Thursday, October 31, 2013
Be The Next Capital of Europe?
The author’s entry ‘did not make it’ to the shortlist of the Brexit Prize http://www.cityam.com/article/1383184050/city-economist-shortlist-100000-prize-brexit-plan. For what it is worth, I republish my entry (submission #1300) here. Edits have been made wherever I believe it necessary for clarity's sake).
When Washington, D.C. (D.C.=District of Columbia, U.S.A.), was created in 1790 as a result of a compromise between the Southern and Northern States of America, because both sides feared that the location of the capital city in either domain will give either side undue say in the affairs of state, significant new ground was broken in the art of fair government.
It is interesting that the American precedent may again play a role, this time in the governance of the European Union, which may be said to be divided, on the basis of historical experience, in states with an Eastern and Western orientation. This situation is especially onerous to the Eastern states, because the establishment of the capital of the European Union in
Brussels is a consequence of a Europe as it presented itself immediately after World War
2, and has been greatly influenced by the subsequent political contest between
two economic ideologies, communism and capitalism.
While we are told that Communism (championed by the Soviet Union in the East) has lost to Capitalism (championed by the West), the former, the ‘losers’ have not in the minds of their own people conceded the loss to the West to the extent that they should abandon their sovereign states to a centralized and ‘federated state’. After all, who will surrender his or her right to ‘equality’ to some phrase that gives a little more of the balance to the next man or woman. As for the ‘winner’—given the present financial and economic instability in the world—he has not proven his success beyond any doubt.
Therefore, as a consequence of the above, if there should be held a referendum in
Britain as to its membership in the European Union and
should the citizenry of Great Britain
vote to ‘out’ of the European Union, it will be to the cheer of many citizens
of Europe. To understand the “cheer”, we must
cast a glance at the lay of geography of Europe
As the map at the above link shows, the conventional view of Europe is bound by five (5) seas: the Arctic and Atlantic oceans (north and west of Europe); the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian seas (along the southern end of Europe); and the mountain ranges of the Urals and Caucasus that separate ancient Tartary (east and southeast) from what we now call Asia. Nevertheless, as the link also notes: “…the borders of
concept dating back to classical antiquity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_antiquity—are
somewhat arbitrary….” To wit: in ‘classical antiquity’ Europe embraced also
parts of Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Furthermore, one may also argue that following World War 2, which was ‘won’ by
the Soviet Union and a consortium of Western Allies, Europe extended its
borders (if that name is generously allowed for) as far East as the Sakhalin
Islands and as far South as the Indian Ocean.
In other words, the above mentioned areas have been in constant flux and interaction (sometimes violent) over a long period of time. Therefore, when one talks of Europe, one also speaks of cultures that overlap with each other, which is in spite of the fact that at one time the history
Europe [following the so-called Great
Schism (religious and political)] was captured by the self-absorbed viewpoint
of Western Christianity, which in our time is being shaken by an awakening of
Whatever the reasons for decreasing the geographical limits of Europe, the establishment of Brussels (Belgium) as the de facto capital of Europe was dictated by an element of elitist dominated post WW2 military bureaucracy, which herded and cajoled the surviving nationalist governments to enter the European Union, which they expected to turn, in due course, into a centralized federation of states. Needless to say, this was done without consulting the opinions of the people of Europe, who became aware that the chicanery of the surviving elements of the bureaucracy had lost them not only their sovereignty, but globalized them in a manner that caused them loss of their history and denied their sacrifices of life an honorable heritage. Therefore, today they see their future not as reality, but some ‘fancy fish’ in an aquarium.
Specific juridical steps that ought to follow an ‘out’ vote should take place within Article 50 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withdrawal_from_the_European_Union of the Lisbon Treaty, not in the form of an exit from the European Union, but in the context of an Amendment to said Article. The Amendment is to be guided by an additional question on the Referendum: whether Britain ‘in’ or ‘out’ (of Europe) will project more self-assured if there is added the following: “In the event the referendum vote results in an ‘out’ vote, will you agree to recommend that London propose itself part of an Olympiad of EU Capital Cities for a twenty-five (25) year period, thereby denying Brussels and any other city the image of an ‘eternal capital city’? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussels.
As the added question points out, the citizens of the European Union have not up to this point in time had an opportunity to decide the location of their capital, let alone discover that
has many worthy candidates for the role of capital city. Indeed, the location
of Brussels is based on the medieval
geopolitical model formed by former Benelux nations, without taking into
account the geopolitical alignment of the post Cold War order, the latter which
suggest a Europe of rotating rather than fixed
capital cities. Here, a brief summary of the history of the ‘rotating capital
cities’ of Europe since the fall of the Eastern Roman
When Byzantium, later also known as Constantinople (now Istanbul) came under increasing pressure from westward moving Turkic tribes (some call them Huns), the dominant Frankish tribes in the area found it expedient to move northwestward, just as some Slav tribes first moved to Kiev, later to Moscow.
The move northwest by the Franks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franks perhaps strengthened by earlier Frank tribes in that area, helped create the so-called Carolingian kingdom, with King Charlemagne at Aachen among its most notable heads. The Capetian http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Capet dynasty turned the Franks into the French, and established
Paris as the capital of then Western Europe. While other emerging nations were never
wholly satisfied with the arrangement, even greater unhappiness was experienced
by an offshoot of the Franks, the German tribes to the East of the French
dominated West. This is one of the reasons, why the Germans made an attempt to
establish an alternative de facto capital in Riga,
currently the capital city of .
