What is progress?Practical consensus would be a good starting point

Gordie
February 26, 2019 at 5:25 pm
the beginning to the end of free speech started today

The persecution of Tommy and others is nothing New the roots of it go back to post 9/11 in its current form and the war on terror and various legislation surrounding that event.

As the Internet has developed and as it has become apparent that the Journalistic Stars/correspondents and Anchors are very much challenged by Below the Line commentary and also shoe string citizen Journalism the War of 2 Fake News Began in earnest, this doubling down has happened several times.

The method of Censorship is subtle and effective and is a sort of death of democracy and free speech by a thousand cuts.

Self-censorship is the ultimate Goal, the objective is for we the Farmed Slaves to believe that we are free and to love our overlords in a Globalist Stockholm syndrome.

Bruce Chaltons Books ( Free to downlaod or read on line.

Bruce Charlton.
http://thoughtprison-pc.blogspot.se/

&

http://addictedtodistraction.blogspot.se/
Is anybody safe?

are hands down the best I have read, I disagree personally with a number of Bruce’s conclusions and I am Optimistic and he Pessimistic but his diagnosis is I think as close to being on target as it is possible to be.

Some background to Bruce is well worth knowing ,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Charlton
From 2003 to 2010, Charlton was the solo-editor of the journal Medical Hypotheses, published by Elsevier.[4] After HIV/AIDS denier Peter Duesberg published a paper in Medical Hypothesis arguing that “there is as yet no proof that HIV causes AIDS”, the journal came under fire for its lack of peer review. The paper was withdrawn from the journal citing concerns over the paper’s quality and “that [it] could potentially be damaging to global public health.” Elsevier consequently revamped the journal to introduce peer review, firing Charlton from his position as editor, due to his resistance of these changes.[5]

At October 2012, a worldwide campaign including 198 researchers published a critical paper defending Bruce G. Charlton and the idea of editorial review.[6]

Prof. Charlton is a rare Brilliant Man who is prepared, to tell the truth against his own financial interests.
https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/the-winston-smiths-of-the-face-book-memory-hole-the-establishments-on-line-divide-and-rule-strategy/
To with this excellent Corbett Report on the Crisis in Science.

The techniques of shutting down dissent are not dis-similar for science ., or any discourse, in fact the technique of marginalisation is actually ubiquitous

https://www.bitchute.com/video/xdrspF2cBEZh/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/77th_Brigade_(United_Kingdom)

The whole picture is no so much a Rabbit Hole Gordie as a Warren and a labyrinthine one at that.

Ariadne Gifted a Ball of string to Theseus
Minos and Theseus
Since ancient Greek myths are passed down through oral tradition, many variations of this and other myths exist.[6] According to an Athenian version of the legend, Minos attacked Athens after his son was killed there. The Athenians asked for terms, and were required to sacrifice seven young men and seven maidens to the Minotaur every seven or nine years. One year, the sacrificial party included Theseus, the son of King Aegeus, who volunteered to come and kill the Minotaur. Ariadne fell in love at first sight, and helped him by giving him a sword and a ball of thread (μίτο της Αριάδνης ‘Ariadne’s thread’), so that he could find his way out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth.

We are all bound together by the same ball of string as Tommy sometimes it feels as if we are in a tug of war with those who are seeking the same ends as ourselves although with seemingly different Means and ends.

I guess as I have gone down this rhetorical and metaphorical avenue a little of the Delphic Oracle might be a good way of leaving that previously stated thought to develop.

The Slog.

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Bland consensus is a bad thing. But utilitarian consensus would be vastly preferable to the opposing armed camps of ideological nonsense we see before us today.

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I do not consider myself to be a progressive. In the eyes of progressives, that statement renders me a scumfascistbigotracisthardrighter. Which kind of goes to show that not many progressives know (let alone think about) what progress is.

I do not consider the word ‘progressive’ to be anything other than retrogressive thinking. It is arrogant, totalitarian, and on the same level of fascist incoherence as ‘politically correct’. The assumption of all those who favour such terms is they know what’s best….and anyone who argues is [insert insult of choice here].

Etymologically, it is hard to argue with that observation. And yet, it has been the most defining feature of the infantile foot-stamping that has gone on in Britain from disgruntled Remainers since 2016.

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Selling England By the Pound, The Fat Lady will sing her song.

 

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accompanying translation:
Boudicca curru filias prae se vehens, ut quamquenationem accesserat, solitum quidem Britannis femi-narum ductu bellare testabatur, sed tunc non ut tantismaioribus ortam regnum et opes, verum ut unam evulgo libertatem amissam, confectum verberibus corpus,contrectatam filiarum pudicitiam ulcisci. Eo provectasRomanorum cupidines, ut non corpora, ne senectamquidem aut virginitatem impollutam relinquant. Adessetamen deos iustae vindictae; cecidisse legionem, quae proelium ausa sit; ceteros castris occultari aut fugamcircumspicere. Ne strepitum quidem et clamorem totmilium, nedum impetus et manus perlaturos. Si co- pias armatorum, si causas belli secum expenderent,vincendum illa acie vel cadendum esse. Id mulieridestinatum: viverent viri et servirent.(
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Boudica, riding in a chariot with her daughters beforeher, as she approached each tribe, was saying that itwas customary for the Britons to wage war under theleadership of women; but then, she said, she was not avenging her kingdom and her power as a woman bornfrom noble ancestors, but rather her lost freedom, her  body worn out by whips, and the defiled chastity of her daughters as one of the people. The rapaciousnessof the Romans had advanced so far, she said, that theydo not even leave bodies, old age, or maidenhoodunsoiled. Nevertheless, the gods of just revenge are present: a legion that dared battle has fallen; othershid in the camp or searched intently for an escape.She said that the Romans would not even be ableto endure the din and clamor of so many thousands,much less their fury and violence: if they consideredthe abundance of troops and the motives of the war,they would know that their battle line must either conquer or fall. That was the resolve of a woman:the men might live and be slaves.

https://www.academia.edu/302174/_Boudicas_Speeches_in_Tacitus_and_Dio_

The sentimentis somewhat reminiscent of Sallust’s powerful line in the
 Epistula Mithridatis
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 Hist 
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For the Romans there is a single age-old cause for instigating war on all nations, peoples, and kings: adeep-seated lust for empire and riches.

 

Dio’s Boudicaspeech, though a pell-mell creation, presents some powerful indict-ments of Roman rule more specific than the generalities that Tacitus’Boudica musters. The text of the oration with accompanying transla-tion should make its garrulousness clear:
(3.1) “ππεισθε μν τος ργοις ατος σον λευθερα τςδουλεας διαφρει, στ’ ε κα πρτερν τις μν πτς το κρεττονος πειρας παγωγος παγγλμασι τνΡωμαων πτητο, λλ νν γε κατρου πεπειραμνοι μεμαθκατε μν σον μαρτκατε δεσποτεαν πισπαστνπρ τς πατρου διατης προτιμσαντες, γνκατε δσ κα πενα δσποτος πλοτου δουλεοντος προφρει.

