Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Bad Internet? No, Bad Profit Monopolies & Bad Education

February 17, 2021

Trump said it himself; he is the symptom of a deeper problem, he became president because his predecessors had “done such a bad job”. And why did the predecessors do such a bad job? What was this bad job? The rise of inequality in the West has brought a misallocation of resources, and, more devious, hidden below the surface, deliberately bad education “justified” by the pseudophilosophy of “postmodernism” (which puts in doubt the very notion of truth, so that we can’t criticize our masters). The misallocation of resources in turn sent jobs, dignity and know-how to cheap factories overseas, and life expectancy down the drain (“Obamacare”) [1].

To all this the New York Times reacts by shooting not just the messenger, but the message itself. Democracy Is Weakening Right in Front of Us. Is technopessimism our new future?  …”online behemoths like Twitter, Google, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook have created a crisis of knowledge — confounding what is true and what is untrue — eroding the foundations of democracy.”

The New York Times rolls out the big guns of plutocratic universities in charge of establishment defense (nota bene: I had a professional relation with Stanford… and hold the university dear…)

Nathaniel Persily, a law professor at Stanford, summarized the dilemma in his 2019 report, “The internet’s Challenge to Democracy: Framing the Problem and Assessing Reforms,” pointing out that in a matter of just a few years

the widely shared utopian vision of the internet’s impact on governance has turned decidedly pessimistic. The original promise of digital technologies was unapologetically democratic: empowering the voiceless, breaking down borders to build cross-national communities, and eliminating elite referees who restricted political discourse.

Since then, Persily continued:

That promise has been replaced by concern that the most democratic features of the internet are, in fact, endangering democracy itself. Democracies pay a price for internet freedom, under this view, in the form of disinformation, hate speech, incitement, and foreign interference in elections.

Most democratic features of the internet are endangering democracy itself“? Gee, what to do? Is the Stanford professor suggesting to shut down “most democratic features of the internet?” Would not that be convenient to the establishment to preserve only the non-democratic features of the internet… to save what the establishment calls “democracy”?

Instead, of course, thinkers such as yours truly, want to use the Internet to expand DIRECT democracy. The Internet could, and should, allow citizens themselves to debate and vote laws… As Athenians and Republican Romans could.

Trump, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and the apparent erosion of democracy that the Internet contributes to, are symptoms of a deeper problem: a lack of education [2]. And it is deliberate, as the Internet lockdown, which is confined mostly to public schools, demonstrate (countries such as France have kept their public schools open, mostly, and certainly did not give preferential treatment to private schools!).

Today’s adults were not exposed to enough dispassionate debate, especially in history. In particular, art history. Logic, mathematics, science, and especially the history of science were not drilled sufficiently, starting in primary school. Thus, an imbalanced view of the universe and how it works, was conferred.

But not just that: a capacity and desire for children to learn interesting worlds were forsaken

The present Internet is indeed built to increase passions, for profit. Very advanced methods are used to promote clickbaits of all sorts, all appealing to the basest instincts, because, the baser the instinct, the stronger the passion, and the stronger the passion, the more attractive the participation to tribal fury. The Internet has been very good at capturing the tribal instinct.

Truth is not necessarily nuanced, but getting to it oftentimes is. Children have to be taught this, the subtlety of how one gets to truths. If they have not been taught to be astute in evaluating information, children are not going to be taught how to do it within an Internet which targets passions, instead of cold logic.

Thus a way out maybe to break the connection between rising passions of the tribal type and rising corporate profits. Maybe social networks should be turned progressively and increasingly into public utilities. As it is people with very little education are in control of the asocial Internet networks, and exert bovine censorship. A prestigious (analytic) philosophy university professor, a woman, Harriet Baber, expressed, in a very cogent comment, her dismay about the lack of basic education of her students: her “comment contravened our community guidelines and has been deleted” (too bad it did not copy it when it was showing). Bemoaning lack of education has become a crime: to insure a return to the kingdom of the beasts will be enforced by the… beasts. 

Patrice Ayme


[1] Lack of education and poor education were put in striking relief by the COVID LOCKDOWN. Where I live the Bay Area County has 332,000 students in school. 31,000 of these are in private school, enjoying “in-person” teaching. The public school children (including my own daughter) are condemned to extremely poor schooling, by zoom, for only a few hours a week. “Democratic” governor Newsom, whose eleven companies got millions in stimulus money, is also sending his four children to private school (as a suffect of the plutocratic Getty family, Newsom has the means). So the “Democratic” governor children are getting educated while children of the common folks are turned into uncomprehending beasts… All this in the name of “Democracy”…

For more than a month, in the run-up to the US presidential election, history lessons supposedly on Ancient Egypt, Sumer, Babylon, were replaced by intense “democratic” propaganda pro-Biden. The Principal was posing, on the Internet, below a huge poster with the raised fist of “Black Lives Matter”. Of course this elitist lady is 100% white, and lives in a multimillion dollar home, in a zone where only multimillion dollars homes are legal (the Berkeley hypocrite mood which launched that sort of racist zoning a century ago, is eroding, thanks in part to the colossal scorn of yours truly… Yes, they prefer to talk about “busing”… That doesn’t concern their children…)


[2] The hoaxes that Trump was elected by Putin, or that the interference of Trump in Ukraine was impeachable, and in particular worse than the blatant and obviously illegal intervention Biden boasted about on tape… were not invented by the Internet. Those hoaxes, which most “liberals” are supposed to believe, lest they be excommunicated, were old fashion propaganda using the Big Lie technique, to sabotage the Trump presidency.

What the plutocratic owners of the media were aiming at was to prevent Trump to enact reforms, and changing the moods too deeply. Paralyzing society by confusing moods is crucial to the exponentiating plutocracy. The first impeachment trial enabled the elitists “Democrats” of the US Congress, truly corporate shills, led by corrupt Pelosi, to get out of the previously agreed upon accord with the White House to sue the Internet monopolies reinforced under Obama.

The end result was that Google (which steers search results to its own profit) got sued by Trump alone, with a one year delay. Thankfully, president Biden has left, so far, the Justice Department free to pursue that criminal inquiry against google (one may fear that Obama would have stopped it, considering his record; perhaps Biden is determined to get even with all his corrupt sponsors? One may hope… I wish Biden makes as many (good) reforms as possible. So far Biden is leaving the core of Trumpism intact, covering that up with lots of noise, smoke and mirrors… A good thing…)

Core of the quadrangle of Stanford University, which was founded in honor of the one and only child of Senator Stanford and his wife, after he died. Their son died at the age of 15 on a family trip to Italy, from typhoid fever. Within a few hours of his son’s deathStanford said to his wife, “The children of California shall be our children.” A good thing (Stanford was the railroad magnate who built the train going east to the rest of the USA). That demonstrated that a plutocrat using Chinese workers (in bad conditions, but not necessarily his fault, the California legislature was racist …) can turn into a contributing hero to civilization. I am not necessarily against hero worship, or for wealth bashing. My relationship with Stanford is correspondingly love-hate. But i think love and smarts can win. Top universities are irreplaceable.

Internet Internalizing Mean And Greed As The New Virtues Of The Internet Of Beasts

February 6, 2021

It is a brutal culture of greed and self-assertion out there, worse than ever. And it is spreading and amplifying.

Why? The Internet has few moral codes: it is a new technology. Those behaviors which have allowed the greatest individual advancement are those most tightly connected to the basest instincts. But not just this.

Society has been rotting by its head. Once retired, President Truman refused to cash in, he said it would “demean the presidency“. So Truman gave speeches for free in schools, and lived in circumstances so modest, a law was thereafter passed to insure a decent retirement to presidents.

Fast forward to what is going on nowadays: politicians are expected to cash in spectacularly. Ex-president get gigantic amounts of money for showing up at social function. Obama got $600,000 dollars from the Columbia Drug Cartel, after he showed up at the conference the Cartel was organizing, the EXMA conference in Bogotá, Colombia.. And this is not an accident: Obama wrote in books that he used cocaine. Even Politico admits Obama protected the Hezbollah cocaine cartel. Officially, to help the Jihadists controlling Iran.

