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Strategic Lessons from the Rand Paul Fiasco

“Without revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement.”—Lenin

                 … by  Moti Nissani, Ph.D. Prof. Emeritus, Wayne State University 

 

Rand Paul

Summary: For many years, the liberty movement’s aspirations and actions have been focused on the presidential candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul.

In Early June, this strategy backfired, following Rand Paul’s (Ron’s son) endorsement of Mitt Romney, a most dedicated servant of the Banking-Militarist Complex.

This essay argues that revolutionaries can draw two valuable lessons from Rand Paul’s about-face.

First, they must realize once and for all that electoral politics in the USA cannot possibly bring meaningful change, and hence, that more radical strategies are required.

Second, to survive, to retain its relevance, to deserve the gratitude of future generations, the liberty, environmental, social justice, and peace movements must merge into a single revolutionary movement.

Background: The Rand Paul Fiasco

This essay highlights the Rand Paul fiasco merely because of its recency and typicality. The exact same points could be made with thousands other historical occurrences.

In 2010, Rand Paul was elected to the U.S. Senate in part because he is the son of Ron Paul, a congressman well-known for his principled and uncompromising allegiance to constitutional principles.

As well, to gain the support of Republican power-brokers, Rand was willing to give them the assurances they required—an act that by itself should have raised red flags in the liberty movement.

Is Mitt Romney leading the Republican ticket to disaster? If so, who will accept the blame?

In early June of 2012, when it appeared that his father was not going to win the Republican nomination for president, Rand Paul endorsed the allegedly winning candidate, Willard “Mitt” Romney.

Now, in American politics, a president is nothing more than the puppet of the tycoons who propped him. All mainstream candidates, apparently, are groomed, screened, and nurtured by the Banking-Militarist Complex.

At the very least, the Complex will be just as comfortable with Romney as it has been with Reagan I, Bush II, Clinton I, Bush III, and Obama I.

If anything, Romney could inflict even greater damage on what’s left of our personal freedoms. With even greater subservience, he will do the biddings of our masters of war and will accelerate the trends of planetary destruction and growing poverty.

He will be, in other words, a valuable toady of the reckless psychopaths now in control of our planet. In particular, he cares nothing for the Constitution or Bill of Rights, and made it clear that he will continue the ongoing dismantling of both.

Can Ron Paul really be happy with Rand?

Rand Paul, then, is a willing accessory of a criminal, and can be written off by any decent and informed person as a traitor to the supposed ideals of his father.

But what about Ron Paul himself? Can he emerge unscathed from his son’s double-dealings? So far we encounter troubling ambivalence.

To begin with, it is unlikely that Rand endorsed Romney without Ron’s approval. Second, Ron Paul’s own website defends Rand’s Romney endorsement.

More recently, however, Ron Paul said “there is no way I’d endorse Romney.”

I shall now argue that it might have been a mistake, all along, to anchor our hopes on the presidential race and aspirations of Ron Paul—or anyone else’s.

 

No Change Can be Expected from American Elections

The Rand Paul fiasco merely reinforces the view that nothing can be expected from electoral politics in America (and in most other countries of the world). If change ever comes to our shores, it cannot possibly be brought about by politics as usual.

Many of my acquaintances, and many writers in the alternative media, put their faith in electoral politics. They feel, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that it makes a difference whether a Republican or a Democrat is elected, that it makes sense to sue the government for one or another gross violation of the public interest or common decency.

They fail to notice that most of our presidents, governors, and mayors, most of our “elected” representatives at the local, state, and federal levels, most of our judges—are puppets of the Banking-Militarist Complex.

Others, a bit more sophisticated but still profoundly misinformed about the nature of American politics, reject the corrupt two-headed party system out of hand, yet put their trust in the electoral process itself and in the ability of friends of the American people (as opposed to the traitors, swindlers, sycophants, and psychopaths who now infest most public offices of this land) to gain political or judicial office and bring about meaningful change.

That trust is touching, but it fails to acknowledge incontestable political realities. To campaign for a Ron Paul, or a Dennis Kucinich, or a Jesse Ventura, or a Eugene Debs, or Jesus Christ himself, in this system is utterly futile. A few crystalline raindrops cannot disinfect a cesspool.

The reasons for this futility, the reasons it is misguided in principle to take part in electoral politics in the USA (Gerald Celente goes even farther, suggesting that such participation is immoral) are complex.

For the moment, I can only offer a summary statement and some supporting documentation for the seven interacting factors (there could be more, but at this writing I can only think of seven) that render electoral politics in America a sad joke (for a more detailed review of the first three factors, please consult this site).

1. Information

Almost all conventional sources of information—schools, universities, books, movies, newspapers, TV, radio—are under the thumb of the Banking-Militarist Complex. Most of us, therefore, end up voting against our own convictions and interests. For example, in 1919 Upton Sinclair (The Brass Check, p. 9) already sizzled:

The social body to which we belong is at this moment passing through one of the greatest crises of its history . . . What if the nerves upon which we depend for knowledge of this social body should give us false reports of its condition?

Many people put their trust in experts, not realizing the centuries-long dependence of academics and intellectuals on the Banking-Militarist Complex. Arthur Schopenhauer:

Party interests are vehemently agitating the pens of so many pure lovers of wisdom. . . . Truth is certainly the last thing they have in mind. . . . Philosophy is misused, from the side of the state as a tool, from the other side as a means of gain. . . . Who can really believe that truth also will thereby come to light, just as a by-product? . . . Governments make of philosophy a means of serving their state interests, and scholars make of it a trade –

This is even truer today, and especially so when it comes to disciplines that directly affect the Banking-Militarist Complex. As just one example, an article in the left-of-center mainstream press explains “how the federal reserve bought the economics profession:”

The Federal Reserve, through its extensive network of consultants, visiting scholars, alumni, and staff economists, so thoroughly dominates the field of economics that real criticism of the central bank has become a career liability for members of the profession. . . . This dominance helps explain how, even after the Fed failed to foresee the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, the central bank has largely escaped criticism from academic economists.”

Recommended Starting References:
1. Sinclair, U. 1919. The Brass Check.
2. Bagdikian, B. H. 1987. The Media Monopoly.
3. Huxley, Aldous, 1958. Brave New World Revisited.
4. Carlin, George. Who Really Runs America?
5. Loewen, James, 1995. Lies my Teacher Told me.
6. Media Coverage of the Greenhouse Effect. Population and Environment: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 21: 27-43.

2. Sunshine Bribery

In the USA, bribery is institutionalized. In fact, if one looks only at the sheer quantity of wealth being stolen from the people, one can perhaps surmise that the USA is the most corrupt country that has ever existed.

Bribery is implemented principally through campaign financing, then complemented by such things as lucrative speaking and publishing arrangements after leaving office and by invitations to serve on the boards of the corporations that benefited from the ex-politician’s or ex-judge’s duplicity.

As a result, politicians and judges gain adoration and millions, while a handful of banking families and their thousands of corporations gain extraordinary power and trillions.

Over the years we have gotten used to occasional outbursts on this issue (please consult this source for countless quotations). For instance, in 1987, Robert Byrd, then Senate majority leader, appealed to his colleagues:

“It is my strong belief that the great majority of senators–of both parties–know that the current system of campaign financing is damaging the Senate, hurts their ability to be the best senator for this nation and for citizens of their respective States that they could be, strains their family life by consuming even more time than their official responsibilities demand, and destroys the democracy we all cherish by eroding public confidence in its integrity. If we do not face a problem of this magnitude and fix it, we have no one but ourselves to blame for the tragic results.”

Political scientists Adamany and Agree share that view:

“[The] political finance system . . . undermines the ideals and hampers the performance of American democracy . . . . Officials . . . are . . . captives of the present system. Their integrity and judgment are menaced—and too often compromised—by the need to raise money and the means now available for doing it . . . . The pattern of giving distorts American elections: candidates win access to the electorate only if they can mobilize money from the upper classes, established interest groups, big givers, or ideological zealots. Other alternatives have difficulty getting heard. And the voters’ choice is thereby limited. The pattern of giving also threatens the governmental process: the contributions of big givers and interest groups award them access to officeholders, so they can better plead their causes . . . . The private financing system . . . distort[s] both elections and decision making. The equality of citizens on election day is diluted by their inequality in campaign financing. The electorate shares its control of officials with the financial constituency.”

Recommended Starting Reference: Brass-tacks Ecology.

3. Human Nature

We are not only indoctrinable, but seem to enjoy being brainwashed (how many of us abstain from commercials?). We are not as open-minded as we need to be, nor do we readily surrender convictions in the face of overwhelming evidence against them. More often than not, we prefer obedience and conformity to individualism and critical thinking.

Most of us lack the self-confidence, and perhaps the inborn taste, to detect quality on our own—in food, architecture, music, drama, paintings, literature, or politics. The vast majority of the still-reading public (which is itself a small minority) depends on the Banking-Militarist Complex for their choice of books, instead of trusting their own tastes and proclivities.

Many of us have accepted the bankers’ absurd self-serving notion that crass materialism, endless accumulation of money and power, consumerism, and selfishness hold the keys to personal happiness.

Moreover, these failings are nowadays magnified by the very diminution—probably deliberate—of our very humanity. Our bodies nowadays are loaded with synthetic chemicals and radioactive materials. Our brains are loaded with heavy metals (e.g., mercury, lead) and thousands of commercials, infomercials, trivialities, and lies. It is no accident that the Banking-Militarist Complex facilitates prescription and illegal drug use in the USA, for such use clearly serves the interests of this Complex.

The Complex discourages us from ever getting even close to dissident literature, classical music, folk music, critical thinking, compassion, and non-conformity. By getting us addicted to TV and artless movies, through their control of the educational system, and by doing everything they can to suppress the love of reading, they even managed to diminish our vocabulary—and thus our capacity to detect nuances of speech and thought.

