“if you are digging up history. You have to dig it all up. If they dig up 60 years , I will dig up 600. If we go back far enough in the history. Always, there will be some grievance, and I´ll fight on him, I´ll fight on you, I´ll fight on everyone. Where is the beginning? I cannot find it?
Dig up all the problems and you will find they have a root cause in one place: Greed. Where there is greed, there is no satisfaction”
Reject the Tyrant not the Man. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Revolt of Islam , Introduction and Canto 1
A central lack of fibre. Either moral or physical around which myths of debt are spun. As spiders spin webs and weavers warp clothe. Spartan Ephors of prudence pass judgement on all and stand above and astride the law. Dispensing injustice and taking clothes off the backs of The freezing and food out of the mouths of the hungry. Passing judgement on those who perform real work, asking always for more and demanding to pay less.
So draw the bow of truth with intentness in the eye,
Seek out the irreducible posits, the epistemological gods of homer. If there be one free miracle let the ephors explain the rest. What is this power of usury? Where did this power come from ? Who is it exercised for and to whom do you ephors of usury answer to ? And now let me ask. How do we take this power away? Only then we shall see good faith and brotherhood restored to the commons.
©RogerG Lewis 2016
Wise Directions, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Bourgoise House slaves of the OLigarchy
This poem is about the pedagogy of the oppressed it represents all that I have come to understand about representative democracy and the disjoint between Power, Power relations and Political Power. Politicians claiming Democratic objectives in the interests of the Constituents of the communities they represent but actually patronize. This is the Tension between Elites from Grande Bourgeois to Petit Bourgeoise and their aversion to all forms of popular expressions of solidarity by the Working Class. Anything outside the boundaries set by the Bourgeoisie sensibilities and aesthetic mores of the Political and Chattering classes is deemed vulgar and viscous in the Vice full sense.
As with the revolution, the resolution will be Live.
We interrupt your discord to bring you this resolution
from popular consciousness.
MARCH 2, 2015
On the May 2015 Election, Bear in mind that if you wish to see some policy from Central Government or indeed Local Government that answers the needs and wants of the regular citizen i.i me and you! Politicians have to be made accountable. By Voting for Mainstream Parties one effectively resigns oneself to the model described in the Quotes below ( quotes from Roy Madron, Super Competent Democracies).
‘Democracy is that institutional arrangement for arriving at political decisions in which individuals acquire the power to decide by means of a competitive struggle for the people’s vote’.” Joseph Schumpeter, Quoted from Roy Madron, Super Competent Democracies who in turn Cites. “Participation, and Democratic Theory” by Carole Pateman. Dr Pateman says that Schumpeter and his followers: … set the current Anglo-American political system as our democratic ideal (with) a ‘democratic theory’ that in many respects bears a strange resemblance to the anti-democratic arguments of the last (i.e. 19th) century. No longer is democratic theory centred on the participation of ‘the people’; in the contemporary theory of democracy it is the participation of the minority elite that is crucial and the non-participation of the apathetic, ordinary man lacking in the feelings of political efficacy, that is regarded as the main bulwark against instability.´´
JUNE 24, 2016
By Definition in a 72% turnout where the Right Wing is no more than 50% i.e the tories (Cameron had 24% of the election in May last year.)excludes a generalisation that this vote was decided on narrow jingoistic matters of immigration in an argument carried by the far right. ( Bear in mind that UK one nation Toryism is very different in character to American Exceptionalism. Many of the Left such as myself advocated reform of both the EU and of Westminster. Neo-Liberalism is what the British people have rejected a very substantial part of the remain vote also abhor Neo-Liberalism.
Let us not forget US geopolitical interests have pushed the Uk from post-WWII to engage with the EU. This is not about Xenophobia or racism or left or Right it is about demanding proper respect of democracy with consent to government coming from the people, not the other way around.
