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Anteroom of Our Own Extinction


If you want to deprive citizens of freedom of movement, freedom of assembly and the right to family life, there should be written reasons. They ask the department why they can hardly find such anywhere since the intervention was introduced in March. It is a mystery that hardly any Norwegian journalists have thought of asking this question. { } …that should be every journalist's first instinct when the government shuts down the country." Øyvind Håbrekke (Candidate for Krk in Trondelog, Norway)

I. Decrees the expulsion of Jews from the colony. { }
XXXII. The runaway slave, who shall continue to be so for one month from the day of his being denounced to the officers of justice, shall have his ears cut off, and shall be branded with the flower de luce on the shoulder : and on a second offence of the same nature, persisted in during one month from the day of his being denounced, he shall be hamstrung, and be marked with the flower de luce on the other shoulder. On the third offence, he shall suffer death. Louisiana Code Noir, 1724-1803

Any person who wilfully enters or uses any public premises or public vehicle or any portion thereof or any counter, bench, seat or other amenity or contrivance which has in terms of sub-section (1) been set apart or reserved for the exclusive use of persons belonging to a particular race or class, being a race or class to which he does not belong, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months, or to both such fine and such imprisonment." Reservation of Separate Amenities Act. Parliament of South Africa, 1953

And by doing so, these devices are constantly reinvented as masks: as apparatuses of categorical transformation aimed at allowing humanity to persist at the brink of the end of the world as this is embodied by the spectre of the "next pandemic." Portrayed as the last barrier between us and the killer virus to come, "plague masks" ultimately transform us into a species inhabiting the anteroom of its own extinction.
Christos Lynteris (Medical Anthropology,Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness Volume 37, 2018 – Issue 6)

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One of the most important aspects of aesthetics, of the study of art at all, is that it teaches the viewer or reader how to see and experience more deeply, with more sensitivity, and this in turn (among other things) leads to the ability to recognize the fraudulent. In other words you come to recognize propaganda. It is almost the cultivating of a sub clinical intuitive skill, a sense when a narrative or an image seem counterfeit.

Along with this comes the ability to, at least partly, resist marketing campaigns and advertisers' manipulations. I have always felt the reading of the classics serve as a teflon shield for advertising.

Art and culture have more profound gifts than just a finely tuned 'bullshit meter'. But given the events of this last week, and of the entire year, as well, the loss of cultural education keeps coming back to me. The least-enrolled post grad program at U.S. universities is the study of the classics. History is very low, too, for any era. Business management is the most popular.

I often have thought that the loss of such studies today has had a genuinely deleterious effect. Certainly most big search engines, if you google post graduate programs in the classics, will return a variety of links about how such a degree has nearly zero economic reward attached.

This is now about a year into the pandemic and there have still been no debates, no public roundtables and no referendums. Nothing. Just decrees by the government. I honestly have given up trying to make sense of statistics, really. But a couple of things have not changed; the fatality rate if you catch Covid 19 is under 1% (and yes, case fatality is different than infectious mortality and that in turn is different from mortality rate). And depending on how it is being counted, it is often a good deal less than that. And yet the entire planet has been subjected to severe restrictions on travel, and coerced to follow pseudoscientific behaviour like mask wearing and social distancing. Today in many places there is what amounts to martial law. Police or national guard patrol the streets after dark. Many countries have banned public events, closed restaurants and nightclubs, and limited any public gatherings. Many schools remain closed or only partially open.

The economic consequences of these non-debated government policies have been catastrophic. In the U.S. something like 60 million jobs have been lost, many never to return. A hundred and fifty thousand restaurants have gone bankrupt. Only one in three museums will ever reopen. In San Francisco they decided NOT to count the numbers of new homeless. No reason was given but one can guess. The homeless situation in the U.S., in big cities in particular, was critical even before the pandemic. Now the numbers are unprecedented. Not even during the 'Great Depression' was there anything like the current level of those without basic shelter.

Food insecurity is at a crisis level. Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the US, estimates over 50 million people go hungry every night including something close to twenty million children.

Since mid-March 2020, numerous surveys have documented unprecedented levels of food insecurity that eclipse anything seen in recent decades in the United States, including during the Great Recession. Over the past five years, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates of food insecurity in the United States have hovered around 11% to 12%.

As of March and April 2020, national estimates of food insecurity more than tripled to 38% In a national survey we fielded in March 2020 among adults with incomes less than 250% of the 2020 federal poverty level (based on thresholds from the US Census), 44% of all households were food insecure including 48% of Black households, 52% of Hispanic households, and 54% of households with children. American Public Heath Association (Dec 2020)

And yet, congress just passed another defense budget increase. According to Defense News

the final version of the 2020 defense appropriations bill, part of a broad $1.4 trillion spending deal to finalize federal spending for 2020 and avert a government shutdown. The defense bill would provide $738 billion.

Almost one in three households suffers hunger, regularly. Almost half of black and hispanic households. Households with children are most vulnerable to the government policies. So half of the kids in the U.S. have inadequate nutrition. Half will suffer long term developmental problems, almost guaranteed.

So, given that there are countless medical professionals around the world who question the effectiveness of Covid policy by government, who questions the World Health Organization and CDC? One would think there would be a heated and exhaustive discussion about how to proceed. Once it was clear that this was not a particularly fatal virus, there should have been wide and far-reaching debate. But there was none.

And who are the authorities who dictate these policies? This also remains unclear. The head of the WHO is Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. But the face of the pandemic is Anthony Fauci. Now his role is also a bit unclear.

Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He has held that position since 1984. It is unclear why he is the official advisor to presidents.

But, the point is that Bill Gates controls forty percent of the WHO. So, take Norway, where I live. Who advises the PM? Or advises her health minister? And it's worth noting that the health minister is Bent Høie, from the ruling party, a conservative business-friendly party.

Here is the wiki entry on Mr Høie…

Høie was born in Randaberg. He studied law at University of Bergen in 1991 and also attended the Norwegian School of Hotel Management from 1991-93.

Well, I guess Hotel management is as good a background as any to make life and death decisions about pandemics. One assumes the WHO and/or the CDC send advisors to talk to the Minister of Health. But I am only guessing.

My point is that the decision-making process is utterly opaque. Nobody seems to have a clear idea from where, exactly, the policy of lockdown (the quarantining of healthy people is, as far as I can tell, utterly new) originated, or where the marketing and obvious fearmongering came from.

For there has been a clear marketing apparatus in play, with all the mask adverts, the social distancing, etc. And worth mentioning is that the eco outcry about plastic straws, a genuine issue, really, suddenly receded and now, in the hysteria of mask wearing, the environment has had to absorb 9 billion single-use cloth and plastic masks.

The entire global economy is teetering on collapse. And this was intentional. This is because of governmental actions, not because of a virus. Of course, western economies have been teetering since 2008, if not before.

I'm not an economist, but this is the point where one must look at "The Great Reset".

Most of you have heard of it, its been on the cover of TIME magazine, and that photo of Klaus Schwab and his Vulcan unitard suit has cropped up across all social media platforms. The short version (for a long and exhaustive and insightful version see Cory Morningstar here) is that Schwab and his friends at the World Economic Forum have this idea, clothed in perfect green attire, to "reset" the economies of the West (or of the world).

The word 'reset' is interesting. Who came up with that I wonder? It feels very computer-ish and futuristic, and optimistic! And while much is made of certain aspects (natural capital, social capital, a new deal for nature, social impact bonds, etc) the reality is that the capitalist system, in the hands of the richest at any given moment (or we can say the ruling class), drive corrections to the market. This helps consolidate wealth at the top, or transfer more to the top.

And that is what this is, with the difference being that the plan is more about the destruction of markets, the destruction of competition, and the hyper monopolization of nearly everything. It entails a good deal of AI fantasy, but it also means a digitalization of currency (so no grey economy, no borrowing from friends, no under the table work) and a massive increase in surveillance and tracking. All of this is helped by the lockdown policies, the so-called 'Reset' would likely be stillborn if not for the reaction to Covid.

Allow me to insert HERE a European Commission statement regarding Covid19.

Now the new head of the European Commission is Ursula von der Leyen. Remember that much of the Reset is driven by the ruling elite of Europe and North America. And these people share common values and goals. Here is a brief biographical sketch on Ms von der Leyen…

"Von der Leyen's father's grandparents were the cotton merchant Carl Albrecht (1875–1952) and Mary Ladson Robertson (1883–1960), an American who belonged to a plantation owning family of the southern aristocracy from Charleston, South Carolina.

Her American ancestors played a significant role in the British colonization of the Americas, and she descends from many of the first English settlers of Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Barbados, and from numerous colonial-era governors.

Among her ancestors were Carolina governors John Yeamans, James Moore, Robert Gibbes, Thomas Smith and Joseph Blake, Pennsylvania deputy governor Samuel Carpenter, and the American revolutionary and lieutenant governor of South Carolina James Ladson.The Ladson family were large plantation owners and her ancestor James H. Ladson owned over 200 slaves by the time slavery in the United States was abolished; her relatives and ancestors were among the wealthiest in British North America in the 18th century, and she descends from one of the largest British slave traders of the era, Joseph Wragg."

I will return to why this has relevance. But I will only say here that all of the faces fronting for the Green New Deal, and the Reset, are wealthy, from lineages of extreme wealth and position. Today's theme is 'class'.

I can tell you only what I think Schwab and his colleagues want from this project. Let's look at what is not going to return to normal after the lockdown.

Commercial airlines are going bust, and those that are still alive have drastically cut routes and have limited their service. The days of cheap flights to warm beaches is gone, I suspect, for good. Vacations will be limited and travel limited (well, unless you are very rich like Gates and Schwab and Ms von der Leyen and Prince Charles and Jeff Bezos et al).

There are now sixty million people out of work in the U.S. The inevitability of the Universal Basic Income is pretty clear. The question is how much does one mean by basic?

Here I think one might do a quick history overview of apartheid South Africa, of the sugar plantations of the 18th century in the Caribbean or, well, the Nazi work camp system. The new capitalism that is imagined (and look, feel free to call it post-capitalism , or woke feudalism or whateverthefuckever you want) has more in common with the aforementioned systems of servitude and slavery than it does with anything else. It is class struggle, as Marx emphasized. Jobs won't be coming back. There will be a gigantic surplus population.

And already one sees the gradual coalescing of a new caste system. People deemed 'important' are allowed to go places and few questions are asked if they violate social distancing or mask wearing. The new social apartheid, which began as a pseudoscientific method for disease control, has now, in the brief span of a year, become a defacto class segregation. The rich are exempt. Here is an article from the New York Post (Aug 15th):

Meanwhile, billionaire David Geffen has been hanging on his yacht, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are cruising Greece in another yacht after receiving "honorary" citizenship, Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg has been trolling the waters off Hawaii in a $12,000 surfboard, Jeff Bezos and his lady friend have been (multiple) house-hunting, buying up millions of dollars in property in Los Angeles to build a compound while traveling via private jet to several cities around the country, former Mayor Bloomberg splashed out $45 million on a Colorado compound (joining a host of other billionaires buying in that state as well as Montana and Wyoming); and others are spending millions to buy citizenship in "safe" countries like New Zealand.

That 'compound' remark is worth noting. For this is the future for much of America. Gated compounds for the aristos and the dirty, squalid, infected world for the proles. And look, gated communities with private security have been in existence for forty years. Only now the separation has deeper implications.

Of course, football can continue in both the US and UK, though basketball has been more strictly limited (the perception is, of course, that basketball is an urban game and in a league over 70% black).

It is amazing how these strictly-enforced behavioural rules are relaxed for the amusements of the court. The rich can pretty much do whatever they want. Literally none of the rules apply to them. There is a middle tier of affluent, those deemed necessary, for the moment anyway, who get to move around more easily. For the millions now without income the restrictions will be quite acute.

So, back to the Reset for a moment. I keep returning to the slave economies of times past because this is increasingly what capitalism has been trending toward. The sugar plantations of the Caribbean used slave labour. Imported from Africa. They sold that raw product in markets of the metropole, to world markets. But on the plantation only master and slave relations existed. And this is, in one sense, what is being normalized today. Slave relations. And like the gulf Monarchies who use 'guest' workers (slaves, literally), Americans are close already to being guest workers in their own country.

And like the Apartheid laws in South Africa, certain castes (replacing race in this case) cannot go to the private beach of Mark Zukerberg. Or these days, often, any beach at all.

It's worth noting that the old 19th Century industrialist tycoons eventually became huge philanthropists. Carnegie, Mellon, Peabody, Rockefeller even. They endowed education, built libraries and hospitals. Today's tycoons create deceptive Green projects that are really just more wealth-amassing schemes to displace indigenous people, steal land and property, and help sell and normalize the police state.

Students throughout California are now stuck at home in hot, crowded rooms that occasionally fill with wildfire smoke. 19% of these students are English language learners and almost 13% of them have disabilities. Every day on Zoom they fall more and more behind both academically and socially. In Los Angeles Unified, the state's largest district, students are receiving 90-170 minutes of daily live instruction (depending on their age), after which they are expected to do independent work. Compared to the traditional six or seven-hour school day, online education is laughably inadequate. In real time, teachers and families are watching important developmental windows close for vulnerable children. Meanwhile the California Democratic Party and its affiliates tout virtual schooling as a solution for mitigating COVID-19 transmission" Alex Gutentag (The Bellows)

Gutentag also notes that the California governor sends his kids to a private school with in-person learning. Caste.

Not to mention that many children in the U.S. now live in highly-stressed homes. Over forty million people are at risk of eviction because of unpaid back rent. None of these homes can afford adequate food. They certainly cannot afford health care.

What happens when a child gets sick in today's America? I suspect for hundreds of thousands they will, at best, get inconsistent attention from volunteer medical workers — unless there is a lockdown in effect. Then they get nothing.

As I say, this brutal reorganization of the economy bears no small similarity to a slave economy — but it is being sold to the public by pretending it is this new, technology-driven Reset. (Own nothing and be happy).

What exactly does the government plan to do with those sixty million unemployed Americans? What does the UK plan? or Germany or France? Or anywhere? The stimulus package went mostly to big corporations. And media and state propaganda continue to provide endless distractions (see assault on the Capitol, and anything to do with Trump).

There is a clear belief in and emphasis on technology in all this. On AI and robotics and transhumanism (sic). This belief in AI to solve almost everything is reaching levels of delusion that many people, even critics of the Reset, seem to ignore.

So how is it that people have so passively surrendered their rights? The answer is complex.

First, the idea of cooperation and grass roots organizing have been relentlessly disparaged in the media for decades. When unions were effectively destroyed under Reagan, along with them went the last vestiges of collectivity. Hollywood has always made films about individual triumph, almost never about revolutionary organizing. I think a large number of people today, even those skeptical, suffer from a kind of inertia. And this too has been built into the system. And it may well be an aspect of screen habituation.

But before that, people are afraid. The unseen enemy, the invisible virus, the plague, an enemy that brings fevers and suffering, sickness and death. But that is only a part of the problem. The Reset is presenting a future of total control for the ruling class.

Why would anyone support this madness? Well, first, because they are being sold on the idea that it's green, and that THEY, themselves, will be in control. Sort of. And second, they have limited options.

In a way the long shadow of the Reagan years are evident here. The destruction of unions, coupled with the loss of real public education, has allowed for the rootless, lonely and isolated 'individual' of contemporary America. And the utter absence of a real leftist party.

But it's true for much of Europe, too. Here in Norway the wearing of masks is prevalent in 'high risk' red zones. And one still can't drive across the border to Sweden. I see enormous stress indicators in children. Even in my children. And they are young. Nobody feels happy. Isolation does not promote happiness.

Still, how likely is it that this Reset works? I think this question is ignored somewhat and therefore we need to ask 'for whom does it work'? While there has been enormous amounts of great stuff written about Schwab and the WEF I must digress a moment (although its not really a digression, but only appears to be):

There is a basic problem with AI, deep learning, and natural language and, while it is about language, it applies to other fields as well. This is the Frame problem. And the Frame problem is intwined with the problem of time.

NOTE: The Frame problem "is the challenge of representing the effects of action in logic without having to represent explicitly a large number of intuitively obvious non-effects. But to many philosophers, the AI researchers' frame problem is suggestive of wider epistemological issues." – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – ed.

The Frame problem is about relevance, and that the outlier issues, while statistically rare, are actually what distinguish 'smart' people from 'not smart' people. Machine learning, AI, can do a lot of things, but to over-applaud its achievements without admitting its profound limitations is going to lead to some catastrophic mistakes and, no doubt, human tragedies.

And then there is this.

AI works great in labs, with toys and controlled environments, but a lot less well in the real world.

So far the solution for the new AI cheerleaders is to make the real world like a lab. In one sense, Singapore, with extensive use of AI via a very authoritarian state apparatus, has already done this. China is a more complex discussion, and wanting to avoid any idea of an 'Oriental plot', I'm just going to take a Mulligan.

The ruling class anywhere is exempted in all such examples. The majority of humans will be treated as rats in a lab test. Not even rats, but toys. In other words, highly, if not totally, expendable.

But the problems with the Reset, and with all of the Green New Deal projects, are that they operate in a computer model-based world that is rather significantly divorced from real life, and certainly, intentionally, disregards class (and caste).

There are also new ideas like 'human capital bonds'. It sounds complex but this is just a more draconian loan arrangement where, if you default, for example while going to medical school, even if you graduate you wont be allowed to practice. Everything in this new economy gives people less power and less autonomy.

The issues with all AI and with the advanced technology praised by the Reset are philosophical more than scientific. Part of the problem is that the real world is enormously complex. Like weather prediction, anything more than six or seven days out is all but impossible. There are too many unknown factors and variables. This truth can be extrapolated to just about any real world problem. But for all the growing skepticism about AI, the proponents (who know these problems) continue to propagandize the benefits and the infinite possibilities of an AI-dominated future.

The most absurd are the transhumanists. Given how little is actually known about consciousness, and considering that all AI is just math, it seems almost infantile to think we are going to learn better with implants, or work more efficiently. Alongside that is the issue of prediction. Perhaps this was built into the Enlightenment, but what Adorno and Horkheimer came to call 'instrumental thinking' is now embraced unquestioningly by the new peddlers of AI.

Back to the philosophical issue. Wittgenstein famously said:

If a lion could speak, we would not understand it.

Language is part of a shared horizon of the world (as Steven Gambardella put it). Computers can simulate thought, but only up to a point. (See Chinese Box experiment)

The whole modern conception of the world is founded on the illusion that the so-called laws of nature are the explanations of natural phenomena. Thus people today stop at the laws of nature, treating them as something inviolable, just as God and Fate were treated in past ages. Ludwig Wittgenstein (Tractatus)

AI is the Alchemy of the 21st century. The new Reset, driven by the high net worth figures from Wall Street, Silicon Valley, or the Royal Houses of Europe, is a fantasy. But a fantasy that is part of a long class struggle.

And at a certain point it doesn't matter, not totally, if AI works.

If errors occur in computation, or in facial recognition, or in food allotments to the projected new slave class, the billionaires on their yachts wont mind. If the implant in my brain crashes during a scheduled update, that's just one less servant to feed.

