Paul Cudenec

Paul Cudenec
Mon, 23 May 2022 10:33:52 +0000

A triple revolution in defence of life

One massive positive has emerged from the brutal attack on our freedom and happiness launched under cover of the Covid "crisis".

The complete collapse of the "left" (including large parts of its deeply-degraded anarchist wing) led to an ideological vacuum on the side of the resistance to the so-called Great Reset.

This vacuum has not been filled by the far right, as I suspect those in power would have preferred, but by a new phenomenon which has not yet acquired its own name.

Its particular strength and potential comes from the way in which it has reintroduced both a sense of the spiritual and a feeling for nature into the realm of political radicalism from which they had long since been banished.

I have been vastly encouraged to come across, both in the written word and in real life, increasing numbers of voices speaking from this inspirational philosophical place.

The latest example of this 2020s neo-revolutionary Zeitgeist to fall into my hands is a short book by philosopher and science-fiction writer Léafar Izen, which parallels in many ways my own 2022 book The Withway.

Written in Chile and published in France, it is entitled La Révolte du Ressentant, which translates as The Revolt of… Well, of what exactly? The word means "feeling" but that doesn't seem like quite the right translation here.

Happily, the author sets out the precise meaning of his term, describing ressentant as the "capacity to feel that something exists, even if this feeling is not accompanied by any complex thought, even by the idea that there is such a thing as a 'me', a world or time… Ressentant is the sensation of being in its stripped-down, essential, fundamental state". (1)

The key point here is that ressentant (might we say "awareness" in English?) is not at all the same as the "I think therefore I am" type of human individual consciousness as presented by René Descartes.

Fundamental ressentant is instead "an indivisible whole, a common base for all manifestation" (2) with a "mysterious and thus sacred nature". (3)

This vital sense of presence is shared by all those who belong to this living universe; even, Izen says, by a humble earthworm.

"With the few hundred neurones with which nature has provided it, everything that it feels – the taste of the earth, the surrounding humidity, vibrations in the ground, its own digestive system – probably forms part of one and the same experience of being.

"The ingredients which make up this cocktail of ressentant might certainly appear rudimentary, but can we neverthless be sure that the earthworm is excluded from ressentant or even that it feels existence in a less intense way?" (4)

The outlook being expressed here is clearly what is sometimes called pantheism, but which, in the absence of any mention of God, might better be termed 'panenhenism', or 'all-in-one-ism'. (5)

Izen notes: "There is nothing new about this idea of fundamental ressentant; it is as old as the world". (6)

Quoting organic radical thinkers Mohandas Gandhi and Carl Jung in his book, Izen shares my own view that there is enormous potential in basing a contemporary political philosophy on this age-old metaphysical gnosis.

This ancient wisdom represents a crucial antidote to the blinkered techno-scientific mindset which dominates the modern world.

At least as close-minded as the religious dogma from which it claims to have freed us, ultra-materialism is the root of all the ills of our world, such as productivism, economic growth and consumerism, says Izen

It is now trying to steer us into a world of transhumanism "which could lead to the obsolesence of part of humankind". (7)

"This ultra-materialist tendency, which denies the sacred nature of ressentant, is creating an unprecedented danger, that of regarding the human species as a herd of cattle whose profitability has to be maximised and whose weak links should gradually be replaced by machines". (8)

Countering this ultra-materialist thinking with the idea of ressentant is therefore not just some kind of philosophical game, he insists, but "the sinews of a war in which what is at stake is nothing less than Life and its possible annihilation". (9)

A "profound evil" is "gnawing away" (10) at our societies more than ever, writes Izen and he warns of the grave consequences of forgetting "the sacred character that ressentant gives to Life" (11) as well as our duties to each other as part of that shared Whole.

"Progressively, in the narratives which knit human societies together, the sacred disappears from the world, allowing homo sapiens to pass off as the necessary march of progress, practices which, without this withdrawal of the sacred, would be considered sacrilege". (12)

The shadow of Covid inevitably looms over the pages of his book and he addresses in particular the disabling effect of the fear of death on individuals who have forgotten that they are part of something much bigger.

For those who feel their belonging to the Whole, death is no longer blackness and oblivion but "a transformation of the ressentant", he says, comparing our individual lives to ocean waves which eventually break on the beach "without the ocean of ressentant losing a single drop". (13)

These last years have revealed "to what point the fear of death is an instrument of absolute governance", (14) observes Izen.

"Is it not fear that prevents us from living fully, from finding joy in the moment, from being free, from loving, from revolting? No power over us is possible without a certain dose of fear". (15)

"Who would have believed that democratic societies would have accepted without discussion such suspensions of liberties and measures of such incoherence? Who would have believed that a democratic government would ever ban, without discussion, an act as simple as visiting friends or family or buying a book in a bookshop? But we are prepared to surrender this freedom, and numerous activities that were the salt of our lives, rather than confront the risk of death". (16)

In the face of this tyranny, he calls for a "triple revolution" which must be personal, local and global.

On the personal level, we all need to rediscover the sense of universal ressentant (universal withness in my terminology), which can empower us to take on and defeat the robotic forces of dehumanising darkness

"You have to have at least the intutition of something superior to your own existence in order to risk your life", (17) stresses Izen.

"We have a deep need for this banner of ressentant to lead the struggle on the other fronts. That is what can give us the strength and courage to lift up our heads and take back control of our lives by acting, locally and globally.

"For closeness to this fundamental ressentant gives us the courage to act for a certain idea of Humanity and for Life". (18)

On the local level we need to recreate the social connections which have been "destroyed by decades of individualism, by the virtualisation of exchange and more recently by successive lockdowns". (19)

By rediscovering the savoir-faire once possessed by our predecessors, we can become independent of the system and learn to feed ourselves, look after each other and produce our own culture and leisure activities free of the manipulative control of power.

Izen writes: "In truth, this local revolution has already begun. Everywhere we are seeing the flowering of initiatives leading in this direction. All these initiatives give the lie to the defeatist notion that homo sapiens are fundamentally selfish creatures, condemned to destroy each other". (20)

On a wider scale he sees much potential for revolt against the system, particularly in France, whose Gilets Jaunes movement represented a serious popular challenge to the authorities.

