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Just a soul whose intentions are good

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Winston Smith

What is the point of this blog?

Conspiracy is not my obsession, nor my guilty pleasure. My interest lays in the multifarious ways in which we are, as a society and as a culture, being manipulated from behind the curtain. I became aware of social conditioning/culture manipulation whilst quite young – even my high school was infiltrated by ‘change agents’ – and yet I still somehow failed to see how it had affected my own thinking until well into middle age.

Conditioning is everywhere in our culture and those who practice it in order to advance certain agendas are past masters at its many forms. I therefore offer the information presented within this blog as an overview of the many methods that the manipulators of our society can and do use, to their advantage and our cost.

I’m aware that many who read these posts will be coming to much of what is covered here cold. And so, I have compiled this brief glossary of terms as an aid to understanding the concepts here covered.

Glossary

COINTELPRO

PsyOp

Disinformation: The dissemination of false data or the deliberate omission of part or all of the facts pertaining to important information.

Straw man argument: Focusing debate or attention on selected – cherry picked – points of the opponent’s thesis to give a false interpretation of their meaning, or bring their motives into question.

Cognitive dissonance: Mental conflict occurring when assumptions or beliefs are contradicted by new information.

Group think: A lazy form of thinking where the individual prefers to adopt the opinions of their peers rather than make the effort to figure things out for themself. Once an individual has made a commitment to group think, it can be difficult and even dangerous to challenge their paradigm.

MKULTRA: Note; there is much that we still do not know about this program. And there is no real evidence that it does not continue today (though most certainly under a different name). Note also that there were many sub projects under MKULTRA, such as MONARCH to name but one.

Hegelian dialectic: The dialectic, put simply, involves taking two opposing ideas; Thesis and Antithesis (eg. Capitalism and Communism, Left wing and Right wing, Theism and atheism) and putting them into conflict. After a time the two arguments begin to take on aspects of their opposite, in effect creating a third way, known as Synthesis. The blending of Capitalism and Communism creates a kind of collectivist fascism. The blending of Theism and Atheism creates New Age type quasi religions.

Agenda 21: Not what it appears to be, but rather the very epitome of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

New World Order: This is not, I believe, the name of an organisation as is commonly claimed, but rather, a scheme that has been running beneath the surface of our society for well over one hundred years. It is the planned take down of the Nation State by a cabal of elitist Oligarchs. They have been working tirelessly for a world (radically reduced in population) collectivised and controlled by a global police state apparatus.

Illuminati: This name, which you will rarely find used on this blog, should be considered a general term intended to describe the more occult (hidden) aspects of New World Order conspiracy. I feel that it is generally used inappropriately and most often (though not always) by COINTELPRO operatives trying to discredit those who question.

Operation Gladio: Though the code name is only really relevant in Italy, it has come to refer to the ‘stay behind armies’ which NATO put in place, in almost every European country, to act as a sort of behind the lines guerrilla force should the West be overrun by Soviet conventional forces. These largely right wing or Fascist groups had members reaching right up into governments, Police, Military and other Establishment organizations. When WWIII failed to materialise, these CIA backed fanatics began to use their resources and networks against Leftist groups, even going so far as to commit terrorist atrocities and blaming them on the Red brigade. These atrocities are even said to have included the bombing of the Bologna railway station and the kidnapping and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

Tavistock: The Tavistock Institute pretends to be a benign charitable NGO, but is actually a key component in the creation of social manipulation and mind control techniques.

What they claim to be.

What they are accused of being.

I will add more to this section as time permits.

I would also wish to direct the reader’s attention to the following essential readings. If you have not had access to any of these books then you have little chance of understanding the world you find yourself living in.

Bibliography of essential texts

John A Stormer: None dare call it Treason

Gary Allen: None dare call it Conspiracy

Dr Anthony Sutton: Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution 

Wall Street & the Rise of Hitler

America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones

The federal Reserve Conspiracy

Carroll Quigley: Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

The Anglo-American Establishment 

Holly Sklar: Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management

Edward Bernays: Propaganda

Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era

John Coleman: The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

David Ray Griffin: The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé

Michael C Ruppert: Crossing the Rubicon

Webster Griffin Tarpley: 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in the USA

Eustace Mullins: The Secrets of the Federal Reserve

Niki Raapana, Nordica Friedrich: 2020: Our Common Destiny and The Anti Communitarian Manifesto

Cathy O’Brien, Mark Phillips: Trance: Formation of America

David McGowan: Weird scenes inside the canyon 

Programmed to kill: the politics of serial murder

Other books of note: Confessions of an economic hit man by John Perkins, The shock doctrine by Naomi Klein, Debunking 9/11 debunking by David Ray Griffin, Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy by David Ray Griffin.

