Posts Tagged ‘plutocracy’

Frauds Claiming To Be “Progressive”, Vaccinate Against Progress. AOC Taxing Her Billionaire Heir Friends… Not.

September 19, 2021

RICH LIVES MATTER MOST, says pseudo-progressive Ocasio-Cortez… Taxpayers are not just ruled by the rich, they pay the rich to be ruled by the rich, and our pseudo-progressive tax the rich… by befriending them! Low lives do not deserve a face, they should be masked, and serve the rich. The rape of reason has his reasons that low lives cannot penetrate.

The famous Ocasio-Cortez, the US Congress’ most prominent pseudo-progressive, literally turns her rich white ass, slashed with red, on “Tax The Rich”while conspiring with her friends the billionaires for the whole world to see… And insisting that what they see is not what is going on, she evokes “piercing a 4th wall”, and “intersection theory”. If she’d been afraid of the criticism and not worn the dress, she wrote, she might have been called “inauthentic” or “too calculated… But we all had a conversation about Taxing the Rich in front of the very people who lobby against it, and punctured the 4th wall of excess and spectacle,” she continued in the statement. In truth, the 31 year old AOC is extremely close to billionaire heirs, and it is unlikely that she will bite the hands which make her powerful now and even more, in the future. Her performance is first a violation of reason, where what we see is not supposed to be what we see, because so-called “Democrats” said so.

The Met Gala is widely regarded as among the most prominent and most exclusive “social” events in the world. “Social”, in the US sense, is not to be confused with “socialist”: tickets for the “Met” are US $35,000 a piece (2021). Above the cost of the meal, $250, everything is tax deductible… Thank you low lives who vote “Democratic”!

The Met Gala is one more of these events where the top politicians, our great leaders, meet with their once and future employers of the billionaire class… and they are billionaires often because past politicians made sure they enjoyed markets they provided them for (including war in Iraq, etc.), or monopolies (the likes of Google, Facebook, etc.). So they all together breathe, con-spirare… 

Red-hot “Democratic” celebrities such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, or politicians such as Clinton, Obama, Bush, Romney, Trump, attend or have attended. Plenty of billionaires were in attendance, including Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman and Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb. Invited celebrities, including celebrity congresswomen like Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) , New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Mayor Bill de Blasio are part of the draw and attend for free. Ocasio-Cortez, and many other showy women, needed help to go up and down stairs. Ocasio-Cortez, long a bartender, is viewed as a leader of the progressives in the US Congress.  She retweets Biden, who writes, “It’s time the super-wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share in taxes.” 

It is all paid for by the American taxpayer. Taxpayer subsidies at the Met Gala are various. Tables for 10 go from $275,000 to $500,000: buyers may deduct that cost, minus the nominal cost of the meals, set at $250 a person. To become even more famous, which is lucrative, celebrities can pay the Met Gala a seven-figure sum to have their name up in lights for the night, as well as at the exhibition that follows. That is also tax deductible.

The pro-hyper-wealth IRS tax code clearly states that donors cannot get anything of value from their contributions, which is why they cannot deduct the meal portion of the ticket. In other words, the IRS tax code recognizes that it should cost nothing for the hyper wealthy to spend money to influence people, as long as it is of no other value. 

BILLIONAIRE Seagram’s heir Benjamin Bronfman, is dating Ocasio-Cortez dress designer, the Ghanaian-Canadian Aurora James (on the right of AOC in the picture above). He was at the Met, enjoying his tax deduction… Billionaires mixing with politicians give them the opportunity of together-breathe (con-spirare). AOC herself got gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from hyper-wealth. Reminds me of Supreme Court Justice Scalia and his fancy vacations paid by hyper-wealth… A pair of sky blue pumps with Swarovski crystals and pearls by James costs $715. During an interview on the red carpet, Ocasio-Cortez said she and James discussed “what it means to be working-class women of color at the Met.” AOC’s basic salary is $174,000… She gets many official perks on top of that. She is not “working class”. She wears all the time designer clothing worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

AOC makes a parody of the progressive cause, and thus vaccinates against it. To have “progressives” attend a $35,000 per person event, with tables bought by Amazon and AirBnB for hundreds of thousands of dollars is an implicit admission that wealth matters primordially. Admitting this primacy of wealth, touting it as a worthy cause, a “charity”, supporting its tax deductible status, reinforces wealth as the skeleton, glory, brains and art of present society. Making wealth the backbone of everything, including protests, serves the politicians and billionaires who attend the Met gala: it proclaims to the world that rich lives matter most.

Meanwhile one of the world most visible prostitute will keep on getting ever more famous, changing people’s minds about wealth in ways they do not themselves understand… But which are sure to make AOC’s billionaire heir friends ever more happy…

Actually Biden’s proposed tax reform mostly increase taxation and (the implicit taxation of) inflation on the middle and lower classes, but of course he will not tell you that: like AOC, he is taxing the rich, for the whole world to see, thanks to plutocratically owned media who tell the middle and lower classes exactly what to see, and even what to feel…

Civilization is an ongoing work, and started more than 10,000 years ago… But it is an ongoing struggle against the plutocrats who want to destroy itStarting by corrupting all minds with pseudo-progressives in their employ

But I forgot, the rich have been taxed, it’s all written on AOC’s ass.

Building logic on lies is not possible. The disrespect of basic reason instilled by the so-called “Democratic” leadership is the fundament of the society they call for, one where their rich ass rests on rich lies, by the rich, for the rich.
This happened before: the Roman empire founded by Augustus, the Feudal System post 9th century

Patrice Ayme

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Notes: 1) Black Lives Matter Greater NY, accused the congresswoman of being “performative” and “not very socialist”, especially after protesters were arrested outside the Met.

2) AOC’s Instagram Post literally sent to for profit designer houses for the wealthy such as “starting her dream @brothervellies“. How much money or service is she getting for that? Isn’t corruption of an already repressed type?

3) Asked the question explicitly, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agreed that “a system that allows billionaires to exist” is immoral. HOWEVER, she added: I don’t think that necessarily means that all billionaires are immoral.” AOC made an exception for Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, explicitly, both of whom are major plutocrats keen to be known as philanthropists.

Gates is used to date Epstein, a well-known organizer of pedophilia and related activities to major politicians, including Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrews, etc… Gates’ wife mentioned this as a reason for divorce… In other words, the system is immoral, but AOC, on a PERSONAL basis, finds the worst of them… moral. Because they sustain her class. Another one, in this galaxy of evil, Simons, of Renaissance tech, a fast financial trader recently paid a seven billion tax fine to the IRS… For stealing billions to taxpayers, one would expect some prison… Bit not Simons. Simons is a major “Democratic” donor. Now much of what Simons does should be illegal… because he “leads” the markets, using hyper fast tech nobody else has… And so on. Pluto-Kratia = Evil-Power. AoC’s reply? “The medium is the message

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Those who know history well will remember that Marie Antoinette used to pose as a progressive… And she did indeed read Rousseau, who had just written the “Contrat Social“…. There is no evidence that AOC reads relatively as advanced critics of the present system…

 

Stupidity Is How Plutocracies Kill Civilizations

September 8, 2021

Civilizations are born as innovative republics, die as senile plutocracies. In particular they are born stoic (when all the population endures together) and die epicurean (historian Will Durant about the Babylonians)… the epicurean phase is actually more of renunciation of humanity when oligarchs addict We The People to bread and games, panem & circenses (Juvenal).. and when the civilization switches from popular and smart to oligarchic and dumb. 

Western and Chinese civilizations endured overall… for the same fundamental reason: more debate, thus superior thinking blossoming out…. 

Remember when Qin Shi Huang tried to destroy the “100 philosophy schools”? Qin was the first Chinese sovereign to proclaim himself “Emperor“, after unifying China in 221 BC. He ordered the books of the philosophy schools destroyed, since, presumably only the “Legalist” philosophy of the state of Qin should rule. However, the point that Qin failed to understand (and similarly, say, Domitian) is that the “100 schools” including Confucianism and its derivatives,Buddhism and what not, had enabled, through debate, to build the superiority of Qin’s Legalism. 

To construct a debate, and make it fructify, one needs opponents. Say the Taliban, the Talibiden and its Bin Biden… I would not hesitate to debate the Taliban. A French woman reporter interviewed a top Taliban chief. He looked at her just once., The rest of the time, he only looked at the interpreter, a man. It is hilarious to see a big bad Taliban being scared of a single French woman. But that’s French supremacy for you.

