How & Why Plutocracy Fosters Islamism

In Saudi Arabia, the co-founder of a web site, Raif Badawi, was condemned to ten years in jail. He was also condemned to pay a $270,000 fine, and to be whipped in public 1,000 times. Fifty strikes each week, for twenty weeks. Plus a life-long ban from any media. His wife and three children fled to Canada. The public whipping started in January 2015.

His crime? Supposedly, he criticized Islam. (Badawi actually criticized some Saudi clerics’ interpretation of Islam).

In 2013 Raif was cleared of apostasy (= being found to be a Muslim no more). That was so kind. Among the barbarians, apostasy carries the death sentence. Hey, it is in the Qur’an. Islam, the religion of eternal peace, six feet under. Religion of peace: if all say it, it’s got to be true.

Mr. Badawi’s lawyer was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Master, Your Dark Side Is Strong. Making a Religion of Not Slandering Pluto, Under the Death Penalty, “That’s the Future”.

Master, Your Dark Side Is Strong. Making a Religion of Not Slandering Pluto, Under the Death Penalty, “That’s the Future”.

[Obama bowing to Arabia’s top Pluto. I used the picture 6 years ago, it’s worth recycling, as Obama confirmed in 2012, that “slandering the Prophet” equates with a “Holocaust”. Aside: the French novelist Hollenbeck published, the day before the Charlie Hebdo attack “Soumission” a novel about France under Islam… “Islam” means “submission“. ]

Obama has been back-pedaling on the so-called “prophet” in the last few days, reminding us of the fact that France was the USA’s “oldest ally”. A fact. In truth, not just an ally, but the doctor who rescued the USA from the London based tyrant.

When a tyrant, the Shah of Iran was in power, he executed many drug traffickers, every week. So that creep said. After Khomeini and his gang got to power, there was no need for such convoluted logic: executing people for insulting Islam was much more efficient, and glorious: it’s in the Qur’an. Fake drug charges disappeared.

My dad, a geologist, met with the Shah more than once: the NIOC, the National Iran Oil Company, did not have the technology to explore for unobvious oil and gas, but TOTAL did. My dad was told to bow, and avert his eyes. He did neither. The Shah lived with it: he needed new oil.

When savagery from a state is tolerated, it’s not just democracy that is threatened. It’s our lives. The planet has become too small for the lunatics and fanatics to be safely ignored, when they control a state.

Hitler proved this thoroughly. The Nazis thought the French would ignore them, and leave them a free hand to the East, as the Brits had agreed to do in 1935. However France marched to war, and, in retrospect men of good faith regret that France did not do it earlier (didn’t because Britain agreed to go to war against Hitler, if France did, only in spring 1939; that was in the appendix of the Franco-Polish defense treaty).

The two madmen shooters who killed top French intellectuals were programmed by Al Qaeda in Yemen. They said it several times during their terror streak, both to passerbys and in a deliberate, calm phone interview with BMF TV (American services were the first to point out the eldest had been in Yemen for terrorist training).

A third criminal madman, connected to the two who “killed” Charlie Hebdo, took over a “Hyper Kacher”, a Jewish supermarket in Paris, killing four. After speaking on the phone, he forgot to hang up, and he was recorded explaining to his Jewish victims that he was applying the “loi du Talion” (an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, etc.). Although he had been born in Paris, and was of African descent, he claimed that colonialism had killed his children and his combatants (all imaginary: French soldiers basically fought no wars in Black Africa: Black Africa got pacified pretty pacifically).

The criminal proclaimed his will to kill a baby aged 11 months. He killed four (including a 21 year old, gentle Tunisian, who had arrived in France, a year ago) and wounded seven.

All together, the terrorist had Kalashnikovs, machine gun-pistols, RPGs, grenades, explosives, and several handguns. Stun grenades were not enough to neutralize them: they kept firing, even after being thrown on the ground by shockwaves.

PLUTOCRACY IS STARVING CIVILIZATION TO DEATH:

How come so mad? How come so resentful? One can look at the unemployment rate in Europe, and observe the diminished prospects of Europeans. But that was truly a sleeper cell planted by Al Qaeda, among some French born, but thoroughly ignorant, uneducated, uncivilized youth.

