Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Terence McKenna mp3s


A huge list of Terence McKenna lectures
available for download.

Jacque Fresco: Future By Design clip


Jacque Fresco: Future By Design clip

A must see documentary, check out the Jacque Fresco label for more.

"We talk about civilisation as though it's a static state, and there are no civilised people yet. It's a process that's constantly going on. As long as you have war, police, prisons, crime, you're in the early stages of civilisation, or what they call civilisation." Jacque Fresco

"All the marvels and wonders of technology can amount to nothing unless it elevates humans to their highest potential, this is the aim of the Future by Design. " Jacque Fresco

Alan Watts: God's Nonsense


Alan Watts: God's Nonsense

Hashish

Semiotics: the study of signs


Semiotics: the study of signs

Daily Conspiracy: Fear is the mindkiller

Newsflash: Hate & fear are not the solution to any problem.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
(From Frank Herbert's Dune)

"We will find that we will not be able to find and kill the last terrorist, because, well, he is a metaphor. And you can't kill a metaphor, you can only turn it into a cliché."
Sherman Alexie

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Anti-Bush Graffiti: 25 Countries, Six Continents



Granada, Spain: Bushiness


Berlin Germany: War is Terror

Elevator Psychology


Elevator Psychology

"Television is Reality and Reality is Less Than Television"


"Television is Reality and Reality is Less Than Television"

From the movie Videodrome.

Templars sue Pope

The descendants of the Templars have sued pope Benedict XVI. The Knights Templar are demanding that the Vatican give them back their good name (lol! the Red Cross wants their good name back) and, possibly, billions in assets into the bargain, 700 years after the order was brutally suppressed by a joint venture between the Pope and the King of France...

Despite the order’s brutal apparent suppression, its legacy has been claimed by numerous successor organisations, and besmirched by popular authors ad nauseum. One of the successors, Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, is apparently recognised by Unesco.

We contacted the UK branch, otherwise known as the The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in England and Wales, to see if they could throw any light on the matter but they have yet to get back to us.

The Grand Priory’s website says the modern organisation is about humanitarian and charity work. There is no mention of the Holy Grail, though it does support the maintenance of the Holy Places.

And if you’re looking for esoteric rites or secret higher knowledge, you’re likely to be disappointed. The website says: “Please don’t expect to be enlightened with some supposed ‘secret’ knowledge, because nothing exists.”

Of course, any conspiracy theorist will tell you that’s exactly what you’d expect them to say.

Masters Of Puppets: Zbigniew Brzezinski - The Man Behind Obama


Masters Of Puppets: Zbigniew Brzezinski - The Man Behind Obama

Olsen seeks immunity over Ledger

I'm sure there's a lot we still don't know about the Ledger case: 'Actress' Mary-Kate Olsen will not speak to investigators about Heath Ledger's death unless she is granted immunity from prosecution.

No special reason, why question such things? It's just that, celebs are better than you regular folk and the law works differently for them :p.

Check this out from Secret Sun, Kunstler about Dark Knight.

Daily Conspiracy: Fear Factory

Fear Factory



Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes."
former President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address to the American public

An ignored warning from a REPUBLICAN president for crying out loud!

(full quote is preceeded by: "...3,5 million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. The total influence; economic, political, even spiritual; is felt in every city, State house & office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. ...")

Monday, August 4, 2008

Talib Kweli - Def Poetry Jam


Talib Kweli - Def Poetry Jam

Aldous Huxley On Language


Aldous Huxley On Language 1 & the rest (5 parts)

update: streaming videos down, check out torrent sites for this lecture.

An excellent must hear talk on language, its limits, the realities it forms and ends wonderfully about constantly evolving our model of reality. This is what this blog is all about! He even suggests teaching children about this, I agree, if we had more awareness about language we would be much less susceptible to propaganda and a lot of corruption in this world could go away. I hope to generate as much awareness about belief systems as I can with more projects in the near future.

The Wise Three that lie

In Belgium there was an 11 year running funny quiz show named 'The Wise Three' or 'The three Wise Men' (De Drie Wijzen), reruns are still airing. Every show featured questions or video segments on which the three Wise Men gave a possible explanation and the two candidates had to pick the right one. The candidate that won got to go the final, where every wise one of the panel (usually consisting of musicians, actors, comedians, etc.) would tell a story and the candidate (and the audience) would have to guess wether they're telling the truth or not. BS detection! ;p Interesting symbolism to have 'wise men' that lie on every episode of a tv show isn't it? ;)

Do they really think the earth is flat?

From BBC News, an interesting look at the BS of the flat-earther:

"On 24 December 1968, the crew of the Apollo 8 mission took a photo now known as Earthrise. To many, this beautiful blue sphere viewed from the moon's orbit is a perfect visual summary of why it is right to strive to go into space.

Not to everybody though. There are people who say they think this image is fake - part of a worldwide conspiracy by space agencies, governments and scientists.

Welcome to the world of the flat-earther.

Our attitude towards those who once upon a time believed in the flatness of the earth is apparent in a new Microsoft advert.

Depicting an olden-days ship sailing on rough seas, presumably heading towards the "edge of the world", the advert is part of a $300m campaign aimed at rescuing the reputation of Windows Vista by comparing its critics to flat-earthers."

lol at Vista, I guess I'm a flat-earther, but only to Microsoft's BS. Who knows about what NASA (Never A Straight Answer) images are fake? :p But as the article author feels, believing the world is flat and horizontally infinite after all these centuries is getting a little silly and has nothing to do with questioning but with believing.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

RadicalChangeGroup: Reality Tunnel podcast

Check out this great podcast about reality tunnels at Radical Change Group: You can stream the podcast here or download it.

Reality tunnel is a term coined by Timothy Leary and popularised by Robert Anton Wilson. The theory states that, with a subconscious set of mental “filters” formed from their beliefs and experiences, every individual interprets this same world differently, hence “Truth is in the eye of the beholder”. (Wikipedia)

  • What is reality? - Our own perspectives of realities & reality tunnels
    • Spiritual
    • NLP
    • Perceptions that we hold true - “Perception engineering”
  • Reality from the scientific & spiritual perspectives
  • Structure of subjective reality
    • NLP: reality strategies
    • Beliefs
    • Values
    • Imprints (response potential)
  • Expanding the definition of reality of NLP
    • NLP: reality of the past
    • Beliefs, Values, Imprints: reality in the now
    • Map of realities: reality of the future
      • Linguistic constructs of realities
        • Visualization
        • Future behavior generator (NLP)
      • Holding reality in the body
      • Submodalities (compare: hopes, dreams, desires)
        • Location, location, location
  • Epistomology - how do we know what we know, how do we know what is true
    • What our beliefs allow inside
  • Summary of perspectives on realities
    • Remembering past (NLP)
    • Beliefs and values
    • How do you return to what is true for you, and yet go through different tunnels of reality
    • The map is not the territory - once you change the map, the territory is transformed
  • How do realities evolve (models)
    • Stages of different realities - 8 circuit model, response potentials
    • Work of Dr. Clare Graves, and the derived work on Spiral Dynamics
    • The chakra system
    • Joseph Campbell: The Monomyth, the Hero’s Journey

Ulysses by James Joyce

"A woful lunatic! Mulligan said. Were you in a funk?"

Read it on a webpage online here or use scribd

Ulysses's groundbreaking stream-of-consciousness technique, careful structuring, and highly experimental prose—full of puns, parodies, and allusions—as well as its rich characterizations and broad humour, have made the book perhaps the most highly regarded novel in the Modernist pantheon. In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Ergos


A buddy of mine once said: "You can't understand God, he's like the architect with his ergos :p"

Daily Conspiracy: Eris

Eris - Planet X?

Note: I don't believe anything on this page (or on my site). Belief is the death of thought, but this shit is too interesting and eyebrow raising to dismiss :p

This is a primer on the 10th planet found in our Solar System. Eris

Its orbit is not discussed in anyway by the authorities, because it is an orbit some say they don't want you to think or know about, because it's headed our way.

