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STRANGER THAN TRUTH

           STRANGER THAN TRUTH

 

      “The American Dream is Dead”!

                                    – Donald Trump, 16 Jun, 2015

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                                  President Donald Trump

         In the speech where Donald Trump announced that he was officially running for the Presidency (16 June/2015), he at one point pronounced, after a heavy pause, that “The American Dream is Dead”.  I remember thinking that when he said this, it seemed as if he was experimenting with a device to manipulate the emotions of the masses, like Nietzsche pronouncing the death of God . Ostensibly, the American Dream is not dead for Trump.  So his signal was split – for dramatic effect – and he was appealing to the emotions of millions of would-be followers – some of them experiencing difficult economic and social conditions. I also realized that in the souls of millions of Americans, the American Dream was a challenge that had taken a new turn and had never been more alive, but they were anxious to keep it alive and did not want to see it diminished or killed by Donald Trump, who from their point of view seemed to be on a rampage against several new trends in American society. Some of those trends have involved long, arduous struggles!

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                                 POST-TRUTH LEGACY

                                       “Post-truth”

‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’

(8 Nov, 2016, Oxford Dictionary)

 

Well, since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the United States is one, big Emotion Machine. And the emotions promise to get a lot bigger.

The range of circumstances to which this definition can be applied is more or less infinite since it is pointing to a truth crisis as much as a post-truth crisis. You don’t have one without the other. In a post-truth environment, the truth is still there but has been displaced, ignored, suppressed, repressed, or has rolled over like a squirrel before a bear. According to laws of conservation of force, of energy, or mass-energy, if you ‘compress’ something it will ‘rebound’ or react. One might suggest that in a post-truth environment, the energy of truth is conserved and will eventually react. Truth is surely part of the structure of things – including our bodies, brain, memory and the cognitive processes that are interdependent with our bodies and the environment the body moves through. And all this becomes part of history that obeys patterns, phases and cycles. Displace truth and you have displaced mind, cognition, perception, the quality of consciousness and emotion. At the same time it also implies that we have misrepresented the history of mankind by preserving lies and suppressing truths for centuries at a time. But there are points where truth seeks to realign itself in accordance with the laws that created it in the first place. Yet while truth is displaced, both physical and mental health can become eroded even as the environment erodes. All forms of health require truth to be maintained. Common sense to be sure! But in a post-truth world common sense ends up in the same concentration camp as truth itself. In this context truth can be sensed as a dynamic process – not as a rigid or categorical collection of things. The process itself is prone to variability in focus and hence the experience of variability in clarity, direction and purpose.

The definition above is also pointing to an emotional crisis as more and more people of diverse backgrounds, gender identities, mindsets, lifestyles and religious proclivities feel rebuffed by a severely stratified system. A major component in that stratification is wealth inequality. But this in turn has spawned a stratification of power and the ability to ‘control truth’ through government propaganda and disinformation, lobbyism, media, advertising, public relations, education, religion, the entertainment business, the Internet, etc. All these intensive areas influence the way truth ‘sits’ in our systems: as individuals, as groups, as a nation.

When I first stumbled upon the compound word “post-truth” formally on 28 Nov, 2016 in an article written by Neil Macdonald for CBC News’ online edition, I knew almost immediately that I had just crashed into the tip of a very jagged, very large iceberg; an iceberg that had been floating around in post-truth seas long before 2016 – the year that “post-truth” was voted as Oxford Dictionary’s “Word of the Year”. Publishers claim that the use of the word increased by 2000% between 2015 and 2016 which corresponds to both the Brexit Referendum in Britain and the appearance of Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential race all the way to his 8 Nov/2016 election victory. The “untruth” of “post-truth” conditions is not new, but it seems to have reached a threshold of instability in 2016-17, a point of saturation and perhaps a point of reckoning that has unpleasant, quite dramatic ramifications currently being acted out in the United States through the new Trump administration. What we are seeing is not merely ‘Draconian’ which under special circumstances can be justified. Instead, millions feel we are seeing an arbitrary Ideological Backlash against a hard-won progressivism – but an Ideological Agenda that we already saw grab Germany by its throat a mere 84 years ago in 1933 and not let go until a whole lot of catastrophic damage had been done first. If Nazism is rearing its ugly, cold-blooded head right under our noses it makes sense – especially in view of the unique leadership vacuum it is determined to fill – not to deny it, but to stand up to it and try to understand it and not allow it to take hold. Just as the Nazis wanted all of Germany to “get with the program”, so the White House wants Americans to get with the program with the deceptive insistence that America is not safe so that we need anti-democratic tactics to make it safe. Enforcing this deception is not merely dishonest; it is also tragic because it warps the true nature of Americans endowed with a natural generosity.

“America is not safe” has been an Administrative “talking point” for decades. 9/11 (11 Sept, 2001)in particular has been used to promote this “talking point” and even to begin the process of restricting civil liberties (Patriot Act). Hitler, also, was constantly telling the German people that all his actions were to make Germany safe in order to make it great again. Donald Trump has been pushing the exact same points even as America’s crime rate is at its lowest point in many decades and ‘tolerance’ is morphing into a ‘creative socialization’ that celebrates the power of diversity! Hitler promised to make Germany safe from Communist terrorists and safe from Jews. But this was mostly a lie. Germany’s enemies were much more subtly hidden than all that pamphleteering propaganda promoted. They were much more complex. He was trying to simplify things in order to capture the collective mind and collective emotions of the frightened and frustrated post-Versailles German people. Trump’s inaugural speech should be called The “America FirstSpeech had Woodrow Wilson not used “America First” in 1916 as part of a dishonest promise not to drag America into Europe’s Great War. But once again, when you glance at Germany, you can see that it was the same rallying cry: Hitler’s entire propaganda thrust was The Third Reich First. The German people thought Hitler was promising to improve the circumstances and well-being of Germans. They did not grasp quickly enough that he and his team were programming Germans for war in order to advance an exclusive, elitist and unimaginably arrogant agenda. What Trump and his team have done is replace communists and Jews with Muslims in an effort to fabricate widespread fear and anti-Muslim sentiment as justification for an increase in militarism at home and abroad. This is not new, just a messier and more transparent version than we are used to. The Bush family was so slick, so corporate-looking, nobody knew how to block their militarism. They made militarism look like an advertisement for a real-life Video Game and Americans love Video Games.

The need to make America safe is an age-old propaganda spear – with lots of blood on its tip – designed to create fear in order to cajole people into an agenda they would otherwise not support. Again, 84 years ago, once Hitler had pulled off the Enabling Act in 1933 that made him Dictator, the true menace to the German people became obvious to anyone not yet completely blinded by the barrage of Nazi propaganda that was assailing the whole Reich. The true threat to the German people did not come from communists, Jews, homosexuals, Jehovah Witnesses, etc. It came from the dreaded Gestapo and the ruthless, elitist SS: both Nazi creations. The mandate of the Gestapo under the command of the fiercely loyal Heinrich Müller (who replaced Rudolph Diels), was all too simple: ‘track down and get rid of anybody who was suspected of any treachery toward Hitler and Nazi Germany itself’. That meant it acted in effect as judge, jury and executioner outside normal judicial process!

But initially in early 1933, in order to conquer a democratic Germany, Hitler and his inner circle (Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Hess, etc.) had to create a unifying incident – the burning of the Reichstag Parliament Building – that was blamed on a deranged Dutch communist who was eventually beheaded. Historians agree that the Reichstag Fire was the means by which Nazism was finally established in Germany, but to this day, there is no unanimous accord as to who really caused the fire as the fire spread far too quickly throughout the whole, vast structure – as if prepped with chemicals – to be within the capability of the deranged and half-blind accused. When you listen closely to one of Trump’s former advisors, Ret Lt Gen Michael Flynn, you realize he has replaced “communist” with “socialist” while he himself insists that nowadays, “progressive” is just a cover for “socialist”; and he has replaced anti-Semitism with anti-Islamism or anti-Muslimism, making Flynn an anti-Islamite. He himself is solemnly proud of the title, which brings him and his agenda far too close to the Nazi agenda than is comfortable. In the recent past he has been known to speak about excising Islamism from the world: labeling it a cancer. And this man managed to get inside the White House, advising the President on National Security issues – up until he was forced to resign in February, 2017. The weapon that Flynn, like the Gestapo, seems to be wielding is not merely fear, but an atmosphere of total mistrust. In America right now, this extends to the government itself. Many millions don’t trust the government. Fear, then, may become the only weapon the government is left with. If people comply, it will be because they are afraid not to. It is incumbent upon the individual to actively seek a basis for trust, otherwise the process of divide and conquer will be that much easier for those determined to manipulate and control the masses.

 

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Neil Macdonald, who had been CBC’s Washington correspondent for 12 years, started his 28 Nov/2016 article in this way:

“The ‘post-truth’ president flattens fact-obsessed media: Trump brilliantly recognized post-truthism long ago, while others were still stupidly issuing fact-checks”.

 

Many people do not regard Trump’s “post-truth” behavior as “brilliant” (undoubtedly including Macdonald), perceiving his total disregard for objective fact, instead, as both absurd and mentally unbalanced. Some have gone further, even willing to set aside traditional ethics and have labeled him a “malignant narcissist”. Some of the characteristics of this diagnosis seem to overlap with forms of psychopathy – one symptom of which is chronic lying – but also lack of remorse that accompanies “bold, disinhibited egotism”, ostensibly fuelled by delusions of grandeur. Chronic lying can reflect a chronic disregard for the objective well-being of others and just objectivity generally. In this sense, morality has been suspended in, or ejected from the personality. Needless to say this places all of us in very disturbing territory because these characteristics have been there for all to see over the past year and even earlier.

We can also observe such behavior in the people who immediately surround us. Challenge even a small belief or habit and they over-react in a way that should alarm even the most sublime of optimists. Why should there be surprise that we saw bigotry, sexism, racism and compulsive narcissism that we have never seen before in a candidate running for a high political office in the United States? And yet we were surprised. But he won the election anyway and most people didn’t think he would. In a post-truth crisis, everything ends up under the epistemological microscope – including the odd couples: expected/unexpected, normal/abnormal, sanity/insanity; superior/inferior; legitimate/illegitimate, moral/immoral, individual/State and truthfulness/falsity. President Trump is a very uncomfortable and very concentrated reflection of disturbing behavioral trends that have been growing in the society as a whole – especially since the 1990’s. He is a reflection of ourselves. Narcissism is everywhere. And when it is at an advanced phase, it is difficult to recognize it in oneself.

An important question to be asking throughout this unfolding ‘post-truth’ crisis is how much of the symptoms under discussion here are systemic and how much are rooted in the specifics of the individual. In the case of Mr. Trump, we are seeing the marriage of both. Specific characteristics in Trump have combined with a system that has now reached a point of chronic excess. The excess itself is hydra-headed and has spawned a universal me-first culture with unmediated narcissism as rampant as addictive consumerism. Take the symptomatic example of a driver totally consumed by their cell phone at 50 miles per hour in a city. The fact is whatever is going on with them it is more important than the objective consequences of rear-ending an innocent driver in front of them; passing through a red light and hitting a turning car; striking a pedestrian or hitting a cyclist. When confronted, what is exhibited first is a defensive posture with no remorse whatsoever. In my view this remorseless narcissism has become rampant and makes Trump the current social norm, not any sort of exception. All that is exceptional is his position. Many aspects of the system we live by are fostering and even coercing a ubiquitous, systemic narcissism that is altering cognitive aptitude and sensibility. This in turn makes more and more people prone to social media while shutting off human-to-human skills. I believe Hitler also became exceptionally narcissistic and self-serving while also getting caught up in an indulgence in the latest trends in gadgetry, weaponry, communications, transportation and so forth.

Meanwhile, within this system, a super-wealthy elite are commanding too much power from the top. At the very top, this power seems to consolidate Big Oil with Central Banking and control of the Military-Industrial-Machinery – which includes clandestine intelligence + covert operations. A knowledgeable historian might interject at this point: “So what else is new? This is old hat. Minus a gadget or two; a vehicle or two; a bomb or two and we always had hypocritical and cunning wolves preying on naïve, consumerist sheep; predators and prey. We have never advanced beyond this social structure created by Nature herself.” Nobody would ever say this historian was wrong. However it still isn’t the whole story, the whole truth. The whole truth is always more than any single human statement that can be said about it. Mankind is still more than just predator/prey. And this more, this extra something is being tested right now in more or less everybody by degree. A dictatorship will limit the test, restrict the challenge and bounty of what can be learned, while it also falsifies the nature of the truth.

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I think what most people under-estimated during the 2016 election ordeal was the heart of the public itself. Perhaps the ‘more’, or ‘extra something’ just mentioned, has something to do with ‘heart’ and the direction it takes when it comes to a big fork in the road. But in the 2016 election we were all too hypnotized and even shocked by Trump’s crude narcissism to remember the “people”. And the press didn’t cover Bernie Sanders enough to expose the connection he was forming with the people – including youth. People have instincts, but politicians and professionals are so busy trying to manipulate the public and its interconnected web of instincts that they refuse to pay any genuine attention to those collective instincts being carted around inside real, flesh and blood people. The attention, as an objective concern, stops short with the manipulation, the strategy, the post-truth talking points. And this is how more and more of us are treating each other. They/us dismiss this vast resource of ‘truth’ as part of a self-serving strategy that ends up unseating truth from its objective and legitimate position in the social order – that in turn impacts the axis of the individual self: not just its maintenance, but also its transformation. The vast resource of truth, as a result, is narrowed down in order to advance one’s own specific agenda. Nazi Germany was programmed to serve Hitler’s agenda and a tight core who were loyal to that ‘plan’ and intended to enforce it Unfortunately the plan was both brutally crude and naively romantic. After the deaths of over 60,000,000 people around the world – with more civilian casualties than combat casualties – the ‘Nazi’ pathology went into remission. But it has never been too far below the surface, ever since, just waiting for cracks in the system through which to seize power. One of the most gaping cracks opened wide in 2016.

This disconnect between the professional manipulator/shaper/exploiter and the mass-they-want-to-shape becomes a key component in the post-truth phenomenon – a systemic component whereby objective facts [truth] become refugees in their own domain. We are trained by the whole system to let ourselves – our emotions and opinions – be shaped by ‘authorities’ – from advertizing to propaganda, to education, to religious expression, to our own parents. But we are not taught how to resist the “opinion-shaping” process. Part of the progress of the last few decades – which started for me around 1976 – has been to learn to resist creatively by following down the truth as far as you can and as far as it will take you. But it can be dangerous as everybody knows and you can be left high and dry with no security. It has always perturbed me the way millions so readily jump on band wagons or swallow lies dished out by governments, or in advertisements, or in public relation stunts – just because these outlets appear authoritative. But then the same could be said for religion: we take literally episodes in scriptures that were only intended as metaphor, myth or symbol. The problem of truth and its orientation in our minds and in our society, is age-old: we are prone innately to mix our metaphors, turning truth inside-out, requiring extraordinary tribulations or even pilgrimages to set truth right again.

At some point if this process of being manipulated by professionals of all pedigrees goes unchecked, the multi-leveled depletion it causes and the accumulation of extraneous guilt that accompanies it, compels the public to cease trusting all authorities and all media – in their hearts – which is why diligent fact-checking – though not particularly sexy – must never cease! It creates a long-term bond of trust among people. When a severe disconnect has occurred between a significant authority – such as the Commander-in-Chief of the USA – and the Media, then the populace finds itself in a social crisis in which democracy has been either informally suspended or flagrantly outlawed. The government is now ready to use the military or special police forces to carry out its agenda. Without objective facts and objective communication, freedom cannot navigate in the fog and murk of post-truth waters. The police and the military require objective facts just like everybody else. Behind the badges, the uniforms, the weapons, the job description and even the decorations, they are human beings like all of us. So in the end, nobody is secure in any post-truth ocean.

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                                   2016 Election

The public had come to associate Hillary and Bill Clinton with the Establishment or Ruling Elite – well before the 8 Nov/2016 election. This ‘Elite’ included the Bush group. The Establishment had garnered a reputation across millions of people for being self-serving in the extreme. But they were also seen as both incompetent and dishonest resulting not just in voter fatigue but in a leadership vacuum heading into the primaries. This is when Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump made an appearance – both anomalies in the conventional and not particularly dynamic, money-ruled American electoral process. For these reasons, the leadership vacuum ran deeper than anyone was prepared for. But it was too easy to be distracted by the theatrics – most notably Trump’s One-Man Show – and to end up hypnotized by the dark shadow it was casting beyond even the borders of America. Just what was this Establishment that the public suddenly had trouble swallowing for another 4 years? The decisive rejection of Jeb Bush in the early stages of the process by the public might offer a clue. Who or what are the Bushes?

As it turns out to answer this question requires a book and more than one author. I can only scratch the surface here. The research is both painful and copious and most problematical of all – impossible to complete because so much of the Bush history is significantly covert, tied as it is to banking, oil, weapons, drugs and ultimately piracy and war. Within the proclaimed Christian moral and ethical structure of the United States, many of their actions had to be covered up – more or less by general consent – in order to avoid exposing fundamental inconsistencies in American values and American leadership. If Americans did not want to appear as penultimate hypocrites at the UN and around the world, ingenious cover ups had to become a critical component in all “national security strategies”. For this to work, the Bushes had to get involved in propaganda needed to convince the public that America had serious enemies that posed serious, imminent risks to America’s national security. This practice has been perpetuated right into the current crisis of the Trump administration – including a public reaction to distorted images and information about Muslims and Islam.

But so many years of both propaganda and cover-ups have contributed enormously to the current leadership vacuum in America and in the world – most notably – the disconnect between the will of the government and the needs of the people and our collective residual incapacity – as one very important example – to control the proliferation of military arsenals and equipment as if the military has become the prime religion of the world – or perhaps the word “Idolatry” might be more accurate. Moreover this obsession with the Idolatry of Weaponry and the fear-based psychology that accompanies it, has been at the expense of understanding and protecting the diverse ecological web that we now rather flatly label the Earth’s Environment as if somehow human and animal life and the flora upon which they depend were completely separate from the Earth’s Environment – atmosphere included – that embraces all of it. The increasing disconnect between human consumerist society and our living environment is one of the chronic symptoms of a post-truth world, amplified by the fact that the Establishment and now the new President, both deny complex scientific data that demonstrates how humans are altering the planet in a disruptive manner and at an accelerating pace, producing what can be called “Manmade Climate Change”. The Establishment thinks “exploitation for profit”. It does not think “Conservation” or “Preservation”. It does not think “Wholeness” and it certainly does not think “Harmony”. Without conflict as a prime condition it cannot advance a self-serving agenda set on exploiting as much of Earth’s resources as it possibly can.

For all these reasons the voter public understandably demonstrated caution and restraint during the 2016 election process – except for the split-reaction to the unprecedented spectacle put on by Donald Trump. With respect to the Earth’s ecology that everybody depends on – making it the most democratic reality of all – the United States power structure – Government + Corporate – has decided to offer no leadership of any kind – quite the contrary as exhibited at the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference (7-18 Nov/2016) that took place at the same time as the election itself   – deciding instead to push a neo-fascist-like “Me-First” agenda come hell or high water – an attitude that greatly lowered the morale at the conference in Morocco . But this Me-First-American agenda does not benefit the population as a whole. In effect, unless the Trump-Trend is reversed, the United States has, for all intents and purposes, declared Ecological War on the rest of mankind – including its own citizens. It has done so in the name of Judeo-Christian-White-Anglo-American values and ‘truth’, behind which lies rapacious, corporate greed. Given my own personal lifelong sensitivity to degraded air quality, I regard this as a genuine form of terrorism. And because of my sensitivity to artificial chemicals of all denominations, I feel like an outsider to this Judeo-Christian-White-Anglo-American assault on our environment. But of course having said that, I found environments in India, Cairo, London, Budapest, etc. even more difficult to bear than most American environments. I believe America can easily fix its air quality problems (as well as water, soil, food), but for the moment it is not in the interests of Big Money and Big Oil – nor the hateful motives of the Christian Right – to do so. And with current trends under Trudeau and Trump, neither Canada nor the USA seem to be concerned about Asian air quality problems either – even though those problems are helping to push hydrocarbon counts in the atmosphere permanently above 400 ppm as of 2016. The current Trump administration has even begun to discuss how it intends to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency – that every living, sentient creature that moves and breathes within the borders of the United States, universally depends upon for the enforcement of acceptable safety standards between industry and life itself. As everybody knows all too well, the consumer alone is incapable of safe-guarding the environment without laws in place. Millions will buy anything that is sold – no matter how dangerous – unless it is prohibited by law. Little wonder that serious psychologists and psychiatrists around the country have had to weigh in on the situation: the possible onset, not of mere power-driven hysteria, but a Right-Wing Psychosis.

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The Bush group, in truth, goes back in an unbroken chain to Samuel Bush, president of Rockefeller-owned Buckeye Steel Castings Co. – who worked his way onto the “War Industries Board”, that some consider the forerunner to what Dwight Eisenhower referred to as the Military-Industrial-Complex – as chief of the Ordnance, Small Arms and Ammunition Section in charge of small arms, ammunition and the companies that make them, such as Remington and Buckeye itself (gun barrels) – in the middle of World War 1 – earning him the disenchanting title, known within some circles, as “A Merchant of Death”. Percy Rockefeller and Samuel Pryor’s Remington Arms was supplying everybody – all sides – with automatic pistols, machine guns and rifles. To a capitalist multi-national corporation this of course makes great sense; to a monopolist it makes even more sense. But to a nation at war, it is treason because ‘our’ guns are killing our men and probably prolonging what was already an overly long tribulation – making a spiteful mockery of the concept known as “Patriotism”. Moreover, the taxpayers – responding to very persuasive propaganda with patriotic fervor – were paying for production, so the term “Merchant of Death” that came out of Senator Nye’s 1934 hearings that attacked Remington and specific British companies for war profiteering and worse – is probably an accurate appellation.  The taxpayer pays for production; the arms manufacturers don’t share the profits with the taxpayer. Instead they get fat with both money and arrogance. It almost reads like a law of nature as if revealed to Rockefeller at about the same time he learned how to refine crude oil and eliminate all competition while he was doing it. He then set the pace for everybody else, which included Samuel Bush who became CEO of one of his companies within the railway (steel) and arms industries.

Samuel Bush seems to have passed on to his son, Prescott Bush, the secrets of learning to arm both sides of a conflict; how to set the conflict in motion and then reap profits by selling weapons to both sides during the course of the conflict – but he wasn’t alone in the acquisition of this ‘wisdom’ – there was Rockefeller, Pryor, Dillon, Lovett, Bernard Baruch. Baruch was the head of the War Industries Board – a man many refer to as an “Industrial Dictator” and some think he may have profited in excess of the extraordinary sum of $200,000,000 from World War 1 as did Rockefeller largely through banking – no doubt courtesy of the Federal Reserve System that as of two years earlier Rockefeller now co-owned with a handful of other cartel members!!!  It is interesting to note that Winston Churchill referred to Baruch as his “favorite American” even as the big munitions makers were sending agents around the world to sell their wares to both sides of a conflict. Perhaps he meant that the incredibly cagey Baruch – who knew how to operate from behind the ‘legitimate façade’ of the U.S. Government to sanction the dark aims of the ‘Death Merchants’ – had never steered him wrong, no matter what calamitous twist history threw at the citizens of the earth: whether it be crashed stock markets or world wars. Baruch knew how to navigate the rich through to more wealth than what they had before the crash or before the war. So, Samuel Bush, entrusted with small arms and ammunition, was keeping big company as he helped set prices and determine what military goods should be produced by private industry and which companies received the contracts. This was pure monopolistic profiteering through the unilateral autonomy of the War Industries Board and the cunning of Bernard Baruch. Through the use of propaganda this Establishment learned that it was possible to get the taxpayer to pay your production costs for the war. The urgency surrounding war – no matter how fabricated – and the emotional hysteria and fear engulfing it, made it the favorite profiteering method for Big Money. Regrettably most of the records and communications that concerned Samuel Bush’s section of the War Industries Board were ‘intentionally’ burned, preventing us from knowing the truth about this “Merchant of Death Class” that has played so foundational a role in American history, commerce and culture.  The fact that “Merchant of Death” and “Nazi” are practically synonyms is stating the obvious.  But it helps to be reminded. Let’s call it a common preoccupation. For some, Remington was to World War 1 what Haliburton was to the Iraq War.

But from his father’s participation in Bernard Baruch’s “War Industries Board”, Prescott Bush had managed to gain entrance into the Eastern Establishment controlled by the Harrimans, Rockefellers, Lovetts, Du Ponts, etc. and was soon partnering with George Herbert Walker, E. Roland Harriman and W. Averell Harriman himself – the railway giant with a flair for international power politics that helped make the rich a whole lot richer and a whole lot more powerful in both America and Britain. Together, Harriman and Bush, with help from Walker, Robert A. Lovett, Samuel F. Pryor (and Samuel F. Pryor Jr., also campaign official for Wendel Wilkie’s 1940 presidential bid against Franklin D. Roosevelt that was financed by Nazi money  through William Rhodes Davis), Rockefeller, Max, Paul and Felix Warburg, Clarence Dillon, Allen and John Foster Dulles, John McCloy, Walter Teagle, Sosthenes Behn, William Farish and so on and so forth, helped invest in the development of Nazi Germany from the ruins of the Treaty of Versailles (1919). With their investment bank in New York they literally protected, laundered and partnered in the wealth of Hitler’s biggest and almost-earliest supporter (Emil Kirdorf was first): Fritz Thyssen of “Vereinigte Stahlwerke”, who with Friedrich Flick (and others) raised Hitler and his National Socialists out of poverty and disrespect into visible, social respectability and credibility underscoring a huge lesson: the financial powers behind a struggling political candidate may carry more weight than the candidates themselves. The unobstructed relationship between Big Money and a political candidate can be both profoundly corrupt and catastrophically destructive.

Harriman/Walker/Bush also helped develop various industries in Germany and Poland that benefited both American multi-national corporations and Nazi industry simultaneously through men like Fritz Thyssen, Friedrich Flick, Baron Kurt von Schroeder, Johann Groeninger (a shareholder of Bush-run United Banking Corporation), Albert Voegler and eventually others like Krupp, von Schnitzler, etc. Most prominent in this respect is probably their connections to United Steel Works, I.G. Farben and hence Standard Oil in New Jersey, and a new German Steel Trust that did its banking through Dillon Read of New York. They also had Silesian-American Corporation, Consolodated Silesian Steel Corp and Upper Silesian Coal in Poland (co-owned with Flick) that supplied steel, among, other things to Hitler’s war machine. They also controlled the Hamburg-Amerika Line that eventually merged with North German Lloyd Co (Hapag-Lloyd, 4 Nov/1933) once the Nazis were in power. They had powerful ties to High Street in London and hence the Bank of England that also had Hitler’s banker, Hjalmar Schacht, in its clutches through the very influential, dictatorial and avid, Hitler-supporting “Monty” Norman who headed up the Bank of England – itself closely associated with the very powerful private banking house in the USA known as Brown Brothers Harriman (formed by merger in 1931 – in the middle of the 1929-31 stock market crash and run by Prescott Bush and Thatcher Brown) through its link to Brown, Shipley in London of which Norman was a partner. Prescott Bush dealt with the “Hitler” project while Thatcher Brown dealt with England. This Brown Brothers Harriman merger in 1931, along with the Harriman-Bush holding company named Harriman 15 Corporation that controlled the flow of commerce between Germany and the USA, may also have been the turning point for Hitler. That was the year Fritz Thyssen finally joined the Nazi party. In the midst of the crashed economic condition in America, Germany and England, Anglo-American wealth finalized the intention of getting Hitler into power in Germany with an eye to a war that would greatly surpass WW I in profits. The war industry from a financial perspective was mushrooming in all categories: from aviation to rocket-science to the physics of the atomic nucleus. A normal citizen must keep reminding themselves that what to us signals mass-death and destruction of environment + property, to military industrialists and bankers represents stratospheric profits. They dismiss the loss of life as part of their ‘Machiavellian-Existentialist-Entitlement Package’. They also dismiss the fact that a police state automatically dismantles unions as well as civil liberties replacing these things with slave labor and/or low wages whenever possible. The urgency of war pitted against an imminent threat is always the justification. Once Hitler had succeeded in becoming dictator, Thyssen and Flick started to make huge sums of money and an equally huge amount of that money overflowed through a Thyssen bank account set up in Holland (Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart) – across the Atlantic into the Harriman/Walker/Bush United Banking Corporation where Prescott Bush handled the day-to-day operations of the “Hitler Project”, while E. Roland Harriman owned most of its shares and was one of its directors.

