When you are a newcomer to Ukrainian history, it is not possible to ignore the attitudes taken towards it by both the former Soviet Union and the West. In particular, the words of Adolph Hitler leave a ring that hurts the ear and haunts the heart – almost indefinitely. His words and schemes make you think hard and long not only about yourself, but about human nature in general. When I first glanced at images that captured the extent of the miracle of Ukraine’s agricultural heritage, I had the following thought: “together all threads weave one garment and all paths reach one place”.
Everything I undertake is directed against Russia. If the West is too stupid and too blind to comprehend this, I will be forced to reach an understanding with the Russians, turn and strike the West, and then after their defeat turn back against the Soviet Union with my collected strength. I need the Ukraine and with that no one can starve us out as they did in the last war. -Adolph Hitler
In the above passage, Adolph Hitler is speaking to Carl Burckhardt, High Commissioner of the League of Nations for the Free City of Danzig, 11 Aug, 1939, just 12 days before signing the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, 23 Aug, 1939 that Hitler violated 22 June, 1941 by invading the USSR. Burckhardt was trying to prevent World War 2. Hitler ‘seemed’ intent on explaining to Burckhardt how important it was for Germany to expand its food-producing capabilities – especially after the British naval blockade of WW 1 had caused Germany so much distress. Ukraine was the key to that expansion. Of course Stalin needed Ukraine just as much as Hitler did and ultimately had no intention of losing it. The result: “The Great Patriotic War”, aka, “The Eastern Front”. But Hitler’s obsession with Ukraine cost him Moscow. By 1945 he had been driven back to Berlin having lost the whole ‘Ukrainian gamble’ – the key to his Eastern Plan. No wonder the 2014 ‘battle for Ukraine’ is both historically sensitive and geo-politically crucial – but also worthy of urgent international respect. The “Ukrainian Gamble” continues as the International Monetary Fund (IMF, created 1944) has replaced Russia as prime money- lender to Ukraine after the 20-22 Feb, 2014 ouster of former, Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych, transferring Ukrainian financial dependence from East to West, thereby exposing Ukraine’s all-important resources and agricultural heritage to Western practices of corporate exploitation and plunder, executed through the tactical tether of debt. Indebtedness to Russia has been exchanged for indebtedness to the West – ostensibly with the consent of the people. But one must ask with an impartial mind: who benefits from this debt and who loses?
Man does not live by bread alone; but without it, he cannot live.
‘Russia without Ukraine is just another country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire’. -Zbigniew Brzezinski
Whoever controls Ukraine controls an immeasurable agricultural treasure. Quality food production and clean water are as important to geo-political strategists as are oil, weapons, minerals, industry and geographical location.
The battle for Ukraine has been going on for centuries. It seems to be caught in an interminable vise, squeezed between two forces: East and West. The Ukrainian people have barely tasted independence, an independence that was obtained almost by accident when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. And according to Mikhail Gorbachev, it was not perestroika; it was not glasnost; it was not an arms race with President Reagan’s aggressive ‘Stars Wars Initiative’ that bankrupted the former Soviet Union. Rather it was the cost of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident of April, 1986 that bankrupted the Soviet economy. Chernobyl and all its continuing burdens, rest on the soil of Ukraine.
Ukraine does not need a war right now. It has its ‘war’ already cut out for it. It needs to restore its environment. It needs to protect that environment. It needs to satisfactorily resolve the Chernobyl Crisis – still in a state of scientific and environmental suspense. It needs to take custody of its own economy with its own interest-free currency so that arbitrary and extraneous debt-money can, instead, be invested in the healing of its land and the protection of its threatened waterways, not siphoned into the over-freighted coffers of money-lenders. Ukraine needs to protect its own agricultural heritage and decide for itself how to keep it whole, so that it does not foster the proliferation of dangerous chemicals, fertilizers and Genetically-Modified-Organisms. Ukraine needs to correct the extreme gap separating rich from poor – a gap that has widened all around the globe – crippling the opportunity to replace the slogans of propaganda and the deceptions of multinational corporations with the truth of quality opportunities that need to be brought to fruition. From necessity, the revolution in Ukraine has only just begun. It has reached a bifurcation point from which it cannot turn back. It must enter the breach if it is to experience resurrection and not fall back into the temptation of a corrupt autocracy that only benefits about 1% of the population.
WAR or PEACE
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. –Albert Einstein
Thousands trying to do something in Ukraine.
The statement above, attributed to Albert Einstein, may be a little one-sided. I think the world is a dangerous place because there are always people highly motivated to do evil – even as they deny it, attempt to mask it with righteous propaganda and employ force to expedite it – while the rank and file citizen is not in a position that enables him or her to do something about it. However, there are times when he or she must rouse themselves despite their weak positions and attempt to do something anyway – even in the face of unpleasant consequences. Great ingenuity and clarity will be required if one
wishes to have a lasting effect, as for example – back in America – when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a far-seeing and comprehensive speech on 4 April, 1967 in Riverside Church, New York City, with which he finally broke his silence and declared his opposition to the sordid and abhorrent war in Vietnam. The time had come when his voice was needed. And even though from that point on the President of the United States stopped talking to him and the war itself persisted another 6 years, he had to speak up anyway!
President Johnson ceased all communication with America’s most eloquent and universal visionary while Time Magazine labeled the speech: “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi”, a snide way of publicly branding King ‘a dangerous communist guilty of treason’, when in fact King had just delivered one of the most intelligent, fair-minded and soulful “off-ramps” in human history – leaving all of us free to abandon surely one of the most depraved wars of recent times – underscoring what happens when candid men with feeling do stand up to evil as if responding to Einstein’s challenge noted above. Able to see past the scrim of ‘patriotic propaganda’, King was instead seeing Vietnam for what it really was: an international atrocity, disguised as a war against communism, that was really a well-established strategy by which a surprisingly few number of corporations could make a lot of money.
The President of the world’s ‘beacon of democracy’ – and supposedly the defender of freedom of speech – had stopped speaking to a man who believed in both freedom of speech and in equal opportunity. What man, woman or child in America does not, by the very foundation of his being, believe in the self-evident principle of equal opportunity? But Johnson had become part of a tight-knit “establishment” that many decades earlier had ceased believing in equal opportunity – and equality in general – especially once corporate monopolies had become the pillars of American society at the turn of the 20th Century – including the “Money-Monopoly”, ostensibly ‘legalized’ in America by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 – one of the most significant turning points in the history of the Democratic Republic of the United States because it now became possible to begin the construction of a Military-Industrial-Complex controlled by the monopolies themselves. In its own way, Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) has become a mirror image of this paradigm, where military, corporate multinationals, state and media – controlled jointly by the state, big business and extremely wealthy oligarchs – operate as a more or less unified whole while also allowing the wealth to accumulate into very few hands. In many respects the current Ukrainian conflict represents the interface between these two halves of a single global paradigm. It is very, very difficult for the voice of the people to be heard above the regimen of “big money” – whether they reside in Russia or in America. This is not a tired, axe-grinding cliché. Rather, the overwhelming might of big money has become a dangerous reality. The people have to learn to distinguish between what big money says and what it does because they are not the same thing. One also has to consider how big money in fact accumulates – where it comes from and what deals are made for a monopoly to grow. The collision between opposed monopolies, right now, is hurting Ukraine and has massively increased its debt to the West (total: $27 billion; $17 billion from the IMF alone?)
It is best to remind oneself that the Federal Reserve in America is a private ‘corporation’ – not a government institution! It is a cartel of privately owned banks. These banks own the money supply of the United States – as impossible as that is to believe – and they loan it out to the government at interest! Most of us still somehow think that the US currency is the property of the government – meaning “We the People”. But it isn’t. It belongs to a tight-knit group of monopolists who also own large corporations and thereby have controlled the Military-Industrial-Apparatus since about 1914 and World War I. The Vietnam War was also a product engineered by this ‘controlling mechanism’, as were the Iraq Wars. Without this massive Military-Monetary-Machine, World War 2 could not possibly have evolved into such a massive social and humanitarian catastrophe that has left behind a backwash of misunderstanding among nations to this day. Without the International Central Banking System, I don’t think it would have happened at all. It was the central banking system that made possible, not only the reconstruction of Europe and England + their rearmament after World War 1, but it also made possible the sophisticated reconstruction of Germany – and once the Nazi Dictatorship was successfully in place, it also helped with the rearmament of Germany itself. It also helped the extraordinary military-industrial transformation of the Soviet Union under the stunning ruthlessness of Joseph Stalin (1878-1953). After the experience of World War 1 (The Great War),
John D. Rockefeller – first mighty “monopolist”
the international financiers were fully conscious that they were playing global chess with gigantic sticks of dynamite. The game was designed for they themselves to come out on top, no matter how many millions of humans were sacrificed for that end.
So naturally, a man of conscience watching young, poor African Americans – and many thousands of vulnerable whites – being hauled off to Vietnam to kill and maim millions of Vietnamese, only to return, one way or the other, maimed themselves – if they returned at all – well, such a man is going to react. King began his speech thus:
“I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statements of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam”.
“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” This principle of moral courage is for the ages and feels relevant each day of every year and can be applied to a thousand and one issues far beyond the catastrophe of the Vietnam War, ranging from ‘wealth-inequality’ to the protection of the Earth’s Environment. It is also a reminder, that by quoting it, King was not speaking alone. He was not an isolated voice. He was a voice full of focus and resolve that was at last joining the roar that was already out there based upon a self-evident consensus. Tens of thousands of North Americans were appalled by the Vietnam War and were determined to exercise their constitutional rights to protest it – in the 1960’s and in the early 70’s – especially after the deaths of four students at Kent State University, 4 May, 1970 – a date that slashed its way into the memory bank of millions leaving a scar of cutting contentiousness that cannot be dislodged, anymore than Watergate can be dislodged from the annals of government history.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON REACTION TO KENT STATE – 1970
It had dramatically polarized North American ‘Democracy’ – or what was left of it. So, to single King out as if he were alone – a dangerous, marginalized radical – was itself slanderous, while King himself was neither slanderous nor treasonous, nor suddenly irrelevant to his people as Time Magazine also declared with insidious mendacity. The truth was the opposite. He was being faithful to the vulnerable citizens of America and more. He was also trying to learn to be a good, long-term neighbor to the citizens of other nations – many of whom were poor through no fault of their own. The bombs falling on Vietnam in 1967 – a year before King’s assassination (4 April, 1968) – were American bombs and they were largely falling on the poor. They eventually fell on the poor in Cambodia as well, on orders that had been secretly issued from Washington through Henry Kissinger. So where was “Democracy”?
And where was “Democracy” when the Anglo-American coalition bombed Iraq in 2003 against the will of the bulk of the American people and millions around the world? Who benefited from the bombs that were dropped, based – as it turns out – on false pretexts – that to this day government authorities maintain were simply the result of imperfect intelligence gathering – thereby distancing themselves from any accountability? But Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction as Coalition propaganda had insisted. Furthermore, Iraq was not harboring the terrorists that the Coalition had claimed. And everybody knew it – including the public, in addition to first-rate international organizations tasked with making such determinations. Therefore, the Coalition bombed Iraq, killing and displacing tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis, without justification, while making a mockery of these international institutions at the same time. Millions of protesters around the world were unable to block what they collectively perceived as an ‘illegal terrorist war of plunder’ against a nation that had never even threatened the United States, quite as if we were still stuck in the 1700’s, chasing oil instead of gold.
Moreover, Britain had sought control over both Iraqi and Iranian oil before the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and had been one key motivation for undertaking World War 1, whereby she sought to destroy Germany’s effort to secure Mesopotamian oil rights alongside a prospective, great railway (Baghdad to Berlin), a bold and innovative venture that was eventually stopped by the Great War itself. Germany was attempting to replace coal technology with more efficient oil technology – which included ships – thereby threatening British naval and merchant superiority on the high seas. This explains Britain’s eager and staunch collaboration with the United States in the invasion of Iraq, since the desire to control Iraqi (Mesopotamian) oil goes back at least a century and from there into the present day. We are so used to consuming oil for transportation, manufacturing and heating that we forget that “oil” is also a synonym for “war”. Since the Iraq War, oil prices just kept rising – until very recently – the 2014 drop in price coinciding quite precisely with the crippling sanctions being imposed upon Russia by the West after the March, 2014 Russian re-annexation of Crimea. Putin depends upon oil and gas for Russia’s economic well being. Low oil prices greatly exacerbate Russia’s deepening economic crisis. Meanwhile, as the oil prices rose after 2003, so too has military spending risen – astronomically – in one nation after the other – all around this small, rare, but perfectly proportioned planet. The world – consequently – has never been so extravagantly armed in its history. The global military build-up is so out-of-proportion to man’s natural terrestrial disposition that it is almost impossible for the normal brain and a sound mind to comprehend the implications of such an historic development. No wonder the popular mind flocks to movies about Apocalypses – especially if zombies are an integral part of the drama. Insatiable greed never knows when to walk away from the Poker Game before it’s too late. Inexorable greed is the Ring-master behind this unprecedented global military circus. Such soul-shaking indiscretion!
15 FEBRUARY, 2003
With the two Iraq Wars, the ‘global truth crisis’ put down even deeper roots, making it much harder to pass judgment on the covert designs and territorial maneuvers of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the gigantic territory + business interests he represents. Moreover, the Russian military is now massive – a grim reminder that Russia, like China and the United States, is playing for keeps. In this high stakes Poker Game, Ukraine represents – as it always has – a large number of chips on the geo-political table, in no small part due to its unique geographical position separating Russia from Europe. The West wants to get control of Ukraine within the context of a new geo-political and military global-scape, while Russia cannot afford to let Ukraine go.
Since 1991 – the year the Soviet Union collapsed – the United States has attacked Iraq twice. This has not helped U.S. credibility in the eyes of the world – unless brute military force is the sole criteria that measures credibility – even as the U.S. points the finger with self-satisfied conviction at Russia, for all the problems that currently engulf Ukraine. The citizens of the world are being asked to pick a side at a moment in history when many people – in part due to new media – are trying to see all sides of current issues, otherwise they cannot get through the day and they cannot map out a future for their children who are being exposed to other children of all ethnicities and religions everywhere they go. Money-driven geo-political warfare seems to be at direct odds with an unprecedented inter-racial global social transformation that now seems unstoppable. Barring all out war, the same entities alternatively resort to potent economic sanctions in an effort to impose their will in any particular geo-political conflict. Economic sanctions between Russia and the West have deepened the Ukrainian Crisis – not only economically but Ukraine now faces an energy crisis that cannot be resolved easily unless Russia and the West – which very much includes the United States – reach some sort of sensible ‘peace agreement’ that takes the well-being of Ukraine into account. As far as I can tell, the well being of average, real Ukrainians is the very last concern on the minds of all parties engaged in the current power struggle that is impacting Ukraine. This ought to provide an important impetus for Ukraine to apply its engineering skills in the development of alternative energy systems, to greatly lessen the dependence on fossil fuel sources, such as they had been purchasing from the Russian mega-giant, Gazprom.
It is important to state at least cursorily, that Russian corruption over the past 20 years and American aggression in Iraq in particular, have injured the credibility and even capacity for either side to make a positive contribution to the very deep Ukrainian Crisis. Instead, both countries are only making the situation worse and in fact have added an element of danger that carries more formidable risks into the immediate future. In short, neither superpower is in a position to be pointing the finger at the other.
By attacking Iraq in 2003 against the will of millions around the planet, the United States has unbalanced the world, threatened democracy everywhere and instead of rectifying the situation continues to blame global terrorism to justify its own, often covert strategies of aggression. Fear without cessation, is dehumanizing.
THE TRAGIC, ILLEGAL INVASION OF IRAQ
Even as a growing number of people feel a growing need for rectification, America and Britain seem determined to carry through on an agenda that is not being shared with the public.
PIRATES WITH TIES WHO CALL THEMSELVES “LIBERATORS”
The protest in St. John Lateran Square in Rome, alone, set a record for the sheer number of protesters able to assemble peacefully to let Britain and America know that in this Age of Struggling Democracies, a large number of people believed it was urgent to defend the Iraqi people from the violent pursuit of their oil by Coalition Forces. 36 million people protested world-wide in nearly 3,000 events! But they were no match against the audacity of big power and big money – a great deal of which remains utterly faceless.
6,727,084 tons of bombs were dropped during the Viet Nam War. The taxpayer pays the manufacturer for every bomb dropped; and every plane assembled; and every bullet fired, every helmet, all the medical supplies, all the communications devices, all trucks, jeeps, helicopters, poison gas and machine guns. Even if he does not agree with the war, he has to help pay off the enormous debt the war has accrued. And if a family member comes home from the war crippled, he must also help that individual try to get back on his feet. War devastates the lives of millions while a few only benefit from its merciless tactics. Why then does the public submit to war as easily as it does? For many it offers a paycheck they cannot find elsewhere. Government Propaganda also offers them a level of Patriotism and ‘adventure’ missing in ordinary life. Most, however lack the energy, the position, the means and the strength to actually take on the risk that serious opposition to the Military-Industrial-Machine requires if one wishes to prevent lucrative, geo-political and military warfare.
All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field. –Albert Einstein
THE FRUIT OF PATRIOTISM
Einstein’s admiration for Non-Violence
When recruiting for war, the military targets the poor.
Reverend Martin Luther King, like Gandhi in India, wanted to improve the conditions of the poor in America – in other words the very reality he witnessed around him in the Deep South, in the urban ghettos, in and around the factories all across the land – and incidentally, a reality that continues to this day. But the ruling monopolies depend – mathematically – on the existence of poverty in order to be monopolies – whether they are Roman Abramovich or Alice Walton, Rinat Akhmetov or Warren Buffet, George Bush or Prince Al Waleed, Bruno Schroder or Wang Jianlin. If they share their wealth, it will be dissipated – and they will lose their exaggerated privileges and power. Moreover – historically – it is a very short social leap to get from poverty to slave labor, where nothing is shared with the laborer and where the laborer is treated as a replaceable part – an expendable – an item on a balance sheet. One could argue that the secret of the Great War Age, say 1900 to 1945, was ‘slave labor’, which was then perpetuated in China from 1950 right to the present day under the guise of a People’s Revolution – where people were not treated as people, but rather were treated as exponents of, or cogs in, the Industrial Revolutionary Machine – the voice of which was Maoist Propaganda. They were merely extensions of the machinery of mass production. The monopolists necessarily despised anyone who went to bat for the laborer and devised whatever means necessary to get rid of them. John D. Rockefeller was notorious for getting rid of both the ‘competition’ and labor leaders. He was attracted to undemocratic movements like Eugenics, dictatorships and central banking, in order to ‘scientifically’ and ‘strategically’ justify his astonishing greed.
The monopolist – like the dictator to whom he was attracted – could not afford to recognize the humanity of the labor force since the same people employed in the factories, farms, mines and all other low-paying jobs were also ‘employed’ on the battlefields, where windfall profits were reaped through the mass production of armaments and in the reconstruction contracts that followed the war itself. The monopolists made money before, during and after the war had wreaked all its destruction and poverty was a critical component in the ‘profit-equation’. To defend this scheme during peacetime, private militias were recruited when necessary to get rid of anyone who tried to fight for workers’ rights. During war time, conscription was enforced by the law and everybody else was ‘guilted’ into believing in a false patriotism simply because they had no idea what was going on behind the scenes between business and political power. They could only guess. But guessing isn’t enough to block war. The whole of mankind must transform on a new basis if vague patriotic emotionalism is not to seduce us over and over again into the same old catastrophic folly.
DESTRUCTION DOLLARS AT WORK
Through the mass exploitation of labor, an economic symmetry developed between Capitalist Monopolies and Communist [Party] Bureaucracies. Hitler pathologically despised “Communism” and couldn’t wait to invade the USSR, but he was much more like Stalin than ever he himself realized. Moreover, the industrialists who backed Hitler were much more like John D. Rockefeller than ever we North Americans realized. And when it came to General Eisenhower’s turn to treat German Prisoners-of-War after May 8, 1945, better than the treatment the Allies were accusing the Nazis of perpetrating against Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Jews and so forth, instead of methodically abiding by the Geneva Convention for handling POW’s, the American forces deliberately incarcerated millions of Germans in open prison camps that became death camps due to exposure, dehydration, immobility, lack of clothing, exhaustion, starvation, disease, beating, shooting, suffocation in muddy foxholes, open latrines, etc. The whole affair has been covered up until just recently. The American treatment of German POW’s made no sense except to deflect attention away from America’s corporate, technical and financial support of [and profiteering from], the Nazi War Machine. Anybody who snuck food to starving German POW’s was punished or shot. From numerous accounts it is believed that neither Russian nor British forces treated German POW’s the way the Americans did.
My father-in-law, Walter, encountered one such camp by the Rhine River, during his division’s march from Italy to Germany – and he was horrified. To help improve a 500 calorie a day ration – since the Red Cross was deliberately barred access to these “Eisenhower Death Camps” – my father-in-law slipped one prisoner some of his own rations. In gratitude this German soldier gave him his watch. When Walter discovered that American soldiers were stealing all German soldiers’ watches, he ended up giving it back. Walter had the further aggravation of realizing that his own immediate ancestors, on his mother’s side, were German. The absurdity of this political charade gnawed at him for the rest of his life. Even without the Geneva Convention rules, Walter knew – on his own – how the POW’s should be treated, especially since like many Americans, they had also been forced into the war by their respective government – in their case, the Nazi regime. To call this tragic collision between American soldiers – brainwashed against Germans since 1917 – the ‘unavoidable price of war’ is insufficient. But the only way to avoid this sort of inevitable collateral delusion is to avoid war itself. Of course, whereas the avoidance of war would be good news for mothers who love their sons, it wouldn’t be nearly so well received by those who love the business of war itself.
Hitler thought Stalin’s purges were stupid, even as he carried out heinous purges of his own. Without forced labor and sufficient funding from multinational war profiteers, the “Great Patriotic War” would not have occurred on the massive scale that it did. One of the first things Hitler did when he assumed dictatorial powers in 1933 – as a promise to the industrialists who were funding his rise to power – was to destroy the trade unions that attempted to organize laborers in Germany. And Hitler’s party (NSDAP) called themselves National Socialists! When Hitler was a struggling artist in Austria he lived in a home for poor, unemployed workers. So he knew about the tribulations of the working class first hand: how dim their hopes in fact were. He bonded with them again during World War I as a corporal and experienced the humiliation of the Treaty of Versailles with the working people of Germany. But once Heinrich Himmler’s SS was in place – a decade or so later – anyone who attempted to democratically defend or protect this labor class was executed.
The industrialists were a key part of Himmler’s Circle of Friends – originally known as the Keppler Circle – people like Hermann Schmitz, Wilhelm Keppler, Friedrich Flick, Baron Kurt von Schroder, Emil Helffrich, Fritz Kranefuss – along with some key bankers: Hjalmar Schacht, Kurt von Schroder, Emil Reinhardt and people connected to Emil Puhl who linked the Nazis to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Switzerland: the “Central Bank of Central Banks”. These prominent industrialists, at least 8 of the 40 members of Himmler’s Circle coming from the chemical giant, I.G. Farben, wanted complete control of labor. Wealth is a relation between profit and the cost of labor. The more labor costs, the less profit that can be skimmed from the realities of the market. In this matter, Hitler had to comply early or he and his growing National Socialist ‘Brown Shirts’ were going to have a problem with cash flow. Hitler was not the ‘cause’ of National Socialism. He was an angry, dramatically scheming and charismatic member of a large, global mentality that converged with concentrated force in a demoralized, traumatized and outraged, post-WW 1 Germany. A comparable patriotic zeal was also aroused in Britain, France, Finland, Poland, Ukraine, the Soviet Union, Japan, Italy, America, Australia, Hungary, Romania and so forth. In troubled times, Heroism is the bait; Patriotism is the fuel. The myth is always the same: tear yourself away from your loving mother and shed your blood for your beloved country, for freedom and for honor. Ultimately it is up to you whether or not you are going to take the bait. If you don’t wish to take the bait, you must begin to resist it consistently during peace time. If you wait until fear has once again gripped the world and the propagandists are back in business manipulating that fear – then it is already too late.