SN9 explosion, with SN10 standing proud next to it. Elon Musk crashed his second “Starship” in as many months, on February 2, 2021. Differently from the rest of the elite…which does not in general deserve its lofty perch… Musk does, and Elon is also learning. Asked why he did not try to re-start the three engines instead of just two, he replied:”We were too dumb.” In the first crash, pressurization of the methane tank failed. In the second crash, one of the engine failed to restart, as it seemed to experience deconstruction. The remaining engine did not have enough power. What Musk is trying to do, a reusable starship which could be fueled even on Mars (making fuel with the Martian atmosphere) is laudable, because advanced tech, any tech, is the way out: even if not deployable, advanced tech presents with solutions….

 US Representative Ilhan Omar paid her husband’s political consultancy firm $2.8million during the 2019-2020 election cycle, campaign finance records show. And it is not just the top politicians who are rotten to the core, and employed by the bandits that they are supposed to subdue. Top economists partake in the kleptocracy. Between a jaunt at the head of the Federal Reserve bank, under Obama and Trump, Janet Yellen, now the head of the US Treasury under Trump’s successor, got $810,000 for a speech at the hedge fund “Citadel”. It is not just the fact they commit the crime of influence peddling, it is that they flaunt it. Thereupon, the entire elite imitates them.

I know a very wealthy lawyer whose firm got one of these ten million dollar checks as a “stimulus”. I wondered why he had not pitched in a part of his multi-million dollar salary to help secretaries and janitors. He laughed, and told me that was “free money”, the government would never seek reimbursement. This is exactly what happened (he is a republican, although close friend to prominent “democrats”).

I know a young hospital administrator who works miles from patients; she got her second jab already. We see in all this that the elite behaves as one. It does not matter what it is, money, vaccines, the elite grabs it all. It is not just an elite of money, it is an elite of power. This has happened sometimes in history, bringing a revolution when all the low lives got together in a vast insurrection against the elites.

As it is the Internet has enabled to internalize and publicize the worst pulsions. The worst pulsions are felt to be virtues, as they enable the worst individuals to succeed the best. Inequality reaches peaks previously unimaginable, with a very small number of persons controlling the feeding of all the minds. It has turned out that Big Brother is Big Tech, and it is thoroughly demented and as base as one can get.

And we have new generations which don’t know any better than this world of inverted values. The starship is upside down and will burst in flames any time. And there is no Elon Musk to save that. Or maybe there is but nobody is listening to her, so she may as well not exist.

The Internet of things may arrive someday. We already have the Internet of beasts.

Patrice Ayme


This was an extended version of a (published!) comment I sent to the New York Times in answer to:

Don’t Hate the SoulCycle Celeb Who Got the Vaccine. Hate the System.
Loopholes make it all too easy to jump to the front of the line.

On January 29, Stacey Griffith, one of SoulCycle’s most popular and glamorous instructors, received the coronavirus vaccine, something that might have passed without incident had she not been 52, extraordinarily fit and aligned with an expansive notion of what it means to be an educator. Taking advantage of the fact that teachers were now eligible for inoculation, Ms. Griffith applied for an appointment…

Perhaps unaware that vaccine access has been a source of great tension — and that the privileged are conniving their way toward safety as the less fortunate remain behind — Ms. Griffith posted news of her triumph on Instagram. The outpouring of anger that followed quickly prompted her to apologize to her nearly 65,000 followers for a “terrible error in judgment.”

However enraging it might be that a celebrity spin teacher could secure a shot weeks or months ahead of her turn — and however dispiriting it is that there are celebrity spin teachers — the problems around the unfair administration of the vaccine extend beyond individual acts of selfishness, entitlement or obliviousness. The distribution system has been too porous to safeguard against terrible judgment and the human inclination to take whatever might be had. In essence, it seems too easy to cheat.

Some effort should also be spent on a campaign shaming anyone who is planning to finagle their way to the front of the line. As it happened, Ms. Griffith got her vaccine at a moment when the United Federation of Teachers estimates that a few thousand of its members had vaccine appointments with the city canceled because of shortages in supply.

Across the country, the pandemic has kept millions of children from going to school in person. Ms. Griffith’s outdoor classes for the weekend, however, are fully booked.

Internet Censorship by Politically Correct: Example of the Guardian, UK

March 12, 2019

Systematic and injurious “pre-moderation”

The internet today isn’t what Tim Berners-Lee pictured when he co-invented with other CERN fellows the World Wide Web nearly three decades ago at CERN (the first WWW office was actually in France, as CERN straddles the border next to Geneva; most of the LHC accelerator is in France, fed by French nukes).

Berners-Lee said the web is “at a tipping point” as it faces threats like market concentration, data breaches and so-called “fake news.”

For a long time, 20 years, I thought all I had to do was keep it, just keep it free and open and people will do wonderful things. Then in fact if you look and talk to people on the street now there’s been a big change. I think this has been been a tipping point.

Berners-Lee is concerned by user frustration with ads and privacy, hate speech and fake news. Corporate giants like Google and Facebook have to be broken because of “danger of concentration.” Facebook is famous for banning artwork which popes paid for centuries ago, on the ground of pornography. Verily shouldn’t it be Facebook which is viewed as pornographic? Isn’t it Zuckerberg’s wealth from spying on We The people, the definition of obscene? Facebook is thus worse than the Middle Age Vatican, in a very important ways No problem? Of course a huge problem: Facebook is teaching the youth that, to be hypocritical to the point of idiocy is Politically Correct.

Internet Censorship 2014. Not what the self congratulating world ravaging Politically Correct would expect….

“Sir Tim”: To tackle any problem, we must clearly outline and understand it. I broadly see three sources of dysfunction affecting today’s web:


  • Deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behaviour, and online harassment.
  • System design that creates perverse incentives where user value is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation.
  • Unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarised tone and quality of online discourse.

While the first category is impossible to eradicate completely, we can create both laws and code to minimize this behaviour, just as we have always done offline. The second category requires us to redesign systems in a way that change incentives. And the final category calls for research to understand existing systems and model possible new ones or tweak those we already have.

You can’t just blame one government, one social network or the human spirit. Simplistic narratives risk exhausting our energy as we chase the symptoms of these problems instead of focusing on their root causes. To get this right, we will need to come together as a global web community.”

The source of nastiness on the Internet are often the same as the old sources. Simply, nastiness is amplified more. Quite a few Internet outlets who claim to be left (or perfectly balanced) have banned me, no reason given (except a major philosophy site which weirdly accused me of “fantastic” thinking). PC thinking is a calamity. But it existed in 1950: then PC was “Parti Communiste”, and everybody “left” was supposed to adore “Comrade Stalin” without reservations whatsoever. Problems appeared in the French delegation when, at the world congress the French delegation headed by Irene Curie walked out in protest after the Soviet worthy called from the tribune J-P Sartre a “dactylographic hyena

An example is the British daily The Guardian (the most interesting UK paper in my opinion). As I came across one more of their impudent warnings to me today, I sent them this:  

My comments to The Guardian have been “pre-moderated” since times immemorial (a decade?). I don’t know why: I seem pretty reasonable to me, and I strive to always be. I can’t imagine a particular incident. Wisdom is actually what I love and construct. I do not appreciate to be extended the dubious honor of this systematic, private 1984 pre-moderation: have all my comments to the Guardian in the last decade been censored? I do not know if a single one of my comments have ever been published. It is rather strange, as I search for knowledge and wisdom, to be told, every time I look at comments in the Guardian, that mine are presumably so vile, and dangerous, that the public has to be protected from them.

I wish you find the time and motivation to consider this matter. Having contempt and condemnation for individuals, unexplained, unjustified, is no way to make a happy, intelligent, debating planet.

This is not the first time I point this to The Guardian. I got no answer. The New York Times banned me for a decade, and reinstated after changing editors, and publishes now most of my comments. The New York Times had been apparently unhappy with my opposition to the Iraq invasion. But that error is now less popular than it used to be.

It is my sorrowful duty to have to point out occasionally censorship, in traditional or social media. I do this with any entity I perceive as systematically abusive.

As the Brexit tragicomedy enfolds, the British media, including the Guardian, should ponder whether the idiosyncratic, amused penchant they fancy for systematic bias (in this case against yours truly) is not the deepest cause of this mental derangement.

Sincerely yours,

Patrice Ayme

Search Engines Censorship & Defamation

May 28, 2017

On The Fascists Who Own And Dominate Us, And What We Read, And Want to Crank It Up.