To do so, they needed the cooperation of the Slavic people, who at that time
continued to make their home in the wood, where with the help of reindeer herds,
apple trees, turnips, and other forest and water goods, they practiced a
subsistence economy. Latvia
When the German attempt, led by the Teutonic knights, failed (for a number of complex reasons), the Germans retreated from Riga to Koenigsberg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Prussia , which was not only closer to the home lands of the Germans, but which soon thereafter became the capital of Prussia, which became the founding state of modern Germany. When the founding efforts of
were completed, the de facto German
capital was moved from Koenigsberg to ,
located a short distance to the west. Berlin
While the fall of the Soviet Union reestablished
Riga as a potential future
candidate for the capital of Europe, the political and economic orientation of
the Soviet Union was opposite that of the
Western nations. Also, the political leadership of post-Soviet Latvia (soon become submissive to the bureaucracy)
unilaterally denied its people a say in the matter by refusing them a
referendum provided for by their Constitution. This is the reason why this
participant in the IEA Brexit Prize comes from Brussels . Latvia
What makes a referendum regarding membership in the European Union by the people of England of such importance is that the result—whether ‘in’ or ‘out’—will enlarge the participant pool of potential future Capital Cities of Europe, even as it stops any one city from becoming dominant.
While a rotating capital city of
Europe may presently seem as a difficult thing to
achieve, in practice it should be no more difficult than, say, the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Olympic_Committee
deciding in which country to hold the
next Olympic Games. The rules as to which country will be Europe’s
successor capital appear to be ideally suited by the methods already
established by the IOC:
“Countries wishing to host the Summer Olympic Games or the Winter Olympic Games compete aggressively to have their bid accepted by the IOC. The IOC members, representing most of the member countries, vote to decide where the Games will take place. Members from countries which have cities bidding to host the games are excluded from the voting process, up until the point where their city drops out of the contest.”
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Jefferson in spite of his egalitarian rhetoric never
found a way to eliminate slavery--which was eliminated (in the long-term) by
the victory of the Capitalist north in the American Civil war--the Capitalist
victory led to (surprise!) the bonding of humankind with consumerism, surely a
form of slavery. It was Capitalism in intimate cooperation with Industrialism that
broke the back of the labor intensive economies which prevailed in pre-industrial
Undeniably, Capitalism was greeted as a liberating force—at first. Fired up by the Industrial Revolution, capitalists were able to entice former slaves (largely blacks) and coolies (mostly Chinese) to provide cheap labor that was needed to industrialize
Though most Americans look back at the violence that accompanied the capitalist
take-over as inevitable (therefore somehow pardonable), the violence was not
violence per se, but violence as a continuous war against the small farmer and nature.
The latter is best illustrated by the slaughter of the passenger pigeons and buffalo.
While the following link http://www.petersenshunting.com/2012/09/04/was-the-buffalo-nearly-hunted-to-near-extinction/ is written from the point of view of a ‘hunter’
and is an apologia of sorts, the ‘picture’ makes one’s hair stand. Similar
excuses for the amoral behavior of urbanites continue today among city
dwellers, who cannot imagine countryside people wishing their cities and them
dropping dead in the aftermath of the plunder of our planet. The continuous violence
of our urban based civilization is well illustrated by the following summation
of the history of wolf hunting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_hunting
. The urbanites, continue to rage across our planet unhindered. America
To what can we attribute
Jefferson’s failure to
abolish slavery and Capitalist violence? Today we know that the answer is a
simple one: Capitalists did not hesitate to print money, which over a period of
time compelled everyone to use it. Its use made slave labor too expensive for
the farmers to continue it, while it decreased the cost of labor in factories,
where machines could be serviced by three daily shifts.
After two hundred years of so-called Industrial Revolution, the capitalist three cards Monte has become transparent and the tricksters are preparing for their demise the best way they know how. The capitalists are printing ever more money, while
has stopped buying Western debt and has begun to convert whatever credibility
paper still has into gold. China
We also see like preparations (or is it Enlightenment turned delusionary?) in the forced march attempt of the European Union (war not excluding) to federalize the nations who have joined it in hopes that centralization will provide greater security.
is attempting to create a Custom Union with the aim of bringing the countries joining
it under a federalist government http://www.academia.edu/2400416/Federalization_in_Russia_and_Spain_The_Puzzle_of_Reversible_and_Irreversible_Outcomes
. What is unique about the federalization of Russia Russia
is that under the Soviet regime (with in lead), this geopolitical part
of our planet was perceived as providing an alternative to Western capitalism. As
the absence of any unique perceptions by brain=mass of the post-Soviet
leadership reveals, whatever uniqueness may have existed at the founding of the
Soviet Union, was dissipated by instituting capitalism by way of mimesis. In
short, the founders of the Soviet Union acted on the basis of erroneous
analysis of reality, which for that reason failed to communicate itself to
succeeding generations, andt the cancer of Russia grow unimpeded. Moscow
The optimists among anti-federalists should look at the pro-federalist dance of the unelected politicians in
as the dance of fat in an overheated pan about to catch fire. The fire--a burnt
through floor, collapsing under the weight of the Potempking facades of the financial
system and economy--is already here. What escapes the media pundits is that two
hundred years of so-called Industrial Revolution has devoured itself by
overconsumption, overproduction, and resumptuous overconfidence. Brussels
In the words of Irish poet Yeats: “things fall apart, the centre cannot hold….” At a time of overproduction, resource exhaustion, and forgetting of experiences in the past, federations fail to survive.