(3.1) “You have found out how much freedom differsfrom slavery through real experiences, so that, even if earlier some of you, through ignorance of what wassuperior, were tricked by the tempting promises of theRomans, you now, having tried both, have learned howgreat a mistake you made in preferring an importedtyranny to your ancient way of life, and you knowhow much penury without a master surpasses wealthas a slave. (2) For what of the most shameful, themost distressing sort have we not experienced sincethese people have taken themselves to Britain? Havewe not been robbed entirely of most of our greatest possessions, and do we not pay taxes on the rest?(3) Besides pasturing and farming for them, do wenot pay yearly tribute for our own bodies? By howmuch would it have been better to be sold once andfor all, rather than to be held ransom each year withthe empty titles of freedom? By how much would ithave been better to be slain and die than to endurewhile subject to a head tax? And yet why did I saythis? (4) For, among them not even dying is scot-free, but you know how much we pay even for our dead; with other people, death frees even those whoare enslaved, but with the Romans alone the deadlive on for gain. (5) And why is it that, even thoughnone of us has money (for how would we get it, andfrom where?), we are sold and stripped like victimsof a homicide? And why should they be moderate inthe time to come, when they have treated us in thisfashion immediately, and when all men treat evennewly caught beasts well?(4.1) “To speak the truth, we are responsible for all these evils, as some of us entrusted them to setfoot on the island to begin with, and did not imme-diately drive them off, as we did under the famousJulius Caesar; and we did not, as we did with both

Augustus and Gaius Caligula, make an attempt at aformidable voyage. (2) Thus, though we inhabit solarge an island—rather a continent surrounded bywater—and though we have our own world and arecut off by the ocean from all other people to such anextent that we have been believed to inhabit another land and sky, and even some of the wisest men havenot previously known our name accurately, we have been disdained and trampled on by people who knownothing other than greed. (3) But although we havenot done the proper things beforehand, let us, mycountrymen and friends and kinsmen (for I consider you kinsmen, since you inhabit one island and arecalled by a common name), do them now, so that wemay leave behind to our children both the name andreality of freedom, while we still remember it. For if we utterly forget our natural state of happiness, whatwill our children do, nursed in slavery?(5.1) “I do not say these things so that you will hateyour present circumstances (for you have hated them),nor so that you will fear what is to come (for youhave feared it), but so that I may laud you, becauseyou have by yourselves chosen all the necessary steps,and thank you for readily working together with meand each other. Do not at all fear the Romans; (2)for they are neither more numerous than we nor more brave. And the proof is that they are covered withhelmets and breastplates and greaves and besides prepared with stockades and walls and trenches soas not to suffer from an attack of the enemy. For they are overpowered by fears, unlike us, who actoffhandedly. (3) We truly enjoy such an abundanceof bravery that we consider our tents more securethan their walls and our shields far more sufficientthan their full suits of armor. As such, overpower-ing them, we capture them, and overpowered, weflee, and if we decide to withdraw somewhere, weslink away and hide in such marshes and hills thatwe can’t be found or seized; (4) but the Romans, because of their heavy armor, are neither able tochase anyone nor to flee, and if they ever run away,they flee to appointed places, and are enclosed thereas if trapped. (5) And in these respects they are byfar inferior to us: they can also not endure hunger,thirst, cold, or heat as we can, but requiring shade,shelter, and bread, they need wine and oil, and if any of these things runs dry, they perish; for us, allgrasses and roots serve as bread, all liquids serve as

oil, all water serves as wine, and all trees serve as ahouse. (6) Verily, these lands are familiar to us andour allies, but are unknown and adverse to them; andwe swim the rivers naked, whereas they cannot getto the other side of them easily with boats. But letus go against them trusting in good fortune. Let usshow them that they are hares and foxes attemptingto rule over dogs and wolves.”(6.1) Having said these things, employing some kindof divination, she let a hare escape from a fold of her dress, and when it ran in an auspicious direction,the whole multitude shouted out with delight, andBoudica, lifting her hand toward the sky, said, (2)“I give thanks to you, Andraste, and I call upon youas a woman to a woman, as one who does not ruleover burden-bearing Egyptians as Nitocris, or over the tradesmen Assyrians as Semiramis (for even wehave already learned these things from the Romans),(3) or over the Romans themselves, as did Messalina,then Agrippina, and now Nero (for though he has thename of a man, he is in fact a woman, as one can tellfrom his singing, his lyre playing, and his grooming);rather, I rule over the Britons, who don’t know howto farm or practice a trade, but have learned how to be consummate fighters, and consider all things com-mon—including children and wives—and as a resultthe women have the same valor as men. (4) Rulingover such men and women, then, I both pray to youand ask for victory, safety, and freedom against in-solent, unjust, insatiate, and profane men—if, at anyrate, one should even call people men who bathe inwarm water, eat artificial dainties, imbibe unmixedwine, anoint themselves with myrrh, sleep on soft beds with boys—even ones past their prime—andare slaves to a bad lyre-player. (5) Truly may Ms.Domitia-Nero no longer rule over us, but let thatsinging girl be lord over the Romans, for surely theyare deserving of being slaves to such a woman, sincethey have already put up with her playing the tyrantfor so long; but, mistress [sc. Andraste], may youalways be our only leader.”

There’s a fat old lady outside the saloon;
laying out the credit she plays Fortune.
The deck is uneven right from the start;
all of their hands are playing apart.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
A STORY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
BY CHARLES DICKENS
I. THE PERIOD
It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,

we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

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RogerGLewis

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regarding being better off in or out, I think it is a red herring. The discourse is really about political power and centralisation of it or Subsidiarity. The current trajectory for all but 1% is to be worse off In or out, Brexit or MAGA does not effect this Debt/Credit creation

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Ricky

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Yes Roger, I agree, it’s about PROPER national sovereignty over politics, legal and economic decision making.

Whether or not we’d be much/slightly better/worse off immediately after Brexit or 10 years down the line is secondary.

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/brexitrebellion-ukspring-stop-the-brexit-miscue-end-the-treason/
Neoliberalism

Capitalism

THE_THEORY_AND_PRACTICE_OF_OLIGARCHICAL_COLLECTIVISM,

https://d.tube/#!/v/tonefreqhz/znusmmz2

Former EU President Herman van Rompuy:
“…with their backs against the wall, the abyss in front of their eyes and a knife on their throat. We are nearly there. If some time is needed after the end of March then that will not be a problem for the 27.”
https://www.euractiv.com/section/development-policy/interview/van-rompuy-eu-leaders-only-take-bold-decisions-when-they-have-a-knife-against-their-throats/

Gordie
February 26, 2019 at 5:25 pm
the beginning to the end of free speech started today with the banning of Tommy Robinson from Facebook a day after his “Panodrama” video was released exposing the fake news and blackmail of Panorama. This is the elites closing down avenues of criticism in the UK as John predicted some time ago . We now live in a fascist state where democracy is ignored and criticism of policy suppressed. I am totally disgusted.

Here Here.

If we want our Country Back we have to take it back.
I would only watch a video about Stephen Christopher Yaxley. ; )

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Lars Stephen Yaxley is Kipling’s Tommy he speaks for all those of us Tommys with Working Class roots who know where we came from and who to thank. Tommy’s/Stephens message is not left or right its Rich-poor and liberty , UKIP has the same dynamic. When we Tommy’s fight

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All boiled Down John and fellow sloggers the question is DO we Want our Country Back

I give you selling England By the Pound.

There’s a fat old lady outside the saloon;
laying out the credit she plays Fortune.
The deck is uneven right from the start;
all of their hands are playing apart.

Let’s make that fat lady sing

#BrexitRebellion #UKSpring Stop the Brexit MisCue, end the treason

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The Grass Roots Myth, #WrongKind of Green’s, latest expose of Media Agent Provocateur Trojan Horses and Fifth Columnists of the Fourth Estate. #WRONGKINDOFGREEN @COMPROMISEDNGOS #8THWAYTOTHINK #GREENPARTYUK #EXTINCTIONREBELLION @GRETATHUNBERG

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This is a Draft Working Copy which Will be finished over the coming days but the thread of ideas is here for the Web 3 Grub Street and Why it is needed, A Web 3 Fifth Estate!!

