Democracy Has Gone To The Dogs

January 25, 2021

The New York Times is proud that the “Reverend” Warnock was elected because, decisively, some campaign manipulator got the idea of purchasing a dog. And they shot commercials for hours with the dog, presenting it as Mr. Warnock’s dog, when actually it was not. These long shooting scenes included fake poop which now Senator Warnock dutifully collected to burnish his ecological credentials. The New York Times is proud that the claim for progress rests on flaunting the inauthenticity of politicians: at least this way, things are clear: fake news, fake dog, fake relationship, even fake poop. It’s all fake, ladies and gentlemen, only the money behind the magic is real: around one billion dollars to purchase the two Georgia Senate seats

Bark On You

Here is the New York Times describing the situation: “How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher In a Democratic Senate. Senator Raphael Warnock was sworn in this week as Georgia’s first Black senator, and he arrived with a canny canine assist.

In perhaps the best-known spot, Mr. Warnock, a Democrat, deposits a plastic baggie of Alvin’s droppings in the trash, likening it to his rival’s increasingly caustic ads. The beagle barks in agreement, and as Mr. Warnock declares that “we” — he and Alvin — approve of the message, the dog takes a healthy lick of his goatee.

…Mr. Warnock became the first Black senator ever from Georgia, after Democrats swept both the state’s Senate seats in the runoffs. The twin victories delivered Democratic control of the chamber and an enormous boost to President Biden and his chances to enact his agenda.

While there is no singular factor responsible for victories this narrow — Mr. Warnock won by less than 100,000 votes out of roughly 4.5 million and the other new Democratic senator, Jon Ossoff, won by even less — there is bipartisan agreement that the beagle played an outsize role in cutting through the clutter in two contests that broke every Senate spending record….

All of which would probably come as a surprise to Alvin. After all, he wasn’t even Mr. Warnock’s dog.

All readers of the New York Times found the story inspiring.

Instead, I propose that, as part of the DEMOCRATIZATION PROJECT, all and any inauthentic representation by an elected representative, or candidate should be criminalized. If Warnock had a beloved beagle, fine, he could show it on TV. But what he did was tantamount to lying. And it does not matter if he had several hundreds of millions from plutocrats to pay for his commercials. Actually, that makes it worse.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: I made a short and polite comment to the NYT deploring that the fake relationship was lauded as most democratic. It was censored. That is a violation of both isegoria and parrhesia, two pillars of real democracy:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/no-isegoria-no-parrhesia-why-the-us-election-was-fraudulent/.

The NYT allowed only comments fawning over the Reverend and “his” beagle that he fake- “owned”. (Yes “owned” is the way the dog was described several times… reminiscent of when the ancestors of the NYT “owned” people…)

Argumentum Ad Logicam, Non Ad Hominem

January 23, 2021

Civilization is not just about cities, but also what allows cities to exist, civilized behaviors. This civilization is now expanding in the solar system, after starting to master biology and thermonuclear systems… And this world civilization is endowed with way too many people, considering the present state of science and technology… inviting catastrophe. So we need to improve science and technology, and that means new and better ideas from the most unexpected dimensions we did not suspect to exist… even a short while ago.

THUS, Want to improve civilization? We should learn to focus debates on ideas, not individuals. Argumentum Ad Logicam, Non Ad Hominem… to logic, not to the person…. to coin a really new Latin aphorism. Who said the Greco-Roman culture was dead [1]? AT THE IDEAS, NOT THE PERSON (I studied Latin six years, in Africa, of all places!)

Debate the idea, don’t debate the sex life, skin color, gender, age, accent, language, religion, national or ethnic origin of the one proffering it. Roman lawyers actually used the legal principle: non quis sed quid… not who but what…

I have lived in many cultures. I have talked for years with people who didn’t know how to read and write. But I have never seen so many primitives as recently. A friend who is a doctor, scared of COVID (!) retired precipitously. He told me, in writing (!) that he would need a lawyer’s oversight if he were to talk to me about COVID. No less! Debate is that scary for the new primitives. They need a lawyer around to exchange not just general ideas, which can easily offend the thin skinned, but even scientific ideas!

In Africa, below the deep shade of thickly leaved trees, I would exchange freely about the deepest subjects with authentic people. But now many of prominent ones, from the elite, tell us we are not worthy of any mental exchange. There is just one truth, one reality, one set of facts, and any deviation from those is versing in “conspiracy theory”. It does not matter if one day doctor Fauci is against travel bans, and the moth after that, for them. Or if doctor Fauci is adamantly against masks, for excellent reasons, before being stridently for them, three months later (thus causing an explosion of the pandemic). Doctor Fauci is the establishment, and thus the only reality worth having.

Amusingly, China, which caused the pandemic, was much better at evaluating and taking effective countermeasures. In China, individuals who have engaged in significant corruption get condemned to death. It probably helped to think more clearly about the pandemic. Europe could not think, of course. The most obvious fact being that Europe sent the manufacture of much of everything important to China, and thus it found itself paralyzed by its own deindustrialization. An example; thirty years ago, Sanofi-Pasteur developed the first mRNA vaccine, but the oily enveloppes were badly tolerated, and the French company dropped the development. When COVID appeared, Sanofi-Pasteur was using obsolete technology, and its vaccine failed. Meanwhile, thankfully, in the oval office of the White House, a French businessman told a stunned president Trump, that his US company, Moderna, could develop a modern vaccine in three months, using the mRNA tech Sanofi-Pasteur had pioneered.

We need to delve with problems, and possible solutions.

The problems are scientific and technological, but they can only be guided by higher wisdom. Take controlled thermonuclear fusion, which make the star shine: we absolutely need it, wisdom says. So wisdom will urge to implement it. How? Spending. For example high temperature superconducting magnets can be made. They would improve considerably thermonuclear reactors (by making them much more compact). So deploy such a project. ITER does not use high temp superconductors so is much more bulky). Wisdom can guide: establishing a colony on Ceres is a no-brainer, for example.

Ah, and why to go hysterical with science and technology? Because that’s the humane way out, and there is no other. This is what wisdom shows. The old fashion way, killing nearly everybody and collapsing civilization, can be avoided at this point.

So why should we go another way? In recent years, the supposedly most intelligent in the West have howled to the sky that a particular individual, an industrialist naturally voted in to solve the problem of de-industrialization, was the cause of everything bad. Instead Trump finished his presidency by financing three ultra-effective, ultramodern vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Astrazeneca-Oxford), making a new medical technology, which should be very effective against cancer, available to the world. In ten months…

Believing that one scapegoat caused the problems he was called to solve is low intelligence. The obsession with one scapegoat was most satisfying to those keen to satisfy the basic instincts which animated our predecessors, 200 million years ago. It also prevented those supposedly most intelligent people and institutions to think about the real problems, and the solutions they called for. Even more perniciously, it enure the intelligentsia to repeating the grotesque lies the establishment served them with relish. The lowering of intelligence is how many civilizations went down.

