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Winter Oak
25 Sep 2022 | 7:23 pm

Don Quixote de la Left


by Jordan Henderson

Note: The pull of Right vs Left Politics is still so strong, at least here in the USA, that I feel the need to state at the outset that my motivation here is not to score any points for the Right. This painting – Don Quixote de la Left – is a picture of the Woke Left. A few months ago I painted a similarly unflattering and honest portrait of the Christian Right. The intent of these paintings is to serve as open windows presenting clear views of dissenting perspectives. Critically portraying both wings of the ruling class, makes it evident, I hope, that these works are not part of the Right/Left trap.

Early this year, lines of heavy trucks rumbled across Canada's frozen north and converged on Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers. The protest swelled in number, expanding in scope to a protest against the Medical Police State in general.

The Ottawa Freedom Convoy was sufficiently monumental that even the mainstream "news" was eventually forced to acknowledge its existence whereupon they began slandering it. This coverage did not last long: the current thing changed, the Ukraine War was brought to the front of the world stage, and most everything else was shoved off the stage.

I'm revisiting the Freedom Convoy. I wish to spark additional conversation about it. So I created this artwork. I intend it as a tribute befitting the valorous deeds of the . . . counter protesters and Canadian police; I'll immortalize their symbiotic relationship. Like the knights of old, the counter protesters and police sallied forth to subdue the rabble of unruly peasants, putting them back in their proper place firmly under the thumb of the authorities.

The slander against the Freedom Convoy was not particularly sophisticated; it amounted to ignoring that the protest was obviously a protest against the Medical Police State, and instead making up stories about it being a vaguely racist/fascist/Nazi event where the racist/fascist/Nazis inadvertently brought anti-vax signs and forgot the racist/fascist/Nazi signs that they were supposed to bring.

The logic goes like this:

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is definitely a racist/fascist/Nazi.

If they look like, act like, and sound like, people protesting the Medical Police State, then they must really be racist/fascist/Nazis disguised as freedom advocates.

Any evidence that supported the racist/fascist/Nazi narrative was widely trumpeted, and any evidence that contradicted this narrative was discounted – if it was acknowledged at all.

For example: The Nazi flag guy at the Ottawa Trucker Protest, whoever he was, fits the Establishment Narrative, so he represents the Freedom Convoy. However, Sikhs at the Freedom Convoy, some of whom brought the Sikh flag, were an inconvenient reality that directly contradicted the Establishment Narrative. So according to those who wish to see the Freedom Convoy in a negative light, the Sikh protesters do not represent the Freedom Convoy. Apparently the Sikh protesters do not represent anything at all; they are just "a Token."

1 Nazi Flag Guy = Emblematic of the Freedom Convoy.

100 Sikhs = Token/Not Emblematic of the Freedom Convoy.

How does Candice Sero, an Indigenous woman at the protest who was trampled by the RCMP, fit the narrative? . . . Well let's just pretend that didn't happen; ignore her, ignore tens of thousands of other protesters, ignore why they were there, and what they were about, and let's get back to focusing on that Nazi Flag Guy.

As a counter protester helpfully explained:

"I tried really hard to de-emphasize issues of vaccination/COVID restrictions that were being used, in my mind, as cynical 'wedge' issues, and to emphasize opposing the convoy as a political vehicle of the far-right,"

This determination to see the Freedom Convoy as a racist/fascist/Nazi event, reality be damned, reminded me of the Ingenious Knight Don Quixote de la Mancha. I built my painting around that famous knight, because tilting at windmills was the principal activity of the Counter Protesters and Police who suppressed the Freedom Convoy. I present – Don Quixote . . . de la Left!

Don Quixote de la Left – Oil Painting by Jordan Henderson – 36×52 inches / 91×132 centimeters

Jordan Henderson is an artist from Washington State in the USA. He works in oil on canvas and charcoal on paper. A portfolio of his work can be viewed at either of his websites: Original Paintings – Fine Art Prints

Winter Oak
21 Sep 2022 | 5:25 pm

This odious global system


by Paul Cudenec

Throughout my adult life I have tended to describe the thing to which I am primarily opposed as "capitalism".

Over the last couple of years, however, I have started to wonder whether this is quite the right word.

Not only does it hinder communication with people used to different political terminologies, but it is looking increasingly outmoded as the powers-that-be try to push us into a harsh new totalitarian era.

I have gradually stopped using the term and, when I share pieces of my older writing which contain the word, I feel slightly awkward and don't quite know how to reply to people who feel it is not altogether appropriate.

The funny thing, though, is that my views have not actually changed. The entity which I have spent my life combatting remains the same, regardless of the label I might stick on it.

It is not really an "-ism", an abstract ideological concept which mysteriously casts our societies under its motivational spell, but a real and physical system, built on capital, which is maintained by real and physical players.

It is an arrangement by which a tiny minority of extremely wealthy people possess all the power and privilege in the world at the expense of the vast majority of us, whom they regard as both dangerous and dispensible.

It is accumulation for the few, dispossession for the many.

It is a plutocracy, a dictatorship of the ultra-rich hiding behind the rhetoric of democracy while knowing that real democracy would be incompatible with its ongoing supremacy and thus doing all it can to prevent it from ever flourishing.

It is an organized religion of greed, a cult of power. It is an octopus, a monster, it is Leviathan.

It is the rule of gold, of usury, of filthy lucre, of pelf, of Mammon.

It is a mega-organization, an empire which has deliberately and consciously expanded its domination and control to the point where it can now imagine this becoming all-inclusive and permanent.

It is a spider's web of carefully-woven manipulation and deceit, a vast and complex conspiracy which has concealed its existence behind layer after layer of lies.

It is the complete capture of state power by financial interests and the violent imposition everywhere of that illicit and non-consensual authority.

It is a scam, a racket, which has gradually taken over the world's institutions to the point that its insatiable greed for ever more "growth" and "development" has been written into the legislative infrastuctures of our society.

It is an ongoing crime on an unimaginable scale, a slow-motion robbery of 99.9% of humankind and the rapepillage and pollution of the natural world.

It is the corruption of our societies, the poisoning of human relationships, the paralysis of our organic capacity to live together in mutual aid, solidarity and freedom.

It is the enslavement of the people of the world by the money power, the stifling of our vital breath.

It is the denial of beauty, truth, justice, nature, poetry and the mystery of existence in the name of a stale dogma of sterility, materialism, pseudo-science and artifice aimed at reducing us to a condition of powerless and abject submission to authority.

It is the endless acceleration of the reign of quantity, our descent into a grim grey future from which all that makes our lives worth living will have been banished by our vile vitaphobic overlords.

Even if I may now definitively ditch the term, all this is in fact what I have always meant by "capitalism".

And this is the odious global system which we have to expose and destroy…

[Audio version]

Winter Oak
6 Sep 2022 | 6:48 pm

Puppets of power


The tiny gang of criminals with all the money that power can buy, and all the power that money can provide, want to hold on to their full-spectrum world domination.

Historically, they have used a range of techniques to ensure that key people, particularly politicians and royalty, are safely under their control.

Bribery is one possibility and many unprincipled individuals are quite prepared to sell their soul if the price is right.

But what happens if they start getting too greedy or unreliable? How many gifts will it take to keep them on board for the long term?

The manipulators may choose instead to lend money to their target, gaining a legal hold on the debtor. This works for institutions, such as nation-states, as well as for individuals, by the way.

Even better is to combine the use of bribery and debts with blackmail. The target has simply to be lured into a trap, such as involvement in dubious sexual activity.

The criminals have evidence of this serious misdemeanour and the possibility of it becoming known will shut the victim up for the rest of his or her life.

As a last resort, of course, there is always violence and the implied threat of violence for anyone stepping out of line or spilling the beans. "Dead men don't talk", as gangsters like to say.

While the global manipulators have successfully used combinations from this bag of tricks for centuries, it is a time-consuming process.

Rather than ambushing each new individual who arrives in the corridors of power, wouldn't it be easier to take control of the supply of these individuals?

When the criminal conspiracy already owns all the existing key players in positions of power, what could be simpler than to instruct them to appoint as their successors the next generation of remote-controlled agents?

These can be selected and prepared for their role well in advance through various programmes.

The most notorious of these is the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders project, whose origins have been traced back, by independent journalist Johnny Vedmore, to Henry Kissinger and the CIA.

But there is an abundance of grooming schemes with similar names: a quick internet search reveals a bewildering number of them in an ill-defined network which spreads out way beyond the official structures of the World Economic Forum and yet is somehow obviously part of the same vast and all-embracing über-entity.

France, for example, boasts not just "le programme Young Leaders" from the French-American Foundation, but also "Les Young Leaders franco-britanniques" launched in 2017 by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and supported by the UK Foreign Office.

In the UK itself, the Queen's Young Leaders project, begun in 2014 and involving the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has "also provided grants to youth-led and youth-focused organisations in Bangladesh, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, the UK and Zambia".

But there is also the Commonwealth Future Leaders founded by the Queen's late husband, "a network reaching beyond borders… that spans 54 countries and sectors ranging from informal community organisations through trade unions and academia to the private and public sectors".

And this is not to be confused with the London-based Future Leaders Network Ltd, "a not-for-profit organisation aimed at discovering and developing the next generation of social, political and economic leaders".

Its "proudly produced" Y7 Impact Report reveals in the "Acknowledgments" section on page 82 that the Future Leaders Network is sponsored by none other than vaccine manufacturer Astrazeneca.

There is also an apparently unrelated Future Leaders project in New Zealand. This is run by an outfit called Inspiring Stories: "We're the Kiwi charity founded with a bold vision to back young people to change the world. Now ten years on, we're an intergenerational movement for impact".
They add: "Legally we're a charity, but we operate like a business".

No kidding!

The Italian Young Leaders project is co-funded by the Lazio region and the European Commission and organized by SOS Europa, an "independent association" accredited by the European Voluntary Service and the European Solidarity Corps, an EU funding programme.

The Asia 21 Young Leaders scheme is run by the Asia Society which, we learn, was "founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd".

And the photo line-up of "the board" of the Johannesburg-based Africa Leadership Initiative Young Leaders amusingly confirms the overall impression of a global production line of cloned zombie agents!

Beneath a certain level, there must be millions of puppets who serve the worldwide crime syndicate without knowing what they are doing.

The control exercised from above passes through a number of layers, so that the entire reality is not readily visible from lower down.

Imagine someone who has for many years been involved in some kind of radical campaign group or political organisation. She imagines that she thinks and acts purely from her own sense of right and wrong, not noticing the way that she allows herself to be steered in certain directions by the organisation's publications and activities.

She thinks that she is fighting for social justice, fairness, a better world for her children and grandchildren.

What she doesn't know is that the person controlling this organisation (along with, probably, several of his lieutenants) works for the intelligence services.

This man is not motivated by the same ideals as the woman. He was placed in the organisation to monitor, control and manipulate it, according to the preferences of his employers.

His employers are the state. The man therefore imagines that he is acting in the interests of that state and indeed of the nation. His motivation, in his terms, is to protect the public of that nation, and its institutions, its democracy, its way of life, from the threat of subversion.

Like the woman, he thinks he is working for the common good.

What he doesn't know is that his intelligence service and the state apparatus of which it is part (called "The Crown" in the UK) does not really work for the interests of the nation, however that is conceived.

It has, in fact, long been completely taken over by the tiny gang who operate the global racket that we term the system.

He has not been manipulating the radical campaign group on behalf of the state to which he owes his allegiance, but on behalf of the criminals who use the vast resources of that state (and of other states and of various international institutions…) for their own purposes.

Thus, as well as using bribery, fear, blackmail and grooming to exert their complete control, these criminals also use the good motivations, the positive energy, of millions of unsuspecting people (in all sorts of realms quite different from our hypothetical example), deploying many layers of deceit to dupe them into following their agenda.

For this to work, it is important that the victims remain trapped within the illusion, that they still think they are on the side of good, whether conceived as social justice or national well-being.

But what happens if, through undue haste or panic, the puppet-masters neglect to take proper care of the way they conduct their manipulation?

What happens if they tug too violently at the strings, sending shivers of instability down through layer and layer of their structures of control?

What happens when the little people at the bottom look up in alarm and, far above, catch their first glimpse of the sinister hand that has been controlling their activities all along?