And there is also a clear de-population agenda at work in all this. Certainly David Attenborough and Baroness Goodall are big on getting rid of the indigenous people in Africa. Nearly all of the pro-Reset leadership believe in depopulation. Prince Charles, another who prefers he keep his privilege. It is not an accident that an Ursula von der Leyen is running point for the EU now. A descendent of the biggest slave trader in Europe at one time. It speaks to exactly why a Hugo Chavez, for example, so offended these people. Or an Evo Morales. Remember it was not so long ago that the U.S. worked to control and neutralize African independence movements. While Cuba and the U.S.S.R. helped to support those movements. Dick Cheney until the 90s called Mandela a terrorist.

This intentional demolition of capitalism, as we have come to know it, is designed to enclose populations via surveillance, digital tagging, health passports, and no doubt much more. Again, if the digital tag doesn't work, so what? I happen to think much of this ruling class dream is doomed to fail on the technical level. The problem is that it quite possibly will work on a political and control level.

Depopulation is rebranded eugenics, and nothing else. The royals of Europe have always longed for a return to what, for them, was colonial grandeur. The fantasy future is nostalgia for the ruling class. The dream can be traced back to what the Empire has always done. They destroy anything democratic and/or socialist. They support any dictator at any time because they believe they deserve more and more of what is better. Let them eat cake.

They have crushed independence and autonomy for all of the 20th century and now into the 21st. The Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, the assassination of Lumumba, Vietnam, Indonesia and Suharto, El Salvador ( U.S. support for Roberto D'Aubuisson, a fervent admirer of Hitler), or Nicaragua, or Chile, the former Yugoslavia. One could go on and on and on. The U.S. support for Papa Doc in Haiti, for Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Nowhere, at any time, has the Imperialist and colonial-loving ruling class EVER supported democracy or equality. Never, nowhere, not once.

The problem is about perception. Take one of the biggest NGOs in the entire New Deal for Nature; Conservation International. These people work with the WWF, with Club of Rome, and We Mean Business. These are very wealthy business ventures. Now, Conservation International also finances the Greta Thunberg films.

HERE is their board of directors, from their web page.

Perception. But Northrup Grummon… and Riverstone Holdings. The first is a major player in the defense industry, the industry that just got a trillion dollars, give or take, from the U.S. Government. The second is a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts. Arnhold LLC is an investment management company. Banco BTG Pactual S/A is an investment management company and consultant to corporate trading. You get the idea. These are the people who have helped further inequality, aided environmental destruction, and helped plunder the assets of countless countries. The cynicism is jaw dropping, but many people just see Greta, see Green New Deal and assume this NGO is an innocent well-intentioned and 'woke' eco-venture.

WHY would anyone think that suddenly these people are out to save the planet?

Well, they might think they ARE saving the planet, but not for you and me. For themselves.

John Steppling is an original founding member of the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, a two-time NEA recipient, Rockefeller Fellow in theatre, and PEN-West winner for playwrighting. He's had plays produced in LA, NYC, SF, Louisville, and at universities across the US, as well in Warsaw, Lodz, Paris, London and Krakow. He has taught screenwriting and curated the cinematheque for five years at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, Poland. Plays include The Shaper, Dream Coast, Standard of the Breed, The Thrill, Wheel of Fortune, Dogmouth, and Phantom Luck, which won the 2010 LA Award for best play. Film credits include 52 Pick-up (directed by John Frankenheimer, 1985) and Animal Factory (directed by Steve Buscemi, 1999). A collection of his plays was published in 1999 by Sun & Moon Press as Sea of Cortez and Other Plays. He lives with wife Gunnhild Skrodal Steppling; they divide their time between Norway and the high desert of southern California. He is artistic director of the theatre collective Gunfighter Nation.
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Population Health, Human Capital Bonds, and Black America


The following document was prepared as a briefing paper for a group working in the population health arena. The intention was to revisit the breadth of my research with a specific focus placed on what it means for Black America. A similar document could have been written for the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. This material is currently under review pending future distribution in a more digestible format. I am long form, always. Since this document was referenced in a panel discussion I recently participated in and was distributed to a wider audience, I feel comfortable sharing it with you here. Please know that this is a work in progress.

Briefing Document:

We find ourselves in this season of the shortest days and longest nights. Yet in these long nights we are graced with guiding stars and hands to hold in the darkness. I have heavy information to share here. But first I want you to know that we were made for these times.

On a knife's edge, teetering between sacred and profane, I know in my heart that through fortitude and moral courage humanity will prevail. Black America has lived for generations under this nation's broken social contract. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution pushing to make natural humans obsolete, many more are awakening to the lived experience of Black and Brown America. This nation grew its power on broken treaties and stolen bodies. Now is a moment of profound reckoning to face off against the threat of artificial intelligence stealing the rights of ALL sovereign beings.

Who better to lead the world towards healing and justice than Black and Brown people? Consider WEB DuBois' "Black Reconstruction," the general strike, the power of Black bodies to throw a wrench in the gears of anti-life machines. What does that look in this new arena – the World Economic Forum's Internet of Bodies? In a future run for billionaires by robots, the rich won't want the labor of the masses after we've created the digital prison and trained our mechanized replacements. Instead, they will demand total compliance as debt instruments navigating their technocratic control grid.

My friends that is NOT our destiny. In the spirit of Marimba Ani, our task is to keep the circle unbroken as the disaster of the Great Reset unfolds. Black America must stand in its full power and recognize the true nature, the magnitude, of this struggle. That struggle is against digital chattel slavery tied to global financial markets, the Internet of Bodies, human capital bonds, and smart cities running on layered digital contractual agreements.

In the decade following the global crash of the housing market, which in no small part laid the foundation for what is rolling out now, investors, academics, and non-profits developed pilots testing outcomes-based government contracts that would enable private interests to invest in social service delivery. This idea goes back at least to the mid 1990s with social entrepreneur Steve Rothschild and economist Arthur Rolnick of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.

Advances in digital identity, e-wallets, automated data-capture; Ethereum smart contracts, artificial intelligence, behavioral analytics, machine vision, and bipartisan support for "evidence-based" results are allowing new markets in human capital finance to finally come online at scale. The Davos crowd calls it stakeholder capitalism, and it is aligned to New America's Bretton Woods II impact investing agenda. What it aims to do is pull the global "un-banked" into the marketplace – not as independent economic actors (homo economicus), but rather as commodities, livestock to be managed by emerging Fourth Sector Benefit Corporations.

There will be an alignment with communities of faith, as they will be tasked with processing the stakeholder capitalists' "assets" with approved digital "solutions" on dashboards. This is consistent with the Vatican's foray into "inclusive capitalism," and builds on three social impact investing conferences co-hosted with the University of Notre Dame's Business School.

You see history isn't past; it is very present. What the Black community is facing – the plan to feed the poor into AI algorithms to profit those who are hoarding immense wealth – must be understood as a direct extension of the Doctrine of Discovery. Dr. Justin Leroy speaks eloquently to this in a 2017 lecture given at the Whitney Museum of Art for an exhibit on debt that examined social impact bonds, "Race, Finance, and the Afterlife of Slavery." That papal bull asserted Black and Brown bodies, non-Christians, and their lands were to be viewed as assets and could thus be claimed by "enlightened" white colonists.

The same dynamic is in play with blockchain identity. Rather than double entry book keeping, which under-pinned maritime trade in stolen bodies, the world is shifting to decentralized cryptographic ledgers.  It's the same depravity, but in a shiny, new wrapper. Keep your eye on London. Vinay Gupta says blockchain law will be based in maritime law. We are entering a world structured by unseen digital contracts designed to advantage financiers. What will the jurisdictions be for lives forced into the cloud? What are the rights of digital twins? How does one hold a Decentralized Autonomous Organization accountable to the rule of law? There are so many questions that remain unanswered. These are the things Davos hopes will stay hidden until their plan is locked firmly in place.

Examples of blockchain ID social impact projects include the Amply blockchain identity app for toddlers attending daycare in Cape Town; blockchain babies in Tanzania where compliance with pre-natal appointments can be tracked for "impact;" DAPP blockchain software that uses machine vision and videos to trigger tokenized payments after documentation of proper parenting in poor households is uploaded; and the blockchain birth certificate program the state of Illinois launched with Evernym.

What I am laying out here might sound like science fiction, but it's not. These efforts are backed by the United Nations in coordination with World Bank's Human Capital Project. The World Bank has developed "smart" social impact bonds on blockchain, call bond-i. Many of these technologies, including retinal scan payments and digital currency have been developed using refugee communities through development aid channels. All the pieces were there waiting for the right catalyst. That catalyst is Covid. We must recognize this "totalitarian" software-as-a-service is now in play and could end up anywhere in the world in an instant – wherever there is money to be made.

To the tender ministrations of Ronald Cohen's Social Finance; George Overholser's Third Sector Capital Partners; Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab; Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; New Profit's impact investing arm America Forward; the human capital innovators at ReadyNation and Council For A Strong America; add seed money from the Social Innovation Fund and the Social Impact Partnerships Pay For Result Act. Take that combination and pour it into the nation's 8,700+ "Opportunity Zones," where thanks to the decimation of the global economy the world's largest asset holders are able to scoop up property and business in low income neighborhoods at rock bottom prices, and if they hold them for a decade they never have to pay capital gains taxes. Almost as if it had been planned.

No provisions are in place to protect local communities. Black families, who could be forced out by displacement or managed as impact commodities will have no protection under the law. Those who remain will likely become fodder for social entrepreneur wrap around services. Such programs have been perfected over thirty years in the Harlem Children's Zone by Geoffrey Canada and George Soros's former fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller with financial support from Paul Tudor Jones, hedge fund billionaire who got his start trading cotton futures and founded the Robin Hood Foundation. His foundation underwrote an entire book of equations linking social investments to economic rates of return. Feel free to browse all 168 pages published here. None of this is about eliminating poverty, but rather refining ways of growing it steadily and managing it profitably.

These arrangements, which have been set up as social impact bonds and pay for success deals, are designed to be data-driven. It is the "impact metrics" that enable the world's richest to profit off misery. The general idea is that social problems are assigned a cost, which creates an offset that is used to fund "evidence-based" "solutions." The prison industrial complex, built to brutally extract profit from the Black bodies that were excessed by the previous phase of globalization, is one of the largest cost-offsets. But chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and lead poisoning are big ones, too. The premise is that if you "fix" a poor person before they become incarcerated, diabetic, underemployed, or mentally-ill, you reduce the cost to tax-payers, and the investor can take a slice of the cost differential as a return on investment. Philanthropists, acting on behalf of finance and technology interests, fund academics at elite institutions to formulate "human capital" equations that justify this predatory enterprise.

Examples include:

On the basis of such equations global investors are financing data-driven "solutions" for social problems with the understanding that they will continue to make money on poverty, misery and trauma as long as it remains well managed. In addition the people being run through such systems are turned into commodities for mining, not for their well-being, but to remake them as interoperable data on dashboards for investment portfolios. This is where we have landed. If we don't resist now, our fate will be sealed. Life reduced to metrics stored by the National Interoperability Collaborative by Stewards of Change for artificial intelligence predictive profiling.

The World Economic Forum makes it very clear that through artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 6G, and synthetic biology the global elite intend to reengineer humanity to their own twisted ends. They envision an exclusive resort world meant for the rich and their robots. The masses, useless eaters, shall be disposed of, but profitably through creative debt structuring. The next "big short" won't be toxic bundled mortgages, but rather human capital futures comprised of poor toddlers, returning citizens, the disabled and the elderly.

Society is staring down high-tech eugenics, and it is being sold to Black America as disruptive innovation. The chains meant to bind families into this new economic system as tradable data commodities are biometric health passports. The Commons Project, a partnership of the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Economic Forum (WEF), intends to control the masses using real-time health data that will dictate rights to access work, education, and employment. Digital vaccination records will, in effect, become slave passes. One of the architects of the system, JP Pollak, is based at Cornell-Tech with another Commons Project board member and Internet of Things pioneer Deborah Estrin. I doubt many people realize that our future mobility options are being plotted in swank LEED certified buildings in the middle of the East River.

Having waged military and economic warfare against the peoples of the world, having looted the earth's resources and saddled the poor with insurmountable debt, imperial interests are closing in on the final frontier, taking over our bodies cell by cell with mRNA "therapeutics." Those who won't submit to joining this population level bioengineering program may soon find themselves locked out of a normal life.

For centuries the Black community has resisted an unrelenting colonial project.  Now we are faced with the "software of life," settler-colonialism in single-use bar-coded syringes. Colonization shrunk to the cellular level. We must face the very real prospect of a cyborg future where natural humans are wiped from the face of the earth.

We have no choice other than to do everything in our power to derail such plans. We will stand not only against the merger of man with machine, but against the privatization of public benefit systems as pay for success investment opportunities. Attempts to defund the police and reform the judicial system will be for nothing unless we see that the end game is to turn the entire world into a digital jail run on blockchain from space using satellites and 5G. They want to track the "useless eaters" like livestock, and monitor us in the panopticon of smart cities using phones with vaccination passports (slave passes) and eventually wearable and implantable (chip) technologies.

When James Bullard, the CEO of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, called for testing every person every day this spring, you have to wonder if he was thinking about Graphene biosensors that transmit health data in real time to smart sensing environments. In this brave new world of pandemic preparedness, health security finance, vaccine bonds, and Goldman Sachs' lockdown indices, the central banks intend to lay claim to bodies and minds.

They've been priming the children already, awarding skills points and badges for excellence in STEM and cyber-security (GCHQ) and robotics (Lego). They earn good behavior scrip while consuming "personalized" AI curricula funded by defense contractors. UNICEF is backing "innovative" educational software where children wouldn't even have to know how to read – they would code using gestures in virtual reality headsets with haptic controllers. Look at the branding of Nubian VR that UNICEF is rolling out in Kenya. These African children are literally having their god given senses stolen from them and are being turned into batteries to power the hive mind of a completely militarized and dying planet. Deprived of history, humanities, art, music, sports, free play, and nature, the next generation will know no life outside of Google's box.

In the coming years, the billionaires intend to force the masses, who've been pushed out of their previous jobs by the lockdowns, to code this biosecurity state into reality. The plan is for re-skilling for Fourth Industrial Revolution industries be done through Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) in which people sign contracts to have their future wages garnished to pay back "investors" in their training. In 2018, David Cooper of Purdue Research Foundation, participated in a panel on ISAs at the annual Arizona State University – Global Silicon Valley conference. He was very clear that they anticipated the opening of a very large equity market in securitized debt for higher education (now post-Covid re-training, framed as lifelong learning). The platform to securitize the debt is Edly. Edly was co-founded by Christopher Ricciardi, the grandfather of Collateralized Debt Obligations. As you may remember it was CDOs that played a major role crashing the global economy the last time around. Once again history is not in the past, it is very much present. Each time to poor get played by the powerful.

Governor Jack Murphy, former Goldman Sachs executive, is rolling out an ISA program now in New Jersey in the form of Career Impact Bonds. This effort pairs nicely with United Way's ALICE (Assets Limited Income Constrained Employed – the working poor) campaign, which originated out of their Northern New Jersey office. There is considerable overlap between the United Way and the Federal Reserve branches on the topic of fin-clusion (financial inclusion). In fact James Bullard, the test-every person-every day guy, was former board chair of United Way USA while serving as CEO of the St. Louis Federal Reserve branch. I don't suppose it's any coincidence that two hedge fund billionaires, John Overdeck and David Siegel who have heavily subsidized ed-tech software and workforce-aligned education programs through their foundations, live in that part of the state, too.

The global reskilling will be done under the banner of a Green New Deal, a faux-rebellion staged to profit corporate masters using the best behavioral engineering money can buy. It will involve deployment of massive embedded sensor networks that will transmit information and create a layered, digital, "mixed-reality." Given how racialized the training data is, it is frightening to imagine what is will be like to navigate this "new" terrain built on a foundation of redlining, environmental racism, state violence, and deprivation.

The human capital commodities markets run on data. For this reason we must agree to push education, medicine, therapy and other services into the cloud, so data analysts can gather the metrics in service of "pay for success." We are supposed to ignore the fact that children in Congo are mining the cobalt for the devices and that the energy and water requirements needed to run server farms are unsustainable. We are supposed to overlook the e-waste. We are not meant to know that while our children are being put into artificial intelligence feedback loops (sold as "personalized learning") on HP laptops, another division of the company is running biometric border control in Palestine. They don't want us to make those connections, that this machine that is "learning" our children in intimate detail, is fabricated by a company that will likely running future geo-fencing and facial recognition operations for the biosecurity state.

Picture life as a Pokémon-Go experience. Niantic and the Knight Foundation describe this as augmented cities. Now imagine a virtual fence, the kind you might use for a pet, adjusted in real time from a phone. To this mix add digital welfare benefits that are conditional and activated only upon demonstrated completion of assigned "self-improvement" tasks. Throw in low-cost mobile devices for digital wallets, stick QR codes in key locations, add drones and robot police dogs, slave patrols remade for mega-city asymmetrical warfare. In Australia they are already pitching the idea of "walk for the dole," and they have remade their disability benefits as tokens on blockchain. They call it "programmable money." Folks know it's always been about playing the game, but this new game is going to have a lot less wriggle room after they make money "smart."

This "social improvement" plan has been in the works for years, set up by the "Giving Pledge" signers, "The Good Club." The billionaires know what's best for you, and are going to "help" whether you like it or not. Once caught in their web of digital "social care" you'll be expected to submit to operant conditioning and digital nudges. They'll call it "social prescribing." They'll call it "cradle to career" pathways." They'll call it "continuum of care". But really, it's digital slavery, and they aim to harvest your life force, and that of your children, and send it to the cloud to be harvested by misers.

The billionaires are using Covid to attempt to sell this control system to Black America with soothing, progressive-sounding words like "equity," "inclusion," and "sustainability." If this sounds like a stretch, I encourage you to read this Harvard Business Review op-ed from April that advocates Macro Eyes satellite surveillance of African children tied to vaccine compliance.

We know colonial powers have used Africa as a sacrificial zone of extraction and cheap labor for centuries. Well, the new extractive industry, according to former Alphabet / Google chairman Eric Schmidt, is data. Black bodies are being targeted as primary sites of extraction under the next phase of globalization, Globalization 4.0. Schmidt should know. His Alphabet spin-off CityBlock was set up three years ago to coordinate health-related wrap around services for urban populations. They pitch "healthy communities," but their profit center must be understood within the larger framework of human capital finance tied to data profiling.

The plan is to turn social determinants of health into a weapon that will further oppress those most in need of housing, nutrition, employment, and education. They cover the big game (Sidewalk Labs, smart city infrastructure) and the small game (the NEST unit that controls your home environment). Eric Schmidt is working with Cuomo to "Reimagine New York," including vaccine mandates. The "show me your papers" digital control mechanism works only as far as you can require continuous upgrades to that Gates Foundation-backed "software of life."

All of this runs on health data, so Google's involvement with Michael Bloomberg, ambassador to the WHO, impact investor and major proponent of ed-tech and social prescribing, in the development of the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island is important. Their intent is to manage us through our digital dust linked to our actions within smart environments. All of that dust feeds signals intelligence informing hedge fund artificial intelligence that will be betting for us and against us in the near future.

The human capital bond market program is running through the central banking system and is closely tied to the adoption of digital wallets designed hold all sorts of tokenized assets including currencies, civil records, public benefits, and even rights and privileges. The state of Illinois, home of the commodities futures market in Chicago, has already been toying with this concept, imagining the many ways they could use innovative technologies to further control the poor.

