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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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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"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

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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.

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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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Winter Oak
11 Jul 2022 | 12:44 pm

The Acorn – 75


Number 75

In this issue:

  1. Storming the palaces of the money-power
  2. The green mask is slipping
  3. Smart Cities: an attempted crime against humanity
  4. John Cowper Powys: an organic radical inspiration
  5. Acorninfo

1. Storming the palaces of the money-power

A75 Sri Lanka

In previous Acorn reports about the growing resistance to the so-called Great Reset, we have mostly featured demonstrations.

In the pseudo-democratic phase of the system's development, this symbolic means of showing discontent and solidarity was often effective in at least slowing down the ruling mafia's relentless assaults on our freedom and well-being.

But since 2020 it has become increasingly clear that protests are no longer enough: those which challenge the dominant agenda are variously banned by the system's faithful adminstrators, attacked by its hired thugs, ignored by its propaganda machine and smeared by its fake opposition.

As the global Thing pushes on with its war on the 99%, it is therefore no surprise that people everywhere are starting to rise up in a much more direct fashion.

Following widespread sabotage of 5G infrastructure in France and the truckers' revolt in Canada the new spirit of feisty popular rebellion is spreading like wildfire across the world.

A75 Sri Lanka crowd2As people's real lives and livelihoods are threatened by the 2020s "transition" to techno-totalitarianism, they are finally standing up to the global money-power and its vile agenda.

Even the mainstream media couldn't pretend nothing was happening when months of anti-government protests in Sri Lanka culminated in vast crowds storming the presidential palace.

Insurrectionaries also torched the Prime Minister's residence and, significantly, broke through the front gate of Sri Lanka's Central Bank. As one commentator said on Twitter: "They are finally figuring out who the real target of their anger should be".

In Ecuador, indigenous movements have been engaged in ferocious street protests against the privatization policies of President Guillermo Lasso, a billionaire banker, as The Grayzone has been reporting via a series of videos, and Panama has seen days of strikes and protests against the rising financial cost of fuel, food and life in general.

Mozambique saw a vast protest in its capital Maputo against fuel price rises on July 8.

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In Africa, the global mafia have also launched a vast land-grabbing exercise under the pretext of "conservation" and "protecting nature".

As Aby L Sène explains, Western conservation agencies and their corporate and state allies want to "double the coverage of protected areas around the world by setting aside 30 percent of terrestrial cover for conservation by 2030".

"Indigenous and human rights activists are sounding the alarm, comparing the 30×30 plan to the second Scramble for Africa, one that would further dispossess, militarize, and privatize the commons in Africa".

Maasai tribes in Tanzania took up their traditional weapons in defiance of the violence of a system trying to "relocate" them from their ancestral homelands.

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One community leader told Survival International: "Our government has decided to unleash the full power of the military to oust us from our land".

In Europe, another land-grabbing exercise is being carried out in the name of environmentalism and "reducing nitrogen emissions", with agriculture its target.

Along with the food shortages blamed on the war in Ukraine, this seems to be part of the broader Great Reset agenda identified in March this year by our astute guest contributor.

He warned that food shortages "will offer a major boon to the synthetic biology industry as the convergence of digital technologies with material science and biology will radically transform the agricultural sector and encourage the adoption of plant-based and lab-grown alternatives on a global scale".

For Dutch farmers fighting for their land and livelihoods, their tractors have been their principal weapon.

Inspired by the Canadian truckers, they have been blocking city streets, motorways and airports and teaming up with German farmers to block border crossings.

They are warning: "The protests will continue. We have the support of millions of people. There will be actions that Holland has never seen before".

Farmers in Italy have also been vociferous, declaring: "We are not slaves, we are farmers!"

Elsewhere the uprising has remained, more or less, within the realm of traditional protest.

In Punjab, India, protesting farmers managed to break through police lines.

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In Albania, thousands took to the streets of the capital Tirana in protest at price hikes and government corruption.

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While the Great Reset gang push war, slavery and total control, people everywhere are standing up for peace, freedom and real democracy.

There have been several recent protests in Zürich, Switzerland, a country which is home to many of the global mafia's organisations.

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And in Germany people continue to take to the streets, week after week, to voice their opposition to the new totalitarianism.

Since our last bulletin, they have been protesting in Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Pforzheim, Reutlingen, Düsseldorf, Mundsburg, Bielefeld, Ulm, Dresden, Bayreuth

Meanwhile, some clued-up groups have been targeting specific Great Reset infrastructure with their protests.

In Gloucester, England, campaigners braved pouring rain to voice their opposition to a smart city project (see article 3 below on this subject).

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In northern France, a "Technopolice caravan" has been visiting various towns to warn people of the threat of smart cities and surveillance society.

And protesters disguised as "chimpanzees of the future" disrupted a transhumanist event in Lille, as captured on this video.

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We're not pretending this battle is going to be an easy one for us dissidents.

The global mafia will keep on pushing its evil agenda, at all costs, in spite of our resistance.

But we will keep on resisting, at all costs, in spite of their repression!

And The Acorn is confident that, against the forces of darkness and slavery, it will be humanity, freedom and life itself which will ultimately triumph!

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

"A Bill Gates Foundation supermarket in the Netherlands that focuses on new-age foods like plant protein meat has spontaneously caught fire in the middle of the night". Source

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2. The green mask is slipping

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For many decades now, the global mafia have being hiding behind the pretence that they are "environmentally friendly".

Their initial clumsy PR greenwashing, designed to see off growing anger at their polluting activities, has evolved into a whole industry of deceit.

We are supposed to believe that the same interests who have been merrily profiting from the destruction of nature for hundreds of years are now going to "save" it.

"Sustainable development" has become our rulers' ubiquitous watchword, a worthy-sounding phrase which masks the reality that it is development (of wealth and thus power) that they want to sustain, rather than the living earth.

The term has become central to the structures of the brave new world of the Great Reset in the shape of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

And every business that matters boasts its commitment to ESG ("Environmental, Social, and Governance), an acronym which dates back a UN-commissioned report in 2004.

ESG is described by journalist Edward Slavsquat as a "massive scam". He adds: "The obnoxious acronym is almost interchangeable with Schwab's 'stakeholder capitalism' and is used by corporations to rope in 'socially conscious investors' and signal their loyalty to the Sustainable Development Revolution".

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But now, it seems, the glory days of ESG may be coming to an end.

The trouble is that some folk have been taking it too seriously and imagining that the window-dressing of environmental and social responsibility was really going to stop big business from making profits in any way it can.

A report from The Financial Times explains: "ESG's critics say some companies and investors are using the loosely defined term to 'greenwash', or make unrealistic or misleading claims, especially about their environmental credentials.

"Those criticisms came into sharp focus on May 31, when German police raided the offices of asset manager DWS Group and its majority owner, Deutsche Bank AG, as part of a probe into allegations of greenwashing.

"It was the first time that an asset manager had been raided in an ESG investigation and signals a moment of reckoning for the industry".

The article notes that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission recently levelled a US$1.5-million fine at the fund management arm of the Bank of New York Mellon Corp for allegedly providing misleading information on ESG investments.

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This, it says "could herald a wider regulatory crackdown on ESG, which some have warned might be the next mis-selling scandal, similar to those in payment protection insurance, endowment mortgages or diesel cars".

The "climate solutions" bandwagon is a cornerstone of the global mafia's agenda, but the gap between fine words and reality is becoming wider by the day.

With the boom in oil and gas profits sparked by the conflict in UKraine, giant investments funds which had been withdrawing from fossil fuels under the ESG banner are now thinking again.

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Says The Financial Times: "This dilemma presented by rising energy prices was evident in separate statements in May by BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc., the world's two largest asset managers, who between them have almost US$18 trillion in assets under management.

"Vanguard said it had refused to stop new investments in fossil-fuel projects and to end its support for coal, oil and gas production. Meanwhile, BlackRock announced it was likely to vote against most shareholder resolutions brought by climate lobbyists pursuing a ban on new oil and gas production.

"The warning appeared to mark a dramatic change in stance by the world's largest asset manager, whose chief executive, Larry Fink, has been beating the drum for sustainability for years and presented the group as playing a central role in financing the energy transition.

"Activists worry that BlackRock's move could grant permission for other investors to loosen their grip on pushing companies to cut carbon emissions. Critics say that it reflects how, amid surging oil prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, fossil-fuel investments are simply too lucrative for investors to ignore".

Also too lucrative to ignore are the profits to be made from selling weapons to those involved in that same war.

And so the money-men are now thinking about re-writing their own ESG definitions so that they can extract maximum "value" from death, destruction and misery.

Says the FT: "The war in Ukraine has accelerated a rearmament policy in Europe and defence companies have outperformed global markets by the greatest margin in almost a decade.

"Some believe that defence companies ought to now be classified as sustainable".

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Meanwhile, in an instructive report, Slavsquat confirms that "yes, Russia is part of the 'sustainable development' revolution".

He reveals that the business program of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum included "The Importance of the Climate Agenda in Key Eurasian Economies".

One of the listed panelists was Tatiana Zavyalova of Sberbank, which is the World Economic Forum's climate change missionary for Russia.

sberbankIn Russia, as elsewhere, this apparent concern for the climate and "sustainability" is, of course, utterly fake.