What happens if they don't at all like what they see?

We may well be about to find out!

[Audio version]

Winter Oak
31 Aug 2022 | 3:55 pm

Welcome to the revolution!


Something powerful is in the air as we enter the autumn of 2022.

The horrendous truth about the wave of "unexplained" deaths is inevitably getting out.

The powers-that-be are blustering and fuming about unauthorised opinions and dangerous "conspiracy theories" exposing the Great Reset.

New and ever-more blatant assaults on our well-being and freedom are being launched.

And huge numbers of people are finally speaking out to say that they see what is happening and have had enough!

Take a look at just some of the comments on this enormous and moving Twitter thread, beginning from the one that sparked it all off:

A little over two years ago I was fast asleep. I generally believed the Government, the media and the establishment. Then the lockdowns came, and something didn't sit right with me. That led me to go down a rabbit hole of research, and the way I saw the world changed overnight.

— David Morgan 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #StayFree (@david_r_morgan) August 27, 2022

"A little over two years ago I was fast asleep. I generally believed the Government, the media and the establishment. Then the lockdowns came, and something didn't sit right with me. That led me to go down a rabbit hole of research, and the way I saw the world changed overnight".

A general theme is their sudden shock and disgust when, for the first time in their lives, they see through the illusion of this vile spectacle of lies.

An initial sense of isolation and depression is followed by the growing realisation that they are not alone and that their numbers are growing to a point where the system's whole long-term narrative risks crumbling.

"I had a nice life. Had earned being able to take my foot off the pedal a bit. Didn't pay too much attention to Government. Fast forward to now… I trust no one. No institution, the Media, the Government, Scientists or Doctors. No one in a position of 'authority'."

"Yes, same here with me, pootling through life, lots of plans, wishing a bright future for our son as he was completing a final Uni yr, then the 💩 hit the fan. Now awake and I'll never again see the world as I once perceived it, one conciliation many folk are slowly waking too".

"I thought I was drowning when my eyes opened 2.5 years ago. I felt sick to the stomach. Everything changed and I changed".

"I started seeing the world in a different light when I lost my 32 year old son from the AZ jab. I will never trust @BBC @ITV or the government again".

"I was long comfortable with the idea that government didn't really care about me. Discovering that government would really prefer me to die was a hard lesson".

"Extremely bitter pill this one".

"In these last few years with Covid I have come to the realisation and conclusion that all governments/media and any linked corporations are all corrupt and doing it all for financial gain. It's disgusting. I have lost all trust for the powers that be and it won't return ever".

"The world is not how we thought it to be".

"When you don't look at what MSM, government etc want you to look at you realise life is nothing like what they want you to believe".

"I saw the light when we locked down. At first I wasn't sure what I was looking at, it was scary. I thought I was on my own. It soon became apparent that I wasn't and the truth was slowly revealed".

"I could tell instantly something didn't feel right in the world".

"I knew there were pockets of corruption but never realised how widespread and coordinated it had become. Corruption is now absolute with almost all institutions and governments captured by targeted corporate funding".

"I'd already fallen down the rabbit hole and stopped paying attention to mainstream news. I thought everything would collapse but not in 2 years. My trust in everything, media, politicians, police, health professionals is non existent!"

"It's amazing to see the speed of similar decisions all over the world. Plans were prepared long before the sickness happened. I got that weird feeling and decided to dig in deeper, for better understanding and for solutions. It's very ugly".

"Was very depressing for a few months but once you start to see others 'awake' then you don't feel like you are the nut job in the room".

"Nothing surprises me any more. There are very few coincidences. It's a spider's web of lies, power & money".

"Lies piled upon lies for decades".

"Now I will never see the world as I did before".

"You will never go back".

"Now I know that all is not as it seems".

"Once you know, you can never un-know".

"It is as though a veil has been lifted. I wonder how many more people feel the same".

"Now that I have researched as much as I can, my eyes are wide open".

"Sleep doesn't come easy any more but hard as it is I'd rather be awake".

"At times it can be a lonely existence being awake but worth it none the less because more people are waking up".

"It has been a great awakening for many, thank god".

"There's a lot of people thinking exactly the same".

"I agree. It was a true 'wake up call' indeed".

"There are many of us and growing!"

Of course, sending a Tweet does not amount to real-life revolt, but these messages do give an idea not just of the way that many people are thinking but the way they are feeling.

Those of us who have spent decades trying to wake people up to the reality of this system, to encourage them to pay attention to what it is doing to us, have become used to disappointment.

The overwhelming majority have always been too caught up in their own lives, pleasures and worries to bother about the bigger social picture.

And maybe, they have thought, it doesn't really matter all that much. Life isn't always fair, rich people will always get fat from others' suffering, wars will always break out somewhere, there will always be some pollution and destruction of nature, but… Well, they can live with it.

Over the last two-and-half years all that has changed.

As one of the Tweeters says: "The UK was generally trusting of its government (at least insofar as they didn't seem to actively wish to cause us harm). Prior to the Covid debacle, we'd always chugged along ok & had little reason to think otherwise. We now know different".

It does matter to people that they were forced to stay indoors for months, forbidden from seeing friends and family, forbidden from hugging their grandchildren, forbidden from playing a sport or earning a living.

And it matters even more if it turns out that this was all for nothing, that their good faith was sorely abused.

It does matter to people if they or their loved ones become permanently ill, or even die, because they did what the government put them under so much pressure to do.

It does matter to them if they are not going to be able to afford to heat their home or feed their family this winter, if the local pub or café is going to be forced to close, leaving them stuck indoors connected to the all-seeing, all-controlling internet.

It does matter to them that their global overlords aim to progressively "centre" them in smart cities, infect their bodies with nanotechnology, turn them into powerless and obedient transhuman zombies.

It does matter to them if they can clearly see that the authorities and the media are lying to them, over and over again, and that they are doing so on behalf of a remote power clique that not only has no interest in their welfare but is evidently taking a sadistic delight in destroying their little lives for its own megalomaniac gain.

And when it matters that much, people are simply not going to take it any more.

Our freedom-loving friends from The Stirrer warn: "We've heard there's a lot of anger out there. How that is going to manifest itself is hard to predict".

A tiny gang of trillionaire psychopaths have declared war on the rest of the human species – and now they are going to have to face the consequences.

As another of the commentators on the Twitter thread puts it: "Welcome to the revolution!"

Winter Oak
16 Aug 2022 | 2:45 pm

The Acorn – 76


Number 76

In this issue:

  1. The truth can no longer be hidden
  2. Reacting to change…
  3. Eight rights gone wrong
  4. Max Wertheimer: an organic radical inspiration
  5. Acorninfo

1. The truth can no longer be hidden

oil tanker in fog

Imagine you are navigating a small boat through a large harbour on a dark and foggy night.

It is extremely difficult to find your way because you can hardly see anything and even the buoys marking your way are only visible when they are right next to you.

You become aware of a sound ahead of you and you see several very vague different shapes appearing in the gloom.

There's a light there and another there. So two vessels approaching, perhaps. But, wait, what's that right up high?

Suddenly you realise that these are not separate objects at all, but parts of one huge oil tanker bearing down on you, which you urgently need to avoid!

joined up thinkingThis ability to interpret minimal incoming data in order to understand the bigger picture, this capacity for joining the dots, making the connections, is an essential one, as Max Wertheimer (see below) set out.

It is a particular kind of intelligence. It is not the kind of intelligence that allows people to remember lists of dates or to perform complex mathematical equations, but it is still intelligence, and crucial intelligence at that.

Over the last few years, something very alarming has been looming up ahead of us in the fog of unfolding history.

Initially, this looked like a variety of different issues and trends that were not necessarily connected.

It was not obvious to us all, to start with, that climate capitalism was linked to the Covid operation, that war in the Ukraine was linked to the Great Reset, that the pope was linked to the transhumanists, that left-wing "intersectionality" was linked to the impact investment agenda, that Charles and the British "Crown" were very close to the global financial mafia, that the United Nations and the World Bank had been working together for decades to deliberately impose a "development" agenda that benefited financial interests at the expense of humankind and nature.

But now, vast numbers of people are aware of these connections and understand that all these elements are aspects of one single agenda being imposed on us by one single power.

This power depends on its own invisibility for its success. Its scams will simply not work if we can all see who is pulling the strings and with what aim in mind.

It is therefore important for this single power, this criminal global money power, to try to discredit those who can see the bigger picture and to stop them from communicating what they have seen.

conspiracy-theory-alertIn their propaganda, the crucial form of intelligence that enables us to make sense of the world around us, despite their attempts to keep us in the dark, is denigrated as something bad.

"Conspiracy theorists" have long been the target of ridicule and attack from the mafia and their henchmen.

But now they are going even further by announcing that they want to "stop" alleged conspiracy theory in the same way that they have already banned and censored so-called "misinformation" on specific health issues.

A #ThinkBeforeSharing campaign has been launched on the Unesco website. Unesco is, of course, an agency of the United Nations, the global body which is pushing, with the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda, aka The Great Reset.

unesco conspiracy campaign

Among the thought crimes highlighted as part of this inquisition is, under the heading of "antisemitism", is "linking an alleged conspiracy to Jewish individuals or groups (e.g. the Rothschild family or George Soros, a philanthropist) or the State of Israel".

So it is "antisemitic" to mention the role played by any individual who happens to be Jewish, even if this role is demonstrably real and significant? Ridiculous.

But more alarmingly still, the campaign attacks the very capacity for joined-up thinking which allows us to identify the oil tanker in the fog, the danger with which we are faced.

consp unesco eye

It complains that what it calls conspiracy theories "offer an explanation of events or situations which are difficult to understand and bring a false sense of control or agency".

They present us with "an alleged, secret plot", "a group of conspirators" and "'evidence' that seems to support the conspiracy theory".

Note here that by placing quote marks around 'evidence' they hope to cunningly imply, without even addressing any specific issues, that the evidence backing what they term "conspiracy theories" is invariably and necessarily invalid!

unesco-hq

Unesco and its friends are alarmed at the very idea of "suspicion of official accounts" or of "reinterpreting random events as part of a broader pattern". Their sly quote marks would better have been deployed here, around the word 'random'…

They warn people off any author who is "not attached to a reputable organization or institution" (such as the UN, the WEF or the World Bank, presumably) and even, astonishingly, any author who "raises questions instead of providing answers"!

Unauthorised explanations of what is going in the world are "dangerous" because they help "violent extremist groups" and "spread mistrust in public institutions", somehow causing both "political apathy" and "radicalization".

"Suspicion breeds confidence" as the posters declared in Terry Gilliam's classic film Brazil, and Unesco warns us to "beware" that the dreaded theories could even be spread by "friends, relatives". "Don't suspect a friend, report him", to quote the 1985 film again. Is that the chilling dystopia in which we now find ourselves, in 2022?

In truth, the campaign reeks of panic and is likely to prove a spectacular own goal.

The very announcement that "this UNESCO campaign is implemented jointly with the European Commission, Twitter and the World Jewish Congress" is surely likely to fuel the kind of "conspiracy theories" that they are supposedly combatting?

Simply the fact that the campaign has been launched, let alone its content, confirms that there is indeed a conspiracy that the global authorities are desperately trying to cover up and that the UN are part of it.

Even those who have not yet realised that there is a bigger picture to be seen will quickly do so, thanks to this "stop the conspiracy theorists!" scaremongering.

The truth is the truth, no matter how loudly the global mafia shriek the opposite.

And once it has come into view, it can never be unseen.

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2. Reacting to change…

by Dave, editor of The Stirrer

Preamble

We talk a lot about radical change and why it's needed. Sometimes, it's useful to pause and consider what we really mean by radical change. While doing that, we need to think about how most people regard change and whether they see it as a positive thing in their lives or whether it's something that's done to them with no regard as to how they feel about it. The further up the food chain someone is, the more likely they are to embrace the notion of constant change – for those of us lower down the pecking order that would be the increasingly rapid and unpredictable changes that are being imposed upon us in order to benefit the elites who presume to rule over us.

For people further down the food chain and less able to exert meaningful control over their lives, being on the receiving end of rapid and unpredictable change will, understandably, lead to a longing for some sense of stability and predictability in their lives. That encompasses both economic and social change. It's the impact of these changes, separately and combined with each other in a toxic downward spiral that I want to start the process of looking at in this piece.