Deeper down, thus, one observes the failure of the school system, and not just in France, but throughout most of Europe, and even the West.

In the 1950s, schools in France, Britain, the USA, were the best in the world. The best schools enabled young people to get the best jobs. Not so anymore. No wonder the young are angry.

Why don’t the states have the mean to provide with good schools, and good jobs?

Let’s do the schools first.

Because the states do not have the financial means to provide We The People with the best education.

So Imams financed by Saudi Arabia are in charge. OK, they came in illegally. Why don’t we issue an ultimatum to Saudi Arabia? Because it, and its even wealthier and more powerful masters, are in charge.

But why don’t the states have the means? Because the wealthy are refusing to pay enough tax, and they have made sure that a few thousands opinion and legislation makers.

This was seen before: under Marcus Aurelius, the plutocrats refused to pay enough tax for all the legions needed to keep two German nations, the Marcomanni, at bay. They were threatening to break through Austria, march on Italy, cut the empire in two. But the wealthiest Romans did not care. Marcus Aurelius had to sell the imperial palace cutlery to finance the army.

The problem with the plutocrats (who held most of the Senate in their mental grip) went from bad to worse, and was the proximal cause of Rome’s downfall. To save money, the Roman army took to contract with German armies for defense. (Finally, in 400 CE, the Franks were outright put in command and control of the entire North-West of the empire.)

We have a similar situation nowadays.

The great Roman emperor Trajan, initially a Spanish born general, financed his “alimenta”, a program of educative welfare for disadvantaged youth. How? With a global estate tax. Something a bit similar to what Piketty (and yours truly, for a decade) have proposed.

Under Trajan, the army was strong. Trajan conquered Dacia (in the middle of Eastern Europe; successors withdrew from it; the Franks came back, seven centuries later Europanizing, and “Christianizing”, the Frankish way, all the way to Ukraine. Trajan also visited the Persian Gulf.

However, after Trajan’s death, plutocracy, the system of thought that the base and wealthy ought to rule, came back with a vengeance.

This is quite a bit what is happening nowadays: after the interruption of World War Two, where a giant army came to power (see Ike, and JFK presidents in the 1950s and 1960s, two warriors), and being savagely interrupted by the Roosevelts, the spirit of plutocracy is back with a vengeance

The states are weak, because the plutocrats want them weak.

So the schools are weak.

And how come are there so few jobs in Europe? Neither Europe’s crackdown on CO2 (thus energy), not the soporific effect of the welfare state explains everything.

The rule of tax avoiding giant corporations of the USA explains much. And do they conspire? Of course they do. Looking at maps of where Airbus sells planes is telling: it’s basically everywhere, but for the USA. The USA and the countries submitted to it are under clear orders not to purchase the Franco-European planes.

Much of the electronic industry (transistors, integrated circuits, even the PC) were actually pioneered in France (for example, mass production of transistors in France started within days of the announcement of its invention in the USA!)

Why has Europe been incapable of defending itself? Look at who heads it: J-C Junker is now head of the European Commission. Under him the top 200 plutocratic corporations of the USA are conducting, through Luxembourg, a tax evasion amounting to more than 9% of the Federal budget of the USA (100 billion dollars). They hide this by claiming they are “philanthropist”, and making spectacular, well publicized gestures.

I don’t know how, and how much, Junker is paid. But he should be arrested, for indirectly fostering poor schools, lack of police, dearth of jobs, and thus, Islamism.

We have seen people like that in World War Two: they made a lot of money, and yielded a lot of power, as long as their sponsors the Nazis, had a big army.

Some may squirm that I explained that plutocrats, because they want power, don’t want to pay taxes, so, indirectly, they help Islamists and other enemies of freedom and democracy. This tactical, or strategic, alliance is clear.

But there is more than that. Islamists are enemies of dictatorship, because they want to be dictators and get all the milk, honey, nice flowing waters, and virgins with “deep dark eyes”, that the Qur’an promised.

Here is our friend the Qur’an:

“O YE WHO BELIEVE! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and OBEY THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN POWER.” (Qur’an’s fascist principle, Shura 4; verse 59).