As I labour to code the Web 3 Fifth Estate Le Republic Les Lettres des Liberte
I am inevitably drawing upon the framework I have built stood upon the shoulders of Giants as ever, two such Giants

James Corbett  is an independent journalist who has been living and working in Japan since 2004. He has been writing and producing The Corbett Report, an online multi-media news and information source, since 2007.[CR 1][CR 2], “an independent, listener-supported alternative news source” featuring “podcasts, interviews, articles and videos about breaking news and important issues from 9/11 Truth and false flag terror to the Big Brother police state, eugenics, geopolitics, the central banking fraud and more.”[CR 3]

Joël van der Reijden is an independent researcher into the deep state, born in the Netherlands. His theories are independent of a lot of other such work on the internet and focus upon hidden power. He has assigned a “global superclass index” to key individuals in an effort to simplify the importance of people and organisations.[1]

No Plane Pentagon promoters

corbett ISGP

With scholars as thorough and scrupulous of Joel and James, it is hard to follow Henry Morleys Advice on Critical Reading.

”The reader of Pope, as of every author, is advised to begin by letting him say what he has to say, in his own manner to an open mind that seeks only to receive the impressions which the writer wishes to convey. First let the mind and spirit of the writer come into free, full contact with the mind and spirit of the reader, whose attitude at the first reading should be simply receptive. Such reading is the condition precedent to all true judgment of a writer’s work. All criticism that is not so grounded spreads as fog over a poet’s page. Read, reader, for yourself, without once pausing to remember what you have been told to think´´.
Henry Morley.

James Hypothesis seemingly confirmed by James leaves open the notion that Joels Speculation on James has some merit. What is certainly true is always ask for sources and go to the original material.

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/gatekeepers-chomsky-strawmen-and-james-corbet-it-seemed-so-to-him/

As I said already, I really enjoy the Corbett Report.

HOW THE US USES WAR TO PROTECT THE DOLLAR

Following the support claimed by Extinction Rebellion from Noam Chomsky and David Graeber one re-considered ones own position on a cherished Hero, and in the words of Keynes, when the facts change I change my opinion.
” weeks ago I wrote this comment .
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Having Previously Written this a year ago.

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This appaling Talk

To a friend who was on the production team of this Garbage
“why was this moron put on for over an hour it takes only two minutes to demonstrate he is a moron.”
reply from friend
HahahahahahaI was in the room when they filmed this But fell out with them

Me Again.

08:47The talk is absolute rubbish Ranjan, is the guy ok in real life I think Extinction Rebellion is a fraudulent decoy for sincere concerned people, a state-created dead end if you will. Looking at some of its prominent supporters the Gatekeeping team is emerging with some surprising people, many are useful idiots but there are some surprises like Chomsky and Graeber, it seems that whatever the crisis is that is looming all assets are being employed regardless of keeping their credibility.

On Greta and All that and the guy in the video Roger Hallam .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in 2018 with about one hundred academics signing a call to action[4] and launched at the end of October by Roger Hallam, Gail Bradbrook, Simon Bramwell and other activists from the campaign group Rising Up!.[5] In November 2018, various acts of civil disobedience took place in London.[6] The movement is unusual in that a large number of activists have pledged to be arrested and are prepared to go to prison,[7] similar to the mass arrest tactics of the Committee of 100 in 1961.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Extinction_Rebellion
There are two key articles related to this Activism initiative [1] and this response from Greta Thunberg [2][3] aspects of manufacturing consent and controlled opposition and Gatekeepers all figure and the initiative should not be left here un-critically, the pedagogical aspects of Wikipedia should not be ignored to promote activism.[4] I will work up a påaragraph with the first two references as this article is really trotting out of the PR campaign from [5] RogerGLewis (talk) 06:05, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

refs for this section[edit]

Criticism[edit]

Housekeeping note: This discussion started when RogerGLewis added this paragraph to this article, and also to Greta Thunberg. Identical threads were started at both pages, and once I asked, per MULTI, Roger has decided to consolidate discussion at this talk page. I am taking liberty to reformat the proposed text Roger wants to add. I have not changed any of Rogers own words. My goal in refactoring/reformatting is to help make a comprehensible discussion. For the record, I think neutral “criticism” sections would be appropriate, the challenge is in finding acceptable RSs and presenting them fairly with regard to UNDUE WEIGHT and WP:Biographies of living people. Anyway, the text Roger originally added to both article reads as follows NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 12:29, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Greta Thonberg responded [1] to concerns of corporate capture of her message which has been expressed by the Wrong Kind of Green [2], an Indigenous peoples environmental group. [3] “We attempt to expose those who undermine the People’s Agreement. One role of the non-profit industrial complex is to undermine, marginalize and make irrelevant, the People’s Agreement. The reason being, to protect corporate interests by which they are funded. As well, the non-profit industrial complex protects the industrialized, capitalist economic system, responsible for the capitalist destruction of our shared environment. Those groups who continue to protect such interests must be considered complicit in crimes against humanity.RogerGLewis (talk) 19:16, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
/* Concerns of Corporate Green-washing */ I am reverting this new section if you wish to suggest an edit then please do It is clearly a concern looking at previous comments. I will initiate a consensus process if the reverting continues. WH RogerGLewis (talk) 19:10, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Greta_Thunberg#We_Don’t_Have_Time

Controversy over affiliations[edit]

After her student climate strikes gained popularity, Thunberg became a target of efforts to discredit her[33] or take advantage of her high profile.[34] In late 2018, Ingmar Rentzhog, founder of the non-profit We Don’t Have Time Foundation (WDHT), recruited Thunberg to become an unpaid youth advisor and used Thunberg’s name and image without her knowledge or permission to raise millions for WDHT’s for-profit subsidiary We Don’t Have Time AB, of which Rentzhog is CEO. Thunberg received no money from the company.[35][36] She terminated her volunteer advisor role with WDHT, stating she “is not part of any organization… am absolutely independent… (and) do what I do completely for free.”[37]

https://twitter.com/PMotels/status/1097878932068683776

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This exchange with David Graeber indicates why controlling the narrative on Wikipedia Pages is so important, Mr Hallam has an unremarkable web Presence and in that old Pejoritive has a “Great Face for Radio”.
https://tools.wmflabs.org/pageviews/?project=en.wikipedia.org&platform=all-access&agent=user&start=2018-11-25&end=2019-02-23&pages=Greta_Thunberg
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https://tools.wmflabs.org/pageviews/?project=en.wikipedia.org&platform=all-access&agent=user&range=latest-90&pages=Extinction_Rebellion

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https://www.alexa.com/topsites

Wikipedia No 5.

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Dapps 

This is a Draft Working COpy which Will be finished over the coming days but the thread of ideas is here for the Web 3 Grub Street and Why it is needed, A Web 3 Fifth Estate!!

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14:28I asked David Graeber about this. He was polite on camera but doesn’t actually approve. 17:06WHat doesn’t Graeber approve of, I called him out on CIA intrigues in Rohingya Kurds north Syria, you made a film about that with him. He was very evasive infact he deleted his tweet on that. I think he is CIA.

23:53I didn’t realise he deleted the tweet – I like him but not seen him for a bit He is not so into extortion rebellion

06:47The tweet he deleted was one between me and him ,,,,, I like him too, that someone may be a CIA agent is not a reason in itself not to like them. There is good in everybody and good people within every organisation. All organisations are made up of people and whilst corporate cultures exist the individuals within organisations will always resist the worse excesses of a tyrannical culture and by the same token, even the most benign organisation will have its petit tyrannies and tyrants.
That Graeber does not approve of Extinction Rebellion begs the question, why sign the letter of support, Chomsky did too.?

I am working on this Blog at the mo and what I wanted to talk to you about is the Grub Street on Web 3 that I am developing.

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The Grass Roots Myth,

#WrongKind of Green, latest expose of Media Agent Provocateur Trojan Horses and Fifth Columnists of the Fourth Estate.