"If the Covid crisis gave them a bit of respite, they are perfectly conscious of sitting on a powder keg and that's why they're tightening the screws". (21)

The revolution on the global scale will require a clean unilateral break from all the international infrastuctures of domination with which peoples everywhere have been enchained.

Writes Izen: "Numerous agreements and treaties have been signed in our name which do not correspond to the general interest and these render deep reform impossible. Only a situation of rupture can allow us to get rid of these contracts signed with our own blood but without our consent". (22)

"We have never seen a dominant class spontaneously give up its privileges, we have never seen a decaying system peacefully step aside. The revolutionary process is there to help them do so". (23)


1. Léafar Izen, La Révolte du Ressentant (Mézigue Editions, 2021), p. 33.
2. Izen, p. 113.
3. Izen, p. 50.
4. Izen, p. 34.
5. See Paul Cudenec, The Stifled Soul of Humankind (Sussex: Winter Oak, 2014), p. 104.
6. Izen, p. 102.
7. Izen, p. 10.
8. Izen, pp. 126-27.
9. Izen, p. 10.
10. Izen, p. 63.
11. Izen, p. 63.
12. Izen, p. 61.
13. Izen, p. 99.
14. Izen, p. 120.
15. Izen, p. 120.
16. Izen, pp. 120-21.
17. Izen, p. 121.
18. Izen, p. 136.
19. Izen, p. 136.
20. Izen, p. 138.
21. Izen, p. 143.
22. Izen, p. 143.
23. Izen, p. 144.

Paul Cudenec
Tue, 08 Mar 2022 12:14:22 +0000

Soul Families: our 21st century renaissance

These grim years of the attempted Great Reset are also a time of hope beyond hope.

In the ruins of crumbled certainties and deserted, discredited dogmas, we have the chance to regroup, to find each other, to together seek the light.

I write in the preface to my new book, The Withway, that we are going to have to be numerous, creative and determined in forging "a philosophy both ancient and new which can challenge and replace the deadthink of this toxic and moribund system". (1)

Having been greatly encouraged in this hope by the Manifeste Conspirationniste, I was further delighted to hear from the author of a new brochure which makes another inspiring contribution to our desperately-needed 21st century renaissance.

Mark the Mystic Activist describes his Soul Families as "a resource you might find useful if you're interested in co-creating a new culture that's decentralised, co-operative, conscious, and rooted in nature". (2)

He asks: "But how to make it real, without going to live in an eco-village, or an intentional community? Or another way to put this question might be 'how do we weave ourselves together? How do we weave a new social fabric?'.

"The Soul Families proposal is to form small, local 'tribes', Soul Families – tribes aligned with the culture we wish to co-create. And not just aligned at the practical, physical, creative level of permaculture, eco-construction, food production, alternative economics, and so on.

"I believe that, above all, we need to risk 'becoming family', and loving each other, and being-loved by each other – and learning to travel through The Great Mystery of Life in deep intimacy with each other, as we build our new culture". (3)

Mark does not shy away from the harsh reality of 2022 and the system's attack on human freedom, asking: "Might manufactured climate chaos, or manufactured war, or social chaos, be part of the plan to take full control?" (4)

Neither does he pretend that abandoning the toxic luxury of centralised industrial society would necessarily be easy for everyone.

But he declares: "I choose to gently surrender my dependencies, and find new comforts. I choose to simplify, and toughen-up a bit. And I choose to gently surrender my individualism and isolation, and come together with my brothers and sisters, in Tribe – in Soul Family. I choose to give and receive warmth and strength, and learn to Live Together in Oneness, and Become the Change, and live aligned and free". (5)

He explains that his Soul Families idea operates on three levels – "the universal or spiritual or existential level of our interconnectedness and belonging; the psychoemotional level of our individual and collective conditionings; and the material or physical level of our action in the world". (6)

The spiritual level involves the empowering and liberating awareness of our metaphysical and natural withness which our rulers have always tried to hide from us.

Mark writes: "We transfer our sense of belonging to The Whole, to Our Oneness, to being Human Creatures alongside so many other wonderful Creatures on this Earth; to recognising we ARE the Life Force that animates it all!" (7)

The practical level is rooted in the idea of being people "who know where we live", as the Manifeste Conspirationniste puts it. (8)

Insists Mark: "We can weave Deep Community where we already are, with those who are around us right now!" (9)

The idea is to build a Soul Family involving people who live in the same place, within walking distance, and to aim for around 12 adults, plus the children.

"I feel this small tribe size is crucial, because vulnerability is almost-always easier in a more intimate atmosphere, with familiar faces, where trust has grown", (10) he explains.

The key to the group ethos is a sense of authenticity, sourced necessarily from within each individual.

"No External Authority will ever order you to form or join a Soul Family! You are Your Own Authority. And in a Soul Family everyone remains their Own Authority. It's an absolute necessity! Because: otherwise how can there be authenticity? And without authenticity, how can there be real relationship, and intimacy, and tribe?" (11)

He adds: "This Vision implicit in Our Emergence is a vision of empowered local communities, not of Absolute Centralised Control; of people living embedded in nature, not in Smart Cities on lab food; of a culture with emotional intelligence, not brattish squabbling…" (12)

Mark explains that the idea of building a new civilisation may sound daunting and beyond our reach, but that, in fact, the project of weaving Soul Families together into autonomous local communities "WOULD BE the building of a new civilisation". (13)

I will leave you with a beautiful passage from the booklet, which is available to download for free here and also in Spanish here.

And here among The Marginalised,
beyond the margin, even – on a whole new page –
the Smart Cities far behind us –
we look at each other and realise
we have become Social Scribes –
to write something beautiful
for ourselves; for We Who Refuse to be Biodigitalised –
and for our children´s children.

  1. Paul Cudenec, The Withway (2022), p. iv.
  2. Mark the Mystic Activist, Soul Families (2022), p. 1.
  3. Soul Families, p. 4.
  4. Soul Families, p. 24.
  5. Soul Families, p. 28
  6. Soul Families, p. 4.
  7. Soul Families, p. 22.
  8. Manifeste conspirationniste (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 2022), p. 188.
  9. Soul Families, p. 17.
  10. Soul Families, p. 9.
  11. Soul Families, p. 12.
  12. Soul Families, p. 15.
  13. Soul Families, p. 24.
  14. Soul Families, p. 23.
Paul Cudenec
Mon, 21 Feb 2022 17:22:08 +0000

Resistance: rupture and rebirth

One of the most sickening aspects of the Covid scam has been the fanatical support for the operation from the entity that calls itself "the left".