When Google Plots to Make Patrice Ayme’ Disappear:

One of my readers was struck by the fact that I claimed that “extravagant wealth was outlawed in Rome”. This was indeed the law under the Republic. When, thanks to globalization, some of the wealthiest Romans were able to invest overseas, they build giant fortunes (the philosopher Seneca, who taught Nero, and died from it, used to joke that he didn’t know how many latifundia, absolutely gigantic farms with armies of slaves, he owned and on how many lands). When the Gracchi brothers saw this, they tried to reinforce the wealth limitation laws.

By then the wealthiest could afford private armies, not just private ships. Those armies were used to kill the Gracchi (although they . Their laws had been passed though, and for the following generations the “Populares” would try to have them enacted. This all ended with the assassination of Iulius Caesar, who was the most famous and most capable leader the “Populares” ever had. Now we have a situation arising which potentially equals the worst. Socrates had been condemned for “corrupting the youth”. Google apparently suggests users of its search engine to find the same about my work:

Patrice Ayme wants to limit wealth absolutely? Google suggests you find this hateful, violent, harmful to children, sexually explicit, etc…

How did I find this? To help my reader, I did a search under the key words Rome Absolute Wealth Limit”. (As can be seen in two places, up and down, on the screen.) It produced thousands of hits all of them headed by my own:

So far, so good, and not surprising.

Google, in its generosity, let me appear on their search engine. That’s not a given. It used to be a given. Long time ago, so did Yahoo let me appear on their search engine. I would search “Athens direct democracy” on Yahoo search engine, and proudly find myself at the head of the list. Then, one day, I disappeared from Yahoo. Completely. (Now it’s Yahoo which will disappear!) It is as if someone had decided to ban me. I told some people in the Silicon Valley about it. Including employees of Yahoo. They told me I was paranoid. Even a San Francisco Bay Area homeless bum told me so. (At that point, I knew how deep the search engine propaganda was!)

But I was still on BING and Google. Then, one day only my essays older than ten years survived in BING. All others disappeared, even when typed in full. I interpreted this as being banned from BING. Just as I am banned from the New York Times. Such bans are highly successful. I am especially banned from outwardly left sites (Daily Kos, etc.) The plutos who own or hold them are afraid that what John Lennon called the “fu…ing peasants” find out that, instead of being free and master of their destinies, they are just the opposite… And all their ideas are precisely those their masters wanted them to have.

The surprise came from reading on the right of my essay title as produced by Google something new:


With a down arrow.
I clicked on the arrow and found that readers were given the following choices to evaluate my work:


Sexually Explicit


Dangerous and harmful activity



Only my essay was thus adorned (out terns of thousands).

By the way, Google “Legal Department” wants you to request “content change”.

It is my (frequently repeated) observation that it is Western plutocrats who make Islamist propaganda possible, with their optical fibers, satellites, and software.  That, no doubt is a  hateful, violent, dangerous and a harmful activity. Many plutocrats could be hurt while shooting that movies…

The questionnaire above leads readers to identify “limits to wealth” to “limit to growth” and the latter to hatred, sex, violence, harm, and the cause of “poor schooling”. It is clearly oriented to censor any suggestion that extreme wealth should be limited. Indeed the title of my essay was unambiguous: “LIMIT WEALTH ABSOLUTELY”.

To all the preceding, search engines will reply that they are private companies, they do what they want. No, twice wrong: private moral persons, including companies have to respect the law. Now those technologies are news, Justinian refurbishment of the law, 15 centuries ago didn’t anticipate them. Yet, as Montesquieu pointed out, there is a “spirit of the laws” (“Esprit des Lois”).

All and any private company which becomes a global social utility, has, since Roman times, and Athenian times, be the object of special laws requiring special social duties. If search engines exert bias of no social utility (a fortiori if they are self-serving), they should be constrained to do so.

In other news, Prince Harry received Barack Obama at Kensington Palace. They discussed, we are told, mental health and the Manchester attack. The implication being that one is related to the other. In other words, there is no Islamism hostile to civilization, just crazy people out there. Those crazed people justify the police state, including finding those who think there should be limits to wealth crazy and harmful. This is disinformation: the Internet and TV, let alone hordes of career semi-intellectuals, have vigorously pushed Islamism, in the last 80 years, throughout the West.

Prince Harry was famous for running around naked in Las Vegas, while high on drugs. (This was immortalized in many pictures. Hard to deny.) Now in the British plutocracy, he disposes of historical palace, to pose next to Obama’s eternally plastic grin of bon banania… Nothing changed since the vague revolt of the punk wave, 40 years ago (the Sex Pistols attacked the Queen, but, in the end, the insults didn’t work. What works is to detail the exact nature of the subjugation mechanisms. And this the plutos understand perfectly, that’s what they want to block.).

The aim was to divide We The People and put civilization itself, and its spirit, under suspicion. Now we are reaching higher heights: saying that we should limit wealth absolutely, Google suggest, is hateful, harmful, violent, sexually explicit, and endangers schooling itself.

Sometimes dictatorship comes in stealthily. There is nothing stealthy about forbidding to read advanced materials (if one is not found in search engines, one does not exist). The Catholic Church did this for six centuries during the Middle Ages, by putting books at the “index”, and extended its rule, and the plutocrats (“aristocrats”) who were  along for the ride, by just as much (it finished with a number of extremely bloody wars and revolutions in Britain, Germany, France, among others…).

Meanwhile Merkel just came out storming from her meetings with Trump. Merkel is a physicist, she is usually careful, and always rational. However, Merkel was firm, not to say Hitler style, making great gestures with a closed fist:We Europeans MUST take our destiny in our own hands…” Zehr gut (just what Trump said…).  German rebellion against the USA plutocracy, at last. OK, so now the obvious ally in this endeavor is just west: Frankreich, France. The European Union has been clear (but so far rather impotent) about the abuses of US search engines (tweaking searches for self-service, and tax evasion). Time to do something about it. I already contacted two lawyers…

Life is a war, or it’s not worth living?

Patrice Ayme’

Lies, Here, There & Everywhere

October 19, 2015

Patrice: Too much power would not be fun without lying for the heck of it. Rumors that the Bin Laden’s elimination did not go as officially announced are getting thicker. Even the New York Times has an impressive spread on it: “What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden’s Death? Famed journalist Seymour Hersh, smells a rat. Hersh exposed many cover-ups, including about the  false pretenses fabricated to launch the Vietnam and Iraq wars, the Mi-Lai massacre, the usage of torture by American troops, etc. Hersh worked at The New York Times for seven years in the 1970s, and didn’t think the paper would allow to take his claims about Bin Laden’s dismissal seriously. ‘‘If you did so,’’ he wrote, ‘‘you better be sure not to let your wife start the car for the next few months.’’

Nice ambiance, in the USA. Talk the truth, die. With a reality like that, who needs fiction?

The worst may well come, if present governance, or lack thereof, persists. We are governed by greedy children educated in the plutocrats’ playground.  Democracy by representatives is an oxymoron (from oxy, sharp, and moron, stupid). Democracy, People Rule, cannot be “represented”. Either it is, or it is not. Either The People rule, or it does not.

Because dictatorship by a few representatives is still dictatorship (or, more exactly, oligarchy). It ought to be easy to get out of oligarchy: just copy Switzerland.

Right Wing UDC Just Elected In Switzerland, Says It Can't Ally Itself With French National Front, Because the Latter is "Too Left Wing".

Right Wing UDC Just Elected In Switzerland, Says It Can’t Ally Itself With French National Front, Because the Latter is “Too Left Wing”.

[“Keep your head on your shoulders“, an expression for “keep your cool”.] Considering the European Union (EU) a terrorist organization is in good jest, not to say well deserved. Other Europeans have been ready to accuse the Swiss of xenophobia (hey, it prevents the focusing of ire where it should go, namely the European Union, and its governments by bankers, for bankers). It is actually the other way around. 7% of people are foreign born in France, 9% in Germany, 13% in the USA… And a whooping 25% in Switzerland. 25% foreign born in Suisse. Instead of Swiss xenophobia, we have Swiss xenophilia.

Eugen R: The worst rule the world, because they are the worst.

Grossly Deluded: Not for long.

EugenR: For ever.

GD: What about Non Violent Civil Disobedience ?