Hey man, what’s with all the wiki quotes?

I have occasionally been criticised for relying too much on a certain online encyclopedia. I am only too aware that Wikipedia is, in general, an unreliable source. Many of the moderators on there are in the employ of the Intelligence community and it has long been a vehicle for the dissemination of disinformation. That said, I made an editorial decision at the very beginning that I would make it as easy as possible for people to check any facts I use to back up my ‘opinions’ (after all, I’m not writing academic papers here, I’m trying to help speed the day that ‘hundredth monkey’ makes the connection).

This in no way means that I ever actually use Wikipedia as my primary research tool. I quote it when I know it is correct on a particular point simply because I’m only too aware that many people do use it and, in many cases, simply won’t bother to read anything that isn’t easy to access online. I fact check everything I print, to the best of my ability. And I have a large personal collection of well-thumbed books on history, science and politics to hand. This may only be a blog, but I take what I do here very seriously.

I would also ask that if, whilst using this site, you come across a dead or broken link, please let me know so that I can fix it promptly.

One law for us…

Winston Smith

I’ve been sounding the warning bell for years now about the coming global police state. Some people get it; can see the writing on the wall, others just don’t and presumably never will. We’ve all been watching the police incrementally transform into soldiers before our eye’s, but with the aid of Hollywood and the media, the powers that shouldn’t be have managed to convince a somnambulist population that warrior cops are somehow heroic and to be admired.

In the US now, many of the police departments are hiring large numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war vets. These are men who have been occupying foreign cities for years. They’ve cut their teeth on hostile populations and learned brutal methods of enforcement. These soldiers come home, put on a (slightly) different uniform and continue on with business as usual tactics in poor neighbourhoods that look not dissimilar to those they’ve been soldiering in overseas.

I’m focusing on America here, not because the problem is exclusive to that country, but because their system has allowed a rapid acceleration and escalation in violence and oppression. In many ways the UK is even further down the totalitarian road, just not quite as overtly.

Here is an article from the Guardian on a truly disturbing development that has recently come to light in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago. I mention Emanuel’s name here, because I’m fairly certain that the two are strongly linked. The story involves a CIA style police ‘black site’ where people have been disappeared and tortured ‘off-the-books’. If you are not deeply offended by this, you are part of the problem.

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Photograph: Phil Batta/Guardian

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
Held for hours at secret Chicago ‘black site': ‘You’re a hostage. It’s kidnapping’
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For emphasis, I’m going to include a small sample of articles – almost none reported in the main stream media –  of incidents of police lawlessness that have been allowed to continue and expand unchecked. Almost no sanctions are ever placed upon the offending officers and the victims are usually given no recourse to either justice or compensation.

The number I have chosen to present here roughly represents a week’s worth of reports; that’s every week. Again, this almost never gets any serious main stream coverage and when it is covered it is usually presented without context as a one off incident rather than as part of a larger trend.

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Cop Pounds Boy’s Face in the Street, Threatens Witnesses With Gun, After Boy Said “F*ck the Cops”

No Charges for Cops Who Broke Into Innocent Man’s Home While He Slept and Shot Him 16 Times

Woman Calls Cops For Help Against Intruders, Cops Show Up And Shoot Her Dead

Cops Say Family Thanked Them For Beating and Arresting Them In Their Own Home

In San Diego, Wild Discrepancies Between Video Footage And A Police Report

Cop Brutally Attacks 78-Year-Old Grandma For Delivering Cupcakes To Her Grandchildren

 

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That uncomfortable feeling you get when…

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16/02/15

I’d just like to mention this for the public record. Over the past 48 hours this blog has received a disproportionate number of hits originating from Israel.

