficiency of the empire, broke away from the rest, and then exploded in turn into around 60 states of diverse natures, through militaristic localization, also known as the Feudal Order.

Great lords of the Eleventh Century were plutocrats who would have been without justification for except the violence of their military feats… if not for the heavenly justification of violence by the Bible. Hence Bible god came back: a resurgence of terroristic, mysogynistic and pedophiliac Catholicism, starting around 1026 CE (when an entire religious establishment of a French city was burned alive by the Papacy… Crusades followed, two generations later…).  

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So “god” provided the metaphysical backup for degenerating Roman plutocracy and the Feudal Order. What about more modern times? Why were Americans so Christian “god” obsessed?

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God provided solace after giving reasons to eliminate the Natives:

The Bible is full of holocausts ordered by god, and king David is punished most horribly for refusing to destroy a nation: his son is tortured to death by god, over a week.

Hence, when the “Pilgrims” got to the New World, they extolled the riches of America (relative to Europe) to their kind left in Europe, urging them to come… And space the Pilgrims made by killing, enslaving and scalping the Natives: it was the Bible all over again: grabbing the “Promised Land”, by extermination of the preceding inhabitants…  

God enabled to do what Constantine or Muhammad, and their successors did with it; kill one’s opponents, because god ordered it. Falling asleep while the bankers make deals with Hitler, Franco, and their ilk? Indeed! Once one has eliminated the Natives (as was done in the Americas and Australia), what is left of the need for god? Acquiring the mentalities of lambs!

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God as Daddy or Mummy for baby lambs:

For modern Americans God became just a guarantee of perpetual infancy. The god-thing obsession? If we please a superior being, we will do better, s/he will take care of us. In other words, babyhood, all over again.

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Attali to the Rescue:

Before the US Revolution, many Americans believed in a much more natural form of divinity. It turns out that, when a deity dictate what is right and wrong, it’s actually “The Man” who decides what is right or wrong.

Now we have a more serious situation than pleasing The Man.

In particular, bankers are in command of the planet: Clinton, and then Obama made sure of it. Their rewards were colossal, and much appreciated by their tiny mind.

However, the times for gravitas has come. Jacques Attali, who is in very good position to know about bankers (he headed a totally major European bank, among many high level positions he had), warns us that a financial calamity, just like the preceding one, is around the corner.

See:

Democratic Illusion and Capitalist Cynicism

(I will write an essay on it, if I find the time…)

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Attali says the bankers are back to industrial sized evil, worse than 2008. Why are the bankers back to their nefarious ways?

In part because Obama would finish all his discourses, certifying, like G. W. Bush, or Clinton, that “God bless America”. So the US lambs were satisfied, and have been bleating contently ever since. Their bankers’ boy, Obama, was excellent, as the color of his skin testified, they said, with characteristic, we-believe-in-bible-god psychology.

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LIMIT WEALTH ABSOLUTELY: Elizabeth WARREN To The rescue:

(Ex-Harvard law professor) Senator Elizabeth Warren is running for president. To my surprised amazement, she rolled out her financial program last week: she proposes enormous taxes on the super wealthy. 2% of wealth above 50 millions, and even more, higher up.

Senator Warren’s wealth tax would be the way I would implement limiting wealth absolutely.

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/limit-wealth-absolutely/

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/limit-wealth-absolutely-ii-great-wealth-steers-elite-leadership-referendums-to-fix-it-all/

Let’s keep our cynical fingers crossed that Warren’s wealth tax is not just a trick to keep Sanders from running again…  (She used to be way milder, nearly timid…)

In France, Rothschild merger and acquisition banker Macron, another boy president, ignorant of all, but for manipulating the lambs, removed the wealth tax (the yellow jackets want it reinstated). That particular wealth tax was too restrictive, I say. But Macron said the wealthy French would then flee to other countries… like the USA. Well, with Warren as president that would be easily fixed…

The USA taxes worldwide already: so wealthy US citizens won’t be able to escape (all the more as the French Republic is also learning from US ways and means…)

And for that change of taxation, what do we need? We need for US citizens to realize they have been kept in infancy by their increasing plutocracy (“In God We Trust”, borrowed from the Nazi army, was installed in US minds by the US Congress only in 1954…)

For Americans to graduate from infancy, they need to reject “god” and go back to their revolutionary roots… which were decidedly secular, we have that secularism in writing, from the most official documents by the US Founding Fathers… Philosophical infancy was nice, but it’s all over, the lions of fate are onto us now.

Amen.

Patrice Ayme

 

To Understand Nazi Germany Well, Understand Twentieth Century USA

January 21, 2019

Why did the German army fight to the bitter end in World War 2?

Patrice Ayme

Truly the world war launched by Germany in 1914 (and plotted in a conspiracy as early as 1912), finished in May 1945. As soon as WWI was put in limbo (“armistice” of November 11, 1918), Germany prepared the next round, training its tanks secretly in… the USSR, of all places (hence the German delusion of knowing the Soviets well enough to defeat them).