I have been writing about this since April 2020 and there are various articles on the Winter Oak site seeking to discover exactly why "official" left/anarchist positions align so closely to those of the global corporate tyrants.

However, on the positive side, there have been rebel voices emerging from this desert of dissent and now, after two years of holding the line against all the gaslighting, they are starting to speak out more boldly.

They are distancing themselves from the whole concept of the left, now entirely useless, and asserting themselves as being something else, an opposition to the new fascism which necessariy transcends the old classifications.

Spurred on by the crumbling of the initial Covid narrative and the hateful and mendacious reaction of the bankrupt left to powerful popular uprisings, such as that in Canada, this process is fast accelerating.

The shell of the left, a stale ideological crust manufactured to limit rebellion rather than to empower it, is cracking open.

Out of it is emerging the dynamic vitality of revolt which has been repressed for far too long, a raw liberating energy which knows and feels what it is, even though, newly reborn, it is too young to have yet given itself a label.

Here are a few examples of what I mean, followed by some concluding observations.

1. Left 'cover' for fascism

Leftists for Big Pharma hit the streets

The current moment of historical rupture and rebirth is powerfully described in a February 20 article by Alexandra Valiente, editor of the Internationalist 360° website, entitled 'The Freedom Convoy vs the Real Fascists'.

She writes: "What is absolutely clear today is that the real fascists are those that were either silent while atrocities were being committed or who called for crackdowns, going as far as to provide 'left cover' for media and government crimes while the rights of workers and Canadian citizens were utterly violated by the Trudeau dictatorship.

"These fraudulent, despicable 'leftists' have committed egregious crimes and betrayed humanity. They now have neither respect nor credibility among the revolutionary left community. They are pariah.

"For too long these neoliberal infiltrators have hidden in our midst, as they assumed roles of leadership, appointed themselves as 'spokespersons', managed and controlled our assemblies and forums, took over our media spaces, marginalized our living revolutionaries, while simultaneously destroying our movements from within, dividing us into factions, weakening our ability to effectively resist empire.

"These traitorous counter-revolutionaries disgrace the great names they continually invoke and hide behind.

"On the one hand, the revolutionary left must define itself, separate itself from the corrupted 'left', and stand as a stronger revolutionary force with the people in all fields of struggle against tyranny and oppression.

"On the other hand, beyond the left-right paradigm, if we are to defeat the global enslavement and genocide agenda, we must unite on the basis of our common humanity. Anything arbitrary that divides us is no longer relevant".

2. Anarchists breaking ranks

Spats are breaking out between anarchist groups across the world over the failure of so many to support freedom protests.

The Montreal-based Liberté Ouvrière, self-declared anarcho-syndicalists, took a very hostile line to the Ottawa protest, apparently from a left-wing stance but in fact sourcing much of their "information" from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, whose own website acknowledges that it is "funded by the Government of Canada"!

The LO site, needless to say, applauded the tiny counter-protests to the Canadian uprising, which echoed the Trudeau/WEF line that rebels are "Nazis" and that there is nothing dangerous about the vaccines.

They get very angry with the kind of comrades who instinctively identify with the working class against state oppression and who "don't wait for Canadian anarchists [ie: them] to tell them what to think about it"!

The anarcho-authoritarians of LO give a particularly harsh ticking-off to the Confederation of revolutionary anarcho-syndicalists (CRAS), the Russian Section of International Workers Association.

These naughty disobedient anarchists "decided to align themselves with the conspirationist NEVERMORE Canadian journal narrative. CRAS has indeed published an opened [sic] letter to Trudeau written by Margaret Anna Alice published on NEVERMORE journal website.

"In this letter, the author supports the truckers and talks of the Great Reset, a conspiracy theory embraced wholly by the NEVERMORE journal", complain LO.

They are also outraged that Nevermore dared publish a Winter Oak article criticising pro-vaccine Ottawa "anarchist" group 'Punch Up', also featured on the CRAS site.

This, they fume, "confirms their adherence to conspiracy theory of the Great Reset".

All this didn't go down too well with the Russian anarchists, who rightly condemned LO not only for slandering them, but for "their refusal to support the transport workers' struggle against 'sanitary' despotism".

3. Boiling hatred of resistance

"It's time now for the rest of us to recognize that this 'left' is itself the enemy it used to warn against — a 'left' that hates the working class, and wants to see its independence smashed, its peaceful protests halted everywhere".

So writes Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media, culture and communication at New York University in a February 18 article.

He says that in Australia, the United States and Canada the "left" is on the other side to that of the people — "they're all one in their boiling hatred of that mass resistance, and in fanatical support of the state/corporate juggernaut coercing universal 'vaccination'."

Ironically, the left has finally overcome its fatal splintering tendency and found that elusive across-the-board solidarity "by squaring off against the working class — and so against the rest of us as well", says Crispin Miller.

"This 'left' wants to see the working class throughout the West controlled as tightly as it is in China, where there are no strikes or labor unions, guns are not allowed, everyone is always under absolute surveillance, and dissidence is likely to be punished with financial strangulation, as Justin Trudeau is now trying to starve the truckers into silence, in collusion with GoFundMe and the banks— fascist combination that this fascist 'left' applauds, to its eternal shame.

"So let's agree that this 'left' has to go, along with all the predatory players that it now serves with such unprecedented unity and livid zeal. And as we call it out for what it really is, let's also stop dividing We the People into 'left' and 'right', because those terms are finally meaningless in this apocalyptic fight, in which you're either on the side of right, or in the wrong".

4. Abject betrayal of the working class

A fierce condemnation of the role of the Covid left in enabling the Great Fascist Reset was published on February 17 by Red Fire, the publication of the Workers League, a Marxist organisation in Australia.

It says: "Despite the largest political movement in modern history consistently mobilising against government repression which is a clear move to replace liberal democracy with fascism, the Covid left (formerly the lockdown left) have instead decided to double and triple down on their abject betrayal of the working class".

