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

Introduction: Modernity Simplified
Caption 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).
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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 psychological pathocracy – 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 ubermensch (German word for superior, above all others), 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 psychological 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 democratic instincts of the modern public into accepting the unpleasant totalitarian agendas of the ruling oligarchy. “What is inconceivable in normal times is possible in 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 then offer only those solutions which result in bigger government, incrementally leading to one world government:
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 those proclaimed by a United States Justice before its Supreme Court, prevail:
'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, or David Rockefeller listed in Forbes billionaires list. That's perhaps because they are trillionaires, with all their massive wealth legally hidden behind private tax-exempt foundations, multiple 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! These ultra-rich can muster vast sums of private monies for 'social engineering', and administer untold funds through their tax-exempt foundations and think-tanks. They are the proverbial 'king makers' who craft 'errand boys' to do their policy bidding in the executive and legislative offices.
To unmask them all before fait accompli is Project Humanbeingsfirst's 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 'untermenschen' (German word for 'lesser peoples'), 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 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, 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).
The essays in this book are but a sensible glimpse into that twisted modernity based on commonsensical observations and assiduous study of facts and events as an unwilling participant being made to live them day by day, rather than as a historian who might surely discover more accurate facts and linkages in the future, but who can't comprehend the atmosphere and the life which only participants can feel and live. Thus it is, in some sense, a “contemporary history”, probably a non-sequitur for seasoned historians for whom contemporary is not history, and history is not contemporary. As Carroll Quigley noted 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.”
Unfortunately, the official history is almost always written by the victors and their Mighty Wurlitzers, constituting the source material for subsequent generations of historians, academics, and also propagandists. This lauded history, while enjoying the advantage of time and official documents, has already sanitized away much of the grotesque reality, the often hidden forces and motivations driving events and masking the linkages among them, leaving its erudite narrators to win lofty accolades as their scholarly contribution to human knowledge when absolutely nothing can be done to rectify any matter.
But for “contemporary history”, despite its closeness in time to rapidly breaking and 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'ĂȘtre 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 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”!
A few thoughts on the extraordinary length of this book is surely in order. Who has the time to read it all, never mind endeavor to understand it perceptively?
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 adequate justice to the complex facts and hidden motivations of matters impelling current affairs, political science and history. These come wrapped in layers of deception of both, the “history's actors” who enact it, and the narrow self-interests of the narrators and historians who bring it to the public. Both are subject to the orchestration of the Mighty Wurlitzer. 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, and obfuscation.
To ensure that simplistic and pat formulations of brevity do not mask the uber sophisticated psychological, political, financial, scientific, and military methods with which modernity is being Machiavellianly choreographed to extract freedom from both the consciousness as well as the existence of the guileless herds of humanity, sufficient elaboration is essential.
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 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.
That minimalism has still exceeded 1200 pages on the mere sampling of vastly different topics plaguing modernity to demonstrate the singular unity of the common purpose behind its dysfunction: the Oligarchic Primacy for World Government.
It is hoped that this humble compilation on full spectrum mind-fck, ahem, perception management (to be more pedantic for those who prefer syntactic sugaring), will tickle the reader's angst sufficiently to want to pursue due diligence on their own for their own sake!
Empiricism betrays however, that even whole encyclopedic knowledge 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, and it will 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 vested in enjoying one's servitude. Like the brilliant fellow in The Fable of the Bees, who clearly only lacks the courage of his own convictions, and not knowledge nor brain-power.
Nevertheless, I hope that the gestalt shift in perspective which The Poor-Man's Guide to Modernity will 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. You are the next meal in the fishbowl! My very first piece of public writing in April 2003 observed that primacy instinct of the sociopathic predator to be the obvious fact of the matter. This job advertisement in December 2011 by the US Military further validates it. Nothing ever alters the tom cat's predatory instincts just because its prey refuses to recognize it. The predator is always waiting, watching, scheming, conniving.... before pouncing – the inveterate “hectoring hegemon”! See the unusual book (for which its author states that Zbigniew Brzezinski tried to suppress its publication) in order to understand 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 ( ). And today, as is deconstructed in the many essays that follow, it's done with the most devilishly cunning Hegelian Dialectics and psychological warfare that simply run circles around the prey, alternately shocking and exhausting it into accepting what's planned for it. The wily predator cornering its prey has shrewdly anticipated all its typical behavior patterns and is therefore trivially able to preempt it:
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.” (New World Order – H. G. Wells, 1940, Ch. 12, WORLD ORDER IN BEING)
The only escape from its death-jaws is for the victims to collectively, in large numbers, and atypically, change their own behavior pattern from what's already been anticipated – from abject indifference and enjoying their servitude to sagacious preemptive self-defense under mutually beneficial full spectrum alliances – BEFORE it is fait accompli.
This can only be accomplished at national levels with brave nations unwilling to accept the primacy of the internationalist sociopaths, breaking through the stifling web of international controls already inflicted upon them, and coordinating their resistance effectively under uncompromisingly strong national leadership, to survive the Grand Chessboard.
Thank you for daring to read further.
The Plebeian Antidote to Hectoring Hegemons,
Zahir Ebrahim
1st Edition, June 2011
California, United States of America
7th Edition, Thursday, August 01, 2013
22nd Ramadan in Pakistan, Muslim year 1434
Islamabad, Pakistan

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