HEROISM OF DESTRUCTION
From this perspective, the temporary sensation of power completely obliterates the fundamental glue that holds us all together and together as a race – sharing the fantastic history of one planet – we become blind to the whole secret of our lives. It is incredible how many youth will drop bombs on people they know are absolutely equal to themselves. They carry out their orders anyway in ultimate violation of the law of human fellowship – the very factor that gives our lives so much meaning. As recently as September, 2014, both Dick Cheney in America and Vladimir Putin in Russia are calling for their respective countries to beef up their militaries as if in preparation for war.
WILL I BE REMEMBERED?
A PACIFIST PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE
NAZI GLITTER AND NATIONAL PRIDE
Meanwhile, Joseph Stalin, through his ‘program’ of “Collectivization”, deprived the peasants and Kulaks – which included Ukraine – of all their land and corralled
FEAR AND POWER
them into various forced labor schemes through which he built up his Military-Industrial Superpower that, eventually, was able to drive the Germans back to Berlin where Hitler ended his life in suicide: his own slave-labor schemes having swung from one extreme to the other. ‘Robber Baron Industrialism’ was by no means an American phenomenon only. It was British, German, Soviet. J.P. Morgan, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Ford, DuPont, Harriman, and Rockefeller were influential models only. Moreover, without international bankers they would not have been able to get started. As head of the New York investment firm, Kuhn, Loeb & Co, Jacob Schiff not only funded the monopolists (steel, oil, railways) but he also funded the Japanese in a war against the Tsars and then he helped other international bankers fund the Bolshevik Revolution itself that overthrew the Tsars. Industrial and financial monopolism transcended ideological and national boundaries in order to expand profits. This principle can be difficult to swallow, but is the current reality of multinational, trans-national, supranational and international financing and business, which includes and interacts with trans-national criminal organizations (TCO’s) on a regular basis in order to consolidate control.
During the reconstruction of Germany after 1945, the American Capitalist-Military-Industrial-Superpower and the Soviet Communist-Military-Industrial-Superpower, together as a symmetrical pair, made up the two parts of what that old War Lord himself, Bernard Baruch, in 1947, was the first to label the “Cold War”. It fueled the incredibly expensive nuclear arms race that followed and has brought us to the present moment – a world experiencing the ubiquitous centripetal power of excess bitterness with everyone fighting over every dollar that exists or is thought to exist.
John Foster Dulles, Churchill, Bernard Baruch, Winthrop Aldrich
THE GREAT DIVIDE
The current Ukrainian Crisis appears on the surface to be a struggle between Ukrainian Nationalism fighting for Ukrainian independence and the Russian desire to recover some sort of ‘Empire’ status by claiming parts of Ukraine for itself. But really, it is deeper than that because of the presence of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that reminds me a lot of the old wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood” dressed up in Grandma’s clothing. From Putin’s point of view the ‘Wolf of the West’ has once again taken up too close to Russia’s border with its little basket of goodies in hand – chocolate-coated debt – and while accusing the West of having engineered the overthrow of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych with the help of the Right wing Ukrainian nationalist Svoboda [Party], OUN and Right Sector, it is also accusing it of taking over Ukraine’s economy. With an increasingly loud voice it is warning the West to back off, even as the West is now accusing Russia of illegally ‘invading’ Ukraine and has clamped sanctions on everything from Putin ‘cronies'; to weapons contractors, to bankers, to oil companies. Without being privy to real facts, it is difficult to assess the magnitude of the underlying ‘battle’. But when well-fed Russian Separatists hold a ceremony in Donetsk, celebrating the Russian repulsion of the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War – as recently as 8 Sept, 2014 – then you sense the Russians are serious and are reaching down into the deepest possible roots of the long history of Russian patriotism.
It is also a potentially important coincidence that out of 141 countries studied, the top two nations with the highest degree of wealth-inequality in a few important categories are Russia and Ukraine in that order. Lebanon is #3 while the United States has the 4th highest degree of wealth-inequality in the world in several categories and in a range of charts. The propaganda and shady rhetoric swirling around this increasingly sordid conflict, rarely mentions the role of wealth inequality in the overall Ukraine Crisis. But it is unwise for anybody to shout too loudly about it because the Central Banking System that is supporting the current ‘revolution’ (Regime Change) in Ukraine is itself the prime promoter of wealth inequality – the key to its chief modus operandi around the planet. By concentrating the wealth in so few hands, Russia and Ukraine have both made themselves overly vulnerable to discontent from within and financial attacks from without. But the fact that the United States may well be the overall champion for wealth inequality in all categories – from distribution to ownership of assets, to bottom-line security schemes that protect the poor – is important to consider. In all likelihood, American monopolies – predatory by their very nature – are expecting to export all their practices to Ukraine – thus widening the gap between rich and poor in all categories even more than it already is. This may be good for the creditors and monopolists but is not likely going to benefit average citizens for a very long time as the debt simply builds up like a dividing wall with wealth on one side and everybody else on the other.
One can easily understand the ‘monopolist philosophy’ when one contemplates the privileges they enjoy far away from the acrid smoke of the ruthless and
relentless Industrial Behemoth that really has spread venomous air far and wide , explaining the growth of so many sanitariums needed to treat tuberculosis – then and the meteoric rise of cancer, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and so forth – now.
I have personally worked in some grueling labor conditions, but nothing quite as formidable as this! These working conditions immediately reflect the attitude monopolistic industrialists adopted toward workers. This paradigm easily expanded into visions of mass subjugation and, when necessary, mass deportations, purges and even genocide. The condition of the environment affects everybody. If it is degraded it can degrade relations among people rapidly. It is then self-fulfilling. By weakening people – and even their children and grand children – the privileged elite construct genetic theories to justify their own superiority, when in fact by creating degrading environments the elitist industrialists have themselves been the cause of the problem. By hoarding the wealth of nations in very few hands, more and more people end up in sub-standard conditions – whether it be housing, work conditions, food lacking in nutrition, insufficient recreation, or lack of quality medical care.
This picture from 1940, when the smoke and fury of World War 2 was already underway in Europe, is a reminder that industry had begun to affect every layer of society. It was not just isolated factories that were choking the workers to death. But whole cities were engulfed, thereby affecting every strata of the work and business community. No wonder the robber barons built themselves glorious estates outside the urban and industrial environments – up beautiful rivers; off nearby rail lines. Once they got used to these places of privilege why would they want to do anything that threatened their supreme advantages? The rich learned to make deals among themselves – cartel arrangements – and protect each other through thick and thin – no matter what ideologies they professed to espouse. They needed ingenious lawyers to help them do this – which is how men like Allen and John Foster Dulles became indispensable members of this exclusive and quite ruthless ‘club’. It was not the flag; it was not the religion; it was not the sandbars of ideology; it was the ability to get through the labyrinth with money as one’s guide. Only money was powerful enough to slay the Minotaur.
One can understand the motivations of the monopolists, but one can also understand men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi of India who could not stifle their own soul- shaking recognition of the humanity and the character of the people caught in difficult economic and class circumstances
and who paid close attention to what happened to those without means if they were offered a portal to opportunity. It was the humanity – imprisoned by poverty – that awakened a light inside these two men. The light itself was inextinguishable because it was not born from the readily distorted appetites of the ego, but rather from the transpersonal aspirations of Selfhood that these men could see was being stifled by oppressive circumstances fostered by the overall system. Regardless of all class distinctions, the greatest miracle of being a human being on this planet is surely our common humanity. Propaganda can conceal this fact, but not eliminate it. To protest British oppression of the poor people of India, Gandhi undertook a world-famous fast. This personal ‘sacrifice’ was
the price he paid for illuminating the universality of all living beings – the basis of human equality – that he himself could not ignore. There are people who cannot help dehumanizing others in order to exploit them – and even eliminate them – and there are people who cannot help cultivating others in order to exalt their humanity. At times it can be extremely difficult attempting to penetrate the forces committed to dehumanizing others.
It is incredible to me that people who commit crimes against others in an organized manner love to wear ties. It makes them feel starchy clean and right; legitimate and trustworthy. But you cannot judge a man by how he dresses. It took me, personally, longer than average to properly learn that lesson. The clothing can be a subtle mask that even unconsciously hides what a person really is and is really going to do: whether he refuses to wear a tie or refuses to go out the door without a tie.
THE HATS AND TIES of AUTHORITY
I can understand now why, as a child, I was irked by the hats worn by police all over North America. Images of the SS who wore similar hats and ties, had sunk into my subconscious mind. The SS had become famous and feared for their crimes against humanity. Above you see an American cop using a German shepherd to control African Americans, quite as if they were running a concentration camp the size of the whole town. If one wanted to uplift the lives of oppressed blacks, caught in the intractable jaws of segregation in America, one had to oppose highly organized police departments whose costumes of authority imitated those of the German SS. Moreover, without well-trained and well-armed police, it would have been impossible to enforce the banking practices of the Federal Reserve System that dominated the nation’s economy, because nobody would have accepted such practices to begin with. It is a miserable fact to contemplate that all too often, nation by nation, police have become the right hand of injustice.
Dr. King was one who understood the inherent difficulty in the process of the cultivation and uplift of our common humanity. He knew directly just what forces opposed the necessity of uplifting those without means – beyond even the color of one’s skin. He knew that silence in the face of such opposition was indeed “betrayal” – especially in the context of Vietnam where poor blacks were encouraged to go overseas and die for their country alongside poor whites, but were not allowed to ride on the same bus, or eat in the same restaurant as whites back in Montgomery or Birmingham. He continued in his very comprehensive 1967 speech:
The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on. -Martin Luther King Jr.
Government implementation of propaganda and misinformation greatly compounds this uncertainty, leaving even the most perspicacious citizens benumbed by the web of perplexities they are confronted with day in and day out. If, for example, you find yourself confused about precisely what is going on in Ukraine, it is because there are concerted groups of people who do not want you to know precisely what is going on – now and in the future. If you found yourself confused about exactly why we had to spend billions of dollars to attack and invade Iraq in 2003, it was because there were highly organized interests who did not want you to know precisely why billions were being spent to invade and bomb Iraq. Back in Germany in 1933, if you were confused about why Germany was supposed to attack the Soviet Union and kill and enslave whole sectors of the population, it was because the propagandists did not want you to know the truth about the Nazi agenda and who it was designed to benefit. And if you found yourself wondering why Stalin would employ a lot of manpower to enforce an artificial famine that killed multiple millions of Ukrainian peasants and Kulaks, only to have the New York Times tell the world that no such famine was happening at all, it is because deep political and financial interests in Moscow and abroad did not want the world to know the truth of Stalin’s agenda, nor the agenda of the United States government, for that matter, as the ‘preparation’ for World War 2 was already underway – behind closed doors – after the cataclysmic crash of the Stock Market in New York, October, 1929. And if you wondered why the U.S. government forcibly confiscated all privately owned gold all across the country – on pain of imprisonment or a $10,000 fine in 1934 – and why the Federal Reserve ‘Cartel’ ended up the owner of the gold, whereupon it raised the price from $22 an ounce to $35 an ounce – once it had it all collected – it is because the Federal Reserve and financial wizards like Bernard Baruch did not want you to know precisely why all your gold was being confiscated under the supervision of the police. They did not want the public to know that a gold monopoly was underway. And 1934 was in the midst of a global, Great Depression which had destabilized the world economy. People needed their gold like never before, as they lost assets, houses, property, jobs and general security. At this same time Germany began its rearmament under the Nazis, with the help of foreign, international banks and investment houses, many of which resided amidst the buzz and bedlam of Wall Street itself.
It takes transcendental guts not to end up mesmerized by uncertainty when both politicians and business monopolists withhold so much factual information from the public and the press as a matter of strategic policy. In Ukraine, between Western propaganda and Russian propaganda there is no way for we the public to know – even beyond a reasonable doubt – what is in fact going on day by day. Each side accuses the other of lies and activities that we cannot possibly verify firsthand. Even as I write this, Western Intelligence sources claim Russian troops have entered Ukrainian territory amounting to an illegal invasion, while Russian authorities accuse the West of having used part of a “video game” to ‘prove’ the presence of the troops that Russia itself adamantly denies are in Ukraine at all. In short it is accusing the West of an on-going smear and slander campaign in order to hold Russia solely responsible for the on-going 2014 Ukraine Crisis. In retaliation, the West responds by suggesting that Putin’s tactics in Ukraine are strikingly similar to Hitler’s tactics in Austria and Czechoslovakia just before World War 2 – (which incidentally, also entailed the concerted seizure of gold reserves from those countries which was promptly sent to the Bank For International Settlements) – while, now, in 2014, Russian Separatists in effect hold anti-Nazi rallies! In this circumstance, it is easy for ‘Authorities’ – backed by military, paramilitary or police forces – to slip into the ‘credibility crack’ between tragic or atrocious events – and the public’s need to know. The narrative they choose to spin depends upon their agenda. We the public are left with emotional opinions that cannot be objectively verified. We feel ‘played’ by all authorities, from every angle, until we decide to just give in and yield to one side or the other arbitrarily. Otherwise we must withdraw all interest and feign indifference to the plight of millions of Ukrainians and Russians caught in the middle of a rich man’s power game.
This is what we did with Iraq, where U.S. Intelligence was not merely wrong; it was not merely false; rather it was falsified and has never been formally rectified for the sake of public clarity. Officials from that time admit they were wrong, but they simply blame faceless members of the intelligence community for their imperfect techniques. They also lay out nonsensical possibilities: that perhaps Saddam Hussein, for example, moved all his facilities for weapons of mass destruction just before the various commissions could inspect them. People half believe such nonsense, more from weariness than gullibility. However, weariness should not become a substitute for vigilance. A discerning public, as we speak, should be wary of both Russian and ‘Western’ propaganda with respect to Ukraine. American propaganda wants the American public to believe that Vladimir Putin is the bad guy, solely responsible for disrupting Ukraine’s arduous attempt to become part of the European Union. But the public is not being told about the price of that induction into the European fold – the massive indebtedness to the IMF and other financial entities – nor the role of American-backed, Right-Wing paramilitary Nationalist organizations who spear-headed the aggressive overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych, who was admittedly excessively corrupt, but had been legitimately elected to office back in 2010.
Ironically, some of the world’s richest monopolists came from the working class themselves – whether from the coal mines of Ukraine – e.g. Rinat Akhmetov –
or from the industrial heartland of Germany, e.g. Friedrich Flick – a “Circle” member who died the richest man in Germany despite having served time in prison for crimes against humanity committed during World War 2.
You don’t become as rich as Flick – before and after Nuremberg, or as Akhmetov – the coal miner’s son – by being a choir boy! In fact, Rinat Akhmetov, from Donetsk, Ukraine – an oligarch possibly worth some 15 billion dollars – had been the chief backer of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, also from Donetsk, and was enormously influential in fostering the very conditions in Ukraine that had become intolerable to more and more people, driving them further and further away from Russia and Ukraine’s Russian-backed government, while trying to pursue a free trade agreement with the European Union. Yanukovych scrapped this deal unexpectedly just 8 days before he was expected to sign it at the end of 2013. Ukrainian Oligarchs from Eastern Ukraine must have been
allied quite tightly with Russian Oligarchs and Vladimir Putin, partly explaining Russia’s unwillingness to just let Eastern Ukraine go to the West after 20 Feb, 2014 and the overthrow of Yanukovych. Russia has invested too much in Eastern Ukraine and is also overly dependent on lucrative deals and agreements, ranging from natural resources, to aerospace contracts, to armaments, to food, to metals. For years it is as if Eastern Ukraine has been part of Russia. Corrupt exploitation is addictive. The use of intimidation, extortion, blackmail and even violence to make one’s fortune also becomes addictive. The extreme wealth and privilege that grows from this exploitation is not easy to renounce. But Russia has helped to cripple Ukraine’s economy, now being taken over by Western Institutions like the IMF and possibly more concealed financial groups with loans totaling some 27 billion dollars. That’s a heavy price for a gamble of this nature. But Russia needed to correct its practices earlier if it wished to prevent the West from infiltrating Ukraine’s economic structure in this fashion. Now it is too late to resolve peacefully, barring back-room deals not visible to the public. Both Donetsk and Luhansk are currently embroiled in a protracted, undeclared ‘Civil War’ between Russian-backed “Separatists” and poorly trained Ukrainian forces fighting for national unity and protection of territorial boundaries set in 1991. They may also want more control over their own industries – now being pressured by the Russian natural gas giant: Gazprom that has cut off gas supplies as of June, 2014.
FORMER ESTATE OF VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH
The contrast between the extravagance of the wealthy 1% and the struggling paucities of the 99% has spiraled out of control, as witnessed above in this ‘symbolic’ photo of Yanukovych’s now infamous estate, not far from Kiev! People hate to go out in winter and protest. They do so only when conditions are so grave they realize they are not going to be able to feed, clothe and educate their children. Then they know they must go out and meet the riot police head on, knowing snipers will be lurking somewhere simply waiting to obey orders. Corruption feeds extravagant compulsions – always a sign that dynamic balance of complementary forces has been disrupted by the corruption itself. Now, in some parts of Ukraine, one is playing Russian-Roulette with one’s life just by walking to the grocery store. But despite dramatic events like the downing of Malaysian Flight 17 over Ukrainian territory on 17 July, 2014, the general public still does not have an accurate picture of what is really going on. Murky intelligence tactics impede accountability and the capacity to genuinely resolve the crisis. The fog of misinformation swirls around the whole planet. If you have any objectivity at all, it is harder and harder to pick a side.
To escape the wrath of Ukrainians overwhelmed by the corruption and extreme wealth inequality that had developed in their country, Yanukovych had to take refuge in Russia. The public was outraged by the fortune he siphoned from the system while they themselves have sunk deeper and deeper into economic tribulation: lower wages, weak currency, higher prices and of course more debt. If a war with Russia escalates, how are they going to pay for it? If the West pays for it, Ukraine will be indebted to the West for decades to come.
FOR YANUKOVYCH, IT WAS GOOD WHILE IT LASTED
After Yanukovych’s ouster, the public was allowed to walk through his estate to view for themselves where their tax money had been ‘invested’: the Virtuosity of Wealth-Inequality. The public is not stupid even if the average citizen, by the laws of current economics, cannot afford a Rolls Royce Phantom. Every household understands the proportionality of accounting. They understand the overall ratio between inflation and austerity/recession. But this excess seen above, makes it tragically clear how corruption in their country – and all around the world for that matter – destroys the shared economy unnecessarily, just as malpractice in big industry unnecessarily destroys the shared environment, or profit-driven malpractice in medicine unnecessarily injures the patient – having replaced a shared economy with a ruthless obsession with profit-extraction at all cost. But whoever has the wealth also controls the advertising through which they promote and justify their own colossal advantages and naturally gloss over the collateral damage that results from ‘unnecessary malpractice’ and inhumane extraction techniques. Oligarch-backed government corruption in Ukraine has left the populace of Ukraine open to a sudden invasion by Western banks. Now the oligarchs will scramble to make deals with the West in order to cash in on “privatization laws”. The populace as a whole will not be invited to the party. Instead they will be handled with government-sponsored promises and glowing declarations of a new unity and a new patriotism – a patriotism that only enriches a few.
Once the Ukrainian public began to sense the depth of the betrayal – of the many by a few – through years of government-supported corruption – they had no choice but to assemble in the Maidan in ever-larger numbers. When corruption has made greed too easy, the temptation to exploit it becomes irresistible. But if a relatively-fixed amount of ‘cash’ ends up stuck in just a few bank accounts, the population will explode in despair and anger as they watch the so-called elite indulging their every desire.
Back in December, 2013, Ukrainians were upset enough by Yanukovych’s reversal of the EU Trade Agreement, that by January, 2014, the country was in considerable turmoil, with American-backed Right-Wing Nationalists (Svoboda, OUN, Right Sector and others) helping to ‘lead the charge’ that resulted in Yanukovych’s ouster, 20-22 Feb, 2014. The Ultra Nationalists were able to capitalize on the wretched economy, the growing debt, the miserable gap between rich and poor and the endemic corruption that was running the country – even though it had been just as corrupt during the previous government that arose from the fractional, Right-Wing Orange Revolution (2005-10). It seems America had invested a great deal of money to prepare Ukraine for ‘democratic institutions’ to be kicked into gear following a ‘regime change’. It was easy to muster up an anti-Russian furor in such an unhealthy social and economic atmosphere – where even life-expectancy had dropped in Ukraine – while still failing to address the actual roots of the Ukrainian Crisis that now finds itself in the midst of a smoldering, mostly covert ‘civil war’ – itself a mask for a much more profound conflict. The conflict is deeply imbedded in the growing problem of wealth inequality – itself a world-wide epidemic.
Moreover, there has been sufficient confusion and misinformation during this upheaval, that it remains uncertain exactly who the infamous snipers were who gunned down at least a hundred people, 20 Feb, 2014, killing protesters, police and innocent by-standers alike – the event that signaled the overthrow of Yanukovych.
Some blame the Russian-backed Yanukovych government for the sniper attack, while others claim covert “terrorist” right-wing Nationalists had staged an ‘incident’ to ‘justify’ an all-out invasion of the government by paramilitary forces (Right Sector). In short, it is like saying we don’t know who was behind the stealthy, very professional operation: American covert operators or Russian covert operators. Somebody knows exactly who the snipers were, but I am not among those who are privy to such information. The lack of direct information surrounding the sniper attack nearly caused me to give up this writing. Realizing that we have been swamped by misinformation for years as it is, I decided to keep going anyway, no matter how aggravating and degrading it is to feel continuously ignorant and forever duped by the smoke of an on-going, world-wide propaganda war. Some 3,000 people have died in the overt battle between under-equipped Ukrainian forces and Pro-Russian Separatists – especially in Luhansk and Donetsk from April-Sept, 2014. But this is only half the battle being fought in Ukraine – which is why everything seems to be pointing to a long and painful revolution, enormously hampered by the state of the economy that has been squeezed dry by both Eastern and Western interests – but a revolution that may prove to have been worth it when all is said and done – if it can manage not to give up. But who will become the center of such a revolution if autocracy is to be avoided? How can the Ukrainian people become the architects of their own system if they cannot access the means to pay for it? If even the United States of America could not maintain government-ownership of its own money supply, allowing a central bank to take over in an unconstitutional manner in 1913, how can Ukraine – squeezed as it is between Russia and the West – take custody of its own interest-free money supply and start trading with all nations without a self-defeating mountain of debt constantly blocking its way?