Invent or die. Now, more than ever. (Uxmal Maya, Mexico.) Southern Mayan civilization collapsed in a couple of decades after 820 CE, when We The People realized that they had been had by the “Holly Lords”, namely that none of the solutions they embraced (construction programs, war against other cities, increased plutocracy) worked. Thus We The People rose in anger, and war became not just an inter-city affair, but internal to cities too. After nearly everybody died, Mayan civilization would go as a shadow of its former self. Even before the Spaniards showed up, those who had traded with them showed up, carrying an arsenal of Afro-Eurasiatic diseases Smallpox would arrive later, carried by a single black Conquistador. In some places, such as Hispaniola, 100% of the population swiftly died, to Columbus’ dismay.

Have we become like the Maya, enthralled and submitted to Holly Lords, those we view as the elected politicians? Elected they are, indeed, but elected by whom? Nancy Pelosi, daughter of Baltimore mayor D’Alesandro, what is the difference with elected king Clovis, son of elected king Childeric (also a Roman “imperator”). OK, maybe Vladimir Putin has been elected by the KGB/FSB, the Russian equivalent of the FBI… So Putin was elected by the ultimate security agency of Russia… and Russia was in need of security at the time, clearly. But who elected Joe Biden? Joe brandished the average small contribution to his campaign The problem with elected officials is that it is in their best interest to put appearances first and reality, somewhere else… where it can be leveraged to further their career and, or power.

There is a way out of this, by increasing other dimensions of People Power. What do we need professional politicians for?

Why do we farm out our power to the most power hungry and money greedy individuals who, while shutting down debate, and because they shut, not to say shit down, debate, believe that they know better than anybody else? And we call that democratic?

Why do we farm out our minds to plutocratically owned media, be they TV, Internet, or the ironically called “free press”? Right we have no choice. But many, especially on the left, seem unaware that they are getting their data and wisdom from the most powerful holly lords the world has ever known.

Greco-Roman civilization, when it was democratic, had severe limits on the duration of political mandates. Athens, at her civilizational peak, had Direct Democracy: citizens voted the laws governing them, directly.

Thus citizens had to be informed as well as possible: that was ensured by two pillars of democracy, isegoria and parrhesia. The former ensured equal right of speech in any public assembly. The latter, the candor of speech. Right now, we have the exact opposite: the media is owned, or controlled by hyper wealthy families and only them. It was hoped that the Internet would enable We The People to escape the censorship of the few. 

But, the opposite has happened: yesterday a cartoon of Uncle Joe (Stalin) was censored on Facebook, a (nonpolitical) friend discovered, to his dismay (he got an official warning). Stalin’s head had been replaced by Biden’s, and “Stalin” (the man of steel) by “Stealin”. When a regime cannot tolerate a joke, it has versed in advanced intellectual fascism.

Nearly Direct Democracy was used by Republican Rome for centuries.  Republican Rome also limited family wealth absolutely… Enforcing that law brought a succession of civil wars engineered by the “Optimates” (the “Best”). The crisis was bracketed by the assassination of the leaders of the populists, the Populares leaders, Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BCE, and Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. Greek city-states also considered 

Patrice Ayme

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[1] A variant of the aphorism, same idea: Non ad hominem, sed ad animi… or: Ad quae animi, non ad hominem…

Hatred Will Unify the Country. Seems to Be the Idea.

January 23, 2021

Hatred will unify the country, because all the people will hate each other, and they will have this in common… At least such seems to be the idea of the plutocratic establishment. As we will see, not really a new idea, but probably the oldest social manipulation technique. Recently CNN claimed all Trump voters, 75 millions of them were KKK, Nazis… The ridiculous and damaging impeachment is rolling on… Unification by hatred seems to be the deepest idea of the Deep Global Plutocracy and its media, are capable of… After pretending for more than 4 years that Trump was elected by Putin (whereas it is Obama who let Putin invade Ukraine, and Trump who provided the anti-tank weapons to stop Putin). Unification through hatred works: history is full of such examples. A particular case is scapegoatism. A French philosopher, Girard, made a whole glorious career at Stanford and the French Academy simply for describing “scapegoatism” as significant human driver… I go the whole hog: hatred is the ultimate driver…

John Thomas to Patrice Ayme Hatred will destroy the US if people aren’t careful. There’s too much of it on both sides, but it’s a bigger problem on the right because much of it is driven by false beliefs to which people have become emotionally and irrationally attached. Q-Anon conspiracy theories, held mostly on the right, provide a good example.

@ John Thomas: Indeed. Hatred could indeed destroy the USA, because that’s the way tribalism works. Tribalism is all about hatred, and reciprocally. Killing other tribes is the next best thing after trading with them. It kept the planet in balance in the last 2 million years. At some point a bit more than a million years ago, there were at least 14 species of hominids in East Africa. One of them exterminated all the others. And here we are.
In the Late Roman empire, depending whether people were Christians, “Reds”, “Whites”,”Greens”, “Blues”, there was much passion and hatred to be had. “Men in Black” (hedonistic, thieving, drunk gangs of monks) roamed and physically destroyed everything they could loot in their way.

HATRED & JEALOUSY… Charles Le Brun, 1609-1690… Etching in the crayon Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A face expressing hatred or jealousy.

THUS, instead of reinstituting repairing the Republic, We The People were at each other’s throats, depending upon their color allegiance… and the Plutocrats laughed all the way to the banks.
This was a conspiracy of the owners of Roman civilization, or, rather, it was the work of several conspiracies at work simultaneously, entangled with each other, with different tribal origins (the ancient plutocratic lineage, the army, the Franks, the Goths, the Huns, Alans, Vandals, Burgonds, numerous Christian factions, etc…)
The same is at work now in the USA. Plutocrats gave Biden more than 1.6 billion dollars for his presidential run. Those plutocrats are not on the side of We The People, they are on the side of hatred, hatred of We The People against We The People, because hatred of the People against the People is how plutocrats govern. So they give money, or other services, on both sides, to make sure the hatred augments.

White supremacist plutocrats decrying white supremacy is a vaccination against the very hatred they inoculate the world with. This is why some of the worst offenders, individuals who know how to lay low but who, actually made hundreds of billions of dollars in ways which should be illegal (but are not), contributed to Biden presidential run.
Or as the Maya put it, the holly Lords. When We The Maya realized they had been had, they killed the holly Lords, but it was too late…

John Thomas to Patrice Ayme You lost me in the fourth paragraph. It seems to me that you are the one who has fallen for conspiracy theories. I agree that there are serious problems with the influence of moneyed interests in the US, but that problem is no less serious on the Republican side than the Democrat side.

Patrice Ayme to John Thomas: History is the history of conspiracies and we historians make theories about said conspiracies. I never said I had a tribal obsession feeling as if I belonged to right/left/Republican/Democrat… What is the “right” anyway? A half naked guy with horns and a raccoon tail? The woman who was an Air Force 14 years veteran deliberately shot fatally through the neck?