EugenR: At the end the “Non Violent Civil Disobedience” is a human organization, and as such it will either die out, or in worse case will have an organizational structure in which the worst bullies will be on the top. There is nothing new under the sun.

Patrice: It’s even worse than that. “Civil Disobedience” is a sham. It can work, only when the worse, the masters on top, allow it. For example Martin Luther King’s sing-song of America, serves the masters well. The heavy lift was made by president Eisenhower and Earl Warren’s Supreme Court, in the 1950s. Then the Kennedys saw to it that the reforms get finished. “Civil Disobedience” facilitated the work of the highest authorities. It was in no way disobedient.

GD: At the end the truth, that, in the age of internet is a simple finger click away, will win.

Patrice (smirking): Especially when one click away is a lie. The grossest lies are on the Internet, either factually, or emotionally. Putin’s organization, which extends all the way to the USA (where obviously some writers on the pseudo-left are paid by him), has successfully duplicated the methods of the fossil fuel industry, which has inundated the world with a sea of lies rising even faster than the ocean.

Eugen R: In the end the truth wins, the question is when and at what price.

Patrice: Not really true, sorry Eugen. Just something people like to say. Historically, thus factually, it’s not true that truth always win, and it is also philosophically erroneous…

Factually: just ask the Aztecs, the Incas, North American Natives, Jews stepping in the gas chamber, European serfs serving their so-called “Lords” for nearly a millennium, Cathars, and Tasmanians, or Patagons, exterminated to the last, even including the unique genetics of their dogs.

A holocaust is a truth which makes all the lies forever win.

Philosophically: Keynes noted:”In the end, we are all dead”. That truth wins “in the end” means nothing. The truth has to win before the end of the lives of those submitted to the lie, or before causing them grave injury… At the very least. But Eugen, please proceed, sorry to go on a tangent which is at the heart of the problem!

Eugen R: In between the lie and the victory of truth, lies and cruelty celebrate. Just remember the last century events (Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Mugabe, I mean Dr Mugabe, etc.). All of them are gone (except the least evil, Dr Mugabe). Did you know Pol Pot studied in Paris?

Patrice: Not only did Pol Pot study in Paris. So did Chou En Lai. Chou was the perpetual Chinese Prime Minister under Mao. After the latter’s death, he insured the transition to Deng Tsiao Ping, a colleague of his in Paris. Both were workers there, and were taught Communism, there, in Paris. Hannah Arendt fled to Paris, Marx used the British Library massively, paid by his capitalist friend Engels, Beethoven got enamored with Napoleon before realizing his mistake. But I am digressing.

Eugen R: Don’t be upset by history but learn from it. And now you have the Islam fundamentalism, that is all about cultural and religious non-tolerance, racism (Sudan, Darfur, etc.), legitimization of enslavement of the non Muslims, intellectual degradation of women, death penalty for apostasy (Under current laws in Islamic countries, the actual punishment for the apostate (or murtadd مرتد) ranges from execution to prison terms. Islamic nations with sharia courts use civil code to void the Muslim apostate’s marriage and deny child custody rights, as well as his or her inheritance rights for apostasy. Twenty-three Muslim-majority countries, as of 2013, additionally covered apostasy in Islam through their criminal laws.), etc.

GD: The real question is do we have less fear because we have more access to knowledge? Or more fear because the media has portrayed fear as the new normal? I am not sure that mass herd mentality works in modern society anymore. And that is how dictators ruled. The new fear is forced acceptance. It is worse. Or should I say financially forced acceptance.

Patrice: Fear is how to control the masses. The USA is often cleaner and more orderly than comparable European countries, because the repression is Prussian style: steal a pizza slice, go to jail for life, throw a banana peel, enjoy a $1,000 dollar fine (2% family income), etc..

Alexi H: I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Take the example of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Patrice: Dear Alexi, this statement is as clever as claiming that the dinosaurs did not die, because they knew love and truth. Which they did.

Eugen R: Yes, they were in history few good leaders who won. Martin Luther King is among them, others are Nelson Mandela, M. Gandhi, V. Havel all of them won, but at what personal price. Two of them murdered, two served years in jail. And anyway after them came some scoundrels destroyed anyway their achievements. Still the strife for self evident justice (that’s what these leaders were after) must go on. But who are the new Mendelas, Gandhis, Kings or Havels? In the best case those who came after them are at the best Obamas.

Alexi H: It is a process. In the last 500 years from time of Galileo (who was threatened by his Church for telling the truth about the nature of the planets) to today there has been tremendous progress on a global scale. We, endowed with progressive values and committed to the path of love, must remember that darkness is also part of human nature (perhaps an essential part) and remain vigilant — and hopeful.

Patrice: Cruelty and ferocity made humanity master of its fate. Hence our quandary. “Tremendous progress” has to be taken with a bucket of salt. It’s a preferred sing-song of the right, which is that we live in the best of all possible worlds.

Simplicius: What’s your point, Patrice?

Patrice: The fascist plutocrats took over the Roman Republic, and made it increasingly grotesquely horrible… Until the Roman empire became desperately dysfunctional in the time of the “Barrack emperors” of the Third Century. Soon the extremely ferocious teenager Constantine, son of his imperial father, having made himself emperor,  imposed Catholicism (which he considered to have invented, modestly defining himself as the “Thirteenth Apostle”).

Christian fanaticism, entangled with Constantine’s tyrannic rule, so cruel, he killed the individuals closer to him (except his mother, “Saint” Helena), got ever worse, and Christianism, driven by the Book of Apocalypse”, embarked on the fundamental Biblical mission of destroying civilization, necessary for the Second Coming of Christ. To this day, nearly completely destroying civilization is the greatest achievement of Christianism.

Thereafter, most of the philosophy, books, sciences, arts and even techniques of Antiquity were destroyed. Civilization got nearly annihilated, and saved, in extremis, by the Franks. The rest of the Roman empire was not that lucky, while the Frankish reconquista from Christian and Muslim theocracy, went on certainly for eight centuries, and, arguably, to this day (through descendant regimes such as all European powers, and their colonies, such as the USA).

Coming out of near implosion into terminal obscurantism, fascism, theocracy and plutocracy, the illusion that we have progressed so much. Nothing to celebrate without a twinge of horror. OK, we have come out of the abyss in which we had fallen. Is that “tremendous progress”?

But let Eugen roll:

Eugen R: Alexi, I assume you never lived in a country where the government terrorizes its citizens. Try to express your truth in one of the terror countries, like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. Try to say there, it is wrong not to let women to have education (about 50% of them are illiterate). Try to say something about freedom of faith. Communism was wiped out only 20 year ago, its leftovers are regimes like the one in N. Korea but also Cuba. You say, ……darkness is also part of human nature…. The question is not if darkness is part…… definitely is and nobody can deny it, but how do you fight it. In most of the cases the fight is with even more darkness.

Patrice: This is the point made in “Star Wars”. There is the Dark Side of the Force. That means there is a Bright Side to the force. Force, Bright or Dark, brutal or clever, is what characterizes humanity. Now it’s applied to the entire planet. We are terraforming Earth.

Alexi H: I have never lived in a terrorizing country. I did have terrorizing parents and an entrenched belief in a terrorizing Pentecostal God. I am a racial minority in a world that devalues everything I do because of my skin colour. We all have our challenges. In the end, it is arrogant for me to think you can make (force) people do what I think they should do or feel what I think they should feel. This is exactly the mindset of the dictator and I reject that thinking completely.

The best I can do is look at my inner signaling. I seek to elevate my own consciousness and change myself for the better. The next step is the social conversation. I share my thinking and values with others in the hope that they too will be inspired to change themselves for the better.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.

“Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Patrice: Martin Luther is the Kim Kardashian of thinking. He sold well obvious lies serving the violent men at the helm. Serious hatred is driven out only by force greater than it can muster. Claiming otherwise is showing off one’s ignorance of history, hence one’s ardent proclivity to repeat it.

Eugen R: Sorry Alexi, this time M.L.King had it wrong. The Nazis were defeated by Stalin, just because his cruelty did not have limits, while the Nazis limited their cruelty only to the non Germans. Without Stalin the Western powers would never stand against the Nazis.