The Tsars tried to resist a central bank for almost a century, but were finally taken down by the Bolsheviks who had more than enough financial backing to carry out the job. Without the central banking system of England, Europe and America, it seems certain that the Tsars would have prevailed, or that there would have been no ‘Marxist’ revolution at all. Moreover, for some on this planet who cherish its natural heritage, the industrial nightmare that followed in the wake of Lenin’s assault can hardly be construed as a revolution. But without it, Russia would most certainly have been vulnerable to Hitler and Germany’s “Second Industrial Revolution” that devolved from her victory over France in the Franco-Prussian War (1871). It didn’t help that this second industrial revolution was cut short by Britain’s shrewd manipulation of the Great War (1914-18), culminating in the brutal restrictions placed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles (1919). The anger it aroused within the German People almost immediately ensured a violent reaction inside the Weimar Republic – through National Socialism – that eventually climaxed with the historic assault, by the Nazis, all along the Eastern Front. By that point, Russia’s own industrial revolution was already obsessively underway and provided the requisite counter-force to repel Hitler’s quest. As a result of this desperately violent interchange, a few War Lords, Bankers and industrial monopolists managed to amass very significant fortunes at the expense of the well-being and lives of millions of fellow human beings. Many believe that at least 27 million Russians, alone, perished in The Great Patriotic War. Others set the figure much higher – at 40 million – when all civilian deaths were factored in. Knowing the forces that contributed to this conflict – I have to say – I still lack the capacity to process the sheer magnitude of so many lives smashed into the earth – prematurely and unnecessarily.
The history of this East-West pressure is old enough that I think it is fair to call this point in time a bifurcation point in which Ukraine and its fate will either break down or break through to a new level – a level that will not be earned easily. Just hoping and dreaming will not bring about the needed changes. Penetrative vision must overcome the entrenched forces that are swiftly overtaking the initial impetus for revolutionary change. Another form of autocracy is waiting in the wings and Ukrainians must tackle that threat every day through collective vigilance or they may lose basic freedoms. Without constant effort, a new autocracy will be victorious. Massive national debt alone will drive the country into the hands of a new Autocratic Regime.
Whatever actually transpired, 20 Feb, 2014, predatory and brutally competitive Oligarch-ridden politicians and their parties are failing to address and serve the needs of the people – and that failure includes the Yanukovych government that proved itself to be as corrupt as the others. This situation is being compounded by the fact that identical conditions have become the norm world-wide, as wealth inequality becomes increasingly extreme in more and more countries. The ubiquitous nature of the problem around the globe – very much promoted by powerful multinationals, their agents and the International Central Banking System itself – is not helping the cause of nations in crisis, since the rich like to imitate the tactics they see working everywhere else. If they don’t, they are quickly swallowed whole by larger entities – especially during a crisis such as we saw in 2008 and of course back in 1929. We may be witnessing the most extraordinary greed-fest in human history at this time. The sheer numbers of rich are the highest ever, even as they proportionally occupy an incredibly small percentage of the world population. A lot of this wealth comes from oil and natural gas – hydrocarbon resources we are all addicted to – an addiction that is also endangering health and the earth’s overall environment. But the wealth is not only hydrocarbon-based. It is also based on products which when examined closely are not necessarily benefiting humanity, and in many cases are doing more harm than good. But admittedly, many products remain tied to hydro-carbon sources. The world’s richest – Bill Gates of Microsoft – feels no guilt over his $76 billion Microsoft-derived fortune because computers have been the key to a new world. But this guiltless delight does not dismiss the fact that there is a real, ‘mechanical’ problem of wealth-inequality within the economic engine that is having consequences in the real world. With Russia and Ukraine topping the wealth-inequality list in some categories, we might be looking into a crystal ball where, if we look hard enough, we may well find our own reflection.
One man’s private boat carries 100,000 gallons of fuel!
Russian Oligarch, Roman Abramovich, made $13 billion by selling his oil company to the Russian Corporate giant, Gazprom, that currently holds Ukraine ‘hostage’ through enormous debt and a sudden increase in the price of natural gas, in response to the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych. The war between Russia and Ukraine is complex and multi-faceted. By June, 2014, Gazprom cut off natural gas to Ukraine. Extreme wealth in both the ‘East’ and ‘West’ are fighting for control of a treasure at the expense of the population as a whole – a situation Ukrainians have endured for many generations. Extreme Ukrainian Nationalism may arise in part from an on-going generational frustration – resulting from centuries of invasion, occupation and competitive strife between East and West. A revolution won’t amount to much, however, if there isn’t at least a moderate attempt to redistribute wealth. Interest-free currency may be a reasonable starting point, but with the IMF already in action, it isn’t a very realistic hope. The IMF serves the Central Bankers. It seems Gazprom and Abramovich help finance the main media outlets in Russia – NTV and Channel One respectively – thereby shaping public perception of Russia’s actions and propaganda that portrays it in a good light. As an example, the Abramovich-funded Channel One declared to the public that the CIA had been behind the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 back in July 17. By contrast, the Americans confidently – and with dead certainty – insist that, however it was brought down, it was with Russian equipment and that it was either Russia or Russian-backed Separatists who perpetrated the crime. The war is a rich man’s sport being played out on Ukrainian soil. It is difficult to pick a side. And it may well be the point, this time round, not to pick a side, but to strike a functional accord between the real conflicting parties – which includes the super rich versus those who cannot make ends meet because the cash is not meeting them.
Yanukovych had ostensibly chosen to accept a strict loan regimen worth 15 billion dollars from Russia – with continued low natural gas prices + government subsidies, ostensibly so that Russia could continue to benefit from the very lucrative trade with the Donbas region, which included Donetsk where Yanukovych had been governor – while also shipping Russian natural gas to Europe through Ukrainian pipelines. But this renewed dependence on Russia and the infamous corruption that would inevitably accompany it, was the last ‘condition’ on earth Ukrainians wanted to perpetuate. The history of being controlled by Russia has not been particularly pleasant especially during the Stalin era, but also Khrushchev and on down to Gorbachev. Under Yanukovych, corruption, nepotism and cronyism had made a handful of Ukrainian oligarchs – and eventually Yanukovych himself – extremely rich, while the rest of Ukraine simply went deeper and deeper into debt – some of it already with the IMF itself – exposing Ukraine – since the regime change – to greater IMF control through its controversial policy of “conditionality”. If an economy is desperate, this allows the IMF to demand policy reform that can shape the direction of the entire nation – a process that began before Yanukovych was overthrown. In short, the IMF likes to prey upon chaos in order to take economic custody of the country and direct its reconstruction & reform process. The IMF was strategically created in 1944 out of the chaos of World War 2 to control the lucrative process of reform and reconstruction – greatly benefiting the monopolies connected to the IMF.
President Putin was asking Ukraine to join his Eurasian Union (Eurasian Economic Union) instead, insisting it would be offering more security as well as being affordable. But corruption in Ukraine has proven to be the Achilles heel of his game plan. Moreover, the stealthy manner by which he ‘took back’ Crimea – that had been given to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev back in 1954 with about a million Russians attached as a sort of quasi-human ‘loan’ that Putin ‘called in’ 60 years later – has scared many people. He used the high population of Russians as his excuse – accompanied by a referendum – to re-annex Crimea. To be told that he is just as stealthily backing pro-Russian Separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk only makes matters worse, even though he insists that the over-throw of Yanukovych was an American-backed coup d’état, and hence illegal. The result is an extremely tense stalemate, the future of which is very difficult to predict given the colossal might stored up in both Russian and American military forces. At the same time it seems as if Gazprom has gone up against the might of Western Banks with traditional Russian bravura. As of now, the European Union is carrying through with the economic agreement that is to become effective at the beginning of November. If the agreement proves to be serving only a handful of oligarchs and Western Monopolists, it is my hunch that the Ukrainian people will be forced to resume protesting until the wealth has found a more equitable form of distribution and operation.
The IMF & World Bank were born in 1944, as mentioned, at the Breton Woods Conference in New Hampshire, USA, from the ashes of the colossal destruction of World War II and enabled the International Central Banking System to profoundly ‘influence’ the reconstruction process in Europe, thereby contributing to the hegemony of the US dollar. Americans played a large role in regulating this process in Germany, for example, through the Marshall Plan. The indefatigable John McCloy, who had once been a partner of Allen and John Foster Dulles – the slippery brothers who brokered and cloaked corporate deals between American and German multinational cartels before and during World War II – by representing both sides – in order to keep the profits flowing – not only helped
execute the Marshall Plan as U.S. High Commissioner to Germany, but also helped former Nazis – some of them bona fide war criminals – get firmly back on their financial feet after the Nuremberg Trials. McCloy, along with a handful of others – including Averell Harriman – were considered the start-up architects of what became the protracted Cold War. He also was known as one of the 6 “Wise Men” of the [Eastern] ‘Foreign Policy Establishment’ and was also himself a president of the World Bank along with many other high-profile positions including Chairman of the powerful Council on Foreign Relations as well as Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank – one of the prime members of the Federal Reserve and hence one of the most powerful banks in the world.
McCloy was also a member of the Warren Commission along with Allen Dulles who had just been forced to resign as CIA chief over the Bay of Pigs fiasco (April, 1961) where it seems the CIA had overstepped its authority, forcing President Kennedy to seek Dulles’s resignation (Nov 29, 1961). After that, Kennedy decided to take greater charge of his executive position as President, which resulted in a direct challenge to the Military-Industrial-Complex that had been unchallenged since about 1914 (when Woodrow Wilson more or less did what he was told) and almost got us into a nuclear exchange with Nikita Khrushchev over the Cuban Missile Crisis of 16-28 Oct, 1962. This defining crisis was replete with unlaunched nuclear missiles, a naval blockade, Soviet submarines, angry accusations of intimidation and mutual lapses in reason – with some Russian missiles in Cuba being operational in capacity – heated debates in the United Nations, first-strike scenarios bandied about in the event of an American invasion of Cuba, American military advisers pushing Kennedy to bomb the missile sites in Cuba, with Kennedy refusing to comply; aggressive negotiations undertaken if Russia was going to agree to remove the missiles from Cuba – including a promise by America never to attack Cuba and to gradually remove “Jupiter missiles” from Turkey. By 28 Oct, 1962, the Soviets agreed to remove the missiles under UN supervision.
Given the pressures from within and from without – not to mention the stain left behind by the Bay of Pigs fiasco – I give Kennedy high marks for finding the balance in what was an unprecedented Cold War flight into uncharted ‘nuclear diplomatic space’ and avoiding all potential military exchanges. Those 13 days can be used as a model for the future – a future already upon us. Both parties then knew that a nuclear exchange was utterly useless for all – including the world at large.
Kennedy had restrained hostility from Russia and from his own internal military brass. He also signed a Presidential decree that I did not know about in detail until two years ago – also known as Executive Order 11110 – that returned the power to create and issue currency – to the U.S. Treasury – which is to say the government; thereby removing such power from the privately owned Federal Reserve. This was to be effected through silver-based certificates in addition to some gold-based denominations and apparently $4 billion worth of $2 dollar and $5 dollar denominations was to be put into circulation. But by 22 Nov, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated and almost immediately this currency was taken out of circulation. I am not pretending to be any sort of expert on this painfully controversial assassination, but had I been in charge of appointments for the Warren Commission – tasked with discovering the manner of Kennedy’s extremely upsetting death – Allen Dulles and John McCloy would have been the last two human beings on earth I would have recommended for so solemn a responsibility. I say solemn because no death in my lifetime has had so permanent an impact on me as an individual. Even as a boy with all sorts of problems of my own, I was mysteriously ‘with’ Kennedy, beat for beat. I listened to him whenever I could. I mean I would stop what I was doing and listen. When he made mistakes or was caught in a bind, I suffered with him and believed his efforts to rectify his mistakes or mistakes imposed upon him by others. It was the process of learning – moment-by-moment through error – during the ‘defense of democracy’ that really captured my whole being, as Kennedy took us through the challenges and presented solutions with powers of reason I could identify with. My sister was always fanatical about running polls and she would make us nail down our positions. So she made me think about the choice between Kennedy and Nixon. And though I was too young to formulate an opinion, I recall snapping at her until I really had her attention. “Kennedy”, I barked. “Kennedy for sure. I don’t like Nixon.” My sister looked at me. “He’s creepy”, she said quickly. “Kennedy will win.”
THE WARREN COMMISSION
I would have hired Allen Dulles, John McCloy and Gerald Ford only to cover up evidence, never to investigate the objective facts of the murder itself. These men were not working for the President, nor for the American People. They were working for what Woodrow Wilson – back in his day – referred to essentially as the monopolists – the same people who have for a long time inspired so much fear inside the political and economic process.
To this day, most Americans are not satisfied with the conclusions of the Warren Commission, ostensibly including Senator Richard Schweiker who was involved with a 1976 investigation into the role played by the CIA and FBI in the Warren Commission report – the same year, by the way, when George H.W. Bush was director of the CIA. Schweiker spoke on national T.V., stating that:
the John F. Kennedy assassination investigation was snuffed out before it even began … that the fatal mistake the Warren Commission made was to not use its own investigators, but instead to rely on the CIA and FBI personnel, which played directly into the hands of senior intelligence officials who directed the cover-up. –Richard Schweiker
Like an inflamed sore, if a falsity is allowed to build up too much pressure, it will explode. But if you bleed a little pressure out of the falsity, it will close itself back up again and people will soon forget about it. You can blame the CIA without consequence, because it will be high-nigh impossible to prove your allegations. The CIA is a true labyrinth with a Minotaur lurking at every twist and turn. The Kennedy assassination remains a galling mystery that many of us who identified with him will have to take to our graves. But I admit freely, not knowing the exact details of his untimely death, has left me surprisingly disgruntled.
POWER ABOVE POWER
THE STATE WITHIN A STATE
This notorious building, the headquarters of I.G. Farben – frequently designated “A State within a State” – and closely identified with Hitler’s rise to power, was spared bombing by the Allies. Instead it became the Headquarters from which the Marshall Plan was executed. The High Commissioner from America, John McCloy repeatedly demonstrated preferential treatment toward former Nazi war criminals, underscoring the unshakable business bond between I.G. Farben in Germany and its American partners: American I.G. Farben, Standard Oil of New Jersey, ITT and so forth. But while Nazi bosses were treated leniently, German POW’s were treated like animals in the American run POW camps on such a large scale that one imagines a strategy designed to reduce Germany as a whole for political purposes converging from different angles: Russians, Poles, Zionists, etc., while an elite group of powerful cartel bosses were treated in a spirit of near Mafia-style loyalty.
Since the ouster of Yanukovych – undoubtedly an event pursued through covert activities known to the IMF itself working jointly with other entities – a deal has been struck between Ukraine and the European Union whereby the IMF has offered Ukraine 17 billion dollars in loans – but loans that will be doled out with extreme conditions attached – including a hike in energy prices from between 240%-425% over the next four years. This is a dangerous situation for the hopes of average Ukrainian citizens – since the money will be quickly sucked up to the top 1% as we are seeing all around the world. With the IMF demanding austerity + privatization, a very small group of people will end up owning everything while the average citizen descends into substandard financial conditions while being forced to endure weaker currency, bailouts for the private banking industry, higher energy prices, rents, taxes and also higher prices for imported goods, while receiving lower wages. This situation could be corrected if reforms were made part of the revolution now. But even the current President of Ukraine – elected back in 25 May, 2014 – is himself an Oligarch! He will not feel these conditions the way the general public does. It won’t bother him that the state will be expected to “recapitalize” the failed private banks using public resources. But the public needs those resources like never before – especially when in the midst of a covert, poorly defined war between Western and Eastern interests at the expense of Ukrainians and their land. As per the central banking strategy started in 1944, it is not the people of Ukraine who will benefit from the IMF loan. It is the creditors themselves who will benefit. And remember – the currency itself that is being loaned is privately owned money. Ukrainians are completely entitled to create and circulate their own national currency. They are as entitled to possess their own currency as they are to breathe the air above their own land. And they are allowing the IMF – through no fault of their own – to come in and tell them what their currency is worth, how much they should pay for natural gas, what minimum wage should be and all sorts of other details.
One purpose for demonizing Putin and driving him out of Ukraine is to ensure that Ukraine becomes a frontier of investments and development for huge Western interests from chemical giants, to airlines, to food chains. It’s a war between two herds of dragons: one herd from the East; another herd from the West, some members of which have swum across the English Channel while others have swum across the Atlantic itself.
For those interested in the nuts and bolts of the balance sheet of economic cause and effect – that has led to such extravagant wealth-inequality that in turn has contributed to the overall instability – it is worth noting that there are many points of view to the Ukrainian Crisis and the territorial battles of the rich. Russia blames Washington for attempting to destabilize both Ukraine and the world so it can further restrict Russia’s global position. But Russia helped undermine Ukraine’s economy by its own deep corrupt practices that have endangered the lives of millions of Ukrainians. This corruption translates into real terms. For example, it is a fact that Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich, does not have just one massive personal yacht – he has five! And he helps finance Channel One in Russia – a major source of Russian propaganda. It requires minimum analytical imagination to realize that the propaganda being spewed out is indirectly supporting those five mega-yachts. In the midst of a crisis of this nature – shared by several decades of Russian/Ukrainian history – anyone truly close to the situation would agree that his acquisitive compulsions are in poor taste for the foreseeable future. Of course the same can be said for two or three hundred other billionaires around our little planet. I understand how much the rich – especially when oil is involved – adulate each other and like to have the biggest toys on the block as a sign of ‘respect’, but at this moment in time it probably makes more sense to set the toys aside. Life is much, much more than one interminable advertisement for the indulgences of about 1500 human beings in a world they share with 7 billion others. One yacht – that can be parked without polluting the surrounding air quality for miles and miles – might strike a better balance between fantasy and necessity at this historical juncture. The world remains a shared habitat no matter how rich the rich actually become. Even the rich are prone to the laws of cause and effect. If you can’t reduce excess voluntarily then one way or the other it will get reduced involuntarily.
One of Five Mega-Yachts
Meanwhile, back in 2010, with Yanukovych in place as President of Ukraine, Rinat Akhmetov’s personal and family fortune sky-rocketed within 2 years! He quickly bought the most expensive piece of real estate in the UK – that some say was the single most expensive home ever sold in the world – for an amount too meaningless to print. The location is One Hyde Park, London. It is easy to argue that excesses perpetrated by Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs alike – keeping alive the tactical tradition of 19th Century American Robber Barons – have directly influenced the conditions millions of Ukrainians must now endure at the hands of international loan sharks. Rob the country blind and the country, while immersed in a murky war, must turn to loan sharks to survive. Meanwhile, within this tenebrous turmoil, the fate of the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident remains uncertain and should have been addressed before these men pursued indulgences so excessive as to be aberrant. In this minefield of personal indulgences I cannot find a trace of meaningful civilization – just sharks forever sharpening their teeth on the rocks and reefs that are the shared domain of all living creatures.
Incidentally, I am the first to acknowledge the aesthetic beauty and desirability of just the Pelorus alone – never mind the Luna and the 163.5 meter $442 million Eclipse. These vessels ignite the imagination and cause the appetites to blaze with an almost superhuman desirousness. Abramovich does not lack aesthetic taste. But these yachts are absurdly excessive when taken in context and in flagrant denial of the global situation which really does cry for leadership. The abstract imperatives of the mega-rich diminish the inherent and eternal value offered by a planet so rare we have no idea how far we must travel into deep space to even match its worth. One mega-yacht is more than sufficient for Abramovich to pay homage to the rare beauty of this planet.
I would much rather have gone for a sail with Albert Einstein out on Long Island Sound, in a tiny boat with no motor; with nothing but the rustle of water and wind, the terns arcing and spinning overhead, talking about what is beautiful, what is true, what is knowable and what is not knowable, than spend my time trying to find ways to escape the diesel fumes continuously pouring out of the Eclipse’s massive engine – with a vodka and tomato juice in my hand – pretending that I find the massive boat impressive.
THE “ECLIPSE” IS ALREADY ECLIPSED BY THE “AZZAM”
While single individuals play one-up-man-ship with a few others around the globe to the tune of millions spent on toys of extravagant inconvenience, the land they exploited with absolutely no shame – lies in danger.
Attempting a 25,000 Year Radioactive Burial
Nearly three decades after the accident, the radioactive mess in Chernobyl remains a grave threat to the health of Ukrainians. –BBC News
For example, the pine forest that surrounds the site is so contaminated, that if a forest fire were to spread through it, it would create a devastating radioactive smoke cloud. Once the 110 meter high, gigantic domed sarcophagus depicted above, is slid on rails over the 30-year old, ailing sarcophagus seen in the upper right of the photo, the radioactive material contained within the sarcophagus still must be dismantled and removed without inducing collapse. Nobody yet knows how this will be done safely, nor how much it will cost, nor exactly where they will take the material for final burial, assuming the cranes can survive long enough to lift the material out. Together Abramovich and Akhmetov – both of whom have taken so much out of the Russian/Ukrainian economies and landscape – should set examples for the future of the region, by creating a Joint Research Task force that underwrites the science and technology that will resolve the Chernobyl Crisis and help set Ukraine’s future on a whole new footing – even if it takes fifty years. I understand that the rich of our world can be the most petty penny pinchers. I understand that they resent spending money on anything other than what they experience as psychologically pleasant for themselves. But I guarantee you that if they set up a scientific Research Task Force and successfully dealt with Chernobyl, their reputations among the people of Ukraine, Russia and the world will far outlive all memory of their boats and houses, their automobiles and even football clubs.
Every prophet who has ever graced the surface of this planet has warned that there is nothing that needlessly destroys human relationships, International Relations, cities, states, families, environments and individual health and well-being, like excess. Through cultivation of character – by seeing things for exactly what they are – whether an economy, or an ecological crisis, or a social crisis like the tragic gap currently growing between rich and poor – excess can always be reduced and by so doing it is always possible to once again witness the beauty and power of the very laws that have created us to begin with. The demands of excess impede us from experiencing the unforced miracle of revelation. And so the light of reason – hidden like a seed within the tribulations of all human crises – is indeed eclipsed. Just one of Abramovich’s mega-boats could help clean up a nuclear dump site. Another one could purchase land for a new National Park. Yet another could help research ways to strengthen weak dams that may break during a heavy ice year. Of course the same could be said for Akhmetov, who is Ukrainian. Create an important, clean, safe, ennobling “National Independence Park”. Start a genuine rebirth of a Ukraine, unfettered by crippling loans. Try innovative ways to improve the conditions of Ukrainian workers so they don’t suffer the same fate that some of his own family members did. Set up a new, Ukrainian Agricultural Institute (UAI) that protects Ukrainian agriculture, so that it is not invaded by foreign multinationals anxious to turn it into an artificial agribusiness that permanently alters its natural state and yet keeps it able to compete on the world market. Abramovich and Akhmetov, together, could set up an Advanced Energy Institute as part of a university, whereby scientists explore ever-better ways to provide energy in anticipation of reduction in hydrocarbon exploitation.