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com07:16The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – A Decade of Social Manipulation for the Corporate Capture of Nature [Crescendo]

http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org‘Between the Lines’ – Ariana Boussard-Reifel

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.comNafeez Ahmed #WrongKindofGreen #ConquestofDough

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com#DontEatYellowSnow Zappa and the Illusion of Freedom

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#DontEatYellowSnow Zappa and the Illusion of Freedom

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.comMonetary reform and the Green New Deal all lead back to the same place, CO2 and Co2 trading QED Spash’s work. https://www.clivespash.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2010_Spash_Brave_New_World_NPE.pdf

https://www.clivespash.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2010_Spash_Brave_New_World_NPE.pdf

https://www.clivespash.orgDr Art Raiche, Retired CSIRO Chief Research Scientist – No Carbon Tax Rally, 16 August 2011 – YouTube

https://www.youtube.comCarbon Currency End Game and NGO capture of Positive money.

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/pending-comment-on-positive-money-school-for-fools-visits-the-bank-of-england/

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/?s=Carbon+Currency+end+game

Carbon Taxes the New Ship Money

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/50-years-behind-hand-edmund-burke-and-radio-free-europe/

“It is very rare indeed for men to be wrong in their feelings concerning public misconduct; as rare to be right in their speculation upon the cause of it. I have constantly observed that the generality of people are fifty years, at least, behindhand in their politics. There are but very few who are capable of comparing and digesting what passes before their eyes at different times and occasions, so as to form the whole into a distinct system. But in books everything is settled for them, without the exertion of any considerable diligence or sagacity. For which reason men are wise with but little reflection, and good with little self-denial, in the business of all times except their own. ”

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/on-the-present-discontents-edmund-burke-united-we-stand-sham-69-and-divided-we-fall-nobrino/

The people have no interest in disorder. When they do wrong, it is their error, and not their crime. But with the governing part of the State it is far otherwise. They certainly may act ill by design, as well as by mistake. “Les révolutions qui arrivent dans les grands états ne sont point un effect du hasard, ni du caprice des peuples. Rien ne révolte les grands d’un royaume comme un Gouvernoment foible et dérangé. Pour la populace, ce n’est jamais par envie d’attaquer qu’elle se soulève, mais par impatience de souffrir.” These are the words of a great man, of a Minister of State, and a zealous assertor of Monarchy. They are applied to the system of favouritism which was adopted by Henry the Third of France, and to the dreadful consequences it produced. What he says of revolutions is equally true of all great disturbances. If this presumption in favour of the subjects against the trustees of power be not the more probable, I am sure it is the more comfortable speculation, because it is more easy to change an Administration than to reform a people. Edmund Burke, These present discontents.
1769, Edmund Burke began the pamphlet here given, Thoughts on the Present Discontents. It was published in 1770,

http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.com/2017/03/on-present-discontents-burke-opined.html

SHIP-MONEY

“A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is worn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion.  Besides, there are few statesmen so very clumsy and awkward in their business as to fall into the identical snare which has proved fatal to their predecessors.  When an arbitrary imposition is attempted upon the subject, undoubtedly it will not bear on its forehead the name of SHIP-MONEY  There is no danger that an extension of the Forest laws should be the chosen mode of oppression in this age.  And when we hear any instance of ministerial rapacity to the prejudice of the rights of private life, it will certainly not be the exaction of two hundred pullets, from a woman of fashion, for leave to lie with her own husband”.

A search for CHicken Taxes yields this interesting arcania from the anals of EU/US Trade relations.

“Senator J. William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Democratic Senator from Arkansas, a chief U.S. poultry-producing state, interrupted a NATO debate on nuclear armament to protest trade sanctions on U.S. chicken,[3]going so far as to threaten cutting U.S. troops in NATO. Konrad Adenauer, then Chancellor of Germany, later reported that President John F. Kennedy and he had a great deal of correspondence over a period of two years, about BerlinLaos, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, “and I guess that about half of it has been about chickens.”[3][11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_tax

Tales Of Two Cities Sea Rises.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/98/98-h/98-h.htm

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

A STORY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

By Charles Dickens

I. The Period

It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,

we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England; there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France. In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.

XXII. The Sea Still Rises

The men were terrible, in the bloody-minded anger with which they looked from windows, caught up what arms they had, and came pouring down into the streets; but, the women were a sight to chill the boldest. From such household occupations as their bare poverty yielded, from their children, from their aged and their sick crouching on the bare ground famished and naked, they ran out with streaming hair, urging one another, and themselves, to madness with the wildest cries and actions. Villain Foulon taken, my sister! Old Foulon taken, my mother! Miscreant Foulon taken, my daughter! Then, a score of others ran into the midst of these, beating their breasts, tearing their hair, and screaming, Foulon alive! Foulon who told the starving people they might eat grass! Foulon who told my old father that he might eat grass, when I had no bread to give him! Foulon who told my baby it might suck grass, when these breasts were dry with want! O mother of God, this Foulon! O Heaven our suffering! Hear me, my dead baby and my withered father: I swear on my knees, on these stones, to avenge you on Foulon! Husbands, and brothers, and young men, Give us the blood of Foulon, Give us the head of Foulon, Give us the heart of Foulon, Give us the body and soul of Foulon, Rend Foulon to pieces, and dig him into the ground, that grass may grow from him! With these cries, numbers of the women, lashed into blind frenzy, whirled about, striking and tearing at their own friends until they dropped into a passionate swoon, and were only saved by the men belonging to them from being trampled under foot.

………..

X. The Substance of the Shadow

“It was under his hand, and I soothed him to let me move his hand away. The wound was a sword-thrust, received from twenty to twenty-four hours before, but no skill could have saved him if it had been looked to without delay. He was then dying fast. As I turned my eyes to the elder brother, I saw him looking down at this handsome boy whose life was ebbing out, as if he were a wounded bird, or hare, or rabbit; not at all as if he were a fellow-creature.

“’How has this been done, monsieur?’ said I.

“’A crazed young common dog! A serf! Forced my brother to draw upon him, and has fallen by my brother’s sword—like a gentleman.’

“There was no touch of pity, sorrow, or kindred humanity, in this answer. The speaker seemed to acknowledge that it was inconvenient to have that different order of creature dying there, and that it would have been better if he had died in the usual obscure routine of his vermin kind. He was quite incapable of any compassionate feeling about the boy, or about his fate.

“The boy’s eyes had slowly moved to him as he had spoken, and they now slowly moved to me.

“’Doctor, they are very proud, these Nobles; but we common dogs are proud too, sometimes. They plunder us, outrage us, beat us, kill us; but we have a little pride left, sometimes. She—have you seen her, Doctor?’

“The shrieks and the cries were audible there, though subdued by the distance. He referred to them, as if she were lying in our presence.

“I said, ‘I have seen her.’

“’She is my sister, Doctor. They have had their shameful rights, these Nobles, in the modesty and virtue of our sisters, many years, but we have had good girls among us. I know it, and have heard my father say so. She was a good girl. She was betrothed to a good young man, too: a tenant of his. We were all tenants of his—that man’s who stands there. The other is his brother, the worst of a bad race.’

“It was with the greatest difficulty that the boy gathered bodily force to speak; but, his spirit spoke with a dreadful emphasis.

“’We were so robbed by that man who stands there, as all we common dogs are by those superior Beings—taxed by him without mercy, obliged to work for him without pay, obliged to grind our corn at his mill, obliged to feed scores of his tame birds on our wretched crops, and forbidden for our lives to keep a single tame bird of our own, pillaged and plundered to that degree that when we chanced to have a bit of meat, we ate it in fear, with the door barred and the shutters closed, that his people should not see it and take it from us—I say, we were so robbed, and hunted, and were made so poor, that our father told us it was a dreadful thing to bring a child into the world, and that what we should most pray for, was, that our women might be barren and our miserable race die out!’

