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Insults Short-circuit Logic; Sometimes As Needed.

September 12, 2021

Insults do not not a reasoning make. Yet a reasoning can be insulting, and insults can be fully deserved. Not only that: insults can be indispensable. Insults can be life saving. Insults can be factual. Say one has six words and three seconds to depict Nazis. As many had, in the 1930s, from irresponsible interlocutors. What would be better than: “Nazis are idiotic insane mass murderers”? Insulting, but factual.

When “experts” plaster themselves all over the TV, and all possible media, after making millions, and killing millions, insults are the most immediate remedy. One sees politicians come over the TV, they say they are for progress, the wealthiest just gave them 100 million dollars. Everybody knows it, and, at least in California, call that “progress”. And that cannot be analyzed. A woman passes by me in a forest, ten feet away, because I went into the bushes to let her pass, and she says: “You are spreading the disease!” Because, far from the closest car, or from anybody else, I was not wearing a mask. After she insulted me, going away, it was my right, nay, my duty to tell it to her as it was, in a few words, all the time I had.

Sometimes one needs to jump on people’s abusive, deleterious, vicious, exploitative, cruel, torturous and demented reasonings. Insult comes from insilire “leap at or upon,” from in + salire “to leap” (see the adjective salient).

Why should we not jump on many of our so-called “experts”? Reality check: in some countries very few people died of COVID. Some of these countries were proximal to the source of the pandemic: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan (even China)… They had different experts giving different advice… from the wonderfully arrogant and incompetent “experts” (at self-enrichment, presumably) most of the “West” profited from (actually, they are the ones, these experts, who profited).

The USA leads in the number of people officially dead from COVID. Per capita, the leading democracies are not far behind… Does that mean, is it another indicator, that these “democracies” are not that “democratic”?

Then after the life saving insults, should come indictments.

This is the case with COVID. Many experts expertly caused the death of millions, with perverse advice (for example closing public schools for children, masks)… And people still admire them, and obey them.

Cuomo at some point apparently hid another 12,000 COVID deaths he arguably caused by refusing to use the hospital ship Mercy…. and sending COVID patients to nursing homes. In Europe, they kept planes coming from Wuhan… When the PRC had fully locked up Wuhan and Hubei…

However, a ray of hope:https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/10/ex-french-health-minister-charged-over-handling-covid-pandemic

I am very self-satisfied: I am an expert doctor, a health minister and thanks to my idiotic, arrogant, ill-informed decisions, hundreds of thousands will die soon, life could not be better: the power….

France’s former health minister Agnes Buzyn, depicted above, has been charged over her handling of the COVID-19 crisis after investigators at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her.

Buzyn has been charged with “endangering the lives of others”, the prosecutor of the Republic’s Court of Justice said on Friday, but not for a second possible offence of “failure to stop a disaster”… Although of course, she is culprit of the second charge: the judges are blatantly corrupt, or conveniently incapable of thinking. After Trump blocked flights, and in particular tourists, from China, Buzyn did not advise, let alone order to do the same. The first COVID cases in France were all Chinese tourists… And that was known in January 2020, well before Buzyn resignation… She resigned because she already knew she belonged in prison…

German Fascist Racist Herd Stupidity Excoriated By Nietzsche

September 12, 2021

German racist fascism of the invasive type, in one concept, Nazism, is the most serious warning of the last few millennia: a most sophisticated people became murderously insane to the point of self-mutilation, torture and assassination on a scale never seen before… All in the name of civilization.

In 1900, the Germans were the most literate population in the world. However, as Nietzsche had pointed out stridently earlier, what they read was the problem. It was a grotesque, unreal mix of racism, superiority complex, militarism, respect for authority, and mental fascism… in an “empire” (“Zweite Reich”) which was growing very fast demographically, industrially, technologically and scientifically (the analogy with Xi’s China is not perfect, as the later is not officially racist, nor growing demographically).

Nietzsche is a much deeper and subtler thinker than, say, Kant. Nietzsche believed that Kant helped boost the nation-state and its would-be universal values, thus ushering enormous conflicts. Attempting to reconcile individual and collective autonomy can only lead to the latter absorbing the former. Nietzsche, if nothing else, was ardently anti-totalitarian.

That Nietzsche in any sense approved of what became two generations later Nazism is an enduring lie and disinformation… Which, interestingly, the crafty racist fascist militaristic German oligarchs were the first to launch: copies of Nietzsche’s book Also Sprach Zarathustra were given to German troops in WW1. 