Patrice: Without the Western powers, Stalin would have been defeated. The Nazis lost the Battle of Moscow (December 1941-January 1942) only because the Siberian army of 250,000 elite polar soldiers had been transported by train from East Siberia, once Stalin was sure that the Japanese were going to attack the USA, not the USSR. That army skied around the frozen Germans, enjoying the coldest winter in 50 years (same act of God already used with Napoleon to help Russia), and cut them from behind everywhere. The Nazis tried to retreat, but could not even dig holes in the rock solid icy ground using explosives and howitzers.

Western material help, through Murmansk and Iran, was enormous. It also brought crucial intelligence, thanks to code breaking, such as for the battle of Kursk (largest tank battle ever fought, the crucial stake through the Nazi vampire’s heart).

Alexi H: If you think about it carefully, the darkness of Hitler was replaced by the darkness of Stalin. This was true for the USSR, East Germany, East Berlin and most of East Europe. So Stalin did not drive out darkness, he just replaced it with his own dark shadow.

Patrice: Careful thinking in matters of causality requires correct chronology. Also Marxism itself, a German idea, was a maddening confusion between “capital” and “dictatorship”, thus justifying, and calling for, the “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

Eugen R: Alexi, Stalin was in control by 1923, ten years before Hitler (Lenin tried to stop him at the end of his life).

Patrice: Moreover, Hitler was not really in control before 1935 (when he persuaded the army to make him Chancellor-President).

German and Russian fascism were entangled since 1915. The German High Command, under Ludendorff’s personal direction,  ferried Lenin’s government across Germany from Switzerland in 1917. From early 1915, agent  “Parvus” (Israel Lazarevich Gelfand) channeled German government financial support to Lenin’s Bolsheviks. The support went on, even after Lenin took power. Sure enough, Lenin offered Eastern Europe to the Kaiser, and after a time of trouble post 1918, the Stalinists helped Germany to secretly rearm.

The French started the nuclear bomb program in 1938. Nobel Laureate Irene Curie was certain that a bomb could be made. The program went to Manhattan, in total secret to the Nazis, and total opening to Stalin. Hitler would have been nuclear bombed into submission. The French were first to bomb Berlin, in 1940, driving the Nazis into apoplectic fury.

EugenR: If we speak about destiny probably Hitler would survive even the nuclear bomb, as he survived about 30 assassination attempts. If to believe in God, here you have him. God is against humanism and humanity, and mainly against his “chosen people”.

As God misled His Own People, some Jewish rabies made a trial of God in some extermination camp, and their verdict was, Death penalty. But then after the verdict they went to the next ceremonial pray. The religion is not about morality (mostly in contrary), not about reality or evidence, not about belief in truth (I know many skeptic believers), not even about tribalism since there are religious newcomers, who did not grow in the tribal tradition.

It is all this about some false answers to questions of eternal life? It can be right for some, but not for everyone. So tell me, what it is all about? The faith in communism did not include even belief in eternal life, and still it has so many followers. It seems religion or faith is a need of the human spices to believe in some fundamental dogma, be it even an obvious lie, all it needs is enough followers, and supporters of a false idea. In a way to be a football club fun is also a religion.

Patrice: Hitler’s charmed lives have lots to do with the collaboration he was getting from Anglo-Saxon countries plutocratic governments, its intrinsic fellow souls (hence the very bad relationship of the French Republic with the USA, starting in 1934, and extending all the way to 2003, for the same sorts of reasons!)

Churchill had given explicit orders to not try to assassinate Hitler. Yet Hitler was a case where a particular guy, Hitler, was exerting a particularly evil influence. If any of the top Nazis had replaced Hitler, things would have improved. The same situation is happening with Assad.

(Notice in passing that when the British government wanted Reinhart Heydrich, official number two of the SS, and “Himmler’s brains”, assassinated, they made it so!)

Top German generals tried to incorporate the governments of Great Britain and the USA in a conspiracy to kill Hitler, arrest the Nazis, and avoid World War Two. Instead, they were denounced to Hitler… By the Anglo-Saxons. Hey, business is business, and business is the business of the USA, or, at least, its financial masters. Why would the USA help France, or Britain by helping German generals avoid a world war? Exasperated by his anti-Nazi ambassador, Dodd, a university of Chicago historian, who was plotting at the Tier Garten (zoo) with his friend the French ambassador, Francois-Poncet,  good plutocrat-president Roosevelt had him replaced by a pro-Nazi, and that was it.

At that point the top German generals could only deduce that the Anglo-Saxon governments were supporting Hitler’s aims, and were, objectively, his allies. They looked around, and saw that Stalin’s USSR, Mussolini’s Italy, Hiro Hito’s Japan were also supporting Hitler. France was completely isolated. The Jews were toast: they could only flee to South America, or… France.

However, had the German generals knew their history better, they would have realized that this was, again, the same exact trick as in 1914: France all alone, apparently isolated, with a world alliance pointed at her, and a friendly Uncle Sam ready for ever more business with fascist, racist imperial Germany.

What could go wrong?

Patrice Ayme’

President “Finally” On His “Own”?

May 19, 2015

So the President Of The U.S. (“POTUS”) claims. Hope we can believe in.

Barack Obama just got his own Twitter account. Just like millions of teenagers out there! He is coming out on his “own”! Let me reproduce the exchange:

President Obama ‏@POTUS May 18

“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”

Patrice Ayme ‏@Tyranosopher

@POTUS Welcome! A question: who is “they”? What else are “they” “finally giving”? In any case, nice to see you on your “own”.

Barack Obama committed a Freudian slip, on steroids. This time, and not for the first time, he admitted he is not on his own. Barack Obama, president of the USA, is even more grounded that the average American teenager.

Some will say that this is understandable: a president, like other top politicians, has to have “handlers”, people in the shadows, telling him what to do, what to say, where to go, writing his speeches, etc.

A president, some will say, has to “preside”, represent everybody, the nation itself, he, or she, cannot be just an individual, but a function, an institution.

However, who does he talk to?

When one visits Barack Obama, and pays attention to the surroundings, what is striking is the military deployment. Hundreds of superb professionals, trained to kill with heavy weapons are all around, hidden from public view. It has to be hidden, because it were not, the USA would start to look like a military dictatorship. We don’t want to feel that way, do we?

So who goes through this (peregrinating) military fortress? The best and the brightest. Access is denied to common folks. Serious scholarly studies have show that, in the matter of legislation, only the preoccupations of the elite go through.

(Since this is known, that only the elite legislates, the very knowledge of this anti-democratic horror may have change the behavior of the “Democratic Party” rank and file. Thus, I feel incline to believe, the resistance to the Trans Pacific Partnership, the TPP. That other scholarly studies, just published have shown that such “free trade” treaties are reduced quality employment in the USA, did not improve matters.)

Who is the best and brightest? The most powerful and wealthiest. Those who will feed and comfort all the critters of the present Obama administration, once that vaporizes in two years.

In other words, the president, and his collaborators, talk to the powers that be. The wealth, that is.

Barack Obama was explicitly told, before he became President, that he had to leave his friends behind. “They only cause problems.” So he was told by a plutocrat who used to be Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Erskine Bowles.

Those are the ones who control Barack Obama as if he were an unruly teenager. After six years of good behavior, those worthies are happy to let little boy Barack get his own Twitter account. Little Barack is now a big boy. A boy who served the big white masters very well. They are grateful, and impressed.

So what we see is that, having just one, or a few people in charge, cannot work: unavoidably, they will come under the spell of the pre-existing class of owners.

That was a well-known problem. So Robespierre, Saint-Just and company decided to exterminate the pre-existing owners and controllers (the famous “Terreur” of the French Revolution). Earlier in England, Cromwell, the “Lord Protector” had instituted a similar system which dissipated quickly after his death (which happened within 5 years). The Terreur lasted roughly a year, before its perpetrators got cut down to size.

However Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and the Khmers Rouges were more successful: they eradicated the pre-existing class, ruthlessly. In retrospect, everybody agrees that was a mistake (and the present “Princelings” in command in China’s “People Republic” will be the first to tell you so, thus they reconstituted an elite composed mostly of themselves!)

The solution?

Get out of the class problem entirely. How? Make an increasing number of drastic decisions subject to the vote of the People.

For example, our newly liberated boy Barack wants to get “trade authority” to negotiate the TPP (and a similar Transatlantic Treaty). Then he will talk to the adults, the very wealthy and powerful adults who control his Twitter accounts and all what he is supposed to feel and think about, and how.