Not only has this left sided with the New Normal dictatorship, says Red Fire, but through "wild slander" it has helped construct a "fantastic straw man", smearing "millions of working and oppressed people as 'far-right' or 'fascist' for mobilising against Covid fascism".

It has, essentially, sought to inverse the truth about what is happening, depicting oppressors as saviours and rebels as oppressors.

The article details how the Covid left includes not just Trotskyist groups but also Marxist-Leninist communist parties, remarking: "It is difficult to believe that all members of these parties do not at least question the marked propensity of their respective leaderships to kneel before Big Media, Big Pharma, Big Tech – the uber elite".

It adds: "The working-class feel they have been betrayed by all governments, all sides of politics, almost all parties – and in this they are not far wrong".

5. A communiqué from the Schism

Following the publication of the Manifeste Conspirationniste, to howls of rage from the sold-out left, the Invisible Committee in France have issued a scathing February 2O22 communiqué on the tellingly-entitled Schisme website.

This declares: "Those who, since at least the Gilets Jaunes, have seen all their certainties invalidated, prefer to tell themselves that it is not they who are confused, but the revolts themselves.

"The 'fascism' they see everywhere is that which, deep down, they welcome, because it would prove them right, morally if not intellectually.

"They would then have some chance of at last becoming the heroic victims which they dream of being".

The communiqué says it will leave to the "imperial left" its belief that revolution could ever be pure or that counter-revolutions can be defeated by "moralising excommunications, political prophylaxis and cultural snobbery".

It describes this left, with its hygienically-safe spaces and its ideological distancing, as clinging desperately to "what it thinks is its accumulated political capital".

But it has condemned itself to watch its rhetoric "asymptomatically" merge with that of the ruling clique.

The communiqué concludes: "For our part, we prefer, by far, to hit out, take some knocks and then hit back. We prefer to act. We will never surrender".

6. Choose your side

It is at the moment of greatest darkness that the light of hope is reborn.

The exposure of the falsity of the fake left "opposition" provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to re-imagine our resistance from scratch.

We will have nothing more to do with a "movement" which is, beyond any shadow of doubt now, riddled with the putrid corruption of decades-long state and corporate infiltration, funding and manipulation.

Our resistance will be completely against this system and all its thinking and infrastructure.

It will not be based on opposing the ruling entity as it was in the 19th or 20th centuries, but as it is now, in the 21st century.

It must focus on combating the digital slavery of the Fourth Industrial Repression which is being constructed under our noses, along with the global land grabs being planned under the false flag of "conservation".

It will fight for real human beings, with real lives, real bodies, living in real places, in real communities, with real dreams of a healthy and natural future for future generations.

This new resistance must never fall for the tricks and lies of the system, which dresses up the relentless march of its life-crushing Machine as "progressive", its total domination as "inclusive", its rampant industrialism as "sustainable", its techno-fascist coup as a "transition" bringing "social change".

It must reject out of hand the divisive corporate-manufactured identity politics which reduce human lives to investment products for "impact" parasites, all under the rainbow banner of "intersectionality" and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

An authentic resistance belongs to the people and does not impose its views on anyone – instead, it listens, asks, converses, seeks exchange and consensus. There must be no more "cancel culture", taboos and smears.

Unlike the current fake left, our new resistance has no trouble in seeing that the current status quo is not some random collision of social relationships but a system which has been deliberately constructed, maintained and expanded by a real and identifiable global mafia – the enemy of the people.

The starkness of what we are confronting is becoming clearer by the day, as the enemy deploys its violence against us.

Investigative journalist Cory Morningstar was part of the supposedly "right-wing" Ottawa protest, despite being, in her own words, "as far left as you can get".

She warned in a February 19 interview from the Canadian capital: "Everything that the media says is a lie. The whole left-right thing – just f*cking forget it! This is class war. This is a complete descent into global fascism… You have to take a side!"

Said the UK's Architects for Social Housing on February 20: "Left and right don't exist. If you're on the side of the paramilitaries attacking protesters, you're on the side of the fascists enforcing the global biosecurity state. If you're on the side of the people opposing them, you're on the side of freedom. Choose".

And C.J. Hopkins agreed in a February 20 article: "There are only two sides … fascism or freedom".

Unlike the craven and collaborating synthetic left, our resistance will know full well which side it is on.

Paul Cudenec
Thu, 17 Feb 2022 09:43:37 +0000

Our insurrection will be impure!

A powerful and inspiring book calling for resistance to the Great Reset and its world is making waves in France.

What is perhaps surprising is that it has been published by Seuil, one of the big Parisian publishing houses.

What is less surprising is that Manifeste conspirationniste has come under attack from all the usual pro-system sources, not least on the left.

Although this anonymous work evidently comes from the Invisible Committee, of Tarnac fame, who are usually labelled "ultra-left", these critics are seeking to smear it with the "far right" association which has today become so predictable as to be laughable.

Imagining a new opposition to this system, which entirely transcends existing classifications, is apparently beyond the range of their mental powers – or in contradiction to their underlying political aims.

Manifeste conspirationniste pulls no punches in more than 300 pages of analysis and condemnation of the Covid scam and of the abject historical failure of the left at the hour of our greatest need.

It declares: "Since March 2020, in every place and every language, the same feeling has been expressed of having entered into a dystopia from which we can no longer manage to escape.

"Some are trying to get used to this insane 'New Normal'. They hope that if they don't resist, they will suffer less.

"Others are trying to find the exit doors which the authorities are taking pains to close, step by step, on their fingers". (1)

The last two years have been been a real trial, it says, for anyone who is sensitive, and in particular sensitive to logic.

"Everything seems to have been done to drive us mad". (2)

We have been enduring a psychological "bombardment", which has never stopped. (3)

"This is without doubt the first deadly epidemic which you need to persuade people is real". (4)

The wordwide vaccination campaign "corresponds to no medical rationality", the Manifeste points out. "The main 'vaccines' are more dangerous than the virus for most people and don't immunise you against the illness itself. They even lead to the emergence of more virulent variants". (5)

As for the "pass sanitaire", whose introduction in July 2021 sparked a massive wave of revolt in France, this had nothing to do with health.

"It is a policing pass allowing them to sort out the docile members of the population from the rebels and to eventually usher in volontary digital tracking.