One has to realize that Germany was at war again by 1936… In Spain… where its engagement was crucial to enable the fascists to win (the Luftwaffe carried the rebel army to Spain from Africa, among other things… thanks to US oil, from Texaco…) That is 18 years after the defeat of 1914–1918, Germany was at war again, with full US plutocratic help (the rebel army in Spain was completely US equipped, the equipment generously lent by crafty US plutocrats). (This Nazi war started in 1936 made the Wehrmacht fully trained, and thus it gave it a huge advantage for the crucial week after May 10, in 1940: by the time the French and British learned to sort out the crucial details, it was too late… The Battle of France, and its three million casualties had been lost. )

World War One, started by the fascist German Second Reich, nearly finished in tragedy for the invaders, after the tremendous French counterattack of the First Battle of Marne (5 weeks after the initial invasion). Then the Western front stayed static and hopeless, until the Second Battle of the Marne. By then the US had stopped sending ammunition material to Germany (the US had broken the Franco-British blockade, through the Netherlands!) By 1918, the French were outgunning the Germans something like one German shell to thirty French shells. The Germans were rolled back under tremendous French artillery fire… And then US troops got engaged, soon even accompanied by French tanks… 

French city of Saint Lo, Destroyed by US Bombardment, night of June 6 to 7, 1944. There were much more US bombardments in WWII destroying France than the Nazis ever did. By orders of magnitude. Some of those bombardments clearly targeted the French industrial base… and the presence of Nazis was just a pretext! (Not exactly the case of Saint Lo which suffered more than 11,000 US casualties: those Nazis could be hard to kill…)

By November 1918, the German army was finished, overwhelmed by tanks, shells and even Allied planes. All it could do was destroy and devastate north-east France as it retreated. Then came the armistice. The Germans had fought in the lands they had invaded… not in Germany itself.

The Kaiser quit, the German Fleet self-destroyed at Scapa Flow, but otherwise little changed. Germany was not invaded. Germany refused to pay French reparations (parts of France are still destroyed and forbidden, a century later!)

Germany even formally stayed the “Second Reich” (“Weimar Republic” was not the official term). The Germans behind the 1914 attack became partisans of what became the Nazi Party, and they invented the Nazi spirit: all what happened to Germany was other people’s fault (the “Slavs”, the French, the Jews, Versailles, Communists, and others who “stabbed the German army in the back”…)

The “stabbing in the back” myth was particularly strong. The theme was that the German army had not been defeated by the Allies, but by traitors inside Germany: so traitors were shot, starting in 1919. “Stabbing in the back” was scathingly suggested by a British general in jest to generalissimo Ludendorff (Ludendorff had claimed as much, that victory had been around the corner… but those pesky German traitors). Ludendorff, who was in the Nazi Party before Hitler, ran away with the concept.

German corpse at Toulon, August 1944. 16,000 French troops attacked, 17,000 Germans surrendered… And 8,000 Germans were killed… In total, more than 5.3 million German soldiers (including SS) died in combat. Most of them after, clearly, the war was certain to be lost, and the cause abominable…

So come 1945, no decent German wanted to surrender. The notion of decency in Germany had become indecent. All the more as the Germans knew, deep down inside, that they had committed crimes against humanity against Soviets and Jews, and others.

In 1919, German crimes against humanity had been ignored, because the USA wanted to own Germany, not punish it.

Instead, the French Republic, under no illusion that the German racist mass homicidal madness had been cured, wanted to defang Germany, rendering it incapable of another attack against the world and civilization…

However, another indecent, racist, mass homicidal German attack is exactly what the smartest, racist and most cruel Anglosphere influencers wanted. Hence top diplomat Lord Keynes (British) wrote that racist pamphlet: “The Economic Consequences of Peace…”… which inspired the Nazis in turn, one more reason to make them believe that the Anglo-Saxon elite had their back… just as their predecessors had believed the same about the USA in June 1914… Or they themselves had believed in 1933–1940… when the US favored the Nazis and opposed the French.

Hitler and a few others remembered that Frederick II of Prussia, faced by an enormous coalition of superpowers (France, Austria, Russia) was miraculously saved from extinction at the last moment…

First Bombing of Berlin Was By The French in 1940 (in retaliation for bombing of French cities…). Thereafter British Night Bombing started. This is how it looked in 1945…

In the end, Hitler, maybe realizing he had been a pawn of “US plutocrats” (a notion he used) hoped that, at the last moment, the Western Allies would regain their senses, make a unilateral ceasefire with the Nazis, and sweep away the Stalinian Soviets. That’s indeed what Patton obviously thought… So he pointed out his Third Army could be in Berlin before the Soviets.

And Patton was right. Zhukov and his armies around Berlin had only 200 tanks still functioning by May 1, 1945. Moreover, Zhukov, had he wanted to do so, could have easily made a coup against Stalin.

Many in the Nazi elite had been more than chummy with the Americans: Henry Ford financed Hitler massively, even before 1923. US plutocrats, through their ownership of the Hamburg Amerika Line armed the Nazis with contraband weapons in 1932. The civil war then allowed the nazis to kill 10,000 of their enemies inside Germany. A Nazi minister commented a bit later:”When I hear the word “culture” I pull out my Browning.” Indeed, the Nazis were armed with contraband US Browning pistols… The Nazi economic miracle was a US economic miracle. The Nazi economy and society was entangled with the USA (from IBM, which had a Nazi monopoly, to Harvard songs, recycled by the Nazis…)

Thus, in top Nazi circles, the hope was strong that the USA would turn around at the last moment. The Nazis had understood nothing, and in particular they had not understood why the USA had let them be.