Consider Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. According to Wikipedia, “in relation to the population of the Colonies at that time, it had the largest sale and circulation of any book in American history.” Could 1% of today’s Americans understand and be moved by such a pamphlet? In just 236 years, then, there has been a remarkable decline in the intellectual and spiritual caliber of the American people.

In short, we are not as rational, altruistic, and compassionate as we should be. On top of that, the Complex has deliberately diminished our positive qualities and amplified our failings, thus putting another nail in the coffin of our electoral process.

Recommended Starting References: Human Failings:
1. Milgram, Stanley, Obedience to Authority.
2. Conceptual Conservatism:
An Understated Variable in Human Affairs? Social Science Journal, vol. 31, pp. 307-318. Human Strengths (under natural conditions, human beings prefer cooperation, freedom, and rough equality of material possessions):
1. Stefansson, Vilhjalmur. Lessons In Living From The Stone Age. In A Treasury of Science, 1943, p. 502.
2. Mann, Charles C. 2005. The Founding Sachems. Online: http://www.is.wayne.edu/mnissani/20302005/Sachems.htm).
3. Harris, Marvin. Life Without Chiefs (Are we forever condemned to a world of haves and have-nots, rulers and ruled? Maybe not, argues a noted anthropologist—if we can relearn some ancient lesson).

4. Cloak and Dagger

Occasionally, in ancient Rome or Greece, or 21st century UK or USA, a champion of the people poses a threat to the Machiavellian system itself. In such cases, overwhelming evidence suggests, the top oligarchs resort to character—or literal—assassinations.

They routinely malign, incarcerate, poison, or blow the brains out of anyone, anywhere on earth, who threatens their control—whistle blowers, congressmen, judges, U.S. presidents, DC madams who know too much, environmental activists, businessmen who dare tell the American people the truth about the Mexican Gulf disaster, sport celebrities naïve and idealistic enough to join the neo-colonial armies yet smart enough to read and understand the dissident literature, journalists who uncover the Banking-Militarist Complex’s collusion in the “war” on drugs, American peace activists, singers with a huge fan base who figure out how the system works—and dare share this information with the public, movie directors who had come to know a member of the Rockefeller family a bit too well—and who are bold enough to tell the world what they have learned, British princesses who speak up against landmines, union leaders, the Complex’s very own head of the International Mafia Federation (to borrow Celente’s phrase), countless foreign heads of states who would not betray their countrymen.

Once upon a time, fascists kept such calumnies and strangulations below the surface, following their master Machiavelli’s sage advice. But now, as befits the emerging in-your-face style of fascism, some of these atrocities are carried out in the open.

Recommended Starting References: 1. Pepper, William, F. 2008. An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King. 2. Caldwell, Taylor, 1972. Captains And The Kings (fiction).

Self-guided internet exercise: What’s common to all-but-one dead-in-office American presidents?

5. Rigged Elections

Joseph Stalin reportedly said: “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

Now that the bankers everywhere in the Western World are ingeniously re-introducing their version of Stalinism, following the same script in each and every country (just to dispel any doubt about this being a coordinated attack), the Trojan Horse in modern Western elections is the counters themselves.

Such outrageous rigging provides the Banking-Militarist Complex another safety valve, and again makes a mockery of those who believe in electoral politics.

 Recommended Starting Reference: Palast, Greg. Election Rigged for Bush.

 6. Broken Promises

There is a vast gap between what a politician or a party promise before the elections and what they deliver after the elections. Wilson and Roosevelt, for instance, promised peace but, once elected, through guile, false-flag operations, and propaganda, led their countrymen to catastrophic wars. Politicians lie and get away with it, again making a mockery of the people’s will and of ballot-box reformers.

One supporting example: Obama’s promise to end the neo-colonialization of Iraq. In a second example, John Perkins documents the assassination threats, blackmail, and bribes used to turn a decent elected officials into renegades.

 7. Co-Option

The men in the shadows often support phony dissident organizations, e.g., the so-called “Tea Party” in the USA. Or, with their limitless supply of money, they might infiltrate and achieve partial control of a formerly genuine reform organization, e.g., the Sierra Club. They are thus able to control their own opposition.

Also, an individual who discovers for the first time the sorrows of the biosphere might join, say, the Sierra Club, and might never realize that this suit-and-tie organization has sold out decades ago. If she uncovers the deception, she might give up in disgust, mistakenly believing that it is just “human nature” to deceive, look out for number one, and ignore long-term perils.

And even if she manages to find her way to a genuine environmental organization, she might have only few years left to put her wisdom to good use.

This applies, in particular, to some “alternative” media. Many of these accept commercials and thus are, to a certain extent, at someone else’s beck and call. Other media have been created, funded, and sustained in order to throw confusion into the dissident camp.

They magnify deliberately certain issues (which pose no threat to the Banking-Militarist Complex), thus deflecting attention from more pressing issues (e.g., Who is behind the ongoing destruction of the middle class, the Iraqi and Palestinian genocides, the USS Liberty Massacre and cover-up, Pearl Harbor, USS Maine?

How in heaven’s name did the Rockefellers and Rothschilds manage to exclude themselves from the list of the richest people in the world? What is money? Is the Rothschild/Rockefeller Cartel doing God’s work, as it claims, or Satan’s?

Did this cartel accumulate its wealth and power honorably, or by sleight of hand? Who really owns British Petroleum, Monsanto, and just about any giant western corporation?).

These phony media and websites often accept the absurd contention that our rulers never ever engage in conspiracies (relying on that standard, absurd dismissal: “He is just a conspiracy theorist”). For them, there is no point in investigating 9/11, for the simple reason that our rulers never plot in secret!

Well, yes, the Russians, or the Chinese, or the Romans might have, but our lily-white bankers conspiring? Are you out of your mind? Such sites often refer to bankers’ propaganda organs (e.g., CNN, New York Times) as legitimate interpreters of reality. And again, seekers of truth must laboriously sift through their contrivances before beginning to see the world as it is.

I’m writing these words, scarcely believing them myself. My heart tells me that this is preposterous, that there cannot possibly be people out there so vicious as to not only corrupt everything they touch, but who do everything they can to diminish goodness, health, decency, and kindness, in this world.

But then my cortex takes over, providing me with multiple proofs—both personal and research-based—that these people do exist. The existence and ascendancy of pure evil is no conjecture, but fact.

There are people in this world who have enough ill-gotten money to last them one thousand and one reincarnations of obscene physical comfort, but yet give nothing, absolutely nothing, to help the thousands of children who will go blind this year because they can’t afford $1 worth of Vitamin A.

As if this is not enough, these villains steal from these children the few centavos they do have, and torture or kill them outright if they refuse to surrender these centavos. A key step in planetary recovery is acknowledging the existence of evil, its pervasiveness, and its capacity to control human destinies. Mike Krieger:

We must admit to ourselves that there are truly evil geniuses out there, and in most cases these characters have taken control of the power structure (corporations, politics and factions of the military in most of the nations we reside in).

Recommended Starting Reference: Helvarg, David. 2004. The War Against the Greens.

To sum up. Electoral participation, in any way, shape, or form is counter-productive because it involves opportunity costs. As long as we accept the bankers’ myth that the system can be changed peacefully from within, the bankers and the system are safe.

Some of our best people take part in this charade either as candidates or supporters, deluding themselves that anything at all can come from their electoral toil. Imagine all that energy and good will channeled into a strategy that could possibly work!

Electoral politics cannot work for many reasons. To begin with, how can we tell whether our champion is indeed our champion? How do we know that she would prefer sure death by saying no to the bankers to joining the fairly exclusive multi-millionaire club by saying yes? What guarantees do the people have that she will not break every single promise?

Moreover, the vast majority of gullible voters would believe that she is their enemy and that the bankers’ and weaponeers’ marionette is their friend. She cannot effect change because bankers can print as much money as they want, which they can give to her opponents.

In the very unlikely event that she survives all this and becomes a threat to the bankers and weaponeers, they will crucify her in their media, threaten her, offer her bribes, slander her, arrest her on false charges and keep her naked and humiliated, without trial, in solitary confinement, in a freezing-cold, filthy, noisy cubicle.

In the still more unlikely event that she actually receives a majority of the votes, they will doctor the results. If she miraculously manages to overcome all this, and if nothing else works, she will be impeached on false grounds, suicided, incinerated in the skies or roadways, or poisoned.

She will waste time and money, and never change anything, regardless of her sincerity. Since the American people are too drugged and televised, they will not be outraged by yet one more assassination, and will accept the bankers’ version of events.

In cases that cannot be readily forgotten, the bankers will establish a commission, appoint its members—and then proceed to ignore post-mortem reports of even these carefully-screened commissioners that the investigation was a cover-up, a hoax. The people would even permit these bankers to derisively reproduce the image of their murdered champion on their fiat money.

In more general terms, putting our hopes for freedom and for a better world in the process of electoral politics is fundamentally ill-advised, if not immoral. We must grow up, as the Ancient Athenians did, or as the American revolutionaries did, and provide for our own freedom and security.

Our system is irreparably broken and must be overthrown, one way or the other. The contemporary ballot box is a bewitching siren, a mirage, a shibboleth, a bankers’ trap.

The Different Branches of the Humanitarian Camp Must Unite

The Rand Paul Fiasco provides us with yet another crossroads for improving our reform strategies: Recognizing our common humanity and goals and forming a universal, humanitarian, reform movement.

What, really, are the things that decent, politically literate, human beings care most about? The answer, I suggest, must comprise at least these four elements:

 Freedom

Throughout most of their existence, human beings seemed to have lived in tribal democracies, with themselves making every major decision. For a long time, America had been a fairly free country, but that is no longer the case. Here is Former President Jimmy Carter (A Cruel and Unusual Record, 6/24/2012):

While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change . . . In addition to American citizens’ being targeted for assassination or indefinite detention, recent laws . . . allow unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications.