In fact, there were twenty times more hits than from the next highest country. Oddly, the interest all seems to be focused on this one particular (quite old) article on the use by the US of depleted Uranium on the battlefield.

I have no idea what this means, if indeed it means anything at all. I just felt it best to acknowledge this anomaly publicly.

Remember pilgrims, there’s no such thing as too much paranoia.

Smith out.

When reason Disappears

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‘I think conspiracy is very prevalent behavior on this planet. It even precedes humanity. Lions conspire – one lion will frighten a herd of antelope to get them running in a certain direction where the other lions will be waiting there to eat them. That’s a conspiracy against antelopes, and I’m sure the antelopes are very bitter about it.’ ~ Robert Anton Wilson 

There is a growing section of society that seems almost obsessed with the notion that the biggest threat to life and liberty is not foreign enemies or crazy terrorists, but their own government. This idea is particularly prevalent in – though by no means exclusive to – the United States.

Is this fear justified?

To attempt to answer that question, it would be wise to first look at points in the recent past where such a scenario has already played out – and in some cases continues – and try to recognise the catalysts. In this way, we may be able to deduce how far from the edge our own society may be.

The following is, of necessity, an incomplete list;

Russia, 1917 – present: From the beginning of the Russian revolution, until very recent times, an unknown number (estimated in the tens of millions) of Russian citizens have been disappeared or sent to camps, never to return. The terror is held to have been at its worst under Stalin (34 to 49 million), but even in recent times there have been a great many instances. Russian rights groups estimate there have been about 5,000 forced disappearances in Chechnya alone since 1999.

Germany, 1930s/40’s: It is generally held (though, it is disputed in certain circles) that during this period, over 6 million were murdered or disappeared by the Nazi regime. However, most of these were not German citizens. It is not clear how many Germans were disappeared by the secret police.

Spain, 1930s – 70s: ‘The United Nations work-group for Human Rights reported in 2013 that in the period between the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the end of Franco‘s dictatorship (1939-1975), an estimated 114,226 people “disappeared” by being forcibly taken away either by official or unofficial armed groups, following which they were secretly murdered and later buried in undisclosed locations.’ ~ Wikipedia

Guatemala, 1950s – 90s:Guatemala was one of the first countries where people were disappeared as a generalized practice of terror against a civilian population. Forced disappearance was widely practiced by the government of Guatemala during the 36-year Guatemalan Civil War. An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 individuals were disappeared by the Guatemalan military and security forces between 1954 and 1996.’ ~ Wikipedia

Chile, 1970s/80s: On 11 September 1973, a military coup overthrew the government of Salvador Allende. The military Junta immediately banned all Leftist parties and organizations and, eventually, all other opposition parties as well. ‘The Rettig Report concluded 2,279 persons who disappeared during the military dictatorship were killed for political reasons or as a result of political violence.’

Argentina, 1970s: It is generally believed that, between 1976 and 1983, 30,000 people were killed or disappeared.

El Salvador, 1970s: Starting in 1978, it is estimated that over 5,500 persons were the victims of enforced disappearances in El Salvador. According to the Office of the Procurator for the Protection of Human Rights of El Salvador ‘Disappearances usually took place during operations whose purpose was the detention and later the disappearance or execution of persons identified as or suspected of being government opponents, including civilians who had nothing to do with the conflict, with the apparent aim of generating terror and eliminating members of the population who might potentially become guerrillas. Enforced disappearances of children occurred, which is thought to have been “part of a deliberate strategy within the violence institutionalized by the State during the period of conflict”.

Syria, 1970s – present: Human Rights Watch claims that around 17,000 people disappeared during Hafez al-Assad‘s 30-year rule. The practice has, allegedly, continued under his son according to Human rights organizations around the world.

Indian Punjab, 1980s/90s: Between 1984 and 1995 tens of thousands of people in the Punjab region were tortured or disappeared by the security forces.

Turkey, 1980s/90s: Turkish human rights groups accuse the security forces of be ‘disappearing’ more than 1,500 civilians of the Kurdish minority during this period.

Sri Lanka, 1980s – present: Since 1980, upwards of 12,000 Sri Lankans have ‘disappeared’ after being detained by security forces. This is considered a conservative estimate.

Algeria, 1990s: Estimates run between 6,000 and 17,000 ‘disappeared’ or killed during the period of the civil war.