A 2018 report to the Illinois Blockchain Task Force advanced the idea of programmable food assistance vouchers that would incentivize approved food purchases. Now combine that with the Imperial College of London's spin off DNA nudge band, which supposedly aligns food items to your DNA, using samples gathered from Covid testing. Next combine food-tracking wearables with good behavior scrip, as is being used in the school-based Houston food pantry, and you see the trap being laid out piece by piece until the monstrous totality of it can be sprung on the Black community under the guise of keeping everyone "safe" and "healthy."

The economic devastation wrought by the lockdowns will make many people wards of the state. Housing and food insecurity will put families at risk of being accused of neglect. A particular concern given that many of them are required to have surveillance devices on in their homes all day as a condition of their child "attending" school. Then, through a combination of welfare to work policies, public private partnerships, and predatory income sharing agreements like New Jersey's Career Impact Bond program, they will reskill people as fodder for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The health passports are the gateway to creating digital civil registries that will eventually track public benefit access and indebtedness.

Reduced to collections of ones and zeros our individual and collective traumas will be run through algorithms and magically transformed into investment opportunities to be packaged as securities for human capital portfolios. These bonds will be aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and marketed as ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) compliant.

Criminalized poverty will put families on pathways of compulsory self-improvement. E-carceration takes on a whole new meaning in this era of the Internet of Bodies that is being advanced by the WEF. CoreCivic and Geo Group have already been shifting resources into social work, continuum of care. Their guards will be replaced by growing cadres of social workers, therapists, educators, and health care providers, agents of a corporate state.

Lives reduced to impact metrics feeding "pay for success" finance deals, deals that allow pension funds to say their investments are "socially-responsible." Very few realize that ESG investments aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are mostly about managing the poor as data. Goal 1 is poverty. Goal 2 is Hunger. Goal 3 is health. Goal 4 is education. No one stops to consider that creating profitable markets in poverty management is no way to solve poverty.

All of this is profoundly anti-life, the idea of using digital nudges coded into smart environments to shape our behaviors and compel us conform to a world whose rulers do not have our best interests at heart. Life is not a game for entertainment or profit. We have the right to say no, to revoke consent for ourselves and for future generations. We will not submit to e-government civil registries to be put on blockchain, a coffle for the twenty-first century. Our lives are not meant for social impact processing to remake us as compliant machines for industrially engineered society. That is not our destiny.

Take this stand for the children, the babies, and those yet unborn that they may remain grounded in the real world, not the digital one. With deep spirit refuse to accept the future being forced on the masses by a small group of sociopathic billionaires, a future that would have everyone predictively profiled as burdens on society so hedge funds can gamble our lives as futures commodities.

Dismantle the human capital bond markets plotted out in the aftermath of the last economic crash by the Federal Reserve, the United Way, pension funds, insurers, accounting firms, health management organizations, and banks. With a visceral understanding of the intergenerational trauma wrought by slavery and America's broken social compact, it is Black America that shine a light on the puppet masters advancing this program. It is rolling out because the Davos crowd has the money to buy off everyone. Electoral politics, non-profit institutions, and communities of faith are all under their thumb.

It is time to wake up to the reality that social entrepreneurship is about mining poverty for profit within a police state that is increasingly being run by artificial intelligence with drone surveillance. The Global Impact Investment Network and the Impact Management Project are calling the shots – over two thousand of the world's largest asset holders. Philanthropists like Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Marc Benioff, Jeff Bezos, and Pierre Omidyar have created these destructive forms of innovative finance. It is called "Stakeholder Capitalism;" it operates out of Davos, and it intends to mine our lives to increase their wealth and power over the earth.

But we are David and in our hands we hold the pebbles that can take Goliath down. Think of Hercules, George Washington's cook at the President's House in Philadelphia, intentionally kept in slavery in a city of Free Blacks. He bided his time; he learned the ways of the machine; and then made his escape to freedom.

All of humanity, including the ancestors and the unborn are counting on us.

This is the moment.v

translate | 12 Jan 2021 | 5:42 pm

When Two Tribes Go to War: Reflections on Bertrand Russell’s Chilling Blueprint for Humanity


BERTRAND Russell's 1931 work, The Scientific Outlook, may be somewhat obscure in relation to his more famous philosophical works but one might be forgiven for imaging that it had been taken from the pages of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Indeed, Huxley's own volume appeared several months later and is clearly influenced by Russell. The former, of course, had produced a work of fiction and the latter an entirely serious work aimed at the British intelligentsia.

A member of the notorious Fabian Society, an organisation which has involved itself in matters pertaining to social conditioning and mass control for the best part of a century, Russell was one of a number of leading twentieth-century ideologues who wished to clip the wings of a 'troublesome' working class. In short, he was a leading propagandist for the ruling elite and The Scientific Outlook is a eugenicist blueprint designed to help facilitate a more totalitarian society under the guise of humanitarian progress:

In like manner, the scientific rulers will provide one kind of education for ordinary men and women, and another for those who are to become holders of scientific power. Ordinary men and women will be expected to be docile, industrious, punctual, thoughtless, and contented. Of these qualities probably contentment will be considered the most important. In order to produce it, all the researches of psycho-analysis, behaviourism, and biochemistry will be brought into play.

This was to involve separating boys and girls at the age of three and encouraging them to emulate their peers right down to the very last detail, thus eradicating every trace of individuality and securing absolute loyalty to a World State:

Initiative will be discouraged in these children, and insubordination, without being punished, will be scientifically trained out of them. Their education thought will be in great part manual, and when their school years come to an end they will be taught a trade. In deciding what trade they are to adopt, experts will appraise their aptitudes. […] As for the manual workers, they will be discouraged from serious thought: they will be made as comfortable as possible, and their hours of work will be much shorter than they are at present; they will have no fear of destitution or of misfortune to their children. […] If the youth is content to abandon his previous associates and to throw in his lot whole-heartedly with the rulers, he may, after suitable tests, be promoted, but if he shows any regrettable solidarity with his previous associates, the rulers will reluctantly conclude that there is nothing to be done with him except to send him to the lethal chamber before his ill-disciplined intelligence has had time to spread revolt. This will be a painful duty to the rulers, but I think they will not shrink from performing it.

This, remember, does not come from a work of fiction but a serious academic work. Those selected to become part of the ruling elite, on the other hand, would be encouraged to develop the kind of intelligence and will-power that strengthens the ranks of an existing hereditary class. More alarmingly, Russell proposed the creation of two distinct types:

Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organised insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton.

Russell, like many other Fabians, wished to apply his dystopian vision to the entirety of humankind, but however chilling these initiatives sound – and let's not pretend that they are not already being widely implemented – I believe that a positive strain of rebellion nonetheless continues to endure and that Russell's nightmarish theory is undermined by a comparatively healthier version of two separate tribes that survives among life's great eccentrics and outsiders.

In Lucio's Confession (1913), written by the great Portuguese poet and novelist, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, a bohemian character by the name of Ricardo de Loureiro speaks at length to the book's narrator about his own unique traits:

In fact its singularity consists not in the fact that there are elements in it that cannot be found in normal lives, but in its lack of any of the elements that are thought to be common to all lives.

One might compare this startling originality to a bottle of superior wine that, whilst containing the surface traits that one may distinguish in lesser wines – texture or bouquet, for example – has none of the things one might ordinarily associate with wine itself. Perhaps a brand of great character and bearing can get by without a bottle to contain it, or even cope without the chattering opinions of a professional wine-taster?

At a time when the vast majority of people seem content to believe everything they hear in the mass media, it does appear that a small tribe of dissenters – almost a different species, it seems – is busy fulfilling Russell's prophecy in a way that would have led him to demand their immediate liquidation in the "lethal chamber".

translate | 2 Jan 2021 | 11:34 pm

Knowledge without Constraints: How Friedrich Hölderlin Overcame the Kantian-Fichtean Stranglehold


FRIEDRICH Hölderlin (1770-1843), who explored the mystical links between philosophy and poetry, was possibly the central figure among the Romantic thinkers.

Despite the fact that his brilliant and delicate mind eventually collapsed under the weight of its own innate sensitivity, resulting in Hölderlin spending the final thirty-six years of his life at a lonely tower in the university town of Tübingen, in his youth he had become an accomplished poet and one of the most important progenitors of Absolute Idealist philosophy.

Hölderlin's work later influenced that of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), Michel Foucault (1926-1984) and Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). Hölderlin had taken it upon himself to move beyond the Critical Idealism of Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814) and he achieved this in four crucial ways. Frederick C. Beiser explains:

First, it had to deny that subject-object identity consists in the self-consciousness of the ego alone, and it had to affirm instead that it exists only in the single universal substance, of which the subjective and objective are only appearances. Second, it had to dispute the purely regulative status of the absolute and to stress its constitutive role; in other words, it had to contend that the absolute is not only an ethical ideal but an existing reality. Third, it had to transcend the Kantean-Fichtean limits on knowledge and to claim cognition of the absolute. Fourth, it had to hold that nature is not a projection of consciousness, still less an obstacle to the will, but an autonomous organism having independent reality and inherent rationality. (German Idealism: The Struggle Against Subjectivism, 1781–1801, p.375)

These four distinguishing features enabled Absolute Idealism to overcome the errors of its philosophical predecessors, and Hölderlin – who shared rooms with Friedrich Schelling (1775-1854) and G.W.F Hegel (1770-1831) – was busy laying the groundwork for a new school of Western European thought at a time when Hegel was still a Kantian and both Schelling and Novalis (1772-1801) were paying lip-service to Fichte. It is not for nothing that Hölderlin is often regarded as the father of Absolute Idealism and it is he who first encouraged Schelling and Hegel to embark on a three-year collaboration between 1801 and 1804.

Although Hölderlin is usually remembered for his mystical poetry, philosophy was always a major interest during his time at Jena. Indeed, during the course of an October 13th, 1796, letter he told his step-brother that one

must study philosophy even when you have no more money than to buy a lamp and oil, and even when you have no other time than from midnight to the crack of dawn.

Nonetheless, Hölderlin's equal fascination with poetry gave him an advantage in the sense that he sought to understand the relationship between the two. By way of his novel, Hyperion (1797), as well as the unfinished drama, The Death of Empedocles (1797-1800), Hölderlin concluded that poetry must have sovereignty over philosophy on the basis that aesthetic sense must triumph over reason. Furthermore, he believed that poetry could express what philosophy cannot and that the insights of the latter were only accessible if one employed the aesthetic sense of the former.

Fichte's own Idealism, if we may even regard it as such, had stripped nature of its mystery and sublimity and this led Hölderlin to make nature an end in itself. Unlike Fichte, therefore, he did not view nature as a mere representation that had no reality beyond our own comprehension, but as something that exists in its own right. Even Kant and Schiller, Hölderlin argued, had failed to recognise the function of beauty in a metaphysical capacity and this meant that it was reduced to a form of pleasure. For Hölderlin, beauty was not an appearance but the harmonic structure of all reality. In The Death of Empedocles, the author uses the example of Empedocles himself to epitomise the crass Subjectivism of Fichean philosophy. Although the Ancient Greek thinker sets himself up as a God, he is forced to realise that he is but a mere part of something greater and that by surrendering himself to nature – rather than seeking to dominate it – man finally realigns himself with the Absolute.

The importance of Hölderlin to the development of Absolute Idealism does not merely lie in his thorough rejection of Fichte's Subjectivist first principle and a belief in a single, universal substance, but his profound belief that we can know the Absolute through intuitive experience. Kant and Fichte were convinced that there are firm limits on the acquisition of knowledge, but when Hölderlin came to write his Tübinger hymns – most notably the 1791 'Hyme an die Schönheit' and 'Hyme an die Göttin der Harmonie' – it was already apparent that his early admiration for Kant was being outweighed by the notion that we perceive the objective reality of ideas through their appearance in nature. The first of these hymns, which celebrates Urania as the createss of all things, perfectly encapsulates Hölderlin's vision of monistic unity and universal harmony:

To find my image

more splendid within you

I breathed power and boldness within

To fathom the laws of my world.

[I made you] the creator of my creations.

Only in shadows will you sense me,

but love me, love me, my son!

Above you will see my clarity

Above you will taste the reward of your love. (I, 132)

This is a perfect example of Hölderlin's two-pronged attempt to convey philosophy through poetry and to then justify his poetical pronouncements by elaborating upon them within the realms of philosophy itself. Reasoned understanding, he argued, becomes possible through an aesthetic awareness of the Absolute and this is precisely why Hölderlin never discounted the chances of our eventually coming to know the One. As he writes in Hyperion:

Just as Jupiter's eagle heard the song of the muses, so I listen to the wonderful infinite tone within me. (III, 48)

Hölderlin's early hymns had successfully moved German philosophy away from the limitations of Kant and Fichte, but as the eighteenth century came to a close he realised that he would have to expand upon his rather vague idea that the Absolute could be understood through intuition. Whilst aesthetic sense ensures that reason does not descend into scepticism, not to mention the fact that a sceptic is often the first to admit that he or she can 'sense' or 'feel' the presence of the Absolute, Hölderlin was still eager to demonstrate that the sceptic's inability to fully perceive the whole does not preclude the potential for us to attain such an understanding.

The only way Hölderlin could outline this idea in a more concrete fashion, however, was to explain that by seeking to verbalise or conceptualise it we inevitably divide the whole and thus everything disintegrates into fragments of abstraction. This led him to conclude that the only way to describe intuition effectively is to express religious feelings through mythical language. This avoids creating artificial language that leads to abstraction. In other words, the only realistic medium in which to express that which cannot be fully explained through philosophy is poetry.

Ultimately, Hölderlin's view of life is based on a deep appreciation of ourselves within the wider context of the natural world. The recognition that man has been provided with the choice to embrace his true identity is the only real safeguard against nihilism and despair. Rather than fight against nature, or posit the dangerous subject-object dichotomy of first principles that results in so much error and confusion, we must celebrate the fact that we are one and the same. As Hölderlin explains in Hyperion:

To be one with everything that lives! With these words virtue lays down its angry armour and the spirit of man its sceptre; all thoughts die away before the image of the eternally one world, like the rules of the struggling artist before his Urania; and iron fate renounces its rule. Death fades from the bond of all beings, and in-separability and eternal youth blesses and beatifies the world. (III, 9)

It is this belief in choice, or free will, which encouraged Hölderlin to favour the mediums of poetry and literature over philosophy. This, he would contend, is the only faithful means by which the philosopher can communicate reason; i.e. outside the insufficient environs of the academic domain. By rejecting the limits that Kant and Fichte had set upon knowledge, Hölderlin had shown how personal development relies on becoming one with the Absolute.

Further Reading:

Adorno, Theodor W. Adorno; 'Parataxis: On Hölderlin's Late Poetry' in Notes to Literature, Volume II (Columbia University Press, 1992).

Beiser, Frederick C.; German Idealism: The Struggle Against Subjectivism, 1781–1801 (Harvard University Press, 2002).

Constantine, David; Hölderlin (Clarendon Press, 1988).

Fioretos, Aris (Ed.); The Solid Letter: Readings of Friedrich Hölderlin (Stanford University, 1999).

Gethmann-Siefert, Annemarie; 'Heidegger and Hölderlin: The Over-Usage of Poets in an Impoverished Time' in Heidegger Studies (1990).

Gosetti-Ferencei, Jennifer Anna; Heidegger, Hölderlin and the Subject of Poetic Language (Fordham University, 2004).

Hayden-Roy, Priscilla A.; A Foretaste of Heaven: Friedrich Hölderlin in the Context of Württemberg Pietism (Rodopi, 1994).

Heidegger, Martin; Hölderlin's Hymn "The Ister" (Indiana University, 1996).

Heidegger, Martin; Elucidations of Hölderlin's Poetry (Humanity Books, 2000).

Henrich, Dieter; The Course of Remembrance and Other Essays on Hölderlin (Stanford University, 1997).

Hölderlin, Friedrich; Selected Poems and Fragments (Penguin, 1987).

Hölderlin, Friedrich; Essays and Letters (Penguin, 2009).

Kleinberg-Levin, David Michael; Gestures of Ethical Life: Reading Hölderlin's Question of Measure After Heidegger (Stanford University, 2005).

Laplanche, Jean; Hölderlin and the Question of the Father (ELS Editions, 2007).

Lernout, Gert; The Poet as Thinker: Hölderlin in France (Camden House, 1994).

Luchte, James; Mortal Thought: Hölderlin and Philosophy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016).

Man, Paul de; 'Heidegger's Exegeses of Hölderlin' in Blindness and Insight (University of Minnesota, 1983).

Shelton, Roy C.; The Young Hölderlin (Peter Lang Publishing, 1973).

Waiblinger, Wilhelm; Friedrich Hölderlin's Life, Poetry and Madness (Hesperus Press, 2018).

Warminski, Andrzej; 'Readings in Interpretation: Hölderlin, Hegel, Heidegger' in Theory and History of Literature 26 (University of Minnesota Press, 1987).

translate | 2 Jan 2021 | 11:24 pm

Coronalis (poetic remix of E.Pound’s Usura, Canto XLV)


With Korona hath no man a health of his own
each sleeve forever furled and yielding
muzzles cover thy flinching face,
with Korona
hath no man a mind of his own,
painted Iris' drawn upon window panes
RAINBOWS OF CHANGE
A colourful invocation, harps and lutes adorn
the Gates of Hell, whose damned seethe full:
One hand bringeth fear, the other jabs, for me
there is now no Other, only the One!,
great chain-of-being, undone
the unbegotten and unbegun.
WITH KORONA

Seethe no man his uncles or heirs, his concubines
on deaths bed, are made not to endure
his home signed-away; sold quickly
with Korona, sin against Natural Law
is thy head ever-more of cue-tips sore
is thy brain-barrier pierced again
no poise, no attempt at pretences
with Korona, their lies grow thick
with Korona, no clear demarcation
for no man can find reliable datum
nor leave his allotted biome
seeker is kept from his stone
lover from his girlfriend's home
WITH KORONA

Bull comes not to market
Sheep bringeth no gain with Korona
Imperialis Collegium is thy murrain, Korona
hath thy blunted minds in Medea's hands
and world's stopped by the spinners' cunning.
The Reichstag was burnt by Korona
The Liberty sunk too, thereby
thusly the Lusitania was torpedo'd
by Korona
the Towers free-fell and thricely
and the dust swirled-in a new Pearl Harbour
Maddox gunned-open the Doors of Perception
and babies were offered no Amnesty,
left besides themselves, still incubated
long before Wuhan sneezed
wars were fought over the price of sugar
and we sought WMDs amongst the desert shrubs.
Thus our world was diseased, furlongs deep
before Ferguson came a'riding, roughshod
and bareback upon the Beast of Korona
pale as a mad Cow with cloven hoofs
with predictions that culled thy sheep and cattle
and did for-evermore, by stale regulation
crusheth the smallholders' will
as Korona rusteth the chisel still
it rusteth the craft and the craftsman
no more good ales shall Korona permit to be brewed
it gnaweth the virginal petals at bloom
a blossoming long overdue, set-back
BY KORONA

Some were poised to weave gold in its pattern
Azure assuredly so; Musk greweth like canker.
Adreno drained blood from the minds eye
glistening like Chrome in a dark night-sky
crimson thorns, dis-embroidered thy inheritance
our cells they say, shall now spin another's code
Emerald grows too slowly in the bosom of Earth.
Korona: the first and last Elephant in the room
truncating destiny within an artificial womb
that aims to slayeth the young man's courting
it hath feigned morality for a face, it lyeth
between the young bride and her bridegroom
CONTRA NATURAM
They have brought whores for Eleusis
Corpses are set to statistical banquet
at the behest of the UN-WEF-WHO

– Coronalis, Thom Forester (2020), based on Canto XLV by E. Pound.

translate | 3 Dec 2020 | 2:18 pm

The Great Reset abolishes the US Constitution & English Bill of Rights


The World Economic Forum's (WEF's) self proclaimed "Great Reset" is shaping the way governments around the world have responded to Covid-19. It sets the precedent for a "New Normal" where our Human Rights can be arbitrarily suspended for temporary or permanent states of emergency that are either real or engineered for that purpose.

