" Philosoetry " By Roger Lewis

“My first and lasting reaction to your poems was, Wonderful. Here is a poet who can engage with the pressing and vital concerns of our times. As did Blake in his time. While others were still trilling away about rural idylls and flute playing shepherds Blake took those forms and images and confronted the brutalities of his age with an art renewed. In his own way, Roger is doing the same.” David Malone, Film Maker Author and writer of the Golem xiv blog

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A search for reality and self , leaving behind ego and examining the real world encountered anew. Roger Lewis provides a commentary on a Jorney from Multi Millionaire to not so starving poet. From a Landed Estate and Jet set life style to that of a Self Sufficient homesteader and stay at home Dad in sweden. Self described recovering multi milionaire and Born again tree Hugger A glimpse into one mans pursuit of conciousmness in the age of EGO.
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    Reviewer: Kwame Ansah Jr Review: First of all, I have a short attention span but was able to read through these poems with ease. I must say that I do have a bias to this type of poetry because I’m very much in tune with politics and economics. Thus, the social, political, and economic commentary made throughout this book touched close to home and struck a cord with me. Furthermore, I acknowledged and enjoyed the brief descriptions to each poem as well as the quotes included throughout the book. Job well done Roger Lewis!

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Diogenes is one of my Favourite Philosophers he had a talent for situation Comedy. A plucked chicken becomes Platos Man, Stand a little out of my Sun he told Alexander the great, Various other infamous antics which are widely available to read on the web.
Diogenes Lived in a Barrel in the town of Sinop now in Modern day turkey. I have invented a freind of the famous Cynic PhilosoTees, A toga seller with a stall next to his freinds barrel. Various plain truths I imagine printed onto those Togas to inform the good citizens of Sinop how to live a virtuos life.Every new empire needs a Big Lie, a Foundation Myth and this will be the Foundation myth of the PhilosoTees™ T-Shirt Empire. Themes of dreams perhaps?

 

´´PhilosoTees; is a tee shirt brand reproducing popular quotes and memes coined by the imaginary philosopher Philosotees; and printed On Togas sold from his stall next to His friend  Diogeneses Barrel, Both were noted Cynics.  A perfect gift for the philosopher who wants nothing.

Enter Teemills a design fulfilment order service where anyone can upload designs and market them with out holding any stock. The Green Party I discovered use the same service for their Web shop and I have used a similar service way back when for my ReverbNation Channel, they changed their Merch system though and my store sadly disappeared into the ether, Was it ever real at all?

I had come up with a few slogans and fun ideas for T Shirts for David Malones Leadership candidacy for the Green Party of England and Wales. I looked for a service similar to the old Reverbnation Merch shop and happily found TeeMills did exactly what I was looking for. Sustainable energy,Organic Cotton, ethical sources they ticked all the boxes. As I wanted to do some Green Party related stuff I was very pleased to discover that they had chosen Tee Mills too for their own Web Shop. If it´s good enough for the Green Party it’s good enough for me I reasoned.

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#ConquestOfDough #ConquestofDough A Web Site providing the framework of understanding for My New Novel

Profitless usurer, why dost thou useSo great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?For having traffic with thy self alone,Thou of thy self thy sweet self dost deceive:Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,What acceptable audit canst thou leave?

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The Conquest Of Dough, Epilogue and Chapter 1.

The wise king said, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in vessels of silver” (Prov. xxv. 11). Hear the explanation of what he said:–The word maskiyoth, the Hebrew equivalent for “vessels,” denotes “filigree network”–i.e., things in which there are very small apertures, such as are frequently wrought by silversmiths. They are called in Hebrew maskiyyoth (lit. “transpicuous,” from the verb sakah, “he saw,” a root which occurs also in the Targum of Onkelos, Gen. xxvi. 8), because the eye penetrates through them. Thus Solomon meant to say, “just as apples of gold in silver filigree with small apertures, so is a word fitly spoken.”
Maimonides, A Guide for the Perplexed.

Epilogue.

As the Low Hanging Fruit rots, the true believers and credulous continued to grasp at the unseen upper branches of the tree of myth and ideology: clutching further, and stretching longer, extending their reach by any means, even means unimaginable to anyone but the desperate and deluded. They knew that the Golden Apple, no one had ever seen, or, produced evidence of its existence, was there, just beyond their furthest reach, Just out of sight of their keenest glance. So as the Low-Hung Fruit still rotted, having ripened and yet not nourished those for whom only the Perfection of the Golden Fruit of pure ideological reified hubris would ever be enough. The obvious went ignored its goodness rejected in the pursuit of the impossible promises of soothsayers, priests, mountebanks, politicians and Fifth Avenue suits and City Bankers, so many lies clothed in so many promises taking hope and optimism and producing a pathetic belief in the bounties of the Noble Lie.
And here we see the Autumn of a civil war where men women and children have perished, their death caused by what some in years to come will say was due to the Mythical invasion of the sea peoples. Which Historical Turning of a 21st-century Ideologue would find its analog in Aleppo Syria, to the Firestorms and Privations of the Bronze Age collapse in 1150 BC. And what do these two disparate events and the Low Hanging Fruit and the Apple of Gold wrapped in Filigree of silver have to do with our business here in our thoughts and investigations in these coming pages?
Search on and we will surely find out and discover together as we look at the scenes that play out before us. Together we will in our mind’s eye trace the steps of Ahmed Abdul Hittite, the Bakers son of Aleppo. He who was sent abroad again to seek refuge for the secret of his Guild to be perpetuated in a Bond millennia Old and passed down from Father to Son. His story, along with the Secrets of the precious alchemy from which his family had sustained Egyptian Pharaohs through to the Palace in Damascus of President Assad. A lineage that had served; Sultans, Pashas and great Kings and Queens of yore in the Cradle of civilisation.
We travel through Damascus even before Abraham had Spoken of Gods word, Already ancient when Jesus Christ Was a Boy and Older Still when the prophet Mohammed Received the Holy Quran. For Abdul’s mission and secret recipe was the secret of Dough , the Sacred Dough of Aleppo from which all Leavened Bread had been exported as an Idea and a Method , yet only the Hittite Sour Dough of the Hittite Bakery of Aleppo was the true source and substance of the Greatest most sacred and honored Starter, the eminence and fountainhead of The Bakers Craft, tied to antiquity and bound to the most Trusted and to a Brotherhood of world Wide civilisation.
Where there was Trade, there was Counting to be done and accounts to be settled. Where farmers toiled and there were offers to treat, where merchants would Seal their Bargains with the breaking of Bread and the Dipping of Bread in Salt and where the secrets of the alchemies of Commerce were held deepest and closest the Hittite bread would serve to mark, The Conquest of Dough.Where all could bake and break bread hewn from the earth of Mother nature’s bounty, the true source of the wealth of man in nature.

Chapter 2.

The Last Bakery in Aleppo.

Abdul looks at the space where his father’s head once sat upon his broad shoulders, the words his father had just spoke rung in his ears and he held in his hands a Jar Covered in Silver Filigree through which glistened the golden sheath. Concealed and protected within, be an ancient Glass vessel held, beneath a Lid of fine ornamented bejewelled blue lapis lazuli blue glass that shimmered as the Mediterranean sea off the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. Within this sacred Vessel was the most sacred of ceremonial Doughs, the most secretly and jealously guarded of all Aleppo’s secrets. More jealously protected down generations of his family more so than the Codex of Aleppo’s Central Synagogue the Site of the Cave of Elijah. This was history and the key to the sustenance of generations a direct line back to before history began, a starter dough born of the first undomesticated grains and the Yeast from the air breathed by the first civilisations of sedentary populations. These were the grains which formed the metrics for measurements from which the noble science of metrology sprang. The grains which defined the weights and measures of rations for the slaves of Pharaohs and the origins of all measurements from which all science and mathematics became codified. The Grains that made this dough produced the sugars and the carbohydrates that nourished the bodies and fueled the thoughts of the mothers of all invention. In his hands, Abdul’s held a link back to the beginning of all that we know, and all that we take for granted. And now it fell for him to take the Holy Sour Dough to a safe place, far away, over many seas and lands to make good and redeem promises made long ago between contracting parties whose promises were sealed in blood and sacrifice and whose code had spread to the four corners of the world. Secrets now bleeding from the severed head of his Father yet locked still in the mind of His son who stood momentarily shocked.
He heard voices, The White Helmets, the mercenary army of the Black orders of usury, the challengers’ of the nobility of the dough.

An interrogation, a blast of machine gun fire, screams, more interrogations,

Abdul knew he must move fast through the route known to his elite class of baker; to flee again the tumult that Aleppo had become. Fleeing a war about Monetary Hegemony and a war about Vested interests in the monopoly supply of necessities. They were looking for what he held in his hands the truth of Mans wealth and debt to agriculture and the universal access to and the production of Bread. The White helmets were closing in he knew he must say his goodbyes and hold on to his grieving for later and hold onto the Vessel in his hands even tighter the freedom of Good and the freedom of all Men of all the holy books depended on his reaching the place of safety. Abdul Knew he must retrace the route of civilisation and trade and ensure that the Dough of Life be spread again to the four corners of Humanity. For as the Middle East burned and as the Powers of Finance Capital and Usury sought to extinguish the knowledge of Dough , the Brotherhood of bakers knew that as long as the idea of self-sufficiency and the Breaking of freshly baked bread lived, the Global domination of the means of sustenance and trade would always evade that Blackhearted breed of Man who would see orphans starve rather than yield control of the destinies of Nations and relinquish their grip over and offence to  the nobility of populations.

He turned and ran.
As the White Helmut Leader rounded the Corner to the courtyard of the last Bakery in Aleppo, so Abdul had vanished, as elusive as the fresh odour of newly baked bread invisibly seduces the senses, so Abdul had evaporated

the white Helmut cried out.
“Damn, there’s the old guy, where’s the son? Damn it!”

He lifted the radio transmitter to his Mouth.

“White leader to Carrier Group One, Target on the run, Mission failed, advise telling Langley to alert Drone strike force to seek and destroy. Repeat Target at large, Advise arm Drones and seek and destroy, civilians expendable The Target is at large.”

In a fit of Rage the White helmet turned and pointed his M17 at the corpse of Abdul’s father, emptied the magazine into the Still warm and not yet stiff corpse,

“damn you, Fucking Rag headed animal.”

A picture of democracy early one morning in the last bakery in Aleppo,
this is where our story and Abdul’s Journey Begins.

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Globalisation Un-Entangled. (A FOUND POEM, CIPHER OF GLOBALISM )

A TRILOGY IN FOUR PARTS.

USURY HELL´S FUEL MANS OPPRESSOR

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GLOBALISATION UN ENTANGLED.

In Consensus the three Voices resolve and entreat your contribution dear reader for a fourth part, shall we harmonise.




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 “Ages ago,” Urthred continued, “we certainly used to speak
languages.



Globalisation Un-Entangled.


”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.
the idea before it was clothed in words
heard in minds, as uttered thought
the communication of arranged ideas
Thoughts lifting mist from the poet´s page.
To set the stage, not in the round
but, to see the scene in the sphere
Which actors will the playwright lay
on the page´s narrative to steer.

Mish Shedlock, Dr Tim Morgan, Warren Mosler and Conventional Pieties.#politicalEconomy #EnergyEconomics #StakeholderDemocracy #Direct Democracy #Subsidiarity

Ultimately, this was all about a loss of trust. Even a perfectly sound bank can collapse, if trust is lost. Because banks are in the business of borrowing short and lending long, there is no way that they can call in loans if depositors are panicked into pulling their money out.

This sentence from Dr. Tim Morgans Blog on how lack of faith in currencies could be the story of the next collapse set me off this morning.
Having already encountered a rather bilious offering from Mitch Shedlock.on Universal Basic Income.

https://mishtalk.com/2017/09/17/zuckerberg-lost-his-mind-why-guaranteed-living-wages-cannot-possibly-work/#comment-170021
“Useless Trials

Such schemes cannot possibly work. But that does not stop fools from trying.”

and

 “Free Money Proposals Do Not Scale”

Anyway In the cacophony of WTF? confusion what Is I think evident is that a new ground up approach to Distribution is required and to start with we need to figure out What we can produce, How many people are to be addressed and at what level of organisation do we start looking for solutions and systems.

Sovereignty and subsidiarity

Who makes the rules and enforces them is sovereign. Direct democracy is about the legislative decisions, the rules, being made by the people for the people.

The people that are affected by the rules should be deciding which rules need to be defined in that affected group. Rules that affect only a small group should be defined by consensus in that small group. For legislation that affects a larger group the consensus needs to be developed in that larger group. This is the essence of the Principal of Subsidiarity, which implies that authority should be with the most decentralized entity possible and more centralized entities should primarily support the decentralized ones.

Questions, Universal Income or Job Guarantee?
How should we measure value in Society, does this imply different thinking as to what our Structural contributions are culturaly to our own communities, how are these measures to be reconciled geopolitically?
This is a Scrap Book cut and paste post which has the current imponderables which I am currently pondering. 
“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,
   Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
   “They are merely conventional signs!


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Guaranteed Income and Living Wage Schemes Cannot Possibly Work 

Skepticism awaiting added argument.
In its basic form, universal basic income means “everyone gets a paycheck, whether they have a job or not.”
Many expect even more. They want a guaranteed “living wage”.