In other words, obey authority as a matter of religion. This makes the Qur’an intrinsically hostile to democracy. Just as plutocracy is. Both are ideologies to justify the rule of a few.

Je Suis Charlie

Patrice Ayme’

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16 Responses to “How & Why Plutocracy Fosters Islamism”

  1. johsh Says:

    osama was wealthy, built schools, and did some community stuff his own way, his drive was never about plutocracy/power. I am just saying the individuals/leaders behind these extremist “systems of thought” aren’t necessarily driven by power/wealth, like your garden variety plutocracy.

    Most of them are driven by obsessive addiction to their belief(s). Religion attacks the head via heart, unlike most plutocratic systems where head alone drives most actions. Heart is whole another ballgame.

    Its a huge blindspot If we just point fingers at lack of good schools, poverty, or even blindly blaming plutocracy for everything,

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Osama was still a nut case, and that’s why the CIA went to search and seduce him in Turkey.

      Osama was a plutocrat, in the sense that, well, between us, and as “Violence in Holy Quran” amply shows, if Satan is ethologically defined, as He should be, much of the significant part of the Qur’an falls squarely into it…
      https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/some-violence-in-holy-quran/

      One should NOT blame plutocracy for everything, indeed, as, first of all, intellectual laziness and bad faith from intellectuals allowed it to install itself. It’s like accusing lung cancer, while one has smoked for decades.

      What religion does, Abraham style, is to call onto the fascist instinct: Abraham is ready to do the worst, to please his chief.

  2. robert sinclair Says:

    Money is not money., Once this is understood and its implications also, it all becomes clear. The ponsi scheme must, at any cost, not collapse. All crimes become acceptable collateral damage, no matter how many deaths are lost or souls tortured. Indead the truth has to be destroyed and anyone telling the truth must be silenced at whatever cost. Are you covering up the truth by distraction? there is a deliberate conspirary to him the truth. The terrors are returning.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Well, Robert, history is pretty much the history of conspiracies. And many of these conspiracies last to this day. Not just in their consequences, but, quite often, in their full extent. Just watch the official truth (not the real one) about the Cathars, say.

  3. pendantry Says:

    So how does one evict a plutocracy? I see no way, while the rank-and-file apologists continue to have their eyes clouded. Is it that there is no popular uprising against the obscenely wealthy because most aspire to be like them? Is it ‘human nature’ to be selfish and greedy? Most would claim not — and yet the invisible hand continues to trickle the wealth inexorably upwards to the feed the mouths of the undeserving.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Well, as you say, Pendantry, one has to remove the cloudiness in the eyes, first. A cataract operation is in order. One has to inform We The People of what is really going on.

      President Eisenhower, a “Republican”, put the upper margin tax at 93% (and he explained why). Right now the effective tax rate of plutocrats is close to zero (officially in the USA, it is a maximum of 20%… Whereas it can get to 60% for the Middle Class, and Obamacare is in the process of making things even worse…).

      This tax dichotomy is the main source of the increasing rise of plutocracy. It is a very visible hand.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      There is a blocking by the conventional, plutocratically controlled Main Stream Media: the New York Times blocks half of my comments, if not more. They also systematically delay them, to make sure nobody reads them.

      These are sedate, informative comments of mine. Yet the New York Times, since the Iraq invasion, blocked thousands of my comments. The Economist, and Scientific American sent me threats (I subscribe to both), and argued, as the New York Times did to me personally that they were not exerting censorship, but their rights. The New York Times even unsubscribed me. Their excuse was that somebody called “Ape” told them to do so.

      (I’m not kidding, they are really nuts: a $700/hour lawyer had to argue with them for an hour… to reinstate my fully paid subscription… That’s when the notion that “Ape” told them to stop delivery of the NYT and block me electronically surfaced… We still don’t know why “Ape” is such a respected persona at the NYT…)

      I do believe though that this “right” the censors give themselves is anti-democratic. After all, recognized papers are instrument of the state, they are not really 100% private property. The Greeks studied that particular right of response, and viewed it as central to democracy.