"It is a behavioural pass thanks to which they can force us to do whatever they like by threatening to withdraw it.

"It is a financial pass aiming to take a big step towards the digital personal identity without which all the data generated by electronic interactions, by all the sensors and connected objects with which 5G promises to saturate our everyday lives, are unsupported and therefore almost worthless.

"The market for connected objects represents a bounty of 1,500 billion euros between now and 2025. In this sense, the aim of vaccination is indeed the pass, and not the other way round". (6)

The Manifeste muses on the sheer irrationality of the measures that have been imposed on us and the "foot in the door" psychological manipulation based on the knowledge that the kind of people prepared to wear masks outdoors would be prepared to swallow much more later on. (7)

"What claims to be the scientific handling of 'the most terrible pandemic since the Spanish flu of 1918', could also be described as subjecting citizens of entire societies to techniques of mental manipulation commonly attributed to 'sects'. (8)

Subjects are methodically isolated, systematically cut off from other people, from the outside world, from the routines on which they base their lives and, at the same time, are told that there is an enormous source of Evil threatening them, sometimes taking the form of "traitors" and "dissidents".

"This is certainly the most colossal attack we have ever seen on our joie de vivre", (9) says the book, comenting that the "owners of this society" have assailed us with a mixture of all the psychological techiques developed since the Second World War.

It recommends reading the CIA's interrogation manual to understand the close similarities between what we have been experiencing and the methods used to break prisoners' resistance and make them co-operate. (10)

"Who could say that, for two years now, we have not been systematically subjected to a succession of stimuli aiming to generate a state of docile regression, to a methodical shrinking of our world, to contradictory commands designed to make us suggestible?" (11)

The "biopolitics" fuelling all of this logically results in a "permanent stage of emergency" (12) which amounts to "dictatorship". (13)

"The notion of health propagated by biopolitics corresponds, in truth, to the very definition of sickness. This certainty that life on earth is impossible outside of the Machine". (14)

The threat with which we are faced is not a virus at all, but the "technological acceleration" of the transhumanist project. (15)

The book is admirably direct about what is at stake here: "Those who have every interest in shutting us up in their world and closing off all the exits are, concretely, our enemies". (16)

And it even names some of them: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Emmanuel Macron, the Rockefeller Foundation, DARPA, Bolloré, Cargill, the European Commission, the WHO, Goldman Sachs, Louis Dreyfus, Bayer-Monsanto and the pharmaceutical industry in general. (17)

David Rockefeller

The Rockerfeller Foundation comes under particular scrutiny, as having started the whole war against traditional medicine and being behind the modern medical industry. (18)

"The first 'public health' campaign in France, against TB in 1917, was a Rockefeller project. What is less said is that, throughout the 20th century, 'modern medicine' never stopped meaning 'American medicine' and that the American medicine of the century was structured by the Rockefeller Foundation". (19)

Adds the Manifeste: "The Rockefeller Foundation is not only the ignored-but-undeniable ancestor of Big Pharma. Its programme is more vast in other ways… it is total". (20)

"What robber-barons like Rockefeller have realised is that if they want to preserve their economic power they are going to have extend their control to society as a whole". (21)

With their background in eugenics, (22) the Rockefellers clearly have no love for the little people from whom they have long profited, but who have an annoying tendency to get in their way of their plans.

The Manifeste says of the ruling criminals in general: "Their resentment of the poor is boundless. The very fact that the poor carry on living, getting together and even feasting is enough to ruin the pleasure of world ownership". (23)

But, of course, they don't say as much when the little people are listening.

Instead, they pretend to be "philanthropists", billionaires who care and whose lives are dedicated to helping those less privileged than themselves.

"They host numerous 'data for good' projects, 'tech for good' summits. They want us to think they are there 'to do good' and 'for good', these wretches. If this was really so, they wouldn't have to announce it – we'd all know about it". (24)

This hyopcrisy takes on a political hue, when the corporate slavemasters embrace all the rainbow colours of woke dogma.

With their ideal of security, their explicit calls for censorship and their congential technophilia, identity politics sing very much from the same hymn sheet as the general Great Reset chorus, says the book, noting that "the NGOs promoting this biopolitics are largely financed by the big US foundations". (25)

The Manifeste takes a very critical view of the left which, it observes, seemed to disappear from the face of the earth in March 2020.

"Those who had accompanied decades of defeats with much wailing against the existing order, suddenly stepped back into the ranks, at the precise moment when what was needed was the courage to step forward". (26)

The origins of the problem are sourced back to the left's links to the 19th century positivist movement founded by Auguste Comte and its slogan of "order and progress". (27)

"Everyones know people of the left – cultivated, progressive, cool, friendly, critical-minded – who, over the last two years, have aspired to nothing but deadlier restrictions on our freedom, while all the time talking only about 'solidarity', 'altruism' and 'social inequalities'.

"Progressivism is essentially reactionary. It has always aimed to maintain order… The intellectuals' socialism amounts to the same thing as the rulers' conservatism. All this has never been so blatant as at present". (28)

The left is now being exposed for what it is, says the Manifeste: "irrational by means of rationalism, obscurantist by means of scientism, insensitive by means of sensivity, morbid through hygienism, hateful through philanthropy, counter-revolutionary through progressivism, stupid for having thought itself cultivated and evil by dint of wanting to belong to the Good side". (29)

The fact that it is now very clearly on the wrong side of history, that is to say on the side of the venal ruling class, is well illustrated by the way the left has been so eager to unleash the system's "conspiracy theorist" smear against dissidents. (30)

In addressing this key issue, obviously central to its theme, the Manifeste Conspirationniste lays down some basic truth.

"If there are conspiracy theorists, it is simply because there are conspiracies", it says. (31)

"There is a designer behind each and every innocent object we use, behind each detail of the urinal where we relieve ourselves, behind every single light in every shop display we approach.