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“However, any benefit to the trial participants must at the expense of a bigger deficit or higher taxes on everyone else”.
We can learn a lot from the Swiss referendum on Citizens Income as discussed here.
´However, the nearly universal misunderstanding of money is a major obstacle. For too long we’ve allowed a small coterie of bankers and “court economists” to hold the secrets and “tutor” us. So, it’s time for total openness.
First, regarding the claim that the Swiss proposal would’ve been too costly, what’s entirely omitted from the discussion is that the proposal (and similar proposals elsewhere) appear to call for re-distribution of existing money—taking money from certain sectors through taxation and re-allocating it to the people at-large.
The implication is that the money supply is basically static and that re-distributing limited funds would require tough budget decisions—sparking tax hikes and associated spending increases in several areas; hence the claim “costs too much.”
But a successful basic income plan can and must be based on the creation of new money, or “distributism,” not on reshuffling existing money, which is “re-distributism.” That’s the “state secret” that no one wants to touch.´´
http://leconomistamascherato.blogspot.se/2016/07/basic-income-lets-name-real-problems.html
This question is rather deeper than Your summary dismissal Mitch, further, there is the question also regarding Energy Returns on Investment, As Energy resources become more expensive in terms of Watts invested for Watts extracted the present inefficient concepts of money how-ever Honestly or soundly grounded will fail to provide a useful analog to production realities. Factor in also automation and you get to a new era of enclosure, whereby whole livelihoods disappear in a fundamental sense, Uber is an interesting intermediary case study, which through fraud basically based upon huge debt leverage they have been forcing viable mini cab businesses out of business, its a similar process to ENclosure of common lands and then outlawing gleaning.
In the existing paradigm, Aggregate demand is collapsing in the world the solution lies in something new, what that is is a very open question, raising the question and making proposals for treating some of the obvious symptoms in the meantime is not a foolish task, it may help to alleviate some of the huge problems already evident in the nascent collapse of the petrodollar.
http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/08/renewableseroi-why-money-doesnt-cut-it.html
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  • Is the statement below expected to remain so?
    “Energy Returns on Investment, As Energy resources become more expensive in terms of Watts invested for Watts extracted”
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    • There is a conceptual Curve known as the Energy Cliff Movement along the curve is possible in either direction, it does though seem likely that a return to very high return on energy invested that was enjoyed when the most accessible HydroCarbons were in full flow is unlikely under current technology.http://euanmearns.com/eroei-for-beginners/
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      • A couple of thoughts roger.
        A) “under current technology” – it won’t stand still. I am an optimist some of the time and expect shift down in energy costs. Predicting precisely what shifts it – fusion, energy storage + renewable sources, etc is way beyond me, as is timing, but humans are special. Humans want lower energy costs, they’ll get it one way or another. Current wind in UK is cheaper than new (efficient?) Nuclear. I expect further shifts down.
        B) Under the Paris Climate deal, if applied, there is potentially 4x more (possibly even 5x -6x) more hydrocarbons already discovered than will be extracted to meet C02. Granted extraction costs higher than the past but massively potential supply if need be and extraction costs will fall imho into a reduced demand market. What happens if there is a wash out in the oil sector? Massive resources could be picked up cheap and costs shift down as previous discovery costs are sunk. The only thing stopping a shift down in cost in that scenario is the Climate According that may not hold anyway. The Accord might accelerate a wash-out if oil has to be parked for a while. Complex.
        3) C02 capture alongside 2) above. What impact?
        I still consider deflation in the energy complex to be possible.
        There’s too much at stake to accept ever rising energy costs and humans are ingenious.
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        • Hi,
          As a cornucopian, I agree We Humans are ingenious, solving the energy question is well within our compass of ingenuity, what is a problem and obstacle to doing so is though the Existing monetary paradigm which is both poorly understood and also disputed.
          With respect to Mish´s post regarding Universal Basic Income, those arguments are based upon certain assumptions as to Scarcity, Employment, and Work-based measures of contributing to society.
          The Current monetary Paradigm does not, even, with all the ingenuity in the world, get us away from the exponential function, and the problem our ingenuity needs to solve is actually how to stop the Debt/finance dog wagging the Economy Dog. For Economy read all stakeholders in society, ultimately one assumes that human ingenuity is aimed at the Pursuit of Happiness.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_Liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_Happiness
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    An idiots guide to arguing with bankers 

    Posted this to Facebook Back in 2011, sadly so little has changed .
    recession
    I was recently drawn into a petty dispute with a total stranger on Facebook about the causes of the financial crisis. Although the individual (who I will allow to remain anonymous) has some pretty bizarre views on the EU and the welfare state, his positions on the cost of the bailouts are illuminating. The exchange has some useful lessons for anyone who becomes embroiled in an argument with a financial whizz kid who thinks they can explain away the crisis using the same bankrupt thinking that caused it. I have posted the (rather long) exchange below, but I would summarise the key lessons as follows:
    1) Do not get sucked into number crunching – the key point is that the numbers are essentially meaningless, and as soon as the markets lose faith in the validity of the numbers they cease to count. If you put positive assumptions into the number…
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    #105: Anticipating the next crash 

    Re-Blogging before commenting. In this very complex question separating Apples from Oranges and avoiding inevitable circular reasoning is an important and non-trivial task.
    THIS TIME IT COULD BE MONEY – NOT BANKS
    Because the global financial crisis (GFC) was caused by a collapse of trust in banks, it can be all too easy to assume that the next crash, if there is one, must take the same form.
    In fact, it’s more likely to be different. Whilst the idiocy-of choice before 2008 had been irresponsible lending, by far the most dangerous recklessness today is monetary adventurism.
    So it’s faith in money, rather than in banks, that could trigger the next crisis.
    Introduction – mistaken confidence
    Whenever we live through a traumatic event, such as the GFC of 2008, the authorities ‘close the stable door after the horse has bolted’. They put in place measures that might have countered the previous crisis, if only they had they known its nature in advance.
    The reason why such measures so often fail to prevent…
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Convention I A Philosophical Study
David Lewis
  • Convention: A Philosophical Study, Harvard University Press 1969.
Introduction
It is the profession of philosophers to question platitudes that others
accept without thinking twice. A dangerous profession, since philosophers
are more easily discredited than platitudes, but a useful one.
For when a good philosopher challenges a platitude, it usually turns
out that the platitude was essentially right; but the philosopher has
noticed trouble that one who did not think twice could not have
met. In the end, the challenge is answered and the platitude survives,
more often than not. But the philosopher has done the adherents
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(10) Suppose we are tradesmen. It matters little to any of us what
commodities he takes in exchange for goods (other than commodities
he himself can use). But if he takes what others refuse he is stuck
with something useless, and if he refuses what others take he needlessly
inconveniences his customers and himself. Each must choose
what he will take according to his expectations about what he can
spend–that is, about what the others will take: gold and silver if
he can spend gold and silver, U.S. notes if he can spend U.S. notes,
Canadian pennies if he can spend Canadian pennies, wampum if
he can spend wampum, goats if he can spend goats, whatever may
come along if he can spend whatever may come along, nothing if
he can spend nothing.
(10) A medium of exchange–say, coin of the.realm–has its special
status by a convention among tradesmen to take it without question
in return for goods and services. Some conventional media are better
than others: bulky or perishable ones are bad; ones that would retain
some use if the convention collapsed are good–but the inconvenience
of accepting a bad medium of exchange is less than the inconvenience
of refusing it when others take it, or of taking What one can neither
use nor spend. Again, as in (4), there is the complication of legal
sanctions, refusal to accept legal tender makes a debt legally unenforceable.
But again, such sanctions are superfluous if they agree with
convention, are outweighed if they go against it, are not decisive either
way, and therefore do not make our regularity any the less conventional.
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I suppose we may safely define a medium of exchange as any good
that is conventionally accepted in some population in return for goods
and services. This definition raises an annoying question: is it right
to say that we have a convention to accept our media of exchange
in return for goods and services? It is false to say that our convention
is that we accept our media of exchange in return for goods and
services. For what follows “that” does not state any convention
because it is true, by definition, of any population. On the other hand,
it is true to say of our media of exchange that our convention is that
we accept them in return for goods and services. My question was
ambiguous. It can be read opaquely or transparently.6 It is like the
question whether Hegel knew that the number of planets is greater
than seven. He did not know that the number of planets is greater
than seven. But he did know, of the number of planets–namely
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http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2017/07/17/banks-do-not-need-any-deposits-to-make-loans/

Banks do not need any deposits to make loans

Posted on July 17 2017

The old chestnut of what came first, the savings or the loan, came up on the blog over the weekend.
I have argued for many years that it is, of course, the loan, and that the savings can only exist because a loan brought them into being. I had to work this out from first principles when I was in my twenties because I had always been taught the opposite. It took a long time to find others of similar persuasion. And it was some comfort to find the Bank of England finally agreed in 2014. One of the things they did when doing so was issue this video:
What they say is:
  1. Loans are made without any need for there to be deposits in a bank;
  2. Loans are quite emphatically not the recycling of depositors’ money: all loans are made from newly created money;
  3. All savings are therefore created by lending, representing the unspent and so deposited part of funds created out of monies borrowed;
  4. There is, then, no such thing as fractional reserve banking and those thinking so; those economics text books that say there is; and those who based their economic thinking on this idea, are all wrong.
There are some things I should add I do not agree with in the video: the description of how QE works is just wishful thinking and not what has actually happened. It is also not true that QE has a cost: the interest paid on reserves is in real terms negative at present.
And there are things the video does not say. In particular it does not make clear that because of the argument made, savings do not serve a useful economic function as a source of funding for investment in the modern economy when that role has been supplanted by credit. Nor does it say that as a result the entire saving sector can in that case to some degree be seen as rent seeking and the whole edifice of the financial services industry that is built upon it a largely pointless activity that does not add value. But I won’t develop that argument further here: my point at present is to reiterate that savings are not required to permit banks to make loans. This is a myth now known to be wholly untrue. Those who say otherwise are from the economic dark ages.
A Lost century in economics: Three theories of banking and the conclusive evidence
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Highlights

The three theories of how banks function and whether they create money are reviewed
A new empirical test of the three theories is presented
The test allows to control for all transactions, delivering clear-cut results.
The fractional reserve and financial intermediation theories of banking are rejected
Capital adequacy based bank regulation is ineffective, credit guidance preferable
This is shown with the case study of Barclays Bank creating its own capital
Questions are raised concerning the lack of progress in economics in the past century
Policy implications: borrowing from abroad is unnecessary for growth

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1057521914001070

Can banks individually create money out of nothing? — The theories and the empirical evidence

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Abstract

This paper presents the first empirical evidence in the history of banking on the question of whether banks can create money out of nothing. The banking crisis has revived interest in this issue, but it had remained unsettled. Three hypotheses are recognised in the literature. According to the financial intermediation theory of banking, banks are merely intermediaries like other non-bank financial institutions, collecting deposits that are then lent out. According to the fractional reserve theory of banking, individual banks are mere financial intermediaries that cannot create money, but collectively they end up creating money through systemic interaction. A third theory maintains that each individual bank has the power to create money ‘out of nothing’ and does so when it extends credit (the credit creation theory of banking). The question which of the theories is correct has far-reaching implications for research and policy. Surprisingly, despite the longstanding controversy, until now no empirical study has tested the theories. This is the contribution of the present paper. An empirical test is conducted, whereby money is borrowed from a cooperating bank, while its internal records are being monitored, to establish whether in the process of making the loan available to the borrower, the bank transfers these funds from other accounts within or outside the bank, or whether they are newly created. This study establishes for the first time empirically that banks individually create money out of nothing. The money supply is created as ‘fairy dust’ produced by the banks individually, “out of thin air”.

Keywords

Bank credit
Credit creation
Financial intermediation
Fractional reserve banking
Money creation

JEL classification

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E40
E50
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https://spontaneousfinance.com/2016/01/11/a-critique-of-werners-view-on-banking/comment-page-1/

So the ‘money’ that banks create out of thin air is in fact a claim on base money. And there are limits to this extension, which I have highlighted in my many posts on endogenous money theory.
One of those limits is the adverse clearing that occurs during interbank settlement, which is barely discussed in Werner’s papers. Werner wrongly claims in his article that “for this fractional reserve model to work, Samuelson is assuming that the new deposit is a cash deposit, and the extension of the loan takes the form of paying out cash.” He further adds:
Thus a further inconsistency is that it is a priori not clear why customer deposits or reserves should be any constraint on bank lending as claimed by the fractional reserve theory: since deposits are a record of the bank’s debt to customers, the bank is not restricted to lending only as much as its excess reserves or prior customer deposits allow. It can extend a loan and record further debts to customers, shown as newly created deposits (as the credit creation theory states).
There is no need for cash to be paid out to be a drain on the reserve/liquidity position of the bank. And banks (individually, or as a whole) cannot expand indefinitely either. Interbank settlements, through the adverse clearing process, operate as a very good limiting constraint, unless there is an exact offsetting amount that the counterparty bank owes (in which case no reserve transfer occurs and limits to expansion are defined by other criteria).
Werner does eventually mention this point however, albeit too briefly given how crucial it is:
As long as banks create credit at the same rate as other banks, and as long as customers are similarly distributed, the mutual claims of banks on each other will be netted out and may well, on balance, cancel each other out. Then banks can increase credit creation without limit and without ‘losing any money’.
While this is theoretically true, this is highly unrealistic, as I have explained in this post:

  1. Ken G says : 17 March, 2017 at 13:03

    Summarizing, you have not shown that Werner is mistaken that banks create new credit from thin air. You merely show that adverse clearing is the practical limitation on this practice. With over 500 banks failed in the USA since 2005, it would appear true that more aggressive banks are prone to failure. This has always been known to be the case since the wildcat banking days of the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Werner is correct that as long as all the banks maintain the same reserve ratio the clearing will tend to net out. Therefore the effective average reserve in the system determines the dividing line between banks that will run into liquidity problems and banks that will accumulate more liquidity.
    • Julien Noizet says : 20 March, 2017 at 00:32

      Ken, everyone is able to ‘create money out of thin air’. But this is irrelevant. Everyone already knows that fractional reserve banking implies creating ‘money of out thin air’.
      What is relevant and important though is that this process is not infinite.
      Regarding the claim that Werner is correct about the very specific and unlikely case in which banks maintain the same reserve ratio, it is also irrelevant as it is totally unrealistic.
      • NeilW says : 5 June, 2017 at 19:29

        The process is finite by price, not quantity.
        For a payment to leave a source bank the target bank has to take the original depositors place in the source bank. So the target bank ‘lends’ to the source bank by default. There is no need to ‘secure clearing’. The process of payment (bearing in mind that the customer of the target bank is expecting to be paid) ensures it happens.
        The central bank merely provides a clearing house for these lending transactions that reduces collateral requirements. If there is a shortage of interbank lending (i.e. some other bank has the jitters and wants to maintain a positive balance at the central bank) then the central bank starts to lose control of their interest rate target as interbank rates are bid up and must step in to *defend the integrity of the payment system* by replacing the missing interbank lending *in a way that drives the target rate*.
        (That’s the bit you’re missing with your ‘endogenous contraction’. There is no contraction unless the central bank ‘puts the interest rate up’ by failing to supply missing interbank lending that is compatible with the target rate).
        The termination condition in banking is when the banks run out of creditworthy borrowers prepared to pay the current price of money. Then the lending stops.
        Nothing within the banking structure stops the process before that though. Loans create deposits. Capital is available in exchange for those deposits at a price. The central bank ensures the integrity of the payment system while defending an interest rate target – including supplying sufficient replacement interbank lending at a rate that is compatible with the interest rate target.