Why not to submit the TPP to a referendum?

Because most of the individuals negotiating the TPP right now are employees of giant corporations? Whereas government representatives are few; the TPP will give corporations right they don’t have now, such as modifying laws, and suing states. Although that was hidden below thick layers of lies.

That the boy who could only get his Twitter account after six years wants to represent, all by his little self, nearly a billion people in the West, is surrealistic.

We used to have representatives and officials and ministers, out of necessity. In countries such as France, or, a fortiori, the USA, it would take weeks to travel across. In the Middle-Ages, only the cardinals living around Rome, no more than 20 of them, would elect the Popes. A cardinal in England, or Spain, or Germany, would not take part in these elections.

But now we have the Internet.

The root of the word “minister”, as in “Prime Minister”, is the Latin ministrare “to serve, attend, wait upon”. In the Middle-Ages, it was closely related to servitude (or ministrels, the musicians who attended to courts). We don’t need those servants anymore: they have other masters, they do not obey us anymore.

Thanks to the Internet, we can give our own opinions, and debate them. Switzerland is increasingly using these “votations”. The system works splendidly. Most controversial measures lead to fierce debates, and public opinion varies accordingly.

Debates do not have to replace democratic institutions (army, police, justice, the orders of MDs, etc.). These institutions, which are meritocratic, are the answer to Socrates’ objection to electing generals and the like (as was done in Athens).

However Socrates did not object to Athens National Assembly, which often necessitated a quorum of 6,000. That meant that farmers of Attica, if they wanted to vote, had to leave their farms for many days. Nowadays, with the Internet, they could vote while having breakfast.

Debates allow good ideas to exterminate bad ideas. That’s what we need.

We don’t need to be led by people who need six years of good behavior to be authorized to have their own account.

Patrice Ayme’

Multibrain: Republic, Democracy

July 29, 2014

Some brainiacs such as the philosopher Michel Serres (of “France decapitated”), make a big deal that France is a “Republic”, and the USA a “Democracy”. It’s the sort of mock sophisticated distinction that those who want to look intellectual embrace. Serres has taught in plutocratic universities of the USA, he should know better. Or, maybe, he knows better how to serve his masters than yours truly. The distinction is without merit.

First it blows up the differences between France and the USA. In truth, both Republics are much more similar to each other than they are, to any other regime in the world (including the United Kingdom).

Differently from Rome and Athens, the USA and France were born as entangled republics. Both Republics have recent imitators, namely dozens of modern states.

Second, the main difference between “Republic” and “Democracy”, as it happened 25 centuries ago, was just a matter of language and esthetics. The beauty of how the concept sounded in Greek did not translate in Latin (‘Populus-Imperium” has six syllables).

Athens called itself a “demokratia”, because demokratia was a Greek word. Greek spoke Greek, Romans spoke Latin.

Too Big For Debate Killed Respublica

Too Big For Debate Killed Respublica

But democracy was not exclusively a Greek concept. It was as strong, if not stronger, in Rome.

Indeed, the “rule of the People” is how human societies have always worked best (except during war): distributed intelligence, creating the super-brain effect, from the many brains debating. TheMultibrain effect. Whereas, indeed, I do not believe in the “Multiverse”, the human brain, and, even better, any human society, is a multiverse onto itself.

Democracy allows to tap in this multiverse of the multibrain. Democracy is a multiverse. For real.

So the Romans spoke Latin. They had two words for “power” in the sense of “rule”. “Potestas” for lower magistrates, Imperium” for higher magistrates (Consuls, Proconsuls, Praetors; “Censors”, although higher magistrates, did not have the “Imperium”).

It would have been all too long, thus awkward to make a single word with “populus”, “potestas”, and “imperium”. Thus the romans instead used the Thing Public (Res Publica). Later the Demos-Kratos of the Greeks, Latinized into “democracia”, was used.

But that does not mean the Romans did not practice democracy. They did. Real democracy, that is, direct democracy. In practice, there was little difference between direct democracy as practiced in Athens, and that practiced in Rome.

(But for the fact that Athenian democracy lasted two centuries, and the Roman one, around five. Also, even under the Principate founded by Augustus, many Republican functions kept on going, and it was not clear that the Republic had stopped, as the weird transition between Augustus and Tiberius amply demonstrated.)

The various Roman “Magistrates” were masters of diverse functions, and represented those functions. They implemented People Power, they did not displace it. They did not represent people, just functions.

Rome, or at least the Roman Republic, which lasted five centuries, ignored that oxymoron, “Representative Democracy”. SPQR, the Senate and People of Rome, lasted so long, precisely because the Romans refused to be represented in some theater, by professional liars. (For those who don’t know, oxymoron is Greek for “sharply stupid”.)

Athens’ democracy failed, because, as Demosthenes pointed out, the Greek city-states refused to make the tremendous war that was required to get rid of the fascist plutocrats from Macedonia. In the end the war came to them, and Antipater, one of Philippe’s senior generals, took Greece over thanks to enough torture and execution to terrorize the Greeks into submission (130 years later, the Roman Republic freed Greece, and the legions were then withdrawn).

If it was so good, why did Rome quit Direct Democracy?

I have argued that it was because of the rise of plutocracy. That’s entirely correct, but then the question occurs of what allowed this rise.

I have written detailed essays pointing the finger at the Second Punic War, the rise of the war profiteers, the death, or dilution of the really noble Patrician families’ spirit (whose ancestors had conducted the Roman Revolution in the Sixth Century BCE). I also pointed out to the fact that the Roman Republic became, thanks to that war, around 200 BCE, a global power.

All too many rich, powerful families were then able to do what is now called “inversion”. Namely rule from abroad (where Roman Law did not apply). So they escaped confiscating taxation that was meant, precisely, to decapitate the plutocratic effect.

But there was another pernicious effect of the vastness of the Roman Imperium.

Athens had met it already. In the Athenian Assembly (of the People), important decisions needed a high quorum. That meant distant farmers had to travel to Athens for a few days. That was expensive, so the Athenian Republic paid for distant farmers to come to vote.

The situation was much worse in Rome.

The Athenian City-States ruled Attica, which is about 100 kilometers long. The Athenian Imperium extended at some point to the Black Sea (to insure the wehat supply). Moreover, all Athenain dependencies could be quickly reached by boat.

Not so with Rome. Cities such as Numance (Numentia) sat in the middle of Northern Spain, weeks of travel from the sea.

Rome was physically incapable of maintaining communications fast enough to maintain direct democracy (in any case the old democratic set-up in Rome depended of the detailed status of citizens within “tribes”, and would have had to be severely modified just to extend to Italia).

Very slow communications was the deep down root killer of Roman direct democracy.

We don’t have this excuse. Not anymore.

Quite the opposite. Whereas Rome experienced a loss of opportunity as the empire extended, modern technology, the Internet, offers us the ability to do as the Romans did under the Republic: vote all the time, about anything.

We don’t need no stinking representatives. Freedom is a mouse click away.

Patrice Ayme’

GDP: Gross Demonic Proclivity?

August 14, 2011

Why Was The USA Down Rated?




Simple: superior ideas ruling. So:

1) Plutocracy is fundamentally anti-intellectual, thus anti-ideas. Crush plutocracy, drive it back underground, where it belongs, by definition.

2) Foster education and creativity in the West. This means free, and best education for all, as used to be the case in France or the USA in the past, for decades, when those countries were domineering. Yes, it means more government, more taxes, as it used to be in the past. Go teach that to Obama and his bipartisan wet dream, the Tea Party. The hard way: don’t give them a penny, heap contempt on them.

3) Price intellectual innovation correctly, worldwide. Declare economic war to those who refuse to go along.

Yes, it will be a bit delicate with drugs. But accords, government to government, can solve that: if India and China are doing so well economically, they can pay their way. By definition: we are just talking about balancing trade here. India cannot crow about its success in matters economic, buy major companies in the West, fire their workers, and then steal drugs, because it whines that it has no money. (I do not mean that drug companies are not thieves, especially in the USA, that is another subject.)

Allowing much superior ideas to rule is the solution, the only one, not just for saving the West, but for saving the planet.

