A Good Reputation Is Bad For Revolutionary Thought

March 19, 2021

Spinoza was offered a top university professorship. He declined it, and kept at his job, grinding glass to make the world’s most advanced lenses. Spinoza, who had given away his family fortune, to be free of common life, prefered living like a loser… breathing silicon, which is not good for the lungs, he died from it.  Spinoza prefered to think great thoughts, rather than to succumb to the seductive songs of the establishment. So it is, and has to be, for most top thinkers. In other words, when totally ignorant individuals posing as “moderators” on the Internet, threaten much more advanced thinkers with various punishments, or insult what they imagine to be their backgrounds, they should remind themselves that human beings can be so different from one another, that those higher up in wisdom and creativity may as well be interacting with different species, when they interface with the vulgar majority.

Once, long ago, I had this dream that I was resting, in the form of a sort of seal, on a lonely ice floe floating in the middle of a pristine blue sea under an azure sky. There was no other seal anywhere in sight. It was lonely. Supposing that hell is others, does not mean that loneliness is paradise, apparently. When I checked the fishes, I realized that they were armored, and primitive, straight out of the Silurian. I felt very much alone, and why was it, I had no idea. But so be it: “All loneliness is guilt”–thus speaks the herd. [Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, “On the Way of the Creator”.] But all and any herd is obsolete, as far as creation is concerned… And what is more human than creation as a crown?

Spinoza’s family was forcefully converted to Catholicism around 1536 CE, when the Inquisition started to torture Portuguese Jews, converting them to Catholicism forcefully. Spinoza’s grandfather fled to Nantes, France, but then was expelled in 1615, due to France being then ruled by a Medicis banker queen and her fascist goon, Richelieu (after the unfortunate assassination of henri IV in 1610 CE). The Netherlands welcomed Sephardic Jews, though (they converted back to Judaism). Spinoza’s father Miguel was a successful merchant and became a warden of the synagogue and of the Amsterdam Jewish school. A pillar of society.

However, on July 27, 1656, Spinoza was issued the harshest herem, ban or excommunication, ever pronounced by the Jews of Amsterdam; it was never rescinded.

The Lords of the ma’amad, having long known of the evil opinions and acts of Baruch de Espinoza, have endeavoured by various means and promises, to turn him from his evil ways. But having failed to make him mend his wicked ways, and, on the contrary, daily receiving more and more serious information about the abominable heresies which he practised and taught and about his monstrous deeds” Spinoza no doubt denied the immortality of the soul; he rejected the notion of a transcendent, providential God—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and claimed that the “Law” (i.e., the commandments of the Torah and rabbinic legal principles) was neither given by God nor binding on Jews. 

Spinoza’s masterpiece (published posthumously) was “Ethics”.  Happiness and well-being lie not in a life enslaved to the passions and to the transitory goods we ordinarily pursue, nor in the superstitions that pass as religion, but rather in the life of reason. To reach these ethical conclusions, Spinoza first demystified the universe. 

Representation of Johanne d’Arc rendered 73 years after her vicious, torturous execution. However retrograde some aspects of D’Arc philosophy were, she certainly made a point that women could be at the forefront of civilization, fighting for what they thought to be right. No reason to stay subjugated, humanity always said. She spoke truth to power (read her letter to the King of England!)… The essence of the human condition…

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Hegel said, “The fact is that Spinoza is made a testing-point in modern philosophy, so that it may really be said: You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all.”[31] Twentieth Century philosopher Gilles Deleuze named Spinoza “the ‘prince’ of philosophers.”

In his lifetime, Spinoza published just one book under his name.  His Theological-Political Treatise, was published anonymously to great alarm in 1670. A critic called it “a book forged in hell by the devil himself”.

Would Spinoza have become Spinoza if Spinoza had cared about his reputation among his god-given peers? The answer is obvious: no. Acquiring a bad reputation among cultural retards was crucial. The solution was to go somewhere else and find better peers.

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If one looks at the panorama of the top 100 thinkers of all times, as determined by the major ideas they contributed to civilization, one is struck by their maverick characters: nearly all of them were mostly very WEIRD (WEIRD in the usual and then technical sense). Top intellectual creators generally got entangled with authority, typically getting enormous support and enormous opposition from the establishments: the paradigm of this situation is Archimedes, financed by the Syracuse tyrant, and assassinated by a Roman soldier for the impertinence of drawing geometry in the sand. Even more so, 13 centuries later, Abelard found himself in combat against Catholic Fundamentalism of the mass lethal type, in a homeric struggle against “Saint” Bernard. Abelard’s allies were formidable, but the theocratic fascists won (at least until Luther, another four centuries). Buridan, an even greater giant of thought, had a life that was nearly as eventful.

Abelard, making my point: “Logic has made me hated in the world.”[17]

The key to wisdom is in doubting and questioning. In doubting we come to skepticism, and in skepticism we come to investigation, and via investigation we come to the truth.[18]  

That top thinkers are WEIRD, I have been saying this for decades, but now the subject is broached a bit, somewhat naively, and part wrong, in a book by Joseph Henrich the head of the department of evolutionary psychology at Harvard University:

The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous.

The reason for the weirdness of superior creators is extremely simple: elaborating new thoughts, new ideas, new emotions, new ways, new technology, new science, new art, new critique, new language and new attitudes is the most human endeavor, but it requires walking on other souls, on common people’s minds, and kicking them around. So the commons kicked back, and since there are so many of them, the situation of edge thinkers is always difficult, brittle, uncertain, lonely and often painful and lethal. 

One can see this plainly with the Internet, and what I call COVIDIOTS, and Interbeciles: there are incredibly vicious, prompt to “cancel”, characters out there, in great hurry to find subjects to trash with their hatred. 

The mask masquerade was pretty stupid: it fully backfired, by making the pandemic way worse; I was only verbally threatened in the wilderness half a dozen times (I wear masks inside stores, of course)… but it is still the masks got politicized to the point, it is literally impossible to talk about it (“social” networks and some media block comments on it; meanwhile Europe, finally seeing the obvious, outlawed most masks…). 

If one gets incredibly stupid feedback, it does not just lowers the debate, it cancels the need of cultural transmission, a great, and characteristically human instinct. Imagine talking to a dog: do you feel motivated rolling out the most sophisticated arguments ever imagined? 

Now imagine the dog is vicious: what to do? As a mountain runner, I know the answer well: grab a stone… most vicious dogs are smart enough to understand that kind of argument. Another idea is to move away from where vicious dogs are. That’s exactly what  Spinoza did, he changed cities.

More generally doing less than state of the art meditation lowers a genius’ creativity. So Spinoza gifted the family business to his brother, and kept grinding his lenses, getting a very small income from it, much of it from friends. Yet, it was not just lens grinding, it was a state of the art of science activity. Spinoza, favouring small objectives, debated microscope design with Christiaan Huygens. He collaborated on calculations for a prospective 42-foot (13 m) focal length telescope, the world’s largest, which was realized ten years after his untimely death, using the lens he had worked on. 

Huyghens himself was the mathematical physicist who invented the pendulum clock, the dispersion-less telescope optics, elucidated the centrifugal force (1659 CE) and is the creator of the  wave theory of light (which has won, as far as I am concerned); he was financed by… the French dictator Louis XIV. (Louis loved to think of himself as an intellectual, and he was, just of the fascist type…) The fact Louis financed Huyghens illustrates the fact most of the geniuses did not have an academic career: universities existed for a millennium, but most top thinkers had troubled, or non-existent relationships with them. Actually just the opposite: universities often opposed intellectual progress. An amusing illustration is that Darwin had no academic position, evolution being outlawed in English universities: Darwin and Lyell had to go to Scotland to be taught Lamarck’s theory of biological evolution. 

Lamarck’s bad reputation was mostly due to his success: the hard core Christians hated him. Lamarck had demonstrated, thanks to mollusks and the microscope, that biological evolution happened naturally, and was many million years old. The god of the Bible, the Jews, and master terrorists Constantine, inventor of Catholicism, and Theodosius, inventor of the Inquisition, was definitely in contradiction with the facts.

Universities are crucial to civilization, but also to the establishment which rules said civilization. Universities naturally attract individuals more obsessed by their reputation relative to the universities’ sponsors, the establishment, than maverick thinkers keen to show that their predecessors did not know how to think optimally. 

One does not make omelettes without breaking eggs, and the bigger the omelette, the more eggheads have to be broken. Revolutionary thinking never has been, never will be, nor should it ever be, popular. This is the lesson of Socrates’ Death.

The greatest thinkers will study cockroaches, but won’t fall in love with them… nor should they.