The Hamburg-Amerika Line was even instrumental in distributing propaganda against the German government when it attempted to disband Hitler’s 300,000-400,000 strong private army. Eventually this darkly opportunistic decision lead to a monumental war industry that was able to procure unspeakable profits out of unspeakable destruction – despite government intervention via The Trading With the Enemy Act that bore down on Hamburg-Amerika, Union Banking Corporation, Holland America Trading Corporation, Seamless Steel Equipment Corp, Silesian-American Corp, Standard Oil, etc. Whatever this wealthy Anglo-American elite thought they were doing it is difficult for most of us to see any ‘sanity’ in its vision. Decades later – following 9/11 – the same Anglo-American alliance by continuity of both bloodline and philosophy, fronted by yet another Bush – this time the Commander-in-Chief himself – referred to Muslims as the “Axis of Evil”, but yet did not seem to believe for one millisecond that the same title could be applied to their own ideological thrust going back to World War 1 and on into the even more destructive World War 2. But they didn’t see the destruction and loss of freedoms as we the people do – especially those who live precariously day to day. What they saw was immense profit. The bigger the war and the more destruction that ensued – the more money they made. I don’t know how much money Prescott Bush made with Harriman et al, but it was substantial enough to pass on to his son, George H. W. Bush. And this money as it turns out came from unspeakable activities in the war in Europe, from the Soviet Union to Ukraine; from Poland to France; from the English Channel to Auschwitz. Incredibly, one of the key men who helped build the Auschwitz enterprise that started as a slave labor camp that in turn supplied labor to “Consolidated-Silesian Steel” and “Upper Silesian Coal and Steel” was William Stamps Farish II, Chairman, President and CEO of Standard Oil through a powerful, international cartel-link to I.G. Farben and the man who took the fall for Rockefeller when the government clamped down on Americans profiteering with the Nazi order. Farish had lied to the U.S. Navy about his activities, but was in fact supplying the German air force and submarines with gasoline and tetra-ethyl (for airplane fuel) – a strictly patented product that gave the Nazis a very obvious advantage. Farish died in disgrace, 29 Nov/ 1942, but 38 years later, in 1980, William Farish III (American Ambassador to UK 2001-2004) took over the job of managing George H. W. Bush’s personal financing just as Bush became Vice President under Ronald Reagan. Farish, Rockefeller, Prescott Bush, Averell Harriman, Allen and John Foster Dulles, etc. – all were involved in Auschwitz when it was being built as a forced-labor camp from joint Nazi/American industry to manufacture synthetic rubber, steel, chemicals and so forth. It might be seen as a sort of enduring gesture of omerta that Bush would reward Farish III after Farish II had been forsaken by Rockefeller. Bush also hired William Farish IV as a personal aide when he was in the White House. The US Government could come down on Farish with Senator Harry Truman’s zealous committee in 1942, but not Standard Oil; not Rockefeller, not I.G. Farben American; not ITT, not Ford and G.M. and Harriman 15 Company and Chase Bank and DuPont. To bring down the big fish would bring American morale and cohesion to its knees and after Pearl Harbor the country was geared for war. With help from the Dulles Brothers and John McCloy, they figured out how to keep the profits coming in. Farish had pleaded guilty before Truman’s committee. He was fined, but not imprisoned. Some think his 29 Nov death in 1942 may have remained an untold story and was part and parcel of how the war went forward. To be consistent, Truman should have gone after Rockefeller, Harriman, John Foster Dulles, George Herbert Walker, Du Pont, Ford and Prescott Bush, etc. But this didn’t happen. The corporate imperative of war trumped every other consideration. Once these industrial giants whether in America, Britain, Russia, Germany, Japan, China, Canada, Italy, etc, had committed to massive production – there was no turning back. With Patriotism as its mask, greed fed the beast and then cut it loose to rampage on foreign soil for profit.

Once this technique of profit extraction has been grasped – no matter how hard it is to accept, then one understands why it is factually covered up and why covert techniques become so important in banking, law, politics, shipping and of course the propaganda itself. This is why John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and John McCloy of Sullivan & Cromwell legal firm were such important players in the financing of Nazi Germany. They were masters at hiding the truth: the real intentions and objectives behind the propaganda. And this mastery has contributed to the current post-truth crisis we face now. The professional practice of concealing the truth by law firms, governments and multi-national corporations has gone on unbroken for a couple of hundred years. 2016 just seems to have been a year where it has broken the surface in a very messy manner. Some sort of threshold has been reached. The pressure of excess covert activity has broken the veneer of credibility that we once accepted – mostly falsely – as the unavoidable ‘business of national security’. In 2016, millions at once seemed to see clearly, that without some bottom-line layer of truth, some reasonable proportion of truthful exchange, democracy cannot function. Lying appeared undemocratic and truthful exchange appeared to be the only viable currency for democracy to operate.

Considering the importance of the environment in a democracy, the denial, or the proliferation of lies regarding the environment, can be construed as extremely undemocratic, implying that laws designed to protect the democratic foundation of the environment must be strengthened all around the world. Instead of strengthening this multi-stranded democratic currency on 8 Nov/2016 we got the quagmire of Donald Trump where truth and lies have no distinction. When wealth inequality in a money-dominated system, has reached an extreme point, it has the capacity to totally separate the engine form the rest of the train. While a narcissistic party rages in the cabin – the rest of the train – the whole nation – slowly comes to a stop and will have to find a new engine – or democracy will cease to be.

But democracy was exactly what the Nazis did not want back in the 20th Century! It seems the current American government, as of February 2017, isn’t all that keen on democracy either! To get rid of it and what they called ‘the communist threat’, the Nazis made it clear to all industrialists whose funds and industries they sought in support of their bid for a massive military build-up, that they required absolute power without being hampered in any way by the democratic constitution imposed by the Weimar Government. The symbol of that Weimar Democracy was the Reichstag Parliament Building, that 7 days following a secret, but decisive fundraiser with prominent industrialists in Hermann Goering’s residence in Berlin, was catastrophically burned by an act of arson, blamed by the Nazis on a deranged communist – setting in motion the very seizure of absolute power mentioned by Hitler in a 90 minute speech 7 days earlier (20 Feb, 1933) to the industrialists, who then handed over a load of money to help the National Socialists with the election process.

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                                       CONFLICT CONTROL

While US corporations – like Union Banking Corp which was the New York office for Thyssen-Flick’s “German Steel Trust” – guided by Harriman, Walker, Prescott Bush, Allen and John Foster Dulles, Farish and Teagle of Standard Oil, etc, were helping Germany rebuild, in what has been coined the “Hitler Project” (New York office at 39 Broadway), Averell Harriman was also busy in Moscow helping the Soviet Union, under Stalin – the next most ruthless dictator of the era (until Chairman Mao in China) – to convert to a Super-power. This meant even more weapons added to the global picture; more oil production and consumption, mining for the steel industry, tank construction, consumption of rubber, etc. And all of this investment and industry was built upon non-democratic political forces – including ruthless labor camps – that ultimately destroyed the middle class and essentially enslaved the working class and then resulted in the catastrophic loss of millions of human lives. And nobody, not Einstein, not Bertrand Russell; no group or organization, no Church, no Pope, no government, no nation, no Federation – nobody could put the brakes on such a systematic display of human psychosis. Had everybody succumbed to the same psychosis? And if so, why? In the name of emotion. In the name of public opinion. In the name of belief. In the name of sacrosanct, fear-fuelled PATRIOTISM – nation by nation – we all went valiantly, while quivering in our boots, into a wasteland so violent the devil himself had to run and hide under a rock. This is post-truth folly at its highest and it has become a legacy that Obama did not create and that Trump did not create – but rather it is a legacy they inherited. Neither can be called “the” Post-truth President, but like Bush and Clinton all the way back to Woodrow Wilson – they are a state-sanctioned lineage of ‘post-truth presidents’, where truth becomes the first casualty of the aims and desires of Big Business – itself driven, perhaps, by a singular, simple, powerful taproot – that can be caught in a simple motto: Profit is Rational. Worse than the ‘rationality of profit’, is to have no money at all. When mired in the humiliation of having no money, it becomes amply understandable why it is more difficult for a rich man to give up his riches than it is to turn to the guest seated next to you and ask: “Excuse me, but do you mind if we begin talking about the elephant-in-this-room? Unfortunately he has just stepped on my foot!”

If we would talk about the Elephant-in-the-Room – early enough – he wouldn’t grow so big. Hitler knew how to talk fast enough and with the requisite urgency; but also with the requisite secrecy to outpace everybody. BUT HE ALSO MADE STRATEGIC USE OF A PRIVATE ARMY PAID FOR BY THE HARRIMAN/THYSSEN PARTNERSHIP. Violent intimidation and shock can go far to slow down a democratically-motivated ‘enemy’. Harriman/Walker/Bush/Rockefeller as well as Warburg /Farish/Ford/Behn, all understood the importance of this massive private army and made sure it was well maintained. Meanwhile Hitler had worked a lot of his combative talk out in Mein Kampf from 1923 to 1925. To extract money from the industrialists he combined Darwinism with a very rabid anti-Communism combined with what became overt anti-Semitism as he promoted White Supremacy as a critical component in his ideological drive. ‘To be the fittest in the survival game: if one wished to successfully resist the communists, only the Nazi Party had the National Will to build a military force strong enough to overcome the growing threat. But time was of the essence.’ In the end, the number one rallying cry for the Nazis was to generate the greatest possible military machine ever seen – a principle echoed by the American neo-Conservatives between 1992 and 1997 – quite as if this Right-Wing urge by Anglo-Aryan-American males, for world domination through unspeakable weapons of mass destruction, was cyclic in nature. One of the more important cycles runs in 60 year increments. If it’s any consolation, the same 60 years can apply to creative episodes as well as destructive episodes.  Clearly this implies a potential battle between the two forces in cycles of 60 years.

In a post-truth crisis, even the truth itself – when taken out of context – can become the most dangerous of lies. People end up believing and even accepting things that they themselves, when left to their own devices, fundamentally do not agree with and would never implement. They accept it in large part due to the power of the promoter’s presentation.

Back in 1933, the industrialists grasped the principle of War-for-Profit and instantly realized that Hitler was their man. With sanction from Monty Norman-handled Hjalmar Schacht – the host of the secret 20 Feb/1933 meeting – the industrialists were on board and even felt that Germany once again had a future. One week later, the Reichstag burned in dramatic fashion as if the Phoenix itself had willed it and Hitler was a mere heartbeat away from achieving his wish: Absolute Power and the complete dismantling of democratic procedure among civilized human beings. It does not seem coincidental that the mandate of the neo-Cons – in our time – appeared in a manner that paralleled the rise of the Nazis. Without the burning of the Reichstag Parliament Building the Nazis lacked an expeditious and timely rallying cry. Without the trauma of 9/11 and somebody already tarnished in the public memory to blame for the horror, the neo-Con agenda was also not going to advance in a timely manner. Jeb Bush was an active member of that agenda. To expedite it, it made sense if his brother were in the White House surrounded by neo-Cons able to get around democratic procedure.

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The cover-up of the details of America’s elaborate involvement in the vast military build-up of Nazi Germany, blocking protest in the US; preventing legitimate interests in Germany from re-acquiring German steel works, cable lines and so forth; re-routing post-Versailles debt money so it could be used by a Hitler decree strictly for the meteoric build up of the Wehrmacht within Germany instead of flowing back to American investors (and others) to whom it was owed; blocking the democratic bid to disband Hitler’s enormous private army – all this was covered up. One important exception was John L. Spivak’s  “Wall Street’s Fascist Conspiracy” written up in the New Masses periodical (Jan 29 and Feb 5, 1934). Spivak describes how the influential Warburgs (Paul M. Warburg had helped create and personally named the Federal Reserve Act) had complete control over the Jewish community in America by controlling the American Jewish Committee that opposed the anti-Nazi boycott and was able to silence all, much-needed Jewish protest against what was happening in Germany! The Warburgs were major participants in the Establishment itself – part owners of the Federal Reserve ‘cartel’, chemicals, railways, etc. They stood to make a huge profit provided the war went forward. But had they helped stop Hitler when there was still time – by encouraging and supporting a major outcry – millions of fellow Jews might have survived over in Germany, Poland, former Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Hungary and so forth – instead of perishing in agony, humiliation, fear and incomprehensible shame. But no, the Machiavellian reinvestment in downtrodden Germany that started in the 1920’s; the build-up of its Wehrmacht, and pitting it against England and the newly built-up Soviet Union, constituted a sweeping and irresistible profiteering venture whereby a carefully positioned elite stood to make vast fortunes and then were further positioned to control the equally profitable reconstruction after 6 years of catastrophic and unprecedented destruction – under the guidance of John McCloy (CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, World Bank, IMF, etc) as U.S. High Commissioner to war-devastated Germany and no surprise, Averell Harriman who administered Marshall Plan aid. Also not surprising, McCloy guided Germany into NATO and thus legitimized the reconstruction of its military a mere ten years after 1945. McCloy’s powers in Germany, when combined with Harriman, were almost dictatorial allowing him to infamously overturn the Nuremberg verdict against the equally infamous Krupp family – industrialists famous for the manufacturing of steel, artillery, ammunition, battleships, U-boats, tanks and other armaments – who had been present at Schacht’s secret fundraiser for Hitler one week before the burning of the Reichstag. In overturning the verdict against Krupp, McCloy was overturning a verdict against the largest Merchant of Death in German history, a family that spanned 400 years in the Essen industrial area, having been the arms manufacturer for the Kingdom of Prussia and the German Empire! It also produced the steel to build America’s railways. In 1999 it merged with Thyssen to form ThyssenKrupp AG. Despite a progressive attitude toward workers’ rights, with Hitler in power Krupp agreed to the use of forced labor to advance the power of the Third Reich. Auschwitz began as a forced labor camp, as stated earlier.

These are some of the odds that “truth” faces in its interminable, terrestrial peregrination where it too experiences its own profound struggle for survival. The beautiful lamb of truth is so easily caught in the barbed wire of covert machinations. Spivak was able to attack the Warburgs for silencing American Jewry but did not attack Harriman who was a beloved hero of the Soviet Union while he simultaneously helped the rise of the most fanatical ant-Communist to date: Adolph Hitler. The New Masses was a pro-communist periodical, blinded by a fervor of its own. But we have been indoctrinated since school to pick a side. Only cowards won’t pick a side. However, being born on the other side of the proverbial tracks from we the mass of side-pickers, Harriman was uniquely positioned to break all rules! Instead of picking a side, he could play the sides against one another! He rode down the middle of the tracks in a ‘gilded rail carriage’ filled with cigar smoke that elevated him beyond all good and all evil. By playing both sides simultaneously against each other, accompanied by the highest war-time death toll in history, Harriman earned a genuine post-truth title – the ‘Academy Award’ of Clandestine America: “One of the Six Wise Men” [of the Establishment]. Prescott Bush was his operational partner at home (New York) in conjunction with George Herbert Walker. Prescott married a daughter of George Herbert Walker and from that marriage came George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Once one appreciates the magnitude of the German reconstruction process – post 1945 – guided by the tight partnership between Harriman and McCloy, it comes as no surprise that McCloy himself was also on the list of the “Six Wise Men”. One wonders how closely related a ‘wise man’ is in this instance to a ‘wise guy’ – when applied to the underworld of organized crime bosses. In any case, however ‘wise’ they were, Prescott Bush was the man who performed a huge percentage of the daily operations that supported those titles. And one of the most important of these operations has been referred to as the “Hitler Project“, run predominantly by the hard-working Prescott Bush, father of America’s 41st President.

If you find yourself asking just what it is in a man that moves him to help facilitate so much mass-death – beyond the rationality of profit, or maybe the infinite temptation of power – or maybe the subterfuge called “the balance of power” – you would not be alone in your question. Moreover your question might be one of the ‘unanswerables’. The reservoir of unanswerables also flows like ground water into a post-truth environment. Like all groundwater everywhere, it is worthy of protection because it knows how to change. From it truth springs anew. And maybe it is this ‘unanswerable’ domain from which art, religion, humanism, creativity, morality all spring from: things we can’t explain and that all too often we learn from the least among us, not from the ‘wise’ or the ‘perfect’, or the ‘great’, or the ‘righteous’ or the ‘strong’.

                 Post-Drought California – Feb, 2017

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                  The rain returned and it all became green again!

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“There is no historic parallel that can be drawn, nothing compares with the accomplishments of the Bush family. No dictator or tyrant can equal the suffering and destruction they have wrought on humanity, as they are not mere tyrants themselves, but the makers and breakers of tyrants, the organizers and profiteers of war and death. They are not alone and solely responsible for creating the present day military industrial complex, however since 1915 the Bush family has been directly involved in World War One and Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, numerous CIA secret wars, the Gulf War, and now a “Never Ending War”. The past four generations of this one family have had a hand in promoting and profiting from most of the major wars that America has waged since the beginning of the industrialized age”.

                                                              Schuyler Ebbets

                                                          “Post-truth”

‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than                 appeals to emotion and personal belief.’

                             (8 Nov, 2016, Oxford Dictionary)

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By 1939, Stalin seemed to trust the Non-Aggression Pact with Germany, signed 23 Aug, 1939. One wonders why he would unless advised by Harriman, America’s Ambassador. It is said that he had a nervous breakdown when Hitler violated the pact in June, 1941 and Harriman had to be present in Russia to guide things through. The loss of life in The Great Patriotic War is beyond comprehension. But Averell Harriman will always be beyond my comprehension as well. I cannot grasp the zeal as he financed and developed both sides simultaneously. World War 1 demonstrated the destructive force of modern weapons. World War 2 promised to be far worse. Did the Theatrics of Warfare – bombs, machine guns, chemical weapons, prisons, concentration camps, reckless shootings at point blank range – did these displays of human brutality satisfy, or fail to satisfy, a bottomless need for adventure – something to overcome the boredom of excess privilege? He could have used his countless millions and his vast influence to support and cultivate human understanding of the power and benefits of dynamic peace. That’s a challenge if ever there was one. We all get so caught up in the dramatic details, the explosions and the body-counts, that we forget that Harriman was positioned from the early 20’s to help block the rise of Nazism. Therefore, drenched in the details of a 6-year catastrophe – we cannot understand that rather than encourage peace this “Establishment Wise Man” had in fact been a prime mover and architect, of what history will always know as, World War 2. The global trauma of this war has leeched into the soil of our contemporary Post-truth Era and it is generating everything from decadence to deception, to the greatest plain of uncertainty ever known by man.

                    Let’s Make Some Money, Pal!

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Averell Harriman with Joseph Stalin

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  Harriman and Stalin

And why did Harriman become one of the “Six Wise Men” of the Eastern Establishment, along with John McCloy, Robert A. Lovett (creator of the CIA)? Because he played his role so well? Because he managed everybody’s fear so well while his hand was picking their pockets? Because he wore expensive suits, expensive shoes and hung out with rich people? Because he knew how to negotiate with Dictators? Because he understood the bottom line: superior military + cheap labor?  Was it because he had grasped the essence of the perfect marriage between Hegel and Machiavelli? Know what outcome you want, then play Hegel’s thesis against its antithesis and presto – you will see that the end did justify the means!

We think of John McCloy not just as a CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, or as a Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, but as helping ex-Nazis get lighter sentences at Nuremberg and helping some of them after that get jobs in America so these men could continue on the ‘good fight’ unmolested by a democratic backlash in Germany: a primal scream for justice! We also recall that he was the spokesperson for the Warren Commission that helped smooth over inconsistencies that threatened the official story that a ‘deranged gunman”, acting alone, had killed President Kennedy from the 6th floor of a building on the motorcade route in Dallas, Texas back in 1963. Despite diverse evidence that opposes this simplistic narrative, McCloy and others of his ilk have managed to cover up a more complex and plausible account of the Kennedy murder to this day. To this day! It has become a convention like Santa Claus or the Immaculate Conception. Is there any wonder that we suddenly find ourselves meandering in a Post-truth Wasteland without a compass? We think of McCloy and Harriman as architects of the Cold War and the establishment of American supremacy – especially after the atomic bomb displayed its authoritarian and god-like Christian might over in Japan. But we don’t think of Harriman and Bush and McCloy and Rockefeller and the Dulles Brothers as architects of the world’s most destructive war to date. And why do we not think so? Because most of us don’t like war and so we can’t imagine that there are people who do. And I don’t mean that Harriman or Bush, or McCloy like fighting in wars themselves; I mean they relish the fruits of others fighting in wars. Most of us have been taught from a young age that killing is a crime. In the Bible killing is prohibited by one of Ten Commandments. It makes sense. We don’t want a stranger to break into our house and kill one of our family members. We don’t want a foreign power to break into our country and kill our citizens. By simple logic, then, why would a foreign power want us to break into their sovereign territory and kill their people? At the same time since so much of war and the strategies that bring it about are covert, we can never learn the truth from the history books. And this lack of truth – about both World Wars – has contributed to the leadership vacuum we face right now as we enter what Ralph Keyes named in 2004 “The Post-truth Era”: or have we entered what should be called “A Global Cold Truth War”?

Extreme wealth always prefers to deal with dictators like Josef Stalin or Adolph Hitler. With dictators there are no labor costs! Financial exchanges are more straight forward; the road to profit is more stream-lined. They prefer to get rid of people like Fidel Castro, Mohammad Mosaddegh, Salvador Allende: people who want to nationalize valuable shared resources. They want the resources, the money, the authority, the police, the military concentrated in as few hands as possible. That way there is more available for themselves. Temptation of biblical proportions!

So, these were some of the undemocratic forces and personalities that Prescott Bush was working very closely with all the way to 1972. And as it turned out, he was also instrumental in mentoring Richard Nixon from about 1947 (same time the CIA was formed under the direction of Robert Lovett’s commission) all the way to the White House (1969-1974) until he was forced to resign 2 years after Prescott Bush’s death almost 4 months after the Watergate crisis began. When Nixon resisted co-operating with a congressional investigation into his role in the Watergate mess – the cover-ups and denials and refusal to respond – led to a constitutional crisis for the United States. It is an interesting temporal coincidence that Prescott Bush’s death should coincide so tightly with a constitutional crisis for the nation as a whole. But he was a key member of the highly organized merchant of death class, dedicated to serving the profiteering practices and piracy of a wealthy elite. He worked the death trade in secret – depleting the lives of millions while hollowing out a post-truth void that could not possibly avoid a constitutional crisis. Nixon had a lot more to conceal than the mere, famed break-in itself. E. Howard Hunt had been caught and was in jail. Hunt was threatening to blow the cover on a lot more than just the Watergate break-in. Nixon knew this meant the “Bay of Pigs fiasco”, by which he himself, E. Howard Hunt and others meant the ‘Kennedy assassination’, about which Nixon (and George H. W. Bush) knew more than anybody knew they knew. And so 1972-74, when Nixon resigned and was quickly pardoned by President Gerald Ford – the director of the Warren Commission that concocted the “deranged, lone gunman” theory about Kennedy’s death – was more than just a constitutional crisis: it was a truth crisis. And since the truth is what we are, this generated an internal deviation within the American nation. America had been lied to about serious matters and was still being lied to. The lies were part and parcel of the constitutional crisis and when millions of youth feel lied to en masse they experience an unstable frustration that requires an outlet.

I’ll just mention briefly here that the birth of the word “post-truth” in print was prompted by three events in the mind of its creator – one of them being Watergate itself. One can easily sense why. Despite some valiant efforts, the public did not really get anything out of the Watergate lesson, because the whole thing remained expertly covered up. No progress was made on who or what was really behind the Bay of Pigs disaster. We gained no deeper insight into the CIA, nor its director, Allen Dulles who had helped cloak American profiteering in Nazi Germany. We did not learn how to reduce dangerous drugs in poverty-stricken environments – so rampant since 1965. It is an extraordinary feat – this American ability to hide profound criminal behavior capable of so much historic psychological, social and perhaps spiritual destruction of its own citizens and citizens abroad. And we came away without so much as an amendment to the Warren Commission’s trite explanation for Kennedy’s horrific ‘public sacrifice’.  In a gesture of articulate disgust the creator of the word “post-truth” was reacting to this astonishing capacity for covering up deception, greed, injustice, piracy, plunder and murder. But he blamed the average citizen for sitting still and allowing the stealthy bull to slam around in the china shop at will – albeit under cover of darkness.

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                                 George H. W. Bush

Right at about Prescott Bush’s death, his son, George H. W. Bush, started to become more active through the White House. He was so involved in ‘clandestine America’ and its objectives that I personally regard him as the single most ‘untold story’ in American history. He was fully aware that Watergate was but the tip of a very large iceberg that involved some of his own actions and offered unwavering support to Nixon who he had partnered with in the clandestine operation to get rid of Fidel Castro and restore the dictatorship of General Batista that would have pleased goliaths ranging from Sam Giancana to Chase Manhattan Bank of which John McCloy had been CEO. As a leader in the world of covert affairs, Bush was undoubtedly as aware of the Kennedy tragedy as he was aware of the attempted coup against Castro. It was his fate – not necessarily by absolute free choice – to be informed about underworld affairs whether they be those of the organized crime families of America or the organized families that prefer to attend Ivy League schools, build weapons of mass destruction while condemning others for doing the same, and who have a real fondness for living in the White House – even if the whole place were to be painted black.

Perhaps George H. W. Bush is just the ‘most censored story’ in American history unless David Rockefeller or Averell Harriman or George Herbert Walker were even more censored. Had the family not been so keen to name him after his maternal grandfather – a sign of considerable respect – he could have been called simply George Covert Bush. The first part of George H. W. Bush’s name comes from his grandfather, George Herbert Walker – chief partner to Averell Harriman and George’s father, Prescott Bush. It is very clear that these 3 powerful Americans shaped George H. W. Bush’s ingrained militancy and feelings of American Supremacy on planet earth, as well as his proclivity and talent for multi-layered secrecy – a talent that did not seem to get passed on to his son, President George W. Bush in the same supply. I always got the feeling that George W. Bush never really grasped why he was being told to lie to the American people whose destiny was clearly not being treated with the same urgent importance as their own. Like the multi-nationals they helped create, they were taught to use nations, not belong to one. Both George Herbert Walker and Averell Harriman were – like Allen and John Foster Dulles – masters of secrecy. A great deal of this secrecy undoubtedly rubbed off on the very loyal and quite competent and hard-working Prescott Bush. With George H. W. Bush the mastery of secrecy was still a growing science, but for George W. Bush it had been locked, perhaps, by the end of the Cold War and young George could sense the illegitimacy of his mission – being forced upon him by his father, Dick Cheney, the neo-Cons, High Street, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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But the difference between Bush and the men just described is that George H. W. Bush was inside the White House one way or the other for a total of 20 years! For the White House to remain ‘white’ and righteous in the eyes of the world and America, most of George H. W. Bush’s life had to be censored. And so America was being censored from itself. Self-knowledge seemed confoundingly stuck and despite the status-craze spawned by the 1980’s, could not be found even in the name of the car you were driving no matter what country it heralded from. With George H. W. Bush in the White House, it was like having a national brain lesion. It becomes impossible for the rest of the body to communicate with whole sections of the brain: the command central of the integrated, living personality. A lesion is no joke. Dysfunction sets in all too quickly. If America wanted to learn something about itself, it had to go to the movies – a romanticization of the truth that was still better than no truth at all. I learned the most from a handful of American movies made between 1969 and 1973 because they tried to tell the truth so we could feel what the Oval Office was doing its best to suppress – and what our own families were trying to suppress! Except for Godfather I, which acted as an epic metaphor for all of American life – not just underworld, organized, crime families – I am referring to a spate of much more modest film-making that set the stage for anti-war emotion to erupt between 1986 and 1989. An example of this gritty modesty is caught by Roger Ebert in a review for “Downhill Racer”, a film that has stuck in my mind to this day – because of a rugged honesty about real life competitive sports:

“Some of the best moments in “Downhill Racer” are moments during which nothing special seems to be happening. They’re moments devoted to capturing the angle of a glance, the curve of a smile, an embarrassed silence. Together they form a portrait of a man that is so complete, and so tragic, that “Downhill Racer” becomes the best movie ever made about sports — without really being about sports at all”.

                                Roger Ebert, Dec, 1969

For 20 years this most untold or most censored story in American history – was right there coming and going and even living inside the White House under our noses and most of us ended up benumbed by a man who just wasn’t what he appeared to be and yet we had no clue what that was – that was hiding behind the appearances! And this 20 year period began a mere 6 years after Nixon’s forced resignation. Bush was Vice-President for 8, President for 4 and his son was President for 8 – immediately following Bill Clinton. The authoritarian militancy of that period felt something like a hybrid-contemporary Bush-Coup. Anybody who speaks of a ‘dynasty’ or an Establishment, or a protracted, soft-core coup d’état is forgiven. This group undoubtedly treats the family dog with more care than the runt called “democracy” – the great trash receptacle for Elitist Disdain. The miracle of the 21st Century is that the word Democracy is still in the dictionary at all; that it can co-exist with the sprawling behemoth called “post-truth”. Though the Right-wing Backlash of 201-17 is doing its best, as we speak, to get rid of the whole thing if it can: the ‘trash’ and its ‘receptacle’! All I can say to that – knowing my own personality – is that without democracy and its principles, I would have perished years ago. I also need the EPA to hang on and get even stronger, not weaker. I need the “whole” food industry to get stronger and I need much stronger rules for reducing hydrocarbons that are getting into my lungs. This rapacious attack by the Right-Wingers on Democracy and its building blocks is disturbing in the extreme.