"The Mayan's calender date of December 21, 1999, was the beginning of a time of reckoning. It signaled a time when the living universal presence will began calling out our names. To check out how many of her children are awake and attentive. The sensitive ones who are hearing her have little to worry about, alternatively those who refuse to awake and remain narcissistic, careless, and abusive may have everything to worry about."

Michael Tsarion

Object Larger than Pluto Named Eris (click for wiki link)

[The name in part reflects the discord in the astronomical community caused by the debate over the object's (and Pluto's) nature.
And the discord it will possibly cause in our solar system and on our planet. from the wiki)]
By Alicia Chang - Associated Press - posted: 14 September 2006 - 07:50 am ET

LOS ANGELES (AP)-A distant, icy rock whose discovery shook up the solar system and led to Pluto 's planetary demise has been given a name: Eris.

The christening of Eris, named after the Greek goddess of chaos and strife, was announced by the International Astronomical Union on Wednesday. Weeks earlier, the professional astronomers' group stripped Pluto of its planethood under new controversial guidelines.

Since its discovery last year, Eris, which had been known as 2003 UB313, ignited a debate about what constitutes a planet.

Astronomers were split over how to classify the object because there was no universal definition. Some argued it should be welcomed as the 10th planet since it was larger than Pluto, but others felt Pluto was not a full-fledged planet. (Pluto is an astrological sign of Rebellion, if it remained a planet. The coming of Eris - meaning Chaos - would be the 11th planet. 11 is a number of purity, something the authorities are not fond of.)

After much bickering, astronomers last month voted to shrink the solar system to eight planets, downgrading Pluto to a "dwarf planet,'' a category that also includes Eris and the asteroid Ceres. The new definition states that dwarf planets are not really planets.

Meanwhile this week, Pluto received a numerical designation to reflect its demotion to dwarf planet status.

Eris' discoverer, Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology, said the name was an obvious choice, calling it "too perfect to resist.''

In mythology, Eris caused a quarrel among goddesses that sparked the Trojan War. In real life, Eris forced scientists to define a planet that eventually led to Pluto getting the boot. Soon after Pluto's dismissal from the planet club, hundreds of scientists circulated a petition protesting the decision.

Eris' moon also received a formal name: Dysnomia, the daughter of Eris known as the spirit of lawlessness.

Eris, which measures about 70 miles wider than Pluto, is the farthest known object in the solar system at 9 billion miles away from sun. It is also the third brightest object located in the Kuiper belt, a disc of icy debris beyond the orbit of Neptune.

Eris had been without a formal name while astronomers grappled over its status. Brown nicknamed it "Xena'' after the fictional warrior princess pending an official designation. He admits the new name will take some getting used to.

Maybe!

HAIL ERIS!

Discordianism

Discordianism is a modern, chaos-centered religion founded circa 1958–1959 by Malaclypse the Younger with the publication of its principal text, the Principia Discordia. It is widely regarded as a parody religion, and has been called "Zen for roundeyes", based on similarities with absurdist interpretations of the Rinzai school. It recognizes chaos, discord, and dissent as valid and desirable qualities, in contrast with most religions, which idealize harmony and order. The religion is largely composed of whimsical and absurd ideas, though many adherents claim there is a deeper meaning to their flippant attitude. Eris is the matron deity of the religion.

Like it or not, you've just become a Discordian Pope by seeing this image. And now have the power to name anyone you wish a Pope as well.

Religions have Dogmas: established beliefs or doctrines held by a religion, ideology or any kind of organization, thought to be authoritative and not to be disputed or doubted. While in the context of religion the term is largely descriptive, outside of religion its current usage tends to carry a pejorative connotation — referring to concepts as being "established" only according to a particular point of view, and thus one of doubtful foundation.

Discordianism only have Catmas: which are relative metabeliefs ;p

It is difficult to estimate the number of followers and correctly identify Discordian groups. This is because of the anarchist ethic that pervades Discordianism, which is reflected in the encouragement to form schisms and cabals. Additionally, few adherents hold Discordianism as their only or primary faith. Instead, Erisians tend to adopt Discordianism as a complement to other faiths.

The Principia Discordia contains the Law of Eristic Escalation. This law states that Imposition of Order = Escalation of Chaos. It elaborates on this point by saying that the more order imposed the longer it takes for the chaos to arise and the greater the chaos that arises. This can be read as an argument against zero tolerance and hard security, or just a statement about the world.

"Consult your pineal gland" is a common saying in Discordianism. Some Discordians seem to regard the pineal gland as the source of answers to life's most difficult questions. The pineal gland is believed by some, such as Dr Rick Strassman (read this book DMT: the Spirit Molecule), to produce trace amounts of DMT (dimethyltryptamine), a psychedelic chemical which is believed to play a role in dreaming and other mystical states. It should also be noted that the pineal gland was also used in Descartes's explanation of Cartesian Dualism as the "seat of the soul" and the connection between the material and immaterial world. In some cases it is referred to as "the atrophied third eye". It has also been suggested that the third eye (Ajna) physically resides at this location between the two hemispheres of the brain.

The most famous tale of Eris recounts her initiating the Trojan War. The goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had been invited along with the rest of Olympus to the forced wedding of Peleus and Thetis, who would become the parents of Achilles, but Eris had been snubbed because of her troublemaking inclinations.

She therefore (in a fragment from the Kypria as part of a plan hatched by Zeus and Themis) tossed into the party the Apple of Discord, a golden apple inscribed Kallisti – "For the most beautiful one", or "To the Fairest One" – provoking the goddesses to begin quarreling about the appropriate recipient. The hapless Paris, Prince of Troy, was appointed to select the most beautiful by Zeus. Each of the three goddesses immediately attempted to bribe Paris to choose her. Hera offered political power; Athena promised skill in battle; and Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. While Greek culture placed a greater emphasis on prowess and power, Paris chose to award the apple to Aphrodite, thereby dooming his city, which was destroyed in the war that ensued.

Read the Principia Discordia if you can withstand enormous amounts of laughter, FNORD?!


GV searches:
  • Nibiru
  • Eris
  • Planet X
  • Saturday, August 2, 2008

    The Giver

    The Giver is a novel written by Lois Lowry. It is set in a future society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian. The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan which has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of "Receiver of Memory," the person who stores all the memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. As Jonas receives the memories from his predecessor — the "Giver" — he discovers how shallow his community's life has become.

    Not on scribd this one ;) Will have to find your own. Audiobook is available too.

    Read John-Allegro: The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross online







    Read it here on scribd

    Programmed Communication During Experiences with DMT

    I'm gonna be posting a lot of scribd (online books) goodies, I love this site! I'll try to post some more books, linked, excerpts and summaries for a while. Check out this 8 page work by Timothy Leary on the early experiments with DMT, one of the most fascinating entheogens out there (in here). "It was alleged to be the nucleur bomb of the psychedelic family." The li'l book also recounts William Burroughs his fascinating, terrifying and hilarious DMT experience.

    Alien abductions


    Alien abductions

    Mostly in bed... wether this is sleep paralysis, a DMT release, right brain activation, lucid dream of some sort, or real extradimensional visitors? What if its all of the above, or none of the above :p. Until the abductees themselves open their BS to psychological and other explanations, and skeptic vs believer researchers get over their BS too, maybe we'll start getting to the truth. Regression isn't really reliable either. This 7 page excerpt from Everything is Under Control (The Conspiracy Encyclopedia) by Robert Anton Wilson has some great info on the subject.

    Daily Conspiracy: Extremism

    Extremism?