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https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/379579-uk-finance-curse-suffer/For many years, we’ve been told that finance is good and more finance is better. But it doesn’t seem everyone in the UK is sharing the benefits. On this program, we ask a very simple question – can a country suffer from a finance curse? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by City veteran David Buik and the man who coined the term Quantitative Easing, International Banking and Finance Professor Richard Werner.

https://members.wetube.io/embed/8710a2bd13cb23aafb24a3cef63f38e43ee98ef5
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Mosler on “Where Does Money Come From?”

Questions, Universal Income or Job Guarantee?
How should we measure value in Society, does this imply different thinking as to what our Structural contributions are culturaly to our own communities, how are these measures to be reconciled geopolitically?


  1. Hi Tim, when you say this,
    “Ultimately, this was all about a loss of trust. Even a perfectly sound bank can collapse if trust is lost. Because banks are in the business of borrowing short and lending long, there is no way that they can call in loans if depositors are panicked into pulling their money out”
    I wonder how it either clarifies or helps in making the point which you make? Surely Banking is defacto a state institution all be it Privatised for a privileged click of essentially very highly paid Civil servants.
    If one follows the logic through A Loss of Faith in Sovereign currencies is no different to a lack of faith in an individual bank they are merely differences of degree and not differences of Kind.
    Fundamentally I can not help think that its our conceptions of Value and useful, profitable work or services that is sending us astray we have an ethics and moral philosophy problem in our political Economy more than a mere Economics problem.
    You touch on this is your answer to the 2011 riots question: where amongst other things you say,

    In other words, “thwarted consumerism”. Personally, I’d prefer it if we stopped promoting consumerism, and put greater emphasis on more fundamental values.”
    Junkers speech to the EU parliament ( State of the Union Speech) the other day is a very real sign of just how out of ideas the Leadership of Europe is, the problem is just as Bad in the US and every where else.
    An obscure quote I am fond of from Coleridge is this one.
    Table Talk.
    this from 27th April 1823.
    The national debt has, in fact, made more men rich than have a right to be so, or, rather, any ultimate power, in case of a struggle, of actualizing their riches. It is, in effect, like an ordinary, where three hundred tickets have been distributed, but where there is, in truth, room only for one hundred. So long as you can amuse the company with any thing else, or make them come in successively, all is well, and the whole three hundred fancy themselves sure of a dinner; but if any suspicion of a hoax should arise, and they were all to rush into the room at once, there would be two hundred without a potato for their money; and the table would be occupied by the landholders, who live on the spot.
    http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/8489/pg8489.html
    If one looks at Natural resources as the potatoes the way that the US is presently acting regarding Myanmar, and countless other resource-rich ( sovereign ) markets? It would seem that those waiting for a call for the second and third sittings will be disappointed.
    Sorry for the rambling comment and blog post link Tim, I think you are on the right track with your EROI work , sadly I think that looking for any salvage within the existing system is a waste of time, that system is no longer fit for purpose, it is only narrow vested interests that have prevented its replacement, that coupled with the failure of mother nature to comply with the Carbon Taxing Mafia Settled Sceance dogmas, there would surely have be seen a breathing out tax enforced by THE secular Religous AGW thought police by now. allowing a further roll of the debt peonage dice.,

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  • The point I was making – clear to you, I’m sure, but perhaps not to everyone – about banks is this. The vast majority of liabilities (deposits) are at immediate call, so customers can demand all their money back instantly (and even wholesale funding is short term). The bank cannot make immediate calls on its loans, which tend to be long term (most obviously mortgages, but other loans too).
    So any run on a bank can destroy it, even if the bank is perfectly solvent. No bank, however solvent, is sufficiently liquid to cope with a loss of confidence, even if that loss of confidence is wholly mistaken. No realistic level of reserve capital can prevent this.
    The reason I emphasise this is that it should have a bearing on government actions. Say a bank, although solvent, faces a run on liquidity, caused by unfounded rumours, mass panic etc.. It can make sense for the state to step in, because the bank should be fine when confidence is restored.
    The case is different where the bank is not only illiquid (as all banks are) but is insolvent as well. In that instance, the bank should fail. But this risks collateral damage, so the state might take over an insolvent bank with the aim of orderly winding down.
    However, the real problem is “too big to fail”. Efforts to create “living wills” for banks haven’t been all that effective. So “too big to fail” is still with us.
    Finally, the 2008 bail-outs didn’t just rescue banks, but rescued bankers as well. That was politically mistaken – and remains so.
  • Hi Tim
    The main thing here for me is that the banks have to be supported by LOLR facilities, almost come what may.
    As you say, insolvent banks should be allowed to fail but solvency is not something that is easy to judge and it may be years before it can be determined with certainty. The collateral effects of failing to act as LOLR are potentially catastrophic. I believe the BOE is only supposed to lend to solvent institutions but i can’t see that you can determine this in the window that would be required.
    It’s not only that the banks are TBTF; they are, in effect, utilities which cannot be allowed to misfunction let alone fail and this is the galling reality we are stuck with.
  • Hi Tim,
    Banks do go out of business through Bank runs, that’s what happened to Northern Rock although not all Banks are created equal and that’s before we get into shadow banking.
    Werner Makes an interesting claim in this Video.

    http://www.wetube.io/video/the-finance-curse-prof-richard-werner-money-banks-and-what-banks-do/

    @-11.13 starts, Banks do not take deposits and do not lend money. A deposit is not a Bailment etc it is merely a loan to the Bank. Banks Borrow from the public, they do not lend money they are in the business of purchasing securities.@ – 10.03.
    The problem in the UK rests in that 95% of all deposits are ( or 95% of all bank borrowing from the public) is carried out by just 5 Banks. Contrasted with Germany where 75% OF all securities purchased from the Public, are performed by over 1200 much smaller local banks.
    The systemic risks in each model are quite clearly discernable to most, that said Deutsche Banks derivatives position is still a huge Systemic risk not just to the German but to the world economy.
    I don´t wish to labor the point, but It should be very clear that Banks are not intermediaries and as such the common way of explaining bank insolvency is highly misleading. Lehmans was allowed to go to the wall as their CEO was generally despised by the other equally culpable Wall Street Banks who had maintained a Balance of Political Capital, and modern Banking is about Political Capital more than financial, I would argue.

Six Ways to Sunday. Trump Sells out and why the Left still shoots wide of the target!

 

Readers who have been following the Six Ways to Sunday theme of the last two posts here
May have been interested in What I made of the Suggested Reading from my Interlocutor, Angus
I read the UNHCR report again read it before when it came out, the more interesting report was the second one.


Angus Quoted from both documents thus.
Some reading:

http://www.unhcr.org/576408cd7.pdf

Where you will see that Sweden has always had a control over asylum claims unlike, say, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon or Turkey, where they come flying across the borders and in quantities far outweighing the asylum claims Sweden receives. For example:
Turkey: 1.6 Million compared to Sweden: 169,500.
and given that the top ten hosting countries are all considered to be developing countries, where the refugee population are having a huge effect on the countries finances, the issue’s in Sweden again pale into white people bitching about long cues for kebabs irrelevance….

https://www.icct.nl/…/Alex-P.-Schmid-Links-between…

“Migration control for the control of terrorism is a widely used instrument. However, it might hurt bona fide migrants and legal foreign residents more than mala fide terrorists. It fosters xenophobia and deprives host countries, where and when it has the effect of reducing migration and hospitality to foreigners, of the many positive contributions (some types of) migrants can make to a society. There is the additional danger that instruments of migration control for counter-terrorism are, further down the line, also used for controlling native citizens [this last point should set off some alarms in you as an anarchist no?].” p5

The second quote is from the Executive summary of a 60 page report the rest of the report has much that argues against Angus´s case. Angus seems to make the case, ..that The Main problem of the European Migrant Crisis is that there is only a problem in the minds of the Fascist populations of European Countries who have nothing to complain about.



I, despite living in Europe, have little sympathy, as I think internationally and from an internationalist perspective, what is happening in Europe is not a crisis if you compare it to what is happening in the rest of the world, it is an inconvenience that the most privileged population are having to deal with because they made some pledge sixty years ago after some dick killed six million Jews and nobody gave them asylum… ”

I think Angus´s analysis comes up way short of the problem as it stands which is actually a multi level problem

1. one of Economic Migration within the EU.

2. Economic Migration from liberalised economies in North Africa and Sub Saharan Africa

3. Refugee Migration due to Regime Change wars led by NatoNations in the Washington Consensus.

4. The EU establishment has undermined democracy and also imposed Austerity, effectively they have over-egged their control freak pudding.

I examine this in this blog here.

http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/02/meet-fuggers-brexit-euro-and-clueless.html


EU enlargement and The monetary union had already become a bridge too far for many British Voters by the time of the Maastricht treaty. Lisbon was a bridge too far. to mix a metaphor, The straw that broke the camels back. The Irish The Danes, The Swedes, The Dutch pretty much most populations consulted have not given the EU zealots the right answer the first time around and the EU elite simply refused to see the point and have now simply adopted the expediency of not asking.


Two pieces of folk wisdom spring to mind.

´´Quit while you’re ahead´´anon.

´´If you love something, set it free; if it comes backs it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was ´´.

Richard Bach.

Having achieved the ultimate power through the ECB it seems that the EU Technocrats simply did not understand that they had already become the house, if they got out more instead of indulging in mutual backslapping, they would know that the house always wins in Casino Capitalism. What this paper will seek to do is show how the EU, in failing to quit while it was ahead, has proceeded with the inevitable process of being hoisted on its own petard of hubris and Elitist Know all know bestedness.

What follows is the proof that The ECB rules Europe with all the power of financialised capitalist Alchemy, the ECB and The Commission further choose to sacrifice national Governments to Market discipline and certain ruin at the hands of Private Bankers with the power to create money secured against the commonwealth and commons of its own Citizens. With National Governments forced to borrow in open markets without any legal recourse to the ECB as a lender of last resort. Latterly the Five presidents report seeks to justify More Europe in ´´Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union´´


The Schmid Report does focus just on Terrorism and its various species connected to Migration, this excludes the civilian aspects of trade liberalization , Debt and Political Economy of the Petro Dollar hegemony which necessitates alliance of the US to Saudi Arabia and Also to The Interests of the state of Israel and its current Arch Neo Con regime under Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Real Politik and Geo Political / Geo/Political/Economic aspects of Global Capital become further confused in the distinctions between Globalisation and Internationalism and how Internationalism as a Benign Ideal can honour subsidiarity down to regional cultural sub divisions rather than the Globalist Highly Centralised Fascist Tyranny which has evolved over the past 40 years but really took root after the Fall of the soviet union , with the first Iraq war and the rise and rise of Neo Liberalism accelerated by the supposedly Leftist, Clinton and Blair regimes and of course the hugely over rated Obama Regime which Out Bushed Bush the second for extra judicial murders by drone and other Foreign policy howlers in Libya, Ukraine and Syria.

With Trumps about turn on Afghanistan and The previous Tomahawk attack on Syria President Trump appears now to have completely caved to the Post 1990 Neo Con project for a new American century Agenda As Luke of We are change says in the last but one video this is very very bad news.

Some snippets from suggested reading and also from some sources for the wider context and arguments in geo politics, Political Economy and Globalist liberalisation as a force to undercut the Social Contracts and Political settlements in national boundaries, which make the extreme Nations are the root of all conflict line which Angus argues and which I find un convincing.(YMMV)“Fascism is not something that lies dormant in a population, fascism is simple the logical conclusion of the Nation State, of all nation states.”