Patrice Ayme

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Note: This essay honors two of my philosophical adversaries, implicitly raising them to the top 100, Johannes d’Arc, and Socrates.I disapprove of the blonde Pucelle for nationalism: a unification solution had been found to the “100 year war”; without that solution the war went on for another 4 centuries.  The world would have been very different if the united kingdom had been made of France and England, as it was twice, for centuries, prior. So I proposed uncharitably that it may have been better, had she been roasted earlier.

Yet, D’Arc carried a bigger message: anti-establishment, gender equality, and indominability of the human spirit serving justice… although here the justice served was debatable… 

The same applies for Socrates, in his judgment against Athenian democracy…Socrates, Plato and Aristotle served plutocracy, in the end: they destroyed democracy. Yet, that attack of Socrates was partly justified, from lack of democratic institutions moderating the people’s moods. 

Nevertheless Socrates should have been free to speak, be it only to offer the occasion to trash his point of view: Socrates was not the one who had acted the most nefariously… Just the one who had established the most vicious mood antinomic to democracy. Cancelling him with hemlock did not help Athens, because it deprived greater thinkers to rise to the occasion and demonstrate how to override Socrates (as the Roman Republic and the European Middle Ages did, by creating democratic institutions…) 

Life Could Have Evolved On Mars, That Was A Major Advance In Understanding.

March 16, 2021

The most important point with Mars is the following, and it is already established, except for what would be one gigantic scientific surprise pertaining probably to biology. Life Could Have Evolved On Mars.

Imagine just this: that Mars would have been twice larger in radius. The martian radius would then be 6,800 kilometers, ten percent bigger than Earth. Assume next that Mars had been of the same density as now. Thus its mass would be 2^3 = 8 times its present mass. Now the gravity on the surface would be different. From the [mass/(distance)^2] law of gravity (which is older than Newton, and true to this day), one sees Martian gravity would become 8/(2^2) greater. In other words, two-thirds of Earth’s gravity.

So a bigger Mars would have found it easier to keep its atmosphere… and in particular the most potent greenhouse gas, water vapor. 

In the last decade, the extent to which water was present on Mars has surprised everybody. The memory of water is all over Martian geology (marsology?). It’s not just the traces of rivers and ripuarian plains as above, but also enormous amounts of sediments, carbonates and silicates… The drama of mars was that water was robbed by Solar Wind and the dreaded Coronal Mass Ejections… (The latter could total our present electric and electronic technology.)

 Martian rocks look normal, like Earth surface rocks: there are carbonates, sediments, and normal-looking lava. Yet… Think about that. Martian density is a tad below 4 grams/((cm)^3): 3.93 g/cm³. Earth density is 5.51 g/cm³

What’s the origin of the difference? The core of the Earth has lots of iron… but not just that. Earth is actually the densest planet: it is denser than Mercury (5.43) and Venus (5.24). The gas giants are of course much less dense, denser than water by a third (Jupiter) or two-third (Neptune)… Saturn, if one could put it in a tub on Earth, would float, with only ⅔ immersed…

I have long viewed the core of the Earth as a giant nuclear reactor, and my good friend the geophysicist Mark Jellinek, a Miller Fellow, became very angry about this, and we stopped seeing each other because of this scientific debate, where he defended the status quo, which was then that the Earth was releasing heat mostly from contraction (as Jupiter does, supposedly) and latency. Since then the consensus has gone my way. My approach was that of a physicist

This Earth Nuclear Reactor is life giving, because it enables Earth to generate a powerful magnetic shield which wards off the 400 kilometers per second solar wind, and probably reduces the atmosphere robbing potential of Coronal Mass Ejections (CME).  

Venus has no self-generated magnetosphere… differently from Mercury, Jupiter, or Saturn; Mars is too small to have a churning metallic core, so has no magnetosphere, thus CMEs tear the Martian atmosphere away, in particular water. Instead Venus has an induced magnetosphere. A pathetic device that could not prevent Venus from being deprived of all its hydrogen, hence water, torn by the solar wind, especially during Coronal Mass Ejections CME.  

Having not much magnetosphere on Mars is a bit less of a problem: Venus is 100 million kilometers from the Sun, Mars, 240 millions kms. So solar radiation on Mars, per surface area, is one sixth of that of Venus… Venus is a torrid hell, from too much greenhouse, while Mars is too cold, from not enough greenhouse.

Superficially, Venus and Earth are sister planets, both rocky, with roughly the same mass. However there is a huge difference, deep inside: Earth has a giant metallic churning core, and Venus doesn’t. This means that habitable planets to generate life need more than the right mass: they need the right core. I have made that argument many times

Now back to our twice-bigger, eight times more voluminous Mars. Suppose now we endow it with a big radioactive, high density core: we could get to the same mass and gravity as Earth. Then there would be a magnetic field (there is plenty of Iron, Fe56, on Mars, that’s why it’s red!), the CMEs would have been less of a problem, the CO2 and H2O would have been retained…. However with plenty of H2O, Mars would have frozen over, sent back the radiation to space, and it would be a shiny crystal snowball…

Not easy to win at terraforming… NASA agrees that terraforming Mars by using Mars itself is impossible with present technology … However, what NASA did not consider is that a foreseeable technology would be just to harness the solar wind, or get water from Jupiter (not its satellites which have plenty… and we need it there)

The main point of this essay is this: at first sight a larger Mars could have sustained life… Supposing that some of the mass which went to Venus had gone to Mars… However, a more refined analysis shows that Earth also found, and stole the radioactive core necessary to generate a magnetic field making the sustainable evolution of life possible. Ergo, the Solar System had just enough for one Earth where it happens to be …

Some have argued that discovering life on Mars would be a gloomy event: it would show that life is common in the universe…. as I think and this essays shows. What the pessimists say is that then, if life is common, there have been plenty of technological civilizations in the galaxy, but no galactic empire, so all these civilizations were crushed by a mysterious event, a systemic occurrence. But the gloomists’ logic is too rapid. Life on Mars now gone or near extinctions proves instead my point: there may be hundreds of billions of habitable worlds in the galaxy… So what? The evolution of life on Earth took more than four billion years. On Mars, the evolution of life may have been sustained for a billion years, and then the planet got dessicated, hostile to life… A typical case in my view [1]… Forty billion Earths does not mean that more than one could develop animals, let alone a civilization beyond stones and sticks.

Ah, last but not least. A big discovery overall, is that from the poles of Mercury to the ice mountains of Pluto, the Solar System turns out to be surprisingly inhabitable… because it’s full of water in many unexpected places. It is imaginable life could have developed on Europa, even Enceladus… And certainly Mars. It’s all there for the taking… Although microbial Martians would be a serious problem… there is little doubt that, armed with fusion, we can settle, say, Ceres…. All we really need is to fabricate compact thermonuclear reactors, to generate all the energy colonization and terraforming will need (although on Mercury, solar panels will do just fine).

Scientific understanding proceeds in subtle ways. The more we understand about Mars, the more we understand about life, and that is just the beginning. Life probably started there, and then degenerated, as life sustaining water was torn away. The Martians existed for a while, but they were biologically retarded… How similar was that life? Did we, Earth life, originate there? What consequences for life throughout the galaxy? And for civilization, looking backwards and forward?… Not even Pluto is the limit…

Mars will double the real estate readily accessible to humans…

Patrice Ayme 

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[1] The fate of Mars can enlighten the Drake equation. At first sight we have a planet, Mars, where life died after a billion years. Also life may have got started on Venus, and died there for a similar reason (no magnetic shield). We don’t know how many times a planet is both in the radioactive belt and the habitable belt. Being really gross about it, we can say that, even in an hospitable star system as Sol’s there was (1/3)^4 ~ 1/100 that life lasted long enough to evolve animals…

Truth Destroying Moderators On Facebook: How To Fix It

March 14, 2021

An Example Of Truth Censorship on Facebook, This morning I got this message on my Facebook page, in a bright orange panel. Yesterday at 10:27 PM Your comment goes against our community guidelines so only you and the group admins can see this post. Later they made part of my account only visible to myself for ten days… For just relating a piece of history.

Here is the offensive comment of mine which was censored by Facebook “moderators”: 

Patrice Ayme commented on Les Clark’s post: “By The Way, for the Nazis, Japanese Lives Mattered. Nazis extolled the Japanese race”.

My statement was of course entirely correct. The Nazis officially considered the Japanese to be the “Master Race of the Orient. Except for rare occasional obvious poetry and jokes, I try to only utter the truth on the Internet (jokes are too easily misunderstood). Maybe moderators at Facebook do not know enough English? “Extoll” means to praise, glorify, or honor; “extol the virtues of one’s children”; “glorify one’s spouse’s cooking” exalt, glorify, laud, proclaim. 