In the meantime – back to reality, Ukraine now owes the Russian natural gas giant, Gazprom, billions in unpaid bills ($4.5 billion?) at the same time that it has also increased its debt with the West (the IMF is headquartered in Washington D.C.). Wedged between the IMF and Gazprom – that punitively raised gas prices after Yanukovych’s ouster – it will be a challenge for Ukraine not to choke to death economically, especially if Gazprom elects to shut off gas deliveries to Ukraine in a sustained manner as winter approaches. Moreover, the tension between the two forces – East and West – with so much misinformation, denial and reciprocal accusations clouding up all channels of communication, is fostering deeper and deeper military complications between Russia and Ukraine; Russia and NATO; and of course Russia and the Anglo-American Axis, racking up a military bill that Ukrainians cannot actually afford. Even a superficial peek into Russia’s rearmament program of the last decade staggers the imagination. In the past century – rearmament inevitably meant war itself. One wonders just how much of this crisis is rooted in a behind-the-scenes battle between Russia and America & its Allies over military superiority, currency domination and the price of oil and gas. Secrecy, disinformation and deceit make it impossible for the public to even guess the precise nature of the current ‘war’. It may involve the age-old problem of who controls the money supply. There might be military concerns. There might be a conflict between Russia and the International Central Banking System centered at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland.
Moreover, combined tensions have sparked talk about a resumption of the ‘Cold War’ relationship that began around 1949 (first coined a little earlier: 16 Apr, 1947 in a speech by Bernard Baruch, former head of the War Industries Board) after the USSR had tested its first nuclear device in Kazakhstan, 29 Aug, 1949. The Cold War was already underway, stimulating the birth of the CIA in 1947 for example, but the nuclear test formalized the phenomenon, adding a ‘catastrophic’ dimension to the Cold War.
A US spy plane detected the explosion 5(?) days later. Three months after that the US arrested German-born physicist Klaus Fuchs for having passed on information about the US atomic program – that he himself had participated in – to the Russians. By 1 Nov, 1952 the US had responded by detonating “Mike”, the first hydrogen bomb, on the Elugelab Atoll in the Pacific. This 10.4-megaton nuclear device left behind a crater more than a mile in diameter as it vaporized an entire island. So, the Cold War in fact got off to a rather ‘hot’ start and one hopes like hell that the Ukrainian Crisis will evolve into something truly cooler.
Right now Russia has a staggering number of nuclear weapons and continues to build up its military – including an increase in personnel. It is disconcerting that by the end of August, 2014, Putin has felt the need to rattle his nuclear sabers so loudly – it might be indicative of a certain measure of desperation. By referring to Russia’s nuclear prowess at this stage, he may be rallying his own people to fall in behind a call for service, rather than threaten the West. But if he feels threatened – or provoked – by the West in a manner that is not transparent to the public, then his voice may be split and he is talking to both his own people and to the West simultaneously.
The philosophy of deterrence is one that will only work up to a point – then it will break down. The danger is that it will break down in a way that no one expected or predicted. Therefore it is in fact urgent for nations to search for and discover a new basis for mutual trust. The Ukrainian Crisis offers a perfect and manageable opportunity for just such an experiment in complex trust and yet right now it is demonstrating no trust at any level of the situation whatsoever. It has turned into a disinformation nightmare: a quagmire of deceit where the wealthy care only about finding ways to protect and advance their wealth and the control that comes with it. By reminding the world of Russia’s nuclear might, Putin is screaming at the West to stop any further acts of economic aggression. Failure to do so – all economic sanctions notwithstanding – Russia may choose to invade Ukraine for real. The West will then be put in a position of having to respond. If the West, the East and Ukrainian authorities – bankers and oligarchs included – would ask themselves what might be good for the Ukrainian people (45 million) the situation might re-polarize. The rich might discover that ‘one yacht is enough’ – as it were – and that the ‘people actually do matter’ – as does the land, the atmosphere and the health of the sea. Allowing the financial well-being of the masses to fail, in order to cling to ‘five yachts’, is guaranteed to bring bloody grief in its wake. But most importantly – and this applies to all of us, no matter what our financial status is in the world – it is just as important to ask how trustworthy you are as it is to gather intelligence in order to discover how trustworthy the ‘other’ guy is. That would make a telling poll. It is one thing to ask the American Public if they trust Vladimir Putin and his Russian Federation. It is another matter altogether to ask the same people if they trust their own government. And here’s a really big one: can each government ask itself without a poll: “Are we trustworthy?” And then there is the individual. Can the individual get up in the morning and ask himself, or herself: “What about me – regardless of my position and means – am I trustworthy?”
COLD WAR LOGIC
According to the brutish and quite possibly ‘scientifically-intoxicated’ logic of the Cold War, drunk on the mathematics of the latent power locked up in the universe, the force of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, 6 Aug, 1945, was clearly insufficient to give the U.S. the upper hand they craved. And if men in Washington could find a rationale to drop their atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, what rationale will they find to utilize their hydrogen bombs and more advanced nuclear bombs on a nation they truly come to despise – sometime in the future? Playing geo-political chess is one thing, but Cold-War Nuclear Brinkmanship is a whole other affair and presumes that human beings will not regress to former patterns of behavior where deception, lies, theft, plunder, chronic political impatience, myopic greed, manipulation of the masses, genocide, false-flag-derived warfare, oil wars, currency wars, water wars, religious mandates and naked power struggles end up justifying a nuclear exchange. Does anyone on earth really believe that mankind has changed one iota since the brutal mass-killings of World War II? With money – or the lack of it – continuing to dominate most people’s lives almost completely, we have fundamentally failed to elevate our overall humanity toward one another as people. This lack of humanity is particularly conspicuous in the realms of politics, business, ecology and well-being. If, on occasion, you pinch yourself hard enough and wake up into a fresh light, it may come as a confounding shock to discover that money continues to be the efficient general of a global tyranny that occupies so much of our brain power and consumes, with grief and greed, so many of our precious heart-circuits – day in and day out – at the expense of so many other spectrums of human possibility. It is then that one dreams a dream where money is not the master, but rather the servant of an infinite creative potential between government and the people; and between this nation and that one; and between this individual and that individual. Instead of acting as a creative means – an enabler – it has become, at every level of society, a weapon of last resort, more deadly than a handgun and more devastating than a hydrogen bomb. It doesn’t take its toll in a single flash of audacious madness. Rather it takes its toll relentlessly across time, like a tireless wolf that cannot stop devouring everything that moves, inducing terror wherever it roams. Money is the madness of every day – the tireless interloper that we have allowed to come between all of us: every impulse, every intention, every desire. Money is so ubiquitous and so tyrannical in its authority that we believe it could not be any other way. Oh, it’s wonderful for those who have it and who control others who don’t have it. But slavery to money is sadder than seeking love in a $1 pint of scotch. Money has cast a net of paranoia that has caught far more people than ever I thought was possible and there are days when all I can see is the wreckage in the net. It seems almost impossible to get free of it and just step out, simply to be real. When money is over-accumulated it builds bombs and then it begins to scheme. Over-accumulated money is like a blood-clot. And then it explodes.
It is ironic, perhaps, that Ukraine (under President Leonid Kuchma) agreed to renounce all its nuclear weapons on 5 Dec, 1994 at the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, in exchange for an agreement by Russia (Boris Yeltsin), America (Bill Clinton) and Britain (John Majors) to respect
and honor Ukraine’s sovereign borders – which included Crimea. It was, however, not an enforceable Treaty! So, not only did Ukraine give up the third largest arsenal
of nuclear weapons in the world within 2 years – but it also lost Crimea to Russia in a stealthy twinkling of an eye 20 years later (March, 2014) – a mere month after the ‘aggressive ouster’ of Viktor Yanukovych in February – a ‘regime change’ labeled by Russia: a “coup d’état”, that Russia also accuses covert American operators of having “managed” – by which Russia probably means: ‘financed, prepared for and helped execute’!
Given the strong ties between American right-wing elements – such as the militant-corporate-nationalists of the Republican Party
who eventually organized the two Iraq Wars of 1991 and 2003 – and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B), Russia’s assertion is not without some credibility – reinforcing its current determination to keep control of Eastern Ukraine by covertly supporting the Russian Separatists.
The former leader of the OUN-B, one Stepan Bandera – and his Banderite followers were, at the very least, opportunistic Nazi-collaborators during World War II. But the relationship between Ultra-Ukrainian Nationalists and Germany began well before Hitler had become Chancellor! The right-wing industrialist, Emil Kirdorf, a key Hitler supporter and severe anti-Communist, was an avid supporter of Ukrainian Independence before he threw his financial support behind Hitler in the 1920’s – even bailing him out of severe debt at one critical phase of his rocky rise to power.
The Ukrainian pro-Nazi paramilitary organization, the OUN-B-backed Svoboda (“Freedom Party), honors Bandera to this day, even though much of the country condemns his Nazi past – where, together with his second-in-command, Yaroslav Stetsko (who assumed leadership of OUN-B a few years after Bandera’s assassination in 1959 by the KGB), having converted the “First Division of the Ukrainian National Army” into the “14 Grenadier Division of the Waffen SS” – or “Galicia Division” – ostensibly sanctioned the murder of many thousands of Poles, Jews, Russians and other Ukrainian Nationalists they didn’t like in north-west Ukraine (Lviv) – under the command of the German Waffen SS (armed wing of the Nazi Party). Stetsko actually marched into Lviv with the German army and assisted in the first atrocities that began there. Some sources insist that OUN-B used terror tactics in the early 1930’s before the arrival of the Nazis. For those unfamiliar with the OUN-B and its history, admittedly these facts are extremely disturbing, especially since the spirit of Nazi-collaboration has persisted right into the current Ukrainian Crisis.
In 2010, then Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko awarded Stepan Bandera the title of “National Hero of Ukraine”, posthumously, in an effort to sanitize the true nature of the OUN-B – that Stetsko led until 1986 – while cultivating an anti-Russian narrative at the same time. Some argue that Bandera and Stetsko were imprisoned in Germany when the “Ukrainian Waffen SS Galician” that Bandera had created, was participating with the Nazis in what amounted to the extermination of over 500,000 people. They say he did not know all of what was going on. But others look at the complete arc of the Ukrainian Ultra Nationalist movement – that is influencing current events in Ukraine right now in 2014, and they point out that only the Ukrainians refuse to apologize for, or acknowledge, their brutal role in the genocides and war crimes. They also point out that only Ukrainian Nazis escaped trial at Nuremberg after the war, even though the Ukrainians have been cited as being several orders of magnitude more brutal than the Germans when they carried out atrocities against Poles, Jews, Russians and others. Naturally, when Yanukovych came into power, he sought to overturn Bandera’s “National Hero of Ukraine” award. This extreme element and the division it is fostering within Ukraine – including an anti-Russian narrative that can be conveniently exploited by Western Propaganda – is not helping the cause in Ukraine and is adding smoke to smoke in the on-going information wars, where truth itself has either been turned up-side-down or has gone into hiding to await sunnier days.
There are people today who still glorify the history of the Ukrainian Waffen SS division! Apparently support of the Germans did not weaken even after the Battle of Stalingrad. The Germans organized a united front, as allies, called the Committee of Subjugated Nations coming from Romania, Hungary, and the OUN of Ukraine. In 1946 it was renamed the “Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations” (ABN) and Yarolsav Stetsko became its leader until his death in 1986. The arrest of Bandera and Stetsko by the Germans when Bandera and Stetsko attempted their bid for independence soon after the Nazi invasion, did not dilute Stetsko’s support of the Germans while also strengthening his opposition to the Bolshevik ‘revolution’. As Russ Bellant put it back in March, 2014:
“All the postwar leaders of the unrepentant Nazi allies, were under the leadership of Yaroslav Stetsko.”
When Stetsko eventually came to the United States, every four years he organized campaign groups from all these old Allies of Nazi Germany to help support the Republican Party – from Nixon to Reagan/Bush. In 1968 Richard Nixon even promised to make Stetsko’s organization of ‘émigré Nazis’ a “continuing presence of the Republican Party” in the United States. The man who Nixon employed to present this promise had himself been convicted of crimes against humanity in Hungary and had served as the liaison between the Hungarian Nazi Party and Berlin. If you are old enough to recall Nixon, it probably does not surprise you that Nixon would ally himself to this element and it may reflect more than just Republican Party opportunism. It is uncomfortable to think that Prescott Bush, father of President George H.W. Bush, handpicked Nixon back in 1947 – as his protégée! Nixon ended up giving George H.W. Bush his first White House job, so Prescott’s efforts paid off. As more and more people have come to understand, Prescott Bush, along with George Herbert Walker and the very influential, Averell Harriman, made large sums of money by partnering with powerful German business interests, which in turn worked for Nazi Germany and its armed forces and hence employed slave labor during the war while also helping to kill Allied Troops which included tens of millions of Russians!
Multinationals pride themselves for standing above national borders – even during a war. But if this Ultra Nationalist element played a role in the overthrow of anti-Bandera Yanukovych, one can hardly expect Putin to rejoice with Ukraine as a Russia-hating, Ultra Nationalist neighbor, indebted to the coercive capitalist tactics of the International Monetary Fund.
Since the Ultra Nationalists occupied some important positions in the interim government of Ukraine after the 20 Feb regime change, it is particularly disturbing to see the cultivation of a very old conflict: National Socialist Anti-Bolshevism versus Russia. With the interim parliament just dissolved as of 25 August, 2014, history will decide how much of the Ultra-Right remains intact after the 26 October elections – especially now that Ukraine is claiming Russian troops have technically entered the country. Will Ultra Nationalists become enforcers of an anti-democratic movement to suppress widespread discontent and beef up the struggle against the Separatists? Or will they modify their intolerant ‘Nationalism’ and ask how to protect a truly free Ukraine? In the meantime, the military confrontation between Ukrainian nationalist forces and Russian-backed Separatist forces in the industrial heartland does seem to be intense, despite a ceasefire. How is it possible at this time – unless Ukraine undertakes a radical step to detach itself from foreign creditors – for Russian interests and needs to reconcile themselves with IMF needs and interests? What – a cartel agreement between Gazprom and Western counterparts; a cartel agreement between Agri-Giants like Monsanto and some chemical division of Gazprom? Is the whole event just a gigantic stunt to move Monsanto and its cartel partners into Ukraine in a bid to control the world’s food supply? I don’t know. The secrecy that shrouds inter-national disinformation programs inspires the imagination of the lay public to work overtime in an effort to keep afloat in the ocean of misinformation. I simply dread the thought of a huge cartel allowing Genetically-Modified-Organisms to alter one of the Earth’s most magnificent bread baskets.
ENLIGHTENMENT IS AIDED BY WHOLE, CLEAN FOOD
Though this adds salt to an already deep historic wound, I should add briefly right here that it is perversely ironic that key, very powerful Americans and Europeans, together provided funding to Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky – making the Bolshevik Revolution possible at all back in 1917. In America, the very influential Jacob Schiff of Kuhn, Loeb & Company (key member of Federal Reserve Bank) and John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil of New Jersey as well as Chase Bank and First National City Bank – also Federal Reserve members – were prime contributors to the Bolshevik Revolution. Their purpose was to help the House of Rothschild, with whom Schiff was closely allied since birth – through Max Warburg in Germany – bring down the Tsars and put in place a central bank that they could control in Russia – just as they had done in America in 1913, despite the resistance of Americans since the Presidency of Andrew Jackson who – in his own words – ‘killed’ the Central Bank in 1836! Jackson did not just see the central bank as an unconstitutional means to deprive the government of its authority, but also as an arbitrary and illegal way to control the economic future of every American. It wasn’t just piracy; it was mass manipulation through the control of the money supply itself. Russia offered support to America more than once to protect it from the establishment of a central bank controlled by Europeans. Schiff played a major role in paving the way for the Federal Reserve by financing what became the Robber Baron Monopolists – including John D. Rockefeller who created Standard Oil.
So, in America, a two-faced attitude was going on simultaneously. American money was supporting the Bolshevik Revolution – along with German and British money – in the hopes of getting control over the labor force through a Centralized government + banking system and cash in on Russia’s massive transformation from an agrarian to a military-industrial-state, eventually undertaken by the extraordinarily ruthless tactics of Joseph Stalin after Lenin’s death (Jan, 1924).
It’s a deal, pal!
Meanwhile, the media itself in America promoted an almost rabid anti-Communism coupled to or derived from anti-trade and labor unions – a movement that later became the key to Nazi propaganda and National Socialist policy within the Third Reich. The common denominator that linked the two strategies together was manipulation, en masse, of the labor – in America, in Germany, in England and in Soviet Russia. This, in turn, provided the first great step toward a second world war, upon which the big monopolists had set their sights.
“Blatant commercial expediency” does not quite capture the shrewd tactical thinking that preoccupied every waking minute of the monopolists and the Eastern Establishment they were consolidating in and around New York. Averell Harriman – son of the railway tycoon – wanted his multinational outlook – supported by Rockefeller and the legal skills of the Dulles brothers – to capitalize on Russia’s transformation. This made Harriman one of the pillars of the Financial Establishment. He partnered as freely with Hitler’s industrialists (Fritz Thyssen, Friedrich Flick, Hermann Schmitz) as he did with Stalin’s industrial metamorphosis. Without American support funneled by Harriman, the USSR may have fallen to the Nazis. And without Harriman’s early support along with other powerful Wall Street interests, the Nazis could not have been reborn from the ashes of World War 1 and thereby able to break the brutal reparation-chains imposed by the Western Allies on Germany at the Treaty of Versailles. As for the atrocities for which Stalin has achieved unrivalled notoriety – the sheer numbers of human lives lost as this collision of Industrial Leviathans transpired – it all seemed to roll off Harriman’s back like water off the back of a duck.
To Harriman, war was the price of doing business – period. This Wise Man of Wall Street remains for me a mystery probably because it has not been my fate to be both insulated and psychologically inflated by an empire of wealth: an inflation that permits desirousness to wander as far from the perennial ‘Boat of Righteousness’ as can be imagined. To a man like Harriman, righteousness was no less expendable than a division of Polish slaves in one of his steel, coal or rubber factories in the 1920’s, 1930’s and 40’s. The rules were not set by righteousness; they were set by the roar of jeeps and aircraft followed by the thunder of marching armies, where elite SS divisions set the pace for profit and plunder.
What’s more, the extremely shrewd central banking establishment of Europe had exhibited a thirst for war and regime changes long before the Americans because it had resulted in extreme profit. War was not an American invention. Starting with 1776 and the American Revolution, America was too busy fighting the Central Bank of England to have time to pursue war as an industry. But between about 1903 and 1913, that changed permanently. Introduction of the Federal Reserve System made war into a lucrative corporate business and America became a tragic investor of both money and human lives in both World Wars as well as its own wars after that, culminating with the particularly ruthless Iraq War of 2003 – very much undertaken against the will of the American people.
To understand financial exploitation at this level is not easy – but it is a lot like high-level chess playing. The leaders are always a couple of moves ahead of their opponent: the enemy they wish to engage in battle and the public they wish to exploit using appropriate propaganda to forge a common will. We the public are taught to think politically in terms of black and white. In other words we fall victim to propaganda that splits the ‘voter landscape’ into categorical opposites, forcing the voters not to choose candidates based on real issues, but rather for the drama of debate, contentiousness, deception, personality, charisma and other diversions such as ‘Proof of Patriotic Zeal’ – as if Patriotic Zeal can only be measured by war itself and not by those brave measures that seek to prevent war in the first place.
THE MEASURE OF PATRIOTISM
WE GOT IT DONE – SIR!
IT’S ALL GOOD: WE DECIMATED ‘EM!
Pacifism is always denounced by Governments everywhere. Had it not been for Einstein’s scientific genius, America would not have welcomed so staunch a Pacifist with such open arms back in that watershed year of ideological turmoil: 1933.
My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me, because the murder of men is disgusting. -Albert Einstein
When war leads the way, irony becomes the pistons and wheels that drive history. After Einstein had moved to Princeton, New Jersey in late 1933, he was so alarmed by the Nazi rearmament effort – whether he knew of Wall Street’s collusion or not – that by 2 Aug, 1939, he urged President Roosevelt in a letter written by fellow physicist, Leo Szilard, to build the atom bomb before the German’s built one first. As if doubling the irony, the impatient Nazis lost interest in the bomb which Werner Heisenberg told the high command under Hitler would take too long to be useful. They invested in rocket technology instead, a technology that half-worked, but was never a complete success. To triple the irony, instead of the arch-evil Nazis dropping the bomb on Moscow or Beijing, or Washington D.C., it was the Americans who dropped it – not on Berlin which was a city they wanted to rebuild for financial gain – but on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
‘WE GOT A FEW THINGS STANDING – PRETTY QUIET DOWN THERE’.
The monopolists in fact support both sides of an issue, or conflict, or party difference and throw their money where they feel they will benefit most, election by election. It is up to the public not to fall for the propaganda itself; not to be seduced by the size of the lie being packaged as a test of Patriotic Fidelity. One has to develop another order of sight that sees past the masks of disinformation that lead us into war after war, as if war was itself unavoidable and always caused by the other guy – never ourselves and, of course, never for profit – thus requiring us to muster all our God-given Patriotism and even avid Nationalism to rise to the occasion in a life/death defense of ‘freedom against the enemy-terrorists’. Collectively we keep falling for the same line over and over, even when we know it’s a lie – such as in “false-flag” operations – where the bigger the lie promoted by a government, the greater the likelihood the public will swallow it. The war lords are always ten moves ahead of us – even if they have to fabricate an enemy out of thin air – and since we can never catch up to their clandestine maneuvers, we find ourselves once again dragged – against our wills and nobler instincts – into yet another atrocious and traumatic conflict aimed at our fellow humans, who in some instances are our own immediate ancestors.
According to multiple signs around the planet as we speak, we appear once again to be heaping up conditions, propaganda skirmishes, disinformation battles, conflicts, atrocities, inequalities, economic frustrations, economic battles, collective insecurities, blatantly false accusations, equally blatantly false denials, as yet again – financial resources have been channeled into too few hands. When masses of people have to live day by day, on the edge – financially speaking – they cannot participate in the political process. So they cannot help to institute preventive measures that might block a developing, large scale conflict as military readiness builds up in more and more nations than ever before and the ‘mana’ denied to the people themselves, is magically manifested instead in the next generation of mesmerizing and murderous aircraft capable of killing tens of thousands of people at a single shot.
We stand rapt, paralyzed with awe, as thousands perish
with a single swipe of an eagle’s claw.
Forty years after the atrocities ostensibly carried out by the Ukrainian Nationalists under the Nazi Waffen SS, which included Babi Yar in Kiev, U.S. President Reagan
– in 1983 – entertained the very same Yaroslav Stetsko who had become the leader of post-WW 2 émigré Nazis, at the White House, apparently declaring:
“Your struggle is our struggle. Your dream is our dream.”