Virgil wrote:”Love conquers all!” An amusing case of dissemblance. Virgil was the official poet of a bloody tyrant, Augustus, who didn’t not just kill hundreds of thousands to get to power, but killed some of his own relatives who were still children (in particular Caesarion, the only son of Caesar and also son of Cleopatra)… and in the end the patron of Virgil confiscated the Republic… One could say with Virgil’s assistance, because Virgil painted Augustus’ hatred with a thick layer of “love”. It was not Augustus’ legions which had conquered Rome, it was his… love. Look at what they did, not at the BS they tried to put you to sleep with.

Welcome Mr. Iraq Invasion President!

January 20, 2021

Little noticed: the Federal Reserve is going to add to its mandate: “fighting for social justice”. The title you escaped: Welcome Mr. Crime Against Humanity President! Notice the sincere: Welcome! Just as Biden recommended, and so did Allah, or the mythical Christ, I want a fresh start. And especially, I want things done. Progressive things. As Biden said, the planet is at stake.

Also I am not the one who wanted to invade Iraq, don’t look at me funny. I was against it. Biden was a great apostle of the Iraq invasion, which made massive fracking profitable in the USA. I got cancelled by various media for being against it, including the New York Times and The Guardian (who are generally viewed as fair or left by the naive). 

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/biden-the-neocon-or-why-biden-wanted-so-much-to-destroy-iraq/

Biden gave a unity speech (with one blemish which shouldn’t have been uttered). Now he has to walk the talk. We will know shortly.

President Biden

@POTUS US government account

There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.

So forgive and forget.

Biden is doing good so far. The worst thing that Biden could do was to select the worst Vice President. Instead, he selected the best. Yes selecting Kamala Harris was the best choice (for several reasons). In particular very bad alternatives such as Susan Rice, were avoided. I explained this at the end of a longish essay meant to demolish Rice:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/war-criminal-susan-rice-for-vp-perfect-match-with-iraq-invading-biden/

No more lies? No more black lies, because they matter? No more white lies, because they matter too? According to conventional wisdom Kamala Harris, US Vice President, facing us in this picture, is “black”, whereas Vice President Mike Pence, facing her on the right of the picture, is white. Clamoring that HARRIS is black is stupid, racialist, and an outrage to the simplest optics and semantics: they, Harris and Pence, are both mostly white. Look again. Also, Kamala Harris descends from British lawyer Harris, a slave owner, who cared enough about his child to give her the name Kamala now proudly wears. Morality? Let bygones be bygones: we are all descendants of enslaving cannibals… But also let’s not delude ourselves: just like Joe Biden JUNIOR, the new US president, both Biden and Harris were natural born members of the elite and knew how to stay there, and thrive some more. Biden Junior certainly achieved higher socially speaking than Biden Senior a relatively destitute oil executive.

So why didn’t I forgive and forget the Iraq Invasion? Well, there is no forgetfulness and forgiveness in the case of crimes against humanity. Whatever his alleged crimes, Trump was the first US president not to start a new war, of the greedy type, or not collaborating in one… for a very long time, if not ever. Yes, it has been a pretty bloody history, until the last “Indian” was put in the last reservation, and the US immediately proceeded to invade the Philippines… Remember the Banana Republics wars of a century ago? Say when the US took over Honduras, and other central American republics, precisely to please United Fruits and other US banana companies?

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/military-industrial-complex-a-necessary-danger-to-civilization/

Julius Caesar was accused of crime against humanity for his conquest of Gaul, killing and enslaving millions. However, Caesar had not started the invasion of Gaul by the Helvetiae, and had been asked by Gallic tribes to intervene and stop the Helvetiae from migrating across (which he did). The two aggravations of the war later in that decade were not caused by Caesar or Roman actions. In contrast the invasion of Iraq was under the false pretense that Iraq had caused 9/11, then switched by Biden into the fake news that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Lies upon lies, upon lies… Three million dead. In Iraq, plus destabilization of Syria, itself causing millions more deaths and refugees.  

“Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson,” Biden said, in his inaugural speech, 1/20/2021 “There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders, leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation, to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

Well said. 

Now, let’s do well.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S 1: That means no more impeachment nonsense! This is no time to impeach, but time to progress…

Adding Structure To Logic

January 20, 2021

Basic logic, any logic, works with axioms and a “universe”. And “logic”, the logos, is just a discourse. Even with a logos, there is then the question of what is meant by a “proof”. “Proof Theory” is itself a… science… That is a body of knowledge deduced from a logic. That’s why there is such a field as metalogic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_theory

Last, but not least. IMHO, the basic set-up of logic is not finished. I share this opinion with some top logicians, who are suspicious that some gigantic piece is missed in the entire setup of logic, any logic. My own suggestion is to introduce time and causality in any logic… And prevent time reversal! In other words, I propose to introduce what is called in set theory a well-ordering. That would immediately short out problems such as self-reference (“Liar paradox”).

In conventional logical systems, all propositions are equal (except, not really as Godel showed with a number of construction from the infinity axiom). In my vision of the universe, time is pretty much absolute, and not relative (even in the Special Theory of Relativity, Time is LOCALLY absolute, at the very least as a well-ordering… as the theory rests on light clocks… In other words, I am not trying, or succeeding to contradict Special Relativity, in which I believe…)

In support to this, the spirit of the Incompleteness Theorems a la Godel. Godel showed the theoretical existence (through Cantor’s Diagonal Process) of “Godel Numbers” which although they could not be computed (!) encoded propositions which had to be decided, true or false, as new axioms. Thus there is, in any mathematics sophisticated enough for basic arithmetic, a hierarchy in the axiomatics according to the order of appearance of said axioms. (Right, the whole thing is to some extent silly, as these axioms cannot be shown…) I simply propose to establish the hierarchy from the start, as a meta-axiom. Then a number would be attributed to any proposition. Proposition with higher numbers could not change propositions with lower numbers.

To my knowledge, this simple ordering scheme for any logic has not been suggested anywhere (an order given by the arrows is somewhat implicit in Category Theory, and makes its strength, IMHO). The meta feelings leading my proposal are the importance of the Time Arrow, and also the importance of Hierarchies (life itself is a hierarchy, from simple life forms, like viruses, to extremely sophisticated ones, like yours truly…) Hierarchies take time to develop, so both concepts are related. Many of the problems and contradictions and shortcoming of modern logic comes from problem with hierarchies (hence Russell-Whitehead “Theory of Types”)… Instead of getting hierarchies to contradict logic, I integrate them right away… From time and significance (see below).

Some may say… so what? Who cares about fundamental logic? Not so simple. Any serious logic works with axioms, rules of deduction (which are themselves axioms), and a universe endowed with semantics. To all of this, I add a time ordering… But one also can add a SIGNIFICANCE ordering (in the universe attached to the logic). Now this has direct consequences on a theory of truth.

And since I want to create a Department of Truth, as a fourth branch of government, in particular to help the Judicial, Legislative and Executive Branches with a COGNITIVE BRANCH, it better be about something establishable in a more rigorous way… Than we had it so far.

Patrice Ayme

Is Xi’s China A Danger? Or Is It, As Usual, US Plutocracy?