Western Europe (differently from China) was not submitted for 16 centuries. How? From its most significant supremacy… That means its superiority in most significant matters (like the outlawing of slavery). And first then, supremacy in matters intellectual (let hasten to add that this supremacy is in increasing doubt nowadays… For example, some “advanced” countries are more anti-vaxx than some supposedly little developed countries… This probably came from the fascist, and useless measures taken… in said advanced countries…)

Supremacy: a concept hated nowadays. That hatred is the deepest problem. Superior thinking, superior debate have been cancelled by cancellation of… debate.

European supremacy in metallurgy, weapons, food production, beans, domesticated animals, mechanical advantage, outlawing slavery, tyranophobia (Charlemagne was more of a first among his peers, a chief comrade, than a God-like Roman emperor; Frankish kings were elected). 

1,000 years ago, East Asian supremacy boomed demographically, from rice cultivars which one could plant twice a year, doubling productivity. 

This steam engine was demonstrated by Hero of Alexandria by 50 CE (who also engineered pumps making great jets of water for Roman firemen…). Papin in 1707 CE would go further and build a steam powered boat…)

Engineering professor Denis Papin demonstrated steam power along 100 kilometers of a German river, before his devilish invention got destroyed by monks in 1707. We need technological, intellectual supremacy more than ever, because of the confluence of several planetary ecological crises. The nature of what is superior, including superior thinking, needs to be examined carefully… to get us more of the good stuff we need, superior thinking. 

Mastering thermonuclear fusion would provide nearly free electricity, and solve the ecological crises. Electric chargers for car batteries will not. So when the Biden administration proposes 74 billion dollars for plugs, it removes money from the indispensable research into what would feed the plugs ecologically. 

Rome went down in part because it didn’t feed its technology with new science. The Roman anti-science mentality arose from tyranny’s hatred for debate, and deep thinking in general. Plutocracy lives from stupidity, thus killing civilization. 

So deep was the hostility of the Roman plutocratic oligarchy for innovation that by the time of firm installation of Augustus’ fascist empire, and then more so, the Roman deciders were mistrustful of technology. They only allowed it to proceed when it was long established, and had become traditional. That’s one reason why they did not do anything with the steam engine (that the fuels, wood and coal, were more abundant in the north, where Roman civilization was less intellectually focused may have to do with it.  

Neanderthals were first to use coal (80,000 BCE).  The Chinese were also using coal for heating as early as 1,000 BCE. Romans used coal, wood and charcoal for heating. Charcoal and coal burn at higher temperature than wood, so are best for steam engines. Charcoal is labor-intensive, so is best for blacksmithing, and running steam engines at high speed. The Romans were mining coal and using it to smelt iron in both the Rhineland and Britain by the late 2nd century BCE. In that process, the carbon in coal removes the oxygen in iron oxide, causing liquid iron to flow out…

Overall, though, the graphs are clear: Roman metallic industry collapsed spectacularly in the Second Century of the stupid empire. It had become too difficult to extract the ores. Mechanization, steam engine driven, was the way to continue exploitation of the ores. And this is exactly why the enormous mines of Rio Tinto in Spain stopped being exploited in the Second Century. At their peak, they had 10,000 slaves, and used (among other things) Archimedean screws to bring water out of the mines. The mines got relaunched in the Nineteenth Century… thanks to steam power.

Thus we see that plutocracy does not just make people stupid, by censoring debate, and just cancelling other minds. It also makes civilization go old, decadent, and unable to feed, or defend itself, by making it lose the intelligence which allows it, not just to rise, but to survive. 

Civilization is like a body. Can a body develop inequality, a few cells harnessing much more power than the others? Yes, and it’s called cancer…

Stupidity is entangled with plutocracy. Really intelligent civilizations are not plutocracies. Reciprocally, too much stupidity kills intelligence to the point that the civilization cannot adapt to the changing circumstances it itself bring. That’s how plutocracies kill civilizations

Patrice Ayme 

Cackling Kamala, Pseudo-Progressive Posers: Accomplices Of Plutocracy

August 8, 2021

The US “left” is a pseudo-progressive establishment, mostly composed of posers. Thus its inner sanctum does not have a “cackling Kamala” [as New York Times put it!], but nothing at all: the entire thing is empty at the core, which is full of contradictory notions. This happened before: the Communists of the 1930s loved Stalin, a fascist. When Stalin made official his alliance with another fascist, Hitler, the true nature of Stalinism became clear. 

The present US pseudo-progressives are, de facto, allied with history’s biggest plutocrats, among them, the monopolists of Silicon Valley… who came to exist thanks to… the “liberal” establishment, same as the plutocratic establishment. 

Look: the “liberal” president was long Senator of the world’s one and only top tax haven, Delaware.   

Loud pseudo-progressivism is pure as the driven snow, same as polar bears’ fur, to not be seen for what it is: the distraction and diversion from ever controlling contemporary plutocracy. Hence the obsession with Parliamentary elections in tiny Hungary. 

Some parliaments refused a flood of Muslims, and other gender crazy contradictions. Removing a “liberal” private university financed by one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, a US citizen ruling over pseudo-progressivism, made Hungary a target: what if all plutocratic universities died?

This is all imperialistic: plutocracy financed pseudo-progressivism accuses We The People of populism, racism, so that we will not see that hereditary plutocracy rules us bodies and souls.

As the CLIMATE CALAMITY enfolds, California burns (see the hellish smoke in the background of the picture I took two days ago… It has not improved since. The Dixie fire is 200 kilometers away… downwind!), real thinkers study Scipio Africanus, hero of the war against Carthage, 2230 years ago…

Notice the little red sun lost in the forest fire smoke… Yes, I read, hike and run, in the smoke, Air Quality Index 400, hazardous. On positive side, most animals seem to be in hiding, and trying to breathe as little as possible…

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: The preceding post was read and censored by New York Times (8/8/2021). Hopefully, as the NYT writers have been doing it extensively, it can inspire them later, and they can plagiarize me more, faking creativity! Some feed songbirds, I feed vultures… Not by choice… I made an allusion to Soros, and its “Open Society”. Well, a really open society does not contain as wealthy and powerful as he is. Any allusion to Soros is systematically censored by the New York Times, a direct proof of Soros’ influence. BTW, I did not start as a Soros hater, I bought his books. Couldn’t read them, though: way to boring. Soros himself is a student of Popper, a fully decorated member of the (British) empire, and another self-aggrandizer. There, too I bought the books… Popper is famous for “The Open Society And Its Enemies”… He just forget to tell you one thing: the initial ideas came from a woman who lived 2450 years ago. Now that’s not just seriously dishonest…. It’s grand theft. So Soros is a the student of a thief, and NYT censors any evocation of Soros attempting propaganda in Hungary for its predatory society.

Why so much hostility on my part against Soros? Soros made his fortune by conspiring against the British Pound and forcing it out of the “European Snake” of the European currencies. That was the beginning of Brexit, and the hero of the New York Times made billions (in 2021 $) with his viciousness… Now Soros, having done Brexit does BLM, Black Lives Matter (and others don’t? Or remind me they matter?), a movement launched by multimillionaires and billionaires to show they care about US citizens they force to live in the world’s worst conditions…. Oh, by the way the City of Berkeley, the capital of pseudo-progressivism, was ordered by the California Supreme court to allow the construction of low income housing it has been blocking for more than a decade…

The Central Bank Cannot Be The Government

July 12, 2021

Pretending otherwise has been a pretext to plutocracy, because, intrinsically, the Fed is all about making the wealthy, wealthier.

The central bank, known in the USA as the Federal Reserve bank (“Fed”), centralizes banking policy. Banks provide financial capital which they typically charge with interest. The big banks are for profit, and on the board of the Fed. That’s it. Banks are not in charge of health, education, defense, energy policy, welfare, children, agricultural production, food distribution, empathy, etc.

As private financiers are strongly represented on the Fed board, individuals such as Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan-Chase CEO since 2005, one may suspect that the Fed is by the financially wealthy, for the  financially wealthy. Actually the rescue plan of the wealthy implemented starting in late November 2008, was elaborated by the ex-head of Goldman Sachs, then Bush’s Treasury Secretary… with the approval of president-elect Obama (a lawyer and senator, novice in financial matters).

The fundamental error in recent decades has been to delegate many governmental functions to a purely financial organization the composition of which is, at least in part, for profit… Although the Fed’s mandate is not for profit, its operators are mostly individuals whose modus operandi is to give others the means (financial capital) to work. Those individuals don’t work themselves: they make others work. Sociologically, they interact with the world’s wealthiest individuals, those who need gigantic amounts of capital. Small earners are not in their sociological or visual domain. It’s systemic class separation in decision and influence making.