Dispossession and the search for meaning

There has always been an element of change within human society. There have been periods of human history where the pace of change was manageable and evolved in an organic way. There have also been periods where 'black swan' events such as wars, invasions and plagues have led to dramatic and profound changes. However, over the last two hundred and fifty years, the pace of change was speeded up with the Industrial Revolution. Over the last thirty years, the rate of change has been massively accelerated with the onset of the introduction/imposition (delete according to preference) of information technology which now pervades every aspect of our lives, whether we want it or not.

Life on the land was far from perfect but there were compensations for that in the bonds of mutual support people had with each other alongside the celebrations and rituals that marked the passing of the seasons. Celebrations and rituals that came from a close association with nature. Celebrations and rituals, often with pre Christian roots, that gave people a sense of continuity and meaning in their lives. Celebrations and rituals that helped to form a genuine sense of community, even if that was in the face of hardship. Celebrations and rituals that were largely but not completely swept away by the Industrial Revolution and the mass entertainment that followed.

Mass entertainment that was to be consumed as a product in opposition to the folk, do it yourself entertainment that people used to create for themselves. Mass entertainment that acted as a distraction from the drudge and slog of industrial life. Mass entertainment that aimed to either pacify, or sate with sensationalism, rather than allow people to develop their own amusements that would allow them to bond with each other. While it may appear that mass entertainment has dumbed people down, you don't have to scratch too far beneath the surface to see that in one way or another, people have always been seeking ways of building a sense of community and identity with each other. Needless to say, a lot of the time, these efforts at building a sense of community and belonging have had to adapt to the culture of industrialism.

Football and the tribal sense of loyalty to club and community is one example of how people have adapted a form of mass entertainment to create a sense of belonging. Obviously, with the top clubs becoming global brands and the top echelons of the game being about money, the attempts to create a sense of belonging are being eroded. However, the lower down the leagues you go towards the grassroots to neighbourhood, small town and village clubs, the more that sense of community and belonging has not only survived but in fact, is thriving.

Even the seemingly over the top consumerism of Christmas has deeper roots going back before Christianity to our pagan past when there was a profound need to mark the passing of the shortest day of the year and welcome the gradual onset of the days getting longer. It was, and still is beneath the gloss of consumerism, about marking the passage of the seasons and getting together toward off the gloom of mid winter. No matter what the elites who rule over us do, these rituals and celebrations that tie us to the passing of the seasons and nature will always be with us in one form or another. That's because they're a part of what it means to be truly human. But, they're under threat as never before…

The pace of change is rapidly accelerating and we're entering a period where our humanity is being challenged like never before. Industrialism was the first, major shock of change to us. The decline of heavy industry and the destruction of the communities and bonds that had developed to soften the blows of slogging away in the factories and mines was another shock. Now, we're in the period of the most profound shock of all – the age of information technology and for want of a better term, bio-hacking that is changing what it means to be human.

These changes have ushered in a heightened sense of uncertainty, precarity and a growing dread about what the future holds for us. The precarity in housing and employment (a.k.a. exploitation) renders the existence of a growing number of people down to little more than a daily battle for survival. A precarity that started with being thrown off the land at the start of the Industrial Revolution and is being accelerated on a daily basis by the technological 'revolution' we're now being subjected to.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which is the term that best describes the series of technological, economic, societal and cultural changes that are being imposed upon us. Not for the benefit of humanity as a whole but for those who presume to rule over us while concentrating more of the world's wealth into their hands.

This has been the cause of many arguments and rifts but it stands repeating – crises such as Covid are intentionally being leveraged to accelerate the trends towards the 4IR. Merely saying that has brought accusations of being a conspiracy theorist down upon our heads. May we suggest that those hurling those accusations take a few steps back to reflect on what has happened to us since March 2020.

One example is the acceleration of the shift to a cashless society. At the start of the Covid crisis, many if not most shops didn't want to handle physical cash because it was perceived as a vector of transmission of viruses. While some have moved back to accepting physical cash, there has been a marked shift towards people paying by card or by their phones. Forms of payment that unlike physical cash, allow every purchase and transaction to be monitored and tracked if so desired. If you think this is going to stop with cards and phones, think again. Using microchips implanted into the human body is now being seriously touted as a means of payment and conducting other transactions in the not too distant future.

Welcome to the matrix…not! A digital control grid that makes it increasingly difficult for anyone who is offline for any reason to be able to function in and navigate the modern world. This piece was written just after we had relocated down to near Bristol (August 2022). Events conspired so that at the time of writing, we were a good few days away from being reconnected to the Internet. Trying to do the necessary post move life administration without an Internet connection proved to be a nightmare, particularly after being kept on hold for up to an hour or more while trying to get connected to a human being at a utility company!

Life is being designed so you have to be online, in the matrix and as a consequence, constantly monitored and tracked, just in order to survive. The only other option available is to go completely off grid which in a country like the UK, is a challenging proposition to say the least.

Another disturbing aspect of the Covid lockdowns was the normalising of digital means of communication with each other as a substitute for real life, face to face contact. Even as more became known about how Covid was actually transmitted, who was really vulnerable and that maskless face to face contact could take place without much risk, the shift towards virtual means of communication seemed to stay with us.

The promotion of the Metaverse with the offer of living life in a virtual existence is another disturbing trend towards replacing real life human contact with a watered down, soulless by comparison digital substitute. Taking a few steps back from the Metaverse to the online text based exchanges we've become accustomed to over the last quarter of a century, even these lack the nuances of face to face contact where there's a lot of non-verbal communication via facial expression. Think of how many debates that in real life would have ended with an acknowledgement of differences but online, lacking the nuances of non-verbal communication, have ended up in rows, blockings and cancellations.

That's a lot of accelerated change taking place over an increasingly shorter time. A growing number of people are being left behind and as a result, excluded by these changes. We had a mercifully brief taste of that when we were offline for a couple of weeks and simply unable to undertake the life administration we had to do. For those who for whatever reason cannot get or afford a secure Internet connection, life is a nightmare. These changes to how society functions that throw an increasing number of people under the bus are casing a growing degree of alienation and anger. That's before you take into account the number of societal and cultural changes a growing number of people feel they're being subjected to without any say in the matter.

Culture shock

Societal and cultural norms have always evolved but generally at a pace that people can handle and adapt to. That means evolving at a pace that gives people the sense that it's something they can go along with and have an active role in rather than feeling it's something that's being imposed upon them. It may arguably be a subjective impression but it certainly feels we're in an era where the rate of societal and cultural change has accelerated to the point where many people feel they have no control over it. Not only that, it increasingly feels like it's being imposed upon us regardless of whether we want to accept it or not. When things get to that point, inevitably there's going to be a reaction and as we have seen, quite often, that reaction will be one that those who see themselves as progressive will not like. Here's one example of how this plays out…

At the end of July 2022, a series of drag queen story readings were held at a number of libraries across Bristol – these events were aimed at children. We've spent most of our adult lives assuming that drag is adult entertainment. We have absolutely no problem with drag as a form of adult entertainment if that's what people want. However, as grandparents, albeit that our two grandkids are definitely not old enough to attend a drag queen story reading, we'll freely admit that the whole concept makes us feel decidedly uneasy, to say the least.

Some elements have tried to defend the drag queen story reading events as nothing more than a slightly risqué form of pantomime. We had a look at what the defenders of these events tried to pass off as pantomime and while it may be an admittedly subjective judgement, to our eyes, it looked like drag which in our view, is strictly adult entertainment. Our concerns and those of many others is that in an increasingly pornified culture, these events are leading to the sexualisation of children and removing innocence from their lives. Whether this is intentional or not is the subject of some fierce debate with those thinking this is intentional being branded as conspiracy theorists. It's perfectly understandable that a fair few parents are at the least, very concerned about this development and at the most, absolutely livid.

The problem is that merely raising concerns about this gets you branded as 'homophobic', 'transphobic' and a 'bigot' amongst many other accusations. So as a consequence, many parents and grandparents feel that it's best to keep their views to themselves. Rather than protest, they choose to keep their heads below the parapet. While doing so, they are baffled that no one describing themselves as progressive is listening to and acknowledging their genuine concerns and engaging in an honest discussion about the issues at stake. Instead of an open discussion, we get a culture of name calling and cancelling. The inevitable consequence of this is the creation of a political vacuum.

So, it came as no surprise to us when we heard that the likes of Patriotic Alternative and their ilk saw this vacuum, recognised the opportunity it potentially offered them and, cynically and self servingly, called a number of protests outside of these events. Inevitably, when the likes of Patriotic Alternative and their ilk turn out to picket and protest, there will be a Pavlovian response from Antifa and the like. As a consequence, a number of these protests were counter-protested by Antifa and others, thereby ratcheting up the tension in an already emotive situation.

A consequence of this is that anyone raising concerns about the potential harms to kids of these drag queen story reading events is now automatically branded as being in league with the likes of Patriotic Alternative and the like. Legitimate concerns are brushed aside and the accusations fly in the direction of anyone questioning the purpose of these events. Those defending these events and hurling the accusations are unwittingly creating more of a political vacuum for those with nefarious motives to exploit.

The above is just one example out of many showing how rapid and quite often baffling social changes are creating what can best be described as a culture shock. That's a term that used to be applied to the experience of travelling to far off lands and suddenly being immersed in a completely different culture. It now applies to the growing number of people who don't travel anywhere but feel that the society they live in is no longer recognisable.

Merely acknowledging this may be seen by some people as having a reactionary take on things. The word 'reactionary' has tended to be used as a another way of describing people set in their ways and with attitudes that may be considered to be bigoted. Maybe it's time to reclaim the word 'reactionary' to describe what is a profound discomfort with rapid and sometimes baffling societal change that people feel they have no say in or control over. When people feel that change, societal, political or economic is being arbitrarily imposed upon them, inevitably there's going to be a reaction.

The barriers to meaningful change

What has struck us about what was discussed in the previous section and other aspects of what some have described as the 'culture wars' is the tone deafness of the left and also, what sadly feels to us like too many anarchists as well. Anarchism is a broad church ranging from those such as Winter Oak who have a profound understanding of how humanity is still a part of nature and how we cannot transcend that all the way over to those who with their transgender activism, also seem to be willingly embracing a number of aspects of transhumanism.

As we tend more to the former interpretation of anarchism, to us it feels as though the tendency that seems to be accepting rather than challenging transhumanism is the one that's holding sway at the moment. It's a tendency that appears to have not learnt the lessons of the failures of imposed social upheaval by those identifying themselves as left wing. A tendency that's so wrapped up in itself that it has become blind and deaf to the concerns of many ordinary people who want some degree of continuity and stability in their lives. It's also a tendency that seemingly cannot join the dots to see the bigger picture.

Change has to happen because society cannot go on along its current trajectory. It's not sustainable on a planet that has finite limits to its resources. It's definitely not sustainable in terms of the impact rapid, unpredictable and uncontrollable change is having on our collective psyches. The problem is that as things stand, due to the ineptitude of the left and a fair few anarchists as well, when it comes to relating to the concerns of ordinary people, there's a real chance that the impetus for change could become the preserve of the more reactionary elements in society.

The protests against the drag queen story reading events initiated by the likes of Patriotic Alternative is but one manifestation of this. The attempts, largely but not completely unsuccessful, by reactionary elements to latch onto the various currents opposing lockdowns,vaccine mandates and vaccine passports during the Covid crisis is another manifestation. The dismissal of people raising concerns about the possible harms to young kids of the drag queen story reading events as 'bigots', 'homophobes' and 'transphobes' is one example of a damaging tone deafness. The dismissal of those of us raising concerns about the adverse impacts of the Covid lockdowns as 'conspiracy theorists' is another example of an almost cult like tone deafness to the concerns of ordinary people.

Are these just the rantings of a bitter old activist cast aside by the 'movement'? At some point that question will be raised… All I will say is that age gives you a bit of perspective, particularly when you have forty five years and counting years of activism in one form or another on the clock. During those forty five years and those preceding my life as an activist, I've seen a lot of change. Not all of it has been bad – there have thankfully been positive and much needed social changes. There have also been many negative ones that serve to divide us, isolate us, remove us further from nature, crush any vestige of spirituality and take us away from what it means to be truly human. All I can conclude is that we're very much heading in the wrong direction and the time frame we have to reverse what's being done to us is shrinking by the day.