Popular state laws permit detaining individuals because of their appearance, where they worship or with whom they associate. . . . Meanwhile, the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, now houses 169 prisoners. A

bout half have been cleared for release, yet have little prospect of ever obtaining their freedom. American authorities have revealed that, in order to obtain confessions, some of the few being tried (only in military courts) have been tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers.

Astoundingly, these facts cannot be used as a defense by the accused, because the government claims they occurred under the cover of “national security.” Most of the other prisoners have no prospect of ever being charged or tried either.

If we ignore the horrors of slavery, inequality of women, and limited rights of people of foreign origins, we can probably say that a similar system existed in the democratic phases of many ancient Greek city-states.

We can mention in passing that freedom is not only a natural right, not only good for one’s soul, but that it promotes excellence in the moral, cultural, artistic, intellectual, and commercial spheres—as shown by the astounding achievements of democracies like Athens.

Genuine democracy, it so happens, is also the political system most likely to promote environmental sustainability, social justice, and peace.

 Environmental Sustainability

Environmental scientists suspect that “human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.” Cancer rates have already at least doubled; obesity, autism, diabetes, and asthma are on the rise, to name just a few human-facilitated scourges.

Shouldn’t freedom include the right to have one’s fat tissues not soaked with synthetic poisons, one’s brain not loaded with heavy metals, one’s lungs not bathed in plutonium and depleted uranium? Are the victims of environmentally-acquired autism free? Don’t I have a right to know if the corn kernels I’ve just ingested are laced with built-in poisons?

Many among us dismiss environmental concerns as a swindle. The world’s population, they believe, can forever go up by 80,000,000 a year.

We can puncture as many holes in the stratosphere as we wish; we can continue the ongoing destruction of forests, topsoil, oceans, lakes, aquifers, and air; continue to produce as many new chemicals as we wish; go on tampering with the evolutionary heritage of living organisms; persist in the creation of massive amounts of imperishable radioactive wastes; continue to reduce species diversity—and yet survive unscathed.

This is not the place to refute such scientifically naïve views. Instead, let me just say that the majority of the people who are best qualified to judge the matter—independent scientists—are extremely concerned about the very future of the biosphere.

For example, in 1992—when the situation was less desperate than it is now—some 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this “Warning to Humanity:”

“Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.”

This is echoed in turn by more recent warnings. According to the U.N.’s 2011 World Economic and Social Survey, “humanity is on the verge of breaching planetary sustainability boundaries” and heading towards “a major planetary catastrophe.”

And that is exactly the threat we face now. For those of us capable of simple extrapolation of past trends into the future, the conclusion is inescapable: We are an almost-extinct species, give or take a couple of centuries. We treat the earth, our only home, with reckless abandon.

We have been warned, again and again, by our best and brightest, about the peril, the absurdity, for example, of relying on nuclear fission to boil water (a process which, when analyzed in all it complexity and throughout its entire period of relevance, paradoxically consumes more energy than it produces), but the psychopaths totally ignore the absurdities and warnings.

As of now, humanity has forever lost land to the 1957 Kyshtym disaster in the Urals, to the Chernobyl catastrophe in the Ukraine and Belarus, and to the Fukushima cataclysm (including, perhaps, Tokyo). How many more such disasters before we reach the tipping point?

More worrisome is not one or another tipping points, but the multiplicity of threats, the daily arrival of new anthropogenic threats, our inability to predict the impacts of these threats on something as complex as the biosphere, and our failure, in Paul Watson’s words, to give precedence to natural laws.

We may survive a dozens threats, but we are unlikely to survive thousands, and yet our political systems excels at introducing new ones. We shall have to be extremely fortunate, or the earth must be exceedingly resilient, to be forever lucky and reckless. You can’t play Russian roulette forever.

It takes a science fiction writer to fully grasp the irony and hopelessness of our situation. In Karel Capek’s humorously pessimistic War with the Newts, sentient and prolific salamanders are encountered in some far-off bay.

At first their discoverers offer them knives and protection from sharks in exchange for pearls. Gradually, however, many of the world’s nations avail themselves of these creatures for other purposes, including war. In a few years, the salamanders run out of living space.

To accommodate their growing numbers, they flood countries, one at a time. To do this, they need supplies from other countries and from merchants of the soon-to-be ravaged country itself. Needless to say, the salamanders have no trouble securing everything they need.

At the end, humanity is on the verge of sinking and drowning; not so much by the newts, but by its greed, shortsightedness, and colossal stupidity.

A similar conclusion is reached in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle:

 And I remembered the Fourteenth Book of Bokonon, which I had read in its entirety the night before. The Fourteenth Book is entitled, “What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?”

It doesn’t take long to read, The Fourteenth Book. It consists of one word and a period.

This is it:

 “Nothing.”

 Social Justice

Throughout most of human history—in humanity’s hunter-gatherer phase—rough egalitarianism (as well as freedom) probably prevailed.

Our ancestors rightly believed that no one should starve in the midst of plenty, no one should go cold, no sick person should be left unattended by the local shaman because he was poor, no one should be denied access to local traditions because he couldn’t afford to hire a teacher.

We look down on these “savages,” but in this we’re mistaken—we are the top practitioners of savagery the world has ever seen. A few among us— psychopaths, sycophants, misers, swindlers, or their heirs—have untold riches, while billions of us are starving, lack access to decent housing and water, or are trampled upon and imprisoned by some feudal lords.

According to Joseph Stiglitz, once seen as the land of opportunity, the U.S. today is grappling with rising inequality and a political system that benefits the rich at the expense of others, resulting in lower growth.

“The U.S. worked hard to create the American dream of opportunity. But today, that dream is a myth . . . we are paying a high price for inequality: it contributes to social, economic and political instability, and to lower growth.”

Is that the best we can do? What does political freedom mean to the 18,000 children under five who will die today because of malnutrition and hunger-related diseases, while humanity produces more than enough to comfortably feed everyone?

What does it mean, freedom, to the 215 million children trapped in child labor around the world? What does our indifference say about us? Have they stopped assigning Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” in college, or are recent graduates too televised to get the irony?

What is the meaning of this, that we can readily create a system where every child, every adult, every old and infirm person, has all that is needed for a dignified existence, yet we pretend that the present system gives us the best of all possible worlds?

Thankfully, some of us (and not surprisingly, such people tend to die prematurely, under suspicious circumstances) ask themselves the same question. Here is Michael Jackson:

 I see the kids in the streets,

 With not enough to eat

 Who am I to be blind,

 Pretending not to see their needs?

 A summer disregard, a broken bottle top

 And a one man’s soul

 They follow each other on the wind ya’ know

 ‘Cause they got nowhere to go

 That’s why I want you to know

 I’m starting with the man in the mirror

 I’m asking him to change his ways

 And no message could have been any clearer

 If you want to make the world a better place

 Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

 I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love

 It’s time that I realize

 That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan

 Could it be really me, pretending that they’re not alone?

  Peace

Most people pay at least lip service to the notion that war, military or economic occupation, and violence are undesirable because they kill and maim countless human beings, degrade both perpetrator and victim, destroy the earth and its inhabitants, and, nowadays, pose potential risks to continued human survival.

War is clearly a racket, evidently avoidable. The Swiss escaped it for centuries, because they have a greater measure of control of the political process than any other nation on earth. We could avoid war too, if we wanted to. James Miller:

Then and now, wealthy special interests are a driving force behind American imperialism. Lies will be spun till they are seen as facts. When the truth comes out, the irreparable damage will already be done. Like anything the state lays its filthy hands on, war is a racket.

The beneficiaries of the ruling class’s gleeful foray into mass murder are few in number. The masses, still brainwashed into feverish nationalism, end up paying the costs with their pilfered income, eroded liberty, and, ultimately, their own lives.

But that is not all. War is intimately linked to freedom. Thucydides graphically described the blood-curdling cultural transformation of Athens during the Peloponnesian War.

In times of war, classical Rome turned itself from a republic into a dictatorship. In the USA, one of our greatest champions of freedom, Thomas Jefferson, refused to be dragged to war despite numerous Rothschild Family provocations (acting through their underlings in the British Parliament), because he clearly understood the inverse relation between freedom and war.

During the Civil War, World War One and Two, freedom in the USA was cynically made subservient to security. And once you let the tyrants and the bankers grab some of your freedoms, they never again, if they can help it, let you have these freedoms back. Likewise, the never-ending bogus war on terror is the chief excuse for dismantling the Constitution, Bill of Rights, privacy, presumption of innocence, and the Posse Comitatus Act.

That same bogus war likewise facilitates the bankers’ plan of destroying the middle class, bringing the pleasures of hunger and scarcity to an ever-increasing number of human beings, further stretching the wealth gap between the parasitic bankers and militarists and the rest of us, and accelerating the pace of planetary rape.

There is a better way, Pete Seeger says:

  One blue sky above us,

 One ocean, lapping our shores.

 One earth so green and brown,

 Who could ask for more?

 And because I love you

 I’ll give it one more try

 To show my rainbow race

 It’s too soon to die.

 Some folks want to be like an ostrich;

Bury their heads in the sand

 Some hope for plastic dreams

 To unclench all those greedy hands.

 Some want to take the easy way:

 Poisons, bombs! They think we need ’em.

 Don’t they know you can’t kill all the unbelievers.

 There’s no shortcut to freedom

 Go tell, go tell all the little children!