Little wonder that psychologists have come up with a term called “cognitive dissonance”. It seems to me that the whole country was experiencing something like “collective cognitive dissonance” throughout the 20 years just mentioned – as if whatever George H. W. Bush was saying to us, the truth was always something else. His contribution to the current power and leadership vacuum that Trump has roared in to fill up – with help from his backers and a band of disinhibited Nazis – cannot be measured. It is so detailed I can scarcely begin to discuss it here. In fact it is so detailed it scarcely seems credible to the normal citizen of North American society – the Christian Right included – for whom the US Government is supposed to be their ‘protector’ and the guardian of universal liberty and human rights and even “righteousness” itself. Perhaps, then, Bush’s is the ‘most untellable story’ in American history because so many details executed in the name of profit, power and control are so sordid and so beyond the laws that all the rest of us are constrained to live by – not because we are sheep or ‘sheeple’ – but because those laws make daily and dynamic sense and when they are working, life is worthwhile: a natural reflection of what Nature has endowed us with from the beginning. But with the current leadership vacuum, heading into this post-truth battlefield, a crisis has exploded into our lives that styles itself as rabidly “anti-Nature”, not merely “anti-Democratic”. We have been depleted too much by this gulf, or moat, that has opened around an en-castled elite and everybody else. To avoid total collapse and a police-driven society, a transformation must set in. Instead we now face Donald Trump who has surrounded himself with espoused ‘Nazis’ and seems to be fast building a counter-establishment constructed of a neo-billionaire class unless the whole thing is a ruse: a chaotic substitute for something else that the American Joker has in mind for we the people.

An ‘untellable’ story is one way that Mr. Bush was able to keep a formidable agenda shared by a formidable group, largely concealed from the public eye for so many years – during which the US military just got bigger and bigger, slicker and slicker and for many, sexier and sexier by paying others – often young and hypnotized by carefully prepared propaganda – to murder and massacre fellow human beings, usually across the ocean somewhere where they were considered to be substantively inferior to Anglo-American Caucasian Judeo-Christian- Rightists. Not everybody has fallen in behind this banner – but a surprising percentage of the North American population bought the whole script, bewildering countless millions of Muslims all around the world.

When it was necessary to protect the CIA and safeguard its mission right after the Watergate fiasco ( as already suggested, itself the mere tip of an iceberg that raised hydra-headed suspicions linking Nixon and maybe Bush himself, along with E. Howard Hunt and others to both the Bay of Pigs and the Kennedy assassination), there really was only one man who could step into the breach as acting director of the CIA and that was George H. W. Bush – the most clandestine, but plugged-in member of the militant Eastern Establishment now heavily connected to Texas. It should be added that the Bush-supervised Bay of Pigs fiasco almost resulted in an exchange of nuclear missiles 1½ years later, between Soviet missiles installed in Cuba, and those installed on the continental USA. Because of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion for which President Kennedy was squarely blamed by the CIA (Allen Dulles) and by the assassination team (Sturgis, Hunt, Rodriguez, Carriles, Bosch, Barker, et al) and its planners and supervisors (Nixon, George H. W Bush, Prescott Bush, Lovett, various Mafia bosses and multiple corporations that lost their profit base in Cuba after Castro overthrew Batista) Castro had asked Nikita Khrushchev for assistance. An agreement was reached to defuse the situation that involved a reduction of American missiles in Turkey and the promise that the USA would never attack Cuba again; and so the Soviets removed the nuclear missiles from Cuba and Castro lived on to a ripe old age – having been spared the fate endured by Che Guevara (assassinated in 1967 with the help of one member of the Bay of Pigs team noted above), the key figure in helping Castro overthrow Batista and American colonialism in Cuba as well as help defend Cuba during the Bay of Pigs invasion.

I think it’s safe to conclude that the failed attempt to overthrow Castro’s government in what was called Operation 40 – that we just call “Bay of Pigs”, after the failed invasion itself – was a very significant contributor to the desire by many, many individuals to see Kennedy definitively removed from office. Because of a very widespread affection for Kennedy shared among the rest of us at a moment in world history that felt like a “hopeful opening” and comprehensive optimism, the violent murder of Kennedy, followed in so bizarre a manner by the gangster-like hit on Lee Harvey Oswald – in broad daylight for everybody to see on television – had the effect of a coup d’état, shutting down the optimism and introducing an element of fear that the government quickly channeled into the suppression of African Americans and then into the Vietnam War – a war that followed hard on Ngo Dinh Diem’s overthrow and assassination – just before Kennedy himself was killed and a war that also allowed African Americans unlimited opportunity to leave the bigotry and restrictions of their home towns for the more ‘honorable’ chance to crawl through the sweltering heat of south-east Asia to murder and massacre, only then to place one’s own foot on carefully concealed land-mines or just find oneself dazed and doped up, while reeling into a masterful ambush by human beings no more deserving of death by war than you yourself, no matter how bad the police were getting back in Montgomery or Watts, or Mississippi. When I visited Manhattan in the summer of 1970, I had never heard of the term PTSD. I don’t even know if it was part of the urban lingo yet. But by the time I had walked just from Port Authority to Central Park, I had been introduced to a collective state far, far beyond mere cognitive disorder. It was a post-traumatic-post-morality-volcano of rage against the authorities who had duped them in Montgomery, beaten them in Watts and then coerced them during military training. Hundreds upon hundreds of Vets with nowhere to go and unable to escape the mental holocaust we call PTSD today. If any of these men had managed to hear Martin Luther King’s famous 4 April, 1967 anti-war speech in Riverside Church – stuck now, in the noise and stench of midtown Manhattan in August, 1970, they must have wanted to spit fire to vent the rage that was burning them up on the inside. And they would have thought. “King was right! Man, was he right!”

The covert co-existence between this globally-active death machine sponsored by the United States, and Kennedy’s expansive and enticing use of reason, by which he engaged the public, aggravated a growing collective cognitive dissonance that also disconnected emotional instinct from our flow of conscious perceptions. The government was throwing off the mental balance of the youth of North America and many a parent did not seem to recognize the cause, wedded as they were to the authoritarian propaganda presented by the various administrations – post-Kennedy (Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush). What was particularly tough for the youth was encountering Vietnam Vets returning from south-east Asian nightmares altered both physically and mentally by their experiences – both black and white. Many of these Vets ended up in the streets of New York – drug addicted and permanently altered. This was the bottom line of the Vietnam War. The Patriotism and the anti-Communist rants were all too frequently not convincing. There was a hollow ring to all of it – starting in the White House. The result was quite profound and a quite painful discontent that erupted in outraged hate and violent protest. Many parts of America were paralyzed by hate that seemed to reach a climax in 1970.

Harriman, not surprisingly, was strongly behind both the Diem overthrow and the Vietnam War in general, strongly suggesting that he likely weighed in on the Kennedy assassination as well, believing that Kennedy was not capable of ‘getting with the program’: a program where war and US-backed regime change constituted the prime modus operandi of “American Interests”, which referred not to the Nation, but to select multi-national corporations. And so the war escalated from there and did not stop until after the Nixon resignation. Consequently, after 1963, the growing post-truth environment was also an environment of fear and eventually heavy protest against the sordid hell of Vietnam – that seemed to be as much about securing drug territory (e.g. the Golden Triangle) as profiteering from the prolonged fight between North and South that Kissinger eventually spread into Cambodia where more millions were to die. There was no idealism in any of it – just the Ideology of War-Profiteering at the expense of the local population and thousands of American youth – black and white – who fell victim to the draft if they weren’t already victims of what looked to be an intractable prison of social injustice back on American soil. At this time George H. W. Bush was learning first-hand about the limitations of the UN; about the ins and outs of the lucrative South-east Asian drug trade that the CIA wanted to control and the nature of the Asian market in general – such as the humongous and mushrooming population of China – that they wanted to tap as cheaply as possible for American Corporations to make the same products, but with much cheaper labor than that found back in America.

The sheer number of entities and individuals that had no interest whatsoever in forgiving Kennedy for the Bay of Pigs and multiple other actions he was taking – against organized crime; against oil billionaires; against the Military-Industrial- Complex and against the Federal Reserve System itself – it wasn’t a question of “if”, it was a question only of when, where and how and this ‘when, where and how’ was far beyond the know-how, the motivation, the organizational skills and the marksmanship of one, lone, “deranged” gunman. The operation required relatively well co-ordinated and fairly intensive teamwork or it may have resulted in injury, not death. They also wanted to use a shock & awe format to really traumatize the public, transferring projected fear not only onto the hapless, supposedly “deranged” Lee Harvey Oswald, but also onto the communists who had helped Castro defend Cuba from American organized crime and corporate predation and to whom their ‘patsy’ had ‘ostensibly’ been connected. The propaganda or ‘myths’ being used to demonize Oswald are being perpetuated right up to the present, completely evaporating – in the imagination of the public – the true scope, detail and clandestine professionalism of the operation that was not only bold, but also strategically and psychologically astute, as if they had already acquired both training and experience long before 1963. Oswald, in this scenario, was nothing but a patsy or ‘CIA construct’ and George H. W. Bush was not only working with the CIA in 1963 but he was also in Dallas on that fateful day. This greatly exacerbates his 1976 lie when being vetted for the position of DCI in Washington, D.C. where he denied any previous involvement with the CIA. But Gerald Ford, director of the Warren Commission itself, needed Bush to guard and alter the CIA before it came under the gun by the 1976 [Frank] Church Committee after Watergate. This does not merely warp our view of American history, it alters it in a fundamental way, dragging truth in chains, kicking and screaming, right past 2016 and into 2017 adding to the peculiar quality of the leadership vacuum and the uncertainty at the gate to a very gnarly Post-truth Era shrouded by a confusing fog of myths roiling with lies.

To accept the DCI appointment under Ford, Bush had to pledge that he would never seek the office of Vice President nor President of the United States. Within 4 years of his appointment as DCI he was in the White House as Vice President under Ronald Reagan! And four years later he was President until Bill Clinton came in, Jan 1993, a year after the ‘Wolfowitz Doctrine’ (Defense Planning Guidance) was penned followed 5 years later by the Project for a New American Century – the now famous neo-Conservative think tank that laid out just how America would take advantage of its post-Cold War dominance by essentially replacing the UN, enforcing ‘democracies’ around the world, precipitating regime changes and increasing an already massive American Military to engage in non-stop warfare. It also recognized – now infamously – that this level of global domination was likely to be an extremely slow process:

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

                                                                              PNAC, 1997

I will return to this point ahead, as I am not certain that the Pearl Harbor story is the right parallel in this instance, but was used to convey a point without invoking in print darker implications. The neo-Conservative mentality did not seem like the type to just sit around passively waiting for a convenient, but appropriately murderous, attack on the soil of continental America. In the real world – especially with US surveillance systems – you could wait forever. One way or the other, they and their allies would have to take charge in either instigating the event or setting it up themselves. The key to the catastrophic and catalyzing event, however, is that America, Land of the Free – and its Commander-in-Chief – had to look like innocent victims at the hands of Extreme Evil. The myth had to be convincing enough to vanquish the truth in perpetuity. A lie might eventually die of old age; but you cannot kill a good myth.

                     POST-COLD-WAR-VACUUM

It is certainly relevant to note the parallel between Hitler’s speech to the industrialists (like Voegler and Krupp) 20 Feb, 1933, announcing the prime mandate of National Socialism, the only party, according to Hitler, able to build up a military capable of repulsing all Communist influence and the prime mandate of PNAC – also to expand America’s military to such an extent that it, by itself, can bring about regime change at will, replace the UN, create and win wars at will and finally dominate a new world order. A mere 4 years after PNAC’s publication, 9/11 rocked the human race on 11 Sept/2001 at a scale that made the Reichstag Fire of 1933 seem like a community fireworks display. As far as I know, nobody died in the Reichstag Fire. But people did die 7 Dec, 1941, perhaps 2,400 casualties as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor. At that point America entered the war deeply affected by the day “that will live in infamy”. And people did die as a result of 9/11! In fact the toll was higher than that of Pearl Harbor. Common to Nazi war mongers, the US government in 1941, the US government in 1991 and 2001-03: it is always difficult to get the public and the Congress to agree to go to war. Usually something – some catalyzing event – is required to get the people to agree to so much loss of life and abysmal suffering that war entails. The most arbitrary and artificial moment in the history of war-mongering, just mentioned, was probably post-1997 with the publication of PNAC’s mandate. They had no justification for war on anybody except to take advantage of the lack of enemies and their own victorious emergence from the Cold War. So there was a war-vacuum! We had an exceptional opportunity not to go to war! Instead we had the opportunity to exchange death profits for something else – like affordable housing programs; green energy advances; cleaning up the ocean; getting off nuclear power before we ruin our groundwater and oceans, reducing greenhouse gases, getting control of good quality, universal health care. Instead we watched another war be launched that sent the national debt beyond the stratosphere. And the war was totally unnecessary except for a handful of corporations and those unable to modify an addiction to the Heroin of Weaponry; the rush of mass death and conquest. This situation has added an enormous component to the quality of the post-truth leadership vacuum we now face. We have no war emergencies. We have a greenhouse gas emergency instead, which is a shared, international challenge. We have extreme pollution problems in Asia that we are aiding and abetting. We have a fake terrorist problem that is rooted within our own government structure that has, in turn, produced a national truth crisis and in effect a constitutional crisis within the current government that lies chronically to the American public and to the world. The public is now collectively weary of fake wars – stemming from fake terrorism – wars that had for decades been foisted on them through the din of obtuse ‘talking-points’ and the arrows of embarrassing lies – promoted by the Secretary of Defense, the Commander-in-Chief, the Secretary of State, the head of the CIA and the Vice President as well: in other words, the top positions in the country. This is deeper than a constitutional crisis; it is possibly the most profound American identity crisis since its inception in 1776. In 1776 America had a genuine enemy: England and its Despotic Bank that even held the monarchy hostage to its demands. Right now, no matter how much America seeks to deny it, its’ only real enemy is itself.

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In the interest of patterns of time we can note that the word “post-truth”, as far as we know, popped out of the imagination of a Serbian-American screen writer, named Steve Tesich in 1992 in an article for “The Nation” called “A Government of Lies”, in which he expressed painful displeasure with American citizens who failed to respond to the “shameful truth” of Watergate, Iran Contra and Gulf War 1.  Born in 1943 in the midst of war-torn Serbia – his father having disappeared – Steve’s instincts about these episodes in American democracy certainly matter to me. His perspective struck me as meaningful – growing up in a bombed-out village, a wasteland of hopelessness within which images of iconic America acted as beacons of hope to his young imagination. Tesich was born a dreamer with a deep faith in and understanding of his fellow human beings. During the war ordeal, Tesich used his imagination to lift people’s spirits. America was a symbol of that uplift! As it turned out his father had made his way to America, and when Steve was 14 he sent for the whole family to come to Chicago. Steve won the Academy Award for “Breaking Away” in 1979, a passionate movie directed by Peter Yates about overcoming: that magical marriage between idiosyncratic fantasy and pure grit. And that is what his own life story was about: overcoming. But as a child caught in a bomb-flattened badland, he could not have known the truth about the inception and development of the war that could easily have buried himself, his mother and all family members under a pile of rubble – not even of statistical value to the Merchants of Death back in America. So the perspective of Steve Tesich matters and it doesn’t surprise me that it is from his imagination that the Oxford Dictionary “Word of the Year for 2016” – “Post-truth” – was hatched.

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The power of the underground ‘River Styx’ through which Bush’s destiny flowed – that included a famous secret society at Yale University – was clearly undaunted by any ‘promises’ at any level of government or legal body – regardless of how excessive the “conflict of interest” had become. But George H. W. Bush lied about his connection to the CIA so most people have no idea that he was working in or with the CIA probably from 1947. This connected him to the Bay of Pigs, to the Kennedy assassination, to Watergate, to Iran-Contra and of course both Gulf Wars. I repeat: George H. W. Bush had probably been associated with the CIA since its inception in 1947. As President, or even Vice President, this gave him a unique order of power from 1981 to 1993. But his ties to Clinton for Iran-Contra – especially through Mena, Arkansas – and his proximity to his son from 2001 to 2008 indicate that his influence has never lapsed until 2016, when his son Jeb (a PNAC member) and then Hillary Clinton were both knocked out of the race for the White House, adding to the unique quality of the leadership vacuum of 2016. George H. W. Bush’s son, George W. Bush was in the White house for 8 years. In that time we saw 9/11, The Patriot Act, Iraq War 2 and a collapsed economy. We also saw a horrendous accumulation of debt that can damage the lives of millions, hurt the chances of the middle class making a comeback, while keeping an elite one per cent always on top. These were not small years in American history. But in those years the word “post-truth” started to gain traction in the human dictionary of linguistic expression, understanding and interpretation. While some lies started to fall away, others were being manufactured, earning George W. Bush the title of a “Post-truth Presidency” in a “Post-truth Era”. With George W. Bush we found ourselves up against the rumble of what has been called “The Big Lie” which in turn spawns an equally big “Elephant-in-the-Room” that of course nobody wants to talk about. Instead all and sundry chatter and argue incessantly – but around it – hoping it doesn’t accidentally tread on their toes.

                               The Saudi Paradox

We will never know the whole truth about George H. W. Bush, the president who officially announced – or perhaps ‘re-announced’ would be more accurate – the inauguration of a New World Order in 1989. It wasn’t whacky conspiracy theorists who announced it. George H. W. Bush announced it! And part of it entailed containing, pushing back, controlling and even attacking Islam – even as he knew how to make deals with the Saudis. And yet Islam is not only the state religion of Saudi Arabia, but the law in Saudi Arabia requires that all its citizens must be Muslims. If you are feeling some discomfort right now, having butted up against the discontinuity between law and religion, you are not alone. What actually holds them together? Is it an Authoritarianism that is beyond good and evil because it owns oil wells – the same oil wells that are filling our atmosphere with hydrocarbons? This only appears odd on the surface. The truth is that when the CIA constructs patsies or scapegoats it needs to create them in a controlled environment so that nothing damning leaks out. The best way to control anti-Islamic sentiment is in an Authoritarian Islamic State where no dissent is allowed. The anti-Islamic ‘fire’ then is a controlled burn, where the Authoritarian State forbids any questions and all liberalism. The CIA can then – by itself – control both the ‘myth’ and all collateral damage it might cause – as it spreads its volatile, “anti-Islamic poison” around the globe with strategic measure.

It is interesting to see how many of the alleged 9/11 ‘hijackers’ were Saudis and that the only family given royal treatment on the day of the attacks was the bin Laden family from Saudi Arabia. After the attacks were carried out the family was escorted to Dulles International Airport and allowed to fly out of the country in comfort and safety. Nobody else was allowed to fly anywhere. This preferential treatment with the same country in effect being blamed for the catastrophe, is again typical of coup d’état behavior. The Bush Administration seemed to be clearly in charge of the operation and the sequence of events that lead up to the extremely wealthy bin Ladens exiting America safely and perhaps satisfied that all had gone according to plan. Jihadist terrorists – so-called – from within Saudi Arabia could scarcely dent the power, image and majesty of Saudi wealth and the Saudi regime. It is also worth noting that the security company managing Dulles International Airport also managed the World Trade Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory where secret, elaborate and sensitive military testing takes place. All this imparts the feeling of a highly centralized, professional, yet complex operation that may have involved the bin Laden family and the Bush family. If the CIA can work with the Saudis to fabricate Saudi patsies, then it could also work with the bin Laden family to fabricate a bin Laden patsy – by careful negotiation and agreement so as not to damage the family as a whole. But remember we are dealing with wealth so vast it is almost impossible to damage it unless it finds a way to damage itself. The strong alliance between the Bush Dynasty with the bin Laden family and the Saudi Royal Family may go far to explain why 9/11 went as smoothly and professionally as it did and has been covered up so successfully to this day by a ‘myth’ that has been easy for them to negotiate among themselves.

Moreover, America and countries like France, Britain, Australia and Canada even, have been supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and military equipment for years (Britain has been supplying the Saudis for a century). The Guardian pointed out that these contracts have been some of the most lucrative ever signed.

“For decades the UK has provided arms capable of being used for external aggression and internal repression to one of the cruelest and most anti-democratic regimes in the world”.

                                                        David Wearing – The Guardian

And we now know that weapons are at the heart of all centralized movements as we saw with Hitler’s appeal to the industrialists in Germany in 1933 – while promising them the biggest military build-up to that point in time. And this was being addressed to many individuals, but notably Krupp itself – Germany’s largest arms manufacturer for at least 3 centuries.

And just as we’ve supplied the Saudis, we’ve done the same with Israel while betraying the Palestinian People, quite as if Power Politics is writing the whole story: Money/Oil/Weapons and undoubtedly drugs as well (heroin, cocaine, etc.). Note that Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the USA by Executive Order in his first week as President excluded Saudi Arabia. It also excludes Egypt and Turkey. When asked for criteria to explain the ban – the White House said simply the “mandate is to keep America safe.” This is the same mandate George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush declared to justify attacking Iraq in 1991 and 2003. Iraq is on the 2017 list with Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. But from 1975 to the present no Americans have died at the hands of any terrorist from any of the 7 countries being banned. As for Saudi Arabia and other countries it is a completely different story – many hundreds have died by the hands of Saudi ‘terrorists’. Some call this a mystery. But what it suggests is that the CIA and Saudi leaders are working closely together to create and control ‘terror’ and ‘terrorism” as strategic tools or tactics to advance a highly centralized agenda of conquest and geo-political control. They are fabricating it together as a tool to justify war against other nations. It almost back-fired over the 2003 Iraq War 2, but they brazenly disregarded the organizations who visited Iraq and who found no Weapons of Mass Destruction and no Al Qaeda terrorist cells! To add to the discomfort, if we jump back to Germany again, as soon as Hitler positioned himself in power he started his attack on Communists which quickly lead to the establishment of the first concentration camps (e.g. Dachau), camps that eventually became the end of the line for millions of Jews. So it is nerve-wracking to watch any administration arbitrarily fabricating a scapegoat that deflects public awareness away from that Administration’s own dark agenda. It promises death, labor camps, refugee camps, prison, or concentration camps and warfare, and in the case of the present, leads to completely unnecessary collateral outbreaks of Islamophobia in parts of the world – like Southern Ontario, Canada – where peaceful co-existence is the norm, not the exception (e.g. the Iqra Khalid story, a Liberal MP for Mississauga-Erin Mills who is now receiving extra police protection after receiving death threats for having called on the government to officially condemn Islamophobia). In the light of this widespread turmoil, sparked by American Islamophobic Propaganda, PNAC’s desire to expand an already huge military is a giveaway. They want military or dictatorial control over huge sectors of the world’s population, which technically means war, after war, after war! The Saudis, Britain, Canada, Australia, etc, have been part of this process for a long time. With Israel on board, anti-Semitism has been politically replaced by anti-Islamism in order to serve the political ends of a relatively constant ruling elite.

Without this Muslim ‘enemy’ – the image of which George H. W. Bush helped to carefully craft – year after year – what I observed living in the New York City area up to 1992, was that people were really surprisingly uninterested in this “great idea” of a New World Order that seemed to have been spawned in the Ivy League circuit of American society with a special emphasis on Yale with an underground tradition, from about 1830, that disproportionately influenced the power structure and power strategies of America’s wealthy class. Most of my friend’s found Bush’s presentation to be cold, artificial and soulless. It had an empty, elitist aura because it had no support from the people of America. The concept of a New World Order that Bush brought forward was not merely a deception. Once again he seemed to be playing us. He seemed to be pre-empting rumor so it is he and his group who can control the image of the “Great Idea”. But when you manage to dig below the surface you discover that the goal is flatly ‘monarchical’ in the spirit of the “order” established by Hitler starting in 1933. I don’t really know what to call the philosophy of this secret, underground stream that has spawned this “Great Idea” – and that passes through Yale and its very secretive, if famous Skull & Bones Society – but when you analyze its fruits, its actions and policies it is possible to come up with a sort of ballpark beast: “Machiavellian-Hegelian-bootstrap-Existentialism”. But it does seem to be no coincidence that Harriman, Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Robert Lovett, Percy Rockefeller (director of Brown Bros Harriman, Standard Oil, Remington Arms), H. Neil Mallon (Dresser Industries with Prescott Bush), George Herbert Walker, John Kerry, and hundreds more were involved in this secret Ivy League society in Connecticut.

Curiously its symbol is practically the same as the flags flown by pirate ships, the symbolism and origin of which may go back to the Knights Templar who were overthrown by the Catholics under Philip le Bel (Capetian Dynasty, or House of France) starting in 1307 – an inquisition that I suppose officially announced the end of the Gothic Age that had seen the construction of the bewilderingly beautiful Gothic Cathedrals thought to be the work of the Templars – also known as Europe’s first central bankers. Philip also expelled the Jews from France. Being in debt to both Templars and Jews he regarded both as ‘states within a state’. The organized, state-of-the-art militancy and will of the Templars is both legendary and controversial. Many aspects of the Order were kept absolutely secret on pain of death. Their philosophy and religious views diverged in a categorical manner from Catholicism in ways that exceed the scope of this writing but inevitably have added a significant dimension to our current post-truth leadership vacuum. For example it has been a mystery to many why the Templars ritually spat on the crucifix as if denying its significance. It is my view that they did not accept the story of the crucifixion as told in the New Testament. Their view of the crucifixion comes from a more ancient tradition known to the ancient Egyptians, giving them a different perspective on the truth of the term “crucifixion” and its universal, non-political association with the “resurrection” – highlighted in the Apocryphal and Gnostic Gospels. Specific Jews (possibly “Benjamites”) and Templars appear to have combined knowledge, history and finances in the organization of the means that followed from the crusades, by which Gothic Art, Design and Craftsmanship was made possible. The Templars, incidentally, like the Egyptians also recognized the cosmic significance of the cycle of 60 years. In Egypt this same period was related to the Sed Festival of Regeneration that in turn pertains to a cycle of the Phoenix. As it turns out, the Phoenix plays a central role in Parzival, the famous Gothic narrative written by Wolfram von Eschenbach during the exact period that Chartres Cathedral was being rebuilt following the fire of 1194, as if it were a historic reply to Catholicism.

Getting rid of both Jews and Templars in France was a dirty business. What was destroyed was a link to the ancient world – particularly Ancient Egypt where holism had thrived for centuries in a very sophisticated manner prompting researchers to speak of a sacred science within which ‘truth’ was deeply rooted – from architecture to ‘hieroglyphic symbolique’, all the way to spiritual metamorphosis possibly only equaled by the most advanced Tibetans. This link to the past through the Holy Land where the Templars had recovered secrets of the temple tradition in its deepest expression – was largely lost – and we were thrown back to superstition, authoritarianism and the shift from spiritual science to material science that has restricted and frustrated our fullest capacity as a race to appreciate the “Law of our Existence”.

After so heinous and treacherous an inquisition, the Templars had to go underground and their knowledge went with them. It seems they also took their love of war with them as well. But war on its own may get you an oil well or two. It might get you a stealth bomber. But it does not guarantee you a building such as Chartres Cathedral. It won’t teach you how to build Karnak. When the Templars were thrown out of France something was permanently lost from Western Civilization that has not been recovered. As far as I can see, from Skull and Bones we have learned about killing, about wealth inequality, about disregard for the environment, about insatiable, elitist greed. But this same, strange group has not imparted to the nation the secrets of redemption. The individual – if he can survive the precariousness of his life path – has been left to find out what redemption is for himself. Without truth as one’s sword, redemption will always stay hidden. I conclude at this point that I don’t know if there is or ever was a connection between the Templars and Skull and Bones. Both kept secrets, but whether or not they kept the same secrets, or interpreted those secrets the same way – I don’t know.

                                         ***

In any case, by now – as we shift into the macabre nightmare of the present tense –  we all know what the higher ups are passionate about: power, piracy, privileged information, formidable or superior military strength (and technology), transcendental hypocrisy, control and of course the apotheosis of all those elements – war itself. They also like money, especially money controlled by a Central Bank that they have a hand in influencing. And as for religion – I don’t think I can even guess. Religion seems to be in disarray. Religion seems to be in the same state as the food industry. There is Whole, Organic food and then there is everything else. And this split between organic and non-organic in both aspects of ‘food’ – physical and spiritual – is contributing another major dimension to both the truth, or post-truth, crisis and the leadership vacuum.