"There is even one behind the newspeak terms which we pick up and are there to make us swallow some latest scam". (32)

"What they have been rolling out under our eyes and into our lives over the last two years has every characteristic of a plan. This is confirmed by the otherwise inexplicable ferocity of the attacks against those who, without referring to this plan, have wanted to get involved with cures for Covid-19, or against those who have dared to highlight the gulf between show and reality". (33)

Anyone with any sense is now a conspiracy theorist, says the book. Two years has left us plenty of time in which to get informed and sort out reality from falsehood. (34)

As such, we represent a great cause of worry both for the system and for those still asleep, who repeat smears and idiotic clichés regarding what the book describes as "our metamorphosis". (35)

"Our crime, in truth, is to try to understand the world in which live and to have the gall to do so on our own terms, by our own means and, unforgivably, on our own basis". (36)

The accusation of conspiracy theory serves to protect the barefaced lie

Manifeste Conspirationniste

The smears rolled out against "conspiracy theorists" are an attempt to place the system beyond all criticism, to create a smokescreen for future operations. "The acccusation of conspiracy theory serves to protect the barefaced lie". (37)

"Anti-conspiracy rhetoric is used, by the owners of this world, to grant themselves a monopoly of the right to conspire". (38)

The more the ruling clique feel threatened, the more they ramp up the rhetoric. But it is the same tired old rhetoric that we all have heard so many times before.

The book points out that the "anti-semitism" smear currently being used against dissidents was also used against the Nuit Debout and Gilets Jaunes movements in France. (39) In the UK, former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was the perceived threat targeted in the same way.

Censorship and absurd defamation go hand in hand. Web content which threatens the narrative is discretely made to disappear.

"Henceforth, it seems that a total nobody can threaten public security. You have never needed to do so little in order to become a quasi-terrorist". (40)

An important element in the book is the historical context which it provides for the Covid coup.

It reminds us that no sooner had the Cold War against the Soviet block ended, than, between 1998 and 2001, a vibrant anti-globalisation movement hit the streets aross the world.

This only came to an end with 9/11 and the so-called War on Terror.

"For the rulers, their fear of the people has always outweighed that of the foreigner, the fear of the enemy within that of the enemy without. The struggle declared against one, serves primarily as an alibi for an effective struggle against the other". (41)

Moving forward to 2019, the Manifeste recalls the riots in Hong Kong and revolts in Lebanon, Catalonia, Chile, Iraq and Colombia – as well as the ongoing Gilets Jaunes rebellion in France (cited as a cause for concern by the WEF's Klaus Schwab in his book on the Great Reset).

It argues that for the rulers of the world in the autumn of 2019, it was "time to blow the whistle for the end of playtime". (42) "They had to try something. They had to regain the upper hand, whatever the cost". (43)

"This is why such a ferocious preventative counter-revolution is in full swing, under the pretext of handling an epidemic. The innocents will always find this hard to believe". (44)

Despite widespread naivity in the face of "this world of professional liars" (45) we are now witnessing an "epidemic of disbelief". (46)

There has, says the Manifeste, been a period of great confusion since March 2O2O. "But it is the sort of confusion which immediately precedes illumination. For those who allow themselves to see, the last two years have produced great clarity". (47)

We dissidents, we conspirationnistes, are driving the rulers mad, says the book. We refuse to be distracted or terrified. We inform ourselves. We discuss. We read. We think. Worse still, we share what we believe we have understood.

"And, above all, we, for our part, know where we live". (48)

I was very interested in this last line, as it chimes in perfectly with the theme of my new book The Withway. Knowing where we live is to enjoy a relationship to place which is regarded as a threat by a power which wants us helpless and lost in our real existence, totally dependent on the virtual grid of its remote control.

This encouraging impression was confirmed by several other passages in the book:

* "We are up against the outcome of an entire civilization. The anthropological and planetary devastation which is now being exposed everywhere is the culmination of a process which perhaps started with the birth of civilization, nay with our separation from 'nature'". (49)

* "Each time that they do away with that which connects a being with the world and with others, we are looking at an attempt at annihilation". (50)

* "The fabric of relationships which creates our own power and our involvement in the world itself designates a place. We are this moving and inobjectible place. And this cannot be abstracted, modelled, spatialized, equated and then managed from afar – it is a place. If the cosmocrats really want to be everything, everywhere and take over everything; they will be nothing, nowhere". (51)

* "There is a convention that we distinguish between different forms of participation, between our relationship to others, our relationship to the world, our relationship to ourself. It is an analytical convention. Presence to oneself, presence to others and presence to the world bear the same signature. We take something from that to which we clearly relate, but we even take something from the universe as a whole. Every microsecond, particles from the end of the universe bombard us, not least the light of the stars". (52)

* "Living is not being an autogenous organic centre, nor a will to force or an organising force – it is participating in that which surrounds us. It is being in a state of cosmic participation". (53)

Uprooted, isolated, enfeebled, they offer less resistance

Manifeste Conspirationniste

As I make clear in The Withway, the empahsis on withness on every level is in direct contradiction to the dehumanising, disempowering industrial politics shared by all those currently lined up on the other side of the barricades in our epic struggle for freedom.

In the words of the Manifeste, the biopolitics embraced by the left involves the use of "ways of depressing us, weakening us, killing us – by turning us away from our relationship with the world which nourishes us, enhances us, makes us shine, brings us alive in making us part of everything which lives". (54)

The left's language is a deceptive one, masking a dark agenda, explains the book. Its "social question" sounds positive to our ears, "loaded as it is with so many good intentions across 200 years by so many reformers and revolutionaries who have stupidly climbed aboard, is a ploy". (55)

But the aim is to turn authentic and connected people (withfolk in my own terminology) into "extraterrestials" who can be moved around at will to suit the aims of the ruling mafia, with their territory plundered and poisoned.

The dispossessed, with no land to feed them, can easily be herded into factories, for the profit of the overlords.

"Thus uprooted, isolated, enfeebled, they offer less resistance to being treated as vague matter, with no specific qualities or character, a sort of clay to be modelled by the state's engineers". (56)

Those who feel that any talk of rootedness, of attachment to place and cultural belonging, is dangerous territory, perhaps the start of a slippery slope towards nationalism or racism, have fallen into the trap set by the system via "left-wing" thinking.

Adds the Manifeste: "For 200 years now, the social question has rendered this invaluable service; silencing with all its moral authority those who live somewhere, in a certain way and who care about that. It is a machine of devasation which has moreover perfectly succeeded and which is still used more than ever to bulldoze our lives". (57)

"Those who destroy under the guise of improving seem terrified by the idea that we can relate to life on the basis of our own self, on the basis of where we are, on the basis of our involvement in the world. They have to use every means possible to abstract us from what we are, from what we know, from what we feel". (58)

"We will only get beyond the social question by setting out a new geography, inseparably physical and spiritual". (59)

There is an urgent need to break once and for all with this left, to leave it behind us and think differently.