 Go tell mothers and fathers, too:

 Now’s our last chance to learn to share

 What’s been given to me and you

Ron Paul as a Test Case of This Wider View of Political Aspirations

Once we embrace the ideals of freedom, sustainability, social justice, and peace, we are faced with the practical question: How can we decide who is on our side and who is against us? The obvious answer is: research. To illustrate this, I shall now return to the case of Dr. Ron Paul.

To begin with, Ron Paul does not appear to be a corporate-approved candidate. He has been steadfast in his opposition (apparently on constitutional, not humanitarian, grounds) to the Iraqi genocide, the planned Syrian and Iranian blitzkriegs, and the ongoing, brutal, oppression of the Palestinian people.

He is no friend of the moneylenders, oilmen, and arms peddlers who control every aspect of our polity, and he is a determined opponent of such monstrosities as Democrat Jane Harman’s “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act” (only 6 representatives voted against this Draconian measure).

He sees the slowly-unfolding Second Great Depression and is committed to its mitigation. Above all, he seems to loathe the Federal Reserve—a key weapon in the bankers’ war against humanity.

But even if voting and running for office could accomplish anything (they no longer can), the day has not yet come when we must vote for a principled reactionary. Instead of covering Paul’s entire record, let me just highlight three positions.

 Position 1: Ron Paul on Sunshine Bribery and Disinformation

As we have seen, two of the most scandalous aspects of American “democracy” are the near-total ownership of the mass media by the Banking-Militarist Complex, and, through “campaign financing” and similar devices, the Complex’s near-total control of the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of our government.

What does Ron Paul, the erstwhile idol of the liberty movement, have to say about this rotten state of affairs? Paul is opposed to media reform and feels likewise that “so-called ‘campaign finance reform’ is unconstitutional:”

“The First amendment unquestionably grants individuals and businesses the free and unfettered right to advertise, lobby, and contribute to politicians as they choose. Campaign reform legislation blows a huge hole in these First amendment protections.” Dr. Paul urges his fellow congressmen, instead, “to reduce special interest influence in Washington and restore integrity to politics by reducing the federal government to its constitutional limits.”

I would love seeing the powers of this federal government curtailed or altogether incinerated, but that is not going to solve the central problem of our ailing republic, a sad fact which totally eludes our good doctor. If western history, going all the back to the ancient Greeks, teaches us a single lesson, the lesson is this:

“Democracy, taken in its narrower, purely political, sense, suffers from the fact that those in economic and political power possess the means for molding public opinion to serve their own class interests.” (Albert Einstein, Einstein on Peace, p. 502)

The issue for seekers of rational and compassionate policies is leveling the playing field. For Ron Paul, on the other hand, the right of rich people to corrupt the political process by buying politicians and judges and contaminating the airwaves is unassailable.

For him, this right entirely overrides the need for an authentically uninhibited marketplace of ideas and for bribery-free elections. He would probably agree that I have no right to cry fire in a crowded theater, that concern for the lives of dozens of people overrides my freedom of speech.

And yet when it comes to the right of few conniving psychopaths like David Rockefeller and Evelyn Rothschild to bribe politicians and thereby destroy free markets, kill and impoverish billions, destroy the biosphere, and see to it that each and every political decision in the USA, UK, and their empire, is made to enrich and empower the few and impoverish and enslave the many, that right is sacrosanct.

In particular, property rights are inviolable, even if they drag us to the fascism Paul abhors. He cites the constitution, and yet, I am certain that his rather peculiar reading of the constitution would appall men like Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin

Ron Paul, apparently, has never outgrown the influence of that two-bit philosopher, Ayn Rand. It has never occurred to neither the famous guru, nor her disciple, that self-made great fortunes are, more often than not, nothing more than a testimony to corruption and psychopathic tendencies, as John Steinbeck, Taylor Caldwell, and so many other fiction writers and historians have shown, over and over again.

Rand and Paul act as if Jesus had never existed, as if The Count of Monte Cristo, or Les Misérables, had never been written, as if the murderous Russian oligarchs deserve their stolen billions. Rand and Paul never read anthropology either, apparently, never learned that in many societies far freer than our own, Mother Nature was too sacred to be owned.

 Position 2: Ron Paul on Environmental Sustainability

Ron Paul, as one might expect from a man whose political views had been inalterably molded by a remarkable, but deeply-flawed, 18th century document, is far more concerned with infringements on the rights of property owners than with the physical and biological foundations of life itself.

Against probably his private wishes for the survival of humanity and the long-term welfare of his own 18 grandchildren, he feels compelled to defend the rights of corporations (and not the survival rights of fragile ecosystems, endangered species, and humanity as a whole) to drill for oil in Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge (this is just one example of his environmental record).

It is likewise no accident that his son openly defended British Petroleum’s murderous conduct in the Gulf of Mexico. When it comes to climate change and the laughably feckless Kyoto Protocol, that is, when it comes to taking a miniscule step towards protecting the health, pocketbooks, and survival of the world’s people from the externalities of crony capitalism, Ron Paul sides with the would-be terminators of the biosphere.

 Position 3: Ron Paul on Democracy

The word democracy is taken from the Greek, and roughly means “power of the people.” In the ancient Greek world, this is exactly what it meant—majority rule. In Athens, all major political and judicial decisions were made by the people, not by politicians and judges.

In democratic Athens, for example, excellence was certainly encouraged, and wealth, but only because the majority wished them to exist.

If we reluctantly forgive the Athenians their exclusion of women, slaves, and foreigners from the full franchise (which Paul readily forgives 18th century Americans), and if we ignore the wonderful democracies that prevailed in some tribal and semi-tribal societies (the Iroquois, for instance), then Athens had been the truest democracy of which we have sufficient records.

And the Athenians prospered, as a result of their democracy, to a much greater extent than their oligarchic (another Greek word) and totalitarian rivals in Greece itself. Often, when they lost wars, the loss could be traced to their own oligarchic fifth column, not to their external enemies.

Like the majority of our founding fathers, and like the majority of Athenian oligarchs, Ron Paul does not like democracy, either because he is unaware of its unparalleled achievements, blinded by the rancid ideology of unregulated capitalism, or feels that democracy does not serve his own class interests.

Ron Paul accepts the majority of the founders’ self-seeking disdain for democracy, and the anti-democratic document these rich men wrote, as the gospel. In 2003, on the house floor, he opined “that the Republic is gone, for we are wallowing in a pure democracy against which the Founders had strongly warned.”

The trouble with our country in 2003, according to Paul, was not that the oligarchs were controlling everything, deceiving and manipulating us, stuffing their pockets at our expense, declaring wars to enrich and empower themselves, rigging elections, and engaging in financial rackets which, in a working democracy such as ancient Athens, modern Iceland or Switzerland, or an Iroquois village, would have prompted their arrest, exile—or perhaps even a hemlock drinking party. No, Paul traces these real problems to a democracy run amok. The ills which afflict us are not traceable to crony capitalism, but to “the evils of democracy.”

One does not know where to begin with such a sincere misreading of history, except noting that a little study of history is a dangerous thing. In fact, the most successful and happiest societies were also the most democratic.

In the USA, to give one more example, Paul holds the majority accountable for the American proclivity to “promote . . . undeclared, unconstitutional wars.” This is palpably false, a view which one has come to expect from enemies of the open society, not its friends.

Independent historians agree that the majority of Americans had neither intention nor desire to get involved in either the Spanish War, World War I, or World War II, and that they were manipulated into these wars by bankers and arm merchants.

Throughout most of the past decade, the majority was opposed to the Iraqi genocide; the USA occupied Iraq (and in 2012, occupies it still, but with a bit more decorum) not because the majority desired to permanently occupy Iraq, make billions selling bombs and destroying and then re-building infrastructure, depriving China and Russia of access to Iraqi oil, and poison and enfeeble Iraq’s entire Arab population and thereby gain full possession of all Iraqi oil—a $30 trillion loot—for itself.

Most Americans are manifestly too decent to support such an outrage. We enslave and incinerate the Iraqi people because a small cabal controls the politicians, who then proceed to blithely ignore the desires of the America people. Let a ghostwriter for the bellicose President Eisenhower have the final word here:

“I think people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

As I have said, electoral politics in America is a sad joke, and should be of no concern to perceptive reformers. But a revolution must have leaders. Even a leaderless revolution must have some strategists and forward thinkers. The type of analysis carried out above with Ron Paul should be applied to all such leaders and strategists.

Closing Remarks

Freedom, sustainability, justice, and peace begin with us. We must strive to open our minds to new ideas, subordinate our selfish desires to the interests of humanity and the biosphere, and try to understand the world in all its complexity and interconnectedness.

We must also strive to liberate our minds, beginning by disconnecting ourselves, as much as possible, from the bankers’ propaganda system.

We must actively fight such ingrained but palpably false notions that America is a democracy, that our economic institutions come even close to genuine capitalism, that our president is “the most powerful man in the world,” that we should write letters to “our” representatives, that the only qualifications a reformer needs is an avowal of reforming sentiments.

We should condemn such Punch and Judy shows as contemporary elections, political debates, the mendacious 9/11 and Warren “Commissions,” or trials by judges.

We ought not to send our children to the bankers’ indoctrination centers, nor allow the bankers’ propaganda to intrude into our living rooms while masquerading as news or entertainment. We must grasp that Hollywood is part of the Banking-Militarist Complex propaganda system and look for entertainment, uplifting art, or comic relief elsewhere.

We must give the slip to that artful National Propaganda Radio, and all other radio programs provided to us by our masters. We must see how vulnerable we all are, and how any exposure to political and commercial propaganda pollutes our most cherished asset—our minds. We ought to be doubly careful when it comes to our children.

We must carefully and open-mindedly study the political process. Such a study will show that we ought to abandon all hopes of the system reforming itself. Our real rulers have wrested every bastion of power within our republic, and will cling to it come hell or high water. At this advanced stage of decay, electoral politics can accomplish less than nothing.