    "A person who is fanatic in matters of religion,
    and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe,
    becomes a person who has no faith at all."
    Alan Watts

    "The War on Terror Terra, Earth."
    Michael Tsarion

    "'We don't talk to terrorists', which by the way is a belief system (BS). Basically rich people don't do their own killing, they hire governments to do it. Poor people have to do their own killing, so they get called terrorists. Rich people are just called rich people with governments, now when they say 'we don't negociate with terrorists' that means rich people won't negociate with poor people. That's all that means. But if the poor people keep up their 'terrorism', their 'war' of liberation, whatever, if they keep it up long enough eventually all the rich people will decide we gotta negociate with them, just like the white South Africans decided they had to negociate with Mandela, the British with Gerry Addams, Israel with Arafat. Eventually they do have to negociate with the poor people and this will happen in this country (USA) too. Though this will be last country in the world probably..."
    Robert Anton Wilson

    Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Amnesia and Music


    Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Amnesia and Music

    I just saw an awesome piece on Oliver Sax the neurologist, on dutch tv. It featured a man struck by lightning in a phone cell suddenly having musical composing ability, a man who grabbed his wife's head cause he mistook it for his hat, and the healing power of music, including alzheimers and amnesia. His book Awakenings about the 1930s Sleeping Sickness epidemic was turned into a movie and he was played by Robin Williams. Check out youtube for more, I can't find much video that's as good as what I saw earlier though.

    Friday, August 1, 2008

    Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising online


    Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising is a guidebook to the exploration of various reality tunnels, breaking through the current one and opening our minds to a whole new world.
    A a guide book of "how to get from here to there", an amalgam of Timothy Leary's 8-circuit model of consciousness, Gurdjieff's self-observation exercises, Alfred Korzybski's general semantics, Aleister Crowley's magical theorems, Sociobiology, Yoga, Christian Science, relativity, and quantum mechanics amongst other approaches to understanding the world around us. It claims to be a short book (nearly 300 pages) about how the human mind works and how to get the most use from one. Wilson describes it as an "owner's manual for the human brain".

    The book examines many aspects of social mind control and mental imprinting; it provides mind exercises at the end of every chapter, with the goal of giving the reader more control over how one's mind works. The book has found many readers among followers of alternative culture as it also discusses the effect of certain psychoactive substances and how these affect the brain, moving on to tantric breathing techniques, holistic approaches and other methods.

    From a scribd summary: A synthesis of Timothy Leary's 8-circuit model of human consciousness with traditional psychology. It will totally change your perspective on the people you consider "stupid."

    Synchromystic Roundup

    The Aghori


    The Aghori part 1 & all parts here

    from the vid info: Aghora (literally, "non-terrifying") is the spiritual path that seeks to negate all that is ghora ("terrible, terrifying") in life. The ghora encompasses all those experiences that most people find intolerable, for almost everyone is as ready to enjoy life's pleasures as they are to avoid misery. Most spiritual advisers admonish their devotees to shy away from the ghora, but aghoris (practitioners of Aghora) embrace the ghora fervidly, for what most terrifies an aghori is the prospect of becoming mired in duality. Aghoris go so far into the ghora that the ghora becomes tolerable to them; diving deeply into darkness, an aghori finally surfaces into light. No means to awakening is too disgusting or frightening for an aghori, for Aghora is the Path of the Shadow of Death, the path that forcibly separates an individual from attachment to every ordinary self-descriptor.

    Aghora's temple is the smashan (cremation ground), where aghoris worship death, the Great Transformer, with a savage, all-consuming love. Those who are enslaved by their cravings think aghoris mad for displaying such ferocity in their quest for knowing. They condemn Aghora's outwardly repugnant practices because they cannot see beneath their ritual skin. If they could but peep into an aghori's heart they would find there an ache for Reality so fierce that no means could be too extreme to achieve it. This ache drives the divine fury, the passionately unrestrained non-attachment to absolutely everything, that is Aghora's hallmark. Aghoris earn their illumination by incinerating themselves moment by moment in their own internal fires, laughingly consuming any substance and performing any activity that might further enkindle their awareness. They seize every moment of life that God offers to them, even a trip to the toilet, as a fresh opportunity to surrender to the One. Good aghoris takes their temples with them as they wander the world, ceaselessly amazed to witness the universe consuming itself in the fires of an ongoing cosmic cremation.

    Aghora like alchemy substitutes for a set recipe of self-development an outline whose details differ for each practitioner. Each aghori and his customs are unique, and in truth all one aghori has in common with another is their degree of intensity and determination. Aghoris become so desperate in their quests that they channel their every thought and feeling into a super-obsession, a single-minded quest to achieve the Beloved. They endeavor eternally to dismember their restricted selves fully, that God may have a free hand to re-member them completely. They die day by day while they are still alive, that by dying to their limitations they can be reborn into the eternal life of Reality.

    Aghoris achieve laser-like focus by learning to awaken and cultivate that evolutionary power that the Tantras call Kundalini. Vimalananda comments, "Ahamkara, your 'I-creating' faculty, continuously remembers you by self-identifying with all the cells in your body and all the facets of your personality. Ahamkara is your personal shakti (power); she integrates the many parts of you into the individual that you are. You develop spiritually when you can cause ahamkara to realize, little by little, that she is actually She: the Kundalini Shakti. This growing realization gradually awakens Kundalini, and as She awakens She forgets to self-identify with your limited human personality. Then She is ready to recollect something new." Robert Svoboda

    Thanks JJ

    Conspiracy Quotes

    Daily Conspiracy: Conspiracy Quotes
    So you think all this conspiracy talk is bs huh?


    JFK Blows The Whistle on Secret Societies

    "While you here do snoring lie, Open-eyed conspiracy His time doth take."
    William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Ariel at II, i)

    "Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty."
    George W. Bush

    "...if the American people had ever known the truth about what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched."
    George H.W. Bush - interview 1992

    "[The war in Iraq is] a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times...a new world order can emerge."
    George H.W. Bush

    "From the days of Sparticus, Weishophf, Karl Marx, Trotski, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire."
    Winston Churchill

    "The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses."
    Albert Einstein

    "If it is not in the media... it did not happen.
    If it did not happen, but is in the media... we believe it has happened."
    Charles T. Tart

    "The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."
    Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli of England (1844)

    "All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order."
    David Rockefeller

    "People yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands."
    David Rockefeller

    "The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans."
    Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli of England (1876)

    "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson."
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way."
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws."
    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

    "The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy."
    Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States

    "Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the US, in the field of commerce and manufacture,
    are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive,
    that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."
    Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States

    "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwillingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated in the hands of a few men."
    Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States

    "The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists."
    J. Edgar Hoover

    "Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an INvisible government owing NO allegiance and acknowledging NO responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul this unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today."
    President Theodore Roosevelt, 1906

    "To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas."
    Brock Chisolm, former Director of the World Health Organization

    We have restricted credit, we have restricted opportunity, we have controlled development, and we have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the world... no longer a government of free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and a vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominent men."
    Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States

    "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
    Henry Ford

    "The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debts."
    Henry Ford

    "Here we're talking about plastic knives and using an American Airlines flight filed with our citizens, and the missile to damage this building and similar (inaudible) that damaged the World Trade Center."
    Donald Rumsfeld

    "And I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon,..."
    Donald Rumsfeld

    "The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen. At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the US government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties."
    John F. Hylan, Mayor New York 1918-1925

    "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
    Josef Stalin

    "Fifty men have run America, and that's a high figure."
    Joseph Kennedy, US Ambassador (father of JFK & RFK)

    "The real rulers in Washington are invisible & exercise their power from behind the scenes."
    Justice Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court.

    "I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insideous forces working from within."
    General Douglas MacArthur

    "We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent."
    Statement made before U.S. Senate Feb. 7, 1950 by James Paul Warburg

    "We're the tools &vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We're the jumping jacks; they pull the strings & we dance. Our talents, our possibilities & our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
    John Swinton (1829-1901) Former New York Times Editor-In-Chief

    "I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election. It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States."
    George W. Malone, U.S. Senator (Nevada), speaking before Congress in 1957.

    "They're gonna make it look like suicide."
    Hunter S. Thompson, one day before his death. He was working on a 9/11 piece.