“I had never before seen the sense of being oppressed, bursting forth like a fire. I had supposed that it must be latent in the people somewhere; but, I had never seen it break out, until I saw it in the dying boy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities

  • “Monseigneur”: An unnamed generic aristocrat whose extraordinary decadence and self-absorption, described in detail, are used by Dickens to characterize the ancien régime in general. “The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance upon Monseigneur.” His fellow nobles also luxuriate in vast wealth, but this does not inoculate them from feeling envy and resentment: as the Marquis St. Evrémonde leaves Monseigneur’s house “with his hat under his arm and his snuff-box in his hand”, he turns to the latter’s bedroom and quietly says, “I devote you … to the Devil!” When the Revolution begins, Monseigneur puts on his cook’s clothing and ignominiously flees, escaping with only his life.

VII. Monseigneur in Town

Monseigneur, one of the great lords in power at the Court, held his fortnightly reception in his grand hotel in Paris. Monseigneur was in his inner room, his sanctuary of sanctuaries, the Holiest of Holiests to the crowd of worshippers in the suite of rooms without. Monseigneur was about to take his chocolate. Monseigneur could swallow a great many things with ease, and was by some few sullen minds supposed to be rather rapidly swallowing France; but, his morning’s chocolate could not so much as get into the throat of Monseigneur, without the aid of four strong men besides the Cook.

Yes. It took four men, all four ablaze with gorgeous decoration, and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur’s lips. One lacquey carried the chocolate-pot into the sacred presence; a second, milled and frothed the chocolate with the little instrument he bore for that function; a third, presented the favoured napkin; a fourth (he of the two gold watches), poured the chocolate out. It was impossible for Monseigneur to dispense with one of these attendants on the chocolate and hold his high place under the admiring Heavens. Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died of two.

XXIII. Fire Rises

There was a change on the village where the fountain fell, and where the mender of roads went forth daily to hammer out of the stones on the highway such morsels of bread as might serve for patches to hold his poor ignorant soul and his poor reduced body together. The prison on the crag was not so dominant as of yore; there were soldiers to guard it, but not many; there were officers to guard the soldiers, but not one of them knew what his men would do—beyond this: that it would probably not be what he was ordered.

Far and wide lay a ruined country, yielding nothing but desolation. Every green leaf, every blade of grass and blade of grain, was as shrivelled and poor as the miserable people. Everything was bowed down, dejected, oppressed, and broken. Habitations, fences, domesticated animals, men, women, children, and the soil that bore them—all worn out.

Monseigneur (often a most worthy individual gentleman) was a national blessing, gave a chivalrous tone to things, was a polite example of luxurious and shining life, and a great deal more to equal purpose; nevertheless, Monseigneur as a class had, somehow or other, brought things to this. Strange that Creation, designed expressly for Monseigneur, should be so soon wrung dry and squeezed out! There must be something short-sighted in the eternal arrangements, surely! Thus it was, however; and the last drop of blood having been extracted from the flints, and the last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, and it now turned and turned with nothing to bite, Monseigneur began to run away from a phenomenon so low and unaccountable.

But, this was not the change on the village, and on many a village like it. For scores of years gone by, Monseigneur had squeezed it and wrung it, and had seldom graced it with his presence except for the pleasures of the chase—now, found in hunting the people; now, found in hunting the beasts, for whose preservation Monseigneur made edifying spaces of barbarous and barren wilderness. No. The change consisted in the appearance of strange faces of low caste, rather than in the disappearance of the high caste, chiselled, and otherwise beautified and beautifying features of Monseigneur.

XXIV. Drawn to the Loadstone Rock

In such risings of fire and risings of sea—the firm earth shaken by the rushes of an angry ocean which had now no ebb, but was always on the flow, higher and higher, to the terror and wonder of the beholders on the shore—three years of tempest were consumed. Three more birthdays of little Lucie had been woven by the golden thread into the peaceful tissue of the life of her home.

Many a night and many a day had its inmates listened to the echoes in the corner, with hearts that failed them when they heard the thronging feet. For, the footsteps had become to their minds as the footsteps of a people, tumultuous under a red flag and with their country declared in danger, changed into wild beasts, by terrible enchantment long persisted in.

Monseigneur, as a class, had dissociated himself from the phenomenon of his not being appreciated: of his being so little wanted in France, as to incur considerable danger of receiving his dismissal from it, and this life together. Like the fabled rustic who raised the Devil with infinite pains, and was so terrified at the sight of him that he could ask the Enemy no question, but immediately fled; so, Monseigneur, after boldly reading the Lord’s Prayer backwards for a great number of years, and performing many other potent spells for compelling the Evil One, no sooner beheld him in his terrors than he took to his noble heels.

The shining Bull’s Eye of the Court was gone, or it would have been the mark for a hurricane of national bullets. It had never been a good eye to see with—had long had the mote in it of Lucifer’s pride, Sardanapalus’s luxury, and a mole’s blindness—but it had dropped out and was gone. The Court, from that exclusive inner circle to its outermost rotten ring of intrigue, corruption, and dissimulation, was all gone together. Royalty was gone; had been besieged in its Palace and “suspended,” when the last tidings came over.

The August of the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two was come, and Monseigneur was by this time scattered far and wide.

As was natural, the head-quarters and great gathering-place of Monseigneur, in London, was Tellson’s Bank. Spirits are supposed to haunt the places where their bodies most resorted, and Monseigneur without a guinea haunted the spot where his guineas used to be. Moreover, it was the spot to which such French intelligence as was most to be relied upon, came quickest. Again: Tellson’s was a munificent house, and extended great liberality to old customers who had fallen from their high estate. Again: those nobles who had seen the coming storm in time, and anticipating plunder or confiscation, had made provident remittances to Tellson’s, were always to be heard of there by their needy brethren. To which it must be added that every new-comer from France reported himself and his tidings at Tellson’s, almost as a matter of course. For such variety of reasons, Tellson’s was at that time, as to French intelligence, a kind of High Exchange; and this was so well known to the public, and the inquiries made there were in consequence so numerous, that Tellson’s sometimes wrote the latest news out in a line or so and posted it in the Bank windows, for all who ran through Temple Bar to read.

II. The Grindstone

Tellson’s Bank, established in the Saint Germain Quarter of Paris, was in a wing of a large house, approached by a courtyard and shut off from the street by a high wall and a strong gate. The house belonged to a great nobleman who had lived in it until he made a flight from the troubles, in his own cook’s dress, and got across the borders. A mere beast of the chase flying from hunters, he was still in his metempsychosis no other than the same Monseigneur, the preparation of whose chocolate for whose lips had once occupied three strong men besides the cook in question.

Monseigneur gone, and the three strong men absolving themselves from the sin of having drawn his high wages, by being more than ready and willing to cut his throat on the altar of the dawning Republic one and indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, Monseigneur’s house had been first sequestrated, and then confiscated. For, all things moved so fast, and decree followed decree with that fierce precipitation, that now upon the third night of the autumn month of September, patriot emissaries of the law were in possession of Monseigneur’s house, and had marked it with the tri-colour, and were drinking brandy in its state apartments.

A place of business in London like Tellson’s place of business in Paris, would soon have driven the House out of its mind and into the Gazette. For, what would staid British responsibility and respectability have said to orange-trees in boxes in a Bank courtyard, and even to a Cupid over the counter? Yet such things were. Tellson’s had whitewashed the Cupid, but he was still to be seen on the ceiling, in the coolest linen, aiming (as he very often does) at money from morning to night. Bankruptcy must inevitably have come of this young Pagan, in Lombard-street, London, and also of a curtained alcove in the rear of the immortal boy, and also of a looking-glass let into the wall, and also of clerks not at all old, who danced in public on the slightest provocation. Yet, a French Tellson’s could get on with these things exceedingly well, and, as long as the times held together, no man had taken fright at them, and drawn out his money.