The ‘elite’, so-called, appear to use Christianity the way they used Patriot Missiles against Saddam Hussein and the people of Iraq. Whatever god they worship, seems to be a god of war, an ideological weapon convinced of its own, eternal and awe-inspiring superiority. And if this god is guiding them toward a New World Order, war will be its motto and war will be its means and war will be its unifying principle. And for this reason everybody must contribute as much money as possible and as much blood as possible to build a superior military machine to safeguard such an order. If they don’t they will be branded unpatriotic and perhaps even treasonous. It isn’t so much a god that is being worshipped – though humans can make ‘god’ into anything they want – but when you recall the way they sold us the 1st Gulf War in 1991 and the way they aired the killing in the media, the real religion on display within this group should be called an “Idolatry of Weapons” and the glorification of killing. From start to finish Gulf War 1 struck me as the slickest PR Stunt, the smoothest advertisement for mass murder in the history of man and that is exactly what they wanted to accomplish.  Once again we are yanked back to Samuel Bush, Bernard Baruch, Robert S. Lovett and the conscious purpose behind the most lucrative of all industries: war designed and fuelled by its “Merchants of Death” in the name of god, of Patriotic Love, of sacrifice, of immaculate heroism. Christ died for us; we must die for country. Of course there is an irony here. If you look at the New Testament, Christ ended up dying for the truth; as a testament to the truth. When asked about the claim that he is a King which would entitle him to rule, this most central of all Christian characters responds:

“To this end was I born, and for this cause I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice”.

Not surprising and in keeping with all great writing, Pontius Pilate makes a memorable response, like a “brain-stopper” in a great stage play:

“What is truth?”

As I understand this moment, in the often metaphorical New Testament, Christ is drawing for Pilate, an ancient identity between the authentic accomplishment called “King“, and the reality we name “truth“. This identity between King and truth can be said to be at the very heart of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, thought to predate Dynastic Egypt itself. This identity was considered to be the apotheosis of a theocracy that has become thoroughly degraded with time, just like the “temple” itself. From Pilate’s point of view a tragedy is about to devolve out of conflict. The conflict is the same as now. It is a battle for truth and it is a battle for power. It is also a battle for legitimacy and authority and the right to rule. All of this depends upon what “truth” is and Christ in the New Testament makes it clear that he hides the light under a bushel and uses parables for all but his 12 disciples. This makes Pilate’s question both enduring and relevant. To answer the question in the spirit of that time, is to embark upon a separate story that involves a spiritual science and practice once carefully guarded in places like Tibet and Ancient Egypt. But, the central concern, whether Tibetan, Egyptian, Hebrew, Cistercian, Hindu, Muslim is still the same: “truth”.

And yet, the propaganda and talking points used by the Bush Administration – behind the Banner of Christianity – for both Iraq Wars, turned out to be false. The public knew the excuses were false ones, and yet on the basis of falsity, the United States invaded Iraq anyway. So much for the quintessential value of Christianity.

And here is another interesting point to ponder. In the history of the West there is only one character written about more than Adolph Hitler and no, it is not yet Donald Trump and it is not John Lennon. That personage is Jesus Christ. To add to the depth of the current post-truth-leadership-vacuum we appear to be facing now, many historians note that there really is insufficient historical evidence that a real man named Jesus Christ actually lived and taught and performed miracles in the Holy Land circa 0 to 33 A.D. This may point to one of the most categorical rifts or differences between the Templars and the Catholics. The Catholics enforce Christ’s historicity; the Templars acted on his universality and cyclic renewal. The Catholics promoted a historical crucifixion carried out by Jews over a battle for truth. The Templars believed in a personal, inner, universal spiritual initiation that led to an individual resurrection and likely rejected the notion of Jews as traitors of the truth and hence of Christ-the-King. The clash between the Catholic ‘truth’ and the Templar ‘truth’ was profound indeed. To eliminate the Templars, the Catholics were not beyond lying and slandering. Their accusations were unjust and worse: they did damage to the spiritual capacities of the individual – essentially excising and outlawing religious freedom to be replaced by something akin to what exists in Saudi Arabia today. It is not a freedom or right; it is an indoctrination by something – an authority outside oneself – that similar to Protestantism – one is told that one is not in fact even worthy of. Enslavement of the human spirit by an outside Authoritarian power is as bad as physical enslavement and prison. If all this sounds confusing, it’s because it is confusing. And the complexity of the confusion is making a profound contribution to this current “post-truth crisis”. If we want to reach a common ground, a universal substratum that we all share there are some things – beliefs included – that we will have to let go of. If we refuse this universal step then we will be tempted to believe in falsities and we will be tempted to promote falsities in order to justify our own exclusive agenda. It takes extra energy to hold up a living structure. It takes extra energy to hold up consciousness. It also takes extra energy to hold up truth. Truth must be maintained. It won’t abide laziness.

And yet this mythic being – this sacrificial ‘Sole Begotten Son of God’ died for the truth and is written about more frequently even than his polar opposite: Adolph Hitler. What irony that we are calling men like Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and others, “Post-truth Presidents” while these same Presidents push – with their team mates a so-called Christian Right Agenda as if this central character who may not have existed at all – had somehow licensed them to lie, steal, murder at will under the fabricated guise of self-defense, protecting the homeland or just “Making America safe from all our enemies”.

The subject of Jesus Christ is, in my view deserving of much more thorough and subtle treatment than this. But what I have just stated above adds significantly to the current truth crisis. I have strong views about what Christ means by “truth” in the New Testament, but this only makes sense in a time and context when the temple, spiritual aspiration, monasteries, spirit-form, purification procedures, religious training such as we still see among Tibetans today are active, thriving, respected and real.

By contrast, we are living in a paroxysm of externalization and projection onto all our gadgets and things – the projectiles of speech included. Everything is measured by material standards, including the value of your own spiritual truth. That is all that needs to be said for this article. ‘God’ has become idolatrous outside – in weapons, in skyscrapers, in the size of your yacht, and the information or emotions you send and receive with your phone. The mystery of Christ and his spiritual transformation has been trumped by Pontius Pilate’s admittedly brain-stopping question: “What is truth?” What is great about the time that we are passing through – no matter how much tribulation it may entail – is that without leadership, more and more people will have to learn to answer Pilate’s question with their own god-given faculties of perception, feeling, emotion, thought, intuition and conscious immediacy. But through this process one may well get a renewed taste of what it really is to be human. Many of us may be forced to shed our ‘borrowed robes’. Each of us is a system jammed with pluses and minuses. And each of us is going to have to learn how to assume responsibility for those pluses and minuses without always blaming the ‘other’ guy for the messes we find ourselves in.

The disconnect between President George H. W. Bush’s New World Order and the American public has contributed both misunderstanding and division in the Post-truth World we find ourselves currently quarreling in, quite as if we were engaged in a Civil Truth War that is about to break out into a World Truth War. Simply put: more and more people born into this world are not Christian and many who are in the throes of a shared cognitive dissonance that requires profound resolution. And as it has been for thousands of years most people do not want war as the unifying principle of any nation or any World Order. Most people innately prefer peaceful coexistence and do not need an Ideological Right-wing Christian Backlash to tell them that they must engage in war if they want to live, or be free, or be granted rights or perhaps wish to uphold and fulfill the original constitution still written in stone for all to read in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. In democracy, the rights, well-being and even happiness of the individual matter! Since we are all individuals, this makes logical sense. Just because it is a challenge to achieve happiness for everybody, does not mean it isn’t right. Truthful exchange seems to be the best currency with which to undertake the challenge, otherwise one group quickly begins to mistrust another group. In my life I have been more amazed by what can be achieved by truthful exchange than what is achieved by lies or fallacious myths that can paralyze natural social imperatives.

But, as long as objective truth has been scattered to the four winds by post-truth tactics, the people all around the world will have difficulty finding a course that keeps democracy alive. Democracy requires order and clarity to work, while Dictatorships feed off chaos, confusion and misinformation so they can justify imposing Marshall Law on the people while quickly stripping them of a spectrum of civil liberties. George H. W. Bush should write a book that gets ‘declassified’ down the road – after his death – a tell-all that helps mankind understand the details of its history from 1900 to 2016. He won’t do it, but if he did it might help humanity set its compass right as we spin our way into outrageous post-truth waters, cowering under the might of unconscionable weapons controlled by unconscionable authoritarian strategists. To stay silent at this point – or leave it to his sons – is to betray and undermine the human race. If he can’t write it down then he should put himself in front of a camera and get talking. He must help to clarify the collective mind.  There are parts of our history that only he knows and only he can clarify.

                                 Truth Movement

Without the truth – e.g. objective fact – nobody can function, not even a Dictatorship. A Dictatorship can lie all it wants with its propaganda and disinformation, but it still must know the truth for itself even if that truth is hidden in code under a separate category of ‘preferred and classified truths’. But it is a challenge – even for a dictatorship – to keep track of a growing web of lies, inevitably requiring Authoritarian Force to back up and enforce the lies. Too many lies will require too much force. Eventually the web of lies becomes unsustainable. Any member of the society right now – from the street corner all the way up to the National Security Advisor in the White House can claim to love the truth, require the truth and claim to be speaking the truth. But that does not mean – in a post-truth environment – that any of those individuals are in fact declaring the truth. Truth is much more than just a claim. It is much more profound than claims and slogans and promises and emotional declarations, no matter how many times they are repeated. Truth, like all living creatures must have an environment safe enough for it to grow, if not prosper. Truth is a way of life, a way of being.

                                   *******

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

A prime example of this principle:

                             “the mandate is to keep America safe.”

This is not a free mandate in reaction to a genuine external threat. It is an enforced mandate designed to control the populace. It is also bogus. The Trump government doesn’t even acknowledge environmental dangers, climate change, air quality, water dangers, the nonstop assault by chemicals on nearly all environments – inside and outside – that everybody must negotiate day in and day out. It doesn’t acknowledge the danger that would accompany the retraction of ObamaCare, that millions would face – immediately. Instead it would simply transfer money saved directly over to a tax break for the extremely wealthy. It is attempting control tactics based on fear that it will promote come hell or high water. Its’ first tactical move is an attempt to demonize Muslims. This demonization is also bogus. It is a lie. It is a strategy in a deadly power war that seeks the widest possible sphere of domination. But without an enemy to target it would have to turn its attention to environmental care, education, poverty, climate change, adequate housing, wealth sharing, cultivation of the arts, protection of endangered flora and fauna, peaceful space travel, science – the future of an earth shared by an enormous range of diverse creatures. It would have to turn its attention to the re-education of American.

The truth that is at stake at this point in human history entails the whole planet Earth and how we want to live on it as a multi-racial group; what liberties and rights we wish to maintain; what standards of health we want for people, for animals, for plants and for the Earth as a whole, living sphere. No part of this paragraph is mere idealism alone. It can be as real and may have to become as real as a world plagued by war, chemical assault, hydrocarbon inundation, urban congestion, the danger of nuclear reactors, nuclear waste and nuclear weapons, the tyranny of propaganda, etc.

But what is the price tag for this? Truth is rooted into the living processes of the earth. Cognition and all its domain – which includes cognitive discernment – is part of the process: not a detached and fruitless sideshow. The more we lie, the more we damage the roots of the process itself and the more we think we can rely on artifice + force to bail us out of the damage. If we harm the conversation with Nature, the lies will begin to create a wasteland in which is woven a prison of their own making. A wasteland of the mind will create a wasteland outside the mind. Lies are self-incarcerating even as they attempt to lay the blame on other factors – especially truth – or what have been called derisively in the United States: “Truthers”. It has come full circle. Anyone who seeks objective facts is labeled with caustic derision: a “Truther”, which has an open-ended interpretation. Especially since 11 September, 2001, the line in the sand – and the dropped gauntlet – has divided mankind. “Truther” has really come to mean ‘a treasonous, slandering, antisocial, sociopath who should be put away for good’. It also means “an enemy of our agenda”. In this context ‘truth’ must struggle to grow. It must struggle to instruct. It must struggle to see beyond the forms, the appearances, the things that trap and bind like spider webs that eventually become impossible to extricate oneself from. Lies that convince are the stickiest webs of all.

In the meantime – in part by virtue of the Internet – more and more members of the public have been influenced by a sort of underground truth movement that has been creeping between the legs of even the biggest ‘elephant-in-the-room’ of all time: 9/11 – no matter how much the ‘Establishment’ and many millions of others have sought to discredit the movement and prevent the elephant from growing too big. It grows by feeding on the displaced truth that has been dumped into a post-truth environment. As more and more people accept the lies and ‘fallacious myths’ presented to them, more and more truth gets discarded, only to end up in the trunk of the elephant who – like many animals – just keeps eating. From my observations here in Southern California, some of the growth could be said to be unconscious. In the language of an emerging science of consciousness, this could be called “pre-conscious-quantum-information-processing”, which is going on at the nanometric scale about 1/100th the wavelengths of the visible light spectrum. This point requires special emphasis because we are mostly unaware of how much influence contents stored in the unconscious are having on the conscious attitude and our emotions that shape opinion and beliefs – that include attitudes like racism, sexism, xenophobic irrationality and so forth. In my view the growth of this historic “9/11-Elephant-in-the-Room” – perturbing all aspects of American life from family to government – has been one key reason why the public avoided the ‘political water’ being offered by Jeb Bush in 2016 – for all to drink in a post-truth desert – thirsty for truth. If ever the Bush family wanted to prove their love of America their big chance was with Jeb in the spring of 2016 – when the word “post-truth” was rising like a dark shadow out of collective and very troubled post-truth waters.

But people were much more comfortable with the honest, independent path being blazed by Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately, the press was too timid to give him adequate exposure and Americans have been so indoctrinated into an either/or philosophy that they simply don’t regard an independent ticket – or 3rd position – as valid. But it would have been a more productive history lesson if we’d seen a showdown between Sanders and Trump, with Sanders talking issues rather than just spitting “talking points”. It wasn’t just Jeb Bush’s lack of pizzazz that he himself owned up to early on; and it wasn’t just his brother’s deception about Iraq War 2 and very likely that shady 2000 vote that appeared to be stolen from Al Gore in Jeb’s state of Florida – where he served as Governor – that kept people from accepting his offering. It was the shadow cast by 9/11 across the length and breadth of American democracy that haunted his bid to win the Republican Nomination. Not only did he have to withdraw from the race, but the nomination went to Trump who lied more often throughout his campaign than ever before in history. It was completely disorienting and almost incomprehensible. Jeb Bush seemed positively sane by comparison. But Trump was playing the post-truth populace with the new media. All Jeb’s cards had already been played for him by his brother and father and their team, long before 2016. Never underestimate the ability for the unconscious mind to store memory. The memory informs the instincts. For Trump it wasn’t about either objective truth, or even the appearance of civility, empathy, integrity, unity, American leadership. It was about whatever he could do to arouse and shape emotion – especially fear-based emotion. He targeted a group that he thought would buy into his display of bigotry and propaganda and macabre lies – providing a constant outlet for hate to flow out into mainstream America. He managed to capture 27% of eligible voters. Hilary Clinton beat him in the national popular vote which Trump contested – accusing Clinton of voter fraud. But nobody has found any evidence of voter fraud yet. Noteworthy in all of this was to see George H. W. Bush come out for Clinton instead of Trump – a rare moment of defection within the modern Republican Party. But Bush had partnered with the Clintons even before Iran-Contra! For many years now, they have belonged to a common cause – a rather small, but extremely powerful ruling elite that in turn is part of an international group.

Progressively after 11 September, 2001, it became clear that 9/11 had generated more trauma, more silent outrage than even the assassination of President Kennedy. Lots of people resist being labeled “traumatized”. For one thing it can be a humiliating experience just on its own. As many know, victims of rape, often remain silent just from the shame they feel. It then becomes quite private as you try to nurse the trauma – whether consciously or unconsciously. So I do not mean to be careless or invasive here. I fully acknowledge just how touchy this subject is. Images of New Yorkers running for their lives, covered with dust and scarcely able to breathe, never leaves your system. But to be the one covered with toxic dust – inside and out – that is incomprehensible trauma. Several times a day – through damaged lungs – that person is going to be asking: “Did we get it right? Do we truly know who brought those buildings down so successfully? Do we know how they did it? The towers were specifically designed to take direct hits by one or more large aircraft. Why did they collapse so uniformly? They were too well built to have collapsed at all. The Empire State Building didn’t collapse when hit by a big plane – a B-25 Bomber – decades ago! Other buildings have burned at much higher temperatures – fully engulfed in flames – and they did not collapse. It takes extreme temperatures to melt any of the steel used in the World Trade Center – all three buildings (WTC 1 WTC 2 and WTC 7)! And what about the 47-story 3rd building: WTC7? It never got hit by a plane at all. Its’ office fires were far, far too weak to melt anything but a bit of plastic. Why did it also come down with very well-honed symmetry, some 8 hours after the Twin Towers?

I value my lungs so much – given all the trouble they have caused me from my earliest childhood recollections – that I identify without limit with all those questions that must be repeating themselves in the stunned heads of all those people – over and over and over! Are we sure all this was caused by a conspiracy of suicidal Muslims? Or are we just swallowing a propaganda pill (aka, a Big Lie) because the doctor has ordered us to do so; to calm us down and let the government seek its very ‘competent’ reprisal, which includes taking control of the oil of specific Muslim nations? But, if our government is so competent for reprisal, why was it not able to protect the nation from the ‘hijackers’ in the first place?  There were multiple opportunities to avert the planes from their apparent courses and each and every opportunity was either aborted or countermanded. We are not talking about negligence, or incompetence here. The United States is blessed with the highest capacity in the world to detect and respond to an emergency of this kind. We are not talking about incompetence, we are talking about strategic compliance.

There was a time when I did not want to discuss 9/11 with anyone. It made me stupidly uncomfortable. But it wasn’t the 19 faceless Muslims that were making me uncomfortable – men who like Lee Harvey Oswald were no longer in a position to speak for themselves. Recall that in Saudi Arabia your religion is decided for you. This most basic of rights is decided for you. So if anybody knew anything about the hijackers or “patsies”, depending on which narrative you are considering – nobody would speak out. Why not? Fear. Indoctrination. Repression. But this was not what was bothering me. It was the insensitive, artificial, condescending and strangely puerile manner by which the White House and Pentagon treated the public when managing the investigation – an investigation that was delayed by some 411 days – as to what happened on that historic day. 411 days! Such lack of interest in the crime of the era leaves one speechless unless one understands why there was a lack of interest. Then, as if to hoist a red flag atop the White House for any American not paying attention, Bush appoints Henry Kissinger to head the investigation. I wasn’t the only one who nearly choked to death with incredulity. Talk about a vicious slap in the face of any even moderate humanist unable to forget those pathological bombing raids over Cambodia – especially in 1973. One of the most violent and arrogant Secretaries of State in American history to head up an investigation of this importance to the human race! So, Kissinger had to be replaced, causing a further delay. Everybody knew Kissinger was responsible for the destruction of Cambodia back in the 70’s – where his psychotic bombing set the decimated stage for the ruthless Khmer Rouge to seize control and eventually murder hundreds of thousands of civilians – amounting to one of the worst acts of genocide known to man. Everybody knew he had arranged the overthrow and murder of Chilean President, Salvador Allende, for the Rockefeller family in the same year, also, coincidentally on 11 September. Allende was replaced by the dictator, Augusto Pinochet.

But I expected this sort of ‘club loyalty’ to emerge from so preposterous a delay of so serious a crime. What really got under my, obviously, thin skin was the shallow, faltering, shady, naïve, superficial and incomplete manner by which NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) managed its technical investigation into the cause of the collapse. It described conditions up to the collapse, but failed to adequately and scientifically explain the unique rate and uniformity of collapse that everybody in the world could see. I felt ashamed of such cowering lack of leadership. But yet – even in 2002 – I could not quite take the next step and let myself believe that we were looking at a total cover-up of an event the government itself was intimately involved in. It just seemed to my inexperienced mind to be inconceivable.

None of the presenters or mediators ever appeared to stop and connect with the emotions of the public – whether the White House, NIST, FEMA, Homeland Security, CIA, NSA, the FBI, the mayor of New York or the Secretary of Defense, the President, his Press Secretary or his Vice President. All of them seemed like actors – even the Mayor of New York – but actors disconnected from the subtext behind the lines they had to read. All they ever did was barrage us, as if scolding us with aggressive, querulous – propaganda. I always felt that I was being played or just being had. Something was not right and I could not explain such condescension away. From both a human and political point of view George W. Bush’s arrogant – yet immature – condescension seemed entirely inappropriate to the magnitude of the situation and the narrative the government itself was offering to explain it. On the one hand they were calling for war as a response to the day’s events. But on the other hand they seemed far too casual as if responding to nothing more than a 4th of July fireworks accident that burned the arms and neck of a local reveler. It seemed utterly devoid of leadership and a spirit of being with Americans in a shared tragedy. Instead he appeared to be threatening Americans – as well as other countries – almost continuously with angled statements (“talking points”?) designed to shame those who questioned blind patriotism on the fast track to war:

“Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make: either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”

“You’re either with us or you’re with the enemy. That’s, that’s clear. I will continue to make that clear.”                                                                                                                                    (GW Bush, 20 Sept, 2001).

Many of us didn’t need these talking-points. We needed detailed, professional, precise explanations. Most of us wanted to know how the planes and office fires could bring the whole building down so fast and so uniformly. The angled, propaganda-styled talking-points appeared to be only evasive distractions designed to promote war; not get to the bottom of a crime that required much more attention and care. They also seemed to know too quickly who did it, uncomfortably reminiscent of the Nazis who knew with too much certainty who burned the Reichstag Parliament Building 27 Feb, 1933, just moments after it was illuminating the sky. They (Hermann Goering) were also too eager to arrest other Communists as if the list had already been prepared in advance.

The arrogance and condescension – and yet defensiveness of George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and the authoritarian condescension of Dick Cheney raised my hackles permanently. It sounded already – from the gitgo – as if they were attempting the early execution of their New World Order as outlined in PNAC in 1997. It is as if, already knowing the ‘catalyzing event’ was coming and when, now they had begun the authoritarian process of capitalizing on it. Some of the condescending defensiveness was just a mask for their monumental impatience. They couldn’t wait to get the American populace under their control and then it was the show they’d all been waiting for since 1991 – First stop: Afghanistan and then Iraq! This puerile authoritarianism continued to the end of George W. Bush’s Presidency following the mess in Iraq and the collapse of the economy there and here and his clumsy efforts to both justify and cover up the truth:

“Either you’re with us – either you love freedom – and with nations which embrace freedom, or you’re with the enemy – there’s no in between …”                                                                                   George W. Bush

“As the President has said, this is a fight to save the civilized world.This is a struggle against evil, against an enemy that rejoices in the murder of innocent, unsuspecting human beings.”                                                                                                                                      Dick Cheney

All these declarations sounded concocted, theatrical, overblown, fake and grandiose. For all these reasons, many of us felt as if they were constantly talking down to us – intentionally – as part of the strategy – and without any remorse. To this day they have never let down their guard. They have talked down to us as if we were a species beneath that of canines.

Remember these are men working closely with the mighty Oil Kings of Saudi Arabia. “Freedom” is not the first word you think of when you think of Saudi Arabia. When you think about Prescott Bush and Averell Harriman helping Fritz Thyssen build up the Nazis in Germany, “freedom” isn’t the first word one associates with their effort. When you imagine Harriman supplying oil or mining skills or military components to Josef Stalin, freedom wouldn’t be the first word you’d think of to describe his purpose, nor Stalin’s Soviet Union. George W. Bush’s use of the word freedom was much too pushed and far too coercive to be credible. Their agenda cannot afford our freedom. It couldn’t afford it back then when Prescott Bush’s Silesian Steel Corp was exploiting slave labor from Auschwitz! And it can’t afford it now. He was compensating for and pushing against his own unjust cause and the public could feel it. “Methinks the lad doth protest too much!” The only thing he had on his side – was the confusing memory of 9/11 – a memory so horrific people needed to believe it had to be caused by demonic Arabs we had never met in the flesh. It was much easier to project our emotions onto 19 dead Arabs who we could not understand than to struggle to decipher the conflicting and disquieting signals we were receiving from the White House regardless of how much we knew or did not know about the history of the Merchants of Death in the United States. Admittedly, most of us knew next to nothing unless we were paying attention to truthful, courageous people during the Vietnam protest movement: from Martin Luther King to Jane Fonda. But King ended up assassinated by 1968 and Fonda was condemned by too many “patriots’ and so controversy diluted the integrity of her message. But to this day, both of them ring clearly in my head. Both of them helped enormously in bearing the burden of truth – where most of the time you feel like a beast of burden – sentenced to wander alone across scrublands forever. It isn’t true, but it can feel that way. Truth can be a lonely vigil.

9/11 consumed the mind so completely that we overlooked the fact that the Bush family was not just working with the Saudis but also the very old wealth associated with High Street banks in London that had been helping the Saudis from before World War 1. The feeling is that they all want to be Emperors. Just being a transient Monarch or a billionaire is not enough. But to be Emperors in a world as diverse as ours, everybody else must become a slave. Hitler had a similar vision that he withheld from Stalin when they formed their secret 23 Aug, 1939 Non-Aggression Pact. He wanted an empire run by slaves for the superior race to live in complete freedom – and what, surrounded by stolen art as far as the eye can see? The evil that Cheney is referring to is Islam. And Saudi Arabia is entirely Muslim. Since he cannot mean the Oil Kings themselves, they must be agreeing to implement a common propaganda strategy that tarnishes Muslims since in a joint Machiavellian spirit, ‘the end justifies the means’. For them, carefully controlled terrorism is a means to a great end. Are the Kings themselves not Muslim? Or are they drawing a distinction between Jihadist Extremists who they are accusing of opposing lovers of freedom everywhere? But the whole world knows that in principle the Saudi Kings are not lovers of freedom: luxury maybe, but not freedom. The Saudi Regime is not a lover of freedom. Ask a Saudi woman how much freedom she has and how it makes her feel. Ask a dissident why he ended up in a Saudi prison.

Was Constantine not really Christian? Is Cheney himself not really Christian? Is he agnostic? Is he an atheist? Or is religion completely irrelevant to his orientation? More to the point, perhaps: what does he think when he hauls a 30 inch fish out of cold waters below ice-capped mountains in Wyoming with a fishing rod? Does he notice the sun reflecting on its scales? Does he watch it flip and struggle and search for oxygen? Does he even see the fish as a living thing or solely as an edible thing? Does he laugh when asked: does the fish think, feel, struggle?

“As the President has said, this is a fight to save the civilized world. This is a struggle against evil, against an enemy that rejoices in the murder of innocent, unsuspecting human beings.”                                                                                                                                        Dick Cheney

But we now know there was no danger, no enemy great enough to threaten the civilized world! America has by far the most formidable military in the world. It emerged from the Cold War victorious – at least outwardly. Surely it knows how to defend itself!  Iraq posed no threat to the civilized world and certainly not to America. The only threat being posed was by America itself and its tight partnership with Saudi Arabia, Britain, Canada, France, Australia, etc. And America could not wait to attack and invade Iraq! These Americans call themselves Christians, Liberators, Champions of Freedom and Democracy and the Civilized World. What then is Christianity that it should so easily morph into a weapon of mass destruction that in an instant kills hundreds of innocent people in a second of time? What is Christianity that it repeats this action day in and day out for a full month – leaving beneath the dust, the smoke and rubble tens of thousands of tangled, lifeless bodies – not even sucking for air like our imaginary fish – too dead to move – and once innocent, non-combative, trying to live, to survive, to feed their children, or parents, or grandparents. Are we to imagine that this non-negotiated unilateral behavior was not only not Christian but really the behavior of bullies who call themselves Christians, who rush into other people’s neighborhoods, without fair warning and start beating people to death? And their pretext? “You attacked us first!”, even though it was proven that Iraq did no such thing; harbored no terrorists and knew nothing about the planning for 9/11.

These talking points are designed to force you to take one side only. At the same time they are carefully designed to hide the truth. You are given no choice. The enemy is set and cannot be debated. They have been successfully demonized and if you don’t agree to send your kids into harm’s way ‘for America’s freedom’, then you are for the enemy and you are against freedom and you are unpatriotic and you are a traitor of the civilized world.  Considering that the terrorists supposedly died in the crashed planes – a part of their suicide mission – it is unclear to me when they could have rejoiced in the deaths of innocent and unsuspecting human beings. The slick exaggerations of Dick Cheney had disturbed me since 1990 when I was living in New York. And these sorts of statements alienated me to the point where I started to involuntarily reject the ‘authorized narrative’ – ten years later – that the Muslims + crashed planes + office fires had brought down the WTC triad of buildings. But I also could not instantly accept government involvement in the deaths of so many people – no matter what my instinctual guidance system felt about Cheney or George W. or George H. W. Bush, or Donald Rumsfeld. I began to feel a split within myself and it took far too long for me to address this internal schism where Big Lie and Truth fought for control of my disturbed system. And I mean it when I say that I do not think for one second that I alone am a victim of this split. I do not for one moment believe that “Truthers” alone are victims of this split. Because of the sheer magnitude of the unconscious dimension of cognitive processing, I believe everybody in America has been affected by this split and the split – like a lesion in brain matter – needs to be healed. It needs to be healed because it impairs function.