We must overstep the ideological boundaries that divide us. Instead of aspiring to just one or two of the following—genuine freedom, environmental sustainability, social justice, peace—we ought to embrace them all. We ought to do so because all four are interdependent, and because this is the right thing to do.

If a sufficient number of us grasps these urgent truths, the world may yet turn towards the morning. The hour is late but perhaps not too late; our chances admittedly slim, but still above zero.

If, on the other hand, we let our rulers and our own delusions, close-mindedness, and ignorance partition us into countless disparate or even hostile ideological camps, if we go on diverting precious resources to the corrupt electoral masquerade, if we go on waiting for a knight in shining armor to conduct the revolution for us instead of conducting it ourselves, if we fail to establish direct democracy within our own organizations, and if we fail to subject the records of our more prominent spokespeople and strategists to dispassionate analyses, then we shall have no chance at all.

I warmly welcome—and will reply to—all comments, suggestions for improvements, and criticisms. These can be sent directly to: [email protected]

 

 



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38 Responses to "Strategic Lessons from the Rand Paul Fiasco"

  1. Chris  July 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Rand Paul voted for sanctions(an act of war like his father points out) on Iran and as Senator ultimately allowed the Patriot Act and other horrible pieces of “legislation” to pass and become/remain law. Thats all I really need to know about this neocon.

    • Moti Nissani  July 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Precisely. I’m really not interested in Rand Paul, to tell the truth, nor even in Ron Paul, although I do respect Ron and would certainly prefer him to any current or would-be White House puppet. I merely used Rand’s betrayal as an excuse to explore the real issues–the futility of electoral politics, the need to merge the various strands of the reform movement, and the absolute requirement for a comprehensive strategy.

  2. Not Clueless  July 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    “It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” – Mark Twain

    As anyone who has followed alternatative news is well aware, humanity is under attack from every angle possible along with the planet itself. However, whenever I see the words “environmental sustainability”, only one thing comes to mind – Agenda 21.

    “Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.”
    http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/

    August 6, 2006 – Agenda 21 is a 40 chapter document listing goals to be achieved globally. It is the global plan to change the way we “live, eat, learn and communicate” because we must “save the earth.”

    “Its regulation would severely limit water, electricity, and transportation – even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system,” according to Berit Kjos, author of Brave New Schools.

    Maurice Strong, Secretary-general of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro said, “…[C]urrent lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat consumption and large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and workplace air-conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable. A shift is necessary which will require a vast strengthening of the multilateral system, including the United Nations.

    In other words, the Global plan is for us to live on the level of third world nations. That means no box mixes or microwave meals, limited use of fuel of any kind, no air-conditioning and very little meat. When the cost of freon skyrocketed, when mad cow disease hit, the National Animal Identification System introduced, the price of fuel soared, it has become apparent that given time, these sustainable controls will be put into place – one way or another – and the Global Governance is powerful.

    In 1992, Agenda 21 began to change our lives. In that same year, Al Gore wrote his book, Earth in the Balance. To advance his cause, he has now written another piece of fiction entitled, An Inconvenient Truth about global warming…..he even starred in the movie. He also thinks he invented the internet.

    Although groundwork had been laid, it took a Bill Clinton to actually introduce something so invasive to our nation and get by with it without the public becoming aware. President Clinton appointed his “President’s Council on Sustainable Development” and he literally gave away the rights and freedoms the framers of the Constitution had provided.

    People in the United States may not know about Agenda 21 and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, but people around the world do. They know that Chicago has one of the greatest numbers of activities existing at the local, neighborhood and/or microregional level. They also know that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors and promotes activities in this field through their Office for Sustainable Ecosystem and Communities.

    Found on a Slovakian website: “To the leading countries in the field of development but especially of practical using of sustainable development indicators belong to the U.S.A. At the top level these activities are promoted by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (1996), which defined a set of ten national goals toward sustainable development. These goals express in concrete terms the elements of sustainability. Alongside the goals are suggested indicators that can be used to help measure progress toward achieving them.”

    Agenda 21 is certainly not a secret. The internet is full of how Agenda 21 has been fulfilled through Smart Growth planning, land use, sustainable development and extreme environmentalism. The so-called agenda is grant driven to your city council or county board in terms of sustainable, visioning, partners, tourism and stakeholders, along with consensus and other terms with the intent to make you believe we are running out of all our resources and we must do our part and “save for tomorrow. [See Agenda 21’s Table of Contents.]

    It has nothing to do about “saving anything” – it has everything to do with “control.” Sadly, very few congressmen even know Agenda 21 is actually running our country when they are voting to send grant money back home. Agenda 21 is incentive driven as the planners know that greed in the heart of man will be his downfall.
    http://www.newswithviews.com/Morrison/joyce36.htm

    Humanity and the earth have been targeted for takedown – please see my previous post as to the real nefarious forces behind all that is going on.

    • Moti Nissani  July 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      “As anyone who has followed alternative news is well aware, humanity is under attack from every angle possible along with the planet itself. However, whenever I see the words “environmental sustainability”, only one thing comes to mind – Agenda 21.”
      Thanks for a very long, and most interesting, comment. I understand your concerns in the quote above, but would ask you to reconsider. The inquisition cited Christ himself for its wickedness–would that be a reason to reject Christ’s teachings (I am not necessarily defending Christ, only saying that, if you wish to reject him, you must do so on other grounds, not on how his teachings have been corrupted). The same logical fallacy applies to the critiques of climate change. Sure, the bankers are going to use it as an excuse to enslave us even more, but the issue of climate change must be decided on its own scientific merits, not on how the bankers wish to use it as an excuse to enslave us, steal from us, and destroy the planet on an even more massive scale! Let me read the rest of your comment and respond again.

    • Moti Nissani  July 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Cont.: The point is that we can help save the biosphere–and, in the process, improve our health and save a great deal of money. Few people realize this, but this is simply a fact. Let me give you one example, and then give you a couple of references that prove this conclusively. The example: We have the technology of making cars just like the car that you are driving now, but that gives us at least 100 mpg. Work it out, and you realize that you save $thousands per year, the air you breathe will be cleaner, you will be healthier–and you can eliminate with such steps all the nuclear power plants and all the coal-fired plants. No agenda 21, no evil bankers involved, just a simple law (which the bankers and oilmen fear and oppose), and–a miracle. That is what I have in mind, and that is what people like Alex Jones or William Engdhal totally fail to understand. They say Agenda 21, and lose their sense of balance. To see this, start with these references: 1. http://dissidentvoice.org/Nov05/Nissani1123.htm 2. .http://www.is.wayne.edu/mnissani/revolutionarystoolkit/Least-Cost%20Climatic%20Stabilization_Scanned%20Copy.pdf

  3. Not Clueless  July 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Re Ayn Rand – ironically, her financial circumstances in later life compelled her to take government assistance:

    An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand’s law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand’s behalf she secured Rand’s Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O’Connor (husband Frank O’Connor).

    As Pryor said, “Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out” without the aid of these two government programs. Ayn took the bail out even though Ayn “despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently… She didn’t feel that an individual should take help.”

    But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so.
    http://boingboing.net/2011/01/28/ayn-rand-took-govern.html

    So Atlas shrugged and took the bailout – her acolytes followed suit.

  4. Not Clueless  July 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    (3rd time is the charm? Two previous submits do not appear to have taken)

    “It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” – Mark Twain

    As anyone who has followed alternatative news is well aware, humanity is under attack from every angle possible along with the planet itself. However, whenever I see the words “environmental sustainability”, only one thing comes to mind – Agenda 21.

    “Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.”
    http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/

    August 6, 2006 – Agenda 21 is a 40 chapter document listing goals to be achieved globally. It is the global plan to change the way we “live, eat, learn and communicate” because we must “save the earth.”

    “Its regulation would severely limit water, electricity, and transportation – even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system,” according to Berit Kjos, author of Brave New Schools.

    Maurice Strong, Secretary-general of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro said, “…[C]urrent lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat consumption and large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and workplace air-conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable. A shift is necessary which will require a vast strengthening of the multilateral system, including the United Nations.

    In other words, the Global plan is for us to live on the level of third world nations. That means no box mixes or microwave meals, limited use of fuel of any kind, no air-conditioning and very little meat. When the cost of freon skyrocketed, when mad cow disease hit, the National Animal Identification System introduced, the price of fuel soared, it has become apparent that given time, these sustainable controls will be put into place – one way or another – and the Global Governance is powerful.

    In 1992, Agenda 21 began to change our lives. In that same year, Al Gore wrote his book, Earth in the Balance. To advance his cause, he has now written another piece of fiction entitled, An Inconvenient Truth about global warming…..he even starred in the movie. He also thinks he invented the internet.

    Although groundwork had been laid, it took a Bill Clinton to actually introduce something so invasive to our nation and get by with it without the public becoming aware. President Clinton appointed his “President’s Council on Sustainable Development” and he literally gave away the rights and freedoms the framers of the Constitution had provided.

    People in the United States may not know about Agenda 21 and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, but people around the world do. They know that Chicago has one of the greatest numbers of activities existing at the local, neighborhood and/or microregional level. They also know that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors and promotes activities in this field through their Office for Sustainable Ecosystem and Communities.

    Found on a Slovakian website: “To the leading countries in the field of development but especially of practical using of sustainable development indicators belong to the U.S.A. At the top level these activities are promoted by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (1996), which defined a set of ten national goals toward sustainable development. These goals express in concrete terms the elements of sustainability. Alongside the goals are suggested indicators that can be used to help measure progress toward achieving them.”