The Syria bombing vote was the first sign That Westminster was getting it that the electorate was fed up with being ignored, low poll turnouts were a symptom of this realisation paradoxically the very high turnout in the Referendum is also a symptom of this realisation and discontent. This is a process as is democracy participative democracy is always a process and the potential for a change in direction opens up not just for the Uk but for the rest of Europe with this vote in the UK to Leave.
The Scots position is interesting as is the Irish Nationalist position. Wales, Cornwall and England outside of metropolitan London overwhelmingly voted for out. This is good news for the peoples of Europe full stop. The US population should take a leaf out of the British book and start to make and hold their political class and Presstitute class accountable. Neo-Liberalism and Neo-Conservatism stem from the Washington and Wall Street Elite, US foreign policy ( Take Ukraine, Libya and Syria as recent examples IRAQ 2, is, of course, the biggie but US meddling in European politics is a bad idea. European populations are simply not so accepting of the hierarchical pecking order as the US society is in general due to lots of historical reasons well explained by Carol Quigley in Tragedy and hope. This vote is one of Hope not a tragedy of narrow jingoism. Time will tell.
“Rise like Lions after slumber In unvanquishable number- Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you Ye are many they are few.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Masque of Anarchy: Written on Occasion of the Massacre at Manchester a little blog on the nature of representative democracy.
Notes on Queen MAB JUNE 26, 2016
As that of truth is now.
‘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.
“There is but one truly philosophical problem, and that is suicide,” the text began. I winced. “Whether or not the world has three dimensions or the mind nine
or twelve categories,” it continued, “comes afterward”; such questions, the text
explained, were part of the game humanity played, but they deserved attention
only after the one true issue had been settled. The book was The Myth of Sisyphus and was written by the Algerian-born philosopher and Nobel laureate Albert Camus.
APRIL 20, 2017
Reject to the narrative of smaller parties holding the government to ransom, Democracy is not about Winner takes all, stuff everyone else once the bidding is over. Democracy should be a consultative inclusive process sensitive to all needs and wants across the whole spectrum of society, cultural, political and Economic. It is non-sensical in a functioning democracy to claim that minority views should not be heard where a case is made. Is it a democracy where a minority voice is able to be ignored? Many minority and yet Right minded voices have been ignored and taken for granted for far too long in British policies a hung parliament with a Coalition or more informal supply and support arrangement is precisely what British Democracy needs. Balance is the key to life itself and no less in political life where power should be balanced by accountability and alternative voices with access to full checks and balances against excessive lurches in favour of special interest groups. So go ahead and vote for what you believe in and if that delivers a Hung Parliament so much the better. A well-hung parliament signifies virile democracy.
“A beastly ambition, which the gods grant thee t’
attain to! If thou wert the lion, the fox would
beguile thee; if thou wert the lamb, the fox would
eat three: if thou wert the fox, the lion would
suspect thee, when peradventure thou wert accused by
the ass: if thou wert the ass, thy dulness would
torment thee, and still thou livedst but as a
breakfast to the wolf: if thou wert the wolf, thy
greediness would afflict thee, and oft thou shouldst
hazard thy life for thy dinner: wert thou the
unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee and
make thine own self the conquest of thy fury: wert
thou a bear, thou wouldst be killed by the horse:
wert thou a horse, thou wouldst be seized by the
leopard: wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to
the lion and the spots of thy kindred were jurors on
thy life: all thy safety were remotion and thy
defence absence. What beast couldst thou be, that
were not subject to a beast? and what a beast art
thou already, that seest not thy loss in
― William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens
JUNE 18, 2017
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Episode 12 Democracy, Leadership, Commitment; The Age Of Uncertainty (1977)
Part 1 1964-1974.