Pakistan, 2001 – present: Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 there are more than 5000 reported cases of enforced disappearance in Pakistan.

You can add to the above figures the over 2 million murdered under Pol Pot in the Cambodian ‘killing fields’ and the indiscriminate deaths by starvation of over 45 million Chinese under Mao’s Great leap forward; that’s 45 million, in just four years.

Obviously, this article would become very lengthy indeed were we to look at every one of these cases in depth. I’ve included the examples above as a sort of ‘launching pad’ for further study, should the reader be so inclined. The one certain thing they all share in common, is that they involve the government turning its guns against all or part of its own population.

In all, in the 20th Century alone, it is estimated that 262 million people met their end at the hands of their own governments.

It would appear that, when it comes to a perceived threat to its own power, the State, time and again, feels most at risk from its own domestic population than from any external enemy. At some point a kind of critical mass of paranoia is reached and the unthinkable, violence perpetrated against the people, becomes the necessary.

‘But all those countries were basket cases – that could never happen here.’

That is what most Americans (Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, British etc.) like to tell themselves. Americans in particular tend to believe in the notion of American exceptionalism. Obama himself has had the audacity to cite that principal in several speeches. There is this idea amongst Anglo countries that we’re somehow better than all those other places; are we, though?

For those who are paying attention, there has been an alarming increase in rhetoric from the Western governments of late. There has been a tendency, amongst government spokespersons (what a ridiculously clumsy word that is) to attack anyone who questions officialdom as some sort of anti-government extremist.

In a recent speech at the UN, David Cameron, Prime minister of the UK, accused anyone he labelled a ‘conspiracy theorist’ of being no better than a terrorist. According to Cameron, people who question official government propaganda are no better than ISIS and should be dealt with in the same way.

Further to this is the virtual pogrom against those who question ‘the official narrative’ being run by Obama Information Czar, Cass R. Sunstein of the Harvard Law School. Sunstein tries to put himself forward as a moderate, but his views on those he terms ‘conspiracy theorists’ are anything but. He advocates infiltration and online trolling by government agencies of any group that espouses anti-government views, or disseminates alternative theories of events. In other words, people like me and at least some of you reading these words.

In saner times, being critical of government was considered the sacred duty of those who loved their country. After all, we all talk constantly about the deceitful and dishonourable natures of our politicians, and yet, on certain topics, we accept every word they say uncritically.

In the past, government was not held to be inextricably synonymous with the nation. It was understood that you could love your country, but detest your government. This was, in fact, considered a very healthy attitude. It was the paranoia of the 1950s Cold War, incorrectly perceived as a clash of ideologies, that seems to have put paid to such clear headed sensibilities. It became unfashionable at that time to criticize the government, because it was taken as a criticism of the democratic system and thus, by default, pro communism.

This got wound back considerably during and after the conflict in Vietnam. America’s self-image took a giant hit as a reaction to the televising of the war. For the first time, Americans were seeing the atrocities being carried out in their name on the evening news every night. For many, it was a bitter pill.

It took the sterilized blitzkrieg of the first Gulf war to reaffirm America’s self-belief. The carefully stage-managed presentation of that conflict, with its embedded journalists and video game smart bomb footage, helped nurse America’s injured pride back to the levels of former glories.

Thanks to the immunising effect of 9/11, even the quagmire of the second Iraq invasion and the Afghanistan debacle has failed to have much of an impact on the exceptional beliefs of Middle America. It would seem a compliant media, telling the population exactly what their leaders want them to hear, has strangled critical thought on the vine.

And that media has been deployed, in full force, to demonise any that dare argue against the dogmas of the ruling elite. Truthers, prepers, peace activists, Muslims, whistle blowers, even veterans are all being vilified by a media that increasingly acts as the government’s attack dog.

I’ve watched the various police forces around the Western world gradually being transformed into militarised domestic armies, complete with military grade weapons and armoured vehicles. At the same time, the behavior of said police towards the public, particularly in the US, has grown more and more adversarial. In that country, there were close to 100 people shot by police this past January alone. And no matter how unprovoked the killings seem to be, the officers involved are almost never punished.

In the light of these facts, I tend to agree that the threat is real.