In contradiction with the preceding, the Fed charter mandates that the crocodiles shall raise hens. That’s not how the universe works.

Patrice Ayme

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Thank you Obama, you deserve the 100 million dollars we the wealthy gave to you to reward you for your work on our behalf. Notice that Trump helped a bit the wealth of the 50% lower half, demonstrating once again that he is, indeed, a hateful, despicable populist. (Graph from NYT using Fed data.)

P/S: Except for the first, and last two sentences, the preceding was a comment to the NYT. It was published within one second, and I am grateful… That’s the way my cogent comments should be published (instead of being blocked, or delayed three days… As the NYT generally does, especially in opinion pieces which are full of lies, dissembling and distortions)

Only the Rich Could Love This Economic Recovery

By Karen Petrou. July 12, 2021

Ms. Petrou is the managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics and the author of “Engine of Inequality: The Fed and the Future of Wealth in America.”

Conventional wisdom has it that the lower a central bank sets interest rates, the faster the economy grows. But the longer rates stay ultra-low, it’s not the economy that grows — it’s inequality.

There are signs of worsening inequality across the U.S. economy. But recent surges trace back to a major change after 2008, which transformed how America fights economic recessions.

The Fed, which controls America’s monetary policy, is mired in conventional thinking, even though its policy since 2008 has been unconventional in scale, scope and omnipotence. Adhering to its “lower rates are better” axiom, the Fed has kept “real” U.S. short-term interest rates at — or even below — zero, after taking inflation into account. The Fed now plans to keep rates ultra, ultra low until about 2023, even if inflation ticks up.

This results in even wider wealth inequalities as the gap between rich and everyone else grows.

Is the stunning growth in U.S. inequality all the Fed’s fault? Of course not. Tax policy has favored the wealthy and corporations for decades, to name one other cause. But income and wealth inequality result from who gets the money. And the Fed has unrivaled power over who gets the money across markets, communities and even families.

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I have been saying this for a very long time, and when I say it, or roll out numbers, critters come and contradict reality (the facts) in the guise of criticizing yours truly… But here are the facts and their numbers:

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Karen Petrou:

The Fed controls the flow of money, and it flows to the wealthy

The Fed’s main tools for fighting recessions are twofold: those ultra-low interest rates and a policy known as quantitative easing, or Q.E. Q.E is what happens when the Fed buys up assets, like bonds, which keeps money flowing and gives banks lots of liquidity that is supposed to make lending easier.

To get an idea of the magnitude of the Fed’s role, take a look at its portfolio. Assets the Fed has taken out of the economy as part of Q.E. now stand at $8.1 trillion, or about one-third of gross domestic product.

A growing portfolio: To stimulate the economy after 2008, the Federal Reserve increased its balance sheet and slashed interest rates. The current coronavirus pandemic sent that strategy into overdrive, creating the largest balance sheet on record and the lowest interest rates in modern U.S. history.

No one else could own that much, meaning no one but the Fed has so much power over the economy’s winners and losers.

The Fed’s approach is premised on trickle-down expectations adopted, following Reagan and his advisers, by the… Democrats, starting in the 1980s…

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Karen Petrou:

U.S. central bankers believe the higher that markets fly and the more that the wealthy spend, the better that everyone else will be.

In truth, this policy works only for the wealthy.

Although the Fed’s huge Q.E.-based portfolio initially prevented still worse economic mayhem when the 2008 and 2020 financial crises struck, its benefits over time were 10 times greater for stock-market prices than for overall economic prosperity.

Ultra-low interest rates are meant to spur growth. But they stop having a beneficial effect when they dip so low that they distort savings incentives and instead drive speculative investing, like in Bitcoin or GameStop, to cite two current examples.

Savings, home values and stocks are up — but these also favor the rich

Many Americans own stock, but most stocks – 54 percent – are owned by the 1 percent and much of the rest by the next 9 percent.

The same can be said of real estate. Low interest rates set by the Fed spur lending, creating more demand to purchase homes and forcing prices higher. Rising equity is great for existing homeowners, but richer Americans who own property are the ones who benefit most.

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Karen Petrou concludes, observing that the Fed charter mandates that the crocodiles shall raise hens:

“What is the Fed for?

The Fed’s role is spelled out under its statutory charter, which establishes the road map for unraveling the inequality it helped create.

The charter’s first goal is “full employment,” meaning pretty much everyone who wants a job has one. This would get a meaningful, immediate boost if the Fed reversed its cheap-debt policies that lead companies to take out debt to fund investor profits, instead of funding new plants or products.

Another goal is “price stability,” best measured by what it costs for a middle-class household to make ends meet. The measure the Fed uses misses the cost increases obscuring a household-to-debt build-up for all but the wealthiest. The Fed thus misses the long-term risks this debt poses to financial security, home ownership, and a secure retirement.

The law has a third Fed goal: “moderate” interest rates. Rates below zero after taking inflation into account are anything but moderate, so they must be gradually raised, starting now.

The current recovery is being driven not by the Fed but by the stimulus bills passed by Congress. After that spending fades, we will be a nation in which at least a quarter of middle-class households still can’t even afford the medical treatment they require, lower-income millennials have student debt equal to at least 372 percent of income, and still more won’t be able to handle even a $400 unexpected expense.

This is wealth without prosperity, a violation of every tenet in the Fed’s statutory mandate. Instead of regretting inequality even as it makes inequality worse, the Fed can and must quickly rewrite policy with a new goal in mind: shared prosperity, measured by how most of us do, not by how high the market flies.”

So why is it that officials and opinion makers believe that the Fed’s crocodiles can should, and do raise hens? Plutocratic information and opinion making control, in an awesome colluding conspiracy is the answer. Roman emperors ruled, because they had made the people ignorant, stupid and gullible.

US “Liberalism” As Plutocracy, Inaugurated By Genocidal Slavemaster Jefferson, #3.

July 7, 2021

The word “liberal”, from “liber” (free) entered usage to oppose tradition in the Fourteenth Century… top thinker, physicist and Paris university rector Buridan refused to be anything else than “magister in artibus”, as a frustrated Pope bemoaned. 

“Liberalism” was a driving thought of the Enlightenment. Yet, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica: “In the United States, liberalism is associated with the welfare-state policies of the New Deal programme of the Democratic administration of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, whereas in Europe it is more commonly associated with a commitment to limited government and laissez-faire economic policies”. In the United States the ideas of individualism and laissez-faire economics previously associated with classical liberalism became the basis of libertarianism and components of American conservatism.

Unlike Europe and Latin America, the concept liberalism in North America refers to social liberalism. Governing parties, the Canadian Liberal Party, and the US Democratic Party, are considered “liberal” in the United States.

I claim that American “liberalism” has been mostly fake since LBJ. Actually Clinton repealed the financial reform of FDR, the Banking Act of 1933. I have written thousands of pages on the subject, from many historical perspectives, going back centuries. 

American style fake liberalism was founded by Jefferson, the “founding liberal”. Jefferson was a great US president: he doubled the territory of the USA. Lofty words covered up his evil power (Pluto-Kratia). Exalted thoughts from Jefferson are all over Washington: all men are created equal… but may as well be his slaves, he had 200… 200 slaves, and never freed them.

Supremely exploitative mentality, then, by this Founding Father, covered up by big words to the contrary. Jefferson got in trouble with the police in Paris for keeping slaves (slavery had been unlawful in France for eleven centuries, since 657 CE!) Is that the “liberalism” the world needs? Talking gloriously, implementing genocide? Is that the American way? 

Jefferson purchase: Louisiana. He pushed maximally for expansion in the Indian lands beyond the 13 colonies. Not only the Natives were not consulted, but Jefferson established the blueprint of the plot to exterminate the “Indians”.(see below).

This is why “liberalism” got to mean very different things on different sides of the Atlantic. Organizers of the “Democratic” party were plutocrats such as the Harrimans, heirs of a railroad monopoly, decorated by both Stalin, and Hitler… for formidable help (think Baku offshore oil). 

The US never did one thing while talking the opposite under Roosevelt… thus making World War Two, its holocausts, and the “American Century”. possible. This will be scrutinized someday.   

The banking crisis of the late 1980s was a forerunner of the one 20 years later. More than 800 “thrifts” (a type of bank) and related institutions failed, plus more than 1600 commercial banks. The US gov took control of these institutions while their value was roughly zero (as happens in nationalization). However, by retaining an interest in asset portfolios, the Resolution Trust Corporation was able to participate in the extremely strong returns being realized by portfolio investors. 