January 18, 2021

Many high level executives of the plutocratic Internet are entering the Biden administration, to the applause of the fake, deluded pseudo-left, a tribal masquerade. At an even higher level, plutocratic America has succeeded to repeat with China what it did with Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin: a fruitful cooperation. In the end the fascists went one invasion too far, France and Britain reacted by declaring war to Nazism, but, from bad luck and no timely US help, Europe self destroyed, and US plutocracy, having used European and Japanese fascisms as space vehicles use gravity wells to accelerate, was boosted into the “American Century“.

Now of course, if worse comes to worst, a good war with a Chinese dictatorship could help US plutocracy too, to go a bit further, and turn the planet to neo-feudalism, so first let’s feed the beast…

A half mentally retarded person on Quora pondered, outrageously: “Is China more evil than Nazi Germany? After all, the Nazis did lots of good things for the world while China is just a cancer to civilisation.

I stooped to answer, because if we cannot answer mental retards, who can we answer? And there was a valid interrogation therein: mental retards don’t know which question common people are not supposed to ask, so they end up, differently from academic prostitutes, by asking sometimes interesting questions. The presupposition of the gentleman retard, that Nazism did many good things, is of course grotesque (on second thought, I remember one relatively little, but telling positive aspect of Nazism, in ecology, see [1]). What single big good thing did the Nazis do, aside from being an instructive example of how evil is generated from a mix of bad ideology, some of it Christian, elections by the stupid, and the conspiracies of (mostly US) plutocracy? However the fact that Nazism was a tool of US plutocracy has been successfully buried by US plutocratic propaganda.

US plutocrat on the left, dictator on the right: a repetition of the old method inaugurated in the 1920s. I give you my computer tricks to help your dictatorship, you give me your love letters and a few hundred billions to me and my associates. Hey, well trained puppy Obama gave me and my spouse the “Medal of Freedom”. Is not that something to laugh aloud about?

Also, China, on the other side of the world’s biggest mountain range, has been the other great center of civilization for more than 5,000 years. Although China was, in the end, a junior partner to the Indo-European ensemble (which unfairly extends from Nubia to the Altai and Ireland to Burma… And is crisscrossed by all sort of rights of way, from steppes to seas and rivers), China contributed mightily to civilization, with the compass, black powder, paper, printing and deep drilling for gas (among other things). It also did much of that the way Egypt, Mesopotamia, Rome and Western Europe did it: through governmentalism.

To call China a cancer, just because Xi, deluded by hubris and personal insecurity out of context, confuses himself with the new Mao, is a stretch into a future we don’t want to have. Since the heydays of the Tang dynasty, China has spent most of its time under occupation (first by Uighurs, then Jurchen, then Mongols and finally Manchus, with the added spice of a Franco-British army invading Beijing, and finally a horrendous invasion by Hirohito’s Japan). This goes a long way to explain why China contributed less to civilization in the last millennium. And it is also a vicious circle: the less innovative a great civilization is, the more invaded it gets, and then, because it is presumably ruled by brutes, the less innovative it gets [2].

The danger now is that China is a dictatorship, and one with modern weapons, including H bombs. The close relationship with Gates and its ilk is fraught, for the entire planet [3]. And, just like the fascists of the thirties (including the USSR), dictator Xi is entangled with Western plutocrats (who provide him with tech to help impose his autocracy). So, basically, Xi has collaborators who rule Western media, quite a bit as Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin had, starting a century ago. If China thinks it will come ahead playing fire with the devil, it should be reminded that others tried that before, and came out in ashes.

An institutionalized culture which wiped out an entire continent of its original inhabitants, has more than one arrow in its quiver.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The Nazis were great ecologists and animal rights defenders (the latter no doubt in part to make virtue displaying, trying to make people believe they would not hurt a fly…) The nazis created a lot of national parks and passed animal right laws still in place…. And imitated elsewhere… The Nazi economic boom, somewhat similar to the New Deal, was promoted, greatly by the same global plutocrats… It was greatly fake, and broke the Third Reich financially, hence the frenzy of thievery the Reich engaged in… Including stealing entire countries or ethnicities…

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[2] This has to be nuanced. Differently from the Nazis, the Yuan, the Mongol occupation of China, actually did great things for China, before imploding in corruption which succumbed to the Ming rebellion, headed, as it should have been, by a monk. An example of a good thing was the program of Treasure Fleets, which opened China to the world (there were five of them, going all the way to Black Africa; some have rumored one Chinese fleet reached the Americas, although there is no good proof of this… although we now have genetic proof that the Polynesians reached South America… and we had the sweet potato proof before that, anyway…)

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[3] From the Chinese embassy’s own poor English in 2015: “Bill Gates said that China has offered a great deal of resources in joint effort with the international community to address the Ebola epidemics and also done a remarkable job in controlling AIDS disease. China has erected a model for the rest of the world by playing a leading role in poverty reduction, for which he highly appreciates. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is ready to intensify cooperation with China in public health service.

Bill and Melinda Gates of Hell, the Freedom Medal recipients, fresh from their exploits with cancer causing biocides they loved to be invested in, and investing their foundation into, making Xi dictatorship all that it could be… What could go wrong? Did they help with those Chinese virus labs too?

Alumni of Gates’ Microsoft, the software giant’s Beijing research lab are now executives at Alibaba, Tencent, SenseTime—and TikTok parent ByteDance… All famous Chinese powerhouse companies with dual technology: entertainment and dictatorship implementation.

In 2019, the Financial Times reported that Microsoft Research Asia worked with a university associated with the Chinese military on facial recognition tech that is being used to monitor the nation’s population of Uighur Muslims. Up to 500,000 members of the group, primarily in western China, were monitored over the course of a month, according to a New York Times report. Now what is apparently going on in Western China is genocide…

In 2013, the New York Times pondered with apparent anxiety: “AS this populist wave crashes in on both sides of the Atlantic, the plutocrats, for all their treasure and their intellect, are in a weak position to hold it back.

Well, thanks to their vaunted “intellect”, the plutocrats found the solution: occupies all the information space, in China as in the West. So now, as one of my devoted readers put it, “the mobs will calm down, and in half a year, year they will shake their heads, how could be so stupid to follow such an evil stupidity as Donald Trump.” Trump, the one who succeeded to push away from the Chinese dictatorship, however briefly, and who invested more than ten billion dollars to make possible the first three certified COVID vaccines… and half the money went to European companies. Let me repeat slowly; the three certified successful vaccines companies got more than ten billion dollars from Trump… and nothing from Europe (during the R&D phase; now the Europeans are buying the Trump vaccines…) But everybody who pretends to think, sing songs they hate Trump, while lauding the invader of Iraq.

Good job, Pluto propagandists!

Fake Left, Fake Free Press, Tools Of The Plutocratic Conspiracy

January 17, 2021

The Cancel Culture Is A Form Of Violence:

The tribalism encouraged by Internet behavior and lack of overall education is bearing its poisonous fruits. All too many people say whatever, insulting individuals and attacking them… Instead of insulting and attacking specific ideas after cogently deconstructing them. Such a behavior ad hominem hatred, instead of intellectual debate guarantees the progress of hatred and other basest instincts, instead of furthering intelligence and consideration.