This much was made very clear, although no doubt unintentionally, by a recent editorial on the Information Clearing House site.

The author is greatly enthused by the prospect of Western-based capitalists being eclipsed by their equivalents in Russia and China.

He writes: "The old U.S.-led order has to go, and it will go precisely because it is no longer sustainable as far as the rest of humanity is concerned".

Ah, so the new gang will be "sustainable", presumably?

Not quite! The author writes: "Russia's vast natural resources, primarily in the sphere of energy, will be directed towards Eurasian development and in doing so find ample reward".

He says that "it will take time to build the necessary infrastructure of gas and oil pipelines" in Eurasia but that the end result will be "greater economic development".

Very sustainable, all that!

In welcoming "the transition to a new global order" the author echoes Klaus Schwab's sinister rhetoric.

It is important to look beyond all the smoke and mirrors of novelty to see the toxic reality beyond.

Development is still destruction even when it is called "sustainable". Bankers are still bankers, whether they have offices in London, New York or Moscow. A "multipolar world order" is still a world order and still very much the enemy of humankind.

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3. Smart cities: an attempted crime against humanity

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The totalitarian agenda behind Smart Cities has been revealed in a brochure issued by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

The title of the 80-page publication is, in itself, disturbing: "Centering People in Smart Cities: A playbook for local and regional governments".

Centering people rather than people centering themselves? We see here that the UN regards people as objects, which it owns and can place where it pleases, rather than as free agents who decide themselves where and how to spend their lives.

What does it actually imply to be "centered" by the United Nations and the local and regional governments that blindly follow its orders?

Do they mean "concentrate", perhaps? Concentrating people? Imprisoning them? Forcing them to live confined in a place where they would not have chosen to have lived, had they been free agents?

And the term "smart" is a dishonest one, because the intelligence it implies is of the artificial kind and is not required of the people involved, who are instead expected to relinquish any vestige of control over their own lives, homes and even bodies by allowing digital algorithms to take over the role previously played by their brains and their hearts.

Maybe the title of the brochure could be translated, in plain and truthful English, as "Imprisoning People in Digital Concentration Camps"?

smart cities playbookIf that sounds like an alarmist exaggeration, please consider the actual content of the brochure.

It is repeatedly made clear that there is an overarching agenda behind the smart cities project.

This is described on page 17 as "leveraging digital transformation for sustainable and equitable
outcomes".

The language is designed to deceive. "Sustainable", here, has got nothing to do with being environmentally-friendly but indicates ongoing profitability. And "equitable" does not mean "fair" but refers instead to "equity" in the sense of financial assets.

When we, again, translate the misleading verbiage, we understand that smart cities are about creating huge long-term financial profits for those promoting and investing in them.

The same page describes a 2019 UN resolution stating that "digital technologies have the potential to facilitate efforts to accelerate human progress, and ensure that no one is left behind in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals".

"Accelerating human progress", from the forked tongue of the global mafia, means nothing more than accelerating its control and profit by means of technological tools, particularly via "new streams of data that feed intelligence platforms" (page 13).

No one being left behind (often termed "inclusivity") means that they want nobody to escape their net of digital global exploitation.

But our self-appointed rulers came up against a couple of serious problems.

Smart cities prison imageFirstly, there are a lot of people in the world who have not yet been turned into smart-phone zombies.

On page 6 the authors bemoan the fact that "so many remain outside of the digital world" and on page 9 they complain that "3.7 billion people were offline in 2019".

So how were they going to address this obstacle to their designs in 2020?

In their own words, on page 8: "The COVID-19 pandemic introduced even greater urgency for local and national governments alike to bridge the digital divide".

The second big problem was that people were wising up to their scheming and refusing to go along with it – even more so now, ironically enough, thanks to their blatant use of Covid to push their project!

They admit on page 14: "Emerging public awareness of surveillance technology and bias in algorithmic decision-making, particularly in the wake of COVID-19, has also challenged the traditional smart city framework".

The answer, of course, was to ramp up the propaganda and invent yet another weasel word aimed at hiding the vile reality behind what they are trying to do.

From now on, all the talk is evidently going to be about "people-centered smart cities".

Remembering the title of the brochure, we can appreciate the depths to which their language-twisting deceit has sunk.

They think they can get away with calling smart cities "people-centered" not because they will be centered around people and their needs, but because they are about "centering", concentrating, people within their virtual prison walls.

This criminal inversion of the truth continues, still on page 14, with the claim that these smart cities will "leverage data, technology and services for common good".

Common good? The reality is revealed on page 21, with its talk of "public private partnership", "achieving economic development goals" and "prosperity and growth".

The authors had already stated on page 13 that "estimates of global spending on the smart cities market ranges from USD 820.7 billion to USD 2.5 trillion by 2026".

We can be sure that the global development mafia's sustainable goals of prosperity and growth will only have been achieved if the return made from such vast investments is a considerable one!

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And the final nail which the brochure itself hammers into the coffin of its project's plausibility comes on that same page, in the form of its account of the origins of the "smart city" brand.

It admits: "It entered mainstream consciousness when IBM initiated the 'Smarter Cities Challenge' in 2010. Under the Smarter Cities Challenge, IBM targeted technology offerings to local governments and developers of urban infrastructure, proposing that computational solutions would serve to optimise city
infrastructure".

IBM has gone down in history for its role in providing "computational solutions" for Adolf Hitler's murderous "public private partnership" in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

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As this article reminds us, IBM's "streams of data" enabled the regime to innovate inclusive and sustainable people-centered hubs at the likes of Auschwitz and Belsen.

"The software company's punched-card technology helped the Nazis carry out the genocide of millions".

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4. John Cowper Powys: an organic radical inspiration

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

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"Money and machines between them dominate the civilized world"

John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was a novelist, poet and philosopher who called on humans to reconnect with nature in the face of the machine-world of industrial capitalism.

A convert to anarchism, he strongly supported the anarchist side in the Spanish Revolution and corresponded with Emma Goldman, whom he referred to as his "chief Political Philosopher". (1)

Other orgrad influences included Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (2) William Blake, (3) Georg Hegel, (4) Plotinus, (5) John Ruskin, (6) Carl Jung, (7) and Paracelsus. (8)

Powys wrote of having forged his own worldview in reaction to capitalist society: "I would convert my malicious hatred of the commercial hurly-burly into a passionate eulogy of the saints and mystics of the past". (9)

He professed to having a mania "for every sort of metaphysical system", (10) wrote of "the organic link that binds together the human generations" (11) and, like so many orgrad thinkers, thirsted for a current of thinking "that, in its historic continuity, links the religion of the cave-man with the religion of the philosopher". (12)

Powys often expressed his disdain for what he termed "the various mechanical inventions of our western world". (13)

He wrote: "There is no escape from machinery and modern inventions; no escape from city-vulgarity and money-power, no escape from the dictatorship of the uncultured". (14)

machinery"Money and machines between them dominate the civilized world. Between them, the power of money and the power of the machine have distracted the minds of our western nations from those eternal aspects of life and nature the contemplation of which engenders all noble and subtle thoughts". (15)

His critique of modernity went further than a dislike for the physical mechanisms of its society and embraced its cultural essence.

In common with the likes of Ruskin, William MorrisHerbert Read and Henry Miller, Powys felt a profound aesthetic loathing for the base culture of contemporary commercial society and the "crudest superficiality" (16) which prevailed there.

He wrote in The Meaning of Culture, first published in 1929, that if you looked and listened for a moment in the modern world you would be sure to find something "that is so repulsive to you, so poisonous to your nature, so contrary to all your ideas of what beauty is, and what truth is, and what noble simplicity is, that it will scarcely bear thinking on". (17)

John Cowper Powys The Meaning of CultureIn the face of all the "vulgar sensationalism" (18) and "commercialized opinion" (19) with which we were continually besieged, Powys said we had to create our own personal philosophy, build our own individual culture to uphold the values which were important to us.

And from where could we source this philosophy? Ultimately it had to come from within each one of us.

When you considered a cultured person's individual philosophy "you feel that this is what he has secretly and profoundly lived by for many a long year", (20) said Powys. "That this personal philosophy already exists before it is brought into conscious articulation cannot be doubted". (21)

This authentic personal philosophy was not some kind of intellectual accessory that could be worn in public on special occasions and then discarded for the rest of the time.

It had to be embedded within one's very personality and existence. "To philosophize is not to read philosophy, it is to feel philosophy", (22) insisted Powys. "With a cultured man there is no gap or lacuna between his opinion and his life. Both are dominated by the same organic, inevitable fatality. They are what he is". (23)

An admirer of the nature-sourced philosophy of Chuang Tzu, Powys declared in his autobiography: "A Taoist is what I really am". (24)

Elsewhere he stressed that happiness and self-fulfilment could be drawn from the pure physical joy of existing.