We see that in
Europe—in spite the enormous sums of money
spent on advertising the federal love song, which sings of the advantages of an
increasingly authoritarian government are not persuasive because its promises come
without guarantees. The suicide rate in many bankrupt or near bankrupt countries
is climbing. ,
a federation of states for a long time is reducing its food stamp program for
50 million Americans and preparing for riots. America does not provide an example
for an inspiring government, when so many are billionaires, but most of its people
are poor, the middle class is diminishing, and the crime rate is rising. America
For its part, England, fearful that if it is likely to be federated into the EU, London will lose its position to Brussels, which led by the German faction, will have little trouble taking from London its position as one of the great financial centers of the world, and transfer it to Frankfurt. As a possible solution to the problem,
will hold a popular referendum as what to do if the people vote against EU membership? England
The governments of most European countries are worried about the reaction of their people when they discover that they all have been put in a huge warehouse and all the exits are locked, and stood guard over by NATO. So far, federations have not let anyone leave the system on the basis of a referendum.
The politicians of my own country,
who during the past twenty-one years have created a fascist type of parliament
that serves its members reasonably well, but not the country, recently voted
against holding a referendum, even though it is mandated by the Latvian Constitution
if a given number of citizens demand it. However, the referendum has been avoided
by the parliament quintupling the number of signatures required to proceed. Due
to the below poverty level incomes of 80% of Latvia ’s inhabitants and no easy
electronic poling system, the new requirement is beyond reach of those who are
calling for a referendum. Latvia
is a ‘democratic’ country, where unhappiness--if it is contrary to government
definition of what is allowed as unhappiness--is not allowed to express itself.
This writer sees parallels in Latvia Latvia’s
Parliamentary fascism with socialist ’s new Vice Ministry of
Supreme Social Happiness “….whose primary purposes will be to enforce
‘happiness’. In other words, something
along the lines of… beatings will continue [and… referendums will be repressed—my
adlib] until happiness returns”…. or everyone
dies, or the unhappiness of a remainder of Latvians overfills the cup. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-26/boldly-go-where-no-socialist-has-gone-venezuela-creates-ministry-supreme-happiness
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Blood to Go
America’s misfortune is that it inherited ‘democracy’ in the form of an unsolved European crime, but was fooled into believing that the crime was a divine gift through the Magna Carta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Carta , Pilgrims-Calvinists http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_religion_were_the_pilgrims , and the Age of Enlightenment and Reason http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment.
has not understood to this day is that urban ‘democracy’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_democracy
is a delusion that finds for itself a delusionary act to translate into. It is
like you have just come on the street after seeing a fantastic movie and are
asking yourself: “Where can I find myself a lover or heroic role similar to the
one in the movie?” You find the answer by going into a pizza parlor and ordering
a pizza with anchovies. In short, you slap yourself in the face with the tail
of a fish. America
True democracy exists only in the wood, where every tree offers an opportunity to either hide or climb if whoever comes towards you appears stronger than you and you have not made your greeting friendly, or—if you are more courageous—you make him-her your dinner and no human rights organization will make an issue of it. In our post-wood civilization, where the ‘natural’ environment has been turned into an urban setting, ‘democracy’ is but a longue durée memory of the liberties in the wood, now best expressed through liberal capitalism, libertarianism, and libertinism. As stated in the previous blog in a slightly different context, ‘democracy’ is the death of death itself, which in every day language translates itself as “this is all there is” , “enjoy it while you can”, “the strong rule”, “the rich chose the music”.
I have also written that the event that set the modern era into motion was the substitution of the Christianity of the Wood with a Christianity of urbanites, which Christianities do not much differ from ‘democracy’ in the wood and ‘democracy’ in the city respectively. Because these bipolar versions of democracy and Christianity are not well understood and even less discussed, the original versions have fought the latter version with bloody and tragic fury, while the latter (in possession of nuclear bombs, and night vision goggles) claim the former belong in a oo.
I have no particular wish to pick on America, because—as stated in the first sentence—Europe is where the alternate or neo- versions of ‘Christianity’ and ‘Democracy’ took root and were the gospel stories were ghost written and ancient literature was rewritten. In so far as other governments (
et al) have evolved influenced by European and American versions of
Christianity and democracy, these, too, face a bloody comeuppance. As much as a
comeuppance spells disaster, it cannot be avoided, because there is no other
solution to the never faced problems of governments and the economy other than
through a reintroduction of death in a manner never to be forgotten. I dare
say, I see Robespierre, Stalin, and Pol Pot as comic book characters to the
Saturn whom many artists have been prophesying as being on the way, but never quite
succeeding in portraying the horror, because their works, always based on
experiences of their times have never reached the crescendo that is yet ahead.
Were we to create an artistic series, we would likely begin with the tapestries
once covering piles of potatoes on a French http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/04/20/article-1378818-0BA5552900000578-103_634x399.jpg potato field,
take a look at the Goya’s Saturn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_Devouring_His_Son
, and end with Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ http://www.jkrweb.com/art/images/guernica.jpg
, which in 2003 the U.S. had removed from the hall of United Nations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/02/guer-f08.html
because Collin Powell had war on Iraq
and execution of Saddam Hussein in mind. China
It is worth noting that the false flag of urban ‘democracy’ has been propping itself up by selecting fascism and communism as the bugaboos which will seize power if ‘democracy’ is turned out of its blood smeared offices.
America and its cronies in Europe
have ‘outlawed’ fascism by pointing to the atrocities of Hitler against the
Jews. Russia, too, through Lavrov, its foreign minister, states: “Sure enough, the Russian-Belgian contacts had to string along with the
twists and turns of the European history, but we can say with full confidence
that mutual affection between our peoples has been the constant of our
relationship. Now that ideological contradictions are a thing of the past…” In other words, now that bloody ‘democracy’ has a clear field as a
result of the collapse of fascism and communism and there appears to be no
chance of a re-analysis, ‘democracy’ may resume ruining the planet.
