Introduction: The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity by Zahir Ebrahim

9th Edition of Modernity 2015
Modernity Simplified
What is all this verbiage by Project HumanbeingsfirstTM really all about? Is there a reductionist and simplified explanation at the level of a 'poor-man'?
Yes. In the simplest terms: 'Might defines right'.
This leads to “Hegemony is as old as mankind”.
That in turn leads to the following predatory psychology for Machiavellianly exercising primacy – some call it empire:
  • If we don't have real enemies then we have to create or imagine some, and yell 'we are being attacked' in order to, principally:
  • a) justify one's hegemonic barbarianism upon others; and
  • b) motivate an unwilling plebeian peoples into sacrificing for the conquests of the oligarchic elite.
Euphemistically, today as the winning empire, this is called “imperial mobilization”.
Grotesquely, for previously defeated empires, it is called “quest for Lebensraum”.
That's all there is to it.
All which follows is only in further examination of how that is accomplished under the veneer of “democracy”, because, in the absence of such deception, “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization”. That quoted statement was made by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his 1997 book: The Grand Chessboard – American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives.
This revived “quest for Lebensraum” (German word for seeking more living space as an imperative), ahem, “imperial mobilization” of the ruling oligarchy, the Übermensch (German word for superior, above all others, superman), just happens to be the age-old quest for one-world government in disguise.
It is to be achieved piece-meal, incrementally, one fait accompli at a time, one fabricated crisis at a time, one manufactured war at a time, one real or imagined pestilence at a time, one catastrophe at a time.
The pathocracy of modern Machiavellian statecraft – commandeered entirely by sociopaths who seem to uncannily just rise above the rest of the populations to always gather at the helm of power from generation to generation in the same tribes and families – requires continuous threats, crises, and uncertainty, in order to corral the far more peaceable instincts of the modern public into accepting the primacy agenda of the ruling oligarchy. During these times of crises, chaos, and terror, any kind of abhorrence can be accomplished: “What is inconceivable in normal times is possible in revolutionary times.”
In this Machiavellian construct based on “revolutionary times”, the solution presented for addressing each uncertainty is the next baby-step towards centralized global control of all humanity in a global empire of the financial oligarchy.
The modus operandi is to deliberately create problems and offer only those solutions which result in bigger government, incrementally leading to one world government. The documentary film maker G. Edward Griffin in his 1970 classic The Capitalist Conspiracy, captured this modus operandi with succinct eloquence:
Create conditions so frightful at home and abroad that the abandonment of personal liberties and national sovereignty will appear as a reasonable price for a return to domestic tranquility and world peace.”
That world order, the new world order, as we can already perceive even in its initial stages, is governed with moral relativism wherein legal opinions as proclaimed by the United States Supreme Court justice, guide law and law-givers rather than the platitudinous Biblical morality which is left for the public mind to swallow while the state mind, like its military, only follows whatever is expedient or helps achieve its objectives:
Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes, that a name, a phrases, a standard has meaning only when associated with the considerations which give birth to nomenclature. To those who would paralyze our Government in the face of impending threat by encasing it in a semantic strait-jacket, we must reply that all concepts are relative.”
That verdict from the legal mind of the highest court of the sole superpower is based on the reality of law quoted in The Protocols:
In the beginnings of the structure of society, they [the beasts of prey who are called men] were subjected to brutal and blind force; after words – to Law, which is the same force, only disguised. I draw the conclusion that by the law of nature right lies in force;”
The term 'oligarchic elite' refers to people who are several notches above – and more hidden from public view in their enormous wealth and their secretive exercise of 'social engineering' – than what is typically understood by the term 'ruling elite', or simply the 'elite'. The latter often refers to the generally affluent 1% of any society, the super-rich, more interested in being rich and running corporations than in 'social engineering' agendas, and many among them can be found in the Forbes' richest people listing. These super-rich, and how they hide their massive wealth, pay little or no income and inheritance tax, while still accumulating and controlling their purses across generations, can be read about in Ferdinand Lundberg's 1968 classic The Rich and the Super-Rich.
But one will never see a Rothschild name, or David Rockefeller listed in Forbes annual billionaires list. That's perhaps because they are trillionaires, with all their massive wealth legally hidden behind private tax-exempt foundations, trusts, and in their opaque ownership of private and family-owned banks, which in turn own many a private central bank which issue the currency of developed nations as national debt secured by public taxation! Once they control the money supply of the nation, they effectively control the nation. This ultra-rich oligarchy of the West musters vast sums of private and public monies for social engineering – the study and control of public behavior. They administer untold funds, influence, and policy prescriptions through their tax-exempt foundations, think-tanks, and through their control of supra national organizations, lending agencies, governing bodies, and through the never-closing revolving door between government (regulatory bodies) and military-industrial complex. They make the laws to suit their enterprise, be it for profit, or for primacy. That is not call piracy; it is called empire. This grotesque reality of law and legality based on the fiat of power was ably captured by St. Augustine of Hippo in 4th century AD:
When the King asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: 'the same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.'”
The financial oligarchy in modernity are the 'king makers' who craft their 'errand boys' to do their private policy bidding behind the facade of elected representatives of the people. The executive, legislative, judiciary, press, and foreign office all implement their base policies in an incestuously self-reinforcing group-think whose championing is rewarded with opportunities to advance, and which never changes despite all the policy squabbles between the Republicans and the Democrats, or the Socialists and the Capitalists, or the Left and the Right, etc. The insignificant differences in the overarching scheme of things are greatly amplified to portray “change” by the corporate newsmedia which also marches to the tunes played by the Mighty Wurlitzer in the same incestuously self-reinforcing group-think. Which is why the core policies and the core narratives in fact never change with the change in governments of any Western nation, but especially the United States of America. The most pertinent example of this is the Global War on Terror, the World War IV that is rapidly changing the face of the entire planet towards global governance. From George Bush the Republican to Barack Obama the Democrat, the election platform sold to the public was indeed of “change”. That base deception upon which a lifetime of warfare has been based, is aided and abetted by other controlled-chaos situations and their supporting narratives, such as global warming blamed on human production, global financial collapse blamed on shortsightedness, global pandemics blamed on nature, and perhaps even global alien invasion in the near future to be blamed on extraterrestrials. All enabling the piece-meal transformation of the planet towards a one-world government. This is empirical reality which is visible to anyone. But few intellectuals in the world wish to see it, speak of it, or like to hear a spade being called a spade:
Caption Modernity and the fable of the three wise monkeys: hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil (image via wikipedia)
Caption Modernity and the fable of the three wise monkeys: hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil (image via wikipedia)
To unmask them all before fait accompli is Project Humanbeingsfirst's categorical imperative – i.e., before it's all a done deal.
Ex post facto, narrators and historians can rehearse the deceptions and its scholarly disentanglement in the comforts of one-world government. And of course laugh their way to fame and fortune just as today's narrators call it erudite scholarship to openly rehearse the settlement of the Americas and the genocide of millions of its indigenous peoples.