What money would be drawn out of Tellson’s henceforth, and what would lie there, lost and forgotten; what plate and jewels would tarnish in Tellson’s hiding-places, while the depositors rusted in prisons, and when they should have violently perished; how many accounts with Tellson’s never to be balanced in this world, must be carried over into the next; no man could have said, that night, any more than Mr. Jarvis Lorry could, though he thought heavily of these questions. He sat by a newly-lighted wood fire (the blighted and unfruitful year was prematurely cold), and on his honest and courageous face there was a deeper shade than the pendent lamp could throw, or any object in the room distortedly reflect—a shade of horror.

Soon afterwards the day began to dawn, and he softly detached himself from the clasping hand, and cautiously looked out again. A man, so besmeared that he might have been a sorely wounded soldier creeping back to consciousness on a field of slain, was rising from the pavement by the side of the grindstone, and looking about him with a vacant air. Shortly, this worn-out murderer descried in the imperfect light one of the carriages of Monseigneur, and, staggering to that gorgeous vehicle, climbed in at the door, and shut himself up to take his rest on its dainty cushions.

The great grindstone, Earth, had turned when Mr. Lorry looked out again, and the sun was red on the courtyard. But, the lesser grindstone stood alone there in the calm morning air, with a red upon it that the sun had never given, and would never take away.

The staunch old gentleman was still in his trust; had never left it. He and his books were in frequent requisition as to property confiscated and made national. What he could save for the owners, he saved. No better man living to hold fast by what Tellson’s had in keeping, and to hold his peace.

A murky red and yellow sky, and a rising mist from the Seine, denoted the approach of darkness. It was almost dark when they arrived at the Bank. The stately residence of Monseigneur was altogether blighted and deserted. Above a heap of dust and ashes in the court, ran the letters: National Property. Republic One and Indivisible. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death!

Who could that be with Mr. Lorry—the owner of the riding-coat upon the chair—who must not be seen? From whom newly arrived, did he come out, agitated and surprised, to take his favourite in his arms? To whom did he appear to repeat her faltering words, when, raising his voice and turning his head towards the door of the room from which he had issued, he said: “Removed to the Conciergerie, and summoned for to-morrow?”

See up there on that Carriage WHo is that the owner of the riding Coat up on the Chair.

Meet Monseigneur Macron.

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Emmanuel Macron’s arrogance problem

With his talk of ‘slackers’ and ‘illiterates,’ the French president risks losing support for his reform agenda.

https://literaryreview.co.uk/man-of-les-people

JONATHAN MEADES

Man of Les People

Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation

By Sophie Pedder

The one person he listens to is his ever-smiling wife, on whose behalf he self-importantly militated so that she might be officially pronounced première dame. Nothing doing. Pascal Bruckner, the no-longer nouveau philosophe, calls her, with unusual lack of originality, l’éminence grise. In this guise she was probably responsible for her husband’s cravenly bathetic performance at Johnny Hallyday’s funeral – several minutes of high-octane drivel that caused the insentient to weep and the sentient to wince. Pedder amiably describes it as ‘both romantic and deeply calculating’. The same might be said of any number of populist, lush, intellectually void spectacles that offer no more than temporary relief, temporary communion. They are mere diversions. They are his forte. Chiselhurst awaits.

Macron, Reflected Glory and issuing platitudes devoid of context or meaning a Rhetorical Flourish of Gaelic Flatulence in the mode of Blair, Trudeau, Ummana, Clinton and the many plastic ornaments of a false pantheon of Political Pygmies.

https://emb.d.tube/#!/tonefreqhz/a219oz7p

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Grub Street Journal, or Objective Khunts?

 

The Republic of Letters[edit]

French philosopher Pierre Bayle

The term “Republic of Letters” was coined in 1664 by Pierre Bayle in his journal Nouvelles de la Republique des Lettres. Towards the end of the 18th century, the editor of Histoire de la République des Lettres en France, a literary survey, described the Republic of Letters as being:

In the midst of all the governments that decide the fate of men; in the bosom of so many states, the majority of them despotic … there exists a certain realm which holds sway only over the mind … that we honour with the name Republic, because it preserves a measure of independence, and because it is almost its essence to be free. It is the realm of talent and of thought.[163]

The Republic of Letters was the sum of a number of Enlightenment ideals: an egalitarian realm governed by knowledge that could act across political boundaries and rival state power.[163] It was a forum that supported “free public examination of questions regarding religion or legislation”.[164] Immanuel Kant considered written communication essential to his conception of the public sphere; once everyone was a part of the “reading public”, then society could be said to be enlightened.[165] The people who participated in the Republic of Letters, such as Diderot and Voltaire, are frequently known today as important Enlightenment figures. Indeed, the men who wrote Diderot’s Encyclopédie arguably formed a microcosm of the larger “republic”.[166]

Many women played an essential part in the French Enlightenment, due to the role they played as salonnières in Parisian salons, as the contrast to the male philosophes. The salon was the principal social institution of the republic[167] and “became the civil working spaces of the project of Enlightenment”. Women, as salonnières, were “the legitimate governors of [the] potentially unruly discourse” that took place within.[168] While women were marginalized in the public culture of the Old Regime, the French Revolution destroyed the old cultural and economic restraints of patronage and corporatism (guilds), opening French society to female participation, particularly in the literary sphere.[169]

Front page of The Gentleman’s Magazine, January 1731

In France, the established men of letters (gens de lettres) had fused with the elites (les grands) of French society by the mid-18th century. This led to the creation of an oppositional literary sphere, Grub Street, the domain of a “multitude of versifiers and would-be authors”.[170] These men came to London to become authors, only to discover that the literary market simply could not support large numbers of writers, who in any case were very poorly remunerated by the publishing-bookselling guilds.[171]

The writers of Grub Street, the Grub Street Hacks, were left feeling bitter about the relative success of the men of letters[172] and found an outlet for their literature which was typified by the libelle. Written mostly in the form of pamphlets, the libelles“slandered the court, the Church, the aristocracy, the academies, the salons, everything elevated and respectable, including the monarchy itself”.[173] Le Gazetier cuirassé by Charles Théveneau de Morande was a prototype of the genre. It was Grub Street literature that was most read by the public during the Enlightenment.[174] According to Darnton, more importantly the Grub Street hacks inherited the “revolutionary spirit” once displayed by the philosophes and paved the way for the French Revolution by desacralizing figures of political, moral and religious authority in France.[175]

The book industry[edit]

ESTC data 1477–1799 by decade given with a regional differentiation

The increased consumption of reading materials of all sorts was one of the key features of the “social” Enlightenment. Developments in the Industrial Revolution allowed consumer goods to be produced in greater quantities at lower prices, encouraging the spread of books, pamphlets, newspapers and journals – “media of the transmission of ideas and attitudes”. Commercial development likewise increased the demand for information, along with rising populations and increased urbanisation.[176]However, demand for reading material extended outside of the realm of the commercial and outside the realm of the upper and middle classes, as evidenced by the Bibliothèque Bleue. Literacy rates are difficult to gauge, but in France the rates doubled over the course of the 18th century.[177] Reflecting the decreasing influence of religion, the number of books about science and art published in Paris doubled from 1720 to 1780, while the number of books about religion dropped to just one-tenth of the total.[18]

Reading underwent serious changes in the 18th century. In particular, Rolf Engelsing has argued for the existence of a Reading Revolution. Until 1750, reading was done intensively: people tended to own a small number of books and read them repeatedly, often to small audience. After 1750, people began to read “extensively”, finding as many books as they could, increasingly reading them alone.[178] This is supported by increasing literacy rates, particularly among women.[179]