One must then say that the problem with this statement of mine which was censored is that it is entirely correct. The bread and butter, and the entire personalities of all too many in the Facebook moderators “group” system, is to promote lying. And the more egregious the lying, the more powerful the ‘moderators’ feel. It is a vicious exponentiating circle. This is a serious problem, as it promotes manicheism, violence, lies, and tribal behavior. In one word: racism.  The increased violent tribalism has been a drug, augmenting profits. However, it will bring the explosion of civil society (and thus increased inequality and plutocracy). Thankfully I found an obvious solution for Facebook, which is quite easy to implement (the solution is at the end of this essay).

THE CHINESE MUST GO. Push them off that cliff! US anti-Oriental racism was LEGAL and strong for generations… While it was actually ILLEGAL, in Germany, even in Nazi Germany! American racists think that this truth has to be hidden, so I get censored. Some Facebook moderators are themselves racist Americans, and they hide this by making a disingenuous show of being rabidly anti-Trump. But say something hinting at American racism not condoned by Soros (famous plutocrat financing some types of anti-racism) and his ilk, and they will censor you.

For the background to see why my censored comment on Nazism and the Japanese race was correct, here is Wikipedia in Nazi Racial Theories

East Asian races equal to Aryans or declared “Honorary Aryan”

The Han Chinese and Japanese races were both considered the “Aryans of the East”, “Honorary Aryans” and the “Herrenvolk of the Orient” (i.e. the “Master race” of the Orient) by Nazi Germany.[6][7]

In 1945, Adolf Hitler said:

Pride in one’s own race, and that does not imply contempt for other races, is also a normal and healthy sentiment. I have never regarded the Chinese or the Japanese as being inferior to ourselves. They belong to ancient civilizations, and I admit freely that their past history is superior to our own. They have the right to be proud of their past, just as we have the right to be proud of the civilization to which we belong. Indeed, I believe the more steadfast the Chinese and the Japanese remain in their pride of race, the easier I shall find it to get on with them.[8]

Adolf Hitler had allowed Han Chinese soldiers to study in German military academies and serve in the Nazi German Wehrmacht as part of their combat training.

Here is some more background: 

Adolf Hitler had supported the Empire of Japan as early as 1904, when during the Russo-Japanese War it had defeated the Russians, which he considered a defeat for Austrian Slavism.[14][15] He made a number of other statements expressing his respect and admiration for the Japanese in his book Mein Kampf.[16][17]

Although they belonged to a different evolutionary race than the Germans did, the Han Chinese and the Imperial Japanese were both considered to have sufficiently superior qualities as were people with German-Nordic blood to warrant an alliance by Nazi ideologists such as Himmler. Himmler, who possessed a great interest in, and was influenced by, the anthropology, philosophies and pantheistic religions of East Asia, mentioned how his friend Hiroshi Ōshima, the Japanese Ambassador to Germany, believed that the noble castes in Japan, the Daimyō and the Samurai, were descended from gods of celestial origin, which was similar to Himmler’s own belief that “the Nordic race did not evolve, but came directly down from heaven to settle on the Atlantic continent.”[18]

Karl Haushofer, a German general, geographer, and geopolitician, whose ideas may have influenced the development of Hitler’s expansionist strategies, saw Japan as the brother nation of Germany. In 1908, he was sent to Tokyo by the German Army “to study the Japanese Army and advise it as an artillery instructor. The assignment changed the course of his life and marked the beginning of his love affair with the orient. During the next four years he traveled extensively in East Asia, adding Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin to his repertoire of Russian, French, and English languages. Karl Haushofer had been a devout student of Schopenhauer, and during his stay in the Far East he was introduced to Oriental esoteric teachings.”[19] It was based on such teachings that he came to make similar bestowals of his own upon the Japanese people, calling them the “Aryans of the East”, and even calling them the Herrenvolk of the Orient” (i.e. the “Master race of the Orient”).[6]

Nazi Foreign Minister Konstantin von Neurath and its Foreign Ministry explained to Japanese Ambassador Nagai that Germany held no prejudices against other races but merely opposed the mixing of races. This position was repeatedly used and mentioned in publications and statements made in subsequent years. In Mein Kampf, Hitler expressed the conviction that the mixing of races would result in the depreciation of racial value, since the “lower” race would devalue the “superior” race and, unlike “pure” races, weaken the offspring….

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So I told the truth and I was censored for it. Why is this? The censors were US citizens, they want to feel good about US racism.  They don’t want US readers to read the USA was more racist than Nazi Germany, in some ways. That’s even worse than realizing most Nazi theories originated by observing what was “successfully” done in the USA.

But the USA is a racist country, all too many of the Facebook censors are themselves racist, so they are natural born cancelling of the truth propagandists. They are “America First and Above” racists. They want to hide all this nuance and data.

There was notorious LEGAL racism against the Chinese in the USA in general, and California in particular: Chinese workers were mistreated, despised and forbidden to bring families in. The United States Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, signed into law by president Arthur, forbade Chinese males to come to the USA (except if wealthy, of course). It followed the US Federal Law called the Page Act of 1875 which banned Chinese women from immigrating to the United States.

The case of the Japanese is well-known: the “Democratic” administration of Roosevelt deprived them of their liberty and incarcerated them in concentration camps, without any rationale whatsoever, except US for delirious racism.

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So now to suggest something to Facebook. Facebook uses volunteer “moderators” to adjudicate truth within Facebook. The problem is that some of these moderators are only moderators in name. I was unjustly censored and cancelled for telling the truth. I should be able to appeal to the central command at Facebook for action against these lying moderators…. Who are not moderators, but the exact opposite: those who fight the truth are encouraging violence, abuse, oppression, tribalism, strife and racism. Such violators should be warned, and, if they persisted in blocking the truth, forcefully removed from their moderator positions. 

Punishing moderators who censor truth deliberately would make Facebook more truth friendly. The same principle should apply all over the media. Instead, in the present system, common Facebook participants who may err are punished, instead of being taught the truth.

This is a problem with all media. Countless times, I sent comments to the New York Times (among others) to correct egregious errors. They did not publish a single one while generally encouraging the lies by publishing often hundreds of comments pertaining to the same article, fostering their initial lie. This is not a matter to be taken lightly. It should be illegal. Just an example: some of the lies of the New York Times had to do with the invasion of Iraq promoted in 2002, effected in 2003 (I have been a NYT subscriber for decades).  

Truth shall set you free, whereas those who enforce lies shall subjugate you.

Patrice Ayme

COVID Vaccination Passport Mandatory

March 13, 2021

Authorities should require a COVID vaccination passport which will give rights that non-vaccinated individuals will not have. This will not just encourage the entire population to get vaccinated. It’s a matter of life and death. Indeed, we cannot go on like this. The virus attacks not just the lungs, but also neurons directly. Its long term consequences in survivors seem more adverse than in other viral infections. 

When the pandemic started, nobody important seem to worry very much (except for Trump who blocked travel from China, and then was universally criticized as a racist, including by the Democratic Speaker Pelosi who went on the embrace San Francisco’s Chinatown… as if it had anything with Trumps’ block. I wrote an essay: 450 Million Dead Possible? Something To Take Seriously, Right Away. At this point it looks that we will get away with less than ten million dead… But that may be wrong. Vaccination, fast and soon is how to prevent this. We have a window of opportunity (I am already fully mRNA Moderna vaccinated, by the way so I am doing as I preach…)

Indeed, aside from all the dead that already occured, a further danger is that if the virus is allowed to circulate much longer, more contagious and, or, more lethal variants will probably evolve (as is happening already). People are not allowed to drive without insurance, although that is mostly a financial problem. Why should individuals be able to circulate without vaccination, when that is a life and death problem other people are then assaulted with?

The SPIKE PROTEIN harpooned human cells. But now in some variants of the coronavirus, the spike has mutated, and taken the shape of a much more effective GRAPPLE. On March 12, 2021: 99 million cases of COVID had an outcome: 96,266,000 (97%) Recovered / Discharged.
THREE PERCENT DEATHS: 2,652,000 (3%). At this rate, if four billion people got it, there would be 120 million dead….Studies in Iceland show that for one person with symptoms, another doesn’t have any… But variants change everything.

Should individuals be able to circulate without vaccination, when that is potentially a bacteriological assault onto other people? Even more so when travelling overseas: a drastic failure of the WHO, the CDC and the European Medical Authority has not to have duplicated what China (!) did, and sever international travel when that would have bought time in the pandemic. The first country to sever travel was Taiwan (Republic of China). Others duplicated this, for example the PRC, as I just said, or New Zealand. Australia mostly stayed outside of the pandemic, with drastic measures against travel. These countries can now vaccinate, and escape the mass death… Which will be above five million before soon (it is officially approaching 3 million, but there is massive undercounting, for example in Africa).  