I have seen people calling me names completely opposite to what I believe and write about. Why do they do this? Need to hate? Or simply an aspiration to simple basic animalistic passions? Instead of sophisticated reasoning founded on precise facts, an increasing number of writers attack others for mysterious “code words”, “dog whistles”, not being “woke”, to be “cancelled”, etc.

One does not even know what they are talking about, except for their will to alienate others, after making sure they know they are horrendously despicable persons the world is better without… In other words, they prone violence. Violence of the old racist behavior, exclusion, rejection, alienation, in other words…We have arrived at the point where difference is confused with violence. Alarmingly, this is coming from a fake left financed by plutocrats… Fake left financed by plutocrats happened with the USSR (Lenin said it himself, Stalin confirmed), and other fascist regimes (Mussolini, Hitler, Franco…).

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No Free Press, Only Plutocratic Press:

Just concentrating on financing of “right wing” media by plutocrats diverts attention from the worst problem, the financing of the fake left, the fake opposition by the same, or alternate plutocrats.

An example. The Guardian, long ago, decided to ban my comments. Reason? I was a… Jihadist (they outrageously claimed). True reason: that element of the fake left media got secretly 50 million dollars from the Gates of Hell… who do not like me very much, for excellent reasons (BTW I am NOT found on Bing for things written in the last 12 years). OK, everybody needs to eat.

Biden keeps on saying that Trump attacked the “Free Press”. This statement, that there is a “Free Press” is itself a piece of propaganda of the Plutocratic Conspiracy (PC), aka, Davos Elite…. And that denial is itself an evidence of said Plutocratic Conspiracy. Only somebody from the fake left elite would say such a contrafactual thing.

For example, for opposing the Iraq invasion, I was banned for more than 13 years from the New York Times (although a full subscriber writing only polite and cogent comments!)

There is no such a thing anymore, as the “free press”. There is the PLUTOCRATICALLY OWNED OR INFLUENCED MEDIA. Any media with a modicum of awareness and honesty has to admit to this. Real progressives will recognize the fact and ponder how to get out of this. Maybe by organizing a sort of permanent TRUTH & RECONCILIATION Commission a la Mandela… but on all important subjects?https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/does-gates-funding-of-media-taint-objectivity/

The elephant and pony show. Just watch the cute pony and the bad elephant, little sheeple, and learn what you are supposed to learn through what Biden insists is the “Free Press”! Remember: if you start to make a theory about a conspiracy, call 911, you are obviously deranged.

When exposed to this sort of evidence, the sheeple bleats, hoping to contradict me with the insult that I smack of a “conspiracy theorist“. Well, any criminal activity committed involving a corporation is a conspiracy (learn, oh, you who don’t want to learn!) And plutocrats and their corporations are not going to tell you what they plotted, and howl to high heavens that they are good, and only “conspiracy theorists” conspire with conspiracies.

Who knew of “Jedi Blue” the conspiracy of Facebook and Google to dominate advertising? It is only surfacing because ten states, led by Texas, are pursuing criminal charges. Today, January 17, 2021, the New York Times finally mentions it. It was inconvenient to the Trump hating crowd that it was Trump who sued Google. The suit for “Jedi Blue” mentions the word “antitrust” twenty times.

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A Bad Dream: Dream On, Demented Dems Tell “Dreamers”

So we hear that Biden will come up with plenty of executive orders on day one, the method I had recommended to Obama, 12 years ago. (Obama opted for purely symbolic orders, with no consequences, aside from cutting hydrogen research, which set us back a lot, although under Trump, hydrogen research was re-established… but not enough…).

Executive orders is the way to… do something. Congress can follow by transforming those orders into law. One of the orders would address “Dreamers”, children brought illegally to the USA, who grew up in the USA. Would I be president, I would order that, if they speak enough English, have a (potential) job, arrived as small children, went to recognized schools, they be given US citizenship, right away. Why not? … after the usual questions asked to immigrants…although that could toughened up (as it should for all new immigrants).

That the “Dreamers” problem was not solved under Obama is an evidence of the fake nature of the pseudo-left. Not to understand the inhumanity of not giving citizenship to children brought up in the USA is beyond the pale.

So why did the demented Dems do this? Do they think that those who want the decent thing to be done are just dreaming? That it is enough to dream? Are they just going to keep on talking about “Dreamers”, not doing the decent thing, ad vitam eternam, to make the Republicans look bad?

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We Will Control What You Learn, So You can Be What We Think; The Case Of The Roman Plutocracy:

Fake everything is the way to go if one wants to make people ever more stupid. Beyond some threshold of stupidity in We The People, plutocrats have only to fear other plutocrats, in other words, plutocracy is stable: this is how Greco-Roman civilization collapsed. This was achieved exactly as it is tried to be achieved today: by a mastery of all and any of the media. In the Fourth Century, the media was in papyrus rolls. So the Christians destroyed libraries, and threw out of teaching, or killed secular teachers as heathens.

In 389 CE, a Christian mob led by Pope Theophilus of Alexandria  destroyed the Serapeum of Alexandria. All forms of pagan religion were suppressed under decree of the Roman emperor Theodosius I in 391 CE. Half a million scrolls were destroyed (more than 100,000 books). Sheeple may bleat that, once again, I am after Christianism… Yes, but not just that: actually membership of library of Alexandria had been suspended in 260 CE, and th gathering of books well before that. So one sees that the impulse, by the Roman dictatorship to control all the media predated by centuries, the establishment of the fanatical Christian theocracy, which was, therefore, the ultimate achievement of this process.

And who controlled the Roman dictatorship? Well, Roman plutocracy. Remember that dinner under emperor Domitian with Rome’s wealthiest men around the table, including Domitian? They all agreed it did not matter if some of them had to be assassinated: had they not slipped into one conspiracy too many, they were still friends, conspiring into the sharing of power was what they did. Roman plutocrats also practiced philanthrocapitalism, a propaganda trick to make themselves look good to the sheeple. The New York Times opined, eight years ago, that it would be difficult for plutocracy to hold back populism. But that was before control of the media, including the Internet, got into high gear. Now populism is held back, by increasing cretinism, though controlling what the public is exposed to . So Biden will keep promoting the idea that the most prominent crime is to harbor any suspicion against the “free press”, and to dare attacking it.

Patrice Ayme

“CRETIN” Comes From “CHRISTIAN”. A Deep & Revealing Truth From The European Middle Ages

January 15, 2021

Créstin From Chréstien. Calling Cretins Cretins, Starting With Christians, Made Europe Smart, Thus Strong

European supremacy (now quickly vanishing) rested on mental supremacy, and that, in turn demanded, and demands, a colossal contempt for superstitious religion [1].

Colossal contempt for superstition is why the word Chréstien became a pejorative, Créstin, now simplified as cretin (just as the Latin hospitale became modern French hopital).

Europe has been vastly misunderstood. It is usually viewed as “Christian”. Nietzsche correctly thought that the naive vision of Christianism ruling Europe, was just propaganda by the true masters of Europe (the “Lords” who were in plain sight, but, thanks to Christianism succeeded to make the Commons believe in the virtue of enslavement).