The ambiguity that this ‘nationalistic prose’ presents – recalling that “Mein Kampf”, written by a fanatical German Nationalist named Adolph Hitler, means “My Struggle” – is as aggravating as the ambiguity that surrounded the Iran-Contra scandal that was going on at the same time! I remember my own aggravation during that period – especially when William Casey, director of the CIA, suddenly became ill just when he was to be questioned by the House Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the role of the CIA in the scandal itself. He died before he could testify. It is a curious coincidence that Casey is known for a rather disconcerting statement supposedly made in 1981 at the first staff meeting after Reagan’s 1980 election:
We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false. – ‘Wild Bill’ Casey
This was by no means the beginning of a global truth crisis, but it was a new branch on the trunk of the Tree of Lies that goes back many, many centuries – even as far back as the time of Christ, where in the New Testament this social and spiritual firebrand declares, with no small measure of ambiguity, to an ostensibly sympathetic Pontius Pilate, that his mission, his sole purpose for having been here on Earth, was ‘to be a testament to the truth’, which is probably a courageous reference to what human beings really are as opposed to what despotic authorities try to make people into – especially through the use of propaganda, disinformation and religion. Truly, Christ was a champion of Self-Revelation of the divine within. Therefore he was essentially subversive because through Self-Revelation the individual becomes an authority for himself through the “second birth” or “rebirth in spirit”. His relation to ‘God’ [and the nature of things] becomes direct, unmediated. Christ was a hero of self-hood, where a candidate ‘dies’ to his conventional self and is reborn as spirit, essence, “that” of the Hindu. This rebirth event – which usually entails a mystical marriage of male and female – has been the source of inexhaustible controversy from time immemorial and so finds itself woven into many a beloved myth throughout all nations and ages – in an on-going effort to ‘manage’ the controversy, confusion, ambiguity and innate power that stems from the mysterious fountain of truth that must necessarily enter into the bondage of ‘authoritarianism’ once it floods human society. Whatever “Authoritarianism” with its doctrines and dogmas brings to the controversy, the source of the confusion will always be the same: the qualitative difference between physical empiricism and spiritual empiricism. The secret of the Naassenes, Essenes and Quamranians operating in and around Jerusalem at the time of Christ, was to shed the cloak of the physical in order to experience the baptism of spirit or spirit-state.
For a recipient of the event, his experience of religion becomes first-hand, not mediated by an outside authority – it is not academic theology – which implies that he finds the living ‘Christ’ within himself and through that experience becomes an agent of truth. If adequately prepared or trained (some detailed form of purification that can last for years), this experience can assume the form of a “Big Dream”, a “vision” or any state where normal waking consciousness has been switched off and one ‘wakes’ up in a different realm or plane. In Egypt, usually involving a pyramid or temple crypt and/or coffer, one then was able to experience the state of the ka.
Events like the mystical marriage of Horus and Hathor, or Osiris and Isis, properly occurred through the ka and this archetypal tradition continued in Christianity as ‘Christ and Mary’. The mysteries of the ka were perpetuated by the Coptic Christians in southern Egypt but far away from the controlling hand of Rome, through which the secrets of the ka or “double” were lost. The Coptics knew that “Mary”, like Isis or Hathor, did not refer to a physical wife, bride or prostitute, but rather to a figure that has relevance to the ka and more resembles a spiritual appearance of the “anima” than anything else. Can this appearance of “Mary” be treated as a spiritual archetype? I don’t see why not. In Egypt it would have been called a “Neter”. The coveted appearance of the “Magdalene” is archetypal, but rare enough to perpetuate the controversial nature of the subject.
This second birth is probably the intended ‘numinous’, central experience of both Freemasonry and the Gnostic Gospels – what Phillip refers to as the “living resurrection” that was to be achieved during life – and is the nucleus of the central experience of what Carl Jung referred to, in “depth psychology”, as the Self. In all cases it is experienced as an exalting, numinous mystery, generated by a power greater than one’s own personal will – even as the candidate himself is the center of the event itself – thus bringing to full bloom what the Egyptians referred to as: “a son of god”. It introduces one to the overflowing essence that is the support of all phases of becoming – making it virtually identical to Wolfram von Eschenbach’s definition of the Grail in Parzival – which, incidentally, was inseparable from the motions of the surrounding planets and stars in the Celestial Sphere. But I should emphasize that the mystery is rooted in a little known fact: you discover that you yourself are that essence. The essence is not a force separate from you, even as it is experienced on another plane of infinite power, which features a mystical distinction between “me” and “Thou” or “me” and “Him”. The inherent reverence and awe contingent upon this primal power – or covenant – is probably the innate source of the creative principle of a “hymn” that sounds like “Him”, giving musical expression to the covenant. In this total sense, the “essence” of the second birth is profoundly awe-inspiring, refreshing, reinvigorating and worthy of celebration. You realize you have just been introduced to a gift that you did not create but that you in fact are. To be born again, spiritually, is not a small matter for a candidate to achieve and it deserves much more space than what it is being given here.
Unfortunately, the New Testament confounds the archetypal importance of this “rebirth in spirit” by insisting on two ‘truths’ – just for starters – that instantly undermine the credibility of ‘Christ’s’ mission, bearing in mind that many dutiful historians believe that Christ, as an historical figure, in fact never existed at all! The text insists that Jesus was born from the marriage of a woman + the Holy Ghost – a scientific impossibility here on earth unless it really refers to the second birth itself and the ‘Holy Ghost’ was acting as the legendary kundalini was said to act. The New Testament also insists that Christ was resurrected bodily and taken up to heaven by angels. Once again, a bodily resurrection is not scientifically feasible and needlessly alienates realists who nonetheless seek religious truth by an inextinguishable instinct. Moreover, the ancient Egyptians, in the famous Pyramid Texts, state unequivocally that the ‘resurrection’ referred to all throughout the texts, speaks of resurrection of the spirit – consistent with the Gnostic Gospels, Lamaist Buddhism, Freemasonry and so forth. The body was elaborately prepared and preserved in order to rest here below in a designated tomb such as the Valley of the Kings – ostensibly indefinitely. The purpose behind the spells and utterances of the quite delightful Pyramid Texts is spiritual resurrection, believed to be achievable so long as the desires of the heart (the gifts of the Grail) do not hold the spirit back through attachment – the very same attachments to be overcome by the highest levels of Buddhism.
Spiritual rebirth and spiritual resurrection were the goals of several religions from ancient Egypt to the culmination of Buddhism as just alluded to. The problem resides with the nature of “spirit”, the “spirit body”, “spirit state”; “spirit form”, the purified and transformed “ka” of the ancient Egyptians. The metamorphosis of the ka into ‘sparkling spirit’ should be considered as the achievement of a ‘sacred science’ (a term I first encountered in the work of R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz) that followed strict disciplines – especially in places like Egypt and Tibetan Monasteries. I call these experiences “spiritual empiricism” because they occurred on a different plane of conscious experience. It was easier for the very political Roman Church – some three centuries after the ‘time of Christ’ – to present to the public a dramatic ‘fairytale’ or ‘religious play’, containing bits and pieces of the lost science of the second birth, that nonetheless had to be accepted or the Church claimed that one would be damned by God himself. This Authoritarian pragmatism, to establish political and religious unity across a broad empire, was thought to be better than attempting to bother the public, or the clergy itself, with the rigors and discipline required for the second birth. This of course is understandable. In Western culture few people enter monasteries as they once did in Tibet, for example, simply because it is not the style of the culture. And in fact it is quite fashionable, today, to totally and categorically condemn all past Theocracies which in fact were the only places where the lost science could receive adequate protection – most notably Ancient Egypt. It is most unfortunate that the Tibetan theocratic society was run out of Tibet by China between 1950 and 1959, because it was mankind’s last chance to preserve a sanctuary of wholeness between Nature and Religious aspiration, from which we could have continued to receive inspiration to this day. The madness of consumerist materialism that has swept the world, does not for me, constitute a worthy substitute for the great tradition of Cosmic Equilibrium that Tibetan society was attempting to heroically maintain. In the West, the Benedictines and Cistercians – who culminated their religious effort with the creation of the Gothic Cathedrals – through the formation of the “Order of the Temple” or Knights Templar – were a bit different, but after the High Middle Ages, the urge waned in favor of scientific materialism and the relation between reason and mathematics in ontology. The turning point that brought about this shift was probably 1307, when King Philip of France had the Templars arrested and then tortured in order to procure questionable confessions under duress – ‘confessions’ that not only destroyed the Templar power base but also disgraced the hidden truth they had built into the revelation of the Gothic Cathedrals, by which the ‘high’ knowledge that linked the Gothic Flowering to Ancient Egypt was lost and has never been fully recovered to this day. The Templars had amassed an unprecedented fortune as Monastic Bankers – backed up by their own army – and whereby they did not have to pay taxes. In a sense they were the first Central Bankers – placing Monarchies in their debt. Facing bankruptcy and the loss of religious authority in the West, The Capetian, King Philip, undoubtedly falsified the charges against the Templars as part of a historic power move of great and lasting import. It is believed that Freemasonry was born out of the Templar tradition and is known for maintaining a strict secrecy concerning its rituals, beliefs and to some extent objectives. Through this secrecy, many aspects of the sacred science that can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, were made inaccessible to the public. Scotland and Portugal became important countries that decided to protect the Templars and their ‘temple secrets’ to insure a sort of cosmic continuity to the ancient knowledge of the temple. A key component to this ‘continuity’ was the maintenance of the freedom to pursue and achieve the fruit of the ‘Grail’ so central to the Templars – which is to say the right to undergo the second birth itself.
By “second birth” I am not referring to an external, physical ritual that was likely conducted in temples as a stimulation or impetus for an inner experience that required a candidate to be in some sort of deep sleep or unusual trance state. I am referring to the “inner event” itself. In major events the candidate could be in an insulated sleep state for up to three days. References to this “Three Day Affair” can be found in Tibetan “Lamaist” texts and accounts. It is mentioned in the Old Testament involving the story of David, Saul, his son Jonathan and the notion of a “true King” or the one who has been “anointed” or “chosen by God”. References to the Three Day Affair occur most frequently in the Pyramid Texts of the Ancient Egyptians. This “Three Day Affair”, of course, carries with it some danger and required continuous supervision by elders who even helped pick candidates they thought had a good chance of succeeding. And more to the point – it was easier not to attempt to instruct the lay public in the rigors and courage required – if one’s mission is the truth itself – because the truth has a disturbing way of complicating both democracy and a dictatorship in equal measure. Truth requires patience without end. Truth is not a thing. It is a dynamic, interactive process in which you are an inseparable witness. To handle the truth it is helpful to be both generous and empathetic. The truth can all too readily inflame the ego and doesn’t sit well with impatient, selfish people who tend to disrupt the flow of Nature more than they cultivate it. In short, truth is an endemic human conundrum, even if it is the foundation of all existence and explains why some teachers prefer “parables” as a means of communicating ‘truth’ rather than being too literal. Knowledgeable symbols and myths can serve a similar function. However, what scientific truth and religious truth have in common – even when some unavoidable ambiguities have intruded upon the mind – is that significant ‘events’, or phenomena, are highly specific and unalterable. That is what gives them their genuine authority.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as another example of a “truth crisis”, is a tragic tale of a state [Denmark] so swamped in lies, deception and misinformation that the truth can only be revealed through supernatural agents (King Hamlet’s discontented ghost) and any indirect means Hamlet can devise. Direct means will result in death in order to maintain the cover up of Claudius’ heinous crime: the deliberate murder of Hamlet’s father when he was asleep in the garden. The lie that was put out and that all and sundry were pressured to accept was that King Hamlet died by a poisonous serpent bite. The play is about Shakespeare’s (and Hamlet’s) refusal to allow such a lie to rest in peace. A final confrontation with the source of the “State Lie” ends up costing Hamlet his life.
Let me just say in response to Casey’s alleged statement: it was as if the United States – after Jimmy Carter’s apparent new “openness” – was shifting into a new gear exactly ten years before the former Soviet Union was going to collapse. There was an arrogance to the gear shift that seemed to amplify memories of the Johnson + Nixon/Kissinger ‘team’ responsible for Vietnam, Cambodia and the assassination of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973 – an arrogance that echoed Hitler’s presumptuous determination to conquer the USSR and enslave its people. These leaders could not conceal their disdain for the citizens they purportedly led and/or manipulated. Their training was in the use of weapons and clandestine manipulation of the masses, not in safe-guarding or cultivating a universal humanity. In short, their training that emerged from World War 2 and World War 1, was elitist and weapons-based; party-based; ‘Nazi-based’. This required privileged financial backing that central banking was designed to do, coupled with a dedicated team of propagandists. If you don’t have the financial backing – your secret club – your Nationalist Party will fail to take root. Without shrewd propagandists your true agenda will only terrify and repel even the most hardened realists.
Recall the relevant historical coincidence that one of the most famous and determined scenes from the New Testament, was of Jesus violently overturning the tables of the money-changers inside the Temple. The money-changers had a monopoly on the currency. Moreover, money had replaced the true purpose of the temple which itself was more in line with the special training (or initiation) Jesus received in Egypt as a child. According to the most important Egyptian ‘texts’ the central concern of Horus – the Horus-King – was strict adherence to the way of Maat – one translation of which is simply “truth”, but also ‘Cosmic Equilibrium”, “Harmony” and “Righteousness”. The path of Horus, which is very close to the way of Christ, was the true goal of the temple. That Horus bore the seed of immortality is consistent with the secret within the Gospel of John. Through the way of truth (Maat), the “Horian Path” was the road to immortality, symbolized by the “Lotus Bloom”, the “Eye of Horus”, the “Grail”, the return to Atum. So for Jesus, as for the Egyptians, there was a great deal invested in the way of truth – also called Maat. It is valuable to contemplate these matters every so often because like yeast leavening bread – it leavens the spirit; it pries open inner gates. It expands the field of the heart. Craftiness is replaced by universal empathy – a welcome relief from the daily prison of binding egotism that too easily succumbs to excessive mockery of the innate beauty of the redemption that “truth” offers.
Henry Kissinger – the personality who orchestrated much of the Vietnam War – went on to win the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize that he was to share with Le Duc Tho who chose not to accept the prize, declaring there had been no peace in Viet Nam. Kissinger accepted the prize alone, the same year he helped defend
American corporate interests in Chile by organizing a coup that killed President Salvador Allende, only to replace him with a bona fide dictator (Augusto Pinochet), reminding everybody on Earth that in the end, authoritarianism – backed up by deadly military force – dictates the terms – leaving justice to continue drown-proofing in the fetid waters of the politics of power and the monopolization of wealth – no matter what banner or system it has manifest under. Allende wanted to nationalize the Rockefeller subsidiary ITT (International Telephone & Telegraph) as well as Rockefeller dominated copper interests in Chile – Chile’s main export. Allende wanted control over Chile’s own resources to help re-balance wealth inequality within his struggling nation. He was a doctor and saw clearly how poverty was affecting national health. Allende also knew that ITT had ruthlessly profited during World War 2 by operating inside Nazi Germany during the war. ITT was only one of many multinationals that continued to operate in Nazi Germany during the war itself. Not only were they profiting from both sides, but they were also supplying products to both sides. In the instance of the manufacture of synthetic rubber, Standard Oil even favored the German side under pressure from the German chemical giant, I.G. Farben with which Standard Oil was in a powerful cartel agreement.
AN EMPATHETIC DOCTOR
CORPORATE PREFERENCE FOR DICTATORSHIPS
By historical parallel, when Poland attempted to nationalize a company co-owned by Friedrich Flick and Averell Harriman, George Herbert Walker and Prescott Bush, known as Consolidated Silesian Steel Corporation, as well as Upper Silesian Coal and Steel owned by Harriman 15 company – citing the companies for financial irregularities – including tax evasion and the use of slave labor – the solution was simple: Hitler declared war on Poland. So when Auschwitz was built right nearby, it helped provide cheap, slave labor for local companies – including Consolidated Silesian. And that is how rich people get richer. Once Hitler’s Wehrmacht rolled across Poland, Fritz Thyssen and Friedrich Flick of the giant cartel Vereinigte Stahlwerke (of which “Consolidated Silesian” was a part) nervously sold their shares of Consolidated to Harriman and it became Silesian American Corporation – thereby being completely controlled by Harriman. Moreover, Harriman, Bush and Walker continued to hold a chunk of Fritz Thyssen’s fortune offshore in a bank in New York called Union Banking Corporation. The press referred to Thyssen as Hitler’s “Angel”, which was true to some extent, perhaps not as much as Emil Kirdorf – for whom Hitler granted a state funeral at his death – but Thyssen was certainly an important early supporter of Hitler and was practically the one who ‘discovered’ him and set up Nazi Headquarters in a nice part of town to give National Socialism credibility. Once rearmament was underway, I would say that Hermann Schmitz of I.G. Farben and American I.G Farben was tighter with Hitler to the point where Rockefeller’s PR genius, Ivy Lee, advised Hitler and Schmitz never to be photographed together. When Thyssen needed to get big Nazi money offshore, it was Bush, Harriman and Walker who helped him do it. The FBI got onto them and despite the consequences of violating The Trading With the Enemy Act, Harriman, Bush and George Herbert Walker, were never held accountable and ended up recovering everything after the war. They had used slave labor from Auschwitz – as the Nazis had done – but did not have to stand trial at Nuremberg the way Flick and Schmitz did. Nor were they raked through the coals by the press in the same way as William Farish II was – the Chairman of Standard Oil (after Walter Teagle) who took the fall for Rockefeller after having done all the dirty work in Germany – setting up Auschwitz to make synthetic rubber; and a partnership between a Standard Oil/GM-owned company called Ethyl Gasoline Company and I.G. Farben, as well as building several plants to make tetraethyllead – a special additive for aircraft fuel needed by the German Luftwaffe. The Farish family retained the profits that he had made through Standard Oil as a stockholder, Chairman and so forth, but he himself never survived the accusations of ‘treason’ from as high as Harry Truman – for having profited from the Nazi War Machine and having supplied patents exclusively to the Germans when they were needed back in America. It’s a telling twist to the Wall Street story that William Farish’s grandson ended up being the man to handle George H.W. Bush’s personal fortune starting around 1980. Both men had benefited from the profits that flowed from Auschwitz. Farish also served as Ambassador to England maintaining close ties to the highest echelons of English society. Lawyers like John McCloy and John Foster Dulles – who had represented them for years – were far too shrewd to allow the law to interfere with business but they could not protect Farish, the man, who died 29 Nov, 1942, unable to handle the crushing weight of his public disgrace. Rockefeller apparently claimed he knew nothing about his company’s activities in Germany – that all that was Farish’s domain. Between Hitler and Thyssen; Thyssen and Bush/Harriman/Walker; Farish and Dulles; Dulles and Rockefeller; Dulles and Himmler; Dulles and Harriman; Farish and High Street – one word will suffice to bind all these people together and many more: business. Business. After 1945, American hegemony was in full swing. Harriman, McCloy, the Dulles brothers, Bernard Baruch, Prescott Bush, John D. Rockefeller Jr. were all part of establishing that hegemony. This had far less to do with a patriotic love of America than it did with the vast expansion of their personal monopolies and yet they benefited from America’s extraordinary assets and gifts. For a time, American monopolists had the best of all worlds – so long as they learned how to harden their hearts against the atrocities they knew were taking place in Poland, Germany, Ukraine, the Soviet Union, the Balkans and so on. Unfortunately, excess privilege combined with a hard heart is a recipe for intractable disdain.
I recall the disdain from the 1980’s all too well – Reagan, Bush, Casey – and I also recall the terror that hung over New York, 17 January, 1991 – two years into the Bush Administration – when the United States attacked Iraq, as if culminating the shift that had occurred a decade earlier. But I should be clear: nobody I knew felt terror coming from Iraq. The source of the terror was originating solely from the U.S. Government. So, though of course, I was not present at the first 1981 Reagan staff meeting to verify what was said, I can believe that Casey would say something like this because I found myself dreading the news at that time simply because I never knew when I was being lied to. It truly seemed we were living in a toxic vapor of disinformation. The purpose of this noxious gas? So that a small group of extreme Militant-Corporate-Machiavellians could make their will prevail – whether it was to fill our children’s veins full of aspartame or send our older kids overseas to bomb Iraqis into oblivion while calling themselves “Liberators”. It was a massive veil, or blind, so that we could not see directly into their actual agenda which was the triumph of wealth, privilege and power. In our half-sleep – hypnotized by the bizarre fog of Casey’s Disinformation Machine – we were tacitly party to the attack on Iraq. We let the disinformation distort our own instinctual guidance system. We allowed their propaganda to excuse our failure to energetically oppose the killing of Iraqis.
We continue to live in this vapor of disinformation which has come to a head in Ukraine, as a specific and quite aggravating example, where Right-Wing influences now seek greater American military involvement in Ukraine – as if such presence will successfully intimidate Russia’s leader, Mr. Putin. But, it is also heating up in the Middle East through the strange explosion of a group labelled, “ISIS”, into the public eye – just when things had grown too quiet in that region – save for the shocking attack inside Palestinian territory that killed 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israelis, followed by an attempted land grab by Israel, that was met by vehement disapproval around the world: including both the United States and the United Nations. The attempted land grab of about 1,000 acres in the Bethlehem area of the West Bank underscores the deeply frustrating principle that “All is not fair in hate and war”, but more to the point seems to be the end-game of highly conscious tactical propaganda that advances Israel’s agenda. Israel hates it when anyone violates any of its people; but it does not seem to mind how many Palestinians are violated by Israelis. It seems that the government of Israel believes in an unquestioned, or even pre-ordained, superiority over Palestinians. But my experience of Palestinians has been quite the contrary. Palestinians are among the finest people I have ever met and as a people deserve to be treated equally, justly and with long-term equanimity by the government and people of the State of Israel. Does the military command center of Israel not even sense the uplift that an over-arching magnanimity would bring, not only to Israeli/Palestinian relations – but also to the world? It is Israel that insists on compulsory military duty for everyone – women included. Three years for males. Consequently, Israelis are indoctrinated into a chauvinistic universe controlled by proactive violence. They are taught to kill, to hate and to maintain suspicion. When this state policy attracts violence in kind, over time – from a remarkably peaceful people – Israel lashes out so excessively that the whole earth literally groans in pain. It doesn’t seem to be “an eye for an eye” anymore; it seems to be ‘a thousand eyes for an eye’ and the whole State of Israel should hit the streets in protest against so unbalanced a world-view. Everybody. A State that styles itself as ‘democratic’ should reinvent the word: “Enough!” In the name of Jerusalem and the land that holds it in its embrace and to which it, in turn, imparts radiance – has the time not come for a new covenant worthy of its eternal promise? Peace is harder than war. It is dynamic. It is arduous. It is the task of men. It is the task of women. It is the task of wisdom. You renew your vows with peace daily or it slips away on you like a wild animal and returns suddenly baring fangs that devour the innocent. It is the fruit and the seed of the eternal promise of Jerusalem – its only true mystery. Peace makes things whole. The gifts within Israel; the gift of Israel itself is nothing, if it cannot find dynamic peace. Let the whole nation gather at the walls that divide Israel from its neighbors and from the top of their lungs, let them shout “enough!”, until those walls have crumbled to dust. Life is short. History is short. And there is, in our life, nothing that exceeds the mystery of thy neighbor’s life. Value thy neighbor as thyself.
Meanwhile, with this sudden eruption of ISIS, now the U.S. will be poised to penetrate Syria following air strikes. Unfortunately, at no time can any of us ever say we know with certainty what is actually going on and who is responsible for what – whether it be ISIS, with its disquieting British connection – making PM David Cameron look a lot like Tony Blair did back in 2002-3 – or whether it be Israel’s actions’, the actions of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran or Russia. In Ukraine, even as innocent civilians continue to die in Donetsk and Luhansk, the West confidently insists that Russian troops have invaded Ukraine and with Russian equipment are helping the Separatists fight the Ukrainian armed forces, while with equal confidence, Russian officials continue to deny these claims. With a ceasefire under way – there is the sense that an unexpected explosion is imminent. And I repeat, the same noxious fumes of disinformation also shroud Israel, Iran, Egypt, Britain, the United States, Russia and China. Normal citizens do not have access to objective facts in one volatile situation after another. We can watch Britain’s Prime Minister slamming his fist down on a podium or table, but it only reminds us of when Tony Blair cried wolf about Saddam Hussein, genuinely hoping – if not assuming – that about 7 billion people around the world would be simply too stupid to notice that he was in fact lying about Iraq and about Saddam Hussein and about the true nature of global terrorism and Britain’s covert, long-term relationship with the United States. So, we end up picking a side in a conflict and blame someone mostly from frustration – whether for civilian deaths, or a deadly fire, or a plane crash, or a kidnapping, or the movements of a convoy of trucks, or rockets falling on hospitals, schools, shelters, or the furtive deployment of chemical weapons, or some sort of planned land grab, or even an assassination or false flag incident that makes headlines and fools everybody. The disinformation itself ends up rendering serious situations virtually meaningless – enforcing a global apathy, adrift upon a wide ocean of uncertainty without a compass and without charts with which to navigate a safe or meaningful course. The disinformation machine also seems to be spewing out something like an anesthetic that puts large chunks of our collective brain to sleep, so that we offer little or no resistance to the desirousness of those in power.