The "Great" Reset is being organised on behalf of the United Nations, led by WEF Founder, Klaus Schwab. He has written the book on how Covid-19 can be taken advantage of to implement the "Great" Reset. This is why any debate about alternative approaches to solving the pandemic fall on deaf ears, whilst it continues to serve the implementation of their unpopular and unlawful agenda. This is why they are dragging out the pandemic far beyond any reasonable sell by date and World Bank documents indicate that the Covid-19 project may be planned to continue until March 2025. Their slogan is "Build Back Better", but for whom?

This article sets out the Great Reset's origins and legal framework. It also explains why ending lockdown and restoring liberty is not inconsistent with saving lives, because we believe that nutrient deficiencies are the primary factor in pandemics and seasonal colds. The article then concludes by explaining how the Great Reset knowingly pretends to overthrow Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, the US Constitution and the fundamental principles of Common Law.

Stakeholder Capitalism

The "Great" Reset claims to replace Capitalism with Stakeholder Capitalism. This is the over-riding of national sovereignty with the technocratic rule of the United Nations. A global government not for and by the people, but for and by their state, corporate and NGO partners. The Corporate Partners of the UN are the sole Stakeholders of Stakeholder "Capitalism".

This is the opposite of liberal democracy and free markets. You and your small business do not have a seat at the table, we are not consulted, we have no vote or veto. The UN's idea of consent is that their decrees are adopted if no objection is received within a reasonable time and yet no methods are provided to object, unless of course if you happen to be one of their Corporate Stakeholders.

The current partnership between the WEF and United Nations demonstrates that global corporations, many of which are now larger than nations, are now firmly in the driving seat, with Communist China taking a leading role. This is an attempt by the WEF and DAVOS to position their corporate partners at the helm of Global Governance. Imagine Monsanto designing school lunch policy, Bill Gates heading up your Department of Health, General Motors running your Department of Transportation, Goldman Sachs running the Treasury. This is Stakeholder "Capitalism". Completely absurd but they are giving it a go, meanwhile we are busy discussing a pandemic. This helps to explain why those questioning "the science" of the pandemic are ignored, because the response to this year's seasonal illness is not and has not been about saving us from a virus.

Universal Declaration of "Human Rights"

The Great Reset is at its core a marketing strategy and propaganda decoy that aims to sanitise, re-package and distract from the real agenda, which is to implement the world order agreed in 1948 after WWII. It is set out in Article 29 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of "Human Rights" (1948) (UDHR). The Great Reset did not come from nowhere, as explained by Antony P Mueller.

Articles 1 to 28 of the Declaration describe positive rights that appear beneficial on the surface and that gave hope, particularly for countries that never had a constitution or bill of rights. UDHR rights can however be contradictory and many contain qualifications and derogations that make the it incompatible with Common Law and the English and US Constitutions. Any pretence of a liberal utopia are blown out of the water by UDHR Article 29.

UDHR Article 29(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

UDHR Article 29(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

These two articles place the positive individual rights described in Articles 1 to 28 into context with a "community" that they declare we must live within or else be anti-socialist outlaws without rights. This is Socialism or Communitarianism. It ensures that individual rights will ultimately be cancelled out by the tyranny of the majority and the powerful when they become an irritation. In this case the Community is the United Nations and its Corporate Stakeholders.

UDHR Article 29(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

The kicker is Article 29(3), which authorises the UN to suspend or remove ANY right or freedom and due process of law that is contrary to their purposes and principles that could of course change at any time, No mechanisms exist to check this power. Infamous Satanist, Aleister Crowley once proclaimed "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" and so it has come to pass that Article 29(3) pretends to allow the United Nations to do with you as it wishes with this being the whole of the law.

Article 30 then outlaws any activity or act "aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein" including the "right and freedom" that the UN pretend to have to suspend your rights and freedoms. This Orwellian doublethink is particularly appropriate for the era given that George Orwell's dystopian 1984 novel was also published in 1948.

You must comply with but have no control over the UN's Stakeholder Community. Rather than create a world order suitable for the condition of the people, these corporate stakeholders lobby from a position of self interest. They work with governments to convince an unsuspecting public to accept policies that are not in their best interest by using manipulative applied behavioural psychology. For example using the UK Government's Behavioural Insights Team that operates in over 30 countries, with manipulative psychological units embedded into government. In the UK much of the re-framing (brain washing) of public officials has been carried out by a seditious organisation called Common Purpose.

Is Stakeholder Capitalism the new Fascism?

The Fasces symbol of Benito Mussolini's Fascism.

Stakeholder Capitalism is better described as Fascism. The Fasces, a symbol used by Benito Mussolini, is an axe formed of a bundle of sticks that represent corporations (Stakeholders) bound together by a strong corporatist state that together wield an axe head that represents the power over life and death and also liberty. This is the merger of corporate and state powers. Fascism was re-branded as public-private partnership or enterprise, or the Third Way after World War II made it unpopular. It is the political philosophy of UDHR Article 29 and the Stakeholder Capitalism of the "Great" Reset.

The Council of Europe and European Convention on Human Rights

The UK joined the Council of Europe In 1949. Their "European Social Charter and European Convention on Human Rights" adopted similar language to UDHR, implementing substantial qualifications and derogations to previously inviolable human rights in tune with UDHR, Article 29.

Some of the new "rights" are intentionally conflicted. For example the ancient right to not be arbitrarily killed by your government has become an absolute "right to life" that is being used during the pandemic to justify suspending all of your liberties to protect everybody from viral contagion.

Article 15 of the ECHR Charter is most important to lockdown. It allows the suspension of human rights during an "emergency". It has been officially invoked in response to the "pandemic". However, when you follow that link it is interesting to see that very few nations have chosen to satisfy their treaty obligation to notify the Secretary General of the Council of Europe of any derogations they have imposed. Is this because they fear backlash if such a notification were made public? Are the derogations "legal" under this treaty when no notifications have occurred?

The ECHR operates an international court of Human Rights to which many nations have delegated the arbitration of their liberties. The derogations that they allow and their complicity in the suspension of human rights during the "pandemic" should be a lesson to any country that seeks to have their liberties arbitrated by an unaccountable foreign power. Countries should withdraw from the Council of Europe and ECHR if they wish to protect their liberties.

Human Rights Act (1998)

Tony Blair finally adopted the ECHR into UK law with the Human Rights Act (1998). Whilst this did incorporate a number of derogations of human rights, Article 15 that allows suspension of human rights during emergencies was not adopted. This was due to a lively national debate with MPs threatening to vote against the Act if Article 15 was included. This could explain why the UK has relied on guidance and fixed penalty notices rather than more explicit lockdown laws, because the UK Human Rights Act has no emergency provisions. Sadly, the Human Rights Act must be abolished to protect our human rights.

International Covenant on "Civil and Political Rights) ICCPR (1976)

ICCPR Article 4. 1. "In time of public emergency which threatens the life of the na tion (sic) and the existence of which is officially proclaimed, the States Parties to the present Covenant may take measures derogating from their obligations under the present Covenant to the extent strictly required by the exigencies of the situation, provided that such measures are not inconsistent with their other obligations under international law and do not involve discrimination solely on the ground of race, col our, sex, language, religion or social origin."

Article 29 and the derogations of human rights in the ECHR were further expanded by ICCPR, Article 4, which came into force 23 March 1976. This, along with ECHR pretended to extend the UN tyranny franchise of Article 29(3) to nation states worldwide, providing them further opportunity to suspend any right or freedom, again, simply by declaring an emergency, so long as that state of emergency is in tune with the purposes and principles of the United Nations. This is why we hear for example about the Climate Emergency. Whenever you hear this terminology, know that the corporate "stakeholder" community is defining new boundaries beyond which you have no human rights. Breach your carbon quota or exit your coronavirus bubble and you become outlawed.

Covid-19 and the World Health Organisation

Regarding the Coronavirus "Pandemic", WHO guidance states that nations should issue a State of Emergency when the WHO declare a Level 5 or 6 Pandemic, which is when there is "sustained community level outbreak", thus triggering ECHR Article 15 and ICCPR Article 4, both of which pretend to allow the suspension of human rights during an emergency.

The WHO, in "Addressing ethical issues in pandemic influenza planning", page 36, discuss the absurd concept of "Valid limitations on human rights". They pretend that ICCPR, Article 4.1 allows nations to "suspend most other civil and political rights" and that "Thus, compulsory measures such as vaccination, treatment, or isolation would be permitted,".

WHO's Level 5 and 6 guidance and Pandemic Preparedness Publications set out clearly the steps that are desired in terms of social distancing measures. These have been followed and then expanded upon by national governments. The Level 5 and 6 guidance was written for but not implemented during the 2009 Swine Flu "Pandemic", which was confirmed by the European Council to have been a hoax. We were not consulted, nobody was made aware of these plans or the intention to roll them out worldwide in 2020, eleven years later. Whilst governments have gone further than WHO guidance with current unprecedented lockdowns, they have arguably not gone as far as the WHO propose is possible under international treaties.

Nowhere in the pandemic response guidance is there any attempt to provide evidence or risk assessment because these organisations are only accountable to themselves. Article 29 of the UN Charter proposes no method for scrutiny or accountability and ICCPR Article 4.1 merely has an equality clause, presumably ensuring that populations suffer an equal suspension of liberty during a state of emergency.

In the steps that have been taken, the "stakeholder" corporate agenda is clear. Work from home and social distancing forces The 4th Industrial Revolution that digitises and automates with artificial intelligence, providing the ability to "track and trace" all human activity. The digitisation of workflows previously carried out in real offices will facilitate automation, outsourcing and offshoring of previously safe local jobs to low wage countries with poor levels of pay, working conditions and terms of employment. Socialist style minimum basic income is then proposed for those in previously self sufficient employment who fall through the cracks.

Automation and AI are promoted with no recognition that eye watering levels of taxation and regulation of human labour that already place human work at an artificial competitive disadvantage to the output of robots that are not taxed or regulated. Pharmaceutical companies are also making incredible profits from the deregulation and sale of vaccines and other drugs and medical devices. Healthcare providers are seeing profits soar due to subsidies for covid cases and from being relieved of their duty to treat non-covid patients. These are just a few of the corporate agenda's being implemented through the pandemic.

Pandemics are made inevitable by WHO nutritional guidelines

We at the Weston A. Price Foundation are concerned about the social distancing approach to epidemiology from a health perspective. We challenge the viral theory of contagion in our Summer Journal. We also believe that the solution is nourishing traditional diets, rich in the fat soluble vitamins A, D and K2, as promoted by Dr Weston A. Price. Recognition of this is being avoided because vitamin D, the key nutrient for seasonal illness, is produced from cholesterol and it is stored in and obtained from the saturated fats of free range animals, eggs, dairy and fish along with vitamins A and K2. The solution therefore requires a reversal of the contemporary demonisation of cholesterol and saturated fats and an end to the disastrous policy of prescribing cholesterol reducing statins. Seasonal illness is also associated with low levels of zinc, which is primarily found in shellfish and crustaceans, in particular oysters, but also in beef, lamb and ginger.

This is the opposite of the low fat, high carbohydrate diet being promoted by the World Health Organisation that we believe made widespread chronic disease and pandemics inevitable. Their "food pyramid" was originally designed by the United States Department of Agriculture to increase demand for the commodity products of American farmers, i.e. grain, in an early example of Stakeholder "Capitalism". False health claims were then retrospectively applied. It is no surprise therefore to see Eat Forum and others working with WEF to remove animal products from our tables as part of the "Great" Reset. Why share turnover with farmers when you can make artificial meat in a factory, converting all that consumer spending into corporate profit? Our health unfortunately becomes collateral damage, which has also occurred with our liberties, as discussed below.

Comparing the Great Reset with English and American Law

Whilst the United Nations and global governance are the problem, our Common Law and Constitutions are the solution.

The most important first step towards the modern Common Law system that the United Nations is trying to abolish with the Great Reset was the English Assize of Clarendon (1166), This re-issued ancient Anglo-Saxon rights and customs during the reign of King Henry II. It established for the first time a national Common Law system of courts with Habeas corpus and trial by juries empowered to strike out judgements and laws that are unjust through Jury Nullification and rulings by judges. Court decisions create precedents that allow for adaptation to changing circumstances. It is not uncommon for Parliament in the UK or Congress in USA to reform or repeal laws in response to court judgements with there being a separation of powers between the Judiciary and the Executive.

This dynamic system, separation of powers and empowerment of the common man via fair trials and Juries allows for feedback to the governors from the governed to deliver a relatively organic, adaptive and stable system. This Common Law system is in direct conflict with the top down treaty system of the United Nations and the administrative law of continental Europe.

Magna Carta (1215)

It was violations of common law rights that caused England and USA to develop constitutions to codify certain rights that had been infringed. It is the inviolability of rights in lands with English Common Law that are under attack by the Great Reset because a global corporatist state cannot survive such constraints.

Chapter 39 "No free man shall be seized, imprisoned, dispossessed, outlawed, exiled or ruined in any way, nor in any way proceeded against, except by the lawful judgement of his peers and the law of the land."

 Chapter 40 "To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice."

The Magna Carta of 1215 is the most famous attempt to make constitutional some of the principles of the Common Law. It is the first known law to have asserted that a King, at that time King John, was not above the law. The UN is therefore certainly not above the law in any Common Law jurisdiction. It included Chapters 39 and 40 that guaranteed forever the liberty, justice and due process of law that Article 29 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights pretends to abolish, along with its counterparts, the ECHR and ICCPR.

Magna Carta (1297)

The 1215 Magna Carta was a treaty between the Barons and the King. It was subsequently re-issued into Statute law in 1297 by King Edward I, proclaiming in the introductory text, which remains the law of the land, that:

"these Liberties following, to be kept in our Kingdom of England for ever."

And in Article 1 that "We have granted also, and given to all the Freemen of our Realm, for Us and our Heirs for ever, these Liberties under-written, to have and to hold to them and their Heirs, of Us and our Heirs for ever."

Magna Carta (1297) Article 29 (XXIX) "Imprisonment, &c. contrary to Law. Administration of Justice." states that: "NO Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will We not pass upon him, nor deal with him [condemn him,]but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the Land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right."

Chapter 29 (XXIX) of the Magna Carta is the most important law still in force in the UK and possibly the world, it clearly makes arbitrary Coronavirus lockdowns unlawful. The United Nations will have been painfully aware of this when they passed their Universal Declaration of "Human Rights" in 1948 that seeks to abolish our constitutional rights and the common law when it suits them. Is this why the UDHR Article that pretends to abolish Chapter 29 of the Magna Carta is Article 29 of the UHDR? If so, this is an indication that the UN Charter and therefore the "Great" Reset are a declaration of war upon all Common Law jurisdictions including the Constitution of the United States of America, which embodies the spirit of Article 29 of the Magna Carta (1297) in the 14th Amendment.

Further evidence of intent is that Eleanor Roosevelt declared the UDHR to be an "international Magna Carta for people everywhere" and yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Article 29 of the Magna Carta (1297) remains the law of the land in the United Kingdom and Crown Dependencies and its principles remain the foundation of all common law countries.  The "Great Charter", e.g. Magna Carta was confirmed by Chapter VII of the Petition of Rights (1627), which remains law in the UK.

Magna Carta was confirmed to be retained in the Republic of Ireland by the Statute Revision Act (2007) and the whole of Ireland has its own Magna Carta Hiberniae (1216) that was also retained. It arguably remains law in Canada and Australia and remains on the statute book in New Zealand.

US Constitution, 14th Amendment

",,, No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.'

Chapter 29 of the Magna Carta (1297) is reflected in the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Magna Carta includes a similar equal protection clause where it states that justice or right will not be denied or deferred to any man. This attack and declaration of war on the Magna Carta is therefore also a direct attack on the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Liberty of Subjects and Due Process of Law

The road was not always smooth and grievances still occurred with various attempts subsequently made to reinforce and codify the liberties of Subjects. For example, the Liberty of Subjects Act (1354) and Observance of Due Process Act (1368) signed into law by King Edward III, both of which remain law in the UK today. They further reinforce protection of general liberties and due process. In particular, and relevant to Article 29 of the UN Declaration and all UN treaties that pretend to be able to suspend liberty and due process, the 1368 Observance of Due Process Act made Constitutional the ancient Anglo Saxon custom, that:

"if any Thing from henceforth be done to the contrary (of due process of law), it shall be void in the Law, and holden for Error".

Therefore, any treaty, enacted or imposed upon a Common Law jurisdiction, certainly in the UK, that pretends to be able to suspend due process of law can be deemed null and void, not only henceforth but also retroactively. This is an unfamiliar principle for many places that are not Common Law jurisdictions and this helps explain the hatred that is often expressed towards the Anglo Saxon customs, laws and peoples who are not accustomed to administrative, technocratic governance and derogations of their liberties. Therefore those UN treaties that suspend our rights and due process of law are "void in the law" and should be "holden for Error".

English Bill of Rights and the US Constitution

England suffered a Civil War following tyrannous Stuart rule that saw the Petition of Rights (1627) with King Charles loosing his head in 1649 after failing to comply. Finally, during the Glorious English Revolution, England produced the jewel in its the crown, the English Bill of Rights (1688), which established today's Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy that remains in full force to this day. Its clauses are similar to the first eight amendments of the United States Constitution.

Many Articles of the Bill of Rights have been contravened by the Coronavirus Regulations including:

  • Articles 1 & 2 with the imposition and suspension of laws by decree. These English articles are reflected in the Article II of the US Constitution that requires the President to ensure "that the Laws be faithfully executed".
  • Article 3 of the Bill of Rights and Chapter 1 Magna Carta (1297) have been breached regarding the unlawful state regulation and suspension of church activities, which reflect how the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution prevents state interference with the free exercise of religion.
  • Article 5 has been breached regarding commitments and prosecutions for political speech, protest, assembly and limitations on freedom of the Press with online censorship "That it is the Right of the Subjects to petition the King and all Commitments and Prosecutions for such Petitioning are Illegall." This right to the freedom of political speech is reflected in and expanded by the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.
  • Article 6 has been breached regarding deployment of the military domestically, both on the streets in in cyberspace against the people without an Act of Parliament, with them and the Police enforcing restrictions that have not scrutinised or approved by Parliament. "That the raising or keeping a standing Army within the Kingdome in time of Peace unlesse it be with Consent of Parlyament is against Law."
  • Article 9 has been breached by pretending that the majority of MPs could pass a law that suspended the individual right of all MPs to scrutinise and vote on restrictions on behalf of their Constituents. "That the Freedome of Speech and Debates or Proceedings in Parlyament ought not to be impeached,, "
  • Articles 10 has arguably been breached regarding fixed penalty notices of up to £10,000 for assembling or running a business "That excessive Baile ought not to be required nor excessive Fines imposed nor cruell and unusuall Punishments inflicted." & 12 "That all Grants and Promises of Fines and Forfeitures of particular persons before Conviction are illegall and void." This clause is reflected in the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution that prohibits excessive bail, fines and cruel and unusual punishments.
  • Article 11 by suspending courts and Jury trials. "That Jurors ought to be duely impannelled and returned"
  • Article 13 was arguably breached by causing infrequent six monthly Parliamentary scrutiny of Coronavirus regulations. "And that for Redresse of all Grievances and for the amending strengthening and preserveing of the Lawes Parlyaments ought to be held frequently."

