Argumentum Ad Logicam, Non Ad Hominem


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…

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19 Responses to “Argumentum Ad Logicam, Non Ad Hominem”

  1. brodix Says:

    Patrice,
    The current situation resembles a bonfire on thin ice.
    Yes, our esteemed leaders are swirling into their own abyss and insisting everyone follow them. Which many people, being natural followers, seem to accept.
    Yet this entire structure is built on exponential debt. They are acting out on the surface of a bubble that while it only grows larger, becomes ever more insubstantial.
    I suspect that by the end of February, as the impeachment fiasco overshadows the plutocratic sucking up of that firehose of printed money, even the more dedicated herd members not actually benefiting from this largesse will begin to realize reality is coming at them, hard and fast.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Brodix: I agree with you.
      When people get warnings from the (de facto) authorities for publishing a joke about “Joe Stealin”, we have a serious case of not just intellectual, but political fascism on our hands.
      Political assassinations could start any time. And then, it’s the abyss, potentially.
      The New York Times goes on with its rabid propaganda. Today, among others, a long article about the genius of hiring a beagle to simulate a fake loving relationship between Senator Warnock and said beagle.
      As the famous Chinese proverb has it:”May you live in interesting times…”

      I have an idea for the next essay from something revealing I experienced today. I did something thousands of concerned people could have done for 80 years, it was in plain sight… and they did not… but I did… It led me to question human creativity…

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      • brodix Says:

        They can certainly throw people in jail and toss the key, like Assange, or just randomly kill them off, but the narrative managers need a real, organic, tribal mob to back them up, if they want real Nazism, not just this corporate controlled fasces.
        Given they are currently using reverse racism, where the poor whites are the bad guys, they are using the only really viable mob as the fall guy. Like with the capital police, they are throwing their own security under the bus.
        The core of any community, especially the more downtrodden, will be extremely conservative. Look at the influence the church has in Black and minority communities.
        So too many “liberal thought leaders” have been drinking too much of their own bathwater. They are betting the whole pile on a weak hand.
        Since they are in control of the media system, their only tool is to shout louder than anyone else, but eventually any narrative will get so discombobulated and twisted around, that it will collapse into absurdity.

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        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          That Assange is rotting in jail, untried, should be a warning to all thinkers… Even the French monarchy, post Louis XIV did not do anything as bad… But no… Although Assange’s case is arguably as bad as the case of Alexei Navalny….

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Fake inflation set by the Fed is at 1%. TIPS indicate inflation above 2% already.
      I think we can easily sustain 6% inflation, AS LONG AS created money is invested in CREATIVE PURSUITS (As when Trump invested in Operation Warp Speed). It is NOT the case now.
      That could create STAGFLATION.
      One can have healthy inflation at 6%… And deadly stagflation at 4%….

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      • brodix Says:

        The fact remains that money functions as a public utility, but we assume it to be private property. It works as an economic lubricant, not a fuel.
        If the government feels the need to inject it where necessary, it also has to devise a method of drawing it out, where it collects as surplus. Tax out excess, not borrow it. Then people will learn to respect it more, but desire it less and more organic relationships, local currencies, forms of connecting, etc, will have space to grow, rather than everything being commodified in terms of a global currency, that only serves to destroy any local culture.

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        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          As it works, a consortium of the “money center” banks, the 22 most major banks, plots with civil “servants” to fabricate money they can use as needed, in an organization known as the FEDERAL RESERVE… which has no reservation for lending to the wealthiest…

          No reason to worry about low lives… They are the fodder, the grease, the feel-good carpet… The lower they get, those low lives, the more beautiful the difference…

          I don’t think Marx understood this, but that brute, president Jackson, did… And he declared on his deathbed that was the task he was proudest of (having kept European bankers away from the US financial system… Although they were welcome to finance the canals…)

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          • brodix Says:

            One of my ancestors on both sides of the family, Louis Mclane, was Jackson’s Secretary of the Treasury, but since he tried the more moderate approach, was switched to Secretary of State, then Ambassador to England. His son, my father’s great grandfather, was the first president of Wells Fargo. Pretty much founded it. Wells and Fargo were the investors.
            Actually Jackson should have followed the old injunction to hold your friends close and your enemies closer.
            The banks are certainly, finally, having their own, “Let them eat cake” moment.

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          • Patrice Ayme Says:

            Wow Brodix, real impressive pedigree you have.
            Jackson did a good job with the bankers… But it lasted only a while… It turns out (recent evidence) that much of JP Morgan’s money was actually Rothschild’s….
            Let them eat tweets…

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          • brodix Says:

            Lots of family history. Merrymen of Maryland.
            John Brodix Merryman Jr.

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          • brodix Says:

            The family church is called Sherwood. Actually is.

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      • brodix Says:

        They haven’t exorcised him yet;
        https://www.zerohedge.com/political/key-advisor-reveals-trumps-post-presidency-plans

        The likely response will be more self righteous and self centered wailing, but no objective or strategic analysis.

        After they successfully hyper inflate the dollar, it seems the states will have to start issuing their own currencies, as the local banking systems have been bought up and hollowed out by the big money center banks.
        The supreme irony will be that some of this money will have Trump’s picture on it.
        Ten years, maybe not that long.

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        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          I am not that pessimistic. Trump showed one can grow out of it… And of course the best states in history have practiced “GOVERNMENTALISM”… And that includes Modern Money Theory… Which is therefore not that… modern….
          So I am trying to say that it could be good, because the correct government could grow out of it… We will see what Biden does…

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  2. pshakkottai Says:

    Stepped pyramids in IndoChina are quite similar to those in Mexico and South America. See YouTube by Praveen Mohan “ A Hindu Pyramid in Cambodia proves Origin of Mayan Civilization? Baksei Chamkrong and Tical Temple.The builder’s name is Maya in Hindu epics. This shows that Hindus were seafaring people very long ago.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Personally I would believe that pyramids are natural. The Egyptians discovered the best angle, that of a pile of sand… the hard way: a pyramid collapsed, so they modified the angle on another one they were building, and which is still around.

      The Polynesians made it to South America: that was pretty obvious from (sweet) potatoes in New Guinea, among other things. But now we have direct genetic proof. From Mesoamerican oral history, it’s possible that the Vikings made it to Mesoamerica… Other theories are more speculative, for example that a Chinese fleet made it to the Americas.

      What is sure is that the Greeks discovered there was no way they could make it to the Pacific, as India was in the way. And certainly Indonesians made it to Madagascar (and then Africa, but they didn’t settle there…)

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