    Agenda 21 is certainly not a secret. The internet is full of how Agenda 21 has been fulfilled through Smart Growth planning, land use, sustainable development and extreme environmentalism. The so-called agenda is grant driven to your city council or county board in terms of sustainable, visioning, partners, tourism and stakeholders, along with consensus and other terms with the intent to make you believe we are running out of all our resources and we must do our part and “save for tomorrow. [See Agenda 21’s Table of Contents.]

    It has nothing to do about “saving anything” – it has everything to do with “control.” Sadly, very few congressmen even know Agenda 21 is actually running our country when they are voting to send grant money back home. Agenda 21 is incentive driven as the planners know that greed in the heart of man will be his downfall.
    http://www.newswithviews.com/Morrison/joyce36.htm

    Humanity and the earth have been targeted for takedown – please see my previous post as to the real nefarious forces behind all that is going on.

  5. FactversusHype  July 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Excellent piece, it even included the example of the Sierra club farce. One addition I would have made in the environmental section is to mention the assault of our planet by the Weather Warfare weapons of our government and others. ‘climate change’ has only become notable the last fifteen years as the use of chemtrails and HAARP has increased. Searches – ‘HAARP drought hurricanes’ – and ‘HAARP chemtrails’, and ‘monsanto benefits from drought’ or see G. Duff’s good article ‘secret geoengineering’ on this site. Also see aircrap. org . On government itself, it could not be more true that organic direct democracy is the best hope for the survival of free-responsible people. And I also agree that at this point I’d rather have the mafia or some sort of anarchistic system than what is happening now. Centralization equates to slavery. Thank you again for an excellent piece.

    • MotiNissani  July 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      And thank you for reading such pieces and for caring. Most people I know either do not care at all, using the lame excuse “I’m not interested in politics,” or have no clue about what is going on around them. So it’s up to us–the few who are aware and who care–to bring about real change.

      Yes, you are right, I only mention a fraction of the known environmental perils that are facing us. One good comprehensive review is Miller’s standard college text, Living in the Environment.

  6. DaveE  July 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Here’s everything anyone needs to know about Bolshevik “communism”:

    1.) Government in control of every aspect of your life.
    2.) Zionist jews in control of every aspect of the government.

  7. liberty belle  July 9, 2012 at 6:34 am

    this is an excellent read for me, I would like to say, wow, I read this with much enthusiasm, Rand Paul’s endorsement really hit me hard because I knew his father gave him the OK on it and that really hit me in the gut so needless to say, I was very depressed, it seemed at the time that all hope was gone and we are without direction, but since then, I have done quite a bit of soul searching and I realized what you so eloquently stated, that it is within all of us, within me to make the changes I want to see, we are in dire situations on this planet, to me, it feels that there are more people than not that want peace, tranquility and freedoms, and it is the corporations and the banks and the sociopaths with all the money that are controlling our destinies, it is a tough pill to swallow and it seems most times that the only way to cut them off at the knees is to take them down, but as an everyday person with limited means, how can this be done? letters, phone calls and trying to enter into commitments with such entities like the tea party seem to be quite pointless, so to reiterate, your story was amazing and I feel even more helpless but empowered, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but I hope you get the jist of it, thank you!

    • MotiNissani  July 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks so much for this touching response. “It seems most times that the only way to cut them off at the knees is to take them down, but as an everyday person with limited means, how can this be done?” Perhaps we can, I’ll argue in my 5th article in this series.

  8. Not Clueless  July 9, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Many good points in this article, BUT you are ALL not seeing what MUST BE SEEN! Gordon and others have cautiously broached the subject only to have subsequent articles by contributors continue the same old mindset that we are only dealing with bankster/gangster psychopaths aligned with the military-industrial complex/secret government/Zionists/communists/satanic secret societies/NWO elites. If only! People – WAKE UP ALREADY! We are dealing with the MIEC – the Military Industrial Extraterrestrial Complex – not quite humans (organic portals/psychopaths/clones/cyborgs/human-alien hybrids) allied with Grey/Reptilian hyperdimensional entities. Past and present researchers and others have been warning us and exposing this reality all along while Hollywood has been mocking our stupidity and ignorance while blatantly showing us what’s really going on! Extreme, imposed cognitive dissonance is keeping humanity almost completely unaware of this reality – along with their best control weapon: religious ideology! (I apologize in advance for the overall length of this reply)

    From: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/247383-UFOs-Aliens-and-the-Question-of-Contact

    “In Gnostic cosmology, Archons are a species of inorganic beings that emerged in the solar system prior to the formation of the earth […] The Archons are a genuine species with their own proper habitat, and may even be considered to be god-like, but they lack intentionality (ennoia: self-directive capacity), and they have a nasty tendency to stray from their boundaries and intrude on the human realm.”

    In Gnostic psychology, the noetic science of the Mystery Schools, Archons are an alien force that intrudes subliminally upon the human mind and deviates our intelligence away from its proper and sane applications.

    Working through telepathy and suggestion, the Archons attempt to deviate us from our proper course of evolution. Their most successful technique is to use religious ideology to insinuate their way of thinking and, in effect, substitute their mind-set for ours. According to the Gnostics, Judeo-Christian Salvationism is the primary ploy of the Archons, an alien implant.
    […]
    Because the Archons need human complicity to gain power over humankind, any one who assists them can be considered a kind of Archon, an accessory. How do humans assist the Archons? One way is by accepting the mental programs of the Archons – that is, adopting the alien intelligence as if it were human-based – and implementing those programs by actually enforcing them in society. Another way is by actively or passively conforming to the agendas so proposed and imposed.
”-The Gnostic Theory of Alien Intrusion

    “We are dealing with a multidimensional paraphysical phenomenon which is largely indigenous to planet earth.” – Brad Steiger, Blue Book Files Released in Canadian UFO Report,1977

    “The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon.” – John A. Keel, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse

    “The symbolic display seen by the abductees is identical to the type of initiation ritual or astral voyage that is imbedded in the [occult] traditions of every culture…the structure of abduction stories is identical to that of occult initiation rituals…the UFO beings of today belong to the same class of manifestation as the [occult] entities that were described in centuries past.” – Dr. Jacques Vallee

    “[,,,] I believe there is a system around us that transcends time as it transcends space. The system may well be able to locate itself in outer space, but its manifestations are not spacecraft in the ordinary ‘nuts and bolts’ sense. The UFO’s are physical manifestations that cannot be understood apart from their psychic and symbolic reality. What we see in effect here is a control system which acts on humans and uses humans.” – Dr. Jacques Vallee

    “The idea that men, women, and children can be taken against their wills from their homes, cars, and school yards by strange humanoid beings, lifted onto spacecraft, and subjected to intrusive and threatening procedures is so terrifying, and yet so shattering to our notions of what is possible in our universe, that the actuality of the phenomenon has been largely rejected out of hand or bizarrely distorted in most media accounts.” – John E. Mack, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Harvard, from his book Abduction

    “It is fair to conclude that hybridization is part of the picture. People are being abducted against their will. [Alien] forces seem to be conducting genetic experimentation and acting on us to create a hybrid species.” – prominent researcher and historian of UFOs Richard Dolan

    “By playing on our self-reflection, which is the only point of awareness left to us, the predators create flares of awareness that they proceed to consume in a ruthless, predatory fashion. They give us inane problems that force those flares of awareness to rise, and in this manner they keep us alive in order for them to be fed with the energetic flare of our pseudo concerns.
    […]
    What I’m saying is that what we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He’s an average piece of meat. There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic.” – Don Juan Matus in The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American anthropologist and author on Mesoamerican shamanism

    [AND HERE’S THE KICKER:]

    The story of the Archons is similar to what Don Juan talked about in the last book by Castaneda, The Active Side of Infinity:

    ‘Ah, that’s the universe at large, ‘ he said, ‘incommensurable, nonlinear, outside the realm of syntax. The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were the first ones to see those fleeting shadows, so they followed them around. They saw them as you’re seeing them, and they saw them as energy that flows in the universe. And they did discover something transcendental. […] They discovered that we have a companion for life. We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so. […] You have arrived, by your effort alone, to what the shamans of ancient Mexico called the topic of topics. I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico.

    ‘Why has this predator taken over in the fashion that you’re describing, don Juan?’ I asked. ‘There must be a logical explanation.’

    ‘There is an explanation,’ don Juan replied, ‘which is the simplest explanation in the world. They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, the predators rear us in human coops. Therefore, their food is always available to them.’
    […]
    ‘I want to appeal to your analytical mind, ‘ Don Juan said. ‘Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradiction between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behavior. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal. ‘

    ‘But how can they do this, don Juan?’ I asked, somehow angered further by what he was saying. ‘Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?’

    ‘No, they don’t do it that way. That’s idiotic!’ don Juan said, smiling. ‘They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver – stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators’ mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now.

    ‘I know that even though you have never suffered hunger… you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its maneuver is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear.”

    LASTLY, (AGAIN FROM THE SAME SOURCE):

    “In the end, we return to the question, just how much do you love truth? Do you really love truth or are you just curious? Do you love it enough to rebuild your understanding to conform to a reality that doesn’t fit your current beliefs, and doesn’t feel 120% happy? Do you love truth enough to continue seeking even when it hurts, when it reveals aspects of yourself (or human society, or the universe) that are shocking, complex and disturbing, or humbling, glorious and amazing – or even, when truth is far beyond human mind itself? Just how much do we love truth? It’s a good question to ask ourselves, I think.” – Psychologist and author Scott Mandelker

    UFOs, Aliens, and the Question of Contact full length
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGmec-bvoLU&feature=player_embedded

    The evidence is overwhelming as to the reality of this phenomenon. Also, please contemplate this regarding modern day prophet Edgar Cayce:

    […]But it was the information that Cayce revealed about the future which he is probably most known for. He provided information about the history of humanity from the very beginning to a time in the future when humans will evolve into beings with supernatural powers. He described a new era of enlightenment and peace when divinity within humans would be manifested on the Earth. But before this “kingdom of God” would rule the world, Cayce foresaw world events that can only be described as apocalyptic, a period of purification involving natural disasters that will dramatically alter the surface of the Earth, wars, economic collapse, and socio-political unrest. These visions of the future agree with what is known about prophecies from NDEs.