It should not go un-noticed that these infringements in the UK have been by a "Tory" government, that at this time is anything but Conservative, because the English Bill of Rights was passed by the Whig Party against Tory Party opposition. The Whig Party became the Liberal Party of Adam Smith and the industrial revolution. They eventually dropped their liberal economic policies when they merged with the Social Democratic Party to form the Liberal Democrats in 1988.

The English Bill of Rights remains constitutional law in the UK and Scotland has its own version, the Claim of Rights (1689). Article 9 of the English Bill of Rights was recently upheld in the UK Supreme Court in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin), [2016] WLR(D) 564. We suspect that the English Bill of Rights applied in Normandy and Saxony, France, because they were part of England in 1688.

The English Bill of Rights is often referred to as the Bill of Rights abroad. It was recently retained in the Republic of Ireland by the Statute Revision Act (2007) with three minor repeals. it remains in statute with constitutional status in Canada, Australia and also New Zealand, which recently bolstered its liberties with the New Zealand Bill of Rights (1990), that amongst other things prohibits forced medical procedures and medical experimentation. When using the Bill of Rights and Magna Carta in your defence in these places refer to Fitzgerald v Muldoon and Others [1976] 2 NZLR 615, which upheld Article 1 of the Bill of Rights at the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

The Great Reset and Pandemic are Fraud and Treason

Most politicians and public officials are guilty of committing fraud and malfeasance in office when they read from a script a false lockdown narrative with them imposing unappraised measures handed down by the World Health Organisation. This renders them all vulnerable to private prosecution, no public official is above the law, except apparently if you run the UN or WHO. Further, any imposition of United Nations treaties that suspend liberty and due process of law within a Common Law jurisdiction is void and in error and those who seek to suspend the common law and constitution are committing sedition or treason.

The Treason Act (1351) of King Edward III remains in force in the UK as a amended by subsequent treason laws. It seeks to protect the Realm from enemies and from giving them aid and comfort in the Real or elsewhere, with similar wording to Article III of the US Constitution.

The death penalty was removed for Treason in the UK by Tony Blair's government via s.38 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998), though life imprisonment is retained. More concerning, Gordon Brown's Government abolished the Common Law offences of Sedition and Seditious Libel in s.73 of the Coroners and Justice Act (2009). This is ironic given that the seditious fakery of Coronavirus deaths by the Coroner's system during the pandemic. Did they know what was coming?

In the USA the President swears an Oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Similarly in the UK, the Monarch swears a Coronation Oath from the Coronation Oath Act (1688), that applies also to Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in which they, on behalf of themselves and their governments "solemnely Promise and Sweare to Governe the People of this Kingdome of England and the Dominions thereto belonging according to the Statutes in Parlyament Agreed on and the Laws and Customs of the same.". This makes it unconstitutional to attempt to overthrow the constitution and common law.

The English Bill of Rights goes further, making it unconstitutional for the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to be ruled by a foreign power such as the United Nations, it states:

"I doe declare That noe Forreigne Prince Person Prelate, State or Potentate hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction Power Superiority Preeminence or Authoritie Ecclesiasticall or Spirituall within this Realme Soe helpe me God."

"England appears to be the rock on which the revolutionary waves split and disperse and which starves the coming society even in the womb." Karl Marx, (Cologne, December 31, 1848)

translate | 28 Nov 2020 | 8:25 pm

A CHARMED LIFE: THE MILITARY ADVENTURES OF ERNST JÜNGER


Have you forgotten yet?…

Look up, and swear by the green of the

Spring that you'll never forget.

– Siegfried Sassoon, Aftermath (1919)

WHILST continuing to be well-respected in Germany for his deeply philosophical novels, as well as his important role in the Conservative Revolutionary tendency alongside Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876-1925), Ernst von Salomon (1902-1972), Carl Schmitt (1888-1985, Ernst Niekisch (1889-1967) and various others, Jünger's most popular and accessible work remains In Stahlgewittern or, to use the contemporary English title, The Storm of Steel: From the Diary of a German Storm-Troop Officer on the Western Front. The book, first issued privately in 1920 by the family gardener, Robert Meier, as a collection of wartime memoirs, was eventually re-written in 1924 with a stronger emphasis on nationalism in order to accord with the wave of patriotic fervour that was beginning to spread throughout Germany. In fact, between 1920 and 1961 the book went through no less than seven major revisions, with the most well-known English translations being those published by Basil Creighton in 1924 and Michael Hoffman in 2003.

As Thomas Nevin tells us, the book is a personal narrative and is

necessarily limited to the immediate and contingent realm of war's hazards. Jünger provides no objective overview of the war or its causes or aims.[1]

Like the ancient Aryans of the Kshatriya caste, Ernst Jünger was a born warrior. In 1913, the year prior to the outbreak of the First World War, this adventurous German teenager – who had spent much of his youth in the popular Wandervogel movement – had run away from home to join the French Foreign Legion and briefly served in North Africa. However, after the assassination of Archbishop Ferdinand (1863-1914) in Sarajevo saw Germany plunged into the abyss of the Great War, a nineteen year-old Jünger volunteered to join the 73rd Hanoverian Fusiliers and, by December that same year, had been made a lieutenant and was proudly leading his regiment in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. At the small town of Bazancourt, just twenty kilometres north-east of Reims, Jünger and his comrades found themselves at the very heart of the Western Front which followed the lengthy banks of the River Suippe.

After weeks of strenuous training, both mental and physical, the company had travelled to Bazancourt by train and Jünger was immediately confronted with the tragically aesthetic and romantic dimension of the war:

We had grown up in a material age, and in each one of us there was a yearning for great experience, such as we had never known. The war had entered into us like wine. We had set out in a rain of flowers to seek the death of heroes. The war was our dream of greatness, power, and glory. It was a man's work, a duel on fields whose flowers would be stained with blood. There is no lovelier death in the world…[2]

After a long march to Orainville, Jünger was confronted with the harsher realities of early twentieth-century warfare, spending his first night in a dilapidated barn and then finding himself assigned to the 9th Company. His first day on the frontline was spent in the midst of raining bombs and the alarming scenes happening around him:

A feeling of unreality oppressed me as I stared at a figure streaming with blood whose limbs hung loose and who unceasingly gave a hoarse cry for help, as though death had him already by the throat. He was carried into a cottage with the Red Cross flag over the door. What was all this, then? The war had shown its claws and torn off its pleasant mask. It was so mysterious, so impersonal. One had scarcely given a thought to the enemy carrying on his secret and malignant existence somewhere behind. The impression of something arising entirely from beyond the pale of experience was so strange that it was difficult to see the connection of things. It was like a ghost at noon.[3]

Jünger's graphic observations and attention to detail make The Storm of Steel a fascinating and absorbing read, which is why the book itself remains so popular and well-respected throughout the world.

The 9th Company advanced through the ruins of Betricourt and the German soldiers picked their way through the Fasanerie woods at dusk. This was the first time that Jünger had found himself in the trenches and his first task was to spend the entire night acting as look-out, trying to spot the French soldiers who faced them across the darkness. Apart from the occasional stray bullet and a few wayward shells, however, no direct combat took place. The following morning, after a sleepless and exhausting night, he was charged with clearing out some of the trenches and fetching food, coffee and water for his comrades. But it wasn't always as grim as it sounds. On 14th January, 1914, he made the following entry in his diary:

Wonderful bean soup, four rations, pangs of satiety. We had an eating competition and disputed which position was the best for putting it down. I was for standing to it.[4]

Jünger enjoyed the restful periods, once lying down on some straw in the Company's huge barn and accidentally rolling up against one of the old cooking stoves and catching himself alight. His compatriots were forced to beat out the flames, but apart from a heavily charred uniform Jünger himself was uninjured.

The emotions of Jünger and his comrades fluctuated constantly, as you would expect in such an unpredictable and uncertain environment. On 7th January, for example, his Lieutenant was killed when a shell landed in the woods, but several days later, on 14th January, the men were again in buoyant mood and were yelling 'three hurrahs' for Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) and singing German songs to the accompaniment of enemy gunfire.

Meanwhile, during a double-bout of sentry duty, Jünger found himself in hot water with one of the officers. He had fallen asleep against a tree with a blanket over his head, whilst the officer concerned had managed to sneak up on him unobserved. Hearing a sound and attempting to grab his rifle, Jünger found that the officer had taken it. As a result, he was ordered to grab a pick-axe and advance towards the French posts, one hundred metres away, but found himself completely immobilised when enemy bullets began whistling all around him:

I have never been able to forgive this N.C.O. – who soon after was severely wounded and got his discharge – for this dirty trick.[5]

On 4th February, 1915, two months after the famous Christmas Truce between British and German soldiers, the 9th Company was relieved of it duties in Oraineville by a Saxon regiment and Jünger – who later admitted that it had been the toughest experience of the entire war – and his fellow combatants were marched to Bazancourt. Once there, Jünger was garrisoned at a local school but soon had a chance to escape the basic drill and other menial duties when he was chosen by Lieutenant Hoppe to attend a course for the Officer Training Corp (O.T.C.) at the remote village of Recouvrence:

A certain number of the more youthful of us were sent there from the division to receive a thorough military training from a staff of officers and N.C.Os. detailed by each regiment.[6]

This was where Jünger was taught how to fight and command, although he also enjoyed scrambled eggs and potatoes for supper and drinking large amounts of beer with the military instructors during the long evenings.

By mid-February, 1915, Jünger heard the news that many of his old comrades in the 73rd regiment had suffered heavy losses at Perthes. On 21st March he was transferred back to Bazancourt and, just three days later, was taken to Brussels where his regiment joined those of the 76th and 164th as part of the 111th Infantry Division. Jünger was stationed at the small town of Hérinnes (Flemish: Herne), where he had to sleep in a draught-ridden barn and endure the strong sea-winds which made their way across the Flemish countryside from the coast. This was his first introduction to Belgian life:

The population, half Flemish and half Walloon, was very friendly towards us. I had many talks with the owner of an estaminet, a keen socialist and freethinker, who invited me to celebrate Easter Sunday with him, and even refused payment for what I drank. Such encounters are almost unbelievably welcome and beneficial after the rough companionship of the ranks.[7]

On 12th April, 1915, Jünger took a train to Hal and travelled across the northern section of the front and close to the battlefield at Mars-la-Tour. This is very close to the German border and Jünger often enjoyed crossing the adjacent boundary during the evenings, just to re-acquaint himself with the soil of the Fatherland. From Gravelotte the regiment marched to the railway station at Chamblay and was taken by train to Pagny-sur-Moselle, where Jünger was impressed with the beautiful village of Prény and the ruins of a local castle. On 22nd April – a year to the day after German troops had fired poison gas at their French adversaries in Ypres – the men camped in a forest beside La Grande Tranchée, where Jünger fell into a deep sleep and experienced a curious dream

in which a death's-head played the leading part. Priepke, to whom I told it in the morning, hoped the skull was a French one.[8]

The role of Jünger's company was to support the initial advance of the 76th Regiment in the battle of Les Eparges, which involved sending a huge artillery bombardment towards the enemy troops. The result was the capture of three French lines and six guns, with the enemy now in full retreat. This was Jünger's first real involvement in military combat and, almost immediately, he had to watch one of the young German fusiliers bleed to death in front of him after his carotid artery had been severed by flying shrapnel.

Soon afterwards, crawling through the shell-shocked mire, Jünger came face to face with the rotting bodies of French soldiers:

All round lay dozens of corpses, putrefied, calcined, mummified, fixed in a ghostly dance of death. The French must have carried on for months without burying their fallen comrades.[9]

Many of the dead had been relieved of their money and other valuables, too. Experiences of this kind inevitably have a deep psychological impact on the individual, as Jünger conceded in his memoirs, and whilst The Storm of Steel was chiefly designed to focus on Jünger's actual experiences of warfare, in 1922 E. S. Mittler and Son published his lengthy essay, Der Kampf als inneres Erlebnis ('War As Inward Experience'). This was followed, in 1925, by Feuer und Blut ('Fire and Blood'). Jünger was to remember those discarded French cadavers for the rest of his life.

The events at La Grande Tranchée led to hundreds of casualties on both sides, although the nearest Jünger came to being killed was running through a series of trenches with bombs falling all around him and then suffering a flesh-wound when a paper-thin splinter of shrapnel entered his left thigh. Jünger was taken by ambulance to the village church of St. Maurice, followed by a journey to Heidelberg on a hospital train. The wound took fourteen days to heal, after which he joined the reserve battalion at Hanover as a cadet, underwent another course at Doberitz and was subsequently promoted.

In September 1915, as French troops were attacking the German Army at the River Aisne, Jünger rejoined the 73rd regiment at their headquarters in Douchy. This was a small village in the Artois region and provided a safe haven where Jünger and other wounded soldiers were able to recuperate:

There were numerous canteens well provided with eatables and drinks. There was a reading-room, a café, and later even a cinema in a large barn most skilfully converted. The officers had a splendidly-equipped casino and a skittle-alley in the vicarage garden. Often companies held festive evenings at which officers and men vied with each other in drinking in the good old German style.[10]

The village contained an orchard and a pleasure-garden, with the soldiers also being able to make use of the local barber and dentist. There were no boundaries and no possessions, all of which led Jünger to compare this militaristic idyll to a primitive exercise in communist economics. In theory, at least.

The area had witnessed fierce fighting the previous year and was now in German hands. Before long, however, the call of battle sounded once again and Ernst Jünger was taken to the front to fight against the English. The line was divided into two sections – Monchy South and Monchy West – and six company zones running from A to F. Jünger joined the 6th Company in C sector and, as N.C.O, was expected to help boost the morale of his fellow officers. In that respect, he became a welcome sight for any down-hearted officer in need of a few comforting words over a cup of steaming coffee.

Jünger's note-book, compiled at the end of each day, provides a valuable insight into the events taking place. Between October and December 1915 he reports that a comrade's hat was rendered in two by an enemy bullet, despite leaving the man completely unharmed. He mentions a soldier being shot through both cheek-bones, another through the ear and one in both legs. Fusilier Hohn had an arm torn off, Heidotting was wounded in the thigh and August Kettler was hit by a bullet as he went to fetch Jünger's rations. Elsewhere, comrades such as Gutschmidt and Schafer were shot through both hands and in the knee, respectively. Landsturmsman Wiegman was wounded in the pelvis at the Altenburg Redoubt and Landsturmsman Diener was shot through the skull:

He was married and had four children. His comrades lay in wait a long while behind the parapet to take vengeance. They sobbed with rage. It is remarkable how little they grasp the war as an objective thing. They seem to regard the Englishman who fired the fatal shot as a personal enemy. I can understand it.[11]

On 11th December, Jünger had a 'sportsmanlike' exchange with an officer from the French side, after their respective companies had withdrawn to their trenches during a brief exchange of gunfire. The encounter shaped Jünger's thoughts in relation to the nature of mutual respect in times of war:

It has always been my ideal in war to eliminate all feelings of hatred and to treat my enemy as an enemy only in battle and to honour him as a man according to his courage. It is exactly in this that I have found many kindred souls among British officers. It depends, of course, on not letting oneself be blinded by excessive national feeling, as the case generally is between the French and Germans. The consciousness of the importance of one's own nation ought to reside as a matter of course and unobtrusively in everybody, just as an unconditional sense of honour does in the gentleman. Without this it is impossible to give others their due.[12]

In February, 1916, as the British were ordering forced conscription and their German opponents were beginning the Verdun Offensive, Ernst Jünger was back in Douchy and was almost killed when a huge shell hit the side of his billet and forced him to dive into the cellar: As the cellar was half above ground and separated from the garden only by a thin wall, we all crowded into the short, cramped neck of the shaft. My sheep-dog crept whimpering between our tightly-packed bodies with an animal's instinctive desire for the darkest corner.[13]

The English battery was incessant and, between 3rd and 8th February it claimed three dead, three severely injured and a further three slightly injured. During the first half of March there was something of a respite, but on 14th March more deaths and injuries were caused by 15-centimetre shell. This continued into April, although one evening an inebriated Jünger took a wrong turn 'over the top' and ended up in a large mine-crater close to the English troops. After throwing a few bombs in their general direction he made a dash towards the German trenches and ended up falling foul of one of the company's own spiked foot-angles.

In mid-April, 1916, Jünger attended another officer's training course at Croisilles. This is a small village is the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France and the course was led by Major-General Sontag. Lessons included how to conduct tactics on horseback and the men were given an extensive tour of the slaughterhouses, sawmills, pig farms, the dairy, aviation park and bakery; all of which demonstrated the immense organisation that supported the war effort from behind the scenes.

But there were times when Jünger was able to escape from military life. Whilst at Croisilles, he had made the acquaintance of a young girl after asking for directions at a local cottage. A short time afterwards, Jünger went in search of the girl again and she treated him to a hearty meal. However, on the way back to his camp he was stopped by a military policeman and eventually hauled before the 'King of Q.' after failing to produce the relevant documentation and verify his identity. This led to a further adventure, as Jünger found himself welcomed by the King and the two of them soon became engrossed in a lengthy conversation about tropical forests and other natural havens. For Jünger, this was a perfect distraction from his military duties.

On 20th June, Jünger was ordered to find out whether the English were laying mines by getting as close to their trench as possible. Crawling on his stomach through the mud and barbed wire, he was able to observe the enemy troops at close quarters, although the English had heard both he and his comrades and came within several feet of them. Luckily, they simply repaired the fence and went back to their trench without having detected the Germans at all:

Death, after towering up between the two parties in eager expectation, took himself off in disgust.[14]

The following night, Jünger and his men tried to approach the enemy trench once again, but were forced to flee under a hail of machine gun fire. The company also had to endure regular gas attacks and trench-mortar bombardments, too, thought to have been used as a diversion. On 1st July, 1916, Jünger and his men lowered thirty-nine coffins into the soil:

The great value of ceremonial observances was made clear to me on this affecting occasion. We have often, one time and another, left ten times the number of dead on the field and not been so deeply touched by the loss as we were that day beside the open graves.[15]

Jünger believed that the men of Lower Saxony, in particular, had a strong resolve and that the bravery of these 'fair-haired' soldiers knew no bounds.

On 12th August, after several weeks of fierce combat, Jünger was finally granted leave and took a train home. Almost as soon as he had arrived and begun to make himself comfortable, however, a telegram arrived and demanded that he return to the front immediately. The Somme Offensive, initiated by the Anglo-French forces the previous month, was now in full swing. By 23rd August, Jünger was transported by lorry to Le Mesnil, the setting for one of the largest and most brutal battles of the First World War.