I do not mean, of course, that we have to reject the points of view usually associated with the left with which we agree. But we need to shake off the left as an entrenched dogma restricting the depth of our understanding and our resistance, as an ideological cult which we can now see has been manufactured by the ruling mafia specifically to protect their power.

The Manifeste is very much a call to arms, a call for genuine dissidents to regroup on a new basis to take on the intensified tyranny being inflicted on us.

To do this, it says, we need to take up the conspiracy theme in a different way and "reappropriate the art of conspiring". (60)

"The 'good' side of the Gilets Jaunes was the open occupation of roundabouts during the day and the discrete disabling of speed cameras during the night.

"The only notorious historical limit to conspiratorial activity is that it is vulnerable to infiltration. In the face of this, the remedy is the multiplication of conspiracies, so that they are so numerous and so varied and so widespread that none in particular is so central that its sinking will bring down everyone else with it". (61)

The Manifeste says this conspiracy of resistance arises not from a heresy but from a schism. (62)

Nothing can be done, it says, for those who persist in projecting good intentions onto their masters, for fear of toppling the flimsy house of lies that is their own social existence. (63)

Nothing can be done for those who submissively accept total control as a condition for "getting their freedom back". (64)

Its interest lies rather in the new spirit of rebellion which has seen the use of forged documents in France rise to a level last reached in 1944 under German occupation.

But while many worthy citizens have discovered within themselves the soul of a wartime resistance fighter, many others have revealed themselves to be modern-day collaborators. (65)

Hence the schism and the need to unite with others on the same side of the newly-evident faultline.

Ruling classes have always used the technique of divide and rule to keep us fighting amongst ourselves, rather than against them.

This is very much the case today, when so many so-called radicals are scared to resist alongside others who do not have exactly the required background or the "correct" opinions on everything.

The Manifeste makes an entirely legitimate analogy with the moment 80 years ago at which France was last faced with a danger of this magnitude.

"If, at the beginning of the Resistance, we had been stuck with asking who's a catholic and who's a protestant, who's a communist and who's an anarchist, who's French and who's Armenian, who's a republican and who's a monarchist, who's a worker and who's an academic, we would never had dared do anything". (66)

The beauty of an impure insurrection was famously invoked by graffiti in Paris at the start of the Gilets Jaunes uprising in 2018 and the book adds: "The preaching of purity has always been the signature of the corrupt". (67)

"The joy of conspiring is that of the encounter, of discovering brothers and sisters even in the last place we would have expected". (68)

Vengeance for the last two gruelling years is the aim of this new conspiracy of unlikely allies.

"We want to get our own back. Get our own back for the last two years of psychological torture. For having had our arms twisted to get vaccinated. For the dead we could not bury. For friends lost, messed up or on anti-depressants. For the growing desert. For the forced silence. For the monstrous lies we have been made to swallow. For the insults to logic. For the scars on our sensivity. For the old, abandoned without warning, and the children, maltreated for no reason". (69)

And against whom will our historical vengeance be enacted?

"We know who they are. We have been watching them at work for thousands of years. We are the accumulated knowledge of the generations, possibly of the entire species". (70)

"The cosmocrats are now claiming to have all the solutions for the problems they created. But we know that they are the problem. We have no objection to make to the 'Business for Nature' coalition, to the global 'Green New Deal' or to the 'Great Reset'. There will be no debate with them… We have to simply get rid of them. It's not a question of a transition, but of their extinction". (71)

The Manifeste concludes by offering a picture of the way ahead for the impure resistance which features "method, tenacity and prudence", "trusted allies", "daring attacks against logical targets" and "the certainty that we are the life which will, at last, be victorious". (72)


All quotations are my own DIY translations from Manifeste conspirationniste (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 2022) and the page numbers refer to the pdf version.

  1. p. 51.
  2. p. 11.
  3. p. 14.
  4. p. 8.
  5. p. 144.
  6. p. 68.
  7. pp. 144-45.
  8. p. 153.
  9. p. 145.
  10. p. 145.
  11. p. 149.
  12. p. 216.
  13. p. 217.
  14. p. 232.
  15. p. 9.
  16. p. 25.
  17. p. 225.
  18. p. 247.
  19. pp. 248-49.
  20. p. 253.
  21. p. 250.
  22. p. 255.
  23. p. 20.
  24. p. 20.
  25. p. 222.
  26. p. 44.
  27. p. 258.
  28. p. 275.
  29. p. 39.
  30. p. 40.
  31. p. 36.
  32. p. 173.
  33. p. 58.
  34. p. 8.
  35. p. 87.
  36. p. 88.
  37. p. 33.
  38. p. 37.
  39. p. 225.
  40. p. 89.
  41. pp. 60-61.
  42. p. 79.
  43. p. 83.
  44. p. 48.
  45. p. 158.
  46. p. 158.
  47. p. 26.
  48. p. 188.
  49. p. 305.
  50. p. 230.
  51. pp 281-82.
  52. p. 284.
  53. p. 284.
  54. p. 231.
  55. p. 280.
  56. pp. 280-81.
  57. p. 281.
  58. p. 281.
  59. p. 282.
  60. p. 308.
  61. p. 310.
  62. p. 31.
  63. p. 27.
  64. p. 28.
  65. p. 296.
  66. p. 312.
  67. p. 311.
  68. p. 311.
  69. p. 303.
  70. p. 304.
  71. p. 304.
  72. p. 313.
Paul Cudenec
Mon, 07 Feb 2022 17:37:15 +0000

The Withway

I have a new book out! The Withway is available as a free pdf, or to buy, via the Winter Oak site, which also describes the contents. In the meantime, here is the preface.

It has become a commonplace observation over the last couple of years, amongst dissidents thrown together in an epoch-defining struggle for freedom, that the left-right divide has no more meaning.

Perhaps this has always been the case, given the evident absurdity of trying to squeeze the whole glorious complexity of political and philosophical thought into a one-size-fits-all linear model. But at least the labels "left" and "right" provided, until recently, a rough idea of somebody's position regarding certain key social issues.