Voltaire said, ‘it is dangerous to be wrong when the government is right.’ And, with each passing day, that danger seems to be growing.

– Winston Smith

The truth about Soylent green

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‘It’s people! Soylent green is made out of people!’ *

Oh, you already knew that? Never mind, that’s not really what this post is about. No, I’m much more interested in what impact the film’s underlying premise had on the culture of the time and how that impact has changed over the four decades since its release.

The genesis of the film ‘Soylent green’ was a book called Make room! Make room! by SF author Harry Harrison. First published in 1966, the book’s plot had very little to do with the infamous Soylent products that would feature so prominently in the movie adaption. Harrison was far more interested in the theme of overpopulation and an idea – just coming into vogue at the time – the Greenhouse effect.

Soylent steaks were mentioned peripherally in the book, but there was no hint whatsoever of these products being reconstituted people. Harrison’s shtick was more about the need to reduce population because, as any fool could see, we were obviously headed for disaster.

Set in then-future August 1999, the novel explores trends in the proportion of world resources used by the United States and other countries compared to population growth, depicting a world where the global population is seven billion, subject to overcrowding, resource shortages, and a crumbling infrastructure. – Wikipedia

We are now living sixteen years beyond the date specified in Harrison’s novel and the world’s population currently stands at 7.22 billion. The world certainly has its share of resource based problems, but looks nothing like the nightmarish landscape of ‘Make room! Make room!’

To be honest, I strongly suspect that someone (I’m looking at you Fabian society) tapped Harrison on the shoulder and suggested his career might benefit from a little Malthusian propagandising. That may sound unlikely, but science fiction has long been the vehicle for such propaganda. H.G. Wells was himself a founding member of the Fabian society and not above using his books as a sounding board for his beliefs.

For what it’s worth (and in the interest of balance) here’s what Harrison himself claimed to be the catalyst for the novel;

“The idea came from an Indian I met after the war, in 1946. He told me, ‘Overpopulation is the big problem coming up in the world’ (nobody had ever heard of it in those days) and he said, ‘Want to make a lot of money, Harry? You have to import rubber contraceptives to India.’ I didn’t mind making money, but I didn’t want to be the rubber king of India!”

It’s certainly a very colourful anecdote…. I’m always somewhat suspicious of colourful anecdotes.

I’d be quite interested in knowing just who this insightful ‘Indian’ gent actually was and if he belonged to any societies of the Fabian variety.

In 1973, the Richard Fleischer directed movie ‘Soylent green’ was released. The movie shared several themes with its parent novel – overpopulation, Greenhouse effect, and resource scarcity. However, the film introduced a major new element in the form of institutionalised cannibalism. Apparently, in the world depicted in the film, food and resources are so scarce by 2022 (not, as in the novel, 1999) that the corporate powers that constitute the State are forced to recycle the cadavers of the recently deceased as a tasty new snack.

If I may be permitted a brief aside; there are a couple of things outside of the morbid plot that I personally find very interesting – even disturbing – about this movie.

Firstly, its release date; 19 April. This is a very significant date in as much as it comes at the beginning of the blood sacrifice period in occult practices. April 19 – 25 Sacrifice preparation: kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice.

Now, I’m not claiming any personal belief in such nonsense, but my research has shown me time and again that the very top of elite society certainly do. Why this is, I have no idea. It may be that they are all cabalists. Whether you believe this or not is not really relevant here. The fact remains that this date is held to be important –  ritualistically speaking.

What has that to do with this movie?

The pivotal scene – leading to the big ‘reveal’ at the end of the film – is when Sol, the character played by actor Edward G Robinson, voluntarily submits himself to a highly ritualised form of euthanasia. It is essentially a human sacrifice with all the trappings.

Robinson, unbeknownst to his co-workers was himself dying of cancer as he shot this scene. He passed away twelve days after the film’s completion.

Co-star Heston later wrote “He knew while we were shooting, though we did not, that he was terminally ill. He never missed an hour of work, nor was late to a call. He never was less than the consummate professional he had been all his life. I’m still haunted, though, by the knowledge that the very last scene he played in the picture, which he knew was the last day’s acting he would ever do, was his death scene. I know why I was so overwhelmingly moved playing it with him.”