As we ought to know, both
have their own bloody histories. Russia ’s King Leopold II (1835-1909) exceeded Hitler’s and Stalin’s murders, perhaps more than the two
put together http://www.historytoday.com/tim-stanley/belgiums-heart-darkness
. Yet Lavrov’s statement clears the field for a Europe and Russia--‘knocked for
a loop’ by their recent histories--to make recovery of their former ways and
with renewed underhanded methods compete over the colonization of Eastern
Europe through cooperative federalization greased by compliant politicians of
impoverished nations. Sadly, the people of the formerly occupied nations are
unable to gather their wits because their minds are massaged and whitewashed by
urban democratic ideals and their forests are turned into tree stumps by banks.
Yet as a number of founding fathers of American ‘democracy’ pointed out, especially Jefferson http://www.ushistory.org/us/20.asp ,
was not a federalist nation. In short, at least some of the founding fathers of
implicitly argued that the future of democracy ought to evolve along the lines
of an autarky. To be sure, some have suggested that an autarky is a de facto
fascist state, while forgetting that an autarkic government was the nature of
government when humankind subsisted on the goods of nature and these had not
been exhausted by being turned into ‘resources’ by proto-capitalist and
capitalist governments, which decimated forests to plant grains, which are more
quickly turned into money than animal furs. America
Unfortunately, Jefferson’s ideas did not prevail, and
, its territory at that time
(1743-1826) yet in a natural state, was wide open to invasion by technology,
which began its assault by building railroads and killing off the native
population. Technology, no doubt, facilitated the development of capitalism,
which exploited and continues to exploit the planet: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24222392
The dangerous momentum that built
turned catastrophic after the U.S.
claimed to have ‘won’ WW2 (1945) and brought the Soviet
Union to its knees (1991). Its wealthy, bloated, and simplistic
minded elite began to overreach when they presumed to export ‘democracy’ with
increasingly bloody methods to countries not yet directly under the control of
their Federal Reserve Bank. As evidence of spying by the NSA shows https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/france-newest-ally-angry-over-nsa-spying
, ‘democratic’ proto-invasions began as early as 1960s, though not yet on such
a scale as in the present computerized era. Due to the financial and economic
crisis, instigated by dysfunctional ‘democratic’ governments, now striking all
Western-born nations simultaneously, Europe has
become increasingly frantic in its attempt to become a Federalized Union. Brussels power plays have brought alarm to at least one European
country— . England
Monday, October 21, 2013
False Flag of NATO
If anyone wishes to know what is wrong with our planet, the answer is that the human race which Earth has borne is psychologically sick. It no longer has a government that can hold a community together for a length of time.
There are a many examples of this psychological sickness. Some of its consequences: the nuclear bomb and its ‘harmless’ everyday expression, through nuclear power, which from Fukushima is spreading the radiation disease to all the life forms inhabiting and all the countries surrounding the Pacific ocean.
As far as government ‘protection’ is concerned, it is little more than a repetition of the insulting demand for our forebears to have ‘faith’ in the teachings of the monks from Frankland. Today those same monks have ‘progressed’ to ‘soldiers’ who insist that the ‘doctrine’ of ‘militarism’ be believed as faithfully as the Christian dogma of immortality. The headquarters of their organization, called NATO, remains located at its point of origin, the centre of Benelux countries, namely
and its leader is a former right wing Danish prime minister http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Fogh_Rasmussen
The country of my origin,
is a member and fervent supporter of the NATO’s false flag. While Latvia is too
poor to contribute the suggested 2% of GDP to armament in financial terms, it
has agreed to extend the service of its soldiers in Afghanistan, while every
other country is hastily withdrawing from this ill begotten war more than a
decade old. I will not be surprised if the ill informed Latvian society soon hears
the number of casualties among its soldiers sharply increasing. Latvia
As explained in many other blogs, I am a believer that the story of Jesus Christ was ghosted by the Franks, when they were forced to depart the Empire of Byzantium. The departure was due to a combination of two forces: 1) the invading Turkish tribes from the East were stronger than the divided community, and 2) the community was divided as a result of the murder by Isha, the executive king of
, of Khan, the sacred
The following quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurchen_people :
“Both Mongols and Jurchens used the title Khan [or Cha-gan] for the leaders of a political entity, whether "emperor" or "chief". A particularly powerful chief was called beile ("prince, nobleman"), corresponding with the Mongolian beki and Turkish beg or bey.” [Undoubtedly, the Latvian word ‘bahlelyn’ is a derivative of ’bey’. It is not inconceiveable that the word ‘beggar’ derives from when some Ottoman prince was forced to crawl before a Christian king if he wished to save his neck.]
The word Jesus-Iesu may derive from Yishiha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yishiha , who was a famous and powerful prince-eunuch.
These two individuals, beg and ishi, formed what is one of the oldest systems of government—a Diarchy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diarchy. The system still finds uses in our own day; see link under
Canada and . Northern Ireland
It is my argument that governance of communities was seriously disturbed when one of the Diarchs, most likely Ishi was killed by Khan. The shock experienced by the governed is revealed by the fact that Khan or Cha-gan, the killer, exchanged his title for that of Ishi or Iesu. It is not that Khan was inherently a different kind of human being, but by killing Ishi, he killed the sacrificial king, the eunuch-prince, thus guaranteeing that the rulers ruled in the name of equality for all of the community.
The psychological necessity of equality, when denied, is the cause that moves humankind toward self-destruction. Without a check on him by Ishi, the Khan, King, or Yan no longer functions, and is given to ‘liberalism’ and ‘democracy’, which when institutionalized, become guarantors of chaotic governance and the elevation of capitalism to be the governing economic system. The ‘Industrial Age’ is a capitalist invention and the reason planet Earth is experiencing an environmental catastrophe and collapse of society.