Conclusion

As already stated, change has to happen. But it has to happen in a way that truly gives people control over their lives. Ultimately, that's what people want – being able to control their lives alongside a sense of purpose and meaning. Three things which for many of us have become increasingly difficult if not impossible to realise. With regard to having a sense of purpose and a deeper feeling of meaning, that means acknowledging that a lot of us need some kind of spiritual dimension to our lives.

It also means trusting ordinary people to get on with building the society we want. What will hinder that are inward looking supposedly revolutionary groups who claim to have the answers but really want to impose their vision of an 'ideal' society on the rest of us. That sadly includes some anarchists as well. Some but not all anarchists as there are a fair number who refuse to subscribe to a rigid, exclusionary group think and who will deal with the complexity of reality as they find it.

Revolt is happening. It's been happening since the imposition of the first lockdowns. It's continuing with the farmers protests in the Netherlands against threats to shut a number of them down in the name of (supposedly) dealing with climate change. Protest and revolt are coming from places that many people describing themselves as progressive find uncomfortable because many aspects of what they see fail their rigid purity tests. Rather than engage with messy and complex realities, they prefer to seal themselves off in bubbles in the hope that one day, something will emerge that will meet their purity tests. Trust us, that will never happen! One of the most important lessons we've learnt over the last forty five years is that you have to meet people where they are and work with them to build change from there. There are enough signs that the hermetically sealed activists can be bypassed by those of us seeking genuine, meaningful and lasting change. It will happen…

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3. Eight rights gone wrong

The whole question of "rights" is problematic. For a start, they are generally seen as something "given" to us by authority. In accepting "rights" do we also inadvertently accept authority? And how real are these "rights"? Are they for keeps or will they be withdrawn by authority the moment that they are no longer convenient? We have all gained a little more insight into these questions since March 2020: it has become painfully clear that rights most of us consider fundamental to our society are not regarded as such by those in power. But at the same time as being deprived of rights we want to have, we have also been landed with rights we could well do without! Here are some examples.

i. The Right to Work

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Calls for the "right to work" always sound strange to those who have spent years setting the alarm for 5.30am so as to be able to embark on another glorious day of mind-numbing wage slavery. Surely what we should really be demanding is the right to lead a decent life without being economically forced to sell our living time and energy to someone else? The right to decide for ourselves how and when we wish to contribute to society? The right to be what we want to be rather than what we have to be? The "right to work" is a particular and peculiar demand which has long been cherished by the kind of Left which pretends to oppose the system while enthusiastically defending the global work camp it has built for us, which defines the oppressed majority in terms of their enslavement and in whose future utopia this majority will remain in exactly the same condition as now, as "workers" sacrificing their days on earth for the benefit of the minority in power. Arbeit macht frei? No, it doesn't, comrades!

ii. The Right to Vote

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The "right to vote" sounds like a good thing from a distance; after all, being deprived of the right to vote because you were not rich enough, or not a man, would seem grossly unfair. But, on closer inspection, the "right to vote" turns out to be a great ball of nothingness. For a start, voting does not generally involve expressing your opinion on a specific topic, but is rather a matter of choosing a "representative" who will express your opinion in your place, as he or she sees fit. Given that the choice of representative is limited, that a party system has been set up to ensure that these potential representatives toe a certain line, that these parties are all owned and controlled by the ruling mafia, that the framing of the electoral issues is carried out by the media wing of the same system, as is the credibility afforded to the various contenders, and that there are growing suspicions that the vote-counting process itself is fraudulent, we might conclude that the right to vote is not all that it seems. If it serves to channel efforts and hopes into a pointless and draining dead-end, then it in fact amounts to a thoroughly poisoned chalice.

iii. The Right to Development

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As pointed out in this recent piece, the global financial mafia have long packaged their vile activities as something desirable called "progress" or "development". They have gone so far as to use the United Nations, one of their main front organisations, to declare that "the right to development is an inalienable human right". This is pushing the idea of a "right" into the realm of absurdity. The right to have your ancestral land stolen from you and plundered by corporate crooks? The right to be deprived of your community, your self-sufficiency and your happiness in exchange for the right to be exploited for the profit of the global financial slavemasters? The right to stand by and watch as our world is turned to toxic sludge by the Greed Monster?

iv. The Right to Internet Access

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The "right to internet access" is another phoney concept invented by the United Nations and co. It is sometimes termed "inclusivity", with the suggestion that there is something nice about generously allowing every man, woman and child in the world to be "included" in a digital concentration camp termed the metaverse. There they will enjoy the "right" to be monitored, controlled and commodified by a vast faceless machine, whose algorithms and measurable outcomes are the new chains with which our self-appointed rulers aim to bind humankind. How about the right to live beyond its toxic reach?

v. The Right to be Protected from Terrorism

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A superb example of how new "rights" are often devised as weapons against existing and much more important rights, came in 2005. Charles Clarke, at the time the UK's Home Secretary, used the terror attacks in London to call for changes to the European Convention on Human Rights. In particular, he said that "citizens' right to privacy had to be balanced with their right to be protected from terrorism". One of the central planks of the UK's post-7/7 "anti-terror measures" was a proposed data retention law, calling for increased surveillance of phone calls and emails. It's funny how every single "shock" event that takes place serves to advance the same techno-tyrannical agenda…

vi. The Right to Self-Identify

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There are some "rights" which are not so much misleading as in flagrant contradiction of any notion of truth. Giving someone the right to say they are a man, when they are in fact a woman, or a woman, when they are in fact a man, is a prime example. We might decide, like the Judean revolutionaries in Monty Python's Life of Brian, that even if it is physically impossible for a man to be pregnant, there is no harm in granting him the theoretical right to be so. While we're at it, we could also give people the theoretical right to become invisible at will, to walk across the Atlantic Ocean or to turn themselves into golden eagles at any moment they fancy. Where's the harm in the delusion? But the trouble is that this "right" impacts on other people. How can we reply to someone who insists that they were ahead of us in the queue at the Post Office, but happened to be invisible for most of the time? If we challenge their account, will we be guilty of Invisibility Denial, a serious hate crime? There is always a potential clash between our own rights and those of others: our social interactions depend on a subtle organic balancing of our respective needs. But giving credence and weight to absurd fabricated "rights", such as the "right to self-identify", in other words the "right" to be universally regarded as something that you are not, restricts others' rights in a very unbalanced way. Such pseudo-rights, far from being silly but harmless, become a threat to real and fundamental rights to freedom and self-expression.

vii. The Right to be Vaccinated

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The same phenomenon is apparent with the "right to be vaccinated", currently being acclaimed all across the world. This "right" is often expanded to include the notion of a "right" to be protected from contamination from those who have, for some reason, not taken up their "right" to be injected with toxic substances developed and sold by a sociopathic global criminal mafia. We see here how easily the notion of a "right" can morph into an obligation. The great thing is, of course, that it remains disguised as a positive, thus allowing the world's virtue-signallers to self-righteously wield it as a morally-authorised weapon with which to attack their non-conforming enemies.

viii. The Right to Die

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The previous item leads us seamlessly onto the "right to die", which is a surprisingly popular cause at the moment. There are very real concerns about the way that "voluntary" euthanasia could provide a cloak for deliberate murder and open the door to a society in which human beings past their productivity sell-by date are quietly disposed of before they become too much of a drain on the economy. In broader terms, the concept of a "right to die" is nonsensical, since it is the one "right" with which we are all born and which can never be taken from us, in the long run. Much more useful, surely, would be a "right to live"? But this, along with the right to be free, is something that will never be accorded to us by our rulers, who much prefer fake "rights" that merely serve their own interests. Our right to live fully and freely is something we are going to have to claim for ourselves by joyfully demolishing the machineries and machinations of the money power.

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4. Max Wertheimer: an organic radical inspiration

The latest in our series of profiles from the orgrad website.

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"A thing may be true in the piecemeal sense, and false, indeed a lie, as a part in its whole"

Max Wertheimer (1880-1943) was a psychologist who developed the holistic idea of Gestalt, or underlying form.

A Prague-born Jew, forced to flee German-speaking Europe by the rise of Nazism, his organic worldview was very specifically anti-fascist.

The pseudo-holistic racists of the Third Reich claimed that piecemeal or fragmented thinking was a Jewish trait.

Wertheimer turned this round against them. He argued that the Nazis had only been able to flourish because the modern world had cropped humanity's thinking capacity.

Piecemeal thinking – strings of propositions torn from their original living context – was being used by fascist demagogues and certain intellectuals to hoodwink people into accepting their ideas, he said.

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In the 1934 essay 'On truth' he distinguished between truth and mere facts. Facts, brandished as a weapon by "scientific" minds in the Nazi system, meant nothing on their own.

Truth was a holistic understanding of the significance of various facts in the wider context of their relationship to one another and to a larger whole.

He wrote: "A thing may be true in the piecemeal sense, and false, indeed a lie, as a part in its whole". (1)

Wertheimer judged that the key concepts of truth, ethics, democracy and freedom were all under attack from contemporary academic thinking, influenced by positivism, pragmatism and cultural relativism.

scientists2Indeed this anti-holistic stance had itself helped prepare a modern intellectual field in which people were unable to think properly and in which it had been possible for the Nazis to succeed.

In an essay on ethics, he took a critical look at ethical relativity which – like the Nazis with their German/Aryan particularism – denied the existence of ethical universals.

Ethical positions were instead regarded as mere historical facts, changing with place or time.

As a believer in the organic unity of humankind, Wertheimer disputed this and insisted that experience showed that most people, "when faced with clear, actual injustice", responded spontaneously in ways that human beings would universally consider decent and ethical. (2)

While people were influenced to a great extent by the "outer shell" of various cultural norms, this tended to crack apart "in a serious moment" and the fundamentally "simple, good" person inside usually emerged. (3)

This was all linked to people's ability to think clearly. Wertheimer argued that it was only when they had a proper understanding of a situation that their inner ethical code could be activated. Where their grasp of the truth was obstructed, their ethical response was disabled.

Hitler-JugendTo illustrate this question, Wertheimer analysed the causes behind the anti-semitism of a hypothetical young Nazi Party member.

He wrote: "A young, idealistic party member is passionate in the negative evaluation of members of a certain race. It is not sufficient in such cases to give the formulation: in one system of evaluations, members of this race are positively evaluated, in another negatively.

"This young man perhaps believes thus only because he has been brought to this state through suggestion, propaganda, through the wanton slander that this race is a poisonous snake. He does not really behave with respect to A (members of this race) but to a B which he has been taught to identify with this race.

"The real problem here lies not only in the behavior of the young man, but in the enforcement of the blind identification. To take away by artifice the possibility of seeing the true situation through the enforcement of blind judgments, of improper narrowing of the mental field, induction of blind centering, deprives man of the prerequisites for our problems". (4)

Thus, for Wertheimer, the fragmented and inadequate thinking of the modern era had created an intellectual confusion in which unthinking anti-semitism could become widespread.

reenchanted scienceFrom this perspective, Anne Harrington points out, Nazism was "a sickness of logic rather than, as so many of Wertheimer's peers were saying, a phenomenon driven by powerful feeling and unleashed instinct". (5)

Wertheimer's development of Gestalt Theory, she adds, "affirmed what Goethe, in his way, had long known; that the basis of lived reality was not meaningless particles but rather 'immanent structuralism', order, and wholeness". (6)

While right-wingers in Germany deployed the term Gestalt to concoct racist theory, Wertheimer, in exile in the USA, was defining it as a principle of clear thinking that would defend universal human freedom.

The Gestalt psychology which Wertheimer developed along with Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Köhler, was an influence on the anti-capitalist Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer and the Frankfurt School in general.

Several decades after Wertheimer's death, in 1979, his analysis was taken up an article in the Gestalt Theory review to counter the suggestion that holistic or organic thinking was in any way instrinsically fascist, as some claimed.

In fact, insisted author Gerhard Portele, the very essence of Nazism lay in its narrowed-down industrialised thinking and in the way it had turned its back on the wider universal whole of humankind.