I remembered the lies surrounding the first Iraq War and I felt like they were playing me and everybody else, again, in a dictatorial manner – taking advantage of the fact that 9/11 had traumatized me and I wanted a genuine explanation for it. And I wasn’t getting any explanation except the kind of thing you say to a 6-year old child, as if some PR expert or some psychologist within the CIA had instructed them how to treat the public in order to keep them concentrated on a response. Nothing like an atrocity to get the public behind you.  Fabricated atrocities had already been used for the 1st Gulf War to get the public behind “Desert Storm”. And we went for it! Even when a part of the brain, or some pure quadrant of the heart, doubted the story about Iraqi soldiers tossing babies out of incubators onto hospital floors in Kuwait – another part of the heart or brain – bought the story and believed the government’s demonization of Saddam Hussein and Iraqi people to be true – otherwise ‘why would the United States administration and its military intelligence lie about such a thing’? ‘Governments don’t lie do they?’  They do lie. But what kind of a country do we have where lies separate the will of the leaders from the will of the people?

It is worthwhile right here to remind ourselves that Woodrow Wilson lied boldface to the American public during his re-election process in 1916 – exactly 100 years before Trump’s election – that he would not take America into World War 1 using slogans like: “He kept us out of war” and “America First”. It was a promise. But he broke the promise in short order and before anybody could blink, conscription was in place and Americans were off to fight Germans who they didn’t want to fight and the War Industries Board helped make Bernard Baruch, Rockefeller, Dillon, Lovett, Samuel Bush, Pryor and others unconscionably rich.

The situation America finds itself in right now – in part screaming out of Trump – stems from the fact that the government has lied excessively for too many years. The chronic, excess growth in tactical lying has by a sort of inversion principle, gradually gutted the country of all leadership. We might have had a shot with Bernie Sanders had he not been compelled to make a deal with the DNC, but neither the Democrats nor the Republicans were going to allow Sanders much tether anyway. Nevertheless, even as a transition, Sanders would have been a healthier option than what is in control right now. This is a toxic throwback to an Era and situation that has passed. The human race has moved on whether it wants to or not and cannot go back. And yet Trump and his team seem right on the verge of yanking us into a coup d’état. And if they don’t, then they may well be setting up a situation where a coup becomes a real temptation.

People have been learning that we cannot dismiss the force of trauma and the symptoms it can generate in individuals – but also in the collective spirit of a people who go to work together every day and feel that their government not only did nothing to alleviate the trauma, but if anything, found several ways and means to exacerbate it. To compound the depth of the problem, more and more people were beginning to doubt many aspects of the ‘official narrative’ that recklessly offered an explanation for the events of that unprecedented day in American history. An ever-larger number of people began to doubt the story about 20 Arabs (Muslims) conspiring to expedite so daunting a task – and I mean daunting – dropping those towers down into their own footprint with perfect, undeviating symmetry!! Only the top experts in the world could perform such a feat – and only with the most advanced explosives technology of the day. Those of us who continue to believe that those towers could collapse at the speed of gravity with unobstructed symmetry have absolutely no feel for building construction and have not investigated the subject for so much as a second of time to still believe that sagging beams of a few floors could drop down and cause all the remaining floors to collapse like pancakes – without offering Newtonian resistance. It isn’t the nature of the beast to behave in that fashion and NIST – consisting of a team of rather brilliant scientists, mathematicians, etc. failed to address the actual technical collapse phase itself. They stopped short for reasons that are becoming increasingly obvious to many. Office fires and sagging or collapsing beams in no way, shape or form account for catastrophic, total collapse of the whole building AT THE FREE FALL RATE OF GRAVITY – ALL THE WAY TO THE GROUND. The only way in our world, that a building of that height could disintegrate and collapse with perfect symmetry on all four sides – all the way down – in view of the way it was attached to its inner core beams – was if the falling material met ZERO resistance from any material beneath it.

A much more sophisticated technique was required to destroy the phenomenally durable steel sub-structure fast enough for all lower floors to cease to offer any resistance. In other words the material below had to be gotten out of the way or already be falling itself before making contact with any material crashing down from above.

So, soon engineers, architects, ex-military, controlled demolition experts, material logistics experts, physicists and psychologists were all weighing in on the objective facts, logistics and evidence of the complex events that occurred in traumatic fashion on 11 September, 2001.  From the point of view of a very tiny elite – international in scope – perhaps the exploitation of 9/11 could be seen as the “Ground Zero of a New World Order”, wherein the Phoenix of Freedom, for all to see, burned itself to ash, only to rise again with America, the bastion of that freedom, stronger and greater than ever before. How gloriously romantic! However, many would say the narrative did not go in that direction and the New World Order is turning out to be quite different in content and complexion than originally intended. Now the whole planet is in a fight for a ‘truth’ that was burned to ash on the same day. Millions have felt the need to get out and protest – from the 15 million that convened in 600 locations around the world to protest Iraq War 2 – to the current protests determined to prevail against Mr. Trump. But the lies that covered up the truth about 9/11 have crippled us, confused us and blinded us to what was really happening with the power structure and leadership’ in America and all around the world. Don’t underestimate the tactical role of confusion when one group seeks to control and impose its will on another group. By brainwashing us into believing that the upper stories could cause all the lower stories to just disintegrate into dust without evidence of messy, a-symmetric resistance, a bizarre disjunction took place between eyes and instincts; trust and feelings. But as soon as people, experienced in the specialized field of controlled demolition, started to air their perspectives, the disjunction started to close up and the mind could begin the process of starting to think clearly again – opening up the vista of a whole new narrative. The first item that became painfully obvious was the sheer amount of planning and preparation that was required if the buildings were to collapse at all – let alone collapse in a symmetrical and tidy way capable of a reasonable cleanup time.

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When Americans finally grasped that Iraq had no Weapons of Mass Destruction in 2003 and harbored no Al Qaeda terrorist cells – as relentlessly claimed by the George W. Bush Administration in order to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq in March, 2003 – they allowed more and more of the underground truth to seep into their cognitive functions – even if only unconsciously. As people began to hear about PNAC and some of its specific objectives – one of them referred to as a “New Pearl Harbor” – the cognitive process grew sharper and the subject of 9/11 became more uncomfortable on a much deeper level. Not only did nearly 3,000 people die unjustly, but the Muslims got blamed for it by the United States Government. From the New Pearl Harbor parallel, clearly the ‘Muslim terrorists willing to die for Allah’ had replaced the Japanese kamikazes. Most of us were so caught up in how barbaric these Jihadists were that we could not see how intensely we were insulting and desecrating somebody else’s God (Allah) in part because it was simply cognitively different from ours – starting with mere spelling. We forget that such phobia is an illness in us that blocks us from seeing ‘them’ for what they truly are.

But, it should take very little investigation to ascertain with nearly 100% certainty that the Muslim ‘hijackers’ depicted by the government had no capacity whatsoever to carry out the perfect, symmetrical, freefall collapse of the Twin Towers and the precision bombing of the west side of the Pentagon that specific well-known media quickly established was not caused by a large passenger jet. In any case, whereas Pearl Harbor was seen as a nice coincidental convenience, a serendipitous act of passive-aggression on the part of the Roosevelt Administration, 9/11 by sharp contrast, must be seen as an act of carefully planned active aggression because unlike the kamikazes, the patsies 9/11 was blamed on were unable to carry out so sophisticated an operation to its successful conclusion. 9/11 was more like a combination of Pearl Harbor and the Nazi-planned and executed burning of the Reichstag Parliament building in 1933.

This action by the government – blaming Muslims in a blatantly and transparently absurd manner for so sophisticated an operation – has spilled over into the Trump Administration where the opposition to the Muslim community of our planet has become ugly, intensely embarrassing, ignorant and immoral – even if completely staged. One can argue that the whole thing is just an information game – a power game – to manipulate others. Can’t use anti-Semitism anymore, but can get fresh mileage out of anti-Muslimism even as a grossly excessive wealthy elite profiteers with Muslim Nations as partners. However, the fact that nearly 3,000 people died in so horrific a manner on that day – removes it from the realm of a game. I think the perpetrators themselves underestimated the force of the trauma that has gripped everybody – not unlike a black hole that can even swallow stars. I think they knew it had to be big – bigger than Pearl Harbor and bigger than the Reichstag Fire – but I think it ended up bigger than the sum of its parts. The mental illness that we see gripping the White House doesn’t stop there. 11 September, 2001 has made the nation ill until it stops the quarrel and turns its attention to the truth that hides like a massive elephant behind the transparent deceptions of the “Official Narrative”.

9/11 exaggerated the concept of a Muslim Terrorist so effectively that even now, 2016-17, Retired Lt General Michael Flynn has even intimated ‘genocide’ or ‘excising the cancer that is Islamism’ and that has infected 1.7 billion Muslims – the total population of Muslims in the world! Just as anti-Semitism once ran rampant in countries like Germany – especially under Hitler – now we see an attempt to promote anti-Islamism in the United States that sounds as blatant as what anti-Semitism was among Nazis. The official narrative explaining how 9/11 was carried out set the stage for this anti-Muslimism – no matter how hollow and contrived it might sound to some – and it is now an essential responsibility of Americans to set the record straight. Lies work short term, but long term they self-destruct. Right now Americans are of two minds. They still accept the ‘official narrative’ about 9/11 put out by the government – no matter how absurd so much of it in fact is. But they also are troubled enough by the government lies that were promoted to justify the invasion of Iraq – that they know they are obliged to seek a more scientific objectivity regarding the 9/11 events in New York City and in Washington at the Pentagon, since these are the events that have turned part of the collective mind against “Muslims”. What is historically egregious, however, is if the “Muslims” accused of the crimes of 9/11 were in fact nothing more than “patsies” in the same manner as Lee Harvey Oswald who was neither capable, nor properly positioned, to fire the shots that actually killed President Kennedy. He also was not deranged. In order to tie him to the crime, a fresh bullet was placed on the stretcher at Parkland Hospital by somebody – but the bullet was undamaged. Since it was supposed to have passed through both Kennedy’s and Governor Connolly’s bodies – which included bonethere was no way it could have been undamaged. The blatantly planted bullet alone points to a conspiracy – the very concept the Warren Commission was designed and bound to reject. Moreover Oswald was eliminated by a known underworld figure, CIA-asset, and Nixon associate, Jack Ruby, so he could not speak for himself and take on a lawyer to defend him. The public would have found him to be neither deranged, nor anti-Kennedy, nor guilty of murder.

If hundreds of professionals have come together to review 9/11 it is because they have read and reread the 9/11 Commission and seen it to have failed completely in explaining the true manner by which state-of-the-art skyscrapers dropped so perfectly to the ground at the speed of gravity itself without encountering any awkward, asymmetric resistance along the way and all this explained by office fires which occupied but a few floors only. Every scientist in full possession of his or her faculties knows instantly that sophisticated explosives – blowing out, or clearing out, material below – in a timely fashion – is the sole way the buildings could collapse so completely, so evenly, so homogeneously and with such flawless symmetry.  Moreover, these explosives had to be already known to be 100% reliable. This means they had to be exposed over a satisfactory period of time to the most rigorous standards of scientific testing. This was not the work of emotional, seedy amateurs with a fondness for drugs, alcohol and prostitutes, since there could be no room for error. Rather, such precision work required top military experts. So the testing had to occur in a very secure zone, heavily guarded and the contents of the tests had to be kept classified. Los Alamos comes to mind as a suitable place to carry out these tests. If the operation had been in London or Paris then I could imagine the Americans allowing MI-6 or MOSSAD or some other organization to prep the buildings. But because it was New York and the Pentagon, I can’t imagine the Americans wanting anybody other than their own people to prep so dangerous and potentially messy an operation. They wanted it to go according to a master plan. Only the very best would have been allowed access to the WTC buildings in advance to carefully prepare state-of-the-art explosives.

The perfect symmetry with which both Twin Towers came down – just by itself – began to haunt many a mind and when experts came forward from different parts of the world – convening in places as diverse as Toronto, Canada – then more and more people began to sense that extreme skill and extreme knowledge of material logistics, building construction, nano-technology, missile capabilities, drone technology and ultimately controlled demolition itself, was prerequisite to have carried out the job with military-grade precision. As more and more observant minds weighed into the heart of the catastrophe it became evident that expensive and precise tests had to be performed with great care – well in advance – with explosives, with aircraft impact, with missile-penetration of concrete as in the case of the Pentagon. A great deal of time was required to prep the buildings if they were to collapse with minimum damage to the surroundings. They needed guarded access to the buildings. Only the military could carry out so complicated an operation that required that NORAD completely stand down as the alleged high-jacked passenger jets headed for their targets. Nobody was being sloppy, negligent or derelict of duty. All jets designed to intercept hijacked planes in the vicinity were ordered to stand down. They were obeying orders. The White House ban on the word “conspiracy” that was to be used only in the disparaging context of “conspiracy nuts”, “treasonous conspiracy theorists”, etc., was a case of deflective overkill or “methinks the government doth protest too much”, because when you have an “official narrative” involving 20 Muslims you automatically have a “conspiracy theory”, especially since none of the so-called perpetrators were available for questioning – let alone a trial. I repeat, it is particularly galling for those who admire the process of justice that Lee Harvey Oswald never got the opportunity in the land of the free, the brave and the just – to defend his own public claim that he was “just a patsy”. At that point the public might have learned just what the CIA meant by a “patsy” – or what I prefer to call a “CIA-construct” to prevent the practice from laying flat in a mind over-whelmed by post truth falsities and government driven propaganda. The lies that stick to us in a post-truth wasteland also tend to cripple us. Like Nova Scotia black flies, they also deliver toxins capable of infection. Lies are toxic, infectious and crippling in what is already a challenging enough global environment to navigate with zeal and integrity.

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Many pages are required to lay out the details of this formidable 9/11-operation. And I will say it again: formidable operation! Two plane crashes with accompanying office fires could not bring the towers down in the manner by which they collapsed. But to understand the true manner of the collapse requires an understanding of objective facts that we associate with laws of science. In some respects, just as we are seeing with Manmade Climate Change, a terrestrial event of historic proportions that Donald Trump denies and Oil CEOs “doubt” – a post-truth world is also a post-science world. In this world, truth finds itself to be less than a second-class citizen, but more to the point – has become a prisoner in its own universe – and even more to the point – a prisoner held in solitary confinement, trying with all its innate gifts not to go mad.

In any case a great deal of work on the details of 9/11 has been done. What is important is that the information – bearing a great deal of objective facts – from collapse speeds to the presence of molten-iron nano-spheres in the rubble that require very high temperatures to form – temperatures that cannot be even approached by office fires or even jet fuel explosions. In the entire history of high-rises in buildings not as strong as the WTC, not one fire ever caused its steel grid to collapse. Not one. And some of those fires were high-nigh spectacular. The WTC fires were not spectacular after the initial fireballs were expended. Nobody ever knew of any defects in the WTC construction. Therefore the fires the firemen themselves encountered are known to be incapable of melting any steel sufficiently to inaugurate any collapse scenario. Without extremely knowledgeably placed explosives – all throughout the buildings – the top stories alone might have crumpled – crumpled – but never dropped at free fall speed (scientifically measureable acceleration of gravity at a known height) down to the bottom. Any resistance would have produced immediate Newtonian counter-force and a loss of symmetry – stopping the ‘collapse’. Explosives were indispensable in removing the resistance from below so everything above could ‘fall’ at the rate of gravity down into the building’s own foot-print: the basic principle of the well-established science of controlled demolition. This was a very skilled, perfectly executed, extremely knowledgeable military operation. Without wishing to insult any other military organization around the world, the only military that I can imagine capable of such precision, would be the United States Military Industrial Complex, at that time under the control of the Bush group. We can all stand back and admire their technical expertise. What is in question, however, are two issues. 1. A large number of people died in the building collapses and jet collisions. 2. They blamed the entire event on 20 Muslims. And to this day we have been using Muslims, Muslimism and Islamism – or “anti-Islamism” – as an excuse to clamp down on civil liberties; and attack other nations; and spend more and more money on counter-terrorist activity, the military and clandestine operations within the National Security Agency and the CIA.

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There are now more and more quite amazing people – both rich in conscience and fully qualified to discuss with scientific and professional objectivity the mechanics of the events of 9/11. What has perturbed me perhaps due to my particular up-bringing or education in Toronto and New York is the overall psychological, spiritual and behavioral effect on all of us – as a result of 9/11. I have been particularly disquieted by the amount of fear, social dissonance, mental dissociation, emotional and instinctual dissociation and repression, and so decided to examine these effects with a bit more precision. It is very gratifying to see that psychologists have also weighed in as a group and have fully recognized how 9/11 has deceived, confused, conflicted, divided and disturbed Americans at a deep level as a result of both the initial trauma of the catastrophe itself and the cold-blooded Machiavellian hubris of the cover-up that has actively continued to this day – in no small part perpetuated by the population as a whole. In my view too many people have bought into the “official narrative”. This means that they accept being lied to and accept living in a post-truth world. They accept the story about the 20 “evil Muslims” and they accept that the incredibly strong steel that supported the World Trade Center buildings collapsed due to office fires. However, the fact that these people are so willing to forfeit friendships and to brand you as “crazy” when you suggest a more plausible explanation that accommodates the larger picture of reality suggests that their defensiveness is attempting to quash their own instincts. They sense much is wrong and nothing is sitting right within the individual and among each other. And they are correct. The lies that shroud 11 September, 2001 have contributed the most to the current “post-truth-leadership-vacuum”. We have been brought to a threshold of instability – a vacuum that must be refilled and transformed. Clarifying the truth about 9/11 would help us to understand how we arrived at this point where the line between truth and falsity has become far, far too blurry. Emotionally and conceptually truth has gotten away from us and lies have enclosed us in a room of quarrels.

                      THE ELEPHANT-IN-THE-ROOM

At this point a few concepts need to be emphasized and contemplated. One is the principle known as “the elephant-in-the-room”. The elephant-in-the-room – in this context – is a shared projection that is created by a post-truth predicament when a large truth has been blocked by large lies and has become so uncomfortable that even though it is known and present in the room – nobody wants to talk about it for fear of being ostracized.

                           COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

Another is a term known perhaps since 1957 to psychologists called cognitive dissonance. I would like to add to this category the following: “collective post-traumatic-cognitive dissonance”, which I believe has a significant unconscious component to it that ‘plays’ into the emotional and even superstitious aspect of “post-truth” behavior. I would also like to suggest a more extreme version that could be called “Dissociative Cognitive Dissonance”. In this instance the dissonance has become advanced to a dissociated condition. What is worrisome about a dissociative or dissociated condition is that the proverbial “left hand might not know what the right hand is doing.” In this instance one believes the demonization of another religious or ethnic group without adequate reflection – fuelled by one’s own unmediated fear base. What is particularly worrisome about Dissociative Cognitive Dissonance is that an individual can lose touch with what is in one’s own heart or simply not know what is in one’s heart. This could lead to loss of empathy and sense of self, allowing oneself to be co-opted into immoral State control. It also allows a person to believe in what is in their mind which can have nothing to do with the objective reality. In the case of 9/11 the office fires or plane crashes have nothing to do with the actual, objective cause that brought about the collapse of the buildings. The objective cause could only have been explosives knowledgeably placed for a controlled demolition. Yet the majority of people believe in the visual link between crashed planes and weak fires – and the catastrophic total destruction of the whole building – even though in the 9/11 Commission, NIST admits it has omitted an actual explanation for total collapse, but did retract the initial, rather embarrassing “pancake theory” as being structurally impossible.

A big elephant-in-the-room that people stumble around but won’t deal with and cognitive dissonance combined deplete the vitality and natural life of one’s instincts – in no small part due to frustration. In the case of a Big Lie we feel cognitively impaired because the visual cause fails to explain the traumatic effect. Scientists and detectives deal with such circumstances all the time. NIST dealt with the problem by not dealing with it: i.e. it did not discuss the collapse itself once it retracted the scientifically implausible pancake theory. When traumatized, spontaneity can be hampered and with it – health. There may be people who claim to feel much better not knowing the truth and certainly not knowing the truth about 9/11. But to my mind, truth at that scale is too large to be dismissed. It has damaged the relations between the world’s fastest growing religion (Islam) and the world’s largest religion (Christianity). 9/11 has fostered a profound criminal layer in our society and by deflecting its cause onto Muslims, in effect, it acts as an inexhaustible justification for unjust, unprompted wars and blind persecution.

Personally, I hate being lied to, not just because it sets me at such an awkward disadvantage with the liar, but because it hampers and undermines my own natural pursuit of justice in daily life. A lie this big indicates to me that the populace at large is willing to lend itself to immoral, criminal activity and feel in a post-truth atmosphere that its actions are not just defensible, but are in fact justified. But such self-deception is far too dangerous to be tolerated.

                                        BIG LIE

Another term to be discussed is the term “Big Lie” which I first encountered in the writing of Adolph Hitler in his discussion of propaganda. The Big Lie plays right into the card-dealing of post-truth poker being played with everything from power-brokering to the Earth’s ecology, to the roulette of persecution that results directly in man’s inhumanity to man that could have been avoided by taking preventive measures in advance.  In the science of propaganda a Big Lie is so much bolder than a small lie that it is much more likely to be believed because we ourselves know we wouldn’t do anything like that. So we believe what is easiest in accordance with our own biases. Big Liars consider little liars to be crippled by moral scruples.

                          CONTROLLED CONFLICT

And another term can be called the principle of “Controlled-Conflict” derived from the ‘thesis/antithesis/synthesis’ philosophy of Hegel – one of the German Idealists – and found to be useful when employed by monopolists who have control over the bulk of wealth and power available to society. By supplying resources, funding, weapons and goods to both sides of a conflict they can create incidents that set the conflict in motion while they profiteer handsomely from both sides simultaneously.  Samuel Bush learned this trick through the manufacture and sale of small arms. He passed on his know-how to his charismatic son, Prescott Bush who in turn passed on an even more developed know-how to his somewhat awkward, boy-next-door, the Clandestine Establishment Master himself, George H. W. Bush. By supplying both sides one also bolsters their differences. Once they are fully charged one can create an incident that sets a full conflict in motion in accordance with a desired outcome. In this way war can be seen as a carefully calculated business by which the few profit remorselessly from the deaths of the many.

                                       Cognitive Dissonance

This term is based upon the conviction that the mind prefers consistency. Some people say that individuals seek consistency among their cognitions. When they cite examples of these cognitions they suggest beliefs and opinions. These latter two states overlap with the definition of post-truth:

‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’                                                                                                                                                             8 Nov, 2016, Oxford Dictionary)

I would prefer to get precise here for a host of reasons. So let’s note that the Oxford Dictionary’s 8 Nov/2016 definition of “post-truth” consists of 4 main states or ‘idea-states’:

objective facts.” 2. Public opinion. 3. Emotion. 4. Personal belief.

The qualifier in the post-truth definition is “objective fact”. This cannot be stressed enough since it is also the key to what is missing in a “post-truth” world or what in 2004 Ralph Keyes named a Post-truth Era. That was the same year that Eric Alterman referred to a Post-truth Presidency, also in a book that emphasized the way George W. Bush mislead the public about 9/11 (When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences). It was also the year that Joseph C. Wilson published “The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that led to War and Betrayed My Wife’s CIA Identity: A Diplomat’s Memoir”. In this book Wilson gave an account of how Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby destroyed his wife’s career because Wilson had written an op-ed for the New York Times discrediting the Bush Administration’s dishonest justification for invading Iraq in March 2003. Wilson and his wife were set up in a clever manner to be discredited so that in turn Wilson’s verdict about Iraq not having and not pursuing nuclear weapons, would be discredited, even though the International Atomic Energy Commission was in agreement with Wilson’s findings. Wilson’s strict objectivity and democratic fair-play did not go unpunished, but Scooter Libby didn’t go unpunished either. Dick Cheney’s former Chief of Staff, Libby, was eventually convicted on 4 of 5 counts involving perjury, obstruction and false statements. He was not charged with leaking the CIA identity of Wilson’s wife to the press, but was charged with refusing to co-operate with the investigation into that case, implying he was likely involved with the plot. George W. Bush eventually commuted Libby’s prison sentence but not the rest + a fine. That the Wilson’s lives were damaged by Cheney, Libby and Karl Rove certainly matters, but what is particularly important is the historical observation that when fair-minded people like Wilson actually make an effort to obtain objective facts by travelling and investigating and then reporting those objective facts – they are punished by the inner circle in power who then go ahead with their agenda anyway. In the case of Cheney there was even denial that Wilson’s report had been received and read.

So, there were people who opposed the Bush Administration’s propaganda against Saddam Hussein because it was false. They oppose unjust warfare innately – by some in-born moral heritage or logic. Clearly, 9/11 was insufficient to convert these people from fair-minded, just people to becoming anti-Islamic Zenophobes. They were too experienced, too responsible to betray universal democratic principles. It wasn’t Muslims who betrayed Wilson and his wife “Valerie Plame”. It was their own government. Wilson and Plame eventually tried to sue Cheney, Rove and Libby as well as the leaker himself – Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State – but the bid failed. They even tried to get President Obama to pick up the sword, but he sided a priori with the former Administration. But I repeat: Wilson can be applauded for his democratic clarity which instilled in him an international sense of justice that he believed he must help maintain with respect to Iraq. He lost the battle but not the presence of the principle within himself. And who knows: perhaps his actions and balanced heart will prove to be more prophetic long term than the actions of Scooter Libby or Dick Cheney. I can’t predict.

But an even greater point plays out through this scenario. We the public are left fractured by the event. It is too hard to get all the facts straight. So cognitively our view of Washington in this post-9/11 sequence is in a state of constant dissonance – which wears down  the mind and weakens the will. Moreover, despite Wilson’s truthful effort, the US forces invaded Iraq anyway. Innocent people in unnecessarily large numbers died anyway. Cognitive dissonance worked as a psychological, behavioral and neuro-scientific weapon. The Bush Administration kept firing out repetitive, professionally-graded talking-points declaring facts that legitimate evidence proved to be objectively false. Given the results of their actions, the government of the United States at that time, was guilty of a massive crime. By getting away with the crime in plain sight, they added a profoundly frustrating emotional component to the cognitive dissonance caused by the discord between talking-point and objective reality, not to mention the whole idea of government-as-authority. When all this is then mixed in with the post-traumatic cognitive dissonance of 9/11 – then the nation as a whole is under the spell of a collective disorder that does not reside solely in the troubled mind of President Donald Trump.

In the world of medicine, when confronted by a wound, an illness or disease, for thousands of years the tradition has been the same – to seek a cure – to make the wound whole again. If the wound has gotten dirty or exposed to bacteria, it has to be cleaned up and disinfected.

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Meanwhile,  the adjective “post-truth” itself appears to have been used for the first time in 1992, as mentioned earlier, in an article called “A Government of Lies”, by Steve Tesich – a Serbian-American who also won the Academy Award for a wonderful screenplay called Breaking Away in 1979. It seems that Tesich was reacting to the way all Americans responded to Watergate, the Iran Contra Scandal and Gulf War 1, demonstrating that:

“we, as a free people, have freely decided that we want to live in some post-truth world.”

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“We are rapidly becoming prototypes of a people that totalitarian monsters could only drool about in their dreams. All the dictators up to now have had to work hard at suppressing the truth. We, by our actions are saying that this is no longer necessary, that we have acquired a spiritual mechanism that can denude truth of any significance”.                      Steve Tesich, 1992

 

This emotional and trenchant writing was in response to the lies that swirled around Watergate, the Iran-Contra Scandal and the first Gulf War of 1991 – in other words about 2 decades worth of lies (1972-1992), yet 9 years prior to 911! And coincidentally, 1992 was the year the “Wolfowitz Doctrine” appeared, officially known as the Defense Planning Guidance (for 1994-99). Not surprisingly, this precursor to PNAC was co-authored by none other than Scooter Libby! This is how Paul Wolfowitz responded to 9/11:

“9/11 really was a wake up call and that if we take proper advantage of this opportunity to prevent the future terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction that it will have been an extremely valuable wake up call … if we say our only problem was to respond to 9/11, and we wait until somebody hits us with nuclear weapons before we take that kind of threat seriously, we will have made a very big mistake.”