A thousand years or more have passed since the death and removal of Ishi-Iesu. In these thousand years, the Khans have managed to instill in humankind an absolute fear of death, which turns death into an evil. The Khans did this by teaching humans that Ishi rose from the dead and they were born to be immortal. Only in our time do we see a reintroduction by way of quantum mechanics, the existence of parallel universes, that human beings to believe that at after their death they do not go to either hell or heaven, but cross over to what Latvians used to call: ‘The Other Sun’ (viņu Sauli).
The effort to return to a Diarchal system of government is necessarily difficult and bloody. The only politicians who have attempted it are today known as ‘communists’ (meaning: absolute egalitarians). As a result of their bloody takeovers of government, communists are almost universally condemned and belittled. Still, I would suggest that the reason for holding communism in contempt is because ‘communist’ leaders such as Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, and Pol Pot failed to end their carriers with self-sacrificial death.
The failure of the Liberal system of government (the death of death) continues to manifest itself in innumerable ‘false flags’, generally manifest as catastrophic events which are created because of the disparity of wealth between the ruling parties and their supporters (a minority of 0.1%) vs the general public (the majority). Often these false flags are discovered for what they are only years later. The slaughter in the Katyn Wood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24605103 , in which thousands of Polish officers and other high officials were shot by the Stalin regime, has not been openly acknowledged by the Russian government to this day. Likewise, the American government refuses to have an investigation of ‘the 9/11 incident’ in
. New York City
While the False Flag, known as The New Testament, was likely written by the Franks after they had moved from the vicinity of
to that of ,
this flag, too, has never been acknowledged, yet continues to threaten and kill
people to this day. The latest instances are the aggressive moves by NATO in
the Middle East, emphatically supported by the French (formerly Franks), the British,
and Germans—all descendants of the Goths (perhaps Vikings before the renaming)
who removed themselves from Byzantium. Brussels
Friday, October 18, 2013
A news item in yesterday’s (Oct. 16) Apollo, an internet platform in Latvia, has an article about how in the near future many more of my countrymen may leave the country, because the government is determined to further reduce the number of municipal governments from 119 to about 30 by 2020 http://www.apollo.lv/zinas/prognoze-jaunu-iedzivotaju-emigracijas-vilni/616723 . The reduction is being done to simplify and make it easier for the remaining 30 municipalities to access EU funds. Moreover, there is an unmistakable trend for the municipalities to spend the EU funds in building up the cities and bypassing the countryside.
Surely there is a difference between a sovereign country and a country invaded by federalists who claim that its sovereignty remains unscathed!
In a curious manner the news link reflects a conversation that I recently shared with a member of another Latvian news portal (http://latviansonline.com/forum/viewforum/8/ ). My partner in the conversation is a retired radio engineer. He had just informed the readers at the portal that he is using his retirement to study the ‘photon’, a subject related to his profession, and that he had come to the conclusion that time was an illusion, a figment of our imagination, which is well illustrated by the cinematographic denouement of time in our particular space-time.
I have no problem in concurring with the man’s thesis, because for some time it has played a key role in the so-called Heisenberg’s quantum mechanics. However, what I bring to the engineer’s thesis is my own thesis, this being that hallucinogenic plants have since ancient times been used to bridge the small gap in time between the cinematographic pictures. As I perceive it, this ‘gap’ permits us to access a parallel universe. Indeed, there are scientists, such as Robert Lanza, MD, http://www.robertlanzabiocentrism.com/is-death-an-illusion-evidence-suggests-death-isnt-the-end/ who propose a theory known as Biocentrism, which propounds that these conceivable parallel universes suggest that there is no death. What interests me in particular is that I believe parallel universes occur also in our own space and time. I will say more about this in the following paragraphs. First, however, I would like to bring the readers’ attention to my previous blog (223) about the city or polis, which is a parallel universe to the one that preceded it, i.e., the time when humankind lived for the most part in the wood, where traditions were maintained not by the written, but by the spoken word.
In any event, the following is my letter to my correspondent, one Gunahrs B., apparently an electronics engineer, now retired and living in
. I have—for
clarity’s sake==made some minor editorial changes. England
“Hello, Gunars! Discontinuous consciousness has been in ‘use’ for some time by those who have higher education and funds to design machinery and drugs to take advantage of this phenomenon. I understand that some of our modern machines cannot really be used without the assistance of psychotropic drugs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoactive_drug; combat pilots are said to be regularly using these drugs on their missions. In a simplified way in earlier times, this is the same as getting your (government approved) ration of rum when needing to advance across an open field against an enemy firing at you with deliberate aim and the air is filled with bullets that have lost their way (the battles at Austerlitz, Borodino, Gettysburg, Waterloo come to mind). While death under such conditions is almost certain, at least the combatants face it deliberately mindless and are not trapped in the niche evolution designed their consciousness to occupy.
“Yesterday I listened to a drone pilot, who lives with his family in Las Vegas describe his trip to his air force base, where he takes over an ongoing drone mission in Afghanistan, and begin ‘helping’ some NATO soldier or killing an Taliban ‘terrorist’ in Afghanistan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24522150#TWEET922099 It does not appear as if this ‘pilot’ is on drugs, but the very fact that I have to put the word in quotation marks, reflects that I am talking about a ‘reality’ apart from where I sit at this moment. I cannot imagine this ‘pilot’ keeping at such a job (killing someone at one moment, the next helping his daughter chose what color tutu to wear) without soon seeking help at a PTSD hospital or in a bottle of vodka or bourbon. From what I have heard, marihuana is more efficient and less harmful than prescription drugs.