Even the sixth graders in elementary schools today throughout the North American continent learn of the choice between the gattling-gun (force) and the small-pox laden bacteriological warfare (treachery) magnanimously offered to the indigenous natives, without batting their own eye-lids or offering a few tears in compensation.
Detachment from history and from previous generations who inflict crimes upon the 'lesser humanity', the untermensch (German word for 'lesser peoples', the unworthy, the disposable, the sub-human), evidently washes away both the evidence and the guilt. But not the bold, sometimes truthful, and often sanitized narratives which become openly public, and their narrators, lauded scholars and touted academics.
In the transition to the modernity of today, the euphemisms have become considerably refined with the march of Western civilization. It is now the more egalitarian choice between “democracy” (euphemism for force) and “revolution” (euphemism for treachery) under the dialectical “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”, that is being magnanimously offered to the indigenous natives along the “arc of crisis” in the “Global Zone of Percolating Violence”. The objectives unfortunately remain the same as in antiquity – by hook or by crook usurping what does not belong to one. The two quoted descriptive phrases are once again Zbigniew Brzezinski's, respectively from a January 15, 1979 Time magazine article titled 'IRAN: The Crescent of Crisis', and from Brzezinski's already mentioned 1997 book.
Thusly, in the case of our own modernity as well, perhaps only our progeny might also bear truthful witness to the crimes and sham of intellectualism of their hypocritical ancestors – scholars, leaders, military-men, holy-men, politicians, teachers, news-bearers, both in the West and the East, on the left and the right – who hath proclaimed to stand for truth, but who only aided and abetted vile hegemonic power with their own convolutions and confabulations. Modernity du jour is entirely unwilling to unravel their confusing and deceptive narratives.
We must wait a 100 years, or perhaps only 20, before anyone who is a somebody will again truthfully proclaim how new 'smallpox laden blankets' were used to fashion one-world government. Before then, it is all to be dismissed as 'conspiracy theory'.
This is why, as had been self-servingly predicted by the Council on Foreign Relations in 1974:
... it will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”
The myriad manufactured crises which afflict humanity today – from perpetual 'War on Terror' to perpetual Counter Insurgency to sudden Revolutions to Global Financial Crisis to Global Pandemics to Global Warming, perhaps even Global Alien-UFO Landings/Sightings and/or other Intergalactic Catastrophes – are the successive Hegelian mind-fcks, ahem, the “acts” and “deeds” of making current affairs “look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion’ to use William James’ famous description of reality,”.
Each new ‘booming, buzzing confusion’, designed to wear-out the sanity of mankind by plunging them repeatedly into a state of panic, war weariness, and disillusionment, generates the new enabling pretext for creating bigger government with more global laws, thereby inching the world one baby step closer each time towards the Global Governance of the entire planet.
That, all that, in the simplest of terms, is Modernity Simplified to the level of a 'poor-man' (i.e., one with limited ability, or time, or even inclination, to carefully read, reflect, and reason about the period one lives in).
That most straightforward and succinct introduction to reality took less then 2000 words. You certainly won't get that reading a hundred books on current affairs found prominently displayed in Barnes and Noble (the last remaining brick-and-mortar bookstore chain in the United States). Nor in expensive graduate degree programs in International Relations, which are basically designed to fashion a dedicated cadre of useful idiots in the service of empire.
For perceptive readers who already comprehend the natural instinct for primacy among the predator species, and can easily extend its lessons to the greatest of all predators, man, espousing nihilistic will to power rather than any moral sense, the preceding explanation of behind the scenes oligarchic forces orchestrating current affairs for world primacy while maintaining the illusion of “happenstance” in making “contemporary history”, is sufficient to turn on their internal light bulbs with which they may easily navigate modernity on their own.
Others, especially those who feel that something does not quite add up in all the absurdities they are being subjected to in the press, in school, in their profession, in the society, in their daily lives, such as, for instance:
(1) being forced to pass through x-ray body scanners at airports for protection from phantasmal terrorists who can successfully hijack four airliners simultaneously in the sky with merely box-cutter knives, or subject themselves to humiliating body-searches by gloved hands if they “opt-out” from accumulating this deadly doze of radiation they are told is necessary for their own protection;
(2) being forced to open up their private lives to government eavesdropping for further protection from these ubiquitous terror plotters who are so powerful that they can strike anywhere at anytime in the most armed to the teeth superpower state which has ever existed in the history of mankind, necessitating Big Brother to watch over the public for public safety;
(3) being forced to pay for the financial collapse by bailing out too-big-to-fail banks with enormous public debt making these institutions and their executives even richer in the national adversity in which everyone else is made to feel the pain;
(4) or wonder what's wrong with the commonsense of the rulers that they are forcing a global police-state upon the public almost identically with the methods depicted in the Orwellian fable 1984;
etceteras, but they belong to the category of The Poor-Man and just cannot put the complex jigsaw puzzle of modernity together, well, now they know it too. It is not so complex. It just takes a skeptical mind developing keener insights into the modus operandi of exercising primacy with techniques far more sophisticated than used by autocratic kings and absolute rulers of antiquity. Unfortunately, the public mind is often like the child's, unable to fathom the uber tom cat's natural instinct for primacy. This is why Machiavellianness, Plausible Deniability, Big Lie, always succeed.
Caption A gestalt shift in perspective is required to understand primacy (Image courtesy of Desiree L. Rover's Presentation on Vaccinations, Aug 2009)
Caption A gestalt shift in perspective is required to understand primacy (Image courtesy of Desiree L. Rover, Aug 2009)
Swallowing The “Red Pill”
Since you have read this far, you have evidently decided to take the “Red Pill”. So let's swallow it to dive a bit deeper into the rabbit hole and see how primacy engages with political philosophy without a crisp understanding of which, you can never fully comprehend its apparent madness. It is anything but mad --- unless primacy itself is considered mad. It should not be. It is an instinct for unbridled dominance in the higher order primates and arguably underwrites some evolution of the same species on the natural time scale termed “survival of the fittest” through “natural selection” – the nineteenth century cause célèbre of Darwinianists. But social Darwinianists, the neo Darwinian predators who apply “natural selection” to themselves, the Übermensch exercising their “will to power”, wish to accelerate that natural process unnaturally through their quest for full spectrum dominance over all things, all life, all thoughts, and all systems. And that quest for primacy and social engineering poses a real danger to normal peoples and to their civilizations.
That predatory instinct should be treated as the most formidable enemy of mankind and its expression a ruthless virus. Unfortunately, the instinct for primacy has instead been made noble, its expression labeled “foreign policy”, its victims “useless eaters”, its pursuit “sagaciousness”, its scholars “intellectuals”, its strategists “think-tanks”, its authors “national security advisors”, its stooges “terrorists”, its justification just one short sentence: “Hegemony is as old as mankind.”, and its ultimate prize: one-world government. Who dare standup to all that “nobility”?