What the top Nazis didn’t realize is that they had been played, all along: US plutocrats wanted the world, and the Nazis, and the Soviets, were their tools. That meant US plutocrats and their servants wanted half of Europe occupied by the Soviets.

General Eisenhower was on the plot. Patton, his old professor, who finished WWI as a colonel wounded in a tank attack, was not. So Patton went to the press, saying the five million men strong, superbly equipped Allied army, with its air dominance, could occupy all of Germany. In retort, Eisenhower wrote directly to Stalin, to reassure the latter that he would have half of Europe. (Notice that Eisenhower was far from the top: there were supposedly two layers of command between him and the heads of states of the West… Clearly Eisenhower knew something not yet in history books!)

Stalin occupying half of Europe justified the occupation of the other half of Europe by US forces…. Thus the USA was quickly able to seize all European empires, worldwide (so-called “decolonization” and the triumph of the “American Century” and “Neoliberalism”).

Trying to understand Nazism without understanding the racist, greedy US elite, which suggested, enabled and financed it, is like hoping to understand a world conquering carriage by interviewing the ass pulling it… instead of the driver directing it.

Patrice Ayme

 

Debt As Tax Deferred, Or Why Public Debt For Public Interest Works Boosts The Economy

January 17, 2019

In A Way No Private Spending can replace

ECONOMIC ACTIVITY BOOSTED BY PUBLIC SPENDING FROM GOVERNMENT DEBT:

IN THE LAST decade, the US has happily run massive deficits. Under Obama, deficits were often around 10% of GDP, or more. Obama deficits peaked at 15% of US GDP. Meanwhile, the US economy grew so much, it overtook the entire, growing, European GDP output (UK included). In 2017 US nominal GDP was 19 trillion dollars, just above the EU GDP (which is still higher at PPP, $23 T). US yearly GDP, charging ahead at a Chinese like clip, has passed $20 trillions as these lines are written.

The Obama spirit of deficit was happily pursued by Trump… And now the new Democratic controlled Congress, wisely enough, has not uttered a peep about this (it prefers to distract its audience with the notion of billionaire Trump as an agent of Putin).

Each three months of 2018 America’s federal government borrowed nearly $320 billion, or about 6% of quarterly GDP. The deficit was 1.5 percentage points higher than in the same quarter the year earlier, despite the fact that unemployment fell below 4% in the intervening period (and thus borrowing more was just because the Trump government is embarked on increasing spending).

The USA borrowed as much in a single quarter as it did in all of 2006, towards the peak of the previous economic cycle.

That debt Graph would look very different if one incorporated EXTINGUISHED debt

Orthodox economists have traditionally been self-assured, arrogant, and idiotic about debt. “Government spending must be paid for now or later,” wrote Robert Barro, of Harvard University, in a seminal paper published in 1989. “A cut in today’s taxes must be matched by a corresponding increase in the present value of future taxes.”

“Must”? Why? How much more idiotic can one get? Governments can default on debt, and can do it soft, or hard. They can even make default look like an act of God: consider the Russian default when the Soviets took power, in 1917, leaving millions of French investors the poorer for it (yet also leaving Russia with a much improved industrial basis and better trains).

The USA also defaulted twice during the Twentieth Century (under presidents FDR and Nixon). A way to default is devaluation of the currency, another way to sneakily default is inflation.

The late 1920s bull mania was a deliberate attempt by the US Fed and the bank of England, to extinguish debt from World War One. So was the inflation of the 1930s (Paris, against it, argued with Washington, for it; the US was right, France wrong; of course Hitler inflated beyond reason, encouraged by Washington…)

Once again, a traditional, but misleading graph: it contains violently extinguished debt

Inflation is not just a way to extinguish excessive debt: I have argued that it is a way to accelerate the economy, making it more technological.

So why would a Harvard professor say such a stupid thing? Do I need to ask? Even rhetorically? Because it pleased the US plutocratic class at the time, which probably rewarded him handsomely.

Looking around history, one can see big differences between the economy of the last four decades, and the period 1935-1975. The first period was characterized by massive expansion of economy and education (in spite of the 100 million directly killed by generalized fascism). For example air travel, universal higher education and universal health care appeared and became dominant. After that, pretty much stagnation… except for the increase of inequality.

And what do we also see since the Glorious Thirties (the 1945-1975 period when Western economies saw a wealth expansion of the 90%; after that, all the growth in income went to the 1%…)? Public spending on infrastructure, educational, or industrial, collapsed, throughout the West, thanks to the Trickle-Down plutocratic ideology.  

Reciprocally, a return to massive public spending might raise the activity, hence the returns to private investment, generating more the latter. (Calling that “populism” worked for a while as an insult, but should be now backfiring… as We The People realizes that there is nothing wrong with We The People… contrarily to what the insulting elite keeps on claiming…)

Eurocrats and their masters, the Europlutocrats, brandish the scare of public debt. However, japan with a more elderly population, is roaring back thanks to Abenomics… And a 230% of GDP public debt.