The blind eye of many governments to state terrorism of allied regimes, combined with the general state fixation on non-state terrorist actors, has contributed to overlooking one of the most powerful drivers of forced migration – regime or state terrorism. Partly this has to do with the fact that countries experiencing state terrorism are also experiencing terrorism by non-state actors. In such cases cause and effect, action and reaction, are difficult to separate the longer the spiral of tit-for-tat violence continues, with false flag operations complicating matters further p.20

For countries receiving large numbers of refugees, the risk of terrorist attacks by “refugee warriors” and, on the opposite side, by native xenophobic vigilantes targeting on refugee populations increases. A cross-national, time-series data analysis of 154 countries covering the period 1970–2007 found that countries with many refugees are more likely to experience both domestic and international terrorism.136 Another study found that “Refugee flows significantly increase the likelihood and counts of transnational terrorist attacks that occur in the host country, even when controlling for other variables”.137 p.37
Many jihadists were groomed in London, so much so that the British capital was dubbed “Londonistan”. To quote from Petter Nesser’s history of Islamist Terrorism in Europe:
London was at the heart of the jihadis sub-culture in Europe. From the British capital, a critical mass of radical preachers who had spent time in Af-Pak [Afghanistan-Pakistan], Bosnia and other conflict zones acted as leaders and recruiters within a growing jihadi scene. These veteran militants also acted as religious guides for foreign armed groups. French security officials invented the name “Londonistan” in part because of the many jihadis in London, and partly because the city became a transit station for recruits heading for training camps in Afghanistan.
Londonistan “ became slang for the tendency of the British authorities to turn a blind eye to extremism and to offer sanctuary to terrorists. (…) However, while the significance of London cannot be overstated, jihadi networks also emerged all over Britain and the rest of Europe.141 p.39

Neo Liberalism, Globalisation and undermining the collective bargaining and social contract settlement of Labour.

Through interviews and on-the-spot reporting from both impoverished communities abroad and U.S. immigrant workplaces and neighborhoods, Bacon shows how the United States’ trade and economic policy creates conditions to displace communities and set migration into motion.
In developing countries such as Mexico and Guatemala, economic restructuring plans imposed by the International Monetary Fund and trade policies of NAFTA , FTAA, and GATT have led to unemployment rates of over 25% producing a migration to the U.S. In the current era, the economic forces of global neo-liberal capitalism, are unrestrained by governments. In Mexico neo-liberal policies have devastated the countryside. Federal subsidies for corn, sugar and produce were ended and development projects stopped. The policies of the governments in Mexico and Central America have driven thousands off of their lands, many come to the U.S. looking for work. The impoverishment of the vast majority, in pursuit of profit for the minority, has pushed millions to migrate in search of food, and employment. Then, after creating migration, we make the immigrant worker “illegal” in order to provide more profits for corporations. Bacon argues, “In the global economy, people are displaced because the economies of their countries of origin are transformed, to enable corporations and national elites to transfer wealth out” (p. 69).Global capitalism produces global migration and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism is Robert Pape‘s analysis of suicide terrorism from a strategic, social, and psychological point of view. It is based on a database he has compiled at the University of Chicago, where he directs the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism. The book’s conclusions are based on data from 315 suicide terrorism attacks around the world from 1980 through 2003. Of these, 301 were classified into 18 different campaigns by 11 different groups; the remaining 14 appear to have been isolated. Published in May 2005, Pape’s volume has been widely noticed by the press, the public, and policymakers alike, and has earned praise from the likes of Peter Bergen, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas),[1] and Michael Scheuer.[2]
Dying to Win is divided into three parts, analyzing the strategic, social, and psychological dimension of suicide terrorism.
Appendix III: Salafism in Major Sunni Muslim Majority Countries[edit]
Thirty-four countries with Sunni majority populations of 1 m or more and the importance of Salafism in these countries are the subjects of brief commentaries. Salafism is defined as “the belief that society should be organized according to the Quran and Sunna only” (269). Sunni Countries with Salafi-Influenced PopulationsAfghanistan (10 m Pashtuns); Algeria (19 m/31m Sunni Muslims); Bangladesh(14 m/114m); Egypt (23 m/62m); Indonesia (26 m/185m); Jordan (2 m/6m); Nigeria (37 m/68m); Oman (2 m/2m); Pakistan (43 m/149m); Saudi Arabia (18 m/18m); Somalia (5 m/10m); Sudan (21 m/21m); Tunisia (5 m/10m); Yemen (8 m/11m) (270–74). Non-Salafi Sunni Countries: AlbaniaBurkina FasoChadGuineaKuwaitKyrgyzstanLibyaMalaysiaMaliMauritaniaMoroccoNigerSenegalSierra LeoneSyriaTajikistanTurkeyTurkmenistanUnited Arab EmiratesUzbekistan (274–77).
Ch. 4: Targeting Democracies[edit]

Pape claims that his research reveals that not religion but “to compel democracies to withdraw military forces from the terrorists’ national homeland” is the key to understanding the phenomenon of suicide attacks (38). Patterns of timing (39–41), nationalist goals (42–44), and the targeting of democracies (44–45) reveal its logical, not irrational, nature. “At bottom, suicide terrorism is a strategy for national liberation from foreign military occupation by a democratic state” (45). Foreign occupation is defined in terms of control of territory (not military occupation alone) (46). The targets selected by suicide terrorists suggests nationalist, not religious, aims (46–47). Hamas (47–51) and Al-Qaeda (51–58) are analyzed in some detail. In general, the harshness of occupation does not strongly correlate with suicide terrorism (58–60).


http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/05/terrorism-rape-politics-and-religion.html

So called Islamic State Daesh, formerly Al-Qaeda is a web of collective terrorist groups in which the CIA and MI6 have “assets”. These assets are of various types, sleepers, Double Agents, compromised or infiltrated cells
and so forth. AL Queda grew out of a joint MI6/CIA promotion of Islamicist resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan the recently decease Zbigniew Kazimierz “Zbig” Brzezinski was the architect of this aspect of Regime change destabilisation policy.

Henry Kissinger, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957)
Credit to A. Bradley Potter, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
 Meanwhile, Castlereagh was the “authentically tragic statesman” trying to get the best for his country abroad, but struggling all the same against timeless, confounding domestic forces (Ferguson 2015, 303). His long study of Metternich and Castlereagh must have affected Kissinger’s development as a policymaker, but what his dissertation really offered him was a laboratory to explore how these practitioners engaged in foreign policy realism. It would be as a realist that Kissinger would make his first-hand mark on the conduct of international affairs (Kaplan 1999).
Realism certainly became his creed. Its counterpoint, idealism, in his view had failed repeatedly throughout American history and served only to cause an “inefficient cycle of intense hope and activity abroad followed by morose withdrawal once it became apparent that hope and activity were unlikely to remake the world” (Kaplan 1999).
This is the original Post I did on Lance De Havens Work on State Crimes against democracy, they do happen and do get memory-holed. I make no comment on Sandy Hook, The murder of innocents is tragic and as an Allegory of the sickness of the political disrepute and moral degeneration of the political class within the Washington Consensus both sides of the Atlantic, Sandy Hook is a charge sheet against the failure of institutions much more than a reflection of the people. A fish rots from the head and the Picture of Sandy Hook which-ever way one wishes to interpret it paints how rotten the Head of our polity has become.
Lance Dehaven calls Government Conspiracies when they are to be investigated State Crimes against democracy, Or SCADS.
Article 21 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that
“The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.
No one has any business stealing elections. Shutting down minority voices or voices of dissent by the main Stream media is another not so subtle way of vote rigging. Rigging of the mechanical process and arithmetical integrity of votes actually cast has happened in recent US elections, it happened on a huge scale in the New York and California Democratic primaries this year, in the suppression of support for Bernie Sanders. If all is fair in love and war and if the Republican Tammany machine were at the disposal of Mr. Trump perhaps we could just enjoy the spectacle in World Wide Wrestlings best traditions of flouting the rules and blind siding the referee. Mr. Trump does not have the Republican machine in his corner, so has no one to tag? that’s, not a fair fight even a fight where the unwritten rule is that the rules are supposed to be broken?
Domhoff.
Who Rules America? is a book by research psychologist and sociologist, G. William Domhoff, Ph.D., first published in 1967 as a best-seller (#12), with six subsequent editions including Who Rules America Now? (1983, #43), Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance (2009), Who Rules America? Power and Politics (2013), Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich (2013), and the forthcoming, Studying the Power Elite: Fifty Years of Who Rules America (2017).[1]
It is frequently assigned as a sociology textbook and argues against the concentration of power and wealth in the American upper class.[2] The 2010 edition[clarification needed] brings the discussion up to date and also includes the rise of Barack Obama, his campaign finance supporters, and the nature of his administration.
Domhoff argues in the book that a power elite wields power in America through its support of think-tanks, foundations, commissions, and academic departments.[3] Additionally, he argues that the elite controls institutions through overt authority, not through covert influence.[4]
In his introduction, Domhoff writes that the book was inspired by the work of four men: sociologists E. Digby BaltzellC. Wright Mills, economist Paul Sweezy, and political scientist Robert A. Dahl.[5]
The University of California, Santa Cruz hosts his online summary collection, also titled “Who Rules America?”[6] .
This is a very good report summarising the position of the so called insurgent anti-European Union, Anti Immigration parties in the EU area. Both from the left and the right of the political spectrum. Left and Right seems a weak measure these days the distinction, I would argue, is that of Centralised Globalist Command and control Corporate Fascism against a decentralised more federalist approach honoring the subsidiarity of National Social contracts and political settlements from the post Second World war era in Europe and the USA. The Horrors of Sykes Picot ( post 1st WW1 and the Stalin,  Roosevelt Churchill, carve ups of the world along colonial lines
4. Merkel’s ‘refugees welcome’ policy is not widely blamed as the cause of the migration crisis: only seven parties named it in their top two explanations for the Crisis. US strategy in the Middle East was the most popular answer, with President Assad’s regime sponsored violence in Syria in second place in the responses given.
7. There is scepticism around future European or US interventionism generally, particularly in the Middle East, from Sinn Fein in Ireland, to UKIP in the UK, to the Front National and the Communist Party in France, to AFD and Die Linke in Germany, to Jobbik in Hungary and the Five Star Movement in Italy.  These parties are likely to bolster the intervention fatigue trend in EU foreign policy over coming years, making it even more difficult for national governments to sell the idea of future military deployment to their populations.
8.  Despite differences between the parties, there was consensus in the external threats faced by the EU.  For 36 out of the 45 parties covered, the refugee crisis or the threat of terrorism and radical Islamism (these issues were inextricably linked in the responses that the majority of parties gave) represented the top or top two priorities for the EU. This response was not the preserve of the right wing: Die Linke in Germany; the French Communist Party, Podemos in Spain, and the Lithuanian Labour Party were also among those who voted in this way.
9. Suspicions among these parties about the transatlantic relationship are partly fuelled by opposition to the Transatlantic Trade Treaty (TTIP), with 26 out of the parties arguing that the EU should not conclude a TTIP with the US at all. But there were some notable exceptions including the Sweden Democrats; Danish People’s Party, the Finns Party, Estonia Party of People’s Unity, ALFA in Germany, Syriza and Independent Greeks who saw the potential for it to be positive under the right conditions.

 

Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a ‘major gift to the Right’

Many activists affiliated with the loosely organized Antifa movement consider themselves anarchists or socialists. They often wear black and take measures to conceal their identity.
Chomsky said, “what they do is often wrong in principle – like blocking talks – and [the movement] is generally self-destructive.”
“When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it’s the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is,” said Chomsky, a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “That’s quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism.”

 

 

 

Climate Change All Angles Booklet PDF. By This Blogs Writer.

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P.50 of this climate change PDF on the Petro Dollar and the report drilling into Debt is very informative.
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Angus Michael Mckenzie The EU is a lot of things, Fascist, it is not. Neo-Liberal, yes. You are conflating attributes of Fascism with the thing itself, and in fact only include attributes which it shares with most Western countries before and after the rise of Fascism in the 30’s. The only thing you miss is what the fascists themselves self identified with, which is National Socialism. It is at bottom a nationalistic and racist ideology. That you miss out the fact that fascism and Fascists are on the whole racist is also a glaring massive crater sized hole in your opinion, that highlights the fact that you so embedded in white culture and a white privileged perspective I’m literally choking on the fact. 

It is amazing in fact to watch someone side step the issue of race and nationalism over and over again, ideology is a strong thing.

The insistence of populations being a category has nothing to do with Marxism, and Marxism hasn’t necessarily got anything to do with communism and I’m neither a Marxist or a Communist, though I appreciate the ideals of Communism and the analysis of Marx, flawed though it is. 

What that insistence on populations as analytical categories has to do with is the recognition that it is a term of governmentality, it is a term used by – and historically developed by – government institutions to understand large numbers of people at the same time. This is all I mean, there is no particularly political issue at stake, a little, in that I see it as an analytical tool that effects the thing that it studies. By this I mean that governments then use information they have developed with this analytical category to make policy decision. At bottom my point is that the understanding of and analysis of people as populations, no matter who does it – and this is my main problem with Marxism, though I notice that you do it too – assumes a uniformity that isn’t there and in turn produces, through coercion and normativity, this uniformity. In this sense it is simply an historical analysis of the term and a political analysis of its ramifications. It has nothing to do with Marxism, Marx used the concept for sure, but so do all political economists, it’s essential to epistemology of Political Economy to think in terms of populations; one of the many reasons why I am deeply suspicious of the concept. I believe this is the reason you use it and I would urge you to critically question the assumptions of that discipline, rather than using it to garner intellectual authority.