    Cayce believed that these horrible future events could be averted if humanity changed its behavior. And this is the purpose for giving prophecies – to warn people to change so that the prophecies won’t happen. Since Cayce certainly was not 100% accurate in his predictions, I believe this only shows how some of Cayce’s apocalyptic predictions have been averted. So, a successful gloom and doom prophecy is one that does doesn’t occur. Cayce’s prophecies became well-known all over the world and a case may be made that he may have had some influence in creating the change within people to alter the course of history enough so that the prophecy would not happen. Cayce would repeatedly say that even the Lord of Lords could not accurately predict future events because human free will can alter and change the future.[…]
    http://www.near-death.com/experiences/cayce11.html

    Cassiopaean Transcript Session 30 May 2009

    Q: (L) What’s next?

    A: How about “Paleochristianity”?

    Q: (laughter) (L) Well since you brought it up… (J) You should respond with, “Now that’s an interesting question!” (laughter) (L) What do you mean by Paleochristianity? (laughter) (L) Would you define Paleochristianity for us?

    A: The knowledge of realms that all men comprehended before the “fall”.
    […]
    Q: (L) Okay, what is the importance of Paleochristianity?

    A: The only hope for the survival of your realm and species.

    Q: (L) In what sense do you mean that?

    A: Unification of aim: survival and avoidance of the destruction hanging over your heads as a consequence of the machinations of psychopathy.

    From Laura Knight-Jadczyk’s Adventures with Casseopaea:

    And so it is that we have become acutely aware of the fact that our approach of evaluating our reality in what amounts to Scientific Gnostic terms, which suggests that this world we experience, our normally sensed space-time, is “embedded” in a fifth dimension (and here I use the term as mathematicians use it, NOT as it is used by the so-called “New Age”) that is REAL, and our reality is the “battlefield” of denizens of hyperdimensional space-time, is considered to be as dangerous as that of the Cathars who had many similar ideas. That is to say, we, human beings, are the “playing pieces” in vast and complex Secret Games of the Gods, and our actions or lack of action represent the moves and maneuvers of said denizens of hyperdimensional space who most desperately do NOT want us to unite in our awareness of their existence, and who exert great effort to confuse and obfuscate humanity to that end. Because certainly, if we know of their existence, and their games, we will stop playing.

    This is the Most Dangerous Idea on Earth.

    FINAL COMMENT (paraphrased from the movie WARGAMES):

    THE ONLY WAY TO WIN IS TO NOT PLAY THE GAME

  9. Mike Kay  July 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Prof. Nissani,
    Thanks for helping to liberate me from the dilemma of having to vote. The maddening pressure to vote for another stooge torpedoing everything I hold dear, and then having to refer to the jerk off sellout with a tone of fawning respect, was really starting to piss me off. I can now shrug off the screams and the offers of free rides to the polling station by pointing out that voting for any of the bankster lackeys is an immoral act.
    Cool.

    • MotiNissani  July 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Mike. As I said before, I owe this particular idea to Gerald Celente.

    • MotiNissani  July 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks Mike. As I’ve said before, I owe this particular idea to Gerald Celente.

  10. MotiNissani  July 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    “Is it in America’s best interest to preface a post on this subject with a quote from the Marxist, Lenin?”
    Thanks. I have a slightly different perspective on this, so, with your permission, I’d re-phrase your question: “Is it in humanity’s best interest to preface a post on this subject with a quote from the Marxist Lenin?” I don’t like Lenin at all. See Chapter 1 of my Lives in the Balance (http://www.is.wayne.edu/mnissani/PAGEPUB/CH1.html) for a scathing defense of freedom and an attack on totalitarians like Lenin. But Lenin did know a thing or two about successful revolutions, and that is why I quoted him. In other words, quoting someone is not necessarily an endorsement. In this particular instance, I only meant to say that, on that single point, this old revolutionary knew what he was talking about.

    Please put Lenin’s insight side by side with the actions of most reformers. They almost always mean well, yet accomplish less than nothing. Why? Because they forget to ask a simple question: Is this the best way to bring about change? The New York protesters during the Civil War, the Colorado Union strikers, the veterans of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who were encouraged by Smedly Butler and mowed down by Eisenhower, MacArthur, and Patton (the promotions of these three can probably be traced in part to this act of obedience to their masters and treachery to their own former troops), the recent Occupy movement—What was their strategy? Did they understand what they were up against? No, they didn’t, and hence were bound to fail from the very start. Think before you leap, that is the point.

  11. Stewart Ogilby  July 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Environmental unsustainability, too long unacknowledged, was an unintended unconcern of ambitious entrepreneurs and their financial bankers who gave us the modern world in barely a century. War is indeed a racket. Louis Mumford opined that any possible wartime moral superiority became obliterated when the allies adoped high level pattern bombing in WWII. One can only speculate what that great American humanist would say today, but I know that it would parallel Prof. Nassani’s brilliant column.

    I heartily endorse Excallibur’s “decapitation and reversal” proposition. The sad reality, at least here in my little city, is that people love electoral squabbles as much as they do sports contests, finding a bit of identity in supporting their own team. Mencken knew this phenomenon and pointed out that the common man, when considering between black and white. has no patience or understanding of shades of gray.

    I have somewhat less feeling that psychopaths and sociopaths are to blame for our current crises, crony capitalism included, than that the financial system, inherited by persons born to wealth, was doomed to eventual systemic failure from the outset.

    The sad truth is that its helmsmen are not all that different from the sports fans in my home town and find own their pathetic identities in exhaulted social positions. I am not certain that my neighbors care more about one another than our warlords care about killing children abroad.

    Somehow I have read several of Nassani’s references and I know that students attending our local honors college haven’t. The time is simply out of joint and it will take a lot more than a brilliant professor to set it right.

    When the poor go to the barricades they get slaughtered. When the impoverished, disenfranchised, frustrated, and angry middle class, let by their intelligentia go there perhaps then the times they are a’changin.

    • MotiNissani  July 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      “I have somewhat less feeling that psychopaths and sociopaths are to blame for our current crises, crony capitalism included, than that the financial system, inherited by persons born to wealth, was doomed to eventual systemic failure from the outset.” You might be right, and I share your overall pessimism. In another article of mine kindly posted today by VT’s editor, I argue that people could be different, that rationality and decency could prevail–if we just had a better system.

  12. taosword  July 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Dr. Nissani, thank you for helping us look at ourselves and our projections. As far as Politics and Parties, when I met Ralph Nader in the 90s in Boulder, Co, he was running for President and had a Native Lakota VP candidate with him. They both articulated the state of the Society and Economy extremely well and warned us about it.

    The Democratic Party never took him seriously. Realizing that the Democratic party was part of this Complex you refer to, I voted for Mr. Nader, twice. Its difficult not being contemptuous and the tendency is to just work on individual enlightenment and not social justice issues.

    As long as I/we can sublimate the contempt and anger into compassionate action there is path. If not the resentment and anger just build and one ends up unconsciously projecting it on the others since we are not willing to look at it in ourselves because it is ugly and painful and feels hopeless.

    • MotiNissani  July 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      “As far as Politics and Parties, when I met Ralph Nader in the 90s in Boulder, Co, he was running for President and had a Native Lakota VP candidate with him. They both articulated the state of the Society and Economy extremely well and warned us about it.” I too voted for him, even though all my friends told me I was “wasting” my vote. But no more would I give this kleptocracy the façade of democracy it seems to need. Until the system is overthrown, no one will have my vote. Let’s assume Nader is a friend of the people and a lover of freedom and decency (I think he is). What then? First the media will smear him. Then they will get someone with “liberal” credentials to go on his knees, begging him not to run. Next, they will find out that he lived in self-imposed poverty all his life, and ask us: Can you trust an idealist to be the president (or a Senator, or a judge)? Is that what your really want for a president, an honest man? That should do it, but, if not, they will spend millions to defeat him. If that doesn’t work, and he gets to the White House, they will bribe Congress to block every action of his. And if that doesn’t work, they will kill him, as they kill so many others. You can’t cure cancer with cough syrup.

  13. truthman  July 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Compelling read you got here! Nicely done, Dr. Nissani. There seems to be little doubt that Dr. Paul’s campaign was infiltrated. Having said that, I prefer to speculate that John S is right ^^^^ up there. The reason? We NEED hope. But, as so ably pointed out, should a miracle occur and Dr. Paul wrestle the nomination from the Reptilian Party, he would be JFK’d, cancered or heart attacked within 60 days of taking the oath.

    Unfortunately, that eventuality is what makes your perspective so prescient. Voting is immoral under these circumstances. I’ve never looked at it that way. By electing someone of real character, conscience, integrity and moral fibre, the electorate is an accomplice to murder.

    Though I’ve not voted in thirty years thinking my vote might change a damned thing, I HAVE voted for the simple reason that it gave me a right to complain. Thanks for giving me the best reason NOT to vote. I hope millions will join us. Of course, millions already have, but not for the right reasons.

    Peace.

    • MotiNissani  July 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      “Though I’ve not voted in thirty years thinking my vote might change a damned thing, I HAVE voted for the simple reason that it gave me a right to complain. Thanks for giving me the best reason NOT to vote. I hope millions will join us. Of course, millions already have, but not for the right reasons.” Thanks. I owe this idea of immorality to Gerald Celente.

  14. Excalibur  July 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Good points.

  15. Excalibur  July 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Peter – what I cannot understand about these types of people that are giving you a hard time – is how STUPID they actually are. Young men are either drafted into the armed services at 17 or 18 or they volunteer to defend their country.