A majority of rational people among the public who are smart enough to recognize this “nobility”, just slink away from confrontation thinking to themselves that that's how all empires work. All empires throughout history have been driven by their so called “divine destiny”; have harbored no concept of morality except for controlling its public; and pursued their own best imperial interests which have only been checked by other empires doing the same. And they have all disappeared on the sands of time. This present empire is going to be no different, even if it flies the indomitable Stars and Stripes of Pax Americana today. How long will it last? So why bother with who's behind it? Instead, let's just go back to basics of what it means to be human and the purpose of life: to seek the promised Heaven beyond (if religious) and self-actualization (if secular). Either way it is far more productive than standing up to the predators of earth who have always existed, and always shall exist, and also far more rewarding if you go along with their agenda or don't oppose them. All you have to do is to make sure you aren't among the “useless eater” category and you are all set. Only fools with nothing to lose wage revolutions. And where has that got us? We are caught up in even more global tyranny today. So they reason, rather effectively too.
This is the pragmatic crowd of sophisticated survivors who well-understand primacy of the uber privileged class and wish to live for their own narrower self-interests without too much selling of their soul. They easily rationalize away their hearing no evil, speaking no evil, and seeing no evil. These are not ignorant or lazy peoples, but are just too poor in time and inclination to dig any deeper than just that general homey understanding. More often, the few pragmatists who understand the system are themselves so dependent on it feeding them that they have no choice but to be a part of it and to defend its very existence. So thanks for choosing the “red pill” --- if you don't know what that is, see the Hollywood fable “Matrix” where the character Morpheus offers to take the character Neo down the rabbit hole of reality if he took the “Red Pill”, and to let him stay in his dream world believing whatever he wanted if he took the “Blue Pill”.
As the effect of the “Red Pill” kicks in, which it evidently is since you are still reading this, let's dive straight into the rabbit hole to see how deep it really goes and why escaping from it has become so difficult. However, as the Oracle reminds the character Neo in the aforementioned fable: “you have to make up your own damn mind!”
When the absolute rule of gods on earth was challenged by plebeian norms, whereby individual rights and personal freedoms were equated by the Renaissance philosophers with inalienable rights; whereby the West, only just emerging from its Dark Ages, started to harken back to the democratic ideals developed by the Greeks at the zenith of the Hellenic Civilization of empowering the “demos”; and even young thinkers in the Middle Ages boldly started proposing end to tyranny of the gods on earth (for example, Etienne de La Boétie, in his 1523 The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude); Machiavelli was introduced to the Prince to enable exercising the same prerogatives as absolute kings but under public illusions of “freedom”.
Political theories from Plato to Hegel illustrate how the state can easily take over the public mind to govern it with an iron fist with even a measure of their own consent, if the reins of suzerainty are held in the hands of Übermensch. As Goethe, the German philosopher, had trenchantly observed: “none are more helplessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”. Which is why Plato advocated the “philosopher-king” for governing a republic in the best public interest, with the highest moral standards of truth, reaching closest to divine truth, rather than in narrow self-interest. Nietzsche trumped Plato by killing God and advocating man become his own god with his will to power. Nietzsche's one tiny change to Plato's “philosopher-king” has made all the difference to political theories of primacy. It has lent primacy respectability!
Arguably, Nietzsche is effectively Plato except for that one tiny change to “philosopher-king” rule being closest to divine rule. The superman replacing God now defines “truth” itself, and thus its rule is itself “divine”! Reading Plato with that mental substitution of “philosopher-king” being the superman leads to the empiricism of today. Plato had warned of it in his Simile of the Cave where the controllers outside the cave subjecting the cave dwellers to total perception management are indeed Nietzschean superman. Reading Nietzsche with Plato in the backdrop explains a great deal of modernity. It would not be inaccurate to aver that our dystopic modernity is underwritten by the philosophical product of Plato and Nietzsche merged together. The role of state in The Republic was picked up by Hegel with the tiny modification that the state is not defined to serve the people in their own best interest (the platitudinous by the people, for the people, of the people, sold to gullible public), but the people are obligated to serve the state in its best interest. The state is supreme, over the rights of man, and run by superman. This is termed statism. Its continuous growth and expansion with the superman in the driving seat is only natural, and its culmination is automatically world superstate. But at times: (1) illusions of “demos” self-empowerment have to be maintained (“democracy” is usually a good bet); and (2) conflicts and revolutionary times fashioned and manufactured to destroy existing world order in order to raise a new world order from the ashes left behind in the age-old spirit of raising the Phoenix from its ashes (“Hegelian Dialectic”).
The superman often says with his lips exactly opposite to what he does with his hands without any moral compunction. I did not make that up. Here is Arnold J. Toynbee, Director, Royal Institute of International Affairs, (Chatham House) London, in 1931:
We are at present working discreetly with all our might to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. All the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands, because to impugn the sovereignty of the local nation states of the world is still a heresy for which a statesman or publicist can perhaps not quite be burned at the stake but certainly be ostracized or discredited.” -- Arnold J. Toynbee, The Trend of International Affairs Since the War, International Affairs, Nov. 1931, pg. 809
The alert of mind would immediately ask: (1) what is the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London? And (2) why are they speaking of wrestling away sovereignty in 1931 just as they have dismembered the Ottoman empire into small nation-states after the first World War, and are about to dismember the Indian sub-continent and Palestine in the same way after the next World War?
Well, the RIIA in London is the twin sister of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, both offspring of the defunct Round Table which played a crucial role in international geopolitics. in orchestrating war and peace, in the early part of the twentieth century as the privately funded oligarchic arm of Britannia, just like the East India Company was before it. The Round Table was replaced by its cross-Atlantic twins after World War I to better coordinate the oligarchy's manipulation of world affairs. And do you know what the Round Table was, if you have even heard of it?
Founded with Cecil Rhodes immense largesse to bring the wayward child across the Atlantic that had broken away so impetuously, the United States of America, back into the fold of the British empire; and to orchestrate world affairs for perpetual rule by the white Anglo Saxon race with the invisible oligarchy at the top of the rule chain. Once again, the financial oligarchy behind the scenes, the unaccountable superman, managing world affairs from behind the shadows of their political front-men who are groomed into positions of legislative power to do their private bidding by enacting public legalisms in their favor. That's what the Rhodes scholarship is all about for instance, to select and groom the worthy craftsmen of empire.
As for why speak of extracting sovereignty from nation-states on the one hand while these are being carved into existence from defeated empires and former slave-colonies of the British empire, one has to get deeply into the philosophy of conflict as a means of transformation, and the break-before-remake cycles to incrementally create the ultimate world order in which all nations have lost their sovereignty! Yes, one-world government, and that statement, as a reminder, is circa 1931, well before World War II, the Cold War labeled World War III, and this lifetime of Global War on Terror today which is labeled World War IV.
That should also answer the next question to pop into the alert mind: who is it that the famous British historian Arnold J. Toynbee is referring to as the director of RIIA? Who do they represent who “are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands”? The oligarchy that finances the organization through its tax-exempt foundations and private trusts. An alert mind may also wonder how they can lie like that and openly admit to it so unabashedly in specialized publications like International Affairs (and Foreign Affairs, its New York twin)? Because, these are typically only read by the elites involved in the game of international primacy who are more used to the higher order thinking of the higher order primates than the ordinary common man suffering his morals. But the agenda is not a closely held secret, it's all in the open. Yet the public mind is fed on the fodder of nationalism and patriotism in battle fields across the world while global governance is orchestrated behind the scenes by the oligarchic instruments quite openly.