Now, however, even that approximate guide does not work. On the so-called "left", people who theoretically oppose both big business and the state are suddenly enthusiastic admirers of a toxic combination of the two, with their commitment to "fundamental human rights" replaced overnight with the conviction that it is "selfish" for individuals to resist the arbitrary dictates of power.

On the so-called "right", those who have claimed to be trying to preserve a certain familiar way of life, guarantee a certain sense of order, have stood back and applauded as the society they always claimed to protect is subjected to controlled demolition and long-vaunted democratic values are abolished in favour of the kind of ruthless martial law that was supposed to be impossible in their "free world".

The separation today, between those who support the system's narrative and those who challenge it, simply does not follow the left-right divide. Another way of seeing the current situation is in terms of people versus power, as below versus above. While this is true as a kind of shorthand, which I have myself often used, it does not provide us with the whole picture of what we are facing.

The Withway is an attempt to identify the deeper issues at stake and point at a different way of seeing the civilizational choices with which we are being collectively presented.

It is not, as will be readily apparent, a political manifesto or a detailed programme for action. It is, rather, an exploration of ideas which is intended to act as a preliminary signpost, a rough sketch of the way in which many of us know intuitively we ought to be heading.

The primary direction in which we urgently need to move is, of course, away from the technocratic tyranny currently being imposed on us by force. In order to do so, we need to embrace and express the values which separate us from the cold "scientific" authoritarianism of the dominant cult.

In the pages that follow, I frame this in terms of re-establishing connections – social, natural and metaphysical – which have been stolen from us over a long period of time.

The overall perspective is holistic; not just in terms of seeing the whole picture, but in knowing that seeing the whole picture is important.

Within that overall reality, we could focus on the many fundamental differences between the way of being and thinking encouraged by the dominant system and the alternative which I happen to here term the Withway.

We could compare their power with our empowerment; their desire for control with our need for freedom; their lust for quantity with our quest for quality; their emphasis on price and profit with our commitment to value and fair exchange; their life-hating fetish for artificiality with our love for nature within and without; their twisted addiction to lies with our gut feeling for truth; their shallow, fragmented and subjective outlook with our profound and all-embracing organic vision; the ugliness of their world with the beauty of the archetype we hold in our hearts.

There is much work to be done in expanding, illustrating and joining together these themes, and many others, in a philosophy both ancient and new which can challenge and replace the deadthink of this toxic and moribund system.

I will try to play my small part in the months and years ahead, but if we are to have any real effect we are going to have to be numerous, creative and determined.

What name might we give this effort, what flag might we fly under on this ideological journey? I am not sure we can credibly give a label to a great movement of thought which is, in part, against the kind of mentality which always insists on labelling things!

But one will emerge, in due course, as it always does, and our task will be to ensure that the content of our thinking is sufficiently grounded, solid and authentic to stop that eventual label from being polluted, corrupted and turned against our intentions.

For this, depth of thinking is required; depth grown from eternal truths, rather than cobbled together from cheap slogans and passing fads.

In the ruins of this civilization, we need to plant a mighty tree of authentic wisdom that will watch over the health, freedom and future of humankind for many centuries to come.

Paul Cudenec
Tue, 21 Dec 2021 09:10:51 +0000

Activating the power of life

When an animal, such as a human being, finds itself confronted with a grave and immediate danger to its life, it reacts in a very particular way.

Understanding the severity of the situation, it releases in itself a reserve of defensive energy which it has held back for such an emergency – this, it knows, is the time to make use of its last-resort capacity.

I feel we have now reached that point with regard to the transhumanist technocratic tyranny being imposed on us under the so-called Great Reset.

We have all perhaps spent too much time discussing exactly what label we should apply to this malevolent force.

Its essence – that of a ruling minority with an insatiable lust for power and control, which it is able to gain by means of money – has until now usually been described as capitalism.

But it has now gone beyond that phase into hitherto-uncharted territory: old-fashioned capitalism was no more than the egg from which this monster hatched.

With its ruthless authoritarianism, its shameless use of the machineries of the state for private gain, its obsession with production, technology and a "scientific" remodelling of humankind, it looks a lot like 20th century fascism.

However, it is a 21st century phenomenon and goes so far in its worship of the machine, of artificiality in general, that it amounts to nothing less than a war on everything that is natural, organic, living – including us, our bodies, our children.

The time has therefore come, if we haven't already done so, to pour everything we have into defending ourselves against this vile abomination, whatever we choose to call it.

The first step is to see through its smokescreen of lies and distraction to grasp that the threat to our existence comes not from "the virus" but from the system using this as a device for its own corrupt ends.

The second step, once that is clear, is to access our emergency life-protecting energy so as to be able to deploy it against this unprecedented threat.

This initially has to take place within each individual.

Now is the right time of year to be doing this, here in the Northern Hemisphere at least. After the Winter Solstice, the days gradually start lengthening, barely perceptibly at first, with this process accelerating from February into the glorious return of life and light. We can usefully align our efforts with nature's tide of renewal.

The way in which we manifest our energy will vary enormously from person to person.

But the important thing is that the determined strength we feel within ourselves is seen and sensed by others, that it pours itself into something bigger.

Attending a protest can be a good way of doing this, of course, or putting up posters or banners in your window or your town, handing out leaflets, simply talking to as many people as possible…

We all have own way of doing things, but I think we now each have to go a lot further than we have been previously prepared to go.

A loop of positive human energy spinning faster and faster until it is simply glowing, pulsating, with potential

When each indvidual's life-preserving energy makes itself seen and felt, it provokes the same response in others. This energy itself then reinforces the first individual's sense of empowerment and pushes it up to new levels.

Once this collective process gets going, it will feed off itself, gather speed, take on a life of its own.

It becomes what Gustav Landauer called Wahn, spirit with momentum, a loop of positive human energy spinning faster and faster until it is simply glowing, pulsating, with potential.

This is what we need above all in 2022: a red-hot hurricane of vibrant life-force which will tear into the machineries and mentalities of tyranny, rip them apart, reduce them to rubble and ashes, and clear the ground for a calm and verdant future grown in the fertile soil of nature and freedom.

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