THE SATURDAY ESSAY: The Five Fatal Falsehoods of Homo sapiens

Resistance

OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IS SHIBBOLETHARGY

If the world seems like a strangely threatening place at the moment, then it probably has something to do with the quite extraordinary spectrum of strange groups who seem unable to get beyond threatening people. They’ve existed throughout my life and for most of recorded history, but I doubt if there have been many times when their presence has been as powerful, varied and numerous as it is today.

At the same time, however, the core nature of these ‘tribes’ is remarkably consistent. That is to say, they all have a fixed ideology, they’re all monopolist by instinct, they’re all utterly intolerant of opposing views in any shape or form, none of them are liberal democratic, all of them use violent bullying in its many forms, all of them are retrogressive, and all of them are out of touch with anthropological reality.

The list could run to a dozen or so examples, but I think most commentators could agree that the top five are US energy obsession, radical Islam, globalist neoliberal fiscal economics, illiberal politics, and egotistical supranationalism. They’re not presented in any particular hierarchy of danger, and they are far from being mutually exclusive: US foreign policy has been in part a catalyst for Jihadism, neoliberal lunacies lead to illiberal politics, superstates are the preferred illiberal political formats of globalists, monopolist energy interests drive geopolitics and so forth.

I have noted before that the irony of every ideology is that it hates the generation of new ideas. One could argue that the collective term is inappropriate, and should really be called mythology – or better still, shibbolethargy: a belief system where the starting point is flawed, and empirical change over time is ignored, denied, and then eventually the subject of lethal politico-legal responses from the élite. The desire for protection of sanctity is ever present; sometimes – in the case of oil for example – the protectionism is commercial: it involves suppression, manipulation and deliberate scientific stagnation. In the Islamist context, the response is beheading, terror tactics and a permanent desire for cultural domination. Where the whole process gets seriously dangerous for the Earth is when oil monopolism and religious extremism collide.

The use of the word ‘process’ there is conscious: if I had to sum up what The Slog’s core aim is, I’d say “to help protect fragile, communal small creative from autocratic neoliberal process”. The philosophical, social, commercial, cultural and ethical values that lie behind that desire are myriad, but it is the blatant antipathy towards it of the Top Five that represents – for me – a deadly consistency that must be resisted. Without such capital-R Resistance, the future of our and many other species on this our only planet will be seriously and increasingly under threat.

But it must in turn go further than that: free thinkers need radical but peaceful and constructive strategies to cut the concentrically vicious circles created by shibbolethargy. Evidence of the flawed beliefs that underlie it do not cut it with the believers: ‘show’ is, as always, far more compelling than ‘tell’. Let me try and illustrate this with each of the Fatal Five.

The increasingly unconstitutional grip held by Wall Street, the State Department and the Pentagon upon US foreign policy has been made possible by a highly monied political system; it has produced an almost entirely ‘bought’ Congress where the survival of three things dominates all other issues. The triad I refer to is the oil business, the banking system and cyber-weaponry.

So two priorities immediately present themselves. First, the removal of all monied lobbying from the system. And connected to that, a vast investment in making the oil age history as soon as possible. Taking this action alone would, in and of itself, reduce the need for offensive cyber weapons, and lead very swiftly towards a root-and-branch reform of the banking system…returning it to it rightful place as a risk-taking investor in entrepreneurial and communal capitalism – rather than propping up (or being propped up by) an idiotic global economy construct.

Its most significant immediate effect, however, would be to reduce the obsessive focus on Middle Eastern affairs, put Islamic fundamentalism on the back foot, and curb Israel’s inordinate influence on American foreign policy. Faced with the reduced relevance of occupying oilfields – and a dramatically downscaled US presence in the region – Jihadist extremists would find it harder to recruit.

Here too, there are proactive things the Resistance could do. One very real problem that pc-driven policy refuses to face is the vast and insidious ‘fellow-travelling’ of Islamic money and approval that fundamentalists get: rather than fruitlessly bombing this year’s new flavour of religious radicals, a key component of any attack upon perverted versions of Islam would be to make life very awkward and inconvenient indeed for those who bankroll it. Oil-fuelled geopolitics demand that no such moves are made against the Saudis; in a post-oil world, that amoral foreign policy dictate would no longer apply. Equally, there is a real need to treat Islamics differently to travellers of other faiths who do not have such a track-record of brainless violence. Targeted searching during security procedures is the natural and sensible retaliation to terror tactics…however abhorrent Human Rights activists might find that, it is common sense to combat destructive disruption by using one’s primary senses.