Economists out France or Germany say that Japanese public debt is a terrible thing. Why? If worse came to worst, the Japanese government would have to tell those who bought Japanese debt: ’Sorry, we can’t pay you back. At all.’ What would then have happened? A tax! Like in Europe! In other words, should the Japanese government 100% default, those wealthy enough to have lend to the Japanese government would then have to pay… a tax! They would be reduced to the status of French taxpayers, horror of all horrors!

Except, of course, in France, taxes, being mostly indirect, strike the poor and the poorest of the poor… whereas a Japanese default (which will not happen) would strike the wealthy (including a few wealthy foreigners…). The same is a fortiori true for US debt.

If the US defaulted on its debt (and it will not happen), lots of wealthy foreigners may cry… Meanwhile the US economy will have roared ahead… thanks to foreign money. What will the foreigners do, if the USA default, to get even? Invade? (No, the US military, paid by aforesaid foreigners, is too strong…) Refuse to lend some more? Not necessarily: when you can’t beat up the strong, you may as well join it. That’s exactly what happened when the US defaulted… and the USA defaults all the time…

There are many ways to default: first one can default on the interest only, or part of it.

Inflation also extinguishes debt. The CPI (the inflation measurement) in the San Francisco Bay Area, the biggest tech engine of the US and world economy, reached nearly 5% last year (2017). Such a healthy dose of inflation will absorbs lots of debt. Meanwhile, among many other things, said Bay Area fabricated for more than twelve billion dollars of electric cars in 2018…. While Apple Inc. based a few miles away, generated more than 200 billions in revenue…  

So the SF Bay Area is a perfect illustration that a roaring economy goes well with roaring inflation, thus roaring debt, etc. Looking in detail within the machinery of some major tech companies (say Oracle) show lots of debt at major points of development…

When the pace of economic (GDP) growth exceeds the rate of interest on a country’s public debt, managing indebtedness is a shrinking business: debt incurred in the past shrinks steadily as a share of GDP without any new taxes needing to be levied.

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Public Debt Helps The Public In General, and the Poor First of All:

Some are sure to whine that debt might nonetheless rise if annual deficits are sufficiently gigantic, as they are in US America now. Even so, at prevailing interest rates and growth rates, and with deficits continuing at 5% of GDP, it would take more than a century for America’s ratio of gross public debt to GDP to reach the current Japanese level…. And then, as I pointed out, so what? A tax? A 2018 French-like situation? Overtaxation? No, not really: remember, only the wealthy lend. So debt will reduce inequality. Actually MASSIVE debt reduces inequality in two ways:  it potentially taxes the wealthy, in the future, and, in the meantime, it feeds countries and the poor (who are the first to profit from public infrastructure)…

Hypocrites will come, and suggest inflation hurts the poor… However, although inflation extinguishes debt, there are other ways to extinguish debt, and thus rampant debt doesn’t mean rampant inflation…

Olivier Blanchard, long chief economist of the IMF, pointed out that since 1870, the average nominal interest rate on one-year US government debt has been 4.6%, though the average annual growth rate of nominal GDP has been 5.3%. Growth rates have surpassed interest rates in every decade since 1950, except the 1980s…. And guess what happened in the 1980s? Plutocratization! (Much admired by all too many “democrats”, including Barry Obama…)

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The Rise Of Evil Power, aka, Plutocracy was tied in to debt extinction:

(Perhaps unwittingly, and hopefully witlessly) Evil US president Carter launched a secret war in Afghanistan, using Muslim Fundamentalist and the Muslim Fundamentalist ISI of Pakistan… On July 3, 1979, and immediately afterwards, Reagan, helped by the evil Democratic Congress, led by fellow Irishman Tip O’Neil, launched officially trickle-down economics: instead of making everybody wealthier through public debt, Reagan and his “democratic” little helpers claimed that, the economy would do better by making the wealthiest wealthier…

Nicholas Crafts of the University of Warwick observed that the difference between growth and interest rates did more to reduce British debt loads in the 20th century than budget surpluses. Indeed, austerity-induced deflation in the 1920s frustrated attempts to pay down war debts (that was followed by the attempt of inflating out, which was too brutal, and helped bring the 1929 crash…)

Inflating out of debt was successful after World War Two. At the same time, the uppermost margin rates were pushed by Republican president Eisenhower up to 93% (nobody has accused Eisenhower to be a socialist… yet) Similar rates applied in Britain and high taxes on the wealthy also applied in throughout Europe…

In the past decade our great leaders have listened to their future benefactors, and sponsors, the wealthiest. The wealthiest want the poor ever poorer, so that wealth, power, can be worth having, ever more. So our great leaders, who are great servants of the wealthier, have done as ordered, and have stimulated public economies too little. (To make the lowest people feel good enough about themselves, while they undermined them, they have paid them with PC speech, and “identity politics”, that is, racism…)

Result? Rich countries have spent ever more time below their productive capacity than above it—at grave economic cost: while French, German, British and US  politicians explained to We The people that they cost too much, China, India and their satellites (population three billions) roared ahead, spending on the public as needed by the public. This is how Europe, its colonies and the US did it in the Nineteenth Century (and even in centuries prior, following the dominant economic theory known as “Mercantilism”)

An overdeveloped fear of public debt, invented by plutocrats, nurtured by prostituted economists, is to blame. But now a new class of “populist” leaders have appeared, who call a lot of it, for what it is. So some government economists have been ordered to acquaint themselves with reality.