I don’t Understand how you can quote Bakunin – violent, amoral atheist – and Proudhon – pacifist devoutly Christian and moralising – at the same time is a little beyond me, especially as you are doing it quiet out of context and randomly in some effort to prove your credentials. To then criticize Marxism outright shows that you have an elementary sectarian relationship with Anarchism. I would suggest to you that this isn’t how anarchists proceed. I don’t particularly like either Proudhon or Bakunin, but Kropotkin is really great, and at bottom theory is nothing compared with what you learn when you begin to actually practice anarchism and introduce it into all aspects of your life. I would sincerely encourage you to do so, I see you’ve got kids, but spending vacation times and farming collectives and going to anarchist meeting groups in your area is definitely possible. 

I’d also advice you spend less time on the internet and only use your blog to post full articles rather than copying and pasting facebook posts, it really isn’t that important. 

I’d suggest you read me more carefully.

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Roger Lewis Angus, You have shown yourself to be both a dishonest and objectionable person. 
You have failed to engage with Arguments and met contradictions of your strong claims with abuse against me, the arguer and not the argument.
You are clearly some sort of 
Fanatic. 
The EU you claim is not Fascist. I disagree.
National Socialism is a species of fascism but the definition I reference is Roosevelts, with Ecos and the List of metrics suggested on the things twice Blog.
You initiated this discussion, it is of course quite irrelevant what I seek to show in my Blog is the possibility of Dialogue and tolerance in discussion. Your highly prescriptive style of Adversarial hectoring debate is in my opinion only effective in generating a lot more heat than light. 

http://www.defenddemocracy.press/president-belgian…/

The Eu falsifies your claim that All Nationalism is fascist eventually. And the claim you make that Nationalism is the root of all Fascism.
Further Plaid Cymru, The SNP the PLO and PKK Arab and Kurdish Nationalists would also have something to say about that.

Your analysis blames the People who make up the Communities or “populations” resident in geographic areas, your clumsy accusations of my attributing feelings to abstract constructs are just that lame rhetorical devices employed by an egotistical demagogue. In Short Angus I think you are a Fraud and you can save your condescending faux concern and suggestions on how I live my Life, I live according to my own Principles and quite frankly what your opinion is of absolutely no interest to me whatsoever.
What is of concern to me is that you seem to be claiming some sort of Anarchist purity in your life choices and seek to impose them
on to other people, this is a very big clue to the Deep fascist authoritarian streak lurking within your frantic seeking of meaning and status for your own dogmas, well that doesn´t wash with me you make poor arguments and the arguments you do make have been found wanting.

 

 

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Angus Michael Mckenzie I started off responding to your post because you have a condescending attitude when talking to people, I now know that you don’t know what you are talking about and have the knowledge of somebody who studied analytical philosophy and spends too much too much time on the Internet...See More Also, you’ve still not mentioned race or racism, so I couldn’t give a flying fuck about anything that you say or any of your adored blog posts, I consider you to be tacitly racist and sharing more in common with the Alt-Right than with either anarchism or me. 


you need to: 

talk to actual people and get off the Internet. 
Meet people of a different ethnicity 
read some critical race theory … 
meat actually practicing Anarchists 

You can do what you like, I’m just giving you some advice, 

I am clearly fantastic thanks for saying so
XOX 😉

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Roger Lewis Angus, Have you read Cornel Wests Race matters, Cornell is actually my favourite living Philosopher. I do not suffer from the Middle-Class Public School boy guilt which you drag around so do not feel the need that you seem to state the bloody obvious about colonialism and institutional racism. As with all Zealots, you make the mistake of thinking you’re the only one that as ever heard of racism or colonialism .
This is a tune I wrote and set to Cornels monologue in his segment of the Examined Life.

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Roger Lewis I was blown away by the appearance of Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matters on Democracy now yesterday following the Sanders win in the Michigan Primary. Professor Abdullah made a persuasive case for those interested in real change in the US not to become over invested in a democratic (sic) process simply not designed as democratic in the sense of By the people for the people. The process is corrupt how ever hard Sanders or in a charitable case Clinton and even Trump push back against. Its wider than that and the African American viewpoint is not something as A white Male expatriate white British Male in Sweden could ever understand let alone articulate so Reading Professors work as I have Dr Cornell Wests ( Race Matters for instance) will provide me something of a shadow in the Allegory of the Cave. Cornell West inspired my Track Blues Man in the life of the mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jadV… and when Professor Abdulllah mentioned and quite obviously referenced the Great Gil Scott Herons the revolution will not be televised I had to just edit that together along with some of the words of my Favorite living Philosopher Cornell West, and of Course the Dangerous Dude from the Brooklyn Hood Bernie Sanders. What happens in the US is more important to my Country of Birth The United Kingdom than the referendum to leave the EU, My blog on that can be found here. http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/brexit…

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Angus Michael Mckenzie So, are nationalism and and racism related?
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Angus Michael Mckenzie I’ve listened, you talk this fucking tv host commentariate pap, patronise people with phrases like ‘I appreciate that you don’t like…. but … ‘ 

And then at the end of it you make all these definitions of fascism that do not even include racism, despite the immense historical proofs to the contrary. 

I will admit that the question of nationalism becomes more problematic when it comes to countries trying to wrestle themselves out of the yolk of colonialism, but this is a contingent necessity and generally, they have an internationalist outlook. However there is always the risk – one historically proven over and over again, that they indeed do become fascist after a while, this can be seen with the IRA in Ireland, with the Blue shirts after they gained control of their country.

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Angus Michael Mckenzie I’ve taken this tone with you because i get annoyed at people who speak from an objective position of authority, like you blog post, where you get to cut and past conversations to suit yourself,, it is the hight of narcissism… at least here you have the opportunity to have you position questioned, not that you seem to take it.
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Roger Lewis Angus, Some Nationalists are Racist and Xenophobic that is empirically provable. Nationalism as an Ideology or Nationalism as a geographic designation takes rather a lot of unpacking. 
Colonialism is very much racist and again empirically demonstrable 
the Idea of Nation and the existence of Nations qua nations is not logically, in my opinion, an a priori consequence. 
My Welsh NAtionalist and Welsh Speaking god daughters in Cardiff, for instance, are not Racist and the same goes for our Bretagne and Basque and Cornish speaking fellow Celts.
Perhaps Nationalism or the idea of Nation has been linguistically condensed into a meaning which I do not recognise and that may be the sense in which you use the term. The Same cases exist for say the PLO and The PKK , a point made by David Malone in his Culture Matters blog I linked to above, Culture and Belonging grows from an attachment to the geographical space people cleave to and to cultural norms and conventions which provide a coherence and meaning to kinship groups. 
The whole question is served very badly I think in the huge generalisation that Nationalism is always and necessarily Racist I do not think that stands up as an argument.
I love this poem by the way. Which fits very well with the Experience of Minority Language Speakers in the UNited Kingdom and of course these forms of discrimination lie throughout Europe as well as the rest of the former British empire. My own Grand Parents were flogged as Children for speaking Welsh in School which was banned by the English.

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Roger Lewis Angus, You admitted yourself you started this conversation behaving like a Cunt, and you have continued in that vein right up to your last Post.
My Blog is my Notebook on my own programme of Auto Didactic studies in areas of Political Economy and cultu
re that interest me.
The Nature of Writing and Blogging is I suppose possibly Narcissistic as is having a You Tube Channel and posting ones own Songs and Poetry and Music. 
I have since reading Osho’s essay on Ego the False Centre to wait for my own Ego to fall away like the skin from a snake. I am still Waiting.

http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/ego…

When I write I am aware that some people think I come across as somewhat stiff necked and Formal, that is perhaps an artefact from my up bringing and perhaps ages me, I was born in 1964 and am distinct of my own Late Baby Boomer generation.

https://bill40.wordpress.com/…/david-malone-ungarbled…/

First of all, I’d like to introduce the interviewer Roger Lewis (left) who was, to me, most unexpected in his approach, the interview was no love in and he was not afraid to challenge David on the basis of his own views and outlook, for example on Brexit. I only know Roger through the blogosphere and the first surprise to me was his appearance. I’d imagined him as the type who went to bed in a suit and tie and only slightly loosened his collar when the temperature exceeded 35 degrees celsius. Instead I was confronted by a sanitised version of Catweasle! Long flowing locks and moustache, I hope he’ll forgive the Catweasle reference, casual clothes but a razor-sharp mind. There was an obvious chemistry between the two so even in times of disagreement there was no shouting across each other, both were able to make their points informatively.

’O wad some Power the giftie gie us 
To see oursels as ithers see us! 
It wad frae mony a blunder free us, 
An’ foolish notion: 
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us, 
An’ ev’n devotion!’’
Robert Burns Country: To A Louse: On Seeing One On A Lady’s Bonnet, At Church

 

A response to George Soros on his EU / Brexit meddling.

 

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The Arch Neo-Liberal Echo Chamber Project Syndicate has published to Senile ramblings of that Failing Oligarch George Soros today on its sullied pages.

Brexit In Reverse?

 

LONDON – Economic reality is beginning to catch up with the false hopes of many Britons. One year ago, when a slim majority voted for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, they believed the promises of the popular press, and of the politicians who backed the Leave campaign, that Brexit would not reduce their living standards. Indeed, in the year since they have managed to maintain those standards by running up household debt.

I have penned this response.

Soros is yesterday’s Man. Neo-Liberalism has been found out and Soros´s brand of Financialised Capitalism and State Monopoly manipulation of Markets has been Exposed. The People of Britain, as well as the people of Europe, remember the Golden Age of Social Democracy and even Democratic Socialism. Neo-Liberalism having failed to deliver on its promises and having undermined British Democracy and institutions will now be set aside, as will the EU. The EU, if it reforms and goes back on to the Track of Social Democracy, may Survive and see the power vector restored from the people to the Executive and not this top down Elite, Managerial command and control Farce.
At the heart of this, and this is something Soros, Does or rather should understand, is the Magic Money Tree. The EU, Britain and the Washington Consensus have all been suffering a debt deflation post the 2008 Collapse, Heterodox economic theorists like myself, Led by Hudson, Keen, Wray, Mitchell, Mosler, Murphy Werner, Dyson, Adair Turner and Even Mervyn King, have exposed the Neo-Liberal Pump and Dump scheme for what it is, A giant Ponzi Scheme, For these fraudulent Crimes alone, The Soros´s of this world should be serving Time at the Pleasure of The various States whose coffers they have hollowed out with the assistance of a generation or two of Weak Minded, Lemonade pocketed yet Champagne Tasted Politicians and Bureaucrats.
As well as being an Idea, Democracy is a process. The Process is informed by history and the Idea and the process is independent of Oligarchs such as Mr Soros. Now there are clear divisions in the Oligarchy, and I am glad to speculate that Soros´s faction is Losing. They have lost the Intellectual Arguments, even though they have tried to corrupt our academic Institutions, They Are Losing the Political Arguments even though they have tried to buy the silence of the media Outlets, They are losing the Popular arguments, as Poverty levels and health outcomes have become too obvious and so obviously the fault of the “Elites”. So for all the blaming of victims, Spin and Hopeless Senile confirmation biases wrapped up in the shell of an Octagenarian has been, we still see that the old adage is holding true. As it always does, “all political careers end in failure”. Even covert ones and Mr Soros´s is no different. I for one celebrate and rejoice for Soros´s brand of extreme neoliberal fascism has no place in a Post-Scarcity Society with Ethical standards of Compassion caring love and respect. You have done enough damage, Mr Soros, enjoy a long and healthy retirement, but you are no longer needed or wanted. You are the Weakest Link, Good Bye.

The Obvious Answer of course to the Soros money power meddling ( Gnomes of Zurich as Harold Wilson used to call them) Is a Grand Brexit Coalition. The Archbishop of Canterbury said as much today.
It may take the inevitable unravelling of the UDP obscenity to get the Tories into the Tent, But as the EU is effectively Hostile to Brexit, a Churchill/Atlee Style War Time / Article 50 Period Parliament for 2 years or so should get the Ship out of the Manufactured storms in the channel. For as long as the Fog of neo-liberalism hangs over the Channel we Brits will have to be Secure in the Knowledge that it is Europe that is cut off from reality and Not a Social democratic Great Britain which will in another year or so be under a Jeremy Corbyn Led Labour Government, Whilst the Tories rediscover Edmund Burke.

http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/06/a-grand-cross-party-grand-coalition.html

 

http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/06/democracy-by-many-still-ignored-by-few.html

As ever the Confirmation Bias and Neo-Liberal smugness of those who should know better but dare not is hanging like a pall of stench over these pages, not least from Mr Soros´s drivel.


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    1.  JUN 25, 2017

      When it comes to economics it’s often hard to know who is dafter. The far right or the far left. Both constantly deny the fundamental laws of economics and the often base aspects of human nature. I have news for you Roger, what you call neo liberalism (the use of the phrase itself an instant tell) but what can be more accurately described as modern global capitalism is very much alive and well and shows no signs of coming to an end. The reason is simple. For all its shortcomings (the imperfection of markets, inequality etc.) it is simply the most effective means of providing modern mass societies with the goods and services they require at a reasonable cost. On the political front its organizational expression which is basically modestly center left or right social democracy also reigns supreme in most of the developed world as the three recent major European elections and the upcoming one in Germany demonstrate. Gotterdammerung you will be disappointed to hear has been postponed.

  1. Brexit In Reverse?JUN 25, 2017

    The fact is that two Conservative prime ministers (Cameron and May) have landed the British in a hell of a mess. The fundamental problem with Brexit is that there really is no middle way. You’re either in the market with all the obligations that entails or you’re out of it with the all the loss of privileges this involves. It’s also very clear that the EU are in the driving seat. Thus May’s government are faced with the alternative of a more apparent than real exit (aka Norway) or out for real which can conducted in an orderly or disorderly fashion. The problem with the Norway approach (which is Britain’s best option right now) is why are they leaving at all since essentially they will have all the obligations of EU membership and no vote or influence in the EU.