                                              23 Feb, 2002, San Francisco Chronicle

This is more propaganda. He is using 9/11 like a salesman selling weed-killer. The Bush Administration was trying to make everybody believe that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and nuclear capability. The International Atomic Energy Commission and Wilson as mentioned above proved this false. So what weapons of mass destruction is Wolfowitz talking about!? This is fear-mongering – the sort of terrorizing-thought we associate with Israel so that they do not have to treat the Palestinians with any sort of fair-play, let alone universal respect. What weapons of mass destruction were used on the WTC? And I repeat: Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. He had no nukes. Iran has no nukes. It is Israel that has nukes. Wolfowitz is using propaganda to deflect public opinion away from actual reality. It is America who has weapons of mass destruction and a massive stockpile of Nuclear Weapons! It is America that has led the world in nuclear stockpiles. America! Not Iran, not Iraq, not Afghanistan! It is England and France and China and Israel and India and Russia and now Pakistan. Not Iraq! Not Syria! Not Sudan! Not Iran!

And when I apply any criticism at this level – say to Israel out of affection and concern for Palestinians – I will be treated as being an anti-Semite and it won’t matter if I insist that I am not an anti-Semite. The excessive distortion of objective reality – exhibited by so many – including Wolfowitz – has contributed ineluctably to the current post-truth leadership crisis.  I am totally distrustful of the way Wolfowitz used 9/11. I do not believe that 9/11 just happened to play into the wishes of PNAC written 4 years before 9/11. I believe it was carefully planned. Because that is the way these men are: they are planners. Something so huge in scope, involving so many people, so many players – from security people to explosives experts, to insurance companies, to NORAD itself – could not just be left to chance.

Clearly Tesich is very upset that ‘we, a free people’ allowed these lies to stay in place – from Watergate to the 1st Gulf War. His memory of being born and raised in a bombed-out Serbian village with images of far-away America buoying up his spirits – has clearly experienced a modification. The 1991 Iraq War was simply too slick for comfort and the lies engineered to sell it were even more uncomfortable. We seemed, by our actions to accept these lies without adequate protest and as a free people with a constitution capable of judicial inquiry we failed to reach a consensus about the truth being hidden by the lies. In the case of Watergate, Richard Nixon was able to resign in Aug, 1974 to escape impeachment – only to be pardoned by Gerald Ford a month later. Is this abdication of responsibility on our part, a lack of constitutional fortitude? Or is Tesich right that it is a spiritual mechanism by which we just sent truth off on some interminable peregrination through some post-truth world, denuded of all significance? To shut off the spirit is to shut off the deepest means we have with which to renew ourselves. Or are we just terrified to challenge the authorities that we have rather lazily and arbitrarily placed above our own authority?  Or does truth suddenly have more significance than ever before, but like winter grass, just needs the spring rains to come for it to surface green and glowing again? Or, is the responsibility of power in a contemporary democracy an over-whelming challenge that 99.9% of us are unequal to? To bridge the gulf that separates the 99.9% from the .1%, are we to believe that lies just an inevitable part of the ‘bridge’s’ construction? Are we supposed to learn to live with them? Not if they destroy the basis of truth in the bargain. Because then the bridge will collapse.

Meanwhile, I don’t think it can be repeated enough times, that maybe 15 million people in 600 cities around the world – 3 million in Rome alone – protested Gulf War 2, as if protesting Bush’s New World Order itself – whatever fabulous thing he wanted us to believe it was – on 15 February, 2003, 7 years after Tesich’s somewhat premature death in 1996 at age 53 and 11 years after he invented the compound word “post-truth”. I think Tesich would have been moved by the protestors and probably would have joined them. But 15 million people all outside with chants and placards did not make an impression on the ‘Bush Team’. 15 million people meant absolutely nothing to Rumsfeld, to Wolfowitz, to Cheney, to Libby! And they didn’t mean enough to the governments of the world either, even after it had been scrupulously proven that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction and harbored no Al-Qaeda terrorists and had nothing to do with 9/11. To my mind, even by 2003 just about 1½ years after 9/11, at least 15 million people were unconvinced about 9/11. They were responding directly to Bush and Blair and did not trust the propaganda. They did not trust the President and they did not trust the Prime Minister. They did not trust the way Bush performed the script – like disembodied line readings.

Therefore I am not so sure that ‘we, as a free people’ ‘acquired a spiritual mechanism’ that stripped truth of its significance. It is more likely that we have not yet grasped the power of the totalitarian force so anxious to assert its will around the world and in America itself. But back in February, 2003 millions did not trust that totalitarian force. Now, in 2017, an even greater number of people do not trust that totalitarian force, but the leadership vacuum permitted Donald Trump to grab the White House anyway! It is a dangerous reminder of how anxious and determined the so-called White Judeo-Christian Right is to introduce and practice Fascist Tactics of control.

At this point the definition of “post-truth” and “cognitive dissonance” become important. People who want to shape public opinion find it easier to do so if they eliminate or ignore objective fact. And people prefer to ignore objective fact and different sides of an issue for the sake of emotional stimulation, escapism, belief and opinion. They want cognitive consistency, not inconsistency, complexity, conflict or dissonance. The dissonance or conflict causes stress which undoubtedly then aggravates emotions and likely causes other disorders, like anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, depression. These latter symptoms will be particularly true in the case of post-traumatic circumstances or events. A people who tend to really trust their government the way the Germans once trusted their government have a very difficult time accepting that the government would lie to them and cover up the truth of an historical event with a network of lies. Their frame of reference is clearly through themselves and what they have learned, because governments have lied for many a century. Cognitive dissonance has much to do with why people wish to dismiss the lies and give the government the benefit of the doubt. They cannot live with the mental stress derived from the cognitive conflict. They don’t like cognitive ambivalence and they don’t like emotional ambivalence. They also don’t like to be disapproved of by authorities going back to one’s own parents and even hierarchical-structured peers. Make them angry and disapproving – and they promptly withdraw their love or acceptance as a retaliatory measure. A young, growing creature does not want that loss of love. It is as important as food. Patriotism, lest we forget is a form of love. This exact same principle applies to 9/11. And it is best to bear in mind that there is an unconscious component in our memory and cognitive states. This unconscious dimension affects what we call hunches, gut instincts, feelings or even psychic premonitions. The fear of losing love, approval, consistency goes far to compel us to conform and please the authorities. Moreover, the greater the fear – the more we need to conform.

                                         ****

So, all of us have seen towering infernos on TV or in movies and so on. We know that at no time did any of those burning buildings actually collapse – no matter how big the infernos were. We have also all seen footage of controlled demolition where buildings fall in a very specific, very familiar manner. As we watched the Twin Towers we could see – and later heard from the firemen who reached the upper floors – that the fires were low heat and no longer threatening. The firemen knew they could get them out and then evacuate everybody. Instead people reported earth-shaking explosions and finally the South Tower collapsed even though it wasn’t burning nearly as long as the North Tower. As the towers collapsed and when we finally learned about WTC7 and saw it collapse – at least subconsciously we ‘knew’ that it looked like our experiences of controlled demolition.

And so cognitively we are split. The narrative we are being told by officials that we want to trust does not accord with our experience – both consciously and unconsciously. We experience cognitive dissonance as individuals and as a group. We experience the elephant-in-the-room as a group. But we are also emotionally traumatized and the government – though far too condescendingly – was a bit too quick to start the narrative that there were hijackers. So we are split again because many of us at least heard about the Empire State Building being hit by a B-25 bomber 28 July, 1945 in deep fog. It crashed into the 78, 79 and 80th floors on the north side. 14 people died, but it did not compromise the structural integrity of the building and much of the building was open for business by the 30th of July. This accident prompted the designers of the World Trade Center to be sure it could withstand the impact of 707 jets, though engineers believe it was actually designed to survive the impact of more than one jet simultaneously. The standards actually exceeded required specifications. Further, then, at least subconsciously, many of us felt that the jet planes were entirely insufficient to cause total structural failure of the whole building. If we accepted the official story even when we could see how weak the fires were and how starved they were of oxygen, it was because we were traumatized, profoundly vulnerable emotionally and anxious for cognitive consistency. We were so upset about the loss of life and so dramatically able to identify with those trapped above the damaged floors that we did not want to violate their fates any worse by thinking dark thoughts. Instead we just froze by direct identification: that could be me way up there; or my wife, or husband or daughter or friend. The Bush Administration did nothing to reassure us that it was with us. Instead it used fear and patronizing intimidation to make it clear that we had to pick the right side in the war on terror – immediately. George W. Bush seemed too strained, too artificial, too pushed and too defensive. He seemed petty, narcissistic and petulant. He showed no appropriate leadership that matched the weight of a national catastrophe – a shared trauma that needed healing. Any genuine need for healing only seemed to be in the way of their impatient and all-important agenda. But the country was not really in danger! That is why a False Flag Operation is a crime, not just a Big Lie. It disrupts daily life in a serious manner. All this was a giveaway that Bush was acting a role and that we were not getting the true story: the real script. Many of us felt barraged by a propaganda program, but seemed not to realize with sufficient clarity that this was the case – mostly through lack of experience.

                                            *

“9/11 really was a wake up call and that if we take proper advantage of this opportunity to prevent the future terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction, that it will have been an extremely valuable wake up call … if we say our only problem was to respond to 9/11, and we wait until somebody hits us with nuclear weapons before we take that kind of threat seriously, we will have made a very big mistake.”

Paul Wolfowitz, 23 Feb, 2002, San Francisco Chronicle

                                           *

All I can extract from this is unilateral, pre-emptive propaganda and deceptive innuendo. Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld and Cheney and possibly George H. W. Bush and their allies want to go into Iraq, Syria, Iran and more. 9/11 was their Bugle Blast to the nation! Let’s get started. First tyrant to go: Hussein. And right away Wolfowitz links nuclear weapons to Hussein even after Wilson and the IAEC had proven that he had no nuclear capability whatsoever. It was a lie that has reverberated right into the silent, dead core of this current leadership vacuum that now confronts us. Incredibly – they got their war by using propaganda. And they ended up putting us in colossal debt. And this same Wolfowitz ended up head of the World Bank for two years until he was forced to resign just before the economic collapse that pulverized the American middle class.

American society needs mechanisms in place – in the name of civilization – that block the Right-Wing Extremists who can hardly control an ever-present desire to fire their weapons so they can seize the possessions of others. Whatever this mechanism is to be, it cannot let itself become so far removed from the intelligence-gathering core that it is blind and impotent. George H. W. Bush hid that core too expertly after 1976 – as a result of the disastrous relationship between the Right-Wing Cold War Hawks and the more socially-concerned Kennedy Administration that after the Cuban Missile Crisis became understandably more interested in the exploration of dynamic peace than the pursuit of war and covert regime changes. However we all saw what happened when he dared to oppose the wishes of the hard-core establishment that had been operating from before World War 1.

Because we were traumatized, feeling as vulnerable as children, identifying with the victims of 9/11 – horrified by their plight – we were almost desperate for ‘authorities’ to explain the situation. What ‘authorities’? Are we referring to those people whose philosophy and wheels are both greased by the hydrocarbon industry and emboldened by their own hypocritical and presumptuous arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction? What we wanted, post-9/11 was a simple answer that would satisfy the need for cognitive consistency. We did not want it to remain uncertain. We did not want to hear about a vast, cloudy web of complexity and considerations. People like Wolfowitz knew how to keep it simple and consistent. The same pre-emptive and deflective “talking-points”: terrorists with their weapons of mass destruction! Unfortunately this consistent talking-point was also a lie and has made an enormous contribution to the current leadership vacuum and post-truth wasteland that we now find ourselves surrounded by as we progress into 2017.

But it is we who have the weapons of mass destruction that has cost generations of Americans trillions upon trillions of dollars. We’re the ones who have the weapons of mass destruction. We’re the ones who have gotten addicted to them. We’re the ones who surreptitiously allow these WOMD’s to inflate us and convince us that we are superior to all other nations. Americans assume it. It isn’t just a belief. It is an assumption. And that is why there is no mechanism in place to block events like the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq with a mind to pursue control of a lucrative drug trade, oil and geo-political positioning.

Meanwhile the ability to get justice after 9/11 was taken away from us because all the ‘hijackers’ were dead except the near mythical Osama bin Laden – ‘the most evil and most wanted man in the world’ – impossible to find in the barren mountains of Afghanistan. At the same time we were told – also as if we were children – that we were not to use the term conspiracy, that it was not a conspiracy. This of course was not just a simple “talking-point”, it was a wrench in the mind. It made no sense and so aggravated cognitive dissonance while acting like a red flag at the same time. I never got the feeling that George W. Bush ever grasped the suppression tactic that required that the word conspiracy be excised from the public mind. He knew it was wrong, absurd even. But such total suppression of an idea or possibility is a psychological tactic that has a long history. The idea is to shut down the well-springs of the imagination so that people stop using the word and instead concentrate not on the dead and tragic 19 hijackers but only on the singular, evil, Mastermind – Osama bin Laden – whose family was treated like royalty on the day of the event itself. More cognitive dissonance! The government wanted us to concentrate on Osama bin Laden – an image they could control. They wanted us to stop pursuing any notions of conspiracy where one fact would start connecting to other facts until some of the pathways arrived at the door of the Pentagon or NORAD or Larry Silverstein, or Marvin Bush and his security company, or Dick Cheney with his flair for strategy, construction, the military, propaganda and an overriding lust for power. Instead we were to fixate on Osama bin Laden while the USA engaged in what became 14 years of ‘progress’ in Afghanistan. The public in the end was never actually allowed to witness the supposed ‘execution’ of Osama in Laden, which not only came across as anti-climactic, but struck many people as a complete sham. This added even more to the cognitive dissonance that at the same time was inducing catastrophic collapse in the realm of leadership. Without leadership, the ship of state cannot set sail. After 9/11, America has more than just a leadership crisis. It now faces an ontological crisis and the individual does not have a leader to hide behind. There is no way for the individual to escape the crisis. Everybody has to go through it.

Meanwhile, to add a temporal dimension to our cognitive dissonance, other people knew vaguely about a CIA document going back to the Eisenhower Administration. The proposed false flag operation, known as “Operation Northwoods” that made its way into the Kennedy Administration at least as far as 1962, pertained to a tactic that would justify invading Cuba and overthrowing Castro. This entailed the CIA committing acts of terrorism against American civilians. Operation Northwoods was rejected by the Kennedy Administration. James Bamford described Operation Northwoods as a:

“secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting an ill-conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba.”

James Bamford: Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency

One description of one false flag operation involved a drone and one writer who has little patience for 9/11 conspiracy theories describes it in this manner:

An aircraft at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami area. At a designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the actual civil aircraft and would be loaded with selected passengers, all boarded under carefully prepared aliases. The actual registered aircraft would be converted to a drone.

From the rendezvous point [with the drone] the passenger-carrying aircraft     will descend to minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Eglin AFB where arrangements will have been made to evacuate the passengers and return the aircraft to its original status. The drone aircraft will meanwhile continue to fly the filed flight plan. When over Cuba the drone will be … transmitting…a “MAY DAY” message stating he is under attack by Cuban MIG aircraft. The transmission will be interrupted by destruction of the aircraft which will be triggered by radio signal.

 

The military responds by invading Cuba and probably assassinating Castro. The idea was to restore General Batista – a dictator – to power, so that several large American multinational corporations could enjoy the status and privileges they were afforded under the Batista regime: this included organized crime which ran a very lucrative casino, drug and prostitution business – at the expense of the Cuban people who lived in abysmal squalor – alongside the corporations ranging from ITT to Coca Cola to Chase Manhattan Bank and everything else you can think of: Ford, Colgate, Texaco, Remington, Standard Oil, Goodyear, Proctor and Gamble, Borden, Sears, U.S. Rubber. It wasn’t the same number of corporations who profited from, supplied and built up Hitler but it was a lot anyway. And incidentally, three corporate bosses, as far as I know – Henry Ford of Ford Motors, James D. Mooney of General Motors and Thomas Watson of IBM were awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle – the highest honor bestowed on anyone by the Nazis. I can understand those who wish to bestow such an honor. What I cannot understand is how any American could have accepted the honor. But I can hear the voices out there: “Hey Precariot! If you can’t grasp it you’re a bigger loser than we thought! Morality-ridden fool who missed all the fun!” I’m sure that if the US had succeeded with the Bay of Pigs, Batista would have created something alike to a Grand Cross to award comparable men of Duty and Loyalty – and still, of course, at the expense of the people of Cuba. But Batista was not fated to return to Cuba as a dictator.

 

The ‘drone’ mission was not executed – instead we got the Bay of Pigs which failed and Fidel Castro was able to hang on in part because Khrushchev came to his aid which precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis forcing the United States to leave Cuba alone. Fidel Castro has just died (25 Nov, 2016) and so even Cuba is part and parcel of this nearly incomparable Post-Truth Leadership Vacuum that is now confronting America and maybe the world.

My point here is that when we were all watching the destruction of 3 buildings at the WTC and saw the strange aftermath of the damage at the Pentagon – that CNN told us almost immediately did not seem to be caused by a large jet crash because it wasn’t the right kind of debris – our minds – both consciously and subconsciously were experiencing complex, trauma-conditioned cognitive dissonance that we yearned to make consistent. Most of us therefore allowed patriotic feelings of deep loyalty and empathy with the victims to listen to the authorities as they dished out inconsistent, irrational talking points, lies and propaganda that we believed anyway – especially since most of us were entirely unaware of any Islamic Ideology and any Jihadist Extremists in our own lives. This dimension of the Middle East was new for almost all of us in North America and the so-called attacks seemed to come out of nowhere. I was in Egypt 2 years before 1991 and 12 years before 2001 and I never experienced anything like what the Bush family was claiming. Absolutely nothing like it.  I also knew Palestinians in New York who were nothing like what many Jews were claiming them to be. I was therefore highly suspicious of the way the Bush group was pushing this “Axis of Evil” idea involving specific Muslim factions. It did not sound accurate or trustworthy. But I also could not bring myself to accept that the Bush group itself had staged 9/11 as a False Flag Operation. This idea was introduced to me by one of my favorite friends in 2007 and I could not fathom it. I argued rather lamely – mostly through fear – that it would be too easy to trace. Somebody would leak it out and we would find out. But my friend had sown a nettling seed – a hook that got caught inside my system and has never let go. In many ways he was a ‘nuts-and-bolts’ kind of person and would notice things like ‘free-fall’ speed, symmetrical explosions, a lack of normal large jet debris at a crash site. I am a more emotional type and tend to guard the security of my emotions before venturing into uncharted waters.

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            The Technique of the Big Lie

 

When my friend first introduced me to the idea of a Bush-controlled False Flag Operation in 2007, I had forgotten the concept of the Big Lie, or perhaps did not want to admit it to myself. The thought that the annoying Bush family was audacious enough to carry out a false flag operation of this kind spelled for me the end: something worse than the Nazi order in Germany. The cognitive dissonance that mere mention of the idea sparked in me alone was mind-warping. I had to deny it or suffer an instant attack of unprecedented anxiety. It was totally invasive and the implications disrupted every facet of my psychological make-up and life. But the tradition of the Big Lie was already hoary with age and I knew it. So how long could I suppress it in this instance? Whatever the truth was I was embarrassed either way. I was embarrassed to admit to the possibility that 9/11 was a False Flag Operation and I was embarrassed to deny the possibility. The tension this caused had to be resolved – if such a thing was possible.

Firstly, let’s look at the notion of the “Big Lie” carefully by glancing at a section of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Curiously, this book came out in 1925. It was abolished in 1945. Its’ copyright ran out with the Bavarian Government in 2016 and for the first time it was allowed to be published again in Germany – more a symbolic gesture than anything else, because one could always find a copy of the book somewhere. However, as patterns go, it is an interesting coincidence. The same year Oxford goes for “post-truth” as its word of the year – Mein Kampf is allowed to be published again in Germany. Moreover, I am personally unaware of any time in the USA – except maybe 1933-34 – when so much Nazi and White Supremacist energy has surfaced with such chronic zeal. This energy is attracted to Trump like iron filings to an electro-magnet. Back in 1933 an apparent coup was in the works to overthrow FDR. Many of the plotters were members of the Council on Foreign Relations (formed 1921). The plutocrats in the USA were in reaction to FDR’s determination to conduct a massive redistribution of wealth in America – from hugely rich to the poor! From the point of view of Wall Street, from which Prescott Bush was running the “Hitler Project” and many corporations were helping the Nazi War Machine prepare to take on the world, FDR needed to be stopped. A coup seemed to be the best option – secretly organized by the Morgan and Du Pont empires through the Du Pont-created “American Liberty League” that was supported by Andrew Mellon Associates, Pew, Rockefeller Associates, E.F. Hutton Associates, U.S. Steel, GM, Chase, Standard Oil, Goodyear. Money was funneled into the “League” via the Prescott Bush-run Union Banking Corp. and Prescott Bush-run Brown Brothers Harriman. By this point GM’s Adam-Opal Co. was producing Nazi tanks, trucks and bomber engines. Chevrolet’s William S. Knudsen came back from Germany declaring that Hitler’s new order was “the miracle of the twentieth century”. All these plutocratic monopolists were blinded by the temporary hysteria of greed. The only reason the plot fell apart was because the General they had chosen to execute the two-part plan, shrewdly outed them before the McCormack-Dickstein Committee. None of the powerful plotters were brought to justice and instead managed to discredit General Butler for spreading rumor and hearsay. Even when he took to national radio to denounce the true nature of the very real plot – he had little success. He was not properly vindicated until John Spivak uncovered the McCormack-Dickstein Committee’s secret report about the affair in 1967, revealing that Butler had spoken the truth before the Committee. In 1933-34 American plutocrats had a model to study: Hitler, Mussolini. They had a model to “accuse”: Soviet Russia and Stalin. Right now, as we speak, we have Saudi Arabia, Putin’s Russia, and the Bush America. The American public has been disconnected from the political process by wealth-inequality and must make up for this extreme limitation through information and awareness – no matter how painful – and no matter how extensive the post-truth wasteland becomes.

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It has been acknowledged that the most lucid part of Hitler’s overblown work, Mein Kampf, is the section dedicated to propaganda. His attitude toward the people – presumably the masses – is reflected in his techniques of propaganda. What he stresses is that propaganda must recognize “the importance of physical terror.” It must be an all or nothing process that is both radical and violent in order to produce fanatics who support the cause: “always and ever”. The propaganda is designed to appeal to emotion, not reason. It must use repetition because the masses will only remember what is repeated over and over and furthermore what gets repeated must be the simplest of ideas. This idea is almost identical to what post-truth tacticians call “talking-points”, as used for example in selling an unpopular idea or in carefully controlled political debates – where you repeat talking points without responding to the rebuttal. In any case, as far as Hitler was concerned, political leaders need to understand the “technique of the Big Lie.”

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“All this was inspired by the principle – which is quite true within itself – that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large scale    falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which   prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying”.

(Mein Kampf: Vol 1 Ch X)

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It is tempting to feel that this rather detailed analysis of the Big Lie by Hitler epitomizes our current post-truth-leadership-crisis. If we come to agree that a colossal lie (or network of lies) shrouds and obscures the truth about 9/11 then we must admit that no matter how many traces it has left behind, we certainly succumbed as a Nation to that ‘certain force of credibility’. And yes, it does seem that we were corrupted in the deeper strata of our emotional nature – robbing conscious perception, reason and reflection of their power and natural skepticism. As stated already, we were traumatized and the perpetrators planned it so that we would be traumatized. We were traumatized and emotionally horrified and that is how we swallowed the Big Lie. Moreover, even the most intelligent among us who doubt our own government could have carried out such a tactical action tend to underestimate the human capacity to swallow the Big Lie – because we ourselves wouldn’t do it – we wouldn’t lie so heinously – and this Hitler knew and in my view the planners and perpetrators of 9/11 also knew it. They know that the public is capable of small lies – as stated by both Hitler and Keyes – but would never even imagine executing 9/11 in order to manipulate and shape mass opinion.

“It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and   waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation”.

Mein Kampf

Even when facts start to generate doubt – they will stay with the lie – hold fast to it – because it is simpler for mind and emotion and one’s daily life. This simplicity is consistent with the need for “cognitive consistency”. But reality at many levels is complex, not simple. It is true that we all experience moments that appear to reduce complexity – transiently – to simplicity. And these moments become memorable because they are deep, or delightful or refreshing or revelatory. But they are these special things only because they have brought cognitive and circumstantial complexity together for an instant of simplicity and then it all diverges again and we are back to varying degrees of often burdensome and exhausting complexity. Simplicity is recurrent, not fixed, unless it is a tombstone. One can sense from this that part of the Big Lie appeals to fantasy. But it also exploits a naturally-occurring phenomenon for its own coercive purposes.

I think Hitler also fully understood that people need an authority figure outside them to reinforce the ‘superego’ inside them and homogenize the cognitive process. We find the same principle recapitulated in most of the big religions in the form of monotheism. Without monotheism it is difficult for religious authorities to ‘control’ the masses. And the individual prefers monotheism to help at the deepest level with the maintenance of cognitive consistency. If they cannot trust that outside authority they cannot function. So the outside authority must reflect the inner need which likely also reflects the biological miracle that we call homeostasis – itself critical to the health of a complex, living organism. Without this homeo-static consistency the resultant angst can become significant. The Big Lie must reassure people that the government will protect them while also taking care of the threat. The outside threat is reflected inside. The disdain and cynicism lurking behind this analysis can be found right now behind Trump, who scarcely even hides his malignant and even toxic disdain for almost 99% of the population. And this was the same disdain that the Bush family was scarcely concealing behind their rhetoric and shrouds of lies. And it was the same disdain the corporations exhibited towards the Cuban people under Batista and that Hitler exhibited towards literally millions of people crushed at home and abroad. The fault lies not in the natural truth of things, but in the willingness by some to distort and exploit that distorted truth for their own self-serving desire.

We the people are willing to tell small lies but would never think to generate a False Flag Operation that we blame on an imaginary enemy who we wish to conquer, invade, plunder, pillage, steal from, enslave. But if we go forward and accept the Big Lie despite the traces it has left behind that expose it or cause doubt – then we have allowed ourselves into a monumental trap that may be proportional to the size of the lie. What if 9/11 really was intended as the Ground Zero of a New World Order? For the neo-Cons, who prepared PNAC I think it was intended to be just that which means this White Anglo-American agenda has only just begun. If we are not prepared to criticize our government then we are not prepared to avoid the consequences of our complacency.

And let’s just note a statement regarding post-truth conditions by Ralph Keyes:

 

“In the post-truth era, borders blur between truth and lies, honesty and dishonesty, fiction and nonfiction. Deceiving others becomes a challenge, a game, and ultimately a habit. Research suggests that the average American tells lies on a daily basis”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     – Ralph Keyes

 

If this is true – and in my experience it certainly seems plausible – then we are ripe for being lied to by everybody and anybody.

Let me just say cursorily here that the key is the deeper emotional substratum – below the threshold of consciousness – before we can think too much. This is why trauma works. The greater the trauma the more readily a lie will sink into the deeper layers of the emotional well and stay there. That is the moment to engage the Big Lie. In the case of 9/11 – tell them it was Osama bin Laden – even though some report that bin Laden denied doing it. In their need for simplicity they will believe you. Tell them he is hiding in mythical mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and is hard to find. He is almost an evil wizard; an evil genie. Tell them the planes were such direct hits – they caused fires that weakened the steel and they melted or sagged and – well don’t tell them more than that – because then you have just entered the realm of science. Science is a world of objective discipline where imagination and fact clasp hands. When you are living in a country that the Establishment has been dumbing down, the findings of science are treated as a hoax publicly, just because they are sophisticated, or subtle, or difficult to understand. Within the Military-Industrial-Complex the findings of science are treated as gospel. Everything depends on precision. So the way science is treated by the Moneyed-Establishment is strategically hypocritical. Instead, we the people take superstition and opinion for the truth because we are guided not by science, but by emotion and appetite. To understand how the WTC buildings could collapse the way they did, you have to be willing to abandon superstition and allow some credibility to scientific laws and evidence to enter your mind. You must bring neutrality to your emotions. You must place your faith in ‘authority’ in parenthesis.

“All this was inspired by the principle – which is quite true within itself – that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods”.                                                                                                                                                Mein Kampf

It should be added immediately that it is precisely the conscious and voluntary aspect of our nature that science engages and is attracted to and vice versa. Meanwhile, the emotional strata – when traumatized – more often than not, distracts reason from reaching understanding. The irrational quality in emotion is exactly what propaganda targets and manipulates. The objective mind must become the guardian of the emotional nature even as our emotions give meaning to cold facts and cool reasoning. The mind has to assist the emotions in accepting and respecting the scientific laws that have created us with such splendid consistency, plenty of variation and rich layers of meaning. Such resultant self-respect helps enormously to safeguard one’s indispensable innocence from being duped.