At dusk, Jünger and his platoon were marched off to the small French village of Sailly-Saillisel:

Artillery fire of a hitherto unimagined intensity rolled and thundered on our front. Thousands of twitching flashes turned the western horizon into a sea of flowers. All the while the wounded came trailing back with white dejected faces, huddled into the ditches by the gun and ammunition columns that rattled past.[16]

Jünger was assigned a military guide and informed that the notorious Combles battlefield he was now facing was possibly the most horrific and demoralising along the entire Western front. He was taken to a battle-scarred building, where he managed to get some sleep before being woken at 4am and provided with a steel helmet. As dawn broke the men could see the dead bodies of many French citizens who had been caught up in the conflict, including the body of a little girl.

The Allied bombardment was like nothing Jünger had experienced before and seemed incessant. He and his comrades were gathered in a cellar, sitting on silk-covered armchairs and trying to cope with the ceaseless din of battle. They eventually had to march through the battlefield in single file, but their guide lost his way and they were forced to re-trace their steps. Jünger eventually relieved a Bavarian sergeant-major and spent the night in a huge shell-hole. The following morning, an English aircraft made sure that the Germans stayed there, as well as relaying their position and causing yet another bombardment to rain down upon them. The platoon eventually had to march back towards Sailly-Saillisel and then onwards to the forest of Hennois. Three days later, however, they returned to Combles and occupied a series of house cellars, as before, making good use of the vegetable gardens and treating themselves to a welcome diet of hot stew and cold salad. But when an explosion rocked the house in which they had been sheltering, a piece of shrapnel tore into Jünger's left calf:

There was a ragged hole in my putties, from which blood ran onto the ground. On the other side there was a round swelling of a shrapnel bullet under the skin. The men bound me up and took me under fire to the catacombs, where our surgeon-major-general took me in hand. Lieutenant Wetje, who happened to be passing by, held my head while the bullet was cut out with knife and scissors. The surgeon congratulated me, for the bullet had passed between the shin and the fibula without any injury to the bone.[17]

Jünger was put into the back of a Red Cross wagon and driven to the village of Fins, where he was taken to the local church. No less than 30,000 wounded German soldiers had passed through Fins in a matter of days and Jünger was transferred to St. Quentin and then by train to Gera, where he was attended to in the garrison hospital. His condition later ensured that he managed to avoid certain death when an entire German force – with whom he would have been fighting – was wiped out by the English at Guillemont, with fellow comrades such as Vogel and Sievers, both lieutenants, as well as Fahnrich and Little Schmidt, killed in action. Jünger notes in his memoirs that he would gladly have fought side by side with his men during this terrible slaughter, but a miraculous twist of fate had taken him from the battle at a crucial time:

The names of the tiniest Picardy hamlets are memorials of heroic battles to which the history of the world can find no parallel. There it was that the dusk first drank the blood of our trained and disciplined youth. Those fine qualities which had raised the German race to greatness leapt up once more in dazzling flame and then slowly went out in a sea of mud and blood.[18]

In total, Jünger spent fourteen days in the military hospital before returning to his regiment near the Grande Tranchée. After two days, however, he travelled to the mountain settlement of Hattonchâtel and from there to Mars-la-Tour in the Somme region by train. He was stationed at Bran court, an agricultural village specialising in home-made textiles, where he took a dim view of the local inhabitants for their dirty appearence and apparent lack of morals. The 2nd Company was now under the command of Lieutenant Boje, but his days were spent eating and drinking with his fellow officers in a welcome respite from the conflict itself.

On 8th November, 1916, Jünger and his men were transferred to Gonnelieu and placed under the command of Captain Bockelmann. Jünger was one of four scout officers and together they shared the house of a local priest. His job was to ensure that communication along the frontline, close to the wood at St. Pierre Vaast, functioned effectively. At one point he almost drowned whilst crossing a marsh and was also affected by a deadly cloud of phosgene shell-gas and forced to retreat. On 13th November, near the village of Rancourt, Jünger found himself dangerous close to the French line and was shot in both legs by a sniper. The bullet had passed through his right calf and grazed his left. Having forgot his field-dressing, Jünger bound the injury with a handkerchief. After dark, he was taken by stretcher to Nurlu and put into the back of Captain Bockelmann's car. From there he was taken to the Villeret field hospital and, later that evening, to the war hospital at Valenciennes.

Fourteen days later, Jünger was again back at the front. He was still limping heavily, so was assigned the role of observation officer, charged with keeping an eye on the area that ran between Nurlu and Moislaines:

All day long I crouched freezing on a chair behind the glasses in the November mist, with nothing to vary the monotony except an occasional call to test the wires. If the wire had been broken I had to have it mended by my breakdown squad. Apart from this I had nothing to do but wait for the moment of an attack.[19]

On 18th November, Jünger rejoined his regiment at Fresnoy-le-Grand. He also replaced Lieutenant Boje as commander of the 2nd Company, although they were able to enjoy a four-week period of rest and relaxation. Jünger was stationed at a house belonging to a married couple, which he also shared with Fahnrich Gornick and his brother, Fritz. During a victory parade to celebrate the triumph at St. Pierre Vaast, Jünger heard Colonel von Oppen make a few favourable comments about him and he was subsequently awarded the Iron Cross of the 1st Class. On 17th January, 1917, one month after Lloyd George had become British Prime Minister, Jünger left Fresnoy-le-Grand and attended a four-week company commanders' course at Sisonne, although he found the catering extremely unpleasant and soon became tired of the daily diet of boiled swedes.

Once again Jünger rejoined his regiment, this time at Villers-Carbonnel, assuming temporary command of the 8th Company. At this time, the Germans were in the process of retreating from the Somme, although the English continued their bombardment of the area throughout the early spring of 1917. On 5th March, when an English patrol was chased off with bombs and sniper-fire, Jünger found himself feeling rather sorry for a young English sergeant from the Royal Munster Fusiliers, who had been found dead with a pocket book containing the names and addresses of several of his friends in London. Jünger and his men buried the young man behind their trench. More skirmishes with these English patrols followed, resulting in much face-to-face combat and casualties on both sides.

On 13th March, Jünger was entrusted by Colonel von Oppen with the task of overseeing the retreat of the entire regiment from the Somme. There were four sectors in total, the other commanding officers being Reinhardt, Fischa and Lorek. The companies themselves then set about destroying the entire area around the Siegfried line and making it completely uninhabitable for the English troops, something that was achieved by felling the trees, mining the roads, fouling the wells, blowing up the cellars and booby-trapping the houses. Jünger, for one, certainly had no qualms or regrets about this necessary procedure:

As for the necessity, I have of course, as a Prussian officer, no doubt whatever. War means the destruction of the enemy without scruple and by any means. War is the harshest of all trades, and the masters of it can only entertain humane feelings so long as they do no harm. It makes no difference that these operations which the situation demanded were not very pretty.[20]

On 17th March the English attacked in numbers, but were soon dispersed under fire from their German adversaries. The latter booby-trapped their trench and withdrew, crossing the nearby river and employing specialist engineers to blow up the bridges and thus prevent the enemy from advancing further. On reaching the village of Lehaucourt on the St. Quentin Canal, Jünger occupied a small cottage, was granted fourteen days' leave and had a chance to enjoy the company of his fellow officers. This resulted in the following entry being added to his diary:

Leave spent very happily. Need have no reproaches on that score after my death.[21]

By 9th April, 1917, three days after America had declared war on Germany and shortly before the French began using tanks for the first time, Jünger was back with the 2nd Company at the village of Merignies, near Douai, sitting astride the company charger and leading a column of military vehicles along one of the more treacherous roads in the area. The following day, his battalion marched to Fresnoy and set up an observation post. Most of that April was spent setting up lines of communication and dodging enemy artillery, but at midnight on 27th April the Company was informed by telephone that an attack was due to take place at 5am. As Jünger tried to get some sleep in readiness for the activity due to take place five hours later, a shell hit the house in which he was stationed and several men were buried in the ruins:

Catching hold of the limbs that stuck out from the wreckage, we pulled out the dead bodies. One had the head struck off, and the neck on the stump was like a great sponge of blood. From the arm stump of another the broken bones projected, and the uniform was saturated by a large wound in the chest. The entrails of the third poured out from a wound in the belly. As we pulled out the last a splintered board caught in the ghastly wound with a hideous noise.[22]

At 5.15am the bombardment of Fresnoy recommenced and, by 7am, news reached them that the English had captured both Arleux and Arleux Park. The losses were incalculable.

Jünger was finally relieved on 30th April, making his way to Flers and the 1st Battalion. On discovering that the room which had been allotted to him contained a group of staff sergeant-majors, who claimed they were saving it for a local baron, Jünger had his men break down the door and throw them out. After a night spent in the luxurious confines of a warm bed, Jünger went on to Douai station and took the train to Busigny. From there he walked to the village of Serain and enjoyed several days' rest. It was there that he received the news that he was to take command of the 4th Company.

Jünger's leadership role on the Siegfried line lasted until 30th May, when Lieutenant Vogeley returned from hospital and re-assumed his position as commander. On 20th June, however, just days before American troops were set to arrive in France, something rather unexpected happened when Jünger and twenty of his men occupied a company outpost on the front and found themselves engaged in combat with the enemy:

I decided to survey the field of battle. Strange sounds and cries of pain came from the meadow where we had routed the enemy with our rifle-fire. We found a number of dead in the long grass and three wounded who begged for mercy. They were convinced we would massacre them. When I asked 'Quelle nation?' one of them answered, 'Pauvre Rajput!'[23]

The men were Indians who had enlisted in the British Army and a large number of injured were captured by Jünger's company and became prisoners-of-war. They compensated for their lack of German by speaking excellent French. Back at the cabin, the Hanoverian Fusiliers celebrated their hard-won victory over this Anglo-Indian foe with poached eggs. On 18th June, however, there were further clashes with Indian troops and the Germans suffered a number of casualties.

Jünger was then stationed at the 'bourgeois' village of Cambrai, in northern France, where he took a billet in the house of a local jeweller called Plancot-Bourlon and spent most of that July, 1917. The villagers were friendly and Jünger retained some happy memories of his time there, although he was soon back in the thick of it and immersed in heavy fighting on the blood-drenched fields of Flanders. Jünger was wounded in the lung and shoulder, forced to crawl back to his own lines in agony. Luckily, two men found him and took him to a small hut where his wounds were dressed. This led to a chance meeting:

Suddenly a young officer smeared in mud from his boots to his helmet, with the Iron Cross of the 1st Class on his breast, rushed in. It was my brother, who days before, down the line, was said to be dead. We greeted each other, smiling rather awkwardly in the stress of our feelings. After a minute or two he left me and came back with the last five men of his company. I was put in a ground-sheet and carried from the battlefield to the thunder of guns.[24]

By 17th October, after a period spent at Labry, one of the many villages of Lorraine, a rejuvenated Jünger was again back at Flanders and found himself stationed in the small town of Iseghem. Just days earlier, the British had launched the notorious Passchendaele offensive. Jünger then marched to the Flemish district of Rouselaere, which came under heavy bombing and forced the inhabitants – many of them women and children – to take shelter underground in their cellars. Again, the Germans suffered heavy casualties, although on 3rd November the regiment had some well-deserved rest at Tourcoing:

For the first time and the last during the war, every man of the 7th Company slept on a feather-bed. I occupied a magnificently furnished room in the house of an industrial magnate in the Rue de Lille. The first evening, with an open fire, the indispensable marble mantelpiece, and an armchair, was unspeakably delightful.[25]

On 29th November, Jünger and the 7th Company – under the command of Lieutenant Hoppenrath – took part in the Battle of Cambrai, where he had been stationed several months earlier. Some notable victories were scored against the English, including one incident during which Jünger was able to watch the opposing troops as they scurried through the trenches below where he was standing. Naturally, of course, a few bombs were thrown in their direction and this resulted in many deaths. Meanwhile, after a huge explosion Jünger was thrown to the ground and removed his helmet to discover two large holes. A bullet had completely passed through the helmet itself and grazed his skull. His head was bound and he was led from the battlefield in a daze. On another occasion he was thrown to the ground by another blast, this time on the forehead, and found himself blinded by the torrent of blood that was streaming from the wound. Thankfully, however, he only suffered two small flesh-wounds that ran along his hairline:

As a plaster for my fifth wound I was given fourteen days' Christmas leave, and in the course of it the Knight's Cross of the House of Hohenzollern with swords was sent to me at home.[26]

By 9th December, after his rest period, Jünger relieved the 10th Company at Vis-en-Artois along the stretch of line that ran beside the Cojeul river. A hill separated the two armies, with Jünger spending his days occupying a freezing dugout and reading books to take his mind off the war.

In late-January, 1918, amid the snows of winter, Colonel von Oppen – much respected by Jünger – died as a result of plague and was buried on foreign soil. February was spent constructing various roads and dugouts, whilst in March the Company were in Brunemont for the Great Offensive. After signing the Brest-Litovsk Treaty with Russia, the Germans had withdrawn their troops from the Eastern Front and now used them as reinforcements to bolster their long-suffering forces along the Western Front. The task of Jünger and his men, now part of a much larger army, was to force their way through the villages of Ecoust-St.-Mein and Noruil. Jünger describes the advance:

In shell-holes in front of the enemy lines, churned and churned again by the utmost pitch of shell-fire, the attacking battalions were waiting massed in companies, as far as the eye could see. When I saw this mass might piled up, the break-through seemed to me a certainty. But was there strength in us to smash the enemy's reserves and hurl them to destruction? I was confident of it. The decisive battle, the final advance, had begun. The destiny of the nations drew to its iron conclusion, and the stake was the possession of the world.[27]

As the opening skirmishes began, Jünger threw his cloak to the floor and strode forward, consumed with the heat of battle. On this occasion the English were completely routed and fled in confusion, but the battle raged on and the Germans continued to advance and dispatch the foe. Trenches were captured and provisions were hungrily devoured, with Jünger noting in his diary that the English were considerably better fed and clothed than their German adversaries. He also took possession of a coat from one of the English soldiers. Arriving back at Noreuil, Jünger reported the success to Major-General Hobel at the Brigade headquarters, and was taken along the Noreuil-Quént road and as far as the field hospital at Souchy-Coucy in the back of an ammunition wagon.

On 4th June, 1918, Jünger re-joined his regiment at Vraucourt, some distance from the frontline. He was re-instated as commander of the 7th Company by Major von Luttichau and his men warmly welcomed him back into their ranks. Before long, they were back at the front and taking up a position along the line at Puisieux-au-Mont. From nearby Achiet-le-Grand they marched along the embankment of the Bapaume railway line and then out into the countryside. Jünger was given a small, isolated hut in a collapsed trench and came to enjoy the tranquillity of solitude that it offered:

At such moments there crept over me a mood I had never known before: a certain falling-off of the fighting spirit, a war-weariness occasioned by the length of time I had been exposed to the war's excitements. Nothing but war and danger; not a night that was not convulsed with shells.[28]

Throughout July, 1918, the Germans were continuously bombarded by artillery fire and their losses soon began to accumulate. The course of the war was finally beginning to turn and the English were making significant gains. Jünger lost a great many of his comrades, but was finally relieved on 27th July by a company of the 164th Regiment. According to a letter of recommendation from Von Busse, Major-General and commander of the 111th Infantry Division, which Jünger includes in a later edition of The Storm of Steel, the 73rd Fusilier Regiment

has added in the most brilliant fashion to its high reputation as a brave and war-tried unit in the severe fighting which was renewed against an enemy much superior in numbers […] Lieutenant Jünger earned fresh recognition. Already six times wounded, he was on this occasion, as always, a shining example to both officers and men.[29]

By 30th July, ten days after the German retreat at the Marne, Ernst Jünger was enjoying some hard-earned rest in an artisan's house at Sauchy Lestrée in the Artois region. Despite having to survive on nothing but gherkins, or what some of the men described as 'gardener's sausage', he was able to spend his time reading, shooting, riding, bathing and cycling. On 23rd August, Jünger marched through Cambrai to Marquion in the early hours of the morning, and was told to expect an attack from enemy tanks.

He also gave a speech to his assembled troops, in which he attempted to revive their flagging spirits amid news that Germany was clearly losing the war:

It was also my principle not to raise their courage by big words nor to threaten the coward. I spoke rather to this effect: – I know well enough that no one will leave me in the lurch. We are all afraid, but we must fight against it. To be overcome by one's weakness is only human. At such a moment look at your leader and your fellows.[30]

The men advanced towards enemy lines from the western edge of Favreuil, although they were soon in the midst of more carnage as the English shelled them incessantly. Jünger was fired upon from a machine-gun and took a hit to the chest. Stretcher-bearers were called for and it was discovered that he had two circular wounds on his chest and was finding it difficult to breathe. Realising that the enemy were about to surround them, he pulled himself to his feet, grabbed a revolver and returned to the fray:

The scene became more and more lively. We were surrounded by a circle of Germans and English and called upon to throw down our weapons. I urged those nearest me in a weak voice to fight it out to the death. Friend and foe were fired on alike. Some who surrounded our little band were shouting, some were dumb. On the left two gigantic Englishmen were using their bayonets in a length of trench from which hands were held up imploring mercy.[31]

But still Jünger refused to give in and he shot one of the men dead, before limping across the mud with blood cascading from his chest. He eventually reached his trench and an N.C.O. from the Medical Corps tore off his tunic and attempted to stem the flow of blood by wrapping Jünger in a ground-sheet. He was taken to a dressing-station and soon put to sleep with a dose of morphine. The following day he was driven to the field hospital and placed in the care of the Catholic nuns that made up the nursing staff. During his recuperation, Jünger amused himself by counting the injuries on his body, which included six rifle wounds, one shrapnel wound, one shell-splinter wound, three bomb-splinter wounds, two rifle bullet-splinter wounds and various other scars, all of which amounted to twenty punctures.

After fourteen days, Jünger was heading back to the Fatherland on a hospital train, secure in the knowledge that he had done his bit for his country. Arriving at Hanover, he was taken to the Clementine Infirmary, where, on 22nd September, 1918, he received a telegram from General von Busse:

His Majesty the Kaiser has bestowed on you the order Pour le Mérite. I congratulate you in the name of the whole Division.[32]

Curiously, throughout his memoirs Jünger never questions why he was fighting on the vicious battlefields that staged Europe's greatest tragedy, but ends his war diary with the following words:

We stand in the memory of the dead who are holy to us, and we believe ourselves entrusted with the true and spiritual welfare of our people. We stand for what will be and for what has been. Though force without and barbarity within conglomerate in sombre clouds, yet so long as the blade of a sword will strike a spark in the night it may be said: Germany lives and Germany shall never go under![33]

According to Thomas Nevin, on the other hand, who compares Jünger's narrative approach with that of Ancient Greek mythology:

Objectively considered, every war is its own spectacle, but the Homeric scenario informed Jünger to a fateful degree because his experience of the Great War had an objective correlation in the Greek epic. In Homer, the waging of war overwhelms the purported goal itself. There is no promise of eventual peace or an eventual dominion for the victors. Like the warriors before Troy, Jünger was engaged in fighting for its sake.[34]

However, for those who believe that Jünger's memoirs are little more than an expression of brutal militarism and the ethics of the machine gun, I would contend that The Storm of Steel itself is a representation of basic survival against all the odds. Jünger is not justifying the brutalities of modern warfare, he simply recognises that it is inextricably bound up with human nature and is therefore showing us how to deal with it. His ability to face up to the hardships of life are certainly far superior to the insipid pacifism contained in ridiculously naïve and unrealistic novels such as All Quiet on the Western Front.