We should draw inspiration from "simply the fact of being alive, of being able to go walking about, touching things with our hands, blinking into the sun, feeling the wind on our face, the ground under our feet!" (25)

oldwallLooking ahead from 1934 and seemingly glimpsing the predicament we face in the 2020s, Powys wrote: "Suppose machinery does extend its sway, suppose science in the hand of minority-dictators does more and more dominate us, suppose the great battle of the future, with its own particular 'good and evil', comes to be the struggle of the individual to be himself against the struggle of society to prevent him being himself, what we shall have to do will only be what the saints, lovers, artists, mystics have always done, namely sink into ourselves and into Nature and find our pleasure in the most simple, stripped, austere and meagre sensations". (26)

He added: "Quite apart from idealism, quite apart from virtue, it is the merest life-wisdom, drawn from the ancient earth, to place one's pride, one's self-valuing, one's life-illusion, where it cannot be knocked over – in other words, sturdily, simply, childishly, on the ground! Here lies the whole secret of being happy. Ambition is the grand enemy of all peace". (27)

Thus instead of allowing our souls to be stifled and moulded by the fads and dogmas of contemporary civilization, we should be guided and inspired by "earth wisdom". (28)

This knowledge did not come simply from the reality of our own physical existences, but arose from the wider whole of which we had always been part, "grounding itself upon the eternal elements of Nature and human nature". (29)

Powys wrote: "Birth and death, food and fire, sleep and waking, the motions of the winds, the cycles of the stars, the budding and falling of the leaves, the ebbing and flowing of the tides – all these things have, for thousands of years, created an accumulated tradition of human feeling". (30)

It was the poetry of the real and the living, "the whole turbid stream of Nature, in its wild oceanic ensemble" (31) that was the authentic source of our spiritual well-being and which had always informed what Powys termed "Natural religion".

sacredspringHe explained: "By Natural religion I mean that spiritual legacy of pantheistic feelings which runs like an underground river – every now and then spouting forth in an up-welling spring. (32)

"This great tradition of natural religion is very old. Probably in its origin it was associated with the Orphic and Eleusinian Mysteries". (33)

Powys refered to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's view "that the meaning of culture is nothing less than to restore, by means of our imaginative reason, that secret harmony with Nature which beasts and birds and plants possess, but which our civilization has done so much to eradicate from human feeling". (34)

He continued: "As a matter of fact there are many points of striking resemblance between the undertones of Rousseau's culture and those of Goethe's. From the writings of these Nature-lovers the position could be defended that the beginning of all real self-development lies in a certain magical rapport, bringing indescribable happiness, between the solitary ego and 'all that we behold from this green earth'". (35)

Powys suggested that, in order to bypass the falsity of society, we needed to directly and deliberately reconnect with nature whenever we could.

He wrote: "By concentrating on the purer elements of this environment, upon the earth, the sky and the sun, and upon such stray presence of earth-life as fortune may have offered; by surrounding these things with the vague atmosphere of former magical sensations which they can be compelled to restore, the mind can purge itself of the troublesome pressure of litter and debris, purge itself of the evil taste of anxiety". (36)

We should approach nature with the holistic eye of Goethe rather than the merely scientific eye of Newton, he said. We should not try to analyse or explain nature, but to feel it. (37)

"I pray to idols and fetishes and images, to sticks and stones, to the Sun and the Moon and the Earth", (38) he confessed, asking himself whether it was possible "that at certain particularly sacramental moments in your life you are permitted to enter into some mysterious conscious relation with the spirit of the earth itself?" (39)

Powys explained that, for him, what we call dead or inanimate matter "is in reality the organic body of some sort of living being", (40) an insight which had provided his "grand clue to the essential truth of all the ancient mythologies". (41)

"Human sensations are Nature's self-expression. They are the earth's awareness of herself. They are like the blossoming of flowers – the only way in which the rooted life of the organism can realize itself and be itself". (42)

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There are echoes of the nature mysticism of Richard Jefferies in the way he suggested bonding with the natural world at hand and, through that, with the eternity of the universe.

Powys wrote: "What matters is that with the calmest and most earth-bound manner you should concentrate your thought upon the whole rondure of the turning globe as it transports all its living burden through measureless space-time, of which burden, just now, this thistle-head, these ash-roots, this tarnished dock-leaf, together with your own flesh-covered human skeleton, are transitory fragments…

"What you will come to feel is a singular identity between your own inner being and the inner being of these things… There is indeed a strange and profound satisfaction in feeling this consciousness of identity between your own transitory life and the transitory life of other earth-products, whether organic or inorganic.

"Concentrating upon such identity, there may even sometimes steal over the mind a 'sense of something far more deeply infused', the idea of a lastingness in fact of some essence in them and in yourself, independent of the annihilation to which all alike are moving". (43)

The vital energy of nature which lay behind this gnosis was also the vital energy which led human beings to express and insist upon their own feelings, to uphold their own nature-sourced values in the face of hostility or indifference.

Like Otto Gross, Powys thought that simply adapting to the society around us, accepting its morals and standards, amounted to existential failure.

He wrote: "That tender compromise called resignation is only an eloquent name for the dying down, the wearing thin, of the vital impulse in us". (44)

With his belief in the vitality of the individual will, necessarily sourced from a collective whole, Powys was clearly closer to anarchism than to the state communism with which he initially sympathised.

anarchist flagIn 1939 he wrote to the poet Huw Menai: "I've long been a convert to Anarchism as the only real liberty, & without question the system of the Future". (45)

This political affiliation had been strengthened by his support for the anarchists in the Spanish Revolution and several years of correspondence with Goldman.

In the late 1930s Powys contributed, alongside the likes of Read, to the anarchist journals Spain and the World and Revolt. (46)

David Goodway explains that his anarchism shines clearly throughout Powys' writing: "'Anarchy, 'anarchist', 'anarchical', 'anarchistic' become for Powys terms of overwhelming approbation – in striking contrast to their conventional pejorative usages.

"For example: 'the divine anarchy of the soul'; 'the power of the lonely, equal, anarchistic individual'; 'the real, living, mysterious, anarchical Multiverse'; 'the chaotic, pluralistic, anarchistic Shakespeare': 'beautiful Chance and beautiful Chaos and beautiful Anarchy'". (47)

In his 1951 work Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages, described by Goodway as "his most anarchist novel", Powys writes of a Golden Age which could be seen as "the consummation of, as the ideal embedded within, his philosophical anarchism". (48)

Powysland, a website devoted to Powys, describes him as "English literature's most enthralling, addictive and infuriating writer – the best novelist that many readers have never heard of".

It adds that, more than 50 years after his death, "his philosophy of defiance of the pressures of the modern world is more important than ever". (49)

Link: Powys: Organic Radical?

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1. David Goodway, Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward (Oakland: PM Press, 2012), p. 152.
2. John Cowper Powys, Autobiography (London; Pan Books, 1982) p. 294.
3. Powys, Autobiography, p. 377.
4. Powys, Autobiography, p. 478.
5. Powys, Autobiography, p. 285.
6. Ibid.
7. Powys, Autobiography, p. 275.
8. Powys, Autobiography, p. 631.
9. Powys, Autobiography, p. 540.
10. Powys, Autobiography, p. 478.
11. Powys, Autobiography, p. 436.
12. Powys, Autobiography, p. 539.
13. John Cowper Powys, The Meaning of Culture (London: Jonathan Cape, 1930), p. 297.
14. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 290.
15. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 300.
16. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, pp. 230-31.
17. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, pp. 309-10.
18. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 149.
19. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 150.
20. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 18.
21. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 20.
22. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 22.
23. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 19.
24. Powys, Autobiography, p. 642.
25. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 139.
26. Powys, Autobiography, p. 623.
27. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 140.
28. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 286.
29. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 317.
30. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 73.
31. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 72.
32. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 102.
33. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 103.
34. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 130.
35. Ibid.
36. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 131.
37. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 194.
38. Powys, Autobiography, p. 323.
39. Powys, Autobiography, p. 297.
40. Powys, Autobiography, p. 214.
41. Ibid.
42. Powys, Autobiography, p. 238.
43. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, pp. 185-86.
44. Powys, The Meaning of Culture, p. 27.
45. Goodway, p. 153.
46. George Woodcock, Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979) p. 428.
47. Goodway, p. 156.
48. Goodway, p. 173.
49. https://powysland.co.uk/

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5. Acorninfo

The global mafia have a name for the fake digital reality in which they aim to imprison and exploit us: the metaverse. And Klaus Schwab's WEF is "on track to be at the center of defining what the future metaverse will look like", reports Reclaim the Net. The announcement in fact came from Nick Clegg, the widely-despised Liberal Democrat sell-out politician now Facebook (Meta) President of Global Affairs.

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"Bono has become an almost ubiquitous face in the halls of power, being invited to speak at elite events including the Munich Security Conference, the G8 summit, World Bank and the WEF. Bono is not a threat to empire; he is its smiling, singing face". Investigative journalist Alan Macleod turns the spotlight on the Irish rock star turned cheerleader for the system.

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"Rural poverty is reproduced not because people do not work hard, but because of the dispossession of rural workers from land ownership". This is the message of a timely analysis from Vijay of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research in South Africa, who concludes: "Loo ngumhlaba wookhokho bethu! This is the land of our ancestors! It is about time that those who work the land get to own the land".

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"A vast network of corporations and institutions works together to push the world into accepting synthetic food… From the perspective of appreciating nature as a perfect system, there really is nothing more profane than poisoning manure and replacing animal protein with lab grown meat". So warns The Feisty Adélie in a well-researched article entitled "Good Manure, Fake Meat and the GPPP of Food".