Admittedly Hitler is rather uncanny here. We all fell victim to the Big Lie of 9/11 en masse. The trauma grabbed our emotions before the conscious mind could mediate and intervene. Our emotions caused us to ignore our instincts and intensely engaged perceptions and to dismiss the anxiety that accompanied symptoms of cognitive dissonance. Instead we contracted an anti-Muslim attitude that acted like a lightning rod for belligerent government propaganda. Very shrewd indeed. The mind is normally managing complexity as it seeks cognitive consistency. It seeks resolution that simplicity represents. When we are emotionally traumatized the mind starts to reel and seeks simplicity even more. That is when a simple, constantly repeated Big Lie becomes important. It guides us and leads us along and becomes a fixture like a long term bearing followed by a ship at sea.

I think it is valuable to note yet again – partly in response to the depth of the circumstances from which Steve Tesich created the compound adjective “post-truth” – that despite 9/11 – the biggest trauma on American soil since the murder of President Kennedy – 15 million people protested Iraq War 2, in advance of the invasion, in 600 locations all around the world. This to me does not suggest a spiritual abdication. But the 15 million people were also no match for the American Military Industrial Complex capable of enacting a horrifying level of hubris. This tells you how they think. It tells you about their goals. And it tells you how they plan.

The circumstances that caused Tesich to create the adjective “post-truth” and to judge the masses in America harshly for allowing the government to lie with impunity, stemmed from Watergate that implied the Bay of Pigs and the Kennedy assassination; from Iran-Contra which amounted to a tsunami of crack-cocaine blitzing the streets of beloved cities like New York as a consequence of the partnership between the CIA and local mafias; and Gulf War 1, where one writer reminds us in no uncertain terms:

“… it is important to recall that the first Gulf War was sold to the public on a pack of lies that were just as egregious as those told by the second Bush Administration 12 years later.”                     (Joshua Holland, 2014)

I remember those lies like it was yesterday. They never leave you! They may go into remission – but by some law of the conservation of psychic energy, perhaps – they never go away. The accumulation of lies is the cancer that needs to be excised from America, not the Muslims as urged by Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Ret Lt Gen Michael Flynn, now resigned. But the biggest lies entered our systems in a state of trauma, so, unable to dislodge them effectively, it is all too easy for many Americans to be led into a ‘post-truth anti-Islamism’.

                              9/11 and the Big Lie

Why do people lie? The answer is complex. They lie to get their own way. They lie to retaliate when they don’t get their own way. They lie to create an image that impresses others. They lie to avoid having to change. They lie to avoid humility. They lie to obtain an advantage. They lie to set you at a disadvantage. They lie to take revenge – even when delusory. They lie to mask their own guilt. They lie to keep you from knowing their real thoughts and what they are really doing or going to do. They lie to harm you. They lie to disorient you. They lie to rattle you. Some lie thinking they are protecting you or keeping you from pain. They say they are lying for love. Others lie to frighten you. They lie to intimidate you. They lie to control you. They lie to disempower you. They lie to insult you. They lie to cut you adrift. They lie to avoid you. They lie to dismiss you. They lie to get you off their backs. They lie as a procrastination technique. They lie to deceive you. They lie to deceive themselves. They lie to avoid pain. They lie to sow the seeds of their own destruction. They lie to dare you to challenge them. They then answer the challenge with another lie or simply reassert the same lie as if you had not challenged them at all. Lying is a preliminary act of war. Because lying harms others – especially when accompanied by bigotry, hate, sexism and racism – it is impossible not to start worrying about an underlying pathology when somebody lies continuously, bearing in mind that there are many different ways that a person can lie. Is this pathology innate? Is it generated by the system which in our case is controlled by the unequal distribution of wealth? Or is it artifice? Is it a rather scornful method in a variety of political situations, to win a specific cross-section of votes – a cynical strategy? ‘I’m lying about that group of people in order to win the votes of that other group of people’. Moreover, it is one thing to lie to others, but it is an altogether different animal when it is you who is being lied to; when it is you who is being maligned or injured by a lie. Hitler was permitted to lie to anyone he wished. This gave him the advantage and nobody could know what he was thinking. But if somebody lied to him he may very well have had them shot. When somebody lies to Trump or lies about him, he is outraged. Is his outrage real; is it bluster; is it an act? Is he wily enough to be aware of his own hypocrisy? In a fog of lies it is very difficult to navigate a course. The ship of democracy can then easily get lost, making it vulnerable to piracy, plunder, tyranny, slavery, massacre.

When the border between truth and lies has blurred, cognitive dissonance sets in. If a lie is being promoted repetitively, for the sake of cognitive and emotional consistency, it is likely one will choose the lie. To choose the truth one might have to stand alone – as a “lone nut” – bearing the truth or the testament of the truth alone. But here’s an irony! Is that not the whole essence and up-shot of Christianity?

When you trace post-truth conditions back from Hitler to Christ – the two most talked about figures in Western History – you see, that whereas Hitler represented the Big Lie, Christ represented the truth. In his own words to Pontius Pilate during a thorny discussion concerning “Legitimacy” and “Kingship”-  prior to the New Testament’s version of the crucifixion  – Christ utters quite remarkable words in the face of extreme post-truth conditions that we saw earlier but are worth repeating:

“To this end was I born, and for this cause I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice”.

Pontius Pilate’s response is timeless:

“What is truth”?

It is worth taking a deeper look at Hitler’s anatomy of a Big Lie especially since that is exactly what I think the “official narrative” regarding 9/11 actually is. It is the very essence of the Big Lie and other equally important concepts made famous by the Nazis.

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“…  in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since … It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”.          (Mein Kampf: Vol 1 Ch X)

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To my mind we are at the most important part of this rather long article. I think it is extremely important to penetrate to the core of this principle – to fire the arrow of perception right through the body of the lie so that you don’t stumble on it and so it cannot trap you like a spider web catching a fly. The sticky part of the web is its emotional impact and attraction. Since, like the fly, we are innocent and haven’t constructed anything like a sticky web, we have trouble believing that anybody would lie about something as grave and epic as 9/11. Since we ourselves are innocent of Big Lies and innocent of crimes that require Big Lies to cover them up, we cannot imagine that our own government, our own leaders, our own people would lie about something as serious as 9/11. Why lie about 19 Muslims or Osama bin Laden? And if Osama bin Laden and the 19 sacrificial Muslims were not behind 9/11, then who was? The horror that one’s own government and its coalition partners in conjunction with financial and military entities that stand behind those governments, may have planned it and carried it out using the finest experts available, is just too much to bear. It is so unbearable that it threatens to destroy the composition of our psychological make-up. The very idea that a plutocracy would harm its own people in order to turn them against a fabricated enemy creates in us an abyss of disorder. And our systems by their very nature don’t just seek cognitive consistency, they seek cognitive order that is in harmony with social order. Animals also depend upon both consistency and order within which natural processes are contained and realized. Instead, we feel betrayed, disrespected, humiliated, morally and ontologically raped by Unilateralist, Machiavellian Despots.

Again and again we picture the people who suffered and died in the calamity and we feel horror – a horror that does not leave us. We cannot believe our government could do such a thing. But we also know it is no more logical to assume that such a crime is too horrible for “us Christians” to carry out, but not too horrible for a ‘bunch of psychopathic Arabs’ to carry out. And this logic certainly does not stand up in the face of Iraq Wars 1 and 2 where multiple atrocities we accused Saddam and his people of committing were not true and there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction and no Al Qaeda terrorist cells in Iraq and Iraq posed no real threat to the United States, despite the alleged intelligence of the CIA. After the two Iraq Wars the government has no credibility in our minds no matter how much we need it to be credible. And this has induced a long-term leadership and constitutional crisis within the United States. After 9/11 the only way to win over the American public is with honesty and heart-felt integrity not by spinning an ever vaster web of self-serving lies. Other nations and the general populace of the world, despite 9/11, knew that America had no right to attack Iraq. Not only have we the people been morally raped and practically become accomplices to a crime we did not commit – but now we feel embattled and guilty for doubting the official story and the lies designed to cover up the truth about 9/11. But other parts of the world caught on to the inconsistencies and impracticalities of the “Official Story” faster than most Americans. This double guilt compounds the cognitive dissonance – pushing the American zeitgeist toward a state of chaos. Everything depends on how that chaos is managed. Hysteria makes it worse. It makes better sense to look it truthfully in the face and transform it. But in my experience this process of transformation takes time. Any corners cut will simply delay a viable outcome.

At this point we experience a crisis so deep that if we go any further – which millions of patriotic Americans categorically choose not to do – they will have to experience, categorically, what their professed hero, Jesus Christ, was said to experience on the cross not long after his famous discussion with Pontius Pilate about truth.  Let’s call it an ontological crucifixion or spiritual crucifixion or if you are not feeling particularly Christian, call it an “existential crisis”. Part of the crisis involves restoring to the conversation the very reality that had been exiled from the post-truth environment: “objective facts”. Regarding 9/11, the individual will have to ask himself:

“Am I willing to listen to a room full of scientists who can explain to me the types of explosives required to bring down the WTC Towers at freefall speed with perfect symmetry? Or, am I going to bail out with my own xenophobic, bigoted, racist superstitions and say that only a bunch of demented Arabs could do such a thing because Americans are simply too righteous, too principled, too good, too healthy in mind and body to do such a thing to their own people”?

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Some people – justifiably – ask if there has ever been a precedent to such a horrific event. Well, PNAC makes intentional reference to a “new Pearl Harbor”. But I don’t think this is a new Pearl Harbor because that would be too accidental. This group didn’t work to get where they are just to sit around like spiders waiting for a fly or two to accidentally crash into the web. They are much too impatient for such waiting. They despise such passivity. Instead they like to be in control. This event required real precision so that the outcome would go exactly as planned – and no other way. And time was of the essence. It was not a passive tactic: “Let the demonic kamikazes do the dirty work for us and we will use their evil belligerence as an excuse to drag America into a war it doesn’t want to go into”. I think that the precedent for this event of 11 Sept/2001 is the burning (arson) of the Reichstag Parliament Building in Berlin, Germany, 27 Feb, 1933, a mere 7 days after a decisive meeting between Hitler, his banker (Hjalmar Schacht), Hermann Goering and the mighty industrialists whose backing Hitler needed to carry out his decision to become Dictator of the Third Reich. Hitler had guaranteed the group of powerful industrialists that he and Goering had a plan in place that they would resort to if they couldn’t get the job done by normal means.

I recall when I first encountered the story of the Reichstag arson of 1933. I was still a high school student in multi-cultural Toronto and that year we were studying Hamlet by a perfect coincidence: a classic “post-truth” tale if ever there was one. I recall how easily I accepted William L. Shirer’s verdict in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: that it was beyond all reasonable doubt that the Nazis had themselves burned the Reichstag to blame it on communist terrorists and to justify adopting, first a decree – carefully worded: “For the Protection of the People and the State”, followed by the Enabling Act (23 Mar, 1933) that made Adolph Hitler a bona fide Dictator. The Decree immediately suspended the 7 sections of the constitution guaranteeing individual and civil liberties, nefariously described as a “defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state”. The result was a detailed set of restrictions on personal liberties, the right of freedom of expression of opinion, freedom of press, on the right of assembly and association; violations of postal, telegraphic, telephonic privacy; warrants for house searches; orders for confiscations and restrictions on property.

If these historical circumstances strike you as rearing their heads in our own time – you are likely correct. Communists (and Jews) have been replaced by Muslims. Trump wants bans in place and walls built – early signs of a police state. The suspension of civil liberties has already gotten a head start with the Patriot Act, set up by George W. Bush. Trump wants to advance it. Trump is loosening up any grip on the rich and on fossil fuel companies. He wants to expand the military – Hitler’s number one goal, as well as the number one goal of PNAC.

The burning of the Reichstag Parliament Building was a major preparation for the Enabling Act to come. The deception of the original name for the act should have given the whole game away – but when people are suffering, they will swallow a lot of deceptive medicine just from blind hope alone. I repeat, it was originally: “The Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich”, implying that the Fuhrer was about to be their ‘Savior’ and the Savior of Germany, lifting it out of an unjust and gloomy social and economic depression into the light and might of a glorious rebirth, all facilitated by the permanent axis of National Socialism. With a title like that who is going to suspect a duplicitous agenda within the stated banners of National Socialism? There were signs, but to read the signs you had to break with convention and the bad habits ingrained in the nation’s history – anti- Semitism being one of the most chronic. When you have to condemn a minority in order to rally a majority, a serious weakness has just wormed its way into the Apple of State. It is no longer an apple that is safe to eat. It is already too narrow, too exclusive. This is exactly what Trump, his chief ‘strategist’, Steve Bannon and men like Michael Flynn [and others] want to do with anti-Islamism. Without radical and rabid anti-Islamism their far-right intentions would get no social traction.

Despite some doubt and controversy still surrounding the burning of the Reichstag, the most thorough chronicler of the rise and collapse of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer, had this to say in his 1960 publication:

 

“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 L. Shirer

 

“The idea for the fire almost certainly originated with Goebbels and Goering.Hans Gisevius, an official in the Prussian Ministry of the Interior at the time, testified at Nuremberg that “it was Goebbels who first thought of setting the Reichstag on fire,” and Rudolf Diels, the Gestapo chief, added in an affidavit that “Goering knew exactly how the fire was to be started” and had ordered him “to prepare, prior to the fire, a list of people who were to be arrested immediately after it.” General Franz Halder, Chief of the German General Staff during the early part of World War II, recalled at Nuremberg how on one occasion Goering had boasted of his deed”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       William L. Shirer

 

The evidence continues, but even so a seed of doubt managed to sow itself into the folds of this menacing period of German history. That seed could be called ‘the fear of Communism’. In our time a comparable seed of doubt about 9/11 could be called ‘the fear of Islamism’. But in Germany this was a deflected fear that was projected away from its true source toward its fabricated source. The true source was the Nazi agenda within its own borders, aided and abetted by plutocrats from America and England. As for America, post 9/11, one might say in consonance with the former Third Reich: America has nothing to fear, at this moment, but America itself.

As stated by Shirer, the Chief of the German General Staff, General Franz Halder testified at the Nuremberg Trials that Hermann Goering had literally boasted of his deed:

“The only one who really knows about the Reichstag is I, because I set it on fire!” With that he slapped his thigh with the flat of his hand.                                                                                                                                         – Halder

 

This General Halder insisted he heard this with his own ears at a birthday party for Hitler in 1942. But yet, perhaps not unexpectedly, both in interrogations and at his Nuremberg trial, Goering denied to the last day that he had any part in setting fire to the Reichstag. I remember as a teenager thinking: “Of course he would not succumb to such a humiliating confession in the face of world history. He would only ever declare his involvement when bragging in front of his fellow Nazis. He wanted them to know that it was his idea or his deed, not anybody else’s and certainly not the unfortunate patsy who they pinned it on: the half-blind, “demented” Marinus Van der Lubbe. To relieve the world – mankind and future generations – by telling everybody the truth at his trial – would have been a gift to mankind: an act of near transpersonal generosity. But Goering’s loyalty was not to mankind. His loyalty was much narrower than that; much more categorically selfish – a selfishness that prevented him from even believing in mankind! The empire he sought with Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler, Müller, Hess and the rest was not for mankind: it was a Club of Elitist Supremacists who sought power, glory, wealth, gold, palaces, slaves, natural resources and infinite food FOR THEMSELVES. Of course he would not bring relief to those of us who needed the truth so we could understand and start the long process of healing the trauma – of liberating ourselves from it.

As a teenager it was easier for me to grasp this than it is now! My life nearly came to its end in the middle of October in the 12th Grade. After one month in a local hospital my father arrived with a stack of carefully selected books and placed them on my bedside table. It was a good move. I stopped answering the phone and spent long hours reading late into the night – with frequent raids into his own library. My room, at the east end of Trinity College, overlooked “Philosopher’s Walk”, the Law Building, the Music Building, Varsity Arena and Stadium and the back of the Royal Ontario Museum. I read and read and read. I wanted to understand the heart of human darkness – the same remorseless darkness that had put me in the hospital for a month – a darkness that has remained a hermetically sealed bond between me and my attacker to this day – as vivid as if it had happened yesterday.

Toronto seemed to have become an asylum for ‘refugees’ that had escaped Europe by the skin of their teeth – each with their own story that nobody seemed willing to listen to, simply because there were too many stories. At times I was nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of these stories. Trauma was everywhere. But I was ripe enough, laid low enough by my own close brush with Meister Tod, to allow the material to seep in. I was weak on economics. I knew nothing about banks. I didn’t know names like Harriman, Dulles, Bush, Baruch, Farrish, Monty Norman, McCloy, Schacht, von Schroeder, Krupp, Voegler, Warburg – but I had heard about Rockefeller and Nixon (like everybody else) and was to start hearing these other names soon enough, one by one, only to learn that it takes a crocodile stomach to digest names that are so much closer to home: they are less mythical when right next door. In any case that ‘moment’ – my own post-traumatic shakeup – was opportune for me to digest Shirer’s book. And it changed me. And the idea of a False Flag Operation to accelerate and expedite a group agenda was something I could understand in 1969-70. At that time the United States was bordering on being a police state itself, so it wasn’t even far-fetched. Youth in America were being ordered by a draft to go to Vietnam and commit mass murder with their fellow Americans. They had to obey orders to kill or they were sent to jail. Some of them ended up dead themselves – many in their early twenties. While I was not constrained by a draft, despite Trudeau’s strange deference to Nixon, I felt the plight of American youth was outrageously unfair. It reminded me way too much of what young German males faced by about 1933.  I recall thinking – after a lengthy trip to the United States in 1970: “Where power has grown too big, the greater the number of victims it will prey upon”. Canada only had 30,000,000 people north of the border. The United States had nearly 7 times that number, south of the border. Consequently it had far more people for power to prey upon and many of them – probably the bulk – were the least protected members of the social order. Martin Luther King was particularly important for conveying this message to the world.

Now, in 2017, I feel like I’m starting all over again from the beginning. It seems to have been sparked by the collective adoption of the compound adjective “post-truth” in 2016 and mentioned by Tesich in 1992 in an article he chose to call “A Government of Lies”. He was clearly in no mood to beat around the bush. The pieces of a powerful puzzle were quickly snapping together. Things are thematically linked, but it is hard to find the time to follow the loops that weave together the whole. When all you have are just bits and pieces, everything seems like an unsolvable puzzle and the mind dwells too much of the time in a state of cognitive disarray. In the case of 9/11 it is hard to overcome the disarray, in part because the ‘Ground Zero Crime Scene’ was closed off and then cleaned up before an investigation could be undertaken. 411 days elapsed before Kissinger was appointed. After he was rejected more time elapsed. But by then critical evidence had long been dragged away by ‘authorities’.

                     A Voice from the Edge – 1970

Then, in the midst of that unique period of mental and emotional struggle – back in 1970 – my father, who was both Director of the Department of Criminology and Chairman of the Department of Religion at U of T, decided to follow through on a suggestion by a colleague to invite Elie Wiesel to speak for the first time in Canada. My father was impressed by the fact that Mr. Wiesel had survived more than one concentration camp, when some of his family members did not survive – including his father. He got schooled in France and decided to come to the ‘land of the free’ to find out why Jews in America remained so silent during the horror of the Holocaust. He came as a living testament and wanted to end that silence – or perhaps transform it. And when walking on 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan (1956?), he was hit by a speeding vehicle and knocked flying some preposterous distance through the air. By the time he had landed he had broken every bone in his body and was pronounced dead at the scene. But, a NYC taxi driver begged to differ and got him to a local hospital where he remained in a coma for 14 days. When he came out of the coma – he laughed and laughed and laughed – before spending the next year in a wheel chair. When my father told this story at the dining room table – a couple of weeks in advance of Mr. Wiesel’s visit – we discussed the laughter and the irony. He had survived Nazi tyranny and hate and vicious, demented cruelty, but was almost killed by America’s symbol of freedom: a vehicle driving on 7th Avenue. Moreover Adolph Hitler had a real affection for American vehicles, just to make the irony that much more absurd.

My father was not a big talker at the dining room table. He preferred to eat in silence. Moreover, there was usually a lot of tension between him and me. But he told this preparatory story with unusual power – having removed all the masks he tended to put on when not alone. He invited the whole family to come to Mr. Wiesel’s talk that would be based upon the tales of Rabbi Nachman (1772-1810) from Breslov, Ukraine. Like Kafka and many others, Wiesel maintained a profound love for Nachman who acted as a true guide for the soul. My father also mentioned Mr. Wiesel’s book “Night” (1960), giving us an idea of what a soul might have to endure in a lifetime – unexpectedly – when collective, human behavior has come full circle. I made a mental note that Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” was also published in 1960. As my father continued I could feel a fire starting to burn in my chest. I couldn’t wait for Mr. Wiesel’s talk. I couldn’t control the fire that was also mixed with the excitement of ‘learning’. But to this day I have also been nagged by a mystery. My father invited the whole family to hear Mr. Wiesel. But only I chose to go. And it was not a choice. It was a passion, an unequivocal inspiration; one of those dots in the vast field of time that you leap like a lion to participate in. With the inimitable posture of an animal you bring your soul from its dungeon until it is seated right next to the living ear and you give of yourself as you receive – even if in silence. Your ear will not fail you – even in deepest mystery or incomprehensible absurdity.

When I was in the hospital the previous year my father had visited once with my mother and my much younger twin brothers. It had been assumed that because of the friction between my father and myself, that there was no connection between us. But it turned out not to be true. As soon as I saw him enter the room I started to laugh. And I mean laugh. The encounter seemed like a variation of the French term, “de trop”, that I was to encounter in the novel by Jean Paul Sartre, called “The Nausea”. I laughed so hard that nerves got pinched in my broken ribs. So the colossal laughter turned into colossal pain that in turn transformed into colossal absurdity. This was October, 1969. Everything came up in me all at once. My parents were totally alarmed. A nurse was called and came running because it seemed I was going to explode with laughter and pain and absurdity. I was reading “Catcher in the Rye” and listening to James Brown so the whole ICU could hear “Cold Sweat” and “It’s a Man’s, Man’s World”. And I wanted to scream out everything – from the death of Martin Luther King to the criminal madness of Vietnam, to the unhealed wounds from World War 2, to the hypocrisy that seemed more rampant in North America than all other diseases put together. But the nurse ordered my family out – for fear that my spleen would rupture – and the last thing I did with my father was wave, try to say something and instead – laughed so hard the nurse had to grab my shoulders and settle me down.

The following summer I hitch-hiked the length and breadth of America: from Washington to Mexico and from California to New York City. In September, I sat my parents outside in the garden behind the Dean’s House and I tried to describe the hate that had gripped the campus of Berkeley. I described it as contracting the air between kids and cops to such a density that I felt if I had stuck a dagger in it, the air would have supported the dagger off the ground.  I also described this hate as being the total absence of heat. It seemed to literally drop the air temperature. I described it as a battle between freedom and authority. The authorities expected the kids to be patriotic and go to Vietnam and kill the Vietnamese. From the point of view of the kids, this was murder. I said to my father that I agreed with the kids. I mentioned that I was meeting soldiers, guys from the navy, marines who had returned from Vietnam. I said: “They were all mostly crazy. I mean, their minds had been damaged. All of them, one way or the other, believed the war was both wrong and a waste”. I told my parents that I talked to all walks of life and what really disturbed me was that just below the skin most people were in agreement – from Scout Masters, to teachers, to cops. They all agreed that the war and the killing and the bombing was all wrong. The tragedy was that they were divided by the government that was dishing out lies. Somebody else was dividing them! On their own they had no quarrel with each other. And they sure as hell had no quarrel with the North Vietnamese people! The government was enforcing this brutal divisiveness. This talk, altogether, formed a bond between me and my father even as he was in charge of discipline on the campus at U of T during the period of maximum dissent. He listened and absorbed and I didn’t realize that he had taken what I said to heart.

It turned out to be a small gathering in Trinity’s tiny Convocation Hall, in December, 1970, but I was the only teenager in the room and everybody except Mr. Wiesel himself was ‘Christian’ – which didn’t seem to bother him in the least. The event was unforgettable, but too long to embark on here. I will just mention two brief things. Elie Wiesel struck me as a man who had been so broken – in that paradoxical tradition of shamanism – that he had been swallowed by the void – the infinite – where everything is inverted. The void swallowed his life. Then he was spat back out – back into a body, awkwardly covered by an ill-fitting suit that he wore around the streets of New York.  When he spoke it was as if the void, the beginning, the ‘prima materia’ that tangibly penetrated Trinity College at that instant, was being disturbed for the first time. Through the rich overtones of his voice – reminiscent of a very fine cello – I sensed Wisdom as the whole – the beginning and the end; the Alpha and the Omega; the emergence and the return: the indispensable cycle by which we are illuminated. In the midst of this mystical space he left us with many thoughts, but one in particular really got me – even though I had heard it before. He said:

 

“When a teacher points his finger at the moon, the fool stares at the finger, but a wise man looks at the moon”.

 

Having just returned from protest-torn America, raging over the sordid folly of Vietnam, I had a renewed inkling what he meant. We incarcerate, torture, exploit, kill each other because we cannot see past the finger, the flag, the nose-shape, the skin-tone, the gender, the spoken tongue, the clothing, the bank account, the opinion, the body. We cannot see past the symbol, whether Swastika or Star of David or a hammer and a sickle or a skull and cross bones. We don’t seek the truth; we seek a myopic representation of the truth. We invest in the representation and abandon all curiosity about the reality that created it. We cannot see past our stomachs, our degrees, our outrage, our things, our isms, ad infinitum, our mysterious frustration.  In the name of gold, of oil, of a house, of a company, or an army, or a group, this ism, that ism, we aim our weapons and start firing across a chasm of our own making. We let the finger do the talking and soon forget what we were talking about. We make mountains out of mole hills so we can hide the power of common sense in the shadow of a false drama.

Wiesel made a permanent impression on me. I heard true speech as if for the first time and through the tone of his voice sensed that all of us had emerged from exactly the same source in the midst of the same cries, whispers, tears and peals of laughter. He left me with a residue of hope, not because the dehumanizing forces of the world will ever go away, but because the mysterious power of spiritual renewal will never go away. Wiesel was a living testament who visited and touched us in Trinity College’s very modest “Convocation Hall”, December, 1970. I owe him a debt of gratitude.

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I didn’t really have any problem – once I had heard real life accounts from people who had barely survived the concentration camps – believing that the Nazis would burn the symbolically important Reichstag Parliament building to ignite a collective, patriotic outrage that the Propaganda division of the Nazi Party could then marshal against ‘communist-terrorists’, while also accepting the need to make Hitler dictator. The alternative was to wade through the quagmire of the democratic process that wasn’t about to just throw its arms around Nazi policies about race, about violence, about imperialism, about human rights, about freedom, the state and individuality. So, burning the building was also a way to artificially accelerate the Nazi-will-to-power. Yet, this wasn’t what bothered me because for some reason I already grasped this age-old lust for power. From childhood I was observing its pushy machinations pretty much everywhere. What bothered me was a question: what gave the leaders, the industrialists and the foreign investors so much confidence – or was it hubris – that together they believed they could get away with such an artificial acceleration? Instead of the great cycle of the Phoenix taking its own natural course, it was as if this audacious group had decided to intervene and assume artificial control over the Phoenix Principle. To induce change in the direction you want, burn the multi-colored Phoenix to ash and then direct the will of the people from out of the trauma of the ash in an act of resurrection that the Party designs – namely an overwhelming Wehrmacht – aimed at making the nation great again, never again to sink back into such sordid depths of failure and disgrace. To do this, the Enabling Act was indispensable. Germany needed to become a Police State that would also faithfully reflect Hitler’s case-hardened vanity since the game is the same game it’s always been. To serve your country you must follow a Leader. But even to an inexperienced teenager who had just been knocked around by evil for about two years from 1969 to 1971 – I felt this totalitarian urge or “Will-to-Power” was too artificial. Even though I was in a panic myself I could feel that the pace set by the Nazis to restore Germany and take it to war was artificial, terrifyingly artificial. I felt this artificial pace was both pretentious and deviant.