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The 3% Deficit Limit Is Killing the European Union:

And guess what? Experience suggests that governments face much looser budget constraints than once was claimed on every rooftop. So governments enjoy more freedom to support struggling economies than previously believed. Economists, happy to get orders less debasing to themselves, are taking note, that, indeed, yes, governments can borrow more…..

“Neoliberalism” is fundamentally a lie. “Neoliberalism” is a creed, a faith, and a conspiracy for the gullible. “Neoliberalism” asserts that the economy does best, when left to private enterprise. This is a lie, just there, and propaganda. Indeed it always omits a detail: how money is created.

In the “Neoliberal” creed, the (private) banks create money by lending. To whom do they lend? The wealthiest. So the wealthiest privates get more and more money, and the poor, less and less, augmenting inequality, year after year, as observed: the color of the skin of the president has nothing to do with it.

The only way to cut that vicious circle is having the Treasury create money and use said created money for public work. The Treasury can do this by creating bonds. That will spur the economy.

Should a crisis arise, a sovereign government can grab the debt and extinguish it.

In 1790, Secretary of the US Treasury Alexander Hamilton did just that: he took all the debt, from all the states, and extinguished it, by making it into Federal Debt (hint to the European Union… do the same…).

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When Not Sovereign Debt To Foreigners Means Loss of Independence: the Case of Dauphiné

The French Crown had done exactly the same extinction of debt with the state of Dauphiné in 1349 CE. Long an independent republic in the Roman empire, that region, named after an altruistic sea mammal, found itself with crushing debts in the Fourteenth Century. In exchange Dauphiné lost its independence inside the Roman Empire, becoming instead subject to the kingdom of France, “empire in its own kingdom” (don’t ask: a consequence of the Frexit of the Tenth Century; France by then had discovered that it would be better to make one with the region east of the Rhone-Saône).

Dauphiné has a very long independent history, all the way back to before Hannibal. The Dolphin was selected as a symbol of the altruism of that Alpine quasi-republic. Differently from fellow Switzerland, debt enslaved it… But France was the superpower of the time… Switzerland solved the ownership problem by fighting its owners, the Habsburg, to death…

The kingdom of France, empire onto itself had debts, of course, but when it so pleased. Otherwise, it could always send the army to visit lenders with too much of an inappropriate attitude (as the soon to be ex-Republic of Florence found out…)

Sovereignty and debts are bound together. The EU should do as the US did in 1790 CE. Meanwhile, the present European situation is not sustainable: whereas the USA can grow debt as big as it wants, and the notion of debt doesn’t even exist in China, Europe is reducing its economic activity to profit its plutocrats.  

At least US politicians are not so treacherously corrupt, that they will stoop that low. 

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Conclusion: Debt is tax deferred. Public debt for public interest works boosts the economy, in a way no private spending can replace. Indeed, private spending is motivated by profit, but serving the public is serving the public, not profiting from the public.

The “Neoliberal” creed, truly the power of evil, has insisted human beings know just one motivation: greed. But humanity, in full, know many other motivations, including that of serving public good. Servicing public good is more deeply anchored in human psychobiology, because, prehistorically speaking, the individual couldn’t exist without the collective (the tribe).

We need more public spending, thus, to not overtax the economy, more debt.  

Patrice Ayme

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Even “The Economist” has noticed. Consider: Economists reconsider how much governments can borrowThe profession is becoming less debt-averse”

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Dauphiné lost its independence to Paris in 1349 CE… But not its Parliament. However, in 1788 CE, one year before well known events in Paris, the French Revolution started, for real, south of Grenoble in the city of Vizille, encircled by mighty mountains. A consequence of the Revolution would be the loss of regional parliaments, including that of Grenoble…

 

Weathering Reinforced Orbital Glaciation Theory

January 15, 2019

I suggested that one could absorb CO2 by deliberately watering vast hot expanses of basalt and, or calcium or magnesium bearing tropical wastelands.
Friend Ian Miller pointed out in a comment that crushing rocks to achieve this required energy. I replied that, actually, I have seen immense expanses of desert in North America, South America, Mexico, Iran, Africa with such rock in a pulverulent form: no need to crush them, they are already completely crushed.

Then I remembered the Sahara, with thousands of kilometers of such pitiless desert. The highest mountain in the Sahara, as in Iran, is a volcano… But then I also remembered seeing prehistoric paintings there, of bucolic hunting scenes complete with hippopotamuses and trees… Imagine: that’s now an absolute desert: seeing one tree is seeing a miracle (one such tree is called “l’arbre du Tibesti”; it’s many thousands years old…).. Ah, but then, when the Sahara was wet, the watering, and the weathering, were achieved! CO2 was withdrawn from the atmosphere!