Iain Banks Opens the discourse with a defense of science as secular religion offering a belief system which he compares to “A thinking persons songs of praise”.. Next Homi Bhaba attests to the narrative power of scientific progress and the film cuts to an episode of Horizon from 1968, Blackman White Science. The european tradition of rational enquiry confident in its belief that nothing is beyond analysis and explanation, the Developing world the episode tells us wants “Our” science and cuts to a Story telling teacher passing on an oral cultural tradition ” Which they are sure to remember”
The film then cuts back to the City of the future exhibit of general motors at the New York worlds fair and Arthur C Clarke tells us that there is one thing we can all be sure about the future” It will be fantastic!”
So for negotiating this Labyrinth, I offer this rather long, although informative, Ball of String ( As Ariadne gave to Theseus), a Dialogue that was published in the early seventies of a disputation between Skousen and Quigley,Authors both of Two Books dealing with the same material as dealt with here on this site and by extention the Novel , “The Conquest of Dough”
So take good head of the Old Poem, The Elephant of Hindustan and Read this dialogue ,
“The government which the imperfect constitution of our representative assembly threw into the hands of a few aristocrats, improved the method of anticipating the taxes by loans, invented by the ministers of William III, until an enormous debt had been created. In the war against the Republic of France, this policy was followed up, until now, the mere interest of the public debt amounts to more than twice as much as the lavish expenditure of the public treasure, for maintaining the standing army, and the royal family, and the pensioners, and the placemen. The effect of this debt is to produce such an unequal distribution of the means of living, as saps the foundation of social union and civilized life. It creates a double aristocracy, instead of one which was sufficiently burthensome before, and gives twice as many people the liberty of living in luxury and idleness, on the produce of the industrious and the poor.
An Address to the People on The Death of the Princess Charlotte (1817). By Percy Bysshe Shelley. From the 1880 edition of The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley in Verse and Prose, edited by H. Buxton Forman.
We Pity the Plumage but Forget the Dying Bird
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Like Pope we find our actors
´´All, all alike, find reason on their side´´
mais par impatience de souffrir
On the present discontents, Burke opined
Henry George Peace by Standing Army or Debauched by Robber Barons and Bankers
“There is a Grain of Sand in Lambeth that Satan cannot find”,
The Treaty of Westphalia
It´s always nice to be able to quote a bit of Shelly,
Castlereagh appears with other members of Lord Liverpool’s Cabinet in Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy, which was inspired by, and heavily critical of, the Peterloo massacre:
I met Murder on the way –
He had a mask like Castlereagh –
Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven bloodhounds followed him
All were fat, and well they might
Be in admirable plight,
For one by one, and two by two,
He tossed them human hearts to chew
Which from his wide cloak he drew.
Carol Quigley is very good on the public opinion point in Tragedy and hope he says this.
Quigley’s words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lack
of realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretence that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this is regrettable, but behind their
reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”
I am also reminded as I write this of the Truth and reconciliation process in Post-Apartheid South Africa,
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
April 1996, East London, South Africa
On the first day
after a few hours of testimony
the Archbishop wept.
He put his grey head
on the long table
of papers and protocols
and he wept.
and international cameramen
filmed his weeping,
his misted glasses,
his sobbing shoulders,
the call for a recess.
It doesn’t matter what you thought
of the Archbishop before or after,
of the settlement, the commission,
or what the anthropologists flying in
from less studied crimes and sorrows
said about his discourse,
or how many doctorates,
books and installations followed,
or even if you think this poem
There was a long table, starched purple vestment
and after a few hours of testimony,
the Archbishop, chair of the commission,
laid down his head, and wept.