Instead, what we see everywhere in the West today is the use of ‘the War on Terror’ as a rationale for profoundly illiberal legislation straight out of the classic study of thought serfdom,1984. In the UK, a truly Orwellian term, non-violent extremist (NVE), has been coined by the new Conservative administration. Purely in the philosophical sense, it would be hard to argue that anti-social extremism is possible without violence of speech, writing or physical attacks upon members of the hated group. Along the more general legal dimension, however, the idea is a minefield of explosive nonsense.

Senior government ministers who talk airily about “those who detest our society but are careful to stay just within the law” forget that this definition could be applied to great figures whom they would probably classify as even worse: Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandele, Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Aneurin Bevan, Emily Pankhurst, John Wilkes, and in fact pretty much every passionate social reformer in modern history. Sometimes, societies are detestable.

The focus of Resistance in Europe as a whole, in fact, needs to be the public deconstruction of laws that aim only to prop up criminal privilege. The recent French law forbidding the publication of banking sector weaknesses represents a clear case of a Socialist government caving in to the ramifications of imprudent intra-bank trading. So too, the same UK government keen to extend the concept of citizen criminality is determined to remain part of a supranational European Union that has shown itself willing to operate outside the laws emanating from its own constitution whenever the mood takes it: its accounts remain an unaudited history of mass corruption, member States are ‘forbidden’ to hold elections and referendums, their banking systems are undermined and their elected leaders threatened. This EU that started out by not listening to debt markets is now deaf and blind to what its citizens want: that is, a diverse Europe of communities, not a forced cultural transformation producing legions of ersatz Germans.

Especially among young people in 2015, an attitude has taken hold that “there is no point in voting/protesting/resisting/getting involved because it won’t make any difference”. When the system of governance in place is an inexcusably undemocratic duopoly based on lost votes and self-perpetuation – as in the UK – that is certainly true of voting: but the task then becomes, surely, one of applying extra-Parliamentary pressure to make every vote valuable.

There is nothing extreme or fascist in that contention: all the major British socio-political and electoral reforms before 1945 were achieved in this manner, as was the 1980s rejection of the Poll Tax, the 1990s rejection of Blair’s ID card drivel, and the 2014 rejection of Cameron’s desire for physical involvement in military action against ISIS. They went into, or stayed out of, the Statute Book because of riots, MP write-ins, women chaining themselves to railings, mass demonstrations, media campaigns, and industrial action. The social conscience of MPs had little or nothing to do with it.

The depoliticisation of the citizen via dumbed-down education, non-existent civics and tabloid media distraction hasn’t just decimated the number of people with a social conscience in the West: it has dulled any real sense of culturally ethical consciousness. Worse still, it has instilled among our disadvantaged the assumption that the Might of Right cannot be beaten. This is the real myth we must work to debunk.

Ralph Nader amassed an army of dedicated volunteer activists that forced the US car industry to give safety a much higher priority. Samuel Plimsoll MP took on the all-powerful shipping lobby of the British Empire, and forced it to make crew safety a much higher priority. Syriza may have thus far failed to stop the advance of tanks on its lawn, but the new austerity conditions (it seems to me) are designed to force Grexit. There are far more pages to turn in that saga before any fat ladies sing, but the dual outcome will be (a) the establishment of Resistance contagion in the EU and (b) the creation of a second Iceland to give the lie to Brussels-am-Berlin’s claimed security blanket To Which There Is No Alternative.

Only the creative energy of Davids will smite the lumbering Shibbolethargy of Goliaths. Debate with the Goliaths has finally been proven to be a waste of time. Our task is to show those who have thus far lost that they can win in the end. And we can only do this by example.

Connected at The Slog: Greek debt, gold prices, & the myth of Non-violent Extremism

24 thoughts on “THE SATURDAY ESSAY: The Five Fatal Falsehoods of Homo sapiens

  1. It’s worth bearing in mind that throughout history,this type of reaction on the part of the powers-that-be is a sure sign of their FEAR….secure power-structures don’t engage in this kind of open thought-repression, obvious mendacity, generalised censorship, insistence of the primacy of their own narrative, demonisation of the Other, if they feel secure. Why not? – because it’s a dead giveaway that events are slipping beyond them.