“In past times, before men’s lives were governed by governments (NSA and like) and most of us lived in or near a wood (as I did during WW2), while neo-religion had long repressed our native religion, there were still stories circulating about magicians, male and female (bur-vis and ra-gana) and their expertise with healing teas, potions, compresses and like. Then there were also stories of how these native medicine doctors were burned at a stake, or tied to a chair at the end of a pole, which was regularly dunked into a pond to make them confess to using mushrooms or Wild John to escape the Dominicans, Franciscans, or Jesuits come to ‘save’ them and us. Surely, with so many Latvians at one time serving in the tsar’s army in Central Asia fighting Turks and other ‘heathens’, it is disingenuous and stupid to believe that they returned home with missing limbs, and did not bring to Livonia Johns Grass seeds and contribute to local knowledge of the plants healing properties.”
As far as ‘saving’ is concerned, it seems to have been little other than a repetition of the demand for our forebears to have ‘faith’ in the monks from Frankland teachings. Today those same monks have ‘progressed’ and become ‘scientists’ who likewise insist that the ‘doctrine’ of ‘science’ must be followed, i.e., if you wish to have access to communications http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-09/why-were-shutting-our-comments you must have ‘faith’ in our ‘editors’ who are members of our ‘government’. In an astonishing manner, we are witnessing the repetition of the old fight between the ‘heretics’ and the ‘priests’ with imprimatur, when such an imprimatur has largely lost its validity http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-needed-revolution-emerging-in.html . Another way to put this was put by heretics, such as my own Herrnhuter forebears. There was no need of middlemen-priests between them and God. However, this is why the living spirit in my countrymen continues being destroyed by ‘Christ-ianity’s’ middlemen and the Academia, while the Herrnhuters have disappeared among the anonymous.
The above mentioned correspondence originated because my respondent questioned the efficacy of ‘drugs’, while putting his faith in ‘reason’. Because ‘reason’ is nothing more than another name for the process of ‘deduction’, I wonder why it cannot be that it cannot be deduced that we live in a realm of ‘parallel universes’?
If this is so, why is it not true that a universe where the detective story and novel has been destroyed by the ‘new’ culture being brought to us by such as the NSA (http://rt.com/usa/surveiilance-court-collection-confirmation-107/ which may listen to us and learn our secrets even through a turned-off mobile phone), why those of us opposed to such an intrusive government cannot fight back by claiming it to be a universe of false flags beginning more than a thousand years ago? May we not deduce that the paranoia of the
government is sourced in the past? U.S.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Before the Polis
When around the small ancient temples in the wood there began to congregate solitary wanderers and herders of forest animals, who eventually became the inhabitants of this new ground, there came a time when the new residents forgot that they owed their new abode, its ground and the surrounding wood special reverence. The reverence was by virtue of the fact that beginning with the temple http://ultima0thule.blogspot.com/2012_02_26_archive.html , which evolved out of the shaman’s shack, the succeeding city and landscape became a virtual, and no longer an organic entity.
When the inhabitants of the virtual city forgot that their home (a cave, a lean to, a tent) was built on what at its origin was believed to be sacred ground, they, noting the size of their congregation, puffed up with conceit, at first only to dangerous, later, to catastrophic levels. The catastrophe arose from the fact that as the city expanded—or as some say ‘sprawled’—it forgot that its origins were not organic, but were founded on a virtual space. In due course, mechanized vehicles, known as ‘cars’, small houses on wheels, radiated out of the city on roads which consumed the wood and the countryside, and persuaded the inhabitants of the wood to desire a city’s luxuries, which could be got only by moving to the city. In practical terms, this meant exchanging simple sandals for spit-shined shoes; because women were invited to support the army city-zens (zens=gens=jens=Johns*), their shoes were raised on high heels, so that the Johns could prick then more easily. Some of the saints castrated themselves in disgust.
However, the passage to the city even by a -zens had to be earned; first, by paying to the city’s king or prince taxes in the form of animal pelts (which meant slaughtering the reindeer cows which the wood people had heretofore herded only for the sake of their milk), later, by axing trees and replacing them with what was called ‘farm country’, where the reindeer were replaced with castrated buffalo known as oxen, and trees were replaced by stalks of grain, which, when compared to the wood, were easier to exploit and tax. The pet frog of the shaman, which he kept in the swamp because of its oracle-like croak and which he called The Sphinx, was driven from her abode and transferred to the desert that evolved out of the city’s dump in the image of a lioness cut our of sandstone rock.
As human beings were driven from the wood, they naturally wished to bring their form of political life known as polycracy (later ‘democracy’) to the city. It was not an easy thing to do, and indeed was never accomplished. As we know, as a consequences of such regimented structures, which some call ‘little boxes’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlSpc87Jfr0 and are taken advantage of by spy organizations such as the NSA, readily attach themselves as leeches to them, and writers of detective and spy novels gain popularity as they try to figure out how the murder was done. Of course, with the arrival of the ‘victorious’ NSA, we are witness to the death of spy stories. When a society reaches the point where a government installs an agency such as the NSA, it becomes a political failure. This is the situation facing us today: in the cities of our day neither democracy or urbanity are any longer possible--not even in our wildest dreams.