Finally, unlike the many German critics of the war, Jünger never sought to lay the blame for his country's defeat at the door of those who had seemingly betrayed her interests by first surrendering and then, on 28th June, 1919, signing the hated Treaty of Versailles. As an epitome of the warrior-philosopher, Jünger knew – ironically, perhaps – that much good can arise from defeat and that the lessons that had been learnt had the potential to sow the seeds for a new German nation. Needless to say, if he had foreseen the coming of Hitler and the Nazis he may well have revised that opinion.

Notes:

1. Thomas Nevin; Ernst Jünger and Germany: Into the Abyss 1914-1945 (Constable, 1997), p.42.

2. Ernst Jünger; The Storm of Steel: From the Diary of a German Storm-Troop Officer on the Western Front (Howard Fertig, 1996), p.1.

3. Ibid., p.3.

4. Ibid., pp.8-9.

5. Ibid., p.10.

6. Ibid., p12.

7. Ibid., p.16.

8. Ibid., p.18.

9. Ibid., p.22.

10. Ibid., p.32.

11. Ibid., pp.48-9.

12. Ibid., p.52.

13. Ibid., p.57.

14. Ibid., p.70.

15. Ibid., p.86.

16. Ibid., p.92.

17. Ibid., p.106.

18. Ibid., p.110.

19. Ibid., pp.117-8.

20. Ibid., pp.126-7.

21. Ibid., p.130.

22. Ibid., pp.135-6.

23. Ibid., p.152.

24. Ibid., p.189.

25. Ibid., p.220.

26. Ibid., p.237.

27. Ibid., pp.253-4.

28. Ibid., pp.285-6.

29. Ibid., pp.298-9.

30. Ibid., p.304.

31. Ibid., pp.310-1.

32. Ibid., p.318.

33. Ibid., pp.318-9.

34. Thomas Nevin; Ernst Jünger and Germany: Into the Abyss 1914-1945, op. cit., p.41.

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translate | 15 Oct 2020 | 4:44 pm

Reaching Across the Aisle (Derrick Jensen and Keith Preston)


"Today I will be joined by Derrick Jensen from the Deep Green Resistance; Keith Preston from Attack the System to discuss the important of reaching across the aisle to communicate with people in camps you don't agree with and why that is so important and at the same time difficult to do. "

Attack the System: https://attackthesystem.com/
Deep Green Resistence: https://deepgreenresistance.org/en/

Part 2.

translate | 13 Oct 2020 | 9:58 pm

Human Capital Markets, Digital Identity, & the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


By Alison McDowell, wrenchinthegears.com

The following is a presentation that I had planned to make as an invited guest at Big Ocean Women's Many Waves, One Ocean gathering in coordination with the 2020 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Due to the pandemic, the conference and all related events were cancelled. A decision was made for those who had been asked to present to create a presentation that could be shared online. The video below was created for that purpose.

Below is the text I read from during the above presentation.

Hello everyone. Welcome to "Many Waves, One Ocean Cross Movement Summit." I'm Alison McDowell, a mom and independent researcher in Philadelphia who blogs at wrenchinthegears.com. I started my activism around public education, first fighting standardized testing, then ed-tech, and eventually realized the push by global finance to turn everything into data for the purpose of digital surveillance and profit meant I had to expand my work beyond schools and start digging into the global poverty management complex.

I organize with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, an independent anti-poverty group that is led by the poor and does not take corporate or foundation money. We'll be marching on the Democratic National Convention on July 13 to take back the 67 cents of every government dollar spent on war and occupation. We are demanding it be used care for the poor here at home. Check us out and consider joining us in the streets of Milwaukee!

Lives Over Luxury

My current efforts are focused on raising awareness around pay for success deals, privatized welfare, Blockchain contracts, smart cities, and predictive analytics derived from Internet of Things sensors. These elements are combining to create predatory human capital investment markets within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I'm grateful to have been invited to participate today, and excited to talk to you about these goals, particularly target 16.9, digital identity, and how it relates to global finance and the profiling of families.

In 2015, member states of the United Nations adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, an integrated program of 169 targets and 235 indicators ostensibly meant to achieve peace and prosperity by 2030. The question we need to be asking before we head down this road is whose prosperity and at what cost?

People have been led to believe the purpose of these goals is to address poverty and avert climate catastrophe. As a mother who lives in a city of deep poverty and who works at a public garden, I believe those are admirable goals. It is imperative that we address wealth inequality and begin to heal our planet.

UNSIF 17 UNSDGs

But as a mother who has been researching innovative finance, emerging technologies, and racialized power, I also know there is more to the story than is being told in the media. And so today I will outline how powerful interests are using the Sustainable Development Goals to mask their plans to remake the world as a digital panopticon. What follows is a story of social entrepreneurship, greed, and technological authoritarianism. Its foundations are built on our nation's history of racial capitalism, eugenics, and the rise of technocracy.

The technocracy movement advances the idea of an industrially engineered society. In the 1930s it was based out of Columbia University's Industrial Engineering department. It sought to overhaul politics and economics such that technical experts would manage these systems placing efficiency above all else, measuring inputs of energy against outputs for "the public good."

Technocracy Inc

I believe echoes of this have been woven into "smart" government initiatives incubated by think tanks and elite academic institutions including NYU's Govlab, home to the Research Network on Opening Governance. Supported by Google, this effort hosted ten international convenings between 2015 and 2017 to discuss the "redesign" of government practice for the "complex policy challenges of the twenty-first century."

Research Network On Opening Governance

Technocracy is a system that subverts local control and self-determination. It's also a movement with considerable staying power. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who collaborated with David Rockefeller in creating the Trilateral Commission, resurrected the tenets of technocracy in the 1970s. It is important to note that the Rockefeller family has maintained close ties with the United Nations since its inception, even donating the land upon which the New York headquarters was built. The Trilateral Commission was started in 1973 and remains active today, a powerful invitation-only group of around 350 people from Europe, North America, and Japan that advances a globalist agenda. Its members are drawn from the highest levels of government, industry, academia, and the media.

Among the current North American members are Henry Kissinger, Michael Bloomberg, and, not surprisingly, Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. The Rockefeller Foundation structured social impact investments markets in the decade following the housing crash. The Foundation coined the term 'impact investing' back in 2008. It also provided seed funding for the Global Impact Investment Network and the Global Impact Investing Network Rating System. These were investments to set rules for a new and sinister game. Ten years after they originated the concept, impact investing has grown to become a $250 billion market. In 2019, the Rockefeller and MacArthur Foundations teamed up to form the Catalytic Capital Consortium. Each member commited $30 million to investments that would advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

GIIN Rockefeller

About five years after the Trilateral Commission was founded, former McKinsey consultant Bill Drayton advanced the idea of emissions trading, carbon credits. He was working for Jimmy Carter's Environmental Protection Agency at the time. President Carter, himself, was a founding member of the Trilateral Commission, many of those appointed to his administration were also members, and Brzezinski was among his closest advisors. These were the years after Nixon jettisoned the gold standard and debt-finance started to take hold of the economy.

By normalizing measurement and pricing of desired outcomes, in this case carbon emission reductions, Drayton pioneered a form of finance that will play a key role in the global economy for years to come. The public was led to believe that once there was an agreed upon cost that could be applied to externalities, green house gases; markets would resolve the pollution problem. With impact investing this approach has been extended to social issues under the pretense there could be "profit with purpose" IF governments just allowed Ivy League MBAs to structure the deals.

Bill Drayton Ashoka

Fast-forward. We now have a world that is burning and flooding. People are resisting neoliberalism and structural adjustment in the streets, asserting their right to live in safety and with dignity. Indigenous peoples are putting their lives on the line to protect their lands not only from government-backed corporate raiders, but from supposedly "green" environmental NGOs advocating faux solutions that perpetuate violence against Black and Brown people. Solutions like the New Deal for Nature that in the name of biodiversity advocates creating protected areas that would remove human settlement from 30% of the planet, an outrageous theft of land from its original inhabitants.

We find ourselves on the doorstep of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, robots and algorithms poised to take over many jobs. The finance and technology sectors have converged. The world economy is dominated by the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) sectors whose laser focus on short-term profit leaves only devastation in its wake. We're seeing the rise of ubiquitous computing, surveillance, and crypto economics-virtual capitalism where digital assets are tracked on Blockchain. Philanthropy, credit, and global aid organizations have joined the Better Than Cash Alliance to push adoption of borderless electronic payment systems tied to biometrics. Their toe in the door? Government payments.

Better Than Cash Digital payments

It is an era of extreme wealth inequality, austerity, concentrated power, social unrest, militarization, and environmental degradation. Not only have market-based solutions NOT delivered on their promise to fix the environment and eliminate poverty, the financiers' "solutions" have made the problems worse. But the rich have a way of turning disasters into gold. Case in point, this winter the World Economic Forum unleashed a manifesto in support "stakeholder capitalism." Benefit corporations to the rescue!

Financiers are going to claim they're doing positive things with their portfolios by configuring asset allocations to align with ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), and that's where the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals come in. It's also worth noting that many faith communities have large endowments where investments are likely to be ESG aligned. Just because it says ESG doesn't mean it actually represents the values of your faith.

Stakeholder Capitalism

It is the sustainability goals that will open the door to smart city infrastructure with facial recognition, cashless economies, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence used to implement broad threat assessments; the threat of natural disasters as well as threats posed by individual dissidents and groups. With advances in militarized predictive policing those contesting the status quo, or seeking to intervene on behalf of the people into the operations of global markets, can now be met with swift and possibly deadly countermeasures.

What started out as a cost offset scheme for carbon trading has grown into a globalized cybernetic system through which artificial intelligence operating at the behest of debt finance could eventually farm millions of people as domestic livestock data commodities. Remember all those chipped Swedes? Ericsson is thrilled.

The transnational capitalist class envisions a future where they can control vast swaths of the planet using 5G and Internet of Things sensors. Meanwhile, the Mad Scientist Division of TRADOC is figuring out how to best restructure neighborhoods for a future of mega-city urban warfare; and the Army Research Lab is two years into a ten-year project with six universities to create the Internet of Battlefield Things. So 5G, IoT, and cyber security HAVE TO be understood within this larger military context.

Mega City Urban Warfare

Human capital data markets are arising for reasons of political economy. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution dawns, the elite must have a new mechanism to circulate their concentrated capital. The spending of poor and working class people will not be sufficient. Folks are carrying way too much debt as it is. This will become an even greater problem once automation and mass migrations make it impossible for millions of people to earn a stable living. Simply put, the financers need new plumbing. Real estate served that purpose for a time, but the weight of toxic mortgages ultimately collapsed the housing market. Now they need something even bigger, because over the past decade wealth has become even MORE concentrated.

So what do you think?

Are the United Nations' 169 sub-goals and 235 indicators up to this task?

Now that social problems have reached epic proportions there is money to be made scaling them back IF they can be tracked as metrics on the data dashboards being pushed by Microsoft and Salesforce. Finance and technology interests make fine partners in that regard. Impact investors demand data, which justifies digital surveillance, and tech and telecom interests make money off the software, hardware, and cloud computing.

Pay For Success-2

Moving forward everything will be assessed in terms of IMPACT, kind of like the technocrats tracking the energy credits. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg among others, the Trilateral Commission now has Pavlovian tools to tweak and nudge the masses, digital pawns, in real time. It is at the point of "impact" that authoritarianism tightens its grip. So who gets to decide who or what will be impacted? Can a person refuse to be tracked as data for corporate profit? Who gets to decide what metrics are chosen? What if a community desires an outcome that cannot be reduced to a metric? Does it get taken off the table, replaced by a less consequential but more measurable definition of "success?" Kind of like a third grade reading score. How will metrics shape service delivery? I'm guessing more and more interactions will become digitally mediated. Who specifies how the tracking happens? How is it analyzed? By a person? An algorithm? What are the payouts?

UN SDG Measuring Impact

Who exactly is going to come out ahead if we allow global investment markets to be built on disaster and misery? If those markets are profitable aren't we likely to end up with MORE disaster and misery, albeit better managed? Investors seek to increase the source of their profit, not eliminate it. That's just the sick logic of it.

We are at a tipping point after years of austerity. Governments, unable to keep doing more with less, have shifted responsibilities to non-profit providers to care for their people; and private investors and their foundations are fronting money for services. The linchpin that makes this work is performance-based contracting, which was designed to appease fiscal conservatives and centrist liberals. Minneapolis Federal Reserve economist Arthur Rolnick developed the outcomes-based contract model in the mid 1990s in collaboration with former General Mills executive turned non-profit guru Steve Rothschild. Useful to note that charter schools were invented in the Twin Cities right about that same time.

Rolnick and Rothschild also promoted Human Capital Bonds or HUCAPs, an idea that hasn't yet gotten off the ground, but I fear the concept is still waiting in the wings. Rolnick spent the latter half of his career with hedge fund manager Robert Dugger and Nobel prize winning economist Jim Heckman working on an "Invest in Kids" agenda that would transform pre-natal care, home visits, early childhood education, and early literacy programs into global investment markets built on child and family data surveillance.

HUCAP

An equation was concocted, the Heckman Equation, that guaranteed a 7-10% annual rate of return on investments. Not bad. The trick was finding an impact metric that worked for the markets. They settled on behavioral data, because they could manipulate it more consistently than they could cognitive data, or IQ. Video games for brainwashing, perfect! So now we have surveillance play tables showing up in Headstart programs at Educare in Tulsa, backed by big oil/big banking George Kaiser and his friends at Blue Meridian. In two corners of these tables are fisheye lens cameras to take video of toddlers so they can be scored on their social behaviors-for the markets.

Hatch Tables 2

We also have Pam, wife of Pierre Omidyar, EBay's founder and advocate for global digital identity, pushing behavior modification apps that purport to solve poverty in low-income mothers using a behaviorist text message app called GoalMama. This was built into the Nurse Family Partnership Medicaid-funded home visit program piloted in South Carolina. IO2 Foundation and IXO Foundation have gone a step farther and are using facial recognition video recordings on home visits to verify smart contracts on Blockchain to unlock social impact payments. Test programs are underway now in China and Brazil. This is what "impact" looks like and it's not pretty. All so Goldman Sachs' beneficiaries, among others, can use their vast holdings to suck up more wealth gambling on the lives of those needing public services, which includes public education.

Goal Mama

The drumbeat for early childhood investment is getting louder, though bills supporting these programs have been met with resistance. The State of Washington's Welcome Baby Bill was stopped again last week. Parents and community members rallied to stop the Great Start for Minnesota Children Act last year, too. It's not easy explaining to elected officials who don't have any of this background why "evidence-based" early childhood programs pose such a threat, but I am grateful to the activist moms out there who've put boots on the ground to get the word out.

The truth is these types of bills are data grabs that will be used to profile low-income families via a two-generation tracking model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Aspen Institute. The Sustainable Development Goals are being used to justify this profiling. Of the 232 specific indicators, 35 are related to children. Home visits and early childhood education investments are associated with goals three and four.

I'm sharing here an image from the Global Education Futures Forum agenda, an international group of influential academics that has an education timeline touting a future where the super-rich and asset managers maintain portfolios of people. Yes, you heard that right, portfolios of people.

Peoplenaire

Most likely this will start as income sharing agreements for college and workforce training. Branches of the Federal Reserve System are pumping out white papers on how to turn labor markets, finclusion, and economic mobility into investment opportunities. The Fed maintains close ties with the Lumina Foundation (student debt) and the United Way with its ALICE (Assets Limited Income Constrained Employed) poverty management program.

This push for human capital investing is why we are seeing Swiss Model Apprenticeship programs rolling out in Colorado and Washington State. Career pathways and Blockchain transcripts serve as high school bookends to the Heckman Equation's pre-k surveillance play tables. Workforce-oriented curriculum is being pitched in pre-k already, and middle schools are using corporate strengths assessments to direct students into specific careers even though the Davos folks know the only thing certain about the "future of work" is that it is uncertain. It's not about knowledge, it's about demonstrations of compliance that can be used to fuel the impact markets. If anything knowledge production, through "personalization," is being stripped of its social components, atomized, and algorithmically engineered. What technocrats fear most is an organized, unified populace that can think for itself.

Federal Reserve Undervalued human capital

In this people-portfolio future, one's worth will be measured in competencies and demonstrated skills represented by collections of badges and stackable credentials. We're already badging behaviors and mindsets. PBIS, Class Dojo, Red Critter and Google's Classcraft are normalizing gamified token economies based where student behavior and reputation scoring act as a sort of currency. We are taking corporate leaderboards and adapting them to rank and score children. None of this is ok.

PBIS Badge

Sir Ronald Cohen, Harvard MBA and father of British venture capital, built on Rolnick and Rothschild's effort, to further refine the tools necessary for financializing humanity. Cohen tapped the UK's lottery fund and implemented the world's first social impact bond, or SIB, at Peterborough Prison in 2010. SIBs and DIBs (Development Impact Bonds) are carbon-trading equivalents for social issues like incarceration, homelessness, chronic illness, and unemployment. These bonds were implemented in several dozen countries, including the United States, over the past decade, but they did not scale.

Now it appears markets are shifting to pay for success deals, which are simpler, more flexible, and may advance more rapidly. Pay for success has the backing of Michael Bloomberg, JB Pritzker, Obama's Social Innovation Fund, Cohen's US branch of Social Finance, and George Overholser's Third Sector Capital Partners. It's riding the coattails of data-driven, e-government solutionism; waltzing in as "what works" change agents scramble to repackage the remnants of civil society as warmed-over investment products for hedge funds.

Pay For Success ECE Minneapolis Fed

With widespread adoption of pay for success, more and more wrong-headed interventions like online preschool, which are certified by authorities as "evidence-based," are coming out of the woodwork. Mouthpieces for fin-tech, like New America with its Bretton Woods II responsible asset-allocating program, are lining up in support. People needing services are being groomed as data commodities. Need housing? Food? Education? Training? Addiction treatment? Healthcare? Well you better be willing to follow a prescriptive "continuum of care" pathway and be tracked on a dashboard. Service providers are finding themselves increasingly disempowered, their autonomy as professionals undermined by the tyranny of big data, accountable no longer to their clients and communities, but to the global investors that pay their salaries.

Human Capital Value Chain

So how does the United Nations fit into all of this? Well, we can look to UN-SIF. This is a collaboration of the United Nations and the business schools of nine global universities. They have been tasked with coming up with innovative ways to channel commercial capital flows into Sustainable Development Goal-aligned "solutions." Like online pre-k.

And where will the capital come from? We have only to look to the Impact Management Project. In 2018, the United Nations Development Programme partnered with the International Finance Corporation, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Global Impact Investing Network, World Benchmarking Alliance, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, and Social Value International to set common metrics to measure, assess, and report "impact." The IEEE (Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers) is in on the game, too. Their job is to facilitate the creation of a people-centered Internet that will turn the masses into harmonized digital citizens of smart cities. It will be THEIR UN SDG-aligned behaviors upon which technocracy's impact markets will run. The EU is already well on its way piloting Blockchain identity and fair trade data markets.

Impact Management Project

The Impact Management Project was launched with support from Bridges Fund Management, the firm of (surprise, surprise) Sir Ronald Cohen. Omidyar Network was also in on the ground. In eighteen months they had over 2,000 members onboard, including some of the world's largest asset holders and philanthropic heavyweights, among them: BlackRock, UBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Omidyar Network, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, UKAID, The Ford Foundation, and The MacArthur Foundation.