Obama, instead, gave to the rich. Obama agreed to the Bush approved, Goldman Sachs devised, plan of transferring assets to rich people. Between TARP, Quantitative Easing and “Twist”, more than 5,000 billion dollars were transferred to the wealthiest people in the USA… by “liberal” Obama, asking for nothing in return… just because he was told what to do by the invader of Iraq? Or because he wanted to become wealthy afterwards, by pleasing the wealthiest?

I know Obama personally, as a friend for several decades, and can testify to the fact he just did what he was told, indeed, and understood very little beyond that. So he was completely manipulated in a totally illiberal strategy.

With President-elect Obama’s full approval, the Fed started to buy 600 billion of mortgage backed securities in late November 2008. Quantitative Easing finished in 2014, with gifts of 4.5 trillion dollars to banks… without anything in return (differently from the RTC 20 years earlier!)

US “liberalism” has a fundamental problem: its founding giants, Jefferson and Jackson were fully intent on removing the “Indians”. The “Removal Act” was actually passed in 1831, under Jackson… But the genocidal program had not been implemented earlier, i part from fear that the Natives Americans would constitute an alliance with European powers (UK, France, Spain).

Here is this little known aspect of Jefferson:

In an 1803 private, secret letter to William Henry Harrison, Jefferson wrote:

To promote this disposition to exchange lands, which they have to spare and we want, for necessaries, which we have to spare and they want, we shall push our trading uses, and be glad to see the good and influential individuals among them run in debt, because we observe that when these debts get beyond what the individuals can pay, they become willing to lop them off by a cession of lands…. In this way our settlements will gradually circumscribe and approach the Indians, and they will in time either incorporate with us as citizens of the United States, or remove beyond the Mississippi. The former is certainly the termination of their history most happy for themselves; but, in the whole course of this, it is essential to cultivate their love. As to their fear, we presume that our strength and their weakness is now so visible that they must see we have only to shut our hand to crush them, and that all our liberalities to them proceed from motives of pure humanity only. Should any tribe be foolhardy enough to take up the hatchet at any time, the seizing the whole country of that tribe, and driving them across the Mississippi, as the only condition of peace, would be an example to others, and a furtherance of our final consolidation.[13][14]

Jefferson believed that this debt strategy would get rid of this pest, without giving offence or umbrage to the Indians”.[15] He stated that Harrison was to keep the contents of the letter “sacred” and “kept within [Harrison’s] own breast, and especially how improper for the Indians to understand. For their interests and their tranquility, it is best they should see only the present age of their history.”

Roman emperors distributed life sustaining bread, US emperors distributed ruinous debts… the debt strategy is used to this day. Students with progressivist mentalities are encourage to undertake ruinous degrees of no market value in ruinous universities, saddling them for a life of servitude (the New York Times has dozens of recent articles on this, the one linked her is one of many!)

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Forced Removal And Official Extermination Of Aborigines Inaugurated By Jefferson:

Jefferson believed for decades that “aboriginal inhabitants” should be exterminated or forcefully relocated and sent west.[6] 

Jefferson’s first promotions of Indian Removal were between 1776 and 1779, when he recommended forcing the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes to be driven out of their ancestral homelands to lands west of the Mississippi River. Indian removal, said Jefferson, with consummate hypocrisy typical of exploitative mentality, was the only way to ensure the survival of Native American peoples. Jefferson’s first such act as president, was to make a deal with the state of Georgia that if Georgia were to release its legal claims to discovery in lands to the west, then the U.S. military would help forcefully expel the Cherokee people from Georgia. At the time, the Cherokee had a treaty with the United States government which guaranteed them the right to their lands, which was violated in Jefferson’s deal with Georgia.

As Jefferson put it in a letter to Alexander von Humboldt on December 6, 1813:

You know, my friend, the benevolent plan we were pursuing here for the happiness of the aboriginal inhabitants in our vicinities. We spared nothing to keep them at peace with one another. To teach them agriculture and the rudiments of the most necessary arts, and to encourage industry by establishing among them separate property. In this way they would have been enabled to subsist and multiply on a moderate scale of landed possession. They would have mixed their blood with ours, and been amalgamated and identified with us within no distant period of time. On the commencement of our present war, we pressed on them the observance of peace and neutrality, but the interested and unprincipled policy of England has defeated all our labors for the salvation of these unfortunate people. They have seduced the greater part of the tribes within our neighborhood, to take up the hatchet against us, and the cruel massacres they have committed on the women and children of our frontiers taken by surprise, will oblige us now to pursue them to extermination, or drive them to new seats beyond our reach.[17]

Jefferson told his Secretary of War, General Henry Dearborn (who was the primary government official responsible for Indian affairs): “if we are constrained to lift the hatchet against any tribe, we will never lay it down until that tribe is exterminated, or driven beyond the Mississippi.”[18]

US liberalism double talk at its best… With a mentor like that, no doubt US progressivism could comfortably sink into unsuspected abysses. Jefferson did not just relocate and exterminate Indians. He taught how to make it look as if it were for their own good. Now we have had for generations plutocrats, who are typically monopolistic thieves, proclaiming themselves to be “lovers of man”, philanthropists… Some descending from the “most important” collaborators of the Nazis (Hitler dixit), became presidents (the two Bushes)….

Although all the preceding is in plain sight, US academia has been excellent at teaching how not to see it…. thus fulfilling its mission of molding sheep-like masses of uncurious gullible creatures. To feed on a prey, the predator need first to make it unconscious…

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.

Plutocracy, Or Demoncracy: A Pernicious, Persistent Mood

November 5, 2020

Plutocracy creates a herd, and then make it charge. Suggesting a mood of collective hatred helps. If anything else, the botched election shows that Trump was not as hated as the plutocratically owned media wanted world opinion to believe: half of the USA trust him, the rest got persuaded that age-old problems caused by decades of elite rule, would go away if only the scapegoat was removed.

Fake polling helped. Fake polling (it’s technically called “suppression polling”) has been a tool of mass mind control by the elites for a very long time. Those who paid for the polls are typically plutocratic entities which hate Trump by definition.

This sort of public opinion manipulation, under the form of fake public opinion, has been primordial since before the fall of the Roman State around 400CE. It creates a herd, and then make it charge. At the time, the fascist Roman Deep State persuaded everybody that everybody was a Christian, something that was absolutely not true, and, starting in 380 CE, three emperors simultaneously wrote edicts to arbitrarily punished, and sometimes burn those who disrupted the brand new Christian peace. Fast forward 1640 years, and imagine that all those who snicker about “Black Lives Matter” would be arbitrarily punished by the authorities.

Constant media barrage under the advice of the media owners, the world’s wealthiest families, then and now, has created fake minds they can dominate.

  • Don Kemerling: I don’t think we’ve ever seen such a media manipulation as them and big tech withholding the evidence that Joe Biden is a monumental crook who sold out the country to China.

If it were only Biden… Yes, it is astounding, indeed. Our only hope is that some on the left are really sincere, and not just paid by Soros (as many were). Then we have to explain to these hypothetical leftists that they were manipulated. But it will not be easy.

On French TV I was struck by what a pundit said. She chuckled that the near-miss of Trump showed that “half of the USA, the part of the US without education, still believes in industrialization“. So, according to French pundits, industrialization is a sin of the past, a form of primitivism, lack of cognition, racism. Nobody on that TV forum seemed obfuscated by the attitude the lady exhibited… instead grave approval was expressed for this grotesque opinion… which is akin to saying that we should be slaves to China…

Academia, considered here as a legal person, is another one who is “for sale”… That is, prostitute (it is what it means). “Top” universities are wealthy and addicted to wealth.

Red Lives Matter. California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

Ev Dioscoreapeople tend to agree that evil exists, as a general principle, but specifying a particular subset of humanity as being evil has a very narrow appeal (mostly to those who agree with you). Moralistic rhetoric isn’t evil per se, but it does have very limited reach, especially if posted online, where no one is shy about declaring their opposition as evil. This is an important message and to my view exposes a problem that desperately needs a solution. Anyway, the core of the arguments [you] presented is good I believe, I’d mostly like to see it get the traction it deserves.

Patrice Ayme: Traction, we need traction… When I say “plutocracy is evil”, I am attacking a concept and a mood, not just the particular plutocrats we can see crawling all over the media. Plutocracy is a mass mental phenomenon, it lives in minds, morality, institutions, ways and means, protocol and standards of what passes for correct thinking. It gets attached to an age, it preys on ages.