To go from one country to another, one needs a passport nowadays. This is strange. Up to World War First, there were no passports.Indeed, 99% of travellers, at least, present no danger. So why are they controlled?

BUT, a traveller carrying a new variant of COVID is very dangerous. Manaus, the capital of the Amazon, with more than two million people, and a very youthful population, got a massive COVID pandemic in Spring 2020. A pontificating scientific study even published in Science (Science doi: 10.1126/science.abe9728), September 2020, proclaimed that Manaus had gained herd immunity…. In May 2020, the death rate in Manaus had been nearly five times the normal rate. However, things changed in November: suddenly cases of COVID shot up, to the point the city ran out of liquid oxygen. Clearly, new cases had surged again. Here is some of the tale in the New York Times, that medium which loves to censor me:

Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19. By Carl Zimmer, March 3, 2021

The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it devastated a Brazilian city. Now scientists want to know what it will do elsewhere. New studies of the P.1 variant that ravaged the city show that it can reinfect people who have already had the virus, and may make vaccines weaker.

In just a matter of weeks, two variants of the coronavirus have become so familiar that you can hear their inscrutable alphanumeric names regularly uttered on television news. B.1.1.7, first identified in Britain, has demonstrated the power to spread far and fast. In South Africa, a mutant called B.1.351 can dodge human antibodies, blunting the effectiveness of some vaccines.

Scientists have also had their eye on a third concerning variant that arose in Brazil, called P.1. Research had been slower on P.1 since its discovery in late December, leaving scientists unsure of just how much to worry about it.

“I’ve been holding my breath,” said Bronwyn MacInnis, an epidemiologist at the [Harvard-MiT] Broad Institute.

Now three studies offer a sobering history of P.1’s meteoric rise in the Amazonian city of Manaus. It most likely arose there in November and then fueled a record-breaking spike of coronavirus cases. It came to dominate the city partly because of an increased contagiousness, the research found…

Worse: naturally induced immunity against the first version of SARS 2 did not work well against P.1… However tests on the mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech…) show that they still work (although the antibody count is down, there are other antiviral mechanisms activated by those vaccines…).

NYT: …“experts said it is a variant to take seriously. “It’s right to be worried about P.1, and this data gives us the reason why,” said William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

P.1 is now spreading across the rest of Brazil and has been found in 24 other countries. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded six cases in five states: Alaska, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

“The findings apply to Manaus, but I don’t know if they apply to other places,” said Nuno Faria, a virologist at Imperial College London who helped lead much of the new research… To reduce the risks of P.1 outbreaks and reinfections, Dr. Faria said: “The ultimate message is that you need to step up all the vaccination efforts as soon as possible, you need to be one step ahead of the virus.”… researchers in Japan were making a similar discovery. Four tourists returning home from a trip to the Amazon on Jan. 4 tested positive for the coronavirus. Genome sequencing revealed the same set of mutations Dr. Faria and his colleagues were seeing in Brazil. Dr. Faria and his colleagues posted a description of P.1 on an online virology forum on Jan. 12. They then investigated why P.1 was so common. Its mutations may have made it more contagious, or it might have been lucky. By sheer chance, the variant might have shown up in Manaus just as the city was getting more relaxed about public health measures….

Tracking P.1 from its earliest samples in December., it was found that, by early January, P1 made up 87 percent of samples in Manaus… By February P1 had taken over completely.

NYT: “Combining the data from genomes, antibodies and medical records in Manaus, the researchers concluded that P.1 conquered the city thanks not to luck but biology: Its mutations helped it spread. Like B.1.1.7, it can infect more people, on average, than other variants can. They estimate it is somewhere between 1.4 and 2.2 times more transmissible than other lineages of coronaviruses.

. But it also gets an edge from mutations that let it escape antibodies from other coronaviruses. They estimate that in 100 people who were infected with non-P.1 lineages in Manaus last year, somewhere between 25 and 61 of them could have been reinfected if they were exposed to P.1 in Manaus.

The researchers found support for this conclusion in an experiment in which they mixed P.1 viruses with antibodies from Brazilians who had Covid-19 last year. They found that the effectiveness of their antibodies dropped sixfold against P.1 compared with other coronaviruses. That drop might mean that at least some people would be vulnerable to new infections from P.1. Dr. Faria said “an increasing body of evidence” suggests that most cases in the second wave were the result of reinfections.

It’s all very simple: do as Israel did. The green pass is authorized by Israel’s Ministry of Health. It can be a physical document or downloaded to a person’s phone. It is required for activities like going to the gym, dining inside a restaurant, attending a theater performance with up to 500 people indoors, or even a gathering in an event hall with up to 300 people…

And worry about the children too: the initial, milder COVID kills children ten times more than the flu… Not just that, but, for one death, there seems to be ten cases with longish COVID. Thus COVID may well affect children one hundred times more than the flu (which is already a serious disease, and which create immunosuppression in the lungs for months, facilitating deadly pneumonia…)

The longer SARS-CoV2 is around the greater the probability to evolve more contagious and deadly mutations. It is just a matter of time and chance: the more people have it, the more the virus can afford to kill its hosts, and still be around… Because of the variants, and the fact that the more time the virus is allowed around, the more variants, we have to exterminate that coronavirus. Just as was done for smallpox. Only universal vaccination will allow to do so… Fortunately, the mRNA vaccination technique can react even faster than virus variants spread: Moderna is already testing vaccines designed specifically to handle some of the new mutations… Science is forging ahead, law must follow…

Patrice Ayme

Race Theory Is Racist

March 10, 2021

The mass mind manipulating New York Times wrote an article on “Ethnic Studies Follies”. I replied a shortened version of the following, which was of course blocked… don’t worry someday it will come out as a great revelation of the New York Times… People, and institutions, who are unjust become profitable, only when they turn their injustice to thievery. The NYT stole many of my ideas before and will do it some more, a good thing:

It is very simple: Race theorists are racist. It doesn’t matter if it is called “Critical Race Theory”, or if it is Nazi Race Theory, race theory is racism. Race theorists are closer in mentality with American racists of the Nineteenth Century than with the Western European tradition, started by the Romans of being “race” blind. Racism is pretty much a US invention, invented to justify slavery: white Americans were not really enslaving human beings, but a lesser sort.

In many countries, throughout history, there has been huge, very deadly tribal strife. Africa is an obvious example, and this is why slavery was so developed there… and so were mass human sacrifices, such as the Grand Customs games of Dahomey, where 10,000 were killed every year… until it was found more profitable to sell prisoners to  trans-Atlantic slave traders. I was brought up in West Africa. The first thing I was told was to never comment on the ethnicity or skin color of anybody (countries doing this sort of things end like Rwanda did).   

WHITE LIVES MATTER was the essence of Nazism, duplicating American racism: Much of Nazism as mood and solution, final, was invented in the USA… At least, so the Nazis believed. The Nazis, in their complete idiocy, thought they could do to the Slavs, Jews, Gypsies, and other races they did not esteem, what the English speaking North Americans had done to the Native Americans. Even the “Trail of Tears” extermination trick was explicitly copied in 1945… The Nazis had overlooked that the Russians, French and British are among the fiercest warring “races” humanity ever knew. Those three “races” were no Native Americans, but used to destroy the fiercest as a supreme ideal. Even more stupid, the Nazis did not realize they offered to the Americans the opportunity of they, the Nazis, playing the role of the new Natives to destroy, occupy and digest…

I joined, by choice, a “multiracial” family. I hate racism, my family has been a victim of it many times. The way out of American obsession with race is to teach American history, as it happened. 1609 was when America was settled by rapacious English investors who had purchased Indentured Servants on which they had the right of life and death. They were determined to exterminate all Natives militarily. In 1619 a handful of African slaves were accepted as payment. Slavery made tobacco profitable. 

Non Hispanic whites are only 38% of California. Their holier-than-thou Racist Theory pursues racism covertly by teaching public schools badly.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: the irony in all this is that I have been extremely critical, for decades of Race Theory. But there is a huge gap between that and sanctifying the concept of race (some race theorists will probably claim in the future that CRT does not do this)…

Let me give extensive extracts of the NYT article. Reading them, you would think they approve of what I said… But you know what? They very well may, BUT they are scared of their own fanaticized readership. This is the same problem all over: all ideas are classified in a Manichean way, white or black, no nuance, no dimensions.