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WHAT THE GERMANS LACK FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (1888) 

  1. Among Germans today it is not enough to have spirit: one must arrogate it, one must have the arrogance to have spirit. Perhaps I know the Germans, perhaps I may even tell them some truths. The new Germany represents a large quantum of fitness, both inherited and acquired by training, so that for a time it may expend its accumulated store of strength, even squander it. It is not a high culture that has thus become the master, and even less a delicate taste, a noble “beauty” of the instincts; but more virile virtues than any other country in Europe can show

Much cheerfulness and self-respect, much assurance in social relations and in the reciprocity of duties, much industriousness, much perseverance–and an inherited moderation which needs the spur rather than the brake. I add that here one still obeys without feeling that obedience humiliates. And nobody despises his opponent. One will notice that I wish to be just to the Germans: I do not want to break faith with myself here. I must therefore also state my objections to them. 

One pays heavily for coming to power: power makes stupid. The Germans–once they were called the people of thinkers: do they think at all today? The Germans are now bored with the spirit, the Germans now mistrust the spirit; politics swallows up all serious concern for really spiritual matters. DEUTSCHLAND, DEUTSCHLAND UBER ALLES–I fear that was the end of German philosophy. 

“Are there any German philosophers? Are there German poets? Are there good German books?” they ask me abroad. I blush; but with the courage which I maintain even in desperate situations I reply: “Well, Bismarck.” Would it be permissible for me to confess what books are read today? Accursed instinct of mediocrity! 

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2. What the German spirit might be–who has not had his melancholy ideas about that! But this people has deliberately made itself stupid, for nearly a millennium: nowhere have the two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity, been abused more dissolutely.

WHAT THE GERMANS LACK FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (1888)

Recently even a third has been added–one that alone would be sufficient to dispatch all fine and bold flexibility of the spirit–music, our constipated, constipating German music. How much disgruntled heaviness, lameness, dampness, dressing gown–how much beer there is in the German intelligence! How is it at all possible that young men who dedicate their lives to the most spiritual goals do not feel the first instinct of spirituality, the spirit’s instinct of self-preservation–and drink beer? The alcoholism of young scholars is perhaps no question mark concerning their scholarliness–without spirit one can still be a great scholar— but in every other respect it remains a problem. Where would one not find the gentle degeneration which beer produces in the spirit? Once, in a case that has almost become famous, I put my finger on such a degeneration–the degeneration of our number-one German free spirit, the clever David Strauss, into the author of a beer-bench gospel and “new faith.” It was not for nothing that he had made his vow to the “fair brunette” [dark beer] in verse–loyalty unto death. 

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3. I was speaking of the German spirit: it is becoming cruder, it is becoming shallower. Is that enough? At bottom, it is something quite different that alarms me: how German seriousness, German depth, German passion in spiritual matters are declining more and more. The verve has changed, not just the intellectuality. Here and there I come into contact with German universities: what an atmosphere prevails among their scholars, what desolate spirituality– and how contented and lukewarm it has become! It would be a profound misunderstanding if one wanted to adduce German science against me-it would also be proof that one has not read a word I have written. For seventeen years I have never tired of calling attention to the despiritualizing influence of our current science-industry. The hard helotism to which the tremendous range of the sciences condemns every scholar today is a main reason why those with a fuller, richer, profounder disposition no longer find a congenial education and congenial educators. There is nothing of which our culture suffers more than of the superabundance of pretentious jobbers and fragments of humanity; our universities are, against their will, the real hothouses for this kind of withering of the instincts of the spirit. And the whole of Europe already has some idea of this–power politics deceives nobody. Germany is considered more and more as Europe’s flatland. I am still looking for a German with whom I might be able to be serious in my own way–and how much more for one with whom I might be cheerful! Twilight of the Idols: who today would comprehend from what seriousness a philosopher seeks recreation here? Our cheerfulness is what is most incomprehensible about us. 