That’s how it began.
it is “Who you know and what you believe that counts” The Semi Establishment Pelagianism of Bremain. #Brexit #Brino #DominicCummings “Cynics saw what people could be and were angered by what they had become; Timonists felt humans were hopelessly stupid & uncaring by nature and so saw no hope for change”. #antiestablishmentarianism
It occurred to me today that politics has become a Business as has Government and everything else, which when I was at school, that which used to come under the Catch all Subject area of “Civics“. Narratives and Branding, Focus groups and Polling and Modelling. Much of the content of what is packaged as the political component is actually exported between markets and the various snake oils and lubricants are shipped under the Political Captains sporting what can only be described as Hollowed out dummy Vessels flying Flags of Convenience.
hence it follows,
that, to subject the labouring classes to unnecessary labour,
is wantonly depriving them of any opportunities of intellectual
Improvement; and that the rich are heaping up for
their own mischief the disease, lassitude, and ennui by
which their existence is rendered an intolerable burthen.
true pension-list is the rent-roll of the landed proprietors:
they demand from us but a slender portion of industry. If
wealth is a power usurped by the few, to compel the many
to labour for their benefit. The laws which support this
system derive their force from the ignorance and credulity
of its victims: they are the result of a conspiracy of the
few against the many, who are themselves obliged to
purchase this pre-eminence by the loss of all real comfort.
The commodities that substantially contribute to the sub-
sistence of the human species form a very short catalogue,
these only were produced, and sufficiently produced, the
life, may be devoted to the cultivation of the understanding,
species of man would be continued.
I get Angry and not a little confused
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An extract from “Queen Mab” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
Earth floated then below;
The chariot paused a moment there;
The Spirit then descended;
The restless coursers pawed the ungenial soil,
Snuffed the gross air, and then, their errand done,
Unfurled their pinions to the winds of heaven.
The Body and the Soul united then.
A gentle start convulsed Ianthe’s frame;
Her veiny eyelids quietly unclosed;
Moveless awhile the dark blue orbs remained.
She looked around in wonder, and beheld
Henry, who kneeled in silence by her couch,
Watching her sleep with looks of speechless love,
And the bright beaming stars
That through the casement shone.
Taken from Book IX of “Queen Mab”, the closing words of the poem.
Spoken by Surya Bajracharya.
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The Poem was produced by a series of thoughts which filled my mind with unbounded and sustained enthusiasm. I felt the precariousness of my life, and I engaged in this task, resolved to leave some record of myself. Much of what the volume contains was written with the same feeling, as real, though not so prophetic, as the communications of a dying man. I never presumed indeed to consider it anything approaching to faultless; but when I consider contemporary productions of the same apparent pretensions, I own I was filled with confidence. I felt that it was in many respects a genuine picture of my own mind. I felt that the sentiments were true, not assumed. And in this have I long believed that my power consists; in sympathy and that part of the imagination which relates to sentiment and contemplation. I am formed, if for anything not in common with the herd of mankind, to apprehend minute and remote distinctions of feeling, whether relative to external nature or the living beings which surround us, and to communicate the conceptions which result from considering either the moral or the material universe as a whole. Of course, I believe these faculties, which perhaps comprehend all that is sublime in man, to exist very imperfectly in my own mind.
In a letter to a publisher, Shelley wrote on 13 October 1817:
The whole poem, with the exception of the first canto and part of the last, is a mere human story without the smallest intermixture of supernatural interference. The first canto is, indeed, in some measure a distinct poem, though very necessary to the wholeness of the work. I say this because, if it were all written in the manner of the first canto, I could not expect that it would be interesting to any great number of people. I have attempted in the progress of my work to speak to the common elementary emotions of the human heart, so that, though it is the story of violence and revolution, it is relieved by milder pictures of friendship and love and natural affections. The scene is supposed to be laid in Constantinople and modern Greece, but without much attempt at minute delineation of Mahometan manners. It is, in fact, a tale illustrative of such a revolution as might be supposed to take place in a European nation, acted upon by the opinions of what has been called (erroneously, as I think) the modern philosophy, and contending with ancient notions and the supposed advantage derived from them to those who support them. It is a Revolution of this kind that is the beau idéal, as it were, of the French Revolution, but produced by the influence of individual genius and out of general knowledge.
The conversation has revolved and we find
Revolution plagiarized its past mistakes.
In Consensus the three Voices resolve and with your contribution dear reader a fourth part, harmonIsed. Or perhaps we as yet have to find a resolution , play on and seek new voices for our symphony of freedom is not yet written and least wise played freely with authentic joy.
