Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Virtual Reality in Declining Empires

May 11, 2014

The British Empire, in it’s day the greatest empire in world history, in it’s dying moment as the dominant world power gave rise to JRR Tolkien. Tolkien wrote about the militant (and non-militant) forces of good militarily (and non-militarily) defeating the forces of evil, at the precise moment when the British were no longer (in their eyes) going to be able to continue to do that.

In the United States Tolkien wasn’t popular until the Vietnam War, which began the decline of the American Empire, which followed the British as the dominant global power and eclipsed them, holding half of global wealth at it’s peak. The Society for Creative Anachronism, formed during the horrors of extensively applied chemical destruction in Vietnam, honored pre-industrial society (pointedly, the age before such chemicals could be mass produced) and Tolkien, with Dungeons and Dragons following shortly thereafter.

When Tolkien moved to the virtual, “fantasy” sphere he continued the British military tradition of cleansing the world of evil for the sake of the empire (again, how they saw it).

One can’t for the most part read a book over and over again. Dungeons and Dragons was a step up in technology from books, allowing players to experience the joys of cleansing evil many times over, initiated at the time when such cleansings were thought to no longer be possible in reality.

In neither society did people stop to question whether the cleansings are right to do in the first place. So of course when the cleansings stop being viable in reality they were merely moved to the virtual sphere, and this has continued to the present day with 80% of mainstream games featuring killing as the primary mode of gameplay, usually of either monsters or “the enemy” and often in effectively genocidal manner.

The Old English meaning of “pioner”

May 15, 2010

pioner in Old English is “a foot soldier who marches in advance of the army to dig trenches and clear the way; a digger or miner

pioneer in modern English is “one who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle” but the analogy with the old meaning is precise – European pioneers in America for example were “clearing the way” for the “army” of European expansionists.

The french revolution as myth

December 31, 2009

By the mid 18th century the Western Empire with the exception of the United States (which would have it’s Manifest Destiny imperative until WWI) was tapped out. The world had been conquered, the Age of Expansion was nearing it’s end, and this empire needed to create a new type of human being, replacing the then-current aggressive masculinity.

Goethe was the first philosopher of this new age, an age marked by supposed uncertainty and despair. He wrote “The Sorrows of Young Werther” which caused a sensation in a culture believing itself without identity.

Goethe openly embraced femininity, but not as a challenge to the existing power structure – as a way to perpetuate the empire.

For Goethe poetry was a means of self-therapy.

This “without identity” in fact was, and still is, the identity. Existentialism does not pose a problem – Existentialism is a *solution*. The empire needed to move from an expansive to a static condition. It needed to stop its outward focus and look inward, for which Goethe was the first model and ideal citizen and later, Nietzsche the fanatical buffoon.

The need to perpetuate this “static condition” meant that humans became static slaves. Not just the exploited humans, but the exploiters as well. The 18th century saw the beginnings of totalitarianism, bureaucracies, and serious psychology.

What better way to introduce a new age of slavery than a grand gesture of freedom? So 15 years after “The Sorrows of Young Werther” began the french revolution. It’s purpose then was the same as now – to convince the Western Empire that it’s free.

To convince humanity that monarchs are the tyrants, whereas the tyrannical need to maintain the empire (a need perpetuated by the ruling class regardless of it’s details) is written out of the history books entirely – one of the great crimes of Western Civilization.

To be “civilized” means to be created by the Western Empire for it’s own purposes. When we look at Americans, or Germans, or Brits today we see not evolution but imperial *production* – humans molded to support the needs of the empire.

This is why wealthy imperialists whine about their non-existent problems, have “addictions”, go to endless self-therapy or psychiatric sessions, neurotically spin tales, have “issues” or “bad hair days”, hide their “true” selves. None of it is real but yet all of it is real – it fulfills the real need of making sure they don’t take any action that might harm the empire.

Not everyone is dull enough to watch television all day, another method of being harmless. One can watch TV, play games, “hang out” with friends, raise a family, or be neurotic. It’s all the same thing. It’s a matter of supporting the needs of the empire.

The empire and it’s monstrous citizens are quite clever. They confuse neurotic with “profound”. They bless “friends and family” as “normal” and TV and games they call recreation, unless there’s too much of it in which case they should increase “normal” activities of friends and family.

EVERY aspect of this system is designed to ensure obedience. Not only do Western slaves believe themselves to be free, they fully believe their problems are important, they fully believe their “inward-looking” is indicative of their wisdom and culture, something to be treasured.

*They* are always the correct ones. No debate is necessary.

Anyone who says anything else simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Deluded perhaps, or hateful.
Certainly not to be trusted.

No Paine, No Gain

July 7, 2008


American History, Black History, and the "Right to Bear Arms"

April 23, 2008


Occupational Hazards

April 16, 2008


Great Book – Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism

April 11, 2008

Ha-Joon Chang’s book is excellent – a must read for everyone.

Where Has the Rage Gone?

March 29, 2008


Torture and Democracy

March 13, 2008

Part 1

Part 2

Norman Finkelstein’s “The Holocaust Industry”

March 9, 2008

This is an excellent book about the exploitation of the holocaust for ideological and political gain. Here’s Norman Finkelstein quoting Elie Wiesel:

“The eyes – I must tell you about their eyes. I must begin with that, for their eyes precede all else, and everything is comprehended within them. The rest can wait. It will only confirm what you already know. But their eyes – their eyes flame with a kind of irreducible truth, which burns and is not consumed. Shamed into silence before them, you can only bow your head and accept the judgment. Your only wish now is to see the world as they do. A grown man, a man of wisdom and experience, you are suddenly impotent and terribly impoverished. Those eyes remind you of your childhood, your orphan state, cause you to lose all faith in the power of language. Those eyes negate the value of words; they dispose of the need for speech.” (from The Jews of Silence)

Conversations with History: Robert Fisk

January 21, 2008


Parenti: The Struggle for History

December 20, 2007