Soylent green was Robinson’s 101st and final movie. 101 is also a significant number in occult beliefs. Take from that what you will. I know that I was very resistant to such ideas when I first began to research these subjects, but there is simply too much evidence out there to ignore.

Resuming our original thesis; the idea of consuming human beings was considered chilling and demonstrably evil in the year of the film’s release and helped it achieve its cult status, however, over forty years later, it is not considered nearly so abhorrent. This may well be due to the fact that, in the intervening time, our culture has been bombarded by messages – both subtle and overt – to the effect that mankind is nothing but a blight on the planet and simple meat, to boot.

We’ve been treated to Prince Philip’s much reproduced statement that, if reincarnation is real, he would like to return as a deadly virus to help cull the human herd; nice fellow. We’ve had academics like Prof. Eric R. Pianka  positing that the only hope for the world is if Ebola goes airborne and a host of movies, novels and TV shows all seemingly designed to make humans believe that we just don’t belong on the planet.

So what’s the real truth about Soylent green?

It’s simply this, if the day ever comes where a decision is made to start turning people into TV dinners, it probably won’t be the evil corporations who push that boat out. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the corporates will be the first to work out how to make a buck off of it, but the instigators are far more likely to be the fuzzy, tree hugging, lefty environmentalists (read Cultural Marxists) who care so very much about the world, that they don’t think most of us should be allowed to be hear to enjoy it. And, after all the propaganda and social conditioning we’ve been subjected to, the likely outcome when that day arrives, will be sheepish compliance from the general population.

Which brings us circling back around to the Fabians. At the heart of these people’s philosophy there has always been a criminally arrogant elitism. Only they, the shining intellectuals, know what is best for humanity and the world. Only they can steer the ship of fools from the rocks. And only they deserve to live in the paradise that their unswerving stewardship will produce.

Because, let’s face it, what the world really needs is to be ruled by a group of people morally ambiguous enough to be willing to kill off ninety percent of the sentient life on Earth for the ‘greater good’ of the planet.

 

Winston Smith

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* I’m sorry, but forty years is well outside of the statute of limitations on spoiler alerts.

The tyranny of those who believe in nothing.

Winston Smith

The recent tweet from serial nihilist (and paedophilia apologist) Richard Dawkins advocating beaming porn into Muslim countries to undermine their faith, set me thinking about all the harm that has been done to our culture and society by such fanatical non-believers.

Now, before all you atheists get your hackles up and start accusing me of every kind of nonsense, please understand, this is not an attack on atheism. I have no vested interest in any church or religion. Frankly, they’re all too similar to distinguish between them as far as I’m concerned. I’m simply not into the religion of radical non-belief.

As a student of history, I’m fully aware of all the many atrocities that have been carried out in the name of this god or that. I completely understand that religion was always a control grid that essentially served the purpose that technologies like TV, the internet and the like serve today. This is why, in the most technological societies, religion is disappearing much faster than in the least technologically advanced.

Some would see this as a victory of scientific rationalism over superstition, but I think it’s a little more complex than that. Religions are always a top down proposition. By this I mean that the State usually imposes the belief system upon the populace. This is because, as I have stated above, religion is really a control grid designed to keep the masses in line.

“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Old Boney was no fool, he understood the role that religion played, for good or ill, in the social cohesion of any society. However, the writing was on the wall. As the industrial revolution began to rev up, all manner of social changes began to shape the perceptions of thinkers; artists, philosophers and intellectuals alike.

One of the reasons that the Impressionist art movement emerged, for example, was the arrival into a largely agrarian society of the steam train. The landscape seen whilst travelling at speed looks very different from the view from on foot. This change of perspective could not fail to have a significant effect upon the way people perceived the world. Observe ‘The Great Western Railway’ 1844 By J.M.W. Turner and compare it to his earlier works for a prime example of this.

 

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However, it was in the field of philosophy that the real impact was being felt. I’m not going to offer any deep analysis of the Existentialist movement here, though I recommend that you research the works of Sartre, Kierkegaard et al. These philosophers were instrumental in ushering the ‘new thought’ paradigm which paved the way for the likes of Dawkins.