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Did you know that a court ruled in 1772 that no person in England, and by extension the rest of the United Kingdom, could be held in slavery? Comments blogger Warwick Vegan: "As Agenda 2030 seeks to impose an updated form of slavery, pharmaceutical and technocratic, in which bodily sovereignty has been removed, it is worth bearing in mind that court judgement of two and half centuries ago".

UNSDGs slavery

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In a scathing condemnation of the UK's prison system, Craig Murray writes about man held in jail for 11 months awaiting trial for a petty offence that resulted in a £75 fine. "He was one of Edinburgh's under class, and nobody cares".

Saughton jail

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In this debased contemporary world, everything is a potential source of speculative profit, even people's bodily health. Intelligent Medicine Exchange (IMX) in the USA has announced its plans to launch the first financial exchange focused on "the health care economy". It says: "Health care represents nearly 20% of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), but there is currently no dedicated derivatives market to hedge risk".

IMX

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A fascinating in-depth discussion on "Cold War 2.0" was recently hosted by OffGuardian, featuring Whitney Webb, Catherine Austin Fitts, Kit Knightly, Patrick Wood and Iain Davis.

cold war 2.0

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Using the excuse of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the shale gas industry and its little helpers are calling for the moratorium on fracking to be lifted in England. But Drill or Drop reports that a new academic study shows very little support for fracking, that people still don't want earthquakes when they are cunningly relabelled "micro-seismicity" and that "just 12% of people reported trusting the shale gas industry a fair amount or a great deal".

fracking quake-off

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Shouldn't the after-effects of vaccination be discussed before? A well-referenced A5 information leaflet resource has been designed by the Informed Parent site to empower people to ask important questions about Covid 19 injections.

Informed parent

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Battleground Melbourne is an excellent documentary on the totalitarian nightmare unleashed on the Australian city under the pretext of "Covid". Australia, like New Zealand and Canada, is of course part of The Commonwealth, whose odious and hypocritical activities we recently exposed

there is no love in the system

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"Economic and political control can never be complete or effective without mental control. To control a people's culture is to control their tools of self-definition in relationship to others". Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong'o  photographed in Kenya for the FT by Trevor Snapp

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1 Jul 2022 | 3:44 pm

“I am done with the left-right divide. It’s now the humans versus the deadly robotic corporate state”


Keith McHenry of Food Not Bombs is interviewed by Paul Cudenec

[Audio version]

Paul Cudenec: Thanks very much for agreeing to this exchange, Keith. It is very encouraging to know that in this age of near-universal deceit and hypocrisy, there are still individuals out there who stand true to their values. First of all, I gather you have a proud family history of fighting for freedom, going back to the American struggle for independence from Britain?

Keith McHenry: Thanks Paul, at this point there is nothing more important than resisting this rush to the totalitarian police state. Our liberty, humanity and connection to the natural world is at stake and we don't have much time to stop this catastrophe. Events grow more dire every day so, by the time people read this, the devastation of war, censorship, famine and digital slavery may be so severe many in our audience are likely to feel hopeless, but hang in there! This could be a transformation even larger than that of the American Revolution.

Yes, the first member of my family to arrive in North America was a young James McHenry who stepped onto the docks at Philadelphia in 1773. I grew up knowing that he had been on George Washington's staff during the war. Family history claims a 20 year old James was recruited into the uprising by Dr Benjamin Rush when James was his medical student. James was tasked with starting a field hospital in Cambridge Port in preparation for what became known as the "Battle of Bunker Hill" and met George Washington there. Dr James McHenry was at the surrender of British general Cornwall at Yorktown, participated in the Continental Congress signing the US Constitution as a delegate of Maryland, was Secretary of War under Washington and Adams. There is a fort in Baltimore Harbor named after him where the text of the US National anthem about bombs "bursting in air" was written by Francis Scott Key during the British bombardment during our war of 1812.

Washington wrote of my ancestor at the low point in the revolution during the winter at Valley Forge: "McHenry's easy and cheerful temper was able to bear the strain which we suppose must sometimes occur between two persons thrown so closely and so constantly together in a position of social equality and military inequality." Those who know me may say I also have a cheerful temper.

On the other hand I had a grandfather who dedicated his life to defending corporate power. My mother's father volunteered to join the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of the US-CIA. He directed the globe's most deadly bombing campaign, burning as many as a million civilians to death in Tokyo in Operation Meeting House. When I was a child I watched him argue over the phone with his military friends Robert McNamara and Curtis LeMay demanding they drop the nuclear bomb on Hanoi as he swaggered around his office surrounded by photos of his raids on the Japanese city.

These two relatives helped shape my belief that I need to dedicate my life to ending corporate power and at the same time showed me that a mortal like me could have an impact on the direction of society.

PC: It took me quite a while, as a young man, to find my way to anarchism, but I understand you got there at a very early age! How did that happen?

KM: My first step in my evolution to adopting the ideas of anarchism really started in the ancient Hopi village of Old Oribi in what is now Arizona. My father's father had lived with the Hopis during the Great Depression, becoming friends with the elders of the 2,000 year old stone pueblo. I was witness to the Snake Dance where young men held rattlesnakes in their mouths as the community watched from the roof tops above the dusty plaza. Large drums roared at one end. At the end of the dance, the boys who had just become men handed food to their audience who, like me and my family, were perched on the mudded roofs of the rock homes surrounding the dance floor. This was before electricity had arrived in these majestic lands.

"I was witness to a vast wilderness free of the modern contraptions of murder and sterility"

My family also sat on the rim of Glenn Canyon and watched the cement trucks hugging the far wall descending to the mighty rapids to dump their loads into the foundation of a dam on the Colorado River that would, once it was completed, flood hundreds of Anasazi cliff dwellings, beautiful rock ruins I would be one of the last people to see. I was five and six when I stood on the edge of Second Mesa at Walpi hundreds of feet above the burial grounds. The spirits of those whose centuries of graves lay below bathed me in a warm golden wind of eternity, flooding my essence with a feeling that I would always be one with the cosmos. I was witness to a vast wilderness free of the modern contraptions of murder and sterility. That feeling has never left me.

A few years later when my father was a ranger stationed at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia he gave me a copy of "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau. I had just learned to read so I started with the shorter essay in the back of the paperback called "On Civil Disobedience" and that snippet of inspiring text, "I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically" changed me.

I read that life-changing text when I was in the fifth grade. The Vietnam War was raging. Like many American families we ate dinner while watching the chilling images of the bloody conflict in Southeast Asia with those body count numbers on the evening news. My mother's brother who I adored was eager to join in the tragedy as a paratrooper. He was spared that horror because he contracted hepatitis in basic training and was hospitalized. The failure to live and die in the jungles as a hero doomed him to a life of self-hate.

Another relative was stationed at the national morgue and gave our family a drive through the Dover Airbase where I was witness to the huge stacks of shiny tin coffins that marched along the tarmac like rows of city blocks. Block after block of caskets waiting to receive the bodies of America's dead youth.

I lived in the racially segregated town of Luray, Virginia at a time when "colored only" and "whites only" signs were sold at the local Five and Ten shop on Main Street. The murder of Martin Luther King Jr and the riots that followed was another influence that made Thoreau's night in jail as a tax resister have relevance. Our family happened to head out on a vacation from our home, passing a burning Washington DC and Baltimore and a journey through the black neighborhood of Philadelphia under military occupation. Tanks, gatling guns and helmeted soldiers armed with M-16s and angry german shepherds made an impression. Smoke from the uprising filled our hotel room that evening.

So when I read Thoreau's argument in his lecture "On Civil Disobedience", explaining that he had refused to pay his poll tax because he would not contribute to the funding of the Mexican war and a slave state, I saw the similarities to my own time and adopted core aspects of his philosophy.

When I was 14 years old I took my first job cleaning an art gallery. I recall being so happy that I had joined the fellowship of working Americans as I sat on a step of the building across the street eating my first lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That was also the moment I vowed to never pay for war and started my journey as a tax resister and free person untethered to the state. I was also determined to create my own version of Thoreau's Concord of seekers. Food Not Bombs became my global Concord. I would cast off the use of my Social Security number after my first arrest when I was 18 years old and lived free from the clutches of the State.

PC: Could you say a little bit about Food for Bombs, how that came about and what it aimed, and indeed aims, to do?

KM: Food Not Bombs is a global all-volunteer movement that protests war and poverty by taking direct action. Our people share the gift of food with anyone, without restrictions, while reclaiming the public commons. We are independent of state and corporate power. Our activists recover food that can't be sold from groceries, bakeries, farms and distributors, prepare vegan or vegetarian meals that are shared on the streets behind the banner of Food Not Bombs.

Our main goal besides meeting the needs of the poor is to influence the public to take action to force the state to redirect our resources from the military to provide access to healthy food, safe housing, education and healthcare. We are a classroom that practices the philosophy of anarchism without the dogma of the fashion anarchist.