Others we invite TO ,
Percy Shelley said Lind to be, “…exactly what an old man ought to be. Free, calm-spirited, full of benevolence, and even of youthful ardor: his eye seemed to burn with supernatural spirit beneath his brow, shaded by his venerable white locks, he was tall, vigorous, and healthy in his body; tempered, as it had ever been, by his amiable mind. I owe to that man far, ah! far more than I owe to my father: he loved me, and I shall never forget our long talks, where he breathed the spirit of the kindest tolerance and the purest wisdom,”
The world’s great age begins anew,
The golden years return,
The earth doth like a snake renew
Her winter weeds outworn:
Heaven smiles, and faiths and empires gleam,
Like wrecks of a dissolving dream.
Oh, cease! must hate and death return?
Cease! must men kill and die?
Cease! drain not to its dregs the urn
Of bitter prophecy.
The world is weary of the past,
Oh, might it die or rest at last!
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
― Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Usury Hells Fuel Mans Oppressor New Reading and Introduction
But in periods of the decay of social
life, the drama sympathises with that
decay. Tragedy becomes a cold imita-
tion of the form of the great master-
pieces of antiquity, divested of all
harmonious accompaniment of the
kindred arts; and often the very form
misunderstood, or a weak attempt to
teach certain doctrines, which the
writer considers as moral truths; and
which are usually no more than spe-
cious flatteries of some gross vice or
weakness, with which the author, in
common with his auditors, are infec-
ted. Hence what has been called the
classical and domestic drama. Addi-
son’s “Cato” is a specimen of the one;
and would it were not superfluous to
cite examples of the other! To such
purposes poetry can not be made sub-
servient. Poetry is a sword of light-
ning, ever unsheathed, which consumes
the scabbard that would contain it.
Time was, a sober Englishman would knock
His servants up, and rise by five o’clock,
Instruct his family in every rule,
And send his wife to church, his son to school.
To worship like his fathers, was his care;
To teach their frugal virtues to his heir;
To prove, that luxury could never hold;
And place, on good security, his gold.
Now times are changed, and one poetic itch
Has seized the court and city, poor and rich:
The Clouds: A Comedy of Ideas – Satirizing Socrates
The Tragedy of Coriolanus – Act 1, Scene 1
Coriolanus: Universal Soldier – Summer of Shakespeare
Blues Man in life of the mind Feat Cornel West
From Caligari to Hitler: Imagining the Tyrant – Between the Lines
Not This Kalergi.
Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear: A Movie About No Thing – Summer of Shakespeare Fan Pick #2
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Absurd – Summer of Shakespeare Fan Pick #3
Hecuba Screams ( In Memory of a friend)
But late on the pinnacle of fame,
strong in my many sons.
now exiled, penniless
Lucrecia defiled , lies dead
persecutors were exiled,
the poorly rich
changed from kings to consuls.
But, the poorly rich,
so wanteth in his store,
That, cloy’d with much,
he pineth still for more.
#2 But late on the pinnacle of fame, strong in my many sons. now exiled, penniless.”
[Ovid, Metamorphoses. Xiii
And when fortune overturned the pride
of the Trojans, who dared everything, so that
both the king and his kingdom were destroyed,
Poor wretched captured Hecuba,
after she saw her Polyxena dead
and found her Polydorus on the beach,
was driven mad by sorrow
and began barking like a dog…
“if you are digging up history. You have to dig it all up. If they dig up 60 years , I will dig up 600. If we go back far enough in the history. Always, there will be some grievance, and I´ll fight on him, I´ll fight on you, I´ll fight on everyone. Where is the beginning? I cannot find it? Dig up all the problems and you will find they have a root cause in one place: Greed. Where there is greed, there is no satisfaction”Guru Guruji,
Quoted from “Towards” Unity by Stuart Hastings.