Christianism was just the superstition the slaves were supposed to be guided by, to “believe” in. Jesus urged his followers to act like slaves, implementing a slave morality… Meanwhile, in truth the nobles followed a morality more akin to that of the “blonde beast” (the lion), as Nietzsche put it. Indeed nothing stopped the aristocracy. Aristocrats, if hungry, would roast children (this happened during some Crusades, for nourishment of the hungry Frankish warriors… No, this is not a piece of Islamist propaganda: the Crusaders themselves related the facts, read Jean de Joinville and his friends…) 

Here I will present a further datapoint supporting the perspective that the literary class of the Middle Ages was perfectly aware of, despised and rejected Christianism, which they perceived as hypocrisy, exploitation and mental retardation combined. We owe those critics of Christianism a convenient concept and word, cretin. Amusingly Nietzsche, a French speaking philologist (i.e., linguist) did not think of this argument.

Incontrovertible! Thank You, Professor! Paris University Professor Bernard Cerquiglini, a top linguist, former director of the National Institute for the French language, confirms my long held interpretation.

In the early Middle Ages (500 CE to 1,000 CE), Europe was devastated. Population had collapsed, or was collapsing, well in excess of 50%. Say from perhaps 80 millions to just 18 millions (here is a link with some data and erroneous albeit interesting logic).    

I am aware of the explanation of crétin as a depiction of hypothyroidism and enthusiastic prolonged interbreeding… but medical science does not explain where the word came from.  

The usual, and true, and yet fake, story is that cretin comes from 1779, from French crétin (18c.), from Alpine dialect crestin, “a dwarfed and deformed idiot” of a type formerly often found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, and lack of iodine. After brandishing that medical description from the Nineteenth Century, the Christian apologists pretend that the word is of uncertain origin. They are trying to hide the auditory evidence: in Old French, “créstin” and Chréstien (christian) have the exact same pronunciation.

Indeed defining “cretin” as a mental condition, does not explain where the word  comes from. I am a native French speaker (learned in Black Africa as a child, indeed). I also studied the question in depth, because, well, that’s what I do. “Cretin” comes from chréstien… “Christian” in English. In Vulgar Latin *christianus “a Christian” had generally the sense of poor fellow… or, in context, poor idiotic fellow. Throughout the Middle Ages, “Christianus” had a connotation of simpleton or mental retard. Here is a French specialists’ abstract confirming that observation:

Plusieurs spécialistes contemporains de l’étymologie du français, tels Alain Reya ou Walther von Wartburg, estiment que l’explication la plus vraisemblable est de faire dériver crétin de chrétien, par euphémisation, un crétin étant considéré comme un innocent, un bienheureux 3,4,5,6, ou parce que les arriérés étaient recueillis dans les monastères au Moyen Age.

(Several specialists of French etymology, such as Ar or WvW, ascertain that the most likely explanation is to make cretin derive from christian, by euphemization, a cretin being considered an innocent, a happy person, or because mental retards were welcome in the monasteries of the Middle Ages.)

Well, and if it was not just an euphemization? A look at the factual history and historiography of the middle Middle Ages shows that it is not just those in command who despised and did not obey Christianism. Those who wrote also loudly shared in the rejection and contempt of the religion which supposedly ruled the souls.

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Below the Word Cretin, What Saved Europe; Hateful Contempt For the Fanatics:

So the origin of the word “Cretin” adds a new dimension to… the understanding of Europe. Indeed, here is another explanation, this one with full semantic dimensionality: the hatred and utter contempt with which priests and their ilk were viewed in the middle Middle Ages by most of the population, and, in particular, by the intellectuals who depicted the situation then.

Remember: late Middle Aged Christianism was a killing machine (just go ask Middle Easterners). The priests and their military allies ended up killing many millions, as the Middle Ages progressed. Burning at the stake for heresy reappeared in 1026 CE, after a Frankish imposed hiatus of more than five centuries. The full Christian insanity got unleashed with the First Crusade: as the Crusade started, so did the mass killing of European Jews (who were probably, at least in part, European by ancestry, and Jewish by conversion of said ancestor… so the conventional terminology of “anti-Semitism”, to qualify anti-Judaism, is misleading).

How do I know this of this hatred against the theocrats? It was a sane reaction to Christianism as war and genocide, the vision promoted by Saint Bernard (personal enemy of the great philosopher cum songwriter Abelard). The hatred against Christianism a la Saint Bernard was more than justified. Just an example: the (Fourth) Crusade against the Cathars killed as much if not more, in percentage terms, as the Nazis did… But the Christian leaders were themselves unhinged. To look at the Cathars again, Catharism was thoroughly annihilated, over several generations of relentless persecution. From Turkey to Spain. Not one book survived. Five millions Cathars died (at least).

I have next to my bed all the oldest French literature surviving, including the famed “Fabliaux”, in the original 9 centuries old French.

In these books, priests, chaplains and author church authorities are central. They are depicted engaging in relentless sexual adventures and fornication, murders, tortures, rape and castration, in the most comical way… It’s all roaring comical. A priest, surprised by the incoming husband, disguises himself in a statue. The enraged husband sees the statue, which reminds him of the priest, so he cuts its appendages. The fake statue says nothing to save his life, while losing wiener and jewels.

And so on. Most devious wives have a lecherous priest in their beds. Priests are depicted as terminally cretinous. This approach to religion was not new. Although (bishop) Gregory of Tours’ book on the history of the Franks, written six centuries earlier, is full of martyrs and saints, a robust reading shows many of the admirable characters, even saints, engaged in depredation… And some priests are represented in the worst light imaginable, killing for greed in extensive conspiracies. 

What is the conclusion? We The People of the Middle Ages had a robustly correct view of the theocrats. One has to realize that those writing horrors about people of the church belong to the most intellectual part of the population. Also we know that church summities as Beranger, an abbot basically said that the entire Christian religion worked only if one realized that reason should be divine. Beranger had a powerful ally: the conquering Duke of Normandy. Beranger fought the Pope… and was not defeated. 

The literal roasting of nobles during the “jacqueries’ of the Fourteenth Century (which extended to England) proves the point that there was tremendous opposition to the establishment throughout the Middle Ages (the existence of the Cathars, and the strike of the University of Paris for a full year around 1200 CE to be taught Aristotle, demonstrates the same point). After the jacqueries, which extended to England, the nobles lived in fear of a popular revolt until the final retribution of 1789… 

It took that long, because, just as in the Late Roman empire, cretinism was a method of governance. The more cretinous the people, the easier it is to rule over them.

So we see that the middle Middle Age society was such that intellectual positioning highly critical of Christianism was, de facto, tolerated, and pervasive. Calling cretins cretins and Christians, cretins, was missing in the Fourth and Fifth Century Rome: doing so after 380 CE, under the Roman emperors Theodosius I, Gratian and Valentinian was a capital crime. 

In France, the core of Western Europe, in the middle Middle Ages, a healthy contempt for superstitious religion flourished. This was a return to an old spirit. 