The first collective came together at an anti-nuclear action in New Hampshire, "The May 24, 1980 Occupation Attempt of Seabrook Nuclear Power Station." A friend, Brian Feigenbaum, was arrested at the protest and we were able to secure his bail from someone with means. On the way home we agreed to hold bake sales to pay the contributor back. That turned out to be a slow way to raise money. We also had a moving company called Smooth Move and one family we were helping was tossing out a copy of the poster "It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber". This gave us the idea to buy surplus military uniforms, set up our poster at our bake sale and tell those walking by that we needed help buying a bomber. This got the attention of pedestrians who otherwise would have rushed past, giving us the opportunity to speak to them about the threat of nuclear war, poverty and hunger.

In 1979 and 80 I was a produce worker at a natural food grocery called Bread and Circus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I took the produce that was wilted or bruised and could not be sold to several families living in public housing on Portland Avenue. One day one of the mothers pointed out the construction of the new glass building across the street from their crumbling housing, noting that it was about to be completed and that scientists who would be designing nuclear missiles would be moving in. This gave me the idea for the name Food Not Bombs.

The street theater of our bake sale was so effective at engaging people who walked past in conversation that we adopted the street theater ideas of the Living Theater. We also started a campaign against the banks who financed and would profit from the construction of the Seabrook Nuclear Station. The First National Bank of Boston was our main target and when we learned that their stockholders meeting would be held on March 26, 1981, at the Federal Reserve Bank we decided to protest by setting up a soup line on the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk outside the towering facility. We asked our friends to join us at a "soup line" dressed as Depression Era hobos with the intention of giving a visual example of the future we would face if we failed to stop the policies of Ronald Reagan, the nuclear industry and banks. The night before the action we realized we had not recruited enough people to look like a soup line so I went to the last surviving homeless shelter from the days of the Great Depression. I spoke with those sitting around the bleak tile room of the Pine Street Inn about the protest. Some recalled their participation in the protests against the Vietnam War and expressed excitement at attending. The next day nearly everyone I had spoke with joined us. Pedestrians rushing past said they were surprised to see a soup line just a month after Reagan had become president. The guys from the shelter told us there was no food for the homeless in Boston and suggested we set up every day. That evening we agreed to do just that.

I started a second group in San Francisco in 1988. The police made 94 arrests of our volunteers for sharing food without a permit that summer. I would learn some 35 years later that the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force had sent a memo to the San Francisco Field Office about the August 22 arrests, claiming Food Not Bombs was "a credible national security threat". The arrests sparked interest in other cities so I took my notes on how I started the San Francisco group and made a flyer, "Seven Steps to Starting a Local Food Not Bombs Group" and mailed it to those who wanted to start a chapter in solidarity. During the next few years the city would make a total of 1,000 arrests and with each wave of repression more people would respond by starting their own local group. I also made a point of letting people know they could use the carrot and fist logo and any other Food Not Bombs images or texts without restriction.

I was arrested 94 times between 1988 and 1994 and was framed on three violent or serious felonies and faced 25 years to life in prison, spending a total of 500 days in jail. Volunteers were beaten by the police and our food was seized and tossed out. We organized a system to reduce the loss of meals using decoy buckets with tiny amounts of food.

These arrests in San Francisco, followed by arrests in Florida, inspired the formation of more chapters. Today there are at least 1,000 groups in over 65 countries. We provided the food aid to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina and hundreds of our volunteers helped with Hurricane Sandy. Our volunteers also provided food and material relief after super Typhoon Yolanda smashed the Visayas region of Philippines.

Food Not Bombs has also provided food and logistical support for direct actions to defend the environment, indigenous sovereignty, strikes, anti-war actions, Occupy and many other anti-globalization protests including the WTO blockades in Seattle in 1999 and Cancun.

"We need to take action against the 'Build Back Better' stakeholder capitalism policies of the WEF, the WHO and other global corporate institutions"

Maybe the most impressive action we inspired was the uprising against the corrupt government of Iceland that resulted in the collapse of the political leadership and the jailing of several bankers. It is clear to me that Food Not Bombs must step up our organizing efforts as the planned economic calamity of 2022 will make the 2007 financial crisis seem minor by comparison.

Our four decades of organizing against international economic policies takes us to the point where we are today, where we need to take action against the "Build Back Better" stakeholder capitalism policies of the World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization and other global corporate institutions. There is a continuity in our founding resistance to corporate plunder and its ravages of poverty and war outside the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston and our resistance to the trans-humanist totalitarian technocratic globalist policies threatening our humanity and Earth today.

PC: What projects were you involved in at the start of 2020 and what was your initial reaction to the Covid moment?

KM: I had just returned from three weeks in Guatemala where I had been writing a book about my life when news came that a deadly pandemic was about to sweep the country. I had intended to continue writing and help with the preparation and sharing of our weekend meals but that changed four days after my arrival in Santa Cruz, California.

When we learned that the indoor meal programs for the homeless and poor had been ordered to close on March 14, my local Food Not Bombs group agreed to fill that void. If we didn't start sharing food and water with the unhoused community, hundreds of our friends would go hungry and suffer from a lack of drinking water.

That morning we met to formulate a plan on how to share meals safely under the reported conditions. We moved our weekend meal to the Clock Tower, a public plaza across the street from where we shared our normal weekend meal because about 20 people were camping up against the fence that protects the Post Office from the homeless. We didn't think it was wise to have a line of over 100 people standing so close to people and their tents.

Like many other people in our group, I had the impression the crisis would last a month or so and the other food programs would reopen. That was at a time when the authorities were claiming we needed "two weeks of quarantine to flatten the curve". So we set up a daily meal, our DIY hand washing station and a distribution of survival gear in solidarity with our local homeless organization, calling our project the Santa Cruz Homeless Union COVID-19 Relief Center and Food Not Bombs meal.

I remember being impressed to hear that many of my unhoused friends found that the lockdown was liberating. Everyone, housed and unhoused, was united in this chaos. Many people who lived in the streets told me on day one that they thought the whole fear story was a scam and nearly every unhoused person who I spoke with claimed that their rough life would make them immune from any plague. None of my homeless friends worried about getting COVID. The only concern they had was being able to get drinking water and something to eat.

It seems crazy now but in the first weeks of the pandemic we had an aggressive policy of wiping down our tables and our delivery van with bleached water. We wrapped caution tape looped through large yellow Trader Joes grocery lugs that we placed around our serving tables to add distance between the servers and the people coming to eat. A week later we spray painted white dashes in six-foot intervals for social distancing along the sidewalk leading to the serving area. The police claimed the virus could be passed from person to person if we continued the practice of letting people rummage through our clothes donations and, to avoid being shut down, we had volunteers hold each item up so our friends could decide if it was something they would need.

That same week the City erected homeless triage centers in downtown parking lots that were nothing more than chain-linked cages with a couple of portable toilets. The mayor of the city stopped at our meal and asked us to move to a location where we could help them lure the unhoused into their cages. I refused. I wouldn't let them use the trust we have with the unhoused to intern those who live outside. They abandoned their program a couple days later after they realized the unhoused were not interested in cooperating. The governor of the state announced that the government would provide millions to buy or rent hotels for the homeless to quarantine but our city and county refused to take them up on the offer, even though we are a tourist town and the hotels were nearly empty. Our city leaders have been vocal about the unhoused being less than human and not worthy of help, which was at the core of their refusal to move everyone inside.

I remember thinking this could be the beginning of an economic collapse and that we needed to prepare. It looks like I wasn't far off the mark. Our Food Not Bombs chapter ordered a truck load of dried goods from Second Harvest Food Bank. Twenty or more pallets of rice, beans and canned goods were unloaded outside the kitchen we were renting at the time. But the county government took over the facility to shelter a couple dozen unhoused people in pup tents lined across the auditorium above the kitchen. We had to find a new place to cook and moved our pallets of food to a closed restaurant and a 20-foot refrigerated shipping container we had secured a year before with a grant from the food bank.

My girlfriend Kathleen was a social worker at two local hospitals. Patients said to have COVID were wheeled down the hallways under plastic tents on their way to a COVID floor. The first days had a feel of a dystopian science fiction movie. Radio and TV programs blasted out doom. They screamed that we could all die if we didn't obey. Nonstop fear, homeless triage cages, images of body-bagged people being wheeled to refrigerated trucks, health officials standing with Trump announcing emergency measures. We all witnessed the media madness. This was my first tip that there was another agenda other than public health.

It is no wonder those locked into their homes lost the plot. If you didn't venture outside you would think, from the constant terror on the media, that the streets were littered with the dead.

I had just sold my permaculture farm in New Mexico and was given a financial award by a group to honor my dedication to promoting a vegan lifestyle, so I had a bit of money for the first time in my life. In an attempt to build pressure to provide dignified accommodation to those forced to live in the streets, I paid for eighty beds and announced I would be providing hotel vouchers at 6:00 pm that evening. Over 100 people arrived and the crush of desperate people seeking for a chance of a night in a bed and a hot shower was heartbreaking. The chief of police declared it a violation of COVID gathering restrictions, telling the media that we were holding an illegal rally rather than providing a chance to sleep in a hotel for the evening. I was able to pay for two more nights for 180 people and the local shelter asked me to put up half their people on the fourth night. I was investigated by the police for handing out counterfeit hotel vouchers but they never took me to court.