Studying Roman history in depth, using the latest science, I was struck by the total population replacement which happened (Science mag., 2019). Because, although the plutocrats and their opponents killed each other so very well that they disappeared, the evil plutocratic mentality they had spawned survived the dismissal of their creators splendidly, and then blossomed so much the Roman civilization became increasingly dysfunctional in all sorts of ways, from fighting epidemics, to fighting barbarians, the degradation of the ecological environment and the collapse of mining, to a crushing inequality. 

Basically a first population of plutocrats created, over a few generations a mentality which engineered several civil wars in quick successions… And the apotheosis arrived when the plutocrats killed their supreme representative, Julius Caesar, for the crime of being a “populist” (“Populares”) and doing serious reforms, including in socioeconomy to the proverbial swamps… The most ferocious civil war followed and a vengeful Augustus did away with most of the old plutocracy… But to do so he used the exact type of methods Caesar had avoided. So the fascist plutocratic opponents of Caesar died, and so did their Deep State control, but, although dead, they won the mentality war: an ever smaller and more powerful class acquired control of civilization, bringing dysfunctionalities which led their descendants to double down… 

And then again and again, ever more evil to achieve control, until “heretics”(“those who made a choice”) were burned after the edicts of 380 CE signed simultaneously by no less than three emperors (Theodosius, Gratian, Valentinian II). Control got lost in 394 CE when, apparently helped by God, or a famous wind, Theodosius annihilated the Occidental army (which was Frankish and secular). 

Similar situations are observed all over history; plutocracy behaves as a metastatic cancer with a life of its own, it can grow, when it is solidly implanted in a civilization, even when its biological support dies.  

One can only call evil what civilization intrinsically generates which tends to kill it. 

We have a particularly disturbing situation right now as the entire world media is controlled by very few people, something that never happened in the past.

Rachel Laudenslager Hunt: “I take it back. I liked your blog post and I agree with you. But seriously “Global Deep Plutocracy”? Sounds like a Bond Villain.”

I wished it would be that simple. All the world media is either owned or paid for (PBS, NPR, etc.) by the world’s wealthiest families. Evil Bond villains have taken over the world, and, because Her Not So Gracious Majesty worked for them, nobody noticed!

We live in the world of Bond, James Bond, but minds have been so bonded, they didn’t observe that they are in chains, and the villains have taken power, all over the world… long ago. They look at Auschwitz, and they do not understand. Well, I do, because I know who, what, where and when, Hitler and company were financed, instigated, encouraged, enabled, empowered, and finally outmaneuvered. And I can see who profited. Hint: same crowd, or their descendants… Because, this time there was no genetic change.

Basically the entire system is fake, paid for by the wealthiest (that is prostitute in the etymological sense, look at academia). The fact that moneyed interests won the propositions in California exemplifies this.

When US Demoncratic leaders, propelled by demonic power, instigated the death of more than 10 million people in wars throughout the Middle East, the conspiracy was so effective, that few decent “Democrats” noticed. So few, that they actually elected one of the main criminal conspirators… Years after the conspiracy should have come to light… but did not, as the mensurations of some individuals, or trite observation such as XYZBLGQ Lives Matter, or how great Michelle Obama looks were obsessed about instead. And then of course, it became clear, according to the plutocratic media, that Trump was a Russian agent, because Obama let Putin invade Ukraine, or that Trump was corrupt in Ukraine, because Biden fired the Ukrainian prosecutor prosecuting his son… This looks all innocuous, but these imbecilities, besides being a coup against the US President, had a main secret interest. That was to rendered all those who were so thrilled by it, ever more stupid and hateful.

Evil is not just haphazard, just a nuisance and a shame. Often, far from it. Evil is a mode of thinking related to the imposition of force. They think evilly, therefore they are strong… strong enough mentally to impose their ways onto others… as if they did not exist.

Patrice Ayme

Biden Bait And Switch

October 24, 2020

  • Evil will play out, and we will describe it with relish. Elucidating the basic facts is what wisdom has to seek first and we will do it better if we enjoy it.
  • Civilization enabled intensive agriculture by organizing large human concentrated populations protected by armies. Humanity became much more powerful. However. such concentrations are generally captured by ever more powerful small elites. The cause of this, and its main nefarious effect, is that money and power exponentiate: they grow proportionally to their own sizes. This is the plutocratic phenomenon, it’s the most prominent danger in all civilizations, because it ruins the creative core of humanity.
  • Having a class of families grabbing most of the power and money is fundamentally inhuman: humans are not made to be ruled and can be ruled only by destroying the core human characteristic, intelligence. The plutocracy does this by tightly controlling what can be learned. Thus the present world plutocracy owns all the media: We The People can learn only what our masters want us to learn. This censorship has now been extended to the Internet.
  • Because plutocracies are fundamentally inhuman they always fear that their rule is going to be resisted. Thus they can persist in the exponentiation which created them in the first place, only by getting ever more diabolical in the imposition of their inhuman existence. They do this mostly by controlling minds.
  • Most civilizations collapse when the plutocracies which have captured them become so criminally insane that they commit a fatal error. Collapses are not pretty: in many cases, more than 90% of the original population got wiped out.
  • We are presently potentially in such a situation: a tiny elite, the Global Deep Plutocracy, acts as a world government, under a morass of lies. An example of lies is “Free Trade”. Another example is the “Paris Climate Accord”, which was just a blank check for the world’s biggest polluters to keep on polluting, as much as they like. The tiny elite lost command of spaceship Earth when Trump was elected, but, thanks to its world media ownership, it has succeeded to block Trump and has rolled out one of its oldest, most experienced hands to regain an innocuously frail looking mastery.
  • The greatest error is being committed having many of the life circuits of spaceship Earth on the verge of collapse. Another great error is the mother of the preceding one: all the world’s decisions are taken inside a small elite of a few thousand families, which worship GDP. GDP, not just Gross Domestic Product, but also the Global Deep Plutocracy… which functions as the fateful, lethal and vicious part of the Global Deep State.(And yes there is Global Deep State: 200 states talking to each other are part of it, plus countless treaties, international arbitration organizations, the UN, WHO, UNESCO, Interpol, EU, WTO, etc.)
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  • The phenomenon of Global Deep Plutocracy running out of democratic control is already what demolished the Roman Republic, and the Roman empire it degenerated into. Thus, there is a detailed historical precedent of what is happening today. Basically, the same patterns are reproduced, but on a planetary scale.
  • When The Roman State collapsed, the Franks took over and established a milder rule with religious tolerance, while outlawing slavery and mandating secular education, throughout Europe. That fostered technological and philosophical innovation. Science followed. Thus, five centuries after the Roman State collapse, the “Renovated Roman Empire” was leading humanity’s progress, higher than Rome ever had.
  • However, this time we do not have a civilization B waiting on another planet to extirpate us from the mess caused by those who stole most of the wealth, power and mind, the greediest, basest, and most fake.  
Obama increased inequality. He was elected to do the opposite. And he promised to decrease inequality, before then doing exactly all he could to increase it (for example the TARP program).