The Romans of the Republic often exhibited a critical distanciation for their own original Roman religion. The examples abound: an admiral, furious that the sacred chicken will not eat, a bad auguri, threw them in the sea, observing they would be forced to drink now. Caesar, invading Africa, stumbles and falls during disembarkment, a bad omen. So he grabs the sand, and says: now I hold you, Africa. Or Cicero, having become a supreme augur, in charge of interpreting the signs, observes that this is the most powerful position of the Roman Republic… As, for example, it enables the augur to validate, or not, the elections.  

When the Roman dictatorship became a Roman Catholic Orthodoxy, all distanciation from religion was gone: only Catholicism was the state religion (and the status of Judaism was unclear).  Everybody was supposed to subscribe to that superstition and its absurd orders (such as you shall not execute murderous highway robbers). The prompt result (it took only months, starting in 395 CE) was the collapse of the Roman state and civilization, led by the collapse of secularism. 

A mind freed of superstition is freer to observe the world. China and its satellites, the only center of civilization rivalling the Indo-European ensemble, was also never too subjected to terroristic superstition. So, whereas cannibalism ruled the Americas, under a superstitious umbrella, Eastern Asians did not eat their fellow man. Foot binding was enough to satisfy the sadistic instincts. 

So what happened, starting in 1026 CE, when burning people for heresy was re-engaged? The feudal order, a plutocratic system, was fundamentally resting on inequality. It needed a fascist god to justify itself. The more fascist the god, the more fascist the plutocracy could get. Hence the Cathar insurrection… and that was broken by plutocracy, for example, the king of France who had interest in breaking the super powerful county of Toulouse, a de facto parliamentary power… And Catharism was an excellent reason to do so, once its annihilation became the object of an official crusade.

However, there is something called CULTURAL INERTIA. Once contempt had been heaped on religion, for centuries, it could not be dispelled with the magic of terror. Resistance to Catholicism, obvious by the Eleventh Century, soon became frantic, and millions were killed. After four centuries of Protestantism, potentates in Western Europe (following some in North-Eastern Europe, see the Hus affair and consequences) promoted Calvin and Luther… This time reform worked enough, to cause centuries of religious wars… instead of the simple extermination by Catholic terror of its opponents.

Resistance to superstition and authority made Europe culturally smarter. It also probably made Europe EPIGENETICALLY smarter. Because there is no doubt that stupidity can be epigenetically imposed.

Oh, by the way, Christianism, as practiced by Roman tyrants, was theocratic fascism. A particular case of intellectual fascism. Now social network monopolies are imposing their own intellectual fascism… a particular case of which being what a growing group of contemporary French intellectuals call “Pensée unique… The single thought, supported by the single emotion, hatred against The Malicious One… a characteristic of the Middle Ages. 

Calling cretins cretins is at the core of making the advancement of civilization possible. Yes, it’s not Politically Correct, or, more exactly, plutocratically correct, of calling cretins cretin, but it is philosophically correct. If one cannot call idiocy idiotic, there is no wisdom.

Idiocy is not just to be avoided, it is a teacher. Thinkers, in particular mathematicians, learn that error is a friend, a teacher. Only those who want to protect idiocy, cover it up.

Ah, and why is European supremacy vanishing? Because, precisely, Europe had increasingly learned to tolerate, or even revere cretinism. But the US President got blocked on “social media”, when all sorts of monstrosities and threats are not, and, suddenly struck by an epiphany, many leaders of European  cultural descent, worldwide, condemned the censorship. This is an encouraging sign, as censorship is the first step towards cretinism.

Our species is defined by wisdom. Cretinism is not just the religion of error embraced, it is as inhuman as one gets. This point of view carries real humanistic power. Take for example Nazism. Not too many whined that it looked cruel. But of course the Nazis got elected by pretending that they were good people, keen to resurrect Germany (defending minorities, of all things). So to counteract the nazis by claiming they were bad, when they claimed to be good, was not a powerful argument. Instead the very powerful argument was to point out that Nazism was a form of cretinism. Why? Because it did not have a snowball chance in hell to defeat the entente cordiale of France and Great Britain… all the more as their progeny, the USA, could not be really too far behind helping its parents. To this the Nazis replied with the cretinous argument that France and England, the two most aggressive, and deeply entangled nations of the last millennium, were actually degenerate, unwilling and unable, all of a sudden, to make war… although they had the largest empires the world had ever seen, and France spent 15 centuries at war, and counting… And this was just one aspect of Nazi cretinism, there were many others, like killing off intellectuals (in particular Jews), or depending upon US plutocracy to have an economy…

Fighting cretinism is most humanitarian, and most useful, in to achieve a more human civilization. One has to realize that Christianism was a slave religion, and taught this, not just by teaching to be slapped all day long, which was already cretinous, but by an entire arsenal of stupidities which were already denounced 18 centuries ago by Celsus… If one is dumb like an ass, one can be used like an ass. In these end of times times, it is high time to give cretins their marching orders towards a more meaningful future.

Cretinism is not just a secondary effect of Christianism. It is its principal raison d’être.

Demolishing cretinism has to start by not being afraid to search for, identify, and denounce stupid ideas. That’s where much of the learning is.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Some Americans knowing vaguely the history of English America, will object that it was founded by Pilgrims…. Who were full of respect for Christianism. That’s only SC, Superficially Correct. In truth the Pilgrims were integrated in military-plutocratic investment venture. Once the first Pilgrims landed (not to well, and not where the army had sent them), they wrote back to their fellows in Europe to boast of the immense riches of the continent. Simultaneously, the Pilgrims discovered some English heathens who had intermarried with Native women. Revolted by these sins, they massacred them all. The same reasoning was then extended to the entire continent. Thus Christianism was used to give the good conscience necessary to massacre enthusiastically anybody who was in the way of greater riches. This was what the Late Roman and Feudal systems had done, by using the Inquisition, but on a much greater scale.

Where is the contempt for Christianism in the behavior of the English colonizers? Well, by using Christianism mostly as a sword. If one extracts the best of Christianism, all the talk about love, pardoning, mercifulness, etc… One obtains positive Christianism, so to speak, and one can do the same with other religions. However, the weaponization of Christianism, by using its Dark Side, is what the Pilgrims and their descendants human, or institutional, did. That shows contempt for the positive side of Christ.

Considering what the European colonizers did with Christianism demonstrates the point that Christianism was an instrument of subjugation. Lethal, if need be, as symbolized by the cult object of the Christians, torture to death by crucifixion. If one is greedy enough, that’s not cretinous.

Mercifulness: The Smart Way Out Of Violence

January 13, 2021

When a situation gets real bad, good people work to make it better. To do this, forgiveness helps. This is one thing Catholicism got right (and it was duplicated later in Islam: Allah declares he is “merciful” every time he reaches some oftentime gory conclusion). 

Those motivated by the Dark Side, though, will make a bad situation worse… because such is the royal road to their abode, hell… Or a good situation bad: “Democrats” got control of the government, a time for reform, if reform was really what they are after. Instead it seems that what they are after is making a bad situation worse. An excuse to do nothing.. Obviously what their sponsors want.