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      @John Ellis, Mr Ellis, Your condecension is wholly commensurate with the scale of your Arrogant Ignorance. Let me ask you this, What is Money. If you know the answer to that question try this one one as well. Is it wise to measure anything with a Variable Ruler?
      FInanlly may I suggest that you are within a category ably described by John Ruskin in Unto this last Thus.

      “Pardon me. Men of business do indeed know how they themselves
      made their money, or how, on occasion, they lost it. Playing a
      the long-practised game, they are familiar with the chances of its
      cards, and can rightly explain their losses and gains. But they
      neither know who keeps the bank of the gambling-house nor what
      other games may be played with the same cards, nor what other
      losses and gains, far away among the dark streets, are
      essentially, though invisibly, dependent on theirs in the lighted
      rooms. They have learned a few, and only a few, of the laws of
      mercantile economy; but not one of those of political economy.”

      And a little poem to help you along your Way Mr Ellis.
      http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/06/magic-money-tree-ents-groots-marvel-at.html

Winston Smith Defends the Memory Hole

A discussion about Tommy Robinson was deleted this morning. Censorship of this type has no place in a supposedly socialist and democratic community online or in local parties. http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/authentic-di… I was about to take a screen grab of the discussion which I usually do when the PC police seem to be lurking sadly the Winston Smith administering the memory hole of this discussion group beat me to the punch.
This is an issue I will be Discussing with David Malone who stood for the Green Party Leadership last summer and came second, similar censorship has afflicted the Green Left Discussion Group.
Bruce Charlton.
http://thoughtprison-pc.blogspot.se/
Note: Why I use the term Political Correctness, instead of Liberalism or Socialism?
The reasons include:
1. The confusion over what ‘liberalism’ means – to some a free marketeer, to others a socialist. My definition of political correctness is broad and includes most mainstream conservatives, libertarians and anarchists; who are nowadays all significantly PC.
2. Differences in usage between the UK and US: in the UK the Liberals are a strange mixture of business- and farming-friendly Centrists with pacifist Leftists of an upper middle class type; in the US Liberals are the furthest Left of mainstream political ideologies.
3. That although PC clearly evolved from (what is in the US) called liberalism, PC is the outcome of a distinctive ‘turn’ in Leftist politics, which became obvious in the mid-1960s. In its striking, explicit, surface features PC is something new under the sun, never before seen in history.
4. Leftist political groups have, over the years, called themselves Communist, Socialist, Social Democrat, Liberal Democrat, Democrat and various other names – but none of these have become dominant, and none are fully inclusive of Leftism.
5. The dawning realization that the phenomena collected together under the jokey term ‘political correctness’ was a vastly more robust and malignant thing than I had ever imagined.
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So that what seemed either silly or trivial or both, will end by destroying that modernity which made PC possible in the first place.
Yet we can perceive now, in advance of all this, that even when PC is utterly swept-away it will be blind to what has happened, and to what it had done. PC will always see itself as being on the side of the angels, whatever its outcome may be.
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It is a truly amazing thing, this political correctness; something so paltry, so puny, so soft – yet wreaking such devastation while rendering the devastation imperceptible.
It seemed, therefore, worth discussing under its new name, as a phenomenon not truly new at its deepest level – but new in its combination of idealistic, delusional subjectivism with deadly, plodding bureaucracy.
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What is political correctness? A thought prison: a self-constructed jail of delusions; yet a prison engaged in destroying-itself: guards and inmates together.
http://addictedtodistraction.blogspot.se/
Is anybody safe?
Under PC, whatever you do, whatever willing you show, status is contingent.
There is no safety even for members of the ruling elite in a system of Political Correctness; anyone at all is susceptible to denunciation for any reason or no reason at any time.
Since PC is a wave of moral ‘progress’ which leaves-behind all previous moral standards and behaviours – there can be no accumulation of moral capital.
This applies to the ultra-PC just as much as to the openly reactionary.
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(In this respect PC is more like communist than fascist totalitarianism: under fascism membership-of and courageous loyalty to the in-group usually brings safety from denunciation; but under communism anybody was vulnerable to denunciation – friends and enemies of the government alternated with bewildering rapidity: nobody was safe.)
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Indeed, the PC elite seem especially vulnerable to denunciation – since they are under continuous scrutiny; it is hard to keep-up with the pace of change, and the change is so arbitrary; it is very difficult to suppress common sense 24/7.
The highest member of the PC elite is only a single gaffe away from disaster.
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(Note: A ‘gaffe’ is when an elite PC intellectual momentarily forgets to lie.)
It is clear that a strong effort is being made to demonise vocal people on both the very left and very right of political discourse and paint them as extremists whilst the extremists of Neo Liberalism are painted as level headed and superior, do not be fooled.
There is a lot of baiting going on Share this it nails how peaceful protest and non-violent civil disobedience is the most effective driver for change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w&t=355s
There is a lot of baiting going on Share this it nails how peaceful protest and non-violent civil disobedience is the most effective driver for change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w&t=355s
Share this widely it contains info on being safe online and being safe during public unrest

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_sThwX_Vd3pbzN3SlNha3ZXdllkeXFEalgwUVFyUWpyaXg0

Conditioning (a poem)

Pleasantries exchanged with the peasantry, what is intact of the real me?all is not as it seems in the wide world, not all sincerity is sincere you see.of caves and reflections , insults and deflections no application no rejection,in actions and deeds examples and needs those conditioned minds baron of seeds.

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Joel Sperry What has this got to do with supporting JC. If you post according to thr rules the post will stay. It is not censorship you are just posting things that arn’t relevant to this group. Find a grouo where your post are relevant and post there.

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Roger Lewis Joel, Actually it has quite a lot to do with Supporting Jeremy Corbyn, which I do. To win the next Election a wider number of voters need to be appealed to Vote either for Labour or one of the other Parties that would support a Corbyn Led Labour Government. This means interacting with and sharing ideas with those people.
I am curious as to what you think you achieve by posting a potentially alienating post? I am not offended, but many would be, how is that supposed to help?

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Roger Lewis That last post related to the David Malone Interview. The OP is highly relevant to Free Speech and the right to Free Speech. Where arguments are wrongheaded, plain wrong and even offensive it is a matter of rebuttal that should not Tax the possessor of the stronger argument and certainly not the person with the objective truth in their grasp. Again your ill-tempered Post is somewhat perplexing to me, I would be grateful for some sort of structured argument points, as I do not see that you have made an argument merely waved around in a generally be gone with you way.

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Joel Sperry Again what has that got to do with supporting JC. The rules are really clear. It is nonsensical to claim censorship when what you are posting is outside the scope of the group. It is like sending in a cake recipe to a gardening magazine and claiming they are censoring you when it does not get published. So again what you posted was irrelevant to this group . it is really simple and not censorship.

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Roger Lewis Joe, A discussion about a Video stating That Tommy Robinson was hate preaching was posted by someone else. I did not post the discussion but I did participate, One of the things I pointed out was that the OP video was heavily edited and quoted out of Context. This is something which the media does a lot with respect to Jeremy Corbyn’s past statements and speeches.
Any Doctored Narrative or memory-holing of discussion related to controversial political questions is counterproductive, this is a point that Bruce Charlton makes about PC in general.
You are mischaracterising both my post here and the Censorship which it complains of. My follow up post regarding the interview with David Malone is a different question but some of those questions are covered here in Davids Article titled Culture Matters.
http://www.golemxiv.co.uk/2016/11/culture-matters/

And this one on Re-Branding Dissent.

http://www.golemxiv.co.uk/2016/01/re-branding-dissent/

Joel, I do not know what you think supporting Jeremy Corbyn means for me it certainly does not include a suspension of critical Thought and Debate of Issues, That is what Jeremy stands for as far as I can gather, If you do not then that is a matter for you and one on which we obviously disagree.

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Joel Sperry Again read the rules of the group. The disscussion maybe pefectly valid but it falls outside of the rules of this forum. To to continue my analogy it maybe a lovely recipe for stawberry cake but it is not about roses. It is simply not for this forum.

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Roger Lewis Joel Sperry The rules of this Group have not been breached are you a moderator? if so please could you state your evidence regarding a breach of which rule and how? Even if you are not a moderator perhaps you could still answer the question again with Evidence and not generalisations.

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The Winston Smiths of the Face Book Memory Hole.( The Establishments on line divide and rule strategy. )

The Winston Smiths of the Facebook Memory Hole.

Member of Jeremy Corbyn Leads Us to 2017 VICTORY, I’m backing Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister and We support Jeremy Corbyn
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Hi Kay, A long discussion about Tommy robinson was deleted this morning. I think that it was a shame as I believe that a wedge is being driven between groups whio could engage in dialogue but would not serve the interests of provoking mob violence, The tories clearly are trying to provoke mob violence at the moment I have been posting this to try and help people to Understand that non violent peaceful action is our best approach.
 There is a lot of baiting going on Share this it nails how peaceful protest and non-violent civil disobedience is the most effective driver for change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w&t=355s

Also beware
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_provocateur

There is a lot of baiting going on Share this it nails how peaceful protest and non-violent civil disobedience is the most effective driver for change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w&t=355s

Also beware
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_provocateur

Share this widely it contains info on being safe online and being safe during public unrest https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_sThwX_Vd3pbzN3SlNha3ZXdllkeXFEalgwUVFyUWpyaXg0/view?usp=sharing

Conditioning (a poem)
Pleasantries exchanged with the peasantry, what is intact of the real me?all is not as it seems in the wide world, not all sincerity is sincere you see.of caves and reflections , insults and deflections no application no rejection,in actions and deeds examples and needs those conditioned minds baron of seeds.

Could you message me with the resons the discussion was deleted?

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A discussion about Tommy Robinson was deleted this morning. Censorship of this type has no place in a supposedly socialist and democratic community online or in local parties. http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/authentic-di… I was about to take a screen grab of the discussion which I usually do when the PC police seem to be lurking sadly the Winston Smith administering the memory hole of this discussion group beat me to the punch.
This is an issue I will be Discussing with David Malone who stood for the Green Party Leadership last summer and came second, similar censorship has afflicted the Green Left Discussion Group.
Bruce Charlton.
http://thoughtprison-pc.blogspot.se/
Note: Why I use the term Political Correctness, instead of Liberalism or Socialism?
The reasons include:
1. The confusion over what ‘liberalism’ means – to some a free marketeer, to others a socialist. My definition of political correctness is broad and includes most mainstream conservatives, libertarians and anarchists; who are nowadays all significantly PC.
2. Differences in usage between the UK and US: in the UK the Liberals are a strange mixture of business- and farming-friendly Centrists with pacifist Leftists of an upper middle class type; in the US Liberals are the furthest Left of mainstream political ideologies.
3. That although PC clearly evolved from (what is in the US) called liberalism, PC is the outcome of a distinctive ‘turn’ in Leftist politics, which became obvious in the mid-1960s. In its striking, explicit, surface features PC is something new under the sun, never before seen in history.
4. Leftist political groups have, over the years, called themselves Communist, Socialist, Social Democrat, Liberal Democrat, Democrat and various other names – but none of these have become dominant, and none are fully inclusive of Leftism.
5. The dawning realization that the phenomena collected together under the jokey term ‘political correctness’ was a vastly more robust and malignant thing than I had ever imagined.
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So that what seemed either silly or trivial or both, will end by destroying that modernity which made PC possible in the first place.
Yet we can perceive now, in advance of all this, that even when PC is utterly swept-away it will be blind to what has happened, and to what it had done. PC will always see itself as being on the side of the angels, whatever its outcome may be.
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It is a truly amazing thing, this political correctness; something so paltry, so puny, so soft – yet wreaking such devastation while rendering the devastation imperceptible.
It seemed, therefore, worth discussing under its new name, as a phenomenon not truly new at its deepest level – but new in its combination of idealistic, delusional subjectivism with deadly, plodding bureaucracy.
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What is political correctness? A thought prison: a self-constructed jail of delusions; yet a prison engaged in destroying-itself: guards and inmates together.
http://addictedtodistraction.blogspot.se/
Is anybody safe?
Under PC, whatever you do, whatever willing you show, status is contingent.
There is no safety even for members of the ruling elite in a system of Political Correctness; anyone at all is susceptible to denunciation for any reason or no reason at any time.
Since PC is a wave of moral ‘progress’ which leaves-behind all previous moral standards and behaviours – there can be no accumulation of moral capital.
This applies to the ultra-PC just as much as to the openly reactionary.
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(In this respect PC is more like communist than fascist totalitarianism: under fascism membership-of and courageous loyalty to the in-group usually brings safety from denunciation; but under communism anybody was vulnerable to denunciation – friends and enemies of the government alternated with bewildering rapidity: nobody was safe.)
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Indeed, the PC elite seem especially vulnerable to denunciation – since they are under continuous scrutiny; it is hard to keep-up with the pace of change, and the change is so arbitrary; it is very difficult to suppress common sense 24/7.
The highest member of the PC elite is only a single gaffe away from disaster.
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(Note: A ‘gaffe’ is when an elite PC intellectual momentarily forgets to lie.)
It is clear that a strong effort is being made to demonise vocal people on both the very left and very right of political discourse and paint them as extremists whilst the extremists of Neo Liberalism are painted as level headed and superior, do not be fooled.
There is a lot of baiting going on Share this it nails how peaceful protest and non-violent civil disobedience is the most effective driver for change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w&t=355s
There is a lot of baiting going on Share this it nails how peaceful protest and non-violent civil disobedience is the most effective driver for change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w&t=355s
Share this widely it contains info on being safe online and being safe during public unrest https://drive.google.com/…/0B_sThwX_Vd3pbzN3SlNha3ZXd…/view…
Conditioning (a poem)
Pleasantries exchanged with the peasantry, what is intact of the real me?all is not as it seems in the wide world, not all sincerity is sincere you see.of caves and reflections , insults and deflections no application no rejection,in actions and deeds examples and needs those conditioned minds baron of seeds.