  • The main root of the present Global Deep Plutocracy arose from the mightiest nation, the USA. It is a multigenerational phenomenon. (The Senator who led the writing of the crooked Obamacare law was a fifth-generation plutocrat; one of his mansions sat on more than 100,000 acres of personal property; the VP of a major health insurer resigned her job to help plutocracy get more money out of healthcare.)
  • Rockefeller owned at some point more than 12% of the US economy. President Teddy Roosevelt tried to stop the takeover of the entire USA by the few by putting the antitrust laws into action.
  • But the American Republic didn’t have the absolute wealth limits of the Roman Republic, and all that Teddy achieved was a dissemination of the plutocracy. Foundations, shell companies and other loopholes, plus the intrinsic nature of the present financial system only insured that the wealthiest families would become ever more powerful. And they did, even using world wars as games they invented the rules of, and won.
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  • World War One gave a boost to the USA’s wealthiest, first from trading with the enemy of democracy, the Kaiser and his racist, genocidal plutocracy. Then, after victory in 1918, the USA grabbed much of German industrial and intellectual property. The USA became the Deus Ex Machina of Germany, organizing the entire country in a succession of Wall Street engineered “plans”. US plutocracy also financed Hitler and organized his death machinery for him, even before he got to power (for example, IG Farben, central to the extermination camps was a monopoly organized by Wall Street, in 1925, 8 years before Hitler came to power; monopolies were lawful in Germany, but not the USA; so Hitler gave IBM a monopoly of computing in his Reich).
  • By the time World War Two was done, the US plutocracy owned the world (both Stalin and Mao owed their survival to the US). Top US lawyers in charge of denazifying Germany, such as the Dulles brothers, were in charge of prosecuting those they had worked with before the war… Business was back to status quo ante bellum in a flash. 24 years after the Nazi capitulation, SS-Sturmbannführer Von Braun, and his 1,600 German Nazi collaborators, enabled NASA to land on the Moon.
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  • Operating mostly invisibly, like the mythological Pluto, the second name of the Greek god of hell, the plutocrats, their foundations, nonprofits, shell and anonymous companies, private universities, think tanks and overwhelming media ownership, established the modern deep state. The nexus of this constellation of evil was the state of Delaware, the world’s top tax haven led by Joe Biden, elected US Senator at the age of 29.  
  • Soon Roosevelt’s Banking Act of 1933 was dismantled: plutocrats recovered under Clinton full control of the financial sector, just as in the roaring 1920s… Those self-described “Masters of the Universe” focused investments on “financial derivatives”… a sort of obsessive financial masturbation which enabled to divert funding away from infrastructure. Thus the West fell into decrepitude (it was not just the US doing this “derivative” stuff; France and Britain were just as apt, with the same degeneracy as a result)
  • There is a method to the madness of putting financiers in power and letting them destroy the economy. In conjunction with offshorization, divesting deprives We The People from power. And when there is no power there is no democracy: demos-kratia is people-power.
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  • Fortunately, We The People elected a “populist” president, Trump, long a rebel with many causes (such as institutionalized reverse racism). In particular, Trump struggled against offshorization, flamboyantly already in the 1980s, against Ronald Reagan (and his little helpers such as Joe Biden).
  • The Global Deep State saw the danger: not just what Trump was trying to do, but, worse, what he said, and the change of mentality Trump imparted… Trump changed the global mood, from the worshipping of Free Trade, which is neither a trade nor free, and the supreme engine of global catastrophically rising inequality, to the realization by We The People that local economy and local manufacturing was necessary to achieve freedom and power.        
  • The Global Deep State used against Trump methods similar to those used by the Global Roman Plutocracy fighting the Roman Republic. Horrible insults, including that he wanted to become dictator. Trump, similar to Tiberius Gracchus, just pursued an immensely wealthy monopoly, Google, the world’s monopolistic search engine.
  • Having risen living standards and energized the nation noticeably, Trump would have won without problem… But then came the virus, and as Nancy Pelosi, one of the stealthy architects of the Iraq War, put it: “It’s Trump’s virus!” Nancy knows that the virus arose in China, thanks to Trump… A rather curious situation: China is one of Trump’s main adversaries. The Chinese dictatorship is a crucial part of the Global Deep Plutocracy (much more so than the fascist regimes bankrolled by US plutocrats were in the 1930s)… So imaginations are invited to run wild. One thing is sure; while China ferociously and totally locked itself against the virus, air bridges to the rest of the world were fully open. Sometimes crimes are of opportunity, sometimes crimes are planned, sometimes both.     
  • In all this the worst has certainly been the capture of most of the world’s intellectuals by the Global Deep Plutocracy. This is not surprising as the most prestigious universities are themselves not just fed and controlled by the GDP, but part of it. There, once again, we saw this movie before: after a few generations under the yoke of the Roman plutocracy and its emperors, Roman intellectual life had petered down to zero… And so did Roman science and the engineering… Just when maximal innovation was needed. In the end the Barbarians had better weapons
  • Smart Roman officers helped launch the confederacy of the Franks, complete with Latin written law (Lex Salica). This would turn into the Second Foundation of Rome (similarly to the tale described in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy). But this time, there is no Second Foundation… Besides China, of course. China a five thousand year old civilization, had at least one near-extinction event in the last millennium (the conquest by Genghis Khan). Comparing to Western Europe, China can only have learned what the franks learned: that technological progress and military prowess are the core of civilization and home-grown plutocracy should not stand in the way.  
  • So we face a moment of truth: shall we unleash full human potential, or an ocean of lies. Lies? Well, the Obama-Biden rule was pretty much an ocean of lies. Consider inequality: it became the worst ever, by design. Consider fossil fuels: under Obama, the USA became the greatest producer of fossil fuels, ever. Meanwhile hydrogen research got killed although it is an ecological necessity . Consider healthcare: under Obamacare, US life expectancy went down spectacularly, and it was not because of a Chinese virus.
  • So now we are supposed to elect the organizer of the Iraq destruction, so his friends could frack, the Senator from the world’s top tax haven… And that’s progressive? All jobs, and our destiny going to go back to China, is progressive?
  • Now that have learned to hate a particular individual, what are the progressives supposed to progress towards? Global nuclear feudalism led by hidden finance and monopolistic big tech?
  • Obama & Biden both said they changed, they would not make the same mistakes. They would stop doing nothing. Right. Except they were not mistakes, they were strategies according to the  systems of thoughts and moods of the Global Deep Plutocracy. Biden plan is nothing but big loophole for hyper wealth to regain full control of its future.
  • What Biden will do will be to do what he always did: give more to his class (his father was from the Rockefeller class, as a top executive of American oil), and do it stealthily, secretly, deniably, according to the ways and means of his state of Delaware, the world’s top tax haven, in full cooperation with the plutocratically owned media. That will be all done under a green varnish, paralyzed by fake well meaning “40% redistribution” to the poorest areas, while empowering some more the tech monopolies Biden and Obama put in power. White will be black, and black will be white, until we accept that we understand nothing, and never will. 
  • This obscurantism may well hurt again science and technological progress, as happened under Obama-Biden. Under Trump, budgets in science and technological research have never been so high, by a wide margin, but as in all matters, all what people learned by rote, from the plutocratic media which own their tiny minds, is that anti-science Trump wants to inject them with bleach.
  • Remember: the Germans who voted for Hitler believed they voted for progress. Reality would have taught them otherwise, but they had been imprinted to find reality offensive and that hatred was all they needed.
  • Obama baited us with hope, and switched to increased plutocracy (look at the graph above; it is much worse for the top .1%). Biden did this all his life, transfer ever more assets to the world’s wealthiest families, his friends, and kept being reelected, because the tax haven situation in Delaware made the state ever wealthier.
  • We are facing a world of lies.
  • Not the first time that a nation choses the wrong leadership.
  • Seeing Biden approach the altar to be wed to humanity reminds one of a mass serial killer taking his vows to never do it again once he gets the fresh and innocent bride he always wanted. Really? Do you call that learning?
  • Patrice Ayme

PLUTOCRACIES EXPONENTIATE

October 18, 2020

Plutocracy is usually defined by the establishment as the rule of the wealthy. This notion is way too restrictive. Men are born free, they are everywhere in chains, as Jean-Jacques Rousseau famously noticed… Plutocracy does that. So plutocracy is a question of chains, not just wealth. Plutocracy has a cruel and demented side, it’s not just about some having more than others. 

The human species was created over the last five million years through a process of evolution driven by intelligence: the most clever human groups survived better. Such groups became more clever because new ideas arose, and they arose best from the minds of the many, through debates. Thus the rule of the few contradicts the essence of humanity, symbolized in human rights as explained during the Enlightenment. 

The rule of the few (oligos-arkhein… oligarchy) is thus deeply inhuman, and most humans, in normal circumstances, that is, in free circumstances, would notice this. To make sure they do not, the oligarchs use ways to control the minds of their subjects. Thus, the more power the oligarchs have, the more they resort to inhuman ways, to evil power to stay in command. Evil-power is literally Plutos-Kratia..

This is how oligarchy turns to plutocracy.

And the more the plutocracy, the more stupid and evil society becomes.

The explanation of civilizational evolution as the struggle of humanity against the plutocratic phenomenon encompasses the cycle theory of polities which the Greeks believed in (it is found in Aristotle and Polybius), and it also encompasses the Marxist theory of social evolution. It also directly rests on prehistoric evolution and the essence of humanity. 

Money is lent at interest. So is political power. That means that, the more the money, or the more the power, the faster it grows.

The only way to prevent plutocracy to exponentiate is by limiting wealth and power absolutely. Rome did this very well for six centuries, until globalization went around the Roman laws, which were local.

Plutocracies turn humans into herds. Plutocracies are generally how civilizations perish. They are nothing new, but a mathematical-psychological phenomenon most civilizations are aware of, and fend off, until they get devoured by it.