  4. Aaron Greenbird Says:

    another insightful post Patrice, thank you. re; pendantry,,,’so how does one evict plutocracy’….i also, at this time, see no way…yet, i am hopeful. like fox crossing a frozen lake, we must be cautious, sniffing the air, deeply attentive, listening with our eyes and ears….to beware means, to be aware….the time may not be now, but the time will come…..

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Thanks Aaron! The way to evict plutocracy is information. Unfortunately, I have been banned from many sites, from the European Tribune (a site that was managed by bankers, something I discovered when they accused me to have accused bankers to have supported Hitler… a historical fact), to the Daily Kos (they apparently viewed me as a racist enemy of not-so excellent personal friend Obama. A really good friend is somebody you can tell any truth to), to the Huffington Post (which published 8 of my very mild comments, and then blocked me, no explanation). And so on…

  5. gmax Says:

    Islam itself is the problem. But that’s too NOT PC to contemplate. Clearly an ideology too friendly to lethal violence. Anybody reading the Koran can verify this. Moreover Islam has no hierarchy, so it’s vulnerable to terrorists, the men with guns. They come, threaten to kill the Imam, and all those who support him, and their families. Presto, no more nice Imam

  6. hazxan Says:

    More sense than nearly all mainstream commentators ,Patrice.

    It is interesting, the warped sense of history these killers had. I would add that I doubt if facts, evidence or truth would deter such psycopaths any way.

    And those on our side care as little for truth and rejoice in ignorance too. How many soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan could even begin to tell the history of those countries? They don’t know why they are really there, killing those they are told to kill, just like the Muslim fanatics.

    The general public here spend their lives knowing nothing of anything outside of their day job and reality TV. Yet all of a sudden, they feel obliged to share their knowledge of the global situation, which amounts to nothing more than regurgitating the Murdoch Message: “Islam wants to take your home and eat your babies”. It has always been a religion of violence and nothing else, hence should be wiped out. There is no such thing as a tolerant Muslim, they are all fanatical, probably due to their inferior genetics or something.

    gmax – I don’t believe Islam “itself” is all of the problem. The problem is the collision between fundamental Islam and fundamental Neo-liberalism. The Koran vs The Wealth of Nations.

    The more I read, the more I believe that it is the policies of the plutocracy that have provided the fertile ground for the increase in fundamentalism. Hardship, disruption (and seeing innocents bombed and tortured) forces people to extreme positions, few take up fundamental religion when they have material comfort and security!

    It seem 100 years ago, a form of socialist islam was forming. Some say that Islam has always been about community. Isn’t it Islam that was most opposed to usury? Perhaps key to the conflict with usury- friendly Judaism, rather than quibbling over religious concepts.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/787645/islamic-socialism-a-history-from-left-to-right

    Midway down, perhaps this is why Capitalism and Islam cannot co-exist:

    Hafiz Rahman Sihwarwl saw Islam and Marxism sharing five elements in common: (1) prohibition of the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the privileged classes (2) organisation of the economic structure of the state to ensure social welfare (3) equality of opportunity for all human beings (4) priority of collective social interest over individual privilege and (5) prevention of the permanentising of class structure through social revolution.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      “Nearly all”? Only nearly all? I’m going to cry!

      My caution on Islam, oft repeated, is that there is not really such a thing. Not only are there more than 100 types of Islam, but, in Sunni Islam, the authority of Imams is ephemeral, very fragile, as GMax said.

      The same holds for capitalism. Differently from Islam, it can’t be escaped, but who can hold capital is all over the place, from cities, to states, to plutocrats, to common citizens…

      The fact is that the Caliphs have been historically among the greatest plutocrats, greatest capitalists, ever. The Khan, as I said reproached the Caliph to have reduced people to slavery (never mind that he killed many of them immediately afterwards… He may have alluded to Xtians and the like).

      Some of the world’s greatest plutocrats, right now, are Muslims. And not just in Arabia. The Kings of Morocco, Jordan, Sultan of Brunei, or the Aga Khan are worth mentioning…

      Agreed, the theory is different. Theological fascism leads to political fascism, though, and that always lead to capital fascism…

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