What is particularly disturbing is to feel the scorn from public officials toward the true nourishment that all of us actually depend upon for life itself – and our ability to function according to the potential of our design – while they not only pretend to be the victims of the transgressions of the ‘bad guy’, but they also are trained to act so rationally – and even righteously – that we believe they couldn’t possibly be doing anything wrong themselves. It is as if sprinkling poison – instead of natural fruit – on our breakfast cereal has become the norm rather than the exception. Artificial sweetener becomes ‘preferable’ to organic honey by indoctrination. Nutrition-less bread filled with preservatives, becomes more ‘real’ than local, whole bread full of nutrition, baked with pride and not requiring preservatives. We have, through the ages – without wishing to sound excessively virtuous – called this genuine nourishment – this “whole bread baked with pride” – the “truth”, even though many of us have known for many generations that truth itself is prone to a fundamental ‘fuzziness’ that finds a relevant reflection in Einstein’s famous address back in 1921 to the Prussian Academy of Sciences, the same academy he had to resign from, formally, in 1933 when National Socialism and its propaganda machine had assumed a violent upper hand:
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. –Albert Einstein
The gap of uncertainty built into this ‘reality equation’, seems to be the very layer of consciousness that the gas of disinformation is fed into. Propagandists prey upon the psychological uncertainty that characterizes the nature of the gap. One thinks immediately of Hitler’s uncanny insight into the nature of an official government lie, as stated in Mein Kampf:
In the size of the lie, there is always contained a certain factor of credibility, since the great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a great lie than to a small one. -Adolph Hitler
It is a bit like a puppeteer playing the strings of his marionette. But being played in this fashion – day and night – feels a little like being raped over and over and being warned under threat of reprisal, not to tell anyone about the abuse. If you do, the state will brand you a “terrorist”, while the government spokespersons insist that all such lies are simply in the interest of “National Security”! That excuse can be used to justify any policy whatsoever – including genocide itself. The greater the lie, the greater the energy that is invested in it; this gives it the power to do more damage.
Casey’s declaration at the first staff meeting of Ronald Reagan’s new administration in 1981 is not merely cynical; it is a disaster for individuals who seek truth as a way of life and find falsity to be both disorienting and subversive – like bad medication, or unsafe food, or dangerous pesticides that the manufacturer promises you – in slick, patronizing advertisements – are perfectly safe, suggesting that the secret of such advertizing is “in the size of the lie”. The disinformation machine is the first expression of both warfare against humanity and man’s inhumanity to man. It is a war that begins as a campaign against one’s own people – and so can hardly be construed as “patriotic” – and it then expands until it is against others. And this is how the Reagan administration ‘announced’ itself back in 1981 five years after George H.W. Bush was hired as director of the CIA to clean up its tarnished reputation in the wake of the insidious Watergate Scandal that forced Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. In 1981, Reagan’s staff declared war on the American people. And they got away with it. They were in the position to conceal objective facts while disseminating disinformation as a substitute. Symbolically it is analogous to substituting organic honey with aspartame without warning the public with a government-approved label; or filling jars of baby food with Genetically-modified-foodstuffs without warning judicious mothers with a proper label.
We the people have not been in any position to obtain objective facts in most situations and so have not been able to defend ourselves from the noxious fumes of the disinformation program that continuously spills over into physical reality. Instead, the information gap has been filled by an arbitrary Authoritarianism that we have lacked the requisite information to challenge. Consequently we have allowed wars, atrocities and lies that instinct alone deemed abhorrent. We live by multiple superstitions that act as cornerstones to our belief system and accept lies that we know are warping not just our finer sensibilities but literally block our ability to orient ourselves in the dangerous waters of the real world. In the midst of this collective disorientation we have allowed multiple nations to arm themselves to a degree never before imagined. By increasing national debt at the same time, the world has been brought to a point of instability that requires unprecedented sanity or unconventional wisdom to get through. However, if the men who control the money-supply wish to trigger a large war, they probably can do it by simply shrinking the volume of money available for a large proportion of the population – thereby using mass frustration, anger and despair as prime incentives to join the war effort.
Meanwhile, we allow our government and its temporary allies to vilify and ‘judge’ Vladimir Putin for employing the same tactics – tactics that we have been using for a hundred years – in Ukraine, as if somehow Putin were less human than we are. That is exactly how we treated Saddam Hussein eleven years ago. First some companies were in business with Hussein, even supplying components to make chemical weapons to use against Iran – and then suddenly we turned on him because we wanted more. Our government can deceive the public because we are Westerners and we believe we innately have good intentions. But ‘Putin is not allowed to deceive his people because he’s Russian and so innately has bad intentions’. Such categorical nonsense! Such expedient propaganda! We don’t mind condemning Joseph Stalin for his psychotic atrocities – as we should – but we forget that from the Russian point of view it was the German Nazis who betrayed and attacked Stalin’s Soviet Union, 22 June, 1941; it was not Stalin who attacked Germany. There is no reason on earth – especially after the historic precedent set by the American–led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that has contributed to today’s humanitarian mess in that country – that Russians should not continue to fear all invasive activity from the West – whether economic or military. We can pretend that we are harbingers of a new era or a New World Order. But Adolph Hitler made the same claim. And in many ways Germany had demonstrated great innovation after the Franco-Prussian War of 1871. But after Britain and its allies successfully took Germany apart during the Great War (1914-18), any further innovation was under the control of National Socialism where bitterness had hardened into a highly regimented brutality helping to hasten a quick downfall. The Russians lost huge numbers of people fending off the mess that grew out of the Treaty of Versailles and no matter how anybody wishes to construe it, it simply makes no sense whatsoever to hold Germany solely responsible for either the Great War or the Treaty of Versailles. Britain, America, France, Russia were all indispensable players and architects of both wars, or, what should be called, The Business of War. Anyone who downplays the role of bankers and multinationals involved in the war business has missed the point.
Not a single one of us is perfect or free of sin. We have all blundered by degree. We have all hurt somebody at some point. But, these crimes should not be used as blanket excuses, to sanction through silence, government-promoted atrocity. The size of the crime matters. We are all walking the tight rope together and at any time any one of us could fall to his or her death. Truth remains the best guide for placing your feet upon a quivering wire. But when you cannot see the wire at all – how can you even place your feet? In Ukraine, right now, even journalists are having trouble finding the wire so they can report to the rest of us. The masterful manner by which both sides of the conflict are lying indicates more expertise than ever before in the field of propaganda, espionage, counter-intelligence and covert activity of all forms. Even as several journalists try to be impartial, when you can’t see where to place your feet it gets very frustrating. When we get overly frustrated we become nasty and accusative. The only way I can see to properly resolve the situation is to legally free Ukraine from the covert pressures of the conflict. But this would constitute a genuine, virtually unprecedented revolution never seen before in Ukraine and probably not seen since the American Revolution of 1776 which above all other considerations constituted a brilliant resistance to the invasion of the Thirteen Colonies by the Bank of England, the British Crown and the British Navy. This great experiment – with all its imperfections – ended in 1913 when the International Central Banking System won a stunning victory against the true spirit of America, by jamming the Federal Reserve Act through the legislature late in 1913 through incredibly skilled use of economic, financial, social and political tactics – ‘just in time’ to be able to drag American soldiers into World War I so a tiny group of sensational monopolists could reap massive profits from the war apparatus – especially through the War Industries Board directed by Bernard Baruch (who may have made $200 million in profit from WW1?), with George H.W. Bush’s grandfather – Samuel Bush – handling small arms, along with Clarence Dillon (Dillon Read Co), Samuel Pryor (of Remington) and Allen and John Foster Dulles from Sullivan & Cromwell legal firm. Bush helped Remington in the manufacture of small arms since he was the head of Buckeye Steel. This group – with the big monopolists like Rockefeller behind them – were able to sell their mass-produced weapons all around the world. They didn’t just sell to America. They used a government board (WIB) as a legitimate device to sell their weapons everywhere and the more world tensions built up – the more they sold. So, in fact, they were making huge profits by selling weapons to both – or all – sides of the conflict. The mandate of a multinational corporation or multinational monopoly is to maximize profit no matter what the circumstances. This practice was repeated on an even grander scale during World War 2 – a scale so grand that admittedly the mind falters when attempting to grasp the import of such destructive business alliances – alliances that directly supported Hitler and Stalin and their war machines. Once again, the Dulles brothers were the key negotiators between American interests and German interests. They negotiated everything from patents to cash flow to the structure of joint German/American bank accounts.
As long as Western Multinationals thirst for Ukraine and maintain designs on the Russian economy, then the conflict is likely to deepen. And like a growing fault line in Plate Tectonics, this economic fault line is likely to induce a massive Economic Earthquake that reverberates all around the planet – from Ukraine to London; from London to New York; from New York to Hong Kong; from Hong Kong to Beijing; from Beijing to Moscow and from Moscow to Iraq/Israel/Saudi Arabia/Iran.
After President Reagan, George H.W. Bush was voted in and within 2 years (1991) shook the world with the first Iraq War that few people wanted. His son repeated the same violent and autocratic gesture 12 years later by attacking Iraq a second time with an even more brutal outcome while blaming ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and “terrorists” as the justification for the attack. But, Hussein was not harboring Al Qaeda and did not have weapons of mass destruction. These claims were nothing more than Anglo-American propaganda to justify a decisive invasion of Iraq to seize control of its oil and more territory in the Middle East as well as provide armament, reconstruction and security contracts for favored contractors. Who, in the midst of these colossal atrocities were the real terrorists? Who is it who owns the weapons of mass destruction? Eleven years later Iraq is in terrible turmoil – a true social, political, moral and humanitarian nightmare that the United States helped to set up. It is the sheerest naiveté to assume that Vladimir Putin was too young, or too warped by the ‘KGB’ and its successor organizations back in 1991 and 2003, not to have been deeply impacted by both Iraq Wars, just as millions of Americans were and many more millions all around the world. I would never construe Putin to be a saint. But to attempt to camouflage the agenda of the Western powers by placing all blame for the Ukrainian Crisis on Putin’s head alone strikes me as more outmoded than Putin’s organic need to retain Ukraine as part of the Russian economy. But without
WHAT PEOPLE REALLY BELIEVE
a ‘higher cause’ – that in my experience requires some type of training in ‘transpersonal diplomacy’ – how is it possible to seek a resolution to the conflict? The temptation and desire to resort to some form of military activity has never been greater. Mankind all around the planet has never invested so much money in military capability. There are now thousands of men and women just chafing at the bit – ready to leap into the archetypal field of Patriotic Heroism in order to try out their new weapons of mutual destruction. Why? Because they are not being offered an alternative that guarantees them as much drama, emotional stimulation, excitement and life-death suspense. They have not been educated to place the value of a life at the top of the pyramid so that war becomes truly a last resort, instead of the clandestine goal whereby big money harvests ever-greater wealth through the blood of millions. They fall prey to the words of their leaders. On the subject of promising or even striving for a lasting and just peace in the Middle East, former Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld said:
There is little that is just and the only things I’ve seen that are lasting are conflict, blackmail and killing. -Donald Rumsfeld
This demands some comment. Statistically, this is very misleading and sounds more like the experience of a man who has spent his whole life working next to Al Capone or inside a Mexican Drug Cartel. He himself is in the business of blackmail, conflict and killing as a way of making money. But countless millions – generation after generation – spend the bulk of their time facing the daily and dynamic challenge of peace. Rumsfeld’s distorted statement above is consistent with his life and his Republican partnership with the Bush family, Dick Cheney and others. Their business is the promotion of war and the piracy that accompanies it. That’s their business – going all the way back through Prescott Bush and his partnership with Averell Harriman, George Herbert Walker, Fritz Thyssen and Friedrich Flick, to Samuel Bush and his role on the War Industries Board – so naturally that is what is lasting to Mr. Rumsfeld. And if he had his way, he would make blackmail, conflict and killing what is lasting for all of us. And there are millions of people who would happily fall in behind him. Even so, the statement remains a distorted, poorly veiled advertisement for the war industry and his shared thirst for the profits of war. Part of Rumsfeld’s life has been spent as a CEO of corporations – selling things harmful to others. He has learned how to dress up a promotion. He’s a salesman.
If Western powers are going to carry out wars of plunder in defiance of the protests of hundreds of thousands around the world, and if Putin, surrounded by a handful of oligarchs and state monopolies is going to use Western hypocrisy as an excuse to act like a chieftain – manipulating Russian Patriotism by glorifying the past and camouflaging the urgent, democratic needs of the current world – how is a resolution going to be possible? How do you reconcile Western monopolistic hypocrisy with autocratic Russian subterfuge? It can probably be done – maybe in secret meetings on board one of Abramovich’s mega-yachts – but it will be at the expense of the general populace – all those millions who also aspire, dream, struggle, love, hope and suffer the anguish of the on-going uncertainty, as superpowers squabble over the spoils of conflict – the seeds of which remain concealed from public scrutiny. Russia and the West are going to have to consider a new approach to Ukraine. And Ukraine is going to have to consider a new approach to itself. A bifurcation point offers an opportunity to discover what that might be. But if military might becomes the criterion that limits such an exploration, an abortion will be the likely outcome and the world itself may end up undergoing a real shakeup. People must be lead by a much better cause if war is to be avoided. War – no matter how atrocious – is always easier than dynamic and enduring peace. And peace is always preferable; always the wiser and greater – and yes – more arduous challenge. Nothing engenders war like despair. And if you cannot control the currency, how can you prevent despair in a world regulated by money and the hypocrisy it fosters? How can you prevent despair and rage when you cannot make ends meet through an ‘honest’ living? Every instinct I possess urges Ukraine to limit borrowing against its own future. Limit borrowing money and limit borrowing military hardware. Otherwise you will owe your country to the creditor.
After the historic collision between Hitler and Stalin, no Russian leader will blithely ignore any display of hypocrisy from Western powers – especially in the age of Nuclear Weapons – of which Russia has more than its fair share – and most especially if the war of hypocrisy is being played out on the soil of Ukraine where Russia has military interests, that if lost or threatened, probably represent a national security risk to Russia itself. Setting aside its own hypocrisy just for a blink of an eye, the American-supported overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych by an Ultra-Nationalist neo-Nazi organization is obviously unacceptable to Russia and everybody knows it. This has pushed all concerned – from Russia to America; from China to Britain; from Saudi Arabia to Germany; and from Ukraine to Israel to a new frontier; a new fork in the road. Everybody has arrived at the same fork together – but it must be formally acknowledged – not craftily couched in un-admitted self-interest. All can attempt to relive the past. All can attempt to keep current conditions – that have produced the Ukrainian Crisis over time – as they are – so the wealthy can maintain their wealth through some form of brutal autocracy, war, civil war and repression of future revolts. Or, the bifurcation point can be viewed objectively for what it is – an opportunity for transformation on several levels at once. If debt has become a ticking time bomb, then all international financiers know already that there are ways to reduce that debt and stimulate free trade on all sides of the borders. If the Oligarchs – East and West: including International Central Bankers – will not yield, but insist on maintaining their extraordinary privileges, advantages and control, by using debt as a weapon to coerce Ukraine for its own purposes, then the time bomb will most likely explode. All economic fault lines will feel the jolt and many nations will be tempted to exercise their military might. They also know how foolish such an exercise could be.
The February, 2014 Ukrainian Crisis, thus far, has been a small explosion. By the ceasefire of September, 2014, 3,000 have died in the quasi-Civil War compared to possibly 115,000 who have died in Syria since its Civil War began over two years ago. If we don’t want it to explode on a larger scale, solely to the benefit of the war lords, we have to read the signs now and act. It is essential to see through the fog of the disinformation machine. Without wishing to arouse the scorn of pragmatists who know the cold-blooded realities of politics, I should add nonetheless, that some sharpening of one’s spiritual acuity – that knows the secret of ‘sacrifice’ – would be helpful to truly see past the elusive wall of propaganda that has placed the Ukrainian situation in chains. Without some spiritual adroitness to steady the eye, all requisite sacrifice too quickly reverts to its opposite. It can’t all be military action. That is just death and bad blood; fear and trauma; waste and regression; rage and retaliation. The business behemoths of the east and the business behemoths of the west both have to reduce their mafia-style appetites to avoid a military mess which can easily resort to atrocity as frustration builds. And this mess can easily spread to other borders – near and far. If one cannot find spiritual acuity in their own religion, then the time has come to heroically seek such acuity where it can be found in order to avoid the worst military catastrophe mankind will ever have known – if we let things run their course and engage the weapons currently accumulated on a massive scale in at least 20 large nations.
It is sobering to pause for a moment and imagine if Benjamin Franklin were to unexpectedly sojourn into Ukraine right now for a short holiday from the grave. He might say with cheerful calm: “Print your own money. It belongs to you and therefore will be interest-free. Creating your own medium of exchange is an inalienable right. Print exactly as much as you need to carry out your exchanges. Beware of sabotage at the borders and in the international markets, but don’t give up. Do not permit hoarding. Print as much as you need, no more, no less. You won’t have no interest to pay to nobody. Take what you need and give back what you can. Make your products as fine as you can and try to be fair to your laborers. Invest in national health. People make better decisions when they are healthy.”
Of course he would endure the laughter for awhile – as 21st Century earthlings call him a ‘dreamer’. Maybe he would sojourn to Odessa and sit by the water and contemplate one of Abramovich’s yachts; or maybe saunter through Yanukovych’s old estate – and then head off to Chernobyl for a tour. He might conclude the obvious: “Perhaps mankind might want to rethink nuclear. Too dangerous for future generations, don’t you all think?” After having radioactivity explained to him, he might brandish a tear or two from his well-formed eyelids and saunter on back to his grave again and … rest …
RESPECT FOR NATURE
Many nuclear power plants around the world are constructed on the coast, right next to the ocean. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan was clobbered and crippled by the March, 2011 tsunami that struck Japan. Like Chernobyl, the dangers it poses to its surrounding environment – including the ocean – have not been resolved.
The problem with moral corruption in high places, concealed by the fog of misinformation, is not merely an abstract one. It is not a merely ‘Platonic’ problem. If you were living in New York City, as a dramatic example, from say 1978 to 1992 – the ‘80’s – the fog of the disinformation machine that prevailed especially during the Iran/Contra scandal of the Reagan/Bush Republican Administration became quickly transparent. It was never thick enough, for example, to conceal the sheer numbers of homeless crack addicts who were piling up right in front of one’s eyes all throughout the city. It was a crack epidemic that my wife and I experienced as a Crack Holocaust. The cheap drug that was hitting the streets was being delivered through secret channels connected directly to George H.W. Bush, who dealt with the CIA – an arms-for-hostage deal with Iran – that ended up re-routing the weapons to Nicaragua to arm the “Contras” against the Sandinistas. And to ostensibly help fund the Contras, drugs were flown back to the United States in return, by using secret government facilities – at least one of them in Mena, Arkansas. With the co-operation of the, then Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, it was a very big business – explaining why Clinton and Bush are such good buddies to this day.
I bring this up only to point out that Bush, Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, immediately pretended to the world that they were on a mission to stop drug abuse in the United States while they and other members of the ‘team’ were profiting from the same drugs blitzing American streets. In the beautiful Upper West Side of Manhattan, that is how I experienced it: a blitzkrieg or ‘Crackrieg’ – where crack-cocaine was the prime method of invasion. I don’t believe it was a conspiracy to eliminate one layer of New York society – no matter how horrible it looked – I think it was just a very powerful way to make a lot of money by allowing the Mafia to distribute the drug to an open-ended market that just happened to coincide with where I lived. Of necessity, Vice President Bush was apprised of the depth of the problem – from Miami to New York – by local, alarmed officials and journalists. He responded by keeping the operation going covertly while overtly he set up a Drug Task Force that he himself was in charge of! End of story: intractable disregard for the ‘losers’ whose lives were terminated by government-promoted illicit drug-trading, while Nancy urged the public not to get seduced into using dangerous drugs. I almost imagine Billy Graham coaching them from the sidelines. “It’s a case of those with eyes, let them see; those with ears, let them hear.” “We’re sending in the poison gas, if it gets you, it’s your own fault”. Just one problem: the rest of us aren’t allowed to send in poison gas. If we did we’d be jailed for life. The rest of us aren’t allowed to sell drugs and launder the profits through banks we know will skim fees off the top. If we did we’d get 20 years in a nasty prison – probably a private one, so investors can make a profit.
Mr. Bush’s true response – on his own time – was probably no different than his father Prescott’s, when employing slave labor in Poland up to 1943 and who might very well have snapped: “Develop a thicker skin, son. These inferiors are not your concern!” To be fair to both father and son, I have been told by people my whole life to develop a thicker skin. In many respects I do have a thicker skin than I started with. But the victimization of thousands and even millions of people to profit just a few, ended up encroaching on me as well because the drug users would employ the rooftops of their desperate SRO hotels to inject the drugs. I could see them from my window. I learned first-hand that the horror of addiction at this level of dehumanizing need, easily got through even the thickest skins right into the vessels that feed the heart where blood and spirit make a most surprising connection. Money aside: people do care about victims of drug addiction and it does matter how many brains are destroyed by an epidemic of killer drugs. When you live among these people, it hurts like hell. But you can’t sit back and just leave it to others to care. You have to demonstrate it yourself. The whole game is up, the day you cease caring. A skin that has grown so thick that it fails to breathe is already suicidal. We actually do share the planet with each other and the odor and emotion of atrocity does obey laws of osmosis. It oozes through the skin and drips into the fluids of human sensibility to which we all respond. Nazism engulfed Nazis themselves – including the top brass. To fulfill their over-sized agenda, Adolph Hitler and Hermann Goering became master liars. Once big lies are set in motion, there is no turning back. Send the populace, who look up to you, into harm’s way and you yourself are in harm’s way. Both men ended up committing suicide rather than face justice in the same manner by which they forced others to face injustice. But at the time when a great crime is being committed by men in power; when a great lie is being promoted by the same people, it is almost impossible to break through the barriers that guard the lie itself. And so the lie prevails – sometimes for decades. At that point, history must be laboriously rewritten – at a time when it is already too late.