California’s Ethnic Studies Follies

A proposed curriculum magnifies differences, encourages tribal loyalties and advances ideological group think. March 9, 2021

The first time California’s Department of Education published a draft of an ethnic studies “model curriculum” for high school students, in 2019, it managed the neat trick of omitting anti-Semitism while committing it. More than a million Jews live in California. They are also among the state’s leading victims of hate crimes.

Yet in a lengthy draft otherwise rich with references to various forms of bigotry, there was no mention of bigotry toward Jews. There was, however, an endorsement of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, which essentially calls for the elimination of the Jewish state…

The draft outraged many Jews. And they were joined by Armenian, Assyrian, Hellenic, Hindu and Korean civic groups in a statement urging the California Department of Education to “completely redraft the curriculum.” In its original form, they said, the document was “replete with mischaracterizations and omissions of major California ethnoreligious groups.”

… Yet as the Board of Education is set to vote on the new curriculum this month, it is likelier than before to enthrone ethnic studies, an older relative to critical race theory, into the largest public school system in the United States. This is a big deal in America’s ongoing culture wars. And it’s a bad deal for California’s students, at least for those whose school districts decide to make the curriculum their own.

What is “ethnic studies”? Contrary to first impressions, it is not multiculturalism. It is not a way of exploring, much less celebrating, America’s pluralistic society. It is an assault on it. “A multiculturalist framework that views our people through a colonialist lens is what literally led to the need for ethnic studies,” Sharif Zakout of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center told a state Education Department panel last year.

Ethnic studies is less an academic discipline than it is the recruiting arm of a radical ideological movement masquerading as mainstream pedagogy. From the opening pages of the model curriculum, students are expected not just to “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs,” but to “critique empire-building in history” and “connect ourselves to past and contemporary social movements that struggle for social justice.”

It would be fine, too, if students were exposed to critical race theory the way they might be exposed to Marxist philosophy or some other ideology — as a subject to be examined, not a lens through which to do the examining. The former is education. The latter is indoctrination. The ethnic studies curriculum conceals the difference.

… Irish-Americans have faced a long history of discrimination in the U.S. … But the word “Irish” hardly appears anywhere in the model curriculum, and nowhere in its sample lessons. Russians, Italians, Poles and others rate only the briefest mentions. 

Perhaps this is because all of them, like most Jews, have a new identity, known in the jargon of ethnic studies as “conditional whiteness,” which simultaneously erases their past and racializes their present. Leave aside the ignorance this fosters regarding the long history of differences, struggles and achievements by various European ethnic groups in America. It’s also the mirror image of longstanding prejudices regarding “Asians” or “Hispanics” as ethnically undifferentiated masses of mainly identical people.

… To treat “whiteness” — conditional or otherwise — not as an accident of pigmentation but as an ethnicity unto itself is what the [notorious racists] of the world have always wanted.

It shouldn’t be like this. Public education is supposed to create a sense of common citizenship while cultivating the habits of independent thinking. This is a curriculum that magnifies differences, encourages tribal loyalties and advances ideological groupthink.

Homo Is Truth, An Apocalypse

March 10, 2021

Justice requires truth. History in full is mostly about determining how the conspiracies built, and hid, the truth. In the case of Nazism, abstract, and often misleading notions such as “racism”, or “Versailles” do more to hide the truth than to reveal it. Why? In the most serious cases, the truth is an apocalypse, literally.

Apocalypse is “revelation, disclosure,” from Church Latin apocalypsis “revelation,” from Greek apokalyptein “uncover, disclose, reveal,” from apo “off, away from” (see apo-) + kalyptein “to cover, conceal,”

An example of apocalypse was the historian Gibbons case accusing Christianism. Gibbons was following emperor Julian (reigned 360-363 CE). This was an apocalypse, because Western civilization has long been presented as “Christian”. Whatever it is

My family, which was in the resistance to the Nazis, harboring more than 100 Jews, etc. was involved in the fascist racist apocalypse of the Twentieth Century, three times. First World War, Second World War, and what should be called the African War (still ongoing to Biden’s chagrin).

Christians were big on the Apocalypse. Little did they know they caused it… Although they did not originate the degeneracy which enabled their stupid and criminal ways. Osogovo MonasteryRepublic of North Macedonia

I have more apocalypses to serve: for example, that the plutocratic phenenomenon is intimately entangled with the nature of supreme intelligence and civilization. Simpler, but harder to swallow: that Nazism, although entangled, in its hatred of Jews, with Christianism, sheer racism, even Darwinism, Prusso-German imperial mass homicidal and official holocaust policies, was greatly not only to the advantage, but the foremost tool of global (read US) plutocracy… which found in Nazism, Stalinism, and various other fascisms (even the Vietminh for a crucial little while), the ideal lever to destroy whatever was in the way of the world domination by the abusive mood which has characterized it since 1609 CE… (Or even before, because the “West Country Men” of the 1609 investment first sacked Ireland…)

Naturally, common sedate adults, at the levers of entire countries, or organizations, do not like apocalypses: they could threaten the power positions they enjoy.

For example Putin does not enjoy all the apocalyptic turmoil his opponent Navalny expose him to. So Putin, or his henchmen, had Navalny poisoned, and, when Navalny got resurrected in Germany, and then came back, Putin jailed, or a so-called judge, more exactly, had Navalny jailed again. Then what did so-called “Amnesty International”do? AI had found in the past that Navalny was “prisoner of conscience” (a concept directly translated from the French). That was fine, as long as Navalny was not threatening the establishment in Russia to the point he now is. As I said the establishment does not like apocalypses. Amnesty International has become part of the establishment… Now Navalny is on the verge of forcing people of influence, to look at Putin as the tyrant he is… An apocalypse threatens… So AI, as part of the establishment, found this a bit too upsetting… And Amnesty International removed from Navalny his status of prisoner of conscience (alleging that Navalny had said, in 2007, that illegal immigrants to Russia should be deported… Something that is the law in all countries…).

Apocalypses are all over, ever more… Want a few? Men who chemically treat themselves with hormones more dominant in females, and practice various amputations, dissimulations, lying and dissembling… Are still, in more than 99% of cases still XY creatures, who should not be considered females, because they are not… That does not mean I am against changing sex like one changes clothes: it simply cannot be done… Yet. That does not make me “transphobic”, that just calls attention to the fact transphiles are even less genuine than pedophiles… Although I am all for one gender bathrooms, that does not mean I will pretend that an XY has the right to compete in sport against XX while pretending to be what he, yes HE, is not… We the apocalyptists do like liars, they are our natural prey, especially when they claim to be what they are not, because they find in it some personal advantage….

Vegans come around. claiming one should have nothing to do with our fellow inferior species… Not even realizing that what vegans imply is the annihilation of the species they claim to respect, because, once the animals lose economic utility, they will be annihilated by the soy bean and palm tree plantations… Here I am revealing an old idea: a very similar argument was used by the Roman government in the Fourth century. The idea was that the Roman government should not annihilate the Goths, because they were so special, and one did not want such a strange race to go the way of Thessalian lions and Libyan elephants… Both of which had just disappeared… Because one had found no utility for them in a timely manner… So the Roman government should use the Goths rather than do away with them. The argument stays valid to this day: long live the endangered turtle soup… As long as the turtles are multiplied in farms…

I am just revealing here an argument that is 16 centuries old, showing some apocalypses need repeating, and still sound like science fiction to the primitives full of sophisticated stupidity. Really: vegans still do not understand a rather trivial argument already made 16 centuries ago by a government not known for its intellectual prowess?

One more apocalypse? The truth is one cannot have a “green” planet without mastery of nuclear energy. And yes, that’s the key to colonizing (such a nice concept), the Solar System.. Oh, yes, the anti-colonialists are ALL hypocrites: they owe their existence to their colonizing ancestors, in more than 99% of the cases…

Yes, as ageing is replaced by rejuvenation, thanks to gene transfer and epigenetic erasure, we will need ever more land mass, and by this I do not mean just a balmy Siberia, or Greenland forests… But the Moon, Mars, Ceres, Ganymede, Europa, Enceladus, even Pluto…

Yes, we are the apocalyptic species. The apocalyptic genus. But is there better divinity to serve than the truth, and nothing but the truth?