Nowadays we have just one world civilization, and thus one world plutocracy. And that is a new problem; there is no spare civilization to save civilization. Moreover, the plutocracy in power uses means that did not even exist in the past. Its mind control is exquisite. Take for example Anderson Cooper, the top propagandist at CNN, famous for being gay. That, of course is a distraction. Cooper is the latest descendant of a family which was, at some point the wealthiest in the Americas, for all to see. His maternal great-great-great-grandfather was business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who founded the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune. Cooper was born hyper wealthy, and a stint or two at the CIA could only help. But no, everybody will tell you that what matters is what he does in the bedroom. Instead one should focus on what propagandists like him do to the world… not the bedroom.

The world media is actually full of these wealthy heirs posing as intellectuals… while all they do is propaganda for their class, their hyper class… But then they pose as weirdos of some sort to attract sympathy as members of the LGBTQXRSTXYZ. “My son has a drug problem!” say Biden, when asked about his son astounding corruption… So we have to feel sorry for the most prominent crime family who subverted the Republic… With its “big guy” the most prominent Twenty-first Century apparent war criminal running for office… Worldwide…

Reading the preceding, some may scoff: ‘Oh, then, plutocracy is normal, so we may as well embrace it!’ Actually, no. Plutocracy causes civilizational collapse, it is deeply inhuman, so it is a degenerate form of civilization. It kills mind. That is very clear in the case of, say, the Roman empire after its first century, when intellectual creativity disappeared. It is also clear in many other plutocracies, for example after Philippe II of Spain got to power, or, more generally after the Catholic Inquisition became the Deep State of Spain. It is also clearly what went wrong with Islam: Islam gave Islamic plutocrats the weapons they needed to rule without sharing, the Ottoman empire is a clear example of that… And mind got killed. In Western Europe, outside of the Iberian peninsula and Vatican territory, there were very complex power struggles between different types of oligarchs, plutocrats, theocrats, bankers, and even Roman Secular Law, which insured that the plutocratic exponential could never develop with the tranquility it needed.

For example, during the Jacqueries of 1358 CE, some nobles were put on a spit, and roasted by the irate peasants. This may look like an overreaction… Until one realizes that the nobles of France had no ultimate legitimacy. They were actually plutocrats who had stolen a country, over a period of centuries… And the French peasants knew this very well… Afterwards, and until the Revolution of 1789 CE, the French nobles, and actually European nobility in general, were very aware that all they deserved was the rotisserie, and, thus, only sheer violence kept them in power. Thus they had to admit they were a ruling class, indeed, but just one of kleptocrats, glorified thieves. Therein the genius of Europe: mind was all set to fight back, and the plutocracy knew it, and had to self-limit.

In other words, I am saying that it is (counter-)terror which prevented plutocracy to extinguish the mind in Western Europe (mostly in France and its satellites, Germany and Britain). In the first centuries of Rome, the law did it (chaotically; there was lot of constant struggling). In any case, limiting plutocracy is the secret which made Europe the cradle of the Enlightenment. And thus, it is what we have to do today…

Patrice Ayme

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CAUSES OF THE FALL OF ROME, Shortest Version

October 4, 2020

More than 200 potential causes for the Fall of Rome have been found, some very imaginative. Most of them have merit, and played a role. However a new and very significant cause appeared in 2019, in Science Magazine : the genocide of the Roman people… by whatever happened two thousand years ago. The Roman State kept on going, but its genetics did not. And with this changed genetics, changed ideas. So no wonder that the ancient Roman creativity collapsed. This so far hidden genocide was revealed only in 2019 in Science Magazine; it needs to be confirmed, but it is likely true. Think about it: whatever caused the fall of Roman Republic, it was huge enough to wipe out the old population. In turn, this consequence became a cause of what happened next: further decline and fall into lethal stupidity.

Augustus showed the way, but it was the wrong way. The way Augustus showed was the exact opposite of the one his great uncle and adoptive father Caesar had pointed at: forgiveness and openness of mind and debate. Notice Cupid, Venus’ son, straddling the dolphin…

I basically explain all the more than 200 causes of the decline and fall of Rome, with one master cause which imply them all: the FALL INTO GLOBAL PLUTOCRACY. As the master cause, the Fall Into Plutocracy (FIP) preceded, and caused, the Fall Of The Republic (FOR). The FOR led in turn to MENTAL FASCISM, in particular INTELLECTUAL FASCISM, which brought global stupidification

To save itself, from itself, the army of the Roman plutocracy then installed the so-called “Dominate” (thanks to emperor Diocletian), where the emperor became Lord and Master. This was promptly followed by emperor Constantine posing as the self-described “Thirteenth Apostle” inventing and imposing Roman Orthodox Catholicism and imposing terror and genocide (he killed all the priests of Egypt). Creative intelligence became an heresy. And by 381 CE, emperor Theodosius could reward heresy with the death penalty (among other torturous pleasantries). The decline was over, and the catastrophic fall of Rome, immediately followed. Literally, in a matter of months. Christian apologists do not want you to know the chronology, because the few months between the crushing of secular forces and the implosion of the empire through invasions make the responsibility of triumphant Christianism clear: there was no delay at all. A few more details:

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So vicious were the Civil Wars of FOR, a catastrophic genetic fall ensued: 

The genetic collapse and change were not known for sure before 2019 CE, when genetic analyses of Romans through the millennia were published. So the genetic fall of Rome, which could be construed as a racist theory, was not among the 200 potential causes identified previously… But genetic collapse certainly played a major role in the Fall and Decline of Rome: the new populations were from the Orient, and the South, and brought with them their Hydraulic Dictatorship Mentality (complete with dictatorial politics and dictatorial religions). Let’s backtrack some more:

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KILLING OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC BY GLOBAL PLUTOCRACY:

In my explanatory scheme, global plutocracy became hyper wealthy beyond the limits set by Roman law… thanks to globalization, Thus empowered, hyper wealth impoverished the middle class. Tribune Tiberius Gracchus and his followers explained what was going on, and tried to reverse it with an appropriate law, which was passed. The global plutocracy insulted Tiberius to no end and then, accusing him of a coup (fake news) installed their own coup, which brought the assassinations of more than 5,000 we know of, including the Gracchi and other prominent Romans who had sided with the Populares. Gangs of unemployed Romans, put out of work by the influx of slaves brought in through territorial conquests, and the wealth of the wealthiest, hired themselves out as thugs to do the bidding of whatever wealthy Senator or plutocrat would pay them.

As a distraction, and to foster globalization, the global plutocrats, who called themselves “Optimates”, engaged in a succession of wars where the Roman Republic used its raw military power to destroy local democracies (Carthage, Numantia, Corinth, Athens, among many others). “Optimates” means “super good”. The Optimates tried their best to not apply the wealth redistribution law of Tiberius. All of this brought Rome to near death experience, when a number of Rome enemies, from Germans to Numidians engaged in synchronized attacks. Marius, a “New Man”, saved the Republic and imposed military reforms, during his seven Consulships, which addressed some of the problems Tiberius had evoked. Followed a war with Rome Italian allies… which won and got what they wanted, being incorporated in Rome. One more very confusing civil war soon followed, where the Optimate Sulla became dictator, and yet acted the other way, reestablishing the Republic, in particular the Tribunate. Sulla retired and died of natural causes. The Sulla generated civil war had killed more than 100,000 soldiers in combat. This check to decay enabled the Republic to flourish again…

However, more confused action followed when another New Man, Cicero, who spoke well but acted badly, having become Consul, took the side of fascist injustice and the Optimates, while talking as if he were saving the Republic… which he was helping to destroy in a pernicious way (Caesar then opposed Cicero in the Senate). Caesar, grand nephew of Marius, then became Consul and finally enacted the redistribution law of Tiberius, in 59 CE… Earning the hatred of the Optimates in the Senate (whom Caesar did not have to talk to, so he didn’t).

In 44 BCE, Caesar, one of the best three generals Rome ever had, was going to leave at the head of Rome’s most experienced and powerful army, ever, to sort out the military problems which would end up destroying the Occidental and Oriental Roman States. Instead, so great was the hatred of the establishment, that he was treacherously assassinated by the Optimates. The Populares rose in revolt at the murder of their chief. The Optimates found themselves on the run, and were in turn killed in a messy war. In the end the army of Octavian, Caesar’s grand nephew, and heir, imposed its will on the Senate. The army installed Octavian at the helm of the State. Much of the Roman male, combat age population had died during these two generations of continuous wars.  