THE BURDEN OF THE “LIE” IS ALREADY APPARENT
It’s true that lawyers operating during the Marshall Plan were able to commute death sentences. John McCloy, an associate of Allen and John Foster Dulles, when acting as High Commissioner in Germany, got a number of death sentences commuted while he managed to get other sentences greatly reduced. He also helped specific industrialists – who had supported Hitler, whereby they had profited handsomely from the atrocities – actually recover their property after the war so they could end their lives rich and with dignity and able to resume business with Allied Interests. McCloy did this concomitantly with the policies of the IMF and World Bank. By contrast, not only did millions incarcerated in Nazi camps lose all their property, but millions lost their very lives – and some were just children. Such is the arrogance of those in uniform holding the weapons – some of which came from foreign factories as far away as America; and such is the arrogance of those who manipulate the currency – some also from foreign places as far away as Wall Street and High Street.
Nazi finance minister, Hjalmar Schacht, listens to Lord Montague Norman
The influence of both the [Central] Bank of England governed by Monty Norman and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Kuhn, Loeb & Co, Chase Bank, Bank of Manhattan, J.P. Morgan, National City Bank, plus others, including the J. Henry Schroder Bank, etc.) cannot be calculated. Along with The Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, the Central Banks had the power to either build National Socialism up or keep Germany under the yoke of post-Versailles reparations. Wall Street banks helped the Ruhr kick-start itself by floating it loans from America!
The subject of John McCloy – not unlike that of Hjalmar Schacht who was the interface between the Reichsbank and the Bank of England + the Federal Reserve – is a large one and like the role of international banks and multinational corporations in the rearmament of Germany – is too complicated for this post. McCloy – like John D. Rockefeller, Allen Dulles, Prescott Bush, George Herbert Walker, Walter Teagle, Bernard Baruch, Henry Ford, Sosthenes Behn and many others – was born with an alligator skin. He helped many Nazis emigrate to the United States after the war, so they could resume their ‘work of destiny’ – forever ‘brothers’ to the ‘friends of big business everywhere’, no matter how much human blood had been smeared all over the gold, the silver, the bills, the bonds, the promissory notes, the checks ad nauseum. Nazism is a specific way of doing business. But without a Gestapo, it would be nothing. It is nonetheless very compatible with the way monopolists and modern multinationals do business and explains why Washington has been supporting Svoboda, OUN-B and Pravy Sector in Ukraine as its way of building ‘democratic institutions’ to replace the old communist models. Should we be concerned that Washington (and the Center for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations + the Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America + several others) preferred to support a Neo-Nazi group to overthrow the Russian-backed government of Viktor Yanukovych? Of course we should. Militant Nazis are strategic killers. Nazis are the antithesis of democracy that the individual citizen of any nation depends upon for basic liberties. Nazis are not fond of debate, nor of free speech and are overly certain of their own superiority over other races, creeds, belief systems, ethnicities and philosophical points of view.
WORLD WAR II
When children as innocent as these are herded without explanation into slave labor camps where they were to be worked to death or worse, then something has gone wrong between the commands handed down from a handful of men on high, with their ‘struggles’ and ‘dreams’, to the mass of humanity below whose struggles and dreams are just as potent. Meanwhile, the soldier carrying a rifle, can always resort to the age-old excuse: “I was just obeying orders!” Whose orders? This malignant declension – from command to action – is the worst by-product of the Nazi modus operandi.
ON TOP OF THE HIERARCHY
In any case, whatever the individual reader may think of drugs, I am only reporting what I saw back in the 1980’s without going into all the tragic social and clinical details. It left an indelible mark in my memory. When I found out around 1992, that government officials – some of them also responsible for attacking Iraq – were making money from the illicit drug trade that was destroying fellow New Yorkers right under my apartment window – my sense of social truth was turned up-side-down. I was expected to categorically separate “social responsibility” from “business”, as if the government were no different from the mafia or an international drug cartel. After that I was unable to trust anything spoken by any politician in Washington ever again – whether Democrat or Republican. They were condemning drugs at the same time they were both trafficking in drugs and laundering the illicit profits through various banks – some of which were overseas – while one was right in Mena, Arkansas itself. Republicans and Democrats were finding a common bond in extensive drug trafficking regardless of the ideological differences they swear they maintain. It was the same as the monopolists supporting Bolshevism on the one hand and then funding a war against the Communists on the other. Political schizophrenia? No, just covert profiteering – as long as they don’t forget their lies when the cameras are rolling during a PR stint! But even then, it wouldn’t matter. The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it even if the liar slips up and lets the truth squirt out. A great lie is a contract between the public and the liar. The public needs to feel the best about the leadership and the leadership knows this. All the government has to do is to shift the blame to somebody else and brand them a ‘terrorist’. The public will buy it. They need to. People have sought out scapegoats long before there were history books.
I understand the lust for money and power. But to see how this lust impacted people whose lives in New York City were hard enough, cut to the marrow of the bone like a laser. It also propelled crime to an extreme peak in 1992 that seemed to coincide with the height of the flow of crack-cocaine into New York City. And these were the same national leaders who supported men like Yaroslav Stetsko – who was the head of international émigré Nazi organizations left behind from World War 2 as well as of the Ukrainian government-in-exile. It is not always easy to epitomize the reality of a ‘Nazi’. If you narrow the term down too sharply, it goes out of focus. But it does seem that Nazis possess a strange ruthlessness that allows them to disregard the humanity of others in order to fulfill their exclusive agenda: their dream, their struggle, their cause. Nazis don’t want anyone else to tie Nazi hands and shackle Nazi dreams; but they don’t mind shackling the dreams of others and tying up their hands. To justify their own pro-active group aggression, Nazis must fabricate an ‘enemy of the people’ – a “terrorist” – or threatening group of terrorists. The implication here is that anybody can be a “Nazi” no matter what name they choose to call themselves. It isn’t in the name: it is in the style by which one enforces one’s will. In America anybody can join the Neo-Conservative movement.
Initially Svoboda (Freedom Party) called itself the Social-National Party of Ukraine (founded 13 Oct, 1991 in Lviv) which is uncomfortably close to the National Socialists of the Third Reich. The yearning is the same and “Svoboda”, which ‘split off’ from the SNPU being renamed in 2004 under the leadership of Oleh Tyahnybok, wanted to promote a purely Ukrainian ethnic identity in opposition to both Russia and Communism. To help its legitimacy in the electoral process, it ostensibly got rid of neo-Nazi and other radical groups, but maintains a hard, Ultra-Nationalist backbone.
Nazis admire resolve, decisiveness, action, strength and the ability to define and exercise power. They want to belong to a well-defined group free from social and ethnic complications. In the world of science they would despise quantum mechanics, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Relation and the inclusive “both/and” nature of the microcosmic world that binds us all together in multiple, complementary ways.
FALSE FLAG REICHSTAG FIRE – 1933
In Nazi Germany it was also the Communists who were blamed and who the National Socialists framed, by burning the Reichstag Parliament Building 27 Feb, 1933, themselves, only to pin the traumatic arson on the communists – to justify stripping the populace of their civil liberties the very next day via the Reichstag Fire Decree, outlawing and arresting the Communists – as well as labor and trade union leaders – and by 23 March, with a threatening show of force from the SA (storm troopers), intimidating everyone – except a few Social Democrats – into voting for the Enabling Act with a vote of 441 to 84 that made Hitler a Dictator. A lie, whereby the Communists were blamed for what in truth was the boldest False Flag Operation of the 20th Century, became the cornerstone of the terrifying temple of National Socialism once truth had been turned up-side-down. The purpose of branding the Communists: “violent arsonists” and “terrorists”? To rally the nation against ‘danger’; to set to work on building up the Wehrmacht in defiance of the rules of the Treaty of Versailles and prepare to conquer the evil Soviet Union of Joseph Stalin in the East so that once and for all Germany would have enough “Living space” and enough agricultural productivity not to have to face starvation at the hands of anyone ever again. Hitler never forgot the British Naval Blockade of World War 1.
Only one man stood up to Hitler and his proposed Enabling Act in the Kroll Opera House where the vote was taken: the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Otto Wels. He spoke quietly to Hitler – as there was nothing else to do – in what has to have been one of the noblest moments in German history:
THE PASSION OF COURAGE
“We German Social Democrats pledge ourselves solemnly in this historic hour to the principles of humanity and justice, of freedom and socialism. No enabling act can give you power to destroy ideas which are eternal and indestructible”. -Otto Wels
Hitler leapt to his feet in response – as if prompted by the displaced ghost of Friedrich Nietzsche – yelling that the Social Democrats [and presumably their eternal ideas] were no longer needed and that the “star of Germany” is going to
rise and the star of the Democrats is going to sink. Having quickly shed his pacifist façade, Hitler appealed to the parliamentarians to “sanction that which we could have taken anyway.” With the SA outside the Opera House, chanting and threatening everyone around, who doubted Hitler’s words? One imagines him almost frothing at the mouth with Nietzsche’s historical demolition of everything any of us had ever held as the “Basis”: from ‘God’ to ‘Reason’, to Plato’s admittedly fogbound throne of the “Good” – all the way to America’s dream of a prosperous middle class – already tethered to the despair engendered by the never-ending Great Depression sparked by Wall Street and its absurd – if not contrived – gimmicks of speculation! Such a demolition almost seemed to be mirrored by the unprecedented destructiveness of World War I that had caused four Empires to collapse, making Hitler’s current passion almost irresistible. With the SA engulfing the Opera House like a storm cloud, Hitler’s voice was free to rise up amidst the traumatized ash of ruination, death, national humiliation, economic depression and all forms of criminal opportunism that were marching stealthily behind the mask of “materialistic progress” everywhere – a mask still being worn today throughout China and Southeast Asia: Progress; Construction Booms; an unstoppable military growth; huge exports, vast industry; a gargantuan, cheap labor force; unlimited production of everything one can dream of: pollution included. By contrast I haven’t heard anyone waxing sentimental about ‘progress’ in America recently. I only ever hear how “awesome” everything is – how “crazy” – how “cool” and why we MUST HAVE A BIGGER AND BETTER MILITARY to battle ABSOLUTE EVIL that wants to deprive the LAND OF THE FREE of all its freedom. ARM! ARM! ARM! And once we’re armed – then what? “WAR! WAR! WAR! WAR!
AT THE PINNACLE OF PROGRESS
“Your death knell has sounded!”, Hitler thundered as if it were still 1900 or 1919 and nothing whatsoever had been learned from World War I – except perhaps the compulsion of revenge and how to make as much money as you can, for as few people as possible by manufacturing and using weapons. He may as well have added: “God is dead, have you not heard? The “Good” is dead. “Reason” is dead – that of Kant, Plato, Descartes, Voltaire, Jefferson and Lincoln; “Democracy” is dead. Socialism is dead. Justice is dead. Humanism is dead. The Stock Market is dead. All there is left is the will of the ‘Superior Ones’ and I am the self-designated leader! The Enabling Act will prevail. And with all your freedoms removed, you will have no more worries. The State will take care of all your needs. All distress will be gone!”
By ‘Superior One’, Ûbermensch, Aryan Masters, he did not mean the “superior man” that, like the Egyptian notion of the “Horus-king”, was the inner aspiration of the ancient Chinese Book of Changes that draws every vital breath from the complex, profoundly nuanced play among complementary pairs born from the ultimate relationship between #1 and #2 – the Creative and the Receptive – ‘light’ and ‘shadow’, caught within that mysterious “Cauldron of Circumstances” that has been activated by the number “64”: the superabundant signature of the I Ching. Instead we are talking about the self-consciousness of projected rigidity, not the nimble joy that rides atop the mysterious relationship between consciousness
and the unconscious depths of the universe. Hitler’s ‘Superior One’ was perhaps more idealistic and romantic than Joseph Stalin, but part of the same world nonetheless – ‘I can kill therefore I can lead’ – the one who has obliterated the guilt of morality and now uses crime as a means to one’s own chosen end. The Nazi-orchestrated burning of the Reichstag was a self-conscious, logical step to that end. Hitler wanted Russia and Ukraine. The communists and others were in his way. And what about today? Who or what are in the way of Western Multinationals? President Vladimir Putin? Really? Or is universal freedom in the way? Is democracy in the way? Is the inalienable right to pursue happiness in accordance with your own nature in the way? So Putin gets blamed instead.
History remains uncertain – as with all False Flag Operations – just how the Reichstag Fire was started, but William Shirer, the great chronicler of the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, back in 1960, seemed to have little doubt:
The whole truth about the Reichstag fire will probably never be known. Nearly all those who knew it are now dead, most of them slain by Hitler in the months that followed. Even at Nuremberg the mystery could not be entirely unraveled, though there is enough evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that it was the Nazis who planned the arson and carried it out for their own political ends. William Shirer, 1960
Since the ultimate objective of the Third Reich – and hence the Reichstag Fire itself – was to take the German people to war, it is instructive to consider Hermann Goering’s thoughts on how to motivate people to go to war against their collective will:
Naturally, the common people don’t want war, neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. -Hermann Goering
By deliberately and surreptitiously burning the Parliament Building, the National Socialists could hysterically claim they were under attack from “communist terrorists”, generating a traumatic resonance with memories of the destruction and terror caused by World War 1. It undoubtedly did not help the communist cause that, at that exact time, Stalin’s contrived “Holodomor” – genocide by famine – was going on in Ukraine, but was mostly the subject of rumor. America was getting ready to recognize the USSR and do business with Russia – so news of the Holodomor was blocked there as well. It wasn’t difficult for the Nazis to portray the Soviet communists as terrorists. They knew Stalin’s purges and the Holodomor were absolutely real. Moreover, because Stalin was constantly purging his own military brass, Hitler was convinced the Soviet Army would be no match for his terrifying, projected Wehrmacht.
Just as Hitler had promised a formidable group of industrialists – dominated by representatives from I.G. Farben, Krupp and Vereinigte Stahlwerke – at a fundraiser at Goering’s residence, hosted by Hitler’s Finance Minister and head of the Reichsbank – Hjalmar Schacht – just 7 days earlier, 20 Feb, 1933 – that their money would not be wasted and that if the people did not vote for the Enabling Act the Nazis had other methods that would secure the desired outcome – he kept his word to his own party as well. And by keeping his word, he and his industrialists were in business. By the solstice of 1941 Hitler’s Wehrmacht struck the Soviet Union with more military force than any the world had ever seen before. He and his industrialists – with help from American giants like Standard Oil, Ford Motors, American I.G. Farben, General Motors, GE, ITT, IBM, Remington, built up the most formidable War Machine up to that time – including an air force fueled by a special formula of Standard Oil airplane fuel – the same aircraft employed in the bombing of London. I frankly don’t know how much more absurd it can get. Moreover, Hitler had tried 20 times to strike a peace agreement with England which England refused – for whatever all their reasons. But they had to know, as some of the fuel used in German planes came from British refineries and the Brits were expected to pay royalties on every gallon shipped. The multinationals knew what they were doing – gallon for gallon, dollar for dollar and patent by patent – most especially Rockefeller and his Standard Oil team: Walter Teagle, William Farish, John McCloy , et al – with plenty of legal support from Allen and John Foster Dulles. Was it all just financial greed? It was greed, period; hydra-headed: the greed for control of money and the greed for luxury and the greed for power and the greed for privilege – a privilege they knew how to steal from the masses. It takes discipline and a tradition of training that never lapses to resist the immense temptation of greed. We have all tasted it. All of us know greed by degree. It isn’t a question of a mystery. It is a question of a temptation.
WHAT IS WORSHIP?
A thought to remember: never underestimate the rebounding force engendered by collective and individual humiliation. The perception of willful injustice and the humiliation that follows will in time produce a reaction.
REICHSTAG PARLIAMENT BUILDING
When the German people needed to express their profound outrage over the imbalances and deceptions of the Treaty of Versailles – that falsely accused Germany of being solely responsible for starting World War 1 – they gathered in front of the Reichstag Parliament Building. So to them, it represented Democracy or at least the hope for Democracy. To burn it and blame it on the Communists was to once again reawaken the trauma, the agony and the outrage of the outcome of the Great War. Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Hess, Schacht, Kirdorf, Schroder, Schmitz and a few others, were very conscious of this effect. As a team they well understood the psychology of the trauma and the lie that followed.
The promise Hitler made the night of 20 Feb, 1933 to his industrialist-backers was carried out – galvanized by the False Flag arson that had destroyed the Reichstag building seven days later. By rounding up every communist they could find in ‘retaliation’, the prisons were soon over-flowing, justifying the construction of the first slave labor camp at Dachau. From that point the Nazis did not look back. The Gestapo (Geheime Staats Polizei) was formed 26 Apr, 1933 by Goering. The SA was purged – its leader, Ernst Röhm, with his socialist leanings – was executed – as the Heinrich Himmler-controlled SS became brutally dominant. Himmler then went on to become boss of the Gestapo, 20 April, 1934, whereupon nobody in Germany was exempt from the continuous snooping by secret police officers. By February 1936, the “Gestapo Law” was passed whereby no administrative court had any further jurisdiction over the Gestapo – and so the Gestapo was in fact now above all laws. There could never again be any legal appeal for anything the Gestapo did to any citizen. Moreover, once the war was under way, the Gestapo followed the Germans into each country and applied the same terror tactics there that had worked so well in Germany.
THE GENIUS BEHIND THE NAZI POLICE STATE
Hitler signed a secret non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union in August, 1939, but after subduing France and blitzing England, he suddenly betrayed the agreement with Stalin by attacking 22 June, 1941 all along the Eastern Front.
NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD
My overall, amateur assessment is that Russia’s extraordinary generals saved Russia from two, unbalanced dictators: Hitler from the West and Stalin from the East. Like many of the leaders Stalin purged from 1929 to 1945, they were loyal, brilliant and down-to-earth. They did not start the war. They simply moved to defend Russia. The war was started by incredibly greedy international financiers and multinationals and the coldly ambitious politicians and dictators who they backed. It was a shrewdly financed power move: a massive business venture that had nothing whatsoever to do with patriotism. If Hitler was patriotic then he was also duped by financiers so shrewd they were able to manipulate him into a war on too many fronts – a war he could not possibly win. We will never know what was said when men like Bernard Baruch, John Foster Dulles, Charles E. Mitchell, Walter Teagle, Averell Harriman, Winston Churchill, John McCloy, Percy Rockefeller, Winthrop Aldrich, etc. got together in private. My imagination runs wild when I attempt to guess what they may have said about Hitler, whose volcanic temper and outraged intellect all knew had been financed by their banks. By manipulating Hitler these same men were also counting the dead in tens of thousands every week, the way accountants tally their balance sheets. The longer the war dragged on, the more money they all made as bankers and stockholders in the arms industry; and the more bodies that required burial because they knew Stalin was not going to give up.
DEATH BY DESIGN
In complex fashion the memory of that unprecedented assault by the German forces – igniting what the Russians refer to as “The Great Patriotic War” – has been preserved to this day. By keeping it alive, Patriotism has been kept alive and this is part of Vladimir Putin’s strategy. Some say 40 million Russians died in total in the effort to protect the Soviet Union from Hitler’s invasion. God almighty that is a lot of people! Millions were civilians. Putin undoubtedly knows the ruthless tactics Stalin undertook to force Russians never to retreat. This steely determination to repulse the Nazis also won the admiration of Averell Harriman and other members of the Wall Street Establishment who were tracking the fate of their investments. It seems to me that it could take a thousand years to forget a national struggle of that magnitude. Putin uses the size and brutality of the battle and the greatness of the Russian victory as a ploy to draw young Russians into the armed forces today. But can you blame him? After World War 2 why would he or any other Russian leader want a military that was weaker than America’s, or Britain’s, or China’s, or India’s? Moreover, every single opportunity Dick Cheney gets he is relentlessly plugging for an increase in military spending; a huge increase in readiness, preparedness and superiority in every division of the military. Every excuse he can find, he justifies the war against Iraq in 2003. And he uses 911 and the Iraq War, together, as the key justification for beefing up the military in America without further delay. This is the type of urgency that has preceded large wars in the past, but with one outstanding problem: they were wars that never needed to be fought.
When Putin needs the patriotic flame to burn a little hotter he brands the Ukrainian forces as “Nazis”, “Terrorists”, partners with the CIA, and so forth. Unfortunately specific elements like Svoboda (Freedom Party) backed by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists have maintained these attributes and if they do not want to be labeled ‘Nazi’ or ‘terrorist’ then they must abandon that path. However, the opposite is what is occurring. These organizations have been strengthening their ‘Ultra-Nationalist’ positions. But the same can be said of Putin himself who is carefully manipulating State Propaganda to urge Russian youth to join the Russian armed forces as soon as possible. And the same can be said of the Syrian Government, or the Republican right (e.g. International Republican Institute, chaired by John McCain or PNAC and several other Republican organizations) waiting in the wings in the United States, or the harshest elements found in Israel. Mossad is not an organization of altar boys. With the way the planet is heating up, it is not likely to become an organization of altar boys any time soon. They are aggressive and they want territory. Neither is the CIA, nor MI-6, nor the Russian FSB suddenly about to join a monastery – unless it’s a front for Holy Warriors. Each organization has its agenda. China has its agenda. And with these agendas everything is growing and colliding. Money and bewitching toys are far more important to far too many people than humanity – even humanity as an idea. And I am not succumbing to a maudlin left-wing lamentation. I am unable to find a trace of humanitarian concern, no matter where I turn, that is able to raise its voice above the din of habitual propaganda and the slogans that are pontificated through the propaganda. The idea of humanity has been expelled from the political process. It has almost disappeared from the media as well. “Man’s humanity to man” just doesn’t seem to earn the same ratings as its darker cousin. The War Machine feeds upon our preference for inhumane motifs. I am left searching into myself as a last resort – with stress as my guide. How is my humanism doing? The idea of humanity has been eclipsed by a desperate heroism that, nonetheless, cannot conceal the underlying greed that rules with a fist of iron. With a spectacular heroism as the bait, if War Lords and the financial might that controls them, decide they want another world conflict, they will create it, unless the people, en masse, decide that the loss of life is not worth it this time and that the gains advertised by the war execs are no longer valid. What a qualitative shift in being this would constitute! Stupidity can get tired of its own conceits and when it does, bright paths, integrity that challenges, beauty that surprises and wisdom that sees through the smoke, suddenly become worthy companions in a brand new world that everyone had given up on.
I understand that political parties – the Republican Party included – need to attract votes from wherever they can – in part to maintain the ‘appearance’ of democratic legitimacy: ‘the more the merrier’ – but it must be emphasized that Yaroslav Stetsko’s ‘dream’ of Ukrainian Freedom and Independence stood with that of Adolph Hitler – even as Hitler was planning on completely subjugating the Ukrainian people. Hitler had already betrayed Stalin. Why would he not betray Ukrainian Nationalists? Stetsko must have believed that the Banderites had a convincing understanding with the Nazis. But in war and the messy quest for power, such understanding never lasts. If it’s not based on profit-sharing, what’s it based on? And if the ‘King’ wants all the profit for himself?
Ukrainian Nationalist hatred of Stalin was also completely understandable. Stalin and Khrushchev perpetrated truly horrific atrocities and purges in Ukraine – including the remarkably insidious “Holodomor” – or contrived famine from 1932-33 as they attempted to reduce the general population to the status of slaves. But to fall in behind Hitler’s vicious ethnic policies was an abysmal tragedy – that cries for correction and apology on some level. Not only did Ultra-Nationalist Ukrainians not face trial at Nuremberg – Americans who were partnering with Nazi Corporations didn’t face trial either – but it has been noted repeatedly that the Ukrainian Nationalists also never apologized, feeling much more like victims than perpetrators. This too is understandable – except to the victims and the survivors of places like Babi Yar. So even more important than preserving the memory of abysmal hatred that consumes people during periods of incalculable darkness and economic misery, is the necessity of instituting ways and means of preventing such an abyss from forming in the first place. But can we? When the wealth of nations becomes desperately uneven and the rich live in extravagant splendor – while the abyss of poverty, decadence, corruption, desperation, degradation begins to form right under the feet of the populace – then hate spreads like an underground fire. This is the same fire that fuels war and eventually consumes the lives of millions while the ruling elite perpetuate and even consolidate or expand their control.