Patrice Ayme

Down With Tourism

March 7, 2021

I don’t do tourism… But I have LIVED, and grown up, on four continents… I have never targeted a place to tour. Right, I have visited places to make giant, somewhat foolhardy, trail or mountain runs, in the wilderness, and visited ranges to climb. But then I was not “touring”, I was running, or climbing, living on, in and off the land, which I had got to know and learn, be it only to survive… It’s good to run across real light, carrying no water, yet knowing the next valley would have a torrent in which to cool and drink. And knowing weather patterns enough to negotiate thunderstorms, torrid heat, paralyzing cold, and bug clouds impacting vision, let alone breathing and ski integrity… I was not just overlording the land mechanically, carrying my imperialism around, sheltered in a bus or helicopter with a tour guide telling me what to think, feel, and learn…

What is the idea of tourism? Let’s think about the concept itself, what it is supposed to depict, how it originated. Making a “tour” indicates that one goes around and inspect a number of locations. Like a military tour. This entails costs: land, ship or air travel, hotel, or short term rentals. This cost is borne not just by the places which are toured, and the servants making the activity possible, but also by the entire planet. Is that the best usage of finite resources? Flying a jumbo jet across an ocean causes enormous energy and pollution, equivalent to putting the same mass in orbit around the Earth. Putting a mass in orbit can serve the common good, say world communications (which reduce the need to tour). Something in orbit stays there for years, becoming ecologically efficient. How many times do tourists need to be put in orbit? (Figuratively speaking.) 

A further difficulty with tourism is the moods it fosters: instead of being conducive to the respect of the biosphere, tourism inculcates the mood of “client is king”. It is not the Natives nor the biosphere which are “kings”, but some invader, rich in money, but not consideration. Who needs kings? Why foster excess in how much a few individuals have to be served? 

Soon enough, coconut trees to be all over….

What we need to foster is respect for the planet and its biosphere. Visiting a place and living there for a while, learning what this place teaches, that’s fine. Just touring to make a mark, at great ecological and moral cost is the sort of abusive exploitative supercilious mood that should be discouraged.

There are better things for humanity to do, than to serve wealthy aliens fostering the mood that superficial vision, and authoritative pocketbooks, should be paramount. 

Humanity needs to encourage thinking, in depth, that is culture. Servitude should not be an ideal, instead the natives, wherever they are, should be encouraged to slow down tourism towards interactions giving more space to time and exchange. Hawaii should be encouraged to pursue research on how to make its economy renewable, energy independent (the ocean can help), and encourage more world-class astronomical research on Maui and the Big Island. After all, Polynesians got to Hawaii thanks to advanced technology, not by serving strangers.

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“Got Your Back” wondered in the New York Times: “I’m sure there must be many reasons for Hawaii’s situation to be more fragile ecologically (such as it being the most isolated archipelago on earth) but I was surprised just now when I looked up another states stats. Massachusetts has almost the same landmass but hosts 2.5 – 3 times the number of tourists each year. I had assumed the numbers would be opposite since I’ve never heard about any negative tourism impact on Massachusetts. What am I missing?

PA’s answer: The ecology of Massachusetts is not special, it’s basically the same as the rest of the North-East USA, a continental, interconnected landmass. The ecology of Hawaii is very special, and full of ecological niches, from insulary isolation, various climes and altitudes. This requires leaving large expanses undeveloped. The smallest dirt road has large impacts on local species, especially birds. 

Also the question is dependency. For example Massachusetts has a massive cultural and intellectual economy, with MIT, Harvard, and a company like Moderna and its mRNA vaccine, saving the world. Whereas Hawaii has only “tourism”… But for world class astronomy: Maui detected the first extrasolar object going at an enormous speed through the solar system Oumuamua, thanks to the Pan-STARRS telescope at Haleakalā Observatory, Hawaii, on 19 October 2017. Optically speaking the top of the Big Island is half way to space. Instead of fostering astronomy, which guided Polynesians of old, some misled characters have been trying to block it. Block tourism instead.

Energy procurement in Hawaii is also a disaster, as it depends upon fossil fuel. Potential new energy sources exist. And first of all, Ocean Heat Pumps. 

In other words, Hawaii should develop much more science, it needs it more than Massachusetts, arguably. Moreover, most tourists in Massachusetts are short-stay, little impact. They don’t jet in. flying a day over land and ocean….

Patrice Ayme

The 1609 Project: Cancel Culture And People, Maximize Profits

March 6, 2021

… Profits for the few that is…

Identity politics is tribalism by another name. Tribalism is as old as apes cancelling others for territory. Tribalism fosters simple-mindedness, cancellation, alienation, hatred, annihilation. Jane Goodall found it was systematic when chimpanzees interacted with other groups. Tribalism is the opposite of the open society and the most human activity, debate. It’s as inhuman as it gets.

As I show here, identity politics covers up its true aim, the advancement of the mentality that institutionalized the worst angels of our nature in the US power structure.

Identity politics built the US. In 1609 the English colony was a venture capital firm with state military assistance, the aim of which was gold and extermination of the Natives. Tobacco rendered profitable by inhuman slavery made the English colony profitable in the first half of the Seventeenth Century, creating a virtuous circle calling for ever more slaves. 

The English colony divided the population into indentured servants, red, black, white, slaves, slave owners, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, property owners, and “races” with no rights. Punishment was severe: English colonists going to the Indians were condemned to death, executed by quartering alive. 

The “Market” was “free” to proceed with “creative destruction”, buying and selling people and territory which white men did not own (that tradition continued until the late nineteenth century, when the US offered lots of 10,000 acres next to railroads, to… white men). Result? The American Natives were mostly exterminated… Exterminating most of the Natives is something that happened nowhere else in the world to that extent (except in Australia, also a British colony; in Tasmania, the Natives were exterminated to the last). 

Romans said:”Divide et impera”… Divide and command absolutely. Alienating and alienated identities divide. Who rules and commands (impera) then? The wealthiest families, controlling, and, or, owning all the media in the USA in particular, and the West in general, including Internet social networks. Liberty, Equality, Debate are their enemies.

Identity politics is how the USA was won: by cancelling the “wrong” “identities”, increasing the profits, thus the power, of the exterminators. It is the opposite of how France was created, 15 centuries ago. The Franks, who were originally German, integrated all the Gallo-Romans, accepted all religions and identities, equally, and then outlawed slavery.

The present cancel culture festering in the USA is more of the same alienation, tribalism, violence and destruction, to serve the owners. Far from being a rebellion against the established order, it serves it.

Patrice Ayme

1619. Coming of Africans. But whites and natives had been enslaved and exterminated in the prior decade, setting the tune.

Slavery in the USA, to the extent it happened, was a unique phenomenon. Thus, to speak about a European slavery problem is to divert attention to a secondary problem: although some European slave traders profited from the slave trade, and all Europeans enjoyed tobacco and sugar (and thus shortened life spans from these drugs), most of the profiteering from slavery and its institutions and associated constitutional structures was by white English speaking Americans… the same descendants of whom are giving lessons now.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/maps-reveal-slavery-expanded-across-united-states-180951452/

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P/S: A much milder version of the preceding comment was sent to New York Times in answer to:

Is This the End of French Intellectual Life?
The country’s culture of argument has come under the sway of a more ideological, more identity-focused model imported from the United States.
By Christopher Caldwell. (Mr. Caldwell is a contributing opinion writer and the author of “Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West” and “The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties.”)

Mr. Caldwell did not publish my comment, nor any of the short and factual answers I made to other comments. This is a deliberate usage of vicious power to kill debate, which should be illegal (the NYT has state given privileges). Including the following correction, after it was asserted that France did not have female intellectuals:

There are several famous contemporary French intellectuals who are women, including the president of the French academy.

France has of course an immense tradition of female intellectuals, including the most important head of state ever:

@ES The French monarch, Queen Bathilde, outlawed slavery in 655 CE. As the “Renovated Roman Empire” of the Franks conquered Europe, slavery was outlawed all over Europe.

The article and its comments accused France of racism. The question is not whether racism was a force in the past. In truth, racism is, institutionally speaking, an English, and by extension, and reinforced, US invention. Neither Rome nor France had racist laws (with the ephemeral exception of laws passed against Jews under Saint Louis, Louis IX… Ironically and tellingly enough)  

The following comment was also blocked:

@rlschles Allegations of racism  against France have been used by the racist US elite, which ruled thanks to racist laws (that France never had). The US elite is much more abusive than the french one, and is afraid of LEF, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Hence its drive to disparage France (which does not have slavery since 655 CE, 14 centuries ago, at least formally)

What is going on? The New York Times is at the core of the US plutocratic establishment Its principal enemy is then LEF, Liberty Equality Fraternity. France was against the invasion of Iraq, and tried to block it. There was then a war between the New York Times and France. Now that the Iraq invasion president is ruling the USA, the New York Times is redoubling its efforts to destroy LEF. Catwell knows very well that I am for LEF, so he bans me. This is serious, it’s a war. It looks superficial like that, but, as during World War Two, it could end up with dozens of millions killed. No, the USA is not going to attack France. But the US elite is making it so to encourage others to go tribal, and that’s where future war lays. The NYT is telling Xi, the Chinese president, implicitly: go ahead, go tribal, you have the support of the USA… Go invade Taiwan… That’s your “identity right”. Then of course, there would be a big war. Guess who would come on top? Yes, the US plutocratic class, same as in 1945…

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Here are extracts from the NYT article describing what is, from my perspective, triumphant intellectual, political and economic fascism:

After waging a decades-long twilight struggle against these movements, Le Débat has lost.