    However, this begs the question “what are they afraid OF?” After all, we’re talking here of the materially wealthiest, most militarily powerful, nation-states and collective alliances on the planet, the best-endowed with modern infrastructure, sophisticated apparatuses of opinion-moulding and propaganda, large, high-tech, secret and deniable security services. What information can it be that’s crossing their desks to make them so afraid that they’re effectively making capitalism totalitarian in its apparent hour of complete global triumph?

    Much as they spin, deride and deny, distort and discredit it, it’s the same information that crosses OUR horizons, stripped of the spin(s) that they put on it. All we have to do is add up the facts – thanks, JW, you’ve helped a lot with that – cast our search for good information widely, and draw our own conclusions. Our governments seem increasingly unwilling, as well as unable, to take the facts on, and when one considers the global situation overall, it’s less surprising and shocking that they’re in this fix.

    Tolstoy, in “War and Peace”, memorably likened the day-to-day events of history to the bow-wave of a ship, churning, sparkling, transient, before going on to say that it was the ship, it’s course, its mission, officers, crew, that he thought were more important. Since he was writing in the sailing-ship era, he was also very concerned, within the terms of his extended metaphor, with winds, weather, rocks, shoals.

    So let’s do the sum: Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Syria, ISIS, Kurds, Turks, the floundering EU, directionless, divided, declining USA, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Chechnya. This list of sadness-to-horror is just the bow-wave. Add to it the huge storm-clouds closing in from the economic horizon, the recovery-that-isn’t, the banksters, international, national, and irrational. Add severe resource depletion, oncoming fossil-fuel exhaustion ,the increasing oddities of climate and the general accelerating temperature-rise with its concomitant but unpredictable trains of phenomena of weather disasters, and impending crises of food, water, population….refugees, refugees, refugees, from Sicily to Australia, through most points in between.

    Business-as-usual isn’t quite dead yet, but it’s starting to smell funny…(sorry, Frank Zappa) Our Leaders know this, but they daren’t tell us. They almost daren’t admit it to themselves, or each other, as they play zero-sum games of musical deckchairs on the tilting superstructure of a Titanic with no other ships on the ocean…they maybe console themselves that they can make sure the First Class passengers get the lifeboats…but there aren’t any other ships…..

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  2. My dear old stepfather – for whose memory I have an increasing respect as I grow older – lived his life to a simple code, “Help people, but if you can’t help them, don’t hinder them”. I fear he would not approve of the judgmental, intolerant man his stepson has become. I am intolerant of bullies – be they individuals or nation states – and will say so if someone is being a tw@t whose influence will be deleterious in the long term. Ultimately, all the problems you describe are down to bullying of one sort or another and there is very little that bullies will respond to but this may include either an implacable and fearless resistance or, in rare circumstances, a mirror held up to them so that they can see their own appalling behaviour and be prepared to change accordingly.

    My own solution, for what it is worth, is to take the unrelenting piss. I’m sure that this falls well down the scale of what you would prefer us to be doing, for which I apologise.

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  3. At what point does the increasing involvement of the US in European affairs, accompanied by a massive build-up of its forces under the banner of NATO, become less about protecting OUR democratic values and more of a trojan horse supporting THEIR bankster principles and neo-liberal fellow-travellers over here?

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  4. “The depoliticisation of the citizen via dumbed-down education, non-existent civics and tabloid media distraction hasn’t just decimated the number of people with a social conscience in the West: ”

    Ah then you will have heard of John Taylor Gatto and that Dorothy L Sayers “Lost Tools of Learning”

    btw who won X Factor tonight? ;)

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  5. John,
    This is an excellent dissertation on the woes of humanity but after centuries of hellish subjugation of working people at the hands of the elite, questions must be asked: are humans truly doing this to other humans? Is it possible for humans to treat fellow members of their race as despicably as what we’ve witnessed throughout history?
    The answer to both questions is no.
    Humanity is suffering, and has been for thousands of years, under the control of forces that are far darker than anyone can possibly imagine and these forces are not human. This is why we see what we see today.
    You are going to witness the unveiling of this dark force and its removal from our world. Be ready.

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  6. I hear your bells ringing…
    We have to fight our own battles with the courage of our personal convictions, keep our thoughts to ourselves and survive as best we can until the new leader presents himself, and then the like minded will join together and destroy the devils one by one.