The vast majority of the reading public could not afford to own a private library and while most of the state-run “universal libraries” set up in the 17th and 18th centuries were open to the public, they were not the only sources of reading material. On one end of the spectrum was the Bibliothèque Bleue, a collection of cheaply produced books published in Troyes, France. Intended for a largely rural and semi-literate audience these books included almanacs, retellings of medieval romances and condensed versions of popular novels, among other things. While some historians have argued against the Enlightenment’s penetration into the lower classes, the Bibliothèque Bleue represents at least a desire to participate in Enlightenment sociability.[180] Moving up the classes, a variety of institutions offered readers access to material without needing to buy anything. Libraries that lent out their material for a small price started to appear and occasionally bookstores would offer a small lending library to their patrons. Coffee houses commonly offered books, journals and sometimes even popular novels to their customers. The Tatler and The Spectator, two influential periodicals sold from 1709 to 1714, were closely associated with coffee house culture in London, being both read and produced in various establishments in the city.[181] This is an example of the triple or even quadruple function of the coffee house: reading material was often obtained, read, discussed and even produced on the premises.[182]

Denis Diderot is best known as the editor of the Encyclopédie

It is extremely difficult to determine what people actually read during the Enlightenment. For example, examining the catalogs of private libraries gives an image skewed in favor of the classes wealthy enough to afford libraries and also ignores censored works unlikely to be publicly acknowledged. For this reason, a study of publishing would be much more fruitful for discerning reading habits.[183]

Across continental Europe, but in France especially, booksellers and publishers had to negotiate censorship laws of varying strictness. For example, the Encyclopédie narrowly escaped seizure and had to be saved by Malesherbes, the man in charge of the French censor. Indeed, many publishing companies were conveniently located outside France so as to avoid overzealous French censors. They would smuggle their merchandise across the border, where it would then be transported to clandestine booksellers or small-time peddlers.[184] The records of clandestine booksellers may give a better representation of what literate Frenchmen might have truly read, since their clandestine nature provided a less restrictive product choice.[185] In one case, political books were the most popular category, primarily libels and pamphlets. Readers were more interested in sensationalist stories about criminals and political corruption than they were in political theory itself. The second most popular category, “general works” (those books “that did not have a dominant motif and that contained something to offend almost everyone in authority”), demonstrated a high demand for generally low-brow subversive literature. However, these works never became part of literary canon and are largely forgotten today as a result.[185]

A healthy, legal publishing industry existed throughout Europe, although established publishers and book sellers occasionally ran afoul of the law. For example, the Encyclopédie condemned not only by the King, but also by Clement XII, nevertheless found its way into print with the help of the aforementioned Malesherbes and creative use of French censorship law.[186] However, many works were sold without running into any legal trouble at all. Borrowing records from libraries in England, Germany, and North America indicate that more than 70 percent of books borrowed were novels. Less than 1 percent of the books were of a religious nature, indicating the general trend of declining religiosity.[163]

In honor of Robert Darnton

“Taste is like philosophy. It belongs to a very small number of privileged souls … It is unknown in bourgeois families, where one is constantly occupied with the care of one’s fortune”. # ( https://bit.ly/2GWWl3b ) In the words of Darnton, Voltaire “thought that the Enlightenment should begin with the grands”.[52] The historian cites similar opinions from d’Alembert and Louis Sébastien Mercier.[53] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminism

https://web.archive.org/web/20130423005106/http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.com/

https://steemit.com/truth/@tonefreqhz/the-age-of-uncertainty-the-questions-reblogging-the-top-10-omg-moments-since-2011

https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/new-web-3-publishing-portal-stack-gold-whilst-hodling-crypto-vaulturo-web3-distributedweb-bitcoin-ethereum-coinpayments-starvingpoet/

Voltaire Foundation

Robert Darnton Robert Darnton in 2016

This month Oxford University will award an honorary doctorate of letters to Robert Darnton, a (if not the) leading cultural historian over the past 50 years of eighteenth-century French publishing, book trade and literary culture.

I count myself as one of the many scholars inspired by his works. The Great Cat Massacre (1984) was among the first scholarly works I was assigned to read upon beginning postgraduate study. As a doctoral student, I benefited from his advisement (as a doctoral student at Columbia, I enrolled through a university exchange in his Princeton seminar on ‘The Social History of Ideas in Eighteenth-Century France’). And now as a senior research affiliate of the Voltaire Foundation and General Editor of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, I take particular interest in expressing on behalf of the Voltaire Foundation our collegial pride, admiration, and respect for Professor Darnton on…

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Meet Damon Vrabel. JohnG doesn’t like him, Be like Damon Vrabel, not like JohnG

#SamizdisSamizdat #BrexitRebeliion #ConquestofDough #Web3BeattheBanStick

Three Main Actors Moon of Alabama branded them FUKUS ( Very Droll ) In Order of the Acronym
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/fukus-strikes-syria-who-won.html
France ( Macron )
UK (MAY)

US ( Trump )
All are leaders with a questionable Mandate, Trumps is strongest arguably but May and Macron remain Establishment Choices. May the DUP supported Own goal Merchant and Macron the Man from Nowhere who the Slog cruelly characterises as a Mother Fucker.

Trump is talking about re looking at TPP, May is obviously Back Tracking on Brexit and Macron is facing challenges to his *Liberalisation reforms )

May and Trump are facing electoral tests Mid Terms in US and Local Elections for MAy.

In Short, all have challenging domestic agendas.

The biggies are not domestic agendas but International Ones.

If the Security Council meeting the main advocates supporting the action were The Netherlands, and Sweden both have been pushing the Syria Bashing.

Sweden has the oldest Central Bank and The Netherlands is, of Course, the beginnings of the modern worlds Capitalist system. The Colonialö/Imperialist International Banking Project runs strongly through this whole thing.

Israel has been fairly quiet I have news feeds from Jewish Chronicle and Haaretz the Israeli News Paper they have been observing keenly but apart from the Domestic Anti Semitism Schtick in Uk and of course the Israeli Strikes on Iranian Targets, Israel has a very Low profile here, in fact barely garner a mention? Staying in Shadows pulling Strings, BiBi is a class operator in the black arts of arm Twisting, he was as a younger man much more dashing and charming he has morphed into a rather unattractive slimeball but I must admit I found the Younger Netanyahu very convincing, not so now.
He has his hand up Trumps back though, all public appearances of the two together show this to be so.

We can usefully distinguish between events, and Characters as well as Domestic and International Dynamics.

Russia, Turkey, Saudi, Iran.

Here is Gets Very Complicated indeed.

3 players are steeped in the intrigues of Petro Dollar Hegemony and Turkey was a key creation of the Post WW1 treaties which brought in the age of Oil and FIAT/GoldStandard and the Fed (The Gold Standard was a FIAT system under the shining exterior, I will not go into that here But Zarlenga’s Lost Science of Money goes into it in depth)

Gas PipeLines Involve all of them.and in that respect we have to bring Ukraine into the Picture as well.

Israel is also a player with the Gas question in respect of the Leviathan fields and other fields in the Eastern Medetaranian this also brings Egypt into the picture. Of Course, Libya and Iraq come into the question from PetroDollar and Energy aspects of the question and lead back to General Wesley Walker.

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As of April 2014, German mainstream media continue to ignore the peaceful weekly Monday demonstrations in now over 34 German cities – defaming them ludicrously as “new right-wing movement”,
#GilletsJuene

RogersLongHairBlog

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At Times Like These. Epictetus or Wittgenstien.

#SamizdisSamizdat #BrexitRebeliion #ConquestofDough #Web3BeattheBanStick

Three Main Actors Moon of Alabama branded them FUKUS ( Very Droll ) In Order of the Acronym
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/fukus-strikes-syria-who-won.html
France ( Macron )
UK (MAY)

US ( Trump )
All are leaders with a questionable Mandate, Trumps is strongest arguably but May and Macron remain Establishment Choices. May the DUP supported Own goal Merchant and Macron the Man from Nowhere who the Slog cruelly characterises as a Mother Fucker.