The white substance is natron, well-known to the Egyptians, in a giant caldera, the Trou au Natron, at the foot of an enormous shield volcano in Chad… In the middle of the Sahara. And not the largest volcano there. The cliffs are 1,000 meters tall. Yes, this all absorbs CO2 when wet…

So I suggest this: glaciations, in the last 2.75 million years were accentuated, reinforced by CO2 absorption from chemically interacting with rocks in the desert. Indeed, during glaciations, the giant circulation cells which create the arid subtropics are less aggressive and move south: the deserts become wet and green.

Now make no mistake: I am NOT saying that the orbital glaciation theory is false. I am just correcting it. I am adding a factor. The orbital theory of glaciation says that glaciations occur when it is too cold in July-August to melt snows in the Northern Hemisphere… where the continents mostly are (the southern equivalent is mostly ice-free: it’s an ocean, the “Roaring Forties”). The theory was first suggested by French mathematicians Joseph Alphonse Adhémar (1797–1862) who computed that ice ages were controlled by astronomical forces in his 1842 book Revolutions of the Sea. The idea is now associated with Milankovitch’s name. The theory’s recent Computer simulations show that this is (roughly) correct… Although various sticky mysteries remain.

I am just suggesting that the glaciating effect found by pure orbital and Earth rotation dynamics is amplified by the mechanism of CO2 diminution from rock chemistry I just described, in this essay and the preceding one.
Indeed orbital effects come short of explaining what is observed. Simulations and paleoclimate analysis show that the variation in Earth’s climate is much more extreme than the variation in the intensity of solar radiation calculated as the Earth’s orbit evolves. Methane release and the like doesn’t cut it yet. If orbital forcing causes climate change, and it does, science needs to explain why the observed glaciation effect is amplified compared to the theoretical, purely astronomical effect.

I just did.

Patrice Ayme

How To Remove CO2 From the Atmosphere: Water Volcanic, Calcium & Magnesium Desertic Tropical Ranges. Contemplate Indonesia!

January 13, 2019

DID INDONESIA CAUSE THE LAST THREE MILLION YEARS OF GLACIATION? SOLVING THE CO2 CATASTROPHE BY ACTIVE, FEASIBLE REMOVAL:

In the last 500 million years, three-quarters of the time or so, the planet enjoyed a hot, Jurassic style climate. It was not the case during the evolution of the genus Homo, one characteristic of which is the ability to endure cold and even subpolar climate. Enormous glaciations then rolled in, one after the other. What happened? Well, the mystery has now been unveiled.

This is not just a curiosity. Indeed, said discovery provides us with a solution to the CO2 catastrophe: just water dry tropical volcanic ranges and similar areas with plenty of calcium and magnesium, and the CO2 will be removed, stabilizing the atmosphere. Watering those particular mineral areas provides with a believable mechanism to decrease CO2 when enormous amounts of cheap clean energy is available… in a generation or two. (This is the first plausible mechanism ever suggested to do so!)

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Sacred mountain of Zoroastrianism, the major historical religion of civilization, Mount Damavand is the highest point in Iran higher than the Alps or even the Caucasus. It is an active volcano in full sight of gigantic Teheran. The gas and fumaroles on top was a problem when I circled the crater. This is the northern side, facing the Caspian sea, a lush area. Other sides are extremely dry, and I propose to water them. That of course would require gigantic, power-hungry engineering beyond the capability of present civilization.

Global climate change around 3–4 Million years ago influenced the evolution of hominids, via the aridification of Africa, and what happened next, the Pleistocene glaciation about 2.75 Myr ago… thereafter the Earth’s climate suffered rolling glaciations… while human species evolved ever faster.

Most explanations of these climatic events used to involve changes in circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean due to the closing of the Isthmus of Panama. The idea is that a strong current of warm water was going north from the Pacific, joining, and augmenting the Gulf Stream, thus preventing any ice to form in the Arctic. With no ice in the Arctic, the albedo of Earth was significantly lower, thus all these infrared, instead of being sent back to space by reflecting snows, were trapped in the Arctic. A warm Arctic brought temperatures up, overall.

However, the closure of the Indonesian seaway 3–4 Myr ago could also be responsible for these climate changes: it acts similarly to the contemporaneous Panama closing (but as we will see, Indonesia does more than Panama). Closing the Indonesian seaway brought the aridification of Eastern Africa. The simplest theory and results from ocean circulation modelling show that the displacement of mighty New Guinea, about 5 Myr ago, at 100 kilometers per million years, going north, and west, closed the seaway. (But not just that, as we will see.)

That would have switched the source of flow through Indonesia—from warm South Pacific to relatively cold North Pacific waters (all waters below 100 meters are now blocked by narrow, shallow straights inside the Indonesian archipelago). This blockage would have decreased sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean, leading to reduced rainfall over Eastern Africa. Changes in the equatorial Western Pacific, by making heat stagnate there, probably reduced atmospheric heat transport from the tropics to higher latitudes, stimulating global cooling around the poles, and the eventual growth of ice sheets., which, in turn, cooled the planet further!