Intellectuals of all persuasions have been debating what that defeat means for France, and they have reached a conclusion: The country’s intellectual life has come under the sway of a more ideological, more identity-focused model imported from the United States.

Le Débat was always resistant to American imports. It never fully made its peace with the free market in the way that self-described social democrats in America did under Bill Clinton. Nor did it climb aboard the agenda of humanitarian invasions and democracy promotion, as left-leaning American intellectuals like Paul Berman and George Packer did. That was all fine.

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The NYT turns me into an ally of Macron (should be rather vice versa, as I started decades ago…)

NYT: “Many French people see American-style social-justice politics as a change for the worse. President Emmanuel Macron does. In the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody last spring, protests and riots across America brought the dismantling of statues and other public symbols — sometimes on the spot, sometimes after further campaigning and agitation. Aware that such actions had found a sympathetic echo among some of his fellow citizens, Mr. Macron warned that France would not follow suit. “It will not erase any trace or name from its history,” he said. “It will not forget any of its works. It will not topple any statues.”

By last fall Mr. Macron was also inveighing against foreign university traditions. “I’m thinking of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, which has another history, and it is not ours,” he said, before singling out “certain social-science theories imported from the United States of America.””

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Debate is directly under attack, as a mental principle:

NYT: “To look at how Le Débat unraveled is to see that these tensions have been developing for years, if not decades. They bode poorly for the future of intellectual life in France — and elsewhere.

Not all what the NYT says is incorrect. The best lies are made with lots of truth therein. NYT: “Marcel Gauchet, is a philosopher of democracy and a historian of religion. Totalitarianism, and how to find a politics of the left that avoided it, absorbed Mr. Nora and Mr. Gauchet both.

Mr. Gauchet, for instance, has studied with alarm the slow ouster of democratic principles by the very different principles of human rights. “The touchstone in the system,” he warned in 2007, “is no longer the sovereignty of the people but the sovereignty of the individual, defined, ultimately, by the possibility of overruling the collective authority.” Human rights, often imposed by courts or centralized administrative bodies, could wind up pitting democracy against itself. 

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Another perspective that is entirely correct is found in the NYT analysis. NYT: “The first sign in France of a politics focused on minority groups came in 1984. Activists close to the government of François Mitterrand sought to address the complex problem of assimilating France’s mostly North African immigrants by founding an American-style activist group called SOS Racisme. Le Débat reacted in 1993 by publishing a skeptical book by the sociologist Paul Yonnet. SOS Racisme was not replacing a stuffy idea of race with a hip one, Mr. Yonnet argued; it was introducing race theories into a country where they had lately been weak or absent, ethnicizing newcomers and natives alike, and encouraging the French to look at the minority groups in their midst (Jews, in particular) as somehow foreign.”

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NYT:”Mr. Gauchet, Ms. Agacinski and many others in their intellectual circle have not changed their politics. Rather they have been outbid by radicals offering a more exciting, if not necessarily more rigorous, critique of society.

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NYT:”One questions the “legitimacy”… Where did this very un-French attitude come from?an answer: America. A few days after announcing that the review would publish no more, Mr. Nora spoke about its closing on Alain Finkielkraut’s radio show. Mr. Finkielkraut was pointing to disturbing tendencies in French intellectual life, but Mr. Nora wanted to take the conversation in a different direction: to the “mouvements à l’américaine” that start on campuses across the ocean and tend to show up in France. “What they call,” he said, “to follow the argument to its logical conclusion, cancel culture, which is to say the extermination of culture, the will to. …

Here Mr. Nora paused before continuing: “Anyway, I daresay some of us are old enough to have echoes in our heads of Goebbels when he said, ‘When I hear the word “culture” I reach for my revolver.’”

[Actually it was not Goebbels, but in a Nazi play with the following memorable: “No, let ’em keep their good distance with their whole ideological kettle of fish … I shoot with live ammunition! When I hear the word culture …, I release the safety on my Browning!” Notice that the gun is a US made gun, a “Browning”, because it’s US plutocracy which armed the Nazis, with contraband weapons”]

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Cluelessly the ignorant brutes at the NYT observe: “The Goebbels quote may be apocryphal, but it is worth pausing to ask why Mr. Nora — born in the first half of the 20th century and preoccupied with the moral legacy of World War II — should call such a name to mind when discussing the influence of American culture on his own country’s.

Yes, vicious idiots, it is your party, the US plutocrats, the equivalent of whom the Romans used to call the “Optimates”, the “Best”, which gave the weapons to the Nazis! Precisely! As I just said. But of course the NYT blocked hundreds of my comments explaining this, so it can keep on pretending that only idiots would say this.

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NYT: ““There is a mighty ideological wave coming from the United States,” the philosopher Yves Charles Zarka wrote last fall in an article about the death of Le Débat. “It brings rewriting history, censuring literature, toppling statues, and imposing a racialist vision of society.” Nor is it as iconoclastic as it looks, according to Luc Ferry, a philosopher and conservative columnist. “However anticapitalist and anti-American they may think themselves,” he wrote last year, “these activists are only aping whatever has been going on on campuses across the Atlantic over the last four decades.”

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And the lying plutocratic New York Times to conclude, mixing the true, the ludicrous, the vicious, the real and the imaginary:

The shoe used to be on the other foot. The United States used to learn a lot from France. Until a generation ago, into the age of Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, one could say America deferred to France on matters intellectual. It doesn’t any longer. The demise of Le Débat was marked by not a single mention in any major American newspaper or magazine.

There are still lessons Americans can learn from France, provided we approach it with the right questions in mind. A good one to start with might be whether the American academy of recent decades — with the culture it carries and the political behaviors it fosters — has been, in the wider world, a force for intellectual freedom or for its opposite.

Well, dear fascists, and obscene censors, what you are doing called intellectual fascism, and the day you see thermonuclear suns rising over your cities, don’t say the others came for you, they came from you. In particular, you are teaching Mr. Xi that he is right, and democracy is wrong, that the debate is wrong. There is only one way out of that: violent mass death.

Golden Rule: Gold For Those Who Make The Rules

March 4, 2021

The Golden Rule is viewed as basic to morality: treat them as you want them to treat you. Many variants of the Golden Rule exist, they are common to most well-known religions [1. For example, the Golden Rule is one of the tenets of Confucianism, as pure altruism “ren”… 

Confucianism, as all religions embracing the Golden Rule, falls short, in my opinion, of the higher morality humanity needs to survive optimally, for the reasons found below (see [2]). 

The first obvious problem is that, according to the Golden Rule suicide turns into homicide. Indeed, if one wants to hurt oneself, should one treat others as oneself, and thus hurt them? 

This flaw is much more practical and deep than it sounds, as I will explain at the end of the essay. Hitler thought that hurting oneself was not such a bad idea: during his attempted putsch of 1923, facing the German army, he kept marching, with his fellow fanatical Nazis, under the threat of gunfire. The troops were armed, pointing their guns, and the Nazis were unarmed, and ordered to go back, but still they marched towards the troops. Some will say that was heroic, foolhardy… But I will point out that required a serious inclination to masochism, and applied the idea to Jews, Gypsies, Retards, Poles, Slavs, the French, Russians, among others, and finally the Germans themselves (who he had determined to be unworthy, after all…)… before killing his dog and his wife. Magda Goebbels went further, killing her six children, although some resisted. Hey, she was applying the Golden Rule, doing to her children as she did unto herself, killing her children as she killed herself…  

Magda Goebbels, her husband, and their five daughters and son. The gentleman in black uniform at the top, Harald Quandt,  is Magda’s son from a first marriage to a plutocrat. He was artificially added to the picture (he was in combat at the time). Paradoxically, the soldier is the only one who survived. He inherited a giant industrial empire, in particular, BMW. Some of the little girls tried to resist their monstrous mother, who had decreed the kids couldn’t not live in a Nazi-less world. Hitler committed suicide on 30 April. In accordance with Hitler’s will, Goebbels succeeded him as Chancellor of Germany; the rat served one day in this post. The following day, Goebbels and his wife committed suicide, after poisoning their six children with cyanide. Tellingly both Goebbels and Magda had torrid affairs during their marriage, and Hitler had to fly to the rescue, saving their marriage several times.