He wrote: "The Nazis, with their calculating book-keeping rationality, were trained in piecemeal thinking to an extreme degree and viewed people as cogs". (7)

Video links: Max Wertheimer, Interaction Design and Gestalt Principles (5 mins),  The optical illusion of motion (5 mins).

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1. Max Wertheimer, 'On truth', Social Research 1 (2), cit. Anne Harrington, Reenchanted Science: Holism in German Culture from Wilhelm II to Hitler (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999), pp. 133-34.
2. Max Wertheimer, 'Some problems in the theory of ethics', Social Research 2 (3), cit. Harrington, p. 134.
3. Ibid.
4. Wertheimer, 'Some problems in the theory of ethics', cit. Harrington, p. 135.
5. Harrington, p. 135.
6. Harrington, p. 117.
7. Gerhard Portele, 'Gestalttheorie und Wissenschaftstheorie. Pläyoder für eine alternative Wissenschaft'. Gestalt Theory 1 (1): 26-38, cit. Harrington, p. 211.

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5. Acorninfo

Since the report in our last bulletin, the Great Resist has continued to build, spearheaded by the Dutch farmers. As well as turning more direct, it is becoming broader than ever as people realise the scope and interconnectedness of the assault being launched against us by the global mafia. Expect even more feisty resistance everywhere this autumn!

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"The COVID-19 pandemic has facilitated substantial interest in citizen monitoring solutions", declares a sinister report published in the USA. It describes itself as "the only report of its type to assess market opportunities for infrastructure support of the social credit market", adding: "Infrastructure to support social credit systems represents a $16.1B global opportunity by 2026".

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An intruiging new book by US independent journalist Whitney Webb is due out in September. One Nation Under Blackmail is described as "a damning indictment of the consequences resulting from the nearly century old relationship between both US and Israeli intelligence and the organized criminal network known as the National Crime Syndicate". It specifically explores how that nexus developed the sexual blackmail tactics and networks associated with the late sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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"Billionaires who own the technological armory of lockdown added $5 trillion to their wealth and the world's ten richest men doubled their fortunes due to 'pandemic super profits'," writes W. Aaron Vandiver in an August 10, 2022, article entitled 'The Disastrous High-Tech War on a Pathogen'.

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"How the billionaire class is seeking to control a universe that is uncontrollable" is a great video exchange, full of empowering despite-it-all optimism, between Dr Julie Ponesse and Michael Driver.

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Uninformed Consent is a new two-hour documentary from Matador Films in Canada. It takes an in-depth look into the Covid 19 narrative, who's controlling it, and how it's being used. You can watch it here.

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Robots are not our friends. They are machines, literally soulless and heartless, with no interest at all in the well-being of human beings. Yet more confirmation of this obvious truth came in Russia this July when a chess-playing robot broke a seven-year-old boy's finger, which it apparently had been unable to distinguish from a chess piece…

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For anyone who would like to listen to, rather than read, articles from this site, we now have a page featuring audio recordings of some 25 readings by Winter Oak's Paul Cudenec.

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Acorn quote:

"In the excitement over the unfolding of his scientific and technical powers, modern man has built a system of production that ravishes nature and a type of society that mutilates man". E.F. Schumacher

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8 Aug 2022 | 5:33 pm

Facing up to the crime in progress


by Paul Cudenec

The events which have been unfolding since 2020 have obliged me, more than ever, to take an overview of the place at which humankind finds itself today.

And my recent reading of Fredy Perlman, alongside my research on the global mafia and their odious "development" agenda which has led to the Great Reset, has left me with a somewhat disturbing new impression.

I now feel that I was born into, and have spent my whole life within, a crime!

I am not the perpetrator of this crime, of course, nor am I more a victim than anyone else.

The aggrieved party is the whole of humankind and all the other beings with whom we share this world.

We are all being reduced to the status of objects, human or natural capital, fit only to feed the dead-eyed totalitarian global greed-machine.

Life itself is under attack, life and all the joyfulness and sense of well-being that goes with it.

Life is being suffocated, raped, tortured, injected with poisons, dismembered, processed into pulp.

The crucial point here is that this is not just a phenomenon that has randomly arisen or evolved; this is more than just an ongoing disaster.

We are talking about a process which has been deliberately planned, engineered and extended for many centuries.

Life is not dying, she is being murdered.

She is being murdered by a venal clique of philanthropaths whose sole "value" is the exponential increase of their own wealth and power.

Furthermore, these scheming gangsters have worked very hard to conceal not only their own identity but even the fact that a murder is taking place.

They have constructed an edifice of deceit which presents everything that they do as being "innovative" and "forward-looking", as representing the necessary and laudable advance of something they like to call Progress.

The corollary of this lie is, of course, that anyone who challenges their supposedly do-gooding goals is automatically considered bad or insane.

The moment that we wake up to the horror of what is happening around us and start to speak out, we are shouted down, mocked, insulted, threatened, shamed.

To identify and challenge any aspect of the crime in progress, let alone the whole vile thing, makes us "extremists", "subversives", "cranks", "conspiracy theorists" or even "terrorists".

We risk being investigated, intimidated or imprisoned, losing our jobs and our friends, being branded, smeared and ostracised.

Through practical expediency, we therefore start to take care of whom we talk to, we hide our traces, nurture anonymity, water down our views in certain company.

Gaslighted by the criminals who rule over us, we end up criminalising ourselves, acting as if we were the ones with something to hide, the ones with a guilty conscience!

If we don't pay attention, we risk embracing the labels they stick on us, confining ourselves to political and cultural ghettoes, cutting ourselves off from the rest of society and from badly-needed potential allies.

Now that the criminals seem at the point of pushing humankind into an unimaginable condition of abject slavery, all the while killing off the natural world with their machineries of control, there is no point in hiding away in safe spaces, no point in prevaricating.

The stage has clearly been reached where we all need to throw caution to the winds, break free from doubt and fear.

We need to embrace the certainty that we represent the force of light and truth against the dark sickness of the psychopaths and their lies.

Our moral and spiritual self-empowerment will allow us to together find the clarity and courage to directly confront the criminals who are destroying everything that is good and alive.

We know who they are, we know what they are doing and we know that if we are prepared to give everything – really everything! – we have the collective power to rise up and throw off, once and for all, the deathly grip of this murderous money-mafia.

[Audio version]

Winter Oak
2 Aug 2022 | 11:49 am

A developing evil: the malignant historical force behind the Great Reset


by Paul Cudenec

[This is the text of a talk I gave at the "Three Days Against Techno-Sciences" gathering near Alessandria, Italy, on Saturday July 30, 2022. Many thanks to the organisers and fellow participants for the warm welcome and the stimulating exchanges. A post-recorded audio version can be found here.]

The so-called Great Reset is nothing but the extension and violent acceleration of a longstanding process.

Over the decades, I have often despaired at the general apathy of my fellow citizens in the face of the dark forces which I could clearly see – and feel – gathering.

Wondering how we could ever hope to see a mass uprising against the dominant system, I sometimes comforted myself with the thought that one day "they" would become so arrogant, or impatient, that they would push things too far, beyond the limits of what humankind is collectively prepared to tolerate.

What we have been experiencing for the last two years could well be that moment, so that the Great Reset would prove to be not just the extension of the existing process, but its culmination, the hubris which announces its final demise, its nemesis.

So what is this "process" I am talking about? There are lots of different ways of describing it. It is the increase of centralising power, the tightening of control, the growth of "the economy", the ever-closer convergence of power and money.

Today I want to focus on one concept which I think is key to understanding the essence of this process, namely "development".

The term, in English, is a very broad and ambiguous one, which allows it to be seriously misused and manipulated.

Sometimes it is used in the intransitive context to refer to something that happens by itself, from the inside, like the development of a child's abilities or character as it grows into an adult, the development of somebody's understanding or the development of a particular culture.

In this sense, it carries the implications of being natural and positive – resonances which serve to disguise the quite different qualities of other applications of the same word.

Development used in a transitive sense refers to actions taken from the outside to develop a certain thing.

It could refer to what I am doing right now – the development of an idea or an argument. This kind of development is the act of organising various elements (information, personal experience, opinions) in order to create something which is (hopefully!) coherent and useful.

Again, this sense carries positive implications which can be used to camouflage the reality behind other processes with the same semantic label.

In terms of the historical process I referred to, development could broadly be applied to the industrialisation which began in the country of my birth in the 18th century and subsequently spread across what we term the West.

Here we can immediately see how the other meanings of the word "development" obscure our understanding of the industrial variety.

The first, intransitive, association can lead us into imagining that industry was something that "developed" organically, all by itself, as the unfolding of a natural socio-economic evolution.

And the second, transitive, association could make us assume that industrial development was a positive process of using our collective intelligence to organise something useful for society.

Conventional opinion within industrial society usually amounts to a combination of these two, faulty, interpretations: people tend to imagine that the natural evolution of our collective intelligence leads us to organise this inevitable and ongoing development.

Continuous industrial development has been the background to all our lives, but it is not necessarily something of which we are always conscious.

For me, the form in which it first became visible and real was that of what in England is called "property development", namely the building of houses, shops and factories on what was previously "undeveloped" land.

My first encounter with this phenomenon was when I was about ten years old and living on the very southern edge of the London conurbation.

One summer day I discovered, with some schoolfriends, what seemed to me like an amazing paradise – a meadow, ringed with trees, with a tiny stream running through the middle of it, over which we leapt time and time again, tumbling and laughing into the lush green grass.

Some time later I went back there to taste again that moment of pure happiness and discovered that somebody had left mysterious piles of large concrete pipes in our field.

Being children, we didn't care too much, had no idea what all this meant, and happily spent the afternoon clambering around, and through, these pipes.

But the second time I went back, the field was a housing estate and there was no more grass, no more stream, no more playing.

A few years later, my mother bought, as a present for an elderly friend, a book of photographs of the local area dating from the beginning of the 20th century, when this lady was a girl.

Glancing through the images, I noticed that one of them apparently showed a road that I knew well. But I couldn't believe it was the same place.

In the photograph was a simple country lane, surrounded on all sides by trees, along which a man was leading a horse and cart.

The road that I knew in the 1970s, although still called a "lane", was lined with identical 1930s houses along its whole length and was intersected by one of the busiest traffic routes out of London.

Suddenly I understood why older people had always referred to the local suburban shopping parade as "the village". It really had been a village when they first knew it!

How could everything have changed so quickly, within the living memory of people I personally knew?

I could never see the area in which I had always lived in the same way again and later chose to live and work outside of London, in Sussex, where I discovered villages and country lanes which no longer existed in the area where I grew up.

For a long time I was happy there. I felt I was breathing an air which had been denied me for too long.

But, of course, I wasn't safe from the advance of development, whose principal requirement is that it must never slow down, let alone stop.

All around me were appearing new housing developments, new roads to serve the houses, more new houses to fill the spaces opened up by the new roads, new shopping precincts to serve the people living in the houses and more new roads to take them there.

Both in my work as a journalist on a local newspaper and in my parallel role as a campaigner trying to protect the countryside, I came to understand the mechanisms by which this development came to happen.

The first thing I observed was that there was always local opposition to any proposed development on a greenfield area – the bigger the project, the greater the opposition.

But this opposition was very rarely successful.

Several methods were used to ensure that development triumphed over the wishes of the local people.

The first was for local politicians and officials to denigrate opponents of the scheme in question, in which ever way seemed most appropriate.

If the opponents were local people living close to the proposed development, they were selfish individuals termed NIMBYs – Not In My Back Yard.

If people from further away were involved, who could not be accused of having a purely personal interest, they were dubbed "outside agitators" or "rent-a-mob troublemakers".

In this way, no dissent could ever be seen as legitimate.

Alongside this approach came the inevitable narrative that the development was badly "needed", providing homes for families, jobs for workers, or a "boost" for the local economy.

This argument was welded to the message that there was something inevitable about the whole process, that losing green space to concrete and tarmac was simply something one had to accept in life.

I also came across a degree of corruption, of course, of very close connections between local officials and the property development businesses whose projects they authorised.

But behind these levels of propaganda and corruption was something else, something even more important: the "need" for development was written into the bureaucratic planning structures devised by central government, with which local authorities had to comply.

All that the local council could really decide was where this development would be accommodated.