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Caramal Lauren shared a link.
So apparently Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell & labour supporters need to be locked up.. for inciting riots 😂 a petition has been made with 2354 signatures and 164 shares on the original post..
Sometimes I wonder who is this 44% of the UK that voted conservative?
Now I know.. beyond belief 🙈
*There is a link on the petition that allows you to flag it for review.. get flagging!! 🌹🔴*

The United Kingdom is a democratic country where elections are held to decide which party should govern. The Conservative Party won the recent General Election – voted in by a majority of voters. John McDonnell wants to overturn the wishes of the electorate by using “mob-rule” and causing mayhem and…
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Caramal Lauren Ray are you on another planet? I’m imploring people to flag the petition 😂 I also have my own labour protest and demo page, I have just returned from London after a weekend of protesting and I’m a Labour Party member! Please read properly before you comment

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Caramal Lauren Thanks for flagging guys & Kevin that’s fantastic 😊travelling all that way I commend you! 🌹❤️

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Daphne Gilbert Flagged!

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Sally Ann Etheridge Reading the comments a few dead beats are saying why are the rest of the Labour Party not sorting tgem out… Duh ! Maybe because it’s not true you twats

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Christian Jovetic Signed by Ursula! Evil! 😉

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Sally Ann Etheridge Will not let me flag it says must give valid email and reason but I have given both

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Kevin Mills You may have used to many words, I had to cut mine back a bit. I have entered the following for my reason. x x

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Kevin Mills Article 11 Right to protest and freedom of association

Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. This is a right closely linked to the right to freedom of expression.See More

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Caramal Lauren What did you sign William?

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Ezra Aksoy they are scared really scared

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Sy Boyland Total fucking Muppets lol

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Denise Fedigan Shuddup!

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John Moore This is indicative of the Tories desperate desire to hang on to power . There are no depths to which they will sink as they are proving on an hourly basis ! 😎

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Beth Ward Flagged it : this is another obvious attempt by a conservative voter to label the Labour party and its supporters as extreme. We do live in a democracy and as such have a right to peaceful protest, which is the only thing being “incited” not riots and violence as stated in the petition

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Angie Edwards We were warned earlier to expect more bullshit and worse in next couple days leading up to queens speech against JC as torys are feeling cornered so they will try anything? Maybe their using John’s video message he put out but twisting it to suit their ends??

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Brian Furmo Were is the flag for review

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Caramal Lauren Under the map on the petition page

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Brian Furmo This is inappropriate because we as a democratic nation have the right to protest against a government who is not listening to the people it’s supposed to govern

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Brian Furmo That’s what I put

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Nadeem Ahmed Utter nonsense. Tories are running scared. We need to keep the pressure up peacefully. Flagged as inappropriate petition.

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Angie Edwards What does flagging do & how do I do it pls?

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Caramal Lauren Hi angie flagging the petition is an option which is available on the petition itself it can be found on the petition underneath the map 🗺there is a link that says ‘flag this petition’ if you click on the link you can leave a short message as to why ySee More

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Asif Mohammed Bloody hell this is still going 😱 #CorbynitesNeverSleep

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Caramal Lauren I’m on nights it’s ok 😂✌🏽

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Paula James Take me away.

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Graham Barnes Too late to fight back, you tory morons. May is dead an buried.

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Aaron L Bennett Same guy signed 3 times?

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Nigel Roscorla We should be encouraging him not discouraging

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Sue Elliott Those protesting will not riot they will protest peacefully.

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Rich Parky Didnt know you could flag a petition for review!! (Done !!)
This is a sheer misrepresentation of the facts..
To call for protest is not a call to riot.
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Mary Pipkin If this is a 38degrees survey I will not be signing any more!

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Mark Peat Let them it shows how idiotic they are, not at any point did any Labour Party MP or Shadow Minister incite hate, or suggest we riot. He did suggest we peacefully demonstrate against a government propped up by terrorists who have murdered and invited hatred.

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Joanne Lennox Isn’t it just Lorraine my the dark forces at work are doing many hours overtime right now x

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Janie Mason Tried to flag it, citing peaceful protest being legal, but it won’t go thru- says I must put proper email address and reason. Which I have done!

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Dawn Shotton JC prime minster only he can put country right

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Roger Lewis https://off-guardian.org/…/the-revolution-is-being…/
Addicted to Distracted By Bruce Charlton Makes for compelling if Uncomfortable reading.
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There is something strange about the media coverage…
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Anthony Dillon Nonsense

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Zuzana Windle Who is inciting hatred and intolerance? If you are looking for the real culprits venture on nigel fararage’s website

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Roger Lewis The establishment narrative is clearly provoking a divide and rule strategy whilst attempting to regroup and find a replacement less toxic than Theresa May, If you can not see it you are simply not looking hard enough.

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Real Politik and Brexit. Negotiations start tomorrow.

Progressive Versus Radical. Been thinking about this since the GP Conference. Why are we talking about a progressive alliance and not a Radical one? Does it have any significance? Of course you could say its just words and it doesn’t mean anything. But in politics choice of words matters and is usually carefully thought through as a way to prepare people to accept one thought and forget another..
To my ears ‘Progressive’ has an American Democrat/ Blairite ring to it. “Progress’ was the name of the Blaire grouping within Labour which pushed the New Labour agenda. In the Blaitire world, ‘Progressive’ was part of the vocabulary of leaving old labour behind and making New Labour ‘electable’. Today it is still the Blairites who are the progressives and the Corbynites who are the radicals.
The name ‘Progressive Alliance’ was chosen in 2012 for the formation of an international alliance of ‘progressive’ parties across the world. To give you an idea of its centrist political flavour, the Greek party PASOK (who were and are in favour of the bail outs and austerity) were part of it while Syriza was not.
So it seems to me ‘Progressive’ has a deliberately more centrist feel.
Which seems a little odd given that the main target of our overture for an alliance is a Labour party led by Corbyn. Who one would surely classify as a radical rather than a progressive?
There is something, for me, about seeking a ‘progressive’ alliance which feels slightly off. Are we signalling that we are now a progressive party and pointedly no longer a radical one?
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Roger Lewis I dislike the word Progressive and it smacks of controlled opposition and Faux condescension to the poor, people not quite like us but its not their fault, and it isn´t ours either by which we demonstrate our lack of culpability by being concerned and `Liberal ´in our views.

Paulo Freire said this about being a Radical Person.

“[T]he more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side.”

― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

I believe that Politics and the human families consciousness of political control mechanisms has entered into a Paradigm shift. The idea of legitimacy in the institutions of Government and Political Economy have evaporated as the sheer scale of their failure and lack of fitness for purpose is now almost impossible to conceal.

I read an essay about Henry Kissinger’s Doctoral Thesis yesterday, http://www.classicsofstrategy.com/…/henry-kissinger-a…. It is a very good essay and explains well how Governments find it difficult to justify Real Politick at home, it contrasts Metternick the Austrian Diplomats experience of the Phenomenon with that of Castlereagh the British Foreign Secretary and their roles in the Vienna Treaty of 1815 post the Napoleonic wars. This treaty lasted well up to the momentous events of 1848 a period between the French revolutions and the Myriad revolutions of 1848.

What progressive is trying to signify semiotically is that it is an attitude that is open to an idea of a change in the Status quo but not a scary one, no leaps into the unknown seeking to borrow some of the Legitimacy resting by default on those in government and of the institutions of the establishment.

This thinking is very clear in the DIEM 25 movement and also the present GP leadership who think that change can be provoked from within the Establishment. Whilst it is true that any change will require allies from within the establishment the required impetus will have to come from outside, The Establishment is always the last to see the Paradigm shift and most vulnerable to redundancy from it. ( as this is Facebook I will go light of full references and links to supporting evidence. But let’s accept the old anecdote that as the boss you are always the last to know. ( for now anyway.)

I posted this on another discussion yesterday and add it here as it is part of my train of reasoning for what is better than Progressive. And why I think progressive is a Controlled opposition meme being massaged into potential emerging ´Radical threats´ like Corbyn or a Left Wing Green party.

Hi Peter Hi Ruby. To tackle the thinking behind US foreign policy and the GEO political context dominated by that US foreign policy it is important to understand the Doctrine of Real Politick, Henry Kissinger is the Father of REALPOLITIK in the modern age and it is a matter of fact that he remains highly influential in the US to this day, he has even been to Trump Tower to discuss things with President-Elect Donald Trump.

Here is a link to an essay considering Dr Kissingers Doctoral Thesis 

http://www.classicsofstrategy.com/…/henry-kissinger-a

Henry Kissinger, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957)

´´There are at least two forces at work against which the tragic hero of the statesman struggles. The first is “the problem of legitimizing a policy within a governmental apparatus;” an issue Kissinger calls a “problem of bureaucratic rationality” (Kissinger 2013, 326). While the making of policy is defined by contingency and flexibility, bureaucracies of government measure success in terms of calculability and safety, characteristics uncommonly associated with the messy process of policymaking (Kissinger 2013, 326 – 327).´´

Examining the reality of Foreign policy and its less savoury aspects which public opinion is simply never going to tolerate is a big theme regarding priming the public for war, and for something as ethereal as a War on Terror, the `Big Pearl Harbour like´event is a compelling thesis.

Kissinger was at first selected to Chair the 9/11 commission if anyone doubts his influence in 2001 let alone now 15 years later.

I found this essay as I was looking at Metternich the other day and recalled Kissinger’s Doctoral Thesis and decided to get on and read it.
I am deep in the research for an epic Novel I am writing and these issues (not 9/11) but Power relations as expressed through money and its relationship to the Necessaries of Life.

Anyway, just to wrap up the Real Politick theme and Public opinion here are two thoughts related not to Metternich by Castlereagh the British Foreign Secretary in 1815:

´´There probably never was a statesman whose ideas were so right and whose attitude to public opinion was so wrong. Such disparity between the grasp of ends and the understanding of means amounts to a failure in statesmanship.[1]´´

It´s always nice to be able to quote a bit of Shelly,

Castlereagh appears with other members of Lord Liverpool’s Cabinet in Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy, which was inspired by, and heavily critical of, the Peterloo massacre:

I met Murder on the way –
He had a mask like Castlereagh –
Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven bloodhounds followed him
All were fat; and well they might
Be in admirable plight,
For one by one, and two by two,
He tossed them human hearts to chew
Which from his wide cloak he drew.[17]

Carol Quigley is very good on the public opinion point in Tragedy and hope he says this.

Quigley’s words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lack
of realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretence that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this is regrettable, but behind their
reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”

I am also reminded as I write this of the Truth and reconciliation process in Post-Apartheid South Africa,There is a theory by the way that South African Secret services were behind the Assassination of our Great Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986. The enquiry into that murder has recently been re-opened.
https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Truth_and_Reconciliation

I think the south African Experience can teach us a lot of how we might move on from the last 15 years and the Fabricated War on Terror.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
April 1996, East London, South Africa

On the first day
after a few hours of testimony
the Archbishop wept.
He put his grey head
on the long table
of papers and protocols
and he wept. 

The national
and international cameramen
filmed his weeping,
his misted glasses,
his sobbing shoulders,
the call for a recess. 

It doesn’t matter what you thought
of the Archbishop before or after,
of the settlement, the commission,
or what the anthropologists flying in
from less studied crimes and sorrows
said about his discourse,
or how many doctorates,
books and installations followed,
or even if you think this poem
simplifies, lionizes,
romanticizes, mystifies.

There was a long table, starched purple vestment
and after a few hours of testimony,
the Archbishop, chair of the commission,
laid down his head, and wept.

That’s how it began. 

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

Kissinger makes an appearance in these 3 episodes of The Age of Uncertainty entitled, A Weekend in Vermont.
The documentary was produced by Adrian Malone, the father of David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and Whitby Watching all 3 episodes is 3 hours well spent, I decided to watch them all again this morning. Here is the first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaZ8x-rQwD0

Kissinger was US Secretary of state at the time the programmes were filmed. For some context on plausible deniability, one should reference the Excellent John Pilger documentary on the invasion of East Timor and also the section in Manufacturing Consent on the same subject.

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

https://youtu.be/Ml1Y60Qu9Vw?t=22m31s The Kissinger bit, well worth watching.

The reason I am labouring the Real Politik point is that Real Politick is coming home in a big way literally. In a Global World financialised Economy The Hybridised Elite is applying policy solutions to their home domestic markets which would have perhaps been concealed from home voters but the Victims of the Home brand of real Politick are the voters of the politicians acting in International interests and not domestic ones.

This is the heart fo the Brexit debate and why so many UK politicians find themselves in such a tricky spot, the Real Politick of federal European policies for International markets simply conflict with the interests of communities at the National level.

Populism and Nationalism have been demonised and we see Varafoukis and his lot of Privileged Left-wing intellectuals preaching the dangers of fascism whilst failing to see that the EU has been overtly fascist since Masterich.