Exhausted by what turned out to be a genocide, what was left of We The People preferred Octavian’s “Princeps Senatus”, First in Senate, rule, a semblance of restauration of the Republic, and soon he was named “Augustus”, the Augmenter.

But the worm was in the fruit… Violently reshuffling the Senate, Augustus established intellectual fascism during his rule by becoming Tribune of the People for life, which gave him a right of veto of all and any law or action: thought and facts were OK, as long as Augustus agreed with them.

A famous example occurred, when Augustus decided that a Military Tribune was actually a Consul when he got a top reward… Four centuries prior. This apparent detail exemplifies that the “princes” paid attention to extreme detail: if that Tribune, who later became Consul, had been Tribune at the time when Augustus decided he was actually Consul, that would have potentially severe consequences for Augustus. Yes, that devious. (The historian Titius Livius, aka Livy, relates the incident in such a subtle, backhanded complimentary way, that Augustus couldn’t stop him, but the “Princeps” surely hated him for it…)

Intellectual fascism had been instituted by Augustus, it would only get worse in the following centuries. In the end the Roman chicken lost its head, and then, after spilling blood all over, all its substance. Let’s notice that Caesar was just the opposite. But he died from it... Augustus would point out…

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Intellectual Fascism And The Destruction of Rome:

Rome had a few emperors who brought in some good measures, or policies: Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, Spetimus Alexander come to mind. But while the emperors changed, the Deep State evolved more slowly, and not in the good direction. Local democracy became the province of the rich, for example. A huge ecological crisis affected metal production. Adversaries became more advanced in military technology. 

All these problems had this in common: they could have been solved with more intelligence. And indeed, the successor regime of the Romans, the “Renovated Roman Empire” of the Franks would solve them. Confronted to triple invasions starting with the undefeated Muslims in 721 CE, the “Renovated Empire”, in spite of a deadly internal civil war, was able to repel and submit its adversaries, in great part because of better tech (superior steel, massive horses, etc.)  

So why did Rome become stupid? Intellectual fascism. If one displeased religiously in 382 CE, one could be killed by the Roman emperor, who could accuse anybody of heresy and apply any punishment. After the Franks came to power, the very notion of heresy became irrelevant for more than five centuries. 

Roman emperors had established anti-patenting: inventors were rewarded for NOT publicizing their discoveries: the Roman empire had become determined to become senile. After the Franks took control, the very notion of conservatism became a non-starter: innovation was the order of the day, every day. The practical result was that, by the Fourteenth Century, Europe, centered on its largest city, Paris, had surpassed in technology, science and philosophy the ancient Greco-Roman world and China. And some of these inventions were extremely practical: hydraulic hammers to forge large pieces of metal, mechanical advantage to replace armies of slaves, and glasses for keeping expert artisans active beyond the age of 40.

Europe technological superiority is worth emphasizing, because it demolishes the main premise of the “French Theory” historico-philosophical line, that Europe became wealthy by stealing the rest of the world: by 1400 CE Europe, except for Vikings in the New World, had not started its colonial expansion. 

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Maintaining A Civil Debate Is A Matter Of Intelligence, Not Just Politeness: 

As Trump fell ill, celebrity Professor of Philosophy at [New York] City College, evolutionary biologist, student of Stoicism, author of A Field Guide to a Happy Life, Massimo Pigliucci, typically wrote: “Unfortunately, he’s likely to recover”… Why do so many supposed to teach wisdom teach hatred instead?   

Because that’s who pays their salaries want. 

Ultimately, the attempted take-over of the Republic by an overpowerful oligarchy over We The People represented by the “Populares Party”, the “People Party”, failed: after a few generations of war, most of their descendants were killed or put out of power. However the mood that violence and power are more important than reasoned wisdom, triumphed. The brute force of the army, deeply mourning Caesar, and the loss of its most noble mission, was imposed, and brute force became the new psychological leader of Roman humanity.

The decay of the Roman Republic started with a decay of public discourse. The motivation of Tiberius Gracchus was depicted in the worst light: he wanted to be king, said his enemies. There is no evidence of this, just the opposite.   

There has been a decay of public discourse in the USA. This is not a debate anymore, but a flow of insults. This is much more dangerous than it looks. This is how the Roman Republic started to go down: the devolution of debate into the grossest insults, and no will to sincerity.

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Intellectual Fascism And Massively Lethal Pandemics:

Stephen Jones commented:

Although multiple disease epidemics that lasted for a century, didn’t help the Romans as well.

The Republic didn’t really collapse… Augustus was careful to pretend that he had reestablished the Republic. Relevantly, there were NO massive epidemics during the Republic.

Indeed, massive epidemics did not help Rome. Marcus Aurelius succumbed to the first massive one, as he was finishing a crucial war against the Marcomanni (so he didn’t, and the Marcomanni would pester civilization for centuries). 

BUT I do NOT know of the Roman State taking active counter-epidemic measures as a fascist “Principate” (I remember of Marcus’ measures against a handful of Christians, but not against any “plague”). 

Pericles had been TRIED for dealing in a bad way, it was alleged, with the epidemic which ravaged Athens.

The Plague outbreak in Constantinople in 541 CE, was thought to have been carried to the city by infected rats on grain ships arriving from Egypt. To feed its citizens, the huge city imported large amounts of grain, mostly from Egypt. The rat and flea population in Egypt thrived on feeding from the large granaries maintained by the government. Obviously, not enough cats.

Roman emperor Justinian had engaged in a reconquest of the entire Occidental empire. He reconquered North Africa and Italy. The Plague struck when he was engaged in the reconquest of Spain… The Goths, who held Spain, were saved by the Plague. In his Secret History, the Roman historian Procopius records the devastation in the countryside and reports the ruthless and fully inappropriate response by emperor Justinian:

When pestilence swept through the whole known world and notably the Roman Empire, wiping out most of the farming community and of necessity leaving a trail of desolation in its wake, Justinian showed no mercy towards the ruined freeholders. Even then, he did not refrain from demanding the annual tax, not only the amount at which he assessed each individual, but also the amount for which his deceased neighbors were liable.

It is evaluated that this Plague killed half of the population… About the same as the similar Plague of 1347 CE,

In 2013, scientists confirmed speculation that the cause of the Plague of Justinian was Yersinia pestis, the same bacterium responsible for the Black Death (1347–1351).[4][5] The latter was much shorter, but still killed an estimated one-third to one-half of Europeans

In 1347 CE, when the Black Death streaked through Europe, the anti-epidemic measures taken were astounding. Anti-contagion and confinement were enforced under the penalty of death. Indeed no aristocrat I know of, died… Whereas many prominent Romans caught the Plague of 541 CE, including Justinian. So it is likely that the mental decay into intellectual fascism of Rome facilitated the pandemics. Interestingly the 6C pandemic hit the Oriental Part of the empire hard, putting an end to its military reconquest of Occident. Whereas the Occidental Part, the Imperium Francorum, and the Goths seems to have been politically and militarily unaffected much less (I say “seem” because that’s all it is; we know Francia (Gaul) was hit hard).

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Examining the decline and fall of the Greco-Roman world is an analysis of what can go wrong when one declines and falls into plutocracy. However the decline and fall of the Greco-Roman State, although terrible, was only partial: in Occident, the elite kept on talking Latin for more than a millennium, and present day Western European languages are mostly derived from Greco-Roman (as they are mixes of Greek and Latin words). More fundamentally, Roman law stayed in force as the bedrock of justice… 

The big difference between decaying Rome and the Europe installed by the Franks was the attitude towards innovation and education. Whereas Rome had fallen in mental, intellectual and Catholic fascism, Europe would forever resist this, from a dispersion of power, the rearmament of localities, and a separation of church and state. The outlawing of slavery by Queen Bathilde in 655 CE accelerated technological progress. And, from there, progress in science. 

How this all started is interesting and documented well enough: elected King of the Franks Clovis, Roman imperator and Consul, instituted a completely different mood from that of the fascist Roman State. In this, he was just following the mentality of the Franks, a German-Roman mix enshrined in the Lex Salica, written in Latin, two centuries prior by Roman lawyers. Clovis had to work hard the other way, to impose a modicum of Roman military fascism on his army (the famous Vase de Soissons incident, a summary execution by Roman imperator Clovis of an insolent soldier, illustrated this).    

Judeo-Christianism, for better or worse, stayed supreme, for 15 centuries after the military collapse of the Romans in “Occident”… giving even birth to various religions, including Islam. But it never again was in charge. Because during the few years it was in charge, starting in 395 CE, it collapsed civilization.

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