So even if the people living in an area were unanimously against a certain development, even if they had somehow, miraculously, managed to elect representatives who were prepared to respect their opposition, all that could be achieved was for that development to be delayed, modified in some way so as to make it more acceptable or, at the very best, displaced to some other corner of the local area where the residents were less vociferous or influential.

The overall process of development itself was sacrosanct and officially ensured.

All the language and arguments in favour of development therefore served not so much to convince people that it was necessary, as to cloak the reality that it would in any case be imposed on them against their will by central power.

This is important, as we will see later…

There are, of course, lots of different kinds of "development".

Wolfgang Sachs describes, in The Development Dictionary, a very insightful resource on this subject, how the idea of development used to be based on the notion of a nation-state's transition from agrarian to industrial status. "The state was conventionally considered to be the main actor, and the national society the main target, of development planning". (1)

But in the closing decades of the last century the phenomenon outgrew the national scale and turned into globalization. For Sachs, development and globalization are one and the same phenomenon. He says: "Globalization can be aptly understood as development without nation-states". (2)

A narrative is always needed to dress up development and sell it to the public.

As Gustavo Esteva points out in the same book, the promotion of development as a good thing, as a worthy and humanitarian cause, depends on the theoretical existence of "the undignified condition called underdevelopment". (3)

He writes: "In order for someone to conceive the possibility of escaping from a particular condition, it is necessary first to feel that one has fallen into that condition. For those who make up two-thirds of the world's population today, to think of development – of any kind of development – requires first the perception of themselves as underdeveloped, with the whole burden of connotations that this carries". (4)

This idea of "underdevelopment" is, he concludes, "a manipulative trick to involve people in struggles for getting what the powerful want to impose on them". (5)

The term "poverty" is used in the same way. Certain ways of life are designated with this term and the people and communities involved are identified as a "problem" for which development can provide the solution.

Those pushing this agenda are happy to cynically exploit the naivety of those who fall for the lie and enthusiastically jump aboard the bandwagon of "helping" those who have not yet been turned into what Otto Ulrich calls "a mechanical cog in a great production apparatus dominated by the world market". (6)

In Europe, a key institution promoting development is The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, founded sixty years ago. (7)

Its slogan speaks of "better policies for better lives", by means of, again in its own words, "accelerating development".

This body started out its life as the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, formed to administer the USA's Marshall Plan aid for the "building back better" of Europe after the devastation of the Second World War.

The OEEC officially turned into the OECD at a ceremony in 1960 at the Chateau de la Muette in Paris, which is still the organisation's headquarters.

Coincidentally, this building originally belonged to a member of the French branch of the Rothschild family, who have played such a key historical role in development, of railways, all over the world, of the Suez Canal, of mining, and who were also pre-eminent, as the company boasts on its website, in the "development of the sovereign bond market, beginning in Europe and Russia, and expanding to every continent". (8)

Rothschild and Co add that the foundations for their current success were laid during the Second World War when they established their business presence in the USA and were thus able to vastly expand their global operation, "opening offices in every major market around the world".

A key role in pushing the idea of development has also been played by the United Nations, set up on the initiative of the USA at the end of the Second World War.

In the Preamble to its Founding Charter in 1945, it announced its determination "to promote social progress and better standards of life… and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples". (9)

The "First UN Development Decade" between 1960 and 1970, which claimed to identify a problem with "underdeveloped" people, again insisted that its aim was to improve the quality of their lives. This spin was reflected in the name of the development body it spawned in 1963, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Social development. Nothing to do with money!

In 1970 it launched an International Development Strategy and an associated UN resolution announced a unified approach to development and planning, "which would fully integrate the economic and social components in the formulation of policies and programmes".

This declared that its aims were to "leave no sector of the population outside the scope of change and development" and "to give high priority to the development of human potentials … the provision of employment opportunities and meeting the needs of children". (10)

That is to say the "needs" of children as defined by those who aim to extract maximum profit from developing their human potential.

In 1986 the UN went even further when it published its Declaration on the Right to Development. (11)

Although this text clearly identified the aim of establishing what it called "a new international economic order", it hid this agenda behind the absurd statement that "the right to development is an inalienable human right".

"States have the primary responsibility for the creation of national and international conditions favourable to the realization of the right to development", it insisted.

"States have the duty to co-operate with each other in ensuring development and eliminating obstacles to development".

"Sustained action is required to promote more rapid development of developing countries".

And the final passage, Article 10, declares: "Steps should be taken to ensure the full exercise and progressive enhancement of the right to development, including the formulation, adoption and implementation of policy, legislative and other measures at the national and international levels".

And that is what we have seen shaping up over the subsequent decades…

In 1990 the United Nations Development Programme published its first Human Development Report, defending the inalienable right of all human beings to be developed. (12)

Then ten years later, in 2000, it launched its Millennium Development Goals, based on the International Development Goals drawn up at Chateau de la Muette by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee. (13)

Private-public partnerships were very much encouraged. Goal 8 was "to develop a global partnership for development", which could mean "cooperation with pharmaceutical companies" or making available the "benefits of new technologies" by working with Big Tech. (14)

Collaborating closely with the United Nations on creating these global development-imposing infrastructures has been the World Bank Group, which in fact has a treaty-based relationship with the UN that dates back to its founding. (15)

Describing itself as "the world's largest development institution", it was founded in 1944 (again at that key historical moment at the end of the Second World War) as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and, like the OECD, it was originally involved in making loans to facilitate the post-war Build Back Better. (16)

It is worth considering Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret's comment in their 2020 book Covid-19: The Great Reset that wars, like pandemics, "have the potential to be a transformative crisis of previously unimaginable proportions".

They wrote: "World War II was the quintessential transformational war, triggering not only fundamental changes to the global order and the global economy, but also entailing radical shifts in social attitudes and beliefs that eventually paved the way for radically new policies and social contract provisions". (17)

When there was no more money to be made from post-war reconstruction, the World Bank shifted its focus towards "development", with a heavy emphasis on infrastructure such as dams, electrical grids, irrigation systems, and roads.

It has also long been interested in so-called "rural development", aiming to "increase production and raise productivity" by means of what it calls a "transition from traditional isolation". The World Bank would like to enable the "transfer of people out of low productivity agriculture into more rewarding pursuits". (18)

Rewarding for whom, exactly?

Gradually the World Bank built up a network of institutions, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which allowed it, in its own words, to "connect global financial resources to the needs of developing countries" under the feel-good catchphrase of "ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity". (19)

What this connection actually means is clear from the IFC's own reports. While boasting that, since 1956, it has "invested more than $321 billion in emerging markets and developing economies", it also stresses: "IFC operates on a commercial basis. We invest exclusively in for-profit projects in developing countries". (20)

It is not for nothing that the World Bank/IFC use the slogan "Creating Markets, Creating Opportunities" (21). For all the do-good language, the bottom line is that investment, like development, is really about making money and accumulating power.

In this light, it is hardly surprising that the World Bank was an enthusiastic partner of the UN in pushing its Millennium Development Goals and its global partnership for greed.

As it admitted: "The World Bank is committed to helping achieve the MDGs because, simply put, these goals are our goals". (22)

The World Bank has been peddling the greenwashing scam of so-called "sustainable development" for quite a while now.

As far back as 1988, its senior vice-president David Hopper was announcing that it would be getting involved in "formulating, implementing and enforcing environmental policies". (23)

And, needless to say, the World Bank is fully behind the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015 and targeting 2030 as their completion date. It declares that these are "an historic global achievement", boasts that they were "formulated with strong participation from the World Bank Group" and are, of course, "fully consistent" with its own dubious goals. (24)

In fact, in 2018 it signed a Strategic Partnership Framework with the UN to push the SDGs and help bring about all sorts of noble outcomes, such as "helping countries attract and manage private capital" so they can "achieve measurable results at scale to transform their economies and societies" and "build human capital". (25)

The World Bank/United Nations – which seem to be so close that they are almost the same thing – are also keen on "enhancing countries' digital data capacities to improve implementation and maximize positive development impacts" and "harnessing data to improve development outcomes".

In reality, the "sustainable" development they are promoting is every bit of an oxymoron as "equitable" development, being just another aspect of the camouflage with which its proponents hide the reality of their insidious agenda from public view.

As Esteva writes, "Sustainable development has been explicitly conceived as a strategy for sustaining 'development', not for supporting the flourishing and enduring of an infinitely diverse natural and social life". (26)

The real significance of the UNSDGs is as the administrative foundation of the totalitarian technocratic dystopia which the money-power is currently trying to impose on us.

They essentially amount to the same thing, on a global scale, as the planning criteria which force local councils to override public opinion and develop green spaces.

They fix certain development objectives – goals as they term them – into law so that they have to be imposed on the public, whatever the views of that public.

But because they don't want this profoundly undemocratic situation to be visible, they also construct the propaganda layer which aims, like the propaganda about the need for local "development", to conceal the true nature of the process.

The propaganda for the UNSDGs amounts to everything "woke" and "progressive", an official saccharine liberal agenda which has now crept into every part of our culture.

And, just as people who oppose new roads, railways, factories or housing estates being built over the countryside are condemned as being "selfish" or "anti-social", so are opponents of the SDGs also condemned as being politically unacceptable.

Because the development mafia depicts itself as representing "good", all those who go against its agenda must necessarily be "bad" – reactionary, right-wing, conspiracy theorists.

But, in reality, this represents a remarkable inversion of the truth. The "goodness" of development may be enshrined in law and chorused from every direction, but it is nevertheless non-existent.

The process which calls itself "development" in fact equates to nothing other than destruction, in every context.

It is the destruction of nature, now seen as a mere resource to be used for development or as an empty undeveloped space in which development could, should and, ultimately, must take place.

It is the destruction of natural human communities, whose self-sufficiency gets in the way of the advance of development, and of authentic human culture and traditional values, which are incompatible with the dogma and domination of development.

In the words of Ivan Illich: "Development can be imagined as a blast of wind that blows people off their feet, out of their familiar space, and places them on an artificial platform, a new structure of living". (27)

It involves the destruction of individual autonomy, since human beings are seen as nothing more than human resources, human capital, to feed the unending appetite of development.

Development also implies the destruction of democracy, as the goals of development are imposed on us by mechanisms hidden from general public view.

All in all, development amounts to the negation of all that is organic, all that is living. It is vitaphobic.

And why does development exist, what is the purpose behind all this destruction? It is nothing more than money and power, which are the same thing in our society.

What is being "developed" in all these various life-destroying ways is, in fact, the money and power of those who initiated and imposed the process.

Their money "develops" because they extract a profit from all these destructive activities and because they lend money, at interest, to governments in order to "finance" huge projects represented as being for the common or national good.

Where they got this money from in the first place – whether it is rightfully theirs or a creation of wealth out of thin air from dubious bookmaking practices – is another matter.

But what is for sure is that debts owed to such financiers give them even more leverage over governments and the ability to insist on yet more "development" in order to generate the money needed to keep the repayments coming. They will, of course, be very happy to "finance" this next phase of development, which is always lurking on the horizon as a seemingly unavoidable economic necessity.

This is blackmail on an unimaginably vast scale. Unending, spiralling blackmail. Sustainable blackmail.

So those behind "development" have been destroying everything of real value in our natural world and our human societies in the pursuit of personal wealth and power.

And they have taken care to conceal this crime behind all the positive-sounding rhetoric associated with development on every level.

Far from being something inherently good, development therefore represents something which is very close to what we might call evil.

We have seen so many signs of this evil in all the development we have been collectively enduring for many centuries.

Rivers turned black and the air turned toxic by the pollution of industrial development.

Forests rased, land desecrated, species wiped out by its endless greed.

Children crushed to death by its machineries, lives ruined and cut short by decades of thankless toil in its factories, mines and sweatshops.

Communities across the world ripped from the land, ripped from each other, ripped from the happy natural lives that should have been their birthright.

All meaning and value stolen from our existences, everything reduced to profit and concealed by lies.

As Sachs writes: "Suspicion grows that development was a misconceived enterprise from the beginning. Indeed, it is not the failure of development which has to be feared, but its success. What would a completely developed world look like?" (28)

It would simply be a dead world.

Since 2020, the evil inherent to this development-based system has become much more visible to many more of us.

We have seen people forbidden to gather together, made to cover their faces with masks, told not to touch each other. Children have been prevented from playing together, old people left to die alone without someone to hold their hand during their final hours, millions and millions of people reduced to a state of cowering fear by the manipulative lies of the system as it seeks to ramp up its malignant control.