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  7. Thanks for the link Jeremy, Ms Sayers is getting close to the root of the dumbing down problem and if its true, we are yet to fully reap from the seeds sown 300 years ago! I also think that the sudden Anglicisation of pretty much the whole world has a lot to answer for and also the cheapening of the written word thanks to www in the last 20 years.
    If there is a bright side to it, its that even in my own short tenure I can see the deterioration and because of that there is a also a huge potential to quickly reverse that. I do like the idea or tearing up the educational rule book.
    But like with everything now, the concept has to be marketed and sold in order to create the demand…..and therein lies the conundrum…..water and non thirsty horses etc….

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  8. i do like your optimism mikeOv.. its about the only ism i do like. we all have the opportunity to do what we can to remain together with the humanity within ourselves. The challenge appears to be getting more difficult so we all have to be determined.

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  9. From the following we derive all the SHIBBOLETHARGY JW because to preserve position and entitlement and they tell us we need them, rubbish “like I need a hole in my wallet or debit card” for the modern world.

    Over centuries (pace quickened now) humanity was always going to move into economic stagnation under the current economic system (money!) as every advancement of human technological evolution created ever more efficiences that was going to result in the gradual decrease in human work hours. Roll out the robots now, actually more robots as we already have robotic car plants with very few jobs but alot of robots the creme-de-la-creme of UK export production right now. To consider this process the only thing you can remove from a TV to cheapen it is man hours. Then when new versions come along, you only watch one TV at a time so not buying I got 2 laptops, 1 desktop and a TV to watch. Then to make matters worse overpopulated, you can’t resort to a subsistence existence when people have no land / resources to live that way.

    Easy peasy solution to this go ask a bankster!

    Legislate and legalise the counterfeiting of money to keep it all going and the counterfeiters always have a job and get to keep as much as they want. Hell with new technology they do not even have to create real money its all virtual and if it stays in the virtual money system they never lose it do they? Locked in now, no way out, those counterfeiters will never give it up will they? That’s why this austerity drive by the current goverment is ridiculous because in my 1st statement money or no money will not address that situation one little bit although the likes of Cameron and Osborne do not debate it. To even consider it the legalisation and legislation of counterfeiting would have to be overturned.

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  10. Hi JW, A first class article, but one I fear will not reach MSM in any form. Still well worth the time taken to read it, plus I have forwarded it to my Political representative. It may just make him think?

    “The list could run to a dozen or so examples, but I think most commentators could agree that the top five are US energy
    obsession, radical Islam, globalist neoliberal fiscal economics, illiberal politics, and egotistical supranationalism.
    They’re not presented in any particular hierarchy of danger, and they are far from being mutually exclusive: US foreign
    policy has been in part a catalyst for Jihadism, neoliberal lunacies lead to illiberal politics, superstates are the
    preferred illiberal political formats of globalists, monopolist energy interests drive geopolitics and so forth.
    I have noted before that the irony of every ideology is that it hates the generation of new ideas. One could argue that the
    collective term is inappropriate, and should really be called mythology – or better still, shibbolethargy: a belief system
    where the starting point is flawed, and empirical change over time is ignored, denied, and then eventually the subject of
    lethal politico-legal responses from the élite. The desire for protection of sanctity is ever present; sometimes – in the
    case of oil for example – the protectionism is commercial: it involves suppression, manipulation and deliberate scientific
    stagnation. In the Islamist context, the response is beheading, terror tactics and a permanent desire for cultural
    domination. Where the whole process gets seriously dangerous for the Earth is when oil monopolism and religious extremism
    collide.”
    plus
    “Especially among young people in 2015, an attitude has taken hold that “there is no point in voting/protesting/resisting/getting involved because it won’t make any difference”. When the system of governance in place is an inexcusably undemocratic duopoly based on lost votes and self-perpetuation – as in the UK – that is certainly true of voting: but the task then becomes, surely, one of applying extra-Parliamentary pressure to make every vote valuable.”

    Your two, of many comments go to the root of the problem. I’m in charge mentality, it as worked before so it will work again, so do as you are told. They say the answer is growth in the economy and this will fix all our problems. But one can’t grow indefinitely in a finite world. There are no new frontiers to exploit on planet earth.

    Next, if people start to believe that voting is just a waste of time and TPTB start to clamp down on NVE. Then a disgruntled people start to resort to VE [Violent Extremism] Unfortunately I believe that this is what our masters want, it will just give them the excuse to bring in more illiberal laws to control the masses and help them remain in charge.

    But like you and many of your commentators, I can see the problems, but as to a solution that is not as bad as the problem? I don’t have any answers.