If my thesis is correct, must we now return to the wood? Yes, in a sense. Even some economists at the Rubini Ecomonitor blog argue that the Tea Party is made up largely of Old Confederates for whom the Federal Government remains the ‘enemy’ http://www.economonitor.com/blog/2013/10/the-decline-of-the-united-states/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EconoMonitor%20Highlights%3A%20Armageddon%20Here%20We%20Come%21
The wood is the origin of democracy not only for human beings, but wildlife, too. Unfortunately, hunters from urban areas have never heard that the wood stands for humankind’s original home. In the area where I live, just a week ago some young men, on opening day of the hunting season—so I am told—shot two moose calves, and were so exited or ashamed of their ‘success’ that they so completely wasted themselves on alcohol that, fortunately, they did not go hunting the following day. However one thinks of such manifestations of barbarism, one cannot escape noting that violence continues to be acceptable to a significant element of Latvian society even though it has itself been repeatedly violated by wars and occupations. The long duree of history (also maladie longue duree) of culture apparently continues to believe that ‘progress’ can be had for ‘free’ with just a ‘little’ applications of violence. After all, hunting moose hurts no human beings, and what is the life of the calf of a moose or a Palestinian when compared to the life of a Latvian or Israeli? As yet—so the imbedded thinking goes—if a government claims itself ‘democratic’ and says that hunting is okay; it must be so, and I can play at being dumb without consequences.
Our response to such a attitudes ought be a prayer for catastrophe, because not a few wise men have said that significant changes occur only when humankind is faced by a catastrophe. At the time of this writing, such a catastrophe has two ongoing pathways, one signaling to the right, the other to the left: 1) through a war on Syria and then on to Russia http://www.infowars.com/top-nuke-commanders-fired-following-missing-nuclear-warheads-report/ ; or 2) through the U.S. government not raising the debt ceiling, declaring the government bankrupt, http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-shutdown-of-the-u-s-government-and-debt-default-a-dress-rehearsal-for-the-privatization-of-the-federal-state-system/5354066 and therewith privatizing war. In the event of the last, some private corporations are likely to announce recruitment drives for a private army, promising to ‘pay’ only through plunder of ‘enemy’ assets. As the Syrian crisis appears to have abated as a result of Russian fears of war, it is not surprising that 2) is in ascent.
And then? I would opt for regress in time and a return to government led by a shaman, who when all his magic potions failed him, reversed himself and became a self-sacrificing king.
*zens=gens. Those who have followed my blogs will know that I believe these cognates to originally have stood for the name of God, re: Gans, Ian, Ivan, Jans, Jean, Gans, etc.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Fascist Autarkies (8)
In the preceding blog, I asked by way of a quote if a flood of words can “…cleanse the sordid and polluted Earth...”?
Up until the ‘true democratic’ government unleashed the NSA https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/10/polls-continue-show-majority-americans-against-nsa-spying to abolish privacy and intimidate uncensored thought on the internet, there were people who believed this was possible even if the ‘populist’ contributions from the ‘underground’ (a la Gogol’s “Dead Souls” http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/232932.Nikolai_Gogol ) were almost intolerably vulgar. Yet, the internet can be controlled to the ends of making a point if the platforms are willing to control excessive vulgarity. As everyone ought to know, vulgarity may be used to inhibit the evolution of a thread of thought and destroy creative communications.
It was Marx who coined the phrase about “brave words” used by the petty bourgeois “about freedom in general”. This was said by Marx in the context of “private property [being] already done away with for nine-tenths of the population.” And while
has been a haven for the “private propertied”, in our day this exception has
been turned against the bourgeois by the 0.01% of billionaires and millionaires
). Nevertheless, in so far as words suggest potential action, “a waterless
flood” may well be necessary to initiate action that may lead to cleansing. America
To return to the subject of geopolitics, however, which is where opponents of federalisms and centralization of power may still have a role to play. Though verbally adept populists are turned to ‘sheeple’ by the intrusive vulgarity of dumbed down supporters of ‘individualism’ such as Madonna offering herself for a ‘naked lunch’ or Pussy Riot twittering crotches for the delectation of saints, perhaps there yet remain a crumb for the day of wrath.
The ‘democratic’ leaders of our era, dependent on the donations of the wealthy and no longer needing the citizen who has no job or money on a planet exhausted of ‘free’ natural resources, believe that the solution to the problem of being human in a world dominated by power and violence is still to be sought in the continued corruption of the ideas of Rousseau http://www.iep.utm.edu/rousseau/ (18th century) and the French Revolution http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_did_Rousseau_inspire_the_French_Revolution brought to its knees by liberal Capitalism in combination with the best of all political systems, i.e., ‘democracy’ and individual rights in control of community interests. According to the best (?) academic and political minds, Enlightenment won a significant victory when during WW2 the opponents of Hitler’s Reich beat the Nazis into submission.
This may be so if the critics of fascism are right that a community’s interest in ‘progress’ without end forces it to find an enemy either within, without, or both. Finding an enemy justifies the presumption that ‘progress’ is a phenomenon without end or bounds experienced by all liberal societies. This was true when Nazi Germany, emerging from an economic abyss due to the imposition of war reparations, discovered the enemy in Jews, who were then mercilessly slaughtered because of the inability of the Nazi’s to find a rationale that for all of their trouble they were unable to end the social and economic crisis as an egalitarian society, but like all ‘good’ capitalist countries had recreated themselves in the image of a pyramid of wealth. When the enemy within the Nazi state no longer was enough of an excuse, it was found without in other states. Having lived the last months of WW2 in Weimar, not all that far from Buchenwald, I am aware of what a concentration camp does to those it blames for causing the ills of the national community.
Nevertheless, I have always been conflicted about the rights of a community and the trumping of these rights by vandals on behalf of liberal capitalism, individual rights defenders and crusaders such as Pussy Riot. With regard to the urbanites, who on the whole favor liberalism over traditionalism of the countryside, I belong among those, who in time of troubes wish to become absolutes rulers with powers to eliminate the evident centre of the infection—the city. In my opinion, the city excels as nature’s dictator ever since we’ve known that the marketplace of the city has its origins in the court of the castle of the first capitalist and is a whyfore why the people of the city, have tended to identify with its king or president.