This expansion of power is now threatening our very bodies, which it claims as its own.

It wants to infect us with its gene-altering chemicals, pollute our bodies with its nanotechnology, control our fertility, imprison us – "center us", as the United Nations puts it (29) – in smart cities, digital concentration camps in which our online virtual twins are used as lucrative sources of speculation and profit for impact investment vampires in their psychopathic plans for a whole new kind of "human development" that is indistinguishable from slavery.

This thing we call development is a force of darkness and so to oppose it we need to harness the power of light.

Light, first of all, to illuminate the truth of this entity's activities, its destruction, blackmail and concealment.

As we have seen, its first line of defence is the pretence that "development" has no sinister intent and is just an inevitable and natural part of human evolution.

If we can break through that line of defence, by exposing its real raw agenda, its physical power will be visible and thus open to general attack.

But we also need to harness the light in what we might call a spiritual sense.

Because development is vitaphobic, we need to summon up the power of life itself to fight it.

This power is within each and every one of us. It does not start with us, but comes to us from the wider living organism of which we are part, the organism which is being murdered by the dark force of development.

We can access this vital energy, individually and then collectively, only if we really want to, if we are prepared to lower all the barriers of subjectivity and separation behind which we have learned to hide.

First of all, this means searching for our real selves, which cannot be found in the virtual online identities currently being constructed for us, of course, nor in the legal identity given to us by the state, nor even in the sense of individual identity provided by the ego.

Our real self, we will find, is a self which knows itself to be merely a part of a greater reality.

We can discover ourselves to be part of the place where we live, modelled and adapted to the landscape, the climate, the food that grows there: we are shaped by this place and it, in turn, is shaped by us.

We can discover ourselves to be part of a community, to be surrounded not by anonymous strangers whom we do our best to avoid, but by fellow beings who share our belonging to that local place and with whom we could forge networks of mutual aid, solidarity and autonomy.

We can discover ourselves to be part of the living world, human nodes in a great network of organic interaction which amounts to one enormous and unimaginably complex organism.

And we can discover ourselves to be part of the entire universe, to be one tiny nerve-ending of a living cosmic whole.

It is the vital energy of this cosmic whole, the energy that animates and propels every facet of its healthy living, that we might call the light.

We can only draw on this light, this energy, when we know that it is there. Knowledge of the light, however we choose to describe it, involves knowledge of our belonging, it involves knowledge of unity.

The darkness represented by development knows only separation and fragmentation. Its reign of quantity, to use René Guénon's term, is based on the idea of multiplication, of an endless accumulation of objects, possessions, so-called wealth.

But within a given finite context, such as our world, this multiplication can only amount to division – it merely slices up the existing unity into billions of smaller pieces, cut off from each other and from the whole.

The light, the knowledge of unity, gives us the power to combat that fragmentation and restore the reign of quality and living authenticity.

We need to allow ourselves to be flooded by this light, to be taken over by it and used by it in whatever way is necessary to free our world from the vile and all-destroying monster which goes by the name of "development".

NOTES

  1. Wolfgang Sachs, 'Preface to the New Edition', The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power, ed. Wolfgang Sachs (London/New York, Zed Books, 2010), p. vii.
  2. Sachs, 'Preface to the New Edition', The Development Dictionary, p. vii.
  3. Gustavo Esteva, 'Development', The Development Dictionary, p. 2.
  4. Esteva, p. 3.
  5. Esteva, p. 3.
  6. Otto Ulrich, 'Technology', The Development Dictionary, p. 320.
  7. https://www.oecd.org/
  8. https://www.rothschildandco.com/en/about-us/our-story/
  9. Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations, New York: UN Office of Public Information, 1968). cit. Wolfgang Sachs, 'One World', The Development Dictionary, p. 112.
  10. UNRISD, The Quest for a Unified Approach to Development (Geneva: UNRISD, 1980), cit. Estava, p. 10.
  11. un.org/en/events/righttodevelopment/declaration.shtml
  12. https://hdr.undp.org/en/content/what-humandevelopment
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Development_Goals
  14. https://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/Goal_8_fs.pdf
  15. https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/sdgs-2030-agenda
  16. https://www.worldbank.org/en/about/history
  17. Klaus Schwab, Thierry Malleret, Covid-19: The Great Reset (Geneva: WEF, 2020), e-book. Edition 1.0, 5%
  18. World Bank, Assault on World Poverty (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975), cit. Arturo Escobar, 'Planning', The Development Dictionary, pp. 152-53.
  19. https://www.worldbank.org/en/about/history
  20. https://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/corp_ext_content/ifc_external_corporate_site/home
Winter Oak
19 Jul 2022 | 4:30 pm

Awakening & Resurgence 1


The vital spirit of humanity needs to spring up into vibrant life everywhere in the face of the unprecedented existential threat from the money-empire's planned transition to a global digital slave-system.

Articles and analysis, as usually featured on the Winter Oak site, will not be enough to spark this creative resurgence.

It needs to come from a deep place, from the heart as well as from the mind, flowing past all the restraints on our thinking and feeling which have been imposed on us.

Here we look at few examples of this cultural flowering-in-the-face-of-adversity which have lately come to our attention.

If we have added the number 1 after the title of the post, it is because we would like to publish more in this series at later dates and we invite our readers to suggest future content, either through the comments on this page or by writing to winteroak@greenmail.net.

I. THE POWER OF POETRY

First of all, thanks to Sea J Panther for sending us his reading of the poem Earth Magik…

… plus his Swords of Consciousness, as read by a friend.

And here are some powerful poems by Danica Thiessen, from an as-yet unpublished collection called Poetry of Defiance

Globalization

You give nothing to us but utility
And pre-fabricated tyranny.
Crime by night,
Wage Labour by day,
All beauty has become your prey.

The Mega Machine

Predictable and unmoving,
Industrial and grey.
When you confront me I can imagine nothing besides you.
Ever hard, underneath and all around,
Guiding me along steel surfaces,
Following concrete lines, I despair.

Smell of soft tar,
Smell of fresh adhesive,
Smell of diesel fumes,
These are our childhoods,
These are you.

What is life?

Is Life's highest destiny
To live inside sterility?
I'd rather risk disease and death
Then stand in fear of another's breath.

Wasteland

I was born in a wasteland of human progress,
Where we drove all our babies home.
Sometimes I noticed other species regress,
While oil made Sapiens stand alone.

The exhaust swirled about my newborns,
I choked on diesel while my center swelled,
The pain of life within these forms,
The shock of seeing great forests felled.

I was born in a wasteland of human progress,
Where we used plastic to help our babies chew.
Then I saw that we were dying of excess,
It was the only life my people knew.

To my Corporate Enemy

You took Our Nature that's eternal
You took my Remembrance of the place
You paved a Garden that's Immortal
You've made another concrete space.

A Million Tons of Waste

A million tons of waste,
Of toxic waste, of hate;
A hundred years of haste
To a deeply poisoned Fate.

The oil we have dredged,
The spiking, dipping charts,
The future we have hedged
On our slowly failing hearts.

You tell me it's particulates,
Or perhaps the PVC
I tell you it's the hypocrites
In Washington DC.

Surely we have earned
This collective suicide,
Since our wealth has always turned
On Industrial Ecocide.

Destroy the Corporate Tyrants,
That have done this to my home,
They are our modern pirates
With the decadence of Rome.

The species I have cherished,
Walk to a sharp-edged fate,
While there is an evil marriage
Between Industry and Hate.

Earth

What if It's Alive and we,
Missed the point, failed to See.
That the Earth is Alive Inside.
Did we ask Her Permission to hide?
To hide, to build our homes?
To cut our quarry Stones?
To carry the Jewels from her Bowels?
To carve deep holes with our trowels?
Or were we mistaken in our Ruling?
For it's Our Nature that we're Fooling,
'Cause it's all Alive you see-
And our Life-Blood's tied to the Trees.

II. THE SWORD OF SATIRE

Parallel Plandemics: Short Stories from the Annals of Parallel Earths is a new work from Mark the Mystic Activist, whose Soul Families we have already featured on this site.

Narrated by "Auntie Val" (a previous written incarnation of the same author) on her deathbed, it skips lightly between inventive baroque humour and startling insights into the contemporary world.

Rather than take on the impossible, and entirely futile, task of flattening its multi-dimensional wit and wisdom into some kind of summary, we will just share some passages from the text:

The Virus Affair was lifting up the bonnet of the great car of human civilisation; exposing the appalling
state of the engine – the way Dorothy had unveiled the Wizard of Oz: somehow unbinding whatever was still spellbound within us.

Freedom? What Freedom? What Freedom do you want? The Freedom to work like a dog to maintain your kennel? The Freedom to go walkies at weekends? The Freedom to like what you´ve been told to like, Pavlov-like? The Freedom to live in mass manufactured alienation? What Freedom do you want?

The Great Reset Psy Ops Team is convincing humanity that to become a bio-digital humanoid, living on modified food in a smart environment, under the all seeing eye of A.I. – is natural, eco, organic and GREEN!

They mastered Orwellian doublespeak ages ago. Then they perfected triplespeak, then quadrospeak… Now they´re up to Octospeak!

Their emails and tweets and podcasts and posts went as viral as the Plandemic. No words were more hash-tagged, or googled, or copied and pasted, than The Affirmation. "I Affirm my devotion to this Great Mystery!" a radical Tarot reader would declare. "I affirm my devotion to the innocence in the eyes of the animals!" a vegetarian Veterinarian would declare. "I affirm we´re all as beautifully neurotic as each other!" a revolutionary Psychotherapist would declare. And so it was that, once: the multifarious multitudes of Resistances of the World came to resonate, one by one, with this subtle yet potent reconceptualisation…

One by one they came – and the resonance of The Affirmation got stronger, and stronger – until: there came a moment, one day, when the resonance of The Affirmation began to rattle the collective consciousness of humankind, like an invisible earthquake. And still they came! And the resonance got stronger still. Until: there came a moment, one day, when, like a Hiroshima of Love and Light – The Affirmation burst upon the world; blasting through the ether of the Earth, exploding through the One Human Heart – healing mercilessly as it went; healing even hearts previously thought beyond soothing.

The leaflet was from The Unvaccinated! The Unvaccinated who lived like lepers and wolves in the hills – refining their bushcraft and foraging skills – and plotting their revolutions. It was said that viruses swarmed in their saliva, and sprouted in their dreadlocks…

The words ´a war on connection´ rattled about inside him. He began to shake, and sweat. And shake and sweat. And shake and sweat until – O.M.G. – he SAW it! In his heart! It WAS a war on connection! It WAS as simple as that!

Evil emperors, mad monarchs, and prostituted politicians had declared war, unilaterally – upon their own species, upon the human race. Everywhere target-locked Syringe Drones rained down, out of the balmy summer skies. People rushed about beneath metal umbrellas – but even then, sometimes the Drones got them… People went shopping in anti-missile gear; people boarded up their windows, and only partied in bunkers, underground… Yet somehow, even then, sometimes, the Syringe Drones got them… If a Syringe Drone did get you, despite your precautions, genetic mutation was more or less immediate… The bio-techno liquid slid confidently into your bloodstream; all emotion, intuition and logic clotted – and cockroach-burgers and chips suddenly made your modified mouth water.

We must cry together for the loss of our Belonging – for the loss of our Oneness, for the loss of our innate freedom and joy – before they fade altogether from the collective human memory!

The Transhumans – all of them modified, one way or another; most of them modified beyond repair – would process ritually, once a year, out of their Smart Cities into The Wilds where The Uninjected roamed: nomadic hunter-gatherers descended from the humans who had refused to be injected, and nanochipped, and linked into a global A.I. Supermind. The Transhumans would march looking straight ahead, solemnly – for these were the celebrations of Happy Day – the day A.I. had ascended to the throne of planet Earth. And this year, as every year, the celebrations would begin with the celebratory annual Human Cull…

To breeze along, whistling through one´s days, when fascists from the left, fascists from the right, sly fascists who fight for both sides, and fascists who don´t give a shit about sides, ALL sign a pact to Fuck Humanity Over, and start about their business with fine-timed efficiency, cunning, and a vicious determination – is not only disassociation; but denial; and delusion!