The rich bibliography on this subject goes back to several hundred years, to the natural philosophers, but I am only aware of the actual evidence of conspiracy being unearthed going back to Adam Weishaupt of Bavaria in 1775, at the very founding epoch of the United States of America, and it shows a remarkable continuity of agenda, motivation, and secret cabals across generations and continents, all sharing in one common goal: global primacy of the superman. The empiricism du jour of the unrelenting drive towards global governance under the pretexts of managing crises and conflicts, speaks factually to that long running sport of the gods:
We are living through exceptionally difficult times. Financial crisis and its dramatic impact on employment and budgets, the climate crisis which threatens our very survival --- a period of anxiety, uncertainty, and lack of confidence. Yet these problems can be overcome, by a joint effort, in and between our countries. 2009 is also the first year of Global Governance with the establishment of the G-20 in the middle of financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the Global Management of our Planet. Our mission, our presidency is one of hope, supported by acts, and by deeds.” -- Herman Van Rompuy, EU Council President, press conference Nov. 19, 2009
And why not, as the superman argues? As god, the superman is at liberty to define the social values, laws, rules, morality, news for others, but not be bound by these himself – for he is no longer beholden to, or bound by, the ordinary moral standards of good and evil. He is beyond all that humdrum normalcy introduced by religions which interferes with evolution to create a higher order being and higher order society based on man's reason. He is above all others who subscribe to any divine prescription since he knows that God is dead. He, as god himself, can define morality for others, termed Secular Humanism, but not be bound by it himself as the age-old privilege of gods and supergods. We see that moral relativism in the statement of the United States Supreme Court justice quoted earlier. This is poignantly caricaturized in the Greek myths of the pantheon of gods who treated man as sport, to be played with, often for their own rivalries. Doesn't that have an uncanny resemblance to the gods of modernity, secular and religious, on the throne and the pulpit, elected and inherited, who demand obedience from man, create wars, pestilence, pandemics, financial boom and bust cycles, predictable financial collapses, as sport at the expense of the bewildered public who easily comply with their life and labor under illusions which have been carefully fed to them? Instead of rivalry among themselves, the gods today appear to be rather cooperative among each other in playing their game of primacy for the whole earth as the prize.
An episode of this sport of gods was even witnessed on live television in the Untied States in 2008, when the instruments of the oligarchy compelled the superpower Congress to bailout the financial institutions with trillions of dollars in public debt despite wide spread public resistance to giving such subsidy to the financial oligarchy at the public's expense. Few comprehended the game at that time for none of the financial experts and most read financial rags analyzed the real diabolical purpose for which the bailout was given legally by the United States legislature – to create such unpayable national debt, secured of course with public taxation, that the superpower and its public would forever remain in the clutches of oligarchic control, to be played at will. There is a diabolical Talmudic theory of interest on unpayable debt, forbidden in all religions except in predatory theology, that underlies the empirical control over state and political succession seen time and again throughout history until today:
Give me control of a nations money supply and I care not who makes it laws.”
The United States Congress and President participated in that sporting subversion of their own nation contrary to public interest – and it would not have mattered who were occupying those positions. Every set has, since the founding of the Federal Reserve System in 1913, and will in the foreseeable future, comply with the will of the oligarchy. That oligarchy today proudly extols the virtues of national debt on the US Treasury website as the price of liberty:
The United States debt, foreign and domestic, was the price of liberty.”
What can the hens do when all positions to guard the hen house are always held by foxes who legislate for the superman? No one can rise to those positions of political power except wolves and foxes beholden to the superman.
The financial bailout by the venerable American Congress is veritable proof of that empirical statement. Even the blind academic experts should be able to see it. But evidently don't. And for good reason. Here is W. Cleon Skousen, a former FBI agent, commenting on Carroll Quigley's revelations in Tragedy and Hope of the financial oligarchy orchestrating world government, and explaining how so few can so easily purchase the silence and cooperation of so many:
The real value of Tragedy and Hope … [is the] bold and boastful admission by Dr. Quigley that there actually exists a relatively small but powerful group which has succeeded in acquiring a choke-hold on the affairs of practically the entire human race. Of course we should be quick to recognize that no small group could wield such gigantic power unless millions of people in all walks of life were “in on the take” and were willing to knuckle down to the iron-clad regimentation of the ruthless bosses behind the scenes. As we shall see, the network has succeeded in building its power structure by using tremendous quantities of money (together with the vast influence it buys) to manipulate, intimidate, or corrupt millions of men and women and their institutions on a world-wide basis.” -- W. Cleon Skousen, The Naked Capitalist, 1970, pg. 6
Like Plato had argued for his “philosopher-king” being the natural shepherd of the public 2500 years ago because of his virtue of being closer to truth, Nietzsche too argued in the 19th century that this modern superman knows best due to his higher intelligence and reliance on reason rather than superstition; except that the superman knows best in his own self-interest rather than necessarily public interest now that there is no God and no absolute code of moral conduct. And that is just natural selection at work. The superman is more intelligent, more self-empowering, more adept, than ordinary man. Therefore, he is naturally privileged to become the shepherd. Or, as some argue, the wolf, in sheep clothing. It is admitted openly by the wolves themselves: “some are sheep while others are wolves, we are the wolves”.
Here is one of the wolves at work constructing our “contemporary history” before our very eyes by putting all the preceding political theory of primacy to good use and expecting only rejoicing by future generations for what is ultimately to be raised from the ashes of “total war” – and hopefully you now understand what it is that the wolf claims “our children will sing great songs about us years from now”:
No stages. This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq… this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” -- Michael Ledeen, speaking at the AEI (American Enterprise Institute), 10/29/2001, via
For the superman, ends justify the means. The calculus of primacy permits no moral considerations to interfere, which are left mainly as a lip-service for those too squeamish or feeble-minded to accept higher order thinking of achieving objectives in the military-style. The ends are therefore beyond the calculus of morality, beyond good and evil, and determined solely by will to power. Therefore, any means can be adopted to reach those objectives – because, by definition, the ends are now “noble” since these are defined as such by the new god, the Übermensch, using his superior intelligence and reason. Lies, deception, deceit, in that path is merely “noble lies”. Any mayhem is “noble mayhem”. The invasion of Iraq was based on such “noble lies”, for instance, and even admitted and dismissed by empire as merely an “oops – intelligence failure”! All of 9/11 narrative and concomitant acts of barbarism by empire is based solely on this “noble” ideology of the superman. It affords those flushed with the hubris of unassailable power the license for primacy as “legitimate” social Darwinianism. As they say, only the king can wear the crown, legally. And the king made that law himself.
Ask yourself: does a shepherd ever worry about slaughtering sheep if he has to supply mutton to his customers or for his own feast? The sheep is just a herd, a resource to be managed, bred, controlled, and harvested. And, for that matter, as the aristocratic British philosopher of the oligarchy, Bertrand Russell stylishly observed of the public mind that is reduced to serfdom: it is as likely to revolt against its chains as the sheep revolt against the habit of mutton eating!
Indeed, virtually all of modernity is run by supermen who have killed off God and rule for their own primacy objectives that are now global, by employing diabolical recipes laid out by political philosophers dating as far back as Plato, to Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Hegel, Leo Strauss et. al. These techniques span the full gamut of creating opportunities and situations in the form of crises, catastrophes, war; all harbingers of controlled chaos also called “revolutionary times”. Only during these revolutionary times what is inconceivable in normal times is made realizable. The control of the public mind is key to the successful harvesting of these opportunities for major social transformation. If the superman fails to capitalize on these rare moments, a whole world is lost. I did not just make that up. Here is David Ben-Gurion:
What is inconceivable in normal times is possible in revolutionary times; and if at this time the opportunity is missed and what is possible at such great hours is not carried out – a whole world is lost.”
There is more empirical reality captured in that short description of political theory of modern primacy than in the venerable platitudes of the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran combined --- that's tabulating the belief system of close to three quarters of the earth's population. For it explains virtually all of modernity which no Heavenly Book can. The divine theological prescriptions of virtue of every religion which seemingly occupy so much of man's time to escape from reality, do not claim to be political treatise on techniques of primacy. But rather, as for instance, the Holy Qur'an claims itself to be moral guidance for the virtuous, the Bible is claimed to be moral guidance for sinners, etc. You cannot really comprehend how the mind of modern infamy works by studying virtue. Those seeking to understand the twisted times they live in by studying holy books and in holy sermons, which evidently are many if full occupancy of mosques, churches and temples of every sort throughout the world in this resurgence of spirituality in the age of nihilism is any indication of how people are using their free time, may be better off studying political philosophers instead. Beginning with Plato's Simile of the Cave in The Republic, one would immediately realize that religion in the hand of superman is just another tool of primacy. Mosque occupancy since 9/11 for instance has increased many fold --- and what do they rehearse there? The 'good Muslim' vs. 'bad Muslim', 'moderate Islam' vs. 'militant Islam' Hegelian Dialectic (!) without a clue as to how that controlled narrative being broadcast from the pulpit is in fact the imperial narrative manipulating their mind. And consequently, controlling their behavior in getting the Muslim public alongside the world public “United We Stand” with empire's barbarianism.
Obedience is the operative watchword in whatever “ism”, statism, barbarianism, patriotism, nationalism, religionism, secularism, globalism, communism, socialism, and yes, also capitalism which is dominated by global MNC sharks today as the corporate army of Western power bloc much like the East India Company was an instrument of power for Britannia for over 200 years. Some argue that MNCs are indeed the new rulers of the world but they misperceive. The MNCs are only the supra-national instruments alongside the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the WHO, by which the oligarchy rules not just our national but also our daily lives.
Insights as you have hopefully gained in this short space already, you cannot, do not, and never can, get in any normal academic setting, or from the news, or from the intellectuals of empire unless you are being groomed for the role of primacy, for all live off the largesse of empire manufacturing both consent and dissent to control the public mind. Normal people don't read any of that stuff, let alone understand it, but the superman does! Which is why it is hard for the public mind to fathom the mind of superman, or comprehend its tortuous scripts of mass behavior control.
A straightforward and rather objective litmus test of the real existence of this ubiquitous control system is readily available to anyone. After all, empiricism is an easily verifiable adjudicator of truth or falsity of any falsifiable proposition. Try pursuing a free inquiry into the HolocaustTM in any academic, professional, or arts and letters setting in any nation in the West. I believe in Europe and Canada you are still put in jail as of 2014 if you reach an intellectual conclusion other than the one legally sanctioned. In the United States you at least cannot find professional employment afterward if you can even survive the ordeal at the hands of the ADL. All the vaunted freedoms of the West which permit burning the Holy Qur'an, making fun of the Prophets of Islam, including Jesus, suddenly stop at the doorsteps of the HolocaustTM gas chambers. The same sacred cow sanctification process is being applied to 9/11. Apart from what the public is made to believe through ubiquitous narrative control, what they so easily subject themselves to at American airports is open for all to see. The added force of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, issuing a stern warning to skeptics hasn't quite helped that great intellectual and personal freedoms of the West being shoved down every nation's throat:
I am aware that there is still some who would question, or even justify the offense of 911. But let us be clear. Al Qaeeda killed nearly 3000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women, and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet Al Qaeeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries, to try to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated. These are facts to be dealt with.” -- President Obama, Cairo Egypt, June 4th 2009
Few comprehend that diabolically scripted play of obedience training for complete conformance to authority in the new world order. In fact, virtually all choose to just accept it as the new fact of life without a second thought --- as expected, that from Act I, if you can get the public mind to accept absurdities, you can get it to accept any atrocity, including its own servitude, and those born afterward will know nothing better. It is already well understood by social engineers that none will even have the inclination to put it all together after it has been in play a few years as it would have become force of habit, sort of like Pavlovian training. Taking shoes off at long security check-posts automatically, without being asked, is evidence of the success of this instance of training. So is the number of protests launched with the TSA by the traveling public. The last time I checked the statistics reported on TSA website, which was in 2010 or 2011 I believe, shockingly less than 0.5 percent of the millions of people going through US airport body scanners or enduring the physically intrusive pat-downs and body searches, had filed a complaint.
The easy acceptance of that vile absurdity is an undeniable fact of engineered obedience training, like all the rest of social engineering the world has witnessed since 9/11. And it all began by simply accepting the official narrative of 9/11 of threat from “militant Islam” spun ubiquitously by the Mighty Wurlitzer and its assets. Just like the HolocaustTM before it, this too has quickly become a presuppositional axiom behind every public thought as well as public policy, both domestic and international, in virtually every nation on earth --- even including Iran and Russia which judiciously refrain from calling the Big Lie for what it is in all their opposition to the hegemony of the United States. I have never understood this --- if they were real antagonists of the superpower, this Big Lie is the singular Achilles' heel of all liars for any nation to call a spade a spade and initiate its effective take-down.
Its absence worldwide only indicates that all international enmities themselves are fabricated, controlled, synthetic, having freedoms only in saber-rattling and orchestrated warfare following the convoluted political theories of crisis creation which is pivotal in social engineering for seeding transformation. The manufactured crisis is real or remains mythological is immaterial as both require that the public mind believe it to be real and posing an imminent danger to its well-being. Its success relies on two plus two making five to the public mind. And all efforts are made in that direction. Therefore, two plus two making four is suppressed, just as we see is transpiring in the ubiquitous narrative control which is now global, across civilization and national boundaries. It is the one thing which unites earth minds today: the threat of 'al-Qaeda', once stateless, now rising in the form of 'IS'. Thus creating more opportunities for “total war” for Oceania.
As George Orwell argued through the pen of Winston Smith in his famous fable Nineteen eighty-four, conveying through the mind of the beleaguered protagonist an important and timeless axiom:
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
The essays in this book are but a sensible glimpse into that twisted modernity based on commonsensical observations and assiduous study of current affairs as an unwilling participant being forced to live these times day by day, forced to believe two plus two make five, forced to accept absurdities for social acceptance, rather than as a historian who may perhaps discover more accurate facts and linkages in the future with the advantage of time, ex post facto, after the fact, but who can never comprehend the atmosphere and the life pressures which only participants feel and live.
Thus, it is, in some sense, a forensic compilation of “contemporary history” now in the making; probably a non sequitur for seasoned historians for whom contemporary is not history and history is not contemporary. As Carroll Quigley observed in his Preface to Tragedy and Hope, a revealing book from which I quote at length in some of my essays:
sensible historians usually refrain from writing accounts of very recent events because they realize that the source material for such events, especially the indispensable official documents, are not available and that, even with the documentation which is available, it is very difficult for anyone to obtain the necessary perspective on events of one's own mature life.”
Seeing past the hands that record the deeds of “history's actors”
Unfortunately, the official history inherited by posterity is almost always written by scribes of empire, and for cases of conflict and war, by the victors and their Mighty Wurlitzer. This constitutes the principal source material for subsequent generations of historians, academics, intellectuals, and also propagandists, to opportunistically play their own interpretations in self-interest and self-promotion, as well as for the control of the public mind in the guise of scholarship, religionism, nationalism, patriotism, psy-ops, and anything else that makes for an appropriate “doctrinal motivation” for each penmanship. This official narrative of history, while enjoying the advantage of time and official documents, has already sanitized away much of the grotesque reality, the often hidden forces and covert motivations driving events over time and space but cleverly masking the linkages among them from public view, leaving its official narrators to win lofty accolades as their scholarly contribution to human knowledge of what went on in the past. Even if the records were accurate, or a Sherlock Holmes pieced the puzzle together, absolutely nothing can be done to rectify any matter once it is history. This reality of imperial power was most ably captured by the White House senior advisor to president Bush while speaking to the New York Times correspondent Ron Suskind in 2004:
'...“That's not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”...'
We see that two principal invariants afflict history and its recording: (1) it is already fait accompli and recognition of this invariance is crucial in Machiavellian schemes of “imperial mobilization” by “history's actors” as is boldly admitted by the White House senior advisor in the passage quoted above for continually creating “new realities” of the Global Fourth Reich on the ground (see the Third Reich's equally honest version a few paragraphs hence) ; (2) the whole truth of the matter of all the motivational forces and hidden from view sub-events that led to the recorded events of history are lost and replaced with convenient narratives, or, as is sometimes the case, get buried in mounds of competing narratives such that separating chaff from wheat is a gross epistemological problem beholden to biases, partisanship, and subjective interpretations. In other worlds, there is a gross signal to noise ratio problem between what is recorded by historians and what really happened. This is all but a truism which is carefully ignored by history writers. We can see this for the best of historians throughout the ages – they have usually omitted to explain what they have omitted, including the articulation of their presuppositions, their axioms, and their own bent of mind which naturally colors their perception of what they do record.
The late Edward Said at Columbia University gave an excellent illustration of this ingrained perception bias in his seminal study titled: Orientalism. While that book details the biases of Western hubris, no dominant civilization readily escapes such incestuously self-reinforcing imperial hubris: the promotion of its values and the belittling of all others. It becomes as naturally ingrained as the love of mom and dad. The bold admission of the reality of this superiority complex is just as cold as the preceding chutzpah of “history's actors”. Here is Thomas L. Friedman writing selective truth in A Manifesto For a Fast World in the New York Times of March 28, 1999:
As I have noted before, globalization and economic integration will act, to some degree, as a restraint on those states that are plugged into the system and dependent upon the electronic herd. It's true that no two countries that both have a McDonald's have ever fought a war since they each got their McDonald's. (I call this the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention.) But globalization does not end geopolitics -- the enduring quest for power, the fear of neighbors, the tug of history. What globalization does is simply put a different frame around geopolitics, a frame that raises the costs of war but cannot eliminate it.
That is why sustainable globalization still requires a stable, geopolitical power structure, which simply cannot be maintained without the active involvement of the United States. All the technologies that Silicon Valley is designing to carry digital voices, videos and data around the world, all the trade and financial integration it is promoting through its innovations and all the wealth this is generating, are happening in a world stabilized by a benign superpower, with its capital in Washington, D.C.
The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist -- McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. ''Good ideas and technologies need a strong power that promotes those ideas by example and protects those ideas by winning on the battlefield,'' says the foreign policy historian Robert Kagan. ''If a lesser power were promoting our ideas and technologies, they would not have the global currency that they have. And when a strong power, the Soviet Union, promoted its bad ideas, they had a lot of currency for more than half a century.''”
In his deceptive ode to the superpower and its globalization process being the peace-maker: “What globalization does is simply put a different frame around geopolitics, a frame that raises the costs of war but cannot eliminate it.”, Thomas Freidman of course only admitted half of the whole truth. He did not bother to mention the diabolical drive towards one-world government of the oligarchy by way of that same globalization process which is privatizing the world under the protection of the same “iron fist” (as if it is a closely held secret). Nor did he mention the use of that “iron fist” of the “United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.” for forcing a global transformation towards one-world government by manufacturing global wars and global crises as catalysts for that transformation. How could the Jewish scholar tell the whole truth just yet... he is part of the same shell game to make the public mind that the events of history are mainly by happenstance and not orchestrated by the use of the “iron fist” whose reach is global. The system supports him in his omissions and no one respectable who is published in the New York Times will dare call him on it – as they are all in that con game together.
Which is why narrators abound --- it is pretty safe to be a historian so long as one does not plagiarize too much --- for they don't need to get it objectively right at all unlike other builders of material things. They can say and write pretty much anything which the powers of the day openly favor, value, reward, or are not too averse to being made public, often regurgitating what they read or believe from the official sources anyway, which is itself often a regurgitation of those who went before... in an incestuously self-reinforcing myth-making for their own civilization. Historians and scholars in the service of empire play a key role in social engineering; defining the public ethos and reinforcing the desired belief system for both their own time and for posterity. So, let's put this to the test of empiricism to adjudicate upon the veracity of all that has been stated.
For instance, history writers across the world today are writing the recent history of how Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda took down America's landmark WTC towers in the heart of New York city with mere box cutter knives!
What is the epistemology of that entire absurd narrative which is now being cast into written history that even school children come home rehearsing, and must reproduce in answer to exam questions in order to pass the exams? It has put the religion of Islam and Muslims into a negative spotlight, demonizing and marginalizing a world religion as inspiring evil and evil-doers. Just look at how many scholars, intellectuals, poets, statesmen, newsmen, push that absurd narrative on the public mind! The epistemology of 9/11 is in fact no different than Hitler's narrative in yesteryear; his public lament of the Polish terrorists attacking a German radio station in wanton disregard of international law, known as the Gleiwitz incident, which forced his hand to reluctantly launch the military invasion of Poland to protect Germany from terrorists. Had Germany won World War II, no historian in the world would have acknowledged that it was actually a self-inflicted Operation Canned Goods. But the victors of World War II today openly disclose the German psychological warfare and terrorist operation to fabricate an international pretext to invade Poland. The American war correspondent in Berlin in 1939, William Shirer, on sensing the war averse mood of the German public after its horrifying experience of World War I which they still nursed, and upon which the years of Nazification of Germany was in fact based, noted in his diary on the eve of World War II and published his analysis of the “contemporary history” he had witnessed in his seminal work The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in 1961:
Hitler knew the answer well. Had he not the week before on his Bavarian mountaintop promised the generals that he would 'give a propagandist reason for starting the war' and admonished them not to 'mind whether it was plausible or not'? 'The victor', he had told them, 'will not be asked afterward whether he told the truth or not. In starting and waging a war it is not the right that matters, but victory.'”
That, and precisely that, is the axiomatic but unstated reality of history writing. It is the reality of power to control the narrative through its official documents, and its mouthpieces, in every age, in every era, in every civilization. Only another victor can offset it, and only to the degree that suits its own hegemonic purpose. This sense of pretense at fair-play by victors in their revealing the unspeakable crimes of the vanquished with much fanfare when sitting in judgment over them, is termed victor's justice. Indeed, this hard reality is now almost an invariant of Machiavellian power, of simply omitting to tell the truth in official narratives and official documentation. When historians use this as their source material, garbage-in composed of half-truths, propaganda lies, and mythical narratives written specifically to pass on to posterity as public history, pretty much begets garbage-out. No amount of scientific method applied to the study of history can subsequently extract the whole truth which was not included in the records to begin with, or is made inaccessible under the official state secrets act, or is marginalized when victims of that history put their anguish to pen. That crucial lying by omission leads to a self-selecting crippled epistemology for historians coming later in time. Which is why history can be both bunk, and a forensic crime waiting for Sherlock Holmes. It is rarely the whole truth.
But for “contemporary history” not touched by “sensible historians”, despite its closeness in time to rapidly breaking and often terrifying events of international import, and therefore, by necessity, “any such formulation inescapably contains a germ of falsehood — and hence must be tentative — the attempt represents an advance toward at least a partial understanding” when something can surely be done to interdict its fait accompli. That quote is from Zbigniew Brzezinski's Between Two Ages, another revealing book which hammers away at modernity arguing its villainy inescapable:
Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. . . . There are times when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all power to understand itself and has no standard, no security, no simple acquiescence.”
I obviously don't accept that latter formulation or I wouldn't be laboring as I am. Contrary to Zbigniew Brzezinski's erudite prose which underlies the many compositions of the Mighty Wurlitzer, as the generation caught Between Two Ages on The Grand Chessboard, we, the “untermensch” bearers of “Human life”, have neither lost the power to “understand”, nor lost the power to overturn the coercive “simple acquiescence” to artificially induced transition period of “real suffering”. That understanding, and overturning, is the raison d'être for this book.
This approach to modernity however, to examining it as “contemporary history” so that something can be done before hard facts and new realities are irreversibly established on the ground, is not my unique discovery. It is shameful that for over 200 years, the rebel and the savant alike, have been warning mankind of the curse of world government clandestinely in the making. In our generation we are precariously perched on its outer rim and rapidly closing in. In fact, the figurehead EU Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, on November 19, 2009 openly admitted in his first press conference in Brussels after being appointed president, that finally, 2009 was “the first year of Global Governance”. To me, from my plebeian perch on Mt. Fuji, it looks like a done deal, unless more people of sturdy mental constitution and moral fibre become aware of the villainous machinations behind this modernity and feel less inclined to 'United We Stand' with it. That is the purpose of this book.
A Recommended Reading short-list is at the end for those inclined to seek independent evidence of these machinations behind our modernity. It is all in plain sight! Only its courageous reporters today, as in the past, are calculatingly dismissed as “malcontent”, “conspiracy theorist”, “kook”, “mad”, “anti-Semite”, suffering from “emotional or mental illness”, an “oppositional defiant disorder” exhibiting a pattern of “negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures” requiring psychiatric care and confinement in state hospitality center. Failing that, of course a “terrorist”!
Why so much verbiage for unpeeling “truth's protective layers”?
A few thoughts on the extraordinary length of The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity is surely in order. Who has the time to read it all, never mind struggle to understand it perceptively?
While primacy as a predatory concept is itself rather straightforward, the modus operandi to achieve it is not so simple. As the mere glimpse into its machinations afforded here must already betray to the alert of mind, it is most diabolical in its construction. It takes commensurate due diligence and wherewithal for its accurate deconstruction.
Brevity may be the soul of wit, but as Aldous Huxley aptly captured it in his 1958 Foreword to Brave New World Revisited,
[t]he soul of wit may become the very body of untruth. However elegant and memorable, brevity can never, in the nature of things, do justice to all the facts of a complex situation.”
Undue brevity especially cannot do justice to the complex facts and hidden motivations which impel current affairs, political science and history. These come wrapped in layers upon layers of deception by both, the “history's actors” who orchestrate “contemporary history” and protect its underlying reality from public disclosure by every means at their disposal, and the narrow self-interests of the narrators and ex post facto historians who make a good living off of repeating what's been carefully left behind for public consumption.
Whereas, excessive brevity requires simplifications, which in turn necessitates omissions. And omissions become the very soul of distortion and half-truths instead of bringing forensic clarity in this sea of Machiavellian lies, half-truths, mythologies, and obfuscation.
To ensure that simplistic and pat formulations of brevity do not mask the uber sophisticated psychological, political, financial, economic, scientific, and military methods with which modernity is being Machiavellianly choreographed to extract freedom from the very consciousness of the guileless herds of humanity, sufficient elaboration is a necessity of the task at hand.
But how much is too much?
Once again, as Aldous Huxley examined the matter:
But life is short and information endless: nobody has time for everything. In practice we are generally forced to choose between an unduly brief exposition and no exposition at all. Abbreviation is a necessary evil and the abbreviator's business is to make the best of a job which, though intrinsically bad, is still better than nothing. He must learn to simplify, but not to the point of falsification. He must learn to concentrate upon the essentials of a situation, but without ignoring too many of reality's qualifying side issues. In this way he may be able to tell, not indeed the whole truth (for the whole truth about almost any important subject is incompatible with brevity), but considerably more than the dangerous quarter-truths and half-truths which have always been the current coin of thought.”
Consequently, the one accusation which continues to stand against Project Humanbeingsfirst is its unwillingness to err on the side of too much brevity, too much abbreviation, while continuing to bring as cogent and as coherent an analysis with full substantiation of evidence in as simple a form as is practical. In striving to tell the whole truth to the best of its author's capacity about every matter it touches, considerably more words than many individuals have time for have been penned in its few short years and are available on its website. For those challenged by time or inclination to imbibe such high potency intellectual vitamins to their fullest absorption, which evidently is upwards of 90% of the public in every nation calculatingly weaned on 15-second attention spans to ensure that they remain engaged between bread and circuses only, a minimalist expansion has been cherry-picked in The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity - Oligarchic Primacy for World Government.
It is hoped that this compendium unraveling the full spectrum mind-fck, ahem, perception management, of the public mind, will tickle the reader's angst sufficiently to want to pursue some due diligence of her own. Empiricism betrays however, that even whole encyclopedic knowledge and exposure to the world does not automatically lead to a change in behavior or mind-set. Only the courage of one's convictions does. You can read books all day long, listen to endless hours of inspiring talks and lectures on the internet with rapt attention, seek wise counsel from your chieftains and pontiffs, travel the world from continent to continent, and it may not change your behavior one bit. However, the tickling of self-preservation fears will almost always instinctually lead to an immediate change in behavior! Unless of course one is too invested in enjoying one's own servitude. Co-option is a pattern of human behavior anytime self-interest is tickled. As is harboring socialized beliefs and values. Tickling public self-interest and seeding perspective distortion by implanting and harvesting false beliefs in society are the first tools of Machiavelli.
As difficult as giving up unwarranted beliefs may be, I hope that the gestalt shift in perspective which The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity will surely induce in the more alert of mind, body and spirit, will help them perceive the world from the predatory eyes of the tom cat pictured in the book's opening pages. Nothing ever alters the tom cat's primacy instincts just because its prey refuse to recognize it.
The predator is always waiting, watching, scheming, conniving.... before pouncing – the inveterate “hectoring hegemon”!
Others have explored this topic of primacy as well. The unusual book (for which its author states that Zbigniew Brzezinski tried to suppress its publication) explores the beguiling behavior of this sociopathic predator of modernity: Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes by Andrew M. Lobaczewski ( ). It predates Martha Stout's study: The Sociopath Next Door which also documents the empirical observation that the smartest sociopaths today don't come with horns advertised on their head. They don't all look like Charles Mansion for instance. They appear rather normal, are often even very charming, driven. But they show as much moral compunction in achieving their objectives as the conniving fox, and often tend to rise to lead their domain as its authority figures. We see them proliferate from corporate CEOs to political leadership. They are sort of like the lovely girl next door who is looking for a rich husband and will stop at nothing. The foolish prey however get to see what she is really like only after they become her meal ticket. The perniciousness of these super-intelligent predators who remain beyond good and evil (unless victor's justice catches up to them) is examined in these two studies. What these sociological books do not betray however is the role of the oligarchy behind the scenes in controlling and manipulating these public front-men to serve their own private global interests. This lapse was fortuitously rectified by the front-man for the banking oligarchy himself, Col. Edward Mandell House, in his fictionalization of a political reality in which he actually stage-managed the White House and its occupant, President Woodrow Wilson, titled: Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow 1920-1935. The Public Relations for which was stage-managed by psychologist Edward Bernays, brilliantly leading to awarding their prized patsy president who had so easily: (1) overseen and signed into creation the financial oligarchy's singular Trojan Horse into the United States, its Federal Reserve System; (2) signed the oligarchy's favorite security bond, the levying of income tax upon the American public; (3) and taken the isolationist industrial powerhouse into World War I resulting in the deaths of millions but secured by all that public debt to the bankers; the Nobel Peace prize! Additional material is listed in Recommended Reading.
The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity endeavors to seek a coherent whole that is greater than the sum of its parts from what is typically only available to the most diligent researchers in libraries, and only if they can bring to bear the perspective of primacy to their own understanding of the empiricism of modernity. Few are able, or willing, to do that analysis-synthesis for their own comprehension, let alone for the public's education. Indeed, the finest intellectuals appear to be just as beholden to the favors the system bestows upon them for playing ball, whether manufacturing consent or manufacturing dissent (the latter the most diabolical of the lot and therefore given significant space in this book), as the common man is beholden to his mind lock between bread and circuses.
In what is continually made to appear to the public mind as the chaotic and revolutionary times of today, the sociopathic predator operates with the most devilishly cunning Hegelian Dialectics to run circles around the prey, alternately shocking and exhausting it into accepting what's planned for it. The wily predator cornering its prey with full spectrum control of the victim's five senses, its appetites, carnal desires, has shrewdly anticipated all the typical behavior patterns displayed by the victims in a large population sample, and is thus easily able to preempt entire societies and civilizations:
There will be no day of days then when a new world order comes into being. Step by step and here and there it will arrive, and even as it comes into being it will develop fresh perspectives, discover unsuspected problems and go on to new adventures. No man, no group of men, will ever be singled out as its father or founder. For its maker will be not this man nor that man nor any man but Man, that being who is in some measure in every one of us. World order will be, like science, like most inventions, a social product, an innumerable number of personalities will have lived fine lives, pouring their best into the collective achievement. ...
Nor does it alter the fact that even when the struggle seems to be drifting definitely towards a world social democracy, there may still be very great delays and disappointments before it becomes an efficient and beneficent world system.
Countless people, from maharajas to millionaires and from pukkha sahibs to pretty ladies, will hate the new world order, be rendered unhappy by the frustration of their passions and ambitions through its advent and will die protesting against it.
When we attempt to estimate its promise we have to bear in mind the distress of a generation or so of malcontents, many of them quite gallant and graceful-looking people.” -- H. G. Wells, New World Order, 1940, Chapter 12
The only escape from its Orwellian death-jaws that entice its gullible prey with the Newspeak of a “beneficent world system”, is for the victims to collectively, in large numbers, change their own typical behavior pattern from what's already been anticipated – indifference and loving their own servitude as per the Fable of the Bees – BEFORE world government is a fait accompli.
Only full spectrum alliances can create the full spectrum deterrence necessary to offset the forces driving for the full spectrum dominance of the planet. Pretty soon there will not be any generation caught between two ages left to form those alliances. All will be born in the new age. None will experience any real discontent if the oligarchy succeeds in getting the obedient and managed one-world it wants.
Today, an effective self-defence can only be launched at national and international levels, not individual level, with brave nations unwilling to accept the primacy of the internationalist sociopaths riding the superpower du jour, collaboratively breaking through the stifling web of international controls and coordinating their global resistance under uncompromising strong leadership to survive the Grand Chessboard.
I don't see that most obvious self-defense transpiring even in 2015. In fact, I don't even see the once sovereign nations speak of the real enemy besieging their nations with manufactured “revolutionary times”. They uniformly echo the dominant narratives in few variations. This state of affairs can only mean:
(1) national and international level leaders, politicians, scholars and opinion-makers, are already in on the world government game in most nations that are of any strategic or tactical significance, i.e., they are knowingly and wittingly working against their own peoples for the narrow interests of the oligarchy ;
(2) patriotic fools and useful idiots who haven't got a clue have been planted to rule the public mind and the absence of any real resistance speaks to the veracity of this conclusion.
If The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity lends a clue to at least those who are well-intentioned but egregiously misled into driving in the wrong lane with blinders on, it would have served some purpose. Its full purpose however would only be served when commensurate acts of courage are undertaken in national and international self-defence to match the crisper and perceptive understanding of the motivations actually driving modernity to dystopia.
Thank you for daring to read further. All that which follows in The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity is just more and more details of every aspect sketched out in the preceding handful of words. If only there existed in my time even a tiny handful of political and intellectual leaders of courage to really take on the first-cause forces driving modernity to dystopia. Just one would have been a sufficient majority!
The Plebeian Antidote to Hectoring Hegemons,
Zahir Ebrahim
California, United States of America
September 11, 2015

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