What I find peculiar about the attitudes of urbanites is that contrary to fact, they presume to have the right to prior attention over rural people and nature.
This leads me to the question if a fascist state, one that (presumably necessarily) cannot escape seeking an enemy to survive is inevitable? To which my answer is a NO, the only reason for a YES being that it is ‘democratic’ rule that is predetermined to discover ‘endless progress’ to be among its political genes. Interestingly, ever since the rise of the Age of Enlightenment, the same ‘democracy’ has driven most European countries to fulfill themselves in a violent state.
Was then ever in
Europe or anywhere else in the world a non-violent
fascist state? The numerous nation communities in which Europe
excels would lead one to conclude that indeed—at one time or another—this was
Yet here we have a completely non-democratic and mindlessly presumptions leadership of a presumed European Union telling all the nation states that are at Europe’s foundation that they must be working toward the elimination of their sovereignty for the sake of a centralized ‘federalized’ Empire that is to play second fiddle as a ‘regional’ power to an obviously failed and violent American Empire (or its offshoots in Russia and China).
I have presented the alternative ‘fascist’ state before; pointing out that such a state is the ‘autarky’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autarky . Of course, this alternative state is simply invoked as a dictatorship, with no consideration given to the fact that it is a static state rather than one with an inbuilt mechanism toward violence, dominance, and progress of a ‘democratic’ state.
An autarky solved the problem of violence by turning it inward rather than extroverting it as our crusading democracies do it. Everyone, who has ever studied anthropology or read the founding myths of ancient communities and cultures, knows that an autarkic community was ruled by a ‘sacrificial king’, the kings function being not only that of a ruler, but of a ‘sacrificial goat’, who dies for the sins that were expended on the community in order to maintain it viable, enduring, and peaceful.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
A Waterless Flood I (7)
The title of this blog comes from Margaret Atwood’s novel called “MaddAddam”, a story of global disaster in the near future http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/maddaddam_20130920.
Though I have not read the novel, which on other occasions would disqualify me from making further comments, for all that this is not unusual. This is not the first time that I have met up with the problem, when a sidebar tells the reader “to see long excerpts from “MaddAddam” at Google Books, click here” ; but when I click here all I get is a short bio of the author and no ‘long excerpt’.
In short, the reader is left with this blogger’s own version of ‘a waterless flood’—words ad infinitum.
‘A Waterless Flood’ is a reference within Atwood’s book, offered to us through its reviewer, Michael Dirda, to one “… Adam One, who has long foretold the coming of a Waterless Flood that will cleanse the sordid and polluted Earth...”, (www.truthdig.com).
In any event, to return to the theme of the preceding blog: Zbigniew Brzezinski’s geopolitics as expressed in his book “The Grand Chessboard”, which example I was using to facilitate a discussion of the future of Russia.
What complicates the situation for
is less American geopolitical ambition, but a reawakened China making claim on the natural resources of Eurasian
territories such as Kazakhstan
formerly subordinated to the Soviet Union. China is also said to want to lease some 6% of Ukrainian soil to grow harvests for itself. What
makes China’s claim not only
potentially violent, but also Revolutionary is Brzezinski’s attempts to reduce
Russia and China vis-à-vis
‘regional’ powers; which neither of them intends to be reduced to. U.S.A.
Interestingly, in the long term, protesting their status as ‘regional’ powers, causes the interests of
Russia and coincide.
If they enter into a conflict with each other, they act in the interest of the China and its
European allies (military and corporate). The Revolutionary potential in the
conflict of interests is for Europe, Russia, and China to radically change
their geopolitical perspective (Europe, after all, too, is no more than a
‘regional’ power from Brzezinski’s perspective), and work toward integration of
their political entities into a vast new geopolitical landmass called Eu-Ru-Chi
. This makes vastly better sense than a bank led geopolitical structure such as
TAFTA http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-us-eu-transatlantic-free-trade-agreement-tafta-big-business-corporate-power-grab/5352885 currently
in the making. U.S.
Impossible as integration of Europe and
Asia may seem, it
is not an impossibility. The real obstacle
to it is the imbalance of populations, the Chinese population being some six
times larger than that of .
However, this problem can be overcome is Russia Russia
sees a way to integrate with the nations of Europe.
There may be no way around such an integration because the U.S. has military superiority many times over the military power of Russia and China combined and is implementing a strategy of surrounding Ru-Chi with military bases and missiles capable of delivering nuclear explosives. To short-circuit the military threat, Ru-Chi need to discover other means of undermining American and European military strategy. One such way is to reexamine the historical chronology concocted by both these ‘false flag’ powers. This brings us back to the Russian mathematician and historian Anatoly Fomenko http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0U7OUULZs4 .
Of course, I am not saying that the claims by Fomenko do not need to be further examined. Nevertheless, Fomenko’s research leaves little doubt that the chronology of history as presented to us by the academies of the West need reanalysis, which is likely to bring about a historical scandal, a reset of chronology, and a likely rearrangement of sequence of events.
If as this writer suspects, the chronology of history is closer to Fomenko’s proposals than that of the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and the Catholic Church, the nationalisms brought into being by Enlightenment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment (an unwelcome and unintended consequence) and communal loyalties centered on language, may be replaced by loyalties to the the organic environment, which is in a state of collapse at this time.
In Memoriam: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-05/man-who-lit-himself-fire-national-mall-has-died