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4. Even a rapid estimate shows that it is not only obvious that German culture is declining but that there is sufficient reason for that. In the end, no one can spend more than he has: that is true of an individual, it is true of a people. If one spends oneself for power, for power politics, for economics, world trade, parliamentarianism, and military interests–if one spends in the direction the quantum of understanding, seriousness, will, and self- overcoming which one represents, then it will be lacking for the other direction. Culture and the state–one should not deceive one-self about this–are antagonists: “Kultur-Staat” is merely a modern idea. One lives off the other, one thrives at the expense of the other. All great ages of culture are ages of political decline: what is great culturally has always been unpolitical, even anti-political. Goethe’s heart opened at the phenomenon of Napoleon–it closed at the “Wars of Liberation.” At the same moment when Germany comes up as a great power, France gains a new importance as a cultural power. Even today much new seriousness, much new passion of the spirit, have migrated to Paris; the question of pessimism, for example, the question of Wagner, and almost all psychological and artistic questions are there weighed incomparably more delicately and thoroughly than in Germany–the Germans are altogether incapable of this kind of seriousness. In the history of European culture the rise of the “Reich” means one thing above all: a displacement of the center of gravity. It is already known everywhere: in what matters most–and that always remains –culture–the Germans are no longer worthy of consideration. One asks: Can you point to even a single spirit who counts from a European point of view, as your Goethe, your Hegel, your Heinrich Heine, your Schopenhauer counted? That there is no longer a single German philosopher–about that there is no end of astonishment. 

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5. The entire system of higher education in Germany has lost what matters most: the end as well as the means to the end. That education, that Bildung, is itself an end–and not “the Reich”–and that educators are needed to that end, and not secondary-school teachers and university scholars–that has been forgotten. Educators are needed who have themselves been educated, superior, noble spirits, proved at every moment, proved by words and silence, representing culture which has grown ripe and sweet–not the learned louts whom secondary schools and universities today offer our youth as “higher wet nurses.” Educators are lacking, not counting the most exceptional of exceptions, the very first condition of education: hence the decline of German culture. One of this rarest of exceptions is my venerable friend, Jacob Burckhardt in Basel: it is primarily to him that Basel owes its pre-eminence in humaneness. What the “higher schools” in Germany really achieve is a brutal training, designed to prepare huge numbers of young men, with as little loss of time as possible, to become usable, abusable, in government service. “Higher education” and huge numbers–that is a contradiction to start with. All higher education belongs only to the exception: one must be privileged to have a right to so high a privilege. All great, all beautiful things can never be common property: pulchrum est paucorum hominum. What contributes to the decline of German culture? That “higher education” is no longer a privilege–the democratism of Bildung, which has become “common”–too common. Let it not be forgotten that military privileges really compel an all-too-great attendance in the higher schools, and thus their downfall. In present-day Germany no one is any longer free to give his children a noble education: our “higher schools” are all set up for the most ambiguous mediocrity, with their teachers, curricula, and teaching aims. And everywhere an indecent haste prevails, as if something would be lost if the young man of twenty-three were not yet “finished,” or if he did not yet know the answer to the “main question”: which calling? A higher kind of human being, if I may say so, does not like “callings,” precisely because he knows himself to be called. He has time, he takes time, he does not even think of “finishing”: at thirty one is, in the sense of high culture, a beginner, a child. Our overcrowded secondary schools, our overworked, stupefied secondary-school teachers, are a scandal: for one to defend such conditions, as the professors at Heidelberg did recently, there may perhaps be causes–reasons there are none. 

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6. I put forward at once–lest I break with my style, which is affirmative and deals with contradiction and criticism only as a means, only involuntarily–the three tasks for which educators are required. One must learn to see, one must learn to think, one must learn to speak and write: the goal in all three is a noble culture. Learning to see–accustoming the eye to calmness, to patience, to letting things come up to it; postponing judgment, learning to go around and grasp each individual case from all sides. That is the first preliminary schooling for spirituality: not to react at once to a stimulus, but to gain control of all the inhibiting, excluding instincts. Learning to see, as I understand it, is almost what, unphilosophically speaking, is called a strong will: the essential feature is precisely not to “will”–to be able to suspend decision.

All unspirituality, all vulgar commonness, depend on the inability to resist a stimulus: one must react, one follows every impulse. In many cases, such a compulsion is already pathology, decline, a symptom of exhaustion–almost everything that unphilosophical crudity designates with the word “vice” is merely this physiological inability not to react.

A practical application of having learned to see: as a learner, one will have become altogether slow, mistrustful, recalcitrant. One will let strange, new things of every kind come up to oneself, inspecting them with hostile calm and withdrawing one’s hand. To have all doors standing open, to lie servilely on one’s stomach before every little fact, always to be prepared for the leap of putting oneself into the place of, or of plunging into, others and other things–in short, the famous modern “objectivity”–is bad taste, is ignoble par excellence. 

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7. Learning to think: in our schools one no longer has any idea of this. Even in the universities, even among the real scholars of philosophy, logic as a theory, as a practice, as a craft, is beginning to die out. One need only read German books: there is no longer the remotest recollection that thinking requires a technique, a teaching curriculum, a will to mastery–that thinking wants to be learned like dancing, as a kind of dancing. Who among Germans still knows from experience the delicate shudder which light feet in spiritual matters send into every muscle? The stiff clumsiness of the spiritual gesture, the bungling hand at grasping–that is German to such a degree that abroad one mistakes it for the German character as such.