    "The high office of President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom,
    and before I leave office I must inform the citizen of his plight."
    John F. Kennedy, speaking at Columbia University, 10 days before his assassination

    "All of us will ultimately be judged on the effort we have contributed to building a new world order."
    Robert Kennedy, former U.S. Attorney-General, 1967

    "For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."
    David Rockefeller - From his Memoirs

    "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
    Thomas Jefferson

    "To repress rebellion is to maintain the status quo, a condition which binds the mortal creature in a state of intellectual or physical slavery. But it is impossible to chain man merely by slaving his body: the mind must also be held, and to accomplish this, fear is the accepted weapon. The common man must fear life, fear death, fear God, fear the Devil, and fear most the overlords, the keepers of his destiny."
    Manly P. Hall

    Consensus Trance:
    "If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it."
    Edward Bernays

    "The conscious and intelligent maniplulation of organized habits and opinions of hte mses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power in our country... We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of... We are dominated by a relatively small number of persons... It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind and who harness social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world."
    Edward Bernays

    "The sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. the whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology. The result is that the average individual does not experience the separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those suffer from the same deformation; in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated int he insane society - and he may suffer so much from the incapacity to communicate that it is he who may become psychotic."
    Erich Fromm

    "When in group narcissism, the object is not the individual but he group to which he belongs... The assertion that "my country" (or nation, or religion) is the most wonderful, the most cultural, the most powerful, the most peace-loving, etc. does not sound crazy at all; on the contrary, it sounds like an experssion of patriotism, faith and loyalty."
    Erich Fromm

    George: Why do you keep calling Sheriff Cartwright a commie? If ever a man had KKK written all over his forehead, it was that reactionary redneck prick.
    Mavis: Don't you know your Trotsky? 'Worse is better.' Slobs like Cartwright are trying to discredit America to make it ripe for a left-wing takeover.
    From 'The Illuminatus Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid' by Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea

    "Don’t believe anything you see or hear from the media. Everyone (including me) is intentionally or unintentionally lying to you. The things I say are being related to you through a flawed language system."
    Bryan Kemila

    Google around for more

    Plato's Cave (animated version)


    Plato's Cave (animated version)

    The allegory of the cave is a great metaphor for evolving from the comfort zone belief system to the love of truth.

    Daily Show: Illegally blonde, CNN Songs

    Great episode of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart



    "but I didn't mean to" lol



    The mainstream media being bs has long stopped being a conspiracy theory and a reality :p



    "They didn't send out the bat signal, we bombed them!" Jon Stewart

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    Synchromystic Roundup


    Labyrinth of the Psychonaut: The Silver Cord, The Womb, and the Revolution of Resonance
    I haven't had any experiences with the Silver Cord, but when I saw 'Death' personified in my most profound mushroom trip he was holding a pair of scissors (not a scythe - both used to cut the cord? ;)) and gestured 'not your time yet' with a smile, I haven't feared death since this experience.

    Matthew Delooze: Obama, Meet the new puppet, same as the old puppet.

    Secret Sun: Must See TV: Magical Egypt & The Shemsu Hor, Praying to the Aliens, Brave New World Indeed, and an interview with Culture of Contact (great to hear from others the need for real evidence, agnosticism but exploring attitude :)). I think I'll just watch the entire Magical Egypt series again.

    Hidden Agendas: The Illuminati Formula of Mind Control: Part 4, "Sun-eating dragon" returns to China

    Through the Looking Glass: Renegade Rockefeller? And this quote: The TRUE Occultic spell of the HIGH Occult is... "The ability to get the victim to accept his/her own demise" Alan Watt (not Alan Watts)

    PseudOccult: W, The 2008 Olympic Terror Patsies Revealed by IntelCenter, ArgOZ, and everything else ;)

    Obama's Berlin Speech (B.S.)

    A buddy of mine said about Obama's Berlin Speech, if what he's saying is true it'd be awesome (later after hearing this he apologized and said to his defense that he saw a summary on the 'news' ;p). So after a comment about me not being agnostic enough about Obama, I had to check it out, he actually could have even SAID something that would appeal to me? (politicians usually do that, but Obama hasn't for me, nor had Hillary or McCain, because they're all so see-through). So I watched it from start to finish, where is the hope? What change is he talking about? I heard neo-con like rethoric, the most blatant push for a New World Order and nothing substantial once again. The new puppet as the same as the old puppet, coated in a different kind of bullshit. This is how easy it is to deceive the majority of a planet's population.

    here's my summary, highlighting text isn't even necessary:
    "Berlin wall metaphor, cue to 9/11, pakistan is gonna bomb paris, we can't be divided, global citizenship, partnership between nations is not a choice, the citizen will have to do more not less, let's tear down the nation walls, now is the time, shared sacrifice and global commitment, defeat terror, cannot shrink to combat this real threat, dismantle networks (interesting choice of words) that have struck in madrid and hamad, and london and bali and washington and ny, battle of ideas, afghan people need your and our troops, no more nuclear weapons yay!, nations of europe choose your tomorrow, we need a strong european union (nevermind all nations who voted, voted against lisbon treaty, interesting use of 'choose' followed by 'need'), build on wealth (ignore crazy rising cost of living and gas), carbon!!!, stand as one, reject torture and stand for rule of law (that would be cool, but waterboarding isn't torture... right? :p), welcome immigrants, this is our moment, this is our time, US hasn't perfected ourself (lol), haven't lived up to our best potential (interesting use of negations :p), answer destiny, remake world once again."

    Thank you for believing in the hopenosis? I don't want to believe, I trust no one politician. Here's a test, ask any Obama supporter why they support him, see the faces light up and the bullshit come out :p.

    Freemasonry and the Survival of the Eucharistic Brotherhoods

    article about 'Entheogens and Freemasonry' by Mark Hoffman & Carl A. P. Ruck
    ...Given such an underlying assumption of gnosis as a kind of basic and defining experience at the esoteric core of all the Mysteries, dogmatic and doctrinal differences were only of marginal concern and interest, and crass literal interpretations were easily abandoned in favor of a mythological richness infused and sacralized by a common gnosis.
    Thanks to Joe, "I noticed that the Scottish Rite (foundation for Schizophrenia) was the primary sponsor for Strassman's DMT studies and it got me curious..." Joe. John Mack and Terence McKenna were funded by the Rockefellers too, even though I'm a little metanoid about this, I don't think there's necessarily anything nefarious going on here just through association (that's why metanoia is so much more advisable than paranoia ;p btw have you ever noticed how everyone else's paranoia but your own seems unnecessary and annoying? Simply because they have different associations that led them to those conclusions or questions. The more openminded metanoia (beyond paranoia) gives for more pleasurable reading and not turning people off anytime. Though it's impossible to please everybody and it's hard not to use strong language once you're convinced of something. Of course, if you provide ample evidence - and there is little or no evidence to the contrary - you are voicing genuine concerns and are not being paranoid.) I have no idea what's going on :p

    Daily Conspiracy: Don't be too Paranoid

    Daily Conspiracy: Don't be too Paranoid


    From Crackle: Terence McKenna on Conspiracy

    Don't be too paranoid kittens. Nobody is running the world, they're just clumsily trying to :p

    "In those huge ministry buildings after one o'clock in the morning, there are so many lights on, so many lights are burning in the chancellaries and the ministries of the governments of this planet and you know why? Because it's getting out of control, it's slipping from their grip. They are worried. They're poring over maps, they are looking at computers, saying: 'what the hell are we going to do?!' They're not gayly conspiring to run the world, they're frantically planning to try and hold on to their pathetic bit of turf." Terence McKenna

    Tuesday, July 29, 2008

    Contempt

    "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance — that principle is contempt prior to investigation."
    Herbert Spencer

    Dubya won't be happy with W


    W Trailer & article

    Oliver Stone's upcoming movie about Dubya, the man who made questioning politics a necessity :p

    Aspartame, great ant killer, formerly classified as bio-warfare agent, and Rumsfeld

    NutraSweet is an Excellent Ant Poison/Aspartame Disease a Growing Concern in New Zealand

    Rumsfeld and Aspertame

    "Aspartame was formerly classified as an agent of bio-warfare by the Pentagon in inventories sent to Congress."

    Daily Conspiracy: Chinese Secrets

    Daily Conspiracy: Chinese Secrets

    Sky News has made an exclusive investigation into the sinister secrets behind China’s booming economy. The Chinese government uses police brutality to remove people from their homes and into lives of squalor and poverty, to make way for the rich contractors. They even hire thugs to violently attack villages to clear them, villagers who have to defend themselves with their farming tools...

    On top of that China's booming economy is making the way for a new age of wage slavery, human rights are ignored when persecuting and torturing the Falun Gong people without mercy, the great fireWALL of internet (& other) censorship and their booming car industry's emissions are destroying the environment (people in China already have health issues cause of this).
    China, fun place to be right now! (btw congratulations to the American media for sinking even lower when calling a Falun Gong protester fighting for her human rights a HECKLER for interrupting 2 asshole presidents during a presidential visit.)
    Or how about some footage of cowardly Chinese soldiers shooting at Tibetan refugees?

    What we're trying to say here is... tone down the f'ing fascism ok?

    Monday, July 28, 2008

    6th man on moon alien discloser MSNBC, July 26, 2008


    6th man on moon alien discloser MSNBC, July 26,2008

    Did Edgar Mitchell walk on the moon or in a studio (Van Allen Belt reality tunnel)? Is a former NASA (Never A Straight Answer) astronaut trustworthy about these matters? Is this part of the 'alien agenda'. 'I want to believe' or 'Trust no one'? I lean more towards the last obviously but remain agnostic with no strong 'preferences' on this topic.

    BS

    Belief Systems, BullShit, BiaS, ColBert's TruthinesS

    Here are some funny ones: WeBSite, Bachelor of Science, Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis ake BSE ake Mad Cow Disease.


    I recently realised I pass (what I think is) an antique store with the car nearly each day that is named BS :p I should check it out one time.

    "When I watch CBS I see BS." Nas

    "1. Never believe totally in anybody else's BS.
    2. Never believe totally in your own BS."
    Robert Anton Wilson

    "I believe nothing - what need
    Surrounded as I am with marvels of what is,
    This familiar room, books, shabby carpet on the floor,
    Autumn yellow jasmine, chrysanthemums, my mother's flower,
    Earth-scent of memories, daily miracles,
    Yet media-people ask, "Is there a God?"
    What does the word mean
    To the fish in his ocean, birds
    In his skies, and stars?
    I only know that when I turn in sleep
    Into the invisible, it seems
    I am upheld by love, and what seems is
    Inexplicable here and now of joy and sorrow,
    This inexhaustible, untidy world -
    I would not have it otherwise."
    From The Collected Poems of Kathleen Raine

    "All our beliefs are being challenged now, and rightfully so; they're stupid."
    Bill Hicks

    "The attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on."
    Alan Watts

    "I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion."
    Albert Einstein

    "I don't believe anything anybody says, even when I know what they are talking about."
    Colonel Jack O'Neill (Stargate SG1 :p)

    "I don't believe anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)."
    Robert Anton Wilson

    "It is my firm belief that it is a mistake to hold firm beliefs!"
    Malaclypse the Younger

    "The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience. The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation."
    Ken Wilber

    "In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience and experiment. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind. There are no limits."
    John C. Lilly

    "People have murdered each other, in massive wars and guerilla actions, for many centuries, and still murder each other in the present, over Ideologies and Religions which, stated as propositions, appear neither true nor false to modern logicians - meaningless propositions that look meaningful to the linguistically naive."
    Robert Anton Wilson

    "Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy, because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes: you cannot see the truth. The very desire to find the truth disappears. But if all your belief systems are taken away from you, in the beginning certainly, it is bitter. I know the fear, the anxiety, that will surface immediately which you have been suppressing for millenia. But it is there, very alive, no God can destroy it. Only the search for truth and the experience of truth, NOT a belief is capable to heal all your wounds. To make you a whole being, and the whole person is the holy person to me."
    Osho

    "Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny."
    Mahatma Gandhi

    "In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination."
    Mark Twain

    "Beliefs! They're the bullets of the wicked!"
    System of a Down

    "He does not believe that does not live according to his belief."
    Sigmund Freud

    "The divine source is waiting for us to free our own selves, individually. There will be no 'mass ascention' no 'mass enlightenment' and 'we the people' have all been duped by 'we the people' into prolonging our sentence here. We can stay here in this place for eternity if that is our choice, and we have created a belief system that allows us to do so."
    The Insider

    "Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence."
    Robert Anton Wilson

    A true skeptic dares to question his own beliefs, materialism (the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality) and the consensus reality.

    Illusion and Reality


    Illusion and Reality part 1 and part 2

    Sarkozy, former Mossad Agent?

    An article from 2007 in a major french newspaper bluntly accused the then future president of having been recruited in 1980s by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.

    Colbert & Nas

    Nas on the Colbert Report, full episode.

    Cosmic Serpents & The Dark Side of Shamanism (Jeremy Narby)


    Cosmic Serpents & The Dark Side of Shamanism (Jeremy Narby)

    Reality Sandwich presents: Cosmic Serpents & The Dark Side of Shamanism Interview with Jeremy Narby by Jonathan Phillips www.realitysandwich.com. Awesome, after Technoccult, Reality Sandwich is also doing video now.

    Daily Conspiracy: The media will make you sick much sooner than any Bird Flu.

    Daily Conspiracy: Bird Flu

    Symptoms!!!! ARE YOU SCARED YET!?!
    * fever
    * cough
    * sore throat
    * muscle aches
    * conjunctivitis
    * in severe cases of avian flu, it can cause severe breathing problems and pneumonia, and can be fatal.

    OH NO! YOU PROBABLY HAVE IT RIGHT NOW!? MAYBE YOU'LL BE LUCKY AND DIE OF FEAR FIRST!?
    Well whattayaknow, seemed to have passed without much chaos hasn't it?! Remember! The only way to feel less scared is to buy shit you don't need!
    Grrrrrr!

    Senior WHO Official Dr. David Nabarro said a pandemic could come at any time and claim anywhere between 5 million and 150 million lives depending on the world's response to avian flu. However on Friday, a spokesman for the U.N.'s World Health Organization said it was impossible to estimate how many people could die from a possible new pandemic triggered by bird flu:
    "There is obvious confusion, and I think that has to be straightened out. I don't think you will hear Dr. Nabarro say the same sort of thing again,"
    Dick Thompson, WHO influenza spokesman quoted by Reuters

    There is never a reason to panic, so STOP repeating it!

    Saturday, July 26, 2008

    Remember sporadicity?

    Well, 2 days of looots of posts made you forget about that post, but sporadicity is in effect now, even worse so, I think I might only get to posting the soonest on monday. But! I have a synchromystic Dark Knight write-up in the works, holy subliminal mindfuck Batman! I had to shut down my conspiracy reality tunnel thought streams because the movie had me in over-analyze mode :p. See you soon folks.

    Friday, July 25, 2008

    eLLUMINATI: Barack Obama's fake birth certificate and mysterious orgins.

    Check out eLLUMINATI's scoop:Barack Obama's fake birth certificate and mysterious orgins.

    Daily Conspiracy: Wakey wakey

    I wanna apologize in advance for all the clichés in the daily conspiracies :p
    this stuff was all posted online a long time ago... ;p

    Btw don't wanna do a separate post about this but the shitty b-movie Final Approach (2007) was on tv last night, only withstood a few minutes but saw it featured a terrorist group named "Freedom First" hijacking a plane...... :p they want a political prisoner (he may be a terrorist, didn't stick around long enough to find out) released, with a nuclear device on the plane but hey at least it turns out it's not really that politically motivated :p



    Western governments (incl. Belgium) preach about freedom
    while they are taking away your civil liberties to 'protect' you?



    If terrorists hate freedom, politicians are the worst kind of terrorists.



    "A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it."
    Bush... 27/07/2001
    "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
    Bush... 19/12/2000



    "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." William Pitt (speech to the House of Commons, 11/18/1783)



    "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
    Aesop



    Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.
    The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

    "A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work."





    Kurt Vonnegut about the hypocrisy of Christianity during a war.

    Give us this day our daily bread. Oh sure.
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    Nobody better trespass against me. I'll tell you that.
    Blessed are the meek.
    Blessed are the merciful. You mean we can't use torture?
    Blessed are the peacemakers. Jane Fonda?
    Love your enemies. Arabs?
    Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. The hell I can't!
    Look at the Reverend Pat Robertson. And he is as happy as a pig in shit!

  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Kurt Vonnegut wiki
  • on the Daily Show (video)
  • A Requiem for the USA
  • Blues for America
  • Requiem for a Dreamer
  • Your guess is as good as mine

  • linx about how the Republicans like to f*ck over the evangelical 'nuts' as they referr to them:

  • NY Times article about David Kuo's book Tempting Faith: Inside Story of Political Seduction
  • Tucker Carlson: "The deep truth = The elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put them in power."
  • Keith Olbermann - David Kuo: Karl Rove's office referred to evangelical leaders as 'the nuts.'



    "The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization."
    Robert Anton Wilson

    The lord is a man of war. The lord is his name.
    Exodus 15.3 (Christianity - The religion of peace..)

  • Thursday, July 24, 2008

    John Lennon & Yoko Ono: War is over! (If You Want It)


    John Lennon & Yoko Ono: War is over! (If You Want It)

    "Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."
    John Lennon

    Ram Dass - Awareness


    Ram Dass - Awareness

    Discovery Channel team with Alex Jones & Freeman


    Discovery Channel team with Alex Jones & Freeman pt1 & pt2

    Alex Jones and Freeman team up to "Shock and Awe" the mainstream media. A film crew from the Discovery Channel got more than they had intended as Alex and Freeman tag teamed the crew about the reality of "outrageous conspiracy theories", high profile occult rituals, and the true nature of the world's elite and their dirty deeds

    Serj Tankian - War that no one won


    Serj Tankian - War that no one won

    Daily Conspiracy: 1984 with highlights

    Daily Conspiracy: 1984 w. highlights

    "In her opinion the war was not happening, the rocket bombs that fell daily on London were probably fired by the government of Oceania itself, just to keep people frightened. That was an idea that had literally never occured to him..." 1984

    "Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."
    Russell Baker

    Read excerpts of the novel you should have read years ago
    with highlights & pics for the short attention span

    -----------------------------------------

    following is an excerpt starting with the main character Winston reading the following subversive book:

    THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM

    by Emmanuel Goldstein

    Winston began reading:

    Chapter I Ignorance is Strength

    Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.

    The aims of these groups are entirely irreconcilable...

    Winston stopped reading, chiefly in order to appreciate the fact that he was reading, in comfort and safety. He was alone: no telescreen, no ear at the keyhole, no nervous impulse to glance over his shoulder or cover the page with his hand. The sweet summer air played against his cheek. From somewhere far away there floated the faint shouts of children: in the room itself there was no sound except the insect voice of the clock. He settled deeper into the arm-chair and put his feet up on the fender. It was bliss, it was etemity. Suddenly, as one sometimes does with a book of which one knows that one will ultimately read and re-read every word, he opened it at a different place and found himself at Chapter III. He went on reading:



    Chapter III War is Peace
    The splitting up of the world into three great super-states was an event which could be and indeed was foreseen before the middle of the twentieth century. With the absorption of Europe by Russia and of the British Empire by the United States, two of the three existing powers, Eurasia and Oceania, were already effectively in being. The third, Eastasia, only emerged as a distinct unit after another decade of confused fighting. The frontiers between the three super-states are in some places arbitrary, and in others they fluctuate according to the fortunes of war, but in general they follow geographical lines. Eurasia comprises the whole of the northern part of the European and Asiatic land-mass, from Portugal to the Bering Strait. Oceania comprises the Americas, the Atlantic islands including the British Isles, Australasia, and the southern portion of Africa. Eastasia, smaller than the others and with a less definite western frontier, comprises China and the countries to the south of it, the Japanese islands and a large but fluctuating portion of Manchuria, Mongolia, and Tibet.



    In one combination or another, these three super-states are permanently at war, and have been so for the past twenty-five years. War, however, is no longer the desperate, annihilating struggle that it was in the early decades of the twentieth centary. It is a warfare of limited aims between combatants who are unable to destroy one another, have no material cause for fighting and are not divided by any genuine ideological difference. This is not to say that either the conduct of war, or the prevailing attitude towards it, has become less bloodthirsty or more chivalrous. On the contrary, war hysteria is continuous and universal in all countries, and such acts as raping, looting, the slaughter of children, the reduction of whole populations to slavery, and reprisals against prisoners which extend even to boiling and burying alive, are looked upon as normal, and, when they are committed by one's own side and not by the enemy, meritorious. But in a physical sense war involves very small numbers of people, mostly highly-trained specialists, and causes comparatively few casualties. The fighting, when there is any, takes place on the vague frontiers whose whereabouts the average man can only guess at, or round the Floating Fortresses which guard strategic spots on the sea lanes. In the centres of civilization war means no more than a continuous shortage of consumption goods, and the occasional crash of a rocket bomb which may cause a few scores of deaths. War has in fact changed its character. More exactly, the reasons for which war is waged have changed in their order of importance. Motives which were already present to some small extent in the great wars of the early twentieth centuary have now become dominant and are consciously recognized and acted upon.



    To understand the nature of the present war -- for in spite of the regrouping which occurs every few years, it is always the same war -- one must realize in the first place that it is impossible for it to be decisive. None of the three super-states could be definitively conquered even by the other two in combination. They are too evenly matched, and their natural defences are too formidable. Eurasia is protected by its vast land spaces. Oceania by the width of the Atlantic and the Pacific, Eastasia by the fecundity and industriousness of its inhabitants. Secondly, there is no longer, in a material sense, anything to fight about. With the establishment of self-contained economies, in which production and consumption are geared to one another, the scramble for markets which was a main cause of previous wars has come to an end, while the competition for raw materials is no longer a matter of life and death. In any case each of the three super-states is so vast that it can obtain almost all the materials that it needs within its own boundaries. In so far as the war has a direct economic purpose, it is a war for labour power. Between the frontiers of the super-states, and not permanently in the possession of any of them, there lies a rough quadrilateral with its corners at Tangier, Brazzaville, Darwin, and Hong Kong, containing within it about a fifth of the population of the earth. It is for the possession of these thickly-populated regions, and of the northern ice-cap, that the three powers are constantly struggling. In practice no one power ever controls the whole of the disputed area. Portions of it are constantly changing hands, and it is the chance of seizing this or that fragment by a sudden stroke of treachery that dictates the endless changes of alignment.



    All of the disputed territories contain valuable minerals, and some of them yield important vegetable products such as rubber which in colder climates it is necessary to synthesize by comparatively expensive methods. But above all they contain a bottomless reserve of cheap labour. Whichever power controls equatorial Africa, or the countries of the Middle East, or Southern India, or the Indonesian Archipelago, disposes also of the bodies of scores or hundreds of millions of ill-paid and hard-working coolies. The inhabitants of these areas, reduced more or less openly to the status of slaves, pass continually from conqueror to conqueror, and are expended like so much coal or oil in the race to turn out more armaments, to capture more territory, to control more labour power, to turn out more armaments, to capture more territory, and so on indefinitely. It should be noted that the fighting never really moves beyond the edges of the disputed areas. The frontiers of Eurasia flow back and forth between the basin of the Congo and the northern shore of the Mediterranean; the islands of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific are constantly being captured and recaptured by Oceania or by Eastasia; in Mongolia the dividing line between Eurasia and Eastasia is never stable; round the Pole all three powers lay claim to enormous territories which in fact are largely unihabited and unexplored: but the balance of power always remains roughly even, and the territory which forms the heartland of each super-state always remains inviolate. Moreover, the labour of the exploited peoples round the Equator is not really necessary to the world's economy. They add nothing to the wealth of the world, since whatever they produce is used for purposes of war, and the object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war. By their labour the slave populations allow the tempo of continuous warfare to be speeded up. But if they did not exist, the structure of world society, and the process by which it maintains itself, would not be essentially different.



    The primary aim of modern warfare (in accordance with the principles of doublethink, this aim is simultaneously recognized and not recognized by the directing brains of the Inner Party) is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living. Ever since the end of the nineteenth century, the problem of what to do with the surplus of consumption goods has been latent in industrial society. At present, when few human beings even have enough to eat, this problem is obviously not urgent, and it might not have become so, even if no artificial processes of destruction had been at work. The world of today is a bare, hungry, dilapidated place compared with the world that existed before 1914, and still more so if compared with the imaginary future to which the people of that period looked forward. In the early twentieth century, the vision of a future society unbelievably rich, leisured, orderly, and efficient -- a glittering antiseptic world of glass and steel and snow-white concrete -- was part of the consciousness of nearly every literate person. Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed natural to assume that they would go on developing. This failed to happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society. As a whole the world is more primitive today than it was fifty years ago. Certain backward areas have advanced, and various devices, always in some way connected with warfare and police espionage, have been developed, but experiment and invention have largely stopped, and the ravages of the atomic war of the nineteen-fifties have never been fully repaired. Nevertheless the dangers inherent in the machine are still there. From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations. And in fact, without being used for any such purpose, but by a sort of automatic process -- by producing wealth which it was sometimes impossible not to distribute -- the machine did raise the living standards of the average humand being very greatly over a period of about fifty years at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries.



    But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction -- indeed, in some sense was the destruction -- of a hierarchical society. In a world in which everyone worked short hours, had enough to eat, lived in a house with a bathroom and a refrigerator, and possessed a motor-car or even an aeroplane, the most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already have disappeared. If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance. To return to the agricultural past, as some thinkers about the beginning of the twentieth century dreamed of doing, was not a practicable solution. It conflicted with the tendency towards mechanization which had become quasi-instinctive throughout almost the whole world, and moreover, any country which remained industrially backward was helpless in a military sense and was bound to be dominated, directly or indirectly, by its more advanced rivals.



    Nor was it a satisfactory solution to keep the masses in poverty by restricting the output of goods. This happened to a great extent during the final phase of capitalism, roughly between 1920 and 1940. The economy of many countries was allowed to stagnate, land went out of cultivation, capital equipment was not added to, great blocks of the population were prevented from working and kept half alive by State charity. But this, too, entailed military weakness, and since the privations it inflicted were obviously unnecessary, it made opposition inevitable. The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare.



    The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labour power without producing anything that can be consumed. A Floating Fortress, for example, has locked up in it the labour that would build several hundred cargo-ships. Ultimately it is scrapped as obsolete, never having brought any material benefit to anybody, and with further enormous labours another Floating Fortress is built. In principle the war effort is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population. In practice the needs of the population are always underestimated, with the result that there is a chronic shortage of half the necessities of life; but this is looked on as an advantage. It is deliberate policy to keep even the favoured groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another. By the standards of the early twentieth century, even a member of the Inner Party lives an austere, laborious kind of life. Nevertheless, the few luxuries that he does enjoy his large, well-appointed flat, the better texture of his clothes, the better quality of his food and drink and tobacco, his two or three servants, his private motor-car or helicopter -- set him in a different world from a member of the Outer Party, and the members of the Outer Party have a similar advantage in comparison with the submerged masses whom we call 'the proles'. The social atmosphere is that of a besieged city, where the possession of a lump of horseflesh makes the difference between wealth and poverty. And at the same time the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.



    War, it will be seen, accomplishes the necessary destruction, but accomplishes it in a psychologically acceptable way. In principle it would be quite simple to waste the surplus labour of the world by building temples and pyramids, by digging holes and filling them up again, or even by producing vast quantities of goods and then setting fire to them. But this would provide only the economic and not the emotional basis for a hierarchical society. What is concerned here is not the morale of masses, whose attitude is unimportant so long as they are kept steadily at work, but the morale of the Party itself. Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist. The splitting of the intelligence which the Party requires of its members, and which is more easily achieved in an atmosphere of war, is now almost universal, but the higher up the ranks one goes, the more marked it becomes. It is precisely in the Inner Party that war hysteria and hatred of the enemy are strongest. In his capacity as an administrator, it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war news is untruthful, and he may often be aware that the entire war is spurious and is either not happening or is being waged for purposes quite other than the declared ones: but such knowledge is easily neutralized by the technique of doublethink. Meanwhile no Inner Party member wavers for an instant in his mystical belief that the war is real, and that it is bound to end victoriously, with Oceania the undisputed master of the entire world.



    All members of the Inner Party believe in this coming conquest as an article of faith. It is to be achieved either by gradually acquiring more and more territory and so building up an overwhelming preponderance of power, or by the discovery of some new and unanswerable weapon. The search for new weapons continues unceasingly, and is one of the very few remaining activities in which the inventive or speculative type of mind can find any outlet. In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science'. The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc. And even technological progress only happens when its products can in some way be used for the diminution of human liberty. In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards. The fields are cultivated with horse-ploughs while books are written by machinery. But in matters of vital importance -- meaning, in effect, war and police espionage -- the empirical approach is still encouraged, or at least tolerated. The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought. There are therefore two great problems which the Party is concerned to solve. One is how to discover, against his will, what another human being is thinking, and the other is how to kill several hundred million people in a few seconds without giving warning beforehand. In so far as scientific research still continues, this is its subject matter. The scientist of today is either a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with real ordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures, and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture; or he is chemist, physicist, or biologist concerned only with such branches of his special subject as are relevant to the taking of life. In the vast laboratories of the Ministry of Peace, and in the experimental stations hidden in the Brazilian forests, or in the Australian desert, or on lost islands of the Antarctic, the teams of experts are indefatigably at work. Some are concerned simply with planning the logistics of future wars; others devise larger and larger rocket bombs, more and more powerful explosives, and more and more impenetrable armour- plating; others search for new and deadlier gases, or for soluble poisons capable of being produced in such quantities as to destroy the vegetation of whole continents, or for breeds of disease germs immunized against all possible antibodies; others strive to produce a vehicle that shall bore its way under the soil like a submarine under the water, or an aeroplane as independent of its base as a sailing-ship; others explore even remoter possibilities such as focusing the sun's rays through lenses suspended thousands of kilometres away in space, or producing artificial earthquakes and tidal waves by tapping the heat at the earth's centre.



    But none of these projects ever comes anywhere near realization, and none of the three super-states ever gains a significant lead on the others. What is more remarkable is that all three powers already possess, in the atomic bomb, a weapon far more powerful than any that their present researches are likely to discover. Although the Party, according to its habit, claims the invention for itself, atomic bombs first appeared as early as the nineteen-forties, and were first used on a large scale about ten years later. At that time some hundreds of bombs were dropped on industrial centres, chiefly in European Russia, Western Europe, and North America. The effect was to convince the ruling groups of all countries that a few more atomic bombs would mean the end of organized society, and hence of their own power. Thereafter, although no formal agreement was ever made or hinted at, no more bombs were dropped. All three powers merely continue to produce atomic bombs and store them up against the decisive opportunity which they all believe will come sooner or later. And meanwhile the art of war has remained almost stationary for thirty or forty years. Helicopters are more used than they were formerly, bombing planes have been largely superseded by self-propelled projectiles, and the fragile movable battleship has given way to the almost unsinkable Floating Fortress; but otherwise there has been little development. The tank, the submarine, the torpedo, the machine gun, even the rifle and the hand grenade are still in use. And in spite of the endless slaughters reported in the Press and on the telescreens, the desperate battles of earlier wars, in which hundreds of thousands or even millions of men were often killed in a few weeks, have never been repeated.



    None of the three super-states ever attempts any manoeuvre which involves the risk of serious defeat. When any large operation is undertaken, it is usually a surprise attack against an ally. The strategy that all three powers are following, or pretend to themselves that they are following, is the same. The plan is, by a combination of fighting, bargaining, and well-timed strokes of treachery, to acquire a ring of bases completely encircling one or other of the rival states, and then to sign a pact of friendship with that rival and remain on peaceful terms for so many years as to lull suspicion to sleep. During this time rockets loaded with atomic bombs can be assembled at all the strategic spots; finally they will all be fired simultaneously, with effects so devastating as to make retaliation impossible. It will then be time to sign a pact of friendship with the remaining world-power, in preparation for another attack. This scheme, it is hardly necessary to say, is a mere daydream, impossible of realization. Moreover, no fighting ever occurs except in the disputed areas round the Equator and the Pole: no invasion of enemy territory is ever undertaken. This explains the fact that in some places the frontiers between the superstates are arbitrary. Eurasia, for example, could easily conquer the British Isles, which are geographically part of Europe, or on the other hand it would be possible for Oceania to push its frontiers to the Rhine or even to the Vistula. But this would violate the principle, followed on all sides though never formulated, of cultural integrity. If Oceania were to conquer the areas that used once to be known as France and Germany, it would be necessary either to exterminate the inhabitants, a task of great physical difficulty, or to assimilate a population of about a hundred million people, who, so far as technical development goes, are roughly on the Oceanic level. The problem is the same for all three super-states. It is absolutely necessary to their structure that there should be no contact with foreigners, except, to a limited extent, with war prisoners and coloured slaves. Even the official ally of the moment is always regarded with the darkest suspicion. War prisoners apart, the average citizen of Oceania never sets eyes on a citizen of either Eurasia or Eastasia, and he is forbidden the knowledge of foreign languages. If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate. It is therefore realized on all sides that however often Persia, or Egypt, or Java, or Ceylon may change hands, the main frontiers must never be crossed by anything except bombs.



    Under this lies a fact never mentioned aloud, but tacitly understood and acted upon: namely, that the conditions of life in all three super-states are very much the same. In Oceania the prevailing philosophy is called Ingsoc, in Eurasia it is called Neo-Bolshevism, and in Eastasia it is called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-Worship, but perhaps better rendered as Obliteration of the Self. The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense. Actually the three philosophies are barely distinguishable, and the social systems which they support are not distinguishable at all. Everywhere there is the same pyramidal structure, the same worship of semi-divine leader, the same economy existing by and for continuous warfare. It follows that the three super-states not only cannot conquer one another, but would gain no advantage by doing so. On the contrary, so long as they remain in conflict they prop one another up, like three sheaves of corn. And, as usual, the ruling groups of all three powers are simultaneously aware and unaware of what they are doing. Their lives are dedicated to world conquest, but they also know that it is necessary that the war should continue everlastingly and without victory. Meanwhile the fact that there is no danger of conquest makes possible the denial of reality which is the special feature of Ingsoc and its rival systems of thought. Here it is necessary to repeat what has been said earlier, that by becoming continuous war has fundamentally changed its character.



    In past ages, a war, almost by definition, was something that sooner or later came to an end, usually in unmistakable victory or defeat. In the past, also, war was one of the main instruments by which human societies were kept in touch with physical reality. All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers, but they could not afford to encourage any illusion that tended to impair military efficiency. So long as defeat meant the loss of independence, or some other result generally held to be undesirable, the precautions against defeat had to be serious. Physical facts could not be ignored. In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four. Inefficient nations were always conquered sooner or later, and the struggle for efficiency was inimical to illusions. Moreover, to be efficient it was necessary to be able to learn from the past, which meant having a fairly accurate idea of what had happened in the past. Newspapers and history books were, of course, always coloured and biased, but falsification of the kind that is practised today would have been impossible. War was a sure safeguard of sanity, and so far as the ruling classes were concerned it was probably the most important of all safeguards. While wars could be won or lost, no ruling class could be completely irresponsible.



    But when war becomes literally continuous, it also ceases to be dangerous. When war is continuous there is no such thing as military necessity. Technical progress can cease and the most palpable facts can be denied or disregarded. As we have seen, researches that could be called scientific are still carried out for the purposes of war, but they are essentially a kind of daydreaming, and their failure to show results is not important. Efficiency, even military efficiency, is no longer needed. Nothing is efficient in Oceania except the Thought Police. Since each of the three super-states is unconquerable, each is in effect a separate universe within which almost any perversion of thought can be safely practised. Reality only exerts its pressure through the needs of everyday life -- the need to eat and drink, to get shelter and clothing, to avoid swallowing poison or stepping out of top-storey windows, and the like. Between life and death, and between physical pleasure and physical pain, there is still a distinction, but that is all. Cut off from contact with the outer world, and with the past, the citizen of Oceania is like a man in interstellar space, who has no way of knowing which direction is up and which is down. The rulers of such a state are absolute, as the Pharaohs or the Caesars could not be. They are obliged to prevent their followers from starving to death in numbers large enough to be inconvenient, and they are obliged to remain at the same low level of military technique as their rivals; but once that minimum is achieved, they can twist reality into whatever shape they choose.



    The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that it exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and been replaced by something quite different. The effect would be much the same if the three super-states, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed for ever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war. This -- although the vast majority of Party members understand it only in a shallower sense -- is the inner meaning of the Party slogan: War is Peace.



    Winston stopped reading for a moment. Somewhere in remote distance a rocket bomb thundered. The blissful feeling of being alone with the forbidden book, in a room with no telescreen, had not worn off. Solitude and safety were physical sensations, mixed up somehow with the tiredness of his body, the softness of the chair, the touch of the faint breeze from the window that played upon his cheek. The book fascinated him, or more exactly it reassured him. In a sense it told him nothing that was new, but that was part of the attraction. It said what he would have said, if it had been possible for him to set his scattered thoughts in order. It was the product of a mind similar to his own, but enormously more powerful, more systematic, less fear-ridden. The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already.

    ...



    After the revolutionary period of the fifties and sixties, society regrouped itself, as always, into High, Middle, and Low. But the new High group, unlike all its forerunners, did not act upon instinct but knew what was needed to safeguard its position. It had long been realized that the only secure basis for oligarchy is collectivism. Wealth and privilege are most easily defended when they are possessed jointly. The so-called 'abolition of private property' which took place in the middle years of the century meant, in effect, the concentration of property in far fewer hands than before: but with this difference, that the new owners were a group instead of a mass of individuals. Individually, no member of the Party owns anything, except petty personal belongings. Collectively, the Party owns everything in Oceania, because it controls everything, and disposes of the products as it thinks fit. In the years following the Revolution it was able to step into this commanding position almost unopposed, because the whole process was represented as an act of collectivization. It had always been assumed that if the capitalist class were expropriated, Socialism must follow: and unquestionably the capitalists had been expropriated. Factories, mines, land, houses, transport -- everything had been taken away from them: and since these things were no longer private property, it followed that they must be public property. Ingsoc, which grew out of the earlier Socialist movement and inherited its phraseology, has in fact carried out the main item in the Socialist programme; with the result, foreseen and intended beforehand, that economic inequality has been made permanent.



    But the problems of perpetuating a hierarchical society go deeper than this. There are only four ways in which a ruling group can fall from power. Either it is conquered from without, or it governs so inefficiently that the masses are stirred to revolt, or it allows a strong and discontented Middle group to come into being, or it loses its own self-confidence and willingness to govern. These causes do not operate singly, and as a rule all four of them are present in some degree. A ruling class which could guard against all of them would remain in power permanently. Ultimately the determining factor is the mental attitude of the ruling class itself.



    After the middle of the present century, the first danger had in reality disappeared. Each of the three powers which now divide the world is in fact unconquerable, and could only become conquerable through slow demographic changes which a government with wide powers can easily avert. The second danger, also, is only a theoretical one. The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed. The recurrent economic crises of past times were totally unnecessary and are not now permitted to happen, but other and equally large dislocations can and do happen without having political results, because there is no way in which discontent can become articulate. As fcr the problem of overproduction, which has been latent in our society since the development of machine technique, it is solved by the device of continuous warfare (see Chapter III), which is also useful in keying up public morale to the necessary pitch. From the point of view of our present rulers, therefore, the only genuine dangers are the splitting-off of a new group of able, under-employed, power-hungry people, and the growth of liberalism and scepticism in their own ranks. The problem, that is to say, is educational. It is a problem of continuously moulding the consciousness both of the directing group and of the larger executive group that lies immediately below it. The consciousness of the masses needs only to be influenced in a negative way.

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