The county government was offered millions to provide hotel rooms but at the height they placed less then 150 of the over 2,000 people who lived outside in their empty motels. This was a sign that they did not value the unhoused as fully human. In the early months of the crisis there were more than 2,000 unused hotel beds in Santa Cruz since tourism was over for the near term.

During the first months of the lockdowns, the streets of Santa Cruz were empty of vehicles. If I happened to pass another motorist I would wave and they would nearly always respond with a nod or gesture of their own. The public restrooms were closed and drinking water was scarce. The only people walking the streets were those who lived outside.

The largest challenge was calming the violence and acting-out of those who were already suffering from mental health issues. The tension was intense in those early days and those people who were already having emotional difficulties really freaked out, making the sharing of our meals otherworldly. Lots of yelling and fights. There were times when I had to step in and keep people from beating someone to death. But we didn't stop and have been out on the streets sharing food and water with our community for nearly 900 days in a row now., with services that the governments are refusing to provide.

Since we were the only group making sure those who lived outside had food, the public was generous and we were able to buy two more 20-foot shipping containers which we have stocked to the roof with dry goods. We also bought a water filtering system to clean the river water if the electricity failed, which is a real possibility here in the world's fifth largest economy of California. We also prepared to cook outside in the event that gas is cut off, stockpiling propane tanks and stoves.

There was a massive forest fire that forced hundreds of people from their homes. A thick red smoke blotted out the sun for days. Fire evacuees came to us not only for food but to replace their lost clothing. We also have been giving out cheap pup tents to those who have just moved to the streets or had their vehicle or tent confiscated by the city.

We defied the fear with our introduction of a free solar-powered concert at our meals during each holiday. People danced to the live music and enjoyed each others' company. While most people were isolated in their homes receiving food from delivery services while glued to their computer screens, our poor and homeless friends were free. In the first two years only two of my unhoused friends reported contracting COVID. Crystal worked nights at a shelter and she felt ill for two days. Dream Catcher slept at the shelter and was sick for a week. Everyone else I met who said that they had caught the dreaded disease lived inside and did as they were instructed. They had cowered before their TVs and computers and resisted the temptation to interact with other humans.

We frustrated the authorities with our gatherings but there was little they could do. The jails were full and when they did arrest our friends the police released them as soon as they arrived outside the jail gate. The courts were closed for nearly a year so we ignored our charges and went on with our lives. I remember one of our homeless volunteers was ticketed for violating the quarantine. His citation was for $1,000 and his address was marked as "transient." He ignored it, other than to show it around to highlight the insanity of our times.

We were free. We weren't afraid.

The Homeless Persons Healthcare Project has been aggressively injecting people, offering the unhoused $50 gift cards. It has only been in the past few weeks now that my homeless friends have started to report that they are very ill with COVID. All of those I meet who now have COVID have been injected. None of my unvaccinated friends have been ill with COVID in over a year now.

PC: So all this changed your overall understanding of the situation? How would you now describe what has been happening over the last couple of years?

KM: In the first weeks of the pandemic I feared for the worst. I recall posting negative comments about those who questioned the official narrative at first but the fear narrative around COVID was being pushed nonstop in the media, suggesting there was more to this than public health. I was also witnessing that no one I knew who, according to the screaming media should be dying, was ill. Each day I saw that the only impact was closed stores, empty streets and shuttered food programs, which increased my belief that the pandemic was not as severe as advertised.

"Since I have been the direct target of covert disruption by state intelligence agencies for the past four decades I am naturally suspicious of official narratives"

When Trump announced the Operation Warp Speed, that got my attention. A military program coordinated with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world suggested there was more to this drama than concern for public health. The endless announcements that each program was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn't add to my confidence that this hysteria was based in reality. I had spent the past two decades organizing against the Gates of the world and the patenting of his GMO seeds with groups like the Organic Consumer Association.

Since I have been the direct target of covert disruption by state intelligence agencies for the past four decades I am naturally suspicious of official narratives. The media lied us into war after war so this had the same feeling as the WMD of Iraq, the babies taken from Kuwaiti incubators, the Gulf of Tonkin incident and other disinformation campaigns of the past.

It wasn't long after that that one of my closest friends, Dr. Shannon Murray, came to Santa Cruz to visit Kathleen and me. She was on her way to start a new life since her employment as a scientist had vanished. She is a virologist and an expert on gain-of-function research.

I knew her when she was helping develop the Moderna vaccine at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She feared there could be major health problems from the vaccines since the first human trials had not yet taken place and more study was needed before they could be considered safe. She shared that the animal trials had not been promising, killing nearly 80% of the vaccinated animals who were exposed to SARS-CoV-1. She also expressed concern that research in these vaccines had abruptly become a secret military program, sharing that her access to data had suddenly gone dark in January. At that time she was still using an alias, as did her coworkers, so they could share their concerns without fear of being banned from their life's work or murdered like former Merck Pharmaceutical sales executive Brandy Vaughan, who was killed just as the pandemic was being announced. Like some of those she worked with at the NIH, Shannon refused to get the COVID jab and encouraged us to refuse as well.

As I said, my girlfriend Kathleen worked at a local hospital in a COVID wing. As the days passed she failed to see the deaths suggested by the news. Sure, many elderly people filled the section but few succumbed to the virus. Once the vaccine program began she would return home to share one story after another of the stroke and heart attack patients who had just received their first jab. Those injected were fast becoming the people who filled the ICU unit. They were the ones leaving in the body bags.

Sharing food every day outside also made it clear that the official story was false. Every day a hundred or more people would gather together to eat. No one said they had contracted COVID or shared that they had the symptoms. The deaths of our friends came at the end of a needle of fentanyl-laced heroin and meth or from the brutality of a life lived unprotected from the elements.

"It seemed every leftist friend had retreated to their apartments in fear of dying"

When I saw people the media called anti-vaxxers armed with AR-15s waving confederate and Trump flags at protests against the lockdowns I was horrified. There is no way I would ever join people like the Proud Boys and Trump supporters in demonstrations against COVID policies. The questioning of Dr Fauci was framed as a position taken only by racist gun-toting Trump supporters, effectively driving my friends in the left into the arms of the military and big Pharma. It seemed every leftist friend had retreated to their apartments in fear of dying.

I had the impression I was one of only a couple of progressive activists that thought something wasn't right. I would slowly learn that several other left friends also shared my perspective. I connected Shannon with an old journalist friend, Sam Husseini, who had been writing on gain-of-function research and bio-warfare programs at places like the Fort Detrick Biological Warfare Laboratories. I learned that another colleague of mine, the director of the Organic Consumers Association, Ronnie Cummings, and my associate Vandana Shiva were also expressing concerns that mirrored our work together against Monsanto. So even though I remained publicly silent, worried my opinion could cause harm to the Food Not Bombs movement, I started to feel less alone. This was the era where, in desperation, I started to post cryptic messages about understanding how people like the artist Käthe Kollwitz must have felt as everyone she knew seemed to have signed on to the National Socialist agenda during the march towards World War Two. I did get some confused comments.

When my dear friend in her 40s messaged me from Australia that she almost died from myocarditis I could not be silent any more. That was the last straw and I became a vocal opponent of the jabs.

I first wrote a letter on this subject when I received an invitation to attend a meeting forming a new progressive alliance. To participate you had to provide proof of a vaccination or a negative COVID test. I wrote to invite the progressive community to stand in solidarity with the working class by refusing to meet in facilities that demand proof of participation in the vaccine experiments. Nearly every "essential worker" I depended on for auto repair, printing and other supplies shared my perspective on the COVID clampdown. The left I had known stood for workers' rights during the first four decades of my life, but that had changed. We had become tin foil hat deplorables even though those smearing our position depended on us to provide for their needs.

Before the invitation to this meeting asking me to help start a new progressive group, I had shrugged off the proof of vaccine requirements. I ignored the proof of vaccination requirement for attendance to the American Civil Liberties Union awards ceremony since I couldn't go anyway because I had to cook that day. I later learned that the outdoor venue for the meeting did not require this proof, nor did the Simpkins Family Center where the progressive alliance was intending to meet. My allies were the ones implementing this policy. Allies I know had been sitting at their computers during the entire pandemic and rarely went outside to see reality. One of the organizers kept trying to get me to be "an example for the community" by getting "vaccinated". I patiently explained the reasons I would never subject myself to the poison but he continued to pressure me.

I also had friends that were eager for me to attend the opening of the documentary "Foodie for the People" that had a section that featured me and the work of Food Not Bombs. The filmmaker was excited to tell me that he used a clip from his interview with me to promote the film. The announcement for the film required proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. But I also learned that Del Mar Theater, where the movie was being shown, didn't require proof of vaccination or a negative test yet those showing the movie had made it a requirement.

The final insult was the day I went to my favorite activist cafe and was told I could not enter unless I could show proof of vaccination. That was it. I had been outside nearly all day, every day of the pandemic. I never spent a second inside being quarantined. I could see the reality of the pandemic with my own eyes. I couldn't remain silent any longer.