Trump is talking about re looking at TPP, May is obviously Back Tracking on Brexit and Macron is facing challenges to his *Liberalisation reforms )

May and Trump are facing electoral tests Mid Terms in US and Local Elections for MAy.

In Short, all have challenging domestic agendas.

The biggies are not domestic agendas but International Ones.

If the Security Council meeting the main advocates supporting the action were The Netherlands, and Sweden both have been pushing the Syria Bashing.

Sweden has the oldest Central Bank and The Netherlands is, of Course, the beginnings of the modern worlds Capitalist system. The Colonialö/Imperialist International Banking Project runs strongly through this whole thing.

Israel has been fairly quiet I have news feeds from Jewish Chronicle and Haaretz the Israeli News Paper they have been observing keenly but apart from the Domestic Anti Semitism Schtick in Uk and of course the Israeli Strikes on Iranian Targets, Israel has a very Low profile here, in fact barely garner a mention? Staying in Shadows pulling Strings, BiBi is a class operator in the black arts of arm Twisting, he was as a younger man much more dashing and charming he has morphed into a rather unattractive slimeball but I must admit I found the Younger Netanyahu very convincing, not so now.
He has his hand up Trumps back though, all public appearances of the two together show this to be so.

We can usefully distinguish between events, and Characters as well as Domestic and International Dynamics.

Russia, Turkey, Saudi, Iran.

Here is Gets Very Complicated indeed.

3 players are steeped in the intrigues of Petro Dollar Hegemony and Turkey was a key creation of the Post WW1 treaties which brought in the age of Oil and FIAT/GoldStandard and the Fed (The Gold Standard was a FIAT system under the shining exterior, I will not go into that here But Zarlenga’s Lost Science of Money goes into it in depth)

Gas PipeLines Involve all of them.and in that respect we have to bring Ukraine into the Picture as well.

Israel is also a player with the Gas question in respect of the Leviathan fields and other fields in the Eastern Medetaranian this also brings Egypt into the picture. Of Course, Libya and Iraq come into the question from PetroDollar and Energy aspects of the question and lead back to General Wesley Walker.

123

As of April 2014, German mainstream media continue to ignore the peaceful weekly Monday demonstrations in now over 34 German cities – defaming them ludicrously as “new right-wing movement”,
#GilletsJuene

RogersLongHairBlog

Showing the way out of the bottle, Wittgenstein or Epictetus?

In Such times as these John, I usually reach for the Enchiridion. Epictetus and his handy handbook reminds us all to Stick to our own knitting and do the right thing, eventually every one cottons on ( and it only takes 5% of us ( see Erica Chenoweth’s Work),
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erica_Chenoweth

Their team identified over 200 violent revolutions and over 100 nonviolent campaigns. Twenty-six percent of the violent revolutions were successful, while 53 percent of the nonviolent campaigns succeeded. Moreover, looking at change in democracy (Polity IV scores) indicates that nonviolence promotes democracy while violence promotes tyranny.
In addition every campaign that got active participation from at least 3.5 percent of the population succeeded, and many succeeded with less. All the campaigns that achieved that threshold were nonviolent; no violent campaign achieved that threshold.[4]
the tipping point in an…

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Nafeez Ahmed #WrongKindofGreen #ConquestofDough

1_wrMkoB2xf2vJZqf7_7bB3AOnly ‘collective intelligence’ can help us stave off an uninhabitable planet

Humanity needs new tools to overcome the global crisis of collective insanity

Prioritising based upon empirical evidence (Lomberg and Coolit) has the idea.

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We simply can not just bin so-called fossil fuels,
https://www.withouthotair.com/

Regarding Energy Based Economics and Energy Based units of value

Which refers to this Man,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Spash

Whose Blog Post references this Art piece, Between the Lines,

The Politics of Carbon Emissions Trading: Censorship in Australia
At the beginning of 2009 Clive Spash wrote a paper, The Brave New World of Carbon Trading, that was critical of carbon…http://www.clivespash.org

As ever with Dr. Nafeez Ahmed one has to read between the lines and one departs these pages with a sense of close but no cigar, Why?
https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/bbc-alarmism-why/

 

Authentic Discourses on Decisions to Act.

#SamizdisSamizdat #BrexitRebeliion #ConquestofDough #Web3BeattheBanStick

Three Main Actors Moon of Alabama branded them FUKUS ( Very Droll ) In Order of the Acronym
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/fukus-strikes-syria-who-won.html
France ( Macron )
UK (MAY)

US ( Trump )
All are leaders with a questionable Mandate, Trumps is strongest arguably but May and Macron remain Establishment Choices. May the DUP supported Own goal Merchant and Macron the Man from Nowhere who the Slog cruelly characterises as a Mother Fucker.

Trump is talking about re looking at TPP, May is obviously Back Tracking on Brexit and Macron is facing challenges to his *Liberalisation reforms )

May and Trump are facing electoral tests Mid Terms in US and Local Elections for MAy.

In Short, all have challenging domestic agendas.

The biggies are not domestic agendas but International Ones.

If the Security Council meeting the main advocates supporting the action were The Netherlands, and Sweden both have been pushing the Syria Bashing.

Sweden has the oldest Central Bank and The Netherlands is, of Course, the beginnings of the modern worlds Capitalist system. The Colonialö/Imperialist International Banking Project runs strongly through this whole thing.

Israel has been fairly quiet I have news feeds from Jewish Chronicle and Haaretz the Israeli News Paper they have been observing keenly but apart from the Domestic Anti Semitism Schtick in Uk and of course the Israeli Strikes on Iranian Targets, Israel has a very Low profile here, in fact barely garner a mention? Staying in Shadows pulling Strings, BiBi is a class operator in the black arts of arm Twisting, he was as a younger man much more dashing and charming he has morphed into a rather unattractive slimeball but I must admit I found the Younger Netanyahu very convincing, not so now.
He has his hand up Trumps back though, all public appearances of the two together show this to be so.

We can usefully distinguish between events, and Characters as well as Domestic and International Dynamics.

Russia, Turkey, Saudi, Iran.

Here is Gets Very Complicated indeed.

3 players are steeped in the intrigues of Petro Dollar Hegemony and Turkey was a key creation of the Post WW1 treaties which brought in the age of Oil and FIAT/GoldStandard and the Fed (The Gold Standard was a FIAT system under the shining exterior, I will not go into that here But Zarlenga’s Lost Science of Money goes into it in depth)

Gas PipeLines Involve all of them.and in that respect we have to bring Ukraine into the Picture as well.

Israel is also a player with the Gas question in respect of the Leviathan fields and other fields in the Eastern Medetaranian this also brings Egypt into the picture. Of Course, Libya and Iraq come into the question from PetroDollar and Energy aspects of the question and lead back to General Wesley Walker.

123

As of April 2014, German mainstream media continue to ignore the peaceful weekly Monday demonstrations in now over 34 German cities – defaming them ludicrously as “new right-wing movement”,
#GilletsJuene

RogersLongHairBlog

Authentic Discourses on Decisions to Act.
A golden Rule in folklores Canon
holds what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the Gander
do unto others that which to you would be done
thus applied in discussion, we should always avoid slander.
Leave at the first introduction
the habits of Authority and induction
When those listening seem deaf to what you tell
refrain if you please from poisoning the well
if your working hypothesis requires certitude
refrain from tailoring cloth that renders the emperor nude
If to your point, you wish others to allude
refrain from a hypocritical sneering attitude.
When your correspondent appeals to evidence
consider their sources, were they well meant?
In all matters, skepticism will serve you with equivalence
and always remember to mistrust the Government.
“man müsse das Volk stets in Armuth erhalten, damit es gehorsam bleibe.”(2)

Belloc characterised the reformation as

´´a rising of the…

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