By the time the insane slaughter of the Great War (1914-18) rolled around, people were primed for a radically new reality. The old structures and establishments were being swept away. Gender roles, class divisions and the church were all under attack and, in truth, many of these institutions and beliefs needed to be radically overhauled, or at the very least, re-examined. Unfortunately, as so often happens, the baby was to be thrown out with the bath water. People began to abandon the churches in droves, but having been freed from the shackles of the organized religions, soon began to abandon other social mores as well.

Over the following decades, much of what was familiar and stable about Western society started to fall to the self styled social reformers. Institutions like marriage and family began to fail. The era of the Self had begun. Into the void left by the overthrow of religion and social institutions rushed consumerism on a scale that had never before been imagined.

In order to feed the gaping maw of self-doubt and uncertainty, society began to gorge itself upon the purely material. The modern version of the treadmill came to be represented by our willingness to enslave ourselves to mindless tasks in order to feed our aching need to have the latest and the best products. Fuelled by the ambitious machinations of the madmen of Madison Avenue, our society entered an unquenchable feeding frenzy of over consumption, all in an effort to still the nagging voice inside.

However, the voice refused and still refuses to be silenced ‘Is this all there is?’ it mantras over and over; and indeed, is it? Whilst the smug non-believers like Dawkins tell us we’ve never had it so good, never been freer, richer, in better health, sales of anti-psychotic drugs continue to soar and suicides have reached epidemic proportions. Wars for resources are becoming a way of life for the entire world, which is ironic when you think about it, because we were always told religion was the main culprit there.

It seems that a society that believes in nothing stands for very little. Moral turpitude is now the norm, but we’re assured by the nihilists that that’s all fine because everything is relative, so nothing really matters in the end.

So what then do I believe in? Simple really, I believe we all need to keep our minds wide open, that nothing should be dismissed or discarded without proper investigation. And I certainly believe that if we keep following the smug dictates of people who make a religion out of believing in nothing, the downwardly spiraling helix of our waning culture will become a ‘slip n slide’ into a hell that no one can yet imagine.

Hey, that’s OK, though, we don’t believe in Hell, right?

 

I’ve just discovered this excellent documentary. Its thesis is different, but it shares many common themes with this post. I highly recommend it.

 

Coincidence theory on the rise

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From Truth Jihad

Coincidence theorists are having a field day in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting. The Paris attack has given them an excuse to spin their wild webs of supposition – based on insanely improbable coincidences – leading them to an outrageous conclusion: The official story is correct.

“Isn’t it an amazing coincidence that Charlie Hebdo predicted a massive ‘Islamic terrorist’ attack in January 2015 and it actually happened the way they called it?” said C. Nweevil of the coincidencist website BluePill.com. “That’s right up there with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and their friends calling for a New Pearl Harbor in September 2000 – and getting it exactly one year later. It just goes to show that crazy, random, meaningless things happen all the time.”
“It’s stunning how so many spectacular terrorist attacks, assassinations, and similiar events seem to generate such incredible coincidences,” agreed Justin Credibull, host of the Everything’s A Coincidence radio show. “For example, who would ever have thought that the Rothschilds – the founding family of the State of Israel – would buy Charlie Hebdo just one month before a terrorist attack sent its stock soaring skyward and its print run from 30 thousand to 7 million, generating pro-Israel propaganda that even trillions of dollars could never have bought ? Those Rothschilds sure are lucky.”
“And it happened right after France’s legislature voted to recognize Palestine,” adds  Coincidencitarian  scholar Dr. Stuart Pidd of Yale University’s Department of Coincidence Studies. “Amazing coincidence – just like the Norway shootings by that lone nut Breivik.” Pidd added that the complete shift of French policy achieved by the shooting, which stopped France’s movement towards pro-Russia as well as pro-Palestine positions, was “just one of those freak events.”
Coincidence theorists agree that the alleged suicide of French Police Commissioner Helric Fredou, who was investigating the Charlie Hebdo affair, was a meaningless bit of random happenstance with no bearing on the case. They also assert that it was a bit of sheer random luck that caused one of the alleged terrorists to accidentally leave his ID card in the abandoned getaway car, allowing police to identify the suspects. Some even argue that the fact that the alleged terrorists were shooting blanks, not real bullets, as they fled the Charlie Hebdo offices was “just one of those crazy things.”
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