    Either way – at that stage the young man does not know whether the conflict he is going to is going to will be IWO JIMA – where he comes back and everybody loves him – or VIETNAM where he comes back and everybody hates him. He just joins up and does his duty.

    They cannot seem to understand that a young soldier cannot choose the year he is born, the era he grows up in – or the conflict he is sent to. All you can do is properly obey your orders and defend your country as required. That’s it.

    From what I understand of the US during the Vietnam War it was the STUDENT SUBVERSIVES and Soviet agitators that were the traitors and actively working for the nation’s enemy of the time. They were trying to spread enemy Soviet subversion and ideology while attacking their OWN soldiers. (Those same people would not have actually lasted five minutes under a real communist regime – and now they claim to be part of the democratic process).

    Keep your chin up and walk tall my friend. You did all that was asked of you by your nation.

    Going to the Wars.

    Tell me not (sweet) I am unkind,
    That from the Nunnery
    Of thy chaste breast, and quiet mind,
    To war and arms I fly.

    True: a new mistress now I chase,
    The first foe in the field;
    And with a stronger faith embrace
    A sword, a horse, a shield.

    Yet this inconstancy is such
    As you too shall adore;
    I could not love thee (dear) so much,
    Loved I not Honour more.

    Richard Lovelace. (1618 – 58)

    • Jim W. Dean  July 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I do believe we have some cultured readers in here now.

      That should pretty much make us bulletproof from the barbarians smear !! 🙂

    • joesigur  July 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Viet Nam was a 3rd world country trying to free itself from outside domination-if you want to consider wanting freedom, being your enemy go ahead.There was a major protest over it cause there was a draft,ppl had to go whether they wanted to or not. What happened during the cold war was any 3rd world country that started listening to poor ppl at the expense of westerners who wished to exploit them, got labeled communist. If there has ever been a communist threat to America, it has always beeen from within, not from aggression from without . So , I wouldn’t call protesters, traitors, otherwise you need to be backing our current policies, to be consistent

    • Excalibur  July 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Joe, I think the current politicians ARE the descendants of those same communists and their ideology – that from the very beginning have sought to destroy the great American Constitution, it’s freedom and American way of life. McCarthy was right. They are doing it now just as surely as if a communist army had attacked and conquered the US by force of arms. (For zionist communism read judaic bankster)

      It is surely immoral to attack and blame young US soldiers who did no more than obey the law, enlist in the armed services – and do their duty. I cannot understand the strange mentality that blames young soldiers for wars they do not like – and praises soldiers who happened to fight in wars that turned out with good publicity.

      The soldier on the ground just turns up – does as he is told and tries not to get killed. He finds out later whether everybody approved or not. Today thousands of young men and women are serving in wars that were started as the result of a horrendous and deliberate lie. Those who are being killed are a disgusting waste of our best young people. Many thought in good conscience that they were going to defend America or Britain. Are we going to attack and blame them when the truth eventually emerges?

    • joesigur  July 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      My remarks were not addressed to young soldiers, I didn’t agree with ppl blaming soldiers for atrocities committed under orders, almost everyone I knew in the 60’s was against the war.

      That old chestnut of the elites not listening to the will of the ppl, was very alive and well.Much of the greatest protest occurred when many elites turned on the war around 68 certified by Walter Cronkite’s famous speech on his news broadcast.

      What I would exhort from young ppl, today, is to think hard about what and who the military is doing and serving before joining.

      Like Gordon says, “It’s a racket” and I’m not sure if we have had a necessary war since 1776!

    • taosword  July 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Many veterans that post comments on VT are confused by their actions in war. The confusion, especially for the Marines is between loyalty to fellow soldiers and the immoral/illegal actions they have either been drafted into or brainwashed into.

      One can care about ones fellow combatants and depore the puppeteers who forced the combat against people who would not have had an argument with us had we not invaded and occupied their countries.

      Pride in service is not correct thinking in this situation. Having used this hellish experience to better oneself and others after the situation is over is what to feel good about. And having made sense of one’s own ignorance that led one into combat in the first place is absolutely necessary in order not to pass this ignorance on to our children.

      If a combatant rescued his fellow soldiers from death at his own peril, although its a courageous thing in itself, it does not make the whole thing ok. The media and society at large uses these acts of courage to continue the brainwashing and false flag waving and many vets accept it because it seems that they are stuck between being treated badly after Vietnam and being called a hero and not realizing the middle path.

      The military uses buddy survival which is social psychology, as their best instrument of brainwashing knowing that soldiers will follow each other out of loyalty into immoral hell, especially at pre-25 years of age. I was drafted into combat and protested with non-vets afterward and we all wanted our friends home and alive now.

  16. Excalibur  July 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Professor Nissani sets out here a brilliant and articulate article that logically takes apart any reason one might have to vote in the forthcoming elections. This because our democratic processes have now been so fully defrauded and subverted as to become unfit for purpose.

    The psychopaths and sociopaths that currently control our politics and our society cannot now be assailed or removed using the current democratic apparatus – and what is worse they are now mutating our laws throughout the entire western world – to make it impossible to ‘legally’ do so. They are ‘legislating’ themselves into ultimate power over us.

    My contention – and I hope that Professor Nissani agrees – is that we can do no wrong or break any so called ‘laws’ by removing these impostors by any means. My only departure from the author’s comments is in the terminology – which can be important. I would not use the word ‘revolution’ at all. It carries with it all the history of the many judaic false flag ‘revolutions’ and coup d’etats of old. In particular I would distance myself entirely from the mass murderer Lenin and the evil incarnate of the Marxist ideology that we now know murdered over 178 Million souls in the twentieth century alone in the name of their world domination blueprint.

    What we need is a DECAPITATION AND REVERSAL EVENT. All of the people currently in power have to go. They are all tainted by the system which throws up the biggest traitors to the most powerful positions. In the process of this the military and the Veterans Associations (who have already proved their patriotism and love of nation) will play an important part.

    The biggest way to hurt the creatures that have caused us all so much misery is to remove their slime-ball stooges – and dismantle their machinery – including the repealing of ALL LAWS ENACTED at least since 1939. By doing this we destroy the straight-jacket that strangles the nations and holds them like a fly in a web.

    A complete decapitation and reversal – followed by good thinking people starting all over again.

    • Jim W. Dean  July 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Excalibur, Just got the second piece up today…a 4500 word major one. You will love the quote about “what sauce would you like to be served in?”

      Rolled the sleeves up to do a full magazine edit on it as these heavy pieces require some work to get through them. We pick them carefully to be worth your time.

      http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/07/08/how-and-why-deomcracy-is-failing-us-badly/

    • Excalibur  July 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Jim – loved it! I also loved the idea that public posts were allocated to good men and true that had not actually ASKED for them! I was not aware that the Ancient Greeks did this but it seems a fool-proof way of tackling the kind of corruption that our society is drowning in. (So long as the banksters or their friends are not organising that lottery …….)

    • Jim W. Dean  July 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I must say, I never saw any of these methods discussed at Republican meetings, including not leaving them office too long. I guess you could just blame it on a poor classical education. 🙂

      My main memories were of the Greek mythology, and of course I loved the digs and all the wonderful stuff they found, like Heinrich Schliemann’s (sp?) Priam Treasure at Troy…stashed away in a big crack in a wall by somebody on the run when the city was being burned.

    • MotiNissani  July 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      “My contention – and I hope that Professor Nissani agrees – is that we can do no wrong or break any so called ‘laws’ by removing these impostors by any means.” Couldn’t agree more. When it comes to protecting the environment, Paul Watson wisely talks about the “Precedence of Natural Laws.” A similar point is made in Tom Godwin’s short story, “The Cold Equations.” When it comes to freedom, justice, and peace, we can cite an even better-known source: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

      “I would distance myself entirely from the mass murderer Lenin.” See my comment above. Briefly, I think we can learn from our enemies, not only from our friends—it’s in that spirit that I quoted him.

      “What we need is a DECAPITATION AND REVERSAL EVENT. All of the people currently in power have to go. They are all tainted by the system which throws up the biggest traitors to the most powerful positions. In the process of this the military and the Veterans Associations (who have already proved their patriotism and love of nation) will play an important part.” Yes! I like this phrase better than mine, and I wholeheartedly agree. I also concur that veterans—men and women of action, not only words—could play a key role in this process. The question that remains, for me, is how do we achieve this decapitation. That is the critical question, and I’ll do my best to answer it in a forthcoming article.
      “The biggest way to hurt the creatures that have caused us all so much misery is to remove their slime-ball stooges.” Only real disagreement between us: We must remove or disempower the men in the shadows themselves, not only their stooges. They are few, and we are many. Everything depends on, first, understanding the system, and, second, strategy.

    • Excalibur  July 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Great stuff Professor. The worm is turning. My view on strategy is also to take a leaf out of our most avowed enemy’s book. Namely to first look at our end goal objective – and then mentally work backwards to find out how to get there. You might call it ‘reverse engineering’ the problem.

      It seems the west needs ONE ‘group’ to set about doing this – with separate units in each country albeit firmly in cahoots with each other. Nation states need to remain inviolate of course. The group will be infiltrated by the enemy from it’s inception – and so its temporary constitution will need to reflect this reality.

      Forget appeals to existing hierarchy. The only reason that they are where they are is because of their capacity and willingness to rat out anyone and everyone – whilst following laws and regulations that they know very well are harmful.

  17. John S  July 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

    If Ron Paul had said all he truly would do if elected President,
    he would have been ridiculed by every establishment whore
    working for the establishment pimps.

    The fat lady has not yet sung.

  18. Gordon Duff  July 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Lief

    my job to get you diverse opinions

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