I wrote an essay, "Looking at COVID as a Progressive" that I posted online and emailed it to the community. That broke things open. By the end of the week I started to get emails and calls of relief from friends who had been silent, believing they too were alone in feeling that the pandemic restrictions were part of a power grab.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the psychological operation was to see posts by Food Not Bombs groups promoting the vaccines and masks. One New York chapter shared an announcement that people could come to our meal and get vaccinated under the headline SAFE – EFFECTIVE – FREE. Another chapter posted an announcement to an outdoor protest in late June 2022 with a large type demand to "Wear Masks". To see the movement I helped start actively support a totalitarian corporate agenda has been heart-breaking.

PC: Are there now many others in your circles who share your dissident take?

KM: Thankfully several of my close housed as well as unhoused friends are on the same page. As I pointed out before, my many of my homeless friends didn't fall for the fear campaign right out of the gate. I was heartened when I watched The Convo Couch podcast early in the crisis and heard Pasta and Fiorella express the same bewilderment at our friends and allies pushing the agenda of those we had spent years organizing against. Glory and Steve at the Slow News Day also expressed amazement at the way in which those who once stood with us in the issues of workers' rights, resistance to mega corporations and the military had become vocal defenders of those threatening our freedoms. After I posted "Looking at COVID as a Progressive" my circle doubled.

PC: Two things surprised me about the reaction of the rump of the left, including anarchists, to Covid. The first was the position they took, completely accepting the official line and supporting masks, lockdowns, social distancing and injections. The second was the way that this was not just an opinion, but an article of faith which had overnight somehow become ideologically essential. If you questioned government, opposed Big Pharma, exposed the links between the two or stood up for individual freedom, you were suddenly considered "right-wing"! The vitriol and vehemence with which I was attacked really shocked me. Did you experience anything like that?

KM: I have often been called a Trumper or right wing by my anarchist and other left friends during this insanity. People are not so bold any more but for the first two years people said they were shocked that I had become a far right Republican Trump follower since I had been known as an anti-war leftist. I think the fact that I have been out on the streets for nearly 900 days, sharing food when the state provided nearly no support at all for the unhoused, has made it difficult for local people to express this opinion openly to me. I am also seeing less of these direct attacks on social media now. I find it interesting that my allies in the anti-globalization and peace movements do not see a connection between our protests against the Weapons of Mass Destruction lies before the Iraq war, GMOs, a woman's right to choose abortion and big Pharma but now are public about supporting forced vaccination, censorship, and the war in Ukraine.

PC: I have spent a lot of time trying to work out exactly why the left/anarchist scene collapsed so dramatically as a force for resistance in the Spring of 2020. Do you have any thoughts on this?

KM: Based on my having survived four decades of state and corporate intelligence agency disruption, I believe I have an educated guess. It looked like there was an effective strategy linking covertly controlled far right groups waving Trump and Confederate flags and AR-15s with opposition to the COVID policies. I know I didn't witness any other left anarchists denouncing the policies in the first months so like many others who may have shared my perspective I thought I was alone. The headlines of most corporate media blasted stories like "Coronavirus: Armed protesters enter Michigan statehouse" with the media showing footage of protesters outside state houses chanting "Let us in!", "Let us work" and "This is the people's house, you cannot lock us out". Before COVID, unarmed leftists would have been the ones chanting these slogans but the images of Trump-supporting, gun-toting anti-lockdown protesters helped shape the narrative. In the early days of the crisis, the Los Angeles Times had a story showing a Proud Boy Nazi with swastika tattoos stabbing a pedestrian during a lockdown protest.

But this is only one of the many aspects of the psychological operations that was effective. The use of media to repeatedly claim isolation, masking, social distancing and shots were all about protecting the community and for the greater good of all, fed into some of the core beliefs of the left. No self-respecting leftists wants to be accused of being selfish.

The left also did not want to be anti-science and since all alternative ideas were censored or attributed to tin foil hat Qanon Trumpers it became a badge of honor to smugly sneer at those ignorant hillbilly deplorables.

I also think that those in power were clever and their foundations started to fund a loyal opposition with haste when the Democratic Party chose Biden as the leader of the regime. One of the first reports on the popular left program Democracy Now! featured Peter Daszak of the EcoHealth Alliance claiming a bat virus in a Wuhan wet market was the likely source of the Pandemic. My friend, investigative journalist Sam Husseini, was never asked to refute Daszak's claim even though Sam had several articles published in April 2020, on the history of gain-of-function releases at American-funded bio-weapons laboratories, a dramatic subject that would have interested Amy Goodman before the crisis. The host Amy Goodman breathlessly reported on the refrigerator trucks outside New York City hospitals. She was all in on the official COVID narrative and that has had a major influence on the American left.

"The funding of the non-profit industrial complex is often a means of controlling dissent in the United States"

Foundations have helped to coopt as many left organizations as possible. Most of our allies accepted their support, surrounding the left with community groups who danced to the tune of Gates, Soros and other philanthropists. The funding of the non-profit industrial complex is often a means of controlling dissent in the United States. The messaging was unified and total. It was intimidating. My early posts of "I always support secret military programs and Big Pharma", in my ironic response to social media demands to comply with the totalitarian program, were either mocked or commented on with confusion. Reminding activists of our struggle against the World Trade Organization and its direct line to the proponents of a digital slavery of vaccine passports, and other programs of globalist associations like the World Economic Forum and The World Trade Organization, seems to have evaporated with the fear of COVID and the potential of being mocked for not going along with the crowd.

PC: How do you see the relationship now between the likes of you and me and those we previously called our comrades? Have the division lines softened at all over recent months, as you maybe hinted, or are we looking at a decisive rupture, do you think?

KM: It could take many years for a large portion of our allies to join the struggle even as they are forced to participate in an ever-increasing digital slavery. The impact of Mass Formation has been effective. But there is some hope. I often attend a Freedom gathering on Sunday afternoons and of the 30 or 40 people who participate at least half are left activists and the other half are Republicans. I am witnessing a shift where people on the left are now silent about anything to do with COVID and are starting to focus on the economic collapse and the dire conditions we face. Many are even starting to become quiet about their worship of Zelensky now that a Ukrainian victory is less certain. They are not ready yet though to connect the COVID program and war to the march towards the Great Reset. As events spin out of control, it is possible there will be some unity around some aspects of the Great Reset if it is presented as an attack by global capital, but the mass vaccine area of this program may be impossible for our friends to see and they may continue to support things like censorship, digital passports and mandates. It seems that even as my fully vaccinated friends keep getting COVID or die of strokes and heart attacks, that they are so wedded to the narrative that they are not able break out of the trance.

PC: How should we go forward from here? How can we best build new alliances of resistance without compromising our core values which, for me at least, remain exactly the same as they were before Covid?

KM: This is a tough question in light of the global chaos and successful divide and conquer strategy of capitalism. One path is to build local systems of mutual aid so we can survive. The war on thought is unrelenting. Building local communities that support one another emotionally and with the necessities of life may be our only alternative. Food Not Bombs history may provide some guidance. We have intentionally formed a non-hierarchical decentralized system of organization that seeks to address the needs of the community. Housing with Homes Not Jails, transportation with Bikes Not Bombs, Food Not Lawns, Free Radio, Composting, and of course the food of Food Not Bombs. The other key idea one could take from 42 years of Food Not Bombs is a joyous welcoming atmosphere that encourages dialogue by providing literature, music and theater with the necessities of survival gear and a hot meal. Evading the violence of the state may be difficult and strategies of self defense need to evolve.

On the points connected to the fear of COVID, many of our former allies may be lost to us for decades to come but on the issue of digital slavery, police repression and the economic collapse we may have some unity. As difficult as it can be, I make a point of being understanding of those who worship the COVID narrative, always make sure they know I am unvaccinated and move my conversations towards our shared history of resisting the corporate exploitation and the economic slavery of the global institutions.

"As free thinkers we can encourage a great transformation of the human spirit where we find solutions outside the left-right paradigm"

The latest preplanned trauma in the United States is centered around the divisive issues of guns and abortion. There is, however, an intersection around privacy and personal autonomy with those who are pro-choice on the issue of abortion and those who want the freedom to refuse the jabs. There should be unity with the principle that censorship is never justified, but so far anarchists are still on the "silencing uncomfortable ideas" train. And there must be universal agreement between the left and right for the need to end war in Ukraine and an urgent demand to ban all nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

As free thinkers we can encourage a great transformation of the human spirit where we find solutions outside the left-right paradigm. That discussion and search must continue in earnest. I am done with the left-right divide. It's now the humans versus the deadly robotic corporate state. My message in my 1992 book "Food Not Bombs, How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community" was to organize against the death culture of state and corporate power. That remains my perspective today, only now this fight must find a solution and fast. We need to form a strategy that is difficult for the intelligence agencies to disrupt, builds solidarity and threatens the power elite while nurturing a thriving community. The anarchist theories of decentralized local autonomous social structures I believe are key to survival. Total noncooperation with the system while operating survival projects independent from state and corporate institutions is the path I am taking.

We are nearing a point where the goal may be having food and shelter while avoiding being interned or killed by those loyal to the Build Back Better stakeholder capitalists. As I respond to your questions, I worry my comments won't reach the public before the first nuclear weapon is launched or we are captured and removed from society for our thought crimes.

