The philosopher Camus founded, in 1941, during World War Two a journal called Combat. Philosophers such as Sartre, Aron, Malraux, Mounier, collaborated… under the threat of summary execution. They agreed: sometimes combat should be the main activity of ultimate thinkers. The Nazis would end up torturing to death dozens of top French thinkers, from artists to mathematicians. 

New thinking must be defended. Always has, always will. But, let’s not be hypocritical: the call with the insane Nazis was easy (once one was ready to die horribly). New thinking is also an aggressor, it is the ultimate aggressor, the ultimate imperialism. It conquers not just lands and seas, but minds, souls and hearts. New thinking conquers all that is human.

Leonidas: behind, with the lance. Forefront: thinking anew, and freely, only made possible by aforesaid lance. (Scene in Sparta, Peloponnese.)

(Elected) King Leonidas (represented above with the spear in the most proper position to do what a lance does best) defended the idea and reality of democracy against the fascist plutocratic giant empire of greed represented by the Achaemenid supra-national plutocracy of Xerxes I. At Thermopylae, under impossible odds: 300 elite Spartan soldiers, against an army of hundreds of thousands (see Note). The West has known many leaders of Leonidas’ quality since, and many Thermopylae. Overall, with a better outcome.

Should Leonidas and similar character not have arisen above the commons and be considered the best civilization had to offer, civilization would not have taken the right direction, that we all presently enjoy (whether we admit it or not).

We think because we fight. And reciprocally: the paradox of goodness.

Patrice Ayme



Note on Thermopylae: The full Greek force at Thermopylae was 5,000. After encirclement became clear, Leonidas decided to gain time by leaving 1,000 hoplites behind, including his elite Spartan force of 300 (the rest were 700 Thespian hoplites). That gave enough time for the remaining army to retreat, and to evacuate the Athenian population…


Note on Bir Hakeim: At Bir Hakeim, a French army of 3,300 blocked and held the entire Afrika Korps of Rommel, plus the Italian army (a force of more than 100,000), for weeks. This enabled the British Eighth Army to escape encirclement. The Eighth Army was the only significant Allied force capable of preventing the Nazis to seize Egypt, annihilate the Jews in Israel, and, what Hitler was really after, capture Iraq and its oil, which Nazi Germany desperately needed.

After the French army of general Koenig had shattered the Nazi dream to get to Iraqi oil, all what was left was Caucasus oil. So Hitler ordered a desperate assault on Baku, while covering his flank by an even more desperate assault on Stalingrad (now Volgograd). The assault on Stalingrad was so desperate that the German Sixth army marched on, letting itself been surrounded by a succession of “Kessels” (Caldrons)….

So thank to the French… The Israelis especially should. But not just: Leonidas’ spirit was at Bir Hakeim, as it was in the enormous battles of Vouille’ (507 CE, when the Franks crushed the Goths, something the Romans always dreamed to do, and achieved only tanks to their Frankish imperator)…. or the Battle of Toulouse (when the Dux Eudes executed a classic retreat, followed by ambush, battle which killed a claimed and astounding 375,000 on the Uyyamad, Muslim side!), or the battle of Battle of Tours-Poitiers (10 October 732) or the Battle of Narbonne (737 CE). Those were civilization defining battles: abject theocratic fascism versus the honor of the creative human spirit… Just like Thermopylae.

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15 Responses to “New THINKING: ALWAYS A COMBAT”

  1. G Max Says:

    Nice! At least that’s clear, the battle lines with the PC SNOWFLAKES are drawn…

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  2. Lovell Says:

    I’d like to enlist but I’m missing something here. Who exactly is the enemy this time around?


    • pshakkottai Says:

      Tribal mono-god as always, essentially a dictatorship by theo. And plutocracy which hides behind it.


      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Indeed, the more mono the god, the more mono the thinking, the more fascist the plutocracy which implements that divine system is…
        Christianism is directly a product of the Roman plutocracy. Octavian called himself “Caesar” (he was adoptive son), and, after having divinized his father…
        Divi filius is the Latin phrase meaning “son of a god”, and was a title much used by the Emperor Augustus, the grand-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar.
        That was in 44 BCE, well before the birth of “Jesus”.
        So Jesus is in the image of Augustus…


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      The enemy is torpor… ;-)… The essay is a preliminary to one on RAGE in light of the Iliad…


  3. Andrej Dekleva Says:

    Maybe you should point out Trump’s combat against truth has gained another level by turning off NASA’s CO2 monitoring… as it passes 410ppm.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      That was news to me. (I get Science, missed it…) However, as I read the Science story, it sounded off, a discrepancy between title (WH kills…) and fact (NASA cancels)… Not too clear to me what has been cancelled. NASA also killed a Moon mission (although Trump wants to get there), a few weeks ago….

      Truth is, NASA budget is stressed by useless, pork barrel SLS, Space Launch System… Which is now completely useless, an enormous waste… NASA spends 2.5 billion dollars on it a year right now. Trump SHOULD kill that… But if he does will do it directly (NASA asked to kill SLS, in 2014, but was overriden by CONGRESS…)

      What I discovered today, a friend told me, is that Anderson Cooper (CNN) was the grandchild of Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt… The Vanderbilt family was the richest in the USA for generations in the 19th century… And I learned that some plutocrats I personally know supported Oxfam and the like…. The opposition itself, the resistance, the alternative, is itself pluto financed… Plutocracy is arguing with itself…


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      BTW, as one more anti-Trump talking head for the “resistance” Anderson Cooper is shown to be from the deepest plutocracy, let me point a connection with REAL Nazism: the grandmother of Anderson Cooper, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt had a twin sister, a countess.

      The countess, aunt to A Cooper, was mistress of Edward VIII, the Nazi king, who was put in charge of inspecting the French Defense system in 1940, as general inspector of the British armies, and the ex-king informed Hitler of its weakest point (in a letter saved by Speer). Interestingly, the sector where Edward VIII (then only Prince of Wales) told Hitler to pierce was held by just one French Reserve B division. Behind the French B division was supposed to be deployed the crack British Second Armored division with Mathilda tanks…. except the Brits which didn’t show up…. Enabling the three Panzer divisions and the Grossdeutschland formation to pierce the front. And yes there was a connection with Switzerland, this Nazi factory, too…
      Small world…


  4. Andrej Dekleva Says:

    While you’re fighting the ghosts of plutocracy -AI will replace ethics and philosophy with algorithms and metadata I governed by human cognition.


    • Andrej Dekleva Says:

      Ha great typo – metadata ungoverned by human cognition, bien sure.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Indeed. And that should be unlawful: AI driving, steering of society should be unlawful: Facebook and the like deliberately augment, and bank on, tribalization, thus hatred… That, the Darkest Side of humanity is indeed, already in their algorithms, they leverage it… Some AI leaders already look like bots, and borgs! Zuck even looks like a borg…

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