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To progress, one sometimes need to shake things up. Mandela, as he said himself, “was not a saint”. But is a devil saintly when a devil is what is needed to make saintly work?

I am a devilish philosopher, not a simple coyote. I don’t howl with the others, just because they howl all together now. Throughout history, coyotes have howled one way, and philosophers have not heeded the call, making themselves unpopular with the four legged. There were deaths in my family in the past, from racism, strife, fascism. I had plenty of time to think what it means, and how to avoid this kind of nefarious evolution. I embrace, for real, the Mandela approach, of truth and reconciliation, not the fundamental historical American approach of violence and sheer force, after carefully analyzing how to make the situation as bad as possible… That strategy, pretty much institutionalized in the USA, favors the wealthiest and most powerful. It is also why the USA ended with the worst civil war known (yes, it was worse than the worst of the French Revolution, “1793”, by an order of magnitude).

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When Mandela was imprisoned on Rat Island, he learned Afrikaner… the language of his enemy. Mandela, an ex-boxer, then a lawyer turned violent freedom fighter, and leader of an African National Congress which took the turn towards violence under him, had the time; he spent 27 years in prison. Mandela turned to the violent struggle (bombs, attacks with firearms, etc.) after, he said, the government left the ANC no choice. The ANC was financed by the Soviet Union. Mandela was removed from the United States “Terror Watch List” by Bush in July 2008… After his presidency of South Africa. 

Mandela was an astute observer of how violence grows: he had been in the thick of it, and was very lucky to survive it [1]. He also knew that good people sometimes have to turn violent, compelled by the circumstances (“the government left us no choice, we had to turn to violence”…). How do you break the cycle?

With truth. 

Truth leads to reconciliation, if it is nothing but bare truth, and all the truth. Mandela set up a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”. It worked.  

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Mandela did not just survive because he was intelligent, but also because those he confronted were intelligent enough to understand him, and thus forgive him. At some point the (white, Afrikaner) president of racist South Africa proposed to forgive Mandela… If Mandela officially renounced violence as legitimate. Mandela refused to condemn violence as inappropriate. He spent several more years in prison. Then the South African government accepted all of Mandela’s conditions.

Entangling plutocracy, media, internet and the state, is fascism

January 10, 2021

The plutocratic media is all out, accusing Trump of a “coup”. A theme is to accuse the 75 million voters who voted for Trump to be “post-truth” and thus pre-fascist, as Timothy Snyder, a New York Times proclaimed “historian of fascism” from Yale university (see plutocratic universities are not universal)… who does not seem to have studied coups very much: when people march, demonstrate, riot and enter illegally a government public, that’s not a coup. A wiser course would be to inquire why it is that people are so upset, and correct that. Pretending that Trump did it, is not just silly, but dishonest. The elite seems stupidly ready to make a bad situation worse. Or is that apparently stupid strategy actually smart in the most vicious way?

The modern definition of fascism as promoted by Mussolini and his main adviser, professor Gentile, consisted in entangling deeply the dictatorial state and private enterprise as if they were one (the original definition of fascism is basically the opposite: it is the people, united by the law around the axe of justice; that definition is symbolic to the French and US republics; it is on either side of the Speaker in the US Congress). 

Thus real fascism in the modern sense is when the government gives the equivalent of roughly half of the GDP to the wealthiest persons in the land. This is what happened under Obama. I used person in the legal sense: giving money to the wealthiest banks, for example Goldman Sachs, Citygroup, etc. Those banks, in turn, lended to the wealthiest people in the land. This strategy, imitated in Europe too, mightily contributed to increase inequality, worldwide.  

Globalization also increased inequality, as it enabled the world’s wealthiest person to evade local laws, and export jobs to dictatorships. 

This general spirit of the times extended throughout US governance, which is characterized by a revolving door policy, where public “servants” serve themselves with rich private jobs the main function of which is a form of corruption, with armies of lobbyists, and the promise that public job decisions will be well rewarded later.   

It is symptomatic that way that Delaware is the world’s ultimate tax haven. Fostering division in the service of the wealthiest broke the Roman republic. Those who rioted were not the wealthiest.

The Guardian called this the “Plastic Conspiracy: who is to blame?” We protested when we realize some people we knew who are professional ecologists steered a school towards replacing natural grass by plastic on several fields. As a result we got threatened to have our 9 year old daughter summarily thrown out of school. Then the plutocrat (one of the wealthiest heirs) insisted with the school that we would be thrown out, as we were. Couldn’t even say goodbye to people. The school kept the tuition for the following year, and installed the plastic over several fields. BTW that fake ecological heir advised two president (French and US) in the matter of presumably fake ecology, and is from a well-known Silicon Valley fortune… He also finances “Factcheck.org”… Hey, he certainly knows which facts people are supposed to know… To become the simple brutes he handles best…

A possibility, of course, would be for the people really upset against the elite on the left (who persuaded themselves that believed in Biden), to realize that Biden is the same old Biden, all smokes and mirrors… And then for them to make an alliance with the other populists, those who switch from voting for Obama to voting for Trump. Then what is plutocrat Pelosi, the heiress, going to do? Call again the Pentagon to inquire about nukes, as she let us know that she did last week?

This has always been a tactic of plutocracy: create a civil war (or a succession of many of them in the case of the Roman Republic), then claim that only the generals can save the land. And rule through the generals.

Meanwhile as Pelosi readies her ridiculous last few days impeachment, she will demonstrate one thing above all else: that the demented Dem leaders spent Trump presidency trying to impeach him. This creates a new anchor for political thought, looking forward: when one doesn’t agree with the president, one should impeach him. Just as when they fostered riots the demented Dem leaders, they did not expect their opponents to do the same, they do not expect the Republicans to do the same.

But, as I said, plutocracy aims to make a bad situation worse, always, because hell is its abode. In the last few days, the monopolistic tech companies rolled out their muscles, and started to shut down people, companies and form of expressions they don’t like. Their leaders are typically half educated (no Elon Musk there) hackers with a typical geeky view of the universe, where everything is two cent logic without culture.

The New York Times calls this, in their opinion all caused by Trump, the “American Abyss”. But actually, from considering the dying Coral Sea Barrier, to melting poles, a Chinese dictatorship enslaving millions on ethnic grounds, a (Chinese) virus which killed more than one out of a thousand citizens in Europe and America, plastic pollution in the bodies of all, one can see that the abyss is much more than the work of a few individuals. Or even a generation.

The abyss is a way of thinking, and feeling, or, more precisely, a way of not thinking and feeling enough., or appropriately enough Pursuing scapegoats to the end of the Earth is, instead, what is called scapegoatism, the anti-idea of replacing all encompassing logic by the delicious pleasure of hatred destroying people.

That, in this abysmal situation “Democratic” leaders have nothing better to do that to hound Trump, chasing him across the land until the last days and beyond, as if he were an orange fox and the Dems are high nobility mounted on tall horses, with nothing better to do than to boast of their cruelty, is a testimony to their complicity in creating the abyss they contributed to dig.

Patrice Ayme


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