Follow Keith McHenry on Twitter via @keith_mchenry

Winter Oak
27 Jun 2022 | 9:49 pm

Voice in the void


by Paul Cudenec

My usual means of expressing myself has long been the written word, whether during my quarter of a century in newspaper journalism or in my current books and articles.

But recently I have taken great pleasure in rediscovering the use of my physical voice and, with the encouragement of my friends at Nevermore Media, have embarked on a series of online interviews and audio recordings of my writing.

I say "rediscovering" because I realised, on reflection, that vocal expression has, over the years, often been important for me.

Between the ages of 11 and 14 I used to spend hours of the school holidays recording, with my little sister, satirical radio "programmes" which our mother was later obliged to listen to with appropriate amusement.

Later, at university, a group of us recorded a few satirical videos and collaborated on writing potential scripts for TV and radio.

Although the intermediary form for the latter was obviously the written word, this was not the case for either the creative process or the (imagined!) end product.

I co-hosted a weekly English-language local radio show on the Franco-Swiss border back in 1983-84 and later applied for professional training in radio journalism, though I ended up on the NCTJ newspaper course.

As a young man I was constantly making up poems and songs which I recorded on cassettes via my trusty ghetto blaster but never played to anyone except my girlfriend.

In my early 30s I finally found some people to create music with and ended up writing and recording a few DIY punk tracks with my friend and colleague Steve. He was on guitar, I was on vocals.

In my 40s I took part in weekly informal folk-singing sessions led by another good friend, Chris, and was inspired to write and perform a few songs of my own.

And, of course, I have used my voice for giving talks, taking part in meetings, ranting through megaphones and shouting abuse at arms dealers, riot cops and politicians.

As I canter through my sixtieth year on earth, I find myself wondering what exactly it is that this voice of mine has been trying to say over the decades.

From an outside point of view, the political content of what I have expressed might appear to be so wide as to be a sprawling mess of incoherency.

In addition, because malcontents like me are always campaigning against something (something bad that is happening which we are trying to stop), we can be regarded as ridiculously negative.

We are often painted as a "rent-a-mob" of "antis" who take some kind of twisted delight in opposing everything.

I have spoken out and campaigned against wars and militarism, against road-building and property development, against fracking and fascism, against surveillance and "anti-terror" laws, against Capital and its globalisation, against privatisation, phone masts, fake democracy, land grabs and vaccine passports. Amongst other issues!

The first point in my defence is that these struggles are, of course, not separate or contradictory, but part of one struggle against different aspects of one entity, one system, which we might term The Thing.

Secondly, being against The Thing is not being negative, because The Thing is itself the source of all the negativity, destruction, brutality, misery and exploitation that force me and others to speak out and stand up.

Behind my opposition to The Thing lies a vision of what I think life and society should be like.

This archetype, embedded in my psyche, tells of a different possible way of living, a Withway, in which free human communities are rooted in organic co-operation, in cultural cohesion, in a timeless tradition of freedom, self-determination and closeness to nature.

It was this archetype, I see now, that made me feel, as an adolescent, that the modern world in which I found myself was essentially wrong.

It took me a long time to discover all the different ways in which it is wrong and how these all fit together to form one big and very ugly picture.

My self-appointed task has been to try to get to the root of the problem and not to allow myself to be held back by any ideological constraints.

As alliances were forged and then dissolved, as friends came and went, as seemingly permanent realities revealed themselves as the ephemeral phases they had always been, I felt at times like a lonely voice in the void, struggling to be either heard or understood.

This sensation was very much revived in 2020, when so many of those I considered my allies decided that I was a traitor to their cause for daring to put truth and freedom before dogma and conformity.

But the Covid times have also given me the precious gift of finding new affinities, coming into touch with souls whose ideas resonate closely with mine.

And it is this discovery which has given me the confidence to venture out from behind the protective wall of a purely written presence to reveal the human voice behind it.

Below are some links to readings from my books and articles, plus some of my poems and songs whose original creation spans several decades.

I am most probably a better pamphleteer than I am a poet and I am definitely a better writer than I am a singer!

But I hope that somebody, somewhere, can nevertheless take some pleasure or inspiration from these various recordings.

READINGS FROM BOOKS AND ARTICLES

The Withway – Preface

The Withway – Awakening

The Withway – Revolutionaries

Enemies of the Modern World – 'Our Stolen Freedom' by Theo Carter 1

Enemies of the Modern World – 'Our Stolen Freedom' by Theo Carter 2

Enemies of the Modern World – 'Our Stolen Freedom' by Theo Carter 3

The Green One Is Coming!

The Green One Is Here!

Forms of Freedom – The State Versus Collectivity

Forms of Freedom – The Criminal Power of the State

Forms of Freedom – Nations and the Denial of Real Freedom

Impactor Alert!

Money, lies and power

Monty Satan's Lying Circus

Resist the Fourth Industrial Repression!

Unleashing the spirit of life

POEMS

Authority

Awakening

Becoming

Comet

Death of a Lie

Ebbtide

Energy

Free

Gil's Corner

Grey Heat

Grey Midsummer

I Drift, I Dream

Ideas

Limits

Low Tide

Miracle

Monument

More

Mountain Air

Now

Poppies

Rain

Shadows

She Gets By

Sorrow

Soul-Pain

Spring Surges

The Anarchist

The Spell

This Is Who I Am

Time

Void

Water Of Life

Whole

William Morris

Winter Solstice

SONGS

Bomber (1990s post-punk)

No Tomorrow (1990s post-punk)

Rise In Me!

Techno-tyranny (1990s punk)

The Secret

The Thing

Truth (1990s post-punk)

Up On the Downs

Winter Oak
3 Jun 2022 | 4:00 pm

It’s… Monty Satan’s Lying Circus!


by Paul Cudenec

Roll up, roll up, dear units of human capital, and shuffle submissively into the sublimely sustainable future of Monty Satan's Lying Circus!

Keep your distance from each other, folks! No chatting! Remember, eye contact can spread misinformation! Keep your muzzles tightly fastened and your brains in stand-by mode!

We've been planning this show for a very long time indeed and we're hellbent on making it a sizzling red-hot hit on a truly biblical scale!

No expense has been spared in our preparations, thanks to the literally unlimited financial resources available to The Satanic Foundation ("Devil-may-care philanthropy for the modern age") and our very close friends at the Bank for Global Enslavement.

We wanted to be quite sure that you would fall in love with our spectacle before you'd even seen it (that's the only way, believe me!) and that you would come flocking in your innocent millions through our jaws… sorry, doors!

Look at all the faces on the posters we have put up outside! Everyone you love and admire, everyone you have even seen on our TV networks and in our newspapers, has endorsed the Big Event of the 2020s!

Celebrities! Politicians! Writers! Religious leaders! Royals! Radicals! We've made quite sure that they're all on board.

And what about the outside of our Big McTop! How could you not be instantly won over and persuaded to step inside without even asking any basic questions?

We've repainted the whole thing green so that you know for sure that we are the good guys! We've put rainbow flags everywhere! Endless photos of smiling young people of all ethnicities! Seductive trans women! There are even plastic models of delicious 3D-printed food which, I assure you, are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing!

And there, up on the Giant Smile-Screen, is Mr Satan himself, in his best suit but not wearing a stuffy old tie, shedding warm tears of genuine caring compassion for every single poor, under-developed, disabled, disadvantaged or discriminated-against person in the whole wide world!

Sorry Sir? A sick bag? Just head straight towards the Global Niceness Re-Education Zone over there… That's it, yes, where there's all the razor wire decorated in pink bunting.

Oh, you're really going to love the Circus! We've got such a bunch of devilishly fabulous acts lined up for you!

Watch with bated breath as Biohazard Bill waltzes gracefully across the High Wire of Plausibility while, amazingly, juggling poison-laden syringes, massive wads of banknotes and inflatable Jeffrey Epsteins!

Marvel as contortionist Fat Klaus makes us wonder what it means to be human by inserting his bald head into his own back passage in the unique manoeuvre he calls the Great Rectal Reset!

Kids will love Rudolph the Red-Toothed Robot, a marvel of the Fourth Industrial Revolution who is 100% climate-friendly because he powers himself by eating human flesh!

Check your privilege, as performance activist Faye Cleft brings systemic change to the traditional art of escapology by creating the postradical illusion that she is trying to break free from her chains while all the time ensuring that she remains safely bound!

Gasp in awe as His Imperial Highness King Konservation, Grand Ringmaster of the World Wildlife Fraud, wins your hearts by herding holograms of elephants, lions and antelope around the arena before triumphantly heading off to Africa, whip in hand, to tame the savages and throw them off the land in the name of protecting nature!

And everyone gets to join in the fun with our Inclusivity Game! Laugh and laugh as Freddy Five-Gee, Dotty Data and the Impact Clowns wrap you all up in their massive Zing-Along-a-Zinta-Net and turn your shitty little lives into yet another pot of gold for their business associates!

No, no, don't worry about that, Madam. It's purely for your own safety that we are confiscating those gorgeous little bundles of pecuniary potential.

Your children? Your children? Really, madam! That kind of hate-speech is neither appropriate nor acceptable. From now on, there's only one owner around here and that's Mr Satan himself!

[Audio version]

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