Oh, what of that neologism: economicological? The words economy and ecology are closely related: eco means “house”. “Nomy” means “manage”, and “Logos”, even the Christians had to kneel to. Thus the distinctions between economy and ecology are artificial. And that point of view has drastic consequences; when coal burning is fully priced in full ecological context, its impact is clearly worse than nuclear energy, by orders of magnitude (especially when one considers that nuclear can be immensely improved, but not so for coal burning: there is just one way to burn fossils, there are many ways to go nuclear! Most of them undeveloped).



It’s a bit the same question as why was Obama down rated. The questions are closely related, in many ways. It’s all about taxes.

By refusing to augment taxes on his “friends”, the hyper rich, Obama deliberately decided to down rate the USA, and he is still at it. He clearly became president, in a desperate situation, where clearly spending had to be lowered and taxes increased. He did the exact opposite.  To make matters worse, he spent all the money on useless wars and his plutocratic friends, especially the bankers.

Obama is a child of Reagan, economically speaking. A consensus was created, starting with Reagan: government is the problem, taxes are bad. Reagan himself, and his advisers, did not believe his own grossest propaganda, as the record shows, and his advisers are themselves saying today (as they disagree with the Obama-Tea Party economic line of less taxes, less government, less economic activity). A curious thing: Reagan’s old advisers sound like leftist, relative to Obama.

People like Obama, and children such as his “senior” adviser, the greedy child Plouffe, barely 40 years old, were not reached by the full reality of Reagan’s rule. They did not have the attention span for studying it carefully. They were not interested, anyway: they are all about themselves.

Obama’s autobiographical books are just fantasies about himself. There is clearly no further horizon than an imagined Obama (I know very well people who were intimate with Obama at the time, and his books are totally fanciful). There are no preoccupation about the big wide world, it’s all about the imagined hero, toughing it out in an imagined tough world.

In truth Obama lived in Indonesia with four lived-in domestics (according to the New York Times, 2011). It was not yet as many domestics as in the White House, but he was clearly on his way. Obama’s mother had married an Indonesian millionaire (he was there just so that a truly American company could claim to be Indonesian, according to evidence, and the NYT).

Then, of course, Obama went to the top private school in Hawai’i, starting at age ten (consider the expense until graduation!) So Obama was truly a child of privilege, something that counfounded me this year, when I realized it. I had believed in his books, sort of, and believed he had a really tough youth, brushing off the many dissonances along the way. No wonder that as president he made it so that hedge fund managers could keep paying a maximum 15% tax rate. (Some hedge fund managers take as much money as would pay for 150,000 teachers!)

Obama had obviously to do little thinking during his whole career: it was all about posing. And now he is posing in the White House, waiting for some more good things to come to him, the hero, and some people are getting angry, for some reason that he cannot understand, nor does he care to.

Instead of understanding the complexities of the world, or even of the Reagan administration, the Obama operators just heard the roughest outline of Reagan’s propaganda. So they deduced, with their tiny brains: taxes are bad. That is why Obama lowered taxes lower than Bush, and keeps on repeating like a deranged parrot that taxes have to be lowered further, “to put more money into people’s pockets“. He repeated that, even after having been slapped by the USA down rating, which has everything to do with taxes (or, rather, lack thereof!)

Well, we can see who is putting money in his pockets: conniving Obama’s men such as the plutocratically sleeping (literally!) Orzsag, who sent dozens of billions of taxpayer money before joining his present employer, Citiroup. (A behavior illegal in Great Britain: there Orzsag would have been put in jail!)

In a striking contrast, to the aggressive greedy naivety of the Obama crowd, the whole planet knows that American taxes have to be brought up. But the American consensus against taxes, and against government, has set the USA on a quick course to oblivion. It threatens both the deficit, and, paradoxically, economic growth (growth is the only way to get out of the deficit).

The USA was down rated,  because the prospect of rising taxes in the USA is nil. The USA will keep on doing the wrong thing, full power on, commands completely in the wrong position, just like the crew of that doomed Air France jet, whose crew did the wrong thing all the way into the ocean.

OK, the Air France crew had many excuses, such as alarms screaming when they did the right thing, and silent when they persisted with error. But the USA does not have any excuses: what ails the USA is very well understood, worldwide, and only the USA is dumb enough, or arrogant enough, to keep on claiming that it should be doing what nobody else is doing.

Whereas in the case of the Air France jet, everybody is culprit to some extent, not just Air France and Airbus (which are criminally prosecuted by the French government), but also world air safety authorities, which should have seen the problem coming, or even the American FAA, which insisted on wide pitot tubes for the A330 jets, causing the stuffing of these with ice!

Compare the USA with Italy. Italy increased taxes on the rich, bringing them up 10%, a week ago (as part of huge austerity package). And PM Berlusconi, a conservative, and a plutocrat, worth more than ten billion dollars, cannot be accused of naïve leftism. He is anything, but. He also had engaged himself to never rise taxes. But, as Berlusconi readily admits, the situation has completely changed.

So where is Obama? Somewhere way to the right of the  PM Cameron, a British conservative, who, differently from Obama, plays it, as he said he would. Trojan horses are fewer and far between, though. Trojan horses are all about posing.



Well, Germany is doing well right now, propped up, as it is, by precision machinery, best in the world, that it can sell at high price. How did Germany get there? Through more than a decade of austerity, starting in 1990s. Everybody was asked to take a cut, including the higher-ups, and including the unions. Many German companies took engagements to stay inside Germany.

Union representatives sit on the board of German companies, by law. Where does that German attitude comes from? Well, organized labor resisted Hitler, sort of: Hitler could not break it and thoroughly Nazify it.

Germany went down as a civilization because of plutocracy, the real force behind the crazed Prussian generals who attacked Europe in 1914, and behind the Nazis. Germany learned the lesson of the rule of Pluto the hardest way: more than 10% of the German population was killed, and German civilization went from the highest, to lower than beasts. 

In the former case, that of the Prussian attack in 1914, the plutocracy behind the generals was mostly German. In the latter case, that of Nazism, there was a big Anglo-Saxon component, carefully swept under the rug since (since it has contemporary consequences of the heaviest type).

For example Hitler was paid by Ford considerable money, $50,000 a year, maybe the equivalent of half a million today, as early as 1921. In exchange Hitler advertized Ford’s nefarious theories on the Jews, and gave Ford huge sway inside Germany, and orders from the Wehrmacht, once he was in command, 12 years later.

Many respected German intellectuals noticed this, and called attention to it. So Germany has been leery of plutocracy, and has respected its unions and fostered a common social bound, and co-responsibility. The same extends to France, to a great extend. If anything, today’s Germany learned from France that way.

In 1936, as Germany enjoyed Hitler, France was led by socialist Leon Blum, a Jew who introduced massive social reforms which are now the norm, throughout the West.

In 1914, French and German socialists tried to stop world War One with a strike. It failed, in part (at least) because the immensely charismatic, clever French socialist leader Jean Jaures, an intellectual, was assassinated by a crazed French hyper nationalist. Genuine German socialists and progressives could only watch with envy, as Blum introduced a new civilization, and Germany was sunk, deep into barbarity.  

So a higher lesson? That France and Germany have to do it together, keeping plutocracy underground.

Meanwhile,  the plutocratic component, a culture of privilege and its grandchildren of wealth, that component which fostered Hitler is what presently ails the USA. It came to believe it could get away with anything, exactly what German based plutocracy believed for a few generations. And it has been tempted by the military solution, just as German plutocracy was, and that is why it spends a trillion dollar a year on defense, with money it does not have.


Some Ideas Work, Some Don’t:

In all justice, German socializing tendencies were launched by Bismarck, a robust fascist, and his national health care system. The German socialists were very powerful, and a factor in panicking Prussian generals and plutocrats into war in 1914. Now, of course, the Germans had learned enormously from Napoleon and the French revolution he was riding. They learned in particular that Germany could be unified, and unified enthusiastically as an empire of comrades, ready to take on the world (under Napoleon a very bad typhus epidemic killed the Grande Armee, greatly made of German youth, as it invaded Russia).

Not all French ideas are good. The 35 hour work week is the law in France. It has been for a decade. The idea was that, by diminishing the number of hours people worked, companies would have to employ more people. That underestimated French ingenuity.

The 35 hour work week did not work in France. Not at all. It just lowered French GDP, and fostered a decrease of income per head, and thus of wealth per capita. Companies reacted by just augmenting productivity, not employment. It was basically rescinded under Sarko I, and will not be reinstated under the socialists, should they come to power again.