The German has no fingers for nuances. That the Germans have been able to stand their philosophers at all, especially that most deformed concept-cripple of all time, the great Kant, provides not a bad notion of German grace. For one cannot subtract dancing in every form from a noble education–to be able to dance with one’s feet, with concepts, with words: need I still add that one must be able to dance with the pen too–that one must learn to write? But at this point I should become completely enigmatic for German readers. 

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Denying the intellectual and mental fascism which led to Nazism from a collective madness is indispensable to those who claim no such a thing is possible, so that they can best enjoy it again (and we see plutocrats, claiming to be “philanthropists”, many not even residing in the state, ever, spending enormous amounts of money so that their corrupt creature can stay governor of California). This is particularly acute with the rise of coders, the persons presently programing our existence. An example is: Godwin’s Law: Code For Holocaust Denial…. programmers love it: it fosters contempt for inquiring in what exactly happened to Germany which led to the Holocaust. More on this later…

Patrice Ayme

Fundaments Of US Deep State, Fundaments Of Violent Jihadism. 911 Not What It Looked Like.

September 12, 2021

Fundamentally the 9/11 tragedy was caused by the US Deep State support for violent Fundamentalist Jihadists who were instructed to fight history by the ISI, CIA and SIA, the secret services of Pakistan, US and Saudi Arabia. One can see this in two ways which support each other: who profited from the crime, and the historical facts. Historically, the US Deep State encouraged (at the very least) the ISI to attack the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in the 1970s. On July 3, 1979, Carter signed an order to go on full attack, using “riled up Muslims”… in the words of Brezinsky, Carter’s National Security adviser. In an interview to a French magazine, Brezinsky later claimed that this was done to force the Soviets to intervene in Afghanistan. However, a much sinister explanation is possible… The same explanation for the deepest reason of the invasion of Iraq: that was done, fundamentally, because it took Iraq out of the world oil market, oil is fungible, and thus the price of oil shot up to make fracking inside the USA wildly profitable to Wall Street investors.

Afghanistan is very rich in various rare minerals; France and the USSR arranged to exploit those, with the green light of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The war launched by Carter cynically targeted schools for girls with bombs, and prevented the integration of Afghanistan in the European co-prosperity sphere. One cannot get more vicious than that. Forgetting, or not knowing what the US Deep State did to Afghanistan before 9/11, which was way worse in many ways, is to become an accomplice of it

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The US Deep State psycho-engineered the wars the USA got involved with, and this, even before 1914. What is the Deep State? It is the collusion between wealth, think tanks, academe, Big Law, high finance, the military-government complex, deep administration, corporations, media and government.

These pecuniary interests steer the elections and then the official government policies. Extremely wealthy “Philanthropists”, who love mostly themselves, intervene in the electoral system. 

But the facts are forgotten, and often never got to be known. Who knows that the top adviser of (racist) US president Wilson was in the Kaiser’s office, offering an alliance, on June 1, 1914, weeks before German mobilization? It made WW1 possible. Indeed the US business could break through the Netherlands the Franco-British blockade of Germany, bringing in materials which Germany could pursue the war without. 

Who knows what president Carter signed on July 3, 1979 (order of secret intervention in Afghanistan). 

The unexamined life is dangerous, especially for those who are considered canon fodder and are submitted to exploitation by oligarchs. It was obvious that the invasion of Iraq, as explained, was a lie and made no sense. Many people understand this now, finally. However to just say Iraq was attacked because of machismo is itself a cover-up. The truth can be approached by thinking to whom the war profited. The military-industrials, of course, but that, itself, is another coverup. The truth is far more sinister: once Iraq was taken out of the oil equation, fracking became profitable in the USA, making Wall Street and the likes of Halliburton very wealthy… 

Patrice Ayme

Never mind. Unintended consequence of Carter’s 1979 order? The US has been supporting Muslim Fundamentalism of the violent kind for generations before that… It’s an old trick the US Deep State knows well, and that it used to make a pact with the devil. Getting oil and money, and power, and division of the enemies and competitors, in the bargain….

P/S: The allusion to Carter’s launch of the Afghan war was CENSORED by the New York Times, once again, 20 years to the day after 911. A comment I sent that way was dutifully censored by this propaganda paper I subscribe to. NYT wants you to think Trump caused 911.


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