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  11. It looks like some David’s shut down the chunnel recently and caused a huge backup very quickly. Can you imagine how a major international disruption would case the world wide supply chain to lock up? The Goliaths see this danger and are using unDemocratic means to keep things flowing (and their coffers full).

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  12. desmond,
    You are precisely correct; the challenge appears to be getting more difficult and this is because the culmination of humanity’s suffering is finally coming to an end. Those in charge are gasping for their last breaths. Their control is waning quickly as more of humanity awakens to the true political structure of our world. In their behavior, in the cruelty they impose upon others, it is becoming apparent that the power elite are not human but something else entirely. When humanity learns this dark secret, it will be the greatest revelation in all of history.
    John’s blog is essential reading for me because there isn’t anyone on the internet who elucidates and pieces together the myriad details of this control system as well as he does. His intellect and wit are unmatched, as far as I’m concerned. I hope he continues to churn out his work. The service he’s providing to humanity is far more valuable than he might think it is.
    You are also correct about being determined. The strength within humanity lies not in our minds but within our hearts and our hearts are where determination lives. It’s the power within our hearts that will see us home.
    As difficult as it may seem to believe, there are people on Earth right now who are working to facilitate a global awakening of humanity which will be the first step in freeing all of us from this system of dark control.
    Divinity has not forgotten us, desmond, I can assure you.

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  13. Let me draw your attention to the brilliant bloke Martin Leerns who aided me down thwe rabbit hole…

    https://martinkeerns.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/dumbed-down-word-controlled-monkey_s-martin-p-keerns-20131.pdf

    Full set: https://martinkeerns.wordpress.com/

    I had a full blown midlife crisis about 5 years ago and now I am on the other side of it I can see so clearly what the feck is going on. I think many of us are awakening. I am really really glad I live in Bavaria, have to speak another language to English just to survive – it has helped to deprogram me from the crap. In reading about Cultural Marxism I am beginning to understand why attending the odd Catholic Church service down here feels like an act of rebellion – very counterintuitive but true as I understand how “Health and Safety” and PC” have all but killed our traditions from the inside.

    I was driving to the next village this morning for my bread and saw two pretty ladies dressed in full “Tracht”. Tradition down here is alive and well and a respite from the modern British negation of all that we loved about the UK. if I was ever asked was I homesick I’d say yes I am but for where? I’d actually reply “1973” when this shit started to unravel after the ’71 Bretton Woods agreement. No wonder Genesis sang of “Selling England By The Pound”.

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  14. I think the best way to view it and awaken is to watch the chess game. All the pieces are now no longer black and white but actually grey and it is no longer clear who “our side” is. In fact the key to the battle is to realise that the enemy is not the black side but the chap who owns the chessboard. Then looking at the chessboard you see that it doesn’t contain just 64 squares but an infinite number just he wanted you to focus on your 64 squares. The bloke who owns the chessboard is actually the enemy.

    Does that make sense?

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  15. Jeremy,
    I don’t know who you are, dear sir, but your concise explanation of humanity’s plight is undeniably one of the best I have ever read. Something inside you must certainly have “clicked” because your grasp of “the game” is spot-on accurate. I bow to you in respect, my brother.
    2015 is the year in which humanity learns the truth. This may sound like the prognostication of a dime-store psychic reader but for the readers of John’s blog, those who are paying attention, I believe it is painfully obvious that the “end” is near and that this year will be far different than any other.
    Sit back and “watch the chess game,” as you say. This is excellent advice. We’ve been given front-row seats to the collapse of an empire, which is always top-notch entertainment.
    And your closing sentiment, “The bloke who owns the chessboard is actually the enemy,” is far, far more profound than you or me or anyone else can imagine. It reveals the deepest of truths.
    Thank you so much, my brother.
    It’s almost time for us to go home…

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  16. The recent US dealings with Iran has at least shown that there are limits to how much deference the US shows to Israel and SA

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  17. Jeremy,
    I’m not familiar with that particular blog page but I am exceedingly familiar with the content. I’ve read the information on that blog page but from a different location on the internet. I’ve also read a vast amount of texts concerning the control of our world.
    I have to ask: are you an awakened human, Jeremy? Perhaps we could communicate via private email.

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  18. +1 to all of that…..i’ve lived in Philippines for a few years now which is my own particular ‘last vestige of the free world’ ….I guess there are many places that can expose malady of UK…. its just seems such a huge irony that that so many see its education system and culture generally as something to adulate….

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