WHILE SOME GET RICH, OTHERS GET OLD
All these same, unresolved, historical forces are colliding like rogue waves in Ukraine now – seeking resolution but not yet able to find a vessel sturdy enough and universal enough to contain these rogue energies and transform them as if in a cauldron of necessity. Higher cause within humanity must still envelop the vessel. By higher I mean above rage; above deception, above lies, above propaganda, above intimidation, above compulsive theft, above elitist greed so excessive that it kills; and above the inevitability of misunderstanding when money has become the Unrivaled Dictator. All those ‘distempered weapons’ must still be thrown to the ground or the ‘higher cause’ will remain mute and the voice from that nobler part of humanity will be drowned out by the thunder of rocket fire and screaming fighter jets yet again, turning all struggles, all dreams and all causes into a vast and insipid wasteland. We aren’t going to engage the nobler part voluntarily, otherwise we would have done it already – and we haven’t done it. We must be constrained to engage it – but how? We must be separated from the toys – but how? Today so many weapons, in so many countries – from India to the United States – would have to be thrown to the ground, that it would seem the so-called ‘higher cause’ has already retreated to the heights, no longer able to accommodate the magical perception that can see beyond the dreary rhetoric that goads us, by habit, into the burning abyss.
“Your struggle is our struggle; your dream is our dream”.
Joseph Stalin also had a dream. He also had a struggle. Reagan and Stalin almost look like they could be brothers. The Berlin Wall came down during Reagan’s watch. The Nazis also had a dream that evolved from a “struggle”. It’s unclear whether Stalin really believed Hitler would betray their non-aggression pact or would honor it into a compelling future. It seems the Nazis believed they were superior to the Russians – which included Ukraine. Stalin may have underestimated Germany’s sense of superiority and entitlement. This chronic attitude has been carried over into the present crisis in Ukraine and one gets the feeling that many in the West – though not necessarily the German people – easily place all blame for the situation on Putin, as if somehow he and the Russian people were inferior to themselves. The Nazi attitude of superiority over all other races and ethnicities was its blind spot. The Russians managed to drive them back to Berlin. In the current situation, dynamic peace would be the greater path to undertake, rather than permit extreme ‘Ultra-Nationalist’ attitudes to drive Putin and his Federation into a corner. Ultra-Nationalism serves the monopolists, but will not serve the populace that occupies land stretching from Lviv to Vladivostok.
THE SOLEMNITY OF GLITZ
Within 12 years of the ‘False Flag’ Reichstag Fire and the 23 March, 1933 Enabling Act that made Hitler Dictator, Hitler’s “Kampf” (Struggle), his “Traum” (Dream) were both dead. He was dead also.
YOU MUST WALK HOME
The rich were richer and defended each other. The poor were poorer and many were no longer even alive. The ruling class did not merely fund “conflict, blackmail and killing” – to steal words from Secretary Rumsfeld’s vocabulary – but they also funded betrayal on a massive scale. Who did they betray? They certainly betrayed Hitler. But it was much more. They betrayed Jews, German POW’s, the whole city of London, Ukraine, Romanians, Hungarians, Serbians, Italians, Russians. They betrayed every soldier that entered the war – no matter which side they were on. They betrayed the families of those soldiers, the mothers and fathers, siblings, cousins and girl friends. The few who had the power to block funding for rearmament and for the war itself, betrayed the human race, claiming falsely that had it not been them then somebody else would have grabbed hold of the money pump; somebody else would have built the War Industries Machine run by a different squad but still manned by the Merchants of Death.
Meanwhile back in 1983, all patriotic emotionalism aside, Reagan’s words to Yarolsav Stetsko (and the Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America = affiliate of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations, formed in 1943 and headed by Yaroslav Stetsko) offer chilling echoes of traditional ‘Nazi Poeticisms’ designed to exalt the ‘struggle’ and the ‘dream’. “Your struggle is my struggle” is like a ritual torch being ferreted through the recondite corridors of an exclusive club. It seems to invoke the eternal ideals of a self-ordained ‘Knighthood’, “Brotherhood” or ‘Universal-Nationalist Circle of Friends’, bound by a secret and august oath: the light of Aryan Supremacy – the self-proclaimed Right of Rulership over others considered inferior to the ‘Brotherhood’? To my dismay, I can only ask if this was the underlying message between Reagan and the leader of émigré Nazis left over from World War 2, aka, the OUN-B Ukrainian Prime Minister-in-Exile: Yaroslav Stetsko, whose Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists was melding almost perfectly in America with University of Chicago prof – Leo Strauss’s – Neo-Conservative movement of which Dick Cheney is a prominent member.
Under a Neo-Nazi umbrella or global marriage, formerly incompatible ethnic varieties are finding common cause. And the cause is … ?
PONDERING THE CAUSE
All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach. -Adolph Hitler
To me, this policy of dumbing down your message is an error in understanding – born mostly from the impatience that arises from trauma, disappointment, pain and rage. It quickly becomes a dangerous, limiting function. The human organism and its consciousness is a miracle of natural engineering and needs to be maintained by being uplifted, not dumbed down. The irritating “infinities” that have plagued generations of scientists and mathematicians, seeking to reduce the universe to closed equations, are the very same infinities that renew human potential and open gateways between the body and the vast field of the human spirit. A human being is a revelation. That’s the miracle. To deliberately dumb down your message is to deprive – even the so-called least intelligent among us – of the natural right to reach our true potential. War violates that potential, that right, that miracle. To send all those young, trusting faces to war on false pretexts, is a crime that no court on Earth can measure. Besides, courts are prone to manipulation by Big Money. But how do you stop the crime when truth has been turned up-side-down and the police, the ‘SS’, the ‘SA’ and the government itself have become the criminals? When I look at the image above I see a ‘factory’ run by propaganda. ‘Humanity’ has been subsumed under the totalitarian demands of that factory. The factories ruled the leaders; the leaders didn’t rule the factories. The factory, with its greedy mass-production, had dehumanized everybody – including the owners, directors and CEO’s. The German troops look as if they had been produced by an assembly line – the new symbol of profit, world-wide, during the Industrial Revolution. The goose-step represents the synchronization of the principle of mass-production designed to engender profit. The individual man is lost and Hitler has become a reflection of them all. And so he overreached: deceived by the sheer magnitude of brain-washed soldiers and the industry that had produced them. Mass-production has seduced, duped and deluded the leadership for over a century, replacing watchful harmony with psychotic mistrust; empathic humanism with the cold-blooded quest for profit.
THE FACTORY SAPS A MAN OF HIS SPIRIT
In my experience, starting in Canada where I was born, I found the ‘struggle’ to be everybody’s struggle. I wasn’t taught this overly literally: I learned it on the road, at school, at work, in the subways, on the streetcars, at sea, in the logging mills, the rail yards, in the houses of friends whose families had been driven out of Poland or Russia or Latvia or China or Hungary, or Ukraine, or Armenia. I even learned it in the hospital where I was once bedridden for a full month with a bruised spleen and two broken ribs. I learned about it in all the different forms of music and of course in books. I was interested in anatomy by the time I was eleven because I wanted to know what all of us had in common. I was more struck by our anatomical similarities than I was by our differences. And that is why I eventually sought out principles that might explain “vital functions”. I started with the female since we are born from the female and then I ‘evolved’ the male from there. What female and male have in common is the originating and regulatory – as well as revelatory – Prime 2:1 rectangle, depicted as ABCD in these illustrations. This function – not unlike the Alpha and Omega of ontology – is the glue that binds male and female together in an eternal embrace. To add to the mystery of the revelation, each individual human being also consists of male and female characteristics within themselves. And these characteristics seek a path of creative self-expression as they interact daily, not only with each other, but also with the outside world.
THE DOUBLE SQUARE
Everywhere I went I encountered the same principle: ‘everybody had a dream and everybody was struggling’. The purpose of narrowing it down to a club was in order to amass a profit in both money and power. It was to possess the sensation and historical reality of being the privileged “Master” over the herd, even if genocide was required to execute one’s plan! If you want to commit genocide, just brand the group you wish to get rid of: “terrorists”. Tell everybody they are threatening National Security. Make sure your weapons are bigger than their weapons – for which you need the privileged co-operation of a Central Bank – and then incite, or even create, an incident that justifies launching a so-called ‘counter-attack’. But don’t be surprised if some people criticize you bitterly. After all, genocide is the worst crime that can be committed on Earth. The only way to avoid being accused of genocide is not to commit it in the first place. It’s preferable to search until you have found another solution. Unfortunately war itself is a form of genocide no matter what shape you try to twist it into. Is it possible at this juncture to actually search until we have found an alternative to war? Or are we going to take up all those distempered weapons we now have and begin the process of killing one another in the largest numbers yet to be seen? We all know our own track record. We know an ‘elite’ is forming and we know they do not want to share their privileges.
But if you want somebody’s oil, or gold, or land … ? If you fall in behind Hitler and his bid to establish a New World Order, what are you doing? I understand that to resist Hitler’s overwhelming 22 June, 1941 attack on the USSR was probably suicide, but it seems utterly delusional to believe that Nazi Germany would ever in a million years be Ukrainian Nationalists’ ticket to independence. The Germans had not taken enough time to cultivate such magnanimity in their ranks! So the Ukrainian Nationalists under Stepan Bandera had chosen the Nazi banner in advance. It was their modus operandi. They craved the discipline and brutality, the order and control, the racial hygiene that they could not find in their normal existence and whatever they had locked up within their own ever-thickening skins. Moreover this movement was as strong in America as it was in Ukraine. America has for 70 years only recognized Ukraine’s “Government-in-Exile” that has been led by the Stetskos. It is the policies of this government-in-exile that have been ‘returned’ to Ukraine with the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych. The name most decidedly associated with all organizations in the U.S. designed to help restore a free and Ultra-Nationalist Ukraine has been Stepan Bandera and his descendants. This name – Stepan Bandera – so intimately associated with Nazism, is the preferred magnet around which United States business and government can rally. Right now all sorts of hard right U.S. groups are supporting an Ultra-Nationalist ‘free’ Ukraine: from the Heritage Foundation to the Evangelicals and a long list of American multinationals just chafing at the bit.
In Ukraine – even after the horrors from 1924 to 1938 – the catastrophe of World War 2 was accompanied by even more purges, scorched earth policies by Stalin and Hitler, famine and yet more purges on top of that. Merely reading about the atrocities carried out within Ukraine – against the Ukrainian people – has altered me. Just reading about these events and then watching survivors talk in videos about what happened to their families, has momentarily crushed me like an inner wound that won’t stop oozing blood. I feel like my stomach has been kicked out of my abdomen leaving a hole the size of Ukraine – one of the world’s most important breadbaskets.
WORTHY OF PROTECTION
Throughout my life I have set aside mysterious periods of time to catch up on history. I try to work at it in order to understand the levels at which history unfolds. But the period from about 1913 to 1945 – from the establishment of the Federal Reserve in America to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan to end World War 2, strikes me as being unique and relevant to understanding the present tense and the global context within which the Ukraine Crisis is occurring. Russia may be acting right now in an apparently aggressive, arrogant and isolated manner, but in fact it is nevertheless carrying out its actions in Ukraine in a global context. Since so much government, financial and military activity everywhere is done in secret, it is almost impossible for the rank and file citizen to know what is really going on behind the opposing propagandas, the overall disinformation and the deliberate misrepresentation of one’s own, often quite selfish, nationalistic intentions – whether they be Russian or American or the interests of Britain or the European Union, or China or Saudi Arabia. It is easy to lose sight of what is urgently and universally needed for the people of Ukraine with their unique set of challenges and their equally unique set of memories. I cannot believe that a single Ukrainian of any generation has not been scarred at least in some emotional way by the events of that period. There are thousands of examples from Russia, from Germany, from Poland, from Hungary, from Romania, and from Ukrainians themselves.
Above is a man named Erich Koch, a Nazi. In September 1941, when Germany attacked Soviet Russia, he was appointed Reichskommissar of the Reichskommissariat Ukraine. He had been an East Prussian “Gauleiter” for the Nazi Party (NSDAP), a position achieved only by appointment by Hitler himself and was the second highest, Nazi, paramilitary rank. Among his first words to the Commissariat Ukraine were the following:
I am known as a brutal dog … Our job is to suck from Ukraine all the goods we can get hold of. I am expecting from you the utmost severity towards the native population. -Erich Koch
Koch got rid of schools for Ukrainians until there were uprisings. His rationale for not maintaining education for Ukrainians:
If I meet a Ukrainian worthy of being seated at my table, I must have him shot. -Erich Koch
With Ukraine embroiled in a growing conflict where some are calling for the United States to arm Ukraine so it can defend itself from the Russians, while the Russians already feel under attack after the Western-backed overthrow of Yanukovych and now expect, through the guile and power of the IMF, that Western corporations will move into Ukraine and buy it up through the multinational process of privatization – the words of Koch should be a compelling alarm bell. History can repeat itself if we let it – just by wearing different clothes. But the action will be the same:
“Our job is to suck from Ukraine all the goods we can get hold of. I am expecting from you the utmost severity towards the native population.”
Even the new President of Ukraine is acknowledging that already the price being paid to join the European Union has been the most severe in Europe. Moreover, Ukraine has a history of this sort of treatment – from without and from within. At a bifurcation point, one sees this behavior up close and as if within a spherical mirror. So one can see the roundness of history.
Why not put a halt to historical inevitability – that could well draw Ukraine into a protracted war? Why not allow Benjamin Franklin to make his cheerful sojourn and stop the ‘Wolf from the West’ in its tracks? Let Ukraine own its own money supply, free of interest and let it trade freely, according to demand, with all countries, wherever it chooses: Russia, Belarus, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Scandinavia, Britain, Austria, France, Iran, China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, America, Canada. Let Ukraine breathe. Let it live. Let it grow. Let it find its own economic sea legs and boldly find its own passage – a passage with heart. To engulf Ukraine in a war triggered by either a fight or a monopolistic cartel agreement between West and East, that wishes to exploit and reduce Ukrainians, is the way of the 20th Century and will not serve the human race now as we push our way into a new age of exceptional uncertainties. The consequences of engaging the current weapon-load distributed across at least 20 heavily armed nations – would constitute the most tragic and gross eclipse of collective intelligence in human history. It would accomplish nothing, especially if any party chose to dip into their nuclear arsenal. To avoid dipping into such arsenals, nations must feel free, strong and above all – capable. It is then that they can eagerly get on with the business of life and all the challenges it presents – within and without. Deprive a nation of its autonomy by arbitrarily tethering the government and the taxpayers to massive debt; subjugate and exploit its people through manipulation of the money supply; suck everything of value out of its land under the guise of ‘assistance’, development’, investment or ‘democratic processes’, only engenders tension, despair and eventually rage.
In this context, it is unfortunate that the government of Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych had continued to bleed the country to death financially, while Yanukovych and his oligarchic-supporters like Rinat Akhmetov, simply got richer and richer. To repeat, Ukraine now ranks second in the world in wealth inequality. Russia has the highest degree of wealth inequality in the world and Putin himself may well be one of, if not, the richest of them all. The United States ranks fourth in the world for wealth inequality – after Lebanon – but is near the top when all categories of wealth inequality are taken into consideration. Moreover, the way this wealth was accumulated with such rapidity, was mostly enabled by the depth and breadth of corruption that has dominated Ukraine and Russia for a considerable period. Entrepreneurs exploiting natural resources bought off corrupt government officials to ensure that all rules were bent in their favor. And so wealth inequality got completely out of balance. Ukrainians want independence in no small part in order to get out from under that corruption – no matter how wretched their economy is at the moment.
But the situation will not be improved by allowing creditor-centric Western ‘loan sharks’ to get the country on the hook for billions for the foreseeable future. A revolution cannot be fulfilled without Ukrainians getting custody of their own interest-free currency – a currency that becomes the property of a democratically elected government. This independence and potential restoration of dignity may also help with ‘neutrality’ – or a neutral bridge between West and East – barring ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ from either West or East or both – an ever-present possibility, of course. If the currency remains the property of a private central banking system, tied into International Central Banks, the corruption they so ardently wish to eliminate will simply change form and they will discover too late that they pre-sold their beloved country to the lowest bidder, that stealthily – under the banner of Ukrainian Nationalist Independence and Freedom – slipped in to exploit their sea of troubles back in “2014” – under the ruthless rule-book imposed by the International Monetary Fund. With this rule-book, the rights, the freedoms, the practical hopes and dreams of millions of citizens will be infringed upon more or less permanently. The rule-book is not designed to distribute currency on a more equitable basis. Austerity, salary freezes and higher energy prices are one and the same as the “mechanism of wealth inequality”. Ukrainians must elect a large group of officials they can trust, otherwise they will be watching their country become the private delight of their new-found creditors.
Just this wealth-inequality statistic by itself would seem to tell the whole story – not only of Ukraine, but as a way to read the future of the planet. The unadmitted war in Ukraine right now is between the world’s highest ranked ‘wealth-inequalitists’. It is a frustrating, covert battle between the rich in Russia and the rich in America and Europe vying to influence the rich in Ukraine in their quest to rule. This battle perpetuates the obsession with wealth at the expense of all other expressions of life. ‘The new Ukraine will create more millionaires who live with their saunas and swimming pools and Rolls Royce Phantoms and Ghosts not far from the notorious Estate of Viktor Yanaukovych, who in five years will be heralded as a retro-active “hero.” If Ukraine lets somebody else coerce its financial policies, then the people will be the victims of the coercion. There will not be enough cash to go around with the austerity that has been imposed. An old-fashioned, or even a Neo-Anti-Communist front is counter-productive as Ukraine needs to trade with Russia now and a thousand years from now. The presence of John McCain in Ukraine is nerve-racking. John McCain was initiated into this life through Vietnam. But that era must be transformed. McCain represents corporate power, not democratic function. And he is not going to back down and allow a new generation to view the horizon differently in order to avert a massive collision of military might that has built up astronomically since the end of the Vietnam War – the unsuccessful and tragic end of a war that did not need to be fought. I see nothing being presented by the traditions associated with McCain and Ukraine’s own Svoboda that will help Ukrainians obtain better flow of cash – otherwise known as blood-money at this juncture in its history. People cannot live indefinitely through the vicarious narcissism and public relations stunts that advertise the activities of the rich at the expense of everybody else. McCain knows this; he knows that wealth inequality is the crux of a global problem; he knows the elitist nature of Ultra-Nationalist movements right down to Nazism; he knows that reforms can help correct wealth inequality and he knows those reforms have nothing to do with communism, socialism, Bolshevism. They have to do with a shared economy as opposed to an economy based upon Right-Wing tactics of ruthless and extreme extraction. McCain knows all this, but he is serving the master he is most familiar with. It is a mistake to treat Putin as the sole villain in the crisis. To do so is to develop a blind spot that will grow from a mote to a log in no time and everybody will see, all too quickly, that the wolf ate Grandma, put on her sweet little bonnet and is now licking its chops to snack on Little Red Riding Hood herself.
The Ultra Right Ukrainian Nationalists stepped into the void created by this corruption, in part because they were funded by opportunistic Western interests – especially America that has consistently shown a preference for Right-Wing governments all around the world and in the case of Ukraine specifically – for 7 decades. Profits come more easily when the populace has been enslaved through paucity only because of low wages and because it is so difficult to get taxes from the rich. Meanwhile the wealth inequality in America and Britain is setting no viable example for Ukrainians. Clearly McCain is there to urge Ukrainians not to change, but rather to align their own extreme wealth gap with that of the West. McCain is an overt anti-Communist. The key, underlying nucleus that gave Nazi Germany its unifying power was less anti-Semitic than it was Anti-Communist.
If any American multinationals or subsidiaries move stealthily, or otherwise, into Ukraine, people are going to notice simply because their economic situation is so glaringly defined. They have the country with the highest degree of wealth inequality squeezing them from the East and they have the nation with the fourth highest degree of wealth inequality squeezing them from the West by engaging neo-Nazi right wing political organizations like Svoboda to pave the way for the invasion of Ukraine by U.S.-based multinational behemoths like Exxon, Monsanto, the Pharma-giants, Coca Cola, Rand and probably computer and even aerospace giants. It is an unprecedented vise that is squeezing Ukraine – to put it mildly. For this reason, the Ukrainian Crisis may go on for a while – until it has grasped that this is a revolution – a social metamorphosis – that must find a new path if autocracy is to be avoided. It may even be deeper – it may be a bifurcation point that surprises everybody – including the self-determining tactics of the rigid and extreme right.
Yaroslav Stetsko had been an executive board member of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL). U.S. Senator John McCain was also a member of the WACL – hence McCain’s interest in the recent ‘regime change’ in Ukraine. Even if the cozy emotional support – to reinforce other forms of support already provided – was only a geo-political and economic tactic – adopting an official “anti-communist” policy in order to “unify” Ukraine, strikes me as being outmoded and nothing more than incendiary propaganda. It constitutes a hypocritical pretext for the economic and corporate takeover of Ukraine – all under the banner of Democratic Ukrainian [Nationalist] Independence. Though I admit, it is certainly ‘typical’, ‘business-as-usual’: malign another in order to advance your own ‘agenda’. But, it will not get to the bottom of Ukraine’s actual current problems – especially the true source of its growing debt problem. And it will not get to the bottom of the growing global debt crisis which has been accompanied by a massive accumulation of dangerous weapons in multiple countries in both hemispheres. In the past, debt + military build-up is the very recipe that leads to war.
The desire to plunder Ukraine from the East and the West has enriched the few and is impoverishing the many. By loaning central bank money to a broken economy, creditors are simply gambling on the desperation of Ukrainians. I lack faith in this process and believe the situation – especially with the state Chernobyl continues to be in – requires a bold break with the last 100 years of doing business. What is needed is economic détente, that allows Ukraine to own and manage its own currency with which it is free to trade openly with both the European Union and the Eurasian Union. With Ukraine already a nuclear free zone, a concerted effort should be made to clean it up, cultivate cleaner energy technologies, protect its food production capabilities, distribute the wealth more fairly and develop Ukraine as a peace bridge that lasts for a thousand years. In this climate of balance between West and East one of the first crops that should be replanted to celebrate the rebirth of a new nation should be truth itself. Once harvested, the Oligarchs will find they have awakened in a new world – and quite possibly a safer one. If Ukraine can overcome the resistance of mighty money-lenders, it might discover that sharing wealth lessens the inevitability of war, while compulsive wealth extraction – at the expense of nearly all wage-earners – is a recipe for conflict and unrequited struggle just as it has been all along. It is also a recipe for waste on a grand scale. An ego, bloated by greed, is as much a waste as a child withering in poverty while searching daily for clean water, dripping from a pipe anywhere on Earth – from central Mumbai to Sao Paulo; from Lagos to Odessa. Ukraine is a garden of possibility that the whole Earth is going to need more and more with each passing year. It could become one of the most sophisticated nations on the planet. But that will depend, in no small way, on what decisions are – or can be – made over the next few months.