I also asked myself how they managed to accumulate such psychological insight into the mass psychology of ‘we the people’? How had they become so familiar with the ‘child’ imprisoned behind the fears of every German citizen? Who taught them how to manipulate this fear and the child caught within it, all wrapped up in a cocoon of fairytales? How did they know they could forge it into rallies as overwhelming and organized as those witnessed at Nuremberg in Bavaria? And what drove them to carry out their manipulation and coercion to such extreme limits? A lust for power? Un-tempered imagination? An appetite for luxury and privilege? An abysmal inferiority complex? Compulsive dreams? Rage? Envy? Anger? Discontent? A lack of creativity? Lack of love? Despair? A pathological abhorrence of historical obscurity? Extreme geographic-claustrophobia that craved Lebensraum? The curse of an unadmitted, narcissistic stupidity? Dark memories of the Post-Versailles Depression that all but sank the average German citizen, threatening the industrialists as well? The foreign investments that gave them overnight respectability – a nice, palatial headquarters in an aristocratic section of Munich; nice cars to drive, built by Ford and GM? Or was it the irresistible lust for weapons of mass destruction, the promise of a brand new War Machine – literally an unimaginable Military, Industrial and Ideological Complex? So much power in the hands of so much impatience is a recipe for great harm.

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                     The Motivation

We still have not completed the puzzle. We can suggest that PNAC wanted to accelerate the process of establishing a New World Order with them in charge. But we have not dealt with the problem of how to get the people permanently behind the cause since we established earlier that most people don’t want war and indeed why would they? But we learned from Iraq War 1 – from a highly paid New York PR firm that ran focus groups – that if you expose the populace to atrocities, you have just found the key that unlocks the gate of most resistance. Once people hear about atrocities against the most innocent among us, they will help you dismantle Mount Everest if need be. People are emotionally impacted by brutal atrocity, so intensely, they will happily and patriotically help you with your dazzling revenge or even heroic vigilantism. But the atrocity must be real and on full display, so that its effect cannot backfire. And that means a sacrifice and a risk. It must never leak out that you were behind the atrocity yourself, or it could be disastrous. To my amazement, Christian America bought the Big Lie, forever convinced that Osama bin Laden and his amazing group of 19 ‘non-conspirators’ knew how to force pilots to die by crashing into the Twin Towers instead of by downing the jets into the Hudson or Atlantic – which is what they were trained to do. And the absurdities unravel from there. But it doesn’t matter, because the lie became sacred emotionally and it was easier to wrestle with vengeful feelings towards dead Arabs, than to wrestle with living Christians who were still in the White House.  We did not stop the 2nd Iraq War because in the back of the collective mind – deep in our emotional factories – we had doubts. The doubt was born of fear that oozed through the fractures of a collective cognitive dissonance. We needed consistency to alleviate all doubt and there was no consistency anywhere – save for tiresome, one-note talking-points, like automatic machine gun fire from the White House. We let it happen because we doubted ourselves and did not have the collective power to confront the White House and the Pentagon.

If your propaganda is to get people to go to war – the prime goal of your titanic agenda – then you must go a little further. And 9/11 fulfilled this requirement as well. To understand it we need to go back to Hermann Goering – often seen as Hitler’s right hand man and the man who claimed in front of a gathering of Nazis on the occasion of Hitler’s birthday that he alone knew the circumstances surrounding the burning of the Reichstag because he himself had the honor of starting the symbolic blaze himself! This implies that he also understood why the spectacular act of arson in 1933 was so important to the Nazi cause.

When interviewed by the American psychologist, Gustav Gilbert, during the Nuremberg Trials, Goering said this to Gilbert:

“Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the 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… ”                                                                                                             Hermann Goering

At this point Gilbert responded:

“There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.”

Goering then answered Gilbert back:

“Oh, that is all well and good, but, 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 way in any country”.

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Perhaps I underestimated the power of shame in any social order. Perhaps I have underestimated how much people need to feel approval from authorities, parents, peers, loved ones. Too much shame withers the soul of many of us. It mortifies us. So we rouse ourselves to prove ourselves. Goering was a man of war. He and Hitler shared a common purpose and a common modus operandi: war and conquest of the ‘inferior’ by the ‘superior’. And yes, people work hard and value their security and they don’t want it harmed or threatened or taken from them. A blatant attack cannot be left unanswered.

It becomes clear rather swiftly that 9/11, which could have been called Operation Phoenix, fulfills every aspect of Goering’s recipe for war – how to get people to do the bidding of their leaders and all the points that post-truth tactics have in common with Hitler’s principles of propaganda. It is radical. It is violent. It is emotionally so profound as to be traumatic for both individuals and for the nation as a whole. It uses simplistic repetition that pins the blame on a group of Arabs – whose credentials, as it turned out, render them incapable of such an operation – but that didn’t matter from the outset because America was under attack and it was not a movie! The propaganda demonized jihadist Muslims over and over to deflect away from the fact that expensive military tools, devices supposedly put together under Reagan, had been unable to protect America from the attack. The President himself, George W. Bush, was unable to respond swiftly to the ostensibly catastrophic emergency of ‘America under attack’ because it was more important for him to listen to the story about a pet goat in a children’s school in Florida than rush to safety and start responding to ‘America under attack’. But there is a simple reason why George W. Bush could continue on in his role of President-who-puts-children-and-books first – even ahead of war and the first war-like attacks on continental American soil ever – because America was not under attack at all – unless you believe in a sort of deep-seated auto-immune disorder. It was a carefully orchestrated government-controlled operation – as slick as Gulf War 1 that George H. W. Bush was so unequivocally proud of – especially the genius of those simply fabulous Patriot Missiles!!! Man, do those babies kill!

The setting of a children’s school in Florida was pure propaganda. It was a primitive psychological technique that you could apply to movies, musicals or advertizing. We the audience are to identify with both innocent children in America and a totally innocent, sweet, sweet President – far away from the evils of either New York business or Pentagon war-mongering, or the persuasive pressures of Europe’s Central Banks. This was a President who cared about America’s kids first and be damned if the first attack on continental American soil was going to be allowed to disturb that bond, that care. Or, was it a plausible deniability stunt? Or was it all of the above – designed to establish George W. Bush’s profound innocence – ever and always – stored in the same emotional substratum as the collapsed WTC buildings themselves? Then it is the same shocked President who comes out with the start of the Official Narrative. 19 Arabs and the formidable evil magician, Osama bin Laden. And that is where our emotions went. It’s where they direct your emotions first, when you are traumatized, that matters because that is what molds a sacred bond that lasts forever. The fire of your emotions burns into an image rendering it both life-defining and indelible. No matter that for years and years we could not find Osama bin Laden just like NORAD et al could not defend New York or the Pentagon from being hit by planes. Military jets could not intercept a plane between Boston and New York even though the FAA was telling them to please get up there and help out?! Military jets could not get scrambled to intercept a plane headed for the South Tower of WTC? And no jets, no surveillance could detect and intercept a huge plane purportedly angling in to hit the Pentagon!?! In other words the same slick military machine that George H. W. Bush was so proud of in 1991 – suddenly, for no legitimate reason – had a 100% failure rate on 11 Sept 2001? Not a chance. It isn’t the nature of the beast. All the people at NORAD and all the people in the FAA know what they are doing.  The sequential unfolding of the outrageous, ‘radical and violent’ events of 911 was virtually a 100% success and George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld were probably more proud of that operation than the smooth, detached 1991 attack on Saddam Hussein. For one thing it announced the glorious, indescribable commencement of a New World Order – so valuable – even a sacrifice of as many as 100,000 fellow Americans would have been morally acceptable. Hubris of this magnitude – though impossible to accept with the heart – probably thinks we should be grateful that only 3,000 died when it could have been 30,000 or any other figure.

If Americans sense even one granule of ice gleaming at the tip of this iceberg, or one cell in the trunk of the elephant-in-the-room that is growing out of the truth about 9/11, then they are now feeling that something is wrong and that America has become completely divorced from its own political process and that what Gilbert had to say to Goering about the democratic process in the US Congress no longer applies today, indeed if it even applied then.

 

It is a terrible irony, truly terrible, that an Administrative team uses Christian values, beliefs, norms and ‘Ideology’ to advance their cause against what some have labelled, the “cancer of Islamism”. The essence of the New Testament is what Christ declares to Pilate not long before his ‘crucifixion’ and yet Donald Trump – America’s 45th President – has lied more frequently and more outrageously than any known political candidate in American history. So Pilate has the last say: “What is truth”? And we can ask, what is Christianity if it cannot prevent its adherents from chronic lies? Is it just a recipe for post-truth Machiavellian hypocrisy? What is Christianity if its central character is not only the most written about figure in Western History, with Hitler running second, but unlike Hitler, may not have existed at all – except, of course, in the living, human soul? And this most popular figure who may not have existed historically in the flesh, was conceived to have been sacrificed, not so much for our sins and fallibilities, but for the truth itself. What truth? The truth that is the essence of what we all are and when we are in touch with it – so the New Testament perspicaciously suggests – ‘we hear Christ’s voice’? One imagines, in modern jargon, a state diametrically opposite to “cognitive dissonance” – such as we all cherish in great music: something like “Synchronous Cognitive Resonance.” Hitler on the other hand, who obsesses us almost equally, was a calculating and cunning liar who sacrificed, not himself, but millions of others in multiple countries to advance a personal agenda – or delusions of grandeur – shrouded in lies, deception and broken promises. Hitler and Christ are the two extreme poles of what all of us are in this earthly life. The Roman governor still has the last say: “What is truth”? And each and every one of us – whether Atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Confucianist, Hindu, Hopi, Inuit, Jainist, Jewish, Jungian, Korean Shamanist, Masonic, Muslim, Rastafari, Shinto, Sikh, Spiritualist, Sufi, Taoist, Unitarian Universalist, Zoroastrian,  – still has the right to answer this question with all sorts of other people surging around a great and common ground.

 

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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”.

                                                GOLDEN TOIL

Ukraine

Ukraine

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?

A sea of Ukrainian citizens, seeking improvements, protest in Kiev.

A sea of Ukrainian citizens, seeking improvements, protest in Kiev.

    Man does not live by bread alone; but without it, he cannot live.

"Harvest in Ukraine" by Mykola Pymonenko                                                                                                                   1896

“Harvest in Ukraine” by Mykola Pymonenko 1896

‘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.

THE GREAT BRIDGE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

THE GREAT BRIDGE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

                          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.

Ukrainians protest in large numbers, seeking change.                  2014

Ukrainians protest in large numbers, seeking change. 2014

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

Reverend King at Riverside Church, 4 Apr, 1967

Reverend King at Riverside Church, 4 Apr, 1967

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!

Dr. King listens intently to President Johnson

Dr. King listens intently to President Johnson

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”

Ambiguity surrounds the world’s richest.

Ambiguity surrounds the world’s richest.

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

University of Washington students protest invasion of Cambodia,     5 May, 1970

U of Washington students block Interstate 5  to protest invasion of Cambodia, 5 May, 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 risenastronomicallyin 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

Protest in San Francisco against Iraq War

Protest in San Francisco against Iraq War

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.

Huge protest against Iraq War   2003

Huge protest against Iraq War 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Bombing of Baghdad                                   March, 2003

Bombing of Baghdad March, 2003

Citizen assembled in shock, grief and outrage.

Citizens assembled in shock, grief and outrage.

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”

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush

                                   PEACEFUL PROTEST

3 million protest Iraq War in Rome,      2003

3 million protest Iraq War in Rome, 2003

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.

                                         Vietnam War

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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.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Protesting Iraq War in London

Protesting Iraq War in London – 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         THE FRUIT OF PATRIOTISM

World War 2

World War 2

Eastern Front                World War 2

Eastern Front World War 2

Japan after the bomb                                1945

Japan after the bomb 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Einstein’s  admiration for Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein in 1931

Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein in 1931

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                  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.

John D. Rockefeller Sr. & Jr.

John D. Rockefeller Sr. & Jr.

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

Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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.

Hitler Projected Too Far: To What Was Unattainable.

Hitler Projected Too Far: To What Was Unattainable.

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

Bombing mission over Romania

Bombing mission over Romania

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?

Where do you run? Where will you die?

Where do you run? Where will you die?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A PACIFIST PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE

World famous pacifist, Einstein, displays another gift

World famous pacifist, Einstein, displays another gift

                                          THE PREPARATION

                      NAZI GLITTER AND NATIONAL PRIDE

Germany was spiffed up by Foreign Financing during the 1920’s & 1930’s.

Germany was spiffed up by Foreign Financing during the 1920’s & 1930’s.

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

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

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

Photo/Marty LederhandlerAldrich

Photo/Marty LederhandlerAldrich

Winston Churchill, Baruch and President Eisenhower

Winston Churchill, Baruch and President Eisenhower

                                          THE GREAT DIVIDE

Section of the “Symbolic” Berlin Wall

Section of the “Symbolic” Berlin Wall

                                       *****

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.

Rothschild Estate

Rothschild Estate

One can easily understand the ‘monopolist philosophy’ when one contemplates the privileges they enjoy far away from the acrid smoke of the ruthless and

Standard Oil New Jersey

Standard Oil New Jersey

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.

                                          Breathing Nightmare

Krupp Works in Essen, Germany                               1890

Krupp Works in Essen, Germany 1890

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.

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania      Coal Pollution                 1940

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Coal Pollution 1940

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.

How the very richest take a vacation in 2014

How the very richest take a vacation in 2014

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

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Gandhi fasted in 1933 in protest against Britain

Gandhi fasted in 1933 in protest against Britain

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

Alabama          THE HATS AND TIES  of  AUTHORITY          USA

Alabama , USA

Heinrich Himmler consults with other SS officers at a concentration camp

Heinrich Himmler consults with other SS officers at a concentration camp

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

Rinat Akhmetov with his football club in Donetsk, Ukraine

Rinat Akhmetov with his football club in Donetsk, Ukraine

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.

Friedrich Flick at Nuremburg Trials

Friedrich Flick at Nuremberg Trials

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

Viktor Yanukovych and Akhmetov

Viktor Yanukovych and Akhmetov

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

An ornate Sweeping staircase         photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

An ornate Sweeping staircase         photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

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

The ‘Panoplication of Opulence’       photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

The ‘Panoplication of Opulence’ photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

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.

Feb 20, 2014  Kiev, Ukraine         Deadliest Day of Protesting

Feb 20, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine Deadliest Day of Protesting

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.

Snipers kill protesters, police and innocent by-standers in Maidan

Snipers kill protesters, police and innocent by-standers in Maidan

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.

                                         EAST-WEST VISE

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.

Stand-off in Ukraine                                      2014

Stand-off in Ukraine 2014

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!

Roman Abramovich’s 533 foot “Eclipse” in        New York City

Roman Abramovich’s 533 foot “Eclipse” in New York City

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.

President Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin         Dec 17, 2013

President Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin Dec 17, 2013

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

John McCloy

John McCloy

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.

                                    RESOLUTION

Nikita Khrushchev and President Kennedy

Nikita Khrushchev and President Kennedy

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

McCloy, Rankin, Russell, Ford, Warren, Johnson, Dulles, Cooper, Boggs

McCloy, Rankin, Russell, Ford, Warren, Johnson, Dulles, Cooper, Boggs

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

Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles

Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles

                        THE STATE WITHIN A STATE

I.G. Farben Building, Frankfurt, spared from Allied Bombers!    1950?

I.G. Farben Building, Frankfurt, spared from Allied Bombers!     photo – 1950?

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

Abramovich’s 115 meter “Pelorus” worth $300 million

Abramovich’s 115 meter “Pelorus” worth $300 million

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.

Einstein in his sailboat

Einstein in his sailboat

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.

Meanwhile:

        THE “ECLIPSE” IS ALREADY ECLIPSED BY THE “AZZAM”

The $699 million Azzam is 590 ft; owned by the President of UAE.

The $699 million Azzam is 590 ft; owned by the President of UAE.

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.

                                      CHERNOBYL

             Attempting a 25,000 Year Radioactive Burial

New giant, domed Sarcophagus to be slid on rails over old, concrete one.

New giant, domed Sarcophagus to be slid on rails over old, concrete one.

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.

”Mike”, 1952                   10.4 Mt        (image in public domain)

”Mike”, 1952 10.4 Mt (image in public domain)

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.

Hiroshima  - After the Bomb -                Aug, 1945

Hiroshima – After the Bomb – Aug, 1945

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

Boris Yeltsin, Bill Clinton, Leonid Kuchma, John Majors

Boris Yeltsin, Bill Clinton, Leonid Kuchma, John Majors

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

Budapest Memorandum - 1994.              photo by Don Emmert

Budapest Memorandum – 1994. photo by Don Emmert

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 

Reagan and Bush

Reagan and Bush

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.

Scowcroft, Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell

Scowcroft, Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell

Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney

Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney

Stepan Bandera (center) wears Nazi uniform

Stepan Bandera (center) wears Nazi uniform

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.

Richard Nixon (left) and the lion’s paw of Prescott Bush

Richard Nixon (left) and the lion’s paw of Prescott Bush

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

Ukraine

Ukraine

 

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 Trotskymaking 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!

Averell Harriman with Joseph Stalin

Averell Harriman with Joseph Stalin

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.

Winston Churchill, Averell Harriman, Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov

Winston Churchill, Averell Harriman, Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov

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.

All the Crosses are the Same

All the Crosses are the Same

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

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                              WE GOT IT DONE – SIR!

General Schwarzkopf salutes President George H.W. Bush

General Schwarzkopf salutes President George H.W. Bush

                            IT’S ALL GOOD: WE DECIMATED ‘EM!

Highway between Kuwait and Iraq - 1991

Massive Slaughter on the Highway between Kuwait and Iraq – 1991

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.

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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’.

Horror, sorrow, silence.                            Hiroshima, 1945

Horror, sorrow, silence. Hiroshima, 1945

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.

F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Jet

F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Jet

                                       *

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

Open grave at Babi Yar, Kiev

Open grave at Babi Yar, Kiev

– 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.”

Vice-President Bush shakes hands with Yaroslav Stetsko    1983

Vice-President Bush shakes hands with Yaroslav Stetsko 1983

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

William Casey

William 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.

Coffer in 'Chephren' Pyramid

Coffer in ‘Chephren’ Pyramid

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.

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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.

President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger            1973

President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger 1973

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

Le Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger in Paris, 1972

Le Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger in Paris, 1972

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

 President Salvador Allende

President Salvador Allende

                                              CORPORATE PREFERENCE FOR DICTATORSHIPS

Augusto Pinochet and Henry Kissinger

Augusto Pinochet and Henry Kissinger

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.

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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.

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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

Protesting Iraq War, 2003

Protesting Iraq War, 2003

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.

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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.

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                BEN FRANKLIN

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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

Tsunami wave hitting Japan - 11 March, 2011

Tsunami wave hitting Japan – 11 March, 2011

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.

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

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

Adolph Hitler and Hermann Goering

Adolph Hitler and Hermann Goering

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

Norman of the Bank of England,  has been referred to as Schacht’s “handler”.   Photo: GETTY

Norman, of the Bank of England, has been referred to as Schacht’s “handler”.  Photo GETTY

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

Innocent people taken by surprise to be shipped to camps – 1940’s

Innocent people taken by surprise to be shipped to camps – 1940’s

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

Hitler walks through the ‘glory of conformism’

Hitler walks through the ‘glory of conformism’

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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.

Right wing Nationalist Svoboda flags

Right wing Nationalist Svoboda flags

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.

                                   American-backed SVOBODA

Neo-Nazi Svoboda members with stylized swastika

Neo-Nazi Svoboda members with stylized swastika

Leader of SVOBODA, Oleh Tyahnybok

Leader of SVOBODA, Oleh Tyahnybok

                                       *

                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

Otto Wels, Leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany

Otto Wels, Leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany

“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

Behind the oratorical drama, intimidation was always present.

Behind the oratorical drama, intimidation was always present.

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

”If only I could breathe!”                              Beijing  2013

”If only I could breathe!”                                                                 -Beijing 2013

“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

Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler, Rudolf Hess

Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler, Rudolf Hess

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?

Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral after German Bombing Raid

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

Demonstration against Treaty of Versailles at Reichstag Building, 1919

Demonstration against Treaty of Versailles at Reichstag Building, 1919

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

Reinhard Heydrich, Chief of Gestapo under Himmler      -1934

Reinhard Heydrich, Chief of Gestapo under Himmler -1934

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

Joachim von Ribbentrop and Joseph Stalin signing non-aggression pact

Joachim von Ribbentrop and Joseph Stalin signing non-aggression pact

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

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                                         RUSSIAN MEMORY

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.

Eastern Front, 1941-44

Eastern Front, 1941-44

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.

                       UNSTOPPABLE NATIONALISM

Germans surging back from post-Versailles humiliation

Germans surging back from post-Versailles humiliation

UKRAINE’S NATIONALISM

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

Even Averell Harriman, standing above Stalin, is not smiling.

Even Averell Harriman, standing above Stalin, is not smiling.

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”.

-Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

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

Himmler and Hitler indulging in the dream.

Himmler and Hitler indulging in the dream.

                                      A REMINDER

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

German POW’s returning to Germany. Many didn’t make it.

German POW’s returning to Germany. Many didn’t make it.

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

Adolph Hitler and his growing army.

Adolph Hitler and his growing army.

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

John D. Rockefeller Sr. – a supporter of Eugenics

John D. Rockefeller Sr. – a supporter of Eugenics

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 female is a masterful blend of the 2:1 and golden rectangles.

The female is a masterful blend of the 2:1 and golden rectangles.

                               THE DOUBLE SQUARE 

Gate of Revelation

Gate of Revelation

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

Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine                     photo by NeHa

Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine photo by NeHa

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.

                            HUMAN ASSAULT

Erich Koch   Reichskommissar       1941-43

Erich Koch – Reichskommissar 1941-43

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.

                              VIGILANCE NEEDED!

Senator John McCain, shoulder- to- shoulder with Svoboda leader

Senator John McCain, shoulder- to- shoulder with Svoboda leader, Oleh Tyahnybok (far right).

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.

                                               CONCLUSION

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.

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”.

                                                GOLDEN TOIL

Ukraine

Ukraine

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?

A sea of Ukrainian citizens, seeking improvements, protest in Kiev.

A sea of Ukrainian citizens, seeking improvements, protest in Kiev.

  Man does not live by bread alone; but without it, he cannot live.

"Harvest in Ukraine" by Mykola Pymonenko                                                                                                                   1896

“Harvest in Ukraine” by Mykola Pymonenko 1896

‘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.

THE GREAT BRIDGE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

THE GREAT BRIDGE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

                          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.

Ukrainians protest in large numbers, seeking change.                  2014

Ukrainians protest in large numbers, seeking change. 2014

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

Reverend King at Riverside Church, 4 Apr, 1967

Reverend King at Riverside Church, 4 Apr, 1967

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!

Dr. King listens intently to President Johnson

Dr. King listens intently to President Johnson

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”

Ambiguity surrounds the world’s richest.

Ambiguity surrounds the world’s richest.

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

University of Washington students protest invasion of Cambodia,     5 May, 1970

U of Washington students block Interstate 5  to protest invasion of Cambodia, 5 May, 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 risenastronomicallyin 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

Protest in San Francisco against Iraq War

Protest in San Francisco against Iraq War

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.

Huge protest against Iraq War   2003

Huge protest against Iraq War 2003

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

Bombing of Baghdad                                   March, 2003

Bombing of Baghdad March, 2003

Citizen assembled in shock, grief and outrage.

Citizens assembled in shock, grief and outrage.

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”

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush

                                   PEACEFUL PROTEST

3 million protest Iraq War in Rome,      2003

3 million protest Iraq War in Rome, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

                                         Vietnam War

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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.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

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

Protesting Iraq War in London

Protesting Iraq War in London – 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THE FRUIT OF PATRIOTISM

World War 2

World War 2

Eastern Front                World War 2

Eastern Front World War 2

Japan after the bomb                                1945

Japan after the bomb 1945

            Einstein’s admiration for Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein in 1931

Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein in 1931

                   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.

John D. Rockefeller Sr. & Jr.

John D. Rockefeller Sr. & Jr.

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

Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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.

Hitler Projected Too Far: To What Was Unattainable.

Hitler Projected Too Far: To What Was Unattainable.

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

Bombing mission over Romania

Bombing mission over Romania

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?

Where do you run? Where will you die?

Where do you run? Where will you die?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A PACIFIST PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE

World famous pacifist, Einstein, displays another gift

World famous pacifist, Einstein, displays another gift

                                          THE PREPARATION

                      NAZI GLITTER AND NATIONAL PRIDE

Germany was spiffed up by Foreign Financing during the 1920’s & 1930’s.

Germany was spiffed up by Foreign Financing during the 1920’s & 1930’s.

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

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

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 ‘may’ have 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

Photo/Marty LederhandlerAldrich

Photo/Marty LederhandlerAldrich

Winston Churchill, Baruch and President Eisenhower

Winston Churchill, Baruch and President Eisenhower

                                          THE GREAT DIVIDE

Section of the “Symbolic” Berlin Wall

Section of the “Symbolic” Berlin Wall

                                       *****

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.

Rothschild Estate

Rothschild Estate

One can easily understand the ‘monopolist philosophy’ when one contemplates the privileges they enjoy far away from the acrid smoke of the ruthless and

Standard Oil New Jersey

Standard Oil New Jersey

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.

                                          Breathing Nightmare

Krupp Works in Essen, Germany                               1890

Krupp Works in Essen, Germany 1890

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.

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania      Coal Pollution                 1940

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Coal Pollution 1940

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.

How the very richest take a vacation in 2014

How the very richest take a vacation in 2014

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

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Gandhi fasted in 1933 in protest against Britain

Gandhi fasted in 1933 in protest against Britain

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

Alabama          THE HATS AND TIES  of  AUTHORITY          USA

Alabama , USA

Heinrich Himmler consults with other SS officers at a concentration camp

Heinrich Himmler consults with other SS officers at a concentration camp

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

Rinat Akhmetov with his football club in Donetsk, Ukraine

Rinat Akhmetov with his football club in Donetsk, Ukraine

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.

Friedrich Flick at Nuremburg Trials

Friedrich Flick at Nuremberg Trials

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

Viktor Yanukovych and Akhmetov

Viktor Yanukovych and Akhmetov

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

An ornate Sweeping staircase         photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

An ornate Sweeping staircase         photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

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

The ‘Panoplication of Opulence’       photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

The ‘Panoplication of Opulence’ photo Jeffrey J. Mitchell/Getty

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.

Feb 20, 2014  Kiev, Ukraine         Deadliest Day of Protesting

Feb 20, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine Deadliest Day of Protesting

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.

Snipers kill protesters, police and innocent by-standers in Maidan

Snipers kill protesters, police and innocent by-standers in Maidan

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.

                                         EAST-WEST VISE

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.

Stand-off in Ukraine                                      2014

Stand-off in Ukraine 2014

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!

Roman Abramovich’s 533 foot “Eclipse” in        New York City

Roman Abramovich’s 533 foot “Eclipse” in New York City

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.

President Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin         Dec 17, 2013

President Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin Dec 17, 2013

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

John McCloy

John McCloy

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.

                                    RESOLUTION

Nikita Khrushchev and President Kennedy

Nikita Khrushchev and President Kennedy

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

McCloy, Rankin, Russell, Ford, Warren, Johnson, Dulles, Cooper, Boggs

McCloy, Rankin, Russell, Ford, Warren, Johnson, Dulles, Cooper, Boggs

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

Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles

Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles

                        THE STATE WITHIN A STATE

I.G. Farben Building, Frankfurt, spared from Allied Bombers!    1950?

I.G. Farben Building, Frankfurt, spared from Allied Bombers!     photo – 1950?

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.

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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.

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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

Abramovich’s 115 meter “Pelorus” worth $300 million

Abramovich’s 115 meter “Pelorus” worth $300 million

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.

Einstein in his sailboat

Einstein in his sailboat

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.

Meanwhile:

        THE “ECLIPSE” IS ALREADY ECLIPSED BY THE “AZZAM”

The $699 million Azzam is 590 ft; owned by the President of UAE.

The $699 million Azzam is 590 ft; owned by the President of UAE.

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.

                                      CHERNOBYL

             Attempting a 25,000 Year Radioactive Burial

New giant, domed Sarcophagus to be slid on rails over old, concrete one.

New giant, domed Sarcophagus to be slid on rails over old, concrete one.

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.

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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.

”Mike”, 1952                   10.4 Mt        (image in public domain)

”Mike”, 1952 10.4 Mt (image in public domain)

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?”

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                                          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.

Hiroshima  - After the Bomb -                Aug, 1945

Hiroshima – After the Bomb – Aug, 1945

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

Boris Yeltsin, Bill Clinton, Leonid Kuchma, John Majors

Boris Yeltsin, Bill Clinton, Leonid Kuchma, John Majors

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

Budapest Memorandum - 1994.              photo by Don Emmert

Budapest Memorandum – 1994. photo by Don Emmert

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 

Reagan and Bush

Reagan and Bush

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.

Scowcroft, Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell

Scowcroft, Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell

Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney

Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney

Stepan Bandera (center) wears Nazi uniform

Stepan Bandera (center) wears Nazi uniform

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.

Richard Nixon (left) and the lion’s paw of Prescott Bush

Richard Nixon (left) and the lion’s paw of Prescott Bush

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