A much better idea is the present government line in France. It is to foster free university education at the highest world level, and build the highest value tech products in the world (so it is the same line as Germany, but for the top most technology, whereas Germany focuses a bit below). France borrowed for doing this (“Le Grand Emprunt”). A good usage of debt. And the socialists agree.

In truth, this strategy, of scientific and technical superiority, fostered by education, is the oldest French strategy: it was practiced by the French Third Republic, the French revolution, even the ancient regime, and characterized the Franks, as they harassed the Romans, shortly after appearing on the world scene, way back. 



Prime Minister Cameron loved the Internet, as long as it caused havoc overseas. Now that organized bands are rising a sort of popular tax on the haves (people with devastated businesses will be mostly reimbursed, one way, or another), Cameron wants to shut down “social networks”. OK, true, much of the Internet is a vast devolution of the mind. Some people on Facebook, with thousands of followers, think it’s really important that they purchased a new guitar, or that the mocha at Denico is not all what it could be.

Human beings have propensities. Some desires were all the stronger, the less they could be satisfied in the wild. Well known examples are the cravings for sugar and fat. Sugar demanded to fight it off with untamed bees, it was nothing too readily enjoyed. but there much more subtle cravings, such as becoming the center of attention. Modern tech allows nobodys on Facebook to satisfy it, or Obama, or Hitler, or Stalin, to believe they are intellectually splendid. When artificial machinery allows to satisfy readily those hard-to-satisfy-in-the-wild cravings, things go out of (ecological) control, and there is a possibility that both individual minds and the society at large are in the process of self destroying, because those rare cravings are not meant to be abundantly satisfied; just look at Obama celebrating his 50th birthday in front of an ocean of American flags. Last European to do such a thing was Hitler. But, of course, there is a craving to take oneself for God: the tribe needs a very bold, slightly crazed leader believing in himself unrealistically to confront the lions, and persuade them that he is completely crazed, and thus too dangerous.

With the Internet, society has caught the information bug. Or is it just the gossip bug? In any case, much of the Internet is a form of diarrhea.

An article in the New York Times, the “Elusive Big Idea“, attracts attention to the fact that the very idea of idea is getting killed. Nietzsche, in his times, already attacked newspapers for fostering stupidity, baseness, devolution, the “last man”. Some will scoff, but less so, when they realized that out of German newspapers came the early twentieth century German mind, famous, among other things for the crimes against mankind, in 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, as Nietzsche had predicted with great vigor, and bellowing condemnations.

So how to get out of the present devolution? The NYT author says that information is killing thought. More exactly, idiotic information is killing deep thought. So is cut and paste. Obama’s electoral campaign was obviously a cut and paste job (from sites obviously including mine, which has left me deeply infuriated). Cut and paste artists cut and paste not just things they don’t understand, but things they can’t understand, and precisely because they can’t understand them. And the most notorious play one on TV, with the teleprompter, as Obama does.

So what is a possible remedy? One certainly has to go back to the great polemists of the past. Voltaire, Sade, Hugo, Nietzsche. They did not hesitate to use insults. Hugo called Napoleon III, an elected president who proclaimed himself “emperor”, after suspending the republican constitution, “Napoleon Le Petit“.

If civilization cannot use insults, who can? Certainly the established order does not hesitate to use whatever: the main opponent in Malaysia was accused of sodomy (a grave charge in that state where Muslims are judged according to Sharia inspired law); Sade was accused of madness by Napoleon. Sade’s crime? He had immense renown, as one of the main instigators of the French revolution, and one of his most courageous leaders, fighting to death to stop Robespierre’s terror. Sade opposed Napoleon’s wars and his despicable madness as a ruling gangster. So Napoleon caged Sade, thanks to his insults. Insults, like torpedoes, can work.

So how to protect civilization from the slide into mental superficiality favored by the Internet, in combination with the GDP mentality? Ah, what’s GDP mentality? GDP stands for Gross domestic Product, or, properly considered, GDP = GROSS DEMONIC PROCLIVITY.

GDP mentality says that products have price. No price, no product. In particular ideas, having no price, are not products. Anything which cannot be priced is unworthy. But a traffic jam, which costs a lot, as measured by the wasted gasoline, is worthy, and that is why the USA loves to produce so much of these, increasing its glory, at least in its mind.

Well, Obama would say that the bipartisan spirit, above the fray, is where the highest belong, and he has indeed to do nothing, while filling his pockets; it is just another form of the GDP mentality. In truth, civilizational Trojans have nothing to say: Thry are just rolled in by the naive, and regurgitate their deletrious contents in the middle of the night.

Verily, just the opposite is true. One opposes the fray, one does stand above it like a cloud. One opposes the fray, by going into the fray: “I welcome their hatred“, as FDR said.

Thus, what is needed is not the coolness of Obama, claiming implicitly that nothing untoward is happening. Quite the opposite: plenty of contempt is what is needed. Too many people are getting away with base, stupid, even racist comments. Which are not considered so, because of the stature of the offender. How is stature determined? Once again, from GDP. Extremely well paid pundits commanding high incomes are taken seriously because of this, and the power TV gives them.

There have been zillions of such examples since 9/11. For example, that bin Laden was a renegade CIA employee was systematically erased.

A prominent example, rich in dreadful consequence, was Obama laughing that Sweden nationalized its banks because it had “only 3 or 4 banks” [laughter]. That was a total lie. Sweden needed to nationalize just 2 mega banks, as the USA needed to nationalize just a handful.

Racism has its advantages that reason has not. After exuding spite on Sweden, and thus the Swedish idea of handling the property of the People right, Obama gave crooked bankers all the public money they wanted, without asking anything in return. Great man. Or maybe just great horse.

Telling it as is, and heaping spite on stupidity, and the worshipping of the basest instincts, is now a moral order. Respecting imbeciles, and imbecility, is evil. Because crime is never far removed from imbecility unbound.

Superiority is not arrogance, if it can be justified. Real superiority is what the best ideas are made of.


And why has education gone down, instead of going up, as needed?

Because education went down; watch Michelle Bachman, a neurologically smart, culturally idiotic, know nothing who won the republican sort of election in Iowa (to run for president, no less: dumb gets dumber!) OK, maybe she scored because she attacks Obama fiercely, as deserved! Thus dumb brings dumber.

The world is sick with a grave attack of global plutocracy. See how the plutocracy leveraged for its own profit the crisis of 2008, that it had itself created. Speaking of leverage, the fractional reserve system allows bankers to create money nearly as they wish, and, contrarily to pre-plutocratic times, they are allowed to keep the money to themselves. When did you see one of the supposedly left wing economists (Krugman, Reich, etc.) mention this?

Thus there is not enough money, in other words, capital, for most people and the institutions supporting people. Such as education.

But this is no coincidence: education sponsors revolution. Plutocracy fears only revolution.

The Chinese students who are so good in math profit from a superlative math teaching educational system. One of the last aspects where the People’s Republic justifies its name. Those opportunities are not available anymore in the USA. Why?

Because the plutocrats fear revolutions, and the best way to prevent such unhappy occurrence, from their evil perspective, is to bring up masses of young people who know nothing, and have lost even the notion of being elevated in their desires.

The plutocrats have been very successful that way. In the USA. “Cut & Paste” Obama is a case in point; his heart has not been educated, and he believes in nothing, as his ideas, short of making a billion dollars for himself, come too short to support lofty beliefs. Hence his dependence on the teleprompter, as even Michelle Bachman, the ever more popular cultural idiot who makes an asset to not believe in the biological theory of evolution, points out. Correctly.

In China, the plutocratically serving dictatorship maintains order with a firm hand, so the youth is allowed to gather some advanced technical knowledge. The dictatorship has it easy, as the condition of the Chinese People is increasing by leaps and bounds.
Whereas the West is slowly boiled by plutocracy, as happened to the Roman Republic, 22 centuries ago. Yes, time flies. The USA was down rated because it has too much Gross Demonic Proclivity to dig itself out of the hole it is busy deepening, from its domination by the basest instincts, and the passivity of its own population, which bleats, but does not flinch, as it is fleeced. Even  instruments of plutocracy such as rating agencies had to admit this, to keep a semblance of authority.

High time for a revolution.


Patrice Ayme

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