For us, this era of the Great Reset Conspiracy is both an emergency and an emergence… We see it as an emergency in the expected sense – as a state of alarm. Indiscriminate genocide… The genetic modification of the species… Brutal digital totalitarianism… Yet we also see this as an era of emergence: as a time when we are being pushed into the presence of our innermost truths – a time when our innermost truths are challenging us, and demanding we decide whether we stand for sanity, or not – and a time when we, and millions like us, are looking our innermost truths in the eye, and emerging – answering proudly and passionately "Yes! We choose Sanity! We choose Love! Absolutely! Come What May!"

Parallel Plandemics is currently available for free download as a .pdf at t.me/soulfamilies (shortly in Spanish at t.me/familiasdealmas). The author, Mark, is setting up a series of weekend workshops for this autumn and onwards – weekends when he'll come to people's local areas, share the Soul Families vision, equip them with some basic skills, and hopefully inspire them to start a Soul Family in their area. He told us: "After all, Parallel Plandemics (though satirical, entertaining – hopefully – and all that) still has an underlying message about forming local Tribes".

III. THE MIGHT OF MUSIC

There has been a massive musical response all over the world to the Great Reset nightmare and everybody will have their own favourites.

But here are a few more suggestions, starting with three from Nate:

Nate: The Awakening

Nate: Digital ID

Nate: We Say No

Radio Row: The Great Reset

LINK HERE

Inspekta Veg: Bust up your TVs

Inspekta Veg: Non compliance

Kid Kapichi ft. Bob Vylan: New England

Babylon Dead: Resistance

Babylon Dead: Nineteen84

Winter Oak
15 Jul 2022 | 3:37 pm

Enforcing the agenda of greed


Perhaps the biggest lie peddled by the global "development" mafia is that they have our consent to destroy nature and community.

In truth nearly every step they take in their crazed quest for profit and control meets with opposition.

People don't want to see green fields near where they live turned into supermarkets or industrial estates.

People don't want to see a motorway tear through the woodland where they walk their dog every morning.

People don't want to see the countryside around them scarred and polluted by the toxic infrastructure of fracking.

Because the financial interests behind these projects have all the power that money can buy, they usually manage to get official permission to go ahead despite public hostility.

But what happens when people refuse to back down, when they fight to protect the land from the mafia's machineries?

It is at this point that the money-nexus has to deploy its most important weapon: the power and violence of the state.

Some useful analysis of how it does this can be found in a new academic book called Enforcing Ecocide: Power, Policing and Planetary Militarization, edited by Alexander Dunlap and Andrea Brock.

One chapter looks at the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail scheme in England, described as "the largest and most expensive post-war development in the UK" (1) and currently Europe's largest infrastructure project.

Write authors Andrea Brock and Jan Goodey: "Framed by the UK government as environmentally beneficial and contributing to economic growth, it is strongly resisted by campaigners and residents along its proposed route.

"They criticise the project for negatively affecting 108 ancient woodlands, destroying irreplaceable nature reserves, ecosystems, chalk aquifers, and waterways, as well as for the lack of economic benefits, and the huge costs for taxpayers". (2)

The spiralling cost has seen parts of the original plan abandoned, but this nature-wrecking project will still funnel billions and billions of pounds from the public purse into private pockets – which is, of course, the whole point of development schemes.

The authors explain: "Resistance along the route takes various shapes and forms — from legal challenges, lobbying, demonstrations, to direct action, including the continuous occupation and setup of protest camps along the proposed HS2 pathway to disrupt and slow down its development". (3)

They examine in detail the policing and corporate-state collusion used against this resistance, analysing the techniques and technologies of control as well as the violence of repression.

And they say this kind of public-private political policing in fact uses "counterinsurgency techniques" (4) first drawn up to impose and maintain the British empire – itself a global-scale development bonanza for the financial vermin who have long lurked in the sewers of the City of London.

"It's a style of warfare that makes use of intelligence networks, psychological operations, media manipulation, and security provision, including social development that seeks to maintain governmental legitimacy". (5)

The authors look, for instance, at the activities of the High Court Enforcement (HCE) Group which, despite its official-sounding name, is in fact a private company subcontracted by HS2 Ltd.

It combats protest by employing people sometimes described as "violence workers", that is to say former cops, bouncers or security guards.

Brock and Goodey note: "The company currently faces legal proceedings following the injuries of a number of protesters in a spate of separate incidents". (6)

They also describe the way that corporate injunctions (originally introduced in 1999, supposedly to combat "stalking") are used not only to deter protest but also to stop people monitoring the developers' illegal activities, such as the removal of nesting birds and badgers from ancient woodland. (7)

Data collection and surveillance also form part of the public-private repression.

Write the authors: "In 2016 it was uncovered in the Sunday Express that an internal HS2 Ltd. document stated that the company was looking to gather information on the sexual orientation, sex lives, mental health, criminal records, and political views of protesters, complainants and litigants including those seeking compensation or objecting to the project, as part of the company's Privacy Notice.

"The information could be volunteered freely but it could also be aggregated from doctors, the taxman, lawyers, the courts, security companies and credit agencies; third parties including healthcare, social and welfare advisers or practitioners, HM Revenue and Customs, law enforcement and security agencies and bodies, and relatives, guardians or other persons associated with the individual. This illustrates the involvement of different parts of the (welfare) state in policing dissent". (8)

They also quote people who have been shocked by the heavy policing.

Said one resident: "This is the first time in my life that I've felt I'm in a police state. I was scared, intimidated. At one point it was suggested I couldn't leave the area, or I may be arrested. I was struggling to believe this was the UK". (9)

This policing includes harassment, verbal abuse, intimidation and, of course, physical coercion. (10)

Cops have broken protesters' fingers with their boots; a bailiff left someone unable to move after he stamped on their head; other campaigners have had their noses broken or lost consciousness after being choke-held high up in tree canopies. (11)

One supporter of the protests describes being attacked by the National Eviction Team (NET), owned by the aforementioned HCE Group, while trying to leave a site.

"Eventually someone opened the car, punched me in the face at least three times and broke my jaw… I'm still in shock. I've seen the NET hurt my friends before, but I never expected to get attacked outside of a protest". (12)

The victim needed hospital treatment after this brutal state-sanctioned assault.

The authors comment: "Occasionally, incidents of violence – especially when recorded by campaigners – make it into the media, with accusations against security forces and bailiffs for severely injuring activists, including causing head injuries and choking campaigners.

"Yet, they rarely lead to prosecutions or convictions, and usually remain without consequences". (13)

The authors say that their evidence "illustrates that the view of the police as protector of public safety was only ever a liberal myth". (14)

They add: "Rather than protecting the right to protest, police collaborate with corporate security services to further limit this right and to facilitate HS2 development, while ignoring assaults on protesters and wildlife crimes". (15)

We could go further and say that the state for which the police supposedly work is itself nothing but a tool for the global financial mafia.

This mafia uses the state to launch endless phases of development – of its own wealth! – and it also uses the state to violently crush anyone who dares get in the way of its high-speed/high-greed destruction of our world and our lives.

  1. Andrea Brock, Jan Goodey, 'Policing the High Speed 2 (HS2) Train Line: Repression and Collusion Along Europe's Biggest Infrastructure Project', Alexander Dunlap, Andrea Brock (eds), Enforcing Ecocide: Power, Policing and Planetary Militarization (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), p. 228. All subsequent page references are for this work.
  2. p. 228.
  3. p. 228.
  4. p. 229.
  5. p. 231.
  6. p. 243.
  7. p. 248.
  8. p. 250.
  9. pp. 247-48.
  10. p. 251.
  11. p. 253.
  12. p. 254.
  13. p. 251.
  14. p. 245.
  15. p. 245.
Winter Oak
14 Jul 2022 | 7:21 pm

Fredy Perlman: against the system


A brand new profile has now gone live on the Organic Radicals site, looking at Fredy Perlman, who died in 1985 at the age of 50.

The anarchist author and publisher, co-founder of Black & Red Books in Detroit, USA, fiercely and eloquently condemned the modern system of artifice, destruction and exploitation.

"The Progress of the machine is first of all an unrelenting war against everyone and everything that is not a machine", he wrote. "Death is always on the side of the machines".

Perlman was inspired by organic radical William Blake, even using his art to illustrate his own work, translated Guy Debord's La Société du spectacle into English and influenced the green anarchism of John Zerzan.

Combining cultural and economic analysis, he showed the way that power and money had progressively gained a stranglehold over our world.

People within this global system accepted money as an equivalent for life and therefore the "sale of living activity", paid labour, became a condition for their survival, he said. "Daily activity takes the form of universal prostitution".

They therefore lost, or rather were robbed of, nearly everything that once gave context and meaning to human life.

"The increasingly numerous urban zeks concentrated in factories are, in fact, despoiled of every last trace of community, and in this sense they are more like domesticated cattle or sheep than like human beings in the state of nature", he wrote.

"Joy ceased to be life's aim; life itself became a mere means; its end was profit. The variety of hundreds of cultural forms was reduced to the uniformity of a unique routine: work, save, invest, sell, every day from sunrise to sunset, and count money after sundown".

"Reduced to blank slates by school, we cannot know what it was to grow up heirs to thousands of generations of vision, insight, experience".

Perlman did not shrink from deploying the term "usury" to describe the practice of the financial parasites who had become dominant in Europe since the end of the Middle Ages, before spreading across the world.

"Until the Renaissance, Europeans considered Usury a monstrosity. They associated the practice with alien ancient Etruscans and Carthaginians or with alien contemporary Jews and Muslims, and they called its practitioners bloodsuckers. Now European Usurers who call themselves bankers and investors replace saintly Anchorites in the paintings depicting the exalted.

"Usurers are the greatest Lords and princes of the realm. Greatness comes, not to those who serve the gods, but to those who serve the devil… The exalted are the unprincipled devotees of the fourth beast of the Book of Daniel, the servants of Leviathan".

This last term was the title Perlman chose to give to the global system in his best-known work.

As early as 1968, Perlman had named the enemy as being "a single world system" and by 1983's Against His-story, Against Leviathan! he was describing it as "a single Leviathan which holds all Earth in its entrails".

This was "a beast that originated in Ur, a beast whose artificial progeny would eventually swallow all human communities and, by our time, begin to eat the Biosphere".

"The Leviathan is a thing, and from its standpoint, humanity as well as nature are also things, objects, either obstacles or potential instruments", Perlman warned.

"The liquidation of free beings is in fact Leviathan's central project, and communities that nurture free beings are its greatest enemy".

The resistance of such free beings was, for Perlman, "the only human component of the entire His-story".

He declared: "The struggle against His-story, against Leviathan, is synonymous with Life; it is part of the Biosphere's self-defense against the monster rending her asunder".

We would do well to bear in mind today what Perlman, referencing Yevgeni Preobrazhensky, wrote about the origins of the wealth with which the ruling class sets in motion all the machineries of its ongoing exploitation.

This initial capital comes from plunder at home and abroad, from land grabbing and the eviction of peasants, from, in short, the theft of other people's homes, possessions and lives.

Explained Perlman: "The expropriated fields, forests and animals were garnered as bonanzas, as preliminary capital, as the precondition for the production process that was to turn the fields into farms, the trees into lumber, the animals into hats, the minerals into munitions, the human survivors into cheap labor".

Crucially, and very relevantly at the current time, this injection of raw wealth has to be repeated at regular intervals, because the business-as-usual profiteering is prone to various crises and would otherwise eventually grind to a halt.

Perlman pointed out: "The primitive or preliminary accumulation of capital is not something that happened once, in the distant past, and never after. It is something that continues to accompany the capitalist production process, and is an integral part of it.

"The process described by Marx is responsible for the regular and expected profits; the process described by Preobrazhensky is responsible for the takeoffs, the windfalls and the great leaps forward".

Leviathan is an all-devouring beast and nobody is ever safe from its insatiable greed, particularly when it feels the need to reset itself or build itself back better.

As Perlman warned back in 1979: "For two hundred years Capital developed by destroying nature, by removing and destroying human beings. Capital has now begun a frontal attack on its own domestics; its computers have begun to calculate the expendability of those who'd been taught to think themselves its beneficiaries".

For the entire fully-referenced article go here.

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