It is significant that the Goebbels had affairs with others, and Hitler had to play marriage counsellor. Indeed, then why was Magda so crazed in May 1945, that she decided to commit mass infanticide? Why did she need to commit suicide to start with? Well the answer has to do with the darkest streak of human motivation, fatal attraction to self-destruction… which I perversely claim, is a motivation for the… Golden Rule!

Make no mistake: the Golden Rule is a good first approximation, a step up the moral ladder. It has to be inculcated. It should be taught to toddlers, pets and the mentally deficient (those with various derangements). But when the adult age has come, the age to kill and give thanks (historically speaking), one has to graduate from the Golden Rule [3]. (This is actually the feeling justifying the violent Black Lives Matter protests; or Mandela’s early career as a bombing maker…)

The Golden rule erects as a supreme moral principle to treat others as you would yourself, and silly variations thereof. Silly? Should a sadomasochist treat children as he treats himself? Should your abusive superior treat your child as you would your child? Because the silly Golden Rule is transitive. So you treat your abusive superior, call him Adolf, any tyrant, as yourself and yourself as your child. Because the victim wants to be treated nicely, the victim treats the abuser nicely, in the hope the abuser will reciprocate. In the case of hostage taking, it’s a well-known effect called called Stockholm Syndrome. 

Used ubiquitously, the Golden Rule then becomes a form of moral nihilism of no value whatsoeverexcept to sadomasochists, abusers, and demented psychopaths… Golden Rule behavior explains why entire populations, sometimes for centuries, generation after generation, develops a culture of submission (besides the usual example of most of Islam, the Late Roman empire, especially Constantinople in its last few centuries, are blatant examples; the antidote to this submission, as the Mongols themselves pointed out after seizing Baghdad, was the roughness the Franks, the Arabs, and the Mongols, were excellent at… And which the more sophisticated Romans of Constantinople used to despise as uncouth… This is so true that, after the Mayan elites had obviously betrayed those they subjugated, the latter resorted to ultimate violence, rebelling killing the elites, and burning the cities…)

Thus the Golden Rule is actually complicit and highly conservative of abusive elites. It is intrinsically evil and self-sustaining for satanic power (“Pluto-kratia”), and thus no wonder that the elites have called it the “Golden Rule” and enslaved us thanks to it. Hence the following very practical joke. The Golden Rule is that whoever has the gold, makes the rule.

Reciprocally if one wants to get rid of an abusive elite for ethical reasons, one has to destroy it, which means not treating them as one would treat oneself, because a destroyer who gets destroyed cannot destroy. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:43-45.) That’s even worse, because, if the enmity is justified, loving its makers will make it worse, a masochist enterprise, and praying for them is sheer denial of the very concept of enmity, a self-contradiction.

The only use of the Golden Rule is to remind small children that what goes around comes around. 

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it has been argued, aspires to transcend justice, and to orient a solution to judicially intractable conflict by appealing to the higher values of rationality, mercy and forgiveness. How does it do that? By replacing the brutishness of violent punishment, because all and any punishment is violent. Instead establishing truth, the pre-requirement for justice, looks to the reason(s) which were behind the facts which led to prescribing punishment. 

This search for why the crime(s) humanizes the perpetrator(s), by making them into rational agents, while explaining how crime(s) developed, and thus enabling the examiners to sever the causal chains leading to future repetition(s) of said crime(s).  

So, instead of loving crime and its criminals, while praying for more, the Golden Rule way, thus encouraging it, society would foster Truth. Truth can seriously disrupt crime. 

So here is the Golden Truth: Knowing others as you know yourself is how to best examine humanity, making love worth living.

An astute observer may wonder why is it that one should take sadomasochism so seriously that it would have a civilizational impact? This is core to the theory of the Dark Side: Hominins evolved the genus Homo. Starting with Homo Ergaster and Erectus certainly, and probably with Homo Habilis, using stones as weapons turned Homo into the ultimate killer ape. Much of the killing was directed towards meat procurement and defense against various monsters, but, as it became extremely successful, it had to be turned against the human ecological load. Human population had to be culled, so that the ecology could survive. Without ecology, no humanity.

Therefore murder and cannibalism saved Homo from itself… After one hundred fifty thousand generations of this natural selection of ecologically friendly behavior, sadomasochism is lurking down inside deep below the human mind, and no colossal naivety, nor revered title should hide it. 

Let’s not cry: violence, conjugated with civilization, does not just create abusive plutocracies, it is also, all too often, the only way for eliminating them.  

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Mythical Jesus said: “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” The idea is much older than the crucified myth:

1) Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5:18)

2) Confucianism (six centuries before mythical Jesus): ‘Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.” (Analects 15:23)

3) Hinduism (8th or 9th century BCE, 900 years before Jesus mythology): “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)

4) Humanism: “Don’t do things you wouldn’t want to have done to you.” (The British Humanist Society)

5) Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” (#13 of Imam Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths; 13th century.)

6) Jainism: “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” (Sutrakritanga 1.11.33; 3rd or 4th century BCE)

7) Judaism: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18; 538–332 BCE)

8) Zoroastrianism: “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.” (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5; Zarathustra’s religion is older than any of the preceding…)

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[2] The Master (Kǒng Fūzǐ (孔夫子, meaning “Master Kong”) said: “Authority without generosity, ceremony without reverence, mourning without grief—these, I cannot bear to contemplate.

The Analects, 3.26.

Well, the problem, dear Mr. Kong, is that contemplating history in full, and not as a little child fascinated by princes and princesses, is greatly to contemplate what you refuse to contemplate, those behaviors which are the main drivers of history. And there is even worse, that apparently you couldn’t even imagine (the plutocratic effect harnessing the Dark Side). No wonder that such a philosophy ruled China for so long and that, now that a rather conventional, Qin-style dictatorship is imposed on China, Confucius is back, smothering all discussions which Confucius could not “contemplate”.

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[3] The age of killing and giving thanks, something all prehistoric hunters used to do, is more thriving than ever: this time we are killing the entire biosphere. Not many thanks so far, though…

Black Lies Matter.

March 3, 2021

Niger means black in Latin. Somehow, misspelled, that was made into an ultimate insult in the USA… So Black matters, because it’s so insulting? Oh, black is not insulting, just insulting when spoken in Latin, the root language of English, and slightly misspelled.
Then people who are not niger at all, but with blonde hair and green eyes, plus white skin, as one of my friends, a lawyer, somehow also get called niger, including by themselves, because they have some African ancestry (as we all have).

That weird irrationality, that obsession with African origins, is called the “one drop (of “blood”) rule”. It is then not just racism but deeply delirious sectarism. One should say hatred, because deliberate, wilful alienation, pushed too far, is akin to hatred. Now you may ask, what is the point of sectarism? Divide et impera.
All this niger-not-niger obsession creates conflicts (be it only inside oneself with reason and observation)…. And also distractions of the unsolvable type: one cannot stop being racist while race obsessed. Especially when this has arisen to the level of a mass delusion.

In the end, people, in the USA, learn to use reason irrationally and purely subjectively, and thus become slightly psycho and easily manipulated with superficial triggers.
In particular, being “race” (something that does not exist except in racist countries) obsessed, We The People of the USA forget, and have no neurological, emotional and cognitive space to be class obsessed. Thus American plutocracy is free to keep on exponentiating… while the attention of pseudo-progressives is focused on the obscure concept of origins, as long as they are niger… Or supposedly niger…

In the USA, people see the one on the left, Meghan Markle, as “black”. And the one on the right, with the red hair, as “white”. However, their albedos are similar. Can one trust people who see black where there is white? Can one trust people that demented and racist?

I was brought up in Africa. Am I ashamed? No. I am proud because of my life there, my African consciousness, my African culture. Plus, I know a continent most people do not (and especially not Americans). But most of all, on this particular subject, I come with the wisdom that one should never evoke the color of the skin, or the origins. That, in the parts of Africa which know peace, is crucial, and viewed as the basis of civilization.

Skin color discrimination, especially when imagined from variegated, partial, distant origins, is as furiously primitive and retarded as it gets.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: In a generalization of the racist obsession with “black”, some US pseudo-thinkers have suggested to stop using the adjective “black”.
In Senegal, where part of the population is black like charcoal, black paintings are ubiquitous, and extremely beautiful.

Now when one “sees red” with anger, “turn white” with fear, “green” with envy, “blue” from choking, “blush pink” with embarrassment, are we going to call all these dark thoughts, and proscribe their expressions? Puritanism not dead yet?


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