Just so you know, I believe many of UN SDG indicators are not bad ideas. I like riding my bike. I like walk-able communities. I don't want people to be hit by car. I believe women should have access to healthcare, and all children deserve a humane education. I oppose cash bail and want justice to be served. But policies must be grounded in communities, not governed by some uber-manager in the cloud who serves Ronald Cohen's interests.

Cohen At The Vatican 2014

Sustainable Development Goal indicators valued by community members should be advanced and funded with public dollars, not private. The data collection required to unlock "good capital" will always poison impact-funded ventures in the end. As we make these decisions, we must prioritize the interests of Indigenous communities, because they know how to live in right relationship to the land. If anyone thinks we should be turning control of society over to the financial sector and the military, because they're the proper ones to set the world straight about climate change, maybe you should revisit your history.

Red Deal

Tech and defense interests have had the creation of a global augmented reality overlay in the works for decades. Once that coding hits a tipping point, "green" capitalists can impose rules using digital geo-fencing to advantage their financial positions. In such a world everything will revolve around documenting "impact." Everything will have a valuation and be subject to predictive analytics and risk profiling. That is what is needed for technocracy to run smoothly. Things that should never be tallied, things like happiness, companionship, and the wonders of nature, will be factored into a giant balance sheet. The trial run for this was the Pokémon Go game. Niantic was bankrolled by In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. If the deep state was looking for a test case to see if the public would embrace an augmented reality future, it seems they got a big yes, at least for the time being.

Pokemon Go

And yet…communities across the nation ARE starting to wake up and express concerns about part of this program, namely the installation 5G in their neighborhoods. 5G is the telecommunication infrastructure that will bring the Internet of Things to scale and usher in Fourth Industrial Revolution disruption. The World Economic Forum, Brookings Institution, Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and the ITU (International Telecommunications Union), the United Nation's agency for information and communications technology, are among those touting the importance of 5G and ICT (individual communication technology like cell phones and tablets) in accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals, especially education, health, gender equity and smart infrastructure.

5G UN SDGs

In order for 5G to function properly, antennae must be installed 100-200 meters apart, which concentrates radiation exposure. Not only are the small cell installations eyesores, there are serious questions about potential negative health consequences related to electromagnetic field exposure. In 2015, scientists petitioned the United Nations to convene an independent working group to examine the pros and cons of the technology and suggest alternatives that would lower exposure to ELF (extremely low magnetic fields) and RF (radiofrequency radiation), but no action was taken. The petition with over 250 signatures from scientists from 43 countries was resubmitted last fall, as 5G transmitting elements began to be installed not only outside on lamp posts, but on buildings, and inside homes. Still no response.

EMF Scientists Petition

So why has the United Nations remained silent about this public health issue, a threat that puts pregnant women and children at particular risk? Well, the globalists behind the United Nations MUST have 5G. Without it, the financiers will not be able to monitor people and nature. If there is no 5G their big plan to profit from performance data completely falls apart. To function at the scale needed to service global markets, the system HAS to be automated. They need 5G for wearable technology, telemedicine, online education, virtual reality CBT therapy, everything! They're not going to defer to manual data entry either. It will never be fast enough or expansive enough. The authorities know they will not be able to steer communities to the targets set by the seventeen goals if they permit free discussion and consensus. They know that community empowerment would undermine impact markets, so their answer is to force us to accept radiation, sensors, and digital ledgers. We're just supposed to shut up and not talk about it.

Bloomberg WHO

In order to bring human capital investing to scale, technology must be put in place so that people can be monitored in real time, like as with the emissions of an industrial smokestack. That is why they need self-sovereign digital identity, which is embedded in Goal Number 16, target 16.9. Prototypes are being set up now – to be able to aggregate data on a person's health, education, training, economic productivity, behavior, housing access, and more. The World Bank, which has its own Human Capital Project and is experimenting with social impact and Blockchain bonds, is pursuing ID4D. The United Nations has partnered with Microsoft and Accenture to develop ID2020, a digital identity system linking refugee benefit access to biometrics. Various states in the US are working with Idemia, which touts its augmented identity product line, to roll out digital driver's licenses.

16.9 digital identity

The family unit and mothers in particular will be a focus of intense scrutiny. Assigning a digital identity early in life enables more data to be aggregated, creates a more robust baseline, and opens up more impact opportunities. As I mentioned earlier, pregnancy behavior modifying apps and home visits documented with facial recognition video are already underway. These pilots are running with support from the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF. UNICEF has secured major support from Disney to pursue research in the areas of Blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearable technology, and drones.

While it may be hard to imagine digital benefit systems linked to retinal scans or thumb-prints here in the United States, the state of Illinois, home of commodities futures trading, has a Blockchain task force. A report they issued last year included a number of thought experiments on how Blockchain identity could be used to regulate public benefits.

One of these featured a diagram of a person assigned a digital identity and e-wallet to hold their benefits, in this case money for food. If the person made the "right" choice, the apple, they were awarded an incentive payment. If they made the "wrong" choice, the hamburger, they paid full price. Of course it's only an incentive until the allocation is recalibrated to the point where a person will only have enough money to last the month if they make ALL THE RIGHT CHOICES. For people who work multiple jobs or live a food desert or have unstable housing, making those "right choices" could be all but impossible.

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Now replace the apple and the hamburger in the diagram with a choice of daycare providers, school curriculum, job training programs, or medical treatments. In the case of digital identity and Blockchain there will always be a choice preferred by those in power, a choice that could make their impact investor friends a tidy profit. Then there will be the less-favored choices; those will be dis-incentivized. This is what digital authoritarianism looks like. This is the life for poor people within the "pay for success" panopticon. This is why at the national meeting of the NAACP in Detroit last July, members voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution opposing any plans for government to link public benefit access to Blockchain identity systems.

Unborn children have been put on Blockchain in Tanzania to track prenatal healthcare service delivery. Illinois piloted Blockchain birth certificates contracting with Salt Lake City-based Evernym. Today data about people is like currency. It has value, because it feeds into risk-profiling. We shouldn't be surprised that the goal of those in power is to assign unique identifiers to children in utero. Now technology is available to make predictions about a child based on the zip code where it is born, its parent's income, their educational attainment, and even trauma scores. I suspect genomics will come into the picture soon enough.

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There is a prototype interoperable data system already, Datazone in San Jose. It feeds into the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust, funded by Chan Zuckerberg, which in turn feeds into the National Interoperability Collaborative, which is partnered with National Fusion Centers and the Council on Juvenile Crime and Delinquency.

We are perilously close to a pre-crime, social engineering, Gattaca scenario. Will a baby become a burden on society? Will they be a good worker? Will they be disruptive? Will prioritizing the demands of impact markets require teachers, doctors, and social workers to justify benefits provided against an expectation of future economic returns? Given historic power imbalances and our nation's callous treatment of the poor, it is hard to imagine a positive outcome. Maybe that is why the Sustainable Development Goals have such cheery, colorful, rainbow branding. It's meant to be distraction, the sugar coating on a poison pill.

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In the fin-tech world, it those who already have the power who come out ahead: McKinsey, Bain, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citi, and Bank of America. Social entrepreneurship serves their interests. It legitimizes perpetual growth. It continues to enrich the Global North at the expense of the Global South. It separates Indigenous communities from their lands and non-human kin. It embraces data-driven solutionism. That data harvest requires server farms that consume vast quantities of water and energy. The tools of that harvest demand rare minerals to make the devices, sensors and batteries. Like it or not, the "profit with purpose" asset managers pushing UN SDG-aligned investments are bound to Bolivia's lithium and Congo's cobalt-the child miners, too. Without those materials they cannot tally the impact. Political upheaval, violence against Indigenous peoples, and human rights violations must be calculated into the cost of the brutal business of "green capitalism."

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Reducing social problems to data results in lands being desecrated by LNG pipelines, because markets deem natural gas "better for the environment." Forests destroyed to install solar panels and mono-crop plantation carbon-sinks masquerading as proper substitutes for complex ecosystems. Under the banner of sustainability vulnerable populations are subjected to invasive levels of surveillance: Internet of Things cook stoves and pill caps, fit bits, online pre-school, brainwave headbands, housing accessed via retinal scan. And at the end of the day we must ask ourselves if these solutions are actually meant to solve the problem? Or are they about allowing dashboard managers to juke the stats and keep their bosses and investors happy?

What is being set up through the UN SDGs is not a program to save the planet or solve poverty, but rather a massive game of legalized gambling that uses "sustainability" to suppress dissent. If you question the motivations of the elite or the way the issues are portrayed in mass media you risk being painted a climate denier or hard-hearted person who doesn't care for the poor. Evidently we're supposed set facts aside and unquestioningly join in calls for imposed states of emergency, believing the big banks finally have a conscience, when they've actually just come up with a new way to profit from the problems they created.

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Black and Indigenous communities are on the front lines of struggle, because this machine runs on trauma, and they are the ones who carry the most-a consequence of ongoing racism, erasure, and colonization. Make no mistake, though, the machine will come after everyone in the end. It is the moral thing to face up to the brutal past of the Doctrine of Discovery and the trafficking of Africans as slaves. It is time to stand in solidarity with oppressed communities at home and abroad. In a cloud-computing world, digital harms inflicted on families in poor neighborhoods or halfway around the globe could show up in the backyards of privileged families within a week.

In the end the question we have to ask ourselves is are we going to look away as global financiers put children on Blockchain? Unhoused people? People needing treatment for addiction or a chronic illness? Refugees? Students?

Or are we going say it stops now and organize across race and class to do what it takes to make that happen?

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America’s Secret War On Black Anarchism in Somalia


"All power is truly in the hands of the people, and in the end the people will win."

-Kuwasi Balagoon

With November rapidly approaching and a Biden victory appearing more and more plausible, Donald Trump, our petulant man-child in chief, looks to have chosen the Culture War as his Alamo, forgoing his previously hip harangues against those plague-spewing Chinese communists for more homegrown boogeymen. It's now Chicago, not Beijing, that offers the true threat to American exceptionalism, and two time-honored tropes of American conservative bigotry in particular have been dusted off to frighten elderly white suburbanites to their diseased polling places: the Blacks and the Anarchists. To hear Trump and company tell the tale, our Democratically run cities are being burned to the ground by a motley crew of nappy-headed Willie Hortons and their lawless Antifa-fied honky allies, and for once, the GOP has set their sights on a legit threat to their morally bankrupt way of life.

Anarchism has always been the deadliest foe to authoritarian structures for the simple fact that it's the hardest school of radicalism to commandeer. When done right, there are no leaders to be bought off, no central authority to sabotage, just an autonomous grab bag of pissed off kids shouting "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!" Similarly, Black people have always been a minority treated as an existential threat to the majority because of their seemingly unstoppable resilience in the face of unimaginable odds and their generations of startlingly successful resistance to cultural assimilation. The White menace of Anglo-American Capitalism has claimed every pale negro from the Jews to the Irish, but the Blacks have remained its most stubborn foe. Everyone from Hoover to Lenin has observed that if America has a revolutionary class it is the one we brought in chains to build this infernal experiment rotting on the hill. The biggest mistake that Trump and both his slovenly followers and reactionary detractors alike make is assuming that these Turner Classic boogeys, the Anarchists and the Blacks, are mutually exclusive. You can just hear crusty Old Man Biden retorting at a debate, "Anarchists ain't Black!" Oh yes they are, you pandering zombie, yes they most certainly are.

While the majority of the much-hyped Antifa allies to Black Lives Matter are most certainly of the pale-faced variety, a growing contingent of young Black urban warriors are embracing a decidedly stateless mindset. One of the most effective and fearsome of this class combatting police aggression in the Seattle area are the Salish Sea Black Autonomists who have expanded the fight against the police state to its womb in the state itself, and this is no anomaly. Black folks have played pivotal roles in the larger American Anarchist Movement going back to Lucy Parsons, and the modern Black Anarchist Movement has its roots in the same gorey gears of the Prison-Industrial Complex that the George Floyd Uprisings have rightfully placed front and center as the root of post-Jim Crow Black oppression.

Imprisoned veterans of the 60's/70's Black Liberation Movement like Ashanti Alston and Kuwasi Balagoon found themselves disgruntled with the limitations of Black Panther Maoism behind bars and embraced a radical blend of Black Nationalism and Afrocentric Anarchism that looked towards traditional African tribal societies for inspiration above the White liberal chauvinists of the much-celebrated European Enlightenment. This synthesis of post-modern identity politics and stateless resistance served as a major influence for my own idiosyncratic post-White interpretation of Queer Anarchism. But Black statelessness stretches well beyond our borders and Seattle isn't the first place America has declared war on it. Back in the Dark Continent of Africa itself, the American War Machine has waged a decades long campaign against Black Anarchism on the Horn of Africa, and all anarchists do themselves and their comrades a great disservice to ignore this battle just because it rarely captures the attention of the mainstream media. 

Somalia's turbulent modern history is sadly less than unique for a former African colony. Once a prosperous guild of sultanates maintaining one of the region's most important shipping routes, by the Twentieth Century Somalia had been chewed up and spat out by the Portuguese, the Ottomans, the British, and the Italians. After the empire-shifting cataclysm of the Second World War, the British arbitrarily partitioned the Muslim Somali people between what is now recognized as Somalia and the Western-allied Christian Monarchy of Ethiopia. The US consistently sided with the deeply Islamaphobic Ethiopians in their numerous attempts to subjugate the quasi-socialist Somali Republic until Ethiopia itself fell to a Marxist-Leninist military junta known as the Derg in 1974. 

It didn't take us long to not only shower Somalia's creepy Hitler-'stashed strongman Siad Barre in American Dollars and weapons, but to also back a suicidal attempt by him to retake Ethiopia's long oppressed Somali Ogaden Region, which ended with the decimation of most of Somalia's military, leaving them conveniently crippled and dependent. This was actually one of the milder acts of savagery by Barre, who would also use his American guns in the long forgotten Isaaq Genocide of the late 80's, which claimed the lives of unknown hundreds of thousands of members of the Isaaq Clan, largely to solidify Barre's post-Ogaden dominance amongst the nation's increasingly disgruntled clans. Just another manic Monday for American-funded Cold war savagery.

But as the Cold War came to a close and, perhaps more importantly, Ethiopia's communist regime subsequently came apart at the seams, the US lost its enthusiasm for Mr. Barre and left him to be run out of Mogadishu by the remaining clans he didn't exterminate. After a badly botched Clintonian "Humanitarian" intervention that ended in several massacres of Somali civilians and the frankly well deserved revenge ambush of Black Hawk Down mythology, America finally did Somalia a solid and fucked off for a minute. And here's where things get truly interesting. After a couple more years of violent infighting, Somalia found more stability than any communist or capitalist regime had ever provided them by leaning back on the pre-colonial and totally stateless Xeer legal system, overseen by what became known as the Islamic Courts Union.

Snide western journalists point to this era between 1994 and the American-backed Ethiopian intervention of 2007 as being one governed by lawlessness and savagery, but ask any Somali refugee who actually lived through those years and they'll likely tell you that this was the closest thing to peace and prosperity that they had ever known. It was far from perfect. Fighting among rival clans continued as it always had, but overall, the Islamic Courts Era was one of unprecedented stability and it did indeed occur in a state of pure anarchy. A coalition of civilian tribal elders oversaw a fluid legal system that allowed the country's numerous clans to settle disputes between each other and otherwise essentially govern themselves. There was zero monopoly on police and judicial functions and the rule of law was upheld by agreements based largely on uniquely Somali takes on property rights and Sharia law. There were no prisons and no central governments but rather multiple tribal governments overlapping and coexisting in Somalia's notoriously pastoral and nomadic clans. Most of these clans were entirely voluntary in nature, and movement between clans was common, with many having more adopted members than those born into them. The legal system was largely compensatory in nature rather than vengeful and punitive. Crimes required victims and victims received compensation for their losses. Judges were largely autonomous and those who didn't command the respect of their communities simply weren't sought to oversee disputes.

It's entirely too common for white western anarchists to look at such indigenous systems and anything outside the official dogma of traditional Eurocentric theory as some kind of blasphemy. The idea of Sharia Law coexisting with statelessness boggles the Chomskyite mind, but this is the solution to the biggest flaw in most anarchist thought. A stateless society on a global level will inevitably be local and thus largely cultural in nature. True anarchism can only succeed if it is aloud the ability to change shape from clan to clan. Internationalism is just a heap of bunk, an idea that is far more authoritarian in nature than any tribal custom. It's also quite racist. White left anarchists need to get off their high red horse and embrace the fantastic dangers of diversity. The Islamic Courts worked because it followed the only true anarchist value deserving of the concrete universalism of dogma: it was entirely voluntary in nature. This is why it succeeded and this is why it had to be crushed. The Islamic Courts failed because its western anarchist allies failed to defend them from the arsenals of our own empires, the ones we're supposed to oppose. We chose phony internationalism over inconvenient solidarity and Black lives were crushed for our closed-minded dogma.

It didn't take long for America and its quislings in Kenya and Ethiopia to realize that the only true threat posed by the Courts was the threat of a good example. If Somalia could thrive without a western government babysitter then why not the next clan or the one after that? The farce of arbitrarily drawn borders and jerry-rigged nationalism would disintegrate like sand. It had to be stopped. In 2005 a strange wave of assassinations and disappearances plagued the judges of the Courts. Rumors began to spread of US black ops lurking in the region. Local warlords, displaced and disempowered by the Courts, began to cry "Terrorism!" to western money changers, pointing to the presence of fundamentalists in the Courts. They conveniently left out the fact that the majority of the judges and the majority of the judges disappeared were in fact moderates. Regardless, the warlords and westerners alike seemed keen to frame their war on Black Anarchism as part of the amorphous and endless War on Terror. It paid off when a ragtag coalition of local extremists sympathetic to but largely separate from the Courts emerged to lash out in revenge. Al-Shabaab proved to be the perfect boogeyman and the perfect excuse for the US to greenlight a brutal neocolonial Ethiopian intervention in 2007 that crushed the Courts and empowered the terrorists they supposedly came to confront.  

Since then, Somalia has become a drone strike killing field littered with disposable black bodies. While anarchists rightly observe local victims of American white supremacy like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Freddie Gray as martyrs of the police state, why don't we afford the same respect to their brothers and sisters back in Africa? On April 6, just 49 days before the lynching of George Floyd, Abdl Osman Keerow, Goorar Maday, and a 70 year old woman named Xuailyo Muure Marow were slain by three American missiles in a densely populated neighborhood of Jilib. Just over two months after Floyd, on July 29th, three children, 8 year old Abukar Ahmad, 12 year old Abdisamad Hussein, and 13 year old Abdullah Mohamad were slaughtered the same way in the same city by the same government that was firing live rounds into Blacks and anarchists and Black Anarchists at the same damn time in cities across America. My question, is where were their signs? Where was their graffiti? Where are the hashtags claiming their names and their black bodies as part of the same damn struggle?

I may not be Black but I am an anarchist, and those names and the courage of the Islamic Courts Union are part of my struggle to break free from the same imperial masters we share. I hope that someday those Black lives matter too, because they matter to me.

Peace, Love, Empathy, & Solidarity- Nicky/CH

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