Syriza means Radical or from the Roots. Greek adverb meaning “from the roots” or “radically”(Wikipedia) Podemos means we Can.
Hilary Clintons Election slogan was Stronger together: 

What is the new paradigm made of is the question we need to ask ourselves? Technological advances have since the 1930s meant that work according to the old Protestant Work ethic was actually already very old fashioned, mechanisation and digitisation make that even truer today than then. We also have the possibility of free abundant energy from alternatives such as wind and solar and what is known as renewables. Other technologies are a few short years from mass deployment held back only by a broken debt money paradigm which is part of the socio-economic and geopolitical paralysis largely related to US petrodollar hegemony. In short, If people are freed from Debt, the need for employment and food and energy for fuel how do you control them if you are the Oligarchical billionaire class. Answer: suppress the technology and institute and authoritarian regime with controlled opposition and the illusion of democracy, they got that one a long time ago, that’s what we have and that’s what a progressive alliance will guarantee you.
Many Greens it seems would sell their political souls to save the planet because ´´Climate Change´ its almost as worn out as the neo-liberal mantra ´Becuase Markets´.

Radical doesn´t really say enough either if you look at all the evidence Revolutionary is much more apt but of course, loaded with even more baggage than Radical.

As the paradigm shift is happening anyway and the Elites are now unlikely to fully get the genie back int he bottle their only option is Coercive and extreme violence. Our best option in Non Violent civil resistance. 

The Green Party manifesto in 2015 was brilliant in many ways, Monetary reform, Subsidiarity even the promise of an EU membership referendum, so what has gone wrong. That manifesto was not Progressive it was a whole lot better than that it addressed the issues which pave the way to the new paradigm which will be a more abundant and fair society with little need for political power based upon the allocation of scarce resources. The Old guard of the Green Party failed to cotton on the Abundance and keep wearing their Gaian hair shirts sadly. Green Fascism is just as much a risk as Golden Dawn in Greece or the Front National in France.

What we should be about is Human potential and cleansing the corridors of power with a business agenda of embracing all of the new opportunities and possibilities from the new scientific and political paradigm. A sort of New PARADIGM PEOPLES PARTY. or a new Paradigm alliance“

New Paradigm Alliance.


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Roger Lewis
Roger Lewis Sorry David that’s a bit long but needed to get it off my chest, if its any consolation to anyone who has suffered reading through it, it took me two hours or more to get my thinking straight even though it might not seem so.

 

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David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and Whitby
David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and WhitbyHello Roger Lewis. No apologies please. What have I been doing all theses years on the Golemxiv blog if not trying to clarify my thinking?

 

David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and Whitby
David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and WhitbyThere is a whole stew of terms swilling about in the failing politics of the Overclass. Progressive v populist. Multiculturalist v nativist. Global v protectionist. I have been trying to think how to write something about how they sketch out the political ground of the next few years.

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What next Green Party? Now the election is over…ish it is surely time to discuss what our priorities should be, how the party is perceived and which of our many concerns we should emphasise in public.

It is difficult to have these discussion because of the implied criticism that comes with suggesting we do something different. But I do have criticisms and do hope we consider doing some things differently.

Under New Labour the GP could and did claim to be a more authentic left wing alternative. But Mr Corbyn has re-occupied the left and we have been left looking a little like Corbyn’s mini-me.

I was disappointed that once again the GP, in its public statements, did not emphasise economics. It was left to Mr Corbyn to speak most forcefully about corporate tax evasion, austerity and the blight of above-the-law banking. It should have been us. If a party does not speak forcefully and centrally about economics, finance and the laws which surround them, then the impression is either they don’t realise how central these things are to governing a country, or they don’t really care because they are more of a pressure group than a real party. Either way it marks them out as a party to vote for in protest but not for governance. I believe this nation needs the GP to be more than party of protest. This nation needs the GP to be a party of governance.

In this election we campaigned most visibly on wanting another Brexit vote, on being pro-immigration/open borders, on wanting a ‘Progressive Alliance’ in order to help Labour defeat the Tories and calling for Proportional Representation. That’s how it came across to me at least.

I would like to suggest as a starting point for discussion that we begin to emphasise that WE UNDERSTAND that stoping environmental disaster costs money. That is why we are a party, the ONLY party, that thinks of the environment and the economy as two sides of the same coin. You cannot save one without reforming the other. AT the moment both are largely controlled by the forces of the Global free market. And THAT is why noting is being done for the environment. If we wish to avoid environmental disaster we MUST regain control over our economy. It MUAST be brought back under democratic control.

No party can deliver on its promises unless it regains control over the nation’s economy. We HAVE to be able to tax as we wish, control our curency as we wish, regulate and prosecute our banks and bring them back under the law, trade as we wish, and have the labour and environmental standards we wish.

All these things can be done and must be done. Some in concert with Europe, some we will have to press ahead with as an example to others.

It would be a radical party that set out clearly that this is what has to happen if any government wishes to be able to actually deliver on any of its election promises.

We have to say loudly and relentlessly that the Tories are not the party who understands economics. We have to say we are the party that understands the economy in the 21st century. We MUST be radically and vocally anti-globalisation.

I hope others will at least consider these ideas worthy of discussion.

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Roger Lewis https://www.theguardian.com/…/true-progressive-alliance…
This sort of School Marm knows best is highly damaging to the credibility of Greens, and the Green Party.

This reminds me of Two under-performing former Goal Scorers Disputing and claiming the Goal that drew the match when Clearly the Arsenal Centre Forward clearly stuck the ball in the back of the net.
A friend of mine Made this observation earlier.Politics, it’s funny old game.
Here’s a different take on what’s going on at the moment.
Football is our national game and lots of people are passionate about it.So I’ll use those terms I’ve seen a lot of people who are confused about people being up on a Labour loss.
Labour have not had a good showing in elections for years, so this election where it was very close,(3%, closer than Brexit) is akin to a 3rd division side getting promotion and getting to the cup final and putting a scare into say Chelsea or Man Utd. Not a win but a fantastic result.Everyone cheering on the team and the manager. what a great job.
On the other hand the Conservatives did very badly. Imagine being top of the league, in the cup, looking to have strong showing in Europe and then mid-season, the manager changes tactics, the team has a string of defeats, out of the cup, out of Europe and in danger of relegation, now reliant on other teams to stay up. If that was your team, as supporters, you would be furious, rightfully so and calling for the manager’s sacking and immediate replacement.
So, that being said, where are all the furious Tory voters baying for the sacking of the PM?

When Greens claim we are the only party who understands or stands up for the Planet, that is demonstrable nonsense and is the language of a Cult, not a political party. The Greens dropped its monetary reform Proposals from 2015 for what was a limp and wooly 2017 manifesto effort.
I think Caroline should resign as should Johnathan they have failed everywhere apart from in Caroline’s own constituency reinforcing the One Trick Pony broken record presentation that the Greens have returned two with the Coronation couple in Charge.

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Roger Lewis The Greens in 2015 had the single most important and Radical Policy ever presented to the British Electorate with the possible exception of the Nationalisation of the Bank of England in 1945.
Check out policy EC661 The Green Party believes that, as the means of exchanging goods and services, the stock of money is a vital common resource which should be managed in the public interest. Yet only 3% of our money supply currently exists in the form of notes and coins issued by the Government or the Bank of England. 97% of the money circulating in the economy takes the form of credit that is created electronically by private banks through the accounting processes they follow when they make loans. for an idea of the full extent of tax payer value of such a policy see.

http://www.positivemoney.org/issues/taxes/

The Tories Banged on about the Magic Money Tree the whole campaign an open goal which was not open to Lucas to exploit, 2017 manifesto dropped the policy, despite protests from Myself and David Malone.
I posted this in the daily mail earlier.
It is an annoying trite meme, many Politicians do believe it though, 9 out of 10 according to positive money.
What we all need to do is pay more attention to the Much talked about Magic Money Tree. Yes, it is imaginary and it is made up, it lives not at the bottom of the Garden with the Fairies but in the Silicon chips programmed as Merkle Trees. link one for beginners. https://medium.com/…/the-magic-money-tree-exists… A poem for Light relief.http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/the… and the main event for the folk with lots of courage and a strong stomach.http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/neo… Nearly there now Check out What the 1844 Bank Charter Act intended all along.http://positivemoney.org/how…/how-did-we-end-up-here/ And there you go, you now know more than 90% of MPS about the money creation process. Magic Money Trees, haha, now there’s a thing?

And Here,
http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/…/the-one-thing-we-cant…/

And Here
https://hat4uk.wordpress.com/…/opinion-labour-must…/…

The Green party has I think been manoeuvred into the Neo-Liberal Left GateKeeper position, Bartley and Lucas are effectively The Green Party´s Tony Blair. Time for a Change I say.
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Daren Price Some have alluded to going to the centre ground. Personally I think this would be wrong as we would then be seen as an eco-liberal party as opposed to eco-socialist. I noticed during the election campaigns no one really touched on the benefit sanctions…See More

David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and WhitbyAgreed! Save us from the mire of the centre ground. The country does not need another centre ground, reformist party. Please let us not go that way.

Daren Price I joined the greens on the back of an interview Caroline Lucas made saying the greens are an anti capitalist party. I then read the manifesto online & joined the next day. I enjoy being in the greens but I would see moving to the centre as a regressive step. Another centre/neoliberalist party is the last thing we need!! If we can keep working on our national identity, as I feel people still see us as vegetarian tree huggers, then that would greatly help. We can only do this if we equally keep pressing social issues as well as environmental.

David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and WhitbyDaren Price I agree but strongly feel that neither environment nor social make us an electable party of governance. People need to be convinced not that we have wonderful ideals, but that we know how to run a country. That we know how to run a modern economy. That we know how to control the forces that currently control us.

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Neil Macaskill The centre ground may be crowded but so is the left – plenty of telephone-box sized “socialist” parties out there.

Daren Price Neil Macaskill I agree but we’re one of the biggest and most progressive. If we keep packing punches in debates, eventually people will listen. We just have to be persistent and consistent in our approach. Moving to the centre would be a regressive step I feel.

David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and WhitbyNeil Macaskill My point is that the political spectrum which really counts from now on and which we have to understand is no longer left and right it is global versus national. I’m not saying left v right is unimportant. Of course it is. But it is not what defines the modern world and certainly does;t give you a focus on the real nature of the powers ranged against us. There are globalists on the left as well as the right. And to me they are just as much of a problem. The Tories and Labour are stuck in left v right and the left certainly doesn’t get the global v national, I don’t think.

Roger Lewis “Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.

In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.”

― Noam Chomsky

“This is the permanent tension that lies at the heart of a capitalist democracy and is exacerbated in times of crisis. In order to ensure the survival of the richest, it is democracy that has to be heavily regulated rather than capitalism.”
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“Technology is a means, not an end, no matter how brilliant it appears. How we use digital technology, exploit it and benefit from it depends on old-fashioned political concepts of how we treat each other: how we approach class, race, gender and war and peace. Nothing has changed in that regard. At present, we are ruled by an extreme version of capitalism called ‘neoliberalism’. Technology in the service of any extremism has a catastrophic history.”
― JohnPilger
tags: automation, class, neoliberal, neoliberalism, peace, race, technology, unemployment, war

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Shyam Ghariial At the end of one of the Actuarial profession talks at the Staple Inn, one of the Resources and Environmental Committee speakers referenced a few books including one that I’m going through at the moment by John Weeks. As a member of the profession, I see the environment being mentioned as being a primary concern although, as an investment consultant, the financial- environmental link can frustratingly often be overlooked (I’m trying to come up with responsible investment guidelines for fixed income mandates at the moment, which is tough).

I don’t know how much the GP engages with financial professionals, but there are groups in our industry (and others – proponents of the steady state economy etc) who are attempting to sway opinion and move towards greener policies (although I feel it is not a primary concern in general due to short termism and fixation on £-returns). Perhaps engagement with (& backing from) those in the City who care about these issues, could provide the GP with a little more clout in the area of economics (I’m not trying to take anything away from those in the GP, particularly you David, who already provided excellent economic analysis and proposals)?

David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and WhitbyI think such engagement would be brilliant. I for one would make my self available to meet such people whenever and wherever they would like.

Jack Dunwell What do you mean by “democratic control” ?

David Malone Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and WhitbyWhat I mean by ‘democratic control’ is that major decisions about lets say money supply, be ones that are decided by the governemt rather than as it is now, by the private banks. I am not making any starry eyed claim that the government always decides well or that we have a fully functioning democracy. I am claiming that having some democratic control over those making the decisions is better than having non which is how it is as long as it is left to market forces.

Oliver Tooley You make some very good points there.
It is such a broad scope subject its hard to know where to begin.
Alas, so long as Mr Corbyn is at the helm of the Labour ship we are bound to be forced to take a back seat, and in many ways we might be better of…See More

Katherine Horner As a Green party member I think we should adopt a more pressure group position. Instead of this standing down and rolling over for Corbyn like our leadership is advocating. If we spent less time rolling over to the Corbyn gonna save the world fantasy then we might be able to focus on our policies and get them out there. I held my nose and voted for my piss poor labour mp because she only had a majority of 428. I hope now we can just get our policies out there.

Neil Macaskill Speaking as a Labour member I don’t think the Greens should be trying to outflank Labour on the left – it might have worked under Blair but not under Corbyn. There is a need for a strong green voice though in this age of climate change scepticism. The Tories have backslid now Cameron has gone and Labour are not pushing the environmental agenda as much as they should do. But a concern for the environment is not a matter of left or right – some of the earliest environmentalists were conservatives.

Neil Macaskill I suppose you’ll already know the founder of the first “green” party was an ex-Conservative, Tony Whittaker.

Katherine Horner of course your gonna say that your a labour supporter so your gonna say anything to keep people voting labour. So why should Gre