All of a sudden, shallow waters all over! The right side, the gigantic island of New Guinea, moved north, but also west, at 100 kilometers per million years, strangling the Indonesian seaway, starting 5 millions years ago (coincident with the same in Mesoamerica) This blocked the Earth’s warmest waters to enter the Indian ocean.

But there is another way in which Indonesia enters the climatic picture: CO2 removal by chemical reaction with basaltic rocks. This happened because the tectonic collisions caused the rise of high mountains, hence intense weathering.

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Basalt Make CO2 Into Rock:

Basalt generally has a composition of 45–55 % SiO2, 2–6 wt% total alkalis, 0.5–2.0% TiO2, 5–14 wt% FeO and 14% or more Al2O3. Contents of CaO are commonly near 10%, those of MgO commonly in the range 5 to 12%.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock which is often composed of the skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, foraminifera and molluscs. Its major materials are the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3).

Immediate conclusion: if one adds CO2 to basalt, one should be able to make limestone. Indeed:

When CO2 is in presence of water, it reacts and makes carbonic acid. Putting lots of CO2 into water makes a Seltzer water which is acidic enough to destroy basalt. The low pH water (3.2) worked to dissolve the calcium and magnesium ions in the basalts, which then reacted with the carbon dioxide to make calcium and magnesium carbonates (which are whitish). Cores drilled into experimental sites in basalt showed rock with the tell-tale white carbonates occupying the pore spaces. Roughly it seems that 100 kilograms of basalt turned 50 kilograms of CO2 into rock. So far so good… One could locate power plants on top of basalt flows? Probably not: the process costs of the order of $17 a ton… That would augment the cost of burning oil by 20% (back of envelope computation in my head)… One has to understand the cheapest energy is already photovoltaic energy… In 2018…

Researchers tagged the CO2 they injected in basalt, 600 meters down, with carbon-14, a radioactive form of carbon. None of the injected CO2 was leaking back to the surface or finding its way out through a distant watercourse, as no radioactivity came out: the capture of CO2 by basalt is highly efficient.

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Indonesia is sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere:

Many mountains in Indonesia and New Guinea consist of ancient volcanic rocks from belching volcanoes caused by subduction of various tectonic plates. When ocean floors were caught in a colossal tectonic collision between a chain of island volcanoes and a continent, those volcanic  rocks were thrust high. Lashed by warm tropical, acidic, corrosive, penetrating rains, these basaltic rocks react with CO2 sequestering the product inside the basalt. That is why, with only 2% of the world’s land area, Indonesia accounts for 10% of its long-term CO2 absorption. Its mountains could explain why massive ice sheets have persisted, waxing and waning, for several million years: evidence shows that the normal state of the planet in the last half a billion years, is a hothouse, with crocodiles all the way to the north of Greenland…

Researchers claim to have found that such tropical mountain-building collisions in wet areas coincide with nearly all of the half-dozen or so significant glacial periods in the past 500 million years. “These types of environments, through time, are what sets the global climate,” said Francis Macdonald, a geologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C. (December 2018). If Earth’s CO2 has a machine producing it, the rise of mountains like Indonesia’s could be it.

Long-term changes in the planet’s temperature are governed by shifts in CO2 atmospheric density. Plate tectonics refurbishes continually the planet’s surface. For decades, scientists have debated what turned the CO2 on, to the dramatic extent it did. Volcanoes were long prime suspects. Volcanoes erupt where plates dive beneath one another. By spewing carbon from Earth’s interior, they could turn up the thermostat. That was the idea. But it’s a bit stupid: CO2 was in atmosphere, gets captured by rocks, sediments, gets buried, and then belched out: it sounds like a rather quick (on a geological scale) zero sum game: what comes in comes right out…

Rock weathering of massive mountain ranges, seems a smarter approach: it depends on mountain building driven by plate tectonics. Indeed, sometimes there are giant mountain ranges, as big, or bigger than the present Himalayas. Sometimes, most often, not: as observed, the planet is a hot-house ¾ of the time, just as there are no massive wet tropical ranges, most of the time.

The Hercynian range, which spans the Appalachians, Scotland, and countless ranges in Europe, is still here for all to see (started 480 millions ago, it became Himalayan like when Africa collided with North America as part of the construction of Pangea).

When tropical mountains contain seafloor rocks rich in calcium and magnesium, they react with CO2 dissolved in rainwater to form limestone, which is eventually buried on the ocean floor. Both processes matter in removing CO2 from the atmosphere, This also explains why there were gigantic amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere in the Carboniferous era, and they mysteriously vanished: they are in all these rocks, such as all these limestone ranges….

Having the right rocks to drive the CO2-chewing reaction is not sufficient. Climate matters, as I said. For example, the Siberian Traps, a region that saw devastating volcanic eruptions 252 million years ago, are rich in such rocks but absorb little CO2: it’s too damn cold, the chemistry doesn’t happen much because of the cold (details aren’t clear yet).

More clearly, in Arabia, one finds plenty of heat and volcanic rocks, but the solvent, water, is absent: CO2 rains down as carbonic acid after reacting with water… But only then. So… If could make it rain in Arabia, we could eliminate massive amounts of CO2. @,lacks another ingredient. “It’s hotter than Hades but it doesn’t rain.” Indonesia’s location in the rainy tropics is just right. “That is probably what’s keeping us centered in an ice age,” Kent adds.

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The Preceding Suggests THE Viable, Sustainable and Definitive Remedy to the CO2 catastrophe:

Lots of cockmaniacal plans have been proposed to mitigate the CO2 catastrophe (Harvard, the Pluto university, is going to try to throw a veil on the atmosphere… although that won’t solve the CO2 problem, but trust the nasty to come up with nastier…)

Some of mitigation of CO2 will happen naturally: as, and if, the Siberian Traps become tropical, and if it rains there much, CO2 will be removed from the atmosphere. More generally, as the entire planet warms, it moistens up, and all volcanic zones of the planet become CO2 absorbing: this is a natural way to prevent CO2 from raising so much the planet boils.

Practically, if one finally masters thermonuclear power, and, or, photovoltaic energy becomes super cheap, one could make it rain artificially (or massively water) dry tropical volcanic rock areas (such as Arabia, Iran). Thus one would remove enormous quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere. That will have to be done by 2100, just to stabilize the climate in the standard hothouse, the Jurassic mode ( what Trump calls a “super climate”), with sea level ten meters higher and crocodiles in Newfoundland…

Over the past few years, academic Macdonald and his collaborators have searched for other times when tectonics and climate could have conspired to open an Indonesia-size CO2 sink. They found that glacial conditions 90 million and 50 million years ago lined up neatly with the collisions of a chain of island volcanoes in the now-vanished equatorial Neo-Tethys Ocean with the African and Asian continents. A similar collision some 460 million years ago started to form the Appalachians, but it was thought to have taken place in the subtropics, where a drier climate (from trade winds) does not favor weathering. By reanalyzing ancient magnetic fields in rocks formed in the collision, Macdonald’s team found the mountains actually rose deep in the tropics. And their uplift matched a 2-million-year-long glaciation. “They’re developing a pretty compelling story that this was a climate driver in Earth’s past,” says Lee Kump, a paleoclimatologist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

Those cases are not exceptions. Indeed, the team compiled a database of every tectonic “suture”—the linear features left by tectonic collisions—known to contain ophiolites, characteristic pieces of sea floor, and pillow lavas and the like, volcanic sea floor, over the past half-billion years. Based on magnetism in each suture’s rocks and a model of continental drift, they mapped their ancient latitudes to see which formed in the warm and rainy tropics, and when. “We were surprised that this is not as complicated as we thought,” Macdonald said.

The team compared the results to records of past glaciations and found a strong correlation. They also looked for declines in volcanism, which might have cooled the climate (from lessening of CO2 emissions). But their influence was much weaker, Macdonald said.

A recent study challenges the mountain CO2 weathering-thermostat notion with evidence for the importance of volcanoes (as I said, it has to be rather a zero sum, when considering volcanoes from subduction, because what goes in comes pretty fast out!) The study used ages from thousands of zircons, durable crystals that can indicate volcanic activity, to show that upticks in volcanic emissions were the dominant force driving the planet’s warm periods. But there are two types of volcanisms: what I call “core volcanism” (“Traps”, Large Igneous Provinces, LIPs) brings in massive amounts of fresh CO2 from way down inside the mantle… It’s likely both streams of ideas have at least one hand on the truth.

The beauty of absorption by volcanic rocks of CO2 is that it explains not just why glaciations start, but also why they stop.

A hothouse Earth appears to be the planet’s default state, prevailing for three-fourths of the past 500 million years. We will have it again by 2100: the dice are thrown, it’s in the air.

An Indonesia-style collision may push the global climate into a glacial period, but only for a while. Mountains erode and continents drift. And the planet warms again.

Science doesn’t just bring understanding, it brings also the means to act on the universe. Now we have the trick to reduce CO2… (And I am, by the way, the first to propose it: massive watering of the desiccated zones!) To give us the means, we have to keep on deploying photovoltaic energy and thermonuclear reactors (I say “deploying”, because there is plenty of evidence that a massive thermonuclear reactor could work: the bigger, the more efficient, it’s a matter of mass against surface).

The alternative to the solution to the CO2 catastrophe by weathering and geological chemistry is a CO2 driven holocaust. Developing science and technology is not just profitable, pleasant, and human. It is also the moral thing to do. And the only moral solution to CO2 there is.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: By public request, a partial list of references supporting the research above:

References: Closing of the Indonesian seaway as a precursor to east African aridification around 3–4 million years ago
Mark A. Cane & Peter Molnar
Nature volume 411, pages 157–162 (10 May 2001)

Swanson-Hysell, N.L. and Macdonald, F.A., 2017. Tropical weathering of the Taconic orogeny as a driver for Ordovician cooling, Geology, G38985. 1.

(That was 440 million years ago, and the continents looked nothing like now; only Siberia is recognizable… It was a free floating continent…)

Tropical uplift may set Earth’s thermostat
Paul Voosen
Science 04 Jan 2019:

For scary, or when Antarctica partially melted under similar conditions to what we are going to get within a decade:

Antarctic ice melt 125,000 years ago offers warning
Paul Voosen
Science 21 Dec 2018: