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Complots of Mischief, Charles Pidgen, Well worth reading. Here is a reading. Complots of Conspiracy, Pidgen Conspiracy Theory Snobbery. SCADS
“Nature rejects the monarch, not the man; The subject, not the citizen; for kings And subjects, mutual foes, forever play A losing game into each other’s hands, Whose stakes are vice and misery. The man Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame A mechanized automaton. Nature! -no! Kings, priests and statesmen blast the human flower Even in its tender bud; their influence darts Like subtle poison through the bloodless veins Of desolate society. The child, Ere he can lisp his mother’s sacred name, Swells with the unnatural pride of crime, and lifts His baby-sword even in a hero’s mood. This infant arm becomes the bloodiest scourge Of devastated earth; whilst specious names, Learnt in soft childhood’s unsuspecting hour, Serve as the sophisms with which manhood dims Bright reason’s ray and sanctifies the sword Upraised to shed a brother’s innocent blood. Let priest-led slaves cease to proclaim that man Inherits vice and misery, when force And falsehood hang even o’er the cradled babe, Stifling with rudest grasp all natural good. 44 1v ‘War is the statesman’s game, the priest’s delight, The lawyer’s jest, the hired assassin’s trade, And to those royal murderers whose mean thrones Are bought by crimes of treachery and gore, The bread they eat, the staff on which they lean. Guards, garbed in blood-red livery, surround Their palaces, participate the crimes That force defends and from a nation’s rage Secures the crown, which all the curses reach That famine, frenzy, woe and penury breathe. These are the hired bravos who defend The tyrant’s throne -the bullies of his fear; These are the sinks and channels of worst vice, The refuse of society, the dregs Of all that is most vile”;
Shelly, Queen Mab.
9/11 in Academia Film.
Peer Review Vs Trial By Twitter
Posted on March 8, 2020 by timhayward
This past week has seen some unedifying academic-on-academic hostility on Twitter, with a storm of haughty criticism being whipped up in response to publication in the journal Alternatives of a paper by Dr David A. Hughes. Perhaps because I know first hand what it feels like to be publicly smeared for touching on inconvenient questions, I have felt impelled to speak out against this intimidatory conduct.
Pablo Novi says:
October 25, 2021 at 4:45 pm
teachjap btw, is it correct to assume that you ARE Terry Byrne? THANX for the quick and considered response / clarification! I now see what your main point is: that EMPHASIS being placed on the characterization of US foreign relations as those of a “war-criminal” nation MIGHT be a more effective (short-term) teaching tool for the previously unconvinced.
A bit of my personal/political history. 1965 (my 3rd year in 4-year high school): I attended my very first (of what would become, eventually, literally hundreds of) peace-justice demonstrations. It was a Pro-Palestinian / Anti-Zionist one – and, as the typically brain-washed 15 year-old US-ian that I was, I went there to oppose them. The organizers convinced me that I had things completely backwards (mostly due to the simple historical fact that the state of Israel was killing 100+ times as many Palestinians as they were killing Jews – any force capable of that kind of a one-sided slaughter, HAS TO BE an evil one. I’ve been a heavy-duty supporter of the Palestinians (and opponent of Zionism) ever since – some 56 years!
But, it was during the hours immediately AFTER the presentations that I really got my first real political education. This Anti-Vietnam-War Movement activist spent a couple of hours with me; and she convinced me that not only was the US 100% in the wrong there; but that this was not due to any would-be “mis-informed” US President or leadership – it was conscious and inevitable, because it was US monopoly-capitalism / U.S. IMPERIALISM. (The absolute brutality / mass genocide that she documented that the US was committing there just scandalized / shocked me completely – curing me of my “peace-love” hippie nature on the spot).
That evening, reflecting on that afternoon, I became an Anti-War activist – eventually (between 1965 and 1975) dedicating over 20,000 hours of voluntary work to help stop that slaughter of 2-3 million innocents by “my” government. I’ve remained quite active in such causes ever since; including the 9/11 Truth Movement. (see my website and it OP post for “my”: so-called “9/11 Truth UNITY Manifesto”, titled, “End ALL The Wars & Police States, NOW!”)
imo, one of, if not THE, most important negative lessons I/we learned (or should have learned) about our activism amongst the masses is that: while we DID make a small but significant contribution to the Vietnamese liberation forces’ victory (as they themselves acknowledged) – because we didn’t emphasize the IMPERIALIST NATURE of the U.S., despite all our massive efforts, the moment that war was over “the 2-3 million revolutionaries in the U.S.” (as reported by Newsweek magazine – the leading newsweekly in the US at that time) – those progressives were essentially lost (vis-a-vis perhaps 99+% of them never returning to activism against further US wars of aggression).
Thus, my big concern for the need to, yes, use the word Imperialism when describing US foreign relations.
P.S. I agree with all your points about just how rapacious (#1) the U.S. has been.
Ronald Watson says:
October 25, 2021 at 8:29 pm
The United States of America was founded in 1776. It is now 2021. Since their founding 245 years ago, the USA has been at WAR for 226 of those 245 years. Astonishing, but nevertheless TRUE. Most of those almost incalculable number of WARS were WARS of AGGRESSION or EXPANSION ( Imperialism ) and since WWII to fuel their Military Industrial Complex ( the backbone of their economy ). The USA along with their cohort Israel have caused